Shortwave Radio Recordings: Alcaravan Radio

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Alcaravan Radio’s antenna site and transmitter house.

Yesterday, August 8, I was able to record Alcaravan Radio out of Puerto Lleras, Columbia. Alcaravan Radio broadcasts domestically on medium wave and also on 5.91 MHZ shortwave, from 23:30-12:00 UTC.

Though typical summer conditions meant for a higher noise levels, Alcaravan’s 1 kW signal still punched through the static and made for pleasant listening. In this recording, I was using the WinRadio Excalibur, but I listened for a couple of hours on the Elad FDM-S2 as well–both did an equally good job while connected to my large sky loop antenna.

To be clear, 1 kW is low output power by international broadcasting standards. Alcaravan Radio was not audible on the Tecsun PL-660 nor the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, though I have heard them on portables in the past during the late fall and winter months. Still, you might be able to snag them on a portable when summer conditions are favorable!

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

Click here to view an Alcaravan Radio QSL and transmitter site images.

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5 thoughts on “Shortwave Radio Recordings: Alcaravan Radio

  1. Victor

    I love radio Alkaravan! I check with him receivers. In the years of high activity of the Sun, this radio was very well audible in central Russia. It is even accepted by regenerative receivers. And maybe even better than the new fashionable digital devices.

  2. Shortwave Listener 22007

    I picked up this station last night here in Maine on 5910 Khz using a Tecsun PL-880 hooked up to its included external antenna. I’m surprised at just how many low power South American stations are can be heard in this part of the globe.

  3. Sean

    Picked it up here as well in Central Ontario Canada @ 2255 UTC with SS music. Very nice catch and thanks for posting the station info. Using Winradio Excalibur with 75′ MLB balun longwire.


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