Monthly Archives: August 2015

Low band loafing

I didn’t get on the radio until late this evening, so I decided to stick to the 60m band in the main, with a bit of a listen on the 49m band, before the laptop battery gave up.

Propagation seems to have recovered somewhat from the past few days. I have a number of ‘check’ frequencies I use, and one of these is ABC Alice Springs on 4835. For me, with just the PL-600 and a 15m long wire, good propo. means receiving Alice at about the S2 level, S3 if I am lucky. I can usually make out talking and music, but due to static crashes and general noise, cannot make out individual words. And that’s how it was this evening. Which is a bit frustrating, as with a little less noise then I would actually be able to hear what was being said.

A first this evening was being to just able to hear ABC from Katherine in the Northern Territories on 5025 Khz. Quickly flipping between 4835 and 5025, I could detect it was the same transmission. But this was about the S1 – S2 level, again plagued by lots of static and general QRM.


The logs: (short but sweet!)

4835 Khz Australia ABC Alice Springs 21:09 UTC English. Just make out chat between male and female plus music. Too many static crashes and other noises to make out in full SINPO: 21122 2015-08-19

4800 Khz China CNR1 21:16 UTC Chinese music. CW came over the top at one point. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-19

4820 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:19 UTC Chinese music. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-19

4905 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:30 UTC Chinese. Female announcer, followed by music. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-19

5025 Khz Australia ABC Katherine 21:38 UTC English. Just about make out voices and can detect it is the same transmission as that on 4835 SINPO: 21111 2015-08-19

5865 Khz Kuwait R. Farda 21:49 UTC Persian. Music and chat. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-19

Some recent logs

Time for listening has been limited just lately but I do get the odd moment! The last couple of days (14-17th August) has seen some poor propagation and MUF limits due to a quite large geomagnetic storm on the Sun. This knocked out all but the strongest stations on the 19, 22 and 25m bands. And even those like R. Thailand on its evening slot of 9390 was a lot strength than normal.

That being said, earlier in the month, propagation from S.E. Asia was very good with many of the stations such as V.O. Korea and R. Thailand coming in extremely strong. I also managed to log a new station, R. Dandal Kura, using the Babcock transmitters on Ascension.

So all is not lost with Shortwave. Yes, some of the ‘Big Guns’ have disappeared in recent years, but there is still lots of interesting stuff out there and some new stations appearing. And of course, there is all the utility, aero and ham band traffic. Lots to hear!

Logs from 5th to 16th August:

6150 Khz Germany Europe 24 21:35 UTC English. ID at 21:36. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

6265 Khz Holland Radio42 21:42 UTC English. MOR music and chat (Contact ID at 21:45. Occasional deep fading on the signal. Until 22:00. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-05

6280 Khz Pirate Radio Experience. 22:01 UTC (Pirate) Non-stop pop music. No ID SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

6290 Khz Pirate Radio Rode Adelaar 22:14 UTC Dutch. Pop music and chat.’Common People’ by Blur SINPO: 53444 2015-08-05

6305 Khz Pirate Radio Alice 22:24 UTC Pop/Rock music SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

5865 Khz Kuwait R.Farda 22:29 UTC Farsi. Music and chat. ID at 22:30 followed by news SINPO: 33333 2015-08-05

11985 Khz Madagascar R. Japan 20:54 UTC French. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-08-07

11945 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 21:01 UTC Korean. Female announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-07

15610 Khz USA WEWN 19:20 UTC English. Can just make out the odd English word down in the noise. Sounds like a male and female announcers. At 19:30, just managed to make out jingles and then ‘WEWN’ Listened until 19:35 but signal did not improve. SINPO: 21111 2015-08-11

11975 Khz Romania RRI 19:45 UTC Romanian. Just like a local station! hence the 5N SINPO: 55555 2015-08-11

11600 Khz France Radyoya Denge Kurdistane 19:55 UTC Kurdish music. Issoudin relay SINPO: 43333 2015-08-11

11735 Khz Tanzania ZBC 20:00 UTC Swahili. ID followed by news. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-11

9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 18:35 UTC Pashto. Music and chat. Sounds like phone-in. SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

9335 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 18:41 UTC Pashto. Music and chat. Sounds like phone-in.. Same program as on 9310 but not as strong. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-14

9425 Khz North Korea V.O.Korea 18:46 UTC German. News SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

9515 Khz South Korea KBS World Radio 18:49 UTC Korean. Male and female announcers. SINPO: 43233 2015-08-14

9730 Khz Vietnam V.O. Vietnam 20:15 UTC Russian. Male and female announcers. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-14

9540 Khz Thailand RFE 20:21 UTC Russian. Discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

13580 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar 18:53 UTC Traditional music. Modulation a bit low. Close-out ID and contact details. English SINPO: 43333 2015-08-15

11830 Khz Ascension Island Dandal Kura 19:44 UTC Kanuri. Male and feamle announcer. Music and chat. Via Ascension. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-15

A few recent logs – 4th August 2015

I spent some time listening to both ‘African Beat’ and ‘Music Time Africa’, transmitted by VOA from Botswana. These are both outstanding programs if you enjoy eclectic musical styles with an African twist. There is some truly fantastic music out there which is ONLY available via the power of Shortwave radio. No mainstream radio station in the UK would feature this music, although Radio 3 does have the ‘Late Junction’ program which covers some of this type of music. But the shear vibrancy of the featured music on both ‘African beat’ and ‘Music Time Africa’ is like nothing else. Heather Maxwell (compere of ‘Music Time Africa’) clearly knows here stuff and it is a superbly researched and presented program. You can tell I’m a fan!

6080 Khz Botswana VOA 20:31 UTC English. ‘African Beat’ program. Until 21:00. Switched from 4930 as better signal SINPO: 43344 2015-07-31

6080 Khz Botswana VOA 21:00 UTC English. Heather MAxwell with ‘Music Time Africa’. More great music. SINPO: 43344 2015-07-31

15235 Khz South Africa Channel Africa. 17:40 UTC English. ‘Africa Digest’ program. Discussion about the EU. ID and jingles at 17:44. Followed by financial and economic news from South Africa. Sports news followed at 17:50. Close-out music at 17:55. SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

15245 Khz North Korea V.O. Korea 18:10 UTC English. Program about the ‘PyongYang Home for the Aged’ with the usual mention about the ‘Great leaader’! SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:17 UTC English. ‘Africa News Tonight’ program SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

VP8STI & VP8SGI South Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island

From the DXCoffee pages comes this announcement:

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:
The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are pleased that we have been able to add World-Class CW Maestro Dmitri Zhikharev RA9USU to our team.
We have now shipped all of our equipment to New Zealand at considerable expense. Our container contents will be loaded aboard the RV Braveheart and will meet us in the Falkland Islands in January.
This will be a “Pure DX” event. We have assembled a team of World-Class experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. Our sole focus is on getting you in our logs!
When our voyage starts, you can see our location in real time on a map on our website. You will know when we are about to land or are departing one island for the other. We will be in daily satellite communications with our Pilots, and support team. You can get a feel for propagation as we will be QRV as VP8IDX/MM on the way to and from the islands.”
DXCoffee has loads of info regarding expeditions, DXing and a whole lot more. Worth a look.