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Report #106 12/01/14

Hugh Stegman's UTILITY PLANET column in the December 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor reported on the HM01 and M08a communications void of July 11-13. Hugh pointed out that numerous listeners had reported not hearing any of those transmissions during the indicated period. The reason for the apparent shutdown continues to be a mystery.

There were the usual transmission errors during the month including being on the wrong frequency for an upcoming schedule, and several instances of M08a and HM01 signals mixing. On 8 November the keying tape must have been hung up because the transmissions on two schedules consisted of the voice announced Spanish UNO repeated ad nauseam!

On 25 November the transmitter was tuned and then followed by a very brief excerpt of what was probably a Radio Havana shortwave broadcast program.

I am disappointed I have been unable to locate the sites using GOOGLE EARTH computer program. These facilities were built by the Soviets for the Sandinistas some years ago. As previously mentioned it is quite possible the sites were later abandoned and consequently have since become overgrown and thus not detectable. The photographs I have, appear to be enlargements of the photos which originally appeared in the book SOVIET SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE by Professor Desmond Ball. I am continuing to search the Internet in the hopes of coming up with the coordinates to the four locations. Those particular areas could then be scanned using GOOGLE EARTH program.

kHz      Callsign      Locations/Date-Time of Intercept
14100      YV5B      Caracas, Venezuela/262038
             4U1UN      United Nations, New York City/262040
             ZS6DN      Pretoria, South Africa/262041

18110      YV5B      Caracas, Venezuela/262045
             4U1UN      United Nations, New York City/262046
              ZS6DN      Pretoria, South Africa/262047
             OA4B      Lima, Peru/262048

21150      OA4B      Lima, Peru/262852
             YV5B      Caracas, Venezuela/262052
             4U1UN      United Nations, New York City/262053
             ZS6DN      Pretoria, South Africa 262054

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