Lincolnshire Poacher (numbers station)

The Lincolnshire Poacher” was a powerful shortwave numbers station that transmitted from Cyprus from the mid-1970s to June 2008. The station gained its commonly known name as it uses bars from the English folk song “The Lincolnshire Poacher” as an interval signal. The radio station was believed to be operated by the British Secret Intelligence Service and emanated from the island of Cyprus. It is likely that the station was used to communicate to undercover agents (spies) operating in other countries.

This radio broadcast was suggested to me by someone as after listening to my recordings as the static background noise in my work ,that I link to the sounds I could hear when I wasn’t communicating with anyone, mirrors the static background noise on the broad cast. This also links to the idea of communication from isolation and the idea of never being completely isolated with no communication in the modern world. Even when there is silence there is still communications going on around us that we do not understand and alienates and isolates us.


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