Monday, October 24, 2016

Puntland Radio One

Puntland Radio One is back on air. In a series of emails from Mr. Jamal, Director General of Puntland TV/Radio Garowe Puntland Somalia, I received not only confirmation of their test transmission in April 2015 but for 24 October 2016 as well. In the course of our correspondence he informed me that their transmitter had been "off and not working" due to "Technical problem" for much of 2015 up until July 2016. He further requested I listen to their transmission on 13.800 kHz. Mr. Jamal stated their transmission time is "from 6:30AM to 9:00Am East Africa Time (03.30 till 06.00 UTC) and from 1:00PM to 7:00PM East Africa Time (10.00 till 16.00 UTC)."

Puntland Radio One, transmitting from Garowe (Puntland Somalia), was logged on 24 October 2015. Horn of Africa music, Quran recitation and talk was observed from 11.55 UTC till 12.40 UTC.

Reception on 13.800 kHz was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength, clear audio with occasional atmospheric noise when not fading. HERE's an excerpt from the Puntland Radio One broadcast. 

Reception report was emailed to the Mr. Jamal at Director General at Puntland Radio/TV, shortly after logging the station. He promptly replied to this report with an email, affirming the audio files listened to were indeed from Puntland Radio One.

See previous blog entry for email.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Random Log for 23 October

Radio Liberty via Yerevan // 7.475 kHz // 34443 // 16.05 UTC with talk in Tajik

ABC Alice Springs (VL8A) // 4.835 kHz // 44444 // 16.50 UTC with a selection of music in English

VOA via Mopeng Hill // 4.930 kHz // 34433 // 16.45 UTC with Western pop music and programming in English

All India Radio Leh // 4.760 kHz // 25321 -- weak, dominant carrier with peaks of faint audio // 15.30 UTC with music

VOA Radio Ashna // 7.495 // 45444 // 16.05 UTC with phone-in discussion in Dari

Kyrgyz Radio 1 (Birinchi Radio)  // 4.010 kHz // 25432 // 15.20 UTC with  talk in Kyrgyz with occasional snippets of music

Lao National Radio // 6.130 kHz // 35553 // 15.00 UTC with news in French

Radio New Zealand International // 6.170 kHz // 34553 // 15.05 UTC with maritime and weather report in English

Living Water Ministry (presumed) via Palauig, Zenbales // 9.650 kHz // 24432 // 16.20 UTC with radio drama in Korean

Radio Hargaysa // 7.120 kHz // 24331 -- weak, dominant carrier with faint audio under // 16.15 UTC with music

FEBC Radio
via Jeju // 1566 kHz // 23322 // Chinese  // 18.55 UTC with Evangelical music and programmes in Chinese

Furusato No Kaze via Tamshui // 9.470 kHz // 44544 / 16.20 UTC with speech and music moderated by female announcer in Japanese

PBS Xinzang via Lhasa // 4.905 kHz // 34443 // 16.50 UTC with Tibetan and Chinese music and programming in English

Radio Free Asia // 7.455 kHz // 34543 // 16.37 UTC with music tribute to Bob Dylan (Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Blowin' in the Wind) in Korean

Friday, October 21, 2016

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from the Tamsui District (New Taipei), was received on 21 October 2016 from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC. An English broadcast of news and programmes "Curious John", "Chinese Culture 101" and "Feast Meets West" was heard during this hour long transmission. Reception on 11.685 kHz was (SINPO) 54554 -- excellent signal strength, slight interference, excellent audio quality.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the following day.

Radio Nikkei 1 (via Chiba-Nagara)

Radio Nikkei 1,  transmitting from Chiba-Nagara (Japan), was logged on 21 October 2016. A selection of uninterrupted Led Zeppelin music, particularly from their fourth album, was observed from 10.30 till 11.00 UTC. Reception on 9.595 kHz at the outset was (SINPO) 35443 -- fair signal strength and clear frequency. Unfortunately at 10.50 UTC, station splatter from China Radio International tuning degraded reception to 32442, at which point it became apparent CRI would soon  overpower Radio Nikkei 1. At the top of the hour, CRI did just that, even though transmission was on 9.590 kHz.

Reception report was emailed  and submitted online on the following day.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Radio Habana Cuba Announces 2017 Pocket Calendar

Radio Havana Cuba's 2017 pocket calendar is available already. It shows the fourth and last portrait of Fidel Castro, which was made for his 70th birthday in 1996, by Oswaldo Guayasamín, Painter of Iberoamerica.

The image entitled "Fidel with hands" carries the signature and a phrase from the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose 90th birthday was celebrated last August 13th.

That small work of art was edited by the Spanish Association of Culture and International Cooperation in Madrid, and the Guayasamin Foundation based in Quito, Ecuador.

Requests must be sent to Radio Havana Cuba, P. O. Box 6240, Havana, Cuba or through the e-mail Don´t forget to indicate your updated address.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

All India Radio Leh

All India Radio Leh, transmitting from Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (India), was logged on 18 October 2016. Normally impossible to receive due to strong interference from AIR Port Blair, the Leh station was observed from 13.30 till 16.30 UTC

At 13.30 UTC, reception of AIR Leh on 4.760 kHz was initially marked by a dominant carrier, fading in every few seconds. By 14.00 UTC signal strengthened with occasional peaks of faint audio amidst a still dominant carrier, rating an SINPO of  25431. Audio improved slightly after 16.00 UTC with SINPO of 25432.  Reception was decent enough in the last half hour to record a bit traditional Ladakh music.

Reception report was emailed with audio file to AIR Leh and Spectrum Management & Spectrum, the following day.

QSL in the Mail

Confirmation of All India Radio Varanasi  arrived in the letterbox, today. While I am pleased to have a QSL card for this medium-wave station, I am still anxiously awaiting verification for the  AIR Gantok short-wave outlet, which I was able to log when VL8A in Alice Spring (Australia) was briefly off the airwaves, last month. Additionally, medium-wave station AIR Cuttuck remains to be verified.  Aside from these AIR stations, Spectrum Management & Synergy has been exceptionally efficient to confirm all reports -- 20 or so medium- and short-wave stations -- over the past two years. Thank you, AIR and Spectrum Management & Synergy!