Thursday, February 22, 2018

Monitoring out-of-band frequencies

Out-of-band is defined as stations broadcasting on frequencies that are outside a defined telecommunications frequency band. The following data represents recent international monitoring observations from January 1, - February 5, 2018.   

 ITU – Radio Communications Bureau
Freq/UTC time/station

5059.999                  1140-1800               China, PBS Xinjiang
5060.0                      0000-0300               China, PBS Xinjiang
5060.0                      2310-0000               China, PBS Xinjiang
5505.0                      0000-2300               Ireland, Shannon Volmet
14774.999               0719-0800               Clandestine, SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng
14996.0                    0733-1238               Russia, RWM Time/Freq Station
15040.001               1126-1315               China, China Nat’l Radio
15110 DRM             0945-1315               Kuwait, Radio Kuwait
15119.999               0900-1157               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15120.0                    1800-2000               Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria
15120.004               0500-0657               China, China Radio Int’l
15130.001               0930-1430               Iran, IRIB/VOIRI
15135.0                    0830-1127               China, China Radio Int’l
15135.004               0600-0800               China, China Radio Int’l
15140.034               1400-2200               Oman, Radio Sultanate of Oman
15149.996               0900-1200               Thailand, IBB/Voice of America relay
15150.0                    0900-1200               USA, IBB/Voice of America
15150.007               1500-1528               Sri Lanka, Adventist World Radio relay
15155.004               1730-1800               USA, Adventist World Radio
15155.008               1830-1858               Madagascar, Adventist World Radio relay
15155.014               1930-1958               Austria, Adventist World Radio relay
15160.0                    0855-1000               South Korea, KBS World Radio
15160.002               1400-1458               Kuwait, IBB/Voice of America relay
15160.006               0321-0656               China, China Radio Int’l
15160.006               1025-1129               China, China Radio Int’l
15160.007               0800-0830               Germany, Adventist World Radio relay
15170.062               0338-0600               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15174.961               151-1557                 India, Al India Radio
15180.0                    1630-1700               Vatican, IBB/Voice of America relay
15180.002               0630-0727               North Korea, KCBS
15180.003               0500-0727               North Korea, KCBS
15180.012               1220-1320               Iran, IRIB/VOIRI
15180.016               1030-1059               USA, Adventist World Radio
15185.006               0700-0957               China, China Radio Int’l
15185.009               0345-0630               India, All India Radio
15190.007               1000-1100               China, China Radio Int’l
15195.0                    1100-1156               Adventist World Radio
15204.997               1545-1757               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15205.102               1200-1357               China, China Radio Int’l
15210.019               0900-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15219.970               1000-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15219.999               0500-0527               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15220.052               0600-0757               China, China Radio Int’l
15225.004               1230-1257               Philippines, Radio Veritas Asia
15225.025               1450-1800               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15234.980               1330-1530               India, Athmik Yatra Radio
15244.989               0730-0927               North Korea, KCBS
15249.986               0900-1100               China, China Radio Int’l
15249.999               0900-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15250.003               1530-1600               Germany, Adventist World Radio relay
15255.001               1100-1157               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15255.003               1400-1430               USA, Adventist World Radio
15259.995               1628-1658               USA, IBB/Voice of America
15260.0                    0800-0830               UK, IBRA Media
15265.003               1400-1500               USA, IBB/Radio Free Europe
15270.0                    0900-1100               China, China Radio Int’l
15270.021               1228-1326               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15280.0                    0700-0858               Japan, NHK World/Radio Japan
15284.992               0600-0657               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15290.0                    0800-1000               Japan, NHK World/Radio Japan
15300.0                    0700-0900               France, Radio France Int’l
15300.0                    1700-1730               France, Radio France Int’l
15300.0                    1800-2000               France, Radio France Int’l
15310.0                    0600-0700               UK, BBC
15310.0                    0830-1130               UK, BBC
15314.982               0500-0600               UK, BBC
15315.0                    0700-0730               France, Radio France Int’l
15329.973               1120-1200               Philippines, FEBA Radio
15335.0                    0800-1000               China, China Radio Int’l
15340.001               0900-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15340.002               0400-0700               USA, IBB/Radio Free Asia
15350.0                    0300-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15350.003               0600-1057               China, China Radio Int’l
15350.011               1057-1400               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15350.045               1057-1400               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15359.945               0550-0650               Iran, IRIB/VOIRI
15359.964               1400-1415               Swaziland, Trans World Radio
15359.999               1700-1800               Clandestine, Voice of Amara Radio
15360.0                    0728-0757               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15360.007               1058-1126               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15370.001               1400-1600               Cuba, Radio Havana Cuba
15370.018               0600-1008               China, China Nat’l Radio
15374.969               1155-1400               Tajikistan, IBB/Radio Free Asia relay
15379.988               1200-1357               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15379.996               0900-1100               China, China Nat’l Radio
15380.223               0545-0856               Iran, IRIB/VOIRI
15390.001               1455-2210               Spain, Radio Exterior de Espana
15390.004               0000-1057               China, China Nat’l Radio/Lingshi
15390.025               1300-1358               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15400.0                    1700-2000               UK, BBC
15409.957               1120-1200               India, All India Radio
15410.003               0950-1100               India, All India Radio
15420.007               1200-1258               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15430.0                    1100-1157               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15430.002               0500-0700               China, China Radio Int’l
15434.986               1500-1620               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15440.0                    0900-1157               China, China Radio Int’l
15440.001               1400-1430               Austria. Adventist World Radio relay
15445.001               0400-0600               China, China Radio Int’l
15449.964               0900-1000               Philippines, FEBA Radio
15449.997               0630-0657               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15450.0                    0900-1000               Philippines, FEBA Radio
15450.001               1000-1100               USA, Adventist World Radio
15450.004               1330-1400               USA, Adventist World Radio
15460.001               1600-1900               USA, IBB/Voice of America
15460.025               1200-1327               Romania, Radio Romania Int’l
15464.991               0900-1058               Taiwan, Radio Taiwan Int’l
15485.001               0500-0656               China, China Radio Int’l
15480.003               1330-1500               Germany, Adventist World Radio relay
15480.004               0600-1000               China, China Nat’l Radio
15480.009               1300-1330               Germany, Adventist World Radio relay
15480.017               1000-1256               Turkey, Voice of Turkey
15490.006               1630-1800               Germany, Adventist World Radio relay
15490.007               1800-1830               UK, BBC
15490.026               0700-0729               UK, BBC
15490.006               0900-1157               Saudi Arabia, BSKSA
15499.948               0900-1000               China, China Nat’l Radio
15499.999               1900-2300               Spain, Radio Exterior de Espana
15550.0                    1100-1200               USA, Adventist World Radio
(Teak Publishing transcription 22 Feb 2018)

Dandal Kura Radio International, schedule update

Clandestine, Dandal Kura Radio International

Effective: 26 February 2018

All times UTC

0500-0600 on  5960 ISS 250 kW / 167 deg to WeAf Kanuri, ex same Ascension Island
0600-0700 on  7415 ISS 250 kW / 167 deg to WeAf Kanuri, ex 5960 Ascension Island
0700-0800 on 13810 WOF 250 kW / 165 deg to WeAf Kanuri, unchanged
1800-2000 on 12050 ISS 250 kW / 167 deg to WeAf Kanuri, ex same Ascension Island
2000-2100 on 12050 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg to WeAf Kanuri, ex 1800-2100
(SWL DX/Teak Publishing)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Radio Free Asia 2018 Winter Olympiad QSL

RFA’s QSL commemorating the 2018 Winter Olympics  

RFA QSL commemorates the 2018 Winter olympiad
January 2018

a reminder to our readers ...

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its 66th QSL card. This latest design commemorates the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Kora scheduled for February 9-25, 2018. The Games always bring people together from around the world in peace and harmony to respect universal moral principles. This new design shows an adaptation of RFA’s first panda design originally used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This updated version of the original design adds a winter cap stylized to match the Games. This QSL design is used to confirm all valid reception reports from January – April 2018.

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at

 RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience

 Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America. 
(A.J. Janitschek/RFA)

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules

From the Isle of Music, February 18-24, 2018
This week our special guest is Tony Avila, whose 2016 album Que se haga la luz is one of the most interesting Nueva Trova albums we have heard in many years. Also, some excellent Cuban Jazz.
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). This is running on a backup transmitter due to a recent fire.

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, Sunday, February 18
Episode 50 of Uncle Bill's Melting Pot sends us to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire for a time) and back to the US for some US versions of African and Latin Soul.
Sunday, February 18, 2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) onWBCQ T he Planet 7490 KHz shortwave from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Monitoring Russia

All times UTC

Logs edited for clarity

7345 kHz, at 0009, on Feb 4. NVK Radio Sakha Iakutsk. Somewhat distorted signal at strong level. Wonder whether this is due to a cochannel, but all I can see on the Perseus waterfall is a smeared signal over almost 80 Hz (the carrier, that is). Not in Russian, but Yakutian language with a discussion. (Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, on Masset-BC-CAN mini exp. via DXplorer Feb 2-5)

5940 kHz, Radio Rossii Kamchatka. Aassume via the Yelizovo transmitter site on the Kamchatka peninsula; at 0240-0300 sign-off on Feb 14. Very poor reception, with interference from what sounded like IBRA Media, Radio Sadaye Zindagi, via Al Dhabayya, United Arab Emirates. Male/female announcers  chatting, possibly in Russian.

0259 with music. Positive "Radio Rossii" identification before and after 0300 time pips.Presume this was "Radio Rossii Kamchatka," as it fits their former schedule. The 0300 sign-off happened in mid-sentence. Have been monitoring this due to recent reports of Kamchatka testing here, made by Hiroyuki Komatsubara (Japan) and Dave Valko (USA). Thanks also for the assistance of Mauno Ritola (Finland).

 Re: Russia - Radio Rossii Kamchatka on 5940 kHz. Thanks very much to Hiroyuki-san, et al., for this additional info, confirming it was Radio Rossii Kamchatka that I heard.
Audio heard as; 
"Kamchatskaya radio prodolzhit' svoyu rabotu (maybe "time" announcement).  seychas slushayete Radio Rossii."  mean : "*Kamchatka radio* to continue its work at (maybe "time"). And now you are listening to Radio of Russia." Thanks to Japanese DXer: K.INOUE and KONSU !! I referred to their advice. (Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Feb 14)

World Radio Network in Russian
Programs can be received, on air (24 hours)  Moscow, Moscow Region - 738 kHz
Satellite (24 hours)
Eutelsat Hotbird 6, 13  degr E WRN Russkij Channel
broadcast by WRN Broadcast - London, UK.
on the Internet (24 hours)
Windows Media, broadcast by WRN Broadcast - London, UK.
MP3 stream, broadcast by WRN Broadcast - London, UK.
Listen to the World Radio Network / WRN Russkij on your phone!
Download to Google play
Download in the App Store
(Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #963 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Feb 11)
(Top News 1334/17 Feb)

QSLing Meteorological Radio Station HLL2

South Korea
5857.5  Meteorological Radio Station HLL2.  South Meteorological Radio Station HLL2 of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) sent me a printed QSL card for my reception report in
English, enclosing 1,000 won note (=US$0.9), after two months.

Their official frequency is 5857.5 kHz USB (call HLL2) for voice information. They broadcast meteorological information in voice - wind direction, wind velocity, weather, wave height of present, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow - in marine areas around Korean peninsula, at 00 - 40 minutes every hour in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese for about 10 minutes each.

The transmitter is Korean made HSS-5KSA (5 kW), using 18 meter cage antenna, located in Gimpo, west of Seoul. They also broadcast shortwave FAX on 3585, 7433.5, 9165, 13570 kHz (schedule not known).

Mailing address:
Marine Meteorology Division
Korea Meteorological Administration
61, Yeouidaebang-ro 16-gil
Dongjak-ku, Seoul 07062, Korea Republic

(in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese), but there is no mention about
this broadcast.
(Takahito Akabayashi-Tokyo-Japan; via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Feb 14/Top News 1334)

February Specials from DX Supplies & Airmail Postage

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Monitoring Eritrea

All times UTC
logs edited for clarity

Good signal of Voice of the Broad Masses 2 Dimtsi Hafash on Febr 15 from 0705 on 7181.6 kHz ASM 100 kW non-dir to EaAF in Amharic language.(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Feb 15)

S=9+10dB signal noted in remote Perseus unit in Doha Qatar at 0515 on Febr 15: 7181.555 exact measured as Voice of the Broad Masses, Asmara Eritrea. Noted Horn of Africa music, no Ethiopian jamming on the air. Similar transmission by VoBM Asmara Eritrea, but little weaker S=8-9 signal also noted on

7140.021 kHz at same time slot, no EthHiopian jamming on air.[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz](wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Feb 15/Top News 1334)

7140 kHz, at 0351- UT on Feb 4.
Voice of the Broad Masses 1. Very strong reception in presumed Tigrinya service, with talk by male announcer. Signal surprisingly strong. Right on the grayline at this time, so perfect timing. Into Horn of Africa music at 03:54. The listed second channel is just a messy blob between 7172 and 7188 kHz. Not sure if this is a sick transmitter, jamming, or a combination of both. Signal very strong, as well. Maybe an internal signal, or signature tune, and into presumed news. Slowly fading
with the transmitter entering LSR.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, on Masset-BC-CAN mini exp. via DXplorer Feb 2-5/Top News 1334)
(Teak Publishing)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2018 Feb 19 0416 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 12 - 18 February 2018

Solar activity was at very low levels on 13-18 Feb and low levels on 12 Feb. The strongest flare of the period was a C1 from Region 2699 (S07, L=165, class/area Dai/240 on 10 Feb) at 12/0135 UTC. The event produced an associated asymmetric halo signature first observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery at 12/0125 UTC. Analysis and modeling of the event suggested arrival of the CME at Earth on 15 Feb.  No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at background levels 12-16 Feb. An increase to moderate levels on 17 Feb and to high levels on 18 Feb was observed in response influence from a negative polarity CH HSS.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels. Quiet conditions were observed on 12-14 Feb. On 15 Feb, arrival of the 12 Feb CME produced only one isolated period of active during the day. Total magnetic field strength increased to a peak of 15 nT around 16/0530 UTC while Bz remained mostly positive. Solar wind speeds were relatively slow, between 300-400 km/s through the event. Active levels were reached again on 17 and 18 Feb in response to influence from a negative polarity CH HSS. Solar wind speeds continued to increase over the two days to a peak of about 600 km/s late on 18 Feb.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 19 February - 17 March 2018

Solar activity is expected to be very low through the outlook period.  No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is
expected to range from normal to high levels. High levels from CH HSS influence are expected from 19-25 Feb. A transition back to normal levels is expected from 26 Feb to 17 Mar.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm conditions. Influence from a negative polarity CH HSS is expected to produce isolated periods of G1 (Minor) storming on 19 Feb. A decrease to quiet to active levels by 20 Feb and quiet to unsettled levels over 21-23 Feb is expected as influence from the CH HSS slowly wanes. Quiet to unsettled levels are again expected on 04 Mar and 15 March, with quiet to active levels expected on 14 Mar and 16-17 Mar, as multiple, recurrent CH HSSs are anticipated to become geoeffective. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to observe quiet conditions.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2018 Feb 19 0416 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2018-02-19
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Feb 19      70          14          5
2018 Feb 20      70          12          4
2018 Feb 21      70           8          3
2018 Feb 22      70           8          3
2018 Feb 23      70           8          3
2018 Feb 24      70           5          2
2018 Feb 25      70           5          2
2018 Feb 26      70           5          2
2018 Feb 27      72           5          2
2018 Feb 28      74           5          2
2018 Mar 01      76           5          2
2018 Mar 02      76           5          2
2018 Mar 03      76           5          2
2018 Mar 04      76           8          3
2018 Mar 05      76           5          2
2018 Mar 06      76           5          2
2018 Mar 07      76           5          2
2018 Mar 08      76           5          2
2018 Mar 09      76           5          2
2018 Mar 10      76           5          2
2018 Mar 11      76           5          2
2018 Mar 12      76           5          2
2018 Mar 13      74           5          2
2018 Mar 14      74          10          4
2018 Mar 15      72           8          3
2018 Mar 16      70          12          4
2018 Mar 17      70          16          4