Thursday, July 9, 2020

Trans World Radio Asia (via Puttalam, Sri Lanka)

Trans World Radio Asia, transmitting from Palavi, Puttalam, Sri Lanka, was received on 7 July 2020. A current events related broadcast, concerning Covid-19 among topics discussed, was presented in a South Asian dialect and English from 15.05 till 15.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz rated a SINPO of 34423 -- strong signal, clear audio when not fading.

Reception report was submitted on the following day. An eQSL and schedule was received on 9 July 2020.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Malaysia

Friday, July 3, 2020

Radio New Zealand Pacific

ONE OF MY FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS: Radio New Zealand Pacific, transmitting from Rangitaiki (New Zealand). In a relay broadcast of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Wantok, this news service to Micronesia in Tok Pisin (Pidgin English) was logged on 5.945 kHz, from 11.30 till 12.00 UTC, 2 July 2020. News reports focused primarily on Covid-19 and domestic violence cases around Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and elsewhere in Micronesia.

Why relay the ABC Wantok programme from New Zealand? Well, it's like this, ABC -- some say foolishly -- ceased all SW broadcasts a few years back, so they buy air time from Radio New Zealand. Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Bougainville and Papua New Guinea, all have SW, MW and/or FM transmitters, but in the event of a cyclone or flooding these islands are so badly affected the transmitters are rendered useless. Internet and power-lines are destroyed as well, and if operational only a few islanders have access. That's where remote radio transmissions for news and weather play a vital role, and Radio New Zealand Pacific serves that purpose; they even have their own Tok Pisin programming, not just the ABC. 

Anyway, stations like RNZ Pacific and the few remaining broadcasters in Micronesia, South East Asia, Central Asia and Africa  always had an exotic appeal to me when growing up in the States. One might say they fueled my wanderlust to travel beyond familiar borders, and that's why, in part, I ended up in South East Asia.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Malaysia

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

QSLs for Month of June 2020

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan
Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Moosbrunn, Austria.
Voice of Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam.
WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA.
WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA.
WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA.
WWVH. Kauai, Hawaii.
Radio Romania International. Galbeni-Bacau, Romania.
Radio Romania International. Galbeni-Bacau, Romania.
Radio Romania International. Tiganesti, Romania.
Adventist World Radio. Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102 ANT: 1/4 wave, Passive Loop and 3 meter wire QTH: Malaysia (near Kuala Lumpur)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung, Taiwan was logged on 1 June 2020. English programming was monitored: Reception on 15.320 kHz was SINPO 55544 - slight and occasional fading, otherwise excellent reception.

Reception report was emailed on 8 June 2020. QSL card arrived in the mail on 30 June 2020.

 RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: 3 meter wire  QTH: Central West Malaysia

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (via Moosbrunn)

Norddeutscher Rundfunk, transmitting from Moosbrunn (Austria), was logged on 24 December 2019. Their annual Christmas programme, "Gruss an Bord," greetings/messages was heard from  19.25 till 20.05 UTC. Reception on  9.570 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak signal but audible content when not fading under noise. HERE is NDR (Moosbrunn).

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Multiple follow-up emails were sent. Finally, after mail service disruption due to Covid-19,  a QSL card arrived in the mailbox on 25 June 2020.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia