posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 01:37 AM
I, too, thought of starting a thread about these stations. I never read the cracked.com article; instead I learned of them in a book I found in my
sister-in-law's storage unit, called "The Big Book of Big Secrets", by William Poundstone. The book comprises several volumes of his other works,
and was written sometime in the late 80's/early 90's.
There is an entire chapter on secret radio frequencies, ranging from Air Force One in-flight calls, to CIA, FBI, and Secret Service frequencies, and
dedicates a section to these "number stations." It lists several, and gives a brief overview of the broadcasts. Some languages heard are Spanish,
English, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, etc. They usually begin with an announcement (atencion, achtung, etc.), then broadcasts the numbers sequence,
and then will announce a repeat of the broadcast. Male and female voices are used, and sometimes sound "mechanical."
The author lists many possible explanations (most of which are already posted here) and theories as to the who how and why of the broadcasts.
Also listed are several other strange radio transmissions, such as four note electronic tones playing in a constant loop, the "Russian Woodpecker,"
which the author theorizes is an experimental Russian over-the-horizon radar system, and a tone at 388.0 MHz (a frequency between VHF and UHF TV
frequencies) that some believe is a resonant frequency of the human body being used in some secret "death ray" experiment.
It just amazes me all that goes on around us that most will never be privy to. It all certainly piqued my interest nearly 3 years ago when I got this
book, and makes for an interesting read and discussion. And I find it interesting that so many wanted to start this thread themselves (whether
because of cracked.com or not). Anyways, hope this somehow adds to the discussion. The entire book is pretty interesting - it will tell you
everything from KFC's secret spices to what you should see in a Rorschach Test... maybe it's in your library if you're interested.
[edit on 19-1-2010 by talleyz]