Saturday, February 13, 2016

Italian Broadcasting Corporation

Italian Broadcasting Corporation was finally heard in my corner of the world, after much waiting and intensive listening. Had I not known in advance IBC's broadcast schedule for this World Radio Day broadcast, I would have certainly missed their transmission to Asia altogether. With this in mind I remained vigilant during the wee morning hours, from 18.00 till 21.00 UTC on 12 February 2015, and  tuned in to their broadcast. 

Nothing was detected initially at 18.20 UTC, and I was about to switch off the radio and call it a day. Patience paid off, and at around 19.50 UTC I managed to hear peaks of faint music (Pet Shop Boys) and talking (station jingle and DJ chatter in Italian) on 6.970 kHz in USB mode. Signal remained audible between long fades, approximately every 8 to 10 minutes, and up until 20.15 UTC. A few times the chirping of a utility station interfered, but nothing terribly intrusive for long. All in all, reception was quite frankly, very poor, registering a SINPO of 14321.  

Despite the poor quality of reception, a report was emailed to Italian Broadcasting Corporation shortly afterwards. QSL card arrived on 2 March 2016 and is for transmissions logged directly in Malaysia and remotely from the Netherlands (note dates and times).


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