Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, February/March 2013

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When you switch on a shortwave receiver in central Europe these days and scan the bands, chances are that you will get to hear a Chinese, a Mid-Eastern, or a religious broadcaster first (in that order, probably). When it comes to Chinese stations, many of them are actually domestic broadcasters. China still relies on shortwave for some of its domestic radio, but this also seems to be a handy way to jam broadcasts from outside China more casually than with the more obvious Firedrake approach.

Among the religious broadcasters, some are merely about religion, some include coverage on current affairs (like Vatican Radio), and some are state broadcasters, but religious anyway – after all, state and religion aren’t separate in countries like Iran or Saudi-Arabia).

Semi-automatic: KTWR QSL, 1986

Tape drives: KTWR QSL, 1986

KTWR Guam is a merely religious broadcaster, operated by Trans World Radio (TWR), an international protestant missionary radio network. It was officially inaugurated on December 17, 1977, but had started broadcasting for Asia and Oceania on September 4 that year. Their initial target area was China. Although the northern Marianas, among them Guam, have seen a lot of typhoons, in 1983, 1990, 1992, 2002, and 2006, it usually only took the operators a few days to get back on air, writes Hans-Jörg Biener, a theologian (and a shortwave listener) in Nuremberg. Staff had been continuously reduced, Biener wrote in 2007, and only six employees still lived in the place by 2007. At times, Guam had also been a site for program production.

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International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
AFS – South Africa; AUS – Australia; CHN – China; CUB – Cuba; GRC – Greece,  GUM – Guam; IND – India; KRE – North Korea; PHL – Philippines; NZL – New Zealand.

Languages (“L.”):
C – Chinese; E – English; F– French; G – Greek.

kHz

Station

Ctry

L.

Day

Time
GMT

S I O

9765

Radio New
Zealand
NZL E Feb 20 18:15 5 5 4
12015 Vo Korea KRE E Feb 27 18:00 3 4 3
  3950 PBS
Xinjiang
CHN C Mar 30 23:15 4 3 3
  5040 RHC
Habana
CUB F Mar 2 01:30 4 3 3
  6000 RHC
Habana
CUB E Mar 3 04:00 4 3 3
17605 CNR CHN C Mar 3 07:30 3 4 3
11535 Vo Korea KRE E Mar 8 19:00 3 3 3
  7550 AIR Delhi
IND E Mar 16 17:45 5 5 4
15225 KTWR
Agana
GUM E Mar 18 14:00 5 5 4
15235 Channel
Africa
AFS F Mar 18 16:46 5 5 4
15235 Channel
Africa
AFS E Mar 18 17:00 5 5 4
  9545 VoA Tinang PHL C Mar 19 22:08 4 3 3
15340 HCJB AUS E Mar 26 14:45 4 4 4
15630 ERT Athens GRC G Mar 26 15:00 4 5 4
  9600 Vatican
Radio
 PHL C Mar 26 22:00 4 5 4


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