March 18, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Hong Kong

I’ve been to HK four times, the last sojourn was in January 2016.

In this travel, went to HK and neighboring areas with my wife and son for one week, with my Eton Satellit and ER-C57WR (ex C Crane CC Skywave).

We'd stayed at a hotel near HK central named Kowloon (in the Tsim Sha Tsui area) and went on two day trips to Shenzhen (Canton province, mainland China) and Macau.


As you may know, HK and Macau have been returned to China (PRC), but you still need to pass through immigration from mainland China.

We travelled to Shenzhen to meet my wife's relatives who live in the part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen built-up area.


My wife was born in Malaysia and studied in Australia, but her both grand-parents came from Canton province, so she has a lot of relatives in this region.

The language widely spoken in this area is Cantonese.

It’s completely different from Mandarin, so I can’t understand it at all.

My wife’s native language is 'Hakka', one of the major Chinese dialects, and luckily for us, she also can speak Cantonese to a certain extent, so we didn't mind local travel.

In Canton province, Cantonese, Hakka and other minor local dialects are spoken.

I really agree that the southern part of China is a really multilingual area, it might be similar to how Belgium is in Europe.


I’m sure that several English radio broadcasters are available in HK.



Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the public broadcasting service of HK.

It currently operates seven radio channels and three television channels, and produces educational, entertainment, and public affairs programs that are also broadcast on commercial television channels.

Their Radio 3 and 6 (BBC World Service Relay) are only in English.

And Radio 4 is Classical music and fine arts by English and Cantonese

The features of Radio 3 are News, popular music, information, romance, comedy, reality, sports and education programs, which similar in genre to BBC Radio 4.

The MW frequencies are on 567kHz and 1584kHz.

As for FM, they’re on 97.9MHz, 106.8MHz, and 107.8MHz.

Radio 4’s are on 97.6MHz, 97.8MHz, 98.2MHz, 98.4MHz, 98.7MHz and 98.9MHz. (FM only)

Radio 6’s is 675kHz (MW only)



On 864 kHz, a commercial and 24-hour music station playing biggest hits from the 60’s to 2000's.

They also provide hourly international and local news and weather reports from 7am to 11pm.

The program named ‘Good Evening Kabayan’ is tailor-made for the Filipino community in HK, airs on Friday and Saturday 9-11pm.


The past posts related to HK on this blog

(FM on Jan 5, 2016, In HK)

(Available TV programs in HK)

(The one day travel to Shenzhen, China)

(My Eton Sattelit in HK)


Related links

(World Radio Map – HK)

(RTHK on Wiki)

(RTHK Radio 3 service HP)


near the terminal of ‘Star ferry’ in HK


March 09, 2017

Domestic radio broadcasts in Philippines

I’ve been to Philippines once, however the travel was done in 20 years ago and only within central part of Manila.

One of my wife’s friends, a Japanese woman married with Filipino man, now lives in Cebu - Central Visayas.

We met them in last year, so I have a feeling of closeness to the country.


Radio broadcasting is one of the major media of the Philippines, because this country is an archipelago state, and radio programs are free to listen.

As a matter of fact, looking into the daily lives of Filipinos, radio broadcasts are closely related to them.

For urban dwellers who use cars for commuting, listening music by FM radio is a very common scenery.

As for MW, programs of news, drama and music have big demand.

It is said that there’re approx. 500 FM stations in this country, English is widely used among them.

25 FM stations are sharpening in Manila, but Zubari music programs, especially Pops are popular.

In fact, about 15 stations out of 25 stations are broadcasting stations that pop music flows.

There are also stations specializing in jazz broadcasting and stations specialized in classical music, also available the stations related to Christianity.


As pertains to MW, it is said that about 350 stations are active, in Tagalog language, regional dialects, and English are used.

Daily news, social concerns, public relations, and soap opera are gaining popularity.

There are many broadcasting stations like this, about 130 companies actually conduct broadcasting business.


Approximately 20 of them have very large networks, for example, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, Channel 9 (RPN 9), IBC etc. that are broadcasting TV programs are deploying FM stations and MW stations.

Also, like Radio Mindanao Network Inc., even in a company that only broadcasts radio, there are also places where there are so many stations.

Manila Broadcasting Corp., which is mainly based on MW broadcasting, forms an enormous network throughout the Philippines.


Related links


(World Radio Map in Manila, Philippines)


(List of radio stations in the Philippines by Wiki)


(Asia Waves - Radio stations in Philippines)


A central part of Cebu city (from Wiki)




March 07, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Taiwan

I've been to Taipei four times. (two travels were only transfer...)

As for Taiwan, I guess two English broadcasters are available.


Radio Taiwan International (RTI)

They're one of the world's oldest radio stations that is still in operation today, broadcasting news and programs in 13 languages to the rest of the world.

Offering a wide variety of programs spanning from Chinese-Mandarin lessons to Taiwanese history.

RTI provides listeners a chance to become acquainted with the unique experience of Taiwan.

They mainly broadcast by the internet and short wave, however the MW service in English, targeted for Philippines, is still available on 1359kHz. (600kW / daily 11pm -12pm UTC)

(RTI English HP)


International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

On 100.7MHz (Taipei), 100.1MHz (central), 100.8MHz (Chiayi area)

They state that the only private English language domestic broadcaster in Taiwan, with the mission of bridging cultural gaps, integrating the resources of Taiwan’s local, international communities for the ROC’s continued growth, and prosperity.

ICRT FM100 is an essential part of many people’s lives for news and entertainment. 

Its wide variety of programs are designed to meet the diverse and ever-growing needs of Taiwan. 

Also a valuable tool for Taiwan residents to better understanding English and join the global community.

(ICRT’s main HP)


【Other stations】 

(KBS - Kaohsiung Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1089kHz and FM 94.3MHz, owned by local government.

(Shih Hsin Radio Station)

On MW 729kHz and FM 88.1MHz in Taipei.

(Taipei Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1134kHz and FM 93.1MHz in Taipei.

- The program of BBC world service is available for two hours on weekdays.


【The Taiwan related posts on this blog】 


(World Radio Map - Taipei)


(the verification card from NHK World Radio Japan, heard in Taiwan)


(Now in Taipei)


(Now stay in Kaohsiung, Taiwan)


My DE1128 in Taipei


March 06, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in South Korea

I’m sure that several English radio stations are available in South Korea.

For a wider variety, listening to online radio is good option because of the widespread adoption of the internet in this country.


Public broadcasters

Korean Broadcasting System (KBS radio)

KBS World Radio broadcasts news, sports, weather, music, interviews as well as cultural information in more than 10 languages.

It seems that their English services are only on the internet and short wave.


(KBS World Radio - in English)


Korean Educational Broadcasting System (EBS-radio)

It’s an educational television and radio network covering South Korean territory, and the only major South Korean radio and television network without a separate regional service.

They're frequented by middle and high school students for their English study programming, and also for adults with language programming for Chinese, German, French, etc.



AFN - American Forces Network in Korea

A lot of transmitter sites are located.

They operate television stations as well, but those are only available to US SOFA status personnel with a decoder, but radio services can be received by anyone.


Private / Commercial stations

TBS e-FM (101.3MHz) in Seoul; This station broadcasts news about Korea and other radio programming related to sports, events, history, entertainment, the economy, etc.

(TBS eFM in English)

Busan eFM (90.5MHz)

(eFM Busan in English)

Gwangju eFM (98.7MHz)

(GFN English)

Arirang Radio: Cheju (88.7MHz), Seogwipo (88.1MHz), Daejeong (101.9MHz)

(Arirang Radio in English)


The related posts on this blog

(The Seoul AM radio listening guide)


(World Radio Map in Seoul)


(FM in December 2016 in 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)


my PL-380 in Busan



February 27, 2017

World Radio Map dot com

My reception locations are worldwide, so need to keep up with latest information of local radio services, accordingly have been a member of BDXC and ARDXC.


In many cases, maps and atlases are key tools to facilitate intellectual curiosity, I think.

The 'World Radio' is a website that lists MW/FM/DAB/DAB+ radio stations by their real broadcasting frequencies and enables you to tune in directly from your browser, with no download required.

It's also a place to find information about main transmitters and towers' technical data and many radio-related links.


It covers all the major cities of the world, from Chicago to Acapulco, from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Shanghai to Melbourne ... can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!


Now everyone can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

It’s owned and operated by Mikhail Shcherbak (a.k.a. Predavatel) with help of many his friends, including me, around the world.

It's really great job!


Unfortunately, no information of international SW services is in the web.

We're not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and I don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

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


(The World Radio Map) 


we've exchanged our links


February 26, 2017

【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.



February 11, 2017

DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!

I'm the only Japanese member of ARDXC (Australian Radio DX Club), have been to Australia twice, Sydney and Perth.


According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), DAB+ services are expanding across Australia with trials in Canberra and Darwin NT to transition to permanent services.

And to be added to Hobart TAS and Gold Coast QLD over the next two to three years.

ACMA, in consultation with the Digital Radio Planning Committee, has prepared a package of planning papers for the future development of DAB+ across Australia.

I appreciate this and look forward to enjoying digital radio listening in this country.


ACMA Chairman, Richard Bean said ‘The commercial radio industry has indicated there are a significant number of regional licensees that have expressed interest in offering digital radio services in the next three to five years’.

Also said ‘The ABC has also announced its intention to commence new services in Darwin and Hobart’.


The ACMA is facilitating the digital radio rollout by preparing digital radio channel plans for Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and the Gold Coast.

These plans will make frequencies available to broadcasters wishing to provide ongoing digital radio services in those areas.

Details of the timing of commencement of digital radio in these markets will be determined by the broadcasters.


The posts (Perth related) on this blog


a central part of Perth, WA


February 10, 2017

The ‘Seoul AM radio listening guide’

The ‘Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide’ is a three-hour documentary broadcast narrated by Chris Kadlec, based in MI, the US.

(He'd stayed in South Korea from 2009 to 2016)


It also takes a look at propaganda and signal jamming as part of the radio wars between Seoul and Pyongyang and accompanied by a superlatively detailed 115-page guide and complete audio transcript.

It’s unbelievably great!

I’ve never seen such an incredible detailed listening report!

(the URL)


I assure that it must be an ideal web site for us local MW/FM/digital radio listeners, heard worldwide, especially in East Asia region.

No less important is the fact that a geographical point of view accelerates understanding of local broadcasts.

He did specialize in geography like me.

It’s no wonder that he is able to accomplish such a great feat!


the cover of the report


January 01, 2017

A happy new year 2017!

New Year is the most important holiday in Japanese culture.

Years are traditionally viewed as completely separate, with each new year providing a fresh start.

Consequently, all duties are supported to be completed by the end of the year, whole ‘Bonenkai’ are held with the purpose of leaving the old year's worries and troubles behind.

January 1 is a very auspicious day, best started by viewing the new year's first sunrise, and traditionally believed to be representative for the whole year that has just commenced.

Therefore, the day is supposed be full of joy and free of stress and anger, while everything should be clean and no work should be done.

I'm now in South Korea, since Dec 30 with my family and a PL-380.

However not so much time to listen. coldsweats01

December 23, 2016

Rob’s article appears on WRTH2017!

Rob Shepherd, a menber of ARDXC, based in QLD Australia, one of benevolent cooporators of this blog, contributed the article titled ‘A Pacific Radio Adventure’ to WRTH2017.

It’s my extremely great pleasure to find out his description on WRTH!


Apart from holidays, he doesn't listen as much as he'd like, probably listens a couple of times per month.

However, he owns an authentic communication receiver NRD-535D (by JRC).

He used to work in IT field like me, his wife's sister had a young Japanese house mate living with her in Brisbane.

He said they were so creative in all aspects of art and especially making cards.

As it happens, my wife had studied in Brisbane for nearly 10 years, so she knows around this city inside out.


(Rob’s contributions on this blog)



the article




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