Tuesday, 26 November 2013

"They will suck your energy from you - the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends and give you worthless dross in return."

Vrillon, a purported representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, was the name used by an unidentified voice who broadcast on the Hannington transmitter of Southern Television in the United Kingdom for six minutes at 5:10 PM on Saturday November 26, 1977. The voice, which was disguised and accompanied by a deep buzzing, broke into a broadcast by Independent Television News to warn viewers of "the destiny of your race" and "so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid a disaster which threatens your world and the beings on other worlds around you".

As the broadcast did not affect the video signal, it was difficult to detect its source, and the transmission disappeared at the end of what sounded like a prepared statement. Most observers have concluded that the broadcast was a hoax, achieved by directing a powerful signal at the Hannington UHF transmitter.

At the end of what engineers later described as a "rogue transmission", as the signal faded back, various random sound clips are heard (which are most likely picked up from other channels), such as the Looney Tunes cartoon theme song and the Art Davis cartoon "The Goofy Gophers". In addition, other music can be heard along with what sounds like an explosion and various weird noises. 

The broadcast is presently a footnote in ufology and does not represent a particularly significant development in pirate television broadcasting, supplanted largely by the boom around 1984.

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