Monday, January 14, 2019

QSL Calendar for January 2019

QSL Calendar  for January 2019

QSL Calendar 2019


QSL Calendar 2019 arrived in the mail, today. It is always nice to receive this annual calendar depicting bygone QSL cards, courtesy of the ADDX and RMRC archives. And special thanks to Uwe and Harald Gabler in Germany who had it posted to me. Danke schön!

2019 New Year Greetings from Voice of Korea


This 2019 New Year Greeting Card from Voice of Korea arrived in the mail, today. This is a personal first. Usually KBS World Radio is good to send a calendar and/or New Year greeting card, but so far neither has been received from them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Souvenirs from Voice of Vietnam

Lately in lieu of QSL cards from the Voice of Vietnam I have received many souvenirs, including postage stamps, bookmarks and this New Year's greeting card. I'm not sure what the reason is for this, but apparently other radio enthusiasts have received the same from the English Service of Voice of Vietnam. It's not that I mind, I just wonder what has happened to the QSLs promised in their emails.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

RTM Sarawak FM (via Kajang, Malaysia)

Sarawak FM, transmitting from Radio Televisyen Malaysia shortwave site in Kajang (Selangor), was logged  on 17 November 2018, from 02.50 till 03.30 UTC. Mostly Malay pop music,  an advertisement for a Sime Darby technology programme, time pips and RTM Sarawak FM ID  was observed within this 40 minute period. Reception on 9.835 kHz rated a SINPO of 25422 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible audio content (especially songs), despite fading, warbling transmitter.

It should be noted at the time RTM's shortwave transmitters were down for routine maintenance. Times of operation were sporadic and signal was under-powered, barely audible from my vicinity -- 40 kms away from the transmitter site. HERE is Sarawak FM (Kajang), as heard at the time.

That said, a reception report was emailed on the following day. Multiple follow-up reports to various RTM personnel were emailed as well over the course of the next few months. Finally, on 9 January 2019, a scanned copy of a promised QSL card  was emailed. Now I await the paper version. The QSL card did indeed finally arrive in the mail the following week.



RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia

RTM Wai FM (Kajang, Malaysia)

Wai FM, transmitting from Radio Televisyen Malaysia shortwave site in Kajang (Selangor), was logged  on 27 December 2018 (28 December 2018, Malaysia date), from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC (07.00AM till 07.30AM, Malaysia Time). Phone-in discussion with listeners moderated by female DJ, Malay pop music, promotional spots, current events and medical advice from a doctor interviewed in the studio was observed within this 30 minute period. Reception on 11.665 kHz rated a SINPO of 54454 -- excellent signal strength, before 23.00 UTC slight QRM from China station, slight atmospheric noise, otherwise clear audio during transmission monitored. HERE is a recording of Wai FM

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Multiple follow-up reports to various RTM personnel were emailed as well over the course of the next few weeks. Finally, on 9 January 2019, a scanned copy of a promised QSL card  was emailed. I await the paper version. The QSL card did indeed arrive in the mail the following week.

 RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia

T8WH - World Harvet Radio (via Palau)

World Harvest Radio via Koror, Palau was heard   on 13 October 2018, from 12.45 till 13.00 UTC. Religious programming and music was noted on the short-wave frequency of 9.930 kHz, which rated a SINPO 45544. HERE is WHRI (Koror). 

Reception report was emailed and posted to world Harvest Radio. Two QSL cards for the same report on 8 January 2019.

RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia