Friday, September 28, 2012

Radio Australia's AFL Grand Final coverage

Radio Australia will broadcast coverage of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday 29 September 2012 from 0430-0745 UT. It will be part of our regular Grandstand sports coverage.

The coverage will be available on our HF (shortwave) and local FM relays, but it will not be available on RAs web stream due to content rights limitations.

Our HF coverage will be as follows.

South Pacific - 11945 kHz and 15160 kHz

Southwest Pacific - 12080 kHz and 15240 kHz

Papua New Guinea & West Pacific - 9660 kHz and 15415 kHz

South-east Asia - 17750 kHz

Reception may also be possible on 4835 kHz from the ABC domestic HF service at Alice Springs. 4835 kHz would be a good choice for land-mobile operators within 1,500 km of Alice Springs. Reception of 4835 kHz may be possible beyond 1,500 km.

Note: Reception of particular HF channels may be possible beyond the nominal target areas. Please try all frequencies to ascertain if reception is possible in your area.

Radio Australia Transmission Management

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Monitoring Athmeeya Yatra Radio

Recently I added a new station to my shortwave Station List. India's Athmeeya Yatra Radio, formerly known as , Gospel for Asia (GFA) is owned by Believers Church, and is also known as "AY Radio" Atnmik Yatra" (Spirital Journey).  

Monitoring was sufficient to hear via my shortwave receiver on 15390 kHz, as well as hearing it parallel on the Univ. Twente via Wide-band WebSDR. Although I do not comprehend the various Indian languages, the station is easy to follow their religious programming format which includes sitar music, text, frequent identifications and address quotes.

Current multilingual broadcast schedule for Athmeeya Yatra Radio is available from the electronic version of Monitoring Times - MT ExPress. For details on subscription please refer to The broadcast schedule, listed on the station's website is the 2009 schedule.
Gayle Van Horn

All times UTC

15390, Athmeeya Yatra Radio, 1400-1450. Station identification into religious programming and music format. Station schedule notes this is their Karbi service. Male announcer's closing message, ID and address into religious melody vocals in sitar. Station ID at 1415 and mentions of "shortwave."
Sitar instrumnetals to lady announcer's station information in listed Mising language (Wed, Thurs, Fri).
Clear "Radio Athmeeya Radio" at 1416 into religious vocal music and mentions of India followed by religious text format.
Musical bridge to lady's station ID and address at 1428. Religious programming continued to 1430. Station observed on 15350 with same programming format, in listed Chowdhari service. (15390 remains audible at 1538).
Sitar and tambla musical vocals to 1444. Station ID, musical bridge and info on the station, which shifted to Hindi service at 1445, monitored to 1450 UTC.

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All shortwave logs via Gayle Van Horn, Univ. Twente, Netherlands, Wide-band Web SDR

All times UTC

// parallel frequency

11970 Sound of Hope Radio International 2306-2315. Male/female trade news script format between musical bridges (SIO 322) Heard on // 12980 (SIO 232) None heard on // 13130, 13350, 13850, 14700 or 15900 kHz. Continued format with bits of conversations included. Schedule states this is the Mandarin service. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

7450, Radio Stathmos Makedonias 2226-2250. Easy-listening Greek musical vocals to 2218. Announcer's Greek comments to 2221. Format was for a artist/musical introductions during Greek music program. The lute instruments were beautiful. Lady's Greek station ID at 2249, with frequency quote/meter band. Greece national anthem at 2250 to final sign-off. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

11860, VOIRI. 1525-1554 Uzbek service. Program features, Arabic music and news. Female's travelogue style program from 1535-1543, followed by male's mentions about Iran. Pop Arabic intro music into male's talk and Arabic pop music program. Additional Uzbek text via announcer. Phone-in segment 1552-1554. Brief Arabic musical bridges between male reading text and items on station. Arabic instrumental to abruptly off the air at 1558,  // 5945 to Asia (SIO 222) Noted in Russian with audio hum on 7240 as announcer reads national news on Iran to musical bridge at 1825, followed by text on Islam. Better signal (SIO 444) on // 6140 kHz.(Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

9655, VOIRI 1808-1815. Male announcer reading text in Slavic-sounding language, that included mentions of Iran. Arabic music seperates text items with mentions of Islam. Heard at 1810 on // 11865 to Europe. Program schedule list this as a Bosian service. Also noted on 11980 // 9570 in German with lady announcer's reading text with mentions of Iran. Piano music intros segment about Tehran. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

11600, Radio Libya 1710-1750. Male's Arabic text voice-over to Arabic instrumentals. Arabic vocal music commencing 1719-1736. Program segment with mentions of "Libya" during text. Station ID 1738 "Radio Libya," into program feature discussing Libya. Intro music 1742 with announcer's focus on Libya to 1745.Continued program segments interspersed with fanfare intros. Co-channel station interference which might be the reported CRI's Swahili service from DXW 463. (SINPO 44344) Recheck at 1759 during Arabic vocals music. Station ID 1802 into lady announcer's brief comments, and off the air at 1803. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

North Korea
15245, Voice of Korea 1829. Female's Asian music duet. Female in English over the music on people's work force and accomplisments of the military. Continued text on Korean economic power. Militaristic vocal hymn to 1838. Asian easy-listenng style vocals. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

13760 KCBC Station (tentative) 2234. Easy-listening instrumental orchestral music (SIO 434). Noted on // 15245 (434) Orchestral music to 2236, followed by lady's Spanish text to 2240. More militaristic vocal music similar to what I was hearing earlier from Voice of Korea on 15245. Announcer back at 2243 into additional instrumentals. Presume this is North Korea, it is certainly their schedule and Spanish service at this time. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

South Africa
15235, Channel Africa 1750-1759. English in-progress at tune-in with program discussing dementia and alzheimer's disease in South Africa to 1754. "Africa Digest" program ID and wrap up on story titles in South Africa, Producers name, and "thanks for joining us" to address in Jo'burg. Africa highlife vocals to 1758 sign-off. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

6130, Trans World Radio 1804-1823. Male announcer's religious style sermon banter. Station schedule list this as Umbundu language. Religious choral hymn 1817-1818. Announcer's religious invitation to additional choral hymn. Musical fanfare to interval signal, station ID. Presumed national anthem to station ID at 1821. (did not sign-off at 1820 as scheduled) Format continues at 1827 recheck (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

Saudi Arabia
11820, 2208-2225 BSKSA/Qu'ran Program. Arabic Qu'ran recitations to Europe (SIO 444) // 11915 to Africa (SIO 323) // 11930 to Africa (SIO 232 with co-channel interference. BSKSA/First General Program in Arabic on 9555 targeted to Africa with two female's with Arabic conversation (SIO 444) // 9870 targeted to Europe (SIO 343). (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

9330, Syria, Radio Damscus,1859-1910/1929-1941 Audio hum at 1859 tune-in to lady announcer's French station ID at 1900, followed by continued French news items to 1908. Upbeat Arabic choral vocals to 1914.(SINPO 43344 with co-channel interference) CW interference from 1910. Recheck 1929 amid French text of news items between instrumental musical bridges to 1932. Arabic pop music vocals to 1937. Featured program segment presented by "Radio Damascus." Abruptly off the air at 1941, should have run to 2000 (SIO 433) (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

9680, Radio Thailand World Service, 2002. Female announcer's German newscast in progress at tune-in to 2007. English station identification at 2008 for "Radio Thailand German service." Piano instrumental of Carpenter's 'Close to You' song to 2011. English "welcome to our German broadcasting" with freqs and bell chimes interval signal. "This is HSK9 Radio Thailand's World Service broadasting from the Public Relations Department in Bangkok" followed by a series of bell chime interval signal repeats (four). Sign off 2015.(Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)

17735, RTV/Radio Tunisia 1945-. Male/female duo's Arabic discussion on Mohammed // 7345 (SIO 322) and 7225 (SIO 322) to 1955. Arabic musical vocals to ID and 1959 sign-off. No signal noted on parallel 12005 to the Middle East. (Gayle Van Horn, NC/UTwente-NL/WBWSDR)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Z6OK-The Republic of Kosovo now on the air

 Z60K - Launch of Amateur Radio in Pristina, Kosovo. IARU Project.

Z60K now listed on Club Log with the following message:
Provisionally The Republic of Kosovo - pending news from ARRL. This DXCC is temporarily marked as a current DXCC entity in Club Log in order to allow the expedition log search features to function correctly. Approval for this operation will come from ARRL alone.

On September 17, shortly after 17z, international and local ops started operating as Z60K from near Pristina, Kosovo on both 20 and 17m SSB. Operators included Emil 9A9A, Bob MD0CCE, Martti OH2BH and Pekka OH2TA. Local TV recorded the moment live on air. QSL via G3TXF.

An Amateur Radio working group headed by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T and including IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Member Nikola Percin, 9A5W and Mission Goodwill Kosovo Coordinator Martti Laine, OH2BH together with their associates are in the final stages of assisting Kosovo’s Telecom Authorities in drafting regulations governing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, to bring the original Kosovar operators and their re-vitalized Amateur Radio Association back to the international community.

Full details at:

73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ
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Ancient DX Report 1899

The year 1899 saw a veritable explosion in the broadcast of wireless transmissions, almost on a worldwide basis.  Many of these transmissions conveyed genuine information in Morse Code, and even though many other transmissions were experimental in nature, yet they conveyed purposeful information in Morse Code also.

            During that year, 1899, the 25 year old inventor of wireless fame, Guglielmo Marconi, established 3 more wireless stations in Europe that were looked upon as permanent; Chelmsford & Dovercourt in England and Wimereux in France; and he also participated in many seagoing trials, off the coast of Europe and off the coast of the United States.  In addition, he stated that there were 20 sets of wireless equipment manufactured by his wireless factory in Chelmsford that were in use throughout Italy.

            To his credit, wireless was used in 3 shipping emergencies during the year 1899.  In January, a gale damaged the “East Goodwin” Lightship at anchor in the English Channel, and this information was wirelessed to the South Foreland Lighthouse.  This would be the world’s 1st wireless call from a ship in distress.

            The 2nd occasion when wireless was called to bring aid in a maritime mishap was on March 11, when the German cargo vessel “Elbe” ran ashore on the Goodwin Sands in the shallow English Channel at 2:00 in the morning.  This ship was laden with heavy slate from Nantes, close to the Atlantic coast of France and heading home to Hamburg.  Some 8 hours after the “Elbe” was grounded, the tug “Shamrock” aided in pulling the stranded vessel back into open waters.

            On April 28, the steamer “R. F. Matthew” rammed the same “East Goodwin” Lightship during a dense fog and as a result of the Morsed message to the South Foreland Lighthouse near Dover, lifeboats were were sent out from Ramsgate.  At the time, the coal-laden “R. F. Matthew” was outward bound from London.  (Interestingly, two widely different dates are given for this maritime mishap, but the London “Times” for the next day, April 29, would suggest that this 2nd date is likely to be accurate.)  This would be the 3rd occasion in history of a wireless message from a distressed ship. 

            In March 1899, the Marconi company shipped a load of wireless equipment on a motor launch to the nearby French coast, where it was installed on the ocean front at Wimereux.  On the 27th, the world’s 1st international wireless messages were exchanged between the two Marconi stations, Wimereux in France & the Needles on the Isle of Wight in England.  This 1st message ended with three Vs in Morse Code  …_  signifying victory, success. 

            Some time later, during the time when the 18 year old William Bradfield was alone on night duty in the Wimereux station, a criminal entered the station, brandishing a revolver with the intent that he would destroy it.  Bradfield was successful in defusing the whole situation. 

            In July, Guglielmo Marconi & Captain Henry Jackson of the Royal Navy established wireless equipment on 3 English navy vessels, HMSs “Europa”, “Juno” & “Alexandra”.  They were successful in transmitting messages in a cascade relay from one ship to another over a distance of 85 miles.  In the subsequent report, it was claimed that the wireless messages successfully traversed a mound of seawater, 500 ft high and 30 miles thick, over the intervening distance on a round world.

            On continental Europe in the Spring of 1899, Ferdinand Braun conducted wireless experiments at Cuxhaven in northern Germany; and later in the year, Julio Cervera Baviera conducted his wireless experiments in Spain, subsequent to his visit earlier in the year with Marconi in England.  

            In September, Marconi visited the United States at the request, and the funding, of the “New York Herald”.  The purpose of the visit was to provide wireless coverage of the Americas Cup, a race off the New Jersey coast between the American boat “Columbia” and the English boat “Shamrock”.

            When Marconi arrived in the States, he was suddenly confronted with a request from the United States navy to provide wireless coverage for the triumphant return of Admiral George Dewey on USS “Olympia” after his successful venture in the Philippines.  Hurriedly, Marconi took out to sea on the “Ponce” with a set of his equipment and he wirelessed the parade of events back to the “New York Herald”.

            The postponed Americas Cup race began on October 4, and Marconi used wireless equipment on three different ships, the Puerto Rican liner “Ponce”, the Plant liner “Grande Duchesse” & the cable ship “Mackay Bennett” to send news dispatches back to the Highland Twin Lights Lighthouse for onward cabling to the “New York Herald”.  During this 16 day race, the Marconi wireless equipment sent back 1,200 messages in Morse Code.

            At the same time as Marconi was sending wireless messages back to the shore, Lee De Forest was on board another ship, and sending messages back to the shore, occasionally at the same time, and this resulted in the mutual jamming of all transmissions.

            After the Americas Cup race was over, the Marconi equipment was transferred for experimental use on three navy vessels, USSs “New York”, “Massachusetts” & “Porter”.  We might add that the American yacht, “Columbia” won the 1899 Americas Cup.

            Also during the year 1899, it is claimed, the Catholic priest, Padre Landell de Moura successfully transmitted the human voice from a Catholic school north of Sao Paulo in Brazil, a world first. 

            During the year 1899, wireless equipment manufactured in England by the Marconi company and in Germany by the Siemens company was imported into South Africa by the two contending powers in the Boer War.  Much of this equipment ended up in 5 British navy vessels plying the African coastline.

            Test transmissions were made in 4 states of Australia, and also in New Zealand during the year 1899.    There were successful transmissions in the Sydney Post Office; and from the Adelaide University to the 5 miles distant sand dunes at Henley Beach; and on the Swan River in Perth; and by government officials in Melbourne.  Over in New Zealand, two experimenters, John Cooper & George Kemp, made successful transmissions at the Canterbury University in Dunedin.   
(AWR Wavescan via Adrian Peterson)

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Have you noticed how radio conditions have improved ? The high summer static has resided and the DX season is upon us. Take some time to enjoy the sounds of shortwave radio...and let Shortwave Central know whta you're hearing.
Gayle Van Horn

// parallel frequency  *sign-on/ sign-off*

Logs edited for clarity

All times UTC

9655, KNLS, Anchor Point, 1502. Male/female duro with english program line-up to Circle in the Sand pop tune. SINPO 43443. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

2368.5, Radio Symban, (presumed) 1158-1211.* Greek program announcements, into Greek music. Poor signal with local noise interference (Ron Howard, CA)

15105 Nothing heard around 1259-1300, but instead then an BGD interval signal at 1314, and two ID's of Bangladesh in Hindi at 1316 UT. Flute and string music at 1317. Today much better audio
quality of the station on air. Powerhouse S=9+30dB in Germany at 1328 (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews/HCDX)

4699.96, Radio San Miguel, 0930-1010. Local music to Spanish promos, station ID, and sound effects. Week signal (Chuck Bolland, FL) Also heard at 2250-2305. SINPO 25222 (Anker Petersen, Denmark/DX WIndow 463(

5580.27, Radio San Jose 2320-2330. Spanish talk (SINPO 14211). Noted occasional utility interference. (Petersen).

4885, Radio Clube do Para, 0510. Male/female announcer duo chatting in Portuguese. World news report to ID, jingles and station frequency quote. SINPO 34433 (Bell/DX Window 463)

4985, Radio Brasil Central 2321-2342. Portuguese program promos to Brazilian pop music program, IDs and commercials. Poor signal // 11815 with good signal. Also heard at 0545-0611. (Mendez/DX Window 463)

6000, Radio Guaiba 0025. Male's Portuguese phono conversation. Local time checks, music clips and commercials. SINPO 25332 (Bell/DX Window 463).

Heard two Voice of Tibet outlets from Yangi Yul on air in //, on 15487 and 15562 kHz at 1309-1311  tune in. Hit both by heavy China mainland Firedrake  music jamming on 15485 and 15560 kHz.
15795 Heavy CNR talk jamming against All India Radio's Chinese service at 1304-1306 tune-in S=9+10dB jammer signal, like similar strength level Firedrake
against Voice of Tibet on 15485 and 15560 too. (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews/HCDX)
3931, Voice of Iranian Kurdistan via Salah Al-Din, Iraq, *0224 and *0226 noted on parallel 3960. Anthem from 0229 on 4865 and same anthem/ID from 0231 on 3960 kHz. (Pankov/DX Window 463)

7330, Voice of People via Talata-Volonondry, 1800-1900. English/Shona/Ndebele targeted to Zimbabwe. SINPO 53543 (Bancov/Ivanov/DX Window 463).

7515, Voice of the Martyrs (Freedom) via Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 1600-1730. Korean programming targeted to North Korea. SINPO 54454 (Bancov/Ivanov/DX Window 463)

12115, Zimbabwe Community Radio via Talata-Volonodry, Madagascar, 1600-1700. English/Shona/Ndebele targeted to Zimbabwe. SINPO 52553 (Bancov/Ivanov/DX WIndow 463).

5910, Radio Alcaravan 0548-0615. Latin American popular style music to Spanish station ID as, "Alcaravan Radio" plus frequency quote. SINPO 45343 (Mendez/Seller/DX WIndow 463).

Equatorial Guinea
15190, Radio Africa 0550-0605. Religious program comments for SINPO 34333 (Mendez). ALso noted at 1921-1942 with English preachings and offer for Bible study correspondence course. SINPO 24322. (Rich D'Angelo/Mendez/DX Window 463).

7265, Hamburger Lokalradio 1135-1145. German speech about illness. SINPO observed as 45343. Noted also *0500-1700.* (Anker Petersen, Denmark/DX Windoe 463).

4055, TGAV Radio Verdad 0425-0603. Local religious program to English talk and Spanish closing items over organ music. Station identification to brief closing in English. National anthem, SINPO 45343. (Giroletti/Mendez/Sellers/DX Window 463).

6055, Radio Nikkei 1401. Japanese interview with western jazz singer on her visit to Japan (English/Japanese). Music featured her tunes during SINPO 44444. Noted on // 9595 (SINPO 33343). (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

15540, Radio Kuwait 1804-1819. Islamic program in English titled Under the Umbrella of Islam. Signal fair, faded down to a poor quality. (Ron Howard, CA)

5964.71 Klasik Nasional, Kajang 1159-1203. Bahasa Malaysian ID. Possible newscast. SINPO 23332 as interference via Chinese broadcast on 5955 kHz with strong signal (Wagai/DX WIndow 463). Also  heard 1343-1400 with music and commercials at 1345 and 1356. (Harold Sellers/BC Canada).

7200.11 Myanmar Radio, Nay Pyi Taw 1219-1222.* Noted audio has been totally distorted and unitelligible, however recheck had fair audio, light songs and suddenly off the air without the usual sign-off with indigeous music. Audible on // 7185.85 spur. (Ron Howard, CA)

Papua New Guinea
3260, NBC Madang 1137-1212.* English/Tok Pisin-sounding like Monday's Government Talkback program with interview/discussion about Papua New Guinea security forces with a Brigadier General. Phone numbers for call-in and email address given by announcer.Tok Pisin station ID at 1202 into C&W music. Signal poor to allmost fair (Ron Howard, CA)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2012 Sep 24 1239 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 17 - 23 September 2012

Solar activity reached low levels this week. C-class x-ray flares were observed on 17-20 and 23 September. The largest, a C2/Sf, was recorded from Region 1576 (S21, L=180, class/area Dso/70 on 20 September) at 19/1512 UTC. The remainder included a C2 flare from Region 1575 (N08, L=181, class/area Eko/320 on 22 September) at 17/1406 UTC, a C1 at 18/1009Z, and a C1 from Region 1574 (S22, L=302, class/area Cao/40 on 20 September) at 20/1139 UTC, and a long-duration C1 from beyond the east limb at 23/1556 UTC. The long-duration C-flare was associated with a vivid CME in LASCO C2 imagery. Estimated plane-of-sky speed was around 600 km/s.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels each day of the week except the 20th when it remained at background levels.

The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to active levels during the week, with minor storm levels observed at high latitudes on all but the first and last days. The week began with the geomagnetic field at quiet to unsettled levels. Geomagnetic field activity increased to active levels late on the 19th when a corotating interaction region (CIR) became geoeffective. A coronal hole high speed stream
followed on the 20th bringing mostly quiet to unsettled conditions. Between the 19th and the 20th, the solar sector changed from positive to negative, consistent with the geoeffective coronal hole
polarity. Solar wind speed at the ACE spacecraft fluctuated between 600 and 400 km/s between the 20th and 21st, before beginning a slow decline late on the 21st. Solar wind speed by the end of the week had dropped to about 350 km/s. The Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field reached its maximum of approximately -11 nT late on the 19th with the arrival of the CIR.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 24 September - 20 October 2012

Solar activity is expected to be at low levels with an increasing chance for moderate activity during the first two weeks of the period as active regions rotate onto the visible disk.

A slight chance for a proton event exists due to potential activity associated with returning regions from 24 September through 08 October.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at high levels on 8-9 October and again on 17-18 October.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to remain mostly at quiet to unsettled levels except for 3-5 October, 09-10 October, and 16-17 October when recurrent coronal hole high speed streams are expected to bring a chance for active levels.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2012 Sep 24 1239 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2012-09-24
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2012 Sep 24     135           5          2
2012 Sep 25     140           5          2
2012 Sep 26     145           5          2
2012 Sep 27     145           5          2
2012 Sep 28     150           5          2
2012 Sep 29     150           5          2
2012 Sep 30     145           5          2
2012 Oct 01     140           5          2
2012 Oct 02     135           5          2
2012 Oct 03     130          10          3
2012 Oct 04     130           8          3
2012 Oct 05     130           8          3
2012 Oct 06     125           5          2
2012 Oct 07     125           5          2
2012 Oct 08     120           5          2
2012 Oct 09     115           8          3
2012 Oct 10     115           8          3
2012 Oct 11     120           5          2
2012 Oct 12     115           5          2
2012 Oct 13     115           5          2
2012 Oct 14     120           5          2
2012 Oct 15     120           8          3
2012 Oct 16     130          12          3
2012 Oct 17     140          10          3
2012 Oct 18     140           5          2
2012 Oct 19     145           5          2
2012 Oct 20     150           5          2

Monitoring Radio Hargeisa on shortwave

Somalia (Somaliland)

Radio Hargeisa confirms what we already knew ... it has been off the air for more than a week. The station's director, Mr.Suleiman says it is a transition from the testing phase to regular operations. He does not say whether or not it will return on 7120 kHz or another frequency, but does indicate that transmissions will resume on shortwave this coming week.
More at
(Gupta and Jensen, Sept 9; dswci DXW Sept 19)
Signal on 7120 kHz. Carrier came on just seconds before 0330 UT. Initially no modulation but slowly it built up, very weak at first with man talking heard very weakly. At 0434 UT, with the beginning of HoA (Horn of Africa) musical programming noted with full modulation.

Sept 19 morning transmission was not nearly as good here in Wisconsin as that of Sept 18 when it was quite strong at 0350 UT tune in. ID in Somali mentioning Hargeisa and Somaliland noted on Sept 18, but no ID heard on Sept 19, but surely the same station.

Currently, and in the immediate past, Radio Hargaysa's MW outlet has/had twice daily English half hours, including 0430 UT. Original plans called for simply airing that English period on the SW frequency, which is really a bit too late for optimum US reception. I have recommended an 0300 UT
s/on (6 a.m. Somaliland local time) rather than 0330 UT, suggesting  English at 0330 UT, rather than 0430 UT. I'd also recommended a new frequency above the ham band. The latter recommendation has been ignored. I suspect the former recommendation also will be ignored, at least in the short run.
(Don Jensen-WI-USA, DXplorer Sept 19)
7120 Radio Hargeisa/Hargaysa, at 1504-1528 UT on Sept 19. Thanks to Sei-ichi Hasegawa (Japan) for providing today's additional info: carrier on at 1455 UT and HOA music started at 1501 UT. I tuned in to a fair signal with non-stop HOA music; finally at 1527 UT had the only ID heard. They are broadcasting now during their local morning and evening. (Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 19)
7120 Radio Hargeysa, at 0327-0433 UT on Sept 21. Big open carrier at 0327 UT, with abrupt start of HoA music at 0339 UT. OM announcement at 0344 with several "Radio Hargeysa" IDs. Programming was all HoA vocals, typically two songs, followed by announcements. Announcements from the male DJ heard at 0344, 0355, 0404, 0413, 0416 UT. Each of these announcements contained at least one ID. I tuned away at 0416 UT, but the signal was still there (although much weaker) at 0433 re-check. SINPO was 33444 at tune-in, but degraded to 33333 by 0433 UT. If they continue at
these power levels, this is a fairly easy catch on ECNA at 0330 UT. (George Maroti-NY-USA, DXplorer Sept 21)
(BCDX Top News # 1083 via wb, Germany)

JSWC 60th Anniversary QSL Card

Dear Radio Friends,
 Thank you very much for your great actions. Radio Japan has arranged my interview next Thursday, and will air on September 30, Sunday and will be repeated on October 6, Saturday in the English
program called "Fiends Around the World," hosted by Ms. Kay Fujimoto and Mr. Mick Corlis. Duration: 20 min. You can via the Internet at:

Via shortwave:
All times UTC
0500  6110 Sackville, 5975 Woofferton, 11970 Issoudun
1000   9695 Singapore, 9625 Yamata,
1200   9695 Singapore, 6120 Sackville,
1300  15735 Tashkent-UZB,
1400  15735 Tashkent-UZB,
1800  15720 Madagascar.

Please send your report to Radio Japan after you listen to the program. Listeners response is very important.

JSWC will issue a special 60th anniversary QSL.
Please send your report to   for E-QSL.

For printed QSL please send your report to:
JSWC, P.O.Box 44, Kamakura 248-8691, Japan.
This may take some time. Enclosure of  one IRC or two US dollar is requested for return postage.

Thank you again for your actions.
Toshi Ohtake, JSWC.
(Toshimichi Ohtake, Kamakura-JPN, JSWC via Takahito Akabayashi-JPN,
Sept 22)
(BCDX/TopNews 1083 via wb, Germany)

Radio Libya returns to shortwave

DXers are hearing Radio Libya on shortwave again. Co-channel interference has been observed during 1700-1757 UTC, from Radio China International's Swahili service. Broadcast previously observed in French are now in Arabic on the following irregular schedule.

All times UTC

1500-1600   11600
1700-1800   11600
1800-1900  11600
1900-2000   11600
2000-2100   11600
2100-2200   11660
(DX Window 463/DX Re Mix News 748)

Friday, September 21, 2012

EMR Internet stream changes

Dear EMR Internet listeners,

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monitoring Bangladesh

Current summer schedule of Bangladesh Betar according to monitoring on Sep.13-17. Some days no broadcasts and this is becoming regularly.

All times UTC

1230-1300 on 15105 DKA 250 kW / 140 deg to SEAs English
1315-1345 on 15105 DKA 250 kW / 320 deg to SoAs Nepali,regularly not on air
1400-1430 on 15505 DKA 250 kW / 290 deg to WeAs Urdu
1515-1545 on 15505 DKA 250 kW / 305 deg to SoAs Hindi
1600-1630 on 7250#DKA 250 kW / 290 deg to N/ME Arabic
1630-1730 on 7250#DKA 250 kW / 290 deg to N/ME Bangla
1745-1900 on 7250*DKA 250 kW / 320 deg to WeEu English
1915-2000 on 7250 DKA 250 kW / 320 deg to WeEu Bangla
# co-ch All India Radio in Persian to N/ME 1615-1730
* co-ch All India Radio in Malayalam to N/ME till 1830
* strong co-ch Vatican Radio in Latin to WeEu from 1840
(DX Mix News 748)

Voice of the People schedule update

All times UTC

0400-0500 on 9870 MDC 050 kW / 265 deg to ZWE Engl/Shona/Ndebele
0600-0800 on 15115*MDC 250 kW / 265 deg to ZWE Engl/Shona/Ndebele Sat/Sun
1600-1630 on 9445 MDC 050 kW / 265 deg to ZWE Engl/Shona/Ndebele
1800-1900 on 7330 MDC 050 kW / 265 deg to ZWE Engl/Shona/Ndebele Mon-Fri
1800-1900 on 7330 MDC 250 kW / 265 deg to ZWE Engl/Shona/Ndebele Sat/Sun
*not SW Radio Africa. Confirmed on Sep.15/16 - Radio Voice of The People!
(Balkan DX/DX Mix News 748)

RTE slated for football final

Ireland - RTE Radio One will broadcast the All-Ireland Football Final on Sunday, September 23 on the following short waves frequencies to Africa:

All times UTC

1300-1600 on 17540 MEY 250 kW / 005 deg to EaAf
1300-1700 on 7505 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to SoAf
1300-1700 on 17685 SKN 300 kW / 160 deg to SoAf
1600-1700 on 11945 MEY 250 kW / 005 deg to EaAf
(Ivo Ivanov/DX Mix News 748)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2012 Sep 17 1309 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
# Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 10 - 16 September 2012

Solar activity was at low levels during the first half of the of the summary period, and ended the week at very low levels. Region 1569 (S12, L=296, class/area=Eac/210 on 14 September) was the largest and most magnetically complex region of the period, yet only yielded four C-class flares. The largest of these was a C3/Sf flare that occurred at 11/0111Z. A filament eruption occurred near N22W20 at approximately 13/0640Z. The associated CME had an estimated speed of 536 km/s, but had little to no impact on Earth. A Type II Radio Sweep occurred at approximately 15/2259Z, had an estimated speed of 681 km/s, and was associated with a non-Earth directed CME near the north west limb.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at high levels on 10 and 12 September. Moderate levels were observed on 11 September and again from 13 - 16 September.

The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels throughout the period with two isolated unsettled periods on 12 September and 15 September due to extended periods of negative Bz. A solar sector boundary crossing was also observed at approximately 16/1800Z.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 17 September - 13 October 2012

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels with a chance for moderate activity throughout the forecast period.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at high levels on 18-20 and 24-27 September, then again from 07-09 October.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be quiet to unsettled with active conditions possible on 19-22 September, 03-05, 09-10, and 12-13 October. The active conditions are mainly associated with coronal hole high speed streams.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2012 Sep 17 1309 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
# 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
# Issued 2012-09-17
# UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest
# Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index
2012 Sep 17 95 5 2
2012 Sep 18 95 5 2
2012 Sep 19 95 5 2
2012 Sep 20 100 10 3
2012 Sep 21 105 8 3
2012 Sep 22 110 8 3
2012 Sep 23 110 8 3
2012 Sep 24 110 5 2
2012 Sep 25 115 5 2
2012 Sep 26 125 5 2
2012 Sep 27 130 5 2
2012 Sep 28 140 5 2
2012 Sep 29 140 10 3
2012 Sep 30 140 5 2
2012 Oct 01 140 5 2
2012 Oct 02 135 5 2
2012 Oct 03 130 10 3
2012 Oct 04 130 8 3
2012 Oct 05 130 8 3
2012 Oct 06 125 5 2
2012 Oct 07 125 5 2
2012 Oct 08 120 5 2
2012 Oct 09 115 8 3
2012 Oct 10 115 8 3
2012 Oct 11 120 5 2
2012 Oct 12 115 8 3
2012 Oct 13 115 10 3

Blog Logs

// parallel frequency *sign-on / sign-off*

logs edited for clarity

All times UTC

19000 Radio Australia Shepparton. Heard with a feature about sugar mills production and ID at 2331. S=8 signal strength in Queensland. // 17795 S=8, 17750 only S=5 poor, 15415 at 0000 S=9+20dB.

15399.991 HCJB Kununurra. Program ID in English noted at 0028-0030, like "HCJB Global Vision Melbourne Australia". Followed by South Asian vernacular program at 0030. S8 signal on back/side antenna lobe into remote gear at Queensland down under. (W. Bueschel, BC-DX TopNews 1082)

15105, Bangladesh Betar (presumed), 1229. Very faint music detected, followed by woman speaking at 1230. Checked again at 1250 and doing slightly better, with woman talking, but couldn’t confirm it was English. Song in Hindi at 1252, 1257 popular sounding song, 1259:45 female speaker, 1300:15 tone and off. Very poor signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

6134.818, Radio Santa Cruz, 0030-0045. At tune in noted steady popular type Latin music. Canned station ID at 0034 over the music as, "... Radio Santa Cruz..." Signal fair with plenty of noise. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

4699.944, Radio San Miguel, 0930-0945. Threshold signal here of music and Spanish recorded comments such as promos. Signal was too weak for me to glean any details, but at 0937, it seemed to be improving slightly. Back to music at 0938.(Chuck Bolland, FL)

4716.714, Radio Yura, 0050-0100. Weak signal with vocal music, and announcer's voice overs. Typical Bolivian music. SIgnal was threshold. (Charles Bolland, FL)

9625, CBC North Quebec, 1228. Man and woman discussing the NHL labour negotiations. Fair signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

6159.98, CKZU, Vancouver. Found in the clear with CKZN gone at 0836, but there 15 minutes earlier. Heard usual informative program with CBC Radio One IDs. CKZN came back on at 0843:24, so no chance for perfectly clear reception over 0900. (Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)

4781.67, Radio Oriental, 2347-0001.* Presumed the one here with Spanish talk by male announcers and mentions of Ecuador, Macas and Quito. Decent signal, but too much local interference for good copy. At times, the audio would drop abruptly to such a low level I wasn't sure if they were still on the air; then it would come back just as abruptly. Seemed like some segments were just very undermodulated.(Delibert, MA/HCDX)

4781.721, Radio Oriental, Tena,(presumed) 0125-0140. Male/female with Spanish comments. At 0129 noted a break for promo or commercials. Noise rather heavy making copy difficult this evening. Believe 0130 was the closing time since no further comments or promos were heard after that and the signal disappeared. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4055, Radio Verdad, 1155. Spanish. Hymn played on banjo, 1157 electronic organ, program announcements and IDs in Spanish, 1200 clock strikes, hymn. Fair signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

6973, Radio Galei Zahal (Tel Aviv), 0036-0050. Hebrew announcements to blues music program. Fair signal. (Joe Wood, TN)

3925, Radio Nikkei, 1310. Japanese with an English lesson, phrase “make an effort”. Fair signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

New Zealand
11725, Radio New Zealand Int'l (Rangitaki). English monitored 0703-0715, with male/female host with weather reports followed by an interesting piece on using equestrian sport for rehabilitation. (Joe Wood, TN)

9704.98, La Voix du Sahel, 2220-2255. Call-in program with male in French, Mentions of Niamey and Africa. Koran 2255-2259, then closing ID announcement at 2259. Flute interval signal, choral national anthem 2259-2301. Brief tone, dead air, then signal off at 2302:05. Fairly strong but low modulation. (Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)

North Korea
2850, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, 1315. Korean, man and woman speakers with several recorded speakers. Fair signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

6400, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, 1241. Korean, instrumental orchestral music, male speaker. Fair signal, //6248 also fair signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

15265, Radio Pakistan. Heard at 1657 with interval signal mixing with Voice of America. Usual brief prayers, news fanfare, and English ID and intro for the newscast. (Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)

Papua New Guinea
3205, NBC Sandaun, 1304. English, news of PNG and the Pacific to 1307, //3315 and 3365 until end of news, then all three went to different music, 3205 off at about 1315. Poor signal. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

4747.08, Radio Huanta Dos Mil. End of song and announcements by live studio male announcer starting with time check. No ID heard, musical bridge at 1018. Canned announcement with mention of Santa Domingo, radio, Bolivia "muchas gracias", then live male returned with morning greeting and more talk in Spanish and Aymara. Mentions of Bolivia, Santa Maria, pampa. Same canned announcement at 1028 as heard at 1018. Fading quickly after 1030. (Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)

4747.086, Radio Huanta Dos Mil, 1016-1025. At tune in, noted a male in Spanish language comments, comments conitued to 1018. Poor signal. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4774.934, Radio Tarma, 1019-1030. At tune in, noted Huaynos type music with the usual yelling by the band. At the end of the first tune, a male comments briefly in Spanish language, then back to music with same theme of music. Signal was fair. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

4939.928, Radio San Antonio, (presumed) 1046-1055. Very weak signal noted, with background music during female announcer's commments in Spanish (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5039.27, Radio Libertad, 1049-1100. Frequency in the clear which allows Radio Libertad to broadcast without any interference from the Cuban that is normally here. Observed music at tune in, followed by Spanish comments. At 1052, possible station ID as signal was noted as poor. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

South Korea
3985, Echo of Hope, 1312. Man and woman speakers, //6003, 6348, all fair, with noise jamming. (Sellers-BC/Canada)

7335, Radio Tunisia (Sfax), 0606. Arabic programming with bits concerning South Africa and mentions of Jihad, // 7225. Fair signal. (Joe Wood, TN)

5755, WTWW (Lebanon, Tennessee), 0145-0155. Text on the book of Revelations. Excellent signal. (Joe Wood, TN)

4840, WWCR (Nashville). Program “Into Tomorrow” with Dave Grayline (an appropriate name for a radio announcer)about consumer electronics. (Joe Wood, TN)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thazin Radio monitoring

7110 kHz {usually 9 hertz lower} Thazin Radio in English, at 1430- 1500* UTC on Monday, September 3. Theme music, in English which sounded like the different and unique intro used during the Burmese New Year Water Festival (Thingyan), hence must be a rebroadcast. Intro going something like this:

"good evening ... listeners. This is Thazin Radio, Pyin Oo Lwin. Welcome to our evening English transmission radiating on 639 kilohertz and 7 point 11 megahertz. I wish you a happy Thingyan and I hope you all are in excellent health, wealth and happiness."

Easy-listening music followed by: "good evening our dear listeners. May I present for you some sweet melodies for tonight." Pop songs then presented a program titled "Myanmar Festivals", a weekly Monday show. Informative program about the Phaung-daw-oo Festival "held yearly during the eighteen day period from first waxing of the Thadingyut [the seventh month on the Burmese calendar] to the third waning of the Thadingyut", during which Buddha images made of gold are rowed around Inle Lake+ in Shan State. The highlight is when the images arrive at the town of Nyaung Shwe.

MP3 audio at

This very nice reception continues to be a pleasure to listen to!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 4)
(BCDX Top News # 1081)

Changes from Belgium's TDP

Ludo Maes of NASB Association Member, has recently released changes from Belgium's TDP, which brokers air time for programs with political or religious background.

"There are some changes in our organization that we want to inform you about."

Effective July 31, 2012, TDP ceased to exist, and a new company called Broadcast Belgium has been set up.

Its activities are frequency management, international radio consultancy, digital radio expertise and monitoring. We would appreciate if you can update our contact details wherever necessary. Please delete our company name TDP and replace it with Broadcast Belgium. Please delete our email address and replace it with

Radio Japan's 60th Anniversary

Dear Radio Friends,

Today I am asking your actions regarding our club's 60th anniversary.

As I mentined in our bulletin, our anniversary programs have been aired from some radio stations in the world. My interview was aired from KBS World, CRI Peking, Voice of Russia
Moscow and IRIB, Teheran. All of these were in Japanese. Some of you may remember, I was regularly on the air from Radio Japan a couple of years ago.
Now they have a program called "Friends around the World" every Sunday. NHK home page says Friends Around the World is a program that is designed to connect more of Radio Japan listeners around the world. We read your e-mails and letters, have interviews, and cover other interesting topics based on your requests.
So what are you waiting for? Your messages, comments, questions and even song requests are always welcome !
Please click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page and send us a message.
You can listen to the program from NHK Web site at

Please listen to the program and write to Radio Japan and ask about Japan Short Wave Club which is celebrating 60th anniversary, amazing record for the radio hobbiests. Hope NHK responds your request and may remember me and ask me to show up as a quest.
You can also listen by radio
at 0500 UTC on 6110(Canada), 5975UK, 11970(France)
at 1000 UTC on 9695 SNG, 9625 Yamata,
at 1200 UTC on 9695 SNG, 6120 Canada,
at 1300 UTC on 15735 UZB,
at 1400 UTC on 15735 UZB
at 1800 UTC on 15720 MDG
If a special interview is materialized, I will issue the special 60th anniversary QSL to the reports received at JSWC.
Toshi Ohtake, JSWC.
(via Dario Monferini/playdx)

Voice of America summer schedule update

All times UTC

Effective to: 27 October

Afan Oromo
1730-1800 on 11905 11925 12140 13570 13870 Mon-Fri

0500-0530 on 5945
1600-1630 on 7295
1830-1900 on 6065

1600-1630 on 1431 Mon-Fri
1800-1900 on 11905 11925 12140 13570 13870

Arabic to Sudan "Hello Darfur"
0300-0330 on 6135 7260 9815
1800-1830 on 9815 11740 13715
1900-1930 on 9600 9800 11830

Arabic to North Africa "Radio Sawa"
0400-1645 on 990 1170 1548
1645-0400 on 990 1170 1431 1548

1730-1800 on 7435 9490 11855

1600-1700 on 1575 7475 11790

0000-0030 on 1575 5955 7430 9320
0130-0300 on 11820 15115 17770
1130-1230 on 11965 15350 17770
1430-1500 on 1575 5835 9320 11910 12120
1500-1530 on 5835 9320 11910
1500-1530 on 1575 Sat/Sun
1530-1600 on 1575 5835 9320
1600-1630 on 5835 9320
2300-2400 on 6185 7430 9320

1300-1500 on 1170 7365 9355

0000-0100 on 9545 11830 11925 15170 15385 17765
0900-1100 on 11825 11965 13610 13740 15250 15665 17485 21695
1100-1200 on 6110 9845 11785 11825 11990 12040 15250
1200-1300 on 6110 9845 11785 11825 11990 12040 15115 15250
1300-1400 on 6110 9845 11785 11805 11990 12040 15115
1400-1500 on 6110 9845 11615 11805 11990 12040
2200-2300 on 6135 7205 9510 9845 11925 13660

Radio Ashna
0130-0230 on 1296 9335 11565
1530-1630 on 1296 9335 15090 15380
1730-1830 on 1296 9335 11565 11580
1930-2030 on 1296 7555 9335

English to Africa
0300-0400 on 909 1530 4930 6080 9855 15580
0400-0430 on 909 1530 4930 4960 6080 9855 12025 15580
0430-0500 on 909 4930 4960 6080 12025 15580
0500-0600 on 909 4930 6080 12025 15580
0600-0700 on 909 1530 6080 12025 15580
1400-1500 on 4930 6080 15265 15580 17530
1500-1600 on 4930 6080 15265 15580 17895
1600-1700 on 909 1530 4930 6080 15580
1700-1800 on 6080 11795 15580 17895
1800-1830 on 6080 9850 12015 15580 Mon-Fri
1800-1830 on 909 4930 6080 9850 12015 15580 Sat/Sun
1830-1900 on 4930 6080 9850 12015 15580 Mon-Fri
1830-1900 on 909 4930 6080 9850 12015 15580 Sat/Sun
1900-1930 on 909 4930 4940 6080 9850 15580 17895
1930-2000 on 909 4930 4940 6080 15580
2000-2030 on 909 1530 4930 4940 6080 15580
2030-2100 on 909 1530 4930 6080 15580 Mon-Fri
2030-2100 on 909 1530 4930 4940 6080 15580 Sat/Sun
2100-2200 on 1530 6080 15580

English to Eu/ME/NoAf
0100-0130 on 1593
1500-1600 on 13570 15530
2000-2100 on 7485 9480 Mon-Fri

English to Sudan "Sudan in Focus"
1630-1700 on 9490 11655 13800 Mon-Fri

English to Zimbabwe
1730-1800 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Mon-Thu
1810-1820 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri
1720-1740 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri-Sun
1840-1850 on 909 7210 9725 Fri

English to Afghanistan
2030-0030 on 1296 7555

English to FE/SoAs/OCE
0100-0200 on 7430 9780 11705
1100-1200 on 1575 Sat/Sun
1200-1300 on 1170 7575 9510 12075 12150
1300-1400 on 7575 9510 9610 9760 12150 Sat/Sun
1400-1600 on 7540 7575 12150 Mon-Fri
1500-1600 on 7540 7575 12150
2200-2230 on 5895 5915 7480 7575 12150 Sun-Thu
2230-2400 on 1575 Fri/Sat
2300-2400 on 5895 5910 7575 12150

Special English
0000-0100 on 1593
0030-0100 on 1575 1593 7430 9715 9780 11725 12005 15205 15290 17820
0130-0200 on 1593 7465 9820 Tue-Sat
1500-1600 on 6140 7465 7520 9485 9760
1600-1700 on 1170 12080 13570 15470 Mon-Fri
1600-1700 on 12080 13570 15470 Sat/Sun
1900-2000 on 7485 9490
2230-2300 on 7460 9570 11840 15340
2300-2400 on 1593 7460 9570 11840 15340

French to Africa
0530-0600 on 1530 4960 6095 9880 13830 Mon-Fri
0600-0630 on 4960 6095 9880 13830 Mon-Fri
1100-1130 on 11925 13775 15715 17630 Sat
1830-2000 on 1530 9815 17530
2000-2030 on 6040 9815 11900 15730 17530
2030-2100 on 11900 15185 Sat
2030-2100 on 9885 11900 15185 15730 Sun
2100-2130 on 9590 9815 9885 11900 Mon-Fri

1600-1700 on 9400 13745
1700-1800 on 11950 13860

0500-0530 on 1530 4960 6035 6095
0700-0730 on 4960 11785 17875
1500-1530 on 13630 13730 17530
2030-2100 on 4940 6040 7310 9810 11830 Mon-Fri
2030-2100 on 6040 9885 15730 Sat

1330-1430 on 1575 5955 11565
2200-2230 on 1575 6060 9320 11765

Kinyarwanda and Kirundi
0330-0400 on 7265 7340 9815
0400-0430 on 7225 7340 11905
1600-1630 on 11645 15460 17895 Sat

1200-1300 on 1188 7225 9490 15775
1300-1500 on 1188 7225 11935 15775
1900-2100 on 648 5870 6060 7365

0500-0600 on 11905 15130 17870
1400-1500 on 1593 15130 15510 17870
1700-1800 on 9850 11640 13610 15130
2000-2100 on 1593

1230-1300 on 1575 9810 11965

Ndebele to Zimbabwe
1800-1830 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Mon-Thu
1820-1830 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri
1850-1900 on 909 7210 9725 Fri
1740-1800 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri-Sun

Radio Ashna
0030-0130 on 1296 7555 9335
1430-1530 on 1296 9335 15090 15380
1630-1730 on 1296 9335 11565 11580
1830-1930 on 1296 7555 9335

Deewa Radio
0100-0400 on 621 9955 11540 12015
1300-1500 on 621 7495 9310 9695 9780
1500-1700 on 621 7495 9310 9355 9780
1700-1900 on 621 7495 9310 9780 9965

0130-0230 on 5970 6095 7345

Portuguese to Africa
1000-1030 on 17840 21590 Sat/Sun
1630-1700 on 9805 13870 17530 Fri
1700-1800 on 1530 9825 13630 17530
1800-1830 on 1530 9825 13630 17530 Mon-Fri

Shona to Zimbabwe
1700-1730 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Mon-Thu
1800-1810 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri
1830-1840 on 909 7210 9725 Fri
1700-1720 on 909 4930 7210 9725 Fri-Sun

0330-0400 on 11750 11905 15730
1300-1400 on 15730 17650
1600-1630 on 1431 12055 15620 Sat/Sun
1630-1700 on 12055 15620
1700-1800 on 12055 13680

2330-0100 on 5890 9885 12000 Mon-Fri
1200-1300 on 9885 13750 15590

1630-1700 on 11645 15265 15460

0000-0100 on 7250 9480 9855 Sat/Sun
0000-0100 on 7485 9480 9855 Mon/Wed/Fri
0000-0100 on 7525 9480 9855 Tue/Thu
0300-0400 on 15485 15605 17735 Mon
0300-0400 on 15130 15605 17735 Tue
0300-0400 on 15135 15605 17735 Wed
0300-0400 on 15220 15605 17735 Thu
0300-0400 on 15410 15605 17735 Fri
0300-0400 on 15430 15605 17735 Sat
0300-0400 on 15470 15605 17735 Sun
0400-0500 on 15295 15605 17735 Mon
0400-0500 on 15345 15605 17735 Tue
0400-0500 on 15410 15605 17735 Wed
0400-0500 on 15470 15605 17735 Thu
0400-0500 on 15510 15605 17735 Fri
0400-0500 on 15155 15605 17735 Sat
0400-0500 on 15205 15605 17735 Sun
0500-0600 on 15265 15605 17490 Mon/Wed/Fri
0500-0600 on 15265 15605 17620 Tue/Thu
0500-0600 on 15265 15605 17685 Sat
0500-0600 on 15265 15605 17820 Sun
1400-1500 on 9920 11595 15280 17490 Mon/Wed/Fri
1400-1500 on 9920 11595 15280 17620 Tue/Thu
1400-1500 on 9920 11595 15280 17685 Sat
1400-1500 on 9920 11595 15280 17820 Sun
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17885 Mon
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17485 Tue
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17605 Wed
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17625 Thu
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17880 Fri
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17630 Sat
1600-1700 on 7330 9565 17870 Sun

1900-1930 on 11905 11925 12140 13570 13870 Mon-Fri

Radio Aap Ki Dunyaa
0100-0200 on 972 1539 7460 11975
1400-1500 on 972 1539 11825 15725
1500-0100 on 972 1539

1500-1530 on 9540 11920 11930 15100

1300-1330 on 1575
1500-1600 on 1170
(Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria via Alokesh Gupta/DX Re Mix News 746 & 747)

Radio Hargeisa Worldwide transmission update

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Radio Hargeisa transmissions have not been noted internationally for almost a week.

According to Mr. Don Jensen who is a professional Ham radio buff ,Radio Hargeisa hasn't been noted anywhere, not in New Zealand, India, Japan, Europe in about a week now despite use of various advanced radio

Mr. Don Jensen a retired American journalist further revealed that the station, which had earlier on been noted in Japan, India and Europe, were yet to be received in the US before they completely went off air.

Additional story at Somiland Sun:

Monday, September 03, 2012

Radio St. Helena...a glimmer of hope ?

I have been in touch with the staff down there. They have an interim station manager, as Gary Walters went back home to the United Kingdom.

Radio Saint Helena will be shutting down, according to Ralph. He says "our final broadcast will be on 25 December to coincide with our opening on the 25 December ’67. This will make us 45 years of broadcasting."

The medium wave signal on 1548 kHz with 1KW will be shut off for good. As I understand it, at some point, a government funded radio station, operating on FM will launch.

Ralph tells me that the shortwave broadcasting mast has been dismantled by Cable & Wireless, but he's talking to local ham operators to see if they can lash up something for their final broadcast so they can get on shortwave. NO promises though.

That being said, if the shortwave makes it on December 25th at all, it is likely the last time it will ever make it on the air.

My voice was featured on the last Radio Saint Helena shortwave broadcast and even if they don't make it on shortwave this time, I will likely have my voice used on the local medium wave broadcast.

I just thought I'd pass the word. Feel free to pass this to other DX lists and other folks who might be interested.

Paul Walker
Ridgway, Pennsylvania, USA

via IRCA mailing list

via Horacio Nigro, Uruguay
(Balkan DX)

Radio Hargeisa launches new transmitter

Radio Hargeisa - New 100 kW shortwave transmitter on air

Video of the new trnamitter inaugurated. , posted on August 27.

Somaliland: Radio Hargeisa launches new trasmitter and expand its
coverage to the Horn of Africa and Asia on (shortwave on 41 meterband/ 7120 kHz)

Rooble Mohamed ‏@Rooble2009 August 27, 2012 on Twitter-Freelance Journalist, Peace & Conflict Practitioner and a Humanitarian worker living in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Schedule observed on August 31, 1500 - 1830 UTC
Here's an audio file, female announces email ID and Facebook URL at the end of clip ...

Radio Hargeisa Website (in Somali) :

Radio Hargeisa on Facebook :

Station profile of Radio Hargeisa By Tony Rogers of BDXC

Related Links :

Somaliland: 100Kw Radio Transmitter under Installation
(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, India)
(photo/Somaliland wordpress)

Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2012 Sep 03 1342 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
# Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 27 August - 02 September 2012

Solar activity was very low 27 and 28 August. Moderate activity was observed on 30 August as Region 1563 (S25, L=078, class/area Dso/70 on 01 September) produced the largest flare of the period, an M1 at 30/1211 UTC. Solar activity was at low levels for the remainder of the period. A C8/2f flare associated with a filament eruption in the southeast quadrant of the solar disk occurred at 31/2043 UTC. An associated CME was observed on SOHO/LASCO and STEREO A/B coronagraphs with a possible Earth-directed trajectory. Two other CMEs were observed on 02 September in STEREO A COR2 imagery beginning at 02/0409 UTC and 02/1109 UTC with potential Earth-directed components.

A greater than 10 MeV proton event (category S1-Minor) associated with the filament eruption on 31 August, began at 01/1335 UTC, reached a maximum of 60 pfu at 02/0850 UTC, and is currently above threshold.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate levels on 27 August. Levels increased to high from 28 through 31 August. Moderate levels were observed for the remainder of the period.

Geomagnetic field activity was mostly quiet from 27 August through 01 September. Activity increased on 02 September with unsettled to active conditions observed due to an extended period of negative Bz.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 03 September - 29 September 2012

olar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels with a slight chance for M-class activity through the forecast period.

The greater than 10 MeV proton event currently in progress is expected to remain above the 10 pfu threshold 03-04 September with a additional enhancements possible with CME arrivals.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at moderate or lower levels from 03-16 September, 21-23 September, and 27-29 September. High levels are forecast 17-20 September and 24-26 September due to coronal hole (CH) effects.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be as high as minor storm (G1) conditions on 03 September with anticipated effects from the 31 August CME. Residual elevated conditions ranging from unsettled to minor storm levels are expected to persist from 03-06 September due to continued transient activity in conjunction with possible CH effects. Mostly quiet conditions are expected from 08 September through 29 September with the exception of two CH periods; 14-16 September and 20-23 September, which should see unsettled to active periods.

27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2012 Sep 03 1343 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
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# 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
# Issued 2012-09-03
# UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest
# Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index
2012 Sep 03 120 30 6
2012 Sep 04 120 15 5
2012 Sep 05 120 12 4
2012 Sep 06 115 10 3
2012 Sep 07 115 8 3
2012 Sep 08 115 5 2
2012 Sep 09 110 5 2
2012 Sep 10 110 5 2
2012 Sep 11 105 5 2
2012 Sep 12 105 5 2
2012 Sep 13 100 5 2
2012 Sep 14 100 10 3
2012 Sep 15 100 10 3
2012 Sep 16 100 10 3
2012 Sep 17 95 5 2
2012 Sep 18 95 5 2
2012 Sep 19 95 5 2
2012 Sep 20 95 10 3
2012 Sep 21 95 8 3
2012 Sep 22 95 8 3
2012 Sep 23 100 8 3
2012 Sep 24 110 5 2
2012 Sep 25 115 5 2
2012 Sep 26 120 5 2
2012 Sep 27 125 5 2
2012 Sep 28 130 5 2
2012 Sep 29 130 12 3

Amateur radio special events update

Amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners that collect QSL cards have new QSLing opportunities for today's updated listing of upcoming amateur radio special event stations. QSL information is included in each listing. Good luck !

From September 2012 to February 2013, T6LG Ilian (LZ1CNN and ex YI9LZ) will operate on all HF bands CW and SSB from Kandahar, Afghanistan. QSL Manager is LZ1ZF. QSL via LZ QSL Bureau will be OK. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. [DX World]

September 1-15
Hans, DF2UU, informs OPDX that he will once again be active from the location of Martin, V51W, in Omaruru, Namibia (WW Loc. JG78XO) to the middle of September 2012 as V5/DF2UU. Activity will be on 160-6 metres. He will also be active during some contests. In the WAEDC SSB (8-9 September), he states that the callsign is not sure, but if he works Single-Op it will be V5/DF2UU and if it is Multi-Op then V55V. QSL V5/DF2UU via home call. QSL V55V via DJ8VC. [OPDX Bulletin]

September 3-10
Michael, DF8AN, plans to be active from Reunion Island (AF-016, DIFO FR-001, WFF FFF-011, WLOTA 1812) as FR/DF8AN between 2-10 September, 2012. QRV mostly on CW. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [DX World]

September 3-14
Ben, ON5GQ, will be active holiday style as F/ON5GQ from Île d'Oléron [island of Oleron] (EU-032, DIFM AT-025, WLOTA 1369), Departement Charente-Maritime (DDFM 17) and Province (region) Poitou-Charentes (DPF 19) from 3-14 September 2012. QRV on the HF bands as propagation permits. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [rsgbiota]

Riccardo, IZ5JMX, will be active from San Pietro Island (EU-165, IIA CI-009, MIA MIS-031, WLOTA 2989, WAIS FM10) from 3-14 September 2012 using the callsign IM0/IZ5JMX. Plans are to be QRV on 40-10 metre SSB. QSL via home call, Bureau preferred. [DX World]

Juergen, OE4JHW, will be on a suitcase DX-pedition to the Kuredu Island Resort, located on the on the northern reef of Faadhippolhu Atoll [aka Lhaviyani Atoll] (WLOTA 0534, WW Loc. MJ65RN), Republic of the Maldives (AS-013), from 3-14 September 2012. He will be QRV as 8Q7OE on 40-10 metre SSB and BPSK, with BPSK being his night time mode. Focus will be on DL, HB0, HB9 and OE, as well as on North and South America. QSL via home call, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and LoTW. [DX World]

September 3-30
Uli, DJ9XB, will once again spend his vacation on the island of Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400, WW Loc. KM18TE) during the month of September 2012 QRV holiday style as SW9XB on the HF bands with focus on the Digital modes. He will also participate as a Single-Op entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September) from CQ Zone 20. QSL via home call, Bureau preferred. Log will be uploaded to LoTW. [DXAT]

September 4-11
Helge CT9/DG3FAW, Knut CT9/DJ6KS, and Matthias CT9/DJ8OG, plan to show up from Santana, island of Madeira (AF-014, DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, WLOTA 0053, WW Loc. IM12NT), in SSB/RTTY/PSK on 80m-10m (maybe also 6m) from 4-11th September 2012. DJ8OG will take part in the WAE SSB Contest (8-9 September) using the callsign CR3L as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSLs via homecall; CR3L via DJ6QT. Website: [DX Newsletter]

September 6-9
Mike, JA6EGL and Yu, JE6DND will be active as KK6WW/KH0 and KH0R from the island of Saipan (OC-086, WLOTA 1333) on 6-9th September 2012. They will operate CW and SSB on 30-10 metres. QSL via home calls, direct only. [425 DX News]

September 7-10
Alessandro, IZ4WNA and Giuliano, IZ4WNP will be active as EA6/homecalls from Isla de Ibiza (EU-004, DIE E-023, MIA MB-003, WLOTA 0958) and other satellite islands from 7-10 September 2012. Plans are to be QRV as follows: 80m: SSB / 40m: SSB / 20m: PSK63 + SSB / 15m: PSK63 + SSB / 10m: PSK63 + SSB. QSL via IZ4WNA, Bureau preferred. Website: [rsgbiota]

September 8
GB1SKC will be on the air for Churches and chapels On The Air, organised by WACRAL, on Saturday 8th September 2012. GB1SKC is the special callsign for St. Keverne Church, St. Keverne (WAB SW72, WW Loc. IO70KB) on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England (EU-005, WLOTA 1841). QSL via G3UYN. [GB2RS]

GDV section will be QRV with ON4USA callsign for the 68th anniversary of Verviers Liberation by US GI's on September 8, 1944. In memoriam of these heroes, ON4USA station activation is planned in SSB and PSK modes on 40-20-10-15 and 6m bands. 2012 operation is from 03:00 UTC 8 September to 15:00 UTC 9 September 2012. QSL manager: ON4GDV via UBA buro or direct to GDV GROUP, ON4USA P. O. Box 11 B-4800 Verviers 1, Belgium, with SAE envelop direct return postage cost = 1 IRC or 2 US$, otherwise via the Bureau. [UBA HF News]

John, VE3ISE, and a couple of friends will be activating Byng Island (CIsA ON-037, Not IOTA, WW Loc. FN02EV) on Saturday 8th September 2012. They hope to arrive before noon on Saturday, set up and be on the air, all depending on local weather conditions. Two stations will be running; John VE3ISE on 40 metres 7150 (+/- 10 kHz) from 12pm to 2pm then switching to 20 metres 14260 (+/- 10 kHz) running 100 watts to Hustler verticals. Doug, VE3GJ, will be on 20 metres, HF Back Pack Frequencies, running QRP. All QSL's should go to the operators home call. Byng Island is a conservation area on the banks of the Grand River, close to the town of Dunnville, in Haldimand county, Ontario. [USi]

September 30
1300 - 2300 UTC
K5H, First activation of Horseshoe Island on Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, as part of the U.S. Islands Awards Program. (Map here: ) The group will operate Phone and CW on 40m, 20m and 15m. QSL via K5KVN, SASE appreciated. More details at
(Kevin T)