Saturday, February 24, 2018

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, Winter 2017-2018, available at Amazon

There's still several weeks until most stations adjust to their summer broadcast schedules.  Until then, the winter edition of International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, is still available from Amazon. Get your copy NOW to complete your winter listening.

Winter 2017-2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available at Amazon

 Many long time shortwave radio listeners remember the bevy of shortwave radio stations that broadcasted a constant drumbeat of political propaganda from around the world during the old Cold War years. Shortwave radio frequencies, played a very important role in promoting the then ideological confrontation between the East and the West.

Once again shortwave radio has moved to the forefront of a new Cold War, as tensions heat up around the various world hotspots. To follow the action on shortwave radio, you need an accurate and comprehensive broadcast guide.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of that important radio reference – Winter 2017-2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

The release of this book is very timely for international radio monitors given the recent outbreak of tensions in the world hotspots of Eastern Europe, Middle East, East Asia and specifically, the Korean Peninsula.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast is not restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is our exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave, selected medium wave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New in this ninth edition of the ISWBG is a feature, “Monitoring the Secret State of North Korea” by ISWBG author Gayle Van Horn. This timely article will guide you through the various broadcasts medium from rogue regime in Pyongyang. Other authors in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, and Hans Johnson. There are also two equipment reviews (Gospell GR-216 and T1VDIO receivers), a review of the NRC AM Radio Log and a review of the DXTreme Monitor 11 software program by the Teak Publishing team.

There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum by former Monitoring Times editor and Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist/feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

Also included in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide, and some selected spy numbers broadcasts.

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide 9th edition of this semiannual Teak Publishing publication is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at

 The price for this latest edition is still US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular website.

 Don’t own a Kindle reader from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

A Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; and WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (, The Btown Monitor Post ( and The Shortwave Central ( for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

Here are some of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Amazon e-book.

Old-School Shortwave Folks Need to Buy This by James Tedford
There is still a lot to hear on the over-the-air analog shortwave radio bands. This book, updated semiannually will help you hear it. Good comprehensive frequency listings. A must-have for those of us who refuse to totally succumb to digital media.
An excellent guide for shortwave listeners of all levels everywhere by Bill Tilford
This is the best $7.99 you will ever spend on shortwave. This is excellently done and has some of everything - an excellent hour by hour "who is on", discussions of radios, propagation, antennas and some newsworthy items related to the B16 season. The author, Gayle Van Horn, also does the excellent Shortwave Central blog, and the book also has contributions from Fred Waterer, who writers about shortwave for The Spectrum Monitor. I am not a regular Kindle user and was originally concerned about the e-book format, but the Kindle app turned out to be easy to download and use (and the app, unlike the book, is free).

Broadcasters listed by UTC By E. Kapetanakis
Guide offers a lot of useful information for the novice as well as the seasoned shortwave radio listener. Listing of broadcasters and their respective frequencies has been broken down by the Universal Coordinated Time slot that they broadcast. Very useful to check and see who you are listening to at any time of day in your particular geographical location.

Five Stars by DLR and Heatwave
A great source and informative read and great book, well written.

VERY Useful Guide! By Dave in Ohio
Being rather new to the SW DXing, I needed a guide. Most of them were pretty pricey so I decided to give this one a try. When it arrived, I didn't have a lot of time to review it, just glanced at it and was a little upset. I had expected something with page after page of countries with their frequency listings, much like other guides I'd heard about. This one seemed to have a lot of articles about SWL and only in the back did I find frequency listings. But the next day I had about an hour to sit and review the book on my Kindle and I discovered how clever Ms. Van Horn had been in her formatting. I realized that the last thing I needed was just a list of frequencies. The gem of the book is the section that divides the day into UTC hours and what frequency in which country is likely to be on the air at that time. After all, what good does it do me to know that Radio Slobovia broadcasts on 1305 if I have no idea of when to listen for them? (The book also contains a long listing by frequency for identifying those broadcasts that you stumble upon.) I've looked around the articles towards the beginning of the book and the ones I've read are well written and interesting. I strongly recommend that the new readers of Ms. Van Horn's guide use the table of contents to skip around and become familiar with the format. Very useful book at a good price. Ms. Van Horn has herself a new fan ) 

Essential reference for SWLs By Hundedrek
Gayle knows international SW like few others. She used to write a monthly column and directory in the late, lamented Monitoring Times mag. A big reason why I I subbed to it for years. This guide continues the tradition. The Kindle version is more convenient to use. Now that so many international broadcasters are streaming their programming, Gayle's guide is even more valuable.

Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Radio Guide By Tampa

A needed re hash of previous books. Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Guide. Many on ships have stopped using short wave as they do not have radio distribution systems for the crews as Satellite takes over. Many ships have wired hanging out of portholes as a result and all kinds of antennas stuck around the ships creating hazards so they can listen to their home countries. CBC has shut down Radio Canada to save money OMG #Stupid. Clandestine Radio is on the Rise and this book lists and explains. That in itself is interesting. Should be of interest to any #SWL or #HamRadio people.

Shortwave LIVES!!!!!! By Walter C. Thurman
The Van Horns are shining stars in the Shortwave Radio and MilComms World.... this read is helpful for us DIE HARD shortwave listener's and Ham Radio folks alike. THANK FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO!!!!! N0RDC

Great Useful (and highly affordable) Data For SWLs By Randy S.
Gayle's monthly Monitoring Times roundup of shortwave broadcast schedules was always tremendously useful. With the demise of the magazine itself it's nice to see that her massive database (and the years of work on it) aren't going to waste. And at the price (less than the cost of a monthly issue of the magazine) it makes for a fine bargain and is well worth it for shortwave-broadcast listeners with e-reader capability. The twice- yearly updates will keep the project relevant and useful.

Solid for HF listening! By Mr geocacher
Very useful for identifying what you hear on HF. Lot's of good tidbits for listening hints too.

Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer
Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found no where else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.

 Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka
I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.

NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski
This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.

This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson
When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (

Good value by DrP
This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.

I like this one by Charles
I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.

 Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN
Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a longtime shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.

Good Product by Radio Freq
Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.

It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory
Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening.

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's melting Pot Schedules

From the Isle of Music, February 25-March 3, 2018

This week and next, our special guest is saxophonist/composer/bandleader Alexey León, 1st Place winner in the Interpretation category at JoJazz 2017. He already has a very impressive musical resume, and in one of our rare interviews in English, we’ll talk about his career to date and listen to some of his new album Cuban Connection, which also features other distinguished jazzistas such as Ivan Melon Lewis and Carlos Sarduy.

Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:

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 25
Episode 51 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot sends us to the Balkans for some hot Roma brass from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania along with our mystery song for the week. We will also do a “hang” at our Facebook page so that you can chat with us during the show if you like.
Sunday, February 25, 2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz shortwave from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe.

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer/Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekend Shortwave Radiogram schedule

Response to last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram was somewhat light. I think this was partly due to poor propagation during the Sunday 2030 and 2330 UTC transmissions on 7780 kHz from WRMI in Florida. On the other hand, the Saturday 1600 UTC broadcast on 9400 kHz from Bulgaria was good to most of Europe, and even received in Ontario (see above). The Monday 0800 UTC broadcast was also received well in many parts of North America, although it's difficult to find North Americans awake at that hour. I will post some results at, and you can see more at .

We will resume experiments with comparative modes soon, but this weekend will be all MFSK32. It includes details about plans for shortwave in the FY2019 budget of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (includes VOA, RFE/RL, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Martí, Radio Sawa and Alhurra). Not all the news is bad!

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 36, 24-25 February 2018, all in MFSK32:

 1:38  Program preview
 2:40  How the US FY2019 budget affects shortwave broadcasting***
18:22  Telescopes, artists, and non-visible light*
25:44  Closing announcements

*** with three images
*  with image

Please send reception reports to
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Shortwave Radiogram Program 36
(24-25 February  2018)

1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz

Space Line, Bulgaria
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
0800-0830 UTC

7730 kHz
5850 kHz
WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6150 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:

2025-2030 UTC
5845 kHz
Europe, Middle East, Asia
0125-0130 UTC
5950, 11580 kHz
0225-0230 UTC
9955 kHz
0255-0300 UTC
5985 kHz
0155-0200 UTC
5850, 5950, 9395, 9455 kHz
0055-0100 UTC
7730 kHz
1155-1200 UTC
6070 kHz

 Thanks for your reception reports! 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at

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)