China Tour/Radio DXpedition:
November 2013 Photo-Gallery | Audio-Files
Five Featured China Mediumwave DX Audio Files:
The sounds of the Yangtze River flowing by the river-cruise ship Century Legend on 14 November 2013 at dawn, and then I have 774 kHz on my Sony ICF-SW7600GR at morning dawn with an interesting mixture of "long-echoing" simulcasting stations all over China with a woman speaking in Mandarin (likely a CNR - China National Radio program). (edited - 1:16)
Kangnam, North Korea is where a big "blaster" on 657 kHz with about 1.5 megawatts is located. Recorded in Beijing, China at 1015 UT on 05 November 2013. This evening (1815 BJT) they were playing choir (martial-type) music and then they went played a rather eerie-sounding solo female opera singer. (edited - 4:19) (I used to hear this powerful radio-station very regularly on the Marin County, California coast in the 1980's.)
Fascinating example of the "Chinese-Echo-Effect" on the AM/Mediumwave band on 981 kHz recorded in Xian, Shaanxi, 06 Nov. 2013 at about 2020 local time. This effect is caused by several stations running the same programming but not exactly synched-up in audio nor exact transmitter frequency, hence a very strange-sounding echo-effect! In this case it is the CNR-1 Program (China National Radio Program One) - noted // 6.125 MHz shortwave at this time in Xian. (1:28)
Whimisical recording of myself with a Sony ICF-SW7600GR on the Sun Deck of the Century Legend docked in Chongqing, China, and tuned to 1530 kHz "...skipping off of the Heaviside Layer in China..." and then 164 kHz Ulanbator, Mongolia, at about 0605 China-time on Saturday 16th November 2013. (The receiver is oriented for maximum loopstick sensitivity from the north and south.) (13:42)
Interesting recording of 1521 kHz as heard in Beijing (via my Sony ICF-SW7600GR) using just its loopstick-antenna in the Beijing Doubletree Hilton Hotel in s.w. Beijing - 05nov2013_1752ut - Beautiful Chinese music (Lin Hai - 'Pipa Language') mixing with a Siberian Russian stn., and tidbits of Saudi Arabia (2 megawatts) and others. (6:43)
(Politically and idealogically neutral commentary from SpM) - My little joke image - actually CNR is the Worlds most complex-networked broadcaster now. Many mediumwave frequencies at night have several CNR stations simulcasting the same 1 of 13 CNR AM/FM broadcasting channels, including the Chinese Opera Service in 1143 kHz that was amazingly audible with a 500 ms echo between two dominating MW stations (see the WRTH 2013) all over China during November 2013 - the best recording I made was in Xian, Shaanxi, China (on 100.4 FM in Xian as well) - this CNR Progmam of the Chinese Opera became my favorite radio "entertainment" channels during my stay whilst kicking back in the various hotels I stayed and DXed in.
Not all of these recordings were very perfect and are replete with somewhat quite hilarious commentery by myself, and were recorded speaker-to-mic method so I could talk during the recordings in various attempts to describe, comment, exclaim (and so forth) about the DX reception on the AMAZING mediumwave/AM broadcast-band in China! Going there is amazing, and I certainly hope these recorings give a glimpse of what AMBCB DX sounds like in China! Way cool! Enjoy! Stephen P. McGreevy, 14 March 2014 (about the date this page mostly completed).
Stephen P. McGreevy's 2013 Tour/Radio DXing-trip (DXpedition) to China - 03 to 20 Nov. 2013: This page links you to a good amount of audio recordings (MP3 format at Internet Archives) of radio bandscans of the Longwave (LW) and Mediumwave (AM) broadcast-bands as heard at nighttime in several Chinese cities and on a ship upon the Yangtze River. These audio-files have been carefully described and narrated as though you were along with me. You will hear the amazing sounds of the AM/MWBCB band at night in China, and some longwave DX also. As I spent a lot of time recording Mongolia on 164 kHz (usually their sign-on at 2200 UT), that particular longwave broadcasting station can be heard on several of the audio-files at Internet Archives linked to this page.
Beijing City and Beijing Shi:
639 kHz CNR-1 (200 kW) was the most strongest Beijing-area MW station at the Badaling Gate section of the (incredible!) Great Wall.
Listen to radio-reception on LW and MW (AM) broadcast-bands at night in China plus some recordings of local FM and some HF Dxing, including recordings of daytime CB-skip on 27 MHz (the CB skip of 27.005 MHz (Ch. 4) of Chinese/Malaysian truckers on that very busy channel made upon the Yangtze River ship!). Most radio Dxing was done in Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, the Yangtze River Gorges between Yichang and Chongqing, Guilin, and Hong Kong - LW/MW/SW/FM Dxing in China.
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda in south Xian - see: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/small_goose.htm
This was one of many highlights of the China tour/visit - a truly peaceful and beautiful place within tall brick-walls that made this location very quiet and serene for being in the midst of a large city. The trees within the compound were gorgeous.
Hangzhou/West Lake area:
One of my favorite places we visited - just like the Xian Pagoda above was.
Shanghai City and Shanghai Shi:
The truly-best longwave radio reception and low-noise from this hotel on 42nd floor (Longmont Shanghai Hotel).
Along the great Yangtze River:
Guilin City and along the Li River:
Flight to Beijing from SFO:
Over Beijing (north-east) on final-approach to (PEK) Beijing International evening of 03 November 2013 - there is something really futuristic-looking about this photo... The P.R.C. is one amazing mixture of the ancient and ultra-modern!
Chinese Birth Years:
As much as I love world-travel, simply hanging out in the quiet desert DXing is also a true pleasure!
BY the Winter-Solstice 2013, I had recovered (sort-of) from that grand China-trip and all of the radio DXing done there, and all of the uploading of photos and audio-files documenting my DXing there... Meanwhile, I celebrated the Winter-Solstice on 21 Dec. 2013 with many of my cherished Bohemian friends up in Darwin, California. SpM
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