Saturday, March 25, 2017

Radio Tirana Tribute

Radio Tirana (RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar) is slated to cease  medium-wave and short-wave transmissions from Albania at the end of March 2017. It joins Radio Australia as yet another long-standing and international broadcaster to leave the airwaves this year.

RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar has decided to end their MW and SW services in favour of FM, proxy short-wave providers (chiefly, Shortwave Service in Kall-Krekel) and the Internet.  Apparently, the transmitters at the Fllake (MW) and Shijak (SW) sites were old, uneconomical and unreliable to operate.

Like many short-wave listeners of my generation, this is disheartening news. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Radio Tirana was one of those 'exotic' East European countries behind the iron curtain one had to catch...had to QSL! And I did, I'm proud to say.

As I recall they used to broadcast on 7.300 kHz. Their signal was sufficiently strong to reach Denver, in the western United States, where I lived at the time. In recent years their signal was heard occasionally, albeit weakly, in South East Asia (Malaysia), despite their transmissions being targeted for Europe.

While I am saddened to see Radio Tirana disappear from the airwaves, I want to thank them for the years I did listen. It is only fitting I bid adieu  with their interval (as recorded in Malaysia a year ago). And while their programmes may be heard on the Internet, it's still not the same. There is something magical...a bit of a challenge to hear a distant radio station break through the static. Radio Tirana was one of those.

So long, Radio Tirana. Faleminderit!

Logbook for 24 March 2017

BBC news report on looming vote on Trumpcare at around 18.15 UTC. Reception on 11.810 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433.

PBS Yunnan Voice of Shangri-La via Kunming was heard around 11.50 UTC up until sign-off at 12.00 UTC with instrumental music. Reception on 6.035 kHz was 33443 with a bit of transmitter noise.

Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta with news in German was heard after 18.00 UTC on 9.525 kHz. SINPO was not surprisingly a solid 55555.

Raydo Pilipinas with programming in Filipino language was noted at 18.05 UTC. Reception on 15.190 kHz rated a strong SINPO of 45444.

Trans World Radio with sermon in English on "God's rejection of those who reject Him", "new sexual morality" etc at 18.20 UTC. Reception on 9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 35543.

Voice of Turkey with Turkish pop music was receive at 18.00 UTC on 11.730 kHz. SINPO was a pleasant 55545.

Receiver used: Tescun BCL-350. Antenna: 10 meter long wire.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Logbook 18 - 21 March 2017

Adventist World Radio via Nauen with Punjabi programming with male announcer at 15.20 UTC, then music at 15.27 UTC, on 15.150 kHz with SINPO of 55545.

NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata with station interval and ID was heard around 15.28 UTC. Programming in Mandarin followed. Reception was observed on 9.575 kHz with SINPO of 45544.

Lao National Radio with political commentary in English was observed at 14.45 UTC, on 6.130 kHz rated a SINPO 33443.

Thazin Radio via Pyin U Lwin featured a Buddhist educational programme moderated in Burmese by a male instructor with students. This was observed at 23.35 UTC. Transmission occurred on 6.030 kHz. SINPO rated 45544. 

Radio Romania International via Galbena with local music and talk in Romanian was heard from 14.30 UTC onward, on 15.310 kHz with SINPO of 45534.

Voice of America via Iranawila was heard at 23.30 UTC with interval and station ID in English, followed by programming in Burmese. Reception on 7.480 kHz was 55555.

Radio Veritas Asia via Santa Maria di Galeria with religious talk and music in Tagalog at 15.30 UTC, on 15.620 kHz with SINPO of 35443.

 Receiver used: Tecsun S-2000. External antenna: 1/4 wave aerial. RX location: central West Malaysia

Thursday, March 16, 2017

QSLs from WRMI

Five QSL cards from WRMI arrived in the letterbox, today. These were reception reports of Wavescan logged in November 2016, Frecuencia Al Dia and Wavescan logged in December 2016, and Wavescan  logged in January 2017. Two cards depict the fauna around Okeechobee, while another two show the antenna array of WRMI, and lastly, one card is for their Spanish language DX programme. Thank you very much, WRMI and Jeff White!

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged  on 26 February 2016. "Hear in Taiwan", "Trends", "In The Republic", Taiwanese pop music and "One More Thing" was heard from 15.10 till 16.00 UTC (before 15.00 till 16.00 UTC). Reception on 11.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 55545.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.

WRMI (via Okeechobee)

WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida (USA) was logged on 1 January 2017, from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. During this time segment, an episode of Wavescan featured KVOH Operation's Manager (Ray Robinson) discussing the history of the Voice of Nigeria and the operations of Voice of Hope (in Zambia), Jeff White profiled 'Chocolate Music' and the 'Wrong QSL', along with  the JSWC DX Report that was presented by Yukiko Tsuji. Transmission was observed on 9.955 kHz.  SINPO rated 25322 -- weak signal, with occasionally clear content, despite atmospheric noise. Transmission was best received in LSB mode.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Calendar from Radio Kuwait

Here's an unexpected gift that arrived in the mail, today. It's a desktop calendar from Radio Kuwait. Their 2017 calendar depicts a number of key national landmarks and contains a broadcast schedule of their transmissions. Thank you Radio Kuwait!