Radio Dap Loi Song Nui, VIETNAM – 9670 kHz

My final station logged on Saturday 13th November 2021 was Radio Dap Loi Song Nui, VIETNAM, broadcasting in the Vietnamese language on 9670 kHz.

Above:- World globe showing the location of Vietnam. Image c/o Wikipedia.

The station was launched on the 15th day of May 2011 and is owned by Vietnam Democracy Radio who is based in San Jose, California, USA.

The overall reception of the station was fair. The signal strength was strong and there was only slight fading on the signal. However, there appeared to be a deliberate ‘jamming’ signal on the frequency. It sounded like a ‘siren’. This made listening pleasure difficult.

SINPO
42443

Below is a video of my reception of Radio Dap Loi Song Nui.

References.

  1. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021

Voice of the Martyrs, SOUTH KOREA – 9930 kHz

Next in the log on Saturday 13th November 2021 was another new one for me. It was a ‘clandestine’ station called the Voice of the Martyrs, broadcasting on 9930 kHz in the Korean language.

The Voice of the Martyrs traces its roots back to Romania and a Lutheran pastor named Richard Wurmbrand, an ethnic Jew who faced persecution from the fascists during World War II. Following the war, he faced persecution at the hands of the Communist successors.

Above: Richard Wumbrand. Image c/o Wikipedia

Wurmbrand was captured by the Communists and imprisoned without trial. He was tortured in the hopes that he would reveal information about the underground church, however, he refused to co-operate. He spent 14 years in prison before being formally ransomed out of Romania for $10,000.

In 1967 he formed an organisation that would subsequently become the Voice of the Martyrs.

Numerous Voice of the Martyrs organisations were established around the world. The Korean branch dates back to 1967 when a group of South Koreans .d church.

The Korean branch of Voice of the Martyrs dates back as early as 1967, when a small band of South Koreans together with Wurmbrand organised to smuggle Bibles into North Korea via balloon and through radio, spread God’s word. Voice of the Martyrs Korea was officially founded in 2001 by the Reverend Doctors Eric and Hyun Sook Foley.

The Voice of the Martyrs Korea broadcast three times daily in the Korean language.

More information can be found on the Voice of the Martyrs Korea website at…..

https://vomkorea.com/en/project/northkorea/

The overall reception of the Voice of the Martyrs was fair to poor. This was due to apparent deliberate ‘jamming’ of the signal. The World Radio TV Handbook reports jamming in parts of the target area, and this is definitely what I experienced.

SINPO
32443

Below is a video showing my reception of the Voice of the Martyrs.

References.

  1. Short-Wave Info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 14th November 2021
  2. Voice of the Martyrs, 2021, <https://vomkorea.com/en/about/history/>, viewed 14th November 2021

Reach Beyond Australia – 11905 kHz

Next in the log on Saturday 13th November 2021 was Reach Beyond Australia broadcasting on 11905 kHz in the Japanese language.

Reach Beyond in Australia commenced broadcasting to the Asia Pacific region on the shortwave bands in 2003. Until 2014 the station was known as HCJB Australia.

Below is a 2019 promotional video from Reach Beyond Australia.

Reach Beyond Australia uses large high gain antennas to direct their transmission signal. Some antennas can cover several countries at once whereas other specialty antennas radiate a selective narrow beam to provide maximum signal strength for particular listeners.

Reach Beyond Australia’s Parabolic Antenna can be directed at different parts of Asia, including countries such as India, Myanmar and Japan. Reach Beyond Australia also has a number of simpler Dipole Antennas that provide coverage of Asia as well as the Pacific Islands.

Above:- Reach Beyond Australia’s antennas. Image c/o Reach Beyond Australia website.

The overall reception of Reach Beyond Australia was excellent. There was no fading on the signal and no interference. Absolute ‘arm chair’ copy.

SINPO
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Below is a short video of my reception of Reach Beyond Australia.

References.

  1. Reach Beyond Australia, 2021, <https://www.reachbeyond.org.au/on-air/broadcast-schedule/>, viewed 14th November 2021
  2. Short-Wave info, 2021, <https://short-wave.info/>, viewed 14th November 2021

Radio Taiwan International – 11915 kHz

Next in the log on Saturday 13th November 2021 was Radio Taiwan International broadcasting in the Indonesian language on 11915 in the 25m band.

Above:- World globe showing the location of Taiwan. Image c.o Wikipeida

The broadcast was coming from the station’s Paochung 250KW transmitter.

The overall reception of Radio Taiwan was excellent.

SINPO
55445

Below is a video of my reception of Radio Taiwan International.

References.

  1. Short-Wave info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 14th November 2021
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2021, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 14th November 2021.

Korean Central Broadcasting Station, NORTH KOREA – 3320 kHz

Third in my log on Saturday 13th November 2021 was the Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) in NORTH KOREA, broadcasting on 3320 kHz in the Korean language.

The broadcast was originating from their Pyongyang 100 KW transmitter.

Above:- World globe showing the location of Korea. Image c/o Wikipedia

The Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) is the domestic radio service operated by the Korean Central Broadcasting Committee, a state-owned broadcaster in North Korea. KCBS was established on 14 October 1945 as Pyongyang Broadcasting Station after the Korean liberation from Japan. The station later was renamed Korea Central Broadcasting Station in February 1948.

The overall reception of KCBS was good. The signal strength was good and there was no interference on the frequency or from adjacent stations. However, there were moderate static crashes due to storms out in the Tasman Sea.

SINPO
45344

Below is a short video of my reception of PBS on 3320 kHz.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 14th November 2021
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2021, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 14th November 2021
  3. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Central_Broadcasting_Station#:~:text=The%20Korean%20Central%20Broadcasting%20Station,owned%20broadcaster%20in%20North%20Korea.>, viewed 14th November 2021
  4. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021

Saudi Radio, SAUDI ARABIA – 15380 kHz

Second in my log for Saturday 13th November 2021 was Saudi Radio transmitting in the Arabic language on 15380 kHz in the 19m band.

The Saudi Radio broadcast consisted of male announcers speaking in Arabic and middle eastern music.

The transmitter for this broadcast is located in Riyadh and is 500 kW.

The overall reception of Saudi Radio was fair. The signal strength was good but there was significant interference on the frequency from CNR1 Voice of China in the Chinese language.

SINPO
42443

Below is a short video of my reception of Saudi Radio.

Unfortunately according to the World Radio TV Handbook, they do not QSL.

References.

  1. Short-Wave.info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 13th November 2021.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2021, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 13th November 2021.
  3. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021.

China Radio International – 17490 kHz

On Saturday 13th November 2021 I tuned in to China Radio International broadcasting in the English language on 17490 kHz in the 16m band. This was a new frequency for me for CRI.

The broadcast was coming from the Kashi-Saibagh transmitter site. Kashgar Prefecture, also known as Kashi Prefecture, is located in southwestern Xinjiang, China, located in the Tarim Basin region. The transmitter power is 500kW.

Above:- CRI’s Kashi-Saibagh transmitter site. Map c/o Mapcarta

The CRI broadcast included the news and the China Plus program.

The overall reception of CRI was good. The signal strength was good and there was nil interference on the frequency or from adjacent frequencies. The band was very quiet with no static or atmospheric noise. There was slight fading on CRI’s signal.

SINPO
45544

Below is a video of my reception of CRI on 17490 kHz.

References.

  1. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021

Voice of Mongolia – 12015 kHz

Next in the log on 12th November 2021, was another new station for me. It was the Voice of Mongolia broadcasting in the Japanese language on 2015 kHz.

The Voice of Mongolia is the official international broadcasting station of Mongolia.

Above:- World globe showing the location of Mongolia. Image c/o Wikipedia.

The Voice Of Mongolia is operated by Mongolian National Broadcaster. The first broadcast in October 1964 was a half-hour transmission in Mongolian and Chinese, beamed to China. In the next few years, Mongolian international broadcasting expanded in terms of languages used, broadcast hours and target areas. The English service of Radio Ulaanbaatar, which was renamed The Voice Of Mongolia on January 1, 1997, was launched on January 29, 1965.

The Voice of Mongolia’s broadcasts are transmitted directly from Khonkhor Transmitting Station, about 25 km east of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital via 250 kW transmitters.

The overall reception of the Voice of Mongolia was good.  The signal strength was good with only slight fading.  There was no interference on the frequency or from adjacent stations on the band.  I listened to the Japanese program and then the English language broadcast.

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45444

Below is a video showing my reception of the Voice of Mongolia.

References.

  1. Online Radio Box, 2021, <https://onlineradiobox.com/mn/vom/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  2. Voice of Mongolia, 2021, <>, viewed 15th November 2021.
  3. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_Mongolia>, viewed 15th November 2021
  4. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021

VOA Ashna Radio – 12140 kHz

My third station logged on 12th November 2021 was Voice of America – Ashna Radio, broadcasting in the Pashto language.

This was a new station for me.

VOA Ashna, which means ‘Friend’ targets a listening audience in Afghanistan. It is reported that VOA Ashna reaches about 64% of Afghanistan’s adult population. The station broadcasts two 30 minute broadcasts per day. One in the Dari language, and one in Pashto. Their programs feature various issues including current affairs, U.S. policies, security, health, science, entertainment, sports, youth and women’s rights.

The overall reception of Ashna Radion was fair.

SINPO
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Below is a video showing my reception of Ashna Radio on 12140 kHz

References.

  1. Short-Wave Info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  2. VOA, 2021, <https://www.pashtovoa.com/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  3. VOA, 2021, <https://www.insidevoa.com/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  4. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021

RTM Sarawak – 9835 kHz

Next in the log on 12th November 2021 was Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) Sarawak on 9835 kHz broadcasting in the Malay language.

This was a new station for me.

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), also known as the Department of Broadcasting, Malaysia, is the national public broadcaster of Malaysia. It was established on the 1st day of April 1946 as Radio Malaya. It is the first and the oldest radio broadcaster in Malaysia.

Radio Malaya was re-named Radio Malaysia on the 16th day of September 1963, when Malaysia was formed. In 1969 Radio Malaysia and Televisyen Malaysia merged to form the present-day broadcast department. Today RTM operates 6 television channels and 34 radio stations.

The overall reception of RTM Sarawak was poor. There was severe interference on the frequency from the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  There was also some interference (bleed-over) from the Voice of America on 9825 kHz broadcasting in the Chinese language.

SINPO
22332

Below is a video showing my reception of RTM Sarawak.

References.

  1. Facebook, 2021, <https://www.facebook.com/RTM.Sarawak/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  2. RTM, 2021, <https://www.rtm.gov.my/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  3. Short-Wave Info, 2021, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 15th November 2021
  4. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Televisyen_Malaysia>, viewed 15th November 2021
  5. World Radio TV Handbook, 2021