Saturday, October 30, 2010

QSLing the Unpredicatable and Unlicensed

To get you started with your pirate QSLing, here's my October column for Monitoring Times. Copyright 2010, Gayle Van Horn and Teak Publishing. May not be redistributed.

QSLing the Unpredictable and Unlicensed

Urban legends, things that go bump in the night. Even in shortwave radio, one night a year brings out the bizarre and unpredictable.

Radio Bob, one of my favorite former pirate broadcasters, once graced the airwaves on Halloween with an unforgettable radio voyage through the bizarre world of ghostly goings-on from Shake Rag, Georgia. Who knows what became of Bob, but last years Pumpkin Patch Radio reminded us that The Devil Went Down to Georgia - and perhaps you’d like to QSL “if you dare.” Satan Radio made an appearance with a mixture of backwards talk and death metal music, followed by Rig-O-Mortis’ multimedia special from the Voice of Doom.

Historically, Halloween produces more pirate radio broadcast than other holidays. This years weekend holiday on Sunday, October 31, will likely find more pirates haunting the airwaves, so begin checking on October 29-30 around 6925 (AM or USB), plus or minus 30 to 40 kHz. The majority of U.S. pirates operate between 2000-0400 UTC, however, some may opt for earlier broadcast.

If the station QSLs, most operators will announce their email address or postal maildrop address during the broadcast. Others may announce “QSL via FRN,” a reference the operator prefers to verify by scanning the logs posted at Free Radio Weekly website at Include please QSL in your FRN Grapevines log post. To find our more about Free Radio Weekly, or contribute, send an email to . Ragnar Daneskjold keeps the pirate community up to date on pirate news through his Pirates Week Podcast on the Shortwave Pirate Info website at

European pirate stations may offer a Halloween special, though most appear to be a scaled down version from North American stations. European activity is best heard in North America from 2100-0200, around 3900-4025 and 5800-7490 kHz upper or lower sideband. Check too between 1300-1900 UTC on 15055-15080 kHz.

If you hear Mystery Radio, you can use that station as a propagation indicator, for other European pirate stations. Programming is modern dance music and broadcast are daily on 6220 kHz. The best time to log Dutch pirate, Cupid Radio is during their frequent DX frequency test, usually on 15070 kHz anytime from 1200-1600 UTC. Send your details to or to the Oldebroek address.

Does the bizarre appeal to you ? Maybe you’re just curious and that first pirate has eluded your log book so far. Don’t be surprised if you hear the likes of Ghostbusters from Pumpkin Patch Radio gracing the airwaves for Halloween 2010.


Atlantic Radio, 3910 kHz. Full data personal letter and post card from Stephen Prendergast. Received in 31 days for a pirate report to: or postal: Ballyvary, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland. (Silveri Gomez, Italy/playdx2003)

Borderhunter Radio, 6205 kHz. Full data e-QSL showing Frans at the mic and mixing board. Received in one day for pirate report (Andrew Yoder, PA/Cumbre DX)

Radio East Coast Holland, 6220 kHz. Full data e-QSL from Ronald, received in four days for pirate report to: (Gomez).

Radio Playback International, 6870 kHz. E-QSL received in 90 days for pirate report to: (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx2003)

Radio Skyline, 3980 kHz. E-QSL received in 14 days for pirate report to: (Reiner).

Radio Spaceman, 3900 kHz. E-QSL received in two days for pirate report to: (Reiner).

Outhouse Radio, 6925USB. Date/frequency with Radio Caroline logo e-QSL. Received in a few hours for pirate report to: (Yoder)

Radio Ronin SW, 6950 kHz. Large full data color samurai card. Received in two weeks for email report to: (Yoder).

Pirate Mail Drops
U.S. addresses require three mint stamps. European drops recommend at least two IRCs.

Box 510
CH-4010 Basel

P.O. Box 1
Belfast, NY 14711

BRS/ Blue Ridge Summit
P.O. Box 109
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

SRS Deutscheland
(station name)
Postfach 10 11 45
DE-99801 Eisenach

Box 293
Merlin, Ontario NOP 1W0

P.O. Box 73
7160AB Neede

P.O. Box 9
8096 ZG

Casilla 159
Santiago 14

c/o SRS News
Ostra Porten 29
S-442 54 Ytterby

US Email Contact List

Though not a complete list of all U.S. pirates, the following list are stations that have been monitored within the year.

All Aboard
Ann Hoffer (FRN post)
Barnyard Radio
Blue Rhino Radio
Blue Ridge Radio
Brando Radio
Calling Marco Radio
Captain Morgan
Channel Z (Blue Ridge)
Dead Cat Radio (FRN post)
Derby Shortwave
Eccentric Shortwave
Grasscutter Radio (Merlin)
Grey Rhino Radio
Iron Man Radio (Belfast)
KUSA North America
KXMN (Belfast)
Liquid Radio
MAC Shortwave
Mack Truck Radio
Maple Leaf Radio (Belfast)
Northwoods Radio
OTH Radio (FRN post)
Pirate Radio Boston
Pirate Radio Saint Helena
Polka Dot Rhino Radio
Pumpkin Patch Radio
Punxsutawney Pothead Radio (Belfast)
Radio Bronco
Radio Casablanca
Radio Cinco de Mayo
Radio Free Speech (Belfast)
Radio Free Whatever
Radio Ga-Ga
Radio Is My Friend
Radio Jamba International
Radio Josephine
Radio Lunchbox
Radio Marlene
Radio Paisano
Radio Pigmeat International
Radio SRV
Radio XXP
Red Rhino Radio
Satan Radio
Somebody’s Gotta Say It Radio
Sycko Radio
The Crystal Ship
Thinking Man Radio
Undercover Radio (Merlin)
Voice of the Beast (FRN post)
Voice of Doom (FRN post)
Voice of Honor
Voice of KAOS
Voice of Next Thursday
Voice of the Robots
Voice of Spike
WBNY (Belfast)
WDDR World Wide
WEAK Radio
WNKR relay
WTCR 20th Century Radio (Belfast)
Weather Radio (FRN post)
Wind Up Radio (FRN post)
X-Ray Radio
Yellow Rhino Radio
(Gayle Van Horn/Oct 2010 Monitoring Times QSL Report)

pirate radio Blog Logs

Here's a sampling of what pirate radio hobbyists having been chasing in September and October. Maybe some of these will resurface this weekend for special Halloween programming. Let us know what ya hear and good luck
Gayle Van Horn

All times UTC

Calling Marco Radio
6925USB, 0109-0128.* Springsteen's Blinded by the Light song into station ID. Couple songs couldn't immediately ID. Song Tommy Can You Hear Me, but not performed by The Who. At 0128 gave contact info: into sign-off. Strong signal with audio (Sedlacek-NE)

Captain Morgan
6924AM, 2340. David Bowie's Fame tune, and a couple of songs from the Steve Miller Band. Captain Morgan Shortwave ID at 2345. Otis Day and the Nights, Shamalama Ding Dong (Animal House soundtrack) at 2346. Good signal, lots of noise on the band. Signal S9. (Will-MD)

Channel Z
6925AM, 2223. SINPO 45433. Tunes, Popcorn, Sweet Child of Mine, Rebel Rebel and Anarchy (Ragnar)

KBOX Radio
6925USB, 0011-0022.* Male announcer with talk and playing songs. Station ID at 0022 and e-mail address as: . Fair signal. (D’Angelo-PA)

6925USB, 0314-0318.+ "This is KMUD from the depths of the high desert" into CW ID. Unid music, possibly Irish. Difficult copy due to high static levels. Eventually lost in noise at 0318. Poor signal quality. (Sedlacek-NE)

Liquid Radio
6925.5, 0050–0103. Station ID to contemporary instrumental dance music, 0103 ID and off the air. Fair signal. (Taylor-WI)

Mac Shortwave Radio
6850.75AM, 2242-2252:56*. Ultraman with Beatles tune. Interview with Charlie Brown ? After goodbye, ran rock tune, pirate tune and US national anthem. Gave e-mail as macshortwaveradio@ Last drop in the FRW was , so appa- rently a change. SIO=3+53, very fady. (Frodge-MI)

Northwoods Radio
6925USB, 2333. SIO 233. Station ID and email address. Music to station ID at 2338. (Fansome, PA)

Outhouse Radio
6935USB, 0016. SIO 322 Signal pressy noisy of northwest Florida. Great Country songs, as usual, Please Help Me I'm Falling, Dang Me, Floyd Crammer piano tune, and North To Alaska. Several operator station IDs. (Kivell, FL)

Pirate Radio Saint Helena
11.092 MHz USB, 2305-2317. Signed on with pirate speak "Arrrggg....Good old pirate ship XXP..." and into song Radar Love. Solicited reception reports to Faded out(or pulled the plug?) at 2317 during Cream song. Signal just above S5 noise floor here with warbly audio starting out. (Tim Tromp Muskegon, MI.)

Radio GaGa
6925USB, 0000-0115. SINPO 25333. Tunes of Raindrops, Secret Agent Man and Low Rider.GaGa SSTV at sign off (Ragnar)

Radio Mushroom
6925USB, *2350-0006.+ Appeared to open up on top of another station with numerous IDs mentioning power of 175 watts by male announcer. QSLs from . Good signal. (D’Angelo-PA)

Uncle Bob Radio
6925USB, 0052-0108. Uncle Bob hosting Uncle Bob Story Hour with much drunken talk and mentioning guns. Played tune Dueling Banjo’s. Fair reception. (D’Angelo-PA)

Vanishing Hot Dog Radio
6925AM, 2315. Loud metal music to station ID as, "Vanishing Hot Dog Radio" at 2317, followed by Hot Dog song. Excellent signal and sound, S9, low noise. (Will-MD)

6925USB, 2315. SINPO 35343. Many hot dog tunes including Throwing a Hot Dog Down a Hallway, Hot Dog and a Pepsi Cola and Hot Dog. Several station ID's (Ragnar)

WPON 6925USB, 2149. SIO 232. Signal very weak. Lady announcer's ID as, "WPON, the weapon" to headbanger music. "Sound of Freedom" ID and "don't get mad, get WPON" at about 2159. Ranting at Obama to "it's time to get a weapon, WPON, the Weapon" (Fansome, PA)

WEAK Radio
6930AM, 2144-2203.+, Non stop Top-40 pops. Only ID heard was at 2203. SIO353. (Frodge-MI)

6924.9USB, 2205-2238.+. Stream-of-apparent-randomness programming featuring New Philosophies of Fishing. Song by Ruby Starr, and shout-outs to Ragnar and Andy Yoder. ID'd as "WXMN, 89.5 FM, Monticello Community Radio' (now defunct). Reports to JTA at Belfast. (Sedlacek, NE)

Wolverine Radio
6950USB, 0323-0327*. Randy Newman tune, It's Money That Matters into soft-spoken ID. SSTV transmission then sign-off at 0327. Fair. (Sedlacek-NE)

Euro Pirate
Black Bandit Radio
6375AM, 2330-0030.+ Continuous country music. Some oldies US pop music. Many IDs at 0023, 0029, 0030. Poor to fair signal. (Alexander-PA)
(FRW # 762, 763, 765, 766, 767)

Halloween QSL Report Vault

Copyright 2010, Gayle Van Horn and Teak Publishing. May not be redistributed.

Halloween Tricks and QSL Treats

Tis the Season ... Of the Witch
Touted as broadcasting from Salem, Massachusetts, Witch City Radio was heard throughout the eastern seaboard, that fateful Halloween night 1993. Scores of others have joined Witch City and you can bet that pirate radio operators are planning this years Halloween broadcast. With this years holiday on Saturday, the ghouls will be haunting the airwaves once again.
The volume of pirate broadcast increases substantially on Halloween and is one of the more popular radio events for pirate fans and operators. Radio activity varies from those that reactivate their station for an annual broadcast, to stations that opt for special programming.
Unfortunately for fans, pirate stations do not adhere to a set broadcasting schedule. Almost all North American pirates are heard on 6925 (AM or USB), plus or minus 30 to 40 kHz. Broadcast hours can be at any time, however the majority of North American pirates operate between 2000-0400 UTC. Pre-Halloween shows are popular too, so begin checking the weekend of the 23-24, as well as Friday the 30th of October.
Various pirates scattered throughout Europe broadcast special Halloween programming, though not on the same scale as the US operators. European activity is best heard in North America from 2100-0200 so begin as early as Friday afternoon on the 30th. Most can be found on 3900-4025 and 5803-7490 upper or lower sideband. Check too on the weekends between 1300-1800 on 15055-15080 kHz. Operators present a variety of programming, usually with a mix of techno, pop, rap, rock or German schlager music.
Most pirates in the U.S. and Europe use mail drops to handle their mail. Letters to the drop are received by a “go-between,” who forwards the letter to the station operator. This method eliminates any trace of where the station is located.
As postal rates increase, a growing number of stations are using email for electronic QSLing. A few stations offer either drop or an email option. Usually the station will include their email address or postal drop announcement during the broadcast. This month’s Email Contact List comprises active stations using email correspondence. Some stations prefer bulletin logs or internet web site reports. The best method for submitting your pirate logs for a verification, is the Free Radio Weekly electronic newsletter. Produced weekly, FRW is devoted to the hobby of pirate listening. Editors alternate duties and distribute the electronic newsletter free to those who contribute. Newsletters focus on logs of the previous week, station news and of course QSLing. To request a sample or contribute to the FRW, send your email to For additional pirate news, programming, and the Pirates Week Podcast link, Radnar Daneskjold runs the Shortwave Pirate Info website at . Programming is biweekly and covers general pirate news.
Some pirate operators also verify by regularly scanning the logs posted on the Free Radio Network website at for potential QSLing, so be sure to include "please QSL" in your post. The site includes a Pirate Radio Photos & QSLs photo link of nearly 20 years from unlicensed stations.

Pirate operators may release special QSL cards for their Halloween broadcast. Former broadcaster He-Man Radio, broadcasting in upper sideband as “the manliest of modes,” pictured He-Man lifting an oversized pumpkin on his shoulders. Tommy Pickles from Radio Halloween graced his veries with tombstones and bats, and a photo of a lighted jack-o-lantern.
Fans can only speculate on who will grace the airwaves this year. Will Voice of the Purple Pumpkin or Voice of Halloween revive their shows ? Maybe Ann Hoffer Radio will revive last years Werewolves of London or the Door’s People are Strange on 6925AM around 2200 UTC.

Tis the season ...of the Witch
(Gayle Van Horn, QSL Report, Monitoring Times)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last hours for Radio Sweden

In case you've not tuned in, there is just a bit longer to enjoy the sounds of Radio Sweden. From October 31, Radio Sweden will cease broadcasting on shortwave, mediumwave and FM bands. Programming will shift to internet only. Radio Sweden does not QSL, but they welcome correspondence. Who knows, perhaps they could be persuaded to QSL the last day on the air.

All times UTC

1730-1800 on 13600 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg Mon-Fri

1600-1630 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg Thu/Fri

0130-0200 on 6010 SAC 250 kW / 240 deg
0230-0300 on 6010 SAC 250 kW / 268 deg
0230-0300 on 9510 MDC 250 kW / 050 deg
1330-1400 on 15735 HBY 500 kW / 055 deg
1430-1500 on 13820 HBY 500 kW / 085 deg
1530-1600 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg
1700-1730 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg
2030-2100 on 9495 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg
2130-2200 on 7460 MDC 250 kW / 280 deg

1600-1630 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg Mon-Wed

1630-1700 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg Mon-Fri

1900-1930 on 6130 HBY 350 kW / 125 deg Mon-Fri

1300-1330 on 12075 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1430-1500 on 11870 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1630-1700 on 9630 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1830-1900 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1930-2000 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 085 deg


0100-0130 on 6010 SAC 250 kW / 240 deg
0200-0230 on 6010 SAC 250 kW / 268 deg
0200-0230 on 9510 MDC 250 kW / 050 deg
0400-0500 on 9490 HBY 350 kW / 120 deg Mon-Fri
0500-0600 on 6065 HBY 350 kW / 190 deg Mon-Fri
0600-0700 on 9490 HBY 350 kW / 190 deg Mon-Fri
1200-1230 on 15735 HBY 500 kW / 040 deg
1300-1330 on 15735 HBY 500 kW / 055 deg
1400-1430 on 13820 HBY 500 kW / 085 deg
1400-1430 on 15735 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1500-1530 on 13590 HBY 500 kW / 100 deg
1500-1530 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg
1545-1600 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg Mon-Fri
1600-1615 on 6065 HBY 350 kW / 190 deg
1700-1730 on 13600 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg
1800-1830 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
1800-1830 on 13710 HBY 500 kW / 235 deg
1900-1930 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
2000-2030 on 9495 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg
2100-2130 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
2100-2130 on 7460 MDC 250 kW / 280 deg
(BC-DX 969)

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, Oct. 30-Nov 5

Welcome to our weekly guide to Radio Netherlands Worldwide's English Service - a list of the new programmes coming up on Radio Netherlands Worldwide this coming week, beginning on Saturday.

But first of all, let's have a look at the new winter season when we'll be focusing more on features such as The State We're In and Earth Beat and reinforce our regional approach. From 31 October 2010, there is a daily two-hour block serving South Asia from 1400 UTC. Programming includes Earth Beat India, produced in association with All India Radio, and our own South Asia Wired, getting people to talk to each other across national borders.
When it's evening in Africa, Radio Netherlands Worldwide brings custom-made programmes for the continent. Bridges with Africa continues, as does Africa in Progress, which is seeing an increased number of broadcasts in the new season.
We're not forgetting our home ground either. Daily editions of Network Europe tell you what's happening in the EU and the rest of the continent. Every weekend there's a review of the week's top stories, and the culture magazine Network Europe Extra.
Musically, the classical concert series Live at the Concertgebouw features two class performances each week. RNW Music is producing a weekly edition of Hear the World, a whole hour of music from all continents replacing the jazz series which has come to an end.
Speaking of which, the change of season is also a moment to say goodbye to some old friends. We enjoyed bringing you Classic Dox, Radiobooks and Reloaded, but these programmes will be taking a well-earned rest. A number of four-minute news bulletins have provisionally been dropped from the schedule to create more space for our feature programs.
We hope you will enjoy our radio programmes, whether you listen to them online, via satellite, your local station, or shortwave. Stay tuned!

The State We're In
DATE: 30 October 2010
HOST: Jonathan Groubert
SHOW TITLE: Beasts of Burden
THE VEGETARIAN BULLFIGHTER PART 1: Álvaro Múnera was once "El Pilarico" the star bullfighter. Then in 1984, he was gored by a bull which left him confined to a wheelchair. Today he's a staunch animal rights defender and works to have bullfighting banned. In part 1, he tells Jonathan about his bullfighting career, the attack that changed his life, his recuperation, the woman who called him a murderer and how he became an anti-bullfighting campaigner.
THE PARTY FOR THE ANIMALS: Jonathan speaks with Marianne Thieme, Dutch Member of Parliament for the Party for the Animals, the world's only serving political party whose constituency is not human.
THE LESSON: Gerald Taiaiake Alfred's life changed the day he went out hunting for moose in British Columbia. After stumbling onto a grizzly bear's kill, he discovered a newfound sense of what being native actually means.
BEIJING ANTS: Overeducated, underemployed and very numerous. Beijing correspondent Marije Vlaskamp tells Jonathan about the phenomenon of 'human ants'. Great masses of Chinese white collar workers looking for jobs.

(UTC 01:00, 02:00, 05:00, 07:00, 10:00,12:00, 14:05, 16:35,18:05, 20:05, 23:00)

Network Europe Week

A collaboration by Europe's leading broadcasters
A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
This week:
· Violent day in Belfast. Northern Ireland has another night to forget.
· Fortress Europe. The EU's first border police force goes to Greece.
· Slovenia's first black mayor. He's being called Eastern Europe's Obama.
· Why is Italy driving in reverse? We visit one of Europe's worst hit economies.
( UTC 00:00, 04:00, 06:00, 08:00, 11:30, 13:00, 16:05, 19:35, 21:00, 22:00)
Repeat Programmes:
Radio Books ( UTC 22:30 - primary programme on Sunday)
The State We're In, Midweek Edition (UTC 03:30 - primary programme on Monday)
Network Europe (UTC 03:00 primary programme on Friday)
Earth Beat (UTC 01:00, 04:30, 08:30, 13:30, 15:05, 21:30 - primary programme on Friday)
Bridges with Africa (UTC 19:05 - primary programme on Friday)
Classic Dox (UTC 06:30, 11:00, 17:30 - primary programme on Friday)
European Jazz Stage /World Music (UTC 09:00 - primary programme on Monday)

Network Europe Extra
Arts and Culture brought to you each Sunday from Europe's widest partnership of international broadcasters.
This week:
· Shock results for press freedom in Europe: Some of the biggest states score lowest.
· Chechnya back on the agenda... as a rebel attack hi-jacks a top level summit, we examine whether the conflict is indeed alive again.
· Also on the programme... France may be revolting - but you can't hold back les entrepreneurs.
· cold turkey! Dutch alcoholics deal with addiction by carrying on drinking.

Network Europe
A collaboration by Europe's leading broadcasters - A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
(UTC 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21.00)

Music at the cutting edge of tradition and innovation.
Hosted by Dheera Sujan.
Music from the Far East: Huong Thanh from Vietnam and Sambasunda from Indonesia. A performance by Huong Thanh Asian Colors: traditional Vietnamese singing accompanied on the koto (Japanese zither) and the erhu (Chinese violin), the enchanting colors of Huong Thanh's voice are beautifully set off by the spare accompaniment.

European Jazz Stage/ World Music
Music at the cutting edge of tradition and innovation.
Chango Spasiuk is an innovator of chamamé crudo, northeastern Argentinian folklore music, in which huge emotions with a raw, folk undertone are alternated with melancholy and euphoria.
Andy Palacio from Belize enriches the authentic music from his own Garifuna culture with popular influences such as calypso, salsa, reggae and zouk.
Hosted by Dheera Sujan.
(UTC 03:00)

Live at the Concertgebouw
Another chance to hear a live performance by some of the world's top orchestra's on Amsterdam's famous concert stage. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is conducted by Mariss Jansons with musical riches from eastern Europe. Music by Kancheli, Bartók, Janacek and Kodaly. Hosted by Hans Haffmans and Cynthia Wilson.
(UTC 01:00)

The State We're In - Midweek edition

DATE: 30 October 2010
HOST: Jonathan Groubert
SHOW TITLE: Beasts of Burden

THE VEGETARIAN BULLFIGHTER PART 1: Álvaro Múnera was once "El Pilarico" the star bullfighter. Then in 1984, he was gored by a bull which left him confined to a wheelchair. Today he's a staunch animal rights defender and works to have bullfighting banned. In part 1, he tells Jonathan about his bullfighting career, the attack that changed his life, his recuperation, the woman who called him a murderer and how he became an anti-bullfighting campaigner.

THE PARTY FOR THE ANIMALS: Jonathan speaks with Marianne Thieme, Dutch Member of Parliament for the Party for the Animals, the world's only serving political party whose constituency is not human.

(Originally Broadcast 5 May 2010)
(UTC 05:30)

Africa in Progress

Let's talk about sex

How much do our children need to know about sexuality, and at what age should we start talking with them about sex? Youths get conflicting information from various channels: their peers, the media, and their schools. But according to recent studies, they find the information they get from their parents the most reliable.
Yet parents are often uneasy when it comes to talking about sex with their children. In this round table discussion, three African experts who are also parents share their views on how parents can best approach the subject.

Guests: Rosemary Muganda (Kenya )
Hannington Nkayivu (Uganda)
Ruth Kundecha (Malawi)
(UTC 18:14, 20:14)

Commonwealth Story
Swallow Dive, by Melissa Madore from Canada.
A moving story of loneliness and death.

Live! at the Concertgebouw - 2008
Conductor-laureate Bernard Haitink is returning to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, for a performance of Bruckner's symphony no. 8.
Hosted by Hans Haffmans and Cynthia Wilson.

(UTC 08:00)

Network Europe
A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
This week, a focus on the movies.
Bombs? Jumping off a bridge? What city is he talking about? And what
kind of movie is it?
The Slovenian capital starts planting its Labyrinth of art.
Artist innovations - we'll actually be in London to learn about
Victorian-era Scottish artists who made it big during the industrial
(UTC 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21.00)

Repeat programmes:
Earth Beat (UTC 00:30, 03:00, 11:00, 18:35, 20:35, 22:30, 23:30 - primary programme on Friday)
Earth Beat - South Asia edition (UTC 15:14 - primary programme on Wednesday)
Bridges with Africa (UTC 03:30, 05:30, 13:00 - primary programme on Friday)
The State We're In, Midweek Edition (UTC 02:00, 04:30, 06:00, 07:00, 10:30, 18:14, 20:14, 22:10, 23:10 - primary programme on Monday)

Network Europe
A collaboration by Europe's leading broadcasters - A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
(UTC 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 19:00, 21:00)
Earth Beat - South Asia edition
A short version of RNW's environmental programme Earth Beat produced for broadcast in partnership with All India Radio.
Join the Earthbeat India team to hear about local efforts that have made an impact in the environment on this show. We bring you a roundup from Canada, where a trio has vowed to produce no garbage for a year, and succeeded along with an analysis from an urban planner on what makes a city great. We wrap with an interview with an Indian lawyer who won our
act-local mega contest for, among other things, owning an electric scooter and reusing his ATM slips.
(UTC 10:40)

Repeat programs:
Live! at the Concertgebouw (UTC 02:00 - primary programme on Monday)
European Jazz Stage/World Music (UTC 07:00 - primary programme on Monday)
Bridges with Africa (UTC 00:30, 04:30, 06:00, 08:30, 11:30, 14:30, 17:30, 18:30, 20:30, 22:30, - primary programme on Friday)
The State We're In, Midweek Edition (UTC 01:10, 05:10, 08:00, 13:00 - primary programme on Monday)
Earth Beat (UTC 01:40, 05:30, 09:00 - primary programme on Friday)
Commonwealth Story (UTC 09:50 - primary programme on Tuesday)
South Asia Wired (UTC 10:30, 14:14, 18:14, 20:14,22:10 - primary programme on Thursday)

Network Europe
A collaboration by Europe's leading broadcasters - A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
(UTC 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21.00)

South Asia Wired
Programme in which South Asians get to talk to each other hosted by Dheera Sujan. Listen to South Asia Wired for the full story behind the news from the region.
(UTC 15:14, 22: 40, 23:40)

Repeat programs:
Radio Books (UTC 03:00, 05:30, 10:30 - primary programme on Sunday)
The State We're In (UTC 03:00, 9:00, 11:30 - primary programme on Saturday)
The State We're In - South Asia edition (UTC 14:14 - primary programme on Wednesday)
Earth Beat (UTC 02:00, 04:10, 06:00, 07:00, 13:00, 14:30, 17:30, 18:34, 20:14, 23:10 - primary programme on Friday)
European Jazz Stage/ World Music (UTC 8:00 - primary programme on Monday)
Commonwealth Story (UTC 03:50, 15:24, 16:30, 23:50 - primary programme on Tuesday)

Bridges with Africa
We're giving the microphone to Diaspora groups in Europe and are linking up with stations in Africa. The show goes beyond the clichés of starving children and war-ridden countries and seeks to bring you genuine voices from a vibrant continent.
(UTC 00:00, 01:10, 03:30, 04:30, 05:10, 08:00, 10:00, 11:10, 13:00, 14:30, 17:30, 18:14, 20:14, 22:10, 23:10)
Earth Beat
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we're leaving on our planet.
This week on Earth Beat: who is greener, men or women? We hear from rugby players, ballet dancers, an eco auditor, a green dating service, and an actual couple about the newest front in the battle of the sexes. Also, lithium batteries - what they mean for electric cars... and for Bolivia.

(UTC 10:30, 13:00, 14:30,16:30, 19:34, 23:40)

Network Europe
A collaboration by Europe's leading broadcasters - A pan-European team links up across the continent every day to provide a fresh perspective on events and life in Europe.
(UTC 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21.00)

Repeat programs:
Live! at the Concertgebouw (06:00 - primary programme on Monday)
The State We're In, Midweek Edition (UTC 12:00 - primary programme on Monday)
Commonwealth Story (UTC 16:30 - primary programme on Tuesday)
Earth Beat India (UTC 01:40, 15:14 - primary programme on Wednesday)
South Asia Wired (UTC 02:20, 09:00, 11:00, 14:14, 18:44, 20:44)
(R Netherlands)

FRS Holland slated for Sunday broadcast

Dear FRS Friend,

Following lengthy preparations the time has come to celebrate 30 years of FRS-Holland on shortwave. Next Sunday October 31st we kick off with the first out of a total of three different broadcasts. The FRS Anthology ! Factual, accurate, ups and downs....countless extracts, former presenters, listeners' contributions, a competition, fact files, the FRS Story ánd great 80s music. Next Sunday in part one - we will feature 1980- 1987. The first eventful 7 years.

Here's the schedule:
08.52- 15.00 UTC 7600//5800 kHz
09.00-11.00 UTC and 12.00- 16.00 UTC 6005 kHz

That means that between 11.00-12.00 UTC there won't be any signal on 6005 kHz. As from 12.00 UTC onwards 6005 is back and will be one hour behind of 7600//5800 kHz.
The October 31st broadcast will be streamed between 14:52- 21:00 UTC/ 15:52- 22:00 CET via the period 1988- 2010 will be featured in Part 2 (late November) and Part 3 (December).

We have received quite a number of contributions. If you feel you want to be part of the celebrations with your personal FRS memories: You can still do so as we can include that in one of the two broadcasts which follow after the October 31st one. Of course we have special QSLs for the three based on the 80s, one on the 90s and one on the 00s. Hope to have your company next will be an unforgettable Sunday. October 31st 2010: 30 Years of FRS-Holland on SW!
73s, on behalf of the FRS staff
(Peter V., Jan van Dijk, Paul Graham, Dave Scott, Brian & Bobby Speed)

a Balance between Music and Information joint to one Format....

POBox 2702
6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands


Radio propagation newsletters resumed

After a ten month hiatus due to personal illness I will begin producing my LF/MF/HF/6M radiowave propagation forecast again on Friday October 29, 2010. It will be at NZ4O Daily LF/MF/HF/6M Radiowave Propagation
Forecast: .
73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA

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Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2010 Oct 26 2025 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
18 - 24 October 2010

Solar activity was at very low to low levels during the period. Activity was low during 18-20 October. Region 1112 (S20, L=208, class/area Eai/180 on 18 October) was responsible for seven C-class flares, the largest was a C2.5 x-ray event on 18/1643 UTC. This region rotated off the disk on 21 October. Activity decreased to very low levels during 21-22 October. Occasional low-level B-class flares occurred from Region 1112, Region 1115 (S29, L=125, class/area Cso/190 on 19 October), and Region 1117 (N22, L=060,
class/area Dso/210 on 24 October).

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit began the week at normal background levels. An increase to moderate to high levels began mid-day on 24 October and continued at high levels through the remainder of the interval.

The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to severe storm levels during the period. Geomagnetic activity was at predominantly quiet levels during 18 - 19 October due to a weak coronal hole high-speed stream (CHHSS). Predominantly quiet levels were observed from 19/2100-22/2100 UTC, with a single period of active conditions at high latitudes between 20/1200-1500 UTC. A disappearing filament was observed at approximately 2300 UTC on 20 October (S24W63). On 22 October, observations from the ACE spacecraft indicated the arrival of a recurrent CHHSS with solar wind velocities increasing from 349-545 km/s, following a rise in solar wind density with the IMF Bt intensity peak at 10.7 nT at 22/1948 UTC and the Bz component of the IMF reaching a maximum deflection of -8.3 nT at 22/2006 UTC. Activity increased to predominantly unsettled to active levels on 23 October, with major to severe storm periods at high latitudes from 23/0900-1500 UTC. The solar wind velocities observed at the ACE spacecraft were approximately 650 km/s during this period. Mostly unsettled to active conditions were observed from 23/2100 to 24/2100 as the effects of the CHHSS continued.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
27 October - 22 November 2010

Solar activity is expected to be at predominantly very low to low levels. The possibility for intervals of low level activity depends on the emergence of new sunspot groups. The recurrence would suggest possible increases for 05-15 November (return of old Region 1112)
and 14-16 November (return of old Region 1117).

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at moderate levels through 28 October and then return to normal levels for the rest of the period as the effects from the CHHSS subside and the solar wind velocities decrease.

The geomagnetic field is expected to be at mostly quiet to unsettled levels at all of the latitudes through 27 October as the effects of the CHHSS wane. Quiet conditions are then expected to prevail until 01 November. Quiet to unsettled conditions are expected on 02 November when another CHHSS moves into a geoeffective position. Mostly quiet levels are expected from 03 - 17 November. Predominantly unsettled to active conditions with periods of minor to major storming at high latitudes are expected for the remainder of the forecast period due to a recurrent CHHSS.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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# 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
# Issued 2010 Oct 26
# UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest
# Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index
2010 Oct 27 84 7 2
2010 Oct 28 84 5 2
2010 Oct 29 84 5 2
2010 Oct 30 84 5 2
2010 Oct 31 82 5 2
2010 Nov 01 82 5 2
2010 Nov 02 82 8 3
2010 Nov 03 75 5 2
2010 Nov 04 75 5 2
2010 Nov 05 80 5 2
2010 Nov 06 80 5 2
2010 Nov 07 80 5 2
2010 Nov 08 80 5 2
2010 Nov 09 80 5 2
2010 Nov 10 80 5 2
2010 Nov 11 80 5 2
2010 Nov 12 85 5 2
2010 Nov 13 85 5 2
2010 Nov 14 88 5 2
2010 Nov 15 88 5 2
2010 Nov 16 88 5 2
2010 Nov 17 85 5 2
2010 Nov 18 85 8 3
2010 Nov 19 82 20 4
2010 Nov 20 82 15 3
2010 Nov 21 80 10 3
2010 Nov 22 80 8 3

Zimbabwe police launch raid on shortwave radios

Zimbabwe police in Mashonaland East have launched a blitz confiscating shortwave radio sets parcelled out to villagers by non-governmental organisations campaigning for the freeing of the airwaves. Information obtained by Radio VOP on Thursday indicated that the police had been raiding homesteads starting with Murehwa centre in search of the “offending” SW radio sets, in what civil society organisations view as part of a Zanu (PF) strategy to stop rural folk from accessing alternative media sources other than the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

Due to ZBC’s partisan reporting in favour of President Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF), Non-governmental organisations have been doling out free SW radios to enable villagers to tune into foreign-based radio stations which beam into the country such as Radio VOP, SW Radio Africa and and the Washington-based Studio Seven run by the Voice of America.

An official with ZimRights told Radio VOP that police officers in the company of members of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) are going around Murehwa District threatening villagers in possession of the NGO donated sets before proceeding to confiscate them. “Three men from Chitowa village fell victim to this police raid early this week and they have been able to identify the police details as Constables Sibanda and Basopo,” said the source.

In a statement to Radio VOP confirming the police actions, ZimRights in Harare said police claimed the distribution of the radio sets were done “behind their backs and without their knowledge.”

“Consequently, they (police) question the motive of the organisations in giving the radios behind their back,” said ZimRights. “They argue that the radios are propaganda driving tools meant to discredit the government. The police claimed that with the radios, the people cannot access official Zimbabwe radio stations. They also cited ZIMRA (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) complaints about evasion of tax during the importation of the radios,” it added.

National police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena said he was not aware of the incidents but promised to investigate.

ZimRights said it was demanding an immediate stop to the victimisation of rural people as well as the violation of their right to access to information and freedom of expression. “Police should practice what they are mandated to do instead of pursuing political agendas, an undesirable characteristic of state security,” said ZimRights.

Despite media reforms being top of the agenda of the government of national unity, Zanu (PF) is refusing to free the airwaves.
(Source: Radio VOP/Radio Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Voice of Greece - B10 multilingual schedules

Effective: 31 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

broadcast daily
target areas: eu (Europe) va (various areas)

All times UTC

0500-0600 11645eu

0600-0700 11645eu
0800-0900 11645eu

0700-0800 11645eu

0900-0930 11645eu

0000-0100 7475va 9420va 12105va
0100-0200 7475va 9420eu 12105va
0200-0250 12105va
0200-0300 7475va 9420eu
0300-0400 7450va 7475eu 9420eu
0400-0450 7450va
0400-0500 7475eu 9420eu
0500-0550 7475eu
0500-0600 9420eu
1100-1200 9420eu 15650va
1200-1300 9420eu 15650va
1300-1400 15650va
1400-1500 9420eu 15650va
1500-1550 15650va
1500-1600 9420eu
1600-1700 15630va
1700-1800 15630va
1800-1900 15630va
1900-1950 15630va
1900-2000 9420eu
2000-2100 7475va 9420va
2100-2200 7475va 9420va
2200-2300 7475va 9420va
2300-0000 7475va 9420va 12105va

0700-0800 15630eu
0800-0900 15630eu
0900-1000 15630eu
1300-1400 9420eu

0930-1000 11645eu
VOG/Alokesh Gupta, India)

Radiofonikos Stathmos Makedonias - B10 schedule


Effective: 31 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

Radiofonikos Stathmos Makedonias

broadcast daily, targeted to Europe

All times UTC

1100-1200 9935eu
1200-1300 9935eu
1300-1400 9935eu
1400-1500 9935eu
1500-1600 9935eu
1600-1650 9935eu

1700-1800 7450eu
1800-1900 7450eu
1900-2000 7450eu
2000-2100 7450eu
2100-2200 7450eu
2200-2250 7450eu
VOG/Alokesh Gupta, India)

Radio Netherlands - B10 multilingual schedules

Radio Netherlands
Effective: 31 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

broadcast daily unless otherwise indicated
target areas: af (Africa) am (Americas) as (Asia) ca (Central America) eu (Europe) na (North America)pa (Pacific) sa (South America) va (various areas)

All times UTC

0000-0027 6145sa
0100-0127 6190na
0300-0327 6100na
0329-0357 6195sa
0400-0427 6165am
0600-0627 6165na 9865pa
0600-0657 5955eu 6120va 9830va 9895eu
0658-0700 6120eu
0700-0759 6120eu 9895eu
0757-0800 5955eu
0800-0827 15750pa
0800-0857 6120eu 11935va
0800-0900 9895eu
0900-1000 5955eu 6035eu 6120eu 9895eu
0929-1000 6020sa
1000-1100 5955eu 6035eu 6120eu 9895eu
1100-1127 6165ca 7360as
1100-1200 5955eu 9895eu
1200-1227 9795as 12065as
1200-1300 9895eu
1300-1327 12065as 12080va 15255as
1300-1400 9895eu
1400-1500 9895eu
1500-1557 12080as
1500-1559 9895eu
1600-1657 9750va
1600-1659 5955eu 9895va
1700-1727 5955eu 7285af
1700-1757 9895va
1729-1757 11615va 11655af
2100-2127 6040af 13700af 17605sa
2200-2227 6040af 15315sa 15540sa

1000-1057 9720as 12065as
1400-1500 12080as 15595va
1500-1557 15595as
1800-1857 6020af 11655af
1900-1957 7425af 9895af 11615af 11655af
2000-2057 5935af 7425af 11655af

1100-1157 9795as 17505as
2200-2257 5860as 15280as
2300-2357 6120as

0000-0100 6165sa
0100-0157 6165sa
0200-0300 6165ca
0300-0357 6165ca
1100-1127 6165ca
1129-1157 6165sa
1200-1227 6165sa 9810ca
1200-1257 12075as
(Radio Netherlands/Gayle Van Horn, Frequency Manager/Monitoring Times)

Sentech tower in disrepair

One of Johannesburg’s iconic landmarks, the Sentech broadcasting tower near Auckland Park, is literally falling apart. Bits of concrete are flaking off the 237 metre-tall structure. The tower is in a state of disrepair thanks in large part - it’s suspected - to acid rain that has rusted steel reinforcements in the tower. However, Sentech has assured residents in the area that the problems don’t pose a danger to them. There is no risk of the tower collapsing.

The structure, which was erected in 1961 at a cost of just R300 000, will soon receive a major maintenance upgrade to fix the problems. Demolishing the structure is not an option: a new one would cost about R300m to erect.

Read the story from Tech Central at
(Radio Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

BBCWS/DW launch new DRM channel

BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle (DW) are launching a new Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) digital radio channel for South Asia. The channel will carry a four hour daily broadcast that includes the best international programmes in English and Hindi from BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle. It will also bring to the audience all the advantages of DRM digital radio including near-FM quality audio, text messages, Journaline and an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

This joint initiative between BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle has been launched using two transmitters in the region and will cover much of South Asia. The signal covers the majority of the Indian sub-continent and may reach as far as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

The new transmission starts on 31 October 2010 and will be broadcast from 1400–1800 UTC each day. Listeners will find the new programme stream on 13590 and 5845 kHz (SW) and additionally on 1548 kHz (MW) between 1700–1800 UTC.
(Source: BBC & DRM Consortium/Radio Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Radio Free Asia - B10 multilingual schedules

Effective: 30 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

broadcast daily, all target areas to Asia

Radio Free Asia does not broadcast in English

All times UTC

0030-0100 12115 13710 15700
0100-0130 12115 13710 15700
1230-1300 7515 11795 12105
1300-1400 7515 11795 12105
1400-1430 11795 12105
1630-1700 7570
1700-1730 7570

1400-1500 5810 7470
2200-2300 9780 11740 17775

1230-1300 13810 15160
1300-1330 13810 15160
2230-2300 5790 11850
2300-2330 5790 11850

1500-1600 5860 7210 9385
1600-1700 5860 7210 9385
1700-1800 5860 7210 9385
1800-1900 5860 7210 9385
2100-2200 5825 7460 9385

0000-0100 9815 15690
1100-1200 9325 15120

0300-0400 11980 13710 15665 17615 17880 21540
0400-0500 11980 13710 15665 17615 17880 21540
0500-0600 11980 13710 15665 17615 17880 21540
0600-0700 11980 13710 15665 17615 17880 21540
1500-1600 5810 7445 9790 9905 11945 13725
1600-1700 5810 7415 9455 9905 11945 13725
1700-1800 5810 7415 9355 9455 9905 11945 13670
1800-1900 5810 7385 7415 9355 9905 11790 11945 13670
1900-2000 5810 6095 7385 9455 9875 9905 11790 11945
2000-2100 5810 5860 6095 7355 7495 9355 9875 11900 11945
2100-2200 5810 6095 7355 7495 9355 9455 9875 11900 11945
2300-0000 7540 9825 11775 11975 13745 15550

0100-0200 7470 9670 11695 15220 17730
0200-0300 7470 9670 11695 15220 17730
0600-0700 17515 17715 21490 21695
1000-1100 9690 15140 17750
1100-1200 7470 11540 11590 15375
1200-1300 7470 11540 11590 13625 15375
1300-1400 7470 11540 11590 13625 15375
1500-1600 5780 7470 11585 11880
2200-2300 5820 7470 9835
2300-0000 6010 7470 7550 9875

0100-0200 7480 9480 9645 9690 12010
1600-1700 5780 7470 9725 12080

0000-0030 5850 11605 11965 15135
1400-1430 5855 7515 9990 11605 12130 13580
1430-1500 5855 7515 9990 12130 13580
2330-0000 5850 11605 11965 15135
(RFA A.J. Janitschek)

Blog Logs

With the new winter broadcast schedules being processed, and a host of column and other commitments for Monitoring Times magazine, I've had to limit my blog postings slightly, including any recent Blog Logs for several weeks. This morning Shortwave Central brings our readers an excellent variety of what DXers having been monitoring over recent weeks. Thanks to one and all for your contributions. In the coming days, I'll be posting more new schedules and my pirate radio special to help you prepare for this weekends Halloween pirate blow out on shortwave radio. Stay tuned !
Gayle Van Horn

All times UTC // parallel frequency

4950, Radio Nacional de Angola, Mulenvos. 0455-0507 African music, top of the hour Portuguese announcements by male, time pips, news program "Assembléia Nacional autorizada.." male ID "Radio Nacional de Angola". Deterioring signal, SINPO 25333 (Lúcio Otávio Bobrowiec, Brazil/Cumbre DX)

4950, Radio Nacional de Angola, Mulenvos. 0344-0350. Portuguese Afropops barely audible above the noise floor. Poor signal quality. (Joe Wood, TN).

4949.84, Radio Nacional de Angola, Mulenvos, 0217-0232. Portuguese. Male announcer with pop style music and ballads. Tentative ID at 0230, weak but clear. (Scott Barbour-NH)

2325, VL8T Tennant Creek, 0944-0951. English. Woman announcer refering listeners to " check our website..". Folksy music into announcer taking listener phone calls. Signal poor-fair, //2485-Katherine. (ScottBarbour-NH)

4750, Bangladesh Betar, 1219. Subcontinent music to frequent IDs as “Bangladesh Betar.”, 1230 must be news in Bengali, 1235 “Assalamu alaikum. "This is Bangladesh Betar” followed by the news in English (items about the UN, Pakistan, etc.). 1242 back to Bengali. Signal poor with moderate CNR1 interference, noted 1500 sign off. RRI Makassar continues to be absent here. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

4750, Bangladesh Betar, 1445-1500.* RRI still off, assume in Bengali. Subcontinent music at 1451. Signal poor, mixing with CNR1. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

4750, Bangladesh Betar(presumed) 1328-1350+. Subcontinental music to lady announcer in subcontinental-sounding language. Almost fair at 1328 but deteriorated to very poor by 1400. RRI Makassar still off. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

3309.98, Radio Mosoj Chaski Cochabamba, 0025-0034. Spanish. Lady announcer with call-ins and program music bits. Presumed station ID at 0028 with passing announcement and noted mentions of Cochabamba. Signal poor-fair. (Scott Barbour-NH)

4700.14, Radio San Miguel, 1000-1015. Weak signal, noted a program of music and canned promos. Lots of noise this morning covering the signal at times. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5952.54, Emisoras Pio XII, 1000-1015. Female announcer with Spanish comments between the musical selections. At 1010 a male joins in. Signal was poor.(Chuck Bolland, FL)

5952.48, Radio Emisora Pio XII, 0954-1005. Male/female announcers discussing a topic in Spanish. At 0959 noted music being presented. After the hour, the splatter increases to considerably blocking Emisora Pio pretty well. Thus the signal ended up as a threshold quality. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

6134. 79, Radio Santa Cruz, 0955-1005. Female announcer with Spanish comments. At 0958 canned comments by a male. Followed by more canned promos. On the hour a program of traditional music is heard. Canned ID at 1001 - "... onda media .... kilohertz onda corta ..."That's all that made it. Then back to music. Signal was poor and fading. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

6155.33, Radio Fides, (tentative) 1030-1045. With a very weak signal here, noted a male and female in Spanish. Comments are barely audible under the noise. So based on the frequency, I think this may be Radio Fides? (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5045, Radio Cultura do Para (Belem). 0440. Portuguese station ID by male announcer, followed by Latin American instrumental and vocal music. Poor. (Joe Wood, TN).

5939.90, Radio Voz Missionária, 0405-0420. Portuguese Christian music to Portuguese religious talk. Poor signal in noisy conditions. Stronger on // 9665.15. Threshold signal on // 11749.85. (Brian Alexander, PA)

5990, Radio Senado, Brasilia DF, *0851-0915. Station sign-on with Portuguese talk and lite instrumental music. Local pop ballads. ID announcements at 0901-0902 and local pop ballads.
Good. Strong. (Alexander-PA)

9587.67, Super Rádio Deus é Amor, 2335-2355. Portuguese religious talk, announcements and promos. Poor signal with adjacent channel splatter, // 11764.98, 6070 // 6060 - weak under
Argentina. // 9565 - weak under noise. (Alexander-PA)

11764.97 Super Rádio Deus é Amor, 2355-2405 Oct 16. Religious program winding down. Canned ID at 2359, giving freqs of 1210, 9585, 11765, and 6060. Additional Portuguese religious talk and music at top-of-the hour. SIgnal fair at best on this frequency, also heard on // 9587.72 with fair signal and splatter. Frequency 6060 with interference. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

15189.64, Radio Inconfidencia, 2141-2200. Local music. IDs at 2143 and 2200. Portuguese talk. Fair to good signal but fairly well covered by WYFR at their 2159 sign on. (Alexander-PA)

6159.98 CKZN Vancouver 1246-1302. News, features, wake-up fare on "The Early Edition" (CBC Radio One). Traffic at 1250, weather at 1251. PDT time checks (UTC-7) to mentions of 690 AM (heard here in parallel with a good signal) and 88.1 FM. No mention of shortwave. Good signal. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

6165.07v, RNT, *0428-0459. Sign on with Balafon interval signal. National anthem at 0430. French talk at 0431. Some Afro-pop music. Frequency slowly drifting downward. Was on 6165.07 at sign on. Drifting down to 6165.05 by 0430. Stabilized onto 6165.00 by 0435. Poor. Weak. Covered by Radio Nederland 0459 sign on. (Brian Alexander, PA)

5050 Beibu Bay Radio. 1300-1340.+ Time pips (5+1), then multi-language station identifications. English as, "this is Guangxi Beibu Bay Radio", then a mix of talk by man and woman in Vietnamese. Vocal music and additional multi-lingual station ID at 1330, followed by more of the same. Fairly good signal at 1300 but deteriorated after 1315. Parallel of 9820 which had interference. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

9779.9 Furusato no Kaze *1600-1630.* Run-up music to 1600, then lady announcer's opening announcement. Possibly choral religious music from 1602-1610, then talk in Japanese. Long closedown announcement at 1623 mentioning e-mail address and website . Good signal, presume via Taiwan. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

6010.12, LV de tu Conciencia, 0420-0430. Spanish talk to local music. Short English ID announcement at 0426 with call letters and ID as “the Voice of Your Conscience“. Fair.(Brian Alexander, PA)

Marfil Estereo (Puerto Lleras). 0510. Spanish. Station identification and Latin American pop music hosted from male announcer. Signal poor. (Joe Wood, TN)

6010.09, LV de tu Conciencia, 0415-0430. Program of local music. Spanish announcements. Short English ID announcement at 0425 and Spanish talk. Fair signal. (Brian Alexander, PA)

Costa Rica
5954.18, ELCOR - Radio Republica, 0315-0354.* Spanish talk to local music and station ID. Poor signal and mixing with jammer. (Brian Alexander, PA)

5954.19, Radio Casino, (tentative) 2355-0015. Male host and possibly a female's Spanish comments. Believe there's music also on the frequency, but everything is mixed up with interference, so can't be sure. After the hour things clear up slightly and the signal improves in gain, but very muffled. Just down the band at 5952.91 can see a trace of Emisoras Pio XII fading in. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

Dominican Republic
6025.07, Radio Amanecer, 0055-0130. Mostly continuous Christian music. Some Spanish announcements. Weak. Poor with adjacent channel splatter. (Brian Alexander, PA)

6025.03, Radio Amanecer, 0337-0444. Unusual for them to be on this late. Will they be on all night? In Spanish with a series of monologues. Religious music to full IDs “Radio Amanecer Internacional.” Signal poor to almost fair. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

4780, Radio Djibouti, *0300-0340. Sign on with national anthem. Opening Arabic announcements at 0301 and local tribal music. Qur`an at 0302. Arabic talk at 0314. Local music at 0336. Fair signal. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4919, Radio Quito (Quito), 0326-0340. Spanish. Talk by two men (one in studio, one remote). Talk by man at 0328. Two IDs at 0332 followed by music. Surprisingly good signal with CODAR interference. Last log of Radio Quito was in 2006. (Jim Evans, TN)

Equatorial Guinea
6250, Radio Nacional, Malabo. 0635-0646. Male and female in Spanish talks, news program, "buenos dias", outside talks by male "vamos ser patriotas..elecciónes presidenciales..transparencia democrácia", African music. 33333. (Lúcio Otávio Bobrowiec, Brazil)

7210, Radio Fana, *0257-0340.+ Sign on with interval signal. Vernacular talk at 0301. Horn of Africa music. Covered by BBC at *0300-0329*. Fair signal after BBC 0329 sign off but occasional amateur radio interference. Also heard // 6110 - very weak under Cuba.(Alexander-PA)

4055.21, Radio Verdad, 2320-2335. Noted two males in Spanish conversation until 2325.
At that time a third male talks possibly religious topic? This is followed by music which sounds religious. ".... Radio Verdad ... punto .... metros onda corta ... Radio Verdad ... numero cinco, Guatemala ..." Music continues as signal improves from a very poor to fair. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4055, Radio Verdad, 0401-0410.* Spanish. Religious vocal music with occasional short periods of talk by man. Off at 0410 after anthem. Poor signal, fading up to moderate a couple of times. USB with a rather weak carrier that hung around for a few minutes after 0410, then signal disappeared.(Jim Evans, TN)

4899.96, Familia FM, 2325-0003.* French talk. Wide variety of Afro-pop, rustic local music and Euro-pop music. Weak. Poor in noisy conditions and CODAR interference.(Brian Alexander,

3249v Radio Luz y Vida (San Luis). 0235-0247. Spanish for lady announcer to preaching and inspirational music. Heavy interference, as poor signal.(Joe Wood, TN)

3250.05 R. Luz y Vida 1131-1140. Mention of programs "Luis Palao Responde" and "Perfeccionando a la Santidad." Lady announcer, then religious talk in Spanish. Fair but losing steam. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

3325 RRI Palangkaraya 1332-1400.+ Mix of middle-of-the-road vocal music and one long indigenous song and chant. Lady announcer took one phone call to organ interval signal at 1358. Talk at 1400. Very good signal at tune-in but weak at 1400. Also signal was very good the next day around 1315 UTC. With Serui, Manokwari, and Makassar still off, Palangkaraya is now the best low-band Indo at this location. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

4750, RRI Makassar,(presumed) 0935-0945. Signal noted here as lady announcer has comments. Can't actually hear it well enough to identify the language, but it's definitely a female talking. At 0941 some promo type music as bridge then more comments. Signal remains at a threshold level throughout the period. Possibly a later check will reveal a better signal? That's called "wishful thinking", because a recheck at 1023 showed that conditions had gotten worse instead of better. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

9680, RRI Jakarta, 1117-1130. Tuned into a program of steady Indonesian popular music. At 1124 a male in Indonesian comments talks briefly. Signal was fair with usual splatter. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4920, AIR, Chennai, 0045-0055. Noted steady local music at tune in with Hindi singing by a male. Signal was fair. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4965, AIR Shimla, in English (British/Scottish accent) and Hindi with scores from various events and live coverage of some games (“India leading 9 to 0”, etc). At about 1422 interrupted coverage to go to news in Hindi. Back to sports at 1433; coverage was // AIR Jaipur, AIR Thiruvananthapuram and AIR Jeypore. Very nice to hear this station that I do not often hear at a decent level. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

5010, AIR, Thiruvananthap, 0053-0100. Local music for a few moments that a male and female comments in Hindi. At 0056 a male talks probably presenting news. Signal was good. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

9425, AIR Bengaluru - National Channel, 1442-1456. Vividha program in English. “Earth Beat” (jointly produced by AIR and RNW). Item about re-introducing cheetahs into India at the Kuno Palpur and Nauradehi wildlife sanctuaries. Fair signal. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

3985, Voice of the Islamic Republic, 0025-0035. Femala announcer talking at tune-in, followed by male host in Arabic. Signal had various strenghts from poor to fair during the period. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

6135 Shiokaze *1400-1405. Noted with usual Friday English. Also noted on Saturday with Korean and Sunday with Japanese. Very good signal each day. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

6055, Radio Nikkei Tokyo-Nagara, 1047-1100. Japanese. Classical music program to announcer at top-of-the-hour. Station ID, tone and "zinger" of sort into male/female announcers at 1101. Fair signal, parallel on 9595-good until blown out by RHC-9600 at *1100. (Scott Barbour-NH)

15540, Radio Kuwait, 1845-1910. Prior to the hour noted steady music which was mainly popular tunes. On the hour full ID as Radio Kuwait followed by a segment of English comments. Signal was good. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

21695, Voice of Africa, 1513-1531. Surprisingly strong signal booming in but with some distortion. English news about African Union. Station ID to afro-pop music. English news at 1531. Noted on // 17725 - also very strong and slightly distorted. (Brian Alexander-PA)

5010.01, Radio Madagasikara, *0212-0310. Reduced carrier USB. Sign on with local music. Malagasy talk. 25 second interval signal at 0231 followed by choral national anthem. Local guitar music. Malagasy talk. Local music. Poor to fair. (Alexander-PA)

5010.01, Radio Madagasikara, *0216-0235. Reduced carrier USB. Abrupt sign on with Malagasy talk. Local music. Thirty second interval signal at 0227 followed by choral national anthem. Local guitar music. Barnyard animal sounds at 0231 and local music. Weak at sign
on but improved to a fair level by 0230. (Brian Alexander, PA)

5985.84 R. Myamna 1329-1355. Usual interval signal on Burmese instruments. Usual chimes at 1330, followed by usual news. Transmitter cut out for about 20 minutes but came back on at 1354. Fair signal at tune-in but weaker by 1354. (John Wilkins-CO/Cumbre DX)

7350, Radio Nigeria, Abuja, *0545-0613. Sign on with test tone. Rustic tribal music at 0546. National anthem at 0548, followed by National Pledge. Religious music at 0550. English talk. ID and English news at 0600. Poor. Weak in noisy conditions. (Brian Alexander, PA)

7350, Radio Nigeria, Abuja. 0648-0704. Male/female in English with talks of "economic competition..production lines..the option to develop..production team", "Radio Nigeria..Abuja..National Service." SINPO 44333. Next day at 0640-0650 male and female noting "education in the country", "Radio Nigeria", canned male and female talks. SINPO 35333 (Lúcio Otávio Bobrowiec, Brazil)

7350 *0541-0603, Radio Nigeria (Abuja). Carrier with tone at 0541. Tribal music at
0544 followed by national anthem. Low audio talk by man at 0546. R&B type music at 0548
followed by more low audio talk by woman at 0555. Fanfare and possible prayer or religious
talk at 0556. Drums at 0559, fanfare, and ID by woman at 0600. News of Nigeria and Africa
followed with both in-studio and remote reporters. Fair to good signal, improving over time,with better audio starting at 0600. (Jim Evans, TN)

7350, Radio Nigeria, Abuja, *0539-0615. Sign on with test tone and local tribal music. Opening English ID announcements at 0540. Choral music at 0541. Religious talk. ID and English news at 0600. Weak. Poor in noisy conditions. (Brian Alexander-PA)

3329.52, Radio Ondas del Huallaga, 1025-1035, Of course this is just on the edge of CHU which is much stronger, making copying very tenuous. Consequently, "ondas" is only audible at irregular times depending on where CHU is in its time routine. Noted music and comments from ODH between CHU's announcements. ODH was threshold. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

47476.81, Radio Huanta Dos Mil, 1005-1015. Noted different persons in Spanish language comments which sounded like canned promos. This continued during the period. Signal was poor, but sometimes fading to a fair level. Singing and comments heard at 1012. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4774.99, Radio Tarma,(presumed) 1015-1025. Steady music heard at tune in. Music
continues during the period as the signal diminishes to threshold. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5039.40, Radio Libertad, 1010-1030. Of course Cuba is on 5040, but being able to notch
Cuba out, Radio Libertad is audible at a threshold level. Noted a male in Spanish language
comments. The jest of the talk from Radio Libertad sounds political. But since the signal is threshold, it's just a guess at this point. (Chuck Bolland, FL) so whats the point, Chuck ?

6019.282v, Radio Victoria, 1001-1015. Prior to 1003 could only hear the carrier, but at 1003 the signal pop in, like someone had opened the window and a bird flew in so to speak. Noted a male in Spanish language comments. Even though Victoria was better, it was still being hit by the station on 6020 KHz which I had already notched out. As it turned out, the programming from Victoria was religious, but the preacher sounded different than the usual fellow. Took a quick look out the window (regular window), and I was definitely in the gray zone as it was just starting to get light outside. At 1110 Victoria's signal dropped into the noise slightly. Over all it was fair and then gone. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

6019.368, Radio Victoria, 1015-1025, With the usual need to notch out the stronger signal
on 6020, noted a male in Spanish comments. Victoria not yet strong enough to hear details
however, and signal tuned to frequency where best heard, down to one Hertz. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

4990, Radio Apintie, Paramaribo. 0445-0454 Male in Dutch with talks to pop music, and English romantic tunes. Poor signal, SINPO 25222 (Lúcio Otávio Bobrowiec, Brazil)

3200, TWR Manzini, 0253-0258. English/vernacular. Interval signal to ID loop in English. Sign-on at 0256 with announcer and choral music. Signal fair. (Scott Barbour-NH)

6200, Xizang PBS via Lhasa, 1530-1600. Holy Tibet show in English. Items about Tibet (during the National Day Holiday about 250,000 tourists came to Lhasa. Tourism of Tibet (60th anniversary of the liberation of Chamdo in eastern Tibet Autonomous Region of southwest China). Info about Chamdo almost verbatim. No musical selections today, with their recent reactivation, now heard again with routine reception.(Chuck Bolland, FL)

7275, RTV Tunisienne (Sfax). 0523-0545. Female in Arabic with announcement to middle-eastern music. After 0528 male announcer's talk during poor signal quality. (Joe Wood, TN).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Radio New Zealand Int'l and Radio Australia schedule off-air maintenance

Radio New Zealand International advises that on Tuesday 26 October due to antenna maintenance, shortwave services will be off-air from 1145-1800 approx NZT. (2245-0500 Mon UTC).
(Source: Radio New Zealand International)

Radio Australia Shepparton will also be off air for maintenance on Wednesday 27 October from 0800 AEST (2100 UTC on 26 October), affecting the following services:

This service will not be available on 15415 kHz. You may still receive it on 5935, 11550, 15225 and 15335 kHz during this period.

English to the Pacific
This service will not be available on 13690, 15230, 15240, 17750, 17795 or 21725 kHz but you may be able to receive English in PNG on 9660 kHz and in the SW Pacific on 12080 kHz.
(Source: Radio Australia/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

TWR Swaziland - B10 English schedule

Effective: 31 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

all broadcast targeted to Africa

0255-0300 Sun 3200
0300-0325 Sun 3200
0430-0500 mtwhf 3200 4775
0500-0600 4775 9500
0502-0600 6120
0600-0700 4775 6120 9500
0700-0800 4775 6120 9500
1425-1455 6025
1525-1555 Sat/Sun 6025
1700-1800 3200
1800-1900 3200
1900-2000 3200
2000-2030 Sat 3200
(ADDX Andreas Volk, Germany 10/8/2010/WWDXC Top News, wb, Germany)

Radio Pakistan - B10 multilingual schedules

Effective: 31 October 2010 - 26 March 2011

broadcast daily unless otherwise indicated
target areas: as (Asia) eu (Europe) va (Asia/Middle East)

All times UTC

0445-0500 7470as
0500-0530 7470as

0900-1000 9345as 11570as

1200-1300 9670as 11510as

1445-1500 6235as
1500-1545 6235as

1600-1615 7510va 11575va

1145-1200 9345as 11570as
1200-1215 9345as 11570as

1045-1100 9345as 11570as

1000-1030 9345as 11570as

1345-1400 6235as
1400-1445 6235as

1700-1800 6235va 7470va

0530-0600 7470as
0600-0615 7470as

1230-1300 11880as 15540as

1300-1330 11880as 15540as

0045-0100 11580as 15490as
0100-0200 11580as 15490as
0200-0215 11580as 15490as
0500-0600 15100va 17830va
0600-0700 15100va 17830va
0830-0900 15100va 17700eu
0900-1000 15100va 17700eu
1000-1100 15100va 17700eu
1100-1104 15100va 17700eu
1330-1400 7530va 11575va
1400-1500 7530va 11575va
1500-1530 7530va 11575va
1700-1800 7530eu 9340eu
1800-1900 7530eu 9340eu
(PBC via ADDX Andreas Volk, Germany 10/18/2010 via WWDXC BC-DX Top News)

Radio Slovakia International - Tentative B10 multilingual schedule

Effective: 31 October 2010 - 27 March 2011

broadcast daily unless otherwise indicated
target areas: am (Central/South America) eu (Europe) na (North America) sa (South America) va (various sites)

All times UTC

0100-0130 6040na 9440na
0700-0730 13715va 15460va
1730-1800 5915eu 6010eu
1930-2000 5915eu 7345eu

0200-0230 6040na 9440am
1800-1830 5915eu 6055eu
2030-2100 5915eu 7345eu

0800-0830 5915eu 6055eu
1430-1500 6055eu 7345eu
1700-1730 5915eu 6010eu
1900-1930 5915eu 7345eu

1400-1430 9540va 13625va
1600-1630 6190va 7240va
1830-1900 5915va 9485va

0130-0200 6040am 9440am
0730-0800 13715va 15460va
1630-1700 5915eu 6055eu
2000-2030 5915eu 7345eu

0230-0300 6080sa 9440sa
1530-1600 9445eu 11600eu
2100-2130 9460eu 11610sa
(modified from last winter season, RSI B10 by Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany)