Somewhere in Russia a signal of mysterious beeps and buzzes has broadcast since the high-water days of the Cold War. But why?

UVB-76, also known as “The Buzzer”, is the nickname given by radio listeners to a shortwave radio station that broadcasts on the frequency 4625 kHz. It broadcasts a short, monotonous buzz tone, repeating at a rate of approximately 25 tones per minute, 24 hours per day. Sometimes, the buzzer signal is interrupted and a voice transmission in Russian takes place. The first reports were made of a station on this frequency in 1983. (!youtube=recording from 1976.! and 1982. recording)


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Inside the Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma

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“From time to time (especially starting in 2010) there’s a message spoken and repeated by anonymous Russians. Here’s an example:

At 0757 UTC on February 21, 2006:
“UVB-76, UVB-76. 75-59-75-59. 39-52-53-58. 5-5-2-5.Konstantin-1-9-0-9-0-8-9-8-Tatiana-Oksana-Anna-Elena-Pavel-Schuka. Konstantin 8-4. 9-7-5-5-9-Tatiana. Anna Larisa Uliyana-9-4-1-4-3-4-8.”

November 11, 2000 brought more weird shit. According to listeners (yeah…. those exist…), some phone conversations were accidentally broadcast. Wikipedia says this about them:

The phone calls mentioned the “brigade operative officer on duty”, the communication nodes “Debut”, “Nadezhda” (Russian for “hope”, both a noun and a female name), “Sudak” (a kind of river fish and also a town in Crimea) and “Vulkan”. The female voice says “officer on duty of communication node Debut senior ensign Uspenskaya, got the control call from Nadezhda OK”. source

‘Swan Lake’ on 4625 kHz (02.09.2010)-mp3:

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