Tag Archives: 31m

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


Some random loggings

Some days I may stick to one band and see what it has to offer over a couple of hours. Or I may try and log all the VOA (or some other station) outlets on the bands at a particular time. At other times I randomly scour several bands to see what they are all like at a particular time of day. And that was this evenings listening pattern. Try a range of bands, usually starting at the highest one that appears to be supporting communication, and slowly work down through all the bands, snipping out stations of interest.

This is what I logged this evening. Nothing outstanding, but an interesting spread of stations.

9925 Khz Phillipines R.Pilipinas 18:31 UTC English. Female announcer. Chat and music. SINPO: 22222 2016-02-11

15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:37 UTC English. Discussion about negative interest rates. SINPO: 54444 2016-02-11

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:45 UTC English. Music followed by discussion about teaching in Ghana. Part of the ‘Africa News Tonight’ program SINPO: 54444 2016-02-11

11670 Khz India AIR 19:37 UTC English. Maths tutorial program. Strange heterodyne on signal. SINPO: 54455 2016-02-11

9465 Khz USA R Marti 21:32 UTC Spanish. News. Deep QSB at times SINPO: 42333 2016-02-11

7240 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:43 UTC Mandarin. Music. SINPO: 22222 2016-02-11

7485 Khz Kuwait RFE 21:50 UTC Russian. News and magazine program. SINPO: 43333 2016-02-11

6090 Khz Anguila Caribbean Beacon 22:10 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 21122 2016-02-11

3985 Khz Belarus R Belarus 22:25 UTC German. Music and chat. Female announcer SINPO: 43344 2016-02-11

A few Christmas Day logs

After the presents had been opened, and a buffet lunch, the XYL started to read one of her new books. The rest of the family were doing their own thing, so it was time for a bit of listening. I started on 19m and worked my way down. I noticed as the day went on and darkness fell, conditions worsened. That appears to be the case at the moment, even when A and K indices are good for listening. The Solar Flux index has been at good levels over the last few days which should give good long distance contacts. And this has been born out with what I managed to log yesterday, with S.E. Asia coming in well, as well as Africa.

15755 Khz Uzbekistan TWR 13:57 UTC Hindi. Female announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-25

13590 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 14:17 UTC Pashto. Discussion program SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

13685 Khz Turkey V.O. Turkey 14:20 UTC Uyghur. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

11695 Khz Phillipines Vatican Radio 14:40 UTC Hindi. Male and female announcers SINPO: 32233 2015-12-25

11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:48 UTC Burmese. Music and chat. Male and female announcers SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

11750 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 14:52 UTC Teluga. Male and female announcers SINPO: 33333 2015-12-25

9500 Khz Swaziland TWR 18:27 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2015-12-25

5875 Khz Thailand BBCWS 18:50 UTC Dari. Discussion program. SINPO: 33333 2015-12-25

Sunday afternoon listening session 08/11/2015

Well today was going to be one of those days when I attempt to catch up with jobs in the garden, and finish off those I started a couple of weeks ago before the head cold hit me. But, Oh Dear!, it’s very wet and windy, and being essentially a fair weather gardener, and since I still haven’t lost the head cold quite yet, well have to spend some time in front of the radio!

I had a quick listen last night, but with a fairly high A and K-index, reception was lousy. I also found out this morning that I hadn’t secured the T-piece of the dipole quite securely enough on the mast at the end of the house. I used tie-wraps and they seemed, at the time of fitting, to secure the T-piece to the pole very well. I hadn’t taken into account gusting winds whipping the antenna back and forth, with the result being the T-piece has slipped down the pole. This means one side of the dipole is virtually resting on the roof, so the noise levels have crept up. But judging by this afternoon’s loggings, no damage appears to have occured. So that’s another job to add to the list when the weather improves!

Anyway, back to today’s loggings. With much improved conditions, reception from S.E. Asia is back to it’s usual strength. I decided to stick to 31m, even though the MUF was probably much higher than this. i find that 31m provides a good spread of stations from all around the world, and CRI does not have such a great presence on the band as say, 41m. However, I was listening to the back end of R. Taiwan when the rather nice music being played was suddenly swamped by a carrier. CRI had brought up their carrier 4 minutes early on the frequency they were due to take over from R. Taiwan. Not a very clever thing to do!

Talking of CRI and Chinese stations, I do like to log the lower power CNR (China National Radio) stations, as there are quite a number of them. This afternoon,  I logged CNR17, which is a new one for me. I wasn’t aware they had that many regionals!

Here are this afternoons logs:

9400 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:33 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:41 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08

9485 Khz Germany Radio Waves Intl 11:43 UTC English. ID and schedule at 11:43. Followed by pop music. Close-out music at 11:58 with German national anthem. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9485 Khz Germany Hamburger Lokalradio 12:00 UTC German. ID at 12:00 with female announcer, followed by male announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 14:37 UTC Burmese. Female announcer. SINPO: 32233 2015-11-08

9400 Khz Pridnestrovie Denge Kurdistan 14:43 UTC Kurdish. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9540 Khz Uzbekistan FEBC 14:51 UTC Hindi. Music. Contact details at 14:54. Followed by more music. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08

9590 Khz Taiwan R. Taiwan. 14:57 UTC Music. Good signal until CRI brought up their carrier early and swamped the signal. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08

9630 Khz China CNR17 15:06 UTC Kazakh. Female announcer with music and chat SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

9740 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 15:13 UTC Hindi. Christian religious broadcast. ID in English at 15:14 SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08

Some recent logs

Time for listening has been limited just lately but I do get the odd moment! The last couple of days (14-17th August) has seen some poor propagation and MUF limits due to a quite large geomagnetic storm on the Sun. This knocked out all but the strongest stations on the 19, 22 and 25m bands. And even those like R. Thailand on its evening slot of 9390 was a lot strength than normal.

That being said, earlier in the month, propagation from S.E. Asia was very good with many of the stations such as V.O. Korea and R. Thailand coming in extremely strong. I also managed to log a new station, R. Dandal Kura, using the Babcock transmitters on Ascension.

So all is not lost with Shortwave. Yes, some of the ‘Big Guns’ have disappeared in recent years, but there is still lots of interesting stuff out there and some new stations appearing. And of course, there is all the utility, aero and ham band traffic. Lots to hear!

Logs from 5th to 16th August:

6150 Khz Germany Europe 24 21:35 UTC English. ID at 21:36. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

6265 Khz Holland Radio42 21:42 UTC English. MOR music and chat (Contact radio42@outlook.com). ID at 21:45. Occasional deep fading on the signal. Until 22:00. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-05

6280 Khz Pirate Radio Experience. 22:01 UTC (Pirate) Non-stop pop music. No ID SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

6290 Khz Pirate Radio Rode Adelaar 22:14 UTC Dutch. Pop music and chat.’Common People’ by Blur SINPO: 53444 2015-08-05

6305 Khz Pirate Radio Alice 22:24 UTC Pop/Rock music SINPO: 43333 2015-08-05

5865 Khz Kuwait R.Farda 22:29 UTC Farsi. Music and chat. ID at 22:30 followed by news SINPO: 33333 2015-08-05

11985 Khz Madagascar R. Japan 20:54 UTC French. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-08-07

11945 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 21:01 UTC Korean. Female announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-07

15610 Khz USA WEWN 19:20 UTC English. Can just make out the odd English word down in the noise. Sounds like a male and female announcers. At 19:30, just managed to make out jingles and then ‘WEWN’ Listened until 19:35 but signal did not improve. SINPO: 21111 2015-08-11

11975 Khz Romania RRI 19:45 UTC Romanian. Just like a local station! hence the 5N SINPO: 55555 2015-08-11

11600 Khz France Radyoya Denge Kurdistane 19:55 UTC Kurdish music. Issoudin relay SINPO: 43333 2015-08-11

11735 Khz Tanzania ZBC 20:00 UTC Swahili. ID followed by news. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-11

9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 18:35 UTC Pashto. Music and chat. Sounds like phone-in. SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

9335 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 18:41 UTC Pashto. Music and chat. Sounds like phone-in.. Same program as on 9310 but not as strong. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-14

9425 Khz North Korea V.O.Korea 18:46 UTC German. News SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

9515 Khz South Korea KBS World Radio 18:49 UTC Korean. Male and female announcers. SINPO: 43233 2015-08-14

9730 Khz Vietnam V.O. Vietnam 20:15 UTC Russian. Male and female announcers. SINPO: 33333 2015-08-14

9540 Khz Thailand RFE 20:21 UTC Russian. Discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2015-08-14

13580 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar 18:53 UTC Traditional music. Modulation a bit low. Close-out ID and contact details. English SINPO: 43333 2015-08-15

11830 Khz Ascension Island Dandal Kura 19:44 UTC Kanuri. Male and feamle announcer. Music and chat. Via Ascension. SINPO: 32233 2015-08-15

A few logs from today, 26th July 2015

After a break from SWL due to work, garden and other things I finally managed today to get some listening time. Although much of what I heard is fairly standard fare, R. Zanzibar was a new one for me.

I usually do most of my listening in the evening, so being able to hear The Mighty KBC this morning was nice. I also noticed just how noisy a lot of the bands are during the day, especially 31m. I don’t know if the QRM/QRN is locally produced (i.e. man-made) or was caused by the current weather.

All stations heard, as usual, using a Tecsun PL-600, 15m longwire antenna fed to the Tecsun via a 9:1 balun, thence to a home brew pre-selector, and on to the Tecsun. The pre-selector peaks signals nicely, and removes some of the image frequencies the ‘600 can be plagued with.

13635 Khz Turkey V.O. Turkey 09:06 UTC Music. Traditional and rock. SINPO: 54455 2015-07-26

17690 Khz Kuwait R. Free Afghanistan 09:24 UTC Vernacular. Discussion program with male announcer. SINPO: 22222 2015-07-26

9510 Khz Romania IRRS 09:43 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2015-07-26

6095 Khz Germany The Mighty KBC 09:50 UTC English. Music and chat. SINPO: 54444 2015-07-26

9310 Khz Sri Lanka VOA Deewa Radio 15:54 UTC Pashto. ID at 15:55 followed by news ofr some sort. Quite noisy with QSB SINPO: 43333 2015-07-26

9605 Khz Singapore BBCWS 16:02 UTC Hindu. News SINPO: 43333 2015-07-26

15140 Khz India A.I.R 16:28 UTC Russian. Pop music. ID at 16:30. Transmitter appears to have hum problems SINPO: 43344 2015-07-26

7245 Khz Tajikistan V. Tajik 17:54 UTC Persian. Male and female ann. Music and chat. SINPO: 32233 2015-07-26

7280 Khz Vietnam V. Vietnam 18:05 UTC Spanish. Male announcer. ACI from CRI on 7275 SINPO: 32233 2015-07-26

7425 Khz Thailand BBCWS 18:12 UTC Dari. Male announcer SINPO: 44444 2015-07-26

7445 Khz Madagascar BBCWS 18:16 UTC English. World news. Covering the Saudi Prince visit to France and closing a beach. SINPO: 43333 2015-07-26

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 18:24 UTC Swahili. Male announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-07-26

7480 Khz Pridnestrovie R.Payam e-Doost 18:29 UTC Farsi. male and female announcers. Music and chat. Some distortion on the signal SINPO: 43333 2015-07-26