Friday, December 31, 2021

QSLs for December 2021

Radio Taiwan International. Tamsui, Taiwan.

Reach Beyond Australia. Kununurra, Western Australia.

Trans World Radio. Manzini, Swaziland.

FEBA - IBRA Kishinev-Grigoriopol, (Transnistria) Moldova.

NHK World Radio Japan. Issoudun, France.


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

Thursday, December 30, 2021

NHK World Radio Japan (via Issoudun)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Issoudun, France, was received on 12 September 2021, 14.50 till 15.00 UTC. A Persian langauge broadcast was monitored on the short-wave frequency of  13.680  kHz. SINPO rated  55544 -- strong, clear audio, slight fading, no interference -- nearly perfect. and contact details given by male announcer. HERE is an excerpt from that transmission.

Reception report was sent on the following day. An uncompleted QSL card and programme schedule was received on 30 December 2021.


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Radio Taiwan International (Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui, was logged on 8, 10 and 13 December 2021. All reception reports were for English language broadcasts on 6.100 kHz at 16.00 till 17.00 UTC. SINPO was 55555 - excellent!

Reception report was submitted on 14 December 2021. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 December 2021.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Netherlands Antilles Opening of Bonaire Relay Station for Radio Nederland


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES on 6 March 1969 issued a first day cover stamp marking the opening of Radio Netherlands' relay station in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. This particular cachet features a watercolour of the relay station and Radio Netherlands logo.

The most memorable aspect of Radio Netherlands was their interval signal, which was a version of the Eighty Years' War song Merck toch hoe sterck played on a carillon. The original recording was made at the cathedral in Den Bosch. It was replaced in August 1987 by a recording of the carillon in Grote Kerk (Breda).

On 11 May 2012 at 20:00 GMT (22:00 CEST), the Dutch service signed off at the end of a 24-hour radio marathon broadcast. This included several interviews with past staff members of the station, including the former Director General Lodewijk Bouwens. On 29 June 2012, Radio Netherlands ended broadcasting in English at 20:57 GMT (22:57 CEST) after a similar celebratory 24-hour broadcast. The final show was posted online by Jonathan Marks, the former Radio Netherlands Programme Director (1992–2003) and host of Media Network.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Calendar 2022 from Radio Taiwan International


Radio Taiwan International calendar for 2022 arrived in the mail a few days ago. This year's theme is entitled "Taking Off", and it features 12 international airlines set against Taiwan landmarks.

Along with the calendar I received face masks with RTI logo and motif. It's an interesting little incentive to visit Taiwan, as they've provided two "Made in Taiwan" face masks.

Thank you very much Radio Taiwan International.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Reach Beyond Australia

Reach Beyond Australia, transmitting from  Kununurra, Western Australia, was logged on 8 December 2021. A Burmese language broadcast was monitored from 14.30 till 15.00 UTC. Reception on  11.825  kHz rated a SINPO of 55444 -- strong, clear audio, slight atmospheric noise and fading.

Reception report ws emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received on 14 December 2021.

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

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Trans World Radio (via Swaziland)

Trans World Radio, transmitting from Manzini, Swaziland, was logged on: 8 December 2021. Malagasy programming:was monitored from 15.05 till 15.25 UTC. Reception on 9.585  kHz rated a SINPO of 45444 -- good signal strength and clear audio despite minor atmospheric noise and fading.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL arrived later in the evening, same day.  

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

Monday, December 6, 2021

Iceland FDC Marking 50th Anniverasary of Broadcasting

ICELAND issued on 20 November 1983 a single first day cover stamp commemorating 50 years of broadcasting in Iceland.