Friday, December 2, 2016

Radio Free Asia Year of the Rooster QSL

Radio Free Asia will commemorate 2017 as the Year of the Rooster with a QSL card highlighting the work called "Rooster" by Korean painter Jang Seung-eop, better known as Owan. This is RFA’s 63rd QSL and will be used to confirm all valid reception reports, January – April 2016.

People born in Rooster year are said to be deep thinkers, capable, and talented. According to tradition, they like to be busy, devoted beyond their capabilities and are deeply disappointed if they fail. They are also considered a bit eccentric and having difficult relationships with others. Roosters are considered to be loners and, though they give the outward impression of being adventurous, they are timid. 

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DXers, but also from its general listening audience

Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America. 

RFA’s 2017

Thursday, December 1, 2016

QSLs in the Mail

After three days away from home and radio, while on the island Republic of Singapore, five verifications arrived in the mail.

KNLS in Anchor Point (Alaska) replied to a November reception report for a Chinese language broadcast with a QSL card, letter and postcards of Alaska.

WRMI in Okeechobee sent a QSL card of the fauna and flora around south Florida.

Voice of Turkey posted a QSL card celebrating Eid Al-Adha and coaster of a tourist attraction in Turkey. This was for a reception report submitted in early September, this year.

Even later  than this was a QSL card from Radio 700* via Kall-Krekel (Germany) for a reception report of a broadcast in January. This verification was for a historical documentary that explored  the music and recordings made from 1910 till 1915 in Germany.

NeuesLeben-HCJB, transmitting from Nauen (Germany), is another verification for a previous Russian/Chechen transmission, which was confirmed by several organisations involved in their Evangelical programming.

Thank you very much, one and all! It's always nice to have QSLs waiting in the mailbox when one returns from a holiday.

*Logged using a remote SDR receiver linked to the University of Twente (The Netherlands) website and monitored in Malaysia  

December 2016

The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of Decmber 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

QSLs for November 2016

Bunka Hosa / Nippon Cultural Broadcasting - JOQR (QSL Card) transmitting from Akai, Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture (Tokyo), Japan

All India Radio Leh (QSL Card) transmitting on short-wave from Ladakh, Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (India)

All India Radio Cuttack (QSL Card) transmitting on medium-wave from Cuttack, Odisha (India)

 HCJB  (QSL Card) Russian and Cechan Service transmitting from Nauen, Germany

 Radio Taiwan International (QSL Card) transmitting from Paochung, Taiwan

Radio New Zealand International (eQSL) in a test transmission from Rangitaik, New Zealand

WRMI (eQSL) transmitting from Okeechobee, Florida, USA

Radio Studio Otkrovenie - HCJB Global (QSL Card) Russian and Chechen Service transmitting from Nauen, Germany

Seoul Radio Center Korea Telecom - Station HLG (QSL Card)  transmitting from Seoul, Republic of Korea


Radio Thailand World Service (QSL Card)  transmitting from Udon Thani, Thailand

Voice of Vietnam (QSL Card)  transmitting from Hanoi-Sontay, Vietnam

Voice of Indonesia (die Stimme Indonesiens) (QSL Card) German Service transmitting from Jakarta. One card for reception reports submitted in June, July and August 2016.

Radio Nikkei 1  (QSL Card) transmitting from Chiba-Nagara, Japan

NHK World Radio Japan (QSL Card) Indonesian Service transmitting from Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, Japan

KNLS Chinese language broadcast (QSL) transmitting from Anchor Point, Alaska (USA)

Voice of Vietnam (QSL) transmitting from Hanoi-Sontay, Vietnam

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Radio Habana Cuba

Radio Habana Cuba, broadcasting Spanish, was logged on 25, 26 and 27 November 2016, from 23.30 till 00.15 UTC. A mix of talk, quite possibly about the passing of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and Cuban music was observed during this period. Reception on 15.230 kHz was SINPO: at 23.30 UTC was 15421 -- faint and fading audio, barely audible was noticed, best in LSB mode. By 23.45 UTC, signal strengthened to 25431, but still not as good as reception on the previous day, 25 November. On that particular day, SINPO was 35443 -- fair strength, clear speech and audio, minor fading.

Reception report was emailed a few days later.


Fidel Castro Remembered in Radio Memorabilia

With the passing of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1926 - 2016), Cuban politician, dictator and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008, perhaps it is fitting to look back at how he was portrayed in QSL cards and souvenirs from a few international broadcasters, chiefly Radio Habana Cuba and the Voice of Russia.

When I resumed the hobby of radio listening, one of the first stations to verify was Radio Habana Cuba. Aside from their QSL card, pocket calendars, often depicting Castro, were received over the years. He was equated with Cuban poet and independence leader Jose Marti in one card, and simply portrayed in others with his iconic beard, olive green military attire and cigar.

All of the pocket calendars of Fidel Castro were based on portraits painted by Oswaldo Guayasamín, an artist of Iberoamerica. The 2017 calendar was the fourth and last painting of Fidel Castro, which was made for his 70th birthday in 1996. 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 on 13th August 2016.

Even the Voice of Russia offered a QSL card, depicting Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara with Yuri Gagarin. It was part of their 50th Anniversary Manned Space Flight series.

Love him or loathe him, Fidel Castro certainly stirred political waters, for good or bad, depending on one's convictions.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Radio Quillabamba (Peru)?

Radio Quillabamba (presumably), transmitting from Cusco (Peru), was logged on 17 November 2016. A DXer in Thailand initially alerted me about this Peruvian station, otherwise it quite possibly would have gone unnoticed. Over the course of about a week, their signal consistently has been heard between 10.50 to 11.25 UTC UTC (05.50 to 06.25 AM Peru time). A Spanish speaking female announcer, in a mostly talk format with at least two songs, was observed on this particular day.

The station operates at approximately -1 Hz off 5.025 kHz. On my receiver it is 5.024; for others it appears to be around 5024.78 kHz. It is possible Radio Rebelde could be the station, but most DXers I know have stated Rebelde is spot-on 5.025 kHz. It past years I have even heard Rebelde on this frequency. So, this  may indeed be Radio Quillabamba.

In any event, reception was less than ideal with an (SINPO) of 15321. At 10.50 UTC, the signal was a faint carrier and best received in SSB mode. Between 10.55 and 11.25 UTC, the grey-line road between Peru and Malaysia allowed voice and music to be heard, despite strong atmospheric noise and slight fading. By 11.25 UTC, the signal completely disappeared under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed, Facebook messaged and posted to Radio Quillabamba. Interestingly, the station replied on Facebook, stating in Spanish: "¡Buenos días Timm Breyel!,nuestro agradecimiento por la información, gracias por compartir esta experiencia. Mañana en nuestro noticiero a las 6.30 am, te mandaremos saludos, sigue escuchando nuestra señal nos ayuda mucho tu información." Well, while I welcome the acknowledgement it falls short of a verification. I can only hope and pray that my letter reaches this remote Andean village, and then they reply with a QSL. I'm thinking this would be a small miracle if it were to happen!