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Report #120 02/01/16
NASWA SWL FESTIVAL
FM MYSTERY SIGNAL
I have always wondered if there is something in each callup group that serves as an indicator for the message recipient? If so, is such indicator the position of a particular digit or of two or more digits in the callup group? Fellow SWLer Gary Donnelly raised the point about the absence of schedules during 0000-0400 and 1100-1300. He mentioned that such periods in the Eastern U.S. should be times when traffic could be received by field personnel without interruption from any distractions. I likewise have long doubted some of the schedule selection times as being appropriate. However, for the most part, I generally experience quite good reception of these transmissions during 1400-2300. It seems reasonable to believe that some of the callup groups are for individuals located in the Eastern U.S. I question the selection of some of the frequencies in use at certain times. For example: For Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun the 0500 schedule is on 5860 kHz. One hour later the frequency is almost doubled at 10345 kHz. Is there really going to be that much difference in reception at a particular location to require such a change. On Tue, Thu, Sat these schedules retain 14375 kHz as the frequency. There appears to be a similarity when comparing the 0500 & 0600 schedules with the 1000 schedule. Does this frequency use indicate that the schedules for 0500 & 0600 for Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun have one or more addressees located at a different location than the same times on Tue, Thu & Sun? If so, is that also the case for the 1000 schedule?
Here is another odd situation. Reportedly the Cuban Economy is not very good. Electricity costs money, generator supplied or Power Company furnished. Why do they continue to run such extensive daily Agent transmissions, eleven HM01 and three M08a schedules? Add to this the infrequent V21 and V02a schedules.
In the past it has been documented that Cuban Agents have gone to meet with their DGI Agent Handlers in such locations as Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago. These meetings outside the U.S. were probably a security precaution by the DGI after the arrest in September 2001 of Ana Belen Montes, who was employed by DIA as an Intelligence Analyst.
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