Time for shortwave listening has been non-existent of late, due to work and other commitments. September is a busy month for me, so now that is over, and the nights are drawing in, I am hoping to have more time at the radio dial. I did manage to snap some time on Thursday last, and 31m was very much alive and well. The following are the stations I logged:
9265 Khz USA WINB 20:42 UTC English. religious broadcast with ID and contact details at 20:44 SINPO: 32222 2014-10-02
9375 Khz France R. Algerienne 20:48 UTC Arabic. Issoudin relay SINPO: 33333 2014-10-02
9390 Khz Thailand R. Thailand 20:54 UTC Thai. Female announcer with possibly correspondent discussion as another female announcer took over. Pips at 21:00 over the annoyuncer, who finished 20 seconds later. Jingles and announcements followed. SINPO: 54444 2014-10-02
9420 Khz Greece Helliniki Radiophonia 21:03 UTC Greek. Good signal but some warbling + co-channle int from VOIRI. Announcements followed by music. SINPO: 44444 2014-10-02
9430 Khz China CRI 21:06 UTC French. Male and female announcers. SINPO: 54455 2014-10-02
9445 Khz India AIR 21:09 UTC English. Female announcer. ID at 21:10 followed by a program about Gandhi. SINPO: 54455 2014-10-02
9550 Khz Vietnam V.O. Vietnam 21:20 UTC French. female announcer. Some interference from Riyadh on 9555 SINPO: 44444 2014-10-02
As the days get shorter, the DX season will hopefully really kick in, with more to be heard on the lower (Tropical) bands. Sunspot figures are low and are predicted to continue to be so, so I don’t expect anything startling over the winter season. I am still intent on getting a better antenna rigged up before the bad weather really kicks in, so I am hoping to improve things.
One area I am mulling over is replacing the Yeasu FRG-7 with something a little more modern, such as an Icom R75 or the Alinco R8. Does anyone have experience of these two receivers and possibly recommend one over the other?