Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, June 2012

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Recent Radio History

Radio Baghdad International (RBI) was neither one of the major international broadcasters, nor a small exotic one. Reception was no challenge in  Europe during the second half of the 1980s. RBI had reportedly spent a great deal of money on the installation of high-powered shortwave transmitters which had resulted in far better reception of Radio Baghdad, the Australian Radio DX Club (ARDXC) reported in an (apparently) regular column published by The Age, Australia, on December 13, 1984. RBI signals became much weaker during and/or after the First Gulf War, but the international service remained active throughout the 1990s, and early this century.

QSL Radio Baghdad, 1986

QSL Radio Baghdad, 1986 – click picture to hear two August 1990 Radio Baghdad soundtracks in English (“The U.S. surprised us”).  [Update, July 8, 2013: soundfile removed, but if you want to listen to the recording, I’ll put it online again for a while.]

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Recent Shortwave Logs

International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
ARG – Argentina; CLN – Sri Lanka (Ceylon); G – UK; IRN – Iran; KRE – North Korea; SYR – Syria.

Languages (“L.”):
C – Chinese; E – English; G – German.

kHz

Station

Ctry

L.

Day

Time GMT

S I O
 11535 Vo Korea  KRE  C June 14  22:00  4 4  4
 13760 Vo Korea  KRE  E June 15  21:00  4 4  3
 15500 IRIB Tehran  IRN  G June 23  07:30  4  5  4
  198 BBC1) Radio 4  G E June 23  09:00  5  5  5
  9430 Vo Vietnam2)  G  G June 27  20:00  5  5  5
15345 RAE Buenos Aires  ARG  G June 27  21:00  3  4  3
 9330  R. Damascus  SYR  E June 27  21:19  3  4  3
 7485  VoA3)  CLN  E June 28  20:00  3  5  3

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Notes / Soundtracks

1) BBC Radio 4 programs on long wave – sometimes varying from the FM broadcasts in that they send maritime weather reports once in a while, and endless hours of Cricket, when it is the season – are broadcast from Droitwich in Worcestershire. Too reliable reception to be especially noted, but then, any day you tune in to 198 kHz may be the last one. The transmitter uses valves which are no longer manufactured, and there were only a few more valves on stock in October last year, according to the Guardian.

2) Skelton relay, Great Britain.

3) Sri Lanka Iranawila relay. A member of the Sri Lankan government recently demanded the VoA transmitter sites in Sri Lanka to be shut down. VoA transmissions from Sri Lanka had reportedly been controversial at least since 1992, when opposition also came from local population.

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» Previous Logs, February 2012

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