Monday, June 15, 2020

Radio Romania International (via Galbeni-Bacau)

Radio Romania International via Galbeni-Bacau was heard on 7 April 2020, from 03.15 till 03.45 UTC. Programmes within this time period included reports on Romanian political parties, the effects of COVID-19 on Romanian businesses, suspension of Romanian football competition and Tokyo Olympics till 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and contemporary Romanian music. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.825 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 35333 -- moderate signal strength, atmospheric disturbance, fading under noise threshold. By 03.30 UTC, reception worsened to a SINPO of 25222 due to increased QRN. Around 03.40 UTC, signal was barely audible and content indecipherable. A 03.45 UTC SINPO was 15111 -- signal floated in and out of QRN, but inaudible for the most part.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Shortly afterwards I was notified  QSL would be sent later due to the Covid-19 disruption of mail service worldwide. On 16 June 2020, I received a blank, unsigned eQSL card. While I am grateful to just receive the card, I wish RRI had at least included the details confirming the report. That said, I completed the card for my personal records.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

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