Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tribute to the island of Lombok

Because of the two major earthquakes that have struck the island of Lombok in Indonesia within a few days, we interrupt the regular flow of our topics here in Wavescan, and we present instead this feature item as a Tribute to Lombok.

Two major earthquakes have struck the island of Lombok just one week apart.  The first major strike, rated at 6.4, occurred on Sunday July 29 (2018) with a death toll of at least 17.  Several hundred tourists were stranded during a hike on the volcanic Mount Rinjani due to a massive landslide, though some found an alternate route down the slopes of the mountain while others were airlifted out by helicopter.

This first quake which struck around dawn, was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali.  American TV personality and cook book author Chrissy Teigen was on vacation with her husband and two children in Bali, and she tweeted about the initial impact of this first earthquake.  She described it as a massive earthquake.

 Australian actress Teresa Palmer was vacationing in a treehouse also on Bali with her husband and their two children and she described the tremor as violent and scary.  Teresa was noted for her recent role in the Mel Gibson block buster movie Hacksaw Ridge.  She played the part of the wife of the film’s dramatic hero Desmond Doss.

The second earthquake followed just a week later, on Sunday August 5 and it was even more violent than the earlier quake, and it measured at 7.0.  More than one hundred people have died on this second occasion.  A tsunami warning was issued, but the rise of ocean level was no more than six inches.     

At the time of the second quake, Indonesia and Australia were co-hosting an international
conference on regional security and counterterrorism on both Lombok and Bali.  Radio New Zealand International, or more correctly these days Radio New Zealand Pacific, reported that none of the delegates was injured in the earthquakes.

The volcanic mountains in Indonesia make a dramatic scene as viewed from high in the air while the passenger plane passes over the active volcanic islands in Indonesia, en-route from Perth in Western Australia to Singapore Island.  The pilot ensures that the plane is high above any airborne volcanic ash, and that he chooses a route over the ocean in between whatever are the less active volcanoes.  Indonesia’s second highest volcano, Mount Ranjani, at a little over 12,000 feet is located on Lombok.

The shape of the island of Lombok is like a five-sided pentagon with feet sticking out in the  southern corners. The island is 43 miles across, and it is located about half way between North Queensland and Singapore.  There is a shortage of fresh water on Lombok.

During the year 1257 historians tell us, there was a massive volcanic explosion on Lombok that is described as one of the very largest ever recorded on planet Earth.  As a result, Mt. Samalas volcanic explosion, weather patterns all around the world were altered. 

Since the early days of settlement on Lombok, feuding among various rulers and ethnic groups, have been a part of the local political scene.  The colonial Dutch authorities were invited to intervene in 1894.  Japanese forces arrived at 5:00 pm on Saturday May 9, 1942. When the Japanese left, the Dutch took over again; and then in 1958, the island of Lombok was incorporated into the newly independent Indonesia.

These days, Lombok Island has a population of 3.3 million, people  and the capital city of the island is Mataram with one-third million.

According to Alan Davies in England with his website Asiawaves, there are some 35 FM stations on the air on Lombok Island.  Radio Republic Indonesia RRI operates two program networks on FM with a total of seven FM transmitters, and also one lone mediumwave transmitter. 

It is extremely hard to find any printed information regarding the history of radio broadcasting on Lombok Island (or all of Indonesia for that matter); accurate and reliable information is almost
nonexistent.  Annual entries in the WR(TV)HB provide a useful guide, though even here, the editors have been dependent upon the monitoring observations of just a few, though quite reliable, international radio monitors.

After the end of World War II, amateur and commercial stations began to appear on the
broadcasting scene in Indonesia and like we say, reliable information regarding these stations is almost totally nonexistent.  The amateur broadcasters were known in the national language Bahasa Indonesia as amatir stations. 

They were not licensed amateur operators known as hams elsewhere throughout the world, but rather they were small, irregular licensed or unlicensed stations doing their best to provide a needed local radio broadcasting service.  These amatir radio broadcasting stations simply chose what they could find as an open channel in the tropical shortwave bands, and they were on the air with whatever programming they could find.

From the available information, we would suggest that the first radio broadcasting stations on the island of Lombok were installed by government authorities, sometime during the late 1950s. 

The first entry in the WR(TV)HB is for the year 1960, and the first and only station listed then operated with the callsign YDX with listed 1 kW on the tropical shortwave 90 m band frequency 3223 kHz. Though shown as 1 kW, the actual power of this transmitter was less than 100 watts. 

This original station carried the programming of RRI and the location is given as Mataram, the capital city.  Subsequent editions of the WR(TV)HB show two shortwave channels in use on Lombok and at this stage, RRI Mataram is listed with new callsigns.  The frequency 3223 kHz is shown as YDV5, and a new channel 3365 kHz is shown with the callsign YDV.  Both channels are listed at the same 1 kW, so this additional outlet would seem to be the same transmitter with just another channel at a different time.

The 1973 edition of WR(TV)HB shows the installation of an additional shortwave transmitter that was in use at either 1kW or 5 kW.  The 3223 kHz frequency continued at both power levels, with 1 kW during the day and 5 kW during the evenings.  The 1975  edition lists the power on two additional channels, the new 120 m band frequency on 2390 kHz and on also on 3365 kHz as just 60 watts each.

The 1975 issue also shows an additional new shortwave station on the air, this time at Selong on the other side of the island of Lombok, the east side.  This new station was another government
operated station with just 75 watts on the out of band frequency 2854 kHz with local RKPDK

There’s a note in the 1975 edition of the WRTVHB stating that all commercial stations in
Indonesia were required to convert from shortwave to mediumwave by March 23, 1975.  However, many of the local commercial shortwave stations were still heard on shortwave after that date.

The usage of shortwave broadcasting by government stations on Lombok Island faded out around the turn of the millennium, with the 3225 kHz channel at Mataram as the final channel in use.  Both power levels of 1 kW and 5 kW were still in use up to that time.

The RRI mediumwave channel with 10 kW on 855 kHz was introduced in the mid 1970’s and it is still on the air to this day.  Supplementary RRI mediumwave stations were also on the air beginning in the 1990s on 1194 kHz and 1251 kHz, though these have since been transferred to the standard FM band.

Beginning in the 1980s, commercial and community radio broadcasting stations began to appear on the mediumwave band on Lombok Island, about half a dozen of them.  All of the  mostly low powered outlets, have since also transferred to the FM band.
(AWR/Wavescan/NWS 394)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2018 Aug 13 0125 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 - 12 August 2018
Solar activity was very low throughout the period. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available satellite imagery.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was normal background levels throughout the period.

Geomagnetic field activity was ranged from quiet to active. Quiet levels were observed on 06 Aug, 08-10 Aug and 12 Aug; unsettled levels were reached on 07 Aug and active levels were reached on 11 Aug. Mostly nominal solar wind conditions were observed through the period. A SSBC followed by very weak influence from a negative polarity CH HSS occurred on 11 Aug. Total magnetic field strength briefly reached 11 nT around 11/0400 UTC but no significant periods of southward Bz were observed.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 August - 08 September 2018

Solar activity is expected to be very low throughout the outlook period.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to range from normal to moderate levels over the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels over the outlook period. Unsettled levels are expected on 13 Aug, 18 Aug, 04 Sep and 07-08 Sep; active levels are expected on 16-17 Aug, 20-21 Aug and 03 Sep. All increases in geomagnetic activity are anticipated in response to multiple, recurrent CH HSSs.The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet levels.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2018 Aug 13 0125 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2018-08-13
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Aug 13      68           8          3
2018 Aug 14      68           5          2
2018 Aug 15      68           5          2
2018 Aug 16      68          12          4
2018 Aug 17      68          15          4
2018 Aug 18      68           8          3
2018 Aug 19      68           5          2
2018 Aug 20      68          15          4
2018 Aug 21      68          12          4
2018 Aug 22      68           5          2
2018 Aug 23      70           5          2
2018 Aug 24      70           5          2
2018 Aug 25      70           5          2
2018 Aug 26      70           5          2
2018 Aug 27      70           5          2
2018 Aug 28      70           5          2
2018 Aug 29      70           5          2
2018 Aug 30      70           5          2
2018 Aug 31      70           5          2
2018 Sep 01      70           5          2
2018 Sep 02      70           5          2
2018 Sep 03      70          12          4
2018 Sep 04      70           8          3
2018 Sep 05      70           5          2
2018 Sep 06      68           5          2
2018 Sep 07      68          10          3
2018 Sep 08      68           8          3

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda to United States ?

U.S. probes links between buyer of Tijuana station and China's Phoenix TV
By Bill Gertz

A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.

A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.

According to government sources, signs that Phoenix is involved in the purchase of the radio station prompted the Trump administration last week to begin an investigation into the national security implications of the sale.

Additional story at Washington Free Beacon: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/mexican-radio-beam-chinese-propaganda/

China to Purchase Mexican Radio Station, Could Soon Start Blasting propaganda to U.S. Citizens 

The Trump administration has opened up an investigation into the sale of a large Spanish-language radio station in Tijuana which could have national security implications.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the FCC filing on the station XEWW AM 690 reveals the buyer of the station is linked to the Phoenix Satellite Television US, which is a subsidiary of the pro-
There are concerns that the station will begin blasting propaganda to the United States.

The station is located about 10 miles from the U.S. border.

Additional story at World News: https://www.westernjournal.com/china-to-purchase-mexican-radio-station-could-soon-start-blasting-propaganda-to-us-citizens/ 

Special AIR India programming for Independence Day

India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day on 15 August 2018.

Details of special programs by All India Radio for the occasion is as follows:

14th August 2017 (Tuesday)  1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST) onwards “Address to the Nation” on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi and English by  Shri.Ram Nath Kovind, Honble President of India.
All stations of All India Radio will relay this on MW, SW & FM.

Look out on the following Home Service SW frequencies :

4760 Leh
4760 Port Blair
4800 Hyderabad
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
9380 Aligarh
9865 Bangalore

15 August 2018 (Wednesday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

Red Fort, New Delhi
All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minster's speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2018 on the following SW frequencies.

11740 Panaji 250 kW
15030 Bengaluru 500 kW

6140 Aligarh 250 kW ?
7340  Mumbai 100 kW ?
7520   New Delhi 250 kW
9380   Aligarh 250 kW
11620  Bengaluru 500 kW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6140 7340, 7520 are replaced by running commentary at this time)
The following External Services stands cancelled for that day:
 9800: Nepali 0130-0230  News Hindi / English 0230-0300
11560: Pushtu 0215-0300, Dari  0300-0345
15030: Kannada 0215-0300

The Regional SW Stations will start using their day time frequencies about 1 hour or more earlier than usual on 15th August as follows to relay the Commentary. This may provide enhanced reception of stations than on normal days.

The sign on schedule for that day is as follows with normal sign on timings in brackets.

1. Bhopal - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7430
2. Chennai  - 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380
3. Hyderabad - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420
4. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390
5 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110
6. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290

Other frequencies operating as usual at that time but carrying the commentary is as follows:

4760   Leh                                       
4835   Gangtok   
4910   Jaipur
4970   Shillong       
5040   Jeypore       
7270  Chennai
Check also 13695 via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.

LIVE STREAMING ON AIR: http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Default.aspx

Reception Reports to : spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in

or postal address:
Director ( Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204, Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi110001, India

Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:

DD National:  http://www.ddindia..gov.in/Pages/Home.aspx

DD News: http://webcast.gov.in/

DD Sports: http://hellotv.in/play/livetv/DD-Sports_1894
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS/Hyderabad, India

Voice of Freedom schedule update


Voice of Freedom

Effective: 09 August 2018

(via South Korea - signal routinely jammed)

All times UTC
0300-0800 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs, ex 6045
0900-1500 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs,  ex 6045
1600-2000 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs,  ex 6045
2100-0200 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs,  ex 6045

(DX Bulgaria)

WRMI adds Hal Turner talk-show to line-up

The Hal Turner live talk-radio show, which has aired on WBCQ 7490 for several years, has now been added to Radio Miami International WRMI on 9455 AM in the same time slot: Wednesday evenings from 9:00-11:00 PM eastern US time (GMT -0400). 

The show now airs live on both stations simultaneously, and on the Internet at HalTurnerRadioShow.com using the LISTEN LIVE button via the menu bar.
(Hal Turner)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer 2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available at Amazon

Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years. Shortwave radio stations such as Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, and the BBC, to name a few, played an important ideological role during that confrontation between the East and the West.

Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the front lines at what is now shaping up as a new Cold War by some of the world’s major super powers. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Asia, you can follow breaking international events on the radio waves, but you need an accurate and comprehensive guide to broadcast frequencies to hear it.

Teak Publishing is pleased release that important guide – the 10th edition (Summer 2018) International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH.

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The ISWBG is an exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected medium wave broadcasters and all known longwave/shortwave radio stations transmitting at time of publication. This unique resource is the only radio publication that has by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for over 500 stations. It has a complete listing of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations listed in the book. There are also listings for standard time and frequency stations, and even a few intriguing spy numbers station listings.

New in this 10th edition of the ISWBG is a feature, Monitoring Brazil on Shortwave Radio. It is more than futebol! by Gayle Van Horn. Soccer teams from around the world will compete this summer in the FIFA World Cup, and Brazil is expected to be a top contender to win the event. This article will aid you in monitoring broadcasters that will be carrying Brazilian soccer team news during this international event.

Other authors with articles in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on summer radio programming, and Hans Johnson with a profile on the state of DRM broadcasting in 2018. There are also two First Look reviews on the new AirSpy HF+ SDR and the W6LVP Magnetic Loop Antenna by Loyd Van Horn W4LVH.

Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist/feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW has a special feature on Who’s Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum that will assist the reader in monitoring Global Radio activity outside the broadcast radio spectrum. This article also includes an update to the Teak Publishing HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide 10th edition of this semiannual Teak Publishing publication is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CT89MNP.

The price for this latest edition is still 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.
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.

A 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; and 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/.

Global 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. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans, and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Listeners can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from 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 a shortwave radio receiver or Internet connection, and this unique radio resource, you will know when and where to listen to your favorite radio broadcast station.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone else interested in listening to a global view of world 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.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, August 12-18

From the Isle of Music, August 12-18, 2018:
Part 2 of 2 parts. Our special guest this week and next is Yasek Manzano, one of the young lions in both Jazz and Electronic Music in Cuba today.

Four options to listen to the transmission:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Also recommended:
1.  Jetzt Geht's Los! (Here We Go!), an excellent program of early German Jazz produced by Radio Ohne Nahmen, comes on right before FTIOM on Tuesdays from 1800-1900 UTC on Channel 292.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, Sun, August 12 & Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Episode 75 features Ska from several different countries in Eastern Europe.

The broadcasts take place:
1. Sundays 2200-2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach from Iceland to Western Russia, Scandinavia down to North Africa and the Middle East, AND a long bounce to parts of New Zealand.
Also recommended:
Marion's Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2100-2200 UTC on WBCQ 7490 kHz .
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, August 10, 2018

Blog Logs – Monitoring signals behind the Bamboo Curtain

For decades, the term Bamboo Curtain was the Cold War political demarcation between the Communist states of East Asia, particularly the People’s Republic of China.

Radio signals in China, continue to capture the attention of shortwave listeners from every corner of the globe. While other stations are reverting to internet or FM broadcasting, China continues to increase their presence on medium wave and shortwave.
To many hobbyists, China remains a fascination amid a vast continent of mystery, revolution and dynasties.

This edition of Blog Logs is a sampling of stations broadcasting from China, monitored using various SDR receivers.

All times UTC / frequency in kHz (kilohertz) // parallel frequency

Schedules and frequencies from the summer edition of International Shortwave Broadcast Guide 2018.

Tai-Ho Hall
6165 // 6175, 7235, 7420, 9570, 12015, 13760, 1705-1735. China Radio International, English service conversation on recent swimming accidents at seaside resort. Promo for Land of China and intro into Roundtable Discussion program. Best signal on 7420 a solid 444 SIO. http://www.cri.cn (SDR Shenzhen, China)

9600 // 13760, 1805-1845. China Radio International, English service; Take Away Chinese segment on popular English/Chinese phrases and expressions from male/female duo to 1827. Station ID, China Plus website plug to preview on
China’s trends in apps, and national technology market. Frequencies 9600 // 13760 targeted to Africa.

Additional English monitored to Europe 2000-2057 on 5985 // 7295, 7415, 9440. 
English discussion on Chinese markets on 9590 to Central America, 2240 tune-in.  Schedule: 2200-2257. Active 0030 on 11790 // 11885, 13750 and 15175. Repeat of program on technology market logged earlier.  (SDR Shenzhen, China)

Bengali service on 9600 (SIO 333) // 9490 (SIO 222) 1345-1355. Asian pop vocals to 1350. Intro to easy-listening vocals. CRI French service on 7350 // 9645 to Europe 1830-1900. CRI German service on 1800-1900 on 7395 // 11650 // 11775 kHz to Europe. CRI Russian service on 7210 // 9560 // 9765 to Europe. Esperanto service on 7300 to Europe // 9880 to Africa. Lady’s CRI program feature to Esperanto folk music vocals. CRI Korean service on 7290, 2200-2257. Cambodian service tune-in 0020 on 9765 // 11990 to Asia. Reference to CRI into Asian vocals. Schedule to 0057. Cantonese service heard 0030 on 11820 // 17490. (SDR Shenzhen, China)

5925, CNR 5/Voice of Zhonghua, 2256-2305. Piano instrumentals at tune-in, // 7385, 9665. Announcer’s Chinese opening at 2300 with additional Chinese station on frequency. Tentative on this station, though running parallels as did Lingshi. (SDR Shenzhen, China)

9420 // 9890, 1735-1805. CNR 13/Lingshi. Active on two frequencies. Service listed as Uyghur to 1805. Lady announcer’s voice-over during pop Asian vocals. SIO 433 on 9420 // SIO 232 on 9890. Time pips at 1800. This station follows the traditional ID format after the time announcement. Asian instrumentals. Two more parallel frequencies noted on 9630 (SIO) 323) and 11630 (233) audible with Asian vocals. Service is listed as Kazakh. (SDR Shenzhen, China)

4800 China National Radio/CNR 1, 2027-2158. Chinese music to announcer’s Chinese ID and martial national anthem to 2029. Opening program 2030 of children’s vocals into evening feature // 4750, 5945, poor (SIO 222) // 6000 weak, but audible under jammer // 6125 (SIO 232) 6175 (SIO 232) 7215 (212) 7345 (212). (SDR Shenzhen, China)

7315 // 7395, China National Radio /CNR 2-Business Radio, 2115-2135. Chinese reporting style format. SIO 444. Heard on // 6040, 6065, 6155, 6190, 7245, 7355, 7370, 9515, 9755, 9775, and 9820. (SDR Hebei, China). Chinese business reports on 11670 from 2230-2245 tune-out. Recheck 0020 on 7335 with business report (SIO 333) http://www.cnr.cn (SDR Shenzhen, China).

7375 // 11740, China National Radio /CNR 2-Business Radio, 1325-1345. Chinese. Announcer’s trade-off business reporting. Parallel frequencies noted with fair signal quality (SIO 232) 3985, 6065, 6090, 6155, 7245, 7315, 7335 7425, 9515, 9755, 9775, 9820; 7375 // 11740 best quality at 433 SIO. (SDR Hanoi, Vietnam).

Voice of Strait QSL
4940, Haixa zhi Sheng/Voice of Strait, 2305-2335. Tentative as Chinese duo trade presumed news items with audio clips. The 4940 frequency is classified as News Radio, and the format likely is VO Strait. http://www.vos.com.cn/ (SDR Shenzhen, China)

5990, PBS Qinghai, 2325-0005. Scheduled as Tibetan service (Amdo dialect). Tune-in to news format and lady’s presumed station info after 2330. Chinese bamboo flute instrumentals under announcer’s text from 2335-2358. Asian vocals to time tips 0000. Announcement to fanfare segment. Reporting format noted on // 9850. (SIO 434). (SDR Shenzhen, China)

Firedrake's large footprint on the bands
Firedrake Jammer 6080 // 9355 // 9745, 2030-2050. Broadcast of usual very loud oriental orchestral music. Jammer frequencies are typically used against broadcasts in Chinese targeted to Asia. Frequency 6080 is listed as a portion of the CNR/CNR 1 Chinese schedule of 2025-0000 and 0000-1200. SINPO at tune-in 44444. (SDR Hebei, China).

Atlantic 2000 International to air weekend broadcast

Saturday August 11, Atlantic 2000 International, will broadcast from 0800-0900 UTC on 6070 kHz + stream on our website http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Sunday August 12 we will broadcast from 1900-2000 UTC, on 6070 kHz + podcast on our website http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Only detailed reception reports will be confirmed by eQSL. send your program details to: atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Gone and Forgotten: Shortwave Radio SEARV

In our program last week we presented the story of the early low power shortwave stations (and their parallel mediumwave unit) that were installed in Silliman University on the southeast edge of Negros Island in the Philippines back soon after the end of the Pacific War in the middle of last century.  In our program today, we turn to the story of Gone and Forgotten - 2: The Story of Shortwave Radio SEARV at the same university location in the Philippines.

During the early 1960s, three radio transmitters were constructed in an unnamed garage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the United States; two mediumwave at 10 kW and one shortwave at 50 kW.  We would suggest that these three transmitters, including the 50 kW shortwave unit, were all constructed by Mission Engineering which it is known was located at Hiawatha, a suburb of Cedar Rapids in Iowa.  (Mission Engineering is these days identified as CEC, Communications Engineering Company, still located at Hiawatha in suburban Cedar Rapids.)

All three transmitters were built under contract and they were destined for installation overseas, in Asia.  It is not known these days which country received the two mediumwave transmitters. 
However, the shortwave transmitter was intended for installation in the Philippines at Silliman University in Dumaguete, for SEARV, the South East Radio Voice.  In April 1964, a special ceremony was conducted at the dockside in San Francisco regarding the 50 kW transmitter that was ready for shipment to Asia.

Then more than a year later (July 1965), the noted Arthur Cushen in Invercargill, South New Zealand reported in the Australian monthly magazine, Radio and Hobbies, that the transmitter had been received at Dumaguete in the southern Philippines.  However as he stated, the station engineers at the time were uncertain as to what type of antenna system should be employed, though they preferred curtain rather than the proposed rhombic.
The new higher powered shortwave station was planned as an extension of the lower powered DYH4 which was already on the air with a ¼ kW on 6055 kHz.  For the new 50 kW shortwave transmitter, a total of five frequencies were approved with five new callsigns in the consecutive DYH series running from DYH5 - DYH9.

The WR(TV)HB for 1965 stated that test broadcasts from a 75 kW or 100 kW transmitter were scheduled to begin in early 1965.  The 1966 edition of the same WR(TV)HB stated that test broadcasts would be scheduled some time during that year.  The 1967 edition listed the transmitter power as 50 kW.

Finally, for the first time, test broadcasts from the new SEARV were on the air and they were beamed towards Thailand and Burma.  This new station on the shortwave bands was noted in New Zealand on 15420 kHz in March 1968.  Interestingly though, a different  set of four callsigns were introduced, and these were in the DZU series, running from DZU5 to DZU8.

Later in that same year September 1968, Polish language programming was heard in Europe  from SEARV on the very low frequency 4980 kHz, though Arthur Cushen in New Zealand stated that he heard them still on their regular 15420 kHz channel.  Two years later again, he stated that SEARV was on the air spasmodically with test broadcasts, and that they were playing classical music with test announcements in English every quarter hour.

Programming was beamed towards India, Pakistan, China, and the countries of southeast Asia, and additional channels noted on air were: 9750 9770 11910 15145 and 17860 kHz.  The callsign shown for 9770 kHz for example was DZU6.

Unfortunately, Radio SEARV shortwave struck the same problems as did Radio Veritas Asia; a shortage of funding, a shortage of trained personnel, and insufficient programming from too few regional studios.  Thus it was that the 1976 edition of the WR(TV)HB stated that the station was silent, and the equipment was for sale.

However, by the time that this annual 1976 international radio directory was published, the station was already closed and the transmitter was already under installation at the afore mentioned Radio Veritas Asia on the edge of Malolos, north of Manila.  In fact, this 50 kW American made imported transmitter was first activated at its new location in May 1975.  Due to technical problems with the two German made 100 kW transmitters at Radio Veritas Asia, the 50 kW SEARV transmitter from Dumaguete was the only unit on the air at RVA Malolos for the next couple of years.

During its some eight years of on air activity, Radio SEARV shortwave was a very reliable verifier of listener reception reports.  Only one card was ever printed and this identified SEARV in large red letters across the middle of the card.  All were posted from a box address in the capital city Manila, not from the station location itself at Dumaguete in the southern Philippines.

On Sunday and Monday February 23 and 24, 1986, insurgents burst into the RVA transmitter base near Malolos and deliberately destroyed all five transmitters in the building, including the more recently installed 50 kW shortwave unit.  The 22 year old SEARV/RVA 50 kW transmitter was thus destroyed, and along with all of the remnants of the other damaged equipment, we would presume, were sold for metal scrap.
(AWR/NWS 491)

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

August Specials from Airmail Postage & DX Supplies

Dear Customer,

Below are DX supply Offers and news for  AUGUST 2018. Some specials with lower pricing for August listed below.

DX Supplies 2018:  Sorry to say, but I do not plan to restock Euro envelopes once they sell out. Envelope sales for 2017 were half the envelope sales of 2016, and a dismal 20%  of what I sold in 2013.  2018's selling pace is much slower. Below are listed new envelope ordering options designed to maximize sales based on what I have on hand.  QSL Albums and pages will not be restocked either, once supply is exhausted. At this point, it just doesn't make sense to re-stock items that take so long to sell...or not to sell.   DX Postage: Some countries will be deleted over time, when supply is exhausted. 

I will keep you informed of supply stock in future emails.

About 10 QSL albums in stock. All good condition. Each has 50 pages.

Extra QSL album pages for them are sold out.

 European AIR Mailers are ALMOST GONE less than 1000 !!

QSLing Methods have changed greatly since I started this business about 35 yrs ago!!

DX Stamp Inventory:   Cuba and PR China are sold out. No longer on stamp list.

Pen/Pencil List updated for August. Request your copy today.


Save Big on your domestic mailings when you plaster 
 your envelope with colorful vintage stamps!
50c units

in  3 stamps
4 stamps  
 5 stamps
x 100

x 200

x 500

August SPECIAL: 1,000 Forever Stamps for $410.00 !!!
$1.15 International (1 oz.) Rate in 4 stamps
x 100 units =  $95.   -:- -:-   x 200 units = $165    
Sent to USA addresses only.
+++ NEW! +++
Add $3.00 Shipping Charge to orders of discount postage
in quantities of 500 and more.

NEW Envelope Options With NEW PRICING!!!
50/50 European Plain Mailers and Plain Returns - $16.00
200/200 European Plain Mailers and Plain Returns - $45.00
400/400 European Plain Mailers and Plain Returns - $85.00

200/200 European AIR Mailers and Plain Returns - $45.00
400/400 European AIR mailers and Plain Returns - $85.00

Wanna Use Just the One larger Euro Mailer Envelope?
$ave on These Clearance Deal$!
400 European PLAIN Mailers only - $35.00 SPECIAL!!
400 European AIR Mailers only - $35.00 SPECIAL!!


QSL Albums still available
1 Standard Album - $35.00

300 #6-3/4 Forever Stamped Envelopes - $150.00
with FREE shipping!!

Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (07/2015 modified)

Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.

73, bill

William Plum
12 Glenn Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
908 788 1020

Email: plumdx@msn.com

Dxers Unlimited's midweek edition, August 7

Radio Havana Cuba
Arnie Coro, CO2KK

Hola amigos, I am Arnie Coro your host here at the middle of the week edition of Dxers Unlimited your favorite radio hobby program on the air and on the web from beautiful La Habana Cuba soon to celebrate its five hundredth. birthday. Here in La Habana, the FM broadcast band dial provides listeners within the metropolitan area with two stations that are not available on the AM broadcast band. One is the city of Havana's historian station that goes by the name Habana Radio, broadcasting on 106 decimal 9 megahertz and that counts with several repeaters all along our island nation. The other station is know as Radio Taino.

The FM of Cuba, the only Cuban radio broadcaster that has segments with commercials designed to promote services like hotels, and airlines. Radio Taino operates in the metropolitan area on 93 decimal 3 megaHertz and has relay stations located at the provincial capitals. In our two million population capital we can also pick up FM stations from the adjacent Mayabeque and Artemisa provinces, that operate on 102 decimal 3 and 104 decimal 7 megaHertz and are using high power and good antennas , so they are often reported by FM broadcast band Dxers, especially during the summer months sporadic E layer DX season.

This is Radio Havana Cuba and here is news item number two, of special interest to radio amateurs who are now using the sensational FT8 digital communications mode.

The Ohio / Penn State DX bulletin reports that during the week from the 31 of July to the 5th of August there were 211 DX countries or entities on the air., and that excellent source of up to date information for Dxers adds that the 3W9 prefix from Vietnam will be on the air by polish operator Jacek, SP5APW,  who will activate as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island, IOTA Islands on the Air designator ASIA 162.

He will be also on the air between September 15-22nd, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the Quang Nam Province between September 22-27th. Activity will be from 20 meters to 6 meters-6 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

 From Morocco, prefix 5 E, 5 ECHO, Spanish radio amateur operators Jose/EA1ACP, Gen/EA5EL, Francisco/EA7FTR and David/ EB7DX will be active with the special callsign 5E5A during four different periods. Activity is a "National Celebrations in Morocco". Between  August 14-15th, August 19-21st and August 30th-September 3rd. Operations will be on CW, SSB and also be using the now invading the bands digital mode FT8. And QSL can be requested  via EA7FTR.

9M61, Malaysia. Look for the special event call signs with the prefix "9M61" to be active  through September 1st. Activity is to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the independence of Malaysia, and to promote Malaysia's amateur radio enthusiasts in the country. .

This is Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the show is Dxers Unlimited and here is more news item about the now ongoing solar activity minimum. The worst propagation conditions of the past ten years are happening right now as day after day, one after the other the Sun shows no sunspots, and the solar flux stays hovering barely above the lowest ever recorded value of sixty six units. As said here recently the long sequence of a blank Sun is an indication that we are now well into the period of minimum activity of solar cycle 24, who is also now being described as a very short duration cycle.

As a matter of fact you must look back to the tail end of cycle 23 between 2008 and 2009 to see a similar long spell of a blank Sun and solar flux levels at the baseline readings. Yes, it is confirmed that according to well known heliophysicists some new solar cycle sunspots have been seen, something that indicated we are entering into the transition between the very weak cycle 24 and what may be another also very weak cycle 25.

ASK ARNIE... the second most popular section of Dxers Unlimited just after our HF plus low band VHF propagation updates, today is answering a question sent by listeners from Germany , the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Mexico, Chile and Argentina who pick up our programs from the streaming audio available at www.radiohc.cu 

They all want to know at what UTC the English one hour long transmissions via Internet are streaming. The first one is on from ten to eleven hours UTC, just before we start our Radio Havana Cuba daily spanish language broadcasts, that are on the air until fourteen hours UTC.  The second run of the English service via Internet is on from 19 to 20 hours UTC, and that is in parallel with 15140 kiloHertz on the 19 meters band. There is also one additional English program streaming audio from 05 to 06 UTC in parallel with 5040 kilohertz and 6000, 6060 and 6165 kilohertz 49 meters band frequencies that are beaming to different areas of North America, the Caribbean and Western Europe.

QSL on the air to the listeners that have recently sent e mail messages to inforhc@enet.cu Yes amigos, that e mail address is working OK so you can send signal reports,comments and your radio hobby related questions to inforhc@enet.cu 

Yes amigos, a reminder that  that long range F2 layer propagation during solar minimum years very rarely goes above 20 megaHertz during the best daytime periods. You can use the scanning functions of digital radios to search for 10 meters amateur band beacons, operating from 28.2 to 28.3 megahertz. You can do likewise by programming the 40 citizens bands channels and leave your radio connected to a quarter wave vertical ground plane omni directional antenna, ready to pick up any DX signals that may reach your location.

The bad news is that there are no signs for improvement of short wave propagation conditions, because solar flux is holding at very low 70 flux units levels and zero sunspots in sight . Let me repeat the following:

SOLAR MINIMUM DEEPENS: The sun has been without sunspots for more than 50 percent of the days of this year 2018. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun's atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras. And as expected the worst propagation conditions on the HF bands above 10 megahertz that can be expected.
The daily solar flux index number for Tuesday was 69.1

The official daily sunspot number (DSSN) was 0.

There had been 5 consecutive days with an official daily sunspot number
(DSSN) of 0.

In 2018 there had been 126 days with an official daily sunspot number
(DSSN) of 0.

The 24 hour period three hour interval planetary K index (Kp) had been at a quiet geomagnetic condition.

See you all at the weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited next Sunday and  early Monday UTC days just after the top of the hour news. Send your signal reports and comments about this and other Radio Havana Cuba's programs as well as your radio hobby related questions to inforhc@enet.cu and via air mail send your postcards and letters to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba. Havana, Cuba
(Arnie Coro/R Havana Cuba)