As a fan of foreign broadcast stations, it can be frustrating to push the button for the station and hear nothing.
I don't know the correlation between channels and frequencies but here are some suggestions:
1. Some frequencies come in better than other at different times of the day. You may have to search a bit for one that comes in well.
2. Some stations beam their signals to areas other than North America (assuming that's where you are). Radio
listening guides generally have a list of stations and times when they're beaming to NA.
3. Sometimes you're not going to get anything due to atmospheric conditions. One thing to try is listening to WWV on 5Mhz, 10MHz 15MHz, and 20MHz. The station, located in Colorado puts out a booming signal. At 18 past the hour they broadcast the propogation report and that can tell you a lot about what the atmospherics are like.
4. I'm not that familiar with the M802 but chances are if there are channels for the BBC you should be able to receive them. If the M802 has a general coverage receiver you should try the local AM stations, then try some ham frequencies. In the early morning the 6MHz frequencies are fairly active and you might be able to get some additional info on reception
on board can block reception
. I had a real problem with some fluorescent lights and the bilge pump
. They would block about everything and give me lots of static.
6. Make sure your radio
is properly set up. Missing a good ground or having a bad connection in the antenna
coax can degrade reception.
7. Sometimes your location and propagation don't mesh and you get nothing.
8. You might chat ups some other cruisers and get the frequencies and times for what they listen to. Chances are if they can receive it properly you should. If not then you know the problem's on your end.
International Broadcaster Web Sites
Broadcast Listening : Shortwave Radio: BCL Resources
Hope that helps.