Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Radio Mistero Ghost Planet

Radio Mistero Ghost Planet*, transmitting from Italy, was logged on 22 February 2015. Tina Turner - "Simply the Best, more music, then station ID/jingle in English and Italian, and DJ announcing transmission closure was noted from 10.45 till 11.05 UTC. Reception on 7.297 kHz was (SINPO) 24322 -- weak but audible signal with atmospheric noise and fading

Reception report was emailed on the same day. On 24 February 2015, Captain Ghost for  R.M.G.P. replied with the promise of QSL, stating: "Thanks for report. Sorry, but this week I am very busy with work, and not time to dedicate at radio.Next week I send you confirming report with  qsl." 

Email:
rmgp76@hotmail.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Radio Öömrang (via Broadcast Media GmbH)

Radio Öömrang (Radio Amrum) via Broadcast Media GmbH, transmitting presumably from Nauen (Germany) was logged on 21 February 2015. This annual broadcast consisted of a male announcer chatting in Frisian dialect and German, along with a selection of music, from 16.00 till 17.00 UTC.

Radio Öömrang broadcasts annually and ONLY on 21 February to correspond with a North Frisian holiday. The programme was founded by radio amateur Arjan Koelzow on the island of Amrum in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. The first shortwave broadcast was in 2006. The programme is broadcast in the North Frisian language (Öömrang dialect) as well as standard German. It is aimed to the descendants of North Frisian immigrants in North America (this would include yours truly).

Reception in Malaysia on 15.215 kHz was (SINPO) 34432 -- solid carrier signal throughout much of the transmission, but unfortunately with only faint audio present when signal did not fade under atmospheric noise. Otherwise signal was detected on a clear frequency. Carrier/audio was still present after 16.50 UTC, but significantly weaker at 24421 until sign-off at 17.00 UTC.

Email:
QSL-Shortwave@media-broadcast.com

Website:
www.media-broadcast.com

Postal address:
Media Broadcast GmbH
Erna-Scheffler-Strasse 1
51103 Koeln, Germany

Radio Geronimo Shortwave

Radio Geronimo Shortwave*, transmitting from the UK, was logged on 22 February 2015. Rock music with DJ comments between songs: "Breaking Glass", "The Spirit", Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now", Wings - "Band on the Run", Tremelos - "I'll Live My Life", Phil Collins - "Wish It Would Rain", Commodores - "Machine Gun" and more was observed from 09.15 till 09.45 UTC. Reception on 9.334 (not reported 9.335) kHz was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal, clear audio despite some atmospheric noise

Reception report was emailed on the same day. This eQSL arrived on 26 February 2014.

Email:
geronimoshortwave@hotmail.com

*Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Free Radio Log for 22 February 2015

The short-wave bands were a hive of activity for free radio broadcasters this past Sunday, 22 February 2015. Several never-before-heard stations were on air and audible from Twente SDR receiver in the Netherlands. 

Radio Titanic*, transmitting from the Netherlands. Polka, schlager and  country & western tunes with station ID was monitored from 14.45 till 15.00 UTC. Reception on 6.242 kHz was (SINPO) 34443 -- fair signal, clear audio despite some atmospheric noise. Email address radiotitanicam@hotmail.com bounced.

Radio Northpole International* transmitting from  the Netherlands. A mix of German songs, disco and polka music was noted from 10.40 till 10.50 UTC. Reception on 6.260 kHz was (SINPO) 34433 -- fair and audible signal, with some atmospheric noise and fading. RR emailed.

Radio Mistero Ghost Planet*, transmitting from Italy. Tina Turner - "Simply the Best, more music, then station ID/jingle in English and Italian, and DJ announcing transmission closure was heard from 10.45 till 11.05 UTC. Reception on 7.297 kHz was (SINPO) 24322 -- weak but audible signal with atmospheric noise and fading. RR emailed.

Blue Star Radio* in the Netherlands, transmitting from Channel 292 in Germany. A mix of musical genres, including Michael Oldfield - "Never Get to France", Hollies - "Maryann", a Vangelis tune, Hollies - "Bus Stop", a few country & western songs and German schlager tunes, was monitored from 10.00 till 10.30 UTC. Reception on 6.070 kHz (SINPO): 55555 -- excellent signal strength, clear and audible transmission. RR emailed.

Radio Geronimo Shortwave*, transmitting from the UK. Rock music with DJ comments between songs: "Breaking Glass", "The Spirit", Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now", Wings - "Band on the Run", Tremeloes - "I'll Live My Life", Phil Collins - "Wish It Would Rain", Commodores - "Machine Gun" and more was observed from 09.15 till 09.45 UTC. Reception on 9.334 (not reported 9.335) kHz was (SINPO) 34343 -- fair signal, clear audio despite some atmospheric noise. RR emailed.

 *Logged using remote SDR receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Radio Europe

Radio Europe* in Italy, transmitting at 100 watts with 1/2 wave antenna,  was logged on 15 February 2015. An all disco broadcast with frequent DJ chatter was monitored from 08.15 to 08.35 UTC. Reception on 6.875 Khz was (SINPO) 23332 -- weak to fair signal strength, fading and atmospheric noise, and occasional utility QRM.

Reception report was emailed on the same day. Two eQSLs from Radio Europe arrived on 21 February 2014.

Email:
radioeurope@iol.it

 *Logged using remote SRD receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Radio Spaceshuttle International / Radio Revival Sweden

eQSL from Radio Sweden Revival
Radio Spaceshuttle International via Radio Revival Sweden*, transmitting from Sala, Sweden, was logged on 15 February 2015. Finnish pop songs and a few English songs, including a Beatles cover of "Back in the USSR", with frequent chatting from DJ Dick Spacewalker, station IDs for Radio Sweden Revival and Radio Spaceshuttle International were observed from 09.30 till 10.00 UTC. Reception on 9.865 kHz was (SINPO) 35444 -- fair to good signal strength, clear and audible, with slight atmospheric noise.

Reception reports were submitted to Radio Spaceshuttle International and Radio Revival Sweden, on 15 and 17 February 2015, respectively. Radio  Revival Sweden sent eQSL on 17 February 2015.

Email:
spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com (Dick Spacewalker)
radiorevivalsweden@hotmail.com (Ronny Forslund)

*Logged using remote SDR receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gong Xi Fa Chi from Radio Romania International



Gong Xi Fa Chi. Or, best wishes for joy and prosperity in the coming year. Normally I expect this Chinese New Year greeting from countries with a Chinese speaking community. But, Radio Romania International? Never.

To my surprise Radio Romania International did indeed send the above Chinese New Year eCard. The next question is why? It might have something to do with a recent reception report submitted to the Chinese language department at Radio Romania International. To say the least, it is a rare and novel greeting from Europe.

Incidentally, Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Goat, falls on Thursday, 19 February. Gong Xi Fa Chi.