Sunday at 00:00-02:00 UTC, I tuned to 9,925 kHz to listen to The Mighty KBC.
KBC’s signal was clean and blowtorch strength into North America. Though I used my WinRadio Excalibur to record the broadcast, I stepped outside with my recently acquired RadioShack DX-402 (above) and heard KBC as if were a local station.
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.
This broadcast begins with a tribute to Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 which had a large number of passengers from the Netherlands, where The Mighty KBC is produced.
The 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:
The contest runs from May 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014.
Prize 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“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
Last week, I received an email from STF Radio International, a new venture that broadcasts digital modes over shortwave (similar to VOA Radiograms). I asked for a description of their mission–here’s their reply:
“STF Radio is primarily a narrowcasting project, a means to deliver specialized content to specific audiences in remote locations. And due to the nature of shortwave, we’re inviting the world to listen in.
The (possible) series of special multimedia broadcasts will continue the exploration of new possibilities with aging technology. We are currently preparing a 1-hour program for broadcast later in April. Depending on audience response, there may be additional programs throughout the year.
We will continue running tests leading up to the 1-hour show. The second round of tests will begin soon, with another segment of digital modes confirmed for this weekend on The Mighty KBC, same time/frequency as last weekend.”
If you would like to decode STF Radio International‘s broadcast, tune in The Might KBCon 7,375 kHz, April 6, 2014 from 00:00 – 2:00 UTC (Saturday evening in North America). STF indicates that their broadcast will be between 01:30 – 2:00 UTC.
The latest information about STF Radio broadcasts can be found on their website: http://stfradio.com
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.
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.