|2nd version YL German. Full
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|5 DASHES STATION
This relatively short lived station was apparently a West German based de-stabilising operation. As described in Langley Pierce's book, the similarities with the CIA operated "Counting Stations" are obvious:
1. Transmission Format. Transmissions began on the hour and closely followed the CIA preamble. This preamble was repeated for five minutes, being repeated a total of 18 times, and contained the message indicator, a one-time pad reference group and the group count. The message was preceded with five 1 kHz electronic tones. Note that this station is currently off air.
The one-time pad positioning group is an encoded group taken from the agents pad and marks the beginning of where groups should be taken to decipher the message. Once decoded, this number will correspond to a particular group on the agents pad. The traffic validity number simply indicates whether the message that follows is valid or a dummy stream. This number works in the same way as the CIA's three-digit number. For example. If the middle digit is even then a message follows, otherwise the traffic is made up of random numbers.
The subsequent traffic is presented by a computer synthesised female voice in standard German, except for zwei, which is universally rendered as 'zwo." The only oddity is that of 'noll'. It is not the actual word, but the way in which it is said, sounding rather like the speaker from where the word is emanating has been momentarily plunged under water. The full numbers set is:
1. eins 6. sechs
i. The preamble contains a three-digit identifier, which is repeated three times. Unlike type 1, a reference number and group count is also carried in the preamble, and only lasts five minutes. These modifications presumably takes the place of the long count.
iv. The repeat sequence uses the word "Fedarulik."
v. Transmissions are carried on two parallel frequencies in the upper sideband mode.
vi, Transmissions always begin on the hour, never the half hour.
vii. Transmissions always contain only one piece of traffic.
viii. Traffic is presented by a computer generated female voice, which uses 'noll" instead of the commonly used "zero."
2. A Peculiar Event. It is very uncommon to report odd transmissions from this station, but if something can go wrong, it will and it did on the morning of 9th December, 1989. The regularly scheduled transmission at 1100hrs UTC went out without a hitch, and ended at 1120. Around 1130, with the transmitter still on air, a second transmission began:
'88888 88888 326"
At this point, the tape machine on which the traffic was recorded, was wound back, the tape heads still picking up the traffic as it was played backwards!
"88888 88888 326"
During the second group of 8's, the tape machine began to slowdown, with the result that the pitch of the voice radically deepened. It speeded up again during 326. and returned to normal. This was all followed by one of the usual tones.
"326 326 326 95386 59 326 326 326 95386 88 326 and a tone.
Interestingly enough the 326 message was transmitted that same day at 1800hrs, but there was no sign of the previously ubiquitous 888 88. It can therefore only be assumed that several 888 88 groups are recorded at the beginning of the message so that they may be used to set such parameters as volume, etc. and to align the tape at the beginning of the broadcast.
3. A New Generation. During February of 1991 this station radically altered in presentation. The format remained almost the same, but the voice was replaced by a somewhat substandard alternative, it's most striking feature being the huge emphasis placed on the number 5
On or about the same time, English numbers (10255/12230kHz) were also added to the broadcast. The slow female voice. with an extremely pronounced American accent, follows the same format of her German sister, and commences transmissions on the hour, though previously commenced 5 minutes before and after the hour. Both voice qualities, now synthesised by a voice sampler, almost represent a step backwards in technology'.
The new message formats are:
English Message: 56336 84376 40065 45165.... I Say Again