Friday, February 05, 2016

VOA Radiogram weekend schedule

Hello friends,

This weekend, the only departure from our usual MFSK32 is one news item in MFSK31.  Both MFSK31 and MFSK32 have a symbol rate of 31.3 baud, but MFSK31 is only half the speed: 55 wpm. MFSK31 also has half the bandwidth, 330 Hz. Its modulation is 8-FSK, meaning 8 tones, rather than the 16 tones of MFSK32. (This table of modes may be helpful.) We’ll see if the performance of MFSK31 is better or worse than that of MFSK32, especially if reception conditions are difficult. (MFSK31 does not do images, hence the MFSK32 image following the MFSK news story.)

During the past several weeks, you have seen VOA RADIO GRAM transmitted as “video text” in the waterfall.  To see all three lines of the video text, make this adjustment in Fldigi: Configure >  Waterfall > FFT Processing > change Waterfall height in pixels to a higher value – try 185 and adjust from there. And note that the change does not take effect until Fldigi is started again.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 149, 6-7 February 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:34  Program preview
  2:52  2018 NASA space launch will carry 13 cubesats*
 9:24  MFSK31: Russian spacewalk (MFSK32 image)*
16:16  MFSK32: Afghan IS radio station destroyed*
22:34  Coming events* and closing announcements*

* with image  

Due to last minute edits, the times listed above may vary somewhat from the actual broadcast times.

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK32 Sunday at about 0225 UTC (Saturday 9:25 pm EST) on 6040 kHz, via Germany. Please send reports for this KBC reception to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

A reminder that the TIVAR app is available for decoding the modes on an Android device.

Thanks for the reception reports sent for last weekend’s VOA Radiogram. I am now answering reports to Program 145, then will start on an older program this weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Twitter: @voaradiogram

Scandinavian Weekend Radio schedule for weekend broadcast


Scandinavian Weekend Radio (SWR), is a free radio station, free of play list, and a monthly contribution to the global radio hobby. Scandinavian Weekend Radio (SWR) transmitter site is located in the city of Virrat, Upper Tampere Region, Liedenpohja village. The station broadcasts mainly on the first Saturday of every month for 24 hours on shortwave, medium wave, and FM from 00:01 local time, UTC +2h (Summer +3h)
Send your program details to: info@swradio.net 
Postal mail:
SWR
P.O. Box 99
F1-34801 Finland
Website: http://www.swradio.net 

Scandinavian Weekend Radio will be on the air from 2200 UTC February 5 to 2200 UTC
February 6.
2200-2300 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
2200-2300 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
2300-2400 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
2300-2400 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0000-0600 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0000-0600 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0600-0800 on  5980 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0600-0800 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0800-0900 on  5980 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0800-0900 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0900-1400 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
0900-1400 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1400-1500 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1400-1500 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1500-1700 on  5980 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1500-1700 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1700-1800 on  5980 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1700-1800 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1800-1900 on  5980 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1800-1900 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1900-2200 on  6170 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish
1900-2200 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW / non-dir to FIN  Finnish

Vatican Radio frequency updates


Vatican Radio Upcoming frequency change of Vatican Radio effective from Feb.8:

All times UTC

0040-0100 5940 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Hindi, ex 9560 // 7410 SMG
0100-0120 5940 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Tamil, ex 9560 // 7410 SMG
0120-0140 5940 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Malayalam, ex 9560 // 7410 SMG
0140-0200 5940 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs English, ex 9560 // 7410 SMG
(DX Bulgaria 05 Feb)

Channel 292 weekend relays

Schedule of Channel 292 - relays on February 6-7

All times UTC

0800-0900 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun English SuperClan Radio
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun German  Goldrausch 6070
1600-1700 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Mon German  Radio DARC
2000-2100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Mon German  Radio DARC
(DX Bulgaria 05 Feb)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Keeping an eye on Turkey ... and Russia


Sukhoi T-50 Maksimov
Turkish and Russian government officials engaged in a war of words Thursday with Moscow claiming that it has “serious grounds” to suspect Turkey is preparing for a military invasion of Syria.

Meantime, Turkey’s prime minister accused Russia of committing “war crimes” with its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

"The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Western Syria has been rocked in recent days by Russian airstrikes and a government offensive around the country’s largest city, Aleppo.
Additional story at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/04/turkey-russia-in-war-words-over-syria-as-military-pounds-aleppo.html?intcmp=hpbt1

Voice of Turkey - Winter 2016 schedule
Effective to: 27 March 2016

All times UTC

Arabic
1100-1200 11955
1500-1600 9665 15200

Azerbaijan
0800-0900 11835
1630-1700 5965
1700-1730 5965

Bulgarian
1200-1230 7245

Chinese
1200-1300 12045

Dari/Pashto
1600-1700 11680
1700-1730 11680

German
1230-1300 17755
1300-1330 17755
1830-1900 7205
1900-1930 7205

English
0400-0500 7240 9655
1330-1400 12035
1400-1430 12035
1730-1800 11730
1800-1830 11730
1930-2000 6050
1900-1930 6050
2130-2200 9610
2200-2230 9610
2300-0000 5960

French
1830-1900 9620
1900-1930 9620
2030-2100 5970 6050
2100-2130 5970 6050

Georgian
1100-1200 9840

Italian
1500-1530 6185

Kazakh
1430-1500 9785

Persian
0930-1000 11795
1000-1100 11795
1600-1700 9530

Russian
1400-1500 9410

Spanish
0200-0300 9410 9650
1730-1800 9495
1800-1830 9495

Tatar
1100-1130 15360

Turkmen
1300-1330 11965

Turkish
0100-0200 6000
0200-0300 6000
0500-0600 9700 9820
0600-0700 9700 9820
0700-0800 11925 15350 15480
0800-0900 11925 15350 15480
0900-1000 11925 15350 15480
1000-1100 15350 15480
1100-1200 15350 15480
1200-1300 15350 15480
1300-1400 15350
1400-1500 11815
1500-1600 11815
1600-1700 11815
1700-1800 5980 6120
1800-1900 5980 6120
1900-2000 5980 6120
2000-2100 5980 6120
2100-2200 5980 6120

Urdu
1300-1400 11985

Uyghur
1330-1400 13685
1400-1430 13865

Uzbek
1130-1200 13655
(BCDX Top Nx 1226-31 Oct 2015)

The Russian mystery continues - can you solve it ?


Thursday by many is called 'Throwback Thursday,' Facebook and blogs are loaded with special memories, QSLs, or photos of their favorite pets. I was reminded recently by my husband Larry, of indeed "a throwback" mystery.

On December 21, 2015, U.K.'s Daily Mail, published an article by Jonathan O'Callaghan entitled, Can YOU solve the mystery of UVB-76 ? Radio station has 'buzzed' every second since the 1970's- but no one knows why. 

Fast forward to February 2, 2016 - and there it is. Still "buzzing" on 4625 kHz, and just as much an   enigma as ever. Have I missed something ? Has someone solved this big buzzer signal ? Theories abound, but here are a few of the theories from the Daily Mail

* A Russian radio station has played a buzzing sound for four decades
* Every few months it is interrupted by a voice relaying a coded message
* But no one knows the exact purpose of the station or the message
* Predominant theories suggest it is a station used by the military
* Others suggest it may be a counter-attack measure for nuclear war 


Suddenly the piercing buzzing noise that has continued incessantly for months stops. A cold voice takes over.
‘U-V-B-7-6’ is read out in a thick Russian accent, before listing a series of code words and numbers. Then, just as suddenly, it ends. The buzzing returns, for another few months.
That is what has greeted listeners of a mysterious radio station nicknamed 'The Buzzer' - and code named UVB-76, or more recently MDZhB - since the 1970s.
But what the Buzzer is doing, or who is broadcasting it, remains a mystery with theories ranging from the Russian military to atmospheric research.


The Buzzer is a shortwave radio station of unknown origin. Although its noise has changed slightly over the preceding 40 years, it has always involved some form of regular buzzing, interrupted by a voice on rare occasions seemingly reading out a message. 
Today, 25 times every minute, it spends less than a second buzzing, pauses, then buzzes again - endlessly.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2877988/Can-solve-mystery-UVB-76-Radio-station-buzzed-second-1970s-no-one-knows-why.html#ixzz3zEGUn2GW
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What do you think it is ?? 


February Specials from Airmail Postage & DX Supplies

Dear Customer,
Below are specials for February 2016.
 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can mail or email it to you.
NEWS: Seems a recent Windows 10 update disabled my MSN premium email program in early January. Raj in Bombay fixed it for me in 15 minutes. Posts on Microsoft blog noted others had same problem and got poor or no solutions from MS techs. Guess I was super lucky.  
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Netherlands increased 1st Jan. to 1,25 euro, but no problem, their int. forever stamp covers the new rate.
Spain jumped from 1,00 euro to 1,30 euro on Jan 1st. Big surprise after last yr's big jump. 0,30 makeups at 50c ea. Special on Spain revised.
Finland rate increases Feb. 15th, no problem, we are supplying their priority stamp.
Canada increase to $1.25 has been delayed. I've updated units on hand and 5c updates still available...use them anyway...
Russian rate now 35Rb up from 30Rb. I will have 5Rb updates for 30c each in a few weeks.
If you hear of or notice any new rates, let me know.
An excellent, quick and easy resource for current international postage rates is http://www.k4hb.com/postage/ 
NEW PRICES: Spain now priced at $2.50
Finland: Economy rate forever stamp (2nd cl) still travels by air. I have a small qty remaining: 2 for $2.00...the difference in transit time might be a few more days for your QSL to arrive. 
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Radio Revival Sweden set to air February 6


Radio Revival Sweden (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Sweden
Radio Revival Sweden will be on the air on February 6 on the following schedule

All times UTC
Radio Nord Revival
1100-1200 on  3975 SAL 005 kW / non-dir to WeEu Swedidh AM
1100-1200 on  6060 SAL 010 kW / non-dir to WeEu Swedidh LSB
Swedish DX Federation
1200-1300 on  3975 SAL 005 kW / non-dir to WeEu Swedidh AM
1200-1300 on  6060 SAL 010 kW / non-dir to WeEu Swedidh LSB
(SWL DX Bulgaria 03 Feb)

Rare AWR broadcast via Radio Earth in the Dominican Republic

Radio Earth QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
QSL of the Week

Back on December 2, 1984, Antonio Ribeiro da Motta of Sao Luiz do Paraitinga in Brazil heard a broadcast of the old DX program, Radio Monitors International RMI, from Radio Earth in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  This was in the days when the early DX program RMI was produced in the studios of Adventist World Radio in Poona India AWR-Asia, and by special arrangement, recordings of the program were made available for broadcast in the Americas through the broadcast services of Radio Earth.  
The broadcasts of Radio Monitors International were on the air from Radio Clarin in the Dominican Republic for only a short period of time and Antonio heard this broadcast on 11700 kHz.  The QSL card he received was the familiar multiple entry QSL card, black print on yellow card stock, that was in use at AWR-Asia in those days.  This QSL card was signed by Violet Peterson, the wife of the program host for Radio Monitors International.  This QSL card was rubber stamped and endorsed as the first reception report from South America. 

            As time went by, the 50 kW shortwave transmitter at Radio Clarin became the first main transmitter for Radio Miami International, WRMI in Hialeah, Florida.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 362)

Guam Radio: Early Mediumwave Scene on the Island of Guam


Staiton WXLI (via Radio Heritage) 
This is a continuation featuring radio in Guam. Please see the original post The Early Wireless Scene on the Pacific Island of Guam  on January 30, 2016.

It was back in the year 1932, that three radio men got together and developed a plan for launching a radio broadcasting service on the island of Guam.  These three men were Chester Butler who owned a shopping complex in Agana, Foster Brunton an ex-military radio engineer, and George Tweed a navy radio engineer who later became famous as the only American fugitive who escaped and survived the Japanese occupation of Guam.  This group of three men ordered several items of amateur radio equipment from Scott Radio in Chicago, and they assembled a 5 watt transmitter that was installed in a room in Butler Building in Agana. 
            Of course, they needed a radio license and a station callsign for this new radio broadcasting service, and it could take many months to process these matters with government departments in the continental United States.  So they chose instead to borrow the amateur callsign OM2RC from the radio engineer Foster Brunton.  In those early days the initial letters in the callsign, OM stood for Oceania and Mariana Islands, and the number 2 stood for the Second District in that island cluster. 
            On the occasion of the inauguration of this new radio broadcasting station, Chester Butler’s 16 year old son Benny made the opening announcement: This is OM2RC, Agana Guam.  The time is 8:00 pm. 
            It is estimated that at the time when this fledgling radio broadcasting service was inaugurated, there were no more than 10 or 20 radio receivers on the entire island.  Continuing program broadcasts were on the air on Wednesday evenings for just two hours each week.
            During the following year, in May of 1933, the very low powered station OM2RC received a reception report from Mr. Ichiku Haciya in Nagoya Japan, a distance of more than 1,500 miles, but over a totally salt water pathway.
            Exactly one year later during the month of May (1934), station OM2RC was on the air with special programming for the occasion of the annual Fair.  The simple studio and the low power transmitter were still in the upstairs room in Butler Building, and a receiver was available for public listening in the Plaza de Espania. 
            This form of radio communication was so popular in Agana that the Butler family announced that they would place similar radio receivers in villages throughout the island  of Guam.  This wishful planning was never implemented, due probably to the very low power of the transmitter which could propagate a reliable signal for only a very short distance.
            Soon after these events, the callsign was changed from OM2RC to K6LG, due to a change in international radio regulations.  Then in 1936, after just five years of spasmodic radio broadcasting, this amateur radio broadcasting station, the very first on the island of Guam, was junked, never to be revived.
            Next on the international scene was the Japanese invasion and occupation of Guam beginning in December 1941; then came the American return invasion less than 3 years later in July and August 1944.  A couple of months later in October (1944), an AFRS American Forces Radio Service station was inaugurated on Nimitz Hill, Guam, under an American army callsign WXLI. 
            Initially, this new station was on the air with just 50 watts on 1380 kHz.  Even so, it was heard in New Zealand and Australia, due no doubt to the long salt water pathway between the station and the international radio monitors down south.  Soon after its inauguration, the power output of the AFRS WXLI transmitter was increased to 325 watts on the same mediumwave channel.
            To station WXLI goes the honor of being the first station in the world to announce the surrender of Japan at the end of the Pacific War.  It just happened that the on air personnel at WXLI at the time had quick access to the information in their time zone, and they announced it on air immediately. 
            Other radio broadcasting stations came across the information soon afterwards, via AFRS news feeds and other news sources, and thus the event was heralded world wide.  Interestingly, an international radio monitor living in a country town in South Australia gained the information off air quite quickly from a mediumwave station in the Pacific and he notified a radio station in the state capital, Adelaide.  This international radio monitor, Ern Suffolk, was a night shift worker, and he always claimed that he was the first person in Australia to obtain this information. 
            There is a certain amount of confusion regarding the  AFRS stations on Guam during this latter era in the middle of last century.  Station WXLI was installed in a single story Quonset Hut at the naval headquarters on Nimitz Hill, and it was noted regularly on 1380 kHz, though sometimes apparently on 980 kHz alternatively.
            Then there was another AFRS station at a nearby location and on the same channel as WXLI, and this station identified on air as Radio Barrigada.  Sometimes the two stations, WXLI and Radio Barrigada, carried the same programming, and sometimes different programming, and it was difficult in the South Pacific to identify which station was which.  Radio Barrigada was also installed in a single story Quonset Hut, and just a few miles separated the two stations.  Both stations at this stage were on the air with transmitters rated with an output power of 1 kW.
            To further confuse the issue, the callsign for station WXLI was changed to WVTG on January 1 1947, a callsign that had been in use previously for AFRS stations at other locations.  Initially WVTG was the American army callsign allocated to a 50 watt AFRS station on 1450 kHz at Hollandia in Dutch New Guinea.  At the time, Hollandia was the location for the Pacific Headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur.
            This station with the callsign WVTG was soon afterwards transferred to the island of Biak, and then to nearby mainland Dutch New Guinea; and the equipment was subsequently absorbed into a local broadcasting station.
            However, when the Americans took over some of the mediumwave stations in Japan, the callsign WVTG was apparently applied for just a short while to an already established station at Osaka, a 10 kW facility.

            As time went by, the number of AFRS mediumwave stations on Guam increased considerably, until for example, the WRTVHB for 1977 lists 10 such stations, including two on the same channel 1300 kHz.  Most  of these stations were low powered relay stations.  In 1985, all AFRTS stations on Guam were listed as FM only.

Youtube Island History AFRS WXLI Guam Station 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syw95QWDQdg  Off air programming WXLI and the subsequent WVTG became popular with the local Chamorro people for the local program production, the weekly Guamanian Hour.       
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 362)

Radio Free Asia Releases Year of the Monkey QSL January 2016


Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of our Year of the Monkey QSL. The Year of the Monkey begins February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017. The design is used with permission from the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA). The sheet is made of ten $ 1.20 USD stamps with the UN emblem as a standard international first class postage stamp. Those born in a monkey year are said to be optimistic, adventurous, humorous, forthright and to-the-point, and intelligent. Monkeys have strong personalities and are witty, but also mischievous, clever and curious about the world around them. The Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world. This is RFA’s 60th QSL and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from January-April 2016.

Radio Free Asia Year of the Monkey QSL




Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.
RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.
(A.J Jaitschek/RFA)

Monitoring Nigeria


Nigeria -  New schedule of Voice of Nigeria in 1200-1800UT from Feb.1:
All times UTC

1200-1530 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf English, ex 1000-1445*
1530-1600 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf French,  ex 1445-1500
1600-1630 on  9690 IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf Swahili on air on Feb.2

1630-1700 on  9690 IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf Yoruba, no signal Feb.2
1700-1730 on  9690 IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf Igbo no signal on Feb.2
1730-1800 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf Arabic, no signal Feb.2
1730-1800 NF 11770 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf Arabic, acc.Mr Hallmann
* probably to avoid Radio Saudi International in Indonesian 1000-1200UT.No signal on 15120 kHz at 1200-1400UT on Feb.2! On the air after 1410UT 

Noted on February 3 - day be day with different schedule; heard as;
1200-1400 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf English, nothing Feb.2/3
1400-1530 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf English, confirmed Feb.3
1530-1600 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf English, ex French Feb.2
1600-1630 on  9690 IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf English, x Swahili Feb.2
1630-1700 unid frq IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf Yoruba
1700-1730 unid frq IKO 250 kW / 248 deg to WCAf Igbo
1730-1800 on 11770 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf Arabic, interference from FEBA R.11765
(DX Bulgaria 02-3 Feb)

Logging
11770.028 kHz signal noted before off at 1837 UT Febr 2,maybe transmitter moved from 25 mb to 41 mb at 1850 UT to 7254.937 kHz were clearly visible and heard at 2000 UT Febr 2.7255 kHz channel usually is also covered by CRI Russian service with tremendous signal into Europe, til 2059 UT.

7254.924 kHz wobbling signal this morning 4 hertz up and down hopping,around S=8-9 here in central Europe this morning Febr 3 at 0736 UT.

Flute music at 0738 kHz, female and male montonous speak of presenter in Hausa (not French).

But when checked at 0815 UT again, female talk and interview reporter in English heard clear at S=8 or -79dBm here in central Europe.

Nothing 'seen' on 9690v or 15120 kHz,nor on Kaduna Nigeria 6090v kHz either.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 3)
(W. Bueschel, Germany-HCDX)


Monitoring Papua Guinea

PNG NBC QSL card (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
logs edited for clarity

All times UTC

3260, NBC Madang, Madang, 1154-1206*, Jan 26 and 27, DJ in Tok Pisin playing pop songs, suddenly off; poor. (Howard)

3325, NBC Bougainville, Kubu, 1306-1406, Jan 30. Testing with non-stop music (pop Pacific Island songs, songs in English ["Sexual Healing"]. My audio of music at https://app.box.com/s/69qoq3qd1ym1m8se0pmng3gowxf0bb3r . Announcer at 1357 in Tok Pisin, but by then RRI Palangkaraya was getting stronger, later check at 1432 found a mess here, as both NBC and RRI mixing together equally, mostly fair. Not testing on Jan 31 or Feb 01.

The new shortwave transmitter is located at Kubu on Buka Island, about 129 km away from the site of the former transmitter at Kieta. I believe Kieta was devastated by the 1990 civil uprising and that few people reside there now.

Here is a recent story (Jan 09)
 "The NBC Radio Bougainville’s Manager’s Official Residence at the Transmitter site in Kubu on Buka Island was burnt to ashes just after midday today. Manageress, CHRISTINE TALEI a veteran Broadcaster is the current boss of the station and resides in this house. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, but Technicians were working on the new shortwave transmitter for the station when the fire was noticed.The compound also shares houses with the Station Technician and the shortwave transmitter plus the satellite link that sends program signals for Radio Bougainville and New Dawn FM to Central and South Bougainville. 
According to the Station Technicians equipments were switched off, but were switched on again after the fire died out. Yesterday, New Dawn FM ran a story of the heat of the sun as unbearable in the last two days in and around Buka town." (Howard)

6020, NBC Bougainville, Kubu, 1237-1248*, Jan 30. Announcer with question - "Feed me and I live, but if you give me a drink, I die. Who am I?", "What is the answer?", gave two phone numbers to call in with the answer, pop songs, no ID heard; adjacent interference. Normally at this time I would only be hearing Vietnam, which was in the clear after NBC signed off. My audio at https://app.box.com/s/j4eefr1cxniudu7otyndxv8fs5fxztxv . (Howard)

7324.94, Wantok R Light, Port Moresby, 0842-0957, Jan 27, 0842-0900. Syndicated USA program "Fresh Touch"in English, request to write to "Fresh Touch c/o Wantok Radio Light, P.O. Box 1273, Port Moresby." On my audio the clearest ID heard is at 01:00 (WRL address) https://app.box.com/s/rkhy2se6cfqh4tu5r6fv4cc0lfl31k23 , 0901-0912: "NBC PNG regional news", news, sports and weather in English, 0912-0913. Ad for "NASFUND" retirement savings plans,  0913-0929: In Tok Pisin, 0930-0957: Syndicated USA program "Focus on the Family". CRI transmitter *0957.Also heard at 1357-1424, Jan 24, after being off the air for three days, they are back again, religious singing, 1359-1408 assume preaching, but unreadable, followed by religious music and singing till covered at 1424 with CRI transmitter coming on. (Howard)
 (DSWCI/DX Window 548)


World Radio Day set for February 13


translated from original post in Spanish via Jose Bueno/playdx

Dear listeners
I would recall that on 13 February was established by UNESCO as World Radio Day (World Radio Day), a day to celebrate radio as a medium of communication and to promote access to information and freedom expression.

The theme of World Radio Day 2016 is "Radio in times of disaster and emergency," with which it is intended to celebrate the importance of radio in our lives, both in peacetime and in difficult circumstances.

We would be interested to know your views on this issue and, therefore, we invite you to send short written or recorded messages, email our span@rri.ro direction. The most interesting messages will be broadcast in a special program.

We also hope to send us personal photos free of copyright and referred to the role that radio plays in their lives, to upload them with your comments to the page RRI and our profiles in social networks.
Victoria Sepciu

Additional information
UNESCO World Radio Day 2016 The theme is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. There are events all over the world and, of course, on air. See www.worldradioday.org. In the UK, SOAS (School of Oriental and Asian Studies) in London (1500-2000 UTC) are celebrating radio as a medium to improve international cooperation between broadcasters through radio and peacebuilding. More at
http://www.diamundialradio.org/event/world-radio-day-london-radio-peacebuilding
(BDXC Communications/Feb 2016)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIS 'Voice of Caliphate' in Afghanistan



U.S. airstrikes have destroyed an Islamic State-operated radio station in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.
"Voice of the Caliphate" radio was destroyed by two U.S. airstrikes, according to a U.S. military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media on the subject.
Army Col. Mike Lawhorn, spokesman for the U.S.-NATO mission in Afghanistan, said U.S. forces conducted two "counter-terrorism airstrikes" late Monday in Achin district, in the eastern Nangarhar province, without elaborating.

FEBC Philippines schedule update


This an updated schedule from the published version in the winter edition of International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.
(Gayle Van Horn)

FEBC Philippines, is a religious broadcaster, targeting programming to Asia and Russia. 
Effective to: 27 March 2016
All times UTC


1230       1245                       Achang (Nagochang)  12095
1215       1245                       Akha  12120
1000       1030                       Bai, Southern  15640
1230       1300       mha       Bana   9920
0930       1000                       Bugis     15580
2330       0000                       Burmese 15600
0000       0030                       Burmese 15600
1330       1400                       Burmese 12120
1245       1259                       Chin Daai 12120
0030       0045                       Chin, Mro 15600
1300       1330                       Eastern Khams  11825
1300       1330                       Hmong-Black     12095
2300       2330                       Hmong-Blue       12095
1100       1130 Sat/Sun      Hmong-Blue       12095
2300       2330 Sat/Sun      Hmong-White   12095
1100       1130                       Hmong-White   12095
1230       1300                       Hre         9920
0900       0930                       Hui         9400
2300       2330                       Iu Mien    9365
2200       1230                       Iu Mien    12095
1400       1430                       Javanese  15620
0100       0130                       Javanese  15560
0045       0100                       Jingpo   15600
1200       1230       fas          Jorai       9920
1145       1200                       Karen, Pa'o   7420
1200       1300                       Khmer  7420
1330       1400                       Khmu    12095
0000       0015                       Khmu    9795
1300       1330                       Koho     9920
0015       0045                       Lahu      12055
1400       1430                       Lahu      11750
1130       1200                       Lao         12095
2330       0000                       Lao         9795
1300       1330                       Lisu        12120
2230       0000                       Mandarin            9405
0000       0030                       Mandarin            9405
0900       1000                       Mandarin            9430
1000       1100                       Mandarin            9400
1100       1200                       Mandarin            9400
1200       1300                       Mandarin            9400
1300       1400                       Mandarin            9400
1400       1500                       Mandarin            9345
1500       1600                       Mandarin            9345
2300       0000                       Mandarin            12075
0000       0100                       Mandarin            12070
0930       1000                       Minang 15450
1115       1145                       Mon      15330
2300       2330                       Mon      9795
0830       0900                       Mongolian (inner) 15450
2330       2345                       Palaung/Pale     12055
1200       1230       smtw     Raday (Rade)     9920
1200       1215                       Rawang   12120
1500       1600                       Russian 11650
1030       1100                       Sasak     15580
0000       0045                       Shan (Burmese)    15435
0045       0100                       Shan (Chinese) 15435
1000       1030                       Sudanese    15580
1245       1300                       Tai Dam      12095
1030       1100                       Tai Lu     12095
2345       0000                       Tai Lu     12055
0000       0015                       Tai Lu     12055
1430       1500                       Uyghur 9940
1100       1200                       Vietnamese  9795
0045       0100                       Wa   12055
1330       1400                       Yu dialect  9890
0930       1000                       Zhuang 9400
(Nhorita P. Estabillo/FEBC Philippines 28 Jan 2016)