The Report of the Week via WRMI: February 11, 2018

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Troy Riedel, who shares the following recording of The Report of the Week via WRMI:

Date of recording: 2/11/2018

Starting time: 2100 UTC

Frequency: 9.395 MHz

Reception location: Toano, VA

Receiver and antenna: Sony ICF-SW7600GR with Slinky Antenna

Notes: The Report of the Week (by VORW), entire show for the broadcast week Thu 02/08/2018 - Sun 02/11/2018.

Shortwave Shindig and Short Waves / Long Distance via WRMI: March 11, 2017

Live recording of the repeat broadcast of the North American Shortwave Association's Winter SWL Fest "Shortwave Shindig" and Wave Farm's "Short Waves / Long Distance" programs by WRMI, Radio Miami International, using a transmitter at Okeechobee, Florida, on 11 March 2017 from 03:00 to 06:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 9395 kHz. The listed transmitter power is 100 kW with an antenna beam azimuth of 355°. The recording begins and ends with the WRMI station identification.

The first hour of the broadcast is of the live program "Shortwave Shindig" as recorded at the 30th Annual Winter SWL Fest held in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, 2–4 March 2017. The following two hours are of the program "Short Waves / Long Distance," a montage of shortwave-based audio works compiled by Wave Farm in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Wave Farm program ends with the digital transmission of an image in MFSK32-mode centred on 1500 kHz.     

The programs were first broadcast live on 4 March 2017 but due to poor propagation conditions, reception throughout North America was poor or nonexistent and so the programs were rebroadcast.

The broadcast was received outdoors on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with a Tecsun AN-03L 7-metre wire antenna in Hanwell (just outside Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada, in AM mode with 5 kHz RF filtering. Reception varied from fair to good during the three-hour broadcast with no interference. Some passages during the "Short Waves / Long Distance" program have low audio levels.
 

Jazz From The Left: December 7, 2016

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck

For your listening pleasure, Raoul van Hall's Jazz From the Left via WRMI.

This show was recorded on 7.730 MHz on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 starting around 00:00 UTC. The recording was make with a WinRadio Excalibur Receiver and a skyloop wire antenna in North Carolina. 

International Day Ecos del Torbes via WRMI: August 12, 2016

Live, off-air, half-hour recording of the special DX program "International Day Ecos del Torbes," celebrating the 40th anniversary of Club Diexistas de la Amistad (CDXA, Friendship DX Club) and the 26th anniversary of the program "América en Antena" (American Antenna) transmitted by WRMI, Radio Miami International, using a transmitter at Okeechobee, Florida, on 12 August 2016 from 21:30 to 22:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 15770 kHz. The program aired a half hour later than advertised. The listed transmitter power is 100 kW with an antenna beam azimuth of 44° directed to Europe. The recording begins and ends with the WRMI station identification.

Ecos del Torbes is a radio station in San Christóbal, Táchira State, Venezuela, which began broadcasting on 9 August 1947. Still transmitting as YVOD on 780 kHz in the AM broadcast  band, it used to also broadcast on shortwave as YVOC, 4980 kHz, and YVTX, 6190 kHz, amongst other frequencies over the years. It ceased shortwave broadcasting in March 2003.

The program is primarily in Spanish with a brief introduction in English. Ecos del Torbes station identifications are given in Spanish, English, and French. The program was aired multiple times by WRMI.

The broadcast was received outdoors on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with a Tecsun AN-03L 7-metre wire antenna in Hanwell (just outside Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada, in AM mode with 9 kHz RF filtering. Reception was excellent with no interference and negligible atmospheric noise.

PCJ via WRMI: November 28, 2015

Live off-air recording of the program "Rockin' with Raoul," produced and presented by Raoul van Hall in conjunction with PCJ Radio International and transmitted by WRMI, Radio Miami International, from its transmitter facilities at Okeechobee, Florida, on 28 November 2015 from 09:11 to 10:11 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 11580 kHz. The broadcast, the third and last of a special series, was directed to Europe and Southeast Asia using a 100 kW transmitter and an antenna beam azimuth of 44 degrees. The start of the program was delayed by 11 minutes due to some unknown technical problem at WRMI.

The transmission was received on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with its built-in telescopic whip antenna indoors in Hanwell (just outside Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada, in AM mode with 5.0 kHz RF filtering.

PCJ via WRMI: November 4, 2015

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Richard Langley, who notes:

Live off-air recording of the program "Say It With Music," produced by PCJ Radio International and transmitted by WRMI, Radio Miami International, from its transmitter facilities at Okeechobee, Florida, on 14 November 2015 from 09:00 to 10:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 11580 kHz. The broadcast, the first of a special series, was directed to Europe and Southeast Asia using a 100 kW transmitter and an antenna beam azimuth of 44 degrees.
The transmission was received on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with its built-in telescopic whip antenna indoors in Hanwell (just outside Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada, in AM mode with 5.0 kHz RF filtering.

Nigerian Armed Forces Radio: July 4, 2015

SRAA contributor, Richard Langley, writes:

Live recording of a test transmission of Nigerian Armed Forces Radio on 4 July 2015 beginning at 06:00:01 UTC (carrier on; audio file begins at 06:01:30; program begins at 06:01:36) on a frequency of 13775 kHz. The test was broadcast from a 250 kW transmitter of TDF in Issoudun, France. The antenna beam direction was 170 degrees towards west Africa. 

The test, which is running daily for a week, consists of Nigerian traditional and military music interspersed with brief announcements and identifications in Hausa and English. In addition to 13775 kHz, a frequency of 11825 kHz was announced. The first musical piece features the line "I remember when I was a solider." The IDs include an SMS number to which to send messages: +2348148366886. The test program ended abruptly at 06:57:17 UTC when the transmitter cuts off in mid-song.
  
The signal was received on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with a Tecsun AN-03L 7-metre wire antenna in Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada, in AM mode with 5 kHz RF filtering.

A Tale of Two Cities via Global 24: December 30, 2014

The company rehearses Treasure Island, the second program in The Mercury Theatre on the Air series, presented July 18, 1938 (Source: Wikipedia)

The company rehearses Treasure Island, the second program in The Mercury Theatre on the Air series, presented July 18, 1938 (Source: Wikipedia)

Tuesday morning, I tuned my WWI era BC-348-Q to Global 24 on 9395 kHz. The signal, via WRMI’s transmitter, was quite strong.

At 2:00 UTC, I heard an announcement that The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio play of A Tale of Two Cities was about to begin.

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to record this timeless Dicken’s classic, I quickly switched over to the Elad FDM-S2 SDR to record the broadcast live. Fortunately, I captured the full broadcast and the fidelity is almost as good as a local station.

For your listening pleasure this New Year’s Day, please enjoy A Tale of Two Cities by The Mercury Theatre on the Air courtesy of Global 24:

Global 24: October 31 & November 2, 2014

On October 31, 2014 a new 24 hour shortwave radio station began broadcasting (via WRMI) on the fixed frequency of 9395 kHz: Global 24.

The inaugural broadcast of Global 24 Radio started at 23:00 UTC. After tuning to 9295 kHz early, I noticed that Global 24 was using a mix of rock music as a place holder prior to the official sign-on time of 2300 UTC.  I decided to  start recording their broadcast at 21:22 UTC.

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank, who also recorded Global 24 in Europe starting at 0100 UTC until 0400 UTC on November 2, 2014.

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Radio Ukraine International via WRMI: September 25, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor Richard Langley for this recording of Radio Ukraine International's inaugural broadcast via WRMI. This is the second contribution of this broadcast, but since it is a first on shortwave, we are posting this one as heard from Richard's location. Richard writes:

Inaugural broadcast of Radio Ukraine International via WRMI, Okeechobee, Florida, on 11580 kHz on 25 September 2014 between 23:30 and 00:00 UTC. Received in Hanwell (near Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada, using a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with its whip antenna in AM mode with a 5 kHz bandwidth.

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Song Of India via WRMI: October 5, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Richard Langley, for this recording of PCJ International's Song of India. Richard notes:

Off-air recording of the initial broadcast of the program "Song of India," produced by PCJ Radio International and transmitted by WRMI, Radio Miami International, from its transmitter facilities at Okeechobee, Florida, on 5 October 2014 from 00:00 to 02:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 7570 kHz.

Richard also notes that reception quality is only fair as Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada, is considerably off to the side of the transmitter beam direction.

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Radio Ukraine via WMRI: October 3, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank for this recording of Radio Ukraine International. 

This recording was made in Europe on October 3, 2014 at 23:30 UTC on 11.580 MHz. 

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Radio Ukraine via WMRI: September 25, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Andre Bagley, for this recording of Radio Ukraine. Andre writes: 

This is the first broadcast of Radio Ukraine via WMRI relay. The purpose of this service is to allow North American shortwave listeners to hear what is going on in the Ukraine-Russian conflict from one of the respective parties. This is great news for shortwave listeners, as Voice of Russia went off the air right before all the drama began with Ukraine. Recorded in Utah using a Tecsun pl-600 radio with a telescopic antenna with random length wire attached.

This recording was made on September 25, 2014 at 23:30 UTC on 11.580 MHz. 

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The Shortwave Shindig: March 15, 2014

Every year at the Winter SWL Fest in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, radio producer David Goren hostsThe Shortwave Shindig, a live event that celebrates the art and culture of long distance listening. This year, for the first time, the Shortwave Shindig was broadcast live on shortwave. The Shindig signed on for one hour at 10:00 ET (02:00 UTC) on 7,570 kHz via WRMI's new Okeechobee facility. 

Last week, I asked readers on my blog, The SWLing Post, if they could record the Shortwave Shindig.  I received two shortwave recordings and one FM recording--I will add others to this post as they arrive.

Matthew Williams took this photo of his TS-590S and Grundig G3 while recording the Shortwave Shindig.

Matthew Williams took this photo of his TS-590S and Grundig G3 while recording the Shortwave Shindig.

Our first recording comes from Matthew Williams who recorded the show on his Kenwood TS-590 with an 80 meter doublet antenna in New Paltz, NY:

Ed McCorry made the following recording at his home in Willow Spring, NC. He used an ICOM R-75 with a 120 ft. longwire antenna:

"The Professor" recorded this FM broadcast from inside the hotel where the Winter SWL Fest was held. Evidently, an in-house pirate radio FM station was relaying the broadcast: