I finally managed to get some listening time in! Over the last few days I have been putting together a pre-selector from a circuit and plans on the Bavarian DX Club website. It is in German but the circuit and coil winding info are easy to follow. The Tesun PL-600 that I use suffers from overloading and image interference when coupled to an external antenna. This pre-selector has eliminated that, and the tuning is nice and sharp. This evening I finally managed to here ABC Alice Springs on 4835 Khz by being able to peak up the pre-selector for that frequency. The signal didn’t last long, only about 5 minutes, but enough time to confirm that it was this station. I shall devote another post to the pre-selector another day, but suffice to say it is now a permanent fixture at this listening post.
Logs from today:
9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 18:18 UTC Pashto. Male announcer with female singing guest. SINPO: 43333 2015-05-25
11660 Khz Armenia BBC 18:57 UTC Kinyarwanda. Male announcer. Sign off at 19:00 SINPO: 43333 2015-05-25
4835 Khz Australia ABC Alice Springs 19:58 UTC English. news at 20:00. Fading out at 20:05 down to 22222 SINPO: 32233 2015-05-25
6035 Khz Sao Tome VOA 20:51 UTC Hausa. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-05-25
6080 Khz Botswana VOA 21:00 UTC English. ID followed by News. Some ACI from CRI SINPO: 43344 2015-05-25
6115 Khz Phillipines R.Veritas Asia 21:05 UTC Chinese. Male and female announcers. Some QSB SINPO: 43344 2015-05-25
6190 Khz China CNR2 21:14 UTC Chinese. female announcer. SINPO: 32233 2015-05-25
6200 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:18 UTC Modern dance music. SINPO: 43344 2015-05-25
I decided to concentrate on the 49m band this evening for my listening. Quite a noisy band and seems to suffer more than most from local QRM. However, with the a Datong FL1 filter connected to my Tecsun PL-600, this cuts out a lot of the noise to make listening that much more pleasant and less fatiguing. Although the FL1 is in excess of 30 years old, it still does a good job of digging out signals from the QRM. It is better suited to SSB and CW signal resolving rather than AM, but it is still effective.
Europa 24 was a new one I haven’t logged before. Seems to be just a music station with the likes of Elton John, Bee Gees etc. I shall have to listen further to see if this is the only format of the station.
5865 Khz Kuwait R. Farda 21:08 UTC Farsi. Music followed by ID at 21:10. Male announcer with further music from Gilbert O’Sullivan! SINPO: 33333 2015-05-05
6050 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:14 UTC Chinese. Usual near non-stop music from Lhasa. Very nice. Occasional voice over. SINPO: 43333 2015-05-05
6080 Khz Botswana VOA 21:25 UTC English. Pop music. Some QSB. ID at 21:32 SINPO: 43344 2015-05-05
6115 Khz Phillipines R.Veritas Asia 21:44 UTC Chinese. female announcer with chinese music. SINPO: 32222 2015-05-05
6150 Khz Germany Europa 24 21:46 UTC Playing Elton John, Bee Gees etc. SINPO: 43333 2015-05-05
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