Voice of Indonesia

My last station logged on Tuesday (12th October 2021) was the Voice of Indonesia on 3325 kHz on the 90m band.

I tuned in at 1313 UTC. The broadcast was in the English language.

Above:- RRI logo

The broadcast included news, music, and a program called Indonesian Wonders.

The overall reception of the Voice of Indonesia on this frequency was fair. The signal strength was fair with absolutely no interference from other stations, with moderate fading, and only slight noise.

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Below is a video showing my reception of the Voice of Indonesia, both on the Tecsun S-2000, and the Yaesu FTdx101MP.

Echo of Unification, NORTH KOREA – 3945 kHz

Next in my log was a very interesting station, Echo of Unification in NORTH KOREA on 3945 kHz on the 75 m shortwave band. The broadcast was in the Korean language.

Above:- Location of North Korea. Image c/o Wikipedia

The “Echo of Unification” is North Korea’s anti-Seoul propaganda radio outlet targeting listeners in South Korea.. The station transmits on the medium wave (AM broadcast) band, shortwave and FM frequencies. The signal is heavily jammed by the South Korean government.

I was receiving Echo of Unification well. The signal strength was good, with only slight interference from nearby stations and only slight fading of the signal.

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Below is a video showing my reception of Echo of Unification. It shows reception on the Tecsun S-2000 and the Yaesu FTdx101MP.

References.

  1. Behind the curtain, 2021, <https://www.behindthecurtain-northkorea.com/audio-externalradiobroadcasting>, viewed 17th October 2021.

Bay Islands Radio, QUEENSLAND – 5045 kHz

Next in the log was Bay of Islands Radio on 5045 kHz on the 60m band.

Bay of Islands Radio is located at Macleay Island, Queensland.

Above:- Map showing the location of

The station was coming in relatively well. The signal report was fair with moderate interference from adjacent stations and only slight fading. As there was an approaching storm here I experienced quite a few static crashes.

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Below is a short video of my reception of the Bay of Islands Radio.

References.

  1. Facebook, 2021, <https://www.facebook.com/Islandfmqld/posts/941373969935100>, viewed 17th Octcober 2021.

Radio Rebelde, CUBA – 5025 kHz

My next station logged for Tuesday night (12th October 2021) was Radio Rebelde in CUBA on 5025 kHz. The broadcast was in the Spanish language.

Radio Rebelde is a Cuban Spanish language station which broadcasts 24 hours a day with a varied program of national and international music hits of the moment, news reports and live sport events.

The station was established in 1958 by Che Guevara in the Sierra Maestra region of eastern Cuba. It was designed to broadcast the aims of the 26th of July Movement led by Fidel Castro. It also broadcast the latest combat news, music and spoken literature to the people of Cuba during the Cuban Revolution.

Above:- Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Image c/o Wikipedia

Radio Rebelde has 891 kilowatts of broadcasting power with 44 transmitters that cover 98 percent of the island.

I was receiving Radio Rebelde very well. The signal strength was good and there was slight interference from other stations. However there was quite a lot of static crashes with an approaching storm here. Overall reception was good.

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Below is a short video showing my reception of Radio Rebelde.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Rebelde>, viewed 17th October 2021.
  2. Radio Rebelde, 2021, <https://www.radiorebelde.cu/english/about-us/>, viewed 17th October 2021

WWCR – 4840 kHz

Next in my log was WWCR on 4840 kHz broadcasting from the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

From the WWCR website:

“WWCR has four 100,000 Watt, state of the art, transmitters which serve the world on 10 different broadcasting channels. Together our transmitters provide over 400 religious and talk programs direct from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to a global audience.”

My reception of WWCR was good. The signal strength was good with no interference from other stations. There was just slight fading on the siognal.

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Below is a short video showing my reception of WWCR.

Voice of Vietnam – 9840 kHz

I then tuned into the Voice of Vietnam on 9840 kHz on the 31m shortwave band.

Above:- Globe showing the location of Vietnam. Image c/o Wikipedia

The Voice of Vietnam is the Vietnamese national radio broadcaster. It is directly controlled by the Vietnamese Government and is tasked with “propagating the views, policies of the Party and the laws of the state.

Prior to 1945, the Vietnamese were banned from owning radio receivers, and broadcasting was under control of the French colonial government. They established the first radio station in Vietnam, Radio Saigon, in the late 1920s.

Following Reunification, all of the radio stations were combined into the Voice of Vietnam, which became the national radio station in 1978.

Reception of the Voice of Vietnam was severely impacted by a Chinese language station on 9830 khz.

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Below is a short video of my reception of the Voice of Vietnam.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_Vietnam>, viewed 17th October 2021.

WRMI Radio Miami International – 5010 kHz

On Monday night (11th October 2021) I logged some more shortwave broadcast stations. First in the log was WRMI Radio Miami International on 5010 kHz on the 60m band.

Radio Miami International was founded in 1989 by Jeff White (currently General Manager) and Kiko Espinosa (chief engineer, who passed away in 2005).

In 2013 WRMI purchased the former Family Radio shortwave station in Okeechobee, Florida. This is the largest privately owned shortwave station in the Western hemisphere, consisting of 660 acres which is also used as a cattle ranch. It has 14 transmitters, most of them 1000,000 watts, and 23 antennas beamed in eleven different directions around the world.

I was receiving WRMI overall fair. The signal strength was fair with moderate interference from other stations. Fading on the signal was fair and I was experiencing some static crashes.

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Below is a short video of my reception of WRMI.

References

  1. WRMI, 2021, <https://www.wrmi.net/index.php/about-wrmi/>, viewed 17th October 2021

Voice of Beibu Bay Radio – 5050 kHz

My last station logged for Sunday night (10th October 20210) was Voice of Beibuy Bay Radio (Voice of Guangxi Beibu Wan) in CHINA on 5050 kHz on the 60m band. The transmission was in the Cantonese language?

I tuned in at 1357 UTC.

VO Beibu Bay Radio commenced transmissions in May 2010, the station is a joint project between China Radio International and the local Guangxi Radio and Television station. VO Beibu Bay Radio’s transmitter power is 25 kilowatts. The station broadcasts in the Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Thai languages.

Above:- VO Beibu Bay logo. c/o medxr.blogspot.com

Beibu Bay Radio broadcasts from Nanning, the capital of the Zhuang Autonomous Region of Guangxi, CHINA. Nanning is located just north of the Vietnam border. Beibu Bay, also known as the Gulf of Tonkin, is an arm of the South China Sea and covers an area of 126,250 km². The gulf borders Vietnam on the northwest, west and southwest. China lies to the north with the Island of Hainan forming the eastern limits of the gulf. 

Above:- Map showing the location of Nanning in China. Map c/o Google maps

More information can be found on the BBRTV website at…..

http://www.bbrtv.com/about/aboutus/

I was receiving Beibu Bay Radio fairly well. Their signal strength was good, but there was moderate interference from adjacent stations which affected listening pleasure. There was slight fading on the signal.

VO Beibu Bay Radio’s program included western pop music.

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Below is a short video of my reception of Beibu Bay Radio on the Tecsun S-2000 and the Tecsun random wire (just a few feet off the ground).

I have sent a Reception Report to VO Beibu Bay Radio, both via email and postal address. Awaiting a reply.

References.

  1. BBRTV, 2021, <http://www.bbrtv.com/about/aboutus/>, viewed 17th October 2021
  2. coastcolour, 2021, <https://www.coastcolour.org/site_15.html>, viewed 17th October 2021
  3. medxr, 2021, <https://medxr.blogspot.com/2021/01/spotlight-voice-of-beibu-bay-radio.html>, viewed 17th October 2021.

WBCQ – 9930 kHz

On Sunday evening (10th October 2021) I then tuned into WBCQ on 9330 kHz on the 31m band.

WBCQ is an international shortwave broadcast station located in Monticello, Main, in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. They broadcast on 7490 kHz, 9330 kHz, 4790 kHz, 3265 kHZ, and 6160 kHz.

In 2018, WBCQ applied for a transmitter license associated with a rotatable antenna, later revealed to be a 500 kW transmitter for an Ampegon rotatable curtain antenna on a single mast.

WBCQ was coming in very nicely to my location. The signal was excellent, with nil interference, and only slight fading on the signal. Their broadcast consisted of a religious program and their Mailbag program.

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Below is a short video of my reception of WBCQ.

References.

  1. WBCQ, 2021, <http://www.wbcq.com/>, viewed 17th October 2021
  2. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBCQ_(SW)>, viewed 17th October 2021

Voice of Korea NORTH KOREA – 9435 kHz

Next in my log was the Voice of Korea on 9435 kHz on the 31m band on shortwave.

The Voice of Korea is the international broadcasting service of North Korea. The station broadcasts in various languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Up until 2002 the station was known as Radio Pyongyang.

Above:- Map showing the location of North Korea. Map c/o Google maps

The origins of Voice of Korea can be traced radio station JBBK in 1936 . JBBK was operated by the occupying Japanese forces. In October 1945 Radio Pyongyang was founded. On the 14th October programming was officialy inaugurated with a live broadcast of the victory speech of Kim II sung

The 16th March 1947 saw the first foreign broadcast, in the Chinese language. In 1950 Japanese language broadcasts commenced, followed by English in 1951, French and Russian in 1963, Spanish in 1965, Arabic in 1970, and German in 1983.

By 1960, Radio Pyongyang broadcast 159 hours of programming every week. In 1970, weekly broadcasting hours totalled 330 hours and by 1980, 597 hours. In 1990 weekly broadcasting time fell to 534 hours per week, 529 in 1994, and 364 in 1996.

In 2002, the station was renamed Voice of Korea.

This was difficult copy of Radio Korea. The signal was good, however there was severe interference from 9440 kHz China Radio International. The station’s music was very readable, but I struggled to understand what the announcers were saying due to the interference.

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Below is some short audio of how the Voice of Korea was coming in at my location.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_Korea>, viewed 17th October 2021.