Strange Radio Transmissions

Over the years countless strange sounds and broadcasts have been heard via radio. One of the biggest mysteries has been the contents of "Number Stations", unknown transmissions audible at certain frequencies on Shortwave radio. These broadcasts contain voices that repeat seemingly random numbers sequences and phonetic letters. Their purpose is unknown but it’s believed the transmissions are secret codes used by intelligence agencies.

When Akin Fernandez stumbled across the strange signals over a decade ago he became curious and started searching for more of them. He discovered many more stations but finding out whom or what was behind them proved to be far more difficult.

"The more I tried to find out about Numbers Stations the more questions came up".

In an effort to distinguish any patterns he started recording them, keeping a log of the frequencies and times of the broadcasts.

"I realised that people didn’t have a Rosetta Stone to work with, they hadn’t been archived anywhere".

Akin went on to build a collection of sound recordings that has gained cult status. You can hear his story at NPR: Music by ‘Numbers Stations’ and here’s a related NPR production The Shortwave Numbers Mystery.

Record label Irdial-Discs has released THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the public.

You can listen to these recordings in a variety of formats at Details for The Conet project – Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059] on the Internet Archive.

 

Strange radio broadcasts and unusual signals

An assortment of links to interesting man made, natural and unknown radio resources. 

Numbers Stations

Natural Radio Signals (VLF)

  • Listening to the Northern Lights is a ‘Lost and Found Sound’ audio commentary profiling the work of Natural Radio recordist Steve McGreevy. It’s a good introduction to Natural Radio and the sounds of the earths magnetic field or Space Weather.
  • Electric Enigma: The VLF Recordings of Stephen P. McGreevy [ird062] is a collection of Natural Radio – electromagnetic emissions in the very-low-frequency band caused by massive discharges and their after-effects in lightning storms and by the solar wind buffeting the earth’s magnetic field.
  • NASA Online VLF Receiver streaming audio feed from the INSPIRE VLF radio receiver
    at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. with project descriptions and sound samples.
  • Listen to an audio commentary from NASA explaining earth’s natural radio  emissions. Text and pictures provided.

Alien Transmissions

The War of the Worlds

Strange Radio Stories
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27 responses to “Strange Radio Transmissions

  1. Hi, I was just wondering if you might have heard of something I heard on the radio once. I’ll do my best to describe it.
     
    It was really late at night on Foothill College radio in the Los Altos Hills, Ca. 89.7fm
     
    What I heard sounded like a classic 50′s informational recording type voice describing radio transmissions that were received during or around WW2. The voice spent quite a while describing the transmissions and the possibility of them being extraterrestrial in nature. The transmission were described as a woman and mans voice both speaking what sounded like several european languages all at once, Or maybe not all at once, but a word in english followed by one in french, then in german etc… but extremely fast. Once the voice stopped describing the transmissions and they were played, they sounded exactly like that. A voice speaking 4 or 5 languages but interspersed between words like described above. I have to say it really grabbed me while I was listening to it. I have no idea why I didn’t call the radio station to speak to the person who played it so I could find out what it was. If you have EVER heard anything of the sort, please let me know.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Stephen Franco

  2. Hi Stephen, I haven’t heard anything like this specifically, although it has some of the characteristics of number stations; "… transmit in many different languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or phonetic letters day and night, all year round.

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