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Numbers stations

Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 02, 2013 23:29

I'd never heard of these until a couple of weeks ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station

Weirdly fascinating. And then there are things like UVB-76 and Yosemite Sam, which are possibly even spookier.

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by crystalball » Thu Jan 03, 2013 07:35

Extraordinary.

If I could write songs, I'd write a million so I could use them as samples.

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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jan 03, 2013 08:19

There was something somewhere a little while ago (this is vague, eh?) that was reporting that one of these stations was having an unusual period of activity. I think it was the UVB one.

I can't have been the only 10 year old to lay in bed listening to these kinds of things on my little mono transistor radio, surely?

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by Gordon » Thu Jan 03, 2013 09:37

Didn't Stereolab use them?
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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:50

Gordon wrote:Didn't Stereolab use them?
That's how I found out about them! A mate of mine mentioned this on Facebook last month, so I Googled it to see what he was on about.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:35

Gordon wrote:Didn't Stereolab use them?
Ah. It's like my life has made a full circle.

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by plath » Thu Jan 03, 2013 13:14

I was into this a couple of years ago. There's this website where you can connect to some radios. http://www.websdr.org/
Now I don't remember much of it but it wasn't easy to get the right frequency range for that type of stations. I spent a good amount of time searching around and it was...scary. Thre's a whole world, people in forums that I imagined like the expert guys on Xfiles. Priyom http://priyom.org/ is the best site because it has a schedule of the regular ones and audio samples.
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Post by Murray » Thu Jan 03, 2013 13:17

Fascinating; I could spend hours reading up on stuff like this. Can't wait to get home and actually listen to some examples. I think what adds to the 'eeriness' is that it seems so anachronistic when we've all got smart phones and the interweb and everything. A bit like the shipping forecast broadcasting info to an unknown audience that is meaningless to most.

I remember listening to Radio Luxembourg towards the end of the 70's ('Street Heat' was the only programme focussing purely on punk at the time) and, every so often, the Radio Albania trumpet call-sign would fade in and out. Really spooky.
I never got to hear any of the broadcasts which was a shame as apparently they consisted purely of anti-western propoganda and endles praise of Stalin, Hoxha, and Mao Zedong. For decades.
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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jan 03, 2013 13:26

I used to wake up at 5am every Saturday and listen to these stations. It was when Radio 1 didn't start until 6am, or something, and so I used to spend ages fannying about with this little tranny (STEADY) and one white earphone listening to all manner of strange shit. And the police. (Not the band)

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Post by Murray » Thu Jan 03, 2013 13:42

a layer of chips wrote:It was when Radio 1 didn't start until 6am, or something,
Jeez, I remember that. Seems incredible today that it used to closed down overnight. I remember feeling quite excited that it was going broadcast for 24 hours one New Year's Eve / Day and we listened to it in the car as my Dad drove us home from the Labour Party party which had ended with everyone singing Auld Lang Syne followed by the The Red Flag. Sigh.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Jan 03, 2013 16:16

My other half was talking to me about these a while back! It's incredible. I think we even drunkenly decided we were going to make a documentary about them.

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 03, 2013 16:19

In case you missed it in the Wiki, The Conet Project is a four-disc set of CDs featuring recordings of numbers stations. They're all available for free online if you want a listen:

http://irdial.hyperreal.org/the%20conet ... /disc%201/
http://irdial.hyperreal.org/the%20conet ... /disc%202/
http://irdial.hyperreal.org/the%20conet ... /disc%203/
http://irdial.hyperreal.org/the%20conet ... /disc%204/

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Jan 03, 2013 16:30

Amazing! That's our romantic evening in sorted, then.

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by RITH » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:11

There was an episode of Fringe (Season 3, Episode 6) about these stations. Except they had been re-programmed so that it killed everyone who listened to it. So be careful.

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Re: Numbers stations

Post by bulgariandisco » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:48

You know when something has lain dormant and forgotten in a dark recess of your brain, and then someone mentions it and it pops back to the surface in a way that makes you feel quite discombobulated....

That.


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Re: Numbers stations

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jul 19, 2016 16:49

I find them really eerie. I was quite freaked out by those purported youtube numbers station/video excerpts that were doing the rounds last year. I don't like it...
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Re: Numbers stations

Post by Yex » Tue Jul 19, 2016 22:51

How have I not seen this thread until now? Utterly engrossing...
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