Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Greetings from Voice of Mongolia




The Voice of Mongolia sent their annual greetings for the New Year, last week. In addition to a colourful greeting card depicting Mongol warriors, I received a one-piece fold-out calendar showing the iconic images of Mongolia. Thank you very much, Voice of Mongolia!

 

KBS World Radio Calendar 2018


The KBS World Radio Calendar for 2018 arrived in my letterbox a few days ago. Inside the calendar are twelve photos of traditional Korean homes, set in various locations around the country during the four seasons. Rather than display each photo in this blog entry,  I took the liberty of piecing together a short video using these photos and the KBS World Radio interval with station ID in Korean. Hopefully, this little exercise depicts the beauty of Korea.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (via Yerevan Gavar)

Italian Broadcasting Corporation via Yerevan Gavar (Armenia), logged on 13 December 2017, at 19.00 UTC onward (broadcast time 19.00 till 20.00 UTC) with station interval, frequent IDs/jingles in Italian, the programme "Panorama Onde Corte", "La Radiotelegraphi Marittima" and Italian pop music. Reception on 5.845 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE is IBC at sign on. 

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 16 December 2017.

Friday, December 15, 2017

China Radio International (via Anning City)

China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái) was logged, on 11 November 2017, 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.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 15 December 2017.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Logbook for 10 - 13 December 2017

ARMENIA
Italian Broadcasting Corporation
via Yerevan Gavar, logged at 19.00 UTC onward with station interval, frequent IDs/jingles in Italian, the programme "Panorama Onde Corte", "La Radiotelegraphi Marittima" and Italian pop music. Reception on 5.845 kHz rated a SINPO of 55444. HERE is IBC at sign on.

AUSTRALIA
Reach Beyond Australia
in Kununurra, Western Australia was logged at 14.58 UTC with station ID in English, just before the station signed off. Reception on 11.900 kHz rated a  SINPO of 45544. HERE's the station just before it ended transmission.

GERMANY
Bible Voice Broadcasting
via Nauen was heard with Arabic programming from 15.00 UTC, on 11.790 kHz.  HERE's a audio excerpt from this BVB broadcasr.

PHILIPPINES
DZRV-AM / Radio Veritas Philippines / Global Broadcasting System
in Manila was onbserved on the medium-wave frequency of 846 kHz with SINPO of 34323. Uninterrupted Filipino Christmas music was heard from 18.00 UTC and well after 19.00 UTC. HERE's how DZRV sounded.

SINGAPORE
BBC
via Kranji was received at 10.45 UTC with in depth news reports on Chinese surveillance cameras and the senatorial candidates in the impending Alabama election. Reception on 6.195 kHz was SINPO 55555.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam
via Hanoi was heard on the shortwave frequency of 9.840 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54554. News, Current Affairs and Society Segment was observed from 10.00 till 10.27  UTC.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102 (SW); Sangean ATS-909 (MW) ANT: 1/4 wave and long wire (SW); internal ferrite rod (MW) QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Caribbean Beacon (Anguilla)

Now this is ODD!. A verification card from The Caribbean Beacon for a reception report I supposedly sent on 11 November 2017. Excuse me, my last reception report was 15 March 2013. I'm guessing this is either in response to that report, or Pastor Melissa Scott needs listener support to "rebuild' The Caribbean Beacon station which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

If indeed "Reception Confirmed" is referring to the 15 March 2013 report, then thank you very much. I'm delighted to get this verification for a Caribbean Beacon broadcast that was logged at 20.00 to 21.00 UTC, on  11.775 kHz with SINPO of 22332, which was weak in signal strength but audible, despite strong interference from Radio Algerienne Holy Quran in Issoudun, France. As I noted then, when the grey-line between Asia and the Caribbean approached their signal improved, and when Radio Algerienne signed off at 21.00 UTC reception was 24332.

This marks my second confirmation from the station, the first being for a reception report submitted in April 2012. As I recall, that reception report also took several years before a QSL card was received.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

All India Radio Diphu (Assam)

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, on 11 November 2017.

Reception report, along with an audio file, was emailed and posted to Spectrum Management in subesquent days. QSL card arrived in the mail on 7 December 2017.