Monday, August 21, 2017

Logbook 17-19 August 2917

Voice of Korea
in an English language broadcast of news reports commemorating the anniversary of  peninsular Korea's liberation from Japanese occupational forces, congratulatory messages from Palestine, Indonesia and Nepal on this anniversary, condemnation of UN/US sanctions applied to DPRK over nuclear weapons and ICBM launch, commentary on Republic Korea's imperialistic policies towards DPRK and  patriotic music was heard from 10.35 till 11.00 UTC (broadcast time 10:30 till 11:27). Reception on the short-wave frequency of  15.180 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544 -- excellent signal strength and clear audio, despite slight   fading. HERE's an excerpt from this broadcast.

Trans World Radio Africa, transmitting from Kishinev-Grigoriopol in the Tigre language, was heard from 18.00 till 18.30 UTC (in a Saturday only broadcast). Presume Evangelical Christian topic, presented by a male announcer, with TWR theme/programme music between talk and a couple of religous vocal songs were observed during this half hour broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.940 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 43444 - good signal, despite dominant transmitter whine and fading under atmospheric noise; however, signal weakened around 18.20 UTC with fading under atmospheric noise. HERE and HERE are a few audio clips from TWR Africa via Kishinev-Grigoriopol.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
, transmitting from Trincomalee, in a test transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC. A mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music was observed in this brief transmission  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading. HERE's an audio file from this Tamil broadcast of SLBC

Radio Taiwan International
, in a transmission originating from Pachung, was observed broadcasting the English language programmes"Hear in Taiwan",  "Starting Over" and "One Last Thing"  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of  11.600 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE's how RTI sounded  in Malaysia.

RX: Degen DE-1102 and Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 10 meter long wire and 1/4 wave RX LOC: Central West Malaysia

China Radio International (via Xuanwei City)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái), transmitting from Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province, was heard on 14 July 2017, from 17.30  till 17.57 UTC. A Hindi language broadcast of music, talk and learn Chinese programming was observed during this time. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of  1269 kHz rated  a SINPO of 44534 -- strong signal, clear and audible content, minimal fading. HERE's an excerpt of CRI Hindi Service as heard in Malaysia

Reception report was emailed to the English and Hindi Service of CRI on the following day. A prompt reply followed promising QSL card, which arrived in the mail on 21 August 2017.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Logbook 12 - 15 August 2017

VORW Radio International
via Kostinbrod (presumed) was caught around 16.54 UTC, just before sign off. While audio was negligible, a decent carrier was present, earning a SINPO of 25432 on 9.400 kHz. This is likely only insomuch as signal was beamed towards Europe, not Asia, and  reception was from the back end of the antenna.

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái)
, transmitting from  Xian,  Shaanxi Province, was heard on 12 August 2017. An English broadcast of news, programmes on English idioms and "Horizons" was observed from 04.10  till 05.05 UTC (broadcast time 04.00 till 06.00 UTC). Reception on  the short-wave frequency of  17.730 kHz (SINPO): 33232 -- poor to fair signal depending on the duration of fading, atmospheric noise and station splatter from adjacent frequency (17.740 kHz). Otherwise, signal was audible and occasionally heard with clear content.

National Radio of Kampuchea on 918 kHz was observed with national anthem just before sign off at 17.00 UTC. Programming consists mostly of local pop songs and talk in Khmer.Their signal is easily 55545 throughout much of the night in Malaysia.
HERE's NRK just before closing:

All India Radio Suratgarh
in Ganganagar District, Rajasthan (near India-Pakistan border) was monitored from 17.05 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, followed by news in English presented by female announcer, then news in Hindi read by male announcer. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 918 kHz was quite poor, but audible when not fading under atmospheric noise. Frequency was relatively clear once National Radio of Kampuchea signed off at around 17.00 UTC. Signal drifts in between 17.05 to 1710 UTC, nightly. Then, for approximately 3 to 4 minutes signal begins to peak and drift off after about 2 minutes.Overall SINPO was 14321.

All India Radio Bhagalpur in Aliganj, Bihar was noted from 17.25 till 17.40 UTC with classical Indian music, then news in English and Hindi. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1458 kHz rated a SINPO of 23422 -- poor to fair signal strength, mixing with unidentified station (possibly -- although not certain -- All India Radio Barmer in Rajasthan) when signal faded under.

Voice of Turkey, transmitting in English from Emirler (Turkey), was monitored from 20.40 till 21.27 UTC (broadcast time 20.30 till 21.27 UTC). Programmes entitled "The Agenda" and "The Culture of Living Together", along "Question of the Month" and traditional Turkish music was heard during this period. Reception on 9.620 kHz rate a (SINPO) of 45444 -- good signal strength, clear audio, minor fading with some atmospheric noise.
RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Logbook 8-9 August 2017

Bangladesh Betar
(presumably TX site in Chittagong) on 873 kHz, around 16.55 UTC with music and station ID. SINPO rated 34333 --  fair to good signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from a Thai station in Bangkok. HERE's how Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong).

All India Radio Jalandhar
(Punjab) on 873 kHz, with music after 17.15 UTC, news at 17.30 UTC, then sign-off at 17.40 UTC. SINPO) rated 24322 -- poor to fair signal (depending on degree of fading), slight co-frequency interference from Bangladesh Betar (Chittagong) after 16.00 UTC till they signed off, then Thai station in Bangkok after 17.10 UTC. Audio and content was occasionally clear despite, fading, interference and atmospheric noise. HERE's AIR Jalandar,

Radio Republik Indonesia Palangka Raya
(in Kalimantan) was observed at 12.35 UTC with "Berita" and Indonesian pop tunes, during this all Indonesian language format. Reception on 3.325 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal strength, clear audio and content with minor atmospheric noise and fading.

Radio Nikkei 2
(in Chiba-Nagara) was heard after 12.30 UTC with Western pop music during a Japanese language broadcast. Reception on 3.945 kHz rated a SINPO of 34332 -- fair signal, audible content despite less than desired atmospheric noise and fading.

 RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

All India Radio Siliguri (West Bengal)

All India Radio Siliguri (Akashvani Siliguri) in West Bengal was heard broadcasting classical Indian music followed by news in English and Hindi was observed from 17.05 till 17.44 UTC, on 4 July 2017. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 711 kHz was (SINPO) 34323 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise or mixing with a Thai station, every two to four minutes. HERE's a excerpt from the AIR Siliguri transmission.

Reception was emailed and posted to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 August 2017. 

GFA - Athmik Yathra (via Trincomalee)

GFA - Athmik Yathra (AY Radio), transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) on MW (1548 kHz), was heard on 28 June 2017. Initially an eQSL was received a few days after emailing the station in India. At the same time, GFA in the United States was emailed and their paper QSL card arrived in the mail on 10 August 2017.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Logbook 1-6 August 2017

New shortwave station in Lower Saxony* was logged in a test transmission using the remote SDR receiver at Twente (The Netherlands). Frequent station IDs and details about future broadcasts intended for the UK and Europe was observed between English pop songs from 17.58 till 19.00 UTC. Reception on  6.160 kHz initially rated a SINPO of 13221 -- terribly weak, station splatter, no real discernible content. Had to set receiver to AMsync just to detect their signal. Reception improved to 34343 after 18.50 UTC with audible and clear content.

Voice of Greece
with station ID and delightful Greek music was heard from 19.00 UTC on their usually frequency of 9.420 kHz. Reception rated a SINPO of 45544.

Radio Romania International in German language broadcast was heard just before sign-off at 18.50 UTC, announcing frequencies and contact details. Reception on 9.775 kHz was remarkably good at 44554. Only annoying transmitter noise made reception less than perfect, otherwise no co-frequency interference, no fading, no atmospheric noise.

Voice of Turkey in a Turkish language broadcast was noted with station ID and music after 18.25 UTC. Reception on 9.460 kHz rated a SINP) of 45444.

Radio Farda on medium-wave frequency of 1575 kHz was observed after 19.00 UTC with news magazine/talk format. SINPO rated 24322 -- weak to fair signal, intermittent fading, atmospheric noise with occasionally clear and audible content.

Adventist World Radio
, transmitting from Tashkent, was  monitored from 16.10 till 16.30 UTC (broadcast time16.00 till 16.30 UTC). A segment of Wavescan featuring the history of the Australian VLN call sign, JSWC DX report, and Indonesian music was heard in this half-hour show. Reception on 11.985 kHz was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength, atmospheric noise and slight fade, yet clear and audible content was received. Initially Wavescan was logged on 11.975 kHz (Trincomalee, Sri Lanka), but their signal dropped off completely by 16.15 UTC.

Vatican Radio in Santa Maria di Galeria aired a Ukrainian language programme from 16.40 till 17.00 UTC.  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.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 for SW and Sangean ATS-909 for MW ANT: 1/4 wave for SW and internal ferrite rod for MW RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
*RX; SDR receiver ANT: mini whip RX LOC (remote): The Netherlands