WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News - BC-DX #1290 5 March 2017

12:15 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany


Looking ahead, Sunday 26th March, 2017, will see the start of the
A-17 season schedule period - with most SW broadcasters introducing new
frequency schedules.

This date coincides with the clocks changing to summer or daylight savings
time across most of Europe.

However in North America the clock change to DST takes place two weeks
earlier on 12th March, so programming on some of the US shortwave stations
may move one hour earlier from 12th March.
(BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine March 2017)

ALASKA    HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign.

Tests were carried out between 0300 and 0340 UT on 20 and 21 Febr 2017
on 2800 and 3300 kHz.

2800  HAARP. At 0312 UT on Febr 20. Tuned into 2800 kHz before announced
start of their test transmission, and am hearing at very good levels
intermittent grouped keying.lasting 4 seconds, then repeated every 30
seconds. Presumably them?
(Walt Salmaniw, Victoria-BC-CAN, dxld Febr 20)

3300  HAARP. Second series of tones started at 0312 UT on Febr 20 - SINPO
down to S3 with heavier QSB for this series. Music from 0316 ... back to
tone sequence for 3rd series at 0322 UT. Tone sequence changed at 0324 UT
from longer interval to approx. 1 sec interval. Solid tone after silence
at 0325.5 to 0326.5 UT. Weaker tones at 0327 fol by music and anmt by man
at 0327.5 UT music ending 0331 and carrier off at 0331.5 UT. Last series
started at 0332 with approx. 2 sec tones switching to 1 sec tones at 0334
to 0335 UT. Silence then solid tone at 0335.5 UT. Music again at 0337.5 to
0341.5 UT. Carrier off at 0341.5 UT. Summary: Series 3 was best, then
series 1 with series 2 and 4 being the weakest.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, DXplorer Febr 20)

The controversial High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)
which has been silent for several years has carried out its first
experiments since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska
Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago.

Tests were carried out between 0300 and 0340 UT on 20 and 21 Febr 2017
on 2800 and 3300 kHz.

The experiments, by UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor
Chris Fallen, KL3WX, were to consist of a block with an audio broadcast,
transmitting AM carriers at 2.8 and 3.3 MHz, with the resulting skywave
signal - the "Luxembourg Effect" - being a mix of both frequencies.

Transmissions to create radio-induced airglow or "aurora" that potentially
can be photographed from nearly anywhere in Alaska were due to take place
afterwards. Fallen is working under a National Science Foundation grant
with further information posted on his "Gakona HAARPoon 2017" blog.
Reports from amateurs and SWLs are welcome.

More at
(BrDXC-UK 'communication' magazine March 2017)

HAARP  Ionospheren Geophysik Programm, sind keine aufregenden
Experimentier Toene aus Alaska, aber hier koennt Ihr mal hinein hoeren,
15min 47seconds:


auch interessant:

"HAARP again...perhaps sometime this summer!" Fallen tweeted on Febr 23.
He has posted additional information on his "Gakona HAARPoon 2017" blog.

The just-concluded run of ionospheric investigations conducted from
Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)


observatory - quite likely the most powerful HF transmission facility in
the world - revived the latent short-wave listener (SWL) lurking within
most radio amateurs.

Operating under Part 5 Experimental license WI2XFX, HAARP this month
even aired some classical music as it conducted its first scientific
research campaign since being taken over 18 months ago from the military
by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute.

UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX,
focused on two experiments - one called "airglow" that literally aimed to
light up the ionosphere, and another to demonstrate the so-called
"Luxembourg Effect," first noticed on a 1930s Radio Luxembourg broadcast.
Public engagement was part of his plan, and Fallen this week said the


and e-mail feedback from his transmissions had been "fantastic",
and that his science campaign had become "quite an event."

"Thank you for making a difference and advancing Amateur Radio as well,"
Doug Howard, VE6CID, tweeted. Another Twitter follower enthused, "You're
running the coolest DX station in the world." Fallen said he also received
"a lot of great waterfalls," as well as video and audio recordings from
hams and SWLs.

Fallen started and stopped each experiment block with DTMF tones,
transmitted in AM on or about 2.8 and 3.3 MHz, each channel fed with audio
tones of different frequencies or, in the case of music, as a separate
stereo channel. If the "Luxembourg Effect" is present, skywave-signal
listeners would hear both channels combined on a single frequency; Fallen
said the effect is easier to detect with tones. In addition to tones, he
transmitted "a 'dance track,' a Pachelbel Canon arrangement, and a
variation of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat.'" Jeff Dumps, KL4IU, composed some
of the music, and he arranged and performed all of it.

The CW "airglow" artificial aurora experiment followed the Luxembourg
Effect transmissions. All week, Fallen despaired that the "ratty"
ionosphere and cloud cover were diminishing his hopes for success with the
artificial aurora experiments. But on the last night, he tweeted, "Seeing
artificial airglow with the spectrometer. Film at 11."

Fallen is now evaluating the results of his HAARP efforts. He said one
listener posted "a most excellent" YouTube clip. He was not specific;
several have been posted that document this week's experiments,
including this one


from Stephen Oleson, VE6SLP. Laurence Howell, KL7L, in Wasilla, Alaska,
posted an audio file


"The miracle of crowd sourcing!" Fallen said. "If only the Luxembourg
Effect was more pronounced, but it is in the 3,300 kHz recording."

Fallen has been working under a $60,000 National Science Foundation grant


"During campaigns, significant expenditures for fuel and personnel are
required," the grant abstract said. "Large start-up costs make HAARP
experiments largely inaccessible to individual researchers unless multiple
experiments and funding sources can be bundled together during a campaign
of up to two-week duration." According to the abstract, public
participation would maximize "the broader impacts of the investigations."

ARRL - February 23, 2017

(Feb 27 [BrDXC-UK] HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign)

ALBANIA   1394.957 kHz exact measured at 0915 UT on Monday Febr 27.
noted S=9+5dB signal in remote SDR unit
in southern Italy Calabria / Sicily area.
Modern pop music program played, female singer voice performance.

NOT  ON  AIR  on shortwave Shijak 7390v kHz, scheduled 0800-0958 UT.

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

ALBANIA   The external service of Radio Tirana is available online at

<>  and


Results of a monitoring project of 1 March 2017

1) schedule
before 0800 h UTC silence
0800-1000: Albanian talk
1000-1500: Albanian, // to
news on the hour, otherwise mainly music, Children's programmes

1455-1500: interval signal of Radio Tirana External Service
1500-1630: Albanian, continuous talk, not in // to
1628 National Anthem
1630-1645: interval signal
1645-1700: Greek ID, music programme
1700-1800: interval signal
1800-2000: German. 1830 French. 19.00 Italian. 1930 Turkish
2000-2030: interval signal
2031-2130: German. 2100 English
2130-2300: monitoring pause
2300-2400: interval signal of Radio Tirana ES

2400-0100: Albanian, continuous talk
0030 music/more talk with underlying music
0058 National Anthem
{00-01 UT RT Shijak 7475 kHz was NOT on air March 4, wb.}
0100-...: interval signal of Radio Tirana ES
(probably until 0230-0300 UT English)
0110 end of monitoring

2) In all programmes, the announcers continued announcing the AM schedule
as if the station was still on short wave. In the German mailbox programme
of 1 March, a listener complained about the loss of the short wave
frequency, but there was no comment or additional information given by the
announcer Astrit Ibro. The short wave schedule was nonetheless announced
twice in the German programme. After sharing my observations with
listeners mentioned in the programme, a close friend of the German service
suggested that Astrit Ibro might be as ill informed about the technical
situation of the station and its future by his superiors as are his

3) It seems that the internet stream is only mentioned in the Albanian and
German programmes. In the Albanian programme they gave the full internet
address, while in the German programme only the broadcast times of
1900 and 2130 h CET are given.

4) The foreign language sections featured a music programme about Albanian
singer Frederik Ndoci. In the German programme producer Astrit Ibro
announced the titles and gave some background information about the
singer. The programmes in French, Italian and Turkish just played the
songs back to back.

5) Suggestion: In spite of playing their interval signal for up to 90
minutes Radio Tirana should consider additional play out times of their
foreign language services.
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, direct 1/2/4 March 2017)

Re: AL: <>

What this stream contains is just the studio output for the Shijak and
Fllaka transmitters. As such it is of course mono, simply plugged into the
stereo stream without mixing it down first.

I think I noted already on earlier occasions that only the morning
transmission in Albanian was a simple relay of the first program while the
others are separate productions.

The additional playouts of programming at times when no transmitters are
supposed to be on air could, in theory, be a preparation of possible test
transmissions on 1395 kHz, provided they are really considered and not
mere wishful thinking.

The shortwave frequencies are still being announced on other language
services, too. Of course it appears to be less and less likely with every
day, meanwhile four weeks after the (anyway completely useless)
transmissions ceased, that the transmitter will ever be used again.
Just checked back: Again no signal on 7390 kHz right now.
(Kai Ludwig-D, direct March 4)

ANGUILLA   6090.002 still MUCH DISTORTED signal heard at 0603 UT,
S=9+30dB powerhouse 14 kHz wide band signal stated in FL-US
remote post.

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

ANTARCTIC ARGENTINA   15475.95  at 1815 UT  LRA36 National Radio Arcangel
San Gabriel, Base Esperanza. March 2nd. Opening of broadcast with music in
Spanish. Low signal with opening conditions at times. 25333.
It is best heard in USB mode. Yesterday Wed Mar 1, it closed at 21.06 UT.
rx Kenwood R-5000, "V" 20 Mts.
(CE3BBC, Hugo Lopez C., Santiago de Chile, South America, hcdx Mar 2)

LRA36 National Radio Arcangel not heard on March 4th.
Noted two poor strings at 2005 UT on March 4, but seemingly rather
'main power noise strings ?'  on 15476.177 and 15476.622 kHz.

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

AUSTRIA   5930  BBC London in Dari language via ORS Moosbrunn Austria
relay site, to Afghanistan and eastern Iran. S=9+15dB signal even on
behind area in eastern Thailand remote SDR receiver. 10 kHz wideband
signal of the 300 kW SW unit, at 0043 UT on Febr 27.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

AUSTRIA   6155  ORF OE1 program from ORS bcast center site Moosbrunn,
heard with interval signal in 0559-0600 UT this March 4 morning.
S=9+10dB signal into remote SDR post in FL-US. At 0600 UT top news on
recent Northern Ireland election, pro-British won by 1 seat.
Predicted heavy weather storm in Austria today, up to 150 km/h storm,
temperature warm stream up to +20 cC from the Mediterranean bassin.

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

BHUTAN   6035 kHz  Bhutan Broadcasting Service (tentat), Thimphu BHUTAN,
Dzongkha, 28 Febr at 0122 UT.

Musica tipica da regiao, locucao YL, cancoes regionais. Antes de divulgar
este logging, consultei varias fontes de informacao, inclusive videos no
Youtube de outros colegas de radio que sintonizaram esta estacao,
inclusive no Brasil. O estilo de comunicacao e da musica apresentada e
completamente semelhante ao que sintonizei. 25332 / 35433. Um idioma
impossivel de poder identificar algumas palavras ou mesmo a identificacao
da emissora.
(Rudolf Grimm-BRA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 28)

The report sent to the address:  <kakatshering -at->
Confirmation assured on letterhead BBS - Kaka Tshering General Manager,
Radio Bhutan Broadcasting Service. (via RUSdx #911 / #912)

BRAZIL   QSL from Empresa Brasil de Comunicacao (EBC).

The card is intended to verify reports on Radio Nacional da Amazonia which
can be heard on SW 6180 and 11780 kHz, but EBC is also using the same card
to verify reports on other Radio Nacional services.

In this case, it was sent to Dave Kenny to verify his report on Radio
Nacional Brasilia medium wave 980 kHz heard on the BrDXC-UK Sheigra
DXpedition last November. Reports can be sent either via e-mail to

<centraldoouvinte -at->

or by post. The full postal address printed on the card is very long!

EBC - Empresa Brasil de Comunicacao
Sector Comercial Sul - SCS
Quadra 08 Bloco B 60
1 degr Inferior - Edificio Venancio 2000,
Asa Sul
Brasilia/DF  CEP: 70333-900, Caixa Postal 8640
Brazil, South America

Telephone +55 61 3799 5474

Patrick Cody has received the same QSL from:
Caixa Postal 258, 70359-970 Brasilia, Brazil, South America

(BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine March 2017)

BRAZIL   4895 kHz  Radio Novo Tempo, Campo Grande MS, 28 Febr at 0028 UT.
Programa de perguntas e respostas sobre ensinos da Biblia, ID 'Novo
Tempo'. Um sinal de boa qualidade recebido em Sao Bernardo SP. 45544.
(Rudolf Grimm-BRA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 28)

6180v kHz, NOTHING heard of RNB Brasilia this March 4th morning. 05-06 UT
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)

BULGARIA   576 kHz QSL Vidin site, Radio Bulgaria, 23 Febr 2017, 2200 UT.
e-QSL / bulgarian:  <kounov -at->
(kos-tian, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye-RUS,
via RUSdx #914 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 5)

BULGARIA   Confirmations of 'Isle of Music' originate from the USA -
Got confirmation for the test.

We are pleased to verify your report of reception from SPL.
E-mail:  <info -at->

DATE / TIME OF BROADCAST: 26 FEB 2017, 1505-1600 UT.

Thanks a lot for yours reception report, which is very valuable. Please
find our eQSL attached in verification. We want to see you soon Our
frequencies again. We wish happiness and good luck. Good reception and see
you soon in the ether.

Best Regards,
Ventsislav Georgiev, Manager R & D, SpaceLine Ltd.,
website  <>
E-mail:  <info -at->

SpaceLine Ltd.
 Fl. 6, Office 5,
James Baucher blvd 71,
1407 Sofia, BULGARIA, Europe.

(AG  Aleksandr Golovihin-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx" & "open_dx"
RUSdx #914 March 5)

CANADA   6159.975  CKZN St. John's from far eastern Canada, noted at 0552
UT, S=8-9 fluttery signal into eastern coast remote installation in
Florida-US. Talk by two presenter on Syria and Barcelona matter.
Final program annmt at 0559 UT of CBC Radio One program.
Start of adjacent ORS Moosbrunn transmission splatter on 6155 kHz.

6069.991  CFRX Toronto, S=9+10dB strength signal in FL-US remote post.
Talk on Canadian Screen Award in 2017, Academy awards nomination. About
1970'ies Yuko Ono show ...  -
Nice audio quality noted in remote SDR at FL-US at 0608 UT on March 4th.

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

CANADA   6160v kHz. CKZU Vancouver mainland site.  CKZU 6160 kHz has gone.

It sounds pretty definite that CBU's Shortwave repeater is off the air and
will not be returning to the airwaves. Only thing that I can think of that
would change that would be the CRTC, as they did, about 10 years ago, when
they forced the CBC to abandon a plan that would have eliminated CBU-AM
and gone all FM. But that would require some pretty solid numbers on a
significant number of people in Canada who could no longer hear the CBC.

via DX League Member Jon Pearkins in Edmonton-Alb-CAN;
with thanks to Bryan Clark-Mangawhai-NZL, via NZ DX Times March 2017)

From SWLing Post

Bad news re: CKZU 6160 kHz

Basically, it broke and they don't have parts to fix it because it's too
old and no parts available. The money required to purchase a new
transmitter doesn't make sense because of the low numbers of people who
use it (changing world, everything's online, blah blah). Before you say
it, yes I know, I know.

Anyway, there is no other way to voice your displeasure than the
1-866-306-4636 audience relations number. If enough people call, they
might notice, but I doubt it.

This is sad news indeed for those who enjoyed CKZU. What amazes me, is how
a 500 watt shortwave relay covered such a large broadcast footprint in
British Columbia and western North America. As Dave mentions above, CKZN
St. Johns is still on the air and, perhaps, listeners on the west coast
will have a better chance snagging their 1 kW signal now.

I heard and verified CKZN last Easter from Lake Ellesmere, southern NZL -
it was a good signal. Get it while you can!
(Chief Ed., NZ DX Times March 2017; via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)

Does anyone in the group have the exact date CKZU left the air?

Last reported in dxld on air 30 Sep 2016,
reported to be definitely off air 27 Nov 2016.

Getting the exact date could be impossible, since that was the moment when
the transmitter in the unattended facility tripped off. I would not assume
that this little toy was connected to remote control / monitoring.


(Kai Ludwig-D, SW TXsite Febr 26)

COLOMBIA   6010.129  More than fair signal of S=8-9 level of Colombian Voz
de tu Conciencia, very nice Latin American female singer canciones heard
on Florida remote SDR unit. Frequency is NOT stable, wandered 10 Hertz
up and down, between 6010.129 and x.139 kHz. At 0620 UT little BUZZ
heterodyne of the co-channel Brazilian low power on 6010.023 kHz
noted so far.

At same time and at 0720 UT noted much stronger S=9+10dB Alcaravan Radio
with sermon on measured exact
5910.183 kHz.

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

CONGO   6115, Radio Congo (presumed), at 0515-0518* UT on Febr 27. Clearly
hearing announcers in French underneath strong Japan (IDing as "RN2, Radio
Nikkei"), but after 0518 UT certainly not on the air through checking to
0545 UT. Brazzaville local sunrise at 0505 UT. Seemed strange to me that
they went off the air about their sunrise. Perhaps I have been checking
for them too late, when I was looking closer to 0600 UT?
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

CUBA   5025  R Rebelde Bauta in Spanish at 0530 UT March 04, NOT ON AIR.

5040 RHC Bauta proper 20 kHz wideband signal, S=9+25dB or -50dBm signal on
remote unit SDR installation in Florida-US, East Coast North America.

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

ECUADOR   Am 02. Maerz 2017 um 02:19 hrs schrieb Die Andenstimme:
Ein herzliches Hallo aus Quito-Ecuador,
heute wurde ein neuer Sender auf dem Mt. Pichincha in Betrieb genommen,
der jetzt 24 Stunden/Tag im Testbetrieb laeuft.

Es fehlt ihm noch Luft in 4000m Seehoehe, so dass der Thermoschalter ihn
zwischendurch abschaltet und spaeter (ca. 5 Minuten) wieder hochfaehrt.
Wenn das Signal Europa erreicht, kann ich noch ein paar deutsche Sendungen
aus der Konserve auflegen.
Euer Horst Rosiak, Quito, Ecuador.

[later]  Update: Scheint jetzt ohne Aussetzer zu arbeiten. Morgen muss
noch eine Audiozuleitung ausgewechselt werden (hum). Daher haben die
Ingenieure vorerst das lokale FM Programm auf den Sender gelegt.

Danke an OM Wolfgang Gargitter fuer seine Zeilen hier in der Liste.
RRs sind willkommen und der Online-Empfangsbericht ist weiterhin auf
unserer Webpage


unter dem Reiter "Empfang" zu finden.

[ What`s the power, antenna? g.h. dlxd ]
Infos zum Sender und zur Leistung reiche ich spaeter nach.
Ich muss noch das OK einholen.

[ I am looking forward to more information about the transmitter and the
used final power. I still have to get the Okay. Horst Rosiak-HCJB_EQA ]

Herzlichen Gruss aus Quito, Horst,
(via Wolfgang Gargitter-AUT, A-DX ng March 2)

Neuer KW-Sender 6050 kHz.
Grundsaetzlich eine sehr erfreuliche Nachricht.
Werde die Frequenz in naechster Zeit im Auge behalten, und bin gespannt,
was nach Europa durchdringt. Bis ca. 5 Uhr UTC ist es ja hier derzeit noch

Fuer wie lange ist der 24-hrs-Testbetrieb geplant, bevor wieder auf den
regulaeren Sendeschluss um 2:30h UT uebergegangen wird? - Gilt in der
Testphase der regulaere Sendeplan in Indianersprachen, oder wird vermehrt
in Englisch, Spanisch, evtl. sogar Deutsch, gesendet, Testansagen? -
RRs kann man wie bis Ende 2016 ueber das online-Formular schicken?

Habe mitbekommen, dass der Sender momentan schweigt. - Wenigstens stoert
auch der Sender aus China auf 6050 khz um diese Jahres- und Tageszeit
nicht mehr.

Ich wuensche viel Erfolg bei der Inbetriebnahme des neuen Senders in
luftiger Hoehe.

Gruss aus Tirol, (Wolfgang Gargitter-AUT, A-DX ng March 2)

Quick new rather bad Google automatic translator action:

ECUADOR   On 02 March 2017 at 02:19 hrs wrote The Andean Voice:

A warm hello from Quito-Ecuador,
Today a new transmitter was put into operation on Mt. Pichincha, the
Now runs 24 hours a day.

It still lacks air in 4000m sea height, so that the thermoswitch between
him and-off and then turns off (about 5 minutes) again. If the signal
reaches Europe, I can still put some German consignments from the cans.
Your Horst Rosiak, Quito, Ecuador.
(Via Wolfgang Gargitter-AUT, A-DX ng March 2)

New KW transmitter 6050 kHz.
Basically a very gratifying message.
{I'll} Watch the frequency in the near future, and am anxious,
Which penetrates Europe. Until about 5 clock UTC it is still present here

For how long is the 24-hrs test operation planned before returning to the
Regulatory dispatch at 2:30 pm UT is passed? - Applies to the
Test phase is the regular broadcast schedule in Indian languages, or is
increased in English, Spanish, possibly even German, sent, test
announcements? -
RRs - Can you send by the end of 2016 via the online form?

Have noticed that the transmitter is currently silent. - At least bother
Also the station from China to 6050 khz around this year and day time
no more.

I wish you every success in the commissioning of the new station in
Airy height.

Greeting from Tyrol, (Wolfgang Gargitter-AUT, A-DX ng March 2)

ECUADOR   6050, HCJB, Quito Pichincha, at 0509-0850 UT on March 5,
Spanish, religious comments: "Todos necesitamos un salvador...",
"Instituto Biblico", "No olvides visitar nuestro sitio web",
at 0530 UT: "0 horas 30 minutos",
religious songs, id at 0642 UT: "HCJB", religious comments,
at 0800 UT: HCJB, son las 3 de la manana" , "HCJB, 89.3 FM." 24322.
(Manuel Mendez-Lugo-ESP, hcdx March 5)

ECUADOR   6050, March 3 at 0620 UT, very surprised to find Spanish here,
and it's a heavily produced gospel huxter, sounds like Ministerio En
Contacto, California. What could it be but HCJB? For many years they
signed off at 0500* UT, but recently cut back to 0230v* UT.

Revived or a mistake?
I didn't think they were on the air at all at this hour, and MW 690 kHz
was recently turned off forever. Maybe FM 89.3 programming is available,
running 24hrs. I keep listening for the tell-tale half-hour timesignal,
and there it is right at 0630 UT, and into song, so I'm confident it
really is HCJB. Can't find any plain old program schedule at

No sign of ELWA Liberia which should be on 6050 kHz after 0530 UT now in
English, but I would never hear it in HCJB's absence, anyway.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld March 3)

ECUADOR   6050  HCJB checked via remote SDR unit in central Florida-US,
east coast North America at 0612 UT on March 4.
New tx equipment on Mt. Pichincha close to Quito capital.
S=9+10dB or -62dBm signal, fluttery signal though, small audio
modulation, "... palabra ... cristiano - Cristo ...".

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

EQUATORIAL GUINEA   5005.0  RNGE, R. Bata (presumed), on Feb 27, noted
decent open carrier at 0522 UT and subsequent checking; never made out any
audio; decent level OC past 0546 UT. No, do not believe it was Madagascar.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

FRANCE/MOLDOVA   [KURDISTAN non]   11600, March 2 circa 1300 UT, no signal
from Denge Kurdistane; but recheck at 1409 UT, now S=9+10dB during big
audio buzz, soon fixed with Kurdish talk mentioning Istanbul.

Aoki Nagoya Japan list shows site as Moldova (Pridnestrovye) at 0600-1500
UT, but a beam switch at 1300 UT from 130 degr {4 x 8 = 32 dipols} to
116degr {4 x 4 = 16 dipols}, why? Then to Bulgaria at 1500 UT, but Ivo in
Sofia Bulgaria has been saying it's then France instead.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld March 2)

GABON   A feature on the Moyabi GAB shortwave transmitter, which was on
the air from 1983 until 2013 with Africa No. 1 and various international
broadcast relays, has been brought up to date by Tony Rogers with new
information added for its last few years on the air and bringing the story
up to its conclusion.

The Moyabi Story can be found, along with many other
interesting articles, at the BDXC website Articles Index

<>   and
(BrDXC-UK webwatch 'Communication' magazine March 2017)

GUAM   9880.026  March 2 at 1220 UT, Christian hymn, YL talking in Korean,
S9 fading to S5. KSDA is scheduled this hour, so another station
significantly off-frequency; amid 9880 kHz usage by other stations, China,
Romania before and/or after.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld March 2)

re 9880 kHz at 1200-1230 UT:

CHINA  9880 even  CRI Kunming Burmese sce, S=9+35dB powerhouse in eastern
Thailand at 11.54 UT on Mar 4. CRI final annmt til 11.57:02 UT TX Kunming
off air.

9880 kHz channel empty during 20 seconds,

11.57:30 UT  TX unit full carrier came on air on
9880.024 kHz,
at 12.00:05 UT  AWR interval signal played,
station ID and Frequency 9880 kHz given
in English and Korean language,
10.4 kHz wideband signal, excellent audio quality,
S=9+15dB signals noted both in eastern Thailand,
and in Tokyo Japan remote SDR units.

No QRM, no other signal on 9880 kHz heard on March 4, 1225 UT.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)

INDIA  [SIKKIM Kingdom]   4835, AIR Gangtok, at 1448 UT on Febr 16.
An English program of western pop music such as Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Californication". Fair. Absolutely the first time I have ever heard
anything other than Indian music on an AIR Regional station. Also heard
Febr 17, at 1457 to 1600 UT Sign off in English except the 1515 to 1530 UT
Hindi newscast. Good.
(Mick Delmage-Alb_CAN, NASWA Flashsheet via dxld Febr 22)

INDIA   4870.241 kHz odd fq of AIR Delhi Kingsway, scheduled of
AIR Voice of Kashmir - Radio Sedaye Kashmir 4870/IND-d, in Kashmiri
language, S=9+15dB yesterday Febr 27 at 1448 UT on remote Delhi SDR unit,
scheduled 1430-1530 UT.  DISTORTED rough{!} AUDIO  non-quality.

{...}  Dearest xxxxx, may you can help to identify my Pakistani / AIR
Indian Urdu Kashmiri language broadcast, I heard twice in last weeks.

4862.308 ... x.328 kHz.
Heard Unknown Urdu Kashmiri program at 0203 UT on Febr 25.
Little audio distorted rough{!} quality, rather from Pakistan origin,
or India AIR Kingsway origin ?

[later]  Many thanks Anker and Ron for your information on this matter,
just today Febr 28, around 1520 til 1531 UT checked the
4870.262 kHz exact measured channel in 3 remotes:
New Delhi, Eastern Thailand, and at Doha Qatar location.

Listen to the recording, as always as I described
"... Little audio distorted rough{!} quality ..."
Start 20 seconds taken from Delhi remote SDR locally signal,
and the rest of the short recording til end of
AIR 'R Sedayee Kashmir' transmission at 15.30:56 UTC,
and TX switch off at 15.31:02 UTC,
taken from Doha Qatar SDR remote unit.

Figured on 4870.262 kHz this afternoon, S=9+20dB signal in Doha Qatar,
19 kHz wide signal broadband.

4870 kHz 100 kW Delhi Kingsway 0230-0330, 1330-1415 Nepali (Nepal),
1430-1530 UT Kashmiri language of 'R Sedayee Kashmir'.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27 / 28)

re AIR R Sedayee Kashmir.
4870.27 kHz  AIR (Delhi-Kingsway), at 1357 UT, on Febr 27, with
subcontinent music / singing; scheduled to be in Nepali; best in USB to
get away from RRI Wamena on the low side. Could not tell about the audio
quality, due to RRI QRM.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Mar 28)

Dear Wolfie and others, I went up this night around 0200 UT and without
doubt found Wolfie's unknown station:

4863.21 kHz  0150-0235 UT  28 Febr  GRC   Harmonic of a Greek Pirate
Greek annmt and frequent mentions of "Saloniki" and "Athinai",
typical Greek folksongs, 35232 // 1620 kHz (45333).

I did not get an ID, but in the last SWN Carlos Goncalves heard
R Fonokomation, Greece on 1620 kHz on 5 Nov 2016. AP-DNK

4870.26 kHz *0208-0240 UT  28 Febr  IND   R Sedayee Kashmir, Kingsway
(CLA).  Constant tone until sign-on at 0230 UT with ID in Kashmiri:
"Radio Sedayee Kashmiri", annmt, short female song, talk by man
in Kashmiri, 0232 UT another song. 35233  AP-DNK
(Anker Petersen-DEN, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 28)

INDIA   4870.27, AIR (from Delhi-Kingsway), at 1357 UT on Feb 27, with
subcontinent music / singing; scheduled to be in Nepali; best in USB to
get away from RRI Wamena on the low side.

4870 kHz 100 kW Delhi Kingsway, 0230-0330, 1330-1415 Nepali (Nepal),
1430-1530 Kashmiri.

4970, AIR Shillong, 1506, Feb 26 (Sunday), with Christian songs; 1510
local ID and news headlines in English; "please stand by for the news";
1512 UT start of the New Delhi audio feed.

4970 kHz 50 kW Shillong 0025-0400, 1056-1741 UT.

Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of

Christianity is the dominant religion there. In fact Christianity is the
major religion in three northeastern states (Nagaland, Mizoram, and
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

INDONESIA   3344.86  RRI Ternate, at 1445-1504* UT on Feb 27. Off with the
usual "Pulau Ambon" (Island of Ambon) / "Love Ambon".
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

9524.941  VoIndonesia Cimanggis, on Mar 4 at 1154 UT at S=9+40dB or -34dBm
proper powerful signal into remote eastern Thailand installation.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)

INDONESIA   9524.941  Voice of Indonesia powerhouse signal S=9+40dB
signal strength in eastern Thailand SDR unit, thanks Uwe's installation.
At 1150 UT on March 4.

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

IRELAND   252 LW   RTE to remain on Longwave.

According to a report in the Irish Post (10 Febr) RTE longwave 252 kHz
will continue until 2019.

RTE had previously said that it intended to close the service in 2017:

"RTE are set to continue transmitting their longwave 252 service until at
least 2019 after positive talks took place at a consultative meeting in
London. The news follows a statement issued by RTE back in October in
which the state broadcaster announced its intention to close the service
in 2017.

But longwave is now set to continue transmitting after a week which saw
calls for the service's retention heard in the Seanad. Last week,
independent Senator Billy Lawless sought government assurances that the
Irish in Britain would not lose access to longwave 252. Senator Lawless
urged Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh to implore RTE
management to reconsider this ageist and discriminatory cut to its
longwave 252 service. Minister McHugh responded saying that he was hopeful
that a positive outcome can be achieved on the matter in comments hinting
at a better future for the service.

A date was set for a consultative meeting in London between
representatives of RTE, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish
community in Britain which has now produced positive results."
(Irish Post 10 Febr via AP)
(Alan Pennington-UK; BrDXC-UK 'communication' magazine March 2017)

ITALY   The Italian Communications Agency AgCom has now received
859 applications for 20-year broadcasting permits on medium waves.

It is interesting to note that permits will be granted for the actual
frequencies allocated by the Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975:
for instance, applications for the Bologna area have been put in for
711, 756, 1098, 1548, and 1602 kHz.

Of these, 711, 756 and 1548 kHz were never used by RaI; 1098 kHz was only
used for 50 minutes daily of Radio 2 regional programmes; 1602 kHz was
actually used by Radio 3; Radio 1 was on 567 kHz, which the Geneva Plan
had assigned to Italy, but not to Bologna.
(Stefano Valianti-ITA, in Southern European Report;
BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine March 2017)

KOREA Rep of    KBS World Radio Tests 6th to 9th March 2017,
on 9525, 9880 and 11810 kHz.

KBS World Radio English Service will carry out test transmission
from March 6 to 9 ahead of the A-17 shortwave frequency adjustment.
Please tune into the following frequencies and send us your reception
reports. Your feedback will help us greatly in choosing the best frequency
option for the new season. Thank you!

Date        Time (UTC) Frequ kHz  Target Area
March 6, 7  2300-2400  11810      Europe
March 6, 7  1400-1600   9525      India
March 8, 9  1400-1600   9880      India

13 Yoigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
Seoul, 07235, Rep. of KOREA
E-mail & Website Language E-Mail Website
English  <english -at->  <>
(KBS, via Nick Sharpe-UK, BrDXC-UK ng March 1)

KBS English to EUR, Central Asia, Near East, North Africa,

11810 2200-2400 28S,31,32,38N,39NW,43,44       KIM  250 304

is far too late for all European audience
in 0000-0200 hours local time,
the technician in Korea probably are not be aware.

1900-2100 UT time slot - would rather fit instead.
But at this time slot BBC Ascension powerful 250 kW outlet
requested that 11810 kHz channel.
11810  1800-2200  47SW,52 ASC 250 65 English   G   BBC BAB

To Indian subcontinent:
9525 1400-1600 41  KIM  250 264 260317 291017 English KOR KBS

This 9525 kHz fq channel is used by Voice of Indonesia Jakarta

SINCE DECADES before at this time span  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 9880 kHz signal from Kimje will only arrive with
a terrible devastating crushing mixture in India.

9880 1400-1600 41          KIM 250 264 Eng KOR KBS KBS
See the extended signal coverage from
Kunming, Nanning, and Xian powerful beasts in mainland China:
9880 1200-1300 55,59,60    KUN 500 135 Eng CHN CRI RTC
9880 1300-1400 49W         KUN 100 225 Mya CHN CRI RTC
9880 1400-1500 49SE        NNN 100 200 Khm CHN CRI RTC
9880 1500-1600 49,54W      NNN 100 200 Eng CHN CRI RTC
9880 1500-1600 30S,31S,40E XIA 500 292 Rus CHN CRI RTC
9880 1600-1700 49S,54W     NNN 100 200 Eng CHN CRI RTC

Your KBS frequency management staff is completely incapable
and incompetent on this selection.

There are so many empty frequency channels
in 31 meterband these days.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Mar 2, 2017)

LAOS   6129.968  Lao National Radio from Vientiane, at 0025 UT on Febr 27,
S=9+25dB like local station heard in eastern Thailand remote SDR unit.
Noted with nice local music features, and woman announcer.

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

MADAGASCAR   17640, on Febr 22 at 1845 UT, the reliable good signal from
MWV in English prompts me to look for parasitic spurs as have been coming
out from the 11610 kHz Chinese broadcast after 21 UT, but none found on or
near plus/minus 258 kHz from 17640.

11945, on Febr 22 at 1938 UT, MWV Arabic good but with flutter, and again
no spurs located around 258 kHz distance apart from this.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 22)

MADAGASCAR   Radio Tamazuj, 13800 kHz. Full data QSL Card received in
3 weeks from Free Press Unlimited address in Amsterdam for report
in English.
(PC  Patrick Cody-IRL, BrDXC-UK 'communication' magazine March 2017)

Free Press Unlimited
Weesperstraat 3
1018 DN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 20 8000 400
Fax:       +31 20 7173 648
E-mail:    <info -at->

You can also ask your question by filling out our contact form


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.
(Dan Sheedy-CA-USA, dxld Jan 25)

Received QSL from RTM for receiving the radio station Asyik FM
on 20 Jan 2017, 01.10 - 01.10:30 UT at a frequency of 6050 kHz (via
Kajang). Card number 5-2017, s Night view of Kuala Lumpur.

Beautiful QSL, this I have not had in the Collection.
The report was sent by e-mail to:
<sharimah -at->
(DK  Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS "deneb-radio-dx",
via RUSdx #914 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 5)

6050.025   RTM Asyik/Salam FM, via K-L  Kajang broadcast center. Like
local area proper powerful signal of S=9+30dB, noted on remote SDR in
eastern Thailand, at 0020 UT on Febr 27, 9.8 kHz wide broadband audio

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

MEXICO   6185even ! frequency - spot on, - XEPPM Radio Educacion
Mexico City, strong S=9 carrier visible on SDR screen, but very low
only 5 percent modulation at 0550 UT on March 4.

Mariachi music on tiny level heard underneath deep background.

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

In an E-mail from Melinda R Espinosa she states they still have plans to
return to shortwave in the future.

"At present we are raising funds for a Solar System to generate power.
Power in Pohnpei is not reliable and is very expensive - so we are going
for this alternative."
(Editor, NZ DX Times March 2017, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)

MONGOLIA   Re: small, brownish poles close to the equipment buildings
at Choibalsan and Ulgii,

Actually I now think they are lightning rods.

And now you may stare at the small, brownish poles close to the equipment
buildings at Choibalsan and Ulgii. They could be the same or indeed
the antennas of the former max. 12 kW shortwave transmitters, dwarfed by
the LW/MW antennas of course.

To avoid a possible misunderstanding:
The latter are still in use, and the eight mast array at Choibalsan will
presumably carry BBC Korean once it starts, whenever this may be (I have
not spotted related shortwave frequency plannings for A-17 so far, unless
they are hidden).
(Kai Ludwig-D, SW TXsite Febr 25)

These 12 kW units used til 1994 - 1995 years.

8 masts shortwave at
48 00 23.22 N  114 26 32.20 E
non-directional steep angle
MNG_SW Choybalsan 4995 kHz 12kW

48 57 36.31 N  89 58 18.05 E
MNG_Ulgii v4750 kHz 12 kW

and also on GE image 21 July 2007 at
47 47 56.94 N  107 10 44.49 E
U-B_Khonkhor 4850 kHz, east of TX house

43 32 05.25 N  104 24 55.09 E
MNG_Dalanzadagad 3960v kHz 12 kW 80 mb non-dir

probably formerly 47 43 23.86 N  96 50 54.90 E
MNG_Uliosxai_Uliasutai 3960 kHz 5 kW

even destroyed 6 of 8 masts already in 2002 year
46 19 20.71 N  96 15 23.72 E
MNG_Altai 4830 kHz 12 kW

image 12 Nov 2012
44 53 33.28 N  110 09 40.31 E
MNG_SainShand 4865 kHz 12 kW

image 22 March 2007, remains tentat.
49 59 27.09 N  92 04 12.82 E
MNG_Ulaangoom 4865 kHz 5 kW tentat.

seemingly visible in G.E. on Murun 4895/4897 kHz 12 kW
25 Febr 2017 image
49 36 52.28 N  100 10 14.16 E
MNG_Murun_4895 kHz 12 kW formerly 8 masts -
now 8 fundamental white stons visible,
now only 2 mast towers remain, on different stons location.

btw. re Choibalsan Mongolia, was used formerly by IBB USA Korean
in 2009 til 2011 years.

1350 kHz RFA Choibalsan-Dornod, Mongolia MW 500 / 1000 kW, at
48 00 03 N  114 26 18 E  150 degrees, 8 mast sidefire directional.
15-19 and 21-22 UT.

new BBC A-17 season relay towards Korea's.

Nothing of BBC Korean visible in A-17 BBC SW request table seen yet.

But additional BBC English sce to Ciraf zone #43NE insert,
English language entry could be a 'feiled {language} fake' ?

Transmissions are in deep local night,
when also the MW Choibalsan signal would
reach North Korea target during dark path on mediumwave ...

5810 1730-1900 44NE NAK 250 40 0 216 Eng THA BBC BAB 12525 EINWS
9540 1500-1630 44NE SNG 250 25 0 211 Eng SNG BBC BAB 12522 EINWS
9540 1730-1900 44NE SNG 250 25 0 211 Eng SNG BBC BAB 12523 EINWS
9940 1500-1630 44NE TAI 300  2 0 145 Eng CHN BBC BAB 12526 EINWS
9940 1730-1900 44NE TAI 300  2 0 145 Eng CHN BBC BAB 12527 EINWS
(wb  df5sx, SW TXsite via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 26)

MONGOLIA   Re: Mongolia Part 2, SWsites YG Member Challenge
this text appeared in May 2016 re BBC Korean Target Plans and Tests:

re Babcock testing on MW 1431 kHz.

Am I right in guessing that these tests are in preparation for the planned
BBC daily North Korean Service?
(Alan Pennington-UK, BrDXC-UK ng May 25, 2016)

Babcock will be testing a high-power mediumwave transmitter in Mongolia on
1431 kHz for the next four nights at 1430-1830 UT. The exact time range
might vary. It might be 1300-1700 UT or 1500-1900 UT. There might also be
tests outside those hours.

But to confirm, this will be on the 25th to 28th May inclusive. It is
hoped that it will be audible in all-Korea and northeast China. The tests
will identify as being from Babcock. Perhaps any DXLD friends in Japan
will be able to hear it? I hope so.
(Chris Greenway-UK, dxld May 25, 2016)

1431 kHz - Alternating 400 Hz and 1200 Hz tones heard weakly under
Japanese domestics on GT's Japan receiver, May 25 around 1530 UTC.
(Greg Hardison, dxld May 25, 2016)

re 1431 kHz Mongolia. Not much real to report of the Japanese remote units
in Nagoya and Nara Japan.

I see / hear two alternating tone strings of
+/- 440 Hertz  approx. 8 seconds duration,
alternating with
+/- 1000 Hertz approx. 12 seconds duration ...
noted at 1615 - 1650 UT on May 25. wb df5sx
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 25, 2016)

US RFA used Choybalsan Dornod province unit in 2008 to Dec 2010,
on MW 1350 kHz 500 kW at 15-19 and 21-22 UT time slot.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 24, 2016)

I guess likely former Radio Moscow Mandarin sce at 13-21 UT
in 1984-1993 years, and
US-VoA and US-RFA 2008-2010 years, foreign relay site in use at

MNG  Choybalsan 1350 kHz 500 kW, built up already in 1984 year.
Zelenka SGP4+4 / SV4+4  8-mast directional sidefire antenna in
120 - 150degr azimuth, slewable
location  48 00 02.70 N  114 26 17.42 E

see Google Earth image of 03 November 2007 snap. <<<<<< !!!!!!!

Distance to Pyongyang KRE 1400 kilometers in 133 degrees.

These USSR sidefire antennas are slewable at +/- 30 degress, I guess,
like in Bolshakovo Kaliningrad Oblast.

Former 1350 kHz frequency can be adjust easily to new shorter
1431 kHz channel too ?

Originally used for Radio Moscow Mandarin service Peking dialect 13-21 UT,
in 1984 to 1993 in direction of Peking 136 degrees.

Since 2009 year in use for US IBB Voice of America / Radio Free Asia
service in Korean to both Koreas.

Location finding for MNG shortwave Choybalsan, Dornod province,
on 4995 kHz 12 kW location was hindered by lots of clouds yet.

But fortunatelly G.E. V5 History image of Nov 3rd, 2007 show clear image
of MNG SW Choybalsan, Dornod povince, 4995 kHz 12 kW, 60 mb antenna
located very close to the TX house
48 00 23.59 N  114 26 31.90 E
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 24, 2016 / Febr 26, 2017)

MYANMAR   6164.992  MRMS Myanmar probably minority broadcast in Burmese
or domestic language, at 0030 UT on Febr 27, S=9+20dB signal
via northerly Pyin Oo Lwin TX site. Pop mx selection, and station ID
heard at 00.29:51 UT by female.

5985 even fq MRMS Myanmar Radio, from Yegu - Yangoon site, much strong
S=9+25dB signal, Burmese songs, lady singer, mx at 0036 UT on Febr 27.

5914.988  MRMS Myanmar Radio in Burmese or dialects - acc Aoki Nagoya
table list, from southerly Naypyidaw capital MW bcasting center site.
S=9+20dB signal noted in eastern Thailand remote SDR unit.
19.4 kHz wide broadband audio signal, out at 0045 UT on Febr 27.

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

NIGERIA   7254.923, on Febr 18 at 0610 UT, Voice of Nigeria in Hausa, as
usual. No further signs of // 9690- kHz as I heard once lately, at least
after 0700 UT in French.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 22)

PHILIPPINES   17820  R. Pilipinas, at 0231-0241 UT on Feb 26. Only this
frequency very readable {in CA-USA} ; // 15640 // 17700 kHz {via US IBB
BBG Tinang-PHL relay, wb.}, not so readable. News about the activities of
the president and of tourism in the Philippines; "From the presidential
palace Manila, Dateline Malacanang," which of course is the name of the
presidential palace.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 27)

PHILIPPINES   9345 QSL  I received an electronic confirmation from another
Philippine radio station - FEBC Manila for the reception in Chinese -
Jan 13, 2017, 1400-1430 UT on frequency 9345 kHz. On the card -
the worker serves the antenna at a huge height.

The report was sent by:  <norie.estabillo -at->

In February, paper QSLs were received from Radio Veritas Asia, Radio
Pilipinas Overseas, IBB Relay Station Philippines-Tinang and electronic
QSL from FEBC.  All stations were received in January 2017.
(DK  Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS "deneb-radio-dx",
via RUSdx #914 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 5)


Co.Ra.DX  (NB a partner of DX Fanzine, Italy)  has recently obtained an
extraordinary document in Italian that dates back to just under 20 years

It is a San Marino Postal Administration statement, posted on the official
website of the government of San Marino, which warned anyone from sending
money to the pirate station Radio San Marino International (RSMI) which
claimed to broadcast from this tiny enclave inside Italy. RSMI was short
lived and the reason was just that official release from the national
postal administration of San Marino.

The document says with certainty, that the transmissions were undoubtedly
"pirate", since no authorization had ever been granted by the San Marino
authorities to any broadcaster. There is no reason to doubt about that
assertion. Not the same can be said instead about another statement:

"The broadcasts were never made from the territory of San Marino".

According to the former operators of RSMI - their broadcasts were instead
really indeed originating from San Marino. It should be mentioned that the
document was posted on 22 December 1997, the day after the second of only
two official broadcasts in Italian, English and German, which were aired
according to the following schedule:

Saturday, December 20, 1997, at 2000-2400 UT on 7580 kHz LSB mode and
Sunday,   December 21, 1997, at 0400-0700 UT on 7580 kHz LSB mode; at
0700-1000 UT on  7440 kHz LSB mode and
0700-1700 UT on 11410 kHz USB mode.

It is quite doubtful that the San Marino authorities have indeed checked
that the broadcasts of Radio San Marino International were not originating
from the small republic territory. Probably, the true intent of that
official statement, which was then actually realized, was to scare the
operators of RSMI, which never would have expected a reaction so quick and
angry by the San Marino government. The statement in fact not only
emphazised the illegality of the broadcasts but warned listeners to
refrain from sending money to RSMI. That is really funny : it seems that
the San Marino authorities have conjectured that the operators of RSMI
were scammers with the aim of extorting money from listeners. In reality,
the "money" required by RSMI, was nothing more than the equivalent of a
postage stamp for sending a QSL card.

It appears even ridcoulous the allegation that the transmissions were
radiated "from leased sites in some countries of Central Europe, probably
from Germany". This assertion, probably was based solely on the fact that
the mailbox announced on the air was in a city of Germany (Mainz). The
release also says that there will be a full investigation. However, it
seems the authority of San Marino have come to nothing, except for the
sudden cessation of all of Radio San Marino International activities,
which was on the air on the shortwave bands of 41 and 25 meters, not only
on the dates included in the official statement, but also on 19 October
1997 and 9 November.

In fact, after the publication of the statement, of which there is also an
English version, the operators of Radio San Marino International, who
received about 700 reception reports, not only immediately decided to stop
their transmissions but also removed all information about their programs,
they have included on a dedicated website.

The confirmation of this, is also found on the KIWI Radio Weekly (edition
31 January, 1998), which contained the following message received by Radio
San Marino International operators:

"Due to excessive reaction of the San Marino government and postal
authority, RSMI is forced to stop its broadcasts until further notice".
(Antonello Napolitano-ITA. DX Fanzine, via NZ DX Times March 2017)

SWAZILAND   Trans World Radio Manzini has inaugurated a new 100 kW
transmitter on 1170 kHz, it replaces a 50 kW unit. It is used daily from
2000-2135 UT for broadcasts in English to Southern Africa. The transmitter
was being taken out of service in Germany and was offered by the
manufacturer at about one tenth the price of a new transmitter. It was
inaugurated at TWR's Swaziland station in a ceremony on 27 August 2016.

-TWR news-

TWR's new, 100,000-watt AM transmitter is on the air in southern Africa,
beaming Bible-based programs in multiple languages to a significantly
expanded area and audience.

Miracles were a prominent theme as the transmitter, twice as powerful as
its predecessor, was dedicated in a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.
Leaders and staff of TWR (also known as Trans World Radio) joined local
guests at the Swaziland site where the international Christian broadcast
ministry operates three 100,000-watt shortwave transmitters alongside the
AM unit.

"This place was built on miracles," TWR president Lauren Libby told the
crowd gathered in the transmitter hall. "The very sand used to construct
the site was provided after a huge rain and the ensuing flood, leaving
enough sand to mix the concrete needed. The original transmitters were
obtained though contacts of Dr. Paul Freed, the founder of TWR, at a time
when shortwave transmitters were extremely hard to procure."

There was even a miraculous aspect surrounding the newly installed AM
transmitter, Libby added. Its availability seemed to come out of the blue,
announced in a call from Werner Kroemer, then the TWR vice president of
operations. He phoned from Europe to say the transmitter manufacturer had
called to offer the 100,000-watt AM unit, which was being taken out of
service in Germany, at about a tenth the price of a brand-new one.

This "big voice for Jesus from the kingdom of Swaziland," as Libby dubbed
it, will have a potential audience of 25 million. Broadcasting at 1170 on
AM, better known in much of the world as medium wave, the transmitter will
reach deeper into southern Africa, covering all of Zimbabwe and the
southern tip of Malawi in the north and extending east toward Mozambique.
Listeners in South Africa will be able to receive a clearer signal.

The launch of the stronger broadcast signal came as the result of months
of efforts on at least three continents: raising funds in multiple
countries, including the United States; procuring and shipping the
equipment from Germany; and the preparation work and installation in

Libby left the audience with an inspirational thought about the potential
significance of the enhanced technology that they had gathered to

"Can you imagine if the last unreached person on earth were to hear and
respond to the gospel because of a message transmitted from Swaziland?
Now, wouldn't that be special!"

Photo 1: Several of the participants in the transmitter dedication
ceremony gather for a group portrait in the Swaziland transmitter hall.


Photo 2: TWR President Lauren Libby prepares to cut the ribbon as TWR
Swaziland Chief Engineer Klaus Schiller, left, and TWR Ministry Vice
President for Africa Branko Bjelajac, right, look on.


(via Dave Kenny-UK; BrDXC-UK 'communication' magazine March 2017)

SYRIA   Radio Damascus. Recent programmes of the different foreign
language services of Radio Damascus can be found at


(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 3)

TAJIKISTAN/ARMENIA    "Radio. Menschen & Geschichten"-Wiederholung
einmalig verschoben ...

statt 05.03.2017  19-20 UT auf 6145 kHz via Armenien      Richtung Europa
jetzt 05.03.2017  18-19 UT auf 7465 kHz via Tadschikistan Richtung Europa
(Christian Milling-D, A-DX ng March 3)  via Yangi Yul DB 100 kW 305 degr.

THAILAND   6149.986  IBB VoA Burmese service via Band Dung, Udorn Thani,
relay site in north-eastern Thailand. Talk in Burmese about Pres Trump and
White House, at 0028 UT on Febr 27, S=9+25dB signal in Thailand SDR unit.

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

U.K.   MSF 60 kHz Time and Frequency Signal - Notice of Interruption

The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio
Station will be shut down on Thursday 9 March 2017 from 1000 to 1400 UT

The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work
to be carried out in safety.

If you require any additional information, please visit:

Or alternatively you can contact us at:
<communications -at->
(MSF, posted via Mike Terry-UKm BrDXC-UK Mar 3)

USA   5129.851  WBCQ TOM BS sermon, poor tiny S=4-5 ! -94dBm signal
in remote Florida SDR unit.

5085 even WTWW Lebanon TN, S=9+35dB -41dBm powerhouse, music program
of the 40ties / 50ties of last century. 12.4 kHz wide proper signal.

6030 Radio Marti Spanish from Greenville NC, S=9+45dB powerhouse, 9.8 kHz
wide signal noted in remote Florida SDR unit. Baseball game report on
Baltimore and Atlanta teams. At 0614 UT played nice 'Cochabamba'
mentioned music kind.

5980.006 kHz, S=8 intermodulation spurious outlet of WWCR noted, - as
mixture of the sermon prayer program on 5935.006 kHz / BS TOM prayer
of 5890.006 kHz fundamentals channels,
BUT NO INTERMODULATION SIGNAL on lower side of symmetrical 5845 kHz.

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

USA [and non]   5850  VORW Radio International will be conducting a test
transmission on March 2nd, 9th, and 16th on 5850 kHz at 1000 UT via WRMI
Okeechobee Florida.

While this broadcast is beamed toward the Pacific Northwest, the purpose
of the test is to observe how transmissions are received in Northeast

Programs are 1 hour in length and feature a mixture of commentary and

If listeners in North America, Asia (or any other region, for that matter)
can hear the broadcast, contact me at
<vorwinfo -at->
with a reception report, it will receive E-QSL verification.

There will also be a transmission to Northeast Asia on March 9th via
ShortwaveService, additional details will be forthcoming.

Transmission Schedule:

Thursday 1000 UTC - 5850 kHz - to Pacific Northwest / Northeast Asia
Thursday 1300 UTC - 6070 kHz - to Europe
Thursday 2000 UTC - 6070 kHz - to Europe
Friday   0100 UTC - 7490 kHz - to North America
Friday   1130 UTC - 3210 kHz - to NSW Australia
(galactic172, dxld March 2)

USA   9395  Okeechobee, Florida, March 2nd, from 1710-1800 UT. Radio Miami
International. We were expecting to hear Un-Tru News from Son Power Radio.
Instead WRMI was playing golden oldies from the late 50's, 60's and 70's
(no 80's songs yet). Signal was S=9+10dB. Between every two one or two
songs, the WRMI ID was given. So what? No more TruNew from Sun Power Radio
on that frequency? We say GREAT!!
(JK and Josh, near Atlanta, Ga., USA,.dxld Mar 2)

USA   9395  March 2 at 0717 UT, this WRMI is playing classic rock, Dylan,
not // World Music on 5850, 6855, 7730 kHz.

TruNews is gone!

Until end of Feb, had been 24h/7d on WRMI-6, 355 degrees, since Global 24
crashed a couple years ago. TruNews was initially on two more frequencies,
then cut back to this one. TruNews still shows on the WRMI web schedule.
Rather, Flowing Streams Ministry of which TruNews is/was the flagship
program. Nothing on the TruNews website now about SW, or any radio
broadcasts, but plenty of far-right extremist un-true slanted "news".
Has Rick Wiles fallen out with WRMI, or simply a financial decision,
SW no longer worth it??

9395 kHz, another check March 2 at 1421 UT finds more classic rock,
"Stairway to Heaven"; 1423 UT break at odd time for WRMI ID by Bob
Biermann. Never announces the music so I have to identify it: then
"It's My Party" by Leslie Gore; 1430 UT a WRMI ID mentioning 9395 kHz
specifically; 1434 UT "Desiderata" (you are a child of the universe) NOT
the parody, shux. 1438 UT "Little Green Bag" by The George Baker Selexion;
1440 UT "The Monkees"; 1443 UT some doo-wop; 1446 UT "Smile a Little Smile
For Me, Rose Marie" by The Flying Machine, etc., etc.

All the announcements are by Biermann, and suspect he is programming this
now. Biermann's regular hour is "Your Weekend Show" which started on
TruNews, then expanded to various times (including mid-week) on other WRMI
frequencies, so he has survived the sinking ship of TruNews. Surely a
temporary filler until another full-time client for 9395 kHz can be found.
A golden opportunity to get some journalistically legitimate Public Radio
service on SW!!
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld March 2)

"Acc. to info received by Jim K5JG (ptsw list) from TruNews, they have
stopped transmission on shortwave."
(via Mauno Ritola-FIN, WRTH F_B, Mar 2)

VATICAN STATE   Vatican Radio listeners are badly upset.

After leaving the medium wave band (they had four frequencies active,
526 then 585, 1260, 1530, and 1611 kHz) and almost completely the
short wave band, the new management has targeted FM.

Vatican Radio also had four FM frequencies for the Rome area: 93.3, 96.3,
103.8, and 105 MHz. 105 MHz  was used for the Studio A programme, later
Radio Vaticana Italia, the others for services in various languages. The
first to go was 96.3 MHz, which broadcast InBlu Radio, a network service
for Catholic stations. Not a religious station, really one with excellent
information programmes in the morning and good selection of music. In
January, 93.3 MHz was rented to new network Radio Zeta l'Italiana, in
exchange, it is rumoured, for continuing DAB service throughout Italy
via the Eurodab multiplex (which, as Radio Zeta, belongs to the same
RTL 102.5 MHz group).

Finally, on 15 February, 103.8 MHz also stopped relaying Vatican Radio's
overseas programmes and started broadcasting the Italian programme in //
with 105 MHz (actually, reception on 105 is not satisfactory over the
entire Greater Rome area). Many Vatican Radio listeners don't understand
how come that the voice of the Catholic (that is, Universal) Church is now
heard (except for DAB in Italy) in just one city, though the Eternal one
[Vatican Radio], just like an ordinary parish station with its home-made
aerial on the bell tower.

And finally, Radio Monaco, the official station of the Principality, is
now heard on DAB (or RNT, as the French call it) in Monaco and Paris, in
addition to FM on the French Riviera.
(Stefano Valianti-ITA, in Southern European Report;
BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine March 2017)

VATICAN STATE    Vatican Radio. The End For Shortwave, A Terrible Deal

There was a big stir over the post from Settimo Cielo on February 20 about
the precarious situation of Vatican Radio now that it has ended up in the
hands of Monsignor Dario Vigano, prefect of the newly created secretariat
for communication.

In particular, the cutting of shortwave broadcasts and the announcement
that the transmission station at Santa Maria di Galeria will be closed
have plunged into dismay the supporters of this radio broadcasting system
that was the glory of Vatican Radio, because of its unique ability to
arrive as a free and true voice even in the most geographically and
politically inhospitable places of the world.

It was useless for competent voices to inform Monsignor Vigano that
closing the center at Santa Maria di Galeria makes no strategic sense.

This closure would come, in fact, precisely when some of the most powerful
radio networks of the world are not reducing but increasing their
shortwave broadcasts.

This is the case of the BBC in England and of Japan's NHK.

One year ago the British government allocated 85 million pounds for the
BBC to reach millions more listeners by shortwave, in addition to the
current 56 million, especially in Russia, North Korea, the Middle East,
and Africa.

As for NHK, it has already asked Vatican Radio for permission to use its
facilities at Santa Maria di Galeria to enhance its shortwave broadcasts
to Africa, since it is already at top capacity at its broadcast center in
Madagascar, which it has relied upon until now.

The center in Santa Maria di Galeria is universally recognized for its
excellence and would be a sure-fire source of revenue if, in addition to
continuing its own broadcasts, Vatican Radio were to rent out its
facilities to other broadcasters.

And then there is another misconception that Monsignor Vigano employs when
in order to justify the shutdown of shortwave he appeals to the
environmental encyclical of Pope Francis, "Laudato Si'."

He said in an interview with the magazine "Prima Comunicazione":

"I think of the emissions of carbon dioxide that shortwave produces. We
cannot proclaim ourselves outside of the magisterium of the Holy Father."

In reality, this consideration of his does not have the slightest
scientific foundation, as was promptly explained to Vigano not by one but
by several experts.

On the specialized portal Italradio, for example, the prefect of the
secretariat for communication could have found the explanation that analog
radio broadcasts release much less CO2 into the atmosphere than the
digital technologies with which he would like to replace shortwave.

And there are those who have calculated that a shortwave transmitter with
its antenna plus a receiving radio consume, in total, no more than 6 kW of
electricity, equal to two domestic consumers. Twenty times less than a
streamed broadcast, with all the technological apparatus that this

(English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)


(newspaper L'Espresso, 3 Mar, via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK / dxld)

VIETNAM   Noted again on Uwe's SDR unit in eastern Thailand:

Two symmetric spurious audio signals some
plus/minus 13.390 ... x.790 kHz kHz frequency away distance ...
of fundamental Daclac / Dak Lak - 'Buon Me Thuot' site transmitter
installation in Vietnam.

Observed on both domestic Vietnamese 4th domestic program service
on 6020 kHz, and VoVTN 1st sce on 7210 kHz program outlets at 0040-0100 UT
on Febr 27.

Nearby spurious accompanied from Daclac Vietnam 6020 kHz 4th domestic
progr transmission, 13.39 kHz distance apart on 6006.613 and 6033.387 kHz.
S=9+20dB or -56dBm signal in eastern Thailand remote SDR post.
Xylophone music heard at 0038 UT on Febr 27.

5975  VoVTN domestic sce from Hanoi Me Tri site, around 0041 UT
on Febr 27 at S=9+5dB level.

5925  Vietnamese service via Xuan Mai site, S=9+5dB signal to Eastern
Thailand remote SDR unit, at 0044 UT on Febr 27.

7210even  VTN  VoVTN 1st program at 0052 UT on Febr 27,
from Dac Lac - 'Buon Ma Thuot' TX site, S=9+25dB powerful signal level in
neighbouring Eastern Thailand SDR unit post, rough voice little distorted.

But as always the Dak Lak (Daclac) station produced two wider spurious
signals of 4 kHz wide bandwidth each, 13.79 kHz distance apart
on 7196.211 and 7223.789 kHz.
Latter on S=9+5dB signal level in Thailand rx installation.

Vietnam bc sites:
CK2 = Xuan Mai
DAL = Dac Lac, Buon Ma Thuot
HRI = Cypress Creek SC-USA
MET = Hanoi, Me Tri.
VN1 = Son Tay
OMO = Can Tho, Thoi Long. location  10 07 11 N  105 33 57 E

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

ZAMBIA   13680, on Sunday Febr 19 at 1415 UT, S4-S6 Voice of Hope - Africa
but in American accent with a story about Galilee & Simon Peter's doings.

This weekend-only broadcast is now our best chance to hear it with the
suspension of weekday mornings on 11680 kHz. 4965 & 6065 kHz in the
weekday evenings until 2200 UT are really too early for us.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Febr 22)


TITUS II SDR Receiver. Touchscreen Android tablet receiver,

fits analog and digital radio transmission formats including AM, FM,
shortwave, HD Radio, DAB+ and Digital Radio Mondiale.
The company is considering adding a DRM+ decoder.

see picture

In a recent edition of the DX Times I included a piece on the Titus II SDR
and its unveiling. I recently received an email from Radio NZ's Adrian
Sainsbury. In it he included a link to an article on the Titus II. I
include the article below. It has been heavily edited. The original
article can be found at


Unveiled at an international broadcasting meeting in Miami in August, the
Titus II SDR is not yet shipping. But it is described as capable of
receiving and playing analog and digital radio transmission formats
including AM, FM, shortwave, HD Radio, DAB+ and Digital Radio Mondiale.
The company is considering adding a DRM+ decoder.

The initial market is among worldwide broadcasters, particularly those
serving countries where listeners may lack internet; a secondary market is
individual listeners, hobbyists and others. PantronX will not supply all
decoders for all formats but add them preloaded as needed.

Looking much like a 1990s' boombox except that the central section is
entirely occupied by a touchscreen Android tablet, the Titus II's
software-controlled capabilities, ability to receive new transmission
formats through software upgrades and proposed price tag of about 90 euros
wowed HFCC delegates.
(via NZ DX Times magazine March 2017; via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)



An update to the International Schedules in the 2017 World Radio TV
Handbook can be downloaded at

(via NZ DX Times magazine March 2017; via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews March 4)


RIP - Robert J. Hill Jr.

Obituary - Bob Hill

With the passing of Bob Hill, our hobby has had a great loss.



Robert J. Hill, Jr., formerly of Littleton, passed away peacefully under
hospice care in Salem at the age of 79 on February 27. The beloved son of
the late Robert Joseph Hill and Virginia (Walters) Hill, Bob is survived
by his sister, Virginia N.H. Dodge, and brother-in-law, Dexter A. Dodge,
of Swampscott, and his brother, Gregory W. Hill of Somerville, as well as
several cousins and many friends.

He was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Class of 1964, and
served in the United States Air Force as a Russian language and
intelligence specialist, finishing first in his class at Army Language
School in Monterey, CA. After college and military service, he became a
public relations guru and skilled marketing writer for many years in and
around Boston, Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a teenager,
Bob qualified as an amateur ("ham") radio operator and throughout his life
enjoyed staying in contact with other "hams" throughout the world through
his call sign, W1ARR.

He developed a passion for contract bridge and participated in many
tournaments throughout New England, ultimately achieving the rank of Gold
Grand Master. With the advent of today's technology.
He was an accomplished wordsmith with a deep love of the English
language in all its variety and will be remembered for his sharp wit and
keen sense of humor. [...]
(via Ron Howard-CA-USA, to Glenn Hauser, dxld March 2)

From a fellow DXER, Bob was an icon.
He was always held in awe by those just a little younger.
Rest in peace, Bob.
(Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC-CAN, March 3)

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