Friday, May 26, 2017

QSL: JOFO RKB Kitakyushu 1197

RKB's main station JOFR in Fukuoka is among the strongest Japanese stations here. JOFO is a 1-kW relay and was fighting with Kumamoto Hoso (RKK) at the time, but with a good signal.  QSL card, letter and schedules received today.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

QSL: Six stations from the Hokkaido Broacasting Company

JOHR Sapporo 1287 is among the most common Japanese stations here, and with the potential of absolutely "local" signal levels at times.

They do have a lot of relay stations though, and last autumn I did a more systematic hunt for them. Six stations were reported, and QSL cards and a letter was received today. The confirmed stations are:

JOHE Asahikawa 864, 3 kW (there's also a 1 kW station in Enbetsu on 864)
JOHW Obihiro 1269, 5 kW
JOTS Wakkanai 1368, 1 kW
JOQL Kushiro 1404, 5 kW
JOQM Abashiri 1449, 5 kW
JOHS Rumoi 1557, 100 W

There are still more stations in the HBC network to report, such as 801, 900, 1098 and 1494 kHz. We'll see what the coming season brings.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

QSL: JOUR NBC Nagasaki, 1233

Not too often heard because of high-powered competition on the frequency. I caught a very good signal in February though, and received a response today with a form letter, QSL, pen and lots of other promotional material. Next season's targets will be NBC's lower-powered relays on 1098 and 1458.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

QSL: JOTG NHK-1 Aomori 963

An old reception which responded with a QSL card. There are several low-powered relay stations which are possible to hear, and a report has just been sent for two 100-watt relays on 1584.

Photo: Google

QSL: JOCE CRK Radio Kansai, Tajima 1395

1395 is a 1 kW relay of JOCR Kobe 558, and was heard on September 19. They sent their QSL card and time table (as most Japanese stations do). Many years ago I tried to confirm their main station JOCR, but with no luck. During last august I did hear JOCR several times, but a clear ID avoided me, and HLQH with their 250 kW was very dominant. Next time...!

QSL: JOIQ NHK-1 Muroran, 945

5 kW JOIQ is heard from time to time, and a good signal ID from October 2017 was confirmed with a letter from the Muroran, Hokkaido office.  Unlike many other NHK offices, they have no QSL card of their own.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

QSL: JOEF YBC Yamagata, 918

The engineers at Yamagata Hoso are quite surprised to have received "several reports from Norway in the past".  My reception was from late October 2016, but YBC has had a steady signal on 918 and might expect more reports.

Friday, May 19, 2017

QSL: JONF MRT Miyazaki, 936

JONF had a nice signal on October 11, and sent a friendly letter and QSL card in response for my report.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

JOBF RKK Radio, Kumamoto 1197

Heard last September with a fair signal, QSL received today.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

QSL: JOVK NHK-1 Hakodate, 675

Another one heard around autumn equinox last year with local identification.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

QSL: JODF Iwate Broadcasting, 684

Heard in September 2016, I received a QSL card and a friendly letter from one of the tech guys today.

QSL: JOTR ABS Akita, 936

A strong and clear "ABS Radio" on 936 kHz last October was sent to Akita a couple of weeks ago. QSL card including the standard Japanese "TNX FR UR RPT", just like their HAM QSLs, received today.

The KiwiSDR: 8 Months Later

Last year I wrote some initial impressions after a couple of weeks of using the KiwiSDR. 8 months later I thought it was time to reflect further about the hardware, the software and its potential. So, my Second Thoughts are available for those who are curious about this rather unusual SDR.

Did I have second thoughts?  Nooo... just a pun.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

QSL: KQYX Galena KS 1450

"The Dove" was heard several times the last season. After a few tries I received a friendly email today. Attached were two of the liners they used (one of which was on the recording I sent to them). Thanks Bo Olofsson for v/s.

Friday, May 05, 2017

QSL: JOCF MBC Kagoshima, 1107

Minami Nihon Hoso, or MBC as they also ID, has 20 kW on 1107 so quite easy to hear. QSL and letter received yesterday.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

QSL: JOPF KRY Tokuyama, 765

A standard QSL card was in the mail today for a September, 2019 reception. Since I have 1485 from many years back, I only need 918 to have the Yamaguchi Hoso network confirmed. Japan #75 on MW.

QSL: JOAP NHK-1 Naha 549, and JO-- NHK-1 Gabu 531

Excellent conditions towards Okinawa brought these two NHK-1 Okinawa stations. The Gabu, 531 station is only 1 kW. Oddly enough, they gave their local ID at 16:01 UTC, and closed down, contrary to other NHK-1 stations. Thanks Ole Forr for spotting this. A friendly letter accompanied the QSL card. Their NHK-2 station on 1125 is already in my collection.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

QSL: JORK NHK-1 Kochi, 990

Some time ago I had a good ID on the otherwise cluttered frequency 990. Today I received a QSL card with a short but friendly letter including lots of photos from the station,  such as studios, the two 10 kW transmitters and the 90-meter tower. And a sushi dish! Ages ago I received a QSL for their NHK-2 station on 1152.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Revolution Starts On Friday!

Not my words, mind you!

But the words from Expert Electronics, a Russia-based company which previously has made SDR transceivers and receivers mainly with the radio amateur in mind. This one looks suspiciosly similar to the 8-bit dongles available on eBay, that are little more than toys. The ColibriNANO however will deliver up to 3 MHz of I/Q sampling, 14-bit ADC (similar to the Perseus), and a -130 dBm noise floor (presumed CW @500 Hz although not specified). It will handle a 74 mV (around -9 dBm) signal before going into saturation. It will be happy with a USB 2.0 port. It's EUR 299, one-third the price of a Perseus and half the price of a CloudIQ or FDM-S2. At 1/10 or maybe 1/20 of the size.

These figures are in fact very good, at least on paper.

So the big Q is: Can a dongle match a Perseus, a CloudIQ, an Elad FDM-S2, a Winradio G33DDC, a QS1R?

Perhaps we will know a couple of Fridays from now. Of course I've ordered one. I admit I'm predjudiced. It's "too small". You can't make an excellent SDR in the form of a USB dongle. Or can you? After all, miniaturization  is going on everywhere else, so why not in the SDR world?

We'll see!

Friday, April 28, 2017

QSL: WTAD Quincy IL, 930

Heard with a fair signal at the end of February, friendly response this evening from the PD who's answered quite a few DX-ers in his 27-year career at WTAD. Illinois #30.

QSL: JOKP NHK-1 Kitami 1188

Commonly heard especially at the 10:00 UTC local slot. Postcard with stamped verie text in Japanese received today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

QSL: JOHP NHK-1 Takamatsu, 1368

Today's third letter from Japan was a confirmation of 5 kW JOHP, heard in November 2016. I didn't really find a good logo but here's the NHK HQ in Takamatsu.

QSL: JOBO KBS Kinki Hoso, Maisuru 1215

The main station JOBR in Kyoto has two low-powered relays on 1215, 1 kW Hirnoe, and 2 kW Maisuru. QSL card and letter received today.

QSL: STV Sapporo, Japan

JOWF Sapporo 1440 is the most common commercial Japanese station here, and was confirmed in 1975. But they have many lower-powered relay stations as well. Three of them were confirmed today:

JOWS Kushiro, 882 kHz, 3 kW
JOVX Abashiri 909 kHz, 5 kW
JOWL Asahikawa 1197 kHz, 3 kW

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

QSL: JONK NHK-1 Nagano, 819

Quite a common station once you get past the North Korean, but to get a QSL, you need to report... Letter in Japanese received today.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

QSL: 2RN Radio National, Wollongong NSW 1431

I was checking some recordings from the excellent autumn equinox conditions last year and mostly chasing Japanese stations, so I didn't expect this 2 kW station. Quite a bit of luck was involved as Wakayma Hoso was extremely strong at the time. But after the time pips they left a couple seconds of dead air. And there went the Majestic Fanfare!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

QSL: AFN Kunsan, KOR 1440

AFN can be heard from time to time under the strong JOWF STV Sapporo, but on February 28 the signal was exceptional a few minutes. There are two 1 kW stations, Kunsan and Pyeongtaek, and both were actually heard with an echo. Facebook response this evening. Good signals also on other not common Korea frequencies.

QSL: KAVP Colona CO 1450

KAVP was heard with a very good signal in March. A friendly and detailed email response was received yesterday.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

QSL: 5RN Radio National, Adelaide SA 729

And today's third Aussie arrived half an hour later. 5RN was first heard many, many years ago, but was left unconfirmed until now. A good opening towards South Australia on April 9 brought good signals. Thanks Graham for outstanding service to DX-ers!

QSL: 4QS ABC Southern Queensland, Toowoomba QLD, 747 and 2RN Radio National, Newcastle, NSW 1512

Both were heard during a good opening in the early evening hours of January 21.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

QSL: 4QR ABC Radio Brisbane, QLD 612

On January 15 I observed a short period with excellent conditions towards a rather small area in Queensland, with the most common Australian on 1548 (4QD) at stunning levels. A couple very interesting commercial stations were left unidentified, but 4QR had a fair signal on top of the hour and a good ID to match.
QSL for my 10th Queensland station received last night.

Friday, March 31, 2017

QSL: WHIY Huntsville AL 1600

Heard a few days ago with a good signal in Kongsfjord, friendly response yesterday. Thanks OJS for v/s. Their sister station is the much more common WEUP on 1700.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

QSL: 4QL ABC Western Queensland, Longreach 540, and 4JK ABC North Queensland, Julia Creek 567

These stations were heard on Dec. 1, 2016, most surprising was 540 with the superpowered Kossuth Radio on. But TJ Bråtveit had found 540 on a later date so I decided to check. I'm now above the 30 mark for confirmed Australian MW stations.

QSL: AFN Tokyo 810

AFN "The Eagle" 810 is by no means uncommon in my location, yet for a long time, reporting it has been delayed to "later". A few days ago "later" suddenly became "now" as I found a super strength recording from October 2016.  Cheerful response this morning.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

QSL: WGLB Elk Grove WI 1560

Detected by OJS, and through some fancy detective work he even found a v/s, thanks very much! Heard in late February (but even last September).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

QSL: KFCD Farmersville TX 990

Another Smøla catch from recent days, also heard in Finland a few days earlier. Thanks OJS for v/s.

Monday, March 20, 2017

QSL: WGVS Muskegon MI 850

A very rare station and a much wanted one, but thanks to a tip from OJS I got a very nice signal at my Smøla SDR a few days ago. Friendly response today! WGVU 1480 is of course a lot easier to hear.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

QSL: KZOT Bellevue NE 1180

Heard early November 2015, I was very satisfied to receive a confirmation from KZOT today. "The Zone 2" is co-owned with KOZN "The Zone" 1620 in Omaha. Nebraska # 20.

QSL: WATT Cadilac MI 1240

"Conservative talk and stimulating conversation. What you need to know 24/7. 1240 WATT Cadillac. It's 8 o'clock". This was the super-clear announcement heard on Jan 26, confirmed yesterday by their CE.

Friday, March 03, 2017

QSL: KRKS Denver CO 990

Thanks to OJS, I found KRKS with good signal levels in mid-February. Friendly response from the CE last night. He also oversees KNUS-710.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

QSL: WGIG Brunswick GA 1440

Heard at Smøla island early in the season running a gospel show. Although a newstalk format, stations often have other programming on Sundays.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

QSL: WASK Lafayette IN 1450

Heard on the 27 January when conditions were fluttery due to solar activity. Thanks OJS for the tip and v/s. Very good signal at the top of the hour. 1450 #50.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

QSL: Radio Tuvalu, 621

DX-ing the Pacific islands is always exciting. Even listening to them with the "island music" is a great experience. Radio Tuvalu was first heard in Kongsfjord in the autumn of 2015. The year after, the signal was noted more consistently, and at times surprisingly strong. Well, after all it's 5 kW so why not... Brief email confirmed my reception today. Pacific MW station # 100, Pacific MW country # 12.

Friday, February 03, 2017

QSL: WLLM Lincoln IL 1370

Heard in November, a friendly response from the GM (who's a HAM) received today. Thanks OJS for v/s.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

QSL: WMPL Hancock MI 920

WMPL was heard in mid-January during a CKNX fade. Their Chief Engineer confirmed my reception today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

QSL: Coast NZ, Hawke's Bay NZL 1584

Another Kiwi from the excellent October 13 opening replied today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

QSL: KMRS Morris MN 1230

Quite a surprising catch this morning when KMRS surfaced with a promotion and mentioned both 1230 and 95.7 KKOK. Quick response this afternoon. KMRS is one of rather few stations who are not 24/7, as they're silent between local Midnight and 5:30 am.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

QSL: YVKJ Radio Maria, Caracas VEN 1450

A very common guest on Smøla island, and quite often heard in Kongsfjord too. E-QSL today for an August, 2016 report.

Monday, January 09, 2017

QSL: WKHM Jackson MI 970

WHKM was heard on November 1, and after a few tries OJ Sagdahl submitted a contact who sent a friendly response. Michigan # 40.