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.

SCHEDULE
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


ALASKA
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.

BULGARIA
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.

GREECE
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.

TAIWAN
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.

ZAMBIA
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

BOTSWANA
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.

ETHIOPIA
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.

JAPAN
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
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.

SOUTH KOREA
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

Monday, November 27, 2017

World Christian Broadcasting - KNLS (via Mahajanga)

World Christian Broadcasting - KNLS via Mahajanga, Madagascar was logged at 03.58 onward with evangelical programming in Chinese and Western pop songs. Reception on 17.530 kHz rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal strength, audible and clear content despite some atmospheric noise and slight fading. At 17.20 UTC, reception began to deteriorate with increased atmospheric noise and fading. While it rated a SINPO of 25322, content remained audible and clear. After 04.30 UTC, signal drifted in and out, barely audible at times. At 04.53 UTC, Voice of Turkey interval signal knocked out reception. HERE is WCB-KNLS from Madagascar.

Reception report was submitted later in the day. QSL card and verification cover letter from veri-signer Mr. Edward Short arrived in the mail on 28 November 2017.

Postal Address:
World Christian Broadcasting
c/o Edward Short
605 Bradley Court
Franklin, TN 3767
USA

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Logbook 26 November 2017

Radio Menschen & Geschichten, a programme offered by Shortwave Service and produced by Christian Milling, was logged on the short-wave frequency of 5.845 kHz. A  German language programme about radio personalities, AI icon of the 1980s Max Headroom and music between reports, and hosted by Christian Milling, was heard from 17.05 till 18.00 UTC. While this transmission eminated from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia) and targeted Europe, reception initially rated a SINPO 35343 -- fair signal strength, clear but mixed with atmospheric noise. At 17.30 UTC, signal strengthened with less QRN. Around 17.48 some QRM, but still clear and strong with SINPO of 44433. HERE's Radio Menschen & Geschichten, as heard in Malaysia.

Radio Mi Amigo via Shortwave Service was logged on the short-wave frequency of 5.845 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Captain Kord moderated the English language segment of Radio Mi Amigo's broadcast from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia). He talked about the yester-years of Radio Mi Amigo, played a variety of 60s era pop songs, including George Harrison's "Hare Krishna", Lou Christie's "I'm Gonna Make You Mine", Engelbert Humperdinck's "Winter World of Love" and other songs of the period, as well as frequent station IDs, jingles and mention of a special Radio Mi Amigo QSL card/postage stamp. SINPO initially rated a listenable 44444 -- Good signal strength, heterodyning, some fading, otherwise clear content for much of the time. Reception began to deteriorate a bit after 18.30 UTC with increased fading. HERE's Radio Mi Amigo.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Logbook 19 - 25 November 2017

CUBA
Radio Habana Cuba
logged 19 and 20 November 2017, from 23.45 till 00.30 UTC with comments about Cuba and later Cuban music. Reception on 13.740 KHz at 23.45 UTC was SINPO 35333 -- poor to fair signal strength, clear and discernible content, atmospheric noise and slight fading. At 23.59 UTC, station splatter from Radio Thailand on 13.745 kHz mixed with RHC signal, which by 00.00 UTC had signed off. Reception on 15.230 KHz at 00.00 UTC was SINPO 25332 -- poor signal strength but clear content despite atmospheric noise. Signal continued to be heard at the same level after 00.30 UTC. I might add, RHC signal on this frequency was first detected around 23.20 UTC, which started as a faint carrier, then grew in strength. Ìn the Americas snd Europe, RHC may be a dominant station; however, in South East Asia it is quite the catch, which one has to usually wait for in the winter months. HERE is RHC.

ETHIOPIA
Radio Deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya in Jijiga. Horn of Africa music with talk between songs, then later interviews with a male announcer in Somali and more music followed between 18.20 till 19.05 UTC. Reception on 5.950 kHz rated a SINPO on 23332 -- initially carrier with faint audio, then stronger audio around 18.40 UTC, followed by some jamming after 19.00 UTC. HERE is Radio Deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya as recorded in Malaysia.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1 was logged at 08.50 UTC with non-stop play of jazz, funk and R&B music. Reception on 9.595 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443. Apparently the transmitter maintenance performed earlier this month is completed and the station is up and running well.

TAIWAN
Radio Free Asia, transmitting presumably from Tamsui, was logged on 11.580 kHz with a SINPO of 24332. Station interval and ID in English was noted around 08.58 UTC, followed by Chinese programming at 09.00 UTC.  Interestingly, this station is listed as Voice of Hope, which shares transmitters sites with RFA.

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


RRI Palembang (South Sumatra)


After over a year of trying to obtain a verification from Radio Republik Indonesia Palembang (Pro-1), a domestic medium-wave station in South Sumatra, I  received 'verbal' confirmation from them earlier this month (November). Previous emails, Facebook messages and letters went unanswered. So, when all means of written communication failed to yield a QSL, I turned to my foster son Adi in Palembang. 

RRI Palembang
Adi, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, is a DJ at a rival station in Palembang -- Sonora FM 102,6. Through his efforts, he hand delivered my reception report and audio CD to the RRI Palembang station manager. After walking through the history of my endeavour to contact them and explaining the nature of a QSL card, he succeeded in acquiring this veri from them.

Reception report and CD
I initially reported logging RRI Palembang in June 2016, then monitored them again a few times this year (2017). When first received their signal practically dominated the medium-wave frequency of 1287 kHz and held steady through the evening hours with minimal fading and interference. At some point later in the year their transmission seemed to cease, then resume around the month of Ramadan. By then, their signal was terribly over-modulated and so distorted it made for unbearable listening over any length of time.

Finally, in October of this year, the station was received again, apparently with the transmitter repaired, as their audio feed was much clearer. Only now, co-frequency interference from a station in eastern Thailand (possibly in Ubon Ratchathani province) mixed with their signal at near equal strength.
Checking content of CD

Radio Republik Indonesia Palembang (PRO-1) is normally heard in the ​​Kuala Lumpur area under good conditions in the early morning and late night. RRI Palembang station manager confirmed as much when she confided that their signal has been received well by other listeners in Singapore and Malaysia.

For this particular QSL, my report was based on reception of their transmission from 14.05 till 15.00 UTC (09.05 till 10.00 pm, Palembang time) that aired on 23 October 2017. Reception rated a SINPO of 53533 -- strong signal, clear audio despite occasional interference from the aforementioned Thai station, which drifted in every two to three minutes when RRI Palembang faded under.

Content of this Indonesian language broadcast included Indo pop tunes, some with a seemingly Dutch influence, commentary on the songs,  advertisements / promotions and station IDs. HERE and HERE is an idea of the programming and quality of reception observed in Malaysia.

Hopefully the written confirmation will soon be forthcoming. To RRI Palembang and Adi, terima kasih!

Website:
www.rri.co.id/palembang/home.html

Address:

Voice of the Report of the Week / WRMI (via Okeechobee)

Voice of the Report of the Week / WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida was monitored from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC, on 16 November 2017. At 23.00 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. By 23.15 UTC, signal was breaking even with noise and barely audible -- 15221. After 23.30 UTC, signal was too noisy to distinguish content, although audio feed was still present. Despite this shortcoming, I heard VORW host John comment on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and music requests which induded The Who  "Circles", Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere" and  a few other tracks before the show was buried in static.

Reception report was emailed the following day to VORW. John at VORW replied with a nice email and eQSL on 25 November 2017.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9)

Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9) was received from 14.20 till 14.30 UTC (14.00 till 14.30 UTC), on 11 October 2017, 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.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 November 2017,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Deutsche Welle (via Issoudun)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from the Issoudun site, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 15.290 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 45444. An informative current events magazine called "WorldLink", hosted by Gabriel Borrud, was observed in this English language broadcast from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC), on 7 September 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 November 2017.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Logbook 16 - 17 November 2017


Reception of WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida has been remarkably good over the past two consecutive days. And as we head into the winter months, the window should improve for reception of other stations in the Americas.

As for WRMI, the grey-line window for their transmission on 9.955 kHz appears to propagate best  from around 22.30 up until 23.40 UTC, at least as far as Kuala Lumpur is concerned.  Consequently I have been able to catch the broadcasts of Famagusta Gazette Radio, Voice of the Report of the Week, Las Noches con Mirka and PCJ Radio.

FIRST DAY
Famagusta Gazette Radio was logged between 22.50 till 23.00 UTC. Initially at 22.50 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. In the short ten minutes of their broadcast, I heard two classic rock songs from Bad Finger "If You Want It" and The Beatles  "Something", this was followed by Jeff White making a WRMI station ID.

Voice of the Report of the Week was monitored from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC. At 23.00 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. By 23.15 UTC, signal was breaking even with noise and barely audible -- 15221. After 23.30 UTC, signal was too noisy to distinguish content, although audio feed was still present. Despite this shortcoming, I heard VORW host John comment on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and music requests which induded The Who  "Circles", Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere" and  a few other tracks before the show was buried in static.

SECOND DAY
Las Noches con Mirka was received from 22.40 till 23.00 UTC. Transmission rated a SINPO of 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio which remained so until this programme of Cuban, Caribbean and Spanish language songs ended at the top of the hour with Jeff White's announcement of WRMI ID.

PCJ Radio was received from 23.00 up until 22.35 UTC. While clarity of content was lacking a bit, as the grey-line between Miami and Kuala Lumpur was just beginning to close. I did manage to detect mention of a 'special' PCJ broadcast, an interview with a former PCJ announcer -- my guess is Tom Meier, a couple of light jazz tunes and the Eddie Startz signature song "A Nice Cup of Tea". Overall, from 23.00 till 23.10 UTC, SINPO rated 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio. Ten minutes into the broadcast, reception gradually deteriorated with increased atmospheric noise to 24222. By 23.30 UTC, audio and atmospheric noise were mixing at equal strength, making content difficult to decipher.

HERE's an idea of how WRMI sounded at around 23.00 UTC.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT; 1/4 wave aerial erected to a height over 10 meters QTR: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All India Radio Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

This follow-up QSL card for All India Radio Jodhpur in Rajasthan arrived in the mail, today. It was for a reception report submitted in late August 2017. The duplicate verification is likely the result of emailing and posting letters to Spectrum Management & Synergy. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Logbook 15 - 16 November 2017

BOTSWANA
Voice of America
via Mopeng Hill put out a strong signal of  45444 on 4.930 kHz. The English language programme Africa Beat with a selection of songs from around the continent was heard from 20.15 UTC till sign-off at 21,00 UTC. HERE is VOA (Mopeng Hill).

MADAGASCAR
World Christian Broadcasting - KNLS
 via Mahajanga was logged at 03.58 onward with evangelical programming in Chinese and Western pop songs. Reception on 17.530 kHz rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal strength, audible and clear content despite some atmospheric noise and slight fading. At 17.20 UTC, reception began to deteriorate with increased atmospheric noise and fading. While it rated a SINPO of 25322, content remained audible and clear. After 04.30 UTC, signal drifted in and out, barely audible at times. At 04.53 UTC, Voice of Turkey interval signal knocked out reception. HERE is WCB-KNLS from Madagascar.

NHK Radio Japan via Talata Volonondry was logged on 9.855 kHz from 20.30 UTC onward with programming in French to West Africa. Initially reception was reasonably good at 35433, then around 20.45 UTC it deteriorated drastically to 25322. Propagation remains absolutely horrible around this time in Southeast Asia.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
was observed on 5.022 kHz, drifting in and out with a dominant carrier and faint audio at 20.35 UTC. SINPO 24432.

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.

USA
WRMI
in Okeechobee (FL) continues to be heard in my quarter of South East Asia. Caught their signal at 23.15 UTC on 9.955 kHz. Transmission rated a SINPO of 24332 -- weak and audible, just barely rising above the noise level and best heard in LSB mode.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave elevated to 13 meters RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

FLASHBACK 1954.


Nineteen-hundred-and-fifty-four. It is probably an insignificant year in the 20th century for most people. For me, however, it is the year of my birth and quite naturally has special importance. The social, political, sporting and entertainment milestones in that year not only had specific ramifications at the time, each later affected my life in one way or another. And, surprisingly they happened more or less in the nine months before I slid down the Milky Way and into the blue.

In keeping with all things related to radio I thought it might be fun to put together a retrospective video of short-wave QSLs and radios from that year.  The portable transistor radio made its debut that year, even though valve radios, among them being the Zenith Trans-Oceanic, remained the mainstay. In fact, I owned an H-500 manufactured in 1953. Great radio! 
The QSL cards represented in this video were sourced from The Classic Short Wave Broadcast QSL Home Page of K6EID. Enjoy and happy DXing! 73.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Logbook 10 - 12 November 2017


CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái) was logged, from 16.05 till 16.50 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1188 kHz via  Anning City (Yunnan Province). Reception for this South Asia broadcast was fair to good with clear audio, minor fading and co-frequency interference from a Thai station, rating a SINPO of 43433. HERE is an audio excerpt from this CRI Hindi service.

INDIA
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.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Padang (PRO-1) in West Sumatra was logged on 1179 kHz (MW) with SINPO of 33433. Reception has been monitored, both morning and evening, with almost perfect reception except for co-frequency interference from a Thai station. Reception is usually best in the morning until sunrise. On this particular day in November, Islamic development speeches in Padang, announcement of transmission closure, identification of station and signature RRI Hawaiian-type music, just before sign-off, was observed from 16:25 till 17.00 UTC. HERE is RRI Padang (PRO-1).

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

Friday, November 10, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey English broadcast of news, cultural programmes and Turkish pop music was observed from 16.35 till 17.28 UTC (broadcast time 16.30 till 17.28 UTC), on 3 September 2017,  under fair to good conditions. SINPO on 15.520 kHz initially rated 34433 -- fair to good signal and clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from Radio Exterior de Espana and occasional fading under atmospheric noise. Reception improved slightly after 17.00 UTC with stronger signal, but with occasional fading and minor QRM, earning a SINPO of 44444.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 10 November 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Logbook 6 - 8 November 2017

CHINA
China Radio International
, transmitting from Anning City (Yunnan Province). was logged with English programming from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1188 kHz rated a SINPO of 33433 -- clear and audible content when not fading under co-frequency interference from Radio Free Asia in Seoul (South Korea).


JAPAN
NHK World - Radio Japan.
transmitting from Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata. was logged on 6.190kHz with programming in Chinese from 14.30 till 15.00 UTC. SINPO was 34443. 


THAILAND
Radio Thailand via Phuket was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 1062 kHz, rating a SINPO of 33433 -- fair signal strength with occasionally clear audio content, despite co-frequency interference and moderate fading. This broadcast was simulcast on an FM outlet in Phuket as well; at one point, the ID for the FM station was announced. Apparently this station is designed to attract Western tourist visiting the island of Phuket, if one considers the music content. Western pop music with station IDs in English was observed from 13.05 till 13.30 UTC. HERE is Radio Thailand in Phuket. John Lennon's song "Imagine" and Radio Thailand ID can be heard in this recording.

USA
WRMI
, out of Okeechobee (FL), was heard for the first time in a long time this year on 9.955 kHz. SINPO rated 25322 with a fairly weak and fading signal breaking in peaks of clear audio, enough so that Jeff White, host of Wavescan, could be identified. Based on previous logs in the winter months, WRMI is probably best heard before the 23.20 UTC logging I made on this particular day. Carrier was observed in the evening around 11.00 UTC

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam was heard on the shortwave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Current Affairs and Letterbox was observed from 15.00 till 15.26 UTC. Of particular interest was the Letterbox report on Muslims and mosques in Vietnam, which highlighted the Cham community, their music and halal restaurants in the country.

RX: Panasonic RF-45B (MW/SW); Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Tecsun S-2000 (SW) ANT: long wire and 1/4 wave (SW); internal  ferrite rod (MW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area


Monday, November 6, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Hanoi, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Review of the Week and Fall Festival music was observed in this English language broadcast from 15.00 till 15.27 UTC, on 7 October 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 6 November 2017.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Logbook 2 - 4 November 2017

GREECE
Voice of Greece
in Avlis was observed at 19.15 UTC onward with Greek music and comment in Greek. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.420 kHz initially was 44433, but deteriorated gradually over the next hour with increased atmospheric noise. This seemed to be the case on much of the short-wave spectrum for this particular evening.

INDIA
All India Radio Kolkata w
as logged from 17.00 UTC onward with music, and surprisingly later in the same evening with news up until sign-off at 18.50 UTC. AIR Kolkata is quite strong, here in Malaysia, despite some minor co-frequency mixing with Pyongyang Broadcasting Station on 657 kHz. SINPO rated 34533 HERE's AIR Kolkata.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Cirebon (Pro-1)
in West Java was logged from 14.45 till 16.00 UTC (09.45 till 11.00 pm, Cirebon time). A selection of Indonesian pop songs, advertisements/promotional spots, occasional station IDs were observed during much of the broadcast. From 15.40 UTC till sign-off (17.00 UTC), programming consisted of traditional Indonesian music with gamelan and bamboo chimes. Reception on 864 kHz rated a SINPO of 44333. Signal was strong and clear throughout the night. Fading occurred every three to four minutes, and even then the signal was still audible above the noise threshold, albeit faintly. HERE's RRI Cirebon late in the evening.

KAMPUCHEA
National Radio of Kapuchea (NRK)
in Phnom Penh is heard regularly in Malaysia at sign-on and the evenings till sign-off at 17.00 UTC. SINPO on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz is consistently 54544. On this particular listening after 12.05 UTC, a report on a festival (judging by the fireworks in the backgound) was discussed in the Khmer language.  HERE's NRK.

NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang Broadcasting Station
(presumed) was observed in what seems to be their routine format of uninterrupted music from 18.55 UTC onward. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433. Before 18.50 UTC signal mixed with AIR Kolkata. HERE's PBS after 18.50 UTC.

VIET NAM
Voice of Vietnam 1 i
n Can Tho (formerly South Vietnam) was logged at 16.43 UTC with Western classical music. A female announcer hosted this Vietnamese language programme. Reception on  the medium-wave frequency of 711 kHz was SINPO 34433. HERE's VOV1.


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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Visit to Sonora FM, Palembang


A few days ago my family and I were in Palembang, South Sumatra. While on a social visit, we stopped by Sonona FM 102.6, one of several stations in the Sonora Network heard throughout Indonesia. As it happens one of our friends -- 'foster son' actually -- is an announcer at the station.

DJ Adi Putra
He gave us a little tour. I say 'little' because the station itself is quite small. It comprises a lobby with a 1960s desk console, turntable and telephone, portraits of past award-winning DJs and an early poster of Led Zeppelin. In another room, near a corner, sits their transmitter with lights aflutter. And, in an adjoining room lies their studio, with the most easily noticed equipment being fader/mixing console, headphones and microphone.

The transmitter is a low-power rig, sufficient to emit a signal over a 30 km radius. A handful of announcers spin mostly contemporary Western and Indonesian pop tunes.

The station takes listener music requests as well. And we duly made use of this service, requesting at least three or four Indonesia and Malaysian tunes made famous by M. Nasir, Hetti Koes Endang and the Indo-American group Debu.

All in all, it was a rather nice visit to one of the many radio stations in Palembang. One need only scan the horizon to see the numerous telecommunication masts around town to discover this. But, Sonora FM is the one that personally stands out.

Sonora FM radio mast near yellow structure



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for November 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  November 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

QSLs for October 2017


IRIB Radio Quran. Goldasteh, Iran.
Radio Taiwan International (National Day broadcast). Baochung, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International (Special German broadcast). Tamsui, Taiwan.
JOPG - (NHK-1). Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan.
JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC). Kagoshima, Japan.
JOAP - (NHK-1). Okinawa, Japan.
Chongqing PBS (Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngbō Diàntá). Chongqing. China.
All India Radio Pune. Maharashtra, India.
All India Radio Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Vatican Radio. Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican.
KNLS - New Life Station. Anchor Point, Alaska
NHK World Radio Japan. Palau Medorn.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Trincomalee. Sri Lanka.
Radio Romania International. Galbenia, Romania.
ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD. Emerald, Queensland, Australia.
Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan via WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA

Thursday, October 26, 2017

IRIB Radio Quran (via Goldasteh)

IRIB Radio Quran, transmitting from Goldasteh, Chahardangeh District, Eslamshahr County (Islamic Republic of Iran) was received on 900 kHz (MW). Reception rated a SINPO of 24322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise and static bursts from a local thunderstorm. Audio was occasionally clear with discernible content when signal was at its strongest. A Farsi language broadcast with tafsir/tajweed commentary from a male announcer was observed between Quran recitation of various ayats by different male qāriʾ from 18.15 till 18.40 UTC, on 8 September 2017. HERE and HERE is IRIB Radio Quran.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card, along with IRIB website card, was received in the mail on 26 October 2017.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Radio Taiwan International (via Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Baochung (Taiwan), aired a 'live' broadcast of the 106th National Day festivities on 10 October 2017, from 02.00 till 03.00. RTI announcers Natalie Soh and John Van Trieste hosted this hour-long broadcast of speeches from  the President of Taiwan, foreign dignitaries and guests, as well as music by "Formosa Crew" UTC. Insomuch as this transmission targeted Southeast Asia, reception on 15.130 kHz rated a  SINPO of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts for the duration of the broadcast. HERE's an audio excerpt from this broadcast.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2017.

Listeners who tuned in to this broadcast received an RTI souvenir -- a black-and-white tote bag, featuring RTI insignia and microphones over the ages. 
!

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui (Taiwan), in a special German language broadcast  was received on 29 September 2017. News and the programme Panorama was observed from 18.00 to 19.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 12.030 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 44333 -- good signal strength and clear content, despite deep fading and atmospheric noise. Reception deteriorated after 18.25 UTC with increased fading and atmospheric noise, which degraded the SINPO to 34323. As the show progressed, the noise level increased for some very unpleasant listening. HERE and HERE is the special German broadcast of RTI from Tamsui, as heard in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online, the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2017.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

JOPG - Nippon Hoso Kyokai 1 (Kushiro)

NHK-1 (JOPG) in Kushiro  Prefecture (Japan) was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 585 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating an overall SINPO of  14321. A Japanese language broadcast of continuous Japanese pop songs was observed from 19.15 till 20.00 UTC, on 8 September 2017.

Reception report was emailed (NHK World Radio) and posted to JOPG with an audio file. QSL card arrived in the mail on 24 October 2017. A very nice follow-up email from JOPG was received later in the evening.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Logbook for 18 - 20 October 2017

INDIA 
All India Radio Vijayawada was heard with classical Indian music (flute composition), from 17.10 till 17.30 UTC. News in English and Hindi followed until sign-off around 17.40 UTC.  Reception on 837 kHz rated a SINPO of 34323 initially, but signal gradually disappeared after 17.28 UTC, with news only faintly observed till transmission ended. HERE's AIR Vijayawada.

All India Radio Dibrugarh  was noted with Classicsl India music after 16.50 UTC . Reception on 567 kHz rated a SINPO OF 44333 -- strong and clear signal when not fading and mixing with co-frequency stations. HERE's a bit of their programming.

MYANMAR
Myanmar Radio with VOA Special English programme and English pop songs was observed after 15.55 UTC. Music with English speaking host was heard until sign-off at 17.00 UTC. Reception on 576 kHz is SINPO 54544 -- an exceptionally powerful signal with possibly an AIR station and Thai station occassionally, albeit faintly, making their presence known. HERE's an excerpt from this broadcast.

PHILIPPINES
Vatican Radio via Tinang was heard in Russian at 12.35 UTC. Reception on 15.370 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433.

SAUDI ARABIA
BSKSA Riyad with programming in Urdu was noted at 12.45 UTC onward. Transmission on 13.775 kHZ rated a SINPO of 35443.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey via Emirler with a broadcast of news, Turkish cultural programmes and music in Urdu was observed at 12.40 UTC onward. Reception on 13.710 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

UAE
Radio Free Asia via Dhabbayah aired Burmese programming from 12.30 UTC onward. News and current event reports about Myanmar, particularly a report of the Rohingya crisis and relief efforts in SEA, was observed on 13.630 kHz. SINPO rated 45544.

VIETNAM 
Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi with broadcast in Indonesian was noted at 13.00 UTC. News and cultural programmes about Vietnam were pbserved on 9.840 kHz. SINPO was 44544.


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Degen DE-1102 (SW); Panasonic RF-B45 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (Kagoshima)

JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC), transmitting with 20 kw of power from Kagoshima, was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1107 kHz. Talk and pop music in Japanese was observed from 17.00 till 19.15 UTC. On 20 Sept 2017, after 17.00 UTC, SINPO rated 13321 -- very weak, audible, occasionally clear content despite mixing with co-frequency station (possibly in Xijiang) and fading. On 21 Sept 2017, after 19.00 UTC, reception was slightly better with a SINPO of 24422 -- weak and occasional fading, but with improved audio and clear content. HERE is JOCF as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

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

JOAP - Nippon Hoso Kyokai 1 (Okinawa)


NHK-1 (JOAP) in Okinawa Prefecture was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 549 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating a SINPO of 14221. Despite severe scratchy atmospheric noise, a Japanese language broadcast of Japanese pop songs, hosted by a male announcer, was observed from 17.05 till 17.30 UTC, on 7 September 2017. On  nights when propagation is bad, the signal is detected but with no discernible content. That's not bad actually for a 10 kW station out of Japan.

Reception report was posted to NHK-1/JOAP and emailed (to NHK World Radio). QSL card, station mascot stickers and postcards/programme guide of popular Japanese TV drama arrived in the mail on 20 October 2017.