Monthly Archives: December 2014

Some logs from this evening

Right at the end of the year, I decided to listen in a couple of different ways this evening. One was to use the Tecsun PL-600, coupled to my outside antenna, and the other was to stick to the low bands to see what I could dig out. My external antenna is only 15 metres long so this presents a bit of a challenge, but it was interesting. The best ‘catch’ was Radio Gaucha which I managed to dig out from under CRI using the excellent narrow filter on the 600. Even though the FRG-7 is my main receiver, I probably wouldn’t have been able to copy this station with it as it has a wide-open 6 Khz filter. The thing that amazes me about the Tecsun receiver is the amount of technology in such a small package and all available for under 60 quid. I am seriously looking at the Tecsun PL-880 to use as a main receiver and replace the Frog. Unless I can pick up a decent second-hand Icom or Kenwood for a similar price.

Anyway, here are the logs.

3965 Khz France R. Taiwan Intl 20:03 UTC Spanish. male announcer with news and ID at 20:03. Issoudin relay SINPO: 44444 2014-12-31

4820 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 20:13 UTC Chinese. Music. SINPO: 32222 2014-12-31

5885 Khz Kuwait RFE 20:20 UTC Russian. Music followed by chat. Kuwait relay SINPO: 43333 2014-12-31

5960 Khz Albania CRI 20:25 UTC English. ‘China Drive’ program. Cerrik relay SINPO: 54444 2014-12-31

5970 Khz Turkey V.O. Turkey 21:05 UTC French. Music and chat with female announcer. ACi from CRI on 5960 SINPO: 43333 2014-12-31

5980 Khz Turkey V.O. Turkey 21:14 UTC Turkish. Sounds like a play or drama SINPO: 43333 2014-12-31

6020 Khz Brazil R. Gaucha. 21:17 UTC Portugese. Chat from male and female announcers. Heavy QRM from CRI SINPO: 22222 2014-12-31

6100 Khz Bosnia-Hertzegovina R. Serbia Intl. 21:32 UTC French. Traditional music and chat. Female ann. SINPO: 54455 2014-12-31

Logs from this afternoon

31m was providing excellent propagation from S.E. Asia this afternoon. It was interesting that some of the stations I was hearing very well could not be received by a fellow listener in Bristol, which is only about 170 miles South West of me here in Lincoln. Radio Australia was a good case in point, which was a very good signal here on both my Yaesu FRG-7 with external antenna, and the Tecsun PL-600 using just the built in whip.

Logs as follows:

9325 Khz Guam KTWR 14:48 UTC Korean. Agana relay. Interference from CNR1 jammer on 9320 SINPO: 43333 2014-12-30

9345 Khz Phillipines FEBC 14:55 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 44444 2014-12-30

9355 Khz Phillipines VOA 14:58 UTC Burmese. Music followed by announcements from female. Followed by male announcer with further announcements. ID at 14:58.News at 15:00. Tinang relay SINPO: 44444 2014-12-30

9370 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio. 15:04 UTC Pashto. News with male announcer followed by ID at 15:05. Irinwala relay SINPO: 33333 2014-12-30

9390 Khz Uzbekistan IBRA Radio 15:08 UTC Bangla. Sounds like a radio play with 2 male and 1 female player. Tashkent relay. Contact details at 15:11 SINPO: 43333 2014-12-30

9410 Khz Singapore BBCWS 15:13 UTC English. Discussion about Russians going abroad including Finland. Part of the ‘Business Daily’ program. Further discussion about russians enjoying the holiday season. Kranji relay. SINPO: 33333 2014-12-30

9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC 15:25 UTC Mandarin. Female announcer with discussion followed by music. Bocaue relay SINPO: 43333 2014-12-30

9475 Khz Australia R. Australia 15:32 UTC English. Music at 13:32. Short announcement at the end of track then quickly followed by more music. SINPO: 54444 2014-12-30

9575 Khz Morocco R.Mediiterranee Int. 15:46 UTC French/Arabic. Music with chat links. SINPO: 43333 2014-12-30

Where ever you are in the World, may I wish you and your families an excellent 2015, with Health, Happiness and Good DX!

A big thanks to all who have looked at this blog

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Happy New Year callsigns

From Southgate Amateur Radio news comes the following:

Happy New Year suffix

Members of the Dale Amateur Radio Society will celebrate the new year
with the following calls between Dec. 28 and Jan. 24:

GB0HNY (Brian/G0BFJ, WAB SE11, WW Loc.: IO93CP)
GB1HNY (Darran/G0BWB, WAB SE11, WW Loc.: IO93CO)
GB2HNY (Richard/M0RBG, WAB SE11, WW Loc.: IO93CP)
GB4HNY (Darryl/M0WIS, WAB SE11, WW Loc.: IO93CO)
GB6HNY (Brian/MOGDJ, WAB SE11, WW Loc.: IO93CQ)
GB8HNY (Geoff/M0OYZ, WAB SE12, WW Loc.: IO93CQ)

They do not plan to confirm QSOs with QSL cards.
Those who worked 5 of the above stations are invited to apply for a
certificate (gb0bwb (at) g0bwb.com)

Logs for 29th December

Some interesting listening today, on both the high bands and 49m. Being on holiday at the moment gives me a chance to do some listening during the day when some interesting catches can be had on the higher bands. It was interesting that I managed to log quite a number of the religious broadcast stations from the US this afternoon on 16m.

17590 Khz Vatican City Vatican Radio 13:00 UTC Italian. ID at 13:00 followed by news. SINPO: 54555 2014-12-29

17625 Khz Saudi Arabia R. Riyadh 13:05 UTC Arabic. Male announcer with news. SINPO: 54444 2014-12-29

17800 Khz Rwanda DWL 13:20 UTC Hausa. Male announcer with discussion. Kigali relay SINPO: 43333 2014-12-29

21600 Khz USA WHRI 16:12 UTC English. Midnight Cry Ministries live service. WHRI ID at 16:15 SINPO: 33333 2014-12-29

17830 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 16:18 UTC English. News about Cameroon army in battle with Boko Harem fighters from Nigeria. Ascension Island relay. SINPO: 43333 2014-12-29

17790 Khz USA R. Africa 16:23 UTC English. Religious broadcast via Okeechobee. SINPO: 33333 2014-12-29

15825 Khz USA WWCR 16:28 UTC English. Religious broadcast. ‘Sound of Faith’ Followed by ‘Tell it from Calvary’ (New York) SINPO: 43344 2014-12-29

15790 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:32 UTC Krundi. News about Boko Harem attack on Cameroon forces. Followed by ID at 16:33 and then other news. Meyerton relay SINPO: 43344 2014-12-29

15770 Khz USA Overcomer Ministry 16:38 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 33333 2014-12-29

15610 Khz USA WEWN 16:41 UTC English. Religious phone-in program SINPO: 43333 2014-12-29

15580 Khz Sao Tome VOA 16:43 UTC English. ID at 16:43 followed by music Sao Tome relay. SINPO: 33333 2014-12-29

6050 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 22:14 UTC Chinese. Music followed by announcements. SINPO: 43333 2014-12-29

6060 Khz Iran V.O. Iran 22:20 UTC Arabic. Female announcer with music and announcements. ID at 22:20. SINPO: 44444 2014-12-29

6100 Khz Bosnia-Hertzegovina R. Serbia 22:24 UTC English. Music followed by ID at 22:28 Switched to Serbian at 22:30 SINPO: 43344 2014-12-29

6155 Khz Belarus R. Belarus 22:32 UTC Belarus. Music with announcements. Sounds like folk/rock music sung in Belarus. SINPO: 54455 2014-12-29

RNE/Radio Exterior resumes SW today

RNE/Radio Exterior resumes SW today (18 December) The winter schedule is:
1600-2400 on 9620 NOB 200 kW / 290 deg to NoAm Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 11685 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 11940 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 12030 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to NEAf Spanish Sat/Sun

1600-2200 on 17715 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Daily
1600-2400 on 17755 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Daily
1800-2400 on 17850 NOB 100 kW / 272 deg to CeAm Spanish Daily
1800-2400 on 21610 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to N/ME Spanish Daily
1900-2300 on 15110 NOB 200 kW / 302 deg to NoAm Spanish Daily

2000-2400 on 9620 NOB 200 kW / 290 deg to NoAm Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 11685 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 11940 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 12030 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to NEAf Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 15385 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Mon-Fri