1. Radio Polonia’s German Service
Possibly along with Radio Budapest, and contrary to Radio Prague and Radio Berlin International (East Germany), Radio Polonia , Poland’s external radio station, was a rather liberal voice from the Warsaw Treaty bloc through the 1970s and 1980s.
The German department, started in 1950, wasn’t afraid of controversy, at least not in the 1980s. Even angry letters from West Germans who had once lived in the former eastern territories occasionally made it on the air (probably, the German department didn’t get too many letters of this kind anyway). The station never became one of my absolute favorites on shortwave, but many West Germans listened regularly.
2014 won’t mark the death of Radio Polonia, but the station’s German department has become history on June 30. Also in June this year, the Polish-abroad programs were terminated, and the Hebrew programs, Kol Polin, only established in 2007, apparently ended earlier this year.
Radio Polonia continues to broadcast in English, Russian, and Ukrainian – on the internet, through partnerships, and via satellite. The German audience still had the opportunity to listen on shortwave – a small shortwave transmitter operated by Radio 700 in Kall, North Rhine Westphalia, relayed Radio Polonia’s German programs. Last time I listend was in February this year, unaware that it would be the last time ever.
2. Recent Logs, July 2014
International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
AFS – South Africa; AIA – Anguilla; ARG – Argentina; BLR – Belarus; CHN – China; CUB - Cuba; D – Germany; EGY – Egypt; G – Great Britain; GRC – Greece; IND – India; J – Japan; MDG – Madagascar; SVN – Slovenia; SWZ – Swaziland; TIB – Tibet; UKR – Ukraine; USA – USA.
A – Arabic; BR – Belorussian; C – Chinese; E – English; F – French; G – German; Gr – Greek; H – Hindi; Sl – Slovenian; Sp – Spanish.
The table underneath will appear messy unless you click the headline of this particular post. The table is broader than the two columns of the overall blog frontpage. However, it is more convenient to find with a search engine this way.
|15235||Channel Africa||AFS||E||July 2||17:00||5||5||5|
|918||Radio Slovenia||SVN||E||July 2||20:30||4||4||4|
|918||Radio Slovenia||SVN||G||July 2||20:34||4||4||4|
|918||Radio Slovenia||SVN||Sl||July 2||20:38||4||4||4|
|9540||Radio Japan||J||C||July 3||15:30||3||2||2|
|9420||Voice of Greece||GRC||Gr||July 4||18:55||4||3||3|
|6185||RTI Taipei||G||G||July 4||19:27||5||5||5|
|15120||AIR Delhi||IND||H||July 5||04:07||4||2||2|
|15120||CRI Beijing||CHN||E||July 5||04:07||3||2||2|
|3995||HCJB Weenermoor||D||G||July 5||06:42||5||5||5|
|7365||HCJB Weenermoor||D||G||July 5||09:30||3||4||3|
|3995||HCJB Weenermoor||D||G||July 5||15:03||4||3||3|
|918||Radio Slovenia||SVN||G||July 5||20:33||5||5||5|
|15345||RAE Buenos Aires||ARG||G||July 7||21:02||2||5||2|
|15345||RAE Buenos Aires||ARG||G||July 7||21:05||5||5||4|
|11710.4||RAE Buenos Aires||ARG||E||July 16||02:28||4||3||3|
|6000||RHC Havana Cuba||CUB||E||July 16||03:00||5||4||4|
|3995||HCJB Weenermoor||D||G||July 19||04:30||4||3||4|
|21480||Bible Voice BCN||MDG||E||July 19||11:21||3||3||3|
|9965||Radio Cairo 1)||EGY||A||July 20||00:46||4||5||4|
|9315||Radio Cairo 2)||EGY||Sp||July 20||01:00||3||5||2|
|5850||RMI / Homecoming
|6090||Carribean Beacon||AIA||E||July 20||01:54||4||4||4|
|9315||Radio Cairo 3)||EGY||E||July 20||02:01||4||4||2|
|7505||Radio WRNO||USA||E||July 20||02:36||4||5||4|
|3200||TWR Swaziland||SWZ||E||July 20||03:00||2||3||2|
|6000||RHC Havana Cuba||CUB||E||July 20||04:00||4||5||4|
|15120||Voice of Nigeria 4)||NIG||E||July 20||08:17||4||3||3|
|11730||Radio Belarus||BLR||BR||July 20||11:34||4||5||3|
|15344.3||RAE Buenos Aires||ARG||E||July 23||18:26||5||4||4|
|7550||AIR Delhi 6)||IND||F||July 25||20:15||5||5||4|
|7550||AIR Delhi||IND||H||July 25||20:34||5||5||4|
|7550||AIR Delhi||IND||E||July 25||20:45||5||5||4|
|3995||HCJB Weenermoor||D||G||July 26||04:30||5||5||4|
|6130||PBS Tibet 7)||TIB||E||July 26||16:30||4||3||3|
|11710||RAE Buenos Aires||ARG||E||July 30||02:06||4||5||3|
1) A splendid signal and – by the standards of Egyptian foreign radio anyway – splendid modulation, too. But that was only the Arabic program.
2) As far as the Spanish program, a bit later and 650 kHz further down, was concerned, modulation sucked as it does with all foreign-language programs from Cairo.
3) Of course, the English program’s modulation was no exception. It sucked, too. What a waste of energy.
4) Strong interference from China Radio International (CRI), by now the most undesirable shortwave station worldwide, in my view. Chinese shortwave radio appears to be everywhere, especially on frequencies where they can block sensitive or offending broadcasts, such as from Radio Japan. However, a primitive rotatable dipole antenna with a reasonably good directional effect worked wonders to push CRI (northeastern beam) aside and to get a clearer signal from Africa. Hence, at times, O=3.
5) I probably can’t tell Russian from Ukrainian. Therefore, I left the language column open here, with a question mark.
6) It was a surprise to find an All India Radio program in French on 7550 kHz at the time – it ought to be a Hindi program. I did enjoy the French program very much, because their approach is somewhat different to the English overseas service. It was a music program, and the French speakers actually explained the music.
7) Frequencies less than 10,000 kHz usually work best at nighttime or during winter. When tuning in to PBS Tibet on 6130 kHz at 16:00 UTC here in Northern Germany this summer, the signal isn’t better than O=2. By 16:30 UTC, it will usually improve to O=3, which is reasonably easy to listen to. Not necessarily true for reception in other places, obviously.
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