Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend DX Logs Apr 25-27

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending some quality time listening and monitoring SW broadcasts. Here are my loggings for Apr 25-27. QTH: Kolkata, India | RX: Tecsun PL660 Good DX. 73's

Date: April 25, 2014

9525 KHz  Voice of Indonesia at 1045 UTC in Eng Txr Jakarta-Cimanggis, Indonesia - Fair
9700 KHz  RNZI at 1115 UTC in Eng Txr Rangitaiki, New Zealand - Poor
12095 KHz FEBC at 1100 UTC in  Hmong Txr Bocaue, Philippines - Fair
7295 KHz  RTM Traxx FM at 1130 UTC in Eng/ Vern. Txr Kajang, Malaysia - Poor 
21505 KHz IRIB at 1135 UTC in Hausa Txr Sirjan, Iran -Fair
21480 KHz BVB at 1128 UTC in Eng Txr Talata Volonondry, Madagascar - Fair
9325 KHz RFA (IBB) at 1145 UTC in Lao Txr Saipan, N.Marianas -Fair
9400 KHz FEBC at 1200 UTC in Txr Chinese Iba, Philippines - Poor
9430 KHz FEBC at 1202 UTC in Chinese Txr Bocaue, Philippines - Fair
9720 KHz SLBC at 1205 UTC in Hindi Txr Trincomalee, Sri Lanka - Good

Date: April 26, 2014

15215 KHz BVB at 1825 UTC in Eng Txr Moosbrunn, Austria - Good
15250 KHz FEBA at 1832 UTC in French Txr Ascension Is. - Fair
13585 KHz KBS at 2020 UTC in Arabic Txr - Dhabbayya, UAE - Fair
13640 KHz AIR at 2025 UTC in French Txr Bengaluru, India - Excellent

Date: April 27, 2014

11685 KHz NHK at 13-1345 UTC in Bengali Txr Kranji, Singapore - Excellent
11995 KHz AWR at 1600 UTC in Eng Txr  Trincomalee, Sri Lanka - Good
11865 KHz AWR at 1615 UTC in Eng Txr  Agat, Guam - Fair
15150 KHz AWR at 1632 UTC in Farsi Txr Moosbrunn, Austria - Good

Friday, April 25, 2014

A14 Season Kicks Off With 2 New E-QSLs

The A14 broadcast season has kicked off with two new E-QSLs in my kitty!

The first E-QSL was received from Atlantic 2000 International for monitoring their special broadcast via internet streaming. The station plays a fantastic assortment of western music from different genres. In fact, by listening to their show I have heard a few golden voices from the years past, for the first time ever! Programming from Atlantic 2000 International was monitored on April 6, 2014 and a reception report was sent the following day to An E-QSL was received from Radio Atlantic 2000 International on April 17th, 2014, verifying my reception report. For details about their broadcast visit: 

The next E-QSL  was from the very interesting station STF Radio International. 
STF Radio Int. Special broadcast was logged on April 20 in the 16 mb frequency of 17660 KHz and a reception report was mailed right away. E-QSL reply was received from Jason/6955 on April 25 thanking for the reception report and a promise to send across a hard copy QSL once it is printed. Here's the e-QSL (#020) received featuring different decodings of one of the images sent by MFSK64. 

If you don't know about them yet here it is "STF Radio International, is a new venture that broadcasts digital modes over shortwave (similar to VOA Radiograms)" Details about them can be found on their website 73's

Sunday, April 20, 2014

STF Radio International Special Broadcast

Taking a cue from my fellow DX buddies, today I logged the Special Broadcast of STF Radio International. Here are the SW log details - 

April 20, 2014 between 0445 Hrs - 0500 Hrs UTC on 17760 KHz in English with SIO: 454. Transmitter site -Trincomalee, Sri Lanka with power 125 kW. Booming signal was heard at my QTH in Kolkata, India. Surprisingly the other SW frequency listed on their website 21490 KHz was inaudible. RX Tecsun PL 660 with no external antenna (just using the fully extended telescopic rod attached to the receiver). Here's my recording -

Programming consisted of several digitally created soundtracks and ids (multiple times) was heard by OM. Reception Report was mailed to <
Visit STF Radio International's website for details: 73's

STF Radio International Special Broadcast logged with Excellent Signal

First SW Log of A14 Season

Radio Romania International was  logged on April 17, 2014 (Thursday) with English programming beamed to India on their A14 summer frequency of 21500 KHz in the 13 meter band and parallel to 17760 KHz in the 16 meter band, which by the way, was targeted to Pacific & Australia. Programming on 21500 KHz was with SIO 444 at my QTH in Kolkata, India, while that on 17760 KHz was with SIO 323. Transmission was monitored between 0530 Hrs - 0600 Hrs UTC. Transmitter site (as per swskeds list) was Tiganesti, in Romania with a power 300 kW. 

Program(s) "Newsreel" was heard followed by commentaries on the recent Ukraine -Russian crisis over Crimea and Romania's involvement in it. Also heard features - "Society Today", "Hit of the Day" and "RRI Sports Club". Energetic presentation was noted from both the lady and the gentleman who were the program hosts. RX used for monitoring the broadcast was Tecsun PL660 with attached telescopic rod antenna.

A reception report was emailed on the same day to the English department of Radio Romania International at <> with a detailed technical observation and program content, as monitored during the broadcast. QSL is awaited and will be updated here on receival. 73's

Saturday, April 5, 2014

SW Logs from Tajpur Beach

Tajpur Beach, compared to nearby sea fronts in Mandarmani and Digha has almost zero tourist population, so if you like to be all by yourself strolling leisurely on the beach, you should consider planning a visit soon. Another plus point is the absence of electricity! There are no power lines on the beach. The last light post on the approach road is at a distance of 500 meters from the sandy dunes. Now that makes it really attractive for people like me who prefer carrying their hobby (radio) around! There are few shacks lining the beach, all are locals selling tea, coconut water, fish 'n' crab fries and liquor. You can relax on the poly-vinyl chairs lining the shacks and tune-in to DX lands!

Now without much ado here are my SW logs from Tajpur beach. Enjoy! 

Date: 30 March, 2014 |  Time: 0000 UTC - 0215 UTC | RX Tecsun PL 660 

4500 KHz CNR Txr Urumqi, in Mongolian with talk at 0004UTC News by OM, SIO 444

4760 KHz AIR Port Blair Sign in followed by ID by YL and then into news (?) in Tamil, 0045 UTC Tamil songs SIO 444 

4800 KHz AIR Hyderabad 0050 UTC talk in Telegu followed by MX Nadaam SIO 555

4810 KHz AIR Bhopal 0052 UTC in Hindi, devotional songs SIO 544

4820 KHz AIR Kolkata 0054UTC with regional news in Bengali read by OM [QRM from PBS Xizang CNR1 Co-Chnl.] SIO 322

4840 KHz AIR Mumbai 0057 UTC songs in vern. SIO 444

4850 KHz CNR Txr- Urumqi in Kazakh at 0058 UTC radio ads + OM talk SIO 444

4880 KHz AIR Lucknow 0100 UTC devotional song "mata rani" OM host SIO 454

4890 KHz AIR Kurseong 0102 UTC Sehnai recital was heard followed by devotional songs in Nepali OM host SIO 544

4920 KHz AIR Chennai 0105 UTC News in Tamil, OM reader SIO 343[Co-Chnl PBS Xizang QRM S2]

4970 KHz AIR Shillong 0130 UTC in English YL host with "Thought of the day" followed by western musical program (gospel music) entitled "Dew Drops" SIO 555

4990 KHz AIR Itanagar 0145 UTC Stn. by YL followed by local news in vern. news ID again at 0149 UTC between news,  talk contd with abrupt signal cut off at 0150 UTC SIO 444 (Txr glitch?)

5040 KHz AIR Jeypore 0152 UTC Talk in Odiya by OM host SIO 434

5050 KHz AIR Aizawl 0156 UTC Stn. ID by YL Talk (news?) in vern. contd. SIO 454

5915 KHz Myanmar Radio Txr- Naypyidaw, in Burmese/dialect, at 0200 UTC talkYL news(?) SIO 544

7200 KHz Myanmar Radio Txr- Naypyidaw, in Burmese/dialect, 0205 UTC song in SEAs lang. SIO 343

9535 KHz REE Txr- Noblejas, Spain in  Spanish  Talk (news) by YL 0208- 0215 UTC SIO 433


Friday, April 4, 2014

SW & FM DX Logs from Tajpur

The following are SW & FM logs as monitored from Tajpur during a weekend trip to this quiet beach front, just 170 KM from Kolkata. For your convenience I have collated the SW logs and FM logs separately as you can see below. Hope you will enjoy the logs ツ 

SW Logs (March 28, 2014)

13580 KHz Bangladesh Betar Txr- Dhaka 1815 UTC religious talk by YL with mention of "Allah" and "Khuda rahematgar". Followed by an oldies number by YL singer. SIO 444

13620 KHz IRIB Txr- Kamalabad 1820 UTC Sign in tune followed by talk in French SIO 343

13630 KHz IBB (VOA)  Txr- Moepeng Hill, Botswana 1825-1830 UTC in Portuguese OM with talk, News Report (?) followed by YL (correspondent) reporting on news, mention of VOA in ID at 1829 UTC followed by MX bumper contd. till 1830 UTC SIO 333

13660 KHz BBC  Txr- Dhabayya, UAE 1832 UTC in Arabic, news reader YL, OM correspondent heard with SIO 444

SW Logs (March 29, 2014)

6055 KHz Radio Rwanda Txr- Kigali 1805 UTC in French  YL + OM talk (news?) prominent African accent, MX interlude between  two news items(?) Talk contd. 1810 UTC SIO 333

5935 KHz BBC Txr -Dhabayya, UAE 1815 UTC in Somali OM talk SIO 444

5910 KHz BBC Txr- Dhabayya, UAE 1819 UTC in Dari OM talk SIO 444

5875 KHz BBC Txr- Nakhon Sawan, Thailand 1825 UTC in Dari OM and YL talk var. SIO 555

5830 KHz IBB (R. Farda) Txr- Kuwait 1827 UTC in Farsi (Persian) Song by OM in vern. SIO 454

FM Logs (March 29, 2014)

101.4 MHz Chennai  AIR Rainbow 1533 UTC with talk in Tamil by YL and OM regarding upcoming Parliamentary (Lok Sabha) Elections. A report was heard 1545 UTC ID by YL followed by MX bumper and Talk by OM continued. SIO 555

101.6 MHz Colors FM, Bangladesh 1552 UTC with Bengali song followed by Stn. ID by YL RJ at 1558 UTC English songs (International chart-busters) by Pitbull and then by Katy Perry singing 'Firework' was heard with SIO 555-444

101.3 MHz Cuttack AIR Rainbow ID at 1604 UTC by YL Odiya background score (MX tune) was heard. Signal was fluttery with fading. SIO 333

102 MHZ Bangladesh Betar, Khulna 1614 UTC with Bengali song by OM (Folk) 1615 Stn. ID by OM Fair to Good signal SIO 444

102.3 MHz FM Gold (Chennai?) 1622 UTC Talk in Tamil by YL. Program on Classical music OM was heard "Flute by Sri N. Neela, Composition by S. Tyagarajan" Flute with Mridangam MX heard SIO 333

103.4 MHz AIR Puri Relay of VB (Vividh Bharati) programming heard. At 1639 UTC Stn. ID by OM followed by Talk in Odiya by OMs. SIO 555

104 MHz Fever FM, Kolkata with Hindi (Bollywood) music request show. YL RJ 1715 UTC SIO 555

QTH - Tajpur Beach, West Bengal

RX - Tecsun PL 660 (with telescopic rod)