Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Clint Gouveia, who writes:
As the designated driver, I found myself waiting for friends at the Beyonce concert at Wembley Stadium last Sunday [July 3rd], Not wishing to miss an opportunity and taking advantage of 8 stories of elevation (top floor of the car park!) I spent about 3 hours DXing with the legendary Panasonic RF-B65 and a Wellbrook ALA1530 active loop, running on my home-brew battery pack.
Rather counter-ituitively, I quickly discovered there was basically zero QRM and recorded wonderful signals from Zanzibar BC, Radio Bangladesh Betar and Radio Oromiya. Links to the reception videos on my youtube channel ‘Oxford Shortwave Log’ follow below. I thought readers of your excellent website/blog might be interested to learn that sometimes the most unlikely of places can provide just about optimum conditions for DX! There are more reception videos for this particular session to upload,including Radio Fana, Voice of Tigray Revolution and Radio CANDIP.
Video 1: Zanzibar BC 11735 kHz, best ever reception
Video 2: Bangladesh Betar 13580 kHz, wonderful reception
Video 3: Radio Oromiya 6030 kHz, Ethiopia, best reception to-date
Wow! What amazing reception, Clint! I would have never guessed that a car park next to the largest stadium in the UK would offer up such excellent listening conditions. Honestly–that Bangladesh Betar broadcast sounds like a local station.
You also have a great receiver there in the Panasonic RF-B65. If memory serves, the RF-B65 is also a favorite of SWLing Post contributor/DXer, Dan Robinson.
Post readers: Follow Clint’s many DX catches on his YouTube channel: Oxford Shortwave Log.
Thanks again for sharing, Clint, and reminding us that DXing locations aren’t always remote and exotic.
If others are interested, here are reception videos of other stations heard whilst at Wembley Stadium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmDUKFIB62c (Voice of Tigray Revolution)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC08X4VVpmo (Radio CANDIP)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt44dy_N1tI (Radio Fana)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqkuSB95pYY (Radio Mali)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7PwfyxsaA (Radio Nigeria Kaduna)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jU0gFXolYU (Radio Inconfidencia)
Thanks and 73!
I’m sure there’s a really obvious answer to this that I’m missing, but how did Clint couple the ALA-1530 to a shortwave portable?
Hi Len, I made an a adapter cable to take the ALA1530 interface box output lead connector which is a bayonet-type BNC, to a 3.5 mm mono audio jack plug for the external antenna sockets on my Sony and Panasonic portables.