Friday, June 24, 2016

QSLs in the Mail

After over a week and a public holiday with no mail,  three QSLs finally arrived: two World Heritage QSLs with stickers from KBS World Radio and one from IRIB Turkmen Radio. The KBS cards are not the ordinary size QSLs; compared to the IRIB verification card -- which is the usual size -- they are quite large. And just as well, given the stunning World Heritage sites depicted on the card. Even the IRIB card is quite unique and apparently it is part of a series. Very nice indeed! Thank you, KBS and IRIB!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Trans World Radio Europe (Central Asia)

Trans World Radio Europe, transmitting from Central Asia (purportedly Yerevan-Gavar), was received on 17 June 2016, here in the Kuala Lumpur area on the medium-wave frequency of 1377 kHz. A Farsi language broadcast was mostly a  talk format and included at least one recognisable song,  "Tala' al-Badru 'Alaynā" (a traditional Arabic song), from 19.40  till 19.55 UTC. Reception was (SINPO) 33422 -- weak to fair signal strength, occasionally mixing with a Thai station and fading for duration of four to five minutes.

Reception report was emailed the following day to TWR Europe.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

QSL in Mailbox

For two consecutive days the postman has delivered mail...and another QSL card. This one is from CKZN in St. John's Newfoundland, which was heard in Kuala Lumpur, using the SDR receiver at The University of Twente in The Netherlands. This card was promised after initially receiving a photocopy of their old QSL card. What can I say? To have the actual paper card is always the best. And while this Canadian station was logged remotely, the distance to Holland in itself was a pretty impressive skip across the Atlantic! Thank you, CKZN!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

QSL in the Mailbox

Finally after two weeks! Mail...a QSL card...and one from a long time and reliable verifier -- NHK World Radio Japan. Why the elation? Well, anytime the month of Ramadan/Eid rolls around (which we are in presently)  mail delivery in Malaysia seems to just dribble in spurts. The same can be said during the periods of Christmas and Chinese New Year here. So, I am indeed a jolly ol'e fellow to receive this QSL card of "Swimming Carp" from NHK Radio Japan. More interestingly, it is for one of their broadcasts relayed from "Italy" (presumably Santa Maria di Galeria). So, a BIG thank you to NHK World Radio Japan!!!

BBC / Babcock "Test Transmission" for Winter Solstice Broadcast

 BBC / Babcock International "Test Transmission" for British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Winter Solstice Broadcast, transmitting from Woofferton, Ascension and Dhabbaya, was logged on 14 June 2016, between 21.30 to 21.45 UTC. While my quarter was not the direct target area in this test, reception  on 9.720 kHz appeared to be the most suitable frequency, albeit I hasten to add it was heard under poor conditions due to weakness of signal, fading and atmospheric noise.

5.985 kHz was SINPO 25231 -- weak signal, barely audible (TXer site presumed to be Woofferton, UK)
6.035  kHz no signal detected (TXer site presumed to be Dhabbaya)
7.360 kHz no signal detected (TXer site presumed to be Ascension Island)
9.720 kHz was SINPO 25331 -- weak signal, audible when not fading, but unintelligible content for the most part. (TXer site presumed to be Woofferton, UK)

Reception report, along with an audio file, was submitted to Mr. Dave Potter, (Retired) Senior Transmitter Engineer Woofferton (1982-2012). In years past, he has replied with an eQSL. Not certain this will be the case this time around. On 22 June 2016, I receceived this reply from Mr. Dave Porter along with the attached file of the Woofferton TXer site: "Thank you for your report. I am not the official QSL contact / verie signer for these tests so may I suggest you send it to BBC World Service in London. Vy 73Dave Porter G4OYX." To the best of my knowledge BBC WS no longer sends out QSLs for their broadcasts, but anyone willing to try certainly should give it go.

21 June 2016 between 21.30 and 22.00 UTC 
5.965 kHz - Dhabayya; 203°
7.350 kHz - Ascension; 207°
9.890 kHz - Woofferton; 182°

For details click HERE.

NOTE: While DXers elsewhere in the world did hear this broadcast on the above frequencies, nothing was detected in Malaysia. Propagation was terrible compared to years past.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

NHK World Radio Japan* (via Sitkūnai)

NHK World - Radio Japan*, transmitting from Sitkūnai (Lithuania), was logged on 5 June 2016. A Russian language broadcast of news, mailbag/music programme featuring Japanese artists was heard from 04.30 till 05.00 UTC, using the remote SDR receiver at Twente University (The Netherlands). Reception on 6.165 kHz was (SINPO) 34553 -- fair signal, slight co-frequency interference from a weaker station, otherwise good clarity of content.

Reception report was emailed and submitted online to NHK World - Radio Japan the following day. On 7 June 2016, NHK Radio Japan Russian Section replied, saying: "Thank you for sending us a reception report of our Radio Japan Russian Service! We verified your report (5 June 2016, 04.30 - 05.00 UTC, 6165 kHz). We will later send you our QSL-verification card to your address...NHK Radio Japan Russian Section." They also sent along an eCalendar for June '16.

*Transmission received using the remote SDR receiver located in the Netherlands (Twente). 

Voice of Turkey

Voice of Turkey, transmitting from  Emirler (Turkey), was logged on 5 June 2016. Their Turkish language broadcast of Turkish and English pop songs and news was monitored from 00.45 till 01.15 UTC (broadcast time 00.00 till 02.00 UTC). Reception on 9.735 kHz was (SINPO) 35343 -- fair signal strength, audible content despite atmospheric noise. Signal gradually disappeared under noise after 01.00 UTC. By 01.15 UTC signal was barely audible.

Reception report was emailed to TRT the following day.