Many ham radio operators started
out in the hobby as shortwave listeners, so you may already be familiar
the components of writing a reception report, but in case you’re not,
make things easier, we’ve
created a Reception Report form, downloadable as a fillable PDF or
basic print version:
Click here to download and print
WSSM's Reception Report form.
Click here to download an editable
Reception Report form.
for writing quality reception reports:
most international shortwave
stations like the Voice
of America, Radio
Romania International, Radio Prague, Radio Slovakia International,
and others, a point of contact (such as a General Manager), isn’t
they typically have departments that are dedicated to handling
reports and listener correspondence.
reports to international broadcasters, always use Universal Time
Coordinated (or UTC), in the standard 24-hour format, and be careful
date also aligns with UTC. For example, if its 8:00 PM, August 24th
locally, it may be 0000 UTC, August 25th.
acceptable to use local time
of the station if the station you listened to is within your time zone.
Otherwise, always use UTC.
Interference, Noise, Propagation, Overall) rating format of reporting
quality is commonly used, although a more detailed narrative is also
In amateur radio terminology, signal strength is what it shows on the S
if one is equipped), Interference is QRM, Noise is band noise, which is
hams call QRN, Propagation is fading, or QSB, and Overall is the
like SINPO are not usually recognized by domestic stations, so when
sending reports to them, it’s
best to also include a written description about
quality, fading, interference from other stations, etc.
postage is always
appreciated, and in some cases, required. Uncancelled postage stamps
the station’s own country) are effective. A good source for stamps for
countries is William Plum DX Supplies. If it’s
a stateside report, send a
self-addressed-stamped envelope. International Reply Coupons (or IRCs)
accepted around the world, but they are no longer available in U.S.
post offices, so
you’d have to find an international source. In most cases, it’s okay to
one or two US Dollar bills.
and Taking Notes
common question is “How
should I listen?” Obviously, propagation can affect this, but
require 30 minutes to an hour.
notes about the content that
you are listening to, but you don’t have to be exhaustive and capture
word. Many stations are more interested in what you think about
content than what you heard.
They know what they’re transmitting! Just
include enough information so they can verify that it was indeed their
that you were listening to and in some cases, align it with the time
and date that you heard
domestic Mediumwave (AM), FM,
tropical band or other shortwave broadcasts meant for a local audience,
address your report to a contact person (usually a General Manager or
Engineer). This information is available in publications such as the World
Radio Television Handbook, which is published annually,
or online searches.
sure to note any local advertising
(commercials) if present. Why? Many stations stream on the Internet,
station needs to know that you’re listening over the air, rather than
to a stream. At least in the U.S., ads over internet streams are often
different than those broadcast over the air, and in some cases, there
ads played on the stream.
- an online source for news, frequencies, schedules, and other
information related to the hobby of shortwave listening.
Shortwave broadcast schedules
frequencies can also be found on individual broadcaster’s websites.
Check out the links below for more info.
you'll find QSL information and links to some of the most popular
International Broadcasters. For current schedules and frequencies,
check out Primetime Shortwave's weekly
update, or listen to Glenn Hauser's World of Radio program.
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