Monthly Archives: December 2015

Marconi Radio International’s 30th Anniversary – Special broadcasts on 3 and 4 January 2016

Marconi Radio International (MRI) began its shortwave transmissions on 4th January 1986, with the aim of being a radio for DXers. That’s why we have planned a special 30th anniversary broadcast on the following days and times:

3rd January 2016 from 08.00 to 16.00 UTC;
4th January 2026 from 13.00 to 16.00 UTC.

Our frequency remains the same: 11390 kHz and power in the region of 30 watts. To mark this milestone, we’ll broadcast a special programme in Italian with details on the history of MRI and interviews with two well known DXers of Italy: Dario Monferini and Roberto Scaglione.

Also our playlist will have something special as only songs with the word “radio” in their title will be played (the playlist includes also some little known tunes like “Radio Tirana” by the Polish band Kult!).

But that is not all. In addition to our weekly DX programme in English “Italian Shortwave Panorama” and “Studio DX”, produced and presented by Roberto Scaglione, we’ll be airing two vintage MRI programmes: a DX Show in English of 25th December 1991 hosted by a female speaker, as well as the edition nr. 6 of “Italian Wave”, a programme aired during 1986, which featured new Italian bands playing different kinds of rock music.

As usual MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts are welcome! We QSL 100% and of course a special 30th anniversary QSL verification will be sent to acknowledge reports about reception of above mentioned broadcasts.

Our e-mail address is: but please don’t forget to include your postal address as some lucky listeners will also receive a printed QSL card.

Last but not least, we need your help! If you use social networks, please post an announcement on Facebook or send out a tweet the day before the broadcasts. You can also forward this message to a friend. This should help increase our potential audience.

We hope to hear from a lot of shortwave listeners about these two special 30th anniversary broadcasts.

Best 73’s

Marconi Radio International (MRI)
Short wave broadcasts from Italy
on 11390 kHz


Radio Free Asia release Year of the Monkey QSL

Info from the RadioActivity blog:

Radio Free Asia releases Year of the Monkey QSL

                                                   RFA’s Year of the Monkey QSL
Radio Free Asia (RFA) has announced about the release of Year of the Monkey QSL. The Year of the Monkey begins February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017. The design is used with permission from the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA). The sheet is made of ten $ 1.20 USD stamps with the UN emblem as a standard international first class postage stamp. Those born in a monkey year are said to be optimistic, adventurous, humorous, forthright and to-the-point, and intelligent. Monkeys have strong personalities and are witty, but also mischievous, clever and curious about the world around them. The Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world. This is RFA’s 60th QSL and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from January-April 2016.
Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at
RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience
Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Thoughts for 2016

As 2015 closes, thoughts turn to what 2016 may hold radio-wise. I hope that no more of the international broadcasters decide to pull any more of their broadcast outlets. The last few years has seen VOA, the BBC, DW and others reduce their output and this to me is a mistake in a very uncertain world. As conflict and despotism increases in parts of the world, ordinary people need up to date, uncensored information. And this can only be provided by shortwave as many cannot afford the internet, and the means for censoring is not as easy. As we have learnt about China, millions of people have access to the internet but the government blocks a lot of available information. Yes China does employ jamming on short wave, but this is much more expensive.

I also can see more regional short wave stations starting up, either funded by external organisations or the countries themselves. Although many short wave stations in South America since the hey days of the ’70’s, they are still numerous, serving their local communities with up to date news, sport and other programs of interest. Many of them are religious based and supported by external religious groups. I can see this model of getting information to ordinary people being extended to Africa and S.E. Asia. This will not only improve the lives of people in these areas by providing cheap-to-get information and education, but make the short wave bands much more interesting for us listeners.

Whilst on the subject of providing cheap access to information and education via radio, it’s worth mentioning the charity Ears To Our World, run by Tomas Witherspoon of SWLing Post fame. The charity provides radios (usually of the wind up variety) to poor communities around the world. It’s worth having a read on what they are about and if you feel so moved, send ’em a donation. I have no connection with ETOW but I do think they are a really worthwhile organisation.

Finally, I should like to extend a very Happy New Year to all who have happened upon this blog over the last year and hope that 2016 is good for you both personally and on the radio. On my part, I shall try and make more time for posting articles and items of interest. That’s as far as I go for resolutions!

See you all on the other side. 73’s and Good Listening!

A few Christmas Day logs

After the presents had been opened, and a buffet lunch, the XYL started to read one of her new books. The rest of the family were doing their own thing, so it was time for a bit of listening. I started on 19m and worked my way down. I noticed as the day went on and darkness fell, conditions worsened. That appears to be the case at the moment, even when A and K indices are good for listening. The Solar Flux index has been at good levels over the last few days which should give good long distance contacts. And this has been born out with what I managed to log yesterday, with S.E. Asia coming in well, as well as Africa.

15755 Khz Uzbekistan TWR 13:57 UTC Hindi. Female announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-25

13590 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 14:17 UTC Pashto. Discussion program SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

13685 Khz Turkey V.O. Turkey 14:20 UTC Uyghur. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

11695 Khz Phillipines Vatican Radio 14:40 UTC Hindi. Male and female announcers SINPO: 32233 2015-12-25

11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:48 UTC Burmese. Music and chat. Male and female announcers SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

11750 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 14:52 UTC Teluga. Male and female announcers SINPO: 33333 2015-12-25

9500 Khz Swaziland TWR 18:27 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

5875 Khz Thailand BBCWS 18:50 UTC Dari. Discussion program. SINPO: 33333 2015-12-25

Some Christmas Eve listening

As we approach the ‘Big Day’ and all work (in my case) is finished for the year, I had some time to do a little listening. The bands, of late, have been pretty poor, with a couple of CME’s and A/K indices fairly high. I am also getting some more interference at the moment due to my families propensity for buying yet more lights to go on the outside of the house. A lot of these unfortunately use cheap SMPS’s (Switch Mode Power Supplies) which create huge amounts of noise right across the HF spectrum. So add in the poor propagation conditions, I get a recipe for extremely noisy band conditions and not much to listen to.

The afternoon/evening however, 19m was very good, with a number of my favourite stations having very good signals. So I took the opportunity to do some listening and logging. It si fun digging out the DX from the noise, but it is also nice to get an S9 signal from VOA in Botswana with their excellent News program.

I’ll end this short piece by wishing you all who read/browse/glance at this blog a Very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2016. Lets hope the conditions improve as we move into spring.

This evenings logs:

15105 Khz Swaziland TWR 16:05 UTC Kirundi. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate of Oman 16:15 UTC Arabic. Local music and chat. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24

15190 Khz UAE DW 16:18 UTC Amharic. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

15235 Khz South Africa Channel Africa. 16:22 UTC French. Male announcer with chat and African music. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24

15265 Khz South Africa VOA 16:45 UTC Swahili. Male announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24

15275 Khz Sri Lanka DW 16:48 UTC Amharic. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

15360 Khz Sri Lanka AWR 16:50 UTC Sindhi. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

15420 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:52 UTC English. Discussion about Boka Haram. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 17:01 UTC English. ID and News. Followed by the ‘International Edition’ program SINPO: 54444 2015-12-24

9390 Khz Thailand R Thailand 19:00 UTC English. ID followed by national news. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24

9765 Khz Austria NDR GruB an Bord 21:30 UTC German. Christmas messages SINPO: 33333 2015-12-24

This Weekend: Croatian CW Contest, OK DX RTTY Contest and RAC Winter Contest

The Croatian CW Contest will be taking place from Saturday, 1400 UTC through Sunday, 1400 UTC on 1,8/3,5/7/14/21/28 MHz.

Points :

10 points contacts with 9A stations on 1,8/3,5/7 MHz, 6 points on 14/21/28 MHz

6 points contacts with other continent on 1,8/3,5/7 MHz, 3 points on 14/21/28 MHz

2 points contacts with own continent, including entrant’s own country on 1,8/3,5/7 MHz, 1 point on 14/21/28 MHz.

Multipliers : DXCC countries plus WAE list on each band 1 point.

Complete rules: The contest website is


The OK DX RTTY will be taking place on Saturday on 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters.


On 10, 15 and 20 meters bands:

1 point for contact within own continent

2 points for outside own continent (DX QSO)

On 40 and 80 meters bands:

3 points for contact within own continent

6 points for outside own continent (DX QSO)

Multipliers: DXCC Countries and OK stations on each band

Complete rules:

Finally, thw winter RAC contest will be running on 160 – 2 meters, in CW and SSB on Saturday, 0000 UTC – 2359 UTC.

The rules are at