Hey shortwave fans
I was interviewed by Russia Today a few weeks back, were
guessing that the Wired article promoted interest from the Russian
media and RT wanted to get in on the UVB-76 action. There is an online article about the
buzzer and a short news segment. So for those of you curious
what I look like have a watch:
2 buzzers can it be?
There has long been speculation that there are 2 or more
transmitter sites for the buzzer. Conflicting reception reports,
people saying the buzzer did not switch off when a message occured
and other reports have often left us scratching our heads in
explanation. Yesterday we heard a test count broadcast on the
buzzers frequency while the buzzer was still running. This could be
mixed at the broadcast source of course and offers no proof...
We can clearly see in the above spectrum image a second buzzer
being activated which is slightly off frequency and slowly creeps
onto the 4.625 kHz expected.
S28 The Buzzer UVB-76 Two buzzer oddity
We finnally caught them! This is fantastic news as it explains
many oddities about the buzzer and casts doubt on a few. As always
UVB-76 never fails to suprise and we are slowly learning more and
more secrets about it. However this makes triangulation twice as
We have been in contact with bydunai who has been taking trips
to povarovo and has filmed and photographed his experience. Its
great to actually speak to someone who has been to the site and we
hope to get him on the podcast soon. His livejournel post is well
worth a read:
A trip to
povarovo and the UVB-76 site
We heard a jammer we had not heard this afternoon, sounding like
a number of car alarms all going at once. So for now were calling
it the "woo-woo" jammer. Broadcasting on 12140 kHz we think this
was trying to jam Radio Free Asia, which is known to broadcast at
that time. Have a listen:
*EDIT* This jammer is the Vietnamese Siren Jammer. Gwraspe*
jammer blocking Radio Free Asia on 12140 kHz
Take my eye off the ball for a week or two, to do some more
programming for the site and get a podcast done and stuff happens
to fast for me to keep up with it all. We recorded a podcast a few nights back and
finally managed to time it right to catch laid so he joined us for
the podcast! We had a great discussion about being in wired
magazine and we had the chance to ask him about setting up the
repeater and his opinions on number stations, UVB-76 and the
shortwave scene. N1ck joined us for the first time its always great
when we get another member of the priyom team on the podcast. We
have had a number of finds recently including x06 and xm whales so
its a packed and interesting show.
I happened to be in Bowen's neighbour hood last weekend so we
had the chance to have a mini priyom meetup. We enjoyed our
afternoon in the pub and plan to have more priyom meetups in the
Avare recently found a post on the radioscanner.ru forum from a
couple of guys who recently took a trip to the old site ar
Povarovo, were still going over the posts and what to make of it,
so more coming up on that soon!
Well once again the shortwave bands spring these little suprises
X06 seems to be
sending its test signal x06c and the odditiy x06b with catches almost every day since last
thursday. That morning was particulary odd when we heard a sequence
of x06 over 23 frequencies lasting no more than 30 seconds at a
time over ten minutes. Quite an odd occurance indeed.
We also have new callsigns from UVB-76/The buzzer:
C38M/Ц38M and CLIM/ЦЛИМ
There have been a series of early morning messages around 2-4am
UTC so if your awake at that time (and many of you are) have a
listen and you may catch one live. Interesting these early
messages, looking back they are rare but always grouped at this
2-4am period. Interesting.
Keep those ears on the bands, its x06 hunting season!
Well we have to give massive thanks to Avare, Trojan and Danix
for getting in contact with Jan owner of http://starbacks.ca/uvb76/
Jan dug through his archive recordings and managed to find the
recording of the first known broadcast of UVB-76 from december the
Just getting this recording itself is a fantastic find, so many
thanks to Jan for taking the time to find it and of course thanks
again to Avare, Trojan and Danix for getting in contact with him
and demonstrating more than a fleeting interest in obtaining the
recording, their tenacity has reaped rewards!
More interestingly though all our Russian team members insist
that the callsign is pronounced UZB-76, it seems our V could be a
mistake. Now having listened to the recording myself, I certainly
hear V. But I am not a Russian speaker and the Cyrillic alphabet is
very different. I can see from experiences transcribing messages
from MDZhB transmissions why a western person can misunderstand the
pronoucitation of a foreign word or letter. I hear V but if 5
Russians are telling me thats Z, I have to think again about my
Listening to the other few messages available in archives on the
internet, they say the station is consistantly UZB and not UVB.
So it seems like UVB is a mistake, our Russian friends certainly
seem to think so.
What do you think? Let us know in the forum and the IRC the
discussion is ongoing!
Hey guys, SEE! told you I would blog more :P
Ok... so whats been happening today?
well... most of my day has been recoding a piece of jQuery code
for the new database, so it will open larger using a lytebox plug
in. But as usual with this sort of thing, you fix one thing and it
just errors somewhere else... see what we do you you guys! and for
free! We should be sainted! but for now, just sticking around and
bearing with us until the site is finished will do :P
In other news, the weather here in england is fantastic! im sure
its fairly nice in most places right now! So grab your portable RX
and lay in the garden with it (what i planed to today until the
whole coding problems :P)
Other than that, most work is being done behind the scenes still
and hopefuly within a few weeks we should have the site upgraded!
Ok guys ill leave it there for today!
Have a good weeks all!
Hey guys! its been a while since I have done a blog post so bare
with me! I will be making a bit more of an effort to blog more now
Ok... so the big news this week... WE HAVE A SCHEDULE UP! it may not be
perfect, but it will stand in until we get our DataBase finished.
This schedule is all the work of one of the guys in the irc called
Ok so other things that have been going on...
Well we have noticed G11 missing alot of its scheduled slots this
week... is this the end of G11?! I sure hope not! As far as we are
aware, G11 is run by Polish intelegence and broadcasts in German
(hence the G in G11). Of course this is all speculation as not much
of this kind of stuff can be really confirmed.
Another thing we have been doing this week is alot of tiding up
of the website from behind the scenes. We have organised all of the
current recordings so now it is much easier to find the recording
we need etc. There has also been alot of standardisation going on
to make everything a little easier to understand.
Of course webweasel has posted about the podcast
number 6 being released a few days ago, but I thought its worth
a re-mention. This podcast was quite a long one with us going much
off topic in many cases, but we got there in the end!
An odd thing we have noticed looking over the ip's of people
looking up the website. he have has quite a bit of interest from a
few governments... mostly china and the USA. Just thought it was
worth a mention :P
Ok guys ill end this blog here before i start to ramble too
much. Hope you guys enjoy the site and look out for the up coming
Database that will be VERY useful to all you Numberstation
listeners out there!
Hey all, hope you shortwave fans are having fun.
First up apologies for not updating the blog posts more often,
we didn't even properly announce the release of episode 5 of the
podcast. Doh! I intend to blog more often about the site activities
and the mysterious world of number stations and a lot has happened
over the last month or so. Hopefully we will have a weekly blog
post as a minimum.
Mibbit is no longer down, they were under a sustained DDOS
attack for a while, so we have a backup channel on starchat.net,
#mdzhb. If mibbit is offline your can find us there. We may move
providers if it comes to it, but mibbit have been good to us and I
don't really want to have to change.
Well there has been plenty going on, more people are signing up
and becoming active, the site is growing rapidly with new content.
Most of this is of course number station loggings. There have been
a few other pages go up, some radio reviews. The site upgrade is on
its way, we moved the development arm of the database away from C#
to IronPython, but the CMS we are using needs to be ugraded to a
more recent version to support IronPython. Strangly enough our
backend developer is a linux guy and I am a Microsoft developer, so
its been a lot of fun using Mono on linux to develop the system
then roll it out to a Windows based .NET host. Once we have the DB
up and running and populated the number stations pages will be
radiacally different. Everything from database predicted schedules,
calendar displays of previous transmission to frequency anaylsis of
the letters/numbers used in message groups. We have some great
plans, but to be honest with you all, the last 2 weeks in the UK
have been like the height of summer, so I have been enjoying the
sun instead of upgrading the site like I should. Progress is on a
slow burn, but progressing none the less. (Hey you want your
podcast right?) Danix has been working very hard on getting the
messages pages into one style content making the site much more
uniform and easier to read and understand. Thanks for your hard
Podcast episode 6
Well as of episode 5 we have started broadcasting the episode
live, so you can drop in and listen as we drunkly ramble about
things we don't understand. Keep an eye on the twitter feed for the
announcements. Hopefully, if we can nail everyone down to doing the
same Friday night once a month, we should be able to plan and
annouce them in advance. As the live version is gaining in
popularity, we might also up our game with a mixing desk so we can
play the samples and background music while we are recording,
currently the live version is without samples etc and is then mixed
down and post-produced before release. The live version is a little
less <clean> then the recorded, so do watch out if your
easily offended. Also be prepared for it to stop half way through
if there is a live number station at that time, as we will stop to
rebroadcast it, then carry on afterward. Theres usually more
drinking and some guitar playing and other sillyness afterwards.
Episode 6 was recorded last friday and as soon as Bowen gets
himself in gear, we shall be releasing it. So in the next few days,
the weekend at the latest. This episode was better planned and
structured, but unfortunatly very drunken so it evened out in the
So what should we call our beloved buzzer? That has been a bit
of a debate with the team. If we are following Engima 2000's lead,
we should call it S28, but everyone on the "interwebz" knows it as
UVB-76 and most of the time the station ID's itself as MDZhB so
what should we call it? I think the general agreement was to use
the offical designator in any official sections (so filenames and
recordings) but to keep UVB-76 in use as this is what the world
calls the buzzer and exposing the information we gather to the
world is the whole point of the site.
UVB-76 has been very busy as always, days of multiple messages,
buzzer breakdowns, leaking telephone calls and other oddites. Keep
an eye on the S28 2011
page for updates.
E06 has been active as always with oddites such as jumping
frequency last Sunday morning when it jumped from 6918 to 6925 kHz
a few minutes into the transmission, Linas has been following E25
daily and will be uploading the recordings and transcripts soon.
G11 has been caught a few times, but we are itching to get the
database up and running rather than updating the site through the
That will do for this post! I promise to make these more regular
to keep the site fresh and let you know which station pages to
check as well. Check back in a few days for episode 6 of the
A little history. Danix111 is the person who drove the creation
of priyom.org. He started collecting the recordings and
transcriptions the group had been gathering and created a study page. At
his suggestion we started the UVB-76 and number stations
podcast and were rather suprised at the many positive comments.
We have sent QSL cards from the podcast all over the world. In late
2010 we contacted Commander
Bunny of WBNY a pirate radio
broadcaster in the USA. WBNY very kindly rebroadcast the podcast
over pirate radio. As the podcast began to grow and more and more
people joined our little group of radio listeners, we stepped it up
a gear and created Priyom as a place for us to hang out, discuss
number stations and help others, who like many of the team have
only recently become interested in radio listening.
We were very suprised yesterday evening to find we were featured
in the latest episode of
The PiratesWeek Podcast. They had found us and thought the
podcast was interesting enough to feature in their show and
recommend us to their listeners. Thanks a lot guys! We really
appreciate the coverage and the compliments.
So that put us to shame a bit, our work on priyom.org had meant
that the last episode had lagged, we are now 3 weeks late (sorry!)
with episode 5. But we have been working hard on this site, there
are only so many hours in a day. Additionally recording a podcast
is hard work! Its very mentally exhausting, I am not a natural
presenter or speaker for this sort of thing, so it takes a lot of
preperation to get it structed and ready for each show, so
apologies for my own laziness in not getting a show out for you
So this has given me the needed kick to get on and produce
episode 5 which we should be recording sometime this week and
hopefully will be out this weekend possibly sunday evening. We have
not abandoned it and with great feedback from you all and from the
PiratesWeek Podcast we need to get on. Thank you so much for your
support and special thanks goes to Danix111 for being the core
pillar of our community.