Saturday, April 7, 2012

Radio Canada International (via Santa Maria di Galeria)

Radio Canada International, transmitting from Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican, was received on 7 April 2012. A French language broadcast was monitored from 19.00 to 19.30 UTC (broadcast time 19.00 to 19.59 UTC) on  13.730 kHz. Reception (SINPO) at 19.00 UTC was 25222 -- weak signal strength, yet speech was faintly heard amidst the atmospheric noise. By 19.20 UTC reception worsened to 25211 -- occasionally signal was completely inaudible. By 19.30 UTC,  signal dissolved onto atmospheric noise. It was surprising RCI was even heard given the frequency and time is not compatible for reception in this quarter of the world.

Reception report was emailed and sent on-line. On 10 April, Mr. Bill Westerhaven emailed stating a RCI "60 Anniversary QSL" would be sent. Indeed, Indeed, the QSL card, together with RCI book markers and stickers, arrived in the mail on 23 April 2012.

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