Now that summer is officially upon us here in the northern hemisphere, I’ve gone back to DXing, which is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals, or making two way radio contact with distant stations in amateur radio, citizens’ band radio or other two way radio communications. As I do not yet have any sort of ham radio license, I’m simply doing the former, with my Tecsun PL-660 radio. Each night, around midnight, I’ve been switching off my laptop and wireless router (in order to eliminate crosstalk from such devices), and switching on my shortwave radio.
Anyway, one feature of the PL-660 (and any similar radio worth a damn) is the ability to store stations in memory, for quick access. Whenever I find a radio at night that comes in clearly, I store it in memory. I keep meaning to look up these stations and learn more about them, but I keep forgetting. Here, I will do just that. Let’s scroll through what I have stored in my radio’s memory.
Before that, let’s note some useful sites. Radio Shack still has their own shortwave radio station list. Don’t know when it was last updated, though. Klingenfuss has an updated 2015 list of shortwave stations. HFRadio has a useful list. However, my favorite resource is Short-Wave Info.
First we have 3215kHz. This looks to be a WWCR frequency (WorldWide Christian Radio). A lot of the stations I find while DXing are religious broadcasts (mainly Christian ministry shows), actually. WWCR is based in Nashville, TN, and uses four 100 kW transmitters to broadcast on four frequencies. Nothing here that interests me, just a station that I hear clearly at night.
Next is 4765 kHz. I’m finding two possible identities for this frequency, depending on the time you listen. It could be either R.Emissora de Educao Rural from Santarem, Brazil (meaning the station broadcasts in Portuguese) or Radio Progreso from Quivican, Cuba (broadcasts in Spanish), or Tajik Radio 1 on Voice of Russia from Dushanbe-Yangiyul, Tajikistan. What is on that frequency depends on the time of day.
Next is 4840, which I don’t even need to look up to tell you is another WWCR frequency. They broadcast Alex Jones late at night. Shortwave Info lists some other stations on that frequency from around the world, but I only ever hear WWCR.
5000 kHz and 10000 kHz (or just 10 MHz) are the same broadcast: at least in this region, I hear the current universal time. The 5000 kHz is WWV. WWV Broadcasts National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) time and frequency signals from a location near Fort Collins, Colorado. WWV uses a male voice. (There’s also WWVH. WWVH Broadcasts National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) time and frequency signals from a site near Kekaha at Kokole Point on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. WWVH uses a female voice.) It’s useful for making sure my radio’s clock has the correct time displayed. (On a side note, you can call the US Atomic Clock and hear the time at +1-202-762-1401)
Next is 5085 kHz. This is WTWW (We Transmit WorldWide), based in Lebanon, TN. Looks like this is another Christian ministry. Primetime Shortwave lists this as “Overcomer Ministry”.
Next is 5920 kHz. What I’m getting at that frequency is WHRI, World Harvest Radio International (a troubling definition to be sure). This station, which broadcasts conservative religious programming, is based in Cypress Creek, SC.
Next is 6000 kHz. This is Radio Havana Cuba, RHC. This station is run by the Cuban government. I’m told they broadcast some great music, but I’ve never been able to catch any of that.
Next is 9570 kHz. This is China Radio International. At certain times of the day, they broadcast in English, otherwise in Chinese. Broadcasts from Beijing.
Next is 3990 kHz. This is Gannan, a Tibetan station broadcasting from Hezuo in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southern Gansu province in Western China.
I have 18860 kHz stored in my radio’s memory, but none of these sites give any information on that frequency. Maybe my storing it there was a fluke, as I only ever hear static there.
This next is on the AM band (MW), and is 1190 kHz. At this time, during the day, I’m only hearing static, but Wikipedia has a long list of possibilities.
Then I have 650 kHz (MW) stored, and this is WSM, a station based in Nashville, TN, that plays classic country tunes.
Next is 700 kHz (MW), and is WLW, based in Cincinnati, OH. Back in the 1930s, this station broadcasted at 500kW of radiated power, and covered half the globe at night. At that time, people who lived in the vicinity reportedly heard the station through all manner of non-radio devices, including pots, pans, and mattresses. If there’s any genesis for the idea of hearing radio stations in teeth braces, this would be it. (They no longer are powered at that level, thankfully) Let’s go back to the shortwave frequencies.cHI
Moving on, we have 3843 kHz, which is home to the Patriot Hams. In other words, this is the KD8QED-L Echolink Node 274998 2m simplex 146.555, based in Winchester, Ohio. I don’t hear much from them anymore, but they are entertaining to listen to when they go live in the evenings. They sometimes have to put up with people trolling the frequency.
Then I have 7520 kHz. This is All India Radio, broadcasting from Delhi.
Next is 7570 kHz, which is Family Radio, broadcasting from Okeechobee County, Florida. This broadcasts in both English and Japanese.
Next is 9420, which is Helliniki Radiophonia, a Greek station. (Another station on this frequency is Islamic Rep. Iran, broadcasting from Zahedan, Iran)
Last is 7730 kHz, which is another Overcomer Ministry station.
That’s all I have for now.
I’ve got some more frequencies to log. I was scanning the 41, 31, and 25 meter bands last night, and added a lot of new frequencies. Here we go.
Starting with 3915 kHz, which is actually a BBC frequency, broadcasting from Singapore.
5830 kHz is Radio Free Asia, broadcasting from Tinian Island, though what I was picking up was probably another WTWW frequency (which broadcasts from Lebanon, TN). (There is a BBC station that broadcasts from Nakhon Sawan)
6175 kHz is another China Radio International station, as is 7405 kHz.
7455 kHz is Radio Free Asia.
9330 kHz is listed as two things. What I heard was WBCQ (again), but this is also listed as a Cuban Spy Numbers station.
9395 kHz is active even now at mid-day, and is RMI, Tru News/R. Paradise, broadcasting from Okeechobee.
9515 kHz is a lot of things, but what I heard was probably another China Radio International. KBS World Radio, Voice of Turkey, and Pan American BC also broadcast here.
9530 kHz is Radio Transmundial, broadcasting from Santa Maria-Camobi.
9660 kHz is Vatican Radio.
China Radio International returns again at 9710 kHz.
9730 kHz is, among other things, Voice of Vietnam. It’s also China Radio International and Radio Romania International.
9790 kHz is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, along with China Radio International (again), and Radio France International.
9955 kHz is RMI, with a really long list of programming (looks to be mainly Christian ministry stuff).
9975 kHz, which I’m hearing stuff on right now, is Radio Free Asia, KTWR Guam, but what I’m hearing now is KVOH International Missions Fellowship.
11670 kHz is All India Radio.
11780 kHz is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. (Could also be China Radio International. Again)
11800 kHz is Radio Romania International. Could also be a French BBC station, but unlikely that I heard that.
11840 kHz is Adventist World Radio.