Autumnal Loggings

Now that we are slipping into winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, I have started to concentrate my listening on the lower bands. These are those under 10 MHz, so the 31, 41, 49, 60, 75 and 90m bands. And the broadcasters tend to favour these lower bands during the winter months, as the propagation characteristics change. These lower bands can throw up some interesting broadcasts, from stations one would not normally hear, as the propagation changes. They do take some digging out, and are sometimes masked by the ‘big guns’. I am fortunate in having a receiver in the FT-450D which has great filtering via the built in DSP, and in conjuction with using LSB, it is possible to dig out the unusual from the common place. Some highlights over the last few days have been: V O Martyrs from Uzbekistan, V O Armenia, V O Tigray Revolution from Ethiopia, and R Tajikistan. It was also nice to hear R Taiwan without CRI jammer interference for once. Listening at different times of the day, if this is possible, will of course, reveal a range of stations. Current receiver technology is so good that using one of the better portables from Sony, Grundig, Tecsun etc, it will be possible to receive these stations. Just remember, if using a portable with a long wire, its usually better to use some sort of attenuation and/or preselector to reduce overload. An outboard filter used with a portable receiver will also enable a bit of shaping to reduce interference.

To the logs:

7280 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 17:54 UTC Vietnamese. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-11-20

5885 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 18:10 UTC Korean. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-11-20

5935 Khz Romania RRI 18:15 UTC English. Discussion about teaching Shakespeare in Romania. SINPO: 54555 2016-11-20

4930 Khz Botswana VOA 18:48 UTC English. Music followed by discussion. Difficult to understand as nasty heterodyne masking the transmission SINPO: 31333 2016-11-20

9315 Khz Tajikistan RFA 13:35 UTC Tibetan. OM with discussion who doesn’t seem to take breath! SINPO: 43333 2016-11-21

9345 Khz Armenia TWR 13:42 UTC Unknown language. OM announcer. FSK interference SINPO: 42333 2016-11-21

9355 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 13:44 UTC Pashto. OM and YL announcers. Mirrored on 9370 SINPO: 44444 2016-11-21

9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC 13:48 UTC Mandarin. 2 YL announcers with discussion SINPO: 43333 2016-11-21

9590 Khz Taiwan R Taiwan 14:08 UTC Russian. YL announcer. Modulation seems a little low. SINPO: 33333 2016-11-21

7475 Khz Thailand RFE 16:37 UTC Tajik. Magazine program SINPO: 44444 2016-11-22

7510 Khz Uzbekistan V O Martyrs 16:40 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-11-22

5860 Khz Thailand R Farda 16:50 UTC Farsi. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-11-22

4810 Khz Armenia V O Armenia 17:00 UTC National Anthem, followed by YL announcer in Turkish SINPO: 32233 2016-11-22

5950 Khz Ethiopia V.Tigray Rev.
17:13 UTC Music. Major ACI from VOIRI on 5945 SINPO: 22222 2016-11-22

6195 Khz Oman BBCWS 17:38 UTC English. Program about cigar production in Brazil SINPO: 43344 2016-11-22

4765 Khz Tajikistan R.Tajikistan 23:32 UTC Local music SINPO: 32233 2016-11-22

4850 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 23:40 UTC Local music SINPO: 33333 2016-11-22

Sunday afternoon DXing

Today was going to be a gardening day, but with thick cloud and permanent ‘mizzle’ I decided it was a staying in day. And a good excuse to get some afternoon dxing in. At the moment, a lot of stations are transferring to the winter B16 schedules, which leads to some confusion at times. I found myself using 3 lists today; SWSKEDS list, Shortwave-info and Shortwave Schedules to be able to accurately identify which station I was tuned into. Some of course, if in a language one understands, cam be identified by waiting for an ID. But when the stations are in Somali or Hausa etc, it can be difficult even when they do ID.

There were a number of interesting stations around on the 25 and 22m bands, despite propagation conditions being still poor. From this QTH, I always seem to get good reception from SE Asia, which will be trans-polar. My OCFD antenna is oriented N/S, so it’s surprising this happens, unless with it being at a less-than-optimum height, this has skewed reception to be off the ends rather than broadside. I always said antennas were a mixture of luck and black magic!

OK, onto the logs.

11750 Khz Guam KSDA 13:55 UTC Mandarin. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2016-10-30

11750 Khz Phillipines FEBC 14:03 UTC Lahu. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2016-10-30

11945 Khz Uzbekistan BBCWS 14:13 UTC Burmese. Close down music SINPO: 33333 2016-10-30

11965 Khz Thailand BBCWS 14:50 UTC Burmese. OM with talk SINPO: 33333 2016-10-30

13800 Khz Madagascar R Tamazuj 15:10 UTC Sudanes Arabic. YL and OM announcers plus music. SINPO: 43344 2016-10-30

15190 Khz Italy IRRS R Santec 15:20 UTC English. Piece about the Sea Sheperd conservation group SINPO: 33333 2016-10-30

11635 Khz Singapore BBCWS 15:35 UTC Urdu. OM and YL announcers. Schedule and frequencies at 15:35 SINPO: 43344 2016-10-30

11650 Khz Phillipines FEBC 15:43 UTC Russian. OM announcer. SINPO: 33333 2016-10-30

11660 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 15:46 UTC Tibetan. OM announcer SINPO: 32233 2016-10-30

Radio Romania International B16 schedule

RRI Winter Broadcast Frequencies

RRI broadcast frequencies valid as of October 30, 2016 to March 26, 2017

rri-winter-broadcast-frequencies

The Saftica-based SW transmitter centre

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