Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Brochure from Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey enclosed this brochure about the Hagia Sofia when they sent their QSL card.


Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey via Emirler was logged on 4 January 2020. National and World news including reports about the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by American forces and his funeral in Iran, flooding in Jakarta (Indonesia), "Turkey's Tourist Attractions," "The Letterbox Programme" and as always lots of contemporary Turkish music was observed from 17.30 till 18.25 UTC. Reception on 9.660 kHz rated a SINPO of 45454 -- good signal strength and clear audio quality with no disturbing interference.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card, along with a brochure on Hagia Sofia and postcard showing the Voice of Tukey English staff/announcers, arrived in the mail on 27 February 2020.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT:  Passive Loop (SW) QTH: Malaysia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Voice of Vietnam (Die Stimme Vietnams)*

Voice of Vietnam (Die Stimme Vietnams)*, transmitting from Hanoi, Vietnam, was logged on 25 January 2020. A German language broadcast of news, Vietnamese music and programmes entitled "Das Thema der Woche" and "Kulturreport" was monitored from 18.30 till 18.58 UTC. Reception on 7.280 kHz rated a SINPO of 34323 -- not a terribly great signal radiated into Europe (Twente University), but still better than in Malaysia where it oddly could not be received at all; certainly in years past it was possible. That said, HERE is VoV.

Reception report was submitted the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 26 January 2020.

*RX: SDR Receiver ANT: Mini whip QTH: Malaysia via Enschede, Netherlands (Twente University)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Gift from Radio Taiwan International

YEAR OF THE RAT PAPER LANTERN, a gift from Radio Taiwan International. As a "Radio Monitor" of their English language broadcasts I received this 🐁🐁🐁 lantern in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. Thank you and Gong Xi Fa Chai, Radio Taiwan International. 🎎🧧🎆

Polskie Radio - Radiowa Jedynka

Polskie Radio - Radiowa Jedynka. transmitting from Solec Kujawski, Bydgoszcz,  Poland was logged on 17 and 18 December 2019. On the first day, a largely talk format with occasional advertisements and music filler was observed from 20.00 till 20.30 UTC (21.00 till 21.30 CET). On the following day, after 18.00 UTC Polish pop music and conversation between two women was noted. Reception on  225 kHz (LW) rated a SINPO of 15411 -- weak signal, no interfering stations, occasionally clear audio when not fading and mixing with static bursts from a thunderstorm in my area. Signal was best received between 20.00 till 20.07 UTC. Afterwards, signal was barely audible and then only after long periods (9 to 10 minutes). Shortly after 20.30 UTC, signal disappeared  under static. On the following day reception was much better with a SINPO of 25422. HERE and HERE is  Radiowa Jedynka.

Reception report was emailed and posted to Polskie Radio on the following day. Not sure which method of delivery elicited their response, but a QSL postcard depicting golonka and dumplings, considered a national dish in Poland,  was received on 20 February 2020. 

This is my first long-wave verification in all the years I have been DXing,  and it was accomplished in the most unlikely of places, Malaysia. Needless to say, I am over the moon -- HAPPY!!!

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 linked to internal ferrite rod  QTH: central West Malaysia

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Radio Merlin International*

Radio Merlin International* in the UK was heard on 17 February 2020. Music with DJ comments and station IDs between songs from 15.40 till 16.10 UTC included Connie Francis - "Where the Boys Are," Twisted Sister - "Leader of the Pack," David Bowie, George Harrison - "All Those Years Ago," The Searchers - "Needles and Pins," Mike Oldfield - "Moonlight Shadow," Charlie Puth - "Marvin Gaye." Reception on the shortwave frequency of 6.305 kHz via remote SDR in the Netherlands, rated a SINPO of 34333.

Reception report was emailed om the following day. An eQSL and supplemental material was received on 19 February 2020.

*RX: SDR receiver ANT: Mini whip QTH: Netherlands (Twente University)

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International via  Paochung, Taiwan was logged on 23 January 2020. The last fifteen minutes of their English transmission to South East Asia was monitored from 03.45 till 04.00 UTC. The programme "Jade Bells & Bamboo Pipes" featured a Chinese New Year segment, including traditional music, traditional tales, ang pow meaning and greetings "Gong Xi Fa Chai", which was presented by Carlson Wong. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

Recption report was emailed om the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 19 February 2020.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: 10 foot long wire QTH: Central West Malaysia