Yesterday, Deutsche Welle transmitted its final broadcast from the Kigali, Rwanda relay station. Since I’ve only had moderate luck hearing the Kigali site the past few days–especially on 31 meters–I fired up the TitanSDR Pro (which is still currently under review) and set it to record all three final afternoon broadcasts from Kigali on 12,005, 15,275 and 17,800 kHz.
As you can see from the screenshot above, Kigali produced a very strong signal on 17,800 kHz. The TitanSDR recorded the full broadcast, starting with one minute of the transmitter tuning, then one hour of DW’s French language service, followed by one hour of DW’s Hausa language service…then the transmitter went silent.
The recording begins around 1659 UTC on March 28, 2015 on 17,800 kHz:
Kigali’s early days
Last week, SWLing Post reader Bob LaRose (W6ACU) sent me the following message and scans:
“Here’s some nostalgia from [when the Kigali relay] opened, 50 years ago!”
Bob then followed this with another email:
“I dug into the “vault” and I found [the] 1964 Third Quarter issue of “Hallo, Friends” from Deutsche Welle that talks about the “new” Kigali station as it was being built. The 1965 issues did not cover the actual inauguration.”
Many thanks for digging through your archives and sharing this wonderful DW nostalgia, Bob! It’s simply brilliant!
Readers: If you have shortwave nostalgia you would like to share on the SWLing Post, please contact me.