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For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations.

Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.

These stations use very rigid schedules, and transmit in many different languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or phonetic letters day and night, all year round.

The voices are of varying pitches and intonation; there is even a German station (The Swedish Rhapsody) that transmits a female child's voice!

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.


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The Conet Project
Disc 1 of 4
02. counting cia (03:33)
03. counting control (02:01)
05. 5 dashes (03:29)
08. dfd 21 (02:37)
10. bugle (01:00)
18. ciocirlia (05:16)
19. czech lady (03:17)
20. letter ys (01:46)
21. 2 letter el (01:09)
22. 5 dashes (01:39)
23. 2 letter rk (02:23)
Disc 2 of 4
01. nnn french (02:56)
02. strich (00:35)
03. dfd21 dfc37 (01:54)
05. nnn english (01:47)
07. nnn german (01:00)
10. spanish lady (01:06)
11. strich english (00:30)
12. 2 letter nu (01:11)
13. g3 strich (00:38)
14. yt (03:34)
15. 5 dashes (01:39)
16. german man (01:45)
19. german lady (01:42)
20. chinese numbers (01:13)
23. english man (01:13)
24. german lady (00:47)
27. nancy adam susan (03:20)
28. counting control (01:17)
30. cherry ripe (01:33)
31. russian lady (01:57)
32. russian man (00:37)
33. nnn english (01:53)
37. olx irdial (02:15)
38. 6 tones (00:56)
Disc 3 of 4
01. ready ready (02:03)
03. english lady (01:16)
07. english man (00:57)
10. oblique (01:24)
13. 2 letter kg (01:49)
18. 10 rough tones (01:33)
19. achtung (00:28)
20. a (01:23)
25. 2 letter pn (02:34)
26. sample count (00:18)
27. 2 letter vo (02:09)
28. 2 letter hk (00:41)
29. 2 letter dm (04:00)
31. spruchnummer 1 (00:55)
33. random pop (01:04)
34. nomer 101 (02:51)
35. okno okno onko (00:35)
36. nomer 198 (03:22)
37. 723 papaqui (01:23)
38. 298 (01:53)
39. 815 (01:24)
40. 167 (01:52)
Disc 4 of 4
02. 2 yt (02:49)
04. preska (00:24)
05. cherta (00:26)
06. count in russian (00:39)
11. konec konec (02:42)
12. pozor (00:47)
14. russian man (04:09)
16. spanish counting (00:21)
18. spanish man (02:19)
25. nnn hungarian (00:58)
27. the crackle (02:32)
29. faders (01:13)
30. workshop (02:52)
31. the pip (00:50)
32. the buzzer (02:40)
33. m1 (00:51)
34. m1b (04:49)
35. m2 (03:10)
36. m3 (00:32)
37. m3 (00:20)
39. m3 (00:17)
40. m3 (00:15)
41. 41 m3 (00:15)
42. m3a (00:22)
43. m3b (00:49)
UPLOADED:01/02/2009
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User Comments

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somematt on 04/22/09 at 04:53AM
Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, and certainly not easy listening, THE CONET NUMBERS PROJECT can be enjoyable if you are prepared for it and are adventurous enough.

When I have my Zune on random-play and one of these tracks come on, it seems like a sort of cleansing of the ol' audio palette. An 'aural recalibration', if you will... Between one and five minutes of non-music seems, to me at least, reinvigorating and refreshing.

I've also experimented with playing these on repeat at nearly inaudible volume while I sleep. I don't know if it's the 'messages' seeping through the opened doors of slumber, or the simple fact that I've quit drinking, but dreams, the nights of the experiment, were vivid. VIVID. So vivid, in fact, that I was only able to stand it for three nights in a row - opposed to a planned full week.

Like I said, THE CONET NUMBERS PROJECT won't be everybody's cup of tea, but it CAN be enjoyable. I've had a copy for about a year, and I love it!
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katya-oddio on 11/02/10 at 09:07PM
"The Swedish Rhapsody" was always my favorite, so sweet and unnerving. You can hear that one and many more of the Conet Project recordings here:

http://www.archive.org/details/ird059
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