|V2 Cuban Spanish Lady
V2a Cuban Spanish Lady 2
V2 and Radio Havana, Cuba
|V2 Maybe live on 8915Khz at 0538 UTC on 27
V2 Cuban station
|From Alberto H. in Mèxico comes a recording of V2 on 17435 kHz at 1800 UTC 3 AUG 08.|
|V2 Header but no message APR 1984
V2 Cuban station
V2 Cuban Spanish station interferes with WYFR Family
as filmed in Mexico by Josue P. C. QUICKTIME
|Spanish Cuban Lady V2 30 APR 08 1600 UTC 5898 kHz VIDEO|
|From Alberto H. in Mèxico come the
following recordings, the first of the year.
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 1
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 2
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 3
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 4
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 5
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 6
7 JAN 08 at 0723 UTC on 5950 kHz 7
|V2 Cuban Lady DEC 07 (DXer in Russia) 20 minutes with poor reception.|
Jason C. in Canada has sent in this 45 minute entire transmission recorded on his Kenwood TS 450 SAT:
V2C 4 JAN 05 0900 UTC 7540kHz
|From California, USA,
David Thomas sends in this
recording of V2. Recorded 11 JAN 07 at 0805 UTC on 9040 kHz.
Attencion "53841" NEW
Mauro M. in Italy has sent in this recording made on his Icom IC-R75. V2 6797 kHz
|This recording is from
from Mike T. in the USA and was spotted near the 80 m amateur
radio band on 3927 kHz.
V2C 1 MAR 06
Description courtesy of John Maky , U.S.A
INTRODUCTION Broadcast by Cuban Intelligence (DGI), the V2/M8 'Atencion stations have been monitored as far back as forty years ago. Today, they are very active and can be found on a multitude of frequencies around the clock. There has only been one major format change V2a/M8a) in its history and the original version V2 is still heard several times a week. The transmitter site is believed to be located at Bauta, Cuba.
V2a FORMAT AND ANALYSIS V2a first appeared on January 11 1996. It is transmitted in AM mode, rarely LSB, and starts approximately on the hour. The transmissions last about 45 minutes. Generally speaking, each broadcast is repeated the following hour on a different frequency. A synthesized female voice is used, with all text in five-figure groups. Three groups will be given during the Atencion call-up. These represent the header for each of the 150 group messages to follow. The last digits in these headers are normally 0123 or occasionally 9.The use of a 456 or 8 is extremely rare.
M8a headers also follow this example. It has been suggested that this digit indicates how many times that particular message has been sent. This does not appear to be true This explanation does not account for the regular use of 9 or the fact that 7 has not been heard. No pattern develops to substantiate this one way or the other. My feeling is that this last digit indicates message priority which may change from one day to the next. The broadcast will end with two or three finals. How many there are seems to depend simply on when the operator shuts off the tape. Here is an example of the V2a format.
"Atencion 12341 23452 34563" repeated for three minutes'
V2 FORMAT AND ANALYSIS With only minor variations in format, V2 has been around since the 196Os. It is currently heard about once a day compared to V2a which has an average of ten daily broadcasts. V2 uses a different female voice which is much lower in tone and sounds like a sedated older woman. This station changes schedules much more often than V2a and will often fluctuate between 2 or 3 frequencies. V2 uses AM mode and always has a distinctive hum on the carrier. Broadcasts start on the hour and seldom last more than 15 minutes. Messages generally contain only 30-50 five figure groups. It appears that the three digit number given during the call-up is the recipient. There is no obvious purpose to the second two digits; again possibly a priority' indicator. Here are two examples of the current V2 format.
"Atencion 959 04" repeated for several minutes. '04 26" repeated a few times, then into 26 group text. "Final...Final
M8a FORMAT AND ANALYSIS Currently, M8a averages around fifteen broadcasts a day. Like Y2a, the last letter in the message header is usually an A(1), N(2) or D(3). These transmissions last approximately 36 minutes. A letter/number substitution system (cut-numbers) is used which consists of the following.
A=1 N=2 D=3 U=4 W=5 R--6 1=7 G=8 M=9 T=0
DNWRA URIGD NTUIN call-up repeated for three minutes.
For a period of a week in July 1996, the word 'null" was substituted for "cero” in the text of all V2a messages. Ii remained “cero” in the message headers. This has not happened since. Additionally, V2a has been noted using two parallel frequencies. It is unclear if this is done deliberately or due to a mixing error. This has occurred on consecutive weekly broadcasts. Instances where identical V2 message texts have repeated up to six times during one broadcast have been recorded.
V2 FORMAT AND ANALYSIS - Latter two digits of 5F call - extensive monitoring in Europe over several years indicates that the 5F headers usually end in 1, 2 or 3, rarely 4, very rarely 5, (almost never over 5 and never 9) This last figure represents the number of times' a message has been sent (excluding scheduled repeat sequence). i.e. 1 is first sending, 2 is 2nd sending . Nearly always messages are sent 3 times (excluding scheduled repeats) and cannot indicate priority as they are always ascending 1-2-3 and can be followed through in this way.
The first 2 figures of the header are non-random also and bear complex relationships to other messages being sent over the same period e.g.70--- may be found to have 69--- and 71--- etc operating over same time period. As far as V2 format is concerned the 2F call up group appears to have the same purpose as the last figure of 5F headers. Again this group is nearly always 01,02 or 03. In Europe, errors hove been noted, but considering the very high activity these are infrequent. Many transmissions, particularly Morse are very strong in Europe - even on the lower frequencies - which tends to indicate a European origin Transmitter quality is usually good
FREQUENCIES - In Europe no activity has ever been noted in broadcast/amateur allocations.
VARIANT - An interesting variant (M86) operated for some time before the use of M8a in which the GC was given - always 150 (sent as AWT).