Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bye Bye Sitkunai Special Broadcast (via Kostinbrod-Sofia)

"Bye Bye Sitkunai", a special broadcast of ShortwaveService via Spaceline (Kostinbrod-Sofia), was logged on 16 April  2017, from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Lithuanian music along with pre- and post-WWII history of the station was profiled in this long hour programme. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.400  kHz was (SINPO)  33433 - poor to fair signal when not fading under transmitter and atmospheric noise. Despite these conditions, the transmission was audible and speech/music clear.

Reception report was initially emailed the day after the transmission, only to be informed shortly thereafter that said reports would only be considered available for QSL if it met the criteria outlined and $$ for postage was provided. I subsequently mailed my report with request sum on 29 May 2017. As promised this lovely QSL card arrived on 23 June 2017. 

Before closing I want to thank Mr. Christian Milling for producing and lending his narration to this historic perspective on the Sitkunai site. I have fond memories of first listening to Radio Vilnius in the late 1970s and in more recent years to the relayed broadcasts of RFA and Radio Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast and am glad he took the interest to present the history of the Sitkunai site. Thank you so much, Christian!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NHK World Radio Japan (via Kranji)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Kranji (Singapore), was logged on 19 May 2017 with English programming from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on  11.695 kHz rated a SINPO 44344 with atmospheric noise and slight fading effecting an otherwise clear and good signal.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to NHK World on the following day. QSL card arrived in  the mail on 14 June 2017. 

All India Radio Tiruchirappalli (in Tamil Nadu)

All India Radio Tiruchirappalli in Manapparai, Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu (India) was logged on 19 May 2017, from 17.00 till 17.35 UTC.  Tamil music, moderated by a male announcer, was observed from 17.00 UTC onward. News in English at 17.30 UTC presented by female announcer, then sign-off at 17.35 UTC.  Reception on 936 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 34433 with fair to good signal, occasionally fading every few minutes.

Reception report was emailed and mailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in  the mail on 14 June 2017. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trans World Radio India (via Yerevan-Gavar)

Trans World Radio India via Yerevan Gavar (Armenia)  was logged on 21 May 2017. A Sidar language broadcast featured programming on Christianity and related music from 14.30 till 14.45 UTC, TWR interval was heard just before sign off. Reception on 12.055 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 - good signal strength, slight transmitter hum and fading, clear and strong audio.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received on 13 June 2017.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Radio Thailand World Service (via Udon Thani)

Radio Thailand World Service, transmitting from Udon Thani, was logged on 26 April 2017, from 01.30 till 02.35 UTC. English programming commenced from 2.00 till 02.30 UTC for the US West Coast; before and after these times transmission was in Thai and featured mostly Thai music. Reception on 15.590 kHz rated a SINPO of 55545 -- good signal strength, clear audio, slight fading. 

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card with programme schedule arrived in the mail on 8 June 2017. As an added bonus, these came in an envelope with Thailand postage stamps.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Radyo Pilipinas (via Tinang)

Radyo Pilipinas, transmitting from Tinang, was logged on 10 April 2017.  I had the good fortune to hear DZRP Radyo Pilipinas on the short-wave frequency of 17.820 kHz. SINPO rated 45544 -- good signal, clear audio despite fading. Reception was also observed on 15.640 kHz with a SINPO of 55555.

English programming was observed from 02.45 UTC till 03.30 UTC. This particular broadcast  featured "DFA Online" Philippine Embassy/Consulate news; "The Best of Philippines"  profiled the Rizal shrine in Calamba, Laguna;  "School of Filipino", hosted by Edwin Santos, looked at the Filipino phrase for "I'm sorry"; and  "More Fun in the Philippines: Destination Mindanao" highlighted  the "People of the Flood Plain" -- their regional music and festivals in this Muslim autonomous region of Mindanao. Four songs were also played, including one by a group from Kota Bato. Additionally, the broadcast included numerous station IDs.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Shortly thereafter, Radyo Pilipinas replied with confirmation and promised a QSL card. On 7 June 2017, verification card indeed arrived in the mail, along with their programme schedule and station sticker.


China Radio International (via Kashgar)

China Radio International Russian service via Kashgar was heard on 13 May 2017, from 09.25 till 10.00 UTC (broadcast time 09.00 till 10.00 UTC). The programme "Muzyka Big Bang" was observed on the short-wave frequency of  15.335 kHz, which rated a SINPO of 55444 -- excellent signal strength and clarity of audio, despite some fading under atmospheric noise. Near the end of transmission, there was some station splatter from an adjacent station (RFA Tibetan service).

Reception report was emailed to both Russian and English service on the family day. QSL card from English service arrived in the mail on 6 June 2017; whereas the Russian service was delivered on 15 June 2017.