a reply to: FlyingFox
I've been interested in these types of transmissions since I was a child with a shortwave radio in the late 70s. For years I consumed any information
out there about them. Obviously this was well before the internet, so most information and research came in the form of amateur radio magazines and
books at the time.
There are still numbers stations transmitting in various modes and formats occurring all over the world every few minutes. Although much fewer in
number than during the cold war, they are still quite prevalent today. I have no doubt that real world actions have and do occur based on the
information received on the other end. You'll never find the correlation between the two though.
Even if you had the appropriate one time pad in your possession and proper protocol was ignored and they reused a set of codes, you'd still be left
with a coded message that wouldn't be of much use. You wouldn't translate and see,"Move the assets to the fifth street bridge downtown tomorrow."
What you would probably see is something like,"prioritize and continue to strengthen friendship with Joe and Dennis". That's exactly what one of the
messages was decoded as during a fairly famous trial of some Cuban spies here in the U.S. in 1998. The only reason we even got that much information
is because the Cubans were using a computer program and not straight paper pads to translate the received information. The only other way to decode
as was mentioned is for someone to use a one time pad decoding key more than once. People/enthusiasts who follow the stations say that the gvt can
crack those messages now. If used properly though, it's fool proof to the best that anyone knows. That's why the system is still in use today.
They use voice, morse code, RTTY, and for a decade or more they have been also adding digital burst transmissions, adding data to subcarriers,
polytones etc. Several hybrid transmissions send information in voice as well as adding in data in those methods. There are a couple like that which
transmit the typical numbers by automated voice announcer, then add digital at the end. Amateur enthusiasts have taken that data and found that it
can be reassembled ( in the case of a couple stations) into a microsoft .txt file of all things lol. File, however, is of course encrypted as well
and can't be broken either. I think this was from some Latin American countries, and was very simplistic compared to the other data methods. I could
be wrong on which countries stations used that. It's been awhile.
It's interesting stuff and I used to be really fascinated by it. Still am to a certain extent. But
I've a better chance of bumping into bigfoot in my shower than ever learning more
Back to the correlation between a station's transmission and real world events though. You have stations that transmit once a month, once a week,
daily, several times a day etc. Add in that presumably many of these broadcasts are relaying that there is no new information or orders to forward.
Changes in broadcast schedules and number of transmissions from a specific station can in itself be intentional dis-info. Then consider if there is
an actionable order relayed, no one else knows on what timetable it is to occur or begin. The order sent could be meant to be executed a week or
months in the future. Too many variables. Way too many to attach a specific set of transmissions to real world events.
NK has two known numbers stations, the old Radio Pyongyang and a newer one. Pyongyang was around in early 2000 and mostly quiet until last year and
became active again mid last year. That part I had to look up heh. I hadn't monitored and didn't know it shut down for that long. I do know I heard it
years ago though. That's the one mentioned in the tweet. It didn't just become active the other day. It's been playing that hokey intro and spewing
code for awhile. The other has been around since about 2015 and stays active. It transmits daily, I'm not sure without looking up about Radio
Pyongyang's broadcast times.