Thursday, December 14, 2017

Logbook for 10 - 13 December 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Year-end Radio Review

As 2017 winds down it's time to take stock of what transpired this past year, on and off the airwaves, here in South East Asia.  In what has become all to common in the last decade, long-established and familiar radio stations and radio-related organisations ceased to operate, among these being Radio Tirana, Radio Australia (Shepparton) and ABC Northern Territory. And, there are rumours that Radio Veritas Asia will eventually cease operation on short-wave. On the bright side, broadcast providers like  Media Broadcast GmbH, Shortwave Service and WRMI continue to expand their programming, allowing broadcasters like Radio Mi Amigio, Radio Menschen & Geschichten and Italian Broadcasting Corporation to broaden their reach and audience. Similarly, QSLs previously impossible to acquire were finally confirmed.

Prized QSLs received this year included both medium- and short-wave stations, among these being: Shortwave Service's special "Bye, Bye Sitkunai" broadcast via Kostinbrod; FRS Holland (logged directly in Malaysia for the very first time); Radio Itatiaia in Brazil, RTHK3 in Hong Kong (which was quite difficult to QSL), Rhein-Main-Radio-Club special broadcast on the last Danish Shortwave Club Meeting, FEBC-HLAZ (a MW station in South Korea) and a handful of MW stations around Australia including ABC Adelaide (5AN), ABC National Adelaide (5RN), ABC Sydney (2BL), ABC NewsRadio Busselton (6PNN) and ABC Local Radio Capricornia (4QD).

All India Radio (AIR) was again a constant and reliable verifier this year. Thanks to continued efforts of Spectrum Management & Synergy, the following stations were QSLed: AIR Gangtok (SW), AIR Aligarh (SW), AIR Ranchi (MW), AIR Parbhani (MW), AIR Jodhpur (MW), AIR Srinagar (MW), AIR Pune (MW), AIR Jalandhar (MW), AIR Kolkata (MW), AIR Najibabad (MW), AIR Patna (MW), AIR Siliguri (MW), AIR Thiruchirapalli (MW), AIR Diphu (MW) and AIR Suratgarh (MW).

As mentioned above, many stations formerly heard only in Europe or the Americas expanded their broadcast coverage. Transmissions were relayed from Yerevan (Armenia), Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) and Okeechobee (USA). These included  Radio Mi Amigo and The Voice of the World Report.

Over on the medium-wave band, verifications from Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Sao  Taiwan   were obtained. A few of these included: Sapporo TV Hoso - JOWF, NHK-1 - JOIK, Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC) - JOCF, NHK-1 - JOAP, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Asahi Hoso - JONR, Osaka Broadcasting Corporation / JOUF and Bunka Hosa / Nippon Cultural Broadcasting - JOQR

In other news, while China Radio International, China National Radio and PBS outlets in China literally dominate the short-wave bands, CRI will issue both eQSL and paper QSLs, even occasionally for PBS and CNR outlets.

This year short-wave propagation and bands in South East Asia were nearly absent of stations, save for Chinese, North Korean and religious broadcasters (AWR and Overcomer, especially). At times I feel it is almost pointless to continue listening to short-wave bands. This is why a better a part of my DXing this year was spent logging medium-wave stations.

But this band, in South East Asia, continues to be quite a challenge, what with the many Thai, Indonesian and Chinese stations that fill the airwaves and broadcast in their respective languages/dialects. To listen to stations outside these 'Big Three', broadcast times (often in the wee hours of the morning) and propagation almost ALWAYS dictate reception. And even then, when a station is received, it can be difficult to get a confirmation.

All in all, in spite of the ups and downs this year, it appears radio will remain a viable medium in the coming year. And this, in part, thanks to radio enthusiasts taking charge to preserve it. Let us hope they prevail. Long live radio! Happy DXing and 73.

Monday, December 4, 2017

NDR Hamburg Special Christmas Broadcast 2017

NDR Hamburg “Greeting on Board”, a special Christmas programme via MBR FMO organisation, will be broadcast on 24 December 2017 from Yerevan-Gavar, Issoudun, Moosbrunn and Nauen.

19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.010 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/Ce Europe
19.00-21.00 UTC // 6.080 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.740 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.790 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
19.00-21.00 UTC // 9.800 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
19.00-21.00 UTC // 11.650 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 5.930 // NAU 125 kW 250 degree to Northern Atlantic
21.00-23.00 UTC // 6.155 // ERV 100 kW 305 degree to We/CeEurope
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.590 // ISS 250 kW 148 degree to Indian Ocean/SoAf
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.650 // MOS 100 kW 115 degree to Indian Ocean East
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.765 // NAU 125 kW 130 degree to Indian Ocean West
21.00-23.00 UTC // 9.830 // ISS 250 kW 195 degree to Southern Atlantic

Logbook 2 - 5 December 2017

KNLS - World Christian Broadcasting, transmitting from Anchor Point, was logged with Mandarin and Russian programming on the 41 metre band -- 7.355 kHz for Mandarin and 7.370 kHz for Russian. Both transmission rated a similar SIO of 333 -- fair signal strength, clear content, slight atmosperic noise. These Far East broadcasts included the usual KNLS programming of religious topics and a mix of music. Broadcast time is between 16.00 to 18.00 UTC.

Dimtse Radio Erena via Kostinbrod was logged after 17.25 UTC with Tigriya programming and music. Reception on 9.720 kHz rated a SINPO of 34322 -- fair signal, clear content despite some QRM and fading. HERE's Dimtse Radio Erena.

Voice of Greece transmitting from Avlis on 9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of 44444. Greek music with occasional IDs from 16.55 UTC onward. HERE's a bit of Greece courtesy of Voice of Greece.

Adventist World Radio via Taipei was heard on 15.445 kHz, with SINPO of 55555. This hour-long Vietnamese broadcast featured a mix of health news, religious topics and Vietnamese music from 00.59 till 02.00 UTC. The transmission from Taipei (presumably from an RTI transmitter, judging by the audio feed recorded just before the broadcast began) airs only on Saturdays.  HERE's AWR via Taipei.

Voice of Hope Africa, transmitting from Lusaka, was heard on the short-wave frequency of 4.965 kHz, with SINPO of 24322 -- poor signal strength but with occasionally audible content when signal did not fade under atmospheric noise. Contemporary Christian-themed and Christmas music with station IDs in English was observed from 17.05 till 18.00 UTC. HERE's VOH Africa.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave aerial elevated to a height over 10 metres QTH: Kuala Lumpur

Friday, December 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for December 2017

The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of December 2017