Friday, January 19, 2018

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club Calendar for January 2018

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club Calendar for the month of January 2018

Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar 2018

A few days ago I received a pleasant surprise in the mail. A fellow radio enthusiast in Germany gifted to me a copy of the 2018 Rhein-Main-Radio-Club Calendar. This rather remarkable calendar depicts a collection of colourful QSL (verification) cards of radio stations from a bygone era, many of which are now defunct. The calendar appears in cross-format (A4) and is in English. To order, please refer to the RMRC website. Fill in the contact form and send the amount requested.  Alles Gute im Jahr 2018  und 73!

Radio Habana Cuba Pocket Calendar 2018

Radio Havana Cuba has mailed their 2018 pocket calendar, depicting José Ramón Fernández, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, on the 35th anniversary of the Cuban victory at Playa Girón.

As in previous years, it is illustrated with the work of Oswaldo Guayasamin, Painter of Iberoamerica. Interestingly, RHC emailed me a month prior to posting, asking whether I would like the pocket calendar. Most broadcasters send their souveniors without permission.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with an SINPO of 54554. News, Current Affairs and Society Segment was observed from 10.00 till 10.27  UTC. on 12 December 2017.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 18 January 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey was logged with Indonesian programming and several Turkish pop songs from 04.58 till 05.51 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 17.530 kHz. Reception  was poor to fair, audible and occasionally clear despite dominant atmospheric noise and fading, earning a SINPO of 25332. Reception did however improve sightly to 35443 after 05.30 UTC.

QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 January 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Birinchi Radio (KTRK) (via Bishek)

Birinchi Radio (Public Broadcasting Corporation of the Kyrgyz Republic), transmitting from Bishkek, was received on 8 January 2018. Music and commentary in Kyrgyz was monitored from 13.50 till 14.15 UTC. Reception on 4.010 kHz rated a (SINPO) 24332 -- weak signal with occasionally clear audio, despite static bursts and atmospheric noise.

Reception report with audio files was emailed and posted on the following day. An email confirming reception was received on 15 January 2018.

eQSL letter by email


Perchance, a Time for a Break

From time to time the thought of hanging up the headphones, dismantling the antennas and shelving the radios  has come to mind. I've mused why invest further in the ultimate antenna, the newest state-of-the art receiver, the latest WRTH handbook. In this age of web-radio, social media, poor propagation, dwindling stations, non-responsive broadcasters and know-it-all BCLers, I've found it simply more and more difficult to sustain interest in a hobby I have known since the early 1960s. 

It is by no means the first time this hobby has lost its charm. Back in the 1980s and for nearly 30 years thereafter, radio was merely a flip of the switch and a twist of the dial, in the pursuit of nothing more than news, documentaries and music. There was no desire to DX, no need to QSL for this or that station. My focus by then had shifted entirely to career and family.

When I retired in 2009, I returned to the hobby with newfound interest, new radios, new antennas. Soon the old spark was rekindled. But much had changed. Stations heard in my youth like Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Budapest, Radio Sweden had disappeared. And more long time favorites would gradually fade into the sunset with their antenna masts gleaming their last red glow. Of course, new ones came along too, and kept the flame for DXing and QSLing alight.

Nowadays, I tire very easily. Interest in all things related to radio has begun to wane. Perhaps, it is time I fade away too. Take a hiatus. Tune in only for the ad hoc or special broadcast. Log and blog less frequently. Post the occasional QSL. It is time for a change.

Happy DXing to those who still possess the passion for this hobby. Thank you  and 73.