Articles in category “Shortwave Listening”

RNZ QSL card received

Spinning the dial on the HF radio, the other night, I ran across Radio New Zealand International broadcasting news and music.  A bit shocked to hear sounds coming from the opposite side of the globe at such a late hour I confirmed that they were, indeed, broadcasting from Rangitaiki!  (This …

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Shortwave Radiogram for the weekend of 29 September 2017

image0This weekend's reception of Shortwave Radiogram was cut off at the beginning due to an operator error.  I had left my computer up and listening to WRMI but had also left the automatic frequency control (AFC) feature turned on.  This meant that fldigi ended up surfing around the bandpass instead …

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VOA Radiogram #155 as received in Maryland

I finally remembered to listen in to this weekend's VOA Radiogram transmission from the Edward R. Murrow transmitter facility in Greenville, NC.

The signal strength on 5745 kHz was marginal even with strong S9 to +10dB signals.  It seems the bands are quite noisy with a noise floor of ~S7 …

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The Radiobuster

The RadiobusterThe Radiobuster by Volney G. Mathison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book that I happened to stumble upon. I've been looking for a book that talks about life as a commercial radio operator but have found few. This book approaches my expectations although I wish …

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Fifty years of transmitting at BBC Woofferton

I ran across a paper that was written discussing the shortwave broadcast station at Woofferton, UK, last year, and thought I'd share it.  It's a really interesting read and gives you a perspective of what it took to maintain such a station with a near-constant change to technology.  It's in …

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VOA Radiogram program 61 reception

pic_2014-06-01_024620zJust copied program 61 of the VOA Radiogram on 5145.  The program was transmitted from the Edward R Murrow Transmitting Station down in Greenville, NC.  I've seen this place many times and am happy to have copied its transmission now.  I'm also lucky that I was watching Twitter just before …

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Shortwave reports via Twitter

I use a program named Shortwave Schedules to tell me what's on the radio at any given time.  It used to just digest a CSV file from Eibi and tell you who was on and when.  Now it's gotten fancy (propagation maps for one). A feature I stumbled upon last …

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Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station Tour

The SWLing Post ran a post on a Monitoring Times article about the VOA transmitter facility in Greenville, NC.  The article featured a friend of mine, Macon WB4PMQ, and provides a good summary of what you'll find at Site A.  I hope my readers will enjoy reading it as well …

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The Voice of Russia

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In a recent rash of shortwave QSLs being received the Voice of Russia was not to be left out.  They sent me a nice QSL honoring their 50 years of manned space flight, 1961 to 2011.  I …

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QSLs Received: NMN and Radio Bulgaria

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I checked the mail, yesterday, and was surprised to see a whole box full!  Not much in the way of junk mail but I did receive two radio-related mailings.  First was an envelope from "Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast …

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