Radio Vanuatu: July 18, 2016

Radio Vanuatu signing on in Bislama. Instrumental music until 1838 UTC when the national anthem is played. Welcome to the broadcast day, morning devotion, and news at 1900. Includes frequency announcement (no mention of 7260, only 3945 which I haven't heard them on for quite awhile), ID's, and two health advice advertisements. Adjacent channel interference on both sides from CRI on 7255 and 7265. Usually the CRI broadcasts will drown Vanuatu out before 1900 (even on my radios with synch) but they were mostly loud and clear this morning. Transmitted with 10 kw from Port Vila to Vanuatu. Received in Sydney, Australia, with a Sangean ATS-909X and a Kestrel active loop.

Medi 1 (Morocco): July 15, 2016

Medi 1 recorded in London, UK on July 15, 2016 at 2100 UTC on the frequency of 9575 kHz using a Tecsun PL-680 radio with the Lowe PR-150 preselector and DX Engineering NCC-1 phaser connected to two Wellbrook ALA1530S+ antennas (positioned indoors) to mitigate severe local man-made interference. News in Moroccan Arabic at the start, news in French one hour into the recording.

Voice of Turkey (English): July 17, 2016

Voice of Turkey recorded in London, UK on July 17, 2016 at 2200 UTC on the frequency of 9830 kHz using a Tecsun PL-680 radio with the Lowe PR-150 preselector and DX Engineering NCC-1 phaser connected to two Wellbrook ALA1530S+ antennas (positioned indoors) to mitigate severe local man-made interference.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation: July 17, 2016

SIBC broadcasting to the Solomon Islands with 10 kw from Honiara. This recording contains music, a feature about how much salt should be in a healthy diet, the news in Pijin (26:09), and then some lovely choral devotional songs. There is some mild adjacent channel noise from Radio Rebelde blasting away on 5025 kHz. Received and recorded with a Degen DE1121 and 40 foot longwire in Sydney, Australia.

Voice of Turkey: July 16, 2016

Live, off-air, approximately one-hour recording of the Voice of Turkey in English on 16 July 2016 beginning a few minutes before 12:30 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 15450 kHz. The signal originates from a 500 kW transmitter in Emirler, near Ankara, Turkey, and was beamed 318° to Europe.

This broadcast was the first English-language Voice of Turkey broadcast produced after the start of the attempted military coup in Turkey, which took place overnight on 15 and 16 July 2016. The recording starts with the tuning or interval signal with time pips beginning at the 03m:00s mark. The news bulletin, following the sign-on announcement, is devoted to reports about the coup attempt. Regular programming follows.

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode with 9.09 kHz RF filtering. Reception was very good with a strong signal, no interference, and negligible fading.

Eye Radio: June 7, 2016

Live, off-air, approximately one-hour recording of Eye Radio on 7 June 2016 beginning at about 16:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 17730 kHz. According to the World Radio TV Handbook, this broadcast is one of two aired daily in the time slots 16:00-17:00 UTC and 04:00-05:00 UTC, with the latter transmitted on 11730 kHz. The broadcasts originate from a 150 kW transmitter of TDF in Issoudun, France.    

Eye Radio (http://www.eyeradio.org/), formerly known as Sudan Radio Service, operates an FM station in Juba, South Sudan, operating on 98.6 MHz. As Sudan Radio Service, it began broadcasts on shortwave before the FM station was constructed. Shortwave broadcasts as Eye Radio reportedly began on 26 April 2016. These broadcasts were brokered by Alyx & Yeyi.

The recorded program is multilingual and is in Arabic, English, and a local language. An extensive English segment, primarily on job training of women in South Sudan, runs from about the 17-minute mark in the recording to about the 40-minute mark and is an excerpt of the "Dawn Show" broadcast by the FM station. There are also some English public service announcements during the broadcast.

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode with 5.09 kHz RF filtering. Reception was fair with some noise, improving somewhat towards the end of the broadcast. 

Radio Tashkent, announcing death of Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev: November 11, 1982

Brezhnev greets Gerald Ford upon his arrival at Vozdvizhenka for the Vladivostok Summit on 23 November 1974.

Brezhnev greets Gerald Ford upon his arrival at Vozdvizhenka for the Vladivostok Summit on 23 November 1974.

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Jack Widner, for the following recording. Jack notes:

R. Tashkent announcing the death of Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev during the 1200 UTC English broadcast on 5985 kHz on November 11, 1982 (Brezhnev died Nov 10).  After funeral music there was regular programming (approx. 8:09).

Radio Nacional Brasilia: July 3, 2016

Radio Nacional Brasilia broadcasting in Portuguese to Brazil. The recording contains music with the occasional ID. This is very good DX for me, as reception of South American stations is quite difficult in my part of the world. Transmitted at 250 kw from Brasilia. Received with an Eton Satellit and Kestrel active loop in Sydney, Australia.

Radio Svoboda: June 25, 2016

Live, off-air recording on 25 June 2016 of the last couple of hours or so of the final evening broadcast of Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty) in Russian on shortwave. The recording starts at about 19:22 UTC using the frequency of 5995 kHz. The transmission on this frequency was from a 100 kW transmitter at Lampertheim, Germany, operated by the United States International Broadcasting Bureau, with an antenna beam azimuth of 55°. Just before 21:00 UTC, this transmitter left the air and the receiver was retuned to 9540 kHz for the continuation of the broadcast. The transmission on this frequency was also from a 100 kW transmitter at Lampertheim, with an antenna beam azimuth of 75°. The broadcast ended just before 22:00 UTC.

The recording begins with the program "Vremya Dzhaza" (Jazz Time), moderated by Dmitry Savitsky, in progress. It is interesting that one of the last broadcasts of Radio Svoboda on shortwave included jazz music considering how important jazz was for fostering U.S. culture and lifestyle during the Cold War. At 20:00 UTC, there is a five-minute news bulletin, followed by the program "Kult Lichnosti" (Cult of Personality). It features an interview with Yevgeny Bunimovich, famed Russian poet, mathematician, and politician. At 23:00 UTC, there is another five-minute news bulletin, followed by the program "Itogi Nedeli" (Results of the Week), a discussion of the week's news.

Signal quality at the beginning of the recording (on the frequency of 5995 kHz) is quite good. There is about a minute of silence around 20:00 UTC while the radio is retuned. After the station changes frequency, the signal is not as good. Also, there is now interference in the background from a Chinese station. Between about 21:22 and 21:32 UTC, the Radio Svoboda transmitter is off the air. When it comes back, the signal is a bit stronger and stays that way until the end of the recording. 

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode initially with 9.09 kHz total bandwidth RF filtering. After the frequency change, the bandwidth was changed to 5.17 kHz. 

BBC World Service (Death of the Duke of Windsor): May 28, 1972

The Duke of Windsor in 1945

The Duke of Windsor in 1945

Many thanks to SRAA contributor Ian Holder for the following recording.  Ian notes that this recording features the BBC World Service news bulletin which reports on the death of the Duke of Windsor. 

This recording was made on May 28, 1972 around 13:00 GMT on 11.75 MHz:

Radio Luxembourg (German Language Service): February 1982

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Paul Harner, for the following recording. Paul notes:

The German service of RTL was recorded late on a Saturday/early Sunday morning Europe in either February or March 1982.  For those who speak German, there are news headlines that could pinpoint the exact date, so any help given would be greatly appreciated.

If you can help Paul ID headlines in this recording, please comment!

Radio Atlantida: October 1982

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Paul Harner, who submits the following recording and notes:

In October 1982, I logged my first short wave broadcast station from Peru.  It was during a Friday night when I heard Radio Atlantida.  The station broadcast on 4790 kHz from Iquitos.  This was recorded on a 3" reel-to-reel machine I had purchased at a yard sale that summer.