Given that the transmission even of the "buzz tone" isn't entirely regular, couldn't messages merely be modulated into these varying patterns? The rare portions of speech could just be a red herring.
There are other considerations. First, it's essential to have a variety of media for transmitting messages. They need to be set up well in advance, so as to be readily available when an operation is set up. By staking out a multitude of such options, an agency is planning well for the future.
Next, by spreading their operations out over more channels of comm, they also minimize the risk when one is compromised. One never knows when a channel will be compromised, and at some point some of them will be.
By using a variety of channels, including radio, packages (diplomatic and not), tourists, etc., and each channel having sub channels, such as different radio frequencies, different encoding methods, breaking one such method doesn't afford much understanding of the others.
On topic: does anyone have anything extra (link wise) about "The Buzzer", Google searches are mostly leading to conspiracy sites...
Wilco's Poor Places uses a sample from track 4 of disc 1, which also gave the title to the album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
These are really creepy and keep giving me the chills.
Going to pass these on to my friend so he can sample them into his music. Wow, these sound so transmundane.
This also accounts for the continued vandalism on the wiki entry, as mentioned in some of the comments beneath mine.
I'd say it's a pretty good filter.
That would be my definition and I’m pretty sure it would also be one that Brian Dunning (author of the podcast) would accept.
What’s wrong with that definition? What wrong with using the word in this way?
I know there are a good many conspiracy nuts who abuse the term (which might explain your harsh reaction) but I can assure you that Brian Dunning is not one of them. Try to read or listen to some of his stuff.
You may not like the label they chose for themselves, but that's exactly what the skeptical movement advocates! (skeptoid included)
Sounds like it might not be a dead-man's switch if it just takes a large storm to knock it out.
don't be a vandal
Scroll down to "Doppler Radio Sounding of the Ionosphere", note the broadcast frequency.
Perhaps the "Buzz" is not meant to be a sound anyone hears. Maybe it is something more like a dialup modem tone that is acted upon by something other than a shortwave receiver. Maybe there is more to this noise than just buzzing. Maybe the buzzing is a spurious side effect of some other process going on.
Old dialup in audio and visual waveform: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=16475
Do you guys have any thoughts on this?
Comments praising the article without adding anything interesting to the discussion are frequently downvoted.
Telling _why_ you liked the article will likely to get a better response than merely affirming your fascination.
On June 5, 2010 Chuck Norris breached the compound's walls and shut down the transmitter.
Maybe a crazy French woman?