Category Archives: Listening logs

CQ WW WPX loggings

The CQ WW WPX SSB contest occurs every year on the last weekend in March. This year was no exception and was over the weekend of the 24th/25th March (last weekend). I usually try and do some logging as unusual stations that you don’t normally hear pop up on all bands. True to form I managed to log some new countries. Although conditions were not ideal (they seldom are!) there were hundreds of stations on the air. Obviously the die-hard contesters are there with their 1.5KW stations, but there are smaller powered stations who make it through the noise.

So the following is a list of stations I managed to hear, and overall I was very pleased as It was just casual listening.

24/03/2018 – 80M –                                                                                                                                                                  EF8R 5,9 PG90T 5,9+10                                                                                                                                    40M –                                                                                                                                                                  SI9AM 5,8 EV1R 5,9 LY4L 5,6 S58Y 5,7 OL9R 5,9+10                                                                                  15M –                                                                                                                                                                  PY5JR 4,6 CN3A 5,7 PP5JN 5,6 CE2LR 4,6 ZY2Y 4,5

25/03/2018 – 20M –                                                                                                                                                                 9H6A 4,6 4X7R 5,6 JT5DX 5,7 A61QQ 4,5 FR4QT 5,6 LZ25TRC 5,9+10 PJ4V 5,8                                     VE3UDX 5,6 CT3KN 5,7 EF9R 5,9 4Z5LY 5,9 VB3E 4,4 EB7DX 5,9 YM7KA 5,7                                         ED9E 5,9+10 KQ2M 5,9 4L2M 5,9 NR7DX 4,4 PZ5RA 3,3 Z37M 5,9+10 IF9A 5,9                                     PJ5Z 5,8

The CW CQWW WPX is on in May, so if Morse is your thing that would be worth listening to. Its nice to get some unusual ones in the log!

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Snowy Shortwave Sunday

The snow forecast for Lincolnshire and other parts of the UK duly arrived on Saturday and continued into the small hours on Sunday (today). Total accumulation here was not big, about 4 inches (10 cm), but the wind made the temperature very low and most unpleasant to be out. The high winds had not done any damage to the antenna, so I settled back to do some SWLing. In between doing some other things, it was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday, especially when the outside was so unpleasant. One station which I hadn’t listened to before was From The Isle of Music on 9400 KHz. This station transmits from Bulgaria and as I understand, features an eclectic range of music. Today it was Cuban Jazz fusion, and a very pleasant half hour was spent listening to this.

Another station not heard for a while was Furusato no Kaze from Palau, on 9975. Furusato no Kaze means ‘Wind of Home’ and is a special interest program for Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

As can be seen from the logs, most listening today was on the 25 Metre band. I find this band usually has something interesting to listen to, and even though the propagation predictions were not good, as can be seen, there was plenty going on! Its the reason that for me, Shortwave trumps any other form of information source. There is such a diverse range of stations and programs that it never gets boring. And there is always the thrill of the chase for that elusive station that you can just hear above the noise, but have trouble ID’ing.

And so, the logs.

5840 Khz Denmark World Music Radio 06:58 UTC Traditional Spanish sounding music.. ID at 07:00 followed by music from Bob Marley SINPO: 43323 2018-03-18

11775 Khz Taiwan SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng 09:38 UTC Chinese. YL and OM presenters. SINPO: 22112 2018-03-18

11970 Khz Taiwan SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng 09:46 UTC Chinese. YL and OM presenters. SINPO: 32222 2018-03-18

11555 Khz Northern Marianas Islands RFA 12:45 UTC Tibetan service. Sounds like an interview. YL presenter. SINPO: 33223 2018-03-18

11640 Khz Taiwan R Taiwan 13:53 UTC Chinese. Quite warbly at times SINPO: 33223 2018-03-18

11730 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 14:20 UTC Bangla service. Music and discussions. ID 14:27 followed by jingle and schedules SINPO: 43333 2018-03-18

11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:32 UTC Burmese service. OM presenter SINPO: 44334 2018-03-18

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 14:43 UTC Arabic. Discussion program SINPO: 33223 2018-03-18

9400 Khz Bulgaria From The Isle of Music 15:00 UTC Program featuring Cuban Jazz fusion music SINPO: 44334 2018-03-18

9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 16:09 UTC Burmese service. YL presenter. ID at 16:10 SINPO: 44334 2018-03-18

9975 Khz Palau Furusato no Kaze 16:22 UTC Japanese. YL presenter. Schedules and contact info prior to 16:30 sign-off SINPO: 43333 2018-03-18

Snowy weekend logs

Well, that’s not strictly true as we didn’t have snow all weekend. Sunday was thick mist, so not a day to be venturing very far. And the other days were just cold (in the British sense of the word for all the Canadians out there!).

From a propagation point of view, conditions seem to be settling down as we approach the spring Equinox, so there is a lot out there to be logged. Also, new stations are coming on the air which is always good news after a lot of the big broadcasters have deserted to the Internet. A couple that come to mind are World Music Radio, which has been transmitting for a few weeks now from Denmark. They seem to play predominately reggae-style music. Reception here in the UK is usually poor to fair, but they only use a 100 Watt transmitter at the moment.

The other is Shortwave Radio on 3975. They have performed test transmissions on 6160 since last year but have now the second frequency. Reception is usually very good from their 1 KW transmitter and they play an eclectic range of music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. A very good listen.

And so to the logs. Not that many, but some good programs to listen to whilst I was doing other activities.

17885 Khz Botswana VOA 14:40 UTC English. VOA One The Hits SINPO: 44434 2018-03-03

17700 Khz Botswana VOA 15:04 UTC Hausa service. OM announcer SINPO: 43333 2018-03-03

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope Africa 16:25 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 33323 2018-03-03

12125 Khz Armenia FEBA Radio 16:35 UTC Amharic. Discussion. SINPO: 43333 2018-03-03

11735 Khz Tanzania ZBC 17:35 UTC Swahili. Music and chat SINPO: 44444 2018-03-03

9650 Khz Guinea R Guinea 17:45 UTC French. Music and chat SINPO: 22222 2018-03-03

9390 Khz Thailand R Thailand 19:13 UTC English service. Global News SINPO: 44444 2018-03-03

17760 Khz South Africa Amateur Radio Today 08:14 UTC English. Broadcast from the South African Radio League. Discussion about propogation and the upcoming equinox. SINPO: 22222 2018-03-04

World Radio Day logs

Well, not much logged last night in terms of number of stations but the listening experience was good. First up was the following:

3975 Khz Germany Shortwave Radio 21:43 UTC English. Staffords World Rock Flashback program SINPO: 44434 2018-02-13.

Shortwave Radio is a small radio station in Germany who have been carrying out test transmissions for the last couple of months on both 6160 Khz and 3975 Khz. Their audience interest area is Western Europe and the UK. For the most part, when I have listened, it consists of an eclectic range of music from the 50’s to the present day. Last night the year of interest was specifically 1968. Usually a good signal into the UK in the evening, even though their power output is only 1 KW. They do respond quite quickly to reception reports, and will be issuing QSL cards in the near future.

Later on I caught WRMI on 7780, with VOA news followed by, again, another great range of music. I sent them a reception report via email, and this morning I received a response from them, with an E-QSL.

7780 Khz USA WRMI 22:30 UTC English. VOA News followed by a range of music until 23:00 SINPO: 44334 2018-02-13

All-in-all, a great listening session, which was all the better for being shared with friends on Facebook Group, Radio!Radio!

Logs from the last week

I managed to get some fairly serious listening periods in this week, including an early morning stint when I woke up early and the head didn’t want to resume sleep! Some interesting stations logs, despite poor propo. conditions at times. It just goes to show, that although the K’s & A’s are a good guide, they are only that. It is always worthwhile turning on the radio.

Although not shown in these logs, there was an opening this morning around 06:00 to the states on 80m Amateur. A couple of W1’s and K2’s added to the Ham Radio log.

So what follows is a collection of logs at various times of the day, which shows its also good, if you can, to vary your listening times. Listening at the same time each day may not throw up anything new, as for the most part, the self same stations will be on each day. The occasional different one will pop up due to propagation conditions, but these are rare. Also, vary your band of interest. I usually, but not always as can be seen below, start at the highest frequency I think will support communications. Then I slowly work my way down the bands. Now the early morning sessions I will usually target the low bands as these are usually guaranteed to give some good loggings, especially at this time of the year. But again, that is not a hard and fast rule.

15150 Khz Thailand VOA 11:04 UTC Chinese service. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

15400 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 11:18 UTC Japanese service SINPO: 33223 2018-01-14

15760 Khz Thailand R Mashaal 11:25 UTC Urdu service SINPO: 33223 2018-01-14

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope, Africa. 15:10 UTC English. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2018-01-14

13800 Khz Madagascar R.Tamazuj 15:15 UTC Sudanese. 2 exitable sounding women, sounds like a play SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

13580 Khz Botswana VOA 16:15 UTC Somali. Music and talks. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11625 Khz Madagascar Vatican Radio 16:18 UTC Swahili service SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 16:26 UTC Swahili. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 16:42 UTC Arabic music SINPO: 43323 2018-01-14

12095 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:47 UTC English. Soccer match SINPO: 43333 2018-01-14

5875 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 05:15 UTC English. World News. Parallel on 5925, signal still poor SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

5940 Khz Ethiopia CRI 05:22 UTC Somali. Male and female in discussion, followed by interval music. RRI switched its TX on at 05:28 on same frequency and wiped it out. SINPO: 22222 2018-01-16

5960 Khz Ascension Island Dandal Kura Radio 05:33 UTC Kanuri. Discussion program SINPO: 33333 2018-01-16

6000 Khz Cuba R Habana 05:37 UTC English service. Some discussion about climate change then moving on to medical matters. Difficult to follow as ACI from BBCWS on 6005 and poor modulation from Habana SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

6005 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 05:40 UTC English. Segment about the exedus of the Rohingya people from Mynamar. The reporter joins the refugees in Bangladesh. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-16

6020 Khz Sao Tome VOA 05:53 UTC French service SINPO: 43333 2018-01-16

3330 Khz Canada CHU 05:58 UTC Spoken time followed by beeps SINPO: 22222 2018-01-16

4885 Khz Brazil R.Clube do Para 06:09 UTC Reggae music SINPO: 21122 2018-01-16

5940 Khz Brazil R.Voz Missionaria 06:15 UTC ID at 06:19. Samba style music SINPO: 32222 2018-01-16

4010 Khz Kyrgyzstan R Birinchi 16:20 UTC Very faint OM talking. Signal improved slightly after 16:30. Playing music. SINPO: 21111 2018-01-20

3975 Khz Germany 6160 AM Shortwave Radio 16:35 UTC Playing Bob Dylan SINPO: 44434 2018-01-20

3950 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 16:58 UTC Playing Chinese pop music, followed by pips at 17:00 and ID. SINPO: 32233 2018-01-20

4500 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 17:06 UTC Playing Chinese pop music, followed by pips at 17:00 and ID. SINPO: 43333 2018-01-20

4810 Khz Armenia V O Armenia 17:35 UTC Azeri. Female announcer. SINPO: 33323 2018-01-20

4905 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 17:45 UTC Tibetan music. Plagued by huge RTTY signal on top. SINPO: 31133 2018-01-20

5885 Khz Northern Marianas Islands RFA 17:59 UTC Korean service. SINPO: 33333 2018-01-20

Good luck, and good DX!

 

Logs for 21-10-2017

I managed to get a bit of listening in today, between chores and workmen (having work done in the house). The bands are still very noisy, but there are stations to be found. Nothing of great note, but I enjoy the music on VOA Music Time in Africa and R Sultanate of Oman’s pop music chart.

Logs:

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate Oman 15:07 UTC English. Pop charts SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

15490 Khz Madagascar BBCWS 15:14 UTC English. Blackburn Rovers vs Portsmouth. SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

15550 Khz Vatican City R.Tamazuj 15:18 UTC Sudanese service SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 15:23 UTC English. Music Time in Africa SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope Africa 16:40 UTC English. Religious broadcast with songs. ACI from CRI jammer on 13675 SINPO: 33333 2017-10-21

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 16:47 UTC African music SINPO: 33323 2017-10-21

11750 Khz Sri Lanka SBC 17:03 UTC Sinhalese. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

11790 Khz Madagascar AWR 17:06 UTC Swahili. Religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2017-10-21

11810 Khz Romania RRI 17:09 UTC English. Romanian and world news SINPO: 54444 2017-10-21

11860 Khz Saudi Arabia R Sana 17:36 UTC Arabic. SINPO: 43344 2017-10-21

Great conditions

I’ve not had an extended listening session for a while, until this evening. I was pleasantly surprised that conditions are excellent, and I am hoping this continues through the weekend. And it is not just high bands or low bands, it is across the board. So a good number of stations logged; some well known ones but received with higher strength than normal, and some South Americans which don’t often pop up until later into the summer. A great evenings listening!

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:23
UTC English. Africa News Tonight SINPO: 44444 2017-05-05

15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:36 UTC English. Sports news SINPO: 43434 2017-05-05

15540 Khz Kuwait R Kuwait 18:57 UTC English. ‘This day in History’ program SINPO: 54444 2017-05-05

9700 Khz New Zealand RNZI 19:06 UTC English. News. Some ACI from VOIRI on 9710 SINPO: 32222 2017-05-05

11900 Khz Sao Tome VOA 20:10 UTC French. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2017-05-05

12015 Khz North Korea V O Korea 20:17 UTC German service. Classical and Korean music SINPO: 43333 2017-05-05

9480 Khz Japan R Japan 20:22 UTC Japanese. Discussion SINPO: 32233 2017-05-05

9630 Khz Brazil R Aparecida 20:27 UTC Portugese. Chat SINPO: 21122 2017-05-05

9650 Khz Guinea R Guinea 20:34 UTC French. Discussion. Some ACI from Algirienne on 9655 SINPO: 33333 2017-05-05

9730 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 20:38 UTC French. World news SINPO: 54444 2017-05-05

9895 Khz Egypt R Cairo 20:44 UTC French. Amazingly, it is legible. Just a small amount of hum. Music and chat SINPO: 44444 2017-05-05

5915 Khz Zambia R Zambia 21:02 UTC Vernacular. Discussion SINPO: 22222 2017-05-05

5940 Khz Brazil R Voz Missionaria 21:07 UTC Music SINPO: 21122 2017-05-05

5980 Khz Botswana VOA 21:13 UTC French. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2017-05-05

7460 Khz Mongolia RFA 21:29 UTC Korean. Discussion SINPO: 33333 2017-05-05