The Goose

Enigma ID n/a

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


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"The Goose" is a Russian military commandment network which began operation on April 11, 2017. It broadcasts on 4310 kHz during daytime, changing to 3012 kHz for nighttime. Its specific channel marker sound is, to some listeners, evocative of a goose. Multilateration attempts seem to point towards the Smolensk area, which would imply that it is part of the Western Military District.

It occasionally sends "Air" type messages of the "Monolith" format addressed to Okhvat-98 (Russian: Охват-98). It has also happened to relay "Monolith" type messages after they were sent to Katok-65, which further cements this suggestion.

The day/night frequency switch-over times depend on the month. All times given are Moscow time (MSK, UTC+3).

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3012 → 4310 10:30 08:30 ? 08:30 10:30
4310 → 3012 20:30 20:30 ? 20:30 20:30

On April 14, 2018, the daytime transmissions moved from their original frequency 6360 kHz to 3750 kHz - significantly lower: this brought it down quite close to the 3012 kHz nighttime frequency, which remained unchanged meanwhile. On June 17th, 2018, it was noticed that the daytime transmissions had moved again, to 4310 kHz - back to a somewhat higher frequency, while the nighttime frequency still remained unchanged.

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