Saturday, June 22, 2019

Radio Australia Wantok via Radio New Zealand (Rangitaiki)


Radio New Zealand relay of Radio Australia Wantok, transmitting from Rangitaiki, was logged on 12 June 2019, Tok Pisin programme was monitored from 10.45 till 11.00 UTC (broadcast time 10.30 till 11.00 UTC). Reception on 5.945 kHz rated a SINPO of 35343 -- fair signal strength, clear frequency, occasionally audible content despite household QRN from LED lights which made for noisy reception.

Reception report was submitted online on the following day. Am eQSL was received also on the same day from Mr. Adrian Sainsbury. The aboive eQSL was received on 22 June 2019.


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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

China Tibet Broadcasting (via Lhasa)

China Tibet Broadcasting transmitting from  Lhasa, Tibet (Xizang) was logged on 22 April 2019. English programming of news and cultural information on Tibet was heard from 16.20 till 16.50 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Reception (SINPO) on 4.905 kHz rated  34343; (SINPO) on 4.920 kHz rated 43443. HERE is China Tibet Broadcasting. 

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An email was received in late May promising a QSL in a month or two. A QSL card, along with a postcard of the Lhasa monastery and decorative envelope, arrived in the mail on the following month, 21 June 2019. Not bad considering years ago a QSL card to Malaysia never arrived after numerous attempts. So, I had it posted to an address in the United States and the card arrived at that address. 

Email: 
holytibetprogram@163.com

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

All India Radio Jeypore (Odisha Orissa)

All India Radio Jeypore in  Odisha Orissa (India) was heard on 12 February 2019. Indian music, advertisements and national news was observed from 17.00 till 17.42 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1467 kHz, here in the Kuala Lumpur area,  rated a SINPO of 34433 -- signal strength was fair to good depending on duration of fading. Otherwise signal was audible most of time with occasionally discernible speech. HERE is an audio excerpt from this broadcast.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 19 June 2019.

WBCQ - The Planet (via Monticello)


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 repliend 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. 

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

Email:
wbcq@wbcq.com

Monday, June 17, 2019

BBC Test Transmission (via Trincomalee)

BBC in a medium-wave test transmission  from the SLBC facility in Trincomalee was logged on 20 March 2019. Brief BBC interval, time pips and BBC News Hour was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. Transmission ended abruptly without announcement, followed by AWR Tamil broadcast at 14.30 UTC. Reception on 1548 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- strong signal and clear audio content with slight fading approximately every 10-12 minutes. Even then, signal remained audible. Powerful signal later at night!!! HERE is BBC (Trincomalee).

Reception report was emailed to SLBC and Victor Goonetilleke  on the following day. QSL card arrived on 18 June 2019. While the card is smudged and dog-eared at the bottom, I know for a fact it was not when it left the veri-signer. Despite the blemish, this is one of the beauty marks of a QSL card; one sees the card for what it is and how it travelled across the globe to reach one's destination. Thank you for obtaining this verification from SLBC for me, Victor!

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey via Emirler was logged on 3 May 2019. Turkish programming with Sports Talk was monitored from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on 9.460 kHz  was SINPO 24322 - poor signal strength, occasionally clear audio content, despite fading and atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card along with frequency/time/target schedule arrived in the mail on 18 June 2019.


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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

China National Radio 1 (via Yushu)

China National Radio 1 / PBS via Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Quinghai Province, China was logged on 5 March 2019. Chinese programming, mostly talk format, mixing under Radio Taiwan International was monitored from 14.10 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.075 kHz was SINPO 12431 -- weak signal strength, with strong co-frequency QRM from Radio Taiwan International, yet still audible underneath RTI. HERE is CNR (Yushu) station ID mixing under RTI. 

Reception report was mailed to CNR a few days later. I submitted the report using a Goggle English to Mandarin translation, thinking this would secure a QSL. Subsequent to this, I have been told by a fellow DXer that an English language report is sufficient as well. That said, this much prized QSL card from CNR arrived in the mail on 13 June 2018.  

Address (on the envelope):
China Radio International
P.O. Box 4501
Beijing 100866
China


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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Logbook for 7 June 2019


TIME FOR A LITTLE DXING. Here I can be seen scanning the 19 meter shortwave band with a Tecsun S-2000 linked to a dipole antenna, outside a modest terrace house in Malaysia,  on the afternoon of 7 June 2019. Mostly stations in northern Asia and Pacific were logged after 10.35 UTC. 73.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Voice of America Calendar 2019 for June


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for June.

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QSL Calendar for June 2019


QSL Calendar for June 2019

Radio Taiwan International for June 2019



Radio Taiwan International Calendar for June 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

QSLs for the Month of May 2019


NEXUS-IBA (IRRS) for Radio Rasant*. Romania.
Radio Taiwan International Paochung, Taiwan.
NHK World Radio Japan. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
NHK World Radio Japan. Koror. Palau.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Radio Free Asia. Tinian, North Mariana Islands.
Radio Free Asia. Sulaibiyah, Kuwait.
Wavescan via WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida. USA.
Reach Beyond Australia. Kununurra, Western Australia.
Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.
Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai. Natuna Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia.



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

*RX: remote SDR ANT: Mini whip. QTH:  Enschede, the Netherlands (Twente University)

NEXUS-IBA (IRRS) for Radio Rasant (via Romania)

NEXUS-IBA (IRRS) for Radio Rasant (Städtische Realschule de Sundern)*, transmitting from presumably Romania, was logged on 24 May 2019. Students from  Städtische Realschule de Sundern put together an hour programme of music and comments on the environment and technology. Fir my part, I monitored their programme from 19.00 till 19.15 UTC (broadcast time 18.15 till 19.15 UTC). Reception on 7.290 kHz  rated 44433 -- fair signal strength, decent audio content, despite slight fading.

Reception report with an audio file was emailed to NEXUS-IBA and Radio Rasant on the following day. NEXUS-IBA sent an eQSL and email confirming report on 30 May 2019.

Email:
reports@nexus.org

*RX: remote SDR ANT: Mini whip. QTH:  Enschede, the Netherlands (Twente University)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

NHK World Radio Japan (via Tashkent)

NHK World Radio Japan in a relay transmission from Tashkent, Uzbekistan was logged on 23 April 2019. An English language broadcast was noted from 14.10 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on  9.450 kHz was SINPO: 24322 -- weak signal, occasionally audible content despite severe atmospheric noise. HERE is  NHK World Radio Japan (Tashkent).

Reception report was submitted online on the following day. QSL card, along with programme schedule and sticker, was received on 29 May 2019.


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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

NHK World Radio Japan (via Koror)

NHK World Radio Japan transmitting from Koror. Palau was logged on 23 April 2019. Indonesian programming was heard from 11.50 till 12.00 UTC. Reception on  9.625 kHz was SINPO 55555. HERE is NHK World Radio Japan (Koror).

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 24 May 2019.

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


Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was logged on 3 May 2019. English ;amguage programming was monitored from 16.00 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 9.405 kHz rated a SINPO of 23322 - poor signal strength, occasionally clear audio content, despite dominant carrier signal and fading. By 16.15 UTC, signal strength fluctuated between being barely audible to quite strong, either due to propagation or transmitter problems.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 24 May 2019.

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

RNE Radio Nacional d' Espanya a Catalunya (Barcelona)


RNE Radio Nacional d' Espanya a  Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain sent this paper QSL card as promised. Broadcast was monitored remotely from an SDR receiver in the Netherlands in April 2019. A few stickers, postcard and cover letter also accompanied this QSL card. See April 2019 blog entry for details.

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey was logged on 12 April 2019. An English language broadcast of news, foreign media review, tourist sites of Turkey and Turkish pop music was observed from 17.30 till 18.25 UTC. Reception on 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 35322 -- severe atmospheric noise and fading hamper decent reception which disappeared just before 18.00 UTC.

Reception report was emailed to TRT on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 23 May 2019.

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

Monday, May 20, 2019

Radio Free Asia (via Sulaibiyah)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Sulaibiyah, Kuwait, was received on 2 May 2019. Lao programming of current event reports was observed from 00.00 till 00.30 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of  9.940 kHz rated a SINPO of 25332 - poor but clear and audible signal, no interference. HERE is RFA (Sulaibiyah).

Reception report was emailed to RFA on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 21 May 2019.


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

Radio Free Asia (via Tinian)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands, was received on 2 May 2019. Burmese programming of current event reports was observed from 00.30 till 00.45 UTC. Reception on 15.700 kHz was SINPO 35433 - fair signal, clear and audible signal, no interference, only occasional fading. HERE is RFA (Tinian). 

Reception report was emailed to RFA on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 21 May 2019.

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Wavescan via WRMI (via Okeechobee)

Wavescan via WRMI (Okeechobee) was heard on 18 November 2018, from 22.55 till 23.30 UTC.  Ray Robinson presented a report on the history of the Canberra shortwave scene, particularly VHK, then Jeff White interviewed Radio Slovakia International's Gavin Shoebridge for a discussion about electronic gadgets and shortwave/internet/FM broadcasts in Slovakia during the B18 HFCC conference in Bratislava, followed by Harold Seller's DX Report from Canada (including descriptions of KNLS, RNZI, VOK from his QTH in British Columbia). Reception on  short-wave frequency of  9.955 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 25331 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible audio content despite atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 13 May 2019.

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

Logbook from 12 April till 9 May 2019

AUSTRALIA
Reach Beyond Australia
transmitting from Kununurra, Western Australia was logged on 23 April 2019. Hindi programming was observed from 12.18 till 12.45 UT. Reception on 11.750 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- fair to good signal, clear audio, some atmospheric noise. HERE is Reach Beyond Australia.

AUSTRIA
Adventist World Radio
transmitting from Moosbrunn was heard on 14 April 2019. Urdu programming was noted from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 15.165 KHz rated a SIO of 555.

CHINA (TIBET)
China Tibet Broadcasting
transmitting from  Lhasa, Tibet (Xizang) was logged on 22 April 2019. English programming of news and cultural information on Tibet was heard from 16.20 till 16.50 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Reception (SINPO) on 4.905 kHz rated  34343; (SINPO) on 4.920 kHz rated 43443. HERE is China Tibet Broadcasting.

GERMANY
Radio Tirana*
via Shortwave Service in Kall-Krekel was logged on 30 April 2019. German language programming was noted from 19.40 till 20.00 UTC, then Italian programming. Reception on 3.985 kHz from Enschede, the Netherlands rated  a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Radio Tirana (Kall-Krekel).
Radio Slovakia International* via Shortwave Service in Kall-Krekel was logged on 27 April 2019. French programming was observed from 18.35 till 19.00 UTC. Reception on 3.985 kHz from Enschede, the Netherlands rated  a SINPO of 55555.

Radio Progzilla (The Prog Mill)* via Shortwave Radio in Winsen was logged on 27 April 2019. Progressive Rock, presented by Shaun Geraghty, was monitored: 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on 3.975 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Radio Progzilla (Winsen).

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Sungailiat (Pro-1), transmitting from Sungailiat (Bangka-Belitung Islands), was logged on 9 May 2019. Indonesian economic news, station ID and commentary in Indonesian at 12.20 UTC. Reception on 1413 kHz was (SINPO) 45433 -- fair to good signal strength when not fading. In years past, 2016 particularly, signal was good up until 17.00 UTC at sign-off. 

Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai PRO-1, transmitting from Natuna Regency archipelago in the Riau Islands, was logged 7 and 8 May 2019. Reception on 1467 kHz rated a SINPO of 32332 -- poor to fair signal when not mixing and fading under Thailand National Education Radio (Pathum Thani Province). News, ID, promotional spots and nasheed (Islamic religious songs for Ramadan) was observed from 12.25 till 13.50 UTC.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1
via Chiba was heard on 21 April 2019. Japanese programming wioth commentary on Western pop music was observed from  13.25 till 13.50 UTC. Reception on 6.055 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal, clear audio, atmospheric noise. HERE is Radio Nikkei 1.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Radio Free Asia
via Tinian was received on 2 May 2019. Lao programming of current event reports was observed from 00.30 till 00.45 UTC. Reception on 15.700 kHz was SINPO 35433 - fair signal, clear and audible signal, no interference,only occasional fading. HERE is RFA (Tinian).

PALAU
NHK World Radio Japan
transmitting from Koror was logged on 23 April 2019. Indonesian programming was heard from 11.50 till 12.00 UTC. Reception on  9.625 kHz was SINPO 55555. HERE is NHK World Radio Japan (Koror).

SINGAPORE
BBC - Far Eastern Relay Station (Encore)
via Kranji was received on 23 March 2019. "Sports Hour," hosted by Shari Val, and  "BBC News Hour, read by David Harper, was monitored: from 09.58 till 10.35 UTC. Reception on 6.195 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts! HERE is BBC (Kranji).

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
via Paochung was logged on 3 May 2019. English ;amguage programming was monitored from 16.00 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on 9.405 kHz rated a SINPO of 23322 - poor signal strength, occasionally clear audio content, despite dominant carrier signal and fading. By 16.15 UTC, signal strength fluctuated between being barely audible to quite strong, either due to propagation or transmitter problems.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via Emirler was logged on 3 May 2019. Turkish programming with Sports Talk was monitored from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on 9.460 kHz  was SINPO 24322 - poor signal strength, occasionally clear audio content, despite fading and atmospheric noise

UAE
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation
, transmitting from Al Dabbaya, Abu Dhabi, was logged on 12 April 2019. Malayalam programming with news, advertisements and music was monitored from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on this new MW frequency of 1539 kHz  rated a SINPO of 44333 -- strong and clear signal despite atmospheric noise and occasional fading. HERE is Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation.

UZBEKISTAN
NHK World Radio Japan
in a relay transmisssion from Tashkent, Uzbekistan was logged on 23 April 2019. An English language broadcast was noted from 14.10 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on  9.450 kHz was SINPO: 24322 -- weak signal, occasionally audible content despite severe atmospheric noise. HERE is  NHK World Radio Japan (Tashkent).


RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Sony MW/FM car radio ANT: 1/4 wave and off the whip QTH: Subang Jaya, West Malaysia 
*RX: Remote SDR via Twente University, Enschede,the Netherlands.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Reach Beyond Australia (via Kununurra)

Reach Beyond Australia in Kununurra, Western Australia was heard  on 23 April 2019, A Hindi language broadcast was observed  from 12.18 till 12.45 UTC.  Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.750 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- fair to good signal, clear audio, some atmospheric noise. HERE is Reach Beyond Australia.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on 24 April 2019. Margaret Penford for Reach Beyond in Melbourne sent this eQSL arrived on 7 May 2019.

Email:
meloffice@reachbeyond.org.au

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was logged on 8 April 2019. This English broadcast featured news and cultural segments, including a report on Japanese colonial recordings in Taiwan from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz was SINPO 54554.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 3 May 2019.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai (Natuna, Riau)

Radio Republik Indonesia Ranai PRO-1, transmitting from Natuna Regency archipelago in the Riau Islands, was logged during the second week of  February 2019.

Signal was consistently detected around 11.45 UTC with Indo pop music, followed by a female DJ and time pips at 12.00 UTC, then an ID leading into news. Co-frequency interference from dominant Thai station (National Education Radio, Pathum Thani Province), also on the same frequency, was observed, but less noticeable when radio was rotated to an east-west direction. Signal continued to be heard after 12.30 UTC, but by this time it was much weaker between long fades. After 13.00 UTC, there was barely a whisper. And after 15.45 UTC, only All India Radio Jeypore and the above mentioned Thai station was received.
 
In the QSL letter, Dr. Muslim at RRI Ranai, states that "RRI AM Ranai transmitter with a frequency of 1467 KHz airs at 05.00 s / d 12.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time) and from 12.00 s / d at 16.00 WIB not airing because there is still a lack of operational officers in LPP RRI Ranai, and will eventually will return to air from 16.00 to 24.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time).

He also says, that during Ramadan 1440, "Pro 1 RRI Ranai with FM transmitter Frequency 105.9 MHz will broadcast from 02.00 to 24.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time) and AM transmitter frequency of 1467 KHz will air from 02.00 to 12.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time) and will continue from o'clock 16.00 to 24.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time)."So, that's good news for any DXer wanting to catch RRI Ranai.

Reception report was posted to RRI Ranai, and surprisingly they replied. And I'm busting buttons, tooting horns to have received this verification. I'm immensely thankful to have caught this rare 10 kW station in a truly exotic location. Thank you, Mauno, and thank you, Dr. Muslim at RRI Ranai.

HERE's an audio clip from this transmission.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: Internal ferrite rod QTH: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia








Voice of America Calendar 2019 for May


Voice of America Calendar 2019 for May.

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QSL Card Calendar for May 2019


QSL Card Calendar for May 2019

Radio Taiwan International for May 2019


Radio Taiwan International Calendar for May 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

QSLs for Month of April 2019


BBC Far East Relay Station. Kranji, Singapore.
Radio Nikkei 1. Chiba, Japan.
Radio Progzilla / Shortwave Radio.* Winsen, Germany
Radio Free Asia. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Voice of Indonesia. Pelangkaraya, Papua Barat, Kalimantan. Indonesia.
China Radio International. Bomako, Mali.
RNE Radio Nacional (Barcelona)* (MW). Cataulunya, Spain.
Adventist World Radio (MW). Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Tirkey.
BBC Radio Scotland* (MW).  Burghead, Scotland.
All India Radio Bhawanipatna (MW).  Odisha, India.





*Remote SDR via Twente University, Enschede,the Netherlands.

BBC Far East Relay Station (via Kranji)

BBC - Far Eastern Relay Station (Encompass) via Kranji was received on 23 March 2019. "Sports Hour" with Shari Val and BBC News Hour" presented by David Harper was monitored from 09.58 till 10.35 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.195 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts! HERE is BBC (Kranji).

While BBC Far Eastern Relay Station (Kranji) is an easy catch in neighbouring Malaysia, their QSL has eluded me for the past 10 years, largely because the BBC rarely if ever verifies anymore. For years and years, I sent reception report after reception report, all to no avail, save for this one.That's what makes this QSL letter all the more valuable.

Reception report was posted a few days after this broadcast. QSL letter arrived in the mail on 30 April 2019.

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

Radio Nikkei 1 (via Chiba)

Radio Nikkei 1 in Chiba, Japan was logged on 21 April 2019. This Japanese language broadcast featured a largely talk format with station promos and a Guns & Roses track "Sweet Child of Mine" from 13.25 till 13.50 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.055 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal, clear audio, atmospheric noise. HERE is Radio Nikkei 1.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 30 April 2019.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Radio Progzilla* (via Winsen, Germany)

Radio Progzilla (The Prog Mill)* via Shortwave Radio in Winsen, Germany was logged on 27 April 2019. A selection of Progressive Rock,  presented by Shaun Geraghty, was observed from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 3.975 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555. HERE is Radio Progzilla.

The Prog Mill is a new and classic progressive rock programme that airs every Sunday between 10pm and midnight UK time (21.00-23.00 UTC/GMT or 11pm to 1am in Europe), on Progzilla Radio.  This is the UK's only dedicated 24/7 progressive rock network.  Hear the show online at www.progzilla.com/listen  or via the tune-in app, smart speakers and on internet radio platforms. The programme is also broadcast daily via Shortwave Radio from their transmitters in Winsen, Germany on 3.975 kHz and 6.160 kHz.

The show is repeated at 03.00 UK time Tuesday morning (7pm Monday Pacific or 10pm East coast US) and also at 11pm UK time (22.00 GMT) on Tuesday evenings. With a further repeat on Saturdays between 6-8pm UK time (17.00-19.00 UTC). A podcast is usually available to listen anytime or download the show by midweek after the broadcast. Links are posted online.   

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL was received eight hours later from veri-signer/presenter Shaun Geraghty. Again, many thanks, Shaun.

Website:
www.progzilla.com



*RX: Remote SDR via Twente University, Enschede,the Netherlands.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Radio Free Asia (via Dushanbe)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Dushanbe (Tajikistan), was logged on 14 and 15 April 2019. Interestingly, this Korean language broadcast was heard reasonably well on the 14th of April, unlike the following day when it was jammed. The jamming was so bad, the noise radiated 30-50 Hz across the 9.990 kHz frequency. 

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 April 2019.

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

Voice of Indonesia (via Pelangkaraya)

Voice of Indonesia via Pelangkaraya, Papua Barat, Kalimantan was logged on 18 February 2019. German language broadcast was monitored from 18.20 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). Reception on 3.325 kHz rated a  SINP0 55544 -- excellent signal strength and clarity despite slight fading. HERE is VOI (Pelangkaraya).
 
Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 April 2019.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Friday, April 19, 2019

BBC Radio Scotland*

BBC Radio Scotland* via Burghead, Scotland was logged on 30 March 2019. The Billy Sloan SHow and BBC news was heard from 23.00 till 00.05 UTC (00.00 till 01.05 AM, Scotland time). Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 810 kHz at 23.00 UTC rated a SINPO of 33533 -- fair signal with co-frequency mixing from presumably a dominant Radio Makedonija, fading under Radio Makedonija every five to six minutes, otherwise occasionally clear and audible content. At 23.30 UTC, mixing with Radio Makedonija and later Radio Madrid, but still audible despite strong interference.

Burghead antenna masts
Reception report was emailed on the same day. An email from Chris Joy, Principal Systems Engineer, Technology Operations for BBC Scotland, confirmed report by email on 8 April 2019, promising to post a note with same confirmation. The note indeed did arrive in the mail on 19 April 2019.

*Station logged from SDR at Twente University, Netherlands.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

China Radio International (via Bomako)

China Radio International, transmitting from Bomako (Mali), was logged on 5 March 2019. English programming with commentary on US-China relationship and comparisons to it in the 1960s. This was observed at 15.05 till 15.29 UTC, then station ID leading into another programme. Reception on 13.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- fair signal, clear and audible content, despite slight fade. By 15.30 UTC, signal worsened often fading under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE is CRI (via Bomako).

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 15 April 2019.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Logbook from 30 March till 12 April 2019

CHINA
China Radio International
via Kashi was logged on 5 April 2019. German programming of news, report on a FIlm Festival and Chinese pop music was observed from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on 7.395 kHz rated a SINPO of (SINPO): 35433 - fair signal, clear audio, no interference, moderate fading. HERE is CRI (Kashi).

China Radio International via Urumqi was logged on on 5 April 2019. Bulgarian programming of most talk format was observed from 18.45 till 18.57 UTC. Reception  on the short-wave frequency of 7.265 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443 - fair signal, clear audio, slight interference from BBC. HERE is CRI (Urumqi).

ENGLAND
KBS World Radio via Woofferton, UK was logged on 10 April 2019. A Russian programme featuring contemporary jazz and traditional Korean/Japanese music was monitored from 18.40 till 19.00 UTC  Reception on 9.820 kHz  rated a SINPO of 44554 - strong and clear signal, with minor interference.

GREECE
Voice of Greece via Avlis was received on 10 April 2019. Greek music was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on 9.420 kHz was SINPO 45544. 

SCOTLAND
BBC Radio Scotland*
via Burghead was logged on 30 March 2019. The Billy Sloan SHow and BBC news was heard from 23.00 till 00.05 UTC (00.00 till 01.05 AM, Scotland time). Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 810 kHz at 23.00 UTC rated a SINPO of 33533 -- fair signal with co-frequency mixing from presumably a dominant Radio Makedonija, fading under Radio Makedonija every five to six minutes, otherwise occasionally clear and audible content. At 23.30 UTC, mixing with Radio Makedonija and later Radio Madrid, but still audible despite strong interference

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae was logged on 5 April 2019. News and "Korea 24" was noted between 16.00 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.640 kHz. rated a SINPO of 55544 -- strong signal, no interference, slight fading. HERE is KBS World Radio (Kimjae).

SPAIN
RNE Radio Nacional (Barcelona)* in Cataulunya, España was logged on 7 April 2019. Spanish language programming with an emphasis of music and Spanish history, including a feature on Islam in Spain (Andalusia) was observed from 0315 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 738 kHz rate a SINPO of 44323 -- transmitter noise and occasional fading every 5 to 6 minutes. 

TAIWAN
Suab Xaa Moo Zoo via Tamsui was logged on 5 April 2019. Hmong religious programming and songs was heard from 22.40 till 23.00 UTC. Recption on the short-wave frequency of 7.530 kHz rated a SINPO of  44444 - good signal, clear audio, slight fading. HERE is Suab Xaa Moo Zoo (Tamsui).

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was logged on 8 April 2019. This English broadcast featured news and cultural segments, including a report on Japanese colonial recordings in Taiwan from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz was SINPO 54554.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey was logged on 12 April 2019. An English language broadcast of news, foreign media review, tourist sites of Turkey and Turkish pop music was observed from 17.30 till 18.25 UTC. Reception on 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 35322 -- severe atmospheric noise and fading hamper decent reception which disappeared just before 18.00 UTC.

UAE (ABU DHABI)
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation via Al Dhabayya was logged on 12 April 2019. Malayalam programming of news and popular Indian music and advertisements was observed from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC. Reception on their new frequency of 1539 kHz (MW) rate a SINPO of 44333 -- strong and clear signal despite atmospheric noise and occasional fading. HERE is Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation









Thursday, April 11, 2019

RNE Radio Nacional d' Espanya a Catalunya (Barcelona)*

RNE Radio Nacional d' Espanya a Catalunya * in Barcelona, Spain was logged on 7 April 2019. Spanish language programming with an emphasis of music and Spanish history, including a feature on Islam in Spain (Andalusia) was observed from 03.15 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 738 kHz rated a SINPO of 44323 -- transmitter noise and occasional fading every 5 to 6 minutes. HERE is RNE Catalunya.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received on 11 April 2019. Veri-signer, Antonio Catalan Serra, sent a promised paper QSL card, along with stickers and cover letter, which  arrived in the mail on 23 May 2019 (See May 2019 blog entry for details).

Website:
www.rtve.es/radio/radio4/

Address:
RNE Radio Nacional d' Espanya a Catalunya
Radio 4

c/o Sr. Antonio Catalan Serra 
Roc Boronat Street, 127
08018 Barcelona, Spain



*Station logged from SDR at Twente University, Netherlands.

Adventist World Radio (via Trincomalee)

Adventist World Radio via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka was on 20 March 2019. Tamil programming was observed from 14.30 till 14.45 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave of 1548 kHz at 350 kW rated a SINPO of 54544 -- strong  signal and clear audio content with slight fading approximately every 10-12 minutes. Even then, signal remained audible. HERE is AWR (Trincomalee).

Unfortunately, it would appear AWR Asia was unaware of this transmission, as this QSL card is for a different frequency, time and transmitter power. Thanks for the card AWR, but had hoped it was for MW transmission (which must have been a test, just as the preceeding BBC broadcast had been on this same frequency and date).

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 11 April 2019. Need to follow up another reception report explaining the error.


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