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14 Mysterious Numbers Stations That Will Haunt Your Thoughts

Updated on May 3, 2020
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As an enthusiast in audio and video, Metromain had tinkered with said equipment for almost all of his life. Loves to build sound in cars.

Radio is fascinating. It's a simple form of wireless communicating, yet so reliable. And if the message is encrypted, ONLY the intended receiver can decode it. In comparison to the cellphone technology, where every cellphone is a traceable transceiver, one can't track a radio-receiver.

During the cold war then espionage was widely used, it is believed that there was short-wave radio stations that transmitted encrypted codes, called Numbers stations. Everyone with a radio could tune in a numbers station. But only the intended agent could understand the message.

Many stations are recorded and could be found for free on the internet, but exactly none are ever decoded to this day. Nobody knows what the message means, nobody knows who is behind them and nobody knows when they are going to stop (as they didn't stop after the cold war).

Gong Station Chimes

 
 
Name
Gong Station Chimes
Frequency
3258 and 5410 KHz
Origin
East Germany
Transmission
East Germany
Channel marker
Gongs or chimes
Numbers
Female voice German numbers / morse
Last aired
1990/1991
Theories
Unknown

Three Note Odditiy

 
 
Name
Three Note Oddity
Frequency
3 - 6 MHz
Origin
Hungary
Transmission
Hungary
Channel marker
Three different telephone tones
Numbers
Female voice German numbers
Last aired
Unknown
Theories
Unknown

Drums and Trumpets

 
 
Name
Drums and Trumpets
Frequency
4740, 5500 and 6675 KHz
Origin
Bulgaria
Transmission
Unknown
Channel marker
Il Silenzio in drums and trumpets
Numbers
Automated female Bulgarian numbers
Last aired
1996
Theories
Unknown

The Lincolnshire Poacher

 
 
Name
The Lincolnshire Poacher
Frequency
5422, 5746, 6485, 6900, 6959, 7337, 7755, 8464, 9251, 10426, 11545, 12603, 13375, 14487, 15682, 16084 and 16475 KHz
Origin
Brittany
Transmission
Cyprus
Channel marker
The Lincolnshire Poacher on calliope machine
Numbers
Cheery female English numbers
Last aired
2008
Theories
Unknown, but still famous

Nancy Adam Susan

 
 
Name
Czech Lady
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
Czechoslovakia
Transmission
Czechoslovakia
Channel marker
Beeping chime
Numbers
Automated and live female and male voice Czech numbers
Last aired
Unknown
Theories
Used by Swedish Inteligence

Czech Lady

 
 
Name
Nancy Adam Susan
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
Egypt
Transmission
Unknown
Channel marker
None
Numbers
Automated male and female English letter (not NATO)
Last aired
2006
Theories
Unknown

Cherry Ripe

 
 
Name
Cherry Ripe
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
United Kingdom
Transmission
Guam and Australia
Channel marker
Cherry Ripe on calliope machine
Numbers
Same as The Lincolnshire Poacher
Last aired
2009
Theories
Sister-station to The Lincolnshire Poacher

The Backwards Music Station

 
 
Name
The Backwards Music Station / Whales
Frequency
Various
Origin
Unknown
Transmission
Both USA and Britain
Channel marker
Distortion
Numbers
Encrypted audio
Last aired
2004
Theories
Used by the government as it transmits during major world events

Tyrolean Music Station

 
 
Name
Tyrolean Music Station
Frequency
6425 and 6660 KHz
Origin
France
Transmission
Unknown
Channel marker
Communist anthem Internationale, Tyrolean- and German folk music
Numbers
Male voice German numbers
Last aired
Unknown
Theories
Transmitted by France for agents behind the Iron Curtain

Eastern Music Station

 
 
Name
Eastern Music Station
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
Unknown
Transmission
Egypt
Channel marker
Arabic music
Numbers
Female voice Arabic numbers
Last aired
Unknown
Theories
Unknown

CynthIA

 
 
Name
CynthIA
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
USA
Transmission
USA
Channel marker
None
Numbers
Female voice English numbers
Last aired
2003
Theories
Used by CIA

De La Chica

 
 
Name
De La Chica
Frequency
17480, 9240 khz
Origin
Cuba
Transmission
Cuba
Channel marker
Telephone tone
Numbers
Female voice Spanish numbers
Last aired
Active
Theories
Replaced Atención and RDFT in 2012

The Swedish Rhapsody

 
 
Name
The Swedish Rhapsody
Frequency
Unknown
Origin
Poland
Transmission
Poland
Channel marker
Luxembourg Polka
Numbers
Heavily manipulated female voice German numbers
Last aired
Unknown
Theories
A modified Stasi Sprach fas used to generate the childish voice

UVB-76 / The Buzzer

 
 
Name
UVB-76 / The Buzzer / MDZhB
Frequency
4625 Khz
Origin
Soviet
Transmission
Russia
Channel marker
Buzzing sound
Numbers
Male and female voice Russian numbers
Last aired
Active
Theories
If the buzzing stops, the nuclear weapons launch. False, the buzzing stops several times a month due to technical faults

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