The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers
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
These are just some of the questions that remain
Now you will be able to hear this unique and
extraordinary phenomenon for yourself, as-Discs
releases THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive
collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the
This Quadruple CD is an important historical reference
work for research into this hitherto unreported and
unknown field of espionage. The CDs contain 150
recordings spanning the last twenty years; taken from the
private archives of dedicated shortwave radio listeners
from around the world.
There's more information in the included PDF booklet and
via the official site for this 4xCD collection.