Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Amhara Radio (via Bahir Dar, Ethiopia)

Amhara Radio, transmitting from Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), was logged on 23 September 2016. Horn of Africa music and commentary in Amharic was noted from 14.20 till 14.45 UTC (sign-on at 14,00 UTC). Reception on 6.090 kHz was (SINPO) 24331 -- poor signal strength, audible speech and music, but largely indecipherable after 14.35 UTC. Slight fade and transmitter hum as well as atmospheric noise plagued much of the broadcast. By 14.40 UTC, audio gradually dropped off and a dominant carrier signal was present.

Reception report with an audio file was submitted online and Facebook messaged. An email verifying reception was received on 26 January 2017. Unfortunately this confirmation I later learned from Ralph Perry, a DXer in the US, was incorrectly QSLed by Voice of Amhara Radio, a US-funded clandestine broadcaster whose programming is relayed over rental transmitters, not in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

On 22 April 2018, István Hegedüs, a DXer in Hungary,  advised I resubmit my report to a Mr. Bekele Asegie at Amhara Radio, who indeed confirmed with an email on 24 April 2018. The above PPC is based on this email. Thank you, István and Mr. Bekele Asegie.
 


Monday, April 23, 2018

Radio Tawau - Limbang FM (Kajang)


Radio Tawau - Limbang FM  was observed from 04.10 till 04.35 UTC (12.10 till 12.35 PM, Malaysia Time), on 29 March 2018.  During this period of reception on 11.665 kHz the SINPO was 55555 -- exception audio, clarity, and strength. This mostly Bahasa Malaysia broadcast featured Sarawak and Malaysia singers, frequent IDs between songs with jingles, advertisements/promos, run down of upcoming programmes for the day, message from a government minister in Sarawak and news. HERE is an excerpt from Radio Tawau.

Note: Programming is simulcast from the FM studio in Tawau (Limbang FM), Sabah in East Malaysia and short-wave from Kajang, Selangor in West Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed  on the same day, then a follow-up email was sent a few weeks later. A scanned copy of the QSL card to be posted was emailed to me on 23 April 2018.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey in Emirler was logged on 16 March 2018. English language broadcast featuring news about Turkey an dthe region, as well as the programmes "Review of the Turkish Press", "Eye on Turkey", "Turkey in a Nutshell", "Letterbox Programme", "Question of the Month" and Turkish pop music was heard 17.30 till 18.20 UTC. Reception on 11.730 kHz initially rated a SINP0 of 55444 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio despite some atmospheric noise and slight fluttering fade. Around 18.00 UTC, reception stabalised and rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent!

Reception report was emailed to Voice of Turkey, along with a very lengthy cover letter. A week later the letter was read over VoT. At the same time, this report was verbally confirmed. On 21 April 2018, their promised QSL card arrived in the mail.

KBS World Radio (via Gimje City)

KBS World Radio,  transmitting from Gimje City, North Jeolla Province, was received on 1170 kHz (MW) with Japanese language programming  of pop music, moderated by a male announcer,  was observed on 11 February 2018, from 18.45 until 19.10 UTC. Reception rated a SINP0 of 24322 -- fair to good signal when not fading and affected by atmospheric noise, some co-frequency interference as well was noted. HERE is KBS Japanese programming on MW frequency of 1170 kHz.
Reception report was emailed and submitted online to KBSvWorld Radio on the following day. QSL card, along with KBS sticker and reception report forms, was received on 21 April 2018. 


Radio Taiwan International (Paochung)

Radio Taiwan International via Paochung was received on the short-wave frequency of 9.405 kHz. An English language programme consisting of news, This Day in History and Here in Taiwan was observed on 29 March 2018, from 16.00 until 16.35 UTC. Reception initially rated a SINP0 of 44334 -- good strength, audible and clear content despite some fading and atmospheric noise. Conditions worsened after 16.15 UTC with signal fading occasionally under atmospheric noise and making it difficult to  hear programme content clearly.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed. QSL card was received on 21 April 2018.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Radio Pakistan (Islamabad and Peshawar)

Radio Pakistan (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation) via  their medium-wave transmitter sites in Islamabad (585 kHz) and Peshawar (540 kHz) radiated well beyond Pakistan into central West Malaysia, on 22 January 2018. Reception on both frequencies was observed after 18.35 UTC until 19.05 UTC. Signal strength gradually improved and programming was best heard from 18.50 UTC onward. Reception on 540 kHz (Peshawar) was (SINP0) 34322-- fair signal strength, clear audio content, with occasional audio despite atmospheric noise. Reception on 585 kHz (Islamabad) was (SINPO) 34332 -- fair signal strength, initially some co-frequency from a regional station in Southeast Asia when signal faded. Signal gained strength after 18.50 UTC. HERE and HERE is PBC Islamabad and HERE is PBC Peshawar.

Reception report was emailed to various personnel at PBC on the following day and subsequent months, Reception report was also posted in January 2018 as well. This particular verification was "Confirmed" by the Director of News and Current Affairs for Radio Pakistan, Mr. Javed Khan Jadoon. Inasmuch as one of the above audio files contains a clip of the news and station ID, it was verified by email on 21 April 2018. This PPC design, if one may permit, is based on a previous eQSL received from PBC. Thank you very much for this verification!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Radio New Zealand Pacific

Radio New Zealand Pacific was logged on 12 April 2018, from 13.30 till 14.00 UTC. An English language broadcast of current event reports, contemporary pop music and news was observed for the duration. Unfortunately reception on 5.980 kHz was terribly disappointing, but then for the Pacific region it is probably for appropriate. In any case, SINP0 in my quarter of South East Asia rated 23432 -- weak but audible signal, occasionally discernible content despite a noisy transmitter, a bit of fading and some station splatter. Signal continued to be received up until sign-off (16.00 UTC). albeit with not much improvement. HERE is Radio New Zealand Pacific with Harry Nilsson tune "Everybody's Talking", time pips, station ID and news. 

Reception report was submitted online at Radio New Zealand's website and emailed on the same day. This eQSL -- sorry, no paper QSLs anymore from them -- was received on 15 April 2018.