March 19, 2017

The past posts of 'travel_and_listening' category (in Japan)

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

The following list is almost all past posts of 'travel_and_listening' category, heard in Japan, sorted them by ten geographical regions.


Reference : the following post includes global listenings (except in Japan), amounts to no less than 24 countries/regions and six continents.



1.【Hokkaido】  the northern main island, near Russia


2016/10 FM band scan in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido


2.【Tohokunorth-east part of Japan


Right now, no post is available.


3.【KantoTokyo and surrounding prefectures


2016/08  Heard the AFN’s MW service in the restraining area, Yokosuka, Kanagawa

2016/08 The 'Enoshima Bali Sunset 2016', Fujisawa, Kanagawa


4.【Hokuriku and Shinetsua central part of Japan's Japan Sea side


2016/05 Now in near Kanazawa, Ishikawa


5.【Tokaia central part of Japan's Pacific Ocean side


2016/07 MW in July 2016 in Gotmba, Shizuoka

2016/06 FM in May 2016 in Omaezaki, Shizuoka

2015/06 FM in June 2015 in Jukkoku pass, Atami, Shizuoka


6.【Kinki Kansai area, including Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, etc


2016/05 A travel to Kobe, Hyogo


7.【Chugoku】 the five prefectures: Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tottori and Shimane  

2015/06 The flower festival and local FM stations in Hiroshima


8.【Shikoku】 the four prefectures: Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushima and Kochi


2014/05 Return from Takamatsu, Kagawa


9.【Kyushu】 Kyushu and surrounding islands


2016/09  Tsushima island, Nagasaki

2016/02  MW in Mar 2015, in Kagoshima


10.【Okinawabetween the halfway of Kyushu and Taiwan


2013/12 and 2014/01 in Okinawa


My ATS-909X in Sapporo, Hokkiado


February 12, 2017

The past posts of 'travel_and_listening' category

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

The following list is all past posts of 'travel_and_listening' category, except heard in Japan, amounts to no less than 24 countries/regions and six continents.


Posted yyyy/mm, location, (the cooperator)



France, Greece, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the UK


2011/09 Paris, France (Koji Hoshi)

2016/06 Corfu, Greece (Keith C Howells)

2015/11 Vilnius, Lithuania (Stephen Howie)

2015/09 Sankt-peterburg, Russia (Chrissy Brand)

2016/12 Bratislava, Slovakia (Chrissy)

2017/01 Canary islands, Spain (John Hoad)

2016/09 Majorca islands, Spain (Keith)

2015/10 Cornwall, the UK (Simon Hockenhull)



Morocco and on the sea near South Africa


2011/11 Rabat, Morocco (Koji)

2014/02 on the sea near South Africa (Rob Shepherd)



China (PRC), Hong Kong, India, Macau, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan


2012/08 Beijing, China (Koji)

2016/01 Hong Kong (China) (Koji)

2011/08 Mumbai, India (Koji)

2016/01 Macau (China) (Koji)

2013/08 Singapore (Koji)

2017/01 Busan, South Korea (Koji)

2017/02 The special report ‘Seoul AM listening guide’ (Chris Kadlec)

2015/09 Seoul, South Korea (Koji)

2015/01 Taipei, Taiwan (Koji)


North America

Canada and the US


2015/08 Hamilton, ON Canada (Chrissy)

2015/08 NY, the US (Chrissy)

2015/08 Cedar city, UT the US (Chrissy)


Central and South America

Chile and Dominican Republic


2016/07 Valparaiso, Chile (Rob)

2015/11 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Stephen)



Australia, French Polynesia(Tahiti), New Zealand and Northern Mariana islands(Guam)


2015/11 Sydney, NSW, Australia (Richard Jary)  - Sporadic E openings

2013/03 Perth, WA, Australia (Koji)

2016/07 Tahiti, French Polynesia (Rob)

2016/07 Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand (Rob)

2014/08 Guam, Northern Mariana islands (Koji)


Thank you very much for all cooperators!

Chrissy Brand (Manchester, the UK),

Chris Kadlec (MI, the US),

John Hoad (Kent, the UK),

Keith C Howells (Wales, the UK),

Richard Jary (NSW, Australia),

Rob Shepherd (QLD, Australia),

Simon Hockenhull (South West England, the UK),

Stephen Howie (London, the UK).
















February 01, 2017

FM in December 2016 (in Canary islands, Spain)

A member of BDXC, John Hoad, based in Kent (in South East England), went to Lanzarote island (in Canary Islands, Spain) in last December.

He kindly allows me to introduce his scanned results on this blog.

(Lanzarote island)


According to Wikipedia, Lanzarote is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, approx. 125 kilometres off the coast of Africa and 1,000 kilometres from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.94 square kilometres, it is the fourth-largest of the islands in the archipelago with 141,938 inhabitants,

It’s the third-most populous island of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In the centre-west of the island is the Timanfaya National Park, which is one of the main attractions of Lanzarote, the capital is Arrecife.


a part of Arrecife from Wiki



He said he was able to hear lots of stations by his ATS-909X with its telescopic antenna, however, as he has little knowledge of Spanish, it was difficult to identify without RDS.

(My ATS-909X in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan)


On checking a log of a quick listen, he did on the afternoon of 18 December, found out the answer to his un-id on 102.5MHz.

It was Radio Europa Lanzarote, also on 99.4MHz at 1522 UTC, with ID and a song by Enya, in German //102.5 (Fuerteventura) weaker and 20 seconds ahead.


MHz / UTC / Station / details etc.

87.7 1130 RNE 2 Fuerteventura, RDS: CLAS, JASS, Rolling Info mx OM, SS

88.4 1133 R.Sintonia Fuente--Ventura 7,7 Top 40 // 95.7 mx, SS

88.8 1138 Happy FM, Uno Todos La Los Solo, ads for Fuenteventura //89.3, SS

89.9 1147 SER sport, phone-in, SS

91.2 1150 Onda FTV, ID OM Feliz Navidad ads for Fuenteventura // 91.4, 91.8, 93.7, SS

92.2 1155 Poweron FM, "Hits To Go" Scouting For Girls, 'She's So Lovely'. EE

92.9 1200 ECCA, RDS but no modulation, still no mod recheck at 1417 UTC

93.3 1230 Radio Sports, "Lanzarote 102.0 y 102.2 FM" SS

94.6 1208 RNE 1 Fuerteventura CAN SPORTS ID Radio Nacional Espania Canaries, SS

96.9 1217 Canarias R, Fuerteventura LA AUTONOMICA YL interview with kids, SS

97.2 1223 Exito R, EXITO - REL MUSC - KEXITO RADIO // 97.3 No modulation

98.4 1229 RTT-- AEU CA RA -- A 10 RVV CANARIAQ, // 99.6

100.6 1232 Radio 3, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

101.7 1240 Atlantis FM European mx OM GG

102.5 1243 Unid German with tk and songs of Patti Smith No RDS

103.1 1246 Kiss FM ID "Broken Wings" by Mister Mister, SS

103.4 1249 Unid Arabic OM/YL Arabic, 1301 ID RTM or RTN Flamenco type guitar mx


104.2 1311 Cuarenta -- ID "CUARENTA MUSIC INSPIRES LIFE"

104.8 1314 RNE 5 INF Fuerteventura nx OM/YL talk, SS

106.1 1317 COPE COPE LZ y FEU fast talking OM

106.3 1320 Monster Radio MONSTER R.89.1 - 106.3 Carly Simon "You're So Vain", Jeff Lynne birthday, 3 back to back ELO songs, Birmingham accented DJ, EE.

106.9 1403 Lancelot Radio, ID, ads, SS


Papagayo beach from Wiki


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




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


December 02, 2016

The recent posts of 'travel_and_listening' as of Dec. 1 2016

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

The recent (over a half year) posts of 'travel_and_listening' category are as follows;


Posted yyyy/mm, location, (the cooperator)


2016/12 Bratislava, Slovakia (Chrissy Brand)


2016/10 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (Koji)


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


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


2016/07 Gotemba, Shizuoka pref, Japan (Koji)


2016/07 Auckland, New Zealand (Rob Shepherd)


2016/07 Tahiti, French Polynesia (Rob)


2016/07 Valparaiso, Chile (Rob)


2016/06 Corfu, Greece (Keith)


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


Chrissy and her PL-380


December 01, 2016

FM in November 2016 (in Bratislava, Slovakia)

A principal member of BDXC, Chrissy Brand, based in Manchester, went to Bratislava (Slovakia) last month, and checked for changes since she was last there in March 1993.

She said that some good, some bad but key buildings, monuments, trams and history remain.

Also she was a guest of an English language program (WRT the future of Short Wave) at Radio Slovakia International.


The following URL is the post titled 'Autumnal update' on her blog 'DX International'.


As pertains to her, the follwoing posts are available on this blog.


(Radio listening in Canary islands, Spain)

(FM band-scan in St.Peterburg, Russia)

(FM band-scan in UT, the U.S.)

(FM band-scan in Hamilton, ON, Canada)

(FM band-scan in NY, the U.S.)

(Chrissy and her PL-380)

(Appear on DX international Radio)


Chrissy in Bratislava



In Bratislava, one evening, she did a quick FM band-scan and could hear the following local stations, and a few from over the border in Austria.

Bratislava located nearby the border between Austria and Slovakia, no more than two hours by car from Vienna.


MHz / Station and programme details


89.3 RTVS RFM, live Slovak rock concert

89.9 Ő2 R Wien, Folk, acoustic mx GG //97.9

90.1 Rockora Republika,Solsbury Hill//92.6 106.1

90.6 R Best FM, 'Share This' by Ardice //105.5

91.2 RTVS R Slovensko, talk //96.6

91.6 Unid, Slovak talk, poetry

92.0 Ő1, Fritz Wunderlast 1930s mx, GG

92.3 R SiTy, Slovak pop and rock mx

93.8 R Lumen, rock mx

94.3 Fun Radio, Slovak hits // 94.6

94.9 R Viva Metropol, ID, electronica mx

98.9 R Slovakia Int in six languages incl EE

98.9 R Patria (shared freq with RSI

99.3 RTVS R Regina, current pop mx //102.2

99.9 Ő3 Hit Radio, Euro pop //88.2

100.3 R Antena Rock, rock mx

101.1 R Viva Metropol, misc

101.8 R Vina 'The Final Countdown' song

103.6 Radio 7, talk

104.4 RTVS R Devin, talk, readings

104.8 Europa 2, misc mx

106.6 R Jemne, Adele song


the card which I received from RSI




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



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)


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)


(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)


in the observation floor







the outer appearance of the tower 




September 16, 2016

MW and FM in April 2016 (in Nagasaki, Japan) - 2

There're two major sea ports (Izuhara and Hitakatsu) and one airport in Tsushima island.

Hydrofoil ships come from the port of Hakata in Fukuoka city (Kyushu) a few times per day, also travel a few times a week to Busan, South Korea.

Regular flights from Fukuoka airport (FUK) to Tsushima airport (TSJ), four times a day by ANA(NH) .


the location of Izuhara and Hitakatsu 



a vicinity of  Izuhara



in front of the Hitakatsu terminal bldg.



Hitakatsu port's only pier of international route



Izuhara located in the southernmost part and most populous district in this island.

I'd stayed at a hotel in Izuhara for two days and heard FM by my ATS-909X with telescopic antenna.

The time duration was around 10pm on April 14 2016.


FM in Izuharabetween 76 and 95 MHz

(MHz / station / location / SIO)


76.1 Love FM, Fukuoka-city, 252

77.9 FM saga, Karatsu-city, Saga-pref, 454

78.7 Cross FM, Fukuoka-city, 353

80.0 FM Fukuoka, Kitakyushu-city, 151

80.7 FM Fukuoka, Fukuoka-city, 352

81.6 NHK-FM(Saga), Karatsu-city, 252

82.6 NHK-FM(Izuhara), Tsushima-city(local station), 555

83.3 NHK-FM(Goonoura), Iki-city, 252

84.8 NHK-FM(Fukuoka), Fukuoka-city, 252

86.0 NHK-FM(Sasebo), Sasebo-city, Nagasaki-pref, 151

88.9 MBC radio music-FM, Busan, 544

90.2 KBC radio, Fukuoka-city, 252

90.5 eFM Busan, Busan, 454

91.0 RKB radio, Fukuoka-city, 252

91.1 MBC radio FM, Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, 242

92.3 Yamaguchi-hoso(KRY radio), Hofu-city, Yamaguchi-pref, 141

92.7 KBS FM-One, Busan, 544

94.9 Traffic Broadcasting Network, Busan(HLDN-FM), 252


103.7MHz - KBS Standard-FM service from Busan, SIO was 454 




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