Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bye Bye Sitkunai Special Broadcast (via Kostinbrod-Sofia)

"Bye Bye Sitkunai", a special broadcast of ShortwaveService via Spaceline (Kostinbrod-Sofia), was logged on 16 April  2017, from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Lithuanian music along with pre- and post-WWII history of the station was profiled in this long hour programme. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.400  kHz was (SINPO)  33433 - poor to fair signal when not fading under transmitter and atmospheric noise. Despite these conditions, the transmission was audible and speech/music clear.

Reception report was initially emailed the day after the transmission, only to be informed shortly thereafter that said reports would only be considered available for QSL if it met the criteria outlined and $$ for postage was provided. I subsequently mailed my report with request sum on 29 May 2017. As promised this lovely QSL card arrived on 23 June 2017. 

Before closing I want to thank Mr. Christian Milling for producing and lending his narration to this historic perspective on the Sitkunai site. I have fond memories of first listening to Radio Vilnius in the late 1970s and in more recent years to the relayed broadcasts of RFA and Radio Japan. I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast and am glad he took the interest to present the history of the Sitkunai site. Thank you so much, Christian!

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