A new Somali shortwave station is testing on the frequency of 13.800 kHz. Radio Puntland belongs to the government of Puntland, which is one of the breakaway regions of Somalia in the Horn of Africa.
Puntland media reported on 11 April 2015 that the station was officially opened by Puntland president Abdurrahman Faroole. Radio Puntland is operated by Italian technicians from Goldrock Kenya, and has received financial support from the government of Italy. President Faroole says that also a television station will be coming soon.
Current test broadcasts from the Puntland capital Garowe consist of non-stop Somali music, aired at varying levels of transmitter power, 50 watts or more. "We should begin regular transmission by the end of June," says Enrico Li Perni from Goldrock Kenya. The permanent transmitter is still under construction and will have a power of 20 kilowatts.
Puntland Radio One "test transmission" was logged in Malaysia on 27 April 2015. Station IDs, frequency, website and email was presented in Italian and English by a male announcer, followed by Somali vernacular presented by a female announcer. Between announcements, Horn of Africa (Somali) music was observed from 16.40 till 17.20 UTC, and later. Reception on 13.800 kHz was (SINPO) 25342 -- weak signal with occasional static bursts and slight fading. Nevertheless transmission was audible and occasionally clear.
Although reception was poor, HERE is a sample of the music and station ID observed in the Kuala Lumpur area.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Puntland Radio One)
email@example.com (Puntland Radio One)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Goldrock International Kenya)
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