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Report #068 12/02/08

First I must confess to making a boo-boo in Report #067. I later realized I had neglected to include the frequency of operation. On that day, October 27th, the frequency was 14440 kHz. For several days thereafter I checked that frequency but to no avail. On 6 November the activity was found on 13597 kHz. Numerous other frequencies have been observed so it is evident that a Frequency Rota plan is in effect. Thus far these details have been compiled. All messages are 100 groups in length. The cipher groups are 5L groups and are not cut numbers. The mode of transmission is automatic Morse code at about 15 wpm. There appears to be a schedule Rota plan in use also. Precedence indicators observed are O, N, and D. The 1986 in the heading before the BT may serve as an Addressee Indicator?? The message serial numbers apparently revert to 01 after reaching 90. Development efforts will continue.

The Martinsburg WV newspaper published two photos and accompanying information regarding a Veterans Day event conducted by the Eastern Panhandle Amateur Radio Club. The FCC issued the special callsign WW1FWV for the event. A Panhandle resident, Frank Buckles, was honored as the last living veteran of World War I. The ham club set up a voice radio link at the Buckles home enabling him to communicate with radio operators throughout the world.

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