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Subject: [TowerTalk] Yet another source of QRN...
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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 10:49:21 -0500
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LONDON, England (AP) -- A mysterious transmission that baffled British
intelligence analysts for days was caused by a ram rubbing up against an
aerial mast, a government agency said Tuesday. 

Scientists at Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, western
England, an intelligence-gathering station, were baffled by strange
high-frequency noises coming from Scarborough signal station in Yorkshire,
northeastern England. 

GCHQ's in-house paper, the Daily Observer, said the noises were unlike
anything staff had encountered before and an investigating team initially
thought they were coming from spies or aliens. 

Their investigation found the signal only happened in the day time, went
across all the high-frequency bands and only Scarborough aerials could pick
it up. 

Eventually, investigators discovered that a ram was rubbing its horns
against the aerial masts "in between servicing some local ewes," the paper

"It's possible the ram was attracted to the mast which may have given off
some kind of tingling sensation, but it was probably just a post to rub
against," said GCHQ spokesman Bob McNally.



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