Caucuma Unregistered Comms Beacon

Caucuma Unregistered Comms Beacon

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in the Caucuma system, orbiting body 10 d.

The transmission times of this beacon are believed to be on the hour, every 3 hours, with transmissions reported at: 00:00 / 03:00 / 06:00 / 09:00 / 12:00 / 15:00 / 18:00 / 21:00.

The transmitted message is the following:

4 1 14 7 5 18 15 21 19
(repeated four times)

Decodes by letter positions to:


This message is the decryption key for an encoded Galnet article in the local Herald:
(Note: this Herald is still currently available – March 3310 / An archived image from March 3310 is also available – THE CAUCUMA HERALD)

2 AUG 3302

hotel echo mike juliet kilo echo – 1 alpha – hotel delta november juliet india victor juliet yankee – quebec uniform mike echo delta quebec 4

The message consists of a series of words that can be interpreted as the NATO phonetic alphabet, yielding the message:


Applying a Keyed Caesar cipher with the key of DANGEROUS taken from the beacon yielded the message:


Unfortunately, the expected Signal Source POI is not present around body 1 b, in the Merope system.

However, there is a Listening post orbiting body 1 b, which leads to the HIP 14909 Distress Call.

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