Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey in Emirler was logged on  25 March 2014. After a rousing interval tune and station ID at 21.30 UTC, Voice of Turkey began their English language service with international and domestic news. This was followed with a review of headlines in the Turkish press. A quarter of the way into the broadcast, programmes on Turkish history, heritage culture and music were presented. A well-known monthly contest on the Voice of Turkey, "The Question of the Month", came up at the top of the hour -- 22.00 UTC. This month's question was "What is the name of the Turkish satellite that was launched in February?" The answer is Turksat-4A, a Turkish communications satellite designed to provide high-speed Internet service in Turkey. Noted prominnetly as well were frequent station IDs and promos for their website and podcasts sandwiched between programmes.  Reception on 9.610 kHz between 21.30 to 22.25 UTC was (SINPO) 55555 -- excellent signal on all accounts, and it should be considering the TX site is rated at 500 kW. Indeed,  reception is usually good to excellent in this quarter of the world.

As I do nearly every month a reception report was emailed to the Voice of Turkey, along with my entry to "The Question of the Month". While the outcome of the drawing for the contest is less certain, I can always count of Voice of Turkey to issue another wonderful QSL card! This QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 May 2014.


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