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Old 20th Feb 2020, 10:24 pm   #1
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Default Archaeologists find Soviet spy radio

A lovely find!
Thought this may be of interest.

Soviet Shortwave Spy Radio Unearthed in Western Germany



https://www.livescience.com/soviet-s...d-germany.html
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 9:13 am   #2
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Morning Greenstar.
Thanks for the post I have enjoyed reading it.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 9:30 am   #3
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Indeed it was very interesting - but difficult to read because of the irritating rapidly animated advertising on either side of the pane that followed where you were trying to read.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 12:42 pm   #4
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What a fascinating story! I imagine a forum member, if part of the team, would have whipped up a rudimentary battery pack on the forest floor and given it a whirl.

Craig - I'm using Firefox 73.0.1 and have no advertising on the page apart from a single still trying to interest me in Daniel Craig. I think they've beefed up their anti-pernicious-advertising in the browser.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 1:55 pm   #5
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Yeah that page brought my browser to a crawl with the advertisements but it was worth it. That reminds me of a similar find of a buried data / cypher terminal (I think) from a few years ago. I think that was discussed here too.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 2:30 pm   #6
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I got this yesterday and I should have put it on here.Most interesting story.SARN do come up with some gems from time to time and worth the daily free email.
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It came up asking me to remove my ad blocker and I told it No but to my surprise it let me read the article without any problems.

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Old 21st Feb 2020, 5:59 pm   #8
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Fascinating... I always wonder how the 'left-behind' agents were expected to identify the locations of their [radios/hand-grenades/firearms] when they needed to access them a few decades later.

Even when you openly 'plant' a cache of stuff, with loads of photographs and ceremony, working out just where it is 30+ years later can be problematic - see - https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/n...e-buried-1994/
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I love this sort of story, a combination of "what the other side were up to" and historical change. It would be interesting to know more about the device, e.g. if it did anything as sophisticated as ROM-type encryption and that sort of thing.

As regards the apparent inrush of air when opened, perhaps that was a knock-on of battery deterioration and depletion of oxygen in that decay process- depending on the way that seals are arranged, they may be better at retaining pressure deficiency rather than excess pressure, or vice-versa.

Yes, it would have been tempting to power it and have a play, but with the possibility of a knock on the door by folk who are "proficient" at getting others to talk....
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if it did anything as sophisticated as ROM-type encryption and that sort of thing
Not much use if the cold war got hotter, "just get the info out", it's not a secret by then.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 7:34 pm   #11
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Indeed it was very interesting - but difficult to read because of the irritating rapidly animated advertising on either side of the pane that followed where you were trying to read.
What adverts? One popped up and I cancelled it. No more shown. You need an Ad Blocker!
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 8:50 pm   #12
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I think if I dug a hole and found a radio like that I would be tempted not to declare it! To me a 1990's radio is cutting edge.
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Chances are there are more still to be found?
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A radio used by Gordon Lonsdale's Ruislip spy ring wasn't found until the 1970s.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 12:03 pm   #15
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I've heard suggestions that there may be other undiscovered caches buried in the UK and Western Europe, and that that some of these may be booby trapped - see :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molniya_(explosive_trap)

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Old 26th Feb 2020, 1:27 pm   #16
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very interesting!
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 3:45 pm   #17
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If you do power it up, watch out for Nigel Havers/Warren Clarke look-alikes turning up on your doorstep - and as for the delectable Joanna Kanska ... well, she can call & interrogate me any time she likes


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Old 26th Feb 2020, 10:51 pm   #18
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A radio used by Gordon Lonsdale's Ruislip spy ring wasn't found until the 1970s.
I remember reading in the papers as a kid (sometime mid/late '70s) of a "spy" radio being found buried in the countryside that was in sealed, waterproof wrapping and in excellent condition, and upon examination had been pronounced to be of no later than early '60s manufacture- maybe this was it. I also recall reading in the late '70s how someone had chanced upon mysterious apparatus in a bleak part of Northern Canada that included several oil-drum-size batteries- searching this memory some 40 years on revealed that it was Weather Station Kurt.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 8:10 am   #19
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/midwales...00/8596940.stm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Station_Kurt

The weather station is on show in Canada. I understand that it was probably of little use to the Germans as the frequency they had chosen was jammed by a station already using the channel.

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