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Numbers stations are shortwave radio broadcasts believed to transmit messages to spies in the field using a series of sounds including human voices, Morse code, songs and even the occasional cartoon character. They broadcast in several different languages at pre-set times on specific frequencies. To the average listener, numbers station sound like a load of gibberish, but to their intended audience, they probably mean much more.
Numbers stations have been in use since around WWI. They are unregistered, which means their broadcasts are illegal. No government has acknowledged their existence. The messages transmitted are believed to be encrypted with a one-time pad – an encryption key that is completely random, changes with every message and is completely unbreakable.
For most people, numbers stations make for a uniquely creepy listening experience. However, for those real life James Bond types out there, those random numbers that are meaningless to us may be instructions for a government coup or an assassination plot!
"The Buzzer"/ UVB-76: A numbers station proven to be run by the Russian militaryUVB-76 – known by it's nickname "The Buzzer"– has been broadcasting since the 1970s and is still active today.
The broadcast consists of a repeated buzzing noise. Every few years, the buzzing is interrupted by a Russian voice reading off a series of names and numbers. The buzzing noise seems to be generated manually –occasionally telephone conversations and banging noises can be also heard.
Due to its increasing popularity online, UVB-76 moved its transmission location sometime in 2010. Two groups of urban explorers traveled to the remote Russian town of Povarovo in search of the military bunker that the signal had originated from for over 30 years, but the military outpost had already been abandoned.
However, a book was found that contained a log of messages that confirmed that UVB-76 was run by the Russian military.
Listen to a live feed of The Buzzer here.
Yosemite Sam: A numbers station that uses a clip from a Bugs Bunny cartoon to transmit dataThis U.S. numbers station first started transmitting in December 2004 from the Laguna Indian Reservation near Albuquerque, NM.
The transmission was an 800 millisecond burst of compressed data (which could include anything from pictures and video to instructions) followed by the voice of cartoon character Yosemite Sam saying, "Varmint, I'm gonna blow ya to smithereens!" The cycle repeated itself three times over two minutes.
To date, no one has been able to decipher the transmission, which ceased broadcasting in 2005.
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The Lincolnshire Poacher: A numbers station traced to British Secret IntelligenceThe Lincolnshire Poacher numbers station was so named because it used two bars from a traditional English folk song, also called "The Lincolnshire Poacher."
Amateur sleuths traced the transmission to a Royal Air Force base believed to be operated by the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) on the island of Cyprus. It consisted of a English synthesized female voice reading groups of five numbers.
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