Early evening on 41m and a ‘Radio Tunnel’

I don’t normally listen to much on 41m, as usually during my listening periods, it’s full of CRI broadcasts. But my usual early evening fare, such as VOA on 15580, was inaudible due to the solar flare which has been hitting us today. 19m, 22m and 25m all very noisy. So I thought I would try 41m, and have been pleasantly surprised about the variety at this time of the day. The following logs are over just a half hour period, but just goes to show what can be heard, even when the K’s and A’s are high. As has been said many times, there is always something to listen to!  A new one for me this evening was IBRA Radio from Armenia. I have on occasion copied TWR from there but not this one. A rather excitable young lady in the Silte (?) language along with, presumably, Armenian music. This QTH seems to enjoy a radio ‘tunnel’ to Thailand, as most stations from that area are received here very well. Very curious!

7245 Khz Tajikistan V O Tajik 17:34 UTC Farsi. YL announcer. SINPO: 32222 2016-10-25

7330 Khz Thailand BBCWS 17:39 UTC Pashto. YL with poem and music SINPO: 43333 2016-10-25

7465 Khz Albania R Tirana 17:44 UTC French. YL announcer, with a lot of QSB SINPO: 32222 2016-10-25

7485 Khz Thailand VOA 17:51 UTC Kurdish. Talk about Peshmerga. SINPO: 43333 2016-10-25

7510 Khz Armenia IBRA Radio 17:55 UTC Silte. Music and chat. SINPO: 33333 2016-10-25

7540 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 17:59 UTC Pashto. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2016-10-25

Propagation and the weekend’s logs

Propagation has not been too bad this weekend. The Sun appears to have calmed down a bit, with no reported flares, although sun spot counts have been low. As we move into the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere, we should see improved reception on the lower bands. Although, at this QTH, the local RFI hits the lower bands particularly hard, and of course, the interesting stations are usually low power, so it becomes a big challenge. I am primarily thinking about the myriad of stations in South America, who’s transmitter power rarely gets above 10 KW, as they are there for local coverage. But sometimes, when ‘the planets aline’, conditions can be that these stations come out of the noise. So of course, minimising the local noise becomes paramount, but again, a big challenge.

Anyway, enough waffling, here are the logs. It was nice to hear Voice of the Broad Masses from Eritrea, as it has been many months since I logged this one.

13630 Khz Botswana VOA 18:22 UTC Portugese. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-10-21

4930 Khz Botswana VOA 19:10 UTC English. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2016-10-22

5910 Khz Romania RRI 19:41 UTC Serbian. News and reports. SINPO: 44444 2016-10-22

4840 Khz USA WWCR 06:22 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 32222 2016-10-23

5025 Khz Cuba R Rebelde 06:27 UTC Spanish. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2016-10-23

5085 Khz USA WTWW 06:32 UTC English. Music, David Soul and others. SINPO: 22222 2016-10-23

17580 Khz Cuba R Habana 12:05 UTC Spanish. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

17640 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 12:08 UTC French. OM announcer. SINPO: 33333 2016-10-23

17660 Khz Madagascar RFI 12:10 UTC French. Some deep QSB at times. OM announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

17680 Khz Phillipines VOA 12:16 UTC Burmese. YL announcer SINPO: 43344 2016-10-23

17690 Khz Kuwait R Azadi. 12:21 UTC Pashto. OM announcer with frequencies and contact details at 12:21 SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

17730 Khz Cuba R Habana 12:24 UTC Spanish. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

18930 Khz Kuwait RFA 12:27 UTC Tibetan. OM announcer. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2016-10-23

15225 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 12:42 UTC Kachin. OM announcer SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

7146 Khz Eritrea V.Broad Masses 17:47 UTC Music and chat. SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

7280 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 19:32 UTC French. YL announcer. SINPO: 43344 2016-10-23

From the Isle of Music Preview (Oct 24/25) and Schedule Note

A feast of Cuban vocal music with Los Van Van for dessert…
From beautiful harmonies to stunning a cappella imitations of instruments, Cuba’s best vocal groups are a delight.
Our October 25 (October 24 in the Americas on WBCQ) program offers a few of them along with special guest Luz Divina Reyes, Director of Vocal Elé. We’ll include a little Los Van Van from the 90s, so come to listen, stay to dance.
Two options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0000-0100 UTC
(8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Tuesdays 1900-2000 UTC
(2100-2200 CEST)
See the NOTES section of our Facebook page for instructions for listening online if you are out of range or don’t have a shortwave radio.

The upcoming time changes across the world will affect us as follows:
1.  The Channel 292 transmission will remain at 1900-2000 UTC, when the clocks change in Europe (Oct 30), this will mean 2000-2100 CET rather than 2100-2200 CEST).
2.  The WBCQ transmission will remain at 8pm Eastern time US, which means that when the clocks change  in the US  (November 6), we will be from 0100-0200 UTC

Marconi Radio Day

Please be advised that today, 21 October 2016 Marconi Radio International will once again be on air, as follows: 1800-2000 UTC on 5700 kHz (New frequency) USB mode with an unscheduled test broadcast. Reception reports with audio clips (mp3-file) are welcome and confirmed by a “solid” QSL card! (Please note that reports on reception via remote web sdr receivers will be acknowledged ONLY by electronic QSL).

Our regular weekly broadcasts on Tuesdays are confirmed with the following schedule, which remains valid until the end of October: 17.00-2 1.00 UTC on 7700 kHz (USB Mode) with 100 watts. This means that next transmission will be on 25 October 2016.

Last but not least, we need your help! If you are a DX blogger, or use social networks, please post an announcement on your own blog and/or Facebook or send out a tweet. You can also forward this message to a friend. This should help increase our potential audience.

We hope to hear from a lot of shortwave listeners about our transmissions.
Best 73’s

Marconi Radio International (MRI)

2m Transatlantic QSO achieved!

From the website of D4C comes the news of a successful 2m transatlantic QSO.

A new 2m barrier is broken. PY1MHZ- V51PJ QSO

Successful Bilateral Transatlantic 144 MHz QSO made !

Between 04 and 05 October 2016 a new record was set. PY1MHZ Marcos received in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil from locator GG87JC the 2 m signal of V51PJ  from locator JG82IE in Rosh Pinah, Namibia by using digital mode WSJT-X via Tropospheric ducting.

The distance between the two stations is 5987 km

Here the details of the records:
Frequency: 144.250MHz
Mode: WSJT-X – QRA64

Time and intensity:
04 OCT 2016 2038 UTC -37db at PY1MHZ

05 OCT 2016 0028 UTC  -36db at V51PJ

Rig setup:
PY1MHZ 2x12el Horizontal polarity, 400W,  Preamp 16db

V51PJ 2x13el Horizontal polarity, 1kW

Only thanks to the persistence and determination of these OM this historic achievement was possible.



Weekend logs

Over this last weekend of 1/2 of October, I managed to get in some good listening sessions, amongst the chores! Propagation was good on Saturday, but decidedly worse on Sunday. However, there were still stations to hear and log. A new one for the log was R.Munansi, relayed from WWRB in the USA. From the Radio Munansi website comes the following info:

“Radio Munansi is a community radio station that seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by the current Ugandan government.”

The transmission was in the Luganda language so no idea what was being discussed.

On Sunday, I managed to log Ethiopian BC Corp French transmission, not one I manage very often. So that was nice to get in the log.

It just goes to show that when conditions are marginal, don’t turn the radio off. Have a tune around, you never no what may make the trip!

And now for the logs.

13730 Khz Kuwait R Ashna 15:51 UTC Dari. Discussion SINPO: 33333 2016-10-01

15150 Khz Madagascar R Dabanga 15:54 UTC Discussion, the ID at 16:00 SINPO: 43333 2016-10-01

15240 Khz USA R.Munansi 16:07 UTC Luganda. OM announcer. VIA WWRB SINPO: 32222 2016-10-01

15275 Khz Sri Lanka DW 16:12 UTC Amharic. SINPO: 33333 2016-10-01

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 16:17 UTC English. Program of news and views from around Africa. SINPO: 44444 2016-10-01

9310 Khz Thailand Deewa Radio 18:10 UTC Pashto. Discussion SINPO: 43344 2016-10-02

9390 Khz Thailand R Thailand 18:14 UTC Thai. Thai rock music SINPO: 44444 2016-10-02

9515 Khz South Korea KBS World Radio 18:20 UTC Korean. Chat. SINPO: 32233 2016-10-02

9525 Khz Indonesia V O Indonesia 18:23 UTC German. Schedules and contact details. SINPO: 43333 2016-10-02

9710 Khz Ethiopia Ethiopian BC Corp 19:00 UTC French. Discussion SINPO: 43333 2016-10-02

5865 Khz Kuwait R Farda 21:28 UTC Farsi. Discussion. SINPO: 32233 2016-10-02

6115 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 21:34 UTC Mandarin. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-10-02

6195 Khz Botswana VOA 21:36 UTC English. Country music SINPO: 32233 2016-10-02

4800 Khz China CNR1 21:52 UTC Chinese. Music SINPO: 33333 2016-10-02

4920 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:54 UTC Tibetan. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2016-10-02