I’m fascinated by the mysterious broadcasts made by numbers stations (you can read more about them here and here). They come and go, but UVB-76–also known as The Buzzer–has been operating for more than 40 years. All we hear is a buzzing sound that’s interrupted every few months (!!!) by a thickly-accented Russian voice reading out “U-V-B-76” and then a series of numbers and code words. Then the buzzing resumes. Listen.
So what is this? The transmission seems to be coming from Povarovo which is a town near Moscow, although there’s evidence to suggest the transmitter has been moved to somewhere in western Russia. Those who study numbers stations believe that this is a military station that sends coded messages to units across the Western Military District. Or it could be some kind of scientific research effort. There’s even a theory that it’s a system designed to launch an automated nuclear counter-strike in case Russia is the target of an attack. But until anyone cracks the code–which is unlikely–we’ll never know.
If you have a shortwave radio, you can pick up UVD-76 at 4625 kHz. If not, there are a number of live streams available.
(Via The Daily Mail)