The propagation for shortwave signals was very good during my morning walk this week. At times it is difficult to pull out stations from Australia, Korea and Japan during the early morning hours here.
The Voice Of Korea was loud and clear on 11710 KHZ on the small hand radio I to use while walking.
Most days I opt for a little news from China, or the Voice Of America.
Recent activity on the Korean Peninsula had me trying for the sometimes elusive signal of The Voice Of Korea.
Glenn Hauser is the world’s leading authority on shortwave radio and gave me some tips via email as to the best frequencies to try.
Glenn’s World Of Radio is heard world wide and available on the internet. It is loaded with great information about programming and frequency changes.
Shortwave stations change frequency often. It is difficult to keep up with the best place to hear a particular station.
Glenn knows more shortwave than any human alive. He’s helped me more than he knows during the past twenty five years or so.
The Voice Of Korea is really only the voice of North Korea. They tend to forget there is another country that also calls itself Korea.
The programming is textbook Communist and sounds like the stuff from propaganda films of the 1950s. That is what is so frightening.
This week North Korea launched a couple of test missiles and two underground nuclear explosions. Those were bigger than the blast that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
The programming from North Korea gives you get the idea how isolated their population is. Language of revolution, American Imperialists, and the Great Leader is enough to make you take pause.
Their scripts read like pages of George Orwell’s 1984. The book that included great lines like ‘War Is Peace’, and ‘Big Brother’s Watching’.
Listen to the radio in the United States and you find our population is isolated too.
The big stories on local radio that day had little to do with the nuclear threat.
Instead the concerns were a wreck on the interstate, overfilled pet shelters and the death of Mike Tyson’s daughter. Something about the American Idol winner was included,too.
All legitimate stories, but like the Voice Of North Korean’s copy it was missing important details.
Nothing that I heard locally came close to mentioning the tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.
There was nothing about the UN Security Council Meeting later that day.
We have many more resources to get our news than in North Korea.
But do we leave ourselves vulnerable by choosing only the stories we want to hear, that might research well rather than what we might need to know?
Which group is more prepared for the future? The one where the government gives them the news, or the one that ignores it all together?