I did a search on ATS and didnt find too many threads that focus specifically on just this. Other than another thread about a hoax website that had to
do with The Conet Project. Then again I just saw theres a new type of search engine that only is pulling up one page of stuff.
I've been listening to shortwave for a couple of years now, and when I stumbled on the voices that relayed crypted number messages, it completely
blew my mind. I eventually ordered The Conet Project disks, but they seem hard to find. It's such a mysterious subject and well worth the attention.
More than what it's been given, especially here.
I think it would be proper to briefly explain what numbers stations and the Conet Project is, just in case for those who aren't aware or know little
Taken from wikipedia link
A numbers station (or number station) is a type of shortwave radio station characterized by their unusual broadcasts, which consist of spoken words,
but mostly numbers, often created by artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters, tunes or Morse code. They are
transmitted in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually female, although sometimes men's or children's voices are used.
and for The Conet Project
The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations is a four-CD set of recordings of numbers stations, mysterious shortwave radio
stations of uncertain origin believed to be operated by government agencies to communicate with spies "in the field".
The Conet Project recordings, while can be bought on CD are available to be listened to at the public domain site Archive.org.
. The comments near the end are great, worth reading, too.
The upside to buying the CDs is that it comes with a 70+ page booklet that goes into more detail about numbers stations and how they encrypt the
messages, individually explains each of the 150 recordings a bit, information about ENIGMA (explained below), and lots of other things regarding
numbers stations like additional resources and books.
Here is an excerpt from the Archive website:
One might think that these espionage activities should have wound down considerably since the official end of the cold war, but nothing
could be further from the truth. Numbers Stations (and by inference, spies) are as busy as ever, with many new and bizarre stations appearing since
the fall of the Berlin wall.
Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of Numbers Stations has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the Numbers
Stations, and why are the eastern European stations still on the air? Why does the Czech republic operate a Numbers Station 24 hours a day? How is it
that Numbers Stations are allowed to interfere with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping without having to answer to
anybody? Why does the Swedish Rhapsody Numbers Station use a small girls voice?
These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.
There's a few good websites that go into the deep detail of the numbers stations.
One being SpyNumbers.com
They have a database of numbers stations that could be on at any given time, as well as, the last documented time they were heard and various other
documented information. The database is very detailed.
Theres a group named E.N.I.G.M.A which stands for the European Numbers Information Gathering and Monitoring Association. The Conet Project booklet
states they are a non-profit association of listeners that gather information about numbers stations that are not normally available from mainstream
There is ALSO a different type of numbers stations that go by the prefix 'X' given by ENIGMA. Instead of voices they send out noises such as buzzing
or low and high tones that make them sound musical.
Please check this out. It's very much worth it.
Heres the website for E.N.I.G.M.A.
Here's a blog article from ShortWave America compiling tons of useful links for more information
Here's the place that sell copies of the Conet Project CD + Booklet. Although I found 1 on amazon and only 1 on ebay.
Here is Simon Mason's website (One of the men who recorded some of the Conet Project recordings) detailing what looks like hundreds of links and
pictures for the numbers stations he uncovered and his attempts at cracking them.
SECRET SIGNALS - THE EURONUMBERS MYSTERY By Simon Mason
I found the whole Conet Project booklet available online FREE.
It goes into great detaill of information.
Theres A LOT of information but you really have to look. It won't be on the surface. Obviously.