Component drops/Investigation

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Investigation This is an investigation subpage.

The information found here includes bleeding-edge updates, information dumps, and speculation.
The factual/summarized article for this page is: Component drops
Be sure to separate different subjects here using a new section and subtopics using ===Subsections===.

Summary

The component drops are dead drops (and now, a mailed package) that contain machined (titanium?) pieces of an object.

  • Creepygoat at SomethingAwful says that the Finland and Neary Lagoon drops are parts of a soil probe.

Note

If you find a component, please mail it to vargomax. Ask for his mailing address on irc.

Decrypted Drop Transmission from 709 700 0122

Z 080524Z SEP 24
SECRET/ / PRJMLPL/ / 75X5
MSGID / DRPWRN / /
SUBJ/ PREPARE FOR COMPONENT(S) RECOVERY/ /
LOC/ FI11/ / /
LOC/ HK/ / /
LOC/ JA14/ ? ? ?
LOC/ US06075/ / /
LOC/ US15/ / /
LOC/ US17031/ / /
GENTEXT/ REMARKS/ PREPARE TO RETRIEVE COMPONENT DROPS IN NAMED REGIONS
NO LATER THAN 172000Z OCT 05
THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED/ /

Information on how this message was found and decoded: here

Anticipated drop locations

Add names of candidates next to each drop


FI11  : FI11_399_401_province_laani___Uusimaa__
HK  : HK00_399_414_country____HONG KONG__
JA14  : JA14_400_414_prefecture____Ibaraki__
US06075  : San Francisco County, California (will be retrieved by JayLyons)
US15  : US15_400_414_state____Hawaii__
US17031  : Cook County, Illinois
US44  : RHODE ISLAND


FIPS codes FIPS State/County codes

Updated Message (10/5)

On 10/5 the audio was updated with new tones. Ymgve decoded using the same methods above and got the following:

    P 050015Z OCT 12
    SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
    MSGID/DRPWRN//
    REPL/080524Z SEP 24/PREPARE FOR COMPONENT(S) RECOVERY//
    SUBJ/PREPARE FOR COMPONENT RECOVERY(S)//
    LOC/FI11///
    LOC/HK/COLLECTED//
    LOC/JA14///
    LOC/US06075///
    LOC/US15///
    LOC/US17031///
    LOC/US44///
    GENTEXT/REMARKS/PREPARE TO RETRIEVE COMPONENT DROPS IN NAJED REGIONS
    COMPONENT TO DROP BY 152000Z OCT 12
    RETRIEVE NO LATER THAN 312359 OCT 12
    THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED//
    AA 55 AA 55 37 34 33 0A 84 D0 D8 9A 20 A7 37 DA 19 4F 84 EF
    1D 69 B4 E7 68 68 9F 2B 46 CB 05 54 7A AB 22 05 6F 7F 7C B0
    E3 73 3D E7 33 30 A4 64 06 1A 7D AC FE 41 87 7E C0 3A 5F E8
    9B F7 10 8F EF A8 55 F7 A9 68 74 47 E5 52 66 DF 41 ED 53 1E
    B9 27 F7 E9 BB BC 01 B7 F1 E2 29 5B 5C CB EA BB 76 B0 7A DC
    03 DE 7D FA 88 9E 8E AC C3 40 74 11 C3 B1 58 D0 0D 3A 0A D6
    29 64 0E 87 A7 71 96 9D CA BA 52 3F 91 A3 32 23 32 18 29 6C
    AF E0 09 00 80 51 E6 DD 92 5E B7 45 B5 1E DB 32 C7 C3 3D C7
    54 19 16 89 09 4C B2 5A E4 11 24 7D 35 F1 A8 2B 6F 0E 70 F0
    E1 64 5C F1 A1 FA D1 BD 5F 30 D0 DA C6 39 3B C3 DC BF B0 3E
    4B CB F2 A4 7A 4E A8 F4 0D 9D C7 15 1B 1F AD 6B F0 1B 34 F8
    82 8B 36 5F E7 5B 7A 12 A9 2A 25 77 23 7F A1 5A A9 A4 89 2B
    C4 9A 3D 83 88 8E 90 3C 9F 55 3C 93 94 15 5E 80 58 AD EC 28
    6C 23 B0 85 93 EC 42 33 B3 2A E8 99 B8 54 5B 31 DD D6 A2 A0
    61 E3 34 62 A9 BE F8 A7 E4 7A 9C 45 9B 73 60 B7 F9 0C 0F 0D
    21 5A 89 02 D7 94 9E 6D 48 52 E5 E6 BF 62 42 B0 CC FC CC 8D
    25 22 08 E2 E1 EB 9B B5 12 16 E9 4C 33 3C FD 0C 1E E7 8A A6
    5F 36 ED E0 41 68 3D F7 CA 9A 99 C5 39 03 B6 71 E7 84 C8 93
    23 5D 47 26 13 CA 31 BA EA 4E E8 2E 52 31 1A 81 1F A8 95 9A
    4E CE FC DB C7 ED 02 52 88 46 BB F4 8F 87 D3 52 09 A2 0E C1
    28 AC AB 1C 38 62 AA 68 2E C6 90 CF B9 C9 CF C6 F8 17 CF C8
    E8 24 74 68 E7 7A 1D D6 AA 55 AA 55 AA 55 AA 55

Dates

See Time_Notation_Ambiguity.

Currently we're unable to decode the PM's date system. Maybe it's wrong, maybe we don't understand it, we don't know yet.

It appears the date "152000Z" refers to 15:20 UTC, but then what time is "312359"?

If PM used military Date-time group dates codes mean:

COMPONENT TO DROP BY 152000Z OCT 12 - 15th Oct. 20:00 2012
RETRIEVE NO LATER THAN 312359 OCT 12 - 31th Oct. 23:59 2012

Comparison of all drop trans date formats

wiki Date-time group

Link to Google map with points dropped