Tag: numbers

Do Shortwave ‘Numbers Stations’ Really Instruct Spies?

OTTAWA, Ontario — “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Tune across the shortwave bands (above AM/MW), and chances are you will come across a “numbers station.” There’s no programming to speak of; just a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing seemingly random groups of single digit numbers for minutes on end. Congratulations! You are now officially a spy-catcher, […]

Russian “Buzzer” Disappears, Chinese “Foghorn” Returns

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) March newsletter reports that the Russian “buzzer” on 6,998.0 kHz has disappeared. For a long time the system interfered with the lower edge of the 40-meter band. In addition, a Russian F1B transmission on 7,193 kHz — believed to be emanating from Kaliningrad — […]

North Korean Shortwave Numbers Station Active Again

North Korea broadcasted indecipherable five-digit number segments during a radio segment on Friday, a Cold War-era espionage method intended to relay information to agents in the field, says a North Korea intelligence source, according Korean Joongang Daily. The source exclusively told the JoongAng Ilbo that the North’s propaganda radio station Pyongyang Radio Station aired a […]

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