Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Voice of 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.

QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 January 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Birinchi Radio (KTRK) (via Bishek)

Birinchi Radio (Public Broadcasting Corporation of the Kyrgyz Republic), transmitting from Bishkek, was received on 8 January 2018. Music and commentary in Kyrgyz was monitored from 13.50 till 14.15 UTC. Reception on 4.010 kHz rated a (SINPO) 24332 -- weak signal with occasionally clear audio, despite static bursts and atmospheric noise.

Reception report with audio files was emailed and posted on the following day. An email confirming reception was received on 15 January 2018.


Perchance, a Time for a Break

From time to time the thought of hanging up the headphones, dismantling the antennas and shelving the radios  has come to mind. I've mused why invest further in the ultimate antenna, the newest state-of-the art receiver, the latest WRTH handbook. In this age of web-radio, social media, poor propagation, dwindling stations, non-responsive broadcasters and know-it-all BCLers, I've found it simply more and more difficult to sustain interest in a hobby I have known since the early 1960s. 

It is by no means the first time this hobby has lost its charm. Back in the 1980s and for nearly 30 years thereafter, radio was merely a flip of the switch and a twist of the dial, in the pursuit of nothing more than news, documentaries and music. There was no desire to DX, no need to QSL for this or that station. My focus by then had shifted entirely to career and family.

When I retired in 2009, I returned to the hobby with newfound interest, new radios, new antennas. Soon the old spark was rekindled. But much had changed. Stations heard in my youth like Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Budapest, Radio Sweden had disappeared. And more long time favorites would gradually fade into the sunset with their antenna masts gleaming their last red glow. Of course, new ones came along too, and kept the flame for DXing and QSLing alight.

Nowadays, I tire very easily. Interest in all things related to radio has begun to wane. Perhaps, it is time I fade away too. Take a hiatus. Tune in only for the ad hoc or special broadcast. Log and blog less frequently. Post the occasional QSL. It is time for a change.

Happy DXing to those who still possess the passion for this hobby. Thank you  and 73.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Las Noches con Mirka / PCJ Radio (via WRMI - Okeechobee)

Las Noches con Mirka via WRMI was received from 22.40 till 23.00 UTC, on 17 November 2017. Transmission on 9.955 kHz 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 via WRMI was received from 23.00 up until 23.35 UTC, on 17 November 2017. 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 on 9.955 kHz 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.

Reception report was emailed to WRMI ans PCJ Radio the following day. A QSL for both programmes arrived in the mail on 13 January 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (via Nauen and Moosbrunn)

Norddeutscher Rundfunk via Media-Broadcasting (Nauen and Moosbrunn) in their annual "Gruß an Bord" broadcast of Christmas greetings from seaman and families was received from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC (18.00 till 18.30 CET), on 24 December 2018. During the half hour monitored, five music requests, including "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" and "Sitting by the Dock in the Bay", were noted between messages read by the families and moderated by NDR announcers. Reception was received only the short-wave frequencies of 9.740 kHz (Nauen) and 9.790 kHz (Moosbrunn); additional frequencies advertised for this event were not heard in Southeast Asia. Reception on 9.740 kHz was (SINPO) 25332 -- weak signal and slight fading with atmospheric noise being the most troublesome aspect. By 19.25 UTC, reception worsened to 25211 -- fading under atmospheric noise; reception on 9.790 kHz was (SINPO) 35433 - a slightly stronger and clearer signal despite noisy propagation. But, 15 minutes into the broadcast, transmission faded rapidly under atmospheric noise and was not heard. HERE's NDR, first, on 9.740 kHz (Nauen), then on 9.790 kHz (Moosbrunn).

Reception report was emiled to Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Media-Broadcasting after Christmas. Report was also posted to NDR and a follow-up email was sent to Media-Broadcasting in January 2018. An eQSL from Media-Broadcasting was received on 12 January 2018.
QSL card from NDR arrived in the mail on 17 January 2018.

Radio Sawa / BBG (via Cap Greco)

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.

Reception report with audio files was emailed to several contacts at Radio Sawa and BBG shortly afterwards. A follow up report was emailed on 10 January 2018; an email reply from Gerhard Straub promised to forward report for QSL card on the same day.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Logbook 10 - 11 January 2018

All India Radio Tezu (Akashvani Tezu) in the Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh  was observed from 17.15 till 17.30 UTC with folk/traditional Indian music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1332 kHz was (SINPO) 23322 -- weak signal strength but with audible and clear content  depending on duration of fading (which on average was approximately two minutes apart) and QRM from a Thai station.

Voice of Mongolia
(Ulaanbaator) at 09.40 UTC with Mongolian programming and Mongolian music,  on 12.085 kHz with SINPO 34433. HERE's  how VOM sounded.

Thazin Radi
o (Pyin U Lwin), was observed on 9.590 kHz, at 05.28 UTC with local pop music, ID and interval in Chin dialect. Programming in Kachin followed. SINPO rated 35443. HERE is Thazin Radio.

Radio Taiwan International
featured a special  programme in conjunction with the Fisheries Council of Taiwan Government Agriculture Agency was heard from 10.58 to 11.59 UTC. Programmes in 2o-minute segments of Mandarin, English and Indonesia was observed during this time; it featured a mix of pop songs, language lessons and tourism related information. Initially reception on 12.100 kHz rated a SINPO  of 54544 -- powerful signal at sign-on, despite some transmitter hum and slight station splatter from FEBC (Bocaue) when signal faded. Reception deteriorated slighted just before the Indonesian segment of the broadcast to SINPO 44444. HERE is an excerpt from this broadcast.

Voice of Vietnam
(Hanoi) was heard on the shortwave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under excellent conditions with SINPO of 55555. News, Current Affairs and Economy Segment in English, as well as few Vietnamese pop songs, was observed from 10.00 till 10.27  UTC. HERE is an excerpt of this VOV English broadcast.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Tecsun S-2000 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); 1/4 wave (SW) QTH: Kuala Lumpur