567 NA MW-stations and counting...

Näin kesän ja surkean FM-kauden keskellä oli hyvää aikaa päivittää TreDXKin Niihaman kuuntelukämpällä kuultujen keskiaaltojenkkien tilasto. Edellisestä päivityksestä oli jo vierähtänyt reilu viisi vuotta. Välissä oli huonoja auringonpilkkumaksimin aikaisia kausia, mutta monelta huonommaltakin kaudelta irtosi muutama uusi jenkki tilastoon. Viime kausi 2017-2018 olikin sitten jo selvästi parempi ja lopulta tilastoon kertyi 55 uutta jenkkiä kokonaissaldon näyttäessä nyt 567 asemaa.

Edellistä päivitystä tehdessä oli Niihamassa juuri ylitetty 500 kuullun jenkin raja ja 600 jenkkiä tuntui tuolla kohtaa aika utopistiselta. Nyt uutta auringonpilkkuminimiä lähestyttäessä vaikuttaa siltä, että 600 kuullun MW-jenkin raja voi hyvinkin ylittyä parin seuraavan keskiaaltokauden aikana. Edellinen minimi kaudella 2009-10 kuunneltiin Niihamassa vielä pitkältä ilman SDR-vastaanottimia, joten jos vastaavia kelejä saadaan tämän minimin aikana, ne pystytään varmasti hyödyntämään paremmin.

Etelä-Suomessa keskiaaltoja kuuntelevalle tai vähemmän aikaa jenkkejä kuunnelleelle Niihaman tilasto voinee palvella esimerkkinä siitä millaisia jenkkejä Etelä-Suomen olosuhteissa voi kuulla. Seuraavaa pilkkuminimiä on povattu jo vuodelle 2019, joten tulevat 2-3 keskiaaltokautta tulevat kaikella todennäköisyydellä olemaan otollista aikaa jenkkikuuntelulle myös Lappia etelämpänä. Tilanteen keskiaalloilla voi sanoa jopa parantuneen sitten edellisen minimin 2009-2010, sillä paljon isotehoisia eurooppalaisasemia on sen jälkeen ajettu alas.

Niihamassakin löytyy vielä tavoitteita. Osavaltiotasolla manner-Yhdysvaltojen kohdalta on vielä kolme kuulematonta osavaltiota. Ne ovat huippuvaikea Delaware ja muuten vaan vaikeat Arkansas ja Arizona. Kovilla keleillä ja hyvällä tuurilla, joku noista voi vielä irrotakin. Jo viime talvena Niihamassa kuultiin sellaiset hankalat osavaltiot kuin Alabama (960 WERC Birmingham) ja New Mexico (1020 KCKN Roswell). Positiivisin mielin siis kohti uutta keskiaaltokautta!



Wrapping up the QSL-year 2017

Hello folks! Year 2017 is coming to an end. This year we have been celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence and Tampere DX Club’s 50 years anniversary.  Thanks especially to those of you who visited Tampere EDXC 2017 conference in August.

Here are the AM-QSLs I have received since September 2017. All these stations were heard in Tampere DX Club's Niihama DX-cabin in Tampere, Finland. If you need v/s-infos email me to jkz(at)sdxl.org


Nanjing Jingji Guangbo, Nanjing 900. Surprise e-mail from the Network Technology Director of the Nanjing RGD.
DWCM Aksyon Radio, Dagupan City 1161. Friendly FB-message.
DWET Life Radio, Santiago City 1179. Nice email. First time heard in Finland.

DXRU Radyo Ultra, Cagayan de Oro 1188. Verification from the station’s morning host who recognized her voice on my audio clip.
DYSI Super Radyo, Iloilo 1323. Via FB.
DWNX RMN Naga 1611. Email, v/s  wishes all the best
"to all the good people of the beautiful Finland."
Hangzhou Diantai Lao Pengyou Guangbo, Hangzhou 954. Old friends channel was surprised to receive my report which was verified by technical director of Hangzhou RGD.
KTRK Birinchi Radio, Bishkek 612. Long email in English from the International Relations Department Officer of Kyrgyz Radiosu. Tnx for the tip JHY.
JOCK NHK1 Nagoya 729 QSL-card. All NHK stations were heard with local identifications.
JOKP NHK1 Kitami 1188 QSL-card.
JOZB NHK2 Matsuyama 1512 letter and QSL-card
JOCE Radio Kansai, Tajima 1395 QSL-card and schedule.
JOUC NHK2 Yamaguchi 1377 letter.
JOAK NHK1 Tokyo 594 letter.
JOAB NHK2 Tokyo 693 letter.
JOFG NHK1 Fukui 927 QSL-card, letter, stickers.
JOTR ABS Radio, Akita 936 QSL-card, schedule.
RRI Toli-Toli 1377. My first MW-station from Indonesia. V/s told that about 15 people are currently working in RRI Toli-Toli. They are broadcasting on both AM and FM, FM being more popular. 
Cheng Kung BC, Kaohsiung 936. Nice PDF-QSL –letter after two months from this difficult Taiwanese station.

5PA ABC Naracoorte SA 1161.

Latin America
Red Radio Integridad, Lima 700. Via FB.
Radio Luz del Mundo, La Paz 1560. Via FB.
Radio Ecos del Naranjito, Naranjito 1470. Friendly email.
Radio Mia, Los Santos 920. Both FB and email verifications from this nice Panamanian.
4VEH La Voix Évangélique d'Haïti, Cape Haitien 840. Quick FB verification. New country for me.

North America
CFMB Radio Móntreal, Montreal QC 1280. Short FB-verifications in Finnish!
WDMC Melbourne FL 920. Via FB.
WJAS Pittsburgh PA 1320. Short confirmation from the station president.
WMAX Ave Maria Radio, Saginaw MI 1440.
WCUB Manitowoc WI 980.
WLQV Faith Talk, Detroit MI 1500.
KCKK The Rock, Littleton CO 1510.
CKNX Wingham ON 920.
WVEI Worcester MA 1440.
WCPT Willow Spring IL 820.
CKJR Wetaskiwin AB 1440. QSL as an Word-attachment.
KXLY Spokane WA 920.
WMBD Peoria IL 1470.
CHMB Vancouver BC 1320.
WITK Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PA 1550. V/s confirmed that the station was running with their 10 kW daytime pattern. Official night time power of the station is only 500W.


DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao 891 QSL

On 13th of March I was amazed to hear 891 DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguerarao starting their daily broadcasting with English station announcement and national anthem just before 21UTC. As far as I know it was the first time DZGR has been heard in Finland. The station was my best catch from Asia in Niihama DX-cabin this spring.

I tried to send reception report to DZGR but my e-mail bounced back with over quota message. Last night I sent follow-up report and this time they had cleaned their e-mail account because this morning I found new Facebook friend request from Philippines. I had a very nice chat with broadcaster Genesis Racho today. He confirmed my reception and then told me that he thought radio is getting left behind especially in highly industralized countries like Finland. I admitted that he was partly right. Only DX-listeners still listens AM radio stations while young people are on the internet. Genesis told that in Philippines AM radio still works as a "substitute internet" for many people who could only afford radio.

DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguerarao employs 5 anchors, 6 reporters, 4 newswriters and some people working on technical side. It is a typical size for local stations of Bombo Radyo Network. Every Bombo Radyo station has a big drum in their studio that anchor bounces during broadcasting. Drum is the signature of Bombo Radyo broadcast media and it is also what people remember about Bombo Radyo.

DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao 891 signing on announcement heard in Niihama, Tampere, Finland on 13th of March 2017 at 20.58UTC.
DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao crew.


Wrapping up the QSL-year 2016

Happy New Year 2017 from Tampere DX-Club blog! This blog has been hibernating too long so it's time to start a new year by wrapping up the 2016 QSLs. These QSLs have been received since September 2016. All stations were heard in Tampere DX Club's Niihama DX-cabin.

South America
LT3 AM680 Rosario 680 via FB and tweat about my report on their Twitter-account.
HJAR La Cariñosa, Cartagena 1270 via FB.
HJKO Radio Esperanza, Cartagena 1140 via FB.
LS11 Radio Provincia de Buenos Aire, La Plata 1270. PDF-QSL v/s Omar Jose Some, Jefe del Departamento Tecnico.
HCCC5 Ondas Cañaris, Azogues 1530. Email. V/s Dr. José Antonio Robles Ocampo, Locutor. Tnx TIK.
North America
WNSW Newark NJ 1430. Short reply from Bob Benes.
WSUA Caracol 1260, Miami FL. V/s Oscar Franco, Chief Technician.
AIR Bhuj 1314
AIR Barmer 1458
AIR Parbhani 1305
All AIR-stations by e-mail from All India Radio Reception Report / Feedback from Listeners web service.
AFN Korea 1440. V/s George A. Smith. Tnx JHY.
AFN Okinawa 648. E-mail but no v/s mentioned.
DYRD Bohol 1161 via FB and put my report on their Facebook-page.
DZNG Bombo Radyo Naga 1044. Tnx Rosie.

JOHK NHK1 Sendai 891
JOCG NHK1 Asahikawa via Wakkanai 927
JOAD NHK2 Okinawa, Nada 1125
JOPL KRY Yamaguchi Hoso, Hashimoto 1485
JOUK NHK1 Akita 1503
JOAF RNB Radio, Niigata 1116
JOSB NHK2 Kitakyushu 1602. V/s Satoshi Yamashita.
JOTK NHK1 Matsue 1395. V/s Takayuki Ishikawa, Senior Engineer.
JOQK NHK1 Niigata 837.
JOQB NHK2 Niigata 1593.
All japanese stations reported from local ids and verified  with snailmail letter and/or QSL-card
4QD ABC Capricornia, Emerald Qld 1548
5RN ABC National Radio, Adelaide 729.
5AN ABC Adelaide, Adelaide 891.

Jouni (JKZ)


Niihama back on the map!

Our Niihama dx-cabin is in full action again, after almost 9 months of wide timber work in the antenna forest and at the same time lack of electricity because of our land lord´s building site nearby. In August Tampere DX club activists organized 4 installing sessions to bring back all the in mid-winter away collected antennas: Excellent C2C NA-beverage of 430 metres directed to 316° and little bit noisier but anyway fine working SA-beverage of 870 metres to 278° were returned to the very same paths they used to be erected earlier.

Our also fine working AS-beverage couldn´t any more been installed to the old corridor while our land lord´s new building now stays right on the line. So using a little bit longer coaxial feeding cable a totally new path was determined, but beverage´s direction and length remain almost unaltered: 320 metres to 60°.  A new La Plata -beverage was also installed, some 6° more northern and more than 200 metres longer than earlier: 710 metres 254°.

Very first listening experience in the beginning of September are most promising: Hours spent to keep antenna directions straight, connections sure and sheltered and enough grounding copper hided to each end of every beverage seems to be worth of all that job. On the background for proper working beverages there are also plenty of many years field investigations work to optimize antenna matching units, noise reduction gadgets and beverage terminating resistors, lead by club´s technical experts JPF and MDK.

Chilean stations have been very rarely heard in our dx-cabin earlier, but now right in the beginning of new antennas testing some nice catches very made from direction 256°:
CHL: CB93 Radio Nuevo Mundo, Santiago
CHL: CC102 R Amica, Talca
CHL: CB106 R Maria, Santiago
CHL: CB127 Radio Festival, Viña del Mar

Also other nice MW-stations have been already heard from Latin America and not forgetting Thai, Philippine and other Far-East stations. Stay tuned to On Line Log to find out more http://log.hard-core-dx.com/,  and of course on the MW-band too. More catches from LA and AS will be hunted for, and season´s first real NA conditions are expected to arrive soon!

73 JVH

Foto 1: DX Club chairman JKZ installing Latin American 278° beverage back to the heights in August 2016. Foto JVH.

Foto 2: Hard-core grounding digging in Niihama antenna forest, from left JMV, JPF, MDK and PMA. Foto JVH.


Niihama CASA updated

December 2013 edition of Central and South American MW-stations catched in Niihama dx-cabin of Tampere DX Club  is now updated: please click ”Logged CA/SA 6.1.2016” at Niihama DX of this blog. The sunspot maximum of the current cycle 24 will very likely be determined to April 2014, so MW cx haven´t been so fruitful as before 2013. Moreover, in the ”antenna forest” landlord has realised some logging and so number of beverages have been reduced since January 2014, which inevitably affects to the amount of MW loggings.

Total count of CA stations (Central America and the Caribbean) is 118, only 5 more than two years ago. Luckily to more southern directions there has been little more cx windows beside those so many solar cycle origin interferences. Balancing fewer cx automated remote whole MW band recordings have reduced the presence at the cabin and listening live, but also later on given a better awareness of the cx content, and given more stations, also 40 new FFN. La Plata –listening has never been active in Niihama, contrarily, but now solar maximum cx has finally given us Uruguay as a new country (R Continental 1600/ JPF) and more than doubled our tiny Argentinian haul from 6 to 14. By far the most rewarding day for this period has been January 21st 2014, when JKZ exploring the N-trawl enjoyed special Medellín cx with even 18 new FFN-stations!

I hope, in addition to Niihama statistical value, this CASA sheet will serve as a help list in whole southern Finland for the most likely stations from Latin America.

73 JVH


Autumn / Fall 2015 QSLs

Here are my AM-QSLs this fall 2015.

DWPR Radyo Asenso, Dagupan 1296. Thank you letter via Facebook.
DZAS FEBC Philippines, Pasig City 702. Nice letter via Facebook. V/s Remuel Paul Pascua whose ALK Cozy Saturday -programme I heard.

See also a separate blog post about Taiwanese stations.
Keelung Broadcasting Station, Keelung 792. Email in English and some photos from the station sponsored events.
Cheng Sheng Taipei AM819, Taipei. First email in English and later laminated QSL-diploma in normal mail. V/s Shao-Chiang Chang, engineering manager.
Min Li Radio, Fangliao 1287. Several nice messages via Facebook. V/s ‘Carol’ and ‘Vicky’.
BCC Hsinchu 1017. Email from Ms Huang.
Hwa Sheng BC, Taipei 1224. Email, schedule. V/s Shiu Ling Chen, Program Director.
Feng Min BC, Kaohsiung 1161. Email and PDF-QSL-letter.

JOJK NHK Radio 1, Kanazawa 1224 QSL, schedule jne. Only one week in normal mail.
JOBK NHK Radio 1, Osaka 666 full data QSL-card.
JOIR Tohoku Hoso, Sendai 1260 QSL-card, timetable.
JOQR Bunka Hoso, Tokyo 1134 QSL-card, timetable.
JOYR RSK Sanyo Hoso, Okayama 1494. PDF-QSL-card. V/s Shuzo Hirano. Normally Japanese stations verify with normal mail but this one with e-mail attachment.

HLKX FEBC Korea, Soul 1188 email, letter. V/s Joy Kang.

Gansu Xinwen Zonghe Guangbo, Lanzhou 684. Nice letter in Chinese via Weibo! First ever QSL via Chinese "Facebook"?

Three new countries for me
Myanma Radio, Yangon 594. Email letter, Word-QSL and some photos. Myanma Radio is very DX-friendly station nowadays.
BBC WS via Radio Nepal 576. Email letter. V/s Udaya Krishna Shrestha, Director of Engineering
TWR Central Asia, Bishkek 1287. PDF-QSL. V/s Kalman Dobos.

Latin America 
CP... Radio La Luz del Tiempo, El Alto 1520 via Facebook. V/s Daniel Tola. Bolivia was a new MW-country for me. Thanks to HK for help.
LV9 Radio Salta, Salta 840 via Facebook. V/s César “Cacho” Alurralde.
CMKC Radio Revolucion, Santiago de Cuba 840. Nice email in English from V/s Miguel Noa.

Jouni Keskinen (JKZ)


Targeting Taiwan - Real Hard-Core-DXing

We have only one longwire antenna pointing east in Tampere DX-Club's listening cabin in Niihama, Tampere. It’s pointing to NEE, 60 degrees exactly. Antenna is not very long, only 330 meters, but it's pointing to Lake Nasijärvi so there isn't much man made noise in that direction.

During the last two AM-seasons I have found out that our 60-degrees wire works quite well towards Taiwan. So I have heard some nice catches from Taiwan before, but this September was exceptional. I heard so many new stations from Taiwan that I really started to study the secrets of broadcasting in Republic of China. Here are some thoughts of what I learned and heard.  


There is a reason why even the most experienced DXers consider Taiwanese stations one of the most difficult DX-targets in the world. One might say Chinese stations are piece of cake compared to Taiwanese. Most of the Chinese stations can be identified based on just a few keywords and phrases as you can learn from the great article "How to Identify Chinese Radio Stations" by Mika Mäkeläinen. That is not the case for Taiwanese stations. Private stations have no standard time announcements or common form of station id. Most stations don't even speak Mandarin Chinese.

Taiwanese stations broadcasts in three major languages: Taiwanese, Chinese (Mandarin) and local minority languages (Hakka, Minnan etc.). Taiwanese (with its two major variants Taiwanese Hokkien and Amoy) is the most commonly used on Taiwanese stations. Although Taiwanese belongs to same language group with Mandarin, it's quite different language.

Even though you don't understand any Mandarin or Taiwanese, you will soon notice the difference in Chinese characters and how they are transcribed into the Latin alphabet. For example names of the radio stations in mainland China and Taiwan are different both in Chinese characters and in Latin alphabet.

In mainland China Chinese is written in Simplified Chinese character set endorsed by General Mao's government from 1950's. Taiwan has never adopted Simplified Chinese characters and use of them in official documents is even prohibited. So Taiwan uses the more complex Traditional Chinese character set.  Take for example radio station Chengsheng Broadcasting Corporation that writes its name as

正聲廣播公司 in traditional Chinese. But when I use Google Translator to convert the characters, name is:
正声广播公 in simplified Chinese.  Notice the difference between second and third character.

Probably the best Asian radio directory Asiawaves.net uses simplified Chinese when writing Chinese and Taiwanese radio station names. If you copy a Taiwanese station name from Asiawaves in order to find more information about the station, you might have to convert Chinese station name to traditional Chinese before using it for Google searches. I also have Mandarin reception report form translated to me, and when I use it to report Taiwanese stations, I must first convert characters to traditional Chinese.

Another difference is the transcribing of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet. In Mainland China Pinyin is the official phonetic system for transcribing Chinese into the Latin alphabet. The spelling of Chinese geographical or personal names in pinyin has become the most common way to transcribe them in English. Pinyin has also become the dominant method for entering Chinese text into computers in Mainland China, but not in Taiwan where Bopomofo is most commonly used. Bopomofo was introduced already in the 1910's alongside the Wade-Giles transcription system. Although Taiwan officially abandoned Wade-Giles in 2009, people in Taiwan use or transcribe their legal names in the Wade–Giles system.  

If we take the previous example of Chengsheng BC and paste the traditional Chinese characters to Google Translator which uses pinyin transcription system, we will find out that
Chengsheng (Wade-Giles) is Zhèng shēng  in pinyin.
Not a big difference?
Let’s take another station name. This is time AM792 Keelung Broadcasting Station.
Keelung (Wade-Giles and 基隆 in trad. Chinese) is Jīlóng in pinyin.
English pronunciation is roughly the same but transcription in Latin alphabet is quite different.


Recognizing numbers greatly helps identifying stations. Fortunately for DXers frequency announcements in Chinese and Taiwanese are relatively easy. That’s because each digit in the frequency is treated as an individual number. It means that AM990 is pronounced AM nine-nine-zero rather than nine-hundred-ninety-nine. So learning numbers from 0-9 will go a long way.

It was surprisingly difficult to find the list of Taiwanese numbers that would have matched the numbers I heard on the air. When I googled “numbers in Taiwanese”, I got many lists and YouTube-videos varying greatly from each other. I still don’t know is it because of different dialects (Hokkien, Amoy, Minnan) or something to do with differences between spoken word and official written form.  Following list of Taiwanese numbers is completely my own based on what I have heard on the air in comparison to several lists found online.

Taiwan BC, Hsinchu AM 1206
Clip starts with phone number khong-pat-khong-khong (0800-) and station announcement starts from 34 sec: “Taiwan Kon Po Kon Shi. Hsin(chua?) Kon Po Den Tai AM it-li-khong-liok (1-2-0-6)”

BCC Hsinchu AM 1017 local station identification
At 15 sec BCC’s distinctive top of the hour time signal and from 29 sec station announcement:
“Tiyon Gok Kon Po Ko Shih, Hsin(chie?) Kon Po Tien Tai... AM it-khong-it-chhit (1-0-1-7)”

What I heard

My AM-season started with great Far East conditions on 31st of August 2015. That night I heard two stations from northern Taiwan previously unheard for me.

AM792 Keelung Broadcasting Station, Keelung is listed in WRTH as 1 kW station.  Still it was audible at least three times in August-September. Keelung BS verified my report quickly with short English e-mail and some pictures from the events station has hosted. On the 27th of September Keelung came loud and clear with 17UTC id: “Keelung Kongpo Diantai AM chhit-kiu-li (792)". Listen Id at 10 sec.

819 Cheng Sheng BC, Taipei was a real surprise on this difficult frequency normally dominated either AIR Delhi, Shanxi or North Korea. But not at 1858UTC on 31st of August when ChengSheng was alone in the frequency giving local id in Mandarin: "Cheng Sheng Taipei… diantai AM ba-yi-jiu (819)". Listen id. This is the only time I have heard Cheng Sheng on this frequency. So it’s not an easy catch. Taipei and Keelung are only some 15 kms away so no wonder they were audible at the same time.

Cheng Sheng BC is very DX-friendly station. They verify correct reports with beautiful laminated full color QSL-certificate where they put listener’s picture in the middle.

Nice Taiwan openings continued three weeks later on 15th and 17th of September. I noticed some more BCC stations like 882 BCC News Network Hsinchu-tx and local ids from 891 BCC Tainan and 1017 BCC Hsinchu. 1206 Taiwan BC Hsinchu was booming at 20UTC on 17th and left no change for dominant Jiangsu Gushi Guangbo. Listen local id: “Taiwan Kon Po Kon Shi. Hsin(chua?) Kon Po Den Tai AM it-li-khong-liok (1-2-0-6)” at 34 sec.”

Best catch and the new station for me on 17th was again Cheng Sheng BC now Yunlin on 1125 kHz with local id: "Cheng Sheng Kon Po Kon Shi, Yunlin Kon Po Den Tai AM (1125)". Listen id at 20 sec. I have no idea how they pronounce those numbers after AM ? Also 1260 ChengSheng Taipao was audible at the same time with local program. Listen id here at 7 sec. They are using Taiwanese version of an old Harry Belofonte tune “Banana Boat Song” as their interval music.

My new discovery this fall was that Far East stations can be heard (at least in southern Finland) quite late at night up until 20-21UTC if the frequency is “Eurofree”. On 26th of September I noticed great late night opening to Taiwan that offered me three new stations.

1224 kHz is an interesting Asia fq these days. Guangxi Jingji Guangbo with 97.0 Nü Zhubo – Hostess Radio program is the usual dominant. Fortunately most Chinese stations have silent period at local night time leaving frequencies empty for other Far East stations. 1224 JOJK NHK-1 Kanazawa was also pretty common this fall giving local id before top of the hour at 20UTC. I also heard KBS-3 Gwangju with HLKC ids few time and even Neimenggu RGD from Chinese inner Mongolia. But in the evening of September 26th two Taiwanese stations dominated frequency.   

1224 HwaSheng BC (or Hua Sheng in pinyin) is relatively hard station to identify but at 1859UTC on 26th of September I was able catch pretty clear id: “Hwa Sheng Kon Po Den Tai AM chit-li-li-su (1224)”. Listen id at 17 sec. BCC Country Network, Kaohsiung was also on frequency at the same time as you can hear from BCC’s distinctive top of the hour time signal on the same audio clip at 1:14 sec. After some e-mails and Facebook messages HwaSheng BC finally verified my report with nice e-mail in Chinese.

1350 Chung Hwa 1 BC, New Taipei City has become pretty common catch this fall. First time I catch it with an id on 26th of September and since then I have heard the station at least five times now. On 1350 kHz Chung Hwa (or Chung Hua) broadcasts 1st programme “…1 Den Tai. Chung Hwa Kong Po Kon Shi”. Listen id.

Frequency 1287 kHz is full of Asian station from Kyrgyzstan and Iran to China, Korea and Thailand.  Late in the evening on 26th station with Taiwanese phone-in programme was dominating frequency. Signal got better and better up until 21UTC and I was able sent pretty clear audio clip to 1287 Min Li Radio, Fangliao. They also have Facebook-page and I received very friendly reply from the girls Carol and Vicky in English. This station is located in Pingtung county, southern Taiwan.  

27th of September was the best day for Far East DXing in southern Finland this fall. South Korea was booming with massive signals at 17-18UTC then strong signals from Japan at 19-20UTC. Taiwan was not the main direction of the conditions but after carefully listening through the recordings, I found two great catches also from Taiwan. On former YLE AM-frequency 963 kHz I heard weak but clear top of the hour id from "Taiwan Guangbo Gongsi, Chung Hsing Guangbo Diantai" aka Taiwan BC Chung Hsing Broadcasting Station, Nantou.

Another surprise was 1026 Chung Hwa 2 BC, New Taipei City. On 1026 Tien Sheng BC has been heard quite regularly but Chung Hwa 2nd program is a rare catch. Id was almost the same as Chung Hwa 1st program on 1350 kHz, only the words before “…diantai. Chung Hwa Kong Po Kon Shi” were different.    

Conditions to Far East were clearly better in September than in October. Still I was able catch two stations worth mentioning. 675 kHz has been Eurofree frequency since September when legendary Lopik-transmitter site in Holland was shut down and antenna tower demolished. Since then I have checked the frequency almost daily and finally on 27th of October before 21UTC I was able to hear typical Taiwanese night time program on frequency. Station was certainly 675 Cheng Sheng BC Peikang. This station should be more common in the future if the frequency stays free from euros.

Already in fall 2014 I was puzzled with station on 1161 kHz. It was using a familiar Christmas Carol as its interval melody on top of the hour, but I never heard spoken id. This October I heard the same melody again and later also some program that sounded Taiwanese. After some googling I end up to Feng Ming Radio’s web site (at http://www.fengmin.com.tw) where I found audio stream of their program.  From audio stream I heard the same melody at the top of an hour, so I was now positively able identify the station as 1161 Feng Min BC, Kaohsiung. I e-mailed two audio clips to the station and they quickly confirmed my reception with QSL-letter in Chinese.

I have sent mostly e-mail reception reports to Taiwanese stations. Currently bit more than a half of the stations have answered my reports. Percentage is much higher that from the stations in mainland China. I have used Chinese reception report form but over half of the replies have been in English.  I would say that most Taiwanese stations are able to communicate in English, but some still prefer Chinese.

Any comments and corrections to this article are appreciated.
Thanks to Pyry Mäkeläinen for floating audio player code.

Jouni Keskinen


Pro FM Oradea 107,6 local ads and FFF-QSL!

Thanks to the new FDXA Es alarm ring via WhatsApp I was live on the FM band from the very beginning on June 25th evening when Sporadic E woke up with cx to a quite wide angle from Croatia to Belgium. Later on began a rather common final cx session with Romania on the band. My DX equipments on fire in Toivio Pirkkala were Sony XDR-receiver with the genius Polish software XDR-GTK and a 5-element Triax FM-yagi with rotator on the roofing top.

A Hungarian voice on 107,2 MHz faded away and soon I noted the very first Romanian station of this session on 107,6 at 1739 UTC: commercial break going on and after 40 seconds a clear Pro FM id, then more spots. Will be most fascinating to check the minidisk and possibly find some track with local origin from the ads.

Few days later I had headphones on beside my Sony JB920 –minidisk deck and the 107,6 track really gave nice local identity for Pro FM: A hotel-restaurant and another firm from Oradea! Quick look to the map: Oradea is located close to the border of Hungary and it´s officially bilingual while 25 % speak Hungarian. As a 10th biggest city in the country with population almost like in Tampere Oradea (Nagyvárad in Hungarian) is not as well-known as Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár) which takes the major tourist streams in Romanian Transylvania.

Putting then the station to OnLine Log I noticed that JTK has caught the same commercial break in Helsinki 3 minutes later when Pro FM already had faded to zero in Pirkkala, and that station is underlined and marked with plus. So if earlier loggings will not appear later on, my sudden reception of Pro FM Oradea local break was luckily the very first in Finland. After many years I even enjoyed to send a reception report to a FM-station and quickly got brief e-mail verification from the vanzari (sales) department. So my first FM FFF QSL came true, at least at the moment.

Little bit later on I got to know that the honour of the first catch in Finland with “+” in statics any more does not go to the chronologically first listener, but according to new rules to the quickest OnLineLog logger. Sounds little bit confusing although of course the total change in FM DXing environment due to the SDR mass recordings, in good and bad, and possible “shirking” of own loggings and “screening” of others loggings must be considered somehow. Perhaps could be also valued that live catches could be treated in a different way in statistics, i.e. should there be some reasonable period of time to check live recordings to ensure the identification and for instance the local status of reception rather than rush it right away as a raw material in the OLL? Perhaps this would be a more fair deal, especially to not so experienced FM-DXers. Luckily one particular log entry is not as important to me as the listening itself, even though concerning my first potential plus-logging on FM. On the other hand, naturally if there are statistics, there must be some rules and rules should be as equitable and practical as possible. Not so easy task in our time as in many ways seems that only change is permanent. :-)

73 JVH


Jan-Feb 2014 QSLs: Some Asia and CLM-VEN

Last September-October after nice Far-East conditions I sent about a dozen reports to Japan and still some QSLs are coming slowly but steadily:

JOJB NHK2 Kanazawa daini hoso 1386
Nice full data QSL and promo material for snail-mail report. New WRTH has messed up the addresses of NHK2 stations, but you can find local addresses from NHK regional web sites. Correct address for this one is: 14-1 Ohtemachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa 920-8644, Japan.
JOUR NBC Radio, Nagasaki 1233
After 4 months stylish japanese QSL-card and short letter addressed "To whom it may concern".
JOWF STV Radio, Sapporo 1440 and
JOWL STV Radio, Asahikawa 1197
Very friendly letter and full data QSL from STV Radio Technical Section signed by Yoshiaki Amano. He verified my both reports to JOWF and JOWL. I was especially happy to hear 3kW JOWL 1197 in Tampere on the 20th of October 2013.

Verifications from Chinese stations are pretty hard to get. In January I sent 15 reception reports to China with letters in Chinese and CD and I am still waiting for my first verification. Meanwhile I have been lucky to receive two e-mail verfications.

Anhui Jingji Guangbo, Hefei 864
Nice e-mail in Chinese verified my report of Anhui Economic Broadcasting Channel. V/s remembered my last year report to Anhui Agricultural Radio. Anhui RGD seems to be one of the very few chinese stations to have listener service and a person appointed to handle reception reports.
Zhengzhou Jingji Guangbo, Zhengzhou 1458
I wrote short report to guestbook found from the station website and was lucky to receive two emails. They even made an article about my reception report on their webpage. This 1458 channel is not listed on WRTH 2014 and other Zhengzhou fq 792 is also missing.

My DX-highlight of the winter was a short but intense opening to CLM-VEN-PNR on the 21st of January. Especially the stations from Medellín were coming with full force. Peculiarly no stations from Bogota were audible.

YVOF Radio Trujillo, Trujillo 1280
Surprise station from 21.1 superb opening. Nice email letter with photo of station's pick-up in front of antenna mast, but no v/s name mentioned.
HJAZ Frecuencia Bolivariana, Monteria 1160
This one received many reports from Finland after the 21st of January. Coordinador Mario Sanchez Arteaga was still nice enough to verify my report with email. Thanks to HK for helping with this one.
HJNL La Cariñosa, Manizales 1450
Very nice signal and local announcements on 21st of January. Director Jaime Sanchez quickly verified my report. Thanks to TIK for v/s-info.
HJNT Radio Huellas, Cali 1470
Nice e-mail letter from Pedro Arturo Suarez. This same station HJNT (with different name Radio Total) was my very first MW-station from South America heard way back in the end of 1980's.
YVNE Radio Uno, Caracas 1340
E-mail verification letter from three directors of the station.
HJDU Emisora Cultural Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín 1410
Great looking formal PDF-letter with University's official letterhead signed by Directora.

This winter I have heard only one new North American station for me:
WXRL Lancaster NY 1300 verified my audio clip with nice letter and congratulated Finnish Olympic Hockey Team after sending USA team back home without medals.

Also one WPAS verification:
St. Joseph Church, Miltown Malbay Parish, Miltown Malbay, Diocese of Killaloe, Co Clare 27731 kHz. E-mail from Parish Secretary. This small 2200 people parish on the West Coast of Ireland has 2 churches.

Jouni (JKZ at sdxl.org)