Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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

Friday, October 29, 2021

QSLs Month of Ocober 2021

 


NHK World Radio Japan. Talata-Volonondry, Madagascar.

Radio Free Asia. Dhabbaya, UAE.

Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan. 

Radio Taiwan International. Paochung, Taiwan.

Radio Romania International, Galbeni, Romania.

Radio Romania International, Galbeni, Romania.

Radio Romania International, Galbeni, Romania.

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

 

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

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

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

Monday, October 25, 2021

Papua New Guinea Centenary of Radio

PAPUA NEW GUINEA in 1996 released four stamps to commemorate the centenary of radio. These colourful stamps featured a radio control tracking desk, radio transmitter with pedal powered generator, satellite dish and radio DJ.


 

NHK World Radio Japan (via Talata-Volonondry)

NHK World Radio Japan,  transmitting from Talata-Volonondry, Madagascar, was logged on 3 October 2020. A Hindi language broadcast was monitored from 14.30 till 15.00 UTC. Reception on  15.745 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 -- excellent signal on all accounts.

Reception report was submitted online the following day. Finally, after a long delay due to Covid-19 pandemic, a QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2021.

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

Radio Free Asia (via Dhabbaya)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting presumably from  Dhabbaya, UAE, was logged on 12 September 2021. Tibetan language programming was monitored from 15.00 till 15.45 UTC. Reception on  12.085  kHz surprisingly rated a SINPO of  34443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio content despite co-frequency mixing. RFA ID in English announcing the following programme in Tibetan, followed by RFA jingle and ID in Tibetan  HERE.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2021.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 and Alinco DX-R8T ANT: Passive Loop QTH: Malaysia

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!