Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review-World Radio TV Handbook 2017

2017 World Radio TV Handbook Review
by Gayle Van Horn W4GVH
CEO Teak Publishing
                A new year brings many things for radio hobbyists, including new goals to enrich their listening opportunities. Ultimately, world listeners welcome the annual edition of World Radio TV Handbook, now in their 71st edition.

                The new edition begins with receiver reviews. The Icom IC-7300 offers an excellent overall rating, as one of high quality, good performer, as well as good value and functionality. As the popularity of software-defined radios continues to expand, the Reuter Elektronik RDR55D is the newest edition to the market. Discerning listeners who prefer a self-contained SDR will discover this new addition significantly advances the state of the art. SDRPlay RSP, a lower cost SDR known as a dongle, is a very good introduction to the capabilities and limitations of the software-defined receiver. A review of the wideband loop antenna Wellbrook ALA1530LNP is complimented for its performance, and an outstanding value. Listener's using more than one radio receiver will welcome the new Bonito AAS300. Called an 'Active RF Splitter,' by the manufacturer, it provides three outputs from a single input. Compared to other multicouplers, it covers a wide frequency range, and works very well.

                A stalwart of each edition is the features section. The Mighty KBC explores the well known radio station, popular to medium wave and shortwave listeners. Who knew KBC had such an interesting and surprising history? KBC, a small private station has big plans for their future. Remote Reception delves into the modern SDRs located half a world away - and available to a world audience via the Internet.

                Freelance writer and active radio enthusiast Hans Johnson, resumes his radio travelogue expertise covering CKZN St John's. Follow Han's travels on the history and current use of the most easterly shortwave transmitter in North America.

                Australian radio hobbyist and DXer Rob Shepherd shares his travels in South America and the Pacific, including a bit of DX, and reminds us, "radio is alive and well in South America and the Pacific."

                Vagn Fentz reminisces about radio times long ago, working with the founder of WRTH, Olaf Johansen, on one of the very first editions.

                Michael Pütz, of Business Radio at Media Broadcast GmbH and Chairman of the IRDR Project Working Group, outlines setting up and the progress so far in organizing an HF disaster relief radio network. The IRDR Project, explains this vital role of radio providing life-saving information at critical times.

                Ulf-Peter Hoppe updates the annual HF Broadcasting Reception Conditions Expected .During 2017 he predicts good year of reception.

                The National Radio section includes domestic radio stations broadcasting to a national listening audience on medium wave, shortwave, and FM. Listings are grouped by country and include frequencies, transmitters, kW, contact and website information. International Radio contains the same information from international broadcasters airing to a world audience.

                Clandestine and Other Target Broadcast list stations broadcasting politically motivated programming, or those targeted at zones of local or regional conflicts. A one-page listing of Religious Broadcasters Cross Reference Table closes this section.

                The Frequency List covers by-frequency medium wave stations by-region, SW Stations of the World and listings of shortwave station broadcasting in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, plus DRM International Broadcasts schedules.

                The by-country National Television section includes information on national stations, networks and contact information for each country listed.

                Lastly, there contains an extensive Reference section. Informative includes indexes, abbreviations and symbols, target area codes, transmitter sites, Standard Time and Frequency stations, clubs and organizations and selected Internet resources.

                This year's 71st edition, and in past editions, continues their reputation as a comprehensive exemplary reference book for the radio listening audience. It remains the very best, most authoritative reference book for the radio and television hobbyist. Teak Publishing wishes WRTH many years of continued success.

                World Radio TV Handbook 2017, is available from the WRTH website at http://www.wrth.com/info.html. Click on How to Order for information link. It is also available in the United States from Universal Radio Inc. Go to http://www.universal-radio.com/ for the online catalog. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

From the Isle of Music Programming, January 16-22

From the Isle of Music, Week of January 16-22, 2017
Electronic Cuba – Leonardo Pérez shares more of Una Mecanica Diferente, Jazz saxophonist Emir Santa Cruz shares some of his music, and we are going to explore some of what is happening in Cuban electronic music today.

Three options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET) and Saturdays 1200-1300 UTC (1300-1400 CET)
See the From the Isle of Music Facebook Page for more information.

(Tilford Productions)

DX Stamps & Supplies Update

Bhutan postage stamps
Special thanks to Bill Plum for his DX Stamps & Supplies mid month updates

Dear Customer,

YES!!!  ADDITIONS TO THE DISCOUNT POSTAGE GRID!!!!!!!!!  Running low on 2 stamp units and may need to substitute units in 3 stamps......2 stamp, 3 stamp and 4 stamp units at 500 qty all priced the same...at 60% of face!!

Below are early bird specials for February 2017....same as January.

 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you.

NEWS:  Discount Postage Grid has been updated for the 49c rate for mid-January...BUT there are no changes in my prices. SWEET!!

IDEA:  Slightly damaged Deluxe QSL Album   now $30.00 -or- buy 2 for only $55.00!!!

Sweden now massive 19,50 kr!!! YIKES!

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Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Jan 16 0341 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 09 - 15 January 2017

Solar activity was mostly at very low levels with low levels observed on 12 January due to an isolated C3 flare observed at 12/1618 UTC from Region 2625 (N03, L=254, class/area Cso/050 on 14 January). An associated coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed off the east limb in coronagraph imagery beginning at 12/1624 UTC, but was determined not to have a geoeffective component. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached
high levels throughout the period. The largest flux of the period was 42,125 pfu observed at 09/1805 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels over the period. Solar wind speed began the period near 700 km/s with total field near 5 nT under the influence of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). By 10 January, solar wind speed was in decline, reaching nominal levels late on 12 January. Total field was variable between 1-7 nT for the rest of the period.
The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to active levels on 09 January, quiet to unsettled levels on 10-12 January and quiet levels on 13-15 January.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 January - 11 February 2017

Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for C-class flares on 16-26 January as Regions 2625 and 2626 (N09, L=244, class/area Hax/140 on 15 January) rotate across the visible disk. Very low levels are expected from 27 January through 11 February.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely on 16, 18-27 January and again on 01-11 February due to CH HSS influence.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 17-24 and 27 January-07 February with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 18-19 January and 03 February due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Jan 16 0342 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-01-16
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Jan 16      77           5          2
2017 Jan 17      77           8          3
2017 Jan 18      77          25          5
2017 Jan 19      78          20          5
2017 Jan 20      80          18          4
2017 Jan 21      80          18          4
2017 Jan 22      80          18          4
2017 Jan 23      80          12          4
2017 Jan 24      80           8          3
2017 Jan 25      80           5          2
2017 Jan 26      78           5          2
2017 Jan 27      77          12          4
2017 Jan 28      77          15          4
2017 Jan 29      77           7          3
2017 Jan 30      77          10          3
2017 Jan 31      77          12          4
2017 Feb 01      77          16          4
2017 Feb 02      76          18          4
2017 Feb 03      75          20          5
2017 Feb 04      75          16          4
2017 Feb 05      75          12          4
2017 Feb 06      75          10          3
2017 Feb 07      75           8          3
2017 Feb 08      75           5          2
2017 Feb 09      76           5          2
2017 Feb 10      77           5          2
2017 Feb 11      77           5          2

Saturday, January 14, 2017

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Winter 2016-2017 Now Available

Press Release:                                                                              
Teak Publishing Company
P.O. Box 297
Brasstown NC 28902

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                         8 December 2016

New Winter 2016-2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2016-2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast aren’t restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is our exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave, selected mediumwave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New in this seventh edition of the ISWBG is an Introduction to News and Entertainment Programming on Shortwave Radio by Spectrum Monitor columnist Fred Waterer; a feature on Online Radio: The crossroads of old and new technology by former Monitoring Times columnist Loyd Van Horn W4LVH; and comprehensive radio listeners Crash Course on Shortwave Radio Propagation by Tomas Hood NW7US, contributing editor to CQ magazine and Spectrum Monitor columnist.

There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum by former Monitoring Times editor and feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list. The final feature article in this edition is Getting Started in Shortwave Radio, a primer, by Spectrum Monitor managing editor Ken Reitz KS4ZR.

Also new in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, and all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2016-2017 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2RRXV2. The price for this latest edition is US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is a much expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly published in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine for well over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is published twice a year to correspond with shortwave station’s seasonal time and frequency changes.

Don’t own a Kindle reader from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; amd WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.


Here are some of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Amazon e-book.
VERY Useful Guide! By Dave in Ohio

Being rather new to the SW DXing, I needed a guide. Most of them were pretty pricey so I decided to give this one a try. When it arrived, I didn't have a lot of time to review it, just glanced at it and was a little upset. I had expected something with page after page of countries with their frequency listings, much like other guides I'd heard about. This one seemed to have a lot of articles about SWL and only in the back did I find frequency listings. But the next day I had about an hour to sit and review the book on my Kindle and I discovered how clever Ms. Van Horn had been in her formatting. I realized that the last thing I needed was just a list of frequencies. The gem of the book is the section that divides the day into UTC hours and what frequency in which country is likely to be on the air at that time. After all, what good does it do me to know that Radio Slobovia broadcasts on 1305 if I have no idea of when to listen for them? (The book also contains a long listing by frequency for identifying those broadcasts that you stumble upon.) I've looked around the articles towards the beginning of the book and the ones I've read are well written and interesting. I strongly recommend that the new readers of Ms. Van Horn's guide use the table of contents to skip around and become familiar with the format. Very useful book at a good price. Ms. Van Horn has herself a new fan ) 

Essential reference for SWLs By Hundedrek

Gayle knows international SW like few others. She used to write a monthly column and directory in the late, lamented Monitoring Times mag. A big reason why I I subbed to it for years. This guide continues the tradition. The Kindle version is more convenient to use. Now that so many international broadcasters are streaming their programming, Gayle's guide is even more valuable.

Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Radio Guide By Tampa

A needed re hash of previous books. Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Guide. Many on ships have stopped using short wave as they do not have radio distribution systems for the crews as Satellite takes over. Many ships have wired hanging out of portholes as a result and all kinds of antennas stuck around the ships creating hazards so they can listen to their home countries. CBC has shut down Radio Canada to save money OMG #Stupid. Clandestine Radio is on the Rise and this book lists and explains. That in itself is interesting. Should be of interest to any #SWL or #HamRadio people.

Shortwave LIVES!!!!!! By Walter C. Thurman

The Van Horns are shining stars in the Shortwave Radio and MilComms World.... this read is helpful for us DIE HARD shortwave listener's and Ham Radio folks alike. THANK FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO!!!!! N0RDC

Great Useful (and highly affordable) Data For SWLs By Randy S.
Gayle's monthly Monitoring Times roundup of shortwave broadcast schedules was always tremendously useful. With the demise of the magazine itself it's nice to see that her massive database (and the years of work on it) aren't going to waste. And at the price (less than the cost of a monthly issue of the magazine) it makes for a fine bargain and is well worth it for shortwave-broadcast listeners with e-reader capability. The twice- yearly updates will keep the project relevant and useful.

Solid for HF listening! By Mr geocacher
Very useful for identifying what you hear on HF. Lot's of good tidbits for listening hints too.

Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer
Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found no where else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.

Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka
I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.

NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.
This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson
When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).

Good value by DrP
This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.

I like this one by Charles
I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.

Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN
Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a long time shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.
Good Product by Radio Freq 
Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.
It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory 

Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening. 

New International Callsign Handbook 5th Edition Now Available on Amazon

Press Release:
Teak Publishing Company
P.O. Box 297
Brasstown NC 28902

For Immediate Release`                                                                          16 December 2016
New International Call Sign Handbook 5th Edition Now Available on Amazon

Ask any radio monitor what information they consider important during any monitoring session, and usually two items will top their list: frequencies and call signs. If you can hear activity on a particular frequency, unless you can fully identify the participants transmitting on that frequency, you can’t fully appreciate or document the traffic you are hearing.

With millions of radio stations furnishing a variety of communication services throughout the world, it is necessary that their transmissions carry distinctive call signs or identifiers. Call signs have a four-fold purpose: They may identify the nationality of the station, the agency operating a particular station, the type of station, and the identity of each individual station being heard on the monitored frequency.

The need for station identifications/call signs can easily be illustrated here in the United States, which leads all other countries in the use of the radio spectrum, that now has some 85 different kinds of radio services operated by the government, military and civilians entities, providing air, sea, land and space communication services. There are hundreds of thousands of stations on the air and call signs and other forms of identification help the radio monitor sort through the various stations that are heard.

A call sign is defined as any combination of alphanumeric characters or phonetically pronounceable characters (trigraph), which identifies a communications facility, a command, an authority, an activity or unit. To aid the radio monitor in their listening endeavors, the International Call Sign Handbook series of books/e-books has been published.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce their latest Kindle e-book -- the fifth edition of International Call Sign Handbook by Amazon Bestselling author Larry Van Horn, N5FPW. This e-book represents the most comprehensive collection of military and government station identifications ever published for the radio listening hobby. It is the result of year’s research, study and monitoring the HF/VHF/UHF radio spectrum, by the author. Many different radio monitoring disciplines have been used to compile the listings in this book. If you monitor the HF, VHF or UHF radio spectrum, there is something in this book for you.

The information presented in this book has also been gathered through personal correspondence, material published in the former Monitoring Times magazine, various radio publications, newsletters, public domain government and private internet web sites, but most have been gathered the old fashioned way via on-the-air monitoring. In addition, we have received generous support and contributions from many individuals in the radio hobby.

In addition to international and military/government tactical call signs, other types of identifiers such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) and Mode-S aircraft addresses have been included in this e-book. There is a chapter that had basic introductory material, as well as chapters devoted to call sign / words used by the Department of Defense including the US. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. There are sections that cover the various Military Auxiliary Radio Services and the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol auxiliary service.

There is also a chapter that covers call signs and ALE identifiers for the U.S. Coast Guard service. Sections in that chapter include a Coast Guard aircraft fleet list, miscellaneous U.S. coast guard calls, and also their international call signs.

Another large chapter covers various U.S. Government call signs. Sections in this chapter include the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol COTHEN radio system and ALE address list, plus call signs from the following department and agencies - Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Communications Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), General Services Administration (GSA), Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), Miscellaneous Listings, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Communications System (NCS), and U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) service.

One of the larger chapters is devoted to an international / worldwide call signs list. We have a sampling of government and military call signs from 75 counties and international agencies.

The latest craze in aircraft military is decoding Mode-S/ICAO24 radio signals and is included in this book. Our list in this edition covers primarily government / military aircraft and introductory material on Mode-S monitoring.

The last chapter of this book contains a large list of resource information, useful in interpreting the individual entries listed in the book. Sections on U.S. Navy ship/squadron classifications; U.S. Coast Guard cutter designators; a massive list of abbreviations and acronyms that appear in the book; a comprehensive country abbreviation list; and the latest Table of Allocations of International Call signs from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are included in the last chapter on the e-book.

The Teak Publishing 5th International Call Sign Handbook is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQWYDPX. The price for this e-Book edition is US$7.49. This book is being released internationally. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order the e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

You do not need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps. There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps at this link on the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.

Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Australian Shortwave Callsign VLL

SS Talune
The Australian shortwave callsign VLL began its usage on board a cargo/passenger liner in the South Pacific a little more than a century ago.  The ship was the SS Talune, it was built in Scotland, it was operated by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, and during its term of commercial service it plied across the Tasman Sea to Australia, and throughout the South Pacific to many of the varied island groups. 
            During World War 1, the Talune served as a troop carrier for New Zealand military personnel,  and after the war was over, the Talune returned to its former duty with cargo/passenger traffic in the South Pacific.  Unfortunately in 1919, some of the crew and passengers came down with the early stages of the horrendous Spanish Flu and this epidemic was carried to other islands in the South Pacific, with deadly results.      
            The callsign VLL was applied to the SS Talune somewhere around the year 1912, and it was in use until the ship was withdrawn from service nine years later, in 1921.  Four years later, the Talune was filled with rock and scuttled in shallow water at Waikokopu in upper Hawkes Bay on the eastern edge of the North Island of New Zealand. 
            This stricken ship served as a breakwater for many years, and these days the broken up wreckage can still be easily viewed on Google Earth.  The town of Waikokopu no longer serves as a small country port, though it is now no more than a few scattered country dwellings.
            The next known usage of the callsign VLL was applied to the transmissions from the now silent shortwave station that was located a little inland from the coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia.  This station was originally intended to be a temporary fill-in station for Radio Australia after the Darwin station was disabled due to Cyclone Tracy at Christmas time in December 1974, and it remained in service for a little over 20 years.
            Radio Australia took over the empty America NASA Space Station at Carnarvon and the second transmitter that was installed there was an American made Harris SW100.  Some time earlier, three Harris 100 kW transmitters had been obtained from the United States and these had been held in storage at the new ABC mediumwave station located at Pimpala on the coast south of Adelaide in South Australia.
            It was originally intended that these three shortwave transmitters would be installed at suitable though yet undecided locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory, as a regional shortwave service for dwellers in Australia’s outback.  Among the locations that had been given preliminary consideration were for example, somewhere on the outskirts of suburban Adelaide, Alice Springs in Central Australia, and Darwin at Cox Peninsula in the Northern Territory.
            However, as changing circumstances would have it, one of these Harris 100s was taken to Carnarvon and installed as Transmitter VLL, while the two other units were ultimately taken to Shepparton in Victoria and installed for Radio Australia.   Test broadcasts from Carnarvon VLL began on February 15, 1975, though it was removed from service during the next month due to frequent troublesome transmitter problems.  Design engineers flew out from the states to correct the problems.
            When VLL was taken into regular on air service, the program feed from the Melbourne studios of Radio Australia was provided by a 2,000 mile microwave link to Perth and thence by telephone line to Carnarvon.  In addition, there was a VLL program feed from a 30 kW transmitter located at Lyndhurst which operated as an ISB independent side band unit on 12290 kHz. 
            Then too, a 100 kW transmitter at Shepparton carried a parallel relay of the VLL service in the Indonesian language and this could be utilized as a back up program feeder if needed.  The Shepparton VLL service was on the air for eight years, from 1976 - 1984.  At that stage, the Indonesian service was transferred to the revived Radio Australia shortwave station near Darwin.  Two years later, (1986) the program feed to Carnarvon was carried by satellite and it was no longer necessary to receive the VLL service via Lyndhurst or Shepparton.  
            The shortwave service from Radio Australia Carnarvon ended on July 31, 1996, at which time  transmitter VLL was removed and sold locally for scrap.

            During its 20 years of on air service, transmitter VLL was verified by Radio Australia in Melbourne with a multitude of colorful QSL cards, and for a few years at one stage by Form Letters indicating the callsign and station location.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 411)

The Early Wireless Scene on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico

As the first topic in our 2017 year-long emphasis on the radio scene in the Middle Americas, we visit the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and we turn the clock back more than one hundred years, to the early 1900s.  Back at that stage, wireless was very young, and spark transmissions were the only way to transmit Morse Code messages through the air. 
            Puerto Rico is listed as the largest American island; 110 miles long and 40 miles wide.  It is a mountainous tropical island with many adjacent smaller islands, two of which are inhabited: Culebra and Vieques, both of which lie a few miles off the eastern edge of Puerto Rico.
            The original inhabitants of Puerto Rico back before the colonial era, were Amerindians who migrated in from North America, Central America and South America, usually via the intervening island groups.  At the time of the visit by the famed Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus, it is estimated that the island population was as many as 50,000 local tribes people.
            On November 19, 1493, Christopher Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain.  A dozen years later, the first European settlement was established by the Spanish at Caparra, in what has since become a southern suburban area of the capital city San Juan.  Local historians claim the Caparra settlement as the oldest European settlement in the Americas.  The city of San Juan was established in 1521, and this is claimed as the second oldest European city in the Americas.  
            Settlement on Puerto Rico was established by the Spanish, it was attacked in succeeding centuries by the Dutch and the British, and it was annexed by the United States more than one hundred years ago.  The total population today stands at 3.4 million; with two official languages, Spanish and English.
            The first wireless station in Puerto Rico was established by the United States navy in December 1903 at Fort Morro on Old San Juan Island.  This introductory wireless station was a low powered 3 kW Slaby-Arco unit that was installed on a high bluff overlooking the ocean and the city of San Juan.  One of the stipulated requirements for this station was the capability for communication with another American navy station NAV that was installed on Culebra Island off the east coast of Puerto Rico.  
            During the following year (1904), work commenced on the construction and installation of a new high powered wireless station about a mile distant at Fort Cristobal, still on Old San Juan Island.  Three tall towers at a height of 210 feet were spaced in a triangle 300 feet apart.  Three descending fan antennas of 15 wires each were strung between the three towers, two for transmitting and one for reception.    
            The electrical equipment for the new 35 kW Morse Code station was manufactured by the de Forest company and initially the power source was the local electricity generating company.  However, the drain on the city power system was so heavy that the navy soon afterwards installed their own generating plant.
            After the final testing and tweaking that was performed by a de Forest electrician from the United States, station SA was taken into service in December 1905.  When the navy regularized their wireless callsigns worldwide seven years later in 1912, station SA San Juan became NAU.  
            Amateur radio was introduced into Puerto Rico when Joaquín Agusty Ramírez de Arellano  organized the Puerto Rico Radio Club in 1914.  His subsequent amateur callsign was 4JE.
            The first radio broadcasting station on the island was inaugurated on December 2, 1922 under the callsign WKAQ and it was the same Joaquín Agusty Ramírez who made the opening announcement.  The new WKAQ was installed atop the Puerto Rico Telephone Building under the auspices of RCA and ITT in New York, and the Radio Corporation of Puerto Rico.
            Back then, WKAQ operated with 500 watts on 880 kHz and it was a twin construction with another radio broadcasting station in the Caribbean, PWX in Havana Cuba.  The two tall towers for mediumwave WKAQ San Juan stood at ground level adjacent to the RCA Telephone Building. 

            Station WKAQ is currently owned by Univision Radio and it operates with 10 kW on 580 kHz.  The WKAQ programming is also relayed for islandwide coverage on WUKQ with 1 kW on 1420 kHz in Ponce, and WYEL with 5 kW on 600 kHz in Mayagüez.
Another early mediumwave station was the original WNEL, also with 500 watts, on 1290 kHz.  This station was inaugurated in the island capital, San Juan, on November 17, 1934.
            These days, there are almost a hundred mediumwave stations located throughout the various areas of the island of Puerto Rico, and in addition there is a dial full of FM stations.  Most of the mediumwave stations are at a lower power level, in the range of 1 kW to 5 kW, and lower. 
            Today there are several stations at 10 kW; and just one station at 25 kW, WVOZ San Juan on 1520 kHz.  There is also just one at 50 kW and this lone maximum powered station in Puerto Rico is WKVM Radio Paz on 810 kHz in San Juan.  Mediumwave  WKVM is a Catholic station and it was inaugurated in 1951.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 411)

Deutsche Welle frequency updates

DW QSL via Gayle Van Horn Collection
Deutsche Welle frequency updates 
Effective: 11 January
All times UTC
1330-1400 9580*DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 15215 NAU
1330-1400 15215 TRM 250 kW / 335 deg to WeAs Dari, addit.from Feb.1
1400-1430 9580*DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 15215 NAU
1400-1430 on 15215 TRM 250 kW / 335 deg to WeAs Pashto, addit.from Feb.1
1800-1900 9600 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WeAf Hausa, ex 11700
* co-ch same  9580 SHP 100 kW / 070 deg to EPac English Radio Australia

 (SWL DXing)

The Best of Shortwave 2016 Results

What is the best shortwave station?

 – Classification/Votes

First Place
Rádio Taiwan Internacional (RTI) - (11)

Second Place
Rádio Japão (NHK) - (09)

Third Place
Rádio Internacional da China (CRI) - (08)

Fourth Place
Rádio Miami Internacional (WRMI) - (07)
Rádio Romênia Internacional (RRI) - (07)

Fifth Place
Rádio Exterior da Espanha (REE) - (05)
Rádio KBS World - (05)
Rádio Voz da América (VOA) - (05)
Rádio Havana Cuba (RHC) - (05)

Sixth Place
Rádio Aparecida (Brasil) - (03)
Rádio Inconfidência (Brasil) - (03)

Seventh Place
Rádio All India (AIR) - (02)
Rádio Nacional da Amazônia (Brasil) - (02)
Rádio Trans Mundial (RTM) - (02)
Rádio Voz do Vietnã (VOV) - (02)

Eighth Place
Rádio Argentina para o Exterior (RAE) - (01)
Rádio Bandeirantes – Brasil - (01)
Rádio BBC de Londres - (01)
Radio Compañía Worldwide (RCW) - (01)
Radio Educación (México) - (01)
Rádio Guaíba (Brasil) - (01)

What is the best program to meet letters?

 – Classification/Votes

First Place
Ponto de Encontro (NHK Rádio Japão) - (14)
Club de Oyentes (Rádio Romênia Internacional (RRI)) - (14)

Second Place
El Cartero (Rádio Taiwan Internacional (RTI)) - (13)

Third Place
Encontro DX (Rádio Aparecida - Brasil) - (09)
Buzón del Radio Escucha (KBS World Radio) - (09)

Fourth Place
En Contacto (Rádio Havana Cuba (RHC)) - (07)
Encontro com os Ouvintes (Rádio Internacional da China (CRI)) - (07)

Fifth Place
Buzón de Radio Japón (NHK Rádio Japão) - (03)

Sixth Place
Cita con los Oyentes (Rádio Praga) - (02)
Espaço do Ouvinte (VOA) - (02)

Seventh Place
Conversando com os ouvintes (Rádio República Islâmica do Irã (IRIB) - (01)
Ponto de Encontro (Rádio Nacional Amazônia – Brasil) - (01)

 What is the best variety program?

  – Classification/Votes

First Place
Encontro DX (Rádio Aparecida - Brasil) - (13)

Second Place
Viva Miami (WRMI) - (12)

Third Place
Corea a Diario (KBS World Radio) - (08)

Fourth Place
Em Foco (NHK Rádio Japão) - (07)

Fifth Place
Atualidade DX (RAE Argentina ao Mundo) - (06)

Sixth Place
Cuentos y Proverbios Chinos (RTI) - (05)

Seventh Place
Japão Fantástico (NHK Rádio Japão) - (04)

Eighth Place
Bom dia RTM (Rádio Trans Mundial) - (03)
Made in Taiwan (RTI) - (03)

Nineth Place
Além do Horizonte (CRI) - (02)
Conexión Español (RAE) - (02)

Tenth Place
África Hoy (REE) - (01)
Angola Fala Só (VOA) - (01)
De Todo un Poco (RTI) - (01)
De la Cancha al Museo (RTI)  - (01)
Delírio e Cia(Rádio Inconfidência – Brasil) - (01)
DX jukebox con Cucho Zavala - (01)
La hora del lolo  (RCW, Chile) - (01)
Observatório de Taiwan (RTI) - (01)
Outlook da BBC de Londres - (01)
Revista de Prensa (RTI) - (01)
Vale la pena visitar Rumanía (RRI) - (01)
5 Continentes (REE) - (01)
What is the best presenter?

 – Classification/Votes

First Place
Dino Bloise (WRMI - WWCR - KVOH) - (17)
Second Place
Manolo de la Rosa (Rádio Havana Cuba - RHC) - (10)
Third Place
Santiago Filho (Rádio Japão) - (07)
Fourth Place
José Moura (Rádio Aparecida) - (06)
Fifth Place
Cassiano Macedo (Rádio Aparecida) - (05)
Célio Romais - (05)
Luis Lu (RTI) - (05)
Sixth Place
Valeriu Radulian (Rádio Romênia Internacional (RRI)) - (04)
Seventh Place
Danilo Nonato - (03)
Iker Izquierdo (RTI) - (03)
Eighth Place
Arnie Coro - (02)
Cucho Zavala (RCW, Chile) - (02)
Jorge Castañeda (KBS World Radio) - (02)
Nineth Place
Antônio Xia (CRI) - (01)
Carlos Moreira - (01)
David Taranco (Radio Japón) - (01)
Everton Gontijo (Rádio Inconfidência) - (01)
Geraldo Ribeiro (Rádio Japão) - (01)
José Novero (RCW, Chile) - (01)
Lili Chou (RTI) - (01)
Marcelo Pacífico (Rádio Aparecida) - (01)
Roberto Maxwell (Rádio Japão) - (01)
Tim Frank da BBC de Londres - (01)
Ulysses Galleti - (01)

What is the best presenter?

 – Classification/Votes

First Place
Victoria Sepciu (RRI) - (23)
Second Place
Sonia Nakagawa (NHK - Rádio Japão) - (15)
Third Place
Danielle Stescki - Voz da América (VOA) - (07)
Fourth Place
Patricia Lin (RTI) - (06)
Fifth Place
Andrea Wang (RTI) - (05)
Sixth Place
Esther Molina (NHK Rádio Japão) - (04)
Julieta Galván (RAE) - (04)
Martha Salgado - (04)
Clara Li - (04)
Seventh Place
Malena Alegrin - (02)
Regina Palla (Rádio Inconfidência) - (02)
Eighth Place
Laura Li - (01)
Liz Dusett da BBC de Londres - (01)
Renata Burjato - (01)
Silvânia Alves (Rádio Bandeirantes - Brasil) - (01)
Sol Hong (RTI) - (01)
Sula Sevillis - (01)

What is the best DX program?

– Classification/Votes

First Place
Frecuencia Al Día (WRMI, WWCR, KVOH) - (26)
Second Place
Encontro DX (Rádio Aparecida) - (25)
Third Place
En Contacto (Rádio Havana Cuba (RHC)) - (09)
Fourth Place
Rincón Diexista (Rádio Romênia Internacional (RRI)) - (08)
Fifth Place
Amigos do Rádio (Rádio Trans Mundial) - (07)
Sixth Place
AWR Wavescan (WRMI) - (04)
Seventh Place
Atualidade DX e Suplemento da Atualidade DX (Rádio Argentina ao Exterior (RAE)) - (03)

Age Range:
10 – 20 - (02)
31 – 40 - (17)
21 – 30 - (10)
51 – 60 - (26)
41 – 50 - (18)
61 – 70 - (09)

How often listening shortwave stations:
Every Day  - (44)
Once a week  - (19)
One hour a day - (17)
Once a month - (02)

What is your hobby?
Radio Listening  - (30)
DXer - (29)
DXer and Amateur Radio - (19)
Amateur Radio - (04)

Participating Countries:
 Argentina – Brasil – Colômbia – Cuba – Chile – Dinamarca – Espanha –  Estados Unidos da América - Honduras – Índia – Itália – México – Peru –
Polônia – Taiwan – Venezuela
total number of participants
>> 82<<

The DX Clube Sem Fronteiras (DXCSF) thanks everyone Who participated
and contributed choosing the Best of the Short Wave of 2016.

Antonio Avelino

DX Clube Sem Fronteiras

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