Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Logbook on 9-10 January 2017


ABC Sydney (Station 2BL) was received on the medium-wave frequency of 702 kHz. The programmes "Overnights" with Rod Quinn and ABC National News & Weather was heard from 18.04 till 19.05 UTC. Reception during this time was (SINPO) 24321 -- weak signal and occasionally buried in atmospheric noise and scratchy static burst from a local thunderstorm. Signal faded in and out approximately every two to three minutes, sometimes with discernible content. Signal was detected as early as 17.15 UTC, but barely audible on an otherwise clear frequency.

 ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN), transmitting from Adelaide (Pimpala) in South Australia, was received on 10 January 2017. "Summer Breakfast" with Spence Denny and guests was observed from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 891 kHz was (SINPO) 34522 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise clear audio. Signal peaked to its best audio level approximately 20 minutes apart; at other times it was heard throughout the time monitored, but at much weaker strength and audible level.

TBS Radio Ltd - JOKR, transmitting from Tokyo, was received on 9 January 2017. A selection of (presumably) traditional Japanese music with vocal accompaniment was observed from 17.55 till 18.25 UTC (02.55 till 03.25 Japan Time). Reception on the medium wave frequency of 954 kHz was (SINPO) 25421 -- poor signal when not fading every three to four minutes. Despite these conditions content was audible, given there was no co-frequency interference at the time. Reception was best from 17.55 till about 18.10 UTC.

AIR Imphal (India) was heard with devotional music on 882 kHz with a SINPO of 34423, at 17.10 UTC.

SSB Weather Station in Taiwan was logged on 5.170 kHz in SSB with a SINPO of 24432 at 18.20 UTC, providing weather and shipping details in Taiwan 


ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN)

ABC Adelaide (Station 5AN), transmitting from Adelaide (Pimpala) in South Australia, was received on 10 January 2017. "Summer Breakfast" with Spence Denny and guests was observed from 19.05 till 19.35 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 891 kHz was (SINPO) 34522 -- poor to fair signal depending on the length of fading, otherwise clear audio. Signal peaked to its best audio level approximately 20 minutes apart; at other times it was heard throughout the time monitored, but at much weaker strength and audible level. 
HERE and HERE is how ABC Adelaide sounded in Malaysia.

Reception report was emailed to multiple contacts on the following day, and eQSL arrived some hours later. Thank you veri-signer, Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton!

FRS Holland QSL in the Mail



FRS Holland in The Netherlands was received in Malaysia on the 31 meter band (short-wave), using a  transmitter output power of 350 watts (eQSL stated 500 watts). Either one is incredible!!! This feat is VERY RARELY accomplished over thousands of miles, but given good atmospheric propagation, grey-line path from TX to RX, the right frequency and receiver/antenna, reception is possible. This was certainly the case when their August 2016 broadcast was heard, albeit poorly, but audible enough to identify some content. Thank you for this QSL card and  sticker, FRS Holland and Peter Verbruggen. I can't begin to tell you how elated and grateful I am to have these.


Monday, January 9, 2017

FRS Holland Tribute to Chris Watson.


On January 2nd, we were completely taken by surprise on hearing the sad news that a long time friend and colleague at Geronimo Shortwave, Chris Watson, had passed away at home in France, on Wednesday 28th December. We are sad, shocked and deeply moved.

Chris was involved in shortwave free radio for over 30 years operating a number of stations under different names: Anchor Radio, Radio Caroline East, Radio 48 (as Howard Bell) in the 80's, and then Geronimo Shortwave from the 90's through to recently. He had a passion for shortwave and even though it became more difficult for him to broadcast via his own transmitter in more recent times due to his domestic circumstances, he kept Geronimo Shortwave going through various relay stations. He was rarely on the air himself. While others presented the shows, Chris was dedicated to the technical side of the SW hobby. In the 1980s several Radio 48 broadcasts came from the same site being used by then well known FR station Radio Apollo, in those days operated by FRS’ Dave Scott. Both stations were often running from the same woodland either in Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Wales. Dave continued recording shows for Geronimo until a couple of years ago when his work on his prog rock show took over more of his radio time. Also Peter Verbruggen has presented Geronimo shows in the past. Over all these years contacts with Chris remained regular. Late November Chris revealed his (Geronimo) plans for 2017….these will never come true.

Chris was a true stalwart of shortwave free radio, with a genuine passion and enthusiasm which never dimmed. Shortwave will certainly be worse off for his absence.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat & his family.

Rest in Peace Chris. And may that big transmitter in the sky get a SINPO of all the 5's!

Dave Scott & Peter Verbruggen/ FRS Holland Source: www.frsholland.nl/…/103-chris-watson-passes-away.html

JSWC QSL in the Mail


This QSL card from JSWC (Japan Short Wave Club) is for their AWR Wavescan DX Report, which aired over WRMI (Okeechobee, Florida) on 5 December 2016, from 23.20 till 23.25 UTC. Verification card with letter on club details arrived in the mail on 9 January 2017. Thank you, Toshi Otake!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Souvenir from Voice of Vietnam


This Year of the Rooster wall calendar from the Voice of Vietnam arrived in the mail, today. Thank you very much, VOV!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Logbook on 4 January 2017


Radio Taiwan International  Indonesian Service via Paochung was logged at 10.30 UTC on 11.600 kHz and rated a SINPO of 55555. Selection of pop tunes, including ABBA's "Happy New Year" and a feature on the MyDin Hypermarket. At 11.00 UTC, RTI English Service to South East Asia followed.

Radio New Zealand International, out of Rangitaiki,  was heard with a contemporary jazz programme at 10.30 UTC. Reception on 9.765 kHz rated a SINPO of 35543.

NHK World - Radio Japan via Yamata was heard in Japanese on their long-standing frequency of 11.815 kHz, with an excellent SINPO rating of 55555 at 10.15 UTC.

FEBC Asia,  transmitting from Bocaue (Philippines), presented an Evangelical Christian programme in the Lu language at 10.30 UTC. Transmission was observed near the end of the 25 meter band on 12.095 kHz, and it rated a SINPO of 45444.

Radio Australia at the  Shepparton site was received on 12.065 kHz with a SINPO of 45554. A programme on a community for senior citizens was observed at around 10.30 UTC.

All India Radio Najibabad (Akashvani Najibabad) in Bijnor District, Uttar Pradesh (India) was heard between 17.15 till 17.40 UTC. Classical/devotional Indian music, followed by news in English and Hindi, then station ID just before sign-off was observed. Overall reception on the medium-wave frequency of 954 kHz rated a (SINPO) of 33423 -- fair signal, clear audio when not fading (every 3 minutes) and interference from Sathaanii Witthayu Krajaisiang Thahaan Aakaat (Thai Air Force Radio Station) in Phitsanulok Province

UNID station was heard on the medium-wave frequency of 954 kHz and rated a SINPO of 54535. A selection of non-stop, possibly Indonesian, instrumental music was noted from 18.00 UTC and well after 18.30 UTC. A much weaker Asian station, either TBS Radio - JOKR (in Japan) or Chien Kuo Broadcasting Station (in Taiwan), was noted when this stronger station faded out.

Zhejiang PBS, Zhejiang News Radio "Cutting Edge 988" Gouzhuang Town, Zhejiang Province (China) was received on 1530 kHz. A weak signal with SINPO of 24422 was detected from 17.55 UTC till 18.05 UTC. Chinese pop music and time pips (similar to most Chinese stations), followed by station ID was heard at the top of the hour. Before 17.00 UTC, a Thai station -- presumably Witthayu Prajaam Thin (Local Radio, Communications Division, Army Signals Department) in Uttaradit Province (Thailand) was the dominant broadcaster.

Sapporo TV Hoso (STV Radio - JOWF), transmitting from Sapporo City, Hokkaido, (Japan), has been observed for a few months on the medium-wave frequency of 1440 kHz. Reception has been generally quite poor when not fading and buried in co-frequency interference from a much stronger station in Thailand. These factors, along with simply weak signal, have made it a difficult station to catch. Finally, around 20.00 till 20.15 UTC (05.00 till 05.15, Japan Time) a friendly and lively conversatioon between a man and woman in Japanese was heard, just barely breaking above atmospheric noise to rate an overall SINPO of 25431.


Receivers used: Tecsun S-2000 and Sangean ATS-909. Antenna: 1/4 wave and MW loop. RX location: Central West Malaysia