Thursday, September 13, 2018

Breaking News: Radio Nepal back on shortwave

Victor Goonetilleke just wrote on the Union of Asian DXers Facebook page
13 September 2018

1 hr

Radio Nepal is back on short-wave after six years by adding 5005 kHz to augment its national transmission grid broadcasting on MW and FM.

According to a station official, Radio Nepal resumed short wave broadcasts from 02.00 – 5.00 p m Nepali time using a 10 kw transmitter at Khumaltar, Lalitpur in Kathmandu . The same source said the station is applying very low power.

By all accounts, 5005 kHz is a difficult DX catch for listeners outside of Nepal. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of UTC. [ Sarath Weerakoon, 11 Sep 2018 ] 0815-1115 UTC.

Picking up on this both Sarath and I (GVG) started looking for it and here in Sri Lanka on my Perseus SDR there is a faint line and further checking with the IBB/VOA Run Perseus SDR in Delhi, there is even a stronger line which left at 1120 UTC more or less confirming.

Even though the station is running its old 10kW power can't be more than a 1 kw or so.But the greater news is that Nepal is now available on shortwave for DXers and it took UADX to tell the DX community.

Sarath thanks again for your Investigative DX Journalism. This is what UADX is all about.
Mike Terry/BDXC Newsgroup)