Far East Network (FEN) Okinawa

FEN_Okinawa_648bThis time we will take a look at another Far East Network (FEN) outlet, FEN Okinawa. Although FEN Okinawa was in Japan proper, it was usually separated off from the other FEN stations in Japan.

This verification letter is for a reception made in Seoul of their 648 kHz outlet. The station was administered by the Air Force’s Pacific Broadcasting Squadron.

Their MW outlet could be heard in Korea without much of a problem when the station in Russia was off the air.

Today, the station is called AFN Okinawa or Surf 648. Since the station in Russia on 648 is no longer on the air,  it is an even  easier catch in Seoul.

Far East Network (FEN) – Japan

FEN_Tokyo_6155a FEN_Tokyo_6155bThe Far East Network (FEN) was a network of radio and television stations that served U.S. servicemen in Japan, Philippines, Okinawa,  Guam, and Hawaii. Their shortwave (SW) station in Japan could be heard world-wide.  I remember picking the SW outlet up occasionally when I lived in Spokane and a few times in Utah. This QSL card verifies my reception of their SW outlet on 6155 kHz for a report sent to them when I lived in Korea. Their signal was consistent and very much readable.

In 1997, the FEN was disestablished, and is now known as the American Forces Network (AFN). The network of stations in Japan is known as AFN Japan.

The AFN Japan stations are now on medium wave and can be heard in the Northeast Asia region when conditions are good.  I heard their outlets on 1575 kHz on a DXpedition to Grayland, Washington.  Their outlet on 810 kHz has been heard on the West Coast of North America.