Monday, April 4, 2016
I received the email below from Iran's IRIB English Radio on April 3rd...
IRIB English radio has recently planned to broadcast its programs via
Internet and satellite and based on this plan, the shortwave broadcast
of our radio will be unfortunately discontinued. As a radio hobbyist
and an audience of IRIB English Radio based in Tehran, Iran, what do
you think about this idea? Do you think we should take this measure
and act as we have planned or you still prefer to follow our programs
via shortwave radio? Please let us know and help us to make the best
I replied to the email and let them know that shortwave is still a necessary
service to many around the world, as not everyone can always have access
to the internet. Besides that, shortwave signals are more difficult to block by
hostile governments than radio signals are. If you want to add your two cents,
email Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Beijing’s covert radio network airs China-friendly news across
Washington, and the world
By Koh Gui Qing and John Shiffman
Filed Nov. 2, 2015, 1:40 p.m. GMT
Part 3: The Chinese government controls much of the content broadcast
on a station that is blanketing the U.S. capital with pro-Beijing progra-
mming. WCRW is part of an expanding global web of 33 stations in which
China’s involvement is obscured.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON – In August, foreign ministers from 10 nations
blasted China for building artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.
As media around the world covered the diplomatic clash, a radio station that
serves the most powerful city in America had a distinctive take on the news.
Located outside Washington, D.C., WCRW radio made no mention of China’s
provocative island project...[CONTINUE READING]
Monday, August 17, 2015
A QSL card is what a radio station (or amateur radio operator) will
send a listener as confirmation of a reception report. For example,
if I hear ham radio operator KP4X3 on my receiver, I'll send him or
her a letter or e-mail letting that operator know that I heard their
transmission. Normally, you would specify what date and time you
heard them and on what frequency. It is also common to state what
equipment you were using when you heard the transmission. Sending
this information to the radio operator helps the operator know how
far his or her signal is travelling, how well it can be heard and
whether any tweaks or alterations need to be made to the equipment.
In turn, the radio operator will send a "QSL card", which is often
a postcard, to the listener. This card serves to confirm that what
the listener heard was indeed correct, and that the information
submitted by the listener matches details of the transmission. 'QSL'
is radio code for "do you confirm receipt of my transmission?" or
"I confirm receipt"...[CONTINUE READING]
Friday, June 19, 2015
On April 24th, 2015, I received the Voice of Vietnam in English in Fort Worth, Texas.
I heard them on 12005 khz, transmitted from Wooferton, UK (per ShortwaveSchedule.
Com) from 02:35 to 02:50 UTC. The following morning, I e-mailed a reception report to
email@example.com. Close to two months later, about four days ago, I received a QSL
card in the mail acknowledging my reception. The front and back are shown below:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
While doing some shortwave listening on my back porch in Fort Worth,
TX recently (5/10/15), I came upon the well-known HM01 spy numbers
station from Cuba. This time I caught it on 11635 khz, at exactly 1800 UTC.
Signal quality was very good, but you can hear from yourself in the video
below. I listened on a Tecsun PL-380 with a 25-ft wire antenna, with cloudy/