Last week, I had a rare night of exquisitely clear shortwave radio reception. I recorded a number of stations--either strong, non-American broadcasters, or rare catches (for myself). This was with a Hallicrafters S-40A shortwave receiver and a simple random wire antenna on the roof of a six story building. I'm awaiting a new digital receiver
to finally be able to actually know what frequency I'm listening too--on the old tube it's always a guessing game
I recorded a scan through the 31-meter international broadcast band, which is filled with stations on many nights. To me, this band is from 10MHz down to 9, but I think officially it's just 9500-9900kHz, although the frequencies around it have some broadcasters
. I cut some short segments out of the big recording. Deutsche Welle, broadcasting in Swahili (6:06, 3MB mp3)
. This recording is 6:25 in length, recorded on 7/11/2006, at 3:54UT, until end of transmission. Station ID is at 6:06.The Program Schedule
indicates I was listening to Jukwaa. The recording is a little shaky at the beginning, fighting with an adjacent American religious broadcaster playing music.
Everybody's favorite, the BBC World Service (4:32, 2.1MB mp3)
. I am guessing that this is a relay broadcast from Guyana, pointed towards the Caribbean. EDIT: In discussing this in the comments, I've found that it was broadcast from the UK towards South America.Radio Habana Cuba, in French (1:19, 621kB mp3)
. As I wrote in the previous post, we receive Radio Havana Cuba pretty well here in Chicago. Station ID at 0:21. The Voice of Russia (0:31, 251kB mp3)
.Radio Netherlands 9845kHz (5:43, 2,680kB mp3)
. A story about new boat technologies. Radio Netherlands is a continued supporter of shortwave broadcasts to North America in the time of shrinking audiences. Radio Croatia (I think), (1:03, 271kB mp3)
. This was recorded near WWV at 10MHz during a scan from WWV to 9MHz, so the frequency was near 9990kHz. Kol Israel (1:41, 693kB mp3)
. To be honest, I have trouble distinguishing Hebrew and Arabic, but this definitely is Hebrew. I assume it's Kol Israel, but I know Family Radio out of Oakland California occasionally broadcasts in what sounds like Hebrew or Arabic.
Finally, a tougher recording. This is WWVH at 15MHz. (0:27, 427kB mp3)
. From 0:05-0:10 you can hear the female voice of WWV-Hawaii
saying "At the tone, the time will be two hours, thirty-six minutes, Coordinated Universal Time". Normally we don't hear the Hawaiian time broadcast in Chicago; whereas I hear it all the time on the west side of the Rocky Mountains.
See the first post in this series:Adventures in Shortwave: last night's Radio Habana Cuba