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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Logbook for 18 - 20 October 2017

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.