Submission to the Shortwave Archive Part 2: Radio Damascus and Radio Habana Cuba

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Friday, October 02, 2015
This week's theme is "countries in the news". With the decision by Russia to start its pro-Assad military air campaign in Syria and Pope Francis's recent visit to Cuba, I chose the following two recordings:

Radio Damascus, Syria: October 23, 2013



Radio Damascus, Syria recorded in Moscow, Russia on October 23, 2013 at 2242 UTC on the frequency of 783 kHz using a Tecsun PL380 portable radio. The transmitter is located in Tartus, Syria and has a power rating of 600 kW. This is a local service targeted at the domestic audience. There were several short poor propagation spells throughout the recording, after which the signal would recover.



Click here to download the recording // Link to the original SRAA submission

Radio Habana Cuba: September 13, 2013



Radio Habana Cuba recorded in London, UK on September 13, 2013 at 0232 UTC on the frequency of 6060 kHz using a Tecsun PL380 portable radio with a 4 meter clip-on long wire antenna extension. The transmitter is located in Bauta, Cuba and has a power rating of 100 kW. This broadcast was a relay of Radio Rebelde's live coverage of the Cuban Artists' "Concert for the Five" that took place at Havana Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Plaza. "The Five" referred to the four Cuban nationals remaining in US custody of the five originally imprisoned in the US in the early 2000s. They were released on December 18, 2014 in exchange for the freeing of Alan Gross by the Cuban authorities, as part of a deal that marked the beginning of the restoration of the US-Cuban relations.



Click here to download the recording // Link to the original SRAA submission

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