RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana

RAI Milano studios
RAI Milano Studios

Logging the various Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) medium wave outlets was fun. Trying to log the individual local programs was a challenge. I managed to log about 8 or 10 of them. The receptions of RAI Bolzano on 657 kHz and 1602 kHz was for the local German language programs with the reception reports going directly to their local studio.

RAI was a very good verier with a nearly 100 percent reply rate. Below, you can see the QSLs they sent in response for my reception reports. In some cases, they sent two different QSL cards for the same reception report. Apparently, two offices saw the reports and each responded separately. I also logged their RAI 2 outlet on shortwave (7275 kHz) from Sicily and received a QSL card in return for my report.

RAI is Italy’s national public broadcast network. It consisted of three program streams on medium wave, with local breakouts at various times. Today, there are around ten program streams with RAI 1 dominating medium wave. Recently, RAI has run to debt problems with over 442 billion Euros owed.

Look for the QLS card below. (Yes, they issued both QLS and QSL cards. And yes, it is an obvious typo.)

REFERENCE: Corte dei Conti, alert sul debito della Rai http://www.repubblica.it/economia/2015/03/13/news/corte_dei_conti_rai-109444031/

BBC Radio Scotland

BBC-Radio_Scotland_hqBBC Radio Scotland sent this nice looking QSL card for my reception report of their 810 kHz outlet. They were a fairly easy catch in Southern Germany but had to contend with interference from Radio Skopje in Macedonia.

BBC Radio Scotland was used for the name of the Scottish opt out of BBC Radio 4 beginning in 1974. It was founded in 1978 as a full-time radio network. Its programming consists of debate, drama, sports, news, comedy, and music.

You can see the QSL I received for my reception report below.

Československý Rozhlas – Czechoslovak Radio

Československý Rozhlas 1968Československý Rozhlas (or Czechoslovak Radio in English)  began regular broadcasts on 18 May 1923. It retained this name until 31 December 1992 when the country was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Each country then had their own broadcast organizations.

Československý Rozhlas was audible at our home in southern Germany on a number of frequencies on medium wave. Some were easier catches than others.  I sent reports to their headquarters in Prague and received the regular Radio Praha (Prague) QSL cards in return.  The personnel got the frequency correct on only one of the cards (1098 kHz.)  I assume that it was because they normally did not handle reception reports for non-shortwave transmissions.  I have noticed this type of thing from other broadcasters. I photo-shopped the correct frequencies on the QSL copies below.