Greetings from Lanzarote, one of Las Islas Canarias! On this trip I brought my recently-purchased XHDATA D-808 portable radio to see how it performs and to try to get some decent DX.
I haven’t been let down: A few days ago I was able to easily pull in Radio Habana Cuba and Radio Rebelde as their signals bounced across the Atlantic. My only (relatively minor) problem was that in most cases the signal was quite noisy. I put that down to the fact I was in an urban area, surrounded by air-conditioning units, pool heaters, and so on. I didn’t do anything special with the antenna: I used the plug-in antenna supplied with the D-808 and simply strung it up across the backs of a couple of chairs.
Here are some of the more interesting broadcasts I pulled in.
|Date and UTC||kHz||Station||SINPO|
|09/11/21 11:49||9635||RTV de Mali||35222|
|18/11/21 21:02||3955||KBS World Radio||33152|
|18/11/21 21:06||5940||Radio Algerienne||32142|
|18/11/21 21:12||5995||RTV de Mali||44233|
|18/11/21 21:19||6195||Voice of America||44333|
|18/11/21 21:33||7240||PBS Xizang||44344|
|18/11/21 21:58||7520||Radio Free Asia||44344|
|18/11/21 22:00||7600||Afghanistan Intl TV||33222|
|18/11/21 22:01||9330||WBCQ World’s Last Chance||33222|
I enjoy bringing a radio on holiday with me: it’s cool to listen to some local stations, but it also provides some new DXing opportunities.