WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - BC-DX #1265 26 Aug 2016

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany

ALASKA   HAARP lecture, open house Aug 26-27.

HAARP OPEN HOUSE. High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.
BBQ Facility Tours Mobile Planetarium Science Demos and Talks.

For more information contact: Sue Mitchell  907.474.5823


Friday, August 26, 2016, 07:00 pm
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center Auditorium,
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Copper Center

Dr. Chris Fallen

Presented in partnership with the Wrangell Institute for Science and
Environment (WISE).

Radio modification of the ionosphere and who uses this HAARP thing anyway?


Saturday, August 27, 2016, 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
HAARP Research Facility.  [with map near Glennallen]
(via Ben Dawson-WA-USA, direct and via dxld Aug 21 / 23))

See also:

(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Aug 23)

ALBANIA   9855  Radio Tirana from Shijiak site, at *0128-0158* UT on
Aug 16, IS followed by a woman announcer at 0130 UT with English ID and
opening announcements. A man with news followed. Later some music
programming and talks. IS at close down.
Fair signal but very loud buzz on channel destroying reception quality.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 16)

ALBANIA   7475 kHz test.
Dear Drita,
The situation with the constant hum on the carrier, distorting Radio
Tirana external service transmissions, could perhaps be solved by
cooperation. I am in regular Contact with China Radio International
English section. I mentioned the fine reception here of their
transmissions over the Cerrik transmitters and added some comments on the
Radio Tirana problem.

I wrote that the distance between Cerrik and Shijak is small, and perhaps
the Chinese engineers at Cerrik could have a look at the problem in
Shijak. The CRI office handed over my message to the adequate quarters, as
they informed me.

I hope my action does not mean trespassing, but I did act for our common
cause: good and audible transmissions from Radio Tirana.

I have checked the English evening transmission on 7465 kHz and it is
completely unusable.

Let's hope for the best, and my best regards to you all. Ullmar in Sweden
(Ullmar Qvick-SWE, direct via Radio Tirana, Aug 19)

ALBANIA   7475 kHz test, also on 7475 kHz Albanian to North America from

Our Dir. of Stations, Eng. Valmir Hajdari just now called me up related
the humroar-noise, present in Radio Tirana Ch.3 A-16 season broadcasts.

Valmir asked for a test on 7475 kHz English to North America, for a couple
of days, starting from tonight, to see what happens.

He was determined to make this test, asking for our pre-info, if this is
possible, despite the fact that we are in summer season, 7475 kHz was
proposed by you to be used in Winter time B-16 season.
(Drita Cico-ALB, Aug 22)

According to our Director of Stations, this frequency change will be
tonight as follows:

Radio Tirana Ch. 3
7475 kHz (instead of previous 7465 kHz):
Albanian local time (UTC +2 hours)

19:00-19:30  1700-1730 UT Italian
19:30-20:00  1730-1800 UT French
21:31-22:00  1931-2000 UT German
22:00-22:30  2000-2030 UT English

While, Albanian & English to North America would remain on the same
9855 kHz, respectively at:
2300-0000 UT, 0130-0200 UT.
(Drita Cico-ALB, Aug 22)

Radio Tirana is testing the frequency proposed for B-16, tonight and
probably tomorrow night [UT Aug 23 & 24] instead of 9855 kHz at 0130 UT
(haven't checked yet whether also at 23-24 UT in Albanian). I suppose it
won't make any difference for the humroar, but how is it propagationally?

Will the test be instead of 9855 kHz at 0130 UT, or in addition to that at
0230 UT, which will be the time 7475 kHz is to be in use in B-season?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 22)

On 2016-08-22, at 7.39.MD,  <> wrote:
Hello, It will be on 7475 kHz. Valmir
(Valmir Hajdari-ALB, Aug 22)

Tirana testing 7475 kHz.

7475 was on the air yesterday Aug 22 during the German programming
at 1930 UT. The transmission had the same buzz-noise problem as before.
As I already wrote to Mr. Mema, Eng. of the transmission centre in
Shijak, I suspect the modulator to be the culprit.

"I've made some soundanalysis and came to the conclusion that the humming
doensn't come from the AC power supply as it is not sinus-formed or from
the Studio. It's more triangular or sawtooth-like. As far as I know you
are using the Chinese BBEF transmitters at Shijak. They have a PDM-
Modulator. The humming is typical when the modulator or the filter has a
defect; we had this issue once on our medium-wave transmitter in Germany."

My recommendation was to run the transmitter with only the carrier turned
on. If the carrier is clean and one turns on the modulator later, the
fault should return then. Perhaps there is the chance to exchange the
modulator with the one from the non-used second transmitter for testing

Please find included a screenshot from yesterday's broadcast and an audio
(Christian Milling-D, Shortwaveservice, Aug 22/23)

ALBANIA   7475, Aug 23 at 0119 UT, no signal from R. Tirana, where Shijak
site was planning to test a night or two, to be sure it would work for the
B-16 schedule: still on 9855- kHz, with IS already on in humroar at S5
level. Maybe tomorrow, or whenever they get around to it: if 9855 kHz be
missing, try 7475 kHz.

Also checked at 0230 UT, in case they test at that hour, but neither on
then. And during other North American broadcast, Albanian hour Aug 22 was
still on 9855 kHz at 2334 UT check. I'm afraid the same humroar will be
heard on 7475 kHz; besides that, the single 100 kW Shijak transmitter is
running no more than 50% power.

Or maybe the 7475 kHz test won't be during NoAMm broadcasts at all.
Christian Milling of Shortwave Service in Germany says:

"7475 kHz was on the air yesterday during the German programming
at 1930 UT. The transmission had the same buzz-noise problem as before.
As I already wrote to Mr. Mema, Eng. of the transmission centre in Shijak,
I suspect the modulator to be the culprit.

"I've made some sound analysis and came to the conclusion that the humming
doensn't come from the AC power supply as it is not sinus-formed or from
the Studio. It's more triangular or sawtooth-like. As far as I know you
are using the Chinese BBEF transmitters at Shijak. They have a PDM-
Modulator. The humming is typical when the modulator or the filter has a
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 23)

ALBANIA    NOTHING noted on Aug 23 at 0130 UT on 7475 / 7465 kHz in 41mb.
No signal, no transmission string visible.

Instead usual odd frequency outlet in use at when I tuned-in around
0132 UT, on 9854.967 kHz.

Though very POOR and TINY at S=4 or -105dBm on threshold level here in
western Europe / Germany.

Noted in eastern USA SDR units on threshold level.


[later]  9854.967 kHz odd frequency from RT Shijak broadcast center.
Radio Tirana Ch.3 English service to North America, Canada, USA.

VERY TINY POOR on threshold level,
usual hum roar NOISE of 8 strings seen either sideband,
at 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 / 350 Hertz
and final 400 Hertz distance apart of carrier fundamental.

Radio Tirana Interval theme noted at end of program at 01.57:30 UTC,

followed by Radio Tirana interval signal from 01.57:58 to 01.59:55 UTC,

Shijak transmitter switched OFF at 02.00:15 UT.

Taken on remote software defined radio unit at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
by Mr. Don Moman VE6JY  [many thanks Don ! ]

Listen to the enclosed recording of 0150 UT tonight.

[later]  No test on 7475 kHz tonight at 0230 to 0235 kHz time range.

7474.976 kHz odd fq CARRIER ONLY TEST noted at 17.30 UT on Aug 25.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 23 / 25)

ARMENIA   Paul Walker's "The Classics Experience" via Shortwave Sce
on Aug 26
1200-1400 15195 ERV 100 kW 65 deg to EaAS English via CJSC Yerevan-Gavar
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 24)

ASCENSION ISL  not bad signals made it northwards even at sidelobe signal
also during downunder deep winter.

Heard three ASC signals in Detroit Michigan remote unit this morning
on 49 meterband in 05-06 UT time slot.

5925  BBC English S=7 signal at S=6-7 or -82dBm,
via 114degr azimuth outlet to zones 52, 53, and 57.

// 5875 kHz - this 65degr azimuth outlets was little lesser strength in
05-06 UT time slot.

But similar strong to 5925 kHz BBC,
heard VoA Hausa language service from ASC at 27degr azimuth,
S=8-9 at 0515 UT on Aug 25.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

ASCENSION ISL   DRM part of the Ascension Island 50th Anniversary -
DRM mode for Africa and now for BRAZIL too!

Special DRM transmission for Africa and Brazil from Ascension Island
on its 50th anniversary - on Sunday 28th August 2016.

DRM will be part of a big anniversary on a small island in the
Atlantic Ocean.

On 28th of August at 1155 UTC.
Babcock International will ensure a special BBC digital transmission from
the BBC Atlantic Relay station, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the
BBC's first short-wave radio broadcast from Ascension Island.

The first 2-hour transmission will be the regular BBC programmes for
West and South Africa and will end at 1400 UTC.

From 1400-1430 UTC another DRM transmission (BBC English) will be aimed
at South America/Brazil !

This special transmission will be sent with greetings from Ascension
Island's BBC and Babcock International staff and visitors, who will be
celebrating half a century of sterling broadcasting on August 28th.

To confirm details of Sunday's DRM transmission from Ascension, as


21715 1155-1201  BBC DRM  ASC  250  114     Sun  English  SOUTH AFRICA
                                                 (Special Announcement)
21715 1201-1400  BBC DRM  ASC  250  114     Sun  English  SOUTH AFRICA
21715 1400-1430  BBC DRM  ASC  250  250     Sun  English  BRAZIL

Related :

from Ruxandra Obreja, Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium.

(via Alokesh Gupta-IND, DX South Asia Aug 24)

AUSTRALIA   9580 & 12085 & 12065, Aug 19 at 1320 UT check, Radio Australia
is also back on its night frequencies. It seems there is plenty of
evidence the sesquiweek outage was "audience research" rather than just
necessary maintenance.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 20)

At 2115 UT on Aug 20 and 0300 UT on Aug 21
15415 kHz channel TX  - is OFF AIR -  in this Australian morning.

Only Radio Australia Shepparton 15240 and 17840 kHz on air, as usual.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia.  - Was RA of the air this morning?
I only switched on shortly ~1515z and couldn't hear them on 9580 nor
12085 kHz, but I could hear BBC Singapore with a fair signal on 11890 kHz.
It could have been propagation conditions, I suppose, with recent
Geomagnetic storms, but then BBC Singapore comes in but Shepparton
doesn't?  Suspicious ...
(Rodney Johnson-Nevada-USA, dxld Aug 25)

Re: Radio Australia - all 3 RA SHP tx were on air today Aug 25,
around 5 UT this UTC morning  17840 15415 15240, when checked Brisbane
remote Queensland unit downunder,

and now around 1735 UTC afternoon also heard on 9580, 12065,
and 12085 kHz RA on air,

but reception
on the northern hemisphere
is very bad,
like poor and tiny signals - from downunder
on remote SDR units in Tokyo / Kyoto Japan, India and Doha Qatar.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

AUSTRALIA   Are people really listening to Radio Australia?

Steve RA has done this kind of schedule maintenance system for years now.
It's not just the transmitters, but also the antennas. They shut
everything down for safety concerns. Now at the BBC Far East Station in
Singapore it's a little easier, because of the antenna lay out. You can go
to one antenna farm and one side is not being used. At Shepparton this is
not possible.
(Keith Perron-USA / TWN, hcdx and dxld Aug 20)

AUSTRALIA   3210   Nice eQSL rcvd from Tim for reception of Unique Radio
back in April from Perseus site in Brisbane Queensland. Hopefully when the
site moves to Gunnedah NSW reception may be possible in WCNA.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Aug 23)

CHINA   9630even  CNR 1st program in Chinese via Geermu bcast center,
S=9 signal observed on remote SDR unit at Delhi India.
At 0332 UT on Aug 21 noticed a WIDE 20 kHz broadband signal.

15160  CRI Cantonese language sce from Jinhua powerhouse 500 kW site,
heard at 0408 UT as S=9? signal level in Kyoto/Tokyo Japan remote SDR
installation. 17 kHz WIDE broadband signal towards East Asia audience.
Nice female Chinese singer and GUITAR light music strings noted in
Kyoto/Tokyo remote units.

13590  CRI English service, logged by 20 kHz WIDE broadband signal, from
Beijing capital 500 kW shortwave center, S=9? powerful signal noted in
Kyoto/Tokyo remote units.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

EGYPT   12085.064 odd fq, Radio Cairo Arabic sce, S=9? signal in Calabria
southern Italy SDR unit station, at 0430 UT on Aug 22 some newscast
started, despite the music part before 0430 UT was of tolerable quality,
the spoken part from newsroom suffered heavily by feeder line distortion
and signal breaks.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 22)

EGYPT   9343, on Aug 23 at 0120 UT, S5 motorboating pulses, seems same
rate tho much weaker than on S9 9315 kHz, with no program modulation

12085, on Aug 23 at 0149 UT, R. Cairo is already on in Qur'an, S6, some
hum but not bad; 9745 kHz is also on with wobbling carrier at S2, no
program modulation audible. After 0200 UT both are scheduled as Abis,
250 kW at 315 degrees, so I figured they were alternates from same
transmitter; before 0200 UT, 9745 kHz is on 241 degrees, and I thought
went off to 12085 kHz at 0200 UT. But obviously two transmitters are
involved now.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 23)

EGYPT   12005.055  R Cairo (tentat. Portuguese?) much distorted radio
program noted here at 2218 UT Aug 23.

S=8 or -81dBm signal, distorted spoken part program.
Couldn't identify the program language.

9800.027  Totally distorted R Cairo English sce signal at 2235 UT
on Aug 23. S=9+10dB or -64dBm much fluttery signal in southern
Germany. Distorted broadband signal during spoken part up to 24 kHz
wide signal visible.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 23)

ETHIOPIA   5950  Voice of Tigray Revolution - Addis Ababa, at *0256-0338
UT on Aug 15, familiar IS followed by flute music at 0301 UT and a man
announcer at 0304 with opening announcements in presumed Tigrinya
language. A program of Horn of Africa music followed. Poor to fair with
QRM from WRMI on same channel.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)

6110  Radio Fana - Addis Ababa, at 0346-0413 UT on Aug 15, woman announcer
with presumed Amharic language talks followed by alocal vocal selection at
0357 UT. A man announcer with ID at 0400 UT followed by apparent news
program. Poor to fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)

7235.332 varying !  Democratic Alliance from Ethiopia is now back, after
few days break in last week.

Noted at 1506 UT on Aug 26, tx frequency wanders hefty 10 - 20 Hertz up
and down, S=9+15dB or -52dBm signal noted at remote SDR unit in Doha

A lot of adjacent QRM, lower side 7235even by CRI Chinese language from
Kashgar, and also adjacent 7240.003 kHz of BSKSA Riyadh Persian service,
latter POWERHOUSE of S=9+50dB noted on remote SDR unit in Doha Qatar.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 26)

GERMANY   Is HLR 7265 on?(gh)   Nothing heard on 7265 kHz from Schwerin
Goehren Germany today at 1710 to 1735 UT slot, on Aug 20, here in southern
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20)

11680even  NHK Radio Japan Tokyo via MBR FMO station at Nauen Germany
relay site, S=9 signal strength heard and visible in southern Italy,
Calabria remote SDR unit, at 0425 UT on Aug 22, excellent audio quality,
signal 2 x 5.7 kHz wide and powerful modulation.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 22)

GUINEA   9650  R. Guinee hrd Aug 20 from here in Fallbrook with local
music and male ancr in French from 0643 UT tune. Started at Weak to Fair
at tune-in with high noise improving to Fair to Good by 0700 UT and a
solid Good with minimal noise (almost armchair lvl) after 0700 UT.
Switched from AM to USB at 0703 UT for better clarity.

Guinean highlife music is easy on the ear with a nice rhythm. ID "Radio
Guinee" and interesting com'ls for "Kolomata" at 0706.5 UT with cock
crowing and sound of drinks being poured. At 0707.5 UT into what sounded
like a call-in pgm with a female ancr (several busy signals hrd). After
0700 UT another station being hrd underneath with vocal "Hava Negilah"
at 0706 UT (sounded like could have been Afrikaans so R. Sonder Grense??).
V.of Korea *0730 UT pretty much took care of R. Guinee, altho Conakry
could still be hrd underneath.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Aug 23)

INDIA   11559.986  usual odd fq, AIR Dari program via Marconi units in
Goa Panaji site, S=8 or -79dBm signal in Australia, at 0324 UT on Aug 21,
subcontinental singer/music program, what else.

7420.004  AIR Hyderabad Hindi sce, S=9? or -70dBm in Delhi India
remote SDR. 0337 UT on Aug 21, subcontinental mx group performance.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

INDIA   [former Port. GOA]  15175  AIR Goa Panaji hrd Aug 23 with Fair to
Good signals from 1528 UT tune from Perseus site in Edmonton (Wellbrook
Loop antenna) with news in Gujerati to 1530 UT then a program of Hindi
vocal / instrumentals with a woman ancr to 1601 UT. Carrier off at 1602
UT. The only issue today (and also noted on Aug 21) was frequent xmtr
cutouts (usually just a second or so). Signal strength stayed up nicely
today all the way to sign off, but on Aug 21 the signals declined
significantly after 1530 UT on the same antenna.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Aug 23)

INDIA   As you may know, All India Radio's External Service in Bengali to
Bangladesh is to be restarted on August 23, 2016 on 594 kHz with the new
1000 kW transmitter installed at Chinsurah, near Kolkata.

Please see the report below: (Frequency is wrongly mentioned at 596 kHz
instead of 594 kHz)


This service was scheduled to be inaugurated on June 28, 2016 but was
postponed at last minute. Interestingly this MW transmitter uses 2
frequencies at different times.

594 and 1134 kHz in AM Mode, and in DRM on 603 kHz & 1143 kHz with
different programs.

During the interim period between June 28 & Aug 23, 2016 this station is
broadcasting FM Rainbow program of AIR Delhi in DRM mode. This includes
the AWR program Lamhe in Hindi produced in AWR Pune studioes on weekends
(Fri, Sat, Sun 1015-1030 UT) on 1143 kHz DRM mode.

This is to inform that the last transmissions of the AWR program Lamhe in
Hindi is as follows via AIR Chinsurah 1000 kW:

Sunday 21 August 2016, at 1015-1030 UT 1144 kHz DRM mode. The station is
to be heard at that time in Eastern & Northeastern parts of India and
Bangladesh and nearby areas and maybe even SE Asia.

The AWR program mentioned above is broadcast at the same time (and even at
other timings) by many AIR FM Rainbow stations in India and is also
available via DTH and Live Streaming on  <>

Reports to  <adrian.m.peterson -at->   &
<adventistmediacentre -at->

Yours sincerely,
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, <>  DXindia Aug 20)

INDIA   Special Haj Service to Saudi Arabia for Indian Haj Pilgrims.

As done every year, All India Radio External Services is broadcasting a
special Haj Service to Saudi Arabia for Haj Pilgrims from India in Urdu as

13 Aug  to 11 Oct 2016 0530-0600 UT on

11670 Bengaluru
15210 Panaji
15770 Delhi

Please see:

Over 1,00,000 pilgrims from India to visit Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrimage
this year.
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS  <>  Aug 19, DXindia dxld)

INDONESIA   4869.88  Pro 1 RRI Wamena, at 1207-1307 UT on  Aug 25
(Thursday). Jakarta news relay // 3325 kHz, Pro 1 RRI Palangkaraya
and // 3344.86 kHz, RRI Ternate; ending at 1227 UT with patriotic song;
after which no longer //; 1229 UT "Programa Satu RRI Wamena" ID.

Kang Guru Indonesia.
1235-1303 UT, with the Thursday only edition of Kang Guru Indonesia
("KGI") in mostly English, but a few short segments in Bahasa Indonesia;
much stronger than normal reception; QRN (static); still tough to make out
a lot of what was said; many KGI IDs; one listener told of collecting "KGI
Magzines" since 2008; segment "Good neighbors make good friends,"
discussing differences between Australia and Indonesia as to whether to
walk or ride.

Recently it has become clear that a major change was happening at KGI.
Their extensive website was recently drastically downsized. Seemed like
the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF) was taking over.

At the KGI website, I see that *KGI has nowcompletely stopped producing
any new radio programs.* The final show was produced back in June. The
program heard today was an earlier production. We can only hope that RRI
stations will continue to recycle these older programs well into the

Have listened to these programs going back to when it was Kang Guru Radio
English ("KGRE") and even before that with "Kang Guru II Radio English,"
in 1976, when Greg Clough was the original "Kaptain Kang Guru." Am sad
that they will no longer have any new shows. Has been very entertaining
listening to them over these past 40 years!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

KOREA D.P.R.   Somebody mixed up the languages on feeder
between Pyongyang and Kujang bcast center this UTC morning.

Spanish heard on 15105v kHz, and English on 15180 kHz in 0530-0630 UT
time slot.

15104.976 very odd fq, VoKorea Kujang, in Spanish(!) language
at 0545 UT on Aug 25.
// 11735.004 and 13759.997 kHz.
they had problems with main power ? -
though noted some transmission TX breaks in 0530 to 0600 UT slot.

15179.990  South East Asia sce in English here, had march mx at same time
around 0545 UT, and then again at 0603 UT, // 13649.997 kHz in 22 mb.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

LIBYA   674.9925  Libyan Radio from Benghazi station, heard morning Holy
Quran prayer in progress at 0358 UT Aug 22.

S=9 powerhouse signal across Mediterranean Sea on Zakynthos island Greece
remote SDR unit.   --- 674.995 kHz at Aug 26 on 1540 UT., wb.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 22)

MADAGASCAR   11985  Radio Japan - Talata Volonondry, at 2046-2100* UT on
Aug 16, man announcer with talk in French language with instrumental music
in background. ID and closedown announcements by a man announcer at
2059 UT over nice Japanese instrumental music. 3 time pips at 2100 UT
before carrier was terminated. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)

MADAGASCAR   Planned MWV - a lot of Madagascar entries under MDG MWV WCB
tentativelly in B-16 winter season

 9710 0100 0200 41,42S             100  40  15 218 Eng
 7390 0200 0300 12-13,14N,14SE,15  100 250 -15 218 Spa
 7390 0300 0400 12                 100 265   0 218 Spa
15670 0300 0400 41,42S             100  40 -15 218 Eng
11825 0400 0500 36SE,37,38W,46,47W 100 295 -30 218 Eng
17530 0400 0500 43,44W,49NW        100  55 -15 218 Chn
 9570 1800 1900 19,20,29,30W       100 355  30 218 Rus
17640 1800 1900 36SE,37,38W,46,47W 100 310 -15 218 Eng
 9540 1900 2000 19,20,29,30W       100 355  30 218 Rus
11945 1900 2000 38E,39,40NW,40S,48N100 355  30 218 Ara
13710 2000 2100 38,46NE,47N        100 340  15 218 Ara
17640 2000 2100 36SE,37,38W,46,47W 100 295 -30 218 Eng
11610 2100 2200 27S,28SW,37N       100 325   0 218 Chn
 9535 2200 2300 43,44W,49NW        100  55  30 218 Chn
11790 2200 2300 38,46NE,47N        100 325   0 218 Ara
(wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 22)

MALAYSIA   Malaysia - Asyik FM reactivated on 6050 kHz.
6050  Asyik FM, via RTM Kajang site, reactivated Aug 22. Had been silent
for most of 2016; local Kajang sunset at 1119 UT and my local sunrise was
at 1331 UT.

Heard 1327-1413 UT, in vernacular; many phone conversations; played pop
songs; some adjacent QRM; light QRM from Tibet (PBS Xizang) on frequency;
mostly fair; singing IDs.

Surely this is back on the air for the upcoming Independence Day
celebrations. "Merdeka Day" (Hari Merdeka [Malaysian for "Independence
Day"]) - August 31, 1957 was the day that the Federation of Malaya gained
its independence from British colonization; is a national holiday, with
celebrations leading up to September 16 - "Malaysia Day," which
commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same
date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo,
Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.

9835  Sarawak FM, via RTM Kajang site. Quick check at 1324 UT, Aug 22, to
catch ID and pop songs; fair.

11665  Limbang FM, via Wai FM, from RTM Kajang site. It's Monday (Aug 22),
so time for another Limbang FM relay; 1315 UT started with mention of both
"Limbang FM" and "Wai FM"; into the "Limbang FM" jingle; DJ in vernacular
with pop songs; good reception.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 22)

RTM 6050.011 kHz need further check after sunset this Aug 23,
see some older observation in 2016:

6050.027 MLA  Someone reported, RTM Kajang FM program back on air,
         heard with typical SoEaAsia singer at 0007 UT on April 7,
         S=9 on remote SDR unit in eastern Thailand, thanks Uwe.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews April 7)

0100-1600  6050  KAJ 10 kW non-dir to SoEaAS Malay RTM Asyik/Salam/Info FM
Ivo - Believe Asyik FM briefly re-activated for a short time
in April of this year[2016], after having been silent for many months
before that, and has not been heard since April. Ron
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews June 2)

6050 kHz channel checked on various remote SDR installations this morning
in 0930 to 1000 UT slot Aug 23, at
Delhi, India,
Tokyo / Kyoto Japan,
Detroit Michigan USA, and
Brisbane Queensland AUS.

Footprints like this
6049.996 HCJB Quito EQA
6050.000 CNR Lhasa Tibet, CHN.
6050.011 RTM Kajang, MLA.

Noise floor was -106dBm in Brisbane.

But EQA and MLA signals were equal level of S=4-5 or -95dBm signal,
before 1000 UT,
but RTM Kajang unit signal appeared increased propagation during sunset
around S=8 or -80dBm at 1020 UT on Aug 23.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 23)

MOROCCO   9575  Radio Medi Un - Nador site, at 0413-0436 UT on Aug 18,
vocals with a woman announcer with Arabic language talk with news from
0414 UT including several remote reports. Vocals at 0425 UT with switch
to French language at 0430 UT with brief news and then some pop vocals.
Fair and best signal noted from this station in a long while.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)

NEW ZEALAND   Also powerful R NZi Rangitaiki on 15720.009 kHz on air,
S=9 or -61dBm in Brisbane remote unit in North Eastern Australia.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

NEW ZEALAND   11725.007  RNZL-international English sce from Rangitaiki,
S=9+20dB -60dBm signal downunder at Brisbane Queensland. Talk interview
about monetary loss at Melbourne, farmers export earnings, dollar
exchange. At 0535 UT on Aug 25.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

NIGERIA   7254.925, on Aug 19 at 0558 UT, VoNIG is S=9+20dB with tuning
signal of percussion cacophony, one of the neatest ones, and this time
comes thru unscathed and fully modulated; 0600 UT YL exclaims "Nigeria",
opening Hausa hour.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 19)

PAKISTAN   7265 even, only poor S=8 or -72dB signal from Islamabad Azad J.
Kashmir, Urdu sce, low modulation level noted so far at 1710 UT on Aug 20.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20)

PALAU   15455.014  odd fq. T8WH Christian Worship Hour, noted acc to Aoki
Nagoya database list, from T8WH Medorn Palau bcast site. S=7 at 0358 UT
on Aug 21 noted in Kyoto/Tokyo remote units.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

SAUDI ARABIA   15170.058 odd fq, BSKSA Riyadh Holy Quran program in
progress, at 0315 UT on Aug 21, S=7 or -85dBm signal in Australia.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

SOLOMON ISL   9544.999  Solomon Island BS from Honiara, S=8-9 or -73dBm
signal up to -66dBm fluttery noted at 0522 UT on Aug 25. Downunder in
remote Brisbane Australia unit. Phone-in interview about education and
qualification of foreign national workers. Usual schedule at 20-08 UT.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

SOUTH AFRICA   7285.021  Meyerton tx not stable in frequency, hopps up and
down 3 Hertz constantly, already on air early at 0457 UT on Aug 25. Noted
on remote SDR unit at Detroit Michigan USA. Scheduled at 05-08 UT in
Afrikaans, SABC Sonder Grense program from SenTec site Meyerton.
S=9 or -76dBm heard in MI-USA east coast.  7285.019 ... 7285.023 kHz ...
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

SWAZILAND   7299.994 odd fq, TWR Africa via TWR Manzini Swaziland relay,
in Yao language, 1700-1730 UT scheduled, progr annmt at 1728 UT on Aug 20,
S=9 or -77dBm signal here in central Europe / southern Germany.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20)

TAIWAN   Radio Taiwan International special transmissions in German.

In an email of Radio Taiwan Internationalreceived this morning (local
time) the German service reminds of special transmissions in German
via the Tamshui (Tanshui) transmitter site on Taiwan:

on 26 August (today), 27 August and 28 August 2016 at 1600-1700 UT
on 2 September, 3 September and 4 September 2016   at 1600-1700 UT
on 1 October, 2 October and 3 October              at 1000-1100 UT
on 8 October and 9 October                         at 1000-1100 UT
and on 10 October at 1000-1100 UTC in DRM Mode

All transmissions are on 11665 kHz,
Tamshui (Tanshui) is listed to use 300 kW transmitters.
All correct reception reports will be verified with a special QSL card.
(Manfred R. Reiff-D, dxld Aug 26)

Liebe Hoererinnen und Hoerer,
RTI strahlt im August, September und Oktober 2016 das deutschsprachige
Programm an mehreren Tagen direkt von der Sendeanlage Tamshui nahe Taipei
in Nord-Taiwan aus!

Empfangsberichte ueber die Direktausstrahlungen auf der Frequenz
11665 kHz bestaetigt RTI mit einer Sonder-QSL-Karte.

Frequenz 11665 kHz von der Sendeanlage Tamsui

Datum und Uhrzeit:
26.8.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT
27.8.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT
28.8.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT
02.9.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT
03.9.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT
04.9.2016, 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr UT

01.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT
02.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT
03.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT
08.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT
09.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT
10.10.2016, 10:00 bis 11:00 UT DRM Mode.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Empfangsberichte! Mehr Informationen ueber RTI:


(RT via Michael Bethge-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

TURKEY   9770 // 9870 kHz, on Aug 24 at 0134 UT, VOT Spanish is back on
correct frequencies this time, instead of 9830 replacing 9770 kHz;
but very poor.
K index at 0000 was 5 after G1 storms.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 24)

TURKEY   11980.006  VoTurkey Emirler, Turkish sce, heard on Brisbane AUS
remote SDR unit at 0537 UT on Aug 25.

Scheduled at 04-06 UT, S=9 or -71dBm signal strength downunder.
Nice light Turkish mx heard, my guess was rather of Brazilian type ...
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

UAE   9410.103 very ODD fq. BBC Arabic sce from Al Dhabbaya relay site in
UAE. S=9 noted at remote Doha Qatar SDR unit installation.
At 0352 UT on Aug 21.

15359.984  odd fq. IBB Mashaal Radio sce in Pashto language, via UAE Al
Dhabbaya site, signing-on at 0400 UT, their scheduled sce til 0700 UT.
S=5-6 poor signal noted at Kyoto/Tokyo Japan remote SDR installation.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

U.K.   BBCWS Over to You - The Home of BBC Monitoring


A tour of Caversham Park before it closes - the home of BBC Monitoring - a
historical BBC World Service department, which has been monitoring some of
the world's most seismic events for 75 years. Caversham Park became the
BBC Monitoring Headquarters in 1941 and in light of recent news that, due
to a 4million British pound funding cut, it'll be closing its doors for
good. Rajan Datar visits the iconic building. Coordinating Editor, Chris
Greenway gives a tour of the building and a sense of its history, while
Lina Shaikouni gives a taste of what the service provides today.

Radio Times give the schedule for Over to You on the BBCWS DAB channel
here in the UK as Saturday 20 Aug at 2050 BST (1950 UT)
(Dave Kenny-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Aug 20)

USA   7504.937  WRNO New Orleans settled down now here in the x.930 to
x.940 kHz odd fq range. S=8-9 or -74dBm signal observed on remote Doha
Qatar unit, 0353 UT on Aug 21.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20/21)

USA   9265  QSL - Unique Radio via WINB, Red Lion, PA, verified an
electronic report with a quick message in 3 days indicating he would get
back to me shortly with QSL and other information about the station from
Tim Gaynor.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 21)

USA   17775  on Aug 19 at 2000 UT, KVOH is still on air with devotional in
Spanish, and also past 2028 UT. Another Friday, another extended
transmission beyond nominal 1900* UT. Program grid finally updated as of
Aug 1 still claims to broadcast M-F 1400-1900 UT only on 17775 kHz.


and finally admits that 9975 kHz in English at 01-04 UT daily
is "temporarily suspended".

7490.0   UT Sat Aug 20 from 0100 UT, WBCQ with live 'Allan Weiner
Worldwide'. "I don't get Terry Blakely. He burned out my damn plate
transformer", explaining the outage on 9330 kHz Tuesday night.

Interrupted by phone calls from regulars, even tho he hasn't invited them
or given out the number yet. Discusses how all transmitters smell
different, and first thing he does when going into building to find out
what's wrong, is sniff. He found 9330 kHz with all breakers tripped;
turned them back on and it blew up, due to a short in the 10 kW
intermediate stage plate transformer, grounding it.

Finally got back on air with backup transmitter and rhombic. Is almost
positive WBCQ is the only AM-FM-SW combo station in the USA; and also
"trimulcasting" on 7490, 5130, 3250 kHz tonight. 5130- kHz barely audible
here in noise and not synch; 3250v kHz not audible.

7730  on Aug 20 at 0030 UT, Jeff White introducing WRMI's special digital
broadcast for HFCC demonstration, another repeat of it.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 20)

USA   9824.997  WHRI Cypress Creek with English sermon "Water of Life
Ministries", according Aoki Nagoya database 05-06 UT on Suns-Thurs only.

Noted at 0524 UT Aug 25 S=9+10dB or -66dBm signal strength, some backlobe
signal towards Brisbane downunder remote unit.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 25)

USA  [to Uganda]   15240-, Sunday August 21 at 1720 UT tune-in, no signal
from R. Munansi via WWRB Morrison TN-USA.

But no signal either from 15825 kHz neighbour WWCR, so could it be bad
propagation? Its other 3 frequencies, 13845, 12160, 9980 kHz are at normal
loud levels. But 1724 UT recheck, now WWRB is on 15240- kHz in presumed
Luganda at VG level, so a momentary break, or totally late coming on today
past 1600 UT or 1700 UT? That means 15825 kHz WWCR must really be AWOL.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 21)

UZBEKISTAN   7620 even Voice of Wilderness Korean VEILED language services
via Red Telecom LTD FMO, via RRTM Tashkent tx site.  At 1500 UT on Aug 26,
S=9+10dB or -62dBm, male voice endless speak.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 26)

VANUATU   7260 kHz etwas darunter. Ist eigentlich Radio Vanuatu noch im
41mb zugange? Ich habe jetzt um 1830 UT Aug 21 ein Signal auf 7259.96(2)
kHz, bei dem gelegentlich Musik hochschwappt. Fuer eine genaue ID ist das
Signal jedoch zu duenn.
(Thomas Lindenthal-D  DO3TL, A-DX ng Aug 21)

Radio Vanuatu a lot of QRM this morning in Australia on both sidebands.
Auch in Brisbane Queensland Australien wird das Signal von beiden Seiten
durch QRM gestoert und in die Zange genommen.

7259.961 kHz genau gemessen, S=8 Signal um 1840 UT am Aug 21.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 21)

VIETNAM   7280even fq, VoVietnam Son Tay in Vietnamese heard at 1730 UT,
and suddenly appeared co-channel Taiwanese program of SOH,
mixture on S=9 or -54dBm in central Europe / southern Germany.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 20)


USA / new DRM mode RX unit.

HFCC  B-16 season Conference held in Florida - USA.

TWR presents the Titus II DRM radio at HFCC !


(Alokesh Gupta-IND, DX South Asia Aug 23)

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