WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - BC-DX 1168 04 July 2014

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany



ANTARCTIC   LRA36  RN Arcangel Antarctica on 15475.98 kHz at 1930 UT, with
Spanish info and music, not strong. Signal drop down at 2000 UT. On the
same time Radio Inconfidencia Brazil on 15.190.11 kHz. Most with music.
ID at 20.06 UT.
(Maurits van Driessche-BEL, hcdx July 2)

ASCENSION ISL/SOUTH AFRICA   7355, July 3 at 0520 UT, BBCWS in English,
very poor but detectable unlike previous nights. Not the bigsig we used to
get from Ascension, so major beam change? Power reduxion? Bad propagation
despite equatorial advantage? Most likely it's a totally different site,
now unfavorable for us.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 3)

7355 fair S=7 -82dBm into Florida SDR unit at 0618 UT July 4. Two woman
talk on "Newsdesk" program on Iraq internal Sunni vv Shia Muslims war
matter.

re 7355 BBC. deep downunder winter relay 7355 via Sentec Meyerton site
4-5 UT left the registration table already in early May.

7355 in HFCC list show 102 degrees azimuth at 05-06 UT, which does not
favored the US target path. But at 06-07 UT registration item show ASC at
65degr target.

Tonight July 4th at 0500 UT a weak tiny signal of English sce noted at
S=5-6 -94dBm signal level into Florida remote SDR unit. Signal just to
understand right above threshold level.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 4)

AUSTRALIA   13630  July 3 at 0524 UT, open carrier/dead air from what had
been a VG RA frequency. Still OC/DA at several chex past 0600 UT until I
quit at 0618 UT. 15300 > 15240 > 15415 kHz were however nominal. What's
going on at Shepparton?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 3)

"What's going on at Shepparton? "

Phone interview and length football WORLD CUP Brazil 2014 comments and
discussion for the semi- and final matches ...

July 3 at 2130 UT all on air, more or less S=9 and more, mostly
powerhouses also up to S=9+40dB, heard on remote SDR units network
downunder in Australia:

RA on air 9660, 11650, 11695, 12080, 13630, 15415, 15515, 17860 kHz.

and ABC Northern sce on 4835, 4910, 5025 kHz too.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 3)

BRAZIL   5990  July 2 at 0114, RNA extra frequency {likely DRM daylight
test unit of 4 kW on AM mode during nighttime?, wb.} is on tonight, fair
signal with music // much stronger 6180 kHz, also at 0543 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 2)

BULGARIA   Cancelled broadcasts of Brother Stair (TOM) via Kostinbrod

0658-1255 11600 SOF 050 kW 306 deg to WeEUR, no signal from June 27
1258-1500  9400 SOF 050 kW 306 deg to WeEUR, no signal from June 27
1458-1655  9400 SOF 050 kW 306 deg to WeEUR, effective from June 27
1458-1655  9400 SOF 050 kW 306 deg to WeEUR no signal Thu July 3
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 4)

CUBA   6000  UT Wed July 2 at 0537 UT,
Arnie is again phoning-in 'DXers Unlimited' to RHC studio, i.e. telco-
quality audio compared to the canned open & close, featuring the 6000 kHz
English frequency which he explains at 01-05 UT uses a curtain covering
the east coast from northern FL up to the Canadian Maritimes; at 05-07 UT
switches to antenna toward the Pacific coast of North America, but also
reaching Hawaii, Japan, Australia, New Zealand (here in OK there is not
much difference).

5040 kHz is omnidirexional on NVIS (near vertical incidence skywave)
dipole antenna, but admits it also has several low-angle lobes. Arnie
hasn't updated his blog with DXUL scripts since September 29, 2013, where
one may skim thru his extremely repetitive topix for anything of possible
interest.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 2)

FRANCE  {TAIWAN}   3965  RTI Issoudun relay QSL confirmation in 30 days,
visible at
<http://acquamarina.blogspot.com>

Conferma QSL n. 3 di Radio Taiwan International

Ciao a tutti gli amici del gruppo! Ecco i dati relativi all'ultima
conferma QSL di giugno.

Radio Taiwan International 3965 kHz 31 May 2014, 2000 UT
via P.O.Box 123-199, Taipei, 11199, Taiwan, R.O.C.

con QSL, foglietto frequenze e programmazione, moduli rapporto d'ascolto
in 30 giorni. Rapporto inviato via web form raggiungibile all'indirizzo
<http://spanish.rti.org.tw/listening/>

La QSL scansionata e visionabile al seguente URL:
<http://acquamarina.blogspot.com>
(N. Marabello-ITA, bclnews.it  July 3)

GERMANY   Testsendung 6150 kHz.
6150  UNKNOWN NEW STATION TEST. 1312 UT, June 28, Nonstop-Mx.
Pop, Country, 1319 UT close down, no ID.
(Markus Weidner-D, A-DX June 28; Internet: <www.markusweidner.de> )

Die 6150 kHz soll wohl aus Datteln in NRW kommen. In der neuen HFCC Liste
steht das Ding mit 15 kW von dort aus drin, unbekannt - wer sich dahinter
verbirgt. Lassen wir uns diesbezueglich ueberraschen ...

6150 kHz 0600-1900 UT zones 18,27,28 15kW antenna ITU type 700,
daily 03-06-2014 to 26-10-2014 NEW FNA, TENT. (June 26)

comment: KLL Kall is NOT involved. Temporary appointment of a replacement
construction only, is logged til the new station location is registered at
ITU Geneve transmitter site list.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews June 29)

Ich hoere gerade eine "Testsendung im 49 m Band". ID in DE/NL/EN
auf 6150 kHz. Signal und Modulation gut.
(Uwe Volk-D, A-DX July 1)

Hier im Suedosten auch schwach zu hoeren. Zur vollen Stunde gab's auch
Nachrichten. Das duerfte wohl die neue Station sein, auf die Christian
Milling vor kurzem mal hingewiesen hat.

Ich habe mir gerade eben die Aufnahme vom Dienstag noch mal angehoert.
Vor den Nx gab's eine Ansage "Hier ist die Kurzwelle 61-50 - aus aller
Welt, Europa und unserer Heimat - wir senden die aktuellen Meldungen -
im Studio Sven ..."
(Patrick Robic-AUT, dxld July 1)

Ja, RADIO 6070 Channel 272 ist es NICHT, dazu passt die Modulation nicht.
Es ist wohl der noch unbekannte Sender aus Datteln, aber die registrierten
15kW waren das bestimmt nicht.
(Christian Milling-D, A-DX July 1)

GERMANY   Brazil 2014 Football World Cup, all in CEST.

Deutschlandradio uebertraegt die Spiele der Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft
2014 mit deutscher Beteiligung als Livestream auf
<www.deutschlandradio.de>
im Digitalradio DAB+, ueber die LW-Frequenzen 153 kHz und 177 kHz und in
einer Sondersendung ueber den Digitalkanal "Dokumente und Debatten". Ab
der Viertelfinalrunde werden ueber diese Verbreitungswege zusaetzlich alle
anderen WM-Spiele ausgestrahlt.

Deutschlandfunk und Deutschlandradio Kultur ergaenzen das Programm mit
Beitraegen und Reportagen ueber Land und Leute sowie kompakten WM-
Informationen in den taeglichen Nachrichten. Im Deutschlandfunk halten
neben dem Sport-Telegramm in den Informationen am Morgen (Mo-Fr 5:05, Sa
6:10 CEST), Informationen am Mittag (Mo-Sa 12:10, So 13:05) und
Informationen am Abend (Mo-So 18:10) die Sendungen "Sport aktuell" (Mo-Sa
22:50-23:00) und das WM-Magazin in "Das war der Tag" (Mo-Fr 23:43-23:53,
So 23:30-23:57) die Hoerer auf dem Laufenden. Am Wochenende vertiefen die
Sendungen "Sport am Samstag" und "Sport am Sonntag" (19:10-20:00) die
Berichterstattung aus Brasilien und senden aktuelle Reaktionen zu den
Spielen sowie Reportagen und Beitraege ueber die politische und kulturelle
Situation des Landes.

Deutschlandradio Kultur fasst die aktuellen Ergebnisse taeglich im
"Studio 9" zusammen (Mo-Fr 5.07, 12.07, 17.07, 22.30, Sa 6.07, 12.05,
17.05, So 12.05, 17.05, 22.30 Uhr MESZ). Am Sonntag gibt es im
Sportmagazin "Nachspiel" (17.30-18.30) alles Wissenswerte und
ausfuehrliche Hintergrundinformationen zur WM.

Die Live-Uebertragungen im Ueberblick:
Do 26.6.2014, 18.00 USA - Deutschland in Recife

Mo 30.6.14, 22.00 Sieger Gruppe G - Zweiter Gruppe H in Porto Alegre

Viertelfinale
Fr 4.7.2014, 18.00 Sieger Achtelfinale 5 - Sieger Achtelfinale 6
   in Rio de Janeiro
Fr 4.7.2014, 22.00 Sieger Achtelfinale 1 - Sieger Achtelfinale 2
   in Fortaleza
Sa 5.7.2014, 18.00 Sieger Achtelfinale 7 - Sieger Achtelfinale 8
   in Brasilia
Sa 5.7.2014, 22.00 Sieger Achtelfinale 3 - Sieger Achtelfinale 4
   in Salvador

Halbfinale
Di 8.7.2014, 22.00 Sieger Viertelfinale 1 - Sieger Viertelfinale 2
   in Belo Horizonte
Mi 9.7.2014, 22.00 Sieger Viertelfinale 3 - Sieger Viertelfinale 4
   in Sao Paulo

Spiel um Platz 3
Sa 12.7.2014, 22.00 Verlierer Halbfinale 1 - Verlierer Halbfinale 2
   in Brasilia

Finale
So 13.7.2014, 21.00 Sieger Halbfinale 1 - Sieger Halbfinale 2
   in Rio de Janeiro.

<www.deutschlandradio.de/deutschlandradio-uebertraegt-wm-spiele-live-aus-brasilien.504.de.html?drpm:pressrelease_id=2059>
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, ntt via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

GERMANY   Das Kurzwellenzentrum Kall hat mit Stand 15. Juni 2014
folgende Sendungen

3985 kHz
00.00-19.30 Radio 700 - Schlager & Oldies, darin:
03.30-03.45 Mo-Sa Missionswerk Freundesdienst
10.00-10.15 Missionswerk Freundesdienst
15.00-15.30 Radio Slowakei International in Deutsch
16.30-16.45 Mo-Sa Missionswerk Freundesdienst
17.00-17.30 Radio Slowakei International in Franzoesisch
18.00-18.30 Polskie Radio bis zum Sendeende 1.7.2014 als Dank
            fuer 70 Jahre deutsches Programm aus Warschau
18.30-19.00 Radio Slowakei International in Deutsch

3985 kHz
21.00-23.00 Radio 700 - Schlager & Oldies

6005 kHz
06.00-18.00 Radio 700 - Schlager & Oldies, darin:
06.00-08.00 Radio Belarus in Deutsch
09.00-10.00 4. So Radio Gloria International
10.00-10.15 Missionswerk Freundesdienst
14.30-15.00 Polskie Radio bis zum Sendeende 1.7.2014 als Dank
            fuer 70 Jahre deutsches Programm aus Warschau
15.00-15.30 Radio Slowakei International in Deutsch
16.30-16.45 Mo-Sa Missionswerk Freundesdienst
17.00-17.30 Radio Slowakei International in Franzoesisch

7310 kHz.
06.00-18.00 Radio 700 - Schlager & Oldies, darin:
08.00-09.00 2. So Ichtys-Radio
10.00-10.15 Missionswerk Freundesdienst
14.30-15.00 Polskie Radio bis zum Sendeende 1.7.2014 als Dank
            fuer 70 Jahre deutsches Programm aus Warschau
15.00-15.30 Radio Slowakei International in Deutsch
16.30-16.45 Mo-Sa Missionswerk Freundesdienst
17.00-17.30 Radio Slowakei International in Franzoesisch

Time in UT. Uhr Weltzeit (+2=MESZ) Frequenz (Sender)
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, ntt via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

GERMANY    ERF Wetzlar / TWR Germany.
Pastor Horst Marquardt reaches 85 years of age.

Am 14. Juli feiert Pastor Horst Marquardt, der erste hauptamtliche
Mitarbeiter des Evangeliums-Rundfunks und bis 1993 langjaehrige Direktor
des Medienwerks seinen 85. Geburtstag. ERF Vorstandsvorsitzender Juergen
Werth wuerdigt Marquardt in einem Beitrag im Magazin ANTENNE (Ausgabe
Juli/August) mit den Worten: "Er ist der Mann der ersten Jahre und
Jahrzehnte im ERF. Vieles waere nicht geworden ohne ihn. Wenigstens nicht
so. Er ist den meisten einen guten Schritt voraus. Sieht, was andere nicht
mal ahnen. Wir verdanken ihm unendlich viel."

Seine ersten journalistischen Erfahrungen hatte der gebuertige Berliner im
Sozialismus gesammelt: 1949 und 1950 arbeitete er als Rundfunkredakteur in
Potsdam. Nachdem er Christ geworden war, studierte er Theologie und
arbeitete anschliessend als Pastor der Evangelisch-methodistischen Kirche
in Berlin, Wien und Wetzlar. Ab 1960 war Marquardt fuer den Evangeliums-
Rundfunk taetig. Im Umfeld der urspruenglich auf Mittel- und Kurzwelle
sendenden Radioarbeit initiierte Marquardt unter anderem 1970 die
Evangelische Nachrichtenagentur idea und 1975 den Christlichen
Medienverbund KEP und uebernahm internationale Verantwortung sowohl beim
Weltpartner Trans World Radio und in der von ihm 1980 mit initiierten
European Evangelical Communicators Association (heute Fellowship of
European Broadcasters).

Da sich der ERF als Sender auf der Glaubensbasis der Evangelischen Allianz
etablieren konnte, gab sein Leiter auch wichtige Impulse in die Deutsche
Evangelische Allianz. Marquardt war Mitbegruender und 14 Jahre
Vorsitzender des deutschen Zweiges des Lausanner Komitees fuer
Weltevangelisation, heute Koalition fuer Evangelisation. Dem Hauptvorstand
der Deutschen Evangelischen Allianz gehoerte er von 1969 bis zum Erreichen
der Altersgrenze an.

Von 1974 bis 1987 war er Mitglied im Hauptausschuss Rundfunk und Fernsehen
des Gemeinschaftswerks der Evangelischen Publizistik. Als langjaehriger
Sprecher der ARD-Sendung "Wort zum Sonntag" wurde er einem
Millionenpublikum bekannt. (ERF Pressemitteilung 30.6.2014, stark
bearbeitet von Dr. Hansjoerg Biener)

INDIA   6155  AIR External Service latest change:
6155 kHz in Urdu at 1430-1930 UT now via Delhi Khampur 250 kW
(ex Bangalore 500 kW). The latest AIR External Services schedule is in:
<http://qsl.net/vu2jos/es/time.htm>
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, <www.qsl.net/vu2jos>  DXindia July 3)

INDONESIA   4869.921  Probably - tentativelly - RRI Wamena Papua in
Indonesian ? on threshold level S=4-5 -96dBm weak and tiny.
Latter noted in downunder Australia, July 1st.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

INTERNAT WATERS/GERMANY   Stoerung auf 7310 weg?!

Ich hab gestern nochmal mit der BNetzA gesprochen:

Der Stoerer wurde zunaechst in der Nordsee gepeilt, was darauf schliesst,
dass die Ausstrahlungen von einem Schiff kamen. Daher war es unmoeglich,
auszumachen, welche Fernmeldeverwaltung nun dafuer zustaendig ist. Spaeter
ankerte das Schiff in einem Sued-Westlichen Norwegischen Hafen und die
Ausstrahlung liefen noch einige Tage. Gestern Nacht um 0:20 war dann
Schluss damit. Die 7310 wird aber weiterhin aus Konstanz gemonitored um
bei einer erneuten Stoerung direkt taetig zu werden.

Heute Morgen - 2. Juli - sieht es auf jeden Fall gut aus.
(Christian Milling-D, A-DX July 2)

Re: Digitale STANAG Stoerung auf 7310 kHz weg?!
Hoffen wir, dass es beim freien Kanal bleibt.

Der Wasserfall zeigte soeben
nur TWR Hungarian, 7215 kHz aus Nauen,
Radio 700 aus Kall 7310 kHz,
HCJB Weenermoor 7365 kHz,
R Tirana 7390v kHz,

sowie einiges digitale Geruempel bei
7297 - 7300 3 kHz weit multisignal strings.
7362 u. 7363 kurze Sekunden bursts beim HCJB Signal,
7408 - 7411 - 3 kHz weit, digitales Stanag ?
7580 1 kHz weit
7600-7613 kHz
7625 1 kHz weit
7646 1 kHz weit.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 2)

IRAN   Special broadcasts of Voice of Islamic Rep of Iran for Ramazan

1923-0120NF6060 SIR 500 kW 329 deg to WeAs, Azeri   June 28-July 29
         ex7410.
1923-0120  7410 SIR 500 kW 329 deg to WeAS  Azeri   June 28-July 29

2153-2350  9610 KAM 500 kW 250 deg to NEAF  Arabic  June 28-July 29
2223-0050  6090 KAM 500 kW 073 deg to CeAS  Tajik   June 28-July 29
2253-2350  5940 SIR 500 kW 320 deg to NE/ME Kurdish June 28-July 29
2353-0050  6000 KAM 500 kW non-dir to NE/ME Kurdish June 28-July 29
0020-0120  9845 SIR 500 kW 310 deg to NE/ME Turkish June 28-July 29
0123-0320  6060 KAM 500 kW non-dir to NE/ME Azeri   June 28-July 29
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews June 26/July 1)

IRAN   6060  special Ramadan transmission noted from Persia at 2100 UT
on S=9+30dBm level in southern Germany.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

LUXEMBOURG   1440  RTL 208mb licence retention - to be extended?

Pity they can't re-start Radio Luxembourg to the UK again, what a boost
for Medium Wave it would be to hear the great 208 metres again!
(Rog Parsons, Hinckley. LE10 0NJ, BrDXC-UK ng July 3)

It seems the transmissions on 1440 kHz will not stop at the end of 2014.
The complaint about the interference were coming from the UK antenna's.
The compromise is that they will only use the antenna's directed towards
Germany.

Luxembourg Wort newspaper report 14.5.2014
Zankapfel RTL-Antennen: Bleibt Marnach auf Sendung?

Wollte das "Broadcasting Centre Europe" (BCE) den Betrieb der RTL-
Sendeanlagen in Marnach eigentlich zum Jahresende 2014 einstellen, so
koennte das Urteil ...
(Peter Vracking, Radio Luxembourg 208 fans group, F_B, June 20)

The google translation into English is not very clear so would appreciate
a summary from German speaking list members.
(Mike Barraclough-UK, bdxc-news ng July 3)

item on
<http://www.wort.lu/de/lokales/zankapfel-rtl-antennen-bleibt-marnach-auf-sendung-53743dfcb9b39887080261d3>

see also picture of the Marnach village

text contain, published Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

{automatic translation into English}

(jl) - Wanted the "Broadcasting Centre Europe" (BCE) to finnish the
operation of the RTL broadcasting equipment in Marnach the end of 2014,
but the positive judgment of the appeal could open the door to a renewal
of the operating license now.

This concern at least the citizens' initiative "Fir mei Liaewensqualiteit.

Appellate decision raises obstacles for approval on.

The initiative is a result of the continuing failure of electrical
appliances and the concern for the health of residents for years for
tighter restrictions on the transmission power of a. According to the
Administrative Court, there is no directive at EU level, which also
committed to transmitting equipment to comply with the European emission
limits of 3 V / m for the protection of electrical devices. Why is this
relevant requirements of the Ministry of Labour were now tilted to appeal.

Accordingly BCE stood now no more obstacles for an extension of approval
in the way. While the citizens' initiative feared such, we still spoke
yesterday by the BCE only of ongoing reflection.

The citizens' initiative "Fir mei Liaewensqualiteit" hopes for Premier and
Minister of Communications Xavier begging, she has asked for a meeting.
The lack of an EU directive should the government not simply serve as a
pretext for national measures, Romy Carians, President of "Fir mei
Liaewensqualiteit".

Considered Nationale zone for IT companies in Marnach.

Furthermore, the Clervaux Mayor Emile Eicher confirmed yesterday against
the "Luxemburger Wort" that the government was considering
reclassification of the transmitter site in Marnach to create a national
activity zone for companies in the IT and multimedia sector. The majority
of land located in the possession of CLT / UFA.

Eicher also went yesterday to a request of BCE on operating extension
from. But he also spoke of a possible compromise, according to which at
least the England operation associated with specific interference effects
could be adjusted.

- - -

{wb comment:
already rumors have stated several times,
renewal of the operating license after 31 Dec 2014 retention/continuation,
and more use of RTL medium wave 208m 1440 kHz confirmed usage with the
directional antenna towards Germany at

50 02 46.60 N  06 04 38.92 E
<http://binged.it/1j17XS8>
<https://goo.gl/maps/6WzBn>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24473255>
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24474493>

instead

of the directional antenna towards the UK target at
50 02 31.07 N  06 04 56.46 E
<http://binged.it/1oe8gqr>
<https://goo.gl/maps/0Wt7w>
<https://goo.gl/maps/M35eV>

latter which causes most of electromagnetic interference
in the technical equipment of the Marnach village ... }

Re: 1440 RTL licence to be extended? Bit confusing (perhaps poor
'automatic' translation?) Can someone clarify - is Radio Luxembourg
considering a return to English on 208 metres 1440 kHz because it seems
directing the signal at Germany would be pointless if they are ?
(Rog Parsons-UK  LE10 0NJ, BrDXC-UK July 3)

Re: 1440 RTL licence to be extended?
re "... because it seems directing the signal at Germany would be
pointless
if they are ?"

technical:
During dark hours also Marnach 1440 kHz signal towards somewhere - even
German 3mast array - result in superpower signal in greater central Europe
and also up northwards to the Shetlands.

business:
China Radio Int'l rent airtime at present 0700-1200 & 1900-2400 UT.

Nostalgic RTL programs like 50 years ago style will only rise again when
the Great China goes once bankrupt ... who should pay for the nostalgia
shows to Albion now?

to clarify the Court judgment:
This possible retention/continuation renewal of 1440 kHz Marnach outlet
behind Dec 2014 final date, belongs only the technical side of
electromagnetic interference disturbtion, not a 208 nostalgic radio
program matter - in the resurrection...

... but the transmission time is anyway occupied by CRI Beijing foreign
service relays.
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 3)

- - -

Original text version:
veroeffentlicht am Mittwoch, 14. Mai 2014 um 20:34

(jl) - Wollte das "Broadcasting Centre Europe" (BCE) den Betrieb der RTL-
Sendeanlagen in Marnach eigentlich zum Jahresende 2014 einstellen, so
koennte das Urteil eines Berufungsverfahrens nun doch die Tuer zu einer
Verlaengerung der Betriebserlaubnis oeffnen. Dies befuerchtet zumindest
die Buergerinitiative "Fir mei Liaewensqualiteit.

Berufungsurteil hebt Hindernisse fuer Betriebserlaubnis auf.

Die Initiative setzt sich aufgrund der andauernden Stoerung elektrischer
Geraete und der Sorge um die Gesundheit der Anwohner seit Jahren fuer
striktere Beschraenkungen der Sendeleistung ein. Dem Verwaltungsgericht
zufolge gibt es auf EU-Ebene keine Direktive, die auch  Sendeanlagen zur
Einhaltung der europaweiten Immissionsgrenzwerte von 3 V/m fuer den Schutz
von Elektrogeraeten verpflichtet. Weshalb diesbezuegliche Auflagen des
Arbeitsministeriums nun in Berufung gekippt wurden.

Demzufolge stuenden BCE nun keine Hindernisse mehr fuer eine Verlaengerung
der Betriebserlaubnis im Weg. Waehrend die Buergerinitiative eine solche
befuerchtet, sprach man gestern seitens des BCE noch lediglich von
laufenden Ueberlegungen.

Die Buergerinitiative "Fir mei Liaewensqualiteit" hofft nun auf Premier-
und Kommunikationsminister Xavier Bettel, den sie zu einer Zusammenkunft
gebeten hat. Das das Fehlen einer entsprechenden EU-Direktive duerfe der
Regierung nicht einfach als Vorwand fuer nationale Massnahmen dienen, so
Romy Karier, Praesidentin von "Fir mei Liaewensqualiteit".

Nationale Zone fuer IT-Unternehmen in Marnach erwogen.

Weiterhin bestaetigte der Clerfer Buergermeister Emile Eicher gestern
gegenueber dem "Luxemburger Wort", dass die Regierung rewaege, das
Sendergelaende in Marnach zur Schaffung einer nationalen Aktivitaetszone
fuer Unternehmen aus dem IT- und Multimedia-Bereich umzuklassieren. Der
Grossteil der Grundstuecke befinde sich im Besitz der CLT/UFA.

Eicher ging gestern ebenfalls von einem Antrag des BCE auf
Betriebsverlaengerung aus. Er sprach aber auch von einem moeglichen
Kompromiss, demzufolge zumindest der mit besonderen Stoereinwirkungen
verbundene Englandbetrieb eingestellt werden koennte.

MADAGASCAR   New PNW via Madagascar to Sudan. A reminder to please check
for these new HFCC-registered broadcasts effective July 1 and whether the
old ones are still on:

Current HFCC as of June 26 shows no more UAE site at all for these
services, just MDC or SMG Vatican, with a phony start date of 30 March

0400-0557 15550 MDC, 11650 SMG
1500-1627 15150 MDC, 15550 SMG

It seems big changes are coming 1 July,
with these new transmissions for MDG PNW FPU

0400-0430  7205
0500-0527 15150
1500-1527 11805

These three are also "Apd" in the language column, whatever that means,
Arabic-something, but the CIRAF zone has been changed to 48SW only South
Sudan and Uganda. All the other transmissions above have been for
39SW,47E,48W Yemen, and all of Sudan. Yemen??

It remains to be heard whether the old transmissions are being replaced by
the new ones, which seems more likely, or the new ones are in addition.
Judging from the 0400 and 1500 UT timings, the new ones may be only
R. Tamazuj, but what about 0500 UT? If still Dabanga, it's much reduced.
Or could be something totally new. Must check July 1.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld July 1)

PAKISTAN   711  Radio Pakistan upgrades transmitter at Dera Ismail Khan.

Islamabad - Radio Pakistan has upgraded its 10 kilowatt medium-wave
transmitter at Dera Ismail Khan with a new 100 kilowatt transmitter.

<http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Jun-2014/radio-pakistan-upgrades-transmitter-at-dera-ismail-khan>

ps: PBC 711 kHz was spotted by Jose Jacob at 1750 UT on 14th June 2014
with improved signal strength suspecting upgradation of transmitter, which
has now been confirmed.
(Alokesh Gupta-IND, DX sasia June 30)

Dera Ismail Khan new 2013/2014:
711 kHz 100 kW; former 1404 kHz 10 kW.
31 49 38.04 N  70 50 55.80 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/0SgLd>
<http://binged.it/1m1Sq3A>

711  Radio Pakistan upgrades transmitter at Dera Ismail Khan.

Radio Pakistan has upgraded its 10 kilowatt medium-wave transmitter at
Dera Ismail Khan with a new 100 kilowatt transmitter to update the
audience with the achievements being made in the ongoing military
operation in North Waziristan and the efforts underway for relief and
rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] currently housed in
the local camps.

Giving details of the project, a radio spokesperson explained that the
project was actually launched in September 2010 under a statement of
collaboration signed between Radio Pakistan and the USAID but in view of
the ongoing military operation and mass displacement of population,
Director General Samina Parvez Khalid directed to expedite the work and
now it has become operational.
June 29, 2014.
(The Nation Pakistan, June 29; via Alokesh Gupta-IND)

ROMANIA   60 years of Radio Cluj service, started March 15, 1954.

Radio Cluj, das fuer Transsylvanien auf den UKW-Frequenzen 93.3, 95.4 und
95.6 MHz und den Mittelwellen 909, 1404 und 1593 kHz feiert in diesem Jahr
seinen 60. Geburtstag.

Die Station begann am 15. Maerz 1954, 16.00 Uhr Ortszeit, mit zwei Stunden
Programm in Rumaenisch bzw. Ungarisch. Aus Angst, die Regionalsender
koennten zu viel Unabhaengigkeit entwickeln, liess sie Nicolae Ceaucescu
1985 schliessen. Im Zuge der Demonstrationen gegen den Diktator belebten
ehemalige Mitarbeiter von Radio Cluj den Sender im Dezember 1989 wieder.
Als Regionalstation der oeffentlich-rechtlichen Societatii Romane de
Radiodifuziune erstreckt sich das Sendegebiet heute auf fast alle Teile
Siebenbuergens. Angeschlossen sind die beiden Lokalstationen Antena
Sibiului und Radio Sighet in Hermannstadt bzw. Siget.

<http://www.radiocluj.ro/ro/>
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, ntt via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

SAUDI ARABIA   UNIDentified station in English on 21670 kHz.

UNIDentified station in English was noted on June 30 around 0912 UT on
21670 kHz and completely covers Radio Saudi International in Indonesian.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

Maintenance? test work by Continental/RIZ from Jeddah new tx site every
year around end of June and July 1st.

Jeddah is also registered here in joint HFCC/ASBU/ABU Schedule list, at
least on June 26 and June 30 files so far ...
21670 kHz 0800-1000 UT, zones 46,48,47 JED 250kW 270deg ant#216 FRA ARS

New Jeddah tx installation site has been finnished some 2 years ago, but
never went into regular service. Excellent US TCI curtain antennas
errected.
73 wb df5sx wwdxc
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 1)

21670 kHz. It should be BSKSA in English. They mentioned
"Muhammad bin Naif Centre for Advice & Care"
which is a Saudi institution, named after their interior minister.
(Cristian Mocanu-ROU, bclnews.it July 1)

SEYCHELLES   12095  QSL BBC Indian Ocean Relay Station verified an
electronic report with partial data letter from Jose Tambara, Senior
Engineer in 48 days.  Operations were suspended at the end of March 2014.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer June 30)

USA   Two msgs re VOA. Soon coming cuts at VOA, RFA, RFE/RL.

This news emerging from VOA late Friday: VOA to end shortwave broadcasts
in English and several language services Monday.

Received this late Friday afternoon:

"FAREWELL TO SHORTWAVE.
We were informed late Friday that BBG's proposed shortwave cuts for FY2014
have been approved by Congress.

As of the end of the day on Monday, June 30th, all shortwave frequencies
for English News programs to Asia will be eliminated. We will no longer
be heard via shortwave in the morning (12-16 UT), and the evening
(22-02 UT).mostly in Asia.

Shortwave frequencies for the following services will also be eliminated:

Azerbaijani, Bangla, English (Learning), Khmer, Kurdish, Lao and Uzbek.
Shortwave being used by services at RFE/RL and RFA are also being cut.

Because shortwave has been a cheap and effective way to receive
communications in countries with poor infrastructure or repressive
regimes, it was a good way to deliver information. But broadcasting via
shortwave is expensive, and its use by listeners has been on the decline
for years. At the BBG, the cost vs. impact equation no longer favors
broadcasts via this medium to most of the world.

Important for us is that we will continue to be heard on shortwave
frequencies during those hours we broadcast to Africa. Also, we know
through our listener surveys that about half of our audience in Asia and
the rest of the world listens to us via the web and podcast so all is not
lost.

Let's break the news about this change to our audiences starting Sunday
night. I doubt specific frequencies are critical to announce. The
important point to make for our listeners is that we encourage their
continued listening through local affiliates, and on the web at
voanews.com."

See also
<http://bbgwatch.com/bbgwatch/bureaucrats-gave-listeners-little-time-to-learn-about-shortwave-cuts-by-voa-rfa-and-rferl/>

(Dan Robinson via Dan Ferguson K4VOA, swskeds via DXplorer June 28)

USA   Voice of America to end shortwave broadcasts in English and several
language services. From Mon June 30 all shortwave frequencies for English
News programs to Asia will be eliminated. We will no longer be heard via
shortwave in the morning 2200-0200 UT and in the evening 1200-1600 UT.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews June 28)

USA   VOA/RFA/RFL Make Shortwave Cuts - more details.

Congress has approved cuts in shortwave transmission sought by the
Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The BBG is an independent federal agency that oversees U.S. international
broadcasting networks. Its broadcasters include the Voice of America and
the Office of Cuba Broadcasting; and three nonprofit grantees: Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcast Networks and Radio Free
Asia. We had noted that the BBG had planned to end some shortwave
broadcasts as part of its plans to streamline operations and avoid
duplication across its five networks. As part of that effort, some
shortwave broadcasts have been terminated for VOA, RFE/RFL and RFA.

The BBG told RW: "We continue shortwave to those countries where these
transmissions are still reaching significant audiences or where there are
no reasonable alternative platforms at a lower cost to the BBG," according
to spokeswoman Leticia King. "The shortwave reductions will save U.S.
taxpayers almost $1.6 million annually."

We reported earlier the cuts were part of the BBG's FY2015 budget request
of $721.26 million, which lawmakers have now approved.

There are no reductions in staff or programming as a result of the changes
- these are transmission platform reductions only, she noted. Programming
continues to be available through other media.

Shortwave transmissions continue in many languages including to key
shortwave markets like North Korea, Nigeria, Somalia and the Horn of
Africa. Transmissions also continue on other platforms including AM, FM,
TV and online.

The BBG provided a detailed list of shortwave cuts, the reasoning behind
those, as well as where shortwave broadcasts continue.

VOA Azerbaijani
* Cuts: 30 minutes shortwave
* Continuing Distribution: Satellite TV (HotBird) and
  satellite audio (TurkSat); multimedia web and mobile
  sites and social media

* Shortwave is used by just 2% of adults weekly in Azerbaijan, and does
not yield significant audiences for the service (0.4% weekly reach on
radio in BBG's most recent survey). By contrast, satellite dish ownership
is widespread, at 56%, and 18% use the Internet weekly. The service has
both satellite and online products, which are far more likely to reach
audiences in Azerbaijan.

VOA Bangla
* Cuts: 1 hour shortwave
* Continuing Distribution: 1 hour medium-wave (AM); FM and TV
  affiliates; multimedia web and mobile sites; social media
* Shortwave is not widely used in Bangladesh (just 2% weekly), and the
majority of the service's audience comes to its programming via FM and TV
affiliate networks in the country.

VOA English (in Asia)
* Cuts: 6.5 hours shortwave (2 hours of programming that was repeated)

* Continuing Distribution: Some medium-wave; multimedia web
  and mobile sites and social media

* Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, English speakers are rarely users of
shortwave radio. They are more likely to be educated and affluent, and to
have access to a broad range of media. Years of BBG research questions on
consumption of VOA English on shortwave have failed to find any
significant audiences outside Africa, in large part because usage of
shortwave radio in other regions is mostly very low.

VOA Lao
* Cuts: 30 minutes shortwave

* Continuing Distribution: 30 minutes medium-wave; 7 affiliates in
Thailand on Lao border, with reach into Laos; multimedia web and mobile
sites; social media

* Shortwave is very little-used in Laos - less than 1% of adults report
listening to shortwave radio weekly. In BBG's most recent research in
Laos, no surveyed listeners reported using the shortwave band to access
VOA content. A majority (66%) hear VOA on FM, through affiliate stations
on the Thai border that carry VOA content (Laos is so small that border FM
stations have decent penetration into the country).

VOA Special/Learning English
* Cuts: 5.5 hours shortwave

* Continuing Distribution: Learning English programs continue on shortwave
on English to Africa. 30 minutes medium-wave; multimedia web and mobile
sites, including special interactive teaching products; social media,
including social English lessons

* BBG audience research indicates strong interest in learning English, but
very limited shortwave listenership to VOA Learning English, outside a few
select markets. The service is working more closely with other VOA
language services to create English learning products for distribution on
more popular channels. And Learning English offers a variety of digital
products that are increasingly popular, including a Skype call-in show,
videos on YouTube, and a website featuring both audio and transcripts for
online audiences to follow as they listen.

VOA Uzbek
* Cuts: 30 minutes shortwave

* Continuing Distribution: Satellite audio and TV (HotBird); FM and TV
affiliates in neighboring countries; multimedia web and mobile sites (with
circumvention tools deployed); social media

* SW is not widely used in Uzbekistan (just 2% weekly), and does not yield
significant audiences for the service (0.3% weekly). Adults in Uzbekistan
are much more likely to own a satellite dish (13%) or use the Internet
(12% weekly) than to use shortwave, so the service provides content on
those platforms. Uzbekistan is an especially difficult market to penetrate
with USIM content, but shortwave is not an effective platform for the
country.

RFE/RL Persian (Farda)
* Cuts: 1 simultaneous shortwave frequency for 6 broadcast hours

* Continuing Distribution: Shortwave on multiple frequencies for all 24
broadcast hours remains on, in addition to 24 hours daily medium-wave;
"Radio on TV" on VOA Persian stream; 24 hours daily satellite audio with
slate plus 24-hour audio on 4 other satellites including Hotbird, the most
popular satellite in Iran; multimedia website (with circumvention tools
deployed); social media; mobile app with anticensorship proxy server
capability built-in.

* This is only a reduction to the number of simultaneous frequencies
during some of the broadcast day. Shortwave radio, with 5% weekly use in
2012, is considerably less popular than other platforms on which audiences
can access Farda content, such as medium-wave (10% weekly use), satellite
television (26% own a dish, and 33% watch satellite television weekly) or
the Internet (39% weekly use).

RFA Lao
* Cuts: 2 hours shortwave
* Continuing Distribution: 5 FM radio affiliates in Thailand provide
cross-border coverage; multimedia web and mobile sites; social media

* Shortwave is very little-used in Laos - less than 1% of adults report
listening to shortwave radio weekly. RFA Lao's listeners come
overwhelmingly via FM stations on the Thai border - 94% of past-week
listeners report hearing RFA on FM. (Laos is so small that border FM
stations have decent penetration into the country).

RFA Vietnamese
* Cuts: 2 hours shortwave

* Continuing Distribution: Medium-wave coverage of all broadcast hours
remains on; multimedia web and mobile sites (with circumvention tools
deployed) include webcasts and other videos; social media.

* Shortwave radio is very little-used in Vietnam - less than 1% of adults
report any weekly use of the waveband, and RFA reaches just 0.2% of adults
weekly on radio.

Medium-wave is slightly more popular, but the future for USIM in Vietnam
is likely online: 26% of Vietnamese use the Internet weekly now (with much
higher rates among certain populations, like the young and the well-
educated), and three in four personally own a mobile phone. While Vietnam
attempts to block access to sensitive sites, Vietnam is actually the most
active country in our

Best regards,

Michael Bethge

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