WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - BC-DX #1289 27 Febr 2017









compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany




ALASKA   HAARP Alaska on the air now!

HAARP  -  After tones, started to hear music and some voice at 03:06 UT
on both 2800 and 3300 kHz. Up to good levels into Victoria, BC, Canada.
Stringed instrument at 03:07 UTC.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Febr 19)

HAARP   3.300 MHz on Febr 20 - Second series of tones started at 0312 UT -
SINPO down to S3 with heavier QSB for this series. Music from 0316 UT ...
back to tone sequence for 3rd series at 0322 UT. Tone sequence changed at
0324 from longer interval to approx. 1 sec interval. Solid tone after
silence at 0325.5 to 0326.5. Weaker tones at 0327 fol by music and anmt by
man at 0327.5 with music ending 0331 and carrier off at 0331.5 UT.

Last series started at 0332 UT with approx. 2 sec tones switching to 1 sec
tones at 0334 to 0335. Silence then solid tone at 0335.5. Music again at
0337.5 to 0341.5 UT. Carrier off at 0341.5 UT.
Summary:
Series 3 was best, then series 1 with series 2 and 4 being the weakest.
(Bruce Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Febr 20)

I'm getting strong OC on 2840 kHz, and 2800 kHz (just went off now
on 2800 kHz at a few seconds before 03:53 UT Febr 20, but back again.

I was out this evening, so had to leave before the 0300 UT official
start. Prior to that, around 0230, a loud carrier at S=9+10dB at least,
was audible on 4440 kHz. I thought I had set the bandwidth properly
for Mestor, but unfortunately, I hadn't, so nothing from the prime
frequencies of 2800 kHz and above tonight (I cut off a 3 MHz....darn).

Hopefully others were listening and having more luck!
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Febr 20 / 21)

Sunday night tests/UT Monday were a bust here, with thunderstorms moving
thru, antennas and computers disconnected!

Monday night / UT Tuesday, twitter feed
<https://twitter.com/ctfallen>
mentions these frequencies recently or currently:

3399 4440 4750 4800 4900 5200 kHz.
Volodya, please keep us up to date on what you are hearing.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

The first HAARP test for 0300-0340 UT on Febr 20 was a bust here, as a
lightning storm was hitting us, so antennas and computers disconnected.
Another one was scheduled 24 hours later, Febr 21, on "2.8 and 3.3 MHz".
Closest I could come were two S7 carriers drifting slowly downward from
3295 and 2810 kHz as of 0305 UT, reaching 3262 and 2787 kHz by 0340 UT
or so but this is not what HAARP was supposed to be doing, a repeating
10-minute program including music; so I conclude these must have been
generated within the NRD-545. I often encounter birdies on the lower SW
frequencies, but ignore them as soon as I hear the drift. Kept checking
closer to 3300 and 2800 kHz but nothing heard during this span.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

At 10.00 UT Febr 21 checked from Detroit MI and Alberta remote units:

4426 kHz  U.S. Coast Guard broadcasts National Weather Service Chesapeake
heard S=9+10dB instead ...

somewhat STANAG digital heard.
2699-2702 kHz
2722-2726
2753-2756
2842-2847 kHz
... it's not their HAARP scheduled time slot ... (wb  df5sx, Febr 21)

ALBANIA   Radio Tirana's Albanian language morning service Febr 22,
BUT mediumwave Fllaka was on air, scheduled 0901-0958 UT daily.

1394.976 kHz exact measured at 0940 UT on Wednesday Febr 22.
noted S=9+5dB signal in remote SDR unit
in southern Italy Calabria / Sicily area.
Modern pop music program played, female singer voice performance.

NOT  ON  AIR  on shortwave Shijak 7390v kHz, scheduled 0800-0958 UT.
73 wolfie  df5sx

btw. 7285 kHz  CRI Beijing in Romanian service from RTC Cerrik Albania
relay site, non-directional outlet heard on S=9+40dB signal level.
Scheduled 0900-0958 UT.

Radio Tirana's Albanian language morning service Febr 24,
BUT mediumwave Fllaka was on air, scheduled 0901-0958 UT daily.

1394.968 kHz exact measured at 0900 UT on Wednesday Febr 24.
noted S=9+5dB signal in remote SDR unit
in southern Italy Calabria / Sicily area.
Modern pop music program played, female singer voice performance.
NOT  ON  AIR  on shortwave Shijak 7390v kHz, scheduled 0800-0958 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 22 / 24)

ALBANIA   Remote SDR signal in Florida-USA, compare to CRI Cerrik Albania
Chinese language relay on 9570 kHz at S=9+35dB signal level, 20 kHz
wideband signal.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

ANGOLA   4949.75  Radio Nacional de Angola - Luanda, at 0312-0343 UT on
Feb 16, man announcer with talks in the Portuguese language, IDs and
several announcements hosting pop music program. Poor to fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

4949.74, Radio Nacional de Angola, on Febr 22, noted off the air.

Feb 23, back on the air again; 0303 UT and subsequent checking; almost
fair, on a day with overall very good African propagation; pop African
songs and good number of clear IDs.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 22 / 23)

Nothing heard at 1630 UT on Febr 23.
4949.727 kHz noted tiny stn string at 1845 UT on Febr 24, wb.

ARMENIA   6145  QSL - Rhein-Main-Radio Club via Yerevan Gavar Armenia
site, verified an electronic report with a full data "DSWCI-The Last AGM
2016" card in 35 days from v/s Robert Kipp.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

ARMENIA   TWR Gavar ex Voice Of Russia

<http://www.shortwaveservice.com/index.php/de/sendeanlagen/noratus>

Translated from German on this website:

The Noratus broadcasting center was built in 1965 and went on air on
18 October of the same year for the first time during the construction
phase. The systems were continuously expanded until the 1990s and are
now capable of transmitting analogue as well as digital broadcasting.

There are several broadcasting facilities in Noratus that can transmit
radio programs. 12 different transmitter directions can be realized by
means of transmitters with a power of 100 to 1000 kW using highly
efficient directional antennas. In addition to short-wave
transmissions, Noratus also offers broadcasts in the medium-wave
range.

The former state broadcasting station is now operated privately and
belongs to one of the largest and most equipped broadcasting
facilities of the former USSR. The site covers 712 hectares.

Overview of the used transmitters No. Transmitter type Call sign power
Wave range
1 BOB 2 PB-571 300/500/1000 kW Short wave
2 BOB 2 PB-685 300/500/1000 kW Short wave
3 CONDOR PB-1081 300/500/1000 kW Short wave
4 GROM PB-572 100 kW Short wave
5 GROM PB-575 100 kW Short wave
6 BOREY PB-602 1000 kW Medium wave
7 Nautel 500 kW Medium wave
8 100 kW Short wave
9 100 kW Medium wave

Overview of the shortwave antennas used No. antenna Preferential
direction CIRAF zones Supply area
 1 A104 / A102 / A89 42 32-35 Central and Eastern Russia
 2 A97 65 43-45 Korea, Mongolia, Japan, China
 3 A95 78 29-30,43-44 China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan
 4 A84 / A85 100 40-41.49.54-55.58-60 India, Pakistan, SE Asia
 5 A83 125 40.41 Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Iran
 6 A92 / A93 192 39.48.53 Southern Arabia, parts of Africa
 7 A99 / A100 / A103 222 C 37-39 UAE, North Africa, Central Africa
 8 A90 245 37-39.47-48 Parts of Africa
 9 A94 / A88 258 12,14,38-39,46 Turks, parts of Africa
10 A86 / A87 280 12-14.38-39.47 North Africa, Southern Europe
11 A80 / A81 305 1-6,10-11,27-28 Central Europe, parts of America
12 A104 / A105 / A106 330 18-19,29 Northern and Eastern Europe

<https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B024%2724.3%22N+45%C2%B011'37.1%2
2E/@40.4067441,45.1914413,550m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d4
0.40674!4d45.19363>
(via David Martin-AUS, Febr 12, TX sw sites yg via dxld Febr 21)

ARMENIA   International relays on mediumwave via Gavar Armenia.

Transmitter Site: Gavar, near Noratus, Gegharkunik - 1000 kW.

Time/UTC  Days     Station     Language         Target         kHz
1610-1625 Daily    TWR Europe  Turkmen          Central Asia   864
1625-1640 Daily    TWR Europe  Kazakh           Central Asia   864
1640-1655 Sat/Sun  TWR Europe  Karakalpak       Central Asia   864
1640-1710 Mon-Fri  TWR Europe  Russian          Central Asia   864
1655-1710 Sat      TWR Europe  Karakalpak       Central Asia   864
1655-1710 Sun      TWR Europe  Uzbek            Central Asia   864
1700-1715 Daily    TWR Europe  Sorani Kurdish   Near East     1377
1710-1740 Daily    TWR Europe  Uzbek            Central Asia   864
1715-1730 Thu      TWR Europe  Gilaki           Near East     1377
1715-1730 Fri      TWR Europe  Qashqai          Near East     1377
1715-1730 Sat-Wed  TWR Europe  Persian          Near East     1377
1730-1900 Daily    TWR Europe  Persian          Near East     1377
1740-1755 Mon      TWR Europe  Tabasaran        Caucasus       864
1740-1755 Tue      TWR Europe  Lezgi            Caucasus       864
1740-1755 Wed      TWR Europe  Lak              Caucasus       864
1740-1755 Thu/Sun  TWR Europe  Chechen          Caucasus       864
1740-1755 Fri      TWR Europe  Kumyk            Central Asia   864
1740-1755 Sat      TWR Europe  Tatar            Caucasus       864
1800-1815 Daily    TWR Europe  Kurmanji Kurdish Middle East   1350
1815-1845 Daily    TWR Europe  Turkish          Middle East   1350
1845-1915 Fri      TWR Europe  Russian          Middle East   1350
1845-1915 Sat-Thu  TWR Europe  Hebrew           Middle East   1350
1900-1945 Thu      TWR Europe  Arabic           Middle East   1377
1900-1930 Fri      TWR Europe  Arabic           Middle East   1377
1900-1915 Sat      TWR Europe  Arabic/Assyrian  Middle East   1377
1900-1915 Sun      TWR Europe  Arabic           Middle East   1377
1900-2000 Mon-Wed  TWR Europe  Arabic           Middle East   1377
1915-1930 Sat      TWR Europe  Arabic(Egyptian) Middle East   1377
1915-1930 Sun      TWR Europe  Arabic(Iraqi)    Middle East   1377
1930-1945 Fri      TWR Europe  Arabic(Egyptian) Middle East   1377
1930-1945 Sat      TWR Europe  Arabic(Jordanian)Middle East   1377
1930-2000 Sun      TWR Europe  Arabic           Middle East   1377
1945-2000 Fri      TWR Europe  Arabic(Sudanese) Middle East   1377
1945-2000 Sat      TWR Europe  Arabic(Egyptian) Middle East   1377
1945-2000 Thu      TWR Europe  Arabic(Syrian)   Middle East   1377

International relays on shortwave via Gavar
Radio CJSC is the operator of shortwave transmitters at Gavar.
Transmitter Site: Gavar, near Noratus, Gegharkunik - 100 / 300 kW.

Time/UTC  Days     Station          Language    Target            kHz
0300-0330 Daily    BBC              Pashto      West Asia         7445
0800-1200 Daily    Denge Kurdistan  Kurdish     Middle East       9400
1245-1300 Sat      TWR India        Kui         South Asia        9345
1245-1300 Sun      TWR India        Santhali    South Asia        9345
1300-1315 Sat      TWR India        Ho          South Asia        9345
1300-1315 Sun      TWR India        Kumaoni     South Asia        9345
1315-1330 Sun-Tue  TWR India        Marwari     South Asia        9345
1315-1330 Wed/Thu  TWR India        Mewadi      South Asia        9345
1315-1330 Fri      TWR India        Braj Bhasha South Asia        9345
1315-1330 Sat      TWR India        Bengali     South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Mon/Tue  TWR India        Maithili    South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Wed      TWR India        Kashmiri    South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Thu      TWR India        Tibetan     South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Fri      TWR India        Haryanvi    South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Sat      TWR India        Garhwali    South Asia        9345
1330-1345 Sun      TWR India        Bondo       South Asia        9345
1345-1400 Sun      TWR India        Kuruk       South Asia        9920
1345-1415 Mon-Fri  TWR India        Maithili    South Asia        9920
1345-1415 Sat      TWR India        Bundeli     South Asia        9920
1400-1415 Sun      TWR India        Kharia      South Asia        9920
1415-1430 Sun/Mon  TWR India        Magahi      South Asia        9920
1415-1430 Tue/Wed  TWR India        Mundari     South Asia        9920
1415-1430 Thu-Sat  TWR India        Kuruk       South Asia        9920
1430-1445 Sat/Sun  TWR India        Sadri       South Asia        9920
1430-1500 Mon-Fri  TWR India        Sindhi      South Asia        9920
1445-1500 Sat/Sun  TWR India        Chodri      South Asia        9920
1500-1515 Mon      TWR India        Gamit       South Asia        9575
1500-1515 Tue/Wed  TWR India        Bhili       South Asia        9575
1500-1515 Thu/Fri  TWR India        Vasavi      South Asia        9575
1500-1530 Sat/Sun  TWR India        Gamit       South Asia        9575
1515-1530 Mon/Tue  TWR India        Mawachi     South Asia        9575
1515-1530 Wed/Thu  TWR India        Dhodiya     South Asia        9575
1515-1530 Fri      TWR India        Gamit       South Asia        9575
1600-1700 Daily    IBRA Radio       Amharic     Horn of Africa   12125
1630-1730 Daily    Radio Free Asia  Burmese     South-East Asia   9940
1730-1800 Daily    IBRA Radio       Silte       Horn of Africa    7510

Additional transmissions are made regularly on shortwave, using
transmitters at Gavar for private customers. Some extra relays from Gavar
are brokered by the Shortwave Service (Germany) and further details
can be found on their website at
<http://www.shortwaveservice.com/>

Alan Gale also posts regular alerts of upcoming broadcasts on the
BrDXC-News U.K. Yahoo group.
(Middle East & Caucasus on Mediumwave and Shortwave
published by / British DX Club, UK; via AK  Anatoly Klepov, Moscow-RUS,
RUSdx #913 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26)

4809.998 IND  AIR Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, female Hindi sce presenter,
S=9+15dB signal at 0200 UT on Febr 25.

At 1643 UT Voice of Armenia, Gavar Armenia on 4809.990 kHz ?

Yes, at 1656 UT on Sunday Febr 26 exact on very odd fq 4809.989 kHz,
S=9+25dB -47dBm signal here in Germany. Yezidi program, folk music played
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25 / 26)

International Public Radio of Armenia
is the Foreign Service of Armenian Radio Yerevan.

Transmitter site: Gavar, near Noratus, Gegharkunik
MW - 1000 kW; SW - 100 kW. see above item odd fq 4809.989 kHz

Time/UTC  Days    Language  Target           Freqs/kHz
1530-1545 Daily   Assyrian  Middle/Near East 4810
1545-1600 Daily   Greek     Middle/Near East 4810
1600-1630 Daily   Kurdish   Middle/Near East 1314 4810
1630-1700 Daily   Yezidi    Middle/Near East 1314 4809.989 Febr 26
1700-1715 Daily   Turkish   Middle/Near East 1314 4810
1715-1730 Mon-Fri Azeri     Middle/Near East 1314 4810
1715-1730 Sat/Sun Turkish   Middle/Near East 1314 4810
1730-1745 Daily   Turkish   Middle/Near East 1314 4810
1745-1815 Daily   Persian   Middle/Near East 4810
1815-1845 Daily   Arabic    Middle/Near East 4810

Middle East & Caucasus on Mediumwave and Shortwave
published by / British DX Club, UK.
(via Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #912 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 19)

BOTSWANA   Hello Wolfy.
Do you know which of these two sites has SW antennas?
I can only see what appear to be just MW masts.

These are the IBB Moepeng Hill and Radio Botswana Selebi-Phikwe
(former VOA) sites.  Thanks.
(73 Colin Miller-CAN  VE3CMT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

Dear Colin,
VoA Botswana erected is somewhat in 'NO_WHERE'
seen on streetview Google Maps images,
I can't see any REAL HILL MOUNTAIN PEAK so far ...

BOT_VOA Botswana Moepeng Hill 4-mast mediumwave
VoA            909 kHz 600kW
Radio Botswana 621 kHz 100kW little MW mast, north of the TX hall
21 57 24.34 S  27 35 44.02 E

<http://www.paws.dircon.co.uk/Images/botswana/fsz/insi.jpg>

<https://goo.gl/maps/hqcMietPoPm>

<https://goo.gl/maps/iCz55PHdL4H2>

<http://bw.geoview.info/moepeng_hill_mediumwave_transmitter_mast_southeast
,7647547>

Moepeng Hill Mediumwave Transmitter, Masts Southeast is a tower
and is located in Central, Botswana.
The estimate terrain elevation above sea level is 903 metres.
shows also 898 metres ASL above sea level

<http://www.geonames.org/7647544/moepeng-hill-mediumwave-transmitter-mast-
northwest.html>

<https://www.mbendi.com/attraction/moepeng-hill-mediumwave-transmitter-
mast-southwest-2611382>

<https://www.mbendi.com/place/mmadinare-botswana-226940>

- - - -   distance is 4.4 kilometers away in between:

BOT_VOA Botswana Selebi-Phikwe  7 curtain antennas shortwave
21 57 20.09 S  27 38 17.08 E

see the 7 curtains on the horizon background.
<https://goo.gl/maps/2Pp38eqSDzH2>

<www.sf0f.com/QSL/VOA Botswana-2004-01-09.jpg>

Distance MW  Moepeng Hill to nearest village Mmadinare
is 17.9 kilometers distance.

Distance SW VoA site to Selebi-Phikwe village
is 21.8 kilometers distance.

<https://books.google.de/books?id=g5s_uDDZSjoC&pg=PA80&lpg=PA80&dq=Moepeng
+Hill,+Botswana&source=bl&ots=iho0sWysUg&sig=NSrf8fJHzl6RDCtXypImddWT7T4&h
l=de&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiwksrOxKfSAhWHLhoKHcRyBdMQ6AEIYzAM#v=onepage&q=Moepen
g%20Hill%2C%20Botswana&f=false>

<http://www.swcountry.be/bot.html>

<http://www.schoechi.de/af-bot.html>

<http://www.schoechi.de/af-bot.html#Vo%20America%20%28BOT%29>

<http://www.paws.dircon.co.uk/Bots6a.htm>

<http://www.paws.dircon.co.uk/Images/botswana/fsz/toast.gif>

vy73 de wolfie  df5sx  (wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

Re: Botswana ...
Thank you very much for your help with my question about VOA Botswana.
This has cleared up the mystery for me. I was led to believe that the
Moepeng Hill site consisted of the MW and SW txes and antennas, with
Radio Botswana using Selebi Phikwe, but now I see that TWO sites
are used, one for MW and the other for SW.

You are right, there is no mountain ('Berg') there, but in Botswana and
other parts of Southern Africa where the countryside is flat, there are
small hills or "koppies" here and there, so there probably is a small hill
in the area. Reference to Moepeng HILL would be similar to your word
'Huegel', I guess.

73 and thanks again.
(73 Colin Miller-CAN  VE3CMT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25)

BRAZIL   6180 & 11780, on Febr 22 at 0736 UT, RNB/RNA is still AWOL.

11780, on Febr 22 at 2100 UT, JBA carrier, gradually fading in until
2120 UT I can tell it's in Brazuguese, so RNA/RNB is reactivated after
about a week.

Much better by 2159 UT with ACI from 11775 Anguilla which hasn't
quite signed off yet. After 2200 UT news in the clear.

'A Voz do Brasil' government hour should have been running at 21-22 UT
during DST, but Brazil resumed standard time UT-3 except in the West, on
Febr 19, so now the 'live' time is 22-23 UT again. Nothing audible now on
6180 kHz, and at 0030 UT on Febr 23 recheck, nothing but weak CRI to be
heard there. 11780 kHz remains on, S=9+10/20dB at 0710 UT and no 6180 kHz
reactivated yet.

11924.994, on Febr 23 at 0708 UT, Portuguese from R. Bandeirantes, which
has tweaked its transmitter much closer to nominal frequency after being
up to 200 Hz high a lot of the time; ID in passing at 0710 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Febr 22 / 23)

BRAZIL   Blob from Brasil blox KBC.

In case you are wondering what that awful bubbling noise is blocking
The Mighty KBC on 6145 kHz, its's RNB/RNA Brasil.

Like last night the blob was first heard in the 6144-6157 kHz range at
2315 UT, and by 0000 UT had shifted down to 6142-6152 kHz or so, peaking
about 6147 kHz, so maybe before KBC is finished it will have drifted out
of the way. A secondary weaker blob of the same sort circa 6121 kHz, and
by 2348 UT it was audible in the LSB on 6115 kHz WWCR.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld yg Febr 26)

BRAZIL   RNB/RNA Brasil - Checked at 0914 UT on Febr 26 on remote Florida,
East Coast North America remote SDR unit:
Wide range distorted Blob in range 6142.8 to 6150.6 kHz,
S=9 signal in Florida-USA.

11780.008 kHz, rather weak and tiny signal of RNB/RNA Brasil,
bad propagation from the south,
S=4-5 or -102dBm at 0919 UT on Febr 26.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26, 2017)

Great signals in 25 and 19 mb from Brazil in 20-22 UT range Febr 23:

11764.627 kHz SRDA S=8-9
11780.007 kHz RNB Brasilia S=7-8
11815.018 kHz Radio Brasil Central, S=6-7
11924.976 kHz Radio Bandeirantes S=6-7
11934.836 kHz RB2 S=7
15190.021 kHz R Inconfidencia S=7

compared in 25 mb: Radio Marti Spanish via Greenville 11930 kHz S=9+15dB
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

BRAZIL   11780, on Febr 24 at 0250 UT check, RNA/RNB is gone again after a
brief reactivation Febr 22. 6180 kHz is still gone, never came back,
AFAIK. Yet weakling ZYs on 25m are detectable, 11764.6, 11855, 11925,
and 11934.8 kHz.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Febr 24)

All Brazilian radio stations in 25 and 31 mb came-in
in Florida remote SDR
RATHER POOR propagation wise tonight Febr 25 !

11780.008  RNB S=7-8 fair signal, in central Florida remote SDR
installation, at 0216 UT. Talk PortBras feature.

11764.625 SRDA S=5-6 tiny signal at 0217 UT on Febr 25.

11815.014 Weak and tiny fluttery signal by Radio Brasil Central,
S=4-5 just above threshold at 0220 UT on Febr 25.

11855.233 plus minus 20 Hertz HOPPING up and down, very unstable
transmission fq-wise, Radio Aparecida at 0223 UT Febr 25, S=4-5 on
threshold level.

Next door on 11860 kHz ARS Riyadh's R Sanaa's HQ prayer program much
stable at S=9 level !

11925.002 Probably R Bandeirantes on threshold very tiny ...

11934.837 RB2 on threshold level at 0230 UT on Febr 25.
// 9724.871 RB2 fluttery at 0236 UT, S=5 tiny signal, talk by male and
female.

9664.899 Voz Missionaria, Jesus Christo Hallejujah, S=7 weak to fair,
but nice audio modulation quality, some 5 Hertz wandered/hopping around
at 0240 UT on Febr 25.

9630.023 kHz Radio Aparecida, unstable frequency, hopping 5-10 Hertz up
and down. At 0243 UT on Febr 25 fluttery and tiny signal.
All heard in central Florida remote SDR post.

To compare:
9490  Radio Republica via TDF Issoudun, S=9+30dB proper signal.
9 kHz wide audio modulation.

9410  Even BBC English service from Oman Middle East relay site
at fade-out path, came in by S=8-9 signal at 0255 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

CANADA   Bad news re CKZU 6160 kHz.

Fellas, from an insider at the CBC. Unfortunately, it doesn't look good
for CKZU ever returning to the air. :-(

Thanks to Colin Newell for digging into this further. Walt Salmaniw,
Victoria, BC, Canada.

Got the answer ... not gonna like it. Basically, it broke and they don't
have parts to fix it because it's too old and no parts available. The
money required to purchase a new transmitter doesn't make sense because of
the low numbers of people who use it (changing world, everything's online,
blah blah). Before you say it, yes I know, I know.

Anyway, there is no other way to voice your displeasure than the
1-866-306-4636 <(866) 306-4636> audience relations number. If enough
people call, they might notice, but I doubt it.

Sorry to be the bad news messenger. I kinda figured that was the deal of
why it was off the air.
(via Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada. DXplorer Febr 23)

Re: Bad news re CKZU 6160 kHz

<http://coffee.bc.ca/canadiana/954/a-little-bit-of-cbc-radio-history-
fades-away>

"... - a power supply component was creating distortion that was making
the signal unlistenable."

Perhaps the exact replacement part wasn't available, but it wouldn't
exactly take a PhD in Electrical Engineering to fix a problem like that
(including replacing the entire power supply with one built from scratch
with modern components). Probably most Amateurs would be able to handle it
considering the relatively low power. It's a pity they wouldn't let
volunteers work on the transmitter and get it going again. More likely
they (the CBC) were looking for *any* excuse to close it down once and for
all, which is very unfortunate. Maybe a Radio Club somewhere will step in
and help out before they (the CBC) tear down the antenna?
(Rodney, dxld yg Febr 24)

re Bad news re CKZU 6160 kHz.

According to swcountry.be, the CKZU transmitter was an Elcom Bauer 701B
from 1983 year. This may have been a modified medium wave unit, as the
company was known for lower powered AM transmitters.

Here in Houston CKZU Vancouver midland was the easier to hear of the two
CBC domestics on 6160 kHz.
(Stephen Luce-TX-USA, dxld Febr 23)

Re: Bad news re CKZU 6160 kHz.

And yet in this years WRTH 2017, there is an article about CKZN.
The piece mentions they plan to replace the transmitter with a new unit.
More people listen to it?
( <awr@cogeco.ca>  dxld yg Febr 24)

Got me thinking about when I heard them for the first time.

My QSL for CKFX 6080 kHz with 10 watts was dated August 30, 1982. Now if
memory serves me correct ... that was my first ever DXpedition to the once
famous among CIDXers the Cardinal Divide site high (3000 feet or so) in
the Rocky Mountains near Cadomin, Alberta. There we could hear almost
anything that was on the air. Lots of memories stringing 1000 foot or more
wires (beverage antenna) in all directions with guys like Don Moman, the
late Larry Shewchuk and others. Kids in a candy store for sure.
(Mickey Delmage-CAN / Bruce Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Febr 23)

Bruce Churchill: I just checked my QSL files and I found a letter QSL from
CKWX AM/CKFX SW in 1967 for their SW bcst on 6080 kHz with only 10 watts
power. I think that's the lowest power QSL I have ever received, including
AROs! I wonder how well that would have been heard throughout BC?!
(Bruce Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Febr 23)

CANADA    RCI 72 years on air.

<http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/02/24/canada-history-feb-25-1945-canadas-
voice-to-the-world/>

(via dxld yg Febr 24, SW TXsite yg Febr 24)

CANADA/U.K.    re RCI 72 years on air.

Hi All,
I sent the following as a note to them in the addendums/omissions dept.

I think it would be important to include the fact that for many years the
BBC on an exchange arrangement did relay RCI from its stations in the UK.

Indeed at Daventry some Canadian money was used to replace a mains switch
gear assembly such that it was called "The Radio Canada" board.

After the closure of Daventry in 1992 the RCI transmissions were
transferred to Woofferton which at the time was the main Voice of America
Relay site in the UK.

WOF and Skelton continued the relays until the end of the HF contract as
required by the RCI authorities.
Dave Porter G4OYX, (SW TXsite yg Febr 25)

CANADA  {non, Germany, Madagascar, wb.}   Cf. BC DX 1287 -
confirmed by listening to the following changes in BVB list:

As in season A-16 and each Sunday in B-16 season at 0445-0515 UT
on 5980 kHz is the prgr called "Day of Decision Ministry" by pastor
Paul Groman in English (and not in Arabic).
{9550 kHz via MBR Nauen in A-17 season. wb.}

As in A-16 and in B-16 season at 1230-1245 UT on 21480 kHz
via Talata-Volonondry MDG relay, on Sundays the prgr is in Indonesian
(and not in English).
{MBR show 1st & 3rd Sunday only, alternate 17525/21480 kHz in A-17, wb.}

No any signals were observed here on 5, 12, 19 February 2017
at 1530-1545 UT on 13630 kHz on Sundays.
{15640 kHz via MBR Nauen in A-17 season. wb.}

The prgr "Word of Truth Ministry" in English on Sundays at 1930-2000 UT is
going on 5930 kHz via PAB - Pan Am Broadcasting(!)
// 6030 kHz via BVB both from Nauen.
{9515 kHz PAB, 6130 kHz BVB, via MBR Nauen in A-17 season. wb.}
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, 22 Febr, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews, 2017)

CANADA   6159.970  Nice girl singer performance of CKZN St. Johns program
at 0906 UT on Febr 26, S=7-8 signal in central Florida, US east coast.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26, 2017)

CHILE   5985  Radio Triunfal Evangelica Test.
Estimados amigos: Radio Triunfal Evangelica avisa que realizara un test
el 21 de Febrero a las 2030 UT, 1730 Horas de Chile por los 5825 kHz,
con 100 Watts desde Talagante, Region Metropolitana.
Luego se seguira en el horario normal de 2200 a 2359 UT, en la misma
frecuencia.

Informes de recepcion a:  <radiotriunfal -at- gmail.com>
(Claudio Gala-CHL, hcdx Febr 21)

COLOMBIA   5910  Alcaravan Radio - Puerto Lleras (pres), at 0336-0412 UT
on Febr 17, non-stop Latin vocals program. Fair signal.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

ETHIOPIA   5950  Voice of Tigray Revolution - Addis Ababa, at *0255-0312
UT, 0406-0435 UT on Febr 16, familiar IS just above the noise floor into
Horn of Africa instrumental music (flutes) before faded but re-tune later
and improved signal with apparent news or discussion program in Tigrinya
language.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

5949.998 kHz at 1635 UT on Febr 23, heard in remote unit in Thailand Asia,
S=9+10dB.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

FRANCE / GERMANY   15215 kHz  Radio Oeoemrang on air today.
Tuesday 21 February is the annual SW broadcast of Radio Oomrang from Amrum
in the German North Frisian Islands.

The schedule is expected to be:
1600-1700 UTC on 15215 kHz via TDF Issoudun
beamed to North America but is usually a good signal in the UK.

Programming is in the North Frisian dialect and German, also with some
English. But for the past couple of years much of the programme has been a
repeat of their 10th anniversary broadcast, so it remains to be seen
whether today's will contain anything new.

The station does not QSL direct,
but reports can be verified via Media Broadcast Cologne Germany
<qsl-shortwave -at- media-broadcast.com>
(Dave Kenny-UK, BrDXC-UK Febr 21)

FRANCE/GERMANY    Tuesday 21 February:
Annual SW broadcast of Radio Oeoemrang
Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands.

TDF Issoudun or MBR Nauen in Frisian dialect, German and English.

QSLs via transmitter operator Media Broadcast:
<qsl-shortwave -at- media-broadcast.com>

Tentatively 1600-1659 UT on 15215 kHz.
(Febr BrDXC-UK "Communication" magazine, direct and via dxld Febr 8)

requested on ITU / HFCC database at present:
15215 kHz via TDF Issoudun, France.

15215 kHz 1600-1700 UT to North American zones 4,8,9
via ISS TDF Issoudun site 500 kW, azimuth 300degrees towards MA/NY
ITU ant#217 curtain type.
single day 3=Tuesday 210217-210217
Multi language F MBR request #18602 via feeder 'A.nusae'
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 16)

FRANCE / GERMANY   15215 kHz single Tuesday Febr 21, 1600-1700 UT
operation, Radio Oeoemrang, Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands

15215 kHz 1600-1700 UT to North American zones 4,8,9
via ISS TDF Issoudun site 500 kW, azimuth 300degrees towards MA/NY
ITU ant#217 curtain type.
single day 3=Tuesday 210217-210217

Listen to the upload recordings via

15215 kHz on Febr 21, 2017:
TDF Issoudun TX switched on at 15.59:51 UTC,
start program content at 16.01:10 UTC
S=9+10dB in NY/NJ/MA east coast North America.

S=9+30dB noted in Detroit Michigan USA remote SDR unit,
many thanks to
Brian W8GTX.

End of program transmission at 16.59:45 UTC cut,
Issoudun TX of switch at 17.00:05 UTC on Febr 21, 2017.

No special northern Germany music or songs heard this 2017 year !

listen to 2 uploaded recording files of Radio Oeoemrang in 2017 year
via TDF Issoudun in MP3 format:

<https://app.box.com/s/hmx3alz95ga7g7q4vtbt0zau61ozx2bj>

<https://app.box.com/s/a9n4b67m8lzsea5sviram0m92938qz1j>

73 wolfie df5sx
(wb.  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 21)

15215, {single day operation}  Tuesday Febr 21 at 1557 UT, very poor
carrier. If this is Radio Oeoemrang, we are going to have a hard time
hearing it nothing else is scheduled here. Wham! Huge S=9+10dB OC cuts on
just in time at *1559:54 UT, so maybe I was just hearing the exciter at
Issoudun, FRANCE at first.

But dead air for more than a minute, causing more apprehension, another
transmission failure? No, starts modulating at 1601:15 UT with sign-on in
Frisian/German, website <www.###-radio.de> and I can't recognize the full
URL.

Mentions Jahr 2006, so an old repeat? No, 1603 UT into English saying
these broadcasts began in 2006y, but this is a new edition for a wonderful
day in February, 2017. About someone's 50-th wedding anniversary, and the
rest of the hour is a long interview with her, mostly in Frisian, which is
a lot more like German than English, with occasional bits of English.
Could have used a bit of typical Frisian music interludes. 1615 UT
mentions Radio Caroline.

1620 UT, Big-Ben style home clock chimes stop at 4 bongs; English
announcement with frequency 15215 kHz, at 17 hours (local) giving Amrum
address, and will be repeated at 19h on internet. Someone had worked in
New York, and draws a US pension. 1622 UT, "The Frisian Voice of Amrum,
broadcasting for more than ten years". Etc., etc. 1658 UT closing says the
2018 Ausgabe will also be on 21 February at 5 pm on 15215 kHZ, repeat
address, 19h Wiederholung. 1659:45 UT stops, open carrier for 20 seconds
and off*.

QSLs in previous years have only been proxy via Media Broadcast, never
direct. Last year's sending did not have a transmission failure of an hour
of dead air, requiring a make-good. That was in 2015, when they finally
got it on March 8.

This was a big steady signal with hardly any fading for the whole hour - a
fine example of what DW, RFI or any European broadcaster could accomplish
in English every day, if they cared to broadcast 500 kW at 300 degrees
toward New York as in HFCC, per Wolfgang Bueschel. It even overcame my
computer noise so I could leave it on. I gather that reception was not so
good in UK/Europe itself, of course in the skip zone and/or off-beam.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

Radio Oeoemrang on air today Febr 21.

Also mal wieder spezielle Folklore auf Kurzwelle, die EinTages /
EinStundensendung ist am 21.02.17 in der Luft. Auf 15215 kHz aus
TDF Issoudun France soeben aufgeschaltet, um 15.59:51 kHz.

Statt Lederhose und Oktoberfest Jodeln
mal was von den Fischkoepfen aus dem Norden.

Die ersten Minuten wieder das gleiche Strickmuster in
Deutsch, Friesisch-Platt, Englisch usw.
mit den alten Familien und Beteiligten.

Start des Programms erst um 16.01:10 UTC,
wieder mit Arjan Koelzow und Gernot Schrader aus Flensburg.

S=9+10dB im Zielgebiet bei NY/NJ/MA an der Ostkueste,
dagegen S=9+30dB Signal in Detroit Michigan gehoert.
Kommt halt, - wie meist - , auf die verwendete Antenne an.

Fuer die Kartensammler nix Aufregendes, von der MBR Koeln ueber
<qsl-shortwave -at- media-broadcast.com>

QSL via die Familienadresse ist bisher nicht bekannt:

Mr. Arjan Koelzow
Tanenwai 24
25946 Nebel (Amrum island)
Germany

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 21)

FRANCE   Three clandestine broadcasts via TDF Issoudun, Febr 21-22.
in A-17 move to 15205 kHz.

Radio Al-Mukhtar, Febr 21
1500-1558 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Arabic   Tue
1530-1558 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Tue is cancelled

Radio Xoriyo Ogaden, Febr 21
1600-1630 11970 ISS 500 kW 130 deg to EaAF Somali   Tue/Sat
17630 kHz in A-17 season from March 26.

Radio Voice of Adal, Febr 22
1500-1530 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Arabic   Wed/Sat
1530-1558 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Wed/Sat

Lutheran World Federation, Voice of Gospel via TDF Issoudun, Febr 19
1830-1900 9800 ISS 500 kW 180 deg to WeCeAF Fulfulde Sawtu Linjilia.
In A-17 season from March 26: move to 15315 kHz.

Radio Publique Africaine via TDF Issoudun? Febr 19
1800-1830 11550 ISS# 250 kW 145 deg to SoAF Kirundi, good/fair
1830-1858 11550 ISS# 250 kW 145 deg to SoAF French,  poor signal
# in A-17 season on 15480 kHz ISS.

? RPA in B-16 rather 11550 kHz 1800-1900 UT 53NW  MDC  250kW 295degr,
via Talata-Volonondry MDG txion center ?  wb.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

GERMANY   6145, UT Sun Febr 12 at 0130 UT, The Mighty KBC program, over to
Kim for a sesquiminute Radiogram beepily celebrating World Radio Day, of
which this is the Eve (a stretch, UTly). 0133 UT fulfilling a request for
a Phil Harris novelty song with mystery bleeps never explicated. Got back
to KBC just in time to hear sharp 0200* UT cutoff after final music. Never
heard any farts / references from Uncle Eric, but must not have been
listening at right times.

Good signal via {MBR Nauen} GERMANY this week. From 0000 UT sometimes this
has been for only one hour, but lately two; depending on finances,
I suppose.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

GREECE    Remote SDR signal in Florida-US. Voice of Greece from Avlis GRC
on 9420.005 and 9935.003 kHz, both S=9+20dB signal at 0230 UT on Febr 25.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

INDONESIA   4869.9, Pro 1 RRI Wamena, as it's Thursday (Febr 23), time to
check for "Kang Guru Indonesia." Yes, at 1239 UT the first "KGI" ID and
intro in Bahasa Indonesia, then on to English; KGI is "carried on over
200 stations"; played a few pop songs; segment about rhyming words;
"Find a word that rhymes with soldier? ... shoulder"; segment "Good
neighbors make good friends," about the importance of using "Thank you
and please" in Australia & Indonesia; about "cultural differences";
better reception than usual, but still less than semi-readable.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

IRELAND   According to this report in the Irish Post (Febr 10)
RTE longwave 252 kHz will continue until 2019.

RTE had said it intended to close the service in 2017:

<http://irishpost.co.uk/rte-longwave-252-set-continue-least-2019-positive-
talks/>

RTE are set to continue transmitting their longwave 252 service until
at least 2019 after positive talks took place at a consultative
meeting in London. The news follows a statement issued by RTE back in
October in which the state broadcaster announced its "intention to
close the service in 2017."

RTE said at the time that they were exploring the possibility of using
'alternative technologies' to help maintain links with its audiences
in Britain beyond the service's closure.

But longwave is now set to continue transmitting through 2017 and 2018
after a week which saw calls for the service's retention heard in the
Seanad. Last week, independent Senator Billy Lawless sought government
assurances that the Irish in Britain would not lose access
to longwave 252 kHz.

Senator Lawless urged Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh to
"implore RTE management to reconsider this ageist and discriminatory
cut" to its longwave 252 service.

Minister McHugh responded saying that he was "hopeful that a positive
outcome can be achieved" on the matter in comments hinting at a better
future for the service.

A date was set for a consultative meeting in London between
representatives of RTE, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the
Irish community in Britain which has now produced positive results.

Irish community representative Tony Corcoran told The Irish Post:
"There are no immediate plans in 2017 or even in 2018 to shut off
longwave 252 kHz. It won't be shut off within the next two years,
I can definitely tell you that.

"Minister McHugh's recent comments were the best indication that
longwave 252 isn't going anywhere for the immediate future."

A DFA spokeswoman said: "The Consultative Group met earlier today. I
understand that the Group has made progress and I'll update you in the
coming weeks with anything further."

The sentiment was reiterated in a statement issued by RTE, who would
not deny that the service is set to continue through 2017 and 2018.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: "RTE's position remains as it
has been. However, positive progress has been made by the Group and it
is intended that an announcement will be forthcoming in the coming
weeks."
(via Alan Pennington-UK, Febr 15, BrDXC-UK dxld Febr 21)

ISRAEL   I have been informed by Dxer Simon Peter Liehr a new
religious medium wave station will be operating by April / May.

From Israel on frequency 1287 kHz which was used before by Israeli Defence
Radio / Galei Tzahal. This will be from a organisation such as KVOH or
Voice of Hope. Power of 100 kW. Which is good news. For this region of the
world.
(Costa Constantinides, Febr MW News via dxld Febr 21)

JAPAN/VANUATU   The English language program you heard was "Let's Read the
Nikkei in English," which is on the air Thursday, 1330-1400 UT and is
rebroadcast again on Saturday, 0830-0900 UT. Website, at
<http://goo.gl/6hlbS9>  (translation),
with info about the 23rd program you heard.

Radio Vanuatu, on 3944.2 kHz, has not been heard by me for some time now.
Am still hearing them on 7259.95 kHz

{7259.958 kHz at 1415 UT on Febr 26, S=7-8 in Brisbane remote SDR unit;
En nx til 1422 UT, wb.},

with best reception about 1430 UT and usually playing EZL pop songs.

Your comments regarding using caution on 3945 to distinguish between Japan
and Vanuatu receptions are right on the money. Good advice!

There will be an upcoming time however when that will not be an issue, as
Japan, on * 3945 (RN2) will be off the air for maintenance from March 8
through April 4, except for March 11, 12, 18 **and 19* (thanks to Sei-ichi
Hasegawa for the tip). So let us hope that Radio Vanuatu will be back on
the air on 3944.2 kHz, by March 8 and can be heard in the clear.

BTW - As you and I both recently observed, Japan on 9760 kHz is currently
off the air, due to maintenance (Febr 8 through March 7). Febr 24, when
checking for Radio Congo on 6115 kHz, at 0553 UT, heard only Japan there,
with no trace of Congo.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

3925, Thursday Febr 23 at 1330 UT, R. Nikkei One, opening weekly American
English lesson at S=9+10/20dB, // 6055 kHz at S=9+10dB and weaker 9595 kHz
at S7-S5. Text is from recent news stories about Trump & Abe, etc. Each
expression by OM is explained by YL in Japanese along the way. Recheck at
1358 UT, half-hour show is closing "until next week'; the American guy is
named Jesse.

3945, Thur Febr 23 at 1329 UT, R. Nikkei Two with conversation in Japanese
at S=9+10dB, so I look for its // s on 6115 and 9760 kHz, but NO signals
there which would certainly be heard if on, as RN1 is propagating on both
bands. HFCC shows 6115 kHz stops at 1000 UT, and 9760 kHz at 0800 UT,
while the three RN1 frequencies are registered as available, if not used,
24 hours.

WRTH 2017 has different scheduling for RN2:
Sun-Thu 2300-1400 UT, Fri & Sat 2300-0900 (9760 -0800 UT). So 6115 kHz
should have been on until 1400 UT this Thursday. But Aoki Nagoya list
shows 6115 kHz only until 1000 UT weekdays, 0900 UT weekends. And 9760 kHz
only until 0800 UT daily.

3945 kHz had no het or CCI from Vanuatu, should it have been on this late.
When DXing that, it's important to differentiate it from Nikkei2, if
during hours when its // s are active.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Febr 23)

KUWAIT   7530, on Febr 24 at 0245 UT, JBA talk from algo. Aoki Nagoya
Japan list shows Deewa Radio in Pashto via IBB Kuwait at 0100-0400 UT.
Until & unless MOI gets the Radio Kuwait SW transmitters refurbished,
we'll have to settle for USG stuff relayed.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Febr 24)

All these IBB BBG Kuwait relay outlets came in very loud tonight too in
Florida East Coast North America in 01-03 UT slot.
Is the  m o s t  effective installation by IBB BBG Washington these days !

Compare to CRI Cerrik Albania Chinese language relay on 9570 kHz at
S=9+35dB signal level, 20 kHz wideband signal.

Voice of Greece from Avlis GRC on 9420.005 and 9935.003 kHz, both S=9+20dB
signal at 0230 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

LIBERIA   6050, QSL - ELWA Monrovia sent a short verification e-mail
message in response to my electronic reception report in 4 days from Moses
Nyantee
<elwaradio54 -at- gmail.com>

[later]  Adventures in QSLing: Isent a reception report to ELWA after
hearing them once again while on a DXpedition at French Creek State Park.
I got a fast reply from Moses Nyantee

<elwaradio54 -at- gmail.com>

but it was only a non-descript e-mail message very similar to one I got a
few years ago when they first returned to shortwave. I thanked Moses for
his reply and suggested perhaps he could develop a simple full data PDF
attachment for future verification requests. That apparently started
the ball rolling within the organization. I have been copied on several
e-mails.

The first was from Moses, "Thanks a million for the advice. We will try to
send you one of our QSL by email attachment. We appreciate your reception
report."

Another was a copy of a message from Judy Koci in Illinois
(ELWA Ministries Association, USA)

<https://www.elwamausa.org/>

to certain staff members mentioning "Not sure which of you does this, but
this is a good report on ELWA reception in Pennsylvania, requesting a QSL
verification. Could one of you reply, and let me know?"

After about a week I saw a reply from someone named Alan Shea (location
unknown at this point) who wrote "This is really nice to hear. We do have
some QSL cards, and I will try to get one sent out". Perhaps this will
lead to a nice verification card after the dust settles.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

MADAGASCAR   5011.3  Radio Madagasikara - Antananarivo, at 0252?0320 UT
fade out Febr 15, tune in to local music thanks to tip from Dave Valko
followed by woman announcer at 0255 UT with opening in Malagasy language.
More music but signal quite poor and noisy conditions.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

5003.863 kHz  Log Madagascar - maybe; in den letzten Tagen habe ich nichts
mehr aus Malagasy beobachtet. Die Ami DXer berichten weiterhin ab circa
nachts um 0300 UT ein Signal bei 5008 bis 5009 kHz. Die Zeit pass mir
nicht, da schlafe ich, obwohl die Ausbreitung von Afrika bis Florida und
New York dann im Dunkeln sehr gut ist.

Heute Nachmittag habe ich auf Uwe's Thailand Geraete eine unbekannte
Station bei 5003.863 kHz gesehen/gehoert, ganz winziges Signal.

Radio Madagasikara - Antananarivo, Malagasy -- tentativelly these days --
5003.863 kHz noted a very weak and tiny signal this afternoon:

American DXer report deep {European} night time at 0300 UT
some strange wandered signal close to 5008 ... 5009 kHz.

Around 16 and 19 UT on Febr 23, noted on Uwe's Thailand remote SDR:
unstable fq signal on 5003.863 kHz tiny signal.

Around 0216 UT on Febr 24, 5010.007 kHz AIR Thiruvananthapuram, but nearby
on 5007.972 kHz noted a very tiny signal at 0224 UT.

5009.996 kHz noted AIR Thiruvananthapuram at 1350 UT on Febr 24, on remote
SDR unit in Brisbane Queensland Australia installation.

5004.300v kHz signal hopping 10-20 Hertz around, maybe the exciter only,
seen at 1900 UT on Febr 24. But noted only on remote unit in Brisbane
Australia, - not visible in Qatar nor in all Europe.

5009.994 kHz noted AIR Thiruvananthapuram at 0140 UT on Febr 25,
on remote SDR at Victor's place at Colombo Sri Lanka installation.

So, Radio Madagasikara - Antananarivo, Malagasy recently tentative...
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23 / 24 / 25)

Dan Sheedy (southern Calif.) just emailed me about an UNID he was hearing
today (Feb 23) on about 5004 kHz, from 1448 to 1518 UT Febr 23, which
indeed sounds like possible Madagascar reception.
(Dan Sheedy-CA, via Ron Howard-CA-USA, via Th. Hallmann, dxld Febr 23)

MADAGASCAR   17640, on Febr 22 at 1845 UT, the reliable good signal from
MWV in English prompts me to look for parasitic spurs as have been coming
out from the 11610 kHz Chinese broadcast after 21 UT but none found on or
near plus/minus 258 kHz from 17640 kHz.

11945, Febr 22 at 1938, MWV Arabic good but with flutter, and again no
spurs located around 258 kHz from this.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Febr 22)

No any parasitic spur signals noted of MWV on 13710 nor 17640 kHz
S=9+20dB outlets heard here in Europe.

11610 kHz S=9+25dB -51dBm strong signal heard here in southern Germany
at 2112 UT and symmetrical unstable parasitic spurs too,
some 258.310 kHz away distance either side,
on 11351.690 and 11868.310 kHz at 2120 UT.  Spur S=9 or -70dBm strong.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

WCB Madagascar World Voice World, The New Life Station Feb 18
1800-1900  9570 MWV 100 kW 355 deg to EaEUR Russian tx#1, QRM R.Medi 9570
1900-2000  9495 MWV 100 kW 355 deg to EaEUR Russian tx#2, QRM VOA    9485
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

MALAYSIA   6050  Salam FM, at 1503 UT on Febr 22. Islamic programming
(reciting from the Qur'an, etc.); in vernacular; many singing IDs; 1518 UT
ID with "shortwave" and "FM" frequencies; still on the air at 1524 UT;
fair-good, with light QRM from Tibet.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 22)

MOLDOVA   HISTORY OF RADIO.
I got this here historical information (dated the beginning of 1957):

"Recently, in the territory of Chisinau and the Moldovan SSR periodically
hear the work Romania West Station Free{US stn Radio Free Europe in
Romanian}, a leading anti-Soviet transfer of Romanian and Hebrew. The
radio operates sessions for 1-2 hours in intervals from 00 to 08 hours on
the waves in the range of 50-60 m. In the territory of the Moldavian SSR,
where many citizens are aware of the Romanian and Hebrew, the above
station audible, nobody drowned out."

And I swear that before I came across something on the internet about this
RFE radio / station "Romania Libera". And the funny thing is that in the
years V.O.V. there was anti-fascist radio (Comintern project) with the
same name.

But after the WW II war, some reactionary Romanian emigrants Revanchists
created their r/st "Romania Libera", which, as I remember from somewhere
reading (re-find stuff does not work), broadcast from Greece.

It is clear that those troubled times, hardly anyone of us could catch :),
but maybe someone knows / heard anything about this subversive radio
voices...

Such ancient WRTH at hand is not, but, in truth, little hard to believe
that there might appear that radio / station.
(Leonid Kultuklu, Moldova, open_dx via  Moscow Information DX Bulletin
Weekly #1031, Febr 7, 2017. The editor of the current issue: Konstantin
Gusev-RUS, via RusDX #911 Febr 12)

MYANMAR   Government broadcaster's Minorities Service streaming live
online

The National Programme of government broadcaster Myanmar Radio has already
been available on a live online stream for several years, and now they've
recently added a live stream of their Minorities Service.

Schedule observed is 23:30 to 14:00 UT and programming is in several
minorities languages, including Chinese language(s) noted at 1100-1230 UT.
The stream was noted in // on 5915 kHz at 2340 UT last night (23 Febr
2017), when it dominated co-channel CRI English andgave fair reception via
a web SDR receiver in Haparanda, northern Sweden. It was also observed on
the same frequency at 1200 UT today with poor reception via a web SDR
receiver on North Island, New Zealand.

The broadcaster's website is at
<http://mrtv.gov.mm>

MRTV Radio program schedule
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pg>

400 kW MW transmitter
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/TK%20Transmitter1(1)
.jpg>

100 kW MW transmitter
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/100%20kW%20MW%20Tran
smitter(1).jpg>

50 kW SW transmitter
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/50%20kW%20SW%20Trans
mitter(2).jpg>

Radio station Reguy old building
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/Reguy%20station(1).j
pg>

Radio station Reguy new building
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/Reguy%20station%201.
jpg>

Reguy radio transmitter
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pg>

Tatkone radio transmitter
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/Tatkone%20station(1)
.jpg>

Tatkone radio antenna
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/Tatkone%20antenna(2)
.jpg>

MRTV coverage map
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/zg/sites/default/files/images/Radio%20Coverage(1).
jpg>

<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/?q=content/%E1%80%9B%E1%80%B1%E1%80%92%E1%80%AE%E1
%80%9A%E1%80%AD%E1%80%AF%E1%80%91%E1%80%AF%E1%80%90%E1%80%BA%E1%80%9C%E1%8
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99%E1%80%BB%E1%80%AC%E1%80%B8>

Naypyitaw radio departement
<http://www.mrtv.gov.mm/?q=departments/naypyitaw-myanmar-radio>

<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmrtv.gov.mm%2F&h=ATOIj8ywDgN9
4VM4IyZrPc-83xeoro0-
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qE2oqtTDvIZyO5qC56PyZ-
ZNGSIXdaaU131gbpOYwH8R3JG6fibbww&enc=AZOijYqlX2nYgbDw6GmlpLBphizwWT9Pevpcz
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dIiwIS_U27ZfjpIF49xQjVXeCtT9uVhqwB1NLTX4mgJKOX6t5XHsTx37WYP71xDIJqs035db6W
mqyEqSKdQ0aLSZLffNa_cjCpoXqYI6Tm-swx2klfGg3MAbQfo8&s=1>

and the Minorities Service link is the bottom one on the 'Live Stream'
page [Google Translate labels it as 'NATIONAL PROGRAM (2)']. The link
labelled in English as 'MRTV Radio Station' is the National Programme as
transmitted on 5985 kHz etc. The middle "link" is labelled 'NATIONAL
PROGRAM (1)' but it's not yet active - possibly earmarked for the Yangon
local service.
(David Kernick-UK, Interval Signals Online; dxld Febr 25)

PARAGUAY   RADIO NACIONAL MOVE TO A NEW TRANSMITTER SITE.

Effectively, the modern transmission equipment has gone to the new site,
at Chaco-i, just across the Paraguay River from Asuncion. This includes
the new 20 and new 100 kW transmitters. SICOM Radio Nacional de Paraguay
retains two hectares of the original land, to be used with the VHF FM
transmitter, on 95.1 MHz. The effective elevation from the Capiata site
would be on the order of 240 Metres, as opposed to 173 Metres,
from Chaco-i.

The Paraguayan Government has been inviting bids for Insurance Policies
on the new site. Chaco-i is in a River Delta Area, prone to flooding
and storm-related problems. What was removed from the Capiata site,
in a separate operation, included the original, 1942 5 kW Philips
transmitter, which operated at 3 kW, the better to conserve the Valves.
The original frequency was 6276 kHz - expressed as "47.80 Metres", later
changed to a more modern 6025 kHz - expressed as "49.79 meters".

Also removed was the World War II vintage U.S. Army BC-610, the 1959 RCA
10 kW Medium Wave transmitter, the 1967 GATES 100 kW Medium Wave and the
1967 GATES 100 kW HF Transmitters, and the relatively new, Solid-State
Taiwan Republic of China Medium Wave transmitter. The only transmitter
remaining at Capiata is the VHF FM, on 95.1 MHz.

The new site has a 1/4-Wave Tower, 82 Meters high, and new, diesel
alternators with which to feed the transmitters. There is a new PCM Radio
Link to the studios, in Asuncion. Undoubtedly, the Ground Conductivity of
Chaco-i is far superior to Capiata, promoting good Ground Wave
Propagation. Sky Wave Propagation will not be so good, given high takeoff
angles produced by the 1/4-Wave Tower. Sky Wave will depend upon
reflection from the wet soil.
(Adan Mur, Paraguay, SOUTH AMERICAN NEWS with Tore B. Vik, Norway,
Febr MW News via dxld Febr 21)

PERU   5980, on Febr 14 at 0057 UT, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, vs lite
pulse jamming, and splatter from 5990 kHz Cuba. Since I found last night
that their autotimer had been reset earlier, tonight my ears are
monitoring continuously while my eyes are glued to the watch, to find it
does cut off at new earlier time of 0101:22* UT, so that will be the
starting marker for a brand-new cycle of ~6.7 second latening per noctem.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

SOLOMON ISLANDS   5020, Wantok FM relay, via SIBC, at 1309 UT on Febr 23.
Yet another day of extended broadcasting (now daily?); non-stop songs
(Lionel Richie - "Stuck on you," Men At Work - "Who can it be now?,"
etc.); frequent brief IDs; not as strong as yesterday; still on at 1410
UT. Yesterday, Yoshiyuki Ohashi (formerly active in SWL as "Peace-J") was
also hearing this at 1321 UT, with nice reception in Japan.

Wantok FM 96.3, was established in 1999, as a part of SIBC, to attract a
younger audience.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 23)

SPAIN   Live football on REE Madrid Noblejas tonight
European Football Champions League, Round of 16 games.
live coverage of football matches tonight

Leverkusen Germany 2       vv  Atletico Madrid  3,
and Manchester U. England  vv  Monaco

towards Africa 161 degrees,
REE replaced 11685 by 21620 kHz in down summer season
11685 1900 2400 46,47,52,57 NOB 200 161  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
21620 1900 2400 46,47,52,57 NOB 200 161  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
but was back on 11685 kHz on Febr 23, wb.

remaining 9690, 15390, and 15500 kHz

Sevilla Spain  1  vv  Leicester 0
and
Porto Portugal 0  vv  Torino Italy  0

towards Africa 161 degrees,
REE replaced 11685 by 21620 kHz in down summer season, Febr 22,
11685 1900 2400 46,47,52,57 NOB 200 161  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
21620 1900 2400 46,47,52,57 NOB 200 161  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
very weak, noted in Florida a faint signal,
also in 13 meterband at same time slot:
noted on air RMI 21675 kHz and WHRI odd 21609.992 kHz.

remaining in Hanson MA, Florida US east coast,
and at Detroit Michigan
 9690 1900 2300 4,6-11      NOB 200 290  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
S=9+25dB

15390 1900 2300 38,39,47,48 NOB 200 110  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
S=9+15dB

15500 1900 2300 38,39,47,48 NOB 200 110  0 212 23456   Spa E   REE
S=9+10dB

Tonight Febr 23 at 2030 UT sports comments
of "Liga Espa?ola" on REE Madrid Noblejas:

Febr 23, again back on 11685 kHz, heard on all 4 txions on
9690, 11685, 15390, and 15500 kHz all in S=9+20dB range

SPAIN   There will be more soccer live coverage in coming weeks, amongst
Spanish excellent soccer teams of Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Madrid, and
Atletico Madrid. According - see schedule of Champions League, Round of 16
games

07. March 2017
19:45 SSC Neapel -:- Real Madrid
19:45 Arsenal    -:- Bayern

08. March 2017
19:45 Dortmund  -:- SL Benfica
19:45 Barcelona -:- Paris SG

14. March 2017
19:45 Juventus  -:- FC Porto
19:45 Leicester -:- Sevilla

15. March 2017
19:45 AS Monaco -:- Man City
19:45 Atletico  -:- Leverkusen

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 21 / 22 / 23)

TAIWAN   Latest changes of Radio Taiwan International from Febr 15

1000-1300 NF 7300 TSH 100 kW 352 deg EaAS      Chinese, ex7200
1200-1300 NF11985 TSH 100 kW 352 deg EaAS      Chinese, ex9545
1600-1700 NF 9405 PAO 300 kW 225 deg SoAS      English, ex6185
2200-2300    6075 KOU 100 kW 310 deg to EaAS   Chinese, ex 2230-2330
2200-2300    6105 KOU 100 kW 310 deg to EaAS   Chinese, ex 2230-2330
2200-2300    9450 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to EaAS   Chinese, ex 2230-2330
2200-2300    9735 PAO 100 kW 045 deg to JPN    Japanese,ex 2230-2330
2200-2300    9900 KOU 100 kW 267 deg to SoEaAS Chinese, ex 2230-2330
2200-2300   11635 PAO 250 kW 208 deg to SoEaAS Chinese, ex 2230-2330
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

TANZANIA   [ZANZIBAR isl]  6015, Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation - Dole,
at 0334-0420 UT fade out Febr 15, woman announcer with talk in Swahili
language with seemingly news at 0400 UT. Poor.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 20)

THAILAND   [non]  Perseus SDR remote radio unit in East Thailand
checked new antenna on Febr 21, 1130-1210 UT:

HDLA-12 - Active Wideband Loop Antenna HDLA,
Rectangular 6 x 4 m in east-west direction.
Usable Frequency Range: 10 kHz - 50 MHz.
IP2 > 90 dBm
IP3 @ 4,8 & 5,4 MHz = 37 dBm

<http://air-radiorama.blogspot.de/2013/12/active-wideband-loop-antenna-
hdla.html>

<www.ebay.de/itm/Kurzwellenantenne-HDLA-Aktiv-Loop-10-kHz-bis-55-
MHz/221409448700>

80 - 85dB Noise unten im U-Boot 20 kHz LW Bereich bis MW 500 kHz Bereich.

Aber ab den MW Signalen um die 531 kHz wurde wunderschoene
primaere Audio festgestellt. Technisch ein Prima Signal.

953 kHz local Thai MW powerhouse, S=9+55dB
and 1170 kHz S=9+45dB signals.

918 kHz kHz CBG Phnom Penh at 1140 UT S=9+30dB clear channel.

566.993 kHz LAO Vientiane S=9+20dB signal.

704.989 kHz LAO tentat. Luang Prabang bcast outlet ?

1242 VTN Can Tho / Thoi Long station VN2, 500 kW powerhouse will start
later from 13 UT at S=9+35dB level,
scheduled according WRTH 2017 database,
at 1145 UT heard local only Bubble Wobbling mixture of two tiny
THAI MW stations ?

but from same VTN Can Tho / Thoi Long 500 kW station
782.998 VTN 500 kW in Vietnamese language, S=9+30dB at 1157 UT

609.992 VTN Hanoi Tang Nhon Pu, S=9+30dB signal.

548.992 VTN My Hao in Vietnamese at 1202 UT, S=9+15dB.

Die burmesischen MW Stationen faden moeglicherweise
erst spaeter bei Dir am Standort ein?
Yes Myanmar on MW 576 kHz is the strongest station to be heard
in Eastern Thailand remote post.

1600 kHz bis 5000 kHz schoener ruhiger Noise Grund-Level,
dazwischen die Koreaner und Indonesian, Japan usw.

INS 3325even kHz S=9+15dB Palangkaraya
INS 3344.865 kHz S=6-7    Ternate
JPN 3925 / 3945 kHz Nikkei both S=9+10dB signals.
KGZ 4010.220 kHz Bishkek at 1209 UT, not // 4819v kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 21, 2017)

TURKEY   UNID stn program on 11475 kHz, -
nominal TRT Turkish of 11925 kHz to SoAsia,
drifted continously downwards.

Unstabiles fq Signal laeuft innert einer Minute mal gleich 50 Hertz
tiefer, um 0931 UT auf 11472.035 kHz stetig wandernd, S=9+10dB signal
in southern Germany, ist eindeutig eine Turksprache - oder Kaukasus ?
- ein Hoerspiel, aber kein // 11600 kHz Denge Kurdistani.

Ist ein TRT Sender in Emirler 'weg gelaufen' ?

Ja, TRT Tuerkisch 11925 kHz ist nach unten durch gewandert:

11925 0700-1000 29SE,39NE,40NW 500 105 205 Tur    TUR TRT
15480 0700-1300 39, 40         500 150 205 Tur    TUR TRT
15350 0700-1400 27,28          500 310 205 Tur    TUR TRT

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26, 2017)

Hallo Liste, ich habe hier gerade einen unbekannten Sender mit S8 auf
11475 kHz. Tendenz Frequency fallend! Ist in der letzten halben Stunde um
5 kHz gesunken. Habe eine ID, Sprache klingt aehnlich wie Farsi.
Welcher Sender ist das?  Aktuell auf 11473.8 kHz, 0918 UT Febr 26.
(Reinhard Weiss-D, A-DX ng Febr 26)

TRT Voice of Turkey on strange drifting freqs 11480-11464 kHz, Feb.26:
0700-0955 11480-11468vEMR 500 kW 105deg to WeAS  Turkish, instead of 11925
1000-1055 11467-11464vEMR 500 kW 210deg to NoEaAF Arabic, instead of 11955
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26)

U.K.   HCJB Radio Akhbar Mufriha via BaBcoCk Woofferton, Febr 19
2100-2115  7300 WOF 200 kW 170 deg to NoAF Tachelhit
2115-2145  7300 WOF 200 kW 170 deg to NoAF Arabic

Also in A-17 season:
7300 2100-2145 to zone 37S  WOF  250kW  170deg  antenna type ITU #551,
Curtain antenna, half-wave dipole array, dual end tuned dipole.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

USA   7490+v // 5130-v kHz, UT Sat Febr 11 at 0125 UT, WBCQ as 'Allan
Weiner Worldwide' is lengthily lecturing a caller on cosmology. Unusually,
these two are synchronized instead of a considerable delay on 5130 kHz
routed thru Area 51 server.

7490.131-AM, Mon Febr 20 at 2140 UT, WBCQ with continuous disco / rock
music, no announcements until 2159 UT ID and 2200 UT into the 'Remnant
Ministry' pushing Yahwahism, sponsored by gold-pushers Financial Survival,
which is the show itself missing from previous hour.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 11 / 20)

5129.58-AM, Febr 12 at 0119 UT, WBCQ is S=9+5dB here with joke in English
about an Indian brave and his betrothed, modulation a bit rough, soon ID
as Radio Azteca. That's a pirate/show not on schedule now, subbing or
within 'Radio Timtron Worldwide'. No hits on Azteca searching the entire
WBCQ website. Lots of logs of it as a true pirate from 2016, 2009y at
HFUnderground. Name seems to have nothing to do with Mexico.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

17775, Febr 10 at 1815 UT, JBA carrier; can this be KVOH?

Maybe exciter. Recheck at 1919 UT, now S=9+20dB of distorted music,
shortly cutting off at 1920* UT. Stayed with it and never came back by
1955 UT. More anomalous behaviour from Simi, nominal sign-off 1900 UT on
weekdays. When will they ever get their replacement transmitter going?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

9329.92v-CUSB, Febr 20 at 1525 UT, Brother Scare is VP at S2-S4 via WBCQ,
varying audibly with BFO. Contrary to Ivo's guess that this was not on in
our mornings. Supposedly it's 24 hours, filling all time not already
committed to other programming (and subject to preemption for special
bookings).
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 21)

USA  ... and 3 US stns noted too this morning Febr 25:

9329.940 ...  x.980 kHz  VERY  UNSTABLE  FQ-wise  SIGNAL.
Frequency hops 20 ... 30 Hertz either side...

S=9+10dB signal into central Florida SDR installation on east coast
North America.

English sermon BS? TOM?, annmt of South Carolina little ranch ministry
installation, program to be relayed via many radio stations, phone-#
given, website address URL read at 02.58:10 UT on Febr 25.

0259 UT religious most modern song played. Upper sideband side signal.
AT 03.00:04 UT for 3 seconds insert the WBCQ station annmt,
6.6 kHz wide signal on upper sideband flank of the channel.

9265  New testament prayer talk by pastor, WINB Red Lion ?,
S=9+10dB in remote Florida SDR installation, at 0302 UT on Febr 25.

7504.959 kHz WRNO S=9+10dB signal into Florida US east coast location SDR,
at 0306 UT on Febr 25, sermon in English, religious program.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

UZBEKISTAN   February 25th from 1401 to 1416 UT hours on 6260 kHz sounded
early Christian transfer in English - in the beginning was classified
Bible Voice Broadcasting, Canada.

and direct too: Bible Voice Bc at *1401-1416* UT on 6260 kHz with
Christian prgr in English was confirmed on 25 February 2017.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via RUSdx #913 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26)

UZBEKISTAN   Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok via RED Telecom Tashkent, Febr 19
1130-1200 17860 TAC 100 kW 122 deg to ITUzone 54, SoEaAS in Khmer
language, Thu/Sun, very weak, JBA, via curtain array #238 antenna type.
And delated  15600 unknown tx unknown to SoEaAS Khmer Thu/Sun, last on
Febr 12.
But 17860 kHz requested still in A-17 season again, wb.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 24)

#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

1000 HD channel milestone reached by Eutelsat.

High definition television continues to gain traction, reports satellite
operator Eutelsat. In 2016, 240 HD channels were launched, equalling the
number of HD channels that started in the previous two years. The launch
of Eutelsat's 1,000th HD channel came as CGTN HD went on air in Europe,
the first HD version of the Chinese news channel to be broadcast outside
China.

Eutelsat says that its 13.0E HOTBIRD channel has a continuing upwards
trend, with one in four channels on the satellite now HD.
More on this here:

<http://aib.org.uk/eutelsat-hits-new-milestone-of-1000-hd-channels/>

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, based in Prague, has collected anecdotes
from some of its 13.5million listeners across Central Asia, Pakistan, Iran
and Afghanistan. They talk of the impact that the broadcaster has on their
lives and how RFE/RL has created a democratic space that benefits society.

Read more about these stories here and here.

<http://aib.org.uk/radio-still-vital-for-many-rferl-audiences/>

<http://aib.org.uk/rnzi-remains-the-essential-voice-of-the-pacific/>
(AIB UK, Febr 21)

#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

Log from 0130 UT at Colombo Sri Lanka remote SDR post
on Victor's installation 4S7VK,

as well as SDR unit in Florida east coast North America til 0350 UT.

5009.998 IND  noted AIR Thiruvananthapuram at 0140 UT on Febr 25,
on remote SDR at Victor's place at Colombo Sri Lanka installation.

5013.485 kHz faded in in Ea Thailand at 1600 UT, S=7-8  signal.
5013.610 ... x.640 MDG  Probably Malagasy heard here in unstable fq
at 1705 - 1720 UT on Febr 25. S=8-9 signal heard in Eastern Thailand.
Nice music selection.

5019.999 SLM  SIBC Honiara, noted at 1625 UT on Febr 25
in Eastern Thailand remote installation. S=8-9 signal.

5059.984 CHN  PBS Xinjiang in Chinese from Urumqi site, S=6-7 at 0143 UT

5049.999 IND  AIR Aizawl, Mizoram, Hindi service S=7 at 0145 UT Febr 25.

5040.002 IND  AIR Jeypore, Odisha, Hindi sce, very strong signal
in remote SDR unit in Colombo Sri Lanka, S=9+25dB at 0148 UT on Febr 25.

4990.002 CHN  PBS Hunan, mx program at S=7 or -85dBm, 0149 UT.

4980.002 CHN  PBS Xinjiang Urumqi, Uighur program, S=6-7 at 0150 UT.

4970.016 IND  AIR Shillong, Mawgrong, Meghalaya, NoEaSce, tiny S=5-6.
But at 1709 UT in EaThailand English annmt and 'Beetles' mx at S=9+10dB

4949.727 AGL  R Nac Mulenvos, S=5 in Sri Lanka at 0151 UT Febr 25,
and at 0347 UT in Florida-USA as S=5-6.
4949.728 at 1706 UT in EaThailand remote unit, S=7-8 signal.

4919.9985 IND AIR Chennai, Tamil Nadu, powerhouse S=9+40dB at 0152 UT.
Tamil newscast in international politics items ... 4920.002 at 1630 UT

4910.003 IND  AIR Jaipur, Rajasthan, Hindi sce, fluttery S=5-6

4010.221 KGZ  Birinchi Radio (=First R), Krasnaya Rechka (= Red River),
Bishkek, S=6 at 0155 UT on Febr 25. Nothing on air on 2nd unit 4819v.

4759.998 IND  Not strong, S=4-5, so  n o t  local Port Blair Andamanes
signal heard in Colombo Sri Lanka, or only exciter signal ?
Rather Co-channel R Kashmir, Leh (Laddakh), Jammu and Kashmir, 0212 UT.

4760.001 IND  AIR Port Blair Andamanes, heard on Febr 25 at 1637 UT,
S=9+10dB in eastern Thailand remote SDR installation.
// 4799.997, 4809.998 kHz, noted with Violine like instrument music.
Underneath AIR Leh Laddakh talk on measured 4759.996 kHz at 1640 UT.

4799.997 IND  AIR Hyderabad, Telengana, Hindi sce, S=9+15, at 0159 UT.

4809.998 IND  AIR Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, female Hindi sce presenter,
S=9+15dB signal at 0200 UT on Febr 25.

At 1643 UT Gavar Armenia on 4809.990 kHz ?
Yes, at 1656 UT on Sunday Febr 26 exact on very odd fq 4809.989 kHz,
S=9+25dB -47dBm signal here in Germany. Yezidi program, folk music played

4834.999 IND  AIR Gangtok, Sikkim, weak S=5-6 signal, female
subcontinental music singer, at 0202 UT.

4850.001 CHN  CNR17, PBS Xinjiang from Urumqi, Kazakh sce.1646 UT Feb 25

4862.308    x.328  ? PAK or ?IND, some Azad Kashmir Urdu like music heard,
distorted, S=9 signal, could be AIR Voice of Kashmir Kingsway special
outlet ?  1600-1730 UT slot.

4895.996 IND  AIR Kurseong, Paschim Banga, Hindi sce female presenter,
tiny S=5 signal at 0203 UT on Febr 25.  ? real 1 kHz ODD frequency ?
S=9+10dB signal in Eastern Thailand remote SDR at 1659 UT.
Final annmt and close-down at 1700 UT.

4910.003 IND  AIR Jaipur, Rajasthan, poor S=6 signal at 0204 UT Febr 25.
S=8 at 1702 UT on remote post in Eastern Thailand. Low modulation.

5914.988 MMR  Myanma Radio, Naypyidaw, minorities progr, S=7 signal
at fade-out morning time in Sri Lanka remote post. Hit by lower level
co-channel CRI Russian sce from Kashgar western China even5915 kHz.
0208 UT on Febr 25.

6129.974 LAO  R Nationale Lao, Vientiane, in Lao language sce, S=6
signal at fade-out morning time in Sri Lanka remote post. QRM by
co-channel 6130 Xizang PBS, Lhasa, western China in Tibetan language.
Around 0210 UT on Febr 25.

6164.996 MMR  Myanma Radio, Thazin R, Pyin U Lwin, in Kachin minorities
program, female news reader still on air at 0212 UT on Febr 25.
DBS-18 list show 0130 UT cl-down ?

7269.997 IND  AIR Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Tamil morning sce, but English
language newscast heard at 0214 UT on Febr 25, powerhouse signal of
S=9+35dB strength.
"... nx on Financial Aid of Republic India to poor Bangladesh ..."

... end of Sri Lanka remote SDR radio unit log.

Log of remote SDR rx in central Florida east coast of North America.

All Brazilian radio stations in 25 and 31 mb came-in
in Florida remote SDR
RATHER POOR propagation wise tonight Febr 25 !
Detailed logs read under BRAZIL, above.

Voice of Greece from Avlis GRC on 9420.005 and 9935.003 kHz, both S=9+20dB
signal at Florida remote at 0230 UT on Febr 25. Talk by male and female,
followed by Greek folk music program from 0232 UT on Febr 25.
Excellent audio quality on shortwave these days from Avlis engineering.

9714.920 ARS  BSKSA Riyadh's morning HQ prayer in Arabic, non-directional
Middle East sce outlet, tiny S=7 at 0238 UT.

9650.006 TUR  Voice of Turkey, TRT Emirler in Spanish language to Latin
America target, S=9+20dB proper signal, Turkish mx played at 0241 UT on
Febr 25.

9570     ALB  Remote SDR signal in Florida-USA, CRI Cerrik Albania Chinese
language relay at S=9+35dB signal level, 20 kHz wideband signal. 0248 UT.

9490     F__  Radio Republica in Spanish via TDF Issoudun, S=9+30dB proper
signal. Broad 9 kHz wide audio modulation. Female Spanish voices talk on
religion, ... systema totalitera and state control ...,
at 0251 UT on Febr 25.

9935.003 GRC  and //
9420.005 GRC  remote SDR signal in Florida-US on North American east coast
Voice of Greece from Avlis GRC both S=9+20dB signals at 0230 and 0253 UT
on Febr 25.

9410     OMA  Even BBC English service from Oman Middle East relay site
at fade-out path, came in by S=8-9 signal at 0255 UT in Florida-USA.

9329.940 USA   ...  x.980 kHz  VERY  UNSTABLE  FQ-wise  SIGNAL.
Frequency hops 20 ... 30 Hertz either side...

S=9+10dB signal into central Florida SDR installation on east coast
North America.

English sermon BS? TOM?, annmt of South Carolina little ranch ministry
installation, program to be relayed via many radio stations, phone-#
given, website address URL read at 02.58:10 UT on Febr 25.

0259 UT religious most modern song played. Upper sideband side signal.
AT 03.00:04 UT for 3 seconds insert the WBCQ station annmt,
6.6 kHz wide signal on upper sideband flank of the channel.

9265     USA  New testament prayer talk by pastor, WINB Red Lion ?,
S=9+10dB in remote Florida SDR installation, at 0302 UT on Febr 25.

7504.959 USA  WRNO S=9+10 signal into Florida US east coast location SDR,
at 0306 UT on Febr 25, sermon in English, religious program.

5010 and 5055 kHz CUB  two intermodulation spurs of Bauta transmission
center site:

5010.008 CUB  S=7-8 signal strength in Florida-US remote SDR installation.
Noted Spanish language program of RHC Bauta fundamental 5040 kHz,
latter which is S=9+40dB at 0350 UT on Febr 25.

5054.998 CUB  little weaker Bauta intermodulation, like S=7 or -79dBm,
Spanish program of Radio Rebelde, fundamental basic on 5025 kHz,
latter S=9+30dB signal strength at 0352 UT on Febr 25.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 25, 2017)

OPDX Bulletin #1306 February 27, 2017















Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, N1ZZZ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL2AAZ, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EI9FBB, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GW0ANA, HK3W, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA1XGI, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7TK and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th/February, through Sunday, 26th/February there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

60 METERS NEWS (QSOs Not Valid). Francisco "Siso" Hennessey, HK3W, ARRL
DXCC Card Checker, reports the following [edited]: Operation on the 60
meter band is not allowed in Colombia (5J, 5K, HJ, HK), as well as San
Andrés Island (5J0, 5K0, HJ0, HK0). There's no permit to use that band
by any Ham Radio station transmitting from Colombia or San Andrés. The
Colombian Authorities have never issued the permit to use that band.
There are few DX Bulletins announcing 60 meter band operations from San
Andrés, and it is forbidden by Colombian Law. Please take note that if
someone transmits on that band, it will be illegal and not valid. 


7P8, LESOTHO (Update/QRT). Gene, K5GS, sent out the following press release
on February 22nd, for Pista, HA5AO, who was active as 7P8EUDXF from Lesotho
for humanitarian purposes during the month of February [edited]: Pista,
HA5AO, is operating from the Molangoane Lodge, near Ha Ntsi. The lodge is
located on a plateau with no high mountains nearby. The take off to the N
and NW it is clear. The NE to JA is slightly blocked by a mountain, but it
is far enough away to not cause too much of a problem. He is using a K3
with KPA 500. The antenna is a wire vertical on a 10 meter fiberglass pole
with a remote controlled SGC 250 auto tuner. There are 12 x 10.5 meter
radials with a copper ground rod. It can be tuned from 80 to 10 m, sorry
no TB capability this trip due to high noise levels. The noise is s6 s9
on the low bands making the copy impossible and s3 s5 on the higher bands
where copy is difficult. RFI is not a problem, at least no complaints from
the lodge management. He received a Busted call request claiming QSOs on
20th February between 15:10 and 16:27. He was not operating at that time,
probably a pirate. He is operating in his free time from the orphanage
project. The last operating time will be this Saturday morning when he
will disassemble the station. He departs for Budapest on Sunday morning.
The log is at:          http://ha5ao.com    Logsearch & OQRS


8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.


9N, NEPAL (Update). Dave, EI9FBB, sent the following update on February
21st: In just 2 weeks from now, 12 members from the EI DX Group will
begin their travels to Nepal for their 10 day operation from the hills
high above Kathmandu. The 9N7EI team reports that they have located a
different QTH which has truly spectacular views in all directions. Sited
at over 6,000' above sea level, "we now have the clear path we were
looking for towards NA/EU." The team is delighted to announce that
their requested 9N7 'Echo India' callsign is confirmed and our licenses
have now been issued. The packing of over half a ton of equipment has
already begun with final plans being well underway. For more information,
photos and latest news please visit their Web page at: https://9n7ei.com


C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will
once again be active as C37NL during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest
(March 4-5th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37NL, C37URA, by the Bureau
or LoTW.


EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Nobu, JA0JHQ, Nobu, will be active as EA9/JA0JHQ
from Melilla between March 20-21st. Activity will be on mainly on 17/15
meters, possibly 40/30 meters, on CW and RTTY, using a TS-480HX (w/100w)
into a Micro-vertical (2.5m pole on the balcony). Log will be posted to
ClubLog daily. QSL via JA0JHQ, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW (after his
return). For more details and updates, see:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com


ER, MOLDOVA. Members of the Radio Club Beskidzki (SP9KAT) from Bielsko-
Biala, Poland, are organizing the next low budget DXpedition to the
Republic of Moldova between April 23-28th. After their successful ex-
peditions to Crete (SX9PL) in 2015 and Georgia (4L9PL) in 2016, the
SP9KAT DX Team plans to be active as ER0PL from Donici (a small place
where the village people still live as they did 50-100 years ago in most
of Europe). They will also sign ER0PL/P and ER0PL/M from such places as:
Soroca by the Dniester River, Movila Magura (SOTA), Old Orhei, Milestii
Mici and Gagauzia. This will be a holiday style DXpedition as well as the
operators soaking up the local unique atmosphere lost in time, relaxing
and trying some good Moldavian wines. Operators mentioned are Mirek/SP9ONC,
Jacek/SP9OUV, Darek/SP9ETE, Mateusz/SQ9IWS, Tomasz/SP9NLT, Waldemar/SQ9OUK,
Marcin/SQ9ITA and Rafal/SQ9MCI. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Quite a lot of equipment will go by mini-
bus to the Republic of Moldova (approx. 1200 km from Bielsko-Biala,
Poland). They will have three transceivers (including QRP), rechargeable
batteries. Antennas include: Delta by MOPLK, home made Yagi 14-28 MHz,
Rybakov, Mini-Delta, Dipole for 80 meters band and tested mobile antenna
"Screwdriver RIG-9" type by SP9RIG. QSL via SP9KAT, by the Bureau or
direct. Look for ClubLog to be used, but not LoTW.


FG, GUADELOUPE. Reiner, DL2AAZ, will once again be active as FG/DL2AAZ
near Saint Rose (WW Loc. FK96di), on the Island Basse Terre (NA-102),
between May 22nd and June 7th. Activity will be holiday style (3-4 hours
a day) on 30-10 meters using CW and SSB, with a IC-706MK2G and small
300W-PA, into 2x GP-antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct (NO
IRCs) or by the Bureau.


GT4, ISLE OF MAN. Members of Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will be
going on a "Holiday Style Club DXpedition" to the Isle of Man (GD) between
April 15-22nd. The callsign will be GT4BRS. QSL via Manager DJ6OI. The
BARS team operators are as follows: Glyn/GW0ANA, Phil/MW0DHF, Ja/DJ8NK,
Franz/DL9GFB, Dr. Markus/DL9RCF, Thomas/MW0REN (DJ6OI) and Alois/DL8RBL.
Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. They also plan to have some
activity on Top Band (160m) and a special efforts on 5 MHz (60m) to the
West Coast of the USA (CW, JT65 and SSB) for an ATNO on 60 meters. Visit
BARS Web page at:             http://www.bars.btik.com


IOTA NEWS..............
  AN-017.  (Update) Francois, F4HLT, is now active as FT3YL from the
           Dumont d'Urville Station Terre Adélie, Petrels Island, in the
           Antarctica. His license is valid  until February 1st, 2018.
           Activity will be limited to his free time, but he will be on
           20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Currently,
           he is only active on JT65, but will try to be active also on
           PSK31 and SSB later. He is mainly active between 0900-1100z
           after his work duties. Radio will be an Icom IC-706 trans-
           ceiver with an ACOM 1010 Amp into GPA 30 antenna. QSL via
           F6KPQ or ClubLog (OQRS will be available in a few weeks).
           LoTW will be available soon. For more details, see:
                           https://f4hlt.wordpress.com


  AS-013.  Members of the Frankfurt Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC)
           and the OV F44 Frankfurt (DL0DLH) will team-up to activate
           Himandhoo Island, Maldives, as 8Q7LH between March 2-9th.
           Activity will be on various HF bands. Operator mentioned are
           Bernd/DK7TF, Bernd/DL1FF, Jurgen/DH6ICE, Chris/DK2CL and
           Zik/DK8ZZ. QSL via DK8ZZ direct or ClubLog's OQRS for Bureau
           QSL or direct. PLEASE NOTE: This is a re-issued callsign.
           QSL 8Q7LH (for 2001 QSOs) goes via DL1LH.


  EU-120.  (Update) Operators Jef/DD2CW, Steve/MW0ZZK, Cis/ON6LY, Cel/
           ON6UQ and Dirk/ON3UN will be active as G/DD2CW/P from the Island
           of Wight. Their main activity will be in the RSGB IOTA Contest
           signing GB9IOW as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via ON3UN.


  NA-057.  Dave, VE3VSM, will once again be active as VE3VSM/HR9 from
           Roatan Island between February 28th and March 5th. Activity
           will be on 40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB, including the
           ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th). He will be
           using 100 watts this time (not QRP). QSL via his home call-
           sign or LoTW.


  OC-128.  Dale, KE0BRZ, will be active as DU1/KE0BRZ from Palawan Island
           between August 18-22nd. Activity will be holiday style and
           mainly on 20 meters QRP using SSB. QSL via his home callsign,
           direct, LoTW or eQSL.


  OC-216.  Craig, VK5CE, will be active as VK5CE/9 from Ashmore Reef
           sometime early November (possibly for 4 days between November
           6-12th). Activity will be mostly on 40/20 meters using SSB,
           with possibly some 17/15m. There will be some 30m PSK63. For
           more details and updates, watch the Web page at:
                        https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com
           QSL via his home callsign, direct (see QRZ.com), by the Bureau
           (VERY SLOW) or ClubLog's OQRS.


  OC-230.  Craig, VK5CE, will be active from from Rowley Shoals. Look
           for more details to be forthcoming.


  SA-028.  Operators Francisco/PY2ALC, Lucas/PY2HP, Flavio/PU2KFL, Leandro/
           PU2LEW, Willian/PY2XIZ and PY2GTA will be active as ZV2CV from
           Couves Island (DIB-SP022)between April 8-10th. Activity will be
           on 80/40/20/15/10/2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
           QSL via PU2VCP, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.


ISWL CALLSIGNS (For March). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of March 2017:


 GX4BJC/A - Operated from Stratton, in Cornwall, by Mike, M0SMJ,
            (/A WAB Square SS20 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).


 MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU,
            (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
             
  ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on  or  or via .
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
 for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for
their awards.


JW, SVALBARD. Kamil, SQ8KFH, is now active as JW/SQ8KFH from the Polish
Polar Station at Hornsund, Svalbard (EU-026), until May 20th. Activity
will be on 20 meters using SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via his home call-
sign, by the Bureau or LoTW.


JW, SVALBARD. Tom, OH6VDA/LA6VDA, will once again be active as JW6VDA
from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen Island
(EU-026) between March 1-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands
using SSB. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or QRZ.com log.


NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.


P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as P29VXG from Rapopo,
New Britain Island (OC-008), between April 6-12th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters (no 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and Digital modes. EU is his
main focus on JT65. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
For more details and updates, see: http://island.geocities.jp/P29vacation


P4, ARUBA. Robert, W5AJ, will once again be active as P40P for the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to W5AJ. NO BUREAU.


P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y from the P40L-P49Y station
at Pos Chiquito, Aruba (SA-036), during the ARRL International DX SSB
Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.


PH00, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Operators Tonny/PD1TV and Henri/
PA4HM will activate the special callsign, PH00GEVEEN, during the annual
"Wings and Wheels" event which is held at Hoogeveen Airfield between May
21st and June 6th. Activity will be on various HF bands using mostly on
SSB, but PD1TV will also activate this callsign on JT65. On Acsensions
Day (May 25th), operators will be active from the Hoogeveen Airfield.
Their shack will be in the Dutch Barnstormers hangar. That day they will
ONLY be active on 40 meters (SSB). QSL via the Bureau or direct to the
address listed on QRZ.com.


PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 27th-March 5th).......
 Feb/27th LN      Mar/02nd  LN     Mar/04th  HN
 Feb/28th LN      Mar/03rd  HN     Mar/05th  AN
 Mar/01st DIS


   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ======================================================
    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400


  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.


  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
                 http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
  NEW!!! A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm


QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (February 26th) 
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4L/4X6TT via N4GNR (d/L)    HC2AO via RC5A          PY0F/PY2QI via PY2QI
  4L/EA3HSO via N4GNR (d/L)   HG5F via HA8GZ          R2017WG via RQ7L
  4O/RL3BX via RL3BX          HG6C via HA6IAM         R75IAS via R1AC
  4V1TL via W3HNK             HI7/IU4FMR via IU4FMR   R80UPOL via RW3FS
  4X/EA3HSO via N4GNR (d/L)   II3CV via IK3HHX        RD17WG via RQ7L
  6E0C via XE1EE              II3MNA via IQ3TS        RG17WG via RQ7L
  8J60JARE via JG2MLI         II8POLE via IK8FIQ      RJ17WG via RQ7L
  9G1SD via AB0GC             IR1ANT via I1HYW        RL17WG via RQ7L
  AO3ANT via EA3EGB           IR2XIR via 9A8MDC       RN17WG via RQ7L
  AO4HAG via EA4GKV           J28PJ via F1TMY         RQ17WG via RQ7L
  CT7/OK4PA via OK4PA         J43TR via SV3DCX (d/L)  S21SM via OH6EAC (d)
  CT9/UA9CDC via G3SWH (d)    JW2US via LA2US (O/L/e) T42A via RW6HS (d)
  CX/N3BNA via KA2AEV         KC4/N2TA via RW1AI (d)  TA4/OH2KW via OH2KW
  DM500RT via 2E0SDV (O/d/L)  LM80REX via LA9VDA      TI8/AA8HH via K8DV (d/L)
  E75C via E73Y               LZ7D via LZ3RN & (L)    TM14WAP via F8DHE
  ED8URT via EA8URT           OF0RJ via OH0RJ         TO3Z via F6HMQ
  EG1RIO via EA1WD            OF8L via OH8LQ          V3T via WC0W (L)
  EG1WAP via EA1GIB           OR5T via ON4ALY         V43Z via NP4Z
  EG5ANT via EA5KB            PA2017BP via PA3EFR     VY2/F4ARU via F4ARU
  EH5ANT via EC5JC (2017)     PJ2/OE3GEA via OE3GEA   XT2SE via IK3GES
  EH7PDL via EA7URA           PJ4X via W1MD           ZV8SA via PY8WW (d)
  EX2V via RW6HS (d)        PJ7/OH2IS via OH2IS (O/L) ZV8V via ZV8V (L)
  G5W via G3BJ                PJ7AA via AA9A
   (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
   (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No QSL Needed


  QSL REC'D VIA MANAGER. Rick, VE7TK, reports: "I just received a QSL for
  my 1999 QSO with EZ7ST via his manager UA9LM. It's a story unto itself
  and obtaining the card has taken months. It could not have been done
  without the help of many friends in Russia. Special thanks to Yevgeny
  (UA0CA) in Khabarovsk, Vlad (RA9JP) in Tyumen and, of course, UA9LM who
  still had the logs AND cards! Anyway, I just thought I'd share the info!
  Thanks for all your work on the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin."


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LOTW: 3B8HC, 6V7S, 9A3KS, 9A5CW, 9Q6BB, 9X2CW, A31MM,
  C31LK, C31MF, DF5EF, DJ9JG, DM5BB, E20HHK, E51ADD, E51AMF, EA1AF, F5BZB,
  F6BWJ, FK8IK, HB9ICC, IT9BLB, J79XBI, OD5ZZ, OK2ZDL, ON6DP, PE2LZ, SV2DSJ,
  TI5W, TX5T, VE2BR and YI3WHR


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7P8GOZ, EZ7ST, H74B, TM1CEZ, YJ0WW and YV1KK


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 2R0BRR, 3A/G5LP, 3B9C, 3D2GC, 5B4ATJ,
  5R8SV, 8Q7EJ, 9G5XA, 9H/GM3NHQ, 9J2BO, 9M6/G3USR, 9X0NH, C4G, EA8/GU4YOX,
  EM75V, EO2012WZA, FM/KL7WA, FO/UT6UD, FP/M1BXF, G100RSGB, GB40HMSB,
  GB70DDAY, GB800MC, GD0OUD, GI2012MGY, GJ2A, GJ7LJJ (EU-013), GU3UOQ,
  GU0VPA, H44KW, J6/G0VJG, LZ18ARDF, LZ90IARU, LZ111RAEM, MD3YLX, MD0CCE,
  MJ0ASP (EU-013), MU0FAL, MU0RTI/P, MS0SCG (EU-123), ON75FOC (EU-018),
  P29NI (OC-258), PJ2/G3NKC, PJ4/G4IUF, S79K, SP100WTD, SV8/SV1EJD, T2GC,
  T32C, TF/G4IRN, V5/UT5UY, VK9X/G6AY, VP5/G3SWH and ZD8RH


S2, BANGLADESH. Operators Anwar/S21L, Manjurul/S21AM, Aminul/S21D, Rezaul/
S21K, Tutul/S21RC, Sohel/S21S, and possibly others will be active as S21L
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL
via S21l by the Bureau.


S2, BANGLADESH (Update to OPDX.1305). The following operators/team members,
from the upcoming S21GM and S21KW from Bangladesh DXpedition (March
15-27th), have been announced to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry and using the callsign S21KW. Operators
mentioned are Juris/YL2GM, Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Ingus/YL2TW, Dmitry/
UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX, Sasha/UT7UV, Andrey/UX1UF and Kaspars/YL1ZF. QSL via
YL2GN, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (for direct or Bureau) or
E-mail requests via . A full LoTW upload will be done in
3 months time after the end of their trip. For more details and updates,
see:                 http://www.lral.lv/s21gm/index.html


TI5, COSTA RICA. Operators Robert/W4BW, Alex/W4XO, Keith/W4KTR, Juan Carlos/
TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC, Adrian/TI2LCO and Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as
TI5M from Alajuela during then ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via TI2KAC, direct or by the Bureau. Look
for U.S. operators to be active before the contest signing TI5/homecall
on 160-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.


TI7, COSTA RICA. Matt, K0BBC, will be active as TI7/K0BBC from Las Villas
del Guayabo between February 28th and March 7th. Activity will be on
various HF bands including the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.


UA2, KALININGRAD. Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RW2F
during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Multi-
Multi entry. QSL via RW2F, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.


V2, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA. Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as V26M
during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via W3HNK.


V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Operators Rich/KE1B and Anna/W6NN will be active
as V4/KE1B and V4/W6NN from St. Kitts and Nevis Islands (NA-104) between
July 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters (including
30/17/12m), and all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY), using a K3S running 100 watts
into a Buddipole antenna. They will also be in the IARU HF World Champion-
ship Contest (July 8-9th) as V4/KE1B as a Multi-Single entry. If they
have Internet access, they will probably upload logs to ClubLog daily.
You can check your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL
Request System (OQRS). Direct QSLs are via their home callsign (see QRZ.com
for details). Also, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.


VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Kevin, K6TOP, will once again be active
as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola, British Virgin Islands (NA-023), between
now and March 3rd. Activity will be limited (family vacation) using
an ICOM 706 MKII with 100 watts into a End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) (for
40/30/20/17/15/10m). Operations will be CW almost exclusively. Operating
hours are typically 0100-0300z and 1000-1200z due to family commitments.
Kevin mentioned last time, "When the pileups get difficult, I listen to
the edges, so please spread your calls out." QSLs via LoTW (preferred)
or NR6M. NO Bureau cards. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog upon
return.


VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Bill, K2WH, will be active as VP2V/K2WH
from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, between March 4-10th. He states
that he will be aboard the sailboat "Magic Carpet" and to please work
him and spot him. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or
LoTW. 


VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS. Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/AA7V will
once again be active as VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) between
November 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB.
They will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single entry. Contest callsign has not be announced (it will probably
be VP2V/AA7V). QSL VP2V/N3DXX and VP2V/AA7V via NR6M. NO BUREAU CARDS OR
CARDS SENT TO HOME ADDRESSES. THEY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!!
 
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Glenn, W0GJ, will be active as VP5H from
Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest
(March 4-5th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via W0CG. Look before and after
the contest because he will probably be active as VP5/homecall. QSL via
his home callsigns and LoTW. NO Bureau at Turks & Caicos (QSLs will be
tossed!).


VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Jim/K3NK and Joe/W3HNK will be
active as VP5/K3NK and VP5/W3HNK, respectively, from Providenciales Island
(NA-002, WLOTA 2003) between April 11-18th. Activity will be on 80-10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL VP5/K3NK via W3HNK, ClubLog or LoTW. QSL
VP5/W3HNK via W3HNK.


VQ9, CHAGOS. Jeremy, N1ZZZ, will once again try to be active as VQ9ZZ
from Diego Garcia (AF-006) sometime between late April and mid-June
(subject to change). He was there in December, but did not operate and
states, "I have renewed my VQ9ZZ license, but since the club shack is
gone, I didn't get to work from the island this trip. I am hoping to
bring the proper equipment for some 'field day' style operating in April
2017.... The club station (VQ9X) has dismantled a few years ago, so the
few of us left to operate there have to bring portable set ups ashore
which makes for challenging operating conditions, especially with the
bands such as they are." He informs OPDX that he will operate this time
on 20/17 meters, SSB and various low power Digital modes using a Icom
IC-7100 transceiver with wire vertical antenna. There may be some oper-
ations as VQ9ZZ/MM (not for DXCC credit) from the ship when underway
using same modes/bands and better antenna. QSL via his home callsign,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.


ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update). Operators Royce/KE5TC (ZF2TC) and Fred/K5QBX
(ZF2FL) will be operating daily from Grand Cayman Island between March
21-26th. They state, "We will be operating SSB, CW, and Digital various
hours of the day and welcome DX style contacts or ragchew style as well."
QSL via their home callsigns.