Archive for November, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Huanqiu on HK Survey: It’s not as Bad as you Think

The following is a translation of a Huanqiu Shibao article. It is therefore a mainland Chinese reflection of a Hong Kong survey. I haven’t read the survey itself, or coverage on the survey from elsewhere.

The Huanqiu article has been republished by many Chinese websites, including Sina‘s edition for Taiwan, Enorth (Tianjin), and many other regional or local websites in China.

Main Link: Only 2.4 percent of Hong Kong’s post-1980s…

In cases where the Cantonese pronounciation of Hong Kongers’ names within the Huanqiu article weren’t easily available online, I used putonghua pronounciation in this translation.

Be more Liu Dehua: 让世界知道我们都是中国人

Be more Andy Lau: 让世界知道我们都是中国人 (click picture for video)

Links within blockquote added during translation.

Exchanges between Hong Kong and the hinterland become more and more frequent, but a recent survey finds that Hong Kongers see their “Hong Kong identity” with growing clarity. Among them, young respondents born after 1980 feel most strongly about their “Hong Kong identity”. Some Hong Kong media explain that the findings reflect “resistance against Chinese identity” among part of Hong Kongers, and a “low national identity”. However, Anthony Y. H. Fung [Feng Yingqian], head of the Chinese University’s School of Journalism and Communication, and in charge of the survey, told a “Huanqiu Shibao” reporter on Monday that there was no contradiction between “Hong Kong identity” and “national identity”, that while the survey showed a Hong Kong “awareness of their native land”, it also showed that pride in the national flag, the national anthem or the People’s Liberation Army and other national symbols had also risen.


According to a Hong Kong’s “Oriental Daily” report on Monday, the Chinese University’s SChool of Communication and a polling agency carried out a telephone survey last month, with 819 Hong Kongers as respondents. One question asked the respondents to tell to which category of people they belonged, with “Chinese people”, “Hong Kong people”, “Hong Kong people, but also Chinese people” and “Chinese people, but also Hong Kong people” to choose from. The survey found that 42 percent of the respondents chose that they were “Hong Kong people, but also Chinese people”, a small drop from two years ago, when the number was 44 percent. 23 percent chose the purely “Hong Kong people” identity. 22 percent said they were “Chinese, but also Hong Kong people”, and 12 percent felt that they were purely “Chinese people”, a new low after Hong Kong’s 1997 return. The survey divided respondents into those who were thirty years old or younger, the “post-1980s”, and those older than that. The results tell that the “post-1980s” don’t greatly identify with the “Chinese people identity”, with only 2.4 percent choosing “Chinese people”, while the share of older respondents identified with the “Chinese people” option by 15.9 percent.



The findings triggered controversy in Hong Kong’s public opinion. Hong Kong SAR’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference member Lew Mon-hung [Liu Mengxiong] said this was related to the SAR government only caring about peoples-livelihood issues and not doing everything to refute “Hong Kong independence” talk. He believes that recently, many determined people repeatedly waved “Union-Jack” flags and seized the opportunity of hyping “Hong Kong independence” thoughts, and the SAR government hadn’t refuted them. This could only lead to further political difficulties. Xu Huajie, Hong Kong United Youth Association advisor and China Im- and Export Chamber of Commerce deputy director, said that if Hong Kong’s young people resisted the hinterland for political reasons, they would lose many opportunities to develop in their working lives. But Basic Law Committee member Liu Naiqiang describes public opinion “as a cloud”, and believfes that it is difficult to rely only on the polls to assess trends in public opinion. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology economic faculty director Francis Lui [雷鼎鸣] says that this survey by the Chinese University “has problems”, because they offered no “Hong Konger, but no Chinese” choice. This would have been necessary to really measure Hong Kongers’ “national identy” identification.


Anthony Y. H. Fung, in charge of the survey, told “Huanqiu Shibao” that there was no contradiction between “Hong Kong identity” and “Chinese identity”. Although the survey had shown the “Hong Kong identity” ever more clearly, it also showed that during the past ten years, Hong Kongers’ feelings of pride for national symbols like the national flag, the national anthem, or the PLA had also risen. From only 30.6 percent of Hong Kongers feeling proud of the national flag in 1996, their share was now 37.6 percent, and while only ten percent felt good about the PLA in 1996, their share was now 21.5 percent.


Fung believes that the stronger “Hong Kong identitification” had grown because of discussions in recent years, having everyone considering their identity issues. As for the “post-1980s” leaning towards “Hong Kong identity”, this was because of the Hong Kong government’s promotion of [unsafe translation: lessons in line with hinterland lessons, encouraging independent thinking, and the young generation wanting to participate in public matters and deliberations about identity issues]. He said: “if the survey was carried out during the Olympics or during National Day, I believe Hong Kongers’ identification with the nation would be stronger”.


As for the talk about “Hong Kong independence”, Fung said that the share of respondents who said they were “Hong Kongers, but also Chinese” showed that support for “Hong Kong independence” was very small. In fact, almost sixty percent of respondents had said that they travelled to mainland China every two months or even more frequently, which reflected that Hong Kongers believed that contact with the hinterland had become an unstoppable trend.




» Patriotic Classes only Optional, BBC, Sep 8, 2012
» A Sense of Affection, July 30, 2012
» If you can’t govern a village, Dec 16, 2011


Monday, November 12, 2012

Unblogged Stuff: through her Teeth, Factions N & N+1, at the Grassroots

Big flu – hence rather little blogging. What I might have blogged about otherwise:

1) about Han Suyin

An obituary about Han Suyin, a Chinese-British writer who devoted her life to spreading Chinese culture and literature around the world, according to China Daily, or a cheerleader for Mao’s Cultural Revolution, according to the New York Times.

You’d have to subscribe for reading the rest there, but Peking Duck got there in time to provide a bit more from the NYT article – how Han Suyin “lied through her teeth” about the “great leap forward”, as she reportedly admitted later.

I’m not sure which verdict would hit me harder: to be referred to as Mao’s cheerleader by the NYT, or as a guy who spread Chinese culture and literature, by China Daily. Faced with only these two choices before passing the gate of reincarnation, would you want to be a blunt or a subtle propagandist? Would you want to be one who will say “I knew what I did”, or one who will say “I didn’t know” or “I had to make a living and couldn’t afford to take a closer look”?

2) about the CCP’s 18th National Congress

What happens before such meetings matters more than what matters during them, but The Hindu shows that studying the peope who are raising their hands there can still make some sense.

Woeser wrote an article for the Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia (RFA) in April, describing Wang Lixiong‘s (i. e. her husband’s) views of how different factions in the party have been institutionalized – and why, in  his view, placing hopes on “inner-party democracy” is misguided.

German Fairy Tale Road, Bremen

German Fairy Tale Road (Bremen)

3) about Neil Heywood

Granted, the headline  Beijing Cream chose is somewhat speculative, but that’s about as true for every bit I’ve read about the man’s life and death before.

4) about the Chinese press

Thumbs-down on that one, Beijing Cream. The Global Times isn’t “the Chinese press”.  Or, if it is, “Facts about Germany” is “the German press”. (That’s not to say that the Chinese press would take a more benevolent view than the GT, though.)

5) Etc.

Maybe I’d blog about the “100 reporters at the grassroots”, too.  But I suppose it isn’t really big news and can wait for a while.



» Old Friends of the Chinese People, April 27, 2012


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Questions Raised on “Germany Hotline” (德国热线) about Layoffs at Deutsche Welle

A thread on a German-Chinese website, Germany Hotline (德国热线), is currently discussing an open letter, written by former Deutsche Welle employees Wang Fengbo, Zhu Hong, Li Qi, and Wang Xueding. The thread includes a link to one of this blog’s posts, and one to Neue Rheinische Zeitung – the online paper which originally published the open letter, in April 2011.

A number of questions are raised in the Germany-Hotline thread. As I’m no registered user at Germany Hotline, I’ll try to provide some information about the issue by writing this post.

There is one question raised  in the German Hotline thread which seems to go to the heart of the matter:

The judge said that “Once Deutsche Welle suspects that an employee is a CCP element, no evidence is needed to dismiss him or her.” Where is the original document with that line? (法官还称“只要德国之声怀疑它的员工是共产分子,那么无需证据就可将他们开除”。  这句话的德语原文在哪里?)

I wrote to the court – Landesarbeitsgericht Köln – in March this year and asked for information about the communism statement. The court’s spokesperson replied that – this is how I understand his answer – the records usually only state the decision, and the paragraphs and reasons a judge bases his or her decision on. The records of the court hearing in question – on that day – did not contain the line in question, i. e. the one about dismissals on communism suspicions without evidence.

I can’t tell if the hearing was audio-recorded, or stenographed – and if the spokesperson checked an audio-recording or stenographed record, or just the final version of the record.

That said, an EPD reporter was at the court hearing on that day, and reported that the judge did indeed address the “communist-nazi” issue, saying that once Deutsche Welle, as a public broadcaster (Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts) suspected an employee of being a communist or a supporter of national socialism (i. e. nazi ideology), this was a sufficient reason to terminate the employment. The EPD report was also picked up by Radio Eins (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg), but I haven’t seen it published anywhere else in Germany. I believe the report is trustworthy, but did not become popular among news people (or their bosses) here in Germany, because it doesn’t make our country look good.

Communism or nazism had not been the issue in Deutsche Welle’s argument in court – it isn’t clear why the judge made this kind of statement. The actual issue was if the terms of employment – a fixed-term employment contract – had been in accordance with the law. However, “communism” had played a role in a political brawl about statements by Zhang Danhong. Her case, however, hadn’t led to a dismissal.

Wang Fengbo told his side of the story in this interview, in January this year. I requested Deutsche Welle’s side of the story last month, but haven’t received an answer to date. There is no public debate about the case in Germany. As far as the former Deutsche Welle’s employees’ open letter, published by the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, is concerned, a member of the Deutsche Welle employee committee was quoted by Evangelischer Pressedienst as saying that some of the letter’s phrasing had been overboard, but that by and large, the events had been described accurately.

A chronological list of my posts about Zhang Danhong – and later Wang Fengbo – can be found here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Going to the Grassroots: Li Huadian & The Volunteers provide Tianjin Airforce with Spiritual Nourishment

This is from the same Enorth series as this previous translation. The context of these  events is the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Links within blockquotes added during translation – JR

Main Link: Greeting the 18th National Congress of the CCP – Tianjin Public Culture Volunteers Corp contributes arts at the barracks

Enorth (Tianjin), November 3, 2012

In the morning of November 3, the Tianjin Public Culture Volunteers’ Corps went to an PLA air force unit stationed in Tianjin, to perform wonderful cultural arts in front of the troops. This is another one among the “volunteers’ performances to greet the 18th National Congress” activities.


Among the performances, the volunteers had brought along wonderful male and female solo songs, reality-fantasy magician performances, xiangsheng, Pingju Opera song series, and other wonderful gigs. To express their gratitude, and to display the talents within their barracks, the soldiers also performed some wushu and guitar performances of their own.


The atmosphere of the scene was unusually warm. Apart from performing a song arranged on his own, young actor Du Lei also impersonated Liu Dehua, Liu Huan, and other voices, thus winning enthusiastic applause from the troops. Young singers Meng Fanjin and Wang Suiru, in beautiful voices, sang “Sincere Beauty” and “Xinjiang Story”, and one sang the popular songs “The Sun will never Set” and “Legendary”. The two young ladies’ silvery voices attracted the young soldiers. They all incessantly gave flowers to them to express their joy.



Famous singer Li Huadian, as a member of the Volunteers’ Corp experts committee, also took part in the performances. It was the first time that he wore the green T-shirt as the volunteer-corp symbol. Li told the reporter that this was a very particular feeling. He said: “It’s my honor to be a volunteer, to come to the barracks to perform, and to serve the soldiers who are defending Tianjin. As a working man of the arts, one has to go to the grassroots, to perform among the masses, and to give ones best to everyone. I will continue to come to the grassroots frequently, to give the best spiritual nourishment to everyone.”



These were successful performances, the performers saw the needs and the yearning of the soldiers for the arts, and the soldiers liked the cordiality in the performances. Next, the Tianjin Public Culture Volunteers’ Corps will make more grassroot performances, promote this city’s cultural volunteering work, unite more cultural volunteers, to provide even more high-quality spiritual nourishment to the common people.


(Wu Hong reporting / 记者吴宏)



» Welcoming 18th National Congress, Nov 3, 2012
» Go Global, and no Porn, Febr 12, 2012


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama gets Second Term: a Sigh of Relief

I was hopeful that Barack Obama would get re-elected – but I didn’t expect that the results would be announced that early. And obviously, who could have told for sure?

Many people in my family, here in Germany, had to leave school after the few years of education that were mandatory. One of them was my grandaunt who lived next door to us. When we were kids, she often told us – her grandnewphes and -nieces, and her grandchildren – about how she cried when, as they say, “life began”, with the usual small, ill-paid jobs and then marrying and raising kids who would then enter the same life after a few years. We laughed at the time, and she laughed with us (or at us). We found the idea ridiculous that we would cry on our last day in school. But that was in the 1970s, and times had changed. A window of opportunities had opened to “small people”. Access to education was no longer a prerogative of people who could afford it. Our grandaunt’s experience had been very different from ours.

Germany is very different from the U.S.. I’m not trying to judge now if there have almost been more opportunities for everyone in America. What I do know that what happens in America is still quite formative for Europe, too. That’s, too, why I’m glad that Obama’s presidency is going to continue.

I believe that America has done herself a favor, and that she’s done many of us outside America a favor, too, last night. When things looked rather bleak, i. e. before the Democrats’ convention and Bill Clinton‘s great speech, this was about how I felt about the presidential elections.

As an outsider to American politics, but one who hopes that America will remain a leading nation, I hope for a number of reasons that Obama will get a second term. It may – but that’s probably an open question, given that this is a very different Republican-dominated House of Representatives from the one during the later Clinton years – also lead to an end of the current permanent Republican “election campaign” (which started more than two years ago, and which has never ended).

The point is this: Obama acknowledges that America needs rebuilding, and addresses this issue, however flawed at times. The Republican ticket suggests that Americans just need to be “themselves”, and God, natural law, or whatever else, will add its decisive blessings. Mullahs rule more brutally than Republicans – but Republicans haven’t ruled more rationally than Mullahs, after Y2K.

Obama will continue to face a Congress with a number of outrightly hostile members. But that would have been true for Mitt Romney, too. He would either have turned out to be a relative moderate and would have faced similar gridlock tendencies, or he would have complied with the sectarians, which would have been a nightmare. The truth is, Romney gave nobody a chance to tell which kind of president he would be.

That left a lot of room for Obama – “the devil we know”, as the Economist put it last weekend, in a lacklustre endorsement for the incumbent. When a paper which actually dislikes Obama for “not loving capitalism” needs to endorse him anyway, this should be food for thought for the Republicans.

While being happy with the outcome of the presidential elections, I seem to understand that voters need real, credible alternatives to a status quo. That’s what elections are about. If large swathes of the GOP continues to ignore that, another “market-oriented” party – some kind of Bloomberg party, maybe – will replace them.

Next stop (unless it’s ignored): the fiscal cliff. Maybe we’ll see a few weeks of sanity in Washington, D.C.. But at any rate, there will be a safe pair of hands in the White House.



» Obama wins re-election, BBC, Nov 7, 2012


Sunday, November 4, 2012

BBC: Taking Back their Gift to the World

For many millions of people around the world the World Service is the voice of Britain overseas. The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan described the World Service as quite possibly “Britain’s greatest gift to the World in the 20th Century”, and I see as Foreign Secretary the immense contribution it makes to how Britain is perceived internationally.  For 166 million listeners and viewers each week across the globe the World Service is a source of reliable and impartial information that transcends borders, regions and cultures.
one of our country’s most important sources of soft power, with an unparalleled ability to reach out across the globe.

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary, celebrating the BBC World Service‘s 80th birthday early this year.

BBC External Services

Goodbye, External Services, …

By making these changes, we are achieving the savings required whilst crucially, ensuring our audiences continue to receive the best programming.

Peter Horrocks, BBC Global News director, quoted by the BBC in October this year.

The English short wave service will continue to all regions, but will be reduced from between seven and 19 hours per day, depending on region, to six hours per day across all regions.
[Arab and Middle-East English service cuts]
We estimate that the changes being announced today may result in a loss of up to 2.5 million listeners, an overall loss of 1% of the total Global News audience across all platforms. Any loss of audience is of course regrettable but we are not in a financial position to continue to distribute our services on all frequencies.

Peter Horrocks, in an e-mail to staff on October 25 this year.



» Stuff of the Past, April 2, 2011
» BBC drops Languages, Jan 28, 2011
» We all now speak English well enough, BBC, March 27, 1999
» Bruno Adler, Wikipedia, acc. 20121104


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Going to the Grassroots to See the Changes: Enorth (Tianjin) Welcomes the CCP’s 18th National Congress

Links within blockquotes added during translation. The original article also contains some links, but the pictures linked to don’t appear to load – JR

Enorth (Tianjin), October 31, 2012 —

Editors note: to welcome the Party’s 18th National Congress, to display the results of Tianjin’s persistent work of creating happier lives and a good future, and to display the scientific implementation of economic and social life, especially the lives of the common people, Enorth launches “Welcoming the Party’s Eighteenth National Congress – Going to the Grassroots to Report the Changes”, to bring into play the characteristics of the internet, to look at Tianjin’s development and to discover the individual changes from the perspective of Enorth’s many netizens. Today, we publish “Small Cameras Record the Changes in Binhai Village”.


Enorth News: “This is Dagang‘s agri-touristical project, this is the newly-established wetlands park project – you can see how well our new village project is going …” Browsing his own photographs on the Enorth Forum, Wu Zongyu is thrilled, continuously sighing to the reporter with emotion. “With such rapid development of my hometown, even I, coming from this place myself, feel amazed.”


Fourty-year-old Wu Zogyu is a native from Binhai New District, Dagang, Taiping Village. A year ago, he and one of his colleagues uploaded photos of fresh flowers to Enorth’s forum, and were showered with praise. After so much encouragement, he fell in love with photography and sharing his joy and his works with others on the forum. Therefore, Wu Zongyu bought a micro camera online and started a website with the romantic and canorous name “Grass-Green cqq”.


Currently, Wu is very active in the forum, ever since registering late last year, he has published more than 100 photo posts, becoming Enorth Forum’s “news eye internet reporter”.


However, Wu Zongyu only humbly tells the reporter: “In fact, I just want to show the “new village” in my heart to everyone, to let more people know how happy our lives are…”

[A set of photos]

Old Memories, New Village

“My hometown was handed over to Tianjin from Heibei Province and belongs to Tianjin’s outlying districts. Therefore, the folk customs of some of the elderly remain intact, especially during spring festival. People say that these older people are slowly ebbing out. But I believe that this is part of our intangible assets, and should be preserved and be passed on.


Most of Wu’s works reflect life in his hometown, this land’s folk customs, changes, and development. This has become his greatest joy.


“Look, this was during spring festival, a photo of the villagers coming together. It is in fact very different from past spring festivals”, Wu says. “In the past, people on a picture were formal, but now, such a scene shows the real feeling of spring festival and keeps the fun of the occasion [on picture]. That’s no small thing when walking across a market.


And this is the integrated metropolitan farm in Dagang, the “Four Seasons Idyllic Countryside” ecological park. It will open soon, providing tourism, eating and drinking, pasttime etc. services. How could the village attract any tourists in the past, as a remote backwater place, not to mention the recreational benefits it now provides…


“Look at this one, this is the aircraft factory built by the Dagang villagers. Looking at this plane, you might find it dumbfounding that villagers can do something related to aircraft, this is our party’s and our state’s strengthened development, with good policies, and that’s the life of us villagers nowadays.” Saying this, Wu Zongyu is very proud.


[Another set of photos – two pictures related to the four paragraphs above]

Happiness is a home, possessions, and a husband or wife

Talking about life today, Wu Zongyu emotionally tells the reporter that he grew up with four brothers in a small home. Life was very hard, and often, having had a meal, they hardly knew where the next meal would come from. Now it was different. He bought himself a car, lives in a tower block, and his brothers all have a flat as well.


A few days ago, on CCTV, after he had watched an interview titled “Are you Happy”, he had his own understanding of happiness: “Happiness is a feeling, it’s when you compare with your own past, in the old days, [unsure about the following lines’ meaning – JR], everyone had to plan, but it was mostly colorless. If you were poor or rich, as long as you lived your life safely and down-to-earth, happiness was in contentment. To use my mother’s words: ‘As long as there’s a home, possessions, and a husband, as long as there’s your family, economic security, and when parents, wife and children are in good health, isn’t this happiness?'”


Watching Wu Zongyu’s photos, the reporter felt warmth. Different from many landscape photos, Wu Zongyu’s photos exude an air of real life, village customs, changes, and new achievements, containing simple villagers enjoyment and appreciation, and also their expectations and prayers for a beautiful future life. Setting out from small topics, his photos really embody Binhai New Area’s achievements from development and opening up.


These days, Wu Zongyu’s lense ebulliently captures Dagang’s changes on each passing day. He says he hopes that his hometown will develop better and better, will let more people come to Dagang to feel this spirit, and he hopes that there will always be people to cultivate this land, and constantly reaping the fruits.


(Fu Wenchao reporting.)



» Internet Information Office meeting, Oct 26, 2012
» Improvement among Minors, Sep 12, 2012
» Beautiful Melodies, Nov 14, 2011


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, September/October 2012


Radio Station Profiles: RTM Mali

Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali, according to information on its QSL cards almost three decades ago, carried transmissions in French, English, Arabic and national vernacular languages during the 1980s on about five frequencies – two in the 60-m tropical band, and three from the 49- to the 31-m-band. The broadcasts I used to listen to in Europe back then were usually in French. These days, 5995 kHz in the 49-m band seems to work best in Germany, if recent video uploads on youtube are something to go by. The frequency 5995 kHz (49 m) shown there on youtube was also active during the 1980s, but at the time, the frequency was probably hardly audible, as European broadcasters, too, were rather active on shortwave. The tropical band was my medium to listen to Africa during the 1980s.

RTM Mali, QSL 1986

African domestic stations on shortwave – most of those audible in central and northern Europe came in most clearly in the 60-meter band – differed from each other in terms of formats at the time. Some were mostly boring official announcements and news, on other stations, there were also messages from and between listeners read out, and some stations also broadcasted pretty lively music. If I remember it right, RTM Mali devoted more time to regional music than most African domestic stations I listened to.

Private radio stations appear to be on air in Mali, too. According to Wikipedia, the law has allowed for privately-run stations since 1994. These days, Mali shortwave transmitters also relay broadcasts by China Radio International (CRI). The China Television Economic and Technical Cooperation Company, a state-owned company founded in 1991 for Chinese broadcasting projects abroad, provided Mali with shortwave broadcasting equipment, apparently in 2001, or somewhat earlier, “to help Mali develop a foundation for broadcasting”, and for CRI

to broadcast to Africa in Mandarin, Cantonese, English, French, Swahili, Hausa, and other languages, to let African listeners hear the voice from China more clearly and conveniently, to broaden Chinese influence in Africa, to promote Sino-African friendship and the development of broadcasting in African nations, their public welfare, national education and other important effects.

中广国际总公司 [in full: 中国广播电视国际经济技术合作总公司] 为马里提供并租用当地短波广播设备转播中国国际广播电台对非洲地区广播节 目的卡伊、莫普堤、卡蒂、塞古、锡卡索等地广播发射台工程项目的完成,既为马里国家广播事业的发展奠定了坚实基础,也实现了我国对非洲地区用普通话、广东 话、英语、法语、斯瓦希里语、豪萨语等多种语言在当地广播的目标,让非洲听众更加清晰、更加便捷地收听到来自中国的声音,为扩大我国在非洲地区的影响、促 进中非友谊以及发展非洲国家的广播电视事业、国家公益事业、促进国民教育事业等发挥了重要作用。

The China Television Economic and Technical Cooperation Company seems to work under the auspices of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) and is located in Beijing’s Chaoyang district.

Obviously, during the 1980s, there weren’t too many ways to be familiar with musical genres and their protagonists. Local broadcasters could give you a taste of regional music, but as their target audience was familiar with the musicians anyway, there was no need for the announcers to explain the music they played. Things have changed with the internet, and you can get all kinds of background information now, as a recent blogpost by KT illustrates – it includes a number of samples/videos »


Recent Logs

International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
AIA – Anguilla; CUB – Cuba; EGY – Egypt; RUS – Russia; TIB – Tibet; TWN – Taiwan.

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






Time GMT

7240 CNR TIB C Sep 2 22:42 4 5 3
7240  PBS Tibet TIB C Sep 2 22:59 4 5 3
6090 Caribbean
AIA E  Sep 20 01:28 4 4 4
5025 R. Rebelde CUB S Sep 20 01:29 4 4 4
11560 R. Cairo 1) EGY G Sep 22 19:00 4 5 4
15700 Vo Russia RUS G Oct 2 09:00 5 5 5
9955 RTI Taipei 2) TWN G Oct 3 17:00 4 4 4

No impressive list for September and October, as I was much busier in recent weeks, than in August (see “Related” at the bottom of this post), and spent only little time in front of the radio.


1) While modulation was much better on that day than what listeners had previously been used to, readability of the broadcast was still less than O=4. Modulation is still not up to the standards. To give you an idea, here is a short recording from the September 22 broadcast in German.

2) Direct live broadcast from Taiwan on shortwave. Occasionally morse interferences, and growing (unid.) interference from five kHz further down during the last third of the broadcast.



» Previous Logs, Sep 2, 2012
» A State Secret in North Korea, Aug 1, 2012


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