WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - September 30th, 2012 (BC-DX #1084)

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany

ALBANIA   Song about Radio Tirana On my recent visit to Italy I was
surprised to hear an Italian song about R. Tirana. I googled it up for
your listening pleasure <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grlp3TZXMuk>

As a listener to R. Tirana since when Enver Hoxha was still in power,
I never accepted the new incarnation of this station with Balkan music
instead of The Internationale in the end ;) This is not to mention that
they abruptly shut down their huge Russian service in 1992 when many other
EaEuropean stations were just starting broadcasting in Russian.
(Sergei Sosedkin-IL-USA, dxld Sept 26)

ANGOLA   4949.748  Tentat Angola seen on Perseus screen, though just on
threshold level at 0350 UT on 4949.748 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

ARGENTINA   15344.920  R Nacional de Argentina?, Buenos Aires, discussion
by two men and lady about mujeres at 2325 UT Sept 29. Mucho fluttery
signal S=8 up to peaks on S=9+10dB here in Germany.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

AUSTRALIA   15340  1454-, HCJB, Sep 22. Thanks to Glenn Hauser for
reminding me of HCJB Australia on this frequency. Clearly audible under
the very dirty and muffly signal of RHC. Often rising to almost equal
strength. Listed in Nepali on Saturdays. I agree that it's now an easier
target compared to years past. Apparently the antenna farm is far larger
than before. 'You're listening to HCJB Global Voice, Melbourne Australia'
at 1511 UT. Then in English, a Bible story. Some deep fades. Listed in
English until 1530 UT.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Sept 26)

HCA Kununurra site picture dia show

<https://picasaweb.google.com/hcjb.au/KNX2012?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJP
im-KluO6qggE&feat=directlink>

AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia: AFL Grand Final Coverage on HF.

Radio Australia will broadcast coverage of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday
29 September 2012 from 0430-0745 UT. It will be part of our regular
Grandstand sports coverage.

The coverage will be available on our HF (shortwave) and local FM relays,
but it will not be available on RAs web stream due to content rights
limitations.
Our HF coverage will be as follows.

South Pacific                   - 11945 kHz and 15160 kHz
South-west Pacific              - 12080 kHz and 15240 kHz
Papua New Guinea & West Pacific -  9660 kHz and 15415 kHz
South-east Asia                 - 17750 kHz

Reception may also be possible on 4835 kHz from the ABC domestic HF
service at Alice Springs. 4835 kHz would be a good choice for land-mobile
operators within 1,500 km of Alice Springs. Reception of 4835 kHz may be
possible beyond 1,500 km.

Note: Reception of particular HF channels may be possible beyond the
nominal target areas. Please try all frequencies to ascertain if reception
is possible in your area.

Radio Australia Transmission Management - EOM
(Nigel Holmes via Craig Seager-AUS, ARDXC mailing list; dx_sasia Sept 29)

Noted NOT on 4835, 4910, nor 5025 in Queensland remote unit, no
propagation at this distance?

But heard great crowd and speaker report performance on
9660 11945 15160 15240 15415 21725 kHz
but NOT 15515 kHz, which is Kuwait only. 17750 had Indonesian sce.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

BANGLADESH   Bangladesh QSL from new transmitter.

Just received a f/data QSL from Bangladesh Betar featuring "TRIBAL GIRL"
in colourful paper fan headgear. Received in 30 days in reply to a email
report to
<rrc @ dhaka.net>
with audio clip for 7250 kHz on 6th August at 1715 UT. Signed by Abu Tabib
Md. Zia Hasan Senior Engineer Research and receiving center who signed
both the QSL as well as the nicely written accompanying letter. However,
<www.betar.org.bd/frquency.html>
mentioned in the letter does not seem to be working.

Letter from Research & Receiving Center Bangladesh Betar 121, Kazi Nazrul
Islam Avenue, Shahbag Dhaka - 1000, Bangladesh.
Tel +880-2-862-5538  Fax +880-2-9662600
(Supratik Sanatani-IND, dxld Sept 5)

15505  At 1515 UT heard BANGLADESH BETAR Radio again:
1515-1545 15505 DKA 250 kW 305 deg to SoAS. Hindi Program on S=9+25dB
level, a like powerhouse and clean audio feed at tune in at 1518-1523 UT
Sept 25th.

15105  Nothing heard around 1259-1300 UT. But instead then an BGD interval
signal at 1314 UT and two ID's of Bangladesh in Hindi or Nepali at 1316
UT. Flute and string music at 1317 UT Sept 25. Today much better audio
quality of the station on air. Powerhouse S=9+30dB in Germany at 1328 UT.

But VERY DISTORTED AUDIO FEED quality today noted, totally unintelligible,
at 1230-1257 UT and after break at 1258-1300 UT again, Sept 26 tune in,
only English could be recognized. Totally OVERMODULATED level. TX OFF at
1301 UT.

No Nepali sce heard at 1315-1345 UT on Sept 26.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25/26)

15505  Bangladesh Betar in Urdu at 1400-1407 UT Sept 26 on 15505 - VERY
DISTORTED AUDIO FEED quality + WHITE NOICE, like a DRM and totally
OVERMODULATED level and some breaks and interruptions.
But from 1407 UT exellent signal in Bulgaria!
(Ivo Ivanov and Georgi Bancov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

BELARUS/IRAN   11930, Walt Salmaniw in BC-CAN was hearing a mostly-music
middle-eastern station from 0400 past 0439 UT on Sept 28, while he was
expecting to hear Belarussian Radio; nothing scheduled, maybe Iran?

I get his dxldyg note just in time to tune in at 0459 UT, but what I hear
sounds Russish, then accurate 5+1 timesignal at 0500 UT, and continues
with poor strength. TS all same pitch but last pip prolonged.

HFCC has Minsk not starting until 0500 UT, 250 kW, 72 degrees, on until
0800 UT, but timezone confusion this year could well have led to
uncorrected entries one hour off, and in fact Aoki shows this as 04-07.
Iran is on 11930 kHz earlier at 0130-0227 UT in Urdu, so they could
possibly have failed to turn off after that. HQS Saudi Arabia is also
listed on 11930 at 1755-2257 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 28)

11930  Heard Belaruskaye Radio-1 from Minsk Kalodzicy at 0403-0408 UT
tune-in, Sept 29. Scheduled eastwards to Russia/Siberia at 04-07 UT.

No NE/ME station heard this morning co-channel.

VoIRIB station noted this morning, locations Germany/Russia:

11660 Ar              S=9+15 powerful    S=9+25
11670 Azeri           S=9+15 powerful    S=9+25
11760 Ar rather fair  S=7                S=8-9
11875 VoPalestine Ar  S=9 sidelobe       S=9+5
11920 English         S=9+15 powerful    S=9+25
11940 Dari            S=6                S=9+5
12080.010 Ar          S=7                S=7-8
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

BRAZIL   4877.5  Radio Roraima - Boa Vista, 0335-0411* Sept 22,
interesting mix of English lyric oldies music with a man announcer with
Portuguese talk, ID and sign off announcement at 0356. Choral National
Anthem followed. Carrier remained on for another 15 minutes after anthem
was finished. Fair to good.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Sept 24)

9565.071  Radio Deus e Amor in Portuguese, giving address at 0630 UT
Sept 26, weak S=5-6 signal here in Germany.

Brazilians heard this morning on 9565.080 at 0545 UT and 9819.412 kHz S=6
weak at 0600 UT, mentioned Aparecida, nice song by male.

15191.461  Very odd R Inconfidência, Belo Horizonte MG. Thanks to a tip of
Christoph in Salzburg, nice enthusiastic announcer at 2320 UT Sept 29.
Fair S=5 signal.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26/27/29)

Christopher,
15191.5 2314z Fussball-Spiel Uebertragung vom Caninde Stadium - Sao Paulo
(Portuguesa vv Atletico Mineiro, 1:1) - 45444

Details vom Spiel:
<http://n.placar.esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/brasileirao/?id=2012/09/29/por
tuguesa-x-atletico-mg>
(Rudolf Grimm, Sao Bernardo SP, to Christoph Ratzer OE2CRM, A-DX Sept 29)

BULGARIA   KBC Radio to test on 9400 kHz for the Americas.
KBC Radio will broadcast on 9400 kHz on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 between
0000 and 0200 UTC with 100 kW beamed to the USA, South America and Canada.

<http://www.kbcradio.eu/index.php?dir=news/detail&id=225>
... and the site used for 9400 kHz will be Bulgaria.
(Harald Kuhl-D, DXplorer Sept 28)

<http://www.kbcradio.eu/data/blog/preview/500x700/news_000225.jpg>
The matter is quite clear (306 degrees in the graphic). Okay, now have
even seen the grafic snapout, you're right.

Positively 306 degree COMES FROM SOFIA Kostinbrod BULGARIA site. I had my
doubts, because of rather Gavar Armenia relay at nighttime towards
America, INSTEAD.

QSL via Ventsislav Georgiev
<georgiev @ spaceline.bg>

SpaceLine Ltd.
P.O.B. 812  web: <www.spaceline.bg>
1000 Sofia
BULGARIA

SPC
Mr. Ventsislav Georgiev
Technical Manager
Spaceline Ltd.
71 James Baucher blvd, FI6, Office 5
1407 Sofia Bulgaria
<georgiev @ spaceline.bg>
<ventsislavbg @ gmail.com>
Phone: +359 888 554297   +359 2 9652270  Fax: +359 2 8685408

On the graphics down I laid a sheet of paper, 306 degree says this:
of the colored signal maxima points in Greenville, Newfoundland, London,
etc.  Leave this as BUL origin, and not coming from Gavar Armenia.

Conversely from Gavar ARM is 317-318 degrees, and also not the same Cross-
points visible.

Moreover, they have a 100 kW transmitter FREE at night in Gavar?
I think not, those have not so much SW transmitters at their disposal.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 28)

BULGARIA   5900  RTR2 Radio Traumland Belgien.
Crash start um 18.00:03 UT, ohne grosse Eroeffnungs Prozedur, meist S=9+25
bis +30dB in ganz Mitteleuropa, etwas schwaecher in Griechenland, Italien
und Schweden...

18.00:54 UT ploetzlicher Programm Start, "Wir klingen anders ...",
"RTR2 the power station", the very best of Michael Jackson...

5900  RTR2 Radio Dreamland Belgium. 18:00:54 UT sudden startup, "We sound
different ..." "RTR2 the power station", the very best of Michael Jackson
...

5900  Bulgarian Spaceline Ltd. brokered and distributed SW transmission on
Sept 22 at 18.00:03 to 20.01:29 UT noted mostly on S=9+20 to +30dB level
here in central Europe.

RTR2 program - formerly Radio Dreamland - Belgium/Germany mixture.

Crash start at 18:00:03 UT, without large opening procedure, usually
S=9+25db / +30db in Central Europe, slightly less signal level in Greece,
Italy and Sweden ...

ID heard again at 20.00:14 UT,
audio feed OFF at 20.01:13 UT,
TX OFF         at 20.01:28 UT.

On 22/09/2012 18:35, wrote Simon Peter Liehr in A-DX:
The 5900 kHz transmitter site is loud RTR2 chat at the end of the program
betrayed ... "Whether being sent advertising Spaceline Bulgaria Ltd.
indicative is ... ?"  told Patrick from Austria in A-DX newsgroup.

So, registered Kostinbrod at 30 degrees in HFCC list from Spaceline
Bulgaria on business.

QSL via Ventsislav Georgiev
<georgiev @ spaceline.bg>

SpaceLine Ltd.
P.O.B. 812  web: <www.spaceline.bg>
1000 Sofia
BULGARIA

5900  It was a SINGLE UNIQUE transmission today ... no plan for future
broadcast.

<www.rtr2.eu>
contact <mail @ rtr2.eu>

RTR Radio Europa
Postfach 1142
D - 52157 Roetgen
Germany

Brokered by Bulgar company web: <www.spaceline.bg>

Many fotos of Kostinbrod Sofia and Gavar Yerevan, link to
<www.spaceline.bg/drmmix.html>
Radio CJSC Gavar Armenia link.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 22)

5900  RTR2 Testsendung. "RTR2 - Die Powerstation" mit Kurzwellentest auf
5900 kHz im 49-m-Band am 22. Sept von 1800-2000 UT - in UKW-Qualitaet auch
im Netz und im FM-Band.

Das deutschsprachige Pop-Programm der RTR Radio Europa, "RTR 2 - Die
Powerstation" aus Belgien, ist zurueck auf der Kurzwelle. Zwar wird
derzeit nur getestet, aber dafuer mit einem besonders attraktiven
Programminhalt. Praesentiert wird ein ganz besonderes Event: "The very
best of Michael Jackson".

Die Hoerer von RTR 2 - Die Powerstation und abertausende Mitglieder aller
Fanclubs des Kuenstlers aus Deutschland, Oesterreich und der Schweiz
koennen noch bis zum 18. Sept 23.59 h aus insgesamt 75 als Single
veroeffentlichten Songs von Michael Jackson eine Top 20 voten, die dann
von den Radio-DJ's Stephan und Christian am Samstag, den 22. Sept von
1800-2000 Uhr UT, (also 20-22 Uhr MESZ) praesentiert wird, garniert mit
Gruessen und persoenlichen Geschichten der Hoerer.

Wer via email an <mail @ rtr2.eu> eine korrekte Meldung mit den SINPO-
Empfangswerten der Kurzwelle schickt und seine eigene Mailadresse nicht
vergisst, der erhaelt eine speziell gestaltete EQSL-Karte mit einem Motiv
von Michael Jackson. Verfolgen kann man die Sendung aber auch in guter
UKW-Qualitaet via Internet-Stream, wenn man diese Daten eingibt:
<http://rtr2-diepowerstation.dyndns.org:8002/listen.pls>

Sollte wegen des grossen Interesses nicht jeder einen Stream erwischen,
gibt es auf der Website des Senders links unter "Zuhoeren" noch weitere
alternative Streams, die extra zusaetzlich geschaltet wurden. "Bislang ist
das Interesse derart gross, dass wir zusaetzliche Server aufgeschaltet
haben, damit auch wirlich jeder zuhoeren kann", freut sich Senderchef
Rainer Thomas Peters. Die Moderatoren Stephan und Christian sind besonders
stolz darauf, dass sich mehrere deutschsprachige Radiosender im Ausland
dazu entschieden haben, das Programm sogar live zu uebernehmen und auf
lokalen UKW-Frequenzen auszustrahlen Dazu gehoeren beispielsweise Sender
in verschieden spanischen und deutschen Ferienregionen. Andere werden noch
am Sonntag die komplette Sendung als Rebroadcast wiederholen. "Damit
hatten wir nicht gerechnet!"

Trotzdem verschweigen die beiden nicht, dass die Idee fuer das Event aus
einer Bierlaune heraus von einer treuen Hoererin des Senders vorgeschlagen
wurde. "Wir fanden die Idee geil und haben uns nicht lange bitten lassen!"
Und jetzt fiebern alle gespannt der Sendung entgegen. Zur Website fuer das
Voting gelangt man ueber
<www.rtr2.eu>
- Hoerervoting Michael Jackson.
Dort sind auch noch einmal alle genau Regeln fuer das Voting erklaert.
(Fritz-Walter Adam-D, A-DX Sept 14, ibid.)

RTR war bisher mit der Brokerei Media&Broadcast im Geschaeft, aber es kann
auch eine Spaceline Bulgaria Aussendung aus Kostinbrod sein, das passt zu
der runden xx00 kHz Frequenz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 19)

CANADA   Guenter Jacob in Passau, Germany still looks for answers to those
roaming reports: "Two months ago, I sent a letter to the Directorate of
RCI in Montreal with my thanks for the variety of interesting programs
that it was always a pleasure for listeners to tune in. But I also tried
to express my feelings after the close-down of transmissions via
Sackville; I wrote: 'When you receive this letter, Radio Canada
International is no longer on the air for its worldwide audience. RCI's
shortwave transmissions from Sackville have stopped, and I myself will
never forget how they encouraged me - as a boy of 14 years - to become a
shortwave listener. They widened my horizon of a large country across the
Atlantic, and they aroused my enthusiasm as a listener to world band radio
and collector of QSL verifications.

I remember the names of Gerd Peter Pick, Vera Hirschmann, Max Fleck,
Margaret Schweykowsky, Gunther Michelson, Walter Roome. My first reception
report was sent to the German Program in Montreal, from where I received
the first QSL card in my collection for the reception of CKCS on 15.32
Mc/s. Those were the days!'

I also mentioned in my letter that between 1955 and 2003, 52 QSL cards
arrived from Canada and were added to my growing collection. In order to
participate in club contests/competitions, after 2004 I could only receive
verifications for "Sackville/CAN" by reporting to other broadcasters with
programs relayed via Sackville: China Radio International verified
Sackville on 11 frequencies, Deutsche Welle on 3, Radio Japan on 2, and
other broadcasters verifying SAC/CAN for their relayed transmissions were
Austrian Radio (1), Radio Sweden (1), Vatican Radio (1), Voice of Turkey
(1).

When I made an attempt at finally getting RCI QSL cards before sign-off,
in May I was told: 'Thank you very much for your e-mail of the 9th with
your reception report. Your QSL letter is being mailed this afternoon. (We
have run out of QSL cards and, given the situation at RCI these days, we
will not be getting more printed.) As for your older reports, the problem
is that we do not have access to the files of program details from 2004
and 2005, so we are therefore unable to verify those reports at this
time.'
(Guenter Jacob-D, Sept NZL "DX Times" magazine, direct to wwdxc and via
dxld)

CANARY ISLANDS   486 kHz  Radio Station?  Hello group, a bit off topic,
but I faintly hear music and talk on 486 kHz. And thanks to the remote
Perseus servers I was able to get a perfect reception on the Perseus all
the way in south-east UK. Now the only thing i wonder: Which station is
this?? Here a screenshot:
<http://x264.nl/dump/0-40/486khz-2012-09-27-0255utc-remote-perseus-uk-newport.jpg>

And audio recording:
<http://x264.nl/dump/0-40/486khz-2012-09-27-0255-0305utc-remote-perseus-
uk-newport.mp3>

What language is this? And where is it from? Thanks!
(Jarod, Sept 27, Perseus-SDR yg via harmonics yg)

486, Heard in the midst a time announcement "is 4 hrs in Canaria" in
Spanish of course. An some news items of Canary Islands, and also RNE and
R Nacional mentioned often. RNE is registered on nominal 576 kHz 20 kW
from Las Palmas at Mesas de Galaz.

At 0520 UT heard also real loud and clear on remote Perseus in the
southerly U.K. coast. Looks like a punching error of '57' against '48'

CNR RNE 5 Mesas de Galaz, Las Palmas 747 / RNE1 576 20 kW.
two masts at 28 00 56.10 N  15 30 52.67 W
<http://binged.it/UYrwvp>
and 28 00 58.47 N  15 30 46.77 W
<http://binged.it/UYrbZn>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

Not necessesarely one of the CNR-transmitters. This announcement is made
on all nationwide networks (like "son las 5 horas, 4 en Canarias"). The
first regional programming of the day on RNE is normally at 0725 hrs
mainland local time.
(Patrick Robic-AUT, mwoffsets Sept 27)

What happened, when checked RNE spur? on 486 kHz again on Sept 29, I
noticed the outlet on air in Spanish discussion // 576 and many other
Spanish parallels, at 0020 UT Sept 29,

but many were OFF air, when checked again 0028 - 0030 UT.
Also 486 kHz was OFF air.
How is there regular Friday night schedule ?
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

HELP:  So, still a puzzle, only to solve by the local Spanish and
Portuguese MW DXer community, by using direction finding receivers
nationwide on Iberian peninsula. (wb)

CHAD   6164.960  RNT N'djamena noted with typical Sahel lady singer, S=7
fluttery fair signal at 1855 UT Sept 22. On even 6165 kHz also Zambia NBC
Radio-2 on air, but underneath.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 22)

6164.96  RNT, *0459-0505, Sept 30, sign on with local Afro-pop music.
French talk. Fair to good. Appeared to sign on after Japan signed off.
(Brian Alexander-PA-USA, DXplorer Sept 30)

When checked Chad at fade-out time in Germany around 0650 UT, only signal
under threshold seen from Chad on 6164.960 kHz, Sept 30.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)

CHINA/INDIA/TAJIKISTAN   Heard two Voice of Tibet outlets from Yangi Yul
on air in //, on 15487 and 15562 kHz at 1309-1311 UT tune in. Hit both by
heavy China mainland FIREDRAKE music jamming on 15485 and 15560 kHz.

15795  Heavy CNR talk jamming against AIR Chinese sce noted at 1304-1306
UT tune-in S=9+10dB jammer signal, like similar strength level Firedrake
against Voice of Tibet on 15485 and 15560 too.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

COLOMBIA   6010.2  La Voz de Tu Conciencia - Puerto Lleras, 0404-0423 Sept
23, man announcer with Spanish talk mentioning Colombia followed by soft
vocals with guitar. TC at 0410 and ID followed by more music. Several IDs
at 0416 followed by another man with a long talk. Fair to good.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Sept 24)

CUBA   Late night signals in 19 mb into Europe (like Brazil 15191v and ARG
15344v). RHC, nothing on 15140, 15230 Sp S=4 only {15265 NHK Italian opera
program via Bonaire S=9+5db at same time}, 15370 Port. No propagation on
17 MHz.

At 0000 UT Sept 30 in NC-US remote unit 17705 S=9, 13650 S=9+10dB mean CRI
in Portuguese via Cuban telecom relay, 11840 S=9+10, 11680 S=9+10, 9810
weak S=6 signal, all in Spanish.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29/30)

EGYPT   9964.997  Totally UNDERMODULATED signal with disturbed audio feed
broadcast from Abu Zabaal Radio Cairo to WeEUR and NoAM. Carrier is strong
on S=9+20dB, HQ prayer at 0420 UT Sept 27, acc Aoki list moved to that
channel on July 20.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

ERITREA/ETHIOPIA   And nearby ERI/ETH "family": ETH 7234.486 kHz, and
probably also ETH on weak level 7210 kHz, as well as adjacent ERI-1
probably Tigre on 7204.986 kHz.

And strongest of HoA broadcaster in 41 mb, ERI-2 in Arabic at 0405 UT Sept
27 freed 7164.991 kHz during heavy amateur radio traffic and settled past
two days on 7189.991 kHz instead.

Broad band WHITE NOISE jamming from ETH on 9705 kHz AGAINST NOTHING
{thanks Tarek in Cairo } - hot air produced by Ethiopian technican -,
S=8 signal here in Germany.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

GERMANY   WEB radio AFN Europe:
<www.afneurope.net/tabid/2101/Default.aspx>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

GERMANY   No more DRM from Deutschlandradio. It appears that
Deutschlandradio this week finally finished off with the DRM system they
considered a failure already two years ago. 855 kHz has apparently been
turned off, and 177 kHz is reported as now always running in AM again. So
far a token slot for DRM had still been kept here between 1 and 4 AM after
a fulltime use of DRM, introduced for IFA 2005 and commented there with
"there are listeners calling, saying your transmitter is broken, putting
out only noise, ha-ha-ha, how funny!", had been reverted after less than
four months to avoid unwanted discussions.

Deutschlandradio had, just like RTL, big hopes for DRM, leading to
substantial investments. All MW/LW transmission facilities not only got
new Transradio solid-state equipment, also a number of antenna systems had
to be upgraded to achieve the bandwith necessary to run DRM. Quite a lot
of licence fee payers money, wasted.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld Sept 22)

GERMANY   "SRinfo" printed magazine of Saarlaendischer Rundfunk, Saarbruck
will be ceased end of year in Dec 2012.

Der Saarlaendische Rundfunk wird das Unternehmens- und Programmmagazin
"SRinfo" aus Kostengruenden zum Jahres einstellen. Das Magazin wird im
Dezember zum letzten Mal erscheinen. Die "SRinfo" hat rund 11000
Abonnenten.

<http://www.sr-online.de/dersr/117/1488289.html>
(Paul Reinersch-D, A-DX Sept 29)

Salü, Danke Paul, das ist neben dem DLF Monatsprogrammheft das einzige
gedruckte Magazin welches hier noch bei mir seit 50 Jahren einlangt. Vom
SDR/SWR und DWL gedrucktes gibt es hier schon seit 1995 nicht mehr.

Die Zeitung vom Westdeutschen Rundfunk "WDR PRINT" gibt es auch noch:
<http://www.wdr.de/unternehmen/service/wdrprint/index.jsp>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

GERMANY   [SAAR]  LW183  The photos in the link Kai referenced show very
clearly how the insulator assemblies of the "post-and-frame" type are
*supposed* to function. In case of the failure of the porcelain post, the
frame prevents failure of the guy line. But if the frame itself is
undersized or deteriorates with corrosion so that its integrity is
compromised, then the interlocking nature of the mechanism is to no avail.
So it's actually possible that maintenance wasn't the issue, and that the
original structural analysis of the frame assembly was not thorough enough
(done with static analysis only and not dynamic, for example) or that not
enough safety factor was included in the analysis.
(Ben Dawson-USA, Iceland, Hatfield-Dawson, dxld Sept 26)

GREECE   9721  General Strike in Greece. Around 0640 UT Sept 26th. At
times of Greek strike one has time for pirate station games. Not here
locally on my gear, but on the excellent remote net Perseus DL0AO loop
antenna of ALA 100 type in Amberg and at Forli in Italy the MiniWhip
antenna, I hear a Greek pirate station played with Greek music. Harmonic
of Greek mediumwave pirate ?
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

GUAM/KUWAIT   15605.035  Odd signal of KSDA AWR Guam service (probably not
from substitute Trincomalee-CLN relay ?) in Hindi, S=9+10dB signal at 1530
UT Sept 25. Hit heavily by UTE RTTY like two peak sce on near by
15602/15603 kHz.

15540  Co-channel TERRIBLE program MIXTURE of Radio Kuwait in Filipino and
AWR KSDA Guam program in various Indonesian langs, noted at 1100-1200 UT
Sept 30.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25/30)

INDIA  {ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLS}   4760  AIR Port Blair (presumed), 1322-
1415, Sept 26. Indigenous music and subcontinent music; ads; 1330 UT
probably news; much better than the usual reception I hear. Improved
propagation or due to my new radio? AIR Leh recently reported in India as
being on 4660 (ex: 4760) kHz for several days now and indeed found an open
carrier there, but no audio, therefore impossible to confirm it's them.

4810, AIR Bhopal, 1357, Sept 28. This station was the first regional to
start with the coverage of today's cricket match between India and
Australia; pregame commentary then at 1359 first ball bowled; many ads in
Hindi; coverage in English and Hindi.

Coverage // with:
4820.0 AIR Kolkata (with QRM - often heard on 4820.8, but not
today, which was unfortunate, as is easier to hear off frequency)

4880 AIR Lucknow
5010 AIR Thiruvananthapuram
5040 AIR Jeypore

NOT // with:
4760 AIR Port Blair
4775 AIR Imphal (nice to have them back on the air again)
4835 AIR Gangtok (underneath Alice Springs)
4840 AIR Mumbai
4920 AIR Chennai (with QRM)
4940 AIR Guwahati (underneath VOS)
4970 AIR Shillong
5050 AIR Aizawl (tentative - underneath BBR).

4850, AIR Kohima. As of Sept 28, I last heard them on Sept 20.

5050, AIR Aizawl (tentative). Have not heard this in quite a while;
faintly heard under Beibu Bay Radio (but blocked when BBR played music!)
with some subcontinent music both Sept 27 and 28 from about 1320 to 1450.
Nice to hear something else here besides BBR.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 28)

4850  AIR Kohima, 1340-1400*, Sept 29. News in Hindi; 1350 UT "This is All
India Radio Kohima. The news read by ..."; news in English; first with the
headlines then the news in detail with item about the Governor of
Nagaland, "This is All India Radio Kohima with the news"; 1359 UT ad in
Hindi: "All India Radio Kohima" and off, at times fair reception.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

Nothing heard here on this channel in 0025 to 0100 UT slot.
Log in Germany, of Sept 30
4660 not
4775.011 tentat Imphal, QRM but UTE multi-tone 4773.5 kHz.
4765.8 very distorted mal function of TJK-R1 transmitter <<<<<!!!
4800.005 Hyderabad/Madras, strong
4810 Bhopal
4820 not
4840.002 Bombay, strongest AIR stn tonight.
4850 no
4879.995 Lucknow
4910.002 Jaipur
4920 Madras, QRM but heavy UTE 4918 kHz.
4940 Guwahati
4949.987 Srinagar HQ prayer
4965 Shimla
4970.004 Shillong
5010.006 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore, Odisha.

15019.957  One of the usual ODD FREQUENCY units from Panaji.
AIR Goa Panaji, a single hour in AIR English 10-11 Ut scheduled, heard at
1055 UT Sept 30, S=7 signal in Germany. - Midst on international AIR
TRAFFIC communication UTE band ...
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)

AIR Leh on 4660.3 kHz. AIR Leh noted on 4660.3 kHz today 27 Sept 2012 also
instead of 4760 kHz. Schedule is 0128-0430 and 1130-1630 UT. When music is
played its clear but when announcer speaks its not clear (like low
modulation)
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, DXindia Sept 27)

All India Radio Shillong has re-launched its website on 18th Nov{Sept??
wb.} with a snazzy new design, have a look at:

<http://airshillong.org/>
(Alokesh Gupta-IND, dxld Sept 28)

<http://airshillong.org/history/>
IND  Shillong Mawjrong 864 kHz 100 kW, 1197 1, 4970 7315(ex7130) kHz 50 kW

25 32 49.97 N  91 54 01.90 E
<http://goo.gl/maps/Mp5it>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 28)

INDONESIA   9680.050  Noted peak of RRI Radio 4, Jakarta Cimanggis on
9680.050 kHz footprint today, well on adjacent RTI Taiwan and China
mainland jamming on 9680 kHz even.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)

Youtube video tour of RRI Ujung Pandang {Makassar} Transmitter Site,
Indonesia.

Tour of Radio Republik Indonesia shortwave broadcast transmitter site at
Bontosunggu, Ujung Pandang, Indonesia 1995. Filmed during installation of
GEC Marconi B6131 250 kW HF broadcast transmitters and associated antennas
for the RRI National Broadcast Project.

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFl_a38Rng>

(23 Sept 2012, via Mike Barraclough-UK, dxld Sept 25)

INDONESIA   Christian, Mauno and Tarek, Congratulations on winning the
trip to Indonesia. I must look into their next contest!

I am eager to know if you visited the VOI 9526 transmitter which has now
been off the air for weeks, and when on is very defective in modulation.
Did you have any discussions with them about what the problem is with
their SW service, and whether they are ever going to bring it back? Are
you publishing any reports on your visit? 73,
(Glenn to Milling, Ritola and Zeidan, dxld Sept 20)

Hi Glenn, Thank you. I added Didarul to the delivery list, because he was
one of the winners and also a DXer. Actually Tarek and I were very lucky,
because the Chinese and Frenchman didn't go and we were chosen as
substitutes.

Unfortunately we didn't. The programme was all set up in beforehand and it
was very tight. We asked about it, but Jakarta traffic jams are terrible
and it would have taken a long time to visit the site. Also some
permissions possibly needed etc.

It has been back, haven't you noticed? They just have difficulties to keep
it on the air, because the transmitter is old and they haven't been able
to find spare parts. Maybe you with all your contacts are able to help
them?

We have written some reports there, for VOI and Ministry of Tourism.
Personally I don't have [time] in the nearest weeks, but maybe later. What
about you other guys, Didarul for example?
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, dxld Sept 26)

It's been missing since Sept 7, at least during the 13-14 English
broadcast when I check, and just about all the time according to Atsunori
Ishida-JPN
<http://www.rri.jpn.org/>

Then there is the question of all those other high-power SW transmitters
that they supposedly installed several years ago at Cimanggis, or
elsewhere, and what happened to them. I guess this has been discussed at
swsites. Any new info about those? 73,
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, ibid.)

Glenn, yes, seems that they are now off for a longer time. Maybe something
broken again in the transmitter? About all the other transmitters: I have
understood from some earlier mentions that the ones in Bonto Sunggu were
just left to rot and I guess the ones in Cimanggis have been dismantled or
used as spare parts for the remaining transmitters.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, ibid.)

9680.054   RRI Indonesia 4, 1130-1200 Sept 21, Noted a female talking in
Indonesian language while music in back ground. Tune being played is
"Anchors Aweigh". Many mentions of Indonesia. Signal was good and clear.
(Chuck Bolland-FL-USA, dxld Sept 26)

IRAN   9715.008  IRIB Tehran in Kurdish Sorani dialect at 0420 UT Sept 23.
See also IRIB morning check item under Belarus.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 23)

ISRAEL/IRAN   No signal of Kol Israel in Persian to WeAS on Sept
22/23/24/25/26:
1400-1530 13850 ISR 250 kW 090 deg & // 15760 ISR 250 kW 090 deg.

Only carrier on Sept 24/25/26 for Radio Galei Zahal on 6973 & 15850 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov and Georgi Bancov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

13849.890  Iranian security bubble jammer still on air at LATE 1552 UT
Sept 25. KOL Israel Yavne in Persian scheduled 1400-1530 UT. Center
frequency 13849.890 kHz of bubble jammer, in range 13846 to 13853 kHz.

KOL Persian service still OFF Sept 26, but also Galei Zahal 6973 and 15850
kHz, only strong carrier, so, not a main power problem at Yavne all four
channels ! National ISR holiday there ?
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25/26)

Israel again on air. Kol Israel in Persian again on air from Sept 27 at
new time:
1500-1630 on 13850 and 15760, ex1400-1530, Fri/Sat 1500-1600, ex1400-1500
UT.

Army Radio Galei Zahal again on air from Sept 27 on 6973 and 15850 kHz.

Israel DST ended on Sunday, 23. Sept 2012, 02:00 local daylight time.

Iran   DST ended on Friday, 21. Sept 2012, 00:00 local daylight time.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

KYRGYZSTAN   5130  R. Maranatha in Persian is not hard to hear with us in
the evenings. Someone tell me what is this station and QSL policy of this
station.
(Shukhrat Rakhmatullaev-UZB, deneb-radio-dx via RusDX 23 Sept)

I know that it works from Kyrgyzstan. She wrote on
<guvas @ ngu.ru>  (in 2009 or 2010.) the return was not, but the answer is
the same. Never tried it. Yesterday hear failed. Today, if we can take to
try to send to this address. If it still works.
(Alexander Golovikhin-RUS, deneb-radio-dx, ibid.)

Radio "Maranatha" is broadcast for a long time. But TWR (in any case, the
service broadcasting in the former USSR) denies its connection with the
station. We Mauno Ritola a couple of years ago trying to find out where
and how is it organized, but alas... it is possible that he- or add to the
information (Vasily Gulyaev-RUS, open_dx via RusDX Sept 23 via dxld)

I recall 5130 kHz reported years ago, but is it active now? Not in WRTH
2012 under Kyrgyzstan or in the SW frequency list. Aoki thinks so:
5130 Radio Maranatha 1457-1757 UT daily Persian/Tajik 100 NonDir
Bishkek KGZ TWR a12. And so does EiBi: 5130 1350-1700 KGZ Radio Maranatha
FS ME Not in A-12 HFCC.

DBS 14 released in April 2012 has 5130 kHz as a deleted station, with the
date it was last reported: 5130 KGZ SW Relay Sce, Krasnaya Rechka, DEC
2010

Searching back thru my mailbox and DXLD, the last log of it was a bit
later than that, but not by much:

KYRGYZSTAN Radio Maranatha/Hit Shortwave, Bishkek heard on 5130 at 1448
January 13 [2011], carrier came on, too weak to take down any specific
programme details. Noted during random checks to 1801 UT carrier off
again.
(Martien Groot-HOL, dxld via WDXC Contact magazine)

and before that, oops, wrong 'stan:

TAJIKISTAN   5130  R Hit Shortwave, Bishkek (pres), 1742-1900*, Dec 15,
[2010] songs, very weak, 15331.
(Bernard Mille-F, dswci DX Window Dec 31 via dxld)

And before that:

KYRGYZSTAN   5130.00  R Hit Shortwave, Bishkek (ex 6030 kHz), 1720-1757*
UT on Fri Dec 03, Vernacular conversation, religious hymns, 25322.
(Anker Petersen-DEN, dswci DXW Dec 16 via BC-DX 18 December 2010)

Note: the 5.1 MHz area is a prime spot for 2 x IF receiver images which
one must beware of if the rig is subject to those: 5130 kHz could
originate on 6030 or 6040 hmmm, look at that, it was reported to have
moved from 6030 to 5130, coincidence?

All this could be pointless, if the original item from Shukhrat above was
axually saying it is *NOT* heard now! transformed into the opposite by
stupid machine translation.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld)

Probably Persian station on 5130 kHz seems to be Radio Sedaye Zindagi in
Dari (Afgan-Persian) for Afghanistan. I copied ID of "Radio Sedaye
Zindagi" in Feb. 2012. The condition was bad under the influence of OTH
from China in Japan.
<http://www.sadayezindagi.com/>
(Sei-ichi Hasegawa-JPN, dxld)

Which says, "the home of Afghan Christian Radio", and not 5130 kHz, but is
this outdated:? "Afghan Radio Broadcast Times: You can listen to Radio
Sadaye Zindagi every morning at 7:00 am on the 31 meter band (9790 kHz).
And every evening at 7:30 pm on the 25 meter band (11755 kHz)."
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld)

LIBYA   Libya 11600 kHz, Cimanggis-INS 9526v and 9680 kHz, and Nigeria on
15120 heard  n o t  on past days.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

MADAGASCAR   12115  Zimbabwe Community Radio from Madagascar relay
produced a much cross equator fluttery signal, S=8 in peaks in Germany,
English phone interview at tune-in 1603-1607 UT, Sept 25. Talk on
corruption activities, smuggling behaviour across the borders.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

MALAYSIA   5964.72  Radio Klasik (formerly Klasik Nasional), 1245-1300,
Sept 25. In vernacular playing pop songs; 1259 UT heard their new ID and
new singing jingle for "Radio Klasik". Short audio attachment with ID and
jingle.

Thanks to Timm Breyel (Malaysia) for his informative email:

"I found it interesting that Radio Klasik ranked 8th in Malaysia. That
stat doesn't tell the whole story. There are so many FM stations in the KL
area (which are relayed to major towns across the nation), and they play
mostly contemporary Rock for a very young population. Radio Klasik is a
unique genre for a small aging population. Other than this, we have a
couple of Cantonese/ Hokkien stations, a station for the indigenous
ethnicities, a Tamil language station and a station that spins hits from
the 80s. One station occasionally will play some blues music.

I suspect their Marketing/Advertising want to rebrand the station. To make
appeal to this large youth market, Radio Klasik sounds more "youthful",
rather than the government- run (which it is) name, Klasik Nasional. Well,
those are my thoughts on the name change. Regards, Timm".
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld Sept 25)

Attachment(s) from Ron Howard:
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dxld/attachments/folder/1505449692/item/list>
Radio Klasik new ID and new singing jingle.mp3,
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld Sept 25)  {access for dxld members only?, wb}

MOLDOVA   Radio Rehoye Iran in Farsi is on the air on Monday Sept 24:
1700-1730 7530 KCH/Grigoriopol 100 kW 100 deg WeAS Mon-Fri, but not on
Sept 25!
(Ivo Ivanov and Georgi Bancov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

MOROCCO   9579.140  Radio Medi 1 from Nador wandered 4 kHz UP.

9579.17 (tent) R. Medi 1, Nador, Morocco -tune in at 2140 to Arabic music
and apparent anncmts in Arabic. Checked 9580 kHz and got positive ID from
Africa #1 playing french pop tunes, to drums and French ID. Definitely two
different signals. Tune back to 9579.17 kHz hearing US 1970's soul music
at 2155 UT to past top of hour than OM in French w/tent ID and into news
with clips of Pres. Obama speech at UN today. Signal was generally weak
w/distorted audio caused by local pulse type QRM and Africa #1 signal
being so close. Not positive of ID and have not heard this off frequency
before.

Perseus ability to separate signals on extremely close frequencies is
quite impressive. Something that I had only dreamed of as a young DX-er
back in the 70's.
(Stephen Wood-MA-USA, Perseus SDR W/25 x 50 Superloop antenna,
dxld Sept 26)

9579.140  This morning 0550 UT Sept 26 again noted irregular Radio Medi 1
at Nador, wandered 4 kHz higher frequency. Usual Moroccan Arabic program
mentioned often Maghreb. Signal level at S=9+20dB again today Sept 26th,
but Radio Medi Internat Nador on 9575 kHz was on very weak signal level
for some days now, since at least Sept 19th til Sept 24th.

Interference whistle tone of 860 Hertz, R Africa No. 1 hit on even 9580.0
kHz.

And another strange 17 tone UTE peak signal observed again on 9574 kHz, as
used like on military maneuver communication ...

Re 9575 Nador R Medi Int, + 17x UTE tone peak signals around
9573.86 - 9574.15 kHz

Hello Wolfgang, this is probably a (military) teletype system. A CIS
system from Russia? If traffic is sent, then you can measure a shift 200
Hertz between the two sampled carriers.

In IDLE state then see these "17x peaks". Similar UTE signals noted in our
European morning as usual on 11585 11814 120111 12135 12165 12184 kHz.
73, Peter, DL1YAK (Sept 22)
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

9575.0  VERY POOR this Sept 23 morning again at 0358 UT, only S=3-4 tiny
level.

Changed the unit now, usual pretty strength from Nador, BUT VERY ANNOYING
BUZZ AUDIO SIGNAL ! at 0530 UT on Sept 23.

At 1920 UT Sept 29 Nador Medi 1 on 9579.141 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 23/26/29)

Radio Medi 1 in French and Arabic on new 9579.15 kHz heard on Tuesday Sept
25 around 1630 UT. Very strong signal in Sofia and Troyan, Bulgaria.

Also no signal yesterday{Sept 25} and today from RTV MAROCAINE in Arabic
0800-2100 UT on 15349.2 kHz. Yes, missing today, checked 1120 UT, wb.
(Ivo Ivanov and Georgi Bancov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

9579.139  measured this morning the very odd away wandered R Medi 1 Nador
Morocco. S=9+25dB, fine feeder audio today, not disturbed anymore. French
language annmt by lady at 0430 UT.

The audio feeder quality of Radio Medi 1 Nador is much, much better, up to
excellent this morning, the tx and feeder net seemingly repaired now on
Sept 27th.

But still odd frequency measured against standard frequ 9996 RWM Moscow
and WWV USA 10 MHz, also checked nearby Vatican R and REE center
frequencies, so Nador signal centered at 9579.139 kHz this morning at 0430
UT.

S=9+25db signal. Nice modern Morrocan pop music before 0430 UT, female
singer, French annmt at 0430 UT. nx bulletin followed, on civil war battle
in Mali, common West African help troops in force to solve Mali conflict,
colonisation of extreme ISR settlers on Palestine soil. Preparation of
national police in Bamako Mali. Local Mali weather report by another lady
announcer at 0435 UT.

No Interference whistle tone this morning at 0430 UT, R Africa No. 1 could
NOT BE TRACED on even 9580.0 kHz.
{but Gabon 9580 heard BACK on 2nd tune-in around 0550 UT Sept 27}

9574  But still on air again strange 17 tone UTE peak signal observed here
in Germany, as used like on military maneuver communication ...

9579.139 kHz this Sept 30 morning, news in French about Tuareg Berber
people in Mali, read by lady at 0733 UT. Accompanied by some buzz in audio
in background. S=9+10dB in southern Germany.

15349v  NOT ON AIR Sept 30 at 1030 UT.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27/30)

15349.1  Sept 28 at 2045 UT, IMM is still missing. What's wrong at Nador?
Leaves weak and fluttery RAE 15345v ARGENTINA in the clear, so Europeans
should be enjoying unimpeded that only remaining external service from
SoAmerica during their M-F hours to that continent.

9579.12v  Sept 29 at 0537 UT, the Medi Un frequency from Nador is also
absent, which it should be if they can't get it back onto proper 9575 kHz;
Africa No. Un, Gabon, unimpeded in French on 9580 kHz.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 29)

MYANMAR   5985.828  Pretty nice signal at 1545 UT Sept 24 from Rangoon
Myanmar. Sweet music and young singer.

5985.808  Very weak S=4 signal, endless female voice talk, probably from
Myanmar Radio Rangoon, 1335-1342 UT tune-in. Sept 25. At 15.58 UT Sept 24
started CRI Beijing Swahili on 5985 even, no chance to hear Burma here
anymore.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 24/25)

NEW ZEALAND   New Zealand winter time ends.
By the way, daylight saving (summer) time starts in N.Z. this weekend at
1500 UT on Saturday Sept 29. Clocks advance one hour.

0200 hrs Sunday local time.
<www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=22>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

NIGER   [pres]  9705.6  heard at 2101 UT on the off frequency, after
ETHIOPIA signed off 9705 kHz with its National Anthem. Best in either LSB
or USB, but a very weak mostly unreadable signal here at an indoor setting
with a Active Loop Antenna. Can make out what sounded like local African
music at 2114 UT.
(Bruce Fisher-NY-USA, dxld Sept 22)

Thanks Bruce.
9705.575  Broad mucho fluttery S=5 to 8 signal of Voix du Sahel from
Niamey, like a speech to the crowd in Hausa language. At 2140 UT Sept 22.

9705.586  at 1900 UT on Sept 23.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 22/23)

9704.99  LV du Sahel, at 2230-2300* UT on Sept 26, Euro-pop music. Lite
instrumental music. French/vernacular announcements. Local chants at 2255
UT. Short flute IS at 2258 UT and sign off with National Anthem. Weak, but
readable.
(Brian Alexander-PA-USA, hcdx Sept 26)

9704.994  Voix du Sahel Niamey in French observed this morning at 0552 UT
on Sept 27, fair signal S=7 in French language noted here in Germany. Talk
by male and female. Another signal peak SEEN on 9705.030 kHz, which could
be seemingly ETH?
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

NIGERA   nothing heard of the Nigerians Abuja or Ikorodu signals this
morning on 15120 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 26)

15120  Voice of Nigeria, 0615-0625, Sept 30, tune-in to English news.
Sports news. ID. Good signal strength, but with slight whine in audio.
Nigeria not heard at 0445-0500 UT checks.
(Brian Alexander-PA-USA, DXplorer Sept 30)

15120  yes Nigeria on air this Sept 30, at 0703 UT in French talk about
Telecom ministry. Fluttery WeAF signal in S=8 to S=9+5dB strength. Yes,
accompanied by some buzz in audio in background.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)

PAKISTAN   [KASHMIR]  RADIO MUZAFFARABAD GOES OFF AIR.
<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Sep/15/radio-muzaffarabad-goes-off-air-72.asp>

Functioning in pitiable conditions after the October 2005 earthquake, Azad
Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad (AKRM) has gone off air for the past three
days, but the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) bosses in Islamabad
seem to be least bothered about it.

The AKRM was inaugurated in PaK on October 15, 1960 by the then President
K H Khurshid to stimulate the Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control
(LoC). Notwithstanding meager resources, the station however drew huge
listenership on both sides, putting across programmes in Kashmiri, Gojri,
Pahari and Urdu languages during 18 hours transmissions, thanks to the
highly committed professional broadcasters of yesteryears.

Initially, the transmissions were aired through a one-kilowatt shortwave
(SW) transmitter. Later, the then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
upgraded it by sanctioning a 10-kilowatt medium wave (MW) transmitter.

In 1983, a 150-KW High Power Transmitter (HPT) replaced 10-KW MW
transmitter to expand its reception in as far area as possible. However,
the October 2005 earthquake played havoc with the buildings and equipment
of AKRM in its broadcasting house in the main old city and the HPT Centre
on the outskirts, brining its transmissions to halt.

The AKRM resumed its transmissions provisionally in the last week of
October 2005 when an FM transmitter was installed. Over the past seven
years, neither the building of AKRM nor of the HPT centre was rebuild and
the skeleton staff at AKRM (35 against the sanctioned strength of 125) has
been running transmissions from flimsy tents and shelters, braving
scorching summer heat and biting winter cold, from 6 am to 11 p.m. with a
2 hour midday break.

Being an FM radio, the transmissions were heard in a very limited area.
The HPT was made functional but it has been relaying 'National
Broadcasting Service' programmes and not the ones aired from AKRM through
FM transmitter.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, the FM transmitter also went out of
order, thus suspending even the FM transmissions of AKRM, which in PBC
documents is referred to as Rawalpindi-II.

"Three days on, the AKRM which was once enthusiastically heard across the
state as well as in many areas of Pakistan has been silent but nobody at
the PBC headquarters seems to be bothered although they have been informed
about it in writing," sources said.

"Even the government functionaries in Muzaffarabad seem to have turned a
blind eye towards this situation," they regretted.

AKRM sources said after the earthquake, the PBC bosses had pledged, on a
number of occasions, installation of 100-KW MW transmitter in
Muzaffarabad, but that promise was not fulfilled till date.

"It's ostensibly because the PBC people don't feel themselves under any
compulsion to do it on urgent basis and also none in the ranks of (PaK)
government has ever forcefully taken up this issue with them," sources
said.

When contacted, AKRM's station director Javed Iqbal confirmed that FM
transmitter had gone out of order from 1 pm on Wednesday. "We have
informed the (PBC) headquarters and they say that they will be doing
something," he said. "Indeed its very important station and if the
headquarter pays attention, this problem can be resolved."

Pertinently, Radio Kashmir Srinagar has a 300-kW MW and 100-kW SW
transmitters, apart from four powerful relaying stations along the LoC.
Lastupdate: Muzaffarabad, Sat 15 Sep 2012.
(via Kevin Redding, ABDX via dxld Sept 26)
probably TX location PAK Muzaffarabad 792 kHz 150 kW ?
34 21 51.42 N  73 27 47.40 E

AKR Muzaffarabad already no longer on SW, anyway. It's hard to tell
exactly where it is on small-scale maps, right on the border with Pakistan
proper, but apparently is on the AK side.
(gh, dxld Sept 26)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA   3385  NBC East New Britain, 1132-1212*, Sept 26.
Reactivated again after a brief appearance in July; first noted by Dave
Valko on Sept 24 (Thanks Dave!). Non-stop medical program in Tok Pisin
talking about different health issues till suddenly off.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 28)

RUSSIA   On the upper side of the Radio frequency Russia has a strong
rumble on frequencies : 12070, 13665, 7215, 9480 kHz. It is not out of the
studio, as well as during the news to 567, 4050, 6085, etc. is missing. If
was not familiar with the Russian language, I would think it is Saudi
Arabia - they have been for ten years a number of transmitters can be
heard with such a buzzing sound. May not be using the exact word for this
sound.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, "deneb-radio-dx", RUSdx Sept 30)

On September 27, the day on 13665 kHz especially buzzing, so that I
couldn't normally listen to and turned off. It is clear that this is a
defect of the transmitter in Moscow, which broadcasts Radio of Russia at
all frequencies.
(Alexander Egorov-UKR, "deneb-radio-dx", RUSdx Sept 30)

BUZZ still there and visible also on Perseus window screen, Sept 30 13665.
Informed Andrey at Taldom site by e-mail this morning ... maybe probelem
will be fixed next working week, despite of looming national holiday...
wb.

RUSSIA   Radio station "Freedom" to stop from November 10, broadcasting in
Moscow.

From next November 10 will terminate the broadcasts of Radio Liberty /
Radio Free Europe on mediumwave from Moscow. The tx should be that of 1044
kHz from Kurkino. Here is an article about:
<http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120921/176144944.html>

RIA Novosti. Radio Svoboda (Liberty) of November 10, stopped broadcasting
on medium wave (1044 kHz, RUSdx ed.) in Moscow and transferred to the
media type of broadcasting, which implies the transfer of the broadcasting
of radio in Internet, has informed RIA Novosti Director of the Russian
representative office of the radio station Elena Glushkova.

A number of media outlets reported earlier that the "Freedom" to stop
broadcasting in Russia on medium waves.

"We had a license to broadcast only in Moscow, now in Moscow broadcast
stops," said Glushkova.

She noted that the decision on the termination of broadcasting in the
capital brought about by the entry into force on 10 November norms of the
Russian law on the mass media, in accordance with which the broadcasting
may not be carried out on the territory of the Russian companies, more
than 50 per cent of which are foreign individuals or legal entities.

"We just belong to this category of companies. And as always respect the
laws of the Russian Federation, we will abide by it and henceforth.
Therefore, 10 November we will leave from the air", - said Glushkova.

"We are developing the multimedia strategy, and it means, that as the main
platform for broadcasting will now use the Internet," she added.

Russian service of radio "Liberty" is one of the 23 services (editorial)
radio station that broadcasts in 28 languages in 21 country of the Eastern
Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, near and Middle East. The correspondent
network of the Russian service includes 23 Bureau (Bureau) and dozens of
freelance correspondents in all regions of Russia and many countries of
the world.

Radio "Freedom" (the full name of the radio "Free Europe") is an
international non-profit broadcasting organization, funded by the U.S.
Congress. The headquarters of the organisation is located in the centre of
Prague.
<http://www.ria.ru>  (Sept 21 via RUSdx)

SAUDI ARABIA   9714.930  BSKSA Riyadh's morning HQ service in Arabic, at
0415 UT Sept 23.

15224.974  At the opening of two hours Call of Islam program at 1500-1505
UT and then to 1515 UT, heard a more modern westernized music program type
from Riyadh, totally in Arabic, // 15434.982 kHz. At 1515 UT switched to
live coverage of HQ prayer to the crowd.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 23/25)

SOMALIA   7120 Hargeisa Somalia as usual every morning, heard at 0406-0409
UT, but suffered by some far much stronger Russian amateur radios stations
close to 7119.6 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

TAIWAN   {UNIDENTIFIED}  15760, Again heard today Sept 25, seemingly SOH
in Chinese in 1300-1330 UT slot, endless fast talk by man and woman, noted
at 1307-1309 UT Sept 25. S=8 signal in Germany. But no jamming at all.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

TAIWAN/THAILAND   15680  Co-channel TERRIBLE program MIXTURE of RFI Paris
in French to Asia via Tainan-TWN relay site and Radio Farda program in
Persian via Udorn Thani-THA relay, noted at 1100-1130 UT Sept 30. Both S=8
signals.

9464.917  Very odd signal from RTI English service via Tainan-TWN,
scheduled 11-12 UT, noted at 1137 UT Sept 30, weak S=4-6 fluttery signal
level make it towards Europe.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)

TAJIKISTAN   {UNIDENTIFIED}  15422 kHz, Chinese language outlet, seemingly
SOH from Yangi Yul TAJIKISTAN noted in 1505-1513 UT slot Sept 25, S=7-8
signal here in Germany. Not jammed.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

TAJIKISTAN/RUSSIA   12109.970  One 500 kW TX unit at Orzu-TJK tx site is
always odd frequency. That is probably the only Russian stn on odd
behaviour. Noted VoRUS Arabic service at 16-17 UT Sept 25, scheduled
// 12160 and 12165 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

TANZANIA   [Zanzibar]  11735  At 1618 UT Sept 25. With headphones could be
program understandable, refers to something ... Zanzibar TZA with less
than 10% level modulation, but nice tighter Chinese transmitter carrier
from the spice island. 15-18 UT registered.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

UKRAINE   [tentat. ? still ?]  11560  UNMISS Radio Miraya FM is again back
on 11560 kHz channel on Sept 23 at 0405 UT S=9 in Germany. Female English
announcer. Whether still from Mykolaiev-UKR? Perseus window screenshot is
totally different compared to 11510 Kurdish language station.

Registered in B-12 winter season on 9940 kHz at 0300-0600 to target zones
47,48 from Mykolaiev-UKR 250kW 180degr in Arabic/English, UKR MIR BRB.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 23)

UKRAINE   Sept 22 from 1630 to 1700 UT took Ukrainian radio (radio channel
Culture) at a frequency of 1431 kHz (Mykolaiv Luch, 150 kW). SINPO: 45454.

Sept 23 from 0400 till 0430 UT took Ukrainian radio (radio channel
Culture) at a frequency of 1431 kHz (Mykolaiv Luch, 150 kW). SINPO: 35433.

Good reception of the Ukrainian radio to that frequency. Even today in the
morning, when many Moscow transmitters on medium waves started to
gradually disappear, ur-3 could be heard quite well.

Sept 27 with 0330 to 0400 UT took Ukrainian radio-3 (radio channel
Culture) at a frequency of 1431 kHz (Luch, Nikolaevskaya oblast, 150 kW).
SINPO: 45444.
(Dmitry Kutuzov-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx" via RUSdx Sept 30)

UKRAINE   On September 17, 2012 noted transition Radio Tsentr of
Dokuchaevsk of the Donetsk region with 1359 kHz (where it strongly
pressure the Iranians) on the frequency of 1017 kHz.

In the air still declared to be the frequency of 1359 kHz.

The power Radio Tsentr - 40 kW, the work was excellent, but recently
reduced to 0300-2100 UT, according to the information on the site
<http://www.ukrtvr.org/1239>
(Andrei Ehrlich-UKR, deneb-radio-dx, RUSdx Sept 23)

20 September 2012. Today heard only on 1359 kHz.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, deneb-radio-dx, RUSdx Sept 23)

On September 21, 2012 took from 1724 to 1755 UT on 1431 kHz UR - 3 (Radio
Culture) SINPO - 45444. Sent through the site report. But I doubt that the
answer. For them it is not instituted. Drew attention to the site of the
clock of a hurry to 5 minutes. Took the Degen 1103, the antenna of the
staff of 10 meters.
(Alexander Golovikhin-RUS, deneb-radio-dx, RUSdx Sept 23)

UNIDENTIFIED   15760  Again heard today seemingly SOH in Chinese in
1300-1330 UT slot, endless fast talk by man and woman, noted at
1307-1309 UT Sept 25. S=8 signal in Germany. But no jamming at all.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

UNIDENTIFIED/TAJIKISTAN {tent}   15422 kHz  Chinese language outlet,
seemingly SOH from Yangi Yul TJK noted in 1505-1513 UT slot, S=7-8 signal
here in Germany. Not jammed.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

UAE   13870.030  NHK Radio Japan in Urdu sce via Al Dhabbaya relay site,
odd frequency, 1515-1600 UT, Sept 25. Logged around 1545-1550 UT with
S=9+15dB signal, only sidelobe into Germany. Worth listening fine Japanese
lady singer.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

U.K.   17685  RTE Radio 1 via Skelton, at 1604-1632 UT Sept 23, All
Ireland Football Finals with post game coverage, news, weather, ads and
several IDs. Generally poor with fair on peaks.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Sept 24)

U.K.   17745  Sudan Radio Service finale imminent, last transmission via
Woofferton-UK relay siteSept 25th at 15-17 UT. Last SW broadcast after
nine years in service, sponsored by US Aid organization.

Now only FM stations erected in few villages in southern Sudan to bcast
Sudan Radio Service. Started on shortwave on 30 July 2003. Listen to the
condensed four mins duration final recording in English of Sept 25th, in
Sudanese vernac 1500-1630 UT, English at 1630-1659 UT. Powerhouse
S=9+20dB strength from U.K.

The lady announcer heard in African accented English, closer to British
accent, than broad US Yankee "Uncle Sam" slang what might be expected,
1630-16.59:35 UT, TX Woofferton transmission OFF.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 25)

No English yet at 1620 UT, except for the occasional word such as
"shortwave". Will there ever be any English by 1700* UT? Reception is
fading down.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 25)

Re: Sudan Radio Service finale imminent. Excellent reception with a man
and woman in conversation, not in English, at 1550 UT.

They mentioned at 1652 UT this being the final broadcast of SRS, etc., and
then goodbye. Into music. Not sure whether there'll be anything more from
them or not.

Nope, the YL came back at 1657 UT with what's going to happen in the
future. Starting to fade, though, so more difficult to follow now.
Switching from my North directed corner fed loop, to the ALA 100 (more
E/W) improved reception, but with slight long/short path echo. The
transmitter, unfortunately cut prematurely at 16:59:30 UT while she was in
mid-sentence ... Not a nice was to say goodbye!
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Sept 25)

17745  Sudan Radio Service finale imminent.
Very Good reception of SRS here in Cairo , with the goodbye announcement
in African accent they mentioned they are going to be on FM band all over
South Sudan.

A recording of the last few minutes of SRS you may check my sound cloud
page

<www.soundcloud.com/su1tz>   All the best from Cairo, Egypt
(Tarek Zeidan-EGY, dxld Sept 25)

USA   ex9370v  I paid a visit to Newport NC last week to see what was
going on at WTJC. Well, the transmitters are now scrap. The GE{General
Electric?} rig that was on 9370 kHz is gone and all that's left of it is
piles of scrap metal on pallets waiting for the crap yard. The same goes
for the working (not anymore) 317C2 Continental rig that they were using
on the other frequency (I don't recall what it was [5920 WBOH]). They had
pallets piled with transformers and had cut up transmission line and were
smashing vac caps for scrap. It's really amazing a sawzall can go through
a transmitter that quickly! Though it may be hard to believe, but I really
understood their position in disposing of the facility. Anyway WTJC lives
no more. Unless you believe in the reserection of all things.
(Glenn W7GS/4 Swiderski, dxld Sept 25)

USA   Probably WCBQ on like USB mode on 9330.080 kHz, S=8 level and I
enjoyed a nice song at 0547 UT Sept 27.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 27)

USA   WRNO relaying Deutsche Welle Africa Beat program from 0300-0327 UT
on 7505 kHz.

Don't know if this is a regular thing or not, but they were relaying DW,
then DW asked for shortwave reception reports ... At 0327 UT, WRNO
returned to playing songs with a live DJ asking for request via email.
Signal was excellent when they were relaying DW but appears to be muffled
while playing music.
(gpsblake, dxld Sept 28)

WRNO is on with great signal here at 0355 UT with music ... but distorted
audio.
(Gilles Letourneau-CAN, dxld Sept 29)

7506.4  Sept 28 at 0344 UT, WRNO is extremely strong, but the modulation
is extremely suppressed as usual.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 28)

7506.430 kHz measured, heard at 0345-0348 UT Sept 29 here in Germany,
solid S=7 signal.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

USA   12104.976  WTWW in Portuguese, weak signal here in Germany,
at 0356 UT Sept 29.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 29)

USA   5085  WTWW-2 on air tonight.
George McClintock informs me that WTWW-2 will be on the air tonight, with
a 4-hour Ted Randall show starting at 0000 UT Sunday Sept 30, on 9990 kHz.
Probably will switch to 5085 at 0100, upon advice of listeners. Apparently
this will be a regular show, and others will soon be added to the #2
transmitter schedule.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 30)

VIETNAM   9839.871  Odd signal from Son Tay site, VoVTN in English at
1130-1200 UT Sept 30 observed on Olympics feature.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 30)
 


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