Next in the log on Saturday 13th November 2021 was another new one for me. It was a ‘clandestine’ station called the Voice of the Martyrs, broadcasting on 9930 kHz in the Korean language.
The Voice of the Martyrs traces its roots back to Romania and a Lutheran pastor named Richard Wurmbrand, an ethnic Jew who faced persecution from the fascists during World War II. Following the war, he faced persecution at the hands of the Communist successors.
Wurmbrand was captured by the Communists and imprisoned without trial. He was tortured in the hopes that he would reveal information about the underground church, however, he refused to co-operate. He spent 14 years in prison before being formally ransomed out of Romania for $10,000.
In 1967 he formed an organisation that would subsequently become the Voice of the Martyrs.
Numerous Voice of the Martyrs organisations were established around the world. The Korean branch dates back to 1967 when a group of South Koreans .d church.
The Korean branch of Voice of the Martyrs dates back as early as 1967, when a small band of South Koreans together with Wurmbrand organised to smuggle Bibles into North Korea via balloon and through radio, spread God’s word. Voice of the Martyrs Korea was officially founded in 2001 by the Reverend Doctors Eric and Hyun Sook Foley.
The Voice of the Martyrs Korea broadcast three times daily in the Korean language.
More information can be found on the Voice of the Martyrs Korea website at…..
The overall reception of the Voice of the Martyrs was fair to poor. This was due to apparent deliberate ‘jamming’ of the signal. The World Radio TV Handbook reports jamming in parts of the target area, and this is definitely what I experienced.
Below is a video showing my reception of the Voice of the Martyrs.
- Short-Wave Info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 14th November 2021
- Voice of the Martyrs, 2021, <https://vomkorea.com/en/about/history/>, viewed 14th November 2021
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