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For those of you who attended David Goren’s Shortwave Shindig at the virtual Winter SWL Fest were treated to a song called Tea With The Queen. This was no ordinary song–as David notes:
This is what happened when I asked ChatGPT to write a country song about a trucker who has tea with Queen Elizabeth whilst they listen to BBC on shortwave radio. Then I got Chris Johnson, an extremely talented and savvy musician, to set it to music.
“So, a year or two ago Ryan Stively made an instrumental piece called Missing Cities and around the same time I recorded a chunk of shortwave sound that I called Missing Cities. When making some pieces for the recent Shortwave Shindig 2015 broadcast I decided the twain should meet.”
I’ve just learned via @shortwaveology that the Shortwave Shindig will be rebroadcast on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 PM EST (that’s Sunday from 0300-0400 UTC) via WRMI on 7,570 khz.
Those of you who tuned into the live show last Friday noted that the audio dropped out at times–this was due to a flaky Internet connection at the hotel where the ‘Shindig was held. You will hear the full show, without interruption, in this rebroadcast.
I plan to record this show, but would certainly appreciate other recordings as well to add to the archive. On that note, a few of you have sent recordings of the original broadcast (thank you!)–I will post those as soon as I’ve caught up with work, post-‘Fest!
“This mashup of vintage cold war propaganda (mostly) from Radio Moscow’s North American Service was made for The Schizophonic Archive, a part of The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera, an exhibition curated by the anthropological collective Ethnographic Terminalia in December 2014. Thanks to Kim Andrew Elliot, Jack Widner, Marie Lamb, David Bodington, Jeff Place and Smithsonian Folkways for the recordings. Special thanks to Tom Miller and Ethnographic Terminalia.”
Waterfall display of the 31 meter band last night.
Last night, band conditions were superb above 7 MHz. Both the 31 and 25 meter bands seemed crowded with stations; for a moment, it felt like a true solar peak.
This morning, solar flares have dampened down the excitement but I imagine conditions could favorably change at times this weekend, so stay tuned!
I recorded the entire 25M band for a couple of hours yesterday evening and a large portion of the 31 meter band throughout the night. Fortunately, I had just invested in another Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA drive, so there was ample space to make these (very) large recordings. I think this brings my overall spectrum storage up to 12 TB!?!
“My approach to recording SDR band captures is like assembling a collection of fine wines. I tend to record captures when there are unusual propagational openings…and while recording a whole swath of frequencies for an hour or so you can still tune around and make discoveries and even record them singly.. And then once the capture is done, you have it as long as you want to keep it.. So, on a static-y summers day I can go to the shelf and pull down “Ye Olde Auroral MW Opening 10/15/11? or “Hot Bolivian evening on 60 meters.” and I can make discoveries to my heart’s content. Since I can listen to an hour’s worth of each frequency it will take a long time to exhaust the potential of any particular capture, esp. with the ability to refilter and change. multiple parameters of reception.”
See? (I tell my wife) I’m simply building my collection of fine wines!
Below, you’ll find some of the stations I logged last night (actually, this morning in UTC).
31 meter band beginning 00:00 UTC, 25 OCT 2014
9410 BBC English Nakhon Sawan
9420 ERT Open/VOG Greek
9455 China National Radio 1 Chinese
9470 AIR National Channel Hindi/English (vy wk)
9475 WTWW English
9510 China Radio International Russian
9520 PBS Nei Menggu Chinese AND Radio Romania International Romanian
9565 Radio Tupi/Super Radio Deus e Amor Portuguese (QRM from CRI 9570)
9570 China Radio International English
9586 Super Radio Deus e Amor Portuguese
9590 China Radio International Spanish
9630 Radio Aparecida Portuguese
9645 Radio Bandeirantes Portuguese
9660 Radio Taiwan International Chinese
9665 China National Radio 5 Chinese or possibly KCBS Pyongyang Korean
9690 All India Radio English
9700 Radio Romania International English
9705 All India Radio English
9710 China Radio International Portuguese
9730 Adventist World Radio Manumanaw Karen or possibly 9730 Myanmar Radio Burmese
9740 BBC English (vy weak)
9800 China Radio International Spanish
9810 Radio Havana Cuba Spanish
9820 Radio 9 de Julho Portuguese
9855 Voice of America Tibetan
9860 Voice of Islamic Rep. of Iran Spanish
9870 AIR New Delhi Hindi
9880 Voice of America Chinese (vy weak)
9935 ERT Open, VOG Greek
9965 Radio Cairo Arabic
10000 WWV Ft. Collins
25 meter band beginning 0100 UTC, 25 OCT 2014
11520 EWTN (WEWN) English
11580 SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng Chinese/Cantonese
11590 Radio Japan Hindi (vy weak)
11620 China National Radio 5 Chinese
11640 Radio Free Asia Uyghur
11650 China Radio International Chinese
11670 Radio Havana Cuba Spanish
11695 Radio Free Asia Tibetan
11710.7 Radio Cairo Spanish (transmitter noise)
11760 Radio Havana Cuba Spanish
11780 Radio Nacional da Brasilia Portuguese
11825 Bro Stair
11840 Radio Havana Cuba Spanish
11855 Radio Aparecida Portuguese
11870 EWTN (WEWN) Spanish
11905 Sri Lanka BC English/Hindi
11955 Radio Romania International French
12020 VoA Deewa Radio Pashto
12070 Radio Cairo Spanish (jammed or transmitter noise?)
12105 WTWW Spanish
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