Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Vintage QSLs from Malaysia

RTM Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Earlier this week I posted a Vintage QSL card from Radio Malaysia. In response, fellow radio enthusiasts from Hungary (Hegedus Istvan) and Germany (Uwe Volk), sent emails to me. Along with their kind words they attached several PDF files of vintage QSLs from Malaysia.

These verification cards from Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and BBC Tebrau were issued from the late 1970s through the early 1990s when they transmitted from sites in not just peninsular Malaysia, but Sabah and Sarawak. Currently RTM has short-wave / FM studios in East and West Malaysia, however all radio transmissions emanate from Kajang, Selangor (West Malaysia).

For those interested in the history of radio in Malaysia, the first radio broadcasts commenced in peninsular Malaysia (Malaya) on 1 April 1946. The first two radio stations were Radio Malaya (in Malay) and The Blue Network (in English). The transmitters were located first in Singapore, then later in Kuala Lumpur (which began operation in 1950).

With the independence of Malaya on 31 August 1957, Radio Malaya was divided into two separate stations. The original studio in Singapore became Radio Singapura. Radio Malaya moved to Kuala Lumpur and aired their first transmission from the new location on 1 January 1959.

Radio Malaya would later be renamed Radio Malaysia on 16 September 1963, beginning their transmissions with the trademark phrase, Inilah Radio Malaysia (This is Radio Malaysia).

Pennant - RTM Radio Televisyen Malaysia

Radio and TV operations merged in 1968 when the Angkasapuri headquarters was officially opened. At this point, Radio Malaysia and Televisyen Malaysia merged and became Radio Televisyen Malaysia (Radio Television Malaysia, RTM) in 1969.

BBC via Tebrau, Johor

BBC via Tebrau, Johor (reverse)
Voice of Malaysia 1983
Voice of Malaysia 1983 (reverse)

Voice of Malaysia 1996

Voice of Malaysia 1996 (reverse)

 Thank you very much for sharing these QSLs, Hegedus and Uwe!

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