Monday, April 29, 2013

QSLs for the month of April 2013

The following QSLs arrived or were promised for the month of April 2013:

Radio Romania International (QSL card) transmitting from Galbeni, Romania
Indian DX Report on KBS World Radio (eQSL) transmitting from Kimjae, Republic of Korea
Radio Verdad (QSL card) transmitting from Chiquimula, Guatemala
KBS World Radio - German service (QSL card) transmitting from Woofferton, UK
Deutsche Welle (QSL card) transmitting from Kigali, Rwanda
Guangzhou Coast Station  (eQSL) transmitting from Guangzhou, PRC
VOA- Deewa Radio (QSL card) transmitting from Iranawila, Sri Lanka
Radio Free Asia (QSL card) transmitting from Saipan
China Huayi Broadcasting Company (eQSL) transmitting from FuZhou, Fujian, PRC

CNR 1 issued by CRI (QSL) transmitting from Hailar, Inner Mongolia (former Manchuria), PRC
CNR 1 issued by CRI (QSL) transmitting from Kunming (MW station), PRC
PBS Sichuan 2 issued by CRI (QSL) transmitting from Chengdu, PRC
Radio Dialogue -  Zimbabwe (QSL) transmitting from Madagascar 
Radio Cairo - ERTU (QSL) transmitting from Abis, Egypt
The Voice of Martyrs (QSL) transmitting from Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

Amateur Radio Operators EA5/GM0OPK (Spain) and VK3MO (Australia)

Amateur radio operators EA5 / GM0OPK in Valencia, Spain (Paul) and VK3MO  (Ian) in Victoria, Australia were logged on 29 April 2013. Both were heard swapping stories about their travels abroad in Zambia, South Africa and Thailand. Transmission was monitored from 18.57 to 19.14 UTC on 14.170 (14.180) kHz SSB/USB. Reception for EA5 / GM00PK was (SINPO) 25332 -- weak strength, but audible and clear despite atmospheric noise; whereas VK3MOas much stronger at (SINPO)  45444.

A sample of their transmission may be heard HERE. Radio operator EA5 / GM0OPK was later heard chatting with a K4SSJ (Kilo Four Sugar Sugar Jamaica),  although his voice was a mere whisper.

Reception reports were sent to both amateur operators after a kind amateur radio operator in Scotland (GM3ZDH) helped identify EA5 / GM0OPK. A confirmation was received from EA5 / GM0OPK a few days later. VK3MO was contacted by mail, and he never replied.

EA5 / GM0OPK emailed: "Thanks for your email. It was myself and VK3MO that you recorded on 29/04/2013 . I was at my 2nd home in valencia , spain at the time . i run a yaesu ft1000 with a heil pr40 microphone , amplifier is a om2500hf (2.5 kw) but i run 1000 watts (1kw) and antenna is a klmkt34xa . 6 element triband yagi (10, 15 and 20 meters ) on a 30 foot boom at 25 feet. I will confirm this contact on e qsl for you. Regards, Paul"

Numerous follow-up emails and assurances from Paul eventually garnered a QSL postcard from him. In all fairness to him, he attempted to send an eQSL but this failed to deliver through no fault of his own. He was also busy constructing a new home in Spain, and this contributed to the long delay. The above QSL is self-made and incorporates a photo of his home in Valencia (posted on QRZ) and the original email I received from him. On 10 June 2014 I received his confirmation on a postcard of Costa Blanca, Spain, posted from Glasgow, Scotland. A BIG thank you, Paul!!!

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Meyerton, South Africa)

NHK World - Radio Japan, transmitting from the SENTEC facility in Meyerton, South Africa, was logged on 29 April 2013. News, music and a language course in English was heard from 18.00 to 18.30 UTC. Reception on 11.885 kHz was (SINPO) 24322. While speech was audible, signal was weak and clarity hindered due atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed to NHK World - Radio Japan the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 14 May 2013.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Ascension Island)

NHK World - Radio Japan, transmitting from the Ascension Island relay station, was logged on 28 April 2013. A broadcast of news on the hour, lively discussion and jazzy music was heard between 08.00 to 09.05 UTC (broadcast time 08.00 to 10.00 UTC). Reception on 12.015 kHz  at 08.00 UTC was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength with audible and discernible speech, despite some transmitter hum and atmospheric noise. At 09.00 UTC, reception improved slightly to 45344 -- stronger signal with continued clarity of speech and atmospheric noise.

Reception was subsequently emailed and submitted on-line at NHK World. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 July 2013.

Less is More

Less is More
A Place for Low-powered Shortwave Stations

Transmitter site of  Radio Dunamis Shortwavefrom Uganda,
a 1 kW station  heard beyond  in  Africa
When I was about 13 years old my parents gifted me with my first short-wave radio. It was a generic 4-band receiver they had mail-ordered from Spiegel's of Chicago, back around 1967. Almost immediately after opening the box and powering it up, I discovered to my great satisfaction stations from nearly every continent in the world. Within a month or so I had scraped together enough pocket money to purchase postage stamps for my first reception reports to a handful of international broadcasters. My goal from then on was to QSL as many stations and countries as possible. Suffice it to say, this new-found hobby brought many hours of entertainment, and with it an education about language, culture and geography hitherto unbeknownst to me. 

The joy of listening to these distant and exotic locations was captivating. The thrill was usually intensified whenever I learned how amazing it was to receive some of these faraway stations with so little transmitted power. I'm talking about stations operating with less than 20 kilowatts, substantially lower than  the major international broadcasters of the day. I cannot begin to express the wonder I experienced when I heard the Windward Islands Broadcasting Service in St. George, Grenada at 10 kW, Radio New Zealand at 7.5 kW,  National Broadcasting Commission in Port Moresby, New Guinea at 10 kW or Radio Tahiti at 20 kW  These were proud moments indeed, made more jubilant when I ultimately received their QSLs. 

Even today, I find it more interesting and challenging to scan the radio dial for low-powered stations. These mighty mites generally are not major international players, but are rather more often  pirates, utility stations and small independent broadcasters. With the recent disappearance of so many big broadcasters, these "little stations that could"  fill the DXing void.

Fortunately  I live in a region of the world where geography, propagation, timing and equipment have conspired to help me catch at least a dozen or more of these lightweight broadcasters. Among the small wonders I have had the pleasure to hear over the past few years, most  originate over surprising distances from Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Their transmitted power ranges from as little as 200 watts up to 15 kilowatts. 

Recent QSL cards
from low-powered stations 

I count among my proudest catches SSB Weather Broadcasting in Taiwan at 200 watts; Radio Spaceshuttle in Finland at 500 watts;  Radio Verdad in Guatemala at 800 watts; Radio Alcaravan in Columbia at 1 kW; Radio Oriental in Ecuador at 1 kW; Radio Dunamis Shortwave in Uganda at 1 kW; Wantok  Radio Light and Radio Fly  in Papua New Guinea, each at 1 kW; The Cross - Pacific Missionary Aviation  in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia at 1 kW; and American Forces Network  in Diego Garcia and Guam, each at 3 kW.

In some ways it is stations like these that bring us full circle to the early days of radio when broadcasters operated with much less power and a great deal of passion for their programming. They could perhaps be the saving grace for shortwave enthusiasts in the future. Never mind the calculative nature of bean counters to account for greater market share. Never mind the Internet and newer mediums may supersede radio. People will always have a need for the dissemination of music and information, and so long the interest exists. even for the few, radio has a future.

Indeed, if I had the financial resources and tech savvy, I would certainly love to operate, produce and manage a legally licensed shortwave station of less or around 1 kW. Of course, amateur radio operators have been doing this sort of thing since the dawn of radio. Regrettably I am all thumbs when it comes to the technical side of it. What I lack in technical know-how however I more than make up for in enthusiasm. Nothing would give me more satisfaction in the remaining years of my life than to be at the helm of my very own station. It would fulfil at least one of my remaining dreams.

Friday, April 26, 2013

HCJB (via Kununurra, Australia)

HCJB Global, transmitting from Kununurra, Australia, was logged on 27 April 2013. A broadcast in the Rawang language, consisting of pop tunes and a scripted dialogue between two female announcers -- presumably of a religious nature -- were heard from 00.30 to 00.58 UTC. At 00.58 UTC, English IDs and programme called "Spotlight" follwed. Reception on 15.400 kHz was (SINPO) 54555 -- excellent reception on most accounts, except for minor transmitter hum.

Reception report was emailed to HCJB Gloabal Australia. This paper QSL, together with a programme schedule of their transmissions in the region, arrived in the mail on 9 May 2013.


HCJB Quito (via Nauen, Germany)

HCJB Quito, transmitting from  Nauen, Germany, was logged on 26 April 2013. A broadcast of religious music and Bible programmes  in Portuguese was monitored from 23.20 to 00.20 UTC. Reception on 11.920 kHz at 23.20 was (SINPO) 44434 -- good signal strength with audible and discernible speech, despite slight fading  At 00.00 UTC reception gradually worsened to 34433. By 00.20 UTC, signal was significantly degraded and barely audible at 24212.

Reception report was submitted to various email addresses shortly after transmission ended. On 31 May 2013, this QSL card, along with a desktop calendar in Portuguese, arrived in the mail from HCJB Quito in Brazil and signed by Iris Raucher. 



Front of 2013 HCJB Calendar from Brazil

Special QSL posted from Quito, Ecuador
2nd QSL - 60th Anniversary German Service 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ESAT Radio (via Kostinbrod, Bulgaria)

ESAT Radio via Kostinbrod (Sofia), Bulgaria was logged on 25 April 2013.  A broadcast of current event reports,  interviews, phone -in discussions and reggae music in Amharic was monitored from 17.00 to 17.58 UTC. Reception on 15.370 kHz was (SINPO) 43443 -- jamming began at 17.01 UTC and hampered an otherwise strong signal. Speech remained audible above the noise, although terribly annoying. Frequency varies from day to day. 

A sound file of this transmission at 11.28 UTC may be heard HERE.

Reception report was emailed to ESAT shortly after transmission ended. 



P.O.Box 11261,
Alexandria, VA 22312
United States of America

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CNR 1 (via Hailar, Inner Mongolia)

CNR 1, transmitting from Hailar, Inner Mongolia (a northeastern city that was formerly part of Manchuria) was logged on 24 April 2013. Light pop music hosted by a female announcer with piano music under was heard from 17.00 to 17.30 UTC (broadcast time 09.00 to 17.30 UTC). Reception of 10 kW transmitter on 4.750 kHz was (SINPO) 35333 -- fair signal strength with fading and some atmospheric noise, otherwise audible and discernible speech.  Bangladesh Betar and RRI Massakar thwart reception before 16.00 UTC.

Reception report was emailed to CNR and CRI the following day. CRI responded by email on 25 April 2013, confirming reception and promising to send a QSL card. This QSL, along with these delicate paper cut-outs of  fish, arrived in the mail 0n 16 May 2013.

Monday, April 22, 2013

PBS Sichuan 2 (via Chengdu, PRC)

PBS Sichuan 2, transmitting from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, PRC, was logged on 22 April 2013. Broadcasts of news events in Mandarin and Yi were observed from 22.35 to 23.30 UTC (06.35 to 07.30 Beijing time). Reception on 7.225 kHz  at 22.35 UTC was (SINPO) 33443 -- fair signal strength with droning  noise and station splatter from adjacent stations in China. Despite these conditions, signal was audible with discernible speech. At 22.58 UTC, increased station splatter from CNR degraded reception to 32432, even though speech was still detected. At 23.20 UTC, signal was much weaker at 23332.  Note: jamming from North Korea was present  on 6.060 kHz between 13.00 to 15.00 UTC. It was also apparent   -- although less so -- at 22.35 UTC.  Despite this, PBS Sichuan 2 was barely audible under this noise.

Reception report was emailed to SARFT and CRI on the same day. A few hours later, Ying Lian confirmed the report, promising a QSL card. The promised QSL arrived in the mail on 15 May 2013.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Amateur Radio Operator VR2XMT (Hong Kong)

VR2XMT in Hong Kong was logged on 18 April 2013, between 14.45 to 14.50 UTC. Transmission began with "...Whiskey One Germany...," (IW1GGR in northern Italy). VR2XMT was then heard saying, "CQ Contest...Victor Romeo Two X-ray Mexico Tango...My name is Charlie...(I live) in Hong Kong"   VR2XMT proceeded to chat with another HAM, then silence between 14.49 to 14.50 UTC. Reception on 14.204 kHz SSB/USB was (SINPO)  44454 -- some QRM from other HAMS, otherwise strong and clear signal

Reception report was emailed to Mr. Charlie Ho shortly afterwards. I also posted a letter later. NO REPLY. 



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Voice of Arabs "Sout al-Arab" / ERTU (via Abu Zaabal. Egypt)

Voice of Arabs (Sout al-Arab) via Abu Zaabal, Egypt was logged on 18 April 2013, between  19.05 to 20.00 UTC. Reception of 11.540 kHz (SINPO) was 34342. This transmission produced a fair to good carrier signal. However, the discussion detected between male and female announcers was barely audible. With a bit more modulation, reception quality would have faired better, as this frequency is free of interferring stations and atmospheric conditions were good under a grey-line path. The intended target area was for East Africa.

Reception report was emailed to ERTU on the previous day. See previous log entry under Raidio Cairo or refer to ERTU's website. This QSL card and confirmation letter arrived by Registered mail on 21 June 2013.

RANDOM LOG -- 14 TO 18 APRIL 2013


18 April 2013
- Voice of Arabs (Sout al-Arab) / ERTU via Abu Zaabal // Arabic with news and discussion  // 19.00 UTC // 11.540 kHz // 34342 -- fair to good carrier, but barely audible modulation 
- Radio Pilipinas via Tinang // Filipino and English with community announcements and information // 18.30 UTC // 15.190 kHz // 44544
- FEBA via Ascension Island // French // 18.30 UTC // 15.250 kHz // 35433
- Radio Kuwait // English with news and Islamic programming // 19.00 UTC // 15.540 kHz // 45444
- Voice of America via Wertachtal, Germany // Amharic with conversation // 18.45 UTC // 15.620 kHz // 45544
- Voice of Greece // Greek with sports coverage // 18.45 UTC // 15.650 kHz // 45444
- Galei Zahal // Hebrew with pop music // 18.50 UTC // 15.850 kHz // 35333
- Firedrake // traditional Chinese music // 18.55 UTC // 15.970 kHz // 55555

Receiver/Antenna  used: Tecsun S-2000 (Grundig Satellit 750) / vertically elevated 13-meter 1/4 wave aerial  

17 April 2013
- Radio Cairo via Abis //  17.40 to 18.00 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 to 19.00 UTC) // Turkish with music  // 9.280 kHz // 25331 -- prominent carrier signal with faint audio under, occasional atmospheric noise and fading. Transmitter abruptly signed off, then on again at 17.50 UTC
- Afia Darfur via Nauen, Germany // Arabic and Sudanese news commentaries // 18.15 UTC // 9.645 kHz // 34443
- Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via Sirjan // 18.00 UTC  // Bosnian with music // 9.860 kHz // 54544
- Radio France International via Issoudun // French news reports //
17.00 to 17.30 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 to 19.00 UTC) // 13.740 kHz // 54555 -- occasional over modulation (at least thrice between 17.00-17.30 UTC)
- Radio Riyadh // Arabic with Quran recitation // 17.00 UTC // 13.710 kHz // 44444

Receiver/Antenna  used: Tecsun S-2000 (Grundig Satellit 750) / vertically elevated 13-meter 1/4 wave aerial  

 16 April 2013
- Radio Belarus // German // 19.00 UTC // 11.730 kHz // 33433
- Radio Algerienne "Holy Quran" via Issoudun // Arabic with recitation from Quran and Islamic programming  // 19.00 UTC // 11.765 kHz // 34443
- Radio Libye  // Arabic with Arabic music and phone-in discussion with listeners on Islamic topics, Palestine and Libye // 19.00 UTC // 11.600 kHz // 35433
- Voice of Korea via Pyongyang // French // 11.00 UTC onward // 11.735 kHz // 55555

Receiver/Antenna used: Tecsun S-2000 (Grundig Satellit 750) / vertically elevated 13-meter 1/4 wave aerial  

- NHK World via Yamata // Japanese programming // 11.00 UTC onward // 11.815 kHz // 55555
- Voice of Russia via Vladivostok // English programme on Russian classical music composers // 11.00 UTC onward // 12.030  kHz // 54555
- Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi // Vietnamese //  11.00 UTC onward // 9.820 kHz  // 55545
- BBC via Kranji  // English news and feature reports // 11.00 UTC onward // 9.740 // 44444
- Voice of Indonesia // Mandarin  // 11.00 UTC onward // 9.525  kHz // 55555
- CNR via Kunming // Mandarin // 11.00 UTC onward // 9.440 kHz // 55545

Receiver/Antenna  used: Tecsun BCL-3000 using whip antenna

15 April 2013
- FEBA via Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia  // 16.00 UTC onward // Guragena with African music / 12.125 kHz / 34433
- Voice of Russia via Vladivostok // English with programme about Moscow // 12.025 kHz // 44444

Receiver/Antenna  used: Tecsun S-2000 (Grundig Satellit 750) / vertically elevated 13-meter 1/4 wave aerial  

14 April 2013:
- China Radio International via Urumqi // German language broadcast of  traditional and contemporary Chine music and mailbag show "Kontakt" // 18.10 to 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 to 19.57 UTC)  // 11.650 kHz  // 54545
- Overcomer Ministry with Brother Stair via Bulgaria // 18.00 UTC onward // 11.685 kHz // 34443
- VOA presumably via Santa Maria Galeria / Somali and Arabic  // 17.00-18.00 UTC // 12.055 kHz // 34433
- Radio Romania International // English broadcast with Romanian folk music and contemporary jazz programme (All That Jazz) at 17.45 UTC // 11.740 kHz  // 34443
- Radio Liberty via Biblis, Germany // Russian broadcast with some Billie Holiday jazz tunes from 17.15 UTC onward // 11.845 kHz // 34343

Receiver/Antenna used: Tecsun S-2000 (Grundig Satellit 750) / vertically elevated 13-meter 1/4 wave aerial  

- RRI Maduin in East Java, Indonesia // 1008 kHz (MW) / 34433 / 11.00 UTC onward / Indonesian pop tunes and community announcements in Bahasa Indonesia

Receiver/Antenna used: Tecsun BCL-3000 using whip antenna

Radio France International

Radio France International, transmitting from Issoudun, France, was logged on 17 April 2013. French langage broadcast of news events were reported from 17.00 to 17.30 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 to 19.00 UTC). Reception on 13.740 kHz  was (SINPO) 54555 -- occasional over modulation (at least thrice between 17.00-17.30 UTC).

Reception report was emailed to RFI on the following day, despite RFI being a bit fickle to verify. Surprisingly RFI sent this eQSL, together with verifications for other DXers, on 17 July 2013.

Radio Cairo / ERTU (via Abis)

Radio Cairo / ERTU, transmitting from  Abis, Egypt, was logged on 17 April 2013.  A Turkish language broadcast with music was monitored from 17.40 to 18.00 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 to 19.00 UTC). Reception on 9.280 kHz was (SINPO) 25331 -- prominent carrier signal with faint audio under, occasional atmospheric noise and fading. Transmitter abruptly signed off, then on again at 17.50 UTC

Reception report was emailed to ERTU on the following day. An email from ERTU promising a QSL card was sent within the same day.



The website of ERTU is one of the most creative for a government-run organisation. I heartily recommend it. Kudos to the web designer and ERTU for their boldness to project this brand image of Egypt!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Radio Libya

Radio Libya was logged on 16 April 2013. A broadcast of Arabic music, commentary and discussion with phone-in listeners in Arabic, which was moderated by a male announcer, was observed from 19.15 to 20.20 UTC. Reception on 11.600 kHz was (SINPO): 35433 -- fair signal strength with minor fading and no interference. Despite these conditions, transmission was audible and clear.

Reception report was submitted the following day. Previous attempts to contact Radio Libya, before and after the revolution in Libya, have been unsuccessful.  A self-prepared QSL, depicting Omar Mukhtar, was emailed to the Ministry of  Communication & Information and is pending their verification.

Monday, April 15, 2013

China Radio International (via Urumqi)

China Radio International German language broadcast from Urumqi, People's Republic of China was logged on 14 April 2013. Traditional and contemporary Chinese music, commentary and mailbag programme "Kontakt" was noted from 18.10 to 19.00 UTC (broadcast time from 18.00 to 19.57 UTC). Reception on 11.650 kHz was (SINPO) 54545 -- excellent signal strength with slight transmitter hum and fading. 

A reception report, written in German and English, was submitted to the German language division at CRI on the following day. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

RRI Madiun ( East Java, Indonesia on MW)

RRI Madiun Pro 1, transmitting from Madiun, East Java Province, Republic of Indonesia, was logged on 13 April 2013 while looking for CRI's "Voice of South China Sea". An Indonesian language broadcast of Indonesian pop tunes and community service messages was noted from 10.58 to 11.30 UTC (6.58 to 7.30 pm Kuala Lumpur time). Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1008 kHz  was (SINPO) 34332 -- fair signal strength and clearly audible, despite signal fading out every 10 minutes and minor atmospheric QRN. 

Reception report was email and posted at Facebook sites the following day. Based on past experience with most RRI stations, I am doubtful a QSL will be forthcoming. 



Friday, April 12, 2013

CNR 1 (via Kunming on MW)

CNR 1, transmitting presumably from Kunming, Yunnan Province, PRC, was logged on 12 April 2013. In an effort to locate the new CRI medium-wave station "Voice of South China Sea", I discovered from 14.00 to 15.00 UTC a Mandarin language broadcast of talk and contempory Chinese pop tunes  on 1008 kHz. Reception at 14.00 UTC was (SINPO) 34333 - fair signal coupled with atmospheric QRN. An Indonesian station (perhaps RRI Madiun in East Java)  was heard underneath every 5 to 10 minutes when signal faded out. Reception improved to 44434 around 14.45 UTC onward.

A music selection from this CRN 1 broadcast may be heard HERE

Reception report was emailed to CNR on the following day. A report may be posted in subsequent days, owning that a short-wave listener recently received a QSL card from CNR by mail. A reception report was also emailed to CRI on 15 April 2013. The following day, CRI promised to send a QSL card. The QSL from CRI arrived in the mail on 16 May 2013.




China National Radio
Area 18, South Fourth Ring Road,
No. 188, Building 7,
Beijing,  100070
The People's Republic of China

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guangzhou Coast Radio Station (China)

Guangzhou Coast Radio Station in  Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, the People's Republic of China was logged on 10 April 2013. Occasional navigational communication and maritime weather from a female announcer, speaking in Mandarin, was observed between 12:20 to 01.05 PM (CST - Beijing time) / 04.20 to 05.05 UTC. The station also provides weather conditions at sea. Reception on 17.398 kHz / USB was (SINPO) 35453 -- fair signal strength with excellent clarity. 

Reception report was submitted to Guangzhou Coast Station on the same day. The station replied in Chinese later in the afternoon, confirming reception of their station. Using the original text from the email and image from their website, I created this eQSL (Note: QSL cards are no longer issued). Translation of the Mandarin text follows.

Dear Mr. Timm Breyel,

We have received your mail about radio reception. 

First, we have to make a correction. Our station is located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, the People's Republic of China, not in the Republic of China (NOTE: the location stated in the English text of the reception report  was correct; apparently it was deleted in the Mandarin translation). 

We thank you for listening to our broadcast with interest. We confirm  the QSL reported in your mail was broadcast by our station.

 We hope you will continue to listen to our broadcast and let us know the reception conditions. This will help us to improve the quality of our broadcast and provide better services to ships.

Wish you great success at work and good health!

Luo Mingbiao
Guangzhou Coast Radio Station / XSQ

(Translation provided by R. Howard. Thank you very much!)


E-mail: (may bounce)

Guangzhou Marine Radio
Guangdong Shipping Building,
19th Floor, Room 1909
No. 48, Second Road
Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province
The People's Republic of  China

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Voice of the Martyrs (via Tashkent)

The Voice of the Martyrs, transmitting presumably from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was logged on 3 April 2013. A Korean language broadcast of religious programmes and announcers talking over music was observed from 16:00 to 17:00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 to 17.30 UTC). Reception at 16.00 UTC, on  7.515 kHz was (SINPO)  33443 -- fair signal strength with some transmitter hum and/or possible jamming. Despite the noise, speech was clear and intelligible. At 16.30 UTC, transmitter noise/jamming continued, yet speech and music was well received at 34443.

Reception report was emailed to The Voice of Martyrs on the same day. After several follow-up emails, I received this reply on 5 April 2013 promising a letter of verification. With September now approaching the promised QSL has not arrived in the mail, nor has a promised PDF file of the QSL been emailed. In all fairness to Pastor Tim Dillmuth, I am aware of two  who have received Letters of Verification. True to his word, Pastor Dillmuth emailed a QSL letter in PDF format on 13 September 2013.