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January 30, 2017

The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins. 【viva Digital Radio】

The XDR-P1DBP (by Sony-EU) has just arrived, used it nearly a half an hour.

This model is only available for FM(RDS), DAB and DAB+, and too small, no MW, SW and FM (Japanese traditional FM).

Accordingly, it’s an ideal receiver of ‘local radio listener heard worldwide’ like me.

In fact, no DAB and DAB+ services in Japan and it’s only sold in EU, but I expect several opportunities to use it in available countries in this year.




with a PL-380 by TECSUN and an ER-C57WR by ELPA (i.e. C-Crane CC Skywave) 



I assume that Sony-EU has crammed in more useful controls and a better display than most radios four times the size.

It’s outstandingly nice to use, beautifully made, and sounds good for its size.

It even has a set of truly clear instructions, what’s not to like? I guess only the price, but the more you use it, the more acceptable the price seems.


I really like the three instant-access favorite-station buttons on the top panel.

Setting them is virtually instant too, though I wish the smooth buttons were easier to distinguish by touch.

Setting presets with the silver ‘jog’ lever is easy and a pleasure. Tuning FM stations and setting them as presets is almost easy.

The big display shows several lines at once so you can navigate the list of stations better. It has space to show lots of info simultaneously, like the time, the station and program descriptions.

It's a clear display, though the orange backlight tends to cut out before the program info has finished scrolling, and with the backlight off, it's harder to see, though if you press the ‘Back’ button, the display lights up without changing any settings.


The delicate seven-segment aerial extends so high that you'll be glad of the neat fold-out stabilizing ‘foot’.

For most stations (except DAB/DAB+ stations) one segment seems to be enough though, and it even works fine with it folded flat sometimes.

When you use the radio with headphones (or connect it to an external speaker with a cable), the Sony uses the headphone cable as the aerial instead of the extending aerial, so reception may be compromised.


The sound is very good for the size of speaker but better for speech than music.

The human voice sounds remarkably realistic, simpler music sounds quite nice too.

But heavy rock or classical symphonies reveal the limitations of a tiny speaker, and the more you increase the volume beyond just over half way, the harsher and harder it sounds.

If I listened to music mostly and didn't want such a small radio, I'd probably go for one with a bigger speaker.


Great!  Too small and only available for FM(RDS), DAB and DAB+! 


January 24, 2017

A book 'a bible for radio reception' is going to be published on January 28

A book form titled 'A bible for radio reception’ is going to be published on this weekend by Sansai-books. (Sorry! only in Japanese)

It’s a re-editing book, consists of selected articles from past ‘Radio mania’s (an annual magazine) and ‘Radio Life’s (a monthly magazine).


Unfortunately SW and overseas MW related are unavailable in it, I mean only domestic (FM and MW) connected descriptions are stringently selected.

I think, chasing SW broadcasts and foreign MW ones (like intercontinental) might be obsolete!


I’ve written for their books for seven years, so many pages!

So I feel really privileged to be picked out my past three contributions, no less than 24 pages, as the following reports;


1. ‘Which is the best SONY’s ongoing receiver for MW long distance reception?’ extracted from a ‘Radio Mania 2015’  (in July 2015)


2. ‘the study of Low Power MW transmission sites in Japan (regional analyzing)’  extracted from a ‘Radio Mania 2013’ (in Nov. 2012)


3. ‘the useful 3 aspects for MW long distance listening by geographical point of view’ extracted from a ‘Radio Mania 2010 (in Oct. 2010)


I also updated the page of my profile.



Since I'd specialized in geography, local radio listening heard worldwide is a very interesting hobby through a perspective of regional studies.

I assume that I'm the only writer who can create such kinds of articles and columns both in English and in Japanese.

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


the cover


January 22, 2017

The current status of complementary (supplementary) FM as of Jan 22 2017

As I posted, complementary (supplementary) FM services (including ‘Wide FM’) have been started one after another, among 48 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)




The following list is the 48 stations sorted by region (except repeater or relay stations) with current status.


Hokkaido】 2 stations


  Sapporo City, Hokkaido

Hokkaido hoso-HBC radio (JOHR) 91.5MHz (in-service), their traditional MW service is on 1287kHz (50kW)



Sapporo TV hoso-STV radio (JOWF) 90.4MHz (in-service) MW is 1440kHz (50kW)http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/11/the-verificat-2.html



Tohokunorth-east part of Japan, 6 stations


  Aomori City, Aomori Pref

Aomori hoso -RAB radio (JOGR) 91.7MHz , in Autumn 2017, MW is 1233kHz (5kW)

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 (in-service) MW is 684kHz (5kW)

 Sendai City, Miyagi Pref

Tohoku hoso-TBC radio (JOIR) 93.5MHz, in Spring 2017, MW is 1260kHz (20kW)

 Yamagata City, Yamagata Pref.

Yamagata hoso-YBC radio (JOEF), under consideration, MW is 918kHz (5kW)

 Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref

rfc radio Fukushima (JOWR) 90.8MHz, in March 2017, MW is 1098kHz (JOWO / 5kW)


Kantonear Tokyo with Yamanashi, 7 stations


 Mito City, Ibaraki Pref.

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



 Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Pref.

Tochigi hoso-CRT radio (JOXF), under consideration, MW is 1530kHz (5kW)

  Tokyo metropolitan area

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



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



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



 Yokohama City, Kanagawa Pref.

RF Radio Nippon (JORF) under consideration, MW is 1422kHz (50kW)

 Kofu City, Yamanashi Pref.

Yamanashi hoso-YBS radio (JOJF), under consideration, MW is 765kHz (5kW) 


Hokuriku and Shinetsua central part of Japan, 5 stations


  Niigata City, Niigata Pref.

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

  Nagano City, Nagano Pref.

Shinetsu hoso-SBC radio (JOSR), under consideration, MW is 1098kHz (5kW)

  Toyama City, Toyama Pref.

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



  Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

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

 Fukui City, Fukui Pref.

Fukui hoso-FBC radio (JOPR) 94.6MHz, in Spring 2017, MW is 864kHz (5kW)


Tokaia central part of Japan's Pacific Ocean side, 4 stations


  Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Pref.

Shizuoka hoso-SBS radio (JOVR) 93.9MHz (in-service) MW is 1404kHz (10kW)

  Nagoya City, Aichi Pref.

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



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



 Gifu City, Gifu Pref

Gifu Chan-GBS (JOZF), under consideration, MW is 1431kHz (5kW)


【Kinki】 Kansai area (near Osaka), 6 stations


  Kyoto City, Kyoto Pref.

Kyoto hoso-KBS Kyoto radio (JOBR), under consideration, MW is 1143kHz(20kW)

  Osaka City, Osaka Pref.

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



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



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



 Kobe City, Hyogo Pref.

Radio Kansai-CRK (JOCR), under consideration, MW is 558kHz (20kW)

Wakayama City, Wakayama Pref.

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


Chugoku】 4 stations


 Okayama City, Okayama Pref.

Sanyo hoso-RSK radio (JOYR), under consideration, MW is 1494kHz (10kW)

  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)



 Yonago City, Tottori Pref.

Sanin hoso-BSS radio (JOHF), from March 2017 , MW is 900kHz (5kW)


【Shikoku】 4 stations


Takamatsu City, Kagawa Pref.

Nishi nihon hoso-RNC radio (JOKF), under consideration, MW is 1449kHz (5kW)

 Tokushima City, Tokushima Pref.

Shikoku hoso-JRT radio (JOJR), under consideration, MW is 1269kHz (5kW)

  Matsuyama City, Ehime Pref.

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

 Kochi City, Kochi Pref.

Kochi hoso-RKC radio (JOZR) under consideration, MW is 900kHz (5kW)


Kyushu】 8 stations


  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 Feb. 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)



Okinawabetween Kyushu and Taiwan, 2 stations


 Naha City, Okinawa Pref.

Radio Okinawa ROK (JOXR), under consideration, MW is 864kHz (10kW)

Ryukyu hoso-RBCi radio (JORR), under consideration, MW is 738kHz (10kW)



the front panel of an ICF-EX5mk2 (by SONY)

you can see the analog channel tuning system, indicates Japanese MW stations sorted by region.

They're (from top to bottom), Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku and Shinetsu, Kanto, Tokai, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa.



January 21, 2017

the verification card from Bunka-hoso (Tokyo, Japan)

There're three MW commercial (private) stations headquartered in Tokyo, the Bunka-hoso (JOQR) , the TBS radio (JOKR) and the Nippon-hoso(JOLF).

'Hoso' means 'broadcasting' in Japanese.

I already posted the articles of TBS and Nippon-hoso, so I'd like to write about JOQR in this time.


(TBS radio and Tokyo Sky-tree)


(Nippon-hoso and Chiba pref.)



The JOQR's MW transmitter located in Saitama prefecture.

In Saitama, no commercial MW station headquartered, however the JOKR’s (in Toda City) and JOQR's (in Kawaguchi City) MW transmitters are available.

This prefecture is a part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which quite a few residents commute every day.


As I wrote, JOQR - Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc. is a Japanese radio station in Tokyo which broadcasts to the Kanto area.

It is one of the two flagship radio stations of National Radio Network (NRN).


The Korean 'MBC' (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) is literally ‘Cultural Broadcasting Corporation’, and one of the leading South Korean television and radio networks.

JOQR has no particular relationship with MBC.

Their radio service (MW) frequency is 1134kHz(100kW), no repeaters or relays right now.

The target areas, same as the other two stations, are Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki in Kanto region.

Their new complementary FM service (on 91.6MHz / 7kW) commenced in Dec 2015. (still no repeaters or relays)


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





Their FM service is transmitted from the tower named 'Tokyo Skytree', same as the other two stations, one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Tokyo.


the card


January 15, 2017

ordered a XDR-P1DBP! 【Viva digital radio】

I’ve kept looking for a suitable DAB/DAB+ receiver in recent days.

As a matter of fact, digital radio systems are growing popular worldwide, so that it’s an essential gear of ‘local radio listener heard worldwide’ like me.

As a result, I've just placed an order (a XDR-P1DBP by Sony-EU) with Amazon UK.


As you may know, Norway is now the first country in the world to initiate the digital switchover from FM radio broadcasting to DAB+.

National FM networks will be phased out gradually throughout 2017, region by region, starting with Nordland and ending with the Troms and Finnmark regions, which will complete the process in December. 

It's really trend of the times, and widely being reported in Japan.


DAB (DAB+) is being operated in several regions worldwide, either in the form of full commercial services, or as feasibility studies.

There is a growing user base in countries as Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. Also available in APAC countries.


(Countries using DAB/DAB+/DMB)



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

They're also might be out of style.


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

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


a XDR-P1DBP (from Souy EU)


January 06, 2017

MW in December 2016 (in Busan, Korea)

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

Local broadcastings gain a glimpse of better understanding trends in on-scene culture.


I tried to chase MW broadcasts, by my PL-380 in night at a hotel room in Busan, however didn’t go well because of terrible urban noises!

In the daytime, only confirmed a few local stations, KBS_Busan HLKB (891kHz), MBC_Radio HLKU (1161kHz) and CBS_Radio HLKP (1404kHz).


I’ve been to South Korea no less than four times, so have posted lots of descriptions related to Japan and South Korea, including the visit to Tsushima island in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. (this island is in the proximity of Busan)


(heard in Tsushima island, near Busan)




(heard in Busan, July 2011)




(the first visit to Busan, July 2011)








(my G3 in Busan, July 2011)



(about Japan and Korea)




(Other referential posts)






a view from an observation floor of the Busan Tower https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busan_Tower




January 05, 2017

FM in December 2016 (in Busan, Korea)

Because of the year-end through New Year holidays (from Dec. 30 thru Jan. 4), I’d stayed in Busan and Ulsan (South Korea) with my wife and son.

They're awfully fond of Korean foods! like stone scorch bibimbap, barbecue, ‘samgyetang’ (chicken ginseng soup) ...

We went to Seoul in Sep. 2015, so decided to visit Busan and neighboring area in this time.

I've been to Busan once (in July 2011), however very first visit for my wife and son.

I could scan local FM stations at a hotel room in Busan, accordingly would like to describe the results.

The time duration was around 10pm on Dec 31th 2016 (UTC+0900), the receiver was a PL-380 with telescopic antenna.

The hotel located in Seomyeon area and the 9th flooor of the room.

(Seomyeon station)



MHz / station / SIO


88.9, MBC Radio Music Busan, 555

89.9, BBS Radio HLDA-FM Busan, 555

90.5, eFM Busan (in English), 555

91.7, KBS Radio-1 Changwon //103.7, 252

92.7, KBS Radio-2 Busan //93.9, 555

93.3, HLQQ-FM Busan //98.1, 353

93.9, KBS Radio-2 Changwon //92.7, 232

94.9, Traffic Broadcasting Busan, 454

95.9, MBC Radio Busan, 555

97.1, KBS Radio-3 Busan //106.1, 555

98.1, HLDD-FM Changwon //93.3, 252

98.5, Gugak FM Busan, 454

99.9, KNN Power FM Radio Busan, 555

101.1, HLDW-FM,  555

101.3, Unknown, 252

102.1, CBS-FM Busan, 555

102.9, CBS Radio Busan, 555

103.7, KBS Radio-1 Busan //91.7, 555

104.3, EBS(Educational) Changwon //107.7, 252

104.9, Woneum Broadcasting Busan, 555

105.7, Love FM Busan, 454

106.1, KBS Radio-3 Changwon //97.1, 252

106.9, Unknown, 252

107.7, EBS(Educational) Busan //104.3, 555



my PL-380 at a bus stop in Busan


January 04, 2017

Appears on the BDXC's 'Communication' January 2017 issue

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

In the January 2017 issue (edition 506) ,on page #14, the article titled 'Sapporo MW & FM Band-scan’ appears.


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

The referential posts on this blog are as follows;


(heard in Sapporo / HBC radio / STV radio)





(complementary or supplementary FM in Japan)






a part of the article



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

  • 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

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.