Numbers station on 3258 kHz in Europe (Was: Numbers stn on 6841.)

Numbers station on 3258 kHz in Europe (Was: Numbers stn on 6841.)

Post by Jorma M{nty » Tue, 22 May 1990 17:19:48

There are numbers stations in Europe, too.  The most famous is the lady
reading numbers in German on various frequencies:"-acht-sieben-fier-einz
etc etc."  Last time I heard this station on saturday May 19 on 3258 KHz at
1800 UTC but there are many other frequencies.

This German "number-lady" has been on the air for at least 20 years.  And at
least 20 years DXers have guessed to whom and what is this lady broadcasting.
The signal is very strong and AM-mode is used.  The times of reception indicate
that the transmitter is somewhere in Europe.  The most common explanation in
1970's was that this station was broadcasting secret messages to East German
spies in West Germany (GDR used to send dissidents to the FRG who then often
turned out to be GDR agents after returning to the East).  As far as I remeber
there were press reports claiming that the CIA monitoring stations in West
Germany had confirmed that the location of the German "number-lady" station was
in East Germany at the same area where are the transmitters of Radio Volga and
Radio Moscow relay stations in the GDR, as well as some GDR sw-transmitters.

I think this theory collapsed when the East German intelligence agency
Stasi and the Hoenecker regime collapsed last winter.  The "number-lady"
is still on the air!  So the original question remains (in Europe, too):
to whom and what is this German "number-lady" broadcasting?

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Numbers station on 3258 kHz in Europe (Was: Numbers stn on 6841.)

Post by Wolfgang R. Schu » Sat, 26 May 1990 01:06:06


Jorma Mantyla writes about these German number stations as well.
So someone else is wondering. They really make no sense. They speak
German in Austria, part of Switzerland and part of Belgium too ...