MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Many old school listeners of Ground Zero know that I have a fondness for Number Stations. When I was a kid, my aunt would come over for Thanksgiving and she would bring a radio that would pick up on shortwave radio bands. I would slowly turn the dial and I would pick up on some the strangest tones and numbers that were being read on the air.
When I was a kid I had no idea what these numbers and peculiar sounds were. My aunt would tell me that these broadcasts are not for little boys to hear and they were meant for someone else.
I grew up never knowing what these weird broadcasts meant until one of my earlier producers acquainted me with something called the Conet Project. The Conet Project had recorded numerous Numbers Stations and explained what they are and it became clear that perhaps I wasn’t supposed to hear or understand what was being broadcast.
For more than 30 years the shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the world’s intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations.
Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one-way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one-time pad is unbreakable.
Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.
These stations use very rigid schedules and transmit in many different languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or phonetic letters day and night, all year round.
The voices are of varying pitches and intonation; there is even a German station (The Swedish Rhapsody) that transmits a female child’s voice!
One might think that these espionage activities should have wound down considerably since the official end of the Cold War, but nothing could be further from the truth. Numbers Stations and by inference, spies are still out there listening for messages, with many new and bizarre stations appearing since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There are stations in Eastern Europe that pop up from time to time. The Czech Republic operates a Numbers Station 24 hours a day. Most Numbers stations interfere with other radio broadcasts and then they abruptly go away.
I have played many examples of these creepy stations on my shows in the past—but over the weekend I received an e-mail from a listener named David who believes he picked up on a so-called Numbers Station.
He sent me an audio clip of what sounded like slowed down communication off of his shortwave radio.
He told me that he was sitting in a dark room listening to an old Shortwave receiver. He said the message shocked him and it kept him glued to his radio, paralyzed not being able to move.
He sent me a sample of the audio and all I heard was slowed down unintelligible speech. I ran it through a filter in order to pitch it up and the voices still sounded like gibberish. Then faintly in the midst of the gibberish, I heard the words “They’re coming.”
Thinking the dialogue was a revered speech message I again used a filter to reverse the message. The gibberish of course sounded reversed again except I could hear again in English “They’re coming” just as clear as before.
I was creeped out after that because I have never heard a message that sounded similar forward and backward before. It is obvious that whatever the message was it was supposed to be received both forward and backward – and forward I figured it was language that I did not understand forward except for the English “They’re coming” coming through loud and clear.
David’s e-mail ended with words “Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone.”
It looked German or Dutch.
When you hear the words, “They’re Coming” – it could mean anyone is coming – or anything is coming except there have been some very strange things happening in the news concerning space anomalies that sound like the beginning of a terrifying alien invasion film.
I was terrified to think that they are all connected in some way and this was a message sent over Shortwave to agents that need to be aware of a possible landing of something from outer space.
For example A Russian satellite designed to monitor the atmosphere for high-energy cosmic rays has detected mysterious ‘explosions’ of light miles above Earth’s surface. The Russian scientists say what they’ve found may be something entirely new — something that defies normal physics.
While numerous examples of unusual space weather phenomena have been spotted in the upper atmosphere before, the team operating the Lomonosov satellite say what they’ve found may be something entirely new.
Despite the occurrence of several powerful bursts, Russian scientists say there were no signs of storms in the area.
The satellite, named after scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, launched in 2016 and is integrated with the Kanopus-B spacecraft.
Its goal is to study high-energy cosmic rays, including gamma rays, magnetospheric particles, and transient light phenomena in the upper atmosphere.
And, the scientists now say it’s spotted something odd.
The official statement reads:
“With the help of the telescope, we have obtained even more important results than we expected. It looks like we have encountered new physical phenomena. We do not yet know their physical nature. For example, during Lomonosov’s flight at an altitude of several dozen kilometers, we have registered several times a very powerful “explosion” of light. But everything was clear underneath it, no storms, and no clouds.”
While numerous types of space and weather phenomena have been spotted in the upper atmosphere before, the team operating the Lomonosov satellite say what they’ve found may be something entirely new.
The team reported ‘explosions’ of light, though no clouds were seen in the skies below.
Blue Jets and Red Sprites have been identified before but this has Russians baffled.
These are not fast radio burst either – this is an as of yet unidentified anomaly.
I have to wonder is this a sign that “They’re coming?”
Two weeks ago there was a report that NASA had lost two probes in route to Mars.
The two probes, WALL E and EVE named after characters from a famous animated film by Pixar, became space pioneers for having the latest technology called, CubeSats – small and relatively cheap satellites, capable of operating in deep space.
NASA admitted to having lost contact with two of its MarCO or Mars Cube One probes, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, after they went silent for over a month after passing by Mars. The two probes were launched along with the InSight Mars Lander and helped NASA watch its descent to the Martian atmosphere.
MarCO’s mission was to determine how far into deep space new small probes, produced using the CubeSat technology, can go without failing, so after passing by Mars, WALL-E and EVE continued to go further into the expanse of our solar system until both stopped receiving and transmitting commands. WALL-E is currently over 1.6 million kilometers away from Mars and EVE has ventured even further — 3.2 million kilometers from the Red Planet.
NASA has two versions of what might have happened to them. WALL-E had a leaky thruster, which could cause “wobbling”. At such distances from Earth the probes have to align their antennas very precisely to communicate with operations control and wobbling might prevent them from doing so.
Another possibility is that their brightness sensors malfunctioned, meaning they won’t be able to determine where the sun is. They need to know its position to direct their solar panels correctly and to recharge their batteries.
And of course there is another possibility that NASA may want to avoid talking about – the possibility that something above Mars has been plaguing probes and knocking them out of orbit causing them to drift into space or crash on the surface.
In 1989, Russia sent two probes to Mars to investigate the Martian moon, Phobos.
The first probe was lost on its way to explore the Martian moon. NASA had said that the probe was destroyed by a Meteorite. However, the other probe recorded something far more frightening. Something that was large enough to cast a shadow on the Martian surface.
Photos of a very long cigar shaped object were the last transmissions of the probe before it was obliterated. One of the photos showed an elliptical shaped shadow was cast on the Martian surface. The other photos transmitted what appeared to be a ball of energy beyond the probe. There were of course other shots taken by the probe reportedly showing some “sensitive information.”
The Russians have always had trouble with their experiments to explore Mars. The United States has had problems as well and there have been many people who have stated for the record that someone or something wants us stay away from Mars or is keeping us from exploring some its mysteries.
The trek to Mars has always been difficult and many of the launches to the Red Planet have been vexed with some sort of extraterrestrial sabotage.
It was reported a few days ago the Opportunity Rover died in a sandstorm. The probe was only meant to last 3 months but it survived the harsh Martian terrain and atmosphere for 15 years.
In 2011, Russia attempted to send another Probe to Phobos. The Phobos grunt mission was an attempted Russian sample return mission to Phobos. Phobos-Grunt also carried the Chinese Mars orbiter Yinghuo-1 and the tiny Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment funded by the Planetary Society.
The Probe had just stalled in space—but the Russians had determined that the probe was hit by some powerful surge from the Martian surface.
Vladimir Popovkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency at a press conference stated that an unknown force charged the probe with electromagnetic energy literally making it a lethal electromagnetic death vehicle.
Director Popovkin stated that the failure of Phobos-Grunt appeared to be an act of sabotage where an “override command” caused an internal systems failure that he claims was by accomplished by “unknown forces.”
It was during this time that there were also strange flashes seen in space, these anomalous flashes were seen above the planet Mercury.
Avi Loeb, the distinguished Harvard professor, who has been a champion of the Oumuamua—alien space craft theory has doubled down on his belief that the alleged alien ship or light sail could be out near Jupiter along with many other similar anomalies.
“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua’ is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” Loeb and his colleague, Shmuel Bialy wrote in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November, according to the Washington Post.
Loeb also gives further details to back up his claims that the interstellar object is not a rock.
He told the Post that the object is long yet no more than one millimeter thick, and that it’s so light that sunlight is moving the object out of the solar system.
“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,” Loeb says. “If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down.”
“It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone,” he continued.
Meanwhile, there is still no explanation as to who or what may be coming according to the Numbers Station recording.
Every so often, we hear about a strange radio signal that either is claimed to be from some extraterrestrial source or from some unknown source that is equally bizarre.
Last March you may remember A Twitter user who called himself Ty received an unknown call on his cell phone. The call came in late at night and so it went to voicemail. When Ty checked his voicemail, the message that was sent was some cryptic code that sounded like it originated from a Numbers Station.
The bizarre voicemail features a robotic voice droning out an automated message entirely in NATO phonetic alphabet.
Ground Zero listeners who were both active and retired military were able to decipher the cryptic message.
“S Danger SOS it is dire for you to evacuate be cautious they are not human 042933964230 SOS Danger SOS.”
Many internet sleuths and conspiracy theorists attempted to decode the numeric sequence and many had come up with coordinates that were somewhere near Malaysia.
This led to the wild speculation that perhaps this was code that was actually revealing where the doomed Malaysian Flight 370 had crashed. This spun into the wild speculation that perhaps aliens had brought down the doomed flight.
There were other Twitter users that also received the same military coded message which has since terrified those who have received it.
Ty also posted unsettling direct messages he had been receiving on his Twitter account, one in Indonesian, another in Malay, a couple in Morse code and one which appeared to be five groupings of numbers: “18.104.22.168 1.18.5 22.214.171.124.14.7 126.96.36.199 41818”.
The Indonesian message, when run through Google Translate, turned out to be a warning:
“End the post you just shared about the recording in your phone.”
Several users decided the numerical sequences and the Morse code and got this: “They are taking over”, and some cryptic lines about the late scientist Stephen Hawking which read: “The message received is well-related to Stephen Hawking’s death, you are not ready to face them.”
The numerical sequences allude to April 18, 2019 as some important date and as speculation runs wild in conspiracy theory land may people worry that it is some apocalyptic date with destiny.
What is interesting is that NASA’s asteroid trackers have just revealed that Asteroid 2014 MV67 is currently heading towards Earth, and will be making its closest approach on April 3, 2019.
After its April 3 appearance, the asteroid will not head towards Earth again until March 22, 2022, and again on March 26, 2025. While the chances of Asteroid MV67 actually crashing into Earth are extremely low, this asteroid is nevertheless traveling at an exceedingly fast speed of approximately 30,000 miles per hour—this could bring with it ejecta that could send bolides exploding over parts of the planet.
Whatever is coming – it is headed our way – and the mystery will remain as such until we get more information.