Monday, August 10, 2015

Raadiyoo Saogalee Oromoo / Oromo Voice Radio (via Issoudun)

Raadiyoo Saogalee Oromoo (Oromo Voice Radio), a clandestine broadcaster targeting Ethiopia and transmitting from Issoudun (France), was logged on 10 August 2015. An English broadcast began with ID, followed by a programme entitled "Oromia Inside" and signed off 15 minutes later with short music interval/anthem, from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Broadcast is heard in English only on Monday. Reception on 17.850 kHz was (SINPO) 43444 -- prominent 'white noise' jamming, yet despite the severe QRM, signal was strong enough for audio to be clearly heard above the noise.

HERE is a sample of this transmission (with interval/anthem) at sign-off.

Reception report was  Facebook messaged and emailed the following day. 




Postal Address:
SBO (Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo)
VOL (Voice of Oromo Liberation)
P.O.BOX 510610
D - 13366, Berlin, Germany

Voice of Khaatumo (via Issoudun)

Voice of Khaatumo via Media Broadcasting, a clandestine station targeting Somalia from Issoudun (France), was logged on 10 August 2015. Editorial comment about Somalia and Horn of Africa music was monitored from 17.15 till 17.30 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 17.30 UTC). Reception on 17.580 kHz  was (SINPO) 45544 -- good signal strength and audio quality.

A sample of this transmission may be heard HERE
Reception report was submitted online, Facebook messaged and emailed to Media Broadcasting the following day. An eQSL from Media Broadcasting 22 August 2015.




Saturday, August 8, 2015

KBS World Radio (via Issoudun)

KBS World Radio, broadcasting from relay site Issoudun (France), was logged on 7 and 8 August 2015. French language programming about Korean lifestyle and events was observed from 20.30 to 21.00 UTC (on 7 August 2015) & 20.00 till 20.25 UTC (on 8 August 2015).
Reception of KBS World Radio transmission to the Middle East on 5.950 kHz was  (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio, despite very noticeble atmospheric noise and slight fading. By 20.25 UTC, however, station splatter from China National Radio  made reception of signal nearly impossible to hear clearly. After 20.30 UTC, SINPO was 23432 -- weak signal with severe station splatter from China National Radio, operating on 5.945 kHz, along with minor fading. Eliminate the QRM from CNR, and clarity of the transmission would have been much better. 

Interestingly, Voice of Tigray Revolution (Dimtsi Weyane Tigray) in Ethiopia was received on 5.950 kHz with SINPO of 24341, prior to KBS World Radio sign-on at 20.00 UTC. Before 19.30 UTC, only a dominant carrier signal with faint audio was observed.

Reception reports were submitted online and emailed to KBS World Radio a few days later.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar

Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar / Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Dole (Zanzibar), was logged on 7 August 2015. Islamic/Arabic music, news and comment was observed from 19.45 till 20.30 UTC (broadcast time 15.00 till 21.00 UTC). Reception on 11.735 kHz was (SINPO) 23332 weak to fair signal, initially some transmitter QRM, atmospheric noise and occasional fading. Transmission improved after 20.10 UTC with slightly stronger signal, despite persistent atmospheric noise.

Samples of this transmission may be heard  HERE and HERE.

Reception report was posted the following day. Previous attempts to obtain a QSL by email and post have failed. As the saying goes "try and try again until you succeed", and so I shall endeavour one more time to contact Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar.

Postal address:
Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar
P.O. Box 1178 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Promotional QSL from KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio sent a rather interesting QSL card recently. This begs the question, "Aren't they all INTERESTING?" Well, yes, they are. But this card is interesting in the sense that it is an advertising flyer, announcing The 2nd KBS World Radio Korean Language Video Contest: Speak Korean, Talk To The World. 

Most QSL cards depict cultural aspects of the country. They may show either national landmarks and handicrafts, represent transmitter sites, announce a national anniversary or present their country's culinary fare. Rarely does a QSL card act as a promotional announcement. In this particular case, KBS World has thoughtfully created a promotion that involves their listeners, and I must commend them for reaching out to their listeners in an age when short-wave listeners are dwindling. Sure, other broadcasters do this, but again back to my point, usually not with a QSL card. 

Want more details about the contest? Click HERE. Although the contest began in June and will end in September 2015, it is still worth noting the contestants are teenagers and young adults, not the common demographic -- a bunch of aging short-wave listeners!

Aside from this KBS World promotion, the reverse side of the card is in neither English nor Korean, but rather in French, for a French language broadcast relayed from Woofferton (UK), not Kimjae (ROK). This is of interest too because so few international broadcasters issue QSL cards nowadays for their individual foreign language services, The only notable exception that come to mind is Radio Japan and Voice of Vietnam.

Anyway, this is another one of the simple joys in collecting QSL cards. Happy DXing and 73s!

Japan Marks 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, NHK WORLD TV will present a variety of special programmes.

Wednesday, 5 August
The War 70 Years On HIROSHIMA
Friday, 7 August
Centenary of the Atomic Bomb Dome
Saturday, 8 August
NHK Documentary: Beneath the Mushroom Cloud
Saturday, 8 August
Touched by the Bomb: Passing on the Knowledge to the Next Generation
Sunday, 9 August
The War 70 Years On: Nagasaki Peace Ceremony

 For more details, click on this link to NHK World - Radio Japan

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Tashkent)

NHK World - Radio Japan, relayed from Tashkent (Uzbekistan), was heard on 4 August 2015, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 15.735 kHz. Excellent signal strength, despite minor transmitter "white noise" and slight fading was noted, otherwise transmission was strong, audible and clear. Overall SINPO was 54544.  In the half hour I listened to this broadcast, news of the world, region and Japan, the programme "Focus" and a Japanese pop song was heard.

Reception report was submitted on-line the following day, 5 August 2015.