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March 31, 2017

FM in March 2017 (in Hakata / Fukuoka City)

I’d stayed in Fukuoka City, Kyushu in this week.

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

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

(Fukuoka Pref)


(Fukuoka City)



In my spare time, tried to chase FM stations from the observation terrace of the 'JR Hakata City', close to the JR Hakata station, by my PL-380 with its telescopic antenna.

(JR Hakata City)



I was able to confirm no less than 20 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 Fukuoka, FM Fukuoka, Cross FM and Love FM)

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

4) Complementary (supplementary) FM services of MW stations

(In Fukuoka, RKB radio and KBC radio)


Fukuoka related posts on this blog are as follows;

(RKB Radio)


(KBC Radio)


(The Love FM and Mega-Net)


(the band scan in Tsushima island near Fukuoka)



(the reception comparison between Fukuoka and Busan)


(Fukuoka and Busan)


(my past receiver (Grundig G3) in Fukuoka)



【FM in Hakata / Fukuoka City

'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)





(MHz / station / style / location / SIO)

the time duration was from 2pm to 4pm


76.1 Love FM TFS / Fukuoka 555

77.0 Corss FM TFS / Kita-kyushu 454

77.7 Kote-min NLP / Fukuoka 252

78.7 Cross FM TFS / Fukuoka / 555

79.3 FM tanto NLP / Fukuoka. Omuta / 151

80.0 FM Fukuoka TFS / Kita-kyushu / 353

80.7 FM Fukuoka TFS / Fukuoka / 555

81.3 FM Fukuoka TFS / Fukuoka, Itoshima / 151

82.5 Love FM TFS / Fukuoka-nishi / 353

82.7 Love FM TFS / Kita-kyushu / 353

84.2 NHK-FM TFS / Oita? / 151

84.8 NHK-FM TFS / Fukuoka / 555

85.4 NHK-FM TFS / Kumamoto / 151

85.7 NHK-FM TFS / Kita-kyushu / 252

90.2 KBC Radio WFM / Fukuoka/ 555

91.0 RKB Radio WFM / Fukuoka / 555

91.5 RKB Radio WFM / Kita-kyushu / 353

93.0 KBC Radio WFM / Itoshima / 454

94.0 KBC Radio WFM / Kita-kyushu / 454

94.6 RKB Radio WFM / Itoshima / 454


My PL-380 on a table in the observation terrace of JR Hakata City bldg.




March 08, 2017

the verification card from the SBS radio (Shizuoka, Japan)

Shizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay.

In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.


As of 2012, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Fuji-Hakone-Izu and Minami Alps National Parks; Tenryū-Okumikawa Quasi-National Park; and four Prefectural Natural Parks.

Shizuoka is particularly advantaged among Japan's prefectures in many ways, ranging from location, natural beauty, and climate to its industrial production and tourism.


In fact, official statistics show it to be the leading prefecture in Japan in nearly 250 different categories, for example;


・Mount Fuji (The highest Mountain in Japan),

・Suruga Bay (The deepest Bay in Japan),

・Green Tea production volume,

・Green Melon production volume,

・Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) production volume,


I'd lived in this prefecture for several years, so am well-informed about there.

(Shizuoka pref.)



Mt. Fuji (from Wiki)



a tea field (from Wiki)



Wasabis (from Wiki)



The SBS (Shizuoka Broadcasting System) radio is the only private / commercial MW broadcaster in this pref.

As for FM, the prefectural station named 'K-Mix' is available, and also approx. 12 new style low-powered community FM stations are active.


SBS's MW flagship frequency is 1404kHz, primary site is located in Shizuoka City.(10kW / JOVR)

The repeaters and relays are in Hamamatsu City (1kW / JOVO), Kakegawa City (100W), Gotemba City (100W), Tatsuyama (100W), Sakuma (100W), Misakubo (100W), Tenryu (100W), Haruno (100W) and Mishima City (100W).

Also available on 1557kHz, but only two locations. (Fujino-miya City and Atami City / both 100W)


Their new style complementary / supplementary FM (Wide FM) service commenced in December 2016, on 93.9MHz (1kW) from Yaizu City.

At this time, no relay or repeater.

(complementary / supplementary FM - Wide FM)



The related posts on this blog

(The SBS’s test transmission)


(in Gotemba City)


(in Omaezaki City)


(in Jukkoku Pass, Atami City)




the card






March 05, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Japan -3

About MegaNet;

The following four regional FM private stations established Megalopolis Radio Network(MegaNet), linking Japan's international FM radio stations and covering more than 65% of Japan's population.


1) InterFM897  89.7MHz (10kW) in Tokyo

Also on 76.5 MHz (300W) in Yokohama,

Their slogan is ‘The Real Music Station’ since April 2013 and previous slogan was ‘Tokyo's No.1 Music Station’.

The station uses English as its main language besides Japanese, with public service announcement segments aired in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese and French to better serve the international community in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and its vicinity, not to mention news and other information bits in Japanese that the locals will find useful.

70% of its airtime is dedicated to worldwide music while the remaining 30% goes to Japanese pop and rock music selected in large part by a committee.

InterFM broadcast style mirrors American FM radio style and is consistent with stations in networks such as Clear Channel in the US.

(Inter-FM on Wikipedia)



2) Radio Neo 79.5MHz (5kW) in Nagoya, Aichi –

MegaNet lost an affiliate in Aichi Prefecture when Radio-i closed in 2010, reducing its affiliates to three; MegaNet returned to Aichi in April 2014 as InterFM Nagoya and changed name to Radio Neo in October 2015.


3) FM Cocolo 76.5MHz(10kW) in Osaka.

Cocolo’ means ‘heart’ or ‘mind’ in Japanese.

Kansai area which includes Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo (city of Kobe), Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama prefectures.

Most of the programs are in English and Japanese, with Chinese, French, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Malaysian, Portuguese, Sinhalese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.


4) Love FM 76.1MHz (1kW) in central Fukuoka

Also on 82.5MHz (100W) in west Fukuoka, 82.7MHz (250W) in Kita-Kyushu.

They cover all area of Fukuoka Prefecture, parts of Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Saga, Oita, and Yamaguchi Prefecture and Northern Kyushu.

They have 3 frequencies, “Fukuoka Station 76.1MHz”, Kitakyushu Station 82.7MHz” and Fukuoka Tower Station 82.5MHz” which set up on February 2002.

One of them “76.1” frequency can cover from Kumamoto City, part of Oita to Onga-gun, Fukuoka.

For example, when you go driving from Kumamoto City, you can enjoy driving to Fukuoka City without changing frequency.

Love FM supports your daily life with good music and information.


The HQ bldg of Radio Neo in Nagoya (from Wikipedia)



March 04, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Japan -2

American Forces Network.

AFN-Japan, formerly the Far East Network (FEN), has one full-power VHF terrestrial TV outlet.

Located on Okinawa, is the halfway between Kyushu and Taiwan, atop the Rycom Plaza Housing area in the central part of the island, AFN-Okinawa's (U.S. channel 8) TV signal serves the military and their families stationed on the island.

AFN-Japan also operates three low-power UHF terrestrial transmitters at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, in Yamaguchi prefecture near Hiroshima, Commander U.S Fleet Activities Sasebo and Misawa Air Base in Aomori pref.

TV viewers on military bases in the Tokyo and Kanto Plain area of Japan can view AFN via contractor-operated base cable TV services, or through AFN Direct-To-Home (DTH) dishes if they reside off-base.

AFN-Japan's radio services consist of AM and FM stereo operations at

Yokota Air Base, in Tokyo (810kHz / 50kW & cable FM),

MCAS Iwakuni, (1575kHz / 1kW),

FLTACTS Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture (1575kHz / 250W),

Okinawa (648kHz / 10kW & 89.1MHz / 6kW) and

Misawa (1575kHz / 250W).


The past post titled ‘Heard the AFN’s MW service in the restraining area’




My ER-C57WR at a ball ground in Yokosuka NAVY base


March 03, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Japan

I’d like to describe the details of domestic English broadcasts in Japan.

First of all, about NHK (radio 2 - studying program). 

NHK is the abbreviation of Nippon Hoso Kyokai (it means ‘Japan Broadcasting Corporation’).


They have a diverse range of programs covering news, education, culture, family entertainment and sports - broadcast around the clock on every day of the year.

Their international SW service as NHK World Radio Japan.

They operate four television channels: General TV, Educational TV, BS 1 and BS Premium. NHK also delivers three radio channels: Radio 1(General), Radio 2(Educational) and FM (mainly music).


On Radio 2, there are a lot of English-studying programs, as follows; (in 2016)

1) Basic English 1,

2) Basic English 2,

3) Basic English 3,

4) English conversation by radio,

5) English listening,

6) English conversation (time trial),

7) Business English (entry level),

8) Business English (advanced level),

9) Enjoy simple English,

10) Let’s read Haruki Murakami’s achievements in English.


Wow, so many choices!

These programs are generally 15 minutes long and on every weekday.

There are four Radio 2 very high-powered (500KW) MW transmitters making it easy to hear everywhere not only in Japan but also in Asia / Pacific countries. 


693kHz in Saitama near Tokyo (JOAB),

747kHz in Sapporo, Hokkaido (JOIB),

774kHz in Akita (JOUB),

and 873kHz in Kumamoto. Kyshu (JOGB).


In case of an emergency, like in the 2011 disaster, you turn on the TV to NHK and set the audio to English sub-audio with the remote controller.

I personally think they are reliable at times of mass disaster and the only public TV in Japan, with proper training, budget, and human resources.


(NHK Radio 2 service)



the NHK's broadcasting center in Tokyo (from Wikipedia)



March 02, 2017

The current status of complementary (supplementary) FM as of March 2 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, as this is the only description in English, I think.

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




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


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)



Tohokunorth-east part of Japan, 6 stations


   Aomori City, Aomori Pref

Aomori hoso -RAB radio (JOGR) 91.7MHz , from 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, from 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, from March 26, 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, from April 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) 92.2MHz (in-service), 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.




DX International

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British DX Club

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Australian Radio DX Club

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Seoul Radio Listening Guide

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