Radio Thailand on the Death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej: October 15, 2016

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was an amateur radio operator with call sign HS1A. He was featured on this postage stamp issued by Thailand in 1997.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was an amateur radio operator with call sign HS1A. He was featured on this postage stamp issued by Thailand in 1997.

Live, off-air, one-hour recording of Radio Thailand World Service (HSK9) in English on 15 October 2016 beginning a few seconds before 19:00 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 9390 kHz. The signal originates from a 250 kW transmitter at the International Broadcasting Bureau facility in Ban Dung District, Udon Thani, in northeastern Thailand, and was beamed 329° to Europe. Radio Thailand World Service is operated by National Broadcasting Services of Thailand and is carried over AM and FM stations in Thailand as well as being relayed on shortwave.

This broadcast was one of the first English-language Radio Thailand World Service broadcasts produced after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which occurred on 13 October. The Radio Thailand World Service broadcasts are prerecorded and there were no announcements of the death of the king during the shortwave transmissions on 13 October. Regular programming on Radio Thailand World Service was suspended on 14 October in homage to the king and replaced with archival material on the king's projects during his reign. Also, 14 October was declared as a public holiday for Thai citizens to pay their respects to the king. The recording starts with time pips, the bell peals interval signal, sign-on announcement, and then the prerecorded 7:00 a.m. (Indochina Time) "Morning News Hour."  The national and global news bulletins as well as the business news have extensive reports about the death of the king and the national and international response. The segments "ASEAN Focus," "Take on Thailand" (with an item on the Broadcasting Museum in Bangkok), "Weather Flash," and "What's on in Thailand" fill out the hour. The broadcast also includes government and public service announcements as well as commercials. 

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode with 9.0 kHz RF filtering. Reception was very good with a strong signal, no interference, and negligible fading.

Radio Thailand: June 13, 2016

Radio Thailand's English service recorded in London, UK on June 13, 2016 at 1900 UTC on the frequency of 9390 kHz using FunCube Dongle Pro+ and SDR# with the Lowe PR-150 preselector, DX Engineering NCC-1 phaser connected to two Wellbrook ALA1530S+ antennas (positioned indoors) to mitigate severe local man-made interference. The transmitter has a power rating of 250 kW and is located in Udon Thani, Thailand. 

Radio Thailand, English: October 17, 2014

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Thailand in English. This broadcast was recorded in Europe on October 17, 2014 at 1900 UTC, shortwave frequency of 9390 kHz.

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Radio Thailand, English: August 7, 2014

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Thailand World Service's English Language Service. 

Recorded in Europe on August 7, 2014 starting at 19:00 UTC on 9,390 kHz.

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Radio Thailand: May 22, 2014 (day of 2014 Thai coup d'état)

Thailand coup: Chang Phueak Gate Chiang (Photo:  Takeway )

Thailand coup: Chang Phueak Gate Chiang (Photo: Takeway)

Many thanks to contributors Frank and Ayar who submitted recordings of Radio Thailand made on May 22, 2014: the first broadcast of Radio Thailand after the Thai coup d'état

Instead of broadcasting the English language service at the scheduled time, Radio Thailand broadcast patriotic songs and announcements in Thai. Several have confirmed that this was the same content heard on domestic news sources throughout Thailand. 

From Europe, Frank submits the first recording from the 19:00 UTC broadcast on 9,390 kHz:

Ayar (HB9EVW) submits this 19:30 UTC recording of Radio Thailand on 9,390KHz. His recording was made in Switzerland using a JRC-525 receiver with a 40m wire dipole antenna:

Radio Thailand: May 23, 2014 (day after 2014 military coup)

This morning, I was able to catch the first thirteen minutes of Radio Thailand's English language service on 9,390 kHz shortwave. I was curious if RT would mention the Thailand military coup or at least broadcast a sanctioned message from the military authorities. Yet I heard no mention of the coup whatsoever. And why not? Yesterday, General Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered all domestic TV and radio outlets to halt normal broadcasting and only include content the military provides. 

I was only able to record the first 13 minutes of the RT evening news as we had a powerful thunderstorm that forced me to unplug my external antenna. You'll note the static crashes in the recording.  

The format sounds like a typical RT broadcast, save the lack of national news; instead, the hosts jump straight into global news, mentioning Nigeria, the Philippians, and the economy. Here's the recording:

As a contrast, here is a recording SRAA contributor, Frank, made of Radio Thailand on May 14th, prior to the coup:

It will be interesting to hear how the nature and content of RT's news changes with time while the country is under martial law.

Radio Thailand, English & German: May 14, 2014

For your listening pleasure: one hour of Radio Thailand's English Language service. This broadcast was recorded on May 14, 2014 by SRAA contributor, Frank, in Europe around 19:00 UTC on 9,390 kHz.

This broadcast was transmitted from Udon Thani (250 kW).

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Radio Thailand, English: February 15, 2014

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Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Thailand's English language service. This broadcast was recorded on February 15, 2014 at 19:00 UTC on 9,965 kHz.

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Radio Thailand World Service, English: February 4, 2014

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For your listening pleasure: one hour of Radio Thailand's English Language service. This broadcast was recorded on February 4, 2014 by SRAA contributor, Frank, in Europe around 19:00 UTC on 9,965 kHz.

Note that the interval signal begins about one minute into the recording. This broadcast was transmitted from Udon Thani (250 kW).

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Radio Thailand World Service

Ayutthaya, Thailand  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Ayutthaya, Thailand  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Many thanks to SWAA contributor, Frank, for this recording of Radio Thailand World Service. 

Recorded in Europe on September, 13 2013 starting at 19:00 UTC on 9,390 kHz.

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