Sunday, October 30, 2011

QSL cards for October 2011

QSL cards received for the month of October 2011 include the following stations:
Radio Dabanga (Darfur) (QSL card) transmitting from Hilversum, The Netherlands
Radio Canada International (QSL card) transmitting from Woofferton, UK
Voice of Croatia (QSL card) transmitting from Zagreb, Croatia
Polskie Radio (QSL card) transmitting from  Skelton, UK
Voice of Russia (QSL card) transmitting from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Radio Free Asia (QSL card) transmitting from Tinian, North Mariana Islands
Deutsche Welle  (QSL card) transmitting from Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
WTJC (QSL card) transmitting from  Newport / Moorehead City, North Carolina, USA
Radio Mashaal (QSL card) transmitting from Udonthani, Thailand
Radio Bar-Kulan (Somalia) (QSL letter) transmitting from Meyerton, South Africa

(Verified, but yet to receive QSL in mail)
Voice of Russia  (QSL card) transmitting from  Serpukhov, Russia
Radio Sultanate of Oman (promised QSL card) transmitting from Muscat, Oman
KNLS (promised QSL card) transmitting from Anchor Point, Alaska, USA

(Reception reports forwarded to respective departments)
Voice of America transmitting from Botswana
Voice of America transmitting from Sao Tome
Radio Azadi transmitting from Kuwait City

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Voice of Russia (Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia)

Voice of Russia, transmitting from Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia, was heard on 29 October 2011. A French language service was monitored from 18.00 to 19.00 UTC on 9.900 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 35333 -- fair signal strength with noticeable static and slight fading, otherwise clear and audible speech.

Reception report was emailed to VOR. QSL card arrived in the mail on 16 November 2011.

China Radio International (Kashi-Saibagh, Xinjiang)

China Radio International, transmitting from Kashi-Saibagh (Kashghar), Xinjiang, was received on 28 October 2011. An English language service was monitored from 10:00 to 11.00 UTC on 15.190 kHz. Signal (SINPO) at 10.05 UTC was 24322 -- fair signal strength under poor atmospheric conditions.

Reception report was emailed to CRI. QSL card arrived in the mail on 23 November 2011.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bible Voice Broadcasting (Nauen, Germany)

Bible Voice Broadcasting, transmitting from the famed relay site in Nauen, Germany, was monitored on 26 October 2011 from 18.00 to 18.30 UTC. A Farsi language broadcast containing a few Farsi songs and religious commentary was heard on 11.855 kHz. Signal (SINPO): 55545 -- excellent reception with slight fading and static later in the broadcast.

Reception report was submitted by email to:  QSL Card arrived in the mail on 29 December 2011.

Voice of Russia (Dushanbe-Yangiyul, Tajikistan)

Voice of Russia, transmitting from Dushanbe-Yangiyul, Tajikistan, was received on 25 October 2011. An English language broadcast was observed from 17.00 to 18.00 UTC on 4.975 kHz. Signal (SINPO): 13332 -- weak signal marred by transmitter modulation, static and slight fading. Reception worsened to 12221 after 17.25 UTC  due to increased static and poor signal strength.

Reception report was emailed to VOR and Elena Osipova promptly responded stating that the report was correct and a QSL card would be issued. QSL card arrived in the mail on 9 November 2011.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Polskie Radio (Skelton, UK)

Polskie Radio, the external service of Polish Radio, sent this QSL card and letter on 24 October 2011 for a  23 July 2011 reception report. Though it is not stated on the card, the transmission purportedly originated from Skelton, UK. A Russian language broadcast was monitored on 15.155 kHz from 19.00 to 19.30 UTC. Signal was exceptionally strong and clear.

Reception report was submitted at Polskie Radio's website.
Letter indicating closure of English short-wave service

Friday, October 21, 2011

IBB-Voice of America (Talata-Volondry, Madagascar)

IBB-Voice of America, transmitting from Talata-Volondry, Madagascar, was heard in the Portuguese language on 30 October 2011 from 18.00 to18.30 UTC on 13.630  kHz. Signal (SINPO): 35333 -- moderate signal strength and transmitter modulation, yet clear and audible speech.

Reception report was emailed to numerous addresses at VOA, owing that VOA often has failed to reply due to the sheer volume of correspondence from its listeners and other factors. 

Lao National Radio

Lao National Radio in Vientiane, Laos was heard on 20 October 2011, broadcasting in Lao on 6.130 kHz. Broadcast of Laotian pop music and commentary was monitored from 11.00 to 13.00 UTC. Signal was 44333 -- only some moderated atmospheric disturbance, otherwise signal was good and speech was clear. PBS Xizang in Tibet also broadcasts on this frequency, so reception may depend on one's region in the world; I'm fortunately closer to Laos.

Reception report was submitted by email and post. Although the email address was provided from LNR's website, it was rejected repeatedly. 


Lao National Radio
P.O. Box 310 
Vientiane, Lao PDR 


Radio Canada International (Woofferton, UK)

Radio Canada International, transmitting from a relay station in  Woofferton, UK, was heard  on 14 October 2011. Broadcast was in Russian language for RCI's transmission from 15.00 to 15.29 UTC on 15.325kHz. Signal (SINPO): 45545 -- excellent reception overall.

Reception report was emailed to RCI. Within a day, Audience Relations officer Jim Westenhaver stated, "I'm mailing your QSL card later today, along with our schedules."  The wait begins. Well, the wait was not too long; a QSL card, together with an RCI sticker and programme schedules arrived in the mail on 31 October 2011.

RCI sticker

Voice of Russia (Serpukhov)

Voice of Russia, presumably in Serpukhov (a suburb of Moscow), was heard in English on 18 October 2011 from 15.00 to 16.05 UTC on 11.985 kHz. Signal (SINPO): 45333 -- good signal strength and clear speech, despite moderate static and some fading. Reception worsened at 15.30 UTC to 42222 due to interference from an adjacent station and increased static. At 16.00 UTC signal improved to 55434. 

Reception report was sent emailed to Voice of Russia. Within 24 hours I received confirmation from VOR that a QSL card has been mailed. It was received on 8 November 2011.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rádio Bandeirantes -- Brazil

Rádio Bandeirantes in São Paulo, Brazil was heard on 17 October 2011. The station was monitored from 23.30 to 00.00 UTC, although it broadcasts round-the-clock daily. A sports programme was observed in the Portuguese language on 11.925 kHz. Interestingly, the station is wedged between HCJB broadcasting from Chile and Radio Marti in the USA, both of which can be faintly heard here in Malaysia. Signal (SINPO) at 23.30 was 24322 -- fair reception with moderate atmospheric disturbance, year speech was clear and discernible. By 00.00 UTC, China Radio International nullified reception. 

Reception report was submitted by email to an uncertain destination. Does anyone know the postal address and email address to this station? 

Radio Damal (Voice of Somali People)

Radio Damal (Voice of Somali People), transmitting from Woofferton, UK, was received on 15 October 2011 from 18:30 to19:30  UTC on 11.740 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 45333 -- good signal strength despite moderate atmospheric disturbance and slight fading. Programming is generally in the Somali language, but on this particular day I observed recitation of the Quran. This continued on 11.650 kHz at 19.30 UTC, although strong interference from CRI effectively obscured reception. 

Reception report was submitted by mail and email

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Radio Dabanga - Darfur (Hilversum, The Netherlands)

Radio Dabanga for Darfur, transmitting from Hilversum, The Netherlands, was received on 11 October 2011. Monitored from15.45 to 16.26 UTC (broadcast time 15.30 to 16.26 UTC ) a largely commentary and discussion format was heard in Sudanese and Arabic. Transmission was on 13.730 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 22322 - poor reception due to modulation and weak signal, yet speech was audible. At  16.15 UTC reception worsened to 12311 -- signal was barely audible.

Reception report was submitted online at the Radio Dabanga website. QSL card arrived in the mail on 31 October 2011.

WTJC (North Carolina, USA)

WTJC of the  Fundamental Broadcasting Network, based in Newport/Moorehead City, North Carolina, USA, was heard on 1 October 2011 from 11.30 to 12.15 UTC (broadcast time 24 hours) on 9.370 kHz. Reception from this 50 kW station was faint at best, but still audible enough to discern voices. The programming content was essentially evangelical Christian. 

Reception report was sent by email. I essentially did not think a QSL card was obtainable, considering my reception report had limited programming details and WRTH 2011 stated the station required 1 IRC. I took a chance without it, and I received this QSL, a bumper sticker and pamphlet in Chinese on 12 October 2011.. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Radio Taiwan International (25th Anniversary QSL)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tainan, was heard broadcasting in German on 8, 9 and 14 October 2011 from 17.00 to 18.00 UTC (monitored 17.40 to 18.00 UTC and 17.10 to 18.00 UTC) on 9.955 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 45544 -- good signal strength with some static in this region of Asia. On 9 and 14 October 2011, the transmission was jammed at 17.35 UTC.

A Special 25th Anniversary QSL Card from RTI will be issued for this limited German language broadcast, but only for those submitting reports for this particular frequency and for 7 designated days in the month of October. It commemorates RTI's German language programmes which have aired for 25 years. Reception reports were submitted to QSL card arrived in the mail on 3 November 2011. Note the rubber stamp mark on the back of the card, stating "25 Jahre Deutsches Programme" (25 Years of German Programming).

8 and 9 October 2011
14 October 2011

Radio Bulgaria - August 2011 QSL Card

Radio Bulgaria sent this QSL card for a 26 August 2011 reception report for an English language broadcast on 7.400 kHz. The reception report was emailed from Radio Bulgaria’s website and received on 8 October 2011. 

Radio Nederland (Saipan, North Mariana Islands)

Radio Nederland Worldwide, transmitting from  the Agingan Point, Saipan, North Mariana Islands relay station, was heard on 8 October 2011. Dutch language broadcast was monitored from 09.30 to 09.59 UTC (broadcast time 09:35-09:59 UTC) on 15.750 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 45334 -- clear speech despite moderate atmospheric disturbance which worsened near end of transmission

Reception report was submitted online at the RNW website and by mail. QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 November 2011; another QSL card arrived on 30 November 2011; and still another card arrived in the mail on 5 December 2011.

Voice of Russia (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky)

Voice of Russia, transmitting from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the northeastern peninsular of Russia,  was heard in English on 8 October 2011, from 10:00-11:00 UTC. Broadcast frequency was 15.170 kHz and signal (SINPO) strength registered a 55555 -- excellent reception.

Reception report was submitted online at the VOR website. Reception report was confirmed a few days later by email, stating that a QSL card was in the mail. QSL card indeed arrived on 22 October 2011.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Deutsche Welle (Bonaire, Netherland Antilles)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from  the Bonaire, Netherland Antilles relay station, was heard on 5 October 2011. German language broadcast was monitored from 08.30 to 09.00 UTC (broadcast time 08:00-09:00 UTC) on 9.855 kHz. Signal (SINPO) was 25342 -- moderate signal strength with some static, but with clear and audible speech. 

Reception report was submitted online at the DW website. QSL card arrived in the mail on 13 October 2011.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Radio Free Sarawak (via Pulau)

Radio Free Sarawak, broadcasting via  a relay station in possibly Pulau, sent this eQSL on 14 December 2011. Political commentary and music in Iban and Malay was heard on 17.560 kHz from 10.00 to 12.00 UTC, on 3 October 2011.  Signal was 54555 -- slight interference from China Radio International on 17.550 kHz. 

Reception report was submitted on-line at Radio Free Sarawak's website: An eQSL card was received 14 December 2011.