Thursday, October 27, 2005

Shortwave Spy Radio?

Shortwave Spy Radio?

I've been investigating the audio material and music over at Archives dot org.

Here's a strange entry about The Conet Project: Shortwave Numbers Stations.

Have you ever heard really strange shortwave radio noises? Maybe this article holds some answers about it.


For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of “Numbers Stations”.

Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a “one time pad” is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.

These stations use very rigid schedules, and transmit in many different languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or phonetic letters day and night, all year round.

The voices are of varying pitches and intonation; there is even a German station (The Swedish Rhapsody) that transmits a female child's voice!

One might think that these espionage activities should have wound down considerably since the official “end of the cold war”, but nothing could be further from the truth. Numbers Stations (and by inference, spies) are as busy as ever, with many new and bizarre stations appearing since the fall of the Berlin wall.

Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of Numbers Stations has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the Numbers Stations, and why are the eastern European stations still on the air? Why does the Czech republic operate a Numbers Station 24 hours a day? How is it that Numbers Stations are allowed to interfere with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping without having to answer to anybody? Why does the “Swedish Rhapsody” Numbers Station use a small girls voice?

These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.

Now you will be able to hear this unique and extraordinary phenomenon for yourself, as Irdial-Discs releases THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the public.

This Quadruple CD is an important historical reference work for research into this hitherto unreported and unknown field of espionage. The CDs contain 150 recordings spanning the last twenty years; taken from the private archives of dedicated shortwave radio listeners from around the world.



zafu said...

Gorgeous mushrooms!

steven edward streight said...

Like politicians and spies, mushrooms live off other's miseries, sapping minerals from stumps, decaying vegetation, etc.

Anonymous said...

Most mushrooms just make benign use of rotting matter and don't "live off of misery" as you say at all. There are those species of mushrooms which are parasitic, but any kingdom has parasites. In essence, mushrooms clean up the shit left behind by other beings. So it turns out they are very helpful, rather than the wicked fiends you seem to believe they are, dear Steven.

Politicians truly live off the body politic, and seldom do they clean up after anybody -- nay, they shit a lot... Mushrooms are not like spies, except that they thrive in cool, moist climates.

I love mushrooms. They are beautiful and unsung.

steven edward streight said...

I didn't mean to depict mushrooms as fiends. Did I say they were fiends, monsters, criminals, or scallywags? No.

To be a politician, one must believe in the mythical illusion of Government, an outmoded notion.

Mushrooms are a little bit like spies in that they cluster in dark corners, are sometimes hard to find (morells), and are endangered once discovered.

Gimme a break, I had to have some rationale for posting a mushroom photo on this post. I love mushrooms, Shitake, Morell, others.

steven edward streight said...

John Cage was a mushroom hobbyist, so that's good 'nuff 4 me.

Zafufilia said...

heehee @scallywags :)

Zafufilia said...

One spring I found well over 36 morels! I'm not saying where.

steven edward streight said...

Dear Zaf, dint no U were into covert mushroom operations.

Zafufilia said...

I would've told you earlier Steven, but then I might've had to force you to eat an Amanita virosa (aka. The Destroying Angel).

PS - Do not ingest Amanita virosa. Ever.

Zafufilia said...

Of course those morels were fist sized... Not at all the teeny thumb-sized ones you find regularly. Two were a meal of themselves. They were succulent, earthy and fried up like a dream, with just a touch of crispy on the outside.

I'm not saying where I found them.

carrie said...

envy o'erwhelms me

steven edward streight said...

Amanita muscaria, fly agaric, is also a mushroom I stay away from.

All this talk of mushrooms, but the post was about shortwave spy radio.

Remind me to never again post an image that is Off Topic to the post itself. Sheesh.

But what about Shitake? so steak-like.

carrie said...

and portabella

Zafufilia said...

yum... i had the most heavenly chinese cabbage and shiitake spring rolls the other day. to die for...