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Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Greetings on Board Christmas Eve  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 19 2019


Like last years, on December 24 Norddeutscher Rundfunk will broadcast the program "Gruß an Bord", "Greetings on Board".
Here is the text from its website in German and at the bottom in English (translated from Google) with times and frequencies:

"Gruß an Bord": So empfangen Sie die Sendung

Es hat Tradition und versprüht eine ganz besondere vorweihnachtliche Stimmung: An Heiligabend werden von 20.05 Uhr - 22.00 Uhr und von 23.15 - 24.00 Uhr auf NDR Info Grüße an die Seeleute in aller Welt gesendet. Und das auf den unterschiedlichsten Kanälen und technischen Wegen, sodass die Grüße und Botschaften auch garantiert auf allen sieben Weltmeeren empfangen werden können.
Zwei Männer stehen auf einer Schiffsbrücke - einer schaut durch ein Fernglas hinaus aufs Meer. © dpa-Bildfunk Foto: Carsten Rehder
Die Schiffsbesatzungen haben mehrere Möglichkeiten, die Sendung "Gruß an Bord" zu empfangen. Auch die Kurzwelle gehört dazu.

Die Livestreams der Sendung (20.05 bis 22 Uhr und 23.15 Uhr bis 24 Uhr MEZ) finden Sie hier: NDR Info und NDR Info Spezial. Zusätzlich gibt es die Möglichkeit, die Sendung über die NDR Radio-App zu hören. NDR Info ist außerdem über UKW, DAB+ und DVB-S Radio zu empfangen, NDR Info Spezial lediglich über DAB+ und DVB-S Radio.

Damit alle Besatzungen an Bord - auf den Meeren oder in den Häfen - die Traditionssendung empfangen können, hat der NDR Hörfunk zusätzlich Kurzwellen-Frequenzen angemietet:

In der Zeit von 19 bis 21 Uhr UTC (20 bis 22 Uhr MEZ) sendet die Kurzwelle über folgende Frequenzen (UTC ist die Abkürzung für die koordinierte Weltzeit, Universal Time Coordinated):
"Gruß an Bord" via KurzwelleFrequenz    Zielgebiet
6.080 kHz    Atlantik - Nord
11.650 kHz    Atlantik - Süd
9.800 kHz    Atlantik/Indischer Ozean (Süd Afrika)
9.740 kHz    Indischer Ozean - West
9.570 kHz    Indischer Ozean - Ost
6.030 kHz    Europa

In der Zeit von 21 bis 23 Uhr UTC (22 bis 24 Uhr MEZ) sendet die Kurzwelle über folgende Frequenzen:
"Gruß an Bord" via KurzwelleFrequenz    Zielgebiet
6.145 kHz    Atlantik - Nord
9.830 kHz    Atlantik - Süd
9.590 kHz    Atlantik/Indischer Ozean (Süd Afrika)
9.740 kHz    Indischer Ozean - West
9.675 kHz    Indischer Ozean - Ost
6.155 kHz    Europa

NDR Info sendet den "Gruß an Bord" von 20.05 bis 22 Uhr MEZ. Anschließend folgt von 22 bis 23.15 Uhr MEZ die Übertragung der Christmette aus der Kirche St. Maria Magdalena in Bochum-Wattenscheid. Anschließend hören Sie bis 24 Uhr MEZ den zweiten Teil von "Gruß an Bord".

Ab dem späten Abend finden Sie einen Mitschnitt der Sendung zum Nachhören hier - aus rechtlichen Gründen allerdings ohne große Teile der Musikeinspielungen."

"Greeting on board": How to receive the program

It has a long tradition and exudes a very special pre-Christmas mood: On Christmas Eve, from 8.05 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11.15 p.m. to midnight, greetings are sent to seafarers all over the world on NDR Info. And this on a wide variety of channels and technical channels, so that greetings and messages can also be guaranteed to be received on all seven seas.
Two men are standing on a ship bridge - one is looking out through binoculars at the sea. © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Carsten Rehder
The ship's crew have several options for receiving the "Greetings on Board" program. The short wave is one of them.

You can find the livestreams of the program (8.05pm to 10pm and 11.15pm to midnight CET) here: NDR Info and NDR Info Spezial. There is also the option of listening to the program via the NDR radio app. NDR Info can also be received via FM, DAB + and DVB-S radio, NDR Info Spezial only via DAB + and DVB-S radio.

So that all crews on board - on the seas or in the ports - can receive the traditional broadcast, NDR radio has also rented shortwave frequencies:

In the period from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. UTC (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. CET), the shortwave transmits via the following frequencies (UTC is the abbreviation for coordinated universal time, Universal Time Coordinated):
"Greetings on board" via shortwave frequency target area
6.080 kHz Atlantic - North
11,650 kHz Atlantic - south
9,800 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9,740 kHz Indian Ocean - West
9,570 kHz Indian Ocean - East
6.030 kHz Europe

From 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. UTC (10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. CET), the shortwave transmits via the following frequencies:
"Greetings on board" via shortwave frequency target area
6.145 kHz Atlantic - North
9.830 kHz Atlantic - South
9,590 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)
9,740 kHz Indian Ocean - West
9,675 kHz Indian Ocean - East
6.155 kHz Europe

NDR Info sends the "Greetings on board" from 8.05pm to 10pm CET. This is followed by the transmission of the Christmas mass from the Church of St. Maria Magdalena in Bochum-Wattenscheid from 10 p.m. to 11.15 p.m. CET. You will then hear the second part of "Greetings on board" until midnight CET.

As of late evening, you will find a recording of the program for listening here - for legal reasons, however, without large parts of the music recordings. "

Email for reception reports:
Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain


Radio Santa Cruz, 6134.8, out of air  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 19 2019


BOLIVIA, 6134.8, Radio Santa Cruz is out of air, probably for various weeks. Here is a mail from the Director of the stations received right now:

"Por el momento estamos sin emisión de radio en Onda Corta. Veremos algún dictamen de normativa en Bolivia, pronto volveremos a hacerlo."

The mail says  they are out of air at the moment, but they hope to return to short wave soon.
Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain


Stations heard in Friol  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 19 2019


AUSTRALIA, 5055, Radio 4KZ, Innisfail, 0757-0805, 17-12, extremely weak, only carrier detected.

4875, Radiodifusora Roraima, Boavista, 2114-2126, 16-12, Portuguese, comments. 24222.

4985, Radio Brasil Central, Goiania, 2112-2128, 16-12, Brazilian songs. 25322.

5939.6, Voz Missionaria, Camboriú, 0525-0540, 17-12, Portuguese, religious comments and songs. 34433.

6135.1, Radio Aparecida, Aparecida, 0527-0538, 17-12, Portuguese, religious, id. “Rede Aparecida de Radio”, “Santuario Nacional da Nossa Senhora Aparecida”. 34433.

CONGO, D. R., 6210.2, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, 1730-1742*, 17-12, Vernacular comments. Very weak. Transmission cut off abruptly at 1742. 15311.

CUBA, 4765, Radio Progreso, La Habana, 0450-0500*, 17-12, Spanish, program “Perspectivas”, “Reportero RP”, news. 35433.

ECUATORIAL GUINEA, 5005, Radio Nacional, Bata, 1633-1645*, 13-12, songs. Extremely weak. 15311.
Also 0550-0707, 14-02, songs, song “Feliz Navidad”, id. “Radio Malabo”, “Radio Malabo”, Spanish, comments, at 0700: “La primera edición informativa de este sábado 14 de diciembre”, news. 15321.
Also, 1645-1657*, 16-12, Spanish songs “Noche y Día” by Enrique Iglesias, African songs, Vernacular comments, closed abruptly at 1557. 15311

6070, Atlantic 2000 International, Rohrbach, *0900-0920, 14-12, tuning music, id. “Atlantic 2000 International”, pop songs and comments in French. 25322. // 7440 with SINPO 35433.

6070, Radio City, Rohrbach, 1037-1052, 14-12, pop songs, English, comments, id. “Radio City”. 15321.

6070, Radio For Peace International, Rohrbach, 2104-2114, 14-12, French, news, comments. 24322.

GUATEMALA, 4055, Radio Verdad, Chiquimula, 0540-0555, 17-12, English, religious comments and songs. Very weak, best on LSB. 15311.

4800, AIR, Hyderabad, 1659-1710, 16-12, Hindi songs. QRM from China on the same frequency. 21421.

4810, AIR, Bhopal, 1631-1733, 16-12, Hindi songs, Vernacular comments, at 1739 id. “Thi is All India Radio”, news in English. 15321.

4910, AIR, Jaipur, 16704-1710, 16-12, Hindi songs, Vernacular comments. 15321.

4920, AIR, Chennai, 1710-1716, 16-12, Hindi songs. QRM from China on the same frequency. 21421.

4950, AIR, Kashmir, 1715-1723, 16-12,  Hindi songs, Vernacular comments. 14321.

5040, AIR, Jeypore, 1637-1648, 16-12, Hindi songs. 15321.

KOREA, SOUTH, 4890, Echo of Hope, Seoul. 1710-1720, 13-12, Korean, comments. 25322.

LIBERIA, 6050, ELWA Radio, Monrovia, 0640-0647, 17-12, English, religious comments and songs. 25433.

MADAGASCAR, 5009.9, Radio Nasionaly Malagasy, Ambohidrano, 1701-1716, 17-12, Vernacular comments, African songs. 25322.

MEXICO, 6185, Radio Educación, Ciudad de México, 0458-0520, 17-12, Spanish, comments, music. 15321.

ZAMBIA, 5915, Zambia NBC, Radio 1, Lusaka, 1658-1710, 16-12, Vernacular comments, advertisements, African songs. At 1758 English, advertisements, id. “This is the English Service of the Zambia Broadcasting Corporation”, news. 25322.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, 9545, SIBC, Honiara, 0453-0459*, 17-12, only carrier detected today.

SUDAN, 7205, Sudan Radio, Al Aitahab, 0501-0518, 17-12, Arabic, comments. 25322.
Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain

Logs in Friol
Tecsun S-8800, cable antenna, 8 meters


Voice of Vietnam 9730 kHz spurs and other  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 19 2019


Their 8 kHz spur fqs like 'garden fence' not observed in 23-24 UT Dec 17
time slot, when checked remote SDR rxs in Qatar, India, Brisbane Australia
and Hiroshima / Tokyo Japan.

VIETNAM 9839.771 VoVietnam Son Tay S=8 in Hiroshima remote rx.
177degr azimuth straight southwards to South East Asia target.
23.05 UT on Dec 17. Only S=7 signal in Japan.

12018.709 VoVietnam Son Tay, S=7-8 sidelobe into Tokyo Japan remote SDR rx.
At 23.35 UT on Dec 17.

9634.941 VoVietnam home sce relay from Son Tay bcast center in Vietnamese
language at 23.49 UT on Dec 17, S=8-9 sidelobe into remote SDR in Japan.

KOREA D.P.R. 11634.997 VoKorea Kujang Korean KCBS program, S=7 in Japan,

12014.992 kHz S=6-7 at 23.26 UT on Dec 17.
On both channels some INTERMODULATION signals mixture at Kujang site,
heard terrible underneath/mix. Also 'scratch jamming sound' heard badly.

11680even VoKorea KCBS Pyongyang Kanggye, mx program, S=6 at 23.22 UT,
INTERMODULATION signals mixture heard terrible underneath/mix.
Also 'scratch jamming sound' noted.

Like at RadioCuba and/or Emirler Turkey,
something is also bad faulty on these bcast centers, and Kujang / Kanggye
in KRE D.P.R. Korea North.

MALAYSIA 11665 even fq channel. Likely RTM Wai / Limbang FM program
acc Aoki Nagoya JPN database. Malaysian BM program noted, S=8 signal in JPN,
well modulated sound at 23.16 UT on Dec 17.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 17)


Vanuatu, 5040  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 17 2019


VANUATU, 5040, Radio Vanuatu, Port Vila, 0740-0812, 17-12, extremely weak, some comments in English and songs detected, the program matches with I heard via SDR Kiwi receivers in North New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia. Clear signal via North New Zealand, id.:   “Voice of Bong Yumi”. Normal program. Yesterday 16-12  heard via SDR Kiwi North New Zealand, 1810-2005, testing, non stop pop sons in English, each two songs they repeated the song “You are the only one”.
Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain

Log in Tecsun S-8800, cable Antenna, 8 meters
Log in Friol


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