In less than one hour after sending my report I received a QSL COPE Valencia on 1296 kHz. My reception was confirmed with a QSL by Carlos Corral from the local technical department who also confirmed my report for COPE Murcia. Thank you Carlos!
COPE is an acronym for Cadena de Ondas Populares Españolas. This nation wide network is established by the Spanish Episcopal Conference – the catholic bishops in Spain – with the intent to bring religious programs. Since 1980 the network evolved to a more generalist radio. They still bring religious programs though, and the church has a prominent spot on the COPE website.
As far as I know Radio Vanuatu only recently started to award eQSLs. Vanuatu is a new radio country for me, so I decided to tune in via a KiwiSDR in Brisbane, Australia on 7260 kHz. In very good quality I listened to an enjoyable progamme bringing reggae and world music with news on the hour. One day later the QSL arrived by email. Thank you to Mr. Warren Robert for making the QSL available!
When I returned to the hobby I learned that low power broadcasting on AM was legalized in the Netherlands. One of the first stations and QSLs I received was LPAM Radio Monique on 918 kHz. Once broadcasting as an offshore pirate from the famous radio ship “Ross Revenge” they now settled in Velsen-Noord. (Velsen-North is the part of Velsen north of the Noordzeekanaal – North Sea Channel – connecting Amsterdam to the North Sea – got it?)
With their antenna on top of an industrial building in Velsen, providing good grounding, they enjoy quite a big reception area despite their low power of only 100 W. Much to the frustration of other LPAM stations in The Netherlands using the same frequency. For us DX-ers the good news is that they issue a nice eQSL card witnessing their heritage. Send your reports to email@example.com.
For my reception report to firstname.lastname@example.org I received a friendly email announcing that a QSL card was to be sent. And indeed a few weeks later I received a traditional and beautiful QSL card by mail.
The station is also referred to as Madagascar World Voice and operated by World Christian Broadcasting. They are also the organisation behind KNLS from Alaska. Because of their extremely northern location in Alaska they sought a second transmitter site in the southern hemispere. Construction started as early as 2006 but was delayed due to cyclones and national political issues in Madagascar. Broadcasts started in 2016. Palavra Alegre is the name of their Portugese programme directed to Brasil, but note there are also 6 African countries with Portugese as the official language.
Earlier this year I received a short email for my reception of SER Radio Manresa. Manresa is a city in Catalunya, Spain. The nation wide morning news program of the SER network is called “Hoy por Hoy”. If features slots for regional news allowing you to identify a specific station. My report was sent to email@example.com.
In November last year I received an email QSL for my reception of SER Radio Leon, Spain on 1341 kHz. I sent my report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice detail in the email: using medium wave I was one of the few people abroad able to listen to Radio Leon. Access to the Radio Leon internet stream was blocked outside Spain for the duration of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (in relation to broadcasting rights and royalties)!
In May I received TWR (Trans World Radio) Central Asia on 1377 kHz. I heard a program in the Ukrainian language. My reception report was awarded with a nicely detailed e-QSL, signed by Mr. Kalman Dobos:
One thing is missing though and that is the transmitter location. I haven’t seen anything else than “Central Asia” on their QSLs. It seems to be common knowledge though that the station is located in Gavar, Armenia. With 500 kW it can be heard in very good quality here in The Netherlands (SIO 454).
On Wednesday evening 21:28 UTC I received a local program from COPE Murcia on 711 kHz. Murcia is the name of a city and corresponding region in Spain. Carlos Corral from the Technical Department was so kind to confirm my reception with a nice email. Thank you Carlos!
As far as I know – and correct me if I’m wrong, comments are more than welcome – KYODO from Japan is the only service that still broadcasts newspapers in FAX on HF / Shortwave. According to their website they are radio-transmitted twice a day to about 800 ocean-going ships and fishing boats, and hotels in resorts abroad. The first newspaper was published in 1964.
I received them with my RSPdx and MLA30+ antenna on June 26th, around 17:30 h UTC on 16971 kHz. Interesting detail: apparently because of the complexity of the Japanese characters they transmit in 60 rather than the more common 120 lines per minute.
A good overview of the few FAX transmission still available can be found on this website. KYODO has transmissions from Singapore as well.