Friday, October 14, 2016

Radio Thailand World Service,

Radio Thailand World Service, in an English language broadcast targeted to eastern and western North America, was logged on 15 October 2016. This one hour programme, from 00.00 till 01.00 UTC, was largely dedicated to the worldwide outpouring of condolences to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Great. As usual with all RTWS broadcasts, the tourism and public relations departments work in tandem to promote the country, so several advertisements for events and developments in the nation were highlighted. I was particularly surprised to learn of  the BANGKOK BROADCASTING MUSEUM dedicated to radio and TV broadcasting. At the top of the hour, clock chimes and the Thai national anthem was heard, followed by a Thai language broadcast.

Reception on 15.590 kHz was (SINPO) 55545 -- good signal strength, clear audio, slight fading. This was to be expected considering my relatively close geographic proximity.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Unfortunately, Radio Thailand World Service -- and for that matter, many Thai stations -- have failed to reply to requests for their QSL card in the past year. Hopefully, this will not be the case this time around, considering a different email address was announced during their broadcast. Listed below is not only this new email address, but the previously known one. Both appear to be functional. After a few follow-up emails, RTWS replied with this email: "It's good to know that our shortwave can be listened clearly in KL. Our QSL card will  be sent to you soon". QSL card did indeed arrive in the mail on 4 October 2016.


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