WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - May 18th, 2013 (BC-DX #1116)

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany

ALASKA   KNLS release a new QSL to annouce 30th anniversary.

Re: reception report of KNLS programme.

Dear Jonathan,
So glad to hear from you again! I hope you are well. Yes, I remember
writing you several times in the past. Thank you for your reception
reports. I believe we have printed a new QSL card since the last one we
sent you, so you'll be glad to receive it. You will be one of the first
people to receive this new QSL which is printed in commemoration of our
30th anniversary of broadcasting!

We currently have only the antennas that are in Alaska, as you see in the
pictures on <>

One of these transmitters has been down (broken) sometimes during the past
months, and I am not sure when it will be repaired; the engineers are
working on it now, but it is old. We do not broadcast Chinese or English
on other stations/antennas. However, we are building another antenna site
in the Indian Ocean, so we look forward to beginning transmission from
that antenna; but I do not know when it will begin.

It is also correct that we do NOT receive funds from the government of the
United States or any other country. We are a private radio station that
was begun for the purpose of spreading the Good News of the Bible, Jesus
and Christianity. You have listened to us for a long time, so I think you
are very familiar with the content of our programs. We use some human-
interest segments from Radio Canada International, but we receive no funds
from the Canadian government. They do not pay us to air their segments;
and we do not pay them for the segments. They just allow us to use the

I believe that I asked you before whether you visit <> often
or not. I hope you will visit <> very often, as you can enjoy
reading and listening to a lot of information on our website.


Please check <> and <> for the latest news about
our station. (We do not send a newsletter or schedules to listeners.) I
will put a QSL card in the mail for you.

Edward Short (from dxswl via wwdxc BC-DX topnews May 17)

ANTARCTIC ARGENTINE   15476.003  LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcangel, from San
Gabriel (Base Esperanza, Antarctica), ATA. A peak string seen on 15476 kHz
approx. 1814 UT May 15 too, but seemingly NOW OFF. But now at 1822 UT only
the BBC Al Dhabbiya on odd 15479.957 kHz visible, latter S=9+10dB sidelobe
into western Europe.

When checked again, at 2034 UT May 15th seen a peak string on footprint
15476.003 kHz tonight, but the 20-21 UT powerhouse from BBC Arabic service
via Oman relay on even 15480 kHz makes the reception impossible.

I guess tentativelly I heard some bandoneon music in 15476 kHz range.
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

LRA 36 was on air on May 15 on footprint 15476.003 kHz.
But not heard tonight May 16 and also May 17 here in Europe.

But RAE Buenos Aires Italian sce noted at 1940-2001 UT May 16,
footprint 15344.845 kHz, wandered down 10 Hertz within 2 minutes.

RAE General Pacheco in French language started late at 2002:45 UTC, and
wandered still downwards 20 Hertz, now on 15344.825 kHz at 2003 UTC.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16/17)

FULFILLS 24-YEAR VISION, see for illustrations:


Australia dedication crowd2 lr Meg Shedley, 89 (and her husband, Don), who
donated a 200-acre farm for the orginal broadcast site in Kununurra in
1997, takes in the dedication of the new transmitter site along with 100
others on April 21. [caption]

(May 3, 2013 - by Harold Goerzen) David Maindonald seemed incredulous as
he reflected on his 24-year vision to air the gospel via shortwave radio
from Australia to the Asia Pacific Region.

"Yes, the story of HCJB Global-Australia is truly a story of what God has
done," he told a crowd at the dedication of the ministry's new
international broadcast site in Kununurra, adjacent to the original site
that had been used to broadcast since 2003. "And we want to give Him all
the glory," he commented, referring to an Old Testament Bible verse, "See
what God has done" (Numbers 23:23).

Others urged him to abandon what was called in 1989 his "far-fetched"
vision, foreseeing obstacles in acquiring radio licenses and land for the
site. When potential donors were approached with the idea, they predicted
problems finding staff and money for the project.

Programs Air in 26 Languages.

Australia dedication Maindonald2 lr David Maindonald [caption]

"That wasn't easy to handle," related Maindonald, who led the mission's
Australia office for nearly two decades. Among the 100 attendees at the
April 21 event, braving 105-degree (Fahrenheit) heat and biting insects,
was HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson, who deemed as a miracle the
station's presence on the shortwave frequencies. The facilities broadcast
the gospel in 26 languages from Kununurra near the northern tip of Western

"It's reaching some of the most populous and least-reached places of the
world-going into Japan, China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia,"
Pederson said later in an audio report.

Australia Dedication Pederson and Stagg lr Wayne Pederson (left) and Dale
Stagg at the inauguration [caption]

Excerpts from listeners' letters were featured in a brochure distributed
at the ceremony. One listener had written from India's Gujarat state, "We
do not have a church. Radio programs are a blessing for us to know about
Jesus. We listen to Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi programs. The
reception is good. Pray that my family and I and would accept Jesus too."

A listener in Indonesia wrote, "Your station is totally different from any
other I've ever known. It brings peace, joy and hope - things that have
been lost in my life for quite a long time."

Multiple Challenges Overcome

Pederson outlined some of the trials encountered along the way. "Through
many years of overcoming regulations, federal permissions, local
clearances, financial challenges and power line difficulties, this station
is now a reality," he said. Then he coupled those comments with
explanations of bargains obtained to broadcast from the site.

Australia dedication plaque lr Unveiling a plaque which reads, "HCJB
Australia International Broadcast Facility. Dedicated to the glory of God.
21st April 2013. 'So that all may hear' (Romans 10:14)." Left to right: Ty
Stakes, Stephen Sutherland, Wayne Pederson, Dale Stagg, David Maindonald,
Derek Kickbush. [caption]

"The curtain antenna came from Croatia. It was brand new but it was
intended by the communists to send propaganda all across the former Soviet
Union. The towers were bought from the Australian Army for 5 cents on the
dollar. Those are scrap metal prices! The transmitters are the refurbished
transmitters from Radio Station HCJB in Ecuador, now being repurposed to
reach this part of the world."

Also attending the ceremony were HCJB Global Asia Pacific Executive
Director Ty Stakes, Australian Member of Parliament Barry Haase and Meg
Shedley, who turns 90 this year. Back in 1997 when the Australian
government still wasn't issuing international broadcast licenses, she and
her husband, Don, donated a 200-acre farm in Kununurra in faith that it
could serve as an international shortwave site.

"This site has so many advantages," John Stanley had said of the site at
that time. An engineer who helped to staff the mission's shortwave site in
Ecuador decades ago, Stanley serves as an international broadcasting

Australia dedication erecting tower lr Volunteers help erect a tower for
the curtain antenna in 2008 [caption]

"Assuming that a license can be obtained, it would be difficult to see it
as anything other than God's provision," Stanley had concluded. After the
towers were procured, staff members and countless volunteers began
erecting them on the donated land that was also used to raise sugarcane.
The applications for broadcast licenses were turned down three times
however, according to Maindonald. Then an unexpected answer came on April
18, 2001.

"The laws of Australia were changed, and we were given not one but four
international broadcasting licenses, and we had to be on air within two
years," he recounted. "Suddenly the dream of international broadcasting
came alive again."

Launching International Broadcasts

An HC100 (100,000-watt) shortwave transmitter that had been shipped from
Ecuador to the U.S. was in turn shipped to Australia just as U.S.
dockworkers went on strike. In late 2002 it arrived in Australia, where
station staff needed every bit of time to get it operational in time for
the deadline. Negotiations with authorities resulted in more than $100,000
in duty and taxes being waived. The shortwave station went on the air on
Jan. 5, 2003, with five hours of programming to the South Pacific. A month
later the South Asia broadcasts to India began.

Australia dedication cooking lunch lr Grilling lunch on the "barbie" for
guests at the dedication [caption]

Although well-suited to shortwave broadcasting, the original site was too
small for expansion. "It was always intended to be temporary," according
to Dale Stagg, Australian director and CEO. "Basically, when the licenses
were granted we had a two-year timeframe to get on the air so we had to
get up and running as best we could and look to future development beyond
that time. The new site is part of a 1,200- acre parcel of land leased
from the state government about a mile from the original site." The
Shedley property is now used for staff housing.

In 2005 a high-quality curtain antenna was purchased from a radio station
in Croatia for a quarter of its market value and erected three years
later. In 2006 a second HC100 was shipped to Australia. The 21- year lease
from the Western Australia government for the 1,200-acre site was also
signed in 2006. In 2011 the high-tension power line was installed along
with a donated parabolic antenna from Ecuador.

In 2012 one of the existing transmitters was relocated to the new
transmitter building, and broadcasts began at the new site in July 2012.
In March 2013 broadcasts commenced using both 100-kw transmitters.

Australia dedication listeners lr Radio listeners in India hear a program
in their native tongue [captioni]

"India, one of our priority countries, has a population of over 1.2
billion people," Stagg said. "Sixty percent of India's population does not
even have access to FM, so shortwave for India is still a crucial means of

"A third HC100 coming in a few months will be digital, enabling us to
reach a whole new audience with the clear, digital sounds of shortwave,"
added Pederson. "[Our Australian partners] are dedicated people, and
they've done a great job. You should see this impressive facility."

"Our broadcast site gives us great access to the Asia Pacific Region,"
Stagg recounted. "Our region contains more than 4 billion people and many
of the world's unreached people groups."

Source: HCJB Global-Australia (HCJB PR via dxld May 8)
More [same] at: <>
(via Alokesh Gupta-IND, dxld May 8)

BOSNIA/SERBIA    6099.995  In Bijeljina Bosnia the 125 kW tx is on air
again, noted Radio Serbia International 6100 kHz service scheduled 1800-
2130 UT, and also logged 9685 kHz to Nordamerika - in our deep night 0000-
0130 UT.

Today at 1945 UT May 14 logged the Spanish sce at 1915 UT - covered
economic and political European matter. Powerful signal S=9+50dB here in
southern Germany. But - rather tiny low modulation!
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 14)

9685, May 11 at 0057 UT, International Radio Serbia is back! Usual VG
signal, hitting all the bars on the DX-398, significantly stronger than
VOR/Pridnestrovye on 9665 kHz, with folk music, 0059 UT English
announcement with website
<> which is a lot simpler than the original
Serbian version; 0100 UT IS variations, 0102 UT in Serbian.

This had vanished after last log on UT May 2; altho not checked May 9 or
10, I have yet to see any other reports of it back on those dates.
Transmission schedule (miscalled "program schedule") tho bearing current
A-13 season dates at
is still headed "Radio Yugoslavia Shortwave"!
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 11)

They are on air tonight on 6100 kHz, noted around 1830 UT, wrapping up
Russian with plugging the next, non-existant transmission on 9635 kHz (or
has the low power transmitter at Stubline been reactivated?). A bit of IS,
then next broadcast in English.

Unsurprisingly no carrier break in between. I understand that the
transmitter at Jabanusa is now permanently connected to a northwest-aiming
curtain and the antenna switch disabled (and/or all other antennas
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld May 11)

BOTSWANA/SRI LANKA/VATICAN STATE   VoA Somali service at 0330-0400 UT
11750smg 13680bot/ira 15620ira.

13680 kHz 0330-0400 UT to zone 48 via Botswana, from 13 May to 06 June
2013, instead of Iranawila Sri Lanka antenna extension works ?
13680 remains from IRA from June 7th.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

CHINA   17520  CNR-1 National Emergency broadcast.
New frequency 17520 for CNR-1 National Emergency broadcast in Chinese.
First noted on May 13 and 14 1200-1500 UT, strong co-ch Radio Pakistan in
Urdu from 1330 // freqs 9800, 12000. On May 15 1200-1330 and s/off. Today
May 15 no broadcast of Radio Pakistan 1330-1530 on 17520 & 15235 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

CHINA   5075  V. of Pujiang Shanghai QSL'd with full data verie letter
from Victor Qian for an April 17 reception on 5075 kHz at 1200-1300 UT.
Indicated that I was the last, or one of the last to hear the station
before it went off the air. Not sure about that part, but nice to get this
verie anyway!
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer May 15)

CHINA/TAIWAN   Some SOH / CNR jamming logs of May 16 at 16-17 UT.
 6970 1603 SOH
 9970 1610 CNR1 jammer
11765 1612 CNR1 Jammer
11970 1614 SOH
13850 1616 SOH
14600 1618 SOH
15970 1619 SOH
16920 1620 SOH strongest signal, maybe outside TWN relay?
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

CIS? [- tentativelly. non-Sri Lanka/Southern India Tamils]   12250  Voice
of Tigers at 1500-1600 UTC on 12250 kHz, 17-18 May 2013 ???
(Jaisakthivel-PAK, BrDXC-UK May 16)

GERMANY   [Biblis]  15630 / 15640 / 15760 / 15780 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

15630 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 1600-1700 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Biblis
relay site, 100kW at 85 degr, Mon/Wed/Fri only.

15640 Tue/Thur, 15760 Sat, 15780 Suns only.

[Lampertheim]  17505 / 17530 / 17540 / 17560 / 17570 / 17580 / 17590 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

17505 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 1400-1500 UT to zones 42 and 43W via
Lampertheim relay site, 100kW at 77 degr, Mon only.

17530 Tue, 17540 Wed, 17560 Thur, 17570 Fri, 17580 Sun, 17590 Sats only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

GERMANY  [CZECH REP]   CZE: 90 years of broadcast from Radio Prague.

Sondersendungen von Radio Prag auf Kurzwelle.
Am 18. Mai wird das Programm von Radio Prag anlaesslich des 90. Jubilaeums
des tschechischen Rundfunks auch ueber die Sendestation Kall-Krekel via
Radio 700 ausgestrahlt. Der Sendeplan lautet wie folgt:

14:00-17:00 Uhr CSET auf 7310 kHz (12:00-15:00 UTC) Deutsch, Tschechisch,
Englisch, Franzoesisch, Spanisch, Russisch.

16:00-19:00 Uhr CSET auf 6005 kHz (14:00-17:00 UTC) Spanisch, Russisch,
Deutsch, Tschechisch, Englisch, Franzoesisch.

21:00-24:00 Uhr CSET auf 3985 kHz (19:00-22:00 UTC) Englisch,
Franzoesisch, Spanisch, Russisch, Deutsch, Tschechisch.

Auch fuer Empfaenge via Internet  <>
und Satellit (WRN, Astra 23.5 degr Ost) wird Radio Prag an diesem Tag eine
Sonder-QSL-Karte ausstellen.


2011 hatte der tschechische Rundfunks seine Kurzwellensendungen
groesstenteils eingestellt. Verblieben ist nur eine Ausstrahlung via WRMI
9955 kHz nach Nordamerika.
(Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D via Daniel Kaehler-D, ma-dx May 6)

R Prag am 18.Mai auf Kurzwelle.

Zum 90. Geburtstag des Tschechischen Rundfunks wird Radio Prag, in
Zusammenarbeit mit Radio 700, am Samstag, 18. Mai 2013, auf Kurzwelle
senden, und zwar zu folgenden Zeiten:


Ein Interview zu diesem Thema mit Herrn Gerald Schubert hoerte ich am
Dienstag um 14:00 UT im Freien Radio Freistadt (auf 107,1 MHz) im
Hoererforum von Radio Prag:


(Hubert Kubi-AUT, A-DX May 15)

INDIA   AIR Shimla website renovated.
The website of AIR Shimla <> has been renovated and
you may listen live programs of AIR Shimla. Feedback on the website to
<shimla @>
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, DXindia May 13)

INDONESIA   3345  RRI Ternate tnx to Ron's tip hrd on 5/14 from 1228 UT
tune to past 1308 UT with weak signal (S2) in lots of noise at local
sunrise. Quran reading (did not know that was a competition - tnx Ron for
that info!) by several men (10-13 min each) interspersed with 1.5 minute
announcements by a man in Indonesian. Signal peaked at S3 between 1245 and
1255 UT.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer May 15)

KUWAIT   RFA in Tibetan 9335 / 9355 / 9930 / 9945 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

9335 kHz at 2315-2400 UT to zones 42 and 43W via IBB Kuwait relay site,
250kW at 80degr, Mon/Wed/Fri only.
9355 Tue/Thur, 9930 Sun, 9945 Sat only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

MADAGASCAR   Speaking of Madagascar and BVB, I notice that shows
the two Thomson transmitters from Bonaire being moved to the MGLOB
facility. I think there were three units moved from Hoerby. Could MGLOB
have as many as six transmitters operating, assuming the electrical supply
will handle it? Might be as many as seven if the old "third" (ABB?) 250 kW
unit is also still running? I assume the original two Philips from 1972
were scrapped.
(Steve Luce-TX-USA, dxld May 8)

The situation with the ex-Bonaire transmitters is such that the equipment
has been dismantled in last December and the usable parts been sent to
Madagascar where the container arrived just last week. One of the original
Philips transmitters at Talata Volonondry has been removed to make way for
installing two ex-Hoerby transmitters. The other one is still there, being
kept as an aux. So not more than three 250 kW transmitters are in regular

And the situation in regard to the Wertachtal plant is indeed such as
indicated by the operational schedule.

[later] Until 2011 there were the two Philips transmitters from 1970, a
later installed 250 kW ABB and that 50 kW transmitter. None of them came
from Bonaire; this confusion probably arose from the circumstance that the
Bonaire facility had been extended in an almost identical fashion.

In 2011, the three transmitters from Hoerby have been obtained and two
ones set up to replace the old Philips rigs, of which one has been removed
to clear the space and the other kept as reserve. So three transmitters
for 250 kW operation and one for 50 kW, plus another 250 kW as aux.

And the container with the still usable equipment from Bonaire, shipped to
Madagascar instead of going the Deutsche Welle approach, just arrived
there, has not even been unpacked yet. So of course no ex-Bonaire
transmitters installed there in any way at present.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld May 8)

MARIANA ISL   [Tinian]  9335 / 9365 / 9455 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

9335 kHz in Mandarin at 2100-2200 UT via Tinian relay site, 250kW at
303degr to zones 43 and 44, on Mon/Wed/Fris only.

9365 Tue/Thur, 9455 Sat/Sun only.

[Saipan]  9345 / 9360 / 9370 / 9510 / 9625 / 9720 / 9735 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

9345 kHz in Tibetan at 2200-2300 UT  Saipan Aginian Point relay site,
100kW at 325degr, Sun only.

9360 Sat, 9370 Fri, 9510 Thur, 9625 Wed, 9720 Tue, 9735 Mons only.

[Saipan]  9745 / 9780 / 9800 / 9825 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

9745 kHz in Mandarin at 1900-2000 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Saipan Aginian
Point relay site, 100kW at 325degr, Sat only.

9780 Mon/Wed/Fri, 9800 Tue/Thur, 9825 Suns only.

[Tinian]  11520 / 11590 / 11715 / 12095 / 12140 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

11520 kHz in Cantonese at 1400-1500 UT via Tinian relay site, 250kW at
287degr to zone 44S, on Thur only.

11590 Sun/Fri, 11715 Wed, 12095 Mon/Sat, 12140 Tue only.

[Saipan]  11555 / 11590 / 11600 / 11605 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

11555 kHz in Mandarin at 1800-1900 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Saipan
Aginian Point relay site, 100kW at 325degr, Mon/Wed/Fri only.

11590 Tue/Thur, 11600 Sat, 11605 Suns only.

[Tinian]  12130 / 12140 / 12150  Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

12130 kHz in Uyghur at 1600-1700 UT to zones 42 and 43 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 303degr, Mon/Wed/Fri only, 12140 kHz on Tue/Thur, 12150 kHz
on Sat/Suns only.

US RFA Uyghur propaganda service to the 14 mill folk in western China.
1600-1700  9370TJK  9555UAE  9975TIN  12130/12140/12150TIN

[Saipan]  13785 / 13790 / 13825  Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

13785 kHz in Vietnamese at 1400-1500 UT to zone 49E via Saipan Aginian
Point relay site, 100kW at 285degr, Sat/Sun only. 13790 kHz on Tue/Thur,
13825 kHz on Mon/Wed/Fri only.

US RFA Vietnamese propaganda service to Vietnam.
1400-1430  1503FAO-TWN
1400-1500  9715TIN  11605TSH-TWN  12130IRA  13785/13790/13825/ex13640SAI

[Tinian]  13790 / 13815 / 13820 / 13855 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

13790 kHz in Mandarin at 1500-1600 UT via Tinian relay site, 250kW at
303degr to zones 43 and 44, on Mon/Wed/Fris only.

13815 Sun, 13820 Tue/Thur, 13855 Sat only.

[Tinian]  15320 / 15330 / 15340 / 15600 / 15620 / 15650 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

15320 kHz in Tibetan at 1000-1100 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 297degr, Mons only.

15330 Tue, 15340 Wed, 15600 Sun/Thur, 15620 Fri, 15650 Sat only.

[Saipan]  15340 / 15380 / 15385 / 15390 / 15395 / 15405 / 15410 kHz
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

15340 kHz in Mandarin at 1600-1700 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Saipan
Aginian Point relay site, 100kW at 325degr, Tue only.

15380 Mon, 15385 Wed, 15390 Fri, 15395 Sun, 15405 Thur, 15410 Sat only.

[Tinian]  15535 / 15545 / 15555 / 15570 / 15580 / 15590 / 15610 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

15535 kHz in Mandarin at 2300-2400 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 321degr, Mon only.

15545 Wed, 15555 Tue, 15570 Fri, 15580 Sat, 15590 Thur, 15610 Sun only.

[Tinian]  15620 / 15630 / 15640 / 15660 / 15675 / 15705 / 15710 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

15620 kHz in Vietnamese at 2330-0030 UT to zone 49E via Tinian relay site,
250kW at 279degr, Mons only.

15630 Tue, 15640 Wed, 15660 Thur, 15675 Fri, 15705 Sat, 15710 Sun only.

[Tinian]  17490 / 17495 / 17500 / 17520 / 17525 / 17530 / 17655 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

17490 kHz in Mandarin at 0300-0400 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 279degr, Mon only.

17495 Fri, 17500 Tue, 17520 Wed, 17525 Sat, 17530 Thur, 17655 Sun only.

[Tinian]  17665 / 17670 / 17700 / 17760 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

17665 kHz in Uyghur at 0100-0200 UT to zones 42 and 43 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 313degr, Sun only.

17670 Sat, 17700 Tue/Thur, 17760 Mon/Wed/Fri only.

[Tinian]  17505 / 17510 / 17515 / 17520 / 17525 / 17530 / 17535 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

17505 kHz in Tibetan at 0100-0200 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 295degr, Mons only.

17510 Fri, 17515 Tue, 17520 Sat, 17525 Wed, 17530 Sun, 17535 Thurs only.

[Tinian]  21455 / 21465 / 21475 / 21485 / 21495 / 21505 / 21520 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

21455 kHz in Mandarin at 0400-0500 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 313degr, Mons only.

21465 Wed, 21475 Tue, 21485 Thur, 21495 Sat, 21505 Fri, 21520 Suns only.

[Tinian]  21500 / 21515 / 21530 / 21540 / 21550 / 21565 / 21575 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

21500 kHz in Tibetan at 0600-0700 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 297degr, Mons only.

21515 Tue, 21530 Wed, 21540 Thur, 21550 Fri, 21565 Sat, 21575 Suns only.

[Tinian]  21520 / 21530 / 21540 / 21550 / 21560 / 21570 / 21580 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

21520 kHz in Tibetan at 0200-0300 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 295degr, Weds only.

21530 Thur, 21540 Fri, 21550 Sat, 21560 Sun, 21570 Mon, 21580 Tues only.

[Tinian]  21650 / 21660 / 21670 / 21680 / 21690 / 21700 / 21710 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

21650 kHz in Mandarin at 0500-0600 UT to zones 43 and 44 via Tinian relay
site, 250kW at 313degr, Mons only.

21660 Tue, 21670 Wed, 21680 Thur, 21690 Fri, 21700 Sat, 21710 Suns only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

OMAN / SINGAPORE   9705  BBC Dari service at 1400-1500  UT to zones 40E
and 41NW via A'Seela Oman relay, 250kW at 35degr.

9705  BBC Pashto service at 1500-1600 UT to zones 40E and 41NW via
Singapore Kranji relay. 250kW 315degr.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

PHILIPPINES   [Tinang]  21460 to 21545 kHz. Frequency hopping acc to

21460 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 0300-0400 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinang
relay site, 250kW at 315degr, Mon only.
21470 Tue, 21480 Wed, 21490 Thur, 21500 Fri, 21515 Sat, 21530 Sun only.

21455 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 0400-0500 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinang
relay site, 250kW at 315degr, Mon only.
21465 Tue, 21500 Wed, 21510 Thur, 21530 Fri, 21550 Sat, 21570 Sun only.

21460 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 0300-0400 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Tinang
relay site, 250kW at 315degr, Mon only.
21470 Tue, 21480 Wed, 21490 Thur, 21510 Fri, 21530 Sat, 21545 Sun only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

RUSSIA   Arkhangelsk SW DRM mode.

In late April, based on the reception of the radio center of Arkhangelsk
radio television transmitting center began preparing for the next phase of
tests of modern systems of digital short-wave radio. Very soon new data
transmission technology will be many months "baptism of fire" in a really
difficult climatic conditions of the National Park "Russian Arctic",
located on the Franz Josef Land, and in the Nenets Autonomous District.
Communications center will continue to Arkhangelsk - the oldest Russian
"gateway to the Arctic."

Recall that in the late summer of 2012 in Arkhangelsk and Naryan-Mar
specialists of the Russian Television and Broadcasting Network and the
famous German company Rohde & Schwarz conducted the first in our country
successfully tested a new digital radio transmitters operating in the
short-wave band. The positive results of the experiment clearly
demonstrated the importance and potential introduction of advanced radio
technologies in extreme conditions of the Far North, so a new test program
has been expanded.

- In this year's program includes not just technical testing equipment,
and work in the real world for a particular customer, - said the head of
the Radio RTRS Andrew Tereshin.

- As stakeholders act of the Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous
District, as well as the leadership of the park "Russian Arctic", which
requires reliable digital communications to remote areas. Another
difference from last year's test is that this time, work will continue
uninterrupted for several months, as compared with short sessions, with
maximum precision will evaluate the quality of communication and to
identify possible "bottlenecks".

It should be noted that for the Far North of Russia and its Arctic coast
shortwave radio is not an alternative type of communication, and sometimes
the only way to communicate with the "mainland." It is clear that the cost
of paving, for example, fiber-optic cable over such distances would be
"unaffordable" for the budget of any country. There is not much hope, and
for satellite communications - in the polar regions with latitude above
70 degr they work very unstable, and the traffic is obtained is extremely
expensive: more than $ 3 per minute. In addition, in the event of a sudden
deterioration of the military-political situation satellite communications
can be instantly paralyzed, so its strategic reserve can not be

Special and truly national significance program development and
implementation of a new generation of digital short-wave communication
takes on priority development programs of the Arctic coast and the revival
of the Northern Sea Route, one of the offices which, by the way, will be
established in Arkhangelsk. The new road will cut travel time for goods in
transit is almost three times, and it can prinestinashey country in the
WTO substantial economic benefits, but it needs a lot of effort.

The fact is that in Soviet times almost the entire coast was provided by
hydro-meteorological stations and HF communication, and thus the court had
links with the shore. To date, no communication infrastructure, and this
creates, in particular for seafarers considerable inconvenience. According
to the polar captains in parts satellite completely impossible, and other
forms of communication available to sailors is now simply no ...

- Returning to the short-wave communication - a measure of forced and
completely justified, moreover, it is a worldwide trend - says Andrey

- In particular, in the United States work to establish such a system has
been carried out about 10 years ago and has cost taxpayers billions of
dollars. As a result, today HF transmitters provide reliable
communications with subordinate U.S. government agencies around the world.

According to experts, the current stage of transition "back to the future"
is not using outdated for today "classic" tube transmitters, and on the
basis of an entirely new material - with the use of digital technologies
and fundamentally different equipment. Practice shows that the whole
civilized world has already successfully switched to packet data
technology, and our country, too, there is no other way out.

- At the trials in Arkhangelsk are two of the most modern type of
shortwave transmitters - the Russian system PIER (the latest development
of the Russian Institute of High-Power Radio - RIMR), and one of the most
modern equipment sets (4000 series) company Rohde & Schwarz, - told
nachalniknauchnogo Division 3 branches NIIR -SONIIR Sergei Sevostianov.

- These types of equipment have not been used in Russia, so operational
experience, particularly in the high latitudes, our signalers not. Our
goal - to find out the behavior of the "figure" in the conditions of
ionospheric disturbances, it is well known that in the North of radio
propagation conditions are constantly changing.

Participating in the experiment, scientists and communications experts are
confident that they will be able to attract the attention of the country's
leadership to the need to create a backup communications system. The best
illustration of how popular and there is no alternative in extreme
conditions is the HF bond may be events such as flooding in Krymsk when
traditional forms of communication almost did not work.

Since mid-May to late fall, "digital radio bridges" will connect with
Archangel Franz Josef Land and the NAO. Poitogam work will make
recommendations on the use of new types of equipment and antenna systems,
the development of tariffs for the commercial use of communication

- Short-wave radio communication is inexpensive compared to other types of
telecommunication, and this is one of its major advantages. At the same
time it has its drawbacks, such as, for example, sensitivity to noise and
magnetic fields, - the head of the radio RTRS Andrew Tereshin.

- At HF communications netzadach work as usual for all of us high-speed
Internet access. However, even today's rates for the transfer of "packets"
of information will be sufficient to meet the needs of geologists,
meteorologists, mariners, bankers. And in cases of emergencies HF
communication was, is and will be an essential tool for maintaining
systems of management of public institutions.
(Dmitriy Kutuzov-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx", RUSdx May 12)

SAO TOME   6005  at 2000-2030 UT VoA French service at 100 degr
to zones 46-48, 52, 53.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

SINGAPORE / THAILAND   7520  Probably election special in BBC English
towards Malaysia on 1105-18052013 only. Daily 1700-2000 UT to zones 41 and
42SW via Nakhon Sawan Thailand relay site 250 kW at 290 degrees.

And also via Singapore Kranji relay site on 12035 kHz at 1700-2000 UT to
zones 41 and 42SW, 100kW at 315degr Sats only on 11 and 18th May.

9310 / 9340 / 9350 / 9360  Frequency hopping acc to weekday.
VoA Tibetan registered on 9310 kHz at 0000-0100 UT to zones 42 and 43W,
via Udorn Thani Thailand relay site, 250 kW at 324degr, registered
Tues/Thurs only.

Instead 9340 kHz on Mon/Wed/Fri, 9350 and 9360 kHz on Suns only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

SOUTH AFRICA   9625  Channel Africa spurs on 9378.7 and 9871.3 kHz.
Is anyone picking up a carrier on 9378.70 ? It is // to Channel Africa on
9625 kHz, but a very odd frequency offset for a spur or similar. A quite
readable signal, I first noticed it on a FRG8800 I have just repaired, but
then, rather puzzled, confirmed it on my usual Drake R8.
May 14, 0805-0822 UT and ongoing.
(Bill Bingham-AFS, dxld May 14)

3255 kHz 0500-0700 new (southern) winter time slot, BBC English via Sentec
Meyerton site.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

SPAIN   RNE "Radio 5-Todo Noticias" is now "Radio 5 Informacion".

Today at 09'30 local time (07'30Z) "Radio 5-Todo Noticias" has been
revamped as "Radio 5 Informacion".

The new programing includes more regional bulletins plus a 30 minutes
local program. These are:

M-F in UTC
0525-0530 (REG // with RN)
0550-0600 (REG // with RN)
0730-0800 (LOCAL)
0825-0830 (REG)
0925-0930 (REG)
1025-1030 (REG)
1425-1430 (REG)
1525-1530 (REG)
1625-1630 (REG)
1705-1730 (REG)

There will not be regional output on weekends.
(Mauricio Molano-ESP, mwdx May 16)

SRI LANKA   Keith Peron of PCJ Media informs that two special broadcasts
between 1300-1400 UT on Sunday 19th and 26th May will take the air on
11750 kHz from Trincomalee Sri Lanka beamed to East and SoEaAsia with
125 kW. Reports are wanted and all reports will be QSLd
<pcjqsl @>
with all details with E QSLs and hard copy for those who want them.

Two more broadcats will also take place between 1400-1500 UT on the
following two Sundays. Frequencies will be announced later. Your reports
will be most welcome.
(Victor Goonetilleke-CLN  4S7VK, dxld May 14)

PCJ test transmissions. Keith Perron posted in PCJ Media and PCJ Radio.
Now time to reveal the content of the PCJ test transmissions from
Trincomalee on 11750 kHz. The first 15 minutes will be Focus Asia Pacific
presented by Andy Sennitt. This will follow a special Happy Station Show
for listeners in Southeast and East Asia. There will be a surprise
giveaway. But I'm not going to say what it is. You will need to tune in.
(via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng May 15)

SYRIA   Checking Syria yesterday 16 May around 1730 UT on MW I noticed
that 783 and 567 kHz are both off the air. 783 kHz had Radio Om Durman
from Sudan loud and clear. Just wondering what's going on. In the meantime
the opposition radio Watan FM which represents the voice of the revolution
in Syria announced a new FM frequencies in Adleb 90.3 MHz and in Damascus
98.8 MHz. First time to announce a fixed frequency for Damascus ! Gotta
keep an ear on MW frequencies of Radio Damascus.
(Tarek Zeidan-EGY  SU1TZ, dxld May 17)

TAIWAN   Tainan SW TXion Site. The end in near & now known.
FROM RTI Website dated May 15th.
"Starting from July 1st, RTI will be concluding its (English) transmission
to the Philippines from 0100 to 0200 UT on 11875 kHz and from 1100 to
1200 UT on 9465 kHz."

As both Txions emanate from Tainan, you can bet that this is the date that
all transmissions from this SW TXion site cease (forever).
(Ian Baxter-AUS, SW TXsite May 14)

TAJIKISTAN   In Tajikistan, the Russian began to jam radio "star".

Tajik communications service started jamming signal to the Russian radio
station "The Star", which is relayed to the territory located in the
Republic of Russian military base. This RIA Novosti reported.

"They have established a powerful transmitter next to a military base and
began to broadcast - quoted by a customer service representative" Asia-
Plus ". - That is why we have taken steps to block the signal covers the
entire territory of Dushanbe. " The source pointed out that the frequency
for the radio station "Star" in Tajikistan did not stand out.

In the local Committee for Television and Radio, in turn, said that the
broadcasting license in Tajikistan "Star" can not receive. According to
the Tajik legislation, such licenses are not available television and
radio broadcasting organizations controlled by foreign nationals.

A spokesman for the 201st Russian military base Dmitry Matushkin, in turn,
said that the relay is Russian radio since 1996. "Our TV and Radio ... is
accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, and so far no
such problems arise. However, we have repeatedly called for an official
letter to the CTE for a license, "- he said.

According to the source, the signal is sent from the transmitter to the
military base. "But this is a circular light, and we can not fully control
the space to which it applies," - he explained.

A spokesman also referred to the agreement on the terms of Russian base in
Tajikistan, the Tajik side on which undertakes to provide Russian military
channels of communication, electricity and other forms of public utility

Radio station "Star" is a media group of "Radio Company of the Armed
Forces of the Russian Federation" Star "," together with the same TV
channel. It positions itself as a "contemporary music radio conversation
that pays special attention to the patriotic and military issues."

The Russian military base in Tajikistan was established in the mid-2000s.
It was formed on the basis of the 201st Motorized Rifle Division, located
in the territory of the republic in the Soviet times (she participated in
combat operations in Afghanistan, and after graduation was stationed on
the territory of the Tajik SSR). Russian troops are based in Dushanbe and
Kulyab and Kurgan-Tube.
(  <> published on: 06/05/2013 city -, via RUSdx May 12)

TANZANIA   11734.98  Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Dole, Zanzibar,
heard after a period of silence at 1805-1810 UT on May 03, news in
English, ID as "This news comes to you from ZBC", 1810 UT news in Swahili
from Zanzibar, 54444 or better.
(Johann Wiespointner-AUT, dswci DXW May 17)

THAILAND   [Udorn Thani]  9310 / 9340 / 9350 / 9360 kHz.
Frequency hopping acc to weekday.

9310 kHz VoA in Tibetan at 0000-0100 UT to zones 42 and 43W via Udorn
Thani relay site, 250kW at 324degr, Tue/Thur only.

9340 Mon/Wed/Fri, 9350 Sat, 9360 Sun only.
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

TUNISIA   7275  May 14 at 0526, IWT is back! With Arab music, 0530 UT
Arabic talk somewhat undermodulated. Only fair signal now unlike winters,
with lots of absorption in the way. Have been checking this every night
since last heard April 23, i.e. missing for 20 days, as were all other
frequencies. Are those back too? 17735 & 7335 mornings, 17735, 7225, 7345
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 14)

Nothing heard at 1830 UT on either 17735 or 7225 kHz from Sfax Tunisia.
Also missed on May 15th to 17th.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 14/17)

UNID LOCATION   15835  One can improve his Russian knowledge in numbers,
male voice heard here around 1820 to 1826 UT May 14. S=9+20dB im western
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 14)

U.K.   IBRA Radio to Africa remains on hfcc table from 10 May.
11875 kHz at 1900-2000 UT to zone 46 from Babcock Woofferton relay site,
300kW at 182degr. Probably acc to their schedule

West Africa Babcock, England 12345.. 1900-1930 Fulfulde
West Africa Babcock, England .....67 1900-1915 Futa-Jalon
West Africa Babcock, England .....67 1915-1930 Kanuri
West Africa Babcock, England 1.....7 1930-1945 Joula Malinke
West Africa Babcock, England ...456. 1930-1945 Tamajeq
West Africa Babcock, England .23.... 1930-1945 Zarma
West Africa Babcock, England .....67 1945-2000 Bambara
West Africa Babcock, England 12345.. 1945-2000 Hausa
(hfcc file, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

USA   YFR Christian radio group faces financial hard times.

Family Radio's founder predicted Jesus would return and the world would
end on May 21, 2011.

A Christian radio ministry may be facing a financial apocalypse after its
predictions about the end of the world failed to come true.

Three years ago Oakland-based Family Radio Inc. placed billboard messages
around the country, claiming that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011.

Forty of the billboards were in Nashville, Tenn., bearing the message "He
is Coming Back Soon."

Some of the Rev. Harold Camping's followers had quit jobs or emptied their
bank accounts to help pay for the billboards, and some traveled the
country in a caravan to spread the word. They also set up a website called and spread the word on T-shirts, bumper stickers and

Volunteers such as Allison Warden, who orchestrated Nashville's billboard
campaign, were convinced that Camping's prediction was right.

"It's a certainty," she told The Tennessean in 2010.

When the end of the world did not happen, Family Radio's founder, Camping,
admitted he'd been wrong.

Now his charity has fallen on hard times.

The group lost more than $100 million in assets from 2007 to 2011,
according to the Associated Press, falling from $135 million in 2007 to
$29.2 million at the end of 2011. It's had to sell off three of its
largest radio stations.

Camping, 91, suffered a stroke after his prediction did not materialize
and has since said he has no more interest in considering future dates for
the end of the world.

In 2012, records show that Family Radio took out a $30 million bridge loan
to keep operating while awaiting money from the sale of the stations.

Board member Tom Evans, who has taken over the network since Camping's
stroke, said the network is hurting during the economic slowdown like
other nonprofits. But he said it is not closing.

"Sufficient funds were in the bank and, thankfully, we didn't spend
everything," he said, referring to the May 2011 prediction. "But it did
force us to make quick changes."

Family Radio, founded more than a half-century ago, had 66 full-service
radio stations, more than 100 FM broadcast relay stations and a handful of
television stations across the country at one time.

Smietana also writes for The Tennessean. Contributing: The Associated
Source: <>
(usa_today via Jaisakthivel-IND, BDXC-UK May 16).

USA   WYFR: more drastic cuts.
Just in from WYFR: following to be deleted from 1 June, Spanish and
 5945 0000-0045 S
 6875 0200-0400 S
 9930 0145-0400 S
11565 2300-0100 P
11825 0045-0200 S
13695 2245-0045 S
15440 0100-0145 S
17575 2145-2245 P

Comparing to A-13 HFCC listings, These remain:
 6115 2200-0400
 9690 2245-2400
11565 0100-0200
15440 2145-0100
Some of which are RTI relays, and perhaps only English from FR is left, on
6115 kHz.

They have not said that explicitly but the cuts match exactly the Spanish
and Portuguese transmissions in the original A-13 schedule:

PORT 2200-2245 17575 140 12,13,15  100 LPA527
PORT 2300-0100 11565 140 12,13,15  100 LPA527
SPAN 2300-0045 13695 160 12,13W,14 100 LPA527
SPAN 0100-0200 11825 160 12,13W,14 100 LPA527
SPAN 0100-0145 15440 285 10        100 LPA516
SPAN 0200-0400  6875 285 10        100 LPA516
SPAN 0000-0145  5945 181 11,12N    100 LPA515
SPAN 0200-0400  9930 222 10S,11SW  100 LPA516
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 14)

Any bets on whether WYFR survives into B-13?  I wonder if there has been
any attempt to sell the Okeechobee facility to another broadcaster?  Maybe
not, given the demise of other Western Hemisphere SW facilities.
(Steve Luce-TX-USA, dxld May 14)

VANUATU   3945 / 7260  Radio Vanuatu is missing from shortwave at present.
Adrian Sainsbury from RNZI tells me that both SW transmitters are off air
awaiting spare parts.

Radio NZ Transmission Engineer Steve White is due back in Vanuatu next
month, so hopefully the transmitters will be back in operation soon.
(Bryan Clark-NZL, dxld)

Hi Bryan, Any chance R. Vanuatu was testing their tx on May 12? Recently
have been hearing nothing at all except hams on 3945 kHz, but today had a
definite open carrier with decent signal strength during 1210 to 1223 UT.
Might have been them testing the tx, as there was no audio at all. Think I
would have had a trace of audio if they were broadcasting any
modulation/audio. Perhaps you or others in your area can check on this?
Thanks. Appreciate your input!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld May 12)

Re: Radio Vanuatu. Thanks to Mauno Ritola for confirming that Radio
Vanuatu is indeed broadcasting again, after having been off the air for a
while. He listened via Brisbane remote rx at 1827 UT and had solid
reception with many clear IDs.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld May 13)

Yes, 3945 - Radio Vanuatu S=8 fluttery signal on remote unit in Australia,
at 0830 UT May 13. No signal on empty 7260 kHz channel.

[later]  3945 kHz Program is - probably - in native Melanesian language
BISLAMA, with a lot of interspersed French and lesser English. Lady said
"Thank You ...", followed by some French word talk. Signal increased from
0910 UT very noticeable.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

VANUATU   3945  thanks to Mauno and Ron for the lead on this - hrd R
Vanuatu via the Brisbane Perseus site from 1205 UT tune to past 1225 UT
when only the carrier was on. Man w/ what sounded like a devotional, then
a choir singing, woman ann in Tok Pisin and ending w/ national anthem at
1215 UT. Carrier was still there past 1225 UT. Sign off not nearly as
interesting as Mauno's earlier 12 May recording of the 1845 UT sign on.
Also it appears that local sunrise in Brisbane (1845 UT) has better
reception than their local night (1230 UT). At my home QTH, I could see a
strong carrier on 3945 but the audio was mostly non-existent. I recorded
from 0900 to 1200 UT on May 13 but could not detect any real programming.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer May 15)

VIETNAM   QSL - Voice of Vietnam sent QSL cards confirming January report
for Woofferton-UK 9640 (82 days) and July 2012 report for Sackville-CAN
6175 (283 days). Both cards were specific as to date/time/freq but not
site and were mailed in the same envelope, despite the reports being sent
months apart to different email addresses (one to english at,
and the other to vovworld at The email address printed on the
cards is englishsection at <>
(Bruce Portzer-WA-USA, dxld May 8)


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