Sunday, February 7, 2016

Eternal Good News (via Nauen)

Eternal Good News (via Bible Voice Broadcasting), transmitting from  Nauen, Germany, was logged on  6 February 2016. An evangelical sermon relating Old Testament accounts to Jesus, then closing with contact details for Eternal Good News and Bible Voice Broadcasting,   was observed from 19.30 till 19.45 UTC. Reception on 6.030 kHz was (SINPO) 34553 -- fair signal strength and QRM from Radio Oromiya in Ethiopia, otherwise audible and discernible content during their 15 minute broadcast.

Reception report was submitted to Eternal Good News on the following day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Radio Romania International (via Galbeni)

Radio Romania International, transmitting from Galbeni, was logged on 5 February 2016. An Arabic language broadcast of news, reports on Syria and music was observed from 13.00 to 13.26 UTC.  Reception on 15.460 kHz was (SINP0) 35433 - fair signal strength with occasional fading, yet audible and clear content.

Reception report was emailed to RRI on the same day.

Email:
rri@rri.ro

NBC Radio Bougainville

National Broadcasting Corporation - Radio Bougainville, transmitting from Kubu, in the autonomous region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), was logged on  5 February 2016 (locally 6 February 2016). A selection of vocal reggae and steelpan music was heard between DJ chatter from 05.30am till 06.00am Bougainville time (19.30 till 20,00 UTC), Sign-on reportedly is at 19.00 UTC. 

Reception quality on 3.325 kHz was initially (SINPO) 35432 -- fair signal strength with intermittent fading every two to three seconds apart, yet clear and audible content was observed. By 05.50am (19.50 UTC) signal weakened to (SINPO) 25421; while speech was audible. at times content could not be clearly understood. From 06.00am (20.00 UTC) onward, signal was present but too weak to receive well.

The following day, Radio Bougainville was not heard. This leads me to believe the sporadic broadcast schedule has more to do with the testing of a new 10kW transmitter than anything else. They also are reportedly testing on 6.020 kHz as well as 3.325 kHz. In South East Asia, 6.020 kHz is either occupied by  stations in China (CRI) or Vietnam (VoV 4 in DacLac), making reception virtually impossible; 3.325 kHz is ideal, provided it is before RRI Palangkaraya in Kalimantan signs on at 21.55 UTC. For more news about the reactivation of NBC Radio Bougainville, see this LINK.

By the way, NBC affiliate stations and frequencies are listed at their updated website, some with either new frequencies or pending revision -- it's hard to say.
 
Reception report was emailed and submitted online at the NBC website on 6 February 2016. A prompt reply from their online messaging service was received, stating my reception report and audio file would be forwarded to the Executive Director of Radio, Allen Arifeae. He in turn replied saying he would look into the matter once he returned to his office.

On 8 February 2016, Michael Samuga, ED Provincial Radio for NBC confirmed for Allen Arifeae that this was indeed a "test transmission" of NBC Radio Bougainville. He also mentioned the transmitter/station would be commissioned near the end of the month (February 2016). I followed up by requesting and drafting an 'official' Letter of Verification.

Website: 
www.nbcpng.com/

Email:
info@nbc.com.pg (bounced)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chinese New Year Greetings from Romania



As the Chinese New Year approaches, I would like wish my friends and family members Gong Xi Fa Chi. In the spirit of the occasion I received the above greetings not from China Radio International nor Radio Taiwan International, but rather Radio Romania International.

Xie Lu Bin (Serban), the Chinese Editoral Director at RRI emailed it, along with the following message: "...A few years ago I found this postcard a antique shop in Bucharest. I guess it was printed before the Second World War. I do not know whether this postcard is a  Chinese New Year greeting card, but I hope you will accept it as our station's Spring Festival blessing. On behalf of my Chinese newsroom colleagues, Su Yan, Marian, Xiaoyu, Xuebin, Luo and Yi. we would like to wish you Happy New Year, good health, prosperous business and good luck!"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cards from Asian & Caribbean Nations

A QSL card from the Voice of Mongolia and  pocket calendar from Radio Habana Cuba arrived in the letterbox today.

Interestingly, the QSL card arrived by regular mail with a nice Mongolian postage stamp featuring the traditional yurt; previously all QSL cards and documents arrived by registered mail.

The pocket calendar from Cuba depicts one of their nation's patriot, similar to calendars received in years past.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Bangkok)

NHK World - Radio Japan, relayed from Thammasat University Radio in Bangkok (Thailand), was logged on 2 February 2016.  A Thai language broadcast, featuring NHK World - Radio Japan news magazine and Japanese lessons, was heard from 12.30 to 13.00 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 981 kHz was (SINPO) 25322 -- poor to fair signal due to long and deep fading, approximately three minutes apart. The broadcast was occasionally audible whenever fading and atmospheric noise did not affect reception.

Reception report was submitted online to NHK World Radio Japan on 3 February 2016.

Thammasat University Radio (Bangkok)

Thammasat University Radio, transmitting from Bangkok (Thailand), was logged on 2 February 2016.  A Thai language broadcast featuring a Question & Answer session, NHK World - Radio Japan programming, news and traditional Thai music and discussion was heard from 12.15 to 14.00 UTC (7.15pm till 9.00pm local time).

Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 981 kHz was poor to fair with periods of long and deep fading early in the evening; later in the night reception improved greatly and steady audio was observed. At 12.15 UTC  (SINPO) was 25322 -- poor to fair signal due to fading, approximately 3 minutes apart. Occasionally audible only when fading and atmospheric noise did not affect reception. Signal improved after 13.30 to 35433 -- less fading allowed for a  longer period of clear and audible reception.

Reception report was emailed to Thammasat University Radio on 3 February 2016. I won't hold my breath to get their QSL, owing to past experience with domestic Thai broadcasters. I am more inclined to believe NHK World Radio Japan will verify, Still, it would be nice to get a verification directly from the station.

FAST FACTS
Transmitter location: Thammasat University Rangsit, Pathumthani
Transmitter: 10 kilowatt-hand HARRIS generation DX10.
System: AM STEREO
Frequency: 981 kHz flux
Antenna: Base Insulated Vertical All Rohn
The height of the antenna: 102 meters
Grounding: Number of lines per 144 lines in length 77 meters 


Email:
turadio981@gmail.com

Website:
www.radio981.tu.ac.th

Address:
Thammasat University Radio
Journalism Lab Building, 5th Floor
99 Moo 18 Phaholyothin Road, Klong.
Pathumthani 12121 Thailand