Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Global 24 Radio (via WRMI)

Global 24 Radio*, transmitting from Okeechobee, Florida (USA), was logged on 6 November 2014. News, advertisements at the top of the hour for Universal Radio, "The Kelly Alexander Show" and Raoul Van Hall's Berlin Wall segment of "The Rock Pile" was monitored from 00.00 to 01.30 UTC. 

Reception on 9.395 kHz at 00.00 UTC was (SINPO) 45444 -- good signal strength with slight fading and atmospheric noise. Reception at 00.30 UTC was severely degraded to 24322 due to increased atmospheric noise, long fades and some QRM from a French language station. Reception stabilised after 01.05 UTC to 34433.

Transmission of Global 24 Radio presently cannot be received with clear and audible strength directly in Malaysia. In fact, since Global 24 Radio commenced operation I have monitored their signal daily. Reception consistently seems to be detected best during grey-line -- around 22.00 to 22.30 UTC. Unfortunately this is limited solely to a carrier signal; audio simply cannot break through. It is a pity because the frequency is relatively free of interference. Overall SINPO is 24331 in Malaysia using a Tecsun S-2000 linked to a 13 meter elevated 1/4 wave aerial; whereas in the Netherlands reception is remarkably better.
Despite the handicap of not being able to receive Global 24 Radio directly from Malaysia, a reception report was nevertheless emailed and submitted on-line. According to their website a commemorative QSL marking the Fall of the Berlin Wall will be issued for confirmed reception reports between 6 to 10 November 2014, hence my decision to submit a report now, even from a remote receiver in Holland, which in itself is quite a DXing feat. Hope Global 24 Radio agrees. Jeff White verified with  QSL on 7 October 2014. Sadly, the special Global 24 Radio QSL did not arrive.



*Logged using remote SDR receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands

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