[A-DX] Fw: [BDXC-UK] Last chance to hear Seychelles relay

Gerald Kallinger
Sa Mär 29 07:42:59 CET 2014

Auf 15420 kHz gab es in letzter Zeit bei mäßiger Feldstärke sehr schnelles
starkes Fading, z.T. Gleichkanal QRM aus USA,
12095 kHz geht einigermaßen.


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: liste [mailto:] Im Auftrag von Wolfgang Bueschel
Gesendet: Freitag, 28. März 2014 23:57
Betreff: [A-DX] Fw: [BDXC-UK] Last chance to hear Seychelles relay

Re Africa logs von heute Abend.

hier eine Mail von Chris, der (noch) bei der BBC arbeitet.

Morgen noch mal SEY zu-hören.
Die Azimuth sind ja nicht Menorca-Münsterland freundlich, eher was für

Noch lieben Gruss an unseren SEY-Volker im Saarland.

73 wb

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014
Subject: [BDXC-UK] Last chance to hear Seychelles relay

> A reminder that Saturday is the

> last day of operations

> of the BBC's Indian Ocean relay. The schedule is as follows:
> 0400-0600 BBCWS in English on 15420 and 12095
> 0600-0800 BBCWS in English on 15420 and 17640
> 1100-1130 BBCWS in Somali  on 15530
> 1400-1500 BBCWS in Somali  on 15420 and 17690
> 1500-2000 BBCWS in English on 15420 and 12095

> The last transmission has been coming into the UK nicely recently on 
> both frequencies.

> On a personal note, I'll be sorry to see this relay station go, as it 
> served me very well when living in Kenya, especially before the BBCWS 
> FM relays opened.  I first lived to Kenya in 1987, the year before the 
> Seychelles relay opened. Although I can't say that reception of BBCWS 
> was difficult then, at certain times of the day the signals from the 
> UK, Cyprus or Ascension were not as good as one would have liked. This 
> all changed when Seychelles came on stream. It is an ideal one-hop 
> distance away from Kenya and gave superb reception, especially when 
> using the higher frequencies on which there is almost no selective 
> fading and low background noise (those were pre-computer days!). It 
> was one of those cases where a solid SW signal is just as good as a strong
local MW one.
> The SW schedule used to be much more extensive than it is now, with 
> both transmitters on the air in English most of the daytime on 15420 and
> This was overkill (at least in Kenya) as both frequencies were 
> ultra-reliable. You could even hear, very faintly in the background, 
> some control tones. When I mentioned this to a UK-based BBC engineer 
> he was amazed as he said the tones were at a very low level that and 
> were intended only to be detected by equipment. The designers had told 
> the BBC that no humans would be able to hear the tones on shortwave.
> Chris

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