Thursday, January 29, 2015

Refuting the latest round of Radio Australia schedules

To all our blog readers......

There is an incredible amount of wrong information floating around, among DXers and various hobby newsletters, about Radio Australia's upcoming schedule changes on February 1, 2015.

Due to all of this conflicting information, I consulted with the Transmission Planning Executive at Radio Australia, to ultimately settle what their new broadcast schedule will be.

Here is his quote:

"The schedule I sent on 20 January with the file name “RAOS B14 v3.3” is correct. The frequencies used 0900-2100 UTC are 9580, 12065 & 12085 kHz"

This is the transcribed schedule

All times UTC

Effective 01 February 2015

All programming targeted to various Pacific regions only
English
0000-0100 15240 15415 17840
0100-0200 15240 15415 17840
0200-0300 15240 15415 17840
0300-0400 15240 15415 17840
0400-0500 15240 15415 17840
0500-0600 15240 15415 17840
0600-0630 15240 15415 17840
0700-0800 15240 15415 17840
0800-0805  Sat/Sun  15240 15415  17840
0815-0900 15240 15415 17840
0900-1000 9580 12065 12085
1000-1100 9580 12065 12085
1100-1200 9580 12065 12085
1200-1300 9580 12065 12085
1300-1400 9580 12065 12085
1400-1500 9580 12065 12085
1500-1600 9580 12065 12085
1600-1700 9580 12065 12085
1700-1800 9580 12065 12085
1800-1900 9580 12065 12085
1900-2000 9580 12065 12085
2000-2100 9580 12065 12085
2100-2200 15240 15415 17840
2200-2300 15240 15415 17840
2300-0000 15240 15415 17840

French
0800-0805  Sat/Sun  15240  15415  17840

Tok Pisin
0630-0700  Sat/Sun  15240  15415  17840
0900-0915  Sat/Sun  9580   12065  12085
(Gary Baxter, Transmission Planning Executive/Radio Australia/RAOS B14 v3.3)






Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Radio Australia frequency revisions

Radio Australia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Effective February 1, there are key frequency changes from Radio Australia. There will be an end of shortwave transmissions (including DRM), from the Brandon site, and a reduction in transmission hours from the Shepparton transmitter site. There are no further DRM transmissions currently planned.

In combination with the end of the HF Relay services from 14 January 2015, this represents a major change in content delivery for Radio Australia, with an increasing focus on local FM re-transmission and satellite delivery of programming.

The following revised broadcast schedule supersedes all previously published plans. Radio Australia will operate on three frequencies, on a 24 hour broadcast schedule. Earlier reports of broadcasting 0900-2100 UTC on 6080, and 6150 are incorrect.

All times UTC

Effective 01 February 2015

All programming targeted to various Pacific regions only
English
0000-0100 15240 15415 17840
0100-0200 15240 15415 17840
0200-0300 15240 15415 17840
0300-0400 15240 15415 17840
0400-0500 15240 15415 17840
0500-0600 15240 15415 17840
0600-0630 15240 15415 17840
0700-0800 15240 15415 17840
0800-0805  Sat/Sun  15240 15415  17840
0815-0900 15240 15415 17840
0900-1000 9580 12065 12085
1000-1100 9580 12065 12085
1100-1200 9580 12065 12085
1200-1300 9580 12065 12085
1300-1400 9580 12065 12085
1400-1500 9580 12065 12085
1500-1600 9580 12065 12085
1600-1700 9580 12065 12085
1700-1800 9580 12065 12085
1800-1900 9580 12065 12085
1900-2000 9580 12065 12085
2000-2100 9580 12065 12085
2100-2200 15240 15415 17840
2200-2300 15240 15415 17840
2300-0000 15240 15415 17840

French
0800-0805  Sat/Sun  15240  15415  17840

Tok Pisin
0630-0700  Sat/Sun  15240  15415  17840
0900-0915  Sat/Sun  9580   12065  12085
(Gary Baxter, Transmission Planning Executive/Radio Australia/RAOS B14 v3.3)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide - Winter Frequency Updates



This is the third frequency update for the 2014-2015 winter edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide. This e-book from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazone.com for U.S. $4.00, and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QU8LC6M

All time references are UTC, frequencies in kHz (kilohertz) // indicates heard on a parallel frequency. Broadcast are daily unless otherwise indicated.

County/Station
Language
hrs/freq/info

Clandestine
Farsi
R Ranginkaman/R Rainbow  Mon/Fri 1700-1730 7550as // 9925as additional frequency

RTV Algerienne  (via Issoudun, France transmitters)
0400-0458 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px

0500-0558 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
0500-0511 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
0511-0548 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
0548-0552 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
0552-0558 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1

0600-0611 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
0611-0648 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
0648-0652 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
0652-0658 on  5865 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px

1800-1900 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px

1900-2000 on 11775 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
1900-1911 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
1911-1948 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
1948-1952 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
1952-1958 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1

2000-2100 on  9380 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2000-2011 on 11775 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2011-2048 on 11775 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
2048-2052 on 11775 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2052-2058 on 11775 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1

2100-2200 on  6145 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2100-2111 on  9380 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
2111-2148 on  9380 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
2148-2152 on  9380 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
2152-2158 on  9380 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1

2200-2211 on  6145 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2211-2248 on  6145 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2248-2252 on  6145 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2252-2258 on  6145 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
(Ivo Ivanov/DX Re Mix # 892/25 Jan)

BBC frequency changes 
0000-0100 NF 13700 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex 13725
0000-0100 on 15755 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex Daily
0000-0100 on 13725 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex Daily
0000-0100 NF 15200 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex 15755
0000-0100 NF 13700 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex 13725
0000-0100 NF 15640 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex 15755
0000-0100 NF 13635 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex 13725
0000-0100 NF 15640 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex 15755
0000-0100 NF 13635 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex 13725
0000-0100 on 15755 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex Daily
0000-0100 NF 13700 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex 13725
0000-0100 NF 15200 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex 15755
0000-0100 NF 13635 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex 13725
0000-0100 NF 15200 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex 15755

0100-0200 on  5925 SLA 250 kW / 063 deg to SoAs English, addit. freq.
0100-0200 on 15310 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Mon, ex Daily
0100-0200 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Tue, ex 15310
0100-0200 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Wed, ex 15310
0100-0200 on 15310 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Thu, ex Daily
0100-0200 NF 15780 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Fri, ex 15310
0100-0200 NF 15780 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Sat, ex 15310
0100-0200 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Sun, ex 15310

0200-0300 on  9920 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs English, addit. freq.
0200-0300 on 15310 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Mon, ex Daily
0200-0300 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Tue, ex 15310
0200-0300 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Wed, ex 15310
0200-0300 on 15310 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Thu, ex Daily
0200-0300 NF 15780 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Fri, ex 15310
0200-0300 NF 15780 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Sat, ex 15310
0200-0200 NF 15490 NAK 250 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English Sun, ex 15310

1000-1100 NF 11565 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex 11895
1000-1100 NF 11935 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex 11895
1000-1100 NF 11565 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex 11895
1000-1100 NF 11935 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex 11895
1000-1100 NF 11935 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex 11895
1000-1100 on 11895 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex Daily
1000-1100 NF 11565 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex 11895

1100-1200 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex 11895
1100-1200 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex 11895
1100-1200 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex 11895
1100-1200 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex 11895
1100-1200 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex 11895
1100-1200 on 11895 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex Daily
1100-1200 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex 11895

1200-1300 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex 11895
1200-1300 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex 11895
1200-1300 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex 11895
1200-1300 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex 11895
1200-1300 NF 12030 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex 11895
1200-1300 on 11895 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex Daily
1200-1300 NF 11805 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex 11895

2200-2300 on  3915 SNG 100 kW / 160 deg to SEAs English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  5890 NAK 250 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  5890 NAK 250 kW / 150 deg to SEAs English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  6195 SNG 125 kW / 000 deg to SEAs English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  6195 SNG 125 kW / 090 deg to AUS  English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  6195 SNG 250 kW / 013 deg to EaAs English, addit. freq.
2200-2300 on  7490 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English, addit. freq.

2300-2400 NF  5895 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex  5875
2300-2400 NF  7600 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Mon, ex  7490
2300-2400 NF  5895 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex  5875
2300-2400 NF  7520 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Tue, ex  7490
2300-2400 on  5875 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex Daily
2300-2400 NF  7520 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Wed, ex  7490
2300-2400 NF  5830 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex  5875
2300-2400 NF  7520 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Thu, ex  7490
2300-2400 NF  5895 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex  5875
2300-2400 on  7490 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Fri, ex Daily
2300-2400 NF  5830 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex  5875
2300-2400 NF  7600 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sat, ex  7490
2300-2400 NF  5830 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex  5875
2300-2400 NF  7600 NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs English Sun, ex  7490

1300-1330 on 13865 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Mon, ex Daily
1300-1330 NF 15595 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Mon, ex 15510
1300-1330 NF 17550 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Mon, ex 17780
1300-1330 NF 13700 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Tue, ex 13865
1300-1330 NF 15730 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Tue, ex 15510
1300-1330 NF 17550 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Tue, ex 17780
1300-1330 on 13865 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Wed, ex Daily
1300-1330 NF 15730 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Wed, ex 15510
1300-1330 NF 17850 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Wed, ex 17780
1300-1330 NF 13760 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Thu, ex 13865
1300-1330 on 15510 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Thu, ex Daily
1300-1330 NF 17850 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Thu, ex 17780
1300-1330 NF 13700 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Fri, ex 13865
1300-1330 NF 15595 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Fri, ex 15510
1300-1330 NF 17850 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Fri, ex 17780
1300-1330 NF 13760 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sat, ex 13865
1300-1330 NF 15730 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sat, ex 15510
1300-1330 on 17780 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sun, ex Daily
1300-1330 NF 13760 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sun, ex 13865
1300-1330 NF 15595 NAK 250 kW / 325 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sun, ex 15510
1300-1330 NF 17550 SLA 250 kW / 010 deg to CeAs Uzbek Sun, ex 17780

BBC frequency changes in Dari/Pashto
0830-0900 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari, new
0830-0900 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Dari, new
0900-0930 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 0830-0930
0900-0930 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 0830-0930
0930-1030 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 0930-1030
0930-1030 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 0930-1030
1000-1030 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto, new
1000-1030 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Pashto, new
1030-1100 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari, new
1030-1100 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Dari, new
1100-1130 on 15310 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 1030-1130
1100-1130 on 17720 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 1030-1130
1800-1830 on  5875 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 1800-1900
1800-1830 on  5910 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 1800-1900
1800-1830 on  7505 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg to WeAs Dari, ex 1800-1900
1830-1900 on  5875 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs Pashto, new
1830-1900 on  5910 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto, new
1830-1900 on  7505 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg to WeAs Pashto, new

BBC morning transmissions remain unchanged
0030-0100 on  5940 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari
0030-0100 on  7435 WOF 250 kW / 082 deg to WeAs Dari
0100-0130 on  5940 MOS 300 kW / 095 deg to WeAs Pashto
0100-0130 on  6195 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto
0100-0130 on  7445 WOF 250 kW / 082 deg to WeAs Pashto
0130-0200 on  5940 MOS 300 kW / 095 deg to WeAs Dari
0130-0200 on  6195 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari
0130-0200 on  7445 WOF 250 kW / 082 deg to WeAs Dari
0200-0230 on  6195 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto
0200-0230 on  7445 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto
0200-0230 on 15755 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg to WeAs Pashto
0230-0300 on  6195 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari
0230-0300 on  7445 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Dari
0230-0300 on 15755 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg to WeAs Dari
0300-0330 on  7445 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to WeAs Pashto
0300-0330 on  9880 ERV 100 kW / 125 deg to WeAs Pashto
0300-0330 on 11970 SLA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs Pashto
(Ivo Ivanov/DX Re Mix # 892/25 Jan)

Legend
af (Africa)
as (Asia)
NF new frequency

Special QSL of the Week - SQOTW25


Nostalgic Memories First Radio Broadcast

Mr Muneer K. P. in Sharjar, United Arab Emirates tells us that he received a QSL card from Deutsche Welle early last year, verifying his reception of their relay broadcast from the nearby Dhabaya transmitter station in Abu Dhabi.  This relay transmission on 15640 kHz is important to him, because the first shortwave broadcast he ever heard was from Deutsche Welle in 1982 while he was visiting in the home of a friend.  At the time, he was living in his home state, Kerala, in South India, and he wrote to Deutsche Well at their office in New Delhi, requesting a schedule.  Listening to the broadcast from Germany, and receiving a copy of the magazine Tune In sparked an interest in the monitoring of the international shortwave bands.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 309)

Radio Broadcasting in the Land of the Three Rivers


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Throughout the Indian sub-continent, there are several major river systems, running from the higher land areas, down through the populated plains and into the nearby adjacent ocean.  On the western side of the sub-continent, a system of five rivers runs from the edge of the high Himalayas down into the verdant Punjab lands where they combine into the great Indus River and onwards into the Arabian Sea at Karachi. 
            On the eastern side of the sub-continent, a system of three rivers runs from the high Himalayas down into the verdant lands and onwards where they combine into the massive delta areas at The Mouths of the Ganga and onward into the Bay of Bengal.  These eastern rivers are known by several different names in various local and international languages, though the better known names would be:
            * Ganges & Padma originating in Uttarakhand
            * Brahmaputra-Jamuna originating in the Angsi Glacier in Tibet
            * Meghna originating in the hilly areas of East India
            The confluence of these three rivers in the Mouths of the Ganges forms the largest delta area on planet Earth, with a myriad of small and larger islands stretching 1500 miles across from Kolkata to Chittagong.  During the past nearly half century, new islands and extensions to adjacent landscapes with a total area of more than 40 square miles have been formed by silt flowing down from the high mountain ranges.
            Ancient history informs us that the earliest settlers came into the territory now known as Bangladesh some 4,000 years ago; these were the early Dravidians and proto-Burmese peoples.  The ancient Greeks and Romans were familiar with the people, whom they called Gangaridai, that is the people of the land of the Ganges.
            Islam came to Bangladesh while part of India in the 1100s AD; and when European explorers entered the territories for trade some 400 years later, it is suggested that the Bengal territory was the  wealthiest part of the Indian sub-continent.  In that era, the Portuguese, French and Dutch showed an interest in the area, and the English gained control in 1757.
            Bangladesh has known its share of mega-disasters, and in 1943, it is reported that three million people died in what is called the Great Bengal Famine.  Then in 1970, some authorities estimate that one million people died overnight during a horrendous cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.  If that figure is correct, it would have to be the worst flooding upon planet Earth since the time of the Flood in the days of Noah.  Then in 1988 disastrous flooding in the delta areas resulted in 30 million refugees.
            Bangladesh, East Bengal, was separated from India and became the Eastern Wing of Pakistan at the time of Partition, midnight between August 14 & 15, 1947.  And then again, Bangladesh declared independence, and then ultimately achieved its independence from Pakistan on December 16, 1971.
            These days, Bangladesh is just a small country territorially, stretching less than 500 miles from north to south and less than 300 miles wide, yet the population density is one of the most concentrated upon planet Earth with more than 150 million people.  The land areas of the country are almost entirely surrounded by India with a short border with Burma; and their capital city is Dacca-Dhaka, with 12 million inhabitants.

            The border between Bangladesh and India contains the strangest anomaly of enclaves and exclaves in any part of the world.  It is estimated that there are 300 of these little territories that are separated from the nearby mother territory, covering a combined total of 50,000 acres and containing 150,000 people.  In some places, the enclave is separated from the mother territory by less than a mile, and it contains a separate territory within its own borders.  

The first prominent wireless experimenter in old British India was a Bengali scientist, Dr. Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose.  He was born in Munshiganj near Dhaka (East Bengal) in 1858, though he performed his wireless experiments in neighboring Calcutta in West Bengal (India).
            It was towards the end of the year 1894 that Bose began his experimentation with wireless; and in November 1895, he gave a public demonstration in the Calcutta Town Hall with Bengals Lieutenant Governor Sir William Mackenzie in attendance.  In this public demonstration, Bose transmitted wireless signals at a wavelength of just ½ inch over a distance of 75 ft through several solid walls.  He also used a wireless signal to ring a bell at a distance, and to fire a gun remotely.
            On two separate occasions, Bose gave public lectures in London England in which he presented details of his wireless experiments in Calcutta India.  His 1897 lecture was before the Royal Institution, and two years later his lecture was before the Royal Society.  In his 1899 presentation, Bose gave details of the coherer receiver that he had developed, and it is understood that the young Italian experimenter Marconi incorporated the Bose coherer in his own subsequent public demonstrations in England.
            There is no known historic record in the earlier days of any wireless or radio experimentation in the territory that became Bangladesh, neither were there any early wireless communication stations in this area.  Perhaps there were a few expatriate and local amateur radio station operators on the air in places like Dacca and Chittagong before World War 2, but no known records have been discovered.
            There was just one lone radio broadcasting station on the air in the Bangladesh territory while it was part of India under the British Raj.  In those days, All India Radio was beginning to establish its nationwide empire of mediumwave and shortwave radio stations throughout India, and one such facility was installed in Dacca. 
            This new station that was installed in Old Dacca in 1939 was inaugurated with due ceremony on December 16 with 5 kW on 1167 kHz under the callsign VUY.  The studio for AIR VUY were installed in a rented house at 62 Nazimuddin, Road Dacca 11, though this was soon afterwards transferred to Shahbag, which lies in the capital city area between Old Dacca & New Dacca.  The transmitter was installed in nearby suburban Kallayanpur.  The original location on Mazimuddin Road is now the locale for the Sheikh Burhanuddin College.
            At the time of Partition in 1947, the lone radio broadcasting station VUY with its 5 kW on 1167 kHz was the only station in all of East Pakistan.

            DX Reporter Salahuddin Dolar of Rajshahi alerted us to the fact that Bangladesh Betar celebrated its important 75th Diamond Jubilee anniversary with four days of congratulatory events beginning a few weeks ago on December 15.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 309) 

Unlicensed Religious Broadcaster Who Used Amateur Frequencies Ordered Off the Air

Courtesy of the ARRL website (1/26/2015):

The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station. The FCC’s Los Angeles District Office on December 31 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Martin K. Elliott of Inyokern, California. The FCC said it issued the Notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation on multiple HF frequencies, including some allocated to aeronautical stations. The FCC said its agents used radio direction-finding techniques to confirm that signals on 6280 kHz and 11,595 kHz were emanating from a residence located near Inyokern, and that property records indicated that Elliott was the current owner and resident.

“The Commission’s records show that no license was issued for operation of a station on either the frequencies of 6280 kHz or 11595 kHz at this location,” the FCC wrote. “Unlicensed operation of this radio station must be discontinued immediately.”

The pirate station, which identified itself as “YHWH,” was not cited for operating on Amateur Radio frequencies, although ARRL Official Observers had monitored the station in the past on 7185 kHz LSB. One short-wave listener said the operator of YHWH changed frequencies regularly, and the station had not been heard on the ham bands for at least several months.

The FCC warned Elliott that operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid authorization violates federal law and could subject the operator to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary forfeitures, equipment seizure, and criminal sanctions.

The Commission gave him 10 days to respond. The FCC said its Notice “does not preclude this office from pursuing additional sanctions based upon our investigation of this incident.”
(Larry Van Horn N5FPW)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Official Space Weather Advisory issued by NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
Boulder, Colorado, USA

SPACE WEATHER ADVISORY OUTLOOK #15-4
2015 January 25 at 6:05 p.m. MST (2015 January 26 0105 UTC)

**** SPACE WEATHER OUTLOOK ****

Outlook For January 26-February 1

There is a chance for R1 (minor) radio blackouts and a slight chance for an S1 (minor) solar radiation storm through 01 February. There is a slight chance for G1 (minor) geomagnetic storms after 29 January through 01 February.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2015 Jan 26 0810 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 2015-01-26
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2015 Jan 26     130           5          2
2015 Jan 27     140           5          2
2015 Jan 28     145           8          3
2015 Jan 29     150          15          4
2015 Jan 30     150          15          4
2015 Jan 31     150          15          4
2015 Feb 01     150          15          4
2015 Feb 02     140          12          4
2015 Feb 03     135           8          3
2015 Feb 04     125           8          3
2015 Feb 05     125           5          2
2015 Feb 06     125          10          4
2015 Feb 07     130          10          4
2015 Feb 08     130           8          3
2015 Feb 09     130           8          3
2015 Feb 10     125           5          2
2015 Feb 11     125           5          2
2015 Feb 12     120           5          2
2015 Feb 13     120           5          2
2015 Feb 14     125           5          2
2015 Feb 15     125          12          4
2015 Feb 16     125          10          4
2015 Feb 17     120          10          4
2015 Feb 18     115          10          4
2015 Feb 19     120           8          3
2015 Feb 20     125           5          2
2015 Feb 21     125           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide - Winter Frequency Updates


This is the second frequency update for the 2014-2015 Winter edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide. This e-book from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazon.com for U.S. $4.00, and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QU8LC6M

All time references are UTC, frequencies in kHz (kilohertz) // indicates heard on a parallel frequency. Broadcast are daily unless otherwise indicated.

County/Station
Language
Hrs/freq/info

Australia, R Australia
All HF Relay services utilized by Radio Australia have ceased from 14 January, 2015. The following English hours have been deleted.
0400-0500, 17800 kHz ex HBN, 270 deg, English
1300-1430, 9965 kHz ex HBN, 318 deg, English
1600-1630, 9580 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, English
2200-2300, 9890 kHz ex DHA, 105 deg, English
(Gary Baxter/R Australia)

additional information
The ABC has announced major cuts to Radio Australia shortwave transmissions
- from Jan. 14 all overseas relays (via Dhabbaya, Kranji and Palau) will cease.
- from Jan. 31 the Brandon shortwave site will close, output from Shepparton
Broadcast will be reduced from six full time transmitters to only three transmitters, all operating 24 hours per day with the following shortwave schedule:
0900-2100 on 6080 6150 9580
2100-0900 on 15240 15415 17840

Review of ABC Radio Australia frequencies via Shepparton, Australia, which are to be cancelled on Jan.31, according to the announced major cuts as:

0500-0630 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs Tok Pisin Mon-Fri
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English Sat/Sun
(SW Central blog 19 Sept/SWL Bulgaria)

Clandestine
Voice of Tibet
Tibetan
1330-1400 15568 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs, ex 1345-1400 15562as

France, Radio France International
Cancelled SW transmissions of RFI from Jan.1:
1430-1500 on 13690 ISS 500 kW / 084 deg to WeAs Persian
1430-1500 on 15395 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to WeAs Persian
1500-1600 on 11850 ISS 500 kW / 065 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1500-1600 on 15360 MEY 250 kW / 007 deg to EaAf Swahili1600-1700 on 11860 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
1600-1700 on 13730 ISS 500 kW / 080 deg to CeAs Russian
1700-1800 on 11955 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to WeAs Persian
1900-2000 on 5895 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
1900-2000 on 9840 ISS 500 kW / 080 deg to CeAs Russian
(SWL-DXing)

Taiwan
Relays via Issoudun, France will stop on March 28 due to cancellation of RTI-RFI collaboration.
Currently winter B-14 schedule:
0200-0300 on 9730 ISS 500 kW / 232 deg to SoAm Spanish
1600-1700 on 13810 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to SEAs English
1700-1800 on 9540 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to RUS Russian
1700-1800 on 11975 ISS 500 kW / 160 deg to CeAf English
1800-1900 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 345 deg to U.K. English
1900-2000 on 11875 ISS 500 kW / 190 deg to NoAf French
2000-2100 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 215 deg to SoEu Spanish
2100-2200 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 050 deg to WeEu German

UK, BBC World Service
Uzbek
1300-1330  17550as (SLA 250kW) (ex 17780)

USA, Radio Farda
Persian
1800-1900 9465 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs (ex 9885as)

Voice of America
Bambara
2130-2200 9490af (ex 9620) from 16 Jan
French
2100-2130  Mon-Fri  9675af (9620af) from 16 Jan
Hausa
1530-1600 on Mon-Fri 9765af SAO 100 kW // 12075af //  17700af (from 12 Jan)
2100-2130 Mon-Fri 9675af WOF 300 kW (9620*( (from 16 Jan)
* to avoid Radio Exterior de Espana, Radio Nacional de Espana in Spanish
(SWL-DXing)

WBCQ/The Planet
From Jan 6, including Overcomer Ministry back on 7490 kHz
English
0100-0200  Sat  9330
0100-0500  Sat-Mon  5110na
0200-0400  Mon  7490na
0200-0400  Tues-Sat  7490na (Overcomer Ministry/Bro Stair)
0400-0500  Mon-Sat  7490na
0400-0500  Sun  7490 (Overcomer Ministry/Bro Stair)
1800-2200  15420na
2000-2200  Mon- Fri 7490na
2200-2300  Sun  7490na // 15420na
2300-0000  Mon-Fri  9330na
2300-0000  7490na
(freqs may vary 5110-5109.8 & 7490-7489.9
(SWL-DXing)

USA, KVOH/VO Hope (from 01 Jan)
English
0000-0100  Tues-Sat  9975ca (additional transmission)
0100-0500  Tues-Sat  9975ca (additional transmission)
(SWL-DXing)

Review: World Radio TV Handbook 2015



World Radio TV Handbook 2015 Review 
Gayle Van Horn W4GVH
Teak Publishing

To radio hobbyists, a new year brings goals for a successful year, whether as a casual program listener, or as a dedicated DXer. This year as in previous years, the casual program listener and DXer always welcome the new edition of World Radio TV Handbook.

With a friendly opening by Nicholas Hardyman, Publisher, this year’s 69th edition begins with reviews featuring the popular SDRplay-a software-defined radio hardware that continues to gain popularity. Additional reviews include the MFJ-1046 Preselector, Tecsun PL-600 and CommRadio CR-1a, an upgraded version of their CR-1 table-top receiver. An in-depth review on the Wellbrook ALA 1530S+  Imperium Loop antenna is noted as the WRTH Awards for 2015 as the Best Antenna, and may solve your HF noise problem. A closer look at the Apache ANAN-10 is certainly suggested for the amateur operator or listeners interested in a multi-receiver SDR.

The first HF relay station in the world is still going strong. Dave Porter, G4OYX,one time Senior Transmitter Engineer at the site, outlines its history and current status in Wooferton 70 Years on the Air. First known as OSE-10 (Overseas Station Extension 10), Wooferton continues to bring the world to listener’s with hopes of another 70 years.

Max van Arnhem, WRTH contributor and well-known DXer, brings his perspective on The Future of DXing, followed by the annual round-up of developments in digital broadcasting, together with a look at the forthcoming World Radiocommunications Conference WRC).

Ask any amateur radio operator, and chances are they will announce that Lord Howe Island remains on their “Must Work” list. David Foster visited the remote and beautiful island near Australia. The state of radio on this remote island may surprise you.

In radio-circles, Watkins-Johnson radios are the most illustrious of receivers. Regarded as classics, most were for military and government use. An in-depth feature on the 8711A version will convince you of it’s well-deserved reputation.

This years HF Broadcasting Conditions cover what to expect during 2015, and most suitable frequencies. The National Radio section, are domestic radio stations which broadcast to a national listening audience on medium wave, shortwave and FM. Listings are arranged by country and include frequencies, transmitters, kW, contact information, and websites.

International Radio, contain stations broadcasting to an international audience. Similar to the latter, this informative section includes frequencies, transmitters, kW, contact information and websites.

Clandestine and Other Target Broadcast are 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 list the names of religious broadcasters.

The Frequency List, covers medium wave, shortwave, DRM, and a by-hour listing of multilingual international and DRM broadcasters, plus an updated section on National Television.

Closing this year’s edition is an extensive reference section of country indexes and codes, world transmitting sites, radio clubs, book abbreviations, and domestic shortwave transmitters. Standard Time and Frequency Transmissions contain schedules and contact information for worldwide time/frequency stations.

World Radio TV Handbook 2015, remains the ultimate directory of global broadcasting for a global audience. WRTH sets the standard for the radio hobby. It is an excellent reference book, and should compliment every listening-post.

World Radio TV Handbook (ISSBN:978-0-9555481-7-8) is now available and the upcoming WRTH A15 Bargraph CD, for order at: http://www.wrth.com/_shop/ 







Friday, January 23, 2015

Special transmissions from Sala, Sweden

January 24, 2015

All times UTC

1200-1300 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Swedish DX Federation
1300-1500 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio Merkurs
1500-1600 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio City
1600-1700 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio Revival
parallel freq.3950 SAL 005 kW / non dir to Eu in AM maybe for whole period
(SWL DXing/Bulgaria)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Product Announcement: DXtreme Station Log





Special thanks to Bob Raymond for today's product announcement on his updated version of DXtreme Station Log. I have used Bob's programs and would highly recommend it to shortwave listeners or amateur radio operators. This fine product will save you time (and paperwork) keeping your hobby organized.
Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition, Version 11.0

DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for Amateur Radio operators: DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition™ Version 11.0.
New Features in Version 11.0

Afreet Ham CAP Integration — DXtreme’s DX Spot Checker integrates with Afreet Ham CAP, an optional HF propagation prediction program available from Afreet Software, Inc. Users activate Ham CAP by requesting short- or long-path propagation predictions on spotted stations.

Direct Tune — Users can now change their rig's frequency and mode from the Station Log window (in addition to within the DX Spot Checker) if they are using Afreet Omni-Rig for rig control.

Social Media Posting — When users add or display a log entry, Station Log prepares an announcement of the contact and displays it on the Social Media Post tab. From there, users can drag (or copy) the post to their favorite social media web site(s) to share their news with others.
Using the Script Editor window, users can create and edit social media scripts that format their social media posts. Four social media scripts come with the software.

Last Log Entries Window — In addition to the Last Log Entries grid on the Station Log window, users can now display a re-sizeable Last Log Entries Window when more room is needed to display contact information. A Properties dialog box lets users change the order of columns, set foreground and background colors of grid headings and data rows, plus more. Double-clicking records displays their detailed data on the Station Log window.

WAS Analytics™ — A window-based tool, WAS Analytics lets users analyze their Worked All States (WAS) data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which they need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham they contacted.
Standard Features  DXtreme Station Log lets hams log their contacts and import ADIF files from other programs. It supports major call sign subscription services, and offers the following multimedia and advanced functions:

DX Spot Checker™ — Receives DX spots from Telnet-based servers, and determines whether QSOs are needed for new or verified DXCC® entities, band-entities, mode-entities, or VUCC grids.

DX Atlas Integration — Performs DX Atlas azimuth plots from the user’s location to that of a spotted or logged station. Also creates maps for a variety of reports. (A software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to use it.)

Band Master Integration — Afreet Band Master can be invoked with Needed Lists based on the user’s Station Log database. (A software license for Afreet Band Master is required to use it.)

Rig Control — Tunes/retrieves frequencies and modes from supported rigs through integration with Afreet Omni-Rig, available from Afreet Software.

QSL Processing — Creates QSL and address labels for physical QSLs, and supports the ARRL’s TQSL program for uploading .TQ8 files to the LoTW server automatically. Also retrieves LoTW QSL records, and includes a QSL Imaging™ facility for scanning, capturing, and displaying physical and electronic QSLs, including LoTW QSLs.

Audio Facility — Records and plays QSOs.

Reports — Provides a wide range of performance and station reports to let users see how well they’re doing. All reports can be filtered and sorted. Includes a window-based DXCC® Analytics™ tool for analyzing and enhancing DXCC standing.

Operating System and Requirements
DXtreme Station Log runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows XP.

Trademarks
DXCC® is a registered trademark of the American Radio Relay League, Inc.
Microsoft®, Windows®, and Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Band Master, DX Atlas, Ham CAP, and Omni-Rig are owned by Afreet Software, Inc. A purchased software license for Band Master and DX Atlas are required to use them.

Pricing and Support
DXtreme Station Log retails for $89.95 USD worldwide for Internet distribution. Special pricing is available for upgrading users, and CD shipment is available for a nominal surcharge.

All prices include product support by Internet e-mail.
About DXtreme Software

Based in Nashua, NH, DXtreme Software produces powerful and easy-to-use logging applications for all kinds of radio enthusiasts — from short-wave and medium-wave listeners and DXers to Amateur Radio operators.

For more information about DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition V11.0, visit www.dxtreme.com or contact Bob Raymond, NE1I, at bobraymond@dxtreme.com.

Radio Revival Sweden test transmission on Thursday


Test transmissions will be carried out by Radio Revival Sweden from the Sala transmitter site as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 22

All times UTC

Time 1200 - 1500 

The following frequencies will be used:

6035 kHz AM 5 kW 1200 - 1500 

9815 kHz A3H 10 kW 1200 - 1300 

9865 kHz A3H 10 kW 1300 - 1400 

9875 kHz A3H 10 kW 1400 - 1500 

Reception reports are most welcome to radiorevivalsweden@hotmail.com . We have no printed QSL card at the moment but will respond by email.

Regular transmissions will be made on January 24 - 25 and on Saturday, January 31. Time slots are available so please get in touch as soon as possible if you want to book airtime for these dates. Good listening!
(Ronny Forslund/R Revival/Tom Taylor)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Channel 292 relay schedules

Effective from January 17 - March 15

Germany

Channel 292 relays in coming weekends 
0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.17 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1400-1600 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.17 Radio Spaceshuttle
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Jan.18 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.24 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Jan.25 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.31 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1400 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.01 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.07 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.08 Bluestar Radio
1600-1700 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.08 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Power Radio Nijmweg
1400-1600 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Radio Spaceshuttle
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.15 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 Power Radio Nijmweg
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.22 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 Power Radio Nijmweg
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.01 Super Clan Radio
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.01 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 Power Radio Nijmweg
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.08 Super Clan Radio
1000-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.08 Radio Diamond

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Power Radio Nijmweg
1600-1800 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Radio Spaceshuttle
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.15 Super Clan Radio
Schedule subject to change. 
(SWL DXing/Bulgaria)

Radio Australia adjust their broadcast schedule

Classic Radio Australia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
All HF Relay services utilized by Radio Australia have ceased from 14 January, 2015. The following Burmese and English hours have been deleted.

All times UTC

0000-0030, 12005 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
0100-0130, 11780 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
0400-0500, 17800 kHz ex HBN, 270 deg, English
1100-1300, 6140 kHz ex SNG,  013 deg, English
1300-1430, 9965 kHz ex HBN, 318 deg, English
1600-1630, 9580 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, English
2200-2300, 9890 kHz ex DHA, 105 deg, English
2200-0000, 9855 kHz ex DHA, 090 deg, English
2300-2330, 5955 kHz ex DHA, 085 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
(Gary Baxter/R Australia) 

additional information
The ABC has announced major cuts to Radio Australia shortwave transmissions
- from Jan. 14 all overseas relays (via Dhabbaya, Kranji and Palau) will cease. 
- from Jan. 14 all shortwave transmissions to Asia will cease.
-from Jan. 31 the Brandon shortwave site will close, output from Shepparton
Broadcast will be reduced from six full time transmitters to only three transmitters, all operating 24 hours per day with the following shortwave schedule:

0900-2100 on 6080 6150 9580
2100-0900 on 15240 15415 17840

Review of ABC Radio Australia frequencies via Shepparton, Australia, which are to be cancelled on Jan.31, according to the announced major cuts as:

0500-0630 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs Tok Pisin Mon-Fri
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English Sat/Sun
(SWL DXing/16 Jan)

German Weather Service to begin weather information

Germany

 German Weather Service (DWD) will begin transmitting weather information for the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Broadcast will be three times a day from their site in Pinneberg, near Hamburg. Broadcast will commence on April 1, 2015 on the following schedule:


0600-0630 UTC 6040 kHz

1200-1230 UTC 6040 kHz

2000-2030 UTC 5905 kHz
(SWL Bulgaria)

Broadcasting in Russian Handbook now available



Voice of Russia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
The 17th edition of the popular "Broadcasting in Russian" Handbook, edited by the St. Petersburg DX Club, has been released at the end of December 2014. The Handbook features various radio stations that transmit programs in the Russian language on short wave and medium wave, from December 23, 2014.

Station listings include frequency and program schedules, transmitter location and power, target areas, postal addresses, phone/fax numbers, Web sites, social network pages, e-mail addresses as well as QSL policy info. The schedules are generally valid until March 29, 2014 (i.e. during B14 broadcasting season).

The Handbook is only distributed as a hard copy. Volume is 52 pages of A5 size. Please address your purchase requests to : Alexander Beryozkin, P.O.Box 463, St. Petersburg, 190000, Russia
or by e-mail: dxspb@nrec.spb.ru.

The price is 5 EUR or 8 USD. Both cash (by post) and electronic payments via Skrill (in EUR) or PayPal (in USD) to the e-mail alex@nrec.spb.ru are accepted.
Your comments and suggestions regarding the Guide content are always welcome!
(Alexander Beryozkin, President, St. Petersburg DX Club, Russia)

Gala Radio changes it's name to "Radio EU"

Ukraine

The National Council for Radio and Television has renewed the license of "Radio Company" Gala "(call sign "Gala Radio") due to the change in the call sign "Radio EU." It is reported by the correspondent of A '.

In particular, this decision is based is now undergoing a change of owner. The new owner is a European company, which owns a network of radio stations in the EU, in particular in the Netherlands. The name of the new company, the owner is not disclosed. It should be noted that earlier in "Gala Radio" expressed an interest in the Dutch company Ad Venture Radio.

Ukraine increases the broadcasting in Russian and English languages. From January 12 Russian service on 1431 kHz VSRU been running 1600-2000 UTC. A British service VSRU (RUI) has for the second day after the transfer of American radio center WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida in 0030-0100 on 7455 kHz (azimuth 285 degrees). First gear from there in 2330-2400 on 11580 kHz (azimuth 44 degrees).
(Alexander Egorov, Ukraine /www.dxing.ru/Play DX 1634)

Taiwan plans 'test broadcast' in January


Radio Taiwan Int'l QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Due to a cancellation from March 29 of all Radio Taiwan International relays via Issoudun, France; RTI Russian service announced test broadcasts from Jan.22 till Jan.31 via transmitter site in Tamsui, Taiwan as follows: 

All times UTC

1400-1500 on 11885 and 1700-1800 on 7385

These tests broadcasts will be transmitted in parallel with Issoudun relays:
1400-1500 on 15180 ISS 500 kW / 060 deg to CeAs Russian
1700-1800 on  9540 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
(SWL Bulgaria/playdx)

The World's Shortest ReceptionReport


(via wikipedia.com)
SQOTW24 Special QSL of the Week

It is rather obvious that a good reception report should contain detailed information that is heard from a radio broadcasting station, and it is preferable that this information should extend over a period of at least 20 minutes or more.  However, there are occasions when a shorter reception report may be acceptable.
            Back on July 17, 1986, I was traveling by car for an appointment in a country area in Indiana in the United States.  In a lonely isolated location where electrical interference would not be expected, I stopped the car and turned on the radio receiver.  The desired station was WQTC on 1520 kHz in the town of Bryan, in the neighboring state Ohio.
            Four years earlier, I had visited this mediumwave radio station in Bryan when it was on the air under an earlier callsign, WBNO.  At that time, this station was on the air with the usage of solar energy electricity, the first and only station in the United Sates that was using solar panels for this purpose.  I already had received a QSL from WBNO with ½ kW on 1520kHz.
            However, the station had been sold and under the new management, the callsign was changed to WQTC, still with solar power and still with ½ kW on the same channel 1520 kHz.  However, I did desire a QSL card acknowledging the new callsign WQTC.
            Unfortunately, even though mediumwave station WQTC was on the air in the adjoining state, yet reception on the radio was terrible, with lots of QRN and QRM; local electrical noise and interference from other stations.  However, at the bottom of the hour, I did hear just two identifiable words, Bryan Radio
            And so, I did send a reception report and a prepared QSL card to the station in Bryan Ohio.  In the reception report, I apologized for such a brief report, but I stated that I had heard just two identifiable words, and that these two words indicated an advertisement for a radio shop in Bryan, or it was part of the station identification announcement.
            In due course, the prepared QSL card, rubber stamped onto a Post Office Postal Card, came back to my home address, duly signed and rubber stamped with the old callsign WBNO, though the new callsign WQTC was also shown on the card.

            A verified reception report containing just two words?  You had better do better than that!