Thursday, April 28, 2016

Radio Sedaye Bahar (via Kishinev, Moldova)

Radio Sedaye Bahar (Voice of Spring/Iranian Prisoner's Radio) via Pridnestrovskiy Radioteletsentr (in Kishinev, Moldova) was received on 28 April 2016 from 17.35 till 1800 UTC (broadcast time 17.30 till 18.00 UTC), under good conditions (SINPO of 45454) on the shortwave frequency of 7.495 kHz. A Farsi language broadcast of current events with a selection of Iranian contemporary music was heard during this half-hour programme.

HERE's how Radio Sedaye Bahar sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the same day to Pridnestrovskiy Radioteletsentr. This eQSL arrived the following day, 29 April 2016. Veri-signer was Sergey Omelchenko, Technical Director of Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr.

Bangladesh Betar

Bangladesh Betar, transmitting from Nayarhat, Dhamrai, Dhaka, was logged on 28 April 2016. A selection of traditional Bangla/Hindi songs, without announcers and station breaks, then followed by commentary was observed  from 12.40 till 13.30 UTC. Reception from their 1 Mw medium-wave station on 693 kHz was good to fair with an overall SINPO of 34433.

Reception report was emailed and posted to Bangladesh Betar.

Radio Republik Indonesia Bengkulu

Photo from RRI Bengkulu Facebook page
Radio Republik Indonesia Bengkulu (Pro-1), transmitting from Bengkulu, Sumatra, (Indonesia), was logged on 27 April 2016. A selection of Indonesian pop music and news in Bahasa Indonesia was monitored from 22.55 till 23.15 (5.55am till 6.15am, Sumatra time). Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 747 kHz was (SINPO) 34322 - signal strength was fair when not fading every 3 to 4 minutes and local QRN. As grey-line disappeared, signal lessened in strength and clarity. Reception RRI Bengkulu Pro-1 is generally much stronger in the evening at 34433.

Reception report was submitted at their FaceBook page. Subsequent report was mailed. I'm skeptical a verification will be forthcoming.

Monday, April 25, 2016

QSLs in the Mailbox: Voice of Hope (Zambia) and KNLS (Alaska)

Two QSL cards from opposite ends of the earth arrived in the letterbox today: Voice of Hope (Zambia) and KNLS (Alaska). Voice of Hope is a new short-wave station operating from Zambia with headquarters in California (USA). This would account for the US postage stamp on the card. The same, of course, applies to the verification card from Alaska.

 However, the latter card has a storied history, much like my first QSL card from KNLS, back in 2011. Initially a reception report for this most recent QSL was emailed to the station in 2014, then again in 2015 and once more in early 2016. Finally, today, it reached me. Why the long delay? My guess is the mail from Alaska travels by dog sledge, then tug boat around the world, before reaching Malaysia. All told, it took nearly 2 YEARS!!! Nevertheless, I am deeply grateful to have both QSL cards. Thank you, KNLS and Voice of Hope.

KNLS (Anchor Point, Alaska)

KNLS - New Life Station, transmitting from Anchor Point, Alaska (USA), was logged on 27 July 2014. English language broadcast was monitored from 15.40 till 16.00 UTC (broadcast time 15.00 to 16.00 UTC). Reception on 9.920 kHz (SINPO) 55545 -- near perfect reception with slight fading.

Reception report was emailed on 28 July 2014. Subsequent emails were sent as late as 2015, then again in early 2016. Finally! On 26 April a QSL card arrived in the mail. This QSL must have travelled by dog sledge, then a tug boat around the world, before reaching Malaysia. It took nearly 2 YEARS!!! My first QSL  from KNLS (back in 2011) has a storied life as well.

Friday, April 22, 2016

QSL in the Mailbox: Japan Short Wave Club via KSDA (Guam)

Japan Short Wave Club (JSWC) sent their QSL card, along with Radio Japan B16 schedule and club details. This verification was issued for a reception report of their DX report carried over WaveScan and relayed from KSDA in Guam. ありがとうございました!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

QSL in the Mailbox: Radio Tirana

This amazing QSL card from Radio Tirana arrived in today's afternoon mail. It depicts the transmitters and antenna array at the Shijak site where Radio Tirana's transmissions originate.  It is one of four commemorative QSLs marking the 75th Anniversary of Radio Tirana.  Thank you very much, Radio Tirana!