An evening of short wave listening

A few weeks ago, my wife Marija bought me a Tecsun S-2000 short wave receiver and antenna/s for my birthday.  So on Saturday night, for the first time in a long long time, I gave broadcast short wave listening a go.

In a couple of hours of listening, I logged the following stations:-

  • Radio New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND
  • China Radio International, CHINA
  • Voice of Vietnam, VIETNAM
  • National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Madang, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • Reach Beyond Australia, AUSTRALIA
  • Radio Romania International, ROMANIA

My receiver is a Tecsun S-2000.  It covers AM, FM, shortwave, longwave and VHF Air Band broadcasts.

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Here is a review of the Tecsun S-2000 by PCJ Radio Network Plus.

My antenna is a Tecsun Shortwave and AM Outdoor Antenna covering 0.5-30 MHz.  It is based on a longwire antenna design but provides significantly improved reception over a longwire because the the Tecsun Shortwave and AM Outdoor Antenna utilises a matching transformer that acts as a balun with a ratio of 10:1.  At the moment the antenna is in a temporary position, just 1.5 metres off the ground (and that is being kind…probably less).  But it does the job.

I have attached below some info and video on the stations I logged.

Radio New Zealand.

I tuned in to Radio New Zealand on 9765 khz.  This was a broadcast to the Pacific, and not surprising, the signal was strong.  Radio New Zealand was launched in 1948.  Radio New Zealand broadcasts to its neighbouring countries in the Pacific from transmitters located at Rangitaiki, near Taupo, in the North Island.

China Radio International.

I also tuned in to China Radio International on 15210 khz.  China Radio International (CRI) is the broadcaster for the Peoples Republic of China.  It was founded in 1941 as Radio Peking.

Voice of Vietnam.

Next was the Voice of Vietnam 0n 9840 khz.  It is the national radio broadcaster of Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The first Vietnamese-language radio transmission was made on 2 September 1945, when the President Ho Chi Minh read out the Declaration of Independence.  Prior to 1945, the Vietnamese were banned from owning radio receivers, and broadcasting was under control of the French colonial government, which established the first radio station in Vietnam, Radio Saigon, in the late 1920s.

National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Madang, PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

I then tuned in to the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in Madang in PAPUA NEW GUINEA.  Madang is the capital of Madang Province and is a town with a population of 27,420 on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.  The NBC is Papua New Guinea’s state owned broadcaster.  Its head office is in Boroko, Port Moresby, and has approximately 20 locations around the country.

Reach Beyond Australia.

I then tuned in to Reach Beyond Australia on 11865 khz.  This station was previously known as HCJB Australia.  Since 2003, it has been broadcasting from Kununurra in far North West Australia using short wave radio.  The station now broadcasts programs in 29 languages, including 17 South Asia languages.

Radio Romania International.

My final broadcast station for the evening was Radio Romania International on  15460 khz.  Radio Romania International is owned by the Romanian public radio broadcaster Societatea Română de Radiodifuziune (SRR, the national public radio in Romania) that broadcasts abroad. Prior to 1989, the station was known as Radio Bucharest.

I also had a look to see what the receiver’s SSB capabilities were like.  I recorded a little snippet of a QSO between Mike VK2BXE and David HC5DX in Ecuador, and Otap YB7TUU in Indonesia.

Overall I had a lot of fun.  I really had not done any broadcast listening on short wave since the 1980’s.  I was also quite pleased with the receiver’s performance and that of the antenna, which currently is very low to the ground.

 

6 thoughts on “An evening of short wave listening

  1. Hello Paul, I’ve enjoyed using my Sangean ATS-909X over the past few years, although I haven’t been using it lately. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll have to get it out more, now that the winter weather has arrived. Mike KE0GZT EN34

  2. Hi Mike,

    The Sangean looks like a nice receiver. I have a Yaesu FRG-7700 here and a Kenwood R-1000. But I haven’t done a lot of SWLing since I got my ham ticket. Unfortunately, a lot of the big SW broadcasters can no longer be found, but there is still a lot to tune in to.

    Cheers & HNY 2019,

    Paul VK5PAS.

  3. Hi Paul
    I enjoyed reading your review. I only have a pretty basic Sangean ATS505, but it works well. Like Mike I don’t do a lot of listening but do have a few stations in the memory of my Icom 7600 which I listen to from time to time.

    73
    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

    • G’day John,

      I have some great memories as a teenager listening in to the broadcast stations on SW. Sadly, many of them have gone nowadays. I’m going to start doing some more regular SWLing.

      73,

      Paul.

    • G’day Chris,

      When I get a bit of spare time, I’m going to get the antenna up off the ground, and I’m sure that will increase reception. I haven’t done any SWLing in years and years. Sadly, many of the broadcasters I listened to are gone. Sign of the times, with the internet.

      73,

      Paul VK5PAS.

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