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A short clip of The Pip's transmission as heard in West Berlin, 80km away from the station in March 1967.

The Pip (German: Der Pip) is the nickname given to a Radio broadcast operated by the Stasi between March the 14th, 1950 and November the 9th, 1962, the day that the Berlin Wall fell and the German Democratic Republic was formally dissolved. The station was located at the Stasi HQ -- the Fernsehturm. Because normal East Germans were not allowed to own radios, the average citizen would never know of its existence.

However, on the other side of the Iron Curtain, curious radio listeners from as far away as Hamburg were able to intercept broadcasts from the station. Because there was literally no information available to people in the Federal Republic of Germany about the purpose and location of the signal, until the official documents were released in January 1963, normal people could only speculate as to what it was that they were actually listening to.

The station would begin with three beep noises (signalling the beginning of a transmission), followed by the voice of a military officer reading out several numbers, followed by several German names. After several minutes, the station would go dark. It would usually be around an hour before any more such activity would occur again. The frequency the station was located at was 3756 kHz. The signal is now dormant.


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The last broadcast of the station before it went permanently silent on 9th of November, 1967.

The station's true purpose was to relay information to the Main Coordinating Administration of the State Security facility (which was converted into a restaurant in 1964), located in Chemnitz (Or Karl-Marx-Stadt as it was known from 1945 onwards, until it was changed back to the original name in 1962). It was an extemely efficient and secure way of transmitting government information, which was later adapted by the Soviet government (UVB-76) due to its effectiveness.

The information being sent was typically for the purpose of espionage. Although at least seven different people throughout the station's lifespan were involved in reading out the broadcasts, only one was ever identified: Lutz Heilmann. He is now a politician for Die Linke, a German left-wing party.

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