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The Conet Project

The Conet Project

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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.

Now you will be able to hear this unique and extraordinary phenomenon for yourself, as Irdial-Discs releases THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the public.
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.

Now you will be able to hear this unique and extraordinary phenomenon for yourself, as Irdial-Discs releases THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the public.

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Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
 The Conet Project 
 
1Numbers Stations: A Beginners Guide12Paranoia Contamination: My Introduction to Numbers Stations53Recording Notes144Signal Checklist165ENIGMA Formats List246Disc 1 Contents457Disc 2 Contents498Disc 3 Contents559Disc 4 Contents6010Agency Index6511Known Families6612Letter From Simon Mason6713Bibliography6814ENIGMAInformation6915Internet Monitoring7016Acknowledgements7117Complete Lincolnshire Poacher Transcript72
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What Numbers Stations are.Numbers Stations are radio broadcasts that appear in the Shortwave bands twenty-four hours a day, on manydifferent frequencies. They are used to transmit short text messages. There are three different types of broadcast; voices reading groups of numbers or pho-netic letters, Morse transmissions sending groups of numbers or letters and noise stations, transmitting sev-eral different types of noise.What Numbers Stations are not.Numbers Stations are not licensed in the conventionalsense, and there is no easy to find information on anyaspect of Numbers Stations from the government agen-cies that are concerned with radio use/misuse. Theyare not weather forecasts, or shipping broadcasts.Anatomy of Numbers Stations transmissions.In the case of a voice numbers station, there will beone of several types of introduction, usually starting at the top or at some whole fraction of the hour. Theseintroductions can be a single letter of the alphabetkeyed in Morse, or a piece of music played for severalminutes, before a voice, in one of several languages,begins calling out numbers. The first numbers calledare usually a three digit number. There is then a call toattention, signaled by the use of the word Attention orby some other device, such as bells, gongs or tones. Agroup count giving the number of message elements that are to be sent is then transmitted, followed by thegroups which are sets of numbers or phoneticallyspoken letters, usually numbering five in each group,although there are stations that transmit four figuregroups. At the end of the groups, there is sometimes arepeat of the groups, if not, there is an ending indicator,either by a spoken end or a repeat of the introductionmusic. Morse stations generally do not have music at the beginnings and endings. The message structure of Morse transmissions is identical to the structure of  voice transmissions, save that everything is sent inMorse code. Each of the noise stations is unique. Theone thing that binds them together is the extremelength of time that the broadcasts are on the air.
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