Thursday, May 13, 2021

Radio Stations In Stamps

In the days when international broadcasters played a prominent role in promoting  a nation's brand image, commemorative postage stamps of government broadcasters were often at the forefront. In the spirit of that era I  have collected individual stamps, first day cover issues and maxim cards that featured government stations, private broadcasters and/or amateur radio.

AUSTRALIA POST in 1982 issued a first day cover stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Many of these ABC commemorative FDCs were signed by staff personnel of the ABC radio stations in each State. This particular FDC is sans signature(s).

AUSTRALIA POST in 1985 issued a first day cover of a printed stamp and cachet on stamped envelope marking the 75th anniversary of Amateur Radio, The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), 1910. Interestingly, it is a print, not a traditional stamp per se. An Australian amateur radio operator gifted this particular FDC to me knowing I am collector of  radio related stamps.  

POS MALAYSIA in April 2021 marked the 75th Anniversary of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) with four First Day Cover stamps. The stamp sheet commemorated RTM’s progress in each era - The Radio Era, The Radio and Television Era, The Coloured Television Era and The Digital and Multimedia Era. This was a limited edition release with only 2,000 folder sets for sale.

POSTE VATICANE  in 1981 issued a first day cover stamps marking the 50th Anniversary of Vatican Radio. The cachet on the envelope features Pope Pious XI, future Pope Pious XII and Guglielmo Marconi. The stamps depict Marconi and Pope Pious XI, Pope John Paul II, old Vatican Radio microphone and Vatican Radio antenna and statue.

CANADA POST in 1971 issued a First Day Cover stamp of Radio Canada International's then-new transmitters at Sackville, New Brunswick. Indeed, their 100 kW transmitters could be heard anywhere in the world. In the western United States where I lived at the time, their signal would pin the S-meter on my Realistic DX-160 to the max.  In Malaysia, their Sackville transmissions could be received as well, usually in the winter months on 9.620 kHz. The Sackville facility has since been razed and RCI no longer broadcasts from Canada.

POST LUXEMBOURG in 1955 issued a First Day Cover stamp and Maxi Card of Radio Luxembourg studio and antenna array. Any radio listener, particularly shortwave radio hobbyists, will remember Radio Luxembourg. The station was heard all around the world. I certainly do. I was living in a suburb north of Denver in 1977. I distinctly recall listening to the Paul McCartney & Wings hit song, "Mull of Kintyre" over Radio Luxembourg. Happy days!

POSTA VE TELEGRAF TESKILATI (PTT - TURKISH POST) in 2014 issued these First Day Cover stamps marking the 50th anniversary of TRT (Turkish Radio & Television) in Ankara.

DEUTSCHE POST in 2017 offered a limited edition stamp of Radio Mi Amigo International (a Spanish broadcaster) that occasional books air time through service providers in Germany. This paticular stamp was featured on their verification (QSL) card depicting their station on the days of pirate/offshore radio.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 19 March 2021. Kazakh broadcast  from 16.55  till 17.25 UTC  Reception on 9.505 kHz rated a SINPO of 35343 -- moderate signal strength, yet clear audio content when not fading under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 May 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 28 March 2021. Arabic broadcast  from 04.10  till 04.55 UTC  Reception on 17.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 45333 -- good signal strength, moderate atmospheric noise and fading which worsened as transmission continued, yet audio content remained clear

Reception report was emailed on the same day.  QSL card was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui, (Taiwan), was logged on 2 April 2021. English broadcast  from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC "Taiwan Insider", Taiwanese pop song -- "Happy, Happy Day", "Taiwan Today" and IDs, followed by broadcast times and contact details at sign-off. Reception on 9.405 kHz rated a SINPO of  55354 -- good signal strength, audible content despite moderate atmospheric noise

Reception report was emailed on 6 April 2021.  QSL card was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

HCJB Radio Otkrovenie (via Nauen)

HCJB Radio Otkrovenie, transmitting from Nauen (Germany), was received on 27 February 2021. A Russian language broadcast was monitored from 15.45 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on  9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite moderate atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed to various contacts. A QSL, pocket calendars, bookmark and personalised letter was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia


Friday, April 30, 2021

Proposed ABC Great Western Interview on DXing

In September 2020, a producer/announcer at ABC Great Southern - 6WA in Wagin, Western Australia contacted and requested to interview me. I had previously logged their station in March of that year, so he thought 6WA listeners might be interested to learn the station was being heard as far away as Malaysia, not just in Western Australia. At first, I was reluctant to do the interview, but at his insistence I instead proposed writing and recording a Q&A monologue. This is the recording.
As the host of an early morning programme on 6WA he agreed to edit the recording, adding in his questions, comments, effects, etc. Days, weeks and months passed without the promised final edit.

A few months after submitting the recording I learned he had been transferred to another ABC station. What he did with the recording remains a mystery. I suspect it was never edited, and therefore it never aired. Perhaps the content of my monologue was too awkward or inappropriate for his audience, so he scrapped the idea. 
In any case, here is the recording I made and submitted. Give it a listen. 73.

RTI Calendar - May 2021

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of May 2021