WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News BC-DX #1286 2 Febr 2017

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany



ANGOLA   4949.727  RNA Mulenvos, heard on this European evening around
1731 til 1740 UT on Jan 31, very tiny mid summer (downunder) signal
of S=4-5 in both Doha Qatar and Brisbane Australia. And also around
1730 UT another co-channel nearby 4949.997 kHz AIR Srinagar probably,
S=4 signal.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 31)

ANGUILLA   6090, Caribbean Beacon at 2230 UT with Pastor Melissa Scott
preaching - Great signal but muffled audio Jan 24 - It's actually
appropriate that she abbreviates to PMS as she must be suffering a lot not
to notice how crappy the audio is and being too stupid to send someone to
fix it.
(Mark Coady-Ont-CAN, ODXA yg via dxld Jan 25)

6090, on Jan 22 at 0133 UT. Oh oh, so-called Caribbean Beacon is
reactivated after absence since at least Jan 8, both from 6090 kHz and day
frequency 11775 kHz. DGS is just as distorted as ever, if not worse! So
they didn't take the opportunity to fix the transmitter. // non- distorted
5935 kHz WWCR fed from same satellite. Engineering there leaves a bit to
be desired, but if it drive away listeners to this nonsense, some purpose
is served. However, back to blocking the other innocent occupants of these
frequencies.

11775, on Jan 22 at 1406 UT, no signal from so-called Caribbean Beacon on
day frequency, altho night 6090 kHz was reactivated earlier this UT date.
There is something weak, which per Aoki could be AIR via GOA in Nepali
until 1430 UT, and/or CNR1 jamming of a 100-watt Sound of Hope nuisance
transmitter on Taiwan possible during very long hours. (The main other
11775 kHz is Algeria via France at 19-21 UT). Still no AIA at 1615 UT on
Jan 22.

6090, on Jan 23 at 0418 UT is on again at S=9+40dB level with distorted
DGS, and some no-het CCI underneath, presumably ETHIOPIA.

11775, on Jan 23 at 1406 UT check, again no AIA, but algo, see above.
11775 kHz still off at 2000 UT, no Algeria audible either.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 25)

AUSTRALIA   Noted RA Shepparton on 9580 kHz in Brisbane Queensland SDR
installation:

At 2000 UT on Jan 26 wonderful strong RA nx sce with Fanfare started,
excellent sounded nx reader, - will be missed here in coming era.

Started as RA listener in Frankfurt Germany in some 53 years back.

Also NT Alice Springs S=9+10dB level 4835 kHz, 26degrees CC temperature.
NT // on 2325 and 2485 kHz rather poor there in local morning sunshine,
S=6 too.

Noted RA Shepparton 9580 kHz in Queensland remote just at 1030 UT
on Jan 27, also powerful 12065 and 12085 kHz from Shepparton site too.

Also strong on beginning local evening NT Alice Springs 4835 S=9+30dB,
and // 2325 and 2485 kHz rather S=9+10dB too.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 26 / 27, 2017)

Radio Australia Shepparton English program, noted in remote installation
in South Korea:

15240 S=7-8 signal, fair.

15415 S=9+15dB at 0028 UT Jan 30.
Suffers by broadband 28 kHz wide China CNR1 jamming signal of 15425 kHz
on S=9+30dB, latter against
US VoA Chinese sce from Tinang PHL relay at 0030 UT.

17840 only tiny weak S=3-4 on threshold signal level at 0032 UT Jan 30.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30, 2017)

End of an era as ABC shuts down shortwave service to Pacific,
updated 13 minutes ago ...

After nearly 80 years of broadcasting the ABC will today switch off its
shortwave broadcast of Radio Australia into Papua New Guinea and the
Pacific.

The ABC insists the technology is out of date, and short wave broadcasts
will cease today at midday, eastern Australian time.

Our Pacific Affairs reporter Liam Fox says there's been an outcry from
affected listeners, while the ABC's critics argue that the switch off will
damage its reputation in the region in return for savings of less
than $2 million.

(listen via)
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-31/end-of-an-era-as-abc-shuts-down-
shortwave-service/8225752>
(via Mike Cooper, dxld Jan 31)

Re: Radio Australia Gone.

Was able to listen to the last few hours of RA on 15240 kHz. 0100 UT
played the RA interval signal 3 times and gone ... Good bye my friend ...
might have had a tear in my eye.

73 Mick Delmage, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, hcdx Jan 31.

At least an emotive farewell from Alice Springs ...

<https://mobile.twitter.com/MaddocksThomas/status/826256315198476288>
(Horacio Nigro-URG, DXplorer Jan 31)

I was late, when checked at 0107 UT tune-in, all Shepparton shortwave
outlets have gone for ever.

And when checked at Brisbane Queensland also the three NT services on
shortwave are history now. Heard them on SW at least past 53 years ...
73 wolfie df5sx
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 31, 2017)

'Thousands' in Solomon Islands affected by ABC shortwave cut
Radio New Zealand-1 hour ago

Thousands of people in remote parts of Solomon Islands who tune in to the
ABC's shortwave service will be poorer off from today according to
a leading activist ...

End of Pacific shortwave diplomatic 'misstep' as ABC pulls plug
SBS-50 minutes ago

The ABC ends its short-wave service to the region from 1 pm Solomon
Islands time and says it will focus on FM and online services ...

<http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-
news/323443/%27thousands%27-in-solomon-islands-affected-by-abc-shortwave-
cut>

(via Artie Bigley, dxld Jan 30)

Radio goes quiet _ Shepparton_News

Sorry guys for not pasting the text from the following article, didn't
seem to want to work for me on my iPhone.

<http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2017/02/01/71659/radio-goes-quiet>
(Brian Powell, dxld Febr 1)

The Managing Director who made the decision is a lawyer and ex Google and
Rupert Murdoch (Newscorp) employee, by the sounds of it she has no
broadcasting knowledge

<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/14/michelle-guthrie-
the-abc-and-the-turning-of-a-once-shining-jewel-into-mainstream-sludge>

The could save even more money with her resignation.
(Paul NZ, dxld Febr 1)

AUSTRALIA   Am 31. Januar hat die ABC einen Service eingestellt, den in
der Pazifikregion ueber zehn Millionen Menschen geschaetzt haben.

Aktueller SBS-Bericht:

<http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/german/de/content/aus-fur-abc-
kurzwellendienst-im-pazifik?language=de>

(Hubert Kubiak-AUT, via Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX Febr 1)

Re: Radio Australia Gone.

See RA / ABC QSL website and others from Australia too,
2004 year fro example:

<http://www.schoechi.de/au-aus02.html#R Australia>

ABC celebrating 60 years of Radio Australia transmission from Shepparton.

Today, I received special Broadcast Australia QSL Card with the picture of
Shepparton International High Frequency Transmission Station
congratulating ABC in celebrating 60 years of Radio Australia transmission
from Shepparton to the world from Radio Australia for the detailed email
<english -at- ra.abc.net.au>
reception report on the frequency of 9475 kHz from 1800-1830 UTC dated
20th June 2004. This is verified by Ian Ian Johnson [...]

April 2005: - Radio Australia 11660 kHz, 25 Tage/days, det. Karte, Motiv
Shepparton International High Frequency Transmission Station Broadcasting
Radio Australia for 60 Years, PG / 2 Dollar

and Paul Gager from Austrian Burgenland in 2005 year:

Radio Australia no ret. postage 9500 kHz, f/dc 62 days (via Shepperton
site. Beautiful card. Cover: Shepperton International High Frequency
Transmission Station/Broadcasting Radio Australia for 60 years. v/s is
hobby colleague OM Ian Johnson, member of the Australian Radio DX club.

Oct 2005 year: Radio Australia, 11660 kHz, 44 days, det.
QSL-C "60 years Radio Australia", PG / RR per eMail.

July 2006 year: Radio Australia 11750 kHz, 180 days / Tage,
det. Karte Motiv Shepparton International High Frequency Transmitter
Station, Broadcasting Radio Australia for 60 years / 2 Dollar.

AUSTRALIA   FIGHT TO SAVE RADIO AUSTRALIA'S HF RADIO BROADCASTS

TECSUN Radios Tecsun Radios Australia owner Garry Cratt was interviewed by
ABC Rural yesterday (18/01/2017) about the ABC's decision to end their
shortwave radio transmission after almost 80 years ...

<https://www.tecsunradios.com.au/store/save-shortwave/>
(via Charles Harlich, Jan 20, dxld)

ABC'S SHORTWAVE RADIO SHUTDOWN STOKES RURAL IRE AMOS AIKMAN,
The_Australian January 22, 2017

<http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/abcs-shortwave-radio-
shutdown-stokes-rural-ire/news-story/0f3789df61fc7a64f68828e40c91df88>

PASTORALISTS  have accused the ABC of fomenting a Trump-style rural revolt
with a controversial decision to axe shortwave radio services, which are
crucial to some bush residents, to help fund its growing buffet of digital
offerings to listeners in cities and towns.

The move, which has attracted severe criticism from MPs on both sides of
politics but which the broadcaster has declined to reconsider, highlights
tension around managing director Michelle Guthrie's push to accelerate her
organisation's shift onto digital platforms.

All three Northern Territory shortwave transmitters are due to be switched
off on January 31 following an announcement made unexpectedly late last
year, which will bring to an end almost a century of ABC shortwave radio
broadcasts.

While estimates suggest that only a few hundred to a few thousand people
still listen to ABC programs over shortwave, some of them say they rely on
it for all practical purposes for virtually their only access to news and
current affairs.

James Christian, 32, lived around the corner from Malcolm Turnbull in the
posh Sydney suburb of Point Piper before he traded harbour views for life
in the desert, taking a job on his uncle's cattle property where he is now
also trying to make a go of his own pastoral business.

Napperby Station, about 230 km by road northwest of Alice Springs, has no
mobile coverage, only one painfully congested satellite NBN connection
shared among about eight people, and lies beyond the reach of all
metropolitan radio frequencies.
(via Artie Bigley, dxld Jan 25)

SHEPPARTON SITE OFF THE AIRWAVES, by Barclay White January 21, 2017

<http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2017/01/21/70270/site-off-the-airwaves>

It helped our troops during World War II and spread impartial news in the
Pacific region for decades, but Shepparton's shortwave broadcasting
facility's future is uncertain.

The ABC announced last month that it would stop broadcasting shortwave
transmissions in to the Asia Pacific, putting an end to more than 70 years
of continuous shortwave transmissions.

Opening in 1944, the transmission site in north Shepparton was first used
to spread morale-boosting broadcasts to troops in the Pacific and, after
the war it was the grunt that helped push ABC's Radio Australia broadcast
beyond our shores.

The final Radio Australia shortwave broadcast will go out on Tuesday,
January 31, in a decision the ABC said was about moving away from outdated
technologies.

"Savings realised through decommissioning this service will be reinvested
in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expanded content offering
for the region that will include English and in- language audio content,"
an ABC spokesperson said.International listeners will still be able to
listen to Radio Australia through a web stream.

Just what the shutdown means for the broadcast towers beyond January 31
was still uncertain.

When asked by The News, the ABC said the towers were in the ownership of
Broadcast Australia, which was part of BAI Communications.

A spokesperson for BAI Communications said the future of the site was not
decided yet.

"At this stage Broadcast Australia has made no plans in respect to
retaining the infrastructure in place, and the decision to retain or
decommission the redundant sites and equipment will be taken by Broadcast
Australia in due course," the spokesperson said.

If the site was decommissioned it would be a sad day for Australia,
according to former transmitter operator Rodney Champness.

He worked at the facility for seven years and believed it was still a
vital piece of national infrastructure that could not be replicated by web
streaming.

"In those countries we are aiming at they can get the internet, but it is
expensive and for many people their wages are not high enough to afford
it," Mr Champness said.

"They don't have a lot of money and shortwave radio is cheap."

Shepparton was chosen in the 1940s for a few reasons, including the
relatively flat terrain which was beneficial for broadcasts, and its
location, away from inland cities and domestic flight routes.

"It's away from the coast so Japanese or German aircrafts could not easily
get to it, and the building was blast proof for the bombs from that era,"
he said.

If the site was decommissioned, it would be a sad day for Australia and
especially for Shepparton, he said.

"I just think it's an icon, and people don't really even realise it's
there," Mr Champness said.
(via Artie Bigley, dxld; also via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Jan 25)

Opinion RADIO AUSTRALIA SITE A VITAL LINK by Shepparton_News Jan 21, 2017

<http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2017/01/21/70273/radio-australia-site-a-
vital-link>

Recently I heard that the HF radio transmission site at Shepparton, known
as Radio Australia, is to be shut down. I believe this is mostly due to
budget cuts to the ABC by the Federal Government.

The ABC uses this site to broadcast services into Asia and the Pacific
Islands. The site is owned by a private company, Broadcast Australia. The
ABC pays Broadcast Australia to use the transmission site at Shepparton,
but it does not own the facility.

I understand the ABC needs to cut back on some services it provides and
make use of the latest technology. This makes sense except in the case of
the Shepparton facility.

The Shepparton transmission site has the capability to direct radio
signals into specific countries as we see fit. This is unique to this
site, as no other site can reach the countries this one can.

In my time as district manager at the Shepparton site, I recall some
instances where the Shepparton site was called upon to direct radio
signals to specific targets.

At one point the Fiji Government shut down the local Australian ABC
transmitter. Shepparton sent radio into that country to keep Australians
informed during that time.

When there was a coup in the Solomon Islands, once again we sent signals
into that country. We also sent radio signals into Myanmar at the request
of the Australian Government.

Another task that the Shepparton site fulfills is to send signals into
northern Australia in times of need, for example during Cyclone Larry when
the Northern Territory radio service was beamed back to the tropical north
from Shepparton.

The Shepparton site is in a location that has good weather and is
politically stable. This makes it an ideal tool for widespread information
broadcasting.

The ABC would argue that this HF radio service is old technology and can
be replaced by the internet or satellite services. This is true.

However, the ABC and the Federal Government do not control the internet or
satellite services in other countries and therefore they are not reliable.

HF radio broadcasting from a secure location is very reliable. So why
remove this service? Does the Federal Government understand the value of
this international radio service?

I hope that in writing this letter, its value will become clear to those
who have the power to make decisions.

The Australian Government is in the position of being 'hands off' the
ABC's management of services, and I would agree for every service it
provides except this one.

Radio Australia Shepparton should be partly controlled by the Australian
Government, not just the ABC.

I plead that this broadcasting site remains in service and continues to
provide northern Australia and oversees services for Australians home and
abroad.

You could also argue that long-range radio lets the world know we are
here, and gives Australians both in our home country and overseas vital
information in times of need.

Gary Baker, former district manager at Radio Australia,
Shepparton By Shepparton_News January 21, 2017 (via dxld Jan 25)

BILL SHORTEN CALLS ON TURNBULL TO SAVE ABC SHORTWAVE RADIO BROADCASTS

<https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/27/bill-shorten-calls-on-
turnbull-to-save-shortwave-radio-broadcasts-in-nt>

Helen_Davidson in Darwin, Friday 27 Jan.

Labor leader says reasons to shut down service 'do not account for the
reality of service availability in remote areas'

Bill Shorten urges PM to work with ABC management, local stakeholders and
Labor 'as a matter of urgency'.

The opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has called on the prime minister to
step in and save ABC shortwave broadcasts in the Northern Territory,
claiming the broadcaster's reasons to shut them down "do not account for
the reality" of life in the outback.

In December, the ABC announced it would cease transmitting local radio
broadcasts through shortwave radio in the Northern Territory and parts of
the Pacific at the end of January.

It did so without community consultation and sparked a backlash from users
who say the service is vital in remote areas.

Federal politicians from both major parties in the NT have lobbied the ABC
to reverse its decision.

On Thursday, Shorten wrote to Turnbull, asking him to work with ABC
management, local stakeholders and Labor "as a matter of urgency to ensure
the continued provision of shortwave radio service in the NT
beyond 31 January 2017."

"The ABC's claim that the majority of listeners will be able to access ABC
services via AM/FM radio, digital radio and online streaming, or via VAST
[viewer access satellite television] platform does not account for the
reality of service availability in remote areas," wrote Shorten.

"This helps to explain why listeners and users of the ABC shortwave in the
Northern Territory have been unequivocal in voicing their concern at the
Coalition's failure to intervene in this matter. This includes emergency
services workers and cattle growers.

"I am also deeply concerned that the ABC took this decision without
satisfactory consultation with affected listeners, community
representatives and emergency service workers and agencies. ABC Managing
Director Michelle Guthrie has since acknowledged shortfalls in this
regard."

Outback residents and workers have told Guardian Australia the service,
which broadcasts ABC local radio beyond the reach of AM and FM signals, is
vital for several reasons, including the mental and emotional wellbeing of
people who spend their waking hours on the land.

They have also said the alternatives repeatedly proffered by the ABC do
not fill the gap. Satellite radio requires a set-top box and a stationary
dish, and both digital and online radio are unavailable beyond signal
reception.

Others have expressed concern they will also lose ABC emergency broadcasts
during fires, floods, and in other situations. The ABC refuted the
assertions, and said weather updates and emergency alerts could still be
heard through HF broadcasts by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Royal
Flying Doctors Service.

At a meeting last week with Guthrie, the NT Labor senator Malarndirri
McCarthy and the shadow communications minister, Mark Dreyfus, failed to
sway the ABC to reverse its decision.

Nigel Scullion told Guardian Australia he had written to the ABC asking it
to reconsider, and other federal ministers including Julie Bishop and
Mitch Fifield have also expressed their concern.

McCarthy told Guardian Australia there were "contractual issues" at play
in the ABC's immovability. Guardian Australia understands the
infrastructure - which is considered ailing and expensive to maintain - is
managed under a contract due to expire, and the ABC is thought to be
unwilling to sign on for a long-term contract renewal.

A spokeswoman for Fifield said the decision was a matter for the ABC and
not related to government funding.

"The ABC has legislated independence to make operational decisions free of
political involvement. However, the government has asked for some further
information."
(via Gavin-AUS, via Alan Pennington-UK, BrDXC-UK yg via dxld Jan 25)

Exact shutdown times for Radio Australia and NT Shortwave broadcasts?

... all ABC shortwave broadcasts end on January 31?

Nick, I am sure you may have heard by now the reaction from listeners as
to the fate of RA and the NT Shortwave Service and I know that anything I
say is not going to change the decision. However, I need to state to you
that it was an extremely short-sighted decision to shut these services
down. For example, people in the NT do not necessarily have constant
access to VAST services especially when not working anywhere near their
homes (as is the case on the large outback stations, for example). As for
Radio Australia, the ABC is letting down the people of the Pacific by
shutting down their shortwave services. Shortwave may be an outdated
technology, but it is effective in all conditions and crosses borders
without interference from "compromised" governments. For instance, I can't
see RA's FM transmitters in Fiji remaining on air when they have their
next coup.

The next point I need to make is in reference to your statement to
The_Australian newspaper dated 22 January 2017 posted online on 23 Jan at

<http://about.abc.net.au/statements/statement-to-the-australian-sunday-22-
january-2017/>

Apart from a number of other misinformed remarks which I will not approach
at this stage, I refer to your comments about the BBC, Voice of America
and Radio Vatican ceasing transmissions. Yes, they have regularly shut
down services in various languages to various regions due to costs, but
all 3 are still broadcasting on shortwave. The BBC has recently announced
plans to introduce new services in Korean to North Korea (i.e.
broadcasting to people who need outside information) and the Voice of
America (as well as numerous other radio stations funded by the US
Government) still broadcasts in many languages to Asia and Africa.

Does anyone have any word as to when exactly RA and ABC NT plan to
shut down on Jan 31?
They may have announced it on air but I haven't heard anything.

My opinion: RA Potential shutdown times are:

UTC 0000 on 31/01/2017 (AEDST 11 am 31/01/2017)
(Brian Powell-AUS, to Louise Alley / Nick Leys at ABC, cc to dxld Jan 25)

AZORES   693  MW Antena 1, St.a Barbara, is inactive due to tower
collapse, but will be reactivated as soon as the new antenna is built and
installed which is expected to happen before mid year.
(Carlos L R de Assuncao Goncalves-POR, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 27)

BHUTAN   6035.004  Supposedly Bhutan BS Thimphu, S=7-8 in Doha Qatar
remote SDR unit installation. At 0224 UT on Jan 30, noted like Himalayan
hill music group type.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

BULGARIA   BaBcoCk Dimtse Radio Erena via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod,
on Jan 28

1700-1730 11965 SOF# 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Mon-Fri
1730-1800 11965 SOF# 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Arabic   Mon-Fri
1700-1800 11965 SOF# 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Sat/Sun

SPC-NURTS 15325 kHz was back air with TOM BS, instead of Radio Biafra,
on Jan 28
1700-1800 15325 SOF# 100 kW 195 deg to WeAF English Brother Stair
as scheduled

1800-2000 15325 SOF# 100 kW 195 deg to WeAF English
instead of Radio Biafra London.

IRRS Milano Italy broker of EGR, UNRadio and Radio Santec
via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod Jan 29

European Gospel Radio, UN_Radio & other
1030-1300  9510 SOF# 050 kW 306 deg to WeEUR English Sun, fair to good

Radio Santec, The Word, The Cosmic Wave
1500-1530 15190 SOF# 100 kW 090 deg to SoAS En/German Sun, strong signal

# via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay site,
QSL via Spaceline Ltd., Sofia Bulgaria.
CEO Dimitar Todorov <lz1ax -at- mail.bg>

CHINA   4749.991  Voice of China Hailar, Nei Menggu, China National Radio
px, S=8 in Brisbane Queensland Australia site, at 1020 UT on Jan 30.
(Nothing noted of INS ce on co-channel so far)

5978.984 exact  PBS Gannan, Chinese lang, noted at 0005 UT on Jan 30.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

CLANDESTINE   Updated winter B-16 database of clandestine { target radio }
broadcasts by time order, as of Jan 30

Radio Republica
0100-0300  9490 ISS 150 kW 285 deg to Cuba Spanish

Radio Payem e-Doost
0230-0315  7460 KCH 500 kW 116 deg to WeAS Farsi

Denge Kurdistan
0330-0600  7350 KCH 300 kW 130 deg to WeAS Kurdish

Radio Tamazuj
0330-0400  7315 SMG 250 kW 146 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
0400-0430  7315 SMG 250 kW 151 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
0330-0430  9600 ISS 250 kW 138 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
0330-0430 15540 MDC 250 kW 335 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic

Radio Dabanga
0430-0600  7315 SMG 250 kW 151 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
0430-0530 15540 MDC 250 kW 335 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
0530-0600 15540 SMG 250 kW 151 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic

Eye Radio
0400-0500  7250 ISS 250 kW 130 deg to EaAF Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Radio Dandal Kura International
0500-0700  7415 ASC 250 kW 055 deg to WeAF Kanuri

Republic of Yemen Radio
0600-0900 11860 JED 050 kW non-dir to NE/ME Arabic
{rather 300 / 500 kW of power, wb.}

Radio Dandal Kura International
0700-0800 15480 WOF 300 kW 165 deg to WeAF Kanuri

Denge Kurdistan
0600-1300 11600 KCH 300 kW 130 deg to WeAS Kurdish

Republic of Yemen Radio
0900-1800 11860 unknown tx unknown to NE/ME Arabic

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
1130-1200 11570 TSH 100 kW 250 deg to SoEaAS Hmong

Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok
1130-1200 15600 unknown tx unknown to SoEaAS Khmer Thu/Sun
1130-1200 17860 TAC 100 kW 122 deg to SoEaAS Khmer Thu/Sun

Voice of Tibet
1200-1230 11513 DB  100 kW 095 deg to EaAS Chinese

Que Me
1200-1230  9930 HBN 100 kW 318 deg to EaAS Vietnamese Fri

Radio Free North Korea
1200-1300  9355 TAC 100 kW 076 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Radio ERGO
1200-1300 17845 DHA 250 kW 225 deg to EaAF Somali

National Unity Radio
1200-1500  7520 DB  100 kW 071 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Voice of Tibet
1230-1300 11507 DB  100 kW 131 deg to CeAS Tibetan

Denge Kurdistan
1300-1500 11600 KCH 300 kW 116 deg to WeAS Kurdish

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Chinese  Mon
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Tue
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Wed
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS English  Thu
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Fri
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Sat
1300-1330  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Sun

Nippon no Kaze
1300-1330  9465 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Korean
1300-1330  9950 TSH 100 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Voice of Tibet
1300-1330 11513 DB  100 kW 131 deg to CeAS Tibetan

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Mon
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Tue
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Wed
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS English  Thu
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Fri
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Sat
1330-1400  6145 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Sun

Voice of Tibet
1330-1400  9508 DB  100 kW 131 deg to CeAS Tibetan

Furusato no Kaze
1330-1400  9705 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Japanese
1330-1400  9950 TSH 100 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Japanese

Voice of Wilderness
1330-1530  7615 TAC 100 kW 070 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1405-1435  5935 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese

Furusato no Kaze
1430-1500  9560 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Japanese
1430-1500  9960 HBN 100 kW 345 deg to NoEaAS Japanese

North Korea Reform Radio
1430-1530  7590 TAC 100 kW 076 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Radio Tamazuj
1430-1500 13800 NAU 125 kW 152 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
1430-1500 15540 ISS 250 kW 138 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
1500-1530 13800 MDC 250 kW 340 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
1500-1530 15540 SMG 250 kW 151 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic

Nippon no Kaze
1500-1530  9800 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Korean
1500-1530  9975 HBN 100 kW 345 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Living Water Ministry Broadcasting
1500-1600  9650 unknown probably PUG to NoEaAS Korean Tue-Thu

Denge Kurdistan
1500-1600 11600 ISS 250 kW 090 deg to WeAS Kurdish

Radio Biafra
1500-1600 15325 SOF 100 kW 195 deg to WeAF English

Radio Al-Mukhtar
1500-1530 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Arabic   Tue
1530-1600 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Tue

Radio Voice of Adal
1500-1530 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Arabic   Wed/Sat
1530-1600 11670 ISS 100 kW 125 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Wed/Sat

Radio Warra Wangeelaa-ti
1500-1530 15515 SOF 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Afar Oromo Sat

Nippon no Kaze
1530-1600  9465 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Korean
1530-1600  9965 HBN 100 kW 345 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Radio Dabanga
1530-1630 13800 MDC 250 kW 340 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic
1530-1630 15540 SMG 250 kW 151 deg to EaAF Juba Arabic

Voice of Martyrs
1530-1700  7510 TAC 100 kW 076 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Chinese  Mon
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Tue
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Wed
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS English  Thu
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Fri
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Sat
1600-1630  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Sun

Denge Kurdistan
1600-1930  7455 ISS 250 kW 090 deg to WeAS Kurdish

Radio Munansi
1600-2000 15240 WRB 115 kW 045 deg to EaNoAM Luganda/English Sat/Sun

Furusato no Kaze
1600-1630  9690 TSH 300 kW 002 deg to NoEaAS Japanese
1600-1630  9975 HBN 100 kW 345 deg to NoEaAS Japanese

Radio Xoriyo Ogaden
1600-1630 11970 ISS 500 kW 130 deg to EaAF Somali Tue/Sat
1600-1630 17870 ISS 500 kW 130 deg to EaAF Somali Mon/Fri

Eye Radio
1600-1700 15250 ISS 250 kW 130 deg to EaAF Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Radio Voice of Independent Oromiya
1600-1630 17850 ISS 250 kW 130 deg to EaAF Oromo Sun

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Mon
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Tue
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Wed
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS English  Thu
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Fri
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Korean   Sat
1630-1700  6110 YAM 300 kW 280 deg to NoEaAS Japanese Sun

Radio Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa
1630-1658 17840 ISS 250 kW 130 deg to EaAF Oromo Tue/Thu/Fri

Radio Ranginkaman/Radio Rainbow
1700-1730  7580 KCH 500 kW 116 deg to WeAS Farsi Mon/Fri

Voice of Oromo Liberation
1700-1730 11810 NAU 100 kW 139 deg to EaAF Afar Oromo Wed/Fri/Sun
1730-1800 11810 NAU 100 kW 139 deg to EaAF Amharic    Wed

Dimtse Radio Erena
1700-1730 11965 SOF 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Mon-Fri
1730-1800 11965 SOF 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Arabic   Mon-Fri
1700-1800 11965 SOF 050 kW 195 deg to EaAF Tigrinya Sat/Sun

Radio Front for Independence of Oromo
1730-1758 17765 ISS 150 kW 125 deg to EaAF Oromo Sun

Radio Payem e-Doost
1800-1845  7480 KCH 500 kW 116 deg to WeAS Farsi

Radio Publique Africaine
1800-1830 11550 ISS 250 kW 145 deg to SoAF Kirundi
1831-1858 11550 ISS 250 kW 145 deg to SoAF French

Radio Itahuka
1800-1900 15420 MDC 250 kW 320 deg to CeAF Kirundi Sat

Radio Biafra
1800-2000 15325 SOF 100 kW 195 deg to WeAF English

Radio Dandal Kura International
1800-2100 12050 ASC 250 kW 065 deg to WeAF Kanuri

Republic of Yemen Radio
1800-2300 11860 JED 050 kW non-dir to NE/ME Arabic

Lutheran World Federation/Voice of Gospel/Sawtu Linjilia
1830-1858  9800 ISS 500 kW 180 deg to WeCeAF Fulfulde

Sedoye Bahar Voice of Spring
1900-1930  7510 KCH 500 kW 116 deg to WeAS Farsi Thu/Fri

Denge Kurdistan
1930-2130  7455 KCH 300 kW 116 deg to WeAS Kurdish

North Korea Reform Radio
2030-2130  7500 TAC 100 kW 076 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
2230-2300  7530 TSH 100 kW 250 deg to SoEaAS Hmong

Republic of Yemen Radio
2300-0600 11860 unknown tx unknown to NE/ME Arabic
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

CUBA   At 2015 UT on Jan 26 both Bauta transmissions,
15140 kHz  S=9+30dB signal, nx on England parliament BREXIT,
and President Raul Castro speech.

And 15370 kHz too, BrasPortuguese language presenter,
S=9+15dB backlobe signal. 2017 UT on Jan 26 history program music
and a lot of LatinAmerican canciones played ...

5025 kHz from R. Rebelde Bauta, strong S=9+35dB signal noted on remote
east coaster MA/NJ/NY-US  SDR station, at 1030 UT on Jan 27.

5025  Radio Rebelde in Spanish from Bauta back on service at 1025 UT
on Jan 30, S=8-9 in Queensland NoEaAustralia remote post.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 26 / 27 / 30)

ETHIOPIA   7236.491 ... 7236.518 kHz wandered up and down very unstable
frequency bcast transmission noted on remote SDR Doha Qatar
around 1310 UT on Febr 2nd.

Heavy QRM of both sideband adjacents:
7235 kHz  VoA Korean sce from the Mariana Islands.

and

MUCH STRONGER  BSKSA Riyadh Persian language outlet on 7240 kHz,
of TREMENDOUS S=9+55dB or -19dBm audio powerhouse.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 2)

FRANCE   [to Burundi]  Radio Publique Africaine via TDF Issoudun,
ex Madagascar, on Jan 21
1800-1830 11550 ISS*250 kW 145 deg Kirundi, exMDC 250 kW / 295 deg
1831-1858 11550 ISS*250 kW 145 deg French,  exMDC 250 kW / 295 deg
* with typical "tweet" of Issoudun.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 21)

GERMANY   [VoA history of Febr 1, 1941 year]

VoA in Deutsch, heute am 75. Jahrestag, Feb 1, 1941.
Heute frueh um 09.05 MEZ als DLF Cologne Kalenderblatt Beitrag

"stream" mit Click auf 'HOEREN' - den embedded player ausloesen

oder direkt - hier mit VLC player gehoert:

<http://dradiohls-
vh.akamaihd.net/i/2017/02/01/vor_75_jahren_die_voice_of_america_startet_pr
ogramm_in_dlf_20170201_0905_f2cd4316.mp4/master.m3u8>

"Voice of America" startet Programm in deutscher Sprache, Feb 1, 1941y:

<http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/vor-75-jahren-voice-of-america-
sendet-erstmals-auf-deutsch.932.de.html?dram:article_id=377816>
((wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 1, 2017)

GERMANY   Publikation der DGPT zum Thema "Sender und Antennen"

Das aktuelle Heft der "Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Post- und
Telekommunikationsgeschichte" hat zum Thema "Sender und Antennen"
folgenden Inhalt.

Ein Schwerpunkt sind die Sendeanlagen auf dem Grossen Feldberg im Taunus,
Hessen.

Weitere Themen sind

- "die Deutsche Welle",

- der Grosssender Muehlacker und die Senderstadt

- Senderroehren und

- der Lorenz-Grosssender in der Sammlung Heusenstamm des Museums fuer
Kommunikation Frankfurt.

Insgesamt ein sehr interessantes Heft.

<https://www.dgpt.org/de/heftinhalt.html&quid=13507>

73 Lutz DL1ROC, (via Lutz Winkler, A-DX Jan 29)

GERMANY   Deutscher Hoerbuchpreis geht an hr2-kultur.

Das von hr2-kultur gemeinsam mit dem Hoerverlag produzierte Hoerbuch

"Geheime Sender - Der Rundfunk im Widerstand gegen Hitler"

von Hans Sarkowicz ist mit dem Deutschen Hoerbuchpreis 2017 in der
Kategorie "Bestes Sachhoerbuch" ausgezeichnet worden. Die Jury lobte die
Hoerbuchproduktion als "einzigartige Dokumentation der historischen
Rundfunkquellen".

Die achtteilige Sendereihe wurde in hr2-kultur jeweils sonntags vom 17.
Juni bis zum 4. September 2016 urgesendet.
Regie fuehrte der Autor Hans Sarkowicz gemeinsam mit Christiane Kreiner.
Die Redaktion lag bei Dorothee Meyer-Kahrweg.

In der Begruendung der Jury heisst es:

"'Geheime Sender' ist eine herausragende Dokumentation, die auf
umfangreicher Recherche und Materialsammlung basiert. Originaltondokumente
und erzaehlender Text fuehren den Hoerer durch die Welt von
Widerstaendlern und Geheimagenten, beleuchten die Verstrickungen von
Propaganda und Gegenpropaganda rund um das erste Massenmedium und zeigen
auch die teilweise kuriosen Begebenheiten jenseits der Originaltoene
bekannter Persoenlichkeiten wie Lotte Lenya und Thomas Mann."

Hans Sarkowicz, geboren 1955, studierte Germanistik und Geschichte in
Frankfurt/Main. Seit 1979 arbeitet er beim Hessischen Rundfunk. Er leitet
das hr2-Ressort Literatur und Hoerspiel und ist Autor von
zeitgeschichtlichen und kulturhistorischen Publikationen, unter anderem
zur Kunst und Literatur im Nationalsozialismus.

Die Preisverleihung findet am 7. Maerz 2017 als Auftaktveranstaltung des
internationalen Koelner Literaturfests "lit.Cologne" im WDR-Funkhaus am
Wallrafplatz statt. Moderator ist Goetz Alsmann.

Die Veranstaltung wird ab 20.05 Uhr MEZ live auf WDR 5 und den weiteren
Kulturradios hr2-kultur, NDR Kultur, SWR2 und Antenne Saar sowie im
Internet und als Audio- und Videostream auf wdr5.de uebertragen.
( www.hr.de  Jan 27)

GERMANY   Radio DARC im BR-Fernsehen am 27. Januar 2017, 16:15 hrs.

<http://www.br.de/br-fernsehen/sendungen/wir-in-bayern/gaeste/rainer-
englert-funkamateur-102.html>

Sowohl im Studio zu sehen, als auch auf seiner alten QSL-Karte:

ein:
<http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/barlow_xcr_30_mark_2_ii.html>

mit Antennen-Trimmer + SSB-BFO, aber ohne "FM".
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX Jan 27)

TV-Beitrag in Mediathek verfuegbar.

Fuer alle, welche die Sendung "Wir in Bayern" mit Amateurfunk als
Hauptthema am 27. Januar nicht direkt miterleben konnten: Sie ist ab
sofort in der Mediathek des Bayerischen Rundfunks archiviert #. In der
Sendung glueckte auch ein QSO mit Ost-Malaysia auf der Insel Borneo, was
dem Operator im Studio, Rainer Englert, DF2NU, einige Nachfragen ueber die
Echtheit der Verbindung bescherte. Das QSO hat tatsaechlich stattgefunden.

"Generell hat die Sendung grossen Eindruck bei den Regisseuren des
Bayerischen Rundfunks hinterlassen und man hat uns in Aussicht gestellt,
dass das nicht der letzte Beitrag war, den man in Sachen 'Amateurfunk'
vorhat", fasst DF2NU zusammen.

Er resuemiert weiter: "Ich meine, wir sollten jede Chance nutzen, um uns
in Erinnerung zu rufen und eben nicht nach dem Motto 'Ein trauriger alter
Mann kauerte vor seinem CW-Kaestchen': Wir haben Besseres darzustellen!"

# download URL
<http://www.br.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/wir-in-bayern/freitag-
27012017-wir-in-bayern-100.html>

(DARC e.V., Deutschland-Rundspruch 5/2017, 5. KW, Febr 2)

GUATEMALA   4055, on Jan 22 at 0142 UT, TGAV is OFF! Had been reliable for
quite a while. 0202 UT recheck, now carrier is on at S=9+20dB (vs storm
crashes to S=9+30dB), but dead air. Maybe they'll be back in business in
time for another late start of an 'Antena DX' rerun circa 0215 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 25)

INDIA   QRM strongly on adjacent 6029.998 kHz, S=9+20dB, at Doha Qatar ME
remote installation. AIR Khampur India 250 kW Hindi Uttaranchal program
at 0227 UT on Jan 30.

6110.059  very odd fq.  AIR Srinagar in Hindi at 0229 UT on Jan 30.
S=9+15dB, strong and HEAVY  OVERMODULATED.
Co-channel QRM by registered 6110 even fq probably PBS Xizang Tibetan
from Lhasa Baiding site.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

INTERNATIONAL INTERNET.  WRN World Radio Network?

Here in the UK, WRN is still available on the Virgin Media cable TV
service (channel 920). I find it a convenient way of listening to World of
Radio at 1000 on Saturdays. As I write (2025 UT), it is carrying KBS, with
Virgin's programme guide (which I have always found to be accurate as far
as WRN output is concerned) showing Israel, Vatican, Pacifica, Sweden, DWL
and RNZ coming up later this evening.
(Chris Greenway-UK, dxld Jan 25)

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8000>
Stream-Name: WRN English North America - wrn.org

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8002>
<http://193.42.152.203:8040/wrndeueu.ogg.m3u>
Once upon a time: German Service

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8004>
Stream-Name: WRN T18 Feeder
(former french service)

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8006>
Stream-Name: WRN Russkij

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8008>
Stream-Name: WRN Sawt Al Alam (Voice of "pain" ?)

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8012>
Stream-Name: WRN Africa, Asia and Pacific

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8020>
Stream-Name: WRN Multilingual (11.35z NHK in Asian language,
-Indonesian?- )

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8022>
Server Status: Server is currently down.

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8026>
<http://193.42.152.203:8040/wrnengeu.ogg>
Stream-Name: WRN English for Europe (11.45z KOL Israel/Jerusalem)

<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8030/>
// stream on :8020  Stream-Name: Radio Dijla.

<http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgibin/stationgrid.pl?stationid=25>
<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8000/>
Stream-Name: WRN English North America - wrn.org

<http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgibin/stationgrid.pl?stationid=5869>
<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8012/>
Stream-Name: WRN Africa, Asia and Pacific

<http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgibin/stationgrid.pl?stationid=4086>
<http://shoutcast.wrn.org:8026/>
Stream-Name: WRN English for Europe
(Roger Thauer-D, dxld Jan 25)

KOREA D.P.R.   Echo of Unification, a North Korean radio station that
broadcasts propaganda towards South Korea, dropped all mediumwave
(AM band) broadcasting on December 21.

The move seemingly confirms the futility of the broadcasts, which consumed
large amounts of electricity but were blocked by powerful South Korean
government jamming transmitters, but the station isn't giving up. In their
place, it has brought on air additional shortwave and FM transmitters.

It's all part of a game that's been going on for decades. North and South
Korea both broadcast propaganda at each other while trying to stop their
own citizens from hearing the other's broadcast. Similar battles used to
be played out across borders around the world but have largely moved to
the internet and social media. The lack of internet in North Korea and
South Korean censorship mean radio still plays a part on the Korean
peninsula.

Echo of Unification launched in December 2012 with three blocks of
programming each day: from 7am to 9am; from 1pm to 3pm; and from 9pm to
11pm (Pyongyang time).

The programs were broadcast on shortwave 3970 kHz and 6250 kHz,
mediumwave 684 kHz and 1080 kHz and FM 97.8 MHz.

The mediumwave broadcasts were strong and could be heard across a large
part of East Asia at nighttime, but suffered severe interference in the
Seoul area where the South Korean government broadcast noise on the same
frequency to drown them out. FM was also blocked in Seoul but could be
heard very close to the border and shortwave was completely clear, perhaps
a recognition that few homes have shortwave radios these days.

With the end of mediumwave broadcasts, Echo of Unification has added
shortwave 5905 kHz and FM 97 MHz and 89.4 MHz.

{5905 kHz heard on remote SDR unit in South Korea at S=9+15dB level,
at 0005 UT on Jan 30, no jamming noted so far, wb.}

Here's the announcement from the radio station's website:

The additional shortwave frequency gives listens in South Korea an extra
spot on the dial to tune into the station, although because shortwave
radio ownership is so low and there's terrible electrical interference in
most Korean cities, this is really only reaches people who are already
sold on the propaganda message. No South Korean is going to stumble across
the station on shortwave like they might while tuning a car or kitchen
radio on mediumwave.

South Korea has already started jamming the FM broadcasts giving them
limited reach into the country, but perhaps the target here is bored
soldiers stationed along the border. The FM signal can be clearly heard in
the border region and North Korea might be hoping to reach a few people
here.
(Martyn Williams, North Korea Tech; via ARDXC ADXNews Jan/Febr 2017,
Jan 29)

MADAGASCAR   {to RWANDA }  15420, CLANDESTINE, R. Itahuka (via
Madagascar). Big OC came on at 1757 UT, but went off the air at 1800 UT
just as the program started with Afro pop music. Came back on at
1800:35 UT followed seconds later with M in mid-announcement in presumed
Kinyarwanda with ID. Into apparent political feature with same M and a
different deep-voiced M with mentions of Rwanda and America.
Also had some sound bites from remote reporter. 14 Jan.
(Dave Valko-PA-USA - dxped, hcdx / dxld Jan 25)

Radio Itahuka, <http://www.radioitahuka.org>
1800-1900 15420 MDC 250 kW 320 deg to CeAF Kirundi Saturdays.
ex17-18 UT on 17870 kHz via TDF Issoudun France.

MADAGASCAR   17640  African Pathways R. (WCB) Signal on at 1958 UT,
signature mx 1959 UT, Mw/opening anmnt. Pleasant Afro mx for a few min.
from 2002 UT. M and W anncrs and what sounded like live preaching. Rel.tlk
by M from 2041-2047 UT w/ment of Bible, Yahweh, the scriptures, etc.
Another progr segment, then Jazz-like Afromx. 2054 UT M w/voice-over
English ID "Thank you for listening to African Pathways Radio..." and
freqs given, then cont. mx to 2056 UT, dead air for abt 10 sec. and off.
Poor but getting better.
(Dave Valko-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 29)

MALAYSIA   6050, Asyik/Salam FM (via RTM K-L  Kajang) at 1444-1503* UT on
19 Jan., at 1453-1501* UT on 20 Jan. After being off since before the new
year, Asyik/Salam popped back up-poor signal overall, but the 1500 UT
transition from Asyik to Salam is easy to understand [1+1 pips, TC, Salam
FM jingle followed by Negara Ku]. Salam FM still pulling the plug mid-word
during the program intro, however.

11665  Wai/Sarawak FM (via RTM K-L  Kajang) at 1533-1605+ UT on 22 Jan.
Also showing up again are these guys nice signal with Malay/English
eclectic music mix (Sinatra, CCR, Hank Locklin) to 1558 UT, then
transition to Sarawak FM at TOH // 9835 kHZ. First heard 21 Jan.
at 1522+ UT, but JBA, so no details.
(Dan Sheedy-CA-USA, dxld Jan 25)

MOLDOVA   TWR Africa daily 0320-0350 towards Ethiopia, 7245 kHz, 9400 kHz,
via Grigoriopol Maiac Pridnestrovskiy Radiotelecentr (PRTC) in Moldova.

Amharic Mon, Fri, Sun. Oromo Tue, Sat?. Sidamo Wed, Thur.
7245 0320 0350 48 KCH 300 155 0 156 1234567 301016 260317 Mul MDA TWR RAM

RR to PRTC Pridnestrovskiy Radiotelecentr Grigoriopol
Maiac, Pridnestrovie Moldova.
<prtc -at- idknet.com>  QSL by V/S: Sergey Omelchenko,
Technical Director of Pridnestrovskiy Radiotelecentr (PRTC).
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 31, 2017)

MYANMAR   Quick Myanmar Radio log at 0045 UT Jan 28, noted at Doha Qatar
remote SDR unit:

5914.989
5985.000 - back on EVEN fq again.
6029.994
6164.993 kHz

nothing of Laos Vientiane 6129.965 ... x.971 kHz.

nothing of 6035v kHz Thimpu Bhutan.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28, 2017)

NICARAGUA   539.834  Radio Corporacion, Managua. At 1118 UT
on January 22, 2017. Good in passing with Spanish sermon on a Sunday
morning.
(Terry L Krueger-FL-USA, dxld Jan 25)

PAKISTAN   Radio Pakistan, of Kashmir Jammu irregularly program shortwave
relay on 7265 kHz at approx. 0500-0650 UT, note on web streaming as
follows:

per Stream - Webbrowser:
<http://78.46.47.245:8000/>
<http://78.46.47.245:8000/WorldService.m3u>
<http://78.46.47.245:8000/ExternalService.m3u>

External Service audio much overmodulated.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28, 2017)

PNG   3325.0  Female announcer in progress, NBC Bougainville,
in Pidgin/Tok Pisin language, S=6-7 carrier signal, but low
modulated audio. Heard at 1015 UT in remote NoEa Australia Brisbane
Queensland installation.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

PHILIPPINES   9455  on Jan 20 at 2255 UT, "Jesus Saves" IS and unID
language announcements alternating, poor S6 on an abandoned WRMI
frequency, so this is FEBC, 100 kW, 280 degrees from Bocaue, 2300-2330 UT
in Iu Mien per Aoki Nagoya database list. Time to learn about another
tongue only the missionaries care about broadcasting: per EiBi readme.txt,
spoken by 400 kilopersons each in Vietnam and SoChina, a.k.a. merely Mien,
abbr'd MIE or [ium]
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 25)

PORTUGAL   630  MW Antena 1, Chaves, is not to be reactivated.

720  MW Antena 1, Meia-Legua (Faro), ditto.

Like all other sites, those two on mainland are unmanned, and were
vandalised which caused the operation to halt, and I learned today, that
the RTP administration does not intend to invest any money on them. This
policy does not apply to any MF tx in the Acores.

720  MW Antena 1, Miramar; the site has been inactive since the antenna
collapsed, and it was not repaired or replaced. In fact, the property has
been put on sale (I saw the advt. on the gate last August, but my anger
refrained me from taking any photos), and learned today from the RTP, that
it has already been sold.

UNID   MW 756 kHz, silent carrier, Direction Finding = North/North-East of
me, fair signal being noted during the day: testing?  Spain?

It is *not* Portugal, Antena 1, Lamego, 2 kW. Since it's not POR, it may
be Espana testing some new tx on a new channel for Spain ... but if it's
not Spain either, then what?

I first caught it on 21 Jan at 1147 UT on the SW coast, and the signal was
stronger compared to what I get up here in the capital, but this is only
due to using different aerials, i.e. a 300 m Bev. vs an elaveted K9AY.
(Carlos L R de Assuncao Goncalves-POR, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 27)

RUSSIA   Quick log at 0045 UT on Jan 28, from Doha Qatar SDR remote

correction, sorry the frequency is

7345 kHz of course, thats taken from 300 degrees sidelobe
{new 300 / 50 degr azimuth - some degr difference given now in
latest ITU registration}:

S=9+25dB  NVK R Sakha Iakutsk, Siberian Russia, heard advertisements
in - likely - Yakutian language at 0056 UT in Doha Qatar remote unit.

Weak and tiny threshold level on 7295 kHz instead. 50 degr NoEastwards
to Alaska and behind...
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28, 2017)

RUSSIA   Fair to good signal of Adygeyan Radio, on Jan 22:

1900-2000 UT 6000 ARM 100 kW 188 deg to CeAS Adygeyan Sun
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, dxld / hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 25)

6000   Radio Adygeyskoye (tentative). Signal here from the start
at 1925 UT. Sounded like a W announcer once at 1940 UT.
Maybe music at 1955 UT. W announcer at 1958 UT.
Signal went off at 2000:03 UT on schedule.

Seemed strong enough on peaks, but modulation must have been really low.
Heard on a micro-DXpedition. 15 Jan.
(Dave Valko-PA-USA, hcdx / dxld Jan 25)

ARM ITU call means Armavir Krasnodar oblast broadcast center,
north of Caucasus in Russia.

Yerevan Gavar Armenia fits as ERV, ITU call instead.
(wb, hcdx / dxld Jan 25)

RUSSIA  [tentat.]   1557.700 to 1560.300 kHz
unidentified 13 string digital signal ?

See screenshot of Mauno Ritola-FIN on Jan 31:

<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mwdx/attachments/1329818442;_ylc=X3oD
MTJsazJscDgxBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE0BGdycElkAzQ0Mzc5OARncnBzcElkAzE3MDUwNjMxMDgEc2
VjA2F0dGFjaG1lbnQEc2xrA3Bob3RvBHN0aW1lAzE0ODU4OTM2Mjk-?itemid=2071959344>

Where from is this noisy signal on 1559 kHz with 200 Hz spurs,
heard in northern Europe?
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, mwdx Jan 31)

Probably signal coming from Russia.
Re: [mwdx] 1559 kHz, checked on various remote units in Northern Europe:

Nil signal in Schweden, St. Petersburg Russia, Warsaw Poland, Bavaria
Germany, but very tiny signal noted via big remote antennas on western
Hungary SDR installation.

Measured the strongest signal in Moscow Russia:
S=9+5 to +10dB strength.

12 peaks on 200 Hertz distance apart, at

exact xxxx.x00 kHz !!

1557.700  and 1557.900 kHz
1558.100  .300  .500  .700  1558.900 kHz
1559.100  .300  .500  .700  1559.900 kHz

plus single signal at 400 Hertz apart distance at
1560.300 kHz. Some Radar mode signal ?

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 31)

SOLOMON ISLANDS   Log: 5020 kHz, Solomon Island Broadcasting Corp.,
from Honiara, at 1900 UT on Jan 27;  location find:

irgendwo hier in der Naehe:

SIBC_Solomon Islands Honiara - Henderson Field 1035 kHz
zwei MW Masten sichtbar
09 26 13.77 S  160 03 29.61 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/LuDizPzqBtp>

09 26 17.17 S  160 03 27.87 E

Der seit Jahrzehnten berichtete Kurzwellen Standort mit den Masten vom
5020/9540v Solomon Islands Honiara - Henderson Field
wurde laut dem G.E. Bild erstmals vom / ab 30. April 2014
mit einem " new Voltaic Solar Panel Field " ueberbaut.

09 26 15.04 S  160 03 42.07 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/6J2z4b8bwaq>

dagegen gibt es etwas 'dimmly' einige weitere 3 Mastanlagen
sichtbar, circa 140 Meter westlich vom Solar Panel Field, bei

09 26 15.76 S  160 03 37.87 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/zPbgEKa98qL2>

dies kann aber auch die Kurzwelleninstallation des Airport Radios sein.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 27, 2017)

SUDAN   Sudan has resumed its external service Voice of Africa
on 9505 kHz, including English. Tuned in to news in English today
just before 1730 UT, later followed by musical programmes in
unidentified language(s).

After 1910 UT dead air, interspersed with sporadic announcements in Arabic
probably meaning "You are listening to Voice of Africa from Sudan" and a
few words more. Sign-off was 1920 UT and soon resuming broadcast
on 7205 kHz with different format in Arabic.
(Thorsten Hallmann-D, dxld Jan 25)

THAILAND   13745  Radio Thailand in English language, via IBB BBG US relay
site at Udorn Thani, Ban Dung, business news heard at 0023 UT on Jan 30.
Industry 2016 year review, increased income in touristic industry too.
S=7-8 signal on remote South Korean SDR unit.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

THAILAND    Thailand QSL received from IBB Band Dung Udorn Thani Thailand
relay transmitting station. The frequency 15760 kHz, reported to at
<manager_thailand -at- tha.ibb.gov>

I waited 30 days reply. It is necessary to mark "reception of VOA", but
this is not true (and I is not the first time!). In fact, it was the
reception Mashaal Radio Pashto zone Pakistan tribes, and the station is
part of RFE / RL structure.  Pictures:

<http://dxsignal.ru/qsl/new/IBB_Thailand_170116_1.jpg>
<http://dxsignal.ru/qsl/new/IBB_Thailand_170116_2.jpg>

From the very Mashaal Radio, seems to answer to the reports do not wait.
I wrote to shown on their website e-mail
<mashaalradio -at- rferl.org>

answer "No such User" wrote via F_B - in response molchok In principle,
the angry sense. No - the station is quite narrow specialization, and the
reception so far from target their territory is hardly interested.
(Dmitri Mezin-RUS, RusDX Jan 22 via dxld Jan 25)

TURKEY   The Voice of Turkey Letterbox programme is now broadcast on every
other Wednesday and repeated the following Saturday - this was announced
in today's Letterbox in answer to my question to them and confirms what I
heard recently. So, the broadcast cycle is every two weeks from Wednesday
18 January, repeated Saturday 21 January -
next scheduled Wednesday 1 February and Saturday 4 February.
(Alan Roe-UK, dxld Jan 21)

7240.004, V of Turkey, English, "Question of The Month", at 0424 UT on
Jan 24.  11 kHz much broadband wide tremendous signal of S=9+55dB
or powerhouse -22dBm !!!
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 31)

UKRAINE   Ukraine completed construction of the tower for broadcasting on
the territory of Crimea.

In the Kherson region completed the construction of towers for
broadcasting stations on Ukrainian Crimea, said a member of the National
Council of Ukraine on television and radio broadcasting Sergei Kostinsky.

"Radio transmitting station in the village of Kherson region Chongar
height of 150 meters was built. Now comes the installation of the
equipment.

Since the beginning of February Ukrainian radio signal begins to be
delivered to the Crimea. This is the First Channel, "Ukrainian Radio",
Meydan, Radio Krym.Realii, the FM Kherson", - I wrote Kostinsky Wednesday
to F_B.

According to him, the next stage - the organization of digital TV
broadcasting.

As stated previously the Crimean authorities, broadcast media in the
Crimea Ukrainian territory will be prevented as inconsistent with Russian
law.
ria.ru
(OnAir.ru / <http://onair.ru/main/enews/view_msg/NMID 64295/>
RUSdx #909, Jan 29)

UAE   7319.992 odd fq from Al Dhabbaya UAE site, FEBC Manila Urdu sce
daily
0200-0230 UT, noted at 0215 UT endless talk by woman.
Noted on remote SDR unit in Doha Qatar Middle East.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

USA   7505v  WRNO's schedule for Chinese?

WRNO, Febr 2, Thursday. An anomaly or a new schedule for their Chinese
language program? In the past was Thursday & Saturday, about 0400-0500 UT,
but today tuned in at 0335 UT to find them already in Chinese; break at
0353 UT for a request for reception reports be sent to WRNO, given in both
English and Chinese; then back to preaching again in Chinese; played some
songs; 0430 UT brief "This is WRNO 7505 kHz."; WRNO contact info in
Chinese and in English; English ID for this program - "Praise for Today";
0434 UT into the "Maranatha Radio" program with Pastor Ray Bentley
preaching. So is the new schedule about 0330-0430 UT, on Thurs. & Sats. ?
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 2)

UNKNOWN  TX  SITE   9900 / 6015 kHz  Tests on Jan 21/22, and Jan 28/29.

Upcoming test transmissions of Shortwaveservice Jan 21-22, at
1200-1300  9900 unknown transmitter location, to EaEUR mx and announcmts
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

Re: Shortwaveservice Testtransmissions coming up,
acc recent mail of Christian,

POSTPHONED - 6015 kHz test transmission will be one week later on

Febr 4 / 5, 2017 instead.

6015 is a noisy channel of S=9+10 ... +15dBm noisy SCRATCH audio of
mainly North Korean scratch noise jamming, and co-channel signals too of
PBS Xinjiang Kazakh service from Urumqi China,
also KOR KBS Bangsong in Korean from the south.

5835, 5930, and 6055 kHz for example would be MUCH BETTER CHOICE.

The 49 mb is overcrowded by many northern hemisphere stations at this
hour, in winter season.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28, 2017)

UZBEKISTAN/TAJIKISTAN   Both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are RED Telecom?

WRTH 2017 International section shows national transmitter operators are
different, neither named RED Telecom. Perhaps it is an external broker
for both {Tashkent and Dushanbe sites, wb.}, as there does seem to be
coordination rather than competition.
(Glenn Hauser-OK, dxld Jan 25)

UZBEKISTAN   Additional frequency of Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok
via RED Telecom
1130-1200 15600 unknown tx unknown to SoEaAS Khmer Thu/Sun from Jan 22,
poor/weak

{ 9.4 kHz wideband signal, on Febr 2 at 1143 UT in remote SDR utility at
Brisbane Australia, given Washington item at 1146 UT, S=8-9 or -81dBm in
Australia, S=9+10 in Doha Qatar - but some satellite feed echo hall sound
- probably originate from Dushanbe Yangi Yul location site ? ,
when audio signal compared to Tashkent 17860 kHz outlet.

Only tiny weak threshold S=3-4 signal on // 17860 kHz noted in Doha Qatar,
wb.}

// frequency 17860 TAC 100 kW 122 deg to SoEaAS Khmer Thu/Sun B-16,
very poor signal
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 30)

VATICAN STATE   11630 new frequency. This is Radio Veritas Asia in Urdu
language service via Vatican Radio site at Santa Maria di Galeria.
1430-1457 NF11630 SMG 250 kW 89 deg to SoAS, ex 15330 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 25)

Signal heard right now at 14:38 UTC on 11630 kHz. S=9+20dB on the
University of Enschede Twente SDR, much weaker S6 signal on my PL-660 in
Central Florida.
Talk in South Asian? Language, Male and Female alternating talk.
(galactic172, in dxld Jan 25)

{PHILIPPINES [non]  UNIDENTIFIED }  11630 kHz, on Jan 24 at 1442 UT,
talk in SW or SoAsian language, VG at S=9+10/20dB.
Something new, as not noticed here before.

11630, on Jan 25, I am checking earlier for yesterday's unID
after 1430 UT. Nothing from before 1400 until *1428:28 UT, S9 carrier;
1430 UT familiar IS, theme, and clear ID as Radio Veritas Asia,
mentions Pakistan, times and frequencies, and pronounced in English
<www.rveritas-asia.org>
so it's RVA Urdu service on new frequency, ex-15330 kHz where it used to
be well-heard too, even tho it's via VATICAN STATE site SMG, relayed
eastward back to Pakistan rather than direct from Palauig. Just another
example of Santa Maria di Galeria's capability to radiate very well in
wrong direxions. 1458 UT recheck, it's already off, probably a minute
earlier as scheduled.

I check the website, go to Urdu sexion, and do they have the new frequency
in their program guide? Of course not!
<http://www.rveritas-asia.org/urdu-program-guide>

RVA subtitles itself as "Voice of Asian Christianity", which is rather
cheeky, considering that it's only the voice of a sub-sect, Roman
Catholicism. BTW, what do they think of murderer Duterte?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 25)

Frequency change of Radio Veritas Asia, Jan 25:
1430-1457 NF 11630 SMG 250 kW 89 deg to SoAS Urdu, ex15330 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 25, dxld Jan 25)

VIETNAM   9839.826, on Jan 25 at 1356 UT, tonal talk at S4, no doubt
always off-frequency VOV. However it's scheduled to go from English to
Japanese at 1400 UT, both 100 kW at 57 degrees, favorable for us, as in
Aoki Nagoya database list "9840" kHz not dealing with off-frequencies (nor
does EiBi list in this case), but better than HFCC with no Vietnam entries
at all. VOVTN has fixed some of their off-frequencies, so maybe this one
will be too.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 25)

9839.823 odd fq measured on Febr 2nd at 1035 UT, noted some S=9+20dB
strong signal on remote SDR post installation at Brisbane Queensland.
177degr azimuth favours this direction at this hour.

VoVTN Son Tay has four transmitters on air at 10-11 UT slot.

9840 kHz scheduled 1000-1530 UT at 57 degrees (JPN / KOR / TWN target)
or 177 degrees (INS /MLA / SNG / PNG target):
En, Ins, Jpn, En, Jpn, En, Ins, En, Jpn, Ins,
and finaly English language sections.

Aligned SDR measurement against WWVH 10 MHz from Hawaii, and
Radio Nikkei-JPN 9595 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 2)

ZAMBIA   Updated schedule of V of Hope Africa, English from Jan 23:

1700-2200  4965 LUS 100 kW 000 deg SoAF Mon-Fri tx#1, new additional
1700-2200  6065 LUS 100 kW 315 deg WeAF Mon-Fri tx#2, new additional
1200-1700  9680 LUS 100 kW 000 deg SoAF Sat/Sun tx#1, unchanged
1200-1700 13680 LUS 100 kW 315 deg WeAF Sat/Sun tx#2, unchanged
0500-0800  9680 LUS 100 kW 000 deg SoAF Mon-Fri tx#1, cancelled
0500-0800 11680 LUS 100 kW 315 deg WeAF Mon-Fri tx#2, cancelled
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, dxld / hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 25)

re Zambian load shedding - electricity utility outages:

NEW WEEKDAY SCHEDULE FOR VOICE OF HOPE - AFRICA
Morning broadcast to be replaced with afternoon / evening broadcast
from 1700 to 2200 UT on 4965 kHz (omni) and 6065 kHz (to West Africa).

I received the following personal message from Ray Robinson:

"I have seen a few messages lately, regarding the non-appearance of ZNBC-1
on 5915 kHz in their early mornings. You may be aware of the rolling power
outages called 'load shedding' the electricity utility in Zambia, ZESCO,
continues to impose daily throughout the country. The outages are at
different times in different areas, but at the Voice of Hope transmitter
site, the outages have been effect from 6-10 am local (0400-0800 UT) since
September.

"The ZNBC shortwave site is only a few miles from ours, and it would be
logical they are on the same outage schedule. I know from when our staff
visited their site a few months ago to buy some distilled water for our
transmitter cooling systems before our own still was up and running, that
ZNBC's genset is not currently operational, and I don't believe they have
the budget either to repair it, or to buy diesel for it, if it was
repaired and functional.

"My guess is they have decided it is not really worth the effort to
broadcast for the hour or so from 0245 UTC until whenever the power goes
out. (This is just my speculation.) They do use 5915 kHz later in the day
after the much cheaper hydro power returns, but of course by then, the
propagation conditions do not favor inter-continental reception.

"As for Voice of Hope - Africa, we had expected the load shedding to end
by December (two months into the Zambian rainy season), but alas the
outages are continuing, with no sign of any change soon. Our own weekday
morning broadcasts on 9680 and 11680 kHz have been entirely powered from
our genset since September. This is expensive, and unsustainable.

"We have therefore decided to make a schedule change from next Monday.
Instead of broadcasting weekday mornings from 0500 to 0800 UT, we will
switch to weekday evenings from 1700 to 2200 UT, extending the duration of
the broadcast from three hours to five. The last two hours will be 'Night
Light' presented by Stephen Mdoma, reprising a program he used to present
late nights years ago when the station was known as Christian Voice.

"We will be using the frequencies 4965 kHz (omni) and 6065 kHz (to West
Africa), which may also afford better opportunities for reception in ECNA
after local dusk. The program schedule on our website will be updated this
weekend. We plan to re-launch the morning broadcasts once the load
shedding ends. I thought you might like to know.

<http://www.voiceofhope.com>

"Ray Robinson, Vice President, Global Operations,
Strategic Communications Group - Voice of Hope, Los Angeles and Lusaka"
(Ray Robinson, Christian Voice/Vision, dxld Jan 25)

ZAMBIA   Last time I was in Lusaka, I got chatting over breakfast to a
contractor who was staying at my hotel. He was an American who worked for
a power utility in the U.S., and had been seconded to ZESCO under some
sort of international agreement. He said the lack of maintenance
throughout the ZESCO network was criminal, not just at the Kariba dam. At
our transmission site, we have a three phase supply which is constantly
out of balance. Our voltage regulator works overtime! The contractor said
ZESCO should have their own voltage regulators every few miles throughout
their network, so they can guarantee the voltage delivered to each
customer. Otherwise, the voltages on the power lines get less and less
with distance and after each customer connection.

The reality - there isn't a single voltage regulator anywhere in the
country, in the public power grid. And the general mentality is, let's
wait until something fails completely, then we'll fix it (maybe).

The turbines at Kariba have been poorly maintained since independence
in 1964, and several of the concrete spillways are badly cracked and
in danger of breaking apart. And, the rates charged for the electricity
are incredibly low (about 1/10th of what we pay in California),
so the utility can never really build up any capital to able to address
the problems, even if it had a mind to do so. It's a sad situation,
and even though the rains have been much better this year, I don't
see anything changing with regard to the load shedding anytime soon.
(Ray Robinson, Christian Voice/Vision, dxld Jan 25)

9680  Voice of Hope, Lusaka, Zambia, on Jan 21, at *1206-1255 UT (on and
off monitoring). Crash start at 1206 UT, id and frequencies at 1207 UT,
into music and religious song including words "I walk with you my Lord".
YL with markets and currencies at 1211-1214 UT with a promise to come back
to commodities after the next song. YL gave next weeks new frequencies at
1255 UT, with apologies for the inconvenience. Good.

13680  Voice of Hope, Lusaka Zambia. // 9680 kHz. On Jan 21 at 1225-1233
UT. Same YL finishing off the markets report she started earlier. OM with
ID and frequencies at 1233 UT, into another song. Much weaker and more
fadey than 9680 kHz, barely audible at times. Not surprising, since it is
targetted at West Africa.

4965 // 6065. Voice of Hope. Lusaka, Zambia. Jan 23 at *1657-1725 UT.
First day of new schedule to avoid load-shedding. Transmitter on with sine
wave at *1657 UT, into music and id loop until 1700 UT then religious
programming.

Both 4965 and 6065 kHz signals are noisy (atmospheric QRN) and fadey. The
West African stream on 6065 kHz has been the best of the two in Jo'burg
from sign on until 1715 UT. As of 1725 UT, 4065 kHz is slowly
deteriorating and 6065 kHz slowly improving.
(Bill Bingham, Johannesburg-RSA. dxld Jan 21 / 23 / 25)

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