Monday, September 18, 2017

Logbook 17 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.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102 (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:
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*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.