MFSK32 ~ @1510 Hz
BSR Radiogram #3 - for broadcast the
first week of April 2018
Hosted by James M. Branum, KG5JST from
In this episode...
1. SW and MW reception Highlights from the KG5JST Radio Logs from March 2018
2. Some inspirational readings and quotations
3. QSL Confirmation from our last episode.
First, though I need to mention that QSL reports are welcome and should be sent
The following receptions are excerpts from the logs posted online
For the reports below, unless otherwise noted, freq are in khz, mode is AM, and
times/dates are UTC. My QTH is normally EM15ep in the Deer Creek area of far
Northwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA.
My listening equipment is most often a Tecsun PL-310 ET, but I sometimes use
other radios and antennas. See my blog for details.
Caribbean Beacon 6090 on Mar 12, 3:31, SIO 454 in Eng, relig.
BBC World Service 5925 on Mar 22, 05:08. SIO 343 in Eng. Discussion of
Facebook privacy issues.
VOA 15580 on Mar 23, 19:24. SIO 555 in Eng. “Song of the week” segment,
playing good music from Africa.
Around 19:30, started live studio concert from a
band, The Patchwork, an Afro-Jazz band from Senegal, said to be in town for SXSW
festival in Austin, TX, USA.
Show ended, quick station ID, playing of Yankee Doodle Dandy for the sign off,
then dead air.
CHU 14675 on Mar 15, 00:04, SIO 454. Eng. and Fre. with usual digital
CFRX 6070 on Mar 8, 2:53, SIO 232. Able to verify ID via CFRX’s web
# Puerto Lleras
Alcaravan Radio 5910 on Mar 25, 04:55. SIO 252 in Spa. Faint music, at
first I thought it was a Cuban station (the music sounded Cuban) but checked
other known Cuban frequencies and it was something different.
The only Spa.
language broadcast on 5910 I could find
was Alcaravan, so I think I have a hit. QSL manager is at
DesdeColumbia.blogspot.com, email is rafaelcoldx(at)yahoo(dot)co.
sure this RX is a first for me. (Heard with my Tecsun PL-310 ET, while walking
in my neighborhood outdoors at night.)
R. Rebelde 5025 on Mar 8, 5:17, SIO 444 in Spa. Music in Spa.
interspersed with DJ banter, etc.Later the song “Sound of silence” piano
instrumental in background for discussion about legacy of Jose Marti. RX indoors
via Tecsun w/stock antenna.
* R. Rebelde 5025 on Mar 15, 01:39, SIO 454 in Spa. Political
commentary, talking about President Donald Trump and US relationship with Latin
America, especially Venezuela. Heard via RS 2000669 connected to MFJ Backpacker
Radio Progreso on 4765 on Mar 15, 03:50. SIO 252-353 in Spa. Chilled
out Cuban music, occasional male voice in Spa. but couldn’t make out any words,
Cuban national anthem at the top of the hour, then off the air.
R. Rebelde 5025 on Mar 22, 04:54. SIO 453 Spa. Discussion of Selena
Gonzalez as a kind of “Musica de camposina.”
* R. Rebelde 5025 ON Mar 23, 05:24. SIO 453. ¡Musica Cubana, muy
fantastico! Lots of trumpet! Enjoying this a lot.
RHC 6000 on Mar 8, 4:53, SIO 454 in Eng. Normal Jazz interval music,
playing earlier than exepcted, then start of show with Ed Newman at 00:54 mark –
“On this day in history…
1979 death of Puerto Rican freedom fighter,” followed
by headline news — Cuban political
delegation goes to Mexico for meetings between Mexican Labor party and Cuban
communist party …
Later story— Columbian army bombs ELN rebel camps. – RX indoors
via Tecsun w/stock antenna.
RHC 6100 on Mar 8, 7:27, SIO 352 in Eng.. Mailbag show with Ed Newman,
reading letters from Greece, UK, USA, Pakistan and British Columbia, Canada.
RHC 6060 on Mar 12, 1:33, SIO 454 in Spa.. Cuban music then interval
signal around :30 mark, then start of show, discussions in Spa. of today’s Cuban
heard mention of Raul Castro and Santiago de Cuba, resistance to
Trump and how the USA who wants to
undermine the election.
CRI via Relay, 15700 on Mar 13, 15:46, SIO 454 to 555 in Eng..
Discussion about different school schedules in China and the USA, proposal for
later school days in China under consideration.
CRI 15700 (via relay) on Mar 19, 15:35. SIO 555 in Eng. World news
headlines, then discussion of story of Chinese grandmother who wants to travel
in retirement rather than staying home to care for grandkids.
positive about this but say that many
in China are critical of this kind of individualism, but that others find her
RHC 6000 on Mar 15, 02:03. SIO 353 in Eng. Talk. Gerwin Jones and
Elena Val Verde and 3rd commentatator, didn’t catch the name — this day in
history, headlines, then news in detail-
Cuba delegation to UN argues for
respect for each country’s unique situation in
dealing with drugs, says other countries can learn from them… student walkouts
on gun violence in USA,
Heard remotely from
Enciclopedia 530 on Mar 15, 04:55. SIO
111-323. Schmaltzy music up against QRM from R. Rebelde (TX de Isle of Youth)
Heard via RS 2000669 with stock antenna
RHC 6165 on Mar 17, 05:00. SIO 343 in Eng. Interval music, G Jones
announcing start of show, filling in for Ed Newman, this day in history, news
headlines, start of news in detail including opening of new Kenyan embassy in
Hagan and visiting Kenyan officials.
RHC 6060 on Mar 19, 05:20. SIO 454 in Eng. Week in review, the Arnie
Corro”s DXers Unlimited show, in which talked mostly about enhanced chances to
hear mw stations at the present moment.
He recommends listening for RR in cw to
identify radio reloj. After that
was Gerwin Jones (still subbing for Ed newman), then mailbag show with Ed and
Irma (I assume this is a rerun, mentioned by ed a couple of weeks ago).
a cold on this episode. I hope she gets better soon.
RHC 6165 on Mar 22 04:35. SIO 454 in Eng. Mailbag show with ed
(Including letters from winnipeg. canada, germany, Denmark and davis, ca), arts
roundup included segment about computer trade show/convention in havana.
RHC 6165 on Mar 23, 04:53, SIO 253 in Eng. Hard to hear, but I was
able to pick out some discussions about the issue of human trafficking and
prostitution in Cuba. —
I’m glad to hear this being discussed as I was
approached by far too many prostitutes when I was
in Havana in 2016. While a lot of good is coming from tourism to Cuba,
afraid this is one area that may not be a positive, and it will take both
vigilance and thoughtfulness to ensure that the sex trade doesn’t happen in a
way that is exploitative. —- By the way,
I must mention that I have learned from other travelers that prostitution is
much more prevalent in tourist areas, such as the historic area that I was
staying in, but that in other parts of Cuba it is almost non-existent.
RHC 6000 on Mar 24, 03:00, SIO 554 in Eng. Interval jazz music. Gerwin
Jones is still filling in for Ed Newman. Later a story on Venezuela’s petro
cryptocurrency, as well as lots of discussion on US Pres.
appointment of John Bolton, fears that US may
go to war with Cuba. Later Elena witht he Caribbean outlook show.
RHC 6100 on Mar 25, 05:27. SIO 555 in Eng. Cuban music then news,
including updates on the process of the electing new leadership in Cuba
(including the Council of State, including the new president on April 19).
at :32 was Arnie Coro with his show “Breakth
rough” discussing use of submersible solar-powered water pumps in Cuba, to help
off-the-grid farmers and others deal with times of drought.
Later at :37 was
Music with a Message, featuring Stevie Wonder and his 2005 album. First song,
“If your love cannot be moved.”
2nd song “Shelter in the rain.” 3rd song “When will there be a time to love.”
* R. Rebelde 530 on Mar 14, 04:55. SIO 111-323 in Spa. Political
discussion with QRM from Radio Encilopedia in Havana. Heard via
RS 2000669 with
CRI 5990 on Mar 25, 23:05. SIO 555 in Eng. News including stories
about gun debates in the USA and a Chinese delegation that is seeking better
relationships with India.
CRI 13740 on Mar 28, 15:15. SIO 454 in Eng. Discussions of a possible
US-China trade war. Commentators seem hopeful that cooler heads will prevail.
Lots of discussion in comparing the trade relations of the US and Japan in the
present situation, but
also discussing how the situations are not analagous (given the US’s post WW2
occupation of Japan and its ongoing military presence). The commentator says the
biggest problems is that the US
isn’t producing enough goods that would be
interest to Chinese consumers.
RHC 11840 on Mar 25, 23:10. SIO 343. Interesting non-typical jazz
music. More dischordance.
NHK Japan via relay 5960 on Mar 12, 3:28, SIO 454 in Japanese. Pop
music and then a male voice talking.
* MWV (Madagascar World Voice/KNLS) 7330 on Mar 12, 3:35, SIO 242. Easy
listening/instrumental version of song “Candle in the wind” then female voice in
* MWV on Mar 25, 22:48. SIO 454 in Arabic. Music and talk. According to
this is aimed at North Africa.
# Apodaca/Monterrey, NL
XEBJB-AM 570 on Mar 14, 04:48. SIO 333 in Spa. Banda music,
station ID, , advert for “Partido Verde,” the center-right Green-in-name-only
political party. Some unid QRM from a US station in background.
RNZI, Mar 25, 07:11. SIO 353. Playing Woody Guthrie’s “This
land is your land.”
R. Saudi 15435 on Mar 13, 16:13, SIO 252. Male and female voices.
REE 9690 on Mar 12, 22:35 SIO 354. Spa. talking between Eng. music —
The next 25 minutes has the male DJ giving brief comments, then playing songs
from the amazing 1999 69 Love Songs album by The Magnetic Fields.
Songs I heard
were: “I don’t believe in the sun,”
“A chicken with its head cut off,” “All my little words,” “Book of Love,” “Come
back from San Francisco,” “I think I need a new heart” and
“Sweet lovin’ man.”
So thrilling to hearing album on shortwave, one of my all time favorites.
Interval signal at the top of the
hour and then station ID. —
Also confirmed ID via webstream which lagged about
45 seconds behind OTA reception.
# Simi Valley:
KVOH 17775 on Mar 13m 15:58. SIO 252 to 454 in Spa.. Religious
song, then station ID in Eng. at top of the hour, then back to Spa.
KHOW 630 on Mar 23, 05:41. SIO 242 in Eng. Hard to pick out,
but confirmed via webstream. Commentator (later confirmed that it is Joe Pags)
claims that young adults are going to start moving to the right.
host are also arguing that the
term “crusader” isn’t offensive, and that they are upset that Holy Cross is
changing their mascot. They are also opposed to what they call the “social
” Wow! Later heard that the commentator is Cabot Phillips of CampusReform.org. This program is a
reminder of what a mess AM radio has become.
* WRMI 5850 on Mar 12, 3:19. SIO 454 in Eng.. “Brother Stair” (Ralph G.
Stair) talks about how that that a man gave him a million dollars to keep
broadcasting in 2017. BS mentions Glenn Houser.
But of course, there was no
mention of Stair's latest child molestation
arrest. Or his prior arrest and conviction for sexual misconduct.
* WRMI 5850 on Mar 15, 01:43. SIO 555 in Eng. Wavescan show from
Adventist World Radio — discussion of BB’s shortwave programming and efforts,
most sites to close but Kuwait and Greenville to be expanded. —
LOGO: AWR Eng. -
DX WavescanHenry from Philipine DX report
#132. Reception reports can be sent to him. Special 11th anniversary QSL report
to be sent out.— some of his reports —
KNLS, KTWR, R Taiwan Intl, RNZI — AWR
shortwave broadcast schedule announcement for new season — Music from album
“across the sea” — 2 Hawaiians and 1 chinese musicians, using traditional instruments.
WRMI 5850 on Mar 22, 04:56. SIO 454 in Eng. Accused serial child
molester “Brother Stair” (aka Ralph Gordon Stair) told a story of how he visited
Oklahoma 10 years ago. — Now talking about building bunkers and how elite are
already doing this —
hen he jumps to
talking about abortion, then without warning the station id cuts him off. Next a
call fro QSL’s from WRMI but that is cut off suddenly with dead air. — My
Who is still giving him money to run these radio programs?
WSCR 670 on Mar 16, 07:50. SIO 353 in Eng. Local adverts, station id.
# Des Moines:
WHO 1040 on Mar 23, 05:31, SIO 352 in Eng. Station ID, national news
from Fox News.
KKOW 860 on Mar 17, 05:36. SIO 343 in Eng. Classic country format,
station id, local adverts — they are looking for an ad rep for the station, back
to music — some good, some dreadfully crappy.
* KFRM 550 on Mar 24, 10:47. SIO 454. Broadcast of “When Radio Was,”
coming to an end, then advert for a country music compliation album. End of show
with mention that it is from radiospirits.com.
Then station ID, and then a
program called “Kansas Profile” which
had story about the Sugar Creek Country store in St. Mary’s Kansas. (sugarcreekcountrystory.com).
* WBCQ 7490 on Mar 26, 23:58. SIO 554. End of “Camp Constitution” radio
show, station ID and jingle then start of the “Isle of Music Show.” Bilingual
Eng/Spa host playing music, intersperced with some interviews in Spa.
WR7DW 14205 USB, heard working a pileup (but mostly I could only hear
him and not those he was talking to). SIO 555/SR59. I attempted a QSO but
couldn’t get through with my QRP power in my car.
KWTO 560 on March 14, 05:05. SIO 454 in Eng. National news, local
weather from accuweather, them coast to coast am id, then more national news
announcing death of Stephen hawking.
# St. Louis:
KTRS 550 on Mar. 22, 06:20. SIO 333 in Eng. Jim Bohannon show PICTURE:
Jim Bohannoninterviewing an author who wrote a book about US Pres. Dwight D.
Eisenhower, national adverts. Confirmed station id via webstrean and Jim’s
* Radio Marti 11930 on Mar 14, 20:07. SIO 544 in Spa. Start of “Contacto
Cuba” program, then song in Eng. “Angel in the morning” by Juice Newton, then
conversation with a guest. Minimal QRM from jamming.
VOA 15730 on Mar 14, 20:10, SIO 454 with talk in French, songs in
Eng.. Hiphop song – “All I do is win” by DJ Khaled, a muslim US rapper, then
talk in French, then “Perfect” by Ed Sheerhan.
* WLW 700 on Mar 16, 7:37. SIO 455 in Eng. Commentator discussing FDA
plans to limit nicotine content in cigarettes.
KUSH “Sound of America” 1600 on Mar 23 16:08 via car radio rwhile at
Danforth & Kelly in Edmond. SIO 433-454. Catchy songs. Some light QRM from a
talk station at times, depending on the direction I’m driving. Later statewide
news at 16:32.
WB5HAK 3910 AM on Mar 25, 00:39. SIO 555 (SR 5×9). Very good sounding
ham AM signal, I heard QSO’s with several including K5NSN (see below for
# El Reno:
* KZUE 1460 on Mar 14 20:41. SIO 343 in Spa. Discussion of politics in
Cuba, which made me wonder if I was picking up a Cuban station, but confirmed
station ID via webstream.
* KGWA 960 on Mar 14, 20:34. SIO 353 in Eng. Discussion of Oklahoma AG
that state will start using “inert gas inhalation” for future executions, other
news from the “news 9 newsroom,” local and national adverts, station ID, local
weather, “News Fox 960 KGWA”
* KZLS 1640 on Mar 14, 20:47. SIO 353 in Eng. PSA reaching out to
veterans with mental health issues, anti-drunk driving PSA, station ID including
voices of Alex Jones and Dave Ramsey ending with “1640 The Eagle,” then on to
national Dave Ramsey show.
# Oklahoma City:
* KTLR 890 on Mar 14, 20:25. SIO 454 in Eng. Discussion of hostage
situation at VA facility in California, lots of ridiculous commentary focused
more on this having the potential “of being another Parkland” than concern for
the veterans and VA staff.
* WKY 930 on Mar 14, 20:30. SIO 555 in Spa. Play by play coverage of a
futbol match via ESPN Deportes
* KRMP 1140 on Mar 15, 20:39. SIO 353 in Eng. Soul music with lots of
* KOKP 1020 on Mar 14, 20:38. SIO 353 in Eng. Sports talk, discussing OU
and OSU sports.
# Red Lion
* WINB 9265 on Mar. 17, 22:35. SIO 554 Eng. Bluegrass gospel show (with
some catchy songs), sta id at 22:44 then start of relig talk show.
* WTWW 5085 on Mar 15, 01:43. SIO 353-555, Eng. Sounds like a
play-by-play of some kind of amateur radio kit build — probably this is Ham
Nation show. I listened for a few minutes but hard to get engaged without
knowing what they are building.
I wish more radio
programmers would occasionally recap what they are doing for folks who join in
later. NPR does this well, but a lot of folks do not. Heard via RS2000669 with
MFJ1899T antenna indoors.
* WWCR 4840 on Mar 15, 04:06. SIO 555 in Eng. Alex Jones show playing
Jimi Hendrix song “All along the watchtower,” then he starts ranting, pitching
his Trump/Pence tee-shirts, then interview with a former Trump campaign staffer.
Somehow I can’t imagine Hendrix or
Bob Dylan (who wrote this song) being down with this.
WWCR 9350 on Mar. 17, 20:20. SIO 454 ENg. “Classic Radio Theater”,
playing Bob Hope show from March 7, 1939 –
Same as TX QTH
* WWCR 7529 on Mar. 18, 01:25. SIO 555 Eng. Songs from the 19-teens. I
assume this is the talking machine show?
* WWCR 12160 on Mar. 19, 16:23. SIO 555 Eng. Alex jones ranting, claims
that vacxines lower iq’s, cancer and death. But then he makes a good point about
the use of “social credit” to bar certain people from access to flying and
trains in China
(a story confirmed
from other sources including Fortune, Verge.com, and The NY Times)
WWCR 3215 on Mar 25, 03:50. SIO 454 in Eng. Anti-gay religious speaker
saying he is praying for those who have been “deceived by the LGBT movement,”
praying that the “love of Christ” will “invade the LGBT movement” and bring
to “saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,” all the while playing cheesy instrumental music in the
background. So sad that this is the state of religious broadcasting from the
As a religious person, I’m embarassed that this kind of hate speech is
being spewed out to the world.
* WWCR 4840 on Mar 25, 01:29. SIO 555. Talking Machine show, playing a
really quirky old record with lots of clarinet.
KKLF “Banda 13” 1700 on Mar 23, 16:38. SIO 222-343 in Spa. Odd mix of
songs — country, disco, 70’s pop, easy listening instrumentals, operatic Ava
Maria. Songs in Englist but talk in Spa..
Heard station ID at 17:00, confirmed
via webstream at 18:03. Excited to
hear this one as it is outside its normal daytime range.
# San Antonio
WOAI 1200 on Mar. 16, 08:09. SIO 353 Eng. Locals advert, sta id, Coast
to Coast am.
K5NSN “Kilowatt 5 Never Say Never” 3910 AM on Mar 25, 00:45, SIO 454
(SR 5×7). AM ham QSO with WB5HAK.