Radio Kuwait: August 22, 2013

Radio Kuwait recorded in London, UK on August 22, 2013 at 1830 UTC on the frequency of 15540 kHz using a Tecsun PL-380 radio with its built-in telescopic antenna. The transmitter is located in Kuwait and has a power rating of 250 kW. The recording was made on a clear summer evening, on the rooftop of a multi-storey building in central London. Shortwave broadcasts by Radio Kuwait have now ceased.

Shortwave Radio Recordings: Radio Kuwait and music variety

Any of you who've been following the SWLing Post for a while know how much I love recording music over the shortwaves. Lately, Radio Kuwait has been booming into my part of eastern North America with great vivacity.

Yesterday, I recorded several hours of their broadcast on my WinRadio Excalibur. I couldn't help but notice, the last time I posted a recording, that their music had a great deal of variety. Their mix yesterday afternoon encompassed hip hop, country, pop, rock, R&B, and even a little Billy Joel and Donovan.

Though the hip-hop and boy bands don't particularly hold my personal interest, hearing "Mellow Yellow" over 7,000 miles of ether certainly has appeal.

If you're looking for music variety (well, a lot of variety), with some items of cultural interest thrown in, check out Radio Kuwait:

Recording Radio Kuwait with the RadioJet's IF recorder

While playing with the Bonito 1102S RadioJet the other day, I received a strong signal from Radio Kuwait. I thought I'd record the music they were playing, as the fidely was impressive for a signal traveling nearly 7000 miles. Instead of recording the actual audio of the broadcast with the RadioJet's AF recorder, I decided to use the IF recorder, which saves and records 24 kHz of actual spectrum. This is an excellent way to record while leaving it unattended. Later, when you review the material, you can refine and shape your recording of an individual broadcast.  Then, if an adjacent signal or some other condition requires you to adjust filters, you can do so just as you would when recording a live broadcast.

Though the file sizes are marginally larger than those the AF recorder produces, it's not a hard drive-eater like broad spectrum recordings on an SDR.

One more (very cool) RadioJet feature: while making an IF recording, the RadioJet embeds UTC time code in the recording. This way, should you make a recording and forget to note the time you begin it, the time code shows up in the display. The Perseus also does this, and I think it's a brilliant addition.

If you want to hear the 30+ minute recording I made of Radio Kuwait, simply listen to the file embedded below, or click here to download the mp3: