Thursday, May 13, 2021

Radio Stations In Stamps

In the days when international broadcasters played a prominent role in promoting  a nation's brand image, commemorative postage stamps of government broadcasters were often at the forefront. In the spirit of that era I  have collected individual stamps, first day cover issues and maxim cards that featured government stations, private broadcasters and/or amateur radio.

AUSTRALIA POST in 1982 issued a first day cover stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Many of these ABC commemorative FDCs were signed by staff personnel of the ABC radio stations in each State. This particular FDC is sans signature(s).

AUSTRALIA POST in 1985 issued a first day cover of a printed stamp and cachet on stamped envelope marking the 75th anniversary of Amateur Radio, The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), 1910. Interestingly, it is a print, not a traditional stamp per se. An Australian amateur radio operator gifted this particular FDC to me knowing I am collector of  radio related stamps.  

POS MALAYSIA in April 2021 marked the 75th Anniversary of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) with four First Day Cover stamps. The stamp sheet commemorated RTM’s progress in each era - The Radio Era, The Radio and Television Era, The Coloured Television Era and The Digital and Multimedia Era. This was a limited edition release with only 2,000 folder sets for sale.

POSTE VATICANE  in 1981 issued a first day cover stamps marking the 50th Anniversary of Vatican Radio. The cachet on the envelope features Pope Pious XI, future Pope Pious XII and Guglielmo Marconi. The stamps depict Marconi and Pope Pious XI, Pope John Paul II, old Vatican Radio microphone and Vatican Radio antenna and statue.

CANADA POST in 1971 issued a First Day Cover stamp of Radio Canada International's then-new transmitters at Sackville, New Brunswick. Indeed, their 100 kW transmitters could be heard anywhere in the world. In the western United States where I lived at the time, their signal would pin the S-meter on my Realistic DX-160 to the max.  In Malaysia, their Sackville transmissions could be received as well, usually in the winter months on 9.620 kHz. The Sackville facility has since been razed and RCI no longer broadcasts from Canada.

POST LUXEMBOURG in 1955 issued a First Day Cover stamp and Maxi Card of Radio Luxembourg studio and antenna array. Any radio listener, particularly shortwave radio hobbyists, will remember Radio Luxembourg. The station was heard all around the world. I certainly do. I was living in a suburb north of Denver in 1977. I distinctly recall listening to the Paul McCartney & Wings hit song, "Mull of Kintyre" over Radio Luxembourg. Happy days!

POSTA VE TELEGRAF TESKILATI (PTT - TURKISH POST) in 2014 issued these First Day Cover stamps marking the 50th anniversary of TRT (Turkish Radio & Television) in Ankara.

DEUTSCHE POST in 2017 offered a limited edition stamp of Radio Mi Amigo International (a Spanish broadcaster) that occasional books air time through service providers in Germany. This paticular stamp was featured on their verification (QSL) card depicting their station on the days of pirate/offshore radio.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 19 March 2021. Kazakh broadcast  from 16.55  till 17.25 UTC  Reception on 9.505 kHz rated a SINPO of 35343 -- moderate signal strength, yet clear audio content when not fading under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 May 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 28 March 2021. Arabic broadcast  from 04.10  till 04.55 UTC  Reception on 17.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 45333 -- good signal strength, moderate atmospheric noise and fading which worsened as transmission continued, yet audio content remained clear

Reception report was emailed on the same day.  QSL card was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui, (Taiwan), was logged on 2 April 2021. English broadcast  from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC "Taiwan Insider", Taiwanese pop song -- "Happy, Happy Day", "Taiwan Today" and IDs, followed by broadcast times and contact details at sign-off. Reception on 9.405 kHz rated a SINPO of  55354 -- good signal strength, audible content despite moderate atmospheric noise

Reception report was emailed on 6 April 2021.  QSL card was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

HCJB Radio Otkrovenie (via Nauen)

HCJB Radio Otkrovenie, transmitting from Nauen (Germany), was received on 27 February 2021. A Russian language broadcast was monitored from 15.45 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on  9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite moderate atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed to various contacts. A QSL, pocket calendars, bookmark and personalised letter was received on 5 May 2021.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia
 

 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Proposed ABC Great Western Interview on DXing


UNAIRED AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (ABC) RADIO INTERVIEW.
 
In September 2020, a producer/announcer at ABC Great Southern - 6WA in Wagin, Western Australia contacted and requested to interview me. I had previously logged their station in March of that year, so he thought 6WA listeners might be interested to learn the station was being heard as far away as Malaysia, not just in Western Australia. At first, I was reluctant to do the interview, but at his insistence I instead proposed writing and recording a Q&A monologue. This is the recording.
 
As the host of an early morning programme on 6WA he agreed to edit the recording, adding in his questions, comments, effects, etc. Days, weeks and months passed without the promised final edit.

A few months after submitting the recording I learned he had been transferred to another ABC station. What he did with the recording remains a mystery. I suspect it was never edited, and therefore it never aired. Perhaps the content of my monologue was too awkward or inappropriate for his audience, so he scrapped the idea. 
 
In any case, here is the recording I made and submitted. Give it a listen. 73.

RTI Calendar - May 2021


Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of May 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

QSLs for April 2021


HCJB Deutschland.
Nauen, Germany.

Radio Romania International. Galbeni, Romania. 

Radio Romania International. Galbeni, Romania.

Welle 370 via Channel 292*. Rohrbach, Germany.

Radio Taiwan International. Baochung, Taiwan.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia
*Remote RX: SDR ANT: Mini whip QTH: Malaysia via The Netherlands (Twente University)

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

HCJB Deutschland (via Nauen)

HCJB Deutschland, transmitting from Nauen (Germany), was received on 27 February 2021. A Russian language broadcast was monitored from 16.00 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on  9.500 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite moderate atmospheric noise. 

Reception report was emailed to various contacts. An eQSL was received on 27 April 2021.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Monday, April 19, 2021

Radio Romania International (via Galbeni)

Radio Romania International, transmitting from Galbeni, Romania, was logged on 8 April 2021. English broadcast of Romanian folk music and current event programmes was monitored from 03.25 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 11.825 kHz rated a SINPO of 25222 -- poor signal strength. occasionally audible content, severe atmospheric noise and fading. By 03.55 UTC signal was inaudible due to interference from NHK World Radio Japan.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL card was received on 20 April 2021.


RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Radio Romania International (via Galbeni)

Radio Romania International, transmitting from Galbeni, Romania, was logged on 28 March 2021. English broadcast of Romanian folk music and current event programmes was monitored from 03.25 till 04.00 UTC. Reception on 11.825 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak but audible signal, severe atmospheric noise and occasional fading under the noise. Reception worsened after 03.45 UTC. At 03.55 UTC interference from NHK Radio Japan overpowered your signal.


Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL card was received on 20 April 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop : QTH: Malaysia

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Welle 370* (via Rohrbach)

Welle 370* via Channel 292, transmitting from Rohrbach, Germany, was logged on 24 January 2021. German language programme was monitored from 11.00 till 11.59 UTC. The broadcast focused on 100 years of radio, in particular a visit to the "Museum fur Kommunikasie Berlin," as well as letters/emails from listeners and pop music. Reception on 6.070 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed on 25 January 2021. QSL card along with brochure was received on 19 April 2021.


*Remote RX: SDR ANT: Mini whip QTH: Malaysia via The Netherlands (Twente University)

Monday, April 5, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (via Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Baochung, (Taiwan), was logged on 2 April 2021. English broadcast  from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC included segments of "Curious John", "In the Spotlight", "Classic Shorts" "News Playlist" and "On The Line", followed by broadcast times and contact details at sign-off. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts.

Reception report was emailed a few days later. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 April 2021.

RX: Degen DE-1102 EXT ANT: random 3 meter wire QTH: Malaysia

Thursday, April 1, 2021

RTI Calendar - April 2021

  


Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of April 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

QSLs for March 2021


All India Radio Sambalpur
.
Maneswar, Orissa. India.

BBC Encompass. Ascension Island.

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.

Fisheries Radio Station.  Chiang-mei Ts'un, Taiwan.

China Radio International. Qutbi, Xinjiang, China.

Radio Station WWV. Fort Collins, Colorado (USA).

Radio Exterior de España. Noblejas, Spain.


Monday, March 29, 2021

All India Radio Sambalpur (Orissa)

All India Radio Sambalpur (Akashvani Sambalpur) via Maneswar, Sambalpur District, Orissa, was logged on 18 January 2020. South Asian music (i.e. classical Indian music?) was monitored from 16.35 till 17.05 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 945 kHz rated a SINPO of 24422 -- weak to fair signal and clear audio content when not fading and mixing with co-frequency station in Thailand.

Reception report was emailed and posted to Spectrum Synergy & Management on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 30 March 2021. 

TX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave linked to ferrite rod QTH: Malaysia

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

BBC Encompass (via Ascension Island)

BBC Encompass via Ascension Island Atlantic Relay Station was logged on 4 April 2020, An English language broadcast was observed from 17.15 till 17.35 UTC. Transmission was received on the shortwave frequencies of 17.780 kHz and 17.830 kHz. Reception rated a SINPO (both frequencies) of 25222 -- weak signal strength, audible content, although not entirely discernible, and barely breaking above atmospheric noise. Reception was slightly better on 17.780 kHz.

Reception report was emailed on the following day, with subsequent follow-up reports. Finally, after resubmitting on 23 March 2021, an eQSL card was received on  24 March 2021.


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




Monday, March 22, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 22 January 2021. English broadcast  from 17.30  till 18.25 UTC included  news, "Review of Turkish Press", "Did You Know and "Look at Foreign Media". Of particular intrest was TRT's commentary on President Joe Biden's election defeat of Trump, the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters, Coronavirus policy of Biden administration, and Biden's China policy. Turkish pop music followed, then c;osure with station interval. Reception on 9.660 kHz rated a SINPO of 45333 -- good signal strength, moderate atmospheric noise and fading which worsened as transmission continued, yet audio content remained clear

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card and programme schedule arrived in the mail on 23 March 2021.


RX: Alinco DX-R8T EXT ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Friday, March 19, 2021

Fishery Radio Station (via Chiang-mei Ts'un)

Fishery Radio Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL3), transmitting from Chiang-mei Ts'un (Taiwan), was received on 27 February 2021. Radio Taiwan International English programme with host Shirley Lin was observed from 15.30 till 15.44 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1143 kHz rated a SINPO of  45434 -- good signal strength when not fading under every five minutes or so.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. A QSL letter arrived in the mail on 19 March 2021.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: vertical 1/4 wave elevated to rooftop is link to radio's internal ferrite rod QTH: Malaysia

Monday, March 15, 2021

China Radio International (via Qutbi, Xinjiang)

China Radio International, transmitting from Qutbi (Hutubi), Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, was logged on 13 March 2021. English language programme "Roundtable"  was monitored from 17.20 to 17.40 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequencies of 1323 kHz rated a SINPO of 34333 -- moderate signal strength, occasionally clear audio content when not fading under atmospheric noise.

Reception report with audio files was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received on 16 March 2021, owing to  mail delivery disruption from China and elsewhere due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: vertical 1/4 wave elevated to rooftop is link to radio's internal ferrite rod QTH: Malaysia

Monday, March 8, 2021

WWV on 20 MHz (via Fort Collins)

Radio Station WWV, transmitting from Fort Collins, Colorado (USA), was received on 23 January 2021. Transmission on 20 MHz was observed at 14.30 till 14.40  UTC. SINPO was 34433 -- some atmospheric noise and fading, but reduced in LSB/SSB mode.

This is neither the first time I have logged WWV on this frequency, nor is it my first QSL from the station. Still, it is special for a 2.5 kW transmitter on this shortwave frequency to reach the other side of the planet. Should one live in the States or Europe it is much easier to receive. But then, timing and propagation make it possible. Since logging it, I've not heard the station. That's how unique it is to hear WWV in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 March 2021. This is a new WWV verification design which the station began issuing last year to mark its 100th anniversary.

RX: Alinco DX-R9T EXT ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Radio Exterior de España

Radio Exterior de España
,
transmitting from Noblejas, Spain, was logged on 11 April 2020. Spanish language programming, including a report on how Covid-19 was affecting children and families in Spain, was observed from 17.45 till 18.15 UTC. Transmission was received on two frequencies: 11.940 kHz with SINPO of 45444 and 12.030 kHz with SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed the following day. Shortly thereafter RNE replied saying a QSL card would be issued later when RNE headquarters, post office and airport reopened after Spain lifted a Covid-19 lock down. Finally, nearly a year later, I received their QSL card in the mail on 8 March 2021.

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

Radio Taiwan International Year of the Ox Lantern

Radio Taiwan International sent this Year of the Ox lantern. I received it in the mail today. My five year old grandson saw it and wanted it. So, I gave it to his parents to assemble. Hopefully he will enjoy the finished product. 🤗😊

Monday, March 1, 2021

RTI Calendar - March 2021

 

 

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of March 2021

Sunday, February 28, 2021

QSLs for February 2021


Voice of Turkey
.
Emirler,Turkey.

Hope Radio. Koror, Palau,

Radio Free Asia. Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands.

Hope Radio. Koror, Palau,

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from  Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 19 December 2020 Mostly Turkish pop music was monitored from 17.58  till 18.25 UTC. Reception on 9.660 kHz rated a SINPO of 45333 -- good signal strength, moderate atmospheric noise and fading which worsened as transmission continued, yet audio content remained clear.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 February 2020.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Monday, February 15, 2021

Lunar New Year's Greeting From Voice of Vietnam

 


Lunar New Year's Greeting for 2021, the Year of the Ox, from Voice of Vietnam, Spanish Section.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hope Radio (via Koror)

Hope Radio, transmitting from Koror, Palau, was logged on 9 November 2020. Contemporary Christian music with English language ID/contact details was noted from 11.20 till 11.30 UTC.  Reception on 9.965 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544 -- fair signal with moderate atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day as reception. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 4 February 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Monday, February 1, 2021

Radio Free Asia (via Tinian)


Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands, was received on 11 January 2021. A Korean language programme of mostly current event reports was monitored  from 15.00 till 15.35 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 11.520 kHz was SINPO 55444 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise and fading which increased later in the transmission. I might add RFA Korean was also detected on their medium-wave frequency, but much weaker.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. This RFA Year of the Ox QSL card was received 2 February 2021.  

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: 1/4 wave QTH: Malaysia

Hope Radio (via Palau)

Hope Radio, transmitting from Koror, Palau, ws logged on 22 November 2020. Contemporary Christian music with English language ID/contact details  between songs was noted from 02.35 till 03.00 UTC. Seven vocal tracks, including one called "Open the Eyes in My Heart" were observed. Reception on 15.685 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- Excellent!

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day as reception. This QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 February 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

RTI Calendar - February 2021

 

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of February 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021

QSLs for January 2021


Radio Slovakia International*
. Kall-Krekel, Germany.

Reach Beyond Australia. Kununurra, Western Australia

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.

Adventist World Radio. Talata Volonondry, Madagascar.

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung and Tamsui, Taiwan.

Channel 292*/BraneFive. Rohrbach-Waal, Germany.

Radio Romania International. Galbina, Romania. 

Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan.


RX: Alinco DX-R8T and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Passive Loop and 1/4 Wave QTH: Malaysia *RX: SDR receiver via Internet  ANT: mini whip aerial QTH: Malaysia

 


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Radio Taiwan International Certificate and Folders

 

Radio Taiwan International gifted a couple of RTI folders and their official Monitor Certificate for English language programmes in Malaysia for the 2021 year.
 

 


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Radio Slovakia International* (via Kall-Krekel)

Radio Slovakia International* via Kall-Krekel, Germany was logged on 12 December 2020, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, using a remote SDR receiver in the Netherlands. Their English language was observed from 10.00 till 10.30 UTC. After news, "Slovakia Today" profiled the work of Slovak photographer Dizo Hoffman who worked for 20th Century Fox in the early years, then filmed the 1936 Olympics and Spanish Civil War. The segment touched on the death of his Spanish wife and his move to Liverpool, England where he photographed the Beatles throughout their career. This put him in contact with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendricks, Scott Walker, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Marlon Brando and other luminaries. The second segment of "Slovakia Today" featured a report on the air pollution quality at the 41 sites around Slovakia. Reception on 6.005 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.


Reception report was emailed on the following day. A QSL card was received  27 January 2021.  

*RX: SDR receiver via Internet  ANT: mini whip aerial QTH: Malaysia

Monday, January 25, 2021

Reach Beyond Australia (via Kununurra)

Reach Beyond Australia, transmitting from Kununurra, Western Australia, was logged on 20 January 2021. The Matu language programme observed on 11.945 kHz was Hingna Awl from 12.05 till 12.30 UTC.  Kannada language programme monitored from 12.10 till 12.15 UTC was Vishwasave Jaya. The Hindi programme Lo Kar Lo Baat was noted from 12.15 til 12.35 UTC. The latter two programmes were heard on 11.825 kHz. Reception on 11.825 kHz was SINPO 55555; on 11.945 kHz, SINPO rated 45454 -- slight atmospheric noise, yet clear audio content

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL card was received  26 January 2021.  

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from  Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 29 November 2020. Pashto and Dari programming with heavy amount of Turkish pop music was monitored from 16.10 till 17.05 UTC. Reception on 9.595 kHz was SINPO 35333 -- fair signal strength. moderate atmospheric noise and  fading.

Reception report was emailed on the following day to Voice of Turkey. QSL card arrived in the mail on 21 January 2020.  

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International's 109th National Day Broadcast "Proud of Taiwan"  was received on 10 October 2020, from 02.00 till 03.00 UTC.  Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.665 kHz was SINPO: 55555 -- Excellent throughout much of the broadcast until about 02.57 UTC when a Mandarin speaking station (suspect CNR/CRI) in China was observed under RTI's signal, but RTI remained clear and audible above it. Interestingly the station signed off a few minutes after RTI closed its audio feed.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. A follow-up email was submitted in early January 2021, This QSL card arrived in the mail on 15 January 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Adventist World Radio (via Talata Volonondry)

Adventist World Radio
, transmitting from Talata Volonondry (Madagascar), was logged on 04 January 2021. Punjabi language broadcast of Indian music and religious content was noted from 15.00 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave of 15.150 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength, slight fade and atmospheric noise, but overall clear audio content.

Reception report was submitted to three different email addresses on the following day. This eQSL was received on 11 January 2021.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui and Pachung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Paochung and Tamsui, was longed on 4, 6 and 8 December 2020. Reception of these Englsih language broadcasts on 15.320 kHz (at 03.00 till 04.00 UTC) and 6.185 kHz (16.40 till 17.00 UTC) rated a SINPO of 55555 -- Excellent.

Reception report was emailed on 9th December 2020. QSL card and three blank QSL postcards arrived in the mail on 6 January 2020.

RX: Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia