Friday, August 31, 2007

Classic Country 1290 to Conduct DX Test

Jim Pogue ( the IRCA/NRC Joint BCB DX Test Coordinator has strunk again.

WIRL 1290 kHz Peoria, IL DX Test
Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Oct. 21, 2007. Time: 2 – 4 a.m. Central Time. 5,000 watts using their normal daytime pattern. Programming will consist of voice IDs, Morse code, 1,000 Hz tones and regular format Classic Country music. Reception reports may be sent to Wayne R. Miller, Chief Engineer, WIRL Radio, 331 Fulton, Suite 1200, Peoria, IL 61602. The station will accept recordings by e-mail or on disk (.mp3 or .wav OK but no cassettes please). Address for e-mail reports is NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Our sincere thanks to Chief Engineer Wayne Miller for agreeing to conduct this test.
(Btown Monitoring Post)

RTÉ to air All-Ireland finals on shortwave

Irish public broadcaster RTÉ will broadcast the GAA All-Ireland Hurling final on Sunday 2 September and the All-Ireland Football final on Sunday 16 September on shortwave to Irish people living abroad. Coverage begins at 1200 UTC. For the second year running, RTÉ will also transmit the finals on DRM to most of Europe.

The AM frequencies are as follows (some frequencies should also be audible in the Far East):
West of Central Africa 17860 kHz/11735 kHz
East of Central Africa 17710 kHz/11635 kHz
Southern Africa 9470 kHz
Europe 17495 kHz/11735 kHz
(Source: RTÉ/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Blog Logs

Blog Logs

ARGENTINA 15345, RAE (Buenas Aries). 1800-1815. 17 Aug 07. English. Sign on announcements and IDs in several languages. Mentions of the production staff and a DX program to follow. Into a segment of Argentine folk music. Ugly het and completely covered by BSKSA at 1815. Poor. (Wood, TN)

ARGENTINA: 15344 RAE; 22:39, 4 August; RAE with male speaking in Spanish, weak and
muffled signal. (BC-MI)

BURKINA FASO: 5030 Radio Burkina; 2319-2331+, 20-Aug; Commentary by two males in French with drum/flute & thumb harp bumpers; ment. Ouagadougou x2 & Burkina. Possible ID spot @2328+ mentioning radiodifusion. Hi-Life music @2330. SIO=433, best in USB--surprising sig strength. (Frodge-MI)

CUBA 5025, Radio Rebelde (Havana). 0140-0150. 19 Aug 07. Spanish. Nice Island music with male announcer. VG. (Wood, TN).

GUATEMALA 4052, Radio Verdad. 0122-0130. 19 Aug 07. Spanish. Alter call music with male between selections with inspirational talk. Poor. (Wood, TN).

GUATEMALA 4780, Radio Cultural Coatin (San Sebastian). 0056-0102. 19 Aug 07. Spanish. Full ID with address and frequency at top of the hour, followed by slow tempo music. Poor. (Wood, TN).

MALI: 4835.6 RTV du Mali; 2332-2346+, 20-Aug; M in French with variety Afro music in local language and possible ID as Radio Nationale. SIO=443, LSB takes out minor utility bursts; //5995, SIO=322 (Frodge-MI)

MEXICO 4810, Radio Transcontinental (Mexico City). 0104-0120. 19 Aug 07. Spanish. male announcer with traditional Mexican music. Poor. (Wood, TN).

NIGERIA 15120, Voice of Nigeria (Ikorodu). 1932-2000. 17 Aug 07. English. Female announcer with music program featuring country and western, rap and local tunes. Voice of Nigeria ID at 1943. Into nx at top of the hour Poor. (Wood, TN).

USA 7415, WBCQ (Monticello, Maine). 0240-0303. 19 Aug 07. English. Very nice program of music from the 1950's and 60's entitled, "Lost Disk Radio Show" followed by "Shore to Shore HF," a comedy program based on shortwave radio. (Wood, TN).

USA 7811u, AFRTS (Conch Republic). 0240. 19 Aug 07. English. Two male's discussing the awe and wonder of watching a National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing event in person. I concur. If one is going to watch the gentlemen go fast, it is hard to beat a seat at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Fair. (Wood, TN).
(Source: Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts, Inc. # 454)

Legendry voices the last of the radio generation

by Thomas Stinson
Larry Munson's part of a dwindling band of college football radio legends working in a television age. With a huge influx of new small-town radio stations after World War II, it was not uncommon to find six or more stations broadcasting any given game to any given
backwater town. That gave Lindsey Nelson, then the sports information officer at Tennessee, an idea. In 1948, UT became the first school to create its own exclusive network. The school,
and not the stations, would market the games on one originating feed throughout the state with one hand-picked announcer –Nelson – who would incite the masses. Texaco leaped to sponsor the Vol Network and went about setting up similar syndicates in the region. Suddenly, everyone heard the same identifiable broadcast and everyone in Tennessee knew Lindsey Nelson.
Read more about Larry Munson, the Voice of University of Georgia at:
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Photo/Larry Munson/The Red Zone, Athens, Georgia.

Blog Logs - Medium Wave

The following logs represent what DXers from MARE are hearing on medium wave. The medium wave DXing season nears, so plan now. Best of DX!
Gayle VH

570 WMAM at 2156 w/ sports. Marinette, WI. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

580 WTCM at 1705 w/talk. Traverse City. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

600 WCHT at 2200 w/talk. Escanaba. Weak. 8/02. (LC, Curtis, MI)

630 CFCO at 0135 w/lite pop. Leamington, ON. 7/30. (LC, Curtis, MI)

670 R. Rebelde CUB (T) OM in Spanish 8/17 0110 (DT)

680 WDBC at 1330 w/standards. Escanaba. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

800 CJBQ at 0300 w/country. Belleville, ON. 8/03. This is my secon non-CKLW
station heard on this freq, the other being WDUX, Waupauca, WI in 1990. (LC,
Curtis, MI)

870 KAAN MO Bethany (p) 314 spots St. Louis Cardinal baseball 8/15 0035 (DT)

940 KPSZ IA Des Moines (p) rlgn mnts of Des Moines 8/11 1120 (DT)

940 WCSW WI Shell Lake ID talk 8/11 1110 (DT)

940 WIDG at 1942 w/sports. St. Ignace. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

940 WMIX IL Mount Vernon ID adult cont. 8/11 1150 (DT)

1110 WJML at 2157 w/talk. Petoskey. //1210 WJNL. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

1130 WISN at 1233 w/ads. Milwaukee. 7/29. (LC, Curtis, MI)

1210 WJNL at 1722 w/talk. Kingsley. 7/31. //1110 WJML, ex-WLDR, which is now 750. (LC, Curtis, MI)

1230 WSOO at 1700 w/ads. Sault Ste. Marie. 8/01. (LC, Curtis, MI)

1270 WMKT at 2254 w/business. Charlevoix. 7/28. (LC, Curtis, MI)

1490 WTIQ at 2140 w/oldies. Manistique. 7/28. (LC, Curtis, MI

1580 WWSJ USA-MI; 00:56, 16 August; Uptempo African-American Christian music, id as "Joy 1580AM", and back into music. (BC-MI)

1609.9v CHHA Toronto ON; 2350-2400+, 20-Aug; W in SS mentioning Nica- ragua, Guatemala, Campeche & Yucatan. ID @2358 "Radio Canada, esta es CHHA...Voces...". 2358:30 EE intro to pgm Sexuality & Sexual Health-- cut off @2358:50 & into SS music! Fair w/good peaks, freq drifty within a few 0.01 kHz. (Frodge-MI)
(Source: Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts, Inc. # 454)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Weekend Meteor Watch

From our friends at we learn that on Saturday morning, September 1st, a flurry of bright and colorful meteors might come streaming out of the constellation Auriga. The source of the shower is ancient Comet Kiess, which has laid down a trail of debris that Earth will cross this weekend. This is an irregular meteor shower which Earth encounters in varying periods of between 10 and 40 years.But will a shower really materialize? Forecasters are divided. Some expect a brief but beautiful display rivaling the Perseids. Others say the debris stream is too empty for significant fireworks. Either way, the peak is due around 11:30 UTC on Saturday morning. This timing strongly favors sky watchers in Hawaii and western parts of North America all the way from Mexico to California to Alaska. However, FM and TV DXers across the continent might be in for some meteor scatter DX as the signals heard are being reflected by meteors beyond the horizon.
(Source: Mark Coady Editor, Your Reports/Listening In Magazine/ODXA)
Photo: NASA
Further to Mark's post about this weekend's meteor shower. If youdon't have a home setup to listen to meteor echoes there are a coupleof sites run by NASA that provide real time online audio for thespecific purpose of hearing these echoes. They Plug these URL's directly into an audio player such as "Winamp" andthe audio will come up.As an alternative plug these following URL's into your web browser andthey should come up automatically in whatever audio player you haveset up on your computer. when there is no meteor shower you will periodically here a"ping" from a sporadic meteor entering the earth's atmosphere. Rightnow as I listen while I'm typing this I'm hearing a ping every coupleof minutes. When there is a shower the number of echoes you hear willincrease by quite a bit. Of course since this meteor detection methodis being done by radio and not visually it does not matter if it isdaytime. Please note that sometimes you can also hear echoes fromaircraft flying near the locations of the NASA receivers.You can make audio recordings of these pings, or you can use awaterfall spectrographic display program such as "Spectrum Lab" tomake a visual record of the meteors. Download program from here: it a try. It can be pretty interesting listening.JohnVE3CXB/ODXA

New ipods will be even closer radio substitutes

by Mark Ramsey
Three primary things separate iPods from the functionality of radios:
1. They are tethered to a computer and can't be updated without them
2. There's no way to be introduced to new music without specifically seeking it out
3. There's no local aspect and no role for personalities or content "between" the songs
(Yes, I know "commercials" is another item - but I'm talking about stuff that listeners might like)
The first item (at least) is about to be erased. And the second won't be far behind. The third, meanwhile, is why many listeners are escaping radio for iPods in the first place.It is rumored that on September 5 Apple will release their new iPod line and that line will finally - as long predicted - feature the ability to connect to WiFi networks.
Read more on this at:

WLPO AM 1220 plans DX Test

Jim Pogue (, the IRCA/NRC Joint DX Test Coordinator, has announced the first medium wave broadcast station that will conductung a special air test for BCB DXers.
WLPO-AM 1220 kHz La Salle, IL DX Test
Date: Saturday morning (late Friday night), Oct. 27, 2007. Time: 3:00 – 3:30 a.m. Central Time. 1,000 watts using their normal daytime pattern. Programming will consist of phonetic voice IDs, Morse code, sweep tones and unique music. Reception reports may be sent to Steve Vogler, Chief Engineer, WLPO Radio, 1 Broadcast Lane, Oglesby, IL 61348. The station will accept recordings by e-mail or on disk (.mp3 or .wav OK but no cassettes please). Address for e-mail reports is
Note: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. Out sincere thanks to Chief Engineer Steve Vogler for agreeing to conduct this test.
(The Btown Monitoring Post)

Blog Logs

Thanks to Brandon Jordan for sending in the following logging contributions from Memphis, Tennessee. Best of DX!

All times UTC
4949.96, (t) R Angola 'Canal A', Mulenvos, Aug 28 0350 - decent strength signal but poor modulation, very little audio heard. Transmitter off at 0354 and back at 0407. No 0511 UTC sunrise at transmitter enhancement noted, and carrier faded below noise floor at 0600 UTC (Jordan-TN)

5024.94, (t) R Parakou, Parakou, AUg 28 0447 - perhaps the one here turning transmitter on at 0447 while Rebelde was off. Unfortunately Rebelde back at 0500 w/ OC until 0510, then into broadcast. (Jordan-TN)

4930.00, VOA, Selebi-Phikwe, Aug 28 0350-0602* - fair signal with English VOA programming. Carrier still visible above noise floor to verify 0602* s/off. (Jordan-TN)

5030.01, R Burkina, Ouagadougou, Aug 28 *0538 - s-on with traditional African vocal then into news by man in French at 0542. More local music/drums at 0550. Female announcer at 0600 with Radio Burkina ID and announcements. Surprisingly good despite co-channel University Network on 5030.02.(Jordan-TN)

5066.34, (p) R Candip, Bunia, Aug 28 *0402 - S-on with traditional African vocal by female into talk by man in possibly French at 0405, inaudible from 0410. Threshold audio, best at s/on and steadily fading as Bunia sunrise was 0357 UTC. (Jordan-TN)

5005.00, R Bata, Bata, Aug 28 - no sign of R Bata here at listed 0500 s/on or after. (Jordan-TN)

5010.7v, (p) R Malagasy, Antananarivo, Aug 28 0350 - easy going island sounding vocals, male announcer in lang at 0400. Mainly poor, transmitter steadily drifting from 5010.79 at tune in down to 5010.72 by 0500. Station stayed on past listed 0500 s/off. (Jordan-TN)

4960.00, VOA, Pinheira, 0350 - OOC at tune-in, Yankee Doodle IS at 0359 into English VOA programming, Hausa at 0500, French at 0530 and still weakly audible at 0630*. Transmitter back on at 0638 w/ OC but much too weak for audio at listed 0700 Hausa. (Jordan-TN)

4975.97, R Uganda, Kampala, Aug 28 0350-0533* - English programming from tune-in, lots of monologues by male then female. Slowly fading down beginning 0415, possible Swahili. Carrier still visible above noise floor to verify 0533* s/off. (Jordan-TN)
5026.00, R Uganda, Kampala, Aug 28 - no sign of R Uganda here in quite a while. (Jordan-TN)

4965.00, Voice Africa, Lusaka, Aug 28 0350-0556* - English with various music and African news at 0400 and 0500. Fair to poor as signal began slowly fading from 0500. CODAR less bothersome in LSB. (Jordan-TN)

Amateur radio 425 DX News

25 August 2007
A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 851
*** 4 2 5 D X N E W S ***
Edited by IK1ADH & I1JQJ
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

3D2 - Tomas, LY1F/VK2CCC will be active as 3D2MT from the Fiji Islands from 28 August to 4 September. He plans to operate mostly CW on 80-17 metres, and to participate in the All Asian DX SSB Contest (1-2 September). QSL via VK2CCC (direct) or LY1F (bureau). [TNX NG3K]

5Z - Chris, DL2MDU will be active as 5Z4/DL2MDU from Kenya on 10-24 September. He plans to operate holiday style mainly CW. QSL via bureau to home call. [TNX DL2MDU]

8Q - Andrew, G7COD will be active for the third time as 8Q7AK from Embudu, Maldives (AS-013) from 30 September to 12 October. He plans to operate mainly SSB with some CW on 30-12 metres, tipically from 8.30 to 10.30 UTC and from 13 to 15.15 UTC. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX G7COD]

9A - Tony, IN3YGW will be active from Rab Island (EU-136) from 25 August to 8 September. He plans to operate SSB and CW on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL via home call (outstanding QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau after a couple of years). [TNX IN3YGW]

9A - Niko, DD1MAT will operate holiday style as 9A/DD1MAT from Dugi Otok (EU-170, CI-018) on 1-15 September. QSL via home call. [TNX DD1MAT]

9A - Francois, ON4LO will be active as 9A/ON4LO from Mali Losinj (EU-136) on 8-28 September. Expect activity on the HF bands as well as on 6 metres. [TNX ON4LO]

9A - Look for 9A/OK1JK, 9A/OK1UXH, 9A/OK1JST and 9A/OK1HWS to be active from Porer Island (EU-110) on 9-14 September. They plan to operate SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK on 80-10 metres. QSL via OK1JST. [TNX F5NQL]

9M2 - Aziz, 9M2AU will operate as 9M50MB on 31 August. This special callsign celebrates the 50th anniversary of Malaysian indipendence. [TNX 9M2AU]

A3 - Ron, ZL1AMO plans to operate holiday style from Lifuka (OC-169), Tonga from 27 August to 16 September. He hopes to have his old callsign (A35EA) renewed. [TNX The Daily DX]

BY - BD7KLO will be joined by BA4ALC, BA4ED and BD4HD for the 23-26 August operation from Pingtan Island (BY5, AS-138) [425DXN 850]. They plan to operate SSB and CW on 40-10 metres. [TNX BA7NQ]

BY - BG7JSQ expects to go and operate CW only on 10-40 metres from Xiachuan Island (AS-131) on 24-25 August. [TNX BA7NQ]

DL - Marcel, DJ5MS will operate SSB as DJ5MS/p from Helgoland-Duene (EU-127) on 27-29 August. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX ]

EA - Five special callsigns - namely AN0EB, AN4EB, AN5EB, AN6EB and AN7EB - will be aired between 1 and 16 September for EuroBasket 2007, the Basketball European Championship that will be held in Granada, Sevilla, Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Alicante and Madrid. QSL for all callsigns via EA4RCH, direct or bureau. Information on the relevant award can be found at [TNX EC8AUA]

EI - Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Irish national society, EI75IRTS will be aired on 29-30 September as HQ Station for the CQIR Contest (see below). QSL via EI6HB.

F - Special event call TM8CDX will be aired between 8 and 22 September for the 29th Convention of the Clipperton DX Club, that this year will be held at Puyloubier on 21-22 September (full details at All of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau; direct requests should be sent to F5CQ. [TNX F5CQ]

GM - Look for Ed, GM0WED/p and Glenn MM3XUI/p to be active on 17, 20, 30 and 40 metres CW and SSB from North Ronaldsay Island (EU-009) until around 14 UTC on 25 August. QSL via home calls. [TNX GM3VLB]

GM - Jim, MM0BQI will be active as MM0BQI/p from Lunga, Treshnish Isles (EU-108) on 1-3 September. He plans to operate on 80-15 metres all modes. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX ]

HR - A team from the Radio Club de Honduras and four operators from the US plan to be active from the rare Swan Island (NA-035) on 23-28 September, weather permitting. A special callsign (HQ0S or HQ6S) has been requested. Further information will be published in due course. [TNX HR2J]

I - Marco, IK1RAE (10, 12, 15, 17, 20 and 40 metres) and Max, IZ4JMA (80-6 metres SSB, RTTY and PSK31) will be active as IL7/homecall from San Domino (IIA FG-001), Tremiti Islands (EU-050) between 1 and 8-9 September. Depending on local conditions, they might go and operate from other nearby islets. [TNX IK1RAE and IZ4JMA]

I - ARI Frascati members will operate as II0ERN on 14-30 September. The special callsign is for the second edition of the European Researchers' Night, that will take place on the 28th. QSL via operators's instructions. [TNX IZ0DIB]

I - ARI Spezia and local INORC and ARMi groups will be active as IY1SP/IP1 from Palmaria Island (not IOTA, IIA SP-001) on 20-23 September. Back in 1897 Guglielmo Marconi carried out experiments from the Navy arsenal at Spezia to the island and a few months later Palmaria hosted the first wireless coastal station in Italy. QSL via I1SAF. [TNX I1SAF]

I - Helmut, OE1MHL will be active holiday style as IC8/OE1MHL from Ischia Island (EU-031, IIA NA-001) on 7-12 October. He plans to operate SSB on the HF bands between 5-9 UTC and again between 17-20 UTC. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. Logs will be available at [TNX OE1MHL]

IS0 - Piero, IZ1CRA reports he will be active mainly on 20 metres from Palau, Sardinia (EU-024) from 26 August to 6 September. QSL via home call, bureau preferred.

J2 - Darko, T95A is on a work assignment in Djibouti and expects to be there for at least one year. He plans on setting up a station in the near future and will be operating as time permits. The callsign J28OO has been issued to him and the QSL route will be via K2PF. [TNX K2PF]

J3 - Gerd, DL7VOG will be active as J3/DL7VOG from Grenada (NA-024) on 27-31 August and then from Carriacou Island in the Grenadines (NA-147) until 16 September. He plans to operate on 160-6 metres CW and RTTY, with some SSB upon request. QSL via homecall, bureau preferred (e-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to ). [TNX The Daily DX]
JD1_mt - Masafumi, JA6GXK expects to be back to Minami Torishima (OC-073) from 27 August to 18 September. He plans to operate CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY and SSTV on 10-80 metres as JD1BMM. [TNX The Daily DX]

ON - Special callsign ON4WAR will be aired on 1-2 September as a tribute to the Belgian resistance during World War II. QSL via ON7RY. [TNX OPDX Bulletin]

OZ - Ric, DL2VFR will be active as OZ/DL2VFR from Romo Island (EU-125) from 26 August to 1 September. He will operate mostly CW on 40-10 metres, and will concentrate on working Japan, the Far East and North America on 40 and 30 metres between 19 and 22 UTC. QSL via homecall through the DARC bureau. [TNX DL2VFR]

OZ - Stefan, DF8HS will operate SSB, PSK31 and RTTY as OZ/DF8HS from Samso Island (EU-172) from 26 August to 8 September. QSL via home call. [TNX ]

SM - DL5ME and DG3HWO will be active ss SD7ME from Oland Island (EU-037) on 6-11 September. They will operate CW and SSB on 40, 30, 20 and 17 metres. QSL route at under SD7ME. [TNX DL5ME]

SP - A group of operators from the Radio Club SP9PZU will be active as SN10IPA from 26 August to 16 September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the IPA (International Police Association) Slesian Provincial Group. QSL via SP9PZU (bureau) or SQ9ZM (direct). [TNX SQ9IWT]

SU - Gab, HA3JB ( will be active as SU8BHI from Cairo, Egypt from 21 September to 30 November. He plans to operate CW, RTTY, SSTV, PSK and some SSB, and to participate in the CQ WW DX RTTY and CW contests. QSL via home call. [TNX HA3JB]

SV - Geza, HA4XG will be active (on the HF bands plus 6 and 2 metres) from Greece between 31 August and 14 September. First he will operate as either J48XG and SV8/HA4XG from Corfu/Kerkyra Island (EU-052) from 31 August to 6 September. On 1-2 September he will take part in the IARU VHF Contest. Then he will move to Amaliapoli, on the mainland Thessalia, and be active as J44XG and SV4/HA4XG on 7-14 September. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX HA0HW]

SV - Vito, I3BQC will be active from Limnos Island (EU-049) on 9-26 September. [TNX I3BQC]
SV5 - Alberto, IW1RLF will operate as SV5/IW1RLF from Rhodes (EU-001) on 10-17 September. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX IW1RLF]

SV9 - Dick, G3URA will operate mostly CW as SV9/G3URA from Crete (EU-015) from 27 August to 4 September. He will participate in the Russian RTTY Contest (1-2 September) as J49X. QSL via G3URA, direct or bureau. [TNX ARRL DX BUlletin]

T32 - Gordon West, WB6NOA is expected to operate as T32GW from Fanning Island (OC-084), East Kiribati between 24 August and 3 September. This is not a DXpedition, and Gordon will be QRV in his spare time, "as long as power is available". QSL via WB6NOA. [TNX The Daily DX]

TA - TA1HZ will be active again as TC25SG [425DXN 844] on 27-31 August. He expects to operate SSB on 17, 20 and 40 metres. The special callsign celebrates the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Coast Guard. QSL via home call. [TNX TA1HZ]

TK - Wolfgang, DL1DVP and Mike, DL3VTA will operate SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31/63 as TK/DL1DVP and TK/DL3VTA from Corsica (EU-014) on 7-14 October. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau. [TNX DL3VTA]

VE - Linda, VE9GLF and Len, VE9MY will be active from Orleans Island (NA-128, CISA QC-007) on 2-3 September. Operation will be mobile with 100 watts on 20 and 40 metres, after 18 UTC depending on band conditions. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau (e-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to ). [TNX VE9MY]

VE - George, K3GV will be active as K3GV/VY2 from Prince Edward Island (NA-029) on 2-15 September. Activity will be on 15 and 20 metres around the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX K3GV]

VE - Juergen, DL7RV will be active as VO2/NF6J from Battle Island (NA-044) on 6-13 September. QSL via DL7RV. [TNX ]

VK - Nobi, JA1JCF might be active as VK4JCF from Horn Island (OC-138) from 31 August to 2 September. "This activation is not very certain", he says, as "there may be unknown local difficulties at the planned QTH". If he can be QRV, expect activity on 30, 20 and 17 metres CW. QSL via home call, direct or through the JARL bureau. [TNX]

VK9W - George, AA7JV (VK2NU) and Tomi, HA7RY plan to be active as VK9WWI from the Willis Islands (OC-007) between 24 Septmber and 4 October, depending on weather. Further information is expected in due course. [TNX The Daily DX]

VK - Steve, G0UIH will be active again as VK2IAY/4 from a couple of Australian IOTA groups between mid-December and mid-January. Look for him to operate from Great Keppel Island (OC-142) on 16-22 December and from South Molle (OC-160) on 7-11 January. As with his previous DXpeditions, activity will be centered around 14260, with the possibility of 15 and 17 metres also. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. Steve's website is at [TNX G0UIH]

VU - Celebrating the 60th anniversary Indian Independence, members of the National Institute of Amateur Radio in Hyderabad will be active as AT60MY until 17 November. QSL via VU2NRO. [TNX ARRL DX Bulletin]

W - Jeff, VA3QSL will operate holiday style as VA3QSL/W4 from either Chincoteague Island (NA-083) and Assateague Island (NA-139) between 27 and 31 August. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX VA3RJ]

W - Rich, K3RWN will be operating from Isle of Palms (NA-110) on 1-7 September. Look for him on 10-40 metres SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via K3RWN. [TNX The Daily DX]

W - A large group of operators from the Tennessee Valley DX Association ( - namely N4HL, WA4RMC, AD4F, WA4NFO, W4KRY, AB4GG, WA4IVO, K0MAI, K2NAN, WA4AA, KB3PGU, K4VCM, W4FOA and KI4MPK - will be active as N4R from Folly Island (NA-110) from about 23 UTC on 22 September until sometime in the morning of the 29th. The group will use 100 watt transceivers and plan to be active on 10-80 metres (SSB, CW and digital modes) and 6 metres (SSB and CW). QSL via K4KWK, direct or bureau. [TNX WA4AA]

ZD9 - Brian, ZD9BCB is now expected to leave the SANAP weather station at Gough Island (AF-030) around 14 September, a couple of weeks later than planned. According to his QSL manager, Brian is likely to be found this Sunday on 14315 kHz at 17.30. QSL SQ8AQD, direct only. [TNX SQ8AQD]

PACIFIC TRIP ---> Ulli, DL2AH will be active (on 40-10 metres SSB and RTTY) from Niue (ZK2) from 29 September to 12 October, from the Chatham Islands (ZL7/DL2AH) on 16-30 October and then from Norfolk Island (VK9ANH) on 1-14 November. [TNX DL2AH]
(Source: 425 DX News #851 via dave Raycroft)

Pirate logs from Free Radio Weekly

Thanks to Bill Finn for this weeks Free Radio Weekly newsletter. The following sample of logs from this weeks isssue should help you with your pirate chase this weekend.

Radio Jamba
6925U 8/20 0010-0016+ A show of vote for Commander Bunny. Ice Cream Man and Kermit the Frog endorsed Commander Bunny along others (Ragnar, Paul Star, Grasscutter/Sunshine). Mention that Vote for Commander Bunny stickers were available on EBAY along with Tee shirts. ID as "Radio Jamba and the Bowling League". (SIO 333 Majewski CT)

Sycko Radio
6875AM 8/18 2248-0123 A long show with a start of Standby, Sycko Radio. Said was running 300 watts AM. A mix of different types of music, Devo's Whip It, Funky Town and others. Around 2358 had a technical problem with RF and the CD player. Then described shocking himself. (SIO 333 Majewski CT)

The Crystal Ship
6875AM 8/20 0003-0039+ Show of Jackson Browne songs. Also was on 5836. The 5836 signal was not very good (232). (SIO 333 Majewski CT)

WBNY/Radio Bunny
Commander Bunny on 6950 at 0010 w/pitch for theRodent Revolution. I forgot to note the mode but I'm pretty sure it wasUSB. Sunday, 19 August.(Cameron-MI)

An extraordinary QSL package from Radio Ice Cream. Full data (and more)QSL #24 for a broadcast on 31 March 2007 is a glossy, triangular sheet with the image of a fetching young thing who has just dropped her ice cream. Since the image appears to be a Vargas, she has exposed a lot ofboth legs looking for her ice cream cone. Also three CDs, each containing one of the first three Radio Ice Cream shows. AND, two Commander Bunny for President bumper stickers. WOW and thank-you!(Hunsicker-PA)
(Source: Free Radio Weekly #602 via Bill Finn)

Why Washington Post Radio Died

By Mark Fisher
From its sudden and fascinating inception to its slow and awkward demise, Washington Post Radio was a work in progress. It never came close to fulfilling its original promise--"NPR on caffeine," in the spicy phrase of the newspaper's radio-TV guru, Tina Gulland--but it was a radio station bubbling with possibilities.
Not that many listeners cared to explore those possibilities. The radio station--which will die next month by mutual consent of its clumsily-paired parents, The Washington Post and Bonneville broadcasting--never showed much of a pulse in the ratings, even though its programming ran on one of the most powerful and storied spots on Washington's radio dial, the former home of all-news WTOP.
To read more on this story, plus information on what will replace Washiungton Post Radio, refer to

Calls for statement about Voice of the Mediterrean

The Malta-based international broadcaster Voice of the Mediterranean may have gone off the air nearly four years ago, but it’s still the subject of much discussion in the island’s political circles. Opposition MP Leo Brincat yesterday said it was difficult to understand why Foreign Minister Michael Frendo has made no statement about the fact that workmen were dismantling furnishings and equipment at the Voice of the Mediterranean studios. Mr Brincat said the silence was deafening, especially in view of the fact that the station had been out of commission for four years amid allegations of irregularities and wasting of public funds.
Moreover, Mr Brincat said, the Foreign Ministry has ignored various calls for explanations from sections of the media. He said that the public deserved to know where the furniture and technical equipment was going and whether a professional and independent inventory of the contents had been taken. He also said the public deserved to know the findings of audit accounts of the station and whether shareholders might have liquidated some assets. If that was the case, he asked, how much were they sold for?
Mr Brincat also questioned whether items declared obsolete were truly obsolete. He also called for a clear and categorical confirmation that no furniture and sophisticated equipment “disappeared” during the radio station’s four years of silence.
(Source: Malta Independent Online/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog )

Minivan Radio set for last shortwave broadcast August 31

Media Network understands that Maldivian opposition radio station Minivan Radio will end its current series of shortwave transmissions tomorrow. The shortwave broadcasts, at 1600-1700 UTC on 11965 kHz, were resumed on 1 August in the run-up to a referendum that was held on 18 August. It’s likely that further shortwave transmissions will be made to cover significant events.
(Source: R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Voice of America - multilingual schedule update Part 2

USA(non) Summer A-07 for Voice of America. Part two of two:

All times UTC

1530-1600 11945 15475

0500-0530 1530 4960 6045 9600
0700-0730 4960 11785 17490
1500-1530 9710 11905 13750
2030-2100 4940 9815 9830 11720 12080 15185 Mon-Fri

1600-1700 7260 9320

0000-0030 9535 11805 13705
1130-1230 9700 9890 12010
1400-1500 13620 15105 Thu-Sat
2200-2400 7225 9535 11805

1330-1430 1575 5955 7155
2200-2230 1575 6060 7130 15340

0330-0430 6095 7340 11905
1600-1630 11905 15430 17725 Sat

1200-1300 5890 7235 11625
1300-1400 648 5890 7235 11740
1400-1500 5890 7235 11740
2000-2030 6060 7125 9510

0400-0500 9845 15460 17490
1300-1400 1593 11635 15390 17730
1600-1700 9805 11705 15130
1800-1900 7205 11520 11705
1900-2000 1593

1230-1300 1575 9510 11930

1800-1830 909 4930 13755 15775 Mon-Fri

0030-0130 1296 9335 11605
Radio Ashna 1430-1500 1296 9335 15090 15120
1530-1630 1296 9335 15090 15120
1730-1800 1296 9335 11565 11580
1830-1930 1296 7555 7595

1300-1600 9310 11510+additional new 9405 UDO 250 kW / 300 deg
Deewa Radio 1600-1900 7510 9310+additional new 9395 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg

0230-0330 9695 17855
1530-1700 1593 6040 11520 11780
1700-1730 1593 6040 9760 11520
1730-1800 1593 6040 9760 11925
1800-1830 648 1593 6040 9760 11925
1830-1900 648 1593 5860 6040 11925
1900-1930 5860 6040 11925
1930-2030 5860 9310 9725

0430-0500 1530 6095 7340
1000-1030 17740 21590 Sat/Sun
1700-1730 1530 9565 12080
1730-1800 1530 9565 9815 12080 15730
1800-1830 1530 9565 9815 17785 Mon-Fri

1300-1400 9465 11725 15130 15565
1700-1800 6110 7215 9520 11805
1800-1900 6110 9520 11755 11805

0530-0545 9460
1930-2000 9785
2100-2130 7210 Mon-Fri

1700-1730 909 4930 13755 17730 Mon-Fri

1600-1630 1431 11530 15675 Mon-Fri
1630-1800 11530 15675 Mon-Fri

0030-0200 9560 9885 11815
1100-1230 7370 9535 13790

1630-1700 9815 13670 15730
1700-1730 9815 13670 15730 Mon-Fri

0000-0100 7255 9855 11690
0400-0600 15265 15490 17685
1400-1500 6030 11520 11975

1900-1930 9875 11500 11675 11905 13870 Mon-Fri

0330-0400 7205 Mon-Fri
1045-1100 15205 17565 Mon-Fri
1830-1900 11865 12025 Mon-Fri

2000-2015 7230 11840 Sat/Sun
2000-2030 7230 11840 Mon-Fri

0100-0200 972 1539 7145 11805
AapKiDunyaa 1400-1500 972 1539 9510 12005
1500-1700 972 1539
1700-1800 972 1539 9320 9780
1800-0100 972 1539

1500-1530 801 7280 9695 11595 15265

1300-1330 1575 5955 9720
1500-1600 1170 5955 7455 9780
2230-2330 6060 15340

(Source: DX Mix News # 483 via Alokesh Gupta)

XM/SIRIUS regulatory approvals said to be in final phase

XM/SIRIUS regulatory approvals said to be in final phase; lawyers skeptical about positive
implications from Whole Foods/Wild Oats approval

By Nadia Damouni and Bhavna Kaul in New York
Published: August 27 2007 23:24 Last updated: August 27 2007 23:24
The two main regulatory approvals needed to clear the XM Satellite Radio Holdings and SIRIUS Satellite Radio merger are believed to be in their final phase, it is understood. It is also understood, however, that the process could still take several months.

Meanwhile, lawyers interviewed for this article are skeptical as to whether the recent green light given to Whole Foods and Wild Oats by anti-trust regulators has any positive implications for this transaction.
Read more from the Financial Times at:
Financial Times,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html

Hungarian radio station fires two for depicting gay official

Hungary: Radio station fires 2 for depicting gay official with Nazi pink triangle on Web site The Associated PressPublished: August 29, 2007

BUDAPEST, Hungary: A Hungarian radio station on Wednesday fired two staff members after a gay government official was depicted on its Web site standing outside the Auschwitz concentration camp wearing a pink triangle, the symbol used by the Nazis to label homosexual men.

The photo montage showing State Secretary Gabor Szetey with a pink triangle on his suit in front of Auschwitz's main gate appeared Wednesday morning on the Web site of Lanchid Radio. It was later removed.
Read more about this story at:
International Herald Tribune

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Radio Salaam Shalom update

Monday 27 August 2007 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)

Gerry Northam reports from Radio Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish online radio station launched in Bristol earlier this year. He explores the reasons behind the project and asks whether the volunteer presenters are changing their perceptions of each other's faith and culture.
(Fred Waterer/ODXA)

DXpedition to British Columbia

Hi, folks.

Just returned from a 4 day visit to Masset, and was able to DX for 3 mornings (ie Sat - Mon). The first morning was rather disappointing as I had erected a 1000' West BOG which was dead in the morning, so I had to use my permanent N/S 450' Beverage only. Went to track down the problem only to find that the BNC connector wasn't attached to the matching transformer! Ugggh!!!. The next morning was better, of course, with the 2 Beverages, but nothing very spectacular. This morning was the best with a really good opening on LW to Russia (just about all the Russian FE LW transmitters heard quite well), and at dawn, some Filipinos really started to come in, as did some Aussies. Interestingly, the best antenna for these turned out to be a short normal Beverage aimed to the W/SW which I erected last night. Here are a few highlights: Walt Salmaniw, BC

By the way, I used a WinRadio 313e and an AOR 7030+, with a NRD-535D as a back up.

999 PHILIPPINES DYSS Super Radyo, Aug 27 1349 - Wow, just checked this frequency to hear multiple IDs for 'Super Radio' in Tagalog. 'Media Awards 2007' Radio GMA Incorporated and Cebu mentioned. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

1026 PHILIPPINES DZAR Soshine Radio, Aug 27 1323 - I'm hearing English religious discussion with an accent which sounds Filipino to me. Fades up to fair level, but then back in the mud. Filipinos are occasionally heard in Masset, so I'm not sure who else this could be (although 2 others are listed, but this fits best with the religious content). 999 heard a few minutes earlier is also likely a Filipino station. Later: Very nicely fading up at 13:30 to good levels, cochannel oriental speaker. Reading letters at 13:40, mentioning Typhoon Dodo (?). Mentions of NCR (?National Capital Region, Manila?). Yes! Philipines mentioned. Old Israel....must be a settlement in the Philippines. Best heard on my shorter European Beverage erected only last night. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

1062 PHILIPPINES DZEC Eagle Broadcasting Corp., Aug 27 13:59 - Nice clear ID just before 13:59 as 'Dee Zee E C, Eagle Broadcasting' in Filipino. Good reception. An excellent opening today to this part of Asia! Still going strong at 14:11 with Spanish Eyes. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

1161 CHINA , Aug 26 1258 - Nice reception with EZL music until 12:59, and then more traditional oriental music. No obvious time pips at 13:00, though. May have faded down at the critical moment! Seemingly in CC, but with at least one other co-channel. Tentative!. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

1575 THAILAND VOA, Aug 26 1151 - Strong S9 signal with English commentary by American accented male about President Putin of Russia. I'm suspecting AFN Japan as VOA Thailand (heard an hour earlier) is listed as in Burmese at this time. Ah, at 11:59, 'This is the Voice of America signing off', so must have been VOA after all. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

4052.5 GUATEMALA Radio Verdad, Aug 27 0435 - Decent S6 to S7 signal with too much summer static crashes marring an otherwise decent program of religious music. Take away the crashes, and I think I'd be able to easily follow the broadcast. As it is, it's too difficult to tell even the language. Further listening reveals American accented preacher in English. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

4775 SWAZILAND TWR, Aug 27 0451 - English programming in the clear, and free of static for the most part at good levels, although S meter is only at S5. Insight for Tomorrow program. Strongest African on the air right now. Much stronger than the 90 meter Meyerton transmissions. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

4930 BOTSWANA VOA, Aug 27 0453 - Another good signal, but seems to suffer more from static crashes than does Swaziland. Go figure! English science program. Reading S7 to S8. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

6030 CANADA CFVP, Aug 27 0504 - Classic Radio 1060 ID with surprisingly good signal (S9) followed by Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown. Some summer static. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

6045 RUSSIA Voice of Russia World Service, Aug 25 1402 - English news about Polish opposition to US interceptor rockets. S7 signal with minimal adjacent splatter. Good overall. Transmitter in Vladivostok. // 7165 excellent (also Vlad.), 9745 poor/fair. Program is to Asia. (Salmaniw, Masset, BC)

Weekly radio propagation report

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:Issued: 2007 Aug 28 2024 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Environment Center
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# Weekly Highlights and Forecasts

Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
20 - 26 August 2007

Solar activity was very low to low this period. An impulsive C2.0/sn
flare was observed at 24/0754 UTC from Region 969 (S05, L=187,
class/area, Cso/110 on 25 August).

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to unsettled levels during most of the period. ACE solar wind data indicated a recurrent coronal hole wind stream occurred during 25 - 26 August. Late on 25 August, the field responded with unsettled to active conditions at all latitudes, while minor to major storm levels were observed at high latitudes mid-day on the 25th. A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) preceded the onset of the stream and was associated with a solar sector boundary shift (away [+] to toward [-]) as well as a short-lived density increase (peak 36.5 p/cc at 25/1115 UTC).
The CIR was also associated with increased IMF Bt (peak 10.3 nT at 25/1438 UTC) and increased IMF Bz variability (minimum -8.1 nT at 25/1135 UTC and maximum +8.3 nT at 25/1216 UTC). The recurrent wind stream commenced mid-day on 26 August and reached a peak of 519.7 km/sec at 26/2307 UTC, and was still rising at the close of the summary period.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
29 August - 24 September 2007

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels during 29 August - 10 September, and again on 24 September.

Quiet to unsettled conditions are expected during 29 August - 01 September. Activity is expected to increase to active to minor storm levels on 02 - 03 September due to a recurrent coronal hole high-speed stream. Activity is expected to decrease to quiet to unsettled levels during 04 - 05 September. Unsettled to active conditions are expected during 06 - 07 September as another recurrent high-speed stream disturbs the field. Activity is expected to decrease to quiet to unsettled levels through 21 September. Unsettled to active conditions are expected 22 - 24 September due to another recurrent high-speed stream

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# UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest
# Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index
2007 Aug 29 70 8 3
2007 Aug 30 70 5 2
2007 Aug 31 70 5 2
2007 Sep 01 70 5 2
2007 Sep 02 70 10 4
2007 Sep 03 70 20 5
2007 Sep 04 65 8 3
2007 Sep 05 65 5 2
2007 Sep 06 65 15 4
2007 Sep 07 65 15 4
2007 Sep 08 65 5 2
2007 Sep 09 65 5 2
2007 Sep 10 65 5 2
2007 Sep 11 65 5 2
2007 Sep 12 65 8 3
2007 Sep 13 65 8 3
2007 Sep 14 65 5 2
2007 Sep 15 65 5 2
2007 Sep 16 65 5 2
2007 Sep 17 70 5 2
2007 Sep 18 70 8 3
2007 Sep 19 70 5 2
2007 Sep 20 70 5 2
2007 Sep 21 70 8 3
2007 Sep 22 70 10 4
2007 Sep 23 70 10 4
2007 Sep 24 70 10 4

Blog Logs - Bolivia & Brazil

All times UTC // parallel frequency

3310 Radio Mosoj Chaski, Cochabamba, 2230-2239, 16 Aug, Quechua language, messages (tent SINPO 33341 with utility QRM.

4650.9 Radio Sta Ana, Sta Ana del Yacuma, 2207-2215, 15 Aug, Spanish, talks, songs; 34342, muffled audio, utility QRM.

4690.4 Radio San Miguel, Riberalta, 2230-2238, 13 Aug, Spanish, light songs;SINPO 34332.

4716.6 Radio Yura, Yura, 2235-2246, 13 Aug, Quechua, talks, Indian dances and songs with SINPO 35332.

4796.3 Radio Mallku, Uyuni, 2244-2253, 13 Aug, Aymara/Spanish, talks, tunes;SINPO 44332. CODAR QRM.

5952.6 Radio Pio XII, Siglo XX, 2218-2227, 12 Aug, Spanish, listener phone-in with SINPO 44433.

6105.5 Radio Panamericana, La Paz, 2234-2244, 11 Aug, Spanish, songs; SINPO 55433.

4409.7 Radio Eco, Reyes, 2237-2245, 20 Aug, Spanish, light songs; SINPO 25231.

6155.1 Radio Fides, La Paz, 2235-2249, 20 Aug, Spanish, newscast,
advertisements, talks on home politics; noisy carrier. SINPO 33432 with adajacent QRM.
(all Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX Aug 21/22)

Brazil (all in Portuguese)
6135 Radio Aparecida 0925-0933 Pleasant Brazilian pops, 0927 live male announcers program to canned announcements. Promo/ID and back to music at 0929. Fairly nice signal but QRM from equal strength Santa Cruz on 6134.8. // 9629.98 which was clear but weaker.

6080.15 R. Novas de Paz 0936-0946 Easy pleasant Brazilian music, to male announcer briefly between songs at 0938 but just too difficult to copy due to pres. HCJB QRM. 0940 M anncr returned, then back to more mx, and same M again at 0944. // much better 9515 although some fading.

6104.96 Radio Filadelfia (pres.) Talk by male announcer at 1016-1019. Not // 9625. Just too weak and presumably too late.

9645.24 Radio Bandeirantes 0951 just tlk by male and female in Portuguese while tuned in briefly, and unmistakable cat meowing SFX played very often as they have in the past. 0952 ads. Ment of Brasil. Fady. Off freq quite a bit. There was a signal on 11925.23, but it wasn't strong enough to get any reasonable audio. Quite a few Brazilians on the bands this morning.

9664.98 Radio Marumby. Heard male talking around 0947 on tune through. Came back at 0954 and caught canned ad followed by complete canned ID anmnt w/freqs by male announcer, then easy Brazilian pop song 0956.

9530.03 Radio Trans Mundial (pres.) 0959 Possible religious program. Music to male announcer. Fanfare then more talk by announcer over music. Possible canned ID. Announcement at 1002 by M w/several mentions of "kilohertz" and AM but just couldn't copy an ID. Different male announcer at 1004 over music. Will have to keep an ear on this freq to get an recording of the ID. (Dave Valko-USA, hcdx Aug 23)

Medium wave stations begin to be audible at around 2030-2100, and there's a handful of channels where Brazilian carriers are noted and which continue throughout the night, an ex. thereof being VEN stn Ondas del Mar in Puerto Cabello 1380 kHz at 0736 on 16 Aug still getting Braz QRM.

3325 Radio Mundial, Sao Paulo SP, 2232-2250, 16 Aug, A Voz do Brasil, middle of part 2, with "Jornal da Camara dos Deputados". SINPO 45332.

3365 Radio Cultura, Araraquara SP, 2235-2246, 12 Aug, songs. SINPO 35231. Slightly better on 15 Aug at 2215 during "A Voz do Brasil" really.

3385 Radio Guaruja, Guaruja SP, 2215-2221, 15 Aug, A Voz do Brasil; SINPO 13341 with utility QRM.

4775 Radio Congonhas, Congonhas MG, 2146-..., 12 Aug, ads. SINPO 25331.

4785 Radio Caiari, Pto Velho RO, 2232-2239, 14 Aug, A Voz do Brasil part 2. SINPO 25331. This is not co-channel. Radio Brasil in SP due to Beverage antenna bearing.

4805 Radio Difusora do Amazonas, Manaus AM, 2144-2156, 12 Aug, football match report. SINPO 54333. CODAR QRM. Note: no Voz do Brasil news 2200-2300.

4815 Radio Difusora, Londrina PR, 2247-..., A Voz do Brasil part 2. SINPO 23341.

4825 Radio Educadora, Braganca PA, 2142-2203, 12 Aug, Pop music. SINPO 44332,

4845.2 Radio Cultura Ondas Tropicais, Manaus AM, 2142-2155, 11 Aug, football match report. SINPO 43342, QRM de MTN. Radio COT does not relay "A Voz do Brasil" Nacional newscast 2200-2300.

4865 Radio Alvorada (?), Londrina PR, 2132-..., 12 Aug, sermon followed by "momentos de oracao". SINPO 34342, QRM via Bolivia.

4885 Radio Club do Para, Belem PA, 0855-f/ou1020, 12 Aug, songs in program "Club Madrugada" SINPO 35444.

4885 Radio Club do Para, Belem PA, 2031-2048, 12 Aug, football match report and ads. SINPO 45332.

4915 Radio CBN Anhangueera (tent), Goiania GO, 2205-2214, 12 Aug, religious program. SINPO 43332, QRM via Brazil.

4915 Radio Difusora, Macapa AP, 2205-2215, 12 Aug, end of program from Associacao Espirita de Macapa, songs. SINPO 43332, QRM via Brazil.

4925 Radio Educacao Rural, Tefe AM, 2214-2225, 14 Aug, A Voz do Brasil part 1. SINPO 24331, QRM de UNID, possibly Indonesia and splatter via China on 4920.

4935 Radio Capixaba, Vitoria ES, 2211-2224, 14 Aug, A Voz do Brasil, part 1. SINPO 35332.

4985 Radio Brasil Central, Goiania GO, 2250-..., 13 Aug, A Voz do Brasil, end of 2nd part. SINPO 55444.

5035 Radio Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 2205-2218, 14 Aug, A Voz do Brasil cnational newscast. SINPO 33432, QRM de UNID, possibly Brazil too, but also a bit of signal splatter.

5035 Radio Educacao Rural, Coari AM, 2223-2234, 15 Aug, A Voz do Brasil. SINPO 33342. QRM via Radio Aparecida, also with VdoB, but the both weren't synchronised.

6000 Radio Guaiba, Pto Alegre RS, 2219-2228, 12 Aug, talks. SINPO 24331, adajacent QRM.

6010 Radio Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte MG, 2207-2219, 11 Aug, songs. SINPO 44433, het. with 6010.1, posibly Colombia.

6020 Radio Gaucha, Pto Alegre RS, 2104-2116, 11 Aug, advertisements, program "Gaucha Desporto"; 34332, adajacent QRM; no Voz do Brasil 2200-2300.

6040 Radio Club Paranaense, Curitiba PR, 2215-2225, 11 Aug, advertisements, football match report. SINPO 44433.

6150 R. Record, Sao Paulo SP, 2246-2256, 11 Aug, f/ball match rpt. SINPO 43432, QRM via China.

9530 R. Transmundial, Sta Ma RS, 2145-2200*, 13 Aug, religious program to songs and e-mail info. Station slogan "TM - comunicando com a forca da palavra!", affilitated stns list; 44433.

9565 Radio Tupi, Curitiba PR, 2231-2246, 15 Aug, A Voz do Brasil with "Noticiario do Poder Judicial". SINPO 34433. Adajacent QRM.

9645.1 Radio Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo SP, 2227-2233, 15 Aug, football news (so no Voz do Brasil). SINPO 42441. QRM via China RI 9640 in Castilian.

11735 R. Transmundial, Sta Ma RS, 1433-..., 12 Aug, religious lecture. SINPO 35343 and 2nd best 11 MHz B signal at 1445 on 15 Aug.

11784.8 Radio Guaiba, Pto Alegre RS, 2131-2143, 11 Aug, Advertisements to football match report. in Caxias do sul. SINPO 43443. Adajacent QRM.

11784.8 Radio Guaiba, Pto Alegre RS, 1439-1454, 15 Aug, Avertisements, announcements and newscast. SINPO 244432.

11804.8 Radio Globo, Rio de Jano RJ, 1430-1450, 15 Aug, program announcements. SINPO 34443 but deteriorating & was already vy. poor at 1450; QRM via Chinese jammer + UNID, probably RFA.

11815 Radio Brasil Central, Goiania GO, 2200-2223, 13 Aug, A Voz do Brasil part 1. SINPO 45444.

11815 Radio Brasil Central, Goiania GO, 1425-1515, 15 Aug, advertisements, sports news and announcements. Talks with SINPO 35443.

11830 Radio CBN Anhangueera, Goiania GO, 1433-1512, 15 Aug, prgr "CBN Mais Desporto", announcements, news. SINPO 34443, QRM de RUS (tent).

11855.1 Radio Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 2135-2147, 11 Aug, songs in prgr "Pe na Estrada" SINPO 43442; // 5035, 6135 & 9630.

11925.1 Radio Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo SP, 1436-1450, 15 Aug, program "Desporto Revista", advertisements. SINPO 333432.

11915.1 R. Guaiba, Porto Alegre RS, 2107-2114, 21 Aug, football news,
and advertisements. SINPO 442432.
(all Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX Aug 22)
(Source: WWDXC Top News - BC-DX # 822)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Blog Logs - Australia

All times UTC - English unless otherwise stated // parallel frequency

2485 VL8K, Katherine VT, 1917-..., 15 Aug, English, talks; SINPO 25231; VL8A 6 VL8T not audible under QRN. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal)

2485 VL8K, Katherine VT, 1032 ­ 1050, 8/25/07, in EE. News headlines, agricultural report, short country song, agricultural report (including markets), football commentary. // 2310 VL8A (Alice Springs) ­ very poor. (Taylor-WI)

4835 VL8A, Alice Springs NT, 2140-..., 12 Aug, E, chats, Austr. country music. SINPO 35231; worse on // 4910 VL8T. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal)

4910 VL8T, Tennant Creek NT, 2132-2152, 16 Aug, English, ABC news cast till 2140, infos. weather forecast, songs; SINPO 44332 and deteriorating. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal)

6020 R. Australia, Shepperton VIC, 0933-1005, 12 Aug, Pidgin to PNG, news, radio theatre; SINPO 35433, vy. poor at 1000. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal).

2325 VL8T, Tennant Creek NT, 1851-1913, 21 Aug, English, songs, talks; SINPO 25231; // VL8K 2485 was a tiny better whereas VL8A 2310 was even worse. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal)
9580 R. Australia, SIO 333 1847. Announcer's text on Human Rights and the Cultureal Revolution worldwide. (Stewart MacKenzie, CA)

9710 R. Australia, Shepperton VIC, 0950-1015, 22 Aug, Pidgin to Papua New Guinea, talks; SINPO 25432, so bad like a month ago. (Carlos Goncalves-Portugal, wwdxc BC-DX Aug 21/22)
(Carlos Goncalves-Portugal)

4910 VL8T Tennant Creek 1235-1255 Aug 16. Noted here instead of 2325. YL with last few minutes of nx, then wx at 1239; a few program notes and a promo for Australian of the Year balloting were followed at 1244 by a time check for "14 minutes past 10, 14 minutes past 8 in Western Australia;" the program "Night Life" followed, featuring a chat or interview between 2
men. Good signal. (John Wilkins-CO-USA, DXplorer Aug 21

2485 VL8K Katherine 1150-1230 Aug 17. Not heard this day; checked 5025 but could not tell if there due to Rebelde's strong presence. Did not check on subsequent days.
(John Wilkins-CO-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)
(Source: WWDXC Top News-BC DX #822/ NASWA FlashSheet #291)

UK's Radio Caroline denied license to test DRM

Rob Leighton of Radio Caroline writes: Back in May this year we started talking to Graham Warren, Head of Broadcast Technical Policy at Ofcom, with the intention of applying for a 12 month test & development licence to relay Caroline’s Satellite Service from the UK, using 1kW on either 41m or 49m shortwave.
We proposed carrying out research into the ruggedness of DRM reception when the signal was subjected to conditions of severe selective fading as found in and around the edge of a shortwave transmitter’s skip zone. We proposed using a 50/50 mix of DRM and AM, so that listeners with traditional AM shortwave receivers could listen to our AM programmes and be informed of what was happening when we switched to DRM mode, and how they could contribute data if they wished to be involved with the research findings. By proposing these tests we envisaged introducing Caroline to a substantial new audience of European shortwave listeners, whilst at the same time promoting the use of a new, efficient, high quality digital modulation technique and contributing to DRM’s global pool of knowledge. Listeners to our AM transmissions using traditional receivers would be fully aware of what we were doing at the AM/DRM switch-over, would be told how and when to decode our DRM signals, and from where to obtain the necessary software and equipment. We received a reply from Ofcom earlier this month, in which Mr Warren informed us that the particular aspect of research we had proposed had already been investigated, and that our licence request was therefore unsuccessful. Naturally we are disappointed, as the granting of the licence we requested should have resulted in a win-win situation for everyone.
But it’s understandable that Ofcom have little desire to grant a test & development licence to repeat aspects of research that have already been completed. We still have other confidential irons in the fire - Caroline has never liked the word ‘no’!
(Source: Rob Leighton, Radio Caroline/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Shabelle Radio and US Embassy in Nairobi promote peace

Shabelle Media Network, an independent media house in Somalia, has begun broadcasting a peace promoting programme sponsored by the United States Embassy in Nairobi. The programme includes panel discussions about the promotion of peace-building by key figures such as clan elders, intellectuals, scholars and politicians. Shabelle Media Network already produces dramas to create peace and community well-being.
The programme started on 15 August. Abdimalik Yusuf, Chief Executive Officer of Shabelle Media Network said “Shabelle has always played a vital role in peace promotion in war-torn Somalia since it was founded in 2002.” He said the radio play “Qomamo” (Regrettable) which was aired through Shabelle Radio, guided millions of Somali militiamen to a new life by abandoning the life of violence and the wild loyalty to warlordism.
“After we aired Qomamo for over a year and half, the young men on the streets with the guns began to realize that they were being used by warlords and they dropped the guns they were using for killing” Said Abdimaalik. He is confident that this new programme will help Somalis think more about peace and security.
(Source: Shabelle Media Network/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

French to reform international broadcasting

Le Figaro reports that, under the auspices of the Elysee, the French government intends to settle the tricky issue of foreign radio and television broadcasting by the end of the year. 300 million euros are spent each year to finance the various uncoordinated entities which make it up. One year after the launch of the international news channel France 24, says the newspaper, the need to reconfigure this loose conglomeration has never been so great, both in terms of strategy and costs.
At this stage the formation of a holding company overseeing TV5, France 24, and Radio France Internationale (RFI) is said to hold the state’s attention. This would give the state some time to study the case of RFI, which is to be modernized. While the presence in Africa and the Middle East remains strategic, its broadcasting in Europe deserves to be rethought by favouring associations with local radio stations and the use of the Internet, says Le Figaro.
(Source: R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Al - Jazeera English plans more autonomy over regional news

August 27th, 2007 - 14:26 UTC by Andy
The Qatar-based international satellite TV news channel Al-Jazeera English (AJE) is preparing to give its three broadcast centres outside Doha (Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington) more autonomy over regional news agendas later this year, according to AJE managing director Nigel Parsons.

His remarks were reported on 27 August by Content Asia, an Asia-based information resource aimed at the entertainment industry ( ). He was speaking on the sidelines of the recent Global Brand Forum in Singapore.

Parsons said centralized control in Doha for AJE’s first six months on air meant other broadcast centres had not been used as effectively as they could be. “We were terrified of creating four channels instead of one,” the report quoted him as saying.

AJE continues to be monitored in Singapore “to see if we are safe to unleash on the local population,” Parsons added. AJE has secured distribution in Malaysia and Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand, but is still waiting for a broadcasting licence in India, the Content Asia report noted.

(Source: BBC Monitoring research 27 Aug 07/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Radio may survive this, too

Broadcasters hope MP3s and satellite radio won't kill terrestrial market
August 26, 2007
With all these new gadgets for listening to music -- from MP3s to state-of-the-art cell phones and laptops, not to mention satellite radio -- it's a wonder anyone is listening to good old-fashioned terrestrial radio.

One theory says that so many listeners are spending money on newfangled technology that the ones left tuning in to terrestrial radio are doing so only because they can't afford the new toys.
Read more from the Baltimore Sun at:,0,7435523.story

New Ryan Seacrst radio program launches in U.K.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in nearly 15 years, an American DJ will be syndicated throughout the U.K. and on London radio. Premiere Radio Networks and GCap's One Network announced today the launch of The Entertainment Edge with Ryan Seacrest on U.K. radio waves. The custom show will air on Capital 95.8 FM on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon on GCap's regional One Network, and will feature interviews with today's celebrities coupled with CHR chart topping songs.
Read more at:
Ryan Seacrest photo/CNN

Sunday, August 26, 2007

DXers Unlimited - August 25-26

Radio Havana Cuba
Dxers Unlimited
Dxers Unlimited’s weekend edition for 25-26 August 2007
By Arnie Coro CO2KK

Hi amigos radioaficionados around the world and in orbiting planet Earth…welcome to the weekend edition of your favorite radio hobby program that you are picking up under rather difficult propagation conditions due to a combination of very low solar activity and the effects of a disturbing high speed solar wind impacting into the Earth’s magnetosphere… But, if you stay up late, your lack of sleep will be rewarded by much better propagation conditions than those prevailing during your local daylight hours, as we are still in the summer, when that happens due to the high temperatures reached by the ionosphere in the sunlit hemisphere… Item two:

Despite the poor propagation there are small windows when somewhat better HF conditions make possible picking up DX stations. For example, Friday morning, while testing my new fan dipole that was provisionally installed at just 3 meters, that’s about 10 feet above my reinforced concrete roof, I tried to check in on the 14245 kilohertz DX net, and despite the high noise level, and also high ionospheric absorption about an hour before local noon, I was able to work a station in California and another one in Arizona, where it was much earlier in the morning, so their reception of my signals was much better.

The twenty meter band was open for short skip from Havana to Northern Florida, possibly via a sporadic E cloud and to the west coast of North America via typical F2 layer propagation. The fan dipole is showing a 1.8 to 1 standing wave ratio, possibly due to its close proximity to ground…The antenna is fed with 50 ohms coaxial cable using a one to one balun, or balanced to unbalanced broadband transformer at the feed point. I would had preferred to feed this antenna with a 350 to 400 ohms impedance open wire balanced line, but this wasn’t possible because the way the open wire line had to be routed into the shack…

Tests at the low height above the roof show that the antenna works between 10 megaHertz and 29.6 megaHertz, something that was expected after modeling the antenna using the Japanese freeware MMANA antenna modeling software…This antenna is also a good performer for listening to international short wave broadcast stations operating on the 31, 25, 22, 19, 16, 13 and 11 meter bands. So my new coaxial cable fed fan dipole provides nice reception on seven of the international shortwave broadcast bands, and the possibility of transmitting and receiving on the 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter amateur bands. Efficiency on 30 meters is down by about maybe 2 dB from a reference dipole, while on the 10 meters band it is up by almost the same 2dB as compared to a half wave dipole cut for the 10 meters band.

This antenna is used with my wide range PI network antenna coupler or tuning unit, which provides a one to one standing wave ratio all over the antenna’s operating range.

Of course those losses are higher with the coaxial cable down lead than with the open wire line, but in actual practice it is difficult to tell the difference between the two feed lines. The antenna is made using six wires of identical length, each exactly 5 meters long… one of them is placed horizontally and the other two spread upwards and downwards from the feed point, so that when they reach the end, they are separated by 1 and a quarter meters from the center horizontal wire…

The name of the antenna is a FAN BROADBAND DIPOLE, and ideally it should be fed with an optimized 350 to 400 ohms open wire transmission line…It is a nice general purpose antenna for amateur radio and short wave listening that can be built at low cost and can be installed when only about 12 meters or horizontal space is available, and even less if you install it as a sloper, that is with the antenna tilted at an angle between 20 and 45 degrees.
Si amigos, yes my friends, oui mes amis, you are listening to the weekend edition of Radio Havana Cuba’s Dxers Unlimited. I am Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK and here is item three of today’s program…more radio experiments with the parts recycled from inside discarded compact fluorescent light bulbs. I have just successfully tested two of the power transistors removed from a lamp that broke down when a friend was cleaning it…

Both transistors tested OK and I already used one to replace the series pass power transistor in an old power supply that was built many years ago. It is used now to power an ancient laptop computer that no longer runs from its battery, and the power transistor was damaged when the two output terminal wires touched with each other causing a short circuit, something that in the case of this very old design of simple DC regulated power supply was not taken into consideration… So, I thought that maybe the transistor removed from the damaged lamp could work there, and sure, it works quite well, as both its voltage and current ratings are well above the requirements of the circuit. Now I have two other similar transistors ready to replace the audio output pair of a friend’s amplifier that was destroyed also by a short circuit of the output terminals!!!

Another possible application of the recycled power transistors removed from the small printed circuit boards inside the compact fluorescent energy saver lamps is as radio frequency amplifiers for low frequency amateur radio transmitters, maybe up to the 80 meters band, but not higher because the transition frequency, that is the frequency at which amplification by the device equals to one, for these transistors is no higher than 20 megaHertz or so…The typical accepted ratio for RF amplifier transistors is that they should have a transition frequency of at least ten times the frequency that they are going to operate as an amplifier.

Sure my friends, just by recycling electronics equipment you will be able to have a nice stock of parts that will cost you nothing and provide a lot of options for building new circuits.
You are listening to Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the show is Dxers Unlimited and I invite you to send your signal reports and comments about this and other Radio Havana Cuba programs to my e-mail address: and VIA AIR MAIL, send your postcards and letters to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, and Havana, Cuba…

Now here is our next item… its la numero uno, the most popular section of Dxers Unlimited… YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, and Arnie answers them… Today’s question was sent by listener
Randolph from Vancouver, Canada. Randy as he signs his e-mail tells me that he listens to our 6000 kilohertz program from 05 to 07 hours UTC, but he says that he is also able to pick our 11760 kilohertz English broadcast during his local early afternoon hours. Randy wants to know if would be possible to make a compact antenna for the 6000 kilohertz frequency because he calculated the size of a half wave dipole and came up with a total length of 23.83 meters that is a bit more than 78 feet, and he says that there is not enough space available for such a long
antenna at his QTH.

Well amigo Randy, you can make a much shorter antenna and still have it resonate on 6.000 megaHertz, something easily achieved with the use of two loading coils that are inserted at points halfway between each leg of the dipole. I have already sent you a very easy to work with computer program that will allow you to calculate how to build your two coils, using easily available materials. Many radio amateurs around the world use such compact inductively loaded antennas, especially popular among the designers of Yagi type beam antennas capable of working on the three most popular higher frequency ham bands, 20, 15 and 10 meters. Those Yagi beam antennas use four coils on each element, that are part of wave traps used to isolate part of the antenna so that it will operate on three bands. Amigo Randy, you can also add another pair of wire element in pararell with the main six megaHertz band antenna, so a nice combination dual band or tri band antenna can be built at very low cost, and let me tell you that these antennas are pretty effective.

AH… before I forget… if you want to resonate the antenna exactly to a center operating frequency, then you will need at least an instrument known as a grid dip meter , in order to be able to actually measure the frequency at which the antenna resonates, after you install the two loading coils. My experience with the software program I use to calculate the coils is that it produces very accurate results, but if you really want to have the antenna tuned to an exact frequency of resonance, then the use of at least a grid dip meter is essential.
This is the weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited and here is item five … DX tips for radio amateurs, that can make very good use of them if you happen to live in North America and the Caribbean and do stay awake well into the late evening… Yes, these tips are particularly effective starting at around midnight your local time, I repeat if you live anywhere in North America and the Caribbean…

Propagation along the darkness path to your west and southwest will provide some nice contacts for radio amateurs and possibilities of monitoring for short wave listeners into Australia, New Zealand, Japan and many of the Pacific islands. Several high power broadcast transmitting stations will provide nice “beacons” to tell you how the band conditions are behaving at any given moment. Transmitters in the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea equipped with big antennas will be the first ones to be heard and the last ones to fade out, while lower power amateur radio stations will be start to be heard when the opening improves and disappear when propagation starts to drop…

At this time of the year and stage of the solar cycle, it is certainly nice to stay up late, because your chances of working or hearing DX increase many times as compared to daytime operation.

And now amigos as always at the end of the show, here is Arnie Coro’s Dxers' Unlimited’s propagation update and forecast… Just one sunspot group and it is certainly a small and of simple structure, so the daily sunspot number is the rock bottom 12, a bit higher than during the previous several days with zero sunspot count. The proton density of the solar wind has increased quite a bit, and that may trigger geomagnetic disturbances at high latitudes. The general description for short wave propagation conditions can be resumed with one single word: POOR, because of the combination of very low solar activity and the incoming high speed solar wind with high proton density…

Don’t expect Sporadic E openings, because the season has now, for all practical purposes arrived to its end… Tune in for the mid week edition of Dxers Unlimited next Tuesday and Wednesday UTC days amigos, and don’t forget to send your signal reports, comments about the show and radio hobby related questions to or VIA AIR MAIL to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

Egypt to adjust time September 7

Winter time starts September 7
"Egypt will start its wintertime as of Friday, September 7," Cabinet
Spokesman Magdi Radi announced Wednesday 22/8/2007. This means that Egyptians will set their clocks one hour backward.
Egypt operates Daylight-Saving Time between the last Friday in April and the last Thursday in September when the clocks are a 3 hours ahead of UTC.
The date will change a little bit this year because of Ramadan, the Holy Muslims fasting month due to start Thursday, September 13. Aug 23
(Source: WB, Germany/HCDX)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Jeremy Paxman likens BBC to Stalin's Russia

Jeremy Paxman said working with the BBC was like living in Stalin's Russia last night as he launched a scathing attack on his employer. In Full: Jeremy Paxman's MacTaggart Lecture. The Newsnight presenter accused the corporation of staking its future on "one five-year plan, one resoundingly empty slogan after anotherHe said management initiatives such as One BBC, Making it Happen and Creative Futures all "blur into one great vacuous blur".
"I can't even recall what the current one is," Paxman said during the landmark MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh television festival.
Read more at Telegraph

Costas On the Radio

Costas On the Radio, is now heard on over 160 stations via Premiere Radio. This weekend you can hear an interview with comedian/actor/writer/producer Billy Crystal and Costas will also discuss the price of NFL glory, including the risks professional football players take by stepping on the field and whether the union is abandoning its retired players in need. Plus, he’ll look back at a memorable interview with beloved Yankees Announcer Phil Rizzuto, who passed away last week at age 89.
Costas on the Radio
Premiere Radio Network

Agreements reached in royalty fees

SoundExchange has reached an agreement with the Digital Media Association whose members include large music webcasters, to cap royalty fees at $50,000 per webcaster per year. The groups are still negotiating to set the rates for each play of a song, the two groups said. The new rates were set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) of the Library of Congress in early March and went into effect May 1, retroactive to the start of last year. The first payments under the new rates were due July 15 (read more - Computer World)

Don't interfer with what listerners enjoy

By Bud Walters
Imagine turning on your home or car radio to your favorite channel on the FM dial only to find fuzz or interference. Radio is reliable — fuzz or interference is not supposed to happen, and there is good reason it usually doesn't.
The Federal Communications Commission, the government agency that regulates radio stations, has protections in place to prevent interference on FM channels. But believe it or not, some in Congress are challenging these protections and advocating for their erosion. This proposed legislation would repeal critical parts of the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act, a bill that allowed the FCC to license low-power FM stations while instituting precautions designed to prevent interference with existing, full power FM broadcasters. As a result of this law, more than 700 low-power FM stations have received licenses, with over 100 more requests pending.
Read more from The Tennesseean at

Clear Channel hits more snags sellings stations

Meena ThiruvengadamExpress-News Business Writer
The nation's largest radio broadcaster is having trouble unloading some of the nearly 400 stations it has made deals to sell. Less than month after terminating an agreement to sell 46 stations to a Chicago buyer, Clear Channel Communications Inc. is in Bexar County District Court suing another would-be buyer.
The San Antonio-based broadcaster claims Frequency LLC, which in April struck a $452 million deal to buy 187 Clear Channel stations, is in breach of its contract. Clear Channel also is suing Frequency consultant Jeffrey D. Warshaw for attempting to renegotiate the deal price.

Propagation news and forecast update

ARLP035 Propagation de K7RA

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 35 ARLP035
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA August 24, 2007
To all radio amateurs

ARLP035 Propagation de K7RA

Conditions were quiet this week, with no geomagnetic disturbances and most days had zero sunspots. For the past two days, August 22-23, the sunspot number was 11 and 12, indicative of a single sunspot group.

Slightly unsettled conditions are expected this weekend, with a planetary A index from August 24-30 expected at 8, 15, 15, 12, 8, 8 and 5. Sunspot activity is expected to remain low, as lone sunspot 969 moves across the sun.

Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for August 24, unsettled August 25, quiet to unsettled August 26, quiet August 27, unsettled August 28, and quiet again August 29-30.

Back in ARLP032 dated August 3, this bulletin said if the average sunspot number for August is above 20, then we will see another rise in our three-month moving average, which was also shown in that issue. Instead, for the three weeks and two days of this month we've had eight days of no sunspots, and the average sunspot number for the month thus far is 8.7. So perhaps early this spring was not the sunspot cycle minimum. Note the average sunspot numbers for March and April of this year were 9.8 and 6.9. Monthly averages seemed to be rising, until now.

Jerry Reimer, KK5CA wrote to us recently about NVIS propagation (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave, or high angle radiation for local or regional coverage). In his email, he wrote, ''NVIS experimenters and practitioners would do well to always consider the foF2 and fMUF values, available here: . For most of the U.S., 40m is currently well above what is usable for NVIS propagation. Sometimes 60m is not usable, and this can sometimes also include 75/80m for some areas. Many people are confused when their low ''NVIS'' antenna (often a resonant horizontal wire dipole at 6-20 feet) is ineffective for high angle propagation above the fMUF, while it is effective in working stations over 200 miles away. Most of these antennas radiate signals at all angles, not just the highest angles, and the lower angle signals are refracted with more favorable S/N ratios than are the vertical signals, which pass through the F-layer. For reliable NVIS propagation, it is critical to select a frequency which is 50-80 percent below the fMUF''.

In that list that Jerry referenced, there are isosonde stations in North America, one of which may be local to you. Each page lists a latitude and longitude, but the format may be unfamiliar. They use an odd longitude reading that goes from zero degrees on the prime meridian east, covering the full 360 degrees. So if the number is E359, that would be one degree west of the meridian. For these stations in North America, just subtract the number shown from 360 to get the approximate location of the ionospheric sounding. For Dyess, it shows the location as N32E260. This would be 32 degrees north latitude, 100 degrees west longitude, because 360 minus 260 is

Locations you might check, shown with the states they are in, are Millstone Hill (MA), Point Arguello (CA), Boulder (CO), Bear Lake (UT), Wallops (VA), Eglin (FL) and Dyess (TX).

The critical frequency you are looking for is in the foF2 column.
An interesting article about ionosondes is at .

Another list of stations is
, but I don't know where to get data from these.
(Source: Dave Raycroft/ODXA)

Harris Expands Broadcast Operations in Brazil

Harris Corp. is expanding its presence in Brazil.
It said it has a growing customer base in the South American broadcast product, systems and services market. In September it will move its Alphaville office to a larger facility in the Brooklin neighborhood of São Paolo.
The expanded office will serve as regional headquarters for Harris Broadcast Communications’ Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) operations.
Broadcast Division President Tim Thorsteinson said Harris “considers Brazil to be one of the most promising and fastest-growing broadcast markets in the world.” Nahuel Villegas is regional vice president for CALA.

Also in Brazil, Dielectric hopes to expand its business through a new deal. It will work with Trans-Tel, a manufacturer of RF products that designs and installs systems. Dielectric will provide RF antennas and components that complement Trans-Tel’s line; the latter will provide engineering support and service in its market while acting as Dielectric’s certified technical consultant in the country.
The companies noted emerging business opportunities related to DTV deployment in that populous nation.
(Source: RWOnline)

Deutsche Welle begins DRM service to India

German international service Deutsche Welle has launched DRM transmissions to India of its English-language services.
According to Peter Senger, director of DRM for Deutsche Welle and chairman of the DRM consortium, the commitment of the German international broadcaster shows that the DRM take-off in India is “on the right track.”
With the Indian government having decided to convert all medium- and shortwave transmitters to the DRM standard, Deutsche Welle programs are available in FM-like quality across much of the subcontinent.
During a DRM trial conducted by All India Radio, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and the DRM Consortium in May, Deutsche Welle transmitted DRM signals from its Trincomalee relay station in Sri Lanka.