Monthly Archives: October 2014

Global24 coming on air soon!

A new radio station will be coming to the shortwaves this coming weekend. At midnight UTC, Global24 will begin broadcasting using WRMI transmitters. This is great news as it bucks the trend of international broadcasters leaving shortwave. See below for the press release:

For Immediate Release: Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster Global 24 – Takes to the Air at 7:00 pm Eastern on October 31 on 9395 kHz.

about.global24radio.com/for-immediate-release-shortwaves-newest-broadcaster-global-24-takes-to-the-air-at-700-pm-eastern-on-october-31-on-9395-khz/

(Hollywood, FL) Oct. 21, 2014 – Global 24 Radio LLC announced today that its inaugural broadcast will go live at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, with a line-up of new and well-known programs and around-the-clock English language programming.  The broadcast can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 9395 kHz on WRMI broadcasting from Okeechobee, Florida.

“We’re very excited about launching Global 24 and the important contributions it will make to shortwave radio listening – as both a medium worth preserving and a vital part of the modern media mix for so many listeners around the world,” said Phil Workman, general manager of Global 24.   “Our broadcast will appeal to dedicated shortwave listeners (SWL) all over the world looking for breaking news, opinion and music.”

Global 24 aims to revitalize the shortwave medium by bringing general interest news and entertainment into sharper focus for listeners looking for high quality programming on a daily basis.  Regular listeners will be informed, entertained and engaged in an ever more complex world.

According to Jeff White, general manager of WRMI,  “Global 24 represents another step in the long overdue commercialization of shortwave radio.  We are excited to be working with them on their ambitious program to engage and entertain a global audience.”

Additional press releases in coming days will announce our broadcast schedule, our Listeners’ Club, contests, sponsors, our web store, staff and much more.  Follow us on Twitter at @Global24Radio or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/global24radio.  Visit our website:  http://www.global24radio.com  to join our email newsletter for the most current updates.

 

Media Requests & Inquiries:  pworkman@global24radio.com

You can already join a Listeners Club which offers all sorts of goodies, based on a points system. They currently have a contest to win a Kaito Voyager Pro KA-600 for liking their Facebook page.

It all looks very interesting and I shall be tuned to 9395 Khz next Saturday evening.

HF weather fax

Tried my hand at some weather fax reception this evening, both from Norwood on 8040 Khz and Boston on 9110. Received ‘something’ from both of them but not what I would call a resounding success! I could just about make out frontal data but very indistinct. It also showed that the FRG-7 is not entirely stable when receiving narrow band modes, with me constantly having to adjust the sliding window to keep the decode the signal properly. Anyway, much fun and I shall give it a go again. I just need a much stronger signal to work with, although fldigi did well with the signal that was there.

I got some great info about doing this from this website: http://hfradioreview.com/2014/10/23/how-do-i-decode-a-weather-facsimile-wefax-off-of-my-shortwave/

 

SO239 to 3.5mm converter

In a previous post (July 31st) I mentioned I had put together an SO239 to 3.5mm converter so that I could hook up my outside antenna to the Tecsun PL-600. The antenna connector on the 600 is a mono 3.5mm jack plug.

I had seen these converters for sale but I decided to luck through the junk box and see what I could come up with. What I ended up with was the following:

A short piece of 15mm plastic conduit, a plastic cable gland which was a snug fit in the conduit,  an SO239 socket with a large centre nut rather than a bulkhead type, and a length of RG214.

It was then a simple matter to glue the SO239 into one of the conduit. I used 2-pack resin adhesive for this (Araldite in the UK). But prior to this, I prepared and soldered one end of the RG214 to the socket. I left the adhesive to set fully over night, then fed the cable through the plastic gland. I slid the gland up to the conduit, but not quite in, and covered both the gland threads and the inside of the conduit with 2-pack. I pushed the gland into the conduit and again, left it over night to fully adhere. Following this, the cable gland was pinched up tight onto the cable, and the other end of the cable soldered to the 3.5mm plug. RG-214 is a snug fit in the shell of a 3.5mm plug. This completes the construction. You can also add some heat-shrink tubing to the whole, which I was going to do, but didn’t get round to. The following images show the finished article. Does it work? – yes very well, and whats more its all from the junk box!

 

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How grey-line propo can help out

I don’t normally have much luck in logging Radio New Zealand here. Sometimes it’s due to when I can listen, i.e. the wrong time of day, but other times when RNZ is on air I just can’t receive them. With transmitter power from Rangitaiki of only 100KW it’s probably hardly surprising. However, tonight I was in for a bit of luck and the help of grey-line propagation. As can be seen below from the logs, I received RNZ at 17-14 UTC (18-14 BST), so here the sun was just setting. However, in New Zealand, the sun at that time is just rising and so gave the perfect conditions for grey line propo. Radio propagation along the grey line is very efficient.  One major reason for this is that the D layer, which absorbs HF signals, disappears rapidly on the sunset side of the grey line, and it has not yet built upon the sunrise side. 

So along with RNZ, I managed to hear a few more mainly from S.E. Asia. A nice hours listening

9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 16:40 UTC Pashto. Male announcer with discussion program. ID at 16:44. Quite a lot of static and QSB.Thailand relay SINPO: 43333 2014-10-12

9335 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 16:46 UTC Pashto. Male announcer with discussion program. Same program as from Thailand on 9310.  Quite a lot of static and QSB. Iranawila relay SINPO: 43333 2014-10-12

9515 Khz South Korea KBS 16:52 UTC Jazz and pop music with english commentary. Sign-off from female announcer at 16:55 followed by more music upto 16:59 SINPO: 43344 2014-10-12

9425 Khz Indonesia V.O. Indonesia. 17:00 UTC Spanish. ID at 17:00 followed by male announcer with news and several ID checks. SINPO: 43333 2014-10-12

9700 Khz New Zealand R. New Zealand 17:14 UTC English. Church choral music from various churches around the world. A lot of ‘warbling’ on the signal. ‘Hymns for Sunday Morning’ ID at 17:21 SINPO: 43333 2014-10-12

9925 Khz Phillipines R.Pilipinas 17:31 UTC English. ID ‘R. Philipinas, the Voice of the Phillippines’ at 17:31 followed by music. SINPO: 33333 2014-10-12

9975 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 17:37 UTC Korean. Male announcer with discussion prgram. Tinian realy. SINPO: 33333 2014-10-12

7210 Khz Germany VOA 19:40 UTC Kurdish. Male announcer with discussion about the Kurdish situation, with re-broadcasts of John Kerry’s  speech. Biblis relay SINPO: 43333 2014-10-12

RRI New Program Schedule

I received the following via the RRI news letter:

Dear friends,

We have a very important announcement to make: as of October 3rd the English Service of RRI has a new programme schedule. There are several changes in terms of the new broadcast days and durations for some of our old shows, and of new shows launched on this occasion. All these changes will of course be detailed in our new promotional materials, and will be posted online, on our home page at rri.ro, on Facebook and other social media accounts that RRI uses. But here are some of the main changes. Our traditional music show “The Skylark” will be aired on Tuesdays, instead of Thursdays. On Wednesdays, you will no longer hear “Partners in a Changing World,” which will be included in Thursday’s programme. Instead, on Wednesdays we will be airing “Pick of the Week” and “Living Romania.”

Thursday is the day with the most important changes. We will no longer run the “Listeners’ Letterbox” on Thursdays, this programme will only be aired over the weekend, namely on Sundays and repeated on Mondays. Instead, we’ll have “Partners in a Changing World” aired on Thursdays and two new shows: “Expat in Romania”, a series on foreign citizens who live in our country, and “The Latest in Music” with news from the Romanian music scene and lots of music to listen to. Our Jazz shows will be aired on Saturdays and re-run on Sundays, while the duration of the Sunday Studio will be reduced to 20 minutes instead of 40. Every other Sunday, when Sunday Studio is not broadcast, we will have a new show entitled Panorama, a selection of the best features we’ve had in two weeks.

These are just the highlights, we are sure you’ll soon get used to these changes and we hope you will find them to be changes for the better.

Some low band logging from 7th October 2014

I decided to hit the low bands this evening as a change from monitoring 31m/25m. Mainly European stations, but V.O. Armenia was a new one for the log. VOA from Botswana had it’s usual great eclectic mix of African music, just a shame conditions meant the signal wasn’t too good. Still, it’s good to see there is plenty to listen to out there. I am still trying to catch the elusive Latin American stations but with no luck as yet.

4026 Khz Pirate Laser Hot Hits 19:15 UTC English. Non-stop pop music SINPO: 43333 2014-10-07

4810 Khz Armenia V.O. Armenia 19:27 UTC Arabic. Sad-sounding Arabic lament followed by sign off at 19:30 SINPO: 32222 2014-10-07

3985 Khz Germany R700 20:00 UTC German. News followed by country music.  SINPO: 43334 2014-10-07

3995 Khz Germany HCJB 20:05 UTC German. Sounds like a sermon. SINPO: 33333 2014-10-07

5960 Khz Albania CRI 20:15 UTC English. Program about a new ship the Chinese have for carrying underwater archeology. Part of the ‘China Drive’ program. Cerrik relay SINPO: 44444 2014-10-07

5995 Khz Kuwait RFE 20:21 UTC Russian. Male announcer. Followed by female announcer. Kuwait relay SINPO: 33333 2014-10-07

6080 Khz Botswana VOA 20:40 UTC English. African music with DJ plus ID at intervals. SINPO: 33333 2014-10-07

6100 Khz Bosnia-Hertzegovina R. Serbia 20:49 UTC French. Female announcer with ID at 20:50. Further ID and jingles at 20:54 SINPO: 43333 2014-10-07

THE HISTORY OF SHORTWAVE RADIO IN AUSTRALIA

A fantastic site from Bob Padula. Huge amount of info about the history of shortwave in Oz. It is well worth a browse.

Bob has also included some sections on receivers for shortwave listening, along with general advice on shortwave listening.

This is a huge site and not to be contemplated in one go! I have book-marked this and will be dipping in and out as time permits.

Highly recommended!

THE HISTORY OF SHORTWAVE RADIO IN AUSTRALIA.