Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Two Global 24 Radio QSLs Courtesy of WRMI

It took a while, but WRMI came through for Global 24 Radio...er...well...at least two for three QSLs anyway. Would love to have received the much promised Global 24 Radio QSL commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, or for that matter any Global 24 Radio QSL. Thankfully Jeff White came through with QSLs for reception reports dated 6 November* and 19 November 2014. I can excuse the third verification, since the reception report was submitted  for a transmission that originated from Kostinbrod, not Okeechobee.

What about Global 24 Radio? I read the other day they were back on air. I hope so. I rather enjoyed their programming, despite never receiving their QSL. Hopefully better days are ahead for them. Meanwhile, thank you very much for these QSLS, Jeff White at WRMI!

*NOTE: 6 November 2014 transmission was logged via the Netherlands (Twente); 19 November 2014 transmission was logged from Malaysia.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Free Radio Log for 4 October 2015

Radio Central* in the Netherlands was logged on 4 October 2015. A selection of continuous 60's pop music was observed from  19.25  till 19.45 UTC. Reception on 6.225 kHz was (SINPO) 34432 -- Fair signal strength with utility QRM and slight fading. Reception report was emailed to Radio Central.

Radio Atlantis* in Germany was logged  4 October 2015. Frequent station IDs, postal address and obscure  60's pop songs and commercials were heard from 16.05 till  16.30 UTC. Reception on 6.210 kHz (SINPO) 34332 -- weak to fair signal, with atmospheric noise and fading. Reception report was posted.

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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Plagiarism and Fake Radio Reception Reports?

Plagiarism and fake radio reception reports? Yessiree. There are a few DXers out there who in the pursuit of a QSL have the gall to fabricate a reception report. The phenomenon, if it can be called that, is nothing new. It is as old as radio itself.

Why address the subject? Well, a few days back a fellow DXer and free-radio operator called it to my attention. He informed me of an individual who, apparently after reading my blog entry for his station, decided to pass off a reception report as his own. The station alerted me and promptly asked the guy to submit an audio file of the transmission. Guess what? He couldn't produce it.

Wait a minute! He could have sourced the Internet for an audio file and produced a sample, right? It does happen. I actually had one young man do just that. He submitted a file of WWV and CHU on frequencies for times normally not received in his quarter, yet he tried to pass it off as genuine. How did I know it was fake, aside from the obvious physics? The audio file -- stolen from a fellow radio listener -- still had the original Box or Soundcloud name attached to it.

Even with the advent of remote web-receivers some DXers attempt to pass off the remote RX location as their home RX  location. A diligent station engineer/operator will immediately recognise this for what it is -- a bogus or less than accurate report. Why hide the obvious fact? There is no shame in stating the actual RX location, even if it is remotely observed. Simply keep one's home and remote QSLs in separate categories. Be honest.

Now, it is possible to submit a reception report to a station, honestly believing it is a particular broadcaster. The time, frequency and language of the broadcaster all seem to be the station. Unfortunately after either submitting a report or further listening, usually days later, one discovers the error. It happens. I have done it more than a few times myself over the decades. Yet, I will fess up and duly note my error.

Folks, honesty is more priceless than any QSL, however prized it may be. No DX contest for X number of stations, X number of countries is worth sacrificing one's integrity. Be patient and diligent in DXing. It's like fishing. It takes time, calculation and patience. And the results are far more rewarding when one knows it was a genuine catch.

Happy DXing!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

All India Radio - Lucknow

All India Radio, transmitting from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (India), was logged on 30 September 2015. Product advertisements, the occasional Hindi song, news, radio drama and listener phone-in was observed from 12.55 till 13.40 UTC (broadcast time 12.15 till 17.40 UTC). Reception on 4.880 kHz at 12.55 UTC was (SINPO) 35433 - fair signal strength, audible and clear speech, despite slight atmospheric noise and fading. Transmitter closed abruptly at 13.22 UTC; transmission resumed at 13.27 UTC. At 13.37 UTC, there was increased QRM and QRN from transmitter droning and atmospheric noise, which degraded reception to 12221; at this point there was no discernible audio.

Reception report was submitted to Spectrum Management the following day. It was submitted without an audio file, so we'll see how it goes.

QSLs for September 2015

All India Radio (QSL Card) transmitting from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

All India Radio (QSL Card) transmitting from Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Marconi Radio International* (eQSL) transmitting from Italy

Radio New Zealand International (QSL Card) transmitting from Rangitaiki, New Zealand

Voice of Turkey  (QSL Card) transmitting  from Emirler, Turkey

The Mighty KBC (eQSL) transmitting from Nauen, German

Superclan Radio* via Channel 292 (eQSL) transmitting from Rohbach, Germany

Straightline Radio Austria* (eQSL) transmitting from Austria

Adventist World Radio (QSL Card) transmitting from Moosbrunn, Austria

NHK World - Radio Japan (QSL Card) transmitting from Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Radio Northern Ireland* via Channel 292 (QSL) transmitting from Rohrbach, Germany

Radio Habana Cuba [logged on 16 metre band] (QSL Card) transmitting from Habana, Cuba

Radio Habana Cuba [logged on 25 metre band] (QSL Card) transmitting from Habana, Cuba

Voice of Turkey (QSL Card) transmitting from Emirler, Turkey

Yodobashi Church / HCJB Japan  (QSL Card) transmitting from Kununurra, Australia

Radio Spaceshuttle International* (QSL) transmitting from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria
Radio CFRX* (QSL) transmitting from Toronto, Canada

*Transmission was received via SDR receiver at Twente University in the Netherlands

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two QSLs from India

Spectrum Management  appears to be a much more efficient organisation in responding to reception reports than in past years. This year alone I have obtained QSLs from long-sought after All India Radio (AIR) stations transmitting from Port Blair, Kurseong and Jaipur. And, just today I received confirmation for AIR stations transmitting from Chennai and Hyderabad. Thank you, Spectrum Management!!!

Anyone wishing to acquire QSLs for AIR stations, generally heard on the tropical bands, now is a good time. Spectrum Management is responding to correct reception reports with accompanying  audio files of the respective AIR station(s). I for one will certainly be submitting more reports; there are at least a half dozen more AIR stations received in Malaysia, yet to be QSLed.

Happy DXing!!!

Radio Free Asia (via Saipan)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Saipan, was logged on 29 September 2015. News/current event reports about Kampuchea and region with Khmer music filler was noted from 23.00 till 23.30 UTC (broadcast time 22.30 till 23.30 UTC). Reception on 13.740 kHz was (SINPO) 54554 -- excellent signal strength, strong and clear audio, despite slight transmitter hum

Reception report was emailed to RFA on the same day.