Tuesday, October 31, 2006

FM Pirate alive and well in Indiana ?

Listeners in the area of East Chicago, Ind., say they've been hearing an unlicensed radio station broadcasting uncensored gangsta rap music at 90.5 FM. Their complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, which is mandated with shutting down such pirate stations, have not resulted in any action so far. The X-rated station has yet to identify itself or their announcers.
To learn more on this current pirate raising listerner's ire, go to the Chicago Sun Times link at:
(Robert Feder/CST)

Navy Broadcasts Via Podcasting

Week of October 30, 2006
The Naval Media Center began "podcasting" Navy/Marine Corps Radio News and Navy Vidbits earlier this fall. Navy/Marine Corps Radio News is a two-minute recap of current events for and about the Navy and Marine Corps, and Navy Vidbits is a series of short video segments messages from the Chief of Naval Operations and items of interest to the U.S. Navy community. Naval Media Center is planning on adding more podcasts to the current menu in the near future. All of the services offered by Naval Media Center can be viewed on the Pentagon Channel, American Forces Radio and Television Service and Direct to Sailor television, and on the Navy's Website.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Pirate Crystal Ship plans Halloween special

Greetings, Ghoulish Pirate DXers!

The Crystal Ship is taking to the airwaves this (Monday) evening, on or about
6875 kHz and 3275 kHz, commencing around 2230 UTC.

We will have the Johnson Viking Valiants running in parallel this evening... presuming nothing goes wrong. (Hopefully I don't trip over the drop cord this time.... can't run both those gals on one circuit).

This will be Halloween programming. I figure a lot of people will be busy tomorrow evening with the Halloween stuff, especially if you have kids, so we're on tonight. May do something tomorrow too, who knows, but won't bother Emailing about it tomorrow. If you miss us and have the time tomorrow night, check the FRN grapevines website (link below) program announcements section. We often post there when we don't Email, and we often don't Email since I don't want to fill up people's mailboxes too much....
-- 73s and FIGHT for FREE RADIO!The PoetThe Crystal ShipThe Free Radio Weekly: A weekly Email publication with the most current pirate loggings and information now being published anywhere! Send your free subscription requests to freeradioweekly@gmail.comand tell 'em that we sent ya!>>>>>F.R.N. Pirate Radio Message Boards:

Radio Shack announces agreement to sell Movie Beam movies

RadioShack Corporation and MovieBeam, Inc today announced an agreement to sell the MovieBeam movies-on-demand system in approximately 1,700 neighbourhood RadioShack stores effective immediately. The rollout covers 31 major metropolitan areas across the US in which the MovieBeam service is currently offered.
The MovieBeam System is composed of a set-top box and small indoor antenna that receives, stores, protects and plays movies. A simple remote control facilitates navigation of the intuitive user interface. A customer does not need cable or satellite to receive the service, although MovieBeam is compatible with each.
The MovieBeam movies-on-demand service provides instant access to an ever-changing lineup of new releases and other popular favorites from virtually every major Hollywood studio. There are always 100 movies immediately available, with up to 10 new titles automatically delivered digitally each week – including select movies in high definition (HD).
The MovieBeam service is currently available in 31 metropolitan areas across the U.S. reaching more than 41 million households.
(Source: RadioShack/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Blog Logs - Africa

This edition of BLOG LOGS takes a look at what DXers are hearing recently from Africa. Have you sent your logs in yet ? Contributions are always welcome, and may be directed to my email address posted at the Monitoring Times website at www.monitoringtimes.com. If contributing logs to this blog, please label your email BLOG LOGS. Thanks very much, we appreciate your kind words and support. Now let's get this started with Algeria.
Gayle VH

All times UTC/ kHz // parallel station. English unless otherwise indicated.
* sign-on sign-off*

Algeria, Radio Algeria. 1953-2000 on 11810. Arabic text to Arabic style music. Signal interference from Brazil's Radio Brazil Central. RTA audible 2006-2010 on 12025. In Arabic. (A. Slaen, ARG)

Algeria, Radio Nacional de La RASD (tentative). 2350-00002* on 7460. Local music instrumentals to 0001. Closing announcements with low level audio. Martial anthem to 0002*. Good signal w/ fading, SINPO 33323. (J. Evans, TN) Various African musical selections to occasional talks to tentative ID in passing at 2225 on 7460. (S. Barbour, NH)

Ascension Islands, United Nations Radio. 1730 on 17810. News on latest goings on from the UN. Fair signal and usual UN boring rhetoric. (T. Banks, TX)

Botswana, VOA relay. 1601 on 15580. Poor signal for VOA newscast. (B. Fraser, ME) Audible from 1730-1750 on 15580 including VOA News. (G. Van Horn, NC)

Congo Democratic Rep., Radio Kahuzi. 1653 on 6209.6. Station talk and religious music. Mainly choral music to closing announcement in presumed Swahili. (J. Savolainen, FNL)

Egypt, Radio Cairo. 0252 on 7270. Political text to ID for 0255*. (H. Moser, IL)

Equatorial Guinea, Radio East Africa. 1015-1030 on 15190. Very long talk from male announcer to ID at 1027. Strong QRM observed on frequency. (A. Slaen, ARG)

Equatorial Guinea, Radio Nacional. 2255-2305 on 5005. Spanish announcements including station ID to national anthem and 2305*. SINPO 35433. (A. Slaen, ARF)

Gabon, RTV Gabonaise. 0556-0610 on 4777. French talk-show to African high-life musical bits. Male announcer at 0600 with newscast. Quick fade-out by 0610 w/ poor signal copy throughout. (S. Barbour, NH)

Madagascar, RTV Malagasy. 0308 on 3288. Noted also on // 5010 with the latter channel being much stronger. Via DX Tuner South Africa. (H. Johnson, Cumbre DX)

Madagascar, Radio Sweden relay via Talata-Volondry. 2133-2145 on 7420. Today's top stories including news of lobbyists in Sweden and item on pop singer. Poor signal at best. (S. Barbour, NH)

Mali, RTV Mali. 2135-2145 on 4782. Vernacular programming into nice instrumental music. Announcement by male host, noted w/ SINPO 33433. (A. Slaen, ARG)

Mauritania, Radio Mauritanie. 2217-2222 on 4845. Arabic text read by male/female duo. SINPO 24432. Noted also 2325+ on 4845. (A. Slaen, Argentina)

Morroco, Deewar Radio. 1310-1335 on 15645. Pashto service for Voice of America targeted to Pakistan. Text and presumed commentary. (G. Van Horn, NC)

Niger, LV de Sahel. 2206-2232 on 9705. Vernacular/Arabic. Continuous talk by announcer to brief Arabic recitations. Signal fair. (S. Barbour, NH)

Nigeria, Radio Nigeria. *0428-0447 on 4770. Open carrier to drum interval signal at 0430. Brief choral national anthem, followed by Nigerian pledge of allegiance. Opening station ID, followed by announcements and religious service and vocals. (R. D'Angelo, PA/NASWA Flash Sheet)

Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria. *2100 on 7255. Instrumental music to French ID, followed by program preview into musical bridge. Station ID into newscast and commentary. (T. Banks, TX)

Rwanda, Radio Rwanda. 2050 on 6055. Local African music to pop music and greetings to listeners. Brief English words and a couple of quick ID. Signal blocked by Radio Japan (via Skelton) Very nice signal. (J. Berg, MA/NASWA Flash Sheet)

South Africa, AWR. 2046 on 7175. African language and male/female talk, plus some music and phone numbers at 2057. AWR interval signal to 2058*. (J. Berg, MA/NASWA Flash Sheet)

South Africa, Channel Africa. 1550 on 17770. African music to ID and 1556*. H. Moser, IL) 1500 on 17770 with good signal for regional news. (B. Fraser, ME)

South Africa, Radio Sondergrense. Announcer's Afrikaans talk between music tunes. English pop tunes and presumed brief news with SIO 453. (H. Frodge, MI)
Sudan, Radio Omdurman. 0412-0420 on 7200. Long Arabic text by male announcer. SINPO 25432. (A. Slaen, ARG)

Uganda, Radio Uganda. 0015 on 4976. Fair signal but making it fine through a bit of low level static. Pop and local music to male announcer including ID and local PSA. (G. Van Horn, NC)

Kazakstan government approves licensing rules for broadcasting

The government of Kazakhstan has approved licensing rules for organising TV and radio broadcasting. Danial Akhmetov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, signed a corresponding order on 20 October. This document regulates the order of issuing licences for organising TV and radio broadcasting; explains reasons why a licence can be refused, as well as a procedure of resolving disputes between a licensor and a licensee.

“The licensing of activities on organising TV and/or radio broadcasting is carried out to implement of the state regulation of activities of physical and legal persons in the area of TV and/or radio broadcasting, as well as to fill up the information space of Kazakhstan with TV and radio programmes,” the document says.

The government decree on rules of licensing activities on organising TV and/or radio broadcasting was published Friday in official media and will come into effect 10 days after its publication.

(Source: Gazeta/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Radio Netherlands program preview Oct 30-Nov 3

Welcome to our weekly guide to Radio Netherlands' English Service - a list of the new programmes coming up on Radio Netherlands this week, beginning on Saturday. Please note that the winter season begins on Sunday when some broadcast times may change.

*** Newsline ***

The latest world news and current affairs.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1000 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1200 (Eastern N America), 1400 & 1530 (South Asia), 1800, 1930 & 2030 (Africa), 0000 (Eastern N America), 0100 (Central N America), 0400 (Western N America)

*** The Research File ***

Science has many things to offer the world, but what about a 'scientific mind' - and what does that mean anyway?

From around the world and from many different backgrounds, a wide mix of people gathered at an international colloquium called 'Building the Scientific Mind' to discuss these ideas, to network together and to come up with some practical outcomes. Find out more about it in the Research File.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1027 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1227 (Eastern N America), 1430 (South Asia), 1827 & 2000 (Africa), 0027 (Eastern N America), 0127 (Central N America), 0527 (Western N America)
Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)


*** Newsline ***

The latest world news and current affairs.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1000 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1200 (Eastern N America), 1400 & 1530 (South Asia), 1800, 1930 & 2030 (Africa), 0000 (Eastern N America), 0100 (Central N America), 0500 (Western N America)

*** EuroQuest ***

"Moral Dilemmas, Moral Advice"

The Desertion rate within the British forces has doubled since the start of the Iraq war in 2003. One deserter tells the story of having to fight his conscience as well as the enemy.

In Turkey every man has to serve 18 months in the army. While normally considered an honour, a small group of new objectors are standing up and saying no - and ending up behind bars.

In Norway's (Paradise) Prison, around 110 male prisoners live on the island of Bastøy in excellent conditions. They're given an extraordinary degree of freedom, trust and responsibility.

The nuns of the Matris Domini Convent in Italy are bringing a new meaning to the word Enclosed. In fact they are now taking one giant virtual leap into the outside world, all the way into cyber space!

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1027 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1227 (Eastern N America), 1430 (South Asia), 1827 & 2000 (Africa), 0027 (Eastern N America), 0127 (Central N America), 0527 (Western N America)
Repeated: Mon 1500 (South Asia), Mon 1900 (Africa)


*** Newsline ***

The latest world news and current affairs.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1000 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1200 (Eastern N America), 1400 & 1530 (South Asia), 1800, 1930 & 2030 (Africa), 0000 (Eastern N America), 0100 (Central N America), 0500 (Western N America)

*** The Weekly Documentary ***

"A Dutch Divertimento in Six Movements"

This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and this week's documentary is Radio Netherlands' way of commemorating the life of one of the world's greatest composers.

When Mozart was just nine years old he came to the Netherlands with his family as part of their so-called Great European tour. They were due to stay in the country for just one month but it became a much longer stay - and Mozart and his sister almost paid for it with their lives.

Chris Chambers follows in the Mozart's footsteps in "A Dutch Divertimento in Six Movements".

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1027 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1227 (Eastern N America), 1430 (South Asia), 1827 & 2000 (Africa), 0027 (Eastern N America), 0127 (Central N America), 0527 (Western N America)
Repeated: Fri 1500 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1900 (Africa), Sun 14:30 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), Sun 1930 (Africa, N America)


*** Newsline ***

The latest world news and current affairs.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1000 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1200 (Eastern N America), 1400 & 1530 (South Asia), 1800, 1930 & 2030 (Africa), 0000 (Eastern N America), 0100 (Central N America), 0400 (Western N America)

*** Dutch Horizons ***

Two years ago this week, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered on the streets of Amsterdam. Today, three of his feature films are being remade in the US. Dutch Horizons looks at the project, named "Triple Theo", and talks with American producer Bruce Weiss.

Alcohol, drugs and gambling. When you think of dangerous addictions, these three first come to mind. But how about playing computer games? It appears obsessive gaming can thoroughly disrupt people's lives. Dutch Horizons visits the first rehab centre for gamers in the Netherlands.

Plus: a short quiz to test your and our knowledge of major events and figures in Dutch history.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1027 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1227 (Eastern N America), 1430 (South Asia), 1827 & 2000 (Africa), 0027 (Eastern N America), 0127 (Central N America), 0527 (Western N America)
Repeated: Wed 1500 (South Asia), Wed 1900 (Africa)


*** Newsline ***

The latest world news and current affairs.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1000 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1200 (Eastern N America), 1400 & 1530 (South Asia), 1800, 1930 & 2030 (Africa), 0000 (Eastern N America), 0100 (Central N America), 0400 (Western N America)

*** A Good Life ***

The link between culture and development is a crucial one. So what happens to a society when items of cultural heritage are destroyed by war, by natural disaster, by on-going conflict? We look for answers from three people charged with protecting their community's cultural assets in Sri Lanka, Iraq and Palestine.

Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 1027 (Asia/Far East/Pacific), 1227 (Eastern N America), 1430 (South Asia), 1827 & 2000 (Africa), 0027 (Eastern N America), 0127 (Central N America), 0527 (Western N America)
Repeated: Tues 1500 (South Asia), Tues 1900 (Africa)
(R Netherlands)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Radio Netherlands plans 60th anniversary in 2007

Radio Netherlands Worldwide will be 60 years old on Sunday 15 April 2007. Ten years ago, our 50th birthday was celebrated with an Open Day, and again for the 60th anniversary we will be opening our doors to everyone who wants to come and have a look around. Details of activities on the day, and a host of other activities planned for 2007, will be published in due course. But if you’re thinking of visiting the Netherlands, make a note of the date.
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Radio France International plans to close Turkish service

Radio France International (RFI) has announced an end to its Turkish broadcasts. Speaking about the decision, Antoine Schwarz, the head of RFI’s board of directors, said RFI is planning on forming a forum for the discussion of Turkish-French relations instead of the Turkish radio programming.

RFI programming in Turkish was launched in 1971, when broadcasts were aimed at Turkish immigrants to France who did not yet speak French. The programming provided the immigrants with news about social and cultural events, as well as information on daily life in France.

(Source: Hürriyet/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Satellite radio probe requested from NAB

President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters in the US, David K Rehr, has sent two letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding satellite radio companies XM and Sirius.

In his first letter, Rehr calls on the FCC to “immediately commence a full investigation into both the actual and reported operations of Sirius and XM’s terrestrial repeater networks.” XM and Sirius recently requested authorization to continue or resume operating terrestrial repeaters that were constructed and deployed inconsistently with FCC rules. “These latest disclosures reveal a persistent corporate (if not industry) circumvention of the FCC’s regulations,” Rehr told the FCC.

In a second letter, Rehr questions the “privileged regulatory position” enjoyed by satellite radio given “the expanding delivery of complimentary satellite radio services to nonsubscribers.” Noting a recent XM deal with Acura and the availability of Howard Stern’s show on the Internet free-of-charge, Rehr writes, “drawing a regulatory distinction between satellite and traditional broadcast radio simply because satellite radio content is available on a subscription basis may no longer be justified.”

(Source: National Association of Broadcasters/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Blog Logs - Michigan SW DXpedition

Harold Frodge, MI, USA
Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts DXpedition, Brighton MI

Drake R8B + 65' TTFD, 250' NE unterminated bev, 500' N unterminated bev

All dates and times for all logs are UTC unless otherwise noted


ARGENTINA: 15820/L Radio Continental; 1953-2000+, 27-Oct; EZL SS vocals; W cmtry in SS w/crowd noises; pips/tone & "Continental" @2000. SIO=122+ (Frodge-DXP)

ARMENIA: 11510 Voice of Russia; 1723-1730+, 28-Oct; EE feature on Russian composers during the Commie era. SIO=333, QRM de 11500 Bulgaria splash; //7370, SIO=343 via Russia. (Frodge-DXP)

2310 VL8A Alice Springs; ABC Northern Territories Svc; 1110-1115+, 29-Oct; M in EE mentioning Australia about every 15 sec. SIO= 2+52; 2325 barely detectable & zilch on 2485. (Frodge-DXP)
5995 Radio Australia; 1231, 29-Oct; Panel discussion about plight of Muslim women. Apparently some yahoo imam decreed that Muslim women should never be seen on the street. W on the panel said that religion & culture must be separate--yeah, right. SIO= 433+; //6020. (Frodge-DXP)
6020 Radio Australia; 1220, 29-Oct; EE feature on plight of Muslims in Australia. S20 sig! (Frodge-DXP)
7240 Radio Australia; 1949-2000+, 28-Oct; Phone-in pgm to RA News @2000. All in EE. Poor but copyable; need USB to minimize AROs. (Frodge-DXP)

BELARUS: 7105 Radio Belarus; 2000-2014+, 28-Oct; EE news to 2011 EE sked; LL lite vocal music @2014. SIO=342 w/occasional ute bursts--LSB takes them out. //7390 & 7440 both very weak. (Frodge-DXP)

BENIN: 5025 Radio du Benin; 2059, 27-Oct; M in FF o/Rebelde briefly; ID'd as Radio du Benin. (Frodge-DXP)

BRASIL: 4985 Radio Brasil Central; 0020-0025+, 28-Oct; RBC spoken ID & SID; M cmtry in PP. SIO=342+, best in USB (Frodge-DXP)

BOLIVIA: 6134.77 Radio Santa Cruz; 0402-0405:50*, 28-Oct; M in SS w/ flute music; closing & ID @0404; off w/flute music. SIO=2+33, USB helps (Frodge-DXP)

BULGARIA: 11500 Radio Bulgaria; 1730-1737+, 28-Oct; Start of EE; was in LL before 1730; ID & sked to 1732 News About Bulgaria. SIO=4+44; //9500, SIO=453 (Frodge-DXP)

7295 China Radio Int'l; 2001-2057:05*, 27-Oct; EE Asian biz & cultural features; CRI spots @2053 then Let's Learn CC. Off abruptly in mid-learning. SIO=Poor at 1st then fair later. Only hung in there because I thought it was Malaysia. Not a hint of Traxx FM after s/off. (Frodge-DXP)
9870 China Radio Int'l; 1402-1407+, 28-Oct; EE News & Reports on CRI; SIO=343 w/echo; 1308, 29-Oct; same; SIO=252+ w/echo (Frodge-DXP) 13640 China Radio Int'l; 1502, 28-Oct; EE news/ID. SIO=2+33-, swiper QRM; //13685 via Mali & 13740 via Cuba; 13790 off & 13710 in CC. (Frodge-DXP)
13790 China Radio Int'l; 1443-1456+, 28-Oct; EE feature on Chinese wedding customs to 1447, then Chinese Idioms. SIO=2+43; //13740, SIO=444- via Cuba; //13710, SIO=343 via Albania; //13685, SIO=2+42+ via Mali. (Frodge-DXP)

CUBA: 5025 Radio Rebelde; 0219-0231+, 28-Oct; Post game sports pgm in SS; Rebelde la Habana, emisora de la revolucion. SIO=4+54; //670 strong; //710 weak; //1180 weak (Frodge-DXP)

4909.23 Radio Chaskis (p); 1115-1135+, 29-Oct; M in SS w/camp'o & flute tunes, cmtry re Cuba & Venezuela. SIO=353 till about 1120 when tine QRM started, het?; tough by 1135. (Frodge-DXP)
11690 HCJB; 1417-1430+, 28-Oct; M&W in SS w/Programa para Amigos w/many addresses--letters? SIO=233-, fady & need USB for ute. (Frodge-DXP)

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: 5005 Radio Nacional (p); 2210-2231+, 28-Oct; Afro & EE rap tunes; no ancr. SIO=3+32+ w/audio dropouts. (Frodge-DXP)

ETHIOPIA: 5500 Voice of the Tigray Revolution (guess); 0425-0435+, 28-Oct; M in LL w/peppy Afro-sounding music. SIO=352+, got mushy after 0430. (Frodge-DXP)

GABON: 9580 Africa #1; 1917-1922+, 27-Oct; M in FF w/Hi-Life music & took phone call. SIO=443, EE QRM (Frodge-DXP)

GUATEMALA: 4799.8 Radio Buenas Nuevas; 0203-0207+, 29-Oct; M in SS took 3 phone calls; IDd as RBN before only one. SIO=423, swiper QRM. (Frodge-DXP)

HAWAII: 10320/U AFN/AFRTS; 1705-1710+, 28-Oct; EE soul/rap music feature. SIO =
152; //12133.5/U, SIO=1+53-, via Key West (Frodge-DXP)

HONDURAS: 3250.6 Radio Luz y Vida (p); 0012-0031+, 29-Oct; M&W in SS w/ camp'o style rlgs music; Child in SS w/rlgs cmtry. SIO=422, machine gun QRM (Frodge-DXP)

ICELAND: 13865 Rikisutvarpid; 1431-1437:35*, 28-Oct; M in Nordic LL; mentioned Reykjavik fjord & Island. SIO=343 (Frodge-DXP)

ISRAEL: 6973.12 Galei Zahal; 2200-2205+, 27-Oct; M news in HB--men-tioned Kol Israel; GZ SID @2204 the HB pop music. SIO=343 (Frodge-DXP)

9850 CC Crash & Bang Music Jammer; 1934, 27-Oct; weak (Frodge-DXP)
9865 CC Crash & Bang Music Jammer; 1933, 27-Oct (Frodge-DXP)
9905 CC Crash & Bang Music Jammer; 1933, 27-Oct; 2049, 28-Oct (Frodge-DXP)
13625 CC Crash & Bang Music Jammer; 1951, 27-Oct (Frodge-DXP)

LIBERIA: 5470 Radio Veritas; 2103-2105*, 27-Oct; 2M in heavily accented EE, 2104 "This is Radio Veritas", calendar & mentioned 9:30 at s/off. SIO=2+42 w/some ute QRM. (Frodge-DXP)

MEXICO: 6010 Radio Mil; 1224-1230+, 29-Oct; SS panel discussion about tourism. ID @1230. SIO=3+33-, after sunrise! (Frodge-DXP)

NIGER: 9705 La Voix du Sahel; 1924-1931+, 27-Ocyt; M cmtry in FF; ID/ freq @1929 & chant; FF cmtry cont. @1930:30. SIO=222, need USB (Frodge-DXP)

NORTH KOREA: 15245.04 La Voix du Korea; 1820-1831+, 28-Oct; M&W in FF w/rousing choral music; ID @1829+. SIO=2+52+; //13760, covered. (Frodge-DXP)

OMAN: 15140 Radio Sultantate of Oman; 1407-1417+, 28-Oct; News to ID @1409 then reggae/rap music feature. All in EE. SIO=3+43+ (Frodge-DXP)

3260 Radio Madang (p); 1143-1202:12*, 29-Oct; M in Pidgin w/choral vocals
& lite EE pop tunes; rlgs msg @ 1156 w/Silent Night; @1200, sed "10 o'clock", drum chant to 1201 closing anmts, short anthem & off. SIO=2+52 (Frodge-DXP) 7120 Radio Wantok Light; 1237-1247+, 29-Oct; Old time rlgs tune; tough, hrd W mention Wantok, Papua & Ministry of Faith; M @1243+ w/sked & pgm notes; W @1244+ phone #s. All in EE. SIO=2+52. Noted covered by CC music @1257. (Frodge-DXP)

4485.97 Radio Frecuencia (p); 0150-0201+, 29-Oct; W ancr in SS w/variety of song styles. Poor in LSB; W is copyable, but music is mushy. (Frodge-DXP)
5014.38 Radio Altura; 0224-0232+, 29-Oct; M in SS w/remote rpts, promos, sports item, flute tune--all very peppy. "Altura" ID @0229+ was the calmest thing hrd. SIO=322, LSB helps (Frodge-DXP)

POLAND: 9525 Radio Polonia: 1300-1306+, 29-Oct; ID as RP External Svc; News to 1305 then East Euro features; computer glitch closed Poland-Kaliningrad border. All in EE. SIO=43+3+, bit better in LSB (Frodge-DXP)

SINGAPORE: 6080 Radio Singapore Int'l; 1208-1214+, 29-Oct; "News, views &
interviews on RSI", Blog Watch & butterfly feature, all in EE. SIO= 333-; //6150, SIO=2+32; nothing on 9600. (Frodge-DXP)

THAILAND: 9680 Radio Thailand (p); 2040-2046, 2056-2114:30*, 28-Oct; Just caught end of EE news then Xmas tune! to chimes IS @2045; continued in Asian LL; sked--hrd kilohertz--@2107, then music to s/off w/o anmt or IS. SIO=322, LSB helps. (Frodge-DXP)

TURKEY: 7270 Voice of Turkey; 0336, 28-Oct; EE features, ID & pgm notes. SIO=2+22+, need LSB to minimize AR on 7275 (Frodge-DXP)

ZAMBIA: 4965 The Voice (p); 0025-0030+, 28-Oct; M&W in EE w/contemp. Xian music & Moment of Hope spot. SIO=2+33, only clean in LSB due to up-freq hiss. (Frodge-DXP)

(Harold Frodge, MI/Cumbre DX)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

RAI Italy plans new projects for 2007

A new project, a new idea and a new mission for RAI International - or RaItalia as rumour has it the structure headed by Massimo Magliaro will be renamed in 2007. A six-person work group comprising representatives from RAI and the Italian premier's office are working on this new project. The RAI delegation is headed by Deputy Director General Giancarlo Leone, aided by Pierluigi Malesani and Deborah Bergamni.

The government delegation is headed by the chief of the Information and Publishing Department Paolo Peluffo. The group has already met twice (on October 13 and 24) and is expected to complete the project's outline by November, Cabinet Undersecretary Ricardo Franco Levi reported to parliament. Until now, RAI International has operated on the basis of two conventions with the Italian government, which officially expired in December 2005. The first, worth 18 million euros, dates back to 1962. This covers radio and requires it to produce 11,300 hours of short-band radio time.

The second convention, signed in 1975, is worth around 20 million euros and deals with TV. This requires around 700 hours of TV production (around two hours daily) nd 1,380 hours of radio production. The total of 38 million euros gross represents 40% of RAI Internationals' revenue. Soon, however, things will change. Sources have told the VELINO that the two conventions will be merged into a single one and will include radio and TV programs. The convention will also be worth more in financial terms, at over 40 million euros.

The government apparently plans to ask RAI International to abandon (or radically reduce) its short-wave radio transmissions and to reinvest the 18 million euros under the old convention in a better way. This will mean an end to the news in 26 languages (including Esperanto and Lithuanian) that RAI International broadcasts each day: 120 lines, totalling 15 minutes of daily news, which are translated and eventually adapted by the team to meet the needs of the country it is directed at. In the future, the news will be delivered in just five languages: Spanish, French, English, German and Arab. It will be broadcast via satellite or, for a while, short-wave radio. This should not have a massive impact in terms of employees.

Around 80 mother-tongue translators and newsreaders deal with the 26 newscasts, around 50% within RAI, who will be given other jobs within the company. There are several changes planned for the RaItalia program. The priority of the company's directors is ensuring that the satellite channel - currently not visible in Europe or the Mediterranean - can at least be watched all over Italy (possibly by asking to be represented by Sky).

There is also talk of two different channels for Rai International, one in Italian and the other in English. For the future, the program will draw on the best of the public service (RaiUno, RaiDue, RaiMed and so on), and will be structured by genre, with a particular focus on target markets: Italians abroad as well as foreigners enamoured of Italy.

Some 18 million euros will be saved from ending short-wave radio transmissions and the number of hours of self-produced programs will be boosted, particularly sport and news (there are rumours of blending with RaiNews 24 and RaiMed). An ad hoc programming schedule will also be studied devoted to the promotion of Italian culture in the world, which MPs elected in the foreign districts will help plan, on the basis they are in touch with the interests of local communities. (velino)

(Source: http://www.bclnews.it http://www.fmdx.it/ bdnews/HCDX)

Voice of America B06 winter multilingual schedule

The following multilingual VOA schedule, commences 29 October 2006.
Afan Oromo
1730-1800 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870 (Mon-Fri)

0600-0630 9635
1700-1730 11675
1930-2000 7115

1800-1900 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870

Arabic (Radio Sawa)
0000-2400 990 1170 1431 1548

1830-1900 9750 9800 12025

0130-0200 11500 15160
1600-1700 1575 7280 11500

1430-1500 1575 9325 11965
1500-1530 9325 11965
1500-1530 1575 (Sat-Sun)
2330-2400 9720 11840

1300-1500 1170 9705 11930

Chinese (Mandarin)
0000-0200 7190 9545 11925 15395 17645 21580
0200-0300 11925 15395 17645 21580
0700-0800 9845 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
0800-0900 9845 11665 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
0900-1100 9845 9855 11665 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
1100-1200 1170 6160 9530 9680 11665 11785 12040
1200-1300 6040 6160 9530 9680 11785 12040
1300-1400 6040 6160 7295 9680 11785 11995 12040
1400-1500 6040 6160 7295 9680 9890 11785
2200-2300 6045 7140 9545 9755 9875 11655
1230-1300 9535 11890 15265 (Mon-Fri)
1730-1800 15390 17565
2200-2230 9525 9670 21540

0530-0600 9635
1930-1945 6050 7270

Dari (Radio Ashna)
0130-0230 1296 7595 9335
1500-1530 1296 9335 15215
1630-1730 1296 9335 11840 13605
1800-1830 1296 9335 9855 11840
1930-2030 1296 5750 7595

Deewa, Radio (Pashto)
1300-1400 11510 15645
1500-1600 11510 11765
French to Africa
0530-0600 1530 4960 5890 7265 9480 9505 (Mon-Fri)
0600-0630 4960 5890 7265 9480 9505 (Mon-Fri)
1830-2000 1530 9815 12080 13735 15220 17580
2000-2030 9815 12080 13735 15220
2030-2100 9780 9815 11775 12080 15220 (Sat-Sun)
2100-2130 5985 9680 9780 9815 (Mon-Fri)

1530-1600 9605 12005

0430-0500 5955 6015 (Mon-Fri)
0500-0530 1530 4960 5955 6015
1500-1530 7135 9810 11705
1800-1830 1530 4940 9750 11985 12080 (Sat-Sun)
2030-2100 4940 9780 9815 11775 12080 15185 (Mon-Fri)

0030-0100 7135 9510
1600-1700 6060 9645

0000-0030 9620 11805 15205
1100-1230 7255 9725 15165 1230-1300 9725 15165
1400-1500 11985 13660
2200-2400 9620 11805 15205

1330-1430 1575 9325 11965
2200-2230 1575 6060 7260 13640

0330-0430 7340 9540 11915
1600-1630 11675 11965 17785 (Sat)

1200-1300 5890 7235 9555
1300-1400 648 5890 7235 9555
1400-1500 5890 7235 9555
2000-2030 6060 7110 7135

0500-0600 5995 7115 11855
1400-1500 1593 13740 15530 17750
1700-1800 7555 9650 9815
1900-2000 7285 7475 9690
2000-2100 1593

1230-1300 1575 7205 11930

Mandarin (Chinese)
0000-0200 7190 9545 11925 15395 17645 21580
0200-0300 11925 15395 17645 21580
0700-0800 9845 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
0800-0900 9845 11665 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
0900-1100 9845 9855 11665 11855 11965 13650 13765 15515
1100-1200 1170 6160 9530 9680 11665 11785 12040
1200-1300 6040 6160 9530 9680 11785 12040
1300-1400 6040 6160 7295 9680 11785 11995 12040
1400-1500 6040 6160 7295 9680 9890 11785
2200-2300 6045 7140 9545 9755 9875 11655

1800-1830 909 4930 11815 17730 (Mon-Fri)

0030-0130 1296 7595 9335 1430-1500 1296 9335 15215
1530-1630 1296 9335 11840 13605
1730-1800 1296 9335 9855 11840
1830-1930 1296 5750 7595

0230-0300 7200 9495 17740
0300-0330 1593 7200 9495 17740
1530-1630 7270 9595 12135
1630-1700 5850 9680 12110
1700-1730 1593 5850 9680 12110
1730-1800 1593 5850 9495 9680
1800-1830 648 1593 5850 9495 9680
1830-1900 648 1593 5850 9680 9980
1900-1930 1593 5850 9680 9980

Persian (Radio Farda)
0000-0030 1575
0030-0230 1575 9585 9795 12140
0230-0400 1575 7105 9585 9795
0400-0600 1575 9585 9795 12015
0600-0830 1575 9585 15560 17675
0830-1030 1575 13680 15690 17730
1030-1230 1575 13680 15690 17595
1230-1400 1575 9555 13680 15690
1400-1600 1575 9865 13680 15690
1600-1700 1575 7580 13680 15690
1700-1800 1575 7520 7580 9770
1800-1900 1575 7580 9595 11500
1900-2000 1575 7580 9335 9570
2000-2130 1575 7580 9335
2130-2400 1575

Portuguese to Africa
0430-0500 1530 9480 9675
1700-1730 1530 11775 15545 21495
1730-1800 1530 9805 11775 21495
1800-1830 1530 7290 9805 21495 (Mon-Fri)

1400-1500 11805 11895 15130 15370
1800-2000 6105 6150 7220 9650

0630-0645 6035 2030-2100 9505
2200-2230 9505 (Mon-Fri)

1700-1730 909 4930 11815 17730 (Mon-Fri)

0030-0200 9480 9885 11840
1100-1230 9535 9885 11840

1630-1700 17580 17705 21480
1700-1730 17580 17705 21480 (Mon-Fri)

2330-2400 7215 9685 (Sun-Thu)

0000-0100 7200 7255 9645
0400-0600 15585 17770 21570
1400-1500 7115 7255 12040

1900-1930 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870 (Mon-Fri)

0430-0500 7200 (Mon-Fri)
1130-1145 9555 11870 (Mon-Fri)
1930-2000 7235 11870 (Mon-Fri)

0500-0530 6170 7210 (Mon-Fri)
2100-2115 7145 9865
2115-2130 7145 9865 (Mon-Fri)

Urdu (Radio Aap ki Dunyaa)
0000-0100 972
0100-0200 972 5985 11820
1400-1500 972 9510 11705
1500-1700 972
1700-1800 972 7260 11500
1800-2400 972

1500-1530 801 9790 11590 11840 15390
1300-1330 1575 9325 11685
1500-1600 1170 5955 9485 9725
2230-2330 6060 13640

(Source: bdbnews/HCDX)

Blog Logs - SW DXpedition

Arnaldo Slaen just completed another succesful DXpedition, thanks for sharing your logs with our readers
Gayle VH

Logs from Villa Elisa DX Camp, in Buenos Aires province to 40 kms to Buenos Aires city. It´s a very nice place to DX near Buenos Aires City. I was in a camping near the rural zone. Equipment: Degen DE1103 & long wire antenna

9765 RTA-Radio Argelia via Rampisham, 1945+, October 21, Arabic, Coran, 22432 (“splash” from 9760 Khz) (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

4935 Radio Capixaba, Vitoria, ES, 2110+, October 21, Portuguese, religious programme, 25432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

9695 Radio Rio Mar, Manaus, AM, 2046+, October 21, Portuguese, football transmission, ID as: “Na Rio Mar, frecuencia da 9695 kiloherz, ondas curtas...”, 24432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

6245 Radio Zamaneh, via Armavir, Russia, 1935+, October 21, Farsi, very nice music, announcements by female, 24432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

6245 Radio Zamaneh via Armavir, 2041+, October 21, Farsi, talk by male, very mentions to “Iran”, 25332 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

7425 Radio Nacional Republic Arab Saharaui, 2059-2105, October 21, Spanish, very nice local music, announcement by female, news at 2102 UTC, 25332 Very clear reception.- At 2118 UTC I head the station with SINPO: 35443 with talks in arabic.
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

17705 Radio Nacional de Venezuela via RHC facilities, 2054+, October 21, Spanish, Talk about the NN.UU., ID as: “Somos el Canal Internacional de Radio Nacional
De Venezuela”, 34433 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

9745 CRI International China Radio, 1950+, October 21, Esperanto!, talk about politichal, ID: “China Radio Interacia…..esperanto…”, 43443
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

7450 Radiofonikis Stathmos Makedonias, Avlis, 1940+, October 21, Greek, football match transmission, 25442 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

5005 Radio Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial, Bata, 2114+, October 21, Spanish, talk by male about the AIDS in the region, 25432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

7540 The Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran via Sitkunai, Lithuania, 2030-2034, October 21, Spanish, S/on, Coran, identification as: Aqui Teheran, La Voz de la Republica Islamica de Iran...”, 34433 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

5470 Radio Veritas, Monrovia, 2141-2146, October 21, English, music, announcment by male in english, ID as: “This is Radio Veritas......”, 25432
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

4782v RTV mali, Bamako, 2135-2145, October 21, Vernacular, very nice local instrumental music, announcements by male in local language, 33433
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

15120 Voice of Nigeria, Ikorodu, 1850+, October 21, English, afropops, announcement by female, ID by female: “Voice of Nigeria....”, 25432
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

4635 Tajik Radio, Dushambe, 2106-2111, October 21, Tajiko, local songs (instrumental and pop), announcement by male in vernacular, very clear signal!!!, 25432
(Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

Blog Logs - Medium Wave

Here's a brief example of the latest of what is being heard on medium wave during the past few days from the National Radio Club members.

1503 Iran, Arabic text into recitations. (Bruce, York, PA)

CKMX Calgary AB busting through KYW here tonight with C&W, "Classic Country AM "1060" slogans. Many other good western signals such as CKLQ-880, CJGX-940 and CHRB-1140 are in, and KOMO-1000 was heard a little earlier. I think I even snagged much-wanted KPAM-860 just before pattern change, but didn't get a positive ID. Go get 'em, folks! (B. McLarnon, CAN)

I'm hearing some country music on 1130, after somewhat nulling local WDFN. Signal strength varies, trying to get station ID. (J. Miller, MC)

Just got an ID, it's KWKH Shreveport LA 1130. Country music, Wachovia ad. #349, LA#4 Just got an ID it's KWKH Shreveport LA 1130. Country music. Still coming in at 0315/UTC---Did not hear Vancouver, as I am way too close to WDFN in Detroit. Also music and talk on 1140 after nulling Michael Savage on WRVA. CHRB???? (if so, 7th province) Also getting a carrier on 1143, WRVA too strong to hear anything else. (J. Miller, MI)

CKST-1040 breaking through WHO here with talk about Vancouver Canucks hockey, Team 1040 slogans. (B. McLarnon, CAN)

I'm hearing WJOX 690 in Alabama right now. Don't know if this is day or night power, but they have been carrying paid programming for the last half hour - John Anthony NFL System and 1-800 phone number. Station ID WJOX and ESPN The Sports Monster at top of hour. State #33 (J. Miller, MI

(Source: National Radio Club/DX Tip Info)

Radio Taiwan International B06 winter multilingual schedule

The following Radio Taiwan International winter B06 multilingual schedule commences October 29, 2006

Radio Taiwan Intl B06
UTC UTC Days Target Freq Site Pwr

0000-0500 daily CHN 11885 TWN 100
0000-0500 daily CHN 11640 TWN 100
0000-0400 daily CHN 15245 TWN 100
0000-0300 daily CHN 9660 TWN 100
0100-0200 daily SAm 15215 WYFR 100
0100-0200 daily SAm 11825 WYFR 100
0200-0500 daily CHN 15290 TWN 250
0400-0500 daily CHN 1008 TWN 600
0400-0500 daily SeA 15320 TWN 100
0400-0500 daily wNAm 5950 WYFR 100
0400-0500 daily CAm 9680 WYFR 100
0400-0600 daily CHN 15270 TWN 100
0500-0600 daily CAm 9505 WYFR 100
0900-1000 daily SeA 11635,15525,11520 TWN 100
0900-1000 daily NeA 11605 TWN 250
0900-1000 daily Australasia 11715 TWN 250
0900-1100 daily CHN 9415 TWN 100
0900-1400 daily CHN 6150 TWN 100
0900-1500 daily CHN 6085,1422 TWN 300
0900-1600 daily CHN 11665 TWN 300
0900-1600 daily CHN 603 TWN 1000
0900-1800 daily CHN 7185 TWN 100
0900-1800 daily CHN 1008 TWN 600
1000-1200 daily CHN 1503 TWN 600
1000-1400 daily CHN 9780 TWN 100
1100-1200 daily Australasia 11715 TWN 250
1100-1300 daily CHN 11710 TWN 300
1100-1800 daily CHN 9680 TWN 100
1200-1300 daily NeA 11605 TWN 250
1200-1300 daily SeA 15465 TWN 100
1200-1800 daily CHN 1521 TWN 400
1300-1321 daily CHN 1503 TWN 600
1300-1400 daily SeA 15265 TWN 250
1300-1500 daily SeA 7445 TWN 100
1300-1800 daily CHN 1098 TWN 250
1400-1500 daily CHN 9720 Issoudum500kW
1400-1800 daily CHN 7130 TWN 100
1400-1800 daily CHN 6145 TWN 100
1600-1700 daily CHN 1503 TWN 600
1600-1800 daily CHN 7365 TWN 300
1900-2000 daily CHN 9955 TWN 250
1900-2000 daily Eu 17760 WYFR 100
2200-2300 daily EU 3965 Issoudum 250
2200-2400 daily CHN 11710 TWN 300
2200-2400 daily CHN 11885 TWN 100
2200-2400 daily CHN 6105 TWN 100
2200-2400 daily SeA 11635 TWN 100
2200-2400 daily eNAm 5950 WYFR 100
2200-2400 daily WNAm 15440 WYFR 100
2300-2400 daily CHN 15245 TWN 100
2300-2400 daily CHN 9660 TWN 100
2200-2400 daily CHN 6150 TWN 100

0000-0100 daily NwAm 15440 WYFR 100
0000-0100 daily SeA 11875 TWN 100
0500-0600 daily SeA 15580 TWN 100
0500-0600 daily CHN 1008,1422 TWN 100
1000-1100 daily SeA 11605 TWN 100
1100-1200 daily CHN 1206 TWN 100
1200-1300 daily NeA 11715 TWN 100
1300-1400 daily SeA 15465 TWN 100
1300-1400 daily SeA 11635 TWN 100
2100-2200 daily eNAm 5950 WYFR 100

0100-0200 daily SeA 15290 TWN 250
0100-0200 daily eNAm 5950 WYFR 100
0100-0200 daily wNAm 15440 WYFR 100
0200-0300 dialy SeA 15610 TWN 100
0500-0600 daily SeA 15320 TWN 100
0500-0600 daily cNAm 9680 WYFR 100
0500-0600 daily wNAm 5950 WYFR 100
1000-1100 daily SeA 15525 TWN 100
1000-1100 daily SeA 11635 TWN 100
1000-1100 daily Australasia 11715 TWN 250
1000-1200 daily SeA 15270 TWN 100
1200-1300 daily CHN 1206 TWN 100
1200-1300 daily SeA 11915 TWN 250
1200-1300 daily CHN 6105 TWN 100
2200-2300 daily Eu 5745 WYFR 100

0000-0100 daily eNAm 5950 WYFR 100
0200-0300 daily wNAm 15440 WYFR 100
0300-0400 daily SeA 927 TWN 400
0300-0400 daily SeA 15610 TWN 100
1100-1200 daily CHN 6105 TWN 100
1100-1200 daily SeA 11635 TWN 100
1300-1400 daily SeA 15175 TWN 100
1300-1400 daily SeA 11915 TWN 250
1500-1600 daily SeA 11875 TWN 250

0700-0800 daily Eu 5745 WYFR 100
1900-2000 daily wEu 3955 Skelton 250
2000-2100 daily Eu 11665 WYFR 100
2000-2100 daily eNAm 15440 WYFR 100
2000-2100 daily Eu 9955 TWN 250
2100-2200 daily Af 7135 Issoudun 500

0200-0300 daily SAm 15215,17845 WYFR 100
0400-0500 daily CAm 6120 WYFR 100
0600-0700 daily CAm 5950 WYFR 100
2000-2100 daily Eu 5975 Nauen 100
2300-2400 daily SAm 9690,11720 WYFR 100

0600-0700 daily Eu 5745 WYFR 100
1900-2000 daily Eu 6170 Skelton 250
2000-2100 daily Eu 11565 WYFR 100
2100-2200 daily wEU 3965 Issoudun 250

1300-1400 daily wRUS 15195 TWN 250
1700-1759 daily wRUS 6160 Wertachtal 125
1300-1500 daily wSiberia 15430 Issoudan 500

0800-0900 daily NeA 11605 TWN 250
1100-1200 daily NeA 11605 TWN 250
1100-1200 daily NeA 7130 TWN 50
1300-1400 daily NeA 9635 TWN 250
1300-1400 daily NeA 7130 TWN 50

0900-1000 daily SeA 15270 TWN 100
1100-1200 daily CHN 1521 TWN 400
1300-1400 daily CHN 1206 TWN 100
1400-1500 daily SeA 11875 TWN 250
2300-2400 daily SeA 9610 TWN 250

0600-0700 daily SeA 15270 TWN 100
1400-1500 daily CHN 747 TWN 250
1400-1500 daily CHN 927 TWN 400
1400-1500 daily SeA 15465,11635 TWN 100
1500-1600 daily SeA 7445 TWN 100
1500-1600 daily SeA 1503 TWN 600
2200-2300 daily SeA 1503 TWN 600
2200-2400 daily SeA 7445 TWN 100
2300-2400 daily CHN 927 TWN 400

0400-0600 daily CHN 927 TWN 100
1000-1200 daily SeA 11520 TWN 250
1000-1200 daily SeA 11550 TWN 250
1200-1300 daily CHN 927 TWN 400
1200-1300 daily SeA 11635 TWN 100
1200-1300 daily SeA 7445 TWN 100
1400-1500 daily SeA 11875 TWN 250
1500-1600 daily SeA 1422 TWN 50

Code for Area and Countries
CAm-Central America
NAm-North America
NEm-North East America
ME-Middle East
SAm-South America
SAs-South Asia
SeA- South East Asia

RELAYED VIA: WYFR, USA; Skelton, UK; Issoudin, France; Juelich, Germany
AM KEBAR AM 1210 kHz, Sacramento CA, USA
Mandarin: 2000-2300, Cantonese: 2300-2400, local time
(Source: Alokesh Gupta/Cumbre DX)

Radio Taiwan International B06 winter schedule

The following Radio Taiwan International B06 Winter schedule commences October 29. All times UTC, freqs kHz
Target Areas: na (North America) as (Asia) am (Americas) eu (Europe) sa (South America)

TAIWAN: Radio Taiwan International B06 English Service
29 October 2006 - 28 March 2007

UTC Days Target Freq Site
0100-0200 daily 11875na(via Taiwan) 15465na(via Taiwan)
0200-0300 daily 5950na (via WYFR relay) 9680na (via WYFR relay)
03--0400 daily 5950na (via WYFR relay) 15215sa (via WYFR relay) 15320as
0700-0800 daily 5950na (via WYFR relay)
0800-0900 daily 9610as(via Taiwan)
1100-1200 daily 7445as(via Taiwan)
1200-1300 daily 7130am(via Taiwan)
1400-1500 daily 15265as(via Taiwan)
1500-1600 Fri/DRM 9770eu (Rampisham, UK)
1600-1700 daily 9785sa 11550as (11995 from 25 Feb 2007 vua Issoudun, France)
1700-1800 daily 11850af (via Issoudun, France)
1800-1900 daily 3965eu(via Issoudun, France)
2200-2300 daily 15600eu(via WYFR relay)

RELAYED VIA: WYFR, USA; Skelton, UK; Issoudin, France; Juelich, GermanyAM KEBAR AM 1210 kHz, Sacramento CA, USAMandarin: 2000-2300, Cantonese: 2300-2400, local time (Source: Alokesh Gupta,India/Cumbre DX/Gayle VH Monitoring Times)

Australian DX Report 18 available with audio-visual magazine

To all,
The Australian DX Report No. 18 internet audio-visual magazine/podcast is now available, at
It runs to 15 mins and 10 secs and contains lots of updated shortwaveschedules and monitoring news, including extracts from trhe official B06schedules for several international broadcasters, not yet available in thepublic domain.
I hope you enjoy the opening and closing musical themes - somethingdifferent this time!
****** Now.... you also get a Video...!!
It is a Movie, with music and the sounds of the Australian bush, shot onlocation in the Happy Valley Forest, near Melbourne, on October 24, 2006.
I did HF monitoring work from that location!
It plays for 2 mins and 10 secs.
After you have watched and listened to the Movie, go to the Australian DX Report 18 for thelatest shortwave news!
Your comments are always appreciated about these Audio/Visual Shows at the above site.
If you haven't subscribed (free) to the feed, you may do this at the siteusing Feedblitz. This means that the shows will come to you whenever newprograms are released!
Regards from Melbourne
(Bob Padula)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

U.S. Coast Guard Special Event Radio Day Oct. 28

US Coast Guard Auxiliary announces "Special Event Radio Day" (Oct 20, 2006) --

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) will hold a "Special Event Radio Day" Saturday, October 28, to support the International Search and Rescue Competition (ISAR 2006) and the 67th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. More than two dozen USCG Auxiliary Amateur Radio stations will be active on the HF bands from the Atlantic to Hawaii and from Maine to the US Virgin Islands. Many will operate from US Coast Guard Bases. A special QSL card (see photo) will be available by making contact with any station and sending an SASE. The USCGA invites the Amateur Radio community to join in the celebration.
(Source: ARRL )

Iran's VOIRI winter schedule

The following B06 winter schedule for Iran's Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will commence 29 October, 2006. All times UTC, freqs kHz.
Target areas: na (North America) af (Africa) as (Asia) eu (Europe)

130-0200 daily 6120na 7160na0
200-0230 daily 6120na 7160na
1030-1100 daily 15460as 17660as
1530-1600 daily 6160as 7330as
1600-1639 daily 6160as 7330as
1930-2000 daily 6010eu 7320eu 9855af 11695af
2000-2030 daily 6010eu 7320eu 9855af 11695af
(Source: Gayle VH/Monitoring Times)

Spain's Radio Exterior Espana English winter schedule

The following B06 winter schedule will commence 29 October 2006. All times UTC, freqs kHz.
Target areas: am (Americas) af (Africa) eu (Europe)

0000-0059 daily 6055am
2000-2059 mtwhf 9680af 11680af
2200-2259 s 11625af
2200-2259 as 6125eu
(Source: Gayle VH/Monitoring Times)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

DXers Unlimited 24-25 October

Radio Havana Cuba
Dxers Unlimited
Dxers Unlimited's mid week for 24-25 October 2006
By Arnie Coro
Radio amateur CO2KK

Hi amigos radioaficionados ! Welcome to the mid week edition of Dxers Unlimited, coming to you when our amigo SOL, 93 million miles away from us is going through a period of very low activity... As a matter of fact
the latest solar flux figures show near baseline levels, approaching the minimum detected solar flux of a bit less than 70 units. So, get ready for really very low ionospheric absorption and much better propagation conditions on frequencies from 500 kilohertz to 7 or 8 megaHertz during your local
evening hours , from local sunset to sunrise... More information about propagation conditions as always at the end of the show.... Item two: Amateur radio operators worldwide are becoming quite concerned about alarming lack of activity on the ham bands, especially during
weekdays... during the weekends and especially during the big contests as the one coming up this next weekend, you can certainly monitor much more activity on the favorite DX bands, but still, in my opinion way down from what used to be heard ten or fifteen years ago... Again, in my opinion, this lack of activity is to be traced back to the widespread presence of
computers and the availability of Internet services in developed nations and at the most important cities of less developed countries..., mainly national capitals. But, surprisingly, every time that there is one of the big contests in progress, the HF bands show a tremendous level of activity, with thousands and thousands of stations trying be among the winners of the contest.

So, the fact is that there are lots of amateur radio stations in perfect operating conditions ready to be used, but they ar actually getting less use, because their owners are spending more of
their spare time, the time previously used to be on the air, now used for operating the computers and surfing the world wide web.
Item three: The amazing four power sources radios are making illiteracy campaigns possible in remote rural areas, thanks to an training program created here in Cuba, YO SI PUEDO is the name of the illiteracy eradication program, that when translated into English reads YES I CAN... emphasizing the fact that people that don't know how to read and write can certainly learn even at a relatively advanced age in life... YO SI PUEDO, the Cuban training program to help people learn how to read and write using a combination of printed materials, coaches that help the trainees, and radio broadcasts is being used successfully in Haiti, Venezuela and New Zealand among other nations... Yet another fascinating use for radio broadcasting , that was
made available absolutely free of charge to UNESCO, so that its use may be extended around the world to help the more than 800 million inhabitants of Planet Earth that are illiterates. As
you have just heard, radio can play a vitally important role in helping the world’s illiterate persons learn how to read and write at much lower cost than any other way.
Item four: Antenna topics... A question... sent in by several listeners... they all want to know what exactly is meant by an antenna system often described in advertisements as " A NEST OF DIPOLES" or A DIPOLES NEST.... so stay tuned here for the answer to this question and
other features at today's mid week edition of Dxers Unlimited...

I am Arnie Coro in Havana, back with you in a few seconds amigos !!!

According to our correspondence department statistics, Dxers Unlimited is among the most popular programs of our station, and the antenna topics section is ranking always between the second and third place of the list of more mentioned sections of this show... Today's antenna
topics section combines with LA NUMERO UNO...the number one, YOU HAVE questions in this feature, aiming at clarifying the concept of " a nest of dipoles" or a "dipoles nest"...
Si amigos, yes my friends... several antenna manufacturers, especially those that offer VHF and UHF antennas are promoting an antenna system by the name of " DIPOLES NESTS", a name given to a certain number of half wave dipole antennas tuned to specific frequencies, and connected in parallel at their common feed point... The dipoles nests are not exactly a broadband antenna, because each of the elements has a definite resonant frequency, but in actual practice staggering the resonant frequencies of a certain number of half wave dipoles can prove to be a quite useful antenna system. Although, this is not properly a broadband antenna, like the fan , conical and biconical dipole elements that have been so well described
in the antenna engineering literature.

For example, amateur radio operators have for a long time now used a group of between two and four half wave wire dipoles connected in parallel and fed with a single coaxial cable, typically 50 ohm flexible coax.

One of the favorite combinations for this ham’s wire version of a dipole's nest is used for covering the 20, 15 and 10 meter bands, while another less common system covers 17, 12 and 10 meters. According to my practical experience , using more than three dipoles is
possible, but interaction between the antennas becomes more of a problem. Another popular antenna among amateurs is a dipole's nest for 40, 20 and 10 meters, where the 40 meter band antenna is also used as a 15 meters three half wave in phase element, effectively providing four band coverage...especially if you happen to have an antenna tuner connected between the feed line and your amateur radio transceiver. The tuner is required to match the almost 2 to 1 voltage standing wave ratio presented by the 40 meters antenna when operating on 15 meters, but for 40 , 20 and 10 meters the three wire antennas can be carefully trimmed and tuned on site to obtain a voltage standing wave ratio of less than 1.5 to one, which is considered to be perfectly acceptable by most modern solid state transceivers.

Dipoles nests are sometimes seen at VHF monitoring stations, and those professional systems may have up to six or even seven dipoles made of aluminum or copper tubing, connected to a very solidly built center insulator. But don't try to buy one of those, as they are pretty
expensive, and according to experts it is a much better option to invest your money in home brewing a broadband conical or cage dipole that will provide much better performance than the typical very much publicized " DIPOLES NEST" or NEST OF DIPOLES, whichever way the manufacturers advertise these antenna systems, that again, are nothing more than a certain number of half wave dipoles connected in parallel amigos !!! .....

You are listening to the mid week edition of Dxers Unlimited amigos, a radio program devoted to the promotion and development of this wonderful hobby that you and I enjoy so much...
Your radio hobby questions are most welcome ... send them to arnie@rhc.cu, again arnie@rhc.cu, or VIA AIR MAIL to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana , Cuba...
Here is now our next item of today's program... One of the more fascinating ways of enjoying this hobby is by using the most simple equipment ... an upcoming contest calls for the use of a
single active device receiver, be it a vacuum tube, a bipolar transistor or a field effect transistor... In an upcoming edition of Dxers Unlimited I will try be broadcasting the rules for this one active device receiver contest, but in the meantime let me tell you that my
single vacuum tube receiver using a battery operated 3S4 with a pair of high impedance headphones provides amazingly good reception . The little radio is powered by a big single 1.3 volts size D rechargeable cell, and two series connected 9 volts batteries, although adding a third one does improve the output volume. This little set is a regenerative receiver, and I have built coils for tuning from the low end of the AM broadcast band up to the 16 meters or 17.5 to 18.0 megaHertz international short wave broadcast band...The little radio is quite sensitive, and selectivity is also quite good when the regeneration control is carefully tweaked to put the
detector just at the point that it will start oscillating...

As you have just heard, this new short wave listening contest is quite a challenge, and the results, when published will show once again, that this is a hobby that can bring many nice rewards to both home brewers and those that enjoy participating in contests...
This is Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the show is Dxers Unlimited, my e-mail address is arnie@rhc.cu, and the postal mailing address is Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana, Cuba... surfing the web for new amateur radio software a few days ago I came across OLIVIA, yes OLIVIA is the name of yet another digital communications mode using the Multiple
Frequency Shift Keying system or MFSK, that makes possible two way contacts while using very low power. OLIVIA MFSK was first written for the LINUX operating system, but later ported to WINDOWS. There are already a few ham radio operators testing the OLIVIA mode on 14.108 kHz, but let me warn you that OLIVIA MFSK can not be decoded with any other software program than the one specifically created for operating it. OLIVIA is yet another variant of the keyboard to keyboard modes that use computer hardware and software connected to an HF transceiver, of which at this moment PSK31 continues to be the
most popular one of them all... PSK31 was created by British amateur Peter Martinez, and has become today's de-facto standard for keyboard to keyboard communications between amateur radio stations around the world, because it can be installed in almost any computer and interfacing with the transceiver is quite easy to implement...

Digital amateur radio communications , one of the more than 80 ways you and I may have a nice time playing with our radios and now with our computers too !!!
A quick answer to a listener in South Africa… amigo Roland from Cape town, yes, during the southern hemisphere’s solstice, around the 21’s of December, during the peak of the summer , you will be experiencing the peak of the sporadic E propagation season, and according to forecasts, due to the very low solar activity expected , this may be a nice sporadic E skip season in your part of the world….

And now amigos , as always at the end of the show here is LA NUMERO DOS, the second most popular section of Dxers Unlimited... Arnie Coro's Dxers Unlimited HF plus low band VHF propagation update and forecast...Solar flux now hovering around 75 units typical levels y seen during solar minimum years... providing low frequency bands enthusiasts with what I
expect to be excellent propagation for AM medium wave and the Tropical bands during the next three to five days...The sunspot number moved up to 50, five zero, and it may continue to move up during the next several days... see you at the weekend edition of the show amigos, and don't forget to send me your opinions about the program and any radio hobby related question that you may have , send mail to arnie@rhc.cu, and VIA POST send an AIRMAIL postcard to
Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba

"Broadcasters help fund North Korea", says Korean lawmaker

South Korean broadcasting stations have paid North Korea up to $1 million since 2003 in return for permission to produce programmes in the North, a lawmaker said yesterday. Citing a report of the Ministry of Unification, Rep. Kwon Young-se of the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) said that local broadcasters have been engaged in a price competition, as they pay a large amount of money to the North.

“A total of 10 inter-Korean broadcasting cooperation projects have been approved since 2003,” the lawmaker said. “The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) paid Pyongyang $1 million for the production of a singing contest programme in July 2003 and a performance by pop singer Cho Yong-pil in May last year, respectively.” Those companies have also paid between $500,000 and $800,000 for other television programmes on North Korean food or the remains of the Koguryo Kingdom (37 BC-AD 668), Kwon said.

A ranking official of the Korean People Artist Federation said last September that three major television broadcasters - KBS, SBS, and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) - raised the level of the financial support, according to Kwon. “Minor cable channels that cannot afford to pay the large amount of money don’t even contact North Korea,” the official was quoted as saying. “The government should regulate the soaring prices.”

The lawmaker also quoted an official of the Korea Development Institute complaining of Seoul’s difficulty negotiating with Pyongyang because of the large sum of money. “Broadcasters gave North Korea a lot of money to attract events for their programmes, which made North Korea indifferent to economic cooperation projects,” Kwon said.

(Source: Korea Times/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Euro pirate - Radio Sonar International set for Oct. 25 broadcast

Dear listeners,

"RADIO SONAR" is active next Wednesday, 25th of October, 16:00 and 18:00
UTC between 6.275 and 6.305 khz.

We certify reception reports with our October-QSL - mp3-files are very

Phone in or sending text messages:
Tel: + 49 (0) 176 - 262 171 42 (during broadcast)
email: radiosonar@hotmail.de

DJ Dycke
"Aus Den Weiten Des Tiefen Ostens" - RADIO SONAR

New DRM discussion group at yahoo

This mornings email brought us info of a new discussion group of
Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) broadcasting in North America.
Members may be from around the globe, but discussion should revolve
around the programming and reception issues of those living in Canada,
USA and Mexico. For more info, check out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drmna

(Source: Christopher, Salem, OR)

More of the best on medium wave

The following loggings represent the latest from our prime AM DXer Patrick Martin. Thanks!
Gayle VH


This morning was not a repeat of yesterday morning. That is for sure! I
am typing this at 1535 and yesterday at this time the dial was wild.
This morning, most of the DX has faded out.
This morning I got up at 1430, a half hour earlier and found a few
signals, but nothing too exciting at that time, but DX did improve,
Filipino-wise. The highlights were the Filipinos that were not in

531 PHILIPPINES, man talking in Tagalog and EE mentioning in an
interview "Employers and employees" at 1514 10/24. Three Filipinos
listed, DXGH Gen. Santos City (5 KW), DYDW Tacloban City (10 KW), and
DZBR Batangas City (5 KW). DXBR has been logged here before back in the
80s. (PM-OR)

612 PHILIPPINES, Cebu City DYHP, fairly good, the first thing I
heard at 1432 10/24 after getting up, man in Tagalog. (PM-OR)

729 CHINA, Jiangxi, Nanchang, good with ending mx going into pips at
1459.54, opening mx and woman in Mandarin CC 10/24. (PM-OR)

936 CHINA, Anhui good with man & woman in EE/CC with news at 1502
10/24. (PM-OR)

945 CHINA, CNR 1 good with man in Mandarin cc // 981 at 1510 10/24

981 CHINA, CNR 1 good with man in Mandarin CC //945 1510 10/24

t1008 PHILIPPINES, San Jose, DXXX, commercial station, sounded like
ancr mentioned "RPN" (Radio Phil. Network) at 1507 10/24. (PM-OR)

1125 PHILIPPINES, Davao City DXGM, good for a time with man ancr in
Tagalog mentioning Davao City at 1519 10/24. Gave Davao City phone
numbers. (PM-OR)

I might mention that the DX on the WNW EWE was much poorer. I would
guess the signals this morning were more of a Southern pattern.

Radio Budapest Winter Multilingual Schedule

The following schedule will commence 29 October. All times UTC, freqs kHz
Target Areas: na (North America) eu (Europe) af (Africa)
Gayle VH

Hungary, Radio Budapest - B06 English Service
0200-0228 daily 6110na
0330-0358 daily 6035na
1600-1628 s 6025eu 9565eu
2000-2028 daily 3975eu 6025eu
2200-2228 daily 6025eu 9535af
(via ADDX, Andreas Volk-D, wwdxc BC-DX Oct 3)
(WWDXC Top News BC-DX#776)

B06 - Multilingual Services
German to Eu 1300-1358 Sun 6025 7215
1500-1558 Sun 6025 7275
1800-1858 Sun 3975 6025
1830-1858 Mon-Sat 3975 6025
2030-2058 Mon-Sat 3975 6025
French to Eu 1700-1728 Daily 3975 6025
2100-2128 Daily 6025
Hungarian to Eu 0500-1158 Sun 6025 relay Kossuth Radio
0500-1658 Mon-Sat 6025 relay Kossuth Radio
1200-1258 Sun 6025
1400-1458 Sun 6025
1900-1958 Daily 3975 6025
2100-2200 Daily 3975
2300-2358 Daily 6025
Hungarian to NoAm 0100-0158 Daily 6110
0230-0328 Daily 5980
2200-2258 Daily 6140
Hungarian to SoAf 2000-2058 Daily 9620
Hungarian to SoAm 2300-2358 Daily 12030 9580
0000-0058 Mon 12030 9580
Hungarian to AUS 1200-1258 Daily 17670
1900-1958 Daily 11755
Italian to Eu 1730-1758 Daily 3975 6025
2130-2158 Daily 6025
Russian to Eu 0400-0428 Daily 3975 6025
1630-1658 Sun 3975 6025
1800-1828 Mon-Sat 3975 6025
2030-2058 Sun 3975 6025
Spanish to Eu&SoAm 0430-0458 Daily 3975 6025
2230-2258 Daily 6025 7150
(via ADDX, Andreas Volk-D, wwdxc BC-DX Oct 3)
(WWDXC Top News BC-DX#776)

China to launch first direct broadcasting satellite

China will launch its first direct broadcasting satellite this month in a move that could end a nationwide ban on the use of private satellite dishes, state press said today. The Sinosat-2 will be launched on October 29 from the Xichang launch centre in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, and is designed to bring television signals to “every farming household” in the nation, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The satellite will enable every farming household to receive TV signals using a small dish, thereby bringing educational programmes and even remote medical services to farmers,” the report quoted Sun Laiyan, chief of the China National Space Administration, as saying.

Sinosat-2 will have a 15-year mission life and will provide TV and radio transmissions, digital films, direct TV and digital broadband, the report said, citing SINO Satellite Communications Co Ltd (Sinosat), the satellite’s Beijing-based state-owned operator.

The launch of the satellite could lead to the repeal of a ban on the individual use of satellite dishes, it said. The ban is widely ignored both in urban and rural areas. Industry analysts predict that once individuals are allowed to install satellite dishes, up to 100 million households will do so between 2006 and 2010, the report said. China currently has about 400 million television sets, a huge potential market for satellite TV, it added.

Source: AFP/R Netherlands Medie Network Weblog)

Medium Wave monitoring results

Here's a few examples from National Radio Club of recent medium wave listening. Thanks very much.
Gayle VH

Talksport 1089 best I've ever heard, armchair after some fiddling.
Dave Hochfelder

As a few others were mentioning, very good TA (Trans-Atlantic) signals tonight, especially on the lower end of the band. RNE-1 on 684 has been almost local like from 0300UTC to present.
Gary Wilt, NJ

Audio coming through on 171, 183, 189, 234, and 252 kHz at 2230 EDT
Perry Crabill, VA

909 BBC R. 5 booming in for a new one; RNE on 855, just working my way
down the dial.

645 Unid. 10/23/06 0200/UTC. My Sony ICF-2010 is going nuts as I am on again
and off again hearing what sounds like vocal music that is not parallel to
either 650 WSM or 640 any of several stations. I should mention that the
synch detecter on my Sony is showing a carrier on 645, and I can hearing the
change in the audio carrier when I tune up and down from 645 in either USB
or LSB.
Joe Miller, MI

Monday, October 23, 2006

Amateur station FG Guadeloupe special event

Members of the Radio Club A.C.R.A of Guadeloupe from St. Claude will do their 8th "The Road of the Rum" starting October 29th. They will activate the special callsign TO8RR on all strips of he road for 15 days through November 12th. Activity will be on SSB/PSK31/RTTY. Operators mentioned are: FG5DN, FG5BC, FG5GG, FG5GK, FG5IM, FG5AZ, FG1GW and FG1JD. Look for updates and QSL info on the ACRA club news.
(Source: Ohio Penn DX Bulletin # 777)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

VOA Mobile goes where you go

VOA Mobile is an all-text version of our top stories for use on web-enabled handheld devices such as cell phones and PDAs. VOA Mobile allows users worldwide to access text versions of our top news stories in a user-friendly format. The content is generated from the VOANews.com home page and is updated, almost hourly, seven days a week. Now you can take VOA with you wherever you go, in English, Chinese, Indonesian, and Turkish. For more information on accessing this free service, visit the www.VOAMobile.com homepage. To access VOA Mobile stories directly, go to www.VOAMobile.com (English), www.xinwencn.com (Chinese), www.VOAHP.com (Indonesian), and www.VOACEP.com (Turkish). (VOA Website)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

WRN assist R Romania Int'l with first DRM broadcast

WRN assists Radio Romania International with inaugural DRM broadcast(October 20th, 2006)Radio Romania International (RRI) has commenced its first ever broadcast using DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale with the assistance of WRN, the London-based digital radio and television transmission provider. Since 16th October 2006, RRI, the international voice of Romania, has been broadcasting a daily, 30 minute, English language show to Europe from 1400 UTC during the Summer season on 7160 kHz and during the Winter season from 1500 UTC on 7340 kHz at 60kW (RMS DRM power).

WRN has organised these DRM broadcasts for RRI using a transmitter site in Germany and is undertaking service monitoring and technical support.Eugen Cojocariu, Head of Radio Romania International, says, "It is our great pleasure to announce that Radio Romania International is the first Romanian radio station to enter the DRM Club. We are very happy to be there because we are sure that the future is digital with DRM. I hope our European listeners will enjoy the daily half an hour English show coming from Bucharest."

(Source: WRN via Media Network Weblog)

Radio New Zealand Int'l revised winter schedule

The following revised Radio New Zealand International winter schedule, will commence 29 October 2006.

Radio New Zealand International B06 - English Service
Effective : 29 Oct 2006 - 24 Mar 2007
UTC Daily broadcast kHz Traget Area - Pacific
0000-0100 15720pa
0100-0200 15720pa
0200-0300 15720pa
0300-0359 15620pa

0000-0100 DRM 17675pa
0100-0200 DRM 17675pa
0200-0300 DRM 17675pa
0300-0359 DRM 17675pa

0400-0500 17675pa
0500-0600 17675pa
0600-0659 17675pa

0400-0500 DRM 15720pa
0500-0600 DRM 15720pa
0600-0659 DRM 15720pa

0659-0700 9890pa
0700-0800 9890pa
0800-0900 9890pa
0900-1000 9890pa
1000-1059 9890pa

0659-0700 DRM 9870pa
0700-0800 DRM 9870pa
0800-0900 DRM 9870pa
0900-1000 DRM 9870pa
1000-1059 DRM 9870pa

1059-1100 13840pa
1100-1200 13840pa
1200-1259 13840pa

1059-1100 DRM 9870pa
1100-1200 DRM 9870pa
1200-1259 DRM 9870pa

1259-1300 5950pa
1300-1400 5950pa
1400-1500 5950pa
1500-1600 5950pa
1600-1650 5950pa

1259-1300 DRM 7145pa
1300-1400 DRM 7145pa
1400-1500 DRM 7145pa
1500-1600 DRM 7145pa
1600-1650 DRM 7145pa

1651-1700 9870pa
1700-1750 9870pa

1651-1700 DRM 9440pa
1700-1750 DRM 9440pa

1751-1800 11675pa
1800-1900 11675pa
1900-1950 11675pa

1751-1800 DRM 13840pa
1800-1900 DRM 13840pa
1900-1950 DRM 13840pa

1950-2000 17675pa
2000-2100 17675pa
2100-2150 17675pa

1950-2000 DRM 15720pa
2000-2100 DRM 15720pa
2100-2150 DRM 15720pa

2151-2200 15720pa
2200-2300 15720pa
2300-0000 15720pa

2151-2200 DRM 17675pa
2200-2300 DRM 17675pa

(Source: GVH/Monitoring Times)

Mediuw Wave Circle now available in electronic format

Dear Radio Enthusiast
The Medium Wave Circle has been publishing Medium Wave News for more than 50 years but only recently has MWN been available in a fully electronic format. Now that is all about to change!

The Circle has been extremely busy converting its unique paper archive intoelectronic form. Sadly, no paper copies survive from the earliest years ofthe club but now even the rarest paper copies from the 1950s onwards will be acessible to everyone.

We have scanned every issue into pdf files which are now available on CD toanyone interested in MW listening or indeed in radio history. Looking at copies from 30, 40 or 50 years ago gives a facsinating insight into what was achieved using much more basic equipment than today. It also shows how much has been learned over subsequent years.

What is perhaps amazing is that some of the names that pop up in the early issues are still appearing in Medium Wave News in the 21st century. We are now ready to take orders for the seven archive CDs that span four decades.

The CDs will be despatched from December 1st so you should have them in good time for Christmas.

For full details of these CDs including pricing and how to securely order them online click herehttp://mwcircle.org/mcd.htmSee the 60s and 70s CDs: http://mwcircle.org/mcd.htm#60See the 80s and 90s CDs: http://mwcircle.org/mcd.htm#80

We hope you enjoy this journey through the unique history of the Circle.best wishesSteve

Specially for Circle Members:
The 1960s Archive CD will be presented absolutely FREE to members withDecember's Medium Wave News. Circle e-members will be able to receive thisCD FREE when they purchase any other double CD from the Medium Wave Circlestore.If you join the Circle before November 26th you will be eligible for thefree CD.

(Steve Whitt/HCDX)

EDXC Special programming Oct. 22

Special SPBRC and Radio Gardarika short wave transmission for EDXC 2006

On October 22, 2006 (Sunday) SPBRC (Saint-Petersburg Regional Centre) and Radio Gardarika will carry out a special short wave transmission devoted to EDXC 2006 conference in St.Petersburg.

The time is 10.00-11.00 UTC and the frequencies are 12010 kHz in the
25 m.b. for North-West and West Europe and 15640 kHz in the 19 m.b.
for South-East and Central Europe and also for North Africa.

Two 200 kW transmitters of our St.Petersburg-Popovka transmitting centre will be used for this program. We hope that our signals will be able to reach some other parts of the world such as South-East Asia, Japan or Australia.

Unfortunately, we do not verify reports for this transmission - but we shall be very grateful for any comments about the reception quality to 12010and15640 @mail.ru

Thank you in advance.

Mikhail Timofeyev
Russia in HCDX
(Hans Johnson/Cumbre DX)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Blog Break

With the lovely autumn season upon us, it's time to take a brief holiday to rest, relax and enjoy the sites. Therefore, there will be no postings on the MT Shortwave Central, MT Milcom or B'town Monitoring Post, beginning Monday October 16. We will resume our blog postings the week of October 23rd.
Thanks very much for the kind words and contributions for our blogs. See ya soon.
Gayle & Larry Van Horn

Radio Slovakia to resume shortwave service

Text of report by Radio Slovakia International on 15 October
Radio Slovakia International is pleased to announce the return of shortwave broadcasting from Sunday 29 October [2006]. Frequencies will be announced in the next few days.
[Shortwave broadcasts from Slovakia ended on 30 June 2006 as part of a restructuring process which saw staffing levels at each language section reduced. Radio Slovakia International programmes continued on satellite and via the internet]
(Source: Radio Slovakia International, Bratislava, in English 15 Oct 06 via BBC Monitoring/R. Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

NHK Japan may carry programs about North Korea

According to the Asahi Shimbun, The Japanese government is considering ordering the Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK) to carry programmes about the North Korean abduction issue on its international shortwave radio service. A citizens group has since last year been broadcasting a shortwave radio programme to North Korea in the hopes that Japanese believed to have been abducted there can receive messages from their relatives. But the programme, known as “Shiokaze” (sea breeze), is jammed by North Korea. It’s currently carried via a transmitter in Taiwan.
Under the Broadcast Law, the Communications Minister has the authority to designate specific subject matter for international broadcasts. The international shortwave radio service run by NHK is the only service subject to such a ministerial order because part of the production funds for that service is provided by the government. This power is rarely used, as the government wants to respect NHK’s independence. But in the current climate, Yoshihide Suga, the Internal Affairs and Communications Minister, told reporters yesterday that he wants to give specific orders to NHK to carry the programme.
However, it appears that Suga is not suggesting that NHK carries the programme as part of its own output, but merely allows the group producing the programme to use NHK’s shortwave transmitters if it wants to. NHK is cutting back on shortwave, so there is plenty of spare capacity available. According to Suga, “If ‘Shiokaze’ says it wants a shortwave radio programme on a new frequency, we’d like to formally apply to the International Telecommunication Union,” Suga said. “We want to think positively to have NHK facilities used.” In fact, applying for a frequency is not necessary, and Suga doesn’t appear to understand how shortwave frequency planning works.
Some observers in Japan are expressing concern about a threat to NHK’s independence, but Media Network believes that the reporters covering the story didn’t understand the distinction between broadcasting a programme within one’s own service and allowing another organisation to have airtime on a transmitter.
(Source: R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Air America files for bankruptcy protection

Air America Radio, the liberal news and talk radio network whose on-air talent includes comedian Al Franken, yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after talks with a creditor broke down. The network said it plans to stay on the air while it reorganizes. In a filing with the US bankruptcy court in Manhattan, Air America said it lost about $40.9 million since the spring of 2004, including $13.1 million so far in 2006.
“This regrettable action became necessarily only recently when good faith efforts to resolve outstanding debt with a creditor from the company’s earliest days broke down,” Air America said in a statement.
Air America was launched in March 2004 with programming to counter-balance politically conservative shows by nationally syndicated hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The New York-based company said it has 4 million listeners, and has on-air personalities including Robert Kennedy Jr and Randi Rhodes. Air America also syndicates a radio show from television host Jerry Springer.
Scott Elberg, who became chief executive on Monday, said in an affidavit that Air America’s backers advised last month that they would no longer subsidize the network’s operating losses. He said this led Air America to consider a possible sale or liquidation. Also in September, MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc, a creditor that said it is owed $550,000, blocked Air America from drawing needed cash from its bank accounts, Elberg said. The bankruptcy filing will lift this restriction, he said. MultiCultural Radio, also based in New York, did not return a call seeking comment.
“Nobody likes filing for bankruptcy,” Elberg said in a statement. “This move will enable us to concentrate on informing and entertaining our audience during the coming months.”
(Source: Reuters/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Air America filing bankruptcy ? Thats' the best news I heard of in a very long time!!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Radio Romania International - B06 English Service

The following English Service for Radio Romania International, will be effective 29 October - 28 March 2007.
All Times UTC, freqs kHz - Target Areas: na (North America) eu (Europe) va (Various areas)

0100-0156 6150na 9515na
0400-0456 6115va 9515na 9690va 11895va
0630-0656 7180va 9690va 15135va 17780va
1300-1356 15105eu 17745eu
1800-1856 7120eu 9640eu
2130-2156 6055va 6115va 7145va 9755va
2300-2356 6055va 6115va 7105va 9610va
(R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX Oct 9)(WWDXC Top News Bc-DX # 772)

R Netherlands Program Preview Oct 15 - 20

2006 Welcome to our weekly guide to Radio Netherlands' English Service - a list of the new programmes coming up on Radio Netherlands this week, beginning on Saturday.

SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER *** Weekend Connection *** Every Saturday, the Newsline team brings you Weekend Connection, with thought-provoking reports on the issues making headlines in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. It's a lively mix of local colour and "the big picture". One week you might hear how Dutch farmers are doing their part to combat bird flu, the next week it's about the worldwide attempt to punish crimes against humanity. Big or small, Weekend Connection covers it all! Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (Australia/Asia/Far East), 12.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 05.00 (Western N America & New Zealand) *** Vox Humana *** In Vox Humana this week, we look at the wretched lives of political prisoners in one of the most closed societies in the world. Canadian author Karen Connolly travelled around Burma and met Burmese former political prisoners in Thailand and decided to fictionalise the stories she heard along the way. Stories that raised haunting questions about the price people were willing to pay in their struggle for democracy. Producer Chris Tenove talked to Karen Connolly about her novel "The Lizard Cage" - for which she too struggled, spending nine years imaging herself in the prison cell with her main character. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (Australia/Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Sun 1430 (South Asia), Sun 1900 (N America, Africa)

SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER *** Amsterdam Forum *** Virtual crack - is online gaming bad for you? Online video games are one of the biggest growth areas in mass entertainment. They are used as entertainment and stress relief by many around the globe. But as the world of online gaming grows, the debate about its social impact is intensifying. A clinic has recently opened in Amsterdam, designed to treat people addicted to playing online games. They say the games may look innocent, but can be as addictive as gambling or drugs. They claim gamer addicts risk their relationships, health, education and careers to satisfy their addiction. So is online gaming a harmless diversion from reality - or a dangerous addiction? Have your say on the topic at: www.radionetherlands.nl/features/amsterdamforum/. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.05 (Australia/Asia/Far East), 11.05 (Eastern N America), 15.05 (South Asia), 18.05 & 20.05 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia)

MONDAY 16 OCTOBER *** Newsline *** The latest world news and current affairs. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia) *** The Research File *** What distinguishes animals from humans? "Emotions", you might say. But with large numbers of people reporting apparently human-like emotions in their pets, we find out what this says about animals, their consciousness and our theories of what's going on. Also in this edition; why sweaty palms could help predict who'll respond to medication for alcoholism, and how a new computer system has confirmed that there's a black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)

TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER *** Newsline *** The latest world news and current affairs. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia) *** EuroQuest *** "Muslim Alienation in an Alien Nation" Muslim radicalisation expert Atef Handy talks about his recent report on why Dutch born Muslims turn against society and embrace Islamic fundamentalism. No part of the Dutch Muslim community is more maligned than young Moroccan males. Ahmed Dadou, an articulate spokesman for the Dutch Moroccan Community, talks about what's alienating his peers. The German government recently met Muslim community officials for the first Islam summit. It was billed as a rational discussion meant to enhance relations and improve the integration of Muslims into German society. And then, a controversial production of a Mozart opera meant it all got a bit weird. "Indigene" is a new film telling the story of North Africans who fought to liberate France in World War Two and it's opening up a forgotten chapter in French history. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)Repeated: Mon 1500 (South Asia), Mon 1900 (Africa)

WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER *** Newsline *** The latest world news and current affairs. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia) *** The Weekly Documentary *** "But I got an A in Dutch" What impact do current Dutch asylum procedures have on the children of refugees who've had their requests refused and been told they must return home. What happens when children born in the Netherlands are locked up in high security detention centres? What is the impact, not only on them, but on those they leave behind? Find out in this week's documentary "But I got an A in Dutch". Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)Repeated: Mon 1500 (South Asia), Mon 1900 (Africa)

THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER *** Newsline *** The latest world news and current affairs. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia) *** Dutch Horizons *** Dutch Horizons takes you for a boat tour on a lake that came close to being drained and turned into land. We also visit a Dutch province in the centre of the country, where there used to be water. The wide open spaces of Flevoland are the perfect setting for five enormous works of land art. And you'll meet a remarkable falconer and his 13 birds of prey. Douglas Lovell uses the birds to teach children about love for animals and respect for each other. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)Repeated: Mon 1500 (South Asia), Mon 1900 (Africa)

FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER *** Newsline *** The latest world news and current affairs. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.00 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.00 (Eastern N America), 14.00 & 15.30(South Asia), 18.00, 19.30 & 20.30 (Africa), 00.00 (Eastern N America), 01.00 (Central N America), 04.00 (Western N America), 06.00 (New Zealand), 07.00 (Australia) *** A Good Life *** French settlers who fled Algeria after independence in 1962 - the 'pied-noirs' or 'black feet' as they were called - are returning in their tens of thousands to see the country where they were born and brought up. We travel with a group of pied-noirs from Marseilles to the eastern Algerian port of Bijaya. Plus, the camel has long been part of the landscape in many African countries. It's used for a variety of tasks. We visit Mauritania where camel milk could prove a potent source of income for this Saharan nation. Broadcast times on SW (UTC): 10.27 (SE Asia/Far East), 11.27 (Eastern N America), 14.30 (South Asia), 18.27 & 20.00 (Africa), 00.27 (Eastern N America), 01.27 (Central N America), 04.27 (Western N America), 06.27 (New Zealand), 07.27 (Australia)Repeated: Thurs 1500 (South Asia), Thurs 1900 (Africa)Repeated: Mon 1500 (South Asia), Mon 1900 (Africa)Repeated: Tues 1500 (S Asia), Tues 1900 (Africa)
(Source: R Netherlands)