Saturday, December 30, 2017

QSLs for December 2017

Adventist World Radio. Taipei, Taiwan
Voice of Korea. Pyongyang, North Korea.
Shortwave Radio* (Test Transmission). Lower Saxony, Germany.
Japan Short Wave Club / AWR. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
NHK World Radio Japan. Talata Volonondry, Madagascar.
Radio Mi Amigo. Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia.
All India Radio Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir, India
Voice of Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam.
Italian Broadcasting Corporation. Yerevan Gavar, Armenia.
China Radio International. Anning City, Yunnan Province, China.
The Carribean Beacon. The Valley, Anguilla.
All India Radio Diphu. Karbi Anglong District, Assam, India.

* Logged using Twente SDR (The Netherlands)

Adventist World Radio (via Taipei)

Adventist World Radio via Taipei (Taiwan) was heard on 15.445 kHz, with SINPO of 55555. This hour-long Vietnamese broadcast featured a mix of health news, religious topics and Vietnamese music from 00.59 till 02.00 UTC. The transmission from Taipei (presumably from an RTI transmitter, judging by the audio feed recorded just before the broadcast began) airs only on Saturdays.  HERE's AWR via Taipei.

Reception report was emailed to several AWR accounts, butthe first and most reliable nowadays (at least for me) is out of Thailand. Note the unmarked Thai postal stamp on ethe QSL card, which arrived on 30 December 2017.

Voice 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), on 18 August 2017. 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.

Reception report was mailed the following day. QSL card, large colourful magazine and Pyongyang Times newspaper arrived in the mail on 30 December 2017.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Shortwave Radio (via Lower Saxony)

Shortwave Radio, 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, on 3 August 2017. 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.

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL arrived on 29 December.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

JSWC Wavescan / Adventist World Radio (via Tashkent)

Japan Short Wave Club / Adventist World Radio, transmitting from Tashkent, was  monitored from 16.10 till 16.30 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 16.30 UTC), on August 2017. 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.

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 29 December 2017.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Logbook for 22 till 24 December 2017

Radio 4KZ in Innisfail, Queensland was logged on 5.054 kHz, slightly off the designated 5.055 kHz, on 22 and 23 December 2017, between 17.05 till 18.45 UTC. Programming on both days consisted of talk shows, odd bits of music and news headlines. Distance from Kuala Lumpur to Innisfail is approximately 5,374 km, which is pretty amazing coverage for a transmitter reportedly running at 500 watts. Reception on both days was quite poor, yet signal was occasionally audible and clear when signal peaked above the noise, which is ample as the following audio file will attest (K4Z announcer is heard about 30 seconds into the recording). Any chance of receiving 4KV before 16.00 UTC is impossible due to station splatter (5 Hz +/-) from Voice of Beibu Bay which operates on 5.050 kHz.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk via Media-Broadcasting (Nauen and Moosbrunn) in their annual "Gruß an Bord" broadcast of Christmas greetings from seaman and families was received from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC (18.00 till 18.30 CET). During the half hour monitored, five music requests, including "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" and "Sitting by the Dock in the Bay", were noted between messages read by the families and moderated by NDR announcers. Reception was received only the short-wave frequencies of 9.740 kHz (Nauen) and 9.790 kHz (Moosbrunn); additional frequencies advertised for this event were not heard in Southeast Asia. Reception on 9.740 kHz was (SINPO) 25332 -- weak signal and slight fading with atmospheric noise being the most troublesome aspect. By 19.25 UTC, reception worsened to 25211 -- fading under atmospheric noise; reception on 9.790 kHz was (SINPO) 35433 - a slightly stronger and clearer signal despite noisy propagation. But, 15 minutes into the broadcast, transmission faded rapidly under atmospheric noise and was not heard. HERE's NDR, first, on 9.740 kHz (Nauen), then on 9.790 kHz (Moosbrunn).

Radio Free Asia was heard on the short-wave frequencies of 9.315 kHz (Dushanbe), 11.555 kHz (Tinian), 12.055 kHz (Lampertheim) and 15.375 kHz (Dushanbe), from 12.15 till 12.45 UTC (broadcast time 12.00 till 13.00 UTC. Three of four frequencies were barely audible under CNR programming (jamming), whereas transmission from the Tinian site offered the best reception. HERE is an excerpt of this Tibetan broadcast.  

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave aerial elevated to a height over 10 metres QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Voice of Vietnam Calendar 2018

A few days ago the Voice of Vietnam sent a New Year's card and poct calendars for 2018. Today, a wall calendar depicting a Vietnamese woman in traditional áo dài dress arrived in the mail. Thank you very much, VoV!

NHK World Radio Japan (vivia Talata Volondry)

NHK World Radio Japan via Talata-Volondry, Madagascar was heard on the shortwave frequency of 15.720 kHz, under good conditions with SINPO of 45454. A Hindi language programme on Hiroshi Watanabe Kabuki was observed from 14.45 till 15.00 UTC, on 24 November 2017. HERE's an idea of how this broadcast sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to NHK World Radio Japan on the following day. QSL card arrived on 22 December 2017.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Voice of Vietnam New Year Greetings

This lovely New Year 2018 greeting card and two 2018 pocket calendars from the Voice of Vietnam arrived in the mail on 20 December 2017. Thank you very much and Happy New Year. 73!

Radio Mi Amigo (via Yerevan-Gavar)

Radio Mi Amigo via Shortwave Service was logged on the short-wave frequency of 5.845 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Captain Kord moderated the English language segment of Radio Mi Amigo's broadcast from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia). He talked about the yester-years of Radio Mi Amigo, played a variety of 60s era pop songs, including George Harrison's "Hare Krishna", Lou Christie's "I'm Gonna Make You Mine", Engelbert Humperdinck's "Winter World of Love" and other songs of the period, as well as frequent station IDs, jingles and mention of a special Radio Mi Amigo QSL card/postage stamp. SINPO initially rated a listenable 44444 -- Good signal strength, heterodyning, some fading, otherwise clear content for much of the time. Reception began to deteriorate a bit after 18.30 UTC with increased fading. HERE's Radio Mi Amigo as heard in  Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed and posted on the same day (both from Malaysia and Germany). QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 December 2017. Thank you very much for your assistance, Juergen.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Logbook for 19 December 2017

ÀIR Delhi (Hyderbad), 7.420 kHz, SINPO 35322 -- atmospheric disturbance mixed with fading, otherwise clear and audible signal, 02.50 UTC with news/commentary in English

NHK World Radio Japan (Yamata), 15.195 kHz, SINPO 55444 -- some atmospheric disturbance for an otherwise good signal, 03.15 UTC with programming in Japanese

Republic of Yemen Radio (Jeddah?), 11.860 kHz, SINPO 34433 -- mixing with PBS Xizang, 03.05 UTC with Islamic programming in Arabic, 19 Dec 2017. 

Radio Thailand (Udonthani),  13.745 kHz, SINPO 45444, 03.15 UTC with Thai pop songs and Thai language programming

RX: Degen DE-1102  ANT: long wire aerial QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Monday, December 18, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Hanoi, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, "Current Affairs" and "Letterbox" was observed from 15.00 till 15.26 UTC, on 8 November 2017. Of particular interest was the "Letterbox" report on Muslims and mosques in Vietnam, which highlighted the Cham community, their music and halal restaurants in the country.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 18 December 2017.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Greetings from Voice of Mongolia

The Voice of Mongolia sent their annual greetings for the New Year, last week. In addition to a colourful greeting card depicting Mongol warriors, I received a one-piece fold-out calendar showing the iconic images of Mongolia. Thank you very much, Voice of Mongolia!


KBS World Radio Calendar for 2018

The 2018 KBS World Radio Calendar arrived in my letterbox a few days ago. Twelve photos of traditional Korean homes, representing each month of the year, are showcased in various locations around the country. Shown on the back pages of this desktop calendar are the English language announcers of KBS World Radio. There is even a page with clear stickers -- rather novel I think --  that let you circle important dates. 

In years past I have generally uploaded each and every photo of a calendar onto the blogsite.This time around I took the liberty of piecing together a short video using these amazing photos and the KBS World Radio interval with station ID in Korean. Hopefully, this little exercise does the calendar justice and depicts the beauty of Korea.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (via Yerevan Gavar)

Italian Broadcasting Corporation via Yerevan Gavar (Armenia), logged on 13 December 2017, at 19.00 UTC onward (broadcast time 19.00 till 20.00 UTC) with station interval, frequent IDs/jingles in Italian, the programme "Panorama Onde Corte", "La Radiotelegraphi Marittima" and Italian pop music. Reception on 5.845 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE is IBC at sign on. 

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 16 December 2017.

Friday, December 15, 2017

China Radio International (via Anning City)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái) was logged, on 11 November 2017, from 16.05 till 16.50 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1188 kHz via  Anning City (Yunnan Province). Reception for this South Asia broadcast was fair to good with clear audio, minor fading and co-frequency interference from a Thai station, rating a SINPO of 43433. HERE is an audio excerpt from this CRI Hindi service.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 15 December 2017.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Logbook for 10 - 13 December 2017

Italian Broadcasting Corporation
via Yerevan Gavar, logged at 19.00 UTC onward with station interval, frequent IDs/jingles in Italian, the programme "Panorama Onde Corte", "La Radiotelegraphi Marittima" and Italian pop music. Reception on 5.845 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE is IBC at sign on.

Reach Beyond Australia
in Kununurra, Western Australia was logged at 14.58 UTC with station ID in English, just before the station signed off. Reception on 11.900 kHz rated a  SINPO of 45544. HERE's the station just before it ended transmission.

Bible Voice Broadcasting
via Nauen was heard with Arabic programming from 15.00 UTC, on 11.790 kHz.  HERE's a audio excerpt from this BVB broadcasr.

DZRV-AM / Radio Veritas Philippines / Global Broadcasting System
in Manila was onbserved on the medium-wave frequency of 846 kHz with SINPO of 34323. Uninterrupted Filipino Christmas music was heard from 18.00 UTC and well after 19.00 UTC. HERE's how DZRV sounded.

via Kranji was received at 10.45 UTC with in depth news reports on Chinese surveillance cameras and the senatorial candidates in the impending Alabama election. Reception on 6.195 kHz was SINPO 55555.

Voice of Vietnam
via Hanoi was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54554. News, Current Affairs and Society Segment was observed from 10.00 till 10.27  UTC.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102 (SW); Sangean ATS-909 (MW) ANT: 1/4 wave and long wire (SW); internal ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Caribbean Beacon (Anguilla)

Now this is ODD!. A verification card from The Caribbean Beacon for a reception report I supposedly sent on 11 November 2017. Excuse me, my last reception report was 15 March 2013. I'm guessing this is either in response to that report, or Pastor Melissa Scott needs listener support to "rebuild' The Caribbean Beacon station which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

If indeed "Reception Confirmed" is referring to the 15 March 2013 report, then thank you very much. I'm delighted to get this verification for a Caribbean Beacon broadcast that was logged at 20.00 to 21.00 UTC, on  11.775 kHz with SINPO of 22332, which was weak in signal strength but audible, despite strong interference from Radio Algerienne Holy Quran in Issoudun, France. As I noted then, when the grey-line between Asia and the Caribbean approached their signal improved, and when Radio Algerienne signed off at 21.00 UTC reception was 24332.

This marks my second confirmation from the station, the first being for a reception report submitted in April 2012. As I recall, that reception report also took several years before a QSL card was received.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

All India Radio Diphu (Assam)

All India Radio Diphu / Akashvani Diphu in Karbi Anglong District, Assam was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1584 kHz under poor conditions with a SINPO of 14221. While terribly weak, I believe this 1 kW station did manage to reach Malaysia. I am aware many AIR stations, particularly AIR Mon, operate on this frequency as well, sometimes carrying the same national programming. Nevertheless, I suspect the transmission I received was indeed from AIR Diphu, based on my relatively close geographic location to Assam and, more importantly, the northeasterly direction to which the station's signal was best received. In any case, classical Indian music and news from All India Radio was observed from 17.05 till 17.31 UTC, on 11 November 2017.

Reception report, along with an audio file, was emailed and posted to Spectrum Management in subesquent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 December 2017.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Year-end Radio Review

As 2017 winds down it's time to take stock of what transpired this past year, on and off the airwaves, here in South East Asia.  In what has become all to common in the last decade, long-established and familiar radio stations and radio-related organisations ceased to operate, among these being Radio Tirana, Radio Australia (Shepparton) and ABC Northern Territory. And, there are rumours that Radio Veritas Asia will eventually cease operation on short-wave. On the bright side, broadcast providers like  Media Broadcast GmbH, Shortwave Service and WRMI continue to expand their programming, allowing broadcasters like Radio Mi Amigio, Radio Menschen & Geschichten and Italian Broadcasting Corporation to broaden their reach and audience. Similarly, QSLs previously impossible to acquire were finally confirmed.

Prized QSLs received this year included both medium- and short-wave stations, among these being: Shortwave Service's special "Bye, Bye Sitkunai" broadcast via Kostinbrod; FRS Holland (logged directly in Malaysia for the very first time); Radio Itatiaia in Brazil, RTHK3 in Hong Kong (which was quite difficult to QSL), Rhein-Main-Radio-Club special broadcast on the last Danish Shortwave Club Meeting, FEBC-HLAZ (a MW station in South Korea) and a handful of MW stations around Australia including ABC Adelaide (5AN), ABC National Adelaide (5RN), ABC Sydney (2BL), ABC NewsRadio Busselton (6PNN) and ABC Local Radio Capricornia (4QD).

All India Radio (AIR) was again a constant and reliable verifier this year. Thanks to continued efforts of Spectrum Management & Synergy, the following stations were QSLed: AIR Gangtok (SW), AIR Aligarh (SW), AIR Ranchi (MW), AIR Parbhani (MW), AIR Jodhpur (MW), AIR Srinagar (MW), AIR Pune (MW), AIR Jalandhar (MW), AIR Kolkata (MW), AIR Najibabad (MW), AIR Patna (MW), AIR Siliguri (MW), AIR Thiruchirapalli (MW), AIR Diphu (MW) and AIR Suratgarh (MW).

As mentioned above, many stations formerly heard only in Europe or the Americas expanded their broadcast coverage. Transmissions were relayed from Yerevan (Armenia), Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) and Okeechobee (USA). These included  Radio Mi Amigo and The Voice of the World Report.

Over on the medium-wave band, verifications from Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Sao  Taiwan   were obtained. A few of these included: Sapporo TV Hoso - JOWF, NHK-1 - JOIK, Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC) - JOCF, NHK-1 - JOAP, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Asahi Hoso - JONR, Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF and Bunka Hosa / Nippon Cultural Broadcasting - JOQR

In other news, while China Radio International, China National Radio and PBS outlets in China literally dominate the short-wave bands, CRI will issue both eQSL and paper QSLs, even occasionally for PBS and CNR outlets.

This year short-wave propagation and bands in South East Asia were nearly absent of stations, save for Chinese, North Korean and religious broadcasters (AWR and Overcomer, especially). At times I feel it is almost pointless to continue listening to short-wave bands. This is why a better a part of my DXing this year was spent logging medium-wave stations.

But this band, in South East Asia, continues to be quite a challenge, what with the many Thai, Indonesian and Chinese stations that fill the airwaves and broadcast in their respective languages/dialects. To listen to stations outside these 'Big Three', broadcast times (often in the wee hours of the morning) and propagation almost ALWAYS dictate reception. And even then, when a station is received, it can be difficult to get a confirmation.

All in all, in spite of the ups and downs this year, it appears radio will remain a viable medium in the coming year. And this, in part, thanks to radio enthusiasts taking charge to preserve it. Let us hope they prevail. Long live radio! Happy DXing and 73.

Monday, December 4, 2017

NDR Hamburg Special Christmas Broadcast 2017

NDR Hamburg “Greeting on Board”, a special Christmas programme via MBR FMO organisation, will be broadcast on 24 December 2017 from Yerevan-Gavar, Issoudun, Moosbrunn and Nauen.

19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.010 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/Ce Europe
19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.080 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.740 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.790 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.800 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
19.00-21.00 UTC // 11.650 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 5.930 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 6.155 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/CeEurope
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.590 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.650 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.765 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.830 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic

Logbook 2 - 5 December 2017

KNLS - World Christian Broadcasting, transmitting from Anchor Point, was logged with Mandarin and Russian programming on the 41 metre band -- 7.355 kHz for Mandarin and 7.370 kHz for Russian. Both transmission rated a similar SIO of 333 -- fair signal strength, clear content, slight atmosperic noise. These Far East broadcasts included the usual KNLS programming of religious topics and a mix of music. Broadcast time is between 16.00 to 18.00 UTC.

Dimtse Radio Erena via Kostinbrod was logged after 17.25 UTC with Tigriya programming and music. Reception on 9.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 34322 -- fair signal, clear content despite some QRM and fading. HERE's Dimtse Radio Erena.

Voice of Greece transmitting from Avlis on 9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444. Greek music with occasional IDs from 16.55 UTC onward. HERE's a bit of Greece courtesy of Voice of Greece.

Adventist World Radio via Taipei was heard on 15.445 kHz, with SINPO of 55555. This hour-long Vietnamese broadcast featured a mix of health news, religious topics and Vietnamese music from 00.59 till 02.00 UTC. The transmission from Taipei (presumably from an RTI transmitter, judging by the audio feed recorded just before the broadcast began) airs only on Saturdays.  HERE's AWR via Taipei.

Voice of Hope Africa, transmitting from Lusaka, was heard on the short-wave frequency of 4.965 kHz, with SINPO of 24322 -- poor signal strength but with occasionally audible content when signal did not fade under atmospheric noise. Contemporary Christian-themed and Christmas music with station IDs in English was observed from 17.05 till 18.00 UTC. HERE's VOH Africa.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave aerial elevated to a height over 10 metres QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Friday, December 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for December 2017

The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of December 2017