Thursday, October 29, 2015

November 2015 Shortwave Listening Logs

Here are this month’s logs. All times are in UTC. Double capital letters are language abbreviations (SS = Spanish, RR = Russian, AA = Arabic, etc.) If no language is mentioned English (EE) is assumed.

ALASKA—KNLS, Anchor Point, 11870 with IS and ID at 1200 sign on. (Sellers, BC)

ALGERIA—Radio Algerienne, 6145 via France with Qur'an recitations at 2237. (Brossell, WI) 11985 via Issoudun with Qur'an at 0518. (KB2DMD, PA)

ASCENSION ISLAND—BBC North Atlantic Relay Station, 6135 at 0451 with correspondent's reports, anmts and music, then off at 0459. (Sellers, BC) 15105 in (l) Hausa at 1945. (Brossell, WI)

AUSTRALIA—Radio Australia, 17840-Shepparton with news by W and cutaways to various speakers. (D'Angelo, PA)
Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB), 9940-Kununurra in (l) Indonesian at 1244, 11590 in (l) Bengali at 1250. (Brossell, WI)

AUSTRIA—Adventist World Radio, 9690-Moosbrunn at 0236 in (l) Punjabi and W doing EE ID, then Indian music, 11880-Moosbrunn with talks in AA at 0632. (KB2DMD,PA) 11980 with contact info at 2120. (Brossell, WI)

BOTSWANA—VOA Relay, 4930 at 0439 with an interview about issues facing immigrant women. (Sellers, BC) 15580 at 1920 on politics in Israel. (Brossell, WI)

BRAZIL—(all in PP)
Radio Difusora Roraima, Boa Vista, 4875.1 at 0341-0404* with Brazilian pop vocals, ads f/by long talk by M, group singing at 0400, then ancr with closing ID and sign off anmts f/by choral anthem, then about a minute of dead air until termination. (D'Angelo, PA)
Radio Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte, 6010 at 0444 with an ID and Brazil pops, barely audible on //15190. (Sellers, BC)
RB2, Radio Clube Paranaense, Curitiba, 6040 (t) at 0149 with talks by a W. (KB2DMD, PA) 0542 with talk and music carrying Radio Aparecida programming, //Aparecida frequencies 6135, 9630, 11855 and another RB2 frequency (9725) were fair. Nothing was heard on 11935. (Sellers, BC)  
Radio Aparecida, Aparecida, 6135 at 0506 audible after BBC left at 0459 with Brazil pops and ID. //9630 was very good and 11855 was good. (Sellers, BC) 9630 at 0231 with a pop ballad and M with ID, 9820 at 0307 with ancr and soft music, 11855 at 0200 with M talk, slow instl music bridges and boisterous anmts. (KB2DMD, PA) 11855.3 at 0032-0105 with long religious talk, f/by music selections, nice ID at 0058, then several anmts. (D'Angelo, PA)
Radio Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo, 9645 at 0026 with studio discussion, Two M with a lot of laughter and continuous mentions of Cuba. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Rio Mar, Manaus, 6160 already noted at 0938 with M and pleasant vocals. In and out; had more talk to 0952. One of the rare times I  got audio on this one! (Valko, PA)
Radio Voz Missionaria, Camboriu, 9665 at 0031 with a religious service, M preaching with slow guitar accompaniment and many "Hallelujahs!" (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Transmundial, Santa Maria, 11735 at 1020 ending a soft vocal, M with canned intro, then live DJ. Signal was about equal to Nacional on 11780. (Valko, PA)
Super Radio Deus e Amor, Curitiba, 11764.6 at 0643 with M taking phone calls. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Brazil Central, Goiania, 11815 at 0411 with Brazil pops, but was heavily distorted. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Nacional Amazonas, Brasilia, 11780 with slow ballads at 0638. (KB2DMD, PA)

CANADA—CFRX, Toronto, 6070 at 0300 with several "News Talk" IDs with W host, f/by a talk show. (D'Angelo, PA)) 0411 with commercial for C. Crane radio, f/by Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert. (KB2DMD, PA) 0447 discussing child sexual abuse. (Sellers, BC)

CHINA—China Radio International, 5965-Xi'an at 1254 in (l) KK, 6100-Beijing in RR at 1250, 7325-Jinhua at 1224 in JJ, 7365-Shijiazhuang in Mandarin at 1234, 9410-Kashi in PP at 2212, 9685-Urumqi in RR at 1228 and 9705 in Mandarin at 1528. (Brossell, WI) 6175 Albanian Relay at 2246-2303 with M/W in PP, M with closing ID and frequency anmt, IS at 2300 f/by start of SS pgm,7210 via Cerrik (Albania), at 2248 with W in SS hosting pops, //7250. 7250-Kashi at 2253, //7210 and 7350-Kashi at 2335 in EE with weather for Asia, then a time check and mention of "you're listening to The Beijing Hour." Then several promo anmts f/by business news, sports, then a CC language lesson. (D'Angelo, PA)
China Peoples Broadcasting Station/China National Radio: Voice of the Strait, Fuzhou, 4940 in Mandarin at 1315, 6155-Beijing in Mandarin at 1235. (Brossell, WI)

ECUADOR—HCJB, 6050-Pichincha with slow, dreary music at 0056,  group vocals and flutes, ancr in SS, ID at 0058. More music f/by M with formal ID and frequency anmt, 3+1 time pips at TOH, then religious pgm in Quechua. (D'Angelo, PA) 0426. (KB2DMD, PA) (Language? gld)

EGYPT—Radio Cairo, 9315-Abu Zaabal at 0203 with the usual distorted audio and big signal. (KB2DMD, PA) 9965 at 0015 with instls and EE anmts. (Brossell, WI)

FRANCE—Radio France International, 9900 via Taiwan in Mandarin at 1239. (Brossell, WI) 11700-Issoudun at 0420 with talks in FF. (KB2DMD, PA) 0759-0752* with instls, M in FF to off. (D'Angelo, PA)

GERMANY—Deutsche Welle, 15275 via Talata (Madagascar), in Hausa at 1850 and an ID. (KB2DMD, PA)

GREECE—Voice of Greece, 9420-Avlis at 0235 with pgm of Greek music, hosted by W in Greek, into M in Greek at TOH. (D'Angelo, PA) 9935 with non-stop Greek music, but co-channel whine reduced the audio quality to poor. But //9420 was very good. (D'Angelo, PA)

GUAM—Trans World Radio/KTWR, 9880 in (l) KK at 1235, 9910 in Mandarin at 1221. (Brossell, WI)

INDIA—All India Radio, 4800-Hyderabad at 0025 tune in. Heavy t-storm static and indigenous music, f/by W in (p) Hindi, ID at 0030 and another W with EE ID and news from 0035. (Wood, MA) 9445-Bengaluru discussing economic growth there with USA's assistance. (Brossell, WI)
9870-Bengaluru (the Vividh Bharati service), 0407 in Hebrew with Balliwood music with sitar and W vocal. (KB2DMD, PA)        
TWR-India, 9900 via Tashkent at 0053 with M talking in vernacular. (KB2DMD, PA)

IRAN—VOIRI, 9420-Zahedan in AA with Qur'an recitations at 0013, 9510-Zahedan with W talking to caller at 0227, f/by music, 11955-Sirjan in vernacular, f/by ID and anthem. (KB2DMD, PA)

JAPAN—NHK/Radio Japan, 5910 via France at 0413 with M and talk in JJ, several IDs at 0414, then familiar theme music, f/by JJ pops pgm, 11975 in AA at 0628 with talks and music. (KB2DMD, PA) Radio Nikkei, 3925 at 1320 with jazz. (Barton, AZ)

MEXICO—Radio Educacion, Mexico City, 6185 at 0357 in SS with W  mariachi vocal. (KB2DMD. PA)

NEW ZEALAND—Radio New Zealand International, 9700 with world news at 1301. (Brossell, WI)

NIGERIA—Voice of Nigeria, 9690 fair at 0602 with M ancr in Hausa and indigenous music, //7255 was poor. (Sellers, BC)

OMAN—Radio Sultanate of Oman, 15140-Thumrait, at 1959 with talks in AA. (Brossell, WI) 2150 with M and continuous AA talk to 2159 when they went off abruptly. (D'Angelo, PA)

OPPOSITION—Sound of Hope (from Taiwan to China), 11500 in Mandarin at 1242. (Brossell, WI)
Denge Kurdistane, (via France to Iran), 11600 at 0304 in Kurdish and seeming non-stop Kurdish music, nice ID at 0401, f/by  news. (D'Angelo, PA)
Echo of Hope, 6003 (South Korea to North), at 1159 with time pips and (p) ID in KK at 1200. (Brossell, WI)
Radio Tamazuj, 11645 (via Vatican to Sudan), at 0427 in AA after IDs transitioning into the Radio Dabanga service at 0430. (KB2DMD, PA)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA—NBC National Radio, 12025-Shepparton (Australia), at 0700 tune in on an ID and W with news, then an update on the medals tally at the Pacific Games, PSAs on the National Identity Theft pgm. (D'Angelo, PA) 

PHILIPPINES—Far East Broadcasting Company, 7410 at 1237 with talks in (l) Khmer, 9430 in Mandarin at 1230. (Brossell, WI)

PIRATES—Captain Morgan, 6924 at 0011, off at 0047 after train horn SFX, (Hassig, IL) 6925 at 0009 with blues, ID at 0023, 6950 at 0106-0140* with pgm of blues. (Lobdell, MA)
Radio Trump, 6935u at 0115-0123* with an oldie, The Donald talking about climate change and other topics, ID and mention of (D'Angelo, PA)
Free Thinker Radio, 6925u with M and obscure rock things. Might have its origins as a web stream. (Lobdell, MA)
BID (Burn it Down) Radio, 6925u at 0130-0150* with talk about martial law, going underground, various rock things. "BID Radio" at close. (Lobdell, MA) 6960u at 0234 with heavy metal. (Hassig, IL) 0321-0351 with pop/rock from Johnny Cash, etc., ID by M at 0346 after SSTV.  (Lobdell, MA)
Technical Man Radio (Holland), 6285 at 2234-2312+ with M and pop/tock, frequent IDs, email address. (Lobdell, MA)
BarraQuada, 5897u  at 2313-2345 with numbers by Maroon 5. No IDs or other talk. (Lobdell, MA)
Cold Country Canada, 6969 at 0126-0152* several selections, ID as "Cold Country Canada, the weakest station in the nation." Also 0142-0206+ with rock numbers and frequent IDs, again at 2340-0005* repeating numbers from last night, frequent IDs, 0127-0150 with rock things, mentions of The Free Radio Cafe, IDs. (Lobdell, MA)
Old Time Radio, 6770 at 0115 poor/weak with just occasional bits of audio. Also, 0235 weak and poor with an OTR sitcom, coml for Colgate tooth powder. Also at 0100 with a tenor doing an opera-type song in Italian. (Hassig, IL)
XLR8, 6950u at 0201-0218 with things by Public Image, The Rattles and Japan, including a quick ID, 6955 at 0200 with various numbers and usual short IDs. (Lobdell, MA) 0223 with light pop and punk rock like what I hear on college radio. (Hassig, IL)
Liquid Radio, 6925 at 0125 poor/weak with industrial dance things. another log at 0107 with "house" style dance things. (Hassig, IL)
Brockett 99, 6930 at 2332 with a lively pgm filled with IDs and contact info. Reports should go to Pgm was hosted by "Ernie," including news, sports and other features, with TC's "taped from somewhere". (D'Angelo, PA)
Amphetamine Radio, 6925u, 2101-2130+ with comedy skit about Jeff Gordon, IDs, instls, 2340-0013* various numbers with lots of SSTV images mixed in, then off with NA. (Lobdell, MA) 2301-2352 M with IDs, mentioning frequency. Many old pop things. ID at 2342 then SSTV scan. Gave (D'Angelo, PA) 0040 with massive QRN which abated after 45 minutes. Various pop/rock numbers and several SSTV/FAX transmissions. (Hassig, IL)
Radio Free Whatever, 6935u at 0145 with some rock numbers, 6945u with various rock numbers at 0139-0220, another day at 0225 with the usual DJ banter and rock things., also 6965u at 0149 with DJ and pop/rock. (Hassig, IL) 0300-0312* end of pgm with Dick Weed and Stavin. Off after an ID. (Lobdell, MA)
Wolverine Radio, 6950u at 0045-0137 with a "lucky" themed program. FAX/SSTV effects  at 0135. Also, 0104-0124 with series of songs with the word "lie" in them, SSTV/FAX SFX at 0121. (Hassig, IL)
Radio Crombi (England), 6309 at 2337 with a couple of things by Mr. Polka, then into a full sign off at 2342 with ID. Supposed email address is, but emails have gone unanswered so far. (Lobdell, MA)
Radio Abu Dhabi (Euro), 6250-6260 at 2355-0037 with Hank Williams, instl guitar and polkas. Moved between 6250 and 6260 several times. (Lobdell, MA)
Radio Focus International (Euro), 6286.3 at 2311 with pops but was hard to hear in a noisy band. (Lobdell, MA)
FRS/Free Radio Service-Holland, 9300 at 2247-2305* reading listener letters and pop things. Full ID and email info at 2300. (Lobdell, MA)

ROMANIA—Radio Romania International, 9520-Tiganesti at 0017 in RR with talks and music, 9730-Tiganesti at 0036 with mailbag pgm, including one from a U.S. ham who complained about QRM from RHC (KB2DMD, PA)

SAO TOME—Voice of America, 4960-Pinheira at 0421 with several M discussing African news W with ID at 0423, anmts and mention of VOA News, another ID at 0430. (D'Angelo, PA)

SAUDI ARABIA—BSKSA, 9870 at 2147 with AA vocals. (Brossell, WI) 15205-Riyadh with the Holy Qur'an Service and M with brief AA talks. (D'Angelo, PA)

SOUTH AFRICA—Radio Sonder Grense, 3320 at 0427 in Afrikaans, W DJ with a song by Andrea Bocelli, then instl music. (Sellers, BC)

SPAIN—Radio Exterior de Espana, 15490-Nobeljas, with live coverage of an SS sporting event at 1950. (Brossell, WI)

SWAZILAND—Trans World Radio, Manzini, 3200 with a song, then a hymn and more GG pgmg, //4775 which was fair with CODAR QRM. (Sellers, BC)

SWEDEN—IBRA Radio (p) Radio Ibraham via Wooferton, 15258 at 1825 in AA with flowery music. Abruptly off at BOH. (KB2DMD, PA)

THAILAND—Radio Thailand, 15590 at 0016-0029* first time noted in several months, with news in EE, promotional events, features and PSAs. Seemingly gone after the BOH antenna switch. (D'Angelo, PA)

TURKEY—Voice of Turkey, 15350 with talks in TT. (Brossell, WI)

UNITED STATES—Voice of America, 6045 Thailand Relay at 1312 in Mandarin, 7235 Philippine Relay in (l) KK at 1211, 9825 Northern Marianas Relay in Mandarin at 1233 and 15110-Ascension relay at 2130 with ID and beginning in ancd Bambara. (Brossell, WI))
Afia Darfur Radio, 9780 in AA at 1924. (Brossell, WI) 9815 in vernacular at 0303 with M ancr and snips of agitated M hollering into a bullhorn with multi-path echo. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Payam E-Doost, 7460 via Moldova, with vocals at 0232 and anmts in (l) Farsi. (Brossell, WI)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 6075 via Biblis in Belarusian at 0408, 12035 at 0350 with alternating ancrs in Pashto. (KB2DMD, PA)
Adventist World Radio, 15275 listed Rwanda relay at 2050 with talks in (l) Yoruba, 15480 Madagascar relay in AA at 1913 and 17800 Rwanda relay in (l) Fulani at 1954. (Brossell, WI)
World Harvest Radio, 9930 Palau relay with a sermon at 1302. (Brossell, WI)
WINB, Red Lion (PA), 9265 at 0002 with talks and music. (KB2DMD, PA)
KVOH, Rancho Simi (CA), 9975 at 0325 with Saturday Night Jam Session.  Great music from the Benny Goodman Quartet, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and others. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Prague, 9955 via Okeechobee at 0313 on the absence of poisonous spiders in the Republic, f/by answers to listener questions. (KB2DMD, PA)
Radio Alexandria via WBCQ, Monticello (Maine), 7490 at 2340-2358 with M (later identified as Rollin B. Hunt) talking about their plans for a ship to broadcast over shortwave to the Pacific. Later called this their North American Service. (D'Angelo, PA)
FG Radio, 11580 via Okeechobee opening at 2300 with a nice ID, f/by news, FF ID at 2309, then a vocal and closing ID, WRMI ID with Ian McFarland. (D'Angelo, PA)

VATICAN CITY—Radio Vaticana, 11715 at 0417 in AA with W talking. (KB2DMD, PA)

VIETNAM—Voice of Vietnam, 12000 in Mandarin at 1215. (Brossell, WI) 12005 via Wooferton at *0230-0251 with O/C to 0230 with W and EE ID, pgm previews, news. (D'Angelo, PA)

That will do it for this month. Back slaps, kudos and high fives to the following good guys who checked in this time: William Hassig, Mt. Pleasant, IL; Rich Parker, KB2DMD, Pennsburg, IL; Ralph Perry, Wheaton, IL; Chris Lobdell, Stoneham, MA; Dave Valko, Dunlo, PA; Bob Brossell, Pewaukee, WI; Steven C. Wood, Norwich, MA and Rick Barton, El Mirage, AZ. Thanks to each of you!
Until next month --- keep on keepin' on!

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