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Title: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: HAMMYGUY on March 06, 2014, 03:24:50 PM
I'm mainly a MW (AM Band) listener.  The SW bands have been taken over with station after station after station of religious broadcasting.   Finding interesting broadcasts within the 49m, 41m, and 31m broadcast bands are a waste of time.  With the exceptions of possibly Radio Havana or China Radio International.  Of course there are the ham bands which provides some good entertainment. 

I'd really like to find out what you listen to.  Please post your frequencies and possibly broadcast times in GMT. 

There has to be more out there.   


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KB0XR on March 07, 2014, 05:13:50 AM
Buy a copy of Popular Communications or Monitoring Times.  Both have frequency listings for you to try.  There's plenty out there.  It takes a little more effort than in years past.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: K0OD on March 07, 2014, 08:51:03 AM
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Buy a copy of Popular Communications or Monitoring Times.

"Monitoring Times has ceased publication."  http://www.monitoringtimes.com/

European longwave AM stations are still interesting if you can pick them up in your location.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: HFCRUSR on March 07, 2014, 08:51:23 AM
If you aren't coming across the still vast number of English services across the bands at any given time of day, I suspect you need more antenna. Most of it comes from transmitters overseas. You seem to be only getting the religious US-based BCs, which makes me think that.
Here's a very helpful site that you can use to direct your dial
http://www.short-wave.info/index.php
Here in SFO, I can get BBC, VOA, Vietnam, China, N. Korea, DeutschWelle, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, Romania, Iran, and more just in English, throughout the day.
I have to admit, Brother Stair is getting a bit too heavily into every band though, almost 24-7. Dude's on a mission :-\


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KC6RCM on March 07, 2014, 12:02:04 PM
Longwave.

NDB DXing in the 200 to 500kHz region of the band.  Their CW ID is continuous, so one can quickly log and move on to the next signal.  Wintertime evening months are best, when the band conditions are optimal.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: WN4V on March 07, 2014, 05:59:21 PM
Another source you can use is www.primetimeshortwave.com. Schedules for English broadcasting by frequency and worldwide geographic areas are updated regularly. These schedules are printable.

Jon WN4V


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: K4TPC on March 07, 2014, 07:46:29 PM
Radio Romania International has great broadcasts. Also, in the USA, "WBCQ The Planet" has funky shows.

Freqs and scheds for all kinds of radio broadcasts:  http://www.shortwaveschedule.com/

Enjoy.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: VK3DWZ on March 07, 2014, 07:53:22 PM
I've been listening to shortwave for well over 50 years now, and I agree there's not that much to listen to now compared with the 1960's.  The bands are filled with Religious broadcasters and Chinese stations.  However, there's still a lot to be heard if you look hard enough.  My favourites are: Radio Japan, Radio New Zealand, Voice of Korea (Pyongyang: with some very nice Korean music -- I requested that they play more music on their programs and they complied), Radio Taiwan International and China Radio International. 

It's a pity that the broadcasts are not nearly as good as they were.  C.R.I. is a pale shadow of its previous self -- I won a C.R.I. trip in 2004 and then their programs were very entertaining.  Now the programs seem to be nothing more than people with thick Chinese accents talking so quickly you can't understand them!  And the B.B.C. is also a pale shadow of its former self.  I know, I was listening in the good old days.

One thing tho', Americans are lucky to be able to hear Brother R.G. Stair so much on SW.  Here, we can't hear him at all on SW so we can only hear him on his website.  Pity as I would  like to hear him when away from the computer.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: WA8ZTZ on March 08, 2014, 02:07:41 AM
Buy a copy of Popular Communications or Monitoring Times.  Both have frequency listings for you to try.  There's plenty out there.  It takes a little more effort than in years past.

Unfortunately, both ceased publication in December.   :(  You will have to do some digging on the internet to find SW broadcast listings.

You may want to diversify your listening by trying non-broadcast HF, or longwave, or scanning. 

So, yes, there is still plenty out there.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KB0XR on March 08, 2014, 05:57:32 AM
Buy a copy of Popular Communications or Monitoring Times.  Both have frequency listings for you to try.  There's plenty out there.  It takes a little more effort than in years past.

Unfortunately, both ceased publication in December.   :(  You will have to do some digging on the internet to find SW broadcast listings.

You may want to diversify your listening by trying non-broadcast HF, or longwave, or scanning. 

So, yes, there is still plenty out there.

Guess I didn't notice I have not got an issue in awhile.  I have a long subscription so I better check into it and see if there is a digital version available.  Thanks for the info.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: WA8ZTZ on March 08, 2014, 10:28:08 AM
Some of the former MT contributors have started their own internet only "magazine" called "Spectrum Monitor".

Pop'Comm is out of print but a digital version of it has been folded into the digital "CQ Plus".


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KI5WW on March 08, 2014, 05:07:48 PM
Longwave.

NDB DXing in the 200 to 500kHz region of the band.  Their CW ID is continuous, so one can quickly log and move on to the next signal.  Wintertime evening months are best, when the band conditions are optimal.

Havent done that in a while. Thats kinda fun. Used to cpy one from GA here in western Ok. You can go to AirNav.com and look it up once you copy the three character identifier. AirNav will give you power,out put, ant info and lots more,info as well. Need to try thatmsome more. Usemyour longest ant for that. I use 80 meter dipole.  But use what ya got.

My son flys.  Pilots use these signals through a compass for navigation. All there ant are really hi!  But just a peace of wire about 8 feet long,but in "free space" around 5000 feet or so.  But these beacons propagate well at night. As my statement above suggest.  Listen for a "weak signal". All are weak. Sorry for the sloppy work, but im sleepy. Ill keep thinking. Of some more

Identifiers are all morse code but super super slow. Pilots have to have time to write them down and decyper them. Pilots need not know how to read morse code.

.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: RENTON481 on March 13, 2014, 10:00:01 PM
I mainly listen to MW year round, and also listen to SW during the summer months.

On the shortwaves I listen to Radio Nacional Da Amazonia on 6180 khz., the BBC in the 41 meter band during the mornings (comes into the West Coast of the US from Singapore), Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand on the 31 and 21 meter bands (don't have my logbooks handy for frequencies), and sometimes stations from (and to) the Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Kuwait (if propagation's in) which I usually hear on the 21 and 25 meter bands -- those stations are interesting to listen to for the cool music they often play (once again, I don't have my log handy, but www.short-wave.info has good schedule information).

Radio Pyongyang also plays some interesting music. I'll give them a listen if I hear them. Radio Rebelde on 5025 khz plays a lot of good music at night, and is audible in most of the U.S.

The VOA's broadcasts to Africa and Asia in foreign languages can sometimes be interesting for the music played.

Sometimes I tune into the CW portions of the ham bands, to try to learn more of the code, and sometimes tune into the SSB portions of the ham bands if propagation seems to be bringing in DX.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: WW7KE on March 15, 2014, 08:35:22 PM
You will have to do some digging on the internet to find SW broadcast listings.

Put your shovel away.  ;D

Here are some links to shortwave broadcast info:
http://www.short-wave.info/
http://www.primetimeshortwave.com/


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: W4JOP on March 16, 2014, 10:49:51 AM
How about the World Radio TV Handbook?


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N3WAK on March 16, 2014, 11:59:14 AM
There's still plenty--well, enough anyway--to listen to.  The magic of the Internet is that one (i.e, hammguy) can visit all of these broadcasters and find out when they broadcast.  I listen to Radio Australia in the mornings on 9.580 (they're also on 12.065, if I recall) with a powerhouse signal, and also Radio New Zealand International.  The BBC and Deutsche Welle have a good/really good signal in the afternoons, as does Radio Espana Exterior at 8:00 pm EDT on 6.055.  Radio Romania has a ton of frequencies, and excellent signals.  Radio Vietnam is out there, VOA, Radio Havana (from the last "free territory" in the Americas), and others. 

It's not like the old days.  I sure miss Radio Nederland, Radio Sweden, and Radio Canada International, and Radio Japan with its Canada relay station. 

But the bottom line is--it's too early to throw in the towel and listen to everything on-line.  I get so much pleasure from listening to the international broadcasters on my Drake SW-4A, 2-B, R-4B, R7A, SPR-4, and R8A.  All these Drakes are great, especially the ones that glow in the dark.  Happy listening!

73, Tony


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: WW7KE on March 17, 2014, 11:18:43 AM
It's not like the old days.  I sure miss Radio Nederland, Radio Sweden, and Radio Canada International, and Radio Japan with its Canada relay station. 

But the bottom line is--it's too early to throw in the towel and listen to everything on-line.  I get so much pleasure from listening to the international broadcasters on my Drake SW-4A, 2-B, R-4B, R7A, SPR-4, and R8A.  All these Drakes are great, especially the ones that glow in the dark.  Happy listening!

But the towel is close to getting thrown.  I still listen to SWBC, but the number of broadcasts, especially in English and Spanish (other than Cuba), is going down.

The BBC is cutting most of its SW broadcasts next year.  The VOA is still evaluating its future.  Putin saved the Voice of Russia for the time being, but for how long?

The fact of the matter is that there is almost no reason for these stations to continue broadcasting, other than to Africa and Asia, and most of those broadcasts will not be in English.  Even Havana, Beijing, and Pyongyang will eventually have to give it up when they find out that almost nobody's listening.

The rest of the world has moved onto better technology.  Eventually, the poorer countries of Africa and Asia will also be connected, and then the HF spectrum will be pretty much left to us hams for the most part.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KE7TMA on March 17, 2014, 04:10:36 PM
I'm mainly a MW (AM Band) listener.  The SW bands have been taken over with station after station after station of religious broadcasting.   Finding interesting broadcasts within the 49m, 41m, and 31m broadcast bands are a waste of time.  With the exceptions of possibly Radio Havana or China Radio International.  Of course there are the ham bands which provides some good entertainment. 

I'd really like to find out what you listen to.  Please post your frequencies and possibly broadcast times in GMT. 

There has to be more out there.   

With the current poor to average conditions you are more or less correct.  However with a good antenna and the right conditions, I can receive programming from Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and even Africa.  The best thing to do is scan the bands, you never know when propagation will favor some far away stations.

Brazil has come online to North America in the last year or so with an exceptionally powerful signal, rivaling that of RHC.  It is very wide and has a hi-fi quality to it that many SW stations now lack, preferring instead to go with a narrower bandwidth signal to maximize their transmission range.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KE7TMA on March 17, 2014, 04:12:07 PM
If you aren't coming across the still vast number of English services across the bands at any given time of day, I suspect you need more antenna. Most of it comes from transmitters overseas. You seem to be only getting the religious US-based BCs, which makes me think that.
Here's a very helpful site that you can use to direct your dial
http://www.short-wave.info/index.php
Here in SFO, I can get BBC, VOA, Vietnam, China, N. Korea, DeutschWelle, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, Romania, Iran, and more just in English, throughout the day.
I have to admit, Brother Stair is getting a bit too heavily into every band though, almost 24-7. Dude's on a mission :-\

How Brother Scare can afford to put out such a powerful signal on so many bands at once is a mystery.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KE7TMA on March 17, 2014, 04:15:38 PM
I mainly listen to MW year round, and also listen to SW during the summer months.

On the shortwaves I listen to Radio Nacional Da Amazonia on 6180 khz., the BBC in the 41 meter band during the mornings (comes into the West Coast of the US from Singapore), Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand on the 31 and 21 meter bands (don't have my logbooks handy for frequencies), and sometimes stations from (and to) the Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Kuwait (if propagation's in) which I usually hear on the 21 and 25 meter bands -- those stations are interesting to listen to for the cool music they often play (once again, I don't have my log handy, but www.short-wave.info has good schedule information).

Radio Pyongyang also plays some interesting music. I'll give them a listen if I hear them. Radio Rebelde on 5025 khz plays a lot of good music at night, and is audible in most of the U.S.

The VOA's broadcasts to Africa and Asia in foreign languages can sometimes be interesting for the music played.

Sometimes I tune into the CW portions of the ham bands, to try to learn more of the code, and sometimes tune into the SSB portions of the ham bands if propagation seems to be bringing in DX.

You are the second person in the thread to mention Voice of Korea, and I too enjoy listening to their unique blend of forceful and often hilarious rhetoric and amazingly funky music.  I think North Korean music should be put on the UN list of intangible cultural heritages, there is simply nothing even remotely like it in the world.  What other music has synthesizers, kazoos, harmonicas, accordions, guitars, and a full orchestra all at the same time?


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: K5TED on March 17, 2014, 06:20:29 PM
Mostly chasing relays and pirates of late. "The Gulch" is interesting on weekends. The South American regionals are a challenge.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: K6RQR on March 18, 2014, 08:29:24 AM
 I have to take issue with the VK3 who said that we Americans are lucky to be able to listen to "Brother" Stair. This man, who obviously never got anywhere near a bible college or a divinity school, is an increasing irritant on the SW bands. He goes on and on about how Jesus is coming back soon and he has been doing that since the 1990s. He even claimed as the Millenium was approaching that he would stop broadcasting if Jesus did not return in 2000. This "prophet" runs some kind of compound in South Carolina and he is very restrictive about what his followers can do, including how they dress and talk. I have read personal statements from former members who quit concerning his heavy-handed ways and there were also charges of sexual misconduct from two young females.
 I am old enough to remember when there were far batter Christian broadcasters such as Radio HCJB from Quito, Ecuador and Vatican Radio. However, this new crop of right-wing "Christians" are a disgrace.  One of them that I heard in 2009 after Obama was elected told his listeners to buy lots of guns because the new administration was going to take their guns away. That same station also broadcast survival techniques such as hand to hand combat when the End Times come. One of the current broadcasters. Pete Peters, will launch into all kind of right-wing nonsense oin a regular basis.
 One night I was tuning across the 25 meter band and I heard 5 stations. All of them were broadcasting this stuff. It is definitely less enjoyable to listen to SW these days.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N1USD on March 18, 2014, 03:58:23 PM
This week I had dug out my old Realistic DX-302 and started to tune around the bands, and I also was shocked by the lack of stations.  I haven't done any listening since about the year 2001, I know that because that was my last copy of Passport to World Band Radio.
   I did catch Radio NZ this morning, but agree there seems to be mostly Brother Starr there.  I also lament the demise of HCJB is Radio Vatican still around?

I am thinking of getting a portable or laptop radio but was also looking at the Kenwood R2000 ro a Grundig 750 but now I am wondering if it is worth it?  With my DX302 and a multi band dipole, I don't know if a new radio would buy me much of anything I can't catch now.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KE7TMA on March 18, 2014, 04:21:19 PM
I have to take issue with the VK3 who said that we Americans are lucky to be able to listen to "Brother" Stair. This man, who obviously never got anywhere near a bible college or a divinity school, is an increasing irritant on the SW bands. He goes on and on about how Jesus is coming back soon and he has been doing that since the 1990s. He even claimed as the Millenium was approaching that he would stop broadcasting if Jesus did not return in 2000. This "prophet" runs some kind of compound in South Carolina and he is very restrictive about what his followers can do, including how they dress and talk. I have read personal statements from former members who quit concerning his heavy-handed ways and there were also charges of sexual misconduct from two young females.
 I am old enough to remember when there were far batter Christian broadcasters such as Radio HCJB from Quito, Ecuador and Vatican Radio. However, this new crop of right-wing "Christians" are a disgrace.  One of them that I heard in 2009 after Obama was elected told his listeners to buy lots of guns because the new administration was going to take their guns away. That same station also broadcast survival techniques such as hand to hand combat when the End Times come. One of the current broadcasters. Pete Peters, will launch into all kind of right-wing nonsense oin a regular basis.
 One night I was tuning across the 25 meter band and I heard 5 stations. All of them were broadcasting this stuff. It is definitely less enjoyable to listen to SW these days.

Even Harold Camping was much more pleasurable to listen to than Brother Scare.  While I didn't have much of an interest in his theology, he was entertaining sometimes, and his hypnotic voice was very relaxing.

If you listen for the weaker signals, you'll find that lots of other programming is still making its way into the USA even if it is unintentional on the part of the broadcaster.  I had a fun time last night listening to North Korean music on 11680.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N1USD on March 18, 2014, 04:25:06 PM
just did some "scanning" the bands, found some interesting music, that is always fun as I try to identify the country.

The I tried to get a time signal on 10.000 and nothing but just up the band at 10.052 got Gander aviation weather, came in on USB really well, so I came out here to the kitchen and tried it on my 803A and while it is scratchy on the internal whip it is readable.
  So there is stuff there.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N6PG on March 29, 2014, 09:39:44 AM
I sold my Grunndig YB-400 and I got a new Chinese radio for $40 on amazon. I like the radio in my camping setup. There is a lot less than in the 80s! As others have pointed out, but there is still a lot out there. I have an HF in the plane I fly, and in the last 2 days ive heard a couple of middle eastern stations, North Korea, Australia, Cuba, VOA. The shows and music were still very interesting. Funny, but the VOA show I listened to in its entirety!


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: K1FPV on June 12, 2014, 01:54:54 PM
re: Scott N6PG

I too used to listen using a small SW receiver I hand carried on the smaller private aviation aircraft I used to fly. Back in the late 60's when I had my ham license already for about 6 to 8 years, I used to have a small transistor radio. Unfortunately today, there are nowhere near as many SW stations as back in the 60's and 70's.

Also, due to age and health conditions, I no longer can pass my medical to fly though I still manage to go up occasionally with another pilot and keep my feet wet!  8)

Bill, K1FPV


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N4OI on June 14, 2014, 05:55:22 AM
I work from home and often have the Drake R8 tuned in...  In the morning, here on the east coast, Radio Australia is like high fidelity.  In the afternoons, I gravitate toward the air traffic control frequencies for flights between NYC and the Carib.  And occasionally, the BBC Africa broadcasts have great music, but not like the best, Jerry, the BEST: music from the Voice of Greece (regardless of the broadcast language)...  Still lots of good stuff on HF!

Regarding the Christian broadcasts, they are all capable of opening hearts for the Holy Spirit, no matter how weird.  In my youth, HCJB (not weird!) was instrumental to my later accepting Jesus Christ as my savior... even though I did not know Him then...   Yes, many benefits from this great hobby!

73 ES GOD BLESS U ES URS DE KEN N4OI  ;D


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KF5ONT on June 16, 2014, 01:24:08 PM
Saturday on 7.375 has some good music.
Here is some Beatles on my old Yaesu.

www.netlight.org/00018.MTS

EDIT * Oops. Thats the Doors. Wrong vid... ;D

Beatles below.
www.netlight.org/00023.MTS


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KJ6ZOL on June 17, 2014, 02:23:32 PM
I have to take issue with the VK3 who said that we Americans are lucky to be able to listen to "Brother" Stair. This man, who obviously never got anywhere near a bible college or a divinity school, is an increasing irritant on the SW bands. He goes on and on about how Jesus is coming back soon and he has been doing that since the 1990s. He even claimed as the Millenium was approaching that he would stop broadcasting if Jesus did not return in 2000. This "prophet" runs some kind of compound in South Carolina and he is very restrictive about what his followers can do, including how they dress and talk. I have read personal statements from former members who quit concerning his heavy-handed ways and there were also charges of sexual misconduct from two young females.
 I am old enough to remember when there were far batter Christian broadcasters such as Radio HCJB from Quito, Ecuador and Vatican Radio. However, this new crop of right-wing "Christians" are a disgrace.  One of them that I heard in 2009 after Obama was elected told his listeners to buy lots of guns because the new administration was going to take their guns away. That same station also broadcast survival techniques such as hand to hand combat when the End Times come. One of the current broadcasters. Pete Peters, will launch into all kind of right-wing nonsense oin a regular basis.
 One night I was tuning across the 25 meter band and I heard 5 stations. All of them were broadcasting this stuff. It is definitely less enjoyable to listen to SW these days.

Anybody remember WWCR? "World Wide Christian Radio" is what the call meant, but most of their stuff was right wing conspiracy programming. Some of it could be trippy. I remember some dude announcing that martial law in the US was "imminent"...around 2004.  ::) Most of it was "scarelore" intended to sell cheap survival supplies and fake/overpriced precious metals. How about that Cooper guy and his Hour Of The Time show? He eventually came to believe his own BS, and committed suicide by cop cause he was convinced that it was only a matter of time until he would be shipped to a FEMA camp. I personally think that the "Christian" stn's now are fronts for the CIA. How else can they afford those beefy signals, since they likely have few true followers? The Scotts have that tx in Anguilla, how do they afford diesel fuel for the generators?


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: 2E0OZI on July 12, 2014, 04:16:56 PM
I remember WWCR and thier far-right catastrophist programming - it was pretty entertaining at times. I used to listen to the antidote/opposite as well - RFPI from Costa Rica.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N0SYA on July 14, 2014, 07:08:02 AM
Sadly, their catastrophism came true to life.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KC2QYM on October 03, 2014, 08:55:26 AM
I can't wait for all the external broadcasters to run out money and shut down their operations.  I was an avid SWL back in the days when the broadcasts were controversial but now it's just crap.  The faster they drop off of 40 meters the better.  My Hallicrafter SX-110 now serves as a platform for my tube collection now.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: N3AZH on October 04, 2014, 12:34:55 AM
How about FM broadcast feeds around 25,950 MHz or so during band openings? (in FM mode of course). Is WBCQ still around? Been out of that loop for a while.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KC4MOP on November 14, 2014, 03:59:17 PM
How about FM broadcast feeds around 25,950 MHz or so during band openings? (in FM mode of course). Is WBCQ still around? Been out of that loop for a while.

WBCQ 7.490 now. It is still around and Fri evening and Saturday/Sunday evening there are music programs.
Fred


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: IZ5PQT on November 15, 2014, 01:02:06 PM
I used to be a SWL from 1974 to 2004 more or less, mainly on the tropical bands (90 and 60 m) which for me were the most exciting bands. Today they are practically dead  :'(. I think that medium wave and longwave dx-ing is probably the most interesting listening activity today. These bands are becoming less crowdeded and open interesting possibilities. I read that european longwave stations are routinely received in the US, likewise
AM US and SA stations are being received in Europe. Non-directional-beacon NDB DX-ing has also many adepts. Another interesting DX-ing is Navtex. Paradoxically one can have excellent antennas for LW and MW in little space, like loops and the PA0RDT miniwhip. A good place to get serious up-to-date information is CumbreDx on Yahoo groups.

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KW4JA on December 24, 2014, 03:41:06 PM
The problem today is most programming is canned. If you want to hear a person live I recommend AM talk radio. For sw Alex Jones is live afternoons 12160, nights 4840 (taped).

For best music I'd say Havana Cuba, 5025. For great African music Afrique No 1. African music is classy and creative unlike rap music as are many African people.

The best way to listen to shortwave today is use Tune In. Just find foreign stations under location.
My favorite is Cherie FM in Paris. French pop music is nothing like junk you have here. In fact pop music doesn't really exist any longer here. That's why so many stations play music from the 60s to 80s over and over.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KJ6ZOL on December 24, 2014, 07:29:07 PM
The problem today is most programming is canned. If you want to hear a person live I recommend AM talk radio. For sw Alex Jones is live afternoons 12160, nights 4840 (taped).

For best music I'd say Havana Cuba, 5025. For great African music Afrique No 1. African music is classy and creative unlike rap music as are many African people.

The best way to listen to shortwave today is use Tune In. Just find foreign stations under location.
My favorite is Cherie FM in Paris. French pop music is nothing like junk you have here. In fact pop music doesn't really exist any longer here. That's why so many stations play music from the 60s to 80s over and over.

I sometimes listen to the local "pop music" station here in Sacramento, "Hot 103.5" (KHHM-FM). Lot of really bad quality, feminized rap, with lots of words bleeped out. The most tolerable time to listen is during the dance/party mix shows, Liftoff Mix at 5pm M-Th, All Star Mix Show from 5pm to 2am Fri. The DJs are modestly capable considering what they have to work with.

I never dreamed that rap and hip hop would still be popular in 2014 back when I was a teen in the early 90s, I'll say. It even isn't good rap, but really dumb stuff about certain types of sex acts (keeping in mind that all sorts of people are reading, I'll leave it at that), and talk about having lots of money, and references to prostitution and strippers. Every so often a talented female singer will pop up, like a woman called Jasmine B, who recently performed in Roseville.

The weird thing is, it used to be that every few years we'd have a new style of music pop up, but music in the US seems to have stagnated. I'm not sure why, although it may have to do with "helicopter parenting" and the insistence of schools on absolute conformity and dumping art and music programs in favor of an emphasis on standardized testing.

One would have thought that after the Great Recession that adolescent rage would be pouring out of every radio in the country, but nope. Look at the post-Cold War economic problems in the US, you had grunge rock and a revival of punk and hardcore, angry ghetto rap like gangsta rap and "conscious" rap (political themes). It's really sad, the system seems to have beaten rebellion out of today's youth, all they're interested in is social one-upmanship and doing dope and binge drinking until their brains cook.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: RENTON481 on December 25, 2014, 04:56:51 AM
I like a lot of the alt pop. I think much of it is quite good.

The reason there hasn't been a "new style" of music hit it big recently probably has more to do with the heavy fragmentation of the music industry -- and the decline in the importance of radio as a music delivery system -- than anything else. Most young people I know don't even listen to radio. they listen to Spotify and Pandora.

RE Shortwave: Voice of Greece is about the only station I'll tune into to hear the music. When Vividh Bharati comes in, I'll listen to it. Sometimes Radio Nacional Da Amazonia, but lately when I tune in I've just been hearing sports, and not knowing much Portuguese, it's difficult to follow the action...

IF RNZ or R. Australia have an interesting program, I'll listen to them, also. Generally those two SW stations have had really good quality programs over the years.


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: SHORTWIRE on December 25, 2014, 05:16:43 AM
I'd really like to find out what you listen to.  Please post your frequencies and possibly broadcast times in GMT.  

There has to be more out there.    

http://www.short-wave.info
http://www.shortwaveschedule.com

http://www.worldofradio.com

http://monitor-post.blogspot.dk
http://mt-milcom.blogspot.dk

http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/mttopHF.html
http://www.brogers.dsl.pipex.com/enigma2000/

5680KHz Kinloss Rescue (Helicopter & MediVac)
3413, 5505, 8957, 13264KHz Shannon Volmet (WX info, good against insomnia)
5371.5 5398.5 5403.5KHz British Ragchewing, mostly evening UTC.
3330 7850 14670KHz CHU Canada Time Signal, for propagation checks.
14300KHz The Maritime Mobile Network, Sailor Hams checking in worldwide.

5195, 10144KHz German beacons, for propagation check
http://www.ncdxf.org Synchronised Beacon Network

14195KHz Nino giving the LIDS what they deserve..
14313KHz, not sure, but it sounds like SouthPark on Meth.
3690KHz, ditto, but in German.

http://www.klingenfuss.org

Also, search for "Glenn Hauser" and "Larry Van Horn"
They seem to be what's left after the demise of
MediaScan and SCDX.

Not sure if George Wood is still around(?)..


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KW4JA on December 31, 2014, 01:05:56 PM
I've been having fun with hf fax. There isn't much fax any longer but you can see weather fax transmissions using Fldigi software. Below is a page with still available wefax transmissions. I'd try USCG Boston and New Orleans first during evening hours. Boston is 9110 khz. Press non stop button to start print scroll. Center frequency will be about 9108.1 (center frequency is always -1.9 khz from stated frequency). Align right line on visible wefax stream. Good luck!

http://www.hffax.com/html/hauptteil_hffax_schedules.htm


Title: RE: What do you listen to on SW?
Post by: KW4JA on December 31, 2014, 05:08:47 PM
Best talk radio now is Michael Savage. He blasts left and right both and has started having unscreened callers. His knowledge of broad subjects and life experiences is unequaled. Addictive!!