On October 16 and 17, 2021, RPI is once again on the air with their beacon transmitter on 6330kHz CW mode. Power is about 8 watts into a half wave dipole from their European QTH. Transmission is mainly between 19.00 and 07.00 but can be extended. See for more information about this broadcasts on https://www.radiopirana.com/index.php/en/.
I regularly tune my AOR AR7030 receiver to the SSTV frequency 14230kHz. Most of the pictures I receive come from Italy, Spain and other European countries… But occasionally, if conditions permit, some come from very far away. In the last 2 months I was able to receive the following SSTV stations: XW0LP from Laos, YI3WHR from Iraq, CE6CGX from Chile, VK4WWW from Australia and FG1GW from Guadeloupe. Below also the QSL from XW0LP!
LPAM station Radio Experience (100 watts) can be heard on 1008 kHz from the location Wageningen in the Netherlands! (That is 232 km from my hometown).
After trying for a few weeks I have now also managed to hear Radio Eule from Munich, Germany with ‘Deutsche Sprache’ on 1500 kHz! Every day I saw a signal on the Perseus receiver, but it was always too weak to get sound from it. On October 1, I was lucky and heard the German language around 18:40 UTC! See and hear at: https://youtu.be/iJK9LQmkqvc. The power of ‘Eule’ is only 10 watts ERP and the distance between the transmitter and my receiver is about 718 km! I am happy with my catch and especially with the QSL!
Interesting information about Radio Eule can be found on this site: https://am-radio-stations.de/mittelwellen-sender-radio-eule-auf-1500-khz/.
Last winter I heard with the Beverage antenna The Voice of America on 1566 kHz from Jeju, South Korea! The distance is 9126 km!
Thanks to the forum ‘HF Underground’ I was able to identify a very weak station broadcasting in AM on 6965 kHz as “Radio The Beginning”. “The Beginning” broadcasts from the north eastern United States. The transmission power is 100 watts and the signal bridged about +- 5600 km away! In this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/7P4LCB-IiRs you can see a short recording in which you see the little signal and in the beginning you can also recognize some audio (= the song “Wonderwall”). I was therefore happy that “De Beginning” recognized the weak signal as this from their station!
On February 8, 2021 I was able to receive low power station ‘Radio Jong Europe’ (1 watt) from Alphen a/d Rijn in the Netherlands on 1485 kHz. Recently I got the QSL! Meanwhile, those broadcasts on 1485 kHz have ended for good and there are test broadcasts (usually in the evenings) on 6125 kHz!
The collaborators of Radio Clash have radio in their blood, because in the late 70’s and early 80’s they were also very active on the free radio frequencies on short wave. Locked up by Covid-19, the idea came up to start again with a new station on the free radio frequencies. Thus Radio Clash was born. Currently, 15 watts of power are used, but the intention is to increase the power to 100 watts. Radio Clash is very interested in reception reports. They will be answered with a personal letter, info sheet and an e-qsl! The address is radioclashqsl(at)gmail.com.
The American pirate Radio Genix is very active on or around 6950 kHz in the USB mode!
I forgot to post this QSL here! This year I listened to the BBC World Service Antarctic Midwinter’s Broadcast through the relay station on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Every year a special broadcast I think!. After 2 days my report was confirmed with a comprehensive and informative QSL! There was also a personal message with the e-mail! I sent my report directly to the relay station!