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Author Topic: Nigeria Introduces Radio "Dandal Kura" on 9940khz  (Read 8908 times)
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« on: May 31, 2015, 08:48:39 AM »

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/nigeria%E2%80%99s-freedom-radio-takes-battle-boko-haram-air-waves-701212

One hour daily program on 9940khz set to expand to 3 hours with hopes for full time schedule.

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"Boko Haram controls people by inducing fear. Without alternatives, people are very much under the influence of Boko Haram's propaganda," says Wada. "Through Dandal Kura ["Big Hall"], we try to work against the propaganda by giving listeners objective information."

Dandal Kura, which means "the big hall" in Kanuri, was initially set up in January as a three-month pilot project funded by United States development agency USAID. Since April, the programme is managed and run by Freedom Radio, a private broadcaster based in Kano.

Note comments that shortwave radios are commonly available in local markets for the equivalent of US $3.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2015, 04:12:07 PM »

NEW shortwave radios? Or used ones? I figure that used radios are all over the place in the third world. If new radios, then that is impressive. I've heard that new Tecsuns sell in China for around $20, but they've had bad inflation in China since that estimate was published, so it may be more like $30-40. Anyway, I will try to log this one in the evenings California time when Africa is audible.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2015, 06:12:20 PM »

NEW shortwave radios? Or used ones? I figure that used radios are all over the place in the third world. If new radios, then that is impressive. I've heard that new Tecsuns sell in China for around $20, but they've had bad inflation in China since that estimate was published, so it may be more like $30-40. Anyway, I will try to log this one in the evenings California time when Africa is audible.

You can buy a new "Pocket Radio Compact Kaide KK-9 TV FM AM SW1-7 Receiver" on eBay for $2.75 (plus $4.89 for shipping to the U.S. from Hong Kong). I have no doubt that a Nigerian importer could obtain a large number in a single lot, thereby reducing the unit shipping price to the point where he could come close to selling these radios for around $3.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2015, 07:43:35 PM »

NEW shortwave radios? Or used ones? I figure that used radios are all over the place in the third world. If new radios, then that is impressive. I've heard that new Tecsuns sell in China for around $20, but they've had bad inflation in China since that estimate was published, so it may be more like $30-40. Anyway, I will try to log this one in the evenings California time when Africa is audible.

You can buy a new "Pocket Radio Compact Kaide KK-9 TV FM AM SW1-7 Receiver" on eBay for $2.75 (plus $4.89 for shipping to the U.S. from Hong Kong). I have no doubt that a Nigerian importer could obtain a large number in a single lot, thereby reducing the unit shipping price to the point where he could come close to selling these radios for around $3.

Hm. I haven't checked Ebay for SW radios recently, obviously. Such a radio wouldn't be much of a performer to Westerners, but it would be sufficient to pick up a signal specifically sent to Nigeria from Ascension Island, which the article says is where the tx is located. I believe that Ascension is a BBC facility, and is still used to send signals to Africa. Another interesting note is that FM is usually used for Nigerian domestic broadcasts. I suspect that widespread use of FM is the reason for the sharp decline in tropical band SW stn's. A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, which makes FM more practical. It also makes these stn's more vulnerable to expropriation or destruction by terrorists or armies-the article notes that any non-Boko Haram FM stn's in Nigeria usually end up wrecked by the terrorists.

For anybody who's curious:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pocket-Radio-Compact-Kaide-KK-9-TV-FM-AM-SW1-7-Receiver-/140540678066?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b8e08fb2

I believe this is the listing you saw. As I thought, really cheap construction and analog dial, but a godsend in Africa, where hundreds of millions live on less than $2/day. This puppy would be only a couple day's wages, well within the reach of the average African.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 02:59:57 PM »

Amazing radio for the price.  I'm sure they are prized possessions for a poor African.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2015, 05:13:08 AM »

 In areas where there is no internet, reliable mains or car battery power, cheap battery and solar portables are a direct connection to the news and outreach for many people.
 http://makezine.com/2010/09/30/maker-challenge-fm-radio-kit-for-th/
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