Eruption of Mount Ontake & News From Japan

In case you weren’t aware, Mount Ontake (ๅพกๅถฝๅฑฑ Ontake-san), the second highest volcano in Japan at 10,062 feet and located 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted over the weekend. There is some amazing amateur footage of the eruption and descending ash cloud.

This is called a “pyroclastic flow” consisting of hot gas and rock which can move at speeds of up to 450 mph! In this cloud of ash there may also be poisonous gases. I hope some of the hikers were able to survive.

Here is a link to a Wikipedia page on Mount Ontake, and it’s already updated with info about the recent eruption on September 27, 2014!

ontake - google maps
Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Credit: Google Maps

If you watch the Japanese news on YouTube or on a streaming channel, there will usually be a number of newscasts on significant recent events such as this. A good way to know what is happening is to read Japan related news sites that are in English and then watch the Japanese news broadcasts. I like to read a site called Japan Today:

After reading the news in English you can check out the ANN streaming news at the site below:

ANN and FNN also have YouTube channels with lots of news clips to choose from. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices.


It’s a Numbers Game…

If you listen to shortwave radio long enough you will probably stumble upon something unusual outside of the normal broadcast and amateur bands. The shortwave frequencies are broken up and allocated for specific uses. Shortwave broadcasters are allocated certain frequency ranges to stay within, as well as ham/amateur radio operators. Below is a list of the frequencies allocated for broadcasters.

120 metres 2300-2495 kHz
90 metres 3200-3400 kHz
75 metres 3900-4000 kHz
60 metres 4750-4995 kHz
49 metres 5900-6200 kHz
41 metres 7200-7450 kHz
31 metres 9400-9900 kHz
25 metres 11600-12100 kHz
22 metres 13570-13870 kHz
19 metres 15100-15800 kHz
16 metres 17480-17900 kHz
15 metres 18900-19020 kHz
13 metres 21450-21850 kHz
11 metres 25670-26100 kHz

Here is a list of the frequencies for the ham/amateur radio operators

180 metres 1800-2000 kHz
80 metres 3500-3800 kHz
60 metres 5250-5450 kHz
40 metres 7000-7200 kHz
30 metres 10100-10150 kHz
20 metres 14000-14350 kHz
17 metres 18068-18168 kHz
15 metres 21000-21450 kHz
12 metres 24890-24990 kHz
10 metres 28000-29700 kHz

These unusual signals you may happen upon are called “Numbers Stations‘ and may sound something like this.

Many articles have been written about these mysterious transmissions. Some theories thrown out are these are a type of code to communicate with spies in the field or used by drug smugglers. The most common broadcast I’ve heard is usually a Spanish female speaker repeating numbers in groups of 4 or five. Sometimes there may be tones heard in between the reading of the numbers.

If this fascinates you and peaks your curiosity, here are some links to peruse:

NPR audio segment titled “The Shortwave Numbers Mystery

Wikipedia article on Numbers Stations

BBC article titled “The Spooky World of Numbers Stations

I came across two broadcasts of a numbers station recently. Both were a Spanish speaking female repeating numbers in groups of five. They were on different frequencies and at different times, but sound like the same voice to me. The first is shown above and the 2nd below.

Some wierd and intriguing stuff! ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

Explain Everything…The App That is

Here is the app I’ve been using to create the Bible Japanese videos on my iPad as well as record the shortwave receiver videos with added text. I like it a lot because it is quick to make the videos. It’s only $2.99 on the iTunes store and is fairly easy to use. Some of the older Bible Japanese videos were made on my PC with a program called Cam Studios. It was more involved and time consuming to record something, but did a good job. I’m all about keeping the time to record something short.

I also used it to record the video about the Konoyubi Drama website. I had a problem using it to scroll real-time through the webpage though. The video didn’t keep up with the scrolling once it was published. Seems to be some type of time lag problem. Maybe I’m not doing something correctly (which is very possible). Anyway, it’s all good and fun.

Here is a link to the app on iTunes

Here is a link to the developer website which has some tutorial videos.

I highly recommend it and maybe you can find some uses for it as well.

Quick Tour of the Shortwave Bands

Had a very fruitful night listening to my new shortwave radio. The reception conditions seemed a lot better than the previous evening. I put together a 2:03 min clip of some of the stations I heard. If you’ve never listened to shortwave radio it will give you an idea of what the stations sound like. These stations actually came in well. Some of the weaker ones are difficult to hear and it’s hard to understand what is being spoken.

  • Radio Rebelde, broadcasting from Havana, Cuba
  • Radio EWTN, Global Catholic Radio
  • Radio Havana Cuba
  • China Radio International
  • KVOH, Voice of Hope
  • WWV, Time station from Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Radio Slovakia

Some of the other stations I heard that are not on the clip:

  • Radio Romania
  • Radio Exterior de Espana
  • R. Sultanate Oman
  • Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • R. Japan
  • Radio Frequencia al Dia
  • Deutsch Welle
  • BBC
  • Radio New Zealand
  • Radio Dabanga, I had never heard this station before, and it was coming in fairly clear. I believe it’s broadcasting from Darfur, Sudan using a 500 KW transmitter.ย  A new country and station to add to my totals! ๐Ÿ˜„

Here is a short audio recording of Radio Dabanga.ย  There is no mistake that was the station after listening to the audio.

John Chapter 2 in Japanese

Here is John chapter 2 in Japanese

2:1ย  ไธ‰ๆ—ฅ็›ฎใซใ‚ฌใƒชใƒฉใƒคใฎใ‚ซใƒŠใซๅฉš็คผใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฎๆฏใŒใใ“ใซใ„ใŸใ€‚
2:2ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใ‚‚ๅผŸๅญใŸใกใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎๅฉš็คผใซๆ‹›ใ‹ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
2:3ย  ใถใฉใ†้…’ใŒใชใใชใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆฏใฏใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใซ่จ€ใฃใŸใ€ใ€Œใถใฉใ†้…’ใŒใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใ€‚
2:4ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏๆฏใซ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ€ใ€Œๅฉฆไบบใ‚ˆใ€ใ‚ใชใŸใฏใ€ใ‚ใŸใ—ใจใ€ใชใ‚“ใฎไฟ‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใŸใ—ใฎๆ™‚ใฏใ€ใพใ ใใฆใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€ใ€‚
2:5ย  ๆฏใฏๅƒ•ใŸใกใซ่จ€ใฃใŸใ€ใ€Œใ“ใฎใ‹ใŸใŒใ€ใ‚ใชใŸใŒใŸใซ่จ€ใ„ใคใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ‚‚ใ—ใฆไธ‹ใ•ใ„ใ€ใ€‚
2:6ย  ใใ“ใซใฏใ€ใƒฆใƒ€ใƒคไบบใฎใใ‚ˆใ‚ใฎใชใ‚‰ใ‚ใ—ใซๅพ“ใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œๅ››ใ€ไบ”ๆ–—ใ‚‚ใฏใ„ใ‚‹็ŸณใฎๆฐดใŒใ‚ใŒใ€ๅ…ญใค็ฝฎใ„ใฆใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚
2:7ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏๅฝผใ‚‰ใซใ€Œใ‹ใ‚ใซๆฐดใ‚’ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ•ใ„ใ€ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ๅฝผใ‚‰ใฏๅฃใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใพใงใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
2:8ย  ใใ“ใงๅฝผใ‚‰ใซ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ€ใ€Œใ•ใ‚ใ€ใใ‚“ใงใ€ๆ–™็†ใŒใ—ใ‚‰ใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใซๆŒใฃใฆ่กŒใใชใ•ใ„ใ€ใ€‚ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅฝผใ‚‰ใฏๆŒใฃใฆ่กŒใฃใŸใ€‚
2:9ย  ๆ–™็†ใŒใ—ใ‚‰ใฏใ€ใถใฉใ†้…’ใซใชใฃใŸๆฐดใ‚’ใชใ‚ใฆใฟใŸใŒใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใฉใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใใŸใฎใ‹็Ÿฅใ‚‰ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€๏ผˆๆฐดใ‚’ใใ‚“ใ ๅƒ•ใŸใกใฏ็Ÿฅใฃใฆใ„ใŸ๏ผ‰่Šฑๅฉฟใ‚’ๅ‘ผใ‚“ใง
2:10ย  ่จ€ใฃใŸใ€ใ€Œใฉใ‚“ใชไบบใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅˆใ‚ใซใ‚ˆใ„ใถใฉใ†้…’ใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ€้…”ใ„ใŒใพใ‚ใฃใŸใ“ใ‚ใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ„ใฎใ‚’ๅ‡บใ™ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใฎใซใ€ใ‚ใชใŸใฏใ‚ˆใ„ใถใฉใ†้…’ใ‚’ไปŠใพใงใจใฃใฆใŠใ‹ใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€ใ€‚
2:11ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏใ€ใ“ใฎๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ—ใ‚‹ใ—ใ‚’ใ‚ฌใƒชใƒฉใƒคใฎใ‚ซใƒŠใง่กŒใ„ใ€ใใฎๆ „ๅ…‰ใ‚’็พใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆๅผŸๅญใŸใกใฏใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใ‚’ไฟกใ˜ใŸใ€‚
2:12ย  ใใฎใฎใกใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏใ€ใใฎๆฏใ€ๅ…„ๅผŸใŸใกใ€ๅผŸๅญใŸใกใจไธ€็ท’ใซใ€ใ‚ซใƒšใƒŠใ‚ฆใƒ ใซไธ‹ใฃใฆใ€ๅนพๆ—ฅใ‹ใใ“ใซใจใฉใพใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
2:13ย  ใ•ใฆใ€ใƒฆใƒ€ใƒคไบบใฎ้Ž่ถŠใฎ็ฅญใŒ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏใ‚จใƒซใ‚ตใƒฌใƒ ใซไธŠใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
2:14ย  ใใ—ใฆ็‰›ใ€็พŠใ€ใฏใจใ‚’ๅฃฒใ‚‹่€…ใ‚„ไธกๆ›ฟใ™ใ‚‹่€…ใชใฉใŒๅฎฎใฎๅบญใซใ™ใ‚ใ‚Š่พผใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‚’ใ”ใ‚‰ใ‚“ใซใชใฃใฆใ€
2:15ย  ใชใ‚ใงใ‚€ใกใ‚’้€ ใ‚Šใ€็พŠใ‚‚็‰›ใ‚‚ใฟใชๅฎฎใ‹ใ‚‰่ฟฝใ„ใ ใ—ใ€ไธกๆ›ฟไบบใฎ้‡‘ใ‚’ๆ•ฃใ‚‰ใ—ใ€ใใฎๅฐใ‚’ใฒใฃใใ‚Šใ‹ใˆใ—ใ€
2:16ย  ใฏใจใ‚’ๅฃฒใ‚‹ไบบใ€…ใซใฏใ€Œใ“ใ‚Œใ‚‰ใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ‡บใฆ่กŒใ‘ใ€‚ใ‚ใŸใ—ใฎ็ˆถใฎๅฎถใ‚’ๅ•†ๅฃฒใฎๅฎถใจใ™ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
2:17ย  ๅผŸๅญใŸใกใฏใ€ใ€Œใ‚ใชใŸใฎๅฎถใ‚’ๆ€ใ†็†ฑๅฟƒใŒใ€ใ‚ใŸใ—ใ‚’้ฃŸใ„ใคใใ™ใงใ‚ใ‚ใ†ใ€ใจๆ›ธใ„ใฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ€‚
2:18ย  ใใ“ใงใ€ใƒฆใƒ€ใƒคไบบใฏใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใซ่จ€ใฃใŸใ€ใ€Œใ“ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใฏใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชใ—ใ‚‹ใ—ใ‚’ใ‚ใŸใ—ใŸใกใซ่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใใ‚Œใพใ™ใ‹ใ€ใ€‚
2:19ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏๅฝผใ‚‰ใซ็ญ”ใˆใฆ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ€ใ€Œใ“ใฎ็ฅžๆฎฟใ‚’ใ“ใ‚ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใŸใ—ใฏไธ‰ๆ—ฅใฎใ†ใกใซใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’่ตทใ™ใงใ‚ใ‚ใ†ใ€ใ€‚
2:20ย  ใใ“ใงใ€ใƒฆใƒ€ใƒคไบบใŸใกใฏ่จ€ใฃใŸใ€ใ€Œใ“ใฎ็ฅžๆฎฟใ‚’ๅปบใฆใ‚‹ใฎใซใฏใ€ๅ››ๅๅ…ญๅนดใ‚‚ใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใฎใซใ€ใ‚ใชใŸใฏไธ‰ๆ—ฅใฎใ†ใกใซใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅปบใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ™ใ‹ใ€ใ€‚
2:21ย  ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‹ใ‚‰ใ ใงใ‚ใ‚‹็ฅžๆฎฟใฎใ“ใจใ‚’่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚
2:22ย  ใใ‚Œใงใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใŒๆญปไบบใฎไธญใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ˆใฟใŒใˆใฃใŸใจใใ€ๅผŸๅญใŸใกใฏใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใŒใ“ใ†่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ€่–ๆ›ธใจใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฎใ“ใฎ่จ€่‘‰ใจใ‚’ไฟกใ˜ใŸใ€‚
2:23ย  ้Ž่ถŠใฎ็ฅญใฎ้–“ใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใŒใ‚จใƒซใ‚ตใƒฌใƒ ใซๆปžๅœจใ—ใฆใŠใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใจใใ€ๅคšใใฎไบบใ€…ใฏใ€ใใฎ่กŒใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ—ใ‚‹ใ—ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใฎๅใ‚’ไฟกใ˜ใŸใ€‚
2:24ย  ใ—ใ‹ใ—ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚นใ”่‡ช่บซใฏใ€ๅฝผใ‚‰ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ใŠไปปใ›ใซใชใ‚‰ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใ™ในใฆใฎไบบใ‚’็ŸฅใฃใฆใŠใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ€
2:25ย  ใพใŸไบบใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚ใ‹ใ—ใ™ใ‚‹่€…ใ‚’ใ€ๅฟ…่ฆใจใ•ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใ”่‡ช่บซไบบใฎๅฟƒใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’็ŸฅใฃใฆใŠใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚

If you want to read it with furigana over the kanji click the link below.

Here is the link to the audio:

John Chapter 2: 25

Woooo Hoooo! ๐ŸŽ‰. We’ve reached the last verse in John Chapter 2. ๐Ÿ˜„. If you need to, go back and review the previous videos on the other verses in John Chapter 2. Then try to read the entire chapter in Japanese followed by listening to the audio version while reading the text.


I’m using a screenshot of a free app called “Kougou KJV” for these lessons. It contains the Japanese Kougouyaku translation and English King James Version, both of which are in the public domain. Checkout and download this great app.

Below is a link to a website with the text as well as the audio of the Gospel of John Chapter 2. Try reading the Japanese and then eventually read while listening to the audio. The plan is toย  go through all of John Chapter 2 so eventually you should be able to read and listen to the entire Chapter.

Back in the Shortwave Saddle!

I’ve posted several times about how I used to listen to shortwave radio quite a bit when I was younger.ย  It was a fun, enjoyable hobby and I learned a lot about geography and other countries/cultures.ย  I haven’t listened in several years after getting busy with other things in life.ย  I don’t know about you, but it seems there are cycles in my life where things change naturally depending on what is going on and how my interests change. I saw a nice shortwave radio at a local electronics store for what I think is a good price and picked one up.ย  It’s a Grundig Satellit 750 radio that picks up AM/FM, Shortwave and the Airwave bands.

Grundig Satellit 750

I got it home and couldn’t hear many stations until I hooked up an outside antenna.ย  It was like night and day in being able to tune in stations.ย  I think it may be due to the radiant barrier in the attic blocking the signals.ย  There are not as many stations broadcasting from what I remember in the “good old days” of the late 70s and 80s, but it was like riding a bike.ย  It felt like I never stopped! As usual, the religious broadcasters are well represented on the shortwave bands, as well as some of the stations I used to listen to. Some of the stations I managed to hear:

  • Adventist World Radio – Had an interesting shortwave type program called “Wavescan”
  • Voice of Turkey – Playing music
  • Radio Romania Int – Broadcasting in French.ย  Back in the 80s they used to be called “Radio Bucharest”
  • China Radio International – Coming in with a strong signal on their English & Chinese language broadcast
  • Radio Exterior de Espana – Broadcasting in Spanish
  • World Harvest Radio – Christian broadcaster from the US
  • Radio Habana Cuba – You can hear them on a number of frequencies broadcasting in English and Spanish
  • EWTN – Catholic radio broadcaster

There was a book that I used to use which was invaluable for looking up station broadcast times and frequencies called “Passport to Worldband Radio“.


Since I don’t have a recent edition, I was able to find an online shortwave website where you can look up this information.ย  Gotta love the internet!ย  Sadly, I found out later today that the book is no longer being published.

Will see how things progress in the coming months.