Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, David Iurescia (LW4DAF) who writes:
[Here’s a] picture of the new QSL Card from KBS World Radio dedicated to the Inter-Korean Summit that took place last April 27th.
Whoever sends a reception report to KBS will be answered with this QSL Card.
Thank you, David! You’d better believe I’ll snag one of these QSL cards. Certainly a keeper!
wow, 70 years of hope, wishful thinking, anger, hate, tears, blood, freedom, war and peace on one piece of paper. i have recently received mine and it is good to know that these are still issued. it feels great to hold this document of all times and maybe prophet of future times in my hands. definitely one of the most beautiful and historically important qsl card pictures that has ever been issued the past 30 years. thanks.
does anyone know if those cards are still provided throughout KBS? they have recently announced, that there are on-going changes regarding their QSLling policy with resulting in less cards each year. they will continue send out QSL cards for correct RR but the number of different motives issued every 3-4 months will be reduced to one new every time “something extraordinary is about to happen” (words in the KBS world program listeners mailbag last weekend). as they have different backsides in their foreign languages it would be a pleasure to catch one. I have been sending few reports to the different language service departments. I am curious to see if I am about to receive one and if so, which picture it will show.
I had a poor to moderate reception of VOK at 15180 KHz on 5/16/18 at 0400 UMT (2100 Hrs local, San Diego, CA). The IS and “Voice of Korea” were both weak (S3+), but clear. QRN, signal strength variations, and slight flutter made clean and continuous copy of the news tough. I was using a W6LVP loop antenna and an SDRPlay RSP2-Pro RCVR. I noted a much lower signal level, possible parallel transmission at 15105 KHz. “Possible” because the signal variations were in synch, and although vice was unintelligible the musical selections matched. In retrospect I should have checked for an image at 16,255 KHz. My loop is fitted with both AM and FM band (W6LVP installed) blocking filters, and the loop base is about 5 feet above the ground.
Hey Price – Thanks for you report about your reception of VOK (The Voice of Korea) on 15180 kHz – I hope you find a better signal or perhaps you could use a remote receiver like one of the many KiwiSDRs in Japan.
Also just point this out (I guess you know this already – but just saying in case others don’t) – The QSL above is being issued by KBS World Radio which is South Korea’s international service. VOK (The Voice of Korea) on 15180 kHz is from North Korea – reporting that station enable you to grab this special QSL card.
My gosh – so many typos….
Please read my message above as:
Also just to point this out (I guess you know this already – but just saying in case others don’t) – The QSL above is being issued by KBS World Radio which is South Korea’s international service. VOK (The Voice of Korea) on 15180 kHz is from North Korea – reporting that station won’t enable you to grab this special QSL card.
Reception of the English language service of KBS with a real shortwave radio and antenna will not be easy even here in Northern California. I heard KBS well as late as last October but a search for it this morning from 13:00 – 17:00 UTC came up empty-handed. Some improvement in skywave propagation will be required. This may happen tomorrow. Lol, in the SWL world there is always tomorrow.