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Report #136 08/01/17

This activity continues with its rather erratic operation of periods of daily changes in the groups and then periods where the groups stay the same day after day. There was one major blunder this month which occurred on Sunday 9 July on 11435 kHz at 091803 UTC. The groups of two days were sent at the same time. The result was a very messed up transmission.

An extremely comprehensive description of various Numbers stations. I contributed a small portion of the report with some of my observations of the old FAPSI (Federal Agency for Government Communications (formerly the KGB Committee of Government Communications) network which had net control in Cuba and out station locations suspected of being in the Western Hemisphere. Go to

This month I read two books from my bookshelf. The first was "The Billion Dollar Spy" by David E. Hoffman. From the book jacket: "The riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet Military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA's Moscow Station. An outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau, used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets. His revelations allowed America to reshape its weapons systems to defeat Soviet radar on the ground and in the air, giving the United States near total superiority in the skies over Europe."

The second book was about events in the 80s and 90s. "The Last Soldiers of the Cold War" was published in English in 2015. The book was written by Brazilian writer Fernando Morais and was translated by Robert Ballantyne with Alex Olegnowicz. The story describes the activities of the Cuban spies, 12 men and 2 women who were known as the Wasp Network. These Cubans infiltrated various anti-Castro groups in Florida and provided detailed reporting regarding the actions of such groups. I found he details about the communications utilized for transmission of intelligence to Cuba to be extremely interesting and revealing.

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