A week away

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Last week, M and I spent a week in Hampshire, camping near the New Forest.

We weren’t familiar with the area, so it was a great opportunity to explore, unfurl the OS map, and do a tour or two. We were blessed with mostly excellent weather which meant for spending hours outdoors, cooking and winding down, and doing some fun outdoor things like learning to paddle board and exploring castles. Maybe I’ll write more about some specific activities soon, but for now I felt like scribbling a brief write-up.

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The weather wasn’t totally perfect – one night we were woken by what sounded like a heavy shower, but fortunately our tent held up pretty well. The worst weather episode was saved up for the morning of our packing up, because of course.

In fact, the severity of the wind and rain was such that our tent – and others around us – actually buckled a little. Pegs which had been driven into the hard, drought-addled land suddenly worked loose in the deluge. And then the wind lashed the weakened structures and it all felt a little bit apocalyptic for a few moments.

Thankfully the storm blew over within an hour or so, and the wind lingered after the rain had ended so that our tent was very much blown dry before we needed to pack it away.

It struck me at the time that it would be a great opportunity for a tent manufacturer to see exactly how different kinds of tents and gazebos react to such weather. I would guess that they conduct tests in wind tunnels or similar, but to actually see the failure points – particularly on tents erected by actual campers, literally in-the-field – would surely be very helpful.

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Mostly what was nice about the week was just being outside for so much of every day. It tunes your senses to the natural world in a way that’s harder to do as you go about your day-to-day life in the city. I remember noticing the wind had changed one morning; lo and behold, it heralded a change in the weather.

I also have fond memories of the swifts darting about the site in the evenings – some whirling around in the trees, and others running low-flying raids mere centimetres above the grass for tens of metres at a time.


Our relatively remote location down near the south coast was also great for a bit of playing with radios.

In London I put up with the inevitable fog of radio interference that comes with densely packed residential areas. I’m lucky to be able to pick up a decent amount of shortwave stations there, but when visiting as rural as location as we were down near Milford-on-Sea, it still blows me away to hear the difference in the number and clarity of signals I can receive.

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A radio nerd, radio nerding

I spent a few evenings DXing on shortwave, seeing what I could find. Mostly the usual, but what was most enjoyable was just how clear so many stations were. The bigger stations boomed in with a strength and clarity approaching that of a nearby FM station. Meanwhile, other weaker stations – including the Dutch pirates – came in with enjoyable levels of signal. At home I can sometimes pick them up amongst the murk and the mire of interference. But it was nice to be able to actually listen to these stations for a short while.

The biggest ‘problem’ I was blessed with was the sheer number of stations I could pick up – automatic band scans regularly logged more than a hundred signals, and it was a constant compromise between checking out one station before wanting to carry on to the next.

I also had a few scans on FM – not an awful lot to be found where we were a mile or two inland, but down on the coast I was overrun by clear, loud French stations, which is a neat novelty. I was picking up more French stations than English – probably 30 or so foreign broadcasts creeping across the Channel versus the 15 or so local and national ones I had expected.

And, as I find myself doing more and more, I tried some DAB DXing on a small portable receiver, with mixed results. I didn’t log any foreign multiplexes, which was a little surprising given the number of strong French FM signals, but I did get a good range of British ones coming from all along the south coast, including the quite experimental selection on the Portsmouth trial operated by Solent Wireless. However, quite often I would find that although the multiplex was logged, actually tuning to a station would fail, so the signal must have been pretty weak.


I’m still working through the photos I took on my ‘proper’ camera, so I’ll be adding some to Flickr over the coming weeks.

Flickr’s a funny old place. Literally old, in web-years. And I go through phases of thinking it’s irrelevant in today’s web, to spending whole hours looking at photographs taken by others, and finding myself enthralled, enrapt, and inspired to take more and better photographs of my own.

It’s also recently been bought ‘back’ from Yahoo! by SmugMug, which either sounds like it’s a step in the right direction for a new future, or further scratches the nostalgic itch that Flickr belongs to ‘the old web’ and its attendant community.

But then I realise that, like a lot of these things, it’s just whatever you want to make of it, and if I want Flickr to be useful to me – and at the same time that makes me want to be a better photographer? – then so be it.

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Shortwave DX log for evening of Thursday 15 March 2018

Logged via Tecsun PL-380 in NW London (currently GMT so UTC+0) via long wire antenna.

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.


5935Khz RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA) in ENGLISH from TIGANESTI. SINPO = 53443. 2098KM from transmitter at Tiganesti.
5955Khz RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA) in SERBIAN from SAFTICA. SINPO = 43333. 2170KM from transmitter at Saftica.
5970Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in FRENCH from CERRIK. SINPO = 43233. 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik.
5990Khz RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA) in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 44444. 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni.
6010Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in AMOY from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 43323. 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI).
6070Khz CHANNEL 292 (GERMANY) from ROHRBACH. SINPO = 21111. 899KM from transmitter at Rohrbach.
6160Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in GERMAN from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 33222. 8260KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi).
7245Khz TRANS WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in TIGRE from GRIGORIOPOL. SINPO = 32112. 2177KM from transmitter at Grigoriopol.
7275Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in MANDARIN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 32222. 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI).
7340Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in ITALIAN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 54444. 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang).
7360Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in FRENCH from CERRIK. SINPO = 53433. 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik.
7375Khz RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA) in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 54444. 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni.
7395Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in GERMAN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 54333. 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang).
7405Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in ENGLISH from BEIJING-MATOUCUN (CRI/CNR). SINPO = 42332. 8209KM from transmitter at Beijing-Matoucun (CRI/CNR).
7480Khz RADIO PAYAM E-DOOST (CLA) in PERSIAN from GRIGORIOPOL. SINPO = 44343. 2177KM from transmitter at Grigoriopol.
7495Khz VOA DEEWA RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in PASHTO from BIBLIS. SINPO = 43333. 647KM from transmitter at Biblis.
7550Khz ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA) in ENGLISH from BANGALORE). SINPO = 54444. 8011KM from transmitter at Bangalore).
9400Khz BROTHER STAIR (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in ENGLISH from SOFIA-KOSTINBROD. SINPO = 44343. 2027KM from transmitter at Sofia-Kostinbrod.
9495Khz VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY) in SPANISH from EMIRLER. SINPO = 43233. 2867KM from transmitter at Emirler.
9555Khz BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA) in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 31111. 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh.
9570Khz MWV NEW LIFE STATION (MADAGASCAR) in RUSSIAN. SINPO = 43232. Local time: 1822.
9590Khz BBC (UNITED KINGDOM) in SOMALI from MEYERTON. SINPO = 32112. 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton.
9615Khz CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA) in GERMAN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 32222. 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI).
9660Khz RADIO VATICANA (VATICAN CITY STATE) in PORTUGUESE from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 54344. 1415KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria.
9675Khz BSKSA RIAD (SAUDI ARABIA) in TURKISH from RIYADH. SINPO = 44444. 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh.
9715Khz BIBLE VOICE (UNITED KINGDOM) from MOOSBRUNN. SINPO = 44333. 1248KM from transmitter at Moosbrunn.
9830Khz DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) in HAUSSA from PINHEIRA. SINPO = 43433. 5727KM from transmitter at Pinheira.
9870Khz BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA) in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 43333. 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh.
11900Khz VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in AMHARIC from MEYERTON. SINPO = 32121. 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton.
11975Khz BBC (UNITED KINGDOM) in FRENCH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 53332. 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island.
12065Khz BBC (UNITED KINGDOM) in TIGRINYA from MEYERTON. SINPO = 21111. 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton.
13630Khz VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in PORTUGUESE from MOPENG HILL. SINPO = 32221. 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill.
13845Khz DR.GENE SCOTT (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in ENGLISH from NASHVILLE, TN (WWCR). SINPO = 22221. 6734KM from transmitter at Nashville, TN (WWCR).
15200Khz DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) in HAUSSA from MEYERTON. SINPO = 32222. 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton.
15400Khz BBC (UNITED KINGDOM) in ENGLISH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 43433. 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island.
15490Khz BBC (UNITED KINGDOM) in FRENCH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 44343. 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island.
15580Khz VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) in ENGLISH from MOPENG HILL. SINPO = 32332. 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill.

 

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

Shortwave DX log for evening of Monday 17 July 2017

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

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.


5970Khz 1752 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in GERMAN from CERRIK. SINPO = 54343.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 1852.

7325Khz 1752 17 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in DARI from KRANJI. SINPO = 32111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 10840KM from transmitter at Kranji. Local time: 1852.

7445Khz 1751 17 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from TALATA VOLONONDRY. SINPO = 32222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9030KM from transmitter at Talata Volonondry. Local time: 1851.

7540Khz 1750 17 JUL – VOA DEEWA RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PASHTO from UDON THANI. SINPO = 32232.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani. Local time: 1850.

9310Khz 1750 17 JUL – VOA DEEWA RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PASHTO from UDON THANI. SINPO = 22121.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani. Local time: 1850.

9355Khz 1750 17 JUL – RADIO FREE ASIA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in MANDARIN from SAIPAN/AGINGAN POINT (IBB). SINPO = 43343.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 11911KM from transmitter at Saipan/Agingan Point (IBB). Local time: 1850.

9400Khz 1749 17 JUL – BIBLE VOICE (UNITED KINGDOM)  in PERSIAN from SOFIA-KOSTINBROD. SINPO = 44333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2027KM from transmitter at Sofia-Kostinbrod. Local time: 1849.

9450Khz 1748 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in HAUSSA  from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 43233.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1848.

9500Khz 1748 17 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 55555.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni. Local time: 1848.

9650Khz 1748 17 JUL – RADIO GUINEE (GUINEA)  in FRENCH. SINPO = 22212.  Received at London, United Kingdom. Local time: 1848.

9555Khz 1747 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ARABIC from CERRIK. SINPO = 44444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 1847.

9660Khz 1746 17 JUL – RADIO VATICANA (VATICAN CITY STATE)  in ENGLISH from TALATA VOLONONDRY. SINPO = 33323.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9030KM from transmitter at Talata Volonondry. Local time: 1846.

9730Khz 1745 17 JUL – VOICE OF VIETNAM (VIETNAM)  in VIETNAMESE from HANOI-SONTAY. SINPO = 33333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9205KM from transmitter at Hanoi-Sontay. Local time: 1845.

9770Khz 1745 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CANTONESE from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 32232.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1845.

9840Khz 1745 17 JUL – VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in GERMAN from EMIRLER. SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2866KM from transmitter at Emirler. Local time: 1845.

9850Khz 1745 17 JUL – IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in GERMAN from SIRJAN. SINPO = 23332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5171KM from transmitter at Sirjan. Local time: 1845.

11610Khz 1744 17 JUL – DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY)  in FRENCH from MEYERTON. SINPO = 32232.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton. Local time: 1844.

11650Khz 1744 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ESPERANTO from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 34332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1844.

11725Khz 1744 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ARABIC from CERRIK. SINPO = 44444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 1844.

11810Khz 1743 17 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ENGLISH from TIGANESTI. SINPO = 55455.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2097KM from transmitter at Tiganesti. Local time: 1843.

11875Khz 1743 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in RUSSIAN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 1843.

11965Khz 1743 17 JUL – IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in SWAHILI from KAMALABAD. SINPO = 44444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4419KM from transmitter at Kamalabad. Local time: 1843.

11975Khz 1742 17 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 44332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni. Local time: 1842.

12025Khz 1742 17 JUL – ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in MALAYALAM from PANAJI (GOA). SINPO = 33322.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 7565KM from transmitter at Panaji (Goa). Local time: 1842.

13640Khz 1741 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in RUSSIAN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 43333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 1841.

13760Khz 1741 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 54554.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1841.

13790Khz 1740 17 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ARABIC from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 52333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1840.

15140Khz 1740 17 JUL – RADIO SULTANATE OMAN (OMAN)  in ARABIC from THUMRAIT. SINPO = 32222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6031KM from transmitter at Thumrait. Local time: 1840.

15205Khz 1740 17 JUL – BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 1840.

15400Khz 1740 17 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 53343.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 1840.

15435Khz 1739 17 JUL – BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 44444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 1839.

15580Khz 1739 17 JUL – VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from MOPENG HILL. SINPO = 32232.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill. Local time: 1839.

Shortwave DX log for evening of Sunday 16 July 2017

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

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.


17715Khz 1933 16 JUL – RADIO EXTERIOR ESPANA (SPAIN)  in SPANISH from NOBLEJAS. SINPO = 32332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1353KM from transmitter at Noblejas. Local time: 2033.

15490Khz 1934 16 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in HAUSSA  from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 2034.

15390Khz 1934 16 JUL – RADIO EXTERIOR ESPANA (SPAIN)  in SPANISH from NOBLEJAS. SINPO = 32333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1353KM from transmitter at Noblejas. Local time: 2034.

15140Khz 1935 16 JUL – RADIO SULTANATE OMAN (OMAN)  in ARABIC from THUMRAIT. SINPO = 22322.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6031KM from transmitter at Thumrait. Local time: 2035.

13740Khz 1935 16 JUL – RADIO FRANCE INT. (FRANCE)  in FRENCH from ISSOUDUN. SINPO = 42332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 569KM from transmitter at Issoudun. Local time: 2035.

13695Khz 1935 16 JUL – ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in ENGLISH from BANGALORE). SINPO = 21221.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8011KM from transmitter at Bangalore). Local time: 2035.

13640Khz 1935 16 JUL – ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in ARABIC from BANGALORE). SINPO = 53333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8011KM from transmitter at Bangalore). Local time: 2035.

12050Khz 1936 16 JUL – DANDAL KURA (NIGERIA)  in KANURI from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 32432.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 2036.

11945Khz 1936 16 JUL – MWV RADIO FEDA (MADAGASCAR)  in ARABIC. SINPO = 31221.  Received at London, United Kingdom. Local time: 2036.

11930Khz 1937 16 JUL – BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 2037.

11895Khz 1937 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CANTONESE from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 53433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 2037.

11850Khz 1937 16 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in SPANISH from TIGANESTI. SINPO = 54555.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2097KM from transmitter at Tiganesti. Local time: 2037.

11820Khz 1937 16 JUL – BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 54554.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 2037.

11790Khz 1938 16 JUL – ADVENTIST WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in FULANI from MEYERTON. SINPO = 21311.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton. Local time: 2038.

11695Khz 1938 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in FRENCH from CERRIK. SINPO = 44544.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 2038.

11660Khz 1939 16 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in HAUSSA  from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 32322.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 2039.

11590Khz 1939 16 JUL – BROTHER STAIR (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from SOFIA-KOSTINBROD. SINPO = 54544.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2027KM from transmitter at Sofia-Kostinbrod. Local time: 2039.

9940Khz 1942 16 JUL – TRANS WORLD RADIO (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in LINGALA from MANZINI/MPANGELA RANCH. SINPO = 44544.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9172KM from transmitter at Manzini/Mpangela Ranch. Local time: 2042.

9870Khz 1942 16 JUL – BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 2042.

9820Khz 1943 16 JUL – MWV NEW LIFE STATION (MADAGASCAR)  in RUSSIAN. SINPO = 43443.  Received at London, United Kingdom. Local time: 2043.

9810Khz 1943 16 JUL – IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in ENGLISH from SIRJAN. SINPO = 34544.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5171KM from transmitter at Sirjan. Local time: 2043.

9745Khz 1944 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ESPERANTO from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 54544.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 2044.

9730Khz 1944 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in PORTUGUESE from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 2044.

9710Khz 1945 16 JUL – NHK RADIO JAPAN (JAPAN)  in ENGLISH from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 53434.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1416KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria. Local time: 2045.

9685Khz 1945 16 JUL – RADIO CAIRO (EGYPT)  in RUSSIAN from ABIS. SINPO = 14211.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 3358KM from transmitter at Abis. Local time: 2045.

9675Khz 1945 16 JUL – BSKSA RIAD (SAUDI ARABIA)  in TURKISH from RIYADH. SINPO = 53333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 2045.

9635Khz 1946 16 JUL – VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in FRENCH from EMIRLER. SINPO = 32322.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2866KM from transmitter at Emirler. Local time: 2046.

9555Khz 1946 16 JUL – BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 33333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 2046.

9500Khz 1947 16 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 54454.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni. Local time: 2047.

9480Khz 1947 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in FRENCH from CERRIK. SINPO = 55555.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 2047.

9460Khz 1948 16 JUL – VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in TURKISH from EMIRLER. SINPO = 54433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2866KM from transmitter at Emirler. Local time: 2048.

7445Khz 1948 16 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from TALATA VOLONONDRY. SINPO = 32221.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9030KM from transmitter at Talata Volonondry. Local time: 2048.

7415Khz 1949 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CZECH from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 32222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 2049.

7385Khz 1949 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ALBANIAN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 2049.

7265Khz 1949 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ESPERANTO from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 53333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 2049.

6145Khz 1950 16 JUL – KBS WORLD RADIO (SOUTH KOREA)  in FRENCH from WOOFFERTON. SINPO = 32222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 169KM from transmitter at Woofferton. Local time: 2050.

6070Khz 1951 16 JUL – FROM THE ISLE OF MUSIC (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) (???)  in ENGLISH from ROHRBACH. SINPO = 32122.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 899KM from transmitter at Rohrbach. Local time: 2051.

5970Khz 1952 16 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in FRENCH from CERRIK. SINPO = 53333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 2052.

3955Khz 1952 16 JUL – RADIO TAIWAN INT. (TWN)  in FRENCH from WOOFFERTON. SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 169KM from transmitter at Woofferton. Local time: 2052.