The Goose

Enigma ID n/a

Name The Goose
Frequencies 4310 (daytime); 3012 (nighttime)
Status Active
Emission mode USB
Location near Smolensk, Russia


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"The Goose" is a Russian military commandment network serving the Western Military District. It broadcasts on 4310 kHz during daytime, changing to 3012 kHz for nighttime.

While no other traffic is being sent, the station emits its signature channel marker, the sound of which - to some listeners - is evocative of a goose. The traffic consists mainly of "Monolith" format messages addressed to Охват-98 (Okhvat-98). It has also happened to relay messages sent on Katok-65.

The Goose began operation on April 11, 2017, originally on 4770 kHz in daytime, and 3012 kHz in nighttime. The daytime frequency would then be changed several times, without affecting the nighttime frequency: on April 15, 2017 to 6360 kHz; on April 14, 2018 to 3750 kHz; and on June 17, 2018 to 4310 kHz. On May 14 and 15, 2019, the station transmitted on the original frequency 4770 kHz during both daytime and nighttime, before returning to the old 4310/3012 kHz combination.