Friday, August 1, 2014

Radio Focus International

Radio Focus International, transmitting offshore from the UK, was logged on 1 August 2014. Using a remote SDR receiver based in The Netherlands, a variety of Rock songs by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings and Jethro Tull was observed between station IDs from 17.35 to 18.15 UTC. Reception on 6.289 kHz was S9 / -70 DBm or (SINPO) 45444 -- some atmospheric noise, occasional fading was noted, otherwise speech was  clear and audible speech.

Reception report was emailed on the same day to Rafio Focus International.


Tropical Band Station Closures in 2013

Stations broadcasting on the tropical band that ceased operation in 2013.

3315 kHz // 10 kW // NBC Manus, Lorengau Papua New Guinea // JAN13
3350 kHz // 100 kW // Radio Exterior Espana, Cariari Costa Rica // OCT13
3915 kHz // 1 kW // Radio Fly, Kiunga Papua New Guinea // FEB13
3915 kHz // 100 kW // BBC, via Kranji Singapore // MAR13
3990 kHz // 15 kW // Gannan PBS, Tianshui, Gansu China // MAR13
3995 kHz // 100 kW // Radio Pakistan, Rewat, Islamabad Pakistan // MAR13
4050 kHz // 100 kW // Radio Rossii, Krasnaya Rechka Kyrgyzstan // JUN13
4700 kHz // 100 kW // Voice of Broad Masses, Asmara Eritrea // APR13
4750 kHz // 50 kW // Qinghai PBS-1, Xining, Qinghai China // FEB13
4790 kHz // 10 kW // RRI Fak-Fak, Propinsi Papua Indonesia // MAR13
4815 kHz // 1 kW // Radio El Buen Pastor, Saraguro Ecuador // MAR13
4828 kHz // 100 kW // Voice of Zimbabwe, Guineafowl Zimbabwe // APR13
4940 kHz // 50 kW // AIR Guwahati A, Assam India // MAR13
4960 kHz // 100 kW // Voice of Russia via Yangiyul Tajikistan // DEC13
4974.8 kHz // 5 kW // Pacifico Radio, Lima Peru // JAN13
5765 kHz // 3 kW // AFRTS feeder, Barrigada Guam // SEP13

Source: Danish Shortwave Club Intl/June-July 2014

Radio Europa 24

Radio Europa 24 is a new short-wave station purportedly transmitting from Germany on 6.150 kHz. A test transmission was observed at 18.15 UTC in Germany. Future air time is still unclear. If operation is limited only to Europe in the daytime, this will make reception difficult for listeners elsewhere in the world. Estimated power is between 5 to 10 kW.

Station ID may be heard HERE.

Email address:

Source: Uwe Volk, Germany.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

QSLs for July 2014

 As usual during the fasting month of Ramadan and other festive periods, overseas mail posted to Malaysia seems to halt in favour of domestic mail delivery. Four weeks have passed since the last QSL arrived. Only four QSLs and one promised QSL was received for the month of July 2014.

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

CRI for PBS Hannan (QSL card) transmitting from Hezuo, Hannan, China

SENTECH for NHK World-Radio Japan (QSL letter) transmitting from Meyerton, South Africa

MGLOB for BBC (QSL card) transmitting from Talata Volandry, Madagascar

Radio Ashna (VOA/IBB) (QSL) transmitting from Kuwait

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Random Loggings for 29 July 1014

Propagation on most short-wave bands has deteriorated since June. Latin American and North American broadcasters received a month ago appear to have disappeared for the time being. Only more powerful signals from stations in Asia, Africa and Europe are reaching Malaysia, and even then with fair to good reception. 

SSB Meteorological Broadcasting in Tainan // 5.170 kHz in USB mode at 35553 //  weather reports in Cantonese from 17.00 UTC.

Radio Australia // 9.475 kHz // excellent American folk and blues programme from 17.30 onward. Love the announcer's commentary and selection of songs. Reception was good at 44554.

Voice of Indonesia in German // 9.525 kHz at 55555 from 18.00 UTC, leading off with "Nachtrichten" relating to Indonesia. My German is poor to fair, but good enough to understand and appreciate the Indonesian accent of the announcers. I do enjoy their efforts as well as the German language broadcasts from KBS World Radio, Radio Taiwan, CRI and Voice of Vietnam -- countries one would never expect German programming. They apparently value their German speaking audience.

Radio Medi // 9.575 kHz at 34443 -- audible commentary and occasional music in Arabic/French from 18.30 UTC.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Radio Announcer Larry Cox

Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic

If you listened to FM and AM radio in Denver (Colorado) the name may sound familiar. In the late Seventies Larry Cox and his dog Wilbur hosted a nostalgic radio show on KCFR. It was called The National Recovery Act, a name borrowed from the New Deal agency established by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. For a few hours Larry conjured an atmosphere of the era with news reels, commercials, automobiles and ballrooms filled with  Big Band music from the 1930s and 1940s.

By the mid-Eighties Larry had moved over to KOA at 850 AM. A certain topic was announced and people from all over North America, picking up the KOA signal at night, would call in with their memories of the '30s and '40s. The programme would always end with the song "And So To Bed". In December 1987, Cox began a new radio programme, No Place Like Home, broadcast from his home on Chicago Creek. Listeners would often hear the fireplace crackling and dog Wilbur.

I too had made a career move to Houston, Texas. And yet, fortunately for me, a bit of Denver was still within earshot. I was able to hear Larry and Wilbur’s weekly make-believe era over 50,000 watt, clear-channel KOA in the late evening.  A truly unique show! Great memories!

Larry lives in Arizona now. He writes articles on antiques and collectibles for The Arizona Republic. His articles may be found HERE.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Radio Free Asia (via Iranawila)

Radio Free Asia, transmitting from Iranawila, Sri Lanka, was logged on 27 July 2014. News and current events relating to Myanmar in Burmese language was noted from 16.30 to 17.30 UTCReception on 9.940 kHz was (SINPO) 55444 -- slight transmitter hum and fading. 

Reception report was emailed to RFA on the following day.