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August 27, 2016

A book 'Radio Mania 2016' is going to debut on August 29

An annual book form titled 'Radio Mania' (2016 edition) is going to be published on next Monday by Sansai-books. (Sorry! only in Japanese)

I've the great pleasure to contributed to no less than 20 pages on this issue, as the following three articles;


1. Let's chase the 'Wide-FM' stations and collect their new verification cards.

2. The analysis of complementary/supplementary FM broadcasts' waves, based on actual reception results.

3. The travel for having an experience of Japanese Wide-FM stations vs Korean FM ones in Tsushima island, Nagasaki pref.

(This island belongs to Japan, but so close South Korea)


(the complementary/supplementary with Wide-FM - explanations on this blog)




My contributions have been seen on the latest five consecutive editions. (2015,2014, 2013, 2012-2011,2010)


Because I'd specialized in geography in Univ, radio listening in the course of my travels is intriguing.

I convince myself that I'm the only person who can create such kinds of articles both in English and in Japanese.  

I do my best to live up to the expectations of readers!


the cover of ‘Radio Mania 2016’


August 26, 2016

the verification card from CBC Radio (Nagoya, Aichi, Japan) and Mie pref.

There're two MW commercial/private stations headquartered in Nagoya, the CBC radio and Tokai Radio.

The CBC radio's principal MW frequency is 1053kHz (50kW / JOAR) and nine relay/repeater stations in Aichi, Mie and Gifu.

Their new complementary FM service (on 93.7MHz / 7kW) commenced in Oct 2015. (still no repeaters/relays)


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)



'CBC' is the abbreviation of ‘Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Corporation’.




'Chubu-Nippon' means 'central part of Japan' and usually consists of Aichi, Gifu, Mie and Shizuoka prefectures.

However, in Gifu and in Shizuoka, local commercial MW stations are available. (Gifu-Chan and Shizuoka-Hoso)

CBC's target areas, same as Tokai Radio, are Aichi, Gifu and Mie.

I already described the specialties in Nagoya (Aichi) on the previous post, so I'd like to do about Mie.





Mie forms the eastern part of the ‘Kii’ Peninsula, and borders on Aichi, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

It is generally considered part of the ‘Kinki’ and Tokai regions due to its geographical proximity to Aichi Prefecture and its cultural influence from Kansai, such as the fact that Kansai dialect is widely spoken in Mie.

Traditionally, though, the Iga region of Mie is considered to have always been a part of Kansai. Iga is famous for one of major Ninja’s homes.





Ise city, in the central part of Mie, is famous for Ise Grand Shrine, widely known as Japan's holiest Shinto shrine.


(Ise Grand Shrine)



The 42nd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2016 at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island (near Ise)in Mie.

The attendees included the leaders of the seven G7 member states as well as representatives of the EU.

It was the first summit for Canadian PM and was also the last summit for British PM and the US President.


(G7 summit by Japanese government)



A photo of the G7 leaders, on 26th May 2016 (from Wikipedia)


August 22, 2016

the verification card from Tokai Radio (Nagoya, Aichi, Japan)

There're quite a few specialties in Nagoya. A broad variety of features are available.


on a Shinkansen platform of JR Tokai (The Central Japan Railway Company) Nagoya station (from Wiki)



It's a big city, the capital of Aichi prefecture and the fourth most populous city in Japan after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka.

And located in the Chubu (Central Japan) region, situated at the center of Japan's main island. It's the political, economic and industrial center of this region.


a central part of Nagoya (from Wiki)






【the Nagoya Castle】

The symbol of Nagoya Castle is a pair of Golden 'Shachihoko' (tiger-headed dolphin) statues facing each other on the roof of the keep.

They were said to have been about 2.7 meters-high at the time they were constructed and around 200 kilograms of solid gold was used to make them.

Currently, the inside of the keep serves as an exhibition space.

On the top floor there is an observation room which has panoramic views of Nagoya City.


a currrent Golden 'Shachihoko' (from Wiki)



 【the TOYOTA group】

The main industry in Nagoya is an automotive.

Located near JR Nagoya Station, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is built on the site where the Toyota Motor Corporation was originally established.

The museum consists of the Textile Machinery Pavilion, the Automobile Pavilion, Techno-land, the Toyota Group Building and other attractions.

Various exhibits and demonstrations provide easy-to-understand explanations of the manufacturing process.


【unique local foods】

In recent years, 'Nagoya-meshi' (Foods in Nagoya) has caught the public imagination.

It refers to dishes that use ingredients and cooking methods unique to Nagoya which cannot be found anywhere else.

These dishes include miso 'miso-nikomi' and 'miso-katsu', which both use 'miso' (a thick paste made from fermenting rice, barley and/or soy beans) with a richer taste.

Others are 'teba-saki','hitsu-ma-bushi','ten-musu', and 'kishi-men (noodle)' and so on.


The following URLs are from 'Nagoya Travel Guide'.
















【the Tokai Radio】

There're two MW commercial/private stations headquartered in Nagoya, the CBC radio and the Tokai Radio.

The latter, Tokai radio's main traditional MW frequency is 1332kHz (50kW / JOSF) and nine relay/repeater stations in Aichi, Mie and Gifu.

Their new complementary FM service (on 92.9MHz / 7kW) commenced in Oct 2015. (still no repeaters/relays)

'Tokai' is a sub-region of the Chubu region in Japan that runs along the Pacific Ocean. The name means ‘East sea’ and comes from the 'Tokai-do', one of the Edo Five Routes.





(Tokai Radio)



(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)




the card (modeled after the Nagoya Castle)





August 21, 2016

the 'Enoshima Bali Sunset 2016' (Kanagawa, Japan)

Today, I went to the Eno-shima island (Fujisawa city) to see the festival titled 'Enoshima Bali Sunset 2016'.






(Eno-shima island)



This island seemed to transform into a miniature Bali island, where visitors were surrounded by the Indonesian island's cuisine and arts.

Eight Balinese music and dance groups had some performances and stalls of Balinese food and handcrafted goods such as Batik fabric for sale, along with a hands-on section for visitors to made their own incense and flower offerings.  

Some of the music and dance groups performed at the 'Samuel Cocking Garden', a tropical flower park that overlooks the sea and adds to the holiday mood.


With the support of the Indonesian Embassy, Garuda airlines and other organizations from the country, the event has garnered a reputation every year among Japanese media of making visitors.

This event happens to take place during the 'Enoshima Toro', an event that sees lanterns light up the whole island during the month of August.

(one of summer traditions wihch is prevalent throughout Japan)


Bali island is one of popular destinations among Japanese travel lovers.

Even though I've been to Indonesia once (Batam islands only), willing to stay Bali someday.





the main stage of this event



A staff of Garuda provided me some their promotional items.

She said they were awarded as 'The World's Best Cabin Crew' for the third consecutive year by Skytrax, a London-based, independent global rating agency.


The award was the third time for Garuda since year 2014.

With more than 420 airlines worldwide featured, customers rate their flights across eight categories that include seat comfort, onboard services, food & beverages, inflight entertainment, onboard wi-fi, airport services and value for money.


As part of reviews, many customers upload photos of their flight experience.

Customers score their overall flight experience using a one-to-ten score, and the Most Loved airline scores are based upon the aggregate of these ratings.

Asian airlines dominate 11 of the Top 15 positions, Garuda Indonesia at No 1 with a satisfaction score of 85%.






I brought my PL-380 and tried to catch far FM stations at the observation floor of Enoshima lighthouse.



August 16, 2016

【Notice】 re-organized the categories

Hi visitors!

Thank you very much for your visit and attention.

As for the categories, for the sake of clarity, consolidated to six.

They're as follows;


1 ‘BDXC’

I’m a member of BDXC, the abbreviation of British DX Club.

2 ‘excerpts’

  something related to my writing activities

3 ‘exploring_Japan’ new

  Radio broadcasters and local specialties in Japan

4 ‘receivers’

I own 10+ portable receivers



5 ‘travel_and_listening’

 the loggings during my friends’ (or my) travel inside and outside Japan

6 ‘miscellaneous’ new

 all posts not included in above


Now, I'd like to report the numbers of this blog, as of the present day.


It has been since May 10th, 2011.

The number of accumulated hits is around 49,000.

The average hits per one day is 35.

The total postings is 545.


You can see my profile on the following page



Right now, set link from the following sites;

 DX – international

 World Radio Map

 DX Brasil SW

 Ultralignt DX


Your link is welcome, however from any sites written in English preferably.

On this blog, descriptions are only in English.

No plan to write in other languages.

Your comment needs my approval before it goes live.


Thank you for your cooperation.



my receivers




August 15, 2016

the verification card from KNB radio (Toyama, Japan)

Toyama is a prefecture of Japan located in the 'Hokuriku' region, in the Sea of Japan side of the archipelago. The capital is Toyama city.

Hokuriku consists of Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui.

In winter, strong low atmospheric pressures sometimes bring heavy snow especially to the area and neighbor prefectures like Niigata.


(Toyama pref)



Toyama is famous for pharmaceutical production and drug deliverer.


(Toyama pharmaceutical association)



In March 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen (a high-speed railway) commenced their service jointly operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West), connecting Tokyo with this Hokuriku, Toyama and Kanazawa (Ishikawa).

I've been to Toyama and Kanazawa with my wife and son in last May for nearly one week, very first for us to travel the region.


(Hokuriku Shinkansen)



KNB radio, the abbreviation of Kita Nihon (means 'Northern Japan') Broadcasting co.,ltd is a (the only MW) regional/commercial broadcaster in Toyama.

They're on 738kHz - 5kW (JOLR) and complementary FM service (on 90.2MHz / 1kW) commenced in Dec 2014.

KNB radio is the first two stations (with Nankai-hoso/Ehime) to start out this service.


They already run two repeater/relay stations on FM.

The premiere one (Niikawa - 80.1MHz/50W) has been active since 1990, and be known as the first FM repeater among regional/commercial MW stations in Japan.

The purpose of using FM is to avoid interferences from neighbor countries. 

Accordingly, KNB radio is noted for the most unconventional, challenging and adventurous !!!


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)





the card, indicates their traditional MW service launched on July 1, 1952, with the photo of their transmitting site that moment.



the views of Toyama city central (from the observation floor of city hall)





August 14, 2016

My contributions to BDXC's monthly magazine in the latest one year

I'm the only Japanese BDXC member, who contribute to monthly club's magazine 'Communication' many times.

It's my great pleasure to be able to appear lots of times so that I should indicate deeply appreciate editors' efforts. 

On the other hand, I've never heard any Japanese radio lover who contributes to overseas magazines or bulletins (of course, in a foreign language) with regularity.


My achievements over the last twelve months are as follows;


July 2016 (page 23)          - Japan's domestic radio broadcasts in English

March 2016 (page 12)       - Radio listening in Hong Kong and neighboring area

February 2016 (page 9)     - FM broadcasts of MW stations in Japan

January 2016 (page 10)     - Local stations in Hiroshima (Japan)

November 2015 (page 9)    - Listening to Japanese MW stations in Korea

October 2015 (page 36)     - FM DX report in Japan

October 2015 (page 16)     - 30th Anniversary of Sony's ICF-EX5 family

September 2015 (page 14) - Two remarkable FM stations

August 2015 (page 18)       - Holiday Report in Okinawa (Japan)



from the cover of memorable 500th edition (July 2016) of 'Communication'


August 13, 2016

the verification card from ABC radio (Osaka, Japan)

The 'Kansai' region lies in the western of Japan's main island called 'Honshu'.


This includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga. Depending on who makes the distinction, Mie, Fukui, Tokushima and even Tottori Prefecture are also included.

The urban region of Osaka, Kobe (capital of Hyogo) and Kyoto, usually called 'Kei-han-shin' is the second most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area.


Especially Kyoto and Nara are both famous for ancient capitals that used to thrive as a center of politics and culture of Japan.  

Kyoto city and Nara city have elaborate gardens and temples & shrines that possess lots of cultural heritages including Buddhist statues.

 Kyoto city also has hana-machi (entertainment district) where beautiful Maiko girls walk through the rows of old houses.

Its traditional culture such as crafts, arts and performing arts has been passed on until today and has been developing. In these cities, you can touch and experience its nature, beauty and tradition.


ABC Radio is an MW station based in Osaka (same as the OBC and MBS), wholly owned by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.

They're on 1008kHz - 50kW (JONR) and their slogan is '+(plus) radio'.

Their (Also OBC and MBS) listening target area is this Kansai. 

The complementary FM service (93.3MHz) commenced in March 2016.


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)




the card



A torii path across the mountain in Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto (fom Wikiedia) Fushimi






August 12, 2016

the verification card from MBS radio (Osaka, Japan)

In 1603, Tokugawa Ieyasu, established his government in Edo (Now Tokyo) and the Tokugawa shoguns (tycoons) continued to rule Japan for over 250 years.


(Tokugawa Ieyasu)



Edo was referred to as the city of Bushi (samurai / warrior).

This was an incredibly stable period in Japanese history. In Edo era, Osaka was the seaport where was important access point to the culture and the goods of foreign countries.

So Osaka has been in the forefront of every kinds of exchange and worked for cultural and economic development.

Accordingly we refer to Osaka as the city of merchants.

Osaka people have the predisposition to be economic (actually they are known to be tight with money), straight-forward, and rational.


In a general way, Osaka people seem to maintain old rivalries with Tokyo people.

For example, people from other areas try to correct their local Japanese and get them to talk in regular Japanese, but Osaka people are reluctant to change using their local dialect.


MBS Radio is an MW radio station based in Osaka, wholly owned by Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.

They're on 1179kHz - 50kW (JOOR) and their slogan is ‘La La La Love Radio, MBS’.


(MBS radio)



The complementary FM service (90.6MHz) commenced in March 2016.


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)




Radio programs and TV programs in Osaka, including MBS radio, are willing to use their dialect for programs' title and talking.

I think it’s intriguing property because reflects the culture of the region.


the card  



a central part of Osaka called Dotonbori (from Wikipedia)


August 11, 2016

Checking of operations on the new national holiday

Today (Aug. 11th) is the new national holiday 'Mountain Day'.

The end of this week is called 'Obon' in Japan.





Although this is a traditional festival and not an official national holiday, many offices are closed.

It's a summer holiday in which people return to their hometowns to visit the graves of their departed relatives. Graves are cleaned and people pray to their ancestors.

And is a time to think about the past and departed loved ones.
Flowers are placed on graves all over Japan. It's believed that the spirits of ancestors return at this time of year.

They're welcomed with celebration and dance named 'Bon-Odori'.

Many obon festivals are available all over Japan (to which the dead are invited). Obon festivals vary greatly from region to region.


As for me, I have time to spend with my parents.

My wife and son have stayed in Singapore with her extended family members and friends and will return next week.

I own more than 10 radios! So I'll do checking of operation.


my 'radio team'




August 06, 2016

Heard the AFN’s MW service in the restraining area

Today, I went to an event in the US Navy base in Yokosuka.

We can get into the designated zone only a few times in a year.

I heard the AFN's (American Forces Network) MW service (on 810kHz) by my ER-C57WR in the restraining area.





The JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) also operates a military port next to the American base, as well as numerous training facilities at scattered locations around the city.

This city's sights that are awe-inspiring for me.


I assume that I was born and brought up in near there, and feel a kind of familiarity and homing instinct. Yokosuka is famous for having a very American influence.

Even though I've been to the North American continent many times, still like the exotic feel of it's ambience.


(Naval Forces Japan)


(The previous event in Yokosuka on this blog)

My ER-C57WR at a ball ground
Watched a ball game for a short while
In Japan, the outlets of A&W are only available in Okinawa main island and Yokosuka
a base of JMSDF is located near the US Navy base

August 02, 2016

the verification card from OBC radio (Osaka, Japan)

In the Edo period (from 1603 to 1868), foods with a taste peculiar to the soup stock made from L. japonica became so famous as to be ridiculed by saying 'In Osaka, they spend all their money on food.' called 'Kui-daore' in Japanese.


'Takoyaki' was first popularized in Osaka, and now is popular nationwide.

The street vendor named 'Tomekichi Endo' is credited with its invention in 1935.

It was inspired by 'Akashiyaki' , a small round dumpling from Akashi city in Hyogo prefecture, made of an egg-rich batter and octopus.







At any rate, there're three private commercial MW stations in Osaka prefecture.


1. Radio Osaka or OBC(Osaka Broadcasting Corporation ) radio - JOUF

2. 'Asahi-hoso' ('asahi' means 'sunrise', 'hoso' means 'broadcasting' in Japanese) or ABC(Asahi Broadcasting Corporation) radio - JONR

3. 'Mainichi-hoso' ('mainichi' means 'everyday') or MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting System) radio - JOOR


The OBC radio is the only regional/commercial radio station in Osaka on 1314kHz (50kW).

Now their complementary FM service (91.9MHz) has been available since March 2016.


(OBC radio)



(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)




As for TV and FM radio stations in Osaka, the five TV networks are represented by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ANN), Kansai Telecasting Corporation (FNN), Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. (JNN), Television Osaka, Inc. (TXN) and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (NNN), headquartered in there.

FM services are also available from NHK-FM, FM Osaka, FM802 and FM Cocolo. (not included community FM stations).


 Takoyaki (from Wikipedia)



the card from OBC



DX International

  • DX International
    By Chrissy Brand, based in the UK. Contains a selection of Chrissy's articles mostly published in Radio User (the UK based monthly magazine)

British DX Club

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Australian Radio DX Club

World Radio Map

Seoul Radio Listening Guide

  • The Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide
    This is a three-hour documentary broadcast narrated by Chris Kadlec (based in MI, the US) that looks at the AM band as heard in Seoul, Korea after dark.