Mysterious Radio Stations

by | Jan 8, 2021 | Mystery

Topic : A mystery you could tune in to…..

Mysterious Radio Stations

Introduction.
Radios are commonly used all over the world for mass communication. Today, numerous stations are available which broadcast news, music, entertainment,etc.

Mysterious Radio Stations

But, there are some stations whose broadcastings can be called as “puzzling or mysterious” having no possible explanations. Bringing to you, the creepy side of the radio broadcasting world………

Mysterious Radio Stations

DXing

DXing is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or televisionsignals, or making two-way radio contact with distant stations and other radio communications.”. The people involved are called as ‘DXers’.
They often use homemade radio equipment…

Then there are amateur radio operators too.

While exploring the world of radio waves, DXers and amateur radio operators come across some mysterious radio stations broadcasting numbers, sound patterns, etc. which have no confirmed explanation.

Mysterious Radio Stations

Such stations are generally known as “numbers station”. They broadcast a series of numbers which are believed to be coded secret messages to spies,military units or sleeper cells. Over the course of history many such stations were discovered. The time right from WW1 to the……

Mysterious Radio Stations

…end of cold war was considered the golden age of secret radio communications. Some stations are still functioning and you can tune in to them provided you have the right equipment and tune in to the right frequencies.There are some well know examples of ‘numbers stations’….

Mysterious Radio Stations
  1. The Gong
    The station was believed to be operated by East Germany, and it broadcasted a series of gongs and chimes which were interrupted by a female voice calling out numbers. It was operated by East German intelligence to send messages to agents in the west
  1. The squeaky wheel
    This station got its name from its transmission which sounded like a squeaky wheel.
    It was operated from Russia. The squeaky sound was occasionally interrupted by a flash of quick messages.
    It operates on 5473Khz(day)
    and 3828(night) .
  1. Yosemite Sam
    Back in 2004, DXers in California started picking up the voice of “Yosemite Sam” a cartoon character from Bugs Bunny show.
    It transmitted on several shortwavefrequencies in dual side band: 3700 kHz, 4300 kHz, 6500 kHz, and 10500 kHz.
    They traced the signal…….. to a US army base in New Mexico. The base was known to test various military systems. The broadcasts ceased on December 23, 2004, but returned during February 2005, on its old frequencies plus additional new frequencies.

When the DXers sent a signal back to its origin.. the transmissions stopped and were never heard of again.
Each broadcast starts with a data burstlasting 0.8 seconds, followed by the voice of Yosemite Sam exclaiming: “Varmint, I’m a-gonna b-b-b-bloooow ya ta’smithereenies!”

  1. The Pip.
    This station is running continuously from 1986 without any breaks. It transmits a ‘pip’ sound interrupted by a live Russian voice which gives out coded messages. It is rumoured to be operated by anti-government rebel forces in Russia to communicate with each other.
  1. Backwards music station.
    Contrary to its name, the station does not transmit any music. The sound feels like music been played backwards.
    The station can be heard in US and Europe.

No possible explanation is given for this. However govt or military involvement is suspected as the transmissions occur during “major geopolitical events”.
The sounds are low pitched and repeating.

The sounds are thought to be secret messages in a compressed format which creates the illusion of distorted sounds

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  1. Lincolnshire poacher
    Lincolnshire Poacher is believed to be operated by UK intelligence agency, the MI6 from the island of Cyprus from 1970s. The station plays the English folk song, “Lincolnshire poacher” until being interrupted by an automated female voice reading numbers

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Atleast three jamming attempts were made by Iran on this station. The station changed its frequencies several times. It is believed to send messages to MI6 agents.

Finally, the most popular of them all

  1. The Buzzer/ UVB-76/ MDZhB

This station is operated from Russia. Anyone anywhere in the world can listen to it.
It broadcasts on 4625 &4810 kHz.
The station is operated by the Russian military. It is believed to transmit….

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…coded messages to military units, which decrypt the message using code books kept in a safe. In 2010, the transmitter changed its location.

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I have not mentioned some popular stations like the Swedish Rhapsody, and the CIA operated “Cynthia”, due to time constraints.
There are many such stations out there, and many are yet to be discovered

Possible Explanations
The most possible and widely accepted theory is that they are used to communicate with spies and agents by govt and military.
Some have suggested that the signals might be used for mind control operations to alter people’s way of thinking.

Mysterious Radio Stations

Some have even suggested that the signals are sent to space to communicate with extraterrestrials.
Whatever the reason might be, the phenomenon has grabbed the attention of amateur radio enthusiast and the public alike

Mysterious Radio Stations