morse code broadcast post on 4chan

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  1. cgk.emu, Nov 27, 2013
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    cgk.emu macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    I was on 4chan the today (yeah,yeah) and found this:

    Interesting. What do you all make of it? Since I'm not fluent in morse code, can someone decode it?
  2. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    I believe the secret Morse code message translates to: "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."

    However, my Morse code skills are a bit rusty these days. So you might want to double-check that translation with another "reliable" source.
  3. cgk.emu thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    haha :D

    Love that movie...but not enough to watch it this year :D
  4. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Many amateur radio operators still use Morse code, because it amuses them. I had a ham friend who spent hours with his low-power CW (Continuous Wave, meaning suited to using Morse code) rig, trying to exchange messages with people as distant as possible. He never went to voice.

    Also, some public service radio transmitters still ID themselves (usually on the hour) using Morse code.

    All I'm saying is that there's nothing in the least wierd about Morse code transmissions.

    Now if you want to learn about radio transmissions that have no very good explanation, google "number transmissions" or "number stations." It's pretty likely that those stations are involved in espionage.

    Finally, let's remember that HF (high frequency) radio equipment can be simple, easily-maintained, very robust, low-powered, and (depending on frequency) can have a very long reach. I've lived places in the world where every mode of communications but HF radio was unreliable, but a simple HF transceiver did the job every day. I have video of a little government office in the southwestern Pacific where out the window you can see the sat telephone system the EU donated, which failed almost immediately, and a friend of mine easily ordering medical supplies from another island and arranging for an ambulance, all via HF radio.

    It's not sexy, but it works very well.
  5. cgk.emu thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012

    That's really cool! I've been reading up on numbers stations, and I have to say, while I'm not convinced, this broadcast sounds suspiciously like one. I've been monitoring it pretty much all day at work ( hey it was slow today) and it has changed once, to a different message. It was morse code then some random what sounded like military phonetic alphabet (ya know, tango, Oscar etc) then back to morse code. Interesting.
  6. cgk.emu thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    Oooo!!! It's broadcasting something else now, grrrrr I've tried to decode the morse code but it's too fast :/
  7. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2013
    I always thought radio folks were the biggest nerds :D
  8. ratsg macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    For what ever reason, I took the time to download this. It takes quite a while.

    I used the "wget" application.

    wget ""

    The file itself is 13392400 in size and is mpeg in format.

    I wish I knew morse code but I do not. Wishful thinking I guess.

    If you listen to the transmission, it (the transmission) is broken up every few minutes by a womans voice spelling out something. She talks very quickly.

    Now I'm more curious than ever to hear what this is all about.

    I attempted to go back to the 4chan post as provided by the OP to see if any more information had been provided there.

    The link that the OP provided has now gone 404.

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