Friday, October 21, 2016

Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International, transmitting from the Tamsui District (New Taipei), was received on 21 October 2016 from 15.00 till 16.00 UTC. An English broadcast of news and programmes "Curious John", "Chinese Culture 101" and "Feast Meets West" was heard during this hour long transmission. Reception on 11.685 kHz was (SINPO) 54554 -- excellent signal strength, slight interference, excellent audio quality.

Reception report was emailed on the following day.

Radio Nikkei 1 (via Chiba-Nagara)

Radio Nikkei 1,  transmitting from Chiba-Nagara (Japan), was logged on 21 October 2016. A selection of uninterrupted Led Zeppelin music, particularly from their fourth album, was observed from 10.30 till 11.00 UTC. Reception on 9.595 kHz at the outset was (SINPO) 35443 -- fair signal strength and clear frequency. Unfortunately at 10.50 UTC, station splatter from China Radio International tuning degraded reception to 32442, at which point it became apparent CRI would soon  overpower Radio Nikkei 1. At the top of the hour, CRI did just that, even though transmission was on 9.590 kHz.

Reception report was emailed on the following day.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Radio Habana Cuba Announces 2017 Pocket Calendar

Radio Havana Cuba's 2017 pocket calendar is available already. It shows the fourth and last portrait of Fidel Castro, which was made for his 70th birthday in 1996, by Oswaldo Guayasamín, Painter of Iberoamerica.

The image entitled "Fidel with hands" carries the signature and a phrase from the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose 90th birthday was celebrated last August 13th.

That small work of art was edited by the Spanish Association of Culture and International Cooperation in Madrid, and the Guayasamin Foundation based in Quito, Ecuador.

Requests must be sent to Radio Havana Cuba, P. O. Box 6240, Havana, Cuba or through the e-mail Don´t forget to indicate your updated address.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

All India Radio Leh

All India Radio Leh, transmitting from Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (India), was logged on 18 October 2016. Normally impossible to receive due to strong interference from AIR Port Blair, the Leh station was observed from 13.30 till 16.30 UTC

At 13.30 UTC, reception of AIR Leh on 4.760 kHz was initially marked by a dominant carrier, fading in every few seconds. By 14.00 UTC signal strengthened with occasional peaks of faint audio amidst a still dominant carrier, rating an SINPO of  25431. Audio improved slightly after 16.00 UTC with SINPO of 25432.  Reception was decent enough in the last half hour to record a bit traditional Ladakh music.

Reception report was emailed with audio file to AIR Leh and Spectrum Management & Spectrum, the following day.

QSL in the Mail

Confirmation of All India Radio Varanasi  arrived in the letterbox, today. While I am pleased to have a QSL card for this medium-wave station, I am still anxiously awaiting verification for the  AIR Gantok short-wave outlet, which I was able to log when VL8A in Alice Spring (Australia) was briefly off the airwaves, last month. Additionally, medium-wave station AIR Cuttuck remains to be verified.  Aside from these AIR stations, Spectrum Management & Synergy has been exceptionally efficient to confirm all reports -- 20 or so medium- and short-wave stations -- over the past two years. Thank you, AIR and Spectrum Management & Synergy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vatican Radio (via Tinang)

Vatican Radio, transmitting from Tinang (Philippines), was received on 17 October 2016. A Vietnamese broadcast with frequent mention of the Philippines and Vietnam was observed from 23.15 till 00.00 UTC. Reception on 11.900 kHz was (SINPO) 54544 -- excellent signal strength, clear audio, slight co-frequency/transmitter noise and a tad bit of fading. Reception on 9.600 kHz seemed better.

Reception report was emailed on the following day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Radio Orion 2000*

Radio Orion 2000*, a free radio station (pirate) operating from northern Germany, was logged on 16 October 2016. German station IDs between a selection of classic pop tunes, including "Roy Orbison - "You Got It", Manfred Mann - "Pretty Flamingo", The Contours - "Do You Love Me", The Searchers - "Sweets for My Sweet", John Fred & His Playboy Band - "Judy in the Sky", Tommy Roe - "Dizzy" and similar seminal oldies was monitored from 14.35 till 15.00 UTC.

Reception on 6.388 kHz from this home-brew DDS transmitter with 250 watts pa, linked to a dipole antenna, was (SINPO) 34443 -- good signal strength and audio, slight fade and occasional utility interference. 

Reception report was sent and eQSL along with pennant was received promptly within a few hours apart, all on the same day.


*Transmission was received from remote SDR receiver at the University of Twente (The Netherlands)