WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - BC-DX #1287 11 Febr 2017

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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany



ALBANIA   Strong signal on 1395 kHz, Febr 7 at 15-18 UT.
Possibly Radio Tirana is back on Fllaka 1395 kHz 500 kW.
Strong signal with middle Eastern music at the moment. 1610 UTC Febr 7.
(Nick Rank. Buxton-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Febr 7)

Tuned in 1643 UT and heard the Radio Tirana interval signal, then signed
on in Greek language service at 1645 UT. This is the regular 1645-1700 UT
Monday to Saturday broadcast WRTH has listed as on 1458 kHz.

Presumably Nick heard the Mon-Sat Albanian broadcast 1500-1630 UT which
WRTH also has on 1458 kHz.
(Mike Barraclough-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Febr 7)

Thanks Nick for the tip. Today, Radio Tirana replaced usual 1458 kHz
500 kW non-directional broadcast via antenna F-#05, transmitter #2,
acc their operational schedule

by their other 1395 kHz channel, heard at 1650 UT on Febr 7 on

exact 1394.961 kHz,

noted on remote SDR installations in Zakynthos Greece
and near Rome Italy as S=9+35dB powerhouse signal.

Their afternoon schedule is as follows
1500-1630 UT Radio Tirana channel-3 program in Albanian language,

followed by Greek language section at 1645-1659 UT,
latter when closed also at 1658-1659 UT with their interval signal
in progress.

The 1458 kHz channel at same time is totally covered by Asian emigrants
radio Sunrise near London, England played Asian strange mx,
and the Romanian 1458 kHz Constanta MW channel radio too,
heard in central, eastern Europe and Balkan area.

I'was much surprised today, when read Nick's tip so far. I'll look into
Radio Tirana's Turkish sce next 1930 UT hour - whether on 1395 kHz too ?
instead of scheduled 1458 kHz.  Febr 7.

Latter channel is so much useless channel in CeEUR / WesternEUR target
due of the Pakistan nationals Urdu Sunrise Radio? from London,
as well as around national radio program from Constanta Romania
/ on Balkan area too.

[later]  re Radio Tirana via Fllaka site.
1500-1659 UT Febr 7 on 1394.961 kHz Albanian / Greek

1930-1959 UT Febr 7 on 1457.652 kHz Turkish - very ODD frequency
QRM co-ch BBC Asian R5 from Ashton M. London-UK,
and SRR Radio Romania, Constanta Romania.

7475v  Nothing noted of Radio Tirana's English transmission to NoWeEUR
and Northern America from Shijak site on Wed Febr 8th at 0231 UT.
Was NOT ON AIR !
Checked various SDR, in southern Germany, Belgium, Doha Qatar,
and at remote SDR in Hanson Massachusetts-USA, northeastern coast.

0800-0959 UT on Febr 8 1394.972 kHz Albanian service
{but also other co-channel signal peaks 'seen' all over Europe:
weak low power 1395.008 S=9 in Holland, 1394.983, 1394.997 kHz. }

Nothing on air of Radio Tirana's Shijak morning Albanian sce
on 7390v kHz today on Febr 8.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 7 / 8)

ALBANIA   Strong signal of Radio Tirana on MW 1458v, Febr 9

1500-1630 1457.7vFLA 500 kW non-dir to WeEUR Albanian
1645-1700 1457.7vFLA 500 kW non-dir to WeEUR Greek

No signal 1394.9vFLA 500 kW 033 deg to WeEUR, Febr 7-8.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 9)

re Radio Tirana via Fllaka / Shijak site on Thur Febr 9th.

0800-0959 UT on Febr 9

1394.965 kHz Albanian Balkan service progr-3
Signal is much weaker today Febr 9
in Greece, Calabria, Rome, Rimini Italy, and Steiermark Austria,
instead of usual S=9+30dB, only S=7-8 signal strength this morning,
I guess another antenna of non-directional type is in use ?

7390v kHz shortwave channel from Shijak
is totally OFF _ EMPTY, no service here on Febr 9 at 08-10 UT.

1457.656  kHz at 1927-1929 UT Interval signal of Radio Tirana,
Fllaka mediumwave tx site, into Turkish language service
at 1930 UT on Febr 9. Heard strong on SDR remote installations
in Central Europe, southern Italy and at Zakynthos island
in Greece, powerhouse always S=9+40dB. Though QRM
by whistle tone interference of co-channels by 344 Hertz
distance away signal. Of / against co-ch Radio Romania Constanta.

7465 kHz shortwave Shijak Albania, nothing of audio or carrier
could be traced, OFF the air, empty channel at 1900-1929 UT
on Febr 9.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 9)

ARMENIA   6145  QSL  "Greetings on Board" Special Xmas Program via
Norddeutscher Rundfunk, via Yerevan Gavar transmitter. F/D ( w/site) NDR
'Das Beste aus dem Norden" QSL card for an e-mail report, with reply
in 26 days via mail.

6145  QSL  Radio Menschen & Geschichten Sunday Special BCB via Gavar site.
Nice .pdf E-mail QSL showing the antenna and radio towers of the xmitter
site, also sent a cover letter in German.
This for an e-mail report, with reply in 18 days, via

<info -at- shortwaveservice.com>  m v/s: Christian Milling.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

AUSTRALIA   2325  VL8T - Tennant Creek, at 1034-1135 UT on Jan 30, ABC New
with a man announcer followed by Rebecca McClarin hosting evening program
with musical selections, interviews, weather reports, etc. There was an
announcement about how to hear ABC after shortwave disappears. News again
at 1130 UT. Poor. // 2485 kHz Katherine and 4835 kHz Alice Springs.

4835   VL8A - Alice Springs, at 1034-1135 UT on Jan 30, ABC New with a man
announcer followed by Rebecca McClarin hosting evening program with
musical selections, interviews, weather reports, etc. There was an
announcement about how to hear ABC after shortwave disappears. Poor to
fair but badly squeezed by powerful blow torch WWCR on 4840 kHz. News
again at 1130 UT. One last time at 2120-2132 UT on Jan 30 but the very
poor signal made listening a chore.

9645  Reach Beyond - Kununurra  WA, at 1305-1325 UT on Jan 31, woman
announcer hosting an English language religious program. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

AUSTRALIA   Final RA switch off at Shepparton - YouTube Video

Hopefully some further videos, pics or links appear shortly

From RA TX site: Shepparton - January 31st, 2017 as it happened on site.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln-Aj6kGXK0>

Also some interesting videos from Peter - VK3YE
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8_0IAGm0B4>

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIE8bH5w2nk>
(Ian-AUS, SW TXsite Febr 3)

Sorry to hear you couldn't attend Rob. ... I would have loved to have
attended as well, but living too far away these days.

The RA Shepparton site holds a special place in my heart.
I grew up in the area as a youngster.

The family would drive to Shepparton several times a year & I would
always look out the car window in wonderment & fascination at the curtain
arrays, spotted through the pine trees. Another 8-10 years later I would
dabble in CB & SW radio. A little later study electronics, shortly
followed by my first visit to RA Shepparton site.

I've never worked directly in radio, but I do sometimes wonder if those
mighty curtain arrays might have been a flickering light in my youth that
ignited my interest in radio & the electronics tech field.

I've seen some changes to the Shep site infrastructure over the years & it
is disappointing to know that the txions have ended. Lets hope some common
sense prevails via government intervention & the broadcasts resume for our
targeted Pacific friends. In the very least the site should be heritage
listed.
(Ian - and Rob Wagner-Vic-AUS  VK3BVW, SW TXsite Febr 3)

Radio Australia Shepparton sign-off video. Here's a nice video of the
Shepparton site during the final shutdown of a transmitter used
for Radio Australia shortwave.

Nigel Holmes came out of retirement to "pull the trigger" ...

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUsl7PZNr4>

(via Kim Elliott-DC-USA, dxld yg Febr 8)

Radio Australia Shepparton sign-off video

Re: Final RA switch off at Shepparton - YouTube Video

Not even a Goodbye or Thank You to their listeners on SW ... !

Just a program promo, followed by Waltzing Matilda. What a sad ending to a
great station on the SW bands. I feel sorry for the many listeners in the
outback and Pacific Islands who, for no fault of their own, do not have
access to satellite or Internet, and live out of range of an FM relay. If
they were unaware of what was happening, they were probably wondering why
there was no ABC or Radio Australia on the air.

Obviously this was not a "live" broadcast, just an automated computer
controlled program run. The only "live" people around were probably
the technicians at Shepparton who switched off the transmitters.

I wonder how long it will be before Radio New Zealand closes it's
lone SW transmitter?
(Colin Miller-CAN  VE3CMT, SW TXsite Febr 3)

AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia Shortwave Station VL8A - Signs Off in CW mode

In an apparent nod to radio amateurs who may have tuned in, Radio
Australia's VL8A transmitter in Alice Springs signed off on January 31
in CW. The station sent "73 de VL8A QRT," before pulling the big switch.
Radio Australia announced last fall that it planned to cease its shortwave
transmissions this year. The broadcaster shut down its Katherine, Tennant
Creek and Roe Creek (Alice Springs) transmitters at the end of January,
but it said it would continue to broadcast on FM and AM bands, via
satellite, and online streaming and mobile applications.

The move has not been popular with those who live and work in the vast
area the shortwave broadcasts reached, with some saying it was the only
reliable broadcast outlet, and that its demise could deprive Northern
Australian listeners of emergency and critical weather information.

Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association President Tom Stockwell, who
lives on Sunday Creek Station with no access to AM or FM radio or mobile
phone service, isn't buying the Australian Broadcasting Commission's
explanation. He said the decision to focus on digital transmission ignored
people in the bush. "It affects a big area of Australia, and it affects
those people that are remote from other forms of communication that rely
on radio network," he said.

Mark Crocombe of the indigenous Thamarrurr Rangers in the remote community
of Wadeye said his group members spend days and sometimes weeks at a time
away in the bush and out on sea patrols and had relied on the ABC's
shortwave radio for weather reports and emergency information, including
cyclone warnings. "Sure, it is expensive to keep the shortwave radio
service going, but during cyclones, for the bush camps and people on
boats, that is their only way of getting the weather reports," he said.
"It could be life threatening, if you are out and you don't know a cyclone
is coming."

Radio Australia has said the move was in line with its commitment to
dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content
offerings and FM services. The ABC said it would put the money saved from
ending shortwave broadcasting into other program distribution technology.
(ARRL 07 Febr 2017; via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Febr 8)

With regard to the possible preservation of anything connected with HF
or in fact broadcasting per se if it follows the UK's, well BBC attitude
I would nit hold your breath.

The BBC were happy to let Alexandra Palace fall apart after cessation of
TV broadcasting and even after it's use as a studio centre for the Open
University.

The HF stations fared no better with Daventry being stripped even
in BBC times in 1992. After privatisation in 1997 RMP is a total mess
with 90% of the masts felled and sender wreckage left in the halls
following an abortive attempt to run a solar farm on the site.

Skelton C is in mothballs since 2013 but to restore it now would be a
major task, do-able but not easy.

The stations sites only stay if other uses can be found for example SKA
with MoD work.

Orfordness has been sold to a local Orford businessman so it will be
interesting to see what transpires with that site.

Maybe Shepparton could be used as a downlink/uplink satellite site
as has been suggested for certain UK former and running TX sites?
(David Porter-UK  G4oyx, SW TXsite Febr 3)

AUSTRIA   6070  QSL  -  Radio DARC via ORS Moosbrunn Austria, 100 kW.
Sundays only 11 hrs local time, summer 09 UT, winter 10 UT (wb.)

Received a reply within 10 days of a QSL showing tower array of
ORS Vienna Moosbrunn, w/ full data, with cover verie letter.
E-mail report sent too:  <radio -at- darc.de>
v/s: Rainer Englert DF2NU. *
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

BHUTAN   6035.001 kHz  Bhutan BS from Thimpu Bhutan heard
         at 0132 UT on Febr 4, S=9+10dB signal.
         Male presenter and string instrument played.
         log noted at New Delhi India remote SDR unit.

nothing heard in India of Laos Vientiane 6129.965 ... x.971 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 4, 2017)

BOLIVIA   3310  Radio Mosoj Chaski - Cochabamba, at 1020-1037 UT on Jan
30, man announcer with Quechua language talks hosting a program of rustic
morning vocals. Joined by a female announcer around 1030 UT. Poor to fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

BRAZIL   4885.020 endless speech of male presenter / pastor?,
noted at 0210 UT on Febr 8, probably Radio Dif. Acreana,
Rio Branco, AC. BrasPortuguese, S=7-8 signal -82dBm.
{or ?  ZYG362  Radio Clube do Para, Belem PA ? }

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)  see also Florida log below, wb.

BULGARIA   [to Eritrea target]  11965, Radio Erena - via SPC-NURTS Sofia
Kostinbrod, at 1714-1801* UT on Jan 30, Tigrinya program with mainly talks
and some Horn of Africa music. Nice IDs at language change over at 1730 UT
as program went into Arabic. Program ranover top of the hour before being
terminated. Fair.

QSL via Spaceline Ltd., Sofia Bulgaria.
CEO Dimitar Todorov  <lz1ax -at- mail.bg>
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

CANADA   3330-CUSB, on Febr 7 at 0255 UT, CHU is AWOL again, and maybe
from 7850 kHz, or is that a JBA carrier from it?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 7)

CHU 3330 kHz at S=9+15dB signal in MA-USA, at 0225 UT on Febr 8.
ID a full minute in English and French language.
Tone at +1000 Hertz, and also high-speed CW ? between at +2150 Hertz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 7)

CANADA  [non]   Updated B-16 of Bible Voice Broadcasting
via Media Broadcast FMO at Cologne, Germany:

0200-0215 11790 MDC 125 kW 050 deg to SoAS  English  Tue
0200-0230 11790 MDC 125 kW 050 deg to SoAS  English  Thu/Sat
0200-0300 11790 MDC 125 kW 050 deg to SoAS  English  Sun
0300-0315  7325 NAU 250 kW 128 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7
0430-0450  5980 NAU 125 kW 120 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7 Mon-Fri
0430-0445  5980 NAU 125 kW 120 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7 Sat/Sun
0445-0515  5980 NAU 125 kW 120 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7 Sun
0500-0515  9450 NAU 250 kW 120 deg to NE/ME Arabic  Fri
0600-0615  9440 NAU 125 kW 180 deg to NoAF  Arabic Dardasha 7
0800-0830  7220 NAU 100 kW 260 deg to WeEUR English Sat/Sun

1200-1230 21480 MDC 125 kW 045 deg to EaAS  English  Sat
1230-1245 21480 MDC 125 kW 085 deg to SoEaAS English 1st&3rd Sun
1400-1430 17510 ISS 250 kW 083 deg to SoAS  English 1st Sat
1430-1515 17510 ISS 250 kW 083 deg to SoAS  English  Sat
1530-1545 13630 NAU 100 kW 095 deg to SoAS  English  Sun
1600-1630 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Oromo    Sat-Tue
1630-1700 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Amharic  Mon/Wed/Fri
1630-1700 11875 NAU 100 kW 145 deg to CeAF  Nuer
1630-1700 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Somali   Sat/Sun
1630-1730 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Amharic  Tue
1630-1800 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Amharic  Thu
1700-1715 11700 SOF 100 kW 126 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7
1700-1715 11915 NAU 250 kW 125 deg to NE/ME Arabic  Sat
1700-1730 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Amharic  Sat/Sun
1700-1800  9600 SOF 100 kW 090 deg to WeAS  Persian
1700-1800 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Tigrinya Mon/Wed
1715-1745 11700 SOF 100 kW 126 deg to NE/ME Arabic  Tue
1715-1800 11700 SOF 100 kW 126 deg to NE/ME Arabic  Mon/Wed/Fri
1730-1800 11790 NAU 100 kW 148 deg to EaAF  Hadiyya  Sat/Sun
1800-1815  9715 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to NE/ME English Fri
1800-1830  7365 NAU 100 kW 105 deg to WeAS  Persian  Fri/Sat
1800-1830  9715 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to NE/ME English Thu
1800-1900  7365 NAU 100 kW 105 deg to WeAS  Persian  Thu
1815-1900  9715 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to NE/ME Arabic  Sun
1830-2000  9715 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to NE/ME English Sat
1830-2000  6030 NAU 100 kW 090 deg to EaEUR English Sun
1900-2000  9715 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to NE/ME English Sun
1915-1930  9470 NAU 250 kW 125 deg to WeAS  English  Sun
1830-1900  7365 NAU 100 kW 105 deg to WeAS  Persian  Tue/Sun
1930-2000  5930 NAU 250 kW 155 deg to NoAF  English  Sun
1930-2015  9925 NAU 100 kW 129 deg to NE/ME English Sun
2000-2015  5940 NAU 250 kW 120 deg to NE/ME Arabic Dardasha 7
2030-2045  9515 NAU 250 kW 180 deg to NoAF  Arabic Dardasha 7
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx / dlxd via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 1)

CHINA   1377. CNR1. At 2049 UT on Febr 3. MX and talk in Chinese
// 4800 kHz. Well over AWR from Gavar Armenia this evening.
Very nice SIO: 333.
(Zeljko Crncic-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

CHINA    New Year's Eve (Spring Festival) Gala on Jan 27.
Carrying live CCTV audio feed, with comedy skits, musical selections, etc.
On Youtube -

<http://goo.gl/MKUbK7>

4940 // 6115 kHz, Voice of Strait, seemed to be the only station carrying
non-stop gala coverage, at 1230+ UT.

6060 // 7225, PBS Sichuan-2, at 1333 UT, found carrying gala (out of sync)
// 4940 // 6115 kHz; earlier PBS only had their normal (non-gala)
programs.

CNR2 (6065, 6090, 6155, 7245, 7265, 7314, 7335, 7370, and 7375 kHz),
seemed to also cover the gala for a while after 1234 UT, but seemed a
delayed broadcast and their coverage did not last long.

In recent years the SW coverage of the gala has not be as extensive
as in the past. BTW - The TV audience in 2015 reached 690 millions!
The gala is said to have the largest audience for any entertainment
show in the world.

RE: My New Year's Eve (Spring Festival) Gala reception on Jan 27:

thanks to feedback from Hiroyuki Komatsubara (Japan), who heard Voice of
Strait (4940 kHz) still with the CCTV audio relay at 1642 UT, which signed
off at 1646* UT, with the end of the CCTV coverage.
So about 4 1/2 hours of live gala coverage via VOS.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

CHINA   17260 kHz / Radio China International German sce
/ O=1-2 / UTC 0731-0800 / Dat: 10 Febr 2017
Hallo in die Runde, Sprache Deutsch. ID eindeutig verstanden.
Mit beiden RX gehoert, mit Funcube etwas schlechter.
(Horst Mehrlich-HNG, hcdx Febr 10)

CHINA   Typical Intermodulation symmetrical from same high-power bcast
center Kashi - Kashgar Saibagh #2022 site,
both 500 kW Thales Ampegon clones:

2 x 17490 kHz CRI English sce
minus
17720 kHz CRI German sce
=
17260 kHz CRI German relay.

symmetrical should be also occur on upper side 17950 kHz

formula
2 x 17720 kHz CRI German sce
minus
17490 kHz CRI English sce
=
17950 kHz CRI English sce.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 10)

CUBA   5040, on Febr 7 at 0240 UT, NO RHC, only weak S8-S6 carrier.
Yet 5025 kHz, R. Rebelde is active again in evening, at S=9+40dB
with music. I can't see how 5040 kHz could be anything but RHC
transmitter, perhaps on exciter only, as it never has any CCI.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 7)

On Febr 8 at 0125 UT noted Creole sce of RHC Bauta with power strength
of S=9+25dB on 5040 kHz,

but Radio Rebelde in Spanish on 5025 kHz at little stronger
at S=9+30dB level.
Heard on remote SDR installation at Hanson Massachusetts-USA.

But there is to note an INTERMODULATION at Bauta bcast center
between both transmissions 5025 / 5040 kHz at S=7 signal level strength,
R Rebelde heard also 15 kHz away distance on upper side 5055 kHz,
and RHC Creole observed on symmetrical lower side of 5010 kHz.

4765 kHz Radio Progreso ? from Bejucal site ?,
at 0142 UT on Febr 8, played nice Latin AM music program,
also S=9+10dB signal, 16.5 kHz wideband signal,
and in background noted CODAR reception, 'switch, switch ...' sound
in ranges 4405-4595, 4737-4827, and 4888-4915 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

ECUADOR   HCJB silent on MW 690 kHz

<https://calloftheandes.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/legendary-broadcaster-in-
ecuador-now-quiet-on-am-dial/>

(via Rich McVicar-Syracus-NY, AB2FN, DXplorer Jan 17,
via BC-DX 26 Jan, dxld Febr 1)

HCJB's Edmundo Zarria (wearing headphones) and two others (probably
Raul Cedeno and Raul Arias) covering a session of the Ecuadorian
congress. (Archive photo) [caption]

by Ralph Kurtenbach

Hours prior to noisy celebrations as Ecuadorians welcomed 2017 with
fireworks, an evangelical radio station with history dating to the
nation's earliest broadcast media went silent on the AM frequency band at
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

The last song to play featured panpipes and stringed instruments
accompanying women singing a Christmas song in the Quichua language
followed by comments in the same language by Luis Santillan.

Luis Santillan (Archive photo)

Earlier in 2016, signal strength from its 50,000-watt transmitter had been
reduced and airtime pulled back in keeping with the decision made by the
board of trustees of partner HCJB Ecuador to not file with the Agencia de
Regulacion y Control de las Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications
Regulatory and Control Agency or ARCOTEL) for renewal of the 690 kHz
frequency.

It was a frequency that HCJB La Voz de los Andes (HCJB The Voice of the
Andes) had held since 1974 on the medium wave (AM) dial. The silencing of
690 AM came seven years after shortwave broadcasts were terminated from
the international transmitter site at the nearby town of Pifo. [before
then, I remember it was on 700 kHz gh]

HCJB's first programs aired on Christmas Day, 1931, when there were a
dozen or perhaps fewer radio sets in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.
Nevertheless, a telephone call afterwards convinced its founding families
that their program of Christmas carols and preaching had been heard. Since
then the programming has offered listeners Christian teaching, music,
public affairs reporting, news and more.

The station operated under the auspices of World Radio Missionary
Fellowship, Inc., which has used different mission agency names throughout
the years, including HCJB World Radio, HCJB Global and as of 2014, Reach
Beyond.

Down through the decades, history has been recorded as HCJB-AM's
announcers and journalists have told of events in Ecuador and elsewhere.
In January 1956 the station was instrumental in informing the world that
five evangelical foreigners had been speared to death in Ecuador's Amazon
rain forest during a risky overture to take the gospel to the Waorani,
then an unreached tribal group.

Reporters for the religious station also told listeners in May 1981 of the
deaths in a plane crash of Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldos, along with
his wife and others. Via the airwaves, HCJB listeners were warned over the
years of threats of volcanic eruptions and informed of devastation by
earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Diverse cultural aspects of Ecuador were showcased in interviews with
unique musical styles from the nation and the region featured daily. Few
if any aspects of Ecuadorian life were left untouched by the station's
coverage, and some of its announcers became household names to listeners.

Elisa del Salto, a longtime host of the program Himnos de la Vida
Cristiana (Hymns of the Christian Life) on HCJB. (Archive photo)

Prior to 1974, HCJB used 974 kHz (circa 1935 to 1950) followed by a shift
to 700 kHz in 1951. The shift to 700 was "for better reception with the
signal reaching at least to Connecticut in the U.S. at times," according
to missionary Duane Birkey.

Throughout its history HCJB has been a not-for-profit entity. Its
advertising, therefore, is limited but audience shares are important. Some
of the AM programming has been carried as simulcasts on FM 89.3 in Quito
and on FM repeaters elsewhere throughout the Andean country. While these
will continue and some of the other AM programs will pass to FM, most of
them will not as FM has a more musical format.

HCJB Ecuador, an Ecuadorian foundation formed in February 2014, operates
autonomously but still in close relationship to the U.S.- based founding
agency, according to Anabella Cabezas, whose time as the station director
began when it was still operated by Reach Beyond.

When the mission agency determined in 2012 that HCJB should become
independent, Cabezas said, "Reach Beyond's leadership established that we
would work as ... strategic partners," Cabezas explained, adding that "in
that relationship ... we will continue to work closely, because [the
entity] that does media, or the ministry of communications in the Latin
America region, is not Reach Beyond; it is HCJB."

Anabella Cabezas with Duval Rueda (Archive photo)

A press release from the station on Friday, Dec. 30, emphasized that
silence on AM 690 does not signify an abandonment of media work as
broadcasts will continue on FM. Also, a youth website, Control Z, exhorts
online viewers and listeners to consider a life-changing event?an
encounter with Jesus.

Programming in the Quichua language formerly carried on the AM station
will now be available on MP3 players (with more than 1,000 hours of
content) and/or access livestreamed programs at radiohcjb.org. Some
Quichua programs will also air on the FM station on weekends.

Additionally, "HCJB continues transmitting in association with Vozandes
Media via the regional shortwave frequency, 6050 kHz, to the following
nationalities and indigenous peoples: Chachi, Shuar, Cofan, Waorani and
Quichua."

Vozandes Media became an Ecuador-based organization in 2009, composed of
producers from the station's German Language Service, Die Stimme der Anden
(Voice of the Andes). In addition to airing languages indigenous to
Ecuador, its staff until recently produced and distributed German-language
programming for use in Europe and via the internet.

The press release states that four local FM frequencies in Ecuador will
continue as well: 89.3 MHz Pichincha, 92.5 Manabi, 96.1 Tungurahua and
Cotopaxi, and 98.3 Esmeraldas. "News, music, doctrinal programs and
cultural programming will continue on our schedule," the press release
reads.

"With technology changes lately, the public has developed new habits for
radio listening," the statement explained, "and so La Voz de los Andes
continues adapting to new communication trends."

Whereas several years ago, frequency bands were oversaturated in Ecuador's
two largest cities (Quito and Guayaquil), ARCOTEL in 2016 received just 73
applications for AM frequencies nationwide.

The number of FM frequency applications has surpassed 1,000. One of those
was HCJB's, according to Geoff Kooistra, services director for the
ministry in Quito.

With "less than one point shy of the maximum 100 points," HCJB met
approval from ARCOTEL, qualifying the station for a second round with
another agency, Consejo de Regulacion de la Informacion (Information
Regulation Council), Kooistra said. "Results from that may come as early
as the end of January, but we shall see."
(via WOR #1863, Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

ERITREA   843 (to avoid Ireland). V. o Broad Masses of Eritrea. No trace
on SW only on this channel. 1820 UT on Febr 3, nx in Arabic by male
mentioning Amriqia". At 1830 UT end of transmission with National Anthem
which made me able to identify this one. (Thanks to John Faulkner's
recording!). Very weak only at times SIO: 222.
(Zeljko Crncic-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

ETHIOPIA   5950, Voice of Tigray Revolution - Addis Ababa, at *0257-0336
UT on Jan 30, familiar IS to opening announcements and ID at 0300 UT as
program opened in the Tigrinya language. Music until news at 0330 UT. Poor
to fair but no sign of WRMI. Heard again on Jan 31 from *0255-0311 UT with
pen carrier followed by IS, echo ID at 0301 UT, flute music andopening
announcements. Horn of Africa music program.

6110, Radio Fana - Addis Ababa, at 2057-2102* UT on Jan 29, woman singer
with Horn of Africa vocal with instrumental music before a woman announcer
gave closing station ID and announcements in presumed Amharic language.
Choral National Anthem. Poor to fair. Again, at 0357-0440 UT on Jan 30
with several nice "Fana Broadcasting Corporation" IDs before news
at 0400 UT.

Fair to good signal. On Jan 30 at 2101-2102* UT managed to catch the
last moments of Choral National Anthem. Fair signal.

6090, Amhara State Radio - Addis Ababa, at 2039-2101* UT on Jan 30, man
announcer with Amharic language talks and local instrumentals and vocals.
ID at 2059, announcements and instrumental music followed by Choral
National Anthem. Poor.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

FRANCE   5950  KBS World Radio - TDF Issoudun site, at 2030-2042 UT
on Jan 29, Man announcer with French language talk followed by
a female popular music vocal. Apparent pop music feature hosted by
a man and woman announcing team. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

FRANCE   17765  QSL  -  Manara Radio via TDF Issoudun transmitter, with
WRMI the FMO broker. Full data QSL with name of the station, for a e-mail
report posted on their website. Total time of 47 days for a postal reply.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)
{16-17 UT via TDF Issoudun, 150 kW, 170degr, in Hausa lang in B-16 season.

Instead in A-17 season at 0730-0830 UT on 15440 kHz,via TDF Issoudun,
150 kW, 170degr to zones 46SE and 47W, in Hausa lang. wb.}

GERMANY   98.7 MHz DLF Feldberg/Taunus, former AFRTS AFN Frankfurt/Main.

FAZ - Wer den Grossen Feldberg im Taunus hat, funkt ins ganze Land.

In der FAZ gibt es ein Interview mit dem Intendanten von Deutschlandradio
zur neuen UKW-QRG auf dem Feldberg/Taunus.

<http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/medien/deutschlandradio-erobert-
letzte-grosse-frequenz-auf-ukw-14690266.html>

Das Deutschlandradio hat die letzte grosse Frequenz auf UKW erobert, auf
der bisher das amerikanische Militaer funkte. Braucht es das in der
Digital-Aera ueberhaupt noch? Wir fragen den DLF Intendanten Willi Steul.

[...]  A: Wir erreichen jetzt rund fuenf Millionen potentielle Hoerer...

F: Ich haette gewettet, dass der Hessische Rundfunk auf dem Feldberg
landet...

A: Den Versuch gab es auch. Selbstverstaendlich haette der Hessische
Rundfunk diese Frequenz gerne gehabt...

A: Die regionalen oeffentlich-rechtlichen Sender hatten die Frequenzen
unter sich aufgeteilt, vielfach doppelt und dreifach.

Dann kamen ab Mitte der achtziger Jahre die privaten Sender hinzu.

Als Deutschlandradio am Horizont auftauchte, waren nur noch kleine
Frequenzen uebrig.

...DLF / DLR Frequenzen fuer den Sender zu bekommen.

Im Augenblick bespielen wir mehr als 320 UKW-Frequenzen.

Das sind zum Teil, wie ich sie nenne, "Gluehbirnen-Frequenzen",
fuer ganz kleine Raeume. Und das Ganze ist ausserordentlich teuer! ...

Der Grund, warum Deutschlandradio so stark auf das Digitalradio DAB+
setzt, ist, dass wir nur auf diesem Weg das ganze Land mit unserem Angebot
versorgen koennen ...

{Umstellung FM auf DAB+ Mode }... und man sich ueberlegen muss, wie man
Privatveranstalter stuetzen kann. Man muss aber auch die Kirche im Dorf
lassen. Es gibt Privatradios, die sind wie eine Lizenz zum Gelddrucken.

Nehmen wir zum Beispiel nur Antenne_Bayern: Die haben ein hervorragendes
Programm, das gut ankommt, und werden die Digitalisierung leicht schaffen.

(F_A_Z, Febr 5)
{and what's about AFN Stuttgart FM channel on Frauenkopf tower mast
on FM 102.3 MHz ?

That powerful frequency channel is also a candidate for the resettlement
by the AFRTS army occupation power. wb.}

GERMANY   13750  QSL  -  Missionswerk Friedenstimme via MBR Nauen.

Sats only 1600-1630 UT in A-16 season, Nauen 250 kW at 60degr azimuth,
on 9465 kHz in B-16 season instead, on 9680 kHz in coming A-17 season,
(wb.)

Full data .pdf QSL card plus cover e-mail letter, plus a schedule in
Russian language. This for an e-mail report with audio file web-link via
box.com reply in 4 months, after follow-up in 24 days. v/s: N. Berg.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

GHANA   {seldom mentioned country these days, excellent picture. wb.}

Street View of Accra: Ghana BC Accra site.

Here's a picture to bring a smile to the faces of those with an interest
in SW antennas & TX site infrastructure in Africa, not often we see some
close-up pics.

<https://goo.gl/maps/gUxmzag1nk32>

Site of:  Ghana BC - 4915 kHz. I haven't quite seen this EXACT engineered
caged folded dipole design before, in that i'm referring to the folded
ends that are caged.

I count 5 folded dipole SW antennas as seen with Street View. I believe at
one point in time that Tema (west of Accra) had a SW site. I've no further
info on this, but I mention it as part of this area has SV coverage.
The region of Ejura does not have SV coverage.

[later]  I started looking through the 1963 editions of PW.
Have got through Jan-Mar & Oct/Nov/Dec editions so far without success
yet.
(Ian, SW TXsite ng Febr 10)

GHANA   Tema did indeed have a HF site and it was inaugurated round about
1961-63. The senders installed were MWT BD253 100kW dual-channel as
installed at Rampisham S35, S36 and Daventry S12, 13, 14, and S16.

A picture of then Tema sets was shown in a 1963 issue of the UK
publication "Practical Wireless".

[later]  It may have been in 1962!
It's a feature in the "News and Comment" column near the front of the
magazine.
(David Porter-UK  g4oyx, SW TXsite yg Febr 10)

re Street View of Ghana BC Accra site,

see at least 7 feeder line 'white lines' out of TX house

on Google Earth image of 22 May 2002 year:
GHA__Tema site of 1962 year at  05 34 58.22 N  00 11 20.82 W

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 10)

GREECE   9420, on Jan 28 at 0635 UT, ERT is S=9+10dB with Greek novelty
song, and so is // 9935 kHz; quite an improvement as overnight MUF has
been below this most of the time. If it persist, we may hear Orthodox
service 24 hours later.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

GUAM   15255  QSL  -  Adventist World Radio - Sri Lanka Studio. via KSDA
Guam transmitter. Full data AWR Card from Thailand for the Sinhala BCB to
India.

E-mail report and audio file web link. Report sent to Sri Lanka address
via e-mail, reply from Thailand. Reply in 14 days. V/s: illegible
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

GUINEA   9650   R. Guine Conakry, at 2210 UT on Febr 3. NX in french with
local reports. After ending report ID by man saying "Vouz ecoutez R.
Guine", into next report. Signal was readable but instabile, SIO: 322.
(Zeljko Crncic-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

HUNGARY   540  MR Kossuth Radio, Solt 540 kHz: det. letter in 28 days, RRs
to MTVA Technical Department, Kunigunda utja 64, 1037 Budapest, Hungary.
v/s Kornel Sueveges.
(Patrick Robic-AUT, A-DX ng Febr 9)

INDIA    AIR Regional SW stations to be revived ...

Sharing this good news ... responding to a query during DRM India Round
Table conference Engineer-in-chief, All India Radio confirmed that
regional services of All India Radio on shortwave will be revived & a
proposal has already been submitted to Government.

Trai recommends shutting down of analog transmission by 2023.

The broadcast regulator Trai today recommended introduction of digital
terrestrial transmission for broadcast services in a phased manner and
complete shut down of analog transmission by end of 2023.he broadcast
regulator Trai today recommended introduction of digital terrestrial
transmission for broadcast services in a phased manner and complete shut
down of analog transmission by end of 2023.

"Digital terrestrial transmission may be implemented in the country in
three phases with complete migration and analog switch off by December
2023," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its
recommendations on the "Issues related to Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting
in India".

At present, terrestrial TV broadcasting in India is under the exclusive
domain of Doordarshan (Prasar Bharati), the Public Service Broadcaster and
it is predominantly analog.

While a large number of TV channels are available to the consumers through
various delivery platforms such as DTH, Cable TV, IPTV, HITS etc, Trai
said, the existing terrestrial TV platform provides only a few channels
which do not offer a value proposition to the viewers.

"This is a move that may lead a combination of multiple DTT transmitters
at a location, which can provide a rich bouquet of SDTV, HDTV, UHTV,
mobile TV channels, radio service and other value added services," Trai
Chairman RS Sharma said.

Trai has said that private players should be permitted to provide DTT
services along with the public service broadcaster. Public broadcaster may
be permitted to operate maximum three transmitters at a given location out
of which one may be exclusively used for provision of mobile TV services,
the regulator said.

"Private broadcasters may be permitted to operate maximum four
transmitters (with spectrum capacity of 8 MHz each) at a given location
subject to availability of spectrum," Trai said. The regulator has also
suggested that maximum number of DTT providers may be capped at five (one
public broadcaster and four private broadcasters) as per availability of
spectrum. Sharma said that in the digital era, consumers prefer to have
access to number of TV channels on various devices such as mobile phones
and other handheld devices."

[...] terrestrial viewers are deprived of such benefits due to non-
availability of digital terrestrial broadcasting services. Terrestrial
television broadcasting is the preferred method for providing free-to-air
TV services to the people in most of the countries," he added.

Trai has recommended that DTT should be deployed in metros by December
2019 in phase 1, cities having more than 10 lakh population as per Census
2011 should be covered by December 2021 and rest of India by December
2023.

"In order to create a supportive eco-system, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting along with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
may devise policy framework to make available DTT compliant devices," Trai
said.
(Via Alokesh Gupta-IND, Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS;  DXindia Febr 3)

IRELAND   Here is an item for the daily digest/news to members of BrDXC:

The monthly Wireless programme on community station Flirt FM in Galway
this month features the

campaign to save RTE Radio 1 on 252 kHz long wave.

The Co. Meath transmitter is due to close in May but there has been a
vigorous campaign by Irish groups in Britain for it to be maintained and
for full power to be restored. You can hear an interview with Richard
Logue, a spokesperson for the campaign, in this month's edition of
Wireless:

<https://wirelessflirt.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/wireless-on-flirt-fm-
programme-6/>

(John Walsh, Galway-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Febr 7)

KOREA  Rep. of  (South)   9805, KBS World Radio - Gimje, at 2239-2303 UT
on Jan 29, Indonesia language program with talks and musical selections
followed by ID at top of the hour and language change to Chinese. Poor to
fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

KOREA_S  6134.996 kHz probably KBS Chun Cheon carrier signal
         and also same strength North Korean ditter / bubble jamming
         of fq 2225 Hertz distance apart each,
         a like garden fence covered wideband range
         from 6041.85 kHz to 6277 kHz many strings visible in
         ditter ... S=9+10dB in remote Korea SDR unit,
         at 0111 UT on Febr 4.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 4, 2017)

KUWAIT   1134 kHz. General Programme at 2258 UT. Vivid talk by man and
woman in Arabic. At 2300 UT ID and nx cast by male // 540 kHz.
First time over Spain. At times SIO: 333.
(Zeljko Crncic-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

LAOS   6130  Lao National Radio - Vientiane, at 1150-1206 UT on Jan 31,
noted with nice local music features until seven gongs at 1200 UT,
apparent ID by a man announcer, brief talk and apparent choral anthem of
some sort. Woman announcer with news at 1203 UT. Poor and beginning to
rapidly fade out by tune out.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

LIBERIA   6050  ELWA - Monrovia, at 2127-2206 UT on Jan 30, several nice
IDs, health talk followed by a long religious talk by a male; all in
English language. Poor to fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

LIBYA   675.002  Libyan Radio from Tripolis {or rather Benghazi site ?} is
back on their powerful service transmitter, noted this morning in Greece
Zakynthos island remote unit as S=9+35dB, at 0845 UT on Febr 8.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

LITHUANIA   6165  QSL  -  NHK Radio Japan, Russian service via Sitkunai
transmitter center. Received a nice QSL package with full data card
(w/site), postcards / cover letter and rec.rpt in 113 days, for an e-mail
report to the Russian Service. V/s: illegible.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

MACEDONIA   810 kHz formerly 1200 kW, now decreased limited 100 kW power.

Seit ein paar Tagen hoere ich schon abends gegen 1600 UT nur BBC Radio
Scotland auf der QRG 810 kHz. Dies in ausgezeichneter Qualitaet im Pkw. Da
ich laengere Zeit nicht aktiv gewesen bin, wollte ich kurz fragen, was mit
Mazedonien los ist. Wurde der Sender abgeschaltet?
( fiat dino -at- pt.lu LUX, A-DX Febr 4)

Mauno berichtete vor kurzem:

Das EU Bruessel Geschenk von 1200 kW
sendet heuer nur noch mit geringer 100 kW Leistung,
so schreibt auch der WRTH 2017 Redakteur auf Seite 271.

Da wird es auch in den Bergen und Schluchten des Balkans nicht mehr weit
her sein, mit einem starken Mittelwellensignal aus der orthodoxen Welt.
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 4, 2017)

Re: Mazedonien aus 810 kHz ?
Zur Zeit (14.50 UT, Febr 4) mit O=3/4 im Osten Oesterreichs.
Stat/QRG. War/Ist vielleicht unterschiedlichen Ausbreitungsbedingungen
geschuldet.
(Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX Febr 4)

MADAGASCAR   9855  NHK World - Talata Volonondry, at 2049-2054 UT on Jan
29, French language program with a man announcer with station ID followed
by talk by another man and a woman announcer. Good signal.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

MADAGASCAR   15420  QSL  -  Radio Itahuka Kiranda BCB to Uganda,
via Talata-Volonondry transmitter.
{15420kHz 250kW 315degr, Sats only 18-19 UT, starts from Dec 3, 2016}.

Full data Media BCB .pdf QSL statement / QSL showing the buildings /
curtain aerial of Media BCB in 11 days for an e-mail report, with audio
file web link. V/s: Michael Puetz {of MBR FMO Cologne-Germany}.

5820  QSL  -  RTE Radio One Ireland via Talata-Volonondry. Full data (w NO
site) Globe Image of Ireland, w/ attached photo's of Ireland, nicely done,
in 50 days.
This for an e-mail report sent to  <info -at- rte.ie>
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

MOLDOVA   7245, Trans World Radio Africa - Kichinev, at 0330-0345* UT on
Jan 30, religious talk by man in unidentified language thanks to
Dan Robinson. Nice ID and familiar IS at close. Poor to fair signal.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

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).

MYANMAR   log from Febr 4th, at 0120 UT onwards.
Quick Myanmar Radio log, noted at New Delhi India remote SDR unit:

5914.990 MMR  MR from new capital site at central Naypyidaw,
         S=6-7 in India remote post only.

5985.000 MMR  MR Radio Yengu / Yangoon - back on EVEN fq again.
         is much stronger at S=9+15dB level at 0126 UT,
         Xylophone hill tribe people SoEaAS music type.

6029.994 MMR  Thazin Radio from Pyin Oo Lwin site in northern Myanmar,
         S=8 signal at 0128 UT on Febr 4.

6164.998 Unidentified, probably VoVTN 4th program Xuan Mai ? 0143 UT

9589.989 MMR  Thazin Radio in Burmese from Pyin Oo Lwin site
         in northern Myanmar, noted at 0150 UT on Febr 4,
         S=9+10dB signal strength.
         Co-channel heavy QRM by CRI Spanish 9590 kHz from Kashgar
         western China site.

9730v    nothing from Myanmar at 0156 UT, but
9729.994 TWN  SOH Chinese lang sce, S=4-5 level, hit by lower strength
         China mainland jamming on 9730 kHz even frequency.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 4, 2017)

NEW ZEALAND    RNZI remains voice of the Pacific.

Following the ABC's decision to cut shortwave radio transmission in the
Pacific, Radio New Zealand International has reassured listeners that it
is committed to its Pacific broadcasts.

"Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) continues to serve people across
the Pacific region, delivering essential day to day news and information
and providing a vital lifeline in times of natural disaster," it said in a
press release.

RNZ CEO, Paul Thompson, has confirmed that there will be no reduction in
Radio New Zealand's commitment to its Pacific broadcast partners. His
reassurance came as Radio Australia closed its international shortwave
transmission service to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

Mr Thompson emphasised the importance of RNZI's 25-year relationship with
New Zealand's Pacific neighbours.

"Remote parts of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu who may be
feeling the loss of the ABC can rest assured RNZI will continue to provide
independent, timely and accurate news, information and weather warnings as
well as entertainment to its Pacific listeners," he said.

RNZI has been broadcasting since 1990 to the Pacific. It can be heard
across the region and has proven to be a vital lifeline during times of
disaster. In 2007 RNZI was named international Radio Station of the Year
by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB).

"RNZI broadcasts timely cyclone and tsunami warnings via shortwave and can
continue to be heard should local broadcasters go off-air due to a cyclone
or other disaster," said the press release.

Mr Thompson said the essential nature of Radio New Zealand's role in the
Pacific has been regularly underlined by the positive feedback to RNZI
following cyclone and tsunami alerts.

"A Vanuatu villager has told our reporter Koroi Hawkins that he knew to
take shelter during Cyclone Pam just because of the warnings broadcast on
RNZI. At times like this we are the essential voice of the Pacific."

RNZI's coverage of the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu in 2015 won
RNZI's Koroi Hawkins a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festival
Radio Awards in 2016.

RNZI broadcasts in digital and analogue short wave to radio stations and
individual listeners across the Pacific region.

Around 20 Pacific radio stations relay RNZI material daily, and individual
short-wave listeners and internet users across the world tune in directly
to RNZI content.

<https://pasifik.news/rnzi-remains-voice-pacific/>

(R NZi, Febr 1, 2017; via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Feb 2)

NIGERIA   7255, Radio Nigeria - Abuja, at 2040-2058* UT on Jan 29, Hausa
language program of group vocals and talk by a male announcer. Several
mentions of "Radio Nigeria" at 2045 UT and later during a discussion
numerous mentions of "Nigeria" during conversation. After brief
instrumental music a man announcer gave close down followed by more
instrumental music and drums to carrier being terminated. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA   (Bougainville)   3325  NBC Bougainville, at 1133-1202*
UT on Jan 30, woman announcer with mix of English and Pidgin talks hosting
music program. The woman gave closedown ID and announcements followed by
choral National Anthem. Poor to fair signal.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

PERU   5980, on Jan 29 at 0103 UT, JBA carrier from R. Chaski,
until autocutoff at
0106:38.5*. Last previous check was 11 days ago, Jan 18 until
0105:25.5*, i.e. 75 seconds earlier, so keeping close to the average
slippage of 6.8 seconds later per noctem.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

PERU  {probably}  4774.894  Signal string visible, and some mx tone heard
on threshold level at 0152 UT on Febr 8th, seemingly scheduled to 0200 UT
cl-down from Radio Tarma, Tarma, Junin, Peru.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

RUSSIA   On February 1, the World Radio Network schedule was changed.
Details can be found on the station's website.

Changes were also format and exit time on the air program "Radiopanorama":

increased duration to 28 minutes, and the broadcast is now following (UTC)
Sat 1230, 2030, 2330; Sun 0730, 1500; Mon 0430, 1800; W 0200.

The new broadcast schedule of the program "Radiopanorama" through WRMI
(time - UTC):
Sun 0630-0700 -  5850, 7730 to the Far East
Mon 2000-2030 - 11580 for Eastern Europe.  <http://dxing.ru/>

World Radio Network in Russian schedule from Febr 1, 2017
This schedule may change.

UTC / Broadcast
0000-0029  Golos Nadezhdy
0030-0059  KBS World radio
0100-0128  Radio Polonia*
0130-0159  Radio Slovakia International
0200-0229  "Radiosetka" (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
0200-0229  "Radiopanorama" (Tue)
0200-0229  "Special program" (Wed, Thu)
0230-0259  Radio Exterior de Espana (Mon, Thu)
0230-0259  Russkoe radio Australia (Tue, Sat)
0230-0259  UN - a weekly review (Wed, Sun)
0230-0259  Radio Prague (Fri)
0300-0329  On the Islamic culture and civilization
0330-0400  Radio Japan*
0400-0429  KBS World radio
0430-0458  "Radiosetka" (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
0430-0458  "Radiopanorama" (Mon)
0430-0458  "Special program" (Tue, Wed)
0500-0529  Radio Slovakia International
0530-0559  Radio Japan*
0600-0629  On the Islamic culture and civilization
0630-0659  KBS World radio
0700-0729  Golos Nadezhdy
0730-0759  "Radiosetka" (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
0730-0759  "Radiopanorama" (Sun)
0730-0759  "Special program" (Mon, Tue)
0800-0829  Radio Exterior de Espana (Mon, Thu)
0800-0829  Russkoe radio Australia (Tue, sat)
0800-0829  UN - a weekly review (Wed, Sun)
0800-0829  Radio Prague (Fri)
0830-0859  Radio Slovakia International
0900-0928  Radio Polonia
0930-0959  On the Islamic culture and civilization
1000-1029  Golos Nadezhdy
1030-1059  KBS World radio
1100-1130  Radio Japan*
1130-1159  Radio Slovakia International
1200-1228  Radio Polonia
1230-1258  "Radiosetka" (Mon, Wed, Tue, Fri)
1230-1258  "Radiopanorama" (Sat*)
1230-1258  "Special program" (Yue, Sun*)
1300-1329  Radio Exterior de Espana (Mon, Thu)
1300-1329  Russkoe radio Australia (Tue, Sat)
1300-1329  UN - a weekly review (Wed, Sun)
1300-1329  Radio Prague (Fri)
1330-1359  KBS World radio*
1400-1429  On the Islamic culture and civilization
1430-1459  Radio Slovakia International*
1500-1529  "Radiosetka" (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
1500-1529  "Radiopanorama" (Sun)
1500-1529  "Special program" (Mon, Tue)
1530-1559  KBS World radio
1600-1630  Radio Japan*
1630-1659  Radio Slovakia International
1700-1729  On the Islamic culture and civilization*
1730-1759  KBS World radio
1800-1828  "Radiosetka" (Thu, Fri, sat, Sun)
1800-1828  "Radiopanorama" (Mon)
1800-1828  "Special program" (Tue, Wed)
1830-1859  Radio Slovakia International
1900-1929  On the Islamic culture and civilization
1930-1959  Radio Polonia (Sun-Thu)
1930-1959  Russkoe radio Australia (Fri)
1930-1959  Radio Slovakia International (Sat)
2000-2029  KBS World radio
2030-2038  "Radiosetka" (Tue*, Wed, Thu*, Fri)
2030-2038  "Radiopanorama" (Sat)
2030-2038  "Special program" (Mon, Sun)
2100-2129  Golos Nadezhdy*
2130-2159  On the Islamic culture and civilization
2200-2230  Radio Japan
2230-2259  Radio Exterior de Espana (Sun, Wed)
2230-2259  Russkoe radio Australia (Mon, Fri)
2230-2259  UN - a weekly review (Tue, Sat)
2230-2259  Radio Prague (Thu)
2300-2329  Radio Slovakia International
2330-2358  "Radiosetka" (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
2330-2358  "Radiopanorama" (Sat)
2330-2358  "Special program" (Sun, Mon)
*- New release
<http://wrn.ru/programm.html>
(via Anatoly Klepov-RUS, "RUS-DX" #910  Febr 5)

SENEGAL   Senegal Street View Imagery.

The Google folk have very recently released some Street View imagery of
Senegal. Using information that our member Eike located for us in 2012 &
2016 year, here's some imagery I've located in Google Maps today. The blue
lines aren't available in GE as yet, but in the imagery is there.
Links for Google Maps.

<https://goo.gl/maps/x26RMzFhnQn>

<https://goo.gl/maps/vdxjCgoDgZE2>

<https://goo.gl/maps/SaEvNZ2UtCH2>

And several discone antennas seen here:

<https://goo.gl/maps/DsxTtJSuJuP2>

Comments anyone?
(Ian, SW TXsite yg Febr 9)

G.E. image of 23 Febr 2006
14 masts visible on
<https://goo.gl/maps/h9dY43xu2Fy>

14 45 09.01 N  17 17 30.04 W
SW night 4890 kHz, daytime 9720 kHz.
6 masts southerly of TX house, around  14 45 04.22 N  17 17 30.94 W

ORTS MW 1305 kHz,  1539 kHz. 6 masts northerly of TX house.
Mainly at location
14 45 11.38 N  17 17 27.85 W
14 45 06.90 N  17 17 23.71 W
14 45 11.45 N  17+17 30.44 W

(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 9)

SOMALIA  {Voice of Somaliland}  7120  Radio Hargeysa, at 0349-0402 UT on
Jan 30, two men announcers in discussion in Somali language. Poor to fair.
Heard again on Jan 31 at 0344-0420 UT with apparent news, remote reports
and features. Booming signal - fair to good reception - but slowly fading
after 0400 UT.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

SOUTH AFRICA   11800  NHK World Radio Japan - via SenTec Meyerton relay
site, at 1811-1823 UT on Jan 30, man and woman announcers with English
news program. Easy Japanese at 1815 UT learning lesson #41. Carrier cut
during language lesson and never returned. Fair.

3345  Channel Africa - via SenTec Meyerton, at 0305-0327 UT on Jan 30,
English language program with woman announcer finishing news followed by
"Africa rise and shine" announcement before news features commenced. Poor
to fair but // 6155 kHz fair to good. Heard again on Jan 31 at 0305-0322
UT with news and news features. Poor to fair and // 6155 kHz which was
good.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

SPAIN   [and non].  9690 kHz, on Sat Jan 28 at 1915 UT, REE Noblejas with
SBG at S8, while 15390 kHz is a JBA carrier, and 15500 kHz a JJBA carrier.
Earlier scanning the 16m band, NOTHING!

Except a JBA carrier on 17755.6 kHz, perhaps a birdie instead of off-
frequency REE (at 1903 UT tried 13mb and had only JBA carriers from
21675 kHz WRMI and 21610 kHz WHRI, typically now).
{in A-17 season from March 26 No/CeAM sce is then on 17855 instead. wb. }
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

SPAIN   1125  RNE Radio 5 Toledo, and RNE Radio 5 Ourense 1305 kHz:
det. cards, RRs in 8 days to
<jantonio.garcia -at- rtve.es>   v/s Jose Antonio Garcia Merino
(Patrick Robic-AUT, A-DX ng Febr 9)

SWAZILAND   3240  Trans World Radio - Manzini, Mpangeloa Ranch, at 0312-
0340* UT on Jan 30, man announcer talking in listed Shona language, IS at
0325 UT with man giving station ID asswitched to Ndau language program.
Nice ID at 0340 UT followed by IS and carrier cut. Fair.

9940, Trans World Radio - Manzini, Mpangeloa Ranch, at 1932-1940 UT
on Jan 30, music to ID and music box IS and change to French language.
Very nice signal today.

6130, Trans World Radio - Manzini, Mpangeloa Ranch, at 1947-1953 UT
on Jan 30, wrap up program with ID and announcements, IS, ID and change to
Kimbundi language. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

TAIWAN   {no fq given?  11665 kHz in autumn ?... wb.}
QSL  RTI Special German BCB via Tamsui transmitter center. Received a nice
full data (w/ site) QSL in German, card of Chang Qinlan, Ma Fuzeng Tamsui
Buildings, photos. This for an English/German postal report with a reply
in 82 days. V/s: illegible.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

TAJIKISTAN   7245  Electronic confirmation from Ovozi Tojik ("Voice of the
Tajiks") for reception in Russian - 06 March 2016, 0900-0930 UT at a
frequency of 7245 kHz.

Confirmation received from Jasmine Nazarova, Russian department officer
"Ovozi Tojik". The report sent by e-mail:

<ovozitojik2016 -at- mail.ru>  and  <info -at- ktr.tj>

Response is received from the first address. Few had to teach them how to
complete confirmation.
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx" RUSdx #910 Febr 5)

TAJIKISTAN   7245  Excellent S=9+15dB signal noted here in Germany
at 0240 UT on Febr 8, Tajik Radio Dushanbe Yangi Yul, talk by two male
in Tajik language.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

THAILAND   9390  Radio Thailand - Udorn Thani, Ban Dung, at *1228-1259* UT
on Jan 31, open carrier to gongs at 1230 UT and opening ID "This is Radio
Thailand, the English language service". News followed brought to us by
Royal Thai Airlines. Plug pulled mid-sentence. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

TURKEY   12035.028, Thur Jan 26 at 1343 UT, VOT ending news in English, on
to 'The Middle East through Turkey's Window', commentary about Syria and
PKK, always denounced as Terrorists.

1350 UT on to next segment 'Turkey and Eurasia', analyzing public
diplomacy activities of TRT and other agencies in Kazakhstan. Both these
attributed to someone in a department of international relations, at a
university? Fair signal with some hum. Does anyone have a current schedule
of VOT programs in English, in any form?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

UNIDENTIFIED / INDIA   7360.0    / Urdu sce of // 7520 kHz AIR Khampur
noted 0015-0430 UT on Febr 8th ?
co-channel Talata-Volonondry Vatican Radio program joined from 0300 UT.

7360.0 "Very good morning" told the lady announcer, and has given phone-#,
but some subcontinental Vernacular language heard.

Traced the 41 mb and found // 7520 kHz AIR Khampur Urdu sce outlet.

But no intermodulation found on upper side symmetrically.
At 0242 UT both S=9+5 level in Germany, also on New Delhi and Doha Qatar
remote SDR units too, but though little rough{!} audio quality.

Jose Jacob's list show this entry of AIR Mumbai in Urdu service:
7340 kHz 100 kW Mumbai 0015-0430 Urdu,
0830-1130 Urdu,
1130-1140 HS,
1230-1500 Sindhi,
1500-1600 Baluchi (Pakistan) (Irregular).

So seemingly AIR Mumbai uses 7360 kHz today morning instead,
at 0015-0430 UT on Febr 8 in Urdu language.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

UAE   15215  QSL  -  Gaweylon Tibetan Radio via Al Dhabbaya transmitter.
Received an e-mail response within 24 hours of posting my e-mail report,
sending a verification statement, with full data (plus site) and indicated
QSL package via mail too follow. V/s: Anil R. Alfred, Director.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)
{ FEBC Tibetan ? at 1200-1230 UT 250 kW at 85degr azimuth, wb.}

USA/INDIA   7505.01, Feb 7 at 0228, WRNO with YL huxtress, seems
unreasonably steady rather than wandering as I listen, so impatiently
move on and don't get back to recheck it in the next semihour.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 7)

Equal signal level terrible mixture of AIR and WRNO
S=9+10dB signal noted in Doha Qatar and southern Germany SDR's
at 0256 UT on Wednesday Febr 8th,
7505 kHz even AIR and some 250 Hertz interference heterodyne of
odd frequency WRNO  USA on 7505.228 kHz wandered upwards to 7505.249 kHz

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

USA   5059.1, on Febr 7 at 0241 UT, approx. center of second-order
spurious hash out of 5085 WTWW, i.e. 2 x 12.95 kHz away, along with the
much stronger with some modulation even audible first-order on 5072.05
kHz; matched on hi side by 5097.95 and 5110.9 kHz.
Ted is playing music on one of his sporadic broadcasts, and this time

5085 kHz is about the strongest signal I have ever had on SW,
almost pinning the NRD-545 meter at S=9+65dB !
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld / hcdx Febr 7)

Spurs heard much tiny level at remote SDR in Hanson Massachusetts-USA:
at 0340 UT on Wed Febr 8 noted 12911 Hertz away distance
on approx. 5097.911 and 5072.090 kHz.

5085 USA  WTWW English program, talk on subject - interval bc stations,
amateur radio and live wire telephone and audio systems matter
at 0643 UT on Febr 11.
S=9+20dB strength signal. 2 x 6.5 kHz wide audio noted.
And additionally noted TWO accompanied SPURS  on 5072.089 and 5097.911 kHz
too, of S=6 peaks strength.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 7 / 8 / 11)

7490.1, UT Tue Febr 7 at 0100-0200 UT , since I'm at the computer,
listen to WBCQ online for 'From the Isle of Music'.

Bill Tilford is adding another program come March 3, UT Fridays 0000-0030
UT on 7490 kHz, 'Uncle Bill's Melting Pot' of American musical variety, he
tells the MARE Tipsheet; and of course shifting an hour earlier one biweek
later due to DST, Thursdays at 2300 UT. I think I have converted the times
correctly, unlike MARE.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 8)

7490.104 tiny weak signal in southern Germany of WBCQ at 0328 UT
on Febr 8, on threshold I guess TOM BS heard ?

5129.627 kHz WBCQ Monticello, Maine, heard tiny signal in skip zone
receiving point at remote SDR in Hanson Massachusetts-USA.
At 0220 UT on Febr 8, S=6-7 signal fluttery.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 8)

USA   VOICE OF AMERICA CELEBRATES 75 YEARS

Today Febr 1st the Voice of America (VOA) celebrates 75 years on the air.
From its first 15-minute radio broadcast in German in 1942, VOA has grown
into a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming
and content in 47 languages on multiple platforms, including radio,
television, and mobile.

On that first broadcast, announcer William Harlan Hale set the standard
for all future VOA programs when he told his audience: "We bring you
Voices from America. Today, and daily from now on, we shall speak to you
about America and the war. The news may be good for us. The news may be
bad. But we shall tell you the truth."

Today those words carry the weight of the VOA Charter that requires VOA,
by law, to "serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of
news." What's more, VOA news must "be accurate, objective, and
comprehensive."

"It's been 75 years since we first began broadcasting objective news and
information around the world," said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. "And now,
I think what we do here is more important than ever."

Over the years, VOA correspondents and freelance reporters in many parts
of the world have been on the scene to cover major world events. In 1989,
VOA East European correspondent Jolyon Naegele reported on demonstrations
in Czechoslovakia and the fall of the communist government. That same year
on the other side of the world, VOA increased programming and added staff
to its Beijing bureau, to cover the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.
VOA Beijing Bureau Chief Al Pessin was expelled from China for his
reporting.

Today VOA broadcasters use television and radio studios at its
headquarters in Washington, D.C. to broadcast news and other programming
through 2,500 television and radio affiliate stations around the world. At
the same time, they provide content for mobile devices and interact with
their audiences through social media. In 2016, the Voice of America's
weekly audience across all platforms averaged more than 236 million people
worldwide.

Click here for more information on Voice of America's 75 years of history

<http://www.insidevoa.com/p/6370.html>

and here for a short video on its history.

<http://www.insidevoa.com/a/history-voa-75th-anniversary/3700428.html>

VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 236 million people in
over 40 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable,
shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video on more than 2,500
media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the
Broadcasting Board of Governors.
(VOA P_R via Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

USA   9930, Sat Jan 28 at 1859 UT, WTWW-2 with Bob Heil already opening
'Theater Organ of the Ozarx' early "tonight". Will play recordings from
Columbus OH, admittedly with "patrons in the background". Cut off at
1929.5 UT for canned WTWW hype ID and into "Amateur Radio Newsline #2048
recorded January 27". Excellent signal, needing only PL-880 with whip, but
tuning by at 1913 UT on the NRD-545, also the inevitable matching spurs on
9942.9 and 9917.1 kHz.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 1)

USA   BBG CEO Lansing: Trumpsters at VOA no problem; vs Russia

Broadcasting Board of Governors' Chief On The Future Of VOA

Download and read full in detail:
<http://www.npr.org/2017/02/10/514458676/broadcasting-board-of-governors-
chief-on-the-future-of-voa>

John Lansing is the CEO of the agency in charge of the government-funded
Voice of America news service. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the
agency's operations under the new administration.

[...]  INSKEEP: The Voice of America was established in World War II to
counter Nazi Germany's propaganda. And it continued into the Cold War
against the Soviet Union. Today, the VOA uses radio, social media, digital
media to reach people inside Russia. In fact, it's expanding its efforts
to reach the nations around Russia. And Lansing insists the mission has
not changed.

INSKEEP: It looks like Russia's interfering in eastern Ukraine. But it's
actually the United States doing it
{by Maidan revolut of US embassy, and NATO too, wb.}.

[...] INSKEEP: Is Russia investing big time in this kind of propaganda?

LANSING: Oh, their investment in media and disinformation and propaganda
would dwarf that of the United States - easily 10 to one.

INSKEEP: Ten to one.

LANSING: Yes. Our agency, to give you an example, is funded at $750
million a year. And we believe Russian-state media would be in the range
of 10 times that.  [...]

Copyright 2017 N_P_R.  <www.npr.org>  for further information.
Correction Feb. 10, 2017

A previous Web version of this story called John Lansing the Voice of
America chief. Lansing is the head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
It also said called the group a governing body. It is an independent
agency.
(N_P_R via dxld Febr 10)

USA   VOA is 75 - and they put up a nice web page where you can hear their
first broadcast (from NYC to Nazi Germany via a London relay) and explore
an amazing timeline of VOA's progress (and regress) over the years:

<http://www.insidevoa.com/p/5829.html>

(via Ed Cummings - SWLfest mailing list, Mike Terry-UK, dxld yg Febr 10)

USA   5850  QSL  -  "the last AGM of DSWCI Denmark" via WRMI Okeechobee
transmitter. Full data .pdf showing photos of locations / attendees of the
members. This for an e-mail report sent to Rhein-Main Radio Club Germany,
with reply in 10 hours, from Michael Haun, QSL Manager.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

VATICAN STATE   9485  QSL  NHK World Service in English to Africa via
Santa Maria di Galeria transmitter center. Full data (w/site and language)
in 67 days, with schedule and rec. report form enclosed. This for a postal
report sent to NHK World Service.
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

VENEZUELA   750 kHz. RCR Caracas, at 0102 UT on Febr 3. Newstalk by man in
Spanish followed by various IDs "RCR, porque lo Bueno une". Then into a
transmission about "economia". At best SIO: 333.
(Zeljko Crncic-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

ZAMBIA   5915,  Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation - Lusaka, at
2152-2205* UT on Jan 29, talk by a man announcer in one of their local
language. Tribal group vocals at 2200 UT followed by a man announcer with
ID and close down announcements followed by choral National Anthem.

Poor to fair. Heard again at *0246-0316 UT on Jan 30 with Fish eagle IS
until opening announcements and choral National Anthem and tribal vocals.
Poor to fair. Heard yet again on Jan 31 at *0242-0254 UT noted with Fish
eagle IS at poor to fair but heavily squeezed by powerful signals on both
adjacent channels.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

ZAMBIA   6065,  Voice of Hope Africa - Makeni Ranch, at 2002-2033 UT on
Jan 30, noted with booming signal with short religious features, IDs and
shortwave frequencies (4965 and 6065 kHz) with studio host Steven Mdoma
claiming to be broadcasting "live". Very good.

4965,  Voice of Hope Africa - Makeni Ranch, at 2146-2205* UT on Jan 30,
numerous IDs with "live" studio host Steven Mdoma. After sign off
announcements the transmitter tone could be heard for about a minute
before the carrier was terminated. Fair.
(Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 5)

ZAMBIA   9680  Voice of Hope via Lusaka, Makeni Ranch. Nice full data
photo of curtain array at the transmitter site. This for an e-mail rpt to:

<reports -at- voiceofhope.com>

Reply in six months time. V/s: Ray Robinson Vice President.*
(Edward Kusalik-Alb-CAN, via dxld yg Febr 7)

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Log of remote Cocoa Florida-US Perseus unit
of Larry N9JY - noted at 0630-0825 UT on February 11.

Many thanks to Larry N9JY to put the SDR and antenna
again on air in worldwide Perseus SDR net.
Is the closest SDR location near Latin America bc radio world ...

GREAT  SIGNALS traced this morning !!!

4885.020 BRA  Probably ZYG362  Radio Clube do Para, Belem PA, played
Brazilian music, S=6-7 signal strength noted in Floria-USA remote post.
<www.radioclubedopara.com.br>

Cuban intermodulation of Bauta bcast center site on 5010 and 5055 kHz:
5040 CUB  S=9+25dB signal 2 x 10.4 kHz wide audio signal,
RHC English at 0638 UT on Febr 11.

5025 CUB  Radio Rebelde, Bauta, played Latin AM music selection S=9+20dB
or 2 x 13 kHz super wideband signal in music peaks.
Intermodulation signals on 5010 and 5055 kHz at S=5-6 strength.

5085 USA  WTWW English program, talk on subject - interval bc stations,
amateur radio and live wire telephone and audio systems matter
at 0643 UT on Febr 11.
S=9+20dB strength signal. 2 x 6.5 kHz wide audio noted.
And additionally noted TWO accompanied SPURS  on 5072.089 and 5097.911 kHz
too, of S=6 peaks strength.

5129.524  WBCQ carried a regligious program of 'Devil' talk on TOM BS,
S=7-8 strength in Florida-US post, 2 x 6 kHz wide audio signal.

6180.029 BRA  ZYE365  RNB  "Radio Nacional da Amazonia, a sua voz na radio
brasileira", Brasilia DF
<http://radios.ebc.com.br/nacionalamazonia>
S=9+30dB powerful signal in Florida-US site.
ID at 0650 UT on Febr 11, BUT  DISTORTED  AUDIO  modulation.
Nice Brazilian music selection.

6165     CUB  ONLY EMPTY CARRIER signal at 0653 UT.
S=9+10dB in nearby Florida skip zone low distance.

6159.971 CAN  One of the Canadian domestics, S=8 signal strength on east
coast NA in Florida at 0655 UT on Febr 11, mx program.

6155     AUT  ORF Vienna's 1st program relay, morning sce via ORS
Moosbrunn bcast center site, at 0656 UT on S=9+15dB strength.

Schon gehoert, OE1 Clubsendung: feature report "Der Tod im Paradies -
Die letzten Tage des Stefan Zweig..." from Brazilian Petropolis near
Rio de Janeiro, ex Brazilian emperor city.
On 23 Febr 1942 suicide of the writer Stefan Zweig, with his wife.
Piano mx played then.  2 x 6.2 kHz wide audio.
OE1  CD of the Februar 2017 month offers.

Gemaeldegalerie Vienna, Zeichnungen 19. u. 20. Jahrhundert.
Illustrationen: u.a. Judith II Salome von Gustav Klimt.

6090.001 Anguilla, S=9+30dB powerhouse heard in FL-USA at 0659 UT
on Febr 11.

Much distorted audio heard, but couldn't understand NOTHING.
Sermon by mens voice. Buzzy signal too,
8 x 60 Hertz peaks distance apart visible either sideband.

6079.995 ??? Two signals visible at 0700-0702 UT, rather tiny Brazilian,
ZYE726 "Radio Marumby onda media e onda curta", Curitiba PR
<http://radioevangelismo.com>
and another likely carrier of VoA Pinheira STP too on 6080even
til 0702 UT off, left the air ?

6069.989 CAN  CFRX Toronto S=7-8 signal into Florida site. At 0705 UT on
Febr 11, newscast on 'MW 1010'. By male and female presenter. Message of
Canadian Workgroup on air ...

6030     USA  IBB BBG Radio Marti Greenville NC tremendous S=9+60dB !

205degr azimuth signal 'hit the needle', noted at 0658-0710 UT on Febr 11.

Powerful signal SPLATTER tremendous 2 x 12 kHz wide range signal,
but // 5980 kHz on 172degr azimuth was a little 'weaker', also 125 kW
at S=9+50dB 'only'. "Hola, hola ...." funny much laughing presenter
couple. Very artificial, not convincing content.

Still remain as always my doubts about the tiny two signals
on 6010v kHz channel:

seemingly 6009.859 kHz is the Colombian with fragments of Spanish language
words could be traced, low modulated S=7 carrier, and adjacent accompanied
rather very tiny Brazilian ZYE521 R. Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte MG ? on
6010.026 kHz on threshold level this 0712 UT morning on Febr 11.
<www.inconfidencia.com.br>

5810     USA  WEWN played rather much popular SECULAR  Latin American
music from Cuba and Mexico, no religious Catholic mass heard so far.
At 0715 UT on Febr 11, 2 x 25 kHz wide audio, and some splatter
noted too.

5829.985 USA  WTWW Lebanon TN, English men sermon at 0717 UT,
60 Hertz spur peaks visible, -
10 x 60 Hertz distance apart peaks, S=9+25dB noted in Florida-US.
Western like Hillbilly religious much SWEET song on Jesus ...
2 x 4.9 kHz wide audio signal, but also two additional spurs noted on
5829.445 and 5830.525 kHz.

5889.995 USA  WWCR Nashville TN program, S=9+35dB relay of TOM BS from
small farm bureau in South Carolina-USA, ID website address,
telephone number given at 0736-0737 UT on Febr 11.

8 x 60 Hertz distance apart peaks of BUZZY audio on TX noise.
"God glorified ... the last time Jesus is coming ... to the final hour,
... spirit of the broadcast ... "

2 x 5.6 kHz audio signal.
Same signal strength on 5935 kHz of WWCR 'UNetwork' program by female at
0742 UT, but I guess deeply some UN audio did spill over also as low
distortion on 5890 kHz underneath.

6059.763 BRA  Probably ZYE726  SRDA "Super Radio Deus e Amor, Curitiba,
PR" from Brazil, just weak S=5 signal on noisy threshold at 0750 UT
on Febr 11.

6135.197 BRA  ZYE954  R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, rather weak and tiny
at S=5 signal strength, at 0754 UT on Febr 11.

7250     VAT  Vatican Radio from Santa Maria di Galeria in Vatican State
site, Arabic sce at 0756 UT on Febr 11, S=9+20dB sidelobe into remote
Florida site, African news politics on Niger.
"L'Osservatore Romano" Vatican newspaper quoted news items.

9329.760 USA  WBCQ Bible Radio progr, ch24, sermon at 0805 UT on Febr 11,
S=7-8 signal in remote central Florida SDR unit of N9JY.
But very UNSTABLE fq, hopping some 10 - 15 Hertz around, up and downs.

9765.005 NZL  R NZi Rangitaiki AM English signal at 0813 UT on Febr 11,
S=6-7 or -85dBm signal strength in Florida-USA.

North Koreans from D.P.R. heard on 9650 kHz Japanese sce from Kujang,
9665 kHz KCBS Pyonyang domestic, and 9875 kHz Russian sce
from Kujang site.

11634.996 CUB  Cuban spy number station in Spanish probably from Bejucal
bcast center site. Spanish language lady announcer S=5-6 signal in
Florida, at 0817 UT on Febr 11 some '4...52' and '887 ...4' number
strings announced.

11785 English, and 11855 kHz Chinese services via Albania's CRI relay
at Cerrik bcast center, S=7 signal in deep Florida nighttime,
excellent audio signals at 0825 UT.

{Though, - nothing heard of Radio Tirana, Albanian morning Balkan sce
at 0805 UT on MW Fllaka 1395v kHz nor SW Shijak 7390v kHz this Febr 11,
wb.}

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 11)

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