During the summer months I usually help out my XYL in her shop on Saturdays/Sunday afternoons, so most of my listening is confined to the evening hours. However, during the winter months when trade is, should we say, slack, I get the weekend ‘off’. So today, after doing some household chores I settled in to do some listening. A lot of stations are on during the afternoon which I don’t normally get to hear, so it makes a nice change. Or the ones I can hear in the evening may have a stronger signal earlier in the day as they may be beaming more toward the UK. Also, during the winter months, the higher bands (17m, 19m and 22m) have shut down by the evening. So within the space of an hour I logged the following.
My listening sessions are usually confined to hour chunks, as I use a laptop for logging and frequency reference. My laptop has an extremely noisy SMPS, so I can only run it on battery power whilst listening, otherwise unless I am listening to one of the high power stations, everything is swamped by hash. Unfortunately, as the laptop is about 7 years old, the battery only lasts for an hour before requiring re-charging. Hence the hour chunks.
17700 Khz Botswana VOA 15:25 UTC Hausa. Female announcer. ID at close out at 15:30 SINPO: 54455 2016-01-30
15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate of Oman 15:33 UTC Arabic. Discussion with a child followed by child reciting the English alphabet. SINPO: 54444 2016-01-30
15610 Khz USA WEWN 15:40 UTC English. Discussion about communications skills. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-30
13590 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 15:45 UTC Pashto. Sounds like a radio drama. SINPO: 54444 2016-01-30
11670 Khz Phillipines VOA 16:10 UTC Tibetan. Male announcer. SINPO: 32233 2016-01-30
11655 Khz UAE IBRA Radio 16:15 UTC Afar. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-01-30
11645 Khz North Korea V.O. Korea 16:17 UTC Music with announcements in Arabic. SINPO: 33333 2016-01-30
11680 Khz South Korea KCBS 16:22 UTC Korean. Music and chat. SINPO: 43333 2016-01-30
11730 Khz Belarus R Belarus 16:26 UTC Polish. Female announcer SINPO: 54444 2016-01-30
11860 Khz Saudi Arabia Yemen Radio 16:31 UTC Arabic. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-01-30
The last one is a new one for me. Quite a good signal considering it is only a 50 KW transmitter.