Win a Tecsun PL-660 in this KBC listener appreciation contest

KBC-contestThe Mighty KBC is giving away a Tecsun PL-660 in their new listener contest. The best part? With each valid reception report (see details below) you get an extra entry in the contest. Multiple entries are encouraged.

The contest runs from now until December 31, 2014. Read below for full details:

(Source: The Mighty KBC)

Commemorating KBC Import/Export 25th Anniversary, KBC Import/Export announces The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest

The contest runs from May 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014. 

Brand new Tecsun PL-660 receiver including rechargeable batteries, ear buds, manual and soft case. More Tecsun PL-660information at the KBC Import/Export website. 

Contest Rules 
Send a valid reception report of a Mighty KBC broadcast. One report/entry per person per broadcast is acceptable. Please include the following items in the reception report. 

  • Date of reception. 
  • Time of reception. 
  • Frequency of reception. 
  • Program Details. 
  • Program Comments. 
  • Reception Conditions. 
  • Receiving Equipment. 
  • Contact information as we need a way to contact the winner.

Program comments are very important. Only a report including program comments are considered as a valid contest entry. Please do not send same comment every time. Also, please send something meaningful other than “I really liked the show”, etc. Tell us what was enjoyed about the show. Tell us what was not liked about the show. Tell us if part of the show is very enjoyable compared to the other parts of the show. Tell us if a part of the show should never be heard again! 

Good or bad program comments are OK. Please describe/explain comment. 

Send report indicating The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest either by email or postal mail. 

Email address is 

Postal address is 

The Mighty KBC 
Argonstraat 6 
6718 WT Ede 
The Netherlands 

The more valid reports, the better chance a listener has of winning the contest. 

Winner Selection and Notification 
One winner is determined in a random draw by KBC Import/Export. 

KBC Import/Export decision is final. 

Winner is responsible for paying any import taxes, duties, etc. 

Prize is not transferrable. 

Prize is not exchangeable. 

Winner agrees to allow KBC Import/Export to use winner’s name and country of residence for promotional purposes. 

Winner provides a valid mailing address as we’ll be sending the prize via the postal mail. If winner does not provide a valid mailing address within a reasonable amount of time the winner is disqualified and KBC Import/Export has the right to draw another random name of valid entries as the winner. 

The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest is open to listeners around the world. Employees of KBC Import/Export, The Mighty KBC DJs/personalities and employees of the Nauen, Germany transmission site are not permitted to participate in the contest. 

The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest is sponsored by KBC Import/Export and Kraig Krist, KG4LAC. 

The Mighty KBC: surfing the shortwaves

Many thanks to Peter Quinn at The Mighty KBC for sharing the following announcement for his new summer radio show:BigBeachRadio-KBC

“Great news if you love surf music and like exploring shortwave radio. The Big Beach Radio Show is coming to The Mighty KBC Europe on 6095 kHz for the summer of 2014. The show’s presenter Peter Quinn describes the venture as “a mirage of the perfect day on the beach.”

Peter has been heard on a range of radio stations over the years including Radio Caroline, The Voice of Peace, Island Sound Malta and numerous UK and European radio stations. He says he’s delighted to be appearing on The Mighty KBC and cordially invites you to catch some surf on shortwave every week at 11.00 UTC .

The show starts Saturday 19th April and goes to air whatever the weather. The Big Beach Radio Show Station – The Mighty KBC Freq – 6095 kHz ( 49 meter band shortwave) Day – Saturday Time – 11.00 UTC

The Mighty KBC to remain on 7,375 kHz until May ’14

DJ Eric van Willegen, "Uncle Eric" hosts The Giant Jukebox.

DJ Eric van Willegen, “Uncle Eric” hosts The Giant Jukebox.

I’ve just heard from The Mighty KBC that they will not move to their summer frequency of 9,925 kHz until May 2014.

Until then, you will still hear the KBC’s Giant Jukebox show on Sundays (Saturday evening in the Americas) at 00:00 UTC on 7,375 kHz. Note that this only applies to KBC broadcasts to North and South America.

If you’ve never heard The Mighty KBC’s Giant Jukebox, listen to what you’re missing!

Shortwave Radio Recordings: The Mighty KBC

"Dad, that's The Mighty KBC! Turn it up!"

“Dad, that’s The Mighty KBC! Turn it up!”

Sunday at 00:00-02:00 UTC, I tuned to 7,375 kHz to listen to The Mighty KBC. This was the first time I tuned to their winter frequency this season and wasn’t sure how strong their signal would be on a relatively noisy night on the bands.

KBC’s signal was blowtorch strength into North America. It could have been easily received on even the most simple of portable radios.

As we’ve come to expect, the Mighty KBC’s Giant Jukebox of music has a lot of rock-n-roll and Euro-pop variety, spanning the decades; DJ, “Uncle Eric” knows how to entertain and spin the tunes! Uncle Eric includes Kim Elliott’s digital text modes in this broadcast–if you missed the live broadcast, you can even decode the messages from the recording below.

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

Shortwave Radio Recordings: The Mighty KBC

The Art of Noise kicks off this Mighty KBC broadcast. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Art of Noise kicks off this Mighty KBC broadcast. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Mighty KBC broadcast again early this morning (from 00:00-02:00 UTC) on their new summer frequency of 9,925 kHz. Their signal from Nauen, Germany was packing 125 kW–it was amazingly strong into North America. As we’ve come to expect, the KBC’s Giant Jukebox of music has a lot of rock-n-roll and Euro-pop variety, spanning the decades; DJ, “Uncle Eric” knows how to entertain and spin the tunes!

You can listen to the full recording below in the embedded player, or simply right click this link and save the MP3 file to your computer:

You’ll notice that Kim Elliott has another installation of digital text modes in this broadcast. Decode these digital modes using Fldigi from Be sure to check out Dr. Elliott’s VOA Radiogram website for full details about this broadcast.

KBC frequency change for North America

MightyKBCTruckThe Mighty KBC just notified me that they will move from 7,375 kHz to 9,925 kHz on Sunday, May 5th–returning to 7,375 kHz on Sunday, September 1st.

So, starting Sunday, May 5th 2013, you can tune in the Mighty KBC from 00:00 – 02:00 UTC on 9,925 kHz.

VOA, Mighty KBC and PCJ: Radiograms this weekend

The Mighty KBC, the VOA and PCJ radio will broadcast radiograms (digital text) over shortwave radio this weekend.

Reception conditions could be challenging depending on the impact of the incoming CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) which is expected to disrupt the high frequency bands today. All the more reason to attempt to decode these messages as Dr. Kim Elliott is studying each digital mode and its ability to effectively overcome adverse conditions. Email your reports and audio files to:

Here are details from each broadcaster:

KBCradioThe Mighty KBC

Broadcasting 14 April 2013 from 00:00-02:00 UTC on 7,375 kHz.

At about 0133 UTC, two slow (less than 60 WPM) but robust modes will be transmitted: Olivia 8-1000 centered on 1000 Hertz, and MFSK16 on 2000 Hertz.

At just before 0200 UTC, Olivia 8-2000, with Flmsg format, will be centered on 1500 Hertz.

VOARadioGramThe Voice of America

VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 13/14 April 2013 will feature the Olivia modes, with MFSK modes also transmitted for comparison.

The modes will be transmitted in groups of three, and all will be centered on an audio frequency of 1500 Hertz, except where indicated:

Olivia 8-1000, 58 WPM, 1:32 (program menu)
MFSK 16,  58 WPM, 1:52
Olivia 8-1000, 58 WPM, 1:44

Olivia 32-2000, 50 WPM, 2:09
MFSK 22, 80 WPM, 1:50
Olivia 16-2000, 80 WPM, 1:51

MFSK 32, 120WPM, 2:04
Olivia 8-2000, 120WPM, 2:04
Olivia 4-2000, 160WPM, 1:40

Olivia 16-1000 (centered on 2000 Hz) versus music, 2:03

MFSK 32 closing text and image,  :51

Reception reports with (if possible) sample audio and screenshots would be appreciated. Audio files from outside the United States are especially helpful.

Twitter: @VOARadiogram

Here is the VOA Radiogram broadcast schedule:
(all days and times UTC)
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1300-1330 6095 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

pcjPCJ Radio

PCJ Radio will transmit text on 14 April 2013 at 02:27 UTC via WRMI, Radio Miami International on 9,955 kHz. The mode will be Olivia 8-1000.