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Somaliland: Radio Hargeisa Broadcasts Received worldwide E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 23:16

mr. Don jensen, on continous alert for RH mr. Don jensen, on continous alert for RH By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The installation of the new Radio Hargeisa transmitter is a success.

This was revealed by Mr. Don Jensen who added that Listeners in Japan, India and Europe are beginning To hear Radio Hargeisa on a frequency of 7,120 kHz, with generally good signals For tests noted at various times between 1500 UTC (universal time) and 1900 UTC hours (6 to 10 pm Somaliland time)

Mr. Don Jensen a retired American journalist who further revealed that the station, which has been noted since Monday, is yet to be received in the US conveyed this information to Somalilandsun via email messages that included a taped transmission with audible soft Somali music.

According to Don who is a professional Ham radio buff, he has been able to receive the Radio Hargeisa test signal through VIA A DUTCH RADIO RECEIVER that has enable him to hear Somali instrumental music of which he was kind to record and avail the Somalilandsun.

The transmissions are possible by a recently installed 100Kw Radio Transmitter, which is currently on test, and accessible at the 7,120 kHz frequency, said Don, "Through this frequency the signal is fairly strong in Japan and the Netherlands"

The American ham radio operator further informed that there is also a considerable interference from ham transmissions since the 7,120 kHz frequency used by Radio Hargeisa is in the middle of the amateur radio (ham radio) band.

As the new transmitter has been reported to have worldwide transmission capabilities Mr. Don Jensen is presently engaged in the search for a signal through his own radio at his home in the US city of Wisconsin.

He says that desired band is not yet open in his location "since it is broad daylight here while it is early evening (7:30 pm) your time-Somaliland"

This transmission confirmation is welcome news for ministry of information engineers who are in-charge of the testing following the departure of the 13 Chinese engineers who were responsible for installing the transmitter and antennae purchased from the China.

It is also welcome news for residents of Somaliland since the new transmitter will certainly enhance Radio Hargeisa broadcast transmissions nationwide as opposed to status where transmissions are audible within a Hargeisa only.

Mr. Don Jensen who has been in constant communication with Somalilandsun since the site posted the first article about the new transmitter is interested in advancing the cause of Somaliland especially in the USA where he reported that most people cannot distinguish between the peaceful Somaliland and the failed state of Somalia.

Said he, "Am sure Radio Hargeisa transmissions worldwide will considerably improve the knowledge of ordinary Americans on your country"

Brief biography: Don Jensen.

I worked as a newspaper journalist for 34 years. Before that, I worked in both Television, briefly, and FM radio for several years. I have continued as an occasional freelancer

In radio news after my retirement from the newspaper.

I have been an enthusiastic shortwave listener since I was 11 years old. As a freelance writer, even during my newspaper career,

I edited national radio magazines and wrote regular monthly columns about shortwave radio.

I was the founder and first and executive director of a national organization of shortwave listeners, the Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC).

I was a contributor to programs for Radio Canada International and Swiss Radio – both radio services that have since left the air.

I am married, with two grown sons. I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city of 100,000, located on the west shore of Lake Michigan about 60 miles north of Chicago.

Further Radio Hargeisa Transmission comments by Don Jensen

I do want to stress though, that to my knowledge, so far Radio Hargeisa has NOT been heard in North America yet, although I know it has been received on a number of occasions with Somali music and test announcements/identifications in Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand and in Europe. It is likely it will be heard in the US during the 1500-1900 UTC (6 to 10 pm Somaliland time) period in the WINTER months. I believe it would be heard in the US NOW DURING a morning transmission, 0300 to 0500 UTC (6 to 8 am, Somaliland time). I say this because signals from Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea are often herd during the 0300+ UTC period here in the north central US.

Using, via the internet, a remote SW receiver in the Netherlands, a few minutes ago,

I could hear the carrier (no audio programming, merely an empty radio wave)

Of a transmitter, on the air briefly, then off, then on, then off, over a period of a few

Minutes, using, remotely tuning that Dutch receiver. I cannot know, since no programming was heard, if it was really Radio Hargeisa. However, also using the remote Dutch radio, I did hear Somali music at a good level, but no announcements, in a brief tuning yesterday about 9 pm Somaliland time yesterday, Thursday. I suspect that that was, indeed, Radio Hargeisa. Again, NOT from the US but remotely from a Dutch receiver.



+12 # Chris Cummings G4BOH 2012-09-02 08:02
Frequencies between 7000 and 7200 kHz are officially allocated by the ITU to radio amateurs only on a world wide basis. Why is this broadcast station using 7120 kHz and interfering with legitimate users of this frequency?
+8 # DARC MonSys Germany 2012-09-02 10:59
The radio amateurs of the whole world certainly do not like R.Hargeisa on 7120 kHz, just in the middle of the exclusive (ITU Regulations Geneva) 40-m-band of the Amateur Radio Service (7000 - 7200 kHz). We wish RH good luck with their tests - but pse higher than 7205 kHz. The radio amateurs of the world have the right to use their exclusive frequencies without the interference of Radio Hargeisa!
Give things a thaught!
Ulrich Bihlmayer DJ9KR
Vice Coordinator of I0 MONITORING SYSTEM In0der Watch and Spec0m Control in Region 1 of ITU Geneva, Switzerland
-2 # Guy 2012-09-03 00:42
Why are hams always reacting so instantly about stations that occupy only one frequency. It would be better to fight companies that sell devices lke PLC home plugs and are spoiling the whole HF band.
+7 # Thomas 2012-09-03 16:38
A broadcast radio station takes up about 15kHz of radio spec0m. Normal amateur radio communications take up about 3kHz. The radio amateurs have only an allocation of 200kHz in this part of the spec0m, and it is often very crowded, so please, move your radio station out of the amateur band and into the commercial spec0m at 7200 kHz and above.
+5 # Godot 2012-09-03 18:00
I agree, it's an amateur allocation and this is a bootlegger operation. I'll be0nning 1.5 KW SSB on or about the freq. You can't "illegally" interfere with an illegal operation.
+2 # ZS2EC,THEUNIS,SOUTH 2012-09-04 09:12
+7 # Bill 2012-09-04 15:10
So Mr Jensen is a 'professional Ham radio buff'? Goes against just about everything Ham Radio is about. Radio Hargeisa please move your broadcasts to a legitimate frequency.
+6 # andre 2012-09-05 14:33
PLEASE, stay away from our 40m. band
+4 # Angelo 2012-09-06 04:09
Didn't the BY engineers that did the install know it was in violation of ITU freq assignments? They must have!
+5 # Cecil 2012-09-12 03:25
So this is in the middle of ITU authorized amateur band on 40 meters. Transmissions by Radio Hargeisa by Don Jensen is nothing but a LID. Shame on you, the US FCC should revoke your license.
-3 # Abdirahman yassin 2012-09-13 01:38
OK why do western listeners of so called amateur station do not like to hear radio Hargeisa it will deliver the best of the news and comments from east Africa and the whole and who knows that it didn't have license or violated (ITU)

we are country that believes in regulation and international conventions and this will be settled if there is a problem with the broadcast
+10 # Jo Intruder Watch UK 2012-09-20 20:46
Radio Hargeisa was allegedly installed and commisioned by Chinese engineers. Who chose the operating frequency? The Chinese or Somalis? Either way they obviously didn't have any knowledge of international band plans. It is operating ilegally on 7.120 mc0s and should have applied to the ITU for a legitimate frequency. Any assigned frequency would NOT have been in one of the Amateur bands.

Whilst I type this a high power German amateur station is jamming Radio Hargeisa and certainly making it difficult to hear in Europe.

Radio Hargeisa - if you wish to be taken seriously and not remain a cowboy station please apply for a licence and operate on your assigned frequency. You will attract very few listeners in the Amateur band as no one would expect a commercial station to be broadcasting there.

Incidentally who is this Don Jensen? What is his involvement?
+2 # Dave 2012-09-20 21:13
>>> Radio Hargeisa was allegedly installed and commisioned by Chinese engineers. Who chose the operating frequency?
+6 # Dave 2012-09-21 18:24
Radio Hargeisa has a history of transmitting on unauthorised frequencies. They have used 7.120 sporadically for a long time, they have also used 7.071, lower down the band but still inside the Amateur allocation.

They have also been heard on 6.961 and 6.843 amongst other odd frequencies, 6.643 was another Hergeisa frequency - this one slap bang in the middle of the Marine allocation.

Perhaps it's time for them to finally apply for a legitimate frequency and put the whole Radio Hergeisa operation on a more creditable basis.

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