Early 2016 listening conditions

My listening times since the start of the new year have been somewhat sporadic due to a number of factors. Some of the usual things such as work, family etc but also the many days of sub-par conditions. Even when the predictions from qrz.com and Solarham showed that conditions would be fair – good, I have noticed the bands to be very noisy. And this isn’t local noise from electrical gadgets, it’s solar/atmospheric noise. 31m appears, at least from this QTH, to be particularly  prone to poor conditions. I have some ‘marker’ stations on various bands which, when conditions are good, come booming in. These are VOA on 15580 in the 19m band, R Thailand on 9390 in the 31m band and R Farda on 5865 in the 49m band. These give a nice spread frequency-wise, over the busiest part of the HF spectrum. For a lot of days this year, reception of these, at the appropriate times of day, have been poor.

One surprise over a couple of days recently has been reception of ABC Alice Springs on 4835. On two consecutive days, reception was in the poor – fair range, when normally it is in the inaudible – poor range! A day later, it was back down in the noise. Ain’t propagation a wonderful and mysterious thing!

Talking of propagation, I received a great book for Christmas entitled: ‘Radio and Propagation Principles and Practice’ by Ian Poole G3YWX. I can highly recommend this book as it lays out the detail of radio propagation in an easy to follow style. It can be read from cover to cover, but it’s more of a dip-in-and-out book when you want info on something specific.


Here are the logs for the first 17 days of 2016:

9575 Khz Morocco Medi 1 17:55 UTC French/Arabic. Music and chat. SINPO: 44444 2016-01-01

11615 Khz Botswana Afia Darfur 18:25 UTC Arabic. male announcer. Loud buzzing noise. SINPO: 32333 2016-01-01

9610 Khz China CNR8 22:40 UTC Chinese. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2016-01-05

9625 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 22:44 UTC Indonesian. Religious broadcast, ending at 22:45 SINPO: 33333 2016-01-05

9525 Khz Java V.O. Indonesia 20:25 UTC French. Female announcer with music and chat. ID at 20:29 SINPO: 33333 2016-01-06

9690 Khz Nigeria V.O. Nigeria 20:45 UTC Hausa. Sounds like a heated discussion SINPO: 33333 2016-01-06

9840 Khz UAE KBS World Radio 20:59 UTC Arabic. Closing announcements and sign-off music SINPO: 54444 2016-01-06

9915 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 21:02 UTC English. News SINPO: 33333 2016-01-06

9940 Khz Swaziland TWR 19:06 UTC Lingala. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-09

9780 Khz Ascension Island Afia Dafur 19:20 UTC Arabic. ID at 19:21, male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-09

5865 Khz Sri Lanka R Farda 19:35 UTC Farsi. Female announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-01-09

5875 Khz Phillipines VOA 19:41 UTC Korean. Male announcer. Sever QSB, only just audible at times. SINPO: 22222 2016-01-09

9500 Khz Swaziland TWR 18:58 UTC Swahili. Music followed by contact details before closedown at 19:02. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-12

9505 Khz Sudan V Africa 19:03 UTC Hausa. Music and chat. SINPO: 21122 2016-01-12

4835 Khz Australia ABC Alice Springs 19:08 UTC English. Discussion program. SINPO: 32222 2016-01-12

6195 Khz Singapore BBCWS 22:12 UTC English. World News SINPO: 32233 2016-01-12

4835 Khz Australia ABC Alice Springs 18:34 UTC English. World news followed by Australian weather and temps. ID at 18:35 SINPO: 32233 2016-01-14

4930 Khz Botswana VOA 18:56 UTC English. World news followed by ID at 18:57 SINPO: 32233 2016-01-14

5980 Khz Turkey V.O Turkey 19:04 UTC Turkish. Male announcer. Sounds like football match SINPO: 54444 2016-01-14

15325 Khz Guam KSDA 10:18 UTC Mandarin. Male announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-01-16

15465 Khz Taiwan R Taiwan 10:23 UTC Amoy. Female announcer SINPO: 33333 2016-01-16

15640 Khz Phillipines FEBC 10:28 UTC Close-out music. Off air at 10:30 SINPO: 21122 2016-01-16

15760 Khz Sri Lanka R Mashaal 10:57 UTC Pashto. Male announcer SINPO: 32233 2016-01-16

11615 Khz Botswana Afia Darfur Radio 18:20 UTC Arabic. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-01-17

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 18:25 UTC Swahili. Discussion program SINPO: 32233 2016-01-17

11760 Khz Cuba R Habana 18:30 UTC Spanish. ID at 18:31 followed by music and chat SINPO: 32222 2016-01-17

11900 Khz South Africa VOA 18:35 UTC Amharic. Music and chat. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-17

12075 Khz Botswana VOA 18:40 UTC French. Learning English program. SINPO: 43344 2016-01-17

9590 Khz Sao Tome VOA 19:38 UTC French. Soul music. SINPO: 33333 2016-01-17

5865 Khz Sri Lanka R Farda 19:48 UTC Persian. Ethnic music and chat. ID at 19:49 SINPO: 43344 2016-01-17


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