Using my old Android phone purely for FM radio

Samsung will be the next major phone manufacturer to enable the dormant FM chips in its devices. The FM chips will be switched on in Samsung’s “upcoming smartphone models,” which will allow users to listen to local radio stations.

via Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones | Ars Technica


This recent update is interesting to me at least because my current phone is a Samsung. Of course it means my current model won’t have its FM receiver unlocked (and, in fact, I’m not even sure the UK model has FM functionality, enabled or not).

When I first read a few years ago that most phones’ WiFi/Bluetooth chips also enabled FM reception, but that most manufacturers disable it in software, I was baffled. But I’d lived under this cloud of ignorance for many years and never questioned it.

Before my current Samsung, I had one, and then another newer, Motorola Moto G – cheap and cheerful – which both had FM radio apps built in. And great apps, too! Good reception (as always with smartphones, using the earphone cable as an antenna), and the software is simple yet robust. It covers the basics, like auto-scanning, presets, sleep timer, and even RDS display.

But it also has a really nicely-done record function which not only directly makes an MP3 of the station you’re tuned into (rather than, say, recording the speaker via the mic or something hideous), but also automatically inserts the frequency into the filename when it saves.

 

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The Motorola FM radio app makes for a great companion to pirate radio bandscans in a built-up area.

The presets/memory enables me to check for new stations I’ve not picked up yet, or to check on ones I’ve saved previously. Having a list of saved frequencies is great, and saving some as favourites makes it really easy to navigate a sea of potentially anonymous numbers.

The RDS enables me to get relatively quick station IDs with a decent enough signal (waiting for a twenty minute drum’n’bass mix to finish just on the off-chance the DJ actually name-checks the station is a bit beyond my levels of patience). And it turns out that pirate stations seem to love RDS – it’s rare I’ll find a station that doesn’t at least display the station ID. Some even post the show/DJ info, or a contact number/URL. There’s no easy way to export this data (not even copy and paste), but a quick screengrab will do in a pinch.

And, of course, the record function is fantastic for grabbing clear sample clips really easily. It lets me either record for 30-60 seconds to grab a reference clip, or I can even tune in, hit record, and leave it going with the screen off and audio on mute if I need a longer clip to grab a station ID.

It’s a bit of shame the recording function doesn’t have a buffer – quite often I’ll have heard a vital station ID or something else interesting and wasn’t recording. It’d be amazing to have a 5-second buffer for moments like that. Either way, the files are then saved on the device (or SD card, optionally), labelled and dated, and ready to be listened to on the device or exported to a computer/the web at a later date.

Anyway, now that I use my Samsung as my main phone, I held on to the old Motorola – and I’m glad I did. After a factory reset, and stripping off any unnecessary software (Moto phones run virtually stock Android, thankfully), the phone is a pretty decent pocket FM radio.

Running no other apps and living in airplane mode, the phone has a standby time measured in weeks rather than hours. And that’s if I choose to leave it on between sessions, which I do out of convenience, but could make it last month between charges if I needed to.

Of course it’s an overpowered/over-featured FM radio. But it’s one that lets me do some cool stuff, as well as make recordings, take screengrabs of RDS data, and make notes on the fly.

One next step would be to do some field tests – to compare the phone’s sensitivity with that of a ‘good’ FM receiver. Anecdotally, it certainly feels like the phone picks up a decent number of signals, locks onto them well, and performs pretty well. But until I’ve done some side-by-side tests, I can’t be sure. (Ironically, my ‘good’ FM receiver lacks both RDS and any recording function.)

Beyond that, I can also try again with the DVB-T dongle I’ve got for scanning other frequencies. But that necessitates some fiddly dongle/power/adapter compromises, as well as needed a more robust antenna. Simply using the phone as an FM radio with some cheap earphones and built in software is working brilliantly.

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2018 Weeknote 2

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A quieter week than last week – weather-wise, certainly. Mostly quite grey, with a few sunny spells.

Work settled down, and the second week of the new year was a more normal one. To be expected. It wasn’t without its highlights; there were a number of small problems or queries that I felt armed adequately to tackle. And it reminded me yet again that that’s the job satisfaction I seek most – to find problems and to solve them. It’s reassuring that this can be sought in many arenas.

This week has been dominated by listening to, thinking about, and rambling about radio. More so than usual! I haven’t been doing much shortwave listening lately. But I have been re-familiarising myself with DAB and FM.

DAB occupies a weird part of my mind in terms of it having slowly – very slowly – become mainstream. Is it even mainstream yet? It is its own thing. Despite all this, I find enough elements about it to fascinate me. The variety of receivers. The number of available stations. The different stations that are available locally and nationally, and the weird way these are transmitted. I read with interest a Government consultation attempting to get smaller local/community stations on DAB – partly because, due to the nature of how DAB stations are transmitted, they can’t fully mimic local FM stations in terms of reach and coverage.

And FM is a constant source of interest, particularly a built-up area like north west London. Reception of big stations is rock-solid almost anywhere. Local stations are diverse and numerous. And pirate stations are as ubiquitous as legitimate ones. At home, I’m as confident in the strength of Divine 97.9 (drum’n’bass; occasional shout-outs to listeners) as I am Radio 4 when testing a new radio. If Divine goes down, I’m arming the warheads.

This surge in interest in radio was helped along by Megan and I staying in a rather gorgeous Airbnb before the new year which had a decent radio in the kitchen and a good hifi system in the lounge. It was also the kind of house one wishes to simply be in, so the radio was on a lot.

We wake daily to Radio 4, but we don’t really have the radio on at other times. It was the Airbnb that reminded us we both love to do this. So since then we’d been using my little portable radio as background noise, with an eye on a new DAB receiver with a good speaker. And this week we picked up a great Pure radio which was on a sporadic reduction at the supermarket. So radio now fills the flat while we’re cooking, pottering, tidying, etc. It’s been great.

My first set-up listen meant I caught a recent Peter Broderick track on 6 Music. And all week I’ve heard various Radio 4 comedy shows which are usually at least half-decent. We caught the first episode of Angstrom, a parody of Scandi-noir murder mysteries, which several times had me guffawing like a loon.

And I’ve been tuning in to Resonance FM on my way to and from work. They don’t have breakfast shows per se, so you end up catching repeats of some really diverse shows. I caught an Americana and bluegrass show one morning, a Sunday afternoon folk show another morning. And in the evening a well-written show about cyber security and so on. Up till now the only Resonance show I’ve sought out was One Life Left, the video game show by friends-of-friends. But I’ve known for a long time the fantastic variety in Resonance’s line-up, so it’s been good to begin to embrace it this new year.

Another activity that’s taken up some time this week is a somewhat frantic re-arrangement of the living room furniture. This happens every few months, and the latest re-shuffle was brought about by the removal of the Christmas tree. It’s made the space feel fresh and open and new.

It’s been nice to spend some dark evenings in the new arrangement, playing some old videogames, and watching some films. I finally caught up with Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary, which was just what I’d hoped it would be. And we randomly stumbled on Serendipity, a weird little rom-com from 2001 starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale (not Helen Baxendale who, it turns out, is a completely different person). It turned out to be great fun. One of those cute but slightly out of leftfield storylines thanks to some quirky movie magic, and at times it felt like it could have been a prequel to High Fidelity, with Cusack’s character occasionally merging into Rob Gordon territory.

I’ve also done some fun cooking this week, and particularly this weekend, as Megan’s dad brought over some of the bulkier Christmas presents we’d left at theirs, including a huge stock pot, a multi-function stick blender, sourdough baking ingredients, and other kitchen accessories. I still need to follow recipes practically word for word. But I’m getting good results. And making pesto from scratch is sheer heaven.

I made more progress on the new website I’m building for a client. It’s been mostly smooth sailing – touch wood – with a few little niggles here and there. I hope that with another session next weekend it’ll be ready to hand over and go live.

Finally, we ended the week, as last week, with a ramble on Hampstead Heath. I don’t think we’ll spend every Sunday there, but it’s not a bad place to have nearby. This morning we tried to head over a little earlier than normal and it was good to blow away the cobwebs and enjoy some space before it got a little busier.

We saw a sparrowhawk, a green woodpecker, and a wren or three, as well as some of the more usual feathered friends. We also noticed a surprising number of blossom buds on certain trees.

2018 Weeknote 1

The first week of any year always plays havoc with one’s sense of time, and normality. It’s helped that this year most of us went back to work on the 2nd, thereby ensuring the engine got started sooner after the new year break than usual. Even so, there’s still some amount of that engine ticking over reluctantly until the first full week back at it.

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This week was met with a winter storm that blew over a fair few trees and knocked a few roof tiles loose. At work this meant a number of calls about trees, though mercifully few that we were responsible for. And no injuries or even big upheavals as far as I can tell.

The worst we had was a large Beech which blew into one of our allotments – it’s strange how dignified a tree remains even at 90° to its usual position. This one in particular, its multi-stemmed, mutated trunk aside, maintained a spidery, intricate grace, the vast scale of which was more easily grasped at close quarters than at its usual lofty height.

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The re-worked flowerbeds at Sunshine Corner look nice and sharp. Bare, of course, but neatly marked out with metal edging and good compost. The new beds have been turned, like the Beech tree, by 90°. The darker bed in the photograph above is the new one.

No plants are visible yet as they were delivered to us in their winter slumber. It’s alarming how thousands of pounds of plants can turn up looking for all the world like little plastic pots with nothing but soil and a twig sticking out of it.

There are murmurings that this is perhaps not the right treatment for Sunshine Corner’s unique position at the boundary between town and country; that the original vision of this division calls for a softer transition. More appropriate, some say, would be a hierarchy leading from the wildness of Hampstead Heath(!) along Heathgate to the crown atop the Suburb: Lutyens’ formal Central Square.

But nothing is permanent – not least in landscaping. It’s an experiment, just like the meadow planting was an experiment that we gave a few years to prove itself before moving onto this new scheme.

There’s nothing that makes you look with some bewilderment at a long list of unlistened-to podcast episodes like a week or two away from the usual routine of hoovering them up daily. Some pruning to be done there, I think.

20180102_185049.jpgI did my best to soften the return to work by taking Megan and I to the theatre on Tuesday night – the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. The play was Daisy Pulls It Off, a very jolly-hockey-sticks, 1920s tale of a girl who wins a scholarship to a posh boarding school, and the clash of personalities that ensues.

It’s all done for laughs, and the theatre itself is very intimate, so the winks and nudges are seen and felt at very close quarters. The actors almost burst with enthusiasm and made very effective use of the deliberately sparse set.

We loved it.


I’ve read with satisfaction some friends’ round-ups of 2017. Being pals of mine, they generally contain a healthy mixture of optimism, self-reflection, modest ambition, and gratitude. I’m in two minds whether to attempt one, but reading those of others has at least meant ten minutes spent listing a few highlights of my own – and more than just a few, which was very pleasing.

Along with some of these year-end round-ups has been some friends making plans for the year ahead, including – again – a mixture of the ambitious and the modest. And – again – it’s put a few ideas into my head as well.

Relatedly, I remain forever grateful that I still have blogs to follow via RSS* – some written by people I know, some not. Always inspiring and interesting though. Email newsletters are good, too. But, like podcasts, it can feel bad to fall behind.

* For a while I had been trying out Inoreader but I’ve just gone back to Feedly for some reason. It’s surprisingly easy to switch between the two, but then that’s the beauty of an open standard(?) like RSS, OPML and the like.


Today, to walk off some of the week’s enthusiastic cooking sessions, we capped the week off with a nice long walk on Hampstead Heath – together with about a million other people (and their dogs). The Heath is too hard to resist on cold, crisp days such as this. We even stumbled into the Dairy, by Kenwood, which it turns out is open every first Sunday of the month.

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Inside, we found an immaculately restored tearoom, opposite an immaculately restored dairy room, complete with marble basins. The Dairy is very well designed, being built atop an ice house to keep the whole place cool into the summer months (ice would have been brought up from the pond at the bottom of the lawn), and a fountain in the centre for fresh water (making use of one of the many springs that rise up all over the Heath).

It was the perfect Sunday afternoon for a wander on the Heath. We refuelled at Carluccio’s before walking down the hill back to West Hampstead.

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Finally, I have one or two new extra-curricular projects on the cards, including a new website for a literary society. I’ve done routine web admin for the Katherine Mansfield Society for a number of years and enjoy the two itches it scratches for me. I’m very flattered that it’s led to me being offered other, similar roles.

Onwards.


The Charterhouse

I was lucky enough to go on a visit to the Charterhouse last week. It was our annual staff training day – we tend to go to interesting and/or historical lumps of architecture, and this was a wonderful place to explore.

The Charterhouse opened to the public in January 2017, but its history goes back to the 14th century. The story is diverse and fascinating, and the fabric of the buildings themselves is very special. It’s a cliche, but it walking around the place absolutely feels like stepping back in time. If you can visit, I highly recommend taking a tour as the guide we had was knowledgeable and very engaging. We had a wonderful day.

 

Shortwave DX log for the afternoon of Sunday 15 October 2017

I’m unsure whether or not to classify this one a DXpedition – but maybe I should, as it was bad electrical interference at home that pushed me and my trusty Tecsun outside to Primrose Hill for a couple of enjoyable band scans. A nice bit of warm late autumn sunshine and a run capped off a good afternoon.

The increased elevation and distance from significant interference meant I got some quite distant copies, including an Australian evangelical station I’d not come across before: Reach Beyond Australia.


Logged via Tecsun PL-380 in NW London (currently UTC+1).

I’m still getting to grips with SINPO ratings and this Android app for logging; until now I’ve used a notebook and pen and rather fuzzier ratings like ‘fair but some interference’. But the app provides a decent, fast, offline schedule lookup, and the built-in logging function does 90% of what I would want it to.


Session #1 around 1145 UTC – at home in NW London. V poor signal with electrical interference.
Freq Station ID SINPO Distance
15250Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in MANDARIN from TINANG (VOA). 32243 10658KM from transmitter at Tinang (VoA)
17615Khz  BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 42232 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
13775Khz  CNR1 JAMMER/FIREDRAKE (CHINA)  in MANDARIN. 53344
15220Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CZECH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). 32233 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang)
13635Khz  VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in TURKISH from EMIRLER. 32222 2867KM from transmitter at Emirler
13665Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from CERRIK. 42233 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik
Session #2 around 1330 UTC – on Primrose Hill using the telescopic built-in antenna.
Freq Station ID SINPO Distance
21505Khz  BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 43333 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17615Khz  BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 43333 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17625Khz  BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 53333 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17705Khz  BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 55554 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17895Khz  BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 55544 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
15745Khz  RADIO FREE ASIA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in TIBETAN from ULAANBAATAR
15825Khz  WWCR 1 NASHVILLE, TN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from NASHVILLE, TN (WWCR). 43354 6734KM from transmitter at Nashville, TN (WWCR)
17530Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in SOMALI from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. 54344 1415KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria
15430Khz  DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY)  in DARI from TRINCOMALEE (DW). 44444 8677KM from transmitter at Trincomalee (DW)
15620Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in SOMALI from MOPENG HILL. 21111 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill
15130Khz  RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. 32222 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni
15275Khz  RADIO FREE ASIA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in TIBETAN from DUSHANBE. 43333
15320Khz  REACH BEYOND AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)  in TAMIL from KUNUNURRA WA. 43443 13972KM from transmitter at Kununurra WA
13830Khz  RADIO FREE ASIA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in TIBETAN from DUSHANBE. 53433
13845Khz  WWCR 3 NASHVILLE, TN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from NASHVILLE, TN (WWCR). 42433 6734KM from transmitter at Nashville, TN (WWCR)
15110Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in MANDARIN from UDON THANI. 54343 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani
13650Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in MANDARIN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). 54444 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI)
13670Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). 44444 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang)
13740Khz  RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in RUSSIAN from TIGANESTI. 43433 2098KM from transmitter at Tiganesti
12055Khz  TRANS WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in KASHMIRI from GAVAR. 23332 3666KM from transmitter at Gavar
12120Khz  FEBC MANILA (PHILIPPINES)  in BURMESE from BOCAUE (FEBC). 43232 10737KM from transmitter at Bocaue (FEBC)
13610Khz  IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in ARABIC from ZAHEDAN. 43334 5524KM from transmitter at Zahedan
11965Khz  VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in RUSSIAN from EMIRLER. 32232 2867KM from transmitter at Emirler
12005Khz  RADIO FARDA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PERSIAN from WOOFFERTON. 23332 169KM from transmitter at Woofferton
11860Khz  REP.YEMEN RADIO SANAA (YEMEN)  in ARABIC from JEDDAH. 22221 4775KM from transmitter at Jeddah
11870Khz  RADIO VERITAS ASIA (PHILIPPINES)  in CHIN
11950Khz  RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. 54555 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni
11750Khz  BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in BENGALI from TASHKENT. 43343 5251KM from transmitter at Tashkent
9900Khz  FURUSATO NO KAZE (CLA)  in JAPANESE from PAOCHUNG/BAUJONG. 21121 9880KM from transmitter at Paochung/Baujong
11560Khz  ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in DARI from BANGALORE). 54444 8011KM from transmitter at Bangalore)
11640Khz  RADIO TAIWAN INT. (TWN)  in MANDARIN from KOUHU. 32211 9886KM from transmitter at Kouhu
9720Khz  REACH BEYOND AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)  in ENGLISH from KUNUNURRA WA. 32232 13972KM from transmitter at Kununurra WA
9840Khz  VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in TURKISH from EMIRLER. 54444 2867KM from transmitter at Emirler
3995Khz  HCJB VOICE OF ANDES (ECUADOR)  in GERMAN from WEENERMOOR. 32322 533KM from transmitter at Weenermoor
6150Khz  RADIO MARABU (GERMANY)  in ENGLISH. 33322
Session #3 around 1430 UTC – on Primrose Hill using the telescopic built-in antenna.
Freq Station ID SINPO Distance
17895Khz  BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 55554 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17705Khz  BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. 54554 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
17770Khz  VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in ARABIC from EMIRLER. 55455 2867KM from transmitter at Emirler
17605Khz  ADVENTIST WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in AFAR from MOOSBRUNN. 21111 1248KM from transmitter at Moosbrunn
17660Khz  BSKSA RIAD (SAUDI ARABIA)  in FRENCH from RIYADH. 32233 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
15825Khz  WWCR 1 NASHVILLE, TN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from NASHVILLE, TN (WWCR). 32333 6734KM from transmitter at Nashville, TN (WWCR)
15410Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in MANDARIN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). 54554 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang)
15520Khz  RADIO EXTERIOR ESPAÑA (SPAIN)  in SPANISH from NOBLEJAS. 31122 1352KM from transmitter at Noblejas
15595Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in KURDISH from MOPENG HILL. 21111 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill
15205Khz  PANAMERICAN BROADCASTING (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from SOFIA
15215Khz  ADVENTIST WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in BURMESE from TRINCOMALEE (DW). 33222 8677KM from transmitter at Trincomalee (DW)
15320Khz  REACH BEYOND AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)  in URDU from KUNUNURRA WA. 43333 13972KM from transmitter at Kununurra WA
13845Khz  WWCR 3 NASHVILLE, TN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from NASHVILLE, TN (WWCR). 32222 6734KM from transmitter at Nashville, TN (WWCR)
15110Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in MANDARIN from TINANG (VOA). 32232 10658KM from transmitter at Tinang (VoA)
15140Khz  RADIO SULTANATE OMAN (OMAN)  in ENGLISH from THUMRAIT. 43333 6031KM from transmitter at Thumrait
13710Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). 55554 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang)
13775Khz  BSKSA RIAD (SAUDI ARABIA)  in URDU from RIYADH. 32222 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh
13830Khz  IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in HINDI from SIRJAN. 11111 5171KM from transmitter at Sirjan
12035Khz  VOA DEEWA RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PASHTO from UDON THANI. 32122 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani
13630Khz  RADIO LIBERTY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in UZBEK from UDON THANI. 43222 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani
13680Khz  NHK RADIO JAPAN (JAPAN)  in PERSIAN from ISSOUDUN. 32122 569KM from transmitter at Issoudun
11950Khz  RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. 44344 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni
11980Khz  VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in MANDARIN from TINANG (VOA). 31121 10658KM from transmitter at Tinang (VoA)
12025Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in MANDARIN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). 54444 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI)
11815Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). 43343 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI)
11860Khz  REP.YEMEN RADIO SANAA (YEMEN)  in ARABIC from JEDDAH. 32221 4775KM from transmitter at Jeddah
11870Khz  RADIO VERITAS ASIA (PHILIPPINES)  in TELUGU from PALAUIG, ZEMBALES (RVA). 32222 10601KM from transmitter at Palauig, Zembales (RVA)
11910Khz  RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in GERMAN from TIGANESTI. 55554 2098KM from transmitter at Tiganesti
11700Khz  RADIO VATICANA (VATICAN CITY STATE)  in HINDI from PALAUIG, ZEMBALES (RVA). 33222 10601KM from transmitter at Palauig, Zembales (RVA)
11785Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in MANDARIN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). 54444 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang)
11560Khz  ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in PASHTO from BANGALORE). 43333 8011KM from transmitter at Bangalore)
11660Khz  CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in URDU from KUNMING CRI (YUNNAN). 31122 8723KM from transmitter at Kunming CRI (Yunnan)

6070Khz

 CHANNEL 292 (GERMANY)  from ROHRBACH. 32222 899KM from transmitter at Rohrbach