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Short documentary on current numbers stations still operating

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by KC8UD, Apr 29, 2019.

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  1. KC8UD

    KC8UD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just came across this interesting short documentary "The Ultimate Radio Mystery" on YouTube about the numbers stations, some of their history and documentation of stations that are currently operating.

    It also leads to a web site which is very interesting and associated with tracking these numbers stations and their activities. This is old news to some of you, I know, but I found it interesting that many of these stations still exists and operate today. There is also some advancement in decoding these encrypted transmissions from various countries as documented in the web site (eg. North Korea).

    I remember as a kid tuning around on the shortwave receiver hearing many of these monotonous numbers stations rattling off groups of numbers for hours at a time. I never could figure out what the point was.
    KL7KN, K9MOV, VK2WP and 2 others like this.
  2. K0MB

    K0MB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have been tuning across and ignoring number stations for more than 50 years, but found your presentation fun and interesting to watch.
  3. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Years ago I was really into tuning in the numbers stations, particularly the one that Cuba got credit for. I figured out some of their day/time/freq patterns. An article in Popular Communications in their (August?) 1984 issue rekindled my interest.

    I'm speculating here, but I think a significant percentage of their transmissions were dummy traffic, some for training, and some for spies.

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