Tuesday, August 30, 2016

All India Radio Gangtok

All India Radio Gangtok (Akashvani Gangtok), transmitting from Sikkim, was logged on 30 August 2016. I was fortunate to catch this transmission, owing that VL8A in Alice Springs, Australia, (which shares the same frequency as AIR Gangtok) was switched off for maintenance. This rare occasion allowed for a selection of Indian subcontinent music and news to be heard between 13.40 UTC up until sign-off at 16.00 UTC.

Reception on 4.835 kHz was sadly less than ideal, but still audible despite a weak signal, whiny (10 kW) transmitter and occasional fading under scratchy atmospheric noise. SINPO of 24322 remained unchanged up until sign-off at 16.00 UTC.

Reception report was emailed and posted with audio files to AIR Gangtok and Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day.
Photo by A. Anvar, Asst. Eng, Doordarshan Kendra Gangtok, Sikkim


All India Radio Gangtok
Old MLA Hostel
Gangtok 737101
East Sikkim District
Sikkim, India

Spectrum Management & Synergy,
Directorate General, Room No. 204,
All India Radio,
Parliament Street,
New Delhi 110001, India

Monday, August 29, 2016

MW loggings for August

Over the past few weeks I've turned my attention to a select group of medium-wave stations located in Japan. Most of these are operating at 50 kW or more. I am assuming this is sufficient output power to radiate beyond Japan and reach Malaysia. The loggings below occurred after 18.00 UTC and up until 20.30 UTC. Co-frequency interference from stations in China, Thailand and Indonesia are either minimal or non-existent during this period.

For instance, the only stations in Asia on 1242 kHz are reportedly Nippon Hoso (Nippon Broadcasting System / JOLF) in Tokyo, Japan and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC / HLSB) in Wonju, South Korea. Given JOLF operates at 50 kW opposed to HLSB's 10 kW output, my assumption is JOLF is the station being heard in Malaysia. It consistently just barely breaks the threshold with a dominant carrier and occasional peaks of audio, either talking or music, to rate an SINPO of 25421. This format seems to be consistent with JOLF's "All Night Nippon" programme. By 21.00 UTC, Radio Republik Indonesia Bogor (Pro-1) is the only station received.

Hokkaido Hoso (HBC / JOHR) in Sapporo is another Japan station believed to be heard mixing with Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC / HLAF or HLAX) on 1287 kHz. However, having said this,  HLAF / HLAX  operate at 10 kW and appear to be stronger than JOHR which is 50 kW. So, it is questionable whether or not a South Korea or China station is sharing the frequency. In any event, reception is poor to fair with a SINPO of 23422. Radio Republik Palembang (Pro-1) is noted around 21.00 till 17.00 UTC, and it generates a powerful signal here in the Kuala Lumpur area.

RKB Mainichi Hoso - JOFR, transmitting from Fukuoka (Japan) on 1278 kHz at 50 kW, has definitely been heard. It is a much easier catch, owing that there is no co-frequency interference from around 18.00  till 20.00 UTC which makes for ideal reception conditions. On most nights, SINPO constantly rates 25432 -- with clear, audible and identifiable speech and music in Japanese.

Receiver used: Sangean ATS-909 with internal ferrite rod aerial rotated northeasterly. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Radio Taiwan International (German Service via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International in a Special German language broadcast from Tamsui (Taiwan) was logged on 26 and 28 August 2016. This was a three-day run -- 26, 27 and 28 August -- direct from Tamsui. RTI features this special transmission annually. primarily for their German speaking listeners in Europe. 

Under poor conditions, on 26 August 2016, news, current events magazine "Panorama" and mailbag programme was monitored from 16.00 till 16.25 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC). Reception was much better on 28 August 2016, and I manged to catch a wonderful report on a Taiwan Music Festival, featuring folk/traditional music, This was monitored from 16.25 till 17.00 UTC.

26 August 2016:
Reception on 11.665 kHz was  (SINPO) was 24432 -- weak signal with dominant carrier and only peaks of faint audio under atmospheric noise. By 16.25 UTC, signal was inaudible and immersed in atmospheric noise. RTI obviously had their antenna aligned towards Europe.

28 August 2016:
Two days later, reception on 11.665 kHz improved with (SINPO) rating of 45434 -- good signal strength, excellent clarity when not fading under atmospheric noise. HERE's an excerpt from this transmission.

Separate reception reports were emailed and submitted online shortly after each broadcast ended on 26 and 28 August 2016.


Radio Taiwan International
German Service
55 Bei An Road
Taipei 104
Taiwan, R.O.C

Monday, August 22, 2016

Radio Seagull* (via the North Sea)

Radio Seagull*, presumably anchored in the North Sea, was heard on 20 August 2016, from 05.10 till 05.45 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of 747 kHz, using the remote SDR receiver in the Netherlands (Twente). Reception was (SINPO) 34553 -- fair signal strength, clear audio, some atmospheric noise and transmitter hum.

A selection of rock songs, including Starship  "We Built This City" and Deep Purple Strange Kind of Woman" (live version in Osaka, Japan), were heard between technical problems with computer/studio console. 

HERE's how Radio Seagull sounded in The Netherlands.

Report was emailed to Radio Seagull on the same day. An eQSL was received on 22 August 2016.

*Received using remote SDR receiver in The Netherlands (Twente)

QSLs in the Mail

QSL cards from Vatican Radio and Radio Romania International arrived in today's mail. Vatican Radio confirmed reception of their Special Youth Day broadcast and papal visit in Poland. Whereas Radio Romania International verified one of their French language broadcasts from Galbani. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ER4DX (Moldova)

Amateur Radio Station ER4DX, operated by Mr. Vasily Romanyuk, in Chisinau (Moldova), was logged on 21 August 2016, from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Conversation in English and presumably Russian was noted with other HAMS, i.e. "CQ Echo Romeo Four Delta Xray..." It was repeated several times, then QSO with amateur operators which could only be faintly heard. Reception on 14.182 kHz USB was (SIO) 454.

HERE's how ER4DX sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. I may follow up with a letter. Although I am quite doubtful a reply will be forthcoming.

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International was logged on 21 August 2016. An English language broadcast, featuring profiles on a Romanian architect, heavy metal band, "Green" preservation and letters from listeners was heard from 17.15 till 17.58 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 17.57 UTC). Reception on 9.540 kHz was (SINPO) 54544 -- strong signal,  slight fading, no interference except for a slightly noisy transmitter.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to RRI on the following day.

Postal Address:
Radio Romania International,
60-62 General Berthelot Street,
P.O. Box 111,
Bucharest, ROMANIA