Saturday, September 22, 2018

Logbook from 19 till 21 September 2018

ALASKA
KNLS New Life Station in Anchor Point was logged on 21 September 2018, at 10.55 UTC. An English language broadcast was observed just before sign-off and mixing with NHK Radio Japan interval on 7.355 kHz. SINPO at this point rated 32442. HERE is KNLS and Radio Japan.

CHINA
Shanghai Radio - XSG was logged on 19 September 2018, from 19.00 till 19.05 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 8.4255 kHz/USB rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent strength, clear and strong with no interference. Continuous DSC message "CQ CQ CQ DE XSG XSG XSG HR..." was observed. HERE is Shanghai Radio - XSG.

Shanghai Radio - XSG on 4.207 kHz (CW transmission), at 16.30 UTC, 21 September 2018. HERE is the station.

Shanghai Radio - XSG on 4.212 kHz (CW transmission), at 16.38 UTC, 21 September 2018. HERE is the station.

Tianjin Radio - XSV was logged on 19 September 2018, from 10.20 till 10.25 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 12.577 kHz/USB  rated a SINPO of 45444 -- fair to good signal, no interference, only occasional fading. Continuous DSC message in CW was observed. HERE is Keelung Radio - XSV.

PBS Xinjiang via Urumqi was logged on 20 September 2018, with discussion between female and male announcer in Uigher. Reception on 6.120 kHz rated a SINPO of 24432 -- weak signal, peaks of clear audio content when not fading under atmospheric noise.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio via Kimjae was logged on 21 September 2018, at 11.00 UTC. This Korean broadcast was noted on 7.255 kHz with a SINPO of 45444. HERE is KBS World Radio.

THAILAND
Bangkok Meteorological Radio was received on 21 September 2018, at 10.38 UTC. Interval signal, followed by weather report and station details in, first, Thai, and then English, was observed. Reception on 8.743 kHz in USB mode rated a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Bangkok Meteorological Radio.


UNID
HF NAVTEX station on 4.209 kHz (CW transmission), at 16.35 UTC, 21 September 2018 HERE is the station.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Radio Free Asia (via Tinian Island)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands) was logged on 6 September 2018. I had the good fortune to catch their shortwave-wave frequency of 21.565 kHz, albeit with a SINPO of 22542. Signal was poor with strong co-frequency interference (QRM) from a China station. Nevertheless, RFA was audible and occasionally clear with some audible content. China station signed-off at 11.00 UTC, just as RFA closed  transmitter.  A Tibetan language broadcast of news/current event reports relating to Tibet and region was monitored from 10.35 till 11.00 UTC.  As most DXers are aware, China attempts to block all Tibetan, Mandarin and Uighur broadcasts by transmitting their programmes over RFA, and this transmission was no different. HERE is RFA (Tinian) mixing with China.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Logbook from 2 till 17 September 2018


ÀLBANIA
China Radio International via Cerrik was received on 17 September 2018. News and in depth reports in Arabic was monitored from 20.00 till 20.25 UTC. Reception on 6.185 kHz rated a SINPO of 24322 -- fair signal strength, clear audio, fading occasionally with some atmospheric noise. HERE is CRI (Cerrik).

AUSTRALIA
Radio 4KZ
in Innisfail was logged on 12 September 2018. This marks the first time their signal has been detected in almost a year. Even at that reception on 5.055 kHz was no better than an SINPO of 15421 -- mostly carrier with faint audio when not fading under. By 20.45 UTC, carrier was gradually buried under QRN. Talk in English with no discernible content was noted at 20.30 UTC.
 
BULGARIA
Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Kostinbrod (Bulgaria), was logged on 8 September 2018. This test transmission for German language speakers in Europe, from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC, was received on 5.900 kHz with a SINPO of 24322 -- weak signal, occasionally audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. Signal worsened after 19.20 UTC. HERE is RTI (Kostinbrod).

ENGLAND
Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton (UK) was logged on 16 September 2018. A German language broadcast was monitored from 19.30 till 20.00 UTC. Reception on 6.185 kHz was 24432 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading, yet occasionally clear content was observed. 

GERMANY
Isle of Music* via Channel 292 in Rohrbach, Germany was logged on 8 September 2018.  A fusion of Cuban, jazz and classical music with interviews and occasional station IDs were monitored from from 12.00 till 12.40 UTC. Reception conditions on the short-wave frequency of 6.070 kHz rated a SINPO of 45434 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio despite occasional fade under atmospheric noise. HERE is the Isle of Music (from Rohrbach),  using the SDR receiver at Twente University, Netherlands.

GREECE
Helliniki Radiophonia (Voice of Greece)
in Avlis was logged on 14 September 2018.  Contemporary Greek music along with an interview, presumably of the singer/performer, was  moderated by female announcer from 18.40 till 19.00 UTC. Station ID, then dead air was observed at 19.00 UTC. Reception on 9.420 kHz was SINPO 35323 -- fair to good signal, no interference, only occasional fading. HERE is an excerpt of this broadcast from Helliniki Radiophonia.

IRELAND
Charity Radio*
in Dublin was received on 9 September 2018, from 16.30 till 17.05 UTC. A music programme called "Swinging Sixties" and "Sensational Seventies" featured 60s Pop and 70s Pop/Glam  Rock,  including Herman's Hermits "Something Happening", Steve Winwood "Higher Love", Slade "Teenage Rampage", Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Wake Up Everybody", Wilson Philips "California Dreamin'", along with station IDs between tracks. This station is normally online pretty much exclusively. Not sure if this broadcast was actually put out there by them, or someone else relayed their broadcast. Their transmission was logged on the short-wave frequency of 7.700 kHz, using the SDR receiver from the University of Twente. Reception from this receiver rated a SINPO of 55444  --  good signal strength, clear audio, fading occasionally with some atmospheric noise. HERE's Charity Radio (Dublin).

NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS
Radio Free Asia via  Tinian  was logged on 6 September 2018. Reception on the shortwave-wave frequency of 21.565 kHz rated a SINPO of 22542. Signal was poor with strong co-frequency interference (QRM) from a China station. Nevertheless, RFA was audible and occasionally clear with some audible content. China station signed-off at 11.00 UTC, just as RFA closed  transmitter.  A Tibetan language broadcast of news/current event reports relating to Tibet and region was monitored from 10.35 till 11.00 UTC.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International transmitting from Tiganesti-Saftica was logged on 8 September 2018. A Ukrainian language broadcast of news/current event reports about Romania was monitored from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC. Reception on the shortwave-wave frequency of 5.910 kHz rated a SINPO of 24332. HERE is RRI (Ukrainian Service).

SOUTH KOREA
Voice of People
was logged on 14 September 2018. Essentially an all news broadcast of reports read in Korean by female and male announcers was monitored from 20.00 UTC till 20.15 UTC. Transmission occurred on 3.900 kHz with a SINPO of 35443 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio with no co-frequency interference or jamming and no fading. HERE is Voice of People.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International transmitting from Tamsui (Taiwan) was received on 2 September 2018, from 11.00 till 18.00 UTC. This special German language broadcast from Taiwan on  the short-wave frequency of 11.990 kHz rated a SINPO of 44343 -- strong and clear signal, despite slight transmitter noise and atmospheric noise. On previous days (31 August and 1 September 2018) signal could not be received. It should be noted that transmisssions on 9.700 kHz at 18.00 UTC could not be received on these days as well. However, on 2 September 2018, this transmission also rediated well into South East Asia. HERE and HERE is RTI (Tamsui).

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
in Emirler was logged on 12 September 2018. An English language broadcast of news, Turkish pop music and Turkish views and culture was monitored from: 20.30 till 21.18 UTC. Reception on 9.620 kHz at sign-on was SINPO 45444 -- strong signal, clear audio, no interference, minor fading. However, at around 20.50 UTC signal began to weaken. At 21.00 UTC, station splatter from China station briefly degraded reception to 33333. By 21.10 UTC, reception was much worse at 24222 -- still audible, but just barely. At 20.20 UTC, SINPO rated 14211.


*Transmission logged from remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Isle of Music / Channel 292*

Isle of Music* via Channel 292 in Rohrbach, Germany was logged on 8 September 2018.  A fusion of Cuban, jazz and classical music with interviews and occasional station IDs were monitored from from 12.00 till 12.40 UTC (broadcast time 12.00 till 13.00 UTC). Reception conditions on the short-wave frequency of 6.070 kHz rated a SINPO of 45434 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio despite occasional fade under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE is Isle of Music (from Rohrbach),  using the SDR receiver at Twente University, Netherlands.

Reception report was emailed shortly after the broadcasted ended. Bill Tilford emailed with a cursory thank you message, along with an eQSL for this Isle of Music segment.

*Transmission logged from remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Radio DARC (via Moosbrunn)

Special Broadcast of WRTC carried by Radio DARC, transmitting from Moosbrunn, was received on the short-wave frequency of 13.860 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, from 11.15 till 11.45 UTC (broadcast time 11.00 till 12.00 UTC), on 14 July 2018. While this transmission was intended for Europe and North America, bits and pieces of it radiated beyond its targeted areas. Reception at 11.00 UTC signal was not received. Only between 11.15 till 11.40 UTC was signal detected and observed with a SINPO little better than 14211 -- very weak signal, occasional bursts of coherent audio when not fading under severe atmospheric noise. By 11.40 UTC, signal worsened and was barely noticeable under the noise.

Reception report was emailed to DARC and WRTC on the same day. Follow-up emails prompted Rainer at DARC to reply with an email, stating a QSL card was on the way. QSL card and QSL letter arrived in the mail on 3 September 2018.


Radio Taiwan International


Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung, was received on the short-wave frequency of 15.320 kHz, under excellent conditions, rating a SINPO 55555. This broadcast on 9 August 2018, from 03.30 till 04.00 UTC, featured segments of "Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes", hosted by Carlson Wong, featured a segment called "Journey on the Road - French Chapter" and "One More Thing" highlighted parking rage in Taiwan.

 
Reception report was submitted online and by email on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 3 September 2018. A follow-up QSL arrived on 16 September 2018.












Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Logbook from Mid-July through Late August 2018

INDIA
All India Radio General Overseas Service via Panaji, Goa was received on the short-wave frequency of 15.770 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. An Indonesian language broadcast with Indian classical music was observed from 09.20 till 09.45 UTC, on 21 August 2018. HERE's AIR (Panaji).

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan
via Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata Japan was logged on 5 August 2018. A Russian language broadcast of mostly talk and occasional Japanese pop music was heard from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz  rated a SINPO of: 45444. HERE's Radio Japan.

LAOS
Lao National Radio
was logged on 30 August 2018. An English language broadcast of news was onserved at 15.00 UTC (broadcast time 15.00 till 15.30 UTC). Reception on 6.130 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444.

MONGOLIA
Voice of Mongolia
broadcasts in Mongolian and Mandarin were received on the short-wave frequency of 12.085 kHz, under fair conditions with a SINPO of 44333. Mongolian music and talk, station ID and news in Mandarin was noted from 09.55 till 10.15 UTC, on 21 August 2018. HERE's the Voice of Mongolia.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
, transmitting from Galbeni to South East Asia, was logged on 31 August 2018. An English language broadcast of news about Romania, cultural insights about the country, classical and jazz music performed by Romanians, and mailbag programme was monitored from 03.00 till  03.45 UTC (broadcast time 03,00 till 03.57 UTC). Reception on 11.825  kHz at 03.00 UTC was initially SINPO 43433 -- strong QRM from Chinese station until about 03.03 UTC when it signed off. Fading and atmospheric noise prevailed for much of the broadcast, so much so that by 03.45 UTC signal was 24322.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
was received on the short-wave frequency of 15.320 kHz, under excellent conditions, rating a SINPO 55555. This broadcast on 9 August 2018, from 03.30 till 04.00 UTC, featured segments of "Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes", hosted by Carlson Wong, featured a segment called "Journey on the Road - French Chapter" and "One More Thing" highlighted parking rage in Taiwan.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via Emirler was logged on 24 July 2014. An English language broadcast of news about Turkey and the region, "Review of Turkish Press" and Turkish pop music was heard from 16.30 till 17.20 UTC. Reception on 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544 -- strong signal, clear audio. HERE's Voice of Turkey.

UK
KBS World Radio
via Woofferton was received on the short-wave frequency of 12.065 kHz Reception  rated a SINPO of 45434 -- good signal strength, no interference, clear audio, only slight fading. A Russian language broadcast was heard from 19.50 till 19.00 UTC, on 10 August 2018, HERE's KBS (Woofferton).

Harmony Radio*, presumably located somewhere in England or Ireland, was logged on 18 August 2018.  Their slogan "Beautiful Music...Harmony" was heard interspersed between jazz classics from the 1930s through the 1950s. Tunes from 17.05 till 18.00 UTC included: Louis Prima - "Just a Gigolo", Dean Martin - "Ain't That A Kick In The Head", Frank Sinatra - "Best Things in Life Are Free", "Save Me From This Misery", "If I Only Had Time", Doris Day -"Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered", "This Can't Be Love", Andrew Sisters - "Got A Gal In Kalamazoo", Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - "You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart", Bing Crosby - "Embraceable You", Frank Sinatra - "Begin the Beguine". Reception on 6.310 kHz rated a SINPO of 33422 -- clear and audible signal when not fading under noise and occasion utility splash.

VIETNAM
Radio Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi was logged on 26 August 2018. News and developments pertaining to Vietnam, cultural segment on Vietnam a couple of Vietnamese pop songs was observed from 23.30 till 23.58 UTC. Reception on  9.840 kHz rated a SINPO of 54554 – strong and clear signal despite squealing transmitter.


RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 wave QTH Malaysia. *Transmission logged from remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente, the Netherlands,

Friday, August 17, 2018

Vatican Radio (Santa Maria di Galeria)

Vatican Radio special Easter broadcast via Santa Maria di Galeria was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.710 kHz, on 31 March 2018, from 18.35 until 19.05  UTC. Reception rated a SINP0 of 45433 -- good signal strength and clarity despite some atmospheric noise and fading. Portuguese programming feature a moderator between various sermons and songs, including "Hallelujah Canto" in Latin with commentary/translation, prayers/hymn, a reading from Book of Genesis in English with translation, and a sermon in Spanish with English translation.

Reception report was emailed on the following day, then follow-up emails were sent a few months later. An eQSL card -- a first from Vatican Radio -- was received on 17 August 2018.

The following message accompanied the eQSL: "Thank you for listening to the Vatican Radio (on short wave our Portuguese language broadcast) and for sending us your reception report. Your report is correct so with a great pleasure we are sending you our email  QSL card. Kindest regards, Liliana Biala, Vatican Radio."

FEBC - Radio Teos

FEBC - Radio Teos, transmitting from Bocaue (Philippines), was heard on the shortwave frequency of 11.650 kHz, under excellent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, rating a SINPO of 55545. A religious topic in the Russian language was discussed between two men from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC, on 7 October 2017.  HERE's Radio Teos (via Bocaue),

Reception report wasz emailed the following day to FEBC and Radio Teos. It was also ailed to Radio Teos in Russia. Follow-up emails were sent a fe months later. Finally on 17 August 2018, an eQSL and eLetter from FEBC was received. 




Monday, August 6, 2018

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International, transmitting from Galbena (Romania), was logged on 24 February 2018. A Romanian language programme of Romanian Heavy Metal Rock (that sounded like a bit like Dio) was observed from 18.20 till 19.00  UTC. Reception on 5.990 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 44544 -- good signal strength, minor co-frequency interference and fading. By 19.00 UTC signal was much weaker at 24322. HERE's how RRI sounded during this broadcast.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card and Summer programme schedule was posted with lovely Romanian postage stamps and received on 6 August 2018.

KBS World Radio (via Dhabbaya)

KBS World Radio in a test transmission from UAE was logged on 21 June 2018. Arabic programming with talk and pop music was observed from 20.20 till 20.50 UTC (broadcast time 20.00 till 21.00 UTC). Reception on 6.145  kHz rated a SINPO 24322 -- weak, audible signal and occasionally clear when not fading under atmospheric noise. HERE's KBS World Radio (Dhabbaya)

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Eight QSL cards (4 x 2), Arabic/English programme schedules, stickers and a pencil pouch were received on 6 August 2018. Unfortunately. not one QSL card was completed to verify this reception report.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

QSLs for Month of July 2018

  
Myanma Radio. Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
IBB for Voice of America. Udon Thani, Thailand.
Radio The Voice of Vietnam. Hanoi. Vietnam.
All India Radio Bhawanipatna. Belamal, Odisha, India. 
FEBC - Radio Liangyou. Bocaue, Philippines.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Radio New Zealand Pacific. Rangitaiki, New Zealand.
KBS World Radio. Kimjae, South Korea.

Radio The Voice of Vietnam

Radio The Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Hanoi, was logged on: 19 June 2018. English programming included 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.

Reception report was emailed to the Radio The Voice of Vietnam on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 28 July 2018.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

IBB for Voice of America (via Udon Thani)

IBB for Voice of America, transmitting from Udon Thani (Thailand), was received on the short-wave frequency of 12.030 kHz with a SINPO of 55544 -- strong signal, clear audio despite minor fading Learning English and The Making of a Nation episodes on WWI were monitored on 12 and 13 July 2018, from 11.43 until 12.00 UTC (broadcast time 11.30 till 12.00 UTC). HERE's the Voice of America via Udon Thani.

Reception report was emaile to both VOA and IBB station manager in Thailand on the following day. QSL card from IBB Udon Thani arrived in the mail on 25 July 2018.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

All India Radio Bhawanipatna (Odisha)

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. 

Reception report was emailed, submitted online and posted to Spectrum Management & Synergy. They acknowledged report the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 18 July 2018.


FEBC - Radio Liangyou (via Bocaue)

FEBC - Radio Liangyou, transmitting from Bocaue, Philippines was heard on the shortwave frequencies of 9.275 kHz and 9.465 kHz kHz. A Mandarin language broadcast was observed from 13.30 till 14.00 UTC, on 3 July 2018. SINPO on  9.275  kHz was 35322 -- fair signal strength at sign-on, but occasional fading under atmospheric noise degraded reception quality. SINPO  on 9.465 kHz was 45444 -- good signal strength, no interference, strong and clear audio throughout transmission. HERE's FEBC - Radio Liangyou on 9.275 kHz.
Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card and cover letter from FEBC HQ in Hong Kong arrived in the letterbox on 18 July 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Logbook from Late June till Mid July 2018

AUSTRIA
Special Broadcast of WRTC carried by DARC, transmitting from Moosbrunn, was received on the short-wave frequency of 13.860 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, from 11.15 till 11.45 UTC (broadcast time 11.00 till 12.00 UTC), on 14 July 2018. While this transmission was intended for Europe and North America, bits and pieces of it radiated beyond its targeted areas. Reception at 11.00 UTC signal was not received. Only between 11.15 till 11.40 UTC was signal detected and observed with a SINPO little better than 14211 -- very weak signal, occasional bursts of coherent audio when not fading under severe atmospheric noise. By 11.40 UTC, signal worsened and was barely noticeable under the noise.

PHILIPPINES
FEBC - Radio Liangyou, transmitting from  Bocaue, was heard on the shortwave frequencies of 9.275 kHz and 9.465 kHz kHz. A Mandarin language broadcast was observed from 13.30 till 14.00 UTC, on 3 July 2018. SINPO on  9.275  kHz was 35322 -- fair signal strength at sign-on, but occasional fading under atmospheric noise degraded reception quality. SINPO  on 9.465 kHz was 45444 -- good signal strength, no interference, strong and clear audio throughout transmission. HERE's FEBC - Radio Liangyou on 9.275 kHz.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio (test transmission from UAE) was logged on 21 June 2018. Arabic programming was monitored from 20.20 till 20.50 UTC (broadcast time 20.00 till 21.00 UTC). Reception on 6.145  kHz rated a SINPO of 24322 -- weak, audible signal and occassionally clear when not fading under atmospheric noise. HERE's KBS World Radio (Dhabbaya)

THAILAND
IBB/Voice of America, transmitting from Udon Thani, was received on the short-wave frequency of 12.030 kHz with a SINPO of 55544 -- strong signal, clear audio despite minor fading Learning English and The Making of a Nation episodes on WWI were monitored on 12 and 13 July 2018, from 11.43 until 12.00 UTC (broadcast time 11.30 till 12.00 UTC). HERE's the Voice of America (Udon Thani).

VIETNAM
Radio Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Hanoi, was logged on: 12 July 2018, from 09.58 till 10.27 UTC. Reception on  9.840  kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- strong signal and clear audio despite squealing transmitter noise and minor fading. English programming included news, Economic Segment, Discovery Vietnam and a Vietnamese pop song. HERE's Radio Voice of Vietnam (Hanoi).


RX: Tecsun S-2000 (SW)  ANT: 1/4 wave (SW)  QTH: Central West Malaysia

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey via  Emirler logged on 11 June 2018. Turkish programming of Quran recitation and nasheeds (religious songs) was monitored from 00.40 till 02.00 UTC. Reception on 9.735  kHz was 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. HERE's an excerpt from the broadcast.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 4 July 2018.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Radio New Zealand Pacific

Radio New Zealand Pacific, transmitting from Rangitaiki, was logged on 21 June 2018. Regional news, sports and weather, followd by Dateline Pacific, was monitored from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC, Reception on 6.115 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443. 

Reception report was submitted online to RNZ on the following day. The above eQSL arrived on 2 July 2018.

KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio, transmitting from Kimjae (Republic of Korea), was logged on 16 May 2018. English programmes "Alien in Seoul" and K-Pop songs were observed 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 an excerpt from this broadcast.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to KBS World Radio on the following Day. QSL card depicting Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un during their 2018 Inter Korean Summit was received on 2 July 2018. KBS stickers were also included.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

QSLs for Month of June 2018


Furusato no Kaze. Paochung and Tamsui, Taiwan.
Radio Free Asia. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
NHK World Radio Japan. Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, Japan.
NHK World Radio Japan. Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, Japan.
All India Radio Jeypore. Odisha, India.
Myanma RadioNay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Trans World Radio Africa. Manzini, Swaziland.
Reach Beyond Australia. Kununurra, Western Australia.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International. Kouhu, Taiwan.
Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja. Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

Furusato no Kaze (Paochung and Tamsui)

Furusato no Kaze (il bon ue baram), Paochung and Tamsui (Taiwan), was heard on 15 March 2018, from 13.10 till 13.30 UTC. Music and commentary in Japanese/Korean was observed on two different frequencies and locations in Taiwan. Reception on 7.295 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 23322; on 9.950 kHz (SINPO) was 45444. HERE is Furusato no Kaze (with commentary on 7.295 kHz) and HERE (with music and commentary on 9.950 kHz).

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card without details and letter with transmission times arrived in the mail on 29 June 2018.

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. QSL in the form of an eQSL was received on 28 July 2018.


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!