Monday, August 31, 2015

QSLs for August 2015

Voice of Khaatumo via Media Broadcasting (eQSL) transmitting from Issoudun, France

NHK World - Radio Japan (QSL Card) transmitting from Bauen, Germany

Reach Beyond Australia (eQSL) transmitting from Kununurra, Western Australia

Deutsche Welle (QSL Card) transmitting from Issoudun, France

KBS World (QSL Card) transmitting from Woofferton, UK

Wittereus Radio* (eQSL) transmitting from the Netherlands

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Radio Liberty (via Udon Thani)

Radio Liberty, transmitting from Udon Thani (Thailand) was logged on 30 August 2015. A Russian language broadcast, including a terrific programme on the jazz of Louis Armstrong was heard from 20.05 till 21.00 UTC.  His years in Chicago and with Duke Ellington at the Roseland Ballroom was highlighted, along with songs like "Black and Blue". Reception on 9.540 kHz was (SINPO) 45544. 

Reception report was submitted on the following day, although in recent years obtaining a QSL from RFL/RFE is almost impossible.

Free Radio Service Holland*

Free Radio Service Holland*, transmitting from the Netherlands, was logged on 30 August 2015. The English language segment of FRS Holland's 35 Anniversary Show was heard from  17.52 till 19.00 UTC, along with four additional broadcast hours, on the shortwave frequencies of 7.700 kHz and 9.300 kHz.

This special broadcast commenced with "Close Encounters of A Third Kind" theme song, count down and ID for FRS Holland in English. DJ announced a special broadcast commemorating the 35th Anniversary of FRS Holland on shortwave. DJ Paul Graham hosted the first hour of this FRS Holland broadcast, playing a variety of mostly 60s, 70s and 80s instrumental songs, which were occasionally heard on Radio Caroline, Radio Mi Amigo and Radio Veronica. Music tracks included "Eleanor Rigby", "Cruncy Granola Suite", "MacArthur Park", "Mi Amigo Radio", "hey Sister", "Radio", to name just a few tracks. A few advertisements were noted as well between songs, among these a promotion for an FRS booklet about the "30 Years of FRS Holland", selling for 5 Euros. At 19.00 UTC, the German language service commenced with 'banned songs', including the Sex Pistols "God Save the Queen". Transmission continued to be heard from remote SDR receiver for several hours, even well after 21.00 UTC.

Reception on 7.700 kHz was (SINPO) 45444 -- fair to good signal strength with static present whenever minor fading occurred. Otherwise transmission was audible and clear. Transmission on 9.300 kHz was good too, but preference was given to 7.700 kHz which was heard well after 21.00 UTC. Neither frequency was received in Malaysia at any time during the broadcast, hence the reason for using the remote receiver in the Netherlands.

Reception report was emailed to FRS Holland the following day and posted in subsequent days.

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


*Remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente was used.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Raadiyoo Saogalee Oromoo / Oromo Voice Radio (via Issoudun)

Raadiyoo Saogalee Oromoo (Oromo Voice Radio), a clandestine broadcaster targeting Ethiopia and transmitting from Issoudun (France), was logged on 10 August 2015. An English broadcast began with ID, followed by a programme entitled "Oromia Inside" and signed off 15 minutes later with short music interval/anthem, from 16.15 till 16.30 UTC. Broadcast is heard in English only on Monday. Reception on 17.850 kHz was (SINPO) 43444 -- prominent 'white noise' jamming, yet despite the severe QRM, signal was strong enough for audio to be clearly heard above the noise.

HERE is a sample of this transmission (with interval/anthem) at sign-off.

Reception report was  Facebook messaged and emailed the following day. 




Postal Address:
SBO (Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo)
VOL (Voice of Oromo Liberation)
P.O.BOX 510610
D - 13366, Berlin, Germany

Voice of Khaatumo (via Issoudun)

Voice of Khaatumo via Media Broadcasting, a clandestine station targeting Somalia from Issoudun (France), was logged on 10 August 2015. Editorial comment about Somalia and Horn of Africa music was monitored from 17.15 till 17.30 UTC (broadcast time 17.00 till 17.30 UTC). Reception on 17.580 kHz  was (SINPO) 45544 -- good signal strength and audio quality.

A sample of this transmission may be heard HERE
Reception report was submitted online, Facebook messaged and emailed to Media Broadcasting the following day. An eQSL from Media Broadcasting 22 August 2015.




Saturday, August 8, 2015

KBS World Radio (via Issoudun)

KBS World Radio, broadcasting from relay site Issoudun (France), was logged on 7 and 8 August 2015. French language programming about Korean lifestyle and events was observed from 20.30 to 21.00 UTC (on 7 August 2015) & 20.00 till 20.25 UTC (on 8 August 2015).
Reception of KBS World Radio transmission to the Middle East on 5.950 kHz was  (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal strength and clear audio, despite very noticeble atmospheric noise and slight fading. By 20.25 UTC, however, station splatter from China National Radio  made reception of signal nearly impossible to hear clearly. After 20.30 UTC, SINPO was 23432 -- weak signal with severe station splatter from China National Radio, operating on 5.945 kHz, along with minor fading. Eliminate the QRM from CNR, and clarity of the transmission would have been much better. 

Interestingly, Voice of Tigray Revolution (Dimtsi Weyane Tigray) in Ethiopia was received on 5.950 kHz with SINPO of 24341, prior to KBS World Radio sign-on at 20.00 UTC. Before 19.30 UTC, only a dominant carrier signal with faint audio was observed.

Reception reports were submitted online and emailed to KBS World Radio a few days later.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar

Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar / Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, transmitting from Dole (Zanzibar), was logged on 7 August 2015. Islamic/Arabic music, news and comment was observed from 19.45 till 20.30 UTC (broadcast time 15.00 till 21.00 UTC). Reception on 11.735 kHz was (SINPO) 23332 weak to fair signal, initially some transmitter QRM, atmospheric noise and occasional fading. Transmission improved after 20.10 UTC with slightly stronger signal, despite persistent atmospheric noise.

Samples of this transmission may be heard  HERE and HERE.

Reception report was posted the following day. Previous attempts to obtain a QSL by email and post have failed. As the saying goes "try and try again until you succeed", and so I shall endeavour one more time to contact Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar.

Postal address:
Sauti ya Tanzania Zanzibar
P.O. Box 1178