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 email@example.com). 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