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DX LISTENING DIGEST 14-30, July 23, 2014

DX LISTENING DIGEST 14-30, July 23, 2014
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Zimbabwe non

Thu 0330 WRMI 9955 [confirmed]
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 [confirmed, with France via Taiwan QRM]
Thu 2100 WBCQ 7490 [confirmed on webcast]
Fri 0328 WWRB 3185 [confirmed, still instead of 5050]
Sat 0630 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1430 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sun 0030 WRMI 9495 [confirmed previous 1729]
Sun 0131 KVOH 9975 [confirmed]
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 [confirmed]
Mon 2100 WRMI 15770 [NEW; may join late or be 1729]
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 [still with France via Taiwan QRM?]
Wed 0630 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 1315 WRMI 9955
Wed 1430 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0330 WRMI 9955 [or 1732 if ready in time]

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22 July 2014. BBC World Service has extended the availability of its
Uzbek-language radio programming in north-western Afghanistan. Thanks
to a new co-operation with Saraish Radio 91.1 FM, which reaches
audiences in the Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol provinces with large ethnic
Uzbek population, the station now broadcasts BBC Uzbek service’s hour-
long radio programming every day at 17.30-18.30 local time.

Saraish Radio 91.1 FM is a private station which sees women as its
main target audience and covers sensitive issues such as women’s
education and role in society. It broadcasts news and current affairs,
youth and educational programmes, talk shows, short dramas and sport.
Uzbek is widely spoken in the area covered by Saraish Radio.

Saraish Radio Founder and President, Farida Rahim Azizi, comments:
“Everyone at Radio Saraish is excited about our cooperation with the
BBC. Thanks to this new arrangement, BBC radio will reach Uzbek-
speakers in our region, bringing them unbiased, objective news and
information. This is an excellent development for Saraish Radio and
our listeners.”

Over 20 years of its existence, BBC Uzbek service has built a strong
reputation for impartial news, reporting to a region where unbiased
news is hard to come by. Editor of Central Asia Hub, BBC World
Service, Hamid Ismailov, says: “International news and current-affairs
content is not readily available in this area of Afghanistan. We are
delighted that, thanks to this new link with Saraish Radio, BBC Uzbek
radio programming will reach a large audience of Uzbek-speakers,
especially women in rural areas, bringing them news and analysis from
the wider region and the rest of the world, in their own language.”
BBC Uzbek is part of BBC World Service.

Ends// For more information please contact:
BBC World Service Group Communications - Lala Najafova

** ALASKA [and non]. I spent the last week on a cruise to Southeast
Alaska, and since I brought my radio and camera I return bearing gifts
for everyone. In the next few weeks I'll be posting these videos to

* Local AM/FM bandscans for Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan (in one
* Clips of nighttime AM catches while 100km NW of Sitka (includes a
great recording of KXEL in Iowa)
* Local AM bandscan for Victoria, British Columbia
* Local FM bandscan for Victoria, British Columbia

One video is already uploaded. It's a teaser I recorded while at sea:

This was quite a break from the congested FM band we're all used to,
and the mountains were quite good at blocking signals inbetween
cities. Unfortunately I couldn't bring anything for TV bandscans, and
surprisingly I never heard AMs from mainland Alaska or Yukon. The ship
itself was blocking signals from the other side, so sometimes I would
go up to the observation deck and hear a lot more. RF noise from the
ship's electronics wasn't as bad as I'd feared. I just stayed out of
sight of the radar. The logs are attached below. . .
(Ryan Grabow, Ft Myers FL, WTFDA forum via DXLD)

** ALBANIA. 9845, July 18 at 0125 and still 0130, no signal from R.
Tirana. Finally cuts on the air at *0131:22, joining English program
in progress; poor-fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. 13820, July 21 at 1829, fair signal with Qur`an,
good modulation, 1830 some other music, 1832 Arabic talk, maybe
sermon, 1847 another bit of music. Had me mystified until uplooked:
RTA via FRANCE at 18-20, no longer clashing with Martí moved to 13605.

BTW, the RTA collision on 9535 with Spain at 0500-0600 goes on and on
now that we are halfway thru the A-14 season, and we bet it will last
the entire season; who cares? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. What about the Algerian plane that crashed in Mali
on the way from Ouagadougou to Algiers? See
for July 24 which still July 25 does not show that it was
``canceled``, i.e. crashed, but the callsign was ECLTV, i.e.
registered as from Spain (like the crew was reported to be), while
some other dates this flight had a real Algerian plane, 7TVKG, 7TVKC,
7TVJM, 7TVJL, or even LYVEO, which would be from Lithuania! Not a lot
of info about these flights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGOLA. 4949.7, RNA-Canal "A", Mulenvos, 2220-..., 18/7, texto;
35332, modulação a nível reduzidíssmo. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos Gonçalves,

** ARGENTINA. 1620.0, 2310-2318 11/7, AM 16-20, La Plata. Songs.
Better on 15/6, 2245. 35342

1630.0, 2302-2314 11/7, R. Rivadavia, B. Aires. ID "AM 1630, R.
Rivadavia", anns., ads., 35342

1670.0, 2242-2251 13/7, R. Rubi, Matanzas, B. Aires, Argentinian mx,
35332 (Carlos Gonçalves, SW coast of Portugal, JRC NRD-545DSP & DRAKE
R-E; Advanced Receiver amp.; raised, 4 loop K9AY, 30 m 180º/0º mini-
Bev., 80 m 300º/120º Bev., 200 m 270º/90º Bev., 270 m 145º/325º Bev.,
300 m 225º/45º Bev, radioescutas yg via DXLD)

** ARGENTINA. Mediumwave also not bad last night; Perseus + super Kaz:
1629.85, LRM991, Radio América, 24-07-14 0230, ID Radio Melody, San
1670, Radio Rubi ,Rafael Castillo, 24-07-14 0257, Radio Rubi ID. 73,
(Maurits Van Driessche, Belgium, HCDX via DXLD)

** ARGENTINA. 11710.3, RAE at 0207 with a man talking about the just
concluded World Cup where Argentina lost in the final – Good Jul 15.
RAE has moved closer to the 11710 frequency since the last time I
heard them (Mark Coady, Ont., ODXA YRX via DXLD)

15344.43, Radio Argentina Exterior; 2246-2301+, 16-July; Spanish phone
interview, con embajador a Panamá; 2252+ mix of classical guitar & EZ
jazz with numerous IDs in Spanish, French and German, including, Rae,
Radio Exterior Argentina, Radio Argentina al Exterior & La Radio
Pública Exterior; continued in Spanish after 2300. SIO=3+33 with
Arabic splash from 15355 (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, Drake R8B + 85
ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, All logged by my ears, on my receiver,
in real time! DX LISTENING DIGEST) Oman

11710.644, RAE Buenos Aires. Tiny S=6 signal of sidelobe azimuth at
Europe at 0455 UT July 19, Chinese 'UT Tue to Sat' only program, IDs
at 0456-0457 UT. 0457:20 UT transmitter switched OFF. But came on air
again for only two seconds appearance at 0458:10 UT! (Wolfgang
Büschel, July 19, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

11710.24, July 23 at 0108, RAE has shifted down about 500 Hz,
snuggling up to Cairo on 11710.02, making a lower-pitched het than
before. Those frequencies estimated independently by the 40-Hz clicker
method on the DX-398. I was going to get the relative pitch of the het
on my keyboard, but too late --- Argentina left alone by 0153 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Later back up

** ASIA [non]. Frequency changes of Radio Free Asia from July 11:
0100-0200 NF 9780 TIN 250 kW / 313 deg to CeAs, ex 17540
1000-1100 NF 21465 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Mon, ex 21525
1000-1100 NF 21455 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Tue, ex 21505
1000-1100 NF 21525 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Wed, ex 21495
1000-1100 NF 21505 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Thu, ex 21485
1000-1100 NF 21495 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Fri, ex 21475
1000-1100 NF 21485 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Sat, ex 21465
1000-1100 NF 21475 TIN 250 kW / 295 deg to CeAs Sun, ex 21455
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

Frequency change of Radio Free Asia in Cantonese:
1400-1500 13585 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Mon, ex 13635, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13595 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Tue, ex 13700, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13585 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Wed, ex 13635, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13595 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Thu, ex 13700, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13585 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Fri, ex 13635, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13635 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Sat, ex 13585, re-ex 12095
1400-1500 13700 TIN 250 kW / 287 deg EaAs Sun, ex 13595, re-ex 12095

Frequency change of Radio Free Asia Korean from July 17
1700-1900 NF 15425 TIN 250 kW / 325 deg to EaAs, ex 5820
Parallel freq 9975 TIN 250 kW / 329 deg to EaAs. Videos July 20/22:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

** AUSTRALIA. 2368.48, Radio Symban, 1307-1325, July 23. Usual Greek
music; am certainly not able to hear this every day; takes good
propagation for any above threshold level reception; weak, but able to
distinguish repetitive Greek singing (Ron Howard, Asilomar State
Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. [Continuing discussion from 14-29 about RA and
the future of SW]:

The 80 positions that are being cut are from many staff that are close
to retirement. Also positions that are being done twice. For example,
Nigel Holmes took early retirement 2 years ago, because there was
someone at the ABC in Sydney who was more or less doing the same job.
Sames goes for John Westland who was in charge of ABC content on RA.
There was already someone at ABC International doing the same job for

In Melbourne the news operation in many ways made no sense. First you
had the RA newsroom, and then a newsroom producing international news
for Radio National. It makes sense to just have one.

Considering how many hours of RA's schedule is from the domestic ABC
services. It's not surprising to add more since many of these programs
are more popular than RA programs.

Shortwave, Rob, is not vital important in the ROK or in Japan. There
is almost no SW audience in South Korea and Japan accounts for less
than 2% of the total population of Japan. I don't where you ever hear
that shortwave is vital to the ROK (Keith Perron, July 17, dxldyg via

Shortwave radios until a few years ago were *banned* in South Korea,
supposedly a free democracy (gh, DXLD)

Thanks, Keith. I stand corrected on those references. I was perhaps a
bit less careful than I should have been. I recognize that South Korea
and Japan do not have broad shortwave audiences at this point in time.
When referring to Asia and the Pacific, I was thinking of
substantially less developed countries. My point was simply that there
are still many places, particularly those in rural or remote areas,
where shortwave is relevant. However, as broadcasters abandon
shortwave, it’s clear it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and
audiences will abandon it, too. My biggest worry is what is filling
the “gap” as listeners will get their news and information from other
sources (Rob de Santos, dxldyg via DXLD)

Did a bit of a fact check with my sources at RA on some recently
proffered information in an effort to separate fact from opinion and
continue to round out the story. This is in no way intended as
criticism of what has been offered by others. In some ways, this kind
of situation requires interested observers to take what they learn,
combine it with what they already know (or think they know) and then
draw conclusions to try and fill out the picture. Inasmuch as those of
us doing so need to exercise caution and qualify our missives on the
topic accordingly, this further analysis also is offered with the
aforementioned qualifiers.

``The 80 positions that are being cut are from many staff that are
close to retirement.``

Apparently not so. While this may be true with regard to the Australia
Network, many of the affected staff at Radio Australia are middle aged
or younger and would not have chosen to retire. Journalists, who work
for the Asia Pacific News Center (APNC) are also being targetted and
the majority of them are also middle aged or younger.

``Also positions that are being done twice. For example Nigel Holmes
took early retirement 2 years ago, because there was someone at the
ABC in Sydney who was more or less doing the same job.``

I am told that Nigel Holmes did not willingly take early retirement.
He was to be made redundant, was informed of this and decided to
retire. There was no one in Sydney who was 'more or less doing the
same job'. Part of the problem for RA is that 'Sydney' (ABC
Headquarters at Ultimo in Sydney) had and has no regard for or real
knowledge of international broadcasting or shortwave, except when it
comes to the ABC's domestic shortwave service. Nigel had a remarkable
knowledge of shortwave and, taking into account what's happened since
he left, that expertise has been sorely missed.

``Sames goes for John Westland who was in charge of ABC content on RA.
There was already someone at ABC International doing the same job for

John was not 'in charge of ABC content on RA'. Quite the contrary, he
was Distribution Manager looking after RA's programming links with
other broadcasters including WRN. RA's link with the latter
organisation was severed at the end of 2013. He's somewhat closer to
retirement age but in no hurry to bring that day on.

``In Melbourne the news operation in many ways made no sense. First
you had the RA newsroom, and then a newsroom producing international
news for Radio National. It makes sense to just have one.``

The Asia Pacific News Center (APNC) serves both ABC International (RA
& Australia Network) and domestic networks, including Radio National.
Journalists in what was once the RA Newsroom are part of the APNC.
Axed programmes such as Asia Pacific and Asia Review were also
produced by the APNC. Pacific Beat, which has survived, is also
produced by staff from the APNC. There has not been an RA newsroom for
quite a few years.

``Considering how many hours of RA's schedule is from the domestic ABC
services. It's not surprising to add more since many of these programs
are more popular than RA programs.``

It is true that an increasing number of mainly RN programs have been
added to the RA schedule, most recently following the axing of the
live afternoon program for the Pacific. Then, at the end of last year,
the co-production with NewsRadio, a three hour rolling news program,
simulcast on both RA and Newsradio, was also axed. From the ABC's
point of view and spurred on by the need to save money, it makes sense
to up the domestic content on RA. Unfortunately, most of these
programs are produced with only a domestic audience in mind and often
they mean little to listeners of other nationalities across the
Pacific or to those who still listen in Asia. They are understandably
popular with ex-pats and other overseas listeners with a keen interest
in Australian domestic matters. Mention has been made that, in future,
some RN programs will be re-oriented to make them more understandable
and useful to a Pacific (and Asian) audience while still serving a
domestic and ex-pat audience. We'll have to wait and see how that
works out (John Figliozzi, The Worldwide Listening Guide - 6th edition
now available, http://wwlgonline.com July 17 dxldyg via DX LISTENING

I didn't say all the 80s positions are of those taking early
retirement. There are also many contract workers as well. Many of who
at the end of the day will move on to other parts of the ABC.

Nigel knew almost 6 months in advance what was going to happen and
when we met two weeks after he left was happy to be gone. It makes no
difference is Sydney does not have the experience, because Broadcast
Australia and the staff at Shepperton [sic]. Streamlining is a good

We had a number of conference calls with John Westland almost every
month when he was at RA and would tell us when certain programs were
not for relay and had others that could be used in it's place. I.E
programs from Triple J, which has some language that stations outside
Australia can not be used. And in 2011 even sent out a survey to find
out what programs RA partners were interested so he could source with
his team.

Asia Pacific News Center was in name only. At the Southbank studios
people still called is the RA newsroom. Programs like Asia Pacific and
Asia Review are just not needed. Pacific Beat also uses the same

ABC domestic Radio National programs have relevance to listeners in
the Pacific. Even programs like Bush Telegraph have content that is
also useful to the Pacific nations. Very few is any Australian expats
listen to RA. Except for maybe grandstand. But now that it's on
satellite they don't for the most part. In 15 years I have not once
ever met an Australia in Asia who says they listen to Radio Australia
same goes for Australia Network. A few years ago the television side
did have huge audiences for sports programs, but these were for the
most part dropped. I don't think anyone will notice the cuts taking
place. Why produce content yourself when you can already use content
that is already available (Keith Perron, ibid.)

Thanks to Rob deSantos who put me on to an interesting independent
Australian online source that's doing a rather thorough job of
following occurrences affecting Radio Australia and the ABC. It will
require registration (simply name and e-mail address) which opens a 10
day window for access.


In sum, the cuts implemented really are devastating although for now
confined to the international services; there is considerable, almost
complete loss of seasoned staff and journalists as well as contract
staff; Radio Australia effectively no longer exists, though what I'll
term a 'zombie service' will still stream 24/7; and there is
widespread concern over Abbott government moves and appointments that
appear to presage efforts to weaken the ABC overall.

The only counter to all this is the notation by some that the
government lacks a mandate for any of it, having loudly expressed its
commitment not to cut the ABC prior to the election. Therefore, it
remains to be seen how the political opposition and public react
should the government proceed to cut domestic ABC services in some or
similar fashion. The international services are not "visible" for most
of the Australian public, so unfortunately (for RA and us) represent
easy pickings. The ground is certainly being laid, with government
appointments to ABC boards that are hostile to public broadcasting and
the ABC and SBS (John Figliozzi, Sent from my iPad July 19, dxldyg via

Check out "Media briefs: ABC’s unkind cuts … Godwin’s law … brownface
…" on Crikey
(John Figliozzi, oibid.)

The days of the big public international broadcasters are over. In
most of Southeast and East Asia mobile apps now have access bigger
audiences for content than shortwave. Access, but no one is listening.
There are other options now with content providers able to tell better
stories than stations like RA, BBCWS or the VOA.

In Burma alone mobile phone usage jumped from less than 100, 000 in
2012 to over 28 million in 2 years. This is how people are starting to
access content. SW in Burma even in the past never had 28 million
people listening. The content they are accessing is text based.

The same is for Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and other places. There is no
more SW audience. Broadcasters can not keep asking for money if they
can't show how many people are listening. Also with new media you get
new content providers that are doing a much better job at opening the
lines of communication for discussion (Keith Perron, July 22, ibid.)

More articles about the future of RA from Australian sources. Still no
direct news regarding SW output, but not looking good.
(Steve Luce, Houston, Texas, ibid.)

Radio World confirms that the Australian Defense and Foreign Affairs
office is insisting that any cuts and redundancies necessitated by the
cancellation of the ABC International contract be concentrated in
services and personnel associated only with that contract. That would
be fine and narrowly targeted had not ABC management decided to
integrate the now soon to be defunct international television service
with the radio and online international services. One can no longer be
affected without affecting the others, hence the carnage at RA.
(John Figliozzi, July 22, ibid.)

Islands Business 23 July 2014

The ABC’s international broadcasting to the Pacific islands is being
devastated by the latest round of staffing cuts, writes Nic Maclellan

SYDNEY, Australia ------ We’re sitting on the grass in the village of
Matangi on the island of Futuna. This is one of the more isolated
communities in Vanuatu, a small group of houses on a small island at
the southeastern extreme of the archipelago.

“We rely a lot on Radio Australia when there’s a cyclone coming,” says
Miranda, a member of the island’s Community Disaster Committee. “We
have no telephone on this side of the island and we often can’t hear
Radio Vanuatu.”

As Australia debates budgets, debt and deficits, we rarely hear the
views of communities affected by planned cuts. Whether it’s the size
of the aid budget or the resourcing of the international services of
the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, or ABC, our neighbours have
little input into decisions that affect their lives.

The latest blow is the planned redundancy of eighty staff from ABC
International following the Abbott government’s decision to take
Australia Network television away from the ABC. Revoking the $250
million TV contract – with just ninety days’ notice – has had an
impact well beyond television. Given the integration of TV, radio and
online services within ABC International, the decision affects not
only Australia Network but also the other international services
providing crucial information to the islands region.

ABC International has merged key functions of Radio Australia and
Australia Network in recent years in expectation that its contract
with the government would be honoured. With only $15 million of ABC
funding to work with after the loss of $22.3 million this year from
the contract, disentangling these services and activities will cause
major problems. According to the ABC, it must find a way to operate
“an international converged media service with 60 per cent of the
previous budget.” ABC management is still discussing the new service
and its impact on staffing with affected employees, but it has
revealed that “an approximate eighty staff will be made redundant.”

Last week, employees were given a fortnight to respond to forced
redundancies and major cutbacks to services. “The new model has been
designed to reach as much of our desired audience in the region as
possible,” says an ABC spokesperson, “through a converged service
based on radio, a limited television offering and digital means.” The
broadcaster acknowledges that services will be cut, but says that it
is “working very hard” to make sure that the impact on “audiences,
partnerships and syndication is minimised as much as possible.”

Forced redundancies will have a disproportionate impact on Radio
Australia services to the Pacific islands, however. “I can understand
why my job has been eliminated,” observes veteran Pacific
correspondent Sean Dorney, one of the casualties of the cuts. “I
worked mostly for the Australia Network TV news service, which was
funded under the Foreign Affairs contract. But I’m really feeling
sorry for my colleagues at Radio Australia, who have become huge
casualties of the reorganisation following this budget decision. Too
few people in Australia understand how important Radio Australia has
been in the Pacific.”

The government’s revocation of the Australia Network contract may be
the original sin, but the gutting of Radio Australia suggests ABC
management underestimates the importance of outreach into the Pacific.
Whether it’s news, English language lessons, cyclone warnings or the
latest cultural programs, there’s a significant audience for Radio
Australia – especially in outlying islands and rural communities with
limited access to the internet.

While there are alternative broadcast and internet services in the
crowded Asian media market, the range of options in the small island
states is much more limited (That’s not to say that the cuts to
staffing in ABC International won’t seriously affect Asian
programming. Three international bureaus will close and the long
running Asia-Pacific, Mornings and Asia Review are being axed.)

Many Pacific media organisations relay news and features from Radio
Australia and Radio New Zealand International, providing a crucial
window to the world that local media can’t hope to match. There are
many excellent Pacific journalists working for private and government
broadcasters across the region, but budgets are tight and resources
for regional and global coverage hard to come by. Journalists in the
region are often faced with government or military censorship, limited
advertising, tough defamation laws and a complex cultural environment
for investigative journalism; having stories broadcast by Australian
or New Zealand media allows them to follow up issues that may
otherwise be too hot to handle.

My concerns about the proposed changes to Radio Australia are based on
thirty years of listening to Australian and New Zealand broadcasting
in the islands. A decade ago, I also worked as a casual employee of
Radio Australia, reporting for Pacific Beat – an experience that
reaffirmed my belief in the importance of Australia’s capacity to
broadcast radio, TV and internet into the region, and to carry voices
from the Pacific into Australian debates.

The latest cuts fundamentally undermine this two-way process.
Australia creates strategic problems for itself when key institutions
– media, universities, non-government organisations and government
departments – fail to allocate the resources needed to engage with a
dynamic and complex region. The loss of experienced staff from ABC
International will mean that the woeful coverage of the Pacific
islands in the Australian media is further weakened. If the story
doesn’t fit the paradigm of paradise (swaying palm trees, blue water,
sandy beaches) or paradise lost (coups, corruption, climate change),
voices from the islands rarely get a run.

According to current plans, the ABC will maintain one correspondent in
Papua New Guinea and one in New Zealand, but lose its dedicated radio
and TV correspondents for the Pacific islands. Pacific Beat will be
retained, together with six hours of television broadcast into the
islands region. “Radio Australia remains central to our international
broadcasting model and will continue to broadcast a 24/7 schedule,”
says the ABC spokesperson. “The network will be delivered through
deeper collaboration with ABC News and ABC Radio and through
collaboration with SBS.”

But who will provide knowledgeable, accurate and timely content? The
ABC’s domestic service has long relied on the expertise of reporters
like Radio Australia’s Pacific correspondent Campbell Cooney, business
reporter Jemima Garrett and Australia Network’s Sean Dorney. Dorney,
who worked for many years in (and was deported from) Papua New Guinea,
is one of Australia’s most experienced Pacific affairs reporters; in
recent years, he has covered the region from Brisbane for Australia
Network and ABC TV. Dorney believes that there’s a need for specialist
reporting of a region that has vital importance for Australia: “I have
often said that in the world outlook of most of the Australian media,
Australia might as well be anchored somewhere between Ireland and
North America rather than in the South Pacific.”

According to the proposed restructuring, Radio Australia’s English-
language service is “not required,” and “English content will be
sourced from ABC Radio and News in future.” The abolition of the
English-language unit will be a major setback. In the past, Clement
Paligaru, Heather Jarvis, Isabelle Genoux and other talented reporters
have crafted radio series including Carving Out and Time to Talk (a
twelve-part radio series and website on governance in the Pacific).

Innovative content of this kind can only be produced by journalists
with cultural understanding, personal relationships and a contact book
developed through years of hard grind and travel across the region.
I doubt that the skills required for detailed coverage of the twenty-
two countries in the islands region can easily be found in press
gallery reporters who accompany Australian politicians on whirlwind
visits to the islands. Add to this the fact that not one daily
newspaper in Australia has a dedicated Pacific islands correspondent.

The cuts partly reflect a broader, but mistaken, view of technological
change. A leaked summary of the federal government’s efficiency review
of the ABC and SBS, which was headed by the former chief financial
officer of Seven West Media, Peter Lewis, recommended shutting down
Radio Australia’s shortwave broadcasting. “Noting shortwave is a
largely superseded technology,” said the review, “discontinuing this
service would release resources for other purposes.”

In reality, these broadcasts are a vital service for rural communities
in neighbouring Melanesian nations like Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and
Solomon Islands. Streaming internet into the islands region is not
sufficient for the ABC to meet its charter responsibilities: in spite
of broadband advances in urban centres and the spread of digital
phones, the vast majority of Pacific islanders still rely on radio for
their information, and any loss of shortwave and satellite
rebroadcasting will be sorely felt.

There will be “reduced original content requirements” and fewer
positions in RA’s foreign language section, with the Chinese-language
service reduced to three staff, Indonesian to three and just one
broadcaster each for Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. Staff at the Tok
Pisin service, which provides a vital service for our closest
neighbour, Papua New Guinea, will be reduced to just two. “Language
services in Tok Pisin will be delivered through a mix of reduced
original content coupled with translated ABC content,” says the
current restructuring proposal.

The loss of “original content” for our northern neighbour comes at a
time when foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken of her “long love
affair with Papua New Guinea” dating back to when she wrote to penpals
there as a fourteen-year-old. Radio Australia’s PNG service has been
broadcasting since Bishop was a lovelorn teenager; in past decades,
Pearson Vetuna, Carolyn Tiriman, Kenya Kala and other Australian-based
Radio Australia broadcasters were treated like rock stars when they
visited their homeland. Proposals simply to translate ABC News into
Tok Pisin hardly meet the ABC’s charter obligation for innovative
international broadcasting.

The future of Radio Australia’s French-language service “remains under
consideration” even as the French dependencies of New Caledonia,
French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna are building closer economic
and political ties with Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum. New
Caledonia is moving towards a referendum on self-determination in the
next few years. Yet Australian audiences would be hard-pressed to find
any coverage of last May’s elections, even though the incoming
Congress will determine whether New Caledonia reaches a new political
relationship with France before 2018. I was the only Australian
journalist to travel to report on the elections from New Caledonia,
and no newspapers in Australia published a report on the vote.

(Ironically, Radio Australia was created during the second world war
to complement Australia’s first diplomatic presence in the Asia-
Pacific region: a consulate in New Caledonia established to support
Gaullist efforts to overthrow the pro-Vichy governor.)

As I travelled around New Caledonia in May, a number of indigenous
Kanaks mentioned items from Radio Australia’s French-language service
that they’d heard or seen online. Australian broadcasting provides a
crucial alternative in a media landscape dominated by French
government media and a daily newspaper that campaigns against

The ABC’s reporting of the region is not perfect, of course, and it’s
not unknown for Pacific journalists to criticise the errors and
cultural bias that are part and parcel of an under resourced
organisation. But the loss of the Australia Network contract is part
of a broader pattern that fatally damages Australian broadcasting to
the islands region.

Even for a government that declares little love for the ABC, this
short-sighted budget bushfire is yet another blow to Australia’s
declining influence in the Pacific region. With cuts to the ABC,
CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and other institutions working with
Pacific partners, the Australian government is weakening regional
initiatives to respond to poverty, development and the climate
emergency. The merger of the Australian Agency for International
Development into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and
multibillion dollar cuts to the overseas aid budget over the next four
years have already unbalanced the institutions that implement policy
in the region.

And what about the villagers in Futuna? There will be an increased
diet of ABC reporting of the floods in Queensland, but less timely
information about the next cyclone bearing down on them. Surely we can
do better than this (via Mike Terry, July 23, dxldyg via WORLD OF

Personally I don't mind if the VOA or RA cut back. With the VOA gone
in Asia, it means we can now take over their frequencies. If RA cuts
back it means transmitter time would open up for better primetime
slots. So I say let them (Keith Perron, PCJ, ibid.)

You've seen the news here regarding Radio Australia's likely cuts;
there's an interesting program available from the domestic Radio
National service that might shed some perspective in what's going on.
You might want to add this to your "Podding Along" hit list.

Program: "Counterpoint"

Subject: "Australia Update": Australian politics seems to be in a
kind of combined crisis: the media in disintegration, the party system
crumbling, and a growing inability of the political class to set new
policy directions and advocate for them coherently to the public. How
did it get to this and what can be done to fix it?


With apologies to John Figliozzi for the idea of "Podding Along"...
(Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA USA internetradio via DXLD)

** AUSTRALIA. Podcasts from international and public radio sources
that I've found particularly interesting and edifying as I'm "plodding
along" in my regular exercise regimen.

In addition to via the websites referenced, these podcasts generally
are made available through several other popular internet sources such
as iTunes and TuneIn.


REAR VISION - ABC Radio National
The Cult of Investment: the Fabulous Growth of the Wealth Management

In a recent report, the Boston Consulting Group stated that in 2013
global private financial wealth grew by 14.6 percent to reach 152
trillion dollars. The industry that preserves, invests and sometimes
loses that wealth by using exotic and complex investments is one of
the largest sectors in financial services. Wealth management has been
transformed from private banking for the super-rich to a cult of
investment. No longer just a shake of the hand, a gentleman's
agreement in a wood paneled office, but managed from what the industry
calls a 'platform'. (29')

LATE NIGHT LIVE - ABC Radio National
The Economy Explained - Joseph Stiglitz; Ann Moyal, A Memoir of
Someone Most Americans Have Never Heard Of.

The distinguished American economist Joseph Stiglitz won a Nobel prize
for describing the macroeconomic consequences of the fact that
monetary transactions are not undertaken with perfect information. But
less discussed is the way his orientation as a thinker was shaped by a
childhood spent in Gary, Indiana, an industrial town named after the
chairman of U.S. Steel. He spoke to Phillip Adams at the Sydney Town
Hall. "A Woman of Influence" is Ann Moyal's second autobiography and
spans the past twenty years of her life and work as an eminent
historian of Australian science and technology. Ann's early career as
research assistant to Lord Beaverbrook (Canadian media mogul, best
friend and confidante of Winston Churchill) and her years in academe
back in Australia were exciting and stimulating and rather than
slowing down in her older age, she has found it to be full of passion,
intensity and involvement, founding the Independent Scholars'
Association of Australia, and writing many books. (55')

Peter Greste and the Future of Al Jazeera; Young Australian Journalist
of the Year Winners.

What are the implications for Al Jazeera's reporters around the world
after three of its staff were sentenced to seven years gaol in Egypt?
Will the network do things differently in the future? And the Walkley
Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Ella Rubeli, and two other
category winners discuss journalism, the pros and cons of multi-
skilling and why they don't watch television. (29')

LATE NIGHT LIVE - ABC Radio National
Taking the Mid-Year National Temperature

Time to take stock of the many political, economic and cultural issues
currently facing Australians. Clive Palmer has being described as the
saviour of the ETS, we're about to welcome a new Senate in Canberra,
we're out of the World Cup, and we have reports of corruption erupting
from all our institutions, including banks, parliaments and the
Church. (55')

[A personal note: Nothing takes place in isolation, especially in our
globalized environment today. I respectfully suggest that observing
how other nations handle similar issues can be both useful and
instructive when one considers how one's own might best approach

BIG IDEAS - ABC Radio National
Smaller Government, Bigger Economy?

Should we shrink the public sector and give the market a greater
share? With the current focus on reducing public debt, the federal
treasurer says we have unsustainable expectations about what
governments can deliver and so governments need to cut spending and
downsize. But does smaller government guarantee economic growth? Will
the private sector rise to fill the space? (55')
(John Figliozzi, Podding Along, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15450, Reach Beyond Australia (formerly HCJB),
Kununurra, presumed at 1400:20 beginning of musical IS, 1401 sign-on
by man, very weak but could determine it was English - Very poor July
19 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia. Listening in my car, by
the lake, with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active antenna, dxldyg via DX

11595, July 21 at 1242 [not 1252 as typoed originally], Kununurra has
now replaced the old HCJB IS & ID, with different music, but still
``uplifting`` on steel guitar, fiddle, etc., and periodic IDs as
``This is Reach Beyond Australia; our program on this frequency will
commence shortly``; 1245 opening S Asian service, into language,
scheduled as Bengali on Mondays; fair signal. That makes it RBA by

** AUSTRIA. QSL received from the ORF for the reception 08.05.2014
from 0500 to 0600 UT on the frequency 6155 kHz. This QSL-letter, but
if you cut with scissors along said line, obtained QSL-card. On the
one hand photo: Winter view of Vienna, on the other confirmation
details. The report sent the email. mail: roi.service @ orf.at
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan, Russia / "deneb-radio-dx", QSL-world, RusDX
July 20 via DXLD)

ORF. QSL Verification (QSL-letter). The program is in German.
18.05.2014, 0459-0550 UT, 6155 kHz
12.06.2014, 0500-0615 UT, 6165 kHz. [sic]
Plus stickers ORF1. Form filling online
(Editor Anatoly Klepov, QSL-world, RusDX July 20 via DXLD)

** AZERBAIJAN. 11747v, Ictimai Radio (tentative), vernacular, 1820 UT,
July 15. S=9+10dB, O=3/4, FM-Mode (Herbert Meixner-AUTRICHE, A-DX July
15 via BC-DX 20 July via DXLD)

11760-FM, Das Programm kann man im FM Mode und 20 bis 30 kHz Bandweite
auch verstehen. Sprazzelt so ueber den gesamten Bereich 11750.5 bis
11767.2 kHz, wobei nach obenhin schon der naechste Sender CRI Deutsch
aus Kashgar aus 11768/11775 kHz hereindrueckt.

Center liegt fast genau auf 11760 kHz, Messung wegen fehlendem Carrier
ist nicht genau messbar. Die Wellenbewegungen des Signals, - siehe
Screenshot gelb-gruene Wasserfall Farb-Anteile - kann ich nicht
erklaeren (Wolfgang Büschel, July 15, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 20 via

** BANGLADESH. 4750, Bangladesh Betar - HS, 1230-1244, July 21. RRI
Makassar continues to be absent here; another Ramadan Monday with
non-stop reciting from the Qur'an preempting the SAARC news bulletin
in English (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg

[and non]. Bad mixture here on:
4749.994, rather Chinese PBS Qinghai Xining at 1400 UT, ID signal, and
4750.0 BGD with South Asian music, latter much stronger (Wolfgang
Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to 1415 UT time slot July 21,
presumably via remote receiver in Australia, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews via

** BANGLADESH. Bangladesh Betar, 7250 kHz. English programme. Full
data QSL card (Baitul Mukarram Mosque) and personal letter received in
51 days for reception report with audio clip sent to rrc@dhaka.net V/S
Abu Tabib Md. Zia Hasan, Senior Engineer, Research & Receiving Centre
(Rafael Martinez Barcelona Catalunya, via Dario Monferini, July 23,
playdx yg via DXLD)

** BOLIVIA. 5580.27, 0010-0020 21.7, R San José, San José de
Chiquitos, Spanish talk, hymns, 15321 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, Here
in the summerheat, just a few tips heard in Skovlunde on my AOR
AR7030PLUS with 28 metres of longwire, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg
via DXLD)

** BOLIVIA. 6024.97, Jul 1 0057, Red Patria Nueva alone and clear. Has
been here on the low side for a long time. R Amanencer [Dominican
Republic] has been off for a very long time and was last reported in
Aug `11 on 6025.07 according to to LA SW logs (Thomas Nilsson, Sweden,
SW Bulletin July 20 via DXLD)

** BOLIVIA. CQ, CQ, CQ…Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir algo
con los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las horas
son UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este
Quipus lo siguiente:

[Note: apparently no clips or illustrations this time; also, we
suspect that many of the frequencies ending in .00 were not actually
measured to that accuracy, but defaulted to such a display --- gh]

6025.00, R. Patria Nueva, La Paz; 18/07 2240-2310, 44444, news, ID
"Informa Patria Nueva desde la Paz", px Bolivia Informa, news ads y mx
con mensaje político, ads Campo Ferial Yanomarca.

6134.80, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz; 1/07 2245-2310, 44444+, px Bolivia en
Contacto, news, ID "Está en sintonía de su Radio Santa Cruz……."
saludos desde la red Huarano de comunicaciones el informativo ads.

6155.10, R. Fides, La Paz; 15/07 2340-0005, 44444, mxf, mx, ads Banco
los Andes, px El Hombre Invisible, ID "El grupo Fides presentó…", ID
"Radio Fides la voz permanente de Bolivia", ID "La historia de Bolivia
es Radio Fides", px En Contacto. NOTA. Observo cambio de frecuencia,
antes 6154.90, ahora 6155.10 verificado en USB Y LSB.

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

AIRE DE BOLIVIA --- by gruporadioescuchaargentino

Radio Panamericana, la red de mayor presencia en el país y fuera de
las fronteras, estuvo de aniversario. El pasado jueves 17 de julio
celebró 42 años de vida institucional, 42 años en el corazón de los

1972 marcó el nacimiento de esta emisora líder que es escuchada a lo
largo y ancho de la geografía nacional.

Panamericana nació el 17 de julio de 1972 gracias a la visionaria
inquietud del industrial Miguel Dueri, afirma su director, Daniel
Sánchez, agregando que “una constante preocupación fue llegar a los
sectores alejados del país en un propósito permanente de integración

Pese a estar siempre del brazo de la tecnología, inicialmente el
alcance fue limitado, pero posteriormente se optimizó la condición
técnica hasta cubrir prácticamente todo el territorio nacional y la
radio alcanzó dimensión internacional.

Actualmente Panamericana tiene también presencia internacional a
través de sofisticados sistemas de emisión, vía satélite, vía virtual
o los tradicionales enlaces de onda media, corta y frecuencia

Sus contactos internacionales se mantienen con Cadena Solar en el área
andina, con Washington en Estados Unidos, Suiza y España en Europa.

Según el director de la emisora, “el cherry sobre la torta de este 42
aniversario fue la presencia de Panamericana en el Mundial 2014 con
una extraordinaria labor de Ramiro Sánchez desde Brasil”.

Como se conoce, el formato de la radio es periodístico en un gran
porcentaje; sin embargo, “la ampliación de nuestras emisiones a 24
horas, hizo que introduzcamos segmentos musicales especialmente en
horarios de trasnoche. Nuestro sistema aleatorio automatizado nos
permite ofrecer una excelente selección musical”, enfatizó.

En el aspecto humano, prestigiosos periodistas y gente especializada
en radio conforman la plantilla estelar de la emisora. Mencionamos a
Juan José Hidalgo, Ramiro Sánchez, Paola Valdiviezo, Paola Ríos, Raúl
Velásquez, José Luis Flores, Silvia Alcón, Pablo Loza, Pablo Bustillo,
Orlando Linares, Mary Ross Jáuregui, Patricia Gonzales y muchos otros.

La planta ejecutiva administrativa está a cargo de Germán Núñez, Mabel
Pastén, Doris Tarqui, Adriana Vergara y David Calderón.

Los técnicos de sonido son Alfredo Sandy, Enrique Díaz, Simón Prado y
Armando Vidal. La dirección técnica está cargo del ingeniero Johnny
Dueri y Marcelo Andrade. (El Diario) (via GRA blog via DXLD)

42 is significant? Of course! Note it claims still to be on SW, but
rarely reported on 6105v. Here`s one report from a sesquiyear ago in
DXLD 13-06 not mentioning any ID; has anyone heard it since??

``6105.48, Radio Panamericana, La Paz, 1100 to 1112 OM under high
noise 26 Jan.; 1050 OM chat en español with piano music to 1100,
narrow filter, USB (Robert Wilkner, Pómpano Beach, South Florida, NRD
535D -Icom 746Pro - Drake R8 - 60 meter dipole - AOG, DX LISTENING

Yes, in the 2014 DSWCI DBS is this entry; B = irregular: ``B 6105.4 10
BOL R Panamericana, La Paz 1045v-0300(SS 1100-0100) S JAN14``

Unfortunately the follow-up monthly Tropical Bands Monitor reports
don`t cover 49m, stopping at 5580.3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** BOLIVIA [and non]. Radio Santa Cruz amid white noise jamming of
Voice of Freedom.
(Dave Valko, Dunlo PA, July 18, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)

** BRAZIL. BRASIL: 4785, R.Caiari, Pt.º Velho RO, 2142-2154, 20/7,
relato de partida de futebol, anúncios comerciais; 25331.

4885, R. Club do Pará, Belém PA, 0854-desvan. total 0920, 19/7,
canções, texto; 15341.

4885, idem, 2015 (surgimento do sinal) -2050, 19/7, música, notícias
de futebol, anúncios comerciais; 25331. Pelas 2130, hora a que voltei
a observar, já o sinal apresentava um SINPO de 55444.

5035, R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 2207-2216, 17/7, A Voz do Brasil;
34332, QRM da R. Educação Rural; entre as duas, notou-se um
ligeiríssimo atraso no áudio, da parte da estação paulista.

5039.9, R. Voz Missionária, Camboriú SC, 2132-2157, 20/7, canções
durante rubrica de propag. relig.; 45444.

6010.1, R. Inconfidência, Belo Horizonte MG, 2131-2155, 20/7,
concurso, info. meteorológica e música, tudo no programa O Sertanejo
Moderno; 45444 (!). Tentei outras freqs. do Brasil, e, de facto,
algumas estações apresentavam sinais melhores do que os observados
dias antes.

6105, R. Filadélfia, Foz do Iguaçu PR, 2143-2152, 20/7, propag. relig.
algo "à moda" da SRDA, com pregador exaltado; 33441, QRM adj. e na
mesma freq.

6135, R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 2215-..., 18/7, A Voz do Brasil;
23431; // 5035, 9629.95, 11854.8.

9629.95, R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 2218-..., 18/7, A Voz do Brasil;
55444..., mas sinal sobremodulado e distorcido.

9630, idem, 0902-desvan. total 1040, 19/7, propag. relig., programa
musical, por volta das 0915, e o Jornal Brasil Hoje, às 1000; 25432.

9818.7, R. 9 de Julho, São Paulo SP, 0859-desvancimento total 1025,
19/7, propag. relig., texto, que me pareceu ser já um programa não
relacionado com religião; 25331.

11735, R. Transmundial, St.ª M.ª RS, 1301-1325, 19/7, texto, anúncio
da pág.ª internet, música; 15431.

11735, idem, 1918-1948, 19/7, canções, anúncios comerciais para
artigos [relig.] da emissora, programa de propaganda religiosa; 43432,
QRM da TZA. O fecho terá ocorrido às 2000.

[as I suspected, says will have signed off at 2000; nor heard in
evenings here; good for Zanzibar`s last hour, q.v.]

11815, R. Brasil Central, Goiânia GO, 1305-1440, 19/7, canções, ...,
anúncios comerciais, rubrica sobre futebol; 15431.

11895, R. Boa Vontade, Pt.º Alegre RS, 2137-2150, 19/7, canções,
propag. relig.; 25331; inaudível em // 9550. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos
Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4875.06, 2250-2300 14.7, R Dif. Roraima, Boa Vista, RR
Portuguese talk, CODAR QRM 23242 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, Here in the
summerheat, just a few tips heard in Skovlunde on my AOR AR7030PLUS
with 28 metres of longwire, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD)

** BRAZIL. CQ, CQ, CQ…Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir algo
con los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las horas
son UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este
Quipus lo siguiente:

[Note: apparently no clips or illustrations this time; also, we
suspect that many of the frequencies ending in .00 were not actually
measured to that accuracy, but defaulted to such a display --- gh]

4885.00, BRASIL, R. Dif. Acreana, Rio Branco; 15/07 1105-1120, 33333,
news y ads, 7 horas y 12 ?. QRM, la señal se perdió por el fuerte

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4965.010, Jul 6 2300, R Alvorada de Parintins now 100%
definite. // to a 2-minute-delayed webstream. Easy to hear the ID from
the web but the noise just above 4865 is very annoying, but when you
know what will come you can hear the ID. This frequency carries their
FM cultural program. The station was gone for a week or two but back
again from July 6. Parintins is known for a popular folklore festival
held there each June called Boi-Bumbá. See more info below (Thomas
Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin July 20 via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

As R Alvorada de Parintins is a seldom heard station here, it might be
appropriate to tell a little about the Rio Amazonas city Parintins in
the far east of the state Amazonas. The city has about 110,000
inhabitants. Bio Bumba Carnival show, Parintins, Brazil” the most
popular attraction in Parintins. This part is copied from a review on

I was lucky enough to visit Parintins recently on a cruise down the
Amazon. Parintins appears to be an innocuous smallish Amazonian town.
But it hides a secret!!! Several days after mid winter solstice (21
June) it holds a 3 day competitive festival - of two teams the 'blues'
and 'reds', Each takes all year to devise a 70 minute programme of
music, dance and costumes based around Brazilian folk legends.
Everyone supports one or either team and some 15,000 of each takes
turns to cheer their teams' presentation in the Bombadrome - the other
supporters have to remain silent. The whole thing is an indescribable
continuous cacophony of loud rhythmic Latin music and song; the
dancers wear very heavy costumes and there are moveable 'sets. If you
are in the area, you must see this, an experience of a lifetime. If
not, try and get on an Amazon cruise - it will dock in Parintins and
the locals will lay on a smaller version of the Boi Bumba in a local
auditorium. This is also terrific. We had a whale of a time.. helped
of course by the obligatory photos with some of the stunning lead
dancers - both sexes!!! (via SW Bulletin, ibid.)

Parintins is on the Amazon river east of Manaus about halfway to
Santarém; lat. Circa 2.5 south, so yes, it`s ``winter`` (gh, DXLD)

** BRAZIL. 9820v, R Nove de Julho, São Paulo, SP, 0558-0612, Jul 13,
religious program "Santuario Nacional", "Com a Mãe Aparecida",
comments and songs, 24322 (Manuel Méndez, Spain, DSWCI DX Window July
23 via DXLD)

I heard this program "Com a Mãe Aparecida" on 25 Oct 2013. Luckily I
got also an own ID of ”Radio 9 de Julho” on top of the hour, so I sent
a report and got surprisingly also a QSL. So it's possible to identify
the station also during the network programme. Based on the QSL letter
the programme is produced and transmitted by Rádio Aparecida and it's
on air from 22h00 till 5h00 every day (definitely local time). I
mentioned in my report that there were phone calls from Parà also and
they replied in Portuguese, that this programme integrates Brazilian
people from various states of Federation (Jan-Mikael Nurmela,
Uurainen, Finland, DSWCI DX Window July 23 via DXLD)

** BRAZIL. BRASIL: 5990.1, Rádio Nacional Brasília; 0408-0415+, 15-
July; IDs as Rádio Nacional & Rádio Nacional Brasília to pop music
bumper to M commentary in Portuguese; brief Happy Birthday played at
0414+. SIO=32+2+ with splash from 6000 English, Habana (presumed) &
others; LSB best (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, Drake R8B + 85 ft. RW &
180 ft. center-fed RW, All logged by my ears, on my receiver, in real

11780, July 17 at 0543, RNA is off the air! Maybe they finally got the
message about all the spurs I have been monitoring. Tim Rahto in Iowa
was hearing Iran instead on 11780 at 0420-0435*. As Ken Zichi points
out, Iran`s English is scheduled until 0420, normally blocked here by
Brasil, but as often happens apparently did not get turned off on
time. (11780 an absolutely stupid frequency choice for Iran to North
America!) RNA 6180 is still on at 0528 check.

Wolfgang Büschel says RNA was still on at 0209 UT July 17, spreading
from 11770.3 to 11789.2 but no spurs or splatter beyond that.

11780, July 18 at 0107, RNA is back on tonight, and splattering out to
11800, probably to 11760 except blocked by RHC, but no spurs at 30 kHz
multiples. Still overmodulated. Also active on 6180 and 5990 at this

11780, July 18 at 0559, RNA is distorted but no spurs audible, with ID
for its 300 kW on 980 MW. Aoki shows 360 degrees as azimuth on 11780,
presumably meaning due north rather than non-direxional; but Wolfgang
Büschel says it`s 310 degrees (source?) which is right toward us,
making us also the worst victims of its overmodulation/splash/spurs

11780.002, RNA at 0620 UT on July 18 again on air. S=9+30 signal heard
on mainlobe in Edmonton Alb-CAN remote SDR post. Main signal 'seen' 10
kHz wide (5 kHz each side), but some splatter in audio tone peaks for
example when strong guitar signal played, latter occured on wide 11743
to 11812 kHz range at 0628 UT.

Mainlobe fits CANADA target, the 310 degree antenna outlets from
Rodeador Park shortwave transmitting center northwest of Brasilia has
mainlobe towards across Cuba, Kansas-USA and Calgary-CAN path. [sic]

Both \\ RNA/RNB in 49 mb too:
5990.061 RNA S=9+10dB -62dBm surprisingly strong, must be at least a
125 kW reduced power of 250 kW unit beast in use, never 4 kW of power
of their daytime experimental DRM unit on 5990v. Otherwise the

6180.004 kHz unit is rather powerhouse strong there noted in NW Canada
remote rx post. S=9+35dB or -41dBm read-out on the Perseus strength
window (Wolfgang Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 18, dxldyg via

5990v not on air at 0320 UT (Wolfgang Büschel, July 19, dxldyg via DX

11750 & 11810, July 19 at 0513, spurs from RNA 11780, but at poor
level this time.

Regarding my previous comment about the azimuth from RNA on 11780,
6180 (and 5990?), rather than the ``360 degrees`` as in Aoki, reply
from Huelbe Garcia, PU3HAG:

``Guilherme (Glenn) -/ You are probably already aware, but here it is:
Gustavo Maia from Goiânia visited Parque Rodeador (RNA transmitter
site) in August 2010. Gustavo left a really good post with several
pictures on his blog:
The 4th picture shows maps with radiation patterns. The 310 degree
bearing seems the right one``

And Wolfgang Büschel says: ``collected azimuth data some decade ago,
according of a Brazilian sw target list:
55 SoEUR/ NoAF / ME
130 SoAF / MDG

the AM / DRM tests originate at 325 degree antenna, see attached jpg,
so regular RNA could be also either 310 or 325 degree azimuth.
FYI, Spurs noted also in 1994 and 1998``

Checking my NGS globe with geometer, the true azimuth from Brasília to
Enid (and circa Kansas) is 319 degrees, while 310 goes right along the
US/Mexico border, but close enough. One wonders whether the various
other antennas are still serviceable as the external service is long
since deleted (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

11780, July 20 at 0103, RNA is still overmodulated and splattering out
to plus/minus 20 kHz but no further spurs.

11750 & 11810, July 20 at 0557, big filthy spurs again from 11780 RNA.
Same situation much earlier on July 21 at 0142. At 0152 July 21 6180
is on but 5990 is off.

11750 & 11810, July 21 at 0524 check, still distorted spurs from 11780
RNA. Why don`t they fix all this?

11750 & 11810, July 22 at 0537, the spurs from 11780 RNA are actually
louder than the fundamental, during music, but much more distorted;
11780 sounds weaker but the signal is really stronger. At 0544, //
5990 is on and fair, 6180 on and good.

11750 & 11810, July 23 at 0145, RNA is putting out the distorted spurs
from overmodulated 11780, which is also splashing 11765-11795 or so

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11735, July 18 at 1036, Brazuguese promo for
Bíblias with phone number, free ones? About equal level and zero-beat
with music from North Korea // 11710. 1037 mentions Transmundial more
than once, and also www.transmundial.com.br; 1038 into YL DJ. I never
hear R. Transmundial in the evenings; must sign off earlier despite
Aoki listing 0800-0200. WRTH 2014 attempts to show hours for only a
handful of ZY SW stations, not including this one. Unavoidably awake,
now at 1040 I find these others active on 25m: 11780, 11855, 11915;
not 11765 or 11925; and maybe 11815 under NHK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** BRAZIL. Radio Aparecida, Aparecida, Brazil sent a beautiful full
color-full data QSL card via postal mail awash in gorgeous Brazilian
stamps in 42 weeks for a reception report and two dollars return
postage. The card verifies reception in English, Portuguese and
Spanish. The address and other information is given at
(Bob Brossell, WI, NASWA Flashsheet July 20 via DXLD) WTFK?

** BULGARIA. Re: Radio Varna observed in English & Russian

From DXLD 14-28: "BULGARIA. News on Radio Varna you can listen to and
in Russian. From 1 July this year, Varna Radio began broadcasting news
in English and Russian languages. Every weekday at 11:30 radio
bilingual introduces residents and visitors with relevant information,
and at 19:00, seven days a week, you can hear the final news of the
day, according to BNR. So regional radio station BNR in Varna revives
its traditional program in foreign languages, "Holidays". News in
Russian and English, you can listen in Varna on the frequency 103.4
MHz in active summer season - July and August (newsbg.ru / OnAir.ru
via RusDX July 6 via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD) Times local???"

Radio Varna was observed at 1600 UT 20 July 2014 with three minutes of
news in Russian followed by three minutes of news in English -
therefore the times given above are Bulgarian local time, and the
weekday morning broadcast will therefore be at 0830 UT. Both newscasts
identified as 'Radio Bulgaria'. This was monitored via their webstream
at http://bnr.bg/varna (David Kernick, Interval Signals Online, July
20, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also
CANADA [non]

The Elevator Pitch

The definition of an elevator pitch is being able to pitch an idea in
the time it takes an elevator to go from the first floor to the
second. Distilling a selling idea down to a few words is the ultimate
test: If it can be encapsulated in one compelling sentence, it's
strong. If it can't be, the idea is probably fuzzy. We'll talk about
some of the best elevator pitches ever used, from the world of
business, books and movies - and we'll talk about why elevator pitches
make marketing campaigns better. (28')
(John Figliozzi, Podding Along #7, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Sporadic E opening July 21, UT:
(earlier same day was getting Mexico, q.v., 1557-1911 UT)

2122 on 2, aiming NE and algo fades in; 2123 letterboxed show with
subtitles, dialog mixing French and English

2126 on 2, PetroCanada ad, Trivago, Moore`s for clothes donations,
Philly-up; 2127 Air Canada credit for show sponsorship, which was
``The Amazing Race --- Canada``.

This matches sked for CTV on CHBX Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario, the only
possibility left from this direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** CANADA [non]. GERMANY (non) Some changes of Media Broadcast:
Bible Voice Broadcasting on 21480 kHz:
1100-1130 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs English Sat
1115-1130 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs English Sun Eternal Good News
1130-1145 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs Japanese Sun
Cancelled broadcasts:
1100-1115 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs Cantonese Tue-Thu
1115-1130 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs Chinese Mon
1100-1130 MDC 125 kW / 045 deg EaAs English Fri (DX RE MIX NEWS #862
from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014 via DXLD)

Frequency change of Bible Voice Broadcasting in English 1830-1915 NF
11600 SOF 100 kW / 126 deg to N/ME Sun, ex 9635. Videos:
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD) so this one via BLGARIA

Frequency change of Bible Voice Broadcasting in English
1830-1917 NF 11600 SOF 100 kW / 126 deg to N/ME Sun, ex 9635. Videos:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

** CHINA. Firedrake jamming 1414 July 16 on new 12045 MP4
Firedrake jamming 1443 on new 12045 MP4
Firedrake jamming 1458 on new 12045 MP4
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non] on 16500: For the past hour I have been
enjoying a nice concert of Chinese traditional music on 16500 --- NOT
Firedrake, much calmer, no ``crashing & banging``. They must have
found a new CD to play at Jamming HQ in Beijing. Tune-in at 1323, no
break at 1400 and still at 1422. Good signal with lite fading. Not //
usual CNR1 jamming on 11785, 11805, 13830, 15115, 15195, 15265 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, 1422 UT July 17, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX

Same stayed on until exactly 1500*. Never any vocals, never any
announcements, and never any sign of a jamming target. It so happens
that 16500 is not in the current Aoki list including countless out-of-
band jamming frequencies against Sound of Hope, RFA, et al. [WORLD OF
RADIO 1731] [and not heard on any subsequent morning until July 25]

19000, July 17 at 1353, CNR1 jammer barely audible vs FRG-7 birdie, as
scheduled during this hour on Thursdays only, against RFA Tibetan via
Kuwait. Circa 1325, no other CNR1 jammers found 12-19 MHz except
inbanders as noted above.

16500, looking for non-Firedrake music concert again July 18 as heard
yesterday: nothing, at 1230, 1316, 1343 checks.

16920, July 18 at 1354, CNR1 jammer, poor signal; and no others
audible 11-19 MHz except the usual 11 & 15 MHz inbanders.

15195, Firedrake jamming still exists, as heard July 19 at 1333 during
drumming segment, atop but mixed with target and/or CNR1 jamming,
while 15115 and 15265 had CNR1 jamming only; neither kind anywhere
else 12-19 MHz except:

18990, July 19 at 1336, CNR1 jammer is JBA, as scheduled this hour on
Sats & Weds to go along with RFA Tibetan via Kuwait

CNR1 jammers, July 21:

13530, July 21 at 1230, CNR1 jammer, fair; none now in the 14s, 16s,
17s, 18s; 1248 vs CODAR

13830, July 21 at 1231, CNR1 jammer, very poor but // 13530

15195, July 21 at 1231, CNR1 jammer, poor, no Firedrake today

15265, July 21 at 1231, CNR1 jammer, poor

12370, July 21 at 1235, CNR1 jammer, fair, out of synch with 13530; I
think it`s 12370 that is a syllable ahead of 13530

12980, July 21 at 1240, CNR1 jammer, very poor

11785, July 21 at 1241, CNR1 jammer, poor with CCI

12980, July 21 at 1321, CNR1 jammer, fair with flutter, CODAR

15115, July 21 at 1324, CNR1 jammer, with CCI

15195, July 21 at 1324, CNR1 jammer, still no Firedrake

15265, July 21 at 1325, CNR1 jammer, with usual het, Taiwan off-
frequency; none in the 16s, 17s, 18s, and 19s

CNR1 jamming July 23:
13795, July 23 at 1341, CNR1 jammer, poor
13830, July 23 at 1341, CNR1 jammer, very poor; none in the 12s, 14s
15115, July 23 at 1344, CNR1 jammer, good with target CCI [not 15195]
15195, July 23 at 1344, CNR1 jammer, fair, no Firedrake today
15265, July 23 at 1343, CNR1 jammer, good, and no het for a change
15540, July 23 at 1343, CNR1 jammer, very poor
16100, July 23 at 1345, CNR1 jammer, good but none in the 17s, 18s,
19s, except:
18990, July 23 at 1347, CNR1 jammer, very poor, echo apart from 16100

I continue to wonder if the typhoon thru Hainan last week blew down
any of the antennas at one of the PRC`s main jamming sites; no one is
saying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4800.00, 2235-2250 14.7, Voice of China, Golmud. Back on
the air after maintenance. Chinese talk, 2240 ID: "Zhongguo zhi Sheng
Guangbo Diantai", report, 45343 // 4750 (15211) (Anker Petersen,
Denmark, Here in the summerheat, just a few tips heard in Skovlunde on
my AOR AR7030PLUS with 28 metres of longwire, via Dario Monferini,
playdx yg via DXLD)

** CHINA. 6060, Sichuan PBS-2, 1300, July 23. Well above the norm;
usual ID in English - “Nationality Channel. This is the People’s Radio
Station. SW 6060, 7225, FM 88.1"; // 7225 (Ron Howard, Asilomar State
Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Frequency change for Voice of Jinling in Chinese:
1230-1500 NF 6200#NJG 100 kW / 161 deg to EaAs, ex 5860*
# very strong co-ch PBS Xizang in Tibetan
* to avoid HLL2 Seoul Meteo on 5857.5 USB (DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from
Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014 via DXLD)

** CHINA. 9820, Beibu Bay R, Nanning, 1050-1101, Jul 16, ID, there was
a heterodyne signal, from an audible acoustic wave frequency. I
believe this signal is produced by signal of R 9 de Julho, CNR started
at 1100, 33333 (Tomoaki Wagai, Wakayama, Japan, DSWCI DX Window July
23 via DXLD)

** CHINA. Unregistered additional transmission of China Radio
1700-1757 5975 KUN 500 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Hindi. Videos from July 17
73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30 m.
long wire, dxldyg via DXLD)

Additional transmission of China Radio International Hindi:
1700-1757 5975 KUN 500 kW / 283 deg to SoAs but only July 17. Videos:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD) So was it a mistake-frequency?

Verminderter Frequenzeinsatz fuer die deutschen CRI-Sendungen im
August 2014. Wie die deutsche Redaktion von Radio China International
mitteilt, fallen im August "aufgrund dringender Wartungsarbeiten" zwei
Kurzwellen aus. Dabei handelt es sich um Frequenzen aus Urumqi, und es
ist vermuten, dass andere von dort belegte Frequenzen ausfallen oder
verlegt werden.

Die deutsche Redaktion hat damit folgenden Sendeplan:
0600-1100: 1440 [Lux]
1800-2300: 1440 [Lux]
1600-1800: 5970 7380
1800-2000: 7395 11650 (nicht 1.-20.8.) 11775
0500-0800: 17720 17820 (nicht 14.-20.8.) (Wiederholung vom Vortag)
Uhr Weltzeit (+2=MESZ) Frequenz (Sender) Programm.

Auf der Homepage
bekommt man den ausgelaufenen Wintersendeplan 2013/14 geboten.
(CRI via Volker Willschrey-D, via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D July 11 via
BC-DX 20 July via DXLD)

Das sind Hardware Wartungsgruende in China. ... schau besser hier:

In Bayern werden die deutschen Steuermillionen der Deutschen
Bundespost / DWL / Media Broadcast / TDF in profane Solar
Stromerzeuger konvertiert - siehe Peter Jenus' Infomails ueber die
Verschrottung der Wertachtal Station.

In China herrscht dagegen eine gute Organisation und Ordnung bei den
Kurzwellenanlagen, und jedes Jahr werden ein/zwei weitere
Senderzentren ausgiebig gewartet.

Dieses Jahr werden Urumchi Westchina, und Jinhua-Youbu #831 tx
gewartet. Letztes Jahr wurden Beijing und Lhasa in Tibet gewartet.
(Wolfgang Büschel, July 11, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 20 via DXLD)

** COLOMBIA. CQ, CQ, CQ; Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir algo
con los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las horas
son UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este
Quipus lo siguiente:

[Note: apparently no clips or illustrations this time; also, we
suspect that many of the frequencies ending in .00 were not actually
measured to that accuracy, but defaulted to such a display --- gh]

6010.00, R. La Voz de tu Conciencia, Bogotá, 17/07 2325-2345, 44444,
mx himnos religiosos y mxf (joropo) con mensajes religiosos, ID "Por
la Voz de tu Conciencia".

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CONGO. QSL Radio Congo Brazzaville, dissabte, 19 juliol de 2014

Radiodiffusion Congolaise (Radio Congo), Brazzaville, 6115 kHz.
Després de múltiples intents per correu postal i electrònic, rebut
finalment per correu electrònic aquest certificat ("attestation") que
confirma la meva escolta de fa dos anys (la data és incorrecta;
l'escolta va ser l'agost de 2012).

Informe enviat finalment a Radiodiffusion Television Congolaise, B.P.
2241, Brazzaville, Republique du Congo. v/s Jean de Dieu Oko,
Directeur des Programmes, tot i que per aconseguir aquesta confirmació
he comptat amb l'inestimable ajuda de Hyacinthe Mienandi, antic
director de l'emissora, ja jubilat.

Es tracta d'una QSL molt especial per a mi ja que es tracta del meu
radiopaís confirmat número 162 segons la llista de l'EDXC.
Artur Fernandez L. 19 July 2014
(via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD)

** CUBA. 1620, July 19 at 0132, Music in Spanish occupies the null of
WTAW, not // 5025, presumed R. Rebelde again relaying its FM network

5025, R. Rebelde, Bauta, 0850-desvan. total 0940, 19/7, canções,
texto; 25432. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX

** CUBA. Additional frequencies of Cuban Spy Numbers station Hybrid
Mode 01:
0500-0555 on 11462 UNID secret site Spanish Tue/Thu/Sat // 14375
0900-0955 NF 11462 UNID secret site Spanish Tue/Thu/Sat, ex-12120
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

** CUBA. Correxion: date of this log was July 16, not July 17, fixed:
6165, July 16 at 2324, RHC Spanish translation of a Brazilian, not //
11670, 11760, 13740 with music; 6165 at 2325 ID as `Mesa Redonda`
breakaway program at 23-24 M-F more or less; on schedule as also on
6000 but not noticed there.

12010, July 17 at 1318, RHC`s missing frequency today, while still on
11760, 11860. Next check at 1357, 12010 is on.

6070, July 18 at 0104, RHC`s missing frequency tonight; but who needs
it with 6060 nearby and several others? Too bad CFRX is still AWOL.

5010+, July 18 at 0118, JBA carrier slightly on hi side, not an image
from 5910 Colombia which doesn`t have the same offset; presumably the
5040 over 5025 Cuban leapfrog.

15340 and 11860 are today`s missing RHC frequencies, checked at 1307
and 1344 UT; while still on are: 17730, 17580, 15370, 15230, 12010,
11760, 9820, 9550; is that enough? Lacking 15340 means the leapfrogs
are also AWOL from 15310, 15400.

11760, July 18 at 2004, RHC with suppressed modulation, audible only
at peaks, seemingly French as scheduled; wiggle that patchcord! And
11840, presumably Portuguese in European service is just barely

12060, July 20 at 0154, pulse jamming at very poor level from 2 x
6060; much `better` multiple tone jamming on 11930, also against

9780-9808 peaking around 9798, and 9815-9838, peaking around 9823 but
constantly fluxuating, July 21 at 0146, buzzy spur field obviously
emanating from the 9810 RHC transmitter, which itself is never very
strong here, so it must be awful in its boresight. 9810 has some hum
too, during DX program `En Contacto` which is all revolutionary as 26
de julio is almost upon us. Most serious victim is a signal on 9790,
which is Iran in Kazakh at 0120-0220 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

5990.03, China Radio Int'l; 2318-2326+, 21-July; EE China financial
news to ID at 2325+. SIO=4+43 with 6000 Spanish Habana (presumed)
splash — Commie splashing Commie (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, USA,
Drake R8B + 85 ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, ICF7600G + TV beam ant
for FMBC, All logged by my ears, on my receiver, in real time! DX

15310 & 15400, July 22 at 1314, RHC leapfrog mixing products between
very strong 15340 and 15370 are themselves reaching S9+12, quite
sufficient as Arnie Coro is talking about sugar cane; they are in fact
comparable to the other // on 19m, but which is a fundamental
undermodulated, 15230. Yet at 1407 recheck, 15310 & 15400 are unheard
while the other three sound the same; was something tweaked? (Glenn

CENTRE IN CUBA (Lev Lytovchenko, Ukraine?, Thu Jul 17, shortwavesites
yg via DXLD)

He attaches jpg of a headline in Russian to that effect, from an
unknown periodical, with a photo of decrepit satellite dishes. But not
the full story. Well, if Putin says so, it must be true, for he is an
honorable man (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNING DIGEST)

** CUBA. More information on Cuba DTV --- Digital television? Why yes!

You might recall that Cuba is using the Chinese DTMB standard, but
there was still a lot we didn't know. Channel spacing and allotments,
whether Cuba actually had DTV on the air and other matters were all

Well, I hit the jackpot between the ICRT site and that of state
organism LACETEL, the self-described "Institute for Telecommunications
Research and Development". Here's what we now know, both about DTV and
changes to Cuban broadcast services:

Cuban DTMB will be using NTSC channels in high VHF (7-13) and UHF (14-
51) as outlined in the standards (which are in English!). All
currently assigned transmitters are on UHF. A list of these
transmitters is available; only two are set up for HD at this time.

And to receive these signals via tropo you'll need a converter box.
Pretty much all of the available equipment is being made by Chinese
firms. I have no idea how someone in the US would go about procuring
one legally.

The DTV service includes three new state channels: Cubavisión
Internacional, Canal Infantil (kids' shows) and Canal Clave (music),
as well as weather and data broadcasts and six radio streams. Canal
Clave does, however, mean the end of the music channel that's taken
over CE in past summers.

Speaking of which, Canal Educativo 2 now simulcasts Telesur 20 out of
24 hours a day (airing its own shows only from 4:30 to 8:30 pm).
(Raymie, AZ, July 21, WTFDA forum via DXLD)

VERY interesting and much appreciated! I'm going to guess the
microwave network (or satellite uplink?) used to deliver programming
to the transmitters elsewhere in the country doesn't support HD. That
the transmitters are capable of HD but the video feed reaching them is
only SD. (or even analog?) I'm guessing one of the two HD transmitters
is at the studio (so no link is necessary) and the other one is close
enough that they have a short HD-capable link. (or even, maybe they're
rebroadcasting the first HD transmitter off-air)

I see Cuba is joining the bandwagon for MPEG-4. Hopefully the U.S.
will not be too far behind (Doug Smith W9WI, Pleasant View, TN EM66
http://www.w9wi.com ibid.)

Much appreciated indeed! Chris and I are the most likely ones to catch
these stations. Hopefully a few of these boxes will find their way to
eBay. Failing that, a PC tuner could hopefully be configured. This is
the system they use in China after all (Ryan Grabow
:: egrabow.com/dx :: facebook.com/egrabow440
:: youtube.com/user/egrabow440 Ft Myers, FL, ibid.)

Yes indeed, interesting info. A few weeks ago, one of our members had
a subdecode on ch 60 of all things, and one of us said that maybe
(paraphrasing here) overload of 4G LTE might have caused a subdecode
there --- after all, nobody is using 60 for DTV anymore.

So, I am wondering, if it's a strong Tropo day down in the Keys, and I
brought the CECB with my TV, and, say that Havana is super strong, I
wonder if a yellow bar would show on 36 or 50, despite me not being
able to get an ATSC picture. Surely the theory of the above paragraph
would apply the same way, no? (not that it would be interesting to
record) cd (Chris Dunne, Pembroke Pines, FL, ibid.)

I doubt it would work. The yellow bar indicates your STB is
synchronizing to the received data, even if there are too many errors
to decode.

The modulation scheme used by the Cuban DTV is so different from that
used by ATSC that I don't think your STB will even believe there's a
signal there. (and certainly, the 310 kHz pilot signal won't be there)

If your CECB displays a yellow bar when an *analog* signal is present,
it might do the same for a Cuban DTMB signal. If it doesn't show
analog signals, it won't show DTMB. Ryan's comment about USB tuner
sticks, on the other hand, holds a lot of promise (Doug Smith W9WI,
Pleasant View, TN EM66, http://www.w9wi.com ibid.)

It's an OFDM modulation which is how the other TV standards all work
(ATSC uses 8VSB). Proponents of a next-generation DTV standard all are
recommending OFDM (Raymie, AZ, ibid.)

Has self-styled technical expert Arnie Coro ever dealt with this
subject, even peripherally on DXers Unlimited? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** DIEGO GARCIA. 4319-USB, AFN (presumed). From July 20-23 the normal
very heavy QRM has been absent here; July 20 heard in the clear from
1335 to 1355; pop songs; military PSA; too weak to dig out an ID; very
nice to find them in the clear. BTW - Of course AFN Guam remains
silent on both their frequencies (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach,

CHAGOS, Arquipélago das, 4319-BLS, AFN, Diogo Garcia, 2223-2231, 12/7,
música pop'; 34342, QRM adj. de sinal de ponto a ponto. 73 (Carlos
Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING

** EAST TURKISTAN. 11769.98, Xinjiang PBS, Urumqi, 1145-1201, Jul 15,
Chinese talk, ID, I think modulation splash of CNR on 11760 has been
some effect, I'm feeling that signal waveform of CNR is wide a little
probably, but I don’t have a spectrum analyzer, 34333 (Tomoaki Wagai,
Wakayama, Japan, DSWCI DX Window July 23 via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15445, July 21 at 0528, lite vocal music, maybe praise;
0531 French announcement, more music, poor. Thought it might be AWR
but HFCC and EiBi show CRI Russian via Kashgar at 0400-0600 on 15445!
WRTH shows no French from CRI before 0600, on other frequencies.

15445, July 22 at 0528 I am checking 24 hours after my unID in
`French`. Now it`s certainly in Russian, and some Chinese style music,
so CRI Russian as scheduled via Kashgar. A toss-up which would be less
likely: that I mistook Russian (perhaps with a strange tonal accent)
for French; or that CRI really had French on here last night (Glenn

** ECUADOR. CQ, CQ, CQ; Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir algo
con los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las horas
son UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este
Quipus lo siguiente:

[Note: apparently no clips or illustrations this time; also, we
suspect that many of the frequencies ending in .00 were not actually
measured to that accuracy, but defaulted to such a display --- gh]

6050.00, R. HCJB, Quito; 17/07 2255-2320, 44444, ID "A través de
HCJB", mx y news, hablan sobre el canje de la deuda externa de Ecuador
con España y otras noticias regionales.

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

EQUADOR, 6050, HCJB, Pichincha, 0857-desvan. total 0955, 19/7,
quíchua, canções índias, testo, música índia; 25432. Bons DX e 73
(Carlos Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. Radio Akhbar Mufriha on 11985 kHz --- I heard clear
announcement of "Akhabar Mufriha" and contact address in Paris and e-
mail address as listed in their website [where?] during the
monitorning of 11985 at 2145-2215. Good signal. Their website shows
they broadcast on 7300 at 2100-2145, but nothing could be heard on
7300 kHz here in Japan (Satoshi Wakisaka, Osaka, Japan, July 17,

ASCENSION ISL / U.K. 11985 Radio Akhbar Mufriha program.
{HCJB outlet in Fulfulde language via Babcock transmission provider,
A-14 11985 kHz 2145-2215UT zone 46W ASC 250kW 27deg Fuc G HCJ BAB
B-13 7300 kHz 2100-2145UT zone 37S WOF 250kW 170deg Ara G HCJ BAB,
(Wolfgang Büschel, ibid. WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

Two videos of Akhbar Mufriha from the last night, July 18:
HCJB Akhbar Mufriha 2133 in Arabic to NoAf on 7300 Woofferton
HCJB Akhbar Mufriha at 2143
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

Transmissions of HCJB which will be cancelled from August 1:
2300-2330 on 9835 NAU 100 kW / 240 deg to SoAm German
2300-0045 on 11920 NAU 100 kW / 240 deg to SoAm Portuguese (DX RE MIX
NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014 via DXLD)

** EGYPT. 12040-12100 approx., July 19 at 0119, rumbling spurfield
from extremely distorted 12070 R. Cairo transmitter, gradually
declining out to the edges, but very bad between 12055-12085.

13770-13910, July 19 at 0517, R. Cairo on 13850 is nothing but
humbuzz, but rather like a broken toothpaste tube, some very distorted
modulation squeezes out instead at 13830 and 13870, and there are
additional weaker spurs every 20 kHz out to approx. 13770, 13790,
13810; 13870, 13890, 13910. Per Aoki, this is the 'El-Bernameg Al-Aam'
service at 0200-0700, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis USward.

11715+, July 20 at 0059, BULLETIN! R. Cairo has changed frequency from
11710v, so will no longer het/collide with Argentina 11711v on
weeknights (or rather >4 kHz het replacing <1 kHz). Spanish service is
now in the clear but with poor modulation, matched by pauses in the
horribly distorted and much stronger modulation on // 12070 and its
spurfield, as well as 9315 with fair modulation. 11715 is very
slightly on the hi side, less than 11715.1. Ex-11710 had been
scheduled at 0045-0200 only, 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis per Aoki.
Now the problem on 11715 will be after 0130 when AIR DRM in Nepali
allegedly starts from Delhi/Khampur.

12132-12163, July 21 at 0140, horrible racket obviously out of the
12070 R. Cairo transmitter, even tho it`s separated by a silent space
12080-12132, as the central 12070 signal is covering 12060-12080 only.
It alone has some kind of music or talk modulation, but too distorted
to read, while the spurs exhibit the same pitch of noise. Another
weaker asymmetrical spur area approx. 11991—12000.

Then I check the other Cairo channels: 11710+, slightly on the hi side
is much weaker but open carrier/dead air, July 21 at 0141 --- yes,
back on 11710 instead of 11715 last night, so all set to collide again
24 hours later with Argentina! We`ll see. The temporary(?) move to
11715+ was surely deliberate, not a drift.

9315, July 21 at 0142, open carrier/dead air here on the third
supposedly Spanish frequency, while 12070 is distorting music at 0144

9965, July 21 at 0148, I find the R. Cairo Arabic frequency is in ---
Spanish! Besides the dead air and spurs, they`ve got their feed lines
mixed up. Luckily, this transmitter is the least distorted, initially
the whine sort of matching the music pitch being played; 0149 ``Radio
El Cairo presenta --- Panorama Egipcio``. Seems to be // the horrible
mess on 12070 and vicinity. But that`s not all:

9965, July 21 at 0201, now the ``Arabic`` frequency is in English
opening the service to ``North America - West Coast on 9315``, which
is still dead air. Program summary all in local time UT +2 (back to
normal during Ramadan, but to resume UT + 3 in a week?), 4:05, 4:15,

12070, July 21 at 0203, this frequency is still on instead of
scheduled closing at 0200 like 11710 which is now off --- and I can
make the music on 12070 // to 9965, i.e. English service as well
tonight, but 12070 is running about three seconds behind 9965;
apparently it takes that much longer for the wrong feed to get to Abis
than to Abu Zaabal on 9965. 0207 opens ``The Holy Qur`an and its

Aoki shows 9965 is 325 degrees (also for English 2300-2430), while
9315 is at 330 degrees, only 5 degrees apart. (Aoki says 331, or 6
degrees apart). 325 degree azimuth is not for the east coast at all,
but crosses the US from Minnesota to New Mexico! 330-331, from North
Dakota to southern California. 325 also goes right across England.

Who knows which frequencies will be carrying which languages, or
nothing, tomorrow? One thing is pretty certain: 12070 will be putting
out a horrible mess of spurs.

Following the R. Cairo feed mixup UT July 21, I`m out July 22 [see
PERU], but eagerly checking July 23:

11710.02 or so, July 23 at 0108, still back here after jumping one
night to 11715, so again colliding with Argentina, which however has
slipped down closer to 11710, about 11710.24, making a lower-pitched
het than before. Not much modulation on 11710, but it is Spanish
distorted at peaks // and synchronized on 9315 with better modulation,
while 12070 is loud, extremely distorted at 0119 and about 3 seconds
behind the others. Meanwhile, the fourth Cairo transmitter, on 9965 is
not //, apparently back in Arabic.

At 0146 I find dead air on 9315 and 11710, both Abis, while 12070, Abu
Zaabal, is still putting out noise. I was getting out my keyboard to
measure the het note on 11710 but by 0153 Cairo had already turned off

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. U.S.A.: 17790 Radio Africa via WRMI; 2053-
2100:10*, 15-July; Walking in Power, English huxterage program from
the Soul's Harbor Covenant Church in Miami. 2058 "Radio Africa
Network" spot & announcement to tune to 15190. Fady with SIO=3+44
peaks and transmitter? hum. Nothing on 15190 till 2101:30.

15190, Radio Africa via WRMI; *2101:30, 15-July; On abruptly in mid-
huxter hymn after switch from 17790 to English announcement as Radio
Africa Network via WRMI in Miami. SIO=454 (Harold Frodge, Midland MI,
Drake R8B + 85 ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, All logged by my ears,
on my receiver, in real time! DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA [non]. Voice of Korea, Unid, & Radio EYSC. Radio EYSC QSL

15245 was interesting during the hour from 1700 to 1800 on Sunday,
July 13. At 1700 a weak Voice of Korea opened, as is usual. But
another weak station opened at the same time, with segments both in
English and in what I’m pretty sure was Arabic. A soft-spoken man with
a slight accent spoke about poetry and read poems, one beginning,
“Rainbow, Rainbow, where have you been . . .” He also mentioned, “Word
of God” causing me to suspect this was a Christian station.

I realized other religions use this phrase also, but later I learned
that Radio EYSC has some Christian connections. At 1730 both Voice of
Korea and the unid station disappeared. But at the same time a very
strong Radio EYSC began. There were “Radio EYSC” IDs at the beginning,
and the broadcast consisted of a man speaking and Horn-of-Africa
music. There was no sign of VOK after 1730 until its theme music was
played from 1748:50 to 1750, the time listed for its close, and then
it was strong. The R EYSC transmitter went off suddenly at 1756:55 in
the middle of a music selection.

I wondered if their Arabic broadcasts include some English and what I
heard at 1700 was actually REYSC. But that doesn’t account for the
huge increase in signal strength at 1730. Perhaps REYSC is only a 30-
minute broadcast. Their website shows shortwave broadcasts at 8:30-
9:00 Asmara time, which is 1730-1800 UT, and on Sunday only, although
it still shows their previous frequency of 11720. And all of the
several broadcasts on youtube are only about 30 minutes in length.

I wasn’t able to listen on Monday or Tuesday, but on the days I did
listen I heard what I was accustomed to hearing at 1700 and continuing
past 1730—both VoK, and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday presumed REYSC
(I didn’t hear any ids), and on Thursday and Monday Radio Asena /
Assenna. I had hoped to check on Sunday to see if REYSC was again
strong at 1730 or if the strong signal the previous Sunday was just a
fluke, but unfortunately I was gone all day. Hopefully next Sunday.

QSL: RADIO EYSC via ISSOUDUN 15,245. Brief e-letter, thanking me for
my report and verifying my reception, was received in 19 hours from
Daniel G. Mikael. My report was sent via the EYSC contact form at:
http://www.eysc.net/?page_id=294 According to various websites and a
BBC interview, Mr. Mikael lives in Los Angeles, is Chairman of
Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change, and is involved with various
Christian denominations, including Catholic, Coptic, and Lutheran
(Wendel Craighead, Prairie Village, Kansas, USA, July 21, cumbredx yg

** FRANCE [non]. 9955, July 22 at 1257, RFI Chinese via TAIWAN is
still here, making fast SAH under WRMI`s Anglo-Parade = rock music in
English presented in Spanish (why?) as it wraps up. So it must have
also bothered WORLD OF RADIO at 1100 Tuesday; while the 1315 Wednesday
repeat should be clear, altho Zacharias Liangas thought he was hearing
RFI Chinese during that semihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** GERMANY. New domestic 10 watt low power station in Germany on 6150
kHz, now at noon 1100 UT on July 19. 6150 re unid, nx und dann
pop/rock mx... (Andree Bollin-D, A-DX July 19 via BC-DX 20 July via

ID as "Six One Five Oh", ... "im Studio Sven Weikam";
Mutmassung: <http://www.weikam.de/dj-sven-weikam.html> ??
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX July 19, ibid.)

Gestern Abend mit Testansagen, da wurde sogar die fuer die Sendungen
verantwortliche Organisation genannt. In Deutschland aber wegen der
toten Zone nicht zu hoeren, hier in Doebriach war das Signal zwar
aufzunehmen, aber fuer die ID war es dann doch zu schwach. 10 Watt
Leistung soll die Station machen. Das hatte ich verstanden.

tent. E-Mail-Adresse <test6150 @ yahoo.com>
(Markus Weidner-at DX-Camp Doebriach Austria, A-DX July 19, ibid.)

re 6150.003 kHz. Testaussendung jetzt. Der Standort ist Datteln,
zwischen Muenster und Bochum, noerdlich vom Ruhrpott.

In Sueddeutschland laut Ansage als "Technische Versuchssendung"
gehoert. Datteln in Nordwest Deutschland, 10 Watt Leistung, genau auf
6150.003 kHz Fussprint, S=5 oder -100dBm um 1525 UT mit dem Haenschen-
klein Thema auf dem Klavier getastet. Dagegen etwas staerker mit S=8 -
73dBm bei Hans - DL4YBP in Luebbecke - sein Standort ist naeher dran
an der Steilstrahlung.

Zum Vergleich Kall Eifel mit dem Radio 700 Slovak program S=7-8 -
84dBm, und der richtig grosse RFE/RL Lampertheim 100kW Sender in
Belarus lang auf 6105 kHz mit propperen S=9+15dB -61dBm, wenn auch
nicht im Zielgebiet.

Betrieben wird der Sender vom Verein IG-HF-Technik e.V. in Datteln,
nordwestlich von Dortmund. Angesagt wird folgende e-Mailadresse
<test6150 -at- yahoo.com>

Google zeigt

Interessengemeinschaft Hochfrequenztechnik e.V.
Johann-Strauss-Str. 22
45711 Datteln

die Bundesnetzagentur Liste zeigt

Bernd Feyock
Johann-Strauss-Str. 22
45711 Datteln

Der Sender ist bei der Bundesnetzagentur angemeldet.

Die Nachrichten der Station stammen nicht aus Datteln, sondern von
einem Internet Nachrichtensender (Juergen Lohuis-D und wb, wwdxc BC-DX
TopNews July 19, ibid.)

Erste Hinweise auf die Neuanmeldung bei der BNetzA/FNA kamen am 26.
Juni von Christian Milling in den newsgroups:

6150 UNKNOWN NEW STATION TEST. 1312 UT, June 28, Nonstop-Mx.
Pop, Country, 1319 UT close down, no ID (Markus Weidner-D, A-DX June
28; Internet: <www.markusweidner.de ibid.)

Die 6150 kHz soll wohl aus Datteln in NRW kommen. In der neuen HFCC
Liste steht das Ding mit 15 kW von dort aus drin, unbekannt - wer sich
dahinter verbirgt. Lassen wir uns diesbezueglich ueberraschen ...

6150 kHz 0600-1900 UT zones 18,27,28 15 kW, ant ITUtype700, daily 03-
06-2014 to 26-10-2014 NEW FNA, TENT. (June 26)

Comment: KLL Kall is NOT involved. Temporary appointment of a
replacement construction only, is logged til the new station location
is registered at ITU Geneve transmitter site list. Datteln location is
not the final registration location (Wolfgang Büschel, June 29, wwdxc
BC-DX TopNews July 20 via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

** GERMANY. Wertachtal Transmitter Site

With assistance and advice from Wolfgang Beuschel and Ian plus the
many photos posted in photo album "#72: Wertachtal-2011" by Jan
Oosterveen I recently examined the soon to be lost Wertachtal site in
Bavaria. The more I look at it the more impressed I am with the
design, it's hard to imagine a better example of a modern shortwave
station than Wertachtal. Too bad the fixed costs of operating a
station like Wertachtal sealed its doom. It appears that the new
generation of rigid, rotatable curtains simply have lower maintenance

Using Google Earth and other available information it appears that the
final configuration consists of 67 different antennas including 61
curtains, five horizontal quadrants and one log periodic. Antennas are
distributed along three different legs and are fed exclusively by
coaxial transmission lines.

Twelve different primary azimuths are available. Beam slewing of plus
or minus 30 degrees from the primary azimuth is available on most of
the curtains. Even the log periodic can be slewed (how do they do

Curtains are organized to allow primary azimuths every 30 degrees
(starting at 30) with only 180 and 360 not available as a primary
azimuth although several of the curtains can be slewed to those
azimuths. Curtains are also available at 45, 55 and 75 degrees.

A Google Earth file highlighting antennas, feeders and azimuths has
been posted to:

Various features and equipment can be turned on and off by clicking on
the features in the GE sidebar.

North Leg
24 Curtains

East Leg
24 Curtains
1 Log Periodic
1 Horizontal Quadrant

West Leg
13 Curtains
4 Horizontal Quadrant

JL (Jerry Lenamon, Waco TX, July 21, shortwavesites yg via DXLD)


A-14 period (30/03/2014 - 25/10/2014)
A-14 operational MBR schedule of July 16th, 2014. Times are in UTC.


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5975 0400-0430 28SE ISS 100 95 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
5975 0400-0430 28SE NAU 100 130 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
9530 0300-0330 48 NAU 250 142 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
9610 1930-2000 37,38W NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
9610 2000-2030 37,38W NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
9790 0900-1000 28W NAU 100 180 1 3003-251014 AWR
9830 1600-1630 28SE NAU 100 133 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11605 1900-2000 38E,39 NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11755 2030-2100 46SE,47W ISS 250 165 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11830 2000-2030 46E,47W ISS 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11840 1900-2000 37,38W NAU 100 215 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11945 1900-1930 46W NAU 250 212 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W ISS 100 170 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W NAU 100 205 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
15155 1730-1800 48 NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15170 1730-1800 37,38W NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15205 1930-2000 46SE,47W NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0500-0600 38E,39 NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0700-0800 37,38W NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0800-0830 37,38W NAU 250 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0830-0900 37,38W NAU 100 205 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1500-1530 41N NAU 250 90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1530-1600 41N NAU 250 90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N ISS 250 75 56 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N ISS 250 75 12347 3003-251014 AWR
17575 1630-1700 48 NAU 250 145 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W NAU 250 70 17 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W NAU 250 70 23456 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1330-1500 42,43W NAU 250 70 1234567 3003-251014 AWR

5930 2000-2015 39N NAU 250 120 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
5945 0700-0730 27,28N NAU 100 270 1 3003-251014 BVB
5945 0730-0800 27,28N NAU 100 270 1 0604-060414 BVB
5945 0700-0745 27,28N NAU 100 270 7 3003-251014 BVB
6130 1800-1815 28,29 NAU 100 90 56 3003-251014 BVB
6130 1830-1845 28,29 NAU 100 90 7 3003-251014 BVB
6130 1800-1830 28,29 NAU 100 90 3 3003-251014 BVB
6130 1800-1900 28,29 NAU 100 90 1 3003-251014 BVB
7310 0300-0315 39S ISS 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
9430 1815-1830 39,4 MOS 300 ND 1 3003-251014 BVB
9515 2030-2045 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
9550 0400-0430 39NE,40 ISS 100 92 127 2004-200414 BVB
9550 0400-0430 39NE,40 NAU 100 110 127 2104-251014 BVB
9550 0430-0445 39N ISS 125 98 17 2004-200414 BVB
9550 0430-0445 39N NAU 125 120 17 2104-251014 BVB
9550 0430-0450 39N NAU 125 120 23456 3003-251014 BVB
9635 1830-1915 39 SOF 100 126 1 3003-251014 BVB
9735 0500-0515 39,4 NAU 250 120 6 3003-251014 BVB
11655 0600-0615 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 125 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4 ISS 150 90 1 2505-250514 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4 NAU 100 105 1 2605-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1830 39,4 NAU 100 105 6 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1830-1900 39,4 NAU 100 105 3 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1900 39,4 NAU 100 105 5 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1715 39,4 NAU 250 130 2356 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1730 39,4 NAU 250 130 4 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1715-1730 39,4 NAU 250 130 7 3003-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W ISS 150 120 23456 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1800 38E,39,40W ISS 100 120 246 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1745 38E,39,40W ISS 100 120 3 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W NAU 125 125 17 1705-251014 BVB
15160 1630-1730 47,48 NAU 100 150 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1900 39 MOS 100 115 17 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1715 39 MOS 100 115 6 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1730 39 MOS 100 115 5 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1515-1545 40,41 SOF 100 90 7 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1500-1515 40,41 SOF 100 90 7 3003-251014 BVB #
15640 1515-1600 40,41 SOF 100 90 6 3003-251014 BVB
17495 1400-1430 41 ISS 250 83 7 3003-251014 BVB +
17495 1430-1500 41 ISS 250 83 7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1630 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1700 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 250 135 1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1800 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1530-1800 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 6 0205-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1730 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1730-1830 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 250 135 7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1830 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 3 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1800 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 4 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1800 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 2 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1830 38S,39S,47,48 ISS 100 135 5 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0830-1000 38,39 NAU 125 145 6 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0900-0915 38,39 NAU 125 145 7 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1115-1145 43S,44S MDC 125 45 1 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1100-1130 43S,44S MDC 125 45 7 0606-251014 BVB

9585 1800-1900 28E,29 NAU 100 90 7 3003-251014 CHW

6055 1030-1100 27,28 NAU 125 222 17 3003-251014 EMG

7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N NAU 125 230 36 2005-251014 EOE
7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N NAU 100 260 1 2505-250514 EOE
9435 1830-1845 27,28W,37N NAU 125 230 1 2505-250514 EOE

9520 0030-0130 40E,41NW NAU 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
9520 2330-0030 41NE,43S,49N NAU 250 85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15350 1230-1500 41 NAU 250 89 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15390 1330-1530 41NE,43S,49N NAU 250 85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15395 1530-1630 40E,41NW NAU 250 99 1234567 2505-251014 GFA

13800 1530-1630 29S MOS 100 95 7 3003-251014 HCJ

9645 1800-1830 47,48 ISS 250 160 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
9780 1700-1800 40E,41NW NAU 250 95 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
11875 0500-0530 46,47 NAU 250 185 1234567 1806-251014 IBB
11995 1630-1700 47,48 NAU 250 150 23456 2404-251014 IBB
12005 1730-1800 48 ISS 250 130 23456 3003-251014 IBB
12005 1800-1900 48 ISS 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
12040 2030-2100 46,47 NAU 250 190 23456 3003-251014 IBB
12080 1800-1900 48 ISS 250 130 1234567 1306-251014 IBB
12080 1900-1930 48 ISS 250 130 23456 1306-251014 IBB
13870 1630-1700 47,48 ISS 250 140 23456 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1800-1900 48 NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1900-1930 48 NAU 250 140 23456 3003-251014 IBB
15255 1400-1500 30S ISS 250 90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15360 0400-0900 40E,41NW NAU 250 90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15460 1500-1600 30S NAU 250 85 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15620 1500-1600 29SE NAU 250 90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB

7330 1000-1100 27,28 MOS 100 283 1 3003-251014 JOY *
7330 1000-1100 27,28 MOS 100 283 1 2004-200414 JOY

6025 0400-0500 27E,28 NAU 125 270 1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
6045 0800-0900 27E,28 NAU 125 275 1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
6095 0800-1500 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 240 17 3003-251014 KBC
7375 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300 1 0109-251014 KBC
9925 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300 1 0105-300814 KBC
9925 0400-0500 4,8,9 NAU 125 300 1 2004-200414 KBC per RA

15315 1830-1900 46S,47SE ISS 500 180 1234567 3003-251014 LWF

6045 0900-1000 27E,28 NAU 100 270 1 3003-251014 MSM%per RA

5945 1100-1115 27,28 NAU 250 222 1 3003-251014 MWA

11695 1500-1530 29,3 ISS 250 60 7 3003-251014 MWF
13710 1100-1130 19,20,21,22,23,NAU 250 45 7 3003-251014 MWF

5985 0400-0430 11,12 YFR 100 222 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
11680 0300-0500 38,39,40 NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
15445 1700-1900 38,39,40 NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK

17630 1600-1630 47E,48 ISS 500 130 37 3003-251014 OGM

9515 1930-2000 37,38 NAU 250 155 1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1400-1430 41 ISS 100 90 1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1415-1430 41 ISS 100 90 234567 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1430-1445 41 ISS 250 90 1 3003-251014 PAB

17500 1600-1700 48SW,58NW ISS 100 144 7 2106-251014 RIY new

13830 1700-1800 38E,39S,48 ISS 100 125 14 3003-251014 SBO

13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39 NAU 100 130 23456 3003-251014 TOM
13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39 ISS 100 120 17 3003-251014 TOM

6095 0800-1000 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 230 246 3003-251014 TRS

6105 0700-0720 27 NAU 100 285 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
7215 0830-0900 28 NAU 100 135 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
7320 1400-1428 28,29,30 NAU 100 65 1234567 3003-251014 TWR

9835 2300-2330 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM
11920 2300-0045 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM

15670 1630-1700 40 ISS 500 91 26 0905-251014 WRN

* = 1st Sunday of the month
+ = 1st Saturday of the month
# = 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Day 1 = Sunday ... Day 7 = Saturday
per RA = on request booking.

List of Broadcasters which are using MEDIA BROADCAST technical

AWR Adventist World Radio
BVB High Adventure Gospel - Bible Voice Broadcasting
CHW Christliche Wissenschaft
EMG Evangelische Missionsgemeinden in Deutschland
EOE Echo of Europe <http://www.echoofeurope.eu>
GFA Gospel for Asia
HCJ Voice of the Andes, Sats only, 1530 UT Russian, 1600 UT Chechen
IBB International Broadcasting Bureau, USA
JOY MBR internal customer name, - Joystick, * 1st Sun
KBC Mighty KBC Radio &)
LWF Lutheran World Federation
MSM ShortWave Rock 1st Sun, XVRB Radio 3rd Sun and Radio Iceman 4th
Sun / EMR 3rd and 4th Sun (wb.) %
MWA Missionswerk Arche
MWF Missionswerk Friedensstimme, Gummersbach - Germany
NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai
OGM NGO [RHU Radio Huriyo Xoriyo Ogaden]
PAB Pan Am Broadcasting
RIY Radio Inyabutatu, in Kinyarwanda, ex17870 kHz.
SBO Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo, Voice of Oromo Liberation.
TOM The Overcomer Ministry
TRS Transport Radio Mon-Fri; KBC Mighty KBC Radio, Sat/Sun.
TWR Trans World Radio
VZM [HCJB transmissions, Spanish, German, Kulina, Portuguese]
[VZM = VoZandes Media --- gh]
WRN World Radio Network, Radio Mehr Iranian, Mon/Fri only.

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via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 22 via wb, dxldyg via DXLD)

** GREECE. Updated summer A-14 shortwave schedule of ERT Open from
July 4. Some days the station used only 1 or 2 frequencies or no
broadcast on the air. Often the technicians don't make frequency
changes, according to the schedule. NOTE: All frequencies are not
registered in A-14 HFCC database. [all in Greek]

0000-0355 on 9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg NoAm
0000-0355 NF 9935 AVL 100 kW / 323 deg NoAm, ex 7475
0000-0355 NF 15630 AVL 100 kW / 226 deg CeAm, ex 15650

0400-0800 on 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu
0400-0800 on 11645 AVL 100 kW / 182 deg NoAf, 9935 on July 14
0400-0800 on 15630#AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu, off air July 14

0800-1000 on 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu^ on air July 14 till 0950
0800-1000 on 11645 AVL 100 kW / 182 deg NoAf^ on air July 14 till 0945
0800-1000 on 15630#AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu^ on air July 14 till 0940

1000-1155 on 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu^
1000-1155 on 11645 AVL 100 kW / 182 deg NoAf^
1000-1155 on 15650 AVL 100 kW / 105 deg SoAs^, ex 15630

1200-1355 on 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu^
1200-1355 on 9935 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu^
1200-1355 NF 15650 AVL 100 kW / 105 deg SoAs^, ex 15630

1400-1800 on 9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu^
1400-1800 on 9935 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu^
1400-1800 on 15650 AVL 100 kW / 105 deg SoAs^

1800-1855 on 9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu^
1800-1855 NF 9935 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu^, ex 7450
1800-1855 on 15650 AVL 100 kW / 105 deg SoAs^

1900-2255 on 9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu
1900-2255 NF 9935 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu, ex 7450
1900-2255 NF 15650 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg WeEu, ex 15630

2300-2400 on 9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg NoAm
2300-2400 NF 9935 AVL 100 kW / 323 deg NoAm, ex 7475
2300-2400 NF 15630 AVL 100 kW / 226 deg CeAm, ex 15650
# 0623-0820 co-ch Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran in Dari
* 1623-0220 co-ch Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran in Arabic
^ irregular on the air. Several videos on July 12, 13 and 14:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

Nothing heard of ERT-open rebells radio on July 17th and 18th
(Wolfgang Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 18, dxldyg via DXLD)

9935, July 19 at 0110, VG signal with Greek music from ERTOpen, but
big whine along with it, a lower pitch than Cairo does to itself on
9965, but louder on 9935, yet so is the program modulation. // 9420
from ERTO is loud and clear. 15630 at 0125 check July 19 has good
clear signal too with Greek music. First time I`ve noted this on 9935,
but others have heard it altho not constantly.

Is it jamming as John Babbis suggests also UT July 19? ``ERT Open on
9935 kHz had severe interference from 2100 to 0200 UT, which also
appeared on Tuesday, July 15 at 2100-2300. I believe that someone is
attempting to drive ERT Open from 9935 kHz``.

I`m not convinced that it`s not just a transmitter fault at Avlis.
Wolfgang Büschel agrees at 1850 UT July 18: ``and a fence of 180 Hertz
apart signals on 9935v, 13 x 180 Hertz spaced peak strings seen on
each band side, covered in total on 9929 to 9941 kHz space``

Furthermore he was hearing the same thing later at 0402 July 19 around
``11644.983 signal wandered down to 11644.963 kHz within 25 minutes
duration, after a single hour settled down finally on 11644.960 kHz.

Is the same faulty unit signal of 9935v kHz yesterday night. S=9+15dB
-54dBm, and buzzy audio. And a fence of 130 Hertz apart spacing
signals on 11644.9v kHz, 13 x 130 Hertz spaced peak strings seen on
each band side, covered in total on 11639.5 to approx. 11651 kHz
space`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9420.006, 11644.960, 15630.034 kHz footprints at 0402 UT July 19.

11644.983 wandered down to 11644.963 within 25 minutes duration, after
a single hour settled down finally on 11644.960 kHz.

{I guess 7 MHz channel replaced by 11645v kHz before 0350-0400 UT, I
guess is north-southerly target antenna at 182deg, i.e. only poor to
nil signal in Americas.}

is the same faulty TX signal of 9935v kHz yesterday night. S=9+15dB -
54dBm, and buzzy audio.

And a fence of 130 Hertz apart spacing signals on 11644.9v kHz, 13 x
130 Hertz spaced peak strings seen on each band side, covered in total
on 11639.5 to approx. 11651 kHz space.

On upper sideband 11648-11651 kHz hit and covered by PNW/FPU Radio
Tamazuj program in Arabic from SMG Santa Maria di Galeria Vatican
State site, S=9 or -70dBm strength signal (Wolfgang Büschel, dxldyg

9935, July 20 at 0056, no signal from ERTOpen tonight, nor on 9420 –
open for IranQuran, and nothing on 15650, 15630, 7475 or 7450 either

Hello John, Yes, I remember Radiofonikos Stathmos Makedonias in
Thessaloniki very well indeed, and they often played the more
enjoyable music I thought. And I do recall that when Kavala closed it
was said that they dedicated transmitters to Avlis, but that only one
of them was ever put on air. I always wondered why the VOA closed
Kavala yet left two sites in Germany active. It was better sited and
had a better "reach" than, say, Biblis does. Still, that was a long
time ago now. If frequencies are left unused for any length of time
then someone else will eventually use them - that's what has happened
to 9420. And despite many broadcasters closing, some bands are still
well used - and 9 mHz is a prime one. Let us hope that the situation
in Greece soon stabilises, and that we once again hear regular daily
broadcasts. Regards & 73 from Noel in England (to and via John Babbis,

Good UTC afternoon Noel; Thank you for your communications. It seem as
though the free help at ERT Open, although doing the best that it can,
are unable to keep the three transmitters on the air on a regular
daily basis due to the lack of personnel. For example, on this side of
the ocean, during the 1900-0200 UT period of July 7-13 they have been
off the air three times, and during the 1900-0200 UT period of July
14-20 they have been off the air four times. I am hopeful that this is
happening only during the summer vacation season and that they will be
back daily when things get back to normal.

As for the situation with the VOA transmitters in Kavala and the relay
stations in the United States, from the attached letter fron Demetri
Vafeas, it is apparent that this is a political problem. It appears
that the faithful volunteers at ERT Open are doing their best to keep
Avlis open despite the political desire to close it down and sell the
equipment as scrap, ending shortwave in Greece. Let us hope for the
best (John Babbis, July 20 via DXLD) Viz.:

During 2006, John, many negative developments occurred in our company.
But the worst of all is the cease of the VOA transmitters. Not only
the termination of the local Kavala & Rhodos sites but the United
States-based relay stations, too. You know, I am sure that since the
new colleagues Dionisios Angelloyiannis, Sotirios Vorgias and Babbis
Charalambopoulos took over the job, I am not longer responsible for
the MW/SW Radio matters. However, since the VOA personnel contacted
me, I tried to explain to various management and political key people,
in close cooperation with the VOA personnel in Kavala & Rhodos, about
the tremendous loss in front of us.

No one seems to understand !!!
No one seems to care any more !!!

Different personalities were approaching the problem from different
incident angles. They did not even look at the details of the
Bilateral Agreement. According to it (the ``Agreement``), the
Americans were obliged to relay our programs until April 2007. But
still when the operation of the transmitters was ended, we did not
express interest in getting, at least, the recently installed
equipment (like the two powerful MW transmitters). No one cares about
the fact that those transmitters are ready to transmit digital
signals, like DRM.

It seems that the highly-ranked officials cannot realize the
importance of the direct communication, via radio, with the remaining
Greeks or our foreign friends in the neighboring areas, like Balkans,
East & North Europe, Cyprus.

I am so disappointed that I cannot really think of anything that can
really reverse the situation. And at the same time, I can understand
the disappointment of the audience, like you and other good friends in
Cyprus, Australia and ship personnel, all over the world.

Cordially, (Demetri H Vafeas, Dec 28, 2006, e-mail to and via John
Babbis, jpg image retyped by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST)

GREECE ERT-open: nothing heard July 23, on whole morning, also nothing
heard at 13-19 UT today, 73 wb (Wolfgang Büschel, July 23, dxldyg via

** GUATEMALA. CQ, CQ, CQ; Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir
algo con los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las
horas son UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este
Quipus lo siguiente:

4054.98, R. Verdad, Chiquimula, 11/07 1100-1116, 22222, mx religiosa,
px en inglés, mx religiosa, ID en inglés.

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. Dear DX-friends, These are the only stations audible in the
60 mb here in Denmark at your morning sign on:
4800.00, 0027-0030 21.7, AIR Hyderabad, vernacular talk, 35333.
4840.00, 0010-0020 21.7, AIR Mumbai, vernacular ann, Indian songs,
4920.00, 0017-0025 21.7, AIR Chennai, Tamil ann, Indian string music,
5010.00, 0022-0030 21.7, AIR Thiruvananthapuram, Malayalam ann, Sitar
music, 45343. The others are either too weak or Off the Air, like R
Kashmir on 4950. Best 73, (Anker Petersen, dx_india yg via DXLD)

** INDIA. All India Radio (AIR) has started, from 21st July, a new
service on Short Wave with Vividh Bharati and National Channel
combined on 9380 kHz coming from Aligarh towards Southern India. The
schedule is:
0100-0435 UT Vividh Bharati
0900-1200 UT Vividh Bharati
1320-0040 UT National Channel (replacing 9470 kHz).

9870 kHz with Vividh Bharati and 9425 kHz with National Channel will
continue as before. (Akashvani Prasar Bharati on FB)
Reports to spectrum-manager@air.org.in Via Alokesh Gupta
-- Thanking you, Yours sincerely, (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National
Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India, July 22, dxldyg via

Looks like a good move; Per EiBi & Aoki, nothing scheduled anywhen on
9380, while 9470 had CCI from various Chinese broadcasts. However HFCC
has three probably wooden entries on 9380:

9380 1200 1400 44 TAC 100 71 0 238 1234567 300314 251014 D Kor
UZB WRN WRN 11005 reserve
9380 1330 1530 37-39 ISL 250 282 30 221 1234567 300314 251014 D 12045
urd PAK PBC PBC 4771
9380 1500 1630 44 TAC 100 76 0 902 1234567 300314 251014 D Kor
(Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

9380 had English news from 1532 tune in, copyable with effort,
certainly not strong. Didn't hear an ID but several mentions of India.
Checking 9425 had classical mx and no sign of anything // 9380.
(Don Moman, Lamont, Alberta CANADA, Elad FDM-S2, 4-30 log, July 22,

New updated schedule of AIR Vividh Bharati and AIR National Channel
AIR Vividh Bharati from July 21:
0100-0435 9380 ALG 250 kW / 188 deg SoAs Hindi, additional frequency
0100-0435 9870 BGL 500 kW / 035 deg SoAs Hindi
0900-1200 6100 DEL 250 kW / 134 deg SoAs Hindi DRM
0900-1200 9380 ALG 250 kW / 188 deg SoAs Hindi, additional frequency
0900-1200 9870 BGL 500 kW / 035 deg SoAs Hindi
1320-1740 9870 BGL 500 kW / 035 deg SoAs Hindi

AIR National Channel from July 21
1320-0040 9380 ALG 250 kW / 188 deg SoAs Hindi/English news*, ex 9470
1320-0040 9425 DEL 250 kW / 334 deg to SoAs Hindi/English news*
*5 minutes bulletin at 1430, 1530, 1630, 1730, 1830, 1935, 2030, 2135,
2230 (DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23,
2014 via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

** INDIA. The following stations of AIR was noted with extended
broadcast with live commentary on opening of Commonwealth Games,
Glasgow last night at around 2030 UT [July 23] (2.00 am IST)
alternately in English and Hindi
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4910 Jaipur

576 Alappuzha
603 Ajmer
612 Bengaluru
621 Patna
666 Delhi
774 Shimla
846 Ahmedabad
864 Shillong
873 Jalandhar
882 Imphal
972 Cuttack
1044 Mumbai
1143 Ratnagiri /Rohtak ?
1377 Hyderabad
1566 Nagpur
1594 Bhopal

I must have missed some more stations. Note: 1566 kHz is on regularly
at this time. Yours sincerely, (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute
of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India, dx_india yg via DXLD)

My observations:

4810 Bhopal
4910 Jaipur


603 Ajmer
612 B'lore
621 Patna
666 Delhi
747 Lucknow
774 Shimla
846 Ahmedabad
864 Shillong
873 Jalandhar
882 Imphal
990 Jammu
1143 Rohtak
1215 New Delhi
1566 Nagpur
1593 Bhopal
Regards, (Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, ibid.)

** INDIA [and non]. 4970.015, AIR Shillong in English {!}, female talk
at 1330 UT. Surprisingly S=8 or -81dBm signal downunder in AUS.
5040.0, AIR Calcutta.
4989.995, AIR Itanagar.
4920.0, Both AIR Chennai and PBS Xizang, equal freq, equal level.
4910.001, AIR Jaipur at 1340 UT.
4879.995, AIR Lucknow, Hindi lang singer.
4860.001, AIR Shimla
4840.002, AIR Mumbai

4820.0, PBS Xizang, and UNIDENTIFIED heterodyne interfering signal on
4820.728, ... 721 wandered up and down. AIR Calcutta?
4809.996, AIR Mumbai, Hindi lang annmt, unstable TX at 1352 UT.

4800.0, CNR1 Mandarin service, and
4799.998, AIR Chennai in probably Hindi language program.
4760.008, Distorted by UTE signal, probably AIR Port Blair at 1358 UT
(Wolfgang Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to 1415 UT time slot
July 21, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews via dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9690 INDIA All India Radio at 1417, English, //13710, music,
1420 ID and into “Music Box” program - Good July 19 Sellers-BC

13710 INDIA All India Radio at 1346, English, woman with schedule,
then Hindi music - Fair until CRI came on before 1358 with English
program, then poor July 19 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia.
Listening in my car, by the lake, with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active
antenna. Editor of World English Survey and Target Listening,
available at http://www.odxa.on.ca dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR celebrates 87th year

Akashvani Prasar Bharati writes on the WRTH Facebook group

All India Radio is celebrating 87th Year of Broadcasting in India
today i.e. 23rd July, 2014. On this very day in 1927, the private
Indian Broadcasting Company LTD (IBC) was authorized to operate two
radio stations; the Bombay station began on 23 July 1927. The Calcutta
station followed on 26 August 1927. That was just a beginning of
broadcasting in India. Indian State Broadcasting Service was nam...ed
All India Radio in 1936 and its Hindi name ‘Akashvani’ was awarded in
1956. All India Radio became the arm of Prasar Bharati, a statutory
autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act on

All India Radio, today, has the reach to 99.2 % of population, 92 % of
area of the nation. Now, it broadcasts programmes in 23 Languages and
146 Dialects through AIR’s 413 Broadcasting Centres and 584
Transmitters, 21 DTH Channels besides its Vividh Bharati Service,
External Services Division, News Services Division and above all FM
Gold and FM Rainbow channels. It caters programmes of everyone’s
interest. All India Radio brings you Live Commentaries on all
important events of your interest like Sports, Cultural and

Programmes of AIR’s Urdu Service and FM Gold are available on internet
through live streaming
AIR News is available on Android based Mobile Phones. All India Radio
and its News services Division are active on Social Media Network
sites- Face book. Twitter, Blog and YouTube. All India Radio has
played a great role in preserving our cultural heritage like Classical
Music, Folk & Tribal Music besides Classical and Folk Literature. The
Sound Archives of All India Radio can be called as the National Audio
Archive of the nation as it is the treasure house of precious
recordings of more than 17,000 hours containing music and spoken word
recordings in different categories. It is the largest library of
Indian Music recordings.

All India Radio has been playing a pivotal role in creating awareness
in the Disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, tsunami, floods,
landslides, explosions, fires, bus & train accidents, air crashes,
etc. The journey of growth and development of All India Radio still
continues (via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 3325.0, ? Most probably RRI Palangka Raya
program in undoubtedly Bahasa Indonesia language and music, at 1410

3344.864, Phone in program by females of tentative RRI Tennate

Two signals nearby:
4870.001, UNID, and stronger on
4869.916, probably RRI Wamena-INS at 1345 UT July 21 (Wolfgang
Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to 1415 UT time slot July 21,
presumably via remote receiver in Australia, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews via

4870-, July 21 at 1200, JBA carrier on the lo side, probably RRI
Wamena; 4835 VL8A in better than usual just after WWCR is off 4840

** INDONESIA. 9525.9, Voice of Indonesia at 1302 commencing English
with woman doing announcements, 1303:20 “Voice of Indonesia with the
news.” by woman and then man with news - Poor July 19 (Harold Sellers,
Vernon, British Columbia. Listening in my car, by the lake, with the
Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hello DXers, Checking VOI today 23/7/2014 I noticed that they are
having Japanese talk around 1740 UT instead of the Spanish section
which is officially from 1700 to 1800 UT. Good DX (Tarek Zeidan,
Cairo, Egypt, Sent from my iPad, ibid.)

At 1820 UT in German on 9525.9, as scheduled 18-19 (Ivo Ivanov,
Blgaria, ibid.)

** INDONESIA [and non]. INDONÉSIA, 9680.06, RRI, Cimanggis, 1015-1055
(o desvan. total terá ocorrido poucos mins. mais tarde), 21/7,
indonésio, texto, entrevistas; 35433, QRM notada após as 1030+/-,
talvez de uma emissora da Formosa, em mandarim, que, perto das 1100,
já se sobrepunha à estação da insulíndia. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos
Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Recordings of first lunar landing 45 years
ago, VOA reports in Spanish: see MUSEA

** IRAN [and non]. First no New Zealand on 15720, now Radio Nacional
de Amazonia is missing from 11780, but still present on 6180. Just to
make the night even more odd, VOIRI was on the frequency with English
until 0420, followed by a language I assume was either Farsi or Arabic
until an abrupt sign off at 0435 (Tim Rahto, IA, July 17, dxldyg via

VoIRI is actually scheduled at that time for 11780 but is usually well
covered by Brazil. The absence of RNdA just revealed what is there but
not heard in the Americas usually. – (Kenneth V Zichi, MI, ibid.)

Thanks for the info, Ken. I found an older schedule listing VOIRI on
this frequency, but couldn't find it on anything more current. I
appreciate the clarification (Tim Rahto, ibid.)

** IRAN. Entrevista para a IRIB Radio --- Caros, amanhã pela manhã
darei uma entrevista em inglês para a IRIB Radio (Irã) por telefone.
Mandei um relatório de recepção para eles e fui convidado a dar esta
entrevista. Assim que souber quando ela irá ser transmitida aviso
vocês; acredito que não será ao vivo. Abraço a todos (Caputo Floyd, 21
July, radioescutas yg via DXLD)

Parabéns, amigo. O serviço em espanhol queria gravar uma entrevista
comigo, mas até agora não me ligaram. É que ganhei um prêmio da
emissora (um artesanato). 73! (Rubens Ferraz Pedroso (PY5-007SWL).
Bandeirantes - PR, ibid.)

** IRAN [non]. 15690, GERMANY, Radio Farda via Biblis at 1312 in
Persian, Moody Blues song “Nights in White Satin” followed by woman
with ID - Fair July 19 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia.
Listening in my car, by the lake, with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active
antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. Esto escutando qsa 544 VVV DE 4XZ utc 1951 na freq de 11151
cw. Cidade Santos-sp. Antena g5rv junior. Receptor tecsun pl 660.
Descodificador DIGPAN. Transmissões provenientes de Israel? (Sergio
Ricardo, 16 July, radioescutas yg via DXLD)

Se trata de 4XZ, la estación de la Marina Israelí en Haifa. Ese
marcador en CW puede escucharse también en otras frecuencias, como en
6607 kHz por la tarde.
Tambien en 6379 kHz:
73! (Rodolfo Tizzi http://elterrorylavirtud.blogspot.com/
http://cx2abp.blogspot.com/ ibid.)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. JAPAN, Frequency change of Shiokaze-Sea Breeze
effective from July 15
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 Japanese Mon/Wed
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 Chinese/Korean Tue
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 English Thu
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 Korean Fri
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 Kor/Japanese Sat
1600-1700 6090 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE, ex 6165 Japanese/Kor Sun
Three videos from July 16 for Japanese transmission:
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, July 17, dxldyg via WORLD OF

This is interesting Ivo. Is this the first time they changed only one
frequency, instead of both of them? On July 15 (Tuesday) noted
Shiokaze still on 6020 and still mixing with CNR8 (Mongolian Service)
at 1333, in Chinese (Ron Howard, California , ibid.)

July 17 (Thursday) had Shiokaze-Sea Breeze on 5985.0 (ex 6020) at 1330
in English; ID and into "Today's Newsflash". Scheduled 1330 to 1430.
(Ron Howard, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, ibid.)

Three videos from July 16 for Japanese transmission:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

Frequency changes of Shiokaze-Sea Breeze eff. from July 15:
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 Japanese Mon/Wed
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 Chinese/Korean Tue
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 English Thu
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 Korean Fri
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 Korean/Japanese Sat
1330-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg KRE, ex 6020 Japanese/Korean Sun

Three videos on July 17 of English transmission on new 6090:

Two videos on July 22 of Chinese/Korean transmissions on 6090:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. UZBEKISTAN(non), Voice of Martyrs on new
frequency from July 12:
1600-1730 NF 7510 TAC 100 kW / 065 deg to KRE Korean, ex 7530.
Four videos from July 14 and 16 with very poor reception:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. USA(non) Frequency change of Radio Free Asia in
Korean from July 17: 1700-1900 NF 15425 TIN 250 kW / 325 deg to EaAs,
ex 5820 Parallel freq 9975 TIN 250 kW / 329 deg to EaAs. Videos from
July 20:
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** KOREA SOUTH. Glenn, I've attached a picture of both transmitters
and the Log Periodic from the Voice of Freedom. The transmitter on the
left is the main transmitter. We've been running it at 8 kilowatts.
The actual gain of the antenna is only 7 dB. It is about 40 meters
above the ground. Best Regards (Jamie Labadia, July 19, DX LISTENING


[non log]. 6135, Voice of Freedom (clandestine) continues to be
heavily jammed with white noise through July 23; not readable at all
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX

** KUWAIT. Radio Kuwait observed on July 14 again broadcast in Bangla
1500-1545 21540 KBD 500 kW / 310 deg WeEu, instead of Arabic Genl Sce
1545-1600 15540 KBD 300 kW / 100 deg SoAs, before start of Urdu Sce
Several videos from July 14, first two and last two with very poor

And video for Urdu Sce of Radio Kuwait
1600-1800 15540 KBD 300 kW / 100 deg SoAs, very poor reception today:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

17550, July 19 at 2110-2147, R. Kuwait Arabic service is mostly
Qur`an, good for napping here, and a decent signal today, with little
else propagating on 16m, except Australia 17860 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

QSL Certificate received from Radio Kuwait. Issued in honor of the
fact that I am an official monitor their radio. And I am about this
and did not know. But beautiful card size slightly smaller than A4.
Kwtfreq @ media.gov.km (as written on the envelope, but probably
correctly will -.kw) (Paul, Belgorod, Russia / "open_dx" & "deneb-
radio-dx", QSL-world, RusDX July 20 via DXLD)

** KYRGYZSTAN. 4010.075, Kyrgyz Radio 1st service from Bishkek
Krasnaya Rechka site at 1415 UT but nothing noted at same time of 4795
kHz Bishkek-KGZ! (Wolfgang Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to
1415 UT time slot July 21, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews via dxldyg via DX

** LAOS. Glenn, Do you spot anything wrong with this QSL card?
Radio Laos QSL Card SWL | eBay

I don`t know; is the Lao lettering or hammer & sickle backwards? 15190
was a Soviet relay (Glenn Hauser, to Artie, via DXLD)

Glenn, That explains it!!! 15190!! (Artie, ibid.)

BTW, if you are just interested in capturing images of old QSL cards
rather than holding them in your hot little hands, eBay is a great
resource, even after they are sold (but for how long?) (Glenn Hauser,

** LESOTHO. Outlook Radio?? 1197 kHz. Hopefully someone will have some
idea on this one. For the past few evenings I have been receiving a
station on 1197 kHz from just before local sunset onwards (1530-ish);
I presume it is coming from Lesotho, no doubt the old transmitter once
used by BBCWS, WYFR, and more lately LM Radio.

Programming at fade-in is in English, rather inane with a talk show
host and phone in, for example asking people to call in and say what
they are planning to do for the weekend! From about 1630 programming
switches to endless modern disco music with few announcements, so I
give up after an hour or so. I have heard a mention of "Maseru", which
again suggests Lesotho, but the closest I have come to an ID is a
single mention of "Outlook Radio".

It is several months since I trawled this part of the medium wave
band, and it wasn't there then, so maybe a new-ish station. And, I
think, one well-worth giving a miss. I was under the impression
(possibly incorrect!!) that LM Radio didn't last long on this
frequency. Does anyone know what it might be? (Bill Bingham,
Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D, July 21, dxldyg via DX

Hi Bill, What about this?
Ultimate Radio 99.8 FM MW 891/1197 online http://www.gov.ls
Audio streaming - http://www.gov.ls/home/default.php
Facebook -
(Ron Howard, California, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Ron, Well spotted and many thanks. Yes, it looks promising. It's
amazing what passes as entertainment in some parts; I'm at a
disadvantage because I can't stand that sort of music and on this
station it just goes on and on for ever. But I'll give it another
listen to see if "Outlook" should really be "Ultimate". And I should
get the listed // on 891 as well.

The Drake is unpacked at last, but the antenna still leaves a lot to
be desired; and even when I had a really good one, reception of 1197
was usually poor. But it`s progress. Many thanks. Regards, (Bill
Bingham, RSA, ibid.) Later:

Ultimate Radio, 1197, Maseru. Jul 21, 2014, Monday. 1705-1723. Thanks
to Ron Howard for suggesting the identity of this station off-list.
Although I still have not heard an ID, it does indeed seem to be
“Ultimate Radio”, since it is // to 891 kHz. I find the music is more
acceptable tonight; perhaps it goes to disco at weekends. But the
programming bears little resemblance to what I remember of the old
Radio Lesotho on 891. Fair. Jo'burg sunset 1536 (Bill Bingham,
Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D. dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO

** MADAGASCAR. 5010.43, Jul 18 1915, R Madagasikara still there with
their unstable transmitter (Thomas Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin July
20 via DXLD)

** MADAGASCAR. U S A. 9955, July 23 at 1240, WRMI with AWR Wavescan,
this week a talk at NASB Greenville in May by someone from WCBC about
Madagascar World Voice. Missed part of it, and vs the Taiwan QRM and
jamming, but gist is that he`s optimistic now that there is a new
Minister of Communications who apparently is more amenable to OKing
the long-delayed project. In fact their Mad-man was scheduled to meet
with him the next day, his first day on the job. Now looking toward
getting the transmitters there by end of October, testing by Xmas, and
on the air by early 2015. (The key event will be departure of the
transmitters from Houston dock storage, once they are certain of a
``go``. Everything else has been built and ready for a long time.)
Part of the deal is promoting tourism to Madagascar on the air, that
having been ``destroyed``.

Meanwhile there has still been no `Update` since first quarter 2014:

** MALAYSIA [and non]. MALAYSIA/CHINA, 5964.700, RTM Klasik Nasional
FM at 1440 UT, July 18, and co-ch even 5965.0 CRI Xian in Korean.

6049.990, Probably RTM Asyik FM from Kajang, underneath also PBS
Xizang Mandarin, via Tibet noted here (Wolfgang Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX
TopNews July 18, remote receiver in NW Canada, dxldyg via DXLD)

9835, July 18 at 1255, pop music, Sarawak FM mentioned, 1300 into RTM
news, ``berita`` with lengthy musical intro, mentions ``tragedy`` with
a hard-g. Was not // weaker 11665 before hourtop, the Wai FM service,
but joined for the news, altho out of synch with 9835 a few syllables
behind 11665. 1311 back to music and ads on 9835. No dirges in the
music here; after all, only a fraxion of the victims were from
Malaysia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

5964.7, Klasik Radio at 1215 with Malaysian pop music, 1244 man in
Bahasa Malay into Islamic call to prayer - Poor with ACI July 19

6050, Asyik FM at 1218 with Malaysian pop music, 1230 woman is Bahasa
Malay with announcements - Fair July 19

7295, silent July 19

9835, Sarawak FM at 1234 with Malaysian pop music, female announcer,
1249 ID and promo - Fair July 19

11665, Wai FM at 1233 with Malaysian pop music, female announcer, 1253
“Wai FM” ID - Fair July 19 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia.
Listening in my car, by the lake, with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active
antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

7295, Traxx FM has been off the air for some time now; through July 23
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX

11665, Wai FM (presumed); 1126-1135+, 24-July; Tune-in to enthusiastic
discussion between 2M+W (one M was very enthusiastic); to 1129+ promos
with music; 1131+ into news. SIO=2+33-, LSB helps with splash from
11670 AIR (presumed). (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, USA, Drake R8B + 85
ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, ICF7600G + TV beam ant for FMBC, All
logged by my ears, on my receiver, in real time! DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA [non]. While it`s a minor point compared to the immensity
of the tragedy, I have to point out again that it was not ``flight
17`` that went down, but a specific airplane which should be
identified forever by its unique callsign. This site
shows the aircraft on the flight ``cancelled`` (I`ll say) on July 17
was 9MMRD. Several other craft made the flight on other dates
including today July 18, 9MMRL, departed Amsterdam at 1019 UT, ETA
2147 for a duration of 11 hours and 28 minutes. The previous flight by
9MMRA on July 16 took 11 hours and 30 minutes, so avoiding Ukraine is
expected to make very little difference in flight time. We`ll have to
recheck when it really lands.

Altho not dealing directly with radio monitoring, a follow-up on MH
Flights 17, which continue to run every day with several different
planes, so referring to the crash as ``Flight 17`` is nonsensical. On
July 18, the day following the disaster, that flight by 9MMRL left
Amsterdam at 1019 UT and landed in KUL at 2200, i.e. flight time of
11:41, so about a dekaminute longer than usual.

On July 19, 9MMRF departure was delayed 4:15 until 1415, ETA 0104 July
20, which would be only 10:49, unlikely unless quite a tailwind or
speedup. See http://www.flightradar24.com/flight/mh17
Perhaps someone can supply the available ATC/ATG HF channels along the
route; since it`s all overland, may not be much HF use instead of VHF.

I don`t intend to pursue this endlessly, but one more time: despite
all the media shorthand about ``MH Flight 17``, there is such a flight
*every day* from AMS to KUL, so either always add the date of the
doomed flight (July 17), or preferably refer to the unique callsign of
the aircraft which was shot down, 9MMRD (which I have *never* heard or
seen in any press about this). {later: Finally there was a split-
second shot of the tail crashed on the ground, with ``MRD`` showing,
10:49 minutes into the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, UT July 22. I
photoed a freeze-frame of it.}

Checking flightradar24.com, for flight delays by avoiding Ukraine
since the shootdown, the July 19 flight, aircraft 9MMRF which left
more than 4 hours late, took 11:47. July 20: 9MMRQ took 11:38. July
21: 9MMRC took 12:02. Of course part of the delay/variation could be
due to stack-ups at the destination.

As for possible HF channels used by ongoing flights MH17: Noel Green,
NW England, says ``the most active station that might contact one of
the MH flights seems to be Mumbai, and possible calling frequencies
are 8879, 8909 and 8948 or possibly 6655. I only see one frequency (in
the lower range at least) for Kuala Lumpur on 8942, and it *seems*
that Singapore may handle international traffic in that area on that
frequency. All courtesy of the 2012 edition of Airwaves. Maybe someone
from S Asia has better information``. Normally air and ground are
simplex on the same frequency. ATC often specifies a secondary

BTW, our condolences to TIME magazine where they must be pulling their
hair out, the weekly having gone to press the day before the crash,
yet received by subscribers the day after. Planning to make major
breaking news? Please avoid Thursdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF

** MALI. 9635. R. Mali, Kati, 1030-..., 21/7, dialecto, música e
canções locais; 45444. Nada a apontar à modulação (!). Bons DX e 73
(Carlos Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Comment literally translated would be ``nothing to point to
modulation`` i.e. no sign of modulation, but he just said the
opposite?? (gh, DXLD)

** MEXICO. 710-, July 17 at 0548 UT check, XEDP is off-frequency again
tonight hetting KCMO on 710.0.

710.0, July 23 at 0557 check, no het but some Spanish in the mix, so
XEDP Chihuahua is not off-frequency tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** MEXICO. 1570, July 21 at 1145 UT, XERF is still playing
``Mañanitas`` songs at this time every morning, followed by another
tune, and at 1150, ``Servicio Social --- Avisos Personales``, mainly
missing persons but also missing purses. Lots of people trying to make
contact on both sides of la frontera; station phone number announced
for input is 877-108-7046. Seems unusual for a 1 to be in 4th place,
but maybe not for toll-frees; several phone numbers but not this one
are on their contact page http://www.imer.mx/lapoderosa/contactanos/

Starting to fade out at 1154, and at times some English US station
occupying its null; LSR here was 1130 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** MEXICO. 6185, July 17 at 0528, XEPPM is still on later than usual
0500v*, talking about Michael Jackson and playing some of his music.
Until 0530, much more signal from 6175 Vietnam/WHRI than from 6180
Brasil, q.v.

6184.981, Surprisingly R Educación tonight few Hertz 'más' on lower
side, 0345 UT, but proper S=9+20dB -51dBm signal logged on Florida-US
SDR post (Wolfgang Büschel, July 19, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Weak sporadic E is trying to get going July 17, UT:

1548 on 2, fade-in with f bug in LR = Televisa-4 net

1602 on 2, looks like the horoscope show again, traced July 13 at same
hour to XHFM, TeleVer in Veracruz

1630 on 2, f bug in LR continues to fade in and out occasionally

Only a bit of sporadic E, July 19 at 0218 UT as a novela from Televisa
net-2 fades in and out, star bug in LR; nothing more.

Sporadic E opening July 21, UT:

1557 on 2, heavy CCI once I rotate to Mexico, having started out
toward Canada as once again misled by 6m opening maps

1557 on 3, steady signal with SpongeBob, Televisa-5 new logo LR

1559 on 2, HEB presenta `Panorama Agropecuario`, first item concerning
Montemorelos, Nuevo León. HEB is a chain of stores in Texas, but also
in NL and elsewhere in Mexico. Maybe XEFB-TV Monterrey. CCI from lucha
libre, or is it boxeo? Some kind of combat in a square ring

1605 on 2, it`s boxing, labeled TOP RANK, then BOX AZTECA, `Deporte
Caliente` dc show and on to fútbol. The Top Rank commentary was in
Spanish but the video probably originated in USA

1606 on 4, clear and steady signal, interview with Dr Martín Rivera;
maybe infomercial; 1610 crawler with DF phone number (at least)

1616 on 3, film drama, Azteca-13 bug in UR

1625 all gone; 1640 trace of video again

1645 on 2, promo for show on MTY --- this is not XEFB, but another
Monterrey station, ch 34, being relayed on ch 2 in Saltillo, Coahuila,
as explained at http://tvdxtips.com/mexlogosch2.html

XHCNL-2 (? offset)
Saltillo, Coahuila
Relays XHCNL-34
Televisa Independent

On to a studio music show mentioning regiomontano = ``Monterreyan``
and no ñ in it, and with 31 degree temp in LR as in the MTY screenshot

1646 on 3, Spongebob with credit roll, Televisa-5 bug LR

1647 on 4, film with Azteca-13 bug UR

1647 on 2, CCI including yelling announcer on music show above

1652 on 2, Azteca-7 bug UR, lucha libre, labeled SMACK DOWN from the W
network (as in WWF??)

1700 on 2, I attempt several photos just to get the 7 bug in the UR

1719 on 2, CCI, then fútbol hilites, generic Televisa Deportes oval
bug in LR

1751 on 2, farmacia ad fades in; 1753 ad for CONSORCIO, something
starting 15 de agosto, and Azteca 13 bug UR

1805 on 2, novela? with Televisa-5 bug LR; (lunch break)

1911 on 2, Azteca-7 bug UR, which morphs around, comes and goes

Susana Mendieta/Milenio Diario, Ayer Miércoles, 23 Jul, 2014 20:29


En México, a partir del primer minuto del 31 de diciembre de 2015,
dejará de existir la llamada señal analógica.

La señal de televisión como la conocemos actualmente está en cuenta
regresiva: a partir del 1 de enero de 2016 sólo podrá verse con equipo
digital. La imagen corresponde a la señal por internet del canal de
Gala TV Mérida de Grupos SIPSE, utilizada sólo como contexto.

MÉXICO, DF.- La nueva política de transición a la televisión digital
terrestre (TDT) ya no incluye el calendario por localidad o zona de
cobertura para los diferentes apagones analógicos, por lo que será el
31 de diciembre de 2015 la fecha única.

De acuerdo con lo que han aclarado las autoridades, ahora será por
zonas de cobertura y conforme avance la entrega de televisores por
parte de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) como se
realice el apagón, hasta completar todo el país, antes de la fecha

Por tal razón, el Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel)
abrió una nueva consulta pública para el apagón, ya que se modificó la
anterior y se abrogó el segundo transitorio del acuerdo que fue
publicado en el Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF) el 2 de julio de
2004 y cuya última modificación se hizo el 7 de mayo pasado.

El artículo 6o. indica que los concesionarios y permisionarios de
televisión estarán obligados a realizar todas las inversiones e
instalaciones necesarias para transitar a la TDT, y el instituto
vigilará el debido cumplimiento de esta obligación.

La nueva política incluye la obligación de los operadores de
televisión de solicitar canales digitales adicionales, como lo
establece la nueva Ley de Telecomunicaciones.

El artículo 9o transitorio indica que se deberá proporcionar al Ifetel
todos los requisitos técnicos y legales en relación con la operación
del canal adicional en un plazo de 60 días naturales a partir de que
se les notifique.

El artículo 13o establece que los concesionarios y permisionarios de
televisión deberán asegurar la continuidad del servicio de
radiodifusión, es decir, garantizar la adecuada transmisión de las
señales de TDT.

Deberán replicar al menos toda el área de cobertura de la transmisión
analógica, pero no más allá de la zona de cobertura.

El artículo 16 indica que el instituto informará a la población sobre
el apagón analógico en medios de comunicación masiva, volantes,
sesiones informativas y un portal de internet.

Una vez efectuado el apagón analógico, los concesionarios y
permisionarios de televisión solo podrán utilizar el canal para
realizar transmisiones digitales y el espectro dejará de considerarse
concesionado o con permiso, por lo que el Ifetel podrá disponer de él.
(SIPSE.com via Israel González Ahumada, Yucatán, July 24, DXLD)

** MONGOLIA. MONGÓLIA, 12085, Voz da Mongólia, Khonkhor, 0905-1038,
19/7, inglês; progr. em mongol, às 0930, em mandarim, às 1000, em
japonês, às 1030; 25432. Sinal mais forte notado em 20/7. Bons DX e 73
(Carlos Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONGOLIA. 4894.996, Mongolian Radio, flute music from domestic
Murun tx site (Wolfgang Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to 1415
UT time slot July 21, presumably via remote receiver in Australia,
wwdxc BC-DX TopNews via dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR. 5985.22, Myanmar Radio on July 18 something new here.
For as long as I can remember they used one of two transmitters; being
either on exact frequency - 5985.00 or the off frequency one - 5985.8.
Recently have observed on different days both 5985.00 and 5985.8, so
today was clearly a new frequency for them; noted at 1235 and 1301
(before clandestine Shiokaze signs on at 1330). Perhaps Wolfy or
others can measure the frequency more accurately? Appreciate any
help with a Perseus exact frequency! (Ron Howard, Asilomar State
Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING

Thanks to Mauno Ritola for his input - "I get it as 5985.228 kHz." Ron

MYANMAR Yes, Ron, you are correct, at 1430-1500 UT in AUS: 5985.228 is
footprint frequency of Myanmar Radio at 1430 UT on today July 18,
probably from old empire Rangoon transmitting center. S=8 or -75dBm
signal strenght on remote SDR unit in downunder Australia.

Also heard:
5915.0, Naypyidaw outlet S=9+10dB or -63dBm,
co-channel CRI Mongolian from Hohot-CHN #694 txing site.

6165.0, Undoubtedly Pyin U Lwin Myanmar bcasting program noted at same
time, co-ch CNR6 Beijing equal level.

Nothing heard on 7185/7200/7215 kHz Rangoon channel (Wolfgang Büschel,
wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 18, dxldyg via DXLD)

Rangoon some 6 Hertz up now. Came across the 5985 kHz channel
downunder in remote SDR unit in Australia, in 1415 to 1430 UT time
slot July 21.

5985.0, Powerful Shiokaze interval signal over and over again from
Yamata JPN relay site noted til TX off at 1430 UT. Then channel let in
the clear of Myanmar Radio Rangoon on odd 5985.234 at 1432 UT, and
undoubtedly a North Korean ditter jamming signal in the background
underneath (Wolfgang Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 21, dxldyg via

5985.23, Myanmar Radio continues to be daily heard on this frequency;
July 21 at 1315 found pulsating noise jamming in preparation for the
sign on of Shiokaze at *1330 and blocking Myanmar. Thanks again to
Wolfy and Mauno for the exact frequency reading (Ron Howard, Asilomar
State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9925, UT Sat July 20 at 0138, tune-in The Mighty
KBC, VG signal via Nauen, GERMANY, just as ``DX Headlines`` are
ending, something about three 40m hamband frequencies to be kept clear
for emergency traffic. A new feature? Followed by ad and several more
before 0200*. Maybe business is picking up. Usual rock music and
lively DJ chatter by Eric; seems there is no mourning here, tho I
didn`t hear the whole broadcast. 0147 over to Kraig Krist in the USA
for his ``Forgotten Song`` segment, this time The Dorels, ex-
Brooktones, 1961-1974, with ``The Bristol Stomp`` from Sept 1961. Too
bad that the new WOR broadcast via KVOH is on during this same
semihour, but we`re grateful for whatever time stations can spare us.
BTW, several 6.77-7.00 MHz bandscans during this hour produced no
Saturday night pirates at all, perhaps also deferring to KBC if not
us? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Radio New Zealand absent from 15720 again --- I've
been checking for RNZI on and off all evening, but I am not hearing
them at all on 15720 tonight. Their DRM signal is strong and easily
decoded here in Central Iowa though. Anyone know what's causing the
outage tonight? It seems to me we went through something similar a
couple of weeks ago (Tim Rahto, IA, 0355 UT July 17, dxldyg via DX

RNZI heard with the usual good signal into Houston at a 0450 check UT
July 17, so back on the air. No sign of the numbers station 1 kHz up.
(Steve Luce, Houston, Texas, ibid.)

And an update: The RNZI frequency change at 0458 did not happen, and
they are still on 15720 at 0515 with "Checkpoint" program. Apparently
having transmitter control problems? Perhaps earlier disappearance
wasn't an outage, but on wrong frequency? (Steve Luce, Houston, Texas,

11720-11725-11730, July 17 at 0534, DRM noise on what is supposed to
be the AM frequency of RNZI! While 11690, the DRM frequency, is open
carrier AM; both go off at 0535* as someone must have realized they
were reversed. At *0536, the open AM carrier comes up on 11725, and
the DRM noise on 11685-11690-11695. 1 kHz(?) hi-pitched tone starts
shortly on 11725, 0537 dead air again, then very lo-pitched tone
QRMing NHK French on 11730. While DRM was on, NHK was totally blocked.
0539 on 11725, tone, dead air, tone again. Recheck at 0543, now 11725
is modulating RNZI as it should be.

Our observations contradict those of Ivo Ivanov, which must be based
on only partial monitoring of the time period shown:
``0459-0650 on 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg to All Pacific AM, on 15720
July 17
0459-0650 on 11690 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg to All Pacific DRM,

He quotes them: ``Expect schedule changes from time to time to take
account of propagation to our target audience. Every month on the
first and third Wednesday 2230-0600 it is Maintenance day at our
transmitter site.`` But this is the third Thursday, not Wednesday,
both in UT and in NZ.

Wolfgang Büschel refers to:

``Note: Every month on the first and third Wednesday it is Maintenance
day at our transmitter site from 2230 - 0600 UTC. (Thursdays 1030 -
1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our
programmes.`` [that means ending at 0600 UT Thursdays]

Tim Rahto and Steve Luce also monitored further discrepancies in RNZI
frequency usage before and after this hour; Steve in Houston reports
[as above] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RNZI must have had some sort of switching problem; no sign of 15720
~0425 UT though the digital stuff was present around 17675.

A re-check ~0450 found them at better than usual strength so listened
to the last bit of Jim Mora's Panel show. The re-tune announcement
came up normally. I switched over to 11725 and sat and sat and sat,
finally going back to 15720 to find them still there.

19m seems to have been enhanced: R. Australia was unusually strong on
15240 and 15300 ~0430, as well as on 17840. Never checked after 0505,
but Bryan Clark in NZ reports Nigeria 15120 was putting in an
exception signal for him ~0510. TD (Theo Donnelly, BC, July 17, ODXA
yg via DXLD)

NEW ZEALAND not on air 9700 kHz at 1220 UT July 17.
Maintenance day - see 3rd Wed of the month note !!!!!

12 Jul 2014 - 25 Oct 2014, 0250 - 0400 Mon - Fri, 17675 DRM In future
our DRM is on air only at times required for rebroadcast by Pacific
Stations Vanuatu

Bougainville/Papua New Guinea and Timor Transmission 1100 -1300 UT.
From 1100 -1300 UTC our programme is directed to the North Western
Pacific and Asia.

RNZI is now available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.

The coverage area extends from Singapore, and westward to the Cook
Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.

a.. IS19/23 C Slot A
b.. DL 4146.5 V
c.. FEC 1/2 SR 4.0

Note: Every month on the first and third Wednesday it is Maintenance
day at our transmitter site from 2230 to 0600 UT (Thursdays 10:30-
18:00 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our
programmes. 73 (via Wolfgang Büschel, dxldyg via DXLD)

A-14 schedule of Radio New Zealand International from July 12:
0000-0400 15720 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM
0250-0400 17675 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg All Pacific DRM irregular on air
0400-0458 15720 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM
0459-0650 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM
0651-0758 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Tonga AM
0651-0758 7330 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Tonga DRM, ex 9890
0759-1058 9700 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM
1059-1258 9700 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg NW Pacific/PNG/Timor AM
1259-1550 6170 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM
1551-1745 5975 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga AM ex 9700
1551-1745 7330 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga DRM
1746-1835 9700 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga AM
1746-1835 7330 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga DRM x 9630
1836-1850 9700 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga AM
1836-1850 9630 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga DRM
1851-1950 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga AM
1851-1950 11690 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Cooks/Samoa/Niue/Tonga DRM
1951-2050 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Solomon Islands/Niue/Tonga AM
1951-2050 15720 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Solomon Islands/Niue/Tonga DRM
2051-2150 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Solomon Islands/Niue/Tonga AM
2051-2150 15720 RAN 025 kW / 035 deg Solomon Islands/Niue/Tonga AM
2151-2400 15720 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg All Pacific AM

Expect schedule changes from time to time to take account of
propagation to our target audience. NB: Every month on the first and
third Wednesday 2230-0600 UTC it is Maintenance day at our transmitter
site Rangitaiki (DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo
Ivanov, July 23, 2014 via DXLD) and reworked, all RAN site:

Updated A-14 schedule of Radio New Zealand International from July 12:
0251-0400 17675 025 kW / 035 All Pacific DRM, on air only at times
0459-0650 11725 050 kW / 035 All Pacific AM, 15720 July 17
0459-0650 11690 025 kW / 035 All Pacific DRM, cancelled

0651-0758 11725 050 kW / 035 Tonga AM
0651-0758 7330 025 kW / 035 Tonga DRM, ex 9890

0759-1058 9700 050 kW / 035 All Pacific AM, 11725 July 17
0759-1058 9890 025 kW / 035 All Pacific DRM, cancelled

1059-1158 9700 100 kW / 325 NW Pacific, PNG, Timor AM, 11725 July 17
1059-1158 9890 025 kW / 035 All Pacific DRM, cancelled

1159-1258 9700 100 kW / 325 NW Pacific, PNG, Timor AM, 11725 July 17

1259-1550 6170 050 kW / 035 All Pacific AM

1551-1745 NF 5975 050 kW / 035 Cook, Samoa, Niue, Tonga AM, ex 9700
1551-1745 7330 025 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga DRM

1746-1835 9700 050 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga AM
1746-1835 NF 7330 025 kW / 035 Cook, Samoa, Niue, Tonga DRM, ex 9630

1836-1850 9700 050 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga AM
1836-1850 9630 025 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga DRM

1851-1950 11725 050 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga AM
1851-1950 11690 025 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga DRM

1951-2050 11725 050 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga AM
1951-2050 15720 025 kW / 035 Cook Isl, Samoa, Niue, Tonga DRM

2051-2150 11725 050 kW / 035 Solomon Islands, Niue, Tonga AM
2051-2150 15720 025 kW / 035 Solomon Islands, Niue, Tonga DRM

2151-0458 15720 050 kW / 035 All Pacific AM
2151-0250 17675 025 kW / 035 All Pacific DRM, cancelled

Expect schedule changes from time to time to take account of
propagation to our target audience. Every month on the first and third
Wednesday 2230-0600 it is Maintenance day at our transmitter site.
(Ivo Ivanov, dxldyg via DXLD)

Is there a typo here or will there be no transmission between 0400 and
0459? (John Figliozzi, Sent from my iPad, ibid.)

Hi John, There is a transmission shown on 15720 khz from 2151 to 0458
(at the bottom of the sked). (Alan Roe, Teddington, UK, ibid.)

Thanks. Should have been a bit more specific. Apparently no DRM
transmission from 0400 to 0458 (Figliozzi, ibid.)

11725, July 18 at 0556, RNZI seems back to normal tonite in AM --- but
the DRM on 11685-11690-11695 is absent. Nor is it circa 13730, a
previous DRM frequency at certain hours. The How to Listen schedule at
has been updated as of 12 July to in fact show a gap in DRM usage at
0400-0651, until 7330 comes on, and again a gap at 0758-1551 when in
AM only on 9700/6170. Another DRM gap: 2151-0250 when on AM 15720
only, explained thus: ``In future our DRM is on air only at times
required for rebroadcast by Pacific Stations``. Tough luck for
listeners beyond in North America who had been getting RNZI as one of
the few sufficient DRM signals. The other way round, DRM is still
scheduled (but we wonder if continuous depending on stations` needs):

0200-0400 17675 M-F only for Vanuatu [so not on NE beam]
0651-0758 7330 daily for Tonga
1551-1745 7330 daily Cooks, Samoa, Niue, Tonga
1746-1835 7330 daily Cooks, Samoa, Niue, Tonga
1836-1850 9630 daily Samoa
1851-1950 11690 daily Niue, Samoa, Tonga
1951-2050 15720 daily Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands
2051-2150 15720 daily Solomon Islands [so not on NE beam]
Except for the 0651 broadcast, none of these are favorable for North
American reception.

Note that at 0603 July 18 I found DRM-like noise circa 13670 where
nothing is listed.

9700, at next check 1025, RNZI good in AM discussing flights avoiding
Ukraine; last night they stayed on 11725 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF

15720, July 19 at 0125, RNZI OK in AM, but no DRM noise circa 17675 in
accordance with new reduced DRM schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

The last couple of mornings I have noticed RNZI staying on 11725 after
the scheduled change to 9700 at 0759 to 1058 when they change their
antenna pattern from the Pacific to NW Pacific. Only then did they go
to 9700. Their website still lists 9700 from 0759 to 1058 so I wonder
if this was a mistake or if the staff on duty at the time were off.
(Mark Coady. Selwyn, ON K9J 0C6, July 19, dxingwithcumbre yg via DXLD)

17670-17675-17680, July 21 at 0137, DRM noise is back from RNZI, and
AM on 15720 readable without any processing at all! Despite own latest
online schedule showing DRM does not start until 0250 M-F.

6170, Monday July 21 starting at 1330:48, RNZI `Mailbox`, not early
this week as sometimes we`ve found it in progress already at 1328 or
1329. Reception is holding up a little longer with our later sunrises
(but still two hours earlier, 1130), but only poor, starting with a
Samoan song (Australia 6150 is much better, tho further). I listen to
it later ondemand via:

No DX report this week from Kevin Hand due to a misunderstanding of
the scheduling, but other usual features: Mike Bird with propagation
report and not much news about cutbacks at Radio Australia; chat by
Adrian Sainsbury back from 7 weeks in Europe (they must have a great
vacation package at RNZI), while Myra Oh has only been to Fiji.

Bad news: this program is being canceled after one more episode in a
fortnight; summarizing:

Mailbox is to retire after 65 years of service, sad to say. Manager
Lynden Clark says as part of a review of all our programming, due to
increasing costs and decreasing funding, reluctantly decided to end DX
program Mailbox, and consolidate funds on our core services. Mailbox
has been on since 1990 in current format, first hosted by Tony King.
RNZI however will continue on SW. DRM transmission times have also
been reduced for cost saving, no longer 18 hpd, but now on and off as
required by rebroadcasting stations in the Pacific.

Richard Lemke also notifies us of this and points out there is another
broadcast of the current show, UT Tuesday July 22 at 0330 on 15720.
(We`ve yet to confirm whether there is really another repeat on Friday
circa 1935 on 11725, as shown on the schedule.) Let`s hope they leave
up the large archive of previous Mailboxes for a while longer.

15715-15720-15725, July 21 at 2023, DRM noise must be RNZI, as now
scheduled until 2150. Can`t say I`ve noticed this before, but sounds
like it might be strong enough to decode. The // AM frequency, 11725,
never propagates here in our afternoons. 15720 should be OK after 2151
when it switches to AM (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX

Dear Glen[n]: Sad news, Mailbox ending shortwave in two weeks last
show, budget cuts Radio New Zealand Int. Hear audio clip of show July
21 2014 on their web site program at 0330 UTC, 15720 kHz, July 22 UT.
Good DX (Richard Lemke, Alberta, Canada, July 21 2014, DX LISTENING

** NEW ZEALAND. http://www.radioheritage.net

July 21 2014, Dear radio friend:

Radio heritage goes after 65 years --- We were saddened to learn today
that the Radio NZ International Mailbox program to which we regularly
contribute features about Pacific radio has been cancelled after 65
years. That's a good run, but we're pleased the funds will now be used
for the core news and information programs directed to the South
Pacific, which is the funded target area for RNZI.

We have about 10 years of features we've researched and presented,
and we will shortly be working through these and converting them into
multi-media features at our website www.radioheritage.net. We've
already got an example there, Papua New Guinea Radio, and it's
proving quite popular. Why not check it out.

Best wishes from the team
Radio Heritage Foundation
Connecting today's people with yesterday's radio

Sad to say that the RNZI Mailbox program is ending on August 4 after
65 years of service to international radio listeners (Radio Heritage
Foundation via David Ricquish 21 July on WRTH Facebook)

Why? Funds are being redirected into the core Pacific news and
information services that are actually directed at the target audience
for which RNZI is funded. This will strengthen RNZI's services to the
Pacific. (Radio Heritage Foundation on Facebook)

RNZI Mailbox is broadcast fortnightly, so the penultimate edition is
today (Monday) at 1130, 1330 and 1630 UT; plus tomorrow at 0330 UT.
Shortwave frequencies for R New Zealand Int (updated 12 July) at:

Also listen at:
73 (Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)

Tried tuning in on 15720 kHz. shortwave to Mailbox, given that this is
the penultimate edition of the program, but was met with what I
thought was just poor propagation. Kept the radio on to see if it
would fade in eventually and listened instead to the live stream on
the internet. What I thought was poor propagation (since I was hearing
a faint--or maybe phantom?-- signal there), turned out to be RNZI off
the air. The frequency came to life just before 0400 with the usual
summer S9+ signal.

I'm aware that the DRM broadcasts have begun to be more intermittent
to save money and use the transmitter only when Pacific stations need
the feed. Has anyone heard any announcements about analog shortwave
reductions at RNZI. I didn't hear that mentioned on Mailbox, but the
program was in progress by the time I got the stream up and running.
(John Figliozzi, Halfmoon NY, July 22, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Noted the same behavior on 15720 AM today. Not on frequency until 0400
(John Figliozzi, NY, UT July 24, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

17670-17675-17680, July 23 at 0129, DRM noise is here again, no doubt
RNZI, which is fair in AM on 15720; DRM contrary to own schedule
showing large spans with it turned off. BTW, John Figliozzi says
15720-AM was off the air until 0400 UT Tuesday July 22, so the
penultimate `Mailbox` could not be heard at 0330. It seems both their
AM and DRM scheduling is quite flexible (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF
RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING DIGEST) It`s on, just not toward us (gh)

** NIGERIA. Radio Nigeria Kaduna back on SW after month of absence
1800-1900 6089.9 KDN 100 kW / ND WeAf Hausa. Videos from July 14/16:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

July 16:
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1835 on 6089.9 Kaduna
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1843 on 6089.9 Kaduna
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1850 on 6089.9 Kaduna
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1855 on 6089.9 Kaduna, blocked by
CRI carrier at 1857

July 17:
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1758 on 6089.9 Kaduna
Radio Nigeria Kaduna in Hausa to Af 1830 on 6089.9 Kaduna
(Ivo Ivanov, ibid.)

Hello DXers, Checking the Caribbean Beacon on 6090 around 0340 UT,
came up with a holy Qur`an recitation! A long speech by a man in
vernacular with lots of Arabic words and Qur`an recitation. Most
probably Kaduna with a Ramadan religious program.

Hi Again, At 0400 UT there was the call of the prayer of Dawn (Fajr)
so this must be west African country to have Fajr prayers around 2
hours after Cairo. Followed by a note in vernacular with the English
words Nigerian Unity. So most probably Kaduna. All the best. 73 and
good DX (Tarek Zeidan, Cairo, Egypt, Sent from my iPad UT July 20,

** NIGERIA. Voice of Nigeria was observed in English, instead [of!] in
0700-0800 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf. 5 videos on July 19:
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

Voice of Nigeria was observed in English, instead of in French: 0700-
0800 on 15120 IKO 250 kW / 007 deg to NoAf. 5 videos on July 19:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

Today, July 21, French starting as scheduled at 0700, but they simply
seemed to be unprepared to read the news, only music with a few
announcements until 0730, now a pre-produced feature. This, as well as
the announcements before, on a very low audio level, and the announcer
was sounding very lo-fi in addition - almost unintelligible. Last
week, I only observed random pre-recorded English shows or music all
morning, except one day (Wednesday?), when the news at 0600 were
aired, but again: very low audio, unintelligible, and back to the
usual taped diet afterwards, loud and clear, sometimes slightly
overmodulated. 73 (Thorsten Hallmann, Münster, Germany,
http://www.muenster.org/uwz/ms-alt/africalist dxldyg via DXLD)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6924.36-AM approx., July 18 at 0114, JBA pirate
music; (BTW, in such an extreme case, I find the DX-398 is more
sensitive than the PL-880 with the same random wire antenna clipped
onto each in alternation.) It`s slightly stronger at 0127. This post
allegedly from the UK says it was R. Free Whatever on 6924.44
Some more logs of it:

** NORTH AMERICA. 6933-USB, July 18 at 0130, must have just come on,
very strong pirate music, sufficient on the PL-880 with whip only,
incomparably better than RFW on 6924+. 0132 plays ``Dang Me``, segués,
0137 ``6 Days on the Road``, then ``Hello, hello, hello, this is WRR,
Whiskey Redneck Radio, on the air once again --- no reason for being
on the air ---`` and introducing another Dave Dudley tune fer ya.
``Transmitting in the name of the screamin` electron``, ``Let`s get it
on``, 0141 another song. Rather rough with pauses and clix; can almost
hear needle drops, enjoyable music.

This one measured it on 6933.113-USB and put up a Youtube video:
Other logs of it:
These logs say it was on 6933.2-USB:

Shortwave Pirate Station; Whiskey Redneck Radio
(Dave Valko, Dunlo PA, July 18, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.8-AM, July 21 at 0133, weak signal with hard
rock; 0154 recheck much stronger, even sufficient on the PL-880 with
whip only, playing familiar ``Margaritaville`` song --- wait, sounds
like lyric goes ``Obamaville``; hmmm. Tough copy with lots of
selective fading distortion which could have been avoided by
transmitting in SSB. 0157 announcement cut off? another song, but it`s
cut off and quickly off the air at 0200:16*. Now to look it up in the
pirate fora: This says it was Captain Morgan Shortwave on 6950.7 AM:
and so do these, including ``Wasting Away in Obamaville`` parody:

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, July 23 at 0135, pirate music, poor
signal, 0138 lyric includes ``come out of the rain``; 0141 XLR8 ID

** NORTH AMERICA. Radio True North --- 6925 AM, July 20 0252-0415 UT.
Heard another great program from this free radio station, with music
by Trooper, Bon Jovi. Lot'sa ID's for Radio True North and e-mail
address as radiotruenorth@gmail.com OP was asking for signal reports
which I did post on the NFU HF Underground website and sent an e-mail
report to the station. OP replied that he wasn't sure whether
propagation was up to par tonight. Massive signal at over s6 to s7 but
by 0415 was dropping off to s2 to s3 level (Edward Kusalik, AB, DX

** NORTH AMERICA. Lode Radio: 6930-USB, July 19 0324-0410. Heard this
station with a Call-in program, with discussion on topics such as
military service, Bohemian roosters, Craigslist, with a number of
woman calling in such as Ali, Cat Girl, Sally from California, David
Johnson. Gave the e-mail address as lOde@lOde.com and phone number for
the call-ins. Great signal s4 to s6 but deteriorated to s1 to s2 by
0410. Otherwise an interesting program! (Kusalik-AB)

QSL: 6925-USB, LOde Radio: received a QSL response for a posting on
the NFU HF Underground website for his broadcast of July the 19th. QSL
depicts a Mask Marvel with saying that Doom awaits you & Thanks for
listening to LOde Radio Hour. Many thanks to the station for his
response to postings on the HFU Website !! (Kusalik-AB)

COMMENTS: Being the lazy days of summer the free radio scene has been
quite active with numerous stations staying on late for us under
privileged out here in the west. To those stations who take the time
to stay on late, many thanks! (Edward Kusalik, AB, July 23, DX

** NORTH AMERICA. YHWH: 15655/AM, 2216-2240*?, 16-July; Finally caught
him! M in English with many mentions of Yahweh; ragged on the
Catholics for worshipping statues of Mary. He gave an ID & addy (for
transcripts) several times involving YHWHpirate, but could never catch
the whole thing. Gave a list of freqs, "...at random times." Seems to
be your typical, pissed off SW huxter dude, but without the shouting.
SIO=243 peaks but fades to zilch; brief pulse burst QRM. Nothing else
listed on 15655 at this time (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, Drake R8B +
85 ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, All logged by my ears, on my
receiver, in real time! DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9599.88-AM, "Radio Station YHWH" (religious pirate), 0335, July 18.
Found him off frequency till 0343, when he shifted to 9600.00; very
poor at tune in, but slightly improving; mostly unreadable; went till
0435*; at 0430 the usual sign off music/song; now seems to have a
different and longer sign off announcement, but too poor to make it
out; this was the poorest reception I have ever had for YHWH. Thanks
to Dan Sheedy for the alert that there was a new sign off announcement
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldyg via DX

Hi Glenn, YHWH is active on 11590 right now (1725z), quite weak here,
stronger out west:
(Chris Smolinski, Black Cat Systems

YHWH was on again today, 15655, reported in progress as 2303, off at
2337. A tabulation of the various transmissions is being kept here:
(Chris Smolinski, Black Cat Systems

Station YHWH --- On now 2309z 15655 July 19, S6, some fading, typical
rants about blood, animal sacrifices, Babylonian testaments.
Apparently the op recently announced 4 frequencies that he will use:
9600, 11590, 15655, and 21850 kHz. Caught in progress at 2302z tune
in. Off 2336z Third time heard today (Rich Ray, Burr Ridge, IL, dxldyg

15655, July 19 at 2318, poor and fading signal from Station YHWH, tnx
to tip from Rich Ray, Burr Ridge IL to the DXLD yg. So maybe there
will be less jumping around. As in DXLD 14-29, Dan Sheedy heard him
say that he monitors reports posted to hfunderground (Glenn Hauser,

YHWH is on 15655 AM at the moment, talking about (what else?)
Christianity. Decent signal here in Central Iowa, peaking at about an
S6 to S7 (Tim Rahto, 2203 UT July 20, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Just at threshold on the WCNA. 73, (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, 2238
UT July 20, ibid.)

Yesterday (July 20) again heard YHWH on 9600.0 from 0409 till 0444*;
more readable than my July 18 reception also on 9600, with 0435*. He
is running a real schedule now and becoming regular? (Ron Howard,
California, ibid.)

YHWH: 9600/AM, 0439-0455+, 19-July; YHWH IDs, "coming Messiah", etc.;
weird orientalish, chantyish music at 0450 into more huxterage. Fair
peaks but covered by whooshing at times. (Frodge-MI)

15655/AM, 1655-1708+, 20-July; Recognizable voice of the Yahweh dude
with mentions of Y. Poor with occasional copyable peaks; a tad better
in USB. He's getting more predictable (stupidly bold?) lately using
9600 & 15655 often. Yahweh made him do it.

15655/AM, 2301-2306:23*, 20-July; Yahweh dude ragging on "idol-
worshipping, war-mongering Christians"; YHWHPirate spot; off with
"Love you." SIO=252+ (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, USA, Drake R8B + 85
ft. RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, ICF7600G + TV beam ant for FMBC, All
logged by my ears, on my receiver, in real time! DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, July 18 at 0121 UT, KSPI Stillwater is off, well
before official sunset; compensating for running their carrier other
dates late or all-nite?

780, July 20 at 0053 UT, KSPI Stillwater is off long before sunset.
Maybe completely off: must check during the day. WBBM is free to fade
in unimpeded when ready, by an hour later.

780, July 21, KSPI Stillwater on the air at various chex during the
day, despite missing well before sunset lately. One promo was for
religious programming instead of sports on Sundays from 8 am to noon

** OKLAHOMA. 7325, July 23 at 0142, I`m getting an Enid baseball game
from my strongest local, KCRC 1390, external or internal mixing with
also very strong 5935 WWCR signal, which is 1390 kHz below it (Glenn

** OKLAHOMA. We enjoy lunching occasionally at Enid`s best Chinese
fast-food, Jiang Yuan, but have to forego listening to KOSU on our
portables, since it`s on the north side of a strip mall, apparently
inside a Faraday cage with very little FM reception possible.
Nevertheless on July 17 circa 1830 UT I tuned around to see what I
could get, like maybe Kansas stations to the north, and was surprised
to find on 89.1, instead of KMUW, CNN audio! And then three more cable
channel audios with plenty of commercials in the non-comm band: 88.1
Cartoon Net (? from the sound of it), 88.5 Fox News, 89.7 TLC
(fighting some signal from semi-local KJTH 100 kW from ``Ponca
City``). Jiang Yuan also has a TV screen in the corner, maybe from a
satellite service, and suspect this includes various audio feeds on
the FM band for some reason (I didn`t search further up past 94 MHz,
but no others noted below there.) I could still hear CNN etc., outside
the restaurant for a couple stores down the line, and doubt a caradio
RF setup would be sending on more than one frequency. I know, these
are unDXable by anyone further from Jiang Yuan than that, but I wonder
if others with satellite TV also get TV channel audio radiating on the
FM band as a bonus? We`ll see if this is repeatable on our next visit
to Jiang Yuan, which means what? Google translate is confused.

Re my getting four cable TV channel audios on the FM band while at
Jiang Yuan restaurant in Enid, Steve Luce, Houston TX replies:

``Glenn, regarding your reception of TV audio in the FM band at a
shopping center: Is there some sort of fitness club nearby? Many such
places have multiple TV's in the exercise area for members to watch
while working out. Rather than a cacophony of multiple audio sources
coming from many speakers, each TV is connected to a Part 15 FM
transmitter (on a unique frequency) so members can listen through
headphones/ear buds on their personal FM receivers such as an iPod
Nano. I've heard such transmissions while in a parking lot near a
fitness place, and have read reports of others with the same
experience. Other businesses with multiple TV's might do the same

By George, Steve, I think you`ve got it. JY is at 2201 W. Willow and
there is a Finer Physiques at 2305 W. Willow, really in the same
continuous strip mall despite the 104 difference in numbering. Such a
setup probably means not necessarily the same cable audio would stay
on the same frequencies, depending on desires of the exercisers (Glenn

** OKLAHOMA. RF 31 & 32, KXOK-LD Enid: my numerous complaints that
there has been *No sound for months* are incorrect! I had found this
to be the case on two separate set-top-box converters, and not the
case with any other DTV channels they pick up. No, the boxes` own mute
button is not engaged, and anyway if it were, would surely apply to
all channels? I have a third STB which I hardly ever use, so July 18
at 0100 UT I try it too, and voilà, there is sound on these channels,
yet back to the first two and they are still silent.

Maybe rescanning them would fix the problem, but I have a bunch of
local and DX channels saved I really don`t want to get deleted since
they are not coming in all the time. I still suspect KXOK transmission
somehow caused this since the sound disappeared independently on two
STBs but not on the third (they are all Zenith 900/901) which had been
out of use. Anyone else with such DTV/STB experiences? There may have
been a time I accidentally hit autotuning instead of manual on the
setup menu, but got out of it ASAP and no damage seemed to have been
done (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, Radio Sultanate of Oman at 1406 in English, woman
talking about raising children under the Islam religion - Poor July 19
(Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia. Listening in my car, by the
lake, with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active antenna, dxldyg via DX

** PALAU. 17640, July 20 at 0106 vocal music, very poor but stands
out, not // all the semi-dozen CNR1 channels surrounding: lucky me,
Aoki shows it`s a Sunday-only 01-03 transmission from T8WH with a
bunch of English gospel huxters, plus daily at 03-04 (Glenn Hauser,

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3204.96, NBC Sandaun, 1201, July 22. PNG bird
call; news and weather; // 3260, NBC Madang. At 1302 PNG bird call;
news; suddenly off at 1311*

3260, NBC Madang, 1201, July 22 with PNG bird call; news and weather
in English; off at 1206* cutting short the weather; // NBC Sandaun
(3204.96). July 23 Madang off 1215*.

3385, NBC East New Britain continues silent during checking from 1200
to 1230, through July 23.

3905, NBC New Ireland remains silent through July 23.

7324.96, Wantok Radio Light. Wonderful news here! Originally was
thought CRI (1000-1257) was off the air due to summer maintenance;
Aoki had indicated off till July 15, but that has all changed now, as
clearly CRI has been silent well past July 15; now Aoki indicates
("July 23, 2014 1200 UTC") CRI with an "x" - station off the air. WRL
heard July 22 at 1231 with clear program ID for "Back to the Bible";
semi-readable program (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, E1 & CR-

** PERU. Radio Logos, No Utility Interference, and with Utility
(Dave Valko, Dunlo PA, July 18, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)

junio del 2014

Artículo 1º.- Otorgar autorización al señor VÍCTOR ANCELMO MORILLO DE
LA CRUZ, por el plazo de diez (10) años, para prestar el servicio de
radiodifusión sonora comercial en Onda Corta Tropical (OCT) en la
localidad de La Libertad, departamento de La Libertad, de acuerdo a
las condiciones esenciales y características técnicas que se detallan
a continuación: Condiciones Esenciales:

Frecuencia: 4910 KHz.
Finalidad: COMERCIAL
Características Técnicas:
Indicativo: OAW-2H
Emisión: 10K0A3EGN
Potencia Nominal del Transmisor: 1 KW.
Clasificación de Estación: CLASE “D”

Ubicación de la Estación:
Estudio: Calle Simón Bolívar Nº 675, distrito y provincia de Santiago
de Chuco, departamento de La Libertad.
Coordenadas Geográficas: Longitud Oeste: 78 10’ 29.08’’; Latitud Sur:
08 08’ 43’’

Planta transmisora: Área Rural San Cristóbal Parte Alta, distrito y
provincia de Santiago de Chuco, departamento de La Libertad.
Coordenadas Geográficas : Longitud Oeste: 78 10’ 32.17’’ Latitud Sur:
08 08’ 14’’

Zona de Servicio: Dentro del territorio nacional, principalmente la
localidad de La Libertad.

La autorización otorgada incluye el permiso para instalar los equipos
de radiodifusión correspondientes. De acuerdo con lo establecido en el
artículo 52º del Reglamento de la Ley de Radio y Televisión, para el
caso de los enlaces auxiliares se requiere de autorización previa
otorgada por la Dirección General de Autorizaciones en

El plazo de la autorización y permiso concedidos se computará a partir
de la fecha de notificación de la presente Resolución, la cual,
además, será publicada en el Diario Oficial El Peruano.

The complete resolution in pdf format came from Tore B. Vik. For those
who want the complete resolution, please contact me. Thanks a lot TBV
for sharing this good news (Thomas Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin July
20 via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

So authorization for a new SW station in La Libertad Dept., 1 kW on
4910 (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD) A previous 4910:

** PERU. QSL from R Tawantinsuyo, Cusco. Reception: 30.05.2014, 0245
UT, 1190.066 kHz, Winradio Excalibur PRO/CSO, Hari Windom 78 mt.
Special thanks to Carlos Gammara in Cusco! (Christoph Ratzer, Austria,
SW Bulletin July 20 via DXLD) Christoph, Congrats to a nice
verification! (Ed. Thomas Nilsson, ibid.)

Take a look to the left on the letter paper where they say 4910 kHz
for regional services. That frequency was used a very, very long time
ago (see below). This letter paper must be very old. The station was
founded for the purpose of spreading Peruvian music, especially the
folklore of the Cusco region. Radio Tawantinsuyo was founded on
October 30, 1948 and has been transmitting folklore and criolla music
as well as cultural, information and sports programs. Radio
Tawantinsuyo is a bilingual radio station (Spanish and Quechua),
dedicated to the public "Campesinos" (Farmers).
(Thomas Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin July 20 via DXLD)

With three very messy blurple rubber stamp imprints upon it merely
stating: ``OC. 49 MTS. CUSCO -PERU 5Kw`` (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** PERU. 4955.00, 2300-2320 14.7, R Cultural Amauta, Huanta, Spanish
religious talk, Peruvian music 25232 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, Here in
the summerheat, just a few tips heard in Skovlunde on my AOR
AR7030PLUS with 28 metres of longwire, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg
via DXLD)

** PERU. Re 14-29: UNID on 4985.50 at 2255 UT, Sounds like Spanish to
me, very weak. 73, (Icom 7410 end fed antenna, Maurits, Belgium, Van
Driessche, Hard-Core-DX mailing list July 15 via DXLD)

4985 Brasil, Rádio Brasil Central, Goiânia, covered by RTTY, 1000 and
0000 in South Florida as reported by four DXers.

4985.5, Radio Voz Cristiana noted most evenings 2330 to 0030 in USB to
avoid RTTY. Years ago RTTY noted occasionally in the now defunct DX
Florida according to website. 73s (Bob Wilkner, July 18, ibid.)

from the DSWCI DBS pdf file: ``4985.5 kHz 1 kW PRU Radio Voz
Cristiana, Chilca, Huancán, Huancayo 0950-0200 Spanish/Quechua rlg,
nom4985, MARCH 14`` vy73 wb df5sx (Wolfgang Büschel, ibid.) more below

** PERU. 5024.92, Jul 15 2300, R Quillabamba Cuszco [sic]. The only
chance to hear this station is to listen before 2330, then R
Rebelde becomes very strong and blocks the frequency completely
(Thomas Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin July 20 via DXLD) more below

** PERU. CQ, CQ, CQ; Aquí Pedro F. Arrunátegui para compartir algo con
los que disfrutan y aman el DX latinoamericano, todas las horas son
UTC, desde la tierra de los incas, les informo mediante este Quipus lo

[Note: apparently no clips or illustrations this time; also, we
suspect that many of the frequencies ending in .00 were not actually
measured to that accuracy, but defaulted to such a display --- gh]

4774.90, PERÚ, R. Tarma, Junín, 12/07 1135-1205, 44444, mx, ads, ID
"La mejor música en su Radio Tarma" px radio noticias.

4810.00, PERÚ, R. Logos, Tarapoto; 10/07 1120-1135, 22222, px en
dialecto de la zona, mx religiosa en el mismo dialecto, ID "Está en
sintonía de Radio Logos en los 4810 kHz de la onda tropical", mx
himnos religiosos en español.

4835.00, PERÚ, R. Ondas del Sur Oriente; 15/07 2205-2315, 44444+, mx
romántica en // con Radio Felicidad de Lima, mx romántica por Daniel
Bosé canción amiga ID "Desde Radio Felicidad"

4955.00, PERÚ, R. Cultural Amauta, Huanta; 15/07 1122-1145 44444+ px
en quechua advs sobre las iglesias evangélicas de la zona mx religiosa
en español ID "En quechua.. Radio Cultural Amauta".

4985.50, PERÚ, R. Voz Cristiana, Chilca, Huancayo; 1/07 2315-2335,
33333, mxf con temas religiosos, ID "Radio Voz Cristiana 1470 AM", px
en quechua, ID "Radio Voz Cristiana"

5024.92, PERÚ, R. Quillabamba, Quillabamba, Cusco; 11/07 1138-1200,
33333, Tratan sobre los diferentes partidos políticos en las próximas
elecciones municipales, ID "Muchas gracias por su presencia en Radio
Quillabamba", mx, ID "Radio Quillabamba", px deportivo comenta sobre
el mundial de futbol, ID "Radio Quillabamba pionera en educación y

5980.00, PERÚ, R. Chaski, Urubamba, Cusco; 15/07 2320-2335, 44444++,
px El Camino de la vida, religioso en español en // con la Red Radio
Integridad, 700 AM de Lima, mx himno religioso, px Momentos decisivos
"Mientras el Señor Regresa"

6173.85, PERÚ, R. Tawantinsuyo, Cusco; 17/7 2350-0010, 44444, fuerte
zumbido a la 2300 mejoró, mejor lo escucho en LSB, mx romántica LA, px
Noticiero ABC, ID "Noticiero ABC que se transmite desde Cusco a través
de Radio Tawantinsuyo".

La recepción la he efectuado del 1/07 al 18/07 en compañía de mi
sabueso Icom IC R72 acompañado del Mizuho KX-3, una antena de hilo
largo de 12 metros y una antena loop. Muchos 128´s PFA (Pedro F.
Arrunátegui, Lima, Perú, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 17 at 0059, JBA carrier, much weaker than usual
and a strain to hear it, but it does cut off at 0117:18.5*, which is 5
seconds later than yesterday.

5980, July 18 at 0101, BA carrier from R. Chaski until cutoff at
0117:24* which is 5.5 seconds later than yesterday.

5980, July 19 at 0115-0117:30*, R. Chaski carrier till cutoff, which I
forgot to include in previous report; in compensation, I forget to
monitor it in time to catch the ~5.8 second later cutoff UT July 20.

5980, July 22 I missed Chaski checking, pre-empted for a performance
by Enid`s own fantastic fiddler, Kyle Dillingham, just back from a
State-Department-sponsored tour of Liberia. Google his name or start
with http://www.horseshoeroad.net/

5980, July 23 at 0108, NO SIGNAL here, nor later between 0117 and 0118
when it should have been chopping off. A fluke, or have Chaski finally
reset their slipping autotimer, as of today or yesterday? (Glenn

Hi Glenn, Chaski was on air last night [UT July 23] on 5980. I listen
for 30 minute audio just above the noise time at 0029 UT. 73, (Maurits
Van Driessche, Belgium, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


Right now (2014-July-14, at 2320 UT) I'm overhearing and recording
what seems to be an established Peruvian hydrocarbon industry related
communication network, on 7074 kHz USB. They are talking about a
biology brigade, a geophysics brigade, a topology brigade, one of the
field-deployed network participants ordered 8 new sheats [?] for their
machetes, they read several detailed lists of foodstuff, and so on.
They mentioned several names, and I could locate one of them via
Google - he is a paramedic, and appears in Peruvian government
documents, also has a F_B presence.

One of the stations is in Lima. So far at least 4 different stations
have been transmitting. They seem very relaxed and comfortable using
our 40m ham band, like they do this every day and feel entirely at

No station IDs have been given so far, only place names. Now someone
called Ilo. And now someone called Sagari, which is a natural gas well
in Peru. And now they are giving names and property registration
numbers of several different rural properties. I can't understand very
much, as the signals are low and there is a lot of "QRM" from hams,
but it sounds like it's a workgroup related to the expropriation of
land to build oil/gas production infrastructure.

I just checked on the web - Google knows everything - and found that
Peru is building a gas pipeline to Ilo! I'm comfortably 99% sure that
I'm listening to these people on 40 meters:


I mean, with such an amount of money involved, they should be able to
purchase and operate a legal communications system, don't you think?

It seems that in Peru very few active hams remain. There are a few
good ones, who try to keep the standards high, but apparently they
don't have the necessary critical mass anymore to hold onto the bands.
And so the companies are taking over our bands.

I don't think you can hear these intruders in region 1, as they are
weak even at my place, but maybe you are interested in reading about
the kind of illegal activity that populates the ham bands here...

If anybody wants the recording, let me know. I will store it for some
days. But it's quite weak, not easy to understand, and of course it's
in Spanish (Manfred Mornhinweg XQ6FOD, Casilla 995, Temuco Chile.
Visit my hobby homepage! <http://ludens.cl>
via intruderalert_iaru-r1 July 16 via BC-DX July 20 via DXLD)

Hello Manfred. Very good report. Peru has an active IARU member
association (Radio Club Peruano - RCP) and maybe they could inform the
authorities. 73! (Flavio PY2ZX, LABRE/GDE, ibid.)

** POLAND. Subject: Re: [SW BCB TX Site Archive] Polish number station

POL_Polish spy number stn Puchaly near Raszyn,
33masts, TXsite E11_S11a_M03
52 08'37.92"N 20 54'00.40"E
image of 9 Sept 2010 at best.

Sokolowska 10
05-090 Puchaly

teren wojskowy, - military area,
Gate Wjazdowa

- - - -

? probably the RECEIVING site is on similar dimmed image location at
52 09'01.70"N 21 17'12.88"E. POL_former RFE/RL jamming control station
Wiazowna, receiving stn former Polish telecom or Warsaw pact or
spy RX stn? 73 wb (Wolfgang Büschel, swsites yg via DXLD)

** RUSSIA. 1593.0 MW, R Bonch, St. Petersburg is a students' station
of the Bonch-Bruyevich State University of Telecommunications. I
myself organized test MW transmissions. We plan to get a constant
licence for amateur radio broadcasting as R Green Eye of Moscow did.
And, of course, me and Omar plan to launch DX programme of St.
Petersburg DX Club via this station (Alexander Beryozkin, St.
Petersburg, Russia, July 16, DSWCI DX Window July 23 via DXLD)

Meaning it will be on shortwave, like 11 metres? (gh, DXLD)

** RUSSIA. Only few minor MW stations left on air these days. Checked
local remote SDR units in St.P. and Moscow today July 23 at 0945 UT

St. P.:
828, Tentative. Radiogazeta Slovo, from Sosnovka site, poor S=6
873, registered Olgino site, unidentified cultural literature
program, featured elegiac Pushkin poet reading. S=9+5dB -72dBm.
1053 Radio Mariya registered, from Sosnovka, talk progr, S=7 or -87dBm
1089, Probably ?Vesti FM?, S=7 -88dBm.

612, Tentative Narodnoya Radio, Kurkino, S=9+40dB -35dBm powerhouse.
738, WRN Kurkino, S=9+45 -30dBm powerhouse.
873, registered Lesnoy site?, unidentified cultural literature
program, featured elegiac Pushkin poet reading. S=9+15dB -61dBm.
1134, Registered Radio Teos, Kurkino, guitar singer program,
powerful S=9+30dB -43dBm signal strength.
73 wb (Wolfgang Büschel, mwdx yg via DXLD)

Hi Wolfgang, 1089 kHz in St. Petersburg is Radio Teos. And 873 kHz is
used by Radio Rossii in both cities. My location in Kazan is even more
"quiet", there are no audible MW stations at all in the daytime :-(
73s, (Dmitry Mezin, Kazan / RUS, ibid.)

managed to compile the nucleus of an article I'd been planning to do
for some time. Winter is a great season for sitting in front of the
fire and catching up on articles, after all radio conditions are poor
in the evenings and its very cold in the shack!

The article is Russian Independent SW Stations 1991-1996. By going
through the DXTimes magazines conveniently and kindly scanned by Chris
Mackerell, I have created an outline which needs some filler. So if
anyone would like to contribute or correct the information, please use
the Comments box below the article or e-mail me directly

Have a look around radiodx.com while you're there. Enjoy! Cheers,
(Paul Ormandy, ZL4PW, July 21, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)

It seems to me that a lot of those mentioned were never on SW, just FM

** RUSSIA. The V of Russia/Radio VR webpages at
are in the process of being archived (although still available, but
will presumably be deleted in due course) and Radio VR programmes are
now available via the RaiNovosti webpages at
The WoR Hitlist at
will be updated shortly
(Alan Roe, Teddington, UK, July 19, dxldyg via DXLD)

** RUSSIA. Russia going back to SW? Glenn, About 15-20 minutes ago, I
was listening to Moscow With Love on the internet. It's kind of a
silly listener-type program, but I heard something very interesting.
At one point, they seemed to hint that Russia might be returning to
shortwave. Their e-mail address is moscowwithlove@gmail.com

Don't know if they will tell you anything, but you might be able to
get some information out of them. All the best, (Kent D Murphy, 1559

We already had a report about such plans in a few years, but to be
totally under control of the military, and no doubt The Voice of
Putin. But this specific program: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

[non]. From our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/wrmiradio
"From Moscow With Love" will return to shortwave beginning next Monday
night, July 28, in the Americas at 0300-0330 UT (that's UT Tuesdays)
on 9955 kHz via WRMI. This is a very different kind of program from
the Voice of Russia hosted by Vasily Strelnikov and Natalia Stefanova
-- an informal show about all sorts of aspects of life in Russia. If
you've never heard it before, check it out. We think you'll be
pleasantly surprised. Let us know what you think (Jeff White, WRMI, DX

** RWANDA [non]. GERMANY(non) Frequency change of R. Inyabutatu in
Kinyarwanda via Media Broadcast: 1600-1700 NF 17500 ISS 100 kW / 144
deg to CEAf Sat, ex 17870. Videos on July 19:
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

Videos on July 19: Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only
1600 on new 17500 Issoudun, ex 17870
Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only 1623 on new 17500
Issoudun, ex 17870
Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only 1639 on new 17500
Issoudun, ex 17870
Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only 1646 on new 17500
Issoudun, ex 17870
Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only 1652 on new 17500
Issoudun, ex 17870
Radio Inyabutatu in Kinyarwanda, on air Sat only 1656 on new 17500
Issoudun, ex 17870
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** SARAWAK [non]. Radio Free Sarawak signing off with several IDs.
(Dave Valko, Dunlo PA, July 18, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, SIBC back on the air again. July 18, noted
test tone from 0447 to off at 0530, but subsequent checking found them
back again several times (on and off); fairly good signal strength.
Clearly no audio, as I did listen non-stop from 0447 to 0535.

July 20, first tuned in to hear the test tone at 0408. Checked again
at 0458 till it went off at 0500 and seemed not to return again.
Frustrating that there was no audio, as the signal strength was good.

July 21, first day with actual audio; 0430-0500*; OM & YL chatting;
0443-0500* pop songs with YL DJ in Solomon Pijin; sounded like a few
ads; suddenly off the air; poor with some adjacent QRM. Suspect with
better propagation they will do much better.

Thanks to Mauno Ritola (Finland) and Bryan Clark (New Zealand) for
their kind assistance with monitoring this. Mauno made an interesting
observation - "the test tone was on 5020 kHz until 2200, when it
switched to 9545 kHz. And the normal SIBC offset carrier on 130 Hz
below was missing. So are they are planning to scrap the old

Honiara sunset not till 0716 UT (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA,

5020.00, SIBC, Honiara, 0830, Jul 21, noted on even frequency on
remote unit at Sydney, S=9+10dB (Wolfgang Bueschel, DSWCI DX Window
via DXLD)

Also heard at 1154-1158*, Jul 21, usual evening devotional in English,
normal full ID and National Anthem. Is now generally agreed that this
is most likely the same newer transmitter that is also used on 9545,
thereby replacing the older off frequency one (Ron Howard and and
Wagai, Japan, ibid.). Schedule probably now: 5020 1900-2200, 0500-1200
and 9545 2200-0500 (Mauno Ritola, Finland, ibid.))

New frequency 5020.00, SIBC, 1154-1158*, July 21. Thanks to Mauno
Ritola's alert, heard the usual evening devotional in English; normal
full ID and National Anthem. Is now generally agreed that this is most
likely the same newer transmitter that is also used on 9545, thereby
replacing the older off frequency one (Ron Howard, Asilomar State
Beach, CA, E1 & CR-1, dxldy via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING

July 22 found 9545 was off the air at 0440 check. Seems they have been
having some transmitter issues with switching between the two
frequencies, as 9545 has been silent at times recently.

July 23, noted 5020.00 at 1138 UT with two women chatting about
"election 2014"; 1151 hymn; 1154 usual religious spot; full ID and
Nation Anthem till off at 1158*. July 22 also 1158*.

July 24, tuned in to 9545 to an open carrier below threshold level at
0414 UT; by 0435 getting some audio; very slowly improving; 0444 into
pop Pacific Island music show with YL DJ; off suddenly at 0500*.
(Ron Howard, California, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

That's interesting, Ron, as I heard the same last night. At first I
thought it was just too weak to hear, but then I realized that it was
an OC. Towards 0500, there was definite very weak audio, so perhaps
under modulated. Off shortly after 0500. 73 (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria,
BC, July 24, IBID.)

** SOMALIA [non]. Radio Hilaac in Somali to EaAf 1700, 15180 Issoudun
(July 19, Ivo Ivanov, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** SOUTH CAROLINA [non non]. 21600.06, WHRI Cypress Creek SC
(presumed); 2042, 15-July; The Last Days Prophet of God, B.S. ragging
on the border children. SIO=343- with pipper QRM; 7-8 seconds! ahead
of // 15770 via WRMI (presumed) with S30 sig. Not in Aoki or EiBi at
this time (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, Drake R8B + 85 ft. RW & 180 ft.
center-fed RW, All logged by my ears, on my receiver, in real time! DX


La radiodifusión española ha llegado a un punto de difícil gestión: el
sector tiene más emisoras ilegales (unas 3.000) que legales (alrededor
de 2.000). A esta situación no son ajenas las grandes cadenas, que han
ido poco a poco habilitando emisoras sin tener licencia. La Asociación
Española de Radiodifusión Comercial (AERC), en la que están
representados los principales operadores privados, se han propuesto
limpiar el espectro a partir de septiembre. El presidente de este
organismo y de Onda Cero, Javier González Ferrari, abogó ayer por
exigirle a la Administración un “día D” y una “hora H” para el cierre
de las piratas. “Pero antes”, advirtió, “tenemos que hacer hacer
examen de conciencia y poner orden en nuestra propia casa”.

Las emisoras que emiten sin licencia están interfiriendo las señales
de las legales. Para sortear estos problemas técnicos, las cadenas han
optado por aumentar su potencia. El resultado ha sido que sus ondas
han entrado en el espacio radioléctrico de Marruecos y Argelia. El
Ministerio de Industria ha cursado expedientes sancionadores a las
tres grandes (SER, Onda Cero y Cope), que oscilan entre los 30.000 y
los 90.000 euros. “Rebasamos la señal porque estamos rodeados de
emisoras ilegales que nos están interfiriendo”, según el presidente de
la AERC.

Insisten las radios en que no tienen ningún interés en que sus
programas lleguen al norte de África. “No se nos ha perdido nada allí.
No buscamos publicidad ni en Marruecos ni en Argelia”, apuntó González
Ferrari, consciente de que en los parámetros de potencia “normales”
las radios legales no se podrían ni siquiera oír. La AERC aspira a
llegar a un acuerdo con Industria para evitar que el ministerio que
dirige José Manuel Soria continúe abriendo expedientes —y cursando
multas— por este problema.

Las radios tienen otro frente abierto con las entidades de gestión
AGEDI y AIE, que representan los intereses de los productores de
fonogramas, artistas, intérpretes y ejecutantes. El presidente de las
radios privadas recordó que durante años han intentado sin éxito
llegar a un acuerdo para fijar las tarifas. La AERC presentó una
denuncia ante la Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia
por un posible abuso de posición de dominio —por parte de las
entidades— en la gestión de los derechos de propiedad intelectual.
Este abuso deriva, según las radios, de la fijación de unas tarifas
“inequitativas y excesivas”. También se quejan de una situación
discriminatoria respecto a las emisoras públicas.

Al mismo tiempo, la AERC ha presentado enmiendas a la reforma de la
Ley de Propiedad Intelectual, que debate la Comisión de Cultura del
Congreso. Reclaman los operadores que las relaciones entre las radios
y las entidades de gestión estén regidas por la libertad contractual
en la fijación de las tarifas, la transparencia a la hora de conocer
los repertorios que representan y la reciprocidad en las relaciones
con las entidades de gestión de otros países.

En este sentido, proponen que la ley determine sistemas de control en
la fijación de tarifas y en su aplicación. Y no solo en las que
establecen las entidades de gestión españolas sino también las que
exigen las multinaciones fonográficas, en el caso de Internet. Además,
reclaman a la Administración que combata la piratería a través de
medidas “eficaces y directas” contra los enlaces, descargas,
aplicaciones y webs ilegales (extraida textualmente de El País, España
via GRA blog July 19 via DXLD)

** SPAIN. REE was noted on July 11 in English, instead of Spanish
1900-2000 on 17850 NOB 250 kW / 272 deg to CeAm. Parallel freqs:
1900-2000 on 9665 NOB 250 kW / 050 deg to WeEu
1900-2000 on 11615 NOB 250 kW / 168 deg to NWAf. Videos on July 11
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

[and non]. 15160, July 23 at 0131, REE with `Paisajes y Sabores` from
REE, well atop music from continuing A-14 collision with R. Australia,
and making SAH of about 7 Hz, while RA is in the clear on 15240. This
is totally unnecessary with plenty of open frequencies around (Glenn

** SRI LANKA. 9720, SLBC, Trincomalee, 1145-1215*, Jul 10, folk song,
transmission stopped at 1215, today’s frequency was correct 9720,
frequency has been 9719.92 almost every day, I will be careful about
frequency from now on, modulation splash on 9725 is hard until 1157,
33232 (Tomoaki Wagai, Wakayama, Japan, DSWCI DX Window July 23 via

11905, July 17 at 0115, SLBC with improved signal in musical prélude,
mistimesignal right on time ending at 0115:18.5.

11905, July 18 at 0114:49 musical prélude starts from SLBC, 2+1
mistimesignal ends at 0115:18; very poor.

11905, July 19 at 0114:35 tune-in, carrier from SLBC is on, but just
before prélude should start, it dumps off air at 0114:50*, and is
still off making us miss the mistimesignal circa 0115:18! Shux;
recheck at 0120, now it`s back on.

11905, July 20 at 0114 open carrier from SLBC; 0114:46 musical prélude
starts, but 2+1 timesignal ends already at 0115:11, a good seven
seconds earlier than usual! What`s going on here?

11905, July 23 at 0114:47, SLBC adds musical modulation to its carrier
right on off-time, as is the 2+1 mis-timesignal ending at 0115:18.5.
Otherwise too poor for listening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** SUDAN [non]. 11650, July 18 at 0556, R. Dabanga with multiple sung
IDs (more SW stations should do this!), and announcement I was trying
to decide whether in English, but cut off incomplete by VATICAN site
at 0557*. Starts at 0429 after R. Tamazuj. Little if any tone jamming
infested 11650 in the brief time I heard it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

[Re GREECE on 11645:] On upper sideband 11648-11651 kHz hit and
covered by PNW/FPU Radio Tamazuj program in Arabic from SMG Santa
Maria di Galeria Vatican State site, S=9 or -70dBm strength
signal. At 0427 UT started many IDs and jingle R Dabanga in Sudanese
Arabic (Wolfgang Büschel, July 19, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN [non]. U.K.(non), IBRA Radio in Arabic and other strange
signal, also via Kigali: 1800-1930 on 9550 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg to
N/ME Arabic. Video from July 23
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** TAIWAN. 9200, Sound of Hope at 1333 in Chinese, man speaking, poor
and //9280 very poor, no Firedrake or other jamming July 19 (Harold
Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia. Listening in my car, by the lake,
with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING

** TAIWAN. 11915, July 21 at 1301, RTI in non-Mandarin Chinese, listed
as Amoy, after familiar theme also used by `Religion & Ethics
Newsweekly`` on PBS TV in the USA; fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

9735, July 18 at 1024, thought I heard ``phat-thanh`` mentioned so
figured it was Vietnamese, but listed in Aoki as Cantonese from RTI
Tainan site until 1030, then Hakka. Also with low audible heterodyne,
and Taiwan is renowned for operating off-frequency, but nothing else
listed for it to beat against (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 9955, UT Sat July 19 at 0147, as I tune across WRMI
during the PCJ Radio International hour, I hear Keith Perron
introducing a vintage clip of Voice of Free China`s IS and ID, anthem,
same as heard exactly two weeks before on July 5. So PCJ programs
repeat week after week? Not a bad idea, considering up against Cuban
jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. FRANCE, Frequency changes or Radio Taiwan
International via Issoudun:
2000-2100 NF 5915 ISS 250 kW / 210 deg to SoEu Spanish, ex 3965
2100-2200 NF 5915 ISS 250 kW / 050 deg to WeEu German, ex 3965. Videos
on July 21:
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

FRANCE, Frequency changes or Radio Taiwan International via Issoudun:
2000-2100 5915 ISS 250 kW / 210 deg to SoEu Spanish, ex 3965. Videos:

2100-2200 5915 ISS 250 kW / 050 deg to WeEu German, ex 3965. Videos:
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

** TAJIKISTAN. 4765.06, 2335-2345 20.7, Tajik R 1, Yangiyul Tajik ann,
folksongs 45333 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, Here in the summerheat,
just a few tips heard in Skovlunde on my AOR AR7030PLUS with 28
metres of longwire, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD)

4765.047, Tajik Radio 1st program from Dushanbe Yangi Yul, flute music
1355 (Wolfgang Büschel, some 90 / 60 mb log of 1330 to 1415 UT time
slot July 21, presumably via remote receiver in Australia, wwdxc BC-DX
TopNews via dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 15590, July 17 at 0107, poor signal in Thai from HSK9`s
puny North American service direct, when they could have been
inbooming via Greenville; better than the usual zero signal I get.
OOFSOB == one of few stations on band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** UKRAINE. Thanks to Harold Frodge for tip about this:

REPUBLIC --- worked on 20m CW. Sending occasional propaganda messages
but also making ham DX contacts. Earlier in June I worked D0A from
Donetsk Peoples Republic, also on 20m CW. It was the day of the
Ukrainian airport assault and he was sending "THEY ARE KILLING

Not sure exactly where this fits on HFU --- ham-clandestine-pirate-
other - or ALL OF THE ABOVE! But surely relevant, current, and
interesting (DeltaCharlie, coastal North Carolina, P.O.Box 1262,
Swansboro, NC 28584-1262, 2320 UT July 17, barefootdipole@yahoo.com
hfunderground via DXLD)

Not sure if this is the same station but hearing a strong CW signal at
2358 (Jul 17) on 14027. Off at 0004 (Jul 18). Don't know Morse code
(John Sedlacek, Just a boy with his radio and some wire. QSLs always
appreciated. john.sedlacek@gmail.com ibid.)

Hearing CW there now, not sure if this is the same station, or just
normal ham comms. Strike that, I am hearing the D0N call. Extremely
strong here! A very interesting catch, thanks! (Chris Smolinski,
Administrator, DX Legend, Westminster, MD, 0036 UT July 18, ibid.)

Checked at the same time, Glenn, and used fldigi to decode. There was
N8OO (Victor Petcherkin from LA) on the air. Decoded the occasional
word, but very weak on the west coast. Nothing noted from the Donetsk
terrorists. 73, (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, dxldyg via DX LISTENING

** UKRAINE. Radio Dniprovska Hvylya relay Ukrainian Radio HS 1 in
Ukrainian: 0600-0900 on 11980.1 ZPR 0.3 kW / non-dir to UKR in CUSB.
Videos on July 19

R. Dniprovska Hvylya relay Ukrainian Radio in Ukrainian 0634 on
11980.1 Zaporizhia in USB

R. Dniprovska Hvylya relay Ukrainian Radio in Ukrainian 0659 on 11980.1
Zaporizhia in USB
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

Radio Dniprovska Hvylya relay Ukrainian Radio HS 1 in Ukrainian: 0600-
0730 on 11980.1 ZPR 0.3 kW / non-dir to UKR in CUSB (DX RE MIX NEWS
#863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014 via DXLD)

Text of report by UK-based Broadband TV News website on 20 July

A satellite channel named Ukraine Today will shortly make its debut in
Ukraine. Speaking in a press conference and quoted in several local
media outlets, Yuriy Artemenko, the chairman of the National Council
on TV and Radio, said that the launch of the service, which would
cover events in both Ukraine and abroad and be aimed at viewers
outside the country, was a priority.

Some sources say that Ukraine Today would be seen as a counterbalance
to Russia Today [RT], offering a different perspective on events
currently taking place in Ukraine. Source: Broadband TV News website,
Cambridge, in English 20 Jul 14

UK-based Broadband TV News website on 20 July

The Ukrainian group 1+1 Media will launch an international TV news
channel named Ukraine Today next month. It will go on air in test mode
on August 11 and broadcast in full from August 24. According to the
company, all broadcasting will be in English, though in due course it
will also do so in Russian.

Commenting on the channel, Oleksandr Tkachenko, CEO of 1+ 1 Media,
said: "For us, as one of the leading Ukrainian media companies, it is
important to provide the international community with access to the
real facts and events in Ukraine, Russia and the CIS. Unfortunately,
in recent years we have witnessed a large-scale information war
conducted by Russian state media. We believe that we can respond to
it, especially by providing objective information based on the
principles of the civilized world: with all-round points of view,
without lies and distortions. Ukraine Today is our contribution in
support of Ukraine's European choice."

Tetyana Pushvona, who has been the chief editor of TSN [1+1 news
programming] since September 2011, has been appointed the general
producer of the channel, which will employ both Ukrainians and EU

Ukraine Today will be distributed FTA [free-to-air] via [Eutelsat's]
Hotbird this year in Europe and will become available in the US from
next year.

The announcement of Ukraine Today's launch comes only days after Yuriy
Artemenko, the chairman of the National Council on TV and Radio, said
that the launch of such a service, which would cover events in both
Ukraine and abroad and be aimed at viewers outside the country, was a
priority. Source: Broadband TV News website, Cambridge, in English 20
Jul 14 (both via BBCM via WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DXLD)

** U K [and non]. Summer A-14 shortwave schedule of BABCOCK Relays:
Radio Australia
0000-0030 12005 SNG 100 kW / 340 deg SEAs Burmese
0100-0130 11780 SNG 100 kW / 340 deg SEAs Burmese
0400-0500 17800 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg SEAs English
1100-1300 6140 SNG 100 kW / 013 deg SEAs English
1300-1430 9965 HBN 100 kW / 318 deg EaAs English
1600-1630 9540 SNG 100 kW / 340 deg SEAs English
2200-2330 9900 DHA 250 kW / 105 deg SEAs English
2200-2400 9855 DHA 250 kW / 090 deg SEAs English
2300-2330 5955 DHA 250 kW / 085 deg SEAs Burmese

IBRA Radio
0000-0030 9390 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg SoAs Bengali
1700-1730 11610 MEY 100 kW / 015 deg EaAf Tigrinya
1700-1730 12045 WOF 250 kW / 114 deg N/ME Arabic
1730-1800 11610 MEY 100 kW / 030 deg EaAf Somali
1730-1800 11785 DHA 250 kW / 220 deg CeAf Swahili
1730-1800 15510 WOF 250 kW / 140 deg CeAf Beja
1800-1830 15510 WOF 250 kW / 140 deg CeAf Fur
1830-1900 15510 WOF 250 kW / 140 deg CeAf Arabic
1800-1930 9550 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg N/ME Arabic
1900-1930 7425 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg CeAf Arabic
1900-1930 11875 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg WeAf Fulfulde
1930-1945 11875 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg WeAf Moore Sun-Wed
1930-1945 11875 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg WeAf Tamajeq Thu-Sat
1930-1945 12070 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg CeAf Sara Ngambai Sun/Mon
1930-1945 12070 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg CeAf Zaghawa Tue/Wed
1930-1945 12070 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg CeAf Shuwa Thu-Sat
1945-2000 11875 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg WeAf Malinke Wed/Thu
1945-2000 11875 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg WeAf Jula Fri-Tue

FEBA Radio
0200-0230 9750 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Urdu Sun
0200-0215 9750 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Urdu Mon-Sat
0215-0230 9750 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Balichi Mon-Wed
0215-0230 9750 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Sindhi Thu-Sat
0230-0300 6125 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg WeAs Dari R Sadaye Zindagi
0300-0315 6125 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg WeAs Hazaragi R Sadaye Zindagi
0800-0830 15260 MOS 100 kW / 115 deg N/ME Arabic Voice of Forgiveness
1200-1230 15215 DHA 250 kW / 085 deg CeAs Tibetan
1330-1345 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs English Mon
1330-1345 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Telugu Tue/Thu/Fri
1330-1345 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Tamil Wed
1330-1345 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Kuvi Sat
1330-1345 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Kannada Sun
1345-1400 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Tamil Mon/Wed/Sat
1345-1400 9720 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg SoAs Malayalam Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat
1400-1430 11880 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Urdu
1430-1445 11880 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Balti Sun/Mon/Thu/Fri
1430-1445 11880 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Urdu Tue/Wed/Sat
1430-1500 9500 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg SoAs Hindi
1500-1530 9390 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg SoAs Bangla
1500-1530 9590 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg WeAs Dari Radio Sadaye Zindagi
1530-1600 9590 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg WeAs Pashto Radio Sadaye Zindagi
1600-1630 11655 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg EaAf Afar
1600-1630 12125 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg EaAf Amharic Thu-Sun
1600-1630 12125 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg EaAf Guragena Mon-Wed
1630-1700 12125 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg EaAf Amharic
1630-1700 9820 DHA 250 kW / 230 deg EaAf Tigrinya Sun-Wed
1630-1700 9820 DHA 250 kW / 230 deg EaAf Amharic Thu-Sat
1700-1730 6180 DHA 250 kW / 215 deg EaAf Somali
1700-1730 9630 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg EaAf Orominya
1730-1800 7510 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg EaAf Silte
1730-1800 9630 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg EaAf Tigrinya
1830-1845 15250 ASC 250 kW / 070 deg CWAf French

Voice of Vietnam
0100-0128 12005 WOF 250 kW / 282 deg NoAm English
0130-0228 12005 WOF 250 kW / 282 deg NoAm Vietnamese
0230-0258 12005 WOF 250 kW / 282 deg NoAm English
0300-0328 6175 HRI 250 kW / 173 deg SoAm Spanish
0330-0358 6175 HRI 250 kW / 173 deg SoAm English
0400-0428 6175 HRI 250 kW / 173 deg SoAm Spanish
0430-0528 6175 HRI 100 kW / 260 deg CeAm Vietnamese
1700-1728 9625 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg WeEu English
1730-1828 9625 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg WeEu Vietnamese
1830-1858 9625 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg WeEu French
1900-1928 9890 WOF 250 kW / 075 deg EaEu Russian
1930-2028 9430 DHA 250 kW / 315 deg WeEu German
2030-2128 5930 WOF 250 kW / 114 deg SEEu Vietnamese

Radio Japan NHK World
0100-0130 11590 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg SoAs Hindi
0400-0430 5985 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg MEXI Spanish
0400-0430 12015 HRI 250 kW / 167 deg SoAm Spanish
0400-0430 15140 TAC 100 kW / 236 deg WeAs Farsi
0500-0530 5975 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg WeEu English
0800-1000 12015 ASC 250 kW / 245 deg SoAm Japanese
0900-0930 6195 HRI 250 kW / 152 deg SoAm Portuguese
0930-1000 6195 HRI 250 kW / 152 deg SoAm Spanish
1030-1100 11740 SNG 250 kW / 340 deg SEAs Burmese
1100-1130 11740 SNG 250 kW / 000 deg SEAs Vietnamese
1100-1200 9760 WOF 060 kW / 105 deg WeEu English/Russian Fri DRM
1115-1200 9625 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg SEAs Indonesian
1130-1200 11740 SNG 250 kW / 000 deg SEAs Thai
1200-1230 11740 SNG 250 kW / 000 deg SEAs English
1230-1300 11740 SNG 250 kW / 000 deg SEAs Thai
1300-1330 11740 SNG 100 kW / 000 deg SEAs Vietnamese
1300-1345 11685 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg SoAs Bengali
1315-1400 11705 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg SEAs Indonesian
1400-1430 11705 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg SEAs English
1400-1430 15735 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg SoAs English
1430-1500 11740 SNG 250 kW / 330 deg SEAs Burmese
1515-1600 13870 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg SoAs Urdu
1800-1830 9755 MEY 250 kW / 328 deg CeAf English
2130-2200 17540 HRI 250 kW / 152 deg SoAm Portuguese

Adventist World Radio
0100-0200 15445 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg Asia Vietnamese Sat

Radio Payem e-Doost
0230-0315 7460 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg WeAs Farsi
1800-1845 7480 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg WeAs Farsi

Trans World Radio Africa
0330-0345 11710 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Amharic Sum/Mon/Fri
0330-0345 11710 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Oromo Tue
0330-0345 11710 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Sidamo Wed/Thu
1300-1315 13660 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg EaAf Afar Thu-Sun
1630-1645 11635 DHA 250 kW / 215 deg EaAf Somali Sun
1630-1700 11635 DHA 250 kW / 215 deg EaAf Somali Mon-Sat
1800-1815 6120 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Thu
1800-1830 6120 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Tigre Sat
1800-1830 6120 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Kunama Sun
1815-1845 6120 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Fri
1830-1845 6120 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Amharic Sun

KBS World Radio
0700-0800 9860 WOF 250 kW / 102 deg WeEu Korean
1100-1130 9760 WOF 060 kW / 105 deg WeEu English Sat DRM
1800-1900 15360 WOF 250 kW / 074 deg EaEu Russian
1900-2000 6145 WOF 300 kW / 172 deg WeEu French
2000-2100 13585 DHA 250 kW / 290 deg NEAf Arabic
2000-2100 3955 WOF 250 kW / 114 deg WeEu German

Radio ERGO
0830-0930 13685 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg EaAf Somali

Eternal Good News
1130-1145 15525 DHA 250 kW / 100 deg SoAs English Fri

Nippon no Kaze
1300-1330 9950 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg NEAs Korean
1500-1530 9975 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg NEAs Korean
1530-1600 9965 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg NEAs Korean

Furusato no Kaze
1330-1400 9950 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg NEAs Japanese
1600-1630 9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg NEAs Japanese

Radio Taiwan International
1900-2000 6185 WOF 250 kW / 078 deg WeEu German
1900-2000 7325 WOF 250 kW / 140 deg WeEu French

RTE Radio One
1930-2000 5820 MEY 100 kW / 000 deg SoAf English Mon-Fri

HCJB Akhbar Mufriha
2100-2145 7300 WOF 250 kW / 170 deg NoAf Arabic
2145-2215 11985 ASC 250 kw / 027 deg WeAf Pulaar Thu-Tue.
Videos July 18
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

BBCWS or SW specific, but not a good sign for the near future.
(Steve Luce, TX, July 17, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)


It's a total fuc*ing outrage that a frontline, flagship show like
Panorama is taking the brunt of the cuts, when the BBC is packed to
the gills with worthless leeches...
(via Des Preston, Sent from my iPhone, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

A former BBC journalist was killed in the MH17 [sic] crash.
Richard Porter, controller of BBC World News in English, said Mr
Thomas's death was "a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to
Glenn's family. Article here
(via Mike Terry, DXLD yg via DXLD)

A comment by Rob Crilly, the Pakistan correspondent of The Daily
Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph:
(Art Preis, Canada, Swprograms mailing list via DXLD) Viz.:

By Rob Crilly World Last updated: July 18th, 2014
292 Comments === Comment on this article

When William Hague stepped down as Foreign Secretary this week, many
newspapers focused on the Angelina Jolie factor, complete with dozens
of pictures. That is to say, commentators wondered whether Mr Hague's
legacy might be his effort to reorientate the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office towards advocacy campaigns, ending HM Government's obsession
with punching above its weight on the world stage, in favour of
exercising "soft power".

Yet one of his longer lasting contributions may be the utter
destruction of the greatest instrument of soft power the world has
ever seen: the BBC World Service, an institution beaming British
values around the world to 190m listeners.

It was on his watch that the Foreign Office ended its funding of the
World Service. Since April, its budget is drawn only from the licence
fee, forcing it to scrap it out with domestic radio and TV for cash.

So when James Harding announced sweeping cuts to BBC News this week,
it was inevitable that the World Service would be badly affected. More
than 100 jobs are to go, mostly in the newsroom and in news gathering.

There was a silver lining. An extra £5m in funding will come to the
World Service – but that still leaves it well short of the £272m it
received in 2010.

In fact, the most worrying consequence is to rob the World Service of
its remaining identity as executives treat it as some sort of
embarrassing maiden aunt.

After five years of cuts, much of the programming has become dull. Its
one remaining jewel, Newshour, is the latest victim of the never-
ending reorganisation. Its brilliant mix of hard-hitting news, Sony
Gold-winning production standards and occasional joyous sense of fun
are being merged with Radio 4's tedious The World Tonight.

If The World Tonight is reborn as Newshour for British audiences, then
great. But I suspect it will be the other way around.

Already we have an arts show which is nothing more than a mishmash of
bits from the rest of BBC output, cobbled together into an incoherent

Whenever I air my complaints to BBC executives (former and present),
the response is the same. I – as a British expat from Tunbridge Wells
living in Pakistan (Disgusted of Islamabad, perhaps) – am not the
target audience. And the world is changing. More and more people get
their news from the telly, not a scratchy short wave radio.

OK, maybe I'm a dinosaur. I've listened to the World Service for the
past 20 years. First in the UK, and then as a foreign correspondent
living in Africa – where it brought me John Peel, football on a
Saturday and Network Africa's cockerel.

But those executives are wrong.

I have yet to meet the rebel leader who has followed his own war from
a cave by tuning his TV to BBC World News. I have yet to walk into a
politician's office for an interview and then waited as they finished
listening to the Today programme via the Internet. I have yet to meet
the gardener who learned their English from the BBC website.

The reason the BBC is the world's greatest broadcaster is not because
of The One Show, Jeremy Paxman or Top Gear. World leaders do not say
yes to Hard Talk because they like the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

It is because of the dedication of journalists who have turned the
World Service into a global brand and a byword for excellence. They
still manage to produce some of the finest documentaries and news
shows on air anywhere, but have been sold out by a government and
senior management with an eye on future licence fee battles.

So every year it loses a little part of its identity, the BBC loses a
little of what makes it great and Britain loses a little more of its
influence in the world.
(via DXLD)

I see you one foreign correspondent and raise you one major editor of
the BBC WS and creator of the indispensable BBC East Asia Today, Robin
(Dan Say, BC, Swprograms mailing list via DXLD)

Unfortunately another voice that will be disregarded by the powers to
be (Art Preis, ibid.)

NEWSHOUR [1] --- Dominic Ponsford [2] 17 July 2014

Long serving former BBC journalist Robin Lustig has spoken out about
plans to merge the editing of Radio 4’s nightly current affairs
programme The World Tonight with the Newshour on The World Service.

Lustig presented both programmes from 1989 to 2012.

He spoke to Press Gazette has it was revealed today that both
programmes face cutbacks as part of changes aiming to cut £48m a year
from the BBC News budget. Some 415 jobs are being cut, with a further
195 created, making a net reduction of 220 jobs over the next two

Lustig said: "I think it's a real shame to deprive two excellent
programmes, both of which I presented for more than 20 years, of their
own editors. “They need their own leadership and their own identities
to serve their very different audiences. I totally understand the
BBC's need to make savings, due to the last dismal licence fee
settlement, but the savings that these proposed changes will make are
peanuts compared to the real damage they risk to the programmes
themselves. I really do hope the management of BBC News will
reconsider." (via DXLD)

** U K [non]. SOUTH AFRICA/ASCENSION ISLAND --- Few BBCWS outlets with
powerful signals heard in northwestern Canada this July 18 morning.

12095.043, Odd frequency Sentec Meyerton relay site signal carried
BBCWS English sce with latest news on Malaysian Airlines plane crash
blow up in eastern Ukraine at Grabovo village site, some 42 kms off
the Russian border. S=8 -75dBm signal after 0610 UT sunrise in South

\\ BBCWS En program noted also via ASC relay site transmission on both
6005 (S=9+5dB -53dBm) and 7355 kHz (S=9 -71dBm), nice signals in
northwestern Canada remote post (Wolfgang Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews
July 18, dxldyg via DXLD)

[and non]. 13580, July 18 at 0601, BBCWS news with VG signal // weaker
15105. This explains it: HFCC shows 13580 at 06-08 is 250 kW, 315
degrees from MADAGASCAR, also USward; too bad it`s in our nightmiddle.
15105 is Woofferton UK at 06-07, 250 kW at 158 degrees, backwards to
here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Noting Glenn's recent report, I checked BBCWS on 13580 at 0600
Saturday July 19. Very nice signal from MGLOB. Best reception I've had
of BBCWS since we lost the favorable backlobe on 7355 at 0500. Crisp
audio, but occasional distortion on peaks, not overmodulated. Too bad
it's the middle of the night here (Steve Luce, Houston, Texas, dxldyg

7355, July 20 at 0142, poor signal in Persian, what? Also 7355, July
21 at 0151 better signal, talk with background noise. Aoki shows it`s
really BBC Dari at 0130-0200, 100 kW, 125 degrees via Yerevan-Gavar,
Armenia; strangely, paired with Pashto at 0100-0130 but from a
different site, Austria, why? However, HFCC shows that since May 5,
BOTH are from Moosbrunn, AUSTRIA, 300 kW at 95 degrees (Glenn Hauser,

** U K. The two-month Promenade Concert season began July 18 with live
broadcasts on BBCR3 (and also now the other networks according to
website). Perhaps a few excerpts will appear on BBCWS? We normally try
to hear almost every concert online, but this year the BBC website has
been very uncooperative, often with dead linx where the concerts are
supposed to be. Our best luck so far has been hitting the pop-up
player reached via
which is also fussy about which browsers it will accept. Supposedly
these are available now for 30 days rather than 7, altho the menu
already lacks some of the earlier concerts less than one week after
them. One can also listen live more reliably on BBCR3, but it`s much
more convenient to listen a few days later ondemand for pausing,
skipping. If your cookies are properly baked, you can even close out a
file and reopen it later automatically picking up at that point (Glenn

BBC News Technology 21 July 2014 Last updated at 12:35 ET

The iPlayer was only intermittently available for most of the weekend

The BBC says the technical problems that hit the iPlayer and many
other online services have been resolved. The iPlayer service was out
of action over most of the weekend thanks to problems with the
database behind the catch-up service.

The faults also meant only a simplified version of the BBC's homepage
was shown, while online video and audio clips were also disrupted.

A BBC spokesman said it was "pretty confident" the faults were now
cleared. "BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio and other parts of BBC Online
that were affected by problems over the weekend are now up and
running," he said. "Our teams continue to investigate the problem to
ensure this doesn't happen again." He added: "We will be publishing
more details about the problem in due course on the BBC's internet

The duration of the outage led reporters to question BBC boss Tony
Hall about the problems on a day when the corporation unveiled its
annual report. Mr Hall said that he would look into the cause of the
problems and added: "99.9% of the time the iPlayer works very well".

Internal investigation

While the iPlayer was not working the corporation put out statements
via Twitter apologising several times for the inconvenience. The
apology did not mollify many people who strongly criticised the BBC
about the length of the disruption.

BBC director general Tony Hall: "99.9% of the time the iPlayer works
very well". The problems for the iPlayer and many other sites started
on the morning of 19 July when engineers noticed that there was a
"severe load" on the servers underlying the video-on-demand system.

In addition, reports reached the BBC that viewers were getting slow
response times for some services or were seeing errors saying a
programme or clip was not available.

Soon after the BBC noticed, messages were also received from network
engineers at internet service providers (ISPs) including Virgin Media,
which were also logging problems with the iPlayer and other BBC video
traffic. Later in the day, the service became unavailable via the web
and through smartphone apps.

Internal logs of the incident and how it was handled showed that
database administrators, network engineers and system analysts were
all called on to see if they could diagnose the problem and fix it.
Work continued throughout the weekend to try to stabilise the servers
and database supporting the iPlayer and many other BBC services.

The final fixes for the problems were expected to be applied on 21
July when the vast majority of people should be able reach the web-
based video services as normal. The BBC said it would issue a
statement when it knew more about the cause of the glitches (via Mike
Cooper, DXLD)

** U K. IN OUR TIME - BBC Radio 4 --- Hildegard of Bingen

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss one of the most remarkable figures
of the Middle Ages, Hildegard of Bingen. The abbess of a Benedictine
convent, Hildegard experienced a series of mystical visions which she
documented in her writings. She was an influential person in the
religious world and much of her extensive correspondence with popes,
monarchs and other important figures survives. Hildegard was also
celebrated for her wide-ranging scholarship, which as well as theology
covered the natural world, science and medicine. Officially recognised
as a saint by the Catholic Church in 2012, Hildegard is also one of
the earliest known composers. Since their rediscovery in recent
decades her compositions have been widely recorded and performed.
(John Figliozzi, Podding Along, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5202-USB, July 18 at 1356, digital mode, then voice from
AAR6IA, closing down the net at 1357*. It`s Texas Army MARS, and he is
Tom Morton, per this document picturing him on page 5, the guy in
khaki in the middle:
5202-USB is either frequency M137 or M146 depending on whether it`s
primary or secondary for Fridays at 1301.

7302-USB and 7305-USB, July 17 at 1307, TWO Air Force MARS nets QRMing
each other (at least on the normal bandwidth of the FRG-7); 7305 with
pauses and at 1317 in digital mode. Bothered to copy only two of the
calls: at 1320 on 7305-USB, AFA7PQ, apparently the NCS; he`s Frank
Miller, with North Central in Nebraska:
and at 1321 on 7302-USB, AFA6LP, searched out to Russellville AR

** U S A. FWIW, WWV is still broadcasting on 25 MHz. I just tuned them
in here at Paxton, Illinois. The last I'd heard, this was just going
to be done for a short while. Also FWIW, this can be a good indicator
of Es activity a bit higher up on low-band VHF (Curtis Sadowski, 1845
UT July 18, WTFDA via DXLD

25000, QSL Radio Station WWV - Fort Collins, verified an electronic
report with a full data foldout "Indians on the Prairie" card in 14
days from v/s John B. Milton, Engineer-in-Charge. QSL #30422 (Rich
D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer July 13 via BC-DX July 20 via DXLD)

** U S A. We have published a lot of anti-management material about
VOA, so here is what the manager has to say: (gh, DXLD)

David Ensor's Blog --- VOA in 2020

Imagine the VOA newsroom of the year 2020: a multi-ethnic, multi-
skilled global hub connected with hundreds of reporters and stringers
worldwide. By then, the VOA News Center will gather and distribute
trustworthy information to perhaps 250 million people a week in many
languages. Most of it will be video news and analysis, much of it
watched on phones and tablets.

The bulk of our audience by that time will see or hear us through an
affiliate partner - dramatically increasing not only our footprint in
the market, but our influence as well. Already today-in 2014-56
percent of VOA's global audience is reached through television and
radio affiliated broadcasters. By 2020, it could be 75 percent.

By 2020, today's 15-year-olds will be the innovators and game changers
in their societies. This tech savvy demographic will set the standard
for content delivery: portable, immediate, and interactive. VOA will
position itself to meet those needs, with more cutting-edge efforts
like the new Hausa Service programming stream - audio, pictures, text
- designed especially for the mobile device.

At VOA, we are keeping on track with the human communications
revolution and we are doing it cost effectively. In fact, VOA provides
our country with some of the best "bang for the buck" of anything
America does to reach out to the world. For $196.4 million-the
approximate cost of two F-35 jet fighters-VOA currently reaches 164
million people a week. That is enormous reach and gives VOA powerful
impact worldwide. It is in our national interest for people around the
world to have knowledge about what is really going on, and especially
about America, its policies and its values.

Credibility is the key

Of course, building the VOA of the future requires a strong foundation
and a clear sense of identity. In today's world, what is VOA for?
From time to time, since its founding in 1942, the question has been
posed this way:

Should it be the Voice of America, or the Voice of the United States

In 1942, the United States faced one of the greatest crises in its
history, as U.S. and allied forces suffered reverses in Europe and
Asia. The first VOA director, John Houseman, had a choice: Accurately
report the grim news or, as we would now say, spin it for the sake of
America's image.

Looking back on that perilous time a few years later, Houseman said,
"In reality, we had little choice. Inevitably the news that the Voice
of America would carry to the world in the first half of 1942 was
almost all bad. [But] we would have to report our reverses without
weaseling. Only thus could we establish a reputation for honesty
which we hoped would pay off on that distant but inevitable day when
we would start reporting our own invasions and victories."

The issue came up again in the seventies. President Nixon's
administration began applying pressure on VOA, not only for its
coverage of the Vietnam War but also of the Watergate scandal that
eventually forced Mr. Nixon's resignation. How did VOA respond? That
is captured in Alan Heil's Voice of America: A History. Heil, a
former correspondent and deputy VOA director, cites a Wall Street
Journal story praising VOA for broadcasting, in its entirety, a call
by a senator from Nixon's own Republican Party for him to resign.
"[His] open call for resignation was news," the Journal wrote, "and
the Voice of America is in the news business."

VOA is, indeed, in the news business, and that was made the law of the
land in 1976, when Congress approved and President Ford signed the VOA
Charter mandating that it serve as a "consistently reliable and
authoritative sources of news" that is "accurate, objective and
comprehensive;" that VOA report on America and American thought, and
that it present "the policies of the United States."

Quite simply, the Charter is the foundation upon which VOA has built
its credibility. It is an indispensable reason for our sizable

Moving forward, VOA will continue to set a standard, to be widely
emulated, for principled, objective and trustworthy journalism, based
on the notion that the proper response to propaganda is honest
reporting, not counter-propaganda. It will reflect the conviction
that if people have good information, they will make better decisions
on matters that affect their lives. Done properly, this will not only
ensure a wider understanding of American values and viewpoints, but
also enhance respect for the United States as a nation where
truthfulness and fairness are highly valued.

Change is Needed

While it would be a mistake to damage that solid foundation, major
changes are needed, both in the structure of U.S. international
broadcasting and at VOA. The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG),
which oversees VOA, as well as Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, the
Middle East Broadcasting Network and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting,
is wisely planning to hire a Chief Executive Officer of U.S.
international broadcasting. The Obama Administration has asked
Congress to pass legislation giving such a CEO full control of all
personnel and budgets currently under the BBG. This reform is needed.
A complex enterprise with an overall budget over $730 million needs a
fulltime boss, and has suffered without one. By 2020, we should be in
much better shape under a fulltime leader chosen by the BBG.

At VOA, we are not only embracing new ways to distribute our content,
but also reforming the way we collect and prepare news. This summer we
are rethinking the way VOA Central News and our English Division are
organized, and moving to a "digital first" newsroom. New beats have
been established on topics such as corruption and Internet freedom-
topics our audiences have told us they want. Coverage of U.S. foreign
policy and New York business news is getting more resources, as is
news about American efforts in health, technology and higher
education-areas where the world looks to this country for leadership
and innovation. That increased coverage comes from journalists from
Persian, Chinese, Spanish, Hausa and other language services as well
as Central News correspondents.

Making a Difference

Critics sometimes ask: why should the U.S. government fund a VOA when
the world already has an American network in the form of CNN?

For three reasons:

First, CNN, FOX, NBC and Bloomberg are commercial enterprises,
broadcasting, for the most part, in English. I once reported for CNN
and ABC News-formidable news organizations which choose their markets
based on profitability. The decisions about which audiences VOA should
reach for are made instead by our Board, the Administration and
Congress based on U.S. national interests.

Thus, VOA news broadcasts reach terrified residents of northern
Nigeria where Boko Haram recently kidnapped 200 school girls and they
do it in Hausa, the language of the region. In Ukraine, our television
audience has doubled since the Russian invasion of Crimea, and we have
added Russian language news for eastern Ukraine. In Iran, even though
home satellite dishes that can receive us are illegal, a quarter of
the adult population watches at least one VOA TV show a week in Farsi-
the largest reach of any western broadcaster in Iran.

The second reason is that not only does VOA reach larger, more diverse
audiences than CNN by doing news in 45 languages, but we also define
what is "news" differently than commercial networks tend to do. It
does not have to "bleed to lead" on VOA. In Afghanistan, for example,
we not only report the latest bloodshed or Taliban bombing, we also
report on school and health clinic construction, and other kinds of
nation building by the Afghan people and their government, as well as
reports on the essential help provided by the West.

The final reason VOA is needed is one that perhaps does not readily
occur to many Americans, because in this country we do not have a
domestic state broadcaster. There is no real American equivalent of
the BBC on our airwaves. In most of the rest of the world-as in
Britain--the state broadcaster is influential, so the significance of
the role is well understood. VOA is the international state
broadcaster of the United States. That fact brings with it a prestige
and influence that is quite simply, priceless. Combine it with our
commitment to honest journalism-even about news stories like the Abu
Ghraib Iraqi prisoner scandal, that require Americans to examine our
own consciences-and you have a winning formula. It is one that has
radio and TV networks in many parts of the world lining up to partner
with VOA, and to broadcast the work of our trusted journalists. They
do so because each day, we answer an essential question on people's
minds in Karachi, Kyiv, Lagos and Caracas: "what is Washington

In countries where we have a national interest, or where anti-
Americanism is an issue, VOA must seek to be part of the conversation.
There must be an American voice.

VOA exports the First Amendment concept of freedom of speech and of
the press. It combats ignorance, propaganda and anti-Americanism,
promotes American ideals and culture, and even saves lives with
information for refugees in troubled regions.

Americans understand the importance of hard power-a strong military-
but many of our fellow citizens seriously underestimate the potential
of our "soft" power, and as a nation, we underfund it. With sensible
reform by 2020 VOA can-and should-be doing much more for our country
and for the world.

David Ensor
330 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20237

- Letter to Obama from Paul Westpheling

July 11, 2014 - BBGWatcher - Analysis, Congress, Featured News, Hot
Tub Blog - 1 Comment

A Guest Commentary

BBG Watch occasionally publishes guest commentaries. This one is from
Paul Westpheling, Former General Vice-President of AFGE Local 1812,
former member of the Union Executive Board, a member in good standing
of the union who retired from Voice of America (VOA) in 2013 after a
25+ year career as an English radio broadcaster.

We invite those with opposing views and others who want to comment on
this or other issues followed by BBG Watch to submit their op-eds for

Dear President Obama, It has been gut-wrenching for those of us who
have given most of our working life to VOA to watch the back and forth
over the Royce-Engel legislation. Your leadership is urgently
required. I hope what I've heard from many different quarters isn't
true --- that you just don't care.

HR 4490 would change VOA's mission and charter by making it an overt
tool of public diplomacy under the direction of the State Department
instead of remaining an objective, unbiased and trusted source of
news and information as it has been since the VOA Charter was passed
by Congress and signed by President Ford in 1976.

The opposition clings to the somewhat naive view that to defeat HR
4490 would be a victory for journalistic purity of purpose by
keeping VOA out of the policy promoting business. That is faulty
logic and everyone in VOA knows that. For years VOA has presented
editorials, which are policy statements from the government, so a
component of public diplomacy is already in place.

I would like to begin by emphasizing two words: substantive content.
The best way to attract an international audience that believes in
what the United States stands for is to be credible, believable and
trustworthy. Ask any parent about diplomatic approaches to their
children. Editorials outline policy ... the VOA Charter attracts a
following. An audience won't listen just to hear policy.

The current structure has been broken for many years and is need of
a complete overhaul. Replacing the current structure is the best
approach, but HR 4490 is a poorly written substitute.

Mr. President, the BBG Board of Governors is indeed dysfunctional.
There is certainly no shortage of possible explanations, but here's
food for thought. The part-time board meets once a month or even
less frequently. Some members spend the time and energy to do their
homework, but not all. That has left the foxes in charge of the
chicken coop.

For the most part, the nine-member part-time Board can't agree on
how to give directions to the nearest water cooler, leaving BBG
senior staff to provide advice, and that's the real problem. Staff
does what it pleases, knowing nobody can force them to do otherwise.
One of those senior managers has said over the years he hates
broadcasting VOA in English. June 30th, VOA English shortwave radio
stopped, except to Africa. He has said he hates broadcasting using
shortwave and look what has happened to that dependable legacy

The BBG senior staff will claim - and indeed they have claimed for
years - what they do has the approval of the board. But one recent
board member told me: "If a decision was made that I thought
ill-advised, it would have been a cold day in hell before I could
have it vetted much less overturned. They (the senior staff) always
presented tons of paperwork substantiating their proposals. We
didn't have time to read the material so it was approved, oftentimes
with little scrutiny. Senior staff just didn't like some of us
meddling in their domain."

If a member of the BBG Board had trouble getting anything done and
the senior staff could cook the books at will, why would the senior
BBG and IBB staff listen to the Board knowing they wouldn't be
disciplined, much less replaced? A better snake oil sales staff
can't be found anywhere on earth.

The entire structure of International Broadcasting can be fixed by
appointing a strong CEO to run U.S. International Broadcasting.

Congress is at least trying and soon will consider the ill-conceived
plan to change this institution. However it is you, Mr. President,
who needs to become more involved. Given the political climate these
days, I realize it will be difficult to do. But spreading truth, not
peppered with overt propaganda, is a must if VOA is to win hearts
and minds. Actually I should say win back hearts and minds. The
world used to tune-in VOA, but now once-loyal listeners are flocking
to the BBC and Al Jazeera ... places where people now get what is
perceived to be unbiased information.

Simply put, Mr. President, you need to say to the world, "I have
your back."

Nobody likes propaganda, at least not those yearning to be free.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting Networks,
Radio Free Asia and Radio and TV Marti do surrogate broadcasting.
But remember, all of them combined have only 30 percent of the
audience for U.S. International Broadcasting. It is indeed puzzling
why VOA gets only 30 percent of the funding. VOA needs more
resources and support for its mission, and protection from those who
would take the VOA brand and ruin it by making it an arm of the
State Department. It also needs strong leadership and support from

Also remember: countries with sinister ideological agendas are
spending untold billions on their own propaganda games. Propaganda
is certainly not substantive content.

Fix what's broken in the management structure but please don't
change the Charter or VOA by making it an arm of the State


Paul Westpheling, Former General Vice-President of AFGE Local 1812,
former member of the Union Executive Board, a member in good
standing of the union who retired from Voice of America (VOA) in
2013 after a 25+ year career as an English radio broadcaster.
(via BBG Watch via Mike Cooper, dXLD)

** U S A. VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 19-20 July 2014 will
include an invitation to a shortwave DXers meeting in Mexico, and news
about a water wheel in Baltimore that takes trash out of waterways.
It's mostly in MFSK32. Details at:
VOA Radiogram, 19-20 July 2014: Baltimore water wheel collects trash
(Kim Elliott, dxldyg via DXLD)

In the case of spoken words I must say: "That seemed to me to be
Spanish" ["Das kommt mir Spanisch vor"]. This pun works only in German
language --- In English that would be: "That's Greek to Me" In
Spanish: "Esto me suena a chino"

But in the radiogram, it is a fine thing to have messages in a foreign
language as text. This way the translation is (almost) no problem.
(roger Thauer, Germany, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

17895, July 21 at 1827, VOA news in English, fair with fades, off by
(except for those beeping Radiograms), daily 1730-1830 eastward for
Africa. Should normally be fine beyond the skip zone off the back in
central and western North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO alternate PODCAST: I used to use that RSS
feed for listening to WOR as a podcast and with it not working at the
moment I have set up http://shortwave.am/wor.xml --- It automatically
checks for a the next filename in the series (e.g. wor1731.mp3,
wor1732.mp3 etc.) every night at 0600 GMT and if it doesn't get a
"file not found" error it adds the latest podcast to the XML file. As
long as the filenames continue in that format it should work
indefinitely. At the moment it`s just got 1730 on but it will build up
with each subsequent podcast added to it (Stephen Cooper, July 17)
Thanks, Stephen! (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1731, DX LISTENING

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: confirmed first airing, UT Thursday
July 17 at 0330 on WRMI, 9955 --- but very poor reception. Second
airing also confirmed until 1259 July 17 on 9955 --- now good
reception, better than usual; the CCI from France via TAIWAN is still
detectable as a fast SAH rather than a LAH; it goes off at 1301 after
another WRMI program has started. There is also some hum on the WRMI
signal both during WOR and the next show. Next:

Thursday 2100 on WBCQ 7490v
UT Friday 0327v on WWRB 3185 (presumably like last weeks, not 5050?)
Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 (may be 1729 instead)
UT Sunday 0130 on KVOH 9975
UT Monday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, etc.

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: confirmed on WBCQ webcast, Thursday
July 17 after 2100, but inaudible here on 7490. Also confirmed on
WWRB, once again 3185 while 5050 is BSing; previous preacher stops and
after a respectful pause, WOR 1730 playback starts about 0328 UT July
18, initially blasting in overmodulated until turned down. Sure wish
we were on somestation in North America sometime on Fridays/UT
Saturdays while still fresher; Next:

Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 (maybe 1729 instead)
UT Sunday 0130 on KVOH 9975
UT Monday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, etc.

BTW, our podcast via RMRC is currently down, but Stephen Cooper has
set up an alternative: http://shortwave.am/wor.xml

A reminder to check the Saturday evening airings of WORLD OF RADIO on
UT Sunday July 20: 0030 on WRMI 9495 (maybe previous edition); and
0130 on KVOH 9975 (Glenn Hauser, OK, July 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

WORLD OF RADIO 1729 monitoring: last week`s played back after 0030 UT
Sunday July 20 on WRMI-9, 9495. Good signal, better than usual this
week. Preceded by AWR Wavescan when checked at 0015.

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: standing by for KVOH to come on 9975,
UT Sunday July 20: *0118 with 1 kHz tone; 0127 musical prélude; 0130
ID, then Ray Robinson introducing Saturday evening programming with
summary of next 2.5 hours, starting with WORLD OF RADIO 1730 from
0131:05. There is some hum on 9975 and not full modulation level. On
the PL-880 but not the DX-398 I can turn the volume up full without
discomfort or distortion. And now to recharge it. Next:

UT Monday 0259v on Area 51 via WBCQ, 5110v-CUSB
Monday 2100v on WRMI-9, 15770
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI-10, 9955 [see if France/Taiwan QRM still there]
Wednesday 0630 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI-10, 9955
Wednesday 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ, 7490v

Hi, Glenn. WOR will be carried on the KVOH webstream in parallel with
(or, to be precise, a few seconds behind) the SW airing at 0130 Sun
UT, and a repeat will be carried on the webstream only at 0630 Mon UT.
Direct stream URL:

9975, July 21 at 0149, I find `AWR Wavescan` is already running on
KVOH; apparently it`s been moved up from 0200 UT Mondays to 0130, the
new English start time, to make it symmetrical with WORLD OF RADIO at
0130 UT Sundays. Schedule still not updated to show either:

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast from
about 0302 UT Monday July 21, and presumably also 5110v-CUSB. Next:
Monday 2100v on WRMI 15770
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0630 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ 7490v

9955, July 21 at 1249, the CCI with SAH from France via Taiwan in
Chinese is even stronger than WRMI and the pulse jamming, while nearby
frequencies go unused.

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: July 21 check on the new 15770 airing
via WRMI: 2059 BS plugging his website; 2059:30 cutaway to Bob Zanotti
ID; 2100 back to BS; 2101:30 join WOR 1730 in progress. Fair signal at
best here off the side, aimed 44 degrees toward Europe. Meanwhile,
15190 with Radio Africa Network is much stronger at 87 degrees. I
suspect the delay with WOR may be due to not enough hands to manually
manage the RAN QSY from 17790 to 15190 at the same time as the program
shift on 15770. Next:
Tue 1100 on WRMI 9955 [see also log of Taiwan QRM still there]
Wed 0630 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Wed 1315 on WRMI 9955
Wed 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Wed 2100 on WBCQ 7490v

WORLD OF RADIO 1730 monitoring: confirmed on WRMI 9955, Wednesday July
23 from 1315, now in the clear from collision with Taiwan before 1300.
Next: Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ 7490v. Hope to have new 1731 ready for
first airing UT Thursday 0330 on 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** U S A. Some gleanings from WRMI`s Facebook:

We still have a studio and small office in Miami where we record local
programs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon/evening. Most of our
administrative functions have been transferred to our offices at the
transmitter site in Okeechobee, where we have a studio also. You are
welcome to stop by anytime; just give us a bit of notice, so we will
be sure to be there and expect you. We can be at our office in Miami
on Wednesday also, and there is always someone in Okeechobee 24/7/365.
July 20 at 12:06am

[caption] Thursday evening, July 17, engineer Don Frish, assisted by
Bob Constantino, replaces a filament ring that burned out on
transmitter #4, a 100-kilowatt Continental Electronics unit in
Okeechobee. Chief fabricator Pat Travers refurbishes these parts when
they burn out under normal operation (via gh, DXLD)

#4 is the one used only on 11730 at 22-23 with TOM; 23-24 Family Radio
in Spanish, 00-05 TOM (gh, DXLD)

** U S A. Chanced upon the AWR Wavescan DX programme hosted by Jeff
White on unscheduled 15770 kHz this evening (Tuesday 22 July) from
2105 tune-in to 2129 UT. Followed by Bob Zanotti with WRMI ID and then
tx closed at 2130 (this presumably followed on from Overcomer
Ministry, scheduled on 15770 via WRMI Okeechobee Florida until 2100)
Good reception (SIO 453) here in the UK and a convenient time (2100 UT
= 2200 BST) to listen to some interesting radio features, so hope this
is a permanent addition to the schedule. 73 (Alan Pennington,
Caversham, UK, AOR 7030plus, longwire, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)

I tried to hear 15770 at 2100 July 22, but it was too weak vs noise
level here; whether there was also a delay in cutting over to WS like
for WOR. BTW, Ivo`s recording of WOR on Monday was JBA in noise level
there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EQUATORIAL
GUINEA [non]

** U S A. 5109.752, odd frequency of WBCQ at 0325 UT. Signal strings
'seen' up to 5118 kHz.

TERRIBLE WBCQ SIGNAL. Same station on 7490.427 kHz, very odd
frequency, distorted oscillating audio modulation. There appears to be
a serious transmitter fault here with a loud high-pitched wobbling
whistle tone accompanying the audio in their 40 mb transmission.
S=9+5dB or -70dBm strength noted so far (Wolfgang Büschel, July 19,
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) Sounds OK on chex since (gh)

15419.9-CUSB, July 20 at 0111 and still 0145, here`s WBCQ on 19m with
sufficient signal much later than usual 2100*, proving that they can
run four frequencies and four transmitters at once if they want to.
This is // 7490 and better than // 5110-CUSB just about synchronized,
while 9330-CUSB has Good Friends Radio Network. May be live or very
recent show as they mention we are at zero sunspots, then 0112 playing
some Michael Jackson. I suppose it`s the ``Lumpy Gravy Radio Show`,
online scheduled via 5110 only, with a one-hour 01-02 gap on 7490 UT
Sundays, and nothing on 15420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I asked Allan if it would be possible to simulcast Marion's Attic on
Sunday, July 20 at 2100 on 15420, as lately it is propagating nicely
and has been much better than 7490 at this time. He said this was no
problem and we did hear Marion on 7490//15420 this past Sunday, with
the latter much better at our place in central Maryland.

I was very surprised to hear Area 51 on 15420 on Saturday after 2100,
and even more surprised to see your log of Lumpy Gravy during the
0100-0200 hour. 15420 is usually good here until a bit before local
sunset when it fades away. This is about the time that 5110 picks up.
I'm not sure if the weekend simulcasts on 15420 will continue, so we
will have to keep checking.

By the way, the closest thing to Michael Jackson we've ever played on
Lumpy Gravy is a Weird Al Yankovic parody of one his songs, or the
infamous song by Wesley Willis called "Michael Jackson." On Saturday
our announcement of "Michael Jackson" was an inside joke -- the song,
in fact, was one performed by our greatly missed friend, the late,
great Michael Ketter. Regards, Lw (Larry Will, MD, DX LISTENING

** U S A. Additional 30 minutes of KVOH Voice of Hope in English from
July 13: 0130-0400 on 9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm Sun/Mon, ex
0200-0400 (DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July
17, 2014 via DXLD) 0131 UT Sun: WORLD OF RADIO; 0130 UT Mon: Wavescan

** U S A. 12105, July 18 at 2003, WTWW-3 with Bibling in Brazuguese,
but only poor signal, while neighbor WWCR is inbooming on even higher
bands, 13845 and 15825, so I conclude WTWW-3 is on low power. Next
check however at 0118 July 19 with PPP, 12105 is back to very good

9930, Saturday July 19 at 2315 check, WTWW-2 is bountiful, with equal
audio levels from the moaners & wailers at the Brother Scare
tabernacle (as usual at 7 am and 7 pm ET), and from Ted Randall with
another QSO playback, seemingly from Dayton. Remains doubly
unlistenable until 0000 QSY to 5085, and then continues with both, as
if he made the frequency change without even listening to the signal
to notice what was on it on it.

Kept making periodic chex, and still both BS and Ted at 0044, but next
check at 0052, both are off, leaving open carrier/dead air --- and
that`s what continued past 0200 (when I was listening whether a canned
ID would fire anyway, but it did not). At 0249 check there is organ
music not // BS on 7570 et al., and then a canned ID, before resuming
dead air. BS audio finally comes on at 0255.

Another example of WTWW under the operational control of Ted, who when
he was speaking to me, explained that he`s running WTWW as a sideline
to his major responsibilities working for several local Nashville
broadcast stations. It`s clear where his priorities are, and that the
three WTWWs suffer as a result.

12105, July 20 at 0104, extra PPP broadcast is again at only fair-poor
level vs CODAR, while 9475 is still strong.

9475, July 23 at 0125 on WTWW-1, it`s PPP vs PPP, as the main
modulation has crosstalk from a very weak different sermon, bleedover
from the 12105 WTWW-3 transmitter. Altho there seems to be a very
slight delay between them, propagationally? The extremely strong 9475
signal is also splattering out plus/minus 13 or so kHz until PPP
starts singing, then more like 25 kHz, altho obscured on the hi side
by 9490 Cuban jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I assume it was this one on 9475 audible at my location in NW England
at good strength around 06345 [sic; typo for 0634 or 0645?] UT today
(23.10.14). Brother Stair was at fair level on 9955 same time
accompanied by Cuban jamming (Noel R. Green, UK, dxldyg via DX

9475, July 23 at 0547, WTWW-1 has failed to switch to night frequency
5830 - nothing there. By now 9475 is no longer solid, but fair-good
with fades. I figure it will stay on all night, and apparently so as
it`s still there at wakeup check, 1215, obliterating a trace maybe of
R. Australia; instead of normal 9475 start for WTWW circa 1400.
Meanwhile, WTWW-2 is really on its night frequency 5085, still audible
poorly in noise with BS at 1348 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

Also noted at 05-06 UT at 9475 (NOT 5830 as expected at 00-10 UT or
so) with usual Scriptures for America programming on 07/23/2014. Is
WTWW going to 24/7 on 9475 to avoid WRMI's 5850 sometimes splattering
signal during the overnight hours? Signal was fading by 06 UT (but by
then I was ready to track the weaker than usual HM01 on 10345 at 06 UT
as "she" was issuing a whole new set of numbers -- and, most likely,
new marching orders). (Shawn Fahrer, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Your imagination is getting the better of you. They simply screwed up,
again. Next night, back to 5830. The nominal hours on 5830 are 02-14
UT, not 00-10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505.234, Weak signal CARRIER ONLY seen here on Perseus
screen at 0645 UT July 18, supposedly from 'stand-by ready' unit of
WRNO New Orleans site. Poor S=4 or -104dBm string visible (Wolfgang
Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 18, remote receiver in NW Canada,
dxldyg via DXLD) a.k.a. exciter

7505.230, Came across WRNO New Orleans program at 0357... to 0400:20
UT transmitter sudden off. Smooth nice chorus singer program, I liked
it. S=9+20dB or -52dBm strength in FL-US post. Covered 7499.8 to 7511
kHz frequency range (Wolfgang Büschel, July 19, dxldyg via DX

7505.2, July 20 at 0143, WRNO with big buzz on gospel huxter, perhaps
the boss himself; haven`t remeasured it lately, so there they stay

** U S A [and non]. 7555, July 20 at 0145, no signal from KJES, off
tonight, but the ute hash on the hi side circa 7557-7558 is audible
from France without robo-QRM.

7555, July 21 at 0150, KJES is off again tonight. It was on in the
morning July 20 circa 1330 on 11715.

7555.0, July 23 at 0143, KJES is on tonight, VG signal with catechisms
in English among adults (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WHRI Angel#2 11635 back to usual schedule, except for EGN:
0500-0600 on 11635 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu English Sat-Thu
0500-0515 on 11635 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu French Fri
0515-0600 on 11635 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu English Fri
0445-0500 on 11635 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu English Sun EGN*,
*Eternal Good News, no signal on July 13. Eight videos on July
(DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 17, 2014
via DXLD)

** U S A. 9955, July 18 at 1250, during AWR Wavescan on WRMI, Jerry
Plummer of WWCR at NASB in May mentions that they had to get off an
OOB frequency immediately due to an interference complaint from St
Petersburg, Russia. Presumably a utility/military, accounting for the
abrupt shift from 15825 to 15795 on May 19, but only in the 09-13
period, which happens to include some Russian. 9955 still has CCI from
Taiwan until 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, July 17 at 0548 UT, Spanish mixing with WSB, so KAMA El
Paso still out of whack.

750, July 20 at 0605 UT, WSB Atlanta clear in English, for a change no
sign of Spanish out of order from KAMA El Paso, but we`re not
concluding yet that it`s permanently fixed.

750, July 23 at 0600 UT, Univisión América Radio in Spanish over WSB,
so KAMA El Paso Tejas is again/still out of whack (Glenn Hauser, OK,

By Jessica Montoya Coggins

For many Latinos in Cleveland, Ohio, waking up on January 1st to the
sounds of Marc Anthony on 87.7 [sic] FM (WLFM-LV [sic]) was a dream
come true. The arrival of "La Mega" was a welcome arrival in the
state's second most populous city. But the story of the Cleveland
station's switch to español and bilingual programming mirrors what
other Midwestern radio managers have discovered - the potency of the
Hispanic radio audience.

“[Latinos are] the only growing population that exists in those
markets, and there was nothing for them,” said Murray Hill
Broadcasting Director of Advertising Josh Guttman, explaining the
company's decision to introduce the station in Ohio. Since 2000, the
state's Latinos have increased by over 63 percent to account for about
10 percent of the state's population. . .
(via Dennis Gibson, ABDX via DXLD)

That`s a Franken-FM in Cleveland OH --- since when was that
northeastern city in the ``Midwest``? Maybe for writers trapped east
of the Hudson. No, references claim the term applies from Ohio to
Kansas. Later on about a station in Madison WI, a.k.a. ``northwest``.
(Glenn Hauser, Oklahoma which contains ``Midwest City``, DX LISTENING


KZ8O, K3VR Finally Busted
Sent from my iPhone (Des Preston, July 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

Michael Guernsey, KZ8O:

[excerpt:] BACKGROUND

``Mr. Guernsey has a long history causing interference to the
communications of other amateur radio operators and has been warned
repeatedly in writing by the Enforcement Bureau that his actions
violate the Rules. On March 7, 2014, in response to several complaints
of intentional interference from amateur licensees operating on the
frequency 14.313 MHz, agents from the Enforcement Bureau's Detroit
Office (Detroit Office) used mobile direction finding techniques to
identify the source of the transmissions to 2026 Travis Road,
Parchment, Michigan, the address of record for Mr. Guernsey's amateur
station KZ8O. The agents monitored the transmissions emanating from
Mr. Guernsey's station for approximately 40 minutes and heard him
transmit a prerecorded song and various animal noises on the
frequency. These transmissions prevented other amateur licensees from
communicating over the frequency. During the monitoring period, the
agents did not hear Mr. Guernsey transmit his assigned call sign.``

And Brian Crow, K3VR, who has been a fierce critic of Glenn Baxter,
K1MAN, who recently had his license revoked as reported here. Now
Brian is in trouble (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


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Before the

Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
Brian Crow
Licensee of Amateur Radio Station K3VR
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

File No.: EB-FIELDNER-14-00014489
NAL/Acct. No.: 201432400010
FRN: 0009895590

Adopted: July 22, 2014 Released: July 22, 2014
By the District Director, Philadelphia Office, Northeast Region,
Enforcement Bureau:


* We propose a penalty of $11,500 against amateur radio station
operator Brian Crow for intentionally causing interference to other
amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification.
Amateur radio frequencies are shared and licensees may not monopolize
any frequency for their exclusive use. Deliberate interference
undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing
communications among licensed users that comply with the Commission's
rules. In addition, the failure to transmit call sign information
disrupts the orderly administration of the Amateur Radio Service by
preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission's source.
Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by the Enforcement Bureau
about causing interference to other amateur radio operators,
warranting an increased penalty.

* In this Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), we find
that Mr. Crow, licensee of Amateur Radio Station K3VR in North
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, apparently willfully violated Section 333 of
the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act), and Sections
97.101(d) and 97.119(a) of the Commission's rules (Rules) by causing
intentional interference to licensed radio operations and failing to
transmit his assigned call sign in the Amateur Radio Service.


* On March 14, 2014, in response to several complaints of intentional
interference from amateur licensees on the frequency 14.313 MHz,
agents from the Enforcement Bureau's Philadelphia Office (Philadelphia
Office) used mobile direction finding techniques to identify the
source of the transmissions to 12201 Longview Drive, North Huntingdon,
Pennsylvania, the location of Mr. Crow's amateur station K3VR. The
agents monitored the transmissions emanating from Mr. Crow's station
for approximately three hours in the morning and heard him transmit
Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) emissions and a prerecorded voice
transmission of another amateur station on the frequency. These
transmissions prevented other amateur licensees from communicating
over the frequency. During the monitoring period, the agents did not
hear Mr. Crow transmit his assigned call sign. Later that day, the
agents approached Mr. Crow's residence, identified themselves, and
requested to inspect the radio station located on the premises. Mr.
Crow allowed the agents to inspect the station and they confirmed that
it was capable of operating on 14.313 MHz. The agents interviewed Mr.
Crow, who stated he did not operate his amateur radio station that
morning and was not home when the interfering transmissions occurred.


* Section 503(b) of the Act provides that any person who willfully or
repeatedly fails to comply substantially with the terms and conditions
of any license, or willfully or repeatedly fails to comply with any of
the provisions of the Act or of any rule, regulation, or order issued
by the Commission thereunder, shall be liable for a forfeiture
penalty. Section 312(f)(1) of the Act defines "willful" as the
"conscious and deliberate commission or omission of [any] act,
irrespective of any intent to violate" the law. The legislative
history to Section 312(f)(1) of the Act clarifies that this definition
of willful applies to both Sections 312 and 503(b) of the Act, and the
Commission has so interpreted the term in the Section 503(b) context.

* Causing Intentional Interference to Licensed Communications

* The evidence in this case is sufficient to establish that Mr. Crow
violated Section 333 of the Act and Section 97.101(d) of the Rules.
Section 333 of the Act states that "[n]o person shall willfully or
maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio
communications of any station licensed or authorized by or under the
Act or operated by the United States government." The legislative
history for Section 333 of the Act identifies willful and malicious
interference as "intentional jamming, deliberate transmission on top
of the transmissions of authorized users already using specific
frequencies in order to obstruct their communications, repeated
interruptions, and the use and transmission of whistles, tapes,
records, or other types of noisemaking devices to interfere with the
communications or radio signals of other stations." Section 97.101(d)
of the Rules states that "[n]o amateur operator shall willfully or
maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio
communication or signal."

* On March 14, 2014, agents from the Philadelphia Office located the
source of interference to frequency 14.313 MHz to Mr. Crow's amateur
station K3VR. Although Mr. Crow stated he was not present at his house
at the time, the agents heard Mr. Crow intentionally interfering with
other amateur licensees by transmitting SSTV emissions and prerecorded
communications from other amateur radio operators on the frequency.
These transmissions were a deliberate act to monopolize the frequency
and prevent other amateur radio operators from conducting legitimate
communications. Based on the evidence before us, we find that Mr. Crow
apparently willfully violated Section 333 of the Act and Section
97.101(d) of the Rules by intentionally interfering with other
licensed amateur radio communications.

* Failure to Transmit a Call Sign Identification

* The evidence in this case also is sufficient to establish that Mr.
Crow violated Section 97.119(a) of the Rules. Section 97.119(a) of the
Rules states that "[e]ach amateur station . . . must transmit its
assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each
communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication,
for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from
the station known to those receiving the transmissions." On March 14,
2014, agents from the Philadelphia Office monitored frequency 14.313
MHz for approximately three hours and heard transmissions by Mr. Crow
in which he failed to transmit his assigned call sign. Based on the
evidence before us, we find that Mr. Crow apparently willfully
violated Section 97.119(a) of the Rules by failing to transmit his
assigned call sign.

* Proposed Forfeiture

* Pursuant to the Commission's Forfeiture Policy Statement and Section
1.80 of the Rules, the base forfeiture amount for interference is
$7,000 and the base forfeiture amount for failure to provide station
identification is $1,000. We retain the discretion, however, to issue
a higher or lower forfeiture than provided in the Forfeiture Policy
Statement or to apply alternative or additional sanctions as permitted
by statute, subject to the statutory cap. In assessing the monetary
forfeiture amount, we must take into account the statutory factors set
forth in Section 503(b)(2)(E) of the Act, which include the nature,
circumstances, extent, and gravity of the violations, and with respect
to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior
offenses, ability to pay, and other such matters as justice may

* Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by the Enforcement Bureau
that causing interference to other amateur radio operators violated
the Act and Rules. The fact that Mr. Crow subsequently interfered with
other amateur licensees following the warning demonstrates a
deliberate disregard for the Commission's authority. Thus, we find
that a $3,500 upward adjustment to the proposed forfeiture is
warranted. Applying the Forfeiture Policy Statement, Section 1.80 of
the Rules, and the statutory factors to the instant case, we conclude
that Mr. Crow is apparently liable for a total forfeiture in the
amount of $11,500. We caution Mr. Crow that future violations of this
kind may result in significantly higher forfeitures or revocation his
amateur license.


* Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 503(b) of the
Act and Sections 0.111, 0.204, 0.311, 0.314, and 1.80 of the Rules,
Brian Crow is hereby NOTIFIED of this APPARENT LIABILITY FOR A
FORFEITURE in the amount of eleven thousand five hundred dollars
($11,500) for violations of Section 333 of the Act and Sections
97.101(d) and 97.119(a) of the Rules.

* IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 1.80 of the Rules,
within thirty (30) calendar days of the release date of this Notice of
Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, Brian Crow SHALL PAY the full
amount of the proposed forfeiture or SHALL FILE a written statement
seeking reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture.

* Payment of the forfeiture must be made by check or similar
instrument, wire transfer, or credit card, and must include the
NAL/Account Number and FRN referenced above. Brian Crow shall also
send electronic notification on the date said payment is made to NER-
Response@fcc.gov [HYPERLINK: mailto:NER-Response@fcc.gov]. Regardless
of the form of payment, a completed FCC Form 159 (Remittance Advice)
must be submitted. When completing the FCC Form 159, enter the Account
Number in block number 23A (call sign/other ID) and enter the letters
"FORF" in block number 24A (payment type code). Below are additional
instructions you should follow based on the form of payment you

* Payment by check or money order must be made payable to the order of
the Federal Communications Commission. Such payments (along with the
completed Form 159) must be mailed to Federal Communications
Commission, P.O. Box 979088, St. Louis, MO 63197-9000, or sent via
overnight mail to U.S. Bank - Government Lockbox #979088, SL-MO-C2-GL,
1005 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101.

* Payment by wire transfer must be made to ABA Number 021030004,
receiving bank TREAS/NYC, and Account Number 27000001. To complete the
wire transfer and ensure appropriate crediting of the wired funds, a
completed Form 159 must be faxed to U.S. Bank at (314) 418-4232 on the
same business day the wire transfer is initiated.

* Payment by credit card must be made by providing the required credit
card information on FCC Form 159 and signing and dating the Form 159
to authorize the credit card payment. The completed Form 159 must then
be mailed to Federal Communications Commission, P.O. Box 979088, St.
Louis, MO 63197-9000, or sent via overnight mail to U.S. Bank -
Government Lockbox #979088, SL-MO-C2-GL, 1005 Convention Plaza, St.
Louis, MO 63101.

* Any request for making full payment over time under an installment
plan should be sent to: Chief Financial Officer -- Financial
Operations, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Room 1-A625, Washington, D.C. 20554. If you have questions regarding
payment procedures, please contact the Financial Operations Group Help
Desk by phone, 1-877-480-3201, or by e-mail, ARINQUIRIES@fcc.gov.

* The written statement seeking reduction or cancellation of the
proposed forfeiture, if any, must include a detailed factual statement
supported by appropriate documentation and affidavits pursuant to
Sections 1.16 and 1.80(f)(3) of the Rules. Mail the written statement
to Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Northeast
Region, Philadelphia Office, One Oxford Valley Building, Suite 404,
2300 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047, and include
the NAL/Acct. No. referenced in the caption. Brian Crow also shall e-
mail the written response to NER-Response@fcc.gov

* The Commission will not consider reducing or canceling a forfeiture
in response to a claim of inability to pay unless the petitioner
submits: (1) federal tax returns for the most recent three-year
period; (2) financial statements prepared according to generally
accepted accounting principles (GAAP); or (3) some other reliable and
objective documentation that accurately reflects the petitioner's
current financial status. Any claim of inability to pay must
specifically identify the basis for the claim by reference to the
financial documentation submitted.

* IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Notice of Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture shall be sent by both Certified Mail, Return
Receipt Requested, and first class mail to Brian Crow at his address
of record.

David C. Dombrowski
District Director
Philadelphia Office
Northeast Region
Enforcement Bureau
(via Des Preston, DXLD)

I asked Brian Crow if he had any comment on this, and he sure does;
says he was FRAMED: (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

Hi Glenn, The incompetence of certain agents in the federal government
shouldn't surprise anyone. Naturally, I'm referring to scandals
regarding the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the failure to enforce
immigration laws, the VA deaths and cover-up, our new health care act,
etc., etc., etc. Let me hasten to say, most of the federal agents I've
dealt with are well meaning and honest. However....

Unfortunately, this FCC notice reads like some kind of kafkaesque
trial-by-press-release. All fluff - no substance.

I was accurately apprised of this pending action by a fellow amateur
who threateningly announced there would be 'reprisals' for my
cooperation in the Baxter and Madera cases, as well as other cases.
They even discussed the plan to set-up the FCC's "helper-in-chief."

Unbelievably, no one informed PA District Director Dave Dombrowski
about my efforts on behalf of the FCC over the past 14 years. There
have been several hoaxes perpetrated: There was a hoax regarding fake
anthrax (debunked) another regarding a sex-slavery operation
(debunked) and several involving deliberate interference to others
(all debunked). In fact, there have been so many fraudulent attempts
to get me in trouble with authorities, I'll have to take a few hours
and go through the thousands of emails regarding same.

I've never received a Warning letter. That's a simple and blatant lie.
Therefore, the "upward adjustment" of $3,500 is a sad joke on top of a
sad joke. Also, Dave Dombrowski has conveniently ignored my gratis
contributions to FCC in several high-profile cases, which would, in
fact, justify a downward departure. Apparently Dave is in the dark, in
more ways than one.

Back in March, two FCC agents were sent to monitor my location on a
day that I was supposed to be at home. According to the notice, they
monitored for 3 hours and heard an SSTV transmission and a recording
of another amateur.

First, let me say, Dave Dombrowski told me he heard transmissions in
the morning. I just found out this afternoon that the recordings
consisted of SSTV and a recording of another amateur. Tellingly, my
voice was NEVER heard! They didn't initially give me a time regarding
these transmissions, nor did they indicate what they had heard. They
interviewed me at approximately 1:15 PM. Presumably this was several
hours after their monitoring session.

At the time, I was not surprised, and I informed them it wasn't me
they heard because:

A) I wasn't operating in the morning.
B) My radio was ice cold.
C) My radio was not tuned to the frequency in question.
D) My amplifier was ice cold.
E) There are many other operators in my neighborhood.
F) Tellingly, they never heard my voice on the air that morning.
G) There is a long history of my detractors stalking my home and
taking pictures.
H) There's a long history of others using my call from the vicinity of
my location when I'm not at home.
I) Perhaps most importantly, the FBI has informed the FCC that they
are aware of several hoaxes staged against me in retaliation for the
Baxter/Madera cases, as well as other cases.

In sum, I am quite sure the FCC heard transmissions and I'm quite sure
I know where they came from. A few days after the afternoon inspection
regarding the mystery transmissions in the morning, my neighbor
informed me that he had seen trespassers in my yard and the yard next
door. I kept a close watch and sure enough, there was a trespasser the
next night. The police were called (all on record of course) and a 3
vehicle police response was the result. There were clear footprints in
the snow leading to the road where the prints disappeared. The next
day, those footprints were seen and followed to a tree in my
neighbor's yard where a hidden dipole was left hanging in the tree. I
informed the FCC about all of this and the FBI informed the FCC about
the hoaxes, and what you see published by Dave Dombrowski is merely a
blatant refusal to accept reality.

They didn't inspect the rear of my radio equipment. If they had, they
would have seen a disconnected antenna system, broken by 40 mph gusts
prior to their visit. They failed to credit the numerous hoaxes; they
failed to credit the FBI report; they failed to credit the fact that
at *no time* was my voice heard on the air during the morning of March

They would have you believe their equipment can distinguish between my
antenna and an antenna hanging in a neighbor's tree a few feet away.
Why then, for years, have they been crying to Congress about their
obsolete and decrepit equipment while begging for budget increases?
They would have you believe they monitored for 3 hours... Very well,
how many minutes in those 3 hours did they monitor actual
transmissions? Who informed them I'd be home on a Friday morning? Who
told them I'd been issued a Warning letter in the past? Whose
communications were supposedly interrupted by the transmissions on
March 14th? Why was my "Warning" one that was never issued or received
by me? Was it perhaps written in invisible ink? Was I on double secret
probation? Why do the so-called "investigators" ignore information
freely offered, in my favor, by the FBI?

All interesting questions, and there are many, many more, and I'm sure
if we're both alive in 10 years when the matter goes to court, the
answers will be even more interesting and illuminating and amusing.
However, the matter will never go to court and it will never get to an
Administrative Law Judge, because the only facts in evidence to
support the FCC are that they parked near my home and monitored
signals. The overwhelming evidence supporting my side will clear me of
any wrong doing.

Feel free to publish this as widely as possible, via satellite and
shortwave, and I look forward to an interview discussing this and all
of my in-depth knowledge of FCC practices and procedures over the past
14 years. I have quite an archive of communications between myself and
the FCC and I'm sure your audience would appreciate an in-depth view
of matters that are usually outside of the public view.

Best wishes and keep up the great work you do!

** VIETNAM. VIETNAME, 5925, R. Voz do Vietname, Xuan Mai, 2213-2223,
17/7, vietnamita, texto; 35332.

6020, R. Voz do Vietname (?), Buon Me Thuot, 2221-2232, 17/7, idioma
não identificado (esta freq. é utilizada para difusão em várias
línguas nacionais), texto; 24331.

9635.8, R. Voz do Vietnam, Son Tay, 1024-desvan. total, 1045, 21/7,
vietnamita, texto; 23441, QRM do MLI. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos Gonçalves,

** VIETNAM [non]. 12005, July 19 at 0119, no signal from VOV via
Woofferton; must be off the air, as other Eurafrican signals are OK on
the band; however, a JBA carrier on 12005 with nothing else scheduled,
so maybe a mix, overload or possibly WOF on very low power.

12005, July 20 at 0104, VOV is back on tonight via Woofferton UK with
VG signal, but English so accented and stilted that I am not sure it`s
really English at first (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 1550.0, *1700-1802 13/7, ALGERIA, POLISARIO
FRONT (cland.), Rabouni. Anthem, prayer till 1815, tks, mx; no
Castilian program 1715-1800 (absent for days). 45444 (Carlos
Gonçalves, SW coast of Portugal, JRC NRD-545DSP & DRAKE R-E; Advanced
Receiver amp.; raised, 4 loop K9AY, 30 m 180º/0º mini-Bev., 80 m
300º/120º Bev., 200 m 270º/90º Bev., 270 m 145º/325º Bev., 300 m
225º/45º Bev, radioescutas yg via DXLD)

** YEMEN. Extended broadcasts of Radio Sana'a in Arabic for Ramazan
today: 1522-1607 on 6135 ALH 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME. Five videos on
July 16

-- 73! Ivo Ivanov (DX RE MIX NEWS #862 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo
Ivanov, July 17, 2014 via DXLD)

** ZANZIBAR. TANZANIA: 11735, Radio Tanzania-Zanzibar (presumed);
2053-2059:10*, 17-July; W in Swahili? to Arabish tune; brief
announcement at 2058+ into Afro-chant, then off abruptly in mid-
announcement. SIO-353 (Harold Frodge, Midland MI, Drake R8B + 85 ft.
RW & 180 ft. center-fed RW, All logged by my ears, on my receiver, in

TANZÂNIA, 11735, Zanzibar BC, Dole, 1921-1940, 19/7, suaíli, texto,
oração corânica; 44433, QRM do B, até às 2000. Bons DX e 73 (Carlos
Gonçalves, PORTUGAL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Gerry Jackson, SW Radio Africa, 17th July 2014

It is with regret that SW Radio Africa announces that after 13 years,
our shortwave broadcasts are to end on Friday 18th July. You have
welcomed us into your homes since our first shortwave broadcast on
19th December 2001. Our broadcasts will continue on our website, via
Channel Zim through TV decoders, and by various other forms of new
media. More at :
(via Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, July 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

SW Radio Africa, July 17, 2014

It is with regret that SW Radio Africa announces that after 13 years,
our shortwave broadcasts are to end on Friday 18th July. You have
welcomed us into your homes since our first shortwave broadcast on
19th December 2001. Our broadcasts will continue on our website, via
Channel Zim through TV decoders, and by various other forms of new

We know how much these shortwave broadcasts have meant to our
listeners in more remote areas who have so little access to news and
information, and we sincerely regret that we will no longer be able to
provide this service.

We would like to thank our listeners who have been such loyal
supporters for so many years and also for their willingness to share
the stories of their lives with us on our Callback program. This has
allowed people all over the world to have a better understanding of
the many crises that Zimbabweans continue to face.

We can only hope that one day, sooner rather than later, there is real
media freedom that allows Zimbabweans, wherever they are in the
country, easy access to what is a basic human right – freedom of
information and expression (via Mike Terry, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)

Was 1700-1800 UT M-F on 4880, 100 kW, 5 degrees via SOUTH AFRICA
(Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

Last shortwave broadcast of SW Radio Africa on Fri, July 18:
1700-1800 on 4880 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri.
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

I suppose these are historical documents, but there is little but
noise to be heard until the very end, the BaBcoCk themesong (gh, DXLD)

U.K.(non), Last shortwave broadcast of SW Radio Africa on Fri, July
18: 1700-1800 on 4880 MEY 100 kW / 005 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri.
(DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov, July 23, 2014
via DXLD)

** ZIMBABWE [non]. Searching for the latest schedule of Radio
Dialogue, I find none, not even on their website/facebook site. Does
anybody know, whether the programme is still on the air? With the end
of Radio VoP in 2013 and the recent closure of SW Radio Africa on
short wave, VoA's Studio 7 may be the only special programme for
Zimbabwe left (Dr. Hansjoerg Biener, July 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Has not been reported in a long time, maybe not even this year. It had
been at 16-17 UT on 12105 via Madagascar, so with WTWW off before
1700, it should be easy to hear at least in Europe, if it`s still on.
HFCC A-14 has an entry but labeled as OLD-A13:

12105 1600 1700 53SW,57NE MDC 250 265 -15 158 1234567 300314 251014 D
12771 Sna MDG NEW MGB 4681 OLD-A13

Aoki still has it too, allegedly as A-14:
12105 Radio Dialogue 1600-1658 1234567 English/Shona/Ndebele 250 265
Talata-Volonondry MDG 1843S 04737E ZCR a14 MGB
But EiBi has dropped it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Glenn, Confirming nothing heard from Radio Dialogue on 12105, July
22 at 1600-1615. I guess I could be regarded as not far from the
target area. Regards, (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony

Bill, I guess at this afternoon time 16-17 UT downunder winter season,
the skipzone from MDG for 12 MHz ends behind Johannesbourg your
location. 73 wolfy (Wolfgang Büschel, ibid.)

Checked 12105 at 1615 and nice African music was heard with
announcements. No doubt Dialogue. However, no ID was heard during my
short check. Kind Regards (Erik Køie, Holte/Copenhagen, Denmark,

I'm hearing a station now (Tuesday 22 July on 12105 kHz at 1630 UT in
local language which I presume is R Dialogue). Playing music and also
discussion by man in studio with another on the phone. Waiting on an
ID. By the way, just for the record, from my logbook I had previously
logged R Dialogue on 28 June 2014 (12105 kHz at 1600 UT as usual).
(Alan Roe, Teddington, UK, ibid.)

MADAGASCAR, 12105.000, Probably still from MDG relay site, noted in
1628 to 1630 UT July 22 slot here in southern Germany. Listen to 3
minute duration recording. Station ID - probably - was read VERY FAST,
I couldn't understand either. S=9+10dB or -73.4dBm strength. listen to
MP3 recording. 73 (Wolfgang Büschel, DXLD)

Seems to be with a SAH; wonder if WTWW carrier already on; or jamming?
(Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

I'm hearing Radio Dialogue right now (July 22 at 1643 UT) on 12105
kHz, phone-in programme in local language and music. The signal is
good but the modulation seems to be low/fluctuating (Tudor Vedeanu,
Gura Humorului, Romania, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Yes, definitely Radio Dialogue - man in studio talking (as Wolfy says)
very fast, and a couple of mentions of Radio Dialogue, but hiccup and
you'll miss them! Audio cut at 1658 UT. TX off 1700 (Alan Roe,
Teddington, UK, ibid.)

I also heard R. Dialogue, 1640 UT on 12105 on July 22, plus strong
additional unmodulated carrier for OTH Radar after 1700/1730 UT. Two
videos OTH Radar:

UNIDentified unmodulated carrier is on air only at times over Radio
Dialogue. 1600-1700 on 12105 MDC 250 kW / 265 deg to ZWE
English/Shona/Ndebele. Videos
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30
m. long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. VOA relay on 1550 --- I have tried to get a TOH ID on a
station on 1550 that is relaying VOA programming in what sounds to me
like a southeast Asian language. My AM DX log doesn't ID anyone with
this programming. There was a clear VOA ID at 0705 this morning. I'm
still hearing it quite well at 1240 EDT. Any ideas? (Rick,
Hendersonville, NC, Robinson, W4DST, July 18, IRCA via DXLD)

Rick, Can you find a shortwave parallel? That you're getting it during
midday eliminates skywave reception, so it makes we wonder if you're
getting a shortwave mixing product. VOA's Greenville transmitter site
isn't too far from you. VOA is not allowed to broadcast domestically
(though obviously DXers find ways to listen to its programs). (Jim
Renfrew, NY, ibid.)

Greenville does not broadcast in any SE Asian language. Was the ID at
0705 (EDT?) in English? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

Sure sd/lk a spur to me. Try a couple of different radios. 73 KAZ
(Neil Kazaross, IL/WI, IRCA via DXLD)

I assume he means image (receiver-produced) rather than spur
(transmitter-produced). This is a very important distinxion! (Glenn
Hauser, DXLD)

Nothing but Spanish (R. Martí) out of Greenville at that time (Dan
Ferguson, IRCA via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4790-, July 18 circa 0600 and again at 1030 check, open
carrier slightly on the lo side, vs CODAR swishes; also with some hum.
Suspect R. Visión, Chiclayo, Perú, Aoki-listed as 500 watts, 24 hours,
known to have transmission problems. But nothing much else audible
from S America. Not the other 4790, R. Nueva Atlántida, Iquitos, which
is long-defunct but still in Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

UNIDENTIFIED. Re 14-29, 5965: Thanks for the following feedback:
From Dan Sheedy (Southern Calif.) July 16 – “yup, heard here as well
this morning 1130+; even gumming up CRI-5965 *1400..the noise doesn't
sound quite like the NK version on 6003/6015/6135 but that probably
doesn't mean much.”

From Mauno Ritola (Finland) July 17 – “Yes, jamming there already at
1030, but no other carrier present except MLA. Strange. Maybe it
spreads all the way from 6003 kHz jammer?” Appreciate receiving their
comments and observations (Ron Howard, CA, dxldyg via DX LISTENING

5964.701 kHz footprint, RTM Klassik Kajang MLA transmission at
1630 UT on July 19, S=7-8 or -78dBm signal into southern Germany
target. Rather Turk folks language melody like smooth song heard in
1634-1638 UT slot.

At 1640:10 UT another - stronger - carrier came on air on even 5965.0
for few seconds. I guess a TX-/antenna-ready check of Yamata or
Beijing txing site, who use this channel later at nighttime (Wolfgang
Büschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 19, ibid.)

UNIDENTIFIED. HELP NEEDED PLEASE! Perhaps our US friends can help me
with my log entry below???

6185, Spanish speaker at 1100 with possibly news then into music
(sounded sort-of Mexican in style) at 1115. More talk at 1118. Is this
XEPPM R. Educacion at an unscheduled time (its usual is around s/off
0500 approx. isn't it?) or something else? Weak under China Huayi and
faded by 1145. Also monitored on the Lexington Kentucky remote
receiver where the signal was a tiny bit stronger (and in the clear
with no Chinese QRM). Cheers, (Rob VK3BVW Wagner, July 17, ARDXC
mailing list via DXLD)

Rob, Can`t be positive, but XEPPM schedule is somewhat flexible (they
are really on the air in the daytime/afternoons at least), and if it
was definitely in Spanish on 6185 I don`t see how it could be anything
else. 73, (Glenn Hauser, ibid.)

Thanks Glenn. My thoughts also. It faded out around the right time for
a Mexican into Mount Evelyn. Nothing heard the following evening. We
used to hear this regularly years back. But these days, with it
finishing somewhere between 05 and 06 UT, it rarely appears here (Rob
Wagner, ibid.)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6925-USB, July 19 at 0127, JBA signal presumed pirate.
Several unID reports here but one says it`s Lode Radio Hour:

6945-AM, July 19 at 0127, JBA music, presumed pirate. No logs of this
at hfunderground or freeradiocafe. Both gone at 0144 recheck here

UNIDENTIFIED. 7661-AM, July 22 at 0541, big open carrier, steady but
with lite fading. Could be a broadcaster or a utility (Glenn Hauser,

UNIDENTIFIED. Drm interference on 9350, on top of WWCR just prior to
0000. Sometimes it starts up as early as 2230. It is sporadic, not
every night. Completely obliterates WWCR and I'm only 250 miles away.
WWCR has been contacted (Lou kf4rca, Atlanta, July 23, DX LISTENING

Are you sure it`s DRM? It would take an awful lot to obliterate that
WWCR signal here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. On 9730 at 0630 July 23 there was a very strong DRM
transmission - even stronger than I usually hear the DRM signal from
Spain on 9780. Meanwhile the DRM(?) sounding noise on 13670 appears to
have ceased (Noel R. Green, NW England, dxldyg via DX LISTENING

Also hearing the DRM signal on 9730 around 0345 UC (24 July UT).
Receiving Frame Sync so seems to be valid DRM signal but S/N is too
low and lots of fading so no ID displayed or audio. It was gone when I
checked back at 0425 (Bob LaRose, San Diego, dxldyg via DX LISTENING

Could it be rather WHITE NOISE digital jamming stn from China
mainland? Aoki Nagoya JPN list shows:
9730,024 * SOH relay R. FREE ASIA 2330-1400 UT
Chinese/RFA 0.1 ND TWN SOH a14 from July 18-
marked * asterix = jammed channel. 73 wb (Wolfgang Büschel, ibid.)

This was, DRM Wolfy - and not heard today (24th) around same time. The
signal was about 30dB over 9 and far too strong for anything from
China at 0630+UTC. No CNR's or CRI's audible with me on 9 MHz at that
time currently. Reception by Bob LaRose could have been jamming - but
he seems to think not (Noel R. Green (NW England), ibid.)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13570, July 17 at 0120, JBA carrier seems with music;
certainly not WINB long gone from here; could be 2 x 6785 if a pirate
like Old Time Radio be there, but not so heard; or some mixing
product; or overload (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. Some nice signals on 22 meters tonight. Wonder
who is running the strong open carrier on 13580 around 0400 July 21?
Still there past 0520. Not local source, as there is ionospheric
fading. Perhaps MGLOB on way too early for the BBCWS transmission at

Elsewhere on 22m very good signal from IRIB Iran in Russian on 13590
at 0500. Also RFI in French at the same time very good on 13695, and
North Korea in Spanish also good on 13760 with typical military chorus
around 0505. Radio Australia also decent on 13630, but not quite as
good as 15300 (Steve Luce, Houston, Texas, 0536 UT July 21, dxldyg via

re 13580 kHz: Maybe China mainland parked a jamming tx equipment here
for few hours a day, signal came across Alaska-Pacific path into Bush-
land? Often are the jamming stations as standby units on extended
hours on air, against western English language programs, or against
SOH intelligence Taiwan services. see Aoki Nagoya list 13580 chennel
is marked as by asterix * like:

13580 * BBC 0600-0800 1234567 English 250 315 Talata-Volonondry MDG
BBC a14. 73 wb (Wolfgang Büschel, ibid.)

UNIDENTIFIED. DRM on 13670 at 0610 UT. Who might this be? Too weak for
decoding. 73, Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, UT July 20, dxldyg via DX

Rather white noise 24hrs CHN mainland digital jamming on that channel?
73 wolfgang (Büschel, ibid.)

13670 drm: Thanks, Wolfy! I kind of suspected that to be the case! 73,
(Walt Salmaniw, ibid.)

I had heard this too, mentioned in connexion with absence of DRM from
NZ. Only thing scheduled per Aoki is: ``13670 PBS Xinjiang 0200-0730
1234567 Uighur 100 230 Urumqi TKS 4408N 08653E XJBS a14``. BTW, the
typhoon in Hainan could have knocked out some jammers and regular
broadcast antennas. Anything missing from there? (Glenn Hauser, ibid.)

UNIDentified. Station in African language like a Hausa was noted on
July 22, 1800 on 15235, after end of broadcast of Channel Africa in
English. Video:
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30
m. long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Ivo, At the risk of being shot down again like last night, nothing
at all heard on 15235 tonight (July 23) after Channel Africa went off
at 1754*. Checked until 1810. Am I once again the only DXLD member not
hearing it? Regards, (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony

Hi Bill, Yes, nothing at all heard on 15235 on July 23, after Channel
Africa went off at 1754. UNIDentified. Station in African language
like Hausa was noted on July 22, 1800 on 15235, after end of broadcast
of Channel Africa in English. Video:
Nothing on July 23 (DX RE MIX NEWS #863 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo
Ivanov, July 23, 2014 via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. Re: "1601 on 92.9, two guys with car race coverage .....
ideas?" (gh) WZGC Atlanta perhaps; all sports as "92.9 the Game"

Greg, Tnx. That looks like a good possibility (Glenn to Greg, ibid.)


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or by check or MO in US funds, please on a US bank to:
World of Radio, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702 (Glenn Hauser, WOR 1731)



Re: I noticed the CP on Radio Locator but accuracy and being current
isn't their forte' (Todd Skaine, ABDX via DXLD)

...sigh... Once more, with feeling:

The technical data that appears on Radio-Locator *is* the accurate,
current data from the FCC, as of the daily database dump that the FCC
provides. The only thing R-L adds on its own, at least for US
stations, is to link the callsign to a slogan, format and website
listing that comes from R-L's own data. Because of a well-known quirk
in the way R-L constructs its database (linking to callsign rather
than facility ID number and not breaking those links when a callsign
changes), the format and website information can be squirrely at times
on R-L.

That very same FCC data that appears on Radio-Locator also appears on
several other sites that serve as privately-run front ends to the FCC
database. Those include FCCInfo.com (my favorite) and
which is the RECNet version of the database, and is also quite useful.

For US stations, whatever data you see should be consistent and fairly
timely (within 24 hours) across any of those sites, as well as several
others that mine FCC data.

As for the KMZQ CP:

Think of a CP as "you may," not "you must." In most situations, the CP
says "you may construct a facility with these parameters, and may
begin operating it under automatic program test authority."

At some point before the CP expires, the station has to file an
application for a "license to cover," which is the full and final
authorization for those new facilities as specified in the CP.

BUT - and it's a big but - as long as the CP is valid, the station can
begin operating under those new facilities long before it files for a
license to cover. There are stations that have operated under a CP
without a covering license for years, in some cases. That's why R-L is
actually quite smart to list CP facilities with the notation "the
station may be operating with these new facilities:"

It's not R-L's fault. They are as accurate and current (at least on
that part of their data) as the FCC's database system allows them to

KMZQ, at least for now, holds authority to operate with either the 30
kW day facility licensed in 2009, or the 25 kW day facility for which
it received a CP in 2013. Until such time as it files for a license to
cover against the 25 kW CP, or until the CP expires, the only way to
know with certainty which power level KMZQ is using is to ask them.

Does that make sense? s (Scott Fybush, NY, ABDX via DXLD)

It made sense to me. Unless I have heard it myself or from another
DXer, I will always question an online database (Todd Skaine, ibid.)

Respectfully, I'd submit that that's not really the right attitude,

The FCC's CDBS database *is* the governing authority for what's
licensed and permitted in the US. Any online database that draws on
CDBS data and retrieves it daily (and yes, that includes Radio-
Locator) can therefore be depended on as an accurate list of what's
authorized. If R-L says that KMZQ is licensed with 30 kW and has a CP
for 25 kW, then KMZQ has a license for 30 kW and a CP for 25 kW. What,
exactly, is there to question about that?

Now, understand that what's authorized isn't always what's actually
on. Stations sometimes operate at variance with what the FCC has
authorized. In an ideal world, the FCC catches all of those variances
and cracks down on them. This is not an ideal world. s (Fybush, ibid.)


I am not on Facebook, and am free of the everchanging privacy issues
that it presents. Nor do I feel like I am missing a thing by not being
there (Mike Hawkins, old, cynical and malware-free, IRCA via DXLD)

Many DXers tend to "go dormant" this time of the year. Certainly here
in the northeast US, lightning has a lot to do with it. Some just shut
down their activities even though some good DX can still be enjoyed
during dry high-pressure weather when static-causing storms are pushed
at least 500 miles out of the way on bearings of DX interest.

Some of us take advantage of this time of year in terms of the sunset
/ sunrise terminator tending to put DX from below the equator more in
the forefront. Here in the east we're talking Brazil and maybe even
Argentina, at least for those close enough to the seashore. I've
reported some of these from here on Cape Cod. Brett Saylor's recent
trip to Cape Hatteras, NC produced decent Brazilian activity as well.
Deep Africans should also be part of the plan but, other than VOA Sao
Tome (1530), there aren't that many decent-power stations from
sub-equatorial Africa anymore now that everyone's going to FM,
satellite, and webcasting.

Up in Newfoundland, Allen Willie is continuing to knock 'em dead just
as Gary and Chuck are doing out in Oregon. Short story: There is no
substitute for being right on the ocean ... especially at this time of
year. In autumn / winter, big Europeans can get several hundred miles
inland at least to the Great Lakes area and the major Japanese make it
as far east as Oklahoma pretty often. But in late spring / summer,
when we're concentrating on trans-equatorial long-hauls (5000+ miles),
you really have to be at a site where you smell salt spray and hear

As far as Facebook goes, I am aware of some of the privacy concerns.
You have to be careful of security settings, whom you choose as
"friends", and what you post. Consider that, one way or another,
anything posted can become public even if you thought otherwise. If
you've just downed a six-pack, not only should you not be driving but
you shouldn't be posting on social media either.

I do use Facebook (at times) since it brings the ability to
communicate many interests to many people. You can also communicate
with companies you patronize as well as with its other customers. Of
course DX, the broadcasting business, ham radio, and electronics
design are high on my interest list. This IRCA reflector and a few
other e-mail lists and Yahoogroups do a fair to good job covering
those. But I also enjoy talking about music, travel, photography,
language / dialect study, architecture, cars, trains, TV, '50s/'60s
nostalgia (diners, drive-ins, jukeboxes, and so on), gardening /
botany, weather, sports, tools / d-i-y, and history (local, WW2, etc.)
- among other things.

Understandably a list such as IRCA or NRC is not going to accommodate
lengthy "off topic" discussions about coffee or public transit or spy
novels. DXpedition reports (Newfie, PEI, Grayland, Haida Gwaii,
Rockworks, etc.) have always had a bits of "human interest" narrative
beyond the raw loggings and technical details. But those have always
been just a little spice to make the report a bit more readable rather
than just having the dry details. You couldn't, on the other hand, go
into great detail about salmon dinners and white wine you enjoyed and
then a quick blurb "Oh yeah, we heard some DX too."

Facebook, on the other hand, often provides varied insights into
people you know from hobbies, work, school, family, etc. Sometimes
Facebook "friends" from different spheres of one's life read about a
formerly-unknown common interest and wind up gaining useful new
connections possibly even leading to professional advancement.

Sometimes a person I know quite well for one particular interest turns
out to have other interests that are equally (or more) valuable to my
exploration of knowledge. Some examples include: Local DXer Bruce
Conti also happens to be a serious bird photographer. Boston Radio
Interest Group member Kevin Vahey is also (perhaps) the biggest Red
Sox fan and basically a sports encyclopedia. Shortwave / ham guru Skip
Arey is also a huge fan of Celtic music. He and I have had several
Facebook chats about the merits of singers such as Maddy Prior and
Sandy Denny. There are numerous special-interest groups on there
including, of course, the NRC, IRCA, and Medium Wave Circle ones.

Paul Walker's transmitter sites group is worth mentioning. Some of
these groups have greater participation and enthusiasm levels than
some of the older-school radio-related e-mail reflectors /
Yahoogroups. The ability to include photographs is a big selling
point. Of course I'm on those DX groups but, among other things, I'm
also on several for plant identification, a couple for my favorite
singer (Helen Shapiro), one about the '64/'65 NY World's Fair, a
WJIB/WJTO fan page (where users often post oldies music selections
from YouTube), and several about my old hometown of Arlington, MA.

These are just some. There are often links to full-length books and
archived magazines (on many topics) in PDF files you can save to your
local drive. I don't know where else on the internet I could have this
sort of "one stop shopping" at low / no cost for a wide variety of
interests and how I could otherwise connect with as many resources of
information as well as enabling others from different spheres of my
life to make similar connections, often to those of whom they had no
previous knowledge (at least within a particular interest domain).

A downside, beside privacy concerns, is simply "too much information"
- once you get above 100-or-so "friends", even a few hours of
aggregate newfeed activity can take a substantial amount of time to
read and process. You are mining for about 5 to 10 percent "gold
nuggets" out of the remaining slurry of irrelevant "here's a crummy
out-of-focus picture of my cute kitty" and the inevitable political /
religious axe-grinding. If you're off Facebook for a few days, many
potentially useful newsfeed items have been shoved so far down the
line at that point that you are likely never to see them unless you
look at specific "friends" known to post quality items.

This is definitely a case of exercising moderation. If you're blowing
away several hours daily in front of your computer, you could be
ignoring necessary / desirable in-person interactions, errands,
exercise, work, prayer, proper diet, sleep, and - yes - actual DXing.
I have at times deactivated my account. Sometimes, despite the
attraction of such an "information shopping mall", you just have to
give it a rest. Off soapbox (Mark Connelly, WA1ION, South Yarmouth,


Brandon Jordan - PO Box 338 - Rossville TN 38066
E-mail: bdjorda @ gmail.com

Brandon Jordan is our new DX Tests co-ordinator, working for both IRCA
and NRC. He has established the above PO Box/email for correspondence.
He is also available at 901-592-9847 or FAX: 866-240-4221.

Brandon has registered dxtests.net url and will be working on getting
a Wordpress blog set up there in preparation for the upcoming season.
He is also anticipating former DX Test workers to be assisting him in
his efforts. In addition, he is also considering arranging DX tests on
SW stations.

DX Tests are ?arranged? with various AM stations across the US and
Canada. A DX Test broadcast would most likely be conducted sometime in
the overnight hours, between midnight and 6:00 am typically just after
midnight, or just prior to 6 am. These are the best hours for an AM
station to skip to distant locations.

DX Test broadcasts used to be popular during the early days of AM
radio, and they continue to this day. When done overnight, they?re
perfectly within FCC regulations, as is broadcasting with full
authorized power under the "Experimental Hours" rules of 47CFR73.72.
In fact, stations have often combined DX Tests with needed maintenance
work or proof-of-performance testing, and engineers have often told us
that the reception reports they received indicated the quality and
strength of their signal, and gave them an opportunity to see how far
it travels under varying conditions.

Tests typically consist of tones and easily identifiable music such as
marches, polkas or anything else you might classify as eclectic. This
kind of material really cuts through the interference and makes a
station easily recognizable. Morse code identifications using a 1000
Hz modulated tone are also widely used. Recordings for broadcast
during a DX Test can be provided by our committee.

Please join us in welcoming Brandon on-board for the next DX season.
We anticipate hearing from him often (Phil Bytheway, IRCA President /
Goodie Factory, Seattle WA, Drake R-7 / KIWA Loop, 17 July, IRCA via


NEW ZEALAND [and non]. Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for

Hello All, It was a pleasure to welcome noted DXpeditioner Chuck
Hutton to the humble Highway 101 turnoff this morning-- possibly for
the psychological assurance that somebody else was also fanatical
enough to chase DX on the side of an ocean side cliff on busy Highway
101 at 0400 local time (actually, Bill was there before me, at around
0300, to set up his small flag antenna). So with the reassurance that
both of us were indeed halfway normal, we proceeded to chase Kiwi DX
in both an "Apples and Oranges" setup (Perseus SDR + Flag antenna, and
PL-380 Ultralight Radio + FSL antenna).

Fortunately Chuck encountered the same New Zealand-slanted propagation
that I have been experiencing for the past 3 days (which happens often
at Rockwork 4, but which is particularly intense this week). We both
DXed independently, so the report below contains only the Ultralight +
FSL highlights of the session. Once again it was primarily an all-Kiwi
session, with S/N pegging signals from 531-PI, 567-RNZ and 657-
Southern Star. At the 1115 UTC start time New Zealand stations were
already on the warpath, with 531-PI leading the charge at an S-9
level. Signals continued to improve until the peak sunrise enhancement
from 1230-1300, including the strongest signals ever received from
567-RNZ and 657-Southern Star.

Despite multiple searches the Australians seemed to be back in
hibernation, with the intense Kiwis totally shutting them out on all
the low band frequencies. Around 1256 UTC a fairly decent carrier
finally showed up on 576, and I figured that the Aussie big gun 2RN
was finally making its first appearance this week. When tuning in,
however, I heard a fairly weak station with a solemn DU voice reading
something (or maybe preaching), backed up by a two-tone organ -- with
apparent mentions of "the Lord" at :54 and :57 into the MP3 recording.
Because this format doesn't sound at all like the Aussie big gun 2RN,
it makes me wonder whether the intense Kiwi propagation delivered a
very rare New Zealand station apparently never before heard on the
west coast-- the 2.5 kW The Word / Bible Radio in Hamilton. The only
Aussie to make it through the twisted propagation was the Brisbane big
gun 1116-4BC, which somehow managed to deliver a vibrant signal around
1247. Chuck and I wrapped up DXing around 1330, and plan to hit the
Rockwork 4 cliff again very early on Thursday morning.

531 PI Auckland, NZ (5 kW) Another day, another thunderous PI
recording-- so what else is new?

567 RNZ Wellington, NZ (50 kW) Monster signal from the Kiwi big gun
pegging the PL-380 S/N with news at 1302;
this was the strongest signal it's managed during any of the ocean
cliff DXpeditions

576 UnID-DU Weak DU English speech with apparent religious format--
possibly the 2.5 kW New Zealand station?
(headphones required)

603 Radio Waatea Auckland, NZ (5 kW) The standard late-night Maori
male announcer showing up on 585-603-765

657 Southern Star Wellington, NZ (50/ 10 kW) Huge signal at 1224 with
Christian hymns and female DU speech

783 Access Radio Wellington, NZ (10 kW) Temporarily vibrant with pop
music at 1311

1116 4BC Brisbane, Australia (17kW/ 6.3 kW) The sole Aussie signal
managing to get through Kiwi-slanted propagation
this morning, with vibrant speech around 1251

Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 7-17...Wild!

Hello All, Chuck and I again hit the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff around
1100 UTC this early morning, with Chuck setting up his small flag
antenna for Perseus-SDR spectrum capture, and my own 15" FSL antenna
and PL-380 Ultralight radio set up for independent DXing about 100
feet southeast at the same Highway 101 turnoff. Strong New Zealand
propagation was again in effect throughout sunrise enhancement,
although some weak Australian signals did come out of the noise way
under the Kiwis.

My top priority was to go after the very obscure 2.5 kW New Zealand
station 576-The Word, which had apparently never been received on the
North American west coast because of the Aussie big gun 2RN on the
same frequency. A trace of this station showed up yesterday at the
cliff, but I was out for solid evidence. My luck held up as the
twisted Kiwi propagation prevailed for yet another morning, providing
solid reception of DU English Bible reading on 576-The Word at 1246.

In addition the Kiwi-slanted propagation provided the strongest MP3
yet of Chinese from the 1 kW station 936-Chinese Voice in Auckland,
and in the freakish signal category, the strongest DU signal that I've
ever heard (during any DXpedition) from 531-PI at 1253. Chuck and I
shared notes at various times during the morning session, and it was
great having an experienced DXer offering his perspective on the
freakish New Zealand propagation. Rockwork 4 is definitely a unique
place -- the perfect cure for any DXing boredom!

531 PI Auckland, NZ (5 kW) Freakishly strong signal with a Samoan
call-in program at 1253 -- the strongest DU signal that I've ever
heard http://www.mediafire.com/listen/azwdpwb6zj2x0q4/531-PI-1253z071714PL380.MP3

531 UnID Australian A big surprise-- an Australian pop music station
showing up way under the nuclear-powered 531-PI at 1233. Unfortunately
the Australian just didn't have the steam to get through the Kiwi-
slanted propagation with any real identity clues. This was the first
DU competition that 531-PI has had for 5 days at the Cliff

576 The Word Radio Hamilton, NZ (2.5 kW) Very obscure Kiwi station
with fair-level Bible reading at 1246, fading into a mix with
(apparently) a weak 2RN signal. Twisted Kiwi propagation provided this
bizarre logging

585 UnID Australian The mystery of the morning-- a weak DU English
station not // with 603-R. Waatea (i.e. not the Kiwi Maori station
Radio Ngati Porou) with male-female speech at 1238. Previous
experience would indicate that this might be 585-2WEB ("Outback
Radio"), but I have no definite clues
Apparently the same station, with weak music at 1313. If someone knows
this song title, I would appreciate the information (2WEB's David
Sharp is a member of our Ultralight group, and can check a song title
in his log)

603 Radio Waatea Auckland, NZ (5kW) Maori music and speech at typical
strength at 1240, // 765-R.kahungunu

828 UnID-DU Female DU speech at 1303, most likely from the 2 kW NZ
station Radio Trackside/ Live Sport due to freakish Kiwi propagation

936 Chinese Voice Auckland, NZ (1 kW) Chinese at fair level from this
very low powered Kiwi station -- an apparent DX distance record for
Ultralight radio reception of a 1 kW station in North America (but
heard by Bill W. at a strong level previously at Grayland)

73 and Good DX, (Gary DeBock (in Cannon Beach, OR), DXing at the
Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff on Highway 101 (Tillamook Co,, OR)
Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight radio + 15" DXpedition FSL antenna, irca via

Great loggings, Gary! Sure looks like there's something 'special'
about the Rockworks 4 location. And it appears it'll take one heckuva
wideband set-up to match what you're able to accomplish with the
single-frequency, hi-Q FSL/Ultralite solution.

You may well have found a very compelling situation where LIVE,
single-frequency listening is still 'the only way to go!'

I'm holding out hope for Chuck finding something that's close to what
you're able to hear with a wideband set-up. Many of us have kinda
gotten used to having huge WAV files to pore over at our leisure
instead of having to either stay up all night or be truly AWAKE at
sunrise to take full advantage of openings (Bill Whitacre, ibid.)

Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 7-18

Hello All, Intense Kiwi propagation slacked off slightly at the Cliff
this morning as a few Australian stations managed to finally show up
at decent levels. The regular New Zealand blasters like 531-PI were at
their normal meltdown strength, but very obscure Kiwis like 576-
TheWord no longer held down their frequencies over Aussie big guns.
The most interesting signal of the morning was on 558, though, as
Radio Fiji One (the last surviving AM station in Fiji) made a very
rare appearance over daytimer 560-KSFO's splatter.

The Rockwork 4 ocean cliff featured awesome scenery at the 1100 UTC
(0400 local) start time, as the half moon reflected beautifully off
the smooth ocean surface 400 feet (122m) below the site. Chuck had
wrapped up his two day visit yesterday, after we compared notes
briefly on our DU-DXing results. He seems to have hit the peak of the
Kiwi-centered DX, as this morning's results were slightly more
balanced. The Kiwi big guns took quite a while before hitting their
stride, with 531-PI waiting until 1225 to hit an S9 level (when Chuck
was here, it was S9 well before 1200 on both days).

At 1233 I noticed a strong heterodyne on pest 560-KSFO's signal, and
figured that it must be a rare appearance of the Kiwi 558-Radio Sport
(heard at cape Perpetua last August, for the first time). Upon tuning
in, however, I heard the Polynesian choral music typical of Radio Fiji
One, familiar to all DU-DXers from the now-defunct 639 kHz station.
With no parallel to check or WiFi to access a web stream, the
Polynesian choral music was about as much identity confirmation as I
was likely to get (no other station on the frequency plays this
format). It was the first time in four years that I've been able to
get a decent signal from 558-Fiji, and certainly a big surprise in
this Kiwi-slanted DXpedition. I wish that Chuck could have stuck
around for a third day and snag it also, but he mentioned the need to
catch up on sleep (something of which I am all too familiar).

531 PI Auckland, NZ (5 kW) Beautiful Samoan music at s9+ level around
1227; this station seems immune to any type of propagation drop off
during the entire month of July (six days straight of S9+ signals this

558 Radio Fiji One Suva, Fiji (10 kW) Typical Polynesian choral music
building up strength at 1233 to break free of daytimer 560-KSFO
splatter; first DXpedition appearance in four years for me

576 2RN Sydney, Australia (50 kW) Aussie big gun finally managing a
good signal with a female to female interview after chasing this
week's obscure Kiwi overachiever 576-The Word off of the frequency

603 Radio Waatea Auckland, New Zealand (5 kW) Maori rhythm music
slightly underpowered this morning as the intense Kiwi propagation
takes a break

738 Radio Polynesie Mahina, Tahiti (20 kW) For Nick-- the typical
meltdown signal of this station at Rockwork 4 each morning in July

891 5AN Brisbane, Australia (50 kW) Aussie LR network big gun plus one
anemic DU co-channel (The Breeze?)
at 1254 http://www.mediafire.com/listen/pj16fcix5um81tv/891-5ANmix-1254z071814PL380.MP3

936 Chinese Voice Auckland, NZ (1 kW) Deep-voiced male Chinese speaker
(plus weak co-channel) -- late at 1315 -- maybe the answer to 603-
HLSA's late night announcer?

1008 Newstalk ZB Tauranga, NZ (10 kW) The best signal managed so far
from this Kiwi station, with news and multiple ID's at 1303

Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 7-19

Hello All, Well, Nick certainly wasn't wrong about the Kiwi stations
going on a romp at the ocean coast today. Several of them (594, 603,
1017 and 1386) managed their best signals of the entire week, while
1017-A3Z in Tonga finally had a late sign off around 1205, rising in
and out of splatter from a Spanish domestic pest on 1020. This was the
last day of the Rockwork 4 DXpedition, and it certainly seemed like
one of the best.

At the 1100 UTC start time it was obvious that 1017-Tonga was still on
the frequency, although splatter from the 1020-Spanish pest made
reception dicey. Tonga was showing up only about 20% of the time, with
the usual male and female voices slowly speaking a foreign language on
"island time" (bizarre pauses between sentences). I was able to make a
few MP3's as the station rose above the splatter occasionally, but
hopes of making a nice recording of the sign off (like Bill W.'s
awesome recording at Grayland last year) were dashed as the Spanish
pest went on the warpath after 1200.

In any case, 1017-Tonga was the fifth DU country to be received during
the DXpedition, after NZ, Australia, Tahiti and Fiji. Kiwi stations
were extremely potent after 1200, with 531-PI equaling its "strongest
DU signal ever" level at 1230, and both 594-NZ Rhema and 603-r.Waatea
pegging the PL-380 S/N with awesome signals around 1255. The 2.5 kW
Kiwi station on 1017 was potent indeed at 1241, while the Australian
big guns 702-2BL and 774-3LO made their first appearances. South
Australian blaster 891-5AN once again pegged the PL-380 S/N at 1313,
while about 15 other Kiwis and Aussies managed audio on the wild
morning. Altogether the 7-day DXpedition at the sheer ocean cliff site
was one of the most thrilling experiences any DXer could possibly
have, and I'm happy that Perseus-SDR DXer Chuck was able to share in
the fun on a couple of days. The new 15" DXpedition FSL made DU-DXing
a lot of fun, and provided a new level of sensitivity to chase even
the most obscure Kiwi stations.

531 PI Auckland, NZ (5 kW) This awesome Samoan-language Kiwi station
pegged the PL-380 S/N on all 7 days this week, and finished off the
DXpedition with this monster signal at 1230, equaling its "strongest
DU ever" level

594 NZ-Rhema Timaru/ Wanagnui, NZ (5 kW/ 2 kW) Low-powered Christian
network pegging the PL-380 S/N with a monster signal at 1252; this was
the strongest signal ever received from this network in 10 ocean coast

603 Radio Waatea Auckland, NZ (5 kW) Pegging the PL-380 S/N at 1250
with pop music and Maori ID; strongest signal from this Maori language
station all week long

792 4RN Brisbane, Australia (25 kW) First appearance all week for this
RN network big gun with female interview // 567 at 1302; no sign of
the Kiwi co-channel Radio Sport, which held down the frequency for
most of the week

891 5AN Adelaide, Australia (50 kW) LR network big gun managing
another huge signal with pop music and male-female interview at 1313,
pegging the PL-380 S/N for the second time this week

1017 A3Z Nuku'alofa, Tonga (10 kW) The usual foreign-language male
speaker rising up out of 1020 splatter at 1154 (headphones
recommended) http://www.mediafire.com/listen/el5z3pufpapaf3n/1017-A3Z-1154z071914PL380.MP3
Good-level interval music and the same male speaker at 1158 before the
1020 Spanish pest reclaimed the frequency

1017 Radio Sport/ Newstalk ZB Christchurch, NZ (2.5 kW) Excellent
signal from this low-powered Kiwi station at 1241; female voice
advertisement end end of MP3 with "right here in New Zealand"

1386 Radio Tarana Auckland, NZ (10 kW) Female-voiced Hindu music at
fair-good level around 1311; best signal managed during the DXpedition

73 and Good DX, (Gary DeBock (back in Puyallup, WA, USA). DXing at the
Rockwork 4 ocean cliff site in Tillamook Co., OR
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + New 15" DXpedition FSL

South Pacific DXing Demonstration Video -- 531-PI in Auckland, NZ

Hello All, In response to several requests, on the last day of the
recent Rockwork 4 ocean cliff DXpedition I recorded a demonstration
video of the process of receiving an actual South Pacific DX station
on the modified PL-380 + FSL combo at the cliff side location. The
1230 UTC reception time was ideal for reception of a strong signal
from 531-PI, a 5 kW Samoan language station at 6,858 miles (11,035 km)
distance. Although the lighting just after local sunrise wasn't
exactly ideal, the entire process of reception (checking the DX
station carrier strength on the ICF-2010 SSB spotting receiver, tuning
the 15" FSL antenna to boost the signal on the ICF-2010, entering the
DX station's frequency on the modified PL-380 and finally coupling the
PL-380 to the FSL to receive a huge signal boost) is shown in the
demonstration video. 531-PI's signal was S9+ at the time, and an
actual English ID from the station was fortunately recorded as it
boomed in on the modified PL-380. Despite what the sleep-deprived
narrator says, however, the actual distance to 531-PI from the
Rockwork 4 DXpedition site is actually 6,858 miles (11,035 km), NOT
"over 8,000 miles." After running on limited sleep for seven days
straight, it was amazing that this guy could even remember how to turn
on the camcorder.


73 and Good DX, (Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA), DXing at the
Rockwork 4 ocean cliff site on Highway 101, Tillamook Co., Oregon,

Gary, Great Video!!! Thanks for showing everyone what you have to go
through to hear these amazing receptions!! It was nice of 531-PI to
give a Beautiful English ID while you were filming!! What are the
chances of that, eh??? Good show, Gary!!! 73 (Robert S. Ross, London,
Ontario CANADA, ibid.)


Hello All, As usual, the recent visit to the Oregon ocean cliff site
resulted in a mix of definite and not-so-definite DU loggings. Most of
the mysteries were related to Australian stations trying to break
through the strong NZ-slanted propagation.

Posted below are several MP3's of these mysteries, along with
descriptions of what I can make out by myself. The 702 kHz recording
is pretty strong, so anyone in NZ or Oz could probably tell me the
accent of the female presenter. Any assistance would be appreciated!

531 UnID Australian In general the Oz stations on this frequency had a
very rough time breaking through the heavy 531-PI signal, but in this
recording at 1233z on 7-17 there is an Australian pop music station
mixing with PI at a fair level, with a female presenter giving some
speech from :08 until :17 into the recording. Not too much to go with,
but does anyone in Oz recognize her voice? (headphones recommended)

531 UnID Australian Another Oz station trying to break through PI's
hammerlock on the frequency. At 1258z on 7-16 a male-voiced presenter
on an Australian station is speaking under 531-PI's Samoan male
presenter. Being close to the 1300 TOH, this may have been some type
of news. Does anyone in Oz recognize his voice? (headphones

585 UnID Australian At 1238 on 7-17 a fairly weak station was received
on 585, but it was clearly not // with 603-Waatea (i.e., it was not
the 2 kW Kiwi station 585-Radio Ngati Porou). This leaves only two Oz
stations as real possibilities -- 585-2WEB "Outback Radio" (received
three times previously on the Cliffs) or the 10 kW ABC station 7RN in
Hobart, Tasmania (never before received). Both male and female
presenters are giving either an interview, or news. Any suggestions
from Oz? (headphones recommended)

702 UnID DU This fairly strong station at 1211 on 7-19 is obviously
either the Kiwi 10 kw station Radio Live or the Aussie 50 kW big gun
2BL, but since an LR network // wasn't available at the time I
couldn't confirm the ABC identity. My guess is that this is 2BL
because of the complete lack of commercial advertising from the female
presenter, but could someone in either NZ or Oz confirm her Aussie

Thanks for any assistance! 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, July 23,



Greetings from a very warm Feltham. I thought it was time for a
reminder about this year's "Twickenham Summer Gathering", at the
customary venue of

'The Barmy Arms'

Saturday 2nd August from 15.00 BST - late evening

The main reason for the later date this year is that we are
celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the British DX Club, which
began in the late summer of 1972 as the TDXC (briefly TDC) in the town
most famous for its rugby, but also the original home of what became a
leading British radio club.

If you haven't been to the area before, you might not know that The
Barmy Arms is located alongside one of the loveliest stretches of the
urban Thames in an area often called "London's Arcadia". The Barmy
Arms has a fascinating history itself, not least in the name, and many
distinguished names in art, politics and literature made this their

But for music fans, this was once more of a mecca for those following
the early career of such names as The Strawbs (after nearby Strawberry
Hill) and even The Rolling Stones. Either on Eel Pie Island opposite
- also for a long time the home of clockwork radio inventor Trevor
Bayliss - or indeed at the Barmy Arms. they brought their ground-
breaking music to Middlesex long before the world's radio stations ere
playing their tunes!

All of which makes this an ideal and very appropriate venue for a
relaxed afternoon and evening of congenial conversation about radio
and many other topics besides, and favourite refreshment (whether real
ale. your personal tipple or soft drinks for the drivers).

The Barmy Arms was also chosen because it has a large terrace with
sunshades and patio heaters, which most years have served us well even
when the English summer has failed to excel. However, just in case the
weather should turn inclement or if it gets a little too hot, don't
worry. This year, we have arranged with the pub management to have use
of an indoor area of the pub, the restaurant area adjoining the

This meeting will start a little earlier than in previous years, at
15.00 BST (14.00 GMT). This will allow plenty of time to roll back the
years, with or without beers, and maybe talk about how much radio has
changed, moved on, improved or not, since those very different days of
the 1970s. It would be lovely if you could join us. Watch out for
radio memorabilia if you don't spot us immediately!

At about 19.00 we then aim to have the traditional meal, usually a
curry, at a nearby restaurant probably in historic Church Street just
a short walk from the pub. For those unable to stay, though, there is
food available all afternoon and into the evening at The Barmy Arms
If you do intend to stay for a meal, however, please let me know
(ideally before the meeting).

Twickenham is easily accessible from Central London and also Heathrow
Airport, where there are coach services to many areas. Twickenham
railway station is on the South West Trains network with frequent
trains to and from London Waterloo and the journey taking about 20
minutes. Alternatively the London Underground district line serves
nearby Richmond from where it's a short bus ride to Twickenham. Please
note, however London Buses no longer accept cash, but journeys can be
paid for with contactless bank cards or credit cards, or a Travelcard,
Oyster card or bus pass.

Sorry if this seems more like an essay than a notice, but in this very
special year for BDXC, I really wanted to "upsell" the meeting and
hope that we will see a few new faces, as well as those we haven't
seen in a while, on the 2nd August. Don't hesitate to contact me by
e-mail - mark@bdxc.org.uk or mobile (07711 616908) if you need any
more information.

By the way, Hampton Waterworks, about two miles from Twickenham, was
the hottest place in Britain yesterday. Whether today's balmy
temperatures can be sustained for another fortnight, I don't know- but
at least the Thames is very handy for a quick cooling off paddle,
while the Barmy will provide ample liquid refreshment! (Mark Savage,
July 18, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)



Ventsislav Georgiev
Technical Manager
Spaceline Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria
Space Line Ltd.
James Baucher blvd 71,
Fl. 6, Office 5,
1407 Sofia , BULGARIA
Phone: +359 (2) 962 50 62, Fax:+359 (2) 868 54 08
Mobile: +359 888 554 297
Web: <www.spaceline.bg>
e-mail: <georgiev @ spaceline.bg>
(hfcc website, July 15 via BC-DX 20 July via DXLD)


Discover All That IBC2014 Has In Store --- IBC is the industry's
indispensable and inspirational source of new product and topical
information, hard-hitting debate, world first demonstrations and
sparkling networking opportunities sprinkled with valued added
features that reflect and advance the changing face of media and
entertainment innovation. IBC is a mind-blowing exhibition. It is a
visionary conference. It is all of this and more – and you can
experience it between 11 - 16 September this year. [Amsterdam]
(via DXLD)




Los sonidos de la VOA en la Épica narración del vuelo del Apolo XI.
Rescate de las grabaciones del radioaficionado argentino Luis
Hondareyte en los 60s. Otros audios y testimonios.
(Horacio Nigro Geolkiewsky, Montevideo, Uruguay

VOA reporting Lunar landing 45 years ago tonite (via Horacio Nigro
Geolkiewsky, Montevideo, Uruguay, condiglista yg, via dxldyg July 20
via DXLD)

In English? It seems that VOA had a ``Cadena Espacial`` covering the
space program in Spanish. This source has linx to a great many audio
recordings, but the audio-icon merely leads to jpg of the icon itself
rather than to any audio!

Here`s the big moments: Radio Cadena Espacial Continental, Voz de
América. 12ª parte. Operaciones de aproximación al descenso. Descenso:
“The Eagle has landed”. [20'27]

Radio Cadena Espacial Continental, Voz de América. 15ª parte. Neil
Armstrong pisa el suelo lunar. A las 2:56:20 (Tiempo Coordinado
Universal) del 21 de julio de 1969, Neil Armstrong pisó la Luna y
pronunció su famosa frase: «Es un pequeño paso para un hombre, pero un
gran salto para la humanidad» (orig.: “That’s one small step for [a]
man, one giant leap for mankind” ). [19'33"]

Many of the historic recordings were ``recovered`` from original reel
tape, with explanation and illustrations of this process (Glenn

Dear Glenn, Yes, indeed. VOA LA Division had a great role covering the
NASA Space program, including Apollo 11.

In that post in my blog I present the condensed history of the Space
Staff for the Intercontinental network who was relayed in part or
total by thousands of radio stations in LA via shortwaves, in those
years. Details are explained on how the historical recordings on VOA
coverage were made by an Argentinian ham, and only recently
digitalized by other enthusiasts in Astronautics and audio engineers.

It's strange you cannot open the audio tracks. I use Firefox as
browser. Chrome also works OK wit the page. Anybody else can tell what
happens on your respective end? 73 (Horacio Nigro, Uruguay, ibid.)

Horacio, The play buttons did not appear at all on IE. OK on Firefox.
Tnx for an excellent historical archive (Glenn, ibid.)

Glad it worked. I don't know why IE doesn't open the audios. Original
files come from my account in Dropbox. Everything is standard. It's
been sesquiyears (??) since I abandoned IE as a default browser.
Those years in VOA's Spanish to Latam were formidable! Very
professional people, several of them from my country who were popular
before entering that international broadcaster. We'll never forget
their voices. Their charisma. 73 agn (HAN, ibid.)

ABU Weekly News Digest 18 July 2014

ABU members are being offered a free radio documentary marking the
50th Anniversary of the Union. The 30-minute documentary has been
produced by Tracee Hutchison and Nadia Hume of the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation.

It features interviews and audio excerpts from ABU pioneers such as
the Union’s longest serving General-Secretary and ABU historian Hugh
Leonard, its inaugural Secretary-General Sir Charles Moses and the
late NHK President Mr Yoshinori Maeda, as well as looking at present-
day challenges through the eyes of the current Secretary-General Dr
Javad Mottaghi and the immediate past President Mr Gil Hwan-Young.

Ms Hutchison said the early recordings “set a wonderfully rich and
inspiring benchmark for our documentary and set the tone for the
approach we took to try and do justice to the many and varied
stakeholders in the ABU story”. “It tells of harmonious collaborations
and altruistic and unifying intentions for the greater good of the
Asia-Pacific region,” she added. “The ABU is one of those rare beasts
we love so much in the media – it’s a good news story!”

The package includes the full 30-minute documentary, an episodic
version of the documentary, scripts and text copy for use by
broadcasters, including a full English transcript of the program, ABU
archival images from 1964 in a zip file and images of the program
creators Tracee Hutchison and Nadia Hume.

Dr Mottaghi said he hoped ABU members would take advantage of the
offer and broadcast what was a very professional and enthralling
documentary. “Just to hear the voices of those early pioneers is a
thrill in itself,” he said.

A television documentary marking the ABU’s 50th Anniversary is has
been produced by NHK in Japan. The ABC had also produced a 50th
Anniversary web story, which can be found here:
(Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ZEALAND; UK; UNIDs 9350 9730 13670



What type of "local interference" are you getting on some of the weak
channels? Is it from local FM, VHF TV, or broadcasts above 108 MHz? Or
is it from electrical sources? The commercial grade (FCC Class A)
electronic ballasts used on fluorescent, LED & halogen lighting
actually "broadcast" or radiate RFI over a fairly large spectrum. The
RFI from the electronic ballasts and LED lights will appear as "white
noise" on the FM band because they actually radiate radio signals over
a broad part of the spectrum.

Some local businesses have installed new fluorescent or LED lighting
and it will radiate out 50 to nearly 100 feet from what I have noticed
while listening to FM & AM radio in the car. There are FCC Class B
Residential or Consumer rated ballasts which are filtered or shielded
to eliminate interference to wireless devices such as Wifi, cell
phones, portable phones, radio (AM & FM) and TV (especially VHF). If
you are getting interference that appears to cover up weaker signals,
it might be from these electronic ballasts or LED radiators of RFI.
The electronic ballast radiated "white noise" could be coming from a
neighbor's house. It could also be generated by a power supply,
electric motor, water pump, etc. If the interference is being
generated by a neighbor, the local FCC field office can be called in
to eliminate the interference source to a "fixed radio receiver" in
your home (Bob Seaman, WTFDA via DXLD)


I am a firm believer in "both kinds of DX": live and after-the-fact
capture analysis. Whenever possible you should use a mix of the old-
school and new-school methods.

Advantages of live DXing:
* You can use webstream, remote-receiver, and shortwave parallels.

* You can use high-Q tuned antennas rather than broadband. In two
situations this is the way to go. One would be when you have very weak
signal conditions and not enough space for a broadband antenna of
sufficient sensitivity. The other would be when you are in an urban
situation where any broadband antenna of sufficient gain to hear DX is
going to present locals at such high levels that the receiver will
create spurious signals.

* You can use a phasing unit to target the specific "pest" affecting
the frequency on which you're actively DXing at the time. It takes a
very good antenna system (e.g. physically-large array) to deliver much
better than a 25 dB null in a broadband sense. But narrow bandwidth
nulls of better than 40 dB are easily had with a Quantum Phaser (or
similar) and a pair of different-pick-up antennas (e.g. loop vs. whip,
loops at right angle), or with two similar-pick-up antennas spaced at
least 50m / 164 ft. apart.

Advantage of after-the-fact capture analysis (Perseus, Excalibur,

* During a "hot" opening, a single top-of-hour capture gets you a
whole medium-wave band worth of ID's. This would take much more time
to accomplish with live DX sessions. Optimum conditions may have gone
away by the time you're even halfway through the band doing it live.
At US/Canada East Coast beach sites around local sunset, two
top-of-hour captures (+/- 3 min.) can get you an amazing amount of
choice DX. Same is true for West Coast around local dawn. And, if
it's auroral, admittedly a fairly rare occurrence in recent years,
you'll be busy all night on tops-of-hour as well as on the half-hours
for the Venezuelans.

* You can repeatedly replay a given target, trying AM, synchro AM,
USB, and LSB modes; various IF bandwidths; notch filters et al. On
live DXing you have less time to figure out the optimum receiver

Since you typically won't have webstreams and shortwave to assist you
on after-the-fact analysis of medium wave capture files, use the
periods BETWEEN the tops-of-hour (:00+/-3) and bottoms-of-hour
(:30+/-2) captures to do live DX, making sure to avail yourself of
things that are only feasible when DXing the old-school way. You can
still have TotalRecorder (or your other favorite audio recording tool)
running during the live DX activity since you won't want proof of a
breathtakingly rare catch passing you by. What you find out during the
between-captures live DX will feed into antenna-aiming etc. decisions
you may want to make before the next capture session.

When I'm in the car at the seashore, I usually start with the roof-top
cardioid-pattern antenna nulling towards NYC (255 deg.) but I may
later take a crack at things with the antenna null aimed 345 deg. to
take Boston and Montreal down instead. Or I'll re-position somewhere
between those two bearings to affect maximum reduction of the Lakes
area (Buffalo / Toronto / Cleveland / Detroit / Chicago) instead. The
between-captures live listening is often the thing that dictates what
the most productive nulling / antenna-aiming strategy will be (Mark
Connelly, WA1ION, South Yarmouth, MA, IRCA via DXLD)


Amazing (to me) article in Radio World magazine today.

Apparently, lots of people in their 20's and 30's don't understand
that they can access radio outside of their cars anymore.
Increasingly, they consider radio a medium that works in their cars --
and don't realize that portable or even fixed radios inside the home
are an option anymore. For someone who grew up listening to baseball
on a transistor radio under his pillow, and hiding earphones in the
spines of books during class at school -- this is nothing short of
amazing to me.

Then again, I've noticed that none of the young people who work for me
wear watches either. The "phone" is all to them (Les Rayburn, WTFDA,
ABDX via DXLD) Viz.:

Is Radio ``Portable`` Anymore?
Leslie Stimson, 07/16/2014

While Baby Boomers grew up listening to transistor radios, the youth
of today have not, leading to their perception that the medium isn't
portable. Even if they want to listen to radio outside the car, they
don't know how.

That's why consumers age 20 to 39 believe they have little access to
radio outside their cars, and turn to other sources of audio
entertainment when not driving, according to a study from Coleman
Insights conducted in cooperation with Emmis Communications. When
exposed to, and after using the Emmis-backed NextRadio app, these same
smartphone users said they believe NextRadio would make radio mobile,
allowing them to listen while they do other things, according to the
NAB-funded research.

Coleman Insights President/Chief Operating Officer Warren Kurtzman,
along with Coleman's knowDigital Division President Sam Milkman,
conducted interviews with 31 Chicago consumers. The market was chosen
because stations in that market have populated the NextRadio platform
with content.

"The idea that radio isn't mobile is striking," said Kurtzman, "That
is, however, the perception among many consumers in their 20s and 30s
and it appears that NextRadio has a great opportunity to address that

"It's radio on your phone," says Kurtzman, who adds that based on the
findings, Coleman recommends a promotional campaign should be built
around this premise and shared with all participating NextRadio
stations. While other benefits, such as lacking a data plan impact and
minimal battery impact are also important, they will have little value
unless NextRadio is first seen as a source of portability, he adds.

View a streaming _video presentation_
<http://www.ColemanInsights.com/NextRadio> of the study's findings ---
the respondents were roughly evenly divided between men and women.
Some 50% were mobile streaming users and 50% were not. There was also
a roughly equal division between those who had an unlimited smartphone
data plan and those with capped data plans.

This is the first of two releases; the second phase of the research, a
national, representative quantitative study of 18- to 49-year-old
smartphone owners on their interest in NextRadio is due out later this
month. - See more at:
(via WTFDA, IRCA via DXLD)

Here's your proof that the powers that be have taken free radio and TV
and made it so you will have to pay for it (Kevin Redding, Crump, TN,

The 1930 US census had a question under the heading of HOME,
ownership, renting, etc. In Column #9 it asked about a Radio Set.
(Does the family residing at this address have a Radio Set? Y/N) That
question reflects how important radio was back then!

Perhaps in the year 2020, the 100th anniversary or radio broadcasting
the census may ask a similar question like - When was the last time
your actually listened to a radio?

Or, maybe technology will have advanced far enough to ask a question
like this on a future census - "Do you have a cell phone with an RF ID
chip implanted into the back of your ear? Y/N" (Tom Jasinski, Joliet,
IL, ibid, IRCA via DXLD)

It is quite concerning. Have you walked into one of the bigger
retailers (Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart) recently and try to buy
a portable analog AM/FM radio? It is not easy and you may walk out
empty handed. Couple this with Clear Channel shoving iHeart Radio down
your throat as well as all the other stations that tout their
streaming capability and it's not hard to see why it is not perceived
as a portable medium. At least Radio Shack still has a small selection
of portable radios (after all they are called Radio Shack). I grew up
in the walkman generation but still had and still have plenty of AM
only transistor radios as well.

Today, life is on your phone. I am not surprised that radio is
considered something you only get in your car. A distant second would
be an alarm clock radio but even those have iPod or external audio
jacks for your phone (Steve W., K3PHL, near Allentown, PA, WTFDA via

What's striking to me is that within the article there are a total
disconnects between the idea that a radio in the car somehow isn't
mobile and that the ubiquitous iHeart Radio is somehow different from
this Next Radio app. Or how satellite radio fits in.

Certainly radios for the home are not readily available as Steve
pointed out. Neither are portable radios.

The issue I see is - as again Steve points out - everything now has to
be tied in to the phone or it somehow doesn't count. Personal
electronics today need to serve multiple purposes rather than just

And then there are multiple surveys over the past few years which
assert that the same demographic cares less about music programming
via any kind of radio because they prefer to create their own
playlists on their own devices and listen to them.

Any more I place less and less credibility in some of the stuff that
gets published in RW (Russ Edmunds, Blue Bell, PA, (15 mi NW of
Philadelphia), ibid.)

I think Russ makes an excellent point. While I enjoy reading Radio
World, it could be accused of being a shill for the National
Association of Broadcasters, and their advertisers.

Honestly, I think radio is somewhat missing the boat on a number of
fronts. They have relinquished their undisputed leadership in a number
of areas chasing higher profits while reducing service to their
audience. For example:

1.) Radio enjoyed a unique role as the launching pad for new musical
artists. While some could argue that the Internet has increased the
ability of new acts to be heard, I think it's really generated so much
clutter that it's nearly impossible for new acts to break out.

2.) It is the original "wireless" app--and should have been among the
first technologies adopted to cellular phones. Instead, the industry
resisted inclusion into other wireless networks--and got left behind.

3.) The whole "HD" experiment, especially on AM has been a major
failure. Delivering nothing of real value to the consumer. Instead it
generated a lot of profits in terms of equipment and licensing...but
sales of HD radios was a huge failure because there was no unique

4.) Radio was the original "local" medium, until they figured out that
it was cheaper to use automation and satellite to deliver content.
Short term profits lead to radio using it's personality and brand
identify in most markets. Lacking that, it has been easy for consumers
to live without it when alternatives became available.

Is it too late to rescue the medium? No, I don't think so. But they
need to recognize what they are, and the advantages that provides.
Radio is "broadcasting" not narrowcasting. They have a unique ability
to deliver content to a broad audience wirelessly and without
subscription fees.

To be relevant to their audience, they must provide content that users
cannot get elsewhere in a format that is better suited to them. Among
the most popular stations here locally is WJOX 94.5, which delivers
sports talk, but with a heavy concentration on locally produced
content. Basically they talk about college football about 18 hours a
day. Would that work everywhere? Probably not. But in football crazy
Alabama, it works just fine.

The point is that each market is different--and only locally produced
content can address that. Does that cost money to produce? Sure--but
it also generates a big audience, brand loyalty, and something that
advertisers want to buy (Les Rayburn, Director, High Noon Film, 130
1st Avenue West, Alabaster, AL 35007-8536, ibid.)

Where else would I get talk about Arkansas sports but the small
network of local/regional stations airing that? I heard this via Es
last week. IBOC and other digital conversion issues should be soooo
far down the list. Content rules. Well put, Les! (Saul Chernos, Ont.,
July 17, ibid.)

``I think Russ makes an excellent point. While I enjoy reading Radio
World, it could be accused of being a shill for the National
Association of Broadcasters, and their advertisers.``

I have to take some exception to this statement.

I've been a freelance writer for Radio World on and off since 1999,
and I can tell you that I have never been told to slant an article for
or against any particular POV, nor has anything I've written for them
ever been edited in such a way as to create a slant. I wouldn't still
be writing for them if it were otherwise.

This idea that RW is somehow an industry shill tends, I think, to come
from some of the opinion pieces they publish. As with any good
newspaper, RW's "op-ed" page publishes a wide variety of opinions.
Unfortunately, the design of RW's website means it's not always clear
online which articles are op-ed and which are reported stories that
are supposed to be without slant.

RW's editor, Paul McLane, is always eager to publish opinions that
come from outside the usual industry sources. If there aren't enough
of those in the mix, it's as much because nobody's writing and
submitting them as anything else. Over the years, he's happily
published pro-DX, anti-IBOC pieces from all sorts of very non-shill
writers including Barry McLarnon, Bob Savage, and even Bob Young. Take
issue with something in RW's pages? Paul would love to hear from you
at pmclane@nbmedia.com. s (Scott Fybush, ibid.)

Scott, I have nothing but respect for your work and your opinions. I
apologize if I caused any offense. I was thinking more about some
recent content such as the beautiful, four-color, multi-page spread on
HD signal level testing or the recent news article touting tests of


A skeptical reader might question who funded such studies, and
provided the resources necessary for the crafting of the articles.
It's clear that many, though clearly not all, writers for the
publication have some "skin in the game". Their so-called "scientific
studies" are presented to the FCC, NAB, and station owners under the
guise of being editorial content. The implication is that some level
of journalism is involved.

In point of fact, most publications would have considered these
articles nothing more than press releases or even advertising until
just the past few years.

Among it's many sins, the Internet has lowered our overall standards
of what constitutes journalism. Speculation is now an accepted way to
fill time while waiting for facts, opinion is spewed with no effort to
separate it from researched and documented facts. In Radio World-like
many other publications, this type of misinformation is no longer
limited to the op-ed page.

The FCC has neither the resources nor the mission to conduct their own
independent studies on technical matters that affect regulation.
Instead they take their cues from "independent" organizations like the
NAB. Industry trade publications struggle to maintain any semblance of
editorial review in the face of increasing competition and shrinking
audiences. I applaud Radio World and it's publisher for attempting to
chart the middle ground.

But honestly, how can anyone with even a basic understanding of the
technical facts continue to conclude that IBOC HD on AM "works" by any
definition of the word? It's an unmitigated disaster that has caused
nothing but pain to most station owners, and the listening public.

I feel that publishers have an obligation to reveal when the author of
any editorial content has a conflict of interest. Note by simply
publishing who their employer is, but by clearly stating it up front
so that readers can judge everything that follows in the light of that
fact. Press releases should be labeled as such.

Or at least that's how I remember it being taught to me in an "ethics
in journalism" class long ago. 73, (Les Rayburn, N1LF, 121 Mayfair
Park, Maylene, AL 35114, ibid.)

My concern is pretty much what Scott indicated. There are too many
pieces which are clearly not objective reporting, which are not always
labelled as op-ed. They also publish too many op-eds in general,
especially from promoters of IBOC. That's why I don't consider RW as
an authoritative source across the board.

But the reality is that any publication only stays in business if they
meet their subscribers' and advertisers' wants and needs, so this
isn't all that unusual. Slanting against the industry would be
suicidal (Russ Edmunds, Blue Bell, PA, ibid.)

Bob Young wrote: ``They are very selective with the letters they
print, I wrote something along the lines of the second writer and it
wasn't printed. I also added that many of the stations that now
broadcast with something like 23 watts at night should go back to
daytimer status, obviously contrary to many of their advertisers.``

One of the jobs of any editor is to edit. I know I've seen your
letters printed at some length in RW in the past. I can't speak for
Paul, but it may be that he felt there was nothing in that latest
letter that he hadn't printed from you before.

I'm not sure (getting back to some other points that have been raised
here) that it's really possible to run "too many" op-eds. I suspect
Paul would be very interested to hear that particular opinion. His
stance, in the 15-plus years I've been writing for him, is that he
wants everyone to be able to have a say, at least once, in the pages
of RW. He's actually been much more open than many trade publications
when it comes to writing about (or running letters from) those who
don't actually work in the industry.

The concept of a "trade publication" versus general-interest
journalism is nothing new. Go through the zillions of back issues of
magazines going back almost a century at americanradiohistory.com and
you'll see there's absolutely nothing new about what RW does or the
standards it follows. Trade publications are, and always have been,
somewhat biased toward the newest developments in their industries.
The internet certainly hasn't changed that.

Again, I submit that in the 15 years that I've been an RW contributor,
I have never been told to slant a story or to favor an advertiser. I
wouldn't still be writing for them if it were otherwise (Scott Fybush,

Well Scott, 99.9% of my past letters to RW were anti-IBOC and that
wasn't even mentioned in this one, I feel no need to bash IBOC anymore
for obvious reasons. Incidentally Paul has written to me in the past
asking me for my opinion on certain things, actually only one time but
that was enough for me (Bob Young, Millbury, MA, ibid.)


Please pardon more of the newbie FM DX'ing questions. I'm curious if
DX'ers back East ever manage to log KSFH or K200AA on 87.9? Are either
of these stations good E Skip targets? Also how common is it for
pirates to operate on this frequency? With only two stations licensed
to operate there in the U.S. it would seem like a natural spot for
pirates to occupy. Just wondering if I should bother to check it
during openings.

Also, I'd like to know more about the so-called "Educational Band"
from 88.1-91.9 FM. Are there power restrictions or other unique
qualities to this part of the band? 73, (Les Rayburn, N1LF, 121
Mayfair Park, Maylene, AL 35114, EM63nf, 6M VUCC #1712, AMSAT #38965,
Grid Bandits #222, Southeastern VHF Society, Central States VHF
Society Life Member, Six Club #2484, Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10
GHz & Light, WTFDA? via DXLD)

Cayman Island and maybe others from the south on 87.9. I have not
logged these but this summer did hear urban-formatted music fading in
and out during Es to the s.e. US. Others believe they've heard
pirates, one possibly from the Dallas-Ft Worth area. So indeed, 87.9
bears watching.

As does 87.75, where audio from channel 6 allotments is often used for
radio. There's a sportst station in Germantown-Memphis, for instance,
and I've had Spanish on the channel. And Cleveland via tropo.

88.1-91.9 has most university and college broadcasters - ranging from
NPRish to 20-somethings with microphones. There's also a ton of
religious stations - I'd say way more of these than the educationals.
It does pay to record or check these channels at the TOH and BOH, say
3-4 minutes on either side, because it's a waste of time listening to
AFR Talk or K-Love for a half hour during a skip opening (Saul
Chernos, ibid.)

87.9 is an interesting channel. George Town, Cayman Islands has a
religious station there that has been heard via Es in places. A few
years back I may have heard a Spanish religious station from Guatemala
there (never really confirmed, though). I've heard XM/Serius with
various programs occasionally there. No pirates heard here.

It probably should be renamed the educational/religious band. My edu
band here is almost totally clogged with the usual stations, IBOC hiss
and religious translators. The the only good channel for Es and weak
stuff is 89.1. I don't think there are any power restrictions. I've
heard stations with a few watts up to 100 kW (Mike Bugaj, Enfield, CT,

87.9 is a valid non-commercial FM frequency ("Channel 200") but there
are SEVERE restrictions on its use:

- Only available for use by Class D stations bumped from their
frequencies by stations of higher class.
- Not available within 402km of Canada or 320km of Mexico.
- No frequency is available above 92MHz.
- Must not interfere with a channel 6 TV station (this is obviously a
LOT easier to accomplish today than it was when there was still analog

K200AA managed to convince the FCC a translator is technically a
"Class D station". I'm not sure I buy their argument, but translators
are listed as Class D stations in the engineering database.

The FCC stopped licensing new Class D stations some 30 years ago. Most
either upgraded or turned in their licenses. I count 119 left. A
significant fraction are in Alaska where due to the vast open spaces,
new ones are still permitted. Class D stations are a secondary
service; they can be "bumped" from their frequency by new stations of
any higher class, or upgrades by existing stations.

Oh, with regard to pirates, definitely! Two of the three I've heard
from this location operated on 87.9, and this area is hardly unique in
that way.

``Also, I'd like to know more about the so-called "Educational Band"
from 88.1-91.9 FM. Are there power restrictions or other unique
qualities to this part of the band?``

For the most part the technical rules are the same as for frequencies
above 92, with an important exception.

To start a new station above 92, you must be able to show it can run
at least 6,000 watts to an antenna 100 meters high without interfering
with anything else. Even if you plan to use far less power and/or a
far lower antenna.

New stations below 92 need to show they won't interfere using the
power they actually plan to use, which may be as little as 100 watts.*

To put it a bit differently: If you want to start a new 100-watt
station on 92.5, it must be located at least 92 km from the nearest
other station on 92.5.

If you want to start a new 100-watt station on 91.5, it must be
located at least 24 km from the nearest other station on 91.5 (in both
cases we're assuming the existing station is using the lowest
permissible power for the channel)

* if the antenna is higher than 34 meters, powers of less than 100
watts may be authorized

There are some serious limitations regarding interference
susceptibility of TV sets tuned to channel 6. A non-commercial station
may need to protect a channel 6 TV station as much as 265km (more than
150 miles) distant. The rules are fairly complicated.

Two unusual ways used to meet them include
- using vertical polarization. (normally, FM and TV stations use
horizontal or circular polarization)
- Co-locating the FM station with the channel 6 station. (IIRC a
non-commercial FM station in Philadelphia is actually diplexed into
the channel 6 transmitting antenna)

These limitations are obviously a LOT less cumbersome now that analog
TV is gone and most channel 6 TV stations now broadcast on UHF

Finally, note that the numerous FM stations operating on 87.7 are NOT
FM stations! They're TV stations. Low-power TV stations hold a special
class of license. They aren't required to convert to digital until
next September.

And, due to some omissions when the LPTV service was created, certain
technical rules that applied to full-power analog TV stations don't
apply to low-power stations. Which means they can legally broadcast an
audio signal fully compatible with FM radios (and not particularly
compatible with TV sets).

Because 87.7 is a TV frequency, it's not reserved for non-commercial
use. So you'll hear fully commercial stations on this frequency, and
it's perfectly legal. (for another 14 months) == (Doug Smith W9WI,
Pleasant View, TN EM66, ibid.)

There are pirate stations that operate on the lower part of the FM
band. There was a "pirate" station operating on 87.7 even though there
is WPVI-DT 6 in Philadelphia and their primary coverage area extends
north of the area where the pirate was operating. A few e-mails were
sent to the engineering department at WPVI and to the FCC field
office. Within 10 days the pirate was contacted by the FCC to cease
broadcasting. I did discover that when the FM transmitter was
operating, not only did WPVI-DT 6 not decode, but a check of the
signal meter on the Zenith digital box indicated NO Signal at all for
WPVI. Usually the signal strength for WPVI is to the top of the meter.
(Bob Seaman, Hazleton, PA, ibid.)

On most of these boxes, I think the consensus is that those "signal
strength" meters don't really directly indicate the amount of RF
present. Instead, they're measuring the bit error rate (BER) of the
digital stream. There could still be plenty of WPVI RF present, but if
the pirate is wiping out the top part of the WPVI spectrum, none of
the remaining RF can decode, hence the "zero" on the "signal level"
meter (William Hepburn, Ont., ibid.)

I've also heard a pirate " Island FM " with reggae IDing from "Miami-
Fort Lauderdale". Also have heard one with sci-fi audio - similar
to the stuff you hear on 6.955 MHz shortwave. I've tentatively heard
Cayman Islands (had an EE preacher but not in long enough for ID).
87.9 is definitely a channel to keep an eye on during skip (Bill
Hepburn, ibid.)



Space Weather News for July 17, 2014

SUDDEN QUIET: Less than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large
active regions. Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank.
Suddenly, the sunspot number and the sun's x-ray output have dropped
to their lowest levels in years. Is Solar Maximum finished? Probably
not, but the ongoing quiet spell is remarkable. Check
http://spaceweather.com/ for forecasts and further discussion.

INSTANT FLARE ALERTS Despite the quiet spell, the sun will erupt
again. Solar flare alerts are available from
http://spaceweathertext.com/ (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com/
(voice). (via Mike Terry, July 17, dxldyg via DXLD)


Great opening to Europe tonight here, 150 miles inside the east coast
of the U.S., starting around 0250 UT and still going strong at 0315.

162 - France Inter, Allouis (France)
183 - Europe 1, Saarlouis (Germany)
189 - RUV Ras 2, Gufuskalar (Iceland)
198 - BBC Radio 4, Droitwich (UK, relaying BBCWS overnight)
216 - RMC, Roumoules (France)
234 - RTL, Beidweiler (Luxembourg)

All this using a Roberts Revival Radio R250 (!) and a passive PK loop
antenna I ordered from Australia. The latter is an amazing piece of
kit, as they say (John Figliozzi, Halfmoon, NY, UT July 18, dxldyg via


Space Weather News for July 18, 2014

ZERO SUNSPOTS: On July 17th, for the first time in nearly 3 years, the
sunspot number dropped to zero. Is Solar Max finished? Forecasts and
further discussion of this "All Quiet" event highlight today's edition
of http://spaceweather.com/
(via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

ARLP029 Propagation de K7RA
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA July 18, 2014

Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July
17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot
days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in
2011, on January 27 and August 14.

We had 48 days with a sunspot number of zero in 2010 (although
Spaceweather.com reports 51 days, and they may be correct), and 260
days with a daily sunspot number of zero in 2009. 2008 had 239
spotless days, and 2007 had 152 days with zero sunspots.

Just to revisit the deep trough of solar inactivity we emerged from
a few years ago, 2006 had 70 spotless days, 2005 had just 17 days
with no spots and 2004 saw only four spotless days. Prior to that we
have to look way back to the twentieth century to 1998 to find any
spotless days, (three) and 1997 had 57 days with zero sunspots.

We have not seen any new sunspot regions emerge since July 10 and
11, when there was a new one each day. On July 8 two new regions
appeared. Prior to that we saw a new sunspot region appear each day,
from July 1 to 6.

Randy Crews, W7TJ has some interesting observations about cycle 24
and where we go from here.

clearly shows how cycle 24 compares relative to other cycles. Note
that we are at the 72 Month mark, 6 years into this cycle. Looking
at other cycles, it's easy to see cycle 24 is reaching the end point
as other cycles have done. Additionally, if a cycle starts weak (as
cycle 24 did) it will finish weak - thus far holding true to
history. Speaking of starting weak, it took cycle 24 two and one
half years from the bottom in late 2008 until the solar flux climbed
above 100 (February, 2011) typically the average time for this to
happen is 12 months. This was the first time the solar flux reached
100 since 2005!

(More at ARRL website) (via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)


THE "ALL QUIET EVENT": For the 4th day in a row, solar activity is
extremely low. Compared to the beginning of July, when sunspots were
abundant, the sun's global X-ray output has dropped by a factor of
ten. Moreover, on July 17th the sunspot number fell all the way to
zero. We call it "the All Quiet Event."

As July 19th unfolds, the sun is no longer completely blank. Three
small sunspots are emerging, circled in this image from NASA's Solar
Dynamics Observatory:

These small sunspots are not about to break the quiet. None of them
has the kind of complex magnetic field that harbors energy for strong
flares. NOAA forecasters estimate the odds of a significant flare (M-
or X-class) in the next 24 hours to be no more than 1%.

Before July 17, 2014, the previous spotless day was August 14, 2011, a
gap of nearly 3 years. What happened then provides context for what is
happening now. Overall, 2011 was a year of relatively high solar
activity with multiple X-flares; the spotless sun was just a temporary
intermission. 2014 will probably be remembered the same way. Or not.
Almost anything is possible because, as one pundit observes,
(via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD)


Solar activity forecast for the period July 18 - 24, 2014

Activity level: mostly very low to low
X-ray background flux (1.0-8.0 A): in the range A9.0-B7.5
Radio flux (10.7 cm): a fluctuation in the range 85-135 f.u.
Events: class C (0-10/day), class M (0-5/period), class X (0/period),
proton (0/period)
Relative sunspot number (Ri): in the range 0-105

RWC Prague, Astronomical Institute, Solar Dept., Ondrejov, Czech
Republic, e-mail: sunwatch(at)asu.cas.cz

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period July 18 - August 13, 2014

Geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on July 18 - 19, 25, 28 - 29, August 1, 13
mostly quiet on July 20, 22, 24, 26, August 4 - 5, 12
quiet to unsettled on July 27, 30 - 31, August 6 - 9
quiet to active on July 21, 23, August 2 - 3, 10 - 11
active to disturbed -

Amplifications of the solar wind are expected on
July (25 - 29, 31,) August 5 - 6, 9

- Reliability of predictions is temporarily reduced with respect
to significant changes in the configuration of active regions.
- Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.

F. K. Janda, OK1HH, Czech Propagation Interest Group
(OK1HH & OK1MGW, weekly forecasts since 1978)
e-mail: ok1hh(at)rsys.cz (via Dario Monferini, July 19, DXLD)

:Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Jul 21 0624 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
# http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
# Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 - 20 July 2014

Solar activity was low, with the only C-class activity observed on
the first two days of the week. Region 2009 (S08, L=221,
class/area=Hhx/300 on 14 July) produced C1 flares on 14 July at 1246
UTC and 15 July at 0305 UTC as it rotated around the west limb. The
remainder of the week was characterized by only B-level activity,
with Region 2113 (N07, L=167, class/area=Dao/40 on 14 July)
producing a B5 on 16 July at 2300 UTC and a B2 on 18 July at 1756

On 18 July, a 17-degree filament eruption centered near N26E09 was
observed lifting off the visible disk in SDO/AIA 304 imagery
beginning at approximately 0200 UTC. Another filament eruption
centered near S24E22 was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery beginning
at approximately 0748 UTC. Available coronagraph imagery from SOHO
and STEREO did not conclusively suggest any Earth-directed coronal
mass ejections (CME) accompanied these events. Later in the week, an
prominence erupted from he east limb beginning at approximately
20/0200 UTC. A CME was subsequently observed off the east limb in
SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery at 20/0312 UTC. Neither this, nor other CMEs
observed during the week were judged to be particularly

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. The greater
than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels.
Geomagnetic field activity reached unsettled levels from 12-21 UTC
on 14 July then declined to quiet levels for the remainder of the

On 14 July, a corotating interaction region and negative polarity
coronal hole high speed solar wind stream arrived in a geoeffective
position. The CIR arrived at the ACE spacecraft around 14/1300 UTC
accompanied by a solar sector boundary change from a positive to a
negative sector and followed by increasing wind speed and
temperature. Remnants of a 09 July CME glancing blow may have been
intermingled with the high speed stream. Wind speed at ACE rose to
about 500 km/s between 11-12 UTC on 15 July. It declined afterward;
falling to 274 km/s by the end of the week.

Following the CIR arrival at ACE, a geomagnetic sudden impulse of 10
nT was observed at the Boulder magnetometer at 14/1443 UTC.
Unsettled conditions were observed for three synoptic periods:
12-15, 15-18 and 18-21 UTC, before returning to quiet levels which
persisted through the 20th.


Solar activity is expected to begin the forecast period at low to
very low levels. By 23 July several large active regions are
expected to begin returning to the visible solar disk. These are
expected to bring activity to low levels with a chance for moderate
level flares (R1 radio blackouts). The threat of moderate or greater
activity is expected to persist through 09 August, after which a
return to low or very low levels is anticipated.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is
expected to be at normal to moderate levels throughout the forecast

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly quiet levels
for the majority of the forecast period in the absence of transient
features. Unsettled to active conditions are possible associated
with high speed solar wind streams on 21-22 July, 25-26 July, 05-06
August and 10-11 August.

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Jul 21 0624 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
# http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
# 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
# Issued 2014-07-21
# UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest
# Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index
2014 Jul 21 90 8 3
2014 Jul 22 90 8 3
2014 Jul 23 100 5 2
2014 Jul 24 105 5 2
2014 Jul 25 110 10 3
2014 Jul 26 115 8 3
2014 Jul 27 115 5 2
2014 Jul 28 125 5 2
2014 Jul 29 140 5 2
2014 Jul 30 145 5 2
2014 Jul 31 145 5 2
2014 Aug 01 150 5 2
2014 Aug 02 155 5 2
2014 Aug 03 150 5 2
2014 Aug 04 150 5 2
2014 Aug 05 150 8 3
2014 Aug 06 145 8 3
2014 Aug 07 140 5 2
2014 Aug 08 135 5 2
2014 Aug 09 125 5 2
2014 Aug 10 120 8 3
2014 Aug 11 115 8 3
2014 Aug 12 110 5 2
2014 Aug 13 105 5 2
2014 Aug 14 105 5 2
2014 Aug 15 100 5 2
2014 Aug 16 95 5 2


On October 23, 2014, in the afternoon - partial eclipse between 40%
and 60% over all but far NE US. Moon's shadow will be above the earth
about 400 miles, This could result is some great northern DX CX on
that afternoon and early evening.

But, the biggie is coming in 2017! I know this is still three years in
the future, but start planning now!

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the sun at mid-
day. The path is from Oregon to South Carolina. Maximum totality is
2min 40 sec at a point near southern Illinois and western Kentucky.


(Tom Jasinski, Joliet, IL, July 23, 2014, NRC-AM via DXLD)


Here's a good view of what's happening on 10/23/14
(Neil Kazaross, IRCA via DXLD)

If I study the "Local Circumstances and Animations" map correctly, it
looks like the DXers who will enjoy the greatest benefit from this
event are in the Pacific Northwest, where maximum obscuration will
occur just after 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. That's approx. 3 1/2
hours before local sunset in that region. Here in Omaha, the eclipse
itself won't get going until nearly 4:30 Central Daylight Time, and
that's practically at the start of critical hours here on Oct. 23,
anyway, so I would imagine that there won't be much of a difference
between eclipse-enhanced signals and sunset-skip bounce. 73, (Rick
Dau, South Omaha, Nebraska, NRC-AM via DXLD) ###
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