Since the 70s, a Russian radio buzzes with alternating sequences of letters and numbers.On the net, the followers of the conspiracy theory trying to unravel the mystery of creation, while budding cryptologists try to understand what it says.
UVB-76, renamed in 2010 MDZhB fascinates Russia and beyond, the entire web. And for good reason: this station shortwave radio, which broadcasts on 4625 kHz discontinuous hum punctuated by some incomprehensible messages, is a mystery. Total, and since at least 1982, when the first recordings of his “programs” – but the spread could go back in the mid 70s.
Until 2010, the radio emitting buzzing sound – which earned him the nickname “Buzz” in English – with sometimes cryptic messages that also fascinating, with the scent of Communist Russia, the KGB espionage and against espionage.
In addition to the buzz, which is not recorded but manually generated by placing a microphone in front of a loudspeaker according to the website The Kernel , radio broadcast sporadically messages for less mysterious: “Ya UVB-76, UVB-76 Ya 180. bromal 08 74 27 99 14. Boris, Roman, Olga, Mikhail, Anna, Larisa. 7 4 2 7 9 9 1 4, “said the radio in 1997.” ASASDNYJ 42 67 99 884 28 17, “she would say yet September 29, 2009. Sequences of numbers, Russian names, which many users still seek meaning.
In 2010, everything changed: the site has seen a renewed interest on the web. On the one hand, it was during this period that Estonian Andrus Aaslaid, lovers of radio broadcasting, decides to retransmit UVB-76 Internet: no need to be close to Moscow to listen. On the other hand, soon after, the radio knows it will be important to call an identity crisis.
Besides the classical signals, bits of Swan Lake are heard, and a countdown from 1 to 9 in a female voice, walrus and strange phone conversations. In short, the blur in addition to blur and only grows the interest of users for this phantom radio.
It seems strange that this activity is due to a relocation of the radio end of 2010, when the station was then renamed “MDZhB”.
The Kernel reports that shortly after the removal of the radio, two urban explorers groups and listeners bitten by curiosity, went to Povarovo, a small town 130 kilometers north of Moscow. Povarovo hosts a military base from which emitted radio; position had been discovered thanks to a triangulation of the transmitted signal.
On site, a resident told them that night fog, advanced base was quietly removed in less than 90 minutes. Since then, she has been abandoned, described as a peaceful and quiet place, a maze with many rooms and corridors.
Today, the new issue of the radio base is unknown. The same triangulation method previously used to locate Povarovo gave nothing. Or rather gave three different results, many places where the transmitter could be located through the vast Russia, including a village of 39 souls. However, a particularly intriguing place … because it is located near an area used by the Russian government to disseminate some of its radio stations across the country.
But what is this radio? And who created it? Several competing theories. One of them, issued by the Borok Geophysical Observatory , financed by the Russian government organization ensures that the signal has an observatory that uses a unique frequency to measure changes in the ionosphere, a layer above the planet.
A theory that has its limitations because it does not explain the presence of the military base Povarovo, much less voice messages. And its flaws: the frequency used by the radio, 4.625 kHz, is unsuited to this type of exploration in high altitude. Another theory, the so-called “dead man’s switch” that would signal comes from a secret switch.
The most credible theory has a military explanation. UVB-76 is a communication system of the army which operates throughout Russia to the west, to enable it to pass orders. Coded messages are advertisements for separate military bases; repeated buzz, it is used to mean that the frequency is taken, and to discourage use it.
But it is not because a theory that holds up the others were dropped. Those conspiracy still hold for many, the rope loose, the radio would herald a future Apocalypse, it would be an international spy network, or a Russian space experiment. Whatever one you join: Once you have started your interest in UVB-76, you will be hard pressed to win.