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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Paul Walker, who shares the following recording of BOM and notes: BPM on 10 MHz surpassing WWVH’s signal, which does not happen often at all—if ever that I can remember—in McGrath, Alaska. The dits form BPM are obvious, but the morse code beginning at 39 seconds and the voice at 1 min 21 secs just wipe away WWVH.…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following recording and notes: Broadcaster: Trans World Radio, Swaziland Date of recording: 11/2/1996 Starting time: 0358 Frequency: 4.750 MHz Reception location: Thamesford, Ontario, Canada Receiver and antenna: Panasonic RF-3100 and longwire antenna Notes: Here is the interval signal o…
 
Quoting The Diplomat: For the first time, North Korea has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case within the country. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on May 12 that a “specimen from persons with fever” in Pyongyang had come back positive for the Omicron BA.2 variant, a particularly contagious strain of the virus. The phrasing of the an…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following recording and notes: Broadcaster: Radio Juventud, Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1970 Frequency: 4.900 MHz Reception location: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada Receiver and antenna: Hallicrafters S-52 using a longwire antenna Notes: Back in the 1970's, many Venezuelan radio stations could be…
 
The Shepparton transmitter site of ABC/Radio Australia Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Bob Purse, curator of the excellent Inches Per Second audio archive and blog. Bob kindly shares the following recording originally made on reel to reel tape. All of Bob’s recordings are lost and found sound, so the only information he has for each recording are …
 
(Image by Rich Post, K8TAD) Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: Radio Rabaul on the island of New Britain, PNG, was a rare visitor to my radio shack in 1971. I was able to make this brief recording (along with one of Radio Bougainville submitted separately) using an open mike in front …
 
Hallicrafters SX-99 Dial Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: The morning of October 21, 1971, provided some of the best reception of Papua New Guinea stations in the 90 metre band that I ever experienced. These stations were rare visitors to my headphones but I was able to make a coupl…
 
Hallicrafters S-52 (Image Source: Rich Post, K8TAD) Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, for the following recording and notes: Notes: Another short clip from an old 1971 cassette tape, La Voix du Zaire in French with multiple station ID's. In the 1970's, I typically recorded stations in the hope of catching a station identification and a…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Bob Purse, curator of the excellent Inches Per Second audio archive and blog. Bob kindly shares the following recording originally made on reel to reel tape. All of Bob’s recordings are lost and found sound, so the only information he has for each recording are the notes included on tape labels and boxes. If you can…
 
Hallicrafters S-52 (Image Source: Rich Post, K8TAD) Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: The Windward Islands Broadcasting Service heard with banana cutting notices for growers in St. Vincent and Granada prior to closing announcements giving frequencies and target areas. Due to "primiti…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Tod, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: BBC World Service broadcast with the first news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine Broadcaster: BBC Date of recording: 2/22/2022 - 02/27/2022 Starting time: various: see recording titel Frequency: 6.195 & 7.285 MHz Reception location: Hugo, MN Receiver a…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Paul Walker, who shares the following short recording of VOA’s Hausa language service recorded on February 26, 2022 in McGrath, Alaska on 11,900 kHz at 20:58 UTC. This recording was made with a Tecsun PL-880, DXE preamp and two tunable HF loop antennas. Paul notes: “Hausa language gets lopped off for an English sign…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Gavaras, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: VOA Communications World hosted by Kim Andrew Elliott. Topics covered included: - BBC to end shortwave World Service broadcasts to US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Radio Netherlands to broadcast on BBC vacated frequencies for two weeks - Intervi…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Gavaras, who shares the following recording and notes: VOA's Communications World with Kim Andrew Elliott from 6-24-1995, Topics discussed included: - International radio news - Discussion about VOA budget and possible consolidation of VOA into the State Department - Underwriting messages on VOA - Weather report…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following recording and notes: This is a compilation of radio broadcast from Twin Cities, Minnesota radio stations when the news of the January 6 US Capitol storming was first mentioned. Time stamps for the following stations and their time of broadcast: 00:00 WCCO 1:07 CST 01:24 KTLK 1:08 …
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: A scan of the phone portion of the 20 Meter Amateur Radio band during the first ten minutes of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field day June 26, 2021. Field day is the biggest Amateur Radio operating event of the year. Broadcaster: Amateur Radio…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Gavaras, who shares the following recording and notes: VOA Communications World 7/1/1995 VOA's Communications World presented by Kim Andrew Elliott. Topics discussed included: - Report on WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN) running a modified newscast on another local TV station (KLGT-TV) at the same time and interviews B…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following short clip of the Ham Sci Ionospheric Scientific Modulation Test: Date of recording: 3/10/2022 Starting time: 1908 Frequency: 15 Your location: Hu Your receiver and antenna: SDRplay RSPdx with wire loop around perimeter of attic Mode: AM Notes: Ionospheric Scientific Modulation Te…
 
Photo of Hallicrafters S-52 by Rich (KB8TAD) Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Dan Greenall, who shares the following short recording and notes: Broadcaster: Radio Difusora do Maranhao, Sao Luiz, Brazil Starting time: believe it was around 0000 UTC Frequency: 4.755 Reception location: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada Receiver and antenna: Hallicrafters S-5…
 
Kiev, Ukraine (Photo by Volodymyr) The following recording of Radio Ukraine International was made on February 24, 2022 at 12:00 UTC on 5010 kHz via WRMI. The recording was made with an Icom IC-705 connected to a large skyloop antenna. This is the first broadcast of the English language after the following February 23, 2022 announcement by WRMI: Du…
 
In 1974, I was an exchange student with AFS (then known as the American Field Service) in Swaziland, southern Africa. I had taken a Drake SPR-4 with me for the months I lived in Swaziland, and I used the receiver to hear a range of stations in Africa and Asia. Stations using shortwave that were a challenge for listeners in North America and other l…
 
Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa on February 11th, 1990. At the time, Radio RSA was still broadcasting to the world on shortwave radio, and provided live coverage of the event which was heard by many shortwave listeners. It will be recalled that Radio RSA had one of the most powerful shortwave transmission systems of any coun…
 
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following recording and notes: Audio recording of a MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio Service) of the establishment of a phone patch between a service member and their family member. This was recorded January 24, 2022 at 2148UTC on 13.927 MHz. It was recorded with an SRDplay RSPdx using…
 
In the early 1970’s, Syria was among the major shortwave broadcasters from the Middle East. The Broadcasting Service of the Syrian Arab Republic, as it was called back then, put in fairly strong signals on 15,165 khz in the 19 meter band, though not as powerful as other stations such as Radio Kuwait and Radio Cairo. In this recording from 1971, we …
 
In 2022, it is quite astounding that we still have, at least as of now, two Middle East broadcasters still on the air on shortwave: Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Radio Cairo was making attempts to return as of early 2022 but having great difficulties resolving its longstanding modulation and distortion problems. Jordan is now gone, as is Bahrain it see…
 
In 2022, one station in the South Pacific remains on shortwave, to the great delight of shortwave listeners. That station is Radio New Zealand, which as of early 2022 could still be heard with good signals. Back in the 1970’s Radio New Zealand was a prime DX target. Its sign on at 0600 UTC required staying up until 2:00 AM in summer months. For sig…
 
In 1981, a small U.S.- supported station called La Voz de Mosquitia (HRXK) went on air from Puerto Lempira, Honduras. The frequency was 4,910 khz — and it was plagued by interference from other Latin American stations in the 60 meter band. A good write up about the station can be found here. This recording was made in Washington, DC using a Hammarl…
 
The shortwave listening community was stunned some 40 years ago by the sudden appearance of a new station in the Galapagos Islands. It was Radiodifusora La Voz de Galapagos HCVG-8 and broadcast on 4,810 khz in the 60 meter band. Not only did LV de Galapagos put in an excellent signal in the evening in eastern North America, but it was an excellent …
 
The Cable & Wireless Ltd point to point station at St. George’s, Bermuda was a regular signal on the shortwave frequencies in the 1960s and 1970s. This recording was made in Levittown, Pennsylvania using a Hammarlund HQ-180A receiver: “This is a test transmission for station adjustment purposes of a radio telephone terminal owned and operated by Ca…
 
Among the many point to point / utility stations on the shortwave bands was this one, ACA (Alpha Charlie Alpha) located in the Panama Canal Zone. This recording was made in the early 1970s in Levittown, PA: “This is United States Army radio station, Alpha Charlie Alpha, located in the Panama Canal Zone. We are testing for receive alignment and stat…
 
In the 1960’s and 1970s, and likely earlier in the 1950s, point to point utility stations were an enjoyable part of the shortwave listening hobby. These stations, run by Cable & Wireless, Ltd, Republique Francois Post et Telecommunications, and companies, and broadcast by transmitters in many of the former colonial territories, were heard on freque…
 
Surinam, another of the three non-Spanish countries in South America, has an interesting history when it comes to shortwave broadcasting. The country was represented on shortwave by the old Radio SRS (Surinam Broadcasting Foundation) which sent out beautiful folder QSL cards and which listed frequencies as 4,780 khz, 4,850 khz and 15,450 khz and la…
 
In South America, three non-Spanish speaking countries — Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam — were key DX targets for listeners around the world. A history of broadcasting in Guyana can be found here. DX’ers who are still surviving and whose listening stretched back into the 1950’s and 1960s are lucky to have received the classic older ZFY / Radio …
 
Without doubt, Radio Andorra was one of the most sought after stations in the 1970s and with a bonus — it sent out one of the most beautiful QSL cards ever produced by any station. The QSL here was for a reception on 6,230 khz though the station ID, as it went into programming by Adventist World Radio said 6,220 khz. This was very early in the morn…
 
In 1978, Radio Condor International was among a number of pirate stations operating from Ireland. I heard the station twice, on 6,243 khz and on 11,463 khz. Claimed power was 100 watts. As can be seen the station verified with a letter QSL that listed another shortwave frequency of 6,200 khz and a mediumwave frequency of 1000 khz and had a return a…
 
Radio Euzkadi, the Voice of the Basque Underground, was a clandestine station representing the struggle of the Basque people for autonomy. Much has been written about the station. Radio Netherlands Media Network did an expansive 30 minute program on the station, and the article by the late DX’er Don Jensen is one of the best on the subject. For man…
 
Radio Enoch was one of many Europirate stations active in the late 1970s. As this QSL card shows, Radio Enoch broadcast on 6,248 khz using SSB at a claimed power of 4,000 watts. This reception was between 0800 and 0900 UTC in December in the eastern U.S. which was 3:00 to 4:00 AM eastern time. This was pre-Internet so QSL verifications came in the …
 
In the 1970s and 1980s the 48 meter band was full of European pirate stations, usually making “test transmissions” in the early morning hours, and usually on weekends, notably on Sundays. SWLs in the United States hunted these Europirates, which required rising at early hours in order to hear them. One of the stations in 1981 was South Dublin Radio…
 
by Dan Robinson For shortwave listeners, if there was one station that became a favorite it was ELWA in Monrovia, Liberia. But whereas ELWA was extremely easy to hear, the real DX catch was ELBC, the Liberian Broadcasting Corrporation. Its frequency was 3,255 khz in the 90 meter band and during the “golden” years of tropical shortwave broadcasting,…
 
by Dan Robinson With a transmitter power listed as 100 kilowatts, Malawi should have been one of the easiest African stations to hear during the “golden” years of tropical shortwave broadcasting. But that was not always the case as the 3,380 khz frequency in the 90 meter band was often plagued by interference from Latin American stations that were …
 
by Dan Robinson Another from the golden era of tropical band shortwave broadcasting, the Central African Republic was among the easiest stations to hear on its 5,038 khz frequency, especially in early to late afternoon as heard in eastern North America. The 1978 WRTH listed two shortwave frequencies including 7,220 khz which was shown as being for …
 
by Dan Robinson During the golden days of shortwave broadcasting, there were more than a dozen stations on the air in Angola, in addition to the main government station in the capital Luanda. In the 1978 WRTH, 14 regional stations are listed, and one of them Emisora Regional da Cabinda, broadcasting from the enclave between Democratic Republic of t…
 
by Dan Robinson Not as much has been written about the history of broadcasting in Sierra Leone in comparison with other countries in Africa — see Wikipedia for this summary. The SLBC broadcast on shortwave on 3,316 khz, one of those odd frequencies that one remembers. Although the power of the station was 50 kw as of 1978 it was exceedingly difficu…
 
by Dan Robinson The former Zaire, later the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was a focus of radio activity for decades, including many shortwave stations comprising both the national radio in Kinshasa and regional stations that became targets for radio listeners around the world. Zaire which had that name from 1971 to 1997 was controlled for a v…
 
by Dan Robinson In 1972, the Voice of the Revolution, Guinea’s national radio carried the funeral ceremony for Francis Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president after independence. Quoting from the history: “Nkrumah was born in the Gold Coast (later Ghana) in 1909 and was educated there before going to the United States in 1935 where he attended Linco…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following recording and notes: Broadcaster: Civil Air Patrol Date of recording: 1/24/2022 Starting time: 2001 Frequency: 14914 kHz Receiver location: Hugo, MN Receiver and antenna: SDRplay RSPdx with wire loop around perimeter of attic Mode: Single Side Band…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Anthony Messina, who shares the following audio clip and notes: Notes: Short recording of JOUF-AM heard in full C-Quam Stereo. Note the wide stereo separation that C-Quam can achieve. Shame it never fully took off in the U.S or most other places. Date of recording: 3/23/2021 Starting time: 11:27PM EST, UTC unknown F…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Matt Todd, who shares the following recording and notes: Audio recording of Shortwave Pirate going by Wolverine Radio. This was recorded December 25, 2021 at 0056UTC on 6969khz in Hugo, MN. The broadcast consists of a few minutes of the Barenaked Ladies song Testing One Two Three being play and then a male voice ann…
 
Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Roberto Ciappi, who shares the following recording and notes: Notes: BFBS Special daily broadcast to the British troops in the Persian Gulf area, during the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. They were using BBC transmitters in the UK. Broadcaster: BFBS London Date of recording: 2/16/1991 Starting time: 0920 UTC Frequency:…
 
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