Thursday, August 22, 2019

Radio Station XEG* (via Monterrey)

Radio Station XEG*, transmitting from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, was logged on 21 August 2019. This Spanish language broadcaster was monitored via a remote SDR receiver in El Paso, Texas. The anthem of Mexico, station ID and location, followed by news was observed from 11.00 till 11.16 UTC (06.00 till 06.16AM, Monterrey time). Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1050 kHz rated a SINPO of 25332 -- weak to fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under atmospheric noise every 10 minutes. HERE is XEG.

Generally I do not send reception reports using a remote SDR, other than the one used at Twente University. However, on this occasion at the behest of fellow DXer and XEG veri-signer Luis Alejandro Vallebueno, he suggested I try my luck from any of the SDR receivers in the Americas. As it happened the one in El Paso yielded the best result.

Reception report was submitted to the veri-signer on 21 August 2019, and he promptly replied with a scanned copy of the QSL card and verification cover letter to be mailed to me. Gracias, Luis!

RX: Remote SDR receiver ANT: Active magnetic loop mounted to rooftop tower QTH: El Paso, Texas (USA) monitored in Malaysia

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui District, was logged on 3 August 2019. A Russian language broadcast was observed from 14.00 till 15.00 UTC. Transmission was on 9.590 kHz.

Reception report was submitted online on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 August 2019,

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Malaysia

Atlantic 2000 International* (via Rohrbach)

Atlantic 2000 International*, transmitting from Rohrbach (Germany), was logged on 10 August 2019. A special 80th anniversary tribute to Radio Andorra aired from 08.00 till 09.00 UTC, featuring commentary and archived recordings in the French language. Reception on 6.070 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 -- good signal strength, clear audio despite occasional fading under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Tiphanie for Atlantic 2000 International replied with an email a few hours later promising an eQSL. Th epomised eQSL was received on 20 August 2019.

 *Received using the SDR at University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Sunday, August 18, 2019

SM Radio Dessau* (via Moosbrunn)

SM Radio Dessau,* transmitting from Moosbrunn (Austria), was logged on 18 August 2019. This German language broadcast featured a special programme on the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus architecture and the 90th anniversary of the Dessau electric train works, along with music pertaining to each topic. Transmission was  monitored from 11.10 till 12.00 UTC (broadcast time 11.00 till 12.00 UTC). Reception on 6.070 kHz radiated only a carrier signal in Malaysia. Consequently, reception was observed from the  SDR receiver at Twente University in the Netherlands where the signal rated a SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed immediately after the broadcast finished. The above eQSL was received a few hours later from host Max Berger.

RX: SDR receiver ANT: mini whip QTH: Central West Malaysia

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

ABC Radio National - Station 3RN (Brimbank, Victoria)

ABC Radio National - Station 3RN, transmitting from Melbourne (Brimbank), Victoria, Australia, was logged on 14 August 2019 (15 August 2019, Melbourne time). A music talent programme was observed from 18.50 till 19.15 UTC (04.50 till 05.15 am, Melbourne time). " Reception on 621 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 25322 -- stronger signal than the day before, still noisy but occasionally clear content. Before 17.45 UTC, no signal detected -- co-frequency interference from AIR Patna in Bihar (India) and Pyongyang Broadcasting Station (Chongjin). HERE, HERE and HERE is ABC Station 3RN
Reception report was submitted online to ABC RN Melbourne on 15 August 2019. Verification email arrived within 30 minutes on the same day.

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

Monday, August 12, 2019

Radio Power Rumpel* (via Rohrbach)

Radio Power Rumpel,* transmitting from Channel 292 in Rohrbach (Germany), was logged on 11 August 2019. A selection of 60s and 70s English pop music with station IDs and contact details was observed from 14.15 till 14.45 UTC. Reception on  the shortwave-wave frequency of 6.070 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 -- Strong signal and clear audio, despite occasional fading under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL arrived in 12 August 2019.

  *Received using the SDR at University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Radio New Zealand Pacific

Radio New Zealand Pacific via Rangitaiki was logged on 6 August 2019. An English language programme about the Rock group Nirvana and their music, including the tracks "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and lve version of "About A Girl," was presented by female and male announcers from 23.10 till 23.30 UTC. Reception on 13.840 kHz initially was fair, but gradually worsened to a SINPO of 25422 -- audible and occasionally clear content with fading under atmospheric noise that increased as grey-line between New Zealand and Malaysia disappeared. That said, HERE is an excerpt from this Radio New Zealand transmission.

Reception report was submitted online to RNZ on the following day. The above eQSL was received on 12 August 2019 in lieu of a paper QSL which RNZ no longer issues.

  RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Malaysia