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

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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).

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). 

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

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.

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.

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. Reception 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.

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)

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!

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.

WBCQ The Planet
274 Britton Road
Monticello, Maine 04760


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

Friday, November 1, 2019

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