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Report #029 03/01/2002

LAST CALL FOR WINTER SWL FEST - Although it will cost a few more dollars, you can register on-site at the Fest. When making hotel reservations remember you must inform the hotel staff you are attending the Winter Fest in order to obtain the special room rate. Full details are at http://swlfest.com/fest_registration.html
I will be heading for Kulpsville on 7 March. I like to get there a day before the Fest commences. It gives me an opportunity to have extended conversations with Radio friends who also arrive early.

AGENTURA - This Russian web site was visited several times. In the section entitled "The Security & Intelligence Digests from Aleksey Shcherbakov", there were numerous articles of interest dated 4, 8, 15, 16, and 19 February. One of the 4 February articles "How to be a KGB Spy" contained Russian intelligence term definitions extracted from the book, "The Soviet Intelligence Officers' Handbook" which was written by Vasiliy Mitrokhin. The terms are in Russian and the definitions are in English. A 15 February article was of particular interest - "How the Enigma secret was broken (by the Poles)".
In Report #020 06/01/2001 I mentioned that a Special Services Terminology and Slang vocabulary was available in the LIBRARY section of AGENTURA. Click on the LIBRARY section and then scroll down to Dictionary of professional slang by special services. Click on (English part of Dictionary). On the next screen click on (GO TO READ document in Russian). The page title will be in Russian but the definitions arde in English. This clarification is necessary because if you click on (GO TO READ document in English), you will be returned to the previous screen. Another of the 4 February items caught my eye - "Slam of Cuba Closure" which was an AP release from Moscow. Retired General Andrei Nikolayev criticized the decision to close the Russian SIGINT installation at Lourdes, Cuba.

FEBRUARY LOGGINGS - There are no loggings for February. I regret the briefness of this report but early in the month a flu-like virus hit me and was accompanied by severe lower back pains. It was extremely difficult to do anything but stay in a horizontal position for most of the month. The muscle relaxing medication has done its job and I am feeling much better.
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