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Shortwave Broadcast / R. Akhbar Mufriha
« on: April 25, 2018, 0208 UTC »
9530   ASCENSION IS. R. Akhbar Mufriha (HCJB) - Ascension Is. S/on 2145 with ID and what sounded like a radio play (!). Beams to WAf and heard with a weak signal here until f/out at 2200. Depending on which reference you look at, the language of this broadcast is either Pulaar or Hassinya. Pulaar is a Fula language spoken by people in Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, and western Mali. Hassinya is an Arabic language from the Maghrebi group (there are many regional varieties of Arabic!) and is spoken in Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Libya, Senegal, Morocco and neighbouring countries. What I was listening to SOUNDED more like a derivative of Arabic to my ears…..but really I just don’t know. I remain defeated in this language identification!. Apr 23.

ALSO

7300   ENGLAND. R. Akhbar Mufriha (HCJB) - Woofferton. Arabic preaching at 2130 to NAf, fair signal until s/off 2145, Apr 23.

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Shortwave Broadcast / R. Sakha - Yakutsk
« on: April 25, 2018, 0205 UTC »
7345   RUSSIA (AS).   NVK R. Sakha - Yakutsk. Lovely clear signal at fair strength, at 1055 with Russian pop song. Time pips and a clear ID at 1100, into talk (possibly news?)….until the CNR 1 s/on at 1101 which covered up Sakha. // 7295 which was also in a clear channel but at weaker strength and heavy splash QRM from RTI and CNR 1 jammer on 7300. A Tough one to hear from SE Australia. Any easier for US listeners???

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Shortwave Broadcast / Romania - Questionable Freq Choice
« on: April 25, 2018, 0203 UTC »
7325   ROMANIA. RRI - Tiganesti. English to EAs at 2215, fair signal but moderate co-channel QRM from CRI-Kunming in Mandarin to SEAs. Because of this freq choice, reception of RRI may be a problem for listeners in some parts of Asia.

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Shortwave Broadcast / WWCR Craziness
« on: April 25, 2018, 0202 UTC »
6115   USA. WWCR - Nashville TN. A crazy American conspiracy theory program called Stop the Crime at 2240. Apparently radio frequencies are killing us. Plus Water Wars. References quoted were YouTube, the Internet and other “reliable” (cough, cough) sources. Started out as a fair signal at 2246 but fading rapidly by 2258 as this band closes for the morning.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Hummy Dhabayya
« on: April 25, 2018, 0201 UTC »
5955   UAE. BBC - Dhabayya. English WS to SEAs at 2230 with news. A very hummy audio quality, hard to tell if it’s the txer or an audio feed issue, but certainly not up to BBC standards!

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QSLs Received / 4KZ QSL Arrives - Feels Just Like the Old Days!
« on: January 09, 2018, 1053 UTC »
My 4KZ QSL arrives and the station has gone to quite some effort to produce something special! Embossed QSL, sticker, personal note, and envelope with seal sticker on the back! Reminded me of the old days when the Latin stations used to send lots of stuff and personalise it. Images at the link below.

http://medxr.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/4kz-qsl-arrives-just-like-old-days.html

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Shortwave Broadcast / Radio 4KZ Fires Up! Shortwave's Newest Station
« on: December 20, 2017, 2302 UTC »
Much talked about but slow to get on the air, 4KZ has finally got underway with transmissions this afternoon (December 20), just in time for the Christmas holiday season. Here's my log so far:

5055   AUSTRALIA. 4KZ - Innisfail QLD. Relay of the mediumwave 4KZ first noted at 0840 on Dec 20. Weak signal (much weaker than the 5045 Ozy R.) and mixed with heavy summertime QRN. Pops and occasional adverts, ID at 0852. At 0900, another ID and then news. Also heard on most of the NZ web SDR remotes with the best being at the Bay of Islands site. At 0904, mention made of the 5055kHz shortwave outlet! By 0920, the signal strength had improved considerably to a reasonably strong and steady level.

This station should be audible into Asia, the Pacific and the west coast USA. Get your ears on!!

Here's my video of last night's reception:

https://youtu.be/5eqHB0rvACU


UPDATE:
Radio 4KZ has already been heard by Mauno Ritola in Finland and Ron Howard in California. Power is believed to be around 1kW, licenced for 1.6 kW EIRP. Not a bad effort for the first day of transmission!

73 and good DX to you all.  Rob VK3BVW

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Shortwave Broadcast / D.P.R.K - 3250, 3320
« on: December 15, 2017, 2327 UTC »
3250   D.P.R.KOREA. VoK - Pyongyang. Japanese service fading in at 1030 (9:30 pm local AEDT). The time pips came through OK but dialogue and music was mixed in with the noise at this time of night. Improves in strength as the evening progresses, Dec 15.

3320   D.P.R.KOREA. PBS - Pyongyang. Korean anncts and sugary orchestral music at 1040, stronger than 3250….but not much! Dec 15.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Indonesia & PNG
« on: December 15, 2017, 2326 UTC »
3325   INDONESIA & PNG. RRI - Palangkaraya and NBC Bougainville at 1045 (9:45pm AEDT), both with pop ballad style programming and anncts. NBC was a touch stronger at a fair level with summer atmospherics in the background. Dec 15.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Republic of Sudan Radio
« on: December 10, 2017, 0626 UTC »
7205   SUDAN. Republic of Sudan Radio - Al Aitahab. African music program and Arabic anncts at 1950 and heard quite well under heavy QRM from AWR-Nauen with its Tachelhit service to NAf. But at 2000, a big RFI-Issoudun signal signs on and that makes it impossible to hear Sudan R. at my location. Dec 8.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Al-Azm Radio
« on: December 10, 2017, 0624 UTC »
11745   SAUDI ARABIA. Al-Azm Radio - Location believed to be Jeddah but this is unconfirmed so far. Arabic service for the Saudi Army at 0730, a mix of songs, interviews and anncts, weak signal on Dec 9. And again later on Dec 9 at 1910 with Arabic songs and a long talk at 1920, a fair to weak signal again.

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Shortwave Broadcast / 16mb African Sites
« on: December 10, 2017, 0351 UTC »
There was an unusually early opening to Africa up on 17 mHz this morning around 1945 UTC (6:45am AEDT). Although the three signals there in the 16mb were weak, it is a sign that summer is really starting to kick in here!

17570   MADAGASCAR. AWR - Talata-Volonondry. Heard with a weak signal in the Mňoré language at 2017, preaching and occasional musical interludes. ID and address given at 2026. Classical piano music at 2028 before the s/off at 2029. Dec 9. Mňoré (a.k.a. Mossi and other names) is a language spoken in Burkina Faso by about 6 million people and is considered to be one of the official languages of that country.  But Mňoré can also be found in parts of Mali, Togo and to a lesser extent in Benin and the Ivory Coast, where it is spoken by around 60,000 inhabitants. Mossi is the name of a people living in central Burkina Faso, mostly in villages in the Volta River basin. To my knowledge, Adventist World Radio is the only station on shortwave currently broadcasting in the Mňoré language!

17640   MADAGASCAR. MWV African Pathways R. - Mahajanga. Weak and fluttery signal at 2010 in English beamed to CAf. Heavily accented African speaker with preaching, clear ID and frequency annct at 2014. First time heard this summer, Dec 9.

17800   SOUTH AFRICA. AWR - Meyerton. Service to WAf in the Fulfulde language at 1945, full ID and frequency anncts at 1957, theme music and English ID at 2000 before the carrier off. Weak signal and the only station heard on this band at this time (6:45am AEDT), Dec 9.

Cheers all,

Rob VK3BVW

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Clandestine Stations / Radio Biafra 7240 - Txer Problems
« on: November 30, 2017, 0549 UTC »
Further to the Radio Biafra item below:

7240   FRANCE. R. Biafra - Issoudun. Waited for the scheduled s/on at 0500, however nothing but a noisy, hummy carrier. Then suddenly it burst into life at 0517 in the middle of a music item. Full ID, freq annct and contact details in either the Yorba or Igbo language at 0519. Another song at 0521. 0524 - English ID as "This is Radio Biafra broadcasting from London….". Then a talk in heavily accented English. Full English ID again at 0528 to eventual s/off at 0529. A weak signal but I managed to pull it out of the noise using lots of Yaesu FTDX3000 digital trickery and magic (....oh and the horizontal loop ant)! Nov 30.

So, it seems that it's signing off after only 30 min broadcast (or less if the transmitter is playing up!!). This is the second day I have heard it off by 0530, not 0600 as in some lists.

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Shortwave Broadcast / KCBS - Uncommon Daytime Reception
« on: November 30, 2017, 0446 UTC »
9665   D.P.R.KOREA. KCBS - Kanggye. Unusual reception across an all-daylight path at 0413 (3:13pm AEDT) to past 0430. A mix of Korean opera and martial music with no anncts until 0424. Time pips at 0430. Weak signal and not often heard this early in our afternoons near the beginning of summer (here in Australia!). Nov 30.

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Shortwave Broadcast / R. Republica Caught Me Out!
« on: November 05, 2017, 1043 UTC »
Today, I got caught trying to work out who the Spanish broadcaster was just before the 0500 s/off. The ID revealed all....

9490   FRANCE. R. Republica - Issoudun. Extended service on Sun and Mon now runs until s/off 0500 (ex 0400) in Spanish to Cuba. Weekdays it is now *0200 to 0400*, good signal, Nov 5.

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