I managed to get a fair bit of time in listening this last Friday (20/06/2016) and was pleased to note that some of the stations that are only audible during the summer months are starting to come through. Notable stations were R Argentina Exterior, R.Inconfidencia, Caribbean Beacon, and R.Nac.Argentina. An odd one amongst the mix was Bangladesh Betar on 4750. I first logged this as RRI Makassar from Indonesia. The signal strength was extremely poor so, as you do, I guessed. But, discussing it with one of the listening groups on Facebook, it had already been ID’d as Bangladesh Betar. Apparently, there was a special celebration in Bangladesh that day and the station, usually off-air at 17:00 UTC, was carrying on well into the evening! Two things came out of this: never guess or assume what the station is just because the listings say so. And the experience and knowledge of fellow SWL travellers is invaluable. I have mentioned before the great groups that are available on Facebook. Now I’m not a great FB user for personal stuff, never did understand posting pictures of what your’re having for tea, but I am a member of several Short Wave/Amateur Radio FB groups. These are Shortwave Listeners Global, Radio! Radio!, Shortwave Radio Station Listening and Extreme Shortwave Listening. All have a mix of members from complete noobs, to people who have been dxing for 50+ years. So there is always a good spread of knowledge and enthusiasm. And however long you’ve been listening, there are always those occasions that will surprise you or catch you out (see above!).
A new one for me after Friday’s listening session was R.Inconfidencia. This is a very low power (5 KW) regional station in Brazil. And yes the signal was very poor, but definitely there and enough to identify talking and music.
Although not a low power station, R Sana from Saudi was also a new one.
So there are always new stations and new surprises. Happy listening!
15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 17:33 UTC English. ‘Focus on Africa’ program. SINPO: 44444 2016-05-20
15345 Khz Argentina R Argentina Exterior 20:38 UTC French. Discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20
15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate Oman 20:43 UTC Arabic. Sounds like a play. SINPO: 32233 2016-05-20
15190 Khz Brazil R.Inconfidencia 20:45 UTC Portugese. Just managing to hear voices and some music. SINPO: 21122 2016-05-20
15245 Khz North Korea V Korea 20:52 UTC French. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20
15370 Khz Cuba R Habana 20:57 UTC Arabic. OM announcer followed by ID in Spanish at 20:58 SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20
11615 Khz Madagascar Madagaskar World Voice 21:06 UTC Mandarin. OM announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20
11775 Khz Anguila Caribbean Beacon 21:13 UTC English. YL with religious broadcast SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20
11780 Khz Brazil R.Nacional Amazonia 21:18 UTC Portugese. Discussion program SINPO: 32222 2016-05-20
11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 21:22 UTC Arabic music SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20
4750 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar 21:50 UTC Very extended program celebrating a public holiday SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20
5905 Khz Thailand BBCWS 22:07 UTC English. World News including news of the downed Egypt airliner. SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20
5970 Khz Thailand VOA 22:11 UTC Chinese. OM and YL announcers SINPO: 33333 2016-05-20
6060 Khz Argentina R.Nac.Argentina 22:14 UTC Spanish. ID at 22:15. Mixture of music. SINPO: 43333 2016-05-20
6090 Khz Nigeria R Nigeria Kaduna 22:20 UTC Hausa. OM announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-05-20