Thursday, August 30, 2012

All Asia Service of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Ekala)

All Asia Service of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), transmitting from Ekala, was heard on 31 August 2012. An English language broadcast of "evergreen" pop tunes and news was observed from 01.40 to 03.03 UTC on the frequency of 15.745 kHz, transmitting from a 35 kW (20 kW nett output) Collins transmitter . Reception (SINPO) throughout the transmission was 35433 -- fair signal strength with moderate  fading, clear and discernible audio.

A sound file of an SLBC announcer named Steve, addressing a listener and about to play a song,  may be heard by clicking HERE.

Reception reported was submitted to SLBC shortly after their broadcast on 31 August 2012.

Website: 
www.slbc.lk/index.php/contact-us


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UNID Medium Wave Station (IRIB Dehgolan, Iran or Kalasin, Thailand?)

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), transmitting on medium-wave presumably from Dehgolan [Deh Golan], Kordestan Province,  was possibly logged on 20 July 2012. Time monitored was from 17.15 to 19.00 UTC. During much of this period, Iman Abdul Rahmah Sudais was heard reciting the Quran. Oddly, John Denver's song, "Country Roads" followed, then Islamic programmes  highlighted the month of Ramadan. This progamme format was observed on the frequency of  945 kHz. Reception at 17.15 UTC was 33433 -- fading every 10 minutes with interference from a Thai station. At 18.00 UTC onward reception improved to 35433 -- fading persisted, but Thai station had signed off at 18.00 UTC.

A reception report was emailed to IRIB a few days later. This QSL card arrived on 29 August 2012, along with confirmation of IRIB via Zahedan on 12.080 kHz and Dehgolan on 945 kHz. To be honest, I must disqualify this QSL from Dehgolan.

I believe the Islamic programming I actually heard originated from Thailand.  The language was not standard Thai, but possibly Pattaya Thai or Cham Malay/Khmer. Confirmation is needed from a linguist in South East Asian languages. The station quite likely heard during the month of Ramadan was Thor. Phor. Song -- Kong Thap Phaak Thii Song (2nd Army Area), Aphai Road, Tambon Nai Muang, Muang District, KALASIN 46000 Thailand. One week after Ramadan, this station is unheard. I should follow up with a reception report, but I've had poor response from Thai stations.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Ekala)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) in Ekala was heard on 28 August 2012.  SLBC was heard signing-on at 9.29 UTC. A broadcast of South Indian music moderated in the Telugu language was observed from 09.30 to 10.00 UTC on 11.905 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 34433 -- fair signal strength with interference from adjacent stations and slight fading. Despite these conditions, audio was clear and discernible. At 09.33 until 09.37 UTC transmission was silent; transmitter ceased transmission.

A sound file of SLBC signing-on at the aforementioned frequency, time and date may be heard by clicking HERE.

Reception reported was submitted to SLBC shortly after their broadcast on 28 August 2012.




Website: 
www.slbc.lk/index.php/contact-us


Monday, August 27, 2012

Radio Rwanda

Radio Rwanda in Kigali was heard on  27 August 2012. A French language broadcast consisting of African pop tunes and moderated by a male announcer was monitored from 20.00 to 20.40 UTC. Transmission occurred on the frequency of 6.055 kHz, Reception (SINPO) was 34333 -- fair signal strength with slight interference and fading, otherwise clear and audible speech and music was noted.

To help assess the reception quality and verify some of the station content of Radio Rwanda on 27 August 2012, between 20.00 to 20.40 UTC, a sound file may be heard at this LINK.

Reception report was submitted on the following day. I have made numerous attempts by email and post since 2011 to secure a QSL, but have been unable to receive this prized verification in any  shape or form, be it card, eQSL or letter. Hopefully fortune will favour me this time around. Thanks a lot we will send you a card soon.

On 3 September 2012, Ms. Faith Mbabazi of Radio Rwanda replied with the following message, indirectly confirming my reception report: "Thanks a lot we will send you a card soon. (Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone powered by MTN)."


Website:
www.orinfor.gov.rw/


Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Trincomalee, was logged on 27 August 2012. Essentially the programming from 16.30 to 18.35 UTC consisted largely of domestic music and was moderated by a male announcer, who occasionally conversed with radio listeners and/or studio guests. This broadcast, presumably in Sinhala,  was heard on the frequency of 11.750 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 45434 -- good signal strength with occasional ripple fading, otherwise speech and music was audible and clear throughout the transmission.

This is how SLBC sounded just before closure, around 18.33 UTC, 27 August 2012 on 11.750 kHz. Click HERE. 

Reception report was submitted the following day. An eQSL was promptly sent on 28 August 2012.

Website: 
www.slbc.lk/index.php/contact-us


RECORDED AT 16.31 UTC ON 27 AUGUST 2012
USING A GRUNDIG YACHT BOY 500
video

.


Thazin Radio - Pyin Lwin (via Naypyidaw)

Thazin Radio - Pyin Lwin, transmitting from  Naypyidaw, Myanmar, was logged on 27 August 2012. An English language broadcast on the "Festivals of Myanmar"  featuring the Elephant Dance and Western pop tunes from the 70s and 80s were observed from 14.40 to 15.01 UTC (broadcast time 14.30 to 15.01 UTC). A female announcer moderated the programmes and closed this English language broadcast. Transmission was on the frequency of  7.110 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 54555 --strong signal strength with minor interference from amateur radio operators. Thazin Radio has been using this frequency for several months, but this was the first time I caught their English language broadcast.

RECORDED AT 15.00 UTC ON 21 AUGUST 2012
USING A GRUNDIG YACHT BOY 500
video

Reception Report was submitted to Thazin Radio on the following day. Hopefully they will QSL in the coming weeks. I received this indirect verification by email on 20 September 2012: Firstly, thank you for listening our thazin radio program. So, Thazin Radio family are very happy.We are just new station. We are trying to get better perfromance. If you have any suggestion stay in touch with us.Be happy, Thazin Radio family."









Voice of Russia (via Yerevan-Gavar)

Voice of Russia (VOR), broadcasting in Spanish from Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia, was monitored from 00.00 to 01.00 UTC on 13 June 2012.  Reception (SINPO) of transmission on 12.155 kHz at 00.00 UTC was 25322 -- weak but clearly audible speech was observed, despite severe atmospheric  noise and fading. By 00.30 signal gradually succumbed to atmospheric noise and was barely audible. If the noise had not been so terrible, audio would have been clearly understood. 

Reception report was emailed on the same day to VOR. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 27 August 2012.



Saturday, August 25, 2012

VOA Radio Ashna - IBB (via Kuwait)

VOA Radio Ashna - IBB, transmitting from Kuwait, was logged on 25 August 2012. A Dari language broadcast of news and feature programmes were observed from 19.30 to  20.30 UTC on 7.555 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 34333 -- fair signal strength with some  interference initially from  AIR Bangalore on 7.550 kHz. This ceased to be a problem after 19.45 UTC, otherwise signal strength remained fair with slight fading.

Reception report was subsequently emailed to VOA. On 30 August 2012, VOA Public Relations sent the following email: "Thank you for your email and reception report on Radio Ashna. It’s always nice to hear from our audiences around the world. I have shared your message with our Audience Mail Department, they will send you a QSL card in the mail soon. Thank you again for your interest in VOA programs." The promised QSL card arrived with a 2013 VOA calendar on 8 February 2013.

Email: 
askvoa@voanews.com




Friday, August 24, 2012

Radio Biafra London-WRN / Media Broadcast GmbH (via Wertachtal)


Radio Biafra London-WRN, utilising the Media Broadcast GmbH relay site in Wertachtal, Germany, was logged on (Thursday) 24 August 2012. An English and Igbo language broadcast discussing the political/social issues in Nigeria of the Igbo was observed from 20.00-21.00 UTC. Transmission was on the frequency of 11.870 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 25232 -- weak signal strength and severe atmospheric noise. Despite this speech was audible and occasionally clearly understood (but only in LSB mode to mute the atmospheric disturbance).


Reception report was emailed to Radio Biafra London and Media Broadcast GmbH. MBG replied the following day, 24 August 2012, with an eQSL.

Website:
www.radiobiafralondononline.com/

Email:
info@radiobiafralondon.com
contact@radiobiafralondon.com

QSL-Shortwave@media-broadcast.com


Monday, August 20, 2012

Radio Mediterranee International (Morocco)

Radio Mediterranee Internationale, transmitting from Nador, Morocco, was logged on 20 August 2012. A French and Arabic language broadcast of music, news and talk was observed from 19.55 to 20.30 UTC on 9.575 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 24442 -- weak signal strength, but clear and audible speech nevertheless.

Reception report was emailed shortly after listening to Radio Mediterranee International. Previous reports to them were posted and emailed, always to no avail. I will make another attempt, although I am doubtful a response will be forthcoming. African stations are poor to respond.

On 28 August 2012, I received this email promising a QSL card from Radio Mediterranee Internationale:
"Merci beaucoup pour votre aide! Nous vous enverrons très prochainement june carte QSL. La Malaisie est un beau pays que je souhaite vraiment visiter. D’avance merci." Hopefully a paper QSL will arrived.

Email:
medi1@medi1.com


Radio PMR (Pridnestrovie Moldavian Republic)

Radio PMR (Pridnestrovie), transmitting from Tiraspol, Transnistria (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic), was logged on 20 August 2012. A Russian language broadcast of news and music was monitored from 19.20 to 19.30 UTC (Russian language broadcast time 19:00 to 19:30 UTC) on 9.665 kHz. A German language broadcast followed at 19.30 UTC. Reception (SINPO) was 33433 -- fair signal strength despite strong interference from Radio Exterior de Espana transmitting on the same frequency.

Reception report was emailed shortly after listening to PMR. In 2010, they responded to my email with an eQSL, and later in the year a Christmas/New Year's card was posted. Let's see how well they respond to email this time around.

Radio Pridnestrovie was not as prompt to QSL as they were in 2010. Along with this eQSL,  Radio Pridnestrovie sent this email message on 8 October 2012:

"We have received your message and are very glad to learn that our program is listened in Malaysia. We appreciate your detailed description. Please kindly find enclosed e-QSL.

It is very important for us to learn that the Radio Pridnestrovie has found our listeners and raised your interest. We have received letters from all over the World and your Report is really very useful and important for our technical department.

We will be glad to get new letters from you soon. Feel free to express your opinions and wishes regarding our programs.

With Kind Regards, 
Editorial staff of the Radio Pridnestrovie."


Voice of Jinling (via Nanjing)

Voice of Jinling, transmitting from Nanjing, China, was logged on 20 August 2012. A Chinese language broadcast of contporary jazz and Chinese pop tunes were heard from 16.35 to 17.04 UTC (broadcast time 14.40 to 17.04 UTC). Transmission was on  5.860 kHz. Reception (SINPO) during time monitored was 34443 -- fair signal strength with slight interference and minor fading, otherwise audible and clear.

Reception report was emailed shortly after their broadcast ended on the same day. I am sceptical about receiving any response from this or any station from mainland China, except China Radio International. All emails and posted letters to China Tibet Broadcasting, China National Radio, PBS regional stations, Voice of Fijian, Voice of Pujing and Voice of Beibu Bay have failed to elicit any response. Taiwan's various broadcasters have a better track record; generally they will QSL.

Email:
info@vip.jsbc.com

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Adventist World Radio / DX Bangladesh Wavescan (via Wertachtal)

Adventist World Radio / DX Bangladesh Wavescan edition, transmitting from Wertachtal, Germany, was heard on 19 August 2012. Transmission was to North East India and Bangladesh  from 12.00 to 12.30 UTC on 17.535 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 25322 -- weak signal strength with fading and atmospheric noise, otherwise speech was audible and clear when the signal did not drop off.

Reception report was emailed to DX Bangladesh for a special eQSL and QSL card from AWR on the same day. The eQSL from DX Bangladesh arrived on 23 August 2012. This special QSL (Delayed Relay / Radio Heritage RNZI) from AWR arrived in the mail on 6 November 2012.

Email:
dxbangla@gmail.com
wavescan@awr.org







Bangladesh Betar

Bangladesh Betar, transmitting from Dhaka,  was heard on 18 August 2012. An English language broadcast of financial news, followed by Western and Bangla music was observed from 18.20 to 19.00 UTC. Transmission -- off the usual international broadcast band -- was received on 7.105 kHz. Reception (SINPO) rated 44444 -- good signal strength despite some occasional CW interference. Audio quality was so clear I could detect the scratches and pops from some of the records  played on air. Amazingly good fidelity!

A reception report was emailed to Bangladesh Betar on the same day.

Atlantic 2000 International (Internet)

Atlantic 2000 International, broadcasting from France, was logged on 18 August 2012.  Several French and English pop tunes, with station IDs and information provided in between French, English and German, were heard from 19.05 to 20.00 UTC. Mode of transmission was by Internet stream at 24 kps via Shoutcast and short-wave on 3.955 kHz. While the time was ripe for reception in South East Asia, the frequency chosen was not  due to interference from Family Radio in Meyerton, South Africa and later KBS World in Korea. 

A reception report was emailed to Atlantic 2000. Within 12 hours I was notified an eQSL would be sent. The promised eQSL indeed arrived on 27 August 2012.

Email: 
atlanticinternational@yahoo.com



Friday, August 17, 2012

CVC La Voz (Chile)

CVC International - La Voz, transmitting from Calera de Tango (Santiago), Chile, was logged on 16 August 2012. Their Spanish language broadcast was monitored from 22.30 to  23.00 UTC. Reception was  (just barely audible in LSB mode) on 17.680 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 25221 -- carrier signal was  detected amidst severe atmospheric noise; only faint, incomprehensible audio could be heard when signal faded in and above the noise. 

This transmitter site will be closed on 17 August 2012, then will be dismantled. I can still recall the Voice of Chile -- many years ago -- operating from this site and signing on with its signature Latin American interval tune using a Spanish guitar.


Reception report was emailed and submitted on-line. After a few periodic reminders by email, the General Manager of CVC La Voz, Mr. Antonio Reyes replied  on 15 January 2013 with the following email (translated in English from Spanish text):

2 of 3 pages from Excel file
QSLs mailed to these people
Dear listeners and friends,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your reports during the last week of shortwave transmission from CVC La Voz. We closed the transmitter site a few months ago, and we have been dismantling it during these months. We will probably be finished this month.

I'm sorry for the delay in replying, but we have been in a complicated process from the technical, administrative and personal point of view. We have also reduced our personnel as well. We have been late in sending out the QSLs requested. But, during this month we will be sending out many QSLs, and due to the quantity of requests and reports we received, it will be difficult to send responses to everybody. 

All of the messages and reports showed us that their were a lot of people listening to our signal, and this was greatly satisfying. By now, and in the case you do not receive the physical QSL, I'm attaching a scanned version of it. Also, I'm attaching a list of QSLs  already mailed. 

Personally speaking, I will stop working for CVC soon, so this email address will stop working soon. Thanks again for all your messages and reports!
Calera de Tango, Chile

Kind regards,
Antonio Reyes Barriga
General Manager
Shortwave Site
CVC The Voice
Phone: +56 2 8557046
Email: antonio@cvclavoz.cl
Web: www.cvclavoz.cl
www.cvclavoz.com
www.christianvision.com

With this email, he attached the above blank QSL and an Excel file listing of the names and addresses of people the QSLs were mailed to. My name appeared on this list. What a sad chapter in the history of this transmitter site and for CVC La Voz.

The promised QSL did indeed reach my mailing address. It arrived on 4 February 2013. Mucho gracias!



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Radio Bulgaria (Last Days)

Last Day of Shortwave Service QSL
Radio Bulgaria sent more QSL cards for previously overlooked reception reports that were submitted in January 2012, just before they terminated their short-wave service. Included is one QSL for their "Last Day of Shortwave Service". These cards arrived in the mail on 16 August 2012.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Deutsche Welle (via Dhabbaya)

Deutsche Welle (DW), transmitting from a relay site in Dhabbaya, UAE, was logged on 14 August 2012. A French language broadcast was observed from 12.40 to 13.00 UTC on 21.840 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 45433 -- good signal strength despite occasional fading.

A reception report was emailed to DW and sent online at their website. It would be nice to see a new QSL design to match the new DW logo.  This standard old stock QS:  from DW arrived in the mail on 6 September 2012.




Voice of Malaysia (VoM) Promotion "The Essence of Malaysia"

Voice of Malaysia (VoM), in its Internet only transmission, featured during the month of August a promotional programme entitled, The Essence of Malaysia. Listeners were invited to submit a short essay on any topic related to Malaysia. Participants  fortunate enough to have their essay presented on air received special souvenirs from VoM. 

Yours truly was lucky to be one of the featured listeners. The Voice of Malaysia souvenirs included: a water bottle, note pad, hand towel, pewter/wood business card box, cap, small tote bag, key chain and two pens. Albert Ng, VoM and TRAXX FM Producer/DJ,  personally delivered these items to my home. They were given in exchange for the following essay entitled, Poetic Malaysia.

I also recorded a promotional spot for Voice of Malaysia when I received these souvenir items. 



POETIC MALAYSIA 

Some people love to take snapshots of the places they visit. I have a habit of keeping a journal and jotting down poetic, almost haiku-esque descriptions of the places, people and things observed in my travels. While holidaying around Malaysia, over the past 25 years, my imagination has been captivated more than just a few times. 

On one such trip to the Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia, I stopped  by a Boh tea estate and was so impressed by the acres and acres of undulating green hills and valleys, shrouded in a mist,  I wrote the following lines:

a misty valley 
steeped in green tea
steams from my cup

On another occasion while passing through the eastern Malaysian state of  Terengganu, I noticed some colourful and decorative fishing boats resting  along  the shoreline of  the South China Sea. Batik sarongs and fishing nets were lying about randomly on the shore. Fascinated, I scribbled down  this verse:

caught in batik
the fisherman’s colourful haul
netted from the sea

Aside from Malaysia's various industries and scenery,  the country is rich in multicultural traditions, thus it is not unusual to celebrate Malay, Chinese, Indian and other ethnic festivities. On one particular Chinese New Year, I observed scraps of red firecracker paper scattered below a small shrine, hung just outside a colonial-era shophouse. The remnants of the exploded fireworks, set off at midnight the day before, lay about the sidewalk. In my mind it looked like so many brilliant blossoms from a flame-of-the-forest tree, so I noted:  

flame-of-the-forest
blossoms carpet the ground
in firecracker red

Suffice it to say, Malaysia is a country of myriad colour, and her flora is no exception. Trees, shrubs and flowers are always abloom. The national flower, the hibiscus, is just as ubiquitous. There are many shapes, sizes and colours. One particular variety of hibiscus that especially caught my eye resembled a paper lantern, thus it was that I wrote: 

red hibiscus blossoms
dangle amid a tropical garden
filled with paper lanterns

The wildlife is just as varied and can be observed in canopy walks at Taman Negara and other national reserves. Or, sometimes you can get lucky and glimpse a bit of wildlife in a neighbouring kampung. I  chanced one day to see a colony of monkeys in a huge tree while waiting for a train. They leapt and crawled from branch to branch with the greatest of ease like trapeze artists. So amazed was I with their dexterity, I jotted down these lines:

nimble limbs weave
their way through a green canopy
monkeying with the trees

Before I bid adieu, I would like to leave you with one last poetic image of Malaysia. It is her glorious sun-drenched skies. Whether in the highlands, paddy fields, islands or urban centres, Malaysia's sunrises and sunsets are absolutely splendiferous. They are an inspiration for living each day, and so I leave you with this parting thought:

the sun kisses
and smears the morning sky
a passionate red


Website:
suaramalaysia.rtm.gov.my/

Internet Stream:
http://www.rtm.gov.my/filtering/vom.php

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Radio Prague (Internet)

Radio Prague in the Czech Republic was logged on 12 August  2012. Their "Sunday Music Show", featuring Czech jazz musician Karel Krautgartner was heard from 22.00 to 22.30 UTC. Mode of reception was a 64 kps Internet stream  via Radio Prague website -- http://www.radio.cz/en/?set_default_version=1.  

Reception report was submitted online. A QSL card was immediately promised after submission of the report. This QSL card, together with a sponge -- a radio "wave" concept -- arrived in the mail on 29 August 2012.





Friday, August 10, 2012

Radio Free Asia (via Tinian Island)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Tinian Island, was logged on 10 August 2012. A Korean language broadcast was monitored from 15.15 to 15.50 UTC (broadcast time 15.00 to 17.00 UTC) on 7.210 kHz and 7.455 kHz. Unable to hear RFA via Irkutsk on 7.210 kHz, due to strong interference from Voice of Vietnam 1, I retuned to 7.455 kHz..Reception (SINPO) was 44544 good signal strength with minor interference..

Reception report was emailed to RFA on the same day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Voice of Croatia (Wertachtal)

Voice of Croatia, transmitting from Wertachtal, Germany, was logged on 8 August 2012. Their Croatian and English language broadcasts, consisting largely of a talk format, were monitored from 22.05  to 22.30 UTC on 9.925 kHz.  Reception (SINPO) was 24431 -- weak signal strength,  barely audible speech, transmitter hum and slight fading.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. The following day I received this eQSL, along with their programme schedule.

Voice of Croatia Broadcast Schedule for A12

Radio Damascus

Radio Damascus in Syria was logged on  8 August 2012. An English language broadcast of Arabic music, Syrian perspective on the country's current unrest and cultural topics was monitored from 21.15 to 22.00 UTC. This Broadcast was observed on 9.330 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 44544 -- good signal strength, slight transmitter hum, otherwise audible speech and music. At 21.30 UTC some transmission problem was noted; transmitter was switched off and on. At 21.33 UTC transmitter was stabilized.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Later in the evening I received this confirmationRasheed Haidar, English Program, Radio Damascus: "Thank you so much for your letter and reception report. I will have my colleagues send you the QSL Card, and please keep following up the English Program, I will have my colleague of " the Overseas Listeners Program" answer your letter next episode."

QSL card did not arrive, so a follow-up email was submitted in October 2013. QSL card was promised. 







Bangladesh Betar


Bangladesh Betar in Dhaka was logged on 8 August 2012. A "test transmission" of their new 250 kW transmitter was monitored from 18.45 to 19.00 UTC on  15.520 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 43433 -- good signal strength despite terrible white noise and fading.

Reception report was emailed on the same day.

Radio Bulgaria

Radio Bulgaria sent these QSL cards for previously overlooked reception reports that were submitted in January 2012, just before Radio Bulgaria terminated its short-wave service. These cards arrived in the mail on 8  August 2012.

Monday, August 6, 2012

All India Radio (Panaji, Goa)

All India Radio General Overseas Service, transmitting presumably from Panaji (Goa), was logged on17 April 2012. An English language broadcast of news and musis was monitored from 10.10 to 10.30 UTC (broadcast time 10.00 to 11.00 UTC). Transmission occurred on 15.020 kHz. Reception (SINPO) at 10.10 UTC was 25342 -- weak signal, transmitter hum and atmospheric noise, otherwise speech and music was audible. At 10.30 UTC, signal was effectively blocked by China Radio International.

A reception report was emailed to All India Radio General Overseas Service and Spectrum Management on the same day. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 August 2012. A second QSL for the same reception report was received on 10 August 2012.




Sunday, August 5, 2012

Radio Santec / IRRS Shortwave (via Tiganesti)

Radio Santec (via IRRS Shortwave Milano), an evangelical ministry based in Germany, was logged on  5 August 2012. An English language broadcast of  "Pastoral Horrors", originating  from Tiganesti, Romania,  was heard from 15.00 to 15.30 UTC on 15.190 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 54554 -- excellent reception despite slight interference from Radio Africa in Equatorial Guinea. 

Reception report was emailed on the same day to Radio Santec and IRRS Shortwave. A QSL card (No. 02481) and confirmation letter, together with some of their booklets, arrived in the letterbox on 14 August 2012.

Email:
info@radio-santec.com

Address:
Radio Santec GmbH
Marienstr. 1
97070 Würzburg, Germany


Saturday, August 4, 2012

RWM - Russian Time and Frequency Service (Moscow)

RWM - Russian Standard Time & Frequency Service in Moscow was logged on 4 August 2012. Time monitored was from 20.45  to 21.00 UTC. Time pips, morse code ID "RWM RWM RWM", double pulses and facsimile-type  transmission was observed.  A single,  loud beep on the minute was also noted.Reception (SINPO) on 9.996 kHz in AM and USB modes was 45444 -- good signal strength and clear transmission in AM and USB modes.

Reception reported was emailed on the same day. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2012.

Email:
office@vniiftri.ru
Website:
www.vniiftri.ru

Friday, August 3, 2012

IRRS Shortwave (Arab Woman Today)

IRRS Shortwave (Arab Woman Today), an affiliate of Nexus-IBA, transmitting from presumably Tiganesti, Romania, was logged on 3 August 2012. An Arabic language broadcast with a short radio drama and a few songs, hosted by a female announcer, was heard from 15:00 to 15:15 UTC (Friday only). Transmission was noted on 15.190 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 45444 -- good signal strength, clear audio and minor fading. Overall, reception was pleasant throughout the transmission.

A sample of the last five minutes of the broadcast may ne heard at this SoundCloud link.

A reception report was emailed on the same day. Shortly afterwards Nexus-IBA emailed acknowledging the report. The same report was posted as we. 

Email:
reports@nexus.org
info@nexus.org

Address:
Nexus IRRS
P. O. Box 10980
20110 Milano, Italy


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vatican Radio (via Uzbekistan)

Vatican Radio,  transmitting from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was logged on 5 January 2012. An English language broadcast was heard from 15.30 to 15.50 UTC. Topics included discussions on Catholicism in southern India,  Islamic Shariah law and reports on North Korea and Philippines. Transmission was observed on 7.585 kHz. Reception (SINPO) was 45433 -- good signal strength, but atmospheric noise degraded the quality of the transmission.

A reception report was emailed on the same day. Follow-up emails were submitted multiple times to multiple email addresses. Finally on 2 August 2012, this QSL card and two additional QSLs for previous reports arrived in the mail. Vatican Radio stickers, programme schedule and brochure about Vatican Radio came with the QSLs.