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UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the you-can't-handle-the-truth dept.

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Doug52392 writes "Following days of increased activity, the Russian numbers station UVB-76 has sent out a new voice transmission. The transmission, sent out on August 23, 2010 at 9:35AM PST, recited the following in Russian: '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' The station, believed to be a part of the former Soviet Union's dead man's switch system, has been continually broadcasting for over twenty years, and its purpose has never been fully explained."

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Obvious (5, Funny)

Walkingshark (711886) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363020)

In Soviet Russia, dead switch is manned

Re:Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363532)

But what is the frequency, kenneth?

unexplained?? (4, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363022)

Its viral marketing for Lost II : Lost in Siberia

Re:unexplained?? (4, Funny)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363406)

I know you're joking, but that would be awesome. Assuming they got writers that can write an ending.

Re:unexplained?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363492)

Yeah, I can hardly wait for the final season of LOST. Going to be interesting to see how they wrap up such a great series.

Location (5, Funny)

ryanleary (805532) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363032)

Shouldn't it be possible to triangulate the position based on signal strength from multiple points, and just locate the tower, break in and see what the hardware attached to the transmitter does?

It is well known where it is (4, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363042)

The thing is, "where it is," is in Russia. They might object to the US breaking in, rather violently in fact.

Re:It is well known where it is (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363078)

Might object ? I think that that is a very safe bet.

Re:It is well known where it is (1, Insightful)

icannotthinkofaname (1480543) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363256)

Yes. Russia might object in the same way that the RIAA might continue its piracy litigation campaign, no matter how absurdly expensive it becomes or how absurdly high the judgments are.

Re:It is well known where it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363342)

Who said anything about the US? I'm Russian, you insensitive clod!

Re:Location (5, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363064)

Its Russia. You can't just hike across it to wherever you want.

It'd like a radio transmitter in northern Canada or Alaska, there aren't roads, not many airfields, its going to be out of helicopter range, the weather sucks and for added difficultly, there is an integrated air defense network.

And bears. And wolves, alot of wolves and bears.

Re:Location (2, Insightful)

click2005 (921437) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363152)

If its outside helicopter range (doubtful as another post says its 40 miles from Moscow) then I bet theres some kind of road.
They'd need some way to get the 10kw transmitter & other equipment there.

Re:Location (4, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363278)

If it's 40 miles from Moscow its inside the Moscow Military District so it's undoubtably secure and monitored.

So instead of weather, bears and wolves theres just going to be the Moscow detachments of Alpha Group, Vympel or more likely OMON.

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363170)

According to the post right below yours, it's 25 miles outside the capital city.

So more like a radio transmitter in Maryland than Alaska. Plenty of roads, and no problem with wildlife, but I don't think a journalist could just waltz into Fort Meade, MD, and poke around to see what's going on there ... ;)

Re:Location (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363292)

Is there any country where you can just hike wherever you want?

Re:Location (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363378)

Excepting private property and Federal Military Reservations, you can pretty much hike wherever you want in the US, like on the bulk of the National Forest, National Wildlife, National Park, State Park, BLM lands.

The Federal Government owns nearly 650 million acres of land - almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States.

http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/pdf/fedlands/fedlands3.pdf [nationalatlas.gov]

But I doubt there is any nation on the planet where someone can roam over all 100% of it

Re:Location (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363572)

Well, it's not very difficult in Europe, except for privately owned land. Small countries with a moderate climate means there isn't much to stop you from crossing them on foot, given enough patience.

Re:Location (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363102)

Location: The station's transmitter is located at Povarovo, Russia (56458N 37522E / 56.08278N 37.08944E / 56.08278; 37.08944), which is about halfway between Zelenograd and Solnechnogorsk and 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Moscow, near the village of Lozhki.

Re:Location (3, Informative)

Snowblindeye (1085701) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363428)

Google Satellite Picture of the site. [google.com] Unfortunately it's darkened by the cloud, so its hard to see much. The Wikipedia Picture [wikipedia.org] of the site is a little brighter.

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363580)

Bing maps has a better detail photo. There's still cloud over a part of the facility, but it's broad daylight, and buildings are visible clearly.

Re:Location (5, Insightful)

ksandom (718283) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363118)

The broadcast is not the bit of interest. It's the thing recieving it that's interesting.

Re:Location (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363222)

bingo.

I've heard that it's some sort of fail deadly uh... like keep alive. You know, fire on loss of transmission. but, I kind of doubt it too. Who knows. Very neat though.

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363346)

More likely it's part of ionosphere research. It's their version of HAARP. http://elpub.wdcb.ru/journals/rjes/v10/2007ES000227/2.shtml

Re:Location (2, Informative)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363628)

It's the thing recieving it that's interesting.

Exactly. It also might explain why the transmitter isn't secreted away in some little corner of Siberia but rather smack next to Moscow.

If the Kremlin goes poof nuclear-style, so does the transmitter.

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363678)

The broadcast is not the bit of interest. It's the thing recieving it that's interesting.

Maybe they lost the receiver and decided the best solution would be to continue broadcasting.

Re:Location (2, Informative)

machxor (1226486) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363138)

The station's transmitter is located just outside Povarovo, Russia at (..., ...), which is about halfway between Zelenograd and Solnechnogorsk and 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Moscow, near the village of Lozhki. The location and callsign were unknown until the first voice broadcast of 1997.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76 [wikipedia.org]

Re:Location (2, Insightful)

h00manist (800926) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363218)

Shouldn't it be possible to triangulate the position based on signal strength from multiple points, and just locate the tower, break in and see what the hardware attached to the transmitter does?

Geesus effing sheist. Yep, that's it. By the way, the hardware attached to the transmitter may not do anything at all, just accept and retransmit codes to the receiving stations.

I've decoded it! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363314)

It says... "Drink more Ovaltine."

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363486)

Or how about just asking them?

Re:Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363546)

To triangulate the position of a radio transmitter you don't use signal strength anymore. It's much more convenient to detect the phase delay between multiple antenna sets or multiple receivers sets. The military have this stuff since ages and will likely already know the position of that transmitter with good accuracy.

And... yes, that's the way they find your pirate radio station in 10 seconds without going around in a van with directional antennas on the roof.

Oh yes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363034)

Red title, new post!

Have to dial it in (3, Interesting)

sv_libertarian (1317837) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363058)

I think I've heard this station's buzzing a few times, while drifting around on my HF transceiver. Have to note the frequency http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76 [wikipedia.org] and poke around again for grins.

Re:Have to dial it in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363288)

Or mere mortals could just tune into the live stream, which is embedded into TFA.

Re:Have to dial it in (1)

Joe Snipe (224958) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363318)

I'm pretty sure it's a coded broadcast of the The timecube. [timecube.com] It's just that you snotbrains can't see it through your evil "Oneism"

Re:Have to dial it in (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363368)

I tried compiling the C equiv of that timecube (there was an english->c converter I once had access to) site but the result got a divide-by-zero error.

maybe that was on purpose?

There's a lot of "numbers stations" (2, Informative)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363626)

There's a lot of numbers stations around the world. The Conet project offers a selection of recordings from many of them (available on the Internet Archive [archive.org] ). Unless you have some specific reason to believe that you tuned into this particular one, I would guess that you just picked up one at random.

Previous Story (4, Informative)

Snowblindeye (1085701) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363156)

Well, it hasn't really been broadcasting continuously, as it went suddenly offline two months ago. This was previously discussed on slashdot [slashdot.org] at the time. It *had* been broadcasting continuously for 20 years until then, however.

Re:Previous Story (5, Funny)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 3 years ago | (#33363726)

What makes you think the apparent silence was not just a long string of Null characters being broadcast ?

Easily explained with one word: VODKA !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363172)

VODKA !! and that says all you need to know. Remember Yeltsin? VODKA !! Remember Stalin? VODKA !! Remember Reds? Me neither! VODKA !!

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Unexplained? (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363186)

has been continually broadcasting for over twenty years, and its purpose has never been fully explained.

Nobody can explain Fox News either.

Re:Unexplained? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363270)

Nobody can explain CNN either.

Fixed.

Re:Unexplained? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363554)

Nobody can explain Fox News either.

Nobody can explain CNN either.

Fixed

But not true any more.

Video stream (1)

tchdab1 (164848) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363202)

Just enter the numbers as decimal bit values in a video file, and you'll be surprised at the resulting picture!

Re:Video stream (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363250)

Holy crap. It actually worked! [goatse.cx]

Re:Video stream (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363254)

I prefer mystery over the possibility it's a Goatse-like thing; with top members of Soviet Politburo, from various times, to boot.

I actually monitor this station on occasion. (4, Interesting)

hkz (1266066) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363276)

I have it on right now in the background. There used to be an alternating tone at the top of the hour that kicked in suddenly and always gave me the shivers, but it stopped doing that a few years ago. Sometimes I tune in late at night, since the monotone drone of the buzzer can get pretty psychedelic. Good for coding. Never been lucky enough to catch a voice broadcast, though I did hear some crosstalk once. I even started work on a C daemon to autocorrelate the signal and auto-record any voice transmissions, but that got put on hold.
Pictures of the transmission site: http://alex-odn.livejournal.com/12148.html [livejournal.com]

Scary thought (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363312)

What happens if it ever stops broadcasting?

Re:Scary thought (1)

uofitorn (804157) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363520)

......http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/032235/Mysterious-Radio-Station-UVB-76-Goes-Offline

Re:Scary thought (4, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363590)

Same thing that happened when MySpace stopped being cool.

Rupert Murdoch will buy it.

Re:Scary thought (1)

hardburn (141468) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363724)

It would probably result in some sub-sub-sub-department of the Russian military slashing an item off its budget. My working theory is that whatever purpose the thing originally had, it was probably lost around the time the USSR broke up. New operations groups get rotated in on standing orders because the General that originally ordered it forgot all about it.

That's amazing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363338)

... I've got the same combination on my luggage!

Cryptic Slashdot Post (1)

moehoward (668736) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363340)

This is probably the most cryptic Slashdot post I have seen in the 10+ years I have read Slashdot. Translation?? And it comes from Taco, which is even more strange.

Heck, it is even more cryptic than that new UVB-76 message that everyone keeps talking about.

guh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363344)

shit is creepy, brah. *shiver*

hrm... (2, Interesting)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363370)

I'm rather surprised that the general public is both unaware and unconcerned that the entire Russian atomic arsenal is armed, pointed at us and the trigger autonomous... it will trigger based on a set of circumstances unknown to us that were set up 50 years ago. As far as we know were are a ill timed Solar flare/DDOS attack/meteor strike away from nuclear Armageddon. Perhaps our government might want to discuss this situation in our next round of disarmament talks?

Re:hrm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363702)

There's lies, damned lies, statistics and then there's cold war propaganda.

Re:hrm... (5, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#33363750)

I'm rather surprised that the general public is both unaware and unconcerned that the entire Russian atomic arsenal is armed, pointed at us and the trigger autonomous... it will trigger based on a set of circumstances unknown to us that were set up 50 years ago.

I presume you're talking about "Perimeter" [wikipedia.org] . While it is supposedly capable of operating in autonomous mode, it's not the normal mode of operation. It's only supposed to be turned on when the danger of a sudden nuclear strike is very likely, so as to ensure a retaliatory strike even in the face of the most fast and overwhelming incoming attack. Assuming it still exists, it has most likely never been on since the dissolution of the USSR.

Worth noting that all of this is mostly conjecture. Aside from the fact that something along these lines exists, there's very little reliable data on what the system even is in practice. Of course, that's what makes it ripe for conspiracy theories.

unruskie(%s) yields (5, Funny)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363390)

unruskie("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'") ends up with this cryptic message:

lp0 on fire. call nikolai, anna or ivan; but ivan's drunk, call michail instead

rather a specific message but that's what the unruskie() filter says.

Re:unruskie(%s) yields (2, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363618)

Maybe the Russians are just fucking with everyone's mind for laughs. They know people are speculating, and perhaps they got the urge to feed the "I want to believe" crowd some raw meat. I would not be surprised if there is a hidden joke that will be revealed in a decade or so just so they can say "gotcha!".

Related to Russian spies?1!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!? (4, Informative)

el_tedward (1612093) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363542)

One of the ideas of what the hell this thing is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76 [wikipedia.org] :
"UVB-76 is widely believed to be used to transmit encoded messages to spies, as is generally assumed for the many numbers stations that populate shortwave frequencies. Transmitter sites for some numbers stations have been triangulated to military and/or intelligence installations in several countries,[citation needed] although no nation's government will confirm or deny the existence of the stations or their purpose."

Could this be related to the recent case of the 10 (with one on the run, right?) kinda-sorta-russian-spies news fest? It could be the Russians talking to other operatives they have lurking about.

Or maybe It's just some Russian dudes spending government money to boost their shares in tin & aluminum foil.

japaense anima?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363550)

"naimina" backwards is "animain" which could be Japanese "Anima in" ....??? What would the numbers mean, a code for episodes of Sailer Moon?

It's Desmond and his APPLE ][ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363690)

Keep it up, Desmond !!

Buck Dharma

Doomsday Device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#33363698)

Dr. Strangelove: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, EH?
Ambassador de Sadesky: It was to be announced at the Party Congress on Monday. As you know, the Premier loves surprises.

Long Awaited Response (1)

moehoward (668736) | more than 2 years ago | (#33363710)

Finally, we have he long-awaited response to the eternal question asked of Dan Rather. What's the frequency, Kenneth??? Michael Stipe is probably greatly relieved, as he has been asking the same thing for years.

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