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Friday, November 12, 2004

Secret Shortwave Spy Numbers Stations

"59372 98324 19043 78903 95320...". The mechanized female voice drones on and on... What have you stumbled on to? Instructions to spies? Messages exchanged between drug dealers? Deliberate attempts at deception and mis-information?

Chances are, all of the above! What you've tuned in to is called a "Spy Numbers Station". They've been on the air for several decades, and only recently have the mysteries started to unfold.

Links:
SpyNumbers.com [Chris Smolinski]
Shortwave Espionage [Simon Mason]
Numbers Stations
Numbers & Oddities a.k.a. the "Spooks Newsletter"
Spy Numbers Message Board - Ham radio operators post loggings, as well as engage in general discussions, including discussions about equipment, receivers, etc.

Calculated Risk

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