Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Radio Republik Indonesia -- Jakarta

Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) in Jakarta was monitored from 00.00 to 01.30 UTC on 31 March 2011, broadcasting on 9.680 kHz. The station is heard regularly in Malaysia during its transmission times from 22.00 to 16.00 UTC. Programming in Bahasa Indonesian consists of community announcements, Indonesian pop songs, news and advertisements. Signal (SINPO) is consistently 45444 throughout the day (01.00 to 13.00 UTC); before and after these hours some interference from adjacent stations slightly degrades their reception. 

Reception report was submitted to RRI Jakarta by post and email. QSL card is pending their verification. 

Address: 
Radio Republik Indonesia
Jalan Medan,
Merdeka Barat 4-5
Jakarta 10110, Indonesia

Email: 
tmb@rri.co.id

Website:
www.rri.co.id


Radio Veritas Asia Reply & Freebies

Thank You Card of Radio Veritas studio and transmitter site
Radio Veritas in Quezon City, Philippines replied to my 15 April 2011 reception report today. Along with a programme schedule and QSL card (see blog listing on 15 April 2011), Radio Veritas sent these freebies. 
Lanyard
Stickers

Monday, May 30, 2011

WEWN (EWTN) Reply


WEWN (EWTN) in Alabama, USA replied today, regarding my reception report of 23 April 2011. Along with their QSL card (see under 23 April 2011 blog listing), I received a very nice thank you note and programme schedule from them. 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tecsun BCL-3000/Eton/Grundig S350DL

A few years back a friend gifted me the Tecsun BCL-3000, the Chinese badged version of the Eton / Grundig S350DL AM/FM/SW Radio. He brought it back from his home town in China. Out of the box and after a few hours of use, I discovered it was a fun portable radio.

For those who cut their teeth on analog radios, the Tecsun BCL-3000/Eton/Grundig S350DL is sure to be a nostalgic trip down radio land. It has been for me. Dialing in 1 Khz increments, but with a digital readout. Flipping SW band switches / FM-AFC / RF Gain / Wide-Narrow filters / dial-type volume control. Tuning in short-wave stations that drift slightly (depending on room temperature). It all had me remembering my first short-wave set. 

And I've owned many short-wave radios since the late 1960s, including a Realistic DX-160, Zenith Trans-Oceanic H500, Panasonic RF-B45, Degen DE-1120 (Kaito KA-1120). In some ways the BCL-3000/S350DL embodies the best and worst of these radios. The sound is as good as the Zenith Trans-Oceanic with its bass and treble controls; Wide/Narrow filters are similar to the Degen/Kaito, although broader they do sort out some of the weaker stations; plastic build is like so many plastic radio cases -- it can and will break when dropped; the automatic frequency lock to eliminate drifting common to analog radios like the Realistic helps. 

If you're looking for a radio that provides punch-in digital readout, multi-station memory, sync mode, drift-free operation, and other technical innovations in recent years, the BCL-3000/S350DL is probably not the radio for you. It's more like the 1960s Spiegel's AM/FM/SW radio my parents gave me as a kid; it's a great beginner's short-wave set or ideal for old radioheads. 

Having said that, it does do a pretty decent job of receiving most of the major international short-wave stations, despite some overlapping on other frequencies. It seems to excel on AM and FM, pulling in weak stations and amplifying the reception better than some of my portables like the Panasonic RF-B45 and Degen DE-1102. 

FM stereo is available through headphones or auxiliary speakers which it has jacks for. The whip antenna is sufficient to receive many stronger stations. It even has connections for an outdoor antenna/ground which improves the signal reception immensely.

Simply put, it's a fun radio to use!


SPECIFICATIONS
* FM (87~108MHz) / AM (530~1710KHz) / SW (3.0~28MHz)
* LCD display with orange back light
* Variable RF Gain Control
* Variable, Independent Bass and Treble Control
* Stereo / Mono selection
* Low - pass filter for SW and MW reception
* Sleep Timer from 1 to 90 minutes
* Digital Clock display with 12/24 format selectable
* Wake up timer (use as radio play alarm)
* Power Failure back function
* Left / right line level outputs (stereo in FM)
* Jacks for supplementary AM, FM and SW antenna
* Earphone socket
* DC Jack
* Built in Telescopic antenna for FM and SW

WRTH 2011 Review

Here's an indispensable book every DXer should have beside their rig. It's the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) 2011. I've thumbed through this voluminous publication over the past month or so, and I have discovered this 'radio almanac' contains a wealth of broadcasting information, which while probably available on the Internet -- after much searching -- is readily available in this quick and easy-to-use reference. 

So, what's in the book? Quite a lot, actually. At over 600 pages, the WRTH is indexed in various categories and features articles about propagation, QSL cards, low-cost portable radios made in China and much more. Sections on Radio and TV stations around the world take up two-thirds of the book, and it is here the DXer will find it most helpful. 

I have flipped through the Medium Wave Radio section for Asia and quickly identified stations in my region of the world. Most broadcasters here are located in towns around Thailand and Indonesia.  Even if the Medium Wave band is of no interest to you, it identifies every known station in North and South America, Europe, Arfrica and Asia-Pacific. The station's call letters, transmitter size and broadcast times are all duly noted. 

The international short-wave broadcasters are listed in a similar manner. Again, it has been immensely helpful in quickly tracking down much-wanted information on any given station. In my case, it is usually the need to confirm postal and email addresses which, I might add, are generally 99% accurate. Along with this, it lists seasonal frequencies and times of all known short-wave stations, and again it is almost always correct. In this section, one will also discover a listing of reported clandestine stations, pirate stations, government-owned stations, time stations and religious-oriented stations. 

I heartily recommend the WRTH 2011 to anyone who has a serious interest in the DXing hobby. It certainly reduces the amount of time spent fishing around the internet, when one's time would probably be best enjoyed listening to the radio. I purchased my copy at  Amazon.com; otherwise it can be obtained from WRTH on-line in PDF format or book.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Trans World Radio-Asia (KTWR) -- Guam

KTWR -- Trans World Radio-Asia -- in Agat, Guam was heard in English on 27 May 2011, from 08.30 to 09.00 UTC on 11.840 kHzSignal (SINPO) was 25332; reception was weak and marred by QRN, otherwise discernible speech was heard. KTWR was also received in the Madurese language on 27 May 2011, from 09.15 to 09.45 UTC on 15.200 kHzSignal (SINPO) was 34333; reception was fair with moderate QRN and fading. Programming consisted of Evangelical Christian topics and intermittent music.


Reception report was submitted on-line at their website and by post. QSL cards arrived on 18 June 2011.


Address:
TWR-Asia Asia Service Centre
85 Playfair Road, #04-01
Tong Yuan Industrial Building
Singapore 368000

Email:
info@twr.asia

Website:
www.twr.asia

Thursday, May 26, 2011

KNLS -- Alaska, USA

Radio Station KNLS, broadcasting from a 100 kW transmitter in Anchor Point, Alaska (USA), was heard on 26 May 2011, from 10.00 to 11.00 UTC and from 12.00 to 13.00 UTC on 11.870 kHz. Signal was a solid 55555 until Family Radio's (11.875 kHz) interval signal signed-on at about 10.58 UTC. Signal  was also solid at 12.00 UTC until 12.30 UTC when Adventist World Radio (KSDA) in Guam (11.870 kHz) signed on. Programming consisted of contemporary Western pop music, stories on Alaska and Evangelical Christian programming in English.


Reception reports can be submitted on-line at the KNLS website or at the mailing address below. A report was sent to both addresses. QSL card is now pending verification from KNLS. QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 January 2011 via Belgium.




RECORDED ON 27 MAY 2011 USING GRUNDIG SATELLIT 750





POSTSCRIPT 17 OCTOBER 2011
Paul Ladd, Director of Listener Response, responded to an email I sent regarding delay of a QSL from KNLS: "I’ve been informed that you sent us a reception report and never received your QSL card. Please accept my apologies for this—I am looking into why you never got your card. Occasionally, this happens and I am quite sorry about it. I’m also preparing another one for you right now and will shortly have it in the post."


Address: 
KNLS
The New Life Station
P.O. Box 473
Anchor Point, Alaska, 99556 USA

Website:
www.knls.org/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

China Radio International

China Radio International (CRI) posted this newsletter and these programme schedules to me a few days ago. I was immediately reminded of the time when major short-wave broadcasters would post these items on a regular basis. Once one had submitted a reception report to an international station, one was generally placed on their mailing list and subsequently received these informative updates for many years. I can recall very distinctly receiving, without fail,  newsletters and programme schedules from Radio Nederland, Deutsche Welle and Swiss Radio. The internet more or less, along with economic factors, ended this once rather common practice. The only other stations of recent note who send out their schedules to me regularly are Radio Budapest and the Voice of Turkey. Still, at my age, it is always refreshing to see certain things from one's past survive 'modernity'. Thank you CRI for letting me reminisce briefly on this little pleasantry from a bygone time.



Sangean ATS-909W Review

Sangean ATS-909W
Is the Sangean ATS-909W the same as the Sangean ATS-909X? Specifications on the Sangean website indicate there are some similarities. Personally, I can only attest to the features and functionality of the former.

As the owner of a Sangean ATS-909W, which was purchased in late 2010 with the wide (W) FM band (76 to 108 mHz), I suspect they are pretty much the same. Both dual conversion PLL models share the same frequency range, the same clock/dual time, the same Narrow/Wide filters, the same audio switches,  the same output jacks, the same USB/LSB in 40 Hz, the same EEPROM Memory Backup, the same 5-way tuning capability, the same 8-digit alphanumeric tagging of stations, and the same RDS readings for the FM band. 

Aside from the attractive and updated design, the Sangean ATS-909X features 406 memories as opposed to 307 on the ATS-909W. Power can now accommodate rechargeable NiCD batteries, which is a major improvement compared to the Sangean ATS-909W. Audio is boosted from 3 mW to 1.5 W when AC power is applied, much like my old Grundig Yacht Boy 500. An individual headphone amplifier is now featured. It has a  longer whip antenna, I suppose to address the poor reception the ATS-909W reportedly had off its whip. Weight and physical dimensions are  more or less the same. 

Performance? I would venture a guess and say they are probably about the same, considering they share pretty much the same processor and some internal configuration. My own experience with the Sangean ATS-909W is excellent. I find the ability to hear weak stations amidst the static on the short-wave bands is slightly better than my Grundig Satellit 750/Tecsun S-2000 and Grundig Satellit 500, but only when using the headphones. I hasten to add its lower floor noise is only better on certain frequencies; on some frequencies the Grundig Satellit 750/Tecsun S-2000 and Grundig Satellit 500 either equalled or outperformed it when utilising the same external antenna. I would say the Sangean ATS-909W has better filtering than the Grundig Satellit 750/Tecsun S-2000 when eliminating stronger adjacent stations. But then, the Grundig Satellit 500 blows away both due to its Synchronous Demodulator.


As far as actual performance from my location in Malaysia, the Sangean ATS-909W matches the Grundig 750/Tecsun S-2000 in receiving short-wave stations in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Chad, Darfur, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sao Tome Princip, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Swaziland, South Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia (northern Greece), Brazil, Cuba, USA (WWVH in Hawaii, WEWN in Alabama, WWCR in Tennessee and KNLS in Alaska), Canada, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, France, Ascension Island (Family Radio relay station), Holland, Germany, Vatican, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Russia, Afghanistan, Kurdistan (northern Iraq), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Tibet, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Pohnpei (Micronesia), Guam, Palau, Australia, New Zealand and Sarawak (Malaysia).


Two negative issues often highlighted about the Sangean ATS-909W is the high battery consumption and deafness off the whip antenna. This definitely is the case with my radio. I generally use rechargeable batteries or AC power. The whip antenna is never used. Instead I have it hooked to an external 1/4 wave antenna, which is linked to about 15 meters of 50 ohm coaxial cable and fed through an MFJ-956 antenna tuner. The Sangean ATS-909X obviously addresses these issues with rechargeable batteries and a longer whip. And from the reviews I've read, a few owners of both radios have noticed an improvement. 

Overall, I am very much impressed with the Sangean ATS-909W. I use it regularly in my short-wave DXing and find it has been more than adequate when the other radios just couldn't handle the task at hand. It's not a top-end receiver, but for its price it is a powerful portable radio. 


SPECIFICATIONS
* PLL dual conversion
* 307 memories (216 in SW, 18 each in MW/FM, 9 in LW plus priority station)
* Full SW coverage, 14 meter bands (1 KHz/5KHz step tuning)
* SSB (USB/LSB) 40Hz/step on fine tuning
* 5 tuning methods-direct frequency tuning, auto scan, manual tuning, memory recall and rotary tuning
* Direct key to favourite station
* Frequencies : FM 76-108/AM 520-1710/SW 1.711-29.999 /LW 153-519
* 8 characters for editing station name in display
* AM RF gain control
* EE PROM and AM RF gain control
* AM wide/narrow and FM mono/stereo selectors
* RDS (Radio Data System) displays station name and clock time
* ATS (auto tuning system)-auto scan and preset in priority of signal strength in FM/MW/LW bands
* Built-in 42 world cities time plus D.S.T. device
* Alarm function by radio or HWS (Humane Wake System) buzzer
* 3 individual timers
* Line out and AM antenna socket
* FM stereo through headphone connection
* Tone control (Music/Normal/news)
* REC-out and standby control output
* Battery and signal strenght indicator


Monday, May 23, 2011

Fu Hsing Broadcasting Station -- Taiwan

Fu Hsing Broadcasting Station in Taipei, Taiwan, transmitting from a 10 kW short-wave transmitter, was received on 23 May 2011. A follow-up reception report was sent on 15 October 2011, after no response from the first report.Their transmission to mainland China was monitored from 09.45 to 11.05 UTC on 9.410 kHz. A mixture of Taiwanese pop songs and commentary was heard in Chinese. 


Signal (SINPO) at 09.45 UTC  was audible, but clarity of speech was marred by QRN and weak reception produced  an overall rating of 14221; at 10.00 UTC signal strength improved to 34233; at 10.45 UTC and afterwards reception improved to 45434

Fu Hsing Broadcasting Station Headquarters
Reception report was sent both by mail and email. QSL card, along a few freebies, arrived in the mail 0n 29 November 2011,
Address:
Fu Hsing Broadcasting Station,
5, Lane 280, Section 5, 
Chungshan North Road,
Taipei 111,

 Republic of China (Taiwan)

Email:

service@fhbs.com.tw

Website:
www.fhbs.com.tw



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Deutsche Welle (Rampisham, UK)

Deutsche Welle (transmitter site in Rampisham, UK) was heard loud and clear on  23 May 2011, broadcasting on 9.505 kHz from 00.00-01.00 UTC. Signal was (SINPO) 55555. A news magazine programme was heard in the German language.

A reception report was emailed to DW's website on-line. This is the second reception report emailed to DW and I promptly received a QSL card by post. It arrived on 3 June 2011. 


Friday, May 20, 2011

Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Palangka Raya -- Kalimantan, Indonesia

Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Palangkaraya in Palangka Raya, Kalimantan, Republic of Indonesia was received on 21 May 2011 from 22.30 to 23.15 UTC  (normal broadcast time 21.30-01.00 UTC) on 3.325 kHz. Signal (SINPO): at 22.30 UTC  was fair with some fading and QRN to produce an overall signal rating of 35223; at 23.00 UTC  increased QRN degraded signal to 15111; by 23.15 UTC severe QRN overpowered signal and transmission was inaudible. Programme consisted of news, commentary and music in Indonesian.

A reception report was submitted by email in Bahasa Indonesia and English. An aerogramme was posted in Bahasa Indonesia. Hopefully RRI Palangka Raya will respond; I have had great difficulty in securing a QSL card from this country after many attempts, especially the Voice of Indonesia. QSL-letter receiver 1 July 2011. 

Website: 
www.rripalangkaraya.co.id/


Address:
Radio Republik Indonesia 
(RRI Palangkaraya Pro-1)
Jalan M Husni Thamrin 1
Palangka Raya 73112
Kalimantan Tengah, 
Republic of Indonesia

Email:
rripalangkaraya@gmail.com

Deutsche Welle (Kigali, Rwanda)

Deutsche Welle (transmitting from Kigali, Rwanda)  was heard in Russian on 20 May 2011. Their broadcast was monitored from 15.30 to 16.00 UTC (normal broadcast time is 15.00-16.00 UTC) on 15.620 kHzSignal (SINPO) from 15.00 to 15.30 UTC was not received in Malaysia due to interference from FEBC in Manila, Philippines; at 15.30 UTC signal was weak but audible with some fading and QRN to produce a reception rating of 15321; by 15.45 UTC increasing QRN degraded audio quality to 15211. 

Reception report was submitted on-line at Deutsche Welle's website. QSL card for this transmission was never received. However, a verification for DW's Kigali relay station was received for a subsequent reception report for 3 July 2011, on 11.835 kHz from 16.00 to 17.00 UTC. It arrived in the mail on 11 August 2011.
DW Kigali transmitter site




Website:
www.dw-world.de/

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deutsche Welle (Woofferton, UK)

Deutsche Welle (transmitter site in Woofferton, Shropshire, UK) sent this QSL card a few weeks after logging their English language broadcast on 8 May 2011. DW broadcast on 9.735 kHz from 18.00 to 19.00 UTC. Signal was fair with relatively no interference at 34433. 

Reception report was sent from the Deutsche Welle website on 8 May 2011, and DW responded promptly with this QSL card, which arrived in the mail on 20 May 2011.


Grundig Yacht Boy 500

First introduced in 1993, the Grundig Yacht Boy 500 was one of the last German-engineered Yacht Boys and continued its run up to 2000. It was also the last Yacht Boy to be assembled in Portugal, whereas the Yacht Boy 400 was manufactured in China. 

While not as sensitive as my Grundig Satellit 500, Grundig Satellit 750/Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909W, it is not a shabby performer either. To give some idea of its ability on the short-wave bands, it has received in the past few weeks: Xizang Public Broadcasting Station in Tibet, Voice of Vietnam, Radio Malaysia (Sarawak), Voice of Indonesia, RRI Palangkaraya (Kalimantan, Indonesia)Voice of Korea, Korean Broadcasting System, Radio Taiwan International, Radio Myanmar, Radio Pakistan, Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran, Voice of Turkey, Voice of Greece, RTV Morocco,  Radio Cairo, Radio Tunis Chaine Internationale, Radio Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Radio Portugal International, Radio Nacional da Amazonia in Brazil, KNLS in Alaska, Radio New Zealand International, WWVH in Hawaii and Radio Canada International. The heavyweights, of course, have been heard too, including Deutsche Welle, Radio France Internationale, Radio Exterior de Espana, China Radio International, Voice of America, Voice of Russia, All India Radio, British Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Australia International. 

In fact, the radio features ROM storage for 95 frequencies used by Deutsche Welle (DW), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Radio Nederland International (RNI), Radio Exterior de Espana (REE), Radio France Internationale (RFI), Radio Moscow (RM), Swiss Radio International (SRI), Radiotelevisione Italiana, (RAI), the latter three stations which are now defunct. Nevertheless DW, RFI, BBC, RNI and REE still utilise some of the stored frequencies. On a side note, only the European model of the Grundig Satellit 500 and Grundig Satellit 700 shared this feature.

The radio also comes with 40 additional memories which can be tagged with alphanumeric identifications up to seven characters, unlike the Grundig Satellit 500 which stores only four digits; but then it was one of the first radios to feature alphanumeric identification.

Another unique feature is the Radio Data System (RDS) for the FM band, which at the time of the radio's development was rather novel for radios in the early 1990s. Fortunately in my region of the world RDS is quite common, so it is an advantage for instantly identifying stations.

The sound quality for a radio this compact is absolutely amazing, given the size of its loudspeaker. It is a mere 3 inches / 77mm in diameter, yet the magnet is about 2.25 inches / 57mm. This would explain why the power boost switch can be tripped to produce from one to two watts of output (when using AC power), and I might add, with no distortion in audio quality.


3.5kHz bandwidth filter or fine tuning
Station selection can be keyed in directly, recalled from memory or tuned in 1/5kHz increments. Most low cost Chinese made radios cannot tune in 1 kHz steps. The radio has a 3.5 kHz bandwidth filter which is not really all that noticeable in voiding adjacent stations. Perhaps in Europe, where the radio was actually marketed, it is more effective.


While the Grundig Yacht Boy 500 was essentially relegated for the European market, it was sold in the US exclusively  through a mail-order house called Willabee & Ward.  My Yacht Boy 500, which I  purchased on eBay for less than US$85 (US$299 new), was most probably obtained through this vender, considering  the original owner resided in Maryland. Fortunately for a second-hand radio its age, mine was cosmetically clean, perfectly functional and well cared for.


Headphone/Line-out/Record/Power jacks
The radio has no output jack for an external antenna, not that it is really necessary.  An after market,  random wire aerial can be easily rolled out and clipped to the whip antenna. This aids reception significantly, although I have noticed a slight overload in frequencies on the 16 meter band. 


Probably the most striking thing about the Grundig Yacht Boy 500 is its styling. NPK, a Dutch company, designed it and won  four awards, including the Industrie Forum Design Hannover 1994, Special Design award Chicago, International Design Yearbook 1994 and the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. This alone makes it a fine addition to anyone's radio collection.

All in all, I am very pleased with the Grundig Yacht Boy 500. It may not be the most sensitive receiver, but it is more than adequate as a travel radio abroad.

SPECIFICATIONS
Bands:
*  FM: 87.5-108 mHz, tuning steps 25kHz, (manual tuning), 100kHz (auto-search). AFC: N/A. RDS, with manually activated AF & RDS test-mode.
*  LW 150-353 kHz, tuning steps 1kHz, (manual tuning), 9kHz, (auto-scan). Fine tuning. Modes: AM/USB/LSB 
* MW 513-1611 kHz, tuning steps 1kHz, (manual tuning), 9kHz (switchable to 10kHz) (auto-scan). Fine tuning. Modes: AM/USB/LSB 
* SW 1612-30000 kHz, tuning steps 1kHz, (manual tuning or when auto-scanning amateur bands), 5kHz, (optional when manual tuning or auto-scanning in Broadcast bands only). Fine tuning. Modes: AM/USB/LSB
IF's:
Sleep/Lamp Switches
* FM -- 10.7MHz 
* AM -- 54.5MHz and 450kHz (Dual conversion)
Clock/Timer:
* 2 x 24 hour clocks, either one displayed full time, with toggle key to select. 
* 2 x user programmable timer settings for on, off, station (memory or manual tuned), bleep. 
* Snooze function. 
* Sleep timer, programmable in 10 minute steps up to 60 minutes.


For detailed information on the Grundig Yacht Boy 500, check out this website here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Radio Habana Cuba

Radio Habana Cuba in Havana, Cuba was detected on 14 May 2011 from 23.56 to 00.45 UTC on 9.620 kHz. Interval signal and Spanish language programming was heard in the background of Radio Exterior de Espana. 

Signal (SINPO) was very weak and overpowered by Radio Exterior de Espana  to produce an overall rating of 11251. By 00.45 UTC signal was lost in QRN.

Although transmission was not intended for South East Asia, this is the second Latin American station I have received in the past few months. The first was Radio Nacional da Amazonia in Brazil.

Despite limited programme content to note, a reception report was submitted to Radio Habana Cuba's on-line email address. Whether this is sufficient to merit a QSL card remains to be seen. 

POSTSCRIPT 24 AUGUST 2011
Rosario Lafita Fern√°ndez, J'Dpto. de Correspondencia Internacional, Radio Habana Cuba sent the following email to me: "Las disculpas por la demora en atender su valioso informe de recepci√≥n, el cual verificamos con la correspondiente tarjeta QSL. Sea cordialmente bienvenido a la gran familia internacional de Radio Habana Cuba." If my Spanish is correct, a QSL card should be on the way.

POSTSCRIPT 28 SEPTEMBER 2011
QSL card, 45th and 50th anniversary bookmarks and a Fidel Castro pocket calendar arrived. I'm flabbergasted; I heard only Radio Habana Cuba's interval signal under poor conditions, I received a verification. Muchas gracias, RHC! 


Website:
www.radiohc.cu/


Radio Bahrain

Radio Bahrain in Manama, Bahrain was logged on 13 and 14 May 2011 at 00.00 UTC (24-hour broadcast) on 9.745 kHz. Signal was detected after Voice of Han (in Taiwan) and Radio Romania International signed off. Reception was clearly audible and free of interference, albeit the signal  was weak with some QRN and fading at 15321. Programming consisted mostly of Arabic music and talk in Arabic language.


Website:
www.radiobahrain.fm/

Xizang People's Broadcasting Station -- Tibet

Xizang People's Broadcasting Station in Lhasa, Tibet was received on 24 May 2011 from 22.30 to 23.00 UTC on 6.110 kHz. An English language broadcast of  "Holy Tibet" featured commentary and music. Signal was weak and marred by moderate QRM. Nevertheless, it was audible and discernible with an overall SINPO of 23442.

Reception report was sent by post and email. QSL card is pending verification. 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE BROADCAST RECORDED 
14 JUNE 2011@23.00 UTC ON GRUNDIG SATELLIT 500



Address:
China Tibet People's Broadcasting Station 

41 Beijing Zhonglu,
Lhasa, Xizang 850000
China

Email:
xzzbs2003@yahoo.com.cn (probably invalid now)

Website:
www.tibetradio.cn


Voice of Guang-hua -- Taiwan


3-piece puzzle QSL card
Voice of Guang-hua in Taipei, Taiwan was monitored on 12 May 2011 between 22.15 to 00.05 UTC on  9.745 kHz. Chinese language programmes featured commentary and music. Reception was fair, but with severe QRM from Radio Romania International from 23.00 to 23.56 UTC. Afterwards, Radio Bahrain was faintly detected in the background.


Reception report was sent by post and at their website. Letter was returned, undelivered on 7 June 2011. After finding the correct address and resubmitting the report, I received this very unique QSL card on 23 June 2011.

Address:
Voice of Guang-hua
P.O. Box 1700
Taipei City, 10099 Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Website:
www.khmusic.com.tw/



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HCJB Australia

HCJB Australia in Kununurra, Northwest Australia was heard on 5 March 2011 from 13.00 to 13.15 UTC on 15.340 kHz. Evangelical Christian programming was broadcast to South East Asia in the Khmer language. 

Reception report was sent by post and email. A QSL card printed on 80 gm paper was posted in an envelop, along with some Australian stamps. Verification was received on 11 May 2011.





Address:
HCJB Australia
P.O. Box 291
Kilsyth, Victoria 3137
Australia


Monday, May 9, 2011

Radio Tunis International Channel (RTCI) -- Tunisia

Radio Tunis International Channel (RTCI) in Tunis, Tunisia was monitored on 9 May 2011 from 17.30 to 20.10 UTC (normal broadcast hours from 16.00 to 20.10 UTC) on 9.725 kHz and 12.005 KHz


Signal (SINPO) on 9.725 kHz at 17.30 UTC was 45444. Clear and strong reception was noted throughout the broadcast. The same signal strength has been observed for over a month now. On 12.005 kHz reception was less favourable with fair strength and moderate QRN at 35233.

Video recorded on 9 May 2011 at 18.00 UTC (using a Grundig Satellit 750)


Transmission was intended for the Middle East and broadcast in Arabic. A variety of Arabic, French and Spanish language songs were heard, along with frequent station announcements, news in brief on the hour, the call for Maghrib and Ishak prayers and a couple of talk related stories.  


Reception report was submitted by post and email in French and English. QSL card is pending verification. 


Reception Reports should be sent to: 
L'Office Nationale de la Telediffusion (ONT)
Cite Ennasim I
Borjel, B.P. 399
1080 Tunis, Tunisia


Email:
ont@ati.tn (old ONT email address delivered message)
ecoute@telediffusion.net.tn (WRTH 2011 and ONT list this address, yet email was undelivered)


Websites:
www.telediffusion.net.tn/index.php?ecouteen
www.rtci.tn