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Jun 6, 2012

Receiving Press Agencies on RTTY

The following is a list of frequencies where English language press stations can be found on shortwave.

These press stations all transmit in English, some all the time, others just occasionally. The "SB" column indicates USB or LSB to be selected for normal copy. The apostrophe next to the L or U indicates that the station is still on the air as of the last 12 months (I don't drop any from the list unless I am sure they are no longer on). The "SH" column indicates the shift (Mark to Space frequency difference) used. Note that most use 425Hz shift. The "BD" column indicates the baud rate, not words per minute.

This is standard Baudot rtty code. Most foreign stations use "FIGS J" as the bell and "FIGS S" as apostrophe, which is the reverse of American machines. The "M" in the "BD" column indicates that the station is a frequency division multiplex transmission, usually with 16 subcarriers. The shift is usually 85 Hz and many terminal units will not copy this. Receiving these fdm stations with the bfo off sounds like a buzz-saw. These stations are the best source of AP/UPI news, quite similar in format to the wire line press service sent to radio stations.

The best way to tune these in is to select USB, tune onto the station from the high frequency side to the upper-most subcarrier. This subcarrier is usually the one carrying the news. The "SVC" column shows the abbreviation of the news service. The "CALL" column is obvious.

Not all stations give identify with a call sign. Some use the same call sign on all frequencies at once, and some have calls for each frequency in use, but do not indicate which call is for which transmitter.

Not all stations of a particular service carry the same text. The VOA, for example carries as many as 4 different "programs" at the same time. the ARF, however, has the same text on all 4 frequencies at once. I have not given times of transmissions. That is too difficult to pin down accurately.

Many stations are on continuously. The frequencies given are within 2 kHz. Some stations do slide up or down a little, reverse their mark and space frequencies on occasion, and my receiver readout does not include the amount of bfo offset (about 1.5 kHz)


FREQ SB SH BD SVC CALL
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2024 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
4045 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
4515 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
4620 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
5435 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
5460 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
6834 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
6853 U 425 50 REUTER GPE26
6941 U' 170 74 VOA VOA
6983 U' 425 50 AP GIC26B
6992 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
7442 U' 425 74 VOA VOA
7478 U' 425 74 VOA VOA
7534 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
7784 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
7970 L 425 50 PL
8000 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
8022 L' 425 50 AFP
8029 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
8148 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
8182 L 425 50 UPI PDK68
8192 L' 425 50 PAP SOI31
8506 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9050 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9053 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX90
9070 U 425 50 REUTER
9080 U 425 50 REUTER
9102 U 425 50 REUTER
9120 U' 425 50 REUTER GPN29
9214 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9259 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9285 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9349 U' 425 50 AP GIC29B
9381 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9397 L' 425 50 AFP FTJ39A
9405 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
9855 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
10134 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
10185 L 425 50 AFP FPK8
10413 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
10460 U' 425 74 U.N. 4UZ
10543 L' 425 50 ADN
10598 U' 425 50 VNA VNA25
10616 L' 425 50 AFP FTK61
10648 U' 425 50 AP GIC30B
10785 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V43B
10879 U' 425 50 TASS
10880 U' 425 74 VOA VOA
10882 L' 425 50 REUTER
10905 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
10958 U' 425 50 REUTER GPE30B
10960 U' 425 50 REUTER GPE30
10972 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
10985 U 425 50 BAK RCB53
11004 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
11048 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
11170 L' 425 50 KCNA
11539 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
11540 L 425 50 REUTER GPE30B
11599 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
11622 U' 425 50 PAP SOL36
12085 U 425 50 BAK RCB55
12128 L' 425 50 ANSA IRJ31
12185 U' 425 50 JANA
12224 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
12280 U 425 50 AP GBU32
13238 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
13410 L 425 50 VNA VNA16
13438 L' 425 50 DPA
13460 U' 425 50 VNA VNA16
13487 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX35
13490 U 425 50 BAK RCG77
13493 U 425 50 TASS RCG77
13504 L 425 50 KCNA MVS19
13563 U' 850 50 CNA 3MA22
13580 L' 425 50 KCNA MVS19
13598 L 425 50 CETEKA
13612 U 425 50 REUTER
13623 U' 425 50 REUTER
13625 U' 425 50 REUTER
13626 U' 425 50 REUTER
13628 U 425 50 REUTER
13648 L' 425 50 CETEKA
13652 U' 425 50 MENA SUA50
13676 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
13730 L' 425 50 AFP
13770 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
13895 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V47
13898 L 425 50 ANSA
13975 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX19
13995 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
14360 U 425 50 PAP
14366 U' 425 50 XINHUA
14523 U 425 50 REUTER GPN34
14525 L' 425 74 VOA PRS
14547 L 425 50 KYODO JAL44
14562 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
14565 U' 425 50 PL
14568 L 425 50 KCNA HML61
14572 U' 425 50 JANA
14631 L' 425 50 ANSA
14638 L' 425 74 ARF WFK54
14698 U' 425 50 TASS REB24
14718 U' 425 50 KYODO
14720 U 425 50 BAK RKB58
14762 U 425 50 GNA
14796 L' 425 50 AFP
14800 L 425 50 ADN DMV241
14825 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V25
14832 U 425 50 KUNA
14901 L' 425 50 PL CLN450
14901 L' 425 50 TASS
14928 L' 425 50 PL CLN452
14974 U' 425 50 AP GBW34B
15462 L' 425 50 JANA
15480 L' 425 50 KCNA
15482 L' 425 50 APS
15506 L' 425 50 CETEKA
15693 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX56
15694 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX56
15743 L' 425 50 VNA VNA5
15749 U' 85 74 VOA VOA
15750 U' 85 74 VOA VOA
15865 U 425 50 BAK RBK79
15865 U' 425 50 TASS RRG26
15875 L' 425 74 VOA VOA
15896 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
15898 L' 425 50 CETEKA
15930 U 425 50 BAK RBI78
15977 L' 425 50 AFP
15980 L' 425 50 AFP
15992 U' 425 50 INDFO WER26
15996 L' 425 50 DPA
16055 U 425 50 INDFO WER45
16092 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
16108 L' 425 50 AFP
16133 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
16135 U' 425 50 XINHUA BZP54
16149 U 425 50 NEWS
16223 U 850 50 CNA 3MA35
16247 U' 425 50 PL
16336 U' 425 50 PL
16342 U' 425 50 TANJUG YZJ4
16347 U' 425 50 TASS
16348 U' 425 50 PL
16348 U' 425 50 TASS
16403 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V57
16415 L 425 50 ADN
17210 L 170 74 AFRTS
17210 U 425 50 XINHUA
17370 U 425 50 BAK RBI73
17390 U 425 50 PL
17393 L' 425 50 PL CLN565
17415 L 425 50 PL
17475 L 425 50 PL
17509 U 425 50 TASS RFD53
17519 U 425 50 TASS
17525 L 425 50 CETEKA OLV3
17545 L' 425 50 AFP
17552 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
17555 U' 425 50 MAP CNM73
17564 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
17565 U 425 50 AP GIW37B
18005 L 425 50 PL CLN603
18012 U 425 50 PL
18050 U' 425 50 TASS
18101 U' 425 50 REUTER GPU30
18159 U 425 50 TASS RTU47
18193 U' 425 50 PL CLN603
18198 U' 425 50 PL
18205 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
18245 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
18261 L' 425 50 KUNA
18272 U 85 74 VOA VOA
18292 U 425 50 PL
18307 L' 425 50 KUNA
18331 U 425 50 REUTER
18333 U' 425 50 REUTER GPE38B
18335 U' 425 50 REUTER GPE38
18384 U 425 50 TASS REB24
18392 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
18434 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
18519 L' 85 50 AFP
18540 U 425 50 PL
18543 L' 425 74 ARF WFK48
18547 U 425 50 AP GIY38B
18671 L' 425 50 AFP FTS67
18675 L 425 50 IINA
18682 U 425 50 REUTER
18700 L' 425 50 DPA
18787 U' 425 50 SUNA
18824 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V38A
18835 U' 425 50 TASS RWN74
18871 U 425 50 XINHUA
18988 L 425 50 CETEKA
19148 U 425 50 XINHUA BAJ29
19162 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
19171 U' 425 50 MAP CNM85
19280 L' 425 74 UN 4UZ
19565 L' 425 50 ANA
19818 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
19825 L 425 50 OANA
19865 U' 425 74 TANJUG YZJ4
19975 U 425 50 LPS
19981 U 425 50 PARS
20008 U' 425 50 BAKTAR
20080 L' 425 50 AFP
20085 L' 425 50 ANSA ISX20
20100 L 425 50 REUTER
20105 L' 425 50 DIPLO HSF212
20110 L 425 50 AFP
20152 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
20155 L' 425 50 KUNA
20204 U 425 50 TANJUG YZJ
20312 L' 425 50 AFP
20386 U' 425 50 REUTER
20420 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V20A
20421 L' 425 50 ADN
20430 L' 425 50 ANSA IRS24
20483 L' 425 74 VOA PRS
20494 U 425 50 PAP SOV249
20506 U 425 50 KUNA
20559 U' 425 50 JANA
20625 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
20728 L' 425 50 ANSA IRS27
20776 U' 425 50 INDINFO
20804 U 425 50 KUNA
20837 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
21784 L' 425 50 KUNA
21787 U' 425 50 KUNA
21801 L 85 74 VOA VOA
21839 U 425 50 TASS
22760 U' 425 50 AP DZK79
22781 U 425 50 TASS RDD73
22782 L' 425 74 ARF WFN62
22790 U' 425 50 TASS
22813 L' 425 50 ADN Y2V29
22885 L' 425 50 ADN
22909 U 425 50 KUNA
22918 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
22955 L 425 50 ANSA
23315 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
23499 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
23542 U' 425 50 REUTER GLF43
23751 L 425 50 AFP
23770 L' 425 74 ARF WFG93
24029 U' 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
24089 U 85 50M AP/UPI AFRTS
24790 L 425 50 ANSA ISX24
25377 L' 425 50 ANSA IRX23
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