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XPA – Polytones

Name: Polytone
Activity: Active
Emission Mode: USB (Formerly AM)
Believed Country of Origin: Russia

Station Structure

1.) 2 Minutes of high and short pitches lead-in tones
2.) Message sync tones
3.) 3 Digit ID (###)
4.) Messages Follow, includes more sync tones every 64 groups of 5 numbers

Null Messages have ID 000 and always sends 0#### 00001 00000 10140
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Station Summary

First heard in December 2003, the XPA numbers station is a  MFSK digital mode station operated by the Russian GRU. Formerly used the 20 baud rate, but now only uses the 10 baud rate (see below for 20 baud sample). These tones can be decoded with the software Rivet.  XPA always has two more broadcasts afterward, each being 20 minutes apart. XPA will also usually send out test tones.  Prior to its broadcast, it will also send out a fluttering-like sound (also shown below).

Message Tones Transmitter Sound
tones prior
Test Tones
tones

XPA using the 20 Baud Rate, Recorded by Token

Tone Functions

520 Hz – Low Start Tone 600 Hz – Low Sync Tone
720 Hz – End Tones 760 Hz – 0
800 Hz – 1 840 Hz – 2
880 Hz – 3 920 Hz – 4
960 Hz – 5 1000 Hz – 6
1040 Hz – 7 1080 Hz – 8
1120 Hz – 9 1160 Hz – Message Start Pulse
1200 Hz – Repeat 1280 Hz – Start High (Used With Start Low)

Related Stations: E07, G07, S07, V07, M12

 

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