Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Radio Romania International (Tiganesti)

Radio Romania International (RRI), transmitting to Western Europe from Tiganesti, was 29 January 2014. An English language broadcast of classical music, sports and feature on Romanian Holocaust Day  was monitored from 18.30 to 18.57 UTC (broadcast time18.00 to 18.57 UTC). Reception on 9.570 kHz was (SINPO) 24432 -- weak signal with atmospheric noise and fading, but audible and clear.

It's always nice to catch a transmission from Romania, one of the few East European countries still active on short-wave, both as a national broadcaster and relay site for international broadcasters. With transmitters rated at 300 kW and located in Tiganesti and Galbeni, their signal carries well into Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the world.

 A reception report was emailed and submitted on-line to RRI the following day. A reliable verifier, RRI generally posts their QSLs with colorful stamps. So, the attraction is not just a QSL card, but philately. Indeed, RRI did post a QSL alon with some lovely stamps, a 2014 pocket calendar and programme schedule. These arrived in the mail on 25 February 2014.


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