Monday, January 27, 2014

Open Free North Korea

Open Free North Korea (ORNK), transmitting presumably from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was logged on 26 January 2014. A programme of Korean pop music hosted by a male DJ was monitored from 20.00 to 20.30 UTC (broadcast time 20.00 to 21.00 UTC). Reception  on 7.470 kHz was (SINPO) 23332 -- weak with jamming, but audible and discernible speech.

According to the station's website, "ORNK broadcasts radio programmes are aimed to listeners in North Korea. Anyone who wants to deliver his/her voice to North Korea is welcome. ORNK is not limited to any political, economic, social, cultural or religious sphere. Any message can be broadcasted so long as it does not violate intellectual property rights and ethical regulations on international broadcasting. ORNK supports true reconciliation between North and South Korea. Sincere conversation is necessary for that to occur. We provide opportunities for heartfelt conversation between the brethren in North and South Korea and the global community."

Hopefully they will succeed in their efforts, and with a little luck a letter of verification from them will be forthcoming. If the jamming I observed is any indication, I'm skeptical my emailed reception report for this transmission will be read. Still, there's nothing like giving it a good try.

Postal address:
 P.O. Box 158
 Mapo Post Office,
Seoul 121-600
Republic of Korea



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