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Number Stations


'For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations.

Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is' (The Conet Project).

I've been using/'researching' Number Stations lately for a project but fascinated with them for a while.

A nice BBC radio Doc on them

And an audio list of many broadcasts can be found here  along with a pdf about them

Robby Collins:
Used to stumble across them a lot as a lonely youth.

Woodpeckers, also.

Seems like some of these stations are reappearing.

I wish I had witnessed them first hand/ear.

Similar but different

A conversation to be had over a pint: 'old skool' surveillance/espionage techniques + technologies *

*I am 'working' on a variation of this at the moment.


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