Saturday, June 23, 2018

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged on 10 May 2018. English language programmes including the news, "Here in Taiwan", Ear to the Ground", and "Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes" was heard from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a (SINP0) of 55555

Reception report was submitted on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 23 June 2018.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Radio Free Asia (via Dushanbe)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Dushanbe (Tajikistan) was logged on 1 May 2018. Tibetan programming with news reports, filler music and Tibetan music and RFA ID was observed from 02.05 till 02.30 UTC. Reception on 13.765 kHz emitted a (SINPO) of 43543 -- good signal strength but mixing with Chinese broadcaster (possibly CNR. HERE's RFA (Dushanbe)

Reception report was emailed on the same day. A follow-up email was sent in early June. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 June 2018.

All India Radio Jeypore (Odisha)

All India Radio Jeypore in the eastern Indian state of Odisha,  was logged on 22 February 2018, 17.10 till 17.40 UTC.  A selection of Hindi music, presumably from Bollywood films, along with a female moderator was observed. This was followed by national news in English and Hindi, then closure of transmission. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 23322 -- signal strength was weak to fair depending on duration of fading, some co-frequency interference from a station in Thailand, and terrible QRN from a thunderstorm in my quarter. Otherwise signal was audible most of time with occasionally discernible speech. HERE is  AIR Jeypore medium-wave transmission. This a new 100 kW transmitter.

Reception report was emailed to AIR Jeypore and Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. AIR Jeypore confirmed a few hours later with an email.  Report was also posted to Spectrum Management & Synergy. Actual QSL card arrived on 22 June 2018. A follow-up QSL arrived on 23 June 2018.

Email:
airjeypore@rediffmail.com

NHK World Radio Japan (via Yamata)

NHK World  Radio Japan, transmitting from Yamata, was logged on 3 April 2018,  from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. This Russian service began with interval signal, station identification, contact details, followed by news, more reports and programme on Japanese traditional theatre. Reception on 7.355 kHz emitted a SINPO of 44544 - good signal strength and clarity of sound, despite slight fading. HERE's an audio aexcerpt from this Russian service.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed to NHK World  Radio Japan Russian service on 3 April 2018. The Russian Service replied with confirmation and promised QSL on 5 April 2018. QSL card with postcard arrived on 22 June 2018.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Myanma Radio (via Nay Pyi Taw)

Myanma Radio in Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar) was received on 8 March 2018, from 14.55 till 17.00 UTC. On this particular day their medium-wave transmission was on 590 kHz. This off-frequency transmission was observed for only one day. As a result their signal was much clearer with no co-frequency interference, rating a  (SINP0) of 45433. A selection of Myanmar pop songs, moderated by a female announcer, was observed from 14.55 till 16.00 UTC, then English language programming with Western pop songs till 17.00 UTC. HERE's Myanma Radio.

Reception report was emailed on the following day, 9 March 2018. Additional (follow-up) emails were sent in May. Finally on 11 June 2018, I received an email from the Myanma Radio English Team confirming the broadcast. Unfortunately a formal QSL card has yet to arrive.

Trans World Radio (via Manzini)

Trans World Radio via Manzini, Swaziland logged 18 June 2018. Malagasy programming with station ID, followed by religious sermon preached by male speaker was monitored: from 14.55 till 15.25 UTC. Reception on 9.585  kHz was (SINPO) 33443 -- fair signal strength and clear audio despite transmitter noise and slight fading. Signal worsened after 15.20 UTC to the point it was buried under transmitter and atmospheric noise until sign off. HERE's TWR Swaziland. 

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 20 June 2018.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Logbook 12 May till 19 June 2018

AUSTRALIA
Reach Beyond Australia in Kununurra (Western Australia) logged on 13 June 2018. English programm "Spotlight English" featured  "New World Wonders" from 15.50 till 16.00  UTC. Reception on 7.190  kHz rated a (SINPO) of 44544 -- good signal with minimal transmitter noise in the background of audio, otherwise clear content and decent reception. Reach Beyond Australia sent eQSL.

INDIA
All India Radio Bhawanipatna (Akashvani Bhawanipatna)
via Belamal, Odisha logged on 8 June 2018. Indian classical music and national news in English noted from 17.00 till 17.36 UTC. Receotion on 1206 kHz (MW) rated a (SINPO) of 24322 -- weak signal, occasionally clear and audible content when not fading every few minutes under atmospheric noise. HERE's AIR Bhawanipatna. Spectrum Management & Synergy acknowledged report.

INDONESIA (Bali)
Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja (PRO-1)* via Banyu Alit, Singaraja, Bali logged 29 May 2018 (30 May 2018, Bali Date). A mix of Balinese and Indonesian programming, i.e. Indo pop music, DJ discussing programme summary, followed by mantra "Om shanti shanti shanti Om" with Balinese music, then station ID "RRI Singaraja", was observed from 22.05 till 22.30 UTC (06.05 till 06.30 AM, Bali Time). Reception on 1080 kHz (MW) was (SINPO) 44433 - strong signal, clear audio when not fading every few minutes under atmospheric noise. However by 22.15 UTC, signal was much weaker and gradually mixed with atmospheric noise. In the early evening hours there was some co-frequency interference from a station in Thailand. Later in the night, China Radio International blocked reception of  station. Station has been received in Malaysia too with less clarity and strength in Malaysia. HERE's RRI Singaraja. Email from Music Director confirmed reception.

INDONESIA (Kalimantan)
Voice of Indonesia via RRI Palangkaraya transmitter in Kalimantan (Borneo) logged on 16 June 2018. French programming was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. Reception on 3.325 kHz rated a (SINP0) of 54444. HERE's VOI via Palangkaraya. Additionally,
VOI Mandarin service (on 3.325 kHz) --  news and VOI ID  from 11.05 UTC.
VOI Japanese service (on 3.325 kHz) -- Indonesian pop songs and ID from 12.50 till 13.00 UTC.
VOI English service (on 3.325 kHz) -- station ID, programme summary and news from 13.00 UTC.
VOI German service (on 3.325 kHz) -- station ID and news from 20.00 UTC (Some DXers have noted 18.00 UTC).

MADAGASCAR
Madagascar World Voice
(World Christian Broadcast KNLS) logged on 12 June 2018. Religious content with pop/contemporary Christian music monitored: 03.10 till 04.00 UTC (broadcast time 03.00 till 04.00 UTC).  Reception on 15.515 kHz was (SINPO) 35423 -- fair signal strength and clear audio content, but deep fading was the only major issue on this particular day. I might add that MWV  has been heard on 9.600 kHz from 02.00 till 03.00 UTC as well. Reception quality however varied from just barely audible to good, depending on propagation from day to day. HERE's MWV

NEPAL
Radio Nepal
via Sainbu, Bhainsepati (Kathmandu) logged on 12 May 2018. Discussion about visiting Indian PM Modi and music was observed from 15.50 till 16.15 UTC. Reception on 792 kHz (MW) rated a (SINPO) of 22421 -- weak signal but occasionally audible depite co-frequency mixing from Guangxi PBS (China) and Sathani Witthayu Krom Kan Phalang Ngan Thahan (Bangkok, Thailand) and static bursts caused by local (Malaysia) thunderstorm.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae, Republic of Korea logged 16 May 2018. English programming, including the segment "Alien in Seoul" with K-Pop tunes was monitored from 09.15 till 09.45 UTC. Reception on 9.770 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 44544 -- fair to good signal with fading, but clear and audible signal. HERE's KBS World Radio. 

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio
via Manzini, Swaziland logged 18 June 2018. Malagasy programming with station ID, followed by religious sermon preached by male speaker was monitored: from 14.55 till 15.25 UTC. Reception on 9.585  kHz was (SINPO) 33443 -- fair signal strength and clear audio despite transmitter noise and slight fading. Signal worsened after 15.20 UTC to the point it was buried under transmitter and atmospheric noise until sign off. HERE's TWR Swaziland. 

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International via Kouhu logged on 14 May 2018. Chinese (Mandarin) programming was heard from 10.45 till 11.05 UTC. Reception on 6.105 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 43543 -- good signal strength and minimal fading despite co-frequency interference from China National Radio which can be heard under your transmission. HERE's RTI (Kouhu). RTI sent QSL card.

THAILAND
Sathani Witthayu Ratthasapha
(Parliament Radio Station) via Khet Bang Khun Thian (Bangkok) logged on 22 May 2018. Speeches from various ministers/dignitaries about Islam in Thailand, held in conjunction with the month of Ramadan, was heard in Thai and English from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 1071 kHz (MW) was (SINPO) 44433 -- strong signal, clear audio when not fading every few minutes under atmospheric noise. HERE's the Thailand Parliament Radio Station.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via  Emirler logged on 11 June 2018. Arabic programming of Quran recitation and nasheeds (religious songs) was monitored from 00.40 till 02.00 UTC. Reception on 9.735  kHzwas initially at 00.40 UTC rated a (SINPO) of 34443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio content with minimal atmospheric noise and interference. Around 01.20 UTC, conditions changed and reception deteriorated to a SINPO of 23322 -- still audible content with some occasional station splatter from Thazin Radio (a Myanmar station) after 01.30 UTC.

UNID
1476 kHz (MW) -- possibly Trans World Radio India logged on 16 and 17 June 2018 at 14.00 UTC with religious programming in Indian dialect mixing with Thai station (Radio Thailand - Chiang Mai). SINPO was 33433. On 19 June 2018, after 18.00 UTC, suspect Radio Siaran Niaga Hiukencana (Central Java) was noted in what sounded like a football match, with SINPO rated 25322 when antenna was rotated to a SE to NW direction, hence my suspicion that this is an unknown Indonesian station. Quran recitation was heard on 20 May 2018, after 18.30 UTC.

VIETNAM
Radio Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi logged on 19 June 2018. news, commentary on US-China tariffs and Society Segment and Vietnamese pop song observed from 12.30 till 12.55 UTC. Reception on 9.840  kHz  was (SINPO) 54554 -- Strong signal and clear audio despite squealing transmitter noise. VOV has promised QSL.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 (SW) and Degen DE-1102 and Sangean ATS-909 (MW) ANT: 1/4 wave (SW) and internal ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Central West Malaysia and *Singapore

Monday, June 18, 2018

Reach Beyond Australia (via Kununurra)

Reach Beyond Australia, transmitting from Kununurra, Western Australia, was logged on 13 June 2018.  A programmed called "Spotlight English" featured the "New World Wonders", a concept mooted by Swiss film maker Bernard Webber. This was monitored from 15.50 till 16.00  UTC. Reception on 7.190  kHz rated as SINPO of 44544 -- good signal with minimal transmitter noise in the background of audio, otherwise clear content and decent reception.

Reception report was emailed to Reach Beyond Australia on the following day. An eQSL arrived on 19 June 2018.

Email:
radio@reachbeyond.org.au
meloffice@reachbeyond.org.au

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Radio Canada International Retrospective


Fifty years ago Radio Canada (International) and their unmistakable "Oh Canada" interval was an easy catch in the United States. I listened to the station regularly. Like many DXers of the day, I tuned in to hear Glenn Hauser’s DX Listening Digest, hosted by Ian McFarland, on Radio Canada. It proved to be an invaluable source when searching for new radio stations and developments in the broadcasting world. As a regular listener I QSLed Radio Canada more times than most shortwave broadcasters back then.

When I resumed the hobby in South East Asia, I discovered Radio Canada International  (RCI) relayed their broadcasts from many transmitter sites. These included Kunming, Urumqi and Xian (China), Yamata (Japan), Kimjae (South Korea), Tinang (Philippines), Santa Maria de Galeria (Vatican), and  Skelton and Woofferton (UK). Transmissions from their historic and now dismantled Sackville (New Brunswick) site was also received, but generally in the winter months. Even CBC Radio Nord was logged and QSLed from Malaysia.

Anyone who ever submitted a reception report to Radio Canada International will surely recognise the name Bill Westenhaver. He was the QSL veri-signer for RCI. He was the kind and helpful guy who promptly signed and posted the station's QSL cards. I remember him especially in the closing days of RCI. He worked tirelessly to ensure  listeners received RCI souvenirs and Verification Letters in lieu of QSL cards. Bill could easily have ignored them, but he didn't. That's the kind of guy he was...classy!

So it is with great fondness I recall and pay tribute to Radio Canada International in this short video. Thank you RCI for all the great memories.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Radio Taiwan International (via Kouhu)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting presumably from Kouhu (Taiwan), was logged on 14 May 2018. A Mandarin language broadcast was monitored from 10.45 till 11.05 UTC. Reception on 6.105 kHz rated a SINP0 of 43543 -- good signal strength and minimal fading despite co-frequency interference from China National Radio which can be heard under RTI transmission. HERE's how RTI faired during this transmission. 

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 4 June 2018.

Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja (via Bali)

Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja (PRO-1) in Buleleng, Bali, was logged from 22.05 till 22.30 UTC, on 29 May 2018. A mix of Balinese and Indonesian programming, i.e. Indo pop music, DJ discussing programme summary, followed by mantra "Om shanti shanti shanti Om" with Balinese music, then station ID "RRI Singaraja", was observed.  HERE's RRI Singaraja.

SINPO on 1080 kHz (MW) rated 34433 - strong signal, clear audio when not fading every few minutes under atmospheric noise, Subsequent days reception was a bit weaker at 24332 with fading, household electrical noise and  static bursts from a local thunderstorm. Interestingly, RRI Singaraja is received in Kuala Lumpur too, but usually with co-frequency interference from a station in Thailand. And, signal is best received in the morning, both in Singapore and Malaysia. Early evening RRI Singaraja is heard, but Interference from CRI is a problem in later at night.

Reception report was emailed on 1 June 2018, then followed up a few days later to additional email contacts and mailed to RRI Singaraja. On 4 June 2018, I received the following email confirming reception: "Thank you monitoring and giving the report to us, M Breyel. The recording was indeed broadcast from PRO 1 RRI Singaraja, although somewhat less good to be heard. I am very glad to hear this report about our broadcast to Malaysia. Let me introduce myself to you. I am Kasaan, Music Director, RRI Singaraja. Warm greetings from me. This report I will submit to my boss later. Kasah, Music Director's Pro 2 RRI Singaraja." Now hopefully a verification from the station itself will follow.


ŔX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: internal ferrite rod QTH: Pasir Ris, Singapore

Saturday, June 2, 2018

NHK World Radio Japan

NHK World Radio Japan via Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, Japan was monitored on 2 May 2018. from 01.55 till 02.25 UTC. Japanese programming with discussion about the Philippines, news, Japanese pop music and IDs were observed. Reception on 15.195 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544. HERE's NHK World Radio Japan. 

Reception report was emailed and submitted online. QSL card and postcard arrived on 31 May 2018.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

QSLs for Month 0f May 2018


CRI for China National Radio 1Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
BBG/IBB for VOA-Radio Sawa. Umm al-Rimam, Kuwait.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
KNLS New Life Station. Anchor Point, Alaska (USA).
The Mighty KBC. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria.
Sound of Hope. Taiwan.
Adventist World Radio. Kostinbrod-Sofia, Bulgaria.
Adventist World Radio (Wavescan). Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
CRI for Liaoning PBS. Shenyang Sub-Provincial City (formerly Manchuria), China.

Friday, May 25, 2018

CRI for China National Radio 1 (via Changzhou)

China Radio International for China National Radio 1 (SAPPRFT). transmitting from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, (China), was monitored from 12.30 till 13.00 UTC on 14 April 2018. News, station promo and station IDs were noted during the half hour that the station was monitored. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1593 kHz  rated a SINPO of  44333 -- fair to good signal when not fading and mixing with Radio Thailand. HERE's China National Radio 1 ( Changzhou) as heard in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed to CRI and posted to CNR on the following day. Insomuch as I have had little success in obtaining verification directly from either CNR or PBS, I contacted CRI. QSL card from CRI for CNR was received on 26 May 2018.

Adventist World Radio (via Kostinbrod)

Adventist World Radio via Spaceline (Kostinbrod-Sofia, Bulgaria)  was received on 10 April 2018, from 15.59 till 16.30 UTC. An English language broadcast of music, religious sermons and nature study about the poinsettia was observed.  Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.950 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- strong signal, clear audio despite an occasional fluttering fade. HERE's AWR via Spaceline.

Reception report was emailed the following day and with subsequent follow-ups. QSL card arrived from AWR office in Thailand on 26 May 2018,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Logbook April - May 2018

ALASKA
KNLS New Life Station
via Anchor Point was observed on 29 April 2018, from 17.00 till 17.35 (broadcat time 17.00 till 18.00 UTC). Mandarin programming with religious topics, English-Mandarin lesson and occasional music was monitored during this time. Reception on 9.655 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

CHINA
PBS Xinjiang
via  Urumqi, Xinjiang-Changji was logged on 29 April 2018. from 17.45 till 18.00 UTC. Mandarin programming of news and music. Reception on 5.060 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 - fair signal, clear audio, no fading and no interference. HERE's PBS Xinjiang.

China National Radio 1 via SAPPRFT Changzhou, Jiangsu Province was heard on 14 April 2018, from 12.30 till 13.00 UTC. News talk, station promos and some music in Mandarin was observed. Reception on 1593 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 44333 -- fair to good signal when not fading and mixing with Radio Thailand. HERE's China National Radio 1 (Changzhou).

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan
via Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, Japan was monitored on 2 May 2018. from 01.55 till 02.25 UTC. Japanese programming with discussion about the Philippines, news, Japanese pop music and IDs were observed. Reception on 15.195 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544. HERE's NHK World Radio Japan.

NEPAL
Radio Nepal
via Sainbu, Bhainsepati (Kathmadu) was logged on 792 kHz (MW), from 15.50 till 16.15 UTC, on 12 May 2018. Discussion about Indian PM's visit to Nepal and some music noted. SINP0 rated 22421 -- weak signal but occasionally audible depite co-frequency mixing from Guangxi PBS (China) and Sathani Witthayu Krom Kan Phalang Ngan Thahan (Bangkok, Thailand) and static bursts caused by local (Malaysia) thunderstorm.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae was logged on 16 May 2018, from 09.15 till 09.45 UTC. English programming featured "Alien in Seoul" and K-Pop tracks. Reception on 9.770 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 - fair to good signal with fading, but clear and audible signal

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
  via Kouhu was monitored on 14 May 2018, from 10.45 till 11.05 UTC. Mandarin programming with station IDs and news at the top of the hour was observed. Reception on 6.105 kHz rated a SINPO of 43543 -- good signal strength and minimal fading despite co-frequency interference from China National Radio which can be heard under your transmission. HERE's Radio Taiwan International  (Kouhu).

Sound of Hope via Tamsui was logged on 30 April 2018, from 01.30 till 02.00 UTC. Conversations in Mandarin, IDs and music filler noted between reports. Reception on 18.870 kHz rated a SINPO of 35533 - fair signal, clear audio, occasional fading and no interference. HERE's Sound of Hope.

TAJIKISTAN
Radio Free Asia via Dushanbe was logged on 1 May 2018, from 02.05 till 02.30 UTC. Current even reports, news and IDs in Tibetan were noted. Reception on 13.765 kHz rated a SINPO of 43543 -- good signal strength but mixing with Chinese broadcaster (possibly CNR). HERE's Radio Free Asia (Dushanbe).

THAILAND
Sathani Witthayu Ratthasapha (Parliament Radio Station) via Khwaeng Samaedam, Khet Bang Khun Thian (Bangkok) was received from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC, on 22 May 2018. Speeches from various ministers/dignitaries about Islam in Thailand, held in conjunction with the month of Ramadan, was heard in Thai and English. Reception on 1071 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 44433 - strong signal, clear audio when not fading every few minutes under atmospheric noise. HERE's Parliament Radio Station (Bangkok).

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey via Emirler was logged on 8 May 2018, from 18.30 till 19.25 UTC. English programming with frequent station IDs, news/current events about Turkey, "Question of the Month" and Turkish pop songs. Reception  on 9.785 kHz rated a SINPO of 24322 - weak signal, clear frequency, atmospheric noise and fading.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam via Han Noi, Vietnam was logged on 2 May 2018m from 23.00 till 23.29 UTC. Indonesian language programming about Vietnam and some Vietnamese pop music was heard during this broadcast. Reception on 12.020 kHz rated a SINPO of  55555 -- excellent!

Radio Sawa (Kuwait)

BBG/IBB for Radio Sawa, transmitting from Umm al-Rimam (Kuwait), was logged on 24 January 2017. Arabic language news/current events was observed 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).

Reception report was emailed on the following day with follow-up emails in subsequent months. This email verification from the Director of Broadcast Technologies Division for BBG/IBB, was received on 24 May 2018, promised QSL card .

Friday, May 18, 2018

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was received on  21 April 2018. An English language broadcast of news, commentary on impending China-US trade war and Turkish pop music was monitored from 16.30 till 17.26 UTC. Reception on 15.520 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 55444. Around 16.50 till 17.05 UTC, signal weakened and faded under atmospheric noise to 25211. By 17.10 UTC, signal stablised to 35323.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 19 May 2018.

KNLS (via Anchor Point)

KNLS New Life Station, transmitting from Anchor Point, Alaska (USA), was logged on 29 April 2018. A Chinese language broadcast of Western music, religious commentary and English/MAndarin lesson was monitored from 17.00 till 17.35 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 1o 18.00 UTC). Reception on 9.655 kHz rated a  (SINPO) of 55555. HERE's an audio excerpt of this KNLS transmission as heard in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 19 May 2018.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Mighty KBC (via Kostinbrod)

The Mighty KBC, transmitting from Spaceline facility in Kostinbrod (Bulgaria), was logged on 5 May 2018. DJ chatter, contact details and frequent station IDs between music rarities, a DX programme and a digital mode transmission was observed from 15.10 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on 9.400 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322. HERE's The Mighty KBC as heard in Malaysia. 

Reception report was emailed the following day. On 9 May 2018, Eric van Willegen for The Mighty KBC replied with a brief email message and this standard KBC eQSL.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged on 16 April 2018. Their English segment of News, "Curious John", "In the Spotlight" and "Classic Stories" was monitored from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.320 kHz rated a SINP0 of 55555.

Reception was emailed and submitted online the same day. QSL card featuring another meal in their "lunchbox" series arrived in the mail on 7 May 2018.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Adventist World Radio (via Trincomalee)

Adventist World Radio (Wavescan)  in Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) was received on 8 April 2018, from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Content monitored during this segment included the Philippine DX Report, a feature  on establishment of radio stations in conflicted areas, and HCJB Music of Ecuador which was presented by Wavescan host Jeff White. Reception on 9.580 kHz rated a SINP0 of 33533 -- fair signal strength and clear audio despite annoying station splatter and some occasional fading under static. HERE is a sample of this Wavescan broadcast from my quarter.

Reception report was emailed to multiple contacts on the following day. QSL card arrived on 5 May 2018.

I find the most reliable, or at least the quickest response is from AWR Asia (Thailand) office. While I am an AWR monitor, response from their office in Germany is less efficient in QSLing promptly. 

Sound of Hope (Taiwan)

Sound of Hope, a clandestine station purportedly transmitting from Tamsui, Taiwan, was logged on 30 April 2018. Religious programming with interviews/conversations in Mandarin were observed from 01.30 till 02.00 UTC. Reception on 18.870 kHz (one of many frequencies supposedly used from low-powered transmitters) rated a SINPO of 35533 - fair signal, clear audio, occasional fading and no interference. HERE is Sound of Hope as heard in South East Asia. 

Reception report was emailed to multiple accounts in subsequent days. On 5 May 2018, a scanned copy of a QSL card from VOH (USA office) was emailed. Presumably the actually QSL card will arrive in the mail, a week or two from now. 

Interestingly, Voice of Hope (Taiwan) sent their QSL card for a previous reception reported submitted years ago. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Radio Kuwait 2018 Calendar.


Radio Kuwait 2018 Calendar. Two calendars were received on 4 May 2018, but not their requested QSL card for a reception report submitted last month. Fortunately I have their QSL from a previous report sent nearly a decade ago.

Liaoning PBS (Shenyang)

Liaoning PBS in Shenyang Sub-Provincial City (formerly Manchuria), China was heard on 3 April 2018, from 16.35 till 17.05 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1089 kHz. Reception rated a SINPO of 33543 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio when not fading and mixing with an unknown co-frequency station. News and music in Chinese was observed within this time period.

 
Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card from CRI arrived in the mail on 4 May 2018. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Retrospective


Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation was an elusive station to catch in the United States over 40 years ago. When I settled in Malaysia and resumed listening to medium-wave and short-wave broadcasts, SLBC was a relatively easy catch, given my close proximity. However, this did not guarantee a QSL.

At least, at first, this did not come happen. Only when renowned DXer Victor Goonetilleke took over as veri-signer of the station and broadcasters using SLBC's facilities did this improve. From this point, I was able to secure a paper QSL card and numerous eQSLs from their Ekala and Trincomalee sites, thanks to Victor's dedication to the hobby.

There were other broadcasters as well who were verified, including Adventist World Radio, Deutsche Welle, FEBA India, PCJ Radio, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, STF Radio International, Voice of Wilderness (Bible Voice Broadcasting), Rhein-Main-Radio-Club for "DSWCI - The Last AGM" and Radio Mi Amigo. Even Radio Free Asia, RFE/RL (Radio Farda), RFE/RL (Radio Mashaal), Voice of America and VOA Deewa Radio from the IBB/BBG site in Iranawila were verified too.

For the purpose of this video though, only QSLs and the interval signal from SLBC have been featured.

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club Calendar for May 2018

 

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club Calendar for the month of May 2018

KBS World Radio Calendar - May 2018

 KBS World Radio Calendar for month of May 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

QSLs for April 2018


IRIB-Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran. Fesenduz, West Azerbaijan, Iran.
Amhara Radio. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
Radio Tawau - Limbang FM. Kajang, West Malaysia.
Radio Malaysia - Wai FM. Kajang, West Malaysia.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
KBS World Radio. Gimje City, South Korea.
Radio Pakistan (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation). Islamabad, Pakistan.
Radio Pakistan (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation). Peshawar, Pakistan.
Radio New Zealand Pacific. Rangitaiki, New Zealand.
Voice of Mongolia. Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.
Spaceline - Adventist World Radio. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran (via West Azerbaijan)

IRIB - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran, transmitting from Fesenduz. Marhemetabad District, West Azerbaijan Province, was logged on 9 March 2018. Programming featured Quran recitation, music and comment from announcers from 18.20 till 18.40 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 936 kHz rated a SINPO of 23322 - weak signal, occasionally clear, despite fading and atmospheric static bursts from a local thunderstorm. HERE is a noisy IRIB - Fesenduz. 

Reception was emailed to IRIB on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 27 April 2018.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Amhara Radio (via Bahir Dar, Ethiopia)

Amhara Radio, transmitting from Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), was logged on 23 September 2016. Horn of Africa music and commentary in Amharic was noted from 14.20 till 14.45 UTC (sign-on at 14,00 UTC). Reception on 6.090 kHz was (SINPO) 24331 -- poor signal strength, audible speech and music, but largely indecipherable after 14.35 UTC. Slight fade and transmitter hum as well as atmospheric noise plagued much of the broadcast. By 14.40 UTC, audio gradually dropped off and a dominant carrier signal was present.

Reception report with an audio file was submitted online and Facebook messaged. An email verifying reception was received on 26 January 2017. Unfortunately this confirmation I later learned from Ralph Perry, a DXer in the US, was incorrectly QSLed by Voice of Amhara Radio, a US-funded clandestine broadcaster whose programming is relayed over rental transmitters, not in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

On 22 April 2018, István Hegedüs, a DXer in Hungary,  advised I resubmit my report to a Mr. Bekele Asegie at Amhara Radio, who indeed confirmed with an email on 24 April 2018. The above PPC is based on this email. Thank you, István and Mr. Bekele Asegie.
 


Monday, April 23, 2018

Radio Tawau - Limbang FM (Kajang)

Radio Tawau - Limbang FM  was observed from 04.10 till 04.35 UTC (12.10 till 12.35 PM, Malaysia Time), on 29 March 2018.  During this period of reception on 11.665 kHz the SINPO was 55555 -- exception audio, clarity, and strength. This mostly Bahasa Malaysia broadcast featured Sarawak and Malaysia singers, frequent IDs between songs with jingles, advertisements/promos, run down of upcoming programmes for the day, message from a government minister in Sarawak and news. HERE is an excerpt from Radio Tawau.
Note: Programming is simulcast from the FM studio in Tawau (Limbang FM), Sabah in East Malaysia and short-wave from Kajang, Selangor in West Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed  on the same day, then a follow-up email was sent a few weeks later. A scanned copy of the QSL card to be posted was emailed to me on 23 April 2018.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey in Emirler was logged on 16 March 2018. English language broadcast featuring news about Turkey an dthe region, as well as the programmes "Review of the Turkish Press", "Eye on Turkey", "Turkey in a Nutshell", "Letterbox Programme", "Question of the Month" and Turkish pop music was heard 17.30 till 18.20 UTC. Reception on 11.730 kHz initially rated a SINP0 of 55444 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio despite some atmospheric noise and slight fluttering fade. Around 18.00 UTC, reception stabalised and rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent!

Reception report was emailed to Voice of Turkey, along with a very lengthy cover letter. A week later the letter was read over VoT. At the same time, this report was verbally confirmed. On 21 April 2018, their promised QSL card arrived in the mail.

KBS World Radio (via Gimje City)

KBS World Radio,  transmitting from Gimje City, North Jeolla Province, was received on 1170 kHz (MW) with Japanese language programming  of pop music, moderated by a male announcer,  was observed on 11 February 2018, from 18.45 until 19.10 UTC. Reception rated a SINP0 of 24322 -- fair to good signal when not fading and affected by atmospheric noise, some co-frequency interference as well was noted. HERE is KBS Japanese programming on MW frequency of 1170 kHz.
Reception report was emailed and submitted online to KBSvWorld Radio on the following day. QSL card, along with KBS sticker and reception report forms, was received on 21 April 2018. 


Radio Taiwan International (Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.405 kHz. An English language programme consisting of news, This Day in History and Here in Taiwan was observed on 29 March 2018, from 16.00 until 16.35 UTC. Reception initially rated a SINP0 of 44334 -- good strength, audible and clear content despite some fading and atmospheric noise. Conditions worsened after 16.15 UTC with signal fading occasionally under atmospheric noise and making it difficult to  hear programme content clearly.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed. QSL card was received on 21 April 2018.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Radio Pakistan (Islamabad and Peshawar)

Radio Pakistan (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation) via  their medium-wave transmitter sites in Islamabad (585 kHz) and Peshawar (540 kHz) radiated well beyond Pakistan into central West Malaysia, on 22 January 2018. Reception on both frequencies was observed after 18.35 UTC until 19.05 UTC. Signal strength gradually improved and programming was best heard from 18.50 UTC onward. Reception on 540 kHz (Peshawar) was (SINP0) 34322-- fair signal strength, clear audio content, with occasional audio despite atmospheric noise. Reception on 585 kHz (Islamabad) was (SINPO) 34332 -- fair signal strength, initially some co-frequency from a regional station in Southeast Asia when signal faded. Signal gained strength after 18.50 UTC. HERE and HERE is PBC Islamabad and HERE is PBC Peshawar.

Reception report was emailed to various personnel at PBC on the following day and subsequent months, Reception report was also posted in January 2018 as well. This particular verification was "Confirmed" by the Director of News and Current Affairs for Radio Pakistan, Mr. Javed Khan Jadoon. Inasmuch as one of the above audio files contains a clip of the news and station ID, it was verified by email on 21 April 2018. This PPC design, if one may permit, is based on a previous eQSL received from PBC. Thank you very much for this verification!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Radio New Zealand Pacific

Radio New Zealand Pacific was logged on 12 April 2018, from 13.30 till 14.00 UTC. An English language broadcast of current event reports, contemporary pop music and news was observed for the duration. Unfortunately reception on 5.980 kHz was terribly disappointing, but then for the Pacific region it is probably for appropriate. In any case, SINP0 in my quarter of South East Asia rated 23432 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible content despite a noisy transmitter, a bit of fading and some station splatter. Signal continued to be received up until sign-off (16.00 UTC). albeit with not much improvement. HERE is Radio New Zealand Pacific with Harry Nilsson tune "Everybody's Talking", time pips, station ID and news. 

Reception report was submitted online at Radio New Zealand's website and emailed on the same day. This eQSL -- sorry, no paper QSLs anymore from them -- was received on 15 April 2018.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Souvenir from IRIB

IRIB sent this leather/metal key chain, depicting the Milad Communication Tower, in conjunction with the Persian New Year - Nowruz. It marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere which is celebrated on the first day of Farvardin (Iranian calendar). Thank you very much, IRIB!

Voice of Mongolia

Voice of Mongolia in Ulaanbaator was received on 13 March 2018, from 09.15 till 09.30 UTC. An English language broadcast was monitored during this period and consisted of mostly talk about cancer treatment in Mongolia and Mongolian pop songs. Reception on 12.085 kHz  was fair, except for slight fading, earning a SINPO rating of 45444. HERE is VOM.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived nearly a month later on 12 April 2018. Very good turn around time for Voice of Mongolia!

Radio Malaysia - WAI FM

Radio Malaysia - WAI FM (actually Sarawak FM) was observed from 18.20 till 18.50 UTC (02.20 till 02.50 AM, Malaysia Time)), on 26 March 2018 (27 March 2018, Malaysia Date). During this period of reception on 11.665 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443 -- good signal strength despite slight fading, atmospheric noise and initially some station splatter from an adjacent station. Malay pop songs, promos and frequent IDs were observed.

While the QSL card states "WAI FM", the ID was actually "Radio Malaysia - Sarawak FM". I know WAI FM operates on this frequency, but this is not how the station was identified. HERE is Sarawak FM as heard on 11.665 kHz.

Reception report was emailed the following day with subsequent emails to varies RTM personnel. QSL card arrived in the mail on 12 April 2018.

Adventist World Radio / Spaceline (Kostinbrod)

Adventist World Radio via Spaceline (Kostinbrod, Bulgaria) was received on 10 April 2018, from 15.59 till 16.30 UTC. An English language broadcast, intended primarily for South Asia, contained a number of contemporary Christian themed songs, religious sermons and nature study about the religious symbolism of the poinsettia. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.950 kHz was heard under good conditions, rating a SINPO of 55444 -- strong signal, clear audio despite an occasional fluttering fade. HERE is an excerpt of this AWR broadcast from Malaysia.

Reception report was email to Spaceline, AWR India abd AWR Asia on the following day. An eQSL from Spaceline arrived on 11 April 2018, as well as sn email from AWR India promising a QSL card.

Email:
reception@spaceline.bg
QSL@awr.org

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Logbook 8- 10 April 2018

BULGARIA
Adventist World Radio via Spaceline (Kostinbrod) was received on 10 April 2018, from 15.59 till 16.30 UTC. An English language broadcast, intended primarily for South Asia, contained a number of contemporary Christian themed songs, religious sermons and nature study about the religious symbolism of the poinsettia. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.950 kHz was heard under good conditions, rating a SINPO of 54544 -- strong signal, clear audio despite an occasional fluttering fade. HERE is an excerpt of this AWR broadcast from Malaysia; apparently the transmission didn't fare quite as well in South Asia.

End Times Coming Radio (ETC) via Spaceline (Kostinbrod) was received on 9 April 2018, from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. An ETC religious programme for ex-Catholics, featuring a sermon on the family conflict of the Biblical Issac and Ismael,  was observed on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz. Reception rated a SINP0 of 45444 -- good signal strength, no noticeable interference, clear audio content throughout the broadcast. I might add that other programming from Spaceline on 9.400 kHz radiates quite well into Malaysia from 16.00 till 19.00 UTC, depending on propagation. For instance, Isle of Music was logged a few days ago but only a faint carrier was detected.  Be that as it may, HERE is how ETC via Spaceline in this transmission.

CHINA
China International Radio, transmitting from Jinhua, was heard  on 10 April 2018, from 10.55  till 11.30 UTC (broadcast time 10.00 till 12.00 UTC). A Japanese language broadcast of News, Learn to Speak Chinese and other cultural programmes were aired in this two-hour segment. Reception on  short-wave frequency of 7.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength, no noticeable interference, clear audio content throughout the broadcast despite atmospheric noise. HERE is how CRI's Japanese broadcast fared.

China Radio International via Beijing was noted on 9 April 2018, from 17.45 till 18.00 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 18.00 UTC). An Esperanto language programme of music and Learn to Speak Chinese was observed during this broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.750 kHz  initially rated a SINP0 of 45444, but around 17.53 UTC signal weakened and faded occasionally under atmospheric noise. HERE's an idea of the reception of CRI's Esperato broadcast.

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata was logged on  April 3, 2018, from 11.00 to 11.30 UTC.  Programmes in the Russian language were noted at this time. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 7.355 kHz rated a sSINPO of 44544. HERE is NHK World Russian.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International Arabic language broadcast was noted on 10 April 2018, from 15.29 till 15.57 UTC. News, music and topics about Romania was observed during this period with website details and postal address announced more than a few times. Transmission was observed on the short-wave frequency of 11.900 kHz under excellent conditions with SINP0 of 55555. HERE is RRI with their sign-on in Arabic.

SRI LANKA
Wavescan via Adventist World Radio in Trincomalee was received on 8 April 2018, from 16.15 till 16,30 UTC. Content monitored during this segment included the Philippine DX Report, a feature  on establishment of radio stations in conflicted areas, and HCJB Music of Ecuador which was presented by Wavescan host Jeff White. Reception rated a SINP0 of 33533 -- fair signal strength and clear audio despite annoying station splatter and some occasional fading under static. HERE is a sample of this Wavescan broadcast from my quarter.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 27 metres of random wire QTH: West Malaysia

Friday, April 6, 2018

Logbook for 7 April 2018


China broadcasters dominated the 60 meter band, overshadowing the ever  present All India Radio stations and Bangladesh Betar. Notable stations included Voice of Beibu Bay - Nanning (5.055 kHz), Voice of Strait - Fuzhou (4.900 and 4.940 kHz), China National Radio - Geermu (4.800 kHz) and China Tibet Broadcasting - Lhasa (4.905 and 4.920 kHz). Also observed was Echo of Hope - Seoul on (4.885 kHz). Exceptionally strong signals under good conditions were observed between 15.30 till 16.20 UTC for much of the time, certainly stronger than All India Radio and Bangladesh Betar. 

Check out the audio clips of these broadcasters, as logged in central West Malaysia, using a Tecsun S-2000 coupled to an external 1/4 wave aerial.

Voice of Beibu Bay - Nanning

Voice of Strait - Fuzhou

China National Radio - Geermu

China Tibet Broadcasting - Lhasa

Echo of Hope - Seoul

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Logbook for 26 March till 3 April 2018

CHINA
Liaoning PBS in Shenyang Sub-Provincial City was heard on 3 April 2018, from 16.35 till 17.05 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1089 kHz. Reception rated a SINPO of 33543 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio when not fading and mixing with an unknown co-frequency station. News and music in Chinese was observed within this time period.

GERMANY
Voice of America via Lampertheim was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.820 kHz. A Kurdish language programme was observed on 2 April 2018, from 19.30 until 20.00 UTC. Reception rated a SINP0 of 34433 - fair signal strength and clear audio despite fading under atmospheric noise. Talk and music in Kurdish was observed during this time. HERE is an excerpt from VOA Kurdish.

JAPAN
Radio Japan via Yamata was observed on 3 April 2018, from 11.00 until 11.30 UTC. A Russian language programme of news, current event feature and programme about traditional Japanese theatre was heard on the the short-wave frequency of 7.355 kHz. Reception raded a SINP0 of 44544 - good signal strength and audio clarity despite slight fading. HERE's the Russian Service of NHK World Radio Japan.

KUWAIT
Radio Kuwait was received on the short-wave frequency of 15.515 kHz with SINP0 of 44444 -- good signal strength, slight station splatter and fading. An Arabic language programme consisting of Arabic music, interviews, radio drama, azan and Quran recitation  was observed on 26 March 2018, from 08.10 until 09.00 UTC.  HERE is an excerpt from this Radio Kuwait broadcast.

MALAYSIA
Limbang FM - Radio Tawau via Kajang transmitter site was observed from 04.10 till 04.35 UTC (12.10 till 12.35 PM, Malaysia Time), on 29 March 2018. During this period of reception on 11.665 kHz the SINPO was 55555 -- exception audio, clarity, and strength. This mostly Bahasa Malaysia broadcast featured Sarawak and Malaysia singers, frequent IDs between songs with jingles, advertisements/promos and run down of upcoming programmes for the day. HERE is an excerpt from Radio Tawau.

Radio Malaysia - Sarawak FM was observed from 18.20 till 18.50 UTC (02.20 till 02.50 AM, Malaysia Time)), on 26 March 2018 (27 March 2018, Malaysia Date). During this period of reception on 11.665 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443 -- good signal strength despite slight fading, atmospheric noise and initially some station splatter from an adjacent station. Malay pop songs, promos and frequent IDs were observed. HERE is Sarawak FM.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.405 kHz. An English language programme consisting of news, This Day in History and Here in Taiwan was observed on 29 March 2018, from 16.00 until 16.35 UTC. Reception initially rated a SINP0 of 44334 -- good strength, audible and clear content despite some fading and atmospheric noise. Conditions worsened after 16.15 UTC with signal fading occasionally under the noise and making it difficult to  hear programme content clearly.

VATICAN
Vatican Radio via Santa Maria di Galeria was observed on 31 March 2018, from 18.35 until 19.05  UTC. Their special Easter broadcast was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.710 kHz while staying in Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur. A French/Latin/Italian language programme of prayers, sermons, readings from the Bible and commentary/translation was heard during the above stated time. SINP0 was 45433 -- good signal strength and clarity despite some atmospheric noise and fading.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
in Hanoi was received on 25 March 2018, from 23.30 until 23.58 UTC. An English language programme of news and their regular feature  "Sunday Show" was observed. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz was SINP0 54544 -- good signal strength, clear audio, despite occasional fading.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW) / Degen DE-1102 and Tecsun S-2000 (SW) ANT: 1/4 wave and whip (SW) / Loop and ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Subang Jaya and Putrajaya, Malaysia