WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany May 20/05/ 2012 (BC-DX #1066)

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ALGERIA   New mediumwave entries on ITU MW list #GE75_129

<http://www.itu.int/ITU-
R/terrestrial/docs/brific/files/ge75/2012/GE75_129.pdf>

Some RTA changes and additions read
576 Bechar            d400kW n90kW

594 Bardj Omar Idriss d100   n20   28 08 46.22 N  06 49 10.78 E
right side of the street
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/37034088>
<http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/37034088.jpg>

666 Tindouf           d100   n7 kW

738 In Amenas         d200   n150  28 03 02.19 N  09 37 52.00 E
only 6 easy SW dipols visible on picture of 23 March 2008.

954 Ain El Hadjar     d50    n50   34 43 N  00 15 E
(ITU file; wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

ARGENTINA   15345.215 RAE Buenos Aires hopping up to 15345.224 kHz, at
2217 UT May 17. Program in Spanisch, given ARG local time, followed by
bandoneóns tango music. S=8-9 fluttery.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

ARMENIA   No transmission of Brother Stair TOM in English May 12:

0700-1000 15750 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAF Sat, please check next Sat!

Also please check next Saturday May 19 these additional test
transmissions:
0300-0400 15425 ERV 300 kW 125 deg to SoEaAS, but same is CRI Russian
0300-0500  9400 ERV 100 kW 305 deg to WeEUR
0600-0700  9400 ERV 100 kW 305 deg to WeEUR

Also please check next Sunday May 20 these additional test transmissions:
1200-1300 15425 ERV 300 kW 125 deg to SoEaAS
2230-2400 15425 ERV 300 kW 125 deg to SoEaAS

Also please check next Monday May 21 these additional test transmissions:
1400-1500 15425 ERV 300 kW 125 deg to SoEaAS
2300-2400 15425 ERV 300 kW 125 deg to SoEaAS
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

ARMENIA   4810  R. Republic Armenia, Yerevan. New [Arabic] ID "Idaatu
Jumhuria Armenia" (Radio Republic Armenia) at s/on at 1900 UT on April
16. In previous years they started at 1800 during their DST, but seems
like Russia, Armenia keeps on Winter time (which was Summertime in 2011).
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, May ARDXC ADXNews direct and via dxld)

Yes, observed and reported also widely here in Germany. (wb.)

PUBLIC RADIO OF ARMENIA (FOREIGN SERVICE) (Pub) kHz: 1314, 4810

Summer Schedule 2012

Arabic Days Area kHz
1900-1930 daily ME 4810erv

Assyrian Days Area kHz
1530-1545 daily ME 4810erv

Azeri Days Area kHz
1145-1200 daily ME 1314erv, 4810erv
1200-1215 mtwtf.. ME 1314erv, 4810erv

Farsi Days Area kHz
1430-1500 daily ME 4810erv

Kurdish Days Area kHz
1230-1300 daily ME 1314erv
1545-1615 daily ME 4810erv

Turkish Days Area kHz
1200-1215 .....ss ME 1314erv, 4810erv
1215-1230 daily ME 1314erv, 4810erv

Yezidi* Days Area kHz
0600-0630 daily ME 1314erv
1500-1530 daily ME 4810erv
Key: * {North Kurdish} Kurmanji (designated as Yezidi in Armenia)
(WRTH spring 2012 Update)

AUSTRALIA   ABC Tests on NTSS Alice Springs 4835 kHz.
From 28 May onwards for a period of a couple of months, there's a chance
you'll hear VL8A running a single-frequency test on 4835 kHz.

This is a high-angle skywave, night service intended primarily for a
domestic audience within 400 km of the transmitter.

The reason for the trial is because the transmitter contractors are unable
to maintain the automation system that controls the day-night change-over
between 4835 & 2310 kHz.

Reception reports on the test should be sent to:
Gary Baxter
ABC Transmission Services
Box 9994
Sydney  NSW 2001
AUSTRALIA

Conversely, if people want to report on 2310 kHz then it might be an idea
to do so now in case the test becomes permanent.

Note that the address above should be used in all instances, and not that
of Radio Australia.
(Received direct from Nigel Holmes, RA;
via Craig Seager-AUS of ARDXC; via DXplorer May 17)

AUSTRALIA   A-12 of Radio Australia from Brandon / Shepparton:

0000-0100  9660 12080 15240 15415 17750 17795 19000 21740
0100-0300  9660 12080 15160 15240 15415 17750 17795 19000
0300-0500  9660 12080 15160 15240 15415 15515 17750 21725
0500-0600  9660 12080 13630 15240 15415 15515 17750 21725
0600-0700  9660 11945 12080 13630 15240 15415 17750 21725
0700-0800  7410  9475  9660  9710 11945 12080 13630 15240
0800-0900  5995  7410  9475  9580  9710 11945 12080 15240
0900-1100  5995  6020  6080  9475  9580  9710 11945 12080
1100-1200  5995  6020  6080  9475  9580 11945+11945 12080*
1200-1300  5995* 6020  6080  9475  9580 11945+11945, see below
1300-1400  5940  5995* 6020  9475  9580 11660 11945
1400-1500  5940  5995  6080  9475  9580 11660 11945
1500-1530  5940  5995  6080  7240  9475 11660 11945
1530-1700  5940  5995  6080  7240  9475 11660 11880
1700-1800  5995  6080  9475  9500  9580  9710 11880
1800-1900  6080  7240  9475  9500  9580  9710 11880
1900-2000  6080  7240  9500  9580  9710 11660 11880
2000-2030  6080  9500  9580 11650 11660 12080 15515
2030-2100  9500  9580 11650 11660 11695 12080 15515
2100-2200  9500  9660 11650 11695 13630 12080 15515 21740
2200-2300  9660 11695 12080 13630 15230 15415 15515 21740
2300-2330  9660 11695 12080 15415 15230 17795 19000 21740
2330-2400  9660 12080 15230 15415 17750 17795 19000 21740

And A-12 of Radio Australia by languages:

Burmese
0100-0130 11780 SNG 100 kW 340 deg
2300-2330  9490 DHA 250 kW 085 deg

Chinese
1300-1430  9475 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
1300-1430  9965 HBN 100 kW 318 deg
1300-1430 11760 TSH 300 kW 325 deg
1300-1430 11660 SHP 100 kW 329 deg

English
0000-0900 15240 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
0030-0400 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
0100-0300 19000 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
0100-0500 15160 SHP 100 kW 065 deg
0300-0500 21725 SHP 100 kW 355 deg
0300-0600 15515 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
0500-0700 21725 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
0500-0800 13630 SHP 100 kW 050 deg
0530-0700 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
0600-0630 15290 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
0600-1000 11945 SHP 100 kW 100 deg
0700-0900  7410 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
0700-0900  9710 SHP 100 kW 353 deg
0700-0900  9475 SHP 100 kW 353 deg
0800-0900  5995 BRN 010 kW 010 deg
0800-1000  9580 SHP 100 kW 080 deg
0900-1100  6080 SHP 100 kW 334 deg
1000-1500  9580 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
1000-1530 11945 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
1100-1300 11945 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
1100-1200  5995 BRN 010 kW 010 deg
1100-1200 12080 BRN 005 kW 080 deg*
1100-1300  6080 SHP 100 kW 334 deg
1100-1300  6140 SNG 100 kW 013 deg
1100-1300  9475 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
1100-1400  6020 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
1200-1400  5995 BRN 005 kW 010 deg*
1300-1500  5940 SHP 100 kW 080 deg
1400-1800  5995 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
1400-1800  6080 SHP 100 kW 334 deg
1430-1700 11660 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
1430-1900  9475 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
1500-1700  5940 SHP 100 kW 334 deg
1500-1700  7240 SHP 100 kW 040 deg
1530-2000 11880 SHP 100 kW 050 deg
1600-1630  9540 SNG 100 kW 340 deg
1700-1900  9500 SHP 100 kW 353 deg
1700-2000  9710 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
1700-2100  9580 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
1800-2000  7240 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
1800-2030  6080 SHP 100 kW 005 deg
1900-2100 11660 SHP 100 kW 065 deg
1900-2200  9500 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
2000-2200 11650 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
2000-2300 15515 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
2000-0900 12080 BRN 010 kW 080 deg
2030-2200 11695 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
2100-2300 13630 SHP 100 kW 065 deg
2100-0100 21740 SHP 100 kW 070 deg
2100-0800  9660 BRN 010 kW 010 deg
2200-2330 15240 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
2200-2400  9855 DHA 250 kW 105 deg
2200-2400 15230 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
2200-0700 15415 SHP 100 kW 355 deg
2300-0100 19000 SHP 100 kW 065 deg
2300-0300 17795 SHP 100 kW 050 deg
2330-2400 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg

Indonesian
0000-0030 12005 DHA 250 kW 105 deg
0000-0030 15350 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
0000-0030 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
0400-0430 11550 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
0400-0430 17800 HBN 100 kW 270 deg
0400-0530 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
0500-0530 11700 SNG 100 kW 340 deg
0500-0530 11745 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
0500-0530 17750 SHP 100 kW 329 deg
2200-2330  9695 DHA 250 kW 105 deg
2200-2330 11550 TAI 100 kW 205 deg
2200-2330 11695 SHP 100 kW 329 deg

Tok Pisin
0900-1000  5995 BRN 010 kW 010 deg
0900-1000  6020 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
0900-1000  6080 SHP 100 kW 334 deg
0900-1000  9475 SHP 100 kW 030 deg
0900-1000  9710 SHP 100 kW 353 deg
0900-1000 12080 BRN 010 kW 080 deg
1000-1100  5995 BRN 010 kW 010 deg Mon-Fri
1000-1100  6020 SHP 100 kW 030 deg Mon-Fri
1000-1100  6080 SHP 100 kW 334 deg Mon-Fri
1000-1100  9475 SHP 100 kW 030 deg Mon-Fri
1000-1100  9710 SHP 100 kW 353 deg Mon-Fri
1000-1100 12080 BRN 010 kW 080 deg Mon-Fri

*DRM mode. English sked may be subject to occasional variation day by day.
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

AUSTRALIA   RADIO AUSTRALIA, A-12-Vers1 {updated Vers 1.1 on May 15}
RAOS - TECHNICAL SUPPLEMENT - 20120504nh

ENGLISH TO PACIFIC REGIONS
WEST PACIFIC & PAPUA NEW GUINEA

TIME      FREQ. TX   PWR AE BRG.COMMENT
UTC       kHz   SITE kW   (T)   incl. Mode

0000-0900 15240 SHP  100  030   SSA
0300-0500 21725 SHP  100  355
0700-0900  7410 SHP  100  030   SSA
0700-0900  9475 SHP  100  353
0700-0900  9710 SHP  100  355
0800-0900  5995 BRN   10  010
0900-1400  6020 SHP  100  030   SSA
1100-1300  6080 SHP  100  005
1200-1400  5995 BRN    8  010   DRM
1400-1800  5995 SHP  100  030   SSA
1700-2030  9500 SHP  100  353
1730-2030  6080 SHP  100  005
1800-2000  9710 SHP  100  030   SSA
2000-2200 11650 SHP  100  030   SSA
2030-2200  9500 SHP  100  355
2200-0700 15415 SHP  100  355

SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC (incl Bougainville, Solomon Isl, Vanuatu)
0000-0900 15240 SHP  100  030
0330-0900 12080 BRN   10  080
0700-0900  7410 SHP  100  030
1100-1200 12080 BRN    8  080   DRM
1400-1800  5995 SHP  100  030
1500-1700  7240 SHP  100  040
1800-2000  9710 SHP  100  030
2000-2200 11650 SHP  100  030
2000-0300 12080 BRN   10  080
2200-0000 15230 SHP  100  030

CENTRAL PACIFIC (inc. Fiji, Samoa, Cook Isl)
0100-0300 19000 SHP  100  070
0100-0500 15160 SHP  100  065
0330-0600 15515 SHP  100  070
0500-0800 13630 SHP  100  050
0600-1000 11945 SHP  100  100
0800-1000  9580 SHP  100  080
1000-1500  9580 SHP  100  070
1000-1530 11945 SHP  100  070
1500-1700  7240 SHP  100  040   SSA
1530-2000 11880 SHP  100  050
1700-2100  9580 SHP  100  070
1900-2100 11660 SHP  100  065
2000-2300 15515 SHP  100  050
2100-2300 13630 SHP  100  065
2100-0100 21740 SHP  100  070
2300-0100 19000 SHP  100  065
2300-0300 17795 SHP  100  050

ENGLISH TO ASIA
SOUTH-EAST ASIA (Burma [SNG only], east Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos)
0030-0400 17750 SHP  100  329
0500-0700 21725 SHP  100  329
0530-0700 17750 SHP  100  329
1100-1300  9475 SHP  100  329
1100-1300 11945 SHP  100  329
1430-1700  9475 SHP  100  329
1430-1730 11660 SHP  100  329
1500-1700  5940 SHP  100  334
1600-1630  9540 SNG  100  340  to Burma
1700-1900  9475 SHP  100  329
2030-2200 11695 SHP  100  329
2200-0000  9855 DHA  500  105
2200-2330 15240 TAI  250  -    to SoEaAS
{noted Tainan-TWN on odd 15240.164 kHz at 2208 UT May 17, wb.}
2330-0000 17750 SHP  100  329

NORTH ASIA (China, Taiwan, Japan)
0030-0400 17750 SHP  100  329   SSA
0300-0500 21725 SHP  100  355   SSA
0530-0700 17750 SHP  100  329   SSA
1100-1300  6140 SNG  100  013

BURMESE
0100-0130 11780 SNG  100  340
2300-2330  9490 UAE  500  085

INDONESIAN
0000-0030 12005 DHA  500  105
0000-0030 15350 TAI  100  -     to SoEaAS
0400-0430 11550 TAI  250  -     to SoEaAS
0400-0430 17800 HBN  100  270
0400-0530 17750 SHP  100  329   {updated}
0500-0530 11700 SNG  100  140
0500-0530 11745 TAI  250  -     to SoEaAS
0600-0630 15290 TAI  250  -     to SoEaAS
2200-2330 11550 TAI  250  -     to SoEaAS
2200-2330 11695 SHP  100  329   {updated}
2200-2330  9695 DHA  500  105

CHINESE
1300-1430  9475 SHP  100  329   to SoEaAS
1300-1430  9965 HBN  100  318
1300-1430 11660 SHP  100  329   to SoEaAS
1300-1430 11760 TSH  300  -     to NoAS

TOK PISIN *
0900-1100  5995 BRN   10  010   PNG sce
0900-1100  6020 SHP  100  030   Coral Sea sce,
                                b/u to PNG
0900-1100  6080 SHP  100  005   PNG sce
0900-1100  9475 SHP  100  030   Coral Sea sce,
                                b/u to PNG
0900-1100  9710 SHP  100  355   PNG sce
0900-1100 12080 BRN   10  080   Coral Sea sce
* carries Pacific English 1000-1100 UT on Saturday & Sunday

FRENCH (to Pacific) *
0300-0330# 12080 BRN   10  080
0300-0330# 15515 SHP  100  070
# n.b. the duration of the French program is nominal. It is produced
primarily for interchange distribution to relay partners.
* carries Pacific English on Saturday & Sunday

SSA = secondary service area

TIME ZONES
Australia EST=UT+10
PNG          =UT+10
Solomon Isl  =UT+11
Fiji         =UT+12
Jakarta      =UT+8 hrs

TX SITES
SHP=Shepparton, central Victoria
BRN=Brandon, north Queensland
DHA=United Arab Emirates
HBN=Palau
SNG=Singapore
Taiwan  {TAI - Tainan-TWN, TSH - Tanshui-TWN, wb.}

Address for correspondence
Radio Australia
GPO Box 428
Melbourne  VIC 3001
AUSTRALIA
(RA by Nigel Holmes-AUS May 4, and updated at 15th,
via ADDX Munich Andreas Volk-D, May 12 / 15, 2012;
transformed to .TXT file format, via WWDXC DXMagazine May 2012;
V1.1 updated acc copy of May 15)

Nigel Holmes sends a corrected RA transmission schedule, taking into
account our observation of Indonesian on 17750 kHz; also explains why
French does not always appear at 0300 UT. Note it still includes the
unique 100-degree azimuth for one 11945 kHz broadcast.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld)

BRAZIL   Loggings from British Columbia.

Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia.
Listening lakeside from my car with the Eton E1 and Sony AN1 active
antenna.
Editor of World English Survey and Target Listening, available at
<www.odxa.on.ca>

15191.5  Radio Inconfidencia, at 0441 UT on May 17, Portuguese, talk by
man and woman, 0444 Portuguese song. Poor.
(Harold Sellers-CAN, DXplorer May 17)

Now at 2155 UT Radio Inconfidencia in Portuguese is on VERY ODD frequency
of 15191.472 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

CANADA   The Terrible Cost Of Cutting International Radio. An interesting
article in the Toronto Star, by Thomas Witherspoon.

An American explains why Radio Canada International should have been
spared in the recent round of CBC budget cuts...

<http://thenetwork.thestar.com/expert-opinion/the-terrible-cost-of-
cutting-international-radio/20120501/>
(via Mike Terry-UK, dxld May 16)

CUBA   15140  R Habana Cuba Mesa Redonda Internacional in Spanish, Monday-
Friday night special, heard at 2205 UT May 17, S=6-7 deep fades.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

CYPRUS   CBC-CYBC weekend shortwave transmission "Radiofoniko Idrima
Kyprou" Fri/Sat/Sun only at 2210-2245 UT on 5925 7220 9760 kHz via Zyyi
site.

Tonight empty carriers heard on air approx. 2211 UT, Fri May 11.

Greek language program from Nicosia via Zyyi tx started late
at 22.16:38 UT.

5925 kHz S=9+12dB
7220 kHz S=9+25dB, best channel here in Germany.
9760 kHz S=9+18dB, but TX is NOISY and an carries a lot of HUM noise.

9760 was stronger than ERT 9420 kHz from Avlis Greece at same time.

Greek-Cypriotic program heard also May 12,
but Zyyi remained back with CARRIER ONLY on May 13.  73 wolfgang df5sx
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

9760  Cyprus Broadcasting Corp, *2217-2247* UT, sign on with Greek music
and Greek opening announcements. Greek talk. Short breaks of Greek music.
Radio-drama. Sign off with Greek music. Very Good signal. Weaker on
// 5925, 7220 kHz. Scheduled for Fri, Sat, Sun only, but very irregular.
May 6. Heard here two days in a row, May 5 and 6.
(Brian Alexander-PA, dxld May 11)

EGYPT   Radio Cairo Pashto sce. New service of Radio Cairo was started on
May 13, 1400-1600 UT Pashto 15545 kHz. Bosnian and Dari services are
unconfirmed.
(Hiroshi; Sei-ichi Hasegawa-JPN, dxld May 14)

Latest Radio Cairo A-12 registrations
 6270 1900-2115 27,28      ABS 200 325 Ger,Fre EGY ERU
 6270 2115-2245 27,28      ABS 200 325 Eng     EGY ERU
13680 1600-1700 28         ABS 250 315 Bos     EGY ERU
15240 1400-1600 40NE       ABZ 250  70 Pus     EGY ERU
15545 1400-1600 40NE       ABZ 250  70 Pus     EGY ERU
15770 1300-1600 46,47W,52N ABS 250 241 Ara     EGY ERU
15800 1300-1600 46,47W,52N ABS 250 241 Ara     EGY ERU
17725 1300-1400 40NE       ABZ 250  70 Dari    EGY ERU

I guess to 99% sure Pashto sce heard May 17 at 1500 UT on 15545 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 14/17)

Radio Cairo started new Dari service from May 16 at *1327-1400 UT on 17725
kHz. Pashto service continues after 1400 on this freq. I can't receive it
on 15545 kHz.
(Hiroshi; Sei-ichi Hasegawa-JPN, dxld May 16)

FRENCH GUIANA/FRANCE   21680  DX-Antwerp QSL. DX-ANTWERP 30th ANNIVERSARY
BC via Monsinery. Full-data e-card in three hours for a report to
<dxaqsl @ gmail.com>
Said a card would follow by postal mail.
(Wendel Craighead-KS-USA, DXplorer May 17)

See bottom of the page at <http://www.dx-antwerp.com/> for a graph showing
where reports were received from.
<http://www.dx-antwerp.com/fotos/Opendeur/Opendeur.html>

DX-ANTWERP 30th ANNIVERSARY BC - good reception in Sri Lanka from Issoudun
17880 kHz 0430-0530 UT May 12 in progress.
<http://soundcloud.com/user6004348/tdp-antwerp-17880-khz-5-12>
(Victor Goonetilleke-CLN  4S7VK, DXplorer May 12)

15280  YFR in Spanish via Montsinery-GUF, fair signal here in Europe,
S=8 to S=9+5dB, 2210 UT May 17.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

GERMANY   MBR changes:
Transport Radio in Dutch/English/Music from May 14:
0800-1000  6095 WER 100 kW non-dir to WeEUR Mon-Fri

Mighty KBC Radio in English/Dutch/Music from May 12:
0900-1000  6095 WER 125 kW non-dir to WeEUR Sat/Sun
1000-1600  6095 WER 100 kW non-dir to WeEUR Sat/Sun
1600-1700  6095 WER 250 kW non-dir to WeEUR Sat/Sun >> not yet active.
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

GERMANY   Hamburger Lokalradio - TEST on 5980 KHz via the short wave
transmitting station Goehren via
MV Baltic Radio Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. <info @ mvbalticradio.de>

Hamburger Lokalradio are on this Thursday the 17th of May 2012.
Station Names Channel Station E-mails
HH Lokalradio 5980 kHz e-mail addr  <m.kittner @ freenet.de>

TEST Transmission Times:
0600-0700  UTC via Goehren
0800-0845! UTC via Goehren
0900-1000  UTC via Kall, Eifel  (Radio 700 equipment)
1100-1200  UTC via Goehren
1300-1400  UTC via Goehren
1500-1600  UTC via Goehren

Good Listening 73s Tom
(Tom Taylor, May 15)

GERMANY   783 MDR MW Leipzig Wiederau back on air.

"Some point" was exactly at 1212 UT, just in time for Bundesliga SBG
coverage, making evil tongues joke that the engineers wanted to hear that.
The signal has been restored with 50 kW and will be brought back to full
100 kW when the necessary components arrive from Switzerland.

Here is a picture of the new Faroer islands transmitter being tested in
the Thomson plant. It's like the Wiederau rig a 100 kW M2W, too:

<https://plus.google.com/photos/106908783359348198419/albums/5261945916101
427713?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1>

The source of the thunderstorm photos sent around as explanation has
meanwhile being spotted:
<http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/display/27823874>

Here is a photo of the antenna tuner that has until 1989 being used to
connect the incoming 50 ohms coax line from the transmitters to the mere
22 ohms the antenna had on 1323 kHz (for 531 kHz operation the special
function of the condenser block was not necessary):
<http://www.qsl.net/dh7wm/hsm1.html>

And here a promo video of MDR Info, the program carried on 783:
<http://www.mdr.de/mdr-info/mitarbeiter/index.html>

Perhaps more impressive this photo of the telephone booths in an open
space they use instead of news studios:
<http://www.halleforum.de/mediacontent/img16_12481620380-800.jpg>

Perhaps also of interest: Another site with pictures from Burg, the plant
last used for broadcasting with the KBC tests on 531 in last autumn:
<http://www.pakendorf-burg.de/sender.htm>

The Wiederau transmitter on 783 kHz has been brought back on air at some
point between 0830 and 1215 UT. Could have left a radio with volume turned
down on 783 to withness it...

The situation was such that the lightning damaged all 80*) modules of the
transmitter. Nobody would have expected such a situation, and so nobody
had 80 spare pieces in stock, neither Media Broadcast itself nor Thomson
in Turgi. Thus Media Broadcast decided to not waste more time on futile
searches, also not for a small transmitter that could be thrown in (there
was the idea to take a small 5 kW unit from Berlin, from the closed
Koepenick/Dammheide site it seems, but it was not straight at hand there),
bought yesterday a bunch of transistors and engaged all available staff as
soldering brigade which replaced the destroyed parts of the modules.

Enclosed a photo for which in fact it is not known with certainty if it
really shows the thunderstorm on Thursday. But it pretty likely does,
since the location is right, with the Knautnaundorf foundry and its smoke
stack in the foreground leaving no doubt.

Last night I had on 783 Syria in almost usable quality, with a lady
talking about Assad over and over. Really good modulation, quite different
from their usual disaster on shortwave.

<http://www.thomson-
broadcast.com/sites/default/files/Products/M2W%20Transmitter%20Family%20V2
_0.pdf>
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld May 11)

GUAM/SINGAPORE/USA   AWR Wavescan: Weekly program downloads

Audio File program downloads of the weekly AWR program 'Wavescan' can be
accessed here:

<http://www.awr.org/en/listen/program/143>

There's often SW TXer site/txer info of historical interest in each
edition.
(Ian Baxter-AUS, SW TXsite May 16)

INDIA   All India Radio gears up with a new transmitter equipment at
Rajkot site.

Update from Sudipta Ghose, Kolkata on 1000 kW MW txer under installation
at Chinsurah, West Bengal.

"Full equipment has not been received uptill now. Tests cannot take place
before middle or end of June."

All India Radio gears up with a new transmitter at Rajkot.

Thomson Broadcast recently delivered a 1000 kW Medium Wave transmitter to
All India Radio for installation in Rajkot. Installation of the
transmitter, which can be operated on two medium wave frequencies, is now
complete and test transmissions in both analogue and digital are being
conducted now with full commissioning expected at the end of May.

Read the newsletter at:
<http://newsletters.lavishcreative.com/t/ViewEmailArchive/r/0124FA1E3EBE82
A5/C67FD2F38AC4859C/>
(Alokesh Gupta-IND, DXindia May 11)

IND  Rajkot-B Paddhari 1071 kHz 1000 kW site
22 30 01.31 N  70 31 12.03 E
<http://g.co/maps/gepwz>

older IND  Rajkot-A Taragadi Jamnagar Road site, 810 kHz 300 kW
22 22 01.43 N  70 41 34.27 E
<http://g.co/maps/zqnku>
(wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

IRAN    Summer A-12 for VOIRI/IRIB

Albanian
0630-0727 15500 17595
1830-1927  9570 11980
2030-2127  6090  9830

Arabic
0230-0527 11660 11760 12080
0330-0427  9610 11875 "Voice of Palestine"
0530-0827 13785 15150 17550
0830-1027 13740 13785 15150 17550
1030-1427 13785 15150 17550
1430-1727 11815 11995
1730-2027  9715 12080
2030-0227 12080

Armenian
0300-0327  7220 11700
0930-0957 11850 15225
1630-1727  7230  9505

Azeri
0330-0527 11670
1430-1657  9655

Bengali
1430-1527 11700 13840 15400
1630-1657 11825 13730

Bosnian
0530-0627 15320 17660
1730-1827  9655 11865
2130-2227  9810 11685

Chinese
1200-1257 17610 17670 21500 21650
2330-0027 13670 13715 15470

Dari
0300-0627 11940 13740
0830-1157 13840 15500
1200-1427  9565 13840
1430-1457  9565

English
0330-0427 11920 13650 "Voice of Justice"
1030-1127 21590 21640
1530-1627 11945 13780
1930-2027  9540  9800 11750 11885

French
0630-0727 17610 17890
1830-1927  9860 11865 17650

German
0730-0827 15500 17610
1730-1827  9570 11980

Hausa
0600-0657 17750
1130-1157 21505 21750
1830-1927 13710 15550

Hebrew
0430-0457  9610 11875
1200-1227 13685 15240

Hindi
0230-0257 11890 13750
1430-1527 13725 15300

Indonesian
1230-1327 17560 21670
2230-2327  9655 11870

Italian
0630-0727 15480 17665
1930-1957  5910  9600

Japanese
1330-1427 13630 15555
2100-2157 11745 13710

Kazakh
0130-0227  9790 11800
1530-1627  9940 11700

Kurdish
0430-0527  7365  9715 Sorrani  dialect
1330-1627  9490       Kirmanji dialect

Pashto
0230-0327  5940  9620
0730-0827 13740 15440
1230-1327 11870 13730
1430-1527  5985
1630-1727  6005  7340

Russian
0300-0327 11925 13670
0500-0527 13750 15480 17655 21520
1430-1527 11955 13595 13800
1700-1757  7350  9800
1800-1857  6140  7240
1930-2027  6030  9570

Spanish
0030-0227  9860 11740
0230-0327  9860
0530-0627 15530 17530
2030-2127  7355  9790

Swahili
0400-0457 13750 15340
0830-0927 17660 21650
1730-1827 11830 13670

Tajik
0100-0227  7285  9615
1600-1727  6110  7435

Turkish
0430-0557 11860 13710
1600-1727  7210  9870

Urdu
0130-0227  7325  9730 11930
1300-1427  9705 15300 15400
1530-1727  6060

Uzbek
0230-0257  7295 11870
1500-1557  5945 11860

All transmissions via Sitkunai are cancelled from May 1:
0630-0727  9770 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR Italian
1430-1527  9555 SIT 100 kW 079 deg to EaEUR Russian
1730-1827  5940 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR German
1830-1927  5940 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR French
1930-2027  5940 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR English
2030-2127  6055 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR Spanish.
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

A-12 relays also deleted in Jan 2012? (wb.)
0630-0727  9770 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR Italian
1430-1527  9555 SIT 100 kW 079 deg to EaEUR Russian
2030-2127  6055 SIT 100 kW 259 deg to WeEUR Spanish.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

IRAN/LITHUANIA   Re: IRIB remark re. Sitkunai

<http://german.irib.ir/startseite/frequenzen>

meanwhile no longer shows 5940 from Sitkunai. So probably it's indeed over
this time, after six years.

Would not be a bad idea to check if the listed transmissions of RFE/RL,
RFA and NHK World to Asia are still on air. Do not bother with the LRTC
registrations, they have at yearend 2008 left this transmitter, installed
and paid for by the Lithuanian tax payers for them in 1999, cf.

<http://www.zilionis.lt/rtv/qth/sit/RNW_lithuania020204.htm>

Kai Ludwig-D wrote:
Here's a mention of a remark in the German service that went like "it
appears that we will have to do without 5940 kHz", indicating that the
IRIB transmissions from Sitkunai could have been terminated.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld May 6)

Yes, - need check NHK relay 6165 kHz,
whether the Sitkunai tx is still on air ... though more comfortable
listening time for European listener... and stronger than backlobe of 79
degrees Russia target signal.

 3955 1400 1600 29NW            SIT 100 79  Eng        ZRC ZRC
 3955 1800 2000 18,28,29        SIT 100 79  Eng        ZRC ZRC
 3960 1600 1800 29NW            SIT 100 79  Eng        ZRC ZRC
 5940 1430 1530 29NE,29NW,29SE  SIT 100 79  Rus        ZRC ZRC
 5940 1630 1730 28NW            SIT 100 259 Deu        ZRC ZRC
 5940 1730 1830 28NW            SIT 100 259 Deu        ZRC ZRC
 5940 1830 1930 27SW,28NW       SIT 100 259 Fra        ZRC ZRC
 5940 1930 2030 18,27N,27SW,28NWSIT 100 259 Eng        ZRC ZRC
 6055 2000 2300 18,27,28,36,37N SIT 100 259 Spa        ZRC ZRC
 6165 0430 0500 27,28           SIT 100 79  Rus        NHK NHK
 6180 1530 1630 29,30           SIT 100 79  Rus        ZRC ZRC
 7440 1430 1530 29NE,29NW,29SE  SIT 100 79  Rus        ZRC ZRC
 9400 0100 0200 43,44           SIT 100 79  Uyghur     IBB IBB
 9555 0600 1600 29,30           SIT 100 79  RUS, LTU   LRT LTU
 9635 0300 0400 29,30           SIT 100 79  Tatar-Bash IBB IBB
 9635 0500 0600 29,30           SIT 100 79  Tatar-Bash IBB IBB
 9710 0700 1500 27,28           SIT 100 259 LTU, Eng   LRT LTU
 9755 1500 1700 27,28           SIT 100 259 LTU, Eng   LRT LTU
 9770 1430 1530 18,19,27,28,29  SIT 100 79  Lit,Eng    ZRC ZRC
 9770 1530 1630 29,30           SIT 100 79  Rus        ZRC ZRC
 9770 1630 1730 27,28NW         SIT 100 259 Eng        ZRC ZRC
 9875 2300 0100 4,8,9           SIT 100 310 LTU, Eng   LRT LTU
11690 0000 0400 4,8,9           SIT 100 310 LTU, Eng   LRT LTU

Remaining IBB relay outlets
9400 0100-0200 RFA     Sitkunai 100 79 Uyghur        Chn
9635 0300-0400 RFE/RL  Sitkunai 100 79 Tatar-Bashkir Rus
9635 0500-0600 RFE/RL  Sitkunai 100 79 Tatar-Bashkir Rus
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

IRAN/LITHUANIA   Yes, - need check NHK relay 6165 kHz,
whether the Sitkunai tx is still on air ... (wb)

Yes, it's still on the air (as well as MW outlet at 0330-0400 UT on
Sitkunai 1386 and Moscow 738 kHz).
(Aleksandr Diadischev-UKR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

LAOS   6130  RN Lao hrd May 14 from 1406 UT tune to past 1500 UT from
Perseus site in Brisbane. In past days even from this site RNL has
suffered with co-ch PBS Xizang but today was clearly dominant, at least
until 1500 UT or so.

As Ron has reported previously, En news from tune in to 1428 UT. Two men
were reading what sounded like local news to 1420, then a woman ann gave
station ID and freqs at 1420 UT, fol by what sounded like regional news by
a woman to 1428 UT. At 1428 gave s/off annmt in En and after a short
30 sec pause, into a French ID by woman at 1429 UT.

French pgming fol to 1455 UT which sounded like another news bcst w/ woman
ann and a short mx snippet between news items - Vietnam and Pakistan were
mentioned at times so the news in this segment may have been less local
and more regional.

At 1455 UT, a woman gave an ID and freqs in Vietnamese fol by a man ann in
Viet to past 1500 UT - again sounded like news.

WRTH only shows En/Fr bcst from 1415 to 1430 UT. It seems as if RNL 6130
has moved its former foreign svc on 7145 to 6130. WRTH forgot (or perhaps
by design) did not include Laos in the Intl Bcst section for 2012 edition.
I used USB for this reception which materially improved legibility and
reduced adj ch QRM, allowing a SINPO of 43544. Each of the ancrs for En,
French and Vietnamese spoke slowly and clearly making the bcst easier to
follow. In tuning the home Perseus at 1430 UT, hrd nothing but noise on
this channel.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer May 14)

LUXEMBOURG   Radio Luxembourg documentary on BBC Radio 2.
Radio 2 will be broadcasting a two part documentary about Radio Luxembourg
on May 31 and June 7 at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

BBC Media Centre has released details of the first part:
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2012/22/208-Your-Station-Of-
The-Stars.html>
(via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng May 11)

MALI   CRI Bamako relay transmission.
Have been wondering if the CRI Bamako relay is still funxioning amid
strife in this country. It had been hard to hear for a long time, probably
underpowered, and certainly not aimed USward.

17630, May 16 at 1400, very poor carrier detectable, nothing audible on
13685, the two frequencies which are supposed to be on in English

Some broadcasts to check, from HFCC registrations for BKO.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 17)

CRI Bamako signal were NEVER STRONG here in Europe,
see the azimuths table.

 kHz  from-to   ITU zone     loc  kW deg ant lang target
 7295 0800-0900 46           BKO 100 0   925 Hau  non-dir quadrant
 7295 2300-2400 46           BKO 100 0   925 Chi  non-dir quadrant
11640 1800-1830 46E,47W      BKO 100 85  206 Hau  CeAF
11640 1830-1930 47E,48NW     BKO 100 85  206 Ara  Ce/EaAF
11640 1930-2000 52S,53W      BKO 100 111 216 Por  GAB/AGL/CGO/AFS
11640 2000-2100 48SW,52NE,53 BKO 100 111 216 Eng  Ce/EaAF
11640 2100-2130 48SW,52NE,53 BKO 100 111 216 Eng  Ce/EaAF
11975 2130-2230 46           BKO 100 20  216 Fre  WeAF
11975 2230-2300 37,38W       BKO 100 20  216 Chi  NoEaAF
11975 2300-2400 37,38W       BKO 100 20  216 Chi  NoEaAF
13630 1930-2000 52,53        BKO 100 111 206 Por  GAB/AGL/CGO/AFS
13630 2000-2100 48,53        BKO 100 111 206 Eng  Ce/EaAF
13630 2100-2130 48,53        BKO 100 111 206 Eng  Ce/EaAF
13630 2130-2230 46,47,52     BKO 100 111 216 Fre  We/Ce/EaAF/GAB/AGL/C
13645 1700-1800 48SW,53NW    BKO 100 111 206 Swa  Ce/EaAF
13645 1800-1830 46           BKO 100 111 206 Hau  WeAF
13685 1300-1400 46           BKO 100 111 206 Fre  WeAF
13685 1400-1500 52N,53       BKO 100 111 206 Eng  GAB/AGL/CGO/AFS
13685 1500-1600 52N,53       BKO 100 111 206 Eng  GAB/AGL/CGO/AFS
13685 1830-1930 37,38        BKO 100 20  216 Ara  NoEaAF
15125 1600-1700 47E,48NW     BKO 100 85  206 Ara  Ce/EaAF
15125 1700-1800 48SW,53NW    BKO 100 111 216 Swa  Ce/EaAF
15505 2230-2300 46-48        BKO 100 85  206 Chi  We/Ce/EaAF
17630 1400-1500 46-48        BKO 100 85  206 Eng  We/Ce/EaAF
17630 1500-1600 46-48        BKO 100 85  206 Eng  We/Ce/EaAF
17880 1300-1400 46,47,52     BKO 100 111 216 Fre  We/Ce/EaAF/GAB/AGL/CGO
17880 1600-1700 37,38        BKO 100 20  216 Ara  NoEaAF

Otherwise heard CRI Bamako in past months on strong level on SDR gear at
receiving posts like in Greece, Ukraine, Russia and Japan.

According to the most modern Chinese antenna design of #206/216 ITU
antenna curtain type, visible in Google Earth like at Dong Fang Hainan
isl., the equipment is same ost modern like at Cerrik-Albania, latter
which works EXCELLENT since 2005.

17630, May 17 at 1400-1404 UT tx carrier only. TX off 1404-1406 UT, then
program heard from 1406 UT.

But all 13 MHz 22mb checks negative today.

Supposedly single Arabic sce chennel 11640 at 1830-1930 UT on poor level
noted.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

MOLDOVA  [separate Pridnestrovye, Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic - PMR,
breakaway territory]
1413   Grigoriopol Maiac Moldova relay, VoR rec QSL card in 75d, after
trying twice from tx site in Moldova, from reception 23 Jan 2009. I am
really pleased with this one.

V/S: Alla Molodkina. Address: Pyatnitskaya st. #25, Building #1, 115326
Moscow, Russia. MW QSL; #3029. New Country QSL'd.
(Patrick Martin-OR-USA, KGED QSL Manager, hcdx May 15)

NETHERLANDS   Re: Radio Netherlands.
Today I visited Radio Nederland during the marathon transmission in Dutch,
the last hours...

It is the last time I was at the station after so many years of listening
and visits.

I remember all those meetings of the Benelux DX Club in the building of
Radio Nederland, listening to DX Jukebox (Harry van Gelder), attending the
Happy Station (Tom Meyer), interviews about my DXing and travelling in
Media Network (Jonathan Marks) and DX Enlace (Alfonso Montealegre, Jaime
Baquena).

Even snorkeling at night in front of the Bonaire relay station with the
red light in the antenna as a marking in the dark, Radio Nederland has
always been in my life ...

Sad, it has gone today.
You can download the the last 24 hours transmission in Dutch on:

<http://www.rnw.nl/nederlands/radioprogramme/streams-podcasts>
(Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands, May 12)

Radio Nederland in onda corta. Last 10 minutes of Radio Nederland in Dutch
<http://www.rnw.nl/nederlands/video/de-laatste-tien-minuten-vanuit-
hilversum>

This is RADIO !  sad video featur after 65 years on air...
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

I will miss the Dutch National Anthem on Short Wave. I could never tune
out until the last strains of it. Lost it when Happy Station ended the
show; and now with Dutch.

Regards - Victor 4S7VK
(Victor Goonetilleke-CLN  4S7VK, DXplorer May 12)

Re: Radio Netherlands.
Yes, I listened too, the last 10 Minutes of RNW Dutch service tonight,
S=9+20 to +25dB signal of Wertachtal 5955 kHz relay in 49 mb.

See recording attached. Very last words at 2000 UT, on Wertachtal 5955 in
Dutch "Goede reis, and altijd ..." "good journey, and ever ... NULL/NIL "
end / c u t.

At 19.59 UT an unwanted UTE  BUZZ signal appeared for 20 seconds on the
5950 kHz scene.

I guess some Dutch vessel radio operator or the Dutch Marine on the
Atlantic Ocean / North Sea said special FAREWELL via the airwaves to this
really necessary broadcasting service in these days.

vy73 wolfy df5sx
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

NORWAY   Sveio TX site Revealed - GE Imagery Update.
4 curtains, 5 masts at  59 37 06.56 N  05 19 00.84 E

1 log-periodic revolving unit at  59 36 54.26 N  05 19 10.15 E

Sveio (RIP)
Wolfy found this excellent Panoramio image of the Sveio site. Beautiful &
clear photograph of 4x4 caged dipole curtain arrays with reflector seen.
Taken in July 2011.

<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/63393810>

I see the photographer uploaded the excellent image in December 2011 &
later indicated that the towers (site?) demolished in January 2012. We're
very lucky to have both the GE image & Panoramio photo of the site/towers,
along with the notes.

Whilst now a little dated, this document was written in 2005 about the
Kvitsoy SW site.
<http://www.tekniskmuseum.no/gamlewebben/no/forskning/ticcih/papers/KVITSo
YBROADCASTER.pdf>
(Ian Baxter-AUS, SW TX site May 12)

Alda Island.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldra>

Aldra is an island in the municipality of Luroy in Nordland county,
Norway. It is located just off the mainland coast, north of the village of
Haugland and west of Brattland. The island is separated from the mainland
by the Aldersundet. The islands of Stigen and Luroya lie to the west. The
village of Aldra lies on the southeastern side of the island.

Aldra island is used as a VLF-transmission site. An antenna, spanning the
fjord to Brattland, was used as part of the OMEGA Navigation System until
1997. That antenna was dismantled in 2002.

7 mast poles visible on G.E. image of 29 May 2010.
NOR  VLF JXN Aldra Island 16.4 kHz OMEGA system til 1997, dismanteled 2002
dimmly visible at  66 25 01.95 N  13 00 57.20 E

(Tromsoe Langneset)
I guess now Norsk Telemuseum Tromso at Langnes is the location of former
LW Tromsoe stn ?
at Kvaloyveien 450, N-9007 Tromso,
formerly LW mast not far from modern Tromsoe Airport ?!
NOR Tromsoe Langnes, former LW station here at
69 40 02.65 N  18 54 46.55 E

Vanna Island - I guess only planned -, LW 153 kHz 1200 kW
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanna_(Troms)>
nothing visible of the former planned LW site  -  never realized, see
Ingoy instead.

But realized LW 153 at Ingoy AM radiomast 350m height.
71 04 40.11 N  24 02 44.62 E
<http://www.waniewski.de/LW/Ingoy/index.htm>
<http://www.waniewski.de/1E-8920-803-DO_documentation Ingoy LW.pdf>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/25030161>

Vigra Island, 629/630 kHz ? ex MW ?
mast at  62 32 26.60 N  06 02 53.37 E
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6807645>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=25&with_photo
_id=6807645&order=date_desc&user=829345>

Former pre-WW II SW tx site, most likely Jeloya, 34 masts, wooden radio
towers
59 26 13.34 N  10 35 32.28 E

<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/51516132>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=11&with_photo
_id=51516132&order=date_desc&user=4395066>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/67090853>

masts in background
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=14&with_photo
_id=67587730&order=date_desc&user=4788010>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=1&with_photo_
id=37295000&order=date_desc&user=4660706>

most likely on present Golf playing ground:
former longwave Oslo Klofta 218/216 kHz 200 kW, 1954 - 2 Jan 1996
60 04 41.66 N 11 10 11.95 E
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 12)

PHILIPPINES   Summer A-12 of Radio Veritas Asia

Bengali
0030-0057 15265 PUG 250 kW 300 deg to SoAS
1400-1427 11870 PUG 250 kW 300 deg to SoAS

Burmese
2330-2357  9720 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1130-1157 15450 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Chin
0130-0157 15255 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1430-1457 11870 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Hindi
0030-0057 15280 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS
1330-1357 11870 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS

Hmong
1200-1227 11935 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Kachin
2330-2357  9645 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1230-1257 15225 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Karen
0000-0027 11935 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1200-1227 15225 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Khmer
1000-1027 11850 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS

Mandarin
2100-2257  6115 PUG 250 kW 350 deg to SoEaAS
1000-1157 11945 PUG 250 kW 359 deg to SoEaAS

Tagalog
2300-2327  9720 PUG 250 kW 331 deg to CeAS
1500-1557 15350 SMG 250 kW 130 deg to NE/ME

Sinhala
0000-0027 11855 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS
0000-0027 15460 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS
1330-1357  9520 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS

Tamil
0030-0057 11935 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS
1400-1427  9520 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS

Telugu
0100-0127 15530 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS
1430-1457 11750 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoAS

Urdu
0100-0127 15280 PUG 250 kW 300 deg to SoAS
0100-0127 17860 PUG 250 kW 300 deg to SoAS
1430-1457 15435 SMG 250 kW 070 deg to SoAS

Vietnamese
2330-2357  9670 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
0130-0227 15530 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1030-1127 11850 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
1300-1327 11850 PUG 250 kW 280 deg to SoEaAS
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

RUSSIA   Moscow region. Abandond tx site, 99 pictures set to the website.

RUS  RBU Moscow Svetlyy Kupavna [closed site at May 31, 2005]
ex R. Orfey 1152 kHz 150 kW; 1305kHz / 300kW;
Time Signal FSUE "VNIIFTRI" organization, RBU 66.6 kHz,
RWM 4996, 9996, 14996 kHz.
55 44 14.14 N  38 09 03.66 E
<http://g.co/maps/cf97h>

Found in the Internet photo reportage of the next moribund radio center...

In Russian automatic-translated into English, including 99 photo pictures

<http://translate.google.de/translate?hl=de&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fxn-
-80ajrj1f.xn--p1ai%2F%25D0%25B1%25D0%25B5%25D0%25B7-
%25D1%2580%25D1%2583%25D0%25B1%25D1%2580%25D0%25B8%25D0%25BA%25D0%25B8%2F%
25D0%25B7%25D0%25B0%25D0%25B1%25D1%2580%25D0%25BE%25D1%2588%25D0%25B5%25D0
%25BD%25D0%25BD%25D1%258B%25D0%25B9-
%25D1%2580%25D0%25B0%25D0%25B4%25D0%25B8%25D0%25BE%25D1%2586%25D0%25B5%25D
0%25BD%25D1%2582%25D1%2580-%25E2%2584%2596-9-%25D0%25B3-
%25D1%258D%25D0%25BB%25D0%25B5%25D0%25BA%25D1%2582%25D1%2580%25D0%25BE%25D
1%2583.html>

click on "translate / uebersetzen"

Abandoned radio center-9 - g. Dedovsk, Moscow region - in 2012.

In connection with the state of emergency antenna system for radio signal
transmission dedicated RBU fizl. = 66.6 kHz, the State service of time,
frequency, and determine the parameters of the Earth's rotation, located
at the transmitting radio center number 9 (Elektrougli city, poselok
Svetlyy, Noginskiy rayon) of the branch FSUE RTRS - Moscow Regional Center
(MRC), MRC, and specialists of FSUE "VNIIFTRI" in 2005, it was decided to
transfer stations RBU and three RWM radios to the Radio center-3 (Taldom
city, poselok Severny).
{called also under Kupavna center and closed on May 31, 2005, wb.}

A brief note - that's all there on the Internet about the huge territory
of an abandoned facility in the Moscow region in the village of Light. And
I want to see it with my own eyes!
(Pasha-RUS, open_dxa, RUSdx May 13)

I have little information on these stations from the journal RADIO #2,
1983. page 15 Station Name:

RWM (kW): 5, the first frequency: 4996 kHz, 9996 kHz, the second work
24 hours a day. Breaks every Wednesday of the first month of the quarter.
From 0800-1600 Moscow time.

RWM 8 kW power frequency 14996 kHz 24 hours work, work stoppages Wednesday
of every odd month from 0800-1600 vr.MSK. The name of the station RBU 10
kW Frequency 66.6 kHz work 24 hours a day, work breaks the third Tuesday
of every fourth month. from 0800-1600 GMT.
(Alexander Golovikhin from Togliatti-RUS, RUSdx May 13)

RUSSIA   Former Yazykovo near Ufa Bashkortostan SW 4485 kHz 17 kW SW.
Location 54 40 28.64 N  55 06 00.49 E

15 mast visible on <maps.yandex.ru>

<http://maps.yandex.ru/?text=%D0%A0%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%8F%2C%20%D1
%80%D0%B5%D1%81%D0%BF%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0%20%D0%91%D0%B
0%D
1%88%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BD%2C%20%D0%A3%
D1%
84%D0%B0&sll=55.983161%2C54.738437&ll=55.097606%2C54.674967&spn=0.017231%2
C0.004352&z=16&l=sat>
at least 2 x MW installations, remaining 13 mast are SW installations.

62 mb antenna as typ "VGD", like similar to present antenna type:
<http://www.bliks.ru/vgd.html>
or
<http://russianarms.mybb.ru/viewtopic.php?id=859>

according screenshot 105 m long installation, in direction to
Bashkortostan at Perm 23 degr and Orenburg 203 degr.

see also  <http://www.vcfm.ru/vc/Cities/ufa.htm>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 14)

RUSSIA   New mediumwave entries on ITU MW list #GE75_129

<http://www.itu.int/ITU-
R/terrestrial/docs/brific/files/ge75/2012/GE75_129.pdf>

Some modification and additions, and 'veiled' entries corrected, of
Russian tx sites

549  Vladivostok 150kW registration corrected by Tavrichanka Prim 500 kW
43 20 35.52 N  131 53 56.95 E
<http://g.co/maps/5n5br>

1071 by 594 kHz Abakan, Respublika Khakasiya, 50kW 190m mast
53 42 32.52 N  91 28 29.51 E
<http://g.co/maps/jnwer>

783  Spassk Dalniy 75 kW non-dir 90degr registration corrected
by Tavrichanka Prim 30kW.
43 20 35.52 N  131 53 56.95 E
<http://g.co/maps/5n5br>

1053  St.P. Sosnovka tx centr#3 moved more northerly
to St.P. Olgino site, 10 kW
59 59 29.00 N  30 07 41.00 E
<http://g.co/maps/wjmp7>

1134  additional Shvedchiki Brn 7kW, 130 m mast
52.216667 N  34.550000 E
<http://maps.yandex.ru/-/CNw450kT>

1143  Ulyanovsk 54 19 n 48 05 E  replaced by  Orenburg 51 46 N  54 47 E
100kW 200m mast, but not realized yet?
(ITU file; wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

RUSSIA  Re: Mykolaiev Luch-UKR / Taldom-RUS. cf bc-dx #1065.

HISTORY
Some pictures of the Taldom site can be found at
<http://www.drmradio.co.uk/html/taldom.html>
{but URL moved now to
<http://www.drmradio.co.uk/taldom.html>  instead, wb.}

I assume that all 100 kW transmitters at Taldom, except RV-806, are of
this design. TDP mentions two SSB transmitters separately, but I think
they singled out only in as far as two 100 kW's at Taldom carried Radio
Rossii on OOB frequencies like 8005 in USB mode until this service had
been changed to "ordinary" 250 kW AM.

From the captions I gather that the three masts are a directional system
for 153. The mentioned height of 257 metres probably belongs to the 261
antenna (the one still churning out 2500 kW, thus being the highest
powered broadcast outlet in the world).
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld 4-190 Dec 24, 2004)

The picture (VoR1) with three tall masts shows part of the reflector wall
for one of the parabolic type highly directional shortwave antennas,
called AMO450 (high band) or AMO900 (low band) by the Russians. The
platform used by the skydiver seems to be one of the masts of the six mast
system assumed to be used by 261 kHz.
(Olle Alm-SWE, dxld 4-190 Dec 254, 2004)

There is also one of these AMO-900 systems at Taldom, which also has three
AMO-450 systems with "only" 9 towers in the reflector wall (unless they
have been brought down in recent years). The beam directions for the
AMO-900 system at Taldom are 289 and 310 degs, and for the AMO-450 systems
68 degs, 53 +100 degs, and 310 degs, respectively.
(Olle Alm-SWE, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 23, 2007)

Would the Taldom parabolic antenna still be in use?

1 x AMO-900 and 3 x AMO-450 systems I've been visible in GE Taldom
satellite image site seen, see the new screenshots from G.E. of today.

What does the numerical value 900 / 450 mean?

About value half in meters is the distance from the active driving signal-
dipole to rear parabolic reflector wall position? So located about 435 and
220 meters behind.

AMO-900 system - It looks like that additionally to the two fixed-mast of
8 vertical dipol rows, and another a single mast on a movable rail track
visible!

AMO-450 and the short azimuth open up to me (yet), but with the movable
displacement device of dipol masts displayed.

See the new G.E. Screenshots, that's my estimates by

AMO-450   36 degr, RUS FE, Magadan, Kamchatsky
         located on the northernmost, right of the LW 153 kHz mast.

AMO 900  312 degr, NoAM beam, thereunder

AMO-450   60 degr, towards FEaRUS, VLD, JPN, thereunder

AMO 450  316 degr, NoAM beam, thereunder, in the southeast.
         This installation does not have the sliding track / dipol masts,
         and seems to be have been the prototype for the AMO type
         construction ?

AMO-450 system, 36 degr, single mast only? 2nd destroyed? 372 m long
antenna line track. Dipole mast movable. 220 m in front of 8 reflectors.
56 45 21.62 N  37 37 35.44 E

towards 36 degr at FE-RUS Workuta, Magadan, Kamchatsky;
9 SW masts, 8 reflectors.

Center Reflector Mast, 220 meters behind driven masts, at
56 45 15.67 N  37 37 27.99 E
<http://g.co/maps/nz3bp>

AMO-900 system, 312 degr, 2 SW masts 8 dipol rows, 490 m long antenna line
track. A single dipole mast movable. 430 m in front of 12 reflectors.
56 44 59.02 N  37 37 09.01 E
<http://g.co/maps/zrvqf>

12 reflectors towards 312 degrees at North America, FIN, SWE, NOR, ISL,
Greenland, Toronto, Alabama, Veracruz-MEX. 13 SW masts, 12 reflectors.
56 44 49.91 N  37 37 27.91 E
<http://g.co/maps/5eurk>

AMO-450 system, 60degr, 2 masts, 370 m long antenna line track. Dipole
masts movable. 220 m in front of 8 reflectors.
56 44 23.62 N  37 37 42.35 E
<http://g.co/maps/5vqqk>

towards 60 at FE-RUS Surgut, Yeniseysk, Irkutsk, Chita, Vladivostok,
Japan.
9 SW masts, 8 reflectors
Center Reflector Mast, 220 meters behind driven dipole masts
56 44 18.75 N  37 37 33.23 E
<http://g.co/maps/faekz>

AMO-450 system, 316degr, single dipol mast, no track lane, not movable.
220 m in front of 8 reflectors.
56 44 03.96 N  37 36 58.86 E
<http://g.co/maps/963e6>

towards 316 degr at NoAM, FIN, SWE, NOR, ISL, Greenland, Toronto, Alabama,
Veracruz-MEX. 9 SW masts, 8 reflectors.
Center Reflector Mast, 220 meters behind driven single dipole mast
56 43 58.99 N  37 37 07.59 E
<http://g.co/maps/xzd5m>

Taldom photos
LW 198/261 kHz ?
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/37838209>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/57962957>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/22785895>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/37838176>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28604437>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28604418>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6432703>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/57962447>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28604390>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/57962951>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35496447>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/57962454>

and Victory day 9 May 2010
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35333998>
Also nice lives some 110 kilometers north of Moscow
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6432727>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19296453>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21203619>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

SUDAN   VOf South Sudan Revolutionary Radio in Ar / En May 12-15
0544-0800 15725, co-ch till 0700 Radio Pakistan World Service in Urdu.
1244-1500 11650, very strong co-ch 1300-1500 CRI in Esperanto & Amoy.
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

UKRAINE   Ukraine's medium wave scene update.

On May 15, Ukrainian Radio resumed broadcasting via five medium wave
transmitters which were previously silent.

549 kHz  Brovary, Kyiv region (UR-2 "Promin" program), tx power is unknown
yet, 0300-2100 UT

549 kHz  Krasne, Lviv region (UR-2 "Promin" program), tx power is unknown
yet, 0300-2100 UT

549 kHz  Luch, Mykolaiv region (UR-2 "Promin" program), 550 kW from
0300 till 1700 UT and 55 kW from 1700 till 2000 UT.

1242 kHz  Dokuchaevsk, Donetsk region (UR-2 "Promin" program), tx power is
unknown yet, 0300-2100 UT

1431 kHz  Luch, Mykolaiv region (UR-3 "Kultura" program), 150 kW from
0700 till 1700 UT and 25 kW from 1700 till 1900 UT.

Besides, 972 kHz (Luch) carrying UR-1 is now on the air at 0230-1600 UT
(350 kW) and 1700-2200 UT (40 kW) (ex 0700-1900 UT 250 kW).

837 kHz (Taranivka, Kharkiv region) carrying UR-1 is now on the air also
at 0230-2200 UT, 150 kW (ex 0700-1900 UT)

Revised schedule of Radio Khvylia (Vinnytsia region), 1377 kHz, 7 kW
0600-1015 and 1200-1615 UT.

Note UR-1 starts broadcasting at 0230 UT on Mondays-Fridays and at 0300 UT
on Saturdays ans Sundays.

P.S. Although UR's former QSL manager Aleksandr Yegorov left NRCU some
years ago, it is still possible to receive QSL card from the Ukrainian
Radio. The postal address is: Monitoring Department, National Radio
Company of Ukraine, Khreschatyk 26, UA-01001 Kyiv, Ukraine.
(Aleksandr Diadischev-UKR, dxld May 16)

Registered in ITU list
972 kHz  Brovary d100 n10 kW, Lviv Krasne d200 n20 kW, Mykolaiev Luch
500 kW 32dB ant day and night.

Addit 972 kHz Dokuchaievsk d50 n10 kW, 195m mast, 47 45 N  37 42 E

1216 kHz Yalta d10 n10 kW, 120 m mast, 44 39 N  34 10 E
<http://www.itu.int/ITU-
R/terrestrial/docs/brific/files/ge75/2012/GE75_129.pdf>
<http://www.itu.int/ITU-
R/terrestrial/docs/brific/files/ge75/2012/GE75_128.pdf>
(ITU registration files; wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

U.K.   BBC R4 Longwave.
A while back the BBC said that R4 LW would close down once the existing
stock of 6 valves had been used up as they were unobtainable. I came
across the following comment on a French expat forum today and wonder what
others think.
Gareth.

QUOTE.
Each transmitter uses two TH573V water cooled ceramic valves in push-pull
and used to use two more in the modulator as well with a very similar type
as the modulator driver and RF PA driver. It is a 1934 design though.

Ceramic valves of this size are re-buildable and Thales France at 45 rue
de Villiers, 92526 Neuilly-sure-Seine Cedex France, still have them in the
catalogue.

I think there's a whiff of accountants knowing the price of everything and
the value of nothing here, along with some topical BBC cost-cutting; their
justification being:

1. No one essentially needs wide area "Long Wave" signals now.

2. It's use as a frequency standard is superceeded by modern equipment.

3. The target audience is now well-served by DAB (which is a rubbish
service) or the remaining FM transmitters.

4. BBC R4 is available on satellite or the internet.

The remaining unobtainable valves excuse just allows them to close and
demolish the Droitwich site and save all the operating and maintenance
costs.

Very high power, low freq RF devices are still available as are complete,
modern-build AM transmitters (Germany).

Here's hoping, but I reckon they'll have it off the air sooner rather than
later.
(via Gareth Foster-UK, BrDXC-UK ng, May 15)

U.K.    BC Trust postpones decision on MW closures, 16 May 2012

The BBC Trust today published its final position on the Corporation's
"Delivering Quality First" savings.

The full 31-page document is at  <http://tinyurl.com/cx5a89a>

<http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/review_report_resear
ch/dqf/final_conclusions.pdf>

On radio transmission platforms, the Trust says:

"... we agree with the plans to:

"Invest in the roll-out of the BBC national DAB multiplex to 97 per cent
coverage of the population by 2017 and partner to expand local DAB
coverage to 90 per cent of UK homes by 2017, subject to the Government's
decision on switchover.

"Not re-invest in Long Wave technology once the current infrastructure,
which relies on technology that is no longer being manufactured, has
reached the end of its life. Although this is unlikely to happen for
several years, we welcome the Executive's commitment to make the existing
programmes provided on LW available on other analogue BBC radio stations,
so remaining as accessible to listeners as they are now.

"We also agree with the principle to try and reduce medium wave
transmission for local radio in places where coverage duplicates that of
FM. However, establishing the audience impact of these changes is not
straightforward, and the Executive needs to undertake further technical
and feasibility work to establish the costs and impact of these changes
within each part of the country. We will engage furtherwith the Executive
on this issue over the coming months before any final decisions are
taken."

Other plans are for all local radio stations in England to join together
for the same programme on weekdays between 1900 and 2200, although
stations will have the flexibility to opt for local sports coverage.
(Chris, BrDXC-UK mg, via mwdx May 17)

Re: BBC Trust postpones decision on MW closures

"Not re-invest in Long Wave technology once the current infrastructure,
which relies on technology that is no longer being manufactured, has
reached the end of its life. Although this is unlikely to happen for
several years, we welcome the Executive's commitment to make the existing
programmes provided on LW available on other analogue BBC radio stations,
so remaining as accessible to listeners as they are now. "

"analogue BBC radio stations" can mean MW and standard FM of course. A
real shame. Enjoyed Radio 4 long wave in both Germany and Ireland (where
it has a following) this year. As I have reported to DXLD, the 198 kHz
frequency does well here after Droitwich sundown. Much later in the
evening now that summer is close. And I'm sure some company can still
build a 500 kw long wave xmtr, if the price was right.
(Brock Whaley, Kandahar-AFG, dxld and mwdx May 17)

USA   Frequency changes of WYFR Family Radio:
2300-0100 NF15620 YFR 100 kW 160 deg to SoAM, ex6915 in Spanish
2200-2300 NF11650 YFR 100 kW 142 deg to SoAM, ex7520 in Spanish
2300-2400 NF11650 YFR 100 kW 142 deg to SoAM, ex7520 in Portuguese
0000-0045 NF11650 YFR 100 kW 142 deg to SoAM, ex7520 in English.
(DX MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

USA  News Release re NASB 2012 Annual Meeting

VOA Chief White House Correspondent Headlines NASB Annual Meeting

The Voice of America's Chief White House Correspondent Dan Robinson spoke
to the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Shortwave
Broadcasters (NASB) in Washington on May 10 and 11.

Robinson, an avid shortwave listener since 1968, talked about how his
interest in shortwave radio led him to a career as an international
broadcast journalist. Over the years, he has served as VOA correspondent
in East Africa and Bangkok, and director of the VOA's Burmese section.
Today, he works out of the White House and travels with the U.S. President
to places like Cartagena most recently, where he reported on the Secret
Service controversy and the other news made at the recent Summit of the
Americas there.

Other recent news events such as the activities surrounding Chinese
activist Chen Guangcheng made the NASB annual meeting location quite
timely. The conference was hosted by Radio Free Asia at its headquarters
in Washington. Dan Southerland, Vice President for Programming at RFA and
editors of the Chinese, Tibetan, Burmese and Korean services talked about
the challenges they have with newsgathering and reporting in their target
countries, and about the loyal following they have among millions of
listeners throughout Asia. They explained that while RFA is using a lot of
new technologies to reach Asian listeners, shortwave radio remains a
primary form of delivery for the station. In countries like North Korea,
shortwave is virtually the only means of reaching listeners from abroad.

Dr, Kim Andrew Elliott, audience research specialist at the U.S.
International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), presented survey results showing
what types of media, including shortwave receivers, people have access to
in Asian and Africa countries, and via what means they listen to
international broadcasters. While he noted that shortwave listenership is
small or decreasing in many countries, Elliott said it is still very
popular in some countries, including many parts of Africa and in other
areas of the world where press freedom is limited and people seek
information from abroad.

Other speakers at the NASB annual meeting included A.J. Janitschek, RFA's
director of program and operations support, who told broadcasters about
many smartphone applications that help broadcasters and engineers do their
jobs more easily. Janitschek was also the principal organizer of the NASB
meeting for RFA.

Part of the meeting was dedicated to presentations by the USA DRM (Digital
Radio Mondiale) group. DRM Consortium steering board member Adil Mina of
Continental Electronics in Dallas gave an update on the status of DRM,
which is the only method of digital broadcasting approved for shortwave
broadcasters in the United States and around the world. He talked frankly
about the political and technological obstacles that DRM has encountered,
including slow development of mass-production, low-cost DRM receivers.

- But Mina said that there are positive developments in that regard
- under new DRM Consortium leadership, and he demonstrated a
- new DRM receiver that currently costs about $120, but is not yet
- available in the U.S. market.

Charles Jacobson of HCJB's Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Indiana
told about their conversion of 100-kilowatt shortwave transmitters to DRM
transmission capability, and John Wineman, also of HCJB, explained how a
group of students at LeTourneau University is helping to develop a "DRM
diversity receiver." Jacobson said that HCJB's German partner, Vozandes
Media, has just decided to abandon its plans to build a new 100-kilowatt
shortwave transmitter site in Ecuador to transmit to the Amazon region of
South America. A low-power (eight kilowatt) shortwave transmitter on 6050
kHz intended to reach rural areas of Ecuador is the only remaining HCJB
shortwave transmission from Ecuador, and it is operated by Vozandes Media.

Dr. Adrian Peterson, International Relations Coordinator for NASB member
Adventist World Radio and a member of the NASB Board, provided a report on
the latest activities of AWR, which continues to rely highly on shortwave
broadcasts in many parts of the world. AWR is installing new antennas at
its shortwave station in Guam, and it uses many shortwave relay stations
around the world to transmit its programming from dozens of studios
located worldwide.

Thomas Witherspoon heads a non-profit organization called Ears to Our
World, which distributes "wind-up" shortwave receivers free of charge to
teachers in Africa and other areas of the world where there is little or
no electricity or Internet. He gave an emotional presentation called
"Shortwave for Good" about how these listeners often have no other form of
contact with the outside world, and about how shortwave radio
transmissions are being used to educate young people in remote locations.

Tom Lucey of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC)
International Bureau presented his new colleague Shahnaz Ghavami to the
group and said that there have been two recent applications for new
privately-owned shortwave stations in the United States. Lucey said that
it is still very difficult to find clear in-band frequencies, so shortwave
is far from dying.

Dr. Donald Messer, formerly of IBB engineering and former head of the DRM
Technical Committee, presented the good news that a new system of
oceanographic radar that is using HF frequencies has decided to stay clear
of most of the frequency ranges that U.S. shortwave broadcasters use.

Mark Allen of NASB's newest associate member, Antenna Products of Mineral
Wells, Texas, explained the work that his company does with government and
private clients around the world, including sophisticated high-power
shortwave transmission antennas. He pointed out that 90 percent of the
world's airports have antennas manufactured by Antenna Products. [Anyone
who would like a printed or electronic copy of the Antenna Products master
catalog may e-mail Mark Allen at: <allen @ antennaproducts.com>  ]

Another new NASB associate member is the Far East Broadcasting Company.
FEBC was one of the founding members of the Association in 1990, but in
2011 it closed its shortwave station KFBS in Saipan, a U.S.-administered
area in the Pacific Ocean. Only FCC-licensed shortwave stations can be
voting members of the NASB, so FEBC is now an associate member. FEBC's
Chris Slabaugh explained that his organization decided to consolidate its
shortwave operations as a cost-cutting measure, so the transmitters in
Saipan were moved to two shortwave transmission sites which the company
already owns in the Philippines. Dismantling the Saipan station and moving
everything to the Philippines turned out to be a long, complex project,
but it has now been successfully ccompleted.

Dr. Jerry Plummer of NASB member WWCR in Nashville, Tennessee, presented
to the group the results of a one-year survey of Spanish-speaking
shortwave listeners that the NASB carried out via its webage. Not
surprisingly, most respondents were from Latin America and Iberia.
Interestingly, however, the survey showed that the average age of
respondents to the Spanish language survey was significantly lower than
that of respondents to a similar English-language survey that the NASB did
the year before. This supports a conclusion that shortwave listeners in
Latin America are overall younger than shortwave listeners in North
America, Europe and some other parts of the world, perhaps boding well for
the future of shortwave listening in Latin America.

The final speaker at the 2012 NASB annual meeting was NASB President Glen
Tapley of WEWN in Birmingham, Alabama. He invited everyone interested in
shortwave broadcasting and listening to attend the 2013 NASB annual
meeting, which his station will host in Birmingham on May 16 and 17, 2013.
Activities will include a visit to the breathtaking mountain location of
WEWN's shortwave transmitter facility on the outskirts of Birmingham,
complete with a mountain-top barbecue.

More details will be available shortly on the NASB's webpage,
<www.shortwave.org>
In the coming days, the website will also be posting audio files of most
of the presentations at this year's annual meeting, and PowerPoint
presentations as well.

At the annual business portion of the meeting, Brady Murray of WWCR was
elected to a second three-year term on the NASB board of directors. Murray
was re-elected NASB Vice President, and Glen Tapley was re-elected as
President. Jeff White of WRMI in Miami was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer,
and Thais White of WRMI was re-elected Assistant Secretary Treasurer. The
NASB board voted to grant the status of "Associate Member Emeritus" for
the first time, issuing the award to George Jacobs, who for decades worked
as an HF frequency planner for the International Broadcasting Bureau and
later for many privately-owned shortwave stations in the United States.

Photos from the NASB 2012 annual meeting will soon appear on the
Association's Facebook page, <www.facebook.com/nasbshortwave>
(direct NASB by Jeff White-FL-USA RMI, May 16)

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This is a radio station database of all Longwave (LW), Medium wave (MW)
and Tropical bands stations worldwide. You can browse frequency and
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update information to the database editors. This is a free, open and non-
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as country editor!
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News of the DARC Bandwatch - applies equally to the Broadcast bands.
73 wb df5sx

Here is the news of the DARC-band watch, compiled by their Dir Ulrich
Bihlmayer, DJ9KR. {google automatic translation}

Chinese OTH radar and ocean wave radars are on the 40-m band very
disturbed and in large numbers, especially received heavily in the IARU
Region #3 and the U.S. west coast of the United States. Sometimes up to
50% of the 40-m-band covered with radar signals, and thus for the amateur
radio unusable. In DL, these disorders are hard to hear.

In the range 14070-14125 kHz sends one already for weeks CODAR ocean-wave
radar. Location is probably Indonesia. The Federal Network Agency and the
Swiss OFCOM are informed. In DL it is from 15:00 UTC audible.

The bands 18-, 21-, 24- and 28 MHz are very much on the OTH radar signals
of from Turkey and the UK Royal Air Force occupied on the island of
Cyprus. Above all, is 15 meters long hours every day with Radars covered,
with the facilities of both locations sometimes at the same time Blazed
are. Went for the 21 MHz band in April of 104 reports for the 28-MHz band,
61 reports of unknown radars in the band a watch.

With the Sporadic E conditions in April were again many band invaders in
the 10m band is one that has been active there for years, otherwise not be
heard are: taxi cabs with their centers of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in FM radio in Russian. Even private radio
pirates "from all over the world" are listen to this band openings in very
large numbers in AM, FM and SSB.

The meeting of the Bandwatch is 23 June at 10 clock in the hall,
"Switzerland" on the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen. The guest lecture by
Peter Jost, HB9CET, swiss bandwatch. His topic is: "Digital Intruders in
our bands - from freeware to high-tech".
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

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