Friday, July 31, 2009

Shortwave Blog "Bytes"

Aussie's Radio Symban heard on 2368 kHz
Australia, 2368.50, Radio Symban (presumed), 1253-1337, July 30. Best reception after my local sunrise, which was about 1311. Heard their Greek style music and singing. When I got home from the beach I immediately checked their website for audio, to see if it was the same type of music and singing I had just heard and it was, that I cannot confirm that it was parallel. Was unable to hear any announcements (maybe they didn’t have any?), only heard music and songs. Had tuned in earlier at 1204, to find the signal mostly below threshold level, but even then I could briefly make out some singing. David Sharp today measured this at 2368.486 (Ron Howard, Asilomar Beach, CA)

very nice catch, Ron ! - GVH

Response from Radio Symban (2368.50 kHz)
Hi Ron,
Thank you very much for your email. We are extremely delighted by your report and comments and we must admit we are very urprised that our signal was heard in your part of the world considering we are in test mode for a few days and are only transmitting at 50 Watts. There is nothing else attached to the system as yet, which causes us to strongly believe that our new aerial and when our new transmitter is connected soon to replace the 50 Watt, we expect big things. Please stay tuned as there is big changes due to Radio Symban, we are sure you will know when this happens. Again many thanks and we look forward in hearing from you. Enjoy...
(Radio Symban - Sydney Australia)
(via Ron Howard, Asilomar Beach, CA, July 30)

Bayrak Radio audio clip
1098 KHz. Bayrak Radio the turkish radio of Cyprus listened in Kos Island.
The audioclip is available here:

Bhutan BS running on low power
Bhutan Broadcasting Service on 6035 is running on low power using the old transmitter as the new transmitter was giving some problem and is currently off air.Weak signals noted this morning. (Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Bolivian monitoring
6134.80, Radio Santa Cruz, 2255-2310. Not much of a signal yet as the band is just getting started here in Florida. Noted a male in Spanish comments which was very weak. Other stuff also on the frequency mixing in. On the hour, heard music for a few minutes. Signal was threshold. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

5952.40, Emisora Pio XII, 2314-2330.At tune in,noted a male and female in Spanish language conversation. Lot's of splatter from WYFR on 5950, but Emisora Pio XII still has good audio. At 2323 somekind of promos being presented between a male and female. It seemed to be live. Noted music at 2326. Signal remained fair during the
period. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

3309.98 Radio Mosoj Chaski, Cochabamba 0930 to 1030 UT noted every day in Florida.(Chuck Bolland, FL/BCDX-9200

4716.62 Radio Yura, Yura noted 1000 to 1100 fade with weak signal.

4781.73 Radio Tacana, Tumupasa. 2330 to 0000 with weak signal, some audio.

4796.45 Radio Lipez, Uyuni with om espanol 1015.

4834.93 Radio Virgen de Remedios, Tupiza.

4865t. Radio Logos, Santa Cruz 2340 to 2350 deep fades. Lady in Spanish.

5580.2 Radio San Jose, San Jose de Chiquitos 2330 to 0000. Station is very regular Bolivian.

5952.53 Radio Pio XII Siglo, *1100.Seem regular sign on time.

5952.4 Radio Pio XII, Siglo XX, 2320-2327. Quechua talks to reports, Indian tunes. SINPO 43432, adjacent interference. (Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 7) (BCDX #920)

China monitoring
China, 5030.00, China National Radio One, 1030-1045, Noted a male and female in Chinese Language comments. Signal was threshold during the period, but checked 6175 KHz and noted parallel program, so this helped pull out the signal on 5030 KHz. Was hoping to hear Malaysia here, but that never happened. China was fair by 1045. (Chuck Bolland, July 30, 2009)

China, 6175, China National Radio One, 1040-1050 With steady Chinese language comments from a male and female. Much of this sounds like news with break aways to other individuals who comment. Signal here was fair and mixing with a Portuguese language station which turned out to be WYFR which went off the air at 1045. Much better, since China is in the clear now with a good signal. (Chuck Bolland, July 30, 2009)

China, 6150, China National Radio One, 1047-1055 Thought I'd check this freq to see what China was doing here? Noted a parallel signal with 6175 KHz here. CNR1 was the dominate station on this freq, but a second station underneath is heard, which probably is Taiwan? CNR1 is definitely doing its' job if they are here to block Taiwan. (Chuck Bolland, July 30, 2009)

Chinese Firedrake jammer
Chinese Firedrake against Taiwanese Sound of Hope. 14420 at 1425 UT on July 2nd.
13970 and 15150 kHz at 1330 UT, July 3rd.
13970 and 14420 kHz at 1410 UT, July 4, signal S=5-6 in Europe.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 2/4/BC-DX 920)

CBC World Report gets new anchor
Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:11 PM ET
CBC News
Peter Armstrong is to host World Report on CBC Radio One and Mark Kelley will host a news talk show on CBC Newsworld, CBC announced Thursday. CBC is reshaping its news programming and reassigning journalists as part of a news renewal initiative. The changes take effect this fall.Armstrong, who is returning to Toronto from a posting in Jerusalem, will be the new host of morning radio news program World Report, heard across the country. Armstrong has worked for CBC from Quebec City, Saint John, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Kelley will host a news talk show centred on breaking news events, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, on the all-news channel CBC Newsworld. He has been a correspondent for The National and was formerly an anchor on CBC News: Morning
and Disclosure.
(Fred Waterer/ODXA)

Cuba's DXers' Unlimited link
Dxers Unlimited's weekend edition 25-26 July 2009
(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, India, Rachel Baughn/MT)

Radio propagation update news
The NZ4O Daily LF/MF/HF/6M Frequency Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2009-26
has been published on Friday 07/31/2009 at 1400 UTC, valid 0000 UTC Saturday
08/01/2009 through 2359 UTC Friday 08/07/2009 at .
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA

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TWR Malawi committed to relay station
Per communications just received from James Burnett, Regional Engineer at Trans World Radio Africa, their TWR Malawi partner has committed to getting the Malawi shortwave relay station on the air by the end of the year.(Brandon Jordan, Cumbre DX)

Radio Progresso and Jerry Tolle
Reading recently about the closing of Radio Progreso after the military coup in Honduras,and the late Jerry Tolle who signed its veries, reminded me of my QSL from that station.Since QSLs sometimes take months or years, and since I expected to be moving occasionally while my parents were settled in their home, I used their address for many foreign reception reports. A March 1971 report for 4920 soon brought a long personal letter, with details about the station and its equipment, from Jerry E. Tolle, Gerente. The letter was in Spanish so I suspected he might be a native Honduran, although the language might have been the result of my reporting in Spanish. I was very surprised a short time later when my parents were visited by Jerry’s parents. They said he had grown up near my parents’ Kansas City, Kansas, home (I think it was next door, but it may have been a few houses away). In those days there were a number of Hondurans on SW, and a few were good verifiers, but Radio Progreso is the one I’ll always remember. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

Russia - Radio Tartarstan A09 schedule revision
All times UTC
0410-0500 Tatar/Russian 15110 to Russia/250kW via Samara
0610-0700 Tatar/Russian 9690 to Russia/250kW via Samara
0810-0900 Tatar/Russian 11925 to Russia/100kW via Samara
(AOKI/World News by Noel R. Green/DSWCI)