Thursday, October 19, 2017

NHK World Radio Letters of Acknowledgement

In an effort to receive confirmation from two medium-wave stations in Japan: NHK-1/JOAP (Okinawa) and NHK-1/JOPG (Kushiro), I emailed NHK World Radio. Surprisingly, NHK World Radio replied, not with confirmation per se but with letters of acknowledgement. And, their correspondence came quickly, within two weeks from the time I emailed them.

Additionally, reception reports were posted approximately in the same period to JOAP and JOPG, having learned this is the best way to QSL Japanese domestic stations. Hopefully in the coming month or so an actual verification card from each of these stations will appear in the letterbox. 

Needless to say, I am impressed with the efficiency, speed and care NHK World Radio took to reply. Thank you, NHK World Radio! 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

All India Radio Pune (Maharashtra)

All India Radio Pune / Akashvani Pune in Maharashtra was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 792 kHz under decent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Devotional music and news was observed from 16.40 till 17.40 UTC, on 9 September 2017. SINPO was 33433 -- fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under an unidentified Chinese broadcaster operating on the same frequency. Reception seemed to improve after 17.00 UTC, but still with co-frequency interference. HERE's AIR Pune.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card, verifying AIR Pune, AIR Srinagar and AIR  Jalandhar, arrived in the mail on 17 October 2017.

All India Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)

All India Srinagar A / Akashvani Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir with classical Indian music followed by news in English and Hindi was observed from 17.15 till 17.40 UTC, on 8 August 2017. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1116 kHz was weak and barely audible, breaking occasionally above the noise and heterodyning, then fading under every few minutes. SINPO rated a puny 13431. 

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card, verifying AIR Pune, AIR Srinagar and AIR  Jalandhar, arrived in the mail on 17 October 2017.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vatican Radio (Santa Maria di Galeria)

Vatican Radio in Santa Maria di Galeria aired a Ukrainian language programme from 16.40 till 17.00 UTC, on 6 August 2017. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.715 kHz was good for much of the transmission with a SINPO 54544 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, almost unnoticeable fade. A broadcast in the Belorussian followed at 17.00 UTC.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 14 October 2017.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Logbook for 11 - 13 October 2017

CYPRUS
Radio Sawa / BBG
via Cap Greco was received  on the medium-wave frequency of 990 kHz, rating a SINPO of 24432 -- weak to fair signal strength, occasionally clear and discernible content whenever signal peaked (every two to three minutes). An Arabic language broadcast featuring news reports / discussion was heard from 17.25 till 17.45 UTC. 

INDIA
All India Radio Raipur (Akashvani Raipur) in Chhattisgarh was logged on on the medium-wave frequency of  981 kHz, between 17.10 till 17.35 UTC. Reception from 17.10 till 17.20 UTC rated a SINPO of 23432 -- weak to fair signal with co-frequency interference from stations in Taiwan and China when not fading every few minutes. After 17.20 UTC, overpowering interference from Voice of Kuanghua (Taiwan) and possibly a broadcaster in China blocked reception of  AIR Raipur. Before 17.00 UTC, reception was impossible due to a Thai station. Content of programming consisted of possibly Indian folk song, performed by a female singer. HERE's AIR Raipur.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1
, transmitting from Chiba-Nagara, was logged on the short-wave frequency of 3.925  kHz. A Japanese  language broadcast with Electronica and Japanese pop music was monitored from  14.15  till 14.45 UTC.  Reception rated a (SINPO) of 34333 -- poor to fair signal, occasionally clear audio despite atmospheric noise and occasional fading. HERE's a bit of Radio Nikkei I

THAILAND
Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9)
was received from 14.20 till 14.30 UTC (14.00 till 14.30 UTC), under excellent reception conditions with a SINPO of 55555 on 9.390 kHz. "Thailand Magazine" included reports about Genesis project, preparation of Thai athletes for Tokyo Olympics 2020,  Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project, and late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's efforts to provide cloud seeding for Thai farmers. HERE's  Radio Thailand World Service.

 RX:  Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Degen DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

NHK World Radio Japan (via Palau Medorn)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Palau Medorn, was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC, on 11 September 2017. An English language broadcast of news, the programmes "Insight" and "Easy Japanese", along with a Japanese pop song was observed. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent reception on all accounts.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 12 October 2017.

KNLS - New Life Station (via Anchor Point)

KNLS - New Life Station via Anchor Point (Alaska), was logged on 15.515 kHz, with SINPO of 55545 -- near perfect reception with slight fading. Christian programming with contemporary Western pop music was heard during their "English Hour" from 03.45 till 04.00 UTC (broadcast time 03.00 till 04.00 UTC), on 6 April 2017.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 12 October 2017.