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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Logbook for 8 - 10 October 2017

JAPAN
NHK-1 (JOPG)
in Kushiro  Prefecture 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.

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from the former DW relay site in Trincomalee, aired in their newly launched Tamil language broadcast to expats in the Middle East. Content of brodcast included mostly listener phone-ins and Tamil music from 17.40 till 18.01 UTC (broadcast time 1700 till 18.00 UTC). Reception on 11.835 kHz was fair, but not as good as previous broadcasts, owing to atmospheric noise and fading.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International had a special 106th National Day broadcast to Southeast Asia on 10 October 2017. Listened to speeches of dignitaries and music from 02.00 till 03.00 UTC. Reception on 15.130 kHz was excellent for the duration of the broadcast. HERE's an audio excerpt. 

UNID
Suspect Philippine station, but not absolutely certain, operating on the medium-wave frequency of 702 kHz. Continuous 80s Western pop music, without station IDs and advertisements/promos, was observed before and after 20.00 UTC. SINPO was 25432.

RX: Panasonic RF-45B (MW); DEGEN DE-1102 (MW/SW) ANT: ferrite rod, loop and/or long wire RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), was logged on 8 October 2017. Listened to their Tamil language broadcast of listener phone-ins and Tamil music from 17.40 till 18.01 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 18.00 UTC). Reception on 11.835 kHz was fair, but not as good as previous broadcasts, owing to atmospheric noise and fading. Overall,  SINPO rated 44343.

Reception report and eQSL were sent within an hour of each other on 9 October 2017. Thank you, Victor.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Logbook for 7 October 2017

FRANCE
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).

JAPAN
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  nights when propagation is bad, the signal is detected but with no discernible content.

PHILIPPINES
FEBC Manila - Radio Teos
, transmitting from Bocaue, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 11.650 kHz, under excellent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, rating a SINPO of 55545. A religious topic in the Russian language was discussed between two men from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC.

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.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Panasonic RF-45B (MW/SW); DEGEN DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod and Loop (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan (via Okeechobee)

Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan via WRMI in Okeechobee (USA) was received on 1 January 2017, from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. In this particular segment of Wavescan, KVOH Operation's Manager (Ray Robinson) discussed the history of 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, presented by Yukiko Tsuji. Reception on 9.955 kHz (SINPO) rated 25322 -- weak but audible and occasionally clear content, despite atmospheric noise. This transmission was best received in LSB mode.

Reception report was emailed on 4 January 2017. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 October 2017.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD (Queensland)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD) in  Emerald, Queensland was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz. The programme "Overnights" with Trevor Chappell was observed from 17.15 till 18.00 UTC. SINPO rated a 24332 -- fair to poor signal strength when not fading under and mixing with possible Philippine station. Audio content was discernible whenever signal peaked at its strongest level. Reception quality worsened after 17.50 UTC, at which point signal was too weak and increased mixing with Philippine station. HERE's how Radio Capricornia / 4QD sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed to ABC Local (Emerald) and  Radio Master Control for ABC, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton. On 5 October 2017, Mr. Himmelhoch-Mutton confirmed with an email, which I then converted to a PPC with Emerald landmark and ABC Capricornia logo. Thank you, Graham.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International was heard on 28 July 2017.  from 16.00 till 16.55 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.500 kHz. SINPO was initially 33443 -- fair signal strength and clear audio, but with "white noise" from transmitter up until about 16.20 UTC. Around 16.40 UTC, reception was 44444 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio with slight interference from TWR Africa (Swaziland), but "white noise" had disappeared.

Reception report was emailed. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2017.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for October 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of October 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

QSLs for September 2017


Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF. Osaka, Japan.
All India Radio Jodhpur. Rajasthan, India.
All India Radio Parbhani. Maharashtra, India.
ABC NewsRadio / 6PNN. Busselton, WA, Australia.
Radio Taiwan International. Woofferton, England.
IRIB - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran. Sirjan, Iran.
All India Radio Suratgarh. Rajasthan, India.
All India Radio Jalandhar. Punjab, India.
Fishery Radio Station. Republic of China (Taiwan).
Radio Romania International. Galbeni, Romania.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Taiwan International. Baochung, Republic of China (Taiwan).
China Radio International. Xian,  Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Voice Of The Report Of The Week. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria
Voice Of The Report Of The Week. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria.
Ozy Radio*. Razor Back (near Camden), New South Wales, Australia.




*Remote RX: KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF

Radio Osaka (Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF) was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz. Japanese pop songs were observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC, on 4 September 2017. SINPO rated 13221 - weak signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Chongqing PBS (in Xinjiang, China). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency, and OBC-JOUF was inaudible. Before 17.00 UTC, OBC-JOUF signal was impossible hear due to Thai station operating on the same frequency.   

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017.

All India Radio Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

All India Radio Jodhpur in Rajasthan was logged on 28 August 2017, around 17.15 UTC till 17.40 UTC with folk/classical Indian music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 531 kHz was less than ideal, rating a SINPO of 14321 -- barely audible, breaking even with the noise, and fading every few minutes under.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017.

All India Radio Parbhani (Maharashtra)

All India Radio Parbhani (Akashvani Parbhani) in Maharashtra was heard on 29 July 2017, from 17.10 till 17.30 UTC with a selection of Indian film/folk music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1305 kHz was (SINPO)  23222 -- poor to fair signal strength and clear audio depending on duration of fading (which on average was approximately two to three minutes apart). The only co-frequency interference in this time period is from a station in Thailand.  

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN (Busselton, WA)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN in Busselton (south of Perth), Western Australia was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1152 kHz under very weak but audible reception conditions. BBC news was observed from 18.02 till 18.30 UTC. SINPO rated 15321 -- weak but audible signal, content was occasionally discernible when not fading. No additional stations were observed, making 6PNN virtually a clear-channel frequency. Good thing, because I doubt this 10kW station could have been heard at all. HERE's ABC 6PNN as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

Reception report was emailed to ABC NewsRadio and  Radio Master Control for ABC, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton. On 24 September 2017, Mr. Himmelhoch-Mutton confirmed with an email, which I then converted to a PPC with Busselton landmark and ABC NewsRadio logo. Thank you, Graham, and sorry for the mix up on the emails.

Radio Taiwan International (via Woofferton)

Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton (England) was logged on the short-wave frequency of 6.185 kHz with SINPO of  45434 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise with occasional and slight fade. "Nachtrichten", "Business News" and  "Schlagzeilen der Woche"  in a German language broadcast  was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC, on 12 September 2017. HERE's RTI German service.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. QSL card, along with a nice postcard depicting a wetland in Taiwan, arrived in the mail on 27 September 2017. 

 



IRIB - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran (via Sirjan)

IRIB - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via Sirjan, was logged on 2 April 2017. English programming on the history of Christians and Jews in Iran, followed by discussion on Quran was observed from 15.50 till 16.19 UTC. Reception of 11.830 kHz rated a  SINPO of 35332.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 September 2017.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

All India Radio Suratgarh (Rajasthan)

All India Radio Suratgarh in Ganganagar District, Rajasthan (near India-Pakistan border) was monitored on 12 August 2017, from 17.05 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, followed by news in English presented by female announcer, then news in Hindi read by male announcer. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz was quite poor, but audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. Frequency was relatively clear once National Radio of Kampuchea signed off at around 17.00 UTC. Signal drifts in between 17.05 to 1710 UTC, nightly. Then, for approximately 3 to 4 minutes signal begins to peak and drift off after about 2 minutes.Overall SINPO was 14321.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. A QSL card verifying reports for both AIR Jalandar and AIR Suratgarh arrived in the mail on 26 September 2017.

All India Radio Jalandhar (Punjab)

All India Radio Jalandhar (Punjab) on 873 kHz, with music after 17.15 UTC, news at 17.30 UTC, then sign-off at 17.40 UTC, on 8 August 2017. SINPO) rated 24322 -- poor to fair signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong) after 16.00 UTC till they signed off, then Thai station in Bangkok after 17.10 UTC. Audio and content was occasionally clear despite, fading, interference and atmospheric noise. HERE's AIR Jalandar.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. A QSL card verifying reports for both AIR Jalandar and AIR Suratgarh arrived in the mail on 26 September 2017.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Voice Of The Report Of The Week (via Kostinbrod)

Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod (Bulgaria) was heard on 24 September 2017, from 16.10 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC), on the short-wave frequency of  9.400 kHz, under fair to good conditions rating a SINPO of 34443. HERE's how VORW sounded in Malaysia.

This particular show emphasised -- as it always does -- music requests of listeners. Tracks included: Tom Petty - "Won't Back Down"; Aerosmith - "Dream On"; REM - "Night Swimming"; Queen - "These Are The Days of Our Lives"; Eminem - "Just Lose It"; Mash-up of "Ah" and another tune. In addition to the music requests, the DJ (John) mentioned the names and locations of listeners, talked about benefits of radio during natural disasters, addressed listeners who tuned him when hurricane Irma was about to strike.

Reception report was emailed on the following day, and an eQSL arrived from announcer/producer of VORW. Thank you, John!

Here is the current VORW transmission schedule:

Thursday, 2000 UTC - 11.580 kHz - To North America
Thursday, 2200 UTC - 9.955 kHz - To South America
Friday, 0000 UTC - 7.490 kHz, 7730 kHz, 9395 kHz - To North America
Sunday, 1600 UTC - 9.400 kHz - To Europe / Middle East

Sunday, 2000 UTC - 9.395 kHz - To Eastern North America

Monday, September 18, 2017

Logbook 17 - 21 September 2017

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN in Busselton (south of Perth), Western Australia was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1152 kHz under very weak but audible reception conditions. BBC news was observed from 18.02 till 18.30 UTC. SINPO rated 15321 -- weak but audible signal, content was occasionally discernible when not fading. No additional stations were observed, making 6PNN virtually a clear-channel frequency. Good thing, because I doubt this 10kW station could have been heard at all. HERE's ABC 6PNN as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

AUSTRIA
DARC via Moosbrunn was logged on the short-wave frequencies of 9.570 kHz and 13.775 kHz under favourable conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. DARC news about the IARU Conference, weather in southern Germany and two radio related songs was observed from 17.30 till 18.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.570 kHz initially rated 45444 -- strong signal, clear content with minor fading. Around 17.50 UTC, reception was slightly less than desired at 35433, but still audible and clear. SINPO on 13.775 kHz was less impressive at 35323 -- audible, but disturbed by deep fading and atmospheric noise. HERE's DARC in a special broadcast from Moosbrunn.

INDIA
All India Radio Pune / Akashvani Pune 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. 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.

JAPAN
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.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi-Sontay was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under excellent conditions with a SINPO of 55555. An English language programme of news, current events and Vietnamese pop music was heard from 12.30 till 13.00 UTC. HERE's VoV signing on at 13.00 UTC with their Indonesian broadcast.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102; Panasonic RF-45B (SW) (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area

Friday, September 15, 2017

Logbook for 12 - 15 September 2017

ENGLAND
KBS World Radio via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.065 kHz with a SINPO of 44434 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite occasional atmospheric scratchiness when signal faded under the noise. News and traditional Korean music in this Russian language service was observed from 18.10 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). HERE's KBS World Russian service.

Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 6,185 kHz with SINPO of  45434 - good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise with occasional and slight fade. "Nachtrichten", "Business News" and  "Schlagzeilen der Woche"  in a German language broadcast  was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. HERE's RTI German service.

PHILIPPINES
DZEM-AM, with a powerful signal out of Manila, Philippines, was logged around 20.15 UTC and well after 21.00 UTC with talk/music format and frequent station IDs on 1530 kHz. SINPO rated 44434.

THAILAND
Sathaanii Witthayu Krajaisiang Siang Saam Yot ('Voice of Three Spires', Crime Suppression Division, Royal Thai Police), transmitting from Lat Phrao District, Bangkok, was received after 19.00 UTC with mixed format of talk and Thai pop songs. Reception on 1179 kHz (MW) was strong, with occasional fading -- long enough to detect a co-frequency broadcaster, possibly Mainichi Hoso (MBS / JOOR) in Osaka, Japan. Overall, SINPO rated 44433. HERE's an audio clip.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taiwan Fishery Radio Station

FRS - Taiwan Fishery Radio Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL2 and BEL3) was logged from 20.25 till 20.49 UTC and 21.25 till 21.40 UTC, on separate days (24 and 25 August 2017).  SINPO on 738 kHz (MW) was 43533 -- strong signal when not fading under and interfered by station in Indonesia; 1143 kHz (MW) was 33422 - slightly weaker signal, but still fair strength with clearly audible content when not fading under. News reports and pop songs were observed on one occasion in Chinese. On another day, the programme "Good Morning Vietnam" featured news and weather conditions in Chinese and Vietnamese. HERE's FRS - Taiwan Fisheries Broadcasting Station with a cover version of a Beatles tune.

Reception report was emailed and posted  on 26 August 2017. QSL and letter arrived in the mail on 12 September 2017. I suspect the letter, rather than the email, garnered this verification. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Logbook for 9 - 11 September 2017

ARMENIA
Trans World Radio Europe
, transmitting presumably from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia),  was heard mixing around 18.00 UTC with programming in Farsi. Reception on 1377 kHz was initially 34433 -- strong and clear broadcast with minimal fading. However, by 18.30 UTC reception worsened with (possible) co-frequency mixing of IRIB Regional Service "Voice of Systan and Baluchestan" / Radio Iran.

INDIA
All India Radio National via Aligarh in a broadcast of classical Indian music was logged from from 16.30 till 17.30 UTC. Reception on 9.380 kHz rated an SINPO of 34433. Comments in Hindi/English followed each composition.

IRAN 
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.

 JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Palau Medorn, was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. 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.

SAUDI ARABIA
Huna El' Azim
, a new station located in possibly Jeddah, with mix of Arabic music, talk about Yemen and occasional doa (supplication - prayer) was monitored from 14.15 till 14.40 UTC. Reception on 11.745 kHz was intially SINPO - 43433 - terrible station splatter on adjacent frequency made reception difficult up until 14.30 UTC. At that point, reception improved with greater clarity. HERE is an excerpt from the broadcast.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: ferrite rod and long wire extended 10 meters LOC RX: Kuala Lumpur area, Malaysia


Friday, September 8, 2017

Radio Romania International

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, on 2 April 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 September 2017.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in a test transmission from Trincomalee was logged on 17 August 2017. Transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC, which included a mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music.  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading, earning a SINPO of 45444.HERE's how SLBC sounded in Malaysia:

Reception report was emailed on the same day.  On 7 September 2017 an eQSL from veri-signer Victor Goonetilleke was received.

Radio Taiwan International (via Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, in a transmission originating from Baochung, was observed broadcasting the English language programmes"Hear in Taiwan",  "Starting Over" and "One Last Thing"  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC, on 18 August 2017. Reception on the short-wave frequency of  11.600 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE's how RTI sounded  in Malaysia. 

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 September 2017, then a follow-up on 12 September 2017.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

China Radio International (via Xian)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái), transmitting from  Xian,  Shaanxi Province, was heard on 12 August 2017. An English broadcast of news, programmes on English idioms and "Horizons" was observed from 04.10  till 05.05 UTC (broadcast time 04.00 till 06.00 UTC). Reception on  the short-wave frequency of  17.730 kHz (SINPO): 33232 -- poor to fair signal depending on the duration of fading, atmospheric noise and station splatter from adjacent frequency (17.740 kHz). Otherwise, signal was audible and occasionally heard with clear content.

Reception report was emailed the previous day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 September 2017.

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey was heard on 14 July 2017, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC with English News, cultural programmes and Turkish music. SINPO on 15.520 kHz was initially at sign-on rated 35433 -- fair signal strength with fading, not always clear audio content. Reception worsened around 16.45 UTC to 25422 -- audio began dropping under atmospheric noise. By 17.00 UTC, reception was 15321 -- barely audible, then at 17.10 UTC it peaked to 25432 -- still poor, but audible and occasionally clear.

Reception report was emailed the previous day. QSL crad arrived in the mail on 6 September 2017.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ozy Radio* (Australia)


Ozy Radio* in Razorback (near Camden) New South Wales was received on 2 September 2017, from 09.44 till 10.15 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of  5.045 kHz, using the KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia). Direct reception in Malaysia of this 500 watt station is next to impossible owing to QRM splatter from Beibu Bay Radio (China) on 5.050 KHz and AIR Kolkata (Jeypore, India) on 5.040 kHz. Frequency is clear when BBR signs-off at 16.00 UTC; AIR Kolkata is off at 17.40 UTC but less of a problem. SO, should Ozy Radio transmit after these times -- say 24/7 -- and propagation permits, it may be possible to catch Radio Australia's famed kookaburra and signature interval "Walzing Matilda", along with a terrific mix of 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s pop music. 

Even with this remote receiver Ozy Radio rated a SINPO of  24332 - poor but audible and occasionally clear signal, despite atmospheric noise at near equal level as audio. By 10.15 UTC signal was buried in static and just barely audible. HERE's an audio clip of Ozy Radio. 

Reception report was emailed on same day to Ozy Radio. On 3 September 2017, verie-signer and ARDXC Secretary John Wright verified with an email.

Email:
dxer1234@gmail.com

*Remote RX: KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia).

Logbook for 1-3 September 2017

AUSTRALIA
Ozy Radio* in Razorback (near Camden) New South Wales was received on 2 September 2017, from 09.44 till 10.15 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of  5.045 kHz, using the KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia). Direct reception in Malaysia of this 500 watt station is next to impossible owing to QRM splatter from Beibu Bay Radio (China) on 5.050 KHz and AIR Kolkata (Jeypore, India) on 5.040 kHz. Frequency is clear when BBR signs-off at 16.00 UTC; AIR is off at 17.40 UTC but less of a problem. SO, should Ozy Radio transmit after these times, and propagation permits, it may be possible to catch their broadcast of pop music.  Even with this remote receiver Ozy Radio rated a SINPO of  24332 - poor but audible and occasionally clear signal, despite atmospheric noise at near equal level as audio. By 10.15 UTC signal was buried in static and just barely audible.

BULGARIA
Voice Of The Report Of The Week
via Kostinbrod was heard from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under poor to fair conditions. SINPO rated a  34322 which degraded due to atmospheric noise and fading.

CHINA
Chongqing PBS
, News Service (Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngbō Diàntái, Xīnwén Pínlǜ) was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. An all news broadcast was observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC. SINPO 23322 - weak to fair signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (Japan). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency. Before 17.00 UTC, Chongqing PBS signal was impossible hear due to a station in Thailand operating on the same frequency.

INDIA
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. 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.

All India Radio Tawang / Akashvani Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh (presumed) was observed with classical Indian music mixing under China Radio International (Urumqi) at 17.20 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1521 kHz rated a SINPO of 13421 -- weak but audible signal detected, co-frequency mixing with CRI and fading.

JAPAN
Radio Osaka (Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF)
was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz. Japanese pop songs were observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC (01.00 till 01.40 AM, Japan time). SINPO rated 13221 - weak signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Chongqing PBS (in Xinjiang, China). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency, and OBC-JOUF was inaudible. Before 17.00 UTC, OBC-JOUF signal was impossible hear due to Thai station operating on the same frequency.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Radio Free Asia via Tinian with Tibetan language broadcast from 10.00 till 10.35 UTC (broadcast time 10.00 till 11.00 UTC). SINPO on 15.330 kHz at sign-on rated 43544 -- strong signal with clear and audible content, despite persistent droning noise (possibly from transmitter) and weak co-frequency station under RFA's signal. Around 10.30 UTC, transmitter noise worsened and signal gradually faded under the noise, making reception incoherent at times.

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), 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.

RXs used: Tecsun S-2000 (SW)  / Degen DE-1102 (SW) / Sangean ATS-909 (MW) / Panasonic RF-B45 (MW) / *KiwiSDR (remote) ANT: 1/4 wave (SW) / Long wire (SW) / Internal ferrite rod aerial / *Active Loop Antenna  RX LOC: Central West Malaysia / *Freemans Reach (Australia)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Voice Of The Report Of The Week (via Kostinbrod)

Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod (Bulgaria) was heard from 16.15 till 17.00 UTC, 27 August 2017, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under good conditions, although transmission was intended for Europe. SINPO rated a 45444 - strong signal, clear audio content with slight fade. Reception dropped off a tad in the last 15-20 minutes of the show. HERE's an audio excerpt from the broadcast.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. John, the DJ/Producer at VORW Radio, replied with a pleasant email and eQSL card. The design on the QSL is a painting submitted by a listener, depicting him in his job as a food critic and video maker. 

Here is the current VORW Radio transmission schedule:
Thursday 2000 UTC - 11580 kHz - To North America
Thursday 2200 UTC - 9955 kHz - To South America
Friday 0000 UTC - 7490 kHz, 7730 kHz, 9395 kHz - To North America
Sunday 1600 UTC - 9400 kHz - To Europe / Middle East
Sunday 2000 UTC - 9395 kHz - To Eastern North America


Friday, September 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for September 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  September 2017.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Indian DX Report (via Kimjae and Agat)


Prithwiraj Purkayastha, Editor & Presenter for INDIAN DX REPORT, sent this eQSL for two reception reports submitted in March 2014. Adventist World Radio (AWR) / Indian DX Report, transmitting from KSDA relay site in Agat (Guam), which was logged on 30 March 2014. And, KBS World Radio / Indian DX Report, transmitting from Kimjae (Republic of Korea), which was logged on 29 March 2014. As the saying goes, "Better late than never". Thank you and 73, Prithwiraj!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Logbook for 24 - 28 August 2017

BULGARIA
Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod was heard from 16.15 till 17.00 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under good conditions, although transmission was intended for Europe. SINPO rated a 45444 - strong signal, clear audio content with slight fade. Reception dropped off a tad in the last 15-20 minutes of the show. HERE's an audio excerpt from the broadcast.

INDIA 
AIR Jodhpur in Rajasthan was logged around 17.15 UTC till 17.40 UTC with folk/classical Indian music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 531 kHz was less than ideal, rating a SINPO of 14321 -- barely audible, breaking even with the noise, and fading every few minutes under.

INDONESIA
RRI Cirebon Pro-1, transmitting from Cirebon (West Java), was logged from 16.30 till 17.00 UTC with a selection of lite contemporary pop music (English language) with comments in Indonesian. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 864 kHz rate a SINPO 44544 -- relatively strong signal, clear audio content with minor fading. Love the closing Hawaiian type music. Give a listen after the closing station ID.

JAPAN
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (Asahi Hoso / ABC / JONR), transmitting from Ayazono, Takaishi City Osaka City area, Osaka Prefecture was logged from 18.40 till 19.00 UTC with female announcer hosting a selection of Japanese pop songs. Reception on 1008 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 23322 - poor to fair, long fades before an audible signal was detected, occasionally with clear content. HERE's how Asahi Broadcasting Corporation sounded in Malaysia.

MADAGASCAR
World Christian Broadcast KNLS was logged at 18.30 UTC onward with Russian programming for Eastern Europe. Russian songs and talk was observed when not fading under atmospheric noise. SINPO on 9.570 kHz rated 34423. HERE's how World Christian Broadcast sounded in Malaysia.

TAIWAN
FRS - Taiwan Area Fisheries Broadcasting Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL2 and BEL3) was logged from 20.25 till 20.49 UTC and 21.25 till 21.40 UTC, on separate days. SINPO on 738 kHz (MW) was 43533 -- strong signal when not fading under and interfered by station in Indonesia; 1143 kHz (MW) was 33422 - slightly weaker signal, but still fair strength with clearly audible content when not fading under. News reports and pop songs were observed on one occasion in Chinese. On another day, the programme "Good Morning Vietnam" featured news and weather conditions in Chinese and Vietnamese. HERE's FRS - Taiwan Fisheries Broadcasting Station with a cover version of a Beatles tune.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Radio Veritas


Is this a QSL card from Radio Veritas Asia? Or is it consolation for  DZRV-Am / Radio Veritas Philippines reception report I submitted to RVA after the former failed to respond? Or neither? Previous reports to Radio Veritas Philippines were posted and emailed, not once but numerous times, about three months ago to no avail. Exasperated, I contacted RVA -- thinking as affiliate stations -- a QSL from RVA might resolve this quest for their verification. I guess not.  It  looks as if I'm nowhere closer than before. All the same, I am thankful RVA sent this postcard (QSL without verification details), transmission schedule, sticker and bookmarkers.  Thank you, Radio Veritas Asia!



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trans World Radio Africa (via Kishinev-Grigoriopol)

Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Kishinev-Grigoriopol (Moldova) in the Tigre language, was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC, 19 August 2017 (in a Saturday only broadcast). Presume Evangelical Christian topic, presented by a male announcer, with TWR theme/programme music between talk and a couple of religous vocal songs were observed during this half hour broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.940 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43444 -- good signal, despite dominant transmitter whine and fading under atmospheric noise; however, signal weakened around 18.20 UTC with fading under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE are a few audio clips from TWR Africa via Kishinev-Grigoriopol.

Reception report was emailed the following day. The eQSL shown, along with programme schedule, was received on 22 August 2017 from  veri-signer Lorraine Stavropoulos.

Email:
lstavrop@twr.org
info@twr.org

Website:
www.twr360.org

Monday, August 21, 2017

Logbook 17-19 August 2917

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Voice of Korea
in an English language broadcast of news reports commemorating the anniversary of  peninsular Korea's liberation from Japanese occupational forces, congratulatory messages from Palestine, Indonesia and Nepal on this anniversary, condemnation of UN/US sanctions applied to DPRK over nuclear weapons and ICBM launch, commentary on Republic Korea's imperialistic policies towards DPRK and  patriotic music was heard from 10.35 till 11.00 UTC (broadcast time 10:30 till 11:27). Reception on the short-wave frequency of  15.180 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- excellent signal strength and clear audio, despite slight   fading. HERE's an excerpt from this broadcast.

MOLDOVA
Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Kishinev-Grigoriopol in the Tigre language, was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC (in a Saturday only broadcast). Presume Evangelical Christian topic, presented by a male announcer, with TWR theme/programme music between talk and a couple of religous vocal songs were observed during this half hour broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.940 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43444 - good signal, despite dominant transmitter whine and fading under atmospheric noise; however, signal weakened around 18.20 UTC with fading under atmospheric noise.

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
, transmitting from Trincomalee, in a test transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC. A mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music was observed in this brief transmission  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading. HERE's an audio file from this Tamil broadcast of SLBC

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
, in a transmission originating from Baochung, was observed broadcasting the English language programmes"Hear in Taiwan",  "Starting Over" and "One Last Thing"  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of  11.600 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE's how RTI sounded  in Malaysia.

RX: Degen DE-1102 and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 10 meter long wire and 1/4 wave RX LOC: Central West Malaysia

China Radio International (via Xuanwei City)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái), transmitting from Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province, was heard on 14 July 2017, from 17.30  till 17.57 UTC. A Hindi language broadcast of music, talk and learn Chinese programming was observed during this time. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of  1269 kHz rated  a SINPO of 44534 -- strong signal, clear and audible content, minimal fading. HERE's an excerpt of CRI Hindi Service as heard in Malaysia

Reception report was emailed to the English and Hindi Service of CRI on the following day. A prompt reply followed promising QSL card, which arrived in the mail on 21 August 2017.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Logbook 12 - 15 August 2017

BULGARIA
VORW Radio International
via Kostinbrod (presumed) was caught around 16.54 UTC, just before sign off. While audio was negligible, a decent carrier was present, earning a SINPO of 25432 on 9.400 kHz. This is likely only insomuch as signal was beamed towards Europe, not Asia, and  reception was from the back end of the antenna.

CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái)
, transmitting from  Xian,  Shaanxi Province, was heard on 12 August 2017. An English broadcast of news, programmes on English idioms and "Horizons" was observed from 04.10  till 05.05 UTC (broadcast time 04.00 till 06.00 UTC). Reception on  the short-wave frequency of  17.730 kHz (SINPO): 33232 -- poor to fair signal depending on the duration of fading, atmospheric noise and station splatter from adjacent frequency (17.740 kHz). Otherwise, signal was audible and occasionally heard with clear content.

KAMPUCHEA
National Radio of Kampuchea on 918 kHz was observed with national anthem just before sign off at 17.00 UTC. Programming consists mostly of local pop songs and talk in Khmer.Their signal is easily 55545 throughout much of the night in Malaysia.
HERE's NRK just before closing:

INDIA
All India Radio Suratgarh
in Ganganagar District, Rajasthan (near India-Pakistan border) was monitored from 17.05 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, followed by news in English presented by female announcer, then news in Hindi read by male announcer. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz was quite poor, but audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. Frequency was relatively clear once National Radio of Kampuchea signed off at around 17.00 UTC. Signal drifts in between 17.05 to 1710 UTC, nightly. Then, for approximately 3 to 4 minutes signal begins to peak and drift off after about 2 minutes.Overall SINPO was 14321.

All India Radio Bhagalpur in Aliganj, Bihar was noted from 17.25 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, then news in English and Hindi. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1458 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- poor to fair signal strength, mixing with unidentified station (possibly -- although not certain -- All India Radio Barmer in Rajasthan) when signal faded under.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey, transmitting in English from Emirler (Turkey), was monitored from 20.40 till 21.27 UTC (broadcast time 20.30 till 21.27 UTC). Programmes entitled "The Agenda" and "The Culture of Living Together", along "Question of the Month" and traditional Turkish music was heard during this period. Reception on 9.620 kHz rate a (SINPO) of 45444 -- good signal strength, clear audio, minor fading with some atmospheric noise.
   
RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Logbook 8-9 August 2017

BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Betar
(presumably TX site in Chittagong) on 873 kHz, around 16.55 UTC with music and station ID. SINPO rated 34333 --  fair to good signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from a Thai station in Bangkok. HERE's how Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong).

INDIA
All India Radio Jalandhar
(Punjab) on 873 kHz, with music after 17.15 UTC, news at 17.30 UTC, then sign-off at 17.40 UTC. SINPO) rated 24322 -- poor to fair signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong) after 16.00 UTC till they signed off, then Thai station in Bangkok after 17.10 UTC. Audio and content was occasionally clear despite, fading, interference and atmospheric noise. HERE's AIR Jalandar,

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Palangka Raya
(in Kalimantan) was observed at 12.35 UTC with "Berita" and Indonesian pop tunes, during this all Indonesian language format. Reception on 3.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio and content with minor atmospheric noise and fading.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 2
(in Chiba-Nagara) was heard after 12.30 UTC with Western pop music during a Japanese language broadcast. Reception on 3.945 kHz rated a SINPO of 34332 -- fair signal, audible content despite less than desired atmospheric noise and fading.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia