And not Kim Z either...from Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest...
"Scientists and technicians of the DPRK have succeeded in putting satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, an experimental communications satellite, into orbit by means of carrier rocket Unha-2 under the state long-term plan for the development of outer space. ...
It is sending to the earth the melodies of the immortal revolutionary paeans 'Song of General Kim Il Sung' and 'Song of General Kim Jong Il' and measured information at 470 MHz. By the use of the satellite the relay communications is now underway by UHF frequency band." Korean Central News Agency, 5 April 2009.
"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan/East Sea. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean. No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan." United States Northern Command, 5 April 2009.
"The International Telecommunication Union, the international agency in charge of radio frequency allocation for satellites, has dismissed North Korea's claim that it successfully put a communications satellite into orbit last Sunday. In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Tuesday, Sanjay Acharya, ITU's chief of media relations and public information, said the organization has no information about a satellite." Chosun Ilbo, 10 April 2009.
(All taken from Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest)
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Has anybody considered, y'know, Supply and Demand as the culprit? With less of a supply between the blackout and the pipeline problems, and more of a demand because of the long weekend, prices go up. Basic economics.