WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - July 27th, 2013 (BC-DX #1125)

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany




AUSTRALIA   2368.5  Radio LMS - The Voice of Le Manamea Samoa. July 25
 another day with no trace of them being heard; not even sure if there was
a carrier there in the summertime noise or not.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer July 26)
I that the usual Greek service ?  wb.

AUSTRALIA/CUBA   15340  Bad CO-CHANNEL MIXTURE of HCJB AUS in Hindi and
RHC Spanish sce at 1354 UT July 27. S=7-8 here in western Germany.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 27)

BOLIVIA   4699.9  Radio San Miguel, Riberalta, at 0928 to 1000 UT with OM
en Español, long talk on 12 July.

4716.6  Radio Yatun Ayllu Yura, Yura, at 1030 to 1050 UT beginning to fade
out, good music and a favourite station provide good listening. 15 July.

4795.9  Radio Lipez, Uyuni, at 1015 to 1040 UT fade, on 18th of July; at
0940 to 0950 UT on 10 July.

4957.9  Unid possibly Bolivia  Not favoring us with decent signal 0930 to
1000 UT on July 12.

4958tent. R Tropico, Trinidad, carrier there at 2340 UT, by 2353 UT was
hearing a definite threshold signal and this strengthened as the higher
freq Bolivians did also, probably peaked about 0000 and by 0005 UT was
little more than a carrier again, first time in here 12/13 July.
(Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer July 20)

BRAZIL   3375.1  Radio Municipal Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, at 0925 to 0935
UT locutor em Portugues with music 12 July; 1000 UT OM chat in Portuguese
good signal 11 July
(Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer July 20)

BULGARIA   15615  Tentativelly R Salaam Watando (acc. Aoki Nagoya list)
1330-1500 UT in Pashto from Kostinbrod to Afghanistan, S=8-9 sidelobe
signal here in southwestern Germany.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 27)

BULGARIA   12035 kHz  RTR Radio Europa RTR2 music radio station from
Aachen-Stolberg Germany and Belgium on FM.

Saturday, 20.07.2013  1400-2000 hrs UTC with 25.000 Watts
Sunday,   21.07.2013  1100-1400 hrs UTC with 50.000 Watts

re 12035 kHz  25 kW, Hier ein Log der letzten Viertelstunde, July 20.

Um 1705 UT in ganz Deutschland um die S=9,  bis +5 oder auch +10dB,

aber das Signal flattert etwas,
Ausbreitung vom Balkan aus Kostinbrod Sofia ?,
und hat auch im Browser einsehbar ein etwas unsauberes Signal,
es sind an jeder Seite 47 x 50 Hertz spurious Peaks zu sehen, wie ein
Gartenzaun-Fence,
beidseitig in jeweils 2350 Hertz range sind die unsauber gesiebten Spurs
zu sehen. Ist ein alter Sowjetsender ?

S=6 duerftig in Moskau,
S=8 in Finnland,
S=9 in Stockholm,
S=5 in England
S=9+5 auch in Holland, am Bodensee, in Sicily Sueditalien,
S=7 an der Riviera
S=6 in Griechenland.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 20)

snail mail address
RTR Radio Europa
Postfach 1142
52157 Roetgen
Germany

<info @ rtr2.eu>
personal contact telephone in Belgium  +32 (0) 87 84 00 24
e-mail <mail @ rtr2.eu>
greetings box: +49 (0) 345 483 411 045  (Halle-Saale Germany).

BULGARIA   Some changes of BRB (former TDP) stations:

Dimtsachin Yisema, new station, 1930-2000 UT on 15165 kHz "secret
transmitter" to EaAF in Amharic from 15150 to 15180 kHz. Different
frequencies, in different days and different weeks like ESAT Radio:

Dimtsachin Yisema:  ESAT Radio 1700-1800 UT.
Thu July 18 on 15155    Thu July 18 on 15390
Fri July 19 on 15165    Fri July 19 on 15375
Sat July 20 on 15175    Sat July 20 on 15360
Sun July 21 on 15150    Sun July 21 on 15380
Mon July 22 on 15160    Mon July 22 on 15365
Tue July 23 on 15180    Tue July 23 on 15385
Wed July 24 on 15170    Wed July 24 on 15370

Transmissions are jammed by Ethiopia with broadband DRM-like white noise.

Radio Assenna, ex Voice of Assenna: 1700-1800 UT on 15245 kHz "secret
transmitter" to EaAF Tigrinya Mon, ex Mon/Wed/Fri. Transmissions are
jammed by Ethiopia with broadband DRM-like white noise.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, dxld July 24)

CHINA/TAJIKISTAN   15542 and 15562 kHz both parallel Voice of Tibet from
Dushanbe Yangi-Yul-TJK S=9+10dB signals at 1350 and 1358 UT July 27. And
accompanied by CNR1 talk jamming programs on 15540 and 15560 kHz too.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 27)

CHINA   China Radio International on 172 kHz.
(received in Luang Prabang Laos, 700 kilometers distance away).

{internal rx spur, 172 kHz + 2xIF 910 kHz = 1082 kHz.
Huidong Luoshui Zhen Xuanwei Qujing CRI 1080 kHz 185degr azimuth
600 kW Harris tx, 4 mast.

China Radio International, CRI / Zhongguo Guoji Guangbo Diantai. 1130-
1527, 1600-1757 UT. Languages: English, Lao, Thai.

SARFT Transmitting Station 726
Huidong
Luoshui Zhen
Xuanwei
Qujing City
Yunnan Province
26 08 43 N  104 01 49 E
<http://goo.gl/maps/B7uI4>
<http://binged.it/16aPQzX>
see Asiawaves.net list by Alan Davies.
wb. July 24}

Whilst I'm completing a band survey from my QTH in northern Laos, an
interesting signal was heard on long wave. CRI is a regular signal during
local evening and overnight on 172 kHz, carrying Thai language programmes
around 1300z, with CRI IDs and local address in Bangkok. English language
programmes were received from CRI on the same frequency around 1800z.

The signal is regular in Laos but only about strength 3. so I'm not sure
where the transmitter is and who the intended audience of the programmes
is. I think the received signal in Thailand would not be at an acceptable
strength.
(Simon Lutrell, Luang Prabang, Laos, MWCircle yg via dxld)

Hmmm, 171 kHz is the usual 9 kHz channel, Simon, and the Pacific Asian log
doesn't list anything from CRI. I wonder if it is a mixing product of some
kind? What radio are you using?
(Nick Hall-Patch, BC, ibid.)

Simon, I agree with Nick, it's probably a mixing product. CRI has Thai on
SW at 1130-1227 and 1330-1427 UT but nothing on medium wave. CRI also has
English on SW 1700-1757 UT but nothing // on MW AFAIK. You could be
getting something leaking through from SW but I'm hard pressed to figure
out the frequency combination that's causing it. Longwave isn't used for
broadcasting in that part of the world, so there wouldn't be many radios
that can receive those frequencies (Bruce Portzer, WA, ibid.)

It's not a transmitted mixing product nor a "leak" from SW, but a
receiver-produced image (twice the IF), from 1080 kHz, which is listed in
WRTH as a frequency for CRI Thai at 13, English at 18 among others. 600 kW
from nearby Yunnan province, apparently. Well, close. If the IF is 455
kHz, 1080 would image on 170, not 171 or 172. Perhaps you can refine the
frequency, and also check 1080 kHz where you will likely hear the same
thing. And watch out for further such images from MW to LW on that
receiver.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld)

Hi Glen[n], that looks to be the most obvious source of the signal. I'm
only about 200 km from the Yunnan border, so that 600 kW on 1080 kHz is
received strongly BUT not so strong to make me think that the receiver is
getting overloaded. I've used this little receiver for many years and
never experienced image signals on it, so whilst I agree with your
opinion, I'm still not 100% convinced. I'll check the exact frequency
again.
(Simon Luttrell, ibid.)

I guess another spurious signal should occur at Luang Prabang on the rx
too:
359 kHz CRI/VoRUS from same TXsite, 1269 kHz minus 910 kHz = 359 kHz.
1269 kHz Huidong Luoshui Zhen Xuanwei Qujing, 600 kW Harris tx
8 mast at 255degr azimuth.
26 08 07 N  104 01 15 E
<http://goo.gl/maps/6HFiA>
<http://binged.it/12SmDWp>

1100-1300, 1400-1800 UT.
VoRUS Russian; CRI Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali language.
(wb. July 24)

CONGO   6115  On July 12 at 1713 UT, R. Congo, Brazzaville, dialecto,
texto (notícias?), progr. em francês, mais tarde; 15341. Em 13 July, a
emissão ainda estava no ar, algo além das 2030 UT. 2032-2100 UT, 13 July,
francês, retransmissão de espectáculo musical; 34432, QRM adj. até às 2100
UT, e depois ficou "enterrada" em QRM na mesma frequência.
(Carlos Gonçalves-POR, SW bulletin #1776, July 21)

CUBA   RHC Bauta tx site history.
<http://www.schct.sld.cu/publicaciones/RadioHabanaCuba.pdf>

see on page 3
Rhombic antenna azimuths for the Bauta transmitting station in 1961.

[...]  Provisional Set-up.
Two 100-kW and two 10-kW AM shortwave transmitters plus the metal parts
required to erect the transmitting antenna field, suitable power
transformers, and various accessories were acquired from Brown Boveri
according to the contract signed with the Swiss firm in February 1960. One
of the 10-kW units was rigged up in a 16-square-meter hut near the place
where the main building for the transmitting center was under construction
(Fig. 2), and connected to an improvised rhombic antenna pointed at
Caracas, Venezuela.

This installation was used to carry out a short cycle of experimental
broadcasting on 11760 kHz, inaugurated on July 26, 1960. Ten weeks
earlier, a 50-kW highpower medium-wave radio station installed in Swan
Island, in the Gulf of Honduras, had started broadcasting towards Cuba an
aggressive disinformation and subversive propaganda campaign, covertly
operated by the CIA.

[...]  page 5  -  Installing the first 100 kW Brown Boveri shortwave
transmitter for Radio Habana Cuba at the Bauta transmitting center (1960).
Experimental in March 1961 on 6076 kHz.

[...]  Radio Habana Cuba officially was inaugurated on May Day, 1961. By
the end of the year, the planned installation of the Bauta shortwave
transmitting center was nearly complete, after overcoming quite a few
difficulties, among them the loss of several pieces of equipment that were
confiscated by the American authorities, when the ship that transported
them to Cuba stopped over in Miami, Florida. (! Uncle Sam action, wb.)

[...]  Needless to say, a full fledged shortwave receiving center had to
be built for working in conjunction with the appropriate Bauta
transmitters and establishing truly professional point-to-point
communications with different overseas stations. Erected at a place called
La Chorrera, some 5 km from the Ministry of Communications' main building,
it harbored 11 Marconi professional receivers, and its antenna field
included 9 rhombic antennas, mostly in double space diversity operation,
plus an inclined "V" antenna and a biconic omnidirectional one. A Marconi
UHF link for 11 telephone channels, 12 telegraph channels, and one service
channel, all in duplicate, connected the receiving center with the
Ministry, in addition to a telephone cable and a microwave link.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 20)

CYPRUS   {Turkish occupied northern sector}  1098  Bayrak Radio and
Television Corporation, Lefkosa, 1098 kHz, full data map/scenes card as
well as a full data letter via registered mail in 1228 days for English
airmail report and US $3, follow-up via registered airmail in English with
US $3, a follow-up with the TRNC Washington Representative Office, and
finally a follow-up in English and machine-translated Turkish via airmail
with mint stamps.

QSLs finally arrived 49 days after last follow-up. V/s Mustafa Tosun,
Dept. Head, Transmissions. Mr. Tosun also sent many tourist brochures and
info about Radio Bayrak all placed in a very nice cloth tourist shopping
bag. The US Postal service mangled the package and had to repackage it,
but no damage to the contents occurred. Received while at Kandahar
Airfield, Afghanistan. (Albert Muick-PA-USA, hcdx July 20)

DIEGO GARCIA  [BIOT - BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY]  /GUAM/HAWAII

"AFN AFRTS" Radio program on shortwave from Diego Garcia, Key West FL-USA
{decommissioned now}, Guam, and Pearl Harbor Hawaii {Out of service for an
indefinite period} covers overseas. Sigonella in Italy, Puerto Rico relays
ceased also already.

Shortwave service is provided by the Navy as an option for their ships
without the Navy's Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) capability. Shortwave also
serves as a backup to those customers with DTS. Shortwave service is also
an option for land-based listeners in remote locations that do not have
access to local or satellite-delivered AFRTS full Satellite Network
(SATNET) services. Shortwave services are intended to operate 24/7 but do
experience disruptions due to maintenance and atmospheric conditions.

AFN Shortwave Radio [HF-USB] Broadcasts
<http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ShortWave.aspx>

Current AFN Shortwave Radio High Frequencies
Diego Garcia USB mode day 12759 kHz, night 4319 kHz

AFN GUAM transmitting to the Western Pacific Ocean Area and Far East
Region
Guam         USB mode day 13362 kHz, night 5765 kHz

<http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/Services.aspx?b=1>

AFN Radio Program Schedule
<http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/AFNRadio.aspx>

American Forces Network (AFN) -aka- AFRTS
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_Forces_Radio>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_Forces_Radio#Shortwave_Radio>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 24)

DIEGO GARCIA   12759  American Forces Radio and Television Services
(AFRTS), USB mode, 0149 to 0202 UT. IDs at 0149 and at 0150 UT, a woman
noted their website address, SINFO=2,5,2,2,2. I heard the local weather
with a temperature of 79 degrees, the 5050A and the 435' long wire
antenna. July 12.
(John Davis-OH-USA, NASWA Flashsheet July 21 via dxld)

GUAM   5765-USB  AFN Barrigada, at 1030 to 1105 UT, news items in English
on 19 July; 0925 UT similar programing on 12 July.
(Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer 21)

ECUADOR   4781.6  Radio Oriental, Napo, at 1050 to 1105 UT with lovely
music and announcer en Español as signal began to fade outs, 19 July
(Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer July 20)

ETHIOPIA/BULGARIA   15155, Thursday July 25 at 1938 UT, very poor signal,
with talk in unID language; 1947 UT can also make out DRM noise jamming.
Programming continued until 1959 UT, the last few seconds with music. No
signals at all on 15150, 15160, 15165, 15170, 15175, 15180 kHz. I was
looking for yet another new clandestine which Ivo Ivanov has been
reporting, and 15155 kHz matches for the frequency in use today, as it
switches from one to another depending on day of week. His report:

"Some changes of BRB (former TDP) stations:
Dimtsachin Yisema, new clandestine station [whose name I neglected to
mention, let alone spell on this week's WORLD OF RADIO 1679]:

1930-2000 UT on 15165 kHz "secret transmitter" to EaAF Amharic from 15150
to 15180 kHz. Different frequencies, in different days and different weeks
like ESAT Radio:

Dimtsachin Yisema: ESAT Radio 1700-1800 UT
Thu July 18 on 15155    Thu July 18 on 15390
Fri July 19 on 15165    Fri July 19 on 15375
Sat July 20 on 15175    Sat July 20 on 15360
Sun July 21 on 15150    Sun July 21 on 15380
Mon July 22 on 15160    Mon July 22 on 15365
Tue July 23 on 15180    Tue July 23 on 15385
Wed July 24 on 15170    Wed July 24 on 15370

Jammed by Ethiopia with broadband DRM-like white noise.

Radio Assenna, ex Voice of Assenna: 1700-1800 UT on 15245 kHz "secret
transmitter" to EaAf Tigrinya Mon, ex Mon/Wed/Fri Transmissions are jammed
by Ethiopia with broadband DRM-like white noise.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, dxld July 24)"

"Secret transmitter" implies probably Bulgaria. So on Friday 26 it should
also be found on 15165 kHZ. Why bother, when the opposition jamming has no
trouble following the regular jumparounds? It would be a little more
difficult if the day's frequency were chosen at random, or even jumped
during a broadcast.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 24)

GERMANY   Maps of Germany incl. TV tower masts.

Deutschlandkarte mit Fernsehtuermen ueber 200 m Hoehe, Stand: 2012.
Massstab: 1 : 2 500 000
Downloadformat: PDF / GeoPDF
Druckformat: DIN A3
GeoPDF-Inhalte: Zum Beispiel
Name, Ort, Hoehe, Bundesland, Zugang, Inbetriebnahme
Herausgeber: Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie

<http://www.bkg.bund.de/nn_194916/DE/Bundesamt/Downloads/Kostenlose-Karten/Wussten-Sie-schon/Themenkarten-2012/Deutschlandkarte-Fernsehturm.html>
(Bernhard Weiskopf-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 21)

GERMANY   7365  F.Pl. HCJB Weenermoor has just been busy with the
construction of an antenna 7365 kHz in 41 mband, peak 7.5 kW at 145degr
direction.
(Siegbert Gerhard-D, to Iris Rauscher at Quito Ecuador, July 17)

7.5 kW ist wohl wieder mal PEP - aber mit welchem Sender?
Der Artikel im "Funkamateur" war mir noch nicht bekannt:
<http://www.hcjb.de/fileadmin/user_upload/DF2BC_Weenermoor.pdf>
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 20)

GERMANY   Hamburger Lokalradio NOW Testing on 15785 kHz, received at 1413
UT.

Hamburger Lokalradio NOW Testing on 15785 kHz via the transmitter of MVBR
in the 19m-band at the following times: 14.00 to 20.00 UT.
Good Listening! 73s Tom Taylor.
(via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng July 25)

GERMANY    15785.000  Exact footprint of Hamburger Local Radio via
Schwerin Goehren tx site, noted 1515 to 1600 UT July 25. Three signals
noted from remote SDR units in Iceland and England - only.

Heard HLR ID at 1515-1530 UT "New letters on the air" program til 1530 UT,
followed immediately by Glenn Hauser's World of Radio program #1678 edited
of July 17.

ID, issue #1678 and WoR address in US given at 1545 UT.

WoR 1558 UT:
"via WBCQ Saturday evening - no longer on air ... ;
... 11979 kHz ... Boulder propagation report at 1559 UT,
GH concluding at 15.59:45 UT".

log
S=5-6 in Iceland,
S=4-5 in Manchester central England UK.
At very best - S=8-9 signal level on the excellent antenna park
on Isle of Wight unit near Plymouth UK.

NEGATIVE -
Nothing heard on various units in Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland,
NY USA, Switzerland, San Remo - Riviera, Sicily Italy, and Greece.

Neighbour 15775 kHz on next channel,
Ludo Maes' "Disco PalaceMusic" DRM mode program via Issoudun France tx
center.  vy73 wb df5sx
(wb, hcdx / wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 25)

INDIA   4970  AIR Shillong. Very good news here! July 25 finally heard
with audio. For a very long time this had only transmitted an open
carrier, with no detectable audio level. Today had positive audio; 1237 to
1315 EZL pop songs and probably in English; 1315 UT into Hindi and
subcontinent music. The question now is - How long can they keep the audio
going? This is an important 60m band AIR regional station, as it has
consistently been the strongest AIR on the band!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer July 26)

IRAN   7295  IRN spurious on 41 mb. VoIRIB in Tajik from Sirjan site
accompanied by two scratchy spurious signals in 0100-0227 UT on July 23.

Approx. 66 kHz apart on both sites. Visible and noted this morning on
7222.8 to 7233.5, and 7355.5 to 7370 kHz, but latter mixed up with US
Marti co-channel 7365 kHz.

... at same time WRNO S=9+20 signal on 7506.455 kHz, and WBCQ S=9 signal
on 7489.912 kHz.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 23)

KOREA-S both     Some North Korean external radio, jamming reportedly off
air. Maybe only summer antenna maintenance work on July 20-22.
On July 23 everything on usual service. 73 wb df5sx

KRE / KOR - Log July 23.
checked in 1400-1700 UT time slot range, today July 23.
Via various SDR remote units in Central and EaEurope, and Japan East Asia.

  621 VoKOR Chongjin-Nanam, heard in Japan, bubble jamming in background
      {24hrs KOR jamming?, or rather strange studio feed mixture with
      jamming?, need more investigation in coming winter season..., wb.},
      at 1430 UT underneath of far stronger co-channel NHK Nihon Japanese
      local station near Nara-JPN, tiny heard of VoKORE Russian at 1430UT.

BUT
  620.976 VoKOR Chongjin-Nanam heard LIKE AN EXOTIC radio station,
      at 1603 UT with clear ID in GERMAN !!
      At northern Japan S=9+20dB signal at 1600-1657 UT.
      // 3250 kHz S=9+15dB, 9425 kHz S=9+15dB, 12015 kHz S=9+5dB.
      Pyongyang BS 1800-1857 UT, latter not noted in Aoki Nagoya list.

 1053 CBC Nippon Hoso, signal ahead of southern KOR Bubble machine jamming
      at 1435 UT.

#2349.755 KCBS Sariwon-KRE site tent., very tiny S=4,
      violine light music programming,
      // 2350v, 2850, 3220v, 3920v, 3959, 3976v distorted audio, 6100,
      11680 kHz. 1438 UT.

 2850 KCBS Pyongyang program, S=9+30dB in Tokyo-JPN. At 1440 UT.

 3219.895 KCBS Pyongyang, Hamnung site registered, soldier chorus
      at 1606 UT, tiny poor S=5-6, // not southern KOR jammed.

 3250 VoKOR Pyongyang, in German ! ID at 1603 UT. S=9+15dB in Nara-JPN.

 3320 Pyongyang BS, fair S=9+15dB, not southern KOR jammed.

 3912 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, heavily NoKRE jamming at 1557 UT.

 3919.988 KCBS Pyongyang program, registered via Hyesan, very tiny
      modulation just under threshold.
      Also small tiny southern KOR noise jamming.

 3959 KCBS Pyongyang program, Korean light music, at 1601 UT rather tiny
      S=5-6 signal, + southern KOR noise jamming.

 3976 Pyongyang BS - rather distorted audio - like FM mode spurious,
      no real carrier peak, S=9+15dB. JAMMING FREE.

 3985 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, heavily NoKRE jamming.

 4450 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, heavily NoKRE jamming.

 4557 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, heavily NoKRE jamming at 1555 UT.

 6003 Echo of Hope-KOR, ahead of very tiny NoKRE bubble jammer signal.

 6015 KBS Seoul Korean sce, NOT jammed by KRE, S=9+20dB.

 6100 KCBS Pyongyang program, via Kanggye site, Korean light music,
      at 1553 UT S=9+20dB signal. // 2350v, 2850, 3220v, 3920v, 3959,
      3976v distorted audio, 11680 kHz.

 6250 Echo of Unification, Pyongyang-KRE, terrible soKOR jamming S=9+20dB.

 6348 Echo of Hope-KOR S=9+30dB, hit by NoKRE jamming equal signal at
      1551 UT

 6360 hit by NoKRE jamming S=9+20dB, at 1550 UT.

 6400 Pyongyang BS, Korean progr at 1549 UT, S=9+30dB, JAMMING FREE.

 6480 hit by NoKRE jamming S=9+20dB, at 1548 UT.

 6518 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, hit by NoKRE jamming at 1547 UT.

 6600 Voice of the People-KOR S=9+30dB, hit by NoKRE jamming at 1546 UT.

 7210 VoKOR Kujang, Fr at 1824 UT, S=9+25dB signal, // 9875 11635
11910kHz.

 9425 VoKOR Kujang, Ru at 1544 UT, S=9+15dB, S=9+20dB at 1830 UT.
      At 1615 UT German sce. // 621v 3250 12015 kHz.

 9435 VoKOR Kujang, En at 1544 UT, S=9+15dB. But hit by CRI Kashgar in
      Urdu. At 1623 UT VoKOR French sce.

 9875 VoKOR Kujang, Fr at 1826 UT, S=9+15dB signal,
      // 7210 11635, 11910 kHz.

 9890 VoKOR Kujang, En at 1624 UT, S=9+20dB signal, // 11645 kHz.

11635 VoKOR Kujang, Fr at 1828 UT, S=9+15dB signal, // 7210 9875
      11910kHz.

11645 VoKOR Kujang, Ar at 1543 UT, violine orchestra music progr,
      En at 1625 UT S=9+20dB, // 9890 kHz.

11680 KCBS Pyongyang program, Korean light music,
      at 1626 UT trumpet music S=9+20dB signal.
      // 2350v, 2850, 3220v, 3920v, 3959, 3976v distorted audio, 6100 kHz.

11710 VoKOR Kujang, En at 1540 UT, Fr at 1620 UT,
      very tiny and suffers by co-channel terrible mixture
      of CNR1 Beijing in Mandarin, S=9+10dB,
      from 1600 UT also AIR Delhi, from 1615 UT AIR Persian sce.

11910 VoKOR Kujang, Fr at 1830 UT, S=9+20dB signal, // 7210 9875 11910kHz.

12015 VoKOR Kujang, Ru at 1538 UT, S=9+5dB. German S=9+20dB at 1820 UT.

13760 VoKOR Kujang, En at 1535 UT, Fr at 1620 UT, S=9+5dB.
      Bad selection by co-channel CRI Kashgar 1100-1857 UT
      co-channel mostly in English and Mandarin.

15245 VoKOR Kujang, En at 1530 UT, Fr at 1619 UT, En 1800-1857 UT
      S=9+10dB, covered by CRI Kashi in English 1500-1557 UT.
      Terrible audio mixture of BOTH VoKOR En  a n d  French of
      // 7210 9875 11635 11910 kHz on same signal level !
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 23)

#  re 6250 kHz.
Hi Wolfgang, Thanks for the very comprehensive report. Regarding 6250 kHz,
there are numerous reports that the interference on this frequency is in
fact Japanese Naval HF digital comms. Why they both chose the same
frequency, I have no idea, but I do remember the same noise is present
further up the band on frequencies not occupied by North Korea. Google
"Japanese Navy Slot Machine" for more on this.

Last time I was in Korea, I think I managed to get rid of it by listening
on the lower side band.
Cheers, (Martyn Williams, dxld)

6003 Echo of Hope-KOR. Finally in the clear without jamming for once. 1010
UT alternating tlk by M and W in KR. 1016 UT very brief soft choral mx,
presumably ending the feature, then another feature w/more tlk by M.
1023:55 UT choral singing again briefly, then Korean mx w/poss. pgm intro
by M then W, followed by tlk by W. 1029 UT dramatic orchestral mx w/same W
outro, then pres. ID by same W over choral mx again.

1030 UT easy traditional Korean songs w/brief anmnts by M. Pretty steady
to 1100 UT ToH, then faded. Even when V.O. the People is unjammed, this
has always been jammed. Wish I would've been there at the 1000 ToH.
21 July.
(Dave Valko-PA-USA, hcdx July 23)

Lack of some North Korea jamming. Ron Howard wrote:
Interesting situation regarding some of the usual North Korea jamming not
being heard.

July 20, I found South Korea (KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1) with no jamming at
all on 6015 at 1329 and subsequent monitoring. A rare event! Did not think
to check other jammed frequencies.

July 21, I was notified by Dave Valko (PA) and John Herkimer (NY) that
other frequencies were in fact also not being jammed. At 1326 UT, I found
6003 kHz (Echo of Hope) in the clear, as well as 3912 kHz (Voice of the
People) totally clear too, but not so for Shiokaze. Heavy North Korea
jamming on 5985 kHz for the 1330 UT sign on. July 21 again had 6015 kHz
free of any jamming at 1328 UT. Thanks to Dave and John for today's alert.

Down for maintenance on some of their jamming txs? Needs more monitoring.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld July 23)

re: Some North Korean external radio, jamming reportedly off air.
Some North Korean external radio, jamming reportedly off air
<http://www.northkoreatech.org/2013/07/22/some-north-korean-external-
radio-jamming- reportedly-off-air/>

Numerous broadcasts of North Korea's external radio service and some of
the country's jamming of foreign radio stations has been off air in the
last few days, according to several reports.

Voice of Korea, which broadcasts in several languages on shortwave to
audiences outside of the country, missed many of its scheduled
transmissions on July 20 and July 21.

On a typical day the station uses as many as eight transmitters
simultaneously to beam its programming around the world, but on July 20
a radio monitor in Bulgaria noted only had two on the air at any one time.
A day later, on July 21, the station had between two and seven
transmitters on air simultaneously depending on the time.

Voice of Korea has gone through periods in the last few years when it
regularly missed some transmissions. The radio station never acknowledged
any problems leaving the cause unknown. Speculation has centered around
engineering work for the installation of new transmitters or power supply
problems.

Also on July 20, radio monitors in the U.S. noted the broadcast of South
Korea's KBS Hanminjok Bangsong on 6015 kHz shortwave could be clearly
heard without jamming.

North Korea typically jams this station by broadcasting noise over the top
of its signal so listeners in the DPRK cannot hear the programs. (You can
read more about North Korean radio jamming in an article I wrote for NK
News.)

A day later, monitors also noted some of the transmissions of Echo of Hope
and Voice of the People, both South Korean government broadcasts aimed at
North Korea, were also free of jamming.

Monitoring will continue of the next few days.
(northkoreatech via Zacharias Liangas-GRC, hcdx July 23)

Yes, Bulgarian DX Mix noted also lack of some external sce outlets of
Voice of Korea yesterday before, so I guess usual use of fine summer
season weather advantage to maintain the masts, antennas and feederlines.

Despite in contrast to this procedure as to, I heard 9425 and 9435 kHz
VoKOR channels contained the strange sound, two independent foreign
languages and jamming sound audio mixture together, the yesterday before.

Maybe only summer antenna maintenance work occured on July 20-22. Regular
foreign sces, domestic Korean sce and jamming operation coming from very
same locations like Pyongyang and Kujang in P.R.Korea. The people of the
"northkoreatech" organization hardly understand the technical aspects.

Though on 15245 kHz heard STILL terrible audio mixture of BOTH VoKOR
En  a n d  French services via Kujang-KRE of // 7210 9875 11635 11910 kHz
on same signal level ! (wb. July 21/23)

KYRGYZ REP / Republique KIRGHIZE   5130  On July 15 at 1755* UT ShortWave
Relay Service, Bishkek, 1715-1755* UT, low signal, very seldom here in
Salzburg, religious px, Dave Kenny reports last October that this is
Sadaye Zindage, a Christian broadcaster which targets Afghanistan in
Pashto and Dari.
Patrick Robic mentioned in A-DX the link
<http://www.sadayezindagi.com>

Another source mentioned last year that TWR is behind this broadcast ...
Did not find more info, hope for a reply from  <Info @ AfghanRadio.org>
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT  OE2CRM, SW bulletin #1776, July 21)

LAOS   Hi from Laos   Hi to everyone. I've just rejoined MWC after a long
absence. My QTH is in northern Laos, in the UNESCO-protected town of Luang
Prabang, (I'm the Headmaster of the international school).

I only recently started working in Laos, after an 18-month job in Myanmar.
My home is in Phuket, Thailand, and I'll be bringing my loop antenna back
to Luang Prabang with me on my next trip home.

I have visited this area on many occasions, and am familiar with the local
radio outlets, such as the MW transmitter site in Luang Prabang on 705v
kHz. I'll put together some photos and information about this station in
the near future.

I have a Sony radio hear and my location is electrically quiet. I will
copy the Asiawaves station list onto my laptop before I do a band- scan,
so that I can identify stations as I go.

To give you an idea of my QTH (and to make you jealous!), here's a basic
panoramic view from my balcony that I pasted together:
<http://bbr.asia/luangprabang.jpg>

That's the Nam Khen river in the foreground. The Google co-ordinates are
at: N 19.886334, E 102.145953. My house is the one with the new red roof.
I'll try to do a band-scan asap.
(Simon Lutrell-LAO, July 17, MWCircle yg via dxld July 17)

Luang Prabang, 705 kHz, Radio Station, Sisavangvong Road, Ban Pakhame
[x7140 kHz SW] at
19 51 51.71 N  102 06 28.62 E
<http://goo.gl/maps/oMDQe>

MALAYSIA   7295  Traxx FM (via RTM, Kajang) pn 7 July at 1343+ UT. A nice
mix of ML/EG pop & metal/hard rock (Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen,
Steppenwolf), only IADs/audio pops noted were during Van Halen's "Running
With The Devil" (wonder if the IADs were an infernally subtle hint?). Good
morning for RTM relays, as Klasik-5964.7 kHz heard 1330+ UT with nice
signal & even after CRI showed up at 1400 UT, Klasik almost held its own.
Asyik-6050 kHz, Sarawak-9835 kHz & Wai-11665 kHz, also much louder today.
(Dan Sheedy-CA-USA, DXplorer July 20)

MEXICO   6185   XIX Encuentro Diexista Mexicano: Visita a las
instalaciones de Radio Educacion: Estudios y planta transmisora.

<http://entre-ondas.blogspot.mx/2013/07/xix-encuentro-diexista-mexicano-visita.html?m=1>

Bilder von einem DXer Treffen bei Radio Educacion in Mexiko.
(Ralf Ladusch-D, A-DX July 24)

MICRONESIA   4755.52  PMA-The Cross Radio, at 1221 & 1331 UT on July 25.
Yet another random day that the DTMF tones (dual-tone multi-frequency
signaling) were not working or had been turned off?  Normal sign off time
should have been 1200 UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer July 26)

MYANMAR   6165  Thazin Radio. July 24 was again checking for their
supposed new schedule, but still not active. At 1411 UT only one station
heard - CNR6; VOV4 was heard earlier (pre-1400 UT). For me, the only time
I can be positive as to whether Myanmar is here or not is after 1400 UT.
Before 1400 UT, VOV4 could be mistaken for Myanmar.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer July 26)

NEW ZEALAND   Radio NZ AM service failed after quake.
Radio New Zealand's AM frequency service was unable to broadcast civil
defence messages for about 20 minutes after the 6.5-magnitude quake on
Sunday evening.

The problem was caused when a fuse went out in the Porirua coastal suburb
of Titahi Bay, Radio New Zealand spokesman John Barr said.

"We had a technician there very quickly to rectify that. It didn't take
down any of the other civil defence capacity."

Radio New Zealand had continued to operate on the FM frequency and on
television through Sky and Freeview, Barr said.

Satellite services were more secure than AM, while FM was also less likely
to drop out.

"Our civil defence recommendation is always 101FM."

That was the standard FM frequency around almost all the country.

Despite television services remaining available yesterday, a transistor
radio with an AM/FM frequency, and a car radio remained the best way to
receive civil defence messages.

They were the only things that would continue to function if the power was
out.

Without electricity there would be no television, no computer services,
and cellphone towers would not transmit, Barr said.

"In a big enough event our planning is always that we should assume that
there is no power. That means that you're working on battery-operated or
vehicle-operated radio systems."

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8949012/Radio-NZ-AM-signal-failed-after-quake>
(fair_fax news, Michael_Daly, 22 July, via BrDXC ng)

OMAN   9760  R. Sultanate of Oman. On prior to 0000 UT this evening. Usual
Big Ben chimes, then ID by M in Arabic, and news headlines. Good, but
modulation a little low. 20 July.

9760  R. Sultanate of Oman, at 2359 UT came on the air, usual ToH routine.
On 22 July.

9760kHz 0000-0200 UT 28,39N Thumrait 100kW 315deg Arabic OMA RSO
(Dave Valko-PA-USA, hcdx July 20/22)

PAKISTAN   15235  Urdu sce of R Pakistan Islamabad annoying with totally
distorted audio quality in 1330-1530 UT slot, S=7 in Germany at 1350 UT
July 27.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 27)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA   3204.96  NBC Sandaun, at 1408* UT on July 25. Off with
National Anthem; decent reception.

3905  NBC New Ireland off the air July 25. Probably only reactivated to
provide coverage of "New Ireland Day"; July 24 was heard at 1313 with
decent reception. Their last day? Only broadcast for six consecutive days!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer July 26)

PNG/INDONESIA/VIETNAM   I have just returned from 8 days in Port Douglas
and as always when I am there, I had a listen to how the PNG radio scene
is.

I only heard 5 stations this time, two barely and three, not bad. In the
past PNG stations have usually been strong and clear!

The very weak ones were Radio Sandaun 3205 kHz and Madang 3260 kHz. They
were barely audible. I only heard them twice - just!.

The other three were NBC Buka, 3235 kHz, Milne Bay 3365 kHz and East New
Britain, 3385 kHz. They were the strongest stations, but still not very
strong.

All of the above were heard during the local evening, but in the local
morning only 3365 and 3385 kHz were heard.

I also heard what I can only think was RRI Ternate-INS, 3345 kHz at around
1955 UTC on 17 & 18 July, in Indonesian with Muslim chanting. It must be
an early sign on for Ramadan. I don't know when they signed on, but I was
awake early at 5.55 am local time and I wasn't interested in checking when
this transmission actually started!

I also noted Vietnam VoVTN1 home service on 11720 kHz from Son Tay 100 kW
187degr, apparently signing on around 2250 UTC. It is listed as a 24 hour
transmission{in WRTH}. but it seemed to appear between 2247 and 2252 UT on
18 July. They have an interval signal of chimes at 2258 UT and then a long
News bulletin follows.
(Barry Hartley-NZL, on holiday tour to Queensland-AUS,
wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 22)

Aoki Nagoya list show 2145-1600 UT, but maybe real 2245-1700 UT now, wb.

PERU   4747  Radio Huanta 2000, Huanta Ayacucho, at 1040 to 1050 UT, music
and chat, with fair to good signal on 15 July.

4810  Radio Logos, Chazuta, Tarapoto, at 1000 to 1045 UT strong signal
with musica andina, strongest Peruvian on 60 meters. 18 July.

4824.51  La Voz de la Selva, Iquitos noted in Español at 0040 to 0050 UT
during band scan on 12 July.

4835  Ondas del Suroriente, Quillabamba, at 0045 to 0052 UT locutor en
Español with thunderstorm crackle, fair signal with narrow filter 12 July.

5039.14  Radio Libertad de Junin, Junin, at 1015 to 1040 UT variety of
music and talk by locutor en Español 15 July; 0948 to 0955 UT on 12 July.

5921.2  Radio Bethel, Arequipa seems silent for last month?

6173.9  Radio Tawantinsuyo, Cusco, at 1040 to 1105 UT, fade out with om
locutor en Español, seldom have I heard music on this emisora 19 July;
same time 18 July; at 1000 to 1015 on 15 July
(Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer July 20)

PHILIPPINES   QSL IBB Tinang-PHL, hast Du auch schon e-mail
<manager_philippines  {at}  phi.ibb.gov>   probiert?
(Gerald Kallinger-AUT, A-DX July 19)

QSL 5895 kHz in English, IBB Tinang, VoA Philipines. RR sent
to:
VoA/IBB Transmitter Tinang
Station Manager
PSC 500 Box 28
DPO AP 96515-1000  USA

// QSL back from:
IBB, Station Manager, Unit 8600 Box 1490, DPO AP 96515-1490, Philippines.
(Harald Suess-AUT, RR on tour in Asia, A-DX July 18)

PHILIPPINES   12095  QSL FEBC Radio International verified an electronic
report with a full data electronic QSL card attachment in 56 days from
Norita P. Estabillo, Shortwave Operation, Program Support Supervisor
E-mail:  <norie.estabillo {at} os.febc.org.ph>

She gave the following postal address for reception reports:
Far East Broadcasting Company
P.O.Box 14205
Ortigas Center
Pasig City 1605, Philippines.

She indicated I would also be getting a copy of the QSL card by postal
mail.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer July 22)

SAUDI ARABIA   Checked in days of 16-20 July but there were no
transmissions at 0751-0959 UT on 17785 kHz by Radio Jeddah program-relay
in En or as before July 1st in French from Radio Riyadh.

registration 17785 0800-1000 46,47  RIY 500kW 270deg FRENCH ARS
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 22)

21505  BSKSA Riyadh, 1st progr in Arabic, like a PHONE-in CHILDRENS hour
noted Sat July 27, at 13-14 UT. S=9 signal in Germany, scheduled 12-15 UT.
Heard a lot of bashful girls and boys, answered in shy manner. BUZZY
signal quality, 16 times x 60 Hertz peaks visible on screen. // 17705 kHz
S=9+25dB signal in Germany. R Kuwait was much stronger at S=9+30dB level
on 21540 kHz.

Holy Quran sce from BSKSA Riyadh at 13-16 UT noted July 27 at 1346 UT on
17615 S=8, 17625 S=9+5dB, 17895 S=9+15dB, 15379.974v S=9+15dB at 1358 UT.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 27)

SWAZILAND   6120  TWR Manzini on 30 June, 2,3,4,5,6 July. *0500+ UT.
Haven't heard the TWR IS/ID loop here in a week or so, just abrupt opening
with "TWR Radio 155" ID [their satellite radio channel], then "Living Word
for Africa" w/ Pastor Asafa Makan'a on weekdays. Additional opening
remarks include: "Thank you for listening to Transworld Radio" &
"Transworld Radio (with) words of hope for Africa" + SMS/website
#/address.
(Dan Sheedy-CA-USA, DXplorer July 20)

UGANDA   4750  Dunamis Broadcasting, Mukono, at 1539 UT on June 28, local
song in vernacular, later I heard choral music, all under Bangladesh, not
Indonesia, but not sure if it was this station, 21432.
(Graham Bell-AFS, dswci DXW July 10)

USA   Monitoring Times to close. After 33 years of service to the radio
community, Monitoring Times will cease publication with the December, 2013
issue.

<http://www.monitoringtimes.com/>

MT RIP
Monitoring Times to Cease Publication.

The following is a statement from MT Publisher, Bob Grove W8JHD
issued Thursday, July 25 to the staff of the magazine.

After 33 years of publishing the most informative and lauded magazine on
monitoring the radio spectrum, Judy and I are finally going to retire. We
are grateful for the dedicated efforts of our fine staff of writers for
the excellent work which has kept MT alive for all these years. While we
know the discontinuation of MT, with our December issue, will be a
disappointment to our readers and writers alike, we realize that a
combination of a poorly performing economy, as well as the ready
availability of free listening and technical information on the Internet,
has reduced sales and subscriptions throughout the market place. I would
like to thank you personally for your knowledge, your dependability, and
your professionalism in making MT the publication that is most often
referred to in the radio monitoring hobby. It is a legacy that we have all
inherited.

Warmest regards to all our writers, Bob and Judy Grove

The following is a statement from MT Managing Editor, Ken Reitz KS4ZR:

The news just related by Bob Grove was given to me Wednesday, July 24. As
Bob indicated, the December issue will be the last for MT. I'm sending
this to everyone who wrote a feature article for the magazine over the
last five years during which I've been the features editor and managing
editor for the magazine. It was a great pleasure to work with all of you.
Your hard work made MT the best full-service communications magazine in
the U.S. While it's a great disappointment to receive the news of the
magazine's closure, I appreciate that circumstance beyond anyone's control
require it. I have no idea what the future will hold for me personally,
but the adventure continues! Best wishes to all.

Ken Reitz KS4ZR, Managing Editor
<http://www.monitoringtimes.com/>  Monitoring Times
(via Jerry Berg-NY, DXplorer July 26)

USA   17775  KVOH, full data Americas map and signal pattern card in 15
days for English first class mail report on their test transmission of
June 29 and US $2 return postage. V/s Ray Robinson, Operations Manager.
This is a very nice card that hearkens back to QSLs of old:  nice postcard
size and sturdy material. Very nice indeed!
(Albert Muick-PA-USA, hcdx July 20)

USA   The Fading Voice of Liberty - S. Enders Wimbush in WSJ

Mal ein zusammenfassender Artikel ueber das Propaganda Chaos der diversen
US Radiopropaganda Organisationen/Stationen, seit 20-30 Jahren ... (wb)

I would caution everyone not to simply read this article by Mr. Wimbush
but also many of the comments in response to it, amid the controversy over
modification of the Smith Mundt Act and other issues ... (darobin)

A dysfunctional Broadcasting Board of Governors hampers America's radio
message just when the need for it is urgent.

Among America's most successful strategies for winning the Cold War were
its so-called soft-power instruments, especially international
broadcasting from the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio
Liberty, which was broadcast to the Soviet Union and its republics. VOA
and RFE/RL practiced an optimal formula for breaking authoritarian
regimes' monopoly of information, not least about those societies' own
realities. The radios' ability to reach people around the world,
especially those deprived of access to accurate information about the U.S.
and their own countries, kept the hope of personal and political freedom
alive.

The end of the Cold War changed the nature and mission of international
broadcasting. But Congress correctly saw a continued role for such
broadcasting to serve U.S. foreign policy by delivering targeted news and
information to places where local media still provide an incomplete
picture at best and leave citizens unable to make informed decisions.

After adding broadcasts from Radio Marti to Cuba in 1985, and TV Marti in
1990, Congress created the International Broadcasting Bureau in 1994. Then
came Radio Free Asia in 1996 and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks in
2004.

Unfortunately, the new oversight structure Congress set up in 1995 to
manage this archipelago of media organizations-the Broadcasting Board of
Governors-is deeply flawed. The result has been management chaos and
paralysis, and decisions about broadcasting that wasted money and, worse,
squandered crucial opportunities to reach both friends and enemies abroad
at a time of great international turmoil.

Aware of many of these problems, Congress is again seeking to reform
international broadcasting. Putting the Broadcasting Board of Governors
out of business should be a top priority.

When Congress established the BBG, it put a nine-member, bipartisan, part-
time group of volunteers in charge of a $800 million yearly budget and a
sprawling empire-without the tools or expertise to run it. The mission,
evolved since U.S. international broadcasting began in the 1940s, was to
provide objective news and analysis and to harness programming to
America's national interests. Unlike the separate oversight regimes of VOA
and RFE/RL during the Cold War, the new amalgamated entity was an
unworkable idea from the beginning.

With any member able to block a vote, the board has attempted to operate
by consensus, a goal that has predictably prevented decisions large and
small. Since 2012, five of its eight members, known as governors, have
resigned. (My own reasons were frustration and disgust.) The BBG cannot
function legally because it now lacks an operating quorum. This may be a
good thing.

In January, the Government Accountability Office and the State
Department's Inspector General both issued reports documenting problems
under BBG management. "A part-time Board cannot effectively supervise all
U.S. Government-supported, civilian international broadcasting," State's
IG pointed out, noting that the BBG "is failing in its mandated duties."
Citing dynamics characterized by "hostility," the report also said that,
"The Board's dysfunction stems from a flawed legislative structure and
acute internal dissension."

Shocking, for sure, but in some respects BBG's confused governance is not
surprising. Its oversight responsibility extends to six different media
enterprises, some of which, like VOA, are part of a federal agency-while
others, like RFE/RL, are private 501(c)(3) organizations funded with
federal grants. These two models have little in common. The board's
impossible task is to harmonize their contradictory elements.

Below the board level, the heads of the six media enterprises are consumed
in competition with each other for shrinking resources, and little sharing
takes place. When individual board members align with one media enterprise
to promote that enterprise's special interests and goals-or when
individual enterprises lobby Congress for special dispensation-dysfunction
is multiplied.

Yet it is the BBG's strategic dysfunction that is most objectionable.
Unable to tie broadcasting to U.S. foreign-policy objectives, it invests
where it should cut back, cuts back where it should invest, and does
little to encourage targeting programming that serves U.S. interests.

One would think that the BBG would tailor its investments to compete in a
modern media world characterized by hundreds of information sources and
strong broadcasting competition from the likes of China, Russia and Iran.
Yet the opposite seems to be happening.

For example, the BBG condones rampant duplication by the different
networks. The VOA has a Russian broadcast service. So does RFE/RL. The VOA
has a Burmese broadcast service. So does Radio Free Asia. U.S.
international broadcasting operates two separate services in no fewer than
23 languages.

Each of the networks also duplicates nearly all administrative operations-
human resources, communications, legal, etc. Earlier attempts by the
current board to address these and other inefficiencies were blocked by a
dissident board member.

Rampant, expensive duplication means that the BBG cannot invest in areas
of growing strategic importance-for example, by creating services in Igbo
to Nigeria (population 30 million) or Sindhi to Pakistan (population 34
million), two states where the U.S. has vital interests. But Armenia
(population under three million) gets two services; Georgia (4.5 million)
gets two services; Laos (6.5 million) gets two services; Macedonia (three
million) gets two services; and so forth.

Then there are some small language services that are of great strategic
importance in today's world but always in danger of being axed. RFE/RL
broadcasts in Tatar and Bashkir are unique to these significant Islamic
populations in the center of Russia that will have a strong voice in the
future of that ailing state. Similarly, broadcasts to the North Caucasus-
ancestral home of the Chechens who bombed the Boston Marathon-are
constantly on the verge of being cut. Good strategy would double down on
these assets.

Persistent strategic problems go unaddressed. VOA's vastly expanded and
newly renamed Persian News Network was set up in 2006-07 so hastily and
carelessly that staff recruiting included targeting Farsi-speaking workers
at places like Starbucks SBUX +0.45% and Home Depot, HD -0.16% regardless
of journalistic inexperience.

Given Iran's strategic importance, the Persian News Network should be the
gold standard of U.S. international broadcasting. Instead it has become
known more for pratfalls. In 2010, the PNN used a film clip from Iranian
state television to accompany a news story, but neglected to remove the
original "crawl" line of unrelated material that moved across the bottom
of the screen. Its content, rebroadcast by the U.S. to the people of Iran:
hate-filled excoriations of Israel and Zionists.

Incremental changes will never solve the BBG's built-in problems and
contradictions. Starting over means eliminating the board, and putting all
U.S. international broadcasting into a single nonfederal organization
under professional management. The objective is a single organization,
with professional leadership and management, and strong connective tissue
to America's strategic center-logically the National Security Council-with
strong input from Congress. There must also be a sturdy firewall against
political interference in U.S. international broadcasting's journalistic
mission.

Though times have changed, much of this formula is what made U.S.
international broadcasting so effective during the Cold War. It can work
well again in the tumultuous world in which we now find ourselves. Mr.
Wimbush served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors from 2010-12 and was
director of Radio Liberty from 1987-93.

<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323848804578606083722741720.html?mod=wsj_streaming_stream>
(Sudipta-IND  VU3TKG; darobin12001 in dxld July 22)

read also shortlink at  <http://wp.me/p1PTlq-6cv>   ....
 
 

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