38 North is a publication I have referenced previously with regard to the use of shortwave and broadcast radio as tools of the government to reach across the N. and S. Korea borders in both directions. Their most recent article on this topic was published today entitled Cold War Communications: The Two Koreas Resume Coded Radio Broadcasts The article is quite good and includes some sample clips from the broadcasts referenced on several TV news reports (of course my Korean language skills are, shall we say, nill) but you can make out the clips of the broadcasts. I can't help
There have been several recent stories highlighting a new shortwave radio station seeking to cover South Sudan called Eye Radio. Eye Radio already has an FM presence in the area, but has found it inadequate to reach the whole region. I first saw a report about this on the Cumbre-DX mailing list, and then some additional outlets have added more information, including this report from the BBC: A radio station in South Sudan is using older, but tried and tested technology to reach new audiences. Radio is a crucial medium in South Sudan, where illiteracy is high and many areas
I find old radio souls now and again who seem, at least to me, to be in touch with the spiritual side of radio. I am not talking about religious programming or some weird cult, but rather they are folks whose souls have been touched by the magic of radio. It is mystical, magical, and at times seems to connect our physical bodies to the very electrons which flow through the air. It is as though our minds are connecting with the radio signals like old friends, able to hear and be heard. Yeah, I know, I am weird.
(The following is part news / part editorial) According to a report going to Parliament for the BBC's broadcast charter proposal, they are preparing for an Internet-only world for broadcasting. This has prompted an investigation of other radio broadcasting services by Radio World magazine. Part of the article Is Broadcast Radio Doomed" follows: Conventional radio and television broadcasting are doomed, eventually. Or so one might reasonably assume from reading “British, Bold, Creative,” the BBC’s broadcast charter proposal for the next decade of its mandate. The BBC’s 10-year broadcast charter is up for renewal in 2016. The proposal is the Beeb’s [British
I had an enjoyable experience on the radio this evening as I caught part of a broadcast from Radio Romania International on 6020 khz ~04:30 UTC. They were reading letters and emails from folks around the world giving reception reports and general comments concerning their love of shortwave radio. I was thrilled to hear these comments of course, but what really intrigued me was the sentiments expressed were almost universal. By this I mean the people writing about their love of radio came from every part of the globe, and from very different backgrounds, but all had the same appreciation
It is time once again for an update on how shortwave is ruining the hopes and dreams of oppressive governments everywhere! As many folks have heard by now the U.S. is in talks to "normalize" (whatever that is) relations with Cuba. Embassies have been reopened, limited travel for "education" purposes has been approved, and no doubt a myriad of "behind the scenes" negotiations are taking place, including free Cuban cigars for all of Congress. (Okay that last part is speculation, but come on, wouldn't you want that on the bargaining table too?!) One other issue on the bargaining table is
I wonder what our world would look like if we had maintained the mindset of our early forefathers who fought so hard for freedom? Of course I know even then the soon-to-be-formed nation was split almost down the middle over whether to revolt against the King or try to work within the system. I am glad for the choices they made, but feel more than a bit let down by our handling of such a great inheritance. Since this is a radio blog I will not get into politics (or history), except to say our modern culture's willingness to give
I was surprised and honored when Kim Andrew Elliot contacted me about mentioning this blog on the weekly Voice of America (VOA) Radiogram with regard to my recent post about Russia's attempt to shut down the Internet. The VOA Radiogram has been an ongoing experiment in sending digital mode text and images using the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina. The idea behind this is to have a backup means of getting emergency communications out around the world to folks who might not be able to receive voice transmissions during difficult propagation times. The digital modes can be
Readers of this blog will know I am keenly interested in promoting shortwave radio as both an important information source and a means of defense against government-controlled media access. A recent report in the British publication The Telegraph revealed there have been several tests run by the Russian government to see if the Internet could be shut down should a political need arise. This should not really come as a surprise since China has done the same thing in the past, but it does point once again to the limits of any system dependent on wires. I realize the majority
At the risk of sounding redundant, another article about Internet control has motivated me to once again emphasize the importance of shortwave radio. An article at ECN magazine gives an excellent report about Russia's attempts to control the flow of information available to Russian citizens. While I will not reproduce the whole article here, I will highlight a few of the more salient points, and encourage you to read the full article entitled, "Kremlin Sets Out To Extend Control Over The Russian Internet" available here. ------ Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited
BBC Looking To Increase Russian Presence This is an excellent article posted by Kim Andrew Elliott concerning the BBC's desire to expand its reach into Russia. The full article is available at: USC Center on Public Diplomacy and it discusses in more detail the issues of maintaining an Internet presence and the challenges of Satellite broadcasts. The excerpt posted here is a good discussion on the improved reliability of shortwave radio to provide low-cost and reliable communications for those in Russia, and enhanced opportunities for those with computers able to run one of the many free digital mode programs available.
See, I Told You: Shortwave Radio Matters! Forgive the tongue-in-cheek title, but I just could not resist. There was an excellent article in the DailyNK published online from Seoul, Korea entitled Radio broadcasts an 'eye-opening' experience for N. Koreans. The article discusses the impact radio broadcasts into North Korea have had on some of the people, particularly those who have made their way into South Korea. The article notes: The authorities require all radio sets to be fixed to Pyongyang’s central broadcast frequency -- a clear sign of state efforts made to block all means of communication. State-run media focus
How Do You Measure Shortwave Radio? I continue to ponder this question as I believe Shortwave Radio is an area which defies traditional measurement. I have included some thoughts I wrote last year for an article published in antenneX magazine: I was very disappointed . . . in the U.S. for cutting back VOA service to a number of countries. Australia is another country who has made drastic cuts to its shortwave schedule, as well as the BBC, much to the consternation of the SWL community. The economic debate surrounding shortwave radio will continue for a long time, and I
Warning: Recurring Theme! Shortwave Radio is a topic about which I am passionate, both as a listener and as an advocate. There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world along with numerous boneheaded decisions made by governments daily, but cutting funding for shortwave radio has to be right near the top. Why do I say this? Because radio has been, is, and likely always will be one of the only sure means of getting out information to the world which cannot be censored easily. Obviously a repressive regime running a national shortwave radio station can control