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The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run (excerpt): ...Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz. It’s so enigmatic, it’s as if it was designed with conspiracy theorists in mind...

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Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion (excerpt): On the evening of November 22, 1987, two television stations in Chicago, Illinois in the United States had their broadcast signals hijacked with video and audio of an unknown person wearing a Max Headroom mask and costume. [...] Thirty years following the incident, the identity of the hijackers remained unknown... [The Disturbing Unsolved Mystery of the Max Headroom TV Hack]

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The mystery of the ‘lost TV signal’ that came back from outer space (excerpt): ...One of the less “freak-outish” but fascinating stories was the “Lost TV Signal.” You may have heard it—it was standard fare in the “strange but true” genre in the 60’s and early 70’s, and apparently is still told and retold in various media formats. People in England were supposedly watching their television sets at some time in the mid 1950’s, when suddenly their screens showed the call letters and test pattern of KLEE TV from Houston Texas. The image stayed on their screens several minutes, long enough for people to take pictures of it. But KLEE had gone “off the air” three years earlier! So there were two mysteries. How could people in England be receiving a TV signal from Houston Texas? And how in the world could that signal have been transmitted and received by them, when the very station had gone off the air years before?

[...] As a I grew older and wiser, I recalled the story from time to time. But in my maturity and wisdom I had confirmed in my mind that the KLEE TV signal was simply reflected back to earth by some type of celestial body acting as a mirror of sorts. Bouncing it back to be seen years later (because…things in space are “light years” away,” right?) Smart, huh? Mystery solved! Imagine my disappointment, then, when I found out that the whole damn thing was a hoax (but the tale still ends well, as you will see).

[...] Well, as I said, my disappointment that my own personal theory (about signals being reflected back to Earth) hadn’t panned out simply gnawed at my soul. I spent literally months of sleepless nights, tossing and turning in frustration. Like many others before me, I went to the Internet for solace. And I found what I was looking for. All the way back in 2009, scientists had picked up 47-year old Earth television signals “originating from the same point in space.” There it was, in black and white.

From “BBC News” (Significantly, some sharp-eyed commenters have noted the article is dated April 1, 2009): While searching deep space for extra-terrestrial signals, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have stumbled across signals broadcast from Earth nearly half a century ago.

The signals (which include, believe it or not, several “Dr. Who” episodes) all originate from the same point. Alas, the astronomer who discovered them inexplicably does not relate this fact to alien intelligence!

Responding to questions, Dr Venn was at pains to explain that little green men are not showing repeats of old Earth shows. “They are signals that left the Earth about 50 years ago and have bounced off an object or more likely a field of objects some 25 light years away”. Radio signals travel at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. The distance the vintage signals have traveled in the intervening years is vast and whatever they are bouncing off is too far away to see with even the most advanced optical telescopes.”

[...] A BBC team have been working closely with Dr Venn’s team to help recover the signals. BBC Television historian Peter Wells, explained “We now know these are original broadcasts. So far we have recovered about 7 weeks of old television signals from space. Every day in our lab is like traveling back in time. And speaking of which we have just started the digital recovery of signals that contain lost Doctor Who episodes.
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