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.)

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

 

Mt. Fuji (from Wiki)

Fuji

 

a tea field (from Wiki)

Tea_field

 

Wasabis (from Wiki)

Wasabi

 

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)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/03/the-current-sta.html

 

The related posts on this blog

(SBS’s test transmission)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/11/tried-to-catch.html

(in Gotemba City)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/07/mw-in-july-16-2.html

(in Omaezaki City)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/06/radio-listening.html

(in Jukkoku Pass, Atami City)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/06/fm-listening-at.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/06/fm-logging-on-a.html

 

the card

Sbs_11

 

Sbs_12

 

 

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)

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

 

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)

 

Neo_hq

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’

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

 

 

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

Yos_us_01

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)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHK_Radio_2

 

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

Nhkcenter

 

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)

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 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)

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

 

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 , 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)

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

 

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)

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

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-verificatio.html

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificat-1.html

 

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)

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)

  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)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/03/the-verificatio.html

 

  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

 

 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)

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

 

  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)

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

 

   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)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificatio.html

 

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

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

 

  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)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificat-2.html

 

  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

 

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.

 

Icfex5_1

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)

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 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)

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

 

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)

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

 

 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)

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

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-verificatio.html

 

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

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificat-1.html

 

 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)

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)

 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)

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

 

 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)

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

 

 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)

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

 

 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)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificatio.html

 

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

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

 

  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) 

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificat-2.html

 

  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

 

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.

 

Icfex5_1

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)

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

(Nippon-hoso and Chiba pref.)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/12/the-verificat-1.html

 

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)

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

 

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

Bunka

December 25, 2016

the verification card from MRT radio (Miyazaki, Japan)

Miyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Oita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west.

The capital is Miyazaki City.

I’ve been to there only once, more than 20 years ago.

 

(Miyazaki pref)

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

(Miyazaki tourist information)

http://www.kanko-miyazaki.jp/english/index.html

(Miyazaki and vicinity from JNTO site)

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-706.pdf

  

Phoenix Seagaia Resort

The Seagaia Ocean Dome, was one of the world's largest indoor waterparks, located in Miyazaki.

The Polynesia-themed Ocean Dome, which was a part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort, measured 300 meters in length and 100 meters in width, and was listed on the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1993, and visitor numbers peaked in 1995 at 1.25 million a year.

The Ocean Dome sported a simulated flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and the world's largest retractable roof, which provided a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day, and the air temperature was always held at around 30 °C (86 °F) and the water at around 28 °C (82 °F)

 

(Phoenix Seagaia Resort)

http://www.seagaia.co.jp/index_en.html

 

the bldgs. of Seagaia (from Wiki)

Seagaia

 

Solaseed Air

Solaseed Air, incorporated as Solaseed Air Inc. is a low-cost airline headquartered on the property of Miyazaki Airport.

It operates services mainly between destinations on Kyushu and Tokyo, changed its branding to Solaseed Air in 2011.

 

(Solaseed Air)

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

 

an aircraft of Solaseed air (from Wiki)

Solaseed

 

Takachiho

Steeped in myth and legend, Takachiho has been known since ancient times as a sacred ground where the gods descended to earth.

The area is also famous for ‘yokagura’, sacred dance rituals reenacting the legends, which are performed in the fall and early winter.

The sheer gorge running through a basin surrounded by steep green mountains is the highlight of a magnificently variegated terrain that presents fresh beauties with the changing seasons.

 

(Takachiho sightseeing)

http://takachiho-kanko.info/en/

 

Miyazaki Broadcasting Company is the only MW broadcaster headquartered in this pref.

MRT is the abbreviation of 'Miyazaki Radio & Television'.

Their radio service (MW) frequency is 936kHz and the primary transmitter is located in Miyazaki City. (JONF / 5kW)

The frequency of main and  repeaters (relays) are all synchronized, six transmitters are sited in Nobeoka City (1kW), Takachiho (1kW), Nichinan City (1kW), Kobayashi City (1kW), Miyakonojo City (100W) and Kushima City (100W).

Their complementary (supplementary) FM is now available on 90.4MHz from Miyazaki City.(1kW)

The repeater of FM in Nobeoka (94.7MHz / 100W) is planned to open in 2017.

 

(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

 

I received their service on FM in last May in the Kagoshima airport.

This airport is near the border between Miyazaki pref and Kagoshima pref.

 

the card 

Mrt_radio

 

December 11, 2016

the verification card from Nippon hoso (Tokyo, Japan) and Chiba Pref.

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

'Hoso' means 'broadcasting' in Japanese.

I already posted the article which was about TBS, so I'd like to introduce JOLF and Chiba Prefecture in this time.

(TBS radio and Tokyo Sky-tree)

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

 

In Chiba, no commercial MW station but the JOLF's MW transmitter is available. (In Kisarazu City)

This prefecture is located in the Kanto region (the Greater Tokyo Area)

The sixth most populous  and 27th largest by land area, is on the east coast of Honshu (the main island of Japan) and largely consists of the Boso Peninsula.

It encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay and the capital is Chiba City.

Because Chiba is close to Tokyo, several 'Tokyo's in this pref.

(Chiba Pref)

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

(Kisarazu City)

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

 

New Tokyo international airport - Narita Airport

Most Tokyo-bound visitors arriving on international flights land in this airport (NRT), which is situated in Narita City in the north of the prefecture, and connected to Tokyo by the East Japan Railway's Narita Express and the Keisei Electric Railway's Skyliner.

 

The building of terminal 3 (from Wiki) opened last year, for LCC passengers

Nrt_1_2

  

【Tokyo Disney Resort

Opened in 1983, in Urayasu City, quite near to Tokyo central.

The primary employer in the city is The Oriental Land Company and businesses related to there.

(Tokyo Disney Resort)

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

 

from Wiki

Tdr

 

【Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line

Its a bridge–tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay, connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu.

With an overall length of 14 km, it includes a 4.4 km bridge and 9.6 km tunnel underneath the bay - the fourth-longest underwater tunnel in the world!

(Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Bay_Aqua-Line

 

the 'Umi-hotaru' (means 'an ocean firefly') in  parking area (an artificial island) from Wiki

Umi_hotaru

 

JOLF (Nippon hoso) or Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc. is a Japanese radio station, founded in 1953.

Together with Nippon Cultural Broadcasting it is a flagship station of the National Radio Network.

They also has a relationship with Fuji Television, both being part of the Fuji-sankei Communications Group.

(JOLF - Nippon Broadcasting System)

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

 

Their radio service (MW) frequency is 1242kHz.(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 93.0MHz / 7kW) commenced in Dec 2015. (still no repeaters or relays)

(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

 

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.

 

I think their MW service might be widely heard in Pacific region.

I mean, the transmitting power is high (100kW) and the site is located near the Tokyo Bay and Pacific Ocean.

However, it seems that not so easy to be heard in SE Asia.

Because the Voice of Vietnam’s external service is now active (high-powered! 500kW) on the same frequency.

 

Jolf__2

 

Jolf__1

December 04, 2016

the verification card from RKB radio (Fukuoka, Japan) and Kita-kyushu City

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

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

There're two private (commercial) MW stations headquartered in Fukuoka, KBC radio and RKB radio.

I've already described KBC and Fukuoka City, so that let me introduce RKB and Kita-kyushu City in this time.

 

(KBC radio and Fukuoka City)

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

 

'Kita-kyushu' means 'Northern Kyushu' in Japanese, is one of two designated cities in Fukuoka Prefecture, together with Fukuoka City, with a population of over 1 million people.

I'd lived in a central part of Fukuoka City for one and a half years, so I've been to Kita-kyushu many times.

 

Kurosaki area of Kita-kyushu (from Wiki)

Kita91

 

The city was founded in 1963, was born from the merger of five municipalities (Kokura, Moji, Tobata, Yahata and Wakamatsu) centered around the ancient feudal city of Kokura.

 

Kokura station of ‘Sanyo Shinkansen’ (a high-speed rail) is the main gateway of this city, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West)

Kokura

 

The present Kita-kyushu Airport opened in 2006.

It is larger than the previous airport and supports 24-hour operations, thanks to its location on an artificial island in the Seto Inland Sea.

A new airline based in the city called 'Star Flyer' began operations when the airport opened. (ANA group)

 

an aircraft of Star Flyer (from Wiki)

Sf1

  

(Fukuoka Pref)

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

(Kita-kyushu City)

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

(Star Flyer Airlines)

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

  

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

 

RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corporation is owned by Mainichi Broadcasting System, Mainichi Shimbun and the Aso Group.

The initials 'RKB' stand for 'Radio Kyushu Broadcasting', the station's former name is a TV Asahi Corporation-affiliated broadcasting station headquartered in Fukuoka.

 

Their primary MW frequency is 1278kHz (50kW / JOFR) from Fukuoka City and Wide-FM is 91.0MHz (1kW).

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

Kita-kyushu City, 1197kHz (JOFO / 1kW) and 91.5MHz (250W)

Yukuhashi City, 1062kHz (100W) and 94.8MHz (30W)

Itoshima City, 94.6MHz (100W)

Omuta City, 1062kHz (JOFE / 100W)

 

(RKB Mainichi broadcasting)

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

(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

 

Their complementary (supplementary) FM service commenced in March 2016, same as KBC radio's.

 

The photo of the verification card is Mr.Takumi Sato, a broadcaster of RKB radio, is assigned ‘WideFM ambassador'.. The slogan is 'Let's listen RKB by FM '

Photo

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