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 Tuesday 11 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.


17780Khz 1719 11 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 32231.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 1819.

17655Khz 1720 11 JUL – VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PORTUGUESE from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 42222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1416KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria. Local time: 1820.

15680Khz 1720 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in FRENCH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 44533.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1820.

15570Khz 1720 11 JUL – RADIO VATICANA (VATICAN CITY STATE)  in FRENCH from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 42132.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1416KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria. Local time: 1820.

15520Khz 1721 11 JUL – VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in ENGLISH from EMIRLER. SINPO = 33332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2866KM from transmitter at Emirler. Local time: 1821.

15435Khz 1721 11 JUL – BSKSA 1 (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 55444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 1821.

15400Khz 1721 11 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from ASCENSION ISLAND. SINPO = 53444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6684KM from transmitter at Ascension Island. Local time: 1821.

15300Khz 1722 11 JUL – RADIO FRANCE INT. (FRANCE)  in FRENCH from ISSOUDUN. SINPO = 21111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 569KM from transmitter at Issoudun. Local time: 1822.

15235Khz 1722 11 JUL – CHANNEL AFRICA (SOUTH AFRICA)  in ENGLISH from MEYERTON. SINPO = 44333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton. Local time: 1822.

15140Khz 1722 11 JUL – RADIO SULTANATE OMAN (OMAN)  in ARABIC from THUMRAIT. SINPO = 43444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6031KM from transmitter at Thumrait. Local time: 1822.

13870Khz 1723 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in HAUSSA  from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 43333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1823.

13760Khz 1723 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ENGLISH from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 55454.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1823.

13730Khz 1723 11 JUL – VOA RADIO ASHNA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PASHTO from SULAIBIYAH. SINPO = 11111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4641KM from transmitter at Sulaibiyah. Local time: 1823.

13710Khz 1723 11 JUL – BSKSA HOLY QURAN (SAUDI ARABIA)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 44433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 1823.

13640Khz 1724 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in RUSSIAN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 44444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 1824.

13630Khz 1724 11 JUL – VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PORTUGUESE from MOPENG HILL. SINPO = 22111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8536KM from transmitter at Mopeng Hill. Local time: 1824.

13590Khz 1724 11 JUL – VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in ENGLISH from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1416KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria. Local time: 1824.

13570Khz 1725 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ESPERANTO from BEIJING-MATOUCUN (CRI/CNR). SINPO = 52333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8208KM from transmitter at Beijing-Matoucun (CRI/CNR). Local time: 1825.

12055Khz 1725 11 JUL – VOICE OF AMERICA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in SOMALI from SANTA MARIA DI GALERIA. SINPO = 43222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1416KM from transmitter at Santa Maria di Galeria. Local time: 1825.

12035Khz 1725 11 JUL – VOA RADIO ASHNA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)  in PASHTO from UDON THANI. SINPO = 21111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9370KM from transmitter at Udon Thani. Local time: 1825.

12025Khz 1726 11 JUL – ALL INDIA RADIO GOS (INDIA)  in HINDI from PANAJI (GOA). SINPO = 21112.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 7565KM from transmitter at Panaji (Goa). Local time: 1826.

11975Khz 1726 11 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 45444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni. Local time: 1826.

11965Khz 1726 11 JUL – DIMTSE RADIO ERENA (CLA)  in TIGRINYA from SOFIA-KOSTINBROD. SINPO = 43223.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2027KM from transmitter at Sofia-Kostinbrod. Local time: 1826.

11875Khz 1726 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in RUSSIAN from URUMQI (XINJIANG, CRI). SINPO = 44343.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 6159KM from transmitter at Urumqi (Xinjiang, CRI). Local time: 1826.

11860Khz 1727 11 JUL – REP.YEMEN RADIO SANAA (YEMEN)  in ARABIC from RIYADH. SINPO = 32112.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 4955KM from transmitter at Riyadh. Local time: 1827.

11825Khz 1727 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CROATIAN from BEIJING-MATOUCUN (CRI/CNR). SINPO = 44454.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8208KM from transmitter at Beijing-Matoucun (CRI/CNR). Local time: 1827.

11810Khz 1727 11 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ENGLISH from TIGANESTI. SINPO = 54444.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2097KM from transmitter at Tiganesti. Local time: 1827.

11680Khz 1728 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in SWAHILI from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 42221.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1828.

11650Khz 1728 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in ESPERANTO from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 44333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1828.

11610Khz 1728 11 JUL – DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY)  in FRENCH from MEYERTON. SINPO = 32332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9062KM from transmitter at Meyerton. Local time: 1828.

9850Khz 1730 11 JUL – IRIB VOICE OF I.R.IRAN (IRAN)  in GERMAN from SIRJAN. SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5171KM from transmitter at Sirjan. Local time: 1830.

9770Khz 1730 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CANTONESE from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 31111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1830.

9730Khz 1730 11 JUL – VOICE OF VIETNAM (VIETNAM)  in VIETNAMESE from HANOI-SONTAY. SINPO = 32222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9205KM from transmitter at Hanoi-Sontay. Local time: 1830.

9660Khz 1731 11 JUL – RADIO VATICANA (VATICAN CITY STATE)  in ENGLISH from TALATA VOLONONDRY. SINPO = 21112.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9030KM from transmitter at Talata Volonondry. Local time: 1831.

9500Khz 1731 11 JUL – RADIO ROMANIA INT. (ROMANIA)  in ROMANIAN from GALBENI. SINPO = 43222.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2015KM from transmitter at Galbeni. Local time: 1831.

9470Khz 1731 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in RUSSIAN from XIAN-XIANYANG (SHAANXI). SINPO = 21111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8259KM from transmitter at Xian-Xianyang (Shaanxi). Local time: 1831.

9460Khz 1732 11 JUL – VOICE OF TURKEY (TURKEY)  in TURKISH from EMIRLER. SINPO = 44333.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2866KM from transmitter at Emirler. Local time: 1832.

9435Khz 1732 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in CROATIAN from KASHI (KASHGAR) (XINJIANG). SINPO = 43433.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 5807KM from transmitter at Kashi (Kashgar) (Xinjiang). Local time: 1832.

9425Khz 1733 11 JUL – VOICE OF KOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA)  in RUSSIAN from KUJANG. SINPO = 11111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 8601KM from transmitter at Kujang. Local time: 1833.

9400Khz 1733 11 JUL – BIBLE VOICE (UNITED KINGDOM)  in PERSIAN from SOFIA-KOSTINBROD. SINPO = 32212.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 2027KM from transmitter at Sofia-Kostinbrod. Local time: 1833.

7445Khz 1733 11 JUL – BBC (UNITED KINGDOM)  in ENGLISH from TALATA VOLONONDRY. SINPO = 11111.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 9030KM from transmitter at Talata Volonondry. Local time: 1833.

7380Khz 1733 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in GERMAN from CERRIK. SINPO = 42332.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 1833.

5970Khz 1734 11 JUL – CHINA RADIO INT. (CHINA)  in GERMAN from CERRIK. SINPO = 43423.  Received at London, United Kingdom, 1938KM from transmitter at Cerrik. Local time: 1834.

Norway heading towards FM switchover

By 2017, Norway wants to be the first country to ditch FM radio entirely | Ars Technica

This week, Norway’s Ministry of Culture announced its plans to transition completely towards digital radio and turn off FM radio nationwide, according to an English report from Radio.no (the original announcement in Norwegian can be found here). The switch-off is scheduled to begin in January 2017, and it would make Norway the first country in the world to “decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels,” according to the announcement.

I find this very interesting – I listen to a fair bit of radio and, although I appreciate many of DAB’s features, there’s still a lot to be said for FM. And it’s not just nostalgia: the ubiquity of FM coverage and receivers means an awful lot, but benefits such as FM receivers having much better battery life are hard to ignore.

We’ll see more and more of these stories in coming years. The UK had been considering a relatively early switchover, as soon as 2015 or 2018. A more recent report hints that the ‘tipping point’ necessary for the UK government to re-consider switching off analogue signals will come around the end of 2016. Some countries will have more reason to switch over than others; I suspect that Norway’s geography and population dispersal may mean an early switchover makes more sense than other areas.

I recently picked up a decent little receiver – predominantly to noodle around on the short wave bands, but also as a decent FM device. Part of my reason for getting a new radio was as my previous receiver, a cute John Lewis FM/DAB model, chomps through batteries at quite an alarming rate (the supplied mains cable having bitten the dust some time ago). Annoyingly, the John Lewis model wasn’t even particularly power efficient in FM mode as it has a screen backlight which is on while the radio is on. It also has no clock or alarm features.

My new Tecsun PL-380 receiver

My new toy has a useful clock, alarm, and sensitive digital tuner. It’s compact, and covers a wide range of wave bands. It also appears to be very power efficient. The display is large and can be backlit – but, usefully, can be set to just come on for a few seconds when pressing buttons. I’m using it for a couple of hours a day, most days – and occasionally for many hours at a time.

It doesn’t do DAB – so I’m missing 6 Music. But I’m not missing better reception: I live in London, and the stations I want to listen to come through loud and clear. Even some of the stations I didn’t think I wanted to hear – pirate stations, which I’m surprised to find are still very much alive and healthy – are well received, and it’s quite fascinating to tune up and down the length of the FM band to see what is broadcasting.

And this is all before I even begin rambling about shortwave listening. Picking up direct radio signals from afar is still pretty thrilling. The fact that you can usually hear the same broadcasts online is helpful, but not at all the same. Knowing that you’re picking up a wireless signal that left a tower halfway around the world is really quite awesome. Even in this day and age.

Likewise, picking up local FM transmissions is a nice, direct connection between broadcaster and listener.

I had the unutterable joy of producing and co-hosting regular shows on Manchester’s All FM for a few years while I was at university. Knowing that the signal was leaving the studio not just via webcast, but via FM, was a huge part of the attraction of doing live radio.

And when I last visited Auckland, NZ, I was so happy to be able to tune in my personal little radio to 95bFM, a station that for so long I had only ever been able to hear as an internet stream. Feeling that close connection – by default, as I had to be nearby to pick up the signal – gave me quite a buzz.

In short: FM is great, and I’m glad it’s still going strong.