Saturday, March 25, 2017

Radio Tirana Tribute


Radio Tirana (RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar) is slated to cease  medium-wave and short-wave transmissions from Albania at the end of March 2017. It joins Radio Australia as yet another long-standing and international broadcaster to leave the airwaves this year.

RTSH-Radio Televizioni Shqiptar has decided to end their MW and SW services in favour of FM, proxy short-wave providers (chiefly, Shortwave Service in Kall-Krekel) and the Internet.  Apparently, the transmitters at the Fllake (MW) and Shijak (SW) sites were old, uneconomical and unreliable to operate.

Like many short-wave listeners of my generation, this is disheartening news. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Radio Tirana was one of those 'exotic' East European countries behind the iron curtain one had to catch...had to QSL! And I did, I'm proud to say.

As I recall they used to broadcast on 7.300 kHz. Their signal was sufficiently strong to reach Denver, in the western United States, where I lived at the time. In recent years their signal was heard occasionally, albeit weakly, in South East Asia (Malaysia), despite their transmissions being targeted for Europe.

While I am saddened to see Radio Tirana disappear from the airwaves, I want to thank them for the years I did listen. It is only fitting I bid adieu  with their interval (as recorded in Malaysia a year ago). And while their programmes may be heard on the Internet, it's still not the same. There is something magical...a bit of a challenge to hear a distant radio station break through the static. Radio Tirana was one of those.

So long, Radio Tirana. Faleminderit!

Logbook for 24 March 2017


ASCENSION ISLAND 
BBC news report on looming vote on Trumpcare at around 18.15 UTC. Reception on 11.810 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433.

CHINA
PBS Yunnan Voice of Shangri-La via Kunming was heard around 11.50 UTC up until sign-off at 12.00 UTC with instrumental music. Reception on 6.035 kHz was 33443 with a bit of transmitter noise.

INDONESIA
Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta with news in German was heard after 18.00 UTC on 9.525 kHz. SINPO was not surprisingly a solid 55555.

PHILIPPINES
Raydo Pilipinas with programming in Filipino language was noted at 18.05 UTC. Reception on 15.190 kHz rated a strong SINPO of 45444.

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio with sermon in English on "God's rejection of those who reject Him", "new sexual morality" etc at 18.20 UTC. Reception on 9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 35543.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey with Turkish pop music was receive at 18.00 UTC on 11.730 kHz. SINPO was a pleasant 55545.

Receiver used: Tescun BCL-350. Antenna: 10 meter long wire.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Logbook 18 - 21 March 2017



GERMANY
Adventist World Radio via Nauen with Punjabi programming with male announcer at 15.20 UTC, then music at 15.27 UTC, on 15.150 kHz with SINPO of 55545.

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata with station interval and ID was heard around 15.28 UTC. Programming in Mandarin followed. Reception was observed on 9.575 kHz with SINPO of 45544.

LAOS
Lao National Radio with political commentary in English was observed at 14.45 UTC, on 6.130 kHz rated a SINPO 33443.

MYANMAR 
Thazin Radio via Pyin U Lwin featured a Buddhist educational programme moderated in Burmese by a male instructor with students. This was observed at 23.35 UTC. Transmission occurred on 6.030 kHz. SINPO rated 45544. 

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International via Galbena with local music and talk in Romanian was heard from 14.30 UTC onward, on 15.310 kHz with SINPO of 45534.

SRI LANKA 
Voice of America via Iranawila was heard at 23.30 UTC with interval and station ID in English, followed by programming in Burmese. Reception on 7.480 kHz was 55555.

VATICAN 
Radio Veritas Asia via Santa Maria di Galeria with religious talk and music in Tagalog at 15.30 UTC, on 15.620 kHz with SINPO of 35443.

 Receiver used: Tecsun S-2000. External antenna: 1/4 wave aerial. RX location: central West Malaysia

Thursday, March 16, 2017

QSLs from WRMI


Five QSL cards from WRMI arrived in the letterbox, today. These were reception reports of Wavescan logged in November 2016, Frecuencia Al Dia and Wavescan logged in December 2016, and Wavescan  logged in January 2017. Two cards depict the fauna around Okeechobee, while another two show the antenna array of WRMI, and lastly, one card is for their Spanish language DX programme. Thank you very much, WRMI and Jeff White!

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged  on 26 February 2016. "Hear in Taiwan", "Trends", "In The Republic", Taiwanese pop music and "One More Thing" was heard from 15.10 till 16.00 UTC (before 15.00 till 16.00 UTC). Reception on 11.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 55545.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.


WRMI (via Okeechobee)

WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida (USA) was logged on 1 January 2017, from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. During this time segment, an episode of Wavescan featured KVOH Operation's Manager (Ray Robinson) discussing the history of the Voice of Nigeria and the operations of Voice of Hope (in Zambia), Jeff White profiled 'Chocolate Music' and the 'Wrong QSL', along with  the JSWC DX Report that was presented by Yukiko Tsuji. Transmission was observed on 9.955 kHz.  SINPO rated 25322 -- weak signal, with occasionally clear content, despite atmospheric noise. Transmission was best received in LSB mode.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 March 2017.


Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Calendar from Radio Kuwait


Here's an unexpected gift that arrived in the mail, today. It's a desktop calendar from Radio Kuwait. Their 2017 calendar depicts a number of key national landmarks and contains a broadcast schedule of their transmissions. Thank you Radio Kuwait!

 
 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Logbook for 6-12 March 2017




AUSTRALIA
Reach Beyond  in Kununurra was logged from 13.00 till 14.00 UTC with Evangelical programming in English. SINPO on 9.645 kHz was 55555,

BANGLADESH
Bangledesh Betar
was heard at 13.00 UTC with news in English. SINPO on 15.105 kHz was 55555.

FRANCE
Deutsche Welle via Issoudun on 15.275 kHz with SINPO of 24432. News reports  in French at 17.10 UTC.

Eye Radio via Issoudun with English and Arabic language broadcasts between 16.50 till 17.10 UTC, on  15.250 kHz, heard under fair conditions with SINPO rating of 34433.

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan
via Yamata was observed from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC, in Japanese broadcast, on 9.680 kHz with SINPO of 45444.

MONGOLIA
Voice of Mongolia with English programming was observed from 09.00 till 09.30 UTC on 12.035 kHz. SINPO rated 34343 with atmospheric noise being the main issue to an otherwise fair signal.

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand International was noted on 15.720 kHz with SINPO of 15421 -- weak but audible signal when not fading. This was observed at 00.15 UTC.

SOUTH AFRICA
Channel Africa on 15.235 with SINPO of 24432. Current events programme in French at 16 .50 UTC.

Adventist World Radio via Meyerton on 15.490 kHz with SIO of 232 - poor, fading but audible. Talk in Swahili at 17.15 till 17.30 UTC. Religious music with announcer at 17.24 UTC.

SAO TOME
Voice Of America  on 15.640 kHz with SINPO of 45544 with talk in Shona at 17.15 UTC.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
English broadcast was logged from 17.35  till 18.25 UTC, on  11.730 kHz, with SINPO of 45344.

UNKNOWN
UNID station on 5.020  with SINPO of 14331 in LSB with music, including "We Are One (Ole Ola)", at 17.30 UTC.

VIETNAM
Voice of the People of Ho Chi Minh City (Đài Tiếng nói Nhân dân Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh). Ethnic/traditional Vietnamese music monitored from 16.05 till 17.00 UTC. SINPO on 610 kHz (MW) rated 44534 -- good signal strength and clarity of audio, minor fading every 3 to 4 minutes.

ZAMBIA
Voice of Hope via Makeni Ranch was heard on the short-wave frequency of 4.965 kHz from 20.25 till 21.00 UTC. An English broadcast of mostly Western songs with Evangelical messages, frequent station IDs and at least one religious programme was noted during this period. SINPO initially rated 34333 -- fair signal strength, audible and clear speech when not fading under scratchy atmospheric noise. Reception worsened around 20.50 UTC to 24322.


Receivers used: Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909. External antenna: 1/4 wave aerial. RX location: central West Malaysia
 

Monday, March 6, 2017

QSL from Shortwave Service (Germany)


Shortwave Service for Radio Menschen & Geschichten* in Kall-Krekel (Germany) sent this QSL card of their inaugural broadcast in January 2016. Christian Milling of Radio 700 moderated this nostalgic show that profiled past radio personalities and programming of Radio Sweden, Polish Radio and Swiss Radio. It included old reports, contemporary music and correspondence from listeners who shared their memories. Thank you very much, Christian!

*Transmission was received using SDR web-receiver in The Netherlands (Twente)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Isle of Music (via Kostinbrod)

Isle of Music, in a "Test Transmission" from Kostinbrode (Bulgaria), was logged on 5 March 2017. Cuban classical, electric guitar, congo/trumpet and vocal compositions were monitored from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC.

Reception on 9.400 kHz was SINPO 14431 -- best received in LSB mode, but weak with fading, occasional and faint peaks of audio. As grey-line extended between Bulgaria and Malaysia, signal gradually improved, albeit still weak but with discernible music in LSB mode. HERE's how Isle of Music sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed shortly after transmission ended. Bill Tilford promised eQSL, which he emailed in less than 24 hours.


Email:
Tilfordproductions@gmail.com

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Logbook 2 March 2017




 ALASKA
KNLS
in Anchor Point was heard on 9.615 kHz with a SINPO of 54444. English language programming was observed at 10.25 till 11.00 UTC.

INDONESIA
Voice of Indonesia
in Jakarta was logged on 9.525 kHz with SINPO of 54555. Indonesian pop music was noted at 10.40 UTC.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei was logged on 9.595 kHz with SINPO of 44444. Japanese programming was monitored at 10.30 UTC.

NHK World Radio Japan was logged on 9.750 kHz with SINPO of 55545. News in Japanese was heard at 10.30 UTC.

NORTH KOREA
Voice of Korea
was logged on 11.680 kHz with SINPO of 55555. Nationalistic/patriotic music was heard at 10.35 UTC.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
was logged on 9.770 kHz with SINPO of 55545. Internal and station ID followed by news in Korean was monitored at 10.29 UTC onward.

MALAYSIA
RTM Radio Asyik
via Kajang with Malay pop songs was noted at 10.38 UTC, broadcasting on 6.050 kHz with SINPO of 55545

SINGAPORE
BBC
via Kranji relay site was logged on 6.195 kHz with SINPO of 55555. News programme in English was observed at 10.37 UTC

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan Internationa
l, transmitting from Paochung, was logged on the short-wave frequency of 11.600 kHz with SINPO of 54555.  Programmes "Hear in Taiwan",  "Stroke of Light", "Eye on China" and "Easy Chinese" were observed from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VoV-1) / Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam, transmitting from Quán Tre, Đông Hưng Thuận, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Saigon), on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz was logged with a SINPO of 54555 - excellent signal strength and clarity of audio.  A largely talk format with radio drama, interval, station ID and news was observed from 22.50 till 23.10 UTC.

Voice of Vietnam (VoV-2), transmitting from Dak Lak, was logged on 6.020 kHz with SINPO of 35433. Ethnic music and programming was heard at 10.40 UTC.

Voice of Vietnam (VOV-5), transmitting from Hanoi, was logged on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz with SINPO of 54555. Programmes "Current Affairs", "Economic Statement", "Country in Vietnam" and a Vietnamese pop song was observed from 10.00 till 10.28 UTC.

 Receivers used: Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909. External antenna: 1/4 wave aerial. RX location: central West Malaysia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for March 2017




The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for the month of  March 2017