What other interesting HF services do you hear?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK5JY, Jul 13, 2017.

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  1. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    With the worldwide shortwave broadcasters moving to other kinds of media (e.g., Internet streaming), there doesn't seem to be a lot of activity left on HF other than hams. I can still occasionally hear the military, and time services like WWV and CHU, but I wonder what others are finding on the 21st century HF bands...

    What kinds of interesting services do you all still listen to on the shortwave bands, other than amateur radio?
  2. KA7FTP

    KA7FTP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lf beacons, international air traffic control, wtww.

    It helps to have a pan adaptor. It is fun to try and figure out what you are listening too.
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  3. W2AI

    W2AI QRZ Lifetime Member #240 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes the Broadcast stations on 40 meters; its a good way to judge propagation conditions depending upon the signal strenght to the east coast.
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  4. KB3ZYN

    KB3ZYN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I see this occasionally...no idea what it is. Usually lasts about 30 minutes or so.
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  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Sure is different than when I was a kid in the mid 1970s - my old S-85 was booming from one end to the other with SW broadcasters. I really miss that aspect of HF radio. Anyone too young not to have known that era, well it just can't be explained.

    These days I don't listen to much HF at all. Once in a blue moon I'll tune in to one of the commercial airline frequencies - Radio Habana once in a while. But it's just not the same.

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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Because of this thread, I currently have Radio Habana on right now on 49 meters - 6145 KHz - great signal on my 160m Inverted-L wire antenna. Boring content sigh - but great signal. I really like it when they're on a Cuban music interval or during a "incoming mail" segment where they read the letters they supposedly receive.

    If you never experienced "classic SW" radio (NOT the countless religious stations on these days) you owe it to yourself to try Radio Habana in the late evenings on 49 meters. It's as close as you're going to get to "the old days"

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  7. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    There's still a few golden nuggets still out there, but you have to know when they are on exactly. Sometimes they are only broadcasting once a week.

    I still enjoy hearing the Voice of Vietnam, Radio Romania, Radio Prague and others.

    The BBC is still out there and so is the VOA through relay stations located in other countries, but you need good antennas to hear them.

    This listing at the link below is current and is a pretty good place to start.

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  8. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    AFRTS is still on (sorta) on SSb. Mostly to support small navy ships. I'll often listen to the incoming air traffic on HF. Every once in a while you also get to hear a air intercept.....

    I too miss stations like HCJB, the Voice of the Andes. Their news broadcasts were first rate.
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  9. W5PB

    W5PB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some of the pirate stations are interesting. In fact, I find it unusual that any pirate broadcaster would choose a shortwave band, of all things.

    I've been paying more attention of the USAF HFGCS. Brother stair, on WRMI is good for a laugh now and then.
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  10. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    "This is London..."

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