Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, July 2012

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Radio Damascus (9330 kHz)

Radio Damascus suspended its broadcasts on shortwave for some time in July1), but the signal is now back, with varying signal strength. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg‘s (RBB) shortwave editor notes that reportedly, the station’s technicians couldn’t reach the transmission site in Adra, east of Damascus, because of fightings on the route there. The RBB notice cites no source; maybe it was an announcement by Radio Damascus itself.

Last night (August 1), both the German and the English-language broadcasts, at 18:05 and 20:10 GMT respectively, were affected by complete signal failings, especially during the German-language broadcast. Signal strength during the first twenty minutes or so after 18:00 UTC was about O=2, i.e. barely readable at times, and O=3 (readable, except during the blackouts) after 20:05 UTC.

Radio Damascus QSL 1980s

Radio Damascus shortwave QSL, 1980s)


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Recent Logs

International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
ARG – Argentina; F – France; IRN – Iran; RRW – Rwanda; SYR – Syria.

Languages (“L.”):
C – Chinese; E – English; F – French; G – German.

kHz

Station

Ctry

L.

Day

Time GMT

S I O
21780 Deutsche Welle (Kigali) RRW F July 23 12:02 4 4 4
11700  RFI Paris F F July 29 07:14 5 4 4
21650 IRIB Tehran IRN C July 29 12:00 4 5 4
93302) Radio Damascus SYR E July 31 20:57 2 4 2
15345 RAE Buenos Aires ARG G July 31 21:18 3 3 3

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Note

1) The absence from shortwave seems to have lasted for much of July’s second half. Last time I heard the shortwave broadcast before it was suspended was on June 27, but I only tried again on July 31 (see above) anyway. According to RBB on July 22, Radio Damascus was scheduled to resume its 9330 kHz broadcasts on July 29.

2) From 4’40” on my recording on July 31 (see second-last entry in table above), the signal fails several times – arguably because of power failures.
[Update, December 23, 2012: now removed. If you are interested in the soundfile, please contact me by email or comment.]

Radio Damascus (or a fan club) provides podcasts with a pretty good sound quality here – usually uploaded within hours or days after the actual broadcast, and downloadable for about a week.

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Related

» Previous Logs, July 1, 2012
» Where’s the Iceberg, Febr 11, 2012

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