Numbers Stations have been a personal fascination since I first heard the recordings archived by The Conet Project some years ago. One of the features of a Numbers broadcast seemed to have been its regularity in broadcast.
Now one has changed.
The output of one particular station that broadcasts from near Povarovo, Russia (callsign UVB-76, AKA “The Buzzer” by its listeners ), has increased dramatically. It’s only deviated from it’s signal three times previously – in 1997, 2002 and 2006.
Wired reports “In early August, a garbled recording of a voice speaking Russian was heard by listeners. A few days later, on 23 August at 13:35UTC, a clearer voice read out the following message twice: “UVB-76, UVB-76 — 93 882 naimina 74 14 35 74 — 9 3 8 8 2 nikolai, anna, ivan, michail, ivan, nikolai, anna, 7, 4, 1, 4, 3, 5, 7, 4″, before returning to its normal broadcasting.”
Obviously this is a brilliant reason for speculation by conspiracy theorists. If you want to get some of that, more from Wired here.