Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reach Beyond (via Kununurra)

Reach Beyond, transmitting from Kununurra (Australia), was logged on 13 March 2017, from 13.00 till 14.00 UTC with Evangelical programming in English. SINPO on 9.645 kHz rated a solid 55555.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL from veri-signer Shelly Martin, along with A17 schedule of Reach Beyond, was received on 18 April 2017.

Email:
A17@reachbeyond.org.au

Website: 
www.reachbeyond.org.au/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Swedish DX Federation* (via Germany)

Swedish DX Federation (SDXF)*, in a special Easter broadcast from Channel 292 in Rohrbach (Germany, was logged on 14 April 2017. A DX programme and closing tune "In the Mood" was observed from 16.50 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on 6.070 kHz rated an excellent SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed the following day. This eQSL arrived on 16 April 2017.

*Received using remote SDR receiver at the  University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Radio Europe*

Radio Europe*, a free radio station based in Italy, was logged just before sign-off on 1 April 2017. A jingle mentioning "Japan", and the songs  "Call of the West" performed by Frankie Lane and an instrumental cover of "Strange Encounters of a Third Kind" were observed from from 16.30  till 16.38 UTC. Reception  on 6.875 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- fair signal, audible content with occasional utility interference and fading.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. This eQSL and additional visuals were received on 16 April 2017. Thank you, Alex!

*Received using remote SDR receiver at the  University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NHK World Radio Japan (via Yamata)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 March 2017.  A Japanese broadcast was observed from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on on 9.680 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to Radio Japan on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 12 April 2017. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Radyoya Denge Kurdistane (via Kishinev-Grigoriopol)

Radyoya Denge Kurdistane, transmitting from the Pridnestrovskiy Radioteletsentr in Kishinev-Grigoriopol, Moldova, was logged on 10 April 2017. An interview/discussion between several women and news at the top of the hour was monitored in this all Kurdish broadcast from 13.45 till 14.00 UTC.

Reception on 11.600 kHz was (SINPO) 44544 -- fair to good signal when not fading and clear audio. Just as the transmitter was switched to the Kostinbrod-Sofia site, the signal dropped down to 24532 at 14.00 UTC. HERE's how Radyoya Denge Kurdistane sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on 11 April 2017, and an eQSL from Sergey Omelchenko, Technical Director of Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr (PRTC), replied later in the evening.

Monday, April 10, 2017

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Yamata)

NHK World - Radio Japan, transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 April 2017. A Russian service with news, current events report and a Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544.

HERE's how NHK Radio Japan Russian Section sounded.

Reception report was emailed on 8 April 2017. NHK Radio Japan Russian Section replied promptly the following day with a calendar image for April and saying, "Thank you for sending us a reception report of our Radio Japan Russian Service! We verified your report(7 April 2017,  from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC, on 7.355 kHz.). We will later send you our QSL-verification card to your address".

Friday, April 7, 2017

Helliniki Radiophonia

Helliniki Radiophonia (Voice of Greece) via Avlis, was logged on 5 April 2017. Reception on  9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of  44444 -- fair to good signal with a bit of transmitter noise and fading, yet clear and strong audio.  A selection of contemporary Greek music and news at the top of the hour was monitored from 18.25 till 19.05 UTC.

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 7 April 2017.

QSL from Rede Itatiaia


After nearly three years, this QSL card, along with station stickers of various sizes from Rede Itatiaia in Bele Horizonte, Brazil arrived in the mail, today. Just when I thought this was another elusive station to verify, I was pleasantly surprised. It only goes to show one should never give up. Thank you, Rebe Itatiaia!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Logbook for 5 - 7 April 2017


ALASKA
KNLS - New Life Station
via Anchor Point, 15.515 kHz, SINPO 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).

CHINA & RUSSIA
NVK Radio Sakha via Yakut and CNR 1 via Beijing mixing on 7.345 kHz at approximately the same strength (SINPO) 33543. At 11.05 UTC talk in Chinese from CNR and music from R. Skha was observed, and has been for many days.

GERMANY
NHK World - Radio Japan
via Nauen, 15.445 kHz, SINPO at 17.05 UTC was 35433. By 17.40 UTC, reception had deteriorated to 25321. Profile of the Doobie Brothers and their music was heard in this Japanese broadcast from 17.05 till 17.50 UTC.

GREECE
Helliniki Radiophonia (Voice of Greece)
via Avlis, 9.420 kHz, SINPO 44444 - fair to good signal with a bit of transmitter noise and fading, yet clear and strong audio.  A selection of contemporary Greek music and news at the top of the hour was monitored from 18.25 till 19.05 UTC.

JAPAN
NHK World - Radio Japan via Yamata, Russian service with news, current events report and Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae, 9.640 kHz, SINPO 54544, K-Pop programme in English was monitored from 14.10 till 14.45  UTC.

KBS World Radio
via Kimjae, 9.640 kHz, SINPO 55545. The programme "The Sound of Korea" was noted from 16.45 till 17.00 UTC.


Receiver used: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102. External antenna: 1/4 wave and 10-metre long wire, respectively. RX location: central West Malaysia.

QSL from KNLS



KNLS - New Life Station in Anchor Point, Alaska verified a reception report dated 17 November 2016. This is a follow-up QSL to a previous report. Interestingly, this particular QSL card appears to be a new design from KNLS. Thank you!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Logbook for 2 April 2017


BOTSWANA
Voice of America
via Selebi-Phikwe, 6.080 kHz, SINPO 33433, "Correspondence" featured legislation pending in Congress and Trump administration and station ID at 19.45 UTC.

BULGARIA
Overcomer Ministry via Kostinbrod, SINPO 11.590 kHz, 45434, Brother Stair sermon at 19.00 UTC.

IRAN
Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via Sirjan, 11.830 kHz, SINPO 35332, English programming on history of Christians and Jews in Iran, followed by discussion of Quran from 15.50 till 16.19 UTC.

KUWAIT
Radio Deewa
, 9.320 kHz, SINPO 44444, News magazine in Pashto at 17.25 UTC.

MOLDOVA
Radyoya Denge Kurdistane via Kichinev (Chișinău), 11.600 kHz, SINPO 54555 - very strong signal, transmitter hum, slight fading, Kurdish music and news from 18.55 till 19.30 UTC.

NORTH MARIANA ISLAND
Radio Free Asia
via Tinian Island, 9.975 kHz, SINPO 45544, news reports mentioning Malaysia (possibly about assassination of Kim Jong Nam) in Korean at 17.00 UTC.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International 
via Galbeni, 9.500 kHz, SINPO 55444 - strong transmission, clear audio despite atmospheric noise. Romanian music, news and cultural music with frequent station IDs from 18.50 till 19.30 UTC.

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio Africa
, 6.130 kHz, SINPO 25432, Religious programming in Portuguese at 19.45 UTC.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via Emirler, Turkey,11.615 kHz, SINPO 45434, French programming with Turkish pop songs at 20.00 UTC.

VATICAN
Vatican Radio
via Santa Maria di Galeria, 11.715 kHz, SINPO 54444 - - strong transmission, clear audio despite atmospheric noise, Belarusian programming with discussion and a capella performance of Johanne Sebastian Bach's music from 17.05 till 17.18 UTC.

Receiver used: Degen DE-1102. Antenna: internal whip aerial. RX Location: central West Malaysia

Saturday, April 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for April 2017



The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  April 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

QSLs for March 2017

ABC Sydney 702 - 2BL  (eQSL) transmitting from Sydney (Preston), New South Wales, Australia

 Voice of Turkey (QSL Card) transmitting from Emirler, Turkey


Frecuencia Al Dia - WRMI (QSL Card) transmitting from Okeechobee, Florida, USA



Wavescan - WRMI (QSL Card) for Dec. 2016 broadcast from Okeechobee, Florida, USA

Wavescan - WRMI (QSL Card)  for Jan. 2017 broadcast from Okeechobee, Florida, USA

Radio Taiwan International (QSL Card) transmitting from Paochung, Taiwan

Isle of Music (eQSL) in a test transmission from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria





Shortwave Service for Radio-Menschen & Geschichten* via Radio 700 (QSL Card) in Kall-Krekel, Germany





Voice of Vietnam / VOV-5 (QSL Card) transmitting from Hanoi, Vietnam




China Radio International (QSL Card) transmitting from Jinhua, China



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

China Radio International (via Jinhua)

China Radio International, transmitting from Jinhua, was logged on 15 February 2017. A Japanese broadcast of "Highway Beijing", was observed from 23.05 till 23.57 UTC. Reception on  9.695 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444 -- good signal strength, clear and discernible audio, slight transmitter hum and fading.

Reception report was submitted on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 March 2017. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Voice of Vietnam (VOV-5)

Voice of Vietnam (VOV-5), transmitting from Hanoi, was logged on 2 March 2017 on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz with SINPO of 54555. Programmes "Current Affairs", "Economic Statement", "Country in Vietnam" and a Vietnamese pop song was observed from 10.00 till 10.28 UTC.

Reception report was emailed. QSL card arrived in the mail on 28 March 2017.

Monday, March 27, 2017

QSL email from ABC Sydney - 2BL



 A follow-up verification from ABC Sydney - 2BL, a medium-wave station in New South Wales, was received yesterday. Thank you, ABC Sydney!

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler, was logged on 24 February 2017.  "File on Agenda", "Culture of Living Together", "Question of the Month" and Turkish pop music was heard from 17.35 till 18.18 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 11.730 kHz. SINPO initially rated 55545 -- excellent signal strength and audio quality, despite slight fading. By 18.00 UTC reception worsened to 35433 due to weaker signal and increased atmospheric noise and fading.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card and coaster arrived the mail on 27 March 2017.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Radio Tirana Tribute


Radio Tirana (RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar) is slated to cease  medium-wave and short-wave transmissions from Albania at the end of March 2017. It joins Radio Australia as yet another long-standing and international broadcaster to leave the airwaves this year.

RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar has decided to end their MW and SW services in favour of FM, proxy short-wave providers (chiefly, Shortwave Service in Kall-Krekel) and the Internet.  Apparently, the transmitters at the Fllake (MW) and Shijak (SW) sites were old, uneconomical and unreliable to operate.

Like many short-wave listeners of my generation, this is disheartening news. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Radio Tirana was one of those 'exotic' East European countries behind the iron curtain one had to catch...had to QSL! And I did, I'm proud to say.

As I recall they used to broadcast on 7.300 kHz. Their signal was sufficiently strong to reach Denver, in the western United States, where I lived at the time. In recent years their signal was heard occasionally, albeit weakly, in South East Asia (Malaysia), despite their transmissions being targeted for Europe.

While I am saddened to see Radio Tirana disappear from the airwaves, I want to thank them for the years I did listen. It is only fitting I bid adieu  with their interval (as recorded in Malaysia a year ago). And while their programmes may be heard on the Internet, it's still not the same. There is something magical...a bit of a challenge to hear a distant radio station break through the static. Radio Tirana was one of those.

So long, Radio Tirana. Faleminderit!

Logbook for 24 March 2017


ASCENSION ISLAND 
BBC news report on looming vote on Trumpcare at around 18.15 UTC. Reception on 11.810 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433.

CHINA
PBS Yunnan Voice of Shangri-La via Kunming was heard around 11.50 UTC up until sign-off at 12.00 UTC with instrumental music. Reception on 6.035 kHz was 33443 with a bit of transmitter noise.

INDONESIA
Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta with news in German was heard after 18.00 UTC on 9.525 kHz. SINPO was not surprisingly a solid 55555.

PHILIPPINES
Raydo Pilipinas with programming in Filipino language was noted at 18.05 UTC. Reception on 15.190 kHz rated a strong SINPO of 45444.

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio with sermon in English on "God's rejection of those who reject Him", "new sexual morality" etc at 18.20 UTC. Reception on 9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 35543.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey with Turkish pop music was receive at 18.00 UTC on 11.730 kHz. SINPO was a pleasant 55545.

Receiver used: Tescun BCL-3000 Antenna: 10 meter long wire.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Logbook 18 - 21 March 2017



GERMANY
Adventist World Radio via Nauen with Punjabi programming with male announcer at 15.20 UTC, then music at 15.27 UTC, on 15.150 kHz with SINPO of 55545.

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata with station interval and ID was heard around 15.28 UTC. Programming in Mandarin followed. Reception was observed on 9.575 kHz with SINPO of 45544.

LAOS
Lao National Radio with political commentary in English was observed at 14.45 UTC, on 6.130 kHz rated a SINPO 33443.

MYANMAR 
Thazin Radio via Pyin U Lwin featured a Buddhist educational programme moderated in Burmese by a male instructor with students. This was observed at 23.35 UTC. Transmission occurred on 6.030 kHz. SINPO rated 45544. 

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International via Galbena with local music and talk in Romanian was heard from 14.30 UTC onward, on 15.310 kHz with SINPO of 45534.

SRI LANKA 
Voice of America via Iranawila was heard at 23.30 UTC with interval and station ID in English, followed by programming in Burmese. Reception on 7.480 kHz was 55555.

VATICAN 
Radio Veritas Asia via Santa Maria di Galeria with religious talk and music in Tagalog at 15.30 UTC, on 15.620 kHz with SINPO of 35443.

 Receiver used: Tecsun S-2000. External antenna: 1/4 wave aerial. RX location: central West Malaysia

Thursday, March 16, 2017

QSLs from WRMI


Five QSL cards from WRMI arrived in the letterbox, today. These were reception reports of Wavescan logged in November 2016, Frecuencia Al Dia and Wavescan logged in December 2016, and Wavescan  logged in January 2017. Two cards depict the fauna around Okeechobee, while another two show the antenna array of WRMI, and lastly, one card is for their Spanish language DX programme. Thank you very much, WRMI and Jeff White!

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged  on 26 February 2016. "Hear in Taiwan", "Trends", "In The Republic", Taiwanese pop music and "One More Thing" was heard from 15.10 till 16.00 UTC (before 15.00 till 16.00 UTC). Reception on 11.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 55545.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.


WRMI (via Okeechobee)

WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida (USA) was logged on 1 January 2017, from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. During this time segment, an episode of Wavescan featured KVOH Operation's Manager (Ray Robinson) discussing the history of the Voice of Nigeria and the operations of Voice of Hope (in Zambia), Jeff White profiled 'Chocolate Music' and the 'Wrong QSL', along with  the JSWC DX Report that was presented by Yukiko Tsuji. Transmission was observed on 9.955 kHz.  SINPO rated 25322 -- weak signal, with occasionally clear content, despite atmospheric noise. Transmission was best received in LSB mode.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.


Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Calendar from Radio Kuwait


Here's an unexpected gift that arrived in the mail, today. It's a desktop calendar from Radio Kuwait. Their 2017 calendar depicts a number of key national landmarks and contains a broadcast schedule of their transmissions. Thank you Radio Kuwait!