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
20 mph ZONE PAINTINGS 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.
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Hull based rides, double centuries and time trials.
(Warning: Contents can be tedious and inconsequential, but at least it's not Twitter!)
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Radio memories of the Cold War.
Personally recorded radio identification
and call signs
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.
17 videos online.
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.
upon Hull, East
Riding of Yorkshire (God's Own Country).
Star sign: Scorpio.
Heroes: Isaac Newton , Brian Clough , Cosmonaut Valeri Ryumin , Soviet rocket designer Sergei Korolev, Friedrich Nietzsche , Carl Sagan (US Cosmologist), Richard Feynman (US Physicist), Science writer, Isaac Asimov.
http://www.xcweather.co.uk As a cyclist, I find myself checking the wind direction many times a day.
http://hfradio.org/swbc Enter a shortwave frequency and find out what's on air.
http://www.heavens-above.com The best sky map site there is.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ This is the site for finding how everything works.
Favourite Food: Indonesian Rijstafel.
Favourite Book: Guy Murchie: Music of the Spheres: The Material Universe, from Atom to Quasar, Simply Explained.
Interests: Astronomy, Short Wave Radio, Real Ale, Chemistry , reading Science textbooks, the secret Soviet moon programme , taking Saunas, Cycling.