Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Logbook 25 & 26 April 2017

INDIA
All India Radio (National Channel) via  Aligarh was monitored from 17.50 till 18.30 UTC with programming in English and Western pop songs. Reception on 9.380 kHz rated a SINPO of 45433 -- fair to good signal, clear audio with occasionally long fades.

KUWAIT
Radio Liberty via Sulaibiyah with Pashto programming at 02.00 UTC onward was logged on 15.090 kHz. SINPO rated 45444.

MADAGSCAR
KNLS - New Life Station
with frequent station IDs, Western pop music and Christian programming was observed on the short-wave frequency of 15.515 kHz. Reception  rated a SINPO of 55545 -- near perfect reception with slight fading. HERE's an audio excerpt from this broadcast.

MALAYSIA
Unknown FM station
, presumably in Kuala Lumpur, in a test transmission was heard on 88.9 mHz with classic rock looped round-the-clock.

MONGOLIA
Voice of Mongolia
in an English broadcast from 15.30 till 16.00 UTC featured news and financial market reports, followed by Mongolian pop tunes and feature on a museum dedicated to traditional Mongolian games. Reception on 12.015 kHz rated a SINPO initially of 55555 with slight over modulation. By 12.50 UTC, QRM from Voice of Korea in Pyongyang degraded reception to 53543. HERE's an audio excerpt from this broadcast

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Radio Free Asia
via Tinian was observed from 17.00 UTC onward with news reports in Korean on the short-wave frequency of 9.990 kHz which rated a SINPO of 55555.

PHILIPPINES
DZRP - Radyo Pilipinas (The Overseas Broadcast of the Philippine Broadcasting Service)
with news and cultural programming in English from 02.45 UTC till 03.30 UTC on the short-wave frequency of 15.460 kHz and 17.820 kHz; reception was best on the 19 meter band with a SINPO of 55545.

TAIWAN
Radio Taiwan International
via Paochung with news, Taiwanese pop music and cultural programmes in English was observed from 03.00 till 04.00 UTC, Reception on the short-wave frequency of 15.320 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555

THAILAND
Radio Thailand World Service
with Thai and English broadcast from 01.30 till 02.35 UTC, on 15.590 kHz rated a SINPO of 55545 -- good signal strength, clear audio, slight fading. English programming commenced from 2.00 till 02.30 UTC for the US West Coast; before and after these times transmission was in Thai with Thai music.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
was heard on the short-wave frequency of 15.520 kHz, from 16.30 till 17.25 UTC, under poor reception conditions.  SINPO rated 25322 - poor reception, fading under atmospheric noise, audible with occasionally clear content. Reception worsened after 17.00 UTC; signal was still audible but weak and audio at times was barely audible.

Receivers used: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102. External antenna: 1/4 wave and 10-metre long wire, respectively. RX location: central West Malaysia.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reach Beyond (via Kununurra)

Reach Beyond, transmitting from Kununurra (Australia), was logged on 13 March 2017, from 13.00 till 14.00 UTC with Evangelical programming in English. SINPO on 9.645 kHz rated a solid 55555.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL from veri-signer Shelly Martin, along with A17 schedule of Reach Beyond, was received on 18 April 2017.

Email:
A17@reachbeyond.org.au

Website: 
www.reachbeyond.org.au/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Swedish DX Federation* (via Germany)

Swedish DX Federation (SDXF)*, in a special Easter broadcast from Channel 292 in Rohrbach (Germany, was logged on 14 April 2017. A DX programme and closing tune "In the Mood" was observed from 16.50 till 17.00 UTC. Reception on 6.070 kHz rated an excellent SINPO of 55555.

Reception report was emailed the following day. This eQSL arrived on 16 April 2017.

*Received using remote SDR receiver at the  University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Radio Europe*

Radio Europe*, a free radio station based in Italy, was logged just before sign-off on 1 April 2017. A jingle mentioning "Japan", and the songs  "Call of the West" performed by Frankie Lane and an instrumental cover of "Strange Encounters of a Third Kind" were observed from from 16.30  till 16.38 UTC. Reception  on 6.875 kHz rated a SINPO of 34433 -- fair signal, audible content with occasional utility interference and fading.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. This eQSL and additional visuals were received on 16 April 2017. Thank you, Alex!

*Received using remote SDR receiver at the  University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NHK World Radio Japan (via Yamata)

NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 March 2017.  A Japanese broadcast was observed from 16.05 till 16.30 UTC. Reception on on 9.680 kHz rated a SINPO of 45444.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to Radio Japan on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 12 April 2017. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Radyoya Denge Kurdistane (via Kishinev-Grigoriopol)

Radyoya Denge Kurdistane, transmitting from the Pridnestrovskiy Radioteletsentr in Kishinev-Grigoriopol, Moldova, was logged on 10 April 2017. An interview/discussion between several women and news at the top of the hour was monitored in this all Kurdish broadcast from 13.45 till 14.00 UTC.

Reception on 11.600 kHz was (SINPO) 44544 -- fair to good signal when not fading and clear audio. Just as the transmitter was switched to the Kostinbrod-Sofia site, the signal dropped down to 24532 at 14.00 UTC. HERE's how Radyoya Denge Kurdistane sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on 11 April 2017, and an eQSL from Sergey Omelchenko, Technical Director of Pridnestrovsky Radiotelecentr (PRTC), replied later in the evening.

Monday, April 10, 2017

NHK World - Radio Japan (via Yamata)

NHK World - Radio Japan, transmitting from Yamata (Japan), was logged on 7 April 2017. A Russian service with news, current events report and a Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544.

HERE's how NHK Radio Japan Russian Section sounded.

Reception report was emailed on 8 April 2017. NHK Radio Japan Russian Section replied promptly the following day with a calendar image for April and saying, "Thank you for sending us a reception report of our Radio Japan Russian Service! We verified your report(7 April 2017,  from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC, on 7.355 kHz.). We will later send you our QSL-verification card to your address".

Friday, April 7, 2017

Helliniki Radiophonia

Helliniki Radiophonia (Voice of Greece) via Avlis, was logged on 5 April 2017. Reception on  9.420 kHz rated a SINPO of  44444 -- fair to good signal with a bit of transmitter noise and fading, yet clear and strong audio.  A selection of contemporary Greek music and news at the top of the hour was monitored from 18.25 till 19.05 UTC.

Reception report was emailed the following day. An eQSL was received on 7 April 2017.

QSL from Rede Itatiaia


After nearly three years, this QSL card, along with station stickers of various sizes from Rede Itatiaia in Bele Horizonte, Brazil arrived in the mail, today. Just when I thought this was another elusive station to verify, I was pleasantly surprised. It only goes to show one should never give up. Thank you, Rebe Itatiaia!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Logbook for 5 - 7 April 2017


ALASKA
KNLS - New Life Station
via Anchor Point, 15.515 kHz, SINPO 55545 -- near perfect reception with slight fading. Christian programming with contemporary Western pop music was heard during their "English Hour" from 03.45 till 04.00 UTC (broadcast time 03.00 till 04.00 UTC).

CHINA & RUSSIA
NVK Radio Sakha via Yakut and CNR 1 via Beijing mixing on 7.345 kHz at approximately the same strength (SINPO) 33543. At 11.05 UTC talk in Chinese from CNR and music from R. Skha was observed, and has been for many days.

GERMANY
NHK World - Radio Japan
via Nauen, 15.445 kHz, SINPO at 17.05 UTC was 35433. By 17.40 UTC, reception had deteriorated to 25321. Profile of the Doobie Brothers and their music was heard in this Japanese broadcast from 17.05 till 17.50 UTC.

GREECE
Helliniki Radiophonia (Voice of Greece)
via Avlis, 9.420 kHz, SINPO 44444 - fair to good signal with a bit of transmitter noise and fading, yet clear and strong audio.  A selection of contemporary Greek music and news at the top of the hour was monitored from 18.25 till 19.05 UTC.

JAPAN
NHK World - Radio Japan via Yamata, Russian service with news, current events report and Japanese song was observed from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on 7.355 kHz rated a SINPO of 45544.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA
KBS World Radio
via Kimjae, 9.640 kHz, SINPO 54544, K-Pop programme in English was monitored from 14.10 till 14.45  UTC.

KBS World Radio
via Kimjae, 9.640 kHz, SINPO 55545. The programme "The Sound of Korea" was noted from 16.45 till 17.00 UTC.


Receiver used: Tecsun S-2000 and Degen DE-1102. External antenna: 1/4 wave and 10-metre long wire, respectively. RX location: central West Malaysia.

QSL from KNLS



KNLS - New Life Station in Anchor Point, Alaska verified a reception report dated 17 November 2016. This is a follow-up QSL to a previous report. Interestingly, this particular QSL card appears to be a new design from KNLS. Thank you!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Logbook for 2 April 2017


BOTSWANA
Voice of America
via Selebi-Phikwe, 6.080 kHz, SINPO 33433, "Correspondence" featured legislation pending in Congress and Trump administration and station ID at 19.45 UTC.

BULGARIA
Overcomer Ministry via Kostinbrod, SINPO 11.590 kHz, 45434, Brother Stair sermon at 19.00 UTC.

IRAN
Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via Sirjan, 11.830 kHz, SINPO 35332, English programming on history of Christians and Jews in Iran, followed by discussion of Quran from 15.50 till 16.19 UTC.

KUWAIT
Radio Deewa
, 9.320 kHz, SINPO 44444, News magazine in Pashto at 17.25 UTC.

MOLDOVA
Radyoya Denge Kurdistane via Kichinev (Chișinău), 11.600 kHz, SINPO 54555 - very strong signal, transmitter hum, slight fading, Kurdish music and news from 18.55 till 19.30 UTC.

NORTH MARIANA ISLAND
Radio Free Asia
via Tinian Island, 9.975 kHz, SINPO 45544, news reports mentioning Malaysia (possibly about assassination of Kim Jong Nam) in Korean at 17.00 UTC.

ROMANIA
Radio Romania International 
via Galbeni, 9.500 kHz, SINPO 55444 - strong transmission, clear audio despite atmospheric noise. Romanian music, news and cultural music with frequent station IDs from 18.50 till 19.30 UTC.

SWAZILAND
Trans World Radio Africa
, 6.130 kHz, SINPO 25432, Religious programming in Portuguese at 19.45 UTC.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
via Emirler, Turkey,11.615 kHz, SINPO 45434, French programming with Turkish pop songs at 20.00 UTC.

VATICAN
Vatican Radio
via Santa Maria di Galeria, 11.715 kHz, SINPO 54444 - - strong transmission, clear audio despite atmospheric noise, Belarusian programming with discussion and a capella performance of Johanne Sebastian Bach's music from 17.05 till 17.18 UTC.

Receiver used: Degen DE-1102. Antenna: internal whip aerial. RX Location: central West Malaysia

Saturday, April 1, 2017

RMRC Calendar for April 2017



The Rhein Main Radio Club Calendar for month of  April 2017