Friday, February 24, 2017

Logbook 24 February 2017




MALAYSIA
RTM Radio Asyik in Kajang (West Malaysia) was heard around 00.02 UTC with aboriginal music of Malaysia, followed by station ID and Doa (supplication). Reception on 6.050 kHz was 55555 -- not surprising given my RX location is about 30-40 km from Kajang.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VoV-5) in Hanoi-Sontay was heard  from 23.30 till 23.58 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under excellent conditions with a SINPO of 54555. Segments on the pagodas in the Red River Delta and Clay Cracker Festival in Hai Duong were profiled in this half-hour English broadcast, which aslo included news and Vietnamese pop songs.

UZBEKISTAN
Ibra Media, transmitting via Tashkent, in a Bengali  broadcast was heard after 00:00 UTC with regional music, followed by a radio drama. Reception on 5.905 kHz was 45554.

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ABC Radio National - 5RN (Adelaide)

ABC Radio National - 5RN, transmitting from Reynella (Pimpala) in South Australia, was heard on 18 February 2017, from 19.40 till 20.05 UTC in a largely talk format with guests and phone-in listeners. Reception on 729 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 24422 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise transmission was clear and discernible  for brief times. Audio level peaked approximately 20 to 30 minutes apart; otherwise signal was heard throughout the time monitored, but at a much weaker strength. Frequency was free of co-station interference at the time which made reception possible, much like sister station ABC Adelaide 891.

Reception report with audio files was emailed the following day, and Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton, Radio Master Control at ABC, kindly confirmed with an email on 22 February 2017. 


KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio, transmitting from Kimjae, was received on 1 February 2017, from 16.15 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). The programmes "Seoul Calling", "Drama Lines" and "Sound of Korea" was heard during the broadcast. Reception on 9.640 kHz was (SINPO) 54544 -- strong signal wth slight fading was observed during much of the transmission.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 21 February 2017.


Monday, February 20, 2017

QSL Card from Radio Romania International



This QSL card with postage from Radio Romania International arrived in the mail, today. It was for a reception reported emailed months ago -- in August 2016 -- to RRI. This is one of the few stations who still send verifications with their national postage stamps. And although I have received many QSLs from RRI and postage over the years, it is always reassuring to see the interest in their listeners, time and time again, even if the QSL takes a while longer to arrive. Thank you very much Radio Romania International!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Logbook 18-19 February 2017


AFGHANISTAN
Radio Afghanistan has been logged on 6.100 kHz, mixing with PBS Pyongyang, but slightly than the North Korean station when not fading. News reports in Dari and regional music was observed from 16.05 till 16,12 UTC when signal appeared to end or drop off, rating an overall SINPO of 33433.

AUSTRALIA
ABC Radio National 729 (5RN), transmitting from Reynella (Pimpala) in South Australia, was heard from 19.40 till 20.05 UTC in a largely talk format with guests and phone0in listeners. Reception on 729 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 24422 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise transmission was clear and discernible  for brief times. Audio level peaked approximately 20 to 30 minutes apart; otherwise signal was heard throughout the time monitored, but at a much weaker strength. Frequency was free of co-station interference at the time which made reception possible, much like sister station ABC Adelaide 891.

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

KUWAIT
Voice of America-Radio Sawa / BBG, transmitting from Umm al-Rimam (Kuwait), was heard in an Arabic language broadcast featuring news reports / commentary from 18.05 till 18.25 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz rated a SINPO of 25431 -- weak audio, occasionally clear and discernible content whenever signal peaked (every two to three minutes).

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VoV-1) / Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam, transmitting from Đồng Hới, Tỉnh Quảng Bình (Vietnam), was observed on 630 kHz (MW) with news and current events from 22.03 till 22.30 UTC. SINPO rated 34433 - fair signal strength, clear and audible speech, slight fading. Signal continued to be received up till 23.00 UTC, but gradually faded under atmospheric noise.

Voice of Vietnam (VoV-1) / Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam, transmitting from Xã Thới Hưng, Can Tho Municipality (Vietnam), was observed at sign-on with interval, ID and programme promotion at 21.55 UTC. SINPO rated a  55545 on 711 kHz (MW).

Receivers used: Sangean ATS-909 and Tecsun S-2000. Antenna: internal ferrite rod, loop and/or external 1/4 wave aerials. RX location: Central peninsular Malaysia

Friday, February 17, 2017

QSLs from the Voice of America


Two QSL cards from the Voice of America arrived in the mail, today. One is for a broadcast relayed from VOA Santa Maria de Galeria and the other is for a broadcast from VOA Ascension Island. Thank you, Voice of America!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

QSL Card from ABC Adelaide



Last month (January 2017) ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN), a medium-wave station transmitting from Adelaide (Pimpala) in South Australia, was received in the wee hours of the morning, here in central Malaysia. At the time an eQSL was sent confirming reception. Today, the good folks at ABC Adelaide sent several stickers, a fridge magnet and QSL card with verification letter. Thank you VERY much for these wonderful souvenirs, Angelo!!!