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For more than 45 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 transmitted 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 45 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 did 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 did the “Swedish Rhapsody” Numbers Station use a small girls voice?

These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.

Now Irdial-Discs is releasing The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations / 1111, a special edition of the legendary and first ever comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings to be made public, now augmented and updated with a new 5th CD of previously unreleased recordings.

This Quintuple CD is an important historical reference work for research into this hitherto unreported and unknown field of espionage. Many of the stations on the CD have ceased operations, and can no longer be heard. The new package consists of the 4 original Conet Project CDs containing 150 recordings of Numbers Stations spanning the twenty years up to the release of the original set in 1997, an 80 page, perfect bound booklet, 4 post cards, plus a new 5th CD of 26 previously unreleased recordings of bizarre 'Noise Stations', and a new 8 page booklet accompanying the 5th CD.



Information, Ordering and Links

The Conet Project

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We are pleased to announce the re-release of The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations in a special 5CD edition.

"TCP / 1111" is a shrink wrapped package containing:

  1. The original 4 Conet Project CDs in their own quadruple Jewel Case.
  2. Three black and white post cards.
  3. One full color post card.
  4. The extended 80 page booklet in its own Jewel Case.
  5. The new 5th CD in its own Jewel Case with its own new full color booklet.


Ordering The Conet Project / 1111:
Our crowdfunding drive for The Conet Project / 1111 Edition is a success. All 231 privileged donor places are now taken, and their names have been inscribed in the new 'Patrons' section of the 80+ page TCP Booklet.

You are now able to buy a physical copy of one of the new limited edition 5 CD sets from your local independent music retailer. You can buy physical copies of TCP/1111 from

  1. Boomkat in the UK.
  2. Forced Exposure in the USA.
  3. Rough Trade Notting Hill in London.
  4. Ebay Special Limited Offer everywhere.
  5. Norman Records in Leeds.

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Journalists
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Trivia?
* Did you know that GCHQ has a copy of The Conet Project in its Library?

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Did you know that the Imperial War Museum thought that Numbers Stations were of no interest to visitors of an exhibition on cryptography and espionage?

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The advent of the internet has brought many secrets into the open.

* And it has made the global crowdsourcing information a simple matter.


Cracking a Numbers Station Message

Do you have programming skills and a love of all things crypto? Irdial Discs has the ultimate challenge for you: Cracking a Numbers Station message.

We have had some feedback on the crack challenge. Read it here.

Read what some of the smartest people on the planet had to say about cracking Numbers Station messages here and here.


Numbers Stations Web sites that you must visit:

  • Simon Mason, author of 'Secret Signals: The Euronumbers Mystery' and major project contributor has posted the text of his excellent book on the web here.

 

 

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