Welcome to the Shortwave Espionage section. Here you can access the book "Secret Signals, The Euronumbers Mystery" which was
"Secret Signals" is about the enduring mystery of the shortwave bands-namely the "Numbers Stations" These are supposedly one way transmissions to espionage agents working in foreign countries. Where do these transmissions come from? Well, one source is an Embassy building in a particular country. Look at the grotesque log periodic antenna on top of the Yugoslav embassy in Washington. Other sites may include international broadcasters. The B.B.C. has always denied any involvement and in the book you will read of a denial of the use of the frequency 6840 kHz "We have not used it for many years". However, later on came the following reply from B.F.B.S. "Thank you for your letter enquiring about our 6840 kHz frequency and any associated interference. You may, or may not, know that this frequency was "lent" to us in order that British Forces serving in the Gulf area could keep in touch with not only the British news but also Service news via BFBS.
The transmitter that radiates this frequency is situated on Cyprus and the transmissions are directed towards the Gulf region (sounds familiar!). We have never had any complaints of the type you describe and therefore no call for further action. It would seem that the heavy interference you describe may well not affect our listeners in the Gulf area since our signal there will be infinitely stronger." See
Could this be a QSL in lieu of a Lincolnshire Poacher confirmation? There have been stations that have had genuine callsigns such as DFC37 and DFD21 and even stations that have issued QSL cards, such as Czech station
and semi-spy station KKN44.
The Number Stations use one time pads which are unbreakable if used correctly. Agents have been caught with them in hollowed out bars of soap . Or even talcum powder containers.
Thanks to a Number Stations 4 CD set brought out by Akin Fernandez, this esoteric subject has been shown on national TV and radio. There have been many books and magazine articles published on the subject.
READ SECRET SIGNALS
What stations are on the air today? See: PRIYOM.ORG
Enigma 2000 Yahoo group (for the definitive newsletter)
The International Number Station Monitoring Association
Listen to some sound clips sent in during a competition in 2004
Listen to some sound clips sent in during a competition in
SIMON MASON WRITES: Articles in Enigma Magazine :
|Interference by number stations to
|In June 07 I made a 2500 round trip to the border of Slovakia/Ukraine, taking in Poland, Germany, Czech Rep, Hungary and Austria. I made this video of the trip which includes footage of the E3 Lincolnshire Poacher being received loud and clear on a hotel balcony in Budapest, Hungary. View it here.|
Jochen Schäfer's historical recordings page.
Superb recordings from the "Kopf" of German monitoring.
Historical recordings of Thomas Ingenpass, Northern Germany UPDATED
Recording from the 1980's onwards taken in Northern Germany.
recordings of James C. in the U.S.A.
Archive recordings from the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
Mistakes and Bloopers
Errors in transmission.
A declassified Polish document reveals details of DFC37 and DFD21. NEW
A whole series of espionage related documents sent in by Detlev B. in Germany.
Includes full details in German on how to decode a message. NEW
The Ultimate Number Station Frequency List
Photos of Soviet Embassy Antenna Farms Page1.
Photos of Soviet Embassy Antenna Farms Page 2. (Courtesy of Desmond Ball)
Photos of Soviet Embassy Antenna Farms Page 3.
Lincolnshire Poacher transmitter site photos.
French Embassy photos in Moscow
Italian Embassy photos in Moscow
Vietnam Embassy photos in Moscow
United States' Consulate in Jerusalem, Israel.
|All the original recordings of the
stations below were made in
Kingston upon Hull and Anlaby, UK using a SONY ICF 7600D,
SONY 2001D, GRUNDIG SATELLIT 800 MILLENNIUM and JRC NRD 525
in the period 1985 - 2013.
Photo shows 5F messages sent in fast Morse being decoded
with a Sony ICF 2001D and Commodore 64 computer in the
winter of 1988.
YL/EE "Ready, Ready"
E3- "Lincolnshire Poacher" YL/EE MI 6 Transmitter site photos
E3a-Cherry Ripe YL/EE MI
E5-"Counting Station" YL/EE CIA
E6/E7-Russian Man in English
E9- Magnetic Fields
E10- MOSSAD Phonetic Alphabet Station
E11- YL/EE "Oblique"
E12- YL/EE NNN Sign On
E13- 5 Dashes Station
E14--YL/EE "Count Control"
E15- "Mary Susan Adam" YL+OM
E16- "2 Letter" YL/EE BND Schedule
E17--English Lady 00000 Ending
E18--YL/EE "Fife Free" ends 0 0 0
E21-"4F Counting Station" YL/EE CIA
(E22) - Indian Man on 15400 kHz + 17385 kHz Mystery solved.
E23- Swedish Rhapsody with Counting Station voice 3 messages, no breaks.
E25 English Male Voice 4F 9450 kHz
|G1- Tyrolean Music Station
YL+OM/GG, G1A Irregular Tunes, G1B phrases and irregular tunes.
G2- "Swedish Rhapsody" YL/GG , G2A Counting In Call.
G3- "The Gong Station" YL/GG NVA
G4-The 3 Note Oddity
G5- "Counting Station" YL/GG CIA 2= "zwo", G5A, 2= "zwei"
G6-Russian Lady in German 00000
G7- YL/German 000 000 Ende
G8- "Four Note Rising Scale" YL/GG Stasi, G8A Single repeated 5F group and Morse "A's" G8B rapid dots TS.
G12- YL/GG NNN Sign On
G13- 5 Dashes Station
G14- DFC37/ DFD21 YL/GG BND
G15- "Papa November" YL/GG BND, G15A "Continuous reading"
G16- "2 Letter Station" YL/GG BND Schedule
G18- YL/GG Rise and Fall Scale
G19 -Russian Man in German 00000
G20- "Spruch" OM/GG , G20A repeating single 5F group.
G21--Music and Morse Letter
G22--YL/GG "Nomer, Gruppen" ends 0 0 0
S2- Drums and Trumpets"
S3--Okno Okno Okno
S4 "Edna Sednitser-ends 0 0 0
S5-Czech Station OLX
S6/S7- Russian Man
S8--YL/Serbo Croat "YT"
S10/S10E--YL/Czech "Bulgarian Betty"
S11/S11A- "YL "Presta" and "Cherta"
S15/S16-Czech Station OLX
S17E--YL/Czech "Bulgarian Betty"
S21 "YL/RR "Adieu""
V1- OM/Rumanian "Skylark"
V2--Cuban Spanish Lady "Attencion"
V5--"Counting Station" YL/SS
V6 Russian Lady in Spanish
V7--Russian Man in Spanish
V8- Eastern Music Station
V12- YL/French NNN Sign On
V18- YL/Hungarian NNN Sign On
V19 WTR 21 Don't cry for me Argentina
V23 - YL/French (Russian Lady)
|S28 buzzer hourly tone by " Poacher"
Audio clip by "Poacher" in Russia.
Anthony S. in NY state, U.S.A says: "We have a website at www.uvb-76.net. If you need any information on what has been going on lately, a few of us have been working on a "study page" for the station, with archives of all recent messages: http://danix111.cba.pl/ns/uvb-76.html which is under the authorship of Daniel E.
Along with that, we have a podcast at www.uvb-76.cba.pl.
Perron in Taiwan comes this recording of a Chinese Number Station. Keith
Article by Wendell Minnick in Defense News
Station: China spy number station DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Transcript of opening of message:
This is a message for 6-6-1-6-3 pay attention to message!
And a message for 6-1-6-6-3 pay attention to message!
This is a message for 2-2-3-6 pay attention to message 55 for 2-2-3-6
(this is followed by the message)
The MOSSAD Stations by M.G.
Letter from "Marcel" in France
Letter from "Derek" about transmitter sites.
Article by "Garganta La Profunda"
Looking back with "D"-The Schulzes
Looking back with "D"- Radio in the Gehlen Organisation
The Life and Times of Cynthia by P.S.
Looking back with "D" - Czech Mate, The case of Erwin van Haarlem
G7 "The Friday Night Fraulein"
Curious case of Swiss Radio, BBC and Swiss Secret Service
Havana Moon in search of Florida transmitter Sites
The Mystery of the Numbers Stations by Havana Moon
Secrets of Short Wave radio espionage by Don Schimmel.
The State of Number Stations at the end of 1999
Cyprus TV exposes Lincolnshire Poacher site:
Number stations in the "Big Secrets" book by William Poundstone.
Is this "evidence" that the 1970's pirate station Radio North Sea had an East German connection?
Irdial Discs reaches compromise with rock group
Number station article in Wikipedia
French DGSE explains how it trains its agents to use number stations
Article on the discussion group "Slashdot" DEC 06
The Hackers Voice Telecoms Digest Pt 1 Pt2 and pt3 NEW
TRANSMITTER SITES ON GOOGLE EARTH. (Tnx Tristan S.)
E3 Lincolnshire Poacher site.
Jupiter/Tequesta Florida site
S28 Buzzer site.
VIDEO CLIPS WMV FORMAT
Did the Skylark fly again in 2003? VIDEO
How to hide a Numbers Station VIDEO
The Lincolnshire Poacher caught on video VIDEO
MOSSAD station MIW 2 on 5339.5 kHz (rare 0.5kHz offset) VIDEO
Voice of Korea on 11545 kHz clashing with E3 Lincs. Poacher.
E10 MOSSAD station interferes with Radio Africa VIDEO
V2 Cuban Spanish station interferes with WYFR Family Radio. VIDEO
"Der Westen Leuchtet" VIDEO clip. VIDEO
S06 interfering with Radio Ukraine International on 9950 kHz VIDEO
G11 9443 kHz for 508/00 at 1100 UTC 7 DEC 07 VIDEO
S6 5070 kHz for 824 at 1500 UTC 4 DEC 07 VIDEO
S6 6337 kHz for 537 at 1510 UTC 4 DEC 07 VIDEO
Spanish Cuban Lady V2 30 APR 08 1600 UTC 5898 kHz VIDEO
E11 Oblique at 0900 UTC 14 MAY 08 on 9022 kHz VIDEO
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on 9202 and 10648 kHz on 29 MAY 08 at 1833 UTC. VIDEO
E10 Echo Zulu India 1 being jammed on one of its two frequencies. VIDEO
E11a 0950 UTC 11 SEP 08 on 9575 kHz mixing with Radio Medi Un, Morocco. VIDEO
S6 Russian lady on 12140 kHz with massive AM signal VIDEO
Updated: 2 JUL 15
REAL LIFE STORIES
Read the personal story of Thomas Wagner (who told me part of his story a few years ago)
Memories of Christian S. in Germany
Mark Fosella's Red Herring Cipher.
Chris Smolinski's Number Station Resource
Signal Intelligence Site - Germany
Dirk Rijmenants' site AUDIO Dirk's Free One Time Pad number generator.
Star Trek's Wesley's (Wil Wheaton) blog
Whole Numbers Play The Basics by Myke Weiskopf
Manolis in Crete - E25 Audio AUDIO
Irdial Discs New Site (Producers of CONET CDs)
Ary Boender's Numbers and Oddities Site
The Ominous Valve
The Straight Dope page answers a question
Ryan Grabow's Page
One Time Pad Generator
Discussion board on Live Journal
Keith Kisser's weblog
Peter McCollum's site
"Radio Papa November"
Play Number Station bingo here.
|RADIO AND TV PROGRAMMES, YOUTUBE CLIPS + PODCASTS|
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
BBC Radio 4 programme "Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher" 23 APR 05
BBC RADIO 4- 23 APR 05 SHOW.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
BBC Radio 1 programme "Radio Anyone" 22 AUG 05
BBC RADIO 1- 22 AUG 05 SHOW
Radio Humberside had a piece about number stations on their Breakfast Show
of 4 NOV 09.
I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the piece which was to commemorate the 20th anniversary
of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Link to the BBC webpage "Curious Cold War Communications".
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: BBC Radio Humberside show.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: IN AFRIKAANS
South African Radio station "Radio RSG" programme 6 MAY 06.
series "Galileo" shown on Channel Pro7 showing how number stations
ARTE: "Cryptology - searching for secret codes" with Jochen S.
At 0400 UTC on 28 MAY 08 I was interviewed for the Richard Syrett show on 1010 CFRB Toronto Canada.
Richard spoke with a shortwave radio enthusiast and author/researcher about Spy Number Stations. Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a radio alphabet), tunes or Morse code. Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are channels of communication used to send messages to spies.
Here is the edited hour long show. LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
STATION PCJ - 13 AUG 09 Happy
Station Tribute To DXers Part 2
Now based in Taipei, Taiwan, Happy Station PCJ had a show broadcast over WRMI Miami at 1500 UTC on 13 AUG 09 for which I was interviewed by Keith Perron. The preceding item about short wave jamming is of interest as well.
Air date: August 13, 2009
Frequency: 9955 kHz
Soviet Jamming with a former Lithuanian Minister Of Communications and long time Dxer Rimantas Pleikys.
Simon Mason author of Secret Signals to talk about the mystery of spy number stations.
And the full interview with Jerry Berg about his books on the history of shortwave radio.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: Happy Station Tribute To Dxers Part 2
Channel 4 News Podcast 4 JUL
The Morning Report. Download edited version. With Geoff White. LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
Definitely Not the Opera is the ideal audio guide to the fast-changing world of popular culture. It's your tip sheet to what's hot, what to watch, who to listen to and what's going on. LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: Definitely Not the Opera 2 FEB 08
On the "old school technology" front, if you spend enough time listening to short-wave radio, you may eventually stumble on mysterious voices reading strings of numbers… Is it a secret code, or a promotion for the TV show Lost? Internet audio guy John Pellatt looks into the mystery of numbers stations for us.
George, Tommy, and Peter are back with the long awaited episode 20. Tour the Hy-Gain Factory and see how antennas and rotors are built. Peter tells us all about those mysterious ‘Numbers Stations’ on short wave. Plus an update on what your hosts have been up to lately, viewer email and timely topics.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: IN DUTCH
1 OCT 06. Dutch radio station VPRO with a programme about Czech spy Erwin van Haarlem.
The show called "Het Spoor Terug" (The trail back) is in two parts. IN DUTCH.
Part 1 VPRO 1 OCT 06 Het Spoor Terug
Deutschlandfunk programme in German
"Achtung: Fünnef, zwo, null, null, Trennung.
"Geheimdienste auf Sendung
by Claudia Heissenberg.
Broadcast 1715-1800 UTC on 16 SEP 03.
DOWNLOAD ENTIRE PROGRAMME
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
DLF- 16 SEP 03 SHOW.
Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian TV) broadcast a programme in the Einblick series on 7 MAR 04 featuring number stations.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
BR- 7 MAR 04 SHOW.
Der Westen Leuchtet.
Thanks go to Daniel S. in Germany for providing the sound clip, photos and scene description from this German film featuring the G16 2-letter station.
NEW View this as a video clip.
Thanks to Matthias M. in Preston for the clip. "Der Westen Leuchtet" VIDEO clip.
Info, the German commercial station, which produced the programme
"Radiowelt" with the numbers contribution in 2008, made another earlier
transmission about numbers stations, produced in the 1990 by Andreas Erbe,
a well-known hobby friend in Germany. Thanks to Jochen S.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE: Radiowelt 2008
Here is a clip from a film shown in Poland in 1968.
Marek W was kind enough to make a copy. Here is his story.
I downloaded only a few parts of it, to rip these videos, it's
probably Stasi gong station G3, without starting gongs of course. My
uncle told me that makers of this film asked the Polish Militia about spycraft
communication related materials to present something close to the
truth in a movie and they gave them these recordings.
The story is about a fictional spies group called Korn.
Download Korn video clip. VIDEO
As above, a film depicting a spy receiving a coded message over his shortwave radio.
From the 1973 Soviet TV series, Seventeen Moments of Spring (Rus: Семнадцать мгновений весны)
Seventeen Moments of Spring YOUTUBE VIDEO
|Fox TV's show Fringe
includes a clip from Swedish Rhapsody G2 in the episode 6955 kHz..
Video clip from the 2007 film "The Company" showing one times pads being discovered. VIDEO
Thanks to Bruno in Portugal for the clip.
“KGB in Deutschland” LISTEN HERE:
"On 29 NOV 06 on the French/German channel ARTE, three different German stations apparently made it a 'Secret Services' night". Part of this series of programmes was called “KGB in Deutschland” presented by the German TV station ARD. Thanks again go to Daniel S. in Germany for providing the sound clip, photos and description from this show.
BBC 1 "Here and Now" show aired 21 APR 1997 AT 1830 UTC.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
BBC - 21 APR 97 SHOW
European Music Radio transmission with Soviet "U" beacon "interference."
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
EMR - 12 APR 04 SHOW.
National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
NPR - 12 NOV 04 SHOW.
NPR's Lost and Found Sound May 2000 AUDIO
CBC Radio broadcast a 4 minute piece about number stations all across Canada on Tue 13 Jul 10.
With Blair Sanderson.
Radio Moscow answers my Number Station question in 1988 DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Radio Netherlands Media Network reviews "Secret Signals" DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Radio Netherlands Media Network interviews Havana Moon DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Radio Netherlands Media Network in 1991 with Simon Mason interview DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Juan Carlos in Spain sent in a programme (Radio Enlace) of Radio Netherlands Spanish language service from
1990 which has a feature on Number Stations. Radio Netherlands 1990 DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Thanks Juan Carlos!
Radio Fax reviews "Secret Signals" in their Sparks programme DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
BBC Radio 5 Live "Sunday Service" 21 APR 02 (with Akin Fernandez) DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Did TalkSPORT host James H Reeve get conned into sending a spy message? AUDIO
Another secret message from James H Reeve AUDIO
On 27 NOV 96, DJ host Nick Abbot took a couple of calls from listeners about number stations.
Even though the host was in the radio business, he had never heard of them before.
LBC 97.3 Nick Abbot YOUTUBE AUDIO
Radio UK 1999
Danny Baker and Danny Kelly on Talk Radio in 1999 talking about the STASI Gong station at the end of their football phone in.
"Macca" from Winsford calls James H Reeve on Key 103 in JUN 05 AUDIO
German TV Programme about "Topspion Topas" b/cast 7 AUG 02
A reporter receives the E5 Counting Station signals outside the U.S.
Frankfurt site. Thanks to James C.
Resonance FM with the show: "Sending Out a Message" with Akin Fernandez interview. 18 NOV 08
Sending Out a Message DOWNLOAD AUDIO
CKUT-FM is the official campus community radio station of McGill University. Hear the Jan 09 programme about spy number stations in DPRK (North Korea). DOWNLOAD AUDIO DPRK Number station CKUT -FM
Hobart Radio International's Spy Station Special Pt 1 Download show
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
HOBART RADIO INTERNATIONAL 21 NOV 04 SHOW
Hobart Radio International's Spy Station Special Pt 2 Download show
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE
HOBART RADIO INTERNATIONAL 17 APR 05 SHOW
Hobart Radio International's Spy Station Special Pt 3 Download show
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:
HOBART RADIO INTERNATIONAL 17 APR 05 SHOW
Caroline Eifel from Eisenach broadcast a German show out of Ulbroka, Latvia
with number station content.
25 NOV 07 09:00 to 10:00 UTC
Number station programme in German broadcast on 26 JUL 08 on "Radio Ropa" in its program "Radiowelt".
Radio Welt Jul 08 Download show
first number station based Podcast
narrated by Imperium Americana.
21 NOV 05 Click on photo for podcast.
The discussion is found here at abovetopsecret.com
Slow Small Peasants - November 4th 2005
The Slow Small Peasants continue their series on codes with a show that uncovers the veil of secrecy in communications and surveillance. The show features interviews with Simon Singh, author of The Codebook, Helen John from Yorkshire CND, as well as spy soundscapes and number stations.
Blog Meridian by John Buaas in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
|See this spoof never made for TV 1975 trailer.|
York station WFMU broadcasts entire CONET CD at start of Iraq war MAR 2003
|Watch the videos to go along with
the music by The Moscow Coup Attempt.
Moscow Coup Attempt video clips 1 -7.
|Here is the G8 Stimme voice generating machine being operated by Peter Stall.|
|In December 09 Thomas
Stern, produced 3 Youtube
videos on his channel "thenomoresilence". They are a 3 part documentation
in German about numbers stations, entitled: "Zahlensender - auf der Suche
nach verschlüsselten Botschaften im Radio" (Numbers stations - searching
for encrypted messages on the radio). This whole documentation is an
interview, made with Jochen S. on November 26th last year here in his home.
|This guy uses a hand held scanner
to pull in a station on 5089 kHz and SYN on 6930 kHz.
Deanpook video clip.
|This young man mixes space noises
with the old Stasi Gong station.
Obix 1337 video clip.
Obix 1337 video clip update.
|This man has filmed himself
getting up in the morning for a college project. After his breakfast, he
tunes in on a ghetto blaster to the STASI Gongs station and copies down
the numbers. Rather like the Roman centurion in a film wearing a watch,
the German STASI station apparently transmitted on FM 87.5 MHz!
"Stations" by ihrabe
|Vintage Berlin Wall footage with
G2 Swedish Rhapsody soundtrack.
The Wall / Conet Project - Numbers Station
|"stg7" receiving the
Lincolnshire Poacher on 6959 kHz
The Lincolnshire Poacher (MI5 number station)
|Another video by stg (Thanks to
Juan in Spain)
Numbers stations, beacons and other radio sounds.
by famadihanaAge: 21
can be found
Christoph E in Berlin
I feel sure you will enjoy this video with a "numbers" theme to its sound track
Assuming you can understand German you will love this:
its an article about a NVA army transmitter site that used to back -up the main GDR berlin numbers transmitters when the going got tough.
Station with 1928 Science Video
|Gong and Chimes: http://www.vimeo.com/clip:217359
Swedish Rhapsody: http://www.vimeo.com/clip:217265 Nice use of child like doll there.
Thanks to Curt R. for links.
This is the Persephone video reversed.
In this message you can hear numbers like in numbers stations.
The message says:
101 118 105 100 101 110 116 32 97 103 101 110 100 97
(twice) which translating from the ASCII table becomes:
Stations by Michael Blackburn.
Hidden Charlotte. The mystery of the Number Stations continues
|Boards of Canada - Corsair (Numbers Station Remix)|
Spanish number station being picked up on an old radio in the USA
|Cuban station V2 shown on 8140 kHz and again on 9140 kHz|
|MOSSAD station on 3230 kHz|
|Cuban station V2 shown on 6854 kHz as received on a Slinky antenna|
|E11 as received in The Netherlands. 4 SEP 07|
Australian Numbers Station video.
Swedish Numbers Station video.
Recent recording of the secret Swedish numbers station "Swedish Rhapsody" but on this transmission a different voice is used and one can plainly hear unencoded messages being sent to operatives. The content of the messages shows that it is the Swedish intelligence authorities that are sending the messages
|Two new number stations videos from Peter in Australia.|
MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
Esquire magazine - a lead story in the AUG 08 issue.
Article in Irish Forth Magazine by Jason Walsh MAR 10
to Spies Are Coded but Not Hidden" (Washington Post) 29 DEC 06
Radio User magazine article published JUL 06.
Monitoring Times : Spy Stations and Cryptography
Archives of "Spooks" Newsletters
Miami New Times Article
Cold Leftovers by Annie Tomlin
Article on BoingBoing Net
Known Unknowns by Columbine
"The Shortwave And the Calling" from the Washington Post 3 AUG 04
Waves of Fascination by Darren Keast
Irdial Discs reaches compromise with rock group- wired.com
Wired.com "Dark Side of the Band" NOV 04
Elektor article DEC 06 by Jochen Schäfer www.elektor.com
ORGANISATIONS + CLUBS
Enigma 2000 Yahoo group
ENIGMA closure announcement
Numbers at DX-ing.com
Don Schimmel's Utility Intrigue
MUSIC, ART, THEATRE, POETRY, FILMS, DANCE AND BALLET
artwork by Matt Bellamy is number station inspired and
will be appearing in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2011.
|British group The Porcupine Tree's song "Even Less" ends with E14 CIA
Hear the track "Even Less" by Porcupine Tree here DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
From the Album "Stupid Dream"
Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream 1999
- Last Night 2008
Trip hop musician Moby has used my E5 Counting station
257" in his track of the same name, 257.zero.
Moby - 257.zero VIEW ON YOUTUBE
"Pause" from the "Transient Random-Noise Bursts with
Announcements" album uses "Swedish
Hear the British group Stereolab's track "Pause" from the album "Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements."
DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Stereolab -Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements 1993
The track "Poor Places" from the "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album has a clip from an E10 transmission.
I am unable to provide the clip, so please buy the album or watch it on youtube!
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002
of Canada use a heavily modified E5 "Counting station" clip in their
Hear the above track "Gyroscope" by Boards of Canada. DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Boards of Canada - Corsair (Numbers Station Remix) YOUTUBE CLIP
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi 2002
Ubu's track "Coming Home" from the album "The Story Of My
Life" uses modified E5 "Counting Station"
DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP tnx Jason
Hear the track "Coming Home" by Pere Ubu.
Pere Ubu - The Story of My Life 1993
released the album "Life" in 2005. The track
"Lifelight" includes the Spanish Lady V2.
Hear the track "Lifelight" DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP NEW
Andy Hunter - Life 2005
|Italian group Madwork
have released the album "Overflow". The first track
"Null" contains a sound
clip from this very site. Madwork
- Null DOWNLOAD
AUDIO CLIP See details of the CD here: Madwork
Madwork - Overflow 2004
|The group "Chroma
Key" uses the Swedish Rhapsody German YL on the track "Even the
Waves" from the album "Dead Air for Radios".
Visit http://www.chromakey.com/ click on "Audio" then go to the bottom of the page and click on the CD cover that looks like the planet Mars. Click on "Play" Use the audio player at the bottom to select track 2.
Chroma Key - Dead Air For Radios 1999
Rebecca Black - Friday
(VEKTROID 'Pagan Coma' Remix)
is the brainchild of One Deck Pete who
blends number stations and other SW sound into his mix. Listen to their
music here: Madtone.
"Garden of Earthly Delights.'
Madtone - Garden of Earthly Delights 2006
From Madtone Pete.
Pete's interview with Happy Station's Keith Perron DOWNLOAD
Various Artists - Number Stations 16 Track album
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recording as "The
Moscow Coup Attempt" has produced the CD
"The Failure of Shortwave Radio" which uses many number station clips. You can buy the CD here. AUDIO CLIPS
You can watch the video clips to go along with the music here on youtube. VIDEO CLIPS
The Moscow Coup Attempt- The Failure of Shortwave Radio. 2005
released the single "Manhattan" in 2000.
The B side (called "London") contains number station samples from E12 (NNN sign on) and E21 Counting station.
DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Hear the track "London" by Cinerama
Cinerama - London 2000
Boys album The Satellite Junkyard which is heavily laced with Swedish
Rhapsody, including a version of the tune itself:
released the EP "Hole" in 2005.
One of the tracks, "No Station", contains a sample of the E3 "Lincolnshire Poacher" and "Cherry Ripe".
Hear the track "No Station" by 65daysofstatic DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
has produced the track "Rinky Dink" which samples my own ghastly
Hear the track "Rinky Dink" by Cactapuss DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Click below to visit Cactapuss' MySpace.
Cactapuss - Rinky Dink
Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse CD
/ LP (JAG106, released: 02/20/07)
And You Lied To Me is the third track on the album and the intro features an unknown number station.
DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
The Besnard Lakes - And You Lied to Me 2007
The Besnard Lakes Are Spying On World Through Radio 2010
Listen to the track 15728 by the group C!ties (from Ennis in Ireland) DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Ian Malone - Drums
Sean Hurson - Keys/Bass/Electronics
Eoghan McMahon - Guitar
Band website: citiesmusic.blogspot.com
With Pylons" is a new project for the multi- instrumentalist/vocalist
Brendan Perkins (of Ladibs Cricket and The Paperhouse). Supplying song
lyrics, art and moral support is Tony Wright (aka Evilnerfherder).
"We are aiming to create twisted tales about life, the universe and everything.''
You can find out more at www.myspace.com/playingwithpylons
Hear the track "'Auf Wiedersehen (Numbers)'" by 'Playing With Pylons" DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Jimmy from Oxford, UK has released several numbers-based tracks under the name
including" Antenna Farm", which
by short wave
number stations and the Conet
Project, Botany Bay's newest
shows the band at a faster and harder pace, while retaining intensity and
dealing with the subliminal. Botany
Bay are a Pop/Postrock project, primarily consisting of Stephan
Kleinert (keys, g, perc, programming) and Laura Dietrich (voc, keys). At
the moment, Laura and Stephan are (still) putting the finishing touches to
their new album, "Grounded", which will be released in September
Botany Bay - Voices 2007
Recorded at Stephan's place, Bonn, July 2007
Performed by Botany Bay
Produced by Stephan Kleinert
by Aya Karpinska
I was inspired by looking and listening to what the city's inhabitants are "writing" as they walk the streets and public spaces; making, breaking, negotiating the rules of language and behavior. They walk alone, in pairs, or in groups that come between each other, meet, and split. I recorded these crossing spaces, imagining the high contrast of bright winter light and dark shadows as close in spirit to black text on a white surface.
As for the soundtrack: I scanned through Internet search results, picking up bits of short-wave radio samples. Their dull static, electronic hum, weirdly fascinating recitations of numbers, and bits of song reminded me of tuning in to the mess of thoughts and ideas crowding the sidewalk.
The Black Dog live at Sonar 08 with clip using Swedish Rhapsody E2 clip.
Click above to download samples.
Thanks to my old friend Mike C-O for the tip.
Artist: The Black Dog
Catalogue: Soma CD067
Released: 7th April 2008
artist "Subcarrier" has these tracks for download.
Okno Okno Okno
- 'Shift Coordinate Points' LP (Entr'Acte)
Singular work from this Dutch-born Belgian composer who isolates elements from The Conet Project’s macabre collection of secret shortwave "number stations" and assembles them in massively brooding late night dronescapes, repeat tone clusters and flashes of phantom electricity. Something supremely disconcerting about the mechanised voices and occult number calls and put in this context the whole piece takes on a bizarre / surreal almost Nurse With Wound air. 'Shift Coordinate Points' refers to an excerpt from William Burrough's novel 'Nova Express. Edition of 300 copies.
Hughes' The Listening Station.
This work was shot on location at the British army communications installation at the summit of Black Mountain, located on the edge of west Belfast. The footage represents some of the very last moving images made of this site as it was, prior to its partial and ongoing disassembly. The site remains ‘active’ in that while the British army has relocated, the few remaining transmitters are still functioning. Enquiries made to the Ministry of Defence, by Jason Mills of The Vacuum, as to the nature of transmissions sent or received at this site remain classified under security regulations.
The Listening Station explores the partial and ongoing decommissioning of this site, through the psychic history of its recent past. The site was initially put into service during the Cold War and has subsequently figured as a totemic sentinel of Britain’s political and military surveillance of Belfast, being visible from nearly anywhere in the city on its strategic vantage point. The facility is currently being dismantled after the land was sold to the National Trust for environmental conservation in 2005.
pop band OK with their track "OKAY" ends with S5 OLX
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Hear the track "Okay" by the group OK
|Jean Joseph produced this piece "Ode to Number Stations" AUDIO|
|Check out this weird "Net Pirate Number Station" with real video hosts reading out the numbers:|
Kent Music have a produced this track called S
Y N AUDIO
|The group "Tree
Helicopter" have released an album called "Moon Calf",
which includes several tracks inspired by number stations.
"Count Control Control" AUDIO CLIPS
Daniel with the track "Magdeburg
Annie" AUDIO CLIP.
Thanks to Gary H. for tip.
From album "Darwin's Waiting Room" 1998.
recorded the track "21.252" which was featured on the 1980's
album "Seattle Syndrome". The so called "British YL"
E21 counting station is included in the piece.
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Hear the track "21.252"
Mc Guire's myspace page where you
can download his work, including the track "Long
Night of the Gongs" featuring a homage to the Stasi gong station
G3. DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
|Andras H. in
Hungary has produced this 58 minute long sound collage. Banyek-
Number Stations AUDIO CLIP.
Here is his website with details of the playlist> Tizenkilencedik-Podcast
Andras has released a new EP under the name "Souten Gorge". Download his track "Ende" AUDIO CLIP.
Free form bass playing mixed with Conet Project tracks. The bass player is Lance Miller.
EvilArrival_64kb.m3u DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
"Something surrounded with a fair touch of mystery are the number stations. Those are short wave radio stations that broadcast sequences of numbers that are believed to be coded messages. The stations are not always on line or on the same frequency. You can find recordings of those stations on the web and I figured that maybe this could be used in one way or another…"
Check out this study. DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
212-796-0735 mystery (Thanks to Vera Era)
Another phone numbers station: 415-704-0402 (Michael Hampton)
Note : This recording is obviously a fake. Every group contains a "0", hardly random! Also, it starts off with "Group 415", but there are only 49 groups, not including the "00000" ending. There no need for the "86" at the end and the music used is not distinctive enough either.
It is confirmed as a fake here: (Quelle surprise!)
Crunch is a musical piece by Duffy
Laudick from Colorado, USA. It incorporates the "English Lady"
E17 into the track. DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Full details of CONET CD set
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A Review of the 4CD CONET Recordings
CONET review in classical music magazine, Stylus
CONET Project review
The Skylark by Michael Cook - fantastic story featuring V1 Romanian Skylark
Buy the above CD here.
Read this incredible poem about Papa November and see her rock group!
Another Poem; "Random Mistress" by John Neumann
This weird site uses a number station portal which takes you to strange graphic experiences.
Hear the track "Udna24" by Andy Fleming based on Bulgarian Betty S10 DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Hear a short clip based on the 3 -note oddity by William J. Spiropoulos DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Hear this piece of music composed by Jimmy in Oxford, comprising of G4 and G7 samples. 3-Note AUDIO
Article by Matrix Player
Muslimgauze are another band using sound samples
The group "Hexane" has three tracks; 8-9-9 (coded transmission one) ,
papa november (coded transmission two) and 3-2-8 (coded transmission three) DOWNLOAD AUDIO CLIP
Listen to the Toronto group "The Shortwave Band" at their site.
The USA series "Lost" included a number station transmission.
NON ENGLISH LANGUAGE SITES
Marek Sęk's Polish site NEW
A German account of the CIA G13 station's operation
Danmark's Radio's Mads Brügger on Number Stations
Dutch 898 Signals Battalion with many Real Audio Clips AUDIO
Dutch site about Radio North Sea sending spy messages
Article in German "Scanner" magazine FEB 1999 page1 page2 page3
"Station de Nombres" in French.
Hidehari Torii Asian Number Station site
Interview with Jochen Schäfer in German Newspaper (In German)
If you can read Greek, here's the article for you.
An article in Flemish/Dutch reviewing a "conSPIracy cantata"
Another set of Japanese based recordings here AUDIO
Czech language site
CONET project review in Polish
Daniel Moeller's Papa November page.
Russian Secret Signals site.
"DX" in Russia's site
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