posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 04:59 PM
Wow you are right in my back yard, hello there!
I know when to keep my mouth shut and will post anecdotal evidence here, but won't get into detail about the frequences. Every word I type is
carefully considered and I wouldn't willingly compromise anyone's security. Besides, the frequencies these have been found on are not exclusive to
the government. Trust me, if I thought this would get us in trouble or compromise someone's safety, I never would have mentioned it.
One thing I will say is that the TXers appear to be widebanded and have a "dirty" signal, that's how we found them in the first place. Seek and ye
Anyone who drives around with the right receiver will find these. Any Joe Public who goes into Radio Shack can buy a receiver and sit there and listen
to his/her heart's content. Again I stress there is no "secret" implicit here.
There is one station in question where there is a yagi but no lottery machine, remote burglar alarm, or other reason we can find why the antenna
should be there. You are correct, I don't know why I didn't think of such an obvious fact, the owners would certainly notice the antenna! Unless it
has been there all along, perhaps from a previous lottery machine installation, and has only recently come back into use. That particular station has
changed hands every few years or so lately.
If only it were easier to lurk in the areas of these stations and try to DF to see if the emissions are in a beam-style pattern, we'd learn a lot.
Alas, one of the other stations where the pattern seems to be directional has no visible antennae on it. Other than those two, I don't think
anyone's hung out in the areas of the other stations long enough to figure out much.
The one odd thing that we aren't sure of is how, if these are covert "bugs" installed without the owner's knowledge, they are able to be powered
24/7. I am saying this because at least 2/3 of these stations myself and others have driven by at night after closing and still heard the devices
turned on. Let's say this is a surveillance operation and the devices are battery-powered. By now certainly a witness would probably have seen
someone change the batteries in the device...unless, of course, a gasoline delivery tanker driver is somehow in on it and doing these things during
late-night deliveries (common at most of these stations). Or perhaps the corporate level of the tanker company is in on it, and then tells the drivers
to change the batteries in "a new kind of metering device", which the driver dutifully does, never knowing they are changing batteries on a