Radio Argentina Exterior: September 20, 2014

The Andean range over the province of Santa Cruz. Image by Luca Galuzzi (Lucag) - Photo taken by Luca Galuzzi. 

The Andean range over the province of Santa Cruz. Image by Luca Galuzzi (Lucag) - Photo taken by Luca Galuzzi

For your listening pleasure: the English language service of Radio Argentina Exterior--recorded on September 20, 2014 at 01:56 UTC on 11,711 kHz.

RAE is one of the more casual broadcasters on the air; I enjoy listening to their music selection and commentary as they're not quite as formatted as other international stations. This recording begins with RAE's interval signal--one of my favorites.

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RTÉ GAA All-Ireland Finals: September 21, 2014

(Photo: GAA.IE)

(Photo: GAA.IE)

Earlier today, I was able to catch the end of the GAA All-Ireland Football Final (Kerry v Donegal) on RTE 17,495 kHz, starting around 15:50 UTC, with my WinRadio Excalibur receiver and sky loop antenna. 

I enjoy hearing sporting events broadcast over shortwave–perhaps it’s my imagination filling in the gaps from the live coverage or the washy sound of the crowds roaring.  Regardless, RTÉ has a long-standing track record of broadcasting the GAA finals on every medium possible.

I recorded the last few minutes of the game and nearly an hour of commentary afterward. Enjoy:

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation: September 11, 2014

Sri Lanka as viewed from the International Space Station (source: NASA)

Sri Lanka as viewed from the International Space Station (source: NASA)

For your listening pleasure: forty three minutes of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

I recorded this broadcast of Sri Lanka BC around 01:15 UTC on Sept 11, 2014 on 11,905 kHz. Sri Lanka BC is not an easy broadcaster to receive in eastern North America, but band conditions on the 11th were particularly favorable in the higher bands. As you’ll hear in the recording, their 125 kW signal out of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka was reasonably strong; I used my WinRadio Excalibur receiver and external multi-band horizontal delta loop antenna.

Indeed, looking through the archives, this may be the first time I've recorded Sri Lanka BC.

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Voice of Korea: August 9, 2014

North Korea propaganda poster

North Korea propaganda poster

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Voice of Korea's English language service. 

Recorded in Europe on August 9, 2014 starting at 16:00 UTC on 11,645 kHz. Frank used a Kenwood R-5000 receiver and Wellbrook ALA 1530+ antenna.

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Radio Australia: August 27, 2014

[Source: SWLing Post]

I’m in Keystone, Colorado at about 9,300′ (2,835 M) above sea level; mornings are crisp and chilly (38F/3C), but that doesn’t stop me from putting on a jacket, heading to the balcony and listening to Radio Australia on 9,580 kHz. Despite flaky solar conditions (flaky, frankly, is an understatement) I managed to snag RA Wednesday morning (August 27, 2014 at 13:58 UTC) on my Sony ICF-SW7600GR. There was a little fading, and a little local noise, but overall signal quality was quite good.

This recording starts a couple of minutes before the top of the hour; you’ll hear the TOTH news brief and then triple j–a brilliant show dedicated to new Australian music.

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Radio City, English: August 16, 2014

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for the following recording of Radio City via IRRS Milano, Italy. 

Recorded in Europe on August 16, 2014 starting at 08:00 UTC on 9,510 kHz. Frank used a Kenwood R-5000 receiver and Wellbrook ALA 1530+ antenna.

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China Radio International, English: August 14, 2014

The Li River in Guangxi (Source: Public Domain via WikiPedia)

The Li River in Guangxi (Source: Public Domain via WikiPedia)

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this six hour recording of China Radio International's English language service. 

Recorded in Europe on August 14, 2014 starting at 07:00 UTC on 17,490 kHz. Frank used a Kenwood R-5000 receiver and Wellbrook ALA 1530+ antenna.

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Voice of Korea, English: August 17, 2014

North Korea Propaganda Poster

North Korea Propaganda Poster

Many thanks to Shortwave Radio Audio Archive contributor, Andre Bagley, who submits this recent recording of the Voice of Korea. Andre writes:

"Voice Of Korea is the international radio service of North Korea (officially known as the Democratic Republic of Korea). Most broadcasts of Voice Of Korea only have one or two stories that are either anti-American, anti-South Korean, or ant-Japanese. However, this particular broadcast's news segment seems to be solely dedicated to insulting it's enemies. Here we have North Korean commentary on the current Israel-Hamas conflict on the Gaza Strip, where the United States is blamed for the mess in their report. South Korea is declared a "colony" of the United States, and much more!

The program follows the exact same format for every broadcast:

:00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea”

:01 National Anthem

:03 Song of General Kim Il Sung

:06 Song of General Kim Jong Il

:09 News, editorials (approx 15 minutes, but can be extended to full broadcast), followed by music

:30 Reminiscences of Great Leader President Kim Il Sung

:40 Music and features

:50 Editorial, special message (occasional)

:55 Frequency information

:57 Close

The broadcast was recorded using a Olympus VN-702 voice recorder hooked up to a Tecsun PL-600 Shortwave receiver using a random wire antenna. Broadcast was received on 11710 khz between1500-1557 UTC."

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All India Radio, English: August 14, 2014

One of my favorite shortwave stations for music, besides ERT Open (former Voice of Greece), is All India Radio (AIR).

Since their broadcasts originate on the other side of the planet (from my North American location), their signal bounces off the ionosphere many times before I ever hear it. I actually like the result of this; the static of space makes their already beautiful music sound even more textured, enhancing the distance of its source, and heightening the music’s sense of mystery and nostalgia.

I recorded this AIR broadcast on August 14th, 2014–around 20:45 UTC–on 9,445 kHz using an Elad FDM-S2. You can download the MP3 by clicking here, or simply listen in the embedded player below. Enjoy!

Radio Bangladesh Betar, English: August 6, 2014

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Bangladesh Betar's English language service. 

Frank recorded this broadcast from his home in Europe on August 6, 2014, on 13,580 kHz, starting at 17:45 UTC. Frank used a Kenwood R-5000 receiver and a Wellbrook ALA 1530+ antenna. This broadcast originates from Bangladesh Betar's transmitter site in Dhaka (250 kW).

This recording begins with the Bangladesh Betar interval signal.

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Voice of Turkey: August 8, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of the Voice of Turkey English language service.

Frank made this recording in Europe on 15,450 kHz at 12:30 UTC, August 8, 2014. 

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Radio Thailand, English: August 7, 2014

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Thailand World Service's English Language Service. 

Recorded in Europe on August 7, 2014 starting at 19:00 UTC on 9,390 kHz.

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Radio Liberty, Russian: August 6, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Liberty's Russian language service.

Frank made this recording on August 6, 2014 from 1300-1600 UTC on 13,745 kHz. 

Transmitters sites: Wooferton, UK 300 kW and lam, Germany 100 kW

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Radio Sultante of Oman, English: August 7, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Sultante of Oman English language service.

Frank made this recording in Europe on August 7, 2014 at 14:30 UTC on 15,140 kHz. 

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Radio Santa Cruz: August 2, 2014

For your listening pleasure: twenty minutes of Radio Santa Cruz.

I recorded Radio Santa Cruz early this morning around 10:00 UTC on 6,135 kHz using my WinRadio Excalibur.

As you’ll hear in the recording, Radio Santa Cruz‘s 10 kW signal from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was very much audible here in North America–even punching through typical noisy summer band conditions (static crashes, etc.).

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Voice Of Vietnam: July 7, 2014

The main Cao Đài temple in the city of Tây Ninh (Source: Wikipedia)

The main Cao Đài temple in the city of Tây Ninh (Source: Wikipedia)

Many thanks to Shortwave Radio Audio Archive contributor, Andre Bagley, who submits this recording of the Voice Of Vietnam from July 7, 2014 at 01:00 UTC on 12,005 kHz.

Andre comments:

This broadcast of the Voice Of Vietnam comes from a UK relay that targets North America shortwave listeners. Voice of Vietnam is interesting primarily because it comes from a communist nation. Voice of Vietnam is far more western in it's broadcasting style then Voice of Korea (one of my most listened to shortwave stations). however it's still not nearly as western as China International Radio, which uses anchors with American accents and uses the same style of reporting as domestic news broadcasts here in the states.
I used a Tecsun PL-600 connected directly into the external microphone jack of a Olympus VN-702 digital voice recorder from the headphone jack of the above mentioned receiver. I adjusted the volume of the receiver's audio output so that it didn't overload the voice recorder. The radio employed a whip antenna (about 3 feet long fully extended) and was placed in a location of my house where shortwave broadcasts receive the best.

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Deutsche Welle, Africa: July 13, 2014

Many thanks to Shortwave Radio Audio Archive contributor, Chris, who submits recordings of Deutsche Welle service to Africa.

Chris comments:

DW service to Africa on 15,275 kHz recorded at 1900Z on 13 July 2014. Reception location; Maple Street Park, Lake Michigan, Winnetka, Illinois, USA. Recording equipment; Sony ICF-SW7600G, Sangean ANT-60 reel antenna, Sony  ICD-SX712 IC Recorder. The 30 minute program  abruptly ceased at 27 minutes when the transmitter vanished.

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