Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stations Logged from Remote Receiver* on 25 & 26 April

Radio Brasil Central* transmitting from Goiania, Brazil, was logged on 26 April 2015. Brazilian pop songs and English tune from ABBA, between DJ chatting in Portuguese, was noted from 00.30 till 01.00 UTC. Reception on 11.815 kHz was (SINPO): 33443 -- weak to fair strength and clear audio, despite QRM station splatter which ceased after 01.00 UTC

Reception report was emailed on 26 April 2015.

Radio Merlin International* in England was logged on 26 April 2015. Freguent station IDs and DJ chatter between pop tunes, including U2 - "New Year's Day",  Emerson Lake Palmer, Bony M - "Rasputin", "One Way Ticket", was monitored from 10.20 till 10.45 UTC. Reception on 6.305 kHz was (SINPO) 25332 -- weak to fair signal with atmospheric noise and occasional fading, yet clear and audible in the Netherlands

Reception report was emailed on 26 April 2015.

Radio Abu Dhabi* in the Netherlands was logged on 25 April 2015. DJ chatter between polka and country music, including Annie Skilder - "Sharing Time" and "You Bring Me Pleasure", and John Fogerty - "Old Man Down the Road", was heard from 23.15 till 23.55 UTC. Reception on 6.298 kHz was (SINPO) 55445 - great signal with your "multi-directional antenna", despite slight and occasional fading

Reception report was emailed on 26 April 2015. Previous reception reports have gone unanswered.

Lowland Radio* in the Netherlands was logged on 25 April 2015". DJ chatting about reception in Sweden using 20 watt transmitter, between pop songs "Ace of Spades", "Addicted to Love", The Shadows (60s quitar solo), "Let Me Walk Close To Thee",  "Blue Eyes Crying" and Toto - "I Miss the Rains Down in Africa", was noted between 18.10 till 18.35 UTC. Reception 6.285 kHz (SINPO): 34434 -- fair strength and clear audio, despite slight and occasional fading.

Reception report was emailed on 26 April 2015.

The Gardener* in the Netherlands was logged on 25 April 2015. Rock-n-Roll and pop classins, including The Searchers - "Sweets for my Sweet", "Happy People", "Turning Me Around", Blondie - "Rapture", DJ stated he would play a few more songs then "close down", Buddy Holly - "Shiela" and The Contours - "Do You Love Me",  was received from 17.15 till 17.40 UTC. Reception on 6.285 kHz was (SINPO) 44434 -- good strength and clear audio, despite slight and occasional fading.

Reception report was emailed to on 26 April 2015.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Caribbean Beacon, Better Late Than Never

Talk about a message in a bottle. This QSL card from Caribbean Beacon in Anguilla might as well have been sent in a bottle. It took three years and 10 days from the time the station was logged to reach the shores of Malaysia. "Better late than never" as the saying goes. Actually it was postmarked 9 April 2015. My guess is Caribbean Beacon received a batch of newly printed QSLs and is now posting verifications for retroactive reception reports. In any event I am immensely grateful to FINALLY receive this QSL. For more details, click on the link above.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pop Radio Ostfriesland*

Pop Radio Ostfriesland*, broadcasting via Channel 292 from Ingolstadt, Germany, was logged on 19 April 2015. Non-stop Jim Croce songs, including "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", "Careful Man", "Alabama Rain", "A Good Time Man Like Me Ain't Got No Business (Singing The Blues)", "Don't Mess Around with Jim", "Next Time, This Time" and other notable Croce tunes, was heard. This followed with station ID in German and Bette Midler performing "Wind Beneath My Wings". Broadcast was monitored from 15.00 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 6.070 kHz was (SINPO) 55545 -- good signal strength and audio quality with very slight fade

Reception report was submitted on-line at Pop Radio Ostfriesland on the same day. A message and eQSL was received on 21 April 2015. Danke, Jann Meitzer!


*Logged using remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente (The Netherlands)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Radio Latino*

Radio Latino*, out of  Italy, was received in the Netherlands (Twente), on 18 April 2015. The last 10 minutes of their transmission on 7.520 kHz was heard from 17.45 till 17.55 UTC. This was long enough to catch the disco era song, "Fly Robin Fly", followed by an instrumental tune, then abrupt end of transmission without station ID and announcement of closure.

Reception on 7.520 kHz (SINPO) was 34333 -- fair and audible signal despite atmospheric noise and occasional fading.

Reception report was emailed shortly after the transmission ended. An eQSL was received on 19 April 2015. Thank you, Marco!



*Logged using remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente (The Netherlands)

Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB) / Kochirawa HCJB

Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB) or "Kochirawa HCJB”, transmitting from Kununurra, Australia, was received on  18 April 2015, here in Malaysia. This Japanese language broadcast  featured a solo commentary (Mailbag programme) from a male announcer. Just before announcing station ID and contact details, a short music excerpt from Leroy Anderson's "Syncopated Typewriter" was heard. This was followed by an English announcement of a rebroadcast of the Japanese programme later in the evening. Transmission was monitored from 22.45 till 23.00 UTC (broadcast time 22.30 till 23.00 UTC).

Reception on 17.760 kHz was (SINPO) 35443 -- fair to good strength, some atmospheric noise with occasional fading, otherwise clear and audible signal

Reception report was emailed to Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB) on 19 April 2015. Shelly Martin at Reach Beyond Australia replied with a nice note and eQSL on 20 April 2015.

Kazuo Ozaki, the producer for Yodobashi Church - HCJB Japanese Radio, replied promptly to my reception report, saying: "Thank you for your reception report for the Japanese program. It is very enraging to know that the  reception in Mayaysia is very good.

"The content of the program was the monthly "Mail Bag" program which we read the letters from our listeners.

"I am a producer of the program living in Arizona, USA.  The programs go on the air from Austraia and your reception report should be sent to Yodobashi Church in Tokyo, Japan. Isn't it confusing?  Anyway,  I will forward your report to Tokyo office.  From now on please send you reception report directly to  Yodobashi Church in Tokyo, JAPAN.  Address is as follows:

"Yodobashi Church

 HCJB Japanese Radio
1-17-8 Hyakunin Cho
Shinjyuku Ku, Tokyo  JAPAN 169-0073

169-0073 東京都新宿区百人町1-17-8
     淀橋教会 HCJB日本語放送係

"Please write us again soon and let us know more about yourself and your work and how do you get interested in listening to Japanese shortwave broadcastings in your country.  May God bless you!"


Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, broadcasting from the 500 kW Emirler transmitter site, was heard on 18 April 2015.

An English language broadcast from 16.30 till 17.26 UTC featured: world and regional news; Turkish press review including a report on the Anzac WWI anniversary of the Battle of Golippoli (or the Battle of Çanakkale); a biographical programme focusing on the Prophet Muhammad (saw); an economic programme entitled "Turkey Rising Out of the Crisis"; a programme on "Eco-friendly Tips" highlighting environmental law; a programme called "Today in History"; then a regular Voice of Turkey programme "Question of the Month"; followed by Turkish pop music.

Fortunately reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.520 kHz was nearly flawless with a (SINPO) of 55545 -- excellent on all accounts, except for slight and occasional fading.

Recption report was emailed shortly after 19 April 2015.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Adventist World Radio QSLs from Two Continents

The continents? Africa and North America. Adventist World Radio posted two QSLs for their transmissions relayed from Kigali, Rwanda and Okeechobee, (Florida) USA. The Kigali QSL commemorates the closure of the Deutsche Welle transmitter site, and it is affixed with special AWR stamps. The Okeechobee QSL via WRMI highlights the long running WaveScan DX programme and AWR President, Dr. Dowell Chow. Both cards are signed by DX Editior, Dr. Adrian  M. Peterson. I'm mighty proud to have these QSLs. Thank you!!!