Monday, September 25, 2017

Voice Of The Report Of The Week (via Kostinbrod)

Voice Of The Report Of The Week via Kostinbrod (Bulgaria) was heard on 24 September 2017, from 16.10 till 17.00 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC), on the short-wave frequency of  9.400 kHz, under fair to good conditions rating a SINPO of 34443. HERE's how VORW sounded in Malaysia.

This particular show emphasised -- as it always does -- music requests of listeners. Tracks included: Tom Petty - "Won't Back Down"; Aerosmith - "Dream On"; REM - "Night Swimming"; Queen - "These Are The Days of Our Lives"; Eminem - "Just Lose It"; Mash-up of "Ah" and another tune. In addition to the music requests, the DJ (John) mentioned the names and locations of listeners, talked about benefits of radio during natural disasters, addressed listeners who tuned him when hurricane Irma was about to strike.

Reception report was emailed on the following day, and an eQSL arrived from announcer/producer of VORW. Thank you, John!

Here is the current VORW transmission schedule:

Thursday, 2000 UTC - 11.580 kHz - To North America
Thursday, 2200 UTC - 9.955 kHz - To South America
Friday, 0000 UTC - 7.490 kHz, 7730 kHz, 9395 kHz - To North America
Sunday, 1600 UTC - 9.400 kHz - To Europe / Middle East

Sunday, 2000 UTC - 9.395 kHz - To Eastern North America

Monday, September 18, 2017

Logbook 17 - 21 September 2017

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation NewsRadio / 6PNN in Busselton (south of Perth), Western Australia was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1152 kHz under very weak but audible reception conditions. BBC news was observed from 18.02 till 18.30 UTC. SINPO rated 15321 -- weak but audible signal, content was occasionally discernible when not fading. No additional stations were observed, making 6PNN virtually a clear-channel frequency.mgood thing, beause I doubt this 10kW station could have been heard at all. HERE's ABC 6PNN as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

AUSTRIA
DARC via Moosbrunn was logged on the short-wave frequencies of 9.570 kHz and 13.775 kHz under favourable conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. DARC news about the IARU Conference, weather in southern Germany and two radio related songs was observed from 17.30 till 18.00 UTC. SINPO on 9.570 kHz initially rated 45444 -- strong signal, clear content with minor fading. Around 17.50 UTC, reception was slightly less than desired at 35433, but still audible and clear. SINPO on 13.775 kHz was less impressive at 35323 -- audible, but disturbed by deep fading and atmospheric noise. HERE's DARC in a special broadcast from Moosbrunn.

INDIA
All India Radio Pune / Akashvani Pune was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 792 kHz under decent conditions, here in the Kuala Lumpur area. Devotional music and news was observed from 16.40 till 17.40 UTC. SINPO was 33433 -- fair signal strength, clear audio when not fading under an unidentified Chinese broadcaster operating on the same frequency. Reception seemed to improve after 17.00 UTC, but still with co-frequency interference. HERE's AIR Pune.

JAPAN
JOCF - Minaminihon Broadcasing Co. Ltd (MBC), transmitting with 20 kw of power from Kagoshima, was logged on the medium-wave frequency of 1107 kHz. Talk and pop music in Japanese was observed from 17.00 till 19.15 UTC. On 20 Sept 2017, after 17.00 UTC, SINPO rated 13321 -- very weak, audible, occasionally clear content despite mixing with co-frequency station (possibly in Xijiang) and fading. On 21 Sept 2017, after 19.00 UTC, reception was slightly better with a SINPO of 24422 -- weak and occasional fading, but with improved audio and clear content. HERE is JOCF as heard in the Kuala Lumpur area.

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam via Hanoi-Sontay was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under excellent conditions with a SINPO of 55555. An English language programme of news, current events and Vietnamese pop music was heard from 12.30 till 13.00 UTC. HERE's VoV signing on at 13.00 UTC with their Indonesian broadcast.


RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102; Panasonic RF-45B (SW) (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area

Friday, September 15, 2017

Logbook for 12 - 15 September 2017

ENGLAND
KBS World Radio via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 12.065 kHz with a SINPO of 44434 -- good signal strength, clear audio content despite occasional atmospheric scratchiness when signal faded under the noise. News and traditional Korean music in this Russian language service was observed from 18.10 till 19.00 UTC (broadcast time 18.00 till 19.00 UTC). HERE's KBS World Russian service.

Radio Taiwan International via Woofferton was logged on the short-wave frequency of 6,185 kHz with SINPO of  45434 - good signal strength, clear audio content despite atmospheric noise with occasional and slight fade. "Nachtrichten", "Business News" and  "Schlagzeilen der Woche"  in a German language broadcast  was observed from 19.00 till 20.00 UTC. HERE's RTI German service.

PHILIPPINES
DZEM-AM, with a powerful signal out of Manila, Philippines, was logged around 20.15 UTC and well after 21.00 UTC with talk/music format and frequent station IDs on 1530 kHz. SINPO rated 44434.

THAILAND
Sathaanii Witthayu Krajaisiang Siang Saam Yot ('Voice of Three Spires', Crime Suppression Division, Royal Thai Police), transmitting from Lat Phrao District, Bangkok, was received after 19.00 UTC with mixed format of talk and Thai pop songs. Reception on 1179 kHz (MW) was strong, with occasional fading -- long enough to detect a co-frequency broadcaster, possibly Mainichi Hoso (MBS / JOOR) in Osaka, Japan. Overall, SINPO rated 44433. HERE's an audio clip.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 (MW); DEGEN DE-1102 (SW) ANT: internal ferrite rod (MW); long wire (SW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taiwan Fishery Radio Station

FRS - Taiwan Fishery Radio Station (Táiwān Qū Yúyè Guǎngbō Diàntái / BEL2 and BEL3) was logged from 20.25 till 20.49 UTC and 21.25 till 21.40 UTC, on separate days (24 and 25 August 2017).  SINPO on 738 kHz (MW) was 43533 -- strong signal when not fading under and interfered by station in Indonesia; 1143 kHz (MW) was 33422 - slightly weaker signal, but still fair strength with clearly audible content when not fading under. News reports and pop songs were observed on one occasion in Chinese. On another day, the programme "Good Morning Vietnam" featured news and weather conditions in Chinese and Vietnamese. HERE's FRS - Taiwan Fisheries Broadcasting Station with a cover version of a Beatles tune.

Reception report was emailed and posted  on 26 August 2017. QSL and letter arrived in the mail on 12 September 2017. I suspect the letter, rather than the email, garnered this verification. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Logbook for 9 - 11 September 2017

ARMENIA
Trans World Radio Europe
, transmitting presumably from Yerevan-Gavar (Armenia),  was heard mixing around 18.00 UTC with programming in Farsi. Reception on 1377 kHz was initially 34433 -- strong and clear broadcast with minimal fading. However, by 18.30 UTC reception worsened with (possible) co-frequency mixing of IRIB Regional Service "Voice of Systan and Baluchestan" / Radio Iran.

INDIA
All India Radio National via Aligarh in a broadcast of classical Indian music was logged from from 16.30 till 17.30 UTC. Reception on 9.380 kHz rated an SINPO of 34433. Comments in Hindi/English followed each composition.

IRAN 
IRIB Radio Quran, transmitting from Goldasteh, Chahardangeh District, Eslamshahr County (Islamic Republic of Iran) was received on 900 kHz (MW). Reception rated a SINPO of 24322 -- weak to fair signal strength when not fading under atmospheric noise and static bursts from a local thunderstorm. Audio was occasionally clear with discernible content when signal was at its strongest. A Farsi language broadcast with tafsir/tajweed commentary from a male announcer was observed between Quran recitation of various ayats by  different male qāriʾ from 18.15 till 18.40 UTC.

 JAPAN
NHK World Radio Japan, transmitting from Palau Medorn, was monitored from 14.00 till 14.30 UTC. An English language broadcast of news, the programmes "Insight" and "Easy Japanese", along with a Japanese pop song was observed. Reception on the short-wave frequency of 11.705 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555 - Excellent reception on all accounts.

SAUDI ARABIA
Huna El' Azim
, a new station located in possibly Jeddah, with mix of Arabic music, talk about Yemen and occasional doa (supplication - prayer) was monitored from 14.15 till 14.40 UTC. Reception on 11.745 kHz was intially SINPO - 43433 - terrible station splatter on adjacent frequency made reception difficult up until 14.30 UTC. At that point, reception improved with greater clarity. HERE is an excerpt from the broadcast.

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: ferrite rod and long wire extended 10 meters LOC RX: Kuala Lumpur area, Malaysia


Friday, September 8, 2017

Radio Romania International

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, on 2 April 2017.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 8 September 2017.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (via Trincomalee)

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in a test transmission from Trincomalee was logged on 17 August 2017. Transmission was monitored from 17.00 till 17.15 UTC, which included a mix of listener phone-in discussions and Tamil music.  Reception on 11.835 kHz was good with relatively no interference, clear audio and minor fading, earning a SINPO of 45444.HERE's how SLBC sounded in Malaysia:

Reception report was emailed on the same day.  On 7 September 2017 an eQSL from veri-signer Victor Goonetilleke was received.