Vatican Radio – 9610 kHz

I then found Vatican Radio broadcasting on 9610 kHz in the 31m band. The broadcast was in the Russian language.

Vatican Radio is the official broadcasting service of Vatican City. The station was set up in 1931 by Guglielmo Marconi, and today its programs are offered in 47 languages and are sent out on various mediums including shortwave.

Above:- Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi. Image c/o Wikipedia

On the 12th day of February 1931, Vatican Radio commenced broadcasting with the callsign HVJ on two shortwave frequencies using 10 kilowatts of power, with the pontifical message “Omni creature” of Pope Pius XI. Also in attendance was Guglielmo Marconi and Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who would become Pope Pius XII.

Above:- Pope Pius XI, his successor Pacelli with Marconi at starting of Vatican Radio 1931. Image c/o Wikipedia

Today, programming is produced by over two hundred journalists located in 61 different countries. Vatican Radio produces more than 42,000 hours of simultaneous broadcasting covering international news, religious celebrations, in-depth programs, and music. 

Above:- Administration building and radio masts at Vatican City Image c/o Wikipedia

I was receiving Vatican Radio well. Unfortunately, I tuned in right at the end of their broadcast.


Below is a short video of my reception of Vatican Radio.


  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <>, viewed 25th October 2021

3 thoughts on “Vatican Radio – 9610 kHz

  1. Hello Paul, good evening. Were you able to request for a QSL from Radio Vaticana? I had found QSL and eQSL sent to SWLs prior to 2020 but none in the last 2 years. I searched the Radio Vaticana homepage and couldn’t find any contacts for requesting QSL. 73, Sandip EI7IJB

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