Saturday, April 26, 2008

Update on Zhoushan Maritime Meteorological Radio

According to Zhoushan Meteorological Agency Zhoushan Maritime Meteorological Radio Station started official shortwave transmission on March 23. They broadcast maritime meteorological information to about 100,000 ships in East China sea at 0000 0300 1100 UT.
The signal is expected to reach as far as 1,000km from the station. Shortwave was thought to be the best solution for the "Last One Mile" problem to the fishery ships. The program contents weather forecast of 2 hours ago by China Central Meteorological Observatory, and disaster
forecast by Zhoushan local Meteorological Observatory in case of emergency.

The frequency was not given, but I found and confirmed the broadcast on 3303 kHz USB at 1100 UTC. The broadcast was given in Chinese for about 2.5 minutes everyday, giving the weather information of Taiwan straight. The mailing address of the station was investigated as:
Meicen Road, Putuoshan, Putuo District, Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China telephone +86 580 8080277. Zhoushan is located in the island 100 km south east of Shanghai.
(Takahito Akabayashi-JPN, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Apr 19/BC-DX #857 via wb, Germany)