Spy theories and extraterrestrial messages are part of the discussion that attempts to unravel the mystery of the Russian radio station UVB-76.
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We know that the Cold War never ended, it only changed form and many of its strategies evolved into espionage, to form huge mysterious communication networks around the world, generally related to Russia, and one of its possible samples is in a mysterious radio station that has not stopped transmitting 25 short buzzes per minute, along with voices with Russian accent, for 23 hours and 10 minutes a day from the frequency 4,607 kHz (AM).
The mystery has opened an intense debate on the Internet, we are talking about possible espionage, with solid evidence that can clearly indicate a secret communication channel, where voices are transmitted by reading sequences of numbers, letters or words, although those who tune into them will normally find themselves with long periods of white noise.
The first records of these secret stations date back to the First World War. Since then, they have been used for all kinds of purposes. From the most obvious in terms of espionage to drug trafficking operations and organized crime, each with a higher degree of secrecy and codes more difficult to decipher.
Although many of these mysterious channels have been deciphered, there is still a Russian radio station called UVB-76, which has never been identified, and which began somewhere in the 1970s transmitting white noise and continuous, non-stop humming.
Voices among the buzzings
On December 24, 1997, around midnight, this strange radio station, which had aroused the interest of many amateur spying enthusiasts, began to transmit a series of short beeps on its signal that were abruptly cut off to continue for the first time with a human, feminine voice and speaking in Russian, giving a hitherto misunderstood code “Ya UVB-76. 180 08 74 27 27 99 BROMAL 14. Boris, Roman, Olga, Mikhail, Anna, Larisa. 7 4 2 7 9 9 1 4”
This message would be repeated until the arrival of another succession of beeps announcing the end of it, finally returning to the usual buzzing sound. No other message was heard that day, but the location of the UBV-76 station in Povarovo, more than 30 kilometres from Moscow, was made known.
From the first voice message onwards, every few years the doorbell would stop and a new Russian code would appear again. Instead of shutting down or stopping with the fall of communism in Russia, the UVB-76 radio station became even more active, with more and more frequent voice messages.
The first thing we thought was that it might be a pre-recorded signal, but this was not true, as the hum is generated manually. Telephone conversations are also heard in the background, possibly from a loudspeaker that is placed next to a radio microphone. The Russian radio station UVB-76 has also had different changes in the way it broadcasts its codes.
The original buzzing changed several years ago, they became twice as short and much faster, and a two-person conversation in Russian could also be heard. One of the voices says I am 143 and I am not receiving the oscillator’. To which a female voice replied, “That comes from the operating room. The name of this Russian radio station came from a fragment of a message transmitted in 2002, by a distorted voice that said: UVB-76, UVB-76. 62691 Izafet 36938270″
Inside the UVB-76 facilities
With the establishment of social networks in our daily lives, Internet users made the legend of the Russian radio station UVB-76 viral in 2010, when the 4chan forum began to investigate the mystery. This produced a clear reaction from the signal operators because during that time it was recorded for the first time that the station had changed its location. In addition, the station changed its name to MDZhB.
The interest in understanding this mystery on the net made it possible to find the original location of the Russian radio. The station was shown through Google Maps in a kind of bunker, a former military base on the outskirts of Povarovo. A group of followers travelled to the Russian city in an attempt to visit the space from which the signal that had originated more than 30 years ago was emitted.
This group of scouts managed to find the entrance to the bunker, next to a series of military buildings, all of which were completely abandoned. They described the place as a secret space, where you could see that people had left emergency, leaving some belongings behind. The bunker was difficult to access because many parts had become icy. And it could be compared to a maze, with lots of corridors and rooms.
Inside they found a book containing a record of the messages sent through UVB-76, the last one was sent that same month, at which time they were supposed to leave the area due to very strong thunderstorms, according to the accounts of the inhabitants near the site.
The Russian radio station UVB-76 or MDZhB is still broadcasting its signal. No one knows the reason for its existence. During these years, sporadic messages have continued, and it has attracted so much attention on the web, that radio channels and live transmissions have been opened to capture the signal.
Several attempts have been made to determine the new location of the signal. But now it appears that UVB-76 radio operates from multiple transmitters distributed throughout the country. One possible location is the small town of Kirsino, with a population of less than 50 inhabitants; another would be close to the Estonian border. Finally, the most controversial location indicates that it may be related to a Russian government radio channel.
The open discussion in internet forums indicates a rather interesting theory. UVB-76 could be a defence system, which under a nuclear attack would trigger an automatic counterattack. Others claim it is a channel of communication for conducting spy missions in the West, and some adventurers go further, explaining that it is a direct channel of communication with extraterrestrial life.
But as long as there is no official confirmation, and the Russian radio station UVB-76 continues to broadcast that characteristic sound, the mystery will continue to fuel an internet legend under which many theories of science fiction, espionage and war can be determined.