Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Radio Free Asia (via Biblis)

Radio Free Asia via Biblis, Germany was heard on 13 January 2019. Burmese programming with RFA signature interval/ID and in depth reports on Myanmar was  observed from 00.30 till 01.00 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 9.510 kHz rated 55555 -- excellent reception. HERE is RFA (Biblis). 

Reception report was submitted online and emailed. Follow-up emails were sent in February. QSL card, marking the Chinese New Year for the Year of the Pig, finally arrived on 14 March 2019.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Logbook from 3 till 11 March 2019

AFGHANISTAN
Radio Afghanistan (National Radio Television Afghanistan)
, transmitting from Kabul, was logged on 3 March 2019. News, commentary and local Afghan music in Dari or Pashto was observed from16.00 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 6.100 kHz at 16.00 UTC initially rated a SINPO of 22432 -- weak signal mixing with KCBS Pyongyang, fading but with audible content. At 16.20 UTC, signal improved to SINPO -- 24432 -- still weak signal, but much clearer audio with no interference from KCBS Pyongyang. This changed around 16.28 UTC when Radio Romania International's interval and subsequent broadcast voided reception of RTA. HERE is RTA as heard in Malaysia.

CHINA
China National Radio 1 /PBS via Yushu was logged on 5 March 2019. Chinese programming, mostly talk format, mixing under Radio Taiwan International was monitored from 14.10 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.075 kHz was SINPO 12431 -- weak signal strength, with strong co-frequency QRM from Radio Taiwan International, yet still audible underneath RTI. HERE is CNR (Yushu) station ID mixing under RTI.

ENGLAND
KBS World Radio via Woofferton was heard on 4 March 2019. Russian programmes on how to speak Korean and information technology segment was monitored from 18.35 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.040 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- good signal strength, clear audio content, some atmospheric noise. HERE is KBS World Radio (via Woofferton).

ETHIOPIA
Radio Amhara via Bahir Dar was logged on  5 March 2019. A rousing speech in Amharic was noted after 20.10 UTC. Reception on 6.090 khz was SINPO 35333 - fair signal strength, some atmospheric noise and occasional fading, otherwise content was clear and audible. HERE is Radio Amhara.

Radio Fana
via Addis Ababa was logged on  5 March 2019. A selection of Horn of Africa music and Oromo programming was monitored at 20.08 UTC. Reception on 6.110 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- strong signal with clear audio. HERE is Radio Fana.

FRANCE
Deutsche Welle via Issoudun was logged on 6 March 2019. An Amharic broadcast of news, current event reports pertaining to Africa and Horn of Africa music was monitored from 16.00 till 16.45 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.995 kHz was SINPO 45444 -- fair to good signal strength, clear and audible content, despite some fluttering atmospheric noise. HERE is DW (Issoudun).

HAWAII
Radio Station WWVH
via Kauai was received on 7 March 2019. Time pips/pulses and time announcements every minute provided by a female announcer, followed station ID for WWVH and time was announced by female announcer with loud beep on the hour, then National Weather Service announcement and web site details was observed from 14.37 till 14.40 UTC. Reception on 5 mHz rated a SINPO of 45454 -- good signal and clear audio, despite atmospheric noise. HERE is WWVH.

IRAN
Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via  Sirjan logged on 4 March 2019. Bengali progamming was received from 16.22 ill 16.50 UTC. Reception on 6.155 kHz was SINPO 34543 -- good signal strength but more carrier than actual audio. Still, signal was audible and clear until 00.30 UTC when Nippon no Kaze il bon ue baram (Paochung) was heard mixing with VOIRI. At that point SINPO was 22521.

MADAGASCAR
Madagascar World Voice (New Life Station) via Mahajanga was received on 5 March 2019. Russian programming with Western pop songs was monitored from 19.30 till 20.00 UTC. from on the short-wave frequency of 9.690 kHz rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal, fading occasionally under atmospheric noise, but clear and audible content otherwise. HERE is MWV (Mahajanga).

MALI
China Radio International
via Bomako was logged on 5 March 2019. English programming with commentary on US-China relationship and comparisons to it in the 1960s. This was observed at 15.05 till 15.29 UTC, then station ID leading into another programme. Reception on 13.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- fair signal, clear and audible content, despite slight fade. By 15.30 UTC, signal worsened often fading under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE is CRI (via Bomako).

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
via Galbina was, received on 6 March 2019. An Arabic broadcast of topics on Romania was monitored from 16.45 ill 16.57 UTC.16.45 till 16.57 UTC (broadcast time 16.30 till 16.57 UTC). Reception on 6.100 KHz was SINPO 44444 - good signal strength, some co-frequency interference under your signal, otherwise clear and audible content. HERE is an excerpt from Radio Romania International's Arabic broadcast.

RUSSIA
RWM (All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Physical-Engineering and Radio Technical Meteorology), transmitting from Moscow,  was monitored on 6, 7 and 11 March 2019. A straight unmodulated carrier wave, then 1 Hz pulses and double pulse, then 10 Hz pulses and double pulse, followed by Morse code station identification: "RWM RWM RWM..." was observed on the frequencies of  4.996 kHz, 9.996 kHz and 14.996 kHz (SSB/USB mode). Reception on 4.996 kHz was SINPO 22442 -- poor signal detected under a dominant WWVH transmission, but audible. Reception on 9.996 kHz was SINPO 45444. And 14.996 kHz rated a SINPO of 35554.

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio Africa via Manzini was logged on 5 March 2019.  Lingala programming was observed after 19.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.940 kHz was 24343.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
via Paochung was logged on 4 March 2019. English language programmes "Journey Through Time" and "On the Line" was heard from 03.35 till 04.00 UTC (broadcast time 03.00 till 04.00 UTC). Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555. HERE is RTI.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via Emirler was logged on 6 March 2019. The last half of their English language broadcast to South Asia included many nice Turkish pop songs, just before sign off, from 18.00 till 18.25 UTC (broadcast time 17.30 till 18.25 UTC). Reception on  11.730 KHz was SINPO 55555. HERE is TRT.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
via Hanoi was received on  3 March 2019. Russian programmes of news, current events and Vietnamese pop music was heard from 16.30 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.730 kHz initially was SINPO 34343 -- fair signal, no co-frequency interference, clear audio despite slight fading and atmospheric noise. HERE is VOV.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: !/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Overcomer Ministry (via Kostinbrod)

The Overcomer Ministry via Kostinbrod (Bulgaria) was heard on 7 January 2019. The usual Brother Stair programming was monitored from 17.45 till 18.15 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz was 45554 -- good signal strength, clear audio, no interference, no fading.

Reception report was mailed to The Overcomer Ministry. It's the only way one can receive paper QSL card. Send an email, one will receive an eQSL. I took this route many times from various transmitter sites used by The Overcomer Ministry, and always an eQSL was sent. That said, this particular QSL card, along with a cover letter and printed religious material from Brother Stair, arrived in the mail on 8 March 2019.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emiler, was logged on 14 February 2019. Turkish pop music and a programme entitled "Did You Know That.." with frequent station IDs was monitored from 18.00 till 18.25 UTC (broadcast time 17.30 till 18.25 UTC). Reception  on 11.730 kHz was SINPO 55544  -- strong signal, clear audio, despite slight and occasional fading. HERE is Voice of Turkey.

Reception report was emailed the following dsy. QSL card was received on 6 March 2019. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was heard on 14 February 2019, from 04.00 till 05.00 UTC. News, "Here in Taiwan", hosted by John van Trieste and Shirley Lin, featured stories on Chinese New Year ritual of "Getting Back in to the Swing of Things", a Hong Kong dog that became "Stray to Hero" in Taiwan, and New Year cartoon haircut of "Pepper the Pig." "Ear to the Ground," hosted by Andrew Ryan, profiled the feeding of hot porridge to homeless Taiwanese in New City Taipei,  "Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes", hosted by Carlton Wong, featured three music compositions, including "Caprice of Jasmine in June," "Heart Full of Sorrow," and a martial arts sportswoman variation on a traditional tune. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated (SINPO) 55555 - Excellent, except at 04.40 UTC when CRI/CNR abruptly and briefly (a few minutes) interfered degrading reception to 54554. At 05.00 UTC, CRI/CNR again interfered, but RTI remained the dominant signal.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived inmthe mail on 5 March 2019.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for March


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for March.

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QSL Calendar for March 2019


QSL Calendar for March 2019

Radio Taiwan International for March 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for March 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

QSLs for Month of February 2019


Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
Radio Slovakia International.*  Bratislava, Slovakia.
BBC Radio Derby.**  Burnaston, Derby, England.
Radio Romania International. Tiganesti, Romania.
Radio Prague International.* Prague, Czech Republic.
Voice of Hope Africa. Makeni Ranch, Zambia.
China Radio International. Jinhua, Zhejiang, China.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 or Degen DE-1102 ANT: 1/4 wave or whip QTH: Central and Northern Malaysia *Internet/Podcast ** SDR at Twente University (Netherlands) 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Logbook from 18 till 27 February 2019

CHINA
China Radio International via Kunming was logged on 20 February 2019. A Malay language broadcast on tourist spot in Malaysia and Ni Hao Mandarin (Chinese language programme) was monitored from  10.10 till 10.27 UTC. Reception on 15.135 kHz rated a  SINPO 55544 -- excellent signal strength and clarity despite slight fading.

INDIA
All India Radio Hyderabad
in Hayatnagar (Vanasthalipuram), Ranga Reddy, Telangana was heard  on 24 February 2019. Classical Indian music was noited from 17.08 till 17.22 UTC. Reception was SINPO 23412 -- long periods of  fading (every 8 to 10 minutes) largely hampered reception of your station; otherwise when received signal strength was fair and clarity of content good. Before 17.00 UTC, strong interference from a station in Thailand made reception impossible. HERE is AIR Hyderabad.

INDONESIA
Voice of Indonesia
via Pelangkaraya, Papua Barat, Kalimantan was logged on 18 February 2019. German language broadcast was monitored from 18.20 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). Reception on 3,325 kHz rated a  SINP0 55544 -- excellent signal strength and clarity despite slight fading. HERE is VOI (Pelangkaraya).

JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata was heard on 27 February 2019. Burmese programming of news, commentary and music was observed from 23.45 till 00.00 UTC. Reception on 13.650 kHz was an excellent with a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Radio Japan.

KOREA (DPRK)
KCBS Pyongyang
via Kanggye was logged  on 27 February 2019. A Korean broadcast for domestic use featured station ID, news and DPRK music from 00.00 till 200.30 UTC. Reception on 11.680 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts. HERE is KCBS Pyongyang.

KOREA (ROK)
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae was logged on 26 February 2019. A Vietnamese programme of news and current events on the DPRK-US Summit in Hanoi was a major topic of discussion from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC (broadcast time 23.00 till 00.00 UTC). Reception on 7.275 khz initially rated a SINPO of 34443 -- fair signal, no co-frequency interference, clear audio. However, by 23.10 UTC reception was degraded to 33433 with increased co-frequency interference from a China station (PBS Xinjiang) At 7.25 UTC, reception worsened to 32422. HERE is KBS World Radio (Kimjae).

TAJIKISTAN
Radio Tajikistan
via Dushanbe was heard on 24 February 2019. Reception on the shortwave-wave frequency of 4.765 kHz rated a SINPO of 24442 -- dominant carrier with faint but clear audio, with no fading and no interference observed. Tajik music, News and ID observed between 15.40 till 16.05 UTC. HERE is Radio Tajikistan.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
via Hanoi was heard on 26 February 2019. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz rated a SINPO of  55555 -- excellent on all accounts. An English broadcast of news about Vietnam-Khmer relationship, DPRK-US Summit, US-Taliban Talks about peace in Afghanistan, Venezuela leadership and Cuban constitution, as well as the programmes  Current Affairs, Business Report and Vietnamese pop song entitled "My Dear Hanoi" was heard from 23.30 till 23.57 UTC. HERE is VOV (Hanoi).

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

RadioTaiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on 17 January 2019, from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC.  English language programming included  "Here in Taiwan," "Ear to the Ground" about wintertime sounds in Boston, "Jade Pipes and Bamboo Pipes" on Hakka music, and finally "One More Thing" about a historical stone marker. SINPO on 15.320 kHz rated 55555 -- excellent reception for much of the broadcast, except at around 03.42 UTC, when abrupt QRM from a Mandarin speaking  announcer/feed briefly overshadowed "Jade Bells & Bamboo Pipes". At 04.00 UTC, China National Radio was heard mixing with RTI.  

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 20 February 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Random long wire: QTH: Central West Malaysia

Radio Slovakia International*

Radio Slovakia International* via Bratislava was heard  on 13 January 2019, using their Internet/website, from 00.00 till 00.27 UTC. The programme "Sunday News Reel" and "Listeners Tribune" was received on this particular day.

Report was emailed on the same day. QSL card was received on 20 February 2019.

*Podcast via RSI website.

BBC Radio Derby*

BBC Radio Derby,* transmitting from Burnaston, Derby (UK), was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 1116 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, on 09 February 2019, from 03.15 till 03.45 UTC while using a remote SDR receiver at Twente University (The Netherlands). Reception of BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio Sideline was observed during this time. SINPO rated 44433 -- fair signal, some co-frequency interference (which increased around 03.55 UTC onward), slight fading, otherwise discernible content for much of the broadcast. HERE is BBC Radio Derby.
Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived 11 days later on 20 February 2019. 

*SDR receiver at Twente University (The Netherlands)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Logbook from 03.02.19 till 16.02.19

CHINA
Radio China International via Jinhua was heard on 10 February 2019. Japanese programming with Chinese pop tunes, news and children's fairy tales was noted from 10.00 till 10.35 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 7.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544 -- good signal strength, no interference,clear audio content, only slight fading. HERE is CRI (Jinhua).

Voice of Jinling via Nanjing was logged on 10 February 2019. A MAndarin broadcast of Chinese pop songs, lively DJ chatter and promotional spots were observed from 14.05 till 14.35 UTC. Reception on 6.200 kHz rated SINPO 35443. HERE is Voice of Jinling.

ENGLAND
BBC Radio Derby*
was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 1116 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, on 09 February 2019, from 03.15 till 03.45 UTC while using a remote SDR receiver at Twente University (The Netherlands). Reception of BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio Sideline was observed during this time. SINPO rated 44433 -- fair signal, some co-frequency interference (which increased around 03.55 UTC onward), slight fading, otherwise discernible content for much of the broadcast. HERE is BBC Radio Derby.

INDIA
All India Radio Jeypore was heard on 12 February 2019. Indian music, advertisements and national news was observed from 17.00 till 17.42 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area,  rated a SINPO of 34433 -- signal strength was fair to good depending on duration of fading. Otherwise signal was audible most of time with occasionally discernible speech. HERE is an audio excerpt from this broadcast.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai PRO-1, transmitting from Natuna Regency archipelago in the Riau Islands, was logged on 14 February 2019. After being alerted by a fellow DXer, I tuned to the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz. Although I am not 100% certain it is RRI Ranai, it definitely is not Radio Muslim AM which operates on this frequency as well. The programme format is similar to RRI with Indo pop music, national news from "Medan Merdeka Barat" and the RRI/Voice of Indonesia tagline "Suara Indonesia...Progresif..." Signal was detected around 11.55 UTC with Indo pop music, followed by female DJ and time pips, then an ID leading into news. Co-frequency interference from dominant Thai station, also on the same frequency, was observed, but less noticeable when radio was rotated to an east-west direction. Signal continued to be heard after 12.30 UTC, but by this time it was much weaker between long fades.  SINPO initially rated 44333. HERE is an audio excerpt received at that time.

KUWAIT
Radio Kuwait
was logged on 7 February 2019. Arabic language programming with Arabic music, news, phone-in discussion was heard from 04.55 till 05.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.515 kHz was SINPO 35422 -- fair signal strength and clear audio content when not fading for secondsunder atmospheric noise. HERE is an excerpt from this broadcast.

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand Pacific
was logged on 6 February 2019. A discussion about activities in New Zealand and Pacific region was observed at 11.25 UTC, Reception on 9.700 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal strength, no interference, clear audio content. HERE is Radio New Zealand Pacific.


PHILIPPINES
Voice of America
via Tinang site was logged on 3 February 2019. Burmese programming was monitored from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. Reception  on 7.480 kHz rated  a SINPO of 55555
HERE is VOA (Tinang).

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
via Tiganesti was heard on 4 February 2019.  A Spanish language broadcast was monitored from 00.07 till 00.30 UTC till it faded under atmospheric noise. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9,600 kHz intitially rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak but audible signal, with some discernible content, despite fading; then at 00.20 UTC signal began to fade away with SINPO of 25311.

SOUTH KOREA
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS-1 / HLKN) transmitting from Yeongam-gun, South Jeolla Province, was logged on 12 February 2019. Korean language broadcast was noted after 17.45 UTC when AIR Jeypore had signed off. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz rated a SINPO of 13321 -- signal strength was poor, but audible depite atmospheric noise and duration of fading. HERE is KBS-1 / HLKN (Yeongam-gun).

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was heard on 14 February 2019, from 04.00 till 05.00 UTC. News, "Here in Taiwan", hosted by John van Trieste and Shirley Lin, featured stories on Chinese New Year ritual of "Getting Back in to the Swing of Things", a Hong Kong dog that became "Stray to Hero" in Taiwan, and New Year cartoon haircut of "Pepper the Pig." "Ear to the Ground," hosted by Andrew Ryan, profiled the feeding of hot porridge to homeless Taiwanese in New City Taipei,  "Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes", hosted by Carlton Wong, featured three music compositions, including "Caprice of Jasmine in June," "Heart Full of Sorrow," and a martial arts sportswoman variation on a traditional tune. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated (SINPO) 55555 - Excellent, except at 04.40 UTC when CRI/CNR abruptly and briefly (a few minutes) interfered degrading reception to 54554. At 05.00 UTC, CRI/CNR again interfered, but RTI remained the dominant signal.

THAILAND
National Education Radio, Pathum Thani Province (Bangkok), was logged on 16 February 2019. This Thai language station was observed at 13.30 with a Thai-English language lesson, otherwise daily programming is mostly contemporary  Thai music and information based. Reception on 1467 kHz is exceptionally strong from sign-on till sign-off at 17.00 UTC.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emiler, was logged on 14 February 2019. Turkish pop music and a programme entitled "Did You Know That.." with frequent station IDs was monitored from 18.00 till 18.25 UTC (broadcast time 17.30 till 18.25 UTC). Reception  on 11.730 kHz was SINPO 55544  -- strong signal, clear audio, despite slight and occasional fading. HERE is Voice of Turkey.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai (Riau Islands)

Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai PRO-1, transmitting from Natuna Regency archipelago in the Riau Islands, was logged during the second week of  February 2019.

After being alerted by Mauno, a renowned DXer in Finland, I tuned my radio to the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz. Although initially I was not 100% certain it was RRI Ranai, it definitely was not Radio Muslim AM which operates on this frequency as well. The programme format was similar to RRI with Indo pop music, national news from "Medan Merdeka Barat" and the RRI/Voice of Indonesia tagline "Suara Indonesia...Progresif..."

Signal was consistently detected around 11.45 UTC with Indo pop music, followed by a female DJ and time pips at 12.00 UTC, then an ID leading into news. Co-frequency interference from dominant Thai station (National Education Radio, Pathum Thani Province), also on the same frequency, was observed, but less noticeable when radio was rotated to an east-west direction. Signal continued to be heard after 12.30 UTC, but by this time it was much weaker between long fades. After 13.00 UTC, there was barely a whisper. And after 15.45 UTC, only All India Radio Jeypore and the above mentioned Thai station was received.

Why was the station suspected to be RRI Ranai? Alan Davies of Asiawaves.net reported that, "RRI Ranai was registered on 1467 kHz, but this was an old MW frequency." Here were a few clues that suggested it might be Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai. First, many Radio Republik Indonesia stations closest to my quarter (Kuala lumpur) can be heard just after 11.15 UTC; this mystery station was regularly received only after 11.45 UTC (15 minutes after sunset) -- its peak reception period. Secondly, on listening to the announcer, he mentioned, "dari Medan Merdeka Indonesia Barat (which is the HQ for RRI/VOI, Jakarta)," but this did not mean the station was in Medan. It was merely the PRO-3 national news from Jakarta. And if it was RRI Medan or RRI Jakarta, the stations would be received easily before sunset  in my area. So, perhaps, this RRI station was indeed in the eastern most region of Indonesia. Thirdly, a Japanese listener first logged the station at 18.00 UTC, on 10 February 2019, underneath a dominant NHK-2 station in his quarter. In my area only a suspected Korean station (KBS-1 / HLKN) was detected at the time.

When reported back to Mauno he informed Alan Davies and provided my audio files as proof. Finally, on 16 February 2019, Alan Davies confirmed my audio clips were indeed Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai. HERE is my first clip. The station ID is heard about 40 seconds in "Masih bersama kami di Prosatu (PRO-1) RRI Ranai" before going into the news relay from Pro-3 Jakarta. HERE is my second clip. It is the transition from PRO-3 relay back into local programming with a local ID at the end that's not too clear: "Seratus lima koma sembilan (i.e.105.9), AM empatbelas enam tujuh (AM 1467), Prosatu (PRO-1) RRI (?Ranai)."

Why RRI Ranai (MW) has been reactivated remains a mystery. That said, I need to now contact Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai with a query and request confirmation from them.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod QTH: central West Malaysia

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International via Galbenia was received on the short-wave frequency of 11.900 kHz under excellent conditions -- SINP0 55555. An Arabic language broadcast of news, music and topics about Romania was observed on 10 April 2018, from 15.29 till 15.57 UTC. HERE is RRI

Reception report was emailed to RRI Arabic and English services on the following day. QSL card from Arabic language service arrived in the mail on 15 February 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Random long wire: QTH: Central West Malaysia

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Voice of Hope Africa (via Makeni Ranch)

Voice of Hope Africa via Makeni Ranch, Zambia was received on 26 January 2019. A selection of contemporary Christian music with station IDs in English was heard from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC. SINPO on 13.680 kHz initially rated 35433 -- fair signal strength, clear and audible content despite fading and atmospheric noise. After 16.40 UTC, atmospheric noise made reception impossible. Reception was only slightly better on 9.680 kHz with SINPO of 35333 after 16.50 UTC. By 16.55 UTC, signal was audible but with indiscernible content.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card was received on 13 February 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave  QTH:  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Radio Prague International

Radio Prague International via Prague, Czech Republic was received 13 January 2019, using their Internet/website Podcast, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. "Sunday Music Magazine," hosted by Ian Willoughby, featured the Czech Rock band, Houpaci Kone and tracks from their November 2018 released album Desolation Peak, including the track "Reach Far from Bleak Pinnacle." They hail from Bohemia and formed in the 1990s. Lyrics are exclusively in the Czech language with a bit of Electronica, synth instrumentation, guitar and drums mixed over vocals from male and female vocalists. Six tracks in total were played, including "So Long," "Mars," and "Vlac or Train)."

Report was emailed to Radio Prague International. Verification card for their podcast was received on 13 February 2019.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Radio China International (via Jinhua)

Radio China International via Jinhua, Zhejiang was heard on 10 February 2019. Japanese programming with Chinese pop tunes, news and children's fairy tales was noted from 10.00 till 10.35 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 7.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544 -- good signal strength, no interference,clear audio content, only slight fading. HERE is CRI (Jinhua). 

Reception report was emailed to CRI English and CRI Japanese sections on the following day. An eQSL from the English section arrived on the same day. The Japanese section acknowledged my email. Time will tell whether an actual paper QSL card will arrive from the Japanese section; once upon a time they used to send out their QSL version.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey in Emirler was logged on 5 January 2019. Azeri language programming was monitored from 16.40 till 17.15 UTC. Reception on 5.965 kHz was SINPO rated 34433 -- fair signal, audible and clear content. HERE is Voice of Turkey.

Reception report was emailed a few days later. QSL card arrived on 11 February 2019.

RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: Off the whip QTH: Tanah Rata, Malaysia

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Trincomalee, with  Hindi programming was observed on 11 November 2018. Transmission was monitored from 02.15 till 02.30 UTC, which included a selection of songs, hosted by a female announcer. Reception on 11.905 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 54544 -- good signal strength and clear audio, despite slight station splatter and fading. The most glaring disturbance was the intermittent loss of audio/transmission feed. HERE is SLBC at sign-off.  

Reception report was emailed and posted to SLBC as well as Victor Goonetilleke on the same day, and followed up a month later. QSL card arrived in the mail on 4 February 2019. Thank you very much for posting this lovely card, Victor!

 RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia

Friday, February 1, 2019

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for February


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for February.

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QSL Calendar for February 2019


QSL Calendar for February 2019

Radio Taiwan International Calendar for February 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for February 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

QSLs Month of January 2019


NHK World-Radio Japan "India Special". Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
La Rosa de Tokio / WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA.
NHK World Radio Japan. Yamata, Japan.
Vatican Radio. Palauig-Zambales, Philippines.
Italian Broadcasting Corporation.* Kostinbrod-Sofia. Bulgaria.
RTM Wai FM. Kajang, Malaysia.
RTM Sarawak FM. Kajang, Malaysia.
Trans World Radio Africa. Grigoriopol, Moldova
Pridnestrovsky Radio Telecentre. Grigoriopol, Moldova
World Harvest Radio - T8WH. Koror, Palau.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.


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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

NHK World-Radio Japan (via Tashkent)

NHK World-Radio Japan "India Special" via Tashkent, Uzbekistan was heard on 7 December 2018. This special broadcast "Salam Namaste" was monitored from 03.30 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 13.780 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal, clear audio despite slight atmospheric noise and fading. HERE is NHK World-Radio Japan "India Special".

Reception report for this combined Hindi, Bengali and Urdu broadcast was emailed and submitted online on the following day. QSL card, along woth a picture post card and sticky notes, arrived in the mail on 30 January 2019. My understanding is this special verification card is a reprint of a QSL card from 1957-58 when the Indian service of Radio Japan commenced, and a lovely card it is!

RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia

New Year 2019 Card from Radio Habana Cuba



 New Year 2019 Card from Radio Habana Cuba, depicting the artwork Esteban Machado Diaz, Paisaje Cubana, oleo. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

La Rosa de Tokio / WRMI (via Okeechobee)

La Rosa de Tokio via WRMI (Okeechobee, USA) was received on 4 December 2018. A Spanish language dialogue between male and female speakers was heard from 23.20 till 23.45 UTC. Reception the short-wave frequency of  9.955 kHz rated a SINPO of 25331 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible audio content despite atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. This rather unique QSL card of a hand drawn map of New Orleans arrived in the mail on 28 January 2019. OMAR JOSE SOMMA, Jefe del Departamento Técnico de LS11 Radio Provincia, confirmed with an eQSL on 5 February 2019.


 
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for January


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for January.

FEATURED: The Great River Road is one of North America's longest and most important scenic byways along the course of the Mississippi River. It stretches from northern Minnesota to the Gulfof Mexico, crossing 10 states and hundreds of river towns. This byway is rich with history, serving as a source of life for the Dakota, Chippewa and Hopewell Native American societies, an escape for African-Americans on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, and a route for French voyageurs primarily in the 1700s.

Voice of America Calendar 2019


This year the Voice of America is crisscrossing the United States through the scenic byways and highways of the country. From the Florida Keys Highway that weaves through a chain of tropical islands for 110 miles from Key Largo to Key West, to historic Route 66 that winds from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean, the visitor cannot miss the immense natural diversity of the American landscape. That's what the Voice of America has to offer in this 2019 calendar, U.S. Scenic Byways. Thank you, Voice of America and Larry London!


Vatican Radio (via Palauig-Zambales)

Vatican Radio via Palauig-Zambales, Philippines was logged on 12 January 2019. Catholic news and related programming in Vietnamese was noted from 23.18 till 00.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.580 khz rated 55544 - strong signal and clear audio despite slight fading. By 23.50 UTC, reception was excellent on all accounts eith a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Vatican Radio (Palauig-Zambales).

Reception report was emailed to Vatican Radio on the following day. The above eQSL arrived on 21 January 2019.

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NHK World Radio Japan

NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata was received on 17 December 2018. A bahasa Indonesia programme of Indo pop tunes and radio drama called "Sakit Kepala" was heard  from 21.40 till 22.00 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 6.075 kHz rated 35433 -- fair signal, clear audio when atmospheric noise and slight fading did not effect reception. HERE is an excerpt from this broadcast.


Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the following day. QSL card arrived on 24 January 2019.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Logbook from 25.12.18 till 27.01.19

BULGARIA
The Overcomer
via Kostinbrod was heard on 7 January 2019. The usual Brother Stair programming was noted from 17.45 till 18.15 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 9.400 kHz was 45554 -- good signal strength, clear audio, no interference, no fading.


CZECH REPUBLIC
Radio Prague International
via Prague, Czech Republic was received 13 January 2019, using their Internet/website, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. "Sunday Music Magazine," hosted by Ian Willoughby, featured the Czech Rock band, Houpaci Kone and tracks from their November 2018 released album Desolation Peak, including the track "Reach Far from Bleak Pinnacle." They hail from Bohemia and formed in the 1990s. Lyrics are exclusively in the Czech language with a bit of Electronica, synth instrumentation, guitar and drums mixed over vocals from male and female vocalists. Six tracks in total were played, including "So Long," "Mars," and "Vlac or Train)."

INDIA
All India Radio Bhawanipatna (Akashvani Bhawanipatna)
was logged on 5 January 2019, from Tanah Rata, (Malaysia). Indian classical/devotional music with ID at the half hour was observed from 17.00 till 17.30 UTC. SINPO on 1206 kHz (MW) rated 34433 -- fair signal, occasionally clear and audible content when not fading every few minutes. HERE is AIR Bhawanipatna.

GERMANY
Radio Free Asia
via Biblis was heard on 13 January 2019. Burmese programming with RFA signature and in depth reports on Myanmar was  observed from 00.30 till 01.00 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 9.510 kHz rated 55555 -- excellent reception. HERE is RFA (Biblis).

MOLDOVA
Trans World Radio
via Grigoriopol was heard on 7 January 2019, A Tigre/Tigrinya broadcast with talk and East African music was noted from 18.20 till 18.45 UTC. SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 7.245 kHz was 35443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio and slight fade.

MONGOLIA
Voice of Mongolia
via Ulaanbaator was received on 17 January 2019. A Mongolian language broadcast was heard at 09.30 till 10.00 UTC. followed by a Mandarin programming at 1.00 UTC. SINPO on 12.085 kHz rated 34433 -- fair signal strength, audible content, despite slight transmitter hum and fading. HERE is Voice of Mongolia.

PHILIPPINES
Vatican Radio
via Palauig-Zambales was logged on 12 January 2019. Catholic news and related programming in Vietnamese was noted from 23.18 till 00.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.580 khz rated 55544 - strong signal and clear audio despite slight fading. By 23.50 UTC, reception was excellent on all accounts eith a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Vatican Radio (Palauig-Zambales).

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
was heard on 19 January 2019, from 06.30 till 06.57 UTC. THis English language broadcast to Australia and Asia was received on the short-wave frequency of 15.450 kHz. SINPO rated 45444 -- good signal strength, clear and audible, despite slight fading and some atmospheric noise.

SLOVAKIA
Radio Slovakia International
via Bratislava was heard was received on 13 January 2019, using their Internet/website, from 00.00 till 00.27 UTC. The programme "Sunday News Reel" and "Listeners Tribune" was received on this particular day.

TAIWAN
RadioTaiwan International
via Paochung was received on 17 January 2019, from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC.  English language programming included  "Here in Taiwan," "Ear to the Ground" about wintertime sounds in Boston, "Jade Pipes and Bamboo Pipes" on Hakka music, and finally "One More Thing" about a historical stone marker. SINPO on 15.320 kHz: rated 55555 -- excellent reception for much of the broadcast, except at around 03.42 UTC, when abrupt QRM from a Mandarin speaking  announcer/feed briefly overshadowed "Jade Bells & Bamboo Pipes". At 04.00 UTC, China National Radio was heard mixing with RTI. 

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
in Emirler was logged on 5 January 2019,  from Tanah Rata, (Malaysia). Azeri language programming was monitored from 16.40 till 17.15 UTC. Reception on 5.965 kHz was SINPO rated 34433 -- fair signal, audible and clear content. HERE is Voice of Turkey.

UZBEKISTAN
Radio Menschen & Geschichten / ShortwaveService
via Tashkent was heard   on 27 January 2019. A German language broadcast with reports about Sitkunai and conversation with a woman in Leipzig, along with pop music, was noted from 18.40 till 19.00 UTC.  Reception on the short-wave frequencies of 5.830 kHz before 18.30 UTC was null. At 18.40 UTC  a signal was detected, and only then it was mostly carrier with occasionally faint audio and fading. At 18.45 UTC, SINPO rated 25422 -- weak but audible signal, with occasionally clear content when not fading under atmospheric noise.

VATICAN
Radio Veritas Asia
via Santa Maria de Galeria was heard, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, on 13 January 2019. A Kachin language broadcast was received from 00.05 till 00.30 UTC.
SINPO on the short-wave frequency of 9.700 kHz rated 55555 -- excellent reception. Around 00.20 UTC, signal remained strong but with a bit of fading. HERE is Radio Veritas Asia (Santa Maria de Galeria).

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
via Hanoi was logged on 9 January 2019. Their English language broacast of news about Vietnam, cultural programmes and music was observed from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.840 khz rated 54554 -- strong signal and clear audio despite transmitter whining.

UNITED STATES
Supreme Master TV  via WRMI, was heard on the short-wave frequency of  9.455 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, on 24 December 2018, from 22.35 till 23.15 UTC. Reception initially at 22.35 UTC rated a SINPO of 14321 -- weak but audible signal. Reception  improved slightly at 22.45 UTC with a SINPO of 24432 -- weak but discernible content, slight station splatter from adjacent stations . By 23.05 UTC, signal was much weaker with greater station splatter at SINPO of 13421. Signal not detected at 23.30 UTC. HERE is  Supreme Master TV.

ZAMBIA
Voice of Hope Africa
via Makeni Ranch was received on 26 January 2019. A selection of contemporary Christian music with station IDs in English was heard from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC. SINPO on 13.680 kHz initially rated 35433 -- fair signal strength, clear and audible content despite fading and atmospheric noise. After 16.40 UTC, atmospheric noise made reception impossible. Reception was only slightly better on 9.680 kHz with SINPO of 35333 after 16.50 UTC. By 16.55 UTC, signal was audible but with indiscernible content.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102 ANT: 1/4 wave and whip QTH: Tanah Rata and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Historic QSL Card from KFEL


Historic QSL card from Radio Station KFEL (Denver, 1923-1954) -- "The New Cry of the Old West." I never knew this station existed, as it was not around when I lived in Colorado (1966 - 1985). KFEL was Denver's second-oldest radio station; the other station is KOA (850 kHz), which is still in operation. After several frequency moves, KFEL eventually settled on 950 kHz.

Over the years this frequency in Denver was operated by:
KFEL (1923-1954)
KIMN (1954-1988)
KYGO (1988-1994)
KKFN (1994-2008)
KRWZ (2008-2016)
KKSE (2016 - Present)


The KFEL call letters  (970 kHz) are still used, but the station now broadcasts a Catholic religious format from Pueblo, Colorado, USA.

QSL card courtesy of ADDX and RMRC 2019 Calendar


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Italian Broadcasting Corporation* (via Kostinbrod-Sofia)

IBC - Italian Broadcasting Corporation* via Spaceline (Kostinbrod-Sofia) was heard on 31 October 2018, from 21.00 till 21.35 UTC. This exclusively Italian language broadcast, presented by a male announcer with teletype/morse code music, entailed detailed reports on the broadcasting industry. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 5.900 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- strong signal and clear audio. HERE is IBC, as received from the remote SDR receiver at Twente University (The Netherlands).

Reception report was emailed the following day. This eQSL was received on 21 January 2019.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

QSL Calendar for January 2019

QSL Calendar  for January 2019

QSL Calendar 2019


QSL Calendar 2019 arrived in the mail, today. It is always nice to receive this annual calendar depicting bygone QSL cards, courtesy of the ADDX and RMRC archives. And special thanks to Uwe and Harald Gabler in Germany who had it posted to me. Danke schön!

The calendar appears in cross-format (A4) and is in English / German. To order, please refer to the RMRC website at http://www.rmrc.de/index.php/rmrc-service/qsl-kalender. Fill in the contact form and send the amount requested.

Address:

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club e.V.
Postfach 700849,
60558 Frankfurt, Germany

Email:

mail@rmrc.de

2019 New Year Greetings from Voice of Korea


This 2019 New Year Greeting Card from Voice of Korea arrived in the mail, today. This is a personal first. Usually KBS World Radio is good to send a calendar and/or New Year greeting card, but so far neither has been received from them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Souvenirs from Voice of Vietnam

Lately in lieu of QSL cards from the Voice of Vietnam I have received many souvenirs, including postage stamps, bookmarks and this New Year's greeting card. I'm not sure what the reason is for this, but apparently other radio enthusiasts have received the same from the English Service of Voice of Vietnam. It's not that I mind, I just wonder what has happened to the QSLs promised in their emails.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

RTM Sarawak FM (via Kajang, Malaysia)

Sarawak FM, transmitting from Radio Televisyen Malaysia shortwave site in Kajang (Selangor), was logged  on 17 November 2018, from 02.50 till 03.30 UTC. Mostly Malay pop music,  an advertisement for a Sime Darby technology programme, time pips and RTM Sarawak FM ID  was observed within this 40 minute period. Reception on 9.835 kHz rated a SINPO of 25422 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible audio content (especially songs), despite fading, warbling transmitter.

It should be noted at the time RTM's shortwave transmitters were down for routine maintenance. Times of operation were sporadic and signal was under-powered, barely audible from my vicinity -- 40 kms away from the transmitter site. HERE is Sarawak FM (Kajang), as heard at the time.

That said, a reception report was emailed on the following day. Multiple follow-up reports to various RTM personnel were emailed as well over the course of the next few months. Finally, on 9 January 2019, a scanned copy of a promised QSL card  was emailed. Now I await the paper version. The QSL card did indeed finally arrive in the mail the following week.



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RTM Wai FM (Kajang, Malaysia)

Wai FM, transmitting from Radio Televisyen Malaysia shortwave site in Kajang (Selangor), was logged  on 27 December 2018 (28 December 2018, Malaysia date), from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC (07.00AM till 07.30AM, Malaysia Time). Phone-in discussion with listeners moderated by female DJ, Malay pop music, promotional spots, current events and medical advice from a doctor interviewed in the studio was observed within this 30 minute period. Reception on 11.665 kHz rated a SINPO of 54454 -- excellent signal strength, before 23.00 UTC slight QRM from China station, slight atmospheric noise, otherwise clear audio during transmission monitored. HERE is a recording of Wai FM

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Multiple follow-up reports to various RTM personnel were emailed as well over the course of the next few weeks. Finally, on 9 January 2019, a scanned copy of a promised QSL card  was emailed. I await the paper version. The QSL card did indeed arrive in the mail the following week.

 RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia

T8WH - World Harvet Radio (via Palau)

World Harvest Radio via Koror, Palau was heard   on 13 October 2018, from 12.45 till 13.00 UTC. Religious programming and music was noted on the short-wave frequency of 9.930 kHz, which rated a SINPO 45544. HERE is WHRI (Koror). 

Reception report was emailed and posted to world Harvest Radio. Two QSL cards for the same report on 8 January 2019.

RX Tecsun S-2000 ANT 1/4 Wave QTH Central West Malaysia