Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9)

Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9) was received from 14.20 till 14.30 UTC (14.00 till 14.30 UTC), on 11 October 2017, under excellent reception conditions with a SINPO of 55555 on 9.390 kHz. "Thailand Magazine" included reports about Genesis project, preparation of Thai athletes for Tokyo Olympics 2020,  Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project, and late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's efforts to provide cloud seeding for Thai farmers. HERE's  Radio Thailand World Service.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 22 November 2017,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Deutsche Welle (via Issoudun)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from the Issoudun site, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 15.290 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 45444. An informative current events magazine called "WorldLink", hosted by Gabriel Borrud, was observed in this English language broadcast from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC), on 7 September 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 November 2017.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Logbook 16 - 17 November 2017


Reception of WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida has been remarkably good over the past two consecutive days. And as we head into the winter months, the window should improve for reception of other stations in the Americas.

As for WRMI, the grey-line window for their transmission on 9.955 kHz appears to propagate best  from around 22.30 up until 23.40 UTC, at least as far as Kuala Lumpur is concerned.  Consequently I have been able to catch the broadcasts of Famagusta Gazette Radio, Voice of the Report of the Week, Las Noches con Mirka and PCJ Radio.

FIRST DAY
Famagusta Gazette Radio was logged between 22.50 till 23.00 UTC. Initially at 22.50 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. In the short ten minutes of their broadcast, I heard two classic rock songs from Bad Finger "If You Want It" and The Beatles  "Something", this was followed by Jeff White making a WRMI station ID.

Voice of the Report of the Week was monitored from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC. At 23.00 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. By 23.15 UTC, signal was breaking even with noise and barely audible -- 15221. After 23.30 UTC, signal was too noisy to distinguish content, although audio feed was still present. Despite this shortcoming, I heard VORW host John comment on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and music requests which induded The Who  "Circles", Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere" and  a few other tracks before the show was buried in static.

SECOND DAY
Las Noches con Mirka was received from 22.40 till 23.00 UTC. Transmission rated a SINPO of 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio which remained so until this programme of Cuban, Caribbean and Spanish language songs ended at the top of the hour with Jeff White's announcement of WRMI ID.

PCJ Radio was received from 23.00 up until 22.35 UTC. While clarity of content was lacking a bit, as the grey-line between Miami and Kuala Lumpur was just beginning to close. I did manage to detect mention of a 'special' PCJ broadcast, an interview with a former PCJ announcer -- my guess is Tom Meier, a couple of light jazz tunes and the Eddie Startz signature song "A Nice Cup of Tea". Overall, from 23.00 till 23.10 UTC, SINPO rated 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio. Ten minutes into the broadcast, reception gradually deteriorated with increased atmospheric noise to 24222. By 23.30 UTC, audio and atmospheric noise were mixing at equal strength, making content difficult to decipher.

HERE's an idea of how WRMI sounded at around 23.00 UTC.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT; 1/4 wave aerial erected to a height over 10 meters QTR: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All India Radio Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

This follow-up QSL card for All India Radio Jodhpur in Rajasthan arrived in the mail, today. It was for a reception report submitted in late August 2017. The duplicate verification is likely the result of emailing and posting letters to Spectrum Management & Synergy. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Logbook 15 - 16 November 2017

BOTSWANA
Voice of America
via Mopeng Hill put out a strong signal of  45444 on 4.930 kHz. The English language programme Africa Beat with a selection of songs from around the continent was heard from 20.15 UTC till sign-off at 21,00 UTC. HERE is VOA (Mopeng Hill).

MADAGASCAR
World Christian Broadcasting - KNLS
 via Mahajanga was logged at 03.58 onward with evangelical programming in Chinese and Western pop songs. Reception on 17.530 kHz rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal strength, audible and clear content despite some atmospheric noise and slight fading. At 17.20 UTC, reception began to deteriorate with increased atmospheric noise and fading. While it rated a SINPO of 25322, content remained audible and clear. After 04.30 UTC, signal drifted in and out, barely audible at times. At 04.53 UTC, Voice of Turkey interval signal knocked out reception. HERE is WCB-KNLS from Madagascar.

NHK Radio Japan via Talata Volonondry was logged on 9.855 kHz from 20.30 UTC onward with programming in French to West Africa. Initially reception was reasonably good at 35433, then around 20.45 UTC it deteriorated drastically to 25322. Propagation remains absolutely horrible around this time in Southeast Asia.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
was observed on 5.022 kHz, drifting in and out with a dominant carrier and faint audio at 20.35 UTC. SINPO 24432.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
was logged with Indonesian programming and several Turkish pop songs from 04.58 till 05.51 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 17.530 kHz. Reception  was poor to fair, audible and occasionally clear despite dominant atmospheric noise and fading, earning a SINPO of 25332. Reception did however improve sightly to 35443 after 05.30 UTC.

USA
WRMI
in Okeechobee (FL) continues to be heard in my quarter of South East Asia. Caught their signal at 23.15 UTC on 9.955 kHz. Transmission rated a SINPO of 24332 -- weak and audible, just barely rising above the noise level and best heard in LSB mode.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave elevated to 13 meters RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

FLASHBACK 1954.


Nineteen-hundred-and-fifty-four. It is probably an insignificant year in the 20th century for most people. For me, however, it is the year of my birth and quite naturally has special importance. The social, political, sporting and entertainment milestones in that year not only had specific ramifications at the time, each later affected my life in one way or another. And, surprisingly they happened more or less in the nine months before I slid down the Milky Way and into the blue.

In keeping with all things related to radio I thought it might be fun to put together a retrospective video of short-wave QSLs and radios from that year.  The portable transistor radio made its debut that year, even though valve radios, among them being the Zenith Trans-Oceanic, remained the mainstay. In fact, I owned an H-500 manufactured in 1953. Great radio!

The QSL cards represented in this video were sourced from The Classic Short Wave Broadcast QSL Home Page of K6EID. Enjoy and happy DXing! 73.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Logbook 10 - 12 November 2017


CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái) was logged, from 16.05 till 16.50 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1188 kHz via  Anning City (Yunnan Province). Reception for this South Asia broadcast was fair to good with clear audio, minor fading and co-frequency interference from a Thai station, rating a SINPO of 43433. HERE is an audio excerpt from this CRI Hindi service.

INDIA
All India Radio Diphu / Akashvani Diphu in Karbi Anglong District, Assam was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1584 kHz under poor conditions with a SINPO of 14221. While terribly weak, I believe this 1 kW station did manage to reach Malaysia. I am aware many AIR stations, particularly AIR Mon, operate on this frequency as well, sometimes carrying the same national programming. Nevertheless, I suspect the transmission I received was indeed from AIR Diphu, based on my relatively close geographic location to Assam and, more importantly, the northeasterly direction to which the station's signal was best received. In any case, classical Indian music and news from All India Radio was observed from 17.05 till 17.31 UTC.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Padang (PRO-1) in West Sumatra was logged on 1179 kHz (MW) with SINPO of 33433. Reception has been monitored, both morning and evening, with almost perfect reception except for co-frequency interference from a Thai station. Reception is usually best in the morning until sunrise. On this particular day in November, Islamic development speeches in Padang, announcement of transmission closure, identification of station and signature RRI Hawaiian-type music, just before sign-off, was observed from 16:25 till 17.00 UTC. HERE is RRI Padang (PRO-1).

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

Friday, November 10, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey English broadcast of news, cultural programmes and Turkish pop music was observed from 16.35 till 17.28 UTC (broadcast time 16.30 till 17.28 UTC), on 3 September 2017,  under fair to good conditions. SINPO on 15.520 kHz initially rated 34433 -- fair to good signal and clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from Radio Exterior de Espana and occasional fading under atmospheric noise. Reception improved slightly after 17.00 UTC with stronger signal, but with occasional fading and minor QRM, earning a SINPO of 44444.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 10 November 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Logbook 6 - 8 November 2017

CHINA
China Radio International
, transmitting from Anning City (Yunnan Province). was logged with English programming from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1188 kHz rated a SINPO of 33433 -- clear and audible content when not fading under co-frequency interference from Radio Free Asia in Seoul (South Korea).


JAPAN
NHK World - Radio Japan.
transmitting from Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata. was logged on 6.190kHz with programming in Chinese from 14.30 till 15.00 UTC. SINPO was 34443. 


THAILAND
Radio Thailand via Phuket was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 1062 kHz, rating a SINPO of 33433 -- fair signal strength with occasionally clear audio content, despite co-frequency interference and moderate fading. This broadcast was simulcast on an FM outlet in Phuket as well; at one point, the ID for the FM station was announced. Apparently this station is designed to attract Western tourist visiting the island of Phuket, if one considers the music content. Western pop music with station IDs in English was observed from 13.05 till 13.30 UTC. HERE is Radio Thailand in Phuket. John Lennon's song "Imagine" and Radio Thailand ID can be heard in this recording.

USA
WRMI
, out of Okeechobee (FL), was heard for the first time in a long time this year on 9.955 kHz. SINPO rated 25322 with a fairly weak and fading signal breaking in peaks of clear audio, enough so that Jeff White, host of Wavescan, could be identified. Based on previous logs in the winter months, WRMI is probably best heard before the 23.20 UTC logging I made on this particular day. Carrier was observed in the evening around 11.00 UTC

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam was heard on the shortwave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Current Affairs and Letterbox was observed from 15.00 till 15.26 UTC. Of particular interest was the Letterbox report on Muslims and mosques in Vietnam, which highlighted the Cham community, their music and halal restaurants in the country.

RX: Panasonic RF-45B (MW/SW); Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Tecsun S-2000 (SW) ANT: long wire and 1/4 wave (SW); internal  ferrite rod (MW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area


Monday, November 6, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Hanoi, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Review of the Week and Fall Festival music was observed in this English language broadcast from 15.00 till 15.27 UTC, on 7 October 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 6 November 2017.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Logbook 2 - 4 November 2017

GREECE
Voice of Greece
in Avlis was observed at 19.15 UTC onward with Greek music and comment in Greek. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.420 kHz initially was 44433, but deteriorated gradually over the next hour with increased atmospheric noise. This seemed to be the case on much of the short-wave spectrum for this particular evening.

INDIA
All India Radio Kolkata w
as logged from 17.00 UTC onward with music, and surprisingly later in the same evening with news up until sign-off at 18.50 UTC. AIR Kolkata is quite strong, here in Malaysia, despite some minor co-frequency mixing with Pyongyang Broadcasting Station on 657 kHz. SINPO rated 34533 HERE's AIR Kolkata.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Cirebon (Pro-1)
in West Java was logged from 14.45 till 16.00 UTC (09.45 till 11.00 pm, Cirebon time). A selection of Indonesian pop songs, advertisements/promotional spots, occasional station IDs were observed during much of the broadcast. From 15.40 UTC till sign-off (17.00 UTC), programming consisted of traditional Indonesian music with gamelan and bamboo chimes. Reception on 864 kHz rated a SINPO of 44333. Signal was strong and clear throughout the night. Fading occurred every three to four minutes, and even then the signal was still audible above the noise threshold, albeit faintly. HERE's RRI Cirebon late in the evening.

KAMPUCHEA
National Radio of Kapuchea (NRK)
in Phnom Penh is heard regularly in Malaysia at sign-on and the evenings till sign-off at 17.00 UTC. SINPO on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz is consistently 54544. On this particular listening after 12.05 UTC, a report on a festival (judging by the fireworks in the backgound) was discussed in the Khmer language.  HERE's NRK.

NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang Broadcasting Station
(presumed) was observed in what seems to be their routine format of uninterrupted music from 18.55 UTC onward. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433. Before 18.50 UTC signal mixed with AIR Kolkata. HERE's PBS after 18.50 UTC.

VIET NAM
Voice of Vietnam 1 i
n Can Tho (formerly South Vietnam) was logged at 16.43 UTC with Western classical music. A female announcer hosted this Vietnamese language programme. Reception on  the medium-wave frequency of 711 kHz was SINPO 34433. HERE's VOV1.


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Degen DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Visit to Sonora FM, Palembang


A few days ago my family and I were in Palembang, South Sumatra. While on a social visit, we stopped by Sonona FM 102.6, one of several stations in the Sonora Network heard throughout Indonesia. As it happens one of our friends -- 'foster son' actually -- is an announcer at the station.

DJ Adi Putra
He gave us a little tour. I say 'little' because the station itself is quite small. It comprises a lobby with a 1960s desk console, turntable and telephone, portraits of past award-winning DJs and an early poster of Led Zeppelin. In another room, near a corner, sits their transmitter with lights aflutter. And, in an adjoining room lies their studio, with the most easily noticed equipment being fader/mixing console, headphones and microphone.

The transmitter is a low-power rig, sufficient to emit a signal over a 30 km radius. A handful of announcers spin mostly contemporary Western and Indonesian pop tunes.

The station takes listener music requests as well. And we duly made use of this service, requesting at least three or four Indonesia and Malaysian tunes made famous by M. Nasir, Hetti Koes Endang and the Indo-American group Debu.

All in all, it was a rather nice visit to one of the many radio stations in Palembang. One need only scan the horizon to see the numerous telecommunication masts around town to discover this. But, Sonora FM is the one that personally stands out.

Sonora FM radio mast near yellow structure



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for November 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  November 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

QSLs for October 2017


IRIB Radio Quran. Goldasteh, Iran.
Radio Taiwan International (National Day broadcast). Baochung, Taiwan.
Radio Taiwan International (Special German broadcast). Tamsui, Taiwan.
JOPG - (NHK-1). Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan.
JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC). Kagoshima, Japan.
JOAP - (NHK-1). Okinawa, Japan.
Chongqing PBS (Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngbō Diàntá). Chongqing. China.
All India Radio Pune. Maharashtra, India.
All India Radio Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Vatican Radio. Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican.
KNLS - New Life Station. Anchor Point, Alaska
NHK World Radio Japan. Palau Medorn.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Trincomalee. Sri Lanka.
Radio Romania International. Galbenia, Romania.
ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD. Emerald, Queensland, Australia.
Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan via WRMI. Okeechobee, Florida, USA

Thursday, October 26, 2017

IRIB Radio Quran (via Goldasteh)

IRIB Radio Quran, transmitting from Goldasteh, Chahardangeh District, Eslamshahr County (Islamic Republic of Iran) was received on 900 kHz (MW). Reception rated a SINPO of 24322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise and static bursts from a local thunderstorm. Audio was occasionally clear with discernible content when signal was at its strongest. A Farsi language broadcast with tafsir/tajweed commentary from a male announcer was observed between Quran recitation of various ayats by different male qāriʾ from 18.15 till 18.40 UTC, on 8 September 2017. HERE and HERE is IRIB Radio Quran.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card, along with IRIB website card, was received in the mail on 26 October 2017.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Radio Taiwan International (via Baochung)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Baochung (Taiwan), aired a 'live' broadcast of the 106th National Day festivities on 10 October 2017, from 02.00 till 03.00. RTI announcers Natalie Soh and John Van Trieste hosted this hour-long broadcast of speeches from  the President of Taiwan, foreign dignitaries and guests, as well as music by "Formosa Crew" UTC. Insomuch as this transmission targeted Southeast Asia, reception on 15.130 kHz rated a  SINPO of 55555 -- excellent on all accounts for the duration of the broadcast. HERE's an audio excerpt from this broadcast.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online on the same day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2017.

Listeners who tuned in to this broadcast received an RTI souvenir -- a black-and-white tote bag, featuring RTI insignia and microphones over the ages. 
!

Radio Taiwan International (via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from Tamsui (Taiwan), in a special German language broadcast  was received on 29 September 2017. News and the programme Panorama was observed from 18.00 to 19.00 UTC. Reception on the shortwave frequency of 12.030 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 44333 -- good signal strength and clear content, despite deep fading and atmospheric noise. Reception deteriorated after 18.25 UTC with increased fading and atmospheric noise, which degraded the SINPO to 34323. As the show progressed, the noise level increased for some very unpleasant listening. HERE and HERE is the special German broadcast of RTI from Tamsui, as heard in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online, the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 25 October 2017.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

JOPG - Nippon Hoso Kyokai 1 (Kushiro)

NHK-1 (JOPG) in Kushiro  Prefecture (Japan) was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 585 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating an overall SINPO of  14321. A Japanese language broadcast of continuous Japanese pop songs was observed from 19.15 till 20.00 UTC, on 8 September 2017.

Reception report was emailed (NHK World Radio) and posted to JOPG with an audio file. QSL card arrived in the mail on 24 October 2017. A very nice follow-up email from JOPG was received later in the evening.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Logbook for 18 - 20 October 2017

INDIA 
All India Radio Vijayawada was heard with classical Indian music (flute composition), from 17.10 till 17.30 UTC. News in English and Hindi followed until sign-off around 17.40 UTC.  Reception on 837 kHz rated a SINPO of 34323 initially, but signal gradually disappeared after 17.28 UTC, with news only faintly observed till transmission ended. HERE's AIR Vijayawada.

All India Radio Dibrugarh  was noted with Classicsl India music after 16.50 UTC . Reception on 567 kHz rated a SINPO OF 44333 -- strong and clear signal when not fading and mixing with co-frequency stations. HERE's a bit of their programming.

MYANMAR
Myanmar Radio with VOA Special English programme and English pop songs was observed after 15.55 UTC. Music with English speaking host was heard until sign-off at 17.00 UTC. Reception on 576 kHz is SINPO 54544 -- an exceptionally powerful signal with possibly an AIR station and Thai station occassionally, albeit faintly, making their presence known. HERE's an excerpt from this broadcast.

PHILIPPINES
Vatican Radio via Tinang was heard in Russian at 12.35 UTC. Reception on 15.370 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433.

SAUDI ARABIA
BSKSA Riyad with programming in Urdu was noted at 12.45 UTC onward. Transmission on 13.775 kHZ rated a SINPO of 35443.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey via Emirler with a broadcast of news, Turkish cultural programmes and music in Urdu was observed at 12.40 UTC onward. Reception on 13.710 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

UAE
Radio Free Asia via Dhabbayah aired Burmese programming from 12.30 UTC onward. News and current event reports about Myanmar, particularly a report of the Rohingya crisis and relief efforts in SEA, was observed on 13.630 kHz. SINPO rated 45544.

VIETNAM 
Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi with broadcast in Indonesian was noted at 13.00 UTC. News and cultural programmes about Vietnam were pbserved on 9.840 kHz. SINPO was 44544.


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Degen DE-1102 (SW); Panasonic RF-B45 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (Kagoshima)

JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC), transmitting with 20 kw of power from Kagoshima, was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1107 kHz. Talk and pop music in Japanese was observed from 17.00 till 19.15 UTC. On 20 Sept 2017, after 17.00 UTC, SINPO rated 13321 -- very weak, audible, occasionally clear content despite mixing with co-frequency station (possibly in Xijiang) and fading. On 21 Sept 2017, after 19.00 UTC, reception was slightly better with a SINPO of 24422 -- weak and occasional fading, but with improved audio and clear content. HERE is JOCF as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 2017.

JOAP - Nippon Hoso Kyokai 1 (Okinawa)


NHK-1 (JOAP) in Okinawa Prefecture was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 549 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating a SINPO of 14221. Despite severe scratchy atmospheric noise, a Japanese language broadcast of Japanese pop songs, hosted by a male announcer, was observed from 17.05 till 17.30 UTC, on 7 September 2017. On  nights when propagation is bad, the signal is detected but with no discernible content. That's not bad actually for a 10 kW station out of Japan.

Reception report was posted to NHK-1/JOAP and emailed (to NHK World Radio). QSL card, station mascot stickers and postcards/programme guide of popular Japanese TV drama arrived in the mail on 20 October 2017.




Chongqing PBS

 Chongqing PBS, News Service (Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngbō Diàntái, Xīnwén Pínlǜ) was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz. An all news broadcast was observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC, on 4 September 2017. SINPO 23322 - weak to fair signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (Japan). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency. Before 17.00 UTC, Chongqing PBS signal was impossible hear due to a station in Thailand operating on the same frequency.

Reception report was emailed to CRI on the following day. CRI verified for PBS with a QSL card, which was received in the mail on 20 October 2017.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NHK World Radio Letters of Acknowledgement

In an effort to receive confirmation from two medium-wave stations in Japan: NHK-1/JOAP (Okinawa) and NHK-1/JOPG (Kushiro), I emailed NHK World Radio. Surprisingly, NHK World Radio replied, not with confirmation per se but with letters of acknowledgement. And, their correspondence came quickly, within two weeks from the time I emailed them.

Additionally, reception reports were posted approximately in the same period to JOAP and JOPG, having learned this is the best way to QSL Japanese domestic stations. Hopefully in the coming month or so an actual verification card from each of these stations will appear in the letterbox. 

Needless to say, I am impressed with the efficiency, speed and care NHK World Radio took to reply. Thank you, NHK World Radio! 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

All India Radio Pune (Maharashtra)

All India Radio Pune / Akashvani Pune in Maharashtra was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 792 kHz under decent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Devotional music and news was observed from 16.40 till 17.40 UTC, on 9 September 2017. SINPO was 33433 -- fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under an unidentified Chinese broadcaster operating on the same frequency. Reception seemed to improve after 17.00 UTC, but still with co-frequency interference. HERE's AIR Pune.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card, verifying AIR Pune, AIR Srinagar and AIR  Jalandhar, arrived in the mail on 17 October 2017.

All India Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)

All India Srinagar A / Akashvani Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir with classical Indian music followed by news in English and Hindi was observed from 17.15 till 17.40 UTC, on 8 August 2017. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1116 kHz was weak and barely audible, breaking occasionally above the noise and heterodyning, then fading under every few minutes. SINPO rated a puny 13431. 

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card, verifying AIR Pune, AIR Srinagar and AIR  Jalandhar, arrived in the mail on 17 October 2017.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vatican Radio (Santa Maria di Galeria)

Vatican Radio in Santa Maria di Galeria aired a Ukrainian language programme from 16.40 till 17.00 UTC, on 6 August 2017. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.715 kHz was good for much of the transmission with a SINPO 54544 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, almost unnoticeable fade. A broadcast in the Belorussian followed at 17.00 UTC.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 14 October 2017.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Logbook for 11 - 13 October 2017

CYPRUS
Radio Sawa / BBG
via Cap Greco was received  on the medium-wave frequency of 990 kHz, rating a SINPO of 24432 -- weak to fair signal strength, occasionally clear and discernible content whenever signal peaked (every two to three minutes). An Arabic language broadcast featuring news reports / discussion was heard from 17.25 till 17.45 UTC.

INDIA
All India Radio Raipur (Akashvani Raipur) in Chhattisgarh was logged on on the medium-wave frequency of  981 kHz, between 17.10 till 17.35 UTC. Reception from 17.10 till 17.20 UTC rated a SINPO of 23432 -- weak to fair signal with co-frequency interference from stations in Taiwan and China when not fading every few minutes. After 17.20 UTC, overpowering interference from Voice of Kuanghua (Taiwan) and possibly a broadcaster in China blocked reception of  AIR Raipur. Before 17.00 UTC, reception was impossible due to a Thai station. Content of programming consisted of possibly Indian folk song, performed by a female singer. HERE's AIR Raipur.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1
, transmitting from Chiba-Nagara, was logged on the short-wave frequency of 3.925  kHz. A Japanese  language broadcast with Electronica and Japanese pop music was monitored from  14.15  till 14.45 UTC.  Reception rated a (SINPO) of 34333 -- poor to fair signal, occasionally clear audio despite atmospheric noise and occasional fading. HERE's a bit of Radio Nikkei I

THAILAND
Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9)
was received from 14.20 till 14.30 UTC (14.00 till 14.30 UTC), under excellent reception conditions with a SINPO of 55555 on 9.390 kHz. "Thailand Magazine" included reports about Genesis project, preparation of Thai athletes for Tokyo Olympics 2020,  Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project, and late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's efforts to provide cloud seeding for Thai farmers. HERE's  Radio Thailand World Service.

 RX:  Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Degen DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

NHK World Radio Japan (via Palau Medorn)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Palau Medorn, was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC, on 11 September 2017. An English language broadcast of news, the programmes "Insight" and "Easy Japanese", along with a Japanese pop song was observed. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent reception on all accounts.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived on 12 October 2017.

KNLS - New Life Station (via Anchor Point)

KNLS - New Life Station via Anchor Point (Alaska), was logged on 15.515 kHz, with SINPO of 55545 -- near perfect reception with slight fading. Christian programming with contemporary Western pop music was heard during their "English Hour" from 03.45 till 04.00 UTC (broadcast time 03.00 till 04.00 UTC), on 6 April 2017.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. QSL card arrived on 12 October 2017.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Logbook for 8 - 10 October 2017

JAPAN
NHK-1 (JOPG)
in Kushiro  Prefecture was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 585 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating an overall SINPO of  14321. A Japanese language broadcast of continuous Japanese pop songs was observed from 19.15 till 20.00 UTC.

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from the former DW relay site in Trincomalee, aired in their newly launched Tamil language broadcast to expats in the Middle East. Content of brodcast included mostly listener phone-ins and Tamil music from 17.40 till 18.01 UTC (broadcast time 1700 till 18.00 UTC). Reception on 11.835 kHz was fair, but not as good as previous broadcasts, owing to atmospheric noise and fading.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International had a special 106th National Day broadcast to Southeast Asia on 10 October 2017. Listened to speeches of dignitaries and music from 02.00 till 03.00 UTC. Reception on 15.130 kHz was excellent for the duration of the broadcast. HERE's an audio excerpt. 

UNID
Suspect Philippine station, but not absolutely certain, operating on the medium-wave frequency of 702 kHz. Continuous 80s Western pop music, without station IDs and advertisements/promos, was observed before and after 20.00 UTC. SINPO was 25432.

RX: Panasonic RF-45B (MW); DEGEN DE-1102 (MW/SW) ANT: ferrite rod, loop and/or long wire RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), was logged on 8 October 2017. Listened to their Tamil language broadcast of listener phone-ins and Tamil music from 17.40 till 18.01 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 18.00 UTC). Reception on 11.835 kHz was fair, but not as good as previous broadcasts, owing to atmospheric noise and fading. Overall,  SINPO rated 44343.

Reception report and eQSL were sent within an hour of each other on 9 October 2017. Thank you, Victor.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Logbook for 7 October 2017

FRANCE
Deutsche Welle
, transmitting from the Issoudun site, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 15.290 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 45444. An informative current events magazine called "WorldLink", hosted by Gabriel Borrud, was observed in this English language broadcast from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC).

JAPAN
NHK-1 (JOAP)
in Okinawa Prefecture was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 549 kHz, under poor but audible conditions, rating a SINPO of 14221. Despite severe scratchy atmospheric noise, a Japanese language broadcast of Japanese pop songs, hosted by a male announcer, was observed from 17.05 till 17.30 UTC. On  nights when propagation is bad, the signal is detected but with no discernible content.

PHILIPPINES
FEBC Manila - Radio Teos
, transmitting from Bocaue, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 11.650 kHz, under excellent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, rating a SINPO of 55545. A religious topic in the Russian language was discussed between two men from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
, transmitting from Hanoi, was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Review of the Week and Fall Festival music was observed in this English language broadcast from 15.00 till 15.27 UTC.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Panasonic RF-45B (MW/SW); DEGEN DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod and Loop (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan (via Okeechobee)

Japan Short Wave Club/Wavescan via WRMI in Okeechobee (USA) was received on 1 January 2017, from 23.30 till 00.00 UTC. In this particular segment of Wavescan, KVOH Operation's Manager (Ray Robinson) discussed the history of Voice of Nigeria and the operations of Voice of Hope (in Zambia), Jeff White profiled 'Chocolate Music' and the 'Wrong QSL', along with  the JSWC DX Report, presented by Yukiko Tsuji. Reception on 9.955 kHz (SINPO) rated 25322 -- weak but audible and occasionally clear content, despite atmospheric noise. This transmission was best received in LSB mode.

Reception report was emailed on 4 January 2017. QSL card arrived in the mail on 5 October 2017.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD (Queensland)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC Local Radio Capricornia / 4QD) in  Emerald, Queensland was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz. The programme "Overnights" with Trevor Chappell was observed from 17.15 till 18.00 UTC. SINPO rated a 24332 -- fair to poor signal strength when not fading under and mixing with possible Philippine station. Audio content was discernible whenever signal peaked at its strongest level. Reception quality worsened after 17.50 UTC, at which point signal was too weak and increased mixing with Philippine station. HERE's how Radio Capricornia / 4QD sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed to ABC Local (Emerald) and  Radio Master Control for ABC, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton. On 5 October 2017, Mr. Himmelhoch-Mutton confirmed with an email, which I then converted to a PPC with Emerald landmark and ABC Capricornia logo. Thank you, Graham.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International was heard on 28 July 2017.  from 16.00 till 16.55 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 9.500 kHz. SINPO was initially 33443 -- fair signal strength and clear audio, but with "white noise" from transmitter up until about 16.20 UTC. Around 16.40 UTC, reception was 44444 -- fair to good signal strength, clear audio with slight interference from TWR Africa (Swaziland), but "white noise" had disappeared.

Reception report was emailed. QSL card arrived on 2 October 2017.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for October 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of October 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

QSLs for September 2017


Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF. Osaka, Japan.
All India Radio Jodhpur. Rajasthan, India.
All India Radio Parbhani. Maharashtra, India.
ABC NewsRadio / 6PNN. Busselton, WA, Australia.
Radio Taiwan International. Woofferton, England.
IRIB - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran. Sirjan, Iran.
All India Radio Suratgarh. Rajasthan, India.
All India Radio Jalandhar. Punjab, India.
Fishery Radio Station. Republic of China (Taiwan).
Radio Romania International. Galbeni, Romania.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Taiwan International. Baochung, Republic of China (Taiwan).
China Radio International. Xian,  Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Voice Of The Report Of The Week. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria
Voice Of The Report Of The Week. Kostinbrod, Bulgaria.
Ozy Radio*. Razor Back (near Camden), New South Wales, Australia.




*Remote RX: KiwiSDR at Freemans Reach (Australia)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF

Radio Osaka (Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF) was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1314 kHz. Japanese pop songs were observed from 17.00 till 17.40 UTC, on 4 September 2017. SINPO rated 13221 - weak signal with momentary peaks of clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from presumably Chongqing PBS (in Xinjiang, China). By 17.30 UTC, Chongqing PBS dominated the frequency, and OBC-JOUF was inaudible. Before 17.00 UTC, OBC-JOUF signal was impossible hear due to Thai station operating on the same frequency.   

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017.

All India Radio Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

All India Radio Jodhpur in Rajasthan was logged on 28 August 2017, around 17.15 UTC till 17.40 UTC with folk/classical Indian music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 531 kHz was less than ideal, rating a SINPO of 14321 -- barely audible, breaking even with the noise, and fading every few minutes under.

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017. A follow-up QSL arrived in the mail on 16 October 2017.


All India Radio Parbhani (Maharashtra)

All India Radio Parbhani (Akashvani Parbhani) in Maharashtra was heard on 29 July 2017, from 17.10 till 17.30 UTC with a selection of Indian film/folk music. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1305 kHz was (SINPO)  23222 -- poor to fair signal strength and clear audio depending on duration of fading (which on average was approximately two to three minutes apart). The only co-frequency interference in this time period is from a station in Thailand.  

Reception report was emailed and posted in subsequent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 29 September 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN (Busselton, WA)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN in Busselton (south of Perth), Western Australia was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1152 kHz under very weak but audible reception conditions. BBC news was observed from 18.02 till 18.30 UTC. SINPO rated 15321 -- weak but audible signal, content was occasionally discernible when not fading. No additional stations were observed, making 6PNN virtually a clear-channel frequency. Good thing, because I doubt this 10kW station could have been heard at all. HERE's ABC 6PNN as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

Reception report was emailed to ABC NewsRadio and  Radio Master Control for ABC, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton. On 24 September 2017, Mr. Himmelhoch-Mutton confirmed with an email, which I then converted to a PPC with Busselton landmark and ABC NewsRadio logo. Thank you, Graham, and sorry for the mix up on the emails.

Radio Taiwan International (via Woofferton)

Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton (England) was logged on the short-wave frequency of 6.185 kHz with SINPO of  45434 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise with occasional and slight fade. "Nachtrichten", "Business News" and  "Schlagzeilen der Woche"  in a German language broadcast  was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC, on 12 September 2017. HERE's RTI German service.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. QSL card, along with a nice postcard depicting a wetland in Taiwan, arrived in the mail on 27 September 2017.