From: JS Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun May 28 2000 - 12:50:59 PDT
I've never really been a shortwave listener, but I did shortwave
broadcasting for a couple of years when I lived in Europe. Everyone
generally agrees that the numbers stations are spy transmissions, & even
though I've never heard of that being officially confirmed in any way, I
believe it. And I seriously doubt that they can be cracked (as the
challenge posted to Slashdot suggests).
If you want to get more information about shortwave radio broadcasts
(including numbers stations) try the rec.radio.shortwave newsgroup
(usually discussions of radios and antennas, but I'm sure there has to be
a FAQ somewhere, and they'll be able to answer any questions you have on
tweaking reception) and Monitoring Times <http://www.grove-ent.com/hmpgmt.html>.
On Sun, 28 May 2000, Carey Lening wrote:
> My, this has really caught my interest. NPR tends to be a good bitsource
> in terms of a radio station. So here I am, driving along on a Friday
> evening,, when I hear a rather informative discussion on Shortwave radio
> (Lost and Found Sound: Numbers) and the hidden numbers(1) and 'secret'
> stations' that are still being broadcast. Alright, so I'm digging it from
> the start. So I decide now, I must track down people who know of this
> wonderful shortwave phenomena. Very groovy stuff, this radio business
> is. Apparently quite a few others seem to be gigging on this -- and it
> shows up in /.(2). Cracking the codes, and distributed.net gets mentioned
> by a few different souls.
> All I know, is this became FoRK relevant, and now, goddamnit, I want a
> Receiver. Anyone more bitful than I, please clue me in.
> Mmmmmm radios...
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