Logs from the last week

I managed to get some fairly serious listening periods in this week, including an early morning stint when I woke up early and the head didn’t want to resume sleep! Some interesting stations logs, despite poor propo. conditions at times. It just goes to show, that although the K’s & A’s are a good guide, they are only that. It is always worthwhile turning on the radio.

Although not shown in these logs, there was an opening this morning around 06:00 to the states on 80m Amateur. A couple of W1’s and K2’s added to the Ham Radio log.

So what follows is a collection of logs at various times of the day, which shows its also good, if you can, to vary your listening times. Listening at the same time each day may not throw up anything new, as for the most part, the self same stations will be on each day. The occasional different one will pop up due to propagation conditions, but these are rare. Also, vary your band of interest. I usually, but not always as can be seen below, start at the highest frequency I think will support communications. Then I slowly work my way down the bands. Now the early morning sessions I will usually target the low bands as these are usually guaranteed to give some good loggings, especially at this time of the year. But again, that is not a hard and fast rule.

15150 Khz Thailand VOA 11:04 UTC Chinese service. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

15400 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 11:18 UTC Japanese service SINPO: 33223 2018-01-14

15760 Khz Thailand R Mashaal 11:25 UTC Urdu service SINPO: 33223 2018-01-14

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope, Africa. 15:10 UTC English. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2018-01-14

13800 Khz Madagascar R.Tamazuj 15:15 UTC Sudanese. 2 exitable sounding women, sounds like a play SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

13580 Khz Botswana VOA 16:15 UTC Somali. Music and talks. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11625 Khz Madagascar Vatican Radio 16:18 UTC Swahili service SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 16:26 UTC Swahili. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 16:42 UTC Arabic music SINPO: 43323 2018-01-14

12095 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:47 UTC English. Soccer match SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

5875 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 05:15 UTC English. World News. Parallel on 5925, signal still poor SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

5940 Khz Ethiopia CRI 05:22 UTC Somali. Male and female in discussion, followed by interval music. RRI switched its TX on at 05:28 on same frequency and wiped it out. SINPO: 22222 2018-01-16

5960 Khz Ascension Island Dandal Kura Radio 05:33 UTC Kanuri. Discussion program SINPO: 33333 2018-01-16

6000 Khz Cuba R Habana 05:37 UTC English service. Some discussion about climate change then moving on to medical matters. Difficult to follow as ACI from BBCWS on 6005 and poor modulation from Habana SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

6005 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 05:40 UTC English. Segment about the exedus of the Rohingya people from Mynamar. The reporter joins the refugees in Bangladesh. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-16

6020 Khz Sao Tome VOA 05:53 UTC French service SINPO: 43333 2018-01-16

3330 Khz Canada CHU 05:58 UTC Spoken time followed by beeps SINPO: 22222 2018-01-16

4885 Khz Brazil R.Clube do Para 06:09 UTC Reggae music SINPO: 21122 2018-01-16

5940 Khz Brazil R.Voz Missionaria 06:15 UTC ID at 06:19. Samba style music SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

4010 Khz Kyrgyzstan R Birinchi 16:20 UTC Very faint OM talking. Signal improved slightly after 16:30. Playing music. SINPO: 21111 2018-01-20

3975 Khz Germany 6160 AM Shortwave Radio 16:35 UTC Playing Bob Dylan SINPO: 44434 2018-01-20

3950 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 16:58 UTC Playing Chinese pop music, followed by pips at 17:00 and ID. SINPO: 32233 2018-01-20

4500 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 17:06 UTC Playing Chinese pop music, followed by pips at 17:00 and ID. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-20

4810 Khz Armenia V O Armenia 17:35 UTC Azeri. Female announcer. SINPO: 33323 2018-01-20

4905 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 17:45 UTC Tibetan music. Plagued by huge RTTY signal on top. SINPO: 31133 2018-01-20

5885 Khz Northern Marianas Islands RFA 17:59 UTC Korean service. SINPO: 33333 2018-01-20

Good luck, and good DX!

 

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Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2018

From the RADIOACTIVITY blog:

Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2018

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 10:02 PM PST

India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2018 (Friday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:
25 January 2018 (Thursday) : Eve of Republic Day
1330 UTC (1900 IST) onwards Hon’ble President’s address to the nation in Hindi &  English. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR on MW, SW, FM. Shortly after this broadcast, the local stations will broadcast its translations in local languages.
SW frequencies:
kHz     kW       Station
4760    7          Leh
4760    4          Port Blair
4800    50        Hyderabad
4810    50        Bhopal
4835    10        Gangtok
4895    50        Kurseong (Off Air)
4910    50        Jaipur
4920    50        Chennai
4950    50        Srinagar
4970    50        Shillong
5010    50        Thiruvananthapuram
5040    50        Jeypore
5050    10        Aizawl (Off Air)
6030    250      Delhi
9380    250      Aligarh
9865    500      Bengaluru
26 January 2018 (Friday) : Republic Day
Live running commentary of Republic Day parade & cultural pageant from 0350 UTC (0920 IST) onwards :
Hindi : 7520 (Delhi 250 kW)  (Cancelling External Service in Urdu normally broadcast at this time on these frequency). 13695 (Bengaluru 500 kW)
English : 6030 (Delhi 250 kW); 15185 (Bengaluru 500 kW)
Also MW/FM frequencies as per above mentioned links.
The following regional stations will change from their Morning frequencies  on 60 Meters (4 & 5 MHz frequencies) to their day time frequencies between  0335-0350 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) as follows :
 6000 Leh
 6085 Gangtok
 7315 Shillong
 7325 Jaipur
 The following stations are already scheduled to be on air daily at this time and will also relay the running commentary.
 6110 Srinagar
 7270  Chennai
 7290 Thiruvanthapuram
 7380 Chennai
 7390 Port Blair
 7420 Hyderabad
 7430 Bhopal
 9865 Bengaluru
SPT Chinsurah (594 kHz) & HPT Tuticorin (1053 kHz) will carry the running commentary in English from 0350 UTC (0920 IST) onwards.
Please send your reception reports on line at: http://pbinfo.air.org.in/feedback/

New Version (Version 11) of Popular Logging Program “DXtreme Monitor Log” Released

From the RADIOACTIVITY website:

For full details, see the above website, but here’s a taster

DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for radio monitoring enthusiasts: DXtreme Monitor Log 11

Monitor Log 11 lets listeners and DXers log the stations they’ve heard using advanced features that can enhance their monitoring experience.

Ampegon to Install Shortwave Array Antenna

From the pages of Radioworld.com  comes this news:

“Ampegon says it is about to deliver and install its first rotatable shortwave high-power array antenna on the North American continent.

The system, which will be installed WBCQ in the United States, is designed for the transmission of shortwave signals of up to 500 kW, the high-power antenna offers different radiation patterns, an antenna gain of up to 23 dB and uses a technology characterized by a single-shaft structural design.

The tubular shaft with a diameter of four meters acts as a rotatable and supporting axis that is able to absorb static and dynamic forces originating from antenna components. This, explains Ampegon, allows the system to function under extreme weather conditions.

The antenna is made up of a low-band and a high-band array antenna, positioned back to back, each equipped with a reflector screen. Thus, WBCQ can access all shortwave frequency bands between 6 MHz and 26 MHz.

In addition, Ampegon points out that the computer-controlled and monitored system offers unlimited rotation capacity and will turn toward the coverage area using the shortest possible path. Intelligent drive control ensures the large rotating part of the structure is jolt-free, starting and braking to standstill with a high rotation speed of 1.2 degrees per second and a positioning accuracy of <1degree.

The system also features DC grounding, a minimal number of insulators and no insulation in structural parts.”

Should make their transmissions to the UK and Europe more audible.

Amateur Radio DX News

There are some interesting places being activated next year. From DXNews comes the following info:

AU2WBR Sagar Island

Radio Amateurs members of West Bengal Amateur Radio Club VU2MQT will be active again from Sagar Island, IOTA AS – 153, 1 January – 31 March 2018 as AU2WBR.
They will operate on HF Bands.
Recent DX Spots AU2WBR
QSL via VU2NRO.
Ads for direct QSL:
National Institute of Amateur Radio, 6-3-192/93, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad 500082, India.

C6ARU C6AUM C6AKQ Abaco Islands

Tim N4UM, Mike K4RUM and Bob N4BP will be active from Abaco Islands, IOTA NA – 080, 6 – 20 February 2018 as C6ARU, C6AUM, C6AKQ.
QTH – Marsh Harbor.
Recent DX Spots C6ARURecent DX Spots C6AUMRecent DX Spots C6AKQ
They will operate on 160 – 6m.
They plan to operate in CQ WPX RTTY and ARRL DX CW Contest.
QSL info:
C6ARU via N4UM direct.
Ads for direct QSL:
TIMOTHY S COTTON, 3170 SUSSEX WAY, VERO BEACH, FL 32966, USA.
C6AUM via K4RUM direct.
Ads for direct QSL:
Mike Cotton, 37 W. 21st St. Apt. 1504, New York, NY 10010, USA.
C6AKQ via N4BP direct.
Ads for direct QSL:
Bob Patten, 2841 N.W. 112 TERRACE, PLANTATION, FL 33323, USA.

Hopefully, conditions may improve a bit and these stations can be at least heard, if not worked.

Logs for 21-10-2017

I managed to get a bit of listening in today, between chores and workmen (having work done in the house). The bands are still very noisy, but there are stations to be found. Nothing of great note, but I enjoy the music on VOA Music Time in Africa and R Sultanate of Oman’s pop music chart.

Logs:

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate Oman 15:07 UTC English. Pop charts SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

15490 Khz Madagascar BBCWS 15:14 UTC English. Blackburn Rovers vs Portsmouth. SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

15550 Khz Vatican City R.Tamazuj 15:18 UTC Sudanese service SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 15:23 UTC English. Music Time in Africa SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope Africa 16:40 UTC English. Religious broadcast with songs. ACI from CRI jammer on 13675 SINPO: 33333 2017-10-21

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 16:47 UTC African music SINPO: 33323 2017-10-21

11750 Khz Sri Lanka SBC 17:03 UTC Sinhalese. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

11790 Khz Madagascar AWR 17:06 UTC Swahili. Religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

11810 Khz Romania RRI 17:09 UTC English. Romanian and world news SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 17:36 UTC Arabic. SINPO: 43344 2017-10-21

B17 Schedules

The new B17 schedules are starting to be published. As the clocks change at different times through the world (UK is last Sunday in October), these will all be coming in over the next few weeks. HFCC is a good place to keep an eye on for these, as well as the websites for your favourite stations. It is also a good idea to keep checking your favourite schedules list website. I use the the excellent lists compiled by Dan Ferguson, which are available from the SWSKEDS group on Yahoo.

Here is the link to the B17 schedules on HFCC: http://www.hfcc.org/data/b17/