Friday, January 20, 2017

QSL from Adventist World Radio (Via Okeechobee)


Here's a novelty. It's a QSL card from Adventist World Radio for a Wavescan programme that aired from WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida. The uniqueness of the card is that it was issued from Thailand; note the postage stamp and postmark. Unfortunately, the frequency is wrong; it should be 9.955 kHz, not 5.950 kHz. In any  event, thank you AWR for this verification!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

ABC Sydney (Station 2BL)

ABC Sydney (Station 2BL), traansmitting from Prestons, New South Wales (Australia), was received on the medium-wave frequency of 702 kHz. The programmes "Overnights" with Rod Quinn and ABC National News & Weather was heard from 18.04 till 19.05 UTC. Interestingly, one of the topics Mr. Quinn  discussed with his listeners included tales of shark attacks. Signature ABC News jingle was noted at the top of the hour and read by a female announcer.

Reception throughout this period rated a paltry SINPO of 24321. Station 2BL's signal was weak and suffered from occasional atmospheric noise and scratchy static burst from a local thunderstorm. Signal faded in and out approximately every two to three minutes, sometimes with discernible content.  Transmission was detected as early as 17.15 UTC, but it was barely audible on an otherwise clear frequency.

HERE is an audio clip of 2BL recorded around 18.58 UTC.

Reception report was emailed to various contacts and mailed days after initial reception. This particular eQSL was confirmed by veri-signer, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton, on 19 Januaty 2017.

Original email

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sapporo TV Hoso - JOWF (Hokkaido)

Sapporo TV Hoso (STV Radio - JOWF), transmitting from Sapporo City, Hokkaido, (Japan), has been observed for a few months on the medium-wave frequency of 1440 kHz. Reception has been generally quite poor when not fading and buried in co-frequency interference from a much stronger station in Thailand. These factors, along with simply weak signal, have made it a difficult station to catch. Finally, around 20.00 till 20.15 UTC (05.00 till 05.15, Japan Time) a friendly and lively conversation between a man and woman in Japanese was heard, just barely breaking above atmospheric noise to rate an overall SINPO of 25431.

Reception report was emailed on posted on the following day. QSL arrived in the mail on 19 January 2017.



Logbook on 17-18 January 2017


Medium-wave reception over the past few days has favoured stations located in Australia and the Philippines. Chinese, Indonesian and Thai broadcasters continue to dominate the band, and often as is the case in South East Asia one must wait until the wee hours of the morning for these stations to sign off. Below is a log of stations heard from the Philippines, including DWUN, DWIZ and DZMM, none of which have replied to emails, nor for that matter have Philippine stations previously logged in August 2016. Happy DXing and 73.

DWUN / Progressive Broadcasting Corporation "UNTV Radio La Verdad" (Manila, Philippines) was heard from 17.05 till 17.35 UTC. Religious programming about the Holy Spirit presented in the Filipino language was observed during much of the broadcast. Reception on 1350 kHz was SINPO 44434 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio, occasional co-frequency interference and static bursts from local thumderstorm, moderate fading (approximately every 3 minutes).

Presume DWIZ  (Manila, Philippines) was received from 19.00 UTC. Mostly non-stop pop songs. Reception on 882 kHz was SINPO 34433 -- poor to fairsignal strength, clear audio, static bursts from local thunderstorm and moderate fading (approximately every 6 to 8 minutes)

DZMM 630
(Manila, Philippines) was logged from 17.25 till 19.35 UTC. Mostly English pop songs -- music requests from listeners -- were played by a male DJ speaking in the Filipino language. Reception on 630 kHz was SINPO 44434 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio, slight co-frequency interference and static bursts from local thunderstorm and moderate fading (approximately every 8 minutes).

Receiver used: Sangean ATS-909. Antenna: internal ferrite rod. RX Location: Central West Malaysia

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Logbook on 9-10 January 2017


ABC Sydney (Station 2BL) was received on the medium-wave frequency of 702 kHz. The programmes "Overnights" with Rod Quinn and ABC National News & Weather was heard from 18.04 till 19.05 UTC. Reception during this time was (SINPO) 24321 -- weak signal and occasionally buried in atmospheric noise and scratchy static burst from a local thunderstorm. Signal faded in and out approximately every two to three minutes, sometimes with discernible content. Signal was detected as early as 17.15 UTC, but it was barely audible on an otherwise clear frequency.

 ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN), transmitting from Adelaide (Pimpala) in South Australia, was received on 10 January 2017. "Summer Breakfast" with Spence Denny and guests was observed from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 891 kHz was (SINPO) 34522 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise clear audio. Signal peaked to its best audio level approximately 20 minutes apart; at other times it was heard throughout the time monitored, but at much weaker strength and audible level.

TBS Radio Ltd - JOKR, transmitting from Tokyo, was received on 9 January 2017. A selection of (presumably) traditional Japanese music with vocal accompaniment was observed from 17.55 till 18.25 UTC (02.55 till 03.25 Japan Time). Reception on the medium wave frequency of 954 kHz was (SINPO) 25421 -- poor signal when not fading every three to four minutes. Despite these conditions content was audible, given there was no co-frequency interference at the time. Reception was best from 17.55 till about 18.10 UTC.

AIR Imphal (India) was heard with devotional music on 882 kHz with a SINPO of 34423, at 17.10 UTC.

SSB Weather Station in Taiwan was logged on 5.170 kHz in SSB with a SINPO of 24432 at 18.20 UTC, providing weather and shipping details in Taiwan 


ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN)

ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN), transmitting from Adelaide (Pimpala) in South Australia, was received on 10 January 2017. "Summer Breakfast" with Spence Denny and guests was observed from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 891 kHz was (SINPO) 34522 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise clear audio. Signal peaked to its best audio level approximately 20 minutes apart; at other times it was heard throughout the time monitored, but at much weaker strength and audible level. 
HERE and HERE is how ABC Adelaide sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed to multiple contacts on the following day, and eQSL arrived some hours later. Thank you veri-signer, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton!

FRS Holland QSL in the Mail



FRS Holland in The Netherlands was received in Malaysia on the 31 meter band (short-wave), using a  transmitter output power of 350 watts (eQSL stated 500 watts). Either one is incredible!!! This feat is VERY RARELY accomplished over thousands of miles, but given good atmospheric propagation, grey-line path from TX to RX, the right frequency and receiver/antenna, reception is possible. This was certainly the case when their August 2016 broadcast was heard, albeit poorly, but audible enough to identify some content. Thank you for this QSL card and  sticker, FRS Holland and Peter Verbruggen. I can't begin to tell you how elated and grateful I am to have these.