Saturday, December 7, 2019

Souvenir from Radio Taiwan International


Radio Taiwan International  presented this souvenir tote bag to listeners who caught  their 108th National Day broadcast that aired in October 2019. Thank you, RTI. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Logbook 29 November till 5 December 2019


One of the advantages of the Tecsun S-2000 rotating ferrite antenna is the antenna port. Recently I linked a vertically elevated (height of 13 meters) 1/4 wave to it, and the results on  LW and MW have been outstanding. I suspect the height and shielded 50 ohm cable has more to do with the success in logging stations never before received. Absolutely amazing! Now I'm thinking (just thinking) a beverage antenna would be even better. Below are some of the results.

AUSTRALIA
ABC News Radio - 6PNN in Busselton, Western Australia, was logged on 4 December 2019. BBC news and ABC news was observed after 14.55 UTC. The station can be heard even earlier around 13.00 mixing with another station (Quran recitation). Reception on 1152 kHz is 23432. HERE is 6PNN.

DJIBOUTI
Voice of America
via Doraleh was heard on 5 December 2019. Araboc programming of currentevent reports and music was observed from 17.25 till 18.15 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1431 kHz  at 17.30 UTC rated a SINPO of 25422 -- weak but clear content when not fading under atmospheric noise every few minutes. After18.00 UTC, signal was present but barely audible with next to no discernible content except for faint speech and music. HERE is VOA Djibouti.

GUAM 
KWTR Trans World Radio via Agana was monitored on 29 November 2019. Korean programming was observed from 16.05 till 16.17 UTC. on 7.515 khz with SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal, clear content with slight fade. HERE is KWTR (Agana).

INDIA
All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram in Kalavoor, Allapuzha, Kerala was heard on 1 December 2019. Indian classical music moderated by female announcer between vocal and instrumental compositions, followed by national news in English and Hindi was noted from 17.05 till 17.40 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 576 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- weak to fair signal mixing with Thai station in Bangkok throughout transmission, occasionally clear signal rising above Thai station, but barely discernible after 17.30 UTC. HERE is AIR Thiruvananthapuram.

 INDONESIA
Radio Ikadi (Ikatan Da'i Indonesia) in East Jakarta with Quran recitation is best received before 13.00 UTC, but is received mixing later in the evening with ABC News Radio - 6PNN in Busselton, Western Australia. This NGO station broadcasts Islamic programmes on 1152 kHz. Station was logged first on 4 December 2019 and then on subsequent days.

JAPAN
Nippon Hoso Kyokai  2 (JOGB)  via Kumamoto was logged on 29 November 2019. A selection of language programmes in Japanese/Chinese, Japanese/Portuguese and Japanese/English was monitored from 13.25 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 873 kHz was fair SINPO 33432 - fair to good signal with clear audio content, fading every few minutes, occasionally mixing with stations in India and China. HERE is NHK2-JOGB.

Nippon Hoso Kyokai  2 / Osaka Broadcasting Station (JOBB) in Habikino City, Osaka was logged on 30 November.2019 with mostly talk format in Japanese from 21.05 UTC, on 828 kHz with SINPO of 25432 -- weak to fair signal, clear content, fading, no interference until 22.00 UTC. HERE is JOBB.

Tokai Radio Hoso (JOSF) in Nagoya was received on 2 December 2019 (3 December 2019, JST), from 18.15 till 19.00 UTC (03.15 till 04,00, JST) with a selection of Japanese pop songs. Recption on the medium-wave frequency of 1332 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- weak to fair signal mixing with another station (presumed to be in China) throughout the transmission, occasionally clear signal rising above atmospheric noise, static bursts (from a local thunderstorm) and the aforementioned interfering station. HERE is Tokai Radio Hoso-JOSF.

American Forces Network (AFN Okinawa Surf 648), transmitting from Camp Kinser, Urasoe City, Naha City area, Okinawa, was logged on 1 December 2019. CBS News and advertisements were monitored from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 648 kHz for this reportedly10 kW station rated a SINPO of 24432 -- weak to fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under or mixing with co-frequency station. HERE is AFN Okinawa.

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Pakistan Peshawar), transmitting from Chugalpura, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was logged on 3 December 2019. A mostly talk format in Urdu, including time pips, station ID and news, was monitored from 17.45 till 18.05 UTC. Reception on the MW frequency of 1260 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- weak to fair signal mixing with presumed Tohoku Hoso (JOIR) in Sendai (Japan), occasionally clear signal rising above atmospheric noise and interfering station. Signal began to peak around 18.00 UTC. HERE is Radio Pakistan Peshawar.

TAJIKISTAN
Radio Aap Ki Dunyaa
(Broadcasting Board Of Governors), transmitting from Orzu, Khatlon Region, was heard on 4 December 2019. Current events, news and station jingle/ID in Urdu were observed from 17.45 till 18.10 UTC UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 972 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- weak to fair signal mixing with presumed KBS-1 (HLCA) in Dangjin City (South Korea), occasionally clear signal rising above atmospheric noise and interfering station. HERE is Radio Aap Ki Dunyaa.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: external !/4 wave linked to receiver's ferrite rod (MW) and Passive Loop (SW) QTH; Central West Malaysia

NHK World Radio Japan (via Talata-Volonondry)

Radio Japan NHK World via  Talata-Volonondry, Madagascar was received on 2 November 2019. Hindi programming of music and current event in Japan was observed  from 14.35 till 15.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544 -- strong signal, clear content, slight fading. HERE is NHK World (Talata-Volonondry).

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. QSL card, postcards and NHK World folder arrived in the mail on 6 December 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia





Thursday, December 5, 2019

Voice of Indonesia (via Palangka Raya)

Voice of Indonesia, transmitting from Palangka Raya, Kalimantan (Borneo), was logged on 1 November 2019. German language programming was monitored from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on 3.325 kHz was SINPO 35453. HERE is VOI.

Reception report was emailed on the following day to the German Service of VOI. QSL card, along with a RRI/VOI sticker and postage stamps, arrived in the mail on 6 December 2019. This appears to be a news QSL design from VOI. Danke und Terima Kasih, Sri Undun.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Radio Nyawa Sarawak


Radio Nyawa Sarawak (presumed to be transmitting either from Palau or more likely Taiwan, since the T8WH Medorm transmitter site recently closed) was heard on 25 November 2019. Conversation/interview between announcer and Sidi Munan, President of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) discussed land rights. This was followed by Romuald Siew of Niah discussing palm oil plantation in his community. Andrew Paul talked about rural children. Broadcast was in Iban and Bahasaa Malaysia, and observed from from 11.15 till 11.45 UTC (07.15 till 07.45pm, KL time). Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.890 kHz rated a SINPO of 55544 -- strong and clear signal despite some fading. HERE is  Radio Nyawa Sarawak.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. Follow-up submission occurred on 3 December 2019. An acknowledgement, short of the traditional QSL, was received on 4 December 2019.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: Off the radio's whip antenna QTH: Central West Malaysia

Sunday, December 1, 2019

American Forces Network (AFN Okinawa Surf 648)

American Forces Network (AFN Okinawa  Surf 648), transmitting from Camp Kinser, Urasoe City, Naha City area, Okinawa (Japan), was logged on 1 December 2019. CBS News and advertisements were monitored from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on  the medium-wave frequency of 648 kHz for this reportedly10 kW station rated a SINPO of 24432 -- weak to fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under or mixing with co-frequency station. HERE is AFN Okinawa.

Reception report was submitted online at AFN Okinawa on 1 December 2019. An eQSL was sent the following day on 2 December 2019 by veri-signer George Smith.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave linked to radio's internal ferrite rod QTH: Central West Malaysia

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for December



Voice of America Calendar 2019 for December.

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Vintage QSL Calendar for December 2019


Vintage QSL Calendar for December 2019

Radio Taiwan International for December 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for December 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam via Ha Noi was logged on 21 July 2019. An Indonesian language broadcast of news, current events related to the region and cultural food programme was monitored from 23.00 till 23.27 UTC. Reception on  9.840 kHz was excellent with a SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed a few days later. QSL card and postcard arrived in an oversized envelope on 21 November 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia



Monday, November 11, 2019

Adventist World Radio (via Trincomalee)

Adventist World Radio, via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, was logged on 1 September 2019. A Wavescan segment, featuring Ray Robinson presentation on MW broadcasters in Uruguay, Jeff White interview of Kim Elliot and Japan Short Wave Club DX report, was monitored from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 9.580 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak signal, occasionally clear audio when not fading under atmospheric noise. Reception deteriorated gradually after 16.20 UTC. HERE is AWR (Trincomalee).

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card from AWR arrived on 11 November 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Logbook 20 October till 29 November 2019

AFGHANISTAN
Radio Afghanistan (National Radio Television Afghanistan) in Pol-e-Charkhi, Kabul) was logged on 24 November 2019. A selection of Afghan music with station IDs approximately 15 minutes apart and occasional commentary before each song, which were quite lengthy, was observed from 18.35 till 19.25 UTC. Reception on medium-wave frequency of 1107 was SINPO 35443 - fair to good signal with clear audio content, slight fading, no interference. By 19.30 UTC, signal gradually disappeared under atmospheric noise. HERE is Radio Afghanistan.

ARMENIA
Adventist World Radio
via Yerevan-Gavar was received on 20 October 2019, from 16.25 till 16.32 UTC with English programming and music. Reception on 9.490 kHz rated a SINPO of 35423 - fair signal, clear audio with fading.

GUAM
KWTR Trans World Radio via Agana (Guam), Korean programming from 16.05 till 16.17 UTC. Monitored on 29 November 2019, on 7.515 khz with SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal, clear content with slight fade. HERE is KTWR (Agana).

INDIA
AIR Radio Sedaye Kashmir
via Khampur-Delhi was heard on 9 November 2019, from 14.40 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.030 kHz rated a SINPO of 33443 -- fair signal initially mixed with station splatter from a station in China, along with fading under jamming noise. After 15.00 UTC, station in China signed off, allowing reception to improve slightly, although jamming continued. HERE and HERE is Radio Sedaye Kashmir (Delhi).

INDONESIA
The Voice of Indonesia
via Palangka Raya Kalimantan, was received on November 1, 2019. A German language programming of news and topics on Indonesia was observed from 18:00 to 18:30 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 3.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 35453 -- good signal strength, no interference, clear audio content. HERE is VOI.

JAPAN
JSR Shiokaze
via Yamata was heard in English, rather than Japanese and Korean, on 7 November 2019.  Reception on the shortwave frequency of 6.090 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- strong and clear signal, despite minor fading and station splatter from adjacent frequencies. Station ID, mission statement, contact details for Missing Japanese abducted in North Korea was observed just before sign-off from 16.55 till 17.00 UTC. HERE is JSR Shiokaze.

Bunka Hosa / Nippon Cultural Broadcasting - JOQR in Akai, Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture (Tokyo) was observed from 19.05 till 19.30 UTC (04.05 till 04.30, Tokyo Time) on 19 November (20 November 2019) Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1134 kHz rated a SINPO of 25432 -- weak signal when not fading every two to three minutes. Despite these conditions music was audible, given there was no co-frequency interference. HERE is JOQR.

NHK2 - JOGB via Kumamoto, with language programmes in Japanese/Chinese, Portuguese and English from 13.25 till 14.30 UTC, 873 kHz (MW), SINPO 33432 -- fair to good signal with clear audio content, fading every few minutes, occasionally mixing with stations in India and China. HERE is JOGB (Kumamoto).

KOREA (SOUTH)
KBS-1 / HLKR via Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do was logged on 19 November 2019. This mostly talk broadcast, with a bit of music just before the top of the hour, was monitored  from 19.35 till 20.05 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of  864 kHz was SINPO 24442 -- fair signal and clear audio, when not fading under atmospheric noise and mixing with another radio station sharing the same frequency.

KBS-1 / HLKQ via Cheongju, was heard on 22 November 2019.  News/current affairs presented by a male announcer was noted from 20.00 till 20.30 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1062 kHz was SINPO 13431 -- weak but occasionally clear content when not fading under and/or mixing with Guangdong Radio  (China). 

MOROCCO
Radio Méditerranée Internationale (Medi 1)
via Nador, over on long wave frequency, was logged on 07 and 08 November 2019, from 22:25 to 23:10 UTC with talk and music in Arabic. Actually, in late October -- for the first time since living in Malaysia (over 30 years) -- I have observed Medi 1, usually just before sunrise here. I probably would have not troubled to listen for Medi 1, thinking it was impossible. But a few DXers in Malaysia mentioned the station and shared their results with me. That said, reception on 171 kHz rated a SINPO of 25541 -- a weak signal but occasionally clear audio content. Signal generally disappears around 23.15 UTC. HERE and HERE is Medi 1.

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation via Larkana (Sindh) -- presumed -- 1305 kHz, with music at 19.00 UTC, on 15 November 2019. HERE is PBC (Larkana).

PALAU
Radio Nyawa Sarawak
(presumed via Koror) was heard on 25 November 2019. Conversation/interview between announcer and Sidi Munan, President of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) discussed land rights. This was followed by Romuald Siew of Niah discussing palm oil plantation in his community. Andrew Paul talked about rural children. Broadcast was in Iban and Bahasaa Malaysia, and observed from from 11.15 till 11.45 UTC (07.15 till 07.45pm, KL time). Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.890 kHz rated a SINPO of 55544 -- strong and clear signal despite some fading. HERE is  Radio Nyawa Sarawak.

PHILIPPINES
Vatican Radio via Tinang was logged on 30 October 2019 and again on 9 November 2019, in an effort to monitor their Vietnamese programme to Southeast Asia from 23.15 till 23.40 UTC. It had been reported propagation on the assigned 41 meter band was barely audible in Hanoi, so I was asked to monitor their transmission, here in Malaysia. The following results were noted:

- SINPO on 7.410 kHz:  44433 -- fair to good signal, clear audio content, some atmospheric noise, QRM from CRI English and utility station in the region initially. Signal was not as strong as 9.580 khz, but decent reception nevertheless. HERE is VR on 7.410 kHz.

- SINPO on 9.580 kHz: 55544 -- strong and clear signal, minor fading. HERE is VR on 9.580 kHz.

- SINPO on 7.420 kHz: 54554 -- strong signal and clear content, despite station splatter from stations on 7.425 (Saudi Arabia Quran recitation) and 7.430 kHz (CRI Khmer). At 23.25 UTC, transmitter switched twice to 7.410 kHz, then finally back to 7.420 kHz temporarily. HERE is VR on 7.420 kHz.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey via Emirler was received on 3 November 2019, from 17.30 till 18.25 UTC with English language programming and Turkish pop music. Recption on 9.660 kHz kHz rated a SINPO of SINPO: 55544 -- strong signal, clear audio, slight fading. HERE is Voice of Turkey.

Anti-Kurdish Tape via TRT transmitter in Emirler was observed on 8 November 2019 broadcast over Voice of Welt (Radyo Denge Welat), which operated on 9.525 kHz, from 19.00 UTC. HERE is TRT and Radyo Denge Welat.

UAE
NHK World Radio Japan via Al-Dhabayya was received on 2 November 2019, from 14.05 till 14.30 UTC. on the shortwave frequency of 11.925 kHz. SINPO was 11421 -- weak audio under either an over modulated carrier/transmitter or mixing with a jammer, plus some atmospheric noise. The same QRM affected their Indonesian programme from 13.45 till 14.00 UTC. Very unpleasant and noisy reception.  HERE is Radio Japan (Al-Dhabayya)

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VOV2) via Xã Thới Hưngm Huyện Cờ Đỏ, Thành phố Cần Thơ was logged on 19 November 2019. Station interval, time pips and station ID observed after 22.59 UTC. Reception on medium-wave frequency 0f 783 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 - excellent signal strength and clarity of audio despite slight fade. HERE is VOV2 (Can Tho).

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Passive Loop (SW) and 1/4 wave linked to ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Malaysia

Monday, November 4, 2019

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting presumably from Paochung, was received on 10 October 2019. This English/Mandarin Chinese language broadcast highlighting the opening ceremony of Taiwan's 108th National Anniversary aired from 02.00 till 03.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.665 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- Excellent!
HERE is RTI.

Reception report was emailed and submited online on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 November 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia

WBCQ - The Planet (via Maine, USA)

WBCQ - The Planet, transmitting from Monticello, Maine (USA), was logged  on 18 June 2019. Talk Show with dialogue/interview and occasional filler music was monitored from 09.30 till 10.00 UTC. Reception on 9.330 kHz rated an SINPO of 15321 -- weak signal, audible content occasionally clear and some fading under atmospheric noise. For over a week, reception has been "best" around 09.30 up till slightly after 10.00 UTC. I assume this is due to grey-line phenomenon which allows WBCQ's signal to radiate through the southern hemisphere to reach Malaysia.  HERE and HERE is WBCQ (Monticello).

Reception report was emailed to Allan Weiner on the same day. He replied within a few hours with an eQSL. To obtain the actual QSL card, which I did in 2012, one needs to mail the reception report with  SASE. This was done a day later on 19 June 2019. Paper QSL card, shown here, arrived in the mail on 5 November 2019.

Address:
WBCQ The Planet
274 Britton Road
Monticello, Maine 04760
USA

Email:
wbcq@wbcq.com

RX:  Sangean ATS-909 ANT: Dipole  QTH: Central West Malaysia

Friday, November 1, 2019

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for November


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for November.

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QSL Card Calendar for November 2019


QSL Card Calendar for November 2019

Radio Taiwan International for November 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for November 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

QSLs for Month of October 2019




Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Japan Short Wave Club/AWRTrincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Trans World Radio Africa. Al-Dhabbiya,  UAE
Voice of Vietnam. Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Radio Taiwan InternationalPaochung, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
All India Radio Bengaluru. Hosakote, Karnataka, India.
IBB / Voice of America. Ban Rasom, Thailand. 
Voice of Mongolia. Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 (SW) and Sangean ATS-909 (MW) ANT: 1/4 wave (SW) and ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Central West Malaysia

Monday, October 21, 2019

Voice of Mongolia (via Ulaanbaator)

Voice of Mongolia, transmitting from Ulaanbaator, was received on 29 September 2019. This English language broadcast, featuring Mongolian music performed on the international stage, was observed from 09.00 till 09.30 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 12.085 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444 -- strong signal and clear content, despite some over-modulation and fading. HERE and HERE is VoM.

Reception report was mailed and emailed on th efollowing day. QSL card with sticker arrived on 18 October 2019. The QSL depicts Chinggis Khaan (Ghengis Khan) Statue Complex, Tuv. The postage stamp of the double-humped camel, unique to Mongolia and much of Central Asia, is a bonus with this letter, which arrived by registered mail.

Email:
vom_en@yahoo.com

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave  QTH: West Malaysia

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler, was logged on 25 August 2019. A Turkish language broadcast, consisting mostly of Turkish pop music, was logged from 17.55 till 18.35 UTC. Transmission occurred on 5.960 kHz.

Reception report was submitted the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 October 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: West Malaysia


Friday, October 4, 2019

Japan Short Wave Club/AWR (via Trincomalee)

Japan Short Wave Club via Adventist World Radio,  transmitting from  Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, was logged on 1 September 2019. This QSL card confirms reception of  JSWC DX Report heard during AWR's Wavescan programme from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC. This segment also included Ray Robinson's commentary on MW broadcasters in Uruguay and Jeff White's interview of Kim Elliot, former announcer with VOA and currently on WRMI. Reception on 9.580 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak signal, occasionally clear audio when not fading under atmospheric noise. Reception deteriorated gradually after 16.20 UTC.

Reception report, along with USD2.00, was posted to  Japan Short Wave Club on 3rd of September 2019. QSL card of the Year of the Pig, along with two NHK postcards featuring landmarks of Japan, arrived in the letterbox on 4 September 2019.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave  QTH: West Malaysia

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Trans World Radio Africa (via Al-Dhabbiya)

Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Al-Dhabbiya,  UAE,  was received on 29 September 2019. An Amharic broadcast of "Kingdom of Eswatini" was monitored  from 03.35 till 03.45 UTC. Reception on 9.655 kHz rated a SINPO of 24332 -- weak signal, occasionally clear and audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. HERE is TWR  (Al-Dhabbiya)

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL was received on 3 October 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 20 meter long dipole QTH: West Malaysia

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Ha Noi, was logged on 5 September 2019. English language broadcast of news, current affairs, "Discovery Vietnam" programme and Vietnamese pop song was monitored from  09.58 till 10.28 UTC. Reception on 12.020 kHz rated a SINPO of 55544 - excellent signal strength and clarity of audio

Reception report was emailed the following day, VOV replied promising a QSL card, which arrived in the mail on 3 October 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: West Malaysia

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on 2 September 2019. English programming to South East Asia was received from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.320 kHz was SINPO 55444.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2019.
 
RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: Random wire QTH: Central West Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)


Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on 1 August 2019. English programming to South East Asia was received from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.320 kHz was SINPO 55444. 
Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2019.
RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: Random wire QTH: Central West Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International via Tamsui was received on 31 August 2019. Special German broadcast from Tamsui to Europe was received from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 9.540 kHz was SINPO 25331. 

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2019.

Email:

deutsch@rti.org.tw

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave  QTH: Central West Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on 3 July 2019. English programming to South East Asia was received from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.320 kHz was SINPO 55444. 

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2019.

RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: Random wire QTH: Central West Malaysia

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

All India Radio Bengaluru (Karnataka)

All India Radio Bengaluru, transmitting from Hosakote, Karnataka, was logged on 17 June 2019. Indian music, followed by news in English and Hindi, was observed from 16.55 till 17.40 UTC. Transmission was noted on the medium-wave frequency of 612 kHz. Reception was fair to good.

Reception report was mailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy a few days later. QSL was mistakenly sent to Indonesia, before being rerouted to Malaysia. It eventually arrived on 1 October 2019.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod QTH: Central West Malaysia

IBB / Voice of America (via Ban Rasom)

IBB / Voice of America,  transmitting from  Ban Rasom, Thailand, was logged on 14 September 2019. Bangla service "Lifeline" was monitored from 15.00 till 15.30 UTC. Programme in Burmese followed at 15.30 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1575 kHz rated a SINPO of  55544 - strong signal strength, clear audio, brief and slight fading. HERE and HERE is an excerpt from this transmission.

Reception report was emailed to both the Station Manager at the IBB facility and VOA Bangla department on the following day. Not sure who has verified this reception report. I suspect the Station Manager. Will see the full outcome in days ahead. In any case, this veri came on 30 September 2019.

Email:
bangla@voanews.com
manager_thailand@tha.ibb.gov

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod QTH: Central West Malaysia

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for October


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for October.

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QSL Card Calendar for October 2019


QSL Card Calendar for October 2019

Radio Taiwan International for October 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for October 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

QSLs for Month of September 2019


Radio Free Asia. Sulaibiyah, Kuwait.
Adventist World Radio. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Trans World Radio Africa. Kishinev-Grigoriopol, Moldova.
Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr (PRTC). Kishinev-Grigoriopol, Moldova.
Radio Romania International. Galbeni, Romania.
ABC Radio National - Station 3RN. Delahey/Brimbank, Victoria, Australia.
ERT - Voice of Greece. Avlis, Greece.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia

NEXUS/IBA-European Gospel Radio (via Tiganesti)

NEXUS/IBA-European Gospel Radio, transmitting from Tiganesti, Romania was received on 26 September 2019. English programming of music and commentary/discussion was observed  from 18.25 till 19.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 7.290 kHz was SINPO 25221 -- audible and occasionally clear, despite weak signal and fading under atmospheric noise. Reception worsened after 18.45 UTC to the point that their signal was barely audible. Some station splatter from CRI around 19.00 UTC compounded the problem, all but ending any clarity of signal. HERE is European Gospel Radio.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An email and blank eQSL (which I filled out for personal records) was received on 27 September 2019.

Email:
reports@nexus.org

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Central West Malaysia

Radio Televisyen Malaysia WAI FM (via Kajang)

Radio Televisyen Malaysia WAI FM, transmitting from Kajang, Malaysia, was logged on  8 September 2019. Bahasa Malaysia programming of Malays pop songs, advertisements and current even announcements was  monitored from 22.40 till 23.30 UTC. Reception on 11.665 kHz rated a SINPO of  44544 - good signal strength, clear audio, despite occasional fluttering fade and slight station splatter from a China station on 11.670 kHz. HERE is RTM WAI FM

Reception report was emailed a few days after 10 September 2019. The report was initially sent to query RTM about the operational status of the Kajang shortwave facility. They ansered without QSL, but forwarded the report to another department/person on 23 September 2019. Just to play it safe, I resubmitted the report to the same department/person. An eQSL was received on 27 September 2019. Malaysian postage stamps have been placed on it, but I'm not sure whether this is decorative or RTM will indeed post the card. For certain, it is a new design and procedure for verification

Email:
aduan@rtm.gov.my


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH; 32km from Kajang, Malaysia

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Update on RTM Kajang Transmitter Site


Earlier this month (see blog entry) I visited the Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) short-wave transmitter site in Kajang, and I was surprised to see the signage removed and headquarters vacated. On learning this I contacted RTM and queried them about it. Today, 23 September 2019, I received a reply from Mr. Khairuddin Hj Osman who is the Chief Assistant Director J48, Unit of Measurement and Quality, Network Technical Section, Department of Broadcasting Malaysia.

He had this to say about the site:
We are still using our site for shortwave transmission, although there is no signage on the building. This is for security purposes.

Regarding your question about Radio Tawau-Limbang FM, we no longer broadcast on shortwave: it is only available for FM transmission. Meanwhile for Voice of Malaysia, RTM has already stopped that program.

For Asyik FM, TRAXX FM and Klasik Nasional, we decided to stop transmission for a while due to inadequate transmitter at our site where before this we were using our old transmitter since 1975, and there are no more spare parts available in the market.

We still broadcast Wai FM and Sarawak FM, but for Sarawak FM we stopped our transmission for a while due to transmitter problem. This will be repaired when we receive spare parts soon.

Thank you kindly for this update, Mr. Khairuddin. I, and on behalf of listeners worldwide, we hope Sarawak FM will soon get the necessary parts and be up running again.