Voice of Korea still having problems staying on-air
Voice of Korea, the DPRK’s international shortwave radio broadcaster, is still having technical problems that result in entire broadcasts failing to make it on-air.
Now, a month later, the broadcaster is still failing to match its schedule. Today, on March 27, some of the scheduled transmissions were heard but others were missing.
Here’s a clip from a broadcast on March 20 when, midway through a piece of music the transmitter suddenly goes off air.
It was due to remain on air for several additional hours and did not return that day.
The problems have also hit the DPRK’s radio jamming operations, which attempt to block Korean-language foreign radio reception by broadcasting strong noise on the same frequency.
The most severe jamming is usually targeted at “Echo of Hope” and “Voice of the People,” two stations that are believed to be broadcast by the South Korean government.
The stations are on the air each day from 1:50pm local time until 8am the next morning. The DPRK’s jamming typically covers their broadcasts from around 3:50pm each day until the end of programming the next morning.
On March 21, the jamming came on as scheduled at 3:50pm but then stopped during the evening. One set of jamming transmitters ceased at 6:38pm, another at 7pm and a third set at 10:27pm, according to a radio monitoring report from Japan. That left the South Korean broadcasts in the clear for several hours. The jamming resumed on all frequencies at 11:30pm in the evening.
Here’s another recording, not quite as good as the first, that shows the jamming transmitter going off air. It was recorded in February, close to when the problems began.
The signal suddenly clears up at about the :10 second mark when the jamming stops. The difference to anyone listening in North Korea would probably have been more dramatic than this recording, which was made via a listening post in Japan.
It’s worth noting that the DPRK’s shortwave transmitters carrying the domestic service, largely for listeners in the country, have not been hit by such problems.
The problems could be technical in nature, perhaps related to faulty equipment, or due to an electricity shortage.
|Print article||This entry was posted by Martyn Williams on March 28, 2012 at 05:43, and is filed under Media, Radio. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.|
No comments yet.
about 2 months ago - 2 comments
North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission responded with its first statement on the Sony hack and accusations by the U.S. that it was responsible. The statement was read out on Voice of Korea, the country’s international shortwave radio service, and makes interesting listening. It’s not exactly the same as the text statement that was carried on…
about 4 months ago - 5 comments
North Korea’s English-language broadcasting service marks its 63rd birthday on Thursday, November 6. Broadcast now under the name “Voice of Korea,” the radio station was for decades known as Radio Pyongyang. Since 1951, it’s broadcast thousands of hours of English-language programming and today remains one of the few international radio stations that still uses shortwave as…
about 4 months ago - 1 comment
Voice of Korea, North Korea’s international shortwave broadcasting station, adjusted its transmission schedule on October 26 for the winter 2014 and spring 2015 seasons. The broadcasts follow the same basic line-up each day. :00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea” :01 National Anthem :03 Song of General Kim Il Sung :06 Song…
about 11 months ago - 3 comments
North Korea’s external shortwave radio broadcaster, Voice of Korea, joins many of the world’s international broadcasters in switching to a summer frequency schedule on Sunday, March 30. Shortwave broadcasts change frequencies numerous times during the day to take advantage of atmospheric conditions that help their broadcasts can reach the intended targets. For this reason, it’s…
about 1 year ago - 1 comment
North Korean state media’s coverage of the arrest, trial and subsequent execution of Jang Song Thaek was “tantamount to mass intimidation,” Reporters Without Borders said on Thursday. “Although only to be expected from one of the world’s worst dictatorships, such manipulation of news and information is disturbing,” the Paris-based group said in a statement. “The extensive…
about 1 year ago - 1 comment
North Korea’s external broadcasting service, the Voice of Korea, ran three reports last week on the arrest and subsequent trial and execution of Jang Song Thaek. The reports, in English, are reproduced below. The first report ran on December 9 and covered the meeting of the political bureau of the central committee of the Worker’s…
about 1 year ago - 5 comments
North Korea’s state media revealed in stunning detail on Monday the alleged infractions of Jang Song Thaek and showed still images of his being led from a Worker’s Party of Korea meeting by soldiers. The reports, which are unprecedented for North Korea, came just less than a week after South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported…
about 1 year ago - 3 comments
High-quality audio streams from the Voice of Korea, North Korea’s international broadcaster, will soon be gone from the web. The recordings, which are available in five languages, have been offered by London-based World Radio Network since July this year, but the company is shutting down its on-demand service on December 15. The move is part of an effort by…
about 1 year ago - 4 comments
Voice of Korea will switch to its winter 2013/2014 shortwave broadcasting schedule from October 27, 2013. The broadcasts follow the same basic line-up each day. :00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea” :01 National Anthem :03 Song of General Kim Il Sung :06 Song of General Kim Jong Il :09 News, editorials…
about 1 year ago - 1 comment
High-quality recordings of Voice of Korea programs are now available on-demand via the London-based World Radio Network. Voice of Korea is North Korea’s international radio broadcaster. WRN, which rebroadcasts international radio stations, previously experimented with offering Voice of Korea shortwave programs, but the quality of the reception was poor and the service ended a few…