China Radio International, The Beijing Hour: February 8, 2016

Live, off-air, one-hour recording of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year's Day 7 p.m. edition of "The Beijing Hour" from China Radio International on 8 February 2016 beginning at 19:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 7295 kHz. According to the filing with the High Frequency Co-ordination Conference, this broadcast came from a 500 kW transmitter in Urumqi, Xinjiang, in western China, with an antenna beam azimuth of 270°, targeting North Africa and the Middle East. A recording made simultaneously on the parallel frequency of 9440 kHz is also available on request.

"The Beijing Hour" is produced by Beijing 1008 AM, Discover Plus Radio, a division of China Radio International, and is identified as such at the beginning of the recording. "The Beijing Hour" includes the segment "People in the Know" in the second half of the program, beginning around the 29-minute mark. In addition to reports on New Year's celebrations, the program includes a discussion of future Chinese space missions, while the "People in the Know" segment is on the growth model of the Chinese economy. Following station identification for "News Plus Radio" and promos at minute 54, the recording ends with a "Chinese Studio" Chinese language lesson.

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 quality was generally quite good with some minimal interference from one or more stations occasionally noted.

RTL 1440 kHz Final Sign-off: December 31, 2015

Live off-air recording of the last one and one-half hours of programming from legendary broadcaster RTL (formerly Radio Luxembourg) on 31 December 2015 beginning at about 21:28 UTC on the medium-wave frequency of 1440 kHz from Marnach, Luxembourg. The transmitter was switched off at 23:59:10 UTC, coincident with many other medium-wave transmitters in France and Germany on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

The recording begins with the China Radio International program Kultur Kollage (in German) in progress. This is followed by CRI - Panorama beginning at 22:00 UTC and Chinesische Literatur. The program is interrupted in mid-sentence at about the 57-minute mark by the national anthem of Luxembourg ("Ons Heemecht"). The transmitter is switched off five seconds later.

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 8.09 kHz RF filtering.

(Image of Marnach transmitter site courtesy of Google Maps)


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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China Radio International, English: April 19, 2014

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

Frank recorded this broadcast from his home in Europe on April 19, 2014, on 17,490 kHz, starting at 07:00 UTC. 

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China Radio International, English language service: March 28, 2014

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this 5+ hour recording of China Radio International. 

Frank recorded this broadcast from his home in Europe on March 28, 2014, on 17,490 kHz, starting at 07:00 UTC.

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China Radio International, English: February 5, 2014

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For your listening pleasure: over 6 hours of China Radio International's English language service. This broadcast was recorded on February 5, 2014 by SRAA contributor, Frank, in Europe around 7:00 UTC on 17,490 kHz. This broadcast originates from the Kashi-Saibagh transmitter in China (500 kW).

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Radio Peking: circa 1968

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Many thanks to David Firth, who is kindly sharing shortwave radio recordings he made on reel-to-reel recording equipment in the late 1960s. Firth is uncovering and digitizing these off air recordings as time allows and, thanks to his generosity, we will be posting these recordings on the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive.

The following is a recording of Radio Peking, which Firth recorded in 1968.

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China Radio International, English: January 31, 2014

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For your listening pleasure: over 6 hours of China Radio International's English language service. This broadcast was recorded on January 31, 2014 by SRAA contributor, Frank, in Europe around 7:00 UTC on 17490 kHz.

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China Radio International English Service

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Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of China Radio International's (CRI) English Service.

Recorded on 17,490 kHz on September 13, 2013, starting at 07:00 UTC. This CRI broadcast originated from a 500 kW transmitter located at the Kashi transmitter site in China.

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