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November 27, 2016

The SRF-V1BT joins!

I've just used it for a short hour.

 

I think there're a few minor annoyances and omissions, however is a good model.

This is a fairly unique and attractive looking figure, a bit larger in size than I'd expected.

The display can be set to four brightness levels, including off, might be a very helpful for anyone wanting to use it as a bedside device.

The extendable antenna folds down behind.

The controls are on the top (shame there is no remote, but I suppose the logic is that since it's portable you can take it somewhere where it is always in reach), including a selection wheel for changing stations.

 

I find it slightly annoying that you have to rotate it a couple of clicks before you see the menu appear.

I think this is to stop accidental channel changing with accidental brushing, but it's still a bit annoying.

After plugging in and turning on, the auto tuning into MW/FM stations happened very quickly.

The ad seems a bit contradictory about how long the charge lasts-25 hours in mentioned on Amazon's product page, but the enclosed instructions (a great big foldout map style document, which seems to be Sony's way of doing it these days) speak of 17 hours.

 

the box

V1bt_1

 

the display

V1bt_3_2

 

compared with my Eton Satellit (Grundig Edition) and PL-680

V1bt_2

 

the controls

V1bt_4

 

the boxes of 'my team'

V1bt_5

November 26, 2016

ordered a SRF-V1BT (by Sony)

I've just ordered a SRF-V1BT (by Sony).

It's a latest model of portable Bluetooth speaker with MW/FM radio, connect and stream easily with Bluetooth and NFC.

You can listen longer with up to 32 hours of battery life enjoy the full range sound of stereo speakers.

It also can be used as an alarm clock with built-in wake and sleep timers, tell time easily with the large LCD display.

 

It seems that available for following three types;

1) For Japanese market - SRF-V1BT (for Japan), MW/FM

2) For Asia and the US markets - SRF-V1BT, MW/FM

3) For EU market - XDR-V1BTD, no MW but DAB/DAB+/FM

 

Of course, I ordered a model for Japan.

I look forward to using it!

 

(The introduction of it in English / Sony HK’s site)

http://www.sony.com.hk/en/electronics/radios/srf-v1bt

 

November 20, 2016

the verification card from STV radio (Hokkaido, Japan)

There're two private (commercial) MW stations in Hokkaido, HBC radio and STV radio.

I already posted about HBC, so I'd like to describe the other, STV.

 

(The post of HBC Radio and Hokkaido on this blog)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/11/the-verificat-1.html

(Hokkaido)

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

(Sapporo)

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

 

As I and my son like traveling by high-speed train, let me introduce 'Hokkaido Shinkansen'.

It's the very first high-speed railway in Hokkaido and just opened in this year.

We'd like to get on next year.

 

(Traveling by high-speed trains on my blog) 

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/traveling-by-hi.html

 

A JR Hokkaido's H5 type train (from Wiki)

Hok_shin1

 

It's a Japanese high-speed shinkansen rail line that links up with the Tohoku Shinkansen in northern Aomori Prefecture in Honshu and continues on into the interior of Hokkaido through the undersea Seikan Tunnel.

Construction started in May 2005, and the initial Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto section opened in March 2016.

Extension of the line to Sapporo is scheduled to open by 2031

The line is operated by the Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido).

 

The planned (dotted) and on-going (solid) route from Wiki 

Hok_shin

 

(Hokkaido Shinkansen)

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

 

In February 2014, JR Hokkaido placed an order for four 10-car H5 Series Shinkansen trainsets for use on Hokkaido Shinkansen services from March 2016.

Based on the E5 series trainsets operated by JR East since 2011, the order for 40 vehicles.  

The first two sets of the order are scheduled to be delivered to Hakodate Depot by road from Hakodate Port in October 2014, with test running commencing before the end of the year.

The vehicles feature the usual upper green and lower white livery, with a purple stripe in the middle.

The color purple was chosen to represent the purple flowers of Hokkaido: lilacs, lupine and lavender. Inside, the ordinary-class cars feature wood paneling and carpet with a snowflake motif.

 

The Sapporo Television Broadcasting, Co., Ltd. (STV) is headquartered in Sapporo.

Their TV station was established in 1958, usually called ‘STV’ for short, which is used as a name in a number of TV programs.

Since 1962, the company has worked as both television and radio station until 2005, when the radio section was split into the STV Radio Broadcasting.

The license of the radio broadcasting was succeeded to the STV Radio, and started radio broadcasting on October 2005.

Their primary radio service is from near Sapporo, the call sign is JOWF, the frequency is 1440 kHz (50kW).

Because Hokkaido is very wide, (same as HBC radio) a lot of relays and repeaters are located, they are as follows;

 

1) On 639kHz is only from Hakodate City JOWN (5kW)

2) On 882kHz

 Kushiro City JOWS (3kW)

 Esashi (1kW)

 Kita-hiyama (100W)

3) On 909kHz

 Abashiri City JOVX (5kW)

Engaru (100W)

4) On 1062kHz is only from Nemuro City JOXS (100W)

5) On 1071kHz is only from Obihiro City JOWM (5kW)

6) On 1197kHz

 Asahi-kawa City JOWL (3kW)

 Wakkanai City (1kW)

 Embetsu (1kW)

 Nayoro City (1kW)

 Rumoi City (100W)

7) On 1440kHz

 The main transmitter (50kW) from Ebetsu City (near Sapporo) JOWF

 Muroran City (3kW)

 Toma-komai City (1kW)

8) On 1485kHz is only from Kitami City JOYS (100W) 

 

The complementary (supplementary) FM service commenced on Oct. 19 2016 from Mt. Teine (Sapporo City) on 90.4MHz (5kW). Right now, no relay (repeater) is available.

 

 (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 posts related my travel to Hokkaido)

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/sap_4.html

 

I went to Sapporo last month and tried to listen local FM stations from the 'JR Tower T38' by my PL-380 with its telescopic antenna.

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/fm-in-october-2.html

 

Sapporo_11

 

the card

Hok_stv

 

a surface of timetable

Hok_stv2

 

 

 

 

November 19, 2016

【Notice】 Caution of translation

Hi visitors!

 

Despite of technology evolution, especially in information technology, the translation of language isn't always properly even now.

 

Please do not trust the translated contents, it is so awful and sometimes it shows totally opposit meanings.

 

I'm afraid that still have no plan to write in any other languages on this blog.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

                                                                                   Koji

November 18, 2016

A pre-order of WRTH 2017 is available

World Radio TV Handbook or WRTH is the most accurate and complete guide to the world of radio on LW, MW, SW and FM, available in any form.

WRTH 2017, the 71st edition of the bestselling directory of global broadcasting on LW, MW, SW and FM will be published on 5 December.

However, pre-order has been available from November 16.

 

(The WRTH Online)

http://www.wrth.com

 

I never fail to buy it every year because the section titled ‘National Radio’ is essential to travel worldwide with listening.

It covers the world’s domestic radio services.

 

a part of my bookshelf 

Wrth_books

 

The listings are by country and include all stations broadcasting mainly on MW and most stations broadcasting on FM, together with contact details.

Also the section ‘Frequency Lists’ is quite useful.

This section contains MW frequency lists grouped by frequency within regions, lists of all international and domestic SW broadcasts in frequency order.

The ‘Reference’ section indicates tables and listings of: International and Domestic Transmitter sites, Standard Time and Frequency Transmissions, DX Club information, International Organizations, and other essential information.

 

My DE1103 (ongoing DSP version) and WRTH2016

Wrth_1103_2

 

November 13, 2016

the verification card from HBC radio (Hokkaido, Japan)

The island of Hokkaido is located at the north end of Japan, near Russia, and has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean.

The center of the island has a number of mountains and volcanic plateaus, and there are coastal plains in all directions.

Hokkaido's largest city is the capital, Sapporo City.

The island has two core cities: Hakodate in the south and Asahikawa in the central region.

Other important population centers include Kushiro, Obihiro, Kitami, Abashiri, Wakkanai, and Nemuro.

It has relatively cool summers and icy/snowy winters, most of the island falls in the humid continental climate zone.

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

 

(Hokkaido)

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

(Sapporo)

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

 

Goryo-Kaku (in Hakodate City) from Wiki

Goryoukaku_2

 

in the Univ of Hokkaido  (Sapporo) from Wiki

Hokkaiuniv

 

Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.,Ltd, also known as HBC, is a Japanese broadcast headquartered in Sapporo.

They founded in 1951, has the richest and longest history of any commercial broadcasting company in Hokkaido.

They were the 5th television station and the 7th radio station in Japan, produce and broadcast a wide range of local programs including news, documentaries, variety shows, sports, and dramas.

Their productions are highly valued both inside and outside Japan.

In addition, HBC also hosts the HBC International Goodwill Square at the 'Sapporo Snow Festival'.

They also organize the HBC Junior Orchestra and HBC Junior Choir alongside many other art and culture events.

 

(Sapporo snow festival)

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

 

Their primary radio service is from Sapporo, the call sign is JOHR, the frequency is 1287 kHz (50kW).

Because Hokkaido is very wide, a lot of relays and repeaters are located, they are as follows;

 

1) On 801kHz

Kitami City JOQN (100W), Nemuro City JOQS (100W), Toma-komai City JOTN (100W) and Engaru (100W)

2) On 864kHz

 Asahikawa City JOHE (3kW), Muroran City JOQF (3kW), Embetsu (1kW)

3) On 900kHz

Hakodate City JOHO (5kW)

4) On 1098kHz is only Kita-hiyama JOFN (100W)

5) On 1269kHz

 Obihiro City JOHW (5kW) and Esashi JOFM (1kW)

6) On 1368kHz is only Wakkanai City JOTS (1kW)

7) On 1404kHz is only Kushiro City JOQL (5kW)

8) On 1449kHz is only Abashiri City JOQM (5kW)

9) On 1494kHz is only Nayoro City JOTL(1kW)

10) On 1557kHz is only Rumoi City JOHS (100W)

 

The complementary (supplementary) FM service commenced on Oct. 19 2016 from Mt. Teine (Sapporo City) on 91.5MHz (5kW). Right now, no relay (repeater) is available.

 

(their English site)

http://www.hbc.co.jp/info/english/index.html

 

(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 posts related my travel to Hokkaido)

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/sap_4.html

 

I went to Sapporo last month and tried to listen local FM stations from the 'JR Tower T38' by my PL-380 with its telescopic antenna.

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/10/fm-in-october-2.html

my PL-380 at the observation floor of 'JR Tower T38' Sap_5

the card and a timetable

  Hbc_front

 

Hbc_timetable

 

November 07, 2016

the verification card from KBC radio (Fukuoka, Japan)

Fukuoka City is the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture and situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.

It is the most populous city on the island and the largest city and metropolitan area west of Kei-han-shin.(around Osaka)

 

the Fukuoka tower (from Wiki)

Fuk_tower

 

It's a big city and nice place because of a lot of unique things.

I'd lived in a central part of this city for one and a half years.

It has a diverse culture and a wide range of cultural attractions.

Fukuoka hosts more than 2 million foreign visitors annually, with the majority coming from neighboring South Korea and Mainland China.

I assume that it means very impressive and comfortable place for foreign tourists.

 

(Fukuoka Pref)

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

(Fukuoka City)

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

 

Other Fukuoka related posts on this blog are as follows;

 

(the band scan in Tsushima island near Fukuoka)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/mw-and-fm-in--1.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/mw-and-fm-in-ap.html

(the reception comparison between Fukuoka and Busan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/11/comparison-two.html

(Fukuoka and Busan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/fukuoka-and-bus.html

(my past receiver (Grundig G3) in Fukuoka)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/6.html

 

Kyushu asahi Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. (KBC) is a TV Asahi Corporation-affiliated broadcasting station headquartered in Fukuoka.

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary in August 2013, KBC announced a new slogan, ‘KBC: Closest to You’, which is underpinned by the company's strong track record in recent years.

KBC has won the trust of the local community with its radio and TV programming, various events and social action projects, and it serves as the leading broadcasting affiliate in the Kyushu and Okinawa region.

 

Their primary MW frequency is 1413kHz (50kW / JOIF) from Fukuoka City and Wide-FM

is 90.2MHz (1kW).

The MW and FM repeaters (relays) are as follows;

Kita-kyushu City, 720kHz (JOIL / 1kW) and 90.2MHz (250W)

Yukuhashi City, 1485kHz (100W) and 92.7MHz (30W)

Itoshima City, 93.0MHz (100W)

Omuta City, 1485kHz (JOIM / 100W)

 

(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 current status)

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

 They've four sister stations, Busan Munhua Broadcasting (Korea), TVQ Channel 10 (Brisbane, Australia), NBC (Papua New Guinea), Radio Television Malaysia (Malaysia)

And three cooperating stations, as Radio and Television Shanghai (China), Yeosu Munhwa Broadcasting (Korea), CHANNEL A (Korea).

 

The surface of the verification card is from a photo of a float of the festival called 'Hakata Gion Yamakasa'.

It's a summer festival in there that involves racing 1 ton floats that have no wheels though the streets of the city in the early morning.

It's quite a sight that attracts around 1 million spectators.

A total of 7 teams representing districts of the city compete in the race.

They put their floats on display in their respective districts in the days before the race. The floats on display are massive and ornately decorated with flashy stuff.

 

Kbc_cover

 

Kbc_back

November 06, 2016

tried to catch the SBS's test transmission!

The SBS (Shizuoka Broadcasting System, Inc.) is a Japanese broadcaster headquartered in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Pref.

This city is located on the halfway point between Tokyo and Nagoya (Aichi).

 

Their conventional MW radio service is on 1404 kHz (JOVR / 10kW) and six synchronized repeaters (relays) as the same frequency are available (all 100W) .

Also two relays on 1557kHz are located in Gotemba and Fuji-no-miya (all 100W).

 

They're going to commence their first complementary (supplementary) FM (Wide-FM) service from December 1 on 93.9MHz. (1kW)

At the present moment, they're doing the test servie from the planned transmitter site and frequency. (from last week to the end of this month)

The transmitter is on the top of Mt. Takakusa in Yaizu city (near Shizuoka City) ,about 500 meters above sea level.

 

(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 current status)

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

 

Today's afternoon, I tried to catch it by my Eton Satellit (Grundig Edition) with its telescopic antenna in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref. (near home)

The reception place is approx. 110 kilometers east from their transmitter.

Finally I could confirm but too weak.

 

could hear but the signal's level was low

Sbs_3_2

  

compared with their traditional MW service (1404kHz)

Sbs_2

 

from Yaizu to Chigasaki (approx 110km)

Sbs_4

RevolverMaps

DX International

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

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.

World Radio Map

British DX Club

  • BDXC official web site
    Since 1974 (as the Twickenham DX Club) The more appropriate current title was adopted in 1979. We now a large UK-based membership as well as a substantial number of overseas members.

Australian Radio DX Club