Friday, August 26, 2016

Radio Taiwan International (German Service via Tamsui)

Radio Taiwan International in a Special German language broadcast from Tamsui (Taiwan) was logged on 26 August 2016. News, current events magazine "Panorama" and mailbag programme was monitored from 16.00 till 16.25 UTC (broadcast time 16.00 till 17.00 UTC) under poor conditions. Reception on 11.665 kHz was  (SINPO) was 24432 -- weak signal with dominant carrier and only peaks of faint audio under atmospheric noise. By 16.25 UTC, signal was inaudible and immersed in atmospheric noise. RTI obviously had their antenna aligned towards Europe.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online shortly after the broadcast ended.


Radio Taiwan International
German Service
55 Bei An Road
Taipei 104
Taiwan, R.O.C

Monday, August 22, 2016

Radio Seagull* (via the North Sea)

Radio Seagull*, presumably anchored in the North Sea, was heard on 20 August 2016, from 05.10 till 05.45 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of 747 kHz, using the remote SDR receiver in the Netherlands (Twente). Reception was (SINPO) 34553 -- fair signal strength, clear audio, some atmospheric noise and transmitter hum.

A selection of rock songs, including Starship  "We Built This City" and Deep Purple Strange Kind of Woman" (live version in Osaka, Japan), were heard between technical problems with computer/studio console. 

HERE's how Radio Seagull sounded in The Netherlands.

Report was emailed to Radio Seagull on the same day. An eQSL was received on 22 August 2016.

*Received using remote SDR receiver in The Netherlands (Twente)

QSLs in the Mail

QSL cards from Vatican Radio and Radio Romania International arrived in today's mail. Vatican Radio confirmed reception of their Special Youth Day broadcast and papal visit in Poland. Whereas Radio Romania International verified one of their French language broadcasts from Galbani. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ER4DX (Moldova)

Amateur Radio Station ER4DX, operated by Mr. Vasily Romanyuk, in Chisinau (Moldova), was logged on 21 August 2016, from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Conversation in English and presumably Russian was noted with other HAMS, i.e. "CQ Echo Romeo Four Delta Xray..." It was repeated several times, then QSO with amateur operators which could only be faintly heard. Reception on 14.182 kHz USB was (SIO) 454.

HERE's how ER4DX sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. I may follow up with a letter. Although I am quite doubtful a reply will be forthcoming.

Radio Romania International

Radio Romania International was logged on 21 August 2016. An English language broadcast, featuring profiles on a Romanian architect, heavy metal band, "Green" preservation and letters from listeners was heard from 17.15 till 17.58 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 17.57 UTC). Reception on 9.540 kHz was (SINPO) 54544 -- strong signal,  slight fading, no interference except for a slightly noisy transmitter.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to RRI on the following day.

Postal Address:
Radio Romania International,
60-62 General Berthelot Street,
P.O. Box 111,
Bucharest, ROMANIA


Free Radio Service Holland (via The Netherlands)

Free Radio Service Holland, in their 36th Anniversary broadcast, was logged on 21 August 2016 -- for the FIRST TIME -- directly here in Malaysia, not from a remote receiver in Europe. While reception was less than ideal on 9.300 kHz, I did manage to catch their transmission of rock music, including a Rolling Stones opening track.  What else I heard from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC was quite frankly poor, but THERE...on my Tecsun S-2000! Songs and spoken word faded in and out under noise, occasionally peaking with faint bursts of audio. Pretty amazing, actually, when one thinks about it! That is, Free Radio Service Holland REALLY DID radiate far beyond Europe to South East Asia, despite a puny SINPO of 15421.

God knows how much TXer output power was used. And God knows which country in Europe this transmission originated from. I'm guessing Holland -- as their namesake suggests -- and with approximately 500 watts or less. Hopefully Peter Verbruggen will shed some light on these details and, more importantly, will QSL my report in coming days.

Reception report was emailed on the same day to FRS.

Postal Address:
P. O. Box 2702
6049 ZG Herten


Saturday, August 20, 2016

RKB Mainichi Hoso - JOFR (via Fukuoka)

RKB Mainichi Hoso - JOFR, transmitting from Fukuoka (Japan) was logged on 20 August 2016, from 18.40 till 18.50 UTC, on the medium-wave frequency of 1278 kHz. A weak signal with clear speech in Japanese was observed when audible and not fading (every 2 to 3 minutes). No co-frequency interference was present at 18.40 UTC (03.40am, Japan Time), which made for ideal reception conditions. Overall SINPO rated 25432.

On subsequent days JOFR was logged on 21, 22 and 25 August 2016, even as late as 20.15 UTC with approximately the same results. Japanese announcer and music was noted when not fading under. On 25 August 2016, a pop music show, moderated by female and male announcers, speaking Japanese, was observed after 18.40 UTC.

The frequency (1278 kHz) is virtually "clear channel" for JOFR in this quarter of the world, unlike the NHK Radio 2 stations on 747 kHz (JOIB) and 774 kHz (JOUB) which have to compete with either stations in Thailand and/or Indonesia, respectively. Even JOWF - STV Broadcasting Co. Ltd has to compete with broadcasters in Thailand (Samut Sakhon) and China, with the later possibly signing-off around 18.00 UTC. Hopefully the Thai station, which reportedly is off air on Tuesdays, will allow for a window of opportunity to log JOWF.

A brief recording of their transmission received in Malaysia may be heard HERE. To see a YouTube video of JOFR's coastal transmitter site in Fukuoka, click HERE.

Reception report was emailed the following day, 21 August to RKB-JOFR. Report was posted in a day later. A follow-up reception report with audio recordings for 25 August 2016 was emailed the following day.

A distance of 4,507 km

RKB Mainichi Hoso (JOFR)
2-3-8, Momochi-hama,
Fukuoka-City, Fukuoka-Prefecture,
814-8585, JAPAN