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Report #066 09/13/08

I recently learned of the death of Tom Kneitel, long time author of books and articles on CB radio, monitoring, and home brew elecgtronic construction projects. Tom died August 22nd at age 75.

This very informative book was edited by Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz. Of particular interest was Chapter 7 "The Time of Troubles: The U.S. National Security Agency in the Twenty-First Century". This chapter was written by Mathew W. Aid. Also SIGINT related is Chapter 25, "OSS and the Venona Decrypts". This chapter, written by Hayden B. Peake takes a look at the Soviet cables intercepted by the U.S. Army Security Agency and the decrypted messages showed that the KGB and GRU did infiltrate not only the OSS but other U.S. Government offices as well. The decrypts confirmed the involvement of numerous individuals who had declared being not guilty of the spying charges leveled against them. I purchased the book from Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Company, Falls Village, CT 06031-5000.

Around the time frame of 0100 UTC I ran across an Auto sent CW transmission on 5255.7 kHz with 5L groups. The signal was extremely weak and the QRN was horrendous. I have checked the frequency often but have not again heard this signal.

The Hurricane Watch Net on 14324.5 kHz USB has been very active with Hurricane IKE weather reporting and storm progress as well as contacts with various HAMS in the affected area of Hurricane IKE. At 1314 UTC 13 September the 9 AM EDST report on IKE was transmitted.

USCG - Martinsburg WV
USCG - Martinsburg WVis a long way from any ocean but there are several Coast Guard facilities here. A new Maritime Center joins the National Vessel Documentation Center and the Operations System Center. The newly dedicated facility is home to the U.S. Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation Production, plus the Merchant Mariner Training Course Approval and Oversight Program. The new facility will speed up the credential process with on-line application and fee payment services.

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