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"59372 98324 19043 78903 95320...". The mechanized female voice drones on and on... What have you stumbled on to? Instructions to spies? Messages exchanged between drug dealers? Deliberate attempts at deception and mis-information?

Chances are, all of the above! What you've tuned in to is called a "Spy Numbers Station". They've been on the air for several decades, and only recently have the mysteries started to unfold. But there's still much we don't know about these mysterious stations. With the information on these pages, you'll discover the little that we do know about these stations, what we're still trying to learn, and how you too can tune in to the spies.

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Spy Numbers / Utility Radio chat on IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
Many radio enthusiasts hang out on the #wunclub IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel. This is a place where you can chat with fellow listeners, as well as share monitoring catches in real time.

Joining the chat is fairly easy. You can use the online chat below until you get an IRC client. The Java chat requires a browser with Java enabled.

Click here to be taken to the #wunclub chat

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    Also, I'd very much appreciate any bits of information you'd like to share. Such as interesting numbers station intercepts (even if they're very old), cases where you've heard a major blunder (such as R Havana Cuba audio mixing in with the numbers), or anything else. I'd also appreciate any comments from those "in the know" about these kinds of things, whatever little bits of information you can share would be greatly appreciated.