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Shortwave Broadcast / Distortion From Voice Of Korea, Pyongyang
« on: May 07, 2023, 1846 UTC »
They've been sliding downhill for the last 6 months or so and they were already cruddy enough.. not quite to the level of Cairo and cuba but theyre about there.. this doesn't appear to affect all their language services though.

Here's a link to a video I shot showing how bad it's gotten in Pyongyang.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: UNID 5940 AM 2126 UTC 25 Apr 2123
« on: May 02, 2023, 0225 UTC »
2126 UTC Om with preaching  / Yl singing

SINPO is 5/5/5/5/5 with noise via NW Ireland Sdr

you didnt specify the language, but the only thing listed on 5940 that would have preaching is the 10kw Radio Voz Missionaria from BRazil

From Spaceline owners:

As of 1 May 2023, The Overcomer Ministry moved to a new frequency 15400 kHz via Shortwave Airtime - Space Line Ltd. Bulgaria , every day, 1500-1800 UTC.
Reception reports at lastime@overcomerministry.org

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: How bad does Radio Cairo sound?
« on: May 01, 2023, 0155 UTC »
And some days the signal is usually good and clear without the distortions

hmm.. no. I've never heard Cairo sound good, clear and without distortion.. ive never even heard them sound as good as cuba does.. and thats good by cuban standards, which is far less than others.

Shortwave Broadcast / Radio Tarma 4775khz Peru Apr 8 0956UTC
« on: April 29, 2023, 0026 UTC »
So, I *MUST* share what is probably one of my best SW logs to date. This will about blow your socks off!

Back on Saturday night/very very early Sunday morning local time (Sunday morning UTC) here at my McGrath, Alaska QTH, I had some real good central/south american reception on HF... so about 0953UTC I decided to tune across the tropical bands where some central/south american stations still reside.

I got to 4775khz and while I had CODAR Hammering away ((Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar), I also clearly had a carrier for something else at 0953UTC so I hit record and waited. .and boy was I rewarded!!

This is 1kw non directional Radio Tarma from Peru on 4775khz .. and despite CODAR hammering the piss out of it, you can very clearly hear the music and theres a commercial in my recording where you can make out the phone number.  The recording gets much better 15 minutes in.

I swear if you listen closely, you can tell theres a carrier under the CODAR when my recording begins before the music kicks in 10 seconds later!

The picture is from the Radio Tarma SW Dipole antenna from the AM/FM/SW Transmitter site on the mountain outside of Tarma, Peru. The ppicture is from DX'er Don Moore's website where hes got alot more awesome stuff  http://www.donmooredxer.com/

Here is my audio recording:


I use a 15 foot Wellbrook loop, DXE Preamp, EmTech ZM2 tuner and ATS25 Max Radio

Shortwave Broadcast / How bad does Radio Cairo sound?
« on: April 27, 2023, 1911 UTC »
They've been this way for at least a decade or two.. theyre even worse than Cuba or Iran on SW. 

Take a listen to their Turkish language service on 9850khz from a Cairo transmitter site to the middle east at 1843UTC on April 8th in alaska:


Here in Colorado 15720 has been good evenings, but near local quality overnight when on 13840 and 11725 kHz. I record every Saturday 0700-1200 (or 0600-1100 when New Zealand is observing summer time) for their music request show that's always fun and diverse. Currently listening to that recording now and enjoying SINPO 55555 with only the occasional quick fade to indicate that it was a skywave received broadcast.

You should hear how 13840 is here! S9+60 most nights..... not a stitch of fading or noise at all.

No surprise there - about 5 years ago RHC apparently
 embarked on their campaign of disregard when it came to frequency, schedules , etc. 
And Cuba's cigars are overrated.

They dont register with the HFCC, so it doesnt really matter what they do. I had an email with Arnie coro back in 2017 and he went on a rant against them.

Shortwave Broadcast / Problems in Havana Sun Apr 16/Mon Apr 17th.
« on: April 17, 2023, 0600 UTC »
How wrong can Radio Havana Cuba get it today? I dont think they have their A, B or C team on staff tonight, I think its the F team.

15140 khz has been on for the last several hours (as of 0515UTC Apr 17th) but it shouldnt be on now, it should be on middle of the day US time.

6060, 6160 and 6165 should be on but arent
11670 is off

11760 is on but should be off and was just heard broadcasting Suzy Cubano aka Hm01 counting down the hits when this has never been an HM01 frequency. She dropped carrier after a tone.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Radyo Pilipinas.
« on: April 11, 2023, 1901 UTC »
Eibi is the best schedule resource ive found.. a little confusing at first but quick and easy when you know what to look for and how to read it


Heard the reactivated alcaravan on 5910khz about 0430utc because that nights CRU english from cuba on 5910 wasnt on the air.

an hour or two later i had a weaker Conciencia

I've heard R. Inconfidencia on 6010khz once or twice before in alaska.

On Saturday about 830pm (0430UTC Sun) I logged HCJB/The Vocie of The Andes on 6050khz with 10kw beamed at 18 degrees from Quito, Ecaudor at just absolutely bangin levels or over 20 minutes. I would've been plenty happy if that was the highlight of my DX logs for the day...

...but it wasn't!! At 126am Sun (0926UTC, I had 1kw non directional Radio Logos in Peru with music fading up a bit over/under CODAR(Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar is used for near-surface ocean monitoring) It wasn't great but it was obvious.

Then I decided to wait a little longer and at 153am, I tuned over to 4775khz and heard CODAR just hammering away but I also clearly had a carrier there that wasn't CODAR. And within a minute of listed sign on, I heard some Peruvian type music kick on and heard several announcements and even very clearly made out a partial phone number from Radio Tarma!!

ATS2 Max Radio, 15 foot Wellbrook loop, DXE Preamp and Emtech ZM2 tuner (This tuner makes all the difference on week signals!!!)

MW Loggings / TWO Station DX Test with SSTV Apr 8/9
« on: April 03, 2023, 1804 UTC »
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and International Radio Club of America are proud to announce another “Dual DX Test” this weekend.

Chief Engineer Todd Clark will be doing maintenance testing starting on Saturday, April 8th at 12:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time (0601 UTC) when KJJR, 880 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time.

Part two of the dual test is the next day, Sunday, April 9th, at 12:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time (0601 UTC) when KSEN, 1150 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time.

SSTV (Slow-Scan TV) Tests

Both tests will also feature the transmission of Slow-Scan TV images commonly used by amateur radio operators and increasingly by shortwave broadcasters.

The images are transmitted as audio tones in Scottie 1 format. KDWN recently used this same format in Las Vegas during their signoff DX Tests. SSTV requires computer software to decode. This can be done using an audio connection to your PC or holding a cell phone near your speaker.

SSTV is straightforward and works great. You can get reasonable images by picking up audio with your laptop without wiring.

Download the free MMSSTV app and try it out:


Another great app for Mac or PC is Fldigi from http://www.w1hkj.com/.

You can also search the App store on your iPhone or Google Play for Android for “SSTV.” Lots of great apps are available.

Highly recommend you test BEFORE the weekend. The best bet is to tune to 14.233 MHz in USB mode if you have a shortwave receiver. Lots of activity there most of the day.

++ Note: SSTV is not a weak-signal mode like FT8. If you cannot copy the Morse Code and sweep tones, you will unlikely decode an SSTV image successfully.

It’s a fun mode, not a miracle mode.


At the station’s request, the Courtesy Program Committee will be responsible for verifying reception reports and issuing QSLs. All reception reports should be emailed to:


The new QSL rules for CPC-coordinated tests will be in effect for this test. Please read them carefully.


A big thank you to Chief Engineer Todd Clark who agreed to include SSTV and allow us to test this mode as an option for future tests. Also to Paul Walker, who arranged for all this.

And to Rob Keeney who encoded the images into SSTV format and provided technical expertise on incorporating them into our files.


DX Tests are arranged by the Courtesy Program Committee of the National Radio Club (NRC) and the International Radio Club of America (IRCA.) Both clubs offer low-cost, online-only memberships. It is appropriate that those seeking QSLs should support the clubs financially. Please indicate in your request which club you are a member of. It may improve the response time for your QSL.

QSL requests for DX Tests where the CPC will issue QSLs must be received within 30 days of the test.

A brief recording of at least two (2) minutes must be submitted. .MP3, .wav, or .MP4 video formats accepted. No written reports unless accompanied by a recording.

No remote receivers (Internet-based) will be accepted for QSLs. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:   

A.) If you constructed the remote receiver, maintained it, or contributed money towards those purposes, you may use it to submit reception reports. Examples would be DXers who built remote receivers in low-noise locations but operate from home.

B.) Internet-based receivers you don’t own are only acceptable if they are more than 500 miles from the transmitter of the test station. You must fully disclose which receiver was used, including its URL. If the owner is known, please provide their name so they may receive credit. Include the distance of the receiver in miles from the transmitter site.

C.) Only one QSL will be issued per DXer, even if they operate multiple remote receiver sites or use more than one remote receiver at distances of 500 miles to receive the station.

QSLs will be issued only after the conclusion of the 2022-2023 DX Season. Generally, this will occur in April. We will send out group emails when QSLs are issued.

Unpaid volunteers perform all work in verifying reports and sending you a QSL. We all have jobs, spouses, kids, and lives. Be patient. Be nice.

Shortwave Broadcast / Radio Vanuatu 5040khz Apr 1 0830UTC
« on: April 01, 2023, 0852 UTC »
Noted at 0832UTC with a Radio Vanuatu announcer talking an Australian about something, I didn't catch what.. its late here. S9+10 or better signal and off schedule. 3945 should be on now. I haven't heard 7260 in awhile but I haven't looked for it really.. However, 5040 sounds strong and better than anything else ive heard form Vanuatu in awhile

I didnt note SIBC 5020 on either but as well, the last6 few times ive heard them, 5020 had modulation in the toilet.

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