Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Shortwave DX Tips

All times UTC

6090 No sign of Dr. Gene on 6090 kHz on 25 July at 0410 UTC. Only heard on WWCR 5935 kHz. On 26 July same time and frequency. Maybe people quit giving Rev. Melissa $$$.(Liz Cameron-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 26)

Burkina Faso
5030 Radio Burkina, Ouagadougou. July 25 in French at 0710-0715 UT tribal music, YL and OM talks. Noisy SINPO 22322. (Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-B, hcdx July 24)

Chad in very nice at 2139 UT on 4904.97 kHz with music program. Transmitter sounds like it has returned to the strength we heard before the unrest in February.(John Herkimer-USA, DXplorer July 26)

Many stations with ID "Macedonia": "Radio Statmos Makedonias" in Greek, three different prgrs at 1850 UT on 7450, 1044, 1179 kHz; pirate mx station in Greek called "Radio Makedonia" on 1384.5 kHz MW and of course "Makedonsko Radio Skopje" on MW 810 - all heard in June/July.(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

4800 All India Radio-Hyderabad, 0047-.19 Jul. English. Program about theater and a play. SINPO 55433.

4840 All India Radio-Mumbai, 0045-.19 Jul. Vernacular text with references to Mumbai.
SINPO 45433.

4910 All India Radio-Jaipur, 0043-.19 Jul, Vernacular talks to music. SINPO 35333; \\
to 5010.

5010 All India Radio Radio-Thiruvananthapuram, 0041-.19 Jul, Vernacular talks to song.
SINPO 35333 \\ to 4910.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 21)

Voice of Kurdistan 6335 1600-1700 in English (in July). (Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

Each 3rd Monday of the month a common "Radio Bridge" program will be aired on the waves of Voice of Russia in Ru (Radio Kanal Sadruzhestva prgr/Commonwealth) prepared by Kol Israel and VORussia. (Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

Korea DPR/Portugal
15180 RDP Lisbon Portuguese 1000-1200 UTC broadcast suffers heavily heterodyne by VoKorea 1000-1200 and KCBS Korean til 1250 UTC on odd 15179.92 signal.(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 25)

9635 Radio Mali, Bamako. On July 18 Vernacular text at 0945-0956 UTC. Announcer's talks to
tribal music. Long segment for male's slow speech pattern. Het on signal. SINPO 32433.
(Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-Brazil, JPNpremium July 25)

4845 Radio Mauritanie, Nouakchott. July 20 Ar 2254- 2305 UTC. Male/female talk segments and short music. 2302 UTC outside male talks returning to studio. SINPO 34433.

7245 Radio Mauritanie, Nouakchott. July 21 Ar 0953-1002 UTC. Announcer's talks to instrumental music (maybe local). Signal level declined when this music was playing. SINPO 23322 to 1000. (Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-Brazil, JPNpremium July 18)

Voice of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar. The program on English at 1030-1057 UT on 12085 kHz was repeated from 1530 UTC on 12085 kHz on July 18th. Same news and items.(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

9730.77 Myanma Radio. 1411-1428, July 23, in English and vernacular, English lesson with a series of questions and answers ("Question Number 10: Do the Japanese drink tea?"), 1424 into vernacular, weak. Clearly this is their Minorities and Educational Service (ex: 5040.6). Thanks to tip from Dan Sheedy. He heard what sounded like an English lesson here on July 12, at 1503 UTC.(Ron Howard-CA-USA, JPNpremium July 25)

New Zealand
RNZI "Mailbox" Interview with Jonathan Marks on http://www.rnzi.com/audio/mailbox.mp3

4770 Radio Nigeria, Kaduna Jarji. On July 24 in En, Hausa (schedule) 2220-2237 UTC.Slow English pop music selections, at 2233 UTC. Lady aanouncer's talk unreadable. From 2230 UTC some signal enhancement, SINPO 22432. (Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-B, hcdx July 24)

4835.46 Re Radio Maranon Jaen. Zeljko noted strong local signal of R Maranon when toured to Quito late Feb 2008. He notes strong signals there, like a steep fountain umbrella signal to cover local area. (wb)

Saudi Arabia
Again middle sound buzz noted at 0300-0700 UTC on 9715 and 1000-1225 UT on 15250 kHz. In the schedule of Radio Taiwan Int is given 15245 kHz for using but they are on 15250 kHz plus Firedrake of Beijing. (July 20).

Before the beginning of the programs in French observed: 0750 English, 0800 French on
17785 and 1350 (Urdu?) \\ 13775, 1400 French on 17660 (but sometimes they are using 17760 kHz!) (Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

Sri Lanka
On July 27th on 9770 kHz at 0330-0500 (and later also on \\ 15745 kHz) only Gospel progrs in En, no own prgrs of SLBC, but at 0400 UTC ID "This Is Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation", the next program is compiled and presented by .... Ministries".(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 30)

531 The Swiss mediumwave transmitter at Beromuenster on 531 kHz is to close by the end of 2008, as it no longer complies with stringent regulations on electromagnetic radiation. The 600 kW transmitter has in recent years been operated at the reduced power of 180 kW. In 2003
the antenna feeder cable was damaged by lightning. It was planned to replace it, but the plans were cancelled because of protests from local residents.

11735 Radio Tanzania, Dole, Zanzibar, afternoon of 20 July, Swahili, selection of varied music, ranging from Arabic style to East African pop like, prayer; no recorded log, so no SINPO, but I'd rated it as fair-good in strength, no QRM. On one brief occasion, Radio Transmundial
in Brazil seemed to be "wanting" to be heard too... This was via a 41 m inverted V here at home, so no chance to select either Africa or South America. very low angle or higher angle.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 21)

BBC DRM test from Nakhon Sawan relay site at 0300-0600 UT on 17840 kHz, and 0600-0900 UT on 21640 kHz. Scheduled only Mons and Tues. (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)Tentat. noted a tiny DRM noise around 0810 UT July 29th. (wb)

15280 WHRI Voice of Biafra International. Cypress Greek. On July 25 English at 2002 UT OM VOBI aperture anmts, music wich seems to be a anthem, 2005 UTC. Announcer with "VOBI broadcast coming to you from Whashington D.C....", African choir music, 2007 UT OM talks "... Nigeria...human rights abuse ... everyone knows...blood...", "... but Nigeria, Yes arrogance!", 2019 UT. Talk maybe in local dialect. 2022 UTC African hi life music until 2025. Started with
SINPO 33433 but QRM underneath from 2008 UTC resulted SINPO 32433. (Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-BRA-hcdx July 26)
(Source: WWDXC Top News/BC DX # 871 via wb, Germany)