UVB-76, The Most Mysterious Radio Station on the Planet

UVB-76, aptly nicknamed ‘The Buzzer,’ is a radio station that has been broadcasting since at least 1982 from an unknown, though widely speculated upon location in Russia.  It broadcasts on the frequency 4625 khz, and its broadcasts are generally an endless series of buzzing sounds, interrupted with a series of Russian names 3 times in the last 27 years.  Have a listen to the radio station and I’m sure you will agree; it is strangely spooky, especially the voices.  Many people have speculated on what the station might be used for, such as a numbers station, a way to measure the ionosphere, or possibly some type of Russian military spy relay.  The truth is that there is no hint of an explanation for it.

The vocal interruptions are described in the following quote:

At 21:58 GMT on Christmas Eve 1997, 15 years after it was first observed, the buzzing abruptly stopped; to be replaced by a short series of beeps, followed by a male voice speaking Russian who repeated the following message several times:

“Ya — UVB-76. 18008. BROMAL: Boris, Roman, Olga, Mikhail, Anna, Larisa. 742, 799, 14″.

On September 12th 2002 another voice was heard, this time so distorted that only part of the message could be recognised:

“UVB-76, UVB-76. 62691 Izafet 3693 8270″.

Finally, on February 21st 2006, a third message was transmitted which said:

“75-59-75-59. 39-52-53-58. 5-5-2-5. Konstantin-1-9-0-9-0-8-9-8-Tatiana-Oksana-Anna-Elena-Pavel-Schuka. Konstantin 8-4. 9-7-5-5-9-Tatiana. Anna Larisa Uliyana-9-4-1-4-3-4-8.”

If you are interested in reading more about the buzzer this Wired article contains a vast amount of specific information, as specific as one could regarding such a strange enigma.

There is also a website devoted to streaming the station 24/7 called UVB-76.net.

Happy listening…








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