The Mystery of Radio Station UVB-76 (aka What are Numbers Stations?)

I’m fascinated by the mysterious broadcasts made by numbers stations (you can read more about them here and here). All we hear is a buzzing sound that’s interrupted every few months (!!!) by a thickly-accented Russian voice reading out “U-V-B-76″ and then a series of numbers and code words. Then the buzzing resumes. Listen.

So what is this?  The transmission seems to be coming from Povarovo which is a town near Moscow, although there’s evidence to suggest the transmitter has been moved to somewhere in western Russia.  Those who study numbers stations believe that this is a military station that sends coded messages to units across the Western Military District. Or it could be some kind of scientific research effort.  There’s even a theory that it’s a system designed to launch an automated nuclear counter-strike in case Russia is the target of an attack.   But until anyone cracks the code–which is unlikely–we’ll never know.

If you have a shortwave radio, you can pick up UVB-76 at 4625 kHz. If not, there are a number of live streams available.

(Via The Daily Mail)

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