Sunday, February 19, 2017

Logbook 18-19 February 2017

Radio Afghanistan has been logged on 6.100 kHz, mixing with PBS Pyongyang, but slightly than the North Korean station when not fading. News reports in Dari and regional music was observed from 16.05 till 16,12 UTC when signal appeared to end or drop off, rating an overall SINPO of 33433.

ABC Radio National 729 (5RN), transmitting from Reynella (Pimpala) in South Australia, was heard from 19.40 till 20.05 UTC in a largely talk format with guests and phone0in listeners. Reception on 729 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 24422 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise transmission was clear and discernible  for brief times. Audio level peaked approximately 20 to 30 minutes apart; otherwise signal was heard throughout the time monitored, but at a much weaker strength. Frequency was free of co-station interference at the time which made reception possible, much like sister station ABC Adelaide 891.

China Radio International, transmitting from Jinhua, in a Japanese broadcast of "Highway Beijing", was observed from 23.05 till 23.57 UTC. Reception on  9.695 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444 -- good signal strength, clear and discernible audio, slight transmitter hum and fading.

Voice of America-Radio Sawa / BBG, transmitting from Umm al-Rimam (Kuwait), was heard in an Arabic language broadcast featuring news reports / commentary from 18.05 till 18.25 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz rated a SINPO of 25431 -- weak audio, occasionally clear and discernible content whenever signal peaked (every two to three minutes).

Voice of Vietnam (VoV-1) / Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam, transmitting from Đồng Hới, Tỉnh Quảng Bình (Vietnam), was observed on 630 kHz (MW) with news and current events from 22.03 till 22.30 UTC. SINPO rated 34433 - fair signal strength, clear and audible speech, slight fading. Signal continued to be received up till 23.00 UTC, but gradually faded under atmospheric noise.

Voice of Vietnam (VoV-1) / Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam, transmitting from Xã Thới Hưng, Can Tho Municipality (Vietnam), was observed at sign-on with interval, ID and programme promotion at 21.55 UTC. SINPO rated a  55545 on 711 kHz (MW).

Receivers used: Sangean ATS-909 and Tecsun S-2000. Antenna: internal ferrite rod, loop and/or external 1/4 wave aerials. RX location: Central peninsular Malaysia

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