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Report #020 06/01/2001

A repeat visit to this site, revealed that the Special Services' Terminology and Slang vocabulary is in the English language rather than in the Russian language. The 12 page list is worth downloading (www.agentura.ru) as it contains U.S., NATO, and Russian acronyms.

Another interesting document on the web site is titled "Russian Views On Electronic and Information Warfare". This 35 page publication indicates Russian intentions of shifting to science-intensive systems and away from material-intensive systems.

The third document I downloaded was a six page report "Russia's Special Operations Forces" written by a former colonel in the GRU (Soviet Military Intelligence). Although somewhat brief, the comments regarding various units are quite informative.

The final download was a 32 page very comprehensive treatment of the "Interception Capabilities 2000" mainly as applies to the SIGINT organizations of UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The Russian FAPSI is mentioned and it is indicated as having 54,000 employees.

For those interested in the early work on secure digital voice communications, see "The Start of the Digital Revolution: SIGSALY". www.nsa.gov/wwii/papers/sigsaly.htm

Although I am not a Ham, I certainly enjoyed viewing the new products in the Shortwave receiving equipment field. I had not been to Dayton for many years so when a friend suggested we go, I did not hesitate in agreeing to go. I saw many radio friends and a bunch of us got together for dinner one night. It was fun going through the flea market and with the help of my friend, I did purchase a lap top computer in very good condition which I plan to use with a RX-320 receiver and the Hoka Code 3 in order to keep up with the new digital modes.

As I have mentioned previously, when I travel to a site away from home, I like to check out the beacons I can hear at the various travel sites I visit. Attending the Dayton Hamvention afforded me the opportunity to check out beacons hearable from the Motel site which was a little South of the Hamvention site. My list is presented as the May loggings.

In kHz order with comments and UTC date/time.
224 MW Marker, Middletown, OH at 18/0201
239 HKF Beacon, Middletown,OH at 17/2050
260 HAO Beacon, Hamilton, OH at 17/2054
299 HW Marker, Wilmington, OH at 17/2102
335 LUK Beacon, Cincinnati, OH at 18/00204
356 VES Beacon, Versailles, OH at 17/2106
379 MDE Beacon, Cincinnati, OH at 17/2107
388 ISZ Beacon, Cincinnati, OH at 17/2108
395 XEN Beacon, Dayton, OH at 18/0207
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