Mysterious Sounds from the Numbers Stations

Had I heard of the Numbers Stations? A friend on Twitter wanted to know. This is how it all began, how I fell down this rabbit hole. That late night conversation on Twitter got me thinking. Not only had I never heard of these things, but it had never occurred to me that spy radio would even exist. I was about to dive headlong into this world and I would soon find myself obsessed.

Numbers Stations are those which are transmitted via shortwave radio and are said to contain encoded messages. These stations have existed since World War I. Sometimes these transmissions are simply Morse code. Other broadcasts might instead use an alphanumerical sequence with soundscapes or music to verify the transmission source.

In certain circles, some of these transmissions have become widely known, even given nicknames.


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