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Shortwave Espionage


Read articles, hear sound clips and watch videos of number stations. 

If you have ever tuned a radio beyond the medium wave band, you will have entered the weird and wonderful world of short wave. You will hear many strange transmissions, such as ranting American evangelists warning you that the end of the world is near, people trying to sell you gold and silver before the economic collapse, jammed clandestine radio broadcasts from Iraq, aircraft flying over the Arctic, barely understandable Scots fisherman on their trawlers and many other bizarre sounds.

Perhaps the strangest of all transmissions are the “Spy Number Stations”. These do not officially exist and no one has ever explained what the purpose of these stations is. They consist of the most boring content imaginable. A strange non-human voice reading out series of numbers, sometimes accompanied by weird tones or odd melodies. 

Some Americans even use them as background music at intellectual dinner parties and they even turned up in the film "Vanilla Sky". On this site you can read my book on this subject; “Secret Signals”, as well as explore articles and sound clips from the height of the Cold War era.

LAST UPDATED 23 AUG 14
NUMBER OF SOUND CLIPS:
661  NUMBER OF VIDEO CLIPS: 31 
NUMBER OF EXTERNAL LINKS:
251

Latest additions:
Which stations are on the air today? See: PRIYOM.ORG
The International Number Station Monitoring Association
ARTE: "Cryptology - searching for secret codes" with Jochen S. in Germany

 


20 mph Gallery

Kingston upon Hull is the most traffic-calmed city in the country, with over 115 20 mph zones. In each zone the local school children are asked to design a picture, which is shown below the 20 mph limit sign. Here is a gallery dedicated to this unique art form.

NUMBER OF PICTURES:  114  LAST UPDATED 16 AUG 10

 

Cycling stories.
Hull based rides, double centuries and time trials.
(Warning: Contents can be tedious and inconsequential, but at least it's not Twitter!)

Various personal cycling stories from 200 mile non stop rides to time trialling 1999-2010.

LAST UPDATED 16 AUG 10

 

Radio memories of the Cold War.

Personally recorded radio identification and call signs 
recorded at the height of the Cold War.

Also check out: Old Time Radio Catalog
http://www.otrcat.com/

 


Hull Fish Trail

The streets of Hull are paved with fish! All around the city are unique fish sculptures, ranging from a shoal of anchovies outside the City Hall, to a Zander near the medieval Beverley Gate. Take a virtual tour around the trail and see these works of art from your own armchair.
 


 Safety Videos 

I once produced a series of (award winning!) safety related video for my work colleagues. For those with a fast connection and nothing better to do with their time, here is a selection. 

wmv format. 17 videos online.
UPDATED 8 DEC 06

 

 

Statues of Hull.
William De La Pole
Charles Henry Wilson
Amy Johnson
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria 2
Prince Albert
William Wilberforce 
William Wilberforce 2
James Stuart
Britannia
Andrew Marvell
Saint Peter
Smith and Leggett
King William III
John Alderson MD
 


James H Reeve


Talk show host James H Reeve had a small tenure on the ill-fated long wave radio station, TEAMtalk 252 which was shut down by some bad men at 1300 UTC on 
31 JUL 02. During his time there, I managed to get a number of e-mails read out. Listen to them here
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Gary Burt

Gary's Gags 
Gary (Dizzy Fingers) Burt, Doncaster's organist extraordinaire, appeared on TalkSPORT with the above presenter, James H Reeve. He would steal James' jokes and send them in to national newspapers to win money. Here are some of their classic exchanges.
UPDATED 18 MAY 08
 


The Finnish Sauna

Fancy your own sauna? It's easier than you think and after a good workout, there's no better way of relaxing. If it's cold, dark and wet outside you can make a little tropical oasis in your own garden.

Sauna culture videos. Thanks to Dave M.