A numbers station is a special type of unusual radio broadcast, generally on the Short Wave (SW) radio bands, reading out incomprehensible lists of spoken numbers or morse coded messages.The most common type features a female voice, reading long strings of numbers, generally in groups of five, often preceeded by a preamble and/or a series of musical notes. During the Cold War number stations were often operated from Eastern Block countries, such as Czechslovakia, East-Germany (DDR) and Russia (USSR) with their broadcasts aimed at spies and secret agents operating undercover in West-European countries. The agents were instructed to listen to specific SW frequencies at fixed days and times, often using a commercially available SW-receiver from brands like Sony, Panasonic and Grundig. The Sony ICF-2001D (called ICF 2010 outside Europe), a commonly available receiver, became really popular amongst the spies during the 1980s.
The Sony ICF-2001D, as a spy tool, complete text http://cryptomuseum.com/spy/icf2001d/index.htm
The first microprocessor controlled travel shortwave radio ICF-2001 introduced by Sony in the year 1980 initiated a revolution in shortwave travel radio design. A high performance set had not anymore the size of a 6 – 10 kg suitcase with a carrying handle, but it came in a pocket book siced cabinet and looked like a giant pocket calculator. The ICF-2001 was the first shortwave travel radio featuring direct frequency keypad input together with several electronic memories and a liquid crystal frequency display. The ICF-2001D (called ICF-2010 outside Europe) was the successor of this successful set and was improved in several ways to make nearly the perfect shortwave travel portable for many years. In the similar size cabinet, it was a completely redesigned shortwave receiver with very high sensitivity, good selectivity, a synchroneous detector for automated ECSS reception, a large number of memories, ssb and cw reception, scanning functions, a clock with timer – an in some non European variants, it also covers the VHF Air Band. http://www.shortwaveradio.ch/radio-e/sony-icf2001d-e.htm
Sony ICF 2001-D, pdf Manual http://www.shortwaveradio.ch/radio-manuals/sony-icf-2001d-manual.pdf
YOU CAN FIND US ON SHORTWAVES
from 7.530 to 7.600 Khz
IF YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BLOG (WITH THE ”FOLLOW” BUTTON, AT THE END OF THE HOME PAGE) YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL EVERYTIME WE ARE ON AIR, WITH THE EXACT FREQUENCY.
WE HAVE A DIFFERENT E-QSL CARD EVERY MONTH, FOR OUR LISTENERS
TO RECEIVE OUR E-QSL PLEASE SEND YOUR LISTENING REPORT TO:
ON THE FOLLOWING MAP, THE AREA INSIDE THE CIRCLE IS WERE RADIO LATINO IS NEARLY ALWAYS RECEIVED WITH A GOOD SIGNAL. THE SMALL ANTENNA ICONS ARE THE COUNTRIES WERE RADIO LATINO HAS BEEN RECEIVED WITH A MEDIUM TO LOW SIGNAL. YOU FIND THE COMPLETE LIST OF COUNTRIES AFTER THE MAP.
RADIO LATINO RECEIVED RECEPTION REPORTS FROM THE FOLLOWING EUROPE’S COUNTRIES: AUSTRIA – BELGIUM – BULGARIA – CZECH REP – ENGLAND – FINLAND – FRANCE – GERMANY – GREECE- HOLLAND – HUNGARY – ITALY – NORWAY – PORTUGAL – RUSSIA – SCOTLAND – SLOVAKIA – SPAIN – SWEDEN – UKRAINA
CANADA – U.S.A. – JAPAN – INDIA – MALAYSIA – AUSTRALIA (all via a web receiver)
…AND MORE TO COME…
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE RADIO LATINO WITH YOUR SHORTWAVE RECEIVER, YOU CAN DO THE FOLLOWING:
REGISTER YOURSELF ON GLOBAL TUNERS, THAT OFFER THE USE OF MANY WEB RECEIVERS WORLDWIDE
PLEASE BEFORE USE READ THE FAQ OF GLOBAL TUNERS
expecially this point:
During the first two weeks after you have created your account, you will have limited access to the receivers. You can use nearly all receivers, provided that no one else is using it. You can easily find free receivers by selecting the ‘Free only’ box in the receiver list. This prevents (accidental) abuse of the system by new users while they are getting to know the system – it’s not because we don’t like you!
REMEMBER THAT IF SOMEONE ELSE IS USING A WEB RECEIVER BEFORE YOU, YOU MUST ASK PERMISSION TO CHANGE FREQUENCY
AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED ON GLOBAL TUNERS, YOU CAN USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 2 WEB RECEIVER, WERE RADIO LATINO IS VERY OFTEN RECEIVEBLE. SET THE RADIO LATINO FREQUENCY AND SELECT AM MODE (WITH BANDWITH 6 KHZ or ”INTERMEDIATE”)
THE FIRST WEB RECEIVER IS IN RIMINI, IN NORTH ITALY, HERE IS THE DIRECT LINK:
THE SECOND WEB RECEIVER IS ON FRENCH ALPS, HERE THE LINK:
THE THIRD ONE IS IN ROVIGO, NORTH ITALY
HERE A SAMPLE VIDEO OF THE RECEPTION WITH GLOBAL TUNERS
THIS IS THE BEST PORTABLE RECEIVER WE TRIED UNTIL TODAY.
Wonderful sound full of bass also on medium and shortwaves.
If you’re not as concerned about portability, the WR2100 is an excellent value for performance. Think of the WR2100 as a larger portable/table top radio (11.25″ x 7.25″ x 3.5″). What makes this radio stand out from its peers? Truly exceptional audio fidelity. The large built-in speaker has separate treble and bass controls and reminds me how important audio quality is while listening to a faint signal. This radio’s audio will fill a large room. Shortwave sensitivity is very good. If you like to do shortwave Dxing, you’re in for a treat (with an external antenna, forget the built-in antenna). The WR2100 has the best shortwave/AM reception of any radio under $300. FM reception is equally amazing. The WR2100 does not have direct keying to enter frequencies and it does not have SSB. What really strikes about the WR2100 is its sheer ease of use; it’s design is simple, ergonomic and effective.
Here are some specs:
- AM/FM/Shortwave [SW1, SW2, SW3 (1711 – 30,000 kHz)]
- Controls include: RF Gain, Bandwidth, Bass and Treble, Fast and Slow Tuning
- 50 Memories
- Clock Radio with Snooze Alarm
- External connections: Stereo Line Output (RCA type) and 1/8″ Headphone Jack, IF Output for Input to Computer, External Antenna Connections.
- Runs on four “D” size batteries or four backup “AA” batteries (not included)
- Built-in charging circuit
- AC Adapter and antenna connectors included
YOU CAN BUY IT DIRECTLY ON THE K-PO WEB SITE OR ON EBAY