Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pyongyang Broadcasting Station (DPRK)

Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, transmitting from Kangnam-gun (Pyongyang), was logged on 27 May 2016, here in Kuala Lumpur -- a distance of 4,553 km! A Korean language broadcast consisting of uninterrupted patriotic music, both vocal compositions in the operatic style and martial type instrumentals, all of five songs and station ID on the half hour, were observed from 18.55 till 19.35 UTC and onward. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 657 kHz was (SINPO) 35333 -- fair to good signal strength (no surprise there for this 1500 kW monster), no QRM, only severe static crashing due to local thunderstorm and fading three to four minutes apart.

Reception report was mailed on the following day.

Receiver used: Sangean ATS-909; Antenna: internal ferrite rod aerial rotated towards a northeasterly direction.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mongolia MW Test Transmission (via Choibalsan)

Mongolia Medium-Wave Test Transmission in Choibalsan, conducted reportedly by Babcock, was heard on 25 and 26 May 2016, here in the Kuala Lumpur area -- a distance of 5,021 km! Alternating 400Hz to 1Khz audio tones/pulses and voice IDs in English were detected from 15.00 till 15.30 UTC. Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1431 kHz was (SINPO) 23432 -- weak to fair strength when not fading, high to low tones/pulses and voice communication were audible and clear when signal peaked. Co-frequency interference from a station in Thailand mixed occasionally with signal. No transmission was observed before 15.00 UTC.

Mongolia is reportedly testing a new MW transmitter (with power between 500 kW). Transmission target is primarily the Korean peninsula. Test will be conducted from 25 till 28 May 2016,  13.00 to 17.00 UTC.

Reception report with MPP3 audio files were emailed and uploaded to Dropbox on 26 May 2016. Will Babcock QSL? One BCLer reports they will not verify since this is not a "DX test". This remains to be seen. BBC/Babcock via Woofferton periodically conducts transmitter tests and have QSLed in the past.


NOTE: MP3 audio files would be appreciated, in mono, no less than 32kbps, and no longer than 30 minutes. File name should be the sender's initials - day - time.mp3 (for May 25 at 11pm: "XX-25-1100.mp3). If uploading to the Dropbox, please send an e-mail to the above address stating your listening location as well. If possible, do not set the receiver bandwidth to narrow, but wide AM (at least 6kHz for example).

Receiver used: Sangean ATS-909; Antenna: internal ferrite rod aerial rotated towards a northeasterly direction.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Voice of America / BBG (via Pinheira)

Voice of America via BBG in Pinheira was heard in the Kuala Lumpur area on 24 May 2016. A French language broadcast featuring a  series of news reports/commentary was heard from 18.50 till 19.20 UTC.  Reception on the medium-wave frequency of 1530 kHz was (SINPO) 34433 - fair to good signal strength, some co-frequency mixing with a station in the Middle East, fading every 3 to 4 minutes

This is the same station I received a QSL letter from earlier this month when they were logged from a remote receiver (Twente) in the Netherlands. At the behest of a fellow DXer I was advised to try listening from 18.00 UTC onward, DIRECTLY from Malaysia. Surprise! Surprise! Not only did I catch VOA/BBG in Pinheira, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, I received it under exceptionally good conditions.

HERE is how the station sounded in Malaysia -- 10,549 km away!!! That's not bad for a super-powered 600kW medium-wave station.

Reception report was emailed to VOA and BBG on the following day. On 28 May 2016, VOA emailed to say: "Your report has been received and should be processed within the next few days."

Receiver used: Sangean ATS-909; Antenna: internal ferrite rod aerial rotated towards a westerly direction.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Raidió Teilifís Éireann / MGLOB (via Talata Volondry)

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) via MGLOB in Talata-Volonodry was heard on 20 May 2016.  An English language broadcast featuring reports on politics in Ireland and TCT automobile financing was heard from 19.30 till 19.45 UTC (broadcast time 19.30 till 20.00 UTC).  Reception on the short-wave frequency of 5.820 kHz was (SINPO) 23431 -- poor to weak, utility QRM, fading under noise and occasionally inaudible. By 19.45 UTC, signal had completely disappeared. A month or so back propagation was much better, allowing for the 30-minute broadcast to be received in its entirety.

Reception report was emailed to both MGLOB and RTE on the same day. Both responded within a few hours. On 21 May 2016, RTE Information Office emailed, saying: "We have sent your e-mail to our team that look after qsl cards"

Friday, May 20, 2016

Radio Nord Revival * (via Sala, Sweden)

Radio Nord Revival*, transmitting from Sala (Sweden), was received on 20 May 2016, from 22.25 till 23.30 UTC, here in the Kuala Lumpur area, using an SDR receiver at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Reception on 6.060 kHz was (SINPO) 44454 -- good signal and clear audio despite interference from a station in China. Reception improved to 55555 after 23.00 UTC.

Interestingly, a faint carrier on 6.060 kHz was detected directly, here in Malaysia, around 22.20 UTC, presumably transmission from Radio Nord Revival. I say this as signal vanished at around 22.40 UTC as grey-line between Sweden and Malaysia disappeared.

Content consisted of Oldies music from the '30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, including Swedish and English songs. Sandwiched between the music were old Radio Nord and Radio Sweden IDs, promos and advertisements. It all made for great nostalgia and entertainment. Loved every minute of it!

Ronny B. Goode for Radio Nord Revival stated, the station "...has now received a temporary license for the broadcasts from the DX Parliament held in Stockholm by the Swedish DX Federation: We have registered 3975 kHz for 5 kW AM plus 5930, 6060, 6105, 6180 and 9425 kHz for 10 kW A3H. There will also be transmissions on FM 88.6 MHz over the Greater Stockhom area. Transmissions will be starting on Friday, May 20 and will carry on until Sunday, May 22, 2016."

This marks the third consecutive year I have monitored their annual broadcast -- one of these heard directly in Malaysia! Will continue to listen until 22 May 2016 on additional frequencies allocated for Radio Nord Revival.

Reception report with detailed account of songs, adverts and promos was documented and emailed to Radio Nord Revival on the same day.

Postal Address
Ronny Forslund
Radio Nord Revival
Vita Huset
17995 Svartsjö



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

KBS World Radio

KBS World Radio transmitting from Kimjae was heard on 20 May 2016.  A English language broadcast featuring news, Korean current events magazine and music was heard from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC.  Reception on the short-wave frequency of 9.640 kHz was good with clear audio, minimal fading and no noticeable interference, earning a SINPO rating of  45444

A Bahasa Indonesia broadcast on 9.805 kHz, also on air from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC, was heard as well. Reception was initially good, but later into the broadcast there appeared to be so co-frequency QRM from a Chinese speaking broadcaster,

Reception report was emailed and submitted to KBS World Radio. I have submitted at least three previous reception reports and to no response, not even a computer-generated message. For an international broadcaster with exceptionally good programming, their response time seems a tad too long.

QSLs in the Mailbox

The postman dropped by and left QSLs from Radio Ukraine International and Free Radio Skybird (New Hampshire, USA). Now, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that these stations were logged in Ukraine and New Hampshire, hold on a minute. Radio Ukraine International was actually heard over WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida (USA) and  Free Radio Skybird was relayed over Channel 292 in Rohrbach, Germany. Amazing!!! Nevertheless, I am immensely grateful for these verifications. Moreover, I am delighted to be able to listen to the wonderful programmes of these stations. Thank you so much!!!