Radio Afghanistan Station ID (English): 1976

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Manfred Reiff, who shares the following recording and notes:

The first [Radio Afghanistan] recording is from 1976. The recording was made with the GRUNDIG Satellit 600 Professional recorder unit prototype I got from my uncle who worked at GRUNDIG as mentioned before.

Date: ?, sometime in 1976

Time: around 1130 GMT/UTC

QRG: 15195 kHz

Listen carefully to this recording. In the background you can hear the VOA Yankee Doodle played before starting its programmes. The programme was broadcast via the BBC Ascencion Island Relay, at 1130 GMT the VOA programme in Spanish for South America began. Later in the recording you can also hear Radio Moscow's ID signal.

Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI) final shortwave broadcast: September 30, 2007

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Andrea Borgnino, who shares the following off-air recording clips of the final shortwave broadcasts from Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI): 

15380 kHz 6:30 pm UTC 30 September 2007 - Program for North America in Italian:

15380 kHz 18:40 UTC 30 September 2007 - Announcement of short wave broadcasts ending.

Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), English: June 24, 2004

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Benjamin Bilyeu, who shares the following recording and notes:

A recording I made of RAI (Italy) broadcast 0054 UTC 24 June 2004 on 11.800 Mhz--when they still broadcast to North America. I recorded this broadcast using a Sony dual cassette deck connected to the line out jacks of my Grundig Satellit 800 receiver with 50 foot outdoor longwire antenna.

Voice of Turkey, German Language Service: September 10, 2017

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For your listening pleasure, The Voice of Turkey's German language service, recorded on September 10, 2017 starting at 2300 UTC on 9830 kHz. I believe this broadcast was in error--typically, the German language service is not broadcast at this time. 

This recording includes a few minutes of the VOT interval signal. 

I recorded this with a WinRadio Excalibur SDR hooked up to a large horizontal delta loop antenna.

1991 cassette of shortwave IDs, interval signals and numbers stations

SWLing Post reader and SRAA contributor, Frank, writes from Germany:

First let me say that I enjoy your blog a lot.

After a 2005-13 hiatus, I have rediscovered a childhood hobby and your reviews have helped me find my way to the post-Sony portable shortwave radio markets.

First, I obtained my “childhood dream” radio (Sony ICF 2001D), because at the time I made these recordings I was still in school and 1300 DM would have equaled over 1 year of pocket money, so a Supertech SR16HN had to do. I thought I got some fine results with this Sangean-Siemens re-branded receiver then, using a CB half-length antenna, a random wire, and much endurance.

I kept regular logs throughout the years, wrote to 50 international and pirate stations for QSL and compiled this cassette.

A few years before I got that trusty SR16HN, however, I recorded a few number stations (such as G3, Four Note Rising Scale etc) with an ordinary radio cassette recorder, and in 1991 I put them onto this tape as well. The other recordings are done with the same radio placed right in front of the SR 16HN.

Feel free to make use of these recordings. Most of it are the well-known international state-owned shortwave stations of the past; plus European pirates; plus number stations; and at the end, a few (off-topic) local Am and FM stations interval signals.

As I said, this collection I made shortly after the Wende/reunification period, when all former-GDR state broadcasters changed their names, sometimes more than once.

Please continue your good work on the blogs! Weather permitting I am often outside cycling and always have the tiny Sony ICF 100 with me (which I call my then-student’s dream radio of the later 90ies).

Cassette Side 1

Cassette Side 2


Radio Santa Cruz: February 7, 2015

I recorded Radio Santa Cruz early this morning around 05:00 UTC on 6,135 kHz using theTitanSDR I currently have under review.

Radio Santa Cruz‘s 10 kW signal from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was very much audible here in North America, though RSC was competing with another station on-frequency at the time. Actually, Radio Santa Cruz was broadcasting slightly off-frequency–6134.8 kHz instead of 6,135 kHz. In this case, the fact that RSC was slightly below frequency helped me delineate the station’s audio from that of a competing station. Click here if you would like to read about how lower sideband synchronous detection was used to help overcome adjacent signal interference.

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.

Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

Radio Exterior de Espana: Aircheck April 25, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Chris for this short Radio Exterior de España (REE) aircheck

Chris made this recording on April 25, 2014 at 00:55 UTC on 6,055 kHz. You'll hear a classic Flamenco tune from 1971 and sign off with the REE interval signal. The recording was made with an Eton E1 and smartphone microphone recording app.

Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below. Please subscribe to our podcast to receive future recordings automatically.

Bangladesh Betar In English 19 April 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 April 19, 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 (many thanks, Frank!).

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Shortwave Radio Interval Signals 1976-77

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Greg Shoom, who shares this recording of interval signals from 1976-1977. He has kindly logged the interval signals as:

  • Deutsche Welle
  • R. Nederland
  • Unidentified interval signal 1
  • Voice of Spain
  • History of R. Nederland's interval signal
  • R. Nederland Arabic service
  • Unidentified interval signal 2
  • R. Canada International
  • R. Nacional de Brasilia
  • Interval signal history from R. Nederland
  • R. RSA
  • Voice of Iran
  • R. Habana Cuba
  • BBC Spanish Service
  • Voice of Turkey

Recorded 1976 and 1977 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Kol Israel, intro to Spanish language program: circa 1990

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Luis Valderas, who shares this short recording: an introduction to Kol Israel's Spanish language service.

This recording was made on a portable Philips radio with telescopic antenna. Though the exact date is unknown, Luis has noted the frequency as 17,630 kHz and time of day as 23:30 UTC:

Radio Argentina Exterior: January 20, 2013

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For your listening pleasure: 35 minutes of Radio Argentina Exterior. This broadcast was recorded on January 20, 2014 around 9:45 UTC on 15,345 kHz. 

In this recording, you'll hear ten plus minutes of various RAI interval signals before their Chinese language service begins. 

Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

Radio New Zealand International

The New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) provides the interval signal for RNZI (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

One of my favorite shortwave radio broadcasters is Radio New Zealand International. RNZI has authoritative news--with a focus on NZ and the Pacific islands--music, sports and their own unique character, though they operate on a very modest budget by international broadcasting standards.

The RNZI interval signal is charming and unmistakable: the call of the New Zealand Bellbird.

Fortunately, in the 3 hour recording of RNZI below, I caught not only the interval signal as the broadcast began, but also as it went off the air. This recording was made on March 14th 2013 starting around 8:00 UTC on 9,765 kHz. (You'll note news of the Pope.)

Click here to download the full broadcast as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

Note to SWLing Post reader, Mike: I hope you enjoy these sounds from home!