Saturday, November 22, 2014

Global 24 Radio (Test Transmission)

Global 24 Radio, in a test transmission on 9.465 kHz from  Bulgaria (Kostinbrod), was logged in Southeast Asia on 22 November 2014. Raoul van Hall, host of The Rock Pile, played a selection of classic rock songs, including Rolling Stones - "Give Me Shelter", Neil Young - "Cinnamon Girl", Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air", The Four Tops "Reach Out (I'll Be There), Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", The Troggs - "Wild Thing", The Cat Empire - "Boogaloo" and Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit", from 21.20 to 22.10 UTC.

Reception on 9.465 kHz was (SINPO) 23322 -- weak signal strength with some station splatter from an adjacent Chinese station (CRI) on 9.640 kHz, but audible and clear when not effected by either long fades or atmospheric noise. Signal strength began to decline around 21.40 UTC, degrading SINPO to 23311 with mostly dominant carrier and peaks of faint audio. By 22.30 UTC signal had disappeared completely.

Global 24 Radio was logged earlier on 9.465 kHz from a remote receiver (Twente) and reception was much better. Why? Administrator at Global 24 Radio had this to say about the transmission: "The target area for the broadcast is Europe and the Middle East. The broadcast is originating from Bulgaria. Antenna and power are confidential details at this point. We will release more information after the test." 

For obvious reason, their signal was not audible at the same time in South East Asia due to propagation and geography. Reception of Global 24 Radio in South East Asia actually appears to to be best after 21.00 UTC, and not the 12.00 to 16.00 UTC time slot advertised by the station. Or, at least, presently it is not. Also, 9.465 kHz appears to be a better choice than 9.395 kHz in my quarter. WRMI on 9.955 kHz is even better from 11.00 to 12.00 UTC. Anyway, kudos to Global 24 for trying to please their listeners! 

Two reception reports were emailed and submitted on-line: one for the remote location (Netherlands) and another for reception in Malaysia.



Postal address:
Global 24 Radio
2719 Hollywood Blvd  B-16
Hollywood FL 33020
United States of America

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