Monday, August 21, 2017

Logbook 17-19 August 2917

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
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.

MOLDOVA
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
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

TAIWAN
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

BULGARIA
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
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.

KAMPUCHEA
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:

INDIA
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.

TURKEY
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
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).

INDIA
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,

INDONESIA
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.

JAPAN
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

GERMANY
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.

GREECE
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.

ROMANIA
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.

TURKEY
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.

UAE
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.

UZBEKISTAN
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
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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio, transmitting from Kimjae (Republic of Korea), was heard on 27 June 2017, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. News and "Seoul Calling" was observed during this period. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.640 kHz rated a SINPO of 54544.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed to KBS World Radio. QSL card arrived in the mail on 2 August 2017.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam (VoV5) via Ha Noi was heard  with English programming of news and cultural programmes on 7 July 2017, from 23.30 till 23.57 UTC. Reception on 9.840 kHz was exceptionally good with a (SINPO) 54545 -- excellent audio clarity and strength with slight QRM when fading occasionally occurred. 

Reception was emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 1 August 2017.

RMRC Calendar for August 2017


The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  August 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

QSLs for Month of July 2017



Radio Veritas Asia. Palauig-Zambales, Philippines.
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK-1) / JOIK.  Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Symphony 92.4 FM (Mediacorp Pte Ltd). Singapore.
All India Radio Patna. Bihar, India.
All India Radio Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Deutsche Welle. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3). Golden Hill, Hong Kong.
Voice of Vietnam. Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio. Dhabbaya, UAE.
HLAZ - FEBC, Jeju Province, Republic of Korea.
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK World) - Radio Japan. Medorn, Palau.
Voice of Mongolia. Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.
Radio Romania International. Tiganesti, Romania.
GFA - Athmik Yathra. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
Radio Televisyen Malaysia Wai FM. Kajang, Malaysia.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.
Voice of Turkey. Emirler, Turkey.




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Logbook 14-30 July 2017

 
WWV, Fort Collins, USA

CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái)
, transmitting from Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province, was heard 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 

 
INDIA
All India Radio Parbhani (Akashvani Parbhani)
was heard 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.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Singaraja (Pro-1) in Bali -- presumed -- was logged shortly after sign-on at 21.10 UTC. Indonesia pop music was observed mixing with Wor. Por. Thor. 16 -- Witthayu Prajaam Thin (Local Radio, Communications Division Army Signals Dept) in Yala Province (South Thailand). RRI Singaraja remains impossible to receive in the late evening (from 11.30 till 17.00 UTC) due to the more powerful China Radio International transmission out of Xuanwei City, Yunnan Province. Overall reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1080 kHz rated a SINPO of 23322 -- occassionally audible when not fading under Thai station. By 22.30 UTC only heterodyning signal was present.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International
was heard  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.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey was heard on 14 July 2017, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC with English News, cultural programmes and Turkish music. SINPO on 15.520 kHz was initially at sign-on rated 35433 -- fair signal strength with fading, not always clear audio content. Reception worsened around 16.45 UTC to 25422 -- audio began dropping under atmospheric noise. By 17.00 UTC, reception was 15321 -- barely audible, then at 17.10 UTC it peaked to 25432 -- still poor, but audible and occasionally clear.

USA
WWV, transmitting from Fort Collins (CO), on 25 kHz was logged from 20 till 22 July 2017. On each day, only  time pips/pulses are present in LSB mode. Reception has been detected as early as 16.30 UTC up until 19.50 UTC. SINPO rated 15431 -- audible pips/pulses in LSB mode only, generally no voice ID/time announcement was noted when pips/pulses paused. While reception is poor and barely audible, WWV is present. In 2014, when WWV 25 was briefly activated, pips/pulses and voice content was received. HERE's an excerpt of WWV on 25 MHz as heard in Malaysia 

RX: Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909 ANT: 1/4 wave and long wire RX location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Friday, July 28, 2017

Radio Veritas Asia

Radio Veritas Asia, transmitting from Palauig-Zambales, Philippines, was received on 6 April 2016. Catholic religious and current event news in the Filipino language was observed  from 22.59 till 23.28 UTC. Reception on 15.355 kHz at the start of transmission was 34433, At 23.10 UTC, SINPO was  24422. The major problem with this transmission was long periods of deep fading

Reception report was emailed to several different accounts. Follow-up email was sent in May this year. Not sure which one worked. QSL card with stickers and key chain  FINALLY arrived in the mail on 28 July 2017, after over a year! Hopefully Radio Veritas Philippines on MW will reply to a recent reception report and respond more quickly.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

NHK-1 / JOIK (via Sapporo)

NHK-1 (JOIK) in Hokkaido (Sapporo) was logged on 12 June 2017 (13 June 2017, Japan Date). A Japanese programme called  "Radio shin yaben" with Yasuo Miyagawa, featuring old enka music, was observed from 17.45 till 18.10  UTC (01.45 till 02.10 AM, Japan Time), on 12 June 2017.

Reception on on the medium-wave frequency of 567 kHz rated a SINPO of 24332 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading (every few minutes), occasionally clear audio despite fading and slight mixing with another station (RTHK-3 in Hong Kong). After 19.00 UTC, and in subsequent days, JOIK was either heard mixing with another station or not heard at all. HERE's how JOIK sounded in Malaysia.
 
Reception report was emailed and mailed to NHK-1 on the following day. QSL card and verification letter with NHK-1 programme schedule and tourism leaflet for Hokkaido was received in the mail on 27 July 2017.

Address:
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)
Radio Station JOIK
1, Otaniwa 1-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8703
Hokkaido, JAPAN


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Symphony 92.4 FM (Singapore)

Symphony 92.4 FM (Mediacorp Pte Ltd.), based in Singapore, was logged while driving from Singapore back to Malaysia on 18 July 2017. A selection of 18th and 19th century Western classical music, including J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", was heard from 15.10 till 16.30 (Singapore time). Signal was remarkably strong as far as Yong Peng (Johor) and audible up to Muar (Johor), albeit garbled and with fading. Reception is impossible in Kuala Lumpur, owing to station splatter from Minnal FM  (a local Tamil station) operating on 92.3 MHz. Overall SINPO on 92.4 MHz, from  Yong Peng, was 45544.

Reception report was submitted online with promise of response within three working days. No reply was forthcoming, so a follow-up email was fired off to the Station Manager, Erina Cook. She replied and forwarded request of verification to a colleague. Lyn Sa’adon, Senior Producer-Presenter, then followed up with an email verification on 25 July 2017.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Deutsche Welle (via Trincomalee)

Deutsche Welle, transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), in a Kiswahili broadcast of news and current event reports was monitored on 26 June 2017, from 15.00 til 15.30 UTC. Reception on 15.275 kHz initially was 55545. However, approximately 20 minutes into the broadcast, fading increased and signal gradually drifted under atmospheric noise.

Reception report was emailed to DW on the following day. QSL crad arrived in the mail on 21 July 2017. 

All India Radio Patna

All India Radio Patna in Bihar, monitored on 20 June 2017, from 16.50 till 17.42 UTC with Hindi film music, news/sports/financial reports in English and Hindi. Reception on 621 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 34423 -- fair signal strength, with intermittent fading every few minutes, yet audible and clear. HERE's how AIR Patna sounded:

Reception report was emailed the following day to Spectrum Management & Spectrum. QSL card arrived on 21 July 2017.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All India Radio Kolkata

All India Radio Kolkata, transmitting from South 24 Parganas District, Kolkata, West Bengal, was received on 15 June 2017.  Classical Indian music followed by commentary was observed from 18.25 till 18.55 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 33433 -- fair signal strength with clear audio when not fading (every 2 to 3 minutes). HERE's an excerpt from AIR Kolkata.

Reception report was emailed to Spectrum Management & Synergy on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 20 July 2017.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam, transmitting from Ha Noi, was logged on10 April 2017.  Programmes "Colourful Vietnam" profiled the Chero people and "Personality of the Week" featured the music of a Vietnamese musician from the Mekong Delta and one of his songs entitled "Love of Homeland". This English broadcast aired from 23.30 till 23.57  UTC. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.840 kHz was SINPO 55555 -- excellent on all accounts!

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An email was promptly sent promising a QSL, but owing to the festivities in Malaysia its delivery was delayed on 17 July 2017.

NHK World Radio Japan

NHK World - Radio Japan (Russian Service), transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 April 2017. News, a current events report and Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45454 -- good signal and audio quality.

HERE and HERE os how Radio Japan Russian Service was received in Malaysia.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 17 July 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017

FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio (via Dhabbaya)


FEBA Gawayelon Tibetan Radio via Dhabbaya (UAE) was received on 30 June 2017. Tibetan programming of songs, along with contact details, was noted from 12.15 till 12.30 UTC (broadcast time 12.00 till 12.10 UTC). Reception on 15.215 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 55555 -- strong and clear audio. HERE's how Gawayelon Tibetan Radio sounded in Malaysia.

Interestingly, their HQ is based in India (note the postage and return address). This is not the only Tibetan organisation located in India either. Another observation, radio broadcasts into Tibet usually originate from UAE, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, even Saipan and Tinian, often to avoid jamming (fire drakes) and co-frequency broadcasts (squatting) from China (CNR/CRI).

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card was received on 14 July 2017.

Email:
gaweylon@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, logged on 1 May 2017,  was heard 1 May 2017, from 16.30 till 17.20 UTC. This English broadcast featured news about Turkey and region, "Eye on the Agenda" about a paper written by a Turkish minister on Muslim law and scholars. "Legends of Anatolia" followed and profiled the legendary Amazonian warriors who lived in present day northern Turkey.  The broadcast closed with "Question of the Month": and Turkish pop music. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.520 kHz rated a SINPO of  55444 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, slight atmospheric noise occurred with signal occasionally faded. 

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

HLAZ - FEBC (via Jeju Province, South Korea)

HLAZ (Far Eastern Broadcasting Company, FEBC), transmitting from Jeju Province, Republic of Korea, was logged on 19 November 2016. Chinese ("Yiyou Guangbo Diantai") programming of religious content with occasional music was monitored from from 15.15 to 15.45 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1566 kHz rated a (SINPO of 44434 -- fair to good signal when not fading (every two to three minutes), clear and strong audio. 

Reception report was emailed on the following day. Follow-up reports were emailed and posted. QSL card arrived in the mail on 11 July 2017. Interestingly, it was posted from their Hong Kong headquarters; note the Hong Kong postage.


Voice of Mongolia

Voice of Mongolia via Ulaanbaator was heard on 25 April 2017. News and Mongolian financial market report. "Must-See Sites of Mongolia" featured a report on traditional Mongolian games. This included a visit to a museum in Ulaanbaator and interview of its curator who mentioned the museum had a large number of Mongolian puzzles, paintings, chess sets, dominoes and card games. A couple of Mongolian pop songs were observed during the broadcast from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC

Reception on the short-wave frequency of 12.015 kHz was initially reception rated a (SINPO) of 55555 with slight over modulation. By 12.50 UTC, QRM from Voice of Korea in Pyongyang degraded reception to 53543. HERE's Voice of Mongolia.


Reception report was submitted online and emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 11 July 2017.

NHK World Radio Japan (via Palau Medorn)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting Palau Medorn, was heard on 2 June 2017, from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. News reports included Japanese government's legislation putting forward the abdication of Emperor Akihito, low fertility rates of Japanese women, followed by "Welcome to Amazing Japan" which profiled Hokkaido and the Ainu people. This was programme produced by Radio Japan Urdu Service by Khalid Wahlid. It highlighted the language, food, religious rituals and oral literary tradition of the Ainu. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz was SINPO 44444 -- good signal and audio, slight co-frequency interference when signal faded under. Around 14.29 UTC, some station splatter observed from Vatican Radio on 11.700 kHz.
Reception report was submitted online and emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 11 July 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Radio Romania International (via Safitca)

Radio Romania International via Safitca was heard on the short-wave frequency of 13.660 kHz on 2 May 2017, from 17.15 till 18.00 UTC. A report on Romanian wine production and blackberry wine, "Cultural Event" profiled a Romanian writer and literary critic, Sports Roundup" looked at boxing bouts of Romanian boxers and Romanian Football League, "Traditional Romanian Music", "DX Mailbag" with mention of listeners and their equipment and a report on Romanian story telling festival was observed during the 45 minutes of this broadcast. SINPO was initially 55444. By 17.40 UTC, reception worsened to 35343 and grew weaker as transmission near closure.

Reception report was submitted the following day. QSL card arrived in th email on 10 July 2017.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Logbook 7-9 July 2017

 
6RN in Hamersley.
Photo by Orderinchaos

ALASKA
New Life Station KNLS
in Anchor Point was heard on 9.690 kHz with a decent SINPO of 55444, Their usual mix of contemporary Western pop music and  Christian programming in English was heard from 10.20 UTC onward.

AUSTRALIA
ABC Radio National / 6RN
in Hamersley, City of Stirling (Perth), Western Australia continues to heard on 810 kHz (MW). Talk show host Rod Quinn was heard interviewing an author(?) on sexual issues, slightly after 19.00 UTC. Only brief peaks of audio surfaced above the atmospheric noise on this relatively clear frequency. Otherwise reception remains extremely poor for this 20 kW station. SINPO rated a paltry 14321, which is certainly not worth submitting to the station for verification.

JAPAN
Radio Nikkei 1
was observed on their usual 9.595 kHz frequency. SINPO was 34443, Reception of a largely Japanese talk format was clear and discernible at 10.20 UTC onward.

GREECE
Voice of Greece
  via Avlis was heard with some lovely Greek music, station ID and promotion around 00.00 UTC. Transmission on 9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of 34443 -- clear and discernible audio content with a rather steady and fair signal.

PALAU
World Harvest Radio / T8WH
via Medorn radiated a strong, steady and clear signal on 9.930 kHz, earning a SINPO of 55555. Religious programming, music and station promos for World Harvest Radio was observed in English from 10.25 UTC onward.

PHILIPPINES
DWUN / Radyo La Verdad
was observed throughout the evening hours from 16.00 UTC onward with a talk format in Tagalog/English. Reception on 1350 kHz (MW) was quite good with a SINPO of 44434 -- good to fair strength especially when not fading under.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio
was heard signing-on with station interval at 10.25 UTC. Reception on 9.775 kHz was SINPO 54544 -- a strong and clear signal, despite some minor QRM when signal faded.

UNITED ARABIC EMIRATES
Abu Dhabi Media Company, Pravasi Bharathi in Abu Dhabi (UAE) was received  from 19.15 till 20.00 UTC. In an effort to catch ABC Radio National / 6RN in Perth (Western Australia), this station surfaced. Talk about the inconsistencies of propagation! Fortunately I was able to catch Pravasi Bharathi, although reception on 810 kHz was (SINPO) 23322 -- poor to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise, occasionally clear and discernible content. Around 19.50 UTC, unidentified co-frequency interference from another station (possibly Korea judging by the music) was observed. Otherwise in the 45 minutes this station was monitired a discussion in Malayam (about a sporting event -- cricket)  and South Indian music was heard. Big question remains -- will the station QSL?

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam (VoV5)
via Ha Noi was heard  with English programming of news and cultural programmes  from 23.30 till 23.57 UTC. Reception on 9.840 kHz was exceptionally good with a (SINPO) 54545 -- excellent audio clarity and strength with slight QRM when  fading occasionally occurred.

Son La Radio & TV Station (Đài Phát thanh - Truyền hình tỉnh Sơn La) in Son La City (Thành phố Sơn La) was heard after 22.00 UTC with Vietnamese pop music. A powerful signal on 828 kHz (MW), interference-free and clear easily scored a SINPO of 55555.

 RX:  Sangean ATS-909 / Panasonic RF-B45 / Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Ferrite rod / Long wire / 1/4 wave RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3)


Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3), transmitting from Golden Hill [Kam Shan], Hong Kong [Xianggang] on the medium-wave frequency of 567 kHz, has been monitored in Malaysia for over a month now. Not bad for a station that supposedly operates at 20kW, over 2,500 kms away! 

Reception was initially observed after 17.30 till 18.30 UTC, but mixing with either AIR Dibrugarh (India), NHK1 (Hokkaido), KBS1 (South Korea), DXCH-AM or DWRP-AM (Philippines). Before 17.00 UTC stations in Thailand and Laos pretty much dominated the frequency in my quarter.

Propagation proved remarkably good on 5 July 2017, from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC, allowing clear and strong reception of RTHK-3, free of co-frequency QRM. Only  slight fading and occasional static bursts marred an otherwise beautiful signal. On the following night, 6 July, at the same time, reception again was decent enough to provide a clear, steady and audible signal.

The programme content is mostly in English, although occasionally Chinese is spoken. At the top of the hour time pips, station ID and news of the world and Hong Kong is heard from 18.00 UTC onward. This is followed five minutes later with "Night Music", a regular nightly programme featuring Western Classical music. HERE's a bit of the RTHK-3 programmingg.


Three reception reports were emailed: two in June and one in July. The initial report, sent in early June, was also posted to their station. RTHK-3 promptly responded to the emailed reports which included a few audio files. The clips, full of QRM and atmospheric noise mixing with their barely audible signal, was rejected as proof of reception and therefore insufficient for QSL. Reception report of 5 July 2017, submitted with multiple audio files of adequate quality and clarity, was confirmed on 7 July 2017. Paper QSL card and confirmation letter arrived in the mail on 18 July 2017.

RTHK-3 email promising QSL Card
Needless to say if one wishes to obtain a QSL from RTHK-3 be prepared. Make certain your report contains accurate and precise content, and be sure to include clear and audible audio files of their programming. Happy DXing and 73!

Email:
radio3@rthk.hk
ccu@rthk.org.hk

Address:
RTHK Corporate Communications Unit (RTHK-3)
30 Broadcast Drive,
Kowloon, Hong Kong

RX: Sangean ATS-909 / Panasonic RF-B45 ANT: ferrite rod and MW loop RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Logbook 4-5 July 2017

BBS headquarters
BHUTAN
Bhutan Broadcasting Service
out of Thimphul was observed during a English broadcast  from 11.00 till 12.00 UTC. News in English, followed by Western pop songs made up much of this hour-long broadcast. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 6.035 kHz was (SINPO) 23422 -- weak to fair signal when not mixing with Voice of Shangri-La (China). A dominant transmitter hum drowned out much of their audio when signal faded under. Signal improved slighly only after 11.50 UTC. HERE's BBS as heard in Malaysia.

HONG KONG
Propagation for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK-3) proved to be remarkably good on the night of 5 July 2017, from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC (03.00 till 04.00 AM, Hongkong Time). For over a month this station has been observed, albeit never with the quality heard on this particular occasion. Reception on 567 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- clear and strong signal, no QRM from co-frequency stations (as noted previously from around 17.40 till 18.45 UTC), occasional  static bursts and slight fade throughout much of the transmission from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. Best reception occurred during the first half hour. HERE's a snippet from their "Night Music" programme.

INDIA
All India Radio Imphal (Akashvani Imphal)
in Manipur was noted at 17.00 with Indian music on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz. Reception was SINPO 33323 -- fair to good signal despite fading and occasional mixing with DWIZ in teh Philippines

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. 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.

PHILIPPINES
DWIZ / Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
in Obando Bulacan Province (Manila area) was logged at 16.15 UTC. Station IDs in Talagog and English were heard clearly, earning a SINPO of 33433 on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz. While AIR Imphal and fading were noticeable, this was less a problem with direction of antenna was rotated towards the Philippines.


RX:  Sangean ATS-909 / Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Ferrite rod / Long wire / 1/4 wave RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

GFA - Athmik Yathra (via Trincomalee)

GFA - Athmik Yathra (AY Radio), transmitting from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), was heard on 28 June 2017. Religious programming, mixed with a few regional songs, along with frequent contact details, was monitored 15.10 till 15.30 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1548 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 54544 -- strong and clear audio with slight and occasional fading.

HERE's how Athmik Yathra sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. An eQSL was received from Athmik Yathra on 4 July 2017. Paper QSL arrived in the mail on 10 August 2017.