Saturday, July 28, 2012

Broadcasting Service of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Broadcasting Service of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  - Radio Riyadh was logged on 26 July 2012 / 7 Ramadan 1433. Taraweeh prayers performed by Imam  Saud Al-Shuraim (if I'm not mistaken), followed by news and "Call of Islam" programming was monitored from 19.30 to 20.30 UTC. This transmission was observed on both 9.555 kHz (SW) and 1440 KHz (MW). Reception (SINPO) on 9.555 kHz (SW) was 55555 -- excellent reception in all respects; reception on 1.440 kHz (MW) was 33433 -- fair signal strength, clear and audible speech despite interference from China Radio International.

Reception report was emailed to Ministry of Culture & Information and attempted at their website online, but message failed delivery at BSKSA site. A registered letter was posted as well. Hopefully a response will be forthcoming, although I am aware BSKSA reportedly stopped issuing QSLs some time ago. Nevertheless, it is always worth trying; one never knows for absolute certainty the outcome.

This registered letter reached and departed Jeddah on 6 August 2012. It arrived and departed Riyadh post office on 7 August 2012. It arrived at another office -- I'm guessing a branch post office in Riyadh -- on 8 August 2012. In October 2012, this letter was returned, undelivered, to me.

Follow-up attempts to contact the Saudi Embassies in the US and Malaysia as well as various Saudi ministries on Facebook and websites failed to garner any response. I am puzzled why they have all of these reference points, yet no response whatsoever comes from anyone. I am disheartened and disillusioned! Insha Allah, one day I pray some kind soul from Saudi Arabia will help me obtain a letter of verification (QSL) from Radio Riyadh.

This self-made QSL letter, Eid greeting card and cover
letter with reception report was sent by registered mail.

Broadcasting Service of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  (BSKSA)
Radio Riyadh
P.O. Box 61718
Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Saudi Arabia - 11575

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