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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 has released 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This Quintuple CD is an important historical reference work for research into this hitherto unreported and unknown field of espionage.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

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The physical re-release of The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations came in a special 5CD edition.

The extraordinary "TCP / 1111" contained:

  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. A new 5th CD in its own Jewel Case with its own new full color booklet.

The Last 2 Copies

The last 20 2 Copies of The Conet Project are for sale on an increasing price scale:
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Ordering One of The Final Copies of The Conet Project / 1111 Physical:

The last physical copies of the limited edition 5 CD set are available.
There were: 12 copies at 100 and subsequent copies doubling in price till the last copy is sold.

The final two copies are being sold by special arrangment, and payment must be made in Bitcoin.

The Conet Project / 1111 Digital:
Get TCP/1111 for your device at an unbeatable price.
  1. From iTunes Globally.

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

* 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?

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

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

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