Tropical bands by camcorder...


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Extracts from my column in Radio User April 2013.

Andrew Kirby in Bournemouth sent me an SD card loaded with camcorder recordings he had made by videoing his receiver. A novel way to capture DX.

I felt lucky to be receiving such wonderful DX recordings in the post! It was like spending the day with Andrew in his radio shack as I went through his recordings. Andrew didn't assign them SIO codes and it would be a little unfair if I gave SIO codes myself after the date, so I have tabulated over 30 of his DX catches for readers. 

They are mostly from the Tropical Bands over a period of eight hours. I hope that they will whet your appetite to scan the Tropical Bands. In addition to try for some South Americans try from late at night until dawn for Radio Rebelde from Cuba on 5025kHz and Radio Clube do Para from Belem in Brazil.

Andrew Kirby DX session 1100 to 1930 UTC

Frequency
UTC
Station and location
4800
1615
All India Radio, Hyderabad
4800
1615
CNR1, China National Radio, Golmud
4810
1615
All India Radio, Bhopal
4835
1830
VL8A, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
4840
1830
All India Radio, Mumbai
4850
1615
All India Radio, Kohima
4880
1550
All India Radio, Lucknow
4880
1630
SW Radio Africa, Meyerton and unknown station
4905
1930
Xizang People's Broadcasting Station, China
4910
1545
All India Radio, Jaipur
4920
1630
Xizang People's Broadcasting Station, Lhasa, Tibet
4920
1640
All India Radio, Chennai
4940
1645
All India Radio, Guwahari
4950
1600
All India Radio, Srinagar
4976
1830
UBC, Kampala, Uganda
5010
1700
All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
5935
1830
Radio Myanmar
9765
1100
Radio New Zealand International
11735
1830
12085
1100
Voice of Mongolia, Ulan Baatar
17720
1645
Radio Pakistan (presumed)

I think 17720kHz may not be used by Pakistan anymore but is a BBC and China frequency.
Andrew could not identify a signal which signed off at 1900 UTC in English on 4960 and another at 1800 UTC on 15176kHz. Both All India Radio and Voice of America (via Sao Tome) use 4960kHz in English so it could be one of them, and All India Radio use 115175kHz. As ever, I stand to be corrected.

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