HIP 79884 Anomalous Signal

HIP 79884 Anomalous Signal

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in the HIP 79884 system, orbiting body 4.

The transmission times of this beacon are believed to be on the hour, every 4 hours, with transmissions reported at: 00:00 / 04:00 / 08:00 / 12:00 / 16:00 / 20:00.

The transmitted message is the following:

14 15 23 9 3 18 25
(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 no longer available – March 3310)

25 Oct 3302

***Compromised Carrier Signal***

November Delta Sierra 7 9 8 8 4 Echo Hotel Foxtrot
Mike Bravo Juliett Foxtrot Bravo Sierra Alpha Bravo
Foxtrot Delta Uniform Papa Quebec Bravo Echo Hotel
Victor Delta Bravo Alpha 1

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 NOWICRY taken from the beacon yielded the message:


This leads to a “Anomalous Signal Detected” signal source in the HIP 79884 system, orbiting body 1. This appears to be a permanent equivalent to the Distress Call (Threat 0) signal source sometimes seen in other systems.

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