Tuesday, November 30, 2021

FEBA - IBRA (via Kishinev-Grigoriopol)

FEBA - IBRA transmitting via Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr (PRTC) in Kishinev-Grigoriopol, (Transnistria) Moldova, was logged on 30 November 2021. Pashto language broadcast was monitored from 15.15 till 15.45 UTC. Reception on  7.590 kHz rated a SINPO: of 45444 -- good signal strength, slight atmospheric noise and slight fading

Reception report was emailed on 1 December 2021, then a few hours later an eQSL was received from Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr.

Email: prtc@idknet.com

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

RTI Calendar - December 2021



Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of December 2021

QSLs Month of November 2021


Deutsche Welle. via Nauen, Germany.

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.

Radio Liberty. Lampertheim, Germany.

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.

Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan. 


RX: Alinco DX-R8T or Degen DE-1102 EXT ANT: 1/4 wave, Passive Loop or 3 meter random wire QTH: Malaysia


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Deutsche Welle (via Nauen)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from Nauen to Afghanistan, was received on 14 September 2021 from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. A Dari language broadcast of current event reports about the Taliban was noted between filler music. Pashto language broadcast followed at 14.30 till 15.00 UTC Reception on 15.230 kHz rated a SINPO of 55544 -- strong and clear signal despite slight atmospheric noise when signal strength dropped. Reception on 15.230 kHz was certainly much better than 15.390 kHz which was weaker with what sounded like a carrier issue. HERE is DW via Nauen.

Reception report was emailed to Deutsche Welle on the following day. Shortly afterwards a DW representative replied saying DW had discontinued issuing QSL cards as of 1 September 2021. Then, out of the blue, a QSL card arrives in the letterbox on 25 November 2021. Never say never!

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

Monday, November 22, 2021

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 4 October 2021. Malay language programming with continuous Turkish music was monitored from 03.58 till 04.35 UTC. Reception on 17.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 35333 -- fair signal strength, audible content despite moderate atmospheric noise and  fading. Reception gradually weakened after 04.30 UTC to 25332.

Reception report was sent on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 23 November 2021.

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

Friday, November 19, 2021

Radio Liberty (via Lampertheim)

Radio Liberty, transmitting from Lampertheim, Germany, was logged on 5 November 2021. Tajik language broadcast of current event reports was monitored from 14.55 till 15.25 UTC (broadcast time 14.00 till 16.00 UTC). Reception on 15.450 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 - strong signal, clear audio despite slight atmospheric noise and minor fading. HERE's an excerpt from this transmission.

Reception report was emailed to RFERL  on the following day. Email addresses may be found at their website, but I assume the email account in Prague is the one to use since the QSL originated from there. QSL card arrived in the mail on 19 November 2021.

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

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International,  transmitting from Paochung (Taiwan), was logged on 2 and 3 October 2021. English language broadcast was monitored from 03.00 to 04.00 UTC. Reception on 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent!

Reception report was emailed on 8 October 2021. QSL card arrived in the mail on 2 November 2021.

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

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Radio Taiwan International - National Day Broadcast

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from presumably Tamsui, was logged on  10 October 2021. LIVE coverage of the 110th National Day Anniversary broadcast hosted by Natalie Tso and Leslie Liao was observed from 02.00 to 03.00 UTC. Reception on 15.305 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent! HERE's an excerpt from that transmission.

Reception report was submitted shortly after the transmission. QSL card arrived on 2 November 2021.

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

Aereo Ecuador 50th Anniversary of Radio Station HCJB

AEREO ECUADOR in 1981 issued three first day cover stams marking the 50th anniversary of Radio Station HCJB.

Save perhaps for Vatican Radio, which was founded in February 1931, the earliest major religious shortwave station was HCJB, in Quito, Ecuador. The creation of American evangelists Clarence W. Jones and Reuben E. Larson, it too began broadcasting in 1931, on Christmas Day. Starting out with a 200 watt transmitter, it increased power over the years, reaching 500 kW in 1982. Over the years HCJB developed a major shortwave presence.  It had  strong technical and production capabilities, and its extensive English and foreign-language schedule served listeners throughout the world. 
For decades it was one of the first stations a new SWL -- including yours truly -- would hear, and it was very friendly toward the SWL community.  It's DX programme, "DX Partyline," was on the air for over 40 years, and the related HCJB-sponsored ANDEX club was similarly long-lived (1974-96).

Starting in 1997, budget constraints, plus the need to remove its antennas due to nearby airport construction, brought about a rethinking of the entire HCJB ministry, and the next decade saw major cutbacks.  Although today the station operates on but a single 10 kw. channel, and only in Spanish and a few other Latin American languages, it boasts a legacy as one of the world's true shortwave pioneers.

Bangladesh Post 75th Anniversary of Bangladesh Betar


BANGLADESH POST on 15th December 2014 issued a single first day cover stamp marking the 75th anniversary of Bangladesh Betar.

Bangladesh Betar or BB is the state-owned radio broadcaster of Bangladesh established after Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. It was also known as Radio Bangladesh between 1975 and 1996.

Radio transmission in the region now forming Bangladesh started in Dhaka on 16 December  1939 as part of All India Radio. Initially, the station was located in Nazimuddin Road, old Dhaka. Its maximum transmission range was 45 kilometre. In 1954, broadcasting started in Rajshahi. On 8 September 1960, the radio station was moved to a modern office in Shahbag with six professional studios and renamed to Radio Pakistan. More regional stations were opened in Sylhet in 1961, Savar in 1963, Rangpur in 1967 and in Khulna in 1970.

The station played an important role during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. On 26 March 1971, the broadcasting centre of Radio Pakistan was used to transmit a declaration of independence, which was picked up by a Japanese ship in Chittagong Harbor and retransmitted. During the war, the Pakistan Army took over the Radio Station in Dhaka and the Bangladeshi operated Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (Independent Bengal Radio Station) clandestinely. Because of heavy shelling, the station had to be relocated several times, and ultimately moved to Calcutta on May 25, from where it would broadcast until the end of the war. On December 6, it was renamed Bangladesh Betar. Its current headquarters were completed in 1983 at National Broadcasting House, Agargaon

Denomination : 20.00 TK
Stationary Value : 10.00 TK
Size : 20x10 cm
Color : Multicolor
Process of Printing : Offset
Printer : Postal Prtinting Press, Tongi, Gazipur
Designer : Anowar Hossain
Post Office Issued : Dhaka Gpo, Chittagong Gpo, Rajshahi Gpo, Khulna Gpo, + All Head Post Offices (H.O.) Sorce: Wikipedia

Solomon Islands 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union


SOLOMAN ISLANDS on 2 July 1982 issued four first day cover stamps marking the 20th anniversary the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Among the stamps featured was Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) studio, SIBC Broadcasting House, village drummers and Radio City Guadalcanal. The stamps carry the British Crown Head of QEII with spiral perforation. The cachet depicted the SIBC logo along with the ABU  initials.Radio broadcasting in the Solomons was first established by US military forces in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP) during World War Two. In 1944, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) developed small, mediumwave stations at Lunga on Guadalcanal and Munda, New Georgia.

By 1952, the broadcasts were on a much stronger footing, and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service (SIBS), an arm of the Government, was established. In 1976, new legislation converted the SIBS into the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC), a totally independent public service broadcaster charged with providing national radio coverage and a full range of news, educational, and entertainment services.

Instrumental in the development of the station was Dr. Martin Hadlow. He worked with SIBC from 1982 to 1984. He had been recruited by the Australian aid agency to help the SIBC board and management as the Advisor. He did much more than advice. He trained and mentored and even recorded the very first group for an audio cassette titled ‘Solomon Bamboo‘ at Ughele on Rendova. He is remembered fondly and with great respect by many of us at SIBC.

SIBC remains on air transmitting via shortwave, medium wave and FM.

RTI Calendar - November 2021

 Radio Taiwan International calendar for month of November 2021