A few recent logs

Due to various reasons, my listening time this month has been seriously curtailed. However, I did manage to log SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng on the 15th July. This is a station I have tried to copy for a long time, but it is usually obscured by a CRI jammer. It is also a very low power station (quoted as 100W, but I don’t think it is this low) so usually very difficult to pull out of the noise at this urban location. However, though very much down in the noise (SINPO 21122), I could copy Chinese music and talking. This was also confirmed by a Facebook contact. I listened past the top of the hour and there was no ID etc, which would have been the case if it were CRI jammer masquerading as SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng. So even without a positive ID, I have logged it as being correct.

My next listening session was on the 28th, where I ‘cantered’ around bands for an hour, just seeing what was there. A highlight of this was R Sonder Grense which was a much better signal than normal. Usually it is copyable, but still well down in the noise. All the other logs are run-of-the-mill stuff which one can hear any night.

The logs:

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate of Oman 17:50 UTC Arabic. Music followed by ID and schedule information. SINPO: 54444 2016-07-01

15235 Khz South Africa Channel Africa 17:56 UTC African pop music. ID at 18:00. Unknown language. SINPO: 43344 2016-07-01

15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:14 UTC English. News about the referendum. SINPO: 43333 2016-07-01

11600 Khz Bulgaria Denge Kurdistan 18:55 UTC Indig. music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-07-05

11635 Khz North Korea V Korea 18:58 UTC French. Music followed by news at 19:00. Heavily over-modulated SINPO: 43344 2016-07-05

11700 Khz Bulgaria R Biafra 19:04 UTC English. Music followed by ID at 19:05 and schedule and contact details SINPO: 43333 2016-07-05

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 19:10 UTC Swahili. Arabic-sounding music. ID at 19:14. Deep QSB at times SINPO: 43333 2016-07-05

11945 Khz Madagascar World Christian Broadcasting 19:20 UTC Arabic. Male announcer with chat. SINPO: 43333 2016-07-05

11540 Khz Thailand VOA R Ashna 17:04 UTC Pashto. Discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2016-07-09

11630 Khz China CNR17 17:12 UTC Kazakh. OM with talk SINPO: 43333 2016-07-09

11830 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 18:30 UTC Korean. Discussion. SINPO: 43333 2016-07-09

15105 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:24 UTC French. Discussions. SINPO: 43344 2016-07-10

9540 Khz Taiwan SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng 20:40 UTC Chinese. YL announcer. SINPO: 21122 2016-07-15

9610 Khz China CNR8 21:26 UTC Mongolian. Some ACI from CRI on 9600 SINPO: 32222 2016-07-15

15345 Khz Argentina R National Argentina 19:29 UTC Spanish. YL announcer. SINPO: 32222 2016-07-28

15370 Khz Cuba R Habana 21:34 UTC Spanish. YL & OM announcers SINPO: 32222 2016-07-28

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 21:37 UTC English. Pop music SINPO: 44444 2016-07-28

13670 Khz USA VOA 21:46 UTC Bambara. Discussion. SINPO: 54444 2016-07-28

11615 Khz Madagascar Madagascar World Voice 21:51 UTC Chinese. Music and chat. SINPO: 54444 2016-07-28

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 22:01 UTC Arabic. Female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2016-07-28

11985 Khz Ascension Island HCJB 22:07 UTC Pulaar. Music and chat. SINPO: 54455 2016-07-28

3320 Khz South Africa R Sonder Grense 22:14 UTC Afrikaans. Chat. SINPO: 33333 2016-07-28

3915 Khz Singapore BBCWS 22:18 UTC English. Discussion about Pokemon SINPO: 32233 2016-07-28

3985 Khz Germany R Belarus 22:21 UTC German. Female announcer SINPO: 44444 2016-07-28

4820 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 22:26 UTC Chinese. Music SINPO: 32233 2016-07-28

Michelle Guthrie begins managing direction at the ABC

The ABC’s new managing director has taken the reins with a focus on substance and a return to international broadcasting.

Interesting piece from The Saturday Paper detailing the new MD of ABC, Michelle Guthrie. Amongst other things, she seems to be very keen to roll-back the cuts to international broadcasting that has occurred over the last 5 years.

To read the full article see: The Saturday Paper

Recent Logs and Japanese abductees.

It’s always nice to have some time off from the day job, and at the moment, due to my partners work schedule, having a holiday away from home is not possible. So I make the most of these times, along with catching up with garden/house chores, of getting some listening in. It means I get to listen to stations that I would not normally hear during my usual listening times in the evenings. Today was a case in point. Doing as I usually do when starting a listening session, I started at the higher bands, 19m, and worked my way down. Conditions just lately haven’t been exactly hot, so a number of stations on 19m which are usually a good signal have been quite noisy. So I slowly worked my way down to 31m. Now, conditions have to be very poor for 31m not to give something and today was no different. On 9560, I picked up Furusato no Kaze, a Japanese government station from Taiwan. I also logged Nippon no Kaze on 9975 after 15:00 UTC. The first transmission, from Taiwan, was in Japanese, the second, from Palau, in Korean. I have found out that both these stations are set up to transmit information for Japanese nationals who have been abducted by N Korea. I can’t quite work out from the website: http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/index.html, which particular nationals have been abducted, whether Japanese government agents or ordinary people. And of course, the transmissions would presuppose that the abductee’s have access to a radio. This, of course, will be extremely difficult in N Korea. But it certainly put an interesting twist on this afternoons listening.

The following logs also include some logs from yesterday (13/06/2016) including R Japans Burmese output from Singapore.

11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:43 UTC Burmese. Music and chat SINPO: 22222 2016-06-13

9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 16:49 UTC Pashto. ID at 16:50. OM & YL announcers with schedules SINPO: 33333 2016-06-13

9390 Khz Thailand RFE 16:51 UTC Uzbeck. Discussion about Manhattan and New York SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13

9410 Khz Oman BBCWS 16:54 UTC English. Discussion about the Florida bombings. SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13

12075 Khz UNID UNID 13:35 UTC Mention of Bangladesh a number of times. Went to dead air at 14:00 with no ID SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14

15245 Khz North Korea V O Korea 14:01 UTC English. Music plus usual propaganda SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14

9345 Khz Phillipines FEBC 14:48 UTC Mandarin. OM with chat and music. SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14

9560 Khz Taiwan Furusato no Kaze 14:54 UTC Japanese. YL announcer. SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14

9975 Khz Palau Nippon no Kaze 15:09 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-06-14

VOA Georgian Marks 65 Years on the Air

From Radioactivity:

WASHINGTON D.C., May 27, 2016 — The Georgian Service of the Voice of America celebrated its 65th anniversary on Thursday.
At a ceremony at VOA headquarters in Washington, Georgia’s ambassador to the United States, Archil Gegeshidze, said his country’s independence from the Soviet Union “was largely due to the positive influence of programs from broadcasters like the Voice of America.”
VOA Georgian first aired on May 26, 1951. “During the Cold War, you played a critical role in helping Georgians understand the world beyond the Iron Curtain,” added U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. In a video message from the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Kelly said that “since Georgia’s independence, VOA Georgian has helped build the foundation for a strong U.S.-Georgia relationship that we continue to enjoy today.”
Other U.S. and Georgian diplomats as well as human rights experts, representatives of the Georgian-American community and past members of the Georgian Service joined VOA Director Amanda Bennett in honoring the service.
“VOA Georgian was an alternative voice speaking to and for Georgians during the Cold War, and it remains so today,” said Bennett. “VOA is needed today more than ever. VOA is one of the few media outlets in the region that provide accurate and credible news and information as well as objective, free and fresh voices and perspectives.”
VOA Georgian reaches 7.7 percent of adults in Georgia each week. In addition to radio programming distributed nationwide on FM via Georgia’s Public Broadcasting Corporation, the service produces a weekly television magazine program, Washington Today, that is carried on Georgian Public TV. The show focuses on developments in the United States, American perspectives on major developments in the region, the Georgian diaspora, social issues, medicine, science, technology and culture.
“VOA Georgian audiences can always expect us to provide exclusive, reliable news and information,” said VOA Georgian Chief Anna Kalandadze, adding that she is “honored to work with the service’s dedicated journalists who continue to positively influence Georgia’s traditional and new media environments.”
The service also maintains a dynamic website, providing video reports on its YouTube channel and engaging the audiences through Facebook and other social media.
VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 187 million people in over 40 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and more than 2,350 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
(VOA Press Release)

Tecsun PL-365 – Initial impressions

I received a Tecsun Pl-365 as a birthday present today from my family. Sitting out in the garden, I used the ETM function, and once all stations were loaded, I logged the following in just under an hour. This listening session was not about listening but just ‘seeing what was there’. I also missed out the CRI big gun stations. All using just the built-in whip on the 365, i.e. ‘barefoot’.
Between 15-58 and 16-50 UTC I logged the following stations:
15715 KSDA Agnan Point 33333
15610 WEWN USA 33333
15595 Vatican R. Vatican City 54444
15580 VOA Botswana 43333
15550 R Dabanga Vatican City 43333
15435 BKSA Saudi Arabia 54444
15245 V.o.K N.K. 43333
15150 R Dabanga Sri Lanka 43333
9310 VOA Deewa Sri Lanka 33333
11610 RFA Tinian 43333
11655 IBRA Dhabbaya 43333
11735 ZBC Zanzibar 33333
11800 RRI Romania 43333
11890 BBCWS Singapore 54344
11910 RFE Sri Lanka 43333
12005 R Farda Sri Lanka 43333
12015 V.o.K NK 33333
12045 BBCWS Thailand 33333
15140 R Sultanate Oman Oman 33333

All-in-all I am very impressed with this little radio. It is a very capable portable and seems to be very sensitive. Selectivity is not selectable, but it seems to do a fair job of separate stations.
I haven’t tried the SSB capability, which I suspect, as with most Tecsun portables, will not be that good.

I will do a more in-depth review of this little receiver when I have used it for a longer period. I would like to check out some of the other functions, such as SSB reception, and I haven’t tried it on MW and FM.

The march of technical innovation

I recently bid on and won on Ebay, a Grundig 3010 receiver. From a bit of research, this radio was produced between 1952 and 1953. According to the Radio Museum website, the original price was 345 Deutsch Marks. In 1952, there were about 11 DM to the £, which would make it £31. That’s supposing there was no import and purchase tax. The average weekly wage in 1952 in the UK was £9, so this radio represented a significant investment for an average working family, nearly a month’s wages!

Compare that to say, a Tecsun pl-600 receiver. These retail for around £60 in the UK (less of course if ordered from HK or China). The current average weekly wage in the UK is £499. So the PL-600 represents only 12% of the current weekly wage, and yet the leap in technology is astounding.

Of course, the Tecsun does not have the rich tone which the Grundig has, by virtue of its valve (tube) stages, 2 speakers, and wooden cabinet. Some things can’t be improved!

Happy Listening!

60 years of technical innovation.


Some Friday night DXing – 20-05-2016

I managed to get a fair bit of time in listening this last Friday (20/06/2016) and was pleased to note that some of the stations that are only audible during the summer months are starting to come through. Notable stations were R Argentina Exterior,  R.Inconfidencia, Caribbean Beacon, and R.Nac.Argentina. An odd one amongst the mix was Bangladesh Betar on 4750. I first logged this as RRI Makassar from Indonesia. The signal strength was extremely poor so, as you do, I guessed. But, discussing it with one of the listening groups on Facebook, it had already been ID’d as Bangladesh Betar. Apparently, there was a special celebration in Bangladesh that day and the station, usually off-air at 17:00 UTC, was carrying on well into the evening! Two things came out of this: never guess or assume what the station is just because the listings say so. And the experience and knowledge of fellow SWL travellers is invaluable. I have mentioned before the great groups that are available on Facebook. Now I’m not a great FB user for personal stuff, never did understand posting pictures of what your’re having for tea, but I am a member of several Short Wave/Amateur Radio FB groups. These are Shortwave Listeners Global, Radio! Radio!, Shortwave Radio Station Listening and Extreme Shortwave Listening. All have a mix of members from complete noobs, to people who have been dxing for 50+ years. So there is always a good spread of knowledge and enthusiasm. And however long you’ve been listening, there are always those occasions that will surprise you or catch you out (see above!).

A new one for me after Friday’s listening session was  R.Inconfidencia. This is a very low power (5 KW) regional station in Brazil. And yes the signal was very poor, but definitely there and enough to identify talking and music.

Although not a low power station, R Sana from Saudi was also a new one.

So there are always new stations and new surprises. Happy listening!

15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 17:33 UTC English. ‘Focus on Africa’ program. SINPO: 44444 2016-05-20

15345 Khz Argentina R Argentina Exterior 20:38 UTC French. Discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate Oman 20:43 UTC Arabic. Sounds like a play. SINPO: 32233 2016-05-20

15190 Khz Brazil R.Inconfidencia 20:45 UTC Portugese. Just managing to hear voices and some music. SINPO: 21122 2016-05-20

15245 Khz North Korea V Korea 20:52 UTC French. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20

15370 Khz Cuba R Habana 20:57 UTC Arabic. OM announcer followed by ID in Spanish at 20:58 SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20

11615 Khz Madagascar Madagaskar World Voice 21:06 UTC Mandarin. OM announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20

11775 Khz Anguila Caribbean Beacon 21:13 UTC English. YL with religious broadcast SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20

11780 Khz Brazil R.Nacional Amazonia 21:18 UTC Portugese. Discussion program SINPO: 32222 2016-05-20

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 21:22 UTC Arabic music SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20

4750 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar 21:50 UTC Very extended program celebrating a public holiday SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20

5905 Khz Thailand BBCWS 22:07 UTC English. World News including news of the downed Egypt airliner. SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20

5970 Khz Thailand VOA 22:11 UTC Chinese. OM and YL announcers SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20

6060 Khz Argentina R.Nac.Argentina 22:14 UTC Spanish. ID at 22:15. Mixture of music. SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20

6090 Khz Nigeria R Nigeria Kaduna 22:20 UTC Hausa. OM announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-05-20