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.

NHK World Radio Japan

NHK World - Radio Japan (Russian Service), transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 April 2017. News, a current events report and Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45454 -- good signal and audio quality.

HERE and HERE os how Radio Japan Russian Service was received in Malaysia.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 July 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017

FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio (via Dhabbaya)


FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio via Dhabbaya (UAE) was received on 30 June 2017. Tibetan programming of songs, along with contact details, was noted from 12.15 till 12.30 UTC (broadcast time 12.00 till 12.10 UTC). Reception on 15.215 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 55555 -- strong and clear audio. HERE's how Gawayelon Tibetan Radio sounded in Malaysia.

Interestingly, their HQ is based in India (note the postage and return address). This is not the only Tibetan organisation located in India either. Another observation, radio broadcasts into Tibet usually originate from UAE, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, even Saipan and Tinian, often to avoid jamming (fire drakes) and co-frequency broadcasts (squatting) from China (CNR/CRI).

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card was received on 14 July 2017.

Email:
gaweylon@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, logged on 1 May 2017,  was heard 1 May 2017, from 16.30 till 17.20 UTC. This English broadcast featured news about Turkey and region, "Eye on the Agenda" about a paper written by a Turkish minister on Muslim law and scholars. "Legends of Anatolia" followed and profiled the legendary Amazonian warriors who lived in present day northern Turkey.  The broadcast closed with "Question of the Month": and Turkish pop music. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of  55444 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, slight atmospheric noise occurred with signal occasionally faded. 

 Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 12 July 2017.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

HLAZ - FEBC (via Jeju Province, South Korea)

HLAZ (Far Eastern Broadcasting Company, FEBC), transmitting from Jeju Province, Republic of Korea, was logged on 19 November 2016. Chinese ("Yiyou Guangbo Diantai") programming of religious content with occasional music was monitored from from 15.15 to 15.45 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1566 kHz rated a (SINPO of 44434 -- fair to good signal when not fading (every two to three minutes), clear and strong audio. 

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Follow-up reports were emailed and posted. QSL card arrived in the mail on 11 July 2017. Interestingly, it was posted from their Hong Kong headquarters; note the Hong Kong postage.


Voice of Mongolia

Voice of Mongolia via Ulaanbaator was heard on 25 April 2017. News and Mongolian financial market report. "Must-See Sites of Mongolia" featured a report on traditional Mongolian games. This included a visit to a museum in Ulaanbaator and interview of its curator who mentioned the museum had a large number of Mongolian puzzles, paintings, chess sets, dominoes and card games. A couple of Mongolian pop songs were observed during the broadcast from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC

Reception on the short-wave frequency of 12.015 kHz was initially reception rated a (SINPO) of 55555 with slight over modulation. By 12.50 UTC, QRM from Voice of Korea in Pyongyang degraded reception to 53543. HERE's Voice of Mongolia.


Reception report was submitted online and emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 11 July 2017.

NHK World Radio Japan (via Palau Medorn)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting Palau Medorn, was heard on 2 June 2017, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. News reports included Japanese government's legislation putting forward the abdication of Emperor Akihito, low fertility rates of Japanese women, followed by "Welcome to Amazing Japan" which profiled Hokkaido and the Ainu people. This was programme produced by Radio Japan Urdu Service by Khalid Wahlid. It highlighted the language, food, religious rituals and oral literary tradition of the Ainu. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz was SINPO 44444 -- good signal and audio, slight co-frequency interference when signal faded under. Around 14.29 UTC, some station splatter observed from Vatican Radio on 11.700 kHz.
Reception report was submitted online and emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 11 July 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Radio Romania International (via Safitca)

Radio Romania International via Safitca was heard on the short-wave frequency of 13.660 kHz on 2 May 2017, from 17.15 till 18.00 UTC. A report on Romanian wine production and blackberry wine, "Cultural Event" profiled a Romanian writer and literary critic, Sports Roundup" looked at boxing bouts of Romanian boxers and Romanian Football League, "Traditional Romanian Music", "DX Mailbag" with mention of listeners and their equipment and a report on Romanian story telling festival was observed during the 45 minutes of this broadcast. SINPO was initially 55444. By 17.40 UTC, reception worsened to 35343 and grew weaker as transmission near closure.

Reception report was submitted the following day. QSL card arrived in th email on 10 July 2017.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Logbook 7-9 July 2017

 
6RN in Hamersley.
Photo by Orderinchaos

ALASKA
New Life Station KNLS
in Anchor Point was heard on 9.690 kHz with a decent SINPO of 55444, Their usual mix of contemporary Western pop music and  Christian programming in English was heard from 10.20 UTC onward.

AUSTRALIA
ABC Radio National / 6RN
in Hamersley, City of Stirling (Perth), Western Australia continues to heard on 810 kHz (MW). Talk show host Rod Quinn was heard interviewing an author(?) on sexual issues, slightly after 19.00 UTC. Only brief peaks of audio surfaced above the atmospheric noise on this relatively clear frequency. Otherwise reception remains extremely poor for this 20 kW station. SINPO rated a paltry 14321, which is certainly not worth submitting to the station for verification.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1
was observed on their usual 9.595 kHz frequency. SINPO was 34443, Reception of a largely Japanese talk format was clear and discernible at 10.20 UTC onward.

GREECE
Voice of Greece
  via Avlis was heard with some lovely Greek music, station ID and promotion around 00.00 UTC. Transmission on 9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443 -- clear and discernible audio content with a rather steady and fair signal.

PALAU
World Harvest Radio / T8WH
via Medorn radiated a strong, steady and clear signal on 9.930 kHz, earning a SINPO of 55555. Religious programming, music and station promos for World Harvest Radio was observed in English from 10.25 UTC onward.

PHILIPPINES
DWUN / Radyo La Verdad
was observed throughout the evening hours from 16.00 UTC onward with a talk format in Tagalog/English. Reception on 1350 kHz (MW) was quite good with a SINPO of 44434 -- good to fair strength especially when not fading under.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
was heard signing-on with station interval at 10.25 UTC. Reception on 9.775 kHz was SINPO 54544 -- a strong and clear signal, despite some minor QRM when signal faded.

UNITED ARABIC EMIRATES
Abu Dhabi Media Company, Pravasi Bharathi in Abu Dhabi (UAE) was received  from 19.15 till 20.00 UTC. In an effort to catch ABC Radio National / 6RN in Perth (Western Australia), this station surfaced. Talk about the inconsistencies of propagation! Fortunately I was able to catch Pravasi Bharathi, although reception on 810 kHz was (SINPO) 23322 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise, occasionally clear and discernible content. Around 19.50 UTC, unidentified co-frequency interference from another station (possibly Korea judging by the music) was observed. Otherwise in the 45 minutes this station was monitired a discussion in Malayam (about a sporting event -- cricket)  and South Indian music was heard. Big question remains -- will the station QSL?

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VoV5)
via Ha Noi was heard  with English programming of news and cultural programmes  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.

Son La Radio & TV Station (Đài Phát thanh - Truyền hình tỉnh Sơn La) in Son La City (Thành phố Sơn La) was heard after 22.00 UTC with Vietnamese pop music. A powerful signal on 828 kHz (MW), interference-free and clear easily scored a SINPO of 55555.

 RX:  Sangean ATS-909 / Panasonic RF-B45 / Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Ferrite rod / Long wire / 1/4 wave RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3)


Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3), transmitting from Golden Hill [Kam Shan], Hong Kong [Xianggang] on the medium-wave frequency of 567 kHz, has been monitored in Malaysia for over a month now. Not bad for a station that supposedly operates at 20kW, over 2,500 kms away! 

Reception was initially observed after 17.30 till 18.30 UTC, but mixing with either AIR Dibrugarh (India), NHK1 (Hokkaido), KBS1 (South Korea), DXCH-AM or DWRP-AM (Philippines). Before 17.00 UTC stations in Thailand and Laos pretty much dominated the frequency in my quarter.

Propagation proved remarkably good on 5 July 2017, from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC, allowing clear and strong reception of RTHK-3, free of co-frequency QRM. Only  slight fading and occasional static bursts marred an otherwise beautiful signal. On the following night, 6 July, at the same time, reception again was decent enough to provide a clear, steady and audible signal.

The programme content is mostly in English, although occasionally Chinese is spoken. At the top of the hour time pips, station ID and news of the world and Hong Kong is heard from 18.00 UTC onward. This is followed five minutes later with "Night Music", a regular nightly programme featuring Western Classical music. HERE's a bit of the RTHK-3 programmingg.


Three reception reports were emailed: two in June and one in July. The initial report, sent in early June, was also posted to their station. RTHK-3 promptly responded to the emailed reports which included a few audio files. The clips, full of QRM and atmospheric noise mixing with their barely audible signal, was rejected as proof of reception and therefore insufficient for QSL. Reception report of 5 July 2017, submitted with multiple audio files of adequate quality and clarity, was confirmed on 7 July 2017. Paper QSL card and confirmation letter arrived in the mail on 18 July 2017.

RTHK-3 email promising QSL Card
Needless to say if one wishes to obtain a QSL from RTHK-3 be prepared. Make certain your report contains accurate and precise content, and be sure to include clear and audible audio files of their programming. Happy DXing and 73!

Email:
radio3@rthk.hk
ccu@rthk.org.hk

Address:
RTHK Corporate Communications Unit (RTHK-3)
30 Broadcast Drive,
Kowloon, Hong Kong

RX: Sangean ATS-909 / Panasonic RF-B45 ANT: ferrite rod and MW loop RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Logbook 4-5 July 2017

BBS headquarters
BHUTAN
Bhutan Broadcasting Service
out of Thimphul was observed during a English broadcast  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC. News in English, followed by Western pop songs made up much of this hour-long broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.035 kHz was (SINPO) 23422 -- weak to fair signal when not mixing with Voice of Shangri-La (China). A dominant transmitter hum drowned out much of their audio when signal faded under. Signal improved slighly only after 11.50 UTC. HERE's BBS as heard in Malaysia.

HONG KONG
Propagation for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3) proved to be remarkably good on the night of 5 July 2017, from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC (03.00 till 04.00 AM, Hongkong Time). For over a month this station has been observed, albeit never with the quality heard on this particular occasion. Reception on 567 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- clear and strong signal, no QRM from co-frequency stations (as noted previously from around 17.40 till 18.45 UTC), occasional  static bursts and slight fade throughout much of the transmission from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. Best reception occurred during the first half hour. HERE's a snippet from their "Night Music" programme.

INDIA
All India Radio Imphal (Akashvani Imphal)
in Manipur was noted at 17.00 with Indian music on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz. Reception was SINPO 33323 -- fair to good signal despite fading and occasional mixing with DWIZ in teh Philippines

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. 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.

PHILIPPINES
DWIZ / Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
in Obando Bulacan Province (Manila area) was logged at 16.15 UTC. Station IDs in Talagog and English were heard clearly, earning a SINPO of 33433 on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz. While AIR Imphal and fading were noticeable, this was less a problem with direction of antenna was rotated towards the Philippines.


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 / Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Ferrite rod / Long wire / 1/4 wave RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

GFA - Athmik Yathra (via Trincomalee)

GFA - Athmik Yathra (AY Radio), transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), was heard on 28 June 2017. Religious programming, mixed with a few regional songs, along with frequent contact details, was monitored 15.10 till 15.30 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 54544 -- strong and clear audio with slight and occasional fading.

HERE's how Athmik Yathra sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received from Athmik Yathra on 4 July 2017.

Radio Televisyen Malaysia Wai FM

RTM Wai FM, transmitting from Kajang (Malaysia),  was logged on 2 June 2017, from 21.10 till 21.45 UTC with the azan for Fajr, several nasheeds and Malay pop songs. During this period, reception on 11.665 kHz rated an excellent SINPO of 54555. This is understandable given I live slightly over 30km from the transmitter site. But I hasten to add, at certain hours of the day Wai FM on this frequency is buried in atmospheric noise or interference from other short-wave broadcasters.

Reception report was emailed to Wai FM on the following day. A few days later an email confirmed and promised a QSL. A follow-up email was sent 3rd July 2017, owing that long holidays and festivals in Malaysia can delay delivery. True enough on 3rd July (note postmark) the QSL was mailed, and it arrived the following day at my home. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey was logged on 25 April 2017, on the short-wave frequency of 15.520 kHz, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC, under poor reception conditions.  SINPO rated 25322 - poor reception, fading under atmospheric noise, audible with occasionally clear content. Reception worsened after 17.00 UTC; signal was still audible but weak and audio at times was barely audible.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card and programme schedule arrived in the mail on 3 July 2017.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Logbook 30 June-1 July 2017



QSL from FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio

HONG KONG
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3) is radiating well beyond Hong Kong to Malaysia, especially between 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception is barely audible, but RTHK-3 time pips at 18.00 UTC, just before the news, is unmistakable. Secondly, classical (piano) music after the news is most certainly RTHK-3. All audio at the time was checked against their website's live stream, While RTHK-3 is mixing faintly under the more dominant broadcasters DXCH-AM or DWRP-AM (with religious programming) and AIR Dibrugarh, their signal is definitely present on 567 kHz (MW). Overall. reception rates a SINPO of 13221 -- poor signal strength when not fading (every few minutes) and mixing with stations. On previous occasions RTHK-3 has been observed mixing under NHK-1 (JOIK) and KBS-1 (HLKF), depending on propagation.

INDONESIA
Voice of Indonesia English service was observed on 9.525 kHz, Regular programme features including News of Indonesia,  "This Day in History", "Indonesian Wonder", "Miscellany" and "Music Corner" was observed from 13.00 till 14.00 UTC. VOI 2018 Quiz to visit Indonesia was announced frequently during the broadcast as well. SINPO rated a 55545 -- strong and clear audio, occasional and slight fade later in the broadcast.

PHILIPPINES
DWNX-AM / Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), located in Naga City, Camarines Sur Province, is a relatively new Philippine station (or at least new on this frequency).  It was logged on 1611 kHz (MW).with music around 12.45 UTC. Reception was poor to fair, on an otherwise clear frequency but loads of atmospheric noise, earning a SINPO of 25332.

UAE
FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio via Dhabbayah was received on 15.215 kHz with Tibetan programming of songs, along with contact details, from 12.15 till 12.30 UTC (broadcast time 12.00 till 12.10 UTC). Reception rated a (SINPO) of 55555 -- strong and clear audio


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 / Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Ferrite rod / Long wire / 1/4 wave RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  

RMRC Calendar for July 2017



The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  July 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

QSLs for Month of June 2017


ShortwaveService "Bye Bye Sitkunai". Kostinbrod-Sofia, Bulgaria
NHK World Radio Japan. Kranji, Singapore
All India Radio Tiruchirappalli. Manapparai, Tamil Nadu, India
Trans World Radio India. Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia
Radio Thailand World Service. Udon Thani, Thailand
Radio Pilipinas. Tinang, Philippines
China Radio International. Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

Promised:
RTM Wai FM. Kajang, West Malaysia
FEBC/ HLAZ. Jeju, South Korea.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Logbook 21-28 June 2017

All India Radio Patna
AUSTRALIA
Suspect Australian Broadcasting Corporation (6RN  ABC Radio National), Perth mixing with China station, 810 kHz (MW) after 19.05 UTC. This station seems to be best received around or slightly before 19.00 UTC, but reception is quite poor with a SINPO of 23421.

INDIA
All India Radio Patna in Bihar, monitored 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. 

All India Radio Kolkata was observed from 18.25 till 18.55 UTC. Classical Indian music followed by commentary was received on 657 kHz (MW). Reception rated a (SINPO) of 33433 -- fair signal strength with clear audio when not fading (every 2 to 3 minutes).

MALAYSIA
RTM Limbang FM via Kajang is heard on Mondays from 13.00 till 13.45 UTC. News and Malay pop music with announcements relevant to Limbang have been observed. Normally Wai FM operates on this same frequency -- 11.665 kHz -- but a time slot has been allocated for Limbang FM on Monday nights, Malaysian time. Reception is quite good considering my home is approximately 35 kms from the transmitter site.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA
KBS World Radio via Kimjae was heard on 9.640 kHz. An English broadcast of news and Seoul Calling was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. Reception rated a SINPO of 55545.

SRI LANKA 
Athmik Yathra (AY Radio) via Trincomalee was heard on 1548 kHz (MW). Religious programming, mixed with a few regional songs, along with frequent contact details, was monitored 15.10 till 15.30 UTC.  Reception (SINPO) was 54544 -- strong and clear audio with slight and occasional fading.

Deutsche Welle in a Kiswahili broadcast of news and current event reports was monitored 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.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bye Bye Sitkunai Special Broadcast (via Kostinbrod-Sofia)


"Bye Bye Sitkunai", a special broadcast of ShortwaveService via Spaceline (Kostinbrod-Sofia), was logged on 16 April  2017, from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Lithuanian music along with pre- and post-WWII history of the station was profiled in this long hour programme. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.400  kHz was (SINPO)  33433 - poor to fair signal when not fading under transmitter and atmospheric noise. Despite these conditions, the transmission was audible and speech/music clear.

Reception report was initially emailed the day after the transmission, only to be informed shortly thereafter that said reports would only be considered available for QSL if it met the criteria outlined and $$ for postage was provided. I subsequently mailed my report with request sum on 29 May 2017. As promised this lovely QSL card arrived on 23 June 2017. 

Before closing I want to thank Mr. Christian Milling for producing and lending his narration to this historic perspective on the Sitkunai site. I have fond memories of first listening to Radio Vilnius in the late 1970s and in more recent years to the relayed broadcasts of RFA and Radio Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast and am glad he took the interest to present the history of the Sitkunai site. Thank you so much, Christian!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NHK World Radio Japan (via Kranji)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Kranji (Singapore), was logged on 19 May 2017 with English programming from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on  11.695 kHz rated a SINPO 44344 with atmospheric noise and slight fading effecting an otherwise clear and good signal.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to NHK World on the following day. QSL card arrived in  the mail on 14 June 2017. 

All India Radio Tiruchirappalli (in Tamil Nadu)


All India Radio Tiruchirappalli in Manapparai, Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu (India) was logged on 19 May 2017, from 17.00 till 17.35 UTC.  Tamil music, moderated by a male announcer, was observed from 17.00 UTC onward. News in English at 17.30 UTC presented by female announcer, then sign-off at 17.35 UTC.  Reception on 936 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 34433 with fair to good signal, occasionally fading every few minutes.

Reception report was emailed and mailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in  the mail on 14 June 2017. 


Monday, June 12, 2017

Trans World Radio India (via Yerevan-Gavar)

Trans World Radio India via Yerevan Gavar (Armenia)  was logged on 21 May 2017. A Sidar language broadcast featured programming on Christianity and related music from 14.30 till 14.45 UTC, TWR interval was heard just before sign off. Reception on 12.055 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 - good signal strength, slight transmitter hum and fading, clear and strong audio.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received on 13 June 2017.