Sunday, March 30, 2014

PCJ Radio International (via Trincomalee)

PCJ Radio International aired a special broadcast from the Radio Taiwan International (RTI) studio on 30 March 2014. This one hour broadcast from 12.30 to 13.30 UTC (new A14 time) featured two English language personalities from RTI who talked about the station's history and Mandarin language programme between songs.  Transmission radiated on 13.655 kHz (possibly a new A14 frequency) and originated from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. 

Reception (SINPO) at 12.30 UTC was 34333 -- poor to fair signal strength, slight QRM from adjacent station and warbling audio caused by fading flutter. At times it was just too noisy and signal strength dropped  off at one point. At 12.50 UTC reception improved and stablised for the remainder of the show to 44434 -- major problem continued to be warbling audio which distorted clarity. By 13.15 UTC signal strength alone was excellent and merited a SINPO of 55545. Should 13.655 kHz be the selected frequency for A14, I would suggest  more tweaking needs to be done, especially the warbling audio. Presently it is a questionable frequency choice for Southeast Asia. 

Reception report was emailed shortly after the transmission ended. Veri-signer Victor Goonetilleke replied promptly with promise of QSL. This eQSL arrived on 13 April 2014.


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