I checked out voiceofkorea.org tonight (the website for the Voice of Korea shortwave broadcast from North Korea), and found the following on their website:
CONSCIENCE AGAINST REASONS OF STATE
VOICE OF KOREA IS TEMPORALLY NOT IN OPERATION
Further information will be given on Tuesday 02/01/07
Anyone know what is going on?
Updated January 1, 2007 : The website has been updated with a repudiation of the North Korean regime:
The current regime is not the leader of people but the royal family rules over the people. This should changed into democratic elections and extended freedom of speech. People's lives must be chosen by people's favours, not by the dictatorial system. ... I regret my life with DPRK government for last 10 years but will not repeat the same mistake again in future.
voiceofkorea.org was a volunteer ran website for the North Korean government (with North Korean approval).
I have archived the page here.
Well, I finally got around to putting up a new antenna. I had been using about a 40 foot wire that ran out my window and up the hill along the group. I had been picking up a lot of interference, and not really able to pull in that many stations.
Well, today, I ran about 60 feet of wire, but elevated it from a pole on the hill to the side of my house. Pretty simple, but the difference in reception tonight has been amazing. I have been getting tons of stations, but the best two of the night were:
Shortwave reception has been very poor lately, mostly due to a broken streetlight that is causing massive interference with my receiver, so I have really only been able to listen to major stations, and haven't been able to try to find any far off stations or other stuff. However, last night when I was doing a scan of the frequencies, I came across a very strong numbers station broadcast. This is my first numbers station since I have gotten back into Shortwave.
Here are the details:
December 30, 2006 - 0941 UTC - 0945z 9040z Khz. Female repeating a set of numbers in Spanish. SIO : 434
Luckily, I had just set up an old mac to record audio from my shortwave, so I was able to record everything I heard.
I haven't had a chance to write down the number sequence just yet, but will try to a little later and update the post. If anyone does it before then, or has any more infor on the broadcast, please post in the comments.
Well, after receiving my new receiver Eton E5, I finally decided that this morning would be my first attempt to pick up the Voice of Korea (a broadcast from North Korea). Unfortunately, that meant getting up at 5 AM (1300 UTC), but I didn't mind too much, as I really want to hear some heavy duty, old school communist propaganda.
Anyways, the only signal I could pick up here in San Francisco was at 9335. I was able to pick it up (faint and muffled), but it was completely unlistenable due to some interfence from something (another frequency? eletrical?). Basically, it was a periodic tone of increasing static, that would repeat ever couple of seconds. Here is a clip of it:
When I tuned around on my receiver, it seems to be the strongest on 9339. I am not sure if this is some interference from my house (I am in a very electrically noisy area), or if this is something being broadcast.
Tonight / tomorrow morning I am going to head up to the top of the hill to a park, and see if I have any more luck.
Anyways, here is the report:
Voice of Korea North Korea. (English) 9335 1300 - 1349 UTC. SIO 211. Assorted Male and Female speakers. Some references to the Great Leader, and patriotic / communist music.
If any one has any idea what the source of the interference is, post it in the comments.
Update : Well, based on a tip from rec.radio.shortwave, I found the source of the interference. The street light on the corner is burned out, and everytime it tries to come on, it generates the interference. Now, instead of DXing, I get to figure out how to get a street light fixed in San Francisco.
Since I started back with my Shortwave my amount of sleep has gone decidedly down. Thus, last night, after a quick nap, I didn't have too much time to listen to the radio, but did have a chance to pick up a pair of Cuban stations.
The first was really good, because it was a pretty strong signal, and I didn't have to strain to hear it. I was really excited about the second, Radio Rebelde. The signal was really weak at first, but after adjusting the antena and fine tuning it, I was finally able to hear it. It took me a while to confirm the station (because it was in Spanish), but I was finally able to near the top of the hour. The cool thing was that according to the EIBI frequency charts, this was a broadcast targeting the Caribbean (and not the Western Coast of the US. Btw, apparently Radio Rebelde was founded by Che Guevara.
Anyways, I just got my new Eton E5, and tonight I plan on getting up really early to try and catch my first North Korean broadcast. If the signal is strong enough, Ill record it and post it here.
I have been trying to find a good template of a QSL Log page, that I could print out to make it easier to keep track of logging the stations that I pick up on shortwave. I know that there are plenty of good computer programs that handle this, but 1) my receiver is not near my computer, so I have to use pen and paper, 2) one of the reasons I am playing around with shortwave is to get away from my computer.
After much searching on google, I wasn't able to find any templates that I cared for (in fact, I only found one with some help from rec.radio.shortwave). I did find one brand of log books for sale, but didn't feel like waiting for them to get delivered. So, I just ended up making my own, which I can print double sided and put in a three ring binder.
I am posting them here in case anyone else has a use for them.
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I have been playing around with my Shortwave receiver the past couple of days, and have been having fun finding and listening to stations. However, I haven't been able to get any real strong signals in, except for gospel broadcasts from the U.S. So today, I built a simple antenna consisting of about 25 Feet of single stand wire soldered to an alligator clip. I laid the wired out my window, across my deck, and up the hill, and then clipped it to the whip antenna of my receiver. Wow! I was blown away with how much such a simple antenna improved my reception. I am getting a lot more stations tonight, at much stronger signals (I have been listening to Radio Netherlands all night, and it sounds like a local AM station).
Anyways, this falls under the "Duh" category, but wanted to post it in case anyone else was having similar problems, and was unsure about getting results from such a simple solution.
Ill try and post some pictures later.
Before I first went to Europe about 10 years ago, I got my first shortwave radio (a SONY ICF-SW7600). I used it to keep up with the news (mostly BBC), and listen to broadcasts from countries with in Europe. Well, I haven't really messed around with it since then, but over the past couple of days I have been on holiday, and getting a little bored (there is only so much XBOX 360 one can play). So, I started looking into Shortwave radios again, and pulled out my trusty old Sony to see what I could pick up in San Francisco.
Well, things didn't go too well at first. I tried to pick up some stations in the middle of the day, and had absolutely no luck at all. I could not pick up a single shortwave station. Once it started to get dark, I began to pick up a couple of stations (Voice of the Andes from Ecuador, and Radio Havana). However, reception was still very poor.