Friday, May 31, 2024

Schedule update for Pop Shop Radio

 



Channel 292 has made some improvements to the beam on 9670, so our 2200 UT Saturday xmsn on 9670 will be directed, as a test, toward N America. I know its not an ideal time, but it will be interesting to see if it makes it, so looking for rpts from the Americas. {1 of }

n addition, we are on Shortwave Gold every Sunday at 1900 UT for Europe -- 3975 and 6160. I have made a few changes to the way the SW Radiogram works for that broadcast, so, will be looking for decodes. The image is at around 1955 give or take. A mighty 1 kw it is!

Oh -- and our Channel 292 frequencies are 3955 and 9670. Not 6070 -- although we sometimes show up there at 1000 UT as filler
(Tony Pavick)

Weekend programming on shortwave

 


All times UTC

Antarctica
LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel 
Saturday 18:00-21:00, 15476 USB
(Adrian Korol)


Finland
Piko Radio
A new shortwave station broadcasting from Asikkala, Finland, is planning for a launch on Saturday, June 1st 2024. The name of the station is Radio Piko. It si a "infamous Triple L low-power, low antenna with a low budget operation."
Saturday/Sunday June 1, 2
The currently schedule will be:
1400-1500, 9770 for Nordic countries (English, Swedish)
1800-1900,  5980 for Finland (Finnish)
Both times in Saturday and Sunday. 
This is a small irregular station and the schedule can change rapidly. 
(Jari Lehtinen, Radio Piko)

RealMix Radio
Low-powered station with a new 100 Watt transmitter. Broadcast on Satuday/Sunday, and previous log noted on 6185 kHz from 1900-2236 sign-off. 
Contact: realmix.sw@gmail.com 
The driving force behind this venture is Joakim Weckström. 
(BDXC)

Scandinavian Weekend will broadcast the weekend of June 8, and will be posted on this blog.

Germany

Encore Classical Music from Radio Tumbril
Saturday June 1
1000-1100 9670 via Channel 292 to Europe
Sunday, June 1
0100-0200 5850 via WRMI to U.S. and Canada
1900-2000 3955 via Channel 292 to Europe
Contact: contact@tumbril.co.uk contact@tumbril.co.uk 
(Brice Avery)

HCJB Deutschland
Saturday/Sunday June 1, 2
German
0430-0500; 0930-1000; 1400-1430; 1700-1730; 2100-2130 on 3995 with Medienmagazin program
0430-0500; 0930-1000; 1400-1430; 1700-1730; 2100-2130 on 3995 with Medienmagazin program
available  for download at Rhein-Main-Radio Club http://www.mrc.de
(BDXC)

PopShop Radio
Saturday June 1 via Channel 292
2100- on 6070, 9670



Texas Radio Shortwave/TRSW   
Channel 292, Rohrbach, Germany, added TRSW to its schedule for June through December:
The first consecutive Saturday and Sunday of each month, Saturday is 3955 kHz at 1900 UTC, and Sunday is 9670 kHz at 1200 UTC.
We plan to schedule shows for TRSW's fifth anniversary on November 28 and Christmas.
We're happy to hear from worldwide listeners using remote SDRs.
TRSW QSLs all correct, detailed reception reports with a different, new verification for every show.  


Netherlands
Radio Delta International
English/various
Saturday, June 1 1800-2200,  6170
Sunday, June 2   0700-1000, 12030 1800-2200, 6170
(R Delta)

United Kingdom
C.M. Obrecht will broadcast on DRM via Channel 292 from the Wooferton relay to South Asia.
1700-1800 on 21530, featuring music from Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, Limahi, Noisecontrollers, Atif Aslam, and Shreya Ghoshal
(BDXC)

United States
Radio Catface on 5950 via WRMI at t0300-0400 UTC/ 11 PM EDT
Pop Shop Radio Sunday, June 2 via WRMI 0300-0400 UTC 5990

A Lifeline of Hope: 4VEH Radio Strengthens Haiti in Crisis

 


For over 70 years, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti (4VEH), a Christian radio and television ministry in Haiti, has served as a beacon of hope and a source of spiritual strength for the Haitian people. This is especially true now, as Haiti grapples with immense challenges—political turmoil, economic hardship, and gang violence.


A recent tragedy demonstrated the troubling situation in Haiti as three Christians, American missionaries Davy and Natalie Lloyd and local missions director Judes Montis, were ambushed and killed by a gang as they left church on Thursday, May 23. The families of Davy and Natalie Lloyd have faced challenges in having their remains transported to the United States due to the perilous security situation.

The United Nations reported the first quarter of 2024 as the deadliest for Haitians—around 2,500 people killed or injured by gang violence ravaging the country. The first three months of 2024 were the most violent period recorded by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, with a 53 percent increase in casualties from the previous reporting period. The UN called the situation “cataclysmic,” and it grows worse, with an estimated 360,000 people having fled their homes over the past year.

Additional website article at: 

AM listings via MW List 
660  Radio Lumière, Carrefour Paye 4VIA // 7720, 760 1000-0200 UTC 
840  Radio 4VEHCap-Haïtien/La Petite Anse 4VEF
910  Radio Kiskeya  Port-au-Prince
1030  Radio Ginen, Cap-Haitien/Le Petite anse

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Manx Radio and the Radio Motorsport

 


This year's TT races will take place from 27 May – 8 June, 2024

Manx Radio Motorsport website https://motorsport.manxradio.com/ indicates coverage by Manx Radio also on 87.9 and 100.6 FM plus DAB and online as well as 1368 AM: 

https://motorsport.manxradio.com/advertise-with-us/ (87.9 and 100.6 FM are RSL freqs - regular Manx FM freqs are 89.0, 89.5, 97.2 and 103.7 MHz)

Station tag line is "The Best Biking Station in the World!"

As well as the Manx TT races, they also cover the Southern 100 event in July and Manx Grand Prix event in August.
(BDXC/Manx Radio)

Encore classical music from Radio Tumbril

 

Dear Listener,

Regular Broadcast times of Encore By WRMI and Channel 292 are:
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Friday 5850 kHz WRMI to US
20:00 - 21:00 UTC Friday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz WRMI to US and Canada
19:00 - 20:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland. (Sometimes RTTY on the lower sideband. Suggest notch out or use USB.)

Some Things to see on The Encore Website:
The Encore website is www.tumbril.co.uk where you will find:
Important information about funding of Encore - Radio Tumbril.
Up-to-date transmission times and frequencies.
The playlists for the most recent programmes.
An email link.
Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL cards are welcome.

ENCORE IS A ONE-MAN OPERATION -  PLEASE MAKE A PAYPAL DONATION OR 'BUY ME A COFFEE' AND HELP PAY THE  BROADCASTERS AND KEEP ENCORE ON THE AIR - Go to - www.tumbril.co.uk

WRMI and Channel 292 are very generous with their air-time but Encore still costs around 100 Dollars/Euros a month to broadcast.
If you can - please send a small contribution to help Encore keep going.

THE DONATION BUTTON AND 'BUY ME A COFFEE' BUTTON are on the homepage of the website - www.tumbril.co.uk - which folks can use if they would like to support Encore.

(Please don't be put off by the POWR security wall when using the PAYPAL button - it is a harmless requirement of WIX the website hosting service.)

THIS FORTNIGHT'S PROGRAMME - (First broadcast this FRIDAY 31st May) by WRMI at 0200 UTC on 5850, (and 2000 UTC on 15770) and then Channel 292 on SATURDAY (1st June) at 10:00 UTC on 9670 kHz):
Starts with Spring Morning by Lili Boulanger, some Corelli, and part of a Wind Quintet By Carl Nielsen.
After that, two movements from Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 - Death and the Maiden, and a poem by Edmund Waller arranged for voices by Eric Whitacre.
The programme ends with The Carnival of Venice by Paganini - violin soloist Joshua Bell.

A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
 
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril - and thank you for your support.

(This bulletin is sent by Bcc to the many hundreds of listeners who have been in contact with Encore over the last nearly five years of broadcasting Encore.)

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - www.tumbril.co.uk
GMØTLY

KBS World adds new Ascension Island frequency

 


South Korea, KBS World

Dear friends,

From June 1, 2024, you'll be able to receive us on 9765 kHz between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (GMT).

We hope that our new transmitter on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean will enable our listeners in Africa to receive us in better conditions.

Thank you and happy listening!

Radio Piko slated for June 1 premiur broadcast

 

A new shortwave station broadcasting from Asikkala, Finland, is planning for a launch on Saturday June 1st 2024. The name of the station is Radio Piko

The currently schedule will be 
14-15 UTC on 9770 for Nordic countries (English, Swedish)
18-19 UTC on 5980 for Finland (Finnish)
Both times in Saturday and Sunday. 
This is a small irregular station and schedule can change rapidly. 
73
Jari Lehtinen
Radio Piko

previous schedule listing with 10 W 
1600-1700 UTC 9770 (Norway, Denmark)
1800-1900 UTC 5980 (Finland)
1900-2000 UTC 3990 (Finland, Sweden, Estonia)
Random tests on 3990, 5980 or 9770 at random times.

Test transmissions are due in late May. Frequencies are 3990, 5980, and 9770 kHz. 

Power is 10 Watts, and the format will be big band music. According to. to the webpage – at  http://radiopiko.fi/   - it is described as an “infamous Triple L low power, low antenna, low budget operation”.  
(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

A closer look at Radio Earth and the path to WRMI

Jeff:    In our historical feature on April 7th about shortwave broadcasting in the U.S. state of Texas, we mentioned at the end that KCBI broadcast a delayed relay of the early DX program from Adventist World Radio in Poona, India.  The program title at the time was “Radio Monitors International”, the AWR studios were located in suburban Poona, and the broadcast from station KCBI was on the air under the auspices of Radio Earth for a few weeks in October 1985.

Radio Earth QSL
 It occurred to us that we have never done a feature on Radio Earth, and that it's a very interesting story that really deserves to be told because in part, it’s the story of how I first became involved in shortwave radio as anything more than a listener.  In a way, it also charts the path of how I got to where I am today with WRMI.  Ray Robinson in Los Angeles has the background.

 Ray:   Thanks, Jeff.

 The idea for Radio Earth began in 1978 with a conversation between Jeff White and John Beebe, who at the time were both college students in DeKalb, Illinois.  They also both worked part-time as radio news reporters for WNIU-FM in DeKalb.  One day when they were sitting around the newsroom chatting, they discovered they were both shortwave listeners, and John was intrigued by Jeff’s idea of creating a commercial shortwave station.

 They began seriously researching what it would take to start such a station, and enlisted the help of two friends:

·        Michael Poulos, who was a lawyer in Evanston, Illinois, and

·        John Freberg, who was chief engineer at WNIU-FM.

 Over the course of the next five years, they spent thousands of hours researching in public libraries, writing and re-writing reports and proposals, and meeting with many people about advertising, engineering, legal and programming matters that would need to be worked out.

 Their goal was to put a commercial SW station in the Caribbean to broadcast worldwide.  They got verbal permission from Montserrat to put in seven 100 kW transmitters and seven TCI log periodic antennas beamed in different directions.  Then of course they needed to find investors, which proved very difficult.

 

Rudy Espinal, director of the shortwave service of Radio Clarin in the Dominican Republic, joined the Radio Earth team, and he was very helpful in securing an agreement to carry the Radio Earth programming via Radio Clarin’s 50 kW shortwave transmitter in Santo Domingo, to avoid them having to build out their own station in Montserrat before they could even start broadcasting.

 Then in May 1983, Radio Earth was successful in securing advertising contracts from the Curaçao Tourist Bureau and also Holding Company Curaçao, which owns several hotels.  So, they decided to set up a studio on that Dutch-owned island in the southern Caribbean, where they could record their flagship program entitled “The World”, and then ship tapes up to Santo Domingo for broadcast each day (Monday-Saturday) over Radio Clarin’s shortwave transmitter on 11700 kHz.

 Jeff White agreed to go to Curaçao to present the program, but since it would take more than one person to produce a top-quality one-hour show every day, they also persuaded Matt Bell, another former WNIU newsman turned radio producer, to go along.  They sent studio equipment from Chicago to Curaçao, and set it up in the Curaçao Hilton hotel.

 Matt and Jeff ended up co-presenting the show, which consisted of:

·        a variety of feature reports and interviews,

·        segments contributed by David Monson in Europe,

·        a mailbag show on Fridays, and

·        a Saturday communications-oriented segment called “Dialogue”.

 Once the tapes arrived in Santo Domingo, Rudy Espinal inserted up-to-the-minute newscasts and also added a locally-produced regional music program called “This is the Caribbean.”

 At the beginning of each edition of “The World”, they mentioned that Radio Earth was not affiliated with any political or religious organization, and that their funding came entirely from the sale of commercial advertising.

It was a jam-packed hour, and very eclectic, with Jeff and Matt talking informally with the listeners and with each other.  They didn’t read scripts.  They described their philosophy as being simple “people-to-people communication”, to promote understanding, friendship and goodwill.  They tried each day to “present the world to the world”, in a unique, interesting, entertaining and unbiased manner.  The response from shortwave listeners was incredible, but in spite of that, they still had trouble getting and keeping sponsors.

 

At the end of 1983, Radio Earth moved from Radio Clarin to WRNO, “The Rock of New Orleans”, where it was heard on 6185 kHz at 0400 UTC Winter/0300 UTC Summer.  The studios were moved back to the United States, and set up in Miami, with an address of Box 69, Miami, Florida, 33243.

 Unfortunately, during the summer of 1984 they had some disagreements with Joe Costello at WRNO, and ended up moving back to Radio Clarin from Monday 24th September 1984.  Here’s an off-air audio clip of a very young-sounding Jeff White presenting the start of the mailbag program the previous Friday night, 21st September 1984, via WRNO.

 So Jeff White relocated for awhile to Santo Domingo to present Radio Earth programs live from that location.  Radio Earth was later carried by KCBI in Texas, WHRI in Indiana, and by a couple of European shortwave stations.

KCBI QSL

 They still wanted to put their own station on the air, and Curaçao was willing to give them both a license and a place to put the station.  But, they were never able to raise enough money to do that.

 To cut a long story short, Jeff left Radio Earth in 1985 to focus on some other shortwave ventures, including Radio Discovery in Santo Domingo.  After that, he moved back to Miami and started freelancing as a news reporter for several other shortwave stations.  He also began brokering airtime on Radio Clarin, KCBI, WHRI and WWCR, which is the back story to the comment referenced in the introduction to this piece today, where it was stated that the AWR RMI program (the forerunner to Wavescan) was heard over station KCBI under the auspices of Radio Earth for a few weeks in October 1985.  Jeff had helped place that program on KCBI.

 Through his program brokering side-line, Jeff was contacted by some Cuban exile organizations who wanted to broadcast on shortwave to Cuba.  Eventually, he connected with an engineer affiliated with the Cuban American National Foundation, which wanted to start its own shortwave station.  But, they had problems getting a license, so they asked the engineer and Jeff to try making a joint application to the FCC, which was successful, and that became the original WRMI in Hialeah, about 5 miles northwest of downtown Miami.  And we all know what that’s grown into.  The rest, as they say, is history.

 So, way to go, Jeff, on eventually achieving your vision of owning and operating a very successful commercial shortwave radio station!

(QSLs via Teak Publishing QSL Archives)

 

June broadcast scheduled for Texas Radio Shortwave

 


Texas Radio Shortwave for June 2024. 

Please note the changes.
Saturday, June 1 - 3955 kHz @ 1900 UTC
Sunday, June 2 - 9670 kHz @ 1200 UTC.

TRSW Schedule Update  
Channel 292, Rohrbach, Germany, added TRSW to its schedule for June through December:

The first consecutive Saturday and Sunday of each month, Saturday is 3955 kHz at 1900 UTC, and Sunday is 9670 kHz at 1200 UTC.

We plan to schedule shows for TRSW's fifth anniversary on November 28 and Christmas.
We're happy to hear from worldwide listeners using remote SDRs.

TRSW QSLs all correct, detailed reception reports with a different, new verification for every show.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Radio Caroline, Britain's pirate radio station broadcasting from sea, turns 60 years strong

 





"When you tell people it is factual, you say, no, that surely didn't happen.”

ByTom Rivers
May 18, 2024, 4:04 AM

LONDON -- As the old adage goes: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.”

That certainly applies to the small, but special circle of swashbuckling radio enthusiasts in the United Kingdom who have kept the rogue seaborne radio station, Radio Caroline, afloat now for the past 60 long years.

Over that time span, it’s been a fascinating tale of trials and tribulations just to keep the renegade broadcaster on the air and running for as long as it has.

The story begins in 1964, when a maverick Irish businessman by the name of Ronan O'Rahilly decided to break the BBC monopoly and set-up a station on a ship in international waters off the English coast.

Additional story from ABC News
(Photo/Sydney Morning Herald)

LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel weekly broadcast schedule

 



LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel has good news to share with shortwave listeners AND DXers from around the world.

 Starting this week LRA36 will have 4 weekly emissions on 15476 kHz USB according to the following scheme: 

Tuesday 130:00 to 15:00 UTC  
Thursday 18:00 to 20:00 UTC
 Friday 12:00 to 15:00 UTC 
Saturday 18:00 to 21:00 UTC

Good DX and 73 
Adrian Korol

Monday, May 27, 2024

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts

:Issued: 2024 May 27 0142 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/content/subscription-services
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 20 - 26 May 2024

Solar activity was at low to moderate levels during the period. Low levels were observed on 20, 25 and 26 May. Moderate (R1-Minor) levels were observed on 21-24 May. Region 3679 (S09, L=200, class/area Ekc/500 on 22 May) produced 10 M-class flares, the
largest was an M4.2/1n event at 23/0216 UTC. Region 3689 (S08, L=098, class/area Dso/050 on 22 May) produced a single M-class flare on 23 May. No significant radio events were observed. No significant Earth-directed CMEs were observed. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at low to normal levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from mostly quiet to unsettled levels with a single active period observed late on 23 May. Unsettled to active periods were observed on 23-24 May due to negative CH HSS influence. Unsettled periods were observed late on
25 May through 26 May due to weak positive CH HSS influence. Total field readings approached 10 nT on 24-25 May with southward Bz readings to negative 10 nT late on 23 May. Solar wind readings were at a predominately steady 400 km/s throughout the period. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 27 May - 22 June 2024

Solar activity is expected to be at a chance for moderate (R1-R2 / Minor-Moderate) levels due to the return of previous active region 3664 (S17, L=347). There will be a slight chance of S1 (Minor) solar radiation storms from 28 May through 09 Jun upon the return of old region 3664. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at low to moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 27-28 May and 08-12 Jun due to the influence of positive polarity CH HSSs. Mostly quiet levels are expected on 29-31 May,01-07 Jun and 13-22 Jun. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2024 May 27 0142 UTC
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2024 May 27     155           8          3
2024 May 28     155           8          3
2024 May 29     155           5          2
2024 May 30     155           5          2
2024 May 31     165           5          2
2024 Jun 01     165           5          2
2024 Jun 02     165           5          2
2024 Jun 03     175           5          2
2024 Jun 04     175           5          2
2024 Jun 05     190           5          2
2024 Jun 06     200           5          2
2024 Jun 07     210           5          2
2024 Jun 08     200          10          3
2024 Jun 09     195          12          4
2024 Jun 10     190           8          3
2024 Jun 11     185          12          4
2024 Jun 12     180          10          3
2024 Jun 13     170           5          2
2024 Jun 14     170           5          2
2024 Jun 15     170           5          2
2024 Jun 16     170           5          2
2024 Jun 17     170           5          2
2024 Jun 18     170           5          2
2024 Jun 19     170           5          2
2024 Jun 20     170           5          2
2024 Jun 21     170           5          2
2024 Jun 22     165           5          2
(NOAA)

Former pirate radio structures in the Thames estuary to feature on Radio 4

 





Former pirate radio structures in the Thames estuary to feature on Radio 4 next week

Interesting blurb on the BBC website about the upcoming Radio 4 Open Country program on 30 May, at 3:00 PM on the Thames forts.

Martha Kearney visits Whitstable to discover the fascinating and mysterious story behind Guy Maunsell’s sea forts at Shivering Sands. Built in the Second World War as air defenses, these towers can still be seen from the shoreline, although they are now in a state of disrepair.

Martha discovers their incredible and strange history. Once home to up to 265 soldiers, these huge metal boxes on stilts later became the base for a broadcasting revolution. In the 1960s, pirate stations such as Radio City, Invicta and the short-lived Radio Sutch (run by the musician and parliamentary candidate Screaming Lord Sutch), broadcast from the sea forts to huge audiences who wanted to hear the latest pop and rock records.

Tom Edwards and Bob Leroi are two of the DJs with fond memories of their time aboard the sea forts at Shivering Sands, but there is also a darker history. David Featherbe’s father was lost at sea after visiting the Red Sands fort and foul play was suspected. These mysteries and the forts imposing physical architecture fascinate historian Flo McEwan and many artists such as Stephen Turner and Sue Carfrae.
Today the forts lie empty and are slowly being lost to the sea, but they remain a source of inspiration to artists and photographers, as Martha discovers.

Repeat broadcast Saturday, 1 June, at 06:07 BST (05:07 UTC) and available as a podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001znl8
(BDXC/Richard Gedye)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Bill to Require AM in Cars Moves Ahead in the House

 


followup from the May 23, 2024 post


Legislation passes by voice vote, moves next to Energy and Commerce Committee
BY PAUL MCLANE 
PUBLISHED: MAY 23, 2024

The “AM for Every Vehicle Act” is moving forward in the House of Representatives.

The legislation has been approved by a voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

Sens. Ed Markey and Ted Cruz jointly applauded the development, calling it “another clear signal that millions of consumers are demanding broadcast AM radio remain in their vehicles. … We are glad that our House colleagues recognize the importance of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, and look forward to working with our colleagues to enact this critical public safety legislation into law.”

Additional story from Radio World:

Tiny URL

Shortwave Radiogram Program 355

 


Hello friends

The worst of the solar disturbances are past us, for now, although shortwave propagation remains fickle. Let's hope that the ionosphere cooperates for this week's show.

There will be eleven images, 1 x MFSK32 and 10 x MFSK64. The timing of this week's broadcast allows for only a few brief seconds of closing music by Spider John Koerner, who died May 18.

The story this week about the Russian army's use of Morse code mentions "more efficient digital modes of communication" in the last paragraph.

A video of last week's Shortwave Radiogram (program 354) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Wednesday 1330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is provided by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 355, 23-29 May 2024, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:57  MFSK32: Giant planet is as puffy as cotton candy*
 6:59  MFSK64: Why the Russian army is still using Morse code
11:16  MFSK64: This week's images*
28:43  MFSK32: Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram 
(visit during the weekend to see listeners’ results)

Thursday, May 23, 2024

House Bill to Mandate AM Radio in Vehicles Gets a Timeline Update

 

Some opponents say Congress should be more concerned about paying performance royalties

BY RANDY J. STINE
PUBLISHED: MAY 22, 2024

The wheels are turning in Washington, D.C., to bring the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act closer to a vote in Congress.

A new amended version of the bill, introduced this week in the U.S. House by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), mirrors the language in the bill passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee last year. The changes provide a timetable for car manufacturers to comply with the new regulations if they ever become law.  

If passed, the updated bill would require the Department of Transportation to adopt a rule within 12 months to require that automakers provide access to AM broadcast stations in their motor vehicles. The bill would mandate car manufacturers to install devices capable of receiving AM radio signals in all new passenger vehicles sold in the United States at no additional cost to consumers.

Additional story from Radio World

Tiny URL

Radio France International on strike

 
RFI staff stage strike over controversial public media merger

Employees across France’s massive public broadcasting sector, including RFI, are striking for two days to protest a proposed public media merger put forward by Culture Minister Rachida Dati.

As well as cancellations to regular broadcasts, rallies were held Thursday near the National Assembly and the Ministry of Culture in Paris.

Dati has defended the "ambitious" and "long-awaited" reform – saying it would strengthen the public media industry, which is facing stiff competition from private companies.

The first step would be a transitional phase, with a common holding company for public broadcasting as of 1 January 2025. A merger would follow a year later.

Additional story at: 


New station from Finland on June 1

 

A new shortwave station broadcasting from Asikkala, Finland, is planning for a launch on Saturday June 1st 2024. The name of the station is Radio Piko

From Asikkala in Finland with 10 W to:
1600-1700 UTC 9770 (Norway, Denmark)
1800-1900 UTC 5980 (Finland)
1900-2000 UTC 3990 (Finland, Sweden, Estonia)
Random tests on 3990, 5980 or 9770 at random times.

Test transmissions are due in late May. Frequencies are 3990, 5980, and 9770 kHz. 

Power is 10 Watts, and the format will be big band music. According to. to the webpage – at  http://radiopiko.fi/   - it is described as an “infamous Triple L low power, low antenna, low budget operation”.  
(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

WRN Summer schedule updates

 

English to Europe









FRS Holland announces station Newsletter

 

Dear FRS Friend,

We have published a message on our website frsholland.nl.

It regards our latest FRS Newsletter and dates about the upcoming 4th edition of our Summer Splash.

From now on future editions of our Newsletters can be downloaded from our website. Make sure to put the Summer Splash dates in your agenda!

Have a good continuation of your Pentecost weekend.

73s, the FRS team 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Antarctica broadcast schedule



LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel has good news to share with shortwave listeners AND DXers around the world.

 Starting this week LRA36 will have 4 weekly emissions on 15476 kHz USB according to the following scheme: 

Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. UTC 
Thursday 18:00 to 20:00 UTC
 Friday 12:00 to 15:00 UTC 
Saturday 18:00 to 21:00 UTC

Good DX and 73 
Adrian Korol

Monday, May 20, 2024

WRMI Summer Schedule Update

 




WRMI - Summer A24 schedule update - effective 20 May 2024
The current summer color grid which includes programming information is available at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pcIEX8kisrOPqlXHDAq6gympKUgDj0SIb96qce2kGGQ/edit#gid=0Summer

All times UTC
English/French/Portuguese/Spanish/Russian

0000-0100 5010ca 5800la 5800na 5950na 7570na 9455na 15770eu  
0100-0200 5050la 5800la 5950na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9455na 15770eu
0200-0300 5010ca 5050la 5800la 5950na 7570na 7780ca 9955sa 15770eu
0300-0400 5010ca 5050la 5800la 5850na 5950na 7570na 9955sa 15770eu
0400-0500 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780ca 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0500-0600 5010ca 5850na 7730na 9455na 9395na 9955sa 15770eu
0600-0700 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0700-0800 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0800-0900 5010ca 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0900-1000 5010ca 5850na 7730la 7780ca 9395na 9955sa 15770eu
1000-1100 5010ca 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
1100-1200 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na
1200-1300 5010ca 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 15770eu
1300-1400 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na
1400-1500 5010ca 5850na 7730na 7780na 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
17790la
1500-1600 7730na 9395na 9455na 9955sa 17790la
1600-1700 7730na 9395na 9455na 17790la
1700-1800 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790la
1800-1900 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790la
1900-2000 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790la
2000-2100 9395na 9755na 17790la
2100-2200 5950na 7730na 9455na
2200-2300 5850na 5950na 7730na 9755na 15770eu
2300-0000 5850na 5950na 7570na 7730na 9455na 15770eu

Target Areas:
ca central America
eu Europe
la Latin America
na North America
sa South America

WRMI website: http://www.wrmi.net/
Reception reports: info@wrmi.net 

Nostalgic look at CKLW AM 800



Special thanks to Ray Robinson & Jeff White for sharing this weeks Wavescan program script.

Jeff:  In North America, the mention of 800 kilocycles in the standard AM broadcast band usually brings back memories of one of three major stations.  On the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles, Trans World Radio launched a station on that frequency on October 1st, 1964, with programming beamed both north and south in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

In Mexico, there was a border blaster on 800 kHz in Ciudad Juárez, XEROK, just across the Rio Grand from El Paso, Texas.

And in Canada, there was the famous CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, which also served the metro Detroit area.  Today that’s a news/talk station, but many people remember it fondly from its Top 40 era in the late 60’s and 70’s.  And that’s the subject of Ray Robinson’s tribute today – CKLW, “The Big 8”.

Ray:  Thanks, Jeff.  CKLW first came on the air on June 2, 1932, as CKOK on 540 kilocycles, with 5,000 watts of power.  The station was built by George Storer and was sold to a group of Windsor-area businessmen led by Malcolm Campbell, operating as "Essex Broadcasters, Ltd."  CKOK became CKLW and moved to 840 kHz in 1933, when Essex Broadcasters, Ltd. merged with the London Free Press and its station CJGC.  The "LW" in the CKLW callsign is said to have stood for "London, Windsor", considered the two chief cities in the station's Southern Ontario listening area.  When the station's power increased to 50,000 watts, its listening area increased accordingly.  In 1934, CKLW moved from 840 to 1030 kHz, before settling on its present frequency of 800 kHz in 1941, thanks to a shuffle of frequency allocations under the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, or NABRA.

For most of its history, CKLW had a distinctly American accent to its programming, and for a number of years served as the Detroit affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System, an affiliation that began with its switch from CBS to Mutual on September 29, 1935, and which would last from then until its purchase by RKO in 1963.

Alongside its affiliation with Mutual, CKLW also gained a dual affiliation with the CBC in 1935.  In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, CKLW was home to Happy Joe's Early Morning Frolic with Joe Gentile and Toby David – one of the first popular comedy-oriented radio morning shows in Detroit.

As television's popularity boomed, CKLW, like many other stations, coped with the changes by replacing the dying network radio fare with locally based disc-jockey shows.  Throughout the 1950’s and into the mid-1960’s, CKLW was basically a "variety" radio station which filled in the gaps between network features with pop music played by announcers like Bud Davies, Joe Van, and Ron Knowles (who had a rock-and-roll show on AM 800 as early as 1957).  For a few years in the early 1960’s, CKLW also featured a country music program in the evenings called Sounds Like Nashville.  That ended in 1963 when WEXL 1340 became Detroit's first 24-hour country station.

On April 4, 1967, CKLW got a drastic makeover with Bill Drake's "Boss Radio" format, programmed locally by Paul Drew.  The station became known as "The Big 8," with new jingles sung by the Johnny Mann Singers, and the station was on a rapid ratings upswing.

In July 1967, CKLW claimed the number one spot in the Detroit ratings for the first time, and its major competitor in the Detroit market, WKNR, was left in the dust.  That station switched to an easy listening format as WNIC less than five years later.

It is said that CKLW became the hum of the region. Walking down Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, it could be heard blasting from just about every direction – from passing cars, businesses and the open windows of homes.  But of course, Detroit’s #1 station was, in fact, not in Detroit.  Its 50,000 watts of AM power, which blanketed southern Ontario and more than a dozen states, was instead situated on the southern shore of the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario.

It’s actually a ‘Class B’ 50,000 watt station, with a five-tower array directional antenna with differing patterns day and night.  Despite its high power, it must protect Class A clear-channel station XEROK in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and other Canadian and U.S. stations on 800 AM.  The transmitter is off County Road 20 West in southern Essex County, between Amherstburg and Harrow, a few kilometres from the Lake Erie shoreline.  When Trans World Radio launched their station in Bonaire in 1964 with 525,000 watts on the same frequency, it caused significant interference to CKLW at night.  But, CKLW was, and is, under no obligation to protect TWR, as that station signed on long after North American allocations were settled, and the Netherlands Antilles didn’t honour such international agreements.

But in the primary markets of Windsor and Detroit in the late 1960’s, the exciting, bold, new style of ‘The Big 8’ revolutionized not only how radio and media would be delivered, but also how it would be consumed.  Its format relentlessly pumped out the hits in assembly-line fashion.  Its newscasters made the news as exciting as the music, and the “audio wizardry” of its engineer, Ed Buterbaugh, pushed the capabilities of the AM frequency, sonically separating the station from all others on the dial.  CKLW resonated with the rising power of a youthful, new generation that demanded to be listened to just as much as the station did itself.  Music was the backbone of CKLW.  This was “hit radio,” and key to its reign supreme in the trend-setting Detroit radio market was its ability to integrate Black R&B or soul music (‘the Motown Sound’) seamlessly with white rock ‘n’ roll in a way that most American stations wouldn’t touch.

The Big 8 established Windsor as a “gateway radio market” for breaking Canadian recording artists into the United States.  Few acts felt the station’s impact greater than The Guess Who.  While already enjoying national success in Canada, once CKLW picked up on ‘These Eyes’ in 1969, the band’s career was forever changed.  Overnight, they were signed to an American record deal with RCA Victor and within the year had a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with the single ‘American Woman’.  CKLW got behind numerous Canadian acts, giving their careers a significant boost in the process – Steppenwolf, Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Poppy Family, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, and numerous others.  Here are some airchecks from the late 1960’s:

Besides the music, another feature of the "Big 8" was its "20/20 News", so-called because it was delivered at 20 minutes after the hour and 20 minutes before the hour - scheduling that allowed CKLW to be playing music while other stations were airing newscasts at the top of the hour or on the quarter- or half-hour.  The CKLW newscasters delivered imagery-laden news stories in a rapid-fire, excited manner, not sparing any of the gory details when it came to describing murders or rapes.  This was an attempt to make the news sound as exciting and gripping as the music.  Another memorable feature of the 20/20 newscasts was the incessant clacking of the teletype in the background, which gave the newscasts a unique sound.

But the station’s ability to compete within the Detroit market was significantly compromised when the newly mandated Canadian content (or ‘Cancon’) regulations, which required 30% Canadian content, went into effect in 1971.  Still, even with those constraints, CKLW continued to hold the #1 spot in Detroit well into 1973.  The effects of Cancon, combined with an increasingly fragmented radio listening audience as a result of the rise of FM radio throughout the 1970’s, meant CKLW’s ratings would inevitably decline.

The Canadian government's initial unwillingness to license FM frequencies with pop or rock music formats stranded Canadian stations on AM while an entire demographic of listeners began the exodus to US-based FM outlets anywhere the signals were in range.  For many younger listeners by 1978, CKLW was the station they listened to only if they had an AM-only radio in their cars.  (I had one of those in an old Lincoln Continental in 1985.)

The station did implement AM stereo in 1982 and even got the rights to broadcast University of Michigan football and NASL soccer, but it wasn’t enough.  In 1984, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) declined the station’s application to relaunch as an FM hit radio station, and that spelt the end.  On January 1st, 1985, CKLW raised the white flag.  The station laid off its entire staff of 79 people, closed its American sales office in Detroit, and re-branded as ‘K-800’ with a fully automated ‘Music of Your Life’ format of jazz standards and big band music.  And, since most of those recordings were mono, the AM stereo was switched off.

On March 1st 1993, the format was changed again to news/talk as ‘AM 800 – The Information Station’, which it still is to this day.

On May 1, 2017, a fire broke out at the transmitter site, knocking the station off the air.  Programming was temporarily moved to sister station AM 580 CKWW, while both stations' internet feeds remained unaffected.  The cause was never made public, and the station was able to return to the air on reduced power by mid-afternoon the following day.

The story of ‘The Big 8’ was one of the most exciting and unique radio stories of the 20th century.  It happened in a small border city that’s typically seen as living in Detroit’s shadow rather than being a major cultural mover and shaker itself.  But, for a time, Windsor hosted one of the most listened to and influential radio stations in North America.

Back to you, Jeff.
(AWR/Wavescan)