Voice of Amara Radio (Broadcasting to Ethiopia)

15360 kHz.  Received in Edgewater, New Jersey, USA.

19-Nov-2016, Local Time – 12:00   (1700 UTC)   Language: Amharic

Receiver: Microtelecom Perseus    Antenna: MFJ-1899T Whip (Roof top of my car)

Opening ID sounds like “Yeh Yamara Dimitsi Radyo New” (meaning This is Amhara Voice Radio).

A jamming came up at about 3 minutes after s/on (not recorded).

ELWA (Monrovia, Liberia) on 6050kHz

6050 kHz.  Received in Spain (via remote Perseus server).
22-Sept-2016, 0527 UTC
Language: English
Receiver: Microtelecom Perseus

Based on recent information from DXLD, I tried reception of ELWA on 6050kHz, starting at 0530 UTC.  Unfortunately my area does not seem to be a good location.  Then I accessed a remote Perseus server in Spain.  It has been a very long time since I heard this interval signal last time.


The following lovely QSL card attracted many young SWLs in Japan at that time.




Tokyo Ham Fair 2016!

During August 20-21, 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, I came back to this bigget hamfest in Japan after my 25-year interval.   The total attendees were reported as 37000.  Here are some snaps.



The logo is pronounced “Ham Fair.”






Japan Short Wave Club Booth in preparation.



Kenwood gives a presentation on their new hand-held TH-D74.



Yaesu presentation on their new microphone M-1.




Icom’s new receivers:  IC-R8600 and IC-R30




They also revealed a new model IC-7610.  It says ” To DXers in the World.  This is the Icom’s Next Answer.”






Old-Kenwood Fan Club.



Good old days…..



Do you know “Hentenna,” develeloped by a Japanese ham long time ago?  It is very polular in Japan.  “Hen” means “Funny” in Japanese.



Live FM broadcasting.



136kHz/475kHz gears



Pronounced “ARDF Now!”



Guess who’s booth this is?   This is the booth of Japanese Government, promoting E-Filing of ham radio registrations



Singer Kaori Mita (JI1BTL) talks about her experience in a local FM radio station in a disaster area recently hit by earthquake.


She also sings the “Song of E-Filing” (!!)



DU1IVT (PARA COO) gives a presentation on disaster communication in the Phillippines.



Booth of a QSL-printing company (perhaps the best quality in the world).



Singer-songwriter Masaco (JH1CBX) promotes her song CDs with her autograph and photographing.  One of her songs is of course about ham radio!  Her own site is here (in Japanese).



At a night party with D-Star gangs in Japan.



The Japan Short Wave Club at Tokyo Ham Fair 2016! 


(Photo by K. Iwasa, courtesy of JSWC)

Radio Guinée is Back on Shortwave

9650 kHz.  Received in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

07-Aug-2016, Local Time: 7:04PM (2304 UTC)
Language: French

Receiver: Microtelecom Perseus
Antenna: MFJ-1899T Whip (Roof top of my car)


I could not get an ID in my reception this time.  When I heard Radio Guinée on the same frequency last time (back in April), I was so excited about how strong the reception was and posted in my previous blog.  Unfortunately, the broadcast was not on the air again since my previous post.   It is really a good news that Radio Guinée is back!   In today’s reception, here in north New Jersey, it was a good signal around 6:30 – 7:00 PM ET (2230-2300 UTC), but the signal was getting weaker after 7:10 PM.  Using a logging function of Perseus, I plotted the signal strength during this time range.



Wolverine Radio (Pirate), Received by Mini-Whip Antenna

6930 kHz.  Received in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

04-June-2016, Local Time – 09:35 PM  (0135 UTC)   SSB Mode

Receiver: Microtelecom Perseus    Antenna: PBA-MLA4 Mini-Whip ( back of my car)


Now using a new version (Ver. 3) of the PBA-MLA4 Mini-Whip antenna, including a commom-mode choke.   About the mini-whip, see my previous posts (this and this).  The developer (Hokushin Electronic Service in Japan) usually supplies its PCB only.   Ask them about fully-assembled unit.