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Crack the Cold War Code And Win the Ham Radio Moonshine


Short lecture about mysterious numbering stations followed by a workshop in which participants will build simple radio receivers that would enable them to enter the competition with aim to crack the code broadcasted by Balccon's very own numbering station that will transmit a secret message. First three to crack the code wins the top quality Moonshine distilled by members of our ham radio club.

Numbers stations are anonymous, shortwave AM radio stations that broadcast messages at pre-set times, sometimes periodically and sometimes random, on specific frequencies. They're notable for their unusual tone and content, as the stations can be silent for most hours of the day or week, then jump to life with a collection of artificial human voices, sounds, Morse code, short songs, or even nursery rhymes. They also broadcast in a number of different languages. If you've ever listened to a numbers station, it's one of the creepiest things you've ever heard....

We will start our gathering with short intro into numbering stations, try to present couple of hypothesis on what is the purpose of the numbering stations and why they are still used (by no one knows who) almost a century after they've first appeared.

In the second part we will organize the workshop where you can build simple radio receiver that will enable you to listen to the numbering station that will be active during the conference.

Third part of our event is a competition where participants will use the receivers they've built to listen to the code transmitted via the numbering station and to try to crack the message transmitted.

Station will be transmitting on regular intervals for 24 hours and first three to crack the code gets the Moonshine distilled with love by members of "Zrenjanin" amateur radio club.


Day: 2016-09-10
Start time: 17:45
Duration: 01:00
Room: Pupin



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