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October 31, 2016

presented on the ‘Shortwave Monthly’ Nov. 2016 issue

A well-known and enthusiastic Japanese radio DXer, Mr. Takahito Akabayashi presented this blog and my activities on his web site titled 'Shortwave Monthly'  (November 2016 issue).

Needless to say, this site is too informative at any time, for almost all Japanese radio DXers, SWLs and BCLs.

 

(The Shortwave Monthly, 'Gekkan Tampa' in Japanese)

http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~BCLSWL/

(Only in Japanese)

 

I'm not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

Why don't we savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

 

My motto is 'Let's enjoy travel and listening by small-sized receiver only, without any external antenna!'.

 

MW-DXs might be already out of style, eh?

My motto is 'If I want to catch any specific long distance MW station, go to listening in a nearby place!' That must be a real joy of travel and listening! '

However, Mr. Akabayashi never fail to cheer for my radio listening related activities.

I'm convinced that he is a really generous and open-minded person, flattered and honored to get his appreciation.

 

October 29, 2016

The recent posts of 'travel_and_listening' as of Oct. 29 2016

The recent (over four months) posts of 'travel_and_listening' category are as follows;

 

Posted yyyy/mm, location, (the cooperator)

 

2016/10 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (Koji)

2016/09 Tsushima island, Nagasaki, Japan (Koji)

2016/09 Majorca island, Spain (Keith C Howells)

2016/07 Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan (Koji)

2016/07 Auckland, New Zealand (Rob Shepherd)

2016/07 Wellington, New Zealand (Rob)

2016/07 Tahiti, French Polynesia (Rob)

2016/07 Valparaiso, Chile (Rob)

2016/06 Corfu, Greece (Keith)

2016/06 Omaezaki, Shizuoka, Japan (Koji)

 

I should say 'Thanks a lot!' to all cooperators.

 

Unfortunately, no Short Wave reception is included above.

I'm a casual radio listener, not a DX-er.

SW broadcastings are clearly on the decline, eh?

I don't have any SDR nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

 

my ER-C57WR at a field in the US military base in Yokosuka 

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/heard-an-afns-m.html

 

 Yos_us_01

October 28, 2016

FM in October 2016 (in Hokkaido, Japan)

I went to Sapporo city, Hokkaido in last week.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan, and the northmost prefecture. The capital is Sapporo city.

I've been to Hokkaido more than 20 times, both on business and for pleasure, so am well-informed about there.

 

In my spare time, tried to chase FM stations from the observatory floor of the 'JR Tower T38' by my PL-380 with its telescopic antenna.

It’s located 38 stories or 160 meters above ground, holds the distinction of being the highest floor of any building, not only in Sapporo but also in Hokkaido.

I was able to confirm no less than 18 stations, classified them into the following four types.

 

1) New style low powered community FM stations, usually own one transmitter.

2) Traditional prefectural (commercial) FM stations with a lot of relays and repeaters.

(In Hokkaido, FM North Wave and AIR-G’)

3) NHK's (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) stations with a lot of relays and repeaters

4) Complementary (supplementary) FM services of MW stations

 (In Hokkaido, HBC radio and STV radio)

 

(the tower38 guide in English, Chinese and Korean)

http://www.jr-tower.com/page/catalog/jrt_areaguide1507/#page=1

 

FM in Sapporo

‘NLP’ is a broadcast of new style low powered community FM station

‘TFS’ is a broadcast of traditional style high powered commercial station including NHK

‘WFM’ is a complementary (supplementary) station of traditional MW radio

  

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/11/fm-relay-statio.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/12/the-supplementa.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/the-current-s-1.html

 

(MHz / station / style / location / SIO)

the time duration was from 2pm to 4pm

 

76.2 Sankaku-yama-hoso, NLP,  Sapporo 454

76.5 FM Toyohira, NLP, Sapporo, 252

77.2 FM North wave, TFS, Sapporo odori, 454

78.1 Sapporo community radio, NLP, Sapporo, 555

78.6 Sapporo radio hoso, NLP, Sapporo, 454

79.2 AIR-G’, TFS, Sapporo odori, 454

79.5 FM North wave, TFS, Otaru city, 454

79.9 FM Mapple, NLP, Kita-hiroshima city, 252

80.4 AIR-G’, TFS, Sapporo, 555

81.3 Sapporo mura radio, NLP, Sapporo, 353

81.6 NHK-FM, TFS, Sapporo odori, 555

81.9 AIR-G’, TFS, Otaru city, 454

82.5 FM North wave, TFS, Sapporo, 555

83.0 FM Shiroishi with-S, NLP, Sapporo shiroishi, 353

84.0 NHK-FM, TFS, Fukagawa city, 454

85.2 NHK-FM (JOIK-FM), TFS, Sapporo, 555

90.4 STV Radio, WFM, Sapporo Teine Mt., 555

91.5 HBC Radio, WFM, Sapporo Teine Mt., 555

 

 (My last travel to Sapporo was in May 2013)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2013/05/now-in-sapporo.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2013/05/in-otaru-city-h.html

 

in the observation floor

Sapporo_1

 

Sapporo_11

 

Sapporo_3

 

the outer appearance of the tower 

Sapporo_2

 

 

October 23, 2016

the verification card from KRY radio (Yamaguchi, Japan)

Yamaguchi Prefecture is in the Chugoku region of the main island of Honshu.

The capital is Yamaguchi city, in the central part of this prefecture. However the largest city is Shimonoseki, nearby Kyushu (Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka pref).

I'd stayed in Fukuoka city for one and a half years. During this stay, I've been to Simonoseki many times. So I'm familiar with there.  happy01

 

(Yamaguchi pref)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi_Prefecture

 

PM S.Abe represented first Yamaguchi's 1st then 4th district in the House of Rpresentatives, his father (already passed away) represented Yamaguchi as well.

 

(Shimonoseki city)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimonoseki

 

This city is known as a gateway to South Korea and a 'Fugu'.

The 'Kampu' (means 'Shimonoseki and Busan' in Japanese) Ferry company provides a round-trip service from the Shimonoseki port's international terminal to Busan.

 

'Fugu', is a Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it, normally species of genus Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides, or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon.

Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; therefore, it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat.

 

(Fugu)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugu

 

a central part of Shiomonoseki city (from Wiki)

Shimonoseki

 

The Karato Fish Market in Shimonoseki, you can eat meals made of fresh fish such as raw blow fish and sushi.

They are very delicious and inexpensive. What's more, you can have some rare fish parts, such as the top of the head and the crown of a tuna.

 

Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (KRY radio) is a Japanese television and radio broadcasting company serving this prefecture. The 'KRY' comes from 'K. k. Radio Yamaguchi'.

 

Their primary MW transmitter is located in Syunan city, (former Tokuyama) the call sign is JOPF (765kHz / 5kW), and two repeaters as the same frequency. (in Yamaguchi city and susa-mangata in Hagi city)

The relay stations are in Shimonoseki city (918kHz / 1kW), Hagi city (1485kHz / 1kW) and Iwakuni city. (918kHz / 1kW)

Their primary complementary (supplementary) FM is from Syunan on 92.3MHz (1kW).

The two repeaters are, as the same frequency, from Mine city and Nagato city on 86.4MHz.

 

In Iwakuni, near the border of Hiroshima pref, the air station of the US Marine Crops is available, and shared with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. (JMSDF)

Right now, regular commercial services from the airport are active. They've been available since December 2012, operated by All Nippon Airways (NH).

  

The MW station of American Forces Network (AFN) also located in there and broadcasts in English on 1575kHz (1kW).

  

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/11/fm-relay-statio.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/12/the-supplementa.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/the-current-s-1.html

 

the card

Photo

 

October 22, 2016

My recent contributions to BDXC's monthly magazines

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.

 

My recent achievements are as follows;

 

October 2016 (page 22)     -Tsushima band scan

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'

 

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October 16, 2016

From Joerg Klingenfuss (Oct. 2016)

I've just received a mail from Joerg, owner of the publishing company, Klingenfuss Publications, located in Tuebingen, Baden-Wurttermberg, Germany.

He wrote that recently, they've used Web-SDRs from all over the world for the monitoring of professional HF digital data stations.

Decoding results are excellent and hundreds of screenshots will be published in their 2017 editions - see some samples on their hotfrequencies website.

 

NOAA sunspot numbers now are between 0 and 100, with the solar cycle minimum expected for 2019.

However, they still experience good propagation conditions up to around 21 MHz: on 13 October they received the low-power transmitter of aircraft A6-EOX, an Emirates AIRBUS A380, sending a detailed ADS-C Basic Report from high above the Arabian Sea at an altitude of 40,000 feet, on 21982 kHz.

HF radio continues to be fascinating, as they think.

 

They're now working on our new products

 

- 2017/2018 Guide to Utility Radio Stations

- 2017 Shortwave Frequency Guide

- 2017 Super Frequency List on CD

- 2017 Frequency Database for the Perseus LF-HF Software-Defined Receiver

 

to be published on 10 December 2016.

 

Full-resolution title page graphics can be found at http://www.klingenfuss.org/g_2017.gif 

http://www.klingenfuss.org/r_2017.jpg 

http://www.klingenfuss.org/s_2017.gif

 

If you are able to supply additional new frequencies and stations, your cooperation would be highly appreciated.

Please let them have your data by 22 October 2016.

 

The continuously updated product Digital Data Decoder Screenshots on USB Stick is highly successful and now covers more than 12,300 (twelve thousand three hundred!) screenshots from 1997 to today.

Feed your PC or Tablet with this data, and the "slide show" will keep you busy for a few days - or weeks!

 

-----------------------------------------------

 

Latest references (see http://www.klingenfuss.org/ref.htm)

 

Daniel Gillet VE2XWA, Canada - 10 July 2016: "CD Recording of Modulation Types ... I received my package yesterday. As usual im very impressed by the quality of your work." - 27 June 2016: "I'm a big fan of your books since many years!"

 

Frank Ravenswood K2NCC, the US - 6 March 2016: "One thing I have a lot of in this house, is printed material. Shelves and boxes of knowledge I wish I could better retain, but enjoy nonetheless along the way. Most eventually get traded, donated, sold, but some I just never get rid of. Reference books mostly, many with information not found online. Yeah, it was a surprise to me too, everything isn´t on the Web! The Klingenfuss guides are a great example."

 

Radio User, United Kingdom - March 2016: "2016 Shortwave Frequency Guide ... 2016 Super Frequency List on CD ... Over the past 47 years, Klingenfuss Publications has built a reputation for producing superb frequency guides and reference books that are of interest to both professional and hobby radio enthusiasts. Whether your interest lies in aeronautical, maritime or military communications, news agencies, non-governmental organisations, standard frequency and time signal stations or weather broadcasts, these Klingenfuss publications are likely to be very useful reference sources. Without doubt, the combination of these two items should meet the needs of most devotees for the low frequency, medium frequency and shortwave bands."

 

 Bob Grove W8JHD, Review Editor, in The Spectrum Monitor, the US - February 2016:

"For the consummate monitor of the radio spectrum, two major sources dominate the frequency directory compendium. For scanner enthusiasts it's the radioreference.com website, and for shortwave aficionados it's Joerg Klingenfuss's comprehensive collection in print and on CDs. Joerg has been a leader in shortwave publications for decades, covering both broadcasting and utilities; his latest issues are excellent examples of his continuing effort to offer professional and comprehensive volumes. 2016 Shortwave Frequency Guide ... This 20th print edition should provide ample evidence to refute the 'shortwave is dead' myth. Last year's volume had 360 pages. This year's volume? Still 360 pages. While it is true that the broadcasters are slowly but surely emigrating from the HF spectrum, utility stations are actually on the rise. As might be expected with the dwindling broadcast users of the HF spectrum, there are only about half the number of frequencies in this list as there were for utilities. For convenience to the listener, Klingenfuss addends the frequency list with a cross reference of stations listed alphabetically by country. Clandestine stations have a list of their own, with such notables as Radio Libertad, Voice of Freedom, Sound of Hope, Voice of the People and many, many more. -

2015/2016 Guide to Utility Radio Stations ... includes a January 2016 supplement and is far more detailed than the Shortwave Frequency Guide."

 

Fabio Cambisi, Italy - 15 January 2016: "2016 Super Frequency List on CD ... Always wonderful work.""

 

John Collins, the US - 25 December 2015: "2016 Frequency Database for the Perseus Receiver ... 2016 Super Frequency List on CD ... 2016 Shortwave Frequency Guide ... 1997-2016 Digital Data Decoder Screenshots on USB Stick ... I have just received the

2016 version updates ... Everything looks great and software loaded with no issues ... I am very pleased!"

 

Brian Carr, New Zealand - 18 December 2015: "I got my 2016 Shortwave Frequency Guide yesterday afternoon, very happy with it."

 

Joerg's family and his friends (from the Klingenfuss Publicatons' site)

 

Krifen

 

 

 

October 14, 2016

A book 'worldwide listening guide' - 2

I think it's a very unique book, in fact I've never seen anything like it.

 

The editor's guide includes AM, FM, Satellite services and ‘Internet Radio’ programs.

He said ‘listening to the radio’ means a number of things that it didn’t just a few short years ago, and Radios now manifests itself through various ‘platforms’.

 

I deeply agree this!

 

Above all, Short Wave broadcastings are clearly on the decline and useless in contemporary world.

He limits the number of media outlets and further restricts the listings to English language programming.

The result is fascinating and informative.

I particularly enjoyed the section named ‘Classified Progam Lists’ which programming by topic -- everything from healthcare to philosophy.

For instance, I haven’t known Radio Australia offers a program on philosophy titled ‘The Philosopher's Zone’.

 

You could spend considerable time browsing the topics and sampling the actual program on the air or over the Internet.

It is the content of the media that matters most in this book, not necessarily the broadcast point of origin.

  

October 13, 2016

A book 'worldwide listening guide'

I'm a casual radio listener and not interested in so-called ‘SW DX'.

SW broadcastings are clearly on the decline.

I don't have any SDR nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

 

Traveling worldwide with listening local broadcasts are always enjoyable experience.

The book focuses on programs’ content rather than distribution platforms, and contains some 4000 individual broadcasts in English, not only in SW but also a lot of platforms.

These are presented in time order, but also indexed by subject category, so if you're looking for a program on a particular topic, you don't have to look through the entire list. Music programs are sub-divided into categories such as Folk and Traditional Music, Rock Music etc.

 

A brief description of each program, indexed by title, is also included.

The main target market for the book is those in the US and Canada who want to listen to broadcasts from outside the US, but a substantial part of it is relevant worldwide, so times are given in UTC as well as Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and in the local time of the broadcaster.

There are concise and well-written explanations of the different delivery platforms used by the broadcasters.

 

I think the author John Figliozzi is a long-time user of the WRTH and has clearly gone out of his way to make his book a complement rather than a competitor to it.

There is now also a website for the Worldwide Listening Guide, on which will be posted a consolidated program listing sorted by station, so that users interested in listening to specific stations can more easily find program of interest to them.

The wire-bound format of the book makes it perfect for placing beside a computer or radio.

I really like as a book worth buying, for any radio lovers listening worldwide.

 

the book and other my favorite books with my PL-680 

Books

October 09, 2016

The current status of 'Wide FM' services in Japan

As I posted, complementary (supplementary) FM services (called ‘Wide FM’) begin one after another among commercial (private) MW stations in Japan.

I'd like to describe the latest situation in this time.

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/11/fm-relay-statio.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/12/the-supplementa.html

 

The following stations are now running or planning. (except repeater or relay stations)

 

Hokkaido

  Sapporo City, Hokkaido

Hokkaido hoso-HBC radio (JOHR) 91.5MHz (will commence on Oct 19, 2016) MW is 1287kHz (50kW)

Sapporo TV hoso-STV radio (JOWF) 90.4MHz (will commence on Oct 19, 2016) MW is 1440kHz (50kW)

 

Tohokunorth-east part of Japan

  Akita City, Akita Pref

Akita hoso-ABS radio (JOTR) 90.1MHz (in-service) MW is 936kHz (5kW)

  Morioka City, Iwate Pref

Iwate hoso-IBS radio (JODF) 90.6MHz (will commence in winter 2016) MW is 684kHz (5kW)

 

Kanto - Koshinetsunear Tokyo

  Niigata City, Niigata Pref.

Niigata hoso-BSN radio (JODR) 92.7MHz (in-service) MW is 1116kHz (5kW)

  Mito City, Ibaraki Pref.

Ibaraki hoso-IBS radio (JOYF) 94.6MHz (in-service) MW is 1197kHz (5kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/the-verificat-1.html

  Tokyo metropolitan area

TBS Radio (JOKR) 90.5MHz (in-service) MW is 954kHz (100kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/the-verificatio.html

Bunka hoso (JOQR) 91.6MHz (in-service) MW is 1134kHz (100kW)

Nippon hoso (JOLF) 93.0MHz (in-service) MW is 1242kHz (100kW)

 

All services by three stations in Tokyo are transmitted at Tokyo Skytree

 

Skytree_panf

 

 

Hokurikua central part of Japan’s Japan-sea side

  Toyama city, Toyama Pref.

Kitanihon hoso-KNB radio (JOLR) 90.2MHz (in-service) MW is 738kHz (5kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-4.html

  Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Pref.

Hokuriku hoso-MRO radio (JOMR) 94.0MHz (in-service) MW is 1107kHz (5kW)

 

Tokaia central part of Japan’s Pacific Ocean side

  Shizuoka city, Shizuoka Pref.

Shizuoka hoso-SBS radio (JOVR) 93.9MHz (will commence in winter 2016) MW is 1404kHz (10kW)

  Nagoya city, Aichi Pref.

Chubu nihon hoso-CBC radio (JOAR) 93.7MHz (in-service) MW is 1053kHz (50kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-6.html

Tokai radio (JOSF) 92.9MHz (in-service) MW is 1332kHz (50kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-5.html

 

Kansai

  Wakayama city, Wakayama Pref.

Wakayama hoso (JOVF) 94.2MHz (in-service) MW is 1431kHz (5kW)

  Osaka city, Osaka Pref.

Mainichi hoso-MBS radio (JOOR) 90.6MHz (in-service) MW is 1179kHz (50kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-2.html

Asahi hoso-ABC radio (JONR) 93.3MHz (in-service) MW is 1008kHz (50kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-3.html

Radio Osaka-OBC radio (JOUF) 91.9MHz (in-service) MW is 1314kHz (50kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/08/the-verificat-1.html

 

Chugoku and Shikoku

  Hiroshima city, Hiroshima Pref.

Chugoku hoso-RCC radio (JOER) 94.6MHz (in-service) MW is 1350kHz (20kW)

  Syunan city, Yamaguchi Pref.

Yamaguchi hoso-KRY radio (JOPF) 92.3MHz (in-service) MW is 765kHz (5kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/the-verificat-1.html

  Matsuyama city, Ehime Pref.

Nankai hoso (JOAF) 91.7MHz (in-service) MW is 1116kHz (5kW)

 

Kyushu

  Fukuoka city, Fukuoka Pref.

RKB mainichi hoso-RKB radio (JOFR) 91.0MHz (in-service) MW is 1278kHz (50kW)

Kyushu asahi hoso-KBC radio (JOIF) 90.2MHz (in-service) MW is 1413kHz (50kW)

  Nagasaki city, Nagasaki Pref.

Nagasaki hoso- NBC radio (JOUR) 92.6MHz (in-service) MW is 1233kHz (5kW)

  Saga city, Saga Pref.

NBC radio Saga (JOUO) 93.5MHz (from March 2017) MW is 1458kHz (1kW)

  Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Pref.

Kumamoto hoso-RKK radio (JOBF) 91.4MHz (in-service) MW is 1197kHz (10kW)

  Oita city, Oita Pref.

Oita hoso-OBS radio (JOGF) 93.3MHz (in-service) MW is 1098kHz (5kW)

  Miyazaki city, Miyazaki Pref.

Miyazaki hoso-MRT Radio (JONF) 90.4MHz (in-service) MW is 936kHz (5kW)

  Kagoshima city, Kagoshima Pref.

Minami nihon hoso-MBC radio (JOCF) 92.8MHz (in-service) MW is 1107kHz(20kW)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/the-verificatio.html

 

 

October 08, 2016

World Radio Map dot com

My receiving locations are worldwide, so need to keep up with latest information of local radio stations, accordingly have been a member of BDXC and ARDXC.

 

 In many cases, maps or atlases are key tools to facilitate my intellectual curiosity.

The 'WorldRadioMap.com' is a website that lists AM/FM radio stations by their real broadcasting frequencies and enables you to tune in directly from your browser, with no download required.

It's also a place to find information about main transmitters and towers' technical data and many radio-related links.

 

It covers all the major cities of the world, from Chicago to Acapulco, from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Shanghai to Melbourne ... Now you can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

 

Now you can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

It’s owned and operated by Mikhail Shcherbak (a.k.a. Predavatel) with help of many his friends, including me, around the World.

 

(The World Radio Map)

http://worldradiomap.com

October 07, 2016

The memorable issue of BDXC’s magazine is free to non-members

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 July 2016, achieved the 500th issue by acclaim!

I assure that the 500th is a momentous milestone in a journey of long-distance (DX) radio listening and radio history that stretches back to the very first issue of Communication way back in 1974.

 

Fortunately, you can obtain the historical bulletin from the BDXC's official web site without any troublesome process! (as a sample of recent issue)

 

(the URL)

http://bdxc.org.uk/Communication.pdf

 

To mark this special 500th issue, Alan Pennington looks back at Communication and the hobby as it was in 1976.

The're several other articles in this packed edition, including Part 2 of Tracing Radio Berlin International, a feature on Japan's English-language domestic broadcasters which provided by me (page #24) and details of constructing a EWE antenna.

 

I'm grateful for what I've done on such a significant occasion!

 

(the BDXC's official web site)

http://bdxc.org.uk/

 

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October 03, 2016

Appears on the BDXC's 'Communication' October 2016 issue

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

In the October 2016 issue (edition 503) ,on page #22, the article titled 'Tsushima band scan’ appears.

 

Chrissy Brand, the editor of this bulletin, wrote on the preface, ‘Also in this busy issue there is a look at All India Radio’s schedule in Listening Post with Alan Roe, Christian Ghibaudo writes about 50 years of Sud Radio, Koji Hoshi does a band scan from the island of Tsushima, and David Harris discovers some radios in unusual settings at the Tate Modern Gallery in London.

 

It's my great pleasure to be able to appear with such remarkable articles.

 

a part of the article

 

Bdxc_2016_10

October 02, 2016

The new PL-680 has just joined 'my team'

As I wrote, purchased a PL-680 by Tecsun in last April.

 

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/04/the-pl-680-join.html

 

Because of its high performance, I'm really pleased with it and decided to replace a PL-660 with the other PL-680.

The model which I purchased is for EU-bound shipments, therefore all accompanying items are written in English.

The online shop named ‘World Musen’ (‘Musen’ means ‘Radio’ in Japanese), headquartered in HK, informed me that Tescun recently commenced its Mainland China-bound shipments. Accordingly, I placed an order for it in last month.

 

I assume that it's very sensitive–able to receive all of my local and regional FM stations.

I would certainly welcome FM enthusiast to comment with their own evaluations of the PL-680.

 

the comparisons

Pl680_1

 

Pl680_11

 

Pl680_3

 

Pl680_2

October 01, 2016

the verification card from MBC radio (Kagoshima, Japan)

Kagoshima Prefecture is located in the southwest tip of Kyushu island on the Satsuma Peninsula and Osumi Peninsulas. The capital is Kagoshima city.

This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers.

I’ve been to Kagoshima city twice, the last travel was in May 2016.

 

(Kagoshima Prefecture)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagoshima_Prefecture

(Kagoshima City)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagoshima

(Kagoshima pref’s official site)

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/foreign/english/index.html

 

I'm convinced that this pref is abundant in natural resources, typical ones are Sakura-jima and Yaku-shima island.

 

Sakura-jima

Sakura-jima (means ‘Cherry Blossom Island’ in Japanese) is an active composite volcano (stratovolcano) and a former island in Kagoshima city.

 

(Sakura-jima)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakurajima

 

Yaku-shima island

Yaku-shima, along with the Shirakami Mountain Range (stretched over Aomori and Akita prefectures), became the first place in Japan to be registered as a World Natural Heritage Site on the World Natural Heritage list in December 1993.

To be registered as a World Natural Heritage Site a region has to have remarkable value from aesthetic, ecological and scientific perspectives.

 

(Yaku-shima island)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakushima,_Kagoshima

 

a view of kagoshima city and the Sakura-jima (from Wiki)

Kagoshima_sakurajima

 

Kagoshima_sakurajima2

 

The MBC radio (JOCF), the abbreviation of Minami-nihon Broadcasting Corporation (‘Minami-nihon’ means ‘South Japan’ in Japanese), is the only private/commercial MW station in Kagoshima pref.

Their main MW service is transmitted on 1107kHz (20kW) in Kagoshima city.

The repeater(relay) stations are in Akune (1107kHz/1kW), Oguchi (1107kHz/1kW), Satsuma-Sendai(1107kHz/1kW), and Naze in Amami-Oshima island (1449kHz/300W).

The supplementary/complementary FM service is also available on 92.8MHz(1kW) from Kagoshima city, commenced in Jan 2015.

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/11/fm-relay-statio.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/12/the-supplementa.html

 

The repeater(relay) stations are in Akune (93.7MHz/100W), Kanoya (94.2MHz/100W) and Makura-zaki(94.8MHz/100W).

 

One of my friends, Take Sekiguchi had done long-distance MW listening in Kagoshima city in 2015, the results on the blog are as follows;

 

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/02/mw-in-mar-2015.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/02/mw-in-mar-201-1.html

 

the card

Mbc_radio

 

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