Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 29th Logs

South America was bounding in last night. Two new ones logged : Super R.Deus e Amor and Radio Aparecida.

 

15825 Khz USA WWCR 21:22 UTC English. Usual bible-thumping broadcast SINPO: 44444 2014-06-29

15610 Khz USA EWTN 21:26 UTC English. Religious discussion about the catholic faith. SINPO: 54444 2014-06-29

15345 Khz Argentina R. Argentina 21:28 UTC Spanish. Music followed by ID at 21:30. Followed by short announcements (adverts?) Then more music. SINPO: 44444 2014-06-29

11925 Khz China CNR1 21:43 UTC Chinese. Some announcements followed by trad. music. SINPO: 43333 2014-06-29

11855 Khz Argentina Radio Aparecida 21:48 UTC Portugese. Sounds like a religious broadcast with talking followed by choiral chant-style song. SINPO: 33333 2014-06-29

11780 Khz Argentina R. Nacional Amazonia 21:58 UTC Portugese. Chat followed by ID at 22:00. SINPO: 33333 2014-06-29

11765 Khz Argentina Super R.Deus e Amor 22:09 UTC Portugese. Male announcer with chat with music SINPO: 22222 2014-06-29

11760 Khz Cuba R. Havana 22:12 UTC Spanish. Female announcer with talk and music. SINPO: 32222 2014-06-29

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Winter Solstice Special Broadcast from the BBC

The annual BBC Winter Solstice Broadcast to the British Antarctic Survey team is occurring today, June 21 at 2130 to 2200 UTC. The following frequencies will be used:

7350 kHz via the Ascension transmitter, 250 kw, beaming 207 degrees

5875 kHz via the Woofferton transmitter, 250 kw, beaming 184 degrees

5985 kHz via the Dhabayya transmitter, 500 kw, beaming 203 degrees

My thanks to Rob Wagner at Mount Evelyn DX Report for this.

I shall be listening tonight to see if I can log all these frequencies and have a listen to the broadcast. I was not aware that this broadcast was a yearly occurrence, so I will be very interested in the content.

Featured Broadcaster – Radio Romania International (RRI)

I always enjoy listening to the RRI broadcasts, as each hour long program contains several segments. They cover news, history of Romania, culture including art and music, political interests and places to visit. Their signal here to the UK is usually very strong on their 9765 Khz channel during the summer months, between 22:00 and 23:00 UTC.

The history of Romanian broadcasting goes back to 1927, when an experimental station was set up on 280m, running 200 Watts. Languages used in the transmissions were Romanian, French, German and Italian. Transmissions included broadcasting music from the Romanian Opera House, and the concerts of the Romanian Athenaeum.

The first official transmission came on the 1st November 1928 using a 400 Watt transmitter in the 400 metre band. By 1932, the transmissions were being picked up in many parts of the world, as the number of radio receivers increased dramatically during the inter-war years. In the following years, with the establishment of the National Radio Corporation, foreign audiences were to become the subject of thorough research by the authorities. Romania, just like other countries had discovered an extraordinary way of making itself known worldwide. Special evenings dedicated to other countries were organized. Exchange programs were introduced and after 1930 pages of classical Romanian literature were periodically transmitted in French, Italian and German.

During the Cold War, Radio Romania was known as Radio Bucharest, and tended to transmit Soviet propaganda. I remember many times receiving their transmission on my homemade ‘regen’ set (an O-V-1 design). Most of the content was very much like Radio Moscow, but with a Romanian slant.

Following the anticommunist Romanian Revolution of December 1989, Radio Bucharest became Radio Romania International, the programmes acquired a whole new format, the staff welcomed young members, and the RRI services turned towards the future, towards once again building a bridge between Romania and the democratic world and re-establishing the link between Romanians living abroad and those back home.
During the 1990’s three radio channels gradually developed under the umbrella of Radio Romania International,  with programs in major international languages: Arabic, Chinese (a program set up in 1999), English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Greek, Turkish, Russian and Serbian.

For a much more detailed and fascinating article about the history of RRI, see http://www.rri.ro/en_gb/the_history_of_rri-624.

Today, RRI has a Listeners Club and is very prompt in issuing QSL cards. They have very interesting sets of these, with most featuring places of interest in Romania.

If you have never tuned in to them before, its well worth a listen. The A14 schedule is as follows:

               RECEPTION AREAS            UTC                         kHz
   WESTERN EUROPE      05.30 – 06.00           7,330 (DRM); 9,700
     11.00 – 12.00  15,130; 17,680
     17.00 – 18.00  9,540 ; 11,810 (DRM)
     20.30 – 21.00 9,800 (DRM); 11,975
     22.00 – 23.00  7,430; 9,765
   SOUTH-EAST AFRICA      11.00 – 12.00  15,400; 17,670
   NORTH AMERICA (East Coast)      20.30 – 21.00  15,170; 17,510
     00.00 – 01.00  9,700; 11,955
   NORTH AMERICA (West Coast)      03.00 – 04.00 7,350; 9,645
   JAPAN      22.00 – 23.00 9,790; 11,940
   INDIA + AUSTRALIA      05.30 – 06.00 17,760; 21,500
   INDIA      03.00 – 04.00 11,825; 15,220 (DRM)

Logs for June 12th

A few nice catches from last night. The 31m band is getting quite lively after dark, so a band to keep monitoring as the summer progresses. Unfortunately, the number of ‘interesting’ stations on 31m is dwindling, with CRI dominating numerous channels (like R Moscow used to back in the 70’s). CRI does have interesting programs, but with 500 KW transmitters, they hardly count as DX!

Guanghua zhi Sheng in Taiwan was a new one for me, even though they run 250 KW.

V.O. Vietnam was extremely strong, as their transmission at that time of the day is directed at Europe.

11780 Khz Brazil Radio Nacional da Amazonia 20:30 UTC Portugese. Football commentary. SINPO: 33333 2014-06-12

9625 Khz Bolivia R. Fides 20:46 UTC Spanish. Mainly music with some commentary between. Drowned by ACI SINPO: 32222 2014-06-12

9745 Khz Taiwan Guanghua zhi Sheng 21:06 UTC Chinese. Music and chat. Jingles at 21:10 followed by ID SINPO: 32233 2014-06-12

9730 Khz UAE V.O. Vietnam 21:10 UTC French. ID at 21:11. News with male and female announcers SINPO: 54455 2014-06-12

World Cup Brasil 2014 on shortwave June 12-July 13

With thanks to Bulgarian DX Blog (swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com) the following lists the Radio Stations and frequencies used throughout the World Cup.

BRASIL   World Cup Brasil 2014 on shortwave June 12-July 13:
0500-0200 on  4845 IBI 001 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Meteorologia Paulista
0000-2400 on  4885 BLM 002 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Clube do Para
0000-2400 on  5970 BEL 010 kW / 122 deg to BRA  Radio Itatiaia
0000-2400 on  6090 SA4 010 kW / 340 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes
0000-2400 on  6180 BRA 250 kW / 312 deg to BRA  Radio Nacional da Amazonia
0000-2400 on  9645 SP4 008 kW / 030 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes
0000-2400 on 11780 BRA 250 kW / 312 deg to BRA  Radio Nacional da Amazonia
0900-0400 on 11915 PTA 008 kW / 170 deg to BRA  Radio Gaucha
0000-2400 on 11925 SA1 010 kW / 147 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes

Other active Brasilian stations on 49, 31, 25, 19 mb (all in Portuguese):
0000-2400 on  5940 CAB 010 kW / 210 deg to BRA  La Voz Missionaria
0000-2400 on  5955 SA1 010 kW / 020 deg to BRA  Radio Gazeta
0200-0800 on  5965 SMR 008 kW / 128 deg to BRA  Radio Transmundial
0000-2400 on  5970 BEL 010 kW / 122 deg to BRA  Radio Itatiaia
0900-2200 on  5990 BRA 250 kW / 312 deg to BRA  Radio Senado
0700-0300 on  6000 PTA 010 kW / 307 deg to BRA  Radio Guaiba
0900-0600 on  6010 BEL 025 kW / 122 deg to BRA  Radio Inconfidebcia
0900-0400 on  6020 PTA 010 kW / 310 deg to BRA  Radio Gaucha
0000-2400 on  6060 CUR 010 kW / 330 deg to BRA  R.Tupi/Super R.Deus e Amor
0700-0300 on  6070 RIO 008 kW / 335 deg to BRA  Radio Capital
0000-2400 on  6080 CUR 010 kW / 226 deg to BRA  Radio Marumby
0900-0300 on  6080 GOI 005 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Anhanguera
0800-0300 on  6090 SA4 010 kW / 340 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes
0900-0300 on  6105 FIG 008 kW / 176 deg to BRA  Radio Filadelfia
0000-2400 on  6105 CAC 005 kE / 340 deg to BRA  Radio Cancao Nova
1100-0300 on  6120 SA2 010 kW / 320 deg to BRA  R.Globo/Super R.Deus e Amor
0800-0300 on  6135 APA 025 kW / 030 deg to BRA  Radio Aparecida
0000-2400 on  6160 PTA 010 kW / 305 deg to BRA  Radio Legiao da Boa Ventade
1000-2100 on  6160 MNA 010 kW / 090 deg to BRA  Radio Rio Mar
0000-2400 on  6180 BRA 250 kW / 312 deg to BRA  Radio Nacional da Amazonia
0900-2400 on  9505 SA3 008 kW / 010 deg to BRA  Radio Record
0800-2100 on  9515 CUR 010 kW / 310 deg to BRA  Radio Marumby
0800-0200 on  9530 SMR 010 kW / 350 deg to BRA  Radio Transmundial
0000-2400 on  9550 PTA 010 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Legiao da Boa Ventade
0000-2400 on  9565 CUR 020 kW / 045 deg to BRA  R.Tupi/Super R.Deus e Amor
0700-0200 on  9585 SA2 010 kW / 300 deg to BRA  R.Globo/Super R.Deus e Amor
0800-0300 on  9630 APA 010 kW / 060 deg to BRA  Radio Aparecida
0000-2400 on  9645 SA4 008 kW / 030 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes
0000-2400 on  9665 CAB 010 kW / 030 deg to BRA  La Voz Missionaria
0000-2400 on  9675 CAB 010 kW / 020 deg to BRA  Radio Cancao Nova
0000-2400 on  9685 SA1 008 kW / 250 deg to BRA  Radio Gazeta
1000-2100 on  9695 MNA 008 kW / 070 deg to BRA  Radio Rio Mar
0000-2400 on  9820 SA2 010 kW / 060 deg to BRA  Radio 9 de Julho
0800-0200 on 11735 SMR 050 kW / 028 deg to BRA  Radio Transmundial
0000-2400 on 11765 CUR 020 kW / 020 deg to BRA  R.Tupi/Super R.Deus e Amor
0000-2400 on 11780 BRA 250 kW / 312 deg to BRA  Radio Nacional da Amazonia
0000-2400 on 11815 GOI 008 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Brasil Central
0800-0300 on 11830 GOI 010 kW / 015 deg to BRA  Radio Daqui
0000-2400 on 11855 APA 001 kW / 315 deg to BRA  Radio Aparecida
0700-0200 on 11895 PTA 001 kW / 000 deg to BRA  Radio Legiao da Boa Ventade
0900-0400 on 11915 PTA 008 kW / 170 deg to BRA  Radio Gaucha
0000-2400 on 11925 SA1 010 kW / 147 deg to BRA  Radio Bandeirantes
0000-2400 on 15190 BEL 005 kW / 038 deg to BRA  Radio Inconfidebcia

Logs from 9th June

Some very interesting propagation this evening. When I copied R. Fides from Bolivia, I noticed the greyline conditions between me and them were almost perfect. I was just in darkness, and Bolivia was still just in the light. After about 10 minutes REE on 9630 came up and blotted out R. Fides.

11775 Khz Anguila Caribbean Beacon 20:48 UTC English. Male announcer with religious broadcast. SINPO: 22222 2014-06-09

11780 Khz Brazil Radio Nacional da Amazonia 20:52 UTC Portugese. Music. Male announcer with ID at 20:58 SINPO: 33333 2014-06-09

9390 Khz Thailand R. Thailand 21:08 UTC Thai. female announcer. Some QSB SINPO: 44444 2014-06-09

9420 Khz Greece V.O. Greece 21:10 UTC Non-stop music. SINPO: 43344 2014-06-09

9625 Khz Bolivia R. Fides 21:18 UTC Spanish. Non-stop music with commentary in between tracks. Huge static crashes. SINPO: 22222 2014-06-09

9665 Khz Brazil R. Voz Missionaria 21:30 UTC Portugese. Male and female announcers. Mention of Brasil at times. Jingles and ID at 21:38 SINPO: 32222 2014-06-09

9835 Khz Malaysia RTV Malaysia 21:45 UTC Malay. Music and commentary with male announcer. SINPO: 33333 2014-06-09