Shortwave Radio Recordings: Firedrake?

"Who can this be?"

“Mum, this sounds like Firedrake. Quick, make a note of it in the logs!”

I’ve noticed a broadcaster that routinely transmits weekends at 11:00 UTC on 6,970 kHz.  Some mornings, it’s much stronger than others. Saturday morning, my time, I managed to record it in its typical format: music. Specifically, Chinese folk music, at least so it sounds to my untrained ear.

I searched through logs and in the WRTH, and I could find no mention of a broadcaster on 6970 kHz. It doesn’t help that the 27 minute broadcast contained no audible IDs.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that my initial hunch is correct–that this is the Chinese jamming service, Firedrake.  Using Firedrake, the Chinese government transmits music on top of broadcasts they wish to block. It’s fairly effective (and annoying). While I’ve heard Firedrake a number of times over the bands, I can’t say I’ve ever tried to listen to the one-hour production.

The following recording contains a 27 minute broadcast of what I believe may be Firedrake on 6,970 kHz, starting around 11:00 UTC, Saturday January 26, 2013. Click here to download the MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below. Note that the first two minutes have some digital noises (in the lower side band) that affected my receiver’s AGC.

If you can confirm or correct my supposition, please comment!

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12 Responses to Shortwave Radio Recordings: Firedrake?

  1. VAXXi says:

    Well, if it is, here’s the studio version :-)

  2. weatherall says:

    Oh yes that’s it.

  3. Thomas says:

    Thanks to you both for confirming my hunch!

    -Thomas

  4. SteamedFish says:

    This is definitely Firedrake

  5. Mark Fahey says:

    Great to see some interest in Firedrake. Here is a link to my webpage that describes how I made the studio recording some years ago.

    http://www.satdirectory.com/firedrake.html

    Cheers,
    Mark
    Sydney Australia

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