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 (St├Ądtische Realschule de Sundern)*, transmitting from presumably Romania, was logged on 24 May 2019. Students from  St├Ądtische 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








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QSL Card Calendar for May 2019


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