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(Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 15:38:52 +0200)

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Memory lane : Deutsche Freiheitssender 904

DFS 904 was an interesting station during the Cold War. But was it really a spy station or not?

The station was an initiative of the East German KPD, the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (German Communist Party) and started on 17-8-1956 on 904 kHz. It ceased operations on 30 September 1971. The KPD wanted to broadcast political information, comments and reports of the KPD and propaganda programs for the Bundeswehr.

DFS stated that it transmitted from a cellar, somewhere in the Bundesrepublik, persecuted by the State Security Forces and the police. They also stated that DFS was the only station in the Federal Republic that was not under government control. To emphasize that the station was illegally transmitting from a cellar, they even added some noise and a hum to the signal. In order to sound like a western station DFS 904's programs consisted of conversations and Western hit records like the ones that Radio Luxemburg transmitted. The music that DFS played was prohibited in the DDR. The announcers spoke with a West German accent.

Between the records there were announcements for alleged agents or underground groups of the KPD in West Germany . Messages like:

"Hier ist der Deutsche Freiheitssender 904.
Achtung! Wir rufen den Postschaffner.
Das dritte Wort im Telegramm ist die Lösung.
Ich wiederhole.
Wir rufen den Postschaffner.
Das dritte Wort im Telegramm ist die Lösung.
Ende der Durchsage."

(This is the German Freedom Station 904. Attention! We call the Post conductor. The third word of the telegram is the solution. I repeat: We call the Post conductor. The third word of the telegram is the solution. End of announcement.)

As far as we know now, the announcements were not agent announcements, but yet another way to convince the listeners and the West German authorities that DFS was operating from the FRG and that the messages were warnings for secret agents of the DDR and underground groups of the KPD in the Bundesrepublik.

West German authorities uncovered however that the station was not on its territory but that it was using the transmitter site in Burg in the DDR.

A German listener sent me several recordings of these announcements. Interesting little things as you can see :-)

"Achtung, Achtung, wir rufen Kleingärtner.
Zum Rasieren Rasenmäher benutzen.
Ich wiederhole.
Achtung, Achtung, wir rufen Kleingärtner.
Zum Rasieren Rasenmäher benutzen.
Ende der Durchsage."

(Attention, attention, we call small gardeners. Use lawn mower for

shaving. I repeat. Attention, attention, we call small gardeners. Use

lawn mower for shaving. End of announcement.)

"Achtung, Achtung, wir rufen Kräuterhexe.
Wir brauchen dringend Baldrian.
Ich wiederhole.
Achtung, Achtung, wir rufen Kräuterhexe.
Wir brauchen dringend Baldrian.
Ende der Durchsage."

(Attention, attention, we call herb witch. We urgently need valerian. I repeat. Attention, attention, we call herb witch. We urgently need valerian. End of announcement.)

"Hier ist der Deutsche Freiheitssender 904. Wir melden uns mit einer wichtigen Durchsage.

Wir rufen den Stellvertreter von Drosselbart.
Die Karawane trifft zwei Stunden früher ein.
Besondere Massnahmen: Nicht erforderlich.
Ich wiederhole.
Wir rufen den Stellvertreter von Drosselbart.
Die Karawane trifft zwei Stunden früher ein.
Besondere Massnahmen: Nicht erforderlich.
Ende der Durchsage.

(This is the German Freedom Station 904. We have an important announcement. We call the representative of Drosselbart. The caravan will arrive two hours earlier. Special measures: Not necessary. I repeat: We call the representative of Drosselbart. The caravan will arrive two hours earlier. Special measures: Not necessary. End of announcement.)

"Hier ist der Deutsche Freiheitssender 904 mit einer wichtigen Durchsage.

Achtung!
Wir rufen die Dunkelmänner.
Allen Ballast sofort abstossen.
Ich wiederhole.
Wir rufen die Dunkelmänner.
Allen Ballast sofort abstossen.
Ende."

(This is the German Freedom Station 904 with an important announcement.Attention! We call the shady men. Get rid of all ballast at once. I repeat: We call the shady men. Get rid of all ballast at once. End.)

"Achtung!
Wir rufen den Postschaffner.
Das dritte Wort im Telegramm ist die Lösung.
Ich wiederhole.
Wir rufen den Postschaffner.
Das dritte Wort im Telegramm ist die Lösung.
Ende der Durchsage."

(Attention! We call the Post conductor. The third word of the telegram is the solution. I repeat: We call the Post conductor. The third word of the telegram is the solution. End of announcement.)

"Achtung! Achtung!
Autofahrer in Essen und Düsseldorf:
Die nächsten Tage Stopplichtkontrolle.
Ich wiederhole:
Achtung! Achtung!
Autofahrer in Essen und Düsseldorf:
Die nächsten Tage Stopplichtkontrolle.
Ende der Durchsage."

(Attention! Attention! Car drivers in Essen and Düsseldorf: Within the next days check-up of the stop-lights. I repeat: Attention! Attention! Car drivers in Essen and Düsseldorf: Within the next days check-up of the stop-lights. End of announcement.

"Achtung! Achtung!
Wir rufen Chefkoch, heute kalte Küche.
Ich wiederhole.
Achtung! Achtung!
Wir rufen Chefkoch, heute kalte Küche.
Ende der Durchsage."

(Attention! Attention! We call chief-cook, today cold meals. I repeat: Attention! Attention! We call chief-cook, today cold meals. End of announcement.)


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