Radio Spaceshuttle International final broadcast tomorrow

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Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bill F., who shares this message from Dick (DJ Spacewalker) at Radio Spaceshuttle International:

Dear listeners,

Special announcement! Wish you all to be ready to listen very last transmission of Radio Spaceshuttle on 13600 kHz Sunday 13th of September 2015 [19:00-20:00 UTC].

Sad goodbye px with…

1. Results of 2015 Radio Spaceshuttle contest
2. Listeners corner- with musical requests
3. Special announcement from Radio Spaceshuttle International
4. Best ever Spaceshuttle music- worth of listening and recording.

This will be your “Once in Lifetime” change to hear Radio Spaceshuttle and sent reception report. Special e-mail QSL is ready to sent to you-you will got yours very soon after this transmission- if getting your report during Sunday- your QSL is on your post during Monday 7th of September.

Also reports wanted to our Herten Box- will be verified with printed QSL.

All older reports are under work for QSLs….

Many thanks for all regular listeners as well to new ones…. It has been so fun with you.

Your letters/reception reports are very welcome to our address in Herten:

Radio Spaceshuttle International
P.O.Box 2702
NL: 6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands A little fee (2 euros) for return postage (for full
info printed QSLs) is needed!

I’m not sure if propagation will favor me here in eastern North America, so I’m hoping an SWLing Post reader or SRAA contributor can make an off-air recording of the show. (Hint, hint!)

18 thoughts on “Radio Spaceshuttle International final broadcast tomorrow

  1. nuraman00

    Thanks for posting this.

    That should be 12 PM California time, right?

    I’ll see if I can get the station. I can’t test it out until that time when the broadcast starts, right?

    If I’m able to get it, I’ll record it.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Yes, I believe you’re correct. Not to discourage, though, Radio Spaceshuttle is not a blowtorch station and propagation has been dismal as of late. It might be quite a challenge to hear them on the west coast of the US.
      Still–I say go for it!!!
      -Thomas

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  2. Eric

    Can always try the Twente SDR. I received a QSL from them using it. Maybe it’s cheating but at least you might get to hear them! I’ve bagged several EuroPirates that way…

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  3. holomorph

    Nothing as of time of this post (1606 EDT, 2006z), from my QTH at grid EL95 using a C Crane Skywave w/ a 15′ wire antenna alligator clipped on. nothing on Twente SDR either (looks like noise floor is S6-7 there).

    btw, your website is amazing, & i thank you for all your posts, & the insights/learning i have received from browsing through it that last month or two.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Thanks so much for your kind compliments!

      I was unable to hear them from my QTH in North Carolina. I’m hoping someone was able to snag a recording in Europe!

      Best,
      Thomas

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  4. nuraman00

    I tried myself in California and was getting nothing, 13600 Khz.

    I tried both Bandwidth N and Bandwidth W on my Tecsun. (I don’t understand the difference between them).

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    1. Thomas Post author

      N = Narrow and W = Wide

      In general, the wide bandwidth give you a little better audio fidelity, but if you have a competing broadcaster adjacent to the frequency you’re monitoring, you may be able to mitigate interference by using the narrow bandwidth.

      There are many other uses, actually. Sometimes narrow helps intelligibility during noisy conditions, for example.

      Just play with the settings while you’re listening and your ear will train you which setting to use and when.

      -Thomas

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  5. nuraman00

    Is your HF Propagation chart updated everyday?

    Because it has the date for 2015-09-04. That’s from 9 days ago, right?

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  6. Tomas

    In the middle of Sweden using my DE31MS loop antenna and PL-660 or RF-B60 I could hear some noises on 13600 MHz but it was not listenable.

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  7. nuraman00

    So because I wasn’t able to find anything yesterday afternoon (neither 13,600 Khz nor other stations I tried from shortwaveschedule.com), I thought I’d try stations at night.

    For the past hour, between 3am – 4am, I’ve tried a few stations.

    I thought I might have had something with FEBC @ 1188. But it turns out I was getting 1190 KEX from Portland.

    What do the icons under frequency on that site mean? With the red exclamation point, and yellow ones?

    I tried RMI @ 9395 and 9955, hoping that since the transmitter was in the US, I’d have better luck. Nothing.

    http://shortwaveschedule.com/index.php?station=435

    I tried 1458 Sunrise Radio, but I’m getting music instead. They haven’t announced the call letters yet.

    http://shortwaveschedule.com/index.php?station=206

    I wouldn’t have wanted the format of Asian radio anyways, but just wanted to try something.

    Is there any station, in English, that you think I can get? I don’t mind trying at any hour of the night. Or during an afternoon weekend. But as you’ve said before, solar propagation conditions are better at night. Just let me know what station and time to try it.

    I read through your guide for some tips. But I can’t shut down all of the power.

    I have tried going outside, I have a backyard. But it hasn’t made a difference in any of the stations I’ve tried.

    And preferably I want to find a station outside of medium wavelength. For the discovery and excitement of entering a station number outside of a range that I’m used to.

    Also, thanks for your recommendation of Audacity from the other thread. I was able to do what I wanted with it.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Hi–Sorry for the delay getting back to you. I thought you were referring to a previous comment. I had overlooked this one.

      Regarding the exclamation points on the shortwavescedule site, I believe they mean that two stations occupy the same frequency and time.

      Regarding a good English station to listen to, have you tried RRI? Here’s their full schedule–just find an English slot:
      http://www.shortwaveschedule.com/index.php?station=441

      Also, listen for Radio Australia in the mornings on 9580 kHz.

      WBCQ occupies a few frequencies–you could also give them a try:
      http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=177

      I’m travelling again, though last night I heard a VERY strong Voice of Greece (in Greek) on 9420 kHz from my hotel room.

      Give these a try and I hope they work.

      Cheers,
      Thomas

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      1. nuraman00

        Hi Thomas,

        I just wanted to give you a quick update.

        I’ve had some success with Radio Australia, during the few days I’ve tried it, in the mornings. I’ve heard music.

        I haven’t gotten a chance to try WBCQ yet.

        I’ll see if I get a chance to find some pirate stations, that you posted about in your blog today, and the previous blog you linked to.

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