• [VK5PAS] Vatican Radio - 9610 kHz

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    Vatican Radio - 9610 kHz

    Posted: 25 Oct 2021 03:07 AM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/vatican-radio-9610-khz/

    I then found Vatican Radio broadcasting on 9610 kHz in the 31m band. The broadcast was in the Russian language.

    Vatican Radio is the official broadcasting service of Vatican City. The station was set up in 1931 by Guglielmo Marconi, and today its programs are offered in 47 languages, and are sent out on various mediums including
    short wave.

    Above:- Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi. Image c/o Wikipedia
    On the 12th day of February 1931, Vatican Radio commenced broadcasting with
    the callsign HVJ on two shortwave frequencies using 10 kilowatts of power,
    with the pontificial message Omni creaturae of Pope Pius XI. Also in attendance was Guglielmo Marconi and Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who would
    become Pope Pius XII.

    Above:- Pope Pius XI, his successor Pacelli with Marconi at starting of Vatican Radio 1931. Image c/o Wikipedia
    Today, programming is produced by over two hundred journalists located in
    61 different countries. Vatican Radio produces more than 42,000 hours of simultaneous broadcasting covering international news, religious
    celebrations, in-depth programs, and music. 

    Above:- Administration building and radio masts at Vatican City Image c/o Wikipedia
    I was receiving Vatican Radio well. Unfortunately, I tuned in right at the
    end of their broadcast.

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


    Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Radio>, viewed 25th October 2021

    KNLS New Life Station - 9795 kHz

    Posted: 25 Oct 2021 02:43 AM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/knls-new-life-station-9795-khz/

    Next in my Short Wave log was KNLS, New Life Station, broadcasting from
    ALASKA on 9795 kHz in the31m band.
    KNLS is an international shortwave radio station near Anchor Point, Alaska, United States. The station is operated by World Christian Broadcasting, a non-profit company based in the United States. KNLS broadcasts 20 hours a
    day of Christian-themed programming in Chinese, English and Russian.

    The target area of the broadcast was the Pacific Rim which is that part of
    the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of
    the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Maurice Hall was the inspiration for KNLS. During the Second World War he
    was a young Army Signal Corps officer, and was involved in delivering
    shortwave radio transmitters to the Yalta Conference so that President
    Franklin D. Roosevelt could stay informed of news from Washington.
    Hall was a devout Christian and realised that Christian programming could
    also be sent to the entire world in the same way. At the end of World War
    II, Hall became a minister, educator and missionary. He still dreamed of
    an international shortwave station that would reach the entire world with Gospel messages.

    Above:- Maurice Hall. Image c/o christianchronicle.org
    In 1976, World Christian Broadcasting Corporation was formed and work began
    on making the station a reality. The following year, Lowell Perry, Hal
    Frazier, and Ken Ferguson, three of the KNLS founders, were killed in a
    plane crash near the island of Martinique, during a mission to find a transmitter site. In 1979, land was purchased in Alaska and a transmitter
    was built.
    KNLS signed on the air July 23, 1983, broadcasting ten hours a day in
    Mandarin Chinese and Russian and reaching roughly one-third of the world. English was added later. As the Soviet Union’s empire fell apart, listeners from those countries began writing and requesting Bibles and other
    religious materials. In 2005, the station signed on a second transmitter in Alaska.
    Overall reception of KNLS was good for the majority of the time. The
    signal strength was good and there was slight fading of the signal with no interference from adjacent stations on the band. However, from about 1215
    UTC, an Over the Horizon Radar came onto the frequency and wiped out the signal out from time to time. The SINPO report below is when there was no interference.

    Below is a video showing my reception of KNLS. It shows the Over the
    Horizon Radar.


    KNLS, 2021, <http://knls.org/>, viewed 25th October 2021.Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNLS>, viewed 25th October 2021

    China Radio International - 15660 kHz

    Posted: 25 Oct 2021 01:40 AM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/china-radio-international-15660-khz/

    I then logged China Radio International of 15.660 kHz in the 19m band.
    This broadcast was coming from their Kashi-Saibagh site and was for South
    Asia listeners.

    CRIs signal was overall good. The signal strength was good with no interference There was slight fading on the signal.

    Below is a short video of my reception of China Radio International on
    15660 kHz.


    World Radio TV Handbook, 2020.

    Mashaal Radio - 15365 kHz

    Posted: 25 Oct 2021 12:18 AM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/mashaal-radio-15365-khz/

    I then tuned into Radio Mashaal on 15365 kHz on the 19m band. The
    broadcast was in the Pashto language.
    Radio Mashaal is a member of Radio Free Europeand was launched on the 15th
    day of January 2010. It only broadcasts in the Pashto language and its headquarters are located in Prague in the Czech Republic . In 2018 the
    Radio Mashaal office in Islamabad was closed by the Pakistan Government.

    Above:- Map of Pakistan. c/o Radio Free Euope.
    Radio Free Europes website states:-
    Radio Mashaal is a public service broadcaster providing a powerful
    alternative to extremist propaganda in Pakistans remote tribal regions
    along the border with Afghanistan.

    I was receiving Radio Mashaal well.

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


    Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Mashaal>, viewed 18th October 2021.Radio Free Europe, 2021, <https://pressroom.rferl.org/rferl-pakistan-service-radio-mashaal>, viewed
    18th October 021.

    Voice of Korea - 13650 kHz

    Posted: 24 Oct 2021 11:45 PM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/voice-of-korea-13650-khz/

    Next in the log on Monday evening

    (18th October 2021) was Voice of Korea on
    13650 khz on the 22 m band shortwave.

    Above:- Map showing the location of North Korea. Map c/o Google maps.
    The Voice of Korea is the international broadcasting service of North
    Korea. Up until 2002 the station was known as Radio Pyongyang.

    The Voice of Koreas origins date back to 1936 when the radio station JBBK
    was operated by the occupying Japanese Forces. In 1945 the station was
    founded as Radio Pyongyang. It was officially inaugurated on the 14th day
    of October 1945 with a live broadcast of the victory speech of Kim Il-sung.
    The first foreign broadcast was on 16th March 1947. In 1950 Japanese
    language broadcasts commenced, followed by English in 1951. By 1960 Radio Pyongyang broadcast 159 hours of programming every week. By 1970 that had increased to 330 hours. By 1980 the station broadcast 597 hours.

    Overall reception of Radio Korea was good. The signal strength was good
    and there was no interference at all from other stations. Every now and
    again the Over the Horizon Radar came onto the frequency but it was nowhere strong enough to cause any disruption. Fading of the signal was slight.

    Below is a video of my reception of the Voice of Korea.


    Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_Korea>, viewed
    25th October 2021.

    Radio Kuwait - 15470 kHz

    Posted: 24 Oct 2021 09:07 PM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/25/radio-kuwait-15470-khz/

    On Monday evening

    (18th October 2021) I logged a number of stations on
    shortwave. First in the log was Radio Kuwait on 15470 kHz.

    Above:- World globe showing the location of Kuwait. Image c/o Wikipedia
    The station is run by the Ministry of Information and has five 500 KW transmitters in Kabd.
    Radio Kuwait had a good strong signal, however the signal appeared to be drifting in frequency and this is reported on a number of other SWL
    websites. I initially believed the broadcast was on 15460 kHz but it
    appears the signal was on 15.470 kHz.

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


    WRTH, 2020

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