The Mighty KBC: Summer frequency changes/additions

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If you enjoy listening to The Mighty KBC, you’ll want to note these frequency changes and additions:

Frequency changes for The Mighty KBC

We are delighted to announce that from the 1st June 2015, KBC will be heard daily on medium wave. We will broadcast on 1602 kHz between 07.00 – 19.00 CET from transmitters aboard the LV Jenni Baynton.

Our Sunday shortwave transmissions will continue on 6095 and we will add an extra hour onto 7375 transmission.

To facilitate these latest changes, our Saturday 6095 transmissions will end on Saturday March 28th but all regular shows will be maintained on a new KBC Internet stream which will be available online 24/7.

Also, look out later this year for KBC on DAB+
We hope you enjoy our new outlets and will join KBC on MW, SW, DAB+ and Online.

Check out our website kbcradio.eu and our FB page facebook.com/TheMightyKBc for all the latest news.

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Roundup of software defined radios

 

RTL-SDR

Many thanks to several readers (including Mike and Greg) who have shared a link to RTL-SDR.com’s Roundup of Software Defined Receivers. The list gives an excellent, comprehensive overview of SDRs currently on the market. I encourage you to check it out.

Indeed, while you’re at RTL-SDR.com, take a look at their active blog and forum to get the most out of your RTL-SDR dongle!

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Bonito adds new products

The Bonito MegaLoop ML200

The Bonito MegaLoop ML200

I’ve just heard from German manufacturer, Bonito, who has added several new products to their product line:

MegaLoop ML200: The MegaLoop is a 5 meter active stainless steel loop antenna that can be used outdoors. The MegaLoop ML200 ships with a Dual Power power supply (including the ability to power via USB).

Bonito notes that the Megaloop ML200 is currently available for a special price of 279,00€ (incl. 19% VAT)  at HamradioShop.net.

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The MegActiv 305

MegActiv 305: The MegActiv 305 is a compact antenna designed for low-noise reception between 9 kHz and 300 MHz. It has a radiating element of 18cm and can be powered with 5-15 VDC (max.120mA) or with the supplied Dual Power unit CPI 1000DP via USB.

The MegActiv 305 will be available for purchase end of April for an introductory offer of 174,99€ (incl. 19% VAT).

Fenu at fenu-radio.ch will review a sample of the MegActiv 305 in the near future.

OVP1000 Over Voltage Protector: The OVP1000 is an in-line over voltage protector for your receiver. It’s designed to dissipate current pulses caused by nearby thunderstorms. The OVP 1000 protects against high power surges in three ways:

The OVP1000

The OVP1000

  • A gas discharge tube with 60V firing voltage, max. pulse leakage current 1kA (8/20µs)
  • An ultra-fast ESD diode (30KV; max. pulse power 350W (8/20µs)
  • Blocking DC voltages (up to max. 100V) at the input and output.

The OVP1000 is available now for 59,00€ at Hamradioshop.net.

For full details about these new products, please visit Bonito’s blog.

And many thanks to Bonito who is a proud sponsor of the SWLing Post!

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Eton Traveler III/AN200 bundle at Universal Radio

The Eton Traveler III

The Eton Traveler III

This morning, I noticed that Universal Radio is now bundling that AN200 medium wave loop with the purchase of a Eton Traveler III.

TecsunAN200I’ve had an AN200 for years and it does make quite a different when inductively coupled with portable radios. You simply set the AN200 next to your portable radio, tune your radio to a station, then adjust the AN200 tuning knob for maximum gain. It’s pretty impressive, especially when used with radios hat lack a good ferrite bar antenna.

Gary DeBock gave the Eton Traveler III high marks for medium wave reception (less for shortwave, though) in his recent Ultralight Shootout.

Click here to view this deal on Universal Radio’s website.

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Vanuatu’s radio services restored

Vanuatu-Map

(Source: Radio Australia)

Broadcast communications that were knocked out by Cyclone Pam have been fully restored.

Francis Herman, the ABC’s program manager for the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, says transmission engineer Steve White and local technicians have fixed Radio Vanuatu’s short and medium wave service to a level better than before the cyclone.

Listen to the interview on Radio Australia’s website.

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Deutsche Welle to close Kigali relay March 28, 2015

DW's relay station in Kigali (Source: Deutsche Welle)

DW’s relay station in Kigali (Source: Deutsche Welle)

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mike, who writes:

“I wanted to pass on a quick (and unfortunate) word that Deutsche Welle will be closing its Kigali, Rwanda relay on March 28th. This word came from the Wavescan program on WRMI. I would highly recommend that anyone who would like a QSL response from DW should get their correspondences in as soon as possible. It seems that the site will be dismantled shortly afterward. In addition it seems that tests are ongoing at RFI’s Issoudun site by DW to replace some of the broadcasts that used to originate from their Kigali relay.

I find the closing of another landmark relay a greatly displeasing event especially due to the short time frame between the announcement of the closure and the actual closure date. I find it surprising as well due to the lack of mention of any recent budget cuts at Deutsche Welle.”

As Mike mentions, the relay is scheduled to close on March 28, 2015–if you’d like to log this site, you’ll need to do so very soon. Click here for current schedules. Kigali is Deutsche Welle’s only remaining relay station.

RadioWorld magazine also posted a short news item about the Kigali closure–click here to read.

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Shortwave Radio Recordings: EAM messages

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Inspired by SWLing Post reader @K7al_L3afta, a few weeks ago, I monitored 15,016 kHz for US Air Force EAM (Emergency Action Messages).

I’m no expert on military communications, but I did manage to catch a few messages–that I assume are EAM(?)–on the same frequency.

All of these recordings were made on the afternoon of February 15, 2015 on 15,160 kHz in the upper sideband:

Recording 1

Recording 2

Recording 3

Recording 4

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