Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Helvetia Post 50th Anniversary of Swiss Radio International

 

HELVETIA POST in 1985 released an FDC marking the 50th anniversary of Swiss Radio International (SRI).

Nineteen years later, on 30 October 2004, Swiss Radio International ceased to broadcast its shortwave and satellite radio programmes -- after nearly 70 years! Swiss Radio International first broadcast to the world on shortwave in 1935. The station made a name for itself as a neutral voice of authority during  World War II and throughout the Cold War. Programmes were broadcast in nine languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Esperanto). During this time, SRI established itself as one of the most high-profile and popular international radio broadcasters. The end of the Cold War, coupled with the advent of satellite technology and the internet revolution, spelled the end of the shortwave era for SRI.

I was one of many worldwide listeners who caught the broadcasts of SRI, first in the United States, back in the 1960s. Later, in  the 1980s and up until their last transmission, I listened in Malaysia where their transmissions were regularly heard, loud and clear. Since the end of SRI's shortwave service I have not bothered to catch any of their web-based content.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Ascension Island Inauguration of BBC Relay Station on Ascension

ASCENSION ISLAND on 1 December 1966 issued four first day cover stamps marking the opening of BBC Relay Station on Ascension. The images of Queen Elizabeth II and Lion With BBC emblem are gold embossed against four different colours (blue, green, red and purple) and corresponding to the individual monetary denominations - 1D, 3D, 6D and 1,6. The cachet depicts an illustration of Ascension Island with radio waves radiating from the island. Above the island is the heraldic crest of BBC Ascension Island. 
 
In the mid-1960s, the BBC built the relay station at English Bay on the northern tip of the island to transmit shortwave radio broadcasts to Africa and South America, plus a power station to provide the electricity.

Four of the towers supporting HF curtain arrays on easterly bearings to Africa. The towers vary from 60 to 125 meters in height. For more than 50 years, the Atlantic Relay Station has transmitted critical radio broadcasts to millions of listeners in some of the remotest parts of Africa.

The shortwave transmitters include two 250 kW Marconi BD272 transmitters originally installed in 1966 (and still in daily use) and four 250 kW RIZ K01 transmitters, which are also capable of transmitting in Digital Radio Mondiale mode.

Each transmitter can be switched to one of more than 20 antennas, which consist of HF curtain arrays beaming toward target areas in Africa and South America. Programming from London is delivered via satellite, with resilience and backup feeds.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Republique du Niger "Promotion Humaine - Radio Clubs of Niger" Stamps

Although these four stamps were issued in 1965, they literally illustrate the vital role that radio communication still plays in society wherever one may be in the world, not just this developing nation in Africa.

In many parts of the world, radio is still a more accessible and affordable medium than the alternative, i.e. computers, internet, cellphones. Additionally, the infrastructure for these devices we take for granted in more developed countries just does not exist or is limited to those who have the money and/or social/political position.

This was highlighted to me a few years back when communicating with the station director at a radio station on the South Pacific island of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea). Only a few folks had a cellphone, internet was down most of the time, roads could be impassable due to flooding, tropical heat and humidity was corrosive to electric devices, but radio was available and cheaply replaced if necessary to almost everyone on the island.

More importantly, radio had the  reach to inform and entertain the people on this island. And mind you, it was radio with short-wave and medium-wave radio bands, not FM, as radio signals radiate further on these frequencies and over obstacles like hills/mountains, so much so that a listener like me, thousands of miles away, in Malaysia was able to receive their broadcasts.

That said, I often find postage stamps such as these historically interesting, and in some cases still relevant in promoting/disseminating a message to a nation's population. In 1965, these stamps  certainly would have been informative to the people in Niger. The social settings, the  clothing, etc would have been things they could relate to. And, these four stamps dedicated to "Promotion Humaine - Radio Clubs of Niger", i.e. recording music/songs, listening to radio transmissions, public debates and interviews intended for radio broadcasts, would have been topical in the day.

Anyway, that's how the old advertising/marketing guy in me looks at it and occasionally skews the world at large.

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was observed on 4 September 2021, from 15.30 till 15.52 UTC. Station IDs between traditional music and cultural programmes in the Malay language was noted during this time period. heard Reception on the short-wave frequency of 17.720 kHz was initially good, but gradually weakened due to atmospheric noise, rating an overall SINPO of 55444. At 04.20 UTC transmission began to gradually weaken due to increased atmospheric noise, but signal remained audible till sign-off at 04.54 UTC.

Reception report was submitted on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 October 2021.

RX: Grundig YB 500 EXT ANT: 3 meter random wire QTH: Malaysia

Friday, October 1, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung (Taiwan) was logged on 7 September 2021. An English language broadcast of News, "Here in Taiwan" and "Jukebox Republic''was noted from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55454 -- some atmospheric noise, otherwise a strong and clear signal.

Reception report was submitted 9 September 2021. QSL card arrived on 1 October 2021.

RX: Grundig YB 500 EXT ANT: random 3 meter wire QTH: Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung (Taiwan) was logged on 4 September 2021. An English language broadcast of News, "Here in Taiwan", "Taiwan Insider", "Taiwan Today" and "The Download"  was noted from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent!

Reception report was submitted 9 September 2021. QSL card arrived on 1 October 2021.


RX: Grundig YB 500 EXT ANT: random 3 meter wire QTH: Malaysia

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung (Taiwan) was logged on 1 September 2021. An English language broadcast of News, "Here in Taiwan", "Hashtag Taiwan" and "Status Update"  was noted from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 -- slightly noisy with moderate fading. Despite this signal was strong and clear.

Reception report was submitted 9 September 2021. QSL card arrived on 1 October 2021.

RX: Grundig YB 500 EXT ANT: random 3 meter wire QTH: Malaysia

50th Anniversary of Kringkasting -- Radio & TV Broadcasting in Norway

POSTVERKET NORGE in 1975 issued two first day cover stamps marking the 50th Anniversary of Kringkasting -- Radio & TV Broadcasting in Norway (1925-1975). The cachet featured a sketch of towering buildings and antenna mast in the shape of a radiating orb.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Golden Jubilee Stamp

 

SRI LANKA POST on 5th January 2017 issued a  postal stamp to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. It had a denomination of Rs.10.00. Stamp designer was Mr. Pulasthi Ediriweera.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Service commenced on 22nd July 1924 as a test transmission. It was launched officially on 16th December 1925. The test transmission was initiated by broadcasting a speech made by the then Governor Sir William Henry Manning, addressing the Lanka Electrical Engineers' annual meeting. The broadcasting service was officially inaugurated by broadcasting the speech made by the then Governor Sir Hugh Clifford addressing the general public from his office situated at Fort.

On 5th October 1945 the Ceylon Broadcasting service was instituted as a separate government Department while arrangements were made to construct a new building for the Service at the Torrington Square.

The station was known by many names from time to time such as "Wireless Broadcasting" and "Colombo Broadcasting". It functioned under the purview of the Postal Department until 30th September 1949.

From 5th October 1979 it was made independent and came to be known as Radio Ceylon.

On 5th January 1967 the Department of Broadcasting was converted to a government Corporation by way of Act No.37 of 1966.

The Corporation was inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister and came to be known as the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation.

On 22nd May 1972 with the enactment of the first Republican Constitution, the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation was renamed as the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

On 5th January 2017 the SLBC celebrates its Golden Jubilee by relocating its core functional Divisions in a new Administrative Building to be declared open by H.E. President Maithreepala Sirisena and the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. A major Project aiming to renovate SLBC's studio complex was to have been completed by the same date.



Source: Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Philatelic Bureau - Sri Lanka

25th Anniversary of Radio Broadcasting in Denmark

DANMARK POST in 1950 issued a first day cover stamp commemorating the 25th anniversary of Radio Broadcasting in Denmark. It was designed by Viggo Bang. Engraving was mastered by Bent Jacobsen. This red stamp featured 12¾  perforations. The first day of release was postmarked from Copenhagen.

All India Radio Silver Jubilee Stamp

 

INDIA POST on 8th June 1961 issued a first day cover stamp commemorating the Silver Jubilee celebrations of All India Radio.

Broadcasting began in June 1923 during the British Raj with programs by the Bombay Presidency Radio Club and other radio clubs. According to an agreement on 23 July 1927, the private Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd (IBC) was authorised to operate two radio stations: the Bombay station which began on 23 July 1927, and the Calcutta station which followed on 26 August 1927. The company went into liquidation on 1 March 1930. The government took over the broadcasting facilities and began the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) on 1 April 1930 on an experimental basis for two years, and permanently in May 1932 it then went on to become All India Radio on 8 June 1936.

The emblem of AIR contains the Sanskrit word -- ākāśavānī -- "Message from the sky".

Radio Romania International (via Galbeni)

Radio Romania International via Galbeni was heard on 19 May 2021. Romanian news, sports and cultural programmes were observed from 03.00 till 03.45 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 11.825 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 35333 -- fair to poor signal strength with clear and audible content for about half an hour, despite atmospheric noise and fading. By 03.30 UTC atmospheric noise increased, but still audible and clear signal. However, by 03.45 UTC, severe atmospheric noise and occasional fading made for very poor reception.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 October 2021.

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

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. A paper QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 October 2021.

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

Radio Romania International (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. A paper QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 October 2021.

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

WRMI relay of Atlantic 2000 International* (via Okeechobee)

WRMI relay of Atlantic 2000 International*, transmitting from Okeechobee, Florida (USA), was logged on 18 July 2021. French and English pop songs with frequent station IDs between songs was monitored from 13.25 to 14.00 UTC (broadcast time 13.00 till 14.00 UTC). Reception on  15.770 kHz via Twente SDR rated a SINPO 45444 -- good signal strength despite some atmospheric noise when signal faded
 
Reception report was submitted to both Atlantic 2000 International and WRMI on the following day. Atlantic 2000 replied with an eQSL. WRMI sent a QSL card which arrived in the mail on 1 October 2021.

 *RX: Remote SDR web-radio ANT: Mini whip QTH: University of Twente (Netherlands) via Malaysia

RTI Calendar - October 2021

 

 

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of October 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

QSLs for September 2021

 

 

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.

NHK World Radio Japan. Talata-Volonondry, Madagascar.

Reach Beyond Australia. Kununurra, Western Australia.

China Radio International. Beijing, China.

Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan.

Radio Free Asia. Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands.

 

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

50th Anniversary of KOL Stamp


ISRAEL POST in 1986 issued a commemorative stamp marking the 50th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Israel (KOL - Voice of Israel).

Laos Centenary of the International Telecommunication Union Stamp

ROYAUME DU LAOS on 15 June 1965 issued a series of three first day cover stamps called "Centenary of the International Telecommunication Union". The stamps included a teletype machine, telephone, radio receiver and transmitter station. The colour cachet features a sphere and electric bolt to signify the Union of International Telecommunications.

United Nations Radio FDC Stamp

UNITED NATIONS POSTAL ADMINISTRATION on 13 February 2013 issued three pairs of stamps commemorating the launch of U.N. Radio on that day in 1946.  Each stamp design featured a different image that captured an aspect of radio communication throughout history.The stamps themselves boast an interactive feature allowing smart phone or tablet users to directly download and launch the U.N. Radio application.  Shown here is one of the sets postmarked Geneva.


The U.N. and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved the creation of World Radio Day in 2011 to raise awareness of the importance of radio, to facilitate access to information, and to enhance networking among broadcasters.  Radio continues to be the most cost-effective method of bringing information to the people on a widespread scale.  It plays a vital role in emergency communication and disaster relief and is well-suited to bring information to those most vulnerable.  Radio provides a public platform regardless of one’s background or education.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 16 August 2021. Persian language programming with cultural content on Turkey and Turkish music was monitored: from 15.30 till 15.52 UTC. Reception on  9.765 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- good signal throughout the transmission. HERE is the Voice of Turkey.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card  arrived in the mail on 24 September 2021.


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

NHK World Radio Japan (viaTalata-Volonondry)

NHK World Radio Japan,  transmitting from Talata-Volonondry, Madagascar, was logged on 23 January 2021. A Hindi language broadcast was monitored from 14.40 till 15.00 UTC. Reception on  15.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength, clear content despite moderate atmospheric noise and slight fade. Transmission strength weakened suddenly after 14.55 as though power had been reduced or antenna beam had been switched off -- odd decrease in strength, nevertheless.

Reception report was emailed a few days later. A promise of QSL card was stated in an email in February, but due to Covid-19 delays in mail service I did nit receive the verification until 24 September 2021.

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

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Deutsche Welle QSL Policy

Deutsche Welle will no longer QSL. See  email on the left regarding a recent DW transmission to Afghanistan. Quote: "We have discharged this service (QSL) on September 1st, 2021."


Okay. I understand. Reception reports are meaningless since remote receivers can do the job. PR for Germany is not necessary either, nor does DW need listener support from DXers/BCLers. I get it.

Guess what? It's another reason why I have stopped listening to DW and/or visiting the DW website. DW has no genuine interest in the listener. It's all lip service. 

That said, thank you for all of the wonderful years (1968-2021) when I did listen and receive QSLs and mementos from DW.
 
Danke. Auf wiedersehen und 73.
 
 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Reach Beyond Australia

Reach Beyond Australia, transmitting from Kununurra, Western Australia, was logged on 12 September 2021. Burmese language programming of religious talk and music was observed from 15.15 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on 11.825 kHz rated a SINPO of  55555 -- strong, clear audio, no fading, no interference -- excellent! HERE is Reach Beyond Australia.

Reception report was submitted online at Reach Beyond Australia on the following day. An eQSL was received on 15 September 2021.

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

Thursday, September 9, 2021

China Radio International (via Beijing)

China Radio International, transmitting from  Beijing, China, was logged on 7 September 2021.  The programmes "Blue Wave" featured a segment on survival of sea creatures and "The Spirit of the Chinese People" looked at the influence of Confucianism. These English language segments were monitored from 00.10 till 00.35 UTC (broadcast time 00.00 till 01.00 UTC). Reception on 15.125 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- Excellent

Reception report was emailed to CRI on the same day. An eQSL was received on 10 September 2021. A further eQSl from CRI was received on 12 October 2021

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

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International transmitting from Tamsui, Taiwan was logged on 31 July 2021. This special German language broadcast direct from Taiwan was monitored from 18.00 till 1835 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). Reception on 9.545 kHz rated an SINPO at sign-on of 25452. By 18.20 UTC reception worsened to 15121. And around 18.35 UTC signal was barely audible, and eventually disappeared.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 September 2021.


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

Monday, September 6, 2021

Radio Free Asia (via Tinian)

Radio Free Asia via Tinian was heard on 5 June 2021. Lao programming of news and current events was observed from 00.00 till 00.30 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.210 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise. Content was audible and clear only when the signal did not fade out.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card marking the Tokyo Olympics with RFA mascot arrived in the mail from Washington DC on 6 September 2021.

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

RTI Calendar - September 2021

 

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of September 2021

QSLs for August 2021

Voice of Turkey via Emirler, Turkey.

Voice of Turkey via Emirler, Turkey.

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.

Atlantic 2000 International* via WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA.

 

 RX/ANT: Alinco DX-R8T / Passive Loop and  Panasonic RF-B45 /3 meter random wire QTH: Malaysia

*RX: University of Twente SDR  ANT: mini whip QTH: Enschede, Netherlands monitored on the internet from Malaysia

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Logbook 31 July - 16 August 2021

 AUSTRALIA
ABC Local Radio -  6KP in Karratha, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (presumed) was logged on 702 kHz after 17.55 UTC on  15 August 2021. Remarkably strong and clear signal.

ABC Radio National - 5RN in Adelaide, South Australia was received on 729 kHz  after 17.40 UTC on 15 August 2021.

ABC Local Radio - 5AN
, Adelaide, South Australia, was logged on 891 kHz after 17.35 UTC on  15 August 2021. Excellent reception.

BULGARIA
Radio Dabanga transmitting from Sofia-Kostenbrod, Bulgaria on 15.550 kHz was received   around 12.25 AM (16.25 UTC), on 16 August 2021. This is a clandestine station based in the Netherlands that broadcasts Sudanese and Arabic language programmes to Sudan. At this particular time it happened to be Sudanese.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
Birinci Radio (Kyrgyz Republic) with Russian programming and music was observed on 4.010 kHz after 17.44 UTC on 11 August 2021.

KUWAIT
Radio Kuwait transmitting from  Sulaibiyah, Kuwait on 15.540 kHz was received at  12.15  AM (16.15 UTC), on 16 August 2021. Urdu programming and music targeted to South Asia and Middle East.

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand Pacific transmitting from Rangitaiki, New Zealand on 5.980 kHz was received  around 12.05  AM (16.05 UTC), on 16 August 2021. Broadcast of English language news and current events is a tad noisy, but undoubtedly much clearer for the targeted  South Pacific.

NORTH KOREA
PBS Pyongyang Pansong (DPRK) Korean programming was received on 3.320 kHz after 17.47 UTC on  11 August 2021.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
via Galbeni, Romanian programming was received on 11.975 kHz after 17.48 UTC on 11 August 2021.

SOUTH KOREA
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) transmitting from Kimjae, South Korea on 9.805 kHz was received  just before midnight (15.58 UTC), on 16 August 2021. This is KBS signing on with their interval tune and station ID in Indonesian and Korean. The broadcast that followed was targeted for Indonesia.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International via Tamsui. Special German language programme direct from Taiwan, after 18.00 UTC, 31 August 2021. Signal on 9.545 kHz was decent enough to hear content for 15 to 20 minutes of the broadcast. By 18.35 UTC their signal was barely audible and had disappeared completely by 18.45 UTC.

TAJIKISTAN
BBC via Dushanbe with Korean programming on 9.390 kHz after 18.10 UTC on 15 August 2021.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey transmitting from Emirler, Turkey on 9.765 kHz was received at 11.35 PM (15.35 UTC), on 16 August 2021. Persian speaking announcer leads off, followed by traditional music.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Afghanistan International TV


Afghanistan International TV
(an anti-Taliban clandestine station) was logged around 22.00 UTC (06.00 AM Malaysia time), 18 August 2021 (19.08.21 Malaysia). News/current event reports with frequent station IDs in Pashto/Dari was observed. On the same day, sign-off was reported to be at 06.00 UTC. However, it should be noted the station initially operated 24/7.
 
This new shortwave radio station airs on 7.600 kHz and went into operation the day the Taliban entered Kabul. Volant Media UK sponsors the station, as well as anti-Iran programming.
 
Transmitter site remains a mystery. It may be located in either UAE or Kuwait, although there is no confirmation yet on their transmitter site. Transmission is strongly received in many parts of the world, including  Australia, Europe, Latin American, Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
 
For my part the receiver used was an Alinco DX-R8T. External antenna used was a vertically, east-west positioned Passive Loop aerial with 40 feet of 50 ohm lead-in cable linked to the receiver, Location of reception was in central West Malaysia.

Golden Days of Radio in Stamps from Australia Post

AUSTRALIA POST  in 1991 issued four first day cover stamps entitled "Golden Days of Radio". Insomuch as I have a love for all things radio, the nostalgia of these stamps, and in particular the maxim cards drew my attention rather than the FDC envelope with the stamps. 

I grew up  listening to old radios similar to the ones highlighted in the maxim cards. When I saw the canvas mesh/wooden cabinets, the valves (vacuum tubes), analog radio dial and the radio dramas/plays I knew had to have these cards. It brought back so many wonderful memories.

And now, I want to share these marvelous maxim cards with fellow radio enthusiasts. Enjoy and relive the joys of radio! 73!




Thursday, August 12, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was received on 4 July 2021. Pashto-Dari language programmes on Turkish culture, traditional and contemporary Turkish music was frequent station IDs and Turkish pop music was monitored from 15.10 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on 11.765 kHz  rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal, clear content despite slight atmospheric noise.

Reception was emailed on on the following day, 5 July 2021. QSL card was received on 13 August 2021.

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


 

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey via Emirler was logged on 22 June 2021. English language programmes "Firsts of Anatolia", "Did You Know That?", frequent station IDs and Turkish pop music was observed from 16.55 till 17.30 UTC. Reception on 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of 25322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise. Content was audible and clear when signal did not fade out.

Reception was emailed on on the following day, 23 June 2021. QSL card was received on 13 August 2021.


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

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (via Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International,  transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was received on 3, 4 and 5 July 2021. English language broadcasts of news, music and current event reports relating to Taiwan was monitored each day from  03.00 till 04.00 UTC, Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO  55555 -- Excellent.

Reception was emailed on 6 July 2021. QSL card was received on 12 August 2021.

RX/ANT: Alinco DX-R8T / Passive Loop and  Panasonic RF-B45 /3 meter random wire QTH: Malaysia

Monday, August 9, 2021

Hedy Lemarr - Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum inventor

 

OSTERREICHISCHE POST in 2020 issued a first day cover stamp honouring Hedy Lemarr. The stamp was titled - "Frequenzsprung Verfahren von Hedy Lemarr" (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum inventor - Hedy Lemarr) and "Osterreische Erfindungen"  (Austrian Inventions).

Most people know Hedy Lemarr as a screen goddess from the golden era of cinema, but she was also  a highly gifted inventor whose pioneering inventions are still being used. Together with the American composer George Antheil, in 1942, she devised the frequency hopping technique for the Allies that could be used to steer torpedoes. Switching between frequencies made radio signals difficult to locate and secure against interference. Whilst the complex process was not used by the U.S. during World War II, it became the basis for modern communications technologies like Bluetooth, WLAN and GSM.

In 1997, Lamarr and Antheil were awarded an Electronic Frontier Pioneer Award for their invention. In 2014, Hedy Lamarr was posthumously given a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Atlantic 2000 International* (via Okeechobee - WRMI)

Atlantic 2000 International*, transmitting via WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida, USA, was logged on 18 July 2021. A selection of English and French songs, including Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band", "Foreigner - "Urgent", The Manhattans - "Kiss and Say Goodbye", along with frequent station IDs between songs was observed from 13.25 to 14.00 UTC. Reception on  15.770 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength despite some atmospheric noise when signal faded.

Reception report was emailed shortly after the broadcast on the same day. An eQSL arrived on 2 August 2021.

 *RX: University of Twente SDR  ANT: mini whip QTH: Enschede, Netherlands monitored on the internet from Malaysia

RTI Calendar - August 2021

 

 

Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of August 2021

Saturday, July 31, 2021

QSLs for July 2021

 

Radio New Zealand Pacific. Rangitaiki,, New Zealand.

Radio Taiwan International. Baochung and Tamsui, Taiwan.

  

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

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
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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