Friday, November 17, 2017

Logbook 16 - 17 November 2017


Reception of WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida has been remarkably good over the past two consecutive days. And as we head into the winter months, the window should improve for reception of other stations in the Americas.

As for WRMI, the grey-line window for their transmission on 9.955 kHz appears to propagate best  from around 22.30 up until 23.40 UTC, at least as far as Kuala Lumpur is concerned.  Consequently I have been able to catch the broadcasts of Famagusta Gazette Radio, Voice of the Report of the Week, Las Noches con Mirka and PCJ Radio.

FIRST DAY
Famagusta Gazette Radio was logged between 22.50 till 23.00 UTC. Initially at 22.50 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. In the short ten minutes of their broadcast, I heard two classic rock songs from Bad Finger "If You Want It" and The Beatles  "Something", this was followed by Jeff White making a WRMI station ID.

Voice of the Report of the Week was monitored from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC. At 23.00 UTC reception rated a SINPO of 25442 -- weak to fair signal, clear and audible content despite atmospheric noise. By 23.15 UTC, signal was breaking even with noise and barely audible -- 15221. After 23.30 UTC, signal was too noisy to distinguish content, although audio feed was still present. Despite this shortcoming, I heard VORW host John comment on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and music requests which induded The Who  "Circles", Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere" and  a few other tracks before the show was buried in static.

SECOND DAY
Las Noches con Mirka was received from 22.40 till 23.00 UTC. Transmission rated a SINPO of 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio which remained so until this programme of Cuban, Caribbean and Spanish language songs ended at the top of the hour with Jeff White's announcement of WRMI ID.

PCJ Radio was received from 23.00 up until 22.35 UTC. While clarity of content was lacking a bit, as the grey-line between Miami and Kuala Lumpur was just beginning to close. I did manage to detect mention of a 'special' PCJ broadcast, an interview with a former PCJ announcer -- my guess is Tom Meier, a couple of light jazz tunes and the Eddie Startz signature song "A Nice Cup of Tea". Overall, from 23.00 till 23.10 UTC, SINPO rated 35343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio. Ten minutes into the broadcast, reception gradually deteriorated with increased atmospheric noise to 24222. By 23.30 UTC, audio and atmospheric noise were mixing at equal strength, making content difficult to decipher.

HERE's an idea of how WRMI sounded at around 23.00 UTC.


RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT; 1/4 wave aerial erected to a height over 10 meters QTR: Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All India Radio Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

This follow-up QSL card for All India Radio Jodhpur in Rajasthan arrived in the mail, today. It was for a reception report submitted in late August 2017. The duplicate verification is likely the result of emailing and posting letters to Spectrum Management & Synergy. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Logbook 15 - 16 November 2017

BOTSWANA
Voice of America
via Mopeng Hill put out a strong signal of  45444 on 4.930 kHz. The English language programme Africa Beat with a selection of songs from around the continent was heard from 20.15 UTC till sign-off at 21,00 UTC. HERE is VOA (Mopeng Hill).

MADAGASCAR
World Christian Broadcasting - KNLS
 via Mahajanga was logged at 03.58 onward with evangelical programming in Chinese and Western pop songs. Reception on 17.530 kHz rated a SINPO of 35433 -- fair signal strength, audible and clear content despite some atmospheric noise and slight fading. At 17.20 UTC, reception began to deteriorate with increased atmospheric noise and fading. While it rated a SINPO of 25322, content remained audible and clear. After 04.30 UTC, signal drifted in and out, barely audible at times. At 04.53 UTC, Voice of Turkey interval signal knocked out reception. HERE is WCB-KNLS from Madagascar.

NHK Radio Japan via Talata Volonondry was logged on 9.855 kHz from 20.30 UTC onward with programming in French to West Africa. Initially reception was reasonably good at 35433, then around 20.45 UTC it deteriorated drastically to 25322. Propagation remains absolutely horrible around this time in Southeast Asia.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
was observed on 5.022 kHz, drifting in and out with a dominant carrier and faint audio at 20.35 UTC. SINPO 24432.

TURKEY
Voice of Turkey
was logged with Indonesian programming and several Turkish pop songs from 04.58 till 05.51 UTC, on the short-wave frequency of 17.530 kHz. Reception  was poor to fair, audible and occasionally clear despite dominant atmospheric noise and fading, earning a SINPO of 25332. Reception did however improve sightly to 35443 after 05.30 UTC.

USA
WRMI
in Okeechobee (FL) continues to be heard in my quarter of South East Asia. Caught their signal at 23.15 UTC on 9.955 kHz. Transmission rated a SINPO of 24332 -- weak and audible, just barely rising above the noise level and best heard in LSB mode.

RX: Tecsun S-2000 ANT: 1/4 wave elevated to 13 meters RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur

FLASHBACK 1954.


Nineteen-hundred-and-fifty-four. It is probably an insignificant year in the 20th century for most people. For me, however, it is the year of my birth and quite naturally has special importance. The social, political, sporting and entertainment milestones in that year not only had specific ramifications at the time, each later affected my life in one way or another. And, surprisingly they happened more or less in the nine months before I slid down the Milky Way and into the blue.

In keeping with all things related to radio I thought it might be fun to put together a retrospective video of short-wave QSLs and radios from that year.  The portable transistor radio made its debut that year, even though valve radios, among them being the Zenith Trans-Oceanic, remained the mainstay. In fact, I owned an H-500 manufactured in 1953. Great radio!

The QSL cards represented in this video were sourced from The Classic Short Wave Broadcast QSL Home Page of K6EID. Enjoy and happy DXing! 73.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Logbook 10 - 12 November 2017


CHINA
China Radio International (Zhōngguó Guójì Guǎngbō Diàntái) was logged, from 16.05 till 16.50 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of  1188 kHz via  Anning City (Yunnan Province). Reception for this South Asia broadcast was fair to good with clear audio, minor fading and co-frequency interference from a Thai station, rating a SINPO of 43433. HERE is an audio excerpt from this CRI Hindi service.

INDIA
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.

INDONESIA
Radio Republik Indonesia Padang (PRO-1) in West Sumatra was logged on 1179 kHz (MW) with SINPO of 33433. Reception has been monitored, both morning and evening, with almost perfect reception except for co-frequency interference from a Thai station. Reception is usually best in the morning until sunrise. On this particular day in November, Islamic development speeches in Padang, announcement of transmission closure, identification of station and signature RRI Hawaiian-type music, just before sign-off, was observed from 16:25 till 17.00 UTC. HERE is RRI Padang (PRO-1).

RX: Sangean ATS-909 ANT: internal ferrite rod RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

Friday, November 10, 2017

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey English broadcast of news, cultural programmes and Turkish pop music was observed from 16.35 till 17.28 UTC (broadcast time 16.30 till 17.28 UTC), on 3 September 2017,  under fair to good conditions. SINPO on 15.520 kHz initially rated 34433 -- fair to good signal and clear audio, despite co-frequency interference from Radio Exterior de Espana and occasional fading under atmospheric noise. Reception improved slightly after 17.00 UTC with stronger signal, but with occasional fading and minor QRM, earning a SINPO of 44444.

Reception report was emailed the following day. QSL card arrived on 10 November 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Logbook 6 - 8 November 2017

CHINA
China Radio International
, transmitting from Anning City (Yunnan Province). was logged with English programming from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1188 kHz rated a SINPO of 33433 -- clear and audible content when not fading under co-frequency interference from Radio Free Asia in Seoul (South Korea).


JAPAN
NHK World - Radio Japan.
transmitting from Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata. was logged on 6.190kHz with programming in Chinese from 14.30 till 15.00 UTC. SINPO was 34443. 


THAILAND
Radio Thailand via Phuket was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 1062 kHz, rating a SINPO of 33433 -- fair signal strength with occasionally clear audio content, despite co-frequency interference and moderate fading. This broadcast was simulcast on an FM outlet in Phuket as well; at one point, the ID for the FM station was announced. Apparently this station is designed to attract Western tourist visiting the island of Phuket, if one considers the music content. Western pop music with station IDs in English was observed from 13.05 till 13.30 UTC. HERE is Radio Thailand in Phuket. John Lennon's song "Imagine" and Radio Thailand ID can be heard in this recording.

USA
WRMI
, out of Okeechobee (FL), was heard for the first time in a long time this year on 9.955 kHz. SINPO rated 25322 with a fairly weak and fading signal breaking in peaks of clear audio, enough so that Jeff White, host of Wavescan, could be identified. Based on previous logs in the winter months, WRMI is probably best heard before the 23.20 UTC logging I made on this particular day. Carrier was observed in the evening around 11.00 UTC

VIETNAM
Voice of Vietnam was heard on the shortwave frequency of 12.020 kHz, under good conditions with a SINPO of 54544. News, Current Affairs and Letterbox was observed from 15.00 till 15.26 UTC. Of particular interest was the Letterbox report on Muslims and mosques in Vietnam, which highlighted the Cham community, their music and halal restaurants in the country.

RX: Panasonic RF-45B (MW/SW); Sangean ATS-909 (MW); Tecsun S-2000 (SW) ANT: long wire and 1/4 wave (SW); internal  ferrite rod (MW) RX LOC: Kuala Lumpur area