Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dimtse Radio Erena (via Sofia-Kostinbrod)

Dimtse Radio Erena, a clandestine Eritrean station broadcasting from Sofia-Kostinbrod (Bulgaria), was heard on 13 August 2016, from 17.26 till 18.00 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 18.00 UTC).  This mostly talk format station featured various commentaries, occasional station IDs and Horn of Africa music.

Reception on 11.885 kHz up until 17.45 was (SINPO) 33443 -- fair signal, clear audio but mixing with co-frequency station, PBS Xinjiang with talk and music in Uyghur language. When this station signed-off, either a noisy transmitter or possible jamming was observed in the background. Despite these conditions audio was clear and discernible.

HERE's an excerpt of their station ID and frequency announcement with music.

Reception report was emailed to Radio Erena on the following day. While clandestine stations such as Radio Erena rarely reply, it is always worth making an attempt to contact them. Sometimes one does get lucky.


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