Autumnal Loggings

Now that we are slipping into winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, I have started to concentrate my listening on the lower bands. These are those under 10 MHz, so the 31, 41, 49, 60, 75 and 90m bands. And the broadcasters tend to favour these lower bands during the winter months, as the propagation characteristics change. These lower bands can throw up some interesting broadcasts, from stations one would not normally hear, as the propagation changes. They do take some digging out, and are sometimes masked by the ‘big guns’. I am fortunate in having a receiver in the FT-450D which has great filtering via the built in DSP, and in conjuction with using LSB, it is possible to dig out the unusual from the common place. Some highlights over the last few days have been: V O Martyrs from Uzbekistan, V O Armenia, V O Tigray Revolution from Ethiopia, and R Tajikistan. It was also nice to hear R Taiwan without CRI jammer interference for once. Listening at different times of the day, if this is possible, will of course, reveal a range of stations. Current receiver technology is so good that using one of the better portables from Sony, Grundig, Tecsun etc, it will be possible to receive these stations. Just remember, if using a portable with a long wire, its usually better to use some sort of attenuation and/or preselector to reduce overload. An outboard filter used with a portable receiver will also enable a bit of shaping to reduce interference.

To the logs:

7280 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 17:54 UTC Vietnamese. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-11-20

5885 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 18:10 UTC Korean. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-11-20

5935 Khz Romania RRI 18:15 UTC English. Discussion about teaching Shakespeare in Romania. SINPO: 54555 2016-11-20

4930 Khz Botswana VOA 18:48 UTC English. Music followed by discussion. Difficult to understand as nasty heterodyne masking the transmission SINPO: 31333 2016-11-20

9315 Khz Tajikistan RFA 13:35 UTC Tibetan. OM with discussion who doesn’t seem to take breath! SINPO: 43333 2016-11-21

9345 Khz Armenia TWR 13:42 UTC Unknown language. OM announcer. FSK interference SINPO: 42333 2016-11-21

9355 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 13:44 UTC Pashto. OM and YL announcers. Mirrored on 9370 SINPO: 44444 2016-11-21

9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC 13:48 UTC Mandarin. 2 YL announcers with discussion SINPO: 43333 2016-11-21

9590 Khz Taiwan R Taiwan 14:08 UTC Russian. YL announcer. Modulation seems a little low. SINPO: 33333 2016-11-21

7475 Khz Thailand RFE 16:37 UTC Tajik. Magazine program SINPO: 44444 2016-11-22

7510 Khz Uzbekistan V O Martyrs 16:40 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-11-22

5860 Khz Thailand R Farda 16:50 UTC Farsi. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-11-22

4810 Khz Armenia V O Armenia 17:00 UTC National Anthem, followed by YL announcer in Turkish SINPO: 32233 2016-11-22

5950 Khz Ethiopia V.Tigray Rev.
17:13 UTC Music. Major ACI from VOIRI on 5945 SINPO: 22222 2016-11-22

6195 Khz Oman BBCWS 17:38 UTC English. Program about cigar production in Brazil SINPO: 43344 2016-11-22

4765 Khz Tajikistan R.Tajikistan 23:32 UTC Local music SINPO: 32233 2016-11-22

4850 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 23:40 UTC Local music SINPO: 33333 2016-11-22

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