Monthly Archives: November 2015

Important Announcement from Adventist Word Radio

From the DXers Guide blog comes this announcement from Adventist World Radio (AWR):

The time has come for change.  For the past quarter century and more, the Indianapolis address for Adventist Word Radio has received listener mail and reception reports from more than 100 countries all around the world.  It has been our privilege to respond to all of the incoming mail, both postal and email, and to send out uncounted thousands of QSL cards.
However, because of major health issues for us both (my wife as well as myself) and due to our advancing years (we are both nearing our mid-80s) it has become necessary for me to reduce my work load, just as soon as possible.  It is with great reluctance that therefore I announce the fact that the processing of listener reception reports will be transferred from Indianapolis to a new address in Silver Spring Maryland.  Staff at AWR headquarters will take over the processing of all reception reports addressed to Adventist World Radio.  They are located in the building complex at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination on the edge of suburban Washington DC.
Effective at the end of the year, the Indianapolis post office box address will be closed, and emails addressed to the Indianapolis address will no longer be received.  Likewise, postal mail addressed to the AWR street address in Indianapolis will no longer be processed locally.  The new address for all reception reports addressed to Adventist World Radio worldwide is:-
Box 10188, Silver Spring, MD 20914, USA.
Every item of  postal mail received at the Indianapolis box address up to December 31 will be processed here and QSL cards will be sent out in the usual way from this location.  It will take some time, well into the New Year, to complete the processing of all pending mail, but each item will be processed and all QSL cards will be posted out.
We might add that a new QSL card has just been received, and this card will be the last QSL card ever issued from this address.  In addition, a new batch of many different types of AWR curios and souvenirs has been received, and these items will be sent out to listeners who enter our big annual DX contest.  These souvenirs and curios will never become available again.
Remember to enter our big annual DX contest which has been extended till the end of November.  Many awards, and souvenirs, and new QSL cards are available, as well as a new award for listeners in New Zealand and Australia; a copy of the colorful Australian Radio History by Dr. Bruce Carty.
In this year’s contest, you are invited to design the details for your own contest entry.  You are invited to tell what is your best QSL since our last contest, and to provide three AWR reception reports.
Complete details are available from many DX club magazines, and from various websites.  You may also contact Wavescan in Indianapolis for an email version of the contest details.
In order to grant opportunity for listeners in Australia and New Zealand, the closing date for the 2015 DX contest has been extended by one month.  All entries worldwide now need to be postmarked by the end of November, and received at the Indianapolis postal address by the end of December.  Details regarding the results of the contest will be announced in Wavescan in mid January.
It is intended that the AWR DX program, “Wavescan”, will continue as usual in the same regular way.  We are grateful for the DX reports from our DX reporters in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Australia.  We are grateful for the professional production of this weekly broadcast by Jeff White in the studios of WRMI in Okeechobee Florida, and for the reading of regular features by Ray Robinson in the studios of KVOH in Los Angeles, and for the widespread broadcast of Wavescan via the shortwave facilities of Adventist World Radio, WRMI, WWCR and KVOH.
Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
DX Editor – Wavescan.

‘Solar storm’ grounds Swedish air traffic

Via QRZ.COM comes news that aircraft at some of Sweden’s airports were grounded due to CME activity affecting the ATC Radar.

No aircraft were allowed to take off from airports in southern and central Sweden due to a massive geomagnetic solar flare storm causing problems for radar systems.

Ulf Wallin, press spokesperson at Swedavia, the organization managing Sweden’s airports, told TT that airports at Landvetter in Gothenburg and Arlanda and Bromma in Stockholm were affected.

“Those airplanes that are in the air are allowed to land at the airports they’re going to, but no planes are taking off,” he said.

The problems began at around 3.30pm on Wednesday. An hour later, traffic had begun to return to normal, but it was not known when airports would be operating at full capacity again, said Per Fröberg, press spokesperson for Luftfartsverket, responsible for air traffic control in Sweden.

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A new Tecsun radio next year??

From Thomas over at the SWLing Post comes news that Tecsun may be releasing a new receiver next year, the S-8800. This appears to be based, case-wise, on their BCL-3000. Perhaps it’s a BCL-3000 with PL-880 innards, who knows. No-one seems sure at the moment but it will be worth watching.

For what it’s worth, I think Tecsun would find a good market for a desktop receiver, rather than yet another portable. For a price point of say £250-300 with all the bells and whistles would certainly get me interested. A challenger to something like the Comm RAdio CR1-A. I guess at the moment they feel the portables market is more lucrative.

‘The Ham Sandwich’ 1 – A Show For Radio Hobbyists.

From QRZ.COM comes news of a new video show:

“After more than a year of thinking and mulling ideas over back and forth with fellow Ham , Steve KD0PXX , we have finally actually produced something.
It is a video show that is primarily for Amateur radio hobbyists , but something that we think that ALL radio fans would like.

Unlike the overproduced , over rehearsed smiling faces that want you to buy something , this show has no sponsors and no agenda other than providing an engaging half hour show that reveals more of what really goes on in Ham shacks around the world.

Being based in northern Europe I , Greg OH2FFY , bring my experience with Ham radio from Europe , Australia , and the UK.
Steve covers the scene in the United States.

While I am now out of the electronics industry Steve is still working in electronics servicing and repairs , and has a personal favorite being older tube type technology.

His technically accurate and thoughtful input to the show offsets my ‘fun’ relaxed and easy going style and combined this creates a conversational warm atmosphere on the show. , which is EXACTLY the way it is when a couple of Hams get together and talk about their projects and whats going on.

This show is fast paced , easy to watch and we believe has GREAT potential.
We think its time to ditch those old stale Video shows , and grab — ‘The Ham Sandwich’ :)

After more than a year of thinking and mulling ideas over back and forth with fellow Ham , Steve KD0PXX , we have finally actually produced something.
It is a video show that is primarily for Amateur radio hobbyists , but something that we think that ALL radio fans would like.

Unlike the overproduced , over rehearsed smiling faces that want you to buy something , this show has no sponsors and no agenda other than providing an engaging half hour show that reveals more of what really goes on in Ham shacks around the world.

Being based in northern Europe I , Greg OH2FFY , bring my experience with Ham radio from Europe , Australia , and the UK.
Steve covers the scene in the United States.

While I am now out of the electronics industry Steve is still working in electronics servicing and repairs , and has a personal favorite being older tube type technology.

His technically accurate and thoughtful input to the show offsets my ‘fun’ relaxed and easy going style and combined this creates a conversational warm atmosphere on the show. , which is EXACTLY the way it is when a couple of Hams get together and talk about their projects and whats going on.

This show is fast paced , easy to watch and we believe has GREAT potential.
We think its time to ditch those old stale Video shows , and grab — ‘The Ham Sandwich’ :)

Greg OH2FFY

 

Sunday afternoon listening session 08/11/2015

Well today was going to be one of those days when I attempt to catch up with jobs in the garden, and finish off those I started a couple of weeks ago before the head cold hit me. But, Oh Dear!, it’s very wet and windy, and being essentially a fair weather gardener, and since I still haven’t lost the head cold quite yet, well have to spend some time in front of the radio!

I had a quick listen last night, but with a fairly high A and K-index, reception was lousy. I also found out this morning that I hadn’t secured the T-piece of the dipole quite securely enough on the mast at the end of the house. I used tie-wraps and they seemed, at the time of fitting, to secure the T-piece to the pole very well. I hadn’t taken into account gusting winds whipping the antenna back and forth, with the result being the T-piece has slipped down the pole. This means one side of the dipole is virtually resting on the roof, so the noise levels have crept up. But judging by this afternoon’s loggings, no damage appears to have occured. So that’s another job to add to the list when the weather improves!

Anyway, back to today’s loggings. With much improved conditions, reception from S.E. Asia is back to it’s usual strength. I decided to stick to 31m, even though the MUF was probably much higher than this. i find that 31m provides a good spread of stations from all around the world, and CRI does not have such a great presence on the band as say, 41m. However, I was listening to the back end of R. Taiwan when the rather nice music being played was suddenly swamped by a carrier. CRI had brought up their carrier 4 minutes early on the frequency they were due to take over from R. Taiwan. Not a very clever thing to do!

Talking of CRI and Chinese stations, I do like to log the lower power CNR (China National Radio) stations, as there are quite a number of them. This afternoon,  I logged CNR17, which is a new one for me. I wasn’t aware they had that many regionals!

Here are this afternoons logs:

9400 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:33 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:41 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08

9485 Khz Germany Radio Waves Intl 11:43 UTC English. ID and schedule at 11:43. Followed by pop music. Close-out music at 11:58 with German national anthem. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9485 Khz Germany Hamburger Lokalradio 12:00 UTC German. ID at 12:00 with female announcer, followed by male announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 14:37 UTC Burmese. Female announcer. SINPO: 32233 2015-11-08

9400 Khz Pridnestrovie Denge Kurdistan 14:43 UTC Kurdish. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9540 Khz Uzbekistan FEBC 14:51 UTC Hindi. Music. Contact details at 14:54. Followed by more music. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9590 Khz Taiwan R. Taiwan. 14:57 UTC Music. Good signal until CRI brought up their carrier early and swamped the signal. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08

9630 Khz China CNR17 15:06 UTC Kazakh. Female announcer with music and chat SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9740 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 15:13 UTC Hindi. Christian religious broadcast. ID in English at 15:14 SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

B15 Logs

Now that the USA have put their clocks back for the winter period, all the broadcasters have switched to their B15 schedules, will be is use until the end of March next year. Listeners will need to be careful about which schedules they use, as I have found that some of the online sites don’t update them quickly. For the last 2 years, I have used, almost exclusively, those schedules published by Dan Ferguson. These are updated very rapidly, sometimes updating twice in one day. He compiles them from a number of sources, such as HFCC, Aoki etc. To use these schedules it is necessary to have a Yahoo account, but these are free. Once you have an account, navigate to the Groups page and look for SWSKEDS. Here you will find, usually in the files section, the up to date schedule listings, which download as an Excel spreadsheet. Not only does it list HF frequencies up to 30 Mhz, but is starts right down at LF at 60 Khz.

If you are a member of SWSKEDS, you will get updates via email, so can get immediate notification of updates. Dan used to make the updates available via a DropBox account, but he has had trouble with this just lately.

An online site which doesn’t require being a member of Yahoo, but does update in a timely manner, is Shortwave.am

Whilst on the subject of online information, for those of you who use social media, I can highly recommend a Facebook group called Shortwave Listeners Global. This group is the brain-child of Gary Cohen and moderated very well by him and a few other guys. The members of the group are a very friendly, knowledgeable bunch, and everyone with a real interest in short wave listening is welcome. The group welcomes logs, and many times it’s members have given me a heads-up about a particular station on air. Well worth joining.

So, to the stations I have logged this weekend. None out of the ordinary, but the propagation has been so good this weekend, that many of the stations have been coming in with much greater strength than normal.

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 19:22 UTC English. ‘Culture Tips’ program. SINPO: 54444 2015-10-31

15480 Khz Madagascar AWR 19:26 UTC Arabic. Male announcer. Followed by contact details at 19:28 and music. SINPO: 43333 2015-10-31

15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 19:29 UTC English. Adverts for upcoming programs. News at 19:30. Followed by program about young people in Ghana. SINPO: 44444 2015-10-31

17800 Khz South Africa AWR 19:49 UTC Fulah. Male announcer SINPO: 32233 2015-10-31

11550 Khz USA WEWN 13:39 UTC English. Religious service. SINPO: 44444 2015-11-01

11625 Khz Armenia TWR 14:09 UTC Unsure of language. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-01

9410 Khz Singapore BBCWS 16:46 UTC English. Sports World program. Southhampton vs Bournemouth. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-01

9525 Khz Java V.O. Indonesia 17:11 UTC Spanish. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-11-01

9700 Khz New Zealand RNZI 17:18 UTC English. ‘Hymns on Sunday’ program. ID and contact details at 17:28. Transmission obliterated by CRI comin on air 17:30 SINPO: 32233 2015-11-01

9355 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 18:54 UTC Pashto. Discussion program. Mention of Pakistan SINPO: 54444 2015-11-01

9390 Khz Thailand R. Thailand 18:57 UTC Thai. Music and chat SINPO: 54444 2015-11-01