LRA36 and Radio Kuching QSL Cards

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard Schreiber, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

After reading recent SWLing Post articles on LRA36 and Radio Kuching, thought I’d send along these images of QSL cards from both stations – dating back to 1981 and 1977 respectively.

I lived in Colorado at the time and heard both Kuching, Sarawak, and Argentine Antarctica from time to time and was fortunate enough to receive QSL’s.

You’ll notice on the envelope the special postmark of the Esperanza Army Base in Argentine Antarctica. In those days the covers were often as interesting as the cards.

73

Thanks for sharing those QSL cards, Richard! I think this is the first time I’ve seen an LRA36 QSL from the early 80s. Those cars are to be treasured!


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Short film about RIAS (Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Gerhart, who shares links to this short 1994 film, produced by Deutsche Welle TV, about the West Berlin radio station, RIAS:

Part 1:

Part 2:

I’m curious if any SWLing Post readers ever listened to or logged RIAS while living or travelling in West/East Berlin during the Cold War years. Please comment!

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New VORW Radio International Broadcasts this Saturday!


Hello readers! You are invited to listen in to a new broadcast of VORW Radio International this Saturday.

The show is 1 Hour in length and will feature a variety of music from the 1960s to Present, including listener requests! It’s a very diverse show where you are guaranteed to hear music of many genres and eras!

Here’s when you can listen on Saturday:

0800 UTC – 3 AM Eastern – 1300 kHz WNQM – Targeting Nashville, TN and audible throughout the Southeast. Mediumwave DX reception reports are appreciated! 

2300 UTC – 6 PM Eastern – 6115 kHz WWCR – Targeting North America and Western Europe

0200 UTC – 9 PM Eastern Saturday – 5850 kHz WRMI – Targeting North America

If you can receive this broadcast I encourage you to submit a reception report via email to vorwinfo@gmail.com and it will be verified with a QSL.

Happy Listening!

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Radio Deal: The new Eton Elite Executive for $100 shipped and free returns

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Christian, who writes with another Eton deal:

Hi Thomas. Just a heads up that Amazon has an Elite Executive for $100 shipped and free returns. This is a new radio and $79 lower than it’s being sold for on Eton’s website.

I’m grabbing one of these (grabbed!) because I am guessing this might be an introductory price since this is such a new radio.

Click here to view on Amazon.com (affiliate link supports the SWLing Post at no cost to you).

Wow!  That is an excellent price.  Thank you for keeping us in mind when you find these deals, Christian!  Perhaps you’ll consider sending us your review of this latest receiver from Eton?

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Free Radio Skybird returns November 17 & 24

(Source: Pete Madtone)

On Sunday 17th November at 1300 UTC there’s a new transmission from DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird on 6070 kHz shortwave by Channel 292 and if you haven’t got a suitable radio it can also be heard on the SDR link on their site here. The show will be rebroadcast the week after on Sunday 24th November at 1200 UTC on 7440 kHz.

This month’s programme will feature: Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory, Steve with Mini-indie radio and our very own One Deck Pete presenting the Skybird Mailbag. They will also play Pete’s “Shortwave mix and match” that has new tunes from: .ihaveafaceJazzy SystemDabey and Leaking Shell.

The programme will be available on DJ Frederick’s Soundcloud page a day or so before transmission date if you want to hear it in true stereo but we here prefer the show via by ground wave. Tune in and turn on! #shortwavesnotdead #madtone #freeradioskybird

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WWCR to begin broadcasting Encore – Classical Music on Radio Tumbril

This weekend Encore – Classical Music on Radio Tumbril begins broadcasting on a third transmitter.
The folks at WWCR in Tennessee are transmitting the show for the first time at 01:00 UTC Sunday 17th (Saturday evening 16th local in US) on 6115 kHz.
Encore – Classical Music this weekend is – of course – being broadcast as usual by Channel 292 (Europe) on 6070 kHz at 15:00 UTC Sunday 17th November.
And by WBCQ on 7490 kHz at 01:00 UTC Monday 18th November.
There is a repeat on 6070 kHz on Friday 22nd November at 19:00 UTC.
This week’s programme starts with a Boccherini quintet. Then a motet by William Byrd – his Ave Verum Corpus. Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1, a string quartet by Jancek, some Grieg, Britten and a movement from Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony follow on. A song by Purcell, A sonata for flute and harp and a movement from Mozart’s piano concerto No. 21 finish the hour.
Both Channel 292 and WBCQ as well as WWCR can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore – Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.
Brice Avery – Encore – Radio Tumbril.
Regular Broadcast times are:
15:00 – 16:00 UTC Sunday, and repeated 19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz Channel 292 (Germany).
01:00 – 02:00 UTC Sunday on 6115 kHz WWCR (Tennessee).
01:00 – 02:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz WBCQ – (Maine).
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Contayner Over-The-Horizon Radar site polluting the HF spectrum

OTH radar Contayner on 7062 and 7103 kHz on 21 Oct. at 1847 UTC (Source: IARU Region 1 Newsletter)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Evans, who writes:

The news from IARU Region 1 observer reports is all over the radio internet (including news sites and other blogs), but the extent of this [Russian] OTHR is grim. [Click here to read a recent ARRL News post.]

It is also entering service on a full-time basis, along with, potentially, a similar Chinese system.

Yes, it has been in testing for many years but is approaching multiple site use, soon. As the sunspot cycle comes back they may prove to be very limiting.

The antenna picture (for the transmit site) is impressive:
https://qrznow.com/russian-oth-radar-now-reported-to-be-everywhere/

(although I think that is of the old Woodpecker site, the Google Maps street view image looks somewhat different, see below).

However, it’s not so huge that it really stands out. It can be seen here:

in satellite view and can even be seen in street view here:

Note that the magic number in the phased arrays seems to be 9.

Rather worrying is that the UK continues to run, over many years now, OTHR from sovereign bases (ZC4) in Cyprus rather obviously aimed at use in Syria and Libya for use with the RAF and for Russian air space. It too can be seen on the salt marshes in the south of the island. As an active system it seems to be rather more cloaked than the Russian system, although there are some 360 degree images in Google Maps that show the towers. This was extremely annoying on the bands when the last solar cycle was near maximum from Bermuda because it was right in the main lobe when a Yagi was pointed towards Europe and was very loud. It was considerably narrower than the Russian system but occupied a solid chunk of band.

Paul, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have seen chatter about the QRM this particular Russian OTH Radar site has created, but it seems other countries will soon be joining the OTHR QRM scene as well.


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