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Norddeutscher Rundfunk Christmas Eve Broadcast

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Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Harald Kuhl (DL1AX), who shares the following announcement from the NDR regarding the annual Gruss an Bord Christmas Eve broadcast. Harald notes:

This year on December 24 Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) will again broadcast its program “Gruss an Bord” on shortwave.

They verify reception report by a detailed QSL card.

[email protected]

[email protected]

Press release below (translated via Google) with schedules and frequencies:

“Greetings on board”: How to receive the broadcast

It has tradition and exudes a very special pre-Christmas mood: On Christmas Eve greetings are sent to the seafarers around the world from 8:05 pm – 10:00 pm and from 11:15 pm – midnight on NDR Info. And on the most different channels and technical ways, so that the greetings and messages can be guaranteed to be received on all seven seas.

The ship’s crews have several options to receive the program “Greeting on board”. Also the shortwave belongs to it.
The livestreams of the program (20.05 to 22 clock and 23.15 clock to 24 clock MEZ) can be found here: NDR Info and NDR Info Special. In addition, there is the possibility to listen to the program via the NDR radio app. NDR Info can also be received via FM, DAB + and DVB-S radio, NDR Info special only via DAB + and DVB-S radio.

So that all crew members on board – on the seas or in the harbors – can receive the traditional program, the NDR radio has also rented shortwave frequencies:

From 19:00 to 21:00 UTC (20:00 to 22:00 CET), the shortwave transmits over the following frequencies (UTC is the abbreviation for Universal Time Coordinated):

“Greeting on board” via shortwave

Frequency target area
6.080 kHz Atlantic – North
11,650 kHz Atlantic – South
9,800 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9,740 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9,570 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.030 kHz Europe

Between 21:00 and 23:00 UTC (22:00 – 24:00 CET) the shortwave transmits over the following frequencies:

“Greeting on board” via shortwave

Frequency target area
6.145 kHz Atlantic – North
9,830 kHz Atlantic – South
9,590 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9,740 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9,675 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.155 kHz Europe

NDR Info sends the “Greeting on board” from 20:05 to 22:00 CET. This is followed by the transmission of the Christmas Mass from the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Bochum-Wattenscheid from 22 to 23.15 CET. Then you will hear the second part of “Greetings on Board” until midnight CET.

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Grimeton Radio / SAQ Christmas Eve Broadcast

SAQ Current QSL card received by Harald via the QSL bureau

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Harald Kuhl (DL1AX), who shares the following announcement from Grimeton Radio SAQ:

Scheduled transmission from Grimeton Radio / SAQ on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019

On the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, we will try to start the old Alexanderson 200 kW transmitter, from 1924 and send out a Christmas message on VLF 17.2 kHz CW. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 08:30 (07:30 UTC) and a message* will be transmitted at 09:00 (08:00 UTC).

Guests are welcome to attend the transmission at the radio station in Grimeton from 08:00 local time. The Alexander association will arrange coffee and Christmas cookies, free of charge. No entrance fee.

For those of you who can not attend, we will broadcast the event live from Grimeton, Sweden on our YouTube Channel.

We are introducing a new online SAQ reception report form to be used by listeners to report reception of any SAQ transmissions. We are kindly asking listeners not to send SAQ reception reports via E-mail.

QSL-reports to SAQ are kindly received via:

– Reception report form at alexander.n.se/receptionreport
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by postal mail to:

The Alexander Association
Radiostationen Grimeton 72

The SK6SAQ amateur radio station will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association

For further details visit grimeton.org or alexander.n.se

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Voice of Nigeria would like your reception reports

Photo source: 5N7Q

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Harald Kuhl (DL1AX), who shares the following note posted on the 5N7Q DXpedition page:

UPDATE from Bodo, DF8DX.

5N7Q is QRT for now. Rene DL2JRM and Bodo DF8DX enjoyed this activity very much. We logged more than 20,000 QSOs in 9 days of operation. We were active from 10m to 160m in CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

While many friends appreciated getting some new band points, operating in FT8 and on the 60m band were first time ever activity.

Our QTH was in the broadcasting station of Voice Of Nigeria in Abuja. We were very grateful for this opportunity to use the broadcasting antennas that have 20dB gain into Europe, NA and SA. Asia was workable with our vertical dipoles or via long path. Unfortunately the giant rotatable antenna cannot be rotated at the moment but we hope that it is doable at the next activity. For low-bands we had some dipoles hanging from the 80m tall link tower. Our signal was good but we clearly had some RX trouble as the noise was very high. Complete log is uploaded to Clublog and Lotw as well. Please use OQRS to receive your paper QSL card via bureau or direct. There are still a lot of mails asking about QSOs that cant be found in the log. Please QRX, I will check all of them carefully but it takes some time. Our QSLs may be requested for free via bureau and Lotw is already uploaded, no waiting, no donation required for this service.

This activity would not have been possible without the effort and help by the staff from Voice Of Nigeria. All credit go to them. Please help us to help them. You may support future activities from here by keeping this wonderful transmitting station on air. Their current broadcasting schedule is: 0600-1100UTC on 7255kHz in AM (beaming to West Africa and SA) 1500-2100UTC on 11770kHz in AM (beaming to West Africa and NA) 1500-2100UTC on 15120kHz in DRM (beaming to EU). Please tune in and listen to Voice Of Nigeria.

Please send your listener reports to:

Head Of Engineering Engr. Jerimoth Canice Voice Of Nigeria Headquarter Oda Cres, Wuse 2 Abuja Nigeria [email protected]. Your listener reports are highly appreciated and help to keep transmitting from here.

Many thanks for sharing this, Harald! Readers, if you’ve logged VoN recently, please send them a reception report!

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December 24: Tune in NDR’s annual Christmas greetings program on shortwave


Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Harald Kuhl, who notes times and frequencies of NRD’s annual Christmas greetings:

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) program “Gruss an Bord” on shortwave on 24 December 2016:

19.00 UTC till 21.00 Uhr UTC

6.125 kHz Atlantic – North
11.650 kHz Atlantic – South
9.800 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9.740 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9.790 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.145 kHz Europe

21.00 UTC till 23.00 Uhr UTC

5.930 kHz Atlantic – North
9.830 kHz Atlantic – South
9.590 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9.765 kHz Indian Ocean – West
9.650 kHz Indian Ocean – East
6.145 kHz Europe

contact: [email protected]



Here’s the press release from NDR (in German):

Presse aktuell
Empfang auf Weltmeeren und in fernen Häfen: “Gruß an Bord” auch über Kurzwelle

Sendungen: Sonnabend, 24. Dezember, 20.05 bis 22.00 Uhr, NDR Info und NDR 90,3 / 23.05 bis 24.00 Uhr, NDR Info

Seit Weihnachten 1953 bildet die NDR Radiosendung “Gruß an Bord” eine Brücke zwischen den Seeleuten auf den Meeren und ihren Angehörigen in Deutschland: Seeleute schicken Grüße in die Heimat, ihre Familien haben die Möglichkeit, ihren Lieben auf hoher See ein frohes Fest und ein gutes, neues Jahr zu wünschen. Damit die Besatzungen die Traditionssendung auch in fernen Häfen auf den Weltmeeren empfangen können, hat der NDR eigens für Heiligabend Kurzwellen-Frequenzen angemietet.

In der Zeit von 19.00 bis 21.00 Uhr UTC (20.00 bis 22.00 Uhr MEZ) sendet die Kurzwelle am 24. Dezember über folgende Frequenzen (UTC ist die Abkürzung für die koordinierte Weltzeit, die Universal Time Coordinated):

6.125 kHz Atlantik – Nord
11.650 kHz Atlantik – Süd
9.800 kHz Atlantik/ Indischer Ozean (Südafrika)
9.740 kHz Indischer Ozean – West
9.790 kHz Indischer Ozean – Ost
6.145 kHz Europa

In der Zeit von 21.00 bis 23.00 Uhr UTC (22.00 bis 24.00 Uhr MEZ) am 24. Dezember über folgende Frequenzen:

5.930 kHz Atlantik – Nord
9.830 kHz Atlantik – Süd
9.590 kHz Atlantik / Indischer Ozean (Südafrika)
9.765 kHz Indischer Ozean – West
9.650 kHz Indischer Ozean – Ost
6.145 kHz Europa

NDR Info und NDR 90,3 senden “Gruß an Bord” von 20.05 Uhr bis 22.00 Uhr MEZ. Anschließend folgt auf NDR Info von 22.00 Uhr bis 23.00 Uhr MEZ die Übertragung einer evangelischen Christmette aus der St. Johanniskirche in Hamburg-Altona. Von 23.05 bis 24.00 Uhr wird “Gruß an Bord” auf NDR Info, NDR Info Spezial, online und über Kurzwelle fortgesetzt.

Die Grüße werden in der Hamburger Seemannsmission “Duckdalben” von den NDR Info Moderatoren Regina König und Ocke Bandixen übermittelt. Andrea-Christina Furrer und Andreas Kuhnt sind die Gastgeber im Kulturspeicher in Leer. Die Moderatoren erwarten u. a. Vertreter der Reedereien, Seemannspastoren und viele Familien. Außerdem werden sie Schiffe der Marine und deutsche Forschungsschiffe, die auf den Weltmeeren unterwegs sind, rufen. Für die musikalische Unterhaltung sorgen in Hamburg der Gitarrist Roland Cabezas, die Lars-Luis Linek-Band sowie die Sängerin Marion Welch, in Leer der Bingumer Shanty-Chor und das irische Trio Dara Mc Namara, Stephen Kavanagh und Dylan Vaughn.

Bis zum 17. Dezember nimmt die Redaktion Grußwünsche per E-Mail entgegen,
[email protected], oder per Post: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, NDR Info, Redaktion “Gruß an Bord”, Rothenbaumchaussee 132 – 134, 20149 Hamburg. Diese Grüße werden am 24. Dezember von 23.05 Uhr bis Mitternacht auf NDR Info und über die extra angemietete Kurzwellenfrequenzen verlesen.

NDR Info und NDR 90,3 sind über UKW, DAB+, DVB-S Radio und per Livestreaming im Internet, z. B. über die NDR Radio-App, zu empfangen.
18. November 2016 / RP

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December 24: Tune in NDR’s annual Christmas greetings program on shortwave


Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Harald Kuhl, who writes:

As in past years, German broadcaster NDR will transmit its domestic Xmas greetings program for sailors, Gruß an Bord (Greetings Aboard), on shortwave, December 24th.

Here are the frequencies from the official NDR press release [reception reports are encouraged]:

From 19.00 until 21.00 UTC (20.00 until 22.00 clock CET) on December 24, 2015:

6185 Atlantic – North
11650 Atlantic – South
9830 Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9885 Indian Ocean – West
9810 Indian Ocean – East

From 21.00 to 23.00 UTC (22.00 to 24.00 clock CET) on December 24, 2015:

6040 Atlantic – North
9655 Atlantic – South
9830 Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9515 Indian Ocean – West
9765 Indian Ocean – East

Reception reports are welcomed at [email protected].

Here are direct links just in case NRD changes a frequency:



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