Friday, December 18, 2009

Shortwave Blog "Bytes"

All times UTC // parallel frequency

Clandestine station frequency updates
Cheetah Radio changes from broker Media Broadcast
English to South Asia:
1600-1700 on 9650 WER 125 kW / 090 deg Sat, cancelled from Dec 5, 2009 (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Nippon no Kaze to North Korea
Via Taiwan in Korean:
1300-1330 on 9655 TAI 100 kW / 002 deg, ex 1700-1730 on 9820
(R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15) (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Radio Free Chosun in Korean to North Korea
1200-1300 new freq 9950*TAC 100 kW 065 deg,ex 1230-1300 on 12085 \\ 11560 ERV *co-ch Radio Ukraine International in English (R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15) (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Radio Dialogue/Zimbabwe Community, broadcasting in Ndebele/English/Shona targetd
t0 Zimbabwe. 1755-1855 new freq 4895 MEY 100 kW / 000 deg, ex 5865,re-ex 3955
(DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Clandestine monitoring
15195 14/Dec 1603 Russia, EOTC Holy Synod Radio, *tentative*, in Amharic, from Samara, with 200 kW. Top of the transmission with an Arabic music, similar to a religious song (Radio station of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Exile), this was followed with male's talk. The 1607 UT Arabic music. Signal weak, comes with a strong sound of airplane turbine. The 1620 UT the QRM sometimes fails, you can hear some clear statements of male announcer. Until the 1630 UT, condition of listening remained unchanged. The 1633 UT Arabic mx. The 1640 YL talk. (Jorge Freitas-B/Cumbre DX)

9605 14/Dec 1735 Russia-Voice of Asena, *presumed*, in Tigrinya, from Samara, with 250 kW, OM talk, the 1736 music (another station opposition to the government of Eritrea). Signal weak. The 1735 what seems as male by phone. The 1746 traditional pop music from Eritrea, then male's talk. (Jorge Freitas-B/Cumbre DX)

9885 14/Dec 1754 United Arab Emirates-*presumed", Radio Horyaal, in Somali, from Dhabbaya, with 250 kW, YL talks, seemed lady interviewing via telephone. phone. The 1800 UT end text by lady. Lightinterference rom Family Radio at the same frequency. Signal weak. (Jorge Freitas-B/Cumbre DX)

FEBA Radio replaces frequency
Via United Arab Emiates in Urdu and Kashmiri to North India 1430-1500 new freq 9650 DHA 250 kW / 070 deg, ex 12045 (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

HCJB via Lithuania releases new schedule
New sked of HCJB in Russian/Chechen to Eastern Europe from Dec 6, 2009 1530-1628 on 3955 SIT 100 kW / 079 deg Sunday, additional transmission 1630-1728 new freq 3955 SIT 100 kW / 079 deg Daily, ex 3960 Sun only (R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15) (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Miraya FM Radio frequency change
Via Slovakia: Frequency change of Miraya FM Radio via IRRS Shortwave:
0300-0600 on 9835 RSO 150 kW 160 deg EaAf/Sudan English/Arabic, deleted 1500-1800 new freq 9825 RSO 150 kW 160 deg EaAf/Sudan English/Arabic,ex 15650* *effectived from Dec.15, 2009 (R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15)(DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Radio Free Asia adjust Burmese schedule
From Dec. 12, 2009
0030-0130 new freq 12115 IRA 250 kW / 057 deg, ex13815
1230-1330 new freq 7595 PHT 250 kW / 280 deg, ex15700
1330-1400 new freq 7595 PHT 250 kW / 280 deg, ex 9670
(R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15)
(DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Radio Japan/NHK World adjust frequency via Uzbekistan
1300-1345 new freq 7400 via Tashkent, Uzbek 100 kW 131 deg,ex 5960, re-ex 15215 in Bengali. (DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Russia's GTRK Magadan heard
Thanks to Mauno Ritola of Finland, who translated a portion of my GTRK Magadan reception. Audio at, with speaker making reference to Magadan at 4:19. "The man speaks about gathering geological information about Magadan area in form of maps. Very nice signal!" I appreciate his kind assistance!
Ron Howard

Russia: 5940, GTRK Magadan, 0210-0300, Dec 14. At 0209 station ID for "Radio Rossii" then into their local program which starts with "Govorit Magadan" ("Magadan speaking"). Series of conversations to 0230 series of advertisements with phone numbers. Russian folk songs noted on // 7320, both fair (Ron Howard, Asilomar Beach, CA)

WYFR Family Radio adjustments
English, targeted to Middle East from Dec 10, 2009
1600-1700 new freq 5965 NAU 500 kW / 139 deg, ex5960, re-ex11995
(R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15)

English targeted to Madagascar, adds new transmission at 1600-1700 on 9795 DHA 250 kW / 215 deg, effective Dec. 15, 2009.

English targeted to Middle East, adds new transmission at 1700-1800 new freq 7390*RMP 500 kW / 120 deg,ex 11850 *co-ch Radio Belarus Minsk in Polish

(R BULGARIA DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 15
(DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

Voice of America frequency changes
Via: Germany, Philippines, Sri Lanka
from Dec 12:
1400-1500 new freq 15530 BIB 100 kW / 075 deg, ex 17520 Tibetan
1500-1600 new freq 9310 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg, ex 13735 English
1600-1700 new freq 6000 IRA 250 kW / 025 deg, ex 11500 Bangla
(DX Mix News #603/wb, Germany)

WJHR International monitoring
DXers are monitoring new station WJHR from Milton, Florida, 15550USB WJHR Dec.16. 1725-1805+ Noted with preacher religious text about salvation. Paused at 1802 with a station identification as .."WJHR Radio International..Milton..Florida.." rest was so low keyed barely could copy the remainder of the station break, then right back to the preacher and his sermon. Signal was fluttery at times fairly good and then just fading right out..... Understand they are still in testing phase. Wonder when they will go into full programming. (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Canada/Cumbre DX)

15550 17/Dec 2159 WJHR, English from Milton, with 1 kW, in SSB. Male announcer with station ID. Gospel music and religious text.(Jorge Freitas-B/Cumbre DX)

WJHR heard in Florida Dec 17 2100 UTC on 15550, with religious talk and music. Poor reception. (Claes Olsson, Port Charlotte, FL/Cumbre DX)