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Shortwave Listening

Postby mike43 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:47 am

I am always fussing and changing my bits and pieces for SWL to see if I am getting the most out of the kit I have, doing daft things like getting on my bungalow roof and attaching a random wire antenna
to the chimney stack. I am 76 so getting a bit too long in the tooth for doing these things. So I thought it has to stop somewhere. I have a small awkward garden. I say awkward which is my fault in a way. I have my workshop taking up a chunk of the garden. a couple of coops for our chickens, and I have the cheek to moan about the washing line being in the way. I have a random wire antenna strung around the garden about 20 feet up and about 60 feet long and in a more or less rectangle culminating on a downward slope to a 9:1 unun outside my bedroom window, through the frame into my homemade ATU and into my receiver which is a Tecsun S2000. A couple of weeks ago I decided to go through the broadcast bands to see if I should be satisfied with the stations I am receiving to give me the confidence to leave the lot as it is. I received absolutely loads of stations. In the past I have received stations as far away as Thailand to the east of me and Radio Habana in the west. Plenty of African stations including Radio Swaziland etc. and Europe. Anyway one of the stations I received on this "trial day" was Radio Free Asia on 13755 kHz on the 22m band from Saipan island which is in the Marianas Islands east of the Philippines. That is over 7000 miles from my 20 in Lydd Kent. They would like to hear from anybody that receives the station so I sent the station an e-mail and got a QSL card in return, I have not bothered to send reports before but I thought why not. The reason I have written this on the forum is just to give encouragement to any SWL learner like me to give your setup a good try out. I am satisfied with the lot I have as far as SWL goes (for the moment). Mike.
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Re: Shortwave Listening

Postby m0lsx » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:53 am

Congratulations on the QSL card. Few stations seem to want reception reports now, so it's good to see that some do.

Around 13 - 14 Mhz the distances covered are amazing. When I first got involved in free radio my friend was using a frequency 11.4 Mhz & getting an amazing signal out. With reception reports coming in from Italy & the Nordic countries as well as eastern Europe on a regular basis. which is exceptional for a 10 watt AM station.

Have you listened for the European free (hobby,) radio stations? They generally operate on low power & broadcast to a few enthusiasts.

Recent logs include.

Radio Pamela. 5035khz.
Radio Zeppelin. 7725khz
Laser Hot Hits. 6205khz
Radio Cuckoo. 6290khz
Radio Focus Int. 5840khz
Radio 319. 3060khz
U Boat 66 Radio. 6855khz.

Plus many others..

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Re: Shortwave Listening

Postby mike43 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:00 pm

Thanks for that Alan I will have a look at these frequencies.
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Re: Shortwave Listening

Postby m0lsx » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:32 pm

48 meters is the best free radio frequency. This runs from 6200 to about 6350 to 6400. These are all hobby stations, so in general run low power.
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