DX-ing

In year 1970 Hans Sundgren is 13 years old and starts practicing DX-ing; listening to radio broadcasts on the short-wave and medium-wave band. In year 1973 he stops DX-ing.

Then, in year 2022, now 65 years old, Hans starts practising DX-ing again.

Country overview

Countries from which Hans has got confirmed reception by QSL card.

Europe: 29 countries

Albania

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia

Denmark

East Germany

Finland

France

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Luxembourg

Monaco

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

USSR

Vatican City

West Berlin

West Germany

Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)

Africa: 7 countries

Egypt

Ghana

Liberia

Morocco

Nigeria

Rwanda

South Africa

Asia: 11 countries

China

Cyprus

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Japan

Kuwait

North Korea

Turkey

Vietnam

Pacific: 1 country

Australia

North America: 2 countries

Canada

USA

Central America: 1 country

Cuba

South America: 1 country

Equador

International water – 1 pirate station

Radio Nordsee International

Total: 52 countries and 1 pirate station

QSL cards

Some of the QSL-cards Hans receives, in order of received cards.

QSL card front QSL card back
Deutschlandfunk
  • Location: West Germany, Neumünster
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:30–21:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 1268 kHz
  • QSL card no: 1, 148×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 1
  • Remark: Broadcast in Swedish language.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Moscow
  • Location: USSR, Lvov
  • Date:
  • Time: 19:00–19:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 7.160 MHz
  • QSL card no: 2, 103×150 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 3 | page 127
  • Remark: Broadcast in Swedish language: Radio Moskva.
Pennant received together with QSL card for report on 1971-11-21.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Warsawa
  • Location: Poland, Mokotów
  • Date:
  • Time: 16:00–16:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 1502 kHz
  • QSL card no: 3, 144×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 5
  • Remark: Broadcast in Swedish language.
QSL card front QSL card back
HCJB
  • Location: Equador, Quito
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 21.460 MHz
  • QSL card no: 4, 98×166 mm
  • Log card: None
  • Remark: Broadcast in Swedish language.
Pennant and embroidered mark received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Roma
  • Location: Italy, Caltanisetta
  • Date:
  • Time: 21:01–21:20 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.710 MHz
  • QSL card no: 8, 163×117 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 11
QSL card front QSL card back
Finnish Broadcasting Company
  • Location: Finland, Pori
  • Date:
  • Time: 11:00–11:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.120 MHz
  • QSL card no: 9, 87×135 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 13
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Denmark
  • Location: Denmark
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: –, 147×105 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Sweden
  • Location: Sweden, Hörby
  • Date:
  • Time: 11:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.625 MHz
  • QSL card no: 10, 110×148 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 15
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Tallin
  • Location: USSR
  • Date:
  • Time: 21:05–22:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.085 MHz
  • QSL card no: 11, 150×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 17
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Nederland
  • Location: Holland, Lopik
  • Date:
  • Time: 14:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 21.480 MHz
  • QSL card no: 12, 105×150 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 19
QSL card front QSL card back
Österreichischer Rundfunk
  • Location: Austria, Moosbrunn
  • Date:
  • Time: 17:00–17:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.155 MHz
  • QSL card no: 13, 210×100 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 21
QSL card front QSL card back
British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Location: United Kingdom, Wofferton
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 15.070 MHz
  • QSL card no: 14, 143×96 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 23
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Praha
  • Location: Czechoslovakia, Prague
  • Date:
  • Time: 15:35 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.055 MHz
  • QSL card no: 15, 103×148 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 25
QSL card front QSL card back
Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
  • Location: Switzerland, Schwarzenburg
  • Date:
  • Time: 07:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.535 MHz
  • QSL card no: 16, 105×150 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 27
QSL card front QSL card back
Norsk Rikskringkasting
  • Location: Norway, Fredrikstad
  • Date:
  • Time: 17:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 7.210 MHz
  • QSL card no: 18, 150×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 29
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Portugal
  • Location: Portugal, S. Gabriel
  • Date:
  • Time: 08:10–09:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 21.495 MHz
  • QSL card no: 19, 190×145 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 31
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Kuwait
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Date:
  • Time: 18:02–18:40 UTC
  • Frequency: 15.405 MHz
  • QSL card no: 20, 153×110 mm, folded 6-page
  • Log card: Card set, page 33
QSL folder.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio RSA
  • Location: South Africa, Bloemendal
  • Date:
  • Time: 08:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 21.545 MHz
  • QSL card no: 22, 105×150 mm
  • Log card: None
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Japan
  • Location: Japan
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 21.535 MHz
  • QSL card no: 23, 180×125 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 37
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Bucarest
  • Location: Romania
  • Date:
  • Time: 13:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 11.940 MHz
  • QSL card no: 24, 145×90 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 39
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Télé Luxembourg
  • Location: Luxembourg
  • Date:
  • Time: 18:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.090 MHz
  • QSL card no: 32, 150×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 43
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Tirana
  • Location: Albania
  • Date:
  • Time: 16:30–16:58 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.505 MHz
  • QSL card no: 33, 145×113 mm, 4-page folded
  • Log card: Card set, page 45
QSL folder.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Budapest
  • Location: Hungary
  • Date:
  • Time: 19:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.833 MHz
  • QSL card no: 34, 142×100 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 47
QSL card front QSL card back
The Voice of America - USA
  • Location: USA, Greenville
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: 37, 142×85 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Station Peace & Progress
  • Location: USSR, Voronesh
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 15.230 MHz
  • QSL card no: 38, 135×83 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 51
QSL card front QSL card back
Israel Broadcasting Authority
  • Location: Israel, Tel-Aviv
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:45-21:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.625 MHz
  • QSL card no: 41, 145×102 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 53
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Canada International
  • Location: Canada
  • Date:
  • Time: 07:15 UTC
  • Frequency: 5.990 MHz
  • QSL card no: 42, 178×111 mm
  • Log card: None
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
Egypt radio
  • Location: Egypt
  • Date:
  • Time: 15:30-16:21 UTC
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: 43, 150×100 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back
RIAS Berlin
  • Location: West Berlin
  • Date:
  • Time: 21:00-22.00 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.005 MHz
  • QSL card no: 44, 146×113 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 55
QSL card front QSL card back
Trans World Radio
  • Location: Monaco
  • Date:
  • Time: 17:30–17:42 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.585 MHz
  • QSL card no: 46, 88×137 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 57
Pennant received together with QSL card for report on 1971-07-22.
QSL card frontQSL card back
Switzerland Broadcasting Corporation
  • Location: Switzerland, Beromünster
  • Date:
  • Time: 11:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 15.430 MHz
  • QSL card no: 55, 148×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 27
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Peking
  • Location: China
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: 58, 148×100 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Nacional de España
  • Location: Spain, Madrid-Arganda
  • Date:
  • Time: 19:35-20:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 15.420 MHz
  • QSL card no: 61, xxx×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 67
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Sofia
  • Location: Bulgaria
  • Date:
  • Time: 21:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.700 MHz
  • QSL card no: 62, 170×96 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 69
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
BBC East Mediterranean Relay
  • Location: Cyprus, Limassol
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 6.010 MHz
  • QSL card no: 63, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 71
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Nordsee International
  • Location: International waters, 4 miles west of The Hauge
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 6.205 MHz
  • QSL card no: 64, 158×114 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 73
QSL card front QSL card back
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
  • Location: Ghana
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:45 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.545 MHz
  • QSL card no: 65, 168×118 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Bremen
  • Location: West Germany, Bremen
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 1079 kHz
  • QSL card no: 66, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 75
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Australia
  • Location: Australia
  • Date:
  • Time: 07:00 UTC
  • Frequency: 11.765 MHz
  • QSL card no: 70, 127×121 mm
  • Log card: None
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Location: West Germany, Munchen Ismaning
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 1602 kHz
  • QSL card no: 71, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 83
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Pyongyang
  • Location: North Korea
  • Date:
  • Time: 19.00-19.30 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.540 MHz
  • QSL card no: 72, 150×100 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 85
QSL card front QSL card back
Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Location: Nigeria
  • Date:
  • Time: 06:25 UTC
  • Frequency: 15.185 MHz
  • QSL card no: 73, 145×88 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Deutschlandsender
  • Location: East Germany, Schwerin Wöbbelin
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 728 kHz
  • QSL card no: 76, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 87
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Berliner Welle
  • Location: East Germany, Berling, Köpenick
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 1358 kHz
  • QSL card no: 77, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 89
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Praha
  • Location: Czechoslovakia, Prague
  • Date:
  • Time: 15:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.055 MHz
  • QSL card no: 85, 148×103 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 25
QSL card front QSL card back
The Voice of America - Liberia
  • Location: Liberia, Monrovia
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: 89, 141×85 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back
Sender Freies Berlin
  • Location: West Berlin
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 566 kHz
  • QSL card no: 91, 148×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 103
QSL card front QSL card back
The Voice of America - Greece
  • Location: Greece, Thessaloniki
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 11.710 MHz
  • QSL card no: 93, 144×85 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 107
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Habana Cuba
  • Location: Cuba
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:10 UTC
  • Frequency: 17.705 MHz
  • QSL card no: 103, 215×95 mm
  • Log card: None
Pennant received together with QSL card.
QSL card front QSL card back
The Voice of America - Morocco
  • Location: Morocco, Tangier
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • QSL card no: 105, 142×85 mm
  • Log card: None
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
The Voice of Vietnam
  • Location: Vietnam, Hanoi
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 10.040 MHz
  • QSL card no: 106, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 115
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back
ORTF
  • Location: France, Issoudun
  • Date:
  • Time: 17:35-18:15 UTC>
  • Frequency: 6.175 MHz
  • QSL card no: 108, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 117
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Yugoslav PTT
  • Location: Yugoslavia, Belgrade
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 20.480 MHz
  • QSL card no: 109, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 121
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Telefis Eireann
  • Location: Ireland, Athlone
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 566 kHz
  • QSL card no: 111, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 125
QSL card front QSL card back
All India Radio
  • Location: India, New Delhi
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:55-21:30 UTC>
  • Frequency: 9.912 MHz
  • QSL card no: 114, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 129
QSL card frontQSL card back
Radio Budapest
  • Location: Hungary
  • Date:
  • Time: 21:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 9.833 MHz
  • QSL card no: 118, 148×105 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 47
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Ankara
  • Location: Turkey
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 15.160 MHz
  • QSL card no: 120, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 131
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Beograd
  • Location: Yugoslavia, Beograd
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 6.100 MHz
  • QSL card no: 124, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 133
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Vaticana
  • Location: Vatican City
  • Date:
  • Time: 20:30 UTC
  • Frequency: 6.190 MHz
  • QSL card no: 127, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 135
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Berlin International
  • Location: West Germany, Berlin-Köpenick
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 1511 kHz
  • QSL card no: 128, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 137
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Jönköping / Sveriges Radio
  • Location: Sweden, Nässjö
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 99.0 MHz
  • QSL card no: 131, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 139
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Baghdad
  • Location: Iraq, Baghdad
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 9.745 MHz
  • QSL card no: 133, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 141
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Trans Europe / The Voice of Hope
  • Location: Portugal, Sines
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 9.670 MHz
  • QSL card no: 134, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 143
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Belgian Broadcasting and Television
  • Location: Belgium, Wavre
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 926 kHz
  • QSL card no: 135, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 145
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Voice of America, Greece
  • Location: Greece, Kavala
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 11.935 MHz
  • QSL card no: 137, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 147
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Iran
  • Location: Iran, Teheran
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 9.030 MHz
  • QSL card no: 139, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 149
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Baghdad
  • Location: Iraq, Baghdad
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 9.745 MHz
  • QSL card no: 133, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 141
QSL card front QSL card back
Radio Tashkent
  • Location: USSR, Vinnitsa
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 1546 kHz
  • QSL card no: 140, 90×140 mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 151
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Radio Liberty
  • Location: Spain, Playa de Pals
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: 15.130 MHz
  • QSL card no: 141, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Card set, page 153
QSL card front QSL card back missing.
Deutsche Welle – Afrika
  • Location: Rwanda, Kigali
  • Date:
  • Time: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown MHz
  • QSL card no: Unknown, xxx ×xxx mm
  • Log card: Missing
  • Remark: Photo of QSL in 1976.

Certificates

Hans receives some certificates related to the DX-ing.

Polens Radios DX-lyssnarklubb

Member of Polens Radios DX-lyssnarklubb.

Radio Canada Shortwave club

Member of the "Radio-Canada Shortwave Club".

TFAE 25 countries

Certificate of 25 confirmed countries.

Issue by Teknik För Allas Eterklubb (TFAE).

RDXA:s rapporteringstävling

Participation in competition.

Pennants

Sometimes Hans receives pennants in addition to the QSL cards.

Radio receivers

Radio receivers Hans uses for DX-ing.

Hans' main radio receiver for DX-ing: AGA Baltic, with home-built accessories on the top. The lower cabinet holds a tape recorder built by Hans' father Sture.

1970: AGA Baltic

During the period 1970–1973 Hans uses two receivers for DX-ing. The main receiver is the AGA Baltic located at Getingstigen, Linköping.

The receiver is bought around 1954 by Hans' father Sture Sundgren. It is bought from a radio dealer dealer in Linköping, is slightly used, and is partly paid by exchange of Sture's wife Agda's receiver. This new receiver has all shortwave-band with bandspread.

The receiver is connected to a 3 meter vertical antenna on the roof of the house. This antenna is manufactured by Sture Sundgren, using an aluminium tube, acquired from Saab's scrap bin. At the top there is a horisontal 10 cm spiral.

The radio receiver in the north-east corner of the upper floor living room, at Getingstigen 48 in Linköping.
The scale with radio stations marked on the long-wave, medium-wave and short-wave bands.
The radio has scales in meter and a supplementary scale in "degrees". Since all radio stations are specified by frequency, Hans needs to make a conversion from frequency to wavelength. Therefore, he creates this conversion sheet.

IC-705 transceiver.

2022: Icom IC-705

In April 2022 buys a new receiver to be used for DX-ing. After checking for alternatives, he decides to select the Icom IC-705. It is a fairly new amateur radio transceiver that can also be used for listening to AM broadcast stations.

So, in addition of being used as a DX radio receiver, Hans can use the unit for amateur radio transmission.

Some of the many features that Hans likes:

  • Small portable unit, powered by internal batteries or external 12 V.
  • Wide frequency range for reception: 0.030-470.000 MHz
  • Modes include: AM, FM, SSB, CW, and FT8 via USB
  • Has a 4.3" color touchscreen display
  • Has wireless LAN, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Sound recording on SD-card

Items 1970–1973

Some items from Hans' first period of DX-ing.

First reception

Hans makes a note the first reception in an album:

"I started DX-ing March 21, on my fathers old receiver. Deutschlandfunk become the first station, then Radio Moscow, Warsawa, HCJB..."

Actually, the first radio station Hans listens to, and sends in listening report to, is Radio Moscow March 16th. But Deutschlandfunk is the first QSL card he receives.

Front and back of log card no. 1, xxx×xx mm

Log cards

During Hans' first DX-ing period 1970-1973, he keeps track of all his radio listening through a pile of cardboard cards with data.

He writes the cards using a mechanical typewriter.

The log card front page specifies:

  • Continent and country
  • Radio station name, location, transmitting power and frequency
  • Date of reception, receiver and location
  • Received QSL-card and other items, after how many days after sending reception report.

The log card back page specifies additional received QSL cards from the same station:

  • Date and frequency.
  • Any other receiver than the AGA, for example DUX, and location.
  • Other items received besides QSL, for example; pennant.
  • QSL card number.

Log files 1970–73

Hans' information binder

Binder with propects and information

In order to plan the radio receptions, Hans reads the magazines Eter Aktuellt and DX-radio och writes down prospective stations in a binder.

Pages specifying stations of interest at 20:00 and 21:00.
QSL cards from Radio Poland and other stations.

Disposal of pennants and QSL cards

In year 1974 and 1976 Hans dumps all pennants together with all duplicate QSL cards he received from the same station.

But before he dumps the items he takes a photo of the them using his Agfa Pocket camera. The film is a positive 110 film where each frame is 13×17 mm. Therefore the resolution is bad.

QSL cards from Radio Tashkent and other stations.
QSL cards from various stations. Some of the cards are kept for the future.
Pennants from various stations.