Monday, September 1, 2014

FRS (Free Radio Service) Holland

FRS (Free Radio Service) Holland* broadcast a special 34th anniversary programme on 31 August 2014. A retrospective of music, world events and FRS developments in 1980 was highlighted throughtout this three-hour broadcast, commencing at 17.52 UTC and ending with a rebroadcast well after 22.00 UTC.

From 17.52 to 19.05 UTC, I observed an ET theme song with count down and ID for FRS Holland in English. A veteran FRS Holland DJ, who moderated the programme, frequently put in perspective the history of the time and a timeline of personnel and events at FRS between songs which were heard 34 years ago. Tracks  played in the first hour of the show included: The Kinks - "Do It Again", Nick Straker Band - "A Walk In the Park", "La Babushka", Split Enz – "I Got You (Don't Know Why Sometimes I Get Frightened)", David Bowie - "Ashes to Ashes", Roxy Music - Flesh and Blood", Pet Shop Boys - "Everybody's Got A Learn Sometime".  A lot of historical events were mentioned and behind the scene developments at FRS were highlighted, along with some great music from 1980. It was a terrific show!!!

Transmission occurred on two frequencies. Reception  on 7.700 kHz was (SINPO) 34433 -- fair signal strength with static whenever long fades were present. Otherwise transmission was audible and clear. Reception improved over the next hours to 44444. Transmission on 9.300 kHz was not as good, but still decent enough for listening. Neither frequency was received in Malaysia at any time during the broadcast, hence the reason for using the remote receiver in the Netherlands.

Reception report was emailed to FRS Holland on the following day. A letter followed a day later. According to the DJ,  a QSL card will be available and resemble the very first card issued by FRS Holland.

Email:
frs@frsholland.nl

Address:
FRS-Holland
P. O. Box 2702
6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands

 *Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

QSLs for August 2014

Most of the QSLs received and promised for the month of August 2014 were logged from a remote SDR receiver in the Netherlands (Twente). Inasmuch as many of these stations can only be heard within Europe or in relative proximity, I decided to listen from the continent itself. And WOW! Some very impressive free radio and legal broadcasters operating with low-powered transmitters were heard and thankfully verified reception reports. Note: stations/QSLs received from Twente are marked with an asterisk (*).


HCJB Die Stimme Der Anden (Ecuador)* (QSL Card) transmitting from Weenermoor, Germany


Pioneer Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands




Radio Onda Caliente* (eQSL) transmitting from Germany
XTC (Xenon Transmitting Company) Shortwave* (eQSL) transmitting from central UK


Radio Ashna / VOA (QSL Card) transmitting from Kuwait

Hit Mix Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from Germany

All India Radio (QSL Card) transmitting from Bhopal, India


Paardenkracht Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands

Skyline Radio* (eQSL) transmitting near Germany
PowerAM* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands

Radio Free Asia (QSL Card) transmitting from Iranawila, Sri Lanka

Voice of Turkey (QSL Card) transmitting from Emirler, Turkey

Pink Panter Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands

Premier Radio International* (eQSL) transmitting from west Ireland

STF Radio International (QSL card) transmitting from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

 WEWN (EWTN) (QSL Card) transmitting  from Vandiver, Alabama, USA

Radio Tango Italia* (eQSL) transmitting from central Italy

Reflections Europe* (eQSL) transmitting from Ireland

Radio France International (eQSL) transmitting from Meyerton, South Africa

Radio Good Ship Venus* (eQSL) transmitting from Scotland

Atlantic 2000 International* (eQSL) transmitting from Gorhern and Kall-Krekel, Germany
Rock Live Radio / Channel 292* (eQSL) transmitting from Rohrbach, Germany

Radio Joey* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands
Gander Volmet* (eQSL) transmitting from Newfoundland, Canada

Radio De Rode Adelaar* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands

Radio Merlin International* (eQSL) transmitting from UK.

Radio Tower* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands





Promised:

Radio Adygea (eQSL) transmitting from Krasnodar, Russia



Radio Slovakia International* (QSL) transmitting via Radio 700  from Kall-Krekel, Germany

Crazy Wave Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from Germany

 
*Remote SDR receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands

Unresponsive Free Radio Stations for August

Unresponsive Free Radio Stations logged in August 2014. In fairness to the following stations more turn-around time is perhaps required for them to verify. Generally I had very good response from most of the pirate stations contacted this month.

Radio Underground
Trans Europe Radio
Bad Boys Radio
Radio Jamaica
Elvis & Pony Show
Radio Mustang
Crazy Wave Radio (An email promised an eQSL)
Radio Carmen
Radio Blackbeard
Radio Borderhunter
Radio Bluebird
Zender Batavier
Radio Bogusman
Radio Alice
Shortwave Gold (No QSL, only a brief email acknowledged reception report)
Radio Focus International

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Channel 292 / OHR (Offshore Radio History)

Channel 292 / OHR (Offshore Radio History)*, transmitting from Rohrbach, Germany, commemorated the 40th anniversary of Radio North Sea International's final transmission with a special re-broadcast on 30 August 2014. The last four broadcast hours of this historic broadcast was featured. In the first hour, from 17.55 to 19.00 UTC, veteran DJ "Daffy Don Allen" recalled his tenure with Radio North Sea, Radio Caroline and Manx Radio. He chatted about Louise Quirk who hosted "Skyline"  and presented an advertisement for Nobel Park Hotel in Zurich. He inserted "Hank's" goofy...maniac laughter between pop songs of the era, including Andy Williams - "Speak Softly", The Hollies - "Magic Woman Touch",  The Roaring Sixties - "We Love the Pirates", Peters & Lee - "Don't Stay Away Too Long", Susan Raye - "I've Got A Happy Heart", Ray Stevens -  "The Streak", Labi Siffre - "Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying", and Jim Reeves - "Adios". Broadcast continued with the last three hours of RNI.

Interestingly, while scanning the dial I noticed at least three short-wave pirates  relayed this special OHR broadcast of Radio North Sea International over their respective transmitters on the same day.

Reception on 6.070 kHz was (SINPO) 55444 -- good to excellent signal strength, slight atmospheric noise at times. Otherwise it was a decent signal for some great listening!!! Enjoyed the show, but too early in the morning in Malaysia (after 03.00 am) to listen to the entire show.

Reception report was emailed to Channel 292 the following day.

Email:
info@channel292.de

Website:
www.radio-6150.de/

 *Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pioneer Radio

Pioneer Radio*, located in the Netherlands, was logged on 27 August 2014. A selection of non-stop music, especially Dolly Parton tracks and schlager tunes, were heard from 16.45 to 17.45 UTC. Reception on  6.747 kHz was (SINPO) 34433 - fair to good signal, with some technical glitches in audio at one point, and occasional fading and utility QRM at 17.38 UTC.

Geerd at Pioneer sent this eQSL within an hour of submitting the reception report on 27 August 2014.

Email:
pioneeram@hotmail.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Radio Onda Caliente

Radio Onda Caliente*, transmitting somewhere in Germany, was received in the closing minutes of their broadcast on 26 August 2014. Dance tracks and station ID in English - "This is Radio Onda Caliente. Shortwave" - was heard between 20.45 till 21.00 UTC. Transmission closed abruptly during music. Reception on 6.206 kHz was (SINPO) 23222 -- weak signal but clear and audible speech, despite occasional utility QRM. 

Reception report was emailed on the same day. This eQSL arrived on 27 August 2014.

Email:
ondacaliente@gmail.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Deutsche Welle (Dhabbaya)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from Dhabbaya, UAE, was logged on 26 August 2014. A broadcast in Amharic was monitored from 16.30 to 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 to 17.00 UTC). Content included Horn of Africa music and a news magazine featuring reports on Ebola in Congo, Nigeria and Liberia, Islamic State (IS) and downed UN helicopter over South Sudan. Female announcer moderated the reports. Reception on 17.800 kHz at 16.30 was (SINP0) 45434 - good signal strength, clear audio, occasional long fades. By 16.45 UTC reception deteriorated to 35323.

Reception report was emailed to DW on 27 August 2014.

Email:
info@dw.de

Address:
Deutsche Welle
Customer Service/CRM
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn, Germany