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Report #127 11/01/16

CUBAN V02a
It seems to be pretty well established that this transmission appears on some Thursdays in place of the ZM08a signal. In October V02a was heard on the 2000 GMT schedule, on 7554 kHz, on Thursday October 6th and again on Thursday October 20th.

NEW RECEIVER
I have long wanted to have a third receiver at my monitoring position. The recently purchased Grundig Satellit 750 receiver appears to provide exactly what I wanted. For details on this receiver go to http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/portable/0750.html I do want to point out that due to the close proximity of the two BNC antenna sockets to each other, it is not possible to use SO-239 adapters on both sockets. I overcame the problem by using an adapter on the lower socket and then on the upper socket I used a short cable with BNC connectors on both ends. This cable connected the socket to a SO-239 adapter.

AGENTURA.RU
Two recent articles caught my eye when I checked the Web site on 22 October. The first was titled "Cyber Showdown - How Russian Hacking Works". The second was "The Kremlin and the hackers: partners in crime?". Go to
http://www.agentura.ru/english/projects/Project_ID/CyberShowdown/

MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
This was copied on 12808 kHz on 29 October at 2344.
VVV VVV VVV CQ DE KPH KPH KPH QSX 500/4/6/8/12/16/22 OBS IMI AMVER IMI QRU ANS 500 HF ITU CH3 AR K
For details regarding the restoration of KPH to operational status go to http://www.radiomarine.org/

BOOKSHELF ITEMS
"Secrets in the Ether" by Wulhelm F. Flicke. German "Code-Breaking" successes and radio espionage during and between the World Wars. A few of the subjects covered in this book: The story of the "reading" of the ZIMMERMAN Telegram by British Intelligence which led to the U.S. entering into WWI. Stories of battles, wars, intrigues - all decided by the surreptitious "reading" of the messages of others. The story of the most successful and important intelligence operation of WWII - the "Rote Drei".
My copy of this comprehensive and revealing book will be donated for the Blind Auction at the 2017 SWL Festival sponsored by NASWA.

Another recent read was an eye opener. "DECEPTION - The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today" Written by Edward Lucas, this is an in-depth study of spying over the years. Some very thought provoking facts were outlined in the Conclusion chapter. Here is an excerpt from it. "The West hardly realizes that it is dealing with an adversary that understands us better than we know ourselves, whose goals and methods are mysteries to us, and whom we barely recognize when we see him. He is determined, we are divided. He is resentful and paranoid we are complacent and trusting. We want to like him. We hope he will like us, and eventually be like us. He wants nothing of the kind."

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