Wednesday, December 6, 2017

All India Radio Diphu (Assam)

All India Radio Diphu / Akashvani Diphu in Karbi Anglong District, Assam was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1584 kHz under poor conditions with a SINPO of 14221. While terribly weak, I believe this 1 kW station did manage to reach Malaysia. I am aware many AIR stations, particularly AIR Mon, operate on this frequency as well, sometimes carrying the same national programming. Nevertheless, I suspect the transmission I received was indeed from AIR Diphu, based on my relatively close geographic location to Assam and, more importantly, the northeasterly direction to which the station's signal was best received. In any case, classical Indian music and news from All India Radio was observed from 17.05 till 17.31 UTC, on 11 November 2017.

Reception report, along with an audio file, was emailed and posted to Spectrum Management in subesquent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 December 2017.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Year-end Radio Review

As 2017 winds down it's time to take stock of what transpired this past year, on and off the airwaves, here in South East Asia.  In what has become all to common in the last decade, long-established and familiar radio stations and radio-related organisations ceased to operate, among these being Radio Tirana, Radio Australia (Shepparton) and ABC Northern Territory. And, there are rumours that Radio Veritas Asia will eventually cease operation on short-wave. On the bright side, broadcast providers like  Media Broadcast GmbH, Shortwave Service and WRMI continue to expand their programming, allowing broadcasters like Radio Mi Amigio, Radio Menschen & Geschichten and Italian Broadcasting Corporation to broaden their reach and audience. Similarly, QSLs previously impossible to acquire were finally confirmed.

Prized QSLs received this year included both medium- and short-wave stations, among these being: Shortwave Service's special "Bye, Bye Sitkunai" broadcast via Kostinbrod; FRS Holland (logged directly in Malaysia for the very first time); Radio Itatiaia in Brazil, RTHK3 in Hong Kong (which was quite difficult to QSL), Rhein-Main-Radio-Club special broadcast on the last Danish Shortwave Club Meeting, FEBC-HLAZ (a MW station in South Korea) and a handful of MW stations around Australia including ABC Adelaide (5AN), ABC National Adelaide (5RN), ABC Sydney (2BL), ABC NewsRadio Busselton (6PNN) and ABC Local Radio Capricornia (4QD).

All India Radio (AIR) was again a constant and reliable verifier this year. Thanks to continued efforts of Spectrum Management & Synergy, the following stations were QSLed: AIR Gangtok (SW), AIR Aligarh (SW), AIR Ranchi (MW), AIR Parbhani (MW), AIR Jodhpur (MW), AIR Srinagar (MW), AIR Pune (MW), AIR Jalandhar (MW), AIR Kolkata (MW), AIR Najibabad (MW), AIR Patna (MW), AIR Siliguri (MW), AIR Thiruchirapalli (MW), AIR Diphu (MW) and AIR Suratgarh (MW).

As mentioned above, many stations formerly heard only in Europe or the Americas expanded their broadcast coverage. Transmissions were relayed from Yerevan (Armenia), Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) and Okeechobee (USA). These included  Radio Mi Amigo and The Voice of the World Report.

Over on the medium-wave band, verifications from Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Sao  Taiwan   were obtained. A few of these included: Sapporo TV Hoso - JOWF, NHK-1 - JOIK, Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC) - JOCF, NHK-1 - JOAP, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Asahi Hoso - JONR, Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF and Bunka Hosa / Nippon Cultural Broadcasting - JOQR

In other news, while China Radio International, China National Radio and PBS outlets in China literally dominate the short-wave bands, CRI will issue both eQSL and paper QSLs, even occasionally for PBS and CNR outlets.

This year short-wave propagation and bands in South East Asia were nearly absent of stations, save for Chinese, North Korean and religious broadcasters (AWR and Overcomer, especially). At times I feel it is almost pointless to continue listening to short-wave bands. This is why a better a part of my DXing this year was spent logging medium-wave stations.

But this band, in South East Asia, continues to be quite a challenge, what with the many Thai, Indonesian and Chinese stations that fill the airwaves and broadcast in their respective languages/dialects. To listen to stations outside these 'Big Three', broadcast times (often in the wee hours of the morning) and propagation almost ALWAYS dictate reception. And even then, when a station is received, it can be difficult to get a confirmation.

All in all, in spite of the ups and downs this year, it appears radio will remain a viable medium in the coming year. And this, in part, thanks to radio enthusiasts taking charge to preserve it. Let us hope they prevail. Long live radio! Happy DXing and 73.

Monday, December 4, 2017

NDR Hamburg Special Christmas Broadcast 2017

NDR Hamburg “Greeting on Board”, a special Christmas programme via MBR FMO organisation, will be broadcast on 24 December 2017 from Yerevan-Gavar, Issoudun, Moosbrunn and Nauen.

19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.010 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/Ce Europe
19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.080 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.740 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.790 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.800 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
19.00-21.00 UTC // 11.650 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 5.930 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 6.155 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/CeEurope
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.590 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.650 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.765 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.830 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic

Logbook 2 - 5 December 2017

KNLS - World Christian Broadcasting, transmitting from Anchor Point, was logged with Mandarin and Russian programming on the 41 metre band -- 7.355 kHz for Mandarin and 7.370 kHz for Russian. Both transmission rated a similar SIO of 333 -- fair signal strength, clear content, slight atmosperic noise. These Far East broadcasts included the usual KNLS programming of religious topics and a mix of music. Broadcast time is between 16.00 to 18.00 UTC.

Dimtse Radio Erena via Kostinbrod was logged after 17.25 UTC with Tigriya programming and music. Reception on 9.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 34322 -- fair signal, clear content despite some QRM and fading. HERE's Dimtse Radio Erena.

Voice of Greece transmitting from Avlis on 9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444. Greek music with occasional IDs from 16.55 UTC onward. HERE's a bit of Greece courtesy of Voice of Greece.

Adventist World Radio via Taipei was heard on 15.445 kHz, with SINPO of 55555. This hour-long Vietnamese broadcast featured a mix of health news, religious topics and Vietnamese music from 00.59 till 02.00 UTC. The transmission from Taipei (presumably from an RTI transmitter, judging by the audio feed recorded just before the broadcast began) airs only on Saturdays.  HERE's AWR via Taipei.

Voice of Hope Africa, transmitting from Lusaka, was heard on the short-wave frequency of 4.965 kHz, with SINPO of 24322 -- poor signal strength but with occasionally audible content when signal did not fade under atmospheric noise. Contemporary Christian-themed and Christmas music with station IDs in English was observed from 17.05 till 18.00 UTC. HERE's VOH Africa.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave aerial elevated to a height over 10 metres QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Friday, December 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for December 2017

The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of December 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Logbook 28 - 29 November 2017

Voice of America via Mopeng Hill, 15.580 kHz, SINPO 35433, Western pop tunes with English station IDs from 14.40 UTC, 29 November 2017. HERE's VOA, Mopeng Hill.

Radio Oromiya via Addis Ababa, 6.030 kHz, SINPO 34343, Horn of Africa music and talking in Oromo after 19.45 UTC. HERE's Radio Oromiya.

Radio Nikkei via Chiba-Nagara, 6.055 kHz, SINPO 34433 - fair signal until CRI signed on at 13.58 UTC, selection of Led Zeppelin tracks from 13.45 UTC onward. HERE's Radio Nikkei.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, 5.020 kHz, SINPO 34433 -- strong carrier but barely audible content, music and talk  after 19.40 UTC. HERE's SIBC.

Echo of Hope (VOH), 4.885 kHz, SINPO 34333, Commentary and music in Korean after 19.30 UTC. HERE's Echo of Hope.

KBS World  Radio via Kimjae, 9.640 kHz, SINPO 54544, station interval at 14.55 UTC. HERE's the KBS interval.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT; 1/4 wave QTH: Kuala Lumpur