A member of BDXC, Keith C Howells, based in
Wales, has been to Majorca island in last month.
It's the largest island in the Balearic
Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean.
He introduced me his reception results on
MW and FM broadcasts during the stay by his PL-380 without any additional antenna.
I assume it as very intriguing and should
much appreciate his courtesy.
He had spent in picturesque town of Port de
Pollenca, in the north of Majorca (about an hour's drive from the capital Palma
de Mallorca in the south west) for one week with his wife.
The listening situation was very
interesting both in the daytime as well as after dark.
Below you will see what he managed to capture
on MW in the daytime hours at various times up to sunset which varied between
2031 up to 2044 local time.
Just as a point of interest you will see
references to the island as Mallorca and Majorca. (The former is the name in
Spanish and Catalan)
Similarly, the village where they stayed is
known as Port de Pollença in Catalan and Puerto de Pollensa in Spanish.
Hopefully this explains the interchangeable
use of these names in this post.
the view of Palma (From Wiki)
North Africa puts in an appearance during
the daylight hours from Mallorca.
Algeria (Jil FM) on 531/549 kHz can be
heard with a more than above average power.
Likewise Radio Algerienne C on 1422kHz can
be heard quite well from there.
Radio Tunisienne in Tunis (630kHz) is
another North African channel with a reasonable strength signal.
One other strong signal during the day is
Radio Algerienne Chaîne 2 on 981kHz in the local Tamazight language.
Daytime MW stations (kHz and
531 Radio Algerienne Jil FM F'Kirina
540 OCR Catalunya, Barcelona
549 Radio Algerienne Jil FM
558 Radio National de Espana(RNE) Radio 5
576 RNE Radio 5 Barcelona
621 RNE Radio Nacional Palma de Mallorca
630 Radio Tunisienne Tunis
666 Cadena SER
738 RNE Radio Nacional Barcelona
774 RNE Radio Nacional multisite
801/855 RNE Radio Nacional multisite
873 Cadena SER multisite
909 RNE Radio 5 Palma de Majorca
981 Radio Algerienne Chaîne 2 (Tamazight)
1026 Cadena SER multisite
1179 Cadena SER Radio Valencia (v. weak)
1224 Cadena COPE Palma de Mallorca
1413 RNE Radio 5 multisite
1422 Radio Algerienne C
1467 TWR Roumoules France FF
FM radio on the island is quite typical of
contemporary style in most of EU.
Apart from public broadcaster RTVE, there is
a mixture of different listening tastes filling the band.
Most of the stations broadcast in Spanish
except where indicated in Catalan.
One interesting catch on FM was Radio RDS
101.7 from Italy, although he doesn't know if this was as a part of an FM lift
or whether this comes in regularly.
Geographically Italy is over the other side
of the Mediterranean so it might be the norm. The weather conditions were hot and
settled at around about 31 degreeC.
(MHz / station)
89.2 IB 3 Radio Música Menorca (Catalan)
92.3 Radio Lima
92.7 Onda Cero Majorca
93.2 RNE Radio Nacional
94.3 Onda Cero
94.7 Alcudia Radio (Catalan)
95.2 La Caje
95.4 RNE Radio Clasica
95.7 Cadena SER
95.8 Insel Radio (English)
96.6 La Bomba
96.9 Insel Radio (German)
97.4 RNE Radio 3
98.2 Cadena Real
99.1 KISS FM
99.7 RNE Radio 5
100.2 Esse 'S' Radio
100.6 Esse Radio
100.8 Radio Cuatra
101.1 IB Tres Radio (Catalan)
101.5 Catalunya Música. Collserola
101.7 Radio RDS Italy
101.9 Radio Maria //105.0
102.1 Radio Marca
102.8 Catalunya Radio (Catalan, mono)
103.1 Cadena SER
103.5 Cadena COPE
105.7 Radio One Mallorca // 102.00 Alvi
106.1 Mallorca Sunshine Radio
107.9 Radio Pollença 107.9 (Catalan)
After dark, a great proportion of the DX
activity was from the Spanish mainland featuring mostly stations run by RNE in
Some of the private networks like Cadena
COPE and Cadena SER could also be heard quite clearly.
The Catalan broadcaster OCR
could also be picked up, possibly from Catalonia on the mainland.
North Africa puts in an appearance a little
more conspicuously than in the daylight hours in this location.
Both Algeria and Tunisia are there quite
audibly, with Libya, a little way along the North
African coast, coming in with Voice of
Homeland in Tripoli, which is a new country for him.
Looking towards the Middle East was SBC in Saudi
Arabia on 585kHz, SIO 222.
On LW, 252kHz at 0024, ID as 'Alger 3'
in Algiers, also with a 222 SIO.
(kHz / local time / station / language /
SIO / dated on)
531 2357 Radio Algerienne Jil FM, mx, FF
549 0003 Radio Algerienne Jil FM, Arabic mx
630 0018 RTT Tunisienne Talk prog, AA 222
963 2322 RTT Tunisienne International,
Tunis, mx AA 222 16Aug
981 2327 Radio Algerienne 2. Algiers, mx
1053 2332 Voice of Homeland, Tripoli, Libya,
mx, AA 222 16Aug
1422 0008 Radio Algerienne C, Algiers,
Quran prog 323 17Aug
531 0001 OCR Catalyuna sports, SS 555 14Aug
567 0005 RNE Radio 5 Murcia. Sports prog SS
576 0008 RNE Radio 5 Barcelona. Sports SS
// 738 333 14Aug
612 0015 RNE R Nacional, multisite, sport
//639, 693, 729, 774, 855 211 14Aug
621 0016 RNE R Nacional Palma de Mallorca,
sports, SS 323 14Aug
666 0024 Cadena SER, sports programme, SS,
// 711, 873, 1260, 1287 444 14Aug
684 0026 RNE Radio Nacional, Sevilla, SS
783 0040 Cadena COPE Barcelona, sports prog
in SS 444 14Aug
810 0044 Cadena SER Radio Madrid mx
programme, SS 444 14Aug
837 0046 Cadena COPE, multisite, talk SS //
882, 1215, 1584, 1602 222 14Aug
864 0050 RNE Radio Nacional Socuellmos,
sports, SS 211 14Aug
900 0057 RAI Radio Uno, Milano, talk,
Italian 212 14Aug
909 0101 RNE Radio 5 Palma de Mallorca,
talk, SS 222 14Aug
936 0104 RNE Radio 5, multisite, sports
talk, SS // 1107, 1152, 1314 212 14Aug
1080 2335 Cadena SER Radio Mallorca,
sports, SS 121 16Aug
1224 2347 Cadena COPE, Palma de Mallorca,
talk, SS 222 16Aug
1413 0004 RNE Radio 5 Todas la Noticias,
news, SS 121 17Aug
1485 0012 Cadena SER, talk OM, SS 121 17Aug
1539 0014 Cadena SER Radio Elche, talk and
sport, SS 323 17Aug
All in all, he would say a visit to this
part of Spain proved quite interesting.
Certainly there is a varied range of radio
across both MW and FM in Majorca.
As I've been to Rabat, Morocco in 2011,
totally agree with him on the reception circumstances.
It's a real joy of traveling with a portable receiver.
No need any SDR nor communication receiver!
I boarded the aircraft at the Rabat ariport