Next in my log was the Voice of Korea on 9435 kHz on the 31m band on shortwave.
The Voice of Korea is the international broadcasting service of North Korea. The station broadcasts in various languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Up until 2002 the station was known as Radio Pyongyang.
The origins of Voice of Korea can be traced radio station JBBK in 1936 . JBBK was operated by the occupying Japanese forces. In October 1945 Radio Pyongyang was founded. On the 14th October programming was officialy inaugurated with a live broadcast of the victory speech of Kim II sung
The 16th March 1947 saw the first foreign broadcast, in the Chinese language. In 1950 Japanese language broadcasts commenced, followed by English in 1951, French and Russian in 1963, Spanish in 1965, Arabic in 1970, and German in 1983.
By 1960, Radio Pyongyang broadcast 159 hours of programming every week. In 1970, weekly broadcasting hours totalled 330 hours and by 1980, 597 hours. In 1990 weekly broadcasting time fell to 534 hours per week, 529 in 1994, and 364 in 1996.
In 2002, the station was renamed Voice of Korea.
This was difficult copy of Radio Korea. The signal was good, however there was severe interference from 9440 kHz China Radio International. The station’s music was very readable, but I struggled to understand what the announcers were saying due to the interference.
Below is some short audio of how the Voice of Korea was coming in at my location.
- Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_Korea>, viewed 17th October 2021.