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Month: July 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

QSL COPE Valencia on 1296 kHz

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 EspaƱolas. 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.

email QSL COPE Valencia 1296 kHz
email QSL for COPE Valencia on 1296 kHz

QSL Radio Vanuatu 7260 kHz

As far as I know Radio Vanuatu only recently started to award eQSLs. I heard them in the past, but never managed to receive a QSL. I did not have my old reception reports available anymore. And as you never know for how long the station will continue to issue eQSLs I decided to make an exception and tuned 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!

eQSL Radio Vanuatu (VBTC) on 7260 kHz
eQSL Radio Vanuatu 7260 kHz

QSL LPAM Radio Monique on 918 kHz

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

QSL Radio Monique Velsen
eQSL LPAM station Radio Monique Velsen on 918 kHz

QSL Tokyo Coast Guard 12577 kHz

For my reception report of Tokyo Coast Guard from Japan on 12577 kHz I received this nice QSL letter. I heard Tokyo Coast Guard with a DSC message as you might already have guessed.

I added two dollars to cover return postage. They were donated to the Blue Feather Donation as you can read in the letter. Two blue feathers accompanied the QSL: pretty cool!

QSL Tokyo Coast Guard Radio Japan
QSL Tokyo Coast Guard Radio, Japan

Thanks to Hugo Matten who confirmed to use the address below:
Japan Coast Guard,  2-1-3, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8976,  Japan 

QSL Palavra Alegre 9765 kHz

For my reception report to 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.

QSL Palavra Alegre 9765 kHz

QSL SER Radio Manresa 1539 kHz

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

QSL email SER Manresa 1539 kHz
QSL email SER Radio Manresa 1539 kHz

QSL SER Radio Leon 1341 kHz

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

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)!

Email QSL SER Radio Leon

QSL TWR Central Asia 1377 kHz

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:

QSL TWR Central Asia
eQSL TWR Central Asia, 1377 kHz

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).

QSL COPE Murcia on 711 kHz

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!

email confirmation of my reception of COPE Murcia on 711 kHz
email QSL of my reception of COPE Murcia on 711 kHz

KYODO News by FAX on 16971 kHz

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.

Kyodo Japan News Fax
Fax from Kyodo News Agency in Japan
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