Australian Shortwave Radio Journal

Australian Shortwave Radio Journal


Saturday, February 28, 2015


Solar activity continues to be very low – the 10 cm Radio Flux down  to 117. and SSSN dropped to 75.
Thus, reliable propagation on darkness or semi-darkness paths above about 14 MHz on multi-hop long-distance circuits is now quite difficult.
This 11 MHz summary may be of interest, as noted here in Melbourne on UT Feb 27 in the time window 1830 to 1900.
11660 S. AFRICA RFI-Meyerton French
11810 ASCENSION BBC English
11820 S. ARABIA Arabic
11830  S. AFRICA AWR-Meyerton English
11840 BOTSWANA VOA French
11875 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya Krwanda
11915 S. ARABIA Arabic
11930 S. ARABIA Arabic
11955 IRAN French
12040 IRAN Hausa
12095 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya Arabic
12140 KUWAIT VOA Amharic

Friday, February 27, 2015

BBC transmitter usage on 12095

Transmitter deployment for the BBC on 12095 for the current transmission period is this – English unless indicated otherwise:
0000-0200 Kranji
0200-0300 Oman
0400-0500 Dhabbaya
0500-0700 Meyerton
0700-0800 Ascension
1400-1500 Talata (Somali)
1500-1700 Talata
1700-2000 Dhabbaya (Arabic
2000-0000 Ascension
(HFCC  B14)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monitoring Research - Central Asia - 5 MHz spectrum

This summary of important frequency occupancies in the time span 1700  to 1730 , on Feb 25 2015, pre-sunrise here in Melbourne!
Of particular note was the English service from the Xizang PBS at Lhasa, apparently on a revised schedule.
Co-channel (*CC) usage on several frequencies by China and India!
4800 CHINA CNR1 (*CC)
4800 INDIA Hyderabad (*CC)
4810 INDIA Bhopal
4820 CHINA Xizang PBS Lhasa with ENGLISH, on changed schedule (*CC)
4820 INDIA Kolkata (*CC)
4850 CHINA Xinjiang PBS Urumqi Kazakh
4860 INDIA Simla
4880 INDIA Lucknow
4905 CHINA Xizang PBS Lhasa Chinese
4920 CHINA Xizang PBS Lhasa Chinese (*CC)
4920 INDIA Chennai (*CC)
4930 BOTSWANA VOA English
4980 CHINA XInjiang PBS Urumqi Uighur
5010 INDIA Chennai (*CC)
5010 MADAGASCAR domestic (*CC)
5040 INDIA Jeypure
5060 CHINA Xinjiang PBS Urumqi Chinese

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Adentist World Radio - Special QSLs for Kigali transmisssion

The Kigali facility (from DW)

Adventist World Radio Offers Special QSL Stamp for Kigali Broadcasts

At the beginning of this current Transmission Period B14 October 6, 2014, Adventist World Radio began a relay service from the Deutsche Welle shortwave relay station near Kigali in Rwanda Africa. The AWR relay via DW Kigali is on the air for a total of 2½ transmitter hours daily in three languages, French, Amharic & Fulfulde. In one particular time block, two transmitters carry the programming in parallel.

However, Deutsche Welle has subsequently announced that they plan to close their African relay station at the end of this current Transmission Period B14 March 28, 2015 and then dismantle the station. The last AWR broadcasts from DW Kigali will therefor also end at the same time.

For those who would like to receive a QSL card for these now short term broadcasts, AWR would welcome all reception reports from listeners in any part of the world.  Each reception report will be verified with a QSL card (not an Email QSL), and the envelope will be affixed with genuine postage stamps, not postal labels.  In addition, while supplies last, a special QSL stamp showing Kigali will be attached to the QSL card.

It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest reception report on paper. Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps. Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States.  

Also please enclose your address label.

The only address for the special Kigali QSL stamp is the Indianapolis address at:-

Adventist World Radio, Box 29235, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229, USA.

All reception reports, including all that have already been received, will be QSLed in due course.  However, please be patient with us as we already hold uncounted hundreds of reception reports still pending, and it may take us many months to process them all. 

The current AWR website shows the following scheduling for the daily Kigali transmissions:-
            0600 - 0630 UTC  15700 kHz French
            0600 - 0630         17800         French
            1700 - 1730           9490         Amharic
            1930 - 2000         17800         Fulfulde   
            2000 - 2030         17800         French


Low sunspot activity continues, but  despite  this, some interesting propagation this morning in our Melbourne pre-sunrise period!
This summary of notable occupancies between 1800  and 1815 on Feb 24 2015 may be of interest!
5895 KUWAIT R. Farda Persian
5965 SWAZILAND TWR-Manzini Tigrinya
6004 TAIWAN VOH Korean
6010 CHINA CRI-Urumqi Chaozhou
6015 KOREA REP KBS-Kimjae Korean
6070 CHINA CRI-Beijing Russian
6080 BELARUS domestic  network
6185 VATICAN VR-SMG Belarusian
6200 CHINA Xizang PBS Lhasa Tibetan to 1805*

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Australian DX Report episode 453 available - Podcast and MP3

Episode no. 453 has been released.
It features a Solar Activity report, news about International SW Stations, Schedule Changes, and a Spectrum Monitoring Report.
The ADXR is also available on iTunes.
The on-air version may be heard every Monday at 1245 UTC on 15795, over WWCR Nashville – special ADXR QSLs are available.
Regards from Melbourne, Australia!
Bob Padula