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