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Report #012 06/01/2000

The two way contacts between Cuba and a field station continued during the month. Large amounts of traffic were sent in both directions. The frequencies noted were 16217 kHz for the Cuba xmtr and 13424 kHz for the u/i field station. Also observed was the Thursday 1735 UTC broadcast from the Cuba xmtr to field station KRN. The transmissions to KRN were extremely brief so I assume that QRU was sent. I could not confirm that as my M7000 is still at the factory for repairs.

MAY LOGGINGS in kHz order with comments and UTC date/time
13375 Cuban cut numbers. Went down with AR AR AR SK SK SK 15/1837
16150 Suspected CROWD-36 signal 16/1303
16139 5F groups in very fast Morse code. Zero cut as T. Signal has slight echo. After final BT sent T T T T T 16/1307

These loggings were made in Goldsboro, NC
198 DIW Beacon, Dixon NC 17/1949
208 JYN Beacon, Goldsboro NC 18/1355
216 CLB Beacon, Wilmington NC 17/1953
230 AQE Beacon, Greenville NC 18/1552
250 WGBR This is a sub-harmonic of AM Broadcast station WGBR ON 1150 kHz located in Goldsboro NC.
336 MCZ Beacon, Williamston NC 18/1600
345 DPL Beacon, Kenansville NC 18/1357
388 RNW Beacon, Washington/Chocowinity NC 18/1359
412 CTZ Beacon, Clinton NC 18/1401
417 HQT Beacon, Coats/Erwin NC 18/1406

13420 Cuban cut numbers in CW. Down with AR AR AR SK SK SK 17/1936

These loggings were made in Myrtle Beach, SC
4016 Cuban cut numbers in CW 20/0311
4059 Raspy dots and dash, Link 11 signal 20/0313
4192 XFQ3 (Salina Cruz, Mexico) DE XCM5 (?, Mexico) ANS 3 K 20/0316
4475 Cuban cut numbers in CW 20/0321
4705 Raspy dots and dash, Link 11 signal 20/0323
6836 Raspy dot and dash, Link 11 signal 20/1502
9030 U/i RTTY. Sounded like a string of the same characters (callsign?) followed by another string of different sounding characters (perhaps the repeated date-time group and group count) and then into probable text. A string of the same sounding character was sent between messages. 19/1953


0 zero nula null nul zero
1 one jeden eins ein un
2 two dve zwei tsvei deux
3 three tri drei drei trois
4 four ctyri vier fier quatre
5 five pet funf finef cinq
6 six sest sechs seks six
7 seven sedm sieben sibben sept
8 eight osm acht acht huit
9 nine jevet neun nein neuf

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