We meet 4 times a year
(but the Special Interest groups (SIGs) have their own schedule)
January 12, 2021 MEETING PROGRAM has been canceled
The Upper Rio FM Society, Inc., (URFMSI) will hold its next quarterly meeting on
Guest Speaker: Mike Langner, K5MGR
|The presentation might well be titled “Burn After Reading,” since it covers secret messages via shortwave radio both within and outside our HF Amateur Radio bands from the time of the Second World War to the present – in fact, the most recent recording of clandestine numbers transmission is one I made just a few weeks ago. A small sample of it is attached for your interest, as is a short clip of the British “Lincolnshire Poacher,” so named because the “sig” sound that prefaces the numbers is the first two bars of the English popular folk tune The Lincolnshire Poacher.The numbers’ codes used one-time code book pages for decoding the messages which were destroyed after one use, hence the “Burn After Reading” appellation is perfectly placed !
When Korean Air Lines Flight 858 was bombed out of the air killing 115 passengers and crew the instructions to bomb it were placed via clandestine numbers station to North Korean agents Kim Sung-Il and Kim Hyon-hui.
The British operated a world-wide numbers station, The Lincolnshire Poacher. The United States even operated (and still does operate) numbers stations, although a bit less clandestinely, since we even use call letters!
And the Cuban “Wasp Network” and long-time CIA employee (and Cuban spy) Ana Montes got her instructions from Havana via numbers stations for some 20 years before she was caught.
And all of us who’ve used HF Amateur Radio for years have heard “The Buzzer,” Soviet (Russian) UVB more times than we’d like to have heard it!
And, of course, we’ll touch very briefly on the clandestine “Yosemite Sam” DF adventure that WA5OIP (SK) and I undertook for the FCC some years ago, successfully driving right up to in on Indian land near Mesita, NM.
Plus, Albuquerque actually had a numbers station. Many of us heard it during the early Caravan Club years when we were on 29.6 AM – particularly when we were near the University on Central. What it was, what it did, and what it sounded like will also be a short part of the presentation. It was actually on 43 MHz, but when we got close to it with our old Gonset Super 6 Converters and similar equipment of the early ‘60’s, its powerful signal would “bleed over” onto many of our less expensive, less well filtered receivers.
All the audio clips are short – and they come from stations very much all around the world.
ARRL’s QST ran a short article on Numbers Stations in the October 2019 issue. I contributed to that article.
I promise you a fascinating evening !
Sample recordings (click to play)
Please note the new time – 6:30 PM NOT 7:00 or 7:30 PM!
The purpose of the meeting is to conduct normal business of the URFMSI as may be appropriate.
Members and visitors alike are invited to attend. Please bring a fellow ham along, or
someone who is interested in becoming a ham or is curious about what we do.
Minutes from past meetings can be found here.
Presentations given at past meetings can be found here
Past Meeting Presentations
We have an archive of a few past presentations made at our general meetings.
2021 Upper Rio Meeting Schedule
January 12, 2021
April 13, 2021
July 13, 2021
October 12 (2021 Annual meeting)
The Upper Rio FM Society meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 6:30pm. Our meetings are held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 paseo del Norte NE in Albuquerque. The purpose of the meetings is to conduct normal business of the URFMSI and to tend to other matters as appropriate.
Meetings generally start with a technical presentation which is followed by a short business meeting. The October meeting is the Annual Meeting of the membership, at which members are elected to the Board of Directors. Topics are announced in the membership mailing that occurs before each meeting.
Many members monitor and talk on the 146.90 (-, 67 Hz PL) repeater while en-route to and from meetings. Feel free to join them to chew the rag or request additional directions to the meeting location
New Meeting Location Starting July 10, 2018!!!
2021 Upper Rio Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
March 18, 2021
June 17, 2021
Sept 16, 2021
November 18, 2021
Board meetings are held the third Thursday of March, June, September, and November at the “HUB” and start at 6:30 pm. The hub is located on the south side Gibson just east of the Truman gate. The Hub is the small white building at Gibson and Loop Road (the west portion of Loop Road). See map below.
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