Countdown of the Season
The Christmas countdown is upon us. Amid the last-minute mad dash of shopping and decorating your abode, take some time to enjoy seasonal programming from shortwave radio.
Choral music, dramas, religious services, and old time radio shows dominate the bands during this season. This is also a time of nostalgia for me.
Favorite stations have said goodbye to shortwave, while others, despite the odds, are going strong. Shortwave has not breathed his last breath. Far from it. There is still much to hear and enjoy.
The holidays also present an added bonus for QSLing. While you listen to your favorite programs, consider preserving them with a reception report to the station. This is an excellent opportunity to remember your favorite stations during this most blessed of seasons.
Thank you ...
Special thanks this month to Artur Fernández Llorella for his extensive contribution of European free radio email contacts, and copies of his colorful QSL cards. Do you have QSL information or scanned QSL cards you'd like to share with our world blog readers ? Contributions are always welcomed at w4gvh at frontier .com
Several QSL cards are available for Adventist World Radio Wavescan program. Send your AWR and KSDA reception reports for Wavescan to: Box 29235, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229 USA or send your program details to; wavescan@AWR.org
|OE3DMA QSL (Larry Van Horn)|
Austria-OE3DMA, 20 MHz-JT65. Full data color scenery card of Altenburg, Austria, signed by Alex-Operator. Received via ARRL bureau. (Larry Van Horn N5FPW/NC)
Austria-OE6BMG, 18 MHz-PSK31. Full data color radio nostalgia card, signed by Fred Braun, Operator. Received via ARRL bureau (Van Horn).
Austria-OE5WRO, 24 MHz-JT65. Full data color night scenery card, signed by Wolfgang Roubik, Germany, Operator. Received via ARRL bureau (Van Horn).
Italy-IZOIWP, 21 MHz-JT65. Full data color card of skydivers in flight, signed by Massimo Campili, Operator. Received via ARRL bureau (Van Horn).
|3B8CW QSL (Larry Van Horn)|
United States-K4KGG, Jekyll Island, Georgia, 20 meters SSB. Full data color card for K4KGG portable operation. Received in six weeks for a SWL report. QSL address: 23383 Water Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486-8542 USA (Larry Zamora, Garland, TX)
United States-W9IMS, Indianapolis, Indiana, 20 meters SSB. Full data color photo scenery card of Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) MotoGP. Received in three months for a SWL report for special event station, and a SASE. QSL address: Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230 (Zamora).
United States-W9ZI, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 20 meters SSB. Confirmation certificate depicts a photo of USAF Thunderbirds, signed by event chairman. Received in three months for a SW Listener's report for special event station celebrating Air Venture Oshkosh 2014 Air Show, plus SASE (used for reply). QSL address: Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 2346, Appleton, WI 54912 USA (Zamora).
United States-K4MIA, 14228 kHz USB. Full data color QSL card. Received in four weeks for a SW Listener's report for reception of special event station commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day-2014, plus a SASE (used for reply). QSL address: K4MIA, 6758 Hall Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470 (Larry Zamora, Garland, TX)
United States-W4LX, 14254 kHz USB. Full data QSL card, featured photo of Boca Grande Light at BocaGrande, Florida. Received in eight weeks for SW Listener's report for reception of special event station celebrating International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, plus SASE (used for reply). QSL address: Ft Meyers Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 061183, Ft Meyers, FL 33906 (Zamora).
Amateur Radio HF Beacons-K4UKB/B, 28.276 MHz. QSL card, received in three weeks. QSL address: Marshall McElfresh, 847 Locklin Lane, Danville, KY 40422-8670 USA. (Norbert Reinrer, Germany/playdx)
KA2LIM/B, 28.119.3 MHz. QSL card, received in 11 months. QSL address: Kenneth Kent, 516 Pine Valley Road, Pine Valley, NY 14872 USA (Reiner)
KA3JOE/B, 28.248.7 MHz. QSL card, received in one month. QSL address: Joseph W. Ciesielski, 1176 Poquessing Avenue, Bensalem, PA 19020 USA (Reiner)
K14LEV/B, 28.246.3. QSL card, received in 17 days. QSL address: Jason reeder, 2714 Dove Ct., Clarksville, TN 37040 USA (Reiner)
N4PAL/B, 28.214 MHz. QSL card, received in two weeks. QSL address: CN Keith, 351 Ferdinand Drive, Longwood, FL 32750 USA (Reiner)
NT4F/B, 28.210.2 MHz. QSL card, received in three weeks. QSL address: Linwood (Lin) Todd, 2061 Van Buren Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 USA (Reiner)
WA3IIA/B, 28.284.8 MHz. QSL card, received in three weeks. QSL address: 3726 Red Maple Lane, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 USA (Reiner)
WJ5O/B, 28.289 MHz. QSL card, received in ten days. QSL address: William H Hays, 100 Rick Street, Troy, AL 36079 USA (Reiner)
WW9EE/B, 28.252 MHz. QSL card, received in two weeks. QSL address: c/o Mark Allen, P.O. Box 5879, Peoria, IL 61601 USA (Reiner)
TWR India via Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia relay, 9925 kHz. Electronic color PDF of shortwave towers at Guam plus a cover letter with confirmation statement. Received in four months for program details to Franklin Abraham-TWR India. (Edward Kusalik, BC Canada)
Reach Beyond Australia, 15450 kHz. Full data paper QSL featuring color photo of Uluru, known as Ayers Rock, personal note from Shelly Martin, and winter program/frequency guide. Received in 36 days for an English report, contribution to faith-based station, and nested Euro envelope/label (used for reply) (Gayle Van Horn/NC) 15490 kHz, full data E-QSL from Shelly. Received in two weeks for program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Arthur Fernández Llorella, Catalonia, Spain)
TWR Europe, 7320 kHz. Full data E-QSL from Kalman Dobos. Received in eight days for program details to: email@example.com (Llorella)
European News Network, 5925 kHz. Verification card mailed from Cyprus in 20 days. Program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Christian Ghibaudo, France/playdx)
Voice of the Martrys via Uzbekistan relay, 7520 kHz. Full data verification on Seoul USA letterhead, signed by Pastor Tim Dillmuth. Received in 13 days for report, return postage (used) and label (used). QSL address: Seoul USA, 149 Woodcarver Rd., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 USA (Van Horn)
Radio Inyabutatu via Issoudun, France relay, 17870 kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in three months for program details to: email@example.com (Llorella)
Radio Hilaac via Issoudun, France relay, 15180 kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in three months for program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Llorella) Additonal email address: email@example.com
Voice of Tibet, 15540 kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in two months for an program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (Llorella).
Germany-Radio Jack FM, 190.640 (DAB Ch. 7 B). Prepared QSL card verified in eight weeks. QSL address: c/o Silvacast Broadcast Media Group, Groimanstarsse 40, 10623 Berlin, Germany (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)
Radio Impala Berlin, 190.640 (DAB Ch. 7 B) E-QSL from Susann Heidrich. Received in ten weeks. Program details to: email@example.com. Station address: Nibelungenstraße 13, 14109 Berlin, Germany (Reiner)
Jam FM Berlin, 93.60 kHz. Prepared QSL card verified. Received in four days. QSL address: Skyline Medien GmbH, Am Kleinen Wannsee 5 A, 14109 Berlin, Germany (Reiner)
Radio Paloma Berlin, 190.640 (DAB Ch.7 B) Prepared QSL card verified. Received in one week. QSL address: Unitcom GmbH, Grolmanstrasse 40, 10623 Berlin, Germany (Reiner).
AWR relay via Issoundun, France, 15155 kHz. Full data station QSL card. Received in 19 days. Program details to: 1 Milbanke Court Milbanke Way Bracknell, Berks. RG12 1RP UK (Ghibaudo)
Sud Radio, DAB 220.352 MHz (Nice, France) Station QSL card. Received in five days. QSL address: 93 rue du Lac FR- 31670 Labège, France (Ghibaudo)
Europa 24 (tests) 6150 kHz. Station QSL card in 92 days. Program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ghibaudo)
Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265 kHz. Full data blue/white card, signed by Noel, plus large station sticker. Received in 18 days for an English report of German Unity Day broadcast, $2.00US, souvenir postcard and nested Euro envelope/label (used for reply) QSL address: Hamburger Lokalradio, c/o Kulturzentrum Lola, 21031 Hamburg, Germany (Van Horn)
HCJB Weenermoor, 7365 kHz. Full data E-QSL of mountain scenery card and Psalm 90:2 card. Received in 24 days, mailed from Quito and form letter from Iris Rauscher for the German Department in Quito. The form letter indicated that for QSL cards they ask for return postage ($1.75 US postage for a letter to North America; $2.00 to Europe and $2.75 rest of the world). They accept e-mail reports at deutsch@andenstimm for virtual replies without being able to fill in the data details.(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer/WWDXC Top Nx 1186)
Estonia-Radio ELI, 1035 AM kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in one day. Program details to: email@example.com. Heard this station in the U.K. (Ghibaudo)
France-Bleu RCFM, 1494 AM kHz. Full data QSL card. Received in ten days. Program details to: 4 rue Favalelli BP 130 FR- 20292 Bastia Cedex, France (Ghibaudo)
Ireland-RTÉ-Radio 1, 252 AM kHz. Full data E-QSL from Laeve Anslow. Received in eight weeks for program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Llorella)
Ireland-RTÉ-Radio 1, 252 AM kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in seven days. Program details to: email@example.com (Ghibudo)
Russia-Polish Radio, 738 AM kHz. Verification via Vsemyrniya Radioset (World Radio Network) at Moscow Kurkino relay. Received QSL cards of mini photos of Warsaw, from the Russian service of
Polish Radio from firstname.lastname@example.org (Dmitry Kutuzov, Russia/deneb-radio-dx/RUS DX)
Spain-RNE 5 Barcelona, 576 AM kHz. E-QSL. Received in seven days. Program details to: email@example.com (Ghibaudo)
United States-KBRV, 800 AM kHz. Prepared QSL card verified, signed by Val Cook, Owner. Received in 12 days for an AM report from 2011 and several follow up reports that were not answered. (John Wilkins, CO/NRC) Station broadcast country and western program format. KBRV was originally on 540 kHz, changed to 790 kHz in 1966 and moved to 800 kHz on April 25, 2013. Streaming audio at: Tunein http://tunein.com/radio/KBRV-800-s31845/
United States-KDSK, 1240 AM kHz. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prepared QSL card verified and signed by Derek Underhill, Pres. Received in 66 days for a follow up report. (Wilkins/NRC) Broadcasting to the Albuquerque area.
United States-KREL, 1580 AM kHz. Verification letter from Dennis Hanson, General Manager. Received in 38 days for a CD report. QSL address: 614 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501. MW QSL # 3041. (Patrick Martin, OR/NRC) Streaming audio at tunein http://tunein.com/radio/KREL-1580-s26409/
Philippine Broadcasting Service, 15190 kHz. Full data PBS card, signed by Ric G. Lorenzo-Audience Relations, plus station sticker and program schedule. Received in three months for English report, mint postage stamps for return postage (used) nested Euro envelope (not used) and souvenir postcard. Station address: 4/F Media Center Bldg., Visayas Avenue, Dillman, Quezon City, 1128 Metro Manila, Philippines. (Van Horn) Website: www.pbs.gov.ph
Radio Romania International, 15170 kHz. Full data card depicting the Citadel of Sighisoara, unsigned. Station sticker and winter program schedule enclosed. Received in four months for an English report. QSL address: 60-64 General Berthelot Street, RO-010165, Bucharest, Romania (Zamora).
|Radio Adygea QSL (Artur Llorella)|
Radio Adygea, 7325 kHz. Full data QSL card, signed by Victor Efimco. Received in 31 days. Report details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ghibaudo)
Deutsche Welle via Kigali, Rwanda relay 15275 kHz. Full data color studio building card, unsigned. Received in 17 days for an English report on German Unity Day, $1.00US (returned) souvenir postcard and label (used) (Van Horn)
Sri Lanka BC, 11750 kHz. Full data E-QSL from Victor Goonetilleke. Received in three months for program details to: email@example.com (Llorella) JSWC via AWR/Wavescan, 11995 kHz from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka relay. Full data E-QSL. Received in five weeks for program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Llorella).
Radio Taiwan International, 11985 kHz. Full data cards received from the RTI Russian service. Program details to: email@example.com (Kutuzov).
Radio Taiwan International, 11665 kHz. Full data QSL card. Received in 33 days. Program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ghibaudo)
Radio Thailand, 9390 kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in 33 days for report details to: email@example.com . Additional QSL card in 17 days for report details to: firstname.lastname@example.org Also verified this frequency in 219 days, with program details to email@example.com. (Ghibaudo)
0011 ARCAP Civil Air Patrol Arkansas, 8012 kHz. No data "thank-you" email, and statement they "are not able to fullfill my QSL request, as the transmissions of the CAP are for official use only." Received in two days. (Robic).
Overcomer Ministry, 15570 kHz. Full data E-QSL from Brother Stare. Received in five weeks for program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sam Wright, KS)
Ciudad Global via WRMI, 9955 kHz. Full data QSL card, signed by Omar Ortiz-QSL Manager. Received in six months. Program details to: email@example.com (Llorella)
WWCR, 5935 kHz. Full data WWCR QSL card. Received in 15 weeks. Program details to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Llorella)
|Drilling Rig Scarebeo (shipspotting.com)|
C6AD7-Scarabeo 5 (drilling rig) MMSI 311076700, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data verification, plus personal letter. Received in 44 days after follow up for utility report and electronic prepared E-QSL card (Ibold).
YJSU8-Wilphoenix (drilling rig) MMSI 576837000, 2187 kHz DSC. Full data verification. Received in 18 days after follow up. That's drilling rig # 124 (Ibold).
Church of Our Lady Conceived Without Sin Mitchelstown, 27375 kHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned as signed and stamped. Received in 19 days. QSL address: Parochial House, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland (Patrick Robic, Austria/UDXF)
St. John's Church Ballybunion, 27631 khz. Full data prepared QSL card returned as signed and stamped. Received in eight days. QSL address: Parish House, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Robic).
St. Mary's Church Carrigtwohill, 27815 kHz. Prepared QSL card signed by Father Gabriel Burke and stamped. Received in 49 days. QSL address: The Presbytery, 4 Carrig Downs, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland (Robic).
St. Munchin's Church Clancy Strand/Limerick, 27601 kHz. No data personal letter, plus prepared QSL card returned, stamped and signed by Louise Kennedy, Secretary. Received in eight days. QSL address: Parish House, Clancy Strand, Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland (Ibold).
Our Lady of Victories Church Sallynoggin, 27871 kHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned with signature and stamped. Received in 10 days. QSL address: Parish House, Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin, Ireland (Ibold).
Ship addresses may be obtained by a MMSI search at: www.google.com
2FHQ9-Marineco Dignity (Crew boat) MMSI 23509171, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 14 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
OZ2102-Franklin (Research vessel) MMSI 231781000, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 44 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
FNWX-Raymond Croze (Cable LAyer ship) MMSI 226290000, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 40 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
GBSK-HMS Severn (Patrol ship-P 282) MMSI 23462300, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 111 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
|Seabourn Quest (cruisecomplete.com)|
ICGH-Ursa Minor (Pusher Tug) MMSI 247082300, 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 20 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
V2PO4-Bremen Hunter (Anchor handling supply Tug) MMSI 305118000 2187.5 kHz DSC. Full data prepared verification letter verified. Received in 54 days for a utility letter and prepared E-QSL (Ibold).
Koos Van Messel, 2187.5 kHz. SAR vessel (KNRM Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappiji, which is an equivelent to Royal Dutch Sea Rescue Agency. Full data card showing SAR ship battling against rough waves with a typical refinery and windmill landscape near Rotterdam. Received personal English letter from Ton Haasnott, Master, which included information on the future of DSC and GMDSS. Ship was at sea, off the Dutch coast. QSL address: KNRM, Postbus 434, 1970 AK Ijmuiden, Netherlands. (Patrice, France/UDXF)
Vatican City State
Radio Veritas Asia via Santa Maria Galeria relay, 15320 kHz. Full data E-QSL with mention of transmitter, from Arlene Arungayan-Donarber, Audience Relations Officer, plus station sticker and calendar. Received in four weeks for e-report details to: email@example.com (Llorella)
AM, Euro, Euro Free Radio, SW Address, Email and Veri Signer Updates
R Tamazuj firstname.lastname@example.org
PCJ Radio email@example.com Victor Goonetilleke, Frequency Manager
Euro Free Radio
Atlantic 2000 Intl firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltic Sea R email@example.com
Crazy Wave R (Germany) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cupid R email@example.com
European Music R firstname.lastname@example.org
FRS Holland (Netherlands) email@example.com Peter Verbruggen
Hitmix R firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween R email@example.com
I AM R firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Feat R email@example.com
Mustang R (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Time R (Unk Kingdom) email@example.com
Over 60 Degree R firstname.lastname@example.org
Pink Panther R email@example.com
Premier R Int'l (Ireland) firstname.lastname@example.org
R Arcadia email@example.com Capt. Arcadia
R Armada firstname.lastname@example.org
R Black Arrow email@example.com
R City firstname.lastname@example.org
R Enterprise (Italy) email@example.com
R Europe (Italy) firstname.lastname@example.org Capt. Danny
R Etherfreak (Netherlands) email@example.com
R Good Ship Venus firstname.lastname@example.org
R Marabu (Germany) email@example.com
R Merlin firstname.lastname@example.org
R Mi Amigo email@example.com
R Mistletoe firstname.lastname@example.org
R Moby Dix email@example.com
R Montferland firstname.lastname@example.org
R Mistero Ghost Planet email@example.com
R Mustang (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org
R New Wave email@example.com
R Oliebollenbakers firstname.lastname@example.org
R Over 60 Degrees email@example.com
R Pioneer firstname.lastname@example.org
R Powerline (Netherlands) email@example.com
R Rona Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org
R Seat email@example.com
R Spanningzoeker (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org
R Summermeeting email@example.com
R Thunderbirds Postfach 101145 - 99801 Eisenach, Germany
R Tower (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org
R Twentana email@example.com
R Uniek (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org
R Wittereus email@example.com
Ronex R firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio 69 (Netherlands) email@example.com
Tip & Elvis Show, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans Universe R email@example.com
Zara R firstname.lastname@example.org
Zender Akenzo email@example.com