Category Archives: Listening logs

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

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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

February goes out with a bang

Listening conditions for a large chunk of the Winter Period (here in the Northern Hemisphere) have been plagued with noise and low MUF (Maximum Usable Frequency). This has been caused, in part, to a somewhat disturbed Sun. Even though we are in the descending part of the current cycle, CME’s and other perturbations can still occur.

However, over the last week or so, Old Sol has quietened down enabling a number of stations, not heard here for a while, to be logged once again. I noticed that South American stations have started to become audible earlier. Radio Bahrain, which is only a 10 KW transmitter and usually inaudible for most of the year, was logged on the 28th. Fairly deep down in the noise, but audible nonetheless.

Some I’m looking forward to some better weather as we move into spring, to enable me to repair my antenna which the autumn gales slightly trashed. I am also looking forward to getting out and about with a newly acquired Tecsun PL-310ET. This diminutive can pack a punch when connected to an external antenna, but can overload. So I want to get it away from all the urban RFI and see how it performs. I will report on this at a later date. So here’s to spring and summer and good DXing.

Stations logged on the last day of February:

9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 16:21 UTC Burmese. Discussion SINPO: 33223 2017-02-28

9355 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 16:27 UTC Pashto. Discussion. Horrible over-modulation. SINPO: 54344 2017-02-28

9390 Khz Thailand RFE 16:30 UTC Uzbek. ID and schedules at 16:30. SINPO: 44444 2017-02-28

9405 Khz Taiwan R Taiwan Intl. 16:33 UTC Traditional music and chat in English. ID at 16:40 SINPO: 32222 2017-02-28

9525 Khz Java V O Indonesia 17:12 UTC Spanish. Discussion with male announcer.ID at 17:15 SINPO: 44444 2017-02-28

9730 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 17:19 UTC Vietnamese. YL announcer. SINPO: 43333 2017-02-28

9745 Khz Bahrain R Bahrain. 17:22 UTC Arabic. OM announcer just audible. Some music at 17:24 SINPO: 22112 2017-02-28

9810 Khz Singapore BBCWS 17:26 UTC Dari. Closing announcements and back-ground music. SINPO: 54444 2017-02-28

9835 Khz Malaysia RTM Sarawak 17:30 UTC Music. SINPO: 22222 2017-02-28

9390 Khz Thailand R Thailand 19:00 UTC English. News and current affairs on The Morning Program SINPO: 54455 2017-02-28

9985 Khz Thailand VOA 19:10 UTC Korean. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2017-02-28

 

The last set of logs for 2017

I had an idea today (they don’t happen very often!) of trying to listen to New Year celebrations from around the world. This was prompted by a post on one of the Facebook groups. So the plan was to listen to RNZI just after 11:00 UTC, as New Zealand sees the new year first. And then 2 hours later, tune into ABC Australia for their celebrations and so on and so on. Well, I hadn’t planned it very carefully, and with a mixture of family stuff to do and poor conditions, well, it didn’t happen. So my only resolution for next year is to plan this event properly, by drawing up a list of stations, frequencies and times. And if the propagation is OK, then it should work out. It will certainly make for an interesting listening schedule.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful 2017. Let us hope that the world is a little less fraught next year, and some of the ongoing wars finally come to and end. Thank you to all who use this blog, your support is very valued.

Let us also hope that some of the major broadcasters change their minds about shortwave (ABC I especially mean you!). Quite how the government ‘take over’ of VOA will pan out is any ones guess, but it would be nice to think they will not influence output, and stay in the background as a funding stream only.

Some listening from this afternoon took me to many parts of this wonderful world as usual. Hope you enjoy these and see you next year.

Charlie.

9645 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 13:52 UTC English. Religious broadcast. Faith to Faith program SINPO: 44444 2016-12-31

15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate of Oman 14:20 UTC English. Pop music. SINPO: 44444 2016-12-31

15610 Khz USA WEWN 14:28 UTC English. ‘Agony Aunt’ show. SINPO: 43333 2016-12-31

15825 Khz USA WWCR 14:32 UTC English. Religious program. SINPO: 33333 2016-12-31

13590 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 14:34 UTC Pashto. OM with discussion program SINPO: 33333 2016-12-31

13630 Khz Botswana VOA 14:37 UTC Kinyarwanda. Mixture of english and african pop music SINPO: 33333 2016-12-31

13800 Khz Germany R Tamazuj 14:44 UTC Sudanese. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2016-12-31

13800 Khz Madagascar R Tamazuj 15:01 UTC Sudanese. Music and chat. ID at 15:03 SINPO: 33333 2016-12-31

13820 Khz USA WWCR 15:05 UTC English. Religious program. SINPO: 44444 2016-12-31

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope Africa 15:07 UTC English. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-12-31

9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 15:52 UTC Burmese. OM and YL announcers with news. Obama mentioned a couple of times. SINPO: 33333 2016-12-31

9345 Khz Phillipines FEBC 15:55 UTC Mandarin. OM with discussion. SINPO: 44444 2016-12-31

9425 Khz North Korea V O Korea 15:58 UTC Russian. Severe ACI from FEBC on 9430 SINPO: 43333 2016-12-31

9525 Khz Java V O Indonesia 16:05 UTC Arabic. Quaran chant. SINPO: 43333 2016-12-31

Fabulous 41(m)

I don’t often do much listening on the 41m, as a lot of frequencies are used by either CRI with their blow-torch signal, or the various flavours of CNR, which are the regional Chinese stations. Add to this Firedrake/CRI jammer jamming VOA, RFE and RFA broadcasts among others, it doesn’t leave much room for anything else. But with a bit of digging, and at times, switching to LSB to enable narrow filtering and use of Notch filters, other stations pop out of the noise.

This afternoon I decided to have a tune of the 41m band and found a surprising number of interesting stations. Yes, CRI caused some major ACI at times, but digging out the other stations is all part of the fun and skill of Shortwave! With the DSP filtering on the 450D, it is possible to do this reasonably easily.

And so to the logs:

7310 Khz Germany R Menchen 09:31 UTC Playing 60s and 70s pop. Sudden fade-out at 09:36 SINPO: 43333 2016-12-30

6070 Khz Germany Channel 292 09:45 UTC English. World Deliverance program. SINPO: 33333 2016-12-30

7355 Khz New Zealand RNZI 15:38 UTC English. All Night Programme discussing various items including climate change. SINPO: 22222 2016-12-30

7465 Khz Singapore BBCWS 15:50 UTC English. Sports news. SINPO: 43333 2016-12-30

7475 Khz Thailand RFE 16:00 UTC Tajik. World News. SINPO: 44444 2016-12-30

7510 Khz Uzbekistan Voice of The Martyrs 16:05 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-12-30

7250 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar 16:15 UTC Arabic. Music and chat. Severe ACI from CRI 7255. SINPO: 42333 2016-12-30

7445 Khz Madagascar BBCWS 16:32 UTC English. The World – Have Your Say program SINPO: 43333 2016-12-30

 

Christmas Eve logs

I will be spending the evening doing family things (Xmas films and associated good-hearted nonsense), so I decided to get a bit if listening in this afternoon.

When I start a listening session, especially during the day, I usually start with the highest band I think will support communication, and gradually work down. You can soon work out from this what the MUF (Maximum Usable Frequency) is. So today, I started on the 17m band, but nothing doing So I moved down to the 19m band. There I found Oman with Pop music and English DJ, so moved on to 15580, knowing that VOA would have their Music Time in Africa program. I love this program as it show cases African music, which covers all genres. At the start, around 15:15, the signal strength was not too good. As time went on, the strength improved until 15:45 when it was very strong. Suspecting a bit of grey line influence, I checked the Grey Line map and sure enough, Botswana was still in daylight, and the UK just in darkness. This is a useful technique to discover which parts of the world you are most likely to hear stations from. The affect only lasts a short time, as by sign off at 15:59, the signal from VOA was starting to fade out again.

Another station heard today was ZBC on 11735, one which I hadn’t heard for a while, usually due to ACI (Adjacent Channel Interference) or same channel interference from CRI. Signal strength was poor though.

Just a few logs, but an enjoyable listening session nonetheless. Listening to Music Time in Africa was a perfect chill-out for me on Christmas Eve afternoon.

Have a really good day tomorrow. You never know, there maybe a new receiver in your stocking!

Logs:

15140 Khz Oman Radio Sultanate of Oman 15:11 UTC English. Pop music. Some QSB SINPO: 33333 2016-12-24

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 15:15 UTC Englis. Music Time in Africa with Heather Maxwell. By 15:45 signal strength improved to 4n. SINPO: 43333 2016-12-24

13680 Khz Zambia Voice of Hope Africa 16:04 UTC English. Religious broadcast. SINPO: 32222 2016-12-24

11625 Khz Madagascar Vatican Radio 16:10 UTC Swahili. Discussion and carols. SINPO: 32233 2016-12-24

11735 Khz Tanzania ZBC 16:13 UTC Swahili. Discussion. SINPO: 22222 2016-12-24

12095 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:20 UTC Christmas carols service. SINPO: 22222 2016-12-24

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