UVB-76 Meme Hijacking showing trollface and amogus.

UVB-76 Meme Hijacking

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UVB-76 Meme Hijacking refers to the January 2022 hijacking of the broadcast frequency of the mysterious UVB-76 shortwave radio station, speculated to be used for Russian military communications, for the purpose of broadcasting meme songs and meme images via spectrogram. The hijacking was perpetrated by Telegram user AlexBOY_05 and three other pirates and has become a subject of discussions on social media, with users posting screenshots and videos of memes broadcasted on the radio.


The UVB-76 'Buzzer' (rus. УВБ-76 "Жужжалка") shortwave radio station is a mysterious radio station that has been broadcasting a short, monotonous buzz tone 24 hours a day, sometimes interrupted by voice transmissions in Russian.[1] The radio station has been speculated to be in use by the Russian military and has attracted attention from radio enthusiasts worldwide who closely follow the broadcast for any unusual activity.

Earlier instances of the UVB-76 frequency (4625 kHz shortwave) being hijacked to broadcast memes were recorded before. For example, on August 31st, 2021, a Rickroll was aired on the frequency.[2]

On January 7th, 2022, an unknown pirate hijacked the broadcast, with the beeping signal stopping and users on the UVB-76 fan Discord[3] reporting hearing someone blowing into their microphone. In the morning hours (EST) of January 8th, 2022, a rock song by Grazhdanskaya Oborona was broadcast on the frequency.[4] Later on that day, the pirate broadcast several spectrogram messages reading, "sub to SWL," referring to The SWL Channel[5] on YouTube that hosts a live broadcast of the UVB-76's spectrogram, as well as to several other short-wavelength radio channels on YouTube.

At 9:49 a.m. EST, a Discord[6] user reported hardbass being played on the frequency. At 11:08 a.m. EST, a spectrogram of Trollface was broadcast on the station (shown below).

Starting on January 8th, the pirate(s) broadcasted multiple memes over the frequency (examples shown below). For example, on that day, an image of the Guy Fawkes mask and the PornHub logo were broadcast[7][8] (shown below, left and center), as well as multiple messages written in Russian,[9] including swear words, anti-Russian and anti-Ukrainian messages (shown below, right).

用TT !!ר ト te. de. ne, 中 METDOCC 1C黎 B xnaM

Later on that day, a user on the Discord[10] server claimed responsibility for the hijacking, writing that a team of four pirates was behind it.

In the following days, the pirate activity continued on the station. On January 13th, Twitter[11] user @fiftycalval tweeted an image of Amogus that appeared on the UVB-76's spectrogram. On January 15th, Twitter[12] user @mussyu226 tweeted a recording of "Gangnam Style" being broadcast on the frequency, with the video gaining over 104,000 views, 1,500 retweets and 2,800 likes in one week (shown below).

On January 19th, the pirate occupying the frequency broadcasted a message reading "Telegram @AlexBOY_05," identifying himself.[13] In the following days, @AlexBOY_05 (real name Aleksander Panfilov) accepted requests for broadcasts over Telegram.[14]


Starting in mid-January 2022, several posts about the hijacking went viral on social media. On January 18th, 2022, Twitter[15] user @Brophyst posted about the hijacking, with the tweet gaining over 1,100 retweets and 2,900 likes in three days (shown below, left). On January 19th, Twitter[16] user @BlastyVeteran posted a screenshot of an Engineer Gaming meme broadcast over the frequency, with the post gaining over 80 retweets and 550 likes in two days (shown below, right).

blastoise comms open ... @BlastyVeteran who the hell be hijacking this station bro 4.625 MHZ 4.626 MH2 4.627 MHZ 4.62 MHz 4.62 MHz Buggy 7:54 PM - Jan 19, 2022 · Twitter Web App

On January 20th, 2022, VICE[17] and TJ[18] reported the news.

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СУКА БЛЯТЬ 4.625 MItz 4.626 MHz 4.627 MHz
4.625 MHz 4.626 MHz 4.627 AHZ 4.628 MHz 4.629 MHz UTC time 23:30 59 Monday, January 17, 2022 Hacp Moscow time 02:30 59 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 FAQ in description! Every ~30 minutes, the stream will automatically reload the remote receiver's website. When that happens, it will go black for a short time, after that the waterfall starts building up again. If the stream stays black, something crashed. If so, just wait until the next autoreload. 4.625 MHz 4.626 MHz 4.627 MHz 4.62 MHz 4.62 MHz THE GAME

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Holy shit. This is like what, the THIRD time this month alone, that something incredibly ridiculous like this has happened ? Where some part of society that you would expect to be very serious and distanced from internet culture and memes, comes into contact with said culture and memes.

First the pope listens to Megalovania, then Final Fantasy and Genshin Impact rule 34 play in an Italian parliament meeting, and now shitposters hijacked a RUSIAN MILITARY RADIO STATION OF ALL THINGS. All happening within January 2022.

Honestly I really hope stuff like this continues happening this year. It's hilarious.

Also it is kinda fitting that something as ridiculous as this happens, as I'm trying to figure out how to encode images into audio for a Doom map with horror elements that I want to make.


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