posted on Feb, 28 2021 @ 07:07 AM
Some say they're used to communicate secret instructions to spies and espionage agents. Some say they're used to run drugs. Some say they're just
nonsense to throw off the "other side". Nobody really knows for sure. One thing we do know is, they're real and if you look hard enough you can
still find them. They've existed for decades, fading in and out of the ether at night. They're one of the great mysteries of our time; "Numbers
Anyone who's ever spent any time looking into numbers stations will know they are an endless rabbit hole you can go down with no end.
What are numbers stations? Numbers stations are radio broadcasts, generally in the shortwave radio band, which broadcast a seemingly endless stream
of numbers. Some of them have music, but only briefly, and the music too serves a purpose. The numbers broadcast are usually in repeated groups.
The same sequence of 5-6 digits will get repeated several times, and then another group of 5-6 digits will get broadcast. Then the same digits from
the beginning will get broadcast again. After you spend some time listening to numbers stations you will realize they mean something, because there
is considerable effort put into coming up with these sequences of numbers.
If done properly, the numbers sequences represent one of the only truly unbreakable codes known to man. Not even the omnipotent 3 letter agencies can
break the codes. The reason for this is because of a system using a tool called a "one time pad". A one time pad is basically a lookup table which
breaks down the code sequence into letters or words, but the trick to the one time pad is...it's used only once and never used again. This 'key'
for lack of a better term is used on a specific day, at a specific time. Once it has been used to decode a message it is destroyed. The same key
will never be used again. So, while the sequence of numbers being broadcast may seem the same, or may seem to periodically repeat, the message is
I have to say, I've spent a great deal of time over the past 20 years looking into numbers stations and they are fascinating to no end. What are
they saying? To whom?
The number sequences on numbers stations are usually broken down into groups, and each group of number is thought to represent something like what
person or group the message is directed to, the message itself, and other sequences which are thought to represent the end or beginning of a message.
This only begins to scratch the surface of what numbers stations are.
I'd love to hear from others here on ATS who are interested in numbers stations, and/or folks who have spent any time looking into them. The
Interwebz are chocked full of information on them. Just type "numbers stations" into any search engine and you'll get tons of results discussing
them. There are even some massive databases which catalog what time and frequency each one broadcasts, and extensive information about where they
might be located. And this is one of the even more fascinating things about numbers stations, many of them are almost impossible to locate due to the
nature of certain long wavelength bands on shortwave. The station could be right next door to you and you wouldn't receive it, but if you're on the
other side of the planet it will come in clear as day.
Anyone else interested in numbers stations?
I have all sorts of links and info I can post if people are interested.
One of the true enigmas of our generation and generations past.