Friday, January 29, 2016

Italian Broadcasting Corporation*

After more than 30 years Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), the most famous free short wave radio from Italy, that was heard in most continents, has returned to the airwaves. IBC  will broadcast again on Friday, 29 January 2016, on the frequency of 6.970 kHz from 12.00 UTC, and then possibly on 3.905 kHz. 

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)* was indeed received on 29 January 2016. Station interval, frequent station IDs in English, German and Italian, pop music and DXing news was monitored from 12.00 till sign-off at 16.15 UTC on the short-wave frequency of 6.970 kHz, using the remote SDR receiver in Twente, The Netherlands. Unfortunately, it was too early in the day (in Europe) to receive their signal directly in Malaysia. Nevertheless, reception quality was mixed with moments of strong audio peaking above an otherwise noisy short-wave band.

At sign-on, IBC's signal was (SINPO) 25332 -- weak with severe atmospheric noise, yet audible. At 12.08 UTC signal improved sightly to 25442, breaking above the threshold of noise for clearer reception. At 12.20 UTC, signal dropped back down under the noise, but with very poor audio quality. At 12.31 UTC, signal was 35443 - atmospheric noise lessened and audio was much stronger. Later in the day, signal improved greatly.

HERE's an audio excerpt  from their broadcast. I heartily recommend IBC. Their music selection as well as  DXing news makes for enjoyable listening.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 2 March 2016 and is for transmissions logged directly in Malaysia and remotely from the Netherlands (note dates and times).



*Logged using a remote SDR receiver linked to the University of Twente (The Netherlands) website and monitored in Malaysia

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