DISCLAIMER

DISCLAIMER: I have no association with UVB-76 station, neither do I have any clue what is the content I am relaying. I can only assure, that the signal is received on 4.625MHz AM-modulated 900km NW from supposed origin and retransmitted unaltered. In no way can I guarantee this service, nor be considered responsible of any content re-transmitted. The only purpose for this relay to exist is because lot of people who do not have equipment or are located too far from station seem to be interested about listening to it. Should the UVB-76 station- or transmission content owners feel violated in any way, please contact me at uvb76.repeater@gmail.com and we will work it out.

Note, that because of shortwave radio signal propagation specifics the station can be more or less reliably received from around 4pm to 6am GMT on summertime. It is almost 24h audible during the winter, with short "skip-zone" blank-out around 6pm GMT.

The USB feed is considered as main source of audio today, as the voice messages are much better audible there than on the AM stream. However, the buzzer sound from the AM stream is somewhat more pleasant to listen at, so both feeds are kept simultaneously.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

UVB-76 - Do Not Believe Everything You Hear!

UVB-76 has been recently become a part of the pop culture. And as with every new thing, it attracts two sorts of people like flower attracts bugs - conspiracy theorists and the ones that do not know better that just want to spoil it for whatever its worth.

So has happened, that internet forums are getting busy with doomsday posts about how UVB-76 is related to aliens, nukes, conspiracy etc. Up to the recent post what pretty much copied the "[Agent] SALT" storyboard 1:1.

The other activity is much more annoying - some people with shortwave radio transmitters in their hands have been starting to transmit at the UVB-76 frequency, thinking its a good prank. There have been music transmissions, morse code with personal messages towards chat users nicnames  etc. Most of it has not been originating from the listening site here, but has been affecting the people listening to their own radios locally.

However, I have now strong grounds to believe, that some of the todays transmissions what have been broadcasted through the Repeater are not genuine UVB-76 transmissions. Their signal-to noise ratio and broadcast level does not match the general pattern of shortwave propagation and UVB-76 supposed 10kW transmission power.

I have been thinking, what to do about it. Shall I publish such recordings, will I fuel the pirate's and troller's activity with this, or shall I discard them as phony?

Then it hit me, that I have a disclaimer at the header of this website, what states that Temporary Internet Repeater will broadcast the received signal "as is", unaltered and without the attitude towards content. And so be it.

Please find todays recordings below. What is genuine and what is not, is yours to decide.

http://www.opendrive.com/files/7067827_H8lN4_bf8d/Female_1..9_September_5_12.30pmUTC.mp3
http://www.opendrive.com/files/7067844_qj1B2_ab5c/Mobile(GSM)_phone_September_5_12.38pmUTC.mp3
http://www.opendrive.com/files/7067965_b7vb5_1aaf/Windows_Sound_September_5_12.59pmUTC.mp3
http://www.opendrive.com/files/7067791_Md5Dm_d39c/Strings_September_5_13.22UTC.mp3
http://www.opendrive.com/files/7067956_XqsVp_b372/Voice_Transmission_PREGRADA_September_5_13.39UTC.mp3

11 comments:

  1. Nothing genuine, smells like UVB-76 is now the largest prank bucket on entire Earth!!
    and peoples bites it.

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  2. Yeah, these do not sound like they are coming from UVB, by looking at the spectro and waterfall, but i cant be 100% sure.

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  3. None of them sound like they came from uvb-76

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  4. It's been all over 4chan, so I'm sure a lot of the visitors there are playing around with the signal.

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  5. But it's still safe to say, that the Buzzer is officially offline atm?

    Sure, there's likely a lot of false crap being thrown into the mix lately due to the popularity boom, but it's actually confirmed the UVB-76 halted it's buzzer noise?

    Just that confirmation by itself, makes it quite intreaguing, and fairly unique given the Stations history.

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  6. I think they come from the carrier, if it's some other carrier we should here some heterodyne interference from the other carrier.
    The first with the counting female sounded like they are overloading the modulator.

    The CW we are hearing now is probably near in frequency so the carrier works as an beat oscillator.

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  7. here's my thoughts

    1 - fake. it bears the mark of a traditional numbers station, but the overmodulated audio was a giveaway. as the genuine UVB audio sounded like that, someone is trying too hard for authenticity.

    2 - probably the phone of the person listening, or one nearby.

    3 - fake

    4 - fake

    5 - won't load.

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  8. About the #2 clip - there was no mobile phone near the antenna nor equipment at the time this recording was made...

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  9. Hi! I found out about the UVB-76 during the recent buzz and I have much respect for you guys who's been documenting it for years.

    I have a small question which may be the most foolish thing you've heard, but I can't get my head around it: If it's possible for random dudes with shortwave equipment to troll the frequency by transmitting morse etc, how come counter-intelligence in any given country doesn't do it nationwide all the time? Regardless of what's in those numbers, one would think it'd be in the security service's interest of interrupting it as much as possible? (Disclaimer: This question is asked without any knowledge at all about how shortwave radio works.)

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  10. Currently on 4625:

    UZB76 transmitter is on air (not UVB!);
    Blank carrier without audio marker (buzzer);
    Typical background noise of this transmitter;
    Check counts 1 to 9 (female, over-modulated);
    Standard voice messages (male);
    Message of Sept. 5 (Pregrada): low modulation

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  11. At 16:43 UTC a standard voice message was transmitted, one of the two words was "Trenerskij".

    Actually, the only modification is absence of the famous buzzing channel marker :-)

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