Friday, September 19, 2014

Solomon Islands heard again on 9545 kHz

SIBC QSL (Gayle Van Horn QSL Collection) 
Solomon Islands

(log edited for clarity)

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation. Heard on  9545, 0845-0857 UTC. Long list of messages by lady DJ in Tok Pisin with many mentions of "studio," "transport" and "thank you for your cooperation and understanding." Two mentions of  SIBC, so obviously a lot of late shipments.

Ended at 0857 with promo, then live announcer again with program notes including a nice station identification with frequencies at 0858, and mention of "Bible reading." Sports and news , followed by mention of "bible readings."

Good signal at tune-in, but faded by 0938 UTC check.  Getting some splash interference from the 9540 China's CNR1 jammer at 1015 UTC check.  Nothing on usual freq of 5020 kHz.  Here's a link to a video of the ID    http://youtu.be/2yG7tJErJSc
(17 Sept./Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)


Radioactivities set for Saturday and Sunday programs



"Radioactivities" is a weekly Spanish program and issued by "URUGUAY RADIO AM 1050", belonging to SODRE National Broadcasting Service. It is led by Daniel Ayala and Pablo Perez, with production and technical design of Luis Ignacio Moreira, Roberto and collaboration belo.

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am CX (0200 UTC) is issued, (14:00 UTC) and repeated at 23 CX, with respective repeats Sunday and Monday at 3 am when Uruguay (06 : 00 UTC)

The program has a history of 25 years, but was diversified to broadcast everything relevant to the history of radio in general, their characters, their programs, all with archival material, without neglecting terms to diexismo.

Dirección de Radioactividades

Dirección electrónica:

Se puede escuchar en directo por Internet en: http://www.sodre.gub.uy:80/
 (Jose Bueno/playdx)

Best of the Best DX Programs



Shortwave Central brings our blog readers, the Best of the Best DX Programs you can hear on shortwave and internet radio. Why bother with anything less than 'the best ?'

Adrian Sainsbury, confirms that Radio New Zealand International, has dropped their Mailbag program.

Please send any corrections or updates to w4gvh at frontier. com

All times UTC
v = variable frequency or time

Monday
0110v R Havana Cuba DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0210v R Havana Cuba DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0245 WWCR Ask WWCR 3215
0250 BBCWS Over to You UK DAB 198LW
0300 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
0310v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0410v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0510v R Havana DXers Unlimited 5040 6000 6060 6100 6165
0610v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6060 6100 6165
1030 All India R Faithfully Yours  7270 13605 13695 15030 15410 17510 17895drm
1100 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1130 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1145 WWCR Australian DX Report(Bob Padula) 15795
1315 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1430 All India R Faithfully Yours 9690 11620 13710
1630 Amateur Radio Today (South Africa) 3230me 7082usb
1830 All India R Faithfully Yours 7550 9445 11580 11670 11935 13695 17670
2120 All India R Faithfully Yours 7550 9445 9910 11670 11620drm 11740drm
2330 All India R Faithfully Yours  9690 9705 11710 11645drm 13605drm

Tuesday
0330 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1330 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1832 BBCWS Click online UK DAB 1323cy 6195om 7375om
1935v R Havana DXers Unlimited 11760
2335v R Havana DXers Unlimited 5040 11880

Wednesday
0000 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
0132 BBCWS  Click online UK DAB SW 12095om 15310th
0145 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
0135v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0235v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0332 BBCWS Click 1323cy 1413om 12095om 13660ki
0335v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0435v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6165
0535v R Havana DXers Unlimited 5040 6000 6060 6100 6165
0635v R Havana DXers Unlimited 6000 6060 6100 6165
0832 BBCWS Click online UK DAB
1130 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1230 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1232 BBCWS Click SW E Asia 5875th 6195th 9740kr 11750th
1530 BBC R4 The Media Show 198LW MW FM DAB online
1750 Vatican R Communications Update 11625 13765 15570
1900 WINB Wavescan 13570
1930 WWCR Ask WWCR 15825
2020 Vatican R Communications Update 13765 15570

Thursday
0100 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
0650 Vatican R Communications Update 13765 15570
1130 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955

Friday
0315 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
0345 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1130 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1230 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1330 R Australia Future Tense 5940 5995 6150 9475 9580 9965pw 12065 12085
1530 BBC R4 Feedback 198LW MW FM DAB online

Saturday
0100 WRMI Media Network Plus online 9955
0200 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
0510 R Japan Media Watch 5975wo 11970fr (3rd or 4th Sat)
0825 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge  9570
0930 VOA Radiogram (digital tests) 5745gr
1000 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1010 R Japan Media Watch 9625 (3rd or 4th Sat)
1045 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1050 BBCWS Over to You UK DAB online
1100  WRMI Wavescan online 9955
1210  R Japan Media Watch 11740kr (3rd or 4th Sat)
1245 V of Turkey DX Corner (alt wks)  15450
1245 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1325 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge 9570 15575
1410 R Japan Media Watch 11705pw 15735ta(3rd or 4th Sat)
1600 VOA Radiogram(digital tests) 17860gr
1625 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge 9515 9640
1630 WWCR Nashville Wavescan 12160
1645 V of Turkey DX Corner(alt wks)  15520
1700 WRN Media Network Plus NAm Af As
1800 WTWW QSO with Ted Randall 9475
1810 R Japan Media Watch 9755me (3rd or 4th Sat)
1825 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge 7275
1845 Voice of  Turkey DX Corner (alt wks) 9785
2045 Voice of Turkey DX Corner (alt wks) 7205
2215 Voice of Turkey DX Corner (alt wks) 9830
2225 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge 11810
2230 WRMI Wavescan online 9955
2250 BBCWS Over to You UK DAB online

Sunday
0000 WTWW QSO with Ted Randall 5085 9930alt
0000 WRMI Wavescan 9495
0030 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
0145 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
0200 WRMI Wavescan 9955
0225 KBS World R Seoul Listeners Lounge 9580 9690
0230 VOA Radiogram(digital tests) 5745gr
0315 Voice of Turkey DX Corner (alt wks) 6165 9515
0450 BBCWS Click 1323cy 12095om 13660om
0505 WWCR Nashville Into Tomorrow 4840
0510 R Japan Friends Around the World  5975wo 11970fr
0605 WWCR Nashville Into Tomorrow 4840
0800 Amateur Radio Today (South Africa) 7205me 17660me
0945 WWCR Nashville Ask WWCR 4840
1010 R Japan Friends Around the World 9625
1045 WRMI Viva Miami online 9955
1210  R Japan Friends Around the World"11740kr
1410 R Japan Friends Around the World 11705pw 15735ta
1530 Adventist World R Wavescan 15670nn
1600 Adventist World R Wavescan  11865gm 11995tr
1730 WRN Media Network Plus NAm Af As
1810 R Japan Friends Around the World  9755me
1902 BBC R4 Feedback 198LW MW FM DAB online
1910v R Havana DXers Unlimited 11760
1930 VOA Radiogram(digital tests) 15670gr
2230 Adventist World R  Wavescan 15320gm
2310v R Havana DXers Unlimited 5040 11880
2330 Adventist World R Wavescan 15320gm


Web sites with streaming audio or on-demand audio or program scripts

Ask WWCR (live) www.wwcr.com
Australian DX Report adxr.podbean.com/
AWR Wavescan www.awr.org/en/listen/program/143/ru
BBC R4 Feedback www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 (live+archive)
BBC World Service Click www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002w6r2
BBC World Service Over to You www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn8
R Bulgaria Answering Your Letters (Saturdays) bnr.bg/en (click on Daily Webcastfor audio)
DXers Unlimited http//dxersunlimited.blogspot.com
Gadget Detective http//gadgetdetective.com
R Japan www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/program/index.html
KBS World Radio http//world.kbs.co.kr/english
VOA Radiogram http//voaradiogram.net/
WRMI www.wrmi.net
(Sources BCDX/R. Pearson FL/S. Wright, MO/B. Clement, VA)

RTÉ to broadcast football finals on Sunday

South Africa/ United Kingdom

RTÉ football great final game schedule.

All times UTC
1300-1600 on 7300 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to SoAf English
1300-1600 on 17495 WOF 300 kW / 158 deg to WeAf English
1300-1600 on 17820 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to EaAf English

1600-1700 on 7300 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to SoAf English
1600-1700 on 11750 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to EaAf English
1600-1700 on 17495 WOF 300 kW / 158 deg to WeAf English
(SWL DXing/19 Sept)

Version taken from HFCC file, a lot of slewed antenna arrays in use

via Babcock - Woofferton site in England (separated from Scotland)

17495 1300-1700 52S,53SW,57N WOF 300kW 158degr -12 618 1=Sun
070914 210914 Eng  G   RTE BAB

and via South Africa's SENTEC Meyerton site by Babcock brokered

 7300 1300-1700 52S,53SW,57N MEY 100kW   5degr   0 803 1=Sun
070914 210914 Eng  AFS RTE BAB
11750 1600-1700 52S,53SW,57N MEY 100     5       0 216 1=Sun
070914 210914 Eng  AFS RTE BAB
17820 1300-1600 52S,53SW,57N MEY 250     5      25 418 1=Sun
070914 210914 Eng  AFS RTE BAB
(Wolfgang Bueschel Germany/Ivo Ivanoc, Bulgaria)

Jim McGuiness: Kingdom are 'dream' All-Ireland final opponents
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness says his side facing Kerry for the Sam Maguire is his “dream final”.
“For me it’s a dream final and it’s a dream final because I grew up watching Kerry and Dublin, and Kerry and everyone else playing in All-Ireland finals,” he told RTÉ Sport ahead of Sunday’s decider at Croke Park.
“It’s the whole history of it, and for us to play them in the final is a great moment for our players.”
McGuinness laughed off the notion that success is effortless for the 36-time champions, pointing out that he has witnessed the county’s dedication to Gaelic football at first hand while a student and Sigerson Cup player at Tralee IT.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

VOA Radiogram weekend schedule


Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend will include a detailed VOA news item about U.S. public diplomacy.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 77, during the weekend of 20-21 September 2014. All content is in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz except for two surprise modes at the end:

  1:34  Program preview
.2:35  Device produces water from fog, with image.
 7:34  NASA contract for manned spacecraft, with image
11:33  NASA's asteroid detection effort, with image
18:15  US information "battle" with Russia, IS
26:41  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Radio Free Asia transmissions of digital text via shortwave have ended and will not resume. I am surprised by this decision, because the RFA tests showed that in even in the face of deliberate Chinese co-channel interference, digital text provided a very successful decode.

Here is an example: RFA Cantonese as received in Hong Kong, 14 September 2014, 2257 UTC, on 15390 kHz. The female voice is China National Radio. The male voice in the background in RFA Cantonese. The mix of CNR and RFA creates a generally inaudible mess. The Olivia 32-2000 mode penetrates the cacophony, resulting in successfully decoded text (try decoding it yourself)...

https://soundcloud.com/voaradiogram/rfa-cant-140914-2257-15390-hk

I initiated experiments with digital text via analog shortwave broadcast about two years ago to find a way to work around the blockage and censorship of Internet content. The VOA Radiogram experiments show that text and images can successfully be transmitted via shortwave: a useful capability when the Internet is blocked.

However, we can assume that if a country blocks Internet traffic, it will probably also jam shortwave transmissions. Text via shortwave must also have anti-jamming capabilities. Tests of digital text modes amid actual jamming are -- were -- essential to the VOA Radiogram concept. Now that VOA and RFA have both discontinued tests of text to China, experiments with Chinese jamming are no longer possible within the realm of US-government-funded international broadcasting.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports to themightykbc@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interesting reports from last weekend's VOA Radiogram. I will begin answering those reports now.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

September amateur radio special events

Los Roques Island, site of upcoming DXpedition


Islands, Castles & Portable Operations

Activities are open to amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners. QSL information is included with each listed event.

September 18-September 22
Eritrea-Zorro, JH1AJT, is currently active from Eritrea as E30FB. He will be active on HF bands. He is using a Kenwood TS-590 transceiver with ACOM 1010 amplifier. QSL via home call. [DXAT]

September 18-21
Los Roques-A lady-expedition to Los Roques (SA-035, DIV-037) and lighthouse (DFV-021, ARLHS VEN-006, WLOTA 2910) are currently active until 21st September, 2014. Ops include Carolina YV4AW, Maika YV5ALO, Geraldine YY2GAL, Laura YY5OLA, Maria YY5MCO and Yumayra YY5YVR. QRV 80-10m, CW, SSB, Digi. QSL via YV5AJ direct or Bureau. ClubLog OQRS will also be available for QSLing www.clublog.org/charts/?c=YW5RYL. [DX-World]

September 18-22
Eddie, ES2TT, will be active and participate in the festival Zjazd Kasztelanski and work from several castles in SP8-area: on 19th of September from Berzniki [Sejny] (WCA SP-00872, ZWP OSE01); Beilsk Podlaski (WCA SP-00859, ZWP OBL01); Lukow (WCA SP-00726, ZWP LLW02; and Zabikow [Radzyn Podlaski] (WCA SP-01323, ZWP LRP02). On 20th of September from castles in SP8-area as SP/ES2TT and other SP-operators. On 21st of September from castles in SP4 and SP8 areas. He plans to work as SP/ES2TT on all bands. QSL via ES2TT, Bureau or diect. [RN1CW]

September 19
It is time for our 19 September 2014 NAQCC Florida Chapter Event. This month's almost secret location is at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona, Florida. We should be up and running by 9:00 EDT (1300 UTC), and will be operating until around 12:00 pm local time. At this time we know of
at least one station that will be on the air - Art WB4MNK #5274. Steve WB4OMM #5913 will be on the air at the same time...but from Jacksonville Beach, Florida some 90 miles North (he is at a conference with his wife). Operating frequencies will be posted on QRP Spots and NAQCC Spotter when we commence...20M (14060), 30M (10110), and 40M (7040) at least! QSL via home calls, Bureau or direct. [N8XMS]

September 19-26
Texel Island-Look for Dieter PA/DK1AW, Juergen PA/DL2AMT, Lutz PA/DL3ARK, Peter PA/DL4AMK and Mario PA/DL5ASE to be active from Texel Island (EU-038, WLOTA 0043). They will operate SSB, CW, RTTY and BPSK on 160-10 metres. QSL via home calls, direct or Bureau. [425 DX News]

September 20-22
Roques de Fasnia-Operators EA8CYE, Jose EA8CZT, Alberto EA8JT and Juan EA8VJ plan to be active as EA8URT from Roques de Fasnia [Tenerife] (AF-004, DIE S-061). The island belongs to the group of islands of Tenerife, the name is Roque de Fasnia and is located south of the island of Tenerife. QSL via Bureau or direct with enough contribution for return. [rsgbiota.org]

September 20-22
Shodo Island-Take, JI3DST and Take, JS6RRR will be active as homecall/5 from Shodo Island ["Island of Small Beans"] (AS-200, Grid Loc. PM74), Kagawa prefecture, Shozu district, Japan. QRV on 40-6 metre CW, SSB, RTTY and FM (JI3DST/5 SSB, CW) (JS6RRR/5 RTTY, FM). In case of heavy rain or other condition, the operation condition may vary. QSL via home calls, Bureau or direct. Website: blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst [rsgbiota.org]

September 20-25
Suriname-Isao, JH1ROJ, will be active as PZ5AA from Suriname. He will operate on all bands and modes from PZ5RA's rental shack in Paramaribo (QRA GJ25KU). QSL via JA1HGY, direct or Bureau (OQRS for direct and bureau cards on Club Log) and LoTW. [425 DX News]

September 21
Schloss Habsburg-Walter, HB9ZS/p, plans to activate Schloss Habsburg (DCS AG-022) from 0700 to 0900 UTC. Plans are to be QRV on 7.120 - 7.130 MHz, then QSY to 20 metres, using IC7000 and Vertical Ant. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [HB9TZA/I2JJR]

September 21-26
Oleron Island-Operators Lionel F5HNQ, Pascal F8CGL, Jean Michel F4EWP, Didier F1PPH, Christine F4GDI and Nelly F4HHR will be active as TM32O from L'ile  d'Oleron [Oleron Island] (EU-032, DIFM AT-025, WLOTA 1369). QRV on the HF/VHF bands using SSB and Digital modes with Yaesu FT-950 /100W and R6000 for 20-10m and dipoles for 80 and 40 meters. QSL via F6KFI, Bureau preferred. Website: tm32oleron.blogspot.com/ [rsgbiota.org]

September 21-26
Timor-Leste-Sei, JA7LU and Hiro, JA2VWG will be active from Dili, Timor-Leste Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (OC-148, WLOTA 0019, Grid Loc. PI21) as 4W6LU and 4W6DD, respectively. Plans are to be QRV on 40-6 metre SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home calls, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

September 21-October 3
Sint Eustatius-David OK6DJ, Pavel OK1FPS) and Petr OK1FCJ/OL8R will be active from the island of Sint Eustatius (NA-145, WLOTA 1851, WWFF PAFF-025) as PJ5/OK6DJ, PJ5/OK1FPS,
PJ5/OK1FCJ, and PJ5/OL8R. They plan to be QRV with up to three stations on 160-10 metre SSB, CW and digital modes, including an entry in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest. QSL via OK6DJ (OQRS on ClubLog), LoTW and eQSL. Note: this expedition is a change of plans due to the unexpected development of the EBOLA disease in West Africa. The team originally intended to be active from Togo, a neighbouring country in that region. 5V7 activity will now take place in 2015. They have a website at: www.cdxp.cz/ [DX-World]

September 21-October 15
Sint Maarten-Ed, WA1ZAM, will once again be active as PJ7PL from the Royal Palm Beach Resort, in Cole Bay, island of Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711), including a Single-Op/Low-Power entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (27-28 September). QRV holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL PJ7PL via WA1ZAM, direct only (see QRZ.com). [NG3K]

September 22-29
Rab Island Croatia-Laci, HA0HW, tells I.C.P.O. that "Ede, HA5BWW and his friends Pista, HA5AUC and Karl, HA7PC operating once again as 9A/own calls from Rab Island Croatia (EU-136, IOCA CI-096, MIA MC-330, WLOTA 2198). They will be operating on CW mostly (99%), but some SSB activity expected as well (1 % hi). Their rig are 2 x IC-756PRO transceivers and R7000, W80-10, and Windom by HA5BT antennas. QSL via HA Bureau or direct." [HA0HW]

September 22-30
Ascension Island-Bob, G4DBW (GQRP Club #11419), will once again be active as ZD8RH from Georgetown, Ascension Island (AF-003, WLOTA 1491). QRV on the HF bands, mainly CW. Bob will focus on a Single-Op/Single-Band 21 or 28 MHz entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (27-28 September) from CQ zone 36. QSL direct to G4DBW (RW Hammond, 51 Poplar Drive, Greenhill, Herne Bay CT6 7PY, England). [NG3K]

September 24-30
Argentina-Look for Arnaldo LU3AAL/T, Enrique LU8EFF/T and Horacio LU5BE/T to be QRV from Purmamarca, in the seldom active Jujuy Province of Argentina. They will operate SSB, CW, PSK31 and SSTV on 80-10 metres, possibly with two stations. QSLs direct to LU8EFF. [425 DX News]

September 24-October 1
Aruba-Al, W6HGF, plans to be active as P40HF (requested callsign) or P4/W6HGF from the island of Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033). QRV on the HF bands, SSB and CW. QSL via
W6HGF, ClubLog OQRS preferred. [NG3K]

September 24-November 5
Nepal-Joel, F3CJ, is planning a Mountain Manaslu trek in Nepal. He will operate from the following areas: 24th September - 6th October from Kathmandu; 7-23 October from Ascension Manaslu (8164 metres a.s.l.); 24th October - 4th November from Kathmandu. His callsign is pending, and he has requested 9N7CJ. QSL via F3CJ. For more details and updates, visit his blog at: 3cjnepal.wordpress.com/ [OPDX Bulletin]

September 25-26
Pangutaran Islan-Dindo, DV1UD, will be QRV as DX8DX from Pangutaran Island (IOTA OC-188 - Pangutaran Group) and Tongkil Island (IOTA OC-119 - Jolo Group). His QSL manager M0OXO says "details are not exact at this stage but it is believed these activations will be around Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September, 2014". Website: www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx.html [DX-World]

September 26-October 2
Bhutan-Pekka, OH2YY, reports "will be returning to Bhutan late September this year. I have applied for the same call, A52YY, that I used last year. I will arrive in Paro late afternoon on Sept. 26th and will depart in the morning of Oct. 2nd. I will be staying close to city of Paro. This time I have nothing else to do and I can focus 100% on operating amateur radio! The QTH will be up on a hill facing to north giving a good take off to North America, most of South America, northern Asia, Middle-East and whole Europe should be good. I will have a K3 + KPA500, a 2-el tribander, 7m telescope mast and dipoles for 24, 18 and 7 MHz and two 10-12m fiberglass poles. I will have every day 28, 21 and 14 MHz available and at least one (hopefully two) of the dipoles. I will be operating SSB. I try to start already on Sept. 26th with one of the dipoles. From 27th onwards I will have the yagi up. On Oct. 2nd I will have an early morning flight and need to go QRT sometime during the night. QSL checking will be here and in LoTW. QSL cards dirctly to my home address or via SRAL QSL bureau." [NG3K]

September 27-28
Jersey-Kazu, M0CFW, plans to be active once again as MJ5Z during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest from the isle of Jersey (EU-013, WLOTA 0818) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Before and after the contest, Kazu will be active on the HF bands as MJ0CFW. QSL both calls via
LoTW. QSLs also OK via M0CFW, direct only (QRZ.com). [NG3K]

September 25-October 7
Indonesia-Gab, HA3JB, will be on another International Police Association and IOTA expedition to Indonesia. Using the callsign YB9/HA3JB, he plans to activate Lombok Island (OC-150, WLOTA 2637) and Bali Island (OC-022, WLOTA 2589). Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, RTTY and SSB, including an entry in the CQWW RTTY Contest (27-28 September). QSL via HA3JB (see details on QRZ.com -- OQRS available via PayPal [see Web page]). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. QSL cards will be valid for all IPA Award, including the HA-IPARC Award. Further information and updates at: www.ha3jb.com/yb9-ha3jb.html [HA3JB]

September 26-28
North Of Peninsular Malaysia-ARA BOYS Contest n' DX'er members Ahmad 9M2AGC, Zaki 9M2ZAK, Rizal 9M2RDX, Han 9W2SBD, Mohamad 9W2SBL, Hafizi 9W2TZW, Noh 9W2MNW, Syed 9M8SYA, Oja 9M2OUT and Hary 9M2GET will be active as 9M2SM from Pulau Perhentian Besar (AS-073, WLOTA 2848). QRV on all bands, CW and SSB, including an entry in the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (27-28 September). QSL direct to 9M2GET (QRZ.com). No LotW, No eQSL, No Bureau. [rsgbiota.org]
(I.C.P.O. Bulletin-Sept 19-26)

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WRMI set for Thursday broadcast of Radio France International relay


FRANCE/ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
9955, Radio France International, via Okeechobee, 0404-0427, Sept 06, News in English. I can’t remember the last time I heard English news from RFI. French news from 0413 followed by Sports News and Technology News with several IDs and TC (“It’s 6 – 16 here in Paris”). Fair to good signal with occasional deep fades. (Rich D’Angelo/PA)

As of September 03, WRMI is broadcasting a new French-language European newscast at 2300-2315 UTC on Wednesday and Thursday each week on 11580 kHz beamed to North America. 

We would appreciate reception reports on this new program, which can be sent to info@wrmi.net  (postal address: WRMI Radio Miami International, 10400 NW 240th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, USA) or direct to the producers in France at contact@echoofeurope.eu 

(postal address: 
Radio Echo of Europe
09 rue de Sébastopol BP 21531
F-31015 Toulouse Cedex 6, France)
(DSWI-DX Window 514 via Jeff White-WRMI)


Update on Bhutan Broadcasting Service


Bhutan
(log edited for clarity)
6034.96, Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Sangaygang, is operating again on 6035 with 50 kW between 0000v-1303* UTC, Sep 02. heard via Hong Kong receiver. They welcome possible reception reports via their web form on http://www.bbs.bt/news/ . (Ritola). 

Its morning transmission beginning time is not regular as sometimes I noted back on air as early as 0100 and sometimes half an hour or an hour later. And on Sep 09, I heard good signal local Bhutanese language from 0047 onwards.
On Sep 06, I heard loud and clear signal of BBS English Service with news in English, public service announcements. English songs from 1103 onwards. On Sep 07, also I monitored BBS English with excellent reception overall 1040-1112 UTC. There was English songs (sometimes back to back), Health promos, news in English, public service announcement. Here is the link of a few moments audio recorded around 1100: https://app.box.com/s/ixlrjbfrq2rwynn2xnc5 . And another link to the  audio of BBS recorded around 1110: https://app.box.com/s/w16lrfrj0fs5jfh41qye . The audio files were recorded while I was listening BBS on my Philips DL334  portable Analog Receiver without any external antenna. However in the evening and night, I have yet to hear the signal of BBS on 6035. As per informed by Alokesh Gupta, BBS is using only one transmitter at a time and that's why there is no parallel frequency. (Sharma).

Also heard at 1145-1310, Sep 02, 04 and 07, their unique repetitive indigenous music, 1230-1256 a cute BBS program I have often heard in past years with female chatting on the phone with young children and the kids also singing (no music - just singing) clearly running past their normal sign off , (clearly not PBS Yunnan's Chinese or Vietnamese!). BBS many times stronger than Yunnan PBS, which at times was heard very faintly underneath BBS; intermittent heavy adjacent interference. https://app.box.com/s/ss1cd24jvusgxmh6eqnf contains audio. I received yesterday this e-mail from the BBS:

Dear Mr. Ron Howard
As always, thank you very much. Our shortwave transmitter was down for a long time. It broke down and we could not get it back up and running till recently. We managed to do so only with the help of a shortwave transmitter expert from the All India Radio.


Thank you once again. Regards, Kaka Tshering, General Manager, Radio Service, Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Chubachu,
Post Box 101, Thimphu. (Howard). Cf. DX-Window # 513. 
(DSWCI-DX Window # 514 via Adrian Petersen)

EMR set for weekend broadcast


European Music Radio Relay on 21st September 2014

All times UTC
0700 to 0800 (Gohren) on 7265 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor

0800 to 0900 (Gohren) on 9485 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor

Please send all E.M.R. reports to:  studio@emr.org.uk  Thank you!


EMR Internet repeats on Sunday and Monday  

Program repeats are at the following times: 0700, 1200, 1600, 1900

Please visit www.emr.org.uk and click on the “EMR internet radio” button which you will find throughout the website (see the menu on the left).

or www.tunein.com and sign in  

If you live outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web Receiver at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

EMR (every 3rd Sunday) between September 2014 & April 2015

Sep/Oct 2014
7265 0700 to 0800
9485 0800 to 0900

Nov 2014 to March 2015
7265 0800 to 0900
9485 0900 to 1000

April 2015
7265 0700 to 0800
9485 0900 to 1000

Good Listening

73s

Tom Taylor

Throwback-Thursday: Burkina Faso

Radio Burkina QSL (via GVH collection)

Did you log and verify Radio Burkina when it was active on shortwave ? Radio Burkina, was the state-run broadcasting service of Burkina Faso. Formerly known as Upper Volta, the land-locked country is located in western Africa.

Last heard in January 2010, the station broadcast on shortwave from Ouagadougou on 5030 kHz and 7230 kHz, and you may recall their sign-on interval signal from an African balafon instrument.

Radio Burkina has not been heard since January 2010.

Radiodiffusion Television Du Burkina, streaming audio is available at: http://www.rtb.bf/

Scotland Decides Today


People in Scotland are voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.
Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, it is expected to be the busiest day in Scottish electoral history.
Votes will be cast at 5,579 polling stations until 22:00 on Thursday. The result is expected on Friday morning.
Strict rules mean the BBC - in common with other broadcasters - is not allowed to report details of campaigning until after the polls close.

Live streaming audio BBC Scotland at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_scotland
Live streaming audio BBC World Service at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Ham QSLs Online


Old QSL Card Collection (Update)

Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind everyone   to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than 12000 old  QSL cards in several different albums/galleries.
This site contains:
    - The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2004 to 2013) with more than 300 QSLs
    - At least one card for each 60 deleted DXCC countries (more than 1500+ QSLs)
    - Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more than 4100+ QSLs)
    - Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (400+ QSLs) - More than 900 QSLs from the Antarctic bases.
    - With 270 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises).
    - More than 400 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW
    - More than 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T
    - The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1969
    - More than 1700 cards for the old timer with more than 130 countries before 1945.
    - Cards from the French Department before 1945.
    - At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.

    The URL address for the web site is:  http://LesNouvellesDX.free.fr  Some cards are still needed for the collection, and your participation is welcome. Only a ".jpg" file (both side of the card) is required.
  Please visit the site and give them your comments by sending an E-mail to: LesNouvellesDX@free.fr
(OPDX 1179)

Voice of Mongolia via Germany to October 5th




Mongolia

Voice of Mongolia program in English will be broadcast via Kall Krekel, Germany

1430-1500 UTC 7310 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu from Sept 1 till October 5
1730-1800 UTC 6005 KLL 100#kW / non-dir to CeEu from Sept 1 till October 5
1900-1930 UTC 3985 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu from Sept 1 till October 5

Reception reports / Empfangsberichte / digital via  vom_en@yahoo.com
or postal mail to:

Voice Of Mongolia
English Section
C.P.O.-Box 365
Ulaanbaatar-13
Mongolia
(SWL DXing)

Travel the World With the Great White Fleet

(President Theodore Roosevelt via Mort Künstler.com)
It was on Monday December 16, 1907, that the Great White Fleet steamed out of Hampton Roads Virginia at the beginning of a good will tour that took them to twenty ports on six continents, a voyage that lasted fourteen months and traversed 46,000 miles across the worlds largest oceans.  It was a warm cloudy morning, and President Theodore Roosevelt was on the deck of the presidential yacht Mayflower”’ and he saluted the more than thirty navy vessels and 14,000 navy and marine personnel that set out on the most ambitious venture thus far in the entire history of the United States of America, an event that demonstrated the mighty power of his nation that was emerging widely into the international political arena.
            A total of sixteen magnificent battle ships, all newly painted in gleaming white with golden ornamentation upon the bow, steamed in a neat row at four hundred yard intervals, flanked by four destroyers.  Billowing black smoke announced that these ships were now set out on a course for diplomatic endeavors on an international scale that the world had never witnessed before.  This majestic flotilla of naval power was under the direction of Admiral Robley Evans, and this was the final grand event in his notable career before retirement.
            The first port of call was at Port of Spain on the British island of Trinidad, at the edge of the Caribbean.  The crew spent six days in coaling all of their vessels, and in visiting throughout the island which was not yet an international tourist destination in those days.  They also celebrated a special Christmas at the island.  On the occasion of the departure of the Great White Fleet, Governor Jackson held a fitting ceremony in which he complimented the navy personnel on their good behavior on his island.
            The Great White Fleet crossed the equator on January 6 of the next year, 1908, and then steamed down the coastline of Brazil in South America.  Here the American ships were welcomed by several naval vessels from Brazil.
            After coaling at Rio de Janeiro, and a multitude of festivities ashore, the American flotilla left on January 21 for the stormy Straits of Magellan at the bottom of the continent.  Here they were met by a navy vessel from Chile which guided them safely through the turbulent and dangerous waters.        
            Along the Pacific coast of the South American continent, the ships were welcomed at several ports, and they arrived back in their home waters at San Diego in California on April 14.  There were several ports of call in California and Washington, and then they left for Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, arriving on July 16.
            Across the Pacific, they visited Auckland in New Zealand, and the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Albany on the southern coast of Western Australia.  At their arrival in Sydney, a quarter million people came out to welcome the Great White Fleet.  
            Next was Manila in the Philippines, and then Tokyo in Japan, where they were granted a most gracious welcome, which was described as an event that was overflowing with Japanese hospitality.  Three Japanese destroyers welcomed and escorted the American ships; the newspaper Boyaki Shimpo printed a special edition to honor the arrival of the Great White Fleet; and 50,000 people celebrated with a torchlight parade.
            As they were passing Formosa on the way to Tokyo, they encountered s massive storm.  One sailor was washed overboard by a huge wave, and another huge wave washed him up onto the deck of another nearby ship.
            The onward voyage of the Great White Fleet took them to Colombo Ceylon; they celebrated their second Christmas in the Indian Ocean; and they traversed the Suez Canal, taking on coal again at Port Said.  Several ships from the Great White Fleet went on to Messina on the Italian island of Sicily to provide relief supplies for survivors of the recent earthquake.  The entire fleet re-assembled at Gibraltar on February 6, 1909 and steamed out into the Atlantic for the final leg on their journey back home.
            A couple of weeks later, on February 22 to be exact, also a Monday, President Theodore Roosevelt was again on the deck of the Mayflower this time to welcome home the men and the ships of his triumphant Great White Fleet, though on this occasion the weather was dull, windy and rainy.
            We go back to the the summer of the year 1907, a few months before the Great White Fleet set out on its epic journey, and two sets of Forest wireless equipment were installed on the American navy vessels, Connecticut and Virginia.  In September, test transmissions were carried out between the two ships and with station CC on Cape Cod.  Although these test transmissions were conducted in haste and they were considered to be incomplete, yet they were described as being fairly successful.
            The navy ordered 26 sets of the Forest wireless equipment, transmitters & receivers, and these were manufactured in haste.  At best, Forest equipment had a reputation for poor quality, and there were no instruction manuals.  Dr. Lee de Forest himself supervised the installation of his equipment into some of the ships of the Great White Fleet.  The remaining sets of wireless equipment were sent to Rio de Janeiro prior to the arrival of the fleet for installation there by American navy wireless electricians.
            On departure day from Hampton Roads, Forest presented a live program broadcast from the deck of the ship Dolphin which was anchored at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.  The program consisted of messages of good will and musical items.  Swedish born 34 year old opera singer, Eugenia Farrar, sang several songs, including the popular parlor song, I Love You Truly, and this is considered to be the first live broadcast of a musical presentation.
            The wireless equipment on the USS Ohio under the callsign DC was considered to be the network control station for the Great White Fleet.  On January 12, 1908, the ships brass band made a broadcast for the benefit of the combined navies of Brazil and the United States.
            Many subsequent broadcasts were made from station DC, for the benefit of passings ships, and for amateurs living in each of the various ports of call.  The Forest equipment was a spark wireless transmitter modulated with a telephone mouth piece.  All transmitters were tuned to approximately the same wavelength. 
            Some of the other ships that were equipped with the Forest wireless sets also made program broadcasts while en route with the Great White Fleet.  However, none of the 26 sets, most of which were operable, were taken into usage for naval communication. 
            While anchored in San Francisco, the wireless personnel on board the Ohio procured several music recordings and a phonograph player and these were used in subsequent wireless broadcasts.  The broadcasts in San Francisco were picked up by station PH at Russian Hill and the information was printed in a local newspaper report.
            Good will broadcasts consisting of music, interviews, speeches and reports were made at each of the subsequent ports of call from transmitter DC on board the Ohio.  In most of these locations, these radio broadcasts were the very first radio broadcasts in the history of those localities.

            At the end of the more than a year long itinerary of the Great White Fleet, and with many successful program broadcasts transmitted at so many different locations, all of the wireless equipment was removed from each ship, and placed into storage, permanent storage, and never used again.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 290 via Adrian Peterson) 

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Sep 15 0717 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 08 - 14 September 2014

Solar activity ranged from low to high levels during the period. Moderate levels were reached on 8, 11, and 14 September with high levels reached on 10 September. Moderate levels were first reached on 09 September at 0029 UTC when active sunspot region 2158 (N16, L=087, class/area Dkc/440 on 11 September) produced a long duration M4/1n flare. This flare had associated Type II (999 km/s estimated shock velocity) and Type IV radio sweeps, a 10cm (370 sfu) radio burst, and an symmetrical, full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) which was first observed in LASCO/C2 imagery at 09/0006 UTC. The majority of the ejecta appeared to be heading north and east of the Sun/Earth line, however, it was later determined this event contained an Earth-directed component. On 10 September, conditions reached High levels as Region 2158 produced a X1/2b flare at 1745 UTC. It also had associated Type II (3750 km/s estimated shock velocity) and Type IV radio sweeps, a 10cm (1300 sfu ) radio burst, and an Earth-directed full halo CME. On 11 September, Region 2166 (N13, L=352, class/area Dao/60 on 14 September) produced an M2 flare at 1526 and an M1 flare at 2126 UTC, just prior to rotating on to the visible disk. After returning to low levels on 12 and 13 September, conditions again rose to Moderate levels as Region 2157 (S14, L=98, class/area Ekc/540 on 6 September) produced an M1/2n flare at 14/0216 UTC. The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with this M-flare was observed off the west limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 14/0248 UTC, but was deemed to be well off the Sun-Earth line. Other activity included a filament eruption observed in SDO/AIA 193 imagery beginning at 12/1749 UTC west of Region 2158 near center-disk. SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery showed a coronal mass ejection (CME) beginning at 12/1936 UTC that was mostly obscured by a larger backsided CME off the NNE limb that preceded it beginning at 12/1836 UTC. WSA-ENLIL modeling of the event indicates a likely CME arrival around midday on 16 September. 

The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was elevated on 8 and 9 September due to a particle enhancement from an event the week prior. Late on 10 September, levels began a quick rise following the X1/2b flare from Region 2158, mentioned earlier. By 11 September, the greater than 10 MeV levels had reached a peak of 28 pfu (S1 - Minor), but then leveled off for the next 24 hours. Storm levels briefly reached the S2 (Moderate) threshold, in conjunction with the arrival of the CME, and reached a maximum of 126 pfu at 12/1355 UTC. During this time, the greater than 100 MeV proton flux levels began to rise as well, reaching the 1.2 pfu at 11/0425 UTC level before tapering off shortly thereafter. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 8, 9, 11, 13, and 14 September, and reached moderate levels on 10 and 12 September. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to severe storm levels during the period. Quiet to unsettled levels occurred from 8 to 11 September, with an isolated active period on 11 September. A geomagnetic Sudden Impulse (33 nT) was observed at the Boulder magnetometer at 11/2346 UTC, indicating the arrival of the 09 September CME as anticipated. The geomagnetic field responded, pushing geomagnetic field conditions to minor storm levels. Conditions moderated for approximately 9 hours back at quiet to unsettled levels, until the second CME arrived at Earth. Total field rose to a max of 31 nT and solar wind increased to near 790 km/s by late on 12 September. A geomagnetic sudden impulse of 43 nT was observed at the Boulder magnetometer at 12/1555 UTC. Conditions then increased to minor to severe storm levels for the next 9 hours. Conditions fell to active levels early on 13 September and continued to decline to quiet levels by mid day as the Bz component remained in a northward orientation (not well connected). Quiet conditions remained through 14 September. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 15 September - 11 October 2014

Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class flares through 27 September due to returning Regions 2149 (N09, L=284) and 2151 (S08, L=253). Activity is then likely to be moderate (R1-R2/Minor-Moderate) with a chance for X-class flaring (R3-Strong or greater) through the remainder of the period due to Regions 2157 and 2158 returning to the visible disk. 

There is a chance for a greater than 10 MeV proton event from 29 September through the end of the period due to potential significant flare activity from Regions 2157 and 2158. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels from 15 to 18 September, before returning to normal levels through 25 September. Conditions should increase to normal to moderate with a chance for high levels from 26 September through 1 October in response to the recurrent coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Conditions should fall back to normal to moderate levels from 2 - 11 October, with a chance for high levels from 7 to 9 October due to another CH HSS. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly quiet levels from 15 to 24 September, with isolated unsettled levels on 16 and 17 September, due to a recurrent CH HSS combined with CME activity from 12 September. Another recurrent CH HSS is expected to return on 25 September, making unsettled to active conditions likely through 30 September. Mostly quiet conditions are expected from 1 October to 5 October. A weak positive polarity coronal hole feature is likely to bring conditions up slightly, to the quiet to unsettled levels on 6 - 7 October, before returning to mostly quiet conditions for the remainder of the period. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Sep 15 0717 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
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-09-15
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Sep 15     138           5          2
2014 Sep 16     135          10          3
2014 Sep 17     130           8          3
2014 Sep 18     125           5          2
2014 Sep 19     120           5          2
2014 Sep 20     120           5          2
2014 Sep 21     120           5          2
2014 Sep 22     125           5          2
2014 Sep 23     120           5          2
2014 Sep 24     115           5          2
2014 Sep 25     115          20          4
2014 Sep 26     115          15          4
2014 Sep 27     120          15          4
2014 Sep 28     120          12          3
2014 Sep 29     130          12          3
2014 Sep 30     135          10          3
2014 Oct 01     135           5          2
2014 Oct 02     140           5          2
2014 Oct 03     145           8          3
2014 Oct 04     145           8          3
2014 Oct 05     145           5          2
2014 Oct 06     150          10          3
2014 Oct 07     150          10          3
2014 Oct 08     145           5          2
2014 Oct 09     145           5          2
2014 Oct 10     140           5          2
2014 Oct 11     140           5          2
(NOAA)

Radio Exterior of Spain leaves shortwave


RTVE eliminates shortwave broadcast to save 1.2 million per year and will close the center antenna Noblejas.

The adjustment plan RTVE has claimed another victim: shortwave. The board of directors of the Corporation approved summer before removing the HF band through which Radio Exterior of Spain (REE) is issued, after more than 70 years of history, to save 1.2 million euro year, of which 700,000 euros are electricity.

 Explains Africa Sempriin in 'The Economist' this measure will mean the closure of antenna Noblejas (Toledo) and the total abolition of this means of dissemination after the broadcast center of Costa Rica should close with a consequent saving of million euros per year, so REE can only be heard through local Internet.

 The direction of RTVE has already agreed to the relocation of the 13 workers employed in the center Noblejas, so there will be no layoffs, as President of the Corporation, Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique, promised in II Collective Agreement signed year last.

 So, it will take a technical means of radios, Technology and the CCTT to Toledo.

 Shortwave became the early twentieth century in the first global media and traditional broadcast system REE, the international channel of Spain's National Radio (RNE), which in 2012 completed its 70th anniversary.

 Thus, the elimination of this technology, which has a high cost, the programming will no longer be listening REE where there is no Internet.

 As early as 2012, and in the strength of the network, RTVE reduced transmission power shortwave in North America and Europe due to the proliferation of devices allowed to listen to the radio over the Internet.

 This time, to eliminate emissions hereby programming does not come to much of Asia, where there are connections to the North Atlantic, and parts of Africa where Spanish aid work (according to Unesco 3,000 million people lack access Internet).

 "Disappears a public-service to citizens and RTVE fails to make" reported the unions.

 With this measure, RTVE goes a step ahead of the great state media group as the BBC, Radio Canada International, Radio Netherlands and Vatican Radio.

 These public stations ended their emissions in some regions such as Europe or North America and cut its programming to the advancement of digital radio and network generalization.

 At this point, BBC ended its service on shortwave Spanish RTVE in 2011 and ends with the shortwave broadcast REE, which broadcasts in ten languages and reaches five continents.
(Grupo Argentino Listener/Arnaldo L. Slaen-ARG, DXplorer Sept 13/WWDXC Top Nx 1176)

Ampegon delivers new systems to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Ampegon delivers Shortwave Transmitters and Antenna Systems to Saudi Broadcast Corporation.

Turgi, Switzerland, Sept 12, 2014.
Saudi Broadcast Corporation (SBC), Saudi's National Broadcaster, has contracted Ampegon through undisputed Saudi market leader First Gulf Company (FGC) for the renewal of their radio transmission site in Riyadh.

Ampegon will deliver four 500 kW shortwave transmitters, four shortwave antennas HRS 4/4/0.5 and the BroadMaster broadcast control system. The new systems will replace existing analog transmitters with four tubes by modern analog/digital transmitters having single high power tube amplification and hence a much better overall efficiency.

Saudi Broadcast Corporation has selected FGC proposal with Ampegon because of the capability of FGC to handle large projects along with Ampegon's expertise and the reliability of their systems well known since decades. Ampegon had supplied several antenna and transmission systems in the past
and feels honored to once again show presence in Saudi Arabia.

The transmitters will be manufactured in Turgi, Switzerland. Factory tests together with SBC engineers are planned for autumn and shipments before end of 2014. Commissioning by an Ampegon engineer will start afterwards and the new systems are expected to be on air within summer 2015.

Engineer Saleh A. Almeghaileeth, Vice-President for Engineering Affairs at SBC, is extremely pleased to work together with Ampegon: "Ampegon offers a complete solution approach including transmitters, antennas, broadcast control systems and DRM integration. We trust on Ampegon's and FGC's experience as they had delivered shortwave transmitters in the past that still work to our full satisfaction."
(info@ampegon.com/Alokesh Gupta-IND, DX SoAsia Sept 12)

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW: Frequency Update-International Shortwave Broadcast Guide: Summer 2014


This is the seventh update for the 2014 Summer edition of International Shortwave Broadcast Guide. The ebook from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazon.com for U.S. $4.99, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/Book6YKNFM

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

Country/Station
Language
Hrs/freq/info

Algeria, Radio TV Algerienne
0400-0459 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
0500-0559 on  7295 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
0500-0505 on  9535 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
0505-0559 on  9535 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px
0600-0605 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
0605-0659 on 11985 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
1800-1900 on 13820 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
1900-2000 on 11765 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
1900-1905 on 13820 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
1905-1959 on 13820 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2000-2100 on  9375 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
2000-2005 on 11765 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2005-2059 on 11765 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2100-2200 on  7495 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Nat. Chaine 1
2100-2105 on  9375 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf French news bulletin
2105-2159 on  9375 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf Arabic Holy Quran px
2200-2205 on  7495 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf French news bulletin
2205-2259 on  7495 ISS 500 kW / 194 deg to NWAf Arabic Holy Quran px
The times in announcement are given in UTC+1 hour

Australia
Radio Australia adjust schedules affecting Tok Pisin and Burmese programs. The former 0900-1100 Tok Pisin program
is replaced with two slots; 0730-0800 and 1000-1030. Burmese programming has changed from daily programming to Monday
to Friday only.
(Top Nx 1176/06 Sept 2014)

Clandestine
At the end of October the Democratic Voice of Burma will stop transmissions on shortwave after 21 years of broadcasting.
Current schedule
2330-0030 on 11595 DB  100 kW / 125 deg to SEAs Burmese
1430-1530 on 11560 DB  100 kW / 125 deg to SEAs Burmese

Clandestine
Radio Free Sarawak - frequency change of Radio Free Sarawak in Iban Mon-Sat from Sep.2
1100-1230 NF 15430 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs, ex 15425 June 23-August 30

Clandestine
 Frequency changes of Shiokaze Sea Breeze effective from Sep.1:
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 Japanese Mon/Wed
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 Chinese/Korean Tue
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 English Thu
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 Korean Fri
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 Korean/Japanese Sat
1330-1430 NF  6020 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 5985 Japanese/Korean Sun
altternative: 5910/5985/6120/6135/6175

1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 Japanese Mon/Wed
1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 Chinese/Korean Tue
1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 English Thu
1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 Korean Fri
1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 Korean/Japanese Sat
1600-1700 NF  6165 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6090 Japanese/Korean Sun
(DX Nx 870/09 Sept 2014)

Finland
3960.00, Radio Gramox, Hämeenkyrö (50 Watt), 0350-0410 and 1745-2205, Aug 25, 27 and 30, New station, Finnish talks and laughter, traditional and romantic Finnish songs, 1910 ID’s in English and German, best 35343, but only audible in LSB, because of DRM noise from 3965. (Petersen). Also heard at 2215-0005, Aug 23, old-style Finnish music and canned IDs. Very weak signal, SIO 142, but quite clear, parallel their web stream http://gramox.fi/. (Kenny)

Finnish R Rapu plans to start broadcasting in Russian.
Finnish commercial R Rapu submitted an application to the Ministry of Communications of Finland on access to radio frequencies intended for broadcasting to Russia, reports Helsingin Sanomat. R Rapu justifies his decision to go to the Russian-language broadcasting limited freedom of speech in Russia. According to preliminary estimates R Rapu, the launch of the Russian-language news portal will cost 500 thousand dollars. Money for the project was collected on raudfandingovom American site Kickstarter.com. Finnish scheduled news broadcast medium wave (MW) and possibly via the Internet. Transfer to MW can be heard at least in St. Petersburg. News of the website will be transmitted to the satellite. Satellite transmission could broadcast to the entire western Russia. Radio Rapu say their goal - to start broadcasting no later than early 2015. (fontanka.fi in OnAir.ru via RUS-DX No 782, Aug 24)
(DSWCI-DX Window 513 02 Sept 2014, via Anker Petersson)

France, R France International
Frequency changes of Radio France Internationale from Aug.31:
0600-0630 NF 11995 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WCAf Hausa, ex 15340 //
0600-0630 on 13750 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WCAf Hausa
1200-1300 NF 21690 ISS 500 kW / 185 deg to WCAf French, ex 17620 //
1200-1300 on 17620 ISS 500 kW / 200 deg to NWAf French
1200-1300 on 17660 MEY 250 kW / 342 deg to CeAf French
1200-1300 on 21580 ISS 500 kW / 155 deg to CeAf French
1500-1600 NF 15630 ISS 500 kW / 065 deg to SEAs Vietnamese, ex 17810.

Germany
Voice of Mongolia in English will be broadcast via Kall Krekel, Germany
1430-1500 on  7310 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu from September 1 till October 5
1730-1800 on  6005 KLL 100 kW / non-dir to CeEu from September 1 till October 5
1900-1930 on  3985 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu from September 1 till October 5

Iran
Frequency change of Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran IRIB from August 30
0023-0220 NF  9510 ZAH 500 kW / 289 deg to NEAf Arabic, ex 9420 to avoid ERTOpen

Upcoming frequency changes of Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran IRIB:
1753-1850 NF  7230 KAM 500 kW / 304 deg to EaEu Russian, ex 7350 // 5920
1923-2020 NF 11985 SIR 500 kW / 313 deg to WeEu English, ex 7315 //
9400,9715,11885

Russia, Voice of Russia
The radio situation in the world so far has been, that more and more international stations are closing down. In December last year the structures of the Voice of Russia and R Rossii were dissolved and very few broadcasts continued on SW on DRM under a new structure. Nearly all employees were dismissed and Russia began to dismantel its many SW transmitters. But surprisingly Russia just has reported to the HFCC (High Frequency Co-ordination Conference) that from October 01, 2014, the Voice of Russia again will be broadcasting in 14 languages on SW also in AM, and R Rossii will be reestablished. Due to the conflict with Ukraine with Russian troops supporting the Pro-Russians in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, they obviously do not think their domestic information is heard in the West. Thus they decided to reactivate their Foreign Service in full scale.
(DSWCI-DX Window 513 02 Sept 2014, via Anker Petersson)

Voice of Russia to return to shortwave from October 1, 2014.

Registered frequencies in HFCC Database:

All times UTC

0000-0100 on 17770 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
0000-0200 on  6120 ARM 500 kW / 110 deg to SoAs English
0000-0200 on 12060 ARM 500 kW / 290 deg to CeAm Spanish
0000-0300 on 11965 IRK 250 kW / 224 deg to SoAs English
0000-0400 on  6100 ARM 100 kW / 104 deg to N/ME English
0000-0500 on  6195 S.P 800 kW / 268 deg to SoAm Russian <<<<< 800 kW ???
0000-0600 on  7240 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Portuguese
0100-0300 on 17530 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Russian
0100-0300 on 17855 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Russian
0200-0400 on 11990 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to CeAs Russian
0200-0600 on 11935 IRK 100 kW / 263 deg to CeAs Russian
0200-0600 on 12010 P.K 200 kW / 061 deg to NoAm English
0200-0600 on 12070 P.K 250 kW / 067 deg to NoAm English
0300-0500 on 17530 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs English
0300-0600 on 11900 P.K 250 kW / 064 deg to NoAm English
0300-0600 on 17855 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs English
0300-0700 on 11985 ARM 100 kW / 104 deg to CeAs Russian
0600-0900 on  7350 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs English
0600-1000 on 15725 MSK 040 kW / 261 deg to WeEu English DRM
0600-1400 on  7280 IRK 100 kW / 044 deg to FERu Russian
0700-0900 on  9625 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu German DRM
0700-1500 on 11975 ARM 100 kW / 104 deg to CeAs Russian
0800-1200 on  9870 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to CeAs Russian
0900-1400 on  9625 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM
1000-1200 on  5935 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs English
1000-1200 on  7300 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1200 on 12035 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs English DRM
1000-1200 on 15270 ARM 100 kW / 104 deg to WeAs English
1000-1400 on  5900 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on  6075 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on  6045 IRK 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on  9450 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on  9695 P.K 250 kW / 263 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on  9865 P.K 250 kW / 263 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1400 on 11925 P.K 250 kW / 263 deg to EaAs Chinese
1100-1400 on  6195 S.P 200 kW / 217 deg to WeEu Russian
1100-1400 on 17830 MSK 250 kW / 100 deg to SEAs Russian
1200-1400 on  5935 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs Japanese
1200-1400 on  7300 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs Russian
1200-1400 on  7340 P.K 250 kW / 241 deg to EaAs Japanese
1200-1400 on 15270 ARM 100 kW / 104 deg to WeAs Russian
1200-1600 on 15495 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to CeAs Russian
1300-1400 on  7320 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs Hindi DRM
1300-1400 on 15660 ARM 500 kW / 110 deg to SoAs Russian
1300-1600 on  6175 ARM 100 kW / 188 deg to N/ME Turkish
1400-1500 on  5935 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs English
1400-1500 on  7320 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs Urdu DRM
1400-1500 on  7435 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Turkish
1400-1500 on 15660 ARM 500 kW / 110 deg to SoAs Urdu
1400-1600 on  6145 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to CeAs Russian
1400-1700 on  6035 IRK 100 kW / 263 deg to CeAs Russian
1400-1800 on  6010 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to NoAf English
1400-1900 on  6015 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to CeAs Russian
1400-2200 on  9450 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu English
1500-1700 on  5975 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to WeAs Farsi
1500-1700 on  7435 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1500-1700 on 11635 ARM 500 kW / 290 deg to WeEu German
1500-1800 on  9560 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
1500-1800 on 15660 ARM 500 kW / 110 deg to SoAs Russian
1500-1900 on  6045 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to WeEu Russian
1500-1900 on  6140 MSK 040 kW / 261 deg to WeEu German DRM
1500-2000 on  6070 ARM 100 kW / 157 deg to N/ME Russian
1500-2200 on 12070 MSK 250 kW / 285 deg to WeEu English
1600-1700 on  6175 ARM 100 kW / 188 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1600-1800 on  5960 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM
1600-1900 on  6110 IRK 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian
1600-1900 on 12035 MSK 040 kW / 261 deg to WeEu German DRM
1600-2100 on  6120 IRK 250 kW / 290 deg to N/ME Arabic
1600-2100 on  6195 S.P 200 kW / 217 deg to NoAf Arabic
1700-1900 on  7435 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Turkish
1700-1900 on  9800 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to CeAs Russian
1700-1900 on  9820 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to WeEu English
1700-2000 on 11635 ARM 500 kW / 290 deg to WeEu French
1700-2000 on  5975 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to N/ME Arabic
1800-2000 on  5960 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu French DRM
1800-2100 on  6010 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to NoAf French
1800-2100 on  9900 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs English DRM
1900-2100 on  9820 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to WeEu Russian
2000-2130 on  6045 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to WeEu Russian
2000-2200 on  9780 MSK 040 kW / 261 deg to WeEu Russian DRM
2100-2400 on 11655 KHB 100 kW / 218 deg to EaAs English
2200-2400 on  7240 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
2200-2400 on 12060 ARM 500 kW / 290 deg to CeAm Portuguese
2200-2400 on 17770 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
2300-2400 on 11965 IRK 250 kW / 224 deg to SoAs English

Radio Rossii
0000-1500 on  7230 IAK 100 kW / 000 deg to FERu Russian
0700-1500 on 13820 MSK 250 kW / 267 deg to WeEu Russian
1900-2400 on  7230 IAK 100 kW / 000 deg to FERu Russian

United States
Updated summer A-14 schedule of WINB from August 17:
1130-1300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun
1300-1400 on 13570 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun
1400-1600 on 13570 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
1600-1745 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
1715-1745 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue
1745-2045 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
2045-2100 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Eng/Spa Mon-Fri
2045-2100 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
2100-2230 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
2230-2300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Spanish Mon
2230-2300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sun
2300-2400 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
0000-0100 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
0100-0130 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun-Fri
0130-0230 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat-Thu

United States (non)   Frequency changes of IBB effective from Sept.14:
Radio Liberty*
0300-0700 NF  6105 LAM 100 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian, ex 9635. And co-channel
0400-0500 on  6105 LAM 100 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Belarussian service of R.Liberty
*Voice of America*
0500-0600 on 11995 SMG 250 kW / 114 deg to WeAs Kurdish till Sept.14
0500-0600 on 15560 IRA 250 kW / 310 deg to WeAs Kurdish till Sept.14
0500-0600 on 17870 BIB 100 kW / 085 deg to WeAs Kurdish till Sept.14
1700-1800 NF  7215 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Kurdish, ex 7365
1900-1930 NF  9590 SAO 100 kW / 052 deg to SDN  Arabic Afia Darfur, ex 9600
1900-2000 on  6170 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Kurdish from Sept.15
1900-2000 on  7215 LAM 100 kW / 108 deg to WeAs Kurdish from Sept.15
1900-2000 on  9470 LAM 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Kurdish from Sept.15
1900-2100 NF  7470 PHT 250 kW / 021 deg to EaAs Korean, ex 5915, re-ex 5900
*Radio Free Asia from July 11*
2200-2300 NF 15260 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Mon, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15270 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Tue, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15280 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Wed, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15290 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Thu, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15300 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Fri, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15380 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Sat, ex 15120
2200-2300 NF 15390 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to EaAs Cantonese Sun, ex 15120
(HCDX/Ivanov/11 Sept 2014)

United States
Updated schedule of WBCQ The Planet effective from Sept.7:
0000-0100 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sat
0000-0100 on  5110vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat
0000-0100 on  9330 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat
0000-0300 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Mon-Sat Brother Stair till Sept.30
0000-0400 on  5110vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sun/Mon
0300-0400 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Daily
1400-1700 on 15420 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat Brother Stair till Sept.27
1700-2100 on 15420 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Daily
1900-2000 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Tue
2000-2100 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Mon-Fri
2100-2130 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sun/Mon/Fri
2100-2130 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm Spanish Tue-Thu
2130-2300 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sun-Fri
2200-2300 on  9330 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Mon-Fri
2300-2400 on  5110vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat/Sun
2300-2400 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Daily
5110v=5109.8
7490v=7489.9
(SWL DXing/12 Sept 2014)

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Days:
m (Monday)
t (Tuesday)
w (Wednesday)
h (Thursday)
f (Friday)
a/Sat (Saturday)
s/Sun (Sunday)
DRM: Digital Radio Mondiale
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Target Areas:
af Africa
as  Asia
ca Central America
eu Europe
na North America
pa Pacific
sa South America
va Various target areas
(BCDX/DX Bulgaria/DX Window/WRTH/WWDXC-Top Nx/SWL-DXing/DX Mix Nx/HCDX/playdx)