Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All India Radio (via Aligarh)

All India Radio (National Channel) via  Aligarh was monitored on 12 April  2017, from 17.50 till 18.30 UTC with programming in English and Western pop songs, including Roxette - "Joyride" and Christina Perri - "I Love You for a Thousand Years". Reception on 9.380 kHz rated a SINPO of 45433 -- fair to good signal, clear audio but with occasionally long fades.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. QSL depicting Bundi Fort in Rajasthan arrived on 25 May 2017.


TWR India (via Tashkent)

TWR India, transmitting from Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 21 May 2017. Punjabi programming was monitored from 14.00 till 14.29 UTC. Reception on 12.160 kHz rated a decent SINPO of 35443 -- fair signal strength, clear and strong audio and slight fading.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. An eQSL arrived on 24 May 2017.

KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio, transmitting from Kimjae (ROK), was logged on 5 April 2017. K-Pop programme in English was monitored from 14.10 till 14.45 UTC. Reception on 9.640 kHz rated a decent SINPO 54544.

Reception report was submitted online and emailed on the following day. QSL card arrived in the mail on 24 May 2017. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

BBC Radio Wales*

BBC Radio Wales*, transmitting from Washford, Somerset (UK), was logged on 24 April 2016. I had the good fortune to catch the Allan Thompson Show "Legends of Music" from 22.55 till 23.40 UTC, which featured a diverse selection of songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. And what a marvelous collection of tracks it was -- David Bowie, Paul Weller, The Band, AC/DC!

Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz, while using the SDR receiver located in Enschede, Netherlands at University of Twente, rated a SINPO of 54545 -- slight interference when fading, otherwise a strong and clear signal radiated well.

Reception report was initially emailed on 26 April 2016. And, I may have posted a report as well. With no response after over a year I resubmitted the original report on 21 May 2017. The following day, Head of Operations for BBC Wales, David Mackie replied with an email confirming reception of BBC Wales.

*Logged using a remote SDR receiver linked to the University of Twente (The Netherlands) website and monitored in Malaysia 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Radio Ohne Namen* (via Rohrbach)

Radio Ohne Namen* via Channel 292, transmitting from Rohrbach (Germany) was logged on 21 May 2017. A selection of German covers of 1930s jazz was observed from 17.00 till 18.00 UTC while using the Twente University SDR receiver. Reception on 6.070 kHz rated a superb SINPO of 55555.

On a personal note, it was a revelation to hear these German covers, some of which I recall from my grandfather's collection of 78 rpms. He was a jazz muscian from this era and to hear these songs brought back memories of digging through and playing his old records  Thank you for sharing, Ron!

Reception report was emailed on the same day. An eQSL arrived a few hours later.

Email:
radio.on@gmx.de

 *Logged using a remote SDR receiver linked to the University of Twente (The Netherlands) website and monitored in Malaysia 
 

Radio New Zealand International

Radio New Zealand International,  transmitting from Rangitaiki, was logged on 20 May 2017. News, sports, weather on the hour, followed by "Heart & Soul", "Sunday Hymns" and "Thought for the Day" with quotes, music and letters/emails from listeners was observed from 14.00 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on 6.170 kHz initially suffered from CNR station splatter (on 6.175 kHz) and fading to rate a SINPO of 33433. It was barely listenable around 14.30 UTC, but signal gradually began to strengthen and stabilise at 14.45 UTC. After 15.15 UTC -- when CNR had signed off -- signal improved to SINPO of 44444. HERE's how RNZI fared around 15.20 UTC. 

Apparently RZNI started targeting the  Pacific region on this frequency from 20 May (the day of this log), and transmissions will be ONLY on Saturdays. Nice to catch RZNI. Always is. Always has been long favorite on the short-waves.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online the following day. Adrian Sainsbury replied with an eQSL on 22 May 2017, which is the standard operating procedure these days. Thank you, Adrian and RNZI!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Logbook for 19 - 21 May 2017


ARMENIA
TWR India
via Yerevan Gavar with Sidar programming on Christianity and music was observed from 14.30 till 14.45 UTC, TWR interval heard just before sign off. Reception on 12.055 kHz rated a SINPO of 44544 - good signal strength, slight transmitter hum and fading, clear and strong audio.


BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Betar via Shavar was logged with Bengali programming after 16.30 UTC Reception on 4.750 kHz rated a SINPO of 35443.

CHINA
China Radio International via Nanning with programming in English that featured a report on Thomas Keneally from 16.50 UTC. Reception on 9.880 kHz rated a SINPO of 55555.

ETHIOPIA
Radio Oromiyo via Addis Ababa-Gedja with nice Horn of Africa music noted at 15.15 UTC. Reception on 6.030 kHz rated SINPO of 34433. HERE's an excerpt from this transmission:

GERMANY
RFE/Radio Liberty via Lampertheim (Germany) with music and programming in Tajik at 16.35 UTC onward. Reception on 11.910 kHz rated SINPO of 45444.

INDIA
AIR Tiruchirappalli in Manapparai, Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu (India) with Tamil music, moderated by male announcer, was observed from 17.00 UTC onward. News in English at 17.30 UTC presented by female announcer, then sign-off at 17.35 UTC.  Reception on 936 kHz (MW) rated a SINPO of 34433 with fair to good signal, occasionally fading every few minutes.

IRAN
IRIB via Zahedan with music and Arabic programming from 16.40 UTC. Reception on 9.650 kHz rate a SINPO of 45343.

MONGOLIA
Voice of Mongolia
via Ulaan Bator at 14.10 UTC with Mongolian programming and music. Reception on 12.015 kHz with SINPO 34543.

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand International
with news, sports, weather on the hour, followed by "Heart & Soul", "Sunday Hymns" and "Thought for the Day" with quotes, music and letters/emails from listeners from 14.00 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on 6.170 kHz initially suffered from CNR station splatter (on 6.175 kHz) and fading to rate a SINPO of 33433. It was barely listenable around 14.30 UTC, but signal gradually began to strengthen and stabilise at 14.45 UTC. After 15.15 UTC -- when CNR had signed off -- signal improved to SINPO of 44444.

SINGAPORE
NHK World Radio Japan via Kranji with English programming from 11.00 till 11.30 UTC. Reception on  11.695 kHz rated a SINPO 44344 with atmospheric noise and slight fading effecting an otherwise clear and good signal.

SOUTH KOREA
KBS World Radio via Kimjae with K-Pop in Indonesian from 16.45 UTC onward. Reception on 9.805 kHz rated a SINPO of 54545.

TAIWAN
Sound of Hope with commentary in Chinese (Cantonese?) from 11.30 UTC onward. This station as many of you know operates off the normal short-wave bands, reportedly with as little 100 watts (???). For instance, this recording was made on 14.775 kHz. SINPO 34333 - weak to fair when not fading and despite a whiny transmitter: HERE'S SOH as heard in Malaysia.

UNID
Suspect Korean station with running commentary in Korean at 17.50 UTC. Reception on 3.930 kHz rated SINPO of 35443. HERE'S a sample from this transmission.

UZBEKISTAN
TWR India
via Tashkent was monitored from 14.00 till 14.29 UTC with Hindi and Punjabi programming. Reception on 12.160 kHz rated a decent SINPO of 35443 - fair signal strength, clear and strong audio and slight fading.


SW RX: Degen DE-1102 ANT: 10 meter long wire RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MW RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: Loop antenna RX LOC: near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia