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!
After posting this recording of Alcaravan Radio a few weeks ago, I sent in a reception report to the station–within a day, I received this QSL along with photos of the station’s transmitter and antenna site (see below).
Many thanks to Alcaravan’s QSL manager, Rafael Rodríguez R., for the prompt response! These would have been posted sooner, Rafael, but I’m only now catching up after some extended travel. Enjoy!
Alcaravan Radio’s antenna site and transmitter house. (Click to enlarge)
Alcaravan Radio’s 5,910 kHz transmitter. (Click to enlarge)
The Alcaravan Radio transmitter site is located SSW of Bogata in Puerto Lleras.
On March 19th, I was able to record a particularly strong signal from 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.
I have seen their output power listed anywhere from 1,000 – 5,000 watts; a puny amount by international standards, but more than enough to cover their target area of Columbia.
There are very few details about Alcaravan Radio on the Internet. If anyone can add more details about this station, feel free to comment below.
This is a four hour recording and contains about three hours of music.
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