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Radio Listening Log September 7-12, 2015

radioThis will probably only be of interest to fellow radio geeks like myself, but I’ve started keeping regular logs of my (mostly) Shortwave Radio reception.

In this first week of reception, I picked up some interesting stuff. Here are a few highlights…

  • First SW DX (shortwave long-distance) reception in the log is WWV, the US Government’s time station at 2500 khz, broadcasting from Fort Collins, CO. I later picked up WWV on several other frequencies as well as Canada’s time station CHU
  • Many receptions of Radio Habana Cuba, most often around 6000 khz. By far my favorite programming.
  • As far as transmitter locations, I picked up stations broadcasting from the USA, Canada, Cuba, Anguilla, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic (a really awesome catch, a BBC broadcast aimed at Africa), Mexico (not shortwave though but rather a standard AM radio station, XEG-AM from Monterrey), New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Botswana (for a Voice of America broadcast coming from Selebi-Pkikwe). For a grand total of 11 countries!
  • The US broadcasters were bizarre. A few did contract broadcasting for foreign broadcasters but most were either crazy conspiracy stuff, religious programming (mostly Evangelical but some Fundamentalists and some Catholics), and a few crazy racist paranoid folks.
  • BBC is almost absent now from Shortwave. I learned from Wikipedia that BBC is no longer aiming broadcasts at the Americas but instead mostly serves the Americas via webcasting and through local stations (normally NPR in the US) who rebroadcast them. But I did catch one BBC broadcast that was intended for Africa.
  • Several broadcasters now mostly use contract transmitters, including NHK-Japan (who I picked up a few days later from this set of logs from French and Madagascar stations) and Radio China International (who broadcasts from Quivican, Cuba).

Here are the actual hand-written logs…

JMB Radio Reception Logbook , p. 1-2, 20150907

JMB Radio Reception Logbook , p. 1-2, 20150907

 

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 3-4, 20150907

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 3-4, 20150907

 

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 5-6, 20150907-20150908

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 5-6, 20150907-20150908

 

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 7-8, 20150908

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 7-8, 20150908

 

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 9-10, 20150909-20150910

JMB Radio Reception Logbook, p. 9-10, 20150909-20150910

JMB Radio Reception Log, p. 11-12, 20150910, 20150911, 20150911

JMB Radio Reception Log, p. 11-12, 20150910, 20150911, 20150911

Updated: September 17, 2015 — 5:01 pm

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