Friday, October 28, 2016

Jamming War in Africa Affects 40 Meters

Radio Eritrea is being
jammed by Radio
Ethiopia ... on the
40-meter ham band!
As a combination of seasonal changes and a declining sunspot cycle make 40 meters more attractive for worldwide DXing, battling broadcasters in Africa and the Middle East are causing interference on the band. 

The ARRL reports that Radio Eritrea is operating on 7.145 and 7.175 MHz, while Radio Ethiopia is said to be trying to jam the opposition broadcaster with a signal that is 20 kHz wide on each channel. 

In addition, Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland is reportedly transmitting on 7.120, while both Radio France International and the Voice of Iran are transmitting on 7.205 and reportedly splattering as far down as 7.185. Other non-broadcast intruders are reported on the band as well.