Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Colins malay phrasebook

Colins Malay phrasebook 

And this is one book received  ion bundle this year together with  some others  that that were related to Malay customs . This is a  small (caA6 sized )colorful book of ca 250 pages  accompanied with a  CD

I will do here some minimal presentation :

Fist  the CD covers topics not referred to the book and referes:
Essential words
Asking for things I and II
Shopping phrases
Basic foodstuffs
days of the week
My you’re his
About yourself

The book has the following topics :

Malay pronunciation  using ejaan baru (notice that this book is very recent !)
Ten tips in communicating with Malaysian  people

Talking to people
Getting around
Staying somewhere
Eating out
 Plus  the following appendixes

Menu reader
Grammar (too basic )
Public holidays

Each part shows    the English  then the Malay equivalent  with the equivalent  pronunciation . There are phrases and also  special vocabulary
For each chapter there are several sub chapters 

This book is very handy and suitable  for anyone who needs immediate reference  to any problems encountered But some previous experience  is required  to first use rte CD in order to get the correct pronunciation


Malaysia in brief 1991

Malaysia in brief 1991

This is a  book  the counsel of Malaysia has given me on 1995 when we started a ‘cooperation’  together  with some other interesting promo  stuff of that time .
That included  also  two video tapes a dictionary (McMillan’s eng – mal & mal- eng ) and some more  promo material (leaflets of the country , from Melaka , Perak etc  the map of Malaysia and a flag )

This  book written in ‘landscape’ paper format  is a small comprehensive guide of Malaysia  of my  early times of interest . Don’t forget  my interest in this country started  from 1989/90 but  my engagement with the consul was on 95

The first chapter deals with the country . Around 4830 km are the the coasts , Climate is influenced from Indian ocean and th S china sea , and 61 % are rain  forest s wth more than 15000 species pf plants  about 6000 are tree species The 13 states  are referred with area population capital and as short description

There is a  short history of the country in ca 13 pages (quite short regarding to other  travel books but surely lacks  the most important news tat made after 1997 etc )

Third  chapter (people )discusses to the  languages(more than 9 are referred )  religion  holidays and festivals

4th chpoter refers to te government of that  time (Sultan Azlan Shah , Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Bainun , Prime Minister – quite young there! Mahathir Mohamad and deputy Prime Minister Ab Ghafar Baba  but photos  remind me a bit of 60s ….) . Some little  information are referred in constitution , parliament (180 members) Judiciary , Administration ,Defense , foreign relation . Rukunegara (national ideology )and National Anthem are also noticed together with its pentagram with translation and the Malay crest and flag

Economy chapter is more detailed with 30 pages. Rubber, tin , timber , palm oil , cocoa , pepper , petroleum, other crops are  the material exported . Fish unfortunately are imported MIDA FELDA  UDA  SEDCS MARA etc are the  government institutions with some minor detail

Development  chapter (6th) analyzes the NEP – new economic policy throughout 70 and then , in six plans

Finance chapter  refers to bank Negara Malaysia  the ringgit (the strongest  currency  of the world )with exchange control , rates as oof 31/5/91 , the income tax other banks and finance  institutions

Sicial services: (8)  refers to education , edu media services together with Edu TV and Audio visual aids , Health services social security

Mass media (9) : Dep’t of broadcasting , Suara Malaysia with  full broadcasting schedule (now extinct as now only RTM Sarawak is transmitted via short waves ) TV (started on 63 in B/W and on 78 in color )

Communications (chapter 10 ) deals with telecoms 1.2 million subscribers on 1988 , postal services (‘the most efficient in the world’)  aviation with list  of the  cities covered by Malaysia Airlines (as of 1991 ), shipping , railways (ca 1300 km) and 39000 km of roads with ca 5 million vehicles on that time

Arts (chapter 11 ): music dance , waang kulit, makyong menora , diokir barat , amateur theatre ,
Sports games : referred to badminton , football with separate info on sepak raga , main gasing , wau (kites)  and silat (are of self defense )

National attractions  refers  to national monument , national museum , national mosque , zoo Negara , stadium merdeka , batu caves among others

IN travel formalities (part 14 )refer to passports ( must be valid at least 6 months beyond the period of stay in Malaysia ) and some exemptions referred , visa requirements There is also a list of goods exempted : wine .spirits below 1 litre , tobacco cigaretes matches

Chapter 15 has a full listing of representations  of Malaysia overseas . Uncommonly Greece  is referred under he auspices of Germany ambassador , but more recently as the counsel  says  we are now  communicated with the Romanian  embassy !! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kamus Umum Indonesia Inggeris

Kamus Umum Indonesia Inggeris 

And this is another  quite interesting book from  my older times . I don ot remember then time  i bought it but must be before 2000.

this book  uses many sources for collecting the Malay Indonesian words some of them are of my possession. as for example the Echols  dictionary  (the older smaller edition ), the Malay  GEM  and the Kamus Umum are of this reference Due to its large age (written on 76 ) and it use of ejaan  baru , there are some directions for usage  for the reader in the introductory text

There are ca 560 pages of passage as always in two columns .

Open holes or the right part (as bookmarks )make a faster search of the required word.See the picture

Kamus Dwibahasa Oxford Fajar

Kamus Dwibahasa  Oxford Fajar

This the second of my smallest dictionaries  of Malaysian language, provided by Oxford, and printed in Malaysia .

It is nothing special with this book  except that it includes both from Malay to English and vice versa . Main language of this book is Malaysian with totally  550 pages (406 for English - Malay  and 220 for Malay English )

The  only funny i found in this book are the very many borrowed  words from English into Malay

Languages of the world by Kenneth Katzner

This is possibly my most useful language book of early 80s Beware  that my interest in languages started from ca 6 years of age when I successfully decoded  Japanese language characters  from lyrics mentioned in the documentation of several  vinyl records. Later I have  used small methods  of other languages  from our region (Serban , Turkish , Arabic etc )  and next due to my interest in Asian languages i was  slightly involved with methods of Chinese Cantonese Hindi (via German ) Punjabi etc

This book has been used for very many times so far and still seems as untouched !

Its structure is relatively simple:

First part discusses languages by families : Indo-European Uralic Altaic Caucasian Dravidian  and so on

Second part discusses  languages  by region individually mainly in 3 parts: foit wirg an example of the language , most times  with its native  script , then with translation to English then a small introductory  text for area is spoken ,  speakers , special  letters (in case Latin or Cyrillic is used ) and words  borrowed into English  (as for example amuk is borrowed  from Malay ). More  than  200 languages are referred with also some more exotic , as eg for Europe  Frisian , Faroese , Lappish as mentioned  Coptic and Aramaic  are analyzed for  M East , or Burushaski Miao YI Sibo for Asia  etc

Third part analyses most significant languages by country . There are many cases languages not referred in the  second part to be noticed there .

IN result this book is a must have for a script and language student (better say linguist) though more introductory

Thursday, November 15, 2012

TBL Tropical Band List

TBL  Tropical Band List
By Willi Passman 

As you may  know  from the logs posted in this blog , mostof them are refered in he lower spectrum of the SW band ie below 7MHz This  part f the band is called tropical band  Why : http://www.pateplumaradio.com/genbroad/tropical.htm

For me  this part of the shortwave spectrum  has a bigger interest thn  the remain part as in these bands you will find stations mostly of the tropical  part fo the  earth ie Africa and Americas (eap South) with signals of special interest to a more dedicated DXer (a person who listens  to more difficult signals then a common shortwave listener ) which can be heard  more particualryl  in late (local )afternoons to early mornings

This  book  was edited  by Willi Passman  , in Germany,  till 2006 and covered  this need as a very good and handy A4 sized guide with updates  every 4 months I have  been a subscriber  to him for one year ,on 1997 , from which is the above photo (the last edition ).

As noticed  in the last page , Willi collects this material  from  12 newsletters and internet sources  some of them are :  EDXP (Au), ODXA (US), ADDX (GE),  Dx window , Play DX , Relampago DX (JP), WRTH , Passband R , Cumbre , hard core Dx and others. BTW  i was member of most of the above clubs and mailing lists !

Here is how he describes  his list

Part A is sorted by frequency, within the frequency by continents and within the continents by countries in alphabetical order:

1.) Europe
2.) Africa
3.) Asia (3.1. Asian part of CIS, 3.2. Near East, 3.3. Far East, 3.4 Pacific)
4.) America (4.1 North, 4.2. Central, 4.3.South)

Part B is sorted by countries, within the countries by frequency and within the frequencies by output power, using declining order, so the strongest station will be at the top.

An additional part contains the stations having been inactive for a long time and stations which are not to be believed to return to the frequency soon.

MY edition  February  1997 contains 1670 entries 

Each entry contains the following info:
Code : how station is reported (often rarely  etc )
QRG :  the freq (separate column for variable /feeder , harmonic etc)
SA SW : sunrise and sunset
Additional info : times of transmission , languages , Identification etc

Here is a photo of the printing :

Practically  this guide  was very useful , more useful than WRTH ,. Actually  every night those older times  thi guide was very much helpful to me

I really miss this guide … It is very sad . 

Today  Eibi’s and Aoki’s  lists are the up to date  frequency listings (but lacking some important  info as ID’s  etc ) But surely the domestic band survey is  also very good thatr goes next to TBL


Grove’s shortwave directory

Grove’s shortwave directory 

And this is my last utility frequency guide! And it the oldest along the others (1993) and possibly not longer printed . And i cannot consider either as a rival of the KLingenrffuss  guide due to its unique design

IN contrast to the other books  this ‘book’ has 4 peculiarities:

-Size: its size  is A4, bound by 3 holes on the left for easy punching in dossier 

-Modular:  each  chapter has its own page numbering .Possibly for changing only chapters  in case anupdate is available
-Format and design : Utility  oriented. Each  chapter discusses each utility separately with its own frequencies and some minor information
-More American oriented : All utilities are mostly  for American ute DXers though  there are also some sub-chapters for other countries

Here is a short look of this rather ‘uncommon’ book :

 ON preface there are  two communication sets of 34 and 86  of USA  for the last to describe  which utilities are legal to monitor (mainly all non encrypted transmissions ), the hottest  250 frequencies and a short introduction  to RTTY (radio teletype or radio telex ) by Robert Evans , RTTY columnist in Monitoring Times a subsidiary  of Grove 

Then the following  chapters (non with more detail !Most entries have also some minor information prior  to frequencies )
-Combined air forces of the non US countries
-US Air force
-Coast guard
-US government federal
- US embassies
-Public safety
-Common carrier
-Business scientific private , includes also time stations
-Long wave with beacons  navtex etc with very big listing
-Standard broadcasting with feeders and underground (clandestines and pirates) in just one page , with references to other publications
-Miscellaneous including spy and number stations
Glossary : abbreviations , definitions , phonetic alpha codes in 6 languages , CW abbreviations , Q code (partial ), , international  country prefixes , , US freq allocations , emission classifications

And a listener logs sheet!! (I wonder why this simple  table is copyrighted ! )

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Special FreqwenzListe 2005-6

Special  FreqwenzListe 2005-6

Spezial Frequenzliste  is another rival of the ‘famous;  utility guide from Klingenfuss .
And this  time again from the same country as Klingenfuss : Germany. The company VTH de is a specialized  company with hardware (as reseller ) and publisher of  hobby books[under the name Siebel Verlag ], not only on radio and amateur but also on other hobbies of interest as plane radio  (just look at the  site www.vth.de )

This book is in German. I have learned German since my 6 years of age till ca 13but my German now , after 30 or more years is now not so much sufficient though I can understand a bit . The book consists of :

Intro guide , with lots of info in German
Special reference to all modes used in the book with some basic information on all the used modes

More than 400 pages with frequencies
This book has the same format as the Ferrel’s and is of same format ……

Freq  - station –mode -remarks
…in more than 400 pages

On the end , in appendices  , there is a full Morse code , a cross reference listing of station  codes And on the end for abt 40 pages of addresses .

 This is now the only book having this listing.
IN between  ferrel's and this i prefer this book since except the more information i more easier to use due to the spiral bound the Ferrel's used 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Advanced writing of students of Malay and Indonesian by Malcolm Mintz

Advanced writing of students of Malay and Indonesian

And this is the third  and my last book of Malay language. 
This  book has a rather different aspect 
At  fist  the structure is nearly as of the book of Malay grammar , with Malaysian and Indonesian  to be separated by columns , and in case the text is nearly identical only the non-identical terms are separated by a slash and showed with a raised letter  M or I for Malaysian  and Indonesian lang respectively

The chapters include the following topics

  1. Chronological order
  2. Spatial relations
  3. Classification
  4. Comparison and control
  5. Generalizations and specifics
  6. Cause and effect
  7. Definitions
  8. Prediction and inference
  9. Hypothesis
  10. Proposals
  11. Refutation and complaint

The first part shows terms in both Malay/Indo  wit the structure and terming as noticed above (actually expressions ) with their  translation on the the second column in English
On latihan (exercises ) it is again a 2 column  text – separately  Malay and Indonesian
Each chapter shows excerpts from various newspapers and also letter formats

Unfortunately  this book is quite advanced for me. Because  i have never started systematically  learning the language.

A course of conversational Malay (by Malcolm MIntz)

A course of conversational Malay

This is  the second  of the Malay language series of Malcolm  Mintz with 420 pages  . This book is accompanied with a cassette with all dialogues
I will do here a description rather a review. This book  has been used sparingly so far

Each lesson  includes
Dialogue  in Malaysian and English ,separately  in two columns
Additional vocabulary  with related  words and their translation
Notes where available: where further explanation or usage  is  required especially for  the additional vocabulary words .

Structure : it shows the  structure of the sentences  with a word by  word  translation on in next paragraph :For example in page 27 (lesson 4 ) the sentence

Warna   ini  warna hijau-kah? Salah Saly   is shown as
Colour  this colour green- Q? wrong saly
and translated as :
Is this color green?  Wrong Saly

These are the contents :

Phonology (the structure of the Malay language and its phonetics )

Lessons :
  • Good morning
  • I don’t quite understand
  • What is this
  • What color
  • How many brothers and sisters
  • Where are you coming from
  • What does cigkku ali look like
  • Drinking coffee
  • Looking for someone
  • What time is it
  • Meet my friend
  • An invitation
  • Looking for a place
  • Returning a book
  • Differing customs
  • Don't pray any attention
  • Drive with care
  • Filling up with petrol
  • Seeing the doctor
  • At the market
  • Getting a lift
  • I didn’t pass
  • Caught in the rain
  • Ready
  • Party

Om the end  there is a Malay English and English Malay vocabulary of the words used in this book together with the reference page

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kamus Pelajar Lengkap

Kamus Pelajar Lengkap

This is  a rather useless dictionary   for Malay language bought more than 15 yes ago with very low usage or reference  so far

As it is noticed  i the book it is  used mainly  for schoolers of secondary schools .
Will not review  this book so  much except for its structure and how it works:

There are ca 530 pages on this book Starts  with short prefaces and some basic guidance in Malay and English and use the ejjan baru. The main dictionary includes the term followed by English term then followed by Malaysian explanation of te term  then with an example. Still knowing soem few  Malaysian IN some cases there are also some illustrations  with  drawings describing the  term . As for example for smoke  there is drawing of a bulb leaving smoke

There  is a English Malaysian  cross reference
Roman numerals
Measurements and weights

A students grammar of Malay by M Mintz

A students  Grammar of Malay (& Indonesian ) by M Mintz 

This was one  of my most interesting   the older times when i have  bought . IN this series there are also three other books that include ' a course in conversational Malay' and advanced writing  for students of Malay and Indonesian , that are also in my possession  from same order .
and really  was very good book for learning  the structure of the malayan  grammar
If am sure  this books also includes a casete with all passages

Mine edition is of 1994 with ca 430 pages  . As far as i looked in Amazon there is a new edition of 2002but i was astonished  looking that ths new price is GBP53 from  UK or $170 from USA . although i do not remember exactly i think on mid90s  i have bought  all 3 books  from S'pore for less than $100 !!

The book  instead of having  drills or  exercises has  only a passage  structure wit very many examples
Here is the list  of contents

1 Sound system : vowels /consonants /timing /spelling system /chart of vowels /chart of consonants
2: Sentences , phrase clauses conjunctions
3 Tense and aspect
4 Pronouns : personal demonstrative locative interrogative indefinite
5: Verbal affixes : meng- / ber- / di- / ter- / per- / and suffixes -kan /-i /-in /-an
6: Nominal affixes : pe- /peng/ peng--an/per--an/  -an / ke--an/ ke- / -nya
7 General affixes : se-/ -lah /-kah
8: Comparisons and differences : greater degree / lesser degree / similar degree / superlatie degree / intensity
9 Reduplication : individuality /intensity / repetitiveness continuation generality / recoprocity
10: Negatives and tag  questions : bukan and tidak / tag qiestions / jangan
11 Numbers and time
12 General usage : kena /terms of obligation / memang & tentu /boleh dapat sempat bisa / ambil bawa dapat / beritahu , bilang , suruh , pesan , /minta & tanya/ 'while' / for & inorder to / juga , pun , pula / seperti sebagai macam / selain daripada , disamping / next to & beside /lewat & lampat / saja & baru / baru& sebelum / dalu & sebelum / dulu & sebelum/ kemudian & nanti/ kemudian , lalu , selepas, setelah / jadi / seorang sendiri sendrian / selama sepanjang / sejak / lho  sih sok deh yuk (! )

In the passages  however  there are several  most interesting points
1. there are two columns  of text : the left  column  shows  the text in Malaysian while the right column shown the  Indonesian . Her is an example :
biasanya orang tanya kalau kurang faham    (M)
baisanya orang tanya kalau kurang mengerti   (I)

(transl : usually poeple ask when tey do nt understand )  in page 118

but surely  in case there is not diference  the  sentence is once :
kalau sudah siap , beritahu saya   (both  M & I )
(transl when you are reasdy .let me know )

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ferrel’s confidential frequency list (1999)

Ferrel’s confidential frequency  list  (1999)

This was (or still is? I don’t know ) one of the major rivals of Klingenfuss frequency lists>This  edition is of 1999 and ws published  by Practical wireless an amateur radio magazine in UK and is possible the last as with a simple search on Google  shown  1998 as the latest

As far as it is noticed. They had a cooperation with WUN (worldwide utility  network a mailing list and site related to utility  stations , quite known the older times as the best form  for these types of service on 90s + but later it was  defunct )
I think  that Klingenfuss  blames  rather  directly  this book and  this mailing list for fake and faint  entries
This is a spiral bound  book with 450 pages with sheet that can be easily removed if someone not cares enough.
The structure of this book is as  follows:

Abbreviation list
Frequency list    - as noted in the preface , the completely  redesigned it to allow more spaces  for special modes to be noted in the remarks column

The columns are

Khz call  location     type  mode  remarks

Type  shows if it  is marine meteo  etc
Mode  shows  if is transmitted in CW , SSB  ARQ etc
Remarks show the reply freqs if it is aero ,  or which  service type etc

Reverse listing
Call , location , type , mode , freqs

ICAO & WMO  location indicators (principal airports and meteo centers )
Classified services (service and freq bands )
 Digital modes  and their name variants
Navtex – automated  marine warning service in plain English , by time
Maritime freq  allocations
ICAO HF area freqs

Plus four maps showing the iCAO  routes

No way , this book was may second reference for freqs  those older times (on 2000 )It is quite out of discussion  to describe  which from these books (Kling or Ferel )is better or more up to date . IN practice , there were many signals that  were  not available on  any of both books ,possibly due to continuous frequency changes , or even ‘stray’  transmission

Book making 3 /10
Content : 6/10

Friday, November 2, 2012

Newness radio amateur and listeners pocket book

Newness radio amateur and listeners  pocket book
Steve Money

This is a  pocket size book with all the basic information  (say rather as index )a radio amateur is required to know and was onw of my top reference books  for the older times I have been as a systematic radio listener (80’s? )

Its  size  is  just 7 x 15 cm and includes the following chapters :
  1. Radio freqs : band names, wavelength band names micro wave band designations CCITT regions , freq  allocations , emission designations ,

  2. Amateur radio (licensing in USA , UK , examinations , Morse test , morse code  and timing , practice , amateur radio bands in UK  , UK amateur bands Fm simplex channels , repeaters  CB radio channels )
  3. Digital communication , : radio teletype RTTY , Baudot code (the main code used for RTTY ) with diagram and analysis , control sequences as ZCZC , SITOR [simplex] and AMTOR [amateur RTTY ] , the ARQ mode [auto repeat request ] te FEC [foqorwar4d error control ie broadcast ]  ASCII RTTY , control  code functions , baud rates , emission  techniques as eg 170Hz  used for amateur , amateur BBS , packet radio etc
  4. Radio fax  and SSTV (slow scan TV )
  5. Utility stations /services : press tty , press fax , meteo , aircraft bands & terminology , maritime radio (incl freqs )maritime terms
  6. Space  communications : sat parameters and terms . geo sats, amateur sats , communication transponders ,sat band plans , set telemetry , and satellites : UOSAT . Fuji , Russian weathersats , spacecraft comms , satt TV
  7. Radio  propagation techniques : ground wave , the ionosphere, MUF , skip distance , HF band characteristics , prop beacons , horizon to horizon distance , tropo , diffraction , aurora effects
  8. On operation data there are prefix allocations , country  listing , CQ DX zones , ITU zones , standard freq  transmissions , world times (GMT + hour )SINPO and SINPFEMO codes in plain text , phonetic alphabet and figures , amateur Q codes , QTH locator bu maidenhead system
  9. Basic antenna  information : impedance , polar diagram , polarization, gain , dipole and variants , Marconi , ground plane , loops , beams, yagis , transmission lines , waveguides , velocity factor , VSWR , balloons ,
  10. Transmitters
  11. Receivers : superhets , images , double conversion , wadley , signal strength , sensitivity , selectivity ,
  12. Components
And  some useful bibliography

Kamus ungkapan Indonesia Inggris by Podo & Sullivan

Kamus ungkapan Indonesia Inggris

by Podo & Sullivan

This is a rather uncommon dictionary as it has a different approach than all  previous dictionaries . There is a motto  for this book  ‘learn English  though  Indonesian grammar ’
IT is one of the thickest 'Malay languege' books I have with more than 2.5 inches of thickness and about 1250 pages A5 size and is hardbound . It is also hard  to remember from where I bought it , but seems from a oldies bookstore in UK. As far as I kcan remember , the book has been  received  ca  1 month later after I ordered , vue to the Christmas period > MY order was on early December  but I took in my hands on first days of January !!!

This  book consists  only with the dictionary . With a small preface in Indonesian and English (just 3 pages )

The structure wording  is this:

Term- explanation – example sentence – example’s translation

Derivatives and expressions  in separate paragraphs

Here is a photo of the inside

I used  rather rarely this book . I think that these  fat dimensions  make it rather unhandy !!

Kamus Bahasa Baku by Lufti Abas

Kamus bahasa  baku by Lufti Abas 

This is my second Malay dictionary  , after the  Collins GEM , bought more than 15 yeas ago  from  i think directly the publisher from Malaysia Times Corp . It is a  866  page book from which the 804  pages is  the Malay dictionary solely

This  book is written in both Malay and Chinese. It uses the classical design of two columns and  the story is  separated this way :

Small preface in both Malay and Chinese
Chapter with similarities between  ejaan lama and baru  As for example
       Batek becomes batik  and pileh becomes pilih
Matches between  Latin words and their Malay Romanization
       Chocolate > coklat      machine > mesin

The dictionary  goes into this format :
       Malay > Chinese > English > Malay meaning or synonyms

see the picture below: 

Composite words
        Air bali > air  sebak
    Kaki lima > beranda

The next chapter  is with duplicate  words
   Anak kepaling > sedikit > Chinese translation
   Duka lara > sangat sedih  (extremely sad , I know it from many songs )

Names of countries Here are some unpredicted  country  names
  Greece > Greece /Yunani
  Egypt> Mesir
  Algeria instead of Maghreb !!
  Ethiopia > Habsyah

Authorities including ministries , government  etc in malay > English > Chinese

Names of ministers  as perdana menteri > Prime minister

Chief posts in government   as for example ahli bomba > fireman 


Honorary medals

Various acronyms

This book has  been  used ao far   as my main Malaysian  dictionary . There are many cases the  Echols cant  help !

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2005-2006 guide to utility stations

2005-2006    guide to utility  stations

This a more recent edition  from the  Klingenfuss guide I use in my shack .
This book has  still ca 600 pages of information but the paper used is quite thinner so that the total thickness  is only the  half of the previous edition

This  edition  has several minor changes :
Radio regulations  are with the previous  edition do not exist , or just several paragraphs are noticed
The structure of the book  remains the same . Only modifications to the introductory  text as the technology has been  severely  changed (esp in the encoding types with more  complex systems ) as first  there was a decline of the  shortwave services
There is a paragraph commenting on the total disinformation happened by rivals editions and the internet clubs and forums   with either plagiarized material or even phantom frequencies (ie quantity  against quality ) or even extinct stations. As in result he notes : ‘hands off the internet’  I don’t know if this really true  but I suspect  some arrogance.   
There is also a a big text of ca 6 pages  about the newly formed (those times )with HF email (ie email by radio) tht they think is more secure than the  standard email

The frequency listing is 297 pages of 9700 freqs  on 1900 services /stations with the same format (freq , ID , station and )

In the alphabetical  listing there are not mail addresses , but the reader  is encouraged  to look at ICAO ITU  and other international sites . Also  if a station has internet page it is also noted

And all information as noticed for the third part (Q codes Z codes and all remain  in the same series )

And  the publisher’s self advertisement

The book  is  still a valuable guide. I kept  both editions.

Klingenfuss utility guide 1999

Klingenfuss utility guide 1999
And once again something different

YOU surely know that  I am a keen  radio listener. However you possibly don’t know  that  the older times I was also a keen listener of utility radio stations! That happened  on mid 90s to mid 00’s . and more interested during the time of the war in Serbia.
I was using a  Philips  2395  radio  (having BFO to tune ) together  with a Spectrum micro computer  and an interface connected on the rear of Spectrum that  did the decoding of various digital  transmissions  of that time .

What is utility radio station? This kind of station is a transmission  normally not intended to the general public as  the transmissions are aimed to  communications.

These’re the following categories

UC 1: Time Signal Stations, Space Stations and the Aero Section
UC 2: PTP Stations
UC 3: Maritime Stations
UC 4: Military  
UC 5: Government Stations and various other stations

Standard radio stations (like voice of America , BBC etc ) cover  less than the one third if this radio spectrum  while remain  spectrum  is used solely  to these  communications services

This book is intended to those  interested in this specialized and very exciting  hobby . As far I know  Klingenfiuss is one of the oldest (?) publishers (since 60s )in this category  with many books in mind

I am  now going into the structure of this book
This book contains  about 600 pages with relatively   thick paper of one inch thickness.
The first part contains some interesting introductory material and the status of monitoring utilities . (for example  several countries  prohibit listening ). References  to publications from ICAO ,ITU WHO and other international organizations including several  persons who contributed  to make this book being published .
-Types  of radio services included : aero meteo beacons broadcast feeders ships diplomatic services intelligence services Interpol press agencies UNO aero mobile maritime  mobile freq  and time services
-Modulation types : SSB , CW (standard morse ), radio fax , radio teletype RTTY (or radio telex) and all related  encoding systems as ARQ , FEC etc (that time  there were about 43 encoding systems )
-equipment and  what extra is required (as  for example a communications receiver is surely required with SSB and CW at least ) the extra ca be a  dedicated  reader  to cope
- series of radio regulations

Ca 300 pages of freq lists . This includes a tabled format with 4 columns : freq , ID station , mod  type (CW SSB and in the case of RTTY the encoding  )or any other remarks 11600  freqs from 1500 stations
All  frequencies and stations  have been  thoroughly monitored via Klingenfuss own monitoring facilities in Tubingen or via his contributors over the world and on special DXpeditions !

Alphabetical listing by country including all services addresses .with a funny   PRC  is referred as Communist Undemocratic China and same  is referred  to the North Korea . Obviously he puts his political thoughts in this book

3rd part  includes more interesting information as :

  • Stations  IDs  and ITU’s radio regulation
  • Call sign formation possibilities
  • NATO routing indications
  • call signs  by country
  • radio fax and radio telex schedules
  • navtex (navigation ) on 518 kHz
  • screenshots from their monitoring work
  • Full Q code (standardized collection of three-letter message encodings also  can be found here http://www.kloth.net/radio/qcodes.php )
  • Full Z code  (also can be found here http://www.kloth.net/radio/zcodes.php)
  • Phonetic codes  for alphabet and figures (as alpha for A or lima for L )
  • SINPO/SINPFEMO code (a code used to describe the quality of radio transmissions)
  • Emission codes  codes to describe the transmission and its parameters (full here http://www.ominous-valve.com/emission.txt)
  • Class of stations and nature of service
  • Definitions also radio regulations 
  • aero mobile services and freq allotment plan 
  • abbreviations  (more a than  35 pages !)

And on on the end many pages with all products of this publisher . Except the books he sells a special inverted  V antenna , and the WAVECOM  digital  decoder series (required to decode the various teletype encodings)

This book is surely one very interesting and useful 

Klingenfuss Shortwave Frequency Guide, 2005-6

2005-6   Klingenfuss Shortwave Frequency Guide,  

And this  will be the third book  for review  from this publisher

This  book  covers  full listing from all over the shortwave radio spectrum .

There is an introduction which is carbon copy from the  utility  guide book (monitoring utility stations )

The first part covers  the utility transmissions. The frequency listing  seems  identical  with the previous book , with some minor differences : 9 columns instead of 4 and smaller font (8 picas instead of 10 ) to  include in 161 pages

On the second part (shortwave radio ) there is a introductory text with an extensive reference  to DRM  with emphasis  to the latest for that time  products and a comprehensive  frequency listing  of DRM transmissions

The frequency listing of 150 pages uses again smaller fonts (8 picas )and a 9 column format  with frequency , station name , ITU code, start and end transmission time , language , transmissions  target and remarks (transmission validity , days of transmissions etc ) 

The country listing  reminds me the format WRTH  uses : two column printing , country is printed  in reverse printing (black banner with white fonts ),  a simpler format  for info (langs , start and end time target and freq , though power will be useful ) Once again be noticed  that  several Communistic countries are marked as  ‘communist  undemocratic’  And  no addresses are noticed  for any reception  report.

Clandestine  stations are shown in the end with target  country and which are the sations and the transmissions points

For that time   this book  is quite  valuable as all services are shown in once

But  for today I think the second part I am more interested can be outdated  quite soon as nearly every week ,stations stop or start . And many changes  to the frequency listing occur (look at DSWCI !!)  for this reason I think online listings such as Eibi or Aoki’s are more updated and useful.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

and a funny radio design

ReviewReviewReviewJan 15, '11 10:44 PM
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Category:Computers & Electronics
Product Type: Other
Manufacturer:  -
Juat look at this  gadget . Itis a  radio with a funny for me design !
As fpr its operation i codnt have any comment since this was a defunct radio, just operating to make noise !!

 The  front panel with the speaker

The top panel showing trhe knobs and remain . The On off button togeter with volume is the knob from the  left above the rtight LCD  panel ,and is onw of the  two working knobs of the radio

Also tuning knob is working , but just two carriers can be haerd

Here is a different point of view

and from here  is the headphones power supply and radio band (FM MW only )

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smile6670 wrote on Jan 16, '11
Nothing..but cute

portstevos wrote on Jan 18, '11
this must be a look but no go radio! Sure does look the part and cute but if it cannot pick up a station, maybe it is just a one off faulty radio, perhaps another will work great, where did you get it Zach?

SR 2562 MP3 player 256 MB

ReviewReviewReviewJan 27, '07 8:15 PM
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Category:Computers & Electronics
Product Type: Other
Manufacturer:  OSIO
The above numeral seems not to correspond with any MP3 model found in the internet so I suppose it is named by our local importer. Two weeks ago we were the intermedaite to sugegst for a project that includes playback of speeches. I was a little disappointed that the local store did not make any deduction ever for such number… Its street price is just Eu 35

Its box uses a built in magnet for the opening-closure of the box. The player is put inside a b black plastic foil as shown in the picture .Under the plastic foil you can find two operating instructions booklets, a USB to Chinese mini-USB cable a mini CD and a battery.

As you may see the model is quite sporty in contrast to our use. The cord includes a mini compass as ‘bonus‘. The battery is drained by the time.

The model requested was 256 MB. AS it will be used speeches, it does not require standard MP3 levels.I tested today that for talks or speeches, just 16 kb on WMA (using Winamp) are enough! 22 kb WMA are sufficient for near-to-FM quality.

And here you will find a summary after using with sample files for about 2 hours

1. Greek as well Chinese letters in the mp3 name cannot be correctly shown.THis comes in contrast with its surely Chinese origin! In all these 3 cases the corresponding ASCIi roman character set waas shown.

2. Languages used are modern and traditional Chinese English German French Dutch and Korean
3. Its earphones have bad curving: middle tones are enhanced, comparing to mine Degen 929 earphones
4. Comparing to other MP3s the audio is a little bassy
5. FM radio: has better sensitivity over Sansa E130. Also it has better audio response over Sansa 130 ….seemsa as simeilar to my degen 828

Spectrum analysis of pink noise files showed the following results:
-MP3 128 is linear, till 18.1 kHz (MP3 128 bandwidth)
-WMA 48 (the highest compromise for 44 kHz) was also linear to 18.1 kHz curved then up to 20.1 kHz then dropped to zero
the resulted noise however was much distorted.
-WMA 64 was with the same curve as WMA 48 but better audio
Based on this , the player plays music exactly ‘as is’.
But mixing WMA and MP3s together can cause the player to crash and reboot…..For this reason, i converted all MP3 files into WMA.

Recording: it has 4 setting but all of them are very low quality. I could neither use it for voice recording . Winamp shown 32 kb/8 kHz for the best setting. .

Transfer speeds: about 1 MB/sec, using watch

As by result the MP3 player is quite good for radio and has better audio over my others but lacks good quality recording.