Rádio Bandeirantes: November 5, 2016

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Mark Fahey, who notes:

Rádio Bandeirantes, São Paulo, Brazil broadcasting the Saturday evening (5th November 2016, starting at 2209 UTC) football commentary on their shortwave radio outlet of 6090 KHz. The signal was received on a KiwiSDR receiver in Pardinho, Brazil.
The recording captures the artistry of the play-by-play commentary by sportscasters on Brazilian radio. The chorus of ‘Goooooool,’ is the siren song of the soccer broadcast with the announcer’s voice rising and falling harmoniously and continuously whenever any team scores.
In 1946, 14 years after the first soccer game was broadcast live on Brazilian radio, Rebello Júnior, an announcer at São Paulo’s old Rádio Difusora, stretched his call of “gol” on the air until he was almost out of breath, legitimizing the celebratory scream.
The scream has since become a requirement. Among sportscasters, the verdict is unanimous: There is no future in sports radio for announcers who do not know how to bellow an impressive, long and loud cry of “gol.” So they work at it daily, in much the same way that classical singers do before a big performance.

Rádio Nacional da Amazônia: May 12, 2016 (breaking news of Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment trial)

Last night, my buddy John Figliozzi shared the following tip regarding Rádio Nacional da Amazônia:

Both frequencies active tonight — 6180 and 11780 — with lots of discussion as well as excerpts from speeches in the Brazilian Senate on the impeachment of the President.  All in Portuguese of course.  ID around 0155 with announcement of shortwave frequencies.  Excellent armchair quality signal on 6180; audible with considerable QRN on 11780.

After reading John's message, I immediately tuned to 6180 kHz where Rádio Nacional da Amazônia was quite strong. I recorded almost two hours of their broadcast which includes news about the impeachment and music as well. This recording was made in North Carolina using a WinRadio Excalibur receiver and a Pixel Loop Pro magnetic loop antenna, starting around 02:20 UTC on May 12, 2016:

Radio Nacional de Brasilia: April 20, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Greg Shoom, for this recording of Radio Nacional de Brasilia.

Greg made this recording on April 20, 2014 at 03:03 UTC on 6,180 kHz. Greg used his Kaito KA1103 portable radio with built in telescopic antenna to capture this broadcast.

Greg comments:

"This recording has the distinctive sound of shortwave - distortion of the signal from its passage through the Earth's ionosphere, interference from a station on an adjacent frequency, the sound of natural static, and the whine of a heterodyne in the background. Stations like this from Latin America used to be much more common. It's good to hear that Brazil still has a presence on shortwave."

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Rádio Nacional da Amazônia


Last night, Rádio Nacional da Amazônia had a booming signal into North America on 11,780 kHz. Rádio Nacional's AM signal was very wide; I actually opened up the filter on my SDR to 16 kHz to record this broadcast. In truth, that's probably too wide, but it certainly made for great audio fidelity. So, if you’re in the mood for some Brazilian music and commentary today, this 168 minute recording of Rádio Nacional da Amazônia should satisfy.

This was recorded on Sunday, April 28–starting around 22:15 UTC–on 11.78 MHz. Click here to download the full recording as an MP3 file, or listen in the embedded player below:

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Rádio Nacional da Amazônia


This past weekend, Radio Nacional da Amazonia had a booming signal into North America on 11,780 kHz. I recorded their broadcast throughout the night, assuming it would eventually fade; however, it did not. So, if you're in the mood for some Brazilian music and commentary today, this eight-hour recording of Radio Nacional da Amazonia should satisfy.

This was recorded on Sunday, January 6th–starting around 02:30 UTC–on 11.78 MHz. Click here to download the full recording as an MP3 file (276 MB!), or listen in the embedded player below:

Note to those subscribed to our podcast: I was a bit reluctant to include a link to the podcast feed as this file is so large; I rarely make eight-hour recordings. I did offer it up, however, based on the fact that there are so many other podcasters who regularly serve up files in excess of 250 MB. If you believe this file is too large to be included as a podcast, please comment; I certainly don't want to choke up your bandwidth or overwhelm your iPod!  But it's wonderful listening.