It’s always nice to have some time off from the day job, and at the moment, due to my partners work schedule, having a holiday away from home is not possible. So I make the most of these times, along with catching up with garden/house chores, of getting some listening in. It means I get to listen to stations that I would not normally hear during my usual listening times in the evenings. Today was a case in point. Doing as I usually do when starting a listening session, I started at the higher bands, 19m, and worked my way down. Conditions just lately haven’t been exactly hot, so a number of stations on 19m which are usually a good signal have been quite noisy. So I slowly worked my way down to 31m. Now, conditions have to be very poor for 31m not to give something and today was no different. On 9560, I picked up Furusato no Kaze, a Japanese government station from Taiwan. I also logged Nippon no Kaze on 9975 after 15:00 UTC. The first transmission, from Taiwan, was in Japanese, the second, from Palau, in Korean. I have found out that both these stations are set up to transmit information for Japanese nationals who have been abducted by N Korea. I can’t quite work out from the website: http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/index.html, which particular nationals have been abducted, whether Japanese government agents or ordinary people. And of course, the transmissions would presuppose that the abductee’s have access to a radio. This, of course, will be extremely difficult in N Korea. But it certainly put an interesting twist on this afternoons listening.
The following logs also include some logs from yesterday (13/06/2016) including R Japans Burmese output from Singapore.
11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:43 UTC Burmese. Music and chat SINPO: 22222 2016-06-13
9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 16:49 UTC Pashto. ID at 16:50. OM & YL announcers with schedules SINPO: 33333 2016-06-13
9390 Khz Thailand RFE 16:51 UTC Uzbeck. Discussion about Manhattan and New York SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13
9410 Khz Oman BBCWS 16:54 UTC English. Discussion about the Florida bombings. SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13
12075 Khz UNID UNID 13:35 UTC Mention of Bangladesh a number of times. Went to dead air at 14:00 with no ID SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14
15245 Khz North Korea V O Korea 14:01 UTC English. Music plus usual propaganda SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14
9345 Khz Phillipines FEBC 14:48 UTC Mandarin. OM with chat and music. SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14
9560 Khz Taiwan Furusato no Kaze 14:54 UTC Japanese. YL announcer. SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14
9975 Khz Palau Nippon no Kaze 15:09 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-06-14