Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Radio VOR - Voice of Russia (via Novosibirsk-Oyash)

2nd QSL
Radio VOR - Voice of Russia, transmitting from Novosibirsk-Oyash, was logged on 4 March 2014. With all eyes on Russia following the Sochi Olympics and now developments in the Ukraine, I decided to tune into VOR. I caught the last ten minutes of their "Live from Moscow" programme at 13.50 till 14.00 UTC, broadcast time being 13.00 to 14.00 UTC. In the brief time I listened, I heard VOR analysis on US-Israeli relations regarding Palestine and Russia-China agreement on crude oil. Frequent promotions for VOR programmes and FaceBook, much like the format presented on BBC and VOA, was observed until closure.  Reception on 9.560 kHz (SINPO) was 54554 with excellent signal strength and clarity, despite some minor unidentified interference under their transmission.

With Voice of Russia transmitting less on short-wave, Irkutsk and Novosibirsk remain the only non-DRM transmitter sites operational. VOR appears to have turned their attention towards DRM, with transmissions emanating from Kaliningrad and Moscow-Taldom. Even with this I have to wonder how much longer the world's oldest short-wave broadcaster will remain on air. So, with this in mind, I set out to submit yet another reception report to VOR, which I emailed shortly after filling this report.

Elena Osipova, in the VOR Letters Department, sent this email confirming the aforementioned reception report, on 11 March 2014: "This is to thank you for your reception report. Please be informed that we have found it to be correct and gladly verify it by a QSL card which will be sent to you by regular mail. We wish you good and enjoyable listening and look forward to hearing from you soon again."   

I received VOR's QSL card in the mail on 14 April 2014. As it turns out, VOR terminated their short-wave service at the end of March 2014. A second QSL fro the same transmission arrived in the mail on 15 May 2014. So, ends the glorious short-wave era of Voice of Russia (Radio Moscow). Glad I have this QSL for one of their last transmissions.


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