Category Archives: Shortwave

New SIBC Transmitter

SIBC logo
From SIBC News, 25th July, 2014:
The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.
The more than 40-million dollars facility is donated under a project called “Improvement of Radio Broadcasting Network for Disaster Prevention” and is to improve early warning systems during times of disasters in Solomon Islands.
Minister responsible for Disaster Management, Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Kenichi Kimiya today.
Speaking at the handover ceremony this morning, Ambassador Kimiya said the project is in line with Japan’s priority policy – climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
The Japanese Ambassador adds, he notes the Solomon Islands Government also prioritizes disaster risk management as an urgent matter.
“The project is especially expected to improve the radio broadcasting network, enabling nationwide coverage in the Solomon Islands, which is exposed to high risks of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal waves, cyclones and so on. I believe radio broadcasting is a public good
The project includes a shortwave transmitter system, a shortwave antennae system, a transmitter power supply system, a disaster prevention broadcasting communication radio system, a program transmission link equipment and peripherals, tools and spare parts to maintain the equipment.
The project now enables a 24 hours shortwave radio broadcasting and communication service, and increases the coverage of radio broadcasting to nearly 1-hundred percent of the country’s population.

Radio Canada International SW Towers


RCI Sackville (Tantramarsh)

Thanks to Paul Rawdon reporting in DX Dialog “This could be well worth seeing.An experimental documentary film about the RCI shortwave radio towers.  Images captured on 35mm film, and stories told in English, French, and Mi’kmaq.

Radio Australia To Slash SW Services

raThanks to Dallas MacKenzie reporting on the DX Dialog reflector for the following:  “RA news announced that 60% of its services to close (23/7 News)”    This includes the Pacific Island Service which will only Broadcast News, and local ABC programmes…(Similar to RNZI). Further Info will be available from their web page shortly”

Solomon Islands Back On Shortwave

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Reporting on the DX Dialog user-group, Bryan Clark has this hot-off-the-press item:

After a couple of months absence from it’s daytime channel – 9545 kHz,
SIBC conducted tone tests yesterday and today is back with full audio –
excellent signals noted here at 0345 UTC during a music dedication

Soviet Jammers From Latvia

jammertxNot all of the Soviet jamming originated from Russia, their replublics also hosted jammers, and what’s more some were made in the USA. The Latvian History blog carries this interesting story. They also make the comment that the jammers blocked transmissions from Soviet-friendly states as well. From the same site, there are interesting blogs on Nazi radio propaganda during WW2 and Latvian-made valve radios.

Remember The Cold War Jammers?

jammersThese QRM-generators were used mostly by Eastern Bloc countries to jam shortwave transmissions from the West. They used all manner of continuous tones and raucous audio, anything to make the desired signal unintelligible.

The Radio Jamming website has some excellent material backgrounding their existence along with sound clips so you can hear just how pervasive their cacophony was. The website is the work of Rimantas Pleikys, not only a shortwave listener but also the former minister of communications and informatics and  past member of the Lithuanian parliament!

Thanks to Paul Rawdon for letting us know that the DVD Empire of Noise mentioned on the home page is on YouTube

SW Radio Africa To Leave SW


Thanks to Alokesh Gupta in India, Clandestine broadcaster SW Radio Africa is leaving shortwave on July 18th and shifting its radio channel to a satellite service and other unmentioned media. More on their website.

Even More On Those Numbers Stations


There is a continuing fascination among radio listeners about “numbers stations”. The “War Is Boring” blog carries an article on two in particular, “The Buzzer” and “Yosemite Sam”, who join the pantheon of mysterious broadcasters alongside “The Lincolnshire Poacher” and “Cherry Ripe”.


Remember “The Woodpecker”?

The "Russian Woodpecker."

The “Russian Woodpecker.” (Photo credit: Matt. Create.)

No, not the cute feathered woodpecker, but the Russian Over the Horizon Radar which sent it’s incessant and loud rat-a-tat-tat over the shortwave bands.

Thanks to Paul Rawdon reporting on DX Dialog, here are some excellent photos of a typical installation.

VOA – The Good Oil



Thanks to The SWLing Post, below are the details of changes to the Voice of America broadcasts. The info was provided by Letitia King, spokeswoman for the Broadcasting Board of Governors.


Facts and Figures on Shortwave Broadcast Reductions


June 30, 2014


 U.S. international media must optimize program delivery by market. We are ending some shortwave transmissions. We continue shortwave to those countries where these transmissions are still reaching significant audiences or where there are no reasonable alternative platforms at a lower cost to the BBG.


EIBI Updated

eibiEike Birwirth has kindly made this updater for his international shortwave broadcaster schedules available on his website.

ZBC Board Shocked By SW Dilapidation


The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s failure to maintain SW services has finally been noticed by the bureaucrats. Look for a resumption in SW services soon if the following item on the Voice of the People’s website stirs the technicians into action! The cynical would wonder why its taken this long for the board members to notice, unless of course they don’t have a SW radio! By the way, the Voice of the People is the clandestine opposition to the government’s Voice of Zimbabwe.

Delano’s Future

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Voice of America logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been over 6 years since VOA closed its famous Delano, California transmitter site and it has sat idle all that time.

Now it seems something is going to happen at last… but don’t expect a SW resurrection any time soon!

More from the Bakersfield Californian website.



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When CBS Got Serious About Shortwave

CBS Logo Light

CBS Logo Light (Photo credit: watchwithkristin)

CBS is one of the world-wide giants of broadcasting and a name well-known to NZ mediumwave DXers, old-timers will recall them on shortwave also… Radio World has an interesting article on their HF history

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Former Radio Canada International Facility Being Dismantled

English: Radio Canada International Transmitte...

English: Radio Canada International Transmitter Station, Tantramar Marsh, New Brunswick, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sackville, New Brusnwick transmitter site is being torn down. Radio Canada Int closed in 2012 , so ending a chapter that began before World War 2. The Sackville Tribune carried this report.

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What Next For Shortwave


The Broadcasting Board of Governors, i.e. those responsible for VOA, Radio Liberty, Radio Farda, Radio Free Asia etc etc is asking for opinions on that.  Though their interest seems more aimed at dissemination of the American viewpoint than a sentimental desire to entertain the masses and give SW a new lease of life!

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BBC World Service To Reduce Shortwave


“The Beeb” on SW  is once again getting pared down in an effort to save money. This story from The Guardian website.

Shortwave Remains Essential – ABU


From Martin Hadlow reporting on the DX Dialog reflector:

The 10th global High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC) with the  Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) 20-24th January 2014 meeting reported that shortwave will continue to be an important part of international broadcasting.

The story in detail is available on the ABU website.


Apps For SWLs


Thanks to the good folk at the Southgate Amateur Radio Club, apps (programs) for hams and SWLs are available:


The best Amateur Radio and shortwave apps for iOS and Android smart phones

Advances in technology have always gone hand-in-hand with our radio hobby – indeed, in many cases, those advances originated with our hobby.

Because of this, it should comes as no surprise that in a world where we are rapidly replacing home computing with mobile computing, radio hobbies are “app-ly” supported in the the mobile realm.

Check out our extensive list of Ham Radio apps:

Eton Announces Additions to SW Receiver Range


Eton Corporation has released four new SW radios, the Field, Mini, Traveller III and Satellite  were previewed at the Las Vegas CES show. Details can be found on Eton’s website.