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Fallout 3 contains several in-game radio stations. The most diverse and important station is Galaxy News Radio.

Many players of the evil persuasion know that you can kill Three Dog and he will be replaced by the technician Margaret. She is not a charismatic person and has very little it say, seeming to not enjoy her new announcing duties. She also never appears in person, and therefore cannot be killed. Once Three Dog is dead, you’re stuck with Margaret.

What most players do NOT know is that under certain circumstances, GNR will become a “numbers station.” A numbers station is a station that broadcasts an unusual coded message. Many of these exist in real life and some hypothesize that they are a nuclear retaliation control network. Simply check Wikipedia for more information about these odd broadcasts as they relate to the real world. Back to Fallout 3…

No one is really sure which actions are needed to hear the numbers station in Fallout 3. It appears that you must kill Three Dog, because no one has reported hearing the numbers station with him still alive. It also appears that you have to skip over the quest “Galaxy News Radio” where you help boost the signal so that the station can be broadcast further than just the immediate DC area. This is easy enough to do with either a speech check or simply using the FalloutWiki to look up where to go next and advance the main plot. Finally, you definitely have to destroy Raven Rock. This is the actual trigger to turn GNR into a numbers station, and it will remain such for the rest of the game. However, the vast majority of the players who perform these three actions still continue hearing the standard GNR broadcasts, so there must be several more requirements the community has yet to isolate.

If you’re lucky enough to have hit upon the right set of circumstances, just after destroying Raven Rock, you will get the message, “Radio signal lost” and a few seconds later, “Radio signal found.” You cannot, however, actually listen to GNR just yet because you didn’t boost the signal and are out of range of the broadcast at the exit of Raven Rock. Luckily, Raven Rock is situated in the mountains and is right near one of the few places outside DC that you can get high enough to catch the signal. So far, the confirmed location to hear the GNR numbers signal are:

  1. Within the immediate DC area obviously…this is true for the regular GNR throughout the game.
  2. At the top of the ferris wheel at point lookout
  3. On the tops of some of the satcom arrays you can climb in the northwestern map area.
  4. On the roof of Tenpenny Tower, though this may be within normal broadcast range anyway. Feel free to playtest and get back to me on this.
  5. On the highest point of the broken bridge around Arefu…again, may be within braodcast range anyway.
  6. On some of the highest points of the mountain tops in the area near Raven Rock. This is obviously your easiest chance to first listen to the numbers station.

When you tune in, you will hear an old familiar voice…Three Dog, despite the fact that you killed him earlier. However, you will quickly notice that he does not seem to be “in character.” So I guess it’s not technically Three Dog, but just the voice actor, Erik Dellums. He reads a series of numbers in a monotone, depressed sounding voice. He always recites a list of single digits between 9 and 12 characters long. For example, “nine-three-seven-nine-one-seven-two-zero-three-four.” Hever never uses a multi-digit number like “eleven” or “forty.” These numbers are followed by widely varying lengths of Morse code. This is then followed by the song “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire.” All other music tracks seem to be inactive on the numbers station.

The Morse code was the easiest part of the mystery to crack, as the code is widely available and many people actually know it by heart. We quickly had a list of a great number of messages in English. Some sounded completely mundane and even comical, such as “Washed the car today, maybe Chinese for dinner.” or “Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts.”

You may be saying, “But wait, YouTube doesn’t exist in the Fallout universe,” and you are right. As far as we could tell, all of the messages sounded like they were based in our reality somewhere near present day.

Some of the messages, however, are quite sinister, such as, “The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits.” or “I can’t believe they’re actually done it. Not long left. The noise. I can’t take the noise anymore. I have a pistol in the attic.”

Just recently, a player on the wikiforums noticed a message that brought to light the meaning of the messages. He was reading a thread that collected all known messages, transposed from Morse to English, and saw the line, “one-two-zero-five-five-two-eight-two-zero-one-zero. What are you talkin’ about? You’ll be missed.” He realized this referred to the recent death of Gary Coleman, and the quickly realized the numbers were the time and date of death. He immediately scanned through the messages to try and find more examples of this apparent future telling by a game that’s more than a year old. The next message he read shocked him and pushed him to enlist the aid of the others to decipher the codes. The message was “nine-four-five-four-two-zero-two-zero-one-zero. Accident in the gulf, several dead. Oil spill apparently averted.” He realized this was the BP explosion and the erroneous day-one assessment that the well was not leaking.

From this point on, all numbers will be transcribed as times and dates. All times were given in game in military format and remain so in this document.

Numerous members of the FalloutWiki message board began looking over the messages to see what else we could learn. We quickly found that most of the dates were after the game had been released, yet oddly some were from the past. “22:15 April 15, 1865 He’s dead and blame will probably be placed on that actor, Booth. Johnson better not cheat me out of the payment.”  This shed new doubt on the official version of the Lincoln assassination.

As the community quickly started piling up interpretations of the messages, the mods of the site summarily banned everyone who had posted in, or even read the thread. All reference to the numbers station was removed from FalloutWiki and filtering software was put in place to prevent reposting of any relevant information. A few people, however, are trading emails and slowly finishing the translation of the remaining messages and putting dates to the existing ones.

“The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits.” 4:02 March 19, 2014

“Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts.” 24:16 December 24, 2012

“I can’t believe Britney’s actually won an Oscar!” 21:33 February 27, 2023

“I can’t believe they’ve actually done it. Not long left. They were warned, but they just had to keep pushing the boundaries of science. The noise. I can’t take the noise anymore. And the light, dear God! The Universe is slowly unraveling around us. I’m not going to wait for death. I have a pistol in the attic.” This is actually the only message not preceded by a string of numbers.

It may be worth noting that the latest date on any of the messages is 1:27 July 6, 2027.

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  • Vadim

    this is a good story

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  • Rageboyman123

    legit i love fallout

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  • Shane

    This is by far one of the coolest Pastas that I have ever read. It’s actually very chilling, considering the fact that Fallout 3 has many hidden references in it and such.

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  • Matt Sheff

    I love Fallout 3 and I love this.

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  • RenzGaren

    XBAX.

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  • Mr. Dafuq

    weel on december 24th 2012, the poster of this better upload a video of themselves kicking bums in the nuts

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  • Incredinic

    This sir, was written like a true horror story. I loved it.

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  • Dlinkpower

    Anyone find this video yet?

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  • jamie

    Its christmas and i havnt found a video yet woo hoo merry christmas

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  • Anonymous

    Holy shit balls

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  • elias

    Holy shit balls

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  • Anonymous

    Well shit, my birthday’s on July 7th. Damn scientists have to go and destroy the universe the day before, of all days :(

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    • Anonymous

      Mine is July 6 they destroy the world on my birthday

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  • Zeeboto

    Who is the Youtuber? That’s all I want to know.

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  • lordTWeaKslide

    you know if the queen of england dies on the date and anytime near the time said in this pasta im gonna freak lol xD

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  • Rhavnod

    One way to research it is starting a discussion on Falloutwikia. If it stays up, it’s fake, but if it’s taken down, you know!

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  • zak

    The only one I find hard to believe is the youtube message because of the time even in militay time there is no hour of 24 after 23 it starts over at zero but all the others seem like possible illuminatic warnings but the illuminati is just a conspiracy I don’t believe it but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest

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    • lulzy

      24:16 is 12:16 midnight in military time.
      since in military time there is no zero hundred hours. it goes one to twenty-four

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      • Jaff

        No, 24:16 is not a military time. 12:16am (midnight) would be 0016 military time.

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  • Anonymous

    I love these types of game related Creepy Pasta. I mean, I feel that they’re good because they are not too crazy and could exist (and lets face it, someone has probably made a mod of this and other similar pastas by now)

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  • silentone66

    i think it was cool although it was confusing at some points > : )

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  • jack2892

    For whatever reason or another, that last date sent deep shivers down my spine. I’m slightly more paranoid now.

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  • kingbw

    the queen dies in 2014 D:.
    Is it profiting the end?

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  • seribro

    I wrote down the date of the queen dieing. If it happens just say “FALLOUT 3 CALLED IT!!!”

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  • Enchanted Pizza

    My birhdays on March 19, the day the queen ‘dies’. Yeah, I’m scared.

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  • Anonymous

    the video is true omg!

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  • Anonymous

    Great Job, good pasta

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  • Anonymous

    no no no who ever says its fake your wrong its real but somthing els happind i save my game and turnd it of after 30 minits later i turnd it on and my saved game was still there i loded it and i respond out side the numbers station i went in and i herd the numbers without me doing enything thene i herd a nock on the door i ansered it was the the guy who sold me the game he said i need it back i said ok i invited him in my game frozed and it was making a wierd noise like a glich i listen closely and heard leave apt #12 now i dident know if i heard it right but i got scared so i tried to turn off the xbox it did not work i unpluged it it just made it worst we turnd the tv of and it stoped i wornd the pepol in apt 12 thay said after my partie iand i got to the nuber staion wierd things happend thay live right next door and ther son was over after we sold the game to some sucker 4 45$ HE WAS happy but he died in his sleep a week later thay said the he was stabbed and blood all over the walls saying this is your punish ment me and the pepol at apt 12 moved out i maired there my freaind sister he was the one who was at my apt but the strang evnts stilled happend in apt 12 and 13

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    • Pinkieus_Pieicus

      That made no sense. Repeat it in English, please. XD

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      • Anonymous

        its trying to communicate what do we do
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