Midnight In The Desert — numbers

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

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The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the height of the Cold War. It is thought to be the headquarters of a radio station, “MDZhB”, that no-one has ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few...

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The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode

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The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode

When I was 10 years old, I found a shortwave radio in a crumbling old leather trunk where we kept family photos and other memorabilia. As I spun the dial, tinny, modulating noises, like the song of an electronic slide whistle, emanated from the radio’s small speaker. Staticky cracks and pops competed for airtime. The sounds swished and swirled, unintelligible and unremarkable. But then, emerging through the clamor, was a voice. I might have run right over it with the dial, but the voice’s rhythmic, steady pacing caught me up short. It wasn’t a deejay. Nor a commercial. And he...

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Art plays coded transmission from a government shortwave station

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Art plays coded transmission from a government shortwave station

Art Bell plays a strange clip recorded from a Numbers Station on Midnight In The Desert (10-15-2015) Recorded by a listener on reddit.com, on 11.175 Mhz shortwave, from SAC.

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Can YOU Solve The Mystery of the UVB-76 Numbers Station?

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Can YOU Solve The Mystery of the UVB-76 Numbers Station?

This radio station has 'buzzed' every second since the 1970s - but no one knows why. A Russian radio station has played a buzzing sound for four decades. Every few months it is interrupted by a voice relaying a coded message. But no one knows the exact purpose of the station or the message. Predominant theories suggest it is a station used by the military. Others suggest it may be a counter-attack measure for nuclear war. By JONATHAN O'CALLAGHAN Suddenly the piercing buzzing noise that has continued incessantly for months stops. A cold voice takes over. ‘U-V-B-7-6’ is read out...

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