Sunday, July 25, 2021

Radio New Zealand Pacific

Radio New Zealand Pacific, transmitting from Rangitaiki, New Zealand was logged on 24 July 2021. An English language broadcast of talk, music and news was observed from 09.50 till 10.05 UTC, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Reception on  7.245 kHz rated a of SINPO: 25442 -- Poor to fair signal strength, audio content occasionally coherent, despite weak signal and slight fading. HERE is RNZ Pacific.

Reception report was submitted online through RNZ's QSL form on 25 July 2021. This eQSL (which is the verification 'card' for all RNZ broadcasts) was received on 26 July 2021.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave aerial vertically elevated to a height of 13 metres QTH: Malaysia
 

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui and Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui and Baochung, was logged on 12, 14 and 16 May 2021. English language broadcasts were monitored on 9.405 kHz (Tamsui) from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC and 15.320 kHz (Baochung) from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.405 kHz rated 35433 whereas 15.320 kHz was 55544. 

Reception reports were emailed on 16 May 2021. Due to the pandemic -- surge in Covid-19 cases in Taiwan -- QSL cards arrived later than usual...two months later on 26 July 2021.

 
RX: Alinco DX-R8 and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave and Passive Loop  QTH: Malaysia



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

In Stamps: Who Invented The First Radio?

Who invented the first radio? Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Guglielmo Marconi or Jagadish Chandra Bose? All three men were contemporaries and were aware of the electromagnetic studies by Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, James Clerk Maxwell  and Oliver Lodge, each of whom contributed to the basis of radio communications. But they did not apparently see the value in developing a communication system based on electromagnetic waves. So, if not these men, then who can claim to have 'the first' such apparatus? Well, if based on national pride, then the nation of each man makes the claim -- Russia, Italy (Ireland too, as Marconi was half Irish) and India (Bangladesh, as Bose was a Bengali). However,  in the final analysis, it is the official documentation that awards the inventor the title of being 'the first". That said, the stamps below from Russia, San Marino and India honour each of these radio pioneers/inventors.

RUSSIAN POST in 2015 issued a first day cover stamp marking the invention of radio by Alexander Stepanovich Popov. On 7 May 1895, during a meeting of the Russian Physicochemical Society in St. Petersburg,  Russian scientist-inventor, physicist and electrical engineer Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrated the operation of the world's first radio receiver.

The 1895 radio depicted on this stamp is on exhibit at the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications named after him. The maxi card is one of only 10 printed and shows the Russian Physicochemical Society meeting when Popov first presented his invention.

SAN MARINO POST in 1995 issued a first day cover stamp marking the 100 anniversary  of the invention of radio by Guglielmo Marconi. This 850 Lira stamp was jointly released not only in San Marino, but also Germany, Ireland and Italy in the same year.   

Now, who invented the radio? There is no simple answer to the question. While the invention of radio seems to have been about the same time -- in the late 1890s -- the claim can be made by not only Popov and Marconi but also Jagadish Chandra Bose. First off, Alexander Stepanovich Popov was a contemporary of Guglielmo Marconi, but the two men developed their radio apparatuses independently and without knowledge of the other’s work. Making a definitive claim of who was first is complicated by inadequate documentation of events, conflicting definitions of what constitutes a radio, and national pride.

One of the reasons why Marconi gets the credit and Popov doesn’t is that Marconi was much more savvy about intellectual property. One of the best ways to preserve your place in history is to secure patents and publish your research findings in a timely way. Popov did neither. He never pursued a patent for his lightning detector, and there is no official record of his 7 May 1895 demonstration. He eventually abandoned radio to turn his attention to the newly discovered Röntgen waves, also known as X-rays.

Marconi, on the other hand, filed for a British patent on 2 June 1896, which became the first application for a patent in radiotelegraphy. He quickly raised capital to commercialise his system, built up a vast industrial enterprise, and went on to be known — outside of Russia — as the inventor of radio.

Lastly, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose like Popov did not file a patent. In fact, Marconi and he met about the time Marconi demonstrated and patented his radio. Professor Bose however is recognised as the inventor of semiconductors and microwave technology.

INDIA POST AND BANGLADESH POST have both issued commemorative stamps of Bose.



Thursday, July 1, 2021

RTI Calendar - July 2021

 


Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of July 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

QSL Cards for June 2021


BBC Encompass
.
Tinang, Philippines.

BBC Encompass - Atlantic Relay Station. Georgetown, Ascension Island

BBC Encompass - Eastern Relay Station. Al Seela, Oman.

BBC Encompass - British East Mediterranean Relay Station. Limassol, Cyprus.

Radio Thailand World Service. from Ban Dung, Thailand.

Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIB). Sirjan, Iran.

Voice of Turkey. Emirler,Turkey.

Voice of Turkey. Emirler,Turkey.

All India Radio Dharwad. Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

BBC Encompass (via Tinang)

BBC Encompass, transmitting from Tinang, Philippines, was logged on 1 July 2019. English broadcast featured "History Hour" which reported on the Stonewall Gay Rights Movement book by Eric Markus, followed report on Iraqi chemical attack on Kurds by Saddam Hussein's regime, promo for BBC programme "Marching to the Fast Beat", then discussion on Joseph Heller's book "Catch-22," serial murders committed by Fred and Rose West in southern England, and 1969 movement called "Association to Aid Fat People", and lastly Summary of News presented by Gloria Marshall. This was monitored from 23.15 till 00.00 UTC. Reception on 11.825 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 -- strong signal and clear audio despite slight fading. Station splatter from adjacent frequency degraded signal at 23.59 UTC to 53443. HERE is BBC via Tinang.

Reception report was emailed to Encompass on 12 March 2020. I presume this is verification for the above report, as one of four BBC reception reports were sent to Encompass in 2019 and 2020. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 June 2021.



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

Monday, June 21, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler, was logged on  12 May 2021. A broadcast of mostly Turkish pop music and station IDs in English was observed from 16.49 till 17.17 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength and slight atmospheric noise

Reception report was emailed Voice of Turkey on 13 May 2021. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 June 2021.


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

BBC Encompass (via Ascension Island)

 

BBC Encompass, transmitting from Atlantic Relay Station in Georgetown, Ascension Island, was logged on 4 April 2020. English langiage broadcast of news and current event reports was monitored from 17.15 till 17.35 UTC. Reception on the frequencies of 17.780 kHz and 17.830 kHz rated a SINPO (on 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. HERE is BBC Ascension.

Reception report was emailed to Encompass on 5 April 2020. I presume this is verification for the above report, as one of four BBC reception reports were sent to Encompass in 2019  and 2020. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 June 2021.


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

Sunday, June 13, 2021

BBC - British East Mediterranean Relay Station (via Limassol)

BBC, transmitting from British East Mediterranean Relay Station in Limassol, Cyprus, was logged on 6 March 2020. An Arabic language broadcast featuring a current events creport on the coronavirus was monitored from 18.15 till 18.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 720 kHz rated a SINPO of 43433 -- good strength when not fading under and mixing with Radio Silaturahim (in Kota Bikasi, West Java, Indonesia), clear and audible content. HERE is BBC Limassol (MW).

Reception report was emailed to Encompass on 12 March 2020. I presume this is verification for the above report, as one of four BBC reception reports were sent to Encompass in 2019 and 2020. QSL card arrived in the mail on 14 June 2021.


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

BBC - Eastern Relay Station (via al Seela)

BBC, transmitting from Eastern Relay Station in al Seela, Oman, was received on 5 September 2019. An Arabic language broadcast of news and commentary on current events was observed  between 18.45 till 19.00 UTC. Reception on 1413 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal strength, clear audio content, brief fading under atmospheric noise every few minutes. Generally reception is heard nightly after 17.00 UTC under good conditions, and I has been many a times from this transmitter site and frequency over the years. HERE is BBC al Seela (MW).

Reception report was emailed to Encompass on 16 September 2019. I presume this is verification for the above report, as one of four BBC reception reports were sent to BBC Encompass in 2019 and 2020. QSL card arrived in the mail on 14 June 2021.


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


Friday, June 11, 2021

Radio Thailand World Service

Radio Thailand World Service, transmitting from Ban Dung, was logged on  6 April 2021. English language broadcast current event news in Thailand and tourism was monitored form 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. Reception on their short-wave frequency of  9.390 kHz rated a SINPO of55555 -- Excellent reception

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 11 June 2021.

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

Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIB), transmitting from Sirjan, was logged on 15 June 2019. Dari language broadcast of religious talks and music was monitored from 11.25 till 12.10 UTC. Reception on 13.725 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43434 -- fair to good signal, station spatter from adjacent frequencies, slight fading and atmospheric noise. Reception worsened after 11.45 UTC with increased station splatter and atmospheric noise. After 12.00 UTC, signal was much weaker, but with no station splatter and reduced noise.
HERE  is IRIB Dari

Reception report was emailed the following day and in subsequent months. Finally, on 12 June 2021 an eQSL was received.  The verifier stated that Customs in some countries had returned paper QSL and other material, so instead an eQSL was sent.

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler, was logged on 11 April 2021. An English language broadcast of mostly Turkish pop songs and station IDs was observed from 17.00 till 17.25 UTC. Reception in 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 34333 -- fair signal strength, audible content, despite severe atmospheric noise and fading. By 17.21 UTC signal was inaudible due to interference from Radio Exterior de Espana.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 June 2021.

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

Thursday, June 3, 2021

All India Radio Dharwad (Karnataka)

All India Radio Dharwad (Akashvani Dharwad), transmitting from Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka (India), was logged on 28 July 2020. South Asian music (i.e. classical Indian music) was observed from 16.50 till 17.05 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 765 kHz rated a SINPO of 32432 -- weak to fair signal and clear audio content when not fading and mixing with co-frequency station in Thailand.

Reception report was emailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 3 June 2021.

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

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

RTI Calendar - June 2021

  


Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of June 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

QSLs for MAY 2021

 


Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.  

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey. 

Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan.

HCJB Radio Otkrovenie.  Nauen, Germany. 

Atlantic 2000 International.* France.

RX: Tecsun S-2000, Sangean ATS-909 and Alinco DX-R9T ANT: Passive Loop and 1/4 wave : QTH: Malaysia

*Webcast

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Logbook for May 2021

17.815 kHz - NHK World Radio Japan via Yamata. Japanese programming with old Japanese songs, after 03.15 UTC, 23.05.2021.

15.540 kHz - Radio Kuwait with news in Urdu after 17.00 UTC, on 12.05.2021.

15.520 kHz - Voice of Turkey with Turkish pop music/ English programming after 16.50 UTC, on 12.05.2021.

13.760 kHz - MWV African Pathways via Madagascar. English programming with "Beginners DX Tips" on ante.nna basics, after 03.45 UTC, 23.05.2021.

12.085 kHz - Voice of Mongolia via Ulaan Baator with news in English and Mongolian pop song after 09.09 UTC, 28.05.2021.

12.010 kHz - Raydo Pilipinas via Manila. English broadcast signing off with national anthem after 03.30 UTC, 23.05.2021.

 9. 810 kHz - Bible Voice Broadcasting via Moosbrunn, Austria after 17.00 UTC with English programming, on 14.05.2021.

9.730 kHz - Myanmar Radio. Domestic/traditional music programming after 03.50 UTC, 23.05.2021.

9.405 kHz - Radio Taiwan International via Tamsui, Taiwan with English programming from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC, 14.05.2021. SINPO: 35343.

9.390 kHz - BBC via Dushanbe, Tajikistan with Korean programming after 16.30 UTC, 14.05.2021.

 3.325 kHz - Voice of Indonesia after 16.30 UTC, on 12.05.2021.

1413 kHz - BBC World Service via A'Seela, Oman with news at 17.00 UTC, 26.05.2021.

1278 kHz - RKB Mainichi Hoso (JOFR) in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Japanese programming and promotional spots after 17.00 UTC, 18.05.2021.

1188 kHz - AIR Mumbai C,  Maharashtra, India after 16.30 UTC with news, 26.05.2021.

972 kHz - AIR Cuttack, Odisha, India with news report on corona virus in English after 17.00 UTC, 26.05.2021.

900 kHz - AIR Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India with music after 17.15 UTC, 26.05.2021.

891 kHz - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 5AN via Adelaide with music and talk after 17.10 UTC, 26.05.2021.

765 kHz - AIR Dharwad, Karnataka with music after 17.20 UTC, then news at 17.30 UTC,  26.05.2021.


RX: Alinco DX-R8T and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave and Passive Loop  QTH: Malaysia

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Reminiscing about the Panasonic RF-45B

In November 1993 I purchased this Panasonic RF-45B from Yaohan's (a big Japanese Department store) in Kuala Lumpur. When new this digital PLL LW/MW/SW/FM radio sold for RM414 (about US$165). At the time, no Chinese-made electronics were available in Malaysia. Mostly Panasonic/National, Sony, Sanyo, Philips and Grundig made their way into the country. 

About the same year I purchased the RF-45B, I had spotted a Grundig Satellite 650 at an electronics store, just next to Yaohan's. Unfortunately it was too expensive. And it didn't stay on the shelf very long before it was sold. So, by the time I made my purchase for a shortwave radio my choices were either Sony or this Panasonic model. I opted for the RF-45B insomuch as it was within my budget. 

To give an idea how it was sold, the radio came with a 6VDC/220AC power supply, polyurethane case, earphones and portable wire antenna.  Shown here is a well-written English instruction manual (not so common with Chinese-made radios), warranty card and bill of sale. 

For more than a decade it was a constant travel radio. And while I did not do much DXing then,  it was a decent enough radio to receive weak and powerful stations alike. 

I still own the RF-45B, although it is now showing the wear and tear of its age. It still functions well on all bands, despite a slightly blackened LCD screen, a loose internal antenna, a worn power button, and non-black speaker grille. It remains one of my favourite radios, and it serves as a reminder of how well built these receivers were back then.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Atlantic 2000 International (Webcast)

 

Atlantic 2000 International, broadcasting from a studio in France, was monitored on  15 May 2021 in a "Special Webcast" from  09.44 to 10.06 UTC. FRench and English songs, including Julie Covington's cover of  "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and  .ABBA's  "Thank You for the Music", was observed between station IDs and contact details. I listened to the broadcast on their website  http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr/ at 24kps, insomuch as this was exclusively via webcast.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. This eQSL was received on 17 May 2021.

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.

LA POSTE FRANCE first day cover stamp commemorating the opening of the the then-new Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF) in 1963.
 
Soviet-era commemorative first day cover stamp on the 50th anniversary of Radio Moscow issued in 1979.
 
AUSTRIAN
POST in 1964 issued a first day cover stamp marking the 40th anniversary (1924 - 1964) of their national broadcaster Österreich Rundfunk (ORF). Affixed to a maxim card illustrating the coverage of ORF is this 40th anniversary stamp.
 

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
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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