Sunday, June 21, 2020

La Voix de Djibouti back on shortwave

Djibouti opposition station La Voix de Djibouti is back on shortwave, Sundays at 1400-1500 UTC on 17870. Heard today with a weak signal here, but much stronger on the Kuwait SDR.

Started at 1400 in vernaculars (possibly Afar or Somali) followed by some segments in Arabic and French when the ID “La Voix de Djibouti” was heard. Off abruptly at 1459 after short Horn of Africa music.

Website has a recording of a weekly broadcast of Friday 22 May.

This new broadcast was initially reported on 7 June by Ivo Ivanov (Bulgarian SW Blog) with the ID “Radio Vendredi” but its actual on-air name is La Voix de Djibouti, an opposition broadcast which has been on the air in the past. 

Thanks to Tony Rogers whose research has helped to identify this. Tony's records show that it was last heard on SW some 10 years ago in 2010.

Dave Kenny
Caversham, UK
AOR 7030+ 25m long wire.

The opening of the initial broadcast on 7 January 2010 can be still be heard on YouTube at
(Tony Rogers/BDXC)