Shortwave Radio Recordings: Alcaravan Radio

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Alcaravan Radio’s antenna site and transmitter house.

Yesterday, August 8, I was able to record Alcaravan Radio out of Puerto Lleras, Columbia. Alcaravan Radio broadcasts domestically on medium wave and also on 5.91 MHZ shortwave, from 23:30-12:00 UTC.

Though typical summer conditions meant for a higher noise levels, Alcaravan’s 1 kW signal still punched through the static and made for pleasant listening. In this recording, I was using the WinRadio Excalibur, but I listened for a couple of hours on the Elad FDM-S2 as well–both did an equally good job while connected to my large sky loop antenna.

To be clear, 1 kW is low output power by international broadcasting standards. Alcaravan Radio was not audible on the Tecsun PL-660 nor the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, though I have heard them on portables in the past during the late fall and winter months. Still, you might be able to snag them on a portable when summer conditions are favorable!

Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

Click here to view an Alcaravan Radio QSL and transmitter site images.

2 thoughts on “Shortwave Radio Recordings: Alcaravan Radio

  1. Sean

    Picked it up here as well in Central Ontario Canada @ 2255 UTC with SS music. Very nice catch and thanks for posting the station info. Using Winradio Excalibur with 75′ MLB balun longwire.

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  2. Shortwave Listener 22007

    I picked up this station last night here in Maine on 5910 Khz using a Tecsun PL-880 hooked up to its included external antenna. I’m surprised at just how many low power South American stations are can be heard in this part of the globe.

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