Category Archives: Specials

December 24: Tune in NDR’s annual Christmas greetings program on shortwave


Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Harald Kuhl, who notes times and frequencies of NRD’s annual Christmas greetings:

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) program “Gruss an Bord” on shortwave on 24 December 2016:

19.00 UTC till 21.00 Uhr UTC

6.125 kHz Atlantic – North
11.650 kHz Atlantic – South
9.800 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9.740 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9.790 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.145 kHz Europe

21.00 UTC till 23.00 Uhr UTC

5.930 kHz Atlantic – North
9.830 kHz Atlantic – South
9.590 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9.765 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9.650 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.145 kHz Europe




Here’s the press release from NDR (in German):

Presse aktuell
Empfang auf Weltmeeren und in fernen Häfen: “Gruß an Bord” auch über Kurzwelle

Sendungen: Sonnabend, 24. Dezember, 20.05 bis 22.00 Uhr, NDR Info und NDR 90,3 / 23.05 bis 24.00 Uhr, NDR Info

Seit Weihnachten 1953 bildet die NDR Radiosendung “Gruß an Bord” eine Brücke zwischen den Seeleuten auf den Meeren und ihren Angehörigen in Deutschland: Seeleute schicken Grüße in die Heimat, ihre Familien haben die Möglichkeit, ihren Lieben auf hoher See ein frohes Fest und ein gutes, neues Jahr zu wünschen. Damit die Besatzungen die Traditionssendung auch in fernen Häfen auf den Weltmeeren empfangen können, hat der NDR eigens für Heiligabend Kurzwellen-Frequenzen angemietet.

In der Zeit von 19.00 bis 21.00 Uhr UTC (20.00 bis 22.00 Uhr MEZ) sendet die Kurzwelle am 24. Dezember über folgende Frequenzen (UTC ist die Abkürzung für die koordinierte Weltzeit, die Universal Time Coordinated):

6.125 kHz Atlantik – Nord
11.650 kHz Atlantik – Süd
9.800 kHz Atlantik/ Indischer Ozean (Südafrika)
9.740 kHz Indischer Ozean – West
9.790 kHz Indischer Ozean – Ost
6.145 kHz Europa

In der Zeit von 21.00 bis 23.00 Uhr UTC (22.00 bis 24.00 Uhr MEZ) am 24. Dezember über folgende Frequenzen:

5.930 kHz Atlantik – Nord
9.830 kHz Atlantik – Süd
9.590 kHz Atlantik / Indischer Ozean (Südafrika)
9.765 kHz Indischer Ozean – West
9.650 kHz Indischer Ozean – Ost
6.145 kHz Europa

NDR Info und NDR 90,3 senden “Gruß an Bord” von 20.05 Uhr bis 22.00 Uhr MEZ. Anschließend folgt auf NDR Info von 22.00 Uhr bis 23.00 Uhr MEZ die Übertragung einer evangelischen Christmette aus der St. Johanniskirche in Hamburg-Altona. Von 23.05 bis 24.00 Uhr wird “Gruß an Bord” auf NDR Info, NDR Info Spezial, online und über Kurzwelle fortgesetzt.

Die Grüße werden in der Hamburger Seemannsmission “Duckdalben” von den NDR Info Moderatoren Regina König und Ocke Bandixen übermittelt. Andrea-Christina Furrer und Andreas Kuhnt sind die Gastgeber im Kulturspeicher in Leer. Die Moderatoren erwarten u. a. Vertreter der Reedereien, Seemannspastoren und viele Familien. Außerdem werden sie Schiffe der Marine und deutsche Forschungsschiffe, die auf den Weltmeeren unterwegs sind, rufen. Für die musikalische Unterhaltung sorgen in Hamburg der Gitarrist Roland Cabezas, die Lars-Luis Linek-Band sowie die Sängerin Marion Welch, in Leer der Bingumer Shanty-Chor und das irische Trio Dara Mc Namara, Stephen Kavanagh und Dylan Vaughn.

Bis zum 17. Dezember nimmt die Redaktion Grußwünsche per E-Mail entgegen,, oder per Post: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, NDR Info, Redaktion “Gruß an Bord”, Rothenbaumchaussee 132 – 134, 20149 Hamburg. Diese Grüße werden am 24. Dezember von 23.05 Uhr bis Mitternacht auf NDR Info und über die extra angemietete Kurzwellenfrequenzen verlesen.

NDR Info und NDR 90,3 sind über UKW, DAB+, DVB-S Radio und per Livestreaming im Internet, z. B. über die NDR Radio-App, zu empfangen.
18. November 2016 / RP

WWII Thru The Radio: A Hobart Radio International special broadcast

documentryww2(Source: Hobart Radio International)

This fortnight we’re airing a special documentary over shortwave radio and FM:

WW2: Thru The Radio

In this special show we’re looking at listener’s perspective of WW2 through the radio; featuring Medium Wave, Long Wave and Short Wave recordings.

We include famous speeches aired by Chamberlain, Churchill and Truman and live reports from the battlefront.


RAE – Argentina To The World: RAE’s new name and new commitment to shortwave broadcasting

RAE Antenna farm (Source: RAE)

RAE Antenna farm (Source: RAE)

Many thanks to Luis Maria Barassi (RAE Director) and Adrian Korol (RAE Executive Advisor) for sharing the following press release:


A new stage begins in the history of RAE, that will transform from RAE-RADIODIFUSION ARGENTINA AL EXTERIOR to RAE- ARGENTINA TO THE WORLD, updating the identity of our international signal.


Among the news to share, there’s the decision to maintain presence on the shortwave frequencies of 15345 and 11710 KHZ, which are broadcast from the transmission plant located in General Pacheco. Currently, we’re facing some technical problems with regard to modulation, but we’ll face the challenge of fixing this and increase our presence on the shortwaves.

We’ll keep on transmitting in eight languages, now with a homogenous programming, that will be coherent with regard to contents, with the specific contribution of each language considering particular characteristics. RAE’s new stage will feature programs Mondays through Mondays.

Each language will have a daily 55-minute broadcast on the shortwaves, with one daily re-run.

In addition, the daily show will be available on the new website of RAE, where the program will be on streaming 24 hours a day.

Specific applications for RAE will be developed for mobile devices and on a second stage, podcasts and RAE content broadcast by local stations in other countries. The most recent shows will also be available to download on demand.

Another innovation are the six channels of Argentine music available on RAE’s website, organized by genre: Tango, Folk, Rock, Pop, Jazz and Classical, that will play music 24 hours, with playlist in constant expansion and a radio sound, that’s to say, with a presentation of songs, that will provide additional data about the tunes.

This way, listeners will be able to enjoy at any time of the day the best works by artists such as Charly Garcia, Yupanqui, Piazzolla, Sandro, Malosetti, La Camerata Bariloche, announced in various languages, with a radio format. This is part of the new design of what we call DIGITAL RAE.

The daily programs of RAE cover various topics developed jointly by the new production team of RAE as well as the language teams. After the news bulletin, with the inclusion of music and bite-sized features about various topics.

In addition, we’ll now have a new interval ID signal.

The schedule for our station in all languages now will be:

MONDAY: Our Football/Argentine Tango

TUESDAY: Argentines Without Borders / La Folklórica

WEDNESDAY: The Conversation/Argentine Roads

THURSDAYS: Welcome/Science and Technology

FRIDAYS: Multi-Sports Center/Histories in Common

On Saturdays, a SUMMARY OF THE WEEK will be broadcast, followed by ACTUALIDAD DX.COM.AR, the new segment dedicated to DXing, radio, media and information technology.

This program will be produced and presented in Spanish by ARNALDO SLAEN and RAE’S director, LUIS MARIA BARASSI, featuring news about radio and technologies applied to communication, plus audio files, interviews, etcetera. The program will have an average duration of 25-30 minutes.

This format will be broadcast also on various languages and will not only be available on RAE’s website, but also in the spaces dedicated to DX-related content on the web.

Finally, Sundays will be the day of program THE BRIDGE, a weekly space focused on the contact with listeners, music and interviews. The show will also pay homage to classics of international broadcasting such as the STATION OF JOY and similar programs that left their mark in the history of international radio.


The support of all DXing colleagues, radio ham enthusiasts and fans of the Short Waves is paramount, in order to spread their messages, emphasize the importance of the shortwaves as well as the need to increase the presence on various bands, complementing digital content.

A new stage begins for RAE, ARGENTINA TO THE WORLD, with many ideas and challenges ahead, a phase in which the participation of all sectors linked to our field will be key for our growth and for the steps that will follow.

It’s important to underline that after many years of being practically ignored by various administrations, the new stage of Radio Nacional, under director Ana Gerschenson, and Deputy Director Pablo Ciarliero, includes a project for RAE, with the participation of the excellent and historic professionals of RAE, plus the arrival of experts in digital content and with the incorporation of Adrián Korol, who, beyond his renown for his work in Radio and TV, is a passionate DXer and Radio Ham fan.

Over the next few days, we’ll release the definitive schedule, with timetables, frequencies and targeted zones for all languages.

The launch of this new phase will be next October 5 at 7PM, at the Auditorium of Radio Nacional Buenos Aires. We let you know, as well, that next week a definitive timetable will be released. It’s clear that all ideas, proposals and specially the dissemination to this news will be greatly appreciated.

73 & DX


Luis Maria Barassi – Director

Adrian Korol – Executive Advisor

RTÉ broadcasts the 2016 GAA finals via shortwave

rte-logo-web1(Source: RTÉ)

Wherever you are in the world, here’s how you can follow this year’s All-Ireland football finals with RTÉ Sport.

On TV with RTÉ television, online via RTÉ Player, worldwide with GAAGO, on your mobile device with RTÉ News Now and via shortwave to Africa with RTÉ Radio, there are no shortage of ways to access the centrepiece of the football season.

RTÉ.ie will have previews, reviews and analysis from the top GAA analysts, features, live TV and Radio streaming, player and manager interviews and a live blog to keep you right up to date with events in Croke Park.

On TV, Michael Lyster and guests will be live from Croke Park for all the build-up at 2.10pm Irish time. Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio will be live as usual from 1pm on LW and from 2pm across all frequencies. Throw-in for the senior game is 3.30pm.[…]

Shortwave to Africa

In Africa, where many Irish people live and work, often in relative isolation with poor communications, RTÉ is providing special transmissions on shortwave radio from 1pm-5pm


East Africa and North Africa
1300-1700 9470 kHz

Southern Africa
1300-1700 17540 kHz

Grimeton Radio / SAQ Transmission on July 3rd

(Source: The Alexander Association)

Reminder of Grimeton Radio / SAQ Transmission

Alexanderson alternator in the SAQ Grimeton VLF transmitter.

Alexanderson alternator in the SAQ Grimeton VLF transmitter.

The annual transmission “Alexanderson Day” with the Alexanderson alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz with the call SAQ will take place Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at 09:00 UTC (tuning up from after 08:30 UTC) and will be repeated at 12:00 UTC (tuning up from after 11:30 UTC).

Amateur Radio Station with the call “SK6SAQ” will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 21.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

QSL-reports to SAQ and SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
– E-mail to:
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by mail to: Alexander – Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,

Grimeton 72

Also read our website:
The station will be open to visitors.


Lars Kalland / SM6NM