Friday, December 19, 2014

'Tis the Season for Festive Greeting Cards and Souvenirs

Radio Arcadia / U-Boat 66
'Tis the season once again for festive greeting cards and souvenirs from radio stations around the world. In the closing weeks of December I have received eCards from Radio Taiwan International and Radio Arcadia / Radio U-Boat 66 (Italy). Cards from Radio Japan and Radio Habana Cuba have arrived too. In all likelihood this will continue well into the first few months of 2015, given the provision I contacted a particular station  in the past year, their database contains my address and the station sends out these items.

Radio Taiwan International
Perhaps it is as much the old advertising guy in me as it is the radio enthusiast  who welcomes the arrival of these tokens of appreciation. On the one hand,  I am quite aware these are the tools of the advertising / marketing trade and designed to promote their station and country. Yet, on the other hand, I sense these stations genuinely do value their listeners and wish to encourage us to stay tuned in the coming year.  

Radio Habana Cuba
As more and more radio stations leave the broadcast bands or reduce their transmission hours and language services, these souvenirs are becoming treasured mementos just as valuable as their QSLs. This past year the Voice of Russia, Radio Espana Exterior, RTM TRAXX FM (Malaysia) and a few more notable international broadcasters decided to leave short-wave, but now -- with the exception of TRAXX FM -- are reconsidering their SW services. Deutschlandfunk will leave the long-wave band at the end of 2015. RTE in Ireland, also on long-wave, contemplated leaving as well.

Radio Japan Urdu service
Happily new stations have sprung up too -- Global 24 Radio, Radio Europa and Channel 242 and, of course, new "free radio" stations. Many former international short-wave broadcasters are turning to regional stations like Hamburger Lokalradio, Radio 700, Media Broadcast GmbH, WRMI and Global 24 to relay their programmes. Even Deutsche Welle is now relaying transmissions from Meyerton, Dhabbaya and Madagascar, not just Kigali. What a great delight it is to see this resurgence!

Nevertheless, let us as listeners be more attentive and listen to these radio stations, especially those broadcasting on the short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave bands. Who knows how much longer they will occupy the airwaves. Even Web Radio / Internet stations deserve attention, particularly the former short-wave broadcasters which have resorted to this medium. If we truly value our hobby, then we should show our support with a "Thank You Note" and a reception report or two in the coming year. They deserve our loyalty.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Artsy Cuban Momentos 2015


Today, the postman delivered a letter from Radio Habana Cuba to my home. Curious, I inspected the envelope, which interestingly was addressed using an old-fashioned typewriter. As I fingered the paper I suspected it was possibly another QSL card from this Caribbean island nation. I carefully snipped open the envelope and discovered a  few souvenirs tucked inside. Was there  an autographed photo of Fidel? Nah, although that would  have been a great keepsake for posterity. Nor was there  a single Cuban stogie.  So, what was stuffed inside?  Nothing grand actually, just artwork. More to the point, it contained a 2015 pocket calendar depicting poet and professor Pablo Neruda, a New Year's greeting card of a Cuban landscape entitled "Amanecer en el Valle" by Hanoi Martinez  and an RHC programme schedule listing their current broadcast frequencies, times and target areas. Why should anyone care  to listen to Radio Habana Cuba? Well, politics aside, I love listening to Latin and Cuban music...and RHC does play fabulous songs!!!

Muchas Gracias, Radio Habana Cuba!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Atlantic 2000 International

Atlantic 2000 International will be on the air Sunday, 14th of December 2014, with 2 hours of programming on shortwave, and more via Internet!
1st hour : 09.00 to 10.00 UTC on 7.310 kHz
2nd hour : 11.00 to 12.00 UTC on 9.485 kHz 
Internet stream will be active from 09.00 to 12.30 UTC, 
via http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Atlantic 2000 International*, in a broadcast via Radio 700 transmitter site in Kall-Krekel, Germany, was logged 14 December 2014. Frequent station IDs in French and English were heard between a selection songs, including George Michael - "Last Christmas", The Four Seasons - "Oh, What A Night", Procol Harem - "Whiter Shade of Pale", Family of the Year -  "Hero (Let Me Go)", "La Puppet", Sam Smith - "Stay With Me", Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill", Joan Baez "Story of Banglaladesh", Johnny Winter - "I Smell Smoke", from 09.00 to 10.00 UTC. Reception on 7.310 kHz was (SINPO) 55545 -- excellent audio strength and clarity, with occasional fading.

HERE is how Atlantic 2000 International sounded on 7.310 kHz at sign-on.

Reception report was emailed to Atlantic 2000 International on the same day. On 16 December 2014, Tiphanie at Atlantic 2000 International emailed the following message: "Thank you very much for your reception report. You will receive our QSL-card soon."

Email:
atlanticsinginternational@gmail.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Rhein-Main EDXC Special Broadcast (via Sitkunai)

Rhein-Main EDXC Special Broadcast, transmitting from Sitkunai, Lithuania, was logged on 13 December 2014. Club moderator for this broadcast, Heinz Schultz, provided station ID/jingle, contact addresses and  details of the EDXC Conference held in Nice, France in September of this year. This was noted every 15 minutes of so, between interviews conducted by Toshi Ohtake of the Japanese Shortwave Club (JSWC). World renowned DXers, Anker Petersen, Denk Anderson and others, were featured in the broadcast. Transmission closed with an Eric Clapton song, "My Father's Eyes". Reception from 21.00 to 22.00 UTC on 11.690 kHz was less than ideal. SINPO was little better than 24321, here in Malaysia. Overall, reception was poor but with an audible signal between long fades and severe atmospheric noise, which lasted pretty much throughout the transmission.

Transmission from Sitkunai, Lithuania
Target Area     Frequency        Beam        UTC                   Day
Japan/Asia       11.690 kHz          79         21.00 - 22.00    Sat, 13 Dec

Transmission from WRMI, Okeechobee, Florida, USA
Target Area     Frequency        Beam        UTC                    Day
WNAm           7.455 kHz          285         00.00 - 01.00      Mon, 15 Dec
ENAm             5.850 kHz          355         00.00 - 01.00     Mon, 15 Dec
Car/LAm         5.015 kHz          160         00.00 - 01.00     Mon, 15 Dec
Eu                  15.770 kHz           44          21.00 - 22.00     Mon, 15 Dec

Reception report was emailed and posted to Rhein-Main Radio Club. Verification is  available ONLY from RMRC, either as an eQSL or as paper QSL (return postage is not required).

Email: 
info@RMRC.de

Postal Address:
Rhein-Main Radio Club,
Postfach 70 08 49, 
60558 Frankfurt/Main,
Germany

Website:
www.rmrc.de

Voice of Ukrainian Crimea

Voice of Ukrainian Crimea*, transmitting presumably from Crimea, was logged on 13 December 2014. Station ID in English and Russian (?) with a dramatic instrumental theme was heard approximately every 15 minutes. Regional rock, rap, pop and patriotic songs with occasional commentary were observed from 17.45 to 18.25 UTC. A rousing (macho) anthem performed by a chorus of male singers was heard just before the transmission closed. Reception on 6.290 kHz was (SINPO) 34322 -- fair signal and discernible audio despite long fades and atmospheric noise. Transmission worsened and signal weakened after 18.00 UTC due to increased QRN and fading. However, the frequency varies; other DXers have received Voice of Ukrainian Crimea further up the dial on the 48 meter band (6.325 kHz) as well.

Voice of Ukrainian Crimea is reportedly a free radio station, although with a clandestine nature. The station operates with a low-power transmitter, reaching as far as northern Europe and obviously with fair coverage throughout the continent. I say this noting their signal was picked up by the Twente SDR receiver based in the Netherlands, whereas it could not be detected directly from my listening post in Malaysia.

I would love to send a reception report to the Voice of Ukrainian Crimea, but as of this posting there is no known email or postal address. Nor does the station advertise one. Anyone who knows the contrary  an email address would be appreciated.

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Radio Spaceshuttle International

Radio Spaceshuttle International*, transmitting from Finland, was logged on 18 October 2010.  From 15.50 to 16.20 UTC, RSI programme content included:  Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go"; DJ chatting and old radio clips; an instrumental tune - "Black & Clear" with station ID "Radio Spaceshuttle International" from DJ mentioning listeners in Germany and Spain, assorted noises - siren, knocking, creaking door, walking, flushing water, facsimile, laughter and dialogue; station ID "You are listening to Radio Spaceshuttle International... universal... supersonic... in Finland"; Seventies disco tune; more sound effects "hyperman" and DJ chatting in English and Finnish with ID; disco tune followed - "I Know Show Me The Way"; sound effects - trumpet tune, then "You are listening to the best radio station in town", followed by DJ chatting in Finnish to listeners in Spain, then in English; followed by a disco tune "Cadillac". Reception on 9.270 kHz  (SINPO) 24332 - weak to fair signal, audible and clear at times, with occasional fading.

Reception report was emailed on 18 October 2014. The above eQSL from Dick Spacewalker arrived on 13 December 2014. Thank you, Dick!

Email:
spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.


LKB / LLE Bergen Kringkaster

LKB / LLE Bergen Kringkaster (LA1ASK)*, transmitting from Bergen, Norway, was logged on 5 December 2014. CW and facsimile (digital mode) transmission was received clearly, then followed by voice transmission. This was repeated several times from 00.15 to 00.20 UTC, and heard well after 01.00 to 01.15 UTC. Reception on 5.895 kHz in USB mode was (SINPO) 24342 -- CW and facsimile transmission was clearly audible, whereas indecipherable audio was only faintly received on an otherwise QRN and QRM free frequency.

HERE is how LKB / LLE Bergen Kringkaster sounded in (Twente) the Netherlands.

Reception report was emailed and posted to Svenn Martinsen at  LKB / LLE Bergen Kringkaster within the week.

Email:
report@bergenkringkaster.no

 Address:
Bergen Kringkaster,
c/o Mr. Svenn Martinsen
Grensedalen 59,
5306 Erdal, Ask√ły kommune.
Norway

Website: 
www.bergenkringkaster.no/

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.