Monday, September 18, 2017

Logbook 17 -19 September 2017

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN in Busselton (south of Perth), Western Australia was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1152 kHz under very weak but audible reception conditions. BBC news was observed from 18.02 till 18.30 UTC. SINPO rated 15321 -- weak but audible signal, content was occasionally discernible when not fading. No additional stations were observed, making 6PNN virtually a clear-channel frequency. HERE's ABC 6PNN as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

AUSTRIA
DARC via Moosbrunn was logged on the short-wave frequencies of 9.570 kHz and 13.775 kHz under favourable conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. DARC news about the IARU Conference, weather in southern Germany and two radio related songs was observed from 17.30 till 18.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.570 kHz initially rated 45444 -- strong signal, clear content with minor fading. Around 17.50 UTC, reception was slightly less than desired at 35433, but still audible and clear. SINPO on 13.775 kHz was less impressive at 35323 -- audible, but disturbed by deep fading and atmospheric noise. HERE's DARC in a special broadcast from Moosbrunn.

INDIA
All India Radio Pune / Akashvani Pune was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 792 kHz under decent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Devotional music and news was observed from 16.40 till 17.40 UTC. SINPO was 33433 -- fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under an unidentified Chinese broadcaster operating on the same frequency. Reception seemed to improve after 17.00 UTC, but still with co-frequency interference. HERE's AIR Pune.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi-Sontay was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under excellent conditions with a SINPO of 55555. An English language programme of news, current events and Vietnamese pop music was heard from 12.30 till 13.00 UTC. HERE's VoV signing on at 13.00 UTC with their Indonesian broadcast.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102; Panasonic RF-45B (SW) (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area

Friday, September 15, 2017

Logbook for 12 - 15 September 2017

ENGLAND
KBS World Radio via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.065 kHz with a SINPO of 44434 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite occasional atmospheric scratchiness when signal faded under the noise. News and traditional Korean music in this Russian language service was observed from 18.10 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). HERE's KBS World Russian service.

Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 6,185 kHz with SINPO of  45434 - good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise with occasional and slight fade. "Nachtrichten", "Business News" and  "Schlagzeilen der Woche"  in a German language broadcast  was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. HERE's RTI German service.

PHILIPPINES
DZEM-AM, with a powerful signal out of Manila, Philippines, was logged around 20.15 UTC and well after 21.00 UTC with talk/music format and frequent station IDs on 1530 kHz. SINPO rated 44434.

THAILAND
Sathaanii Witthayu Krajaisiang Siang Saam Yot ('Voice of Three Spires', Crime Suppression Division, Royal Thai Police), transmitting from Lat Phrao District, Bangkok, was received after 19.00 UTC with mixed format of talk and Thai pop songs. Reception on 1179 kHz (MW) was strong, with occasional fading -- long enough to detect a co-frequency broadcaster, possibly Mainichi Hoso (MBS / JOOR) in Osaka, Japan. Overall, SINPO rated 44433. HERE's an audio clip.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taiwan Fishery Radio Station

FRS - Taiwan Fishery Radio Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL2 and BEL3) was logged from 20.25 till 20.49 UTC and 21.25 till 21.40 UTC, on separate days (24 and 25 August 2017).  SINPO on 738 kHz (MW) was 43533 -- strong signal when not fading under and interfered by station in Indonesia; 1143 kHz (MW) was 33422 - slightly weaker signal, but still fair strength with clearly audible content when not fading under. News reports and pop songs were observed on one occasion in Chinese. On another day, the programme "Good Morning Vietnam" featured news and weather conditions in Chinese and Vietnamese. HERE's FRS - Taiwan Fisheries Broadcasting Station with a cover version of a Beatles tune.

Reception report was emailed and posted  on 26 August 2017. QSL and letter arrived in the mail on 12 September 2017. I suspect the letter, rather than the email, garnered this verification. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Logbook for 9 - 11 September 2017

ARMENIA
Trans World Radio Europe
, transmitting presumably from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia),  was heard mixing around 18.00 UTC with programming in Farsi. Reception on 1377 kHz was initially 34433 -- strong and clear broadcast with minimal fading. However, by 18.30 UTC reception worsened with (possible) co-frequency mixing of IRIB Regional Service "Voice of Systan and Baluchestan" / Radio Iran.

INDIA
All India Radio National via Aligarh in a broadcast of classical Indian music was logged from from 16.30 till 17.30 UTC. Reception on 9.380 kHz rated an SINPO of 34433. Comments in Hindi/English followed each composition.

IRAN 
IRIB Radio Quran, transmitting from Goldasteh, Chahardangeh District, Eslamshahr County (Islamic Republic of Iran) was received on 900 kHz (MW). Reception rated a SINPO of 24322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise and static bursts from a local thunderstorm. Audio was occasionally clear with discernible content when signal was at its strongest. A Farsi language broadcast with tafsir/tajweed commentary from a male announcer was observed between Quran recitation of various ayats by  different male qāriʾ from 18.15 till 18.40 UTC.

 JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Palau Medorn, was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. An English language broadcast of news, the programmes "Insight" and "Easy Japanese", along with a Japanese pop song was observed. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent reception on all accounts.

SAUDI ARABIA
Huna El' Azim
, a new station located in possibly Jeddah, with mix of Arabic music, talk about Yemen and occasional doa (supplication - prayer) was monitored from 14.15 till 14.40 UTC. Reception on 11.745 kHz was intially SINPO - 43433 - terrible station splatter on adjacent frequency made reception difficult up until 14.30 UTC. At that point, reception improved with greater clarity. HERE is an excerpt from the broadcast.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: ferrite rod and long wire extended 10 meters LOC RX: Kuala Lumpur area, Malaysia


Friday, September 8, 2017

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International  via Galbeni, 9.500 kHz, SINPO 55444 - strong transmission, clear audio despite atmospheric noise. Romanian music, news and cultural music with frequent station IDs from 18.50 till 19.30 UTC, on 2 April 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 September 2017.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in a test transmission from Trincomalee was logged on 17 August 2017. Transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC, which included a mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music.  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading, earning a SINPO of 45444.HERE's how SLBC sounded in Malaysia:

Reception report was emailed on the same day.  On 7 September 2017 an eQSL from veri-signer Victor Goonetilleke was received.

Radio Taiwan International (via Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, in a transmission originating from Baochung, was observed broadcasting the English language programmes"Hear in Taiwan",  "Starting Over" and "One Last Thing"  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC, on 18 August 2017. Reception on the short-wave frequency of  11.600 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE's how RTI sounded  in Malaysia. 

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 September 2017, then a follow-up on 12 September 2017.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

China Radio International (via Xian)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái), transmitting from  Xian,  Shaanxi Province, was heard on 12 August 2017. An English broadcast of news, programmes on English idioms and "Horizons" was observed from 04.10  till 05.05 UTC (broadcast time 04.00 till 06.00 UTC). Reception on  the short-wave frequency of  17.730 kHz (SINPO): 33232 -- poor to fair signal depending on the duration of fading, atmospheric noise and station splatter from adjacent frequency (17.740 kHz). Otherwise, signal was audible and occasionally heard with clear content.

Reception report was emailed the previous day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 September 2017.

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey was heard on 14 July 2017, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC with English News, cultural programmes and Turkish music. SINPO on 15.520 kHz was initially at sign-on rated 35433 -- fair signal strength with fading, not always clear audio content. Reception worsened around 16.45 UTC to 25422 -- audio began dropping under atmospheric noise. By 17.00 UTC, reception was 15321 -- barely audible, then at 17.10 UTC it peaked to 25432 -- still poor, but audible and occasionally clear.

Reception report was emailed the previous day. QSL crad arrived in the mail on 6 September 2017.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ozy Radio* (Australia)


Ozy Radio* in Razorback (near Camden) New South Wales was received on 2 September 2017, from 09.44 till 10.15 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of  5.045 kHz, using the KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia). Direct reception in Malaysia of this 500 watt station is next to impossible owing to QRM splatter from Beibu Bay Radio (China) on 5.050 KHz and AIR Kolkata (Jeypore, India) on 5.040 kHz. Frequency is clear when BBR signs-off at 16.00 UTC; AIR Kolkata is off at 17.40 UTC but less of a problem. SO, should Ozy Radio transmit after these times -- say 24/7 -- and propagation permits, it may be possible to catch Radio Australia's famed kookaburra and signature interval "Walzing Matilda", along with a terrific mix of 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s pop music. 

Even with this remote receiver Ozy Radio rated a SINPO of  24332 - poor but audible and occasionally clear signal, despite atmospheric noise at near equal level as audio. By 10.15 UTC signal was buried in static and just barely audible. HERE's an audio clip of Ozy Radio. 

Reception report was emailed on same day to Ozy Radio. On 3 September 2017, verie-signer and ARDXC Secretary John Wright verified with an email.

Email:
dxer1234@gmail.com

*Remote RX: KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia).

Logbook for 1-3 September 2017

AUSTRALIA
Ozy Radio* in Razorback (near Camden) New South Wales was received on 2 September 2017, from 09.44 till 10.15 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of  5.045 kHz, using the KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia). Direct reception in Malaysia of this 500 watt station is next to impossible owing to QRM splatter from Beibu Bay Radio (China) on 5.050 KHz and AIR Kolkata (Jeypore, India) on 5.040 kHz. Frequency is clear when BBR signs-off at 16.00 UTC; AIR is off at 17.40 UTC but less of a problem. SO, should Ozy Radio transmit after these times, and propagation permits, it may be possible to catch their broadcast of pop music.  Even with this remote receiver Ozy Radio rated a SINPO of  24332 - poor but audible and occasionally clear signal, despite atmospheric noise at near equal level as audio. By 10.15 UTC signal was buried in static and just barely audible.

BULGARIA
Voice Of The Report Of The Week
via Kostinbrod was heard from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under poor to fair conditions. SINPO rated a  34322 which degraded due to atmospheric noise and fading.

CHINA
Chongqing PBS
, News Service (Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngbō Diàntái, Xīnwén Pínlǜ) was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. An all news broadcast was observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC. SINPO 23322 - weak to fair signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (Japan). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency. Before 17.00 UTC, Chongqing PBS signal was impossible hear due to a station in Thailand operating on the same frequency.

INDIA
All India Srinagar A / Akashvani Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir with classical Indian music followed by news in English and Hindi was observed from 17.15 till 17.40 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1116 kHz was weak and barely audible, breaking occasionally above the noise and heterodyning, then fading under every few minutes. SINPO rated a puny 13431.

All India Radio Tawang / Akashvani Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh (presumed) was observed with classical Indian music mixing under China Radio International (Urumqi) at 17.20 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1521 kHz rated a SINPO of 13421 -- weak but audible signal detected, co-frequency mixing with CRI and fading.

JAPAN
Radio Osaka (Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF)
was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz. Japanese pop songs were observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC (01.00 till 01.40 AM, Japan time). SINPO rated 13221 - weak signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Chongqing PBS (in Xinjiang, China). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency, and OBC-JOUF was inaudible. Before 17.00 UTC, OBC-JOUF signal was impossible hear due to Thai station operating on the same frequency.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Radio Free Asia via Tinian with Tibetan language broadcast from 10.00 till 10.35 UTC (broadcast time 10.00 till 11.00 UTC). SINPO on 15.330 kHz at sign-on rated 43544 -- strong signal with clear and audible content, despite persistent droning noise (possibly from transmitter) and weak co-frequency station under RFA's signal. Around 10.30 UTC, transmitter noise worsened and signal gradually faded under the noise, making reception incoherent at times.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey English broadcast of news, cultural programmes and Turkish pop music was observed from 16.35 till 17.28 UTC (broadcast time 16.30 till 17.28 UTC), under fair to good conditions. SINPO on 15.520 kHz initially rated 34433 -- fair to good signal and clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from Radio Exterior de Espana and occasional fading under atmospheric noise. Reception improved slightly after 17.00 UTC with stronger signal, but with occasional fading and minor QRM, earning a SINPO of 44444.

RXs used: Tecsun S-2000 (SW)  / Degen DE-1102 (SW) / Sangean ATS-909 (MW) / Panasonic RF-B45 (MW) / *KiwiSDR (remote) ANT: 1/4 wave (SW) / Long wire (SW) / Internal ferrite rod aerial / *Active Loop Antenna  RX LOC: Central West Malaysia / *Freemans Reach (Australia)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Voice Of The Report Of The Week (via Kostinbrod)

Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod (Bulgaria) was heard from 16.15 till 17.00 UTC, 27 August 2017, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under good conditions, although transmission was intended for Europe. SINPO rated a 45444 - strong signal, clear audio content with slight fade. Reception dropped off a tad in the last 15-20 minutes of the show. HERE's an audio excerpt from the broadcast.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. John, the DJ/Producer at VORW Radio, replied with a pleasant email and eQSL card. The design on the QSL is a painting submitted by a listener, depicting him in his job as a food critic and video maker. 

Here is the current VORW Radio transmission schedule:
Thursday 2000 UTC - 11580 kHz - To North America
Thursday 2200 UTC - 9955 kHz - To South America
Friday 0000 UTC - 7490 kHz, 7730 kHz, 9395 kHz - To North America
Sunday 1600 UTC - 9400 kHz - To Europe / Middle East
Sunday 2000 UTC - 9395 kHz - To Eastern North America


Friday, September 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for September 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  September 2017.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Indian DX Report (via Kimjae and Agat)


Prithwiraj Purkayastha, Editor & Presenter for INDIAN DX REPORT, sent this eQSL for two reception reports submitted in March 2014. Adventist World Radio (AWR) / Indian DX Report, transmitting from KSDA relay site in Agat (Guam), which was logged on 30 March 2014. And, KBS World Radio / Indian DX Report, transmitting from Kimjae (Republic of Korea), which was logged on 29 March 2014. As the saying goes, "Better late than never". Thank you and 73, Prithwiraj!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Logbook for 24 - 28 August 2017

BULGARIA
Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod was heard from 16.15 till 17.00 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. A selection of music requests from listeners around the world with DJ commentary was observed under good conditions, although transmission was intended for Europe. SINPO rated a 45444 - strong signal, clear audio content with slight fade. Reception dropped off a tad in the last 15-20 minutes of the show. HERE's an audio excerpt from the broadcast.

INDIA 
AIR Jodhpur in Rajasthan was logged around 17.15 UTC till 17.40 UTC with folk/classical Indian music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 531 kHz was less than ideal, rating a SINPO of 14321 -- barely audible, breaking even with the noise, and fading every few minutes under.

INDONESIA
RRI Cirebon Pro-1, transmitting from Cirebon (West Java), was logged from 16.30 till 17.00 UTC with a selection of lite contemporary pop music (English language) with comments in Indonesian. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 864 kHz rate a SINPO 44544 -- relatively strong signal, clear audio content with minor fading. Love the closing Hawaiian type music. Give a listen after the closing station ID.

JAPAN
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (Asahi Hoso / ABC / JONR), transmitting from Ayazono, Takaishi City Osaka City area, Osaka Prefecture was logged from 18.40 till 19.00 UTC with female announcer hosting a selection of Japanese pop songs. Reception on 1008 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 23322 - poor to fair, long fades before an audible signal was detected, occasionally with clear content. HERE's how Asahi Broadcasting Corporation sounded in Malaysia.

MADAGASCAR
World Christian Broadcast KNLS was logged at 18.30 UTC onward with Russian programming for Eastern Europe. Russian songs and talk was observed when not fading under atmospheric noise. SINPO on 9.570 kHz rated 34423. HERE's how World Christian Broadcast sounded in Malaysia.

TAIWAN
FRS - Taiwan Area Fisheries Broadcasting Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL2 and BEL3) was logged from 20.25 till 20.49 UTC and 21.25 till 21.40 UTC, on separate days. SINPO on 738 kHz (MW) was 43533 -- strong signal when not fading under and interfered by station in Indonesia; 1143 kHz (MW) was 33422 - slightly weaker signal, but still fair strength with clearly audible content when not fading under. News reports and pop songs were observed on one occasion in Chinese. On another day, the programme "Good Morning Vietnam" featured news and weather conditions in Chinese and Vietnamese. HERE's FRS - Taiwan Fisheries Broadcasting Station with a cover version of a Beatles tune.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Radio Veritas


Is this a QSL card from Radio Veritas Asia? Or is it consolation for  DZRV-Am / Radio Veritas Philippines reception report I submitted to RVA after the former failed to respond? Or neither? Previous reports to Radio Veritas Philippines were posted and emailed, not once but numerous times, about three months ago to no avail. Exasperated, I contacted RVA -- thinking as affiliate stations -- a QSL from RVA might resolve this quest for their verification. I guess not.  It  looks as if I'm nowhere closer than before. All the same, I am thankful RVA sent this postcard (QSL without verification details), transmission schedule, sticker and bookmarkers.  Thank you, Radio Veritas Asia!



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trans World Radio Africa (via Kishinev-Grigoriopol)

Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Kishinev-Grigoriopol (Moldova) in the Tigre language, was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC, 19 August 2017 (in a Saturday only broadcast). Presume Evangelical Christian topic, presented by a male announcer, with TWR theme/programme music between talk and a couple of religous vocal songs were observed during this half hour broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.940 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43444 -- good signal, despite dominant transmitter whine and fading under atmospheric noise; however, signal weakened around 18.20 UTC with fading under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE are a few audio clips from TWR Africa via Kishinev-Grigoriopol.

Reception report was emailed the following day. The eQSL shown, along with programme schedule, was received on 22 August 2017 from  veri-signer Lorraine Stavropoulos.

Email:
lstavrop@twr.org
info@twr.org

Website:
www.twr360.org

Monday, August 21, 2017

Logbook 17-19 August 2917

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Voice of Korea
in an English language broadcast of news reports commemorating the anniversary of  peninsular Korea's liberation from Japanese occupational forces, congratulatory messages from Palestine, Indonesia and Nepal on this anniversary, condemnation of UN/US sanctions applied to DPRK over nuclear weapons and ICBM launch, commentary on Republic Korea's imperialistic policies towards DPRK and  patriotic music was heard from 10.35 till 11.00 UTC (broadcast time 10:30 till 11:27). Reception on the short-wave frequency of  15.180 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- excellent signal strength and clear audio, despite slight   fading. HERE's an excerpt from this broadcast.

MOLDOVA
Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Kishinev-Grigoriopol in the Tigre language, was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC (in a Saturday only broadcast). Presume Evangelical Christian topic, presented by a male announcer, with TWR theme/programme music between talk and a couple of religous vocal songs were observed during this half hour broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.940 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43444 - good signal, despite dominant transmitter whine and fading under atmospheric noise; however, signal weakened around 18.20 UTC with fading under atmospheric noise.

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
, transmitting from Trincomalee, in a test transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC. A mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music was observed in this brief transmission  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading. HERE's an audio file from this Tamil broadcast of SLBC

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
, in a transmission originating from Baochung, was observed broadcasting the English language programmes"Hear in Taiwan",  "Starting Over" and "One Last Thing"  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of  11.600 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE's how RTI sounded  in Malaysia.

RX: Degen DE-1102 and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 10 meter long wire and 1/4 wave RX LOC: Central West Malaysia

China Radio International (via Xuanwei City)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái), transmitting from Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province, was heard on 14 July 2017, from 17.30  till 17.57 UTC. A Hindi language broadcast of music, talk and learn Chinese programming was observed during this time. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of  1269 kHz rated  a SINPO of 44534 -- strong signal, clear and audible content, minimal fading. HERE's an excerpt of CRI Hindi Service as heard in Malaysia

Reception report was emailed to the English and Hindi Service of CRI on the following day. A prompt reply followed promising QSL card, which arrived in the mail on 21 August 2017.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Logbook 12 - 15 August 2017

BULGARIA
VORW Radio International
via Kostinbrod (presumed) was caught around 16.54 UTC, just before sign off. While audio was negligible, a decent carrier was present, earning a SINPO of 25432 on 9.400 kHz. This is likely only insomuch as signal was beamed towards Europe, not Asia, and  reception was from the back end of the antenna.

CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái)
, transmitting from  Xian,  Shaanxi Province, was heard on 12 August 2017. An English broadcast of news, programmes on English idioms and "Horizons" was observed from 04.10  till 05.05 UTC (broadcast time 04.00 till 06.00 UTC). Reception on  the short-wave frequency of  17.730 kHz (SINPO): 33232 -- poor to fair signal depending on the duration of fading, atmospheric noise and station splatter from adjacent frequency (17.740 kHz). Otherwise, signal was audible and occasionally heard with clear content.

KAMPUCHEA
National Radio of Kampuchea on 918 kHz was observed with national anthem just before sign off at 17.00 UTC. Programming consists mostly of local pop songs and talk in Khmer.Their signal is easily 55545 throughout much of the night in Malaysia.
HERE's NRK just before closing:

INDIA
All India Radio Suratgarh
in Ganganagar District, Rajasthan (near India-Pakistan border) was monitored from 17.05 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, followed by news in English presented by female announcer, then news in Hindi read by male announcer. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz was quite poor, but audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. Frequency was relatively clear once National Radio of Kampuchea signed off at around 17.00 UTC. Signal drifts in between 17.05 to 1710 UTC, nightly. Then, for approximately 3 to 4 minutes signal begins to peak and drift off after about 2 minutes.Overall SINPO was 14321.

All India Radio Bhagalpur in Aliganj, Bihar was noted from 17.25 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, then news in English and Hindi. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1458 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- poor to fair signal strength, mixing with unidentified station (possibly -- although not certain -- All India Radio Barmer in Rajasthan) when signal faded under.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey, transmitting in English from Emirler (Turkey), was monitored from 20.40 till 21.27 UTC (broadcast time 20.30 till 21.27 UTC). Programmes entitled "The Agenda" and "The Culture of Living Together", along "Question of the Month" and traditional Turkish music was heard during this period. Reception on 9.620 kHz rate a (SINPO) of 45444 -- good signal strength, clear audio, minor fading with some atmospheric noise.
   
RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Logbook 8-9 August 2017

BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Betar
(presumably TX site in Chittagong) on 873 kHz, around 16.55 UTC with music and station ID. SINPO rated 34333 --  fair to good signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from a Thai station in Bangkok. HERE's how Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong).

INDIA
All India Radio Jalandhar
(Punjab) on 873 kHz, with music after 17.15 UTC, news at 17.30 UTC, then sign-off at 17.40 UTC. SINPO) rated 24322 -- poor to fair signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong) after 16.00 UTC till they signed off, then Thai station in Bangkok after 17.10 UTC. Audio and content was occasionally clear despite, fading, interference and atmospheric noise. HERE's AIR Jalandar,

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Palangka Raya
(in Kalimantan) was observed at 12.35 UTC with "Berita" and Indonesian pop tunes, during this all Indonesian language format. Reception on 3.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio and content with minor atmospheric noise and fading.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 2
(in Chiba-Nagara) was heard after 12.30 UTC with Western pop music during a Japanese language broadcast. Reception on 3.945 kHz rated a SINPO of 34332 -- fair signal, audible content despite less than desired atmospheric noise and fading.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

All India Radio Siliguri (West Bengal)

All India Radio Siliguri (Akashvani Siliguri) in West Bengal was heard broadcasting classical Indian music followed by news in English and Hindi was observed from 17.05 till 17.44 UTC, on 4 July 2017. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 711 kHz was (SINPO) 34323 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise or mixing with a Thai station, every two to four minutes. HERE's a excerpt from the AIR Siliguri transmission.

Reception was emailed and posted to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 August 2017. 


GFA - Athmik Yathra (via Trincomalee)

GFA - Athmik Yathra (AY Radio), transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) on MW (1548 kHz), was heard on 28 June 2017. Initially an eQSL was received a few days after emailing the station in India. At the same time, GFA in the United States was emailed and their paper QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 August 2017.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Logbook 1-6 August 2017

GERMANY
New shortwave station in Lower Saxony* was logged in a test transmission using the remote SDR receiver at Twente (The Netherlands). Frequent station IDs and details about future broadcasts intended for the UK and Europe was observed between English pop songs from 17.58 till 19.00 UTC. Reception on  6.160 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 13221 -- terribly weak, station splatter, no real discernible content. Had to set receiver to AMsync just to detect their signal. Reception improved to 34343 after 18.50 UTC with audible and clear content.

GREECE
Voice of Greece
with station ID and delightful Greek music was heard from 19.00 UTC on their usually frequency of 9.420 kHz. Reception rated a SINPO of 45544.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International in German language broadcast was heard just before sign-off at 18.50 UTC, announcing frequencies and contact details. Reception on 9.775 kHz was remarkably good at 44554. Only annoying transmitter noise made reception less than perfect, otherwise no co-frequency interference, no fading, no atmospheric noise.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey in a Turkish language broadcast was noted with station ID and music after 18.25 UTC. Reception on 9.460 kHz rated a SINP) of 45444.

UAE
Radio Farda on medium-wave frequency of 1575 kHz was observed after 19.00 UTC with news magazine/talk format. SINPO rated 24322 -- weak to fair signal, intermittent fading, atmospheric noise with occasionally clear and audible content.

UZBEKISTAN
Adventist World Radio
, transmitting from Tashkent, was  monitored from 16.10 till 16.30 UTC (broadcast time16.00 till 16.30 UTC). A segment of Wavescan featuring the history of the Australian VLN call sign, JSWC DX report, and Indonesian music was heard in this half-hour show. Reception on 11.985 kHz was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength, atmospheric noise and slight fade, yet clear and audible content was received. Initially Wavescan was logged on 11.975 kHz (Trincomalee, Sri Lanka), but their signal dropped off completely by 16.15 UTC.


VATICAN
Vatican Radio in Santa Maria di Galeria aired a Ukrainian language programme from 16.40 till 17.00 UTC.  Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.715 kHz was good for much of the transmission with a SINPO 54544 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, almost unnoticeable fade. A broadcast in the Belorussian followed at 17.00 UTC.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
*RX; SDR receiver ANT: mini whip RX LOC (remote): The Netherlands

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio, transmitting from Kimjae (Republic of Korea), was heard on 27 June 2017, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. News and "Seoul Calling" was observed during this period. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.640 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed to KBS World Radio. QSL card arrived in the mail on 2 August 2017.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam (VoV5) via Ha Noi was heard  with English programming of news and cultural programmes on 7 July 2017, from 23.30 till 23.57 UTC. Reception on 9.840 kHz was exceptionally good with a (SINPO) 54545 -- excellent audio clarity and strength with slight QRM when fading occasionally occurred. 

Reception was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 August 2017.

RMRC Calendar for August 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  August 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

QSLs for Month of July 2017



Radio Veritas Asia. Palauig-Zambales, Philippines.
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK-1) / JOIK.  Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Symphony 92.4 FM (Mediacorp Pte Ltd). Singapore.
All India Radio Patna. Bihar, India.
All India Radio Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Deutsche Welle. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3). Golden Hill, Hong Kong.
Voice of Vietnam. Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio. Dhabbaya, UAE.
HLAZ - FEBC, Jeju Province, Republic of Korea.
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK World) - Radio Japan. Medorn, Palau.
Voice of Mongolia. Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.
Radio Romania International. Tiganesti, Romania.
GFA - Athmik Yathra. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Televisyen Malaysia Wai FM. Kajang, Malaysia.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Logbook 14-30 July 2017

 
WWV, Fort Collins, USA

CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái)
, transmitting from Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province, was heard from 17.30  till 17.57 UTC. A Hindi language broadcast of music, talk and learn Chinese programming was observed during this time. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of  1269 kHz rated  a SINPO of 44534 -- strong signal, clear and audible content, minimal fading. HERE's an excerpt of CRI Hindi Service as heard in Malaysia 

 
INDIA
All India Radio Parbhani (Akashvani Parbhani)
was heard from 17.10 till 17.30 UTC with a selection of Indian film/folk music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1305 kHz was (SINPO)  23222 -- poor to fair signal strength and clear audio depending on duration of fading (which on average was approximately two to three minutes apart). The only co-frequency interference in this time period is from a station in Thailand.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja (Pro-1) in Bali -- presumed -- was logged shortly after sign-on at 21.10 UTC. Indonesia pop music was observed mixing with Wor. Por. Thor. 16 -- Witthayu Prajaam Thin (Local Radio, Communications Division Army Signals Dept) in Yala Province (South Thailand). RRI Singaraja remains impossible to receive in the late evening (from 11.30 till 17.00 UTC) due to the more powerful China Radio International transmission out of Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province. Overall reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1080 kHz rated a SINPO of 23322 -- occassionally audible when not fading under Thai station. By 22.30 UTC only heterodyning signal was present.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
was heard  from 16.00 till 16.55 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.500 kHz. SINPO was initially 33443 -- fair signal strength and clear audio, but with "white noise" from transmitter up until about 16.20 UTC. Around 16.40 UTC, reception was 44444 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio with slight interference from TWR Africa (Swaziland), but "white noise" had disappeared.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey was heard on 14 July 2017, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC with English News, cultural programmes and Turkish music. SINPO on 15.520 kHz was initially at sign-on rated 35433 -- fair signal strength with fading, not always clear audio content. Reception worsened around 16.45 UTC to 25422 -- audio began dropping under atmospheric noise. By 17.00 UTC, reception was 15321 -- barely audible, then at 17.10 UTC it peaked to 25432 -- still poor, but audible and occasionally clear.

USA
WWV, transmitting from Fort Collins (CO), on 25 kHz was logged from 20 till 22 July 2017. On each day, only  time pips/pulses are present in LSB mode. Reception has been detected as early as 16.30 UTC up until 19.50 UTC. SINPO rated 15431 -- audible pips/pulses in LSB mode only, generally no voice ID/time announcement was noted when pips/pulses paused. While reception is poor and barely audible, WWV is present. In 2014, when WWV 25 was briefly activated, pips/pulses and voice content was received. HERE's an excerpt of WWV on 25 MHz as heard in Malaysia 

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909 ANT: 1/4 wave and long wire RX location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Friday, July 28, 2017

Radio Veritas Asia

Radio Veritas Asia, transmitting from Palauig-Zambales, Philippines, was received on 6 April 2016. Catholic religious and current event news in the Filipino language was observed  from 22.59 till 23.28 UTC. Reception on 15.355 kHz at the start of transmission was 34433, At 23.10 UTC, SINPO was  24422. The major problem with this transmission was long periods of deep fading

Reception report was emailed to several different accounts. Follow-up email was sent in May this year. Not sure which one worked. QSL card with stickers and key chain  FINALLY arrived in the mail on 28 July 2017, after over a year! Hopefully Radio Veritas Philippines on MW will reply to a recent reception report and respond more quickly.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

NHK-1 / JOIK (via Sapporo)

NHK-1 (JOIK) in Hokkaido (Sapporo) was logged on 12 June 2017 (13 June 2017, Japan Date). A Japanese programme called  "Radio shin yaben" with Yasuo Miyagawa, featuring old enka music, was observed from 17.45 till 18.10  UTC (01.45 till 02.10 AM, Japan Time), on 12 June 2017.

Reception on on the medium-wave frequency of 567 kHz rated a SINPO of 24332 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading (every few minutes), occasionally clear audio despite fading and slight mixing with another station (RTHK-3 in Hong Kong). After 19.00 UTC, and in subsequent days, JOIK was either heard mixing with another station or not heard at all. HERE's how JOIK sounded in Malaysia.
 
Reception report was emailed and mailed to NHK-1 on the following day. QSL card and verification letter with NHK-1 programme schedule and tourism leaflet for Hokkaido was received in the mail on 27 July 2017.

Address:
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)
Radio Station JOIK
1, Otaniwa 1-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8703
Hokkaido, JAPAN


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Symphony 92.4 FM (Singapore)

Symphony 92.4 FM (Mediacorp Pte Ltd.), based in Singapore, was logged while driving from Singapore back to Malaysia on 18 July 2017. A selection of 18th and 19th century Western classical music, including J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", was heard from 15.10 till 16.30 (Singapore time). Signal was remarkably strong as far as Yong Peng (Johor) and audible up to Muar (Johor), albeit garbled and with fading. Reception is impossible in Kuala Lumpur, owing to station splatter from Minnal FM  (a local Tamil station) operating on 92.3 MHz. Overall SINPO on 92.4 MHz, from  Yong Peng, was 45544.

Reception report was submitted online with promise of response within three working days. No reply was forthcoming, so a follow-up email was fired off to the Station Manager, Erina Cook. She replied and forwarded request of verification to a colleague. Lyn Sa’adon, Senior Producer-Presenter, then followed up with an email verification on 25 July 2017.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Deutsche Welle (via Trincomalee)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), in a Kiswahili broadcast of news and current event reports was monitored on 26 June 2017, from 15.00 til 15.30 UTC. Reception on 15.275 kHz initially was 55545. However, approximately 20 minutes into the broadcast, fading increased and signal gradually drifted under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed to DW on the following day. QSL crad arrived in the mail on 21 July 2017. 

All India Radio Patna

All India Radio Patna in Bihar, monitored on 20 June 2017, from 16.50 till 17.42 UTC with Hindi film music, news/sports/financial reports in English and Hindi. Reception on 621 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 34423 -- fair signal strength, with intermittent fading every few minutes, yet audible and clear. HERE's how AIR Patna sounded:

Reception report was emailed the following day to Spectrum Management & Spectrum. QSL card arrived on 21 July 2017.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All India Radio Kolkata

All India Radio Kolkata, transmitting from South 24 Parganas District, Kolkata, West Bengal, was received on 15 June 2017.  Classical Indian music followed by commentary was observed from 18.25 till 18.55 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 33433 -- fair signal strength with clear audio when not fading (every 2 to 3 minutes). HERE's an excerpt from AIR Kolkata.

Reception report was emailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 July 2017.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Ha Noi, was logged on10 April 2017.  Programmes "Colourful Vietnam" profiled the Chero people and "Personality of the Week" featured the music of a Vietnamese musician from the Mekong Delta and one of his songs entitled "Love of Homeland". This English broadcast aired from 23.30 till 23.57  UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz was SINPO 55555 -- excellent on all accounts!

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An email was promptly sent promising a QSL, but owing to the festivities in Malaysia its delivery was delayed on 17 July 2017.