Throughout our life, we come across so many words that we know are horrible. But later we got to know that, those were something else. Some kind of rumors or fake news. So in this article, you will get to know about “Number Station”. What is a number station?
If you are familiar with this word then you must be thinking it is some kind of horrific word. And if you don’t know the word then you must be thinking what is it? So let us know the number station and the story behind it.
Generally, a number station is a shortwave radio station; it sends a message through several certain numbers. It generates encrypted messages which use Morse code and it was first used in the time of the 1st world war. It is used by foreign intelligence officers for the military. It is used only for important and confidential pieces of information.
But many people have the myth that the number station is like something mysterious, ghostly, or supernatural. Even there are some fictional novels as well as movies about number stations that create a mysterious idea about the number stations.
Honestly, these number stations are not some messages sent by aliens or ghosts. These are the secret messages between the foreign intelligence department and the military. Even there are rumors that the messages are from the dead people who died during the cold war. These messages must have to be collected from the wind for there.
Some countries such as China, Cuba, Iran, Romania broadcast shortwave messages with the help of their public radio stations. These numbers must be secret and private. They send the messages publicly so general people get to know these but can not understand as long as these messages use Morse code or Digital code.
So these code language or secret numbers sent through public radio stations between foreign intelligence officers and the military is known as the number station.
Now you must have the question that; Before the invention of the radio how messages were used to send? So, before radio, they used to send the messages through letter or light signals. After some time in the nineteenth century telegraph or telegram were used to communicate the code numbers. Just after the launch of radio in the early stage of the century, it was available to be used for military purposes.
When Germany came to know about the radio station that was used by the Russian army, they became aware of the messages. At that time there were fictional novels about radio stations that were used by Germany to launch a crushing operation in East Prussia in the year 1914. So as that happened from fictional novels, somebody named them fictional novels about number stations.
When the 1st world war was going and it was about to end, in the last years these coded numbers of number stations were sent by low and medium wave frequencies. After the 1st time used shortwave in the early 1920s then they started using the shortwave to send messages.
The shortwaves used for the number station would travel through the ionosphere and after that, they would be reflected again to Earth.
The messages had to be secret and private as the whole world would be listening to the code messages. The one-time one which is a one-time pad was used for sending those secret messages. Randomly arranged by a group of people from the intelligence department the messages were a kind of a sheet of paper.
The messages of the paper would be converted into mathematically coded numbers with some other number and after they were stored in a notepad. That is known as False Edition. After receiving the message on their time pad the recipient had to decrypt the code into the message by using the False Subscription Method.
As the messages were sent using secret code it was effective as well as simple. If someone would get the notepad of the recipient then it would be easy for the person to get the message.
Even several incidents happened in the twentieth century that leads to knowing us about the use of the number station by the intelligence department. But till now not the official agents or government has accepted or denied the number station although having all the evidence. So according to some experts, the number station still exists.
“There Number Station”, the movie is about a number station directed by Kasper Barfoed. It was released on 15th August 2013 in Indonesia. Another movie named “The Game” was released by KGB in 1986 about the number stations, where they displayed codebooks and transmitters.
It is almost impossible to decrypt the coded message by any third party. The third party only can decode the secret message if he can access the note-pad of the recipients or the recipient himself told to the third party. Even to keep privacy on high prior some intelligence uses other languages. Such as some Russian stations transmit the message in English or Spanish instead of using the Russian language.
Always they use different methods to protect from spying on the messages. Whether they send the messages in Russian, Spanish, or English the polish station will send the messages in English and Russian language.
These messages are only for internal use not for spying in other countries. You can listen to these so easily from anywhere in the world as there is software available on the internet.
In your life, you will come through many things that will seem mysterious, ghostly, or horrible. Always do not believe in such things. There might be some rumors or some different things which were done for some purposes.
Try to know about them but make sure you are not at any risk. You will come to know about the facts if you will give it a try. Do not be afraid after hearing some rumors. Likewise in this article, you got to know about Number Station and the story behind Number station.