NASWA Journal Columns · Listener’s Notebook, November 1996

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Listener’s Notebook, November 1996

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AFGHANISTAN

Note: If you came here looking for a schedule for the Voice of Sharia, please note that the schedule below is horribly out of date. You can find a more recent schedule in our December, 1998, Listener’s Notebook column. Note also that this station has not been reported received in North America.

Since the takeover of Radio Afghanistan by Taliban forces in late September 1996, the radio has at times identified itself as Radio Voice of Sharia. External service broadcsts in Uzbek, Urdu and English are carried immediately after the close of the domestic service at 1600. Sked:

0130-0335

Pashto/Dari

7200 (Sign on time varies to 0215)

0335-0800

Pashto/Dari

7200 Fr

1330-1600

Pashto/Dari

7200

(BBCM)

Recent reports in the shortwave press and Internet newsgroups of Radio Afghanistan using 4975 kHz appear to be wrong. BBC Monitoring hears only Tajik radio’s external service from Dushanbe on that frequency. (BBCM) I can’t confirm reports of Kabul before it fell to Taliban forces at 1500 UTC slot 4970 kHz. Only hear AIR Shillong and Kotakinabalu and Chn on 4970 kHz. I am not doubting them. Checking reports of Kabul on 4975 kHz we hear open carrier at 0050 UTC into tuning sig at 0058 UTC and st ID “Inja Dushanbe” Obviously reports of Kabul here would have stemmed from the Dari sce from TJK 0100-0200 UTC on this freq replacing listed 7245 kHz. As for Kabul itself freq checks at 0120 UTC revealed a carrier on 7197 kHz but at 0130 UTC observed unmodulated carrier on 7200 kHz on Oct 5th. On 6th Sarath W hrd Quoran chants at 0130 UTC without any tuning sig. On Mon 7th hrd Kabul s/on no tuning sig into lengthy 2 minute announcement and into chanting. 0215 UTC AFG mx. Regular now. Credit to Taliban for getting the st on the air within 48 hours of marching into Kabul! Alas we wont hear any women, those beautiful Pashto and Dari ones on the air anymore! (12Oct/Weerakoon & Goonetilleke-SRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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ALBANIA

TWR, for W96, plans to use the Albanian relay:

0600-0615

Kurdish

11635 (Sorani)

1515-1600

Kurdish

7155 (Sorani)

1830-1900

Kurdish

7155 (Kirmanji)

(Padula/EDXP)

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ANGOLA

Angolan government radio on 30th September reported that the Voice of the Resistance of the Black Cockerel, the radio station of the UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) movement, would in future function as a commercial station. The radio gave no further details. (BBCM)

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ARGENTINA

Comment on a recent item in DX-W [and thus LN] concerning the new frequency of 11055 from Argentine for MW stations on SW (SSB): I am sure the people at the British Antarctic bases will love this. 11055 is a channel for their SSB traffic since decades. If 9106.0 does not work they move up to 11055.0. The British bases are located exactly in the same region as the Argentines are. The frequency is also used by U.S. and German research stations on the Antarctic Peninsula at times. (Kuhl-FRG/DX-W/EDXP)

Radio Nacional Mendoza 6180v and Radio Malargue 6160v both seem to be off the air. On checks from 19-22/9 at a DX Camp, I only heard carriers on these frequencies but no programming. (Barrera-ARG/Cumbre/EDXP)

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ASCENSION ISLAND

For W96, 28/10, NHK proposed use of this relay is:

0700-0900

English and Japanese

7815

0930-1000

French

15120 17810

1300-1400

Japanese

15400 21490

(NHK sked/Rhodes/Padula/EDXP)

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AUSTRALIA

Arie Schellaars of Radio Australia reminds us that the future of the station is in doubt due to budget cuts. Listener support is needed to: Mr. Bob Mansfield, ABC Review, P.O. Box 1873, Canberra 2601, Australia; or <abcsubmit@mailhost.dca.gov.au> (20-Oct/World of Radio/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

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BANGLADESH

Radio Bangladesh has made a name change and is now identifying as “Bangladesh Betar” even for the English broadcasts. At 1227 UTC tuning sig and ID and freqs. Start of news at 1230 UTC “Here is the news from the the Ext Sce of Bangladesh Betar”. 7185 kHz good strength and mod, but //9548 kHz today badly overmodulated, going into distortion. (12-Oct/Weerakoon & Goonetilleke-SRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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BOLIVIA

4599.27

R. Villa Montes (t), from 1002-1010 fade. Audible when the dominant sta. on 4600 (Perla del Acre?) suddenly disappeared. No ID hrd, but M anncr in SS, apparent anthem at 1003 (but so far I haven’t been able to confirm it was Bolivian NA). Initially fair, but dropped rapidly.(2-Oct/Delibert/FT Updater)

4632.44

R. Once de Octubre, 0945-1030, Tlk by M at t/in and 1 actuality, so possibly nx.0948-0953 instru. mx w/W voice-over, then long block of ads and/or promos from 0955-1004 w/ments of “…la voz de…”, provincia, and poss. Peru. Then at 1004 the signal picked up slightly for a nice canned slow ID by W over flute and piano as: “…R. Once de Octubre ?? Pando Bolivia….para la emisore la ?? R. Once de Octubre….radio”. A musical jingle ad followed, then another very similar ID at 1005 by same W as: “Escreva la emisore compania, R. Once de Octubre, sonido estereo… (pause for mx)??R. Once de Octubre”. It was still going at 1020 w/roomy-sounding tlk by M. Fading badly by 1030. VERY surprised to ID this!!! Weak w/some SSB and lcl QRM. Almost gave up on it. A rare catch I’m sure. (1-Oct/Valko/FT Updater)

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BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA

From a ridiculously confusing sked posted online, here’s what I could decipher of the sked for Radio Jugoslavija Belgrade World Service until March 2nd, 1997:

0000-0030

Spanish

9720 9620

0030-0130

Serbian

6195 7115 Su

0030-0200

Serbian

6195 7115 Mo-Sa

0100-0130

English

6195 7115 Mo-Sa

0130-0200

Serbian*

6195 7115

0200-0230

English

6100 7130 7230

1330-1400

English

11835

1400-1430

Serbian

11835 (RTS relay)

1500-1530

Russian

11870

1530-1600

Arabic

11800 15175

1600-1630

Russian

6100

1600-1630

French

9620

1600-1630

Russian

11755

1630-1700

German

7215 9620

1700-1730

French

11800

1730-1745

??

6100

1745-1800

??

6100 Mo-Fr

1800-1830

Russian

7185

1900-1930

Russian

6100 7165

1900-2000

Serbian

7230

1930-2000

English

9720 Sa

1930-2000

Serbian

7230 Su-Fr

2000-2030

Serbian

7230 (RTS relay)

2000-2030

Spanish

7220

2000-2100

Serbian

6100

2030-2100

Serbian

6100 7230

2030-2130

Serbian

7230

2200-2230

English

6100 6185

(Klink-FRG)

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BOTSWANA

R. Botswana has been heard on new 9640 with English news at 1917-1922, Oct. 13, first noted Oct. 11 with a big signal, signing off after choral anthem until 2202* (Novello/World of Radio/Hauser)

Following up [the above] item about 9640, which Finn Krone, DSWCI DX Window says he can’t hear: I had an unID there one afternoon, but nothing lately. I might have pointed out the fairly obvious, that 9640 is 2 x 4820. To be strong in North Carolina, if unintentional, 4820 transmitter must have been mistuned, and perhaps subsequently fixed. (Hauser)

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BULGARIA

Radio Bulgaria English schedule as from Oct 27-March 29, 1997:

0000-0100

7375 9485

0500-0600

7375 9485

1130-1230

9440

2000-2100

7335 9700

2200-2300

7390 9700

(R. Bulgaria/BCDX/Bueschel)

v9774.8 kHz via [ex jamming SW transmitter] Radio Varna at 2100 UTC. News in Bulg, probably originating from MW 1143 kHz and read very rapidly by nervous-sounding announcer. At 2110 UTC, into different program-although no obvious indication it was the special progr for Bulgarian seamen that’s supposed to air at 2110 UTC on Fris. Three IDs by woman after 2112 UTC. Strong signal but distorted audio. (20-Sep/Hill/BCDX/Bueschel) Reports in either Bulgarian, English, or Russian to Radio Varna, Primorski Blvd. 22, BG-9000 Varna, Bulgaria. fax +359-52-230 581 (Bueschel/BCDX)

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CHINA-TAIWAN

The SW relay of the BCC Popular Network has not been audible for some time during the local Chinese morning period, 2100-2300. This service was previously audible at that time period on 11885 and 15125. However, the BCC News Network continues to be well heard on 11715, in period 2130-2200. 27/9 (Padula) Success! A new channel is 7420, signing-on at 2200, and audible here until fade-out around 2300. I cannot locate the second transmitter(if there is one!). (19-Oct/Padula/EDXP)

Central Broadcasting System, Taipei: English Language Lessons are carried every Friday UTC at 2230-2300 on 11970, professionally presented, and is orientated to Taiwanese events and culture, 27/9. (Padula/EDXP)

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CIS

Voice of Russia World Service changed its signature tunes as of 7th October… New one is a section of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition.” (BBCM)

Tentative schedule of SW transmitter site GPR-2, St. Petersburg Popovka:

5935

0100-0600

6035

1430-2300

6090

1700-2000

7120

1930-2200

7130

1400-2100

7140

1600-1900

7300

0000-0400

7335

0200-0700

7335

2030-2400

7340

1430-2000

7390

1630-2200

7425

1800-1830

9480

1600-2300

9715

0200-0600

9715

1530-2300

9820

0400-0800

9865

1600-2300

9890

1700-2300

9890

0000-0400

11785

0630-1400

12045

0730-1400

12065

1400-1600

13650

0630-0800

13650

1100-1500

GPR-4 Oktyabrskiy (Armavir-Krasnodar):

4945

1830-2130

5905

0300-0400

5915

0100-0200

5925

1530-2100

5940

1700-2200

5940

2230-0400

5965

1630-2400

6005

1530-2100

6185

0100-0400

7145

1230-1600

7255

1700-2100

7310

1530-2300

7325

0200-0500

7325

1500-2100

7360

1600-2300

7400

1600-2000

7400

2130-2400

9470

1400-2100

9725

1200-1600

9810

0000-0400

9875

1230-1500

11695

1300-1600

11720

0530-1200

15305

1100-1500

15490

1000-1200

15540

1000-1100

17580

0400-0800

17860

0800-1300

(12-Sep/Rudnev-RUS/BCDX/Bueschel)

The Voice of Russia company is obiously now responsible for the Russian-language “Golos Rossii” program. At 2100 UTC (6045 kHz) I heard “Golos Rossii” with the same IS as the foreign language broadcasts. Today at 1200 UTC (15430 kHz) they again use the old IS, but announcing itself as “Radiostation Golos Rossii, Russian language service”; VGTRK was no longer mentioned. Most likely has “Golos Rossii” taken over from VGTRK to Voice of Russia, as it was planned already in 1995. It seems, we have an end of the confusion and now the one and only Voice of Russia foreign service from Russia. [VGTRK is the “All-Russian state radio and TV company” and is responsible for Radio Rossii (do not confuse it with “Golos Rossii”, it are different programs) and RTR-TV.] (4-Oct/Ludwig-FRG/BCDX/Bueschel)

CRI Beijing via Russia now using 7175 kHz (ex 9880 kHz) at 2200-2255 UTC in English. (15-Sep/RWo via CJO/Benelux DX Hotline/BCDX/Bueschel)

VOM/Voice of Malta is now using 7390 and 7440 kHz at 1900-2100 UTC. Latter frequency is much stronger here, has very clean signal quality. (2-Oct/Bueschel/BCDX)

AWR Samara replaced 9895 by 7215 kHz at 1530 UTC. Also CRI in French is back on 7215 kHz at 2130-2227 UTC.

VoR Moscow Vietnamese sce freqs replaced by 15460 kHz 1200-1300 UTC, and from 1230 UTC on more powerful 9705 kHz.

ID jingle of “Universelles Leben” sect observed on 7380 & 7390 kHz at 2357 UTC.

R. Belarus Minsk replaced Kalodziscy 11960 kHz by usual winter freq of 7105 kHz, 250 kW, 252 degr. //7210 nondir, and Kiev-UKR relay 7180 and 9875 kHz. (29-Sep/ErbeFRG/Lieberwirth/BCDX/Bueschel) Using the following winter freqs: 6010, 7105, 7205, and 7210 kHz. (7-Oct/Belarus Telecom `Belteleradiocompany’/AMID/BCDX/Bueschel)

Krasnodarski Krai-Krasnodar region-on 6120 (x7325) kHz: Adygey Radio, Mons 1700-1800 in Adygean, Arabic, Turkish mixed. On Fris in Adygean only. Kabardain radio, Nalchik, 1730-1800 Wed, Thur, Sun in Kabardin (like Azeri or Turk language). “Mayak” progr at 0730-1500 UTC new 7310usb via Murmansk, 50 kW, 195 degr. “Rossii” progr 1600-2200 11575usb (x12175), and 5965 & 9850 till 2000. (18-Oct/PaniviewBUL/BCDX/Bueschel)

BBC WS via Tashkent is listed on 7430 (ex 9860) kHz at 1400-1500 UTC Hindi, 1500-1530 Nepali and 1630-1700 Bengali. (29-Sep/das Gupta/EDXP)

Seemingly, Kazakh Radio Almaty started new bc offensive in foreign languages towards EUR, at least on Mons-Fris via usual Kiev-UKR relay on both 7205 and 11705 kHz. Observed on Oct 3rd in English at 0930-1000 UTC with nx and feature progr, followed by German lang progr playing Kazakh folk mx. At 1030 UTC into Russian lang progr. Only direct frequ observed in /Almaty 9505 kHz. (3-Oct/Bueschel/BCDX)

Radio Tashkent Asian sce at 1200-1500 UTC, English at 1200 & 1330 UTC, now on winter frequs 5975, 7285, and 9715 kHz. Noted here on all three frequs, despite Warsaw in Russian is ahead on 7285 kHz till 1325 UTC. Announced also MW [local Taskent?, registered on 1062 kHz] 1060 kHz. (3-Oct/Bueschel-FRG/BCDX)

Mukto Prabaho or IBRA Radio is now noted via Tashkent transmitter site on new 7400 (ex 15470) kHz in Bengali at 1330-1400 UTC. They are announcing a new address in Calcutta: MUKTOPRABAHO, P.O. Box 9406, Calcutta-700 016, India. (6-Oct/das GuptaIND/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

Radio Moldova International, all Mo-Fr only:

0230-0255

Spanish

9400

0300-0330

Romanian

7520

0330-0355

English

7520

0400-0425

Russian

7520

0430-0455

English

7520

1200-1225

Spanish

15315

1230-1300

Romanian

9400

1930-1955

Russian

7520

2000-2025

French

7520

2030-2055

Spanish

7520

2100-2125

French

7520

2130-2155

Spanish

7520

2200-2225

English

7520

2300-2325

English

7520

(Sennitt)

Voice of Vietnam using Tbilisskaya Krasnodar relay daily in English at 0100-0300 UTC on new 5940 kHz, progr is 30 mins in duration, and repeated at 0130, 0200, and 0230 UTC. Power 1000 kW, 315 degrees towards NoAM and WeEUR. AWR Samara replaced 9895 by 7215 kHz at 1530 UTC. Also CRI in French is back on 7215 kHz at 2130-2227 UTC. CRI in English via Moscow relay at 2200-2257 UTC on winter frequ 7170 kHz. (6-Oct/RVI Radio World/BCDX/Bueschel)

“GOODBYE 7570!!! As of 15/10, I am no longer working with Radio ABC, and so the new management has decided to stop broadcasting on short wave. The final transmission (if there’ll be one) is believed to be the one on Sunday 20/10 1996 at 0800-1200 on 7570 (it’ll be a repeat of the previous week’s program). I hope QSL’s (which HAVE been printed) will be sent out to everyone-but please be patient! I am taking up a new job-due to be announced within a couple of days-which is VERY exciting and challenging for me, but unfortunately I can’t reveal anything yet. Best of 73’s. Stig Hartvig Nielsenz”. (19Oct/Rec.radio.shortwave/EDXP)

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CLANDESTINE-AFRICA

The pro-Hutu Burundian clandestine station Radio Democracy has been observed broadcasting on the shortwave frequency of 7040 kHz. The radio was first heard on this frequency at 0505 on 7th October broadcasting Kirundi songs in support of Leonard Nyangoma, leader of the proHutu National Council for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD), and interviews with Burundians on the security situation. Radio Democracy was heard again on 7040 kHz on 8th September from 0430. Heard on 8th October with the following announcement: “You are listening to Radio Democracy, the voice of the people. It was founded by the CNDD, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy. It broadcasts from Burundi. This radio has assigned itself the duty of assisting the citizens in their war to restore peace and democracy. Radio Democracy supports whoever fights for peace, whoever is fighting the killers [words indistinct]. Radio Democracy has pledged to speak the truth [word indistinct] and without complacency.” Radio Democracy is in fact thought to broadcast from Uvira in Zaire. (BBCM)

Radio Kudirat Nigeria now sked 1905-2010 in EE and vernaculars on usual 6205 kHz. (BBCM)

Voice of Sudan broadcasts on behalf of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), an umbrella group opposed to the current Sudanese government. It identifies itself as “Voice of Sudan radio, voice of democracy and peace, NDA radio” (Arabic: idha’at sawt al-sudan, sawt aldimuqratiyah wa’l-salam, idha’at al-tajammu al-Watani al-dimuqrati). Sked:

0400-0600

Arabic

12008U 9025

1600-1800

Arabic

12008U 9025 8000

(BBCM)

Radio Democracy, an extremist pro-Hutu station, was heard again on 22nd October at 0410 gmt, broadcasting in Kirundi on 7040 kHz. This is the same frequency on which the station had been heard earlier in October [see above]. Radio Democracy describes itself as “the voice of the people” and says it was founded by the National Council for the Defense of Democracy, CNDD. It is believed to be operated by a group calling itself the Front for the Defense of Democracy (FDD, the armed wing of the CNDD). Although the station says it broadcasts from Burundi, it is in fact thought to broadcast from Uvira in Zaire. In the past, Burundian government officials have called on the international community to take action to silence it. Broadcasts are in French. (BBCM)

Voice of Sudan announces new time-1500-1700-for its evening transmission. Morning program 0400-0600 remains unchanged. (BBCM)

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CLANDESTINE-ASIA

VO SoAzerbijan not heard in a week on 9927 kHz at 1530-1630 UTC. No luck with the new freq yet. (25-Sep/Goonetilleke-CLN/BCDX/Bueschel)

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CLANDESTINE-LATIN AMERICA

6255 R. Patria Libre at 2200 (to Colombia) UTC. “Somos una emisora rebelde al servicio del pueblo colombiano”, speaker said. Listeners’ input were invited by radio for Fri 1830 UTC, on usb6666 kHz. Back to normal 6250 kHz next day. 6325 kHz at 2214 UTC (tune by) to 2223 UTC signing off, announcing “Somos Colombia, somos las FARC, Ejrcito del Pueblo” or similar. Very difficult copy due to CW on LSB. (23-Sep/Klemetz-COL/DLB/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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CLANDESTINE-MIDEAST

Black “R. Baghdad” type radio station in Arabic observed at 2300-2400 UTC on v9563 and v9568 kHz. (4-Oct/BCDX/Bueschel)

Mother of Battles Radio (Arabic: idha’at umm al-ma’arik) is a service of official Iraqi radio. It was first heard in late January and early February 1991 during the Gulf War (which the Iraqis refer to as “the mother of battles”), after which time broadcasts appeared to be suspended following the disruption to Iraqi radio as a whole. Sked 1600-1900 in Arabic on 9750v. (BBCM)

Radio Message of Freedom, which broadcasts in support of the Islamic Party of Afghanistan, led by Golboddin Hekmatyar, was last heard on 24th September on 6221 kHz and had been heard regularly up to that time. (BBCM)

Radio Voice of Sharia, which made broadcasts hostile to the former government of Afghanistan and which gave publicity to the Islamic Movement and the Taleban, has not been heard recently on its variable 7 MHz shortwave frequency. (BBCM)

The opposition radio station which calls itself “Republic of Iraq Radio, Voice of the Iraqi People” carried the following schedule announcement in Arabic at 1300 on 8th October:

“We broadcast on the following frequencies: mediumwave at 1053 kHz, shortwave 31.38 metres, corresponding to 9560 kHz; shortwave 25.62 metres, corresponding to 1170 kHz [as heard; presumably 11710 kHz], shortwave 19.75 metres, corresponding to 15235 kHz; shortwave 31.35 metres, corresponding to 9570 kHz; shortwave 30.06 metres, corresponding to 9980 kHz; and shortwave 31.94, corresponding to 9380 kHz.” During checks between 1500 and 1700 on 10th October, the radio was observed on 9285, 9562, 9568, 9852 and 11713 kHz. (BBCM)

Voice of the People of Kurdistan (Kurdish: “aira dangi gelli kurdistana”, Arabic: “sawt sha’b kurdistan”) was first observed on 23rd October 1988, but may have been in existence for some time before then. It supports the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by Jalal Talabani. Sked:

0300-0500

Kurdish/Arabic

4020-4050v

1400-1600

Kurdish/Arabic

4020-4050v

(BBCM) “VO the People of Kurdistan” at 1430 UTC on 4105 & 6430(!) (x4030 & x6290) in Kurdish. (18-Oct/Paniview-BUL/BCDX/Bueschel)

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CONGO

RTV Congolaise, Brazzaville, observed back on 5985, 1952-2000 with long speech in French on social events, mixed with R. Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam carrying Afro pops. (Gornati/EDXP)

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COSTA RICA

The new printed sched by Secretaria Technica y de Programmas of Radio Exterior de Espana-REE is valid from Oct 27th 96 til March 1st,’97. Here are the transms of REE via relay st Cariari, all in Spanish lang:

0100-0400

3210 5970 5990

(Wed, Sat)

1100-1400

3210 9630 11815

(Mon-Fri)

1300-0100

11815

(Sat-Sun)

1400-0100

5970

(Sat-Sun)

1400-1800

11880

(Sat-Sun)

1800-2200

17870

1800-2400

5970 11815

(Mon-Fri)

2200-0100

11880

(Sat-Sun)

2200-2400

11880

(Mon-Fri)

Fax to REE Cariari: +506-2252938 (voice phone +506-7677308 and +506-7677311). (11-Oct/REE/Martinez y Martinez-ESP/DX Magazine/WWDXC/JKB/BCDX/Bueschel)

New media segment on R. for Peace International. Thanks to the cooperation of RFPI, I will be providing CONTINENT OF MEDIA (COM) on a monthly basis. The continent is: North America, primarily domestic media developments. For a one-week cycle it will follow W.O.R. immediately for an additional 15 minutes. Oct edition will probably start on the 19th: Sat 0430, 1130, 1830, Sun 0230, 0930, 2330, Mon 0730, Tue 1930, Wed 0330, 1030; maybe not Fri 2030-on 15050-usb day, 7385 and 6205-usb night. Oct. topics include: Lament for CBC, John Peel interview, the area code with only one number, where to read more on HAARP, blaming sunspots for solar transit outages, can the full moon affect the ionosphere? Further editions are expected to occur around the middle of Nov, Dec (Glenn Hauser)

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DENMARK

Radio Denmark, thru March 29 1997:

0030-0055

5905 7275 7465

0130-0155

7465 7520

0230-0255

7125 7465 7520

0330-0355

7165 7235 7520

0430-0455

5965 7305 7520

0530-0555

5965 7520 9590

0630-0655

5965 7180 9590 11735

0730-0755

7180 9590 11720

0830-0855

9580 13800

0930-0955

13800 15220

1030-1055

15220 17840

1130-1155

7295 15270

1230-1255

9590 9910 11840 15605

1330-1355

9590 9910 11840 15605

1430-1455

11730 11840

1530-1555

9485 9520 9540

1630-1655

9590 9910 11840

1730-1755

7485 7520 9590 13800

1830-1855

5960 7485 9590

1930-1955

5960 7485 9590

2030-2055

7480 7520

2130-2155

7315 7465 7520

2230-2255

6145 9840

2330-2355

5905 7275 7465

The letterbox-program, “Tune In”, is heard on the last Saturday of the month, from 0938. In 1996 only a 15-minute ENGLISH program is broadcast on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 0938. (Koie-R. Denmark)

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ECUADOR

New HCJB frequency manager is David Lewis, transmitting engineer at Pifo transmitter site.

0000-0359

English

9745

0000-0500

English

21455

0030-0100

French

9415

0115-0130

Tadjik

5860

0130-0200

Uzbek

5860

0200-0430

Russian

5860

0430-0458

Japanese

9765

0430-0500

German

5860 9415

0500-0515

Ukrainian

5860

0500-0700

English

9445 9745 21455

0515-0700

Russian

5860

0530-0600

Czech

9765

0530-0600

Slovak

9765

0600-0630

German

9765

0630-0700

French

9765

0700-0730

Spanish

9765

0700-1100

English

9445 21455

0800-0930

Portuguese

6125

0830-1000

Portuguese

6110

0830-1400

Portuguese

3220 6080

0930-1000

German

6125

1030-0504

Spanish

6050

1030-1400

Spanish

9765 11960

1100-1600

English

21455 12005 12025

1130-1200

Japanese

9415

1400-0458

Spanish

15140

1500-1800

Portuguese

15295

1600-1900

Spanish

21455

1830-1900

Czech

12025 15550

1830-1900

Slovak

12025 15550

1900-1930

German

12025 15550

1900-2200

English

11960 21455

1930-2000

French

12025 15550

2000-2130

Arabic

12025 15550

2100-0300

Portuguese

3220 6080

2130-2228

Spanish

12025 15550

2130-2358

Portuguese

9745

2200-2300

Japanese

11615 21455

2230-2300

Russian

12005

2300-0230

Portuguese

11615

2300-2400

German

12005

2300-2400

Spanish

21455

A lot of time and frequency changes, morning Nordic program ceased.**HCJB also broadcasts 24 hours per day in upper sideband on 21455 kHz (1.5 kw) at 35/225 degrees in various languages. (direct)

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ETHIOPIA

Voice of Tigray Revolution, 5500, OC 0320, IS 0327 to s/on 0332, man and women announcers. Very good signal, s9 to 10db/s9. Though well past sunrise, signal held up surprisingly well for the next hour, only dropping off to s6-7. Audio clip on our Web site. (14-Oct/Sundstrom)

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FINLAND

Radio Finland on 9275 noted at 1927, transmission in AM compatible USB (USB with carrier!), 34443 @30 stopped. Does anyone know what they are doing there or why it is there? Many times heard them there over the last 2-3 years. (22-Sep/Liangas-GRC)

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FRANCE

RFI Paris in German at 1700-1800 UTC [winter 1800-1900] now back on 3985 kHz, //6150 kHz. (29-Sep/Erbe & Ludwig-FRG/BCDX/Bueschel)

TWR-Monte Carlo, for W96, effective 27/10 . . . evening sign-off on SW will be 1845, following the Russian and Belarus programs on 7355 and 5890. Morning services will open on SW at 0615 with Polish on 7385 and 5895. (Padula/EDXP)

RFI’s 10th SW rotating aerial operational. The 10th SW rotating aerial, Amazone, installed by TDF [Telediffusion de France] for Radio France Internationale [RFI], came on stream on 29th Sept 1996. The 500-kW system will bc 18 hours a day from the Issoudun site [in central France]. It replaces the 100-kW Issoudun C and Allouis transmitters. The resulting increase in the power of SW bcs will help improve the reception of RFI in the following zones: NoAF, 10 h of progrs in French. Main SW freqs: 11845 kHz, from 0800-1300 UTC, and 6175 kHz from 1500-1900 UTC. Eastern Europe, seven hours of progr in French. Main SW freqs: 15195 kHz, from 1300-1500 UTC, and 9605 kHz from 1500-1900 UTC. EaAF and Indian Ocean, one hour of progr in French. Main freq: 15300 kHz, from 1800-1900 UTC. (13Oct/RFI/BBCM/AGDX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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FRENCH POLYNESIA

v15167 kHz, RFO-there has been speculation in recent months that this station is leaving SW. Now we have a complete report from Terry Palmershein, who recently visited Tahiti: The station will continue to use v15167 kHz until the transmitter”dies”, it will not be fixed or replaced. They are no longer using v6135 or v11827 kHz [or v9751]. Although I was not able to meet with station personnel, I did manage to get pics of the RFO building in the gov. center, which is guarded and w/ barred windows. The transmitters are about 5 km North of Papeete next to a military site; but not really protected as such. Both transmitters (MW/738 & 15167.x) are on 24 hrs. near as I could tell; but the SW is really quite weak even near the site! If they’re using 20 kW on SW, you couldn’t convince me of that! (25Sep/Palmershein/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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GERMANY

One German station seems to have gone off, Radio Bremen on SW 6190 kHz 50 kW was no more monitored for over a week now. Is this one permanently `deceased’ now? It always put in an enormous sig here and it was always difficult to hear anything else co-channel. Now, I hear the BBC, which I guess is via a new 100 kW transmitterin RSA. R. Tashkent is also using this frequency, I think they change from 6195 to 6190 kHz at 1550 UTC with Uzbek, 1630 Persian, 1700 Arabic, and 1730 Uzbek again. BBC RSA becoming very strong some days, as early as from 1610 UTC. (9-Oct/Green-UK/BCDX/Bueschel) Radio Bremen, technical department, has confirmed, that the SW transmitter on 6190 kHz was definite shut down at Oct 1st. In the past, this transmission was primarily operated to serve the German Democratic Republic with the 2nd program from “Sender Freies Berlin”. But “Sender Freies Berlin” has stopped transmission via Bremen in 1994, and Radio Bremen found it not necessary to continue the “bad quality SW sce”. (Ludwig-FRG/BCDX/Bueschel)

But we should not forget, there are other SW outlets from domestic broadcasters in Germany:

6005

Deutschlandradio Berlin (100 kW Telefunken);

6030

Sueddeutscher Rundfunk Stuttgart (20 kW own construction);

6085

Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich (250 kW Telefunken);

7265

Suedwestfunk Baden-Baden (20 kW Radioindustry Zagreb [Siemens]);

Nice DX targets for listeners outside Europe, I feel. Credits to the committed engineers for saving the SW transmitters against economy measures! (18-Oct/Ludwig-FRG/BCDX/Bueschel)

Here is the AWR Europe schedule via German telekom Jülich: 5900 Bulgar 0400, Roman 0500, Hung 0600-0700. 6015 Roman 1900, Hung 2000-2030. 7110 Bulg 1700-1800. (7230 also Forli-I 0800 & 1100 Italian.) (Bueschel/BCDX)

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GUAM

KTWR has introduced a new English program for North East Asia from 27-Oct.Sked is 1000-1200 on 9870, in addition to other English programs 0845-1000 11830; 0730-0915 15200 and 1500-1630 in 11580. (Francis/EDXP)

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GUATEMALA

Big open carrier Oct. 15 at 1055 on 4835 indicated R. Tezulutlan was about to sign on at 1100 instead of 1000 as in WRTH, perhaps due to no DST; and indeed it did, with repeated signature signal, announcements in Maya with numbers in Spanish, 4835, 60 metros y FM, amid annoyingly heavy reverb. A bit better when live announcer came on about 1105. Listened for half an hour but no English plugs for donations as I previously heard about 6 months ago after 1200, and recorded amid too much static, nor this time in 1200-1230 period unless during xmsn break at 1206-1210. At 1215 Spanish ID introducing another program, but it was not in Spanish; fading by 1230. Within a few Hz of 4835.0, not 4835.2 as in WRTH (Hauser)

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HONDURAS

Received an interesting e-mail message from a Santa Barbaran studying in the US who had come across my website. He tells me that my old friend Antonio Hasbun, gerente-propietario of La Voz del Junco, 6075 passed away about three years ago when he was electrocuted while working in the transmitter plant. I meet Antonio on my second day in Santa Barbara when he stopped in his jeep to give me a ride while I was walking back into town. With Antonio gone, I doubt that LV Junco will come back to SW. The SW transmitter was just a hobby for him. It had no commercial value. (Moore/Cumbre DX) commercial value. (Moore/Cumbre DX)

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ICELAND

Rikisutvarpid Reykjavik registered time & freqs from Oct 27th [but two or three transmitters on air in parallel]:

1215-1315

11580 11710 13800 15070 15100 Su/Mo

1410-1445

11580 11710 13800 15070 15100 Su/Mo

1855-1930

3920 3940 5820 5840 7520 7540 9380 9500

1935-2010

11580 11680 13800 15070 15100

2300-2335

9380 9500 11580 11710 13800

All in Icelandic language, and reduced carrier -6 dB. (18-Sep/PaniviewBUL/BCDX/Bueschel)[Note: these are just frequencies on which they’re registered to transmit…obviously, they’ll not be using more than two or three channels at a time-AQ]

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INDIA

AIR in Tibetan at 1215-1330 UTC replaced 9565 by 7410 kHz. (18-Sep/PaniviewBUL/BCDX/Bueschel)

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INDONESIA

3204.4

RRI Bandung 1528 Javanese traditional mx. 1543 Local pops. 1559 RPK. 1600 Jakarta nx relay. 1605 ID by M “Inilah Radio Republik Indonesia Bandung”. Poor. (11-Oct 11/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX) 3214.7 RRI Manado. 1326 Local pops. Fair. (28-Sep 28, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN)

3264.7

RRI Gorontalo pop music program and ID by woman at 1227. No sign of RRI Bengkulu. (25-Sep/Johnson/Cumbre DX) 3344.9 RRI Ternate 1253 talk by man who gave an ID. At 1255 there was easy listening music which lasted until 1259 SCI. At 1300 the station had RRI news//Ujung Pandang/4753. (26Sep/Johnson/Cumbre DX)

3395.1

RRI Tanjungkarang 1505 Jakarta nx relay. 1511 ID by W “Radio Republik Indonesia Tanjungkarang”, then Indian style mx. Poor. Stn now signs off at 1605 (ex-1705) (11-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

3976.1

RRI Pontianak Sign on at 0953. Local pops. Poor. (10-Oct/YamadaJPN/Jembatan DX) 4000.0 RRI Padang. 1501 Lagu melayu & M tlk. Sign off at 1700. Not relayed Jakarta nx at 1500 & 1600, and not heard local nx at 1630. Fair. (10-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX) 4003.2 not noted recently. (Yamada)

4000.2

RRI Kendari 1201 Jakarta nx relay. 1210 Dangdut mx. 1229 IS. 1230 Local nx. 1235 ID by M “Radio Republik Indonesia Kendari” then local pops. Fair. (10-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

4766

RRI Medan (p) 1430-1442* IS of sorts on keyboard at BoH, tlk by M and W, with ment of Medan. Closing anmts by M, off suddenly at 1442. No sign of them since. (23Sep/Martin/Cumbre DX)

4777.1

RRI Jakarta now carries on past its listed 1700*. (Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

4844.8

RRI Ambon 0923 Reading of Holy Koran. 0928 Islamic mx. 0936 Tlk by M. 0947 Instrumental mx. 0950 Local pops. 1000 Jakarta nx relay. 1008 ID by M “Kembali Radio Republik Indonesia Ambon, Programa Daerah”. then tlk. Poor. (11-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

4874.5

RRI Sorong generic RRI ID at 1228 and then start of Kang Guru II English program at 1230, which lasted until about 1255. (25-Sep/Johnson/YamadaJPN/Jembatan DX)

4931.6

RRI Surakarta 1745 All night wayang kulit program. Very poor. (28Sep/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

5040.0

RRI Pekanbaru 1730 Extended program of all night wayang kulit. Fair to poor. (28-Sep/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

5987.5

RRI Manado (p) 0755 Tlk by M. Suddenly sign off at 0759. Poor. (11Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

6069.8

RRI Jayapura 0748 Drama. 0800 Jakarta nx relay (Not heard RPK before nx). 0806 Tlk from RRI Jakarta. Poor. (10-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

6153.2

RRI Biak 0858 Reading of Holy Koran. 0904 Islamic mx. 0908 Local mx. Fair to poor. (5-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

6153.2

RRI Biak 0858 Reading of Holy Koran. 0904 Islamic mx. 0908 Local mx. Fair to poor. (5-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

7173.2

RRI Serui 0820 Telephone conversations relayed from RRI Jakarta Programa Ibukota Satu. 0858 Reading of Holy Koran. 0905 Local pops. Suddenly s/off at 0910. Poor. (6-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

7230.9

RRI Fak Fak 1153 Local pops. 1159 RPK. 1200 Jakarta nx relay. 1210 ID by M “Radio Republik Indonesia Fak Fak”. Poor. (9-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

7234.4

RRI Palu 0830 Telephone conversations relayed from RRI Jakarta Programa Ibukota Satu. 0858 Local mx. Suddenly s/off at 0859. Poor. (6-Oct/YamadaJPN/Jembatan DX)

9552.1

RRI Ujung Pandang 0020 Dangdut & local pops. 0100 Drama. Poor. (10Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

9705.0

RRI Pontianak 0605 Jakarta nx relay. 0615 ID by W ” siaran Radio Republik Indonesia Pontianak”, then “Butir Butir Pasir di Laut”. 0630 Local pops. 0656 suddenly sign off. Poor. (10-Oct/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

I paid a visit to RRI Ujung Pandang. I spoke to the kepala stasiun Mr. Beni Koesbani and the head of the technical department Mr. Ashan Muhammad. Mr. Ashan Muhammad informed me that RRI is on shortwave now with 2 programs via 5x 250 kW transmitters from the location Bontosunggu (times and frequencies : see info from Gerhard Werdin).

The schedule of RRI Ujung Pandang is as follows:

0000-0800

9550 (7.5 kW)

2100-2400

4750 (20 kW)

0800-1600

4750 (20 kW)

0000-0800

2490 (2 kW)

4719 khz SW is standby with 50 kW in case the 20 kW 4750 khz transmitter breaks down. Reception reports can be send to :

Mr. Beni Koesbani, Kepala Stasiun and
Mr. Ashan Muhammad, Kepala Bidang Teknik
Departemen Penerangan RI
Stasiun RRI Nusantara IV
Jalan Riburane No. 3
Ujung Pandang 90111 (van Arnhem/DX Window/Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

Sign off time of Indonesian stations in Sulawesi Island is as follows:

2490

RRI Ujung Pandang

-2100* Switches to 4753.4kHz at 2100.

3214.8

RRI Manado

-1410*

3264.6

RRI Gorontalo

-1300*

3960

RRI Palu

Not heard in Japan due to heavy QRM.

4000.2

RRI Kendari

-1550*

4753.4

RRI Ujung Pandang

-1610* Switches to 2490kHz at 1610.

5987.7

RRI Manado

-0800*

7234.4

RRI Palu

-0900*

9552.2

RRI Ujung Pandang

-0800* Switches to 4753.4kHz at 0800.

(Yamada-JPN/Jembatan DX)

Info on the inauguration of RRI’s new transmitters by David Foster… RRI’s nine new 250 kW transmitters were officially inaugurated on Sep 14. In a 1-1/2 hour live bcast of the opening ceremony near Ujung Pandang, beginning at 0245 UTC on RRI Jakarta Programa Nasional, it was anncd that five of the nine transmitters, all believed to be supplied by Marconi, are situated at Bonto Sunggu in Kabupaten Gowa, 19 km south of UP. The other four are located at Cimanggis (Jakarta). A sked was anncd, itemizing eight (not nine) freqs: Bonto Sunggu: 9565 kHz, (?)-1400 UTC to Maluku & Irian Jaya; 9630 kHz, 2100-1000 UTC to Sumatra, Jawa Barat & Kalimantan, both with Programa Nasional 1; 11750 kHz, 2000-2400 UTC to Sumatra, Jawa Barat & Kalimantan; and 11885 kHz, 0500-0900 UTC to Maluku & Irian Jaya, both with Programa Nasional 2. Cimanggis: 9680, 11790 (prob. 11785), 15125 & 15150 kHz, no sked anncd.

There are four new antenna arrays at Bonto Sunggu, six at Cimanggis. Info was also given on costs, the area of the sites, elec. generators, modulation systems, and that two channels are available on the Palapa satellite for the feed to Banta Sunggu. This project was Marconi’s third in Indonesia. Information Minister Harmaka opened the facility, and the ceremony was also attended by a representative from Marconi UK and the First Secretary of the British Embassy. A fourth Marconi project will involve three new 250 kW FS transmitters, believed to be located at Cimanggis.

Notes to the above: (1) Programa Nasional 1 and 2 are new references. There has only been one Programa Nasional until now, although it was known to split into two networks at 0030-0200 and 0830-1000 UTC (not daily). [See October LN-AQ] (2) Scheduled times have actually been changeable, although it is interesting to note that 9630 kHz was anncd to close at 1000* and has actually done so over the past few weeks. (3) Perhaps the missing ninth freq represents a standby transmitter or one still to come on-line. (4) Possibly Marconi’s previous two projects involved the establishment of the presently-inactive 250 kW transmitter site at Padang Cermin near Medan, and the current high power FS transmitter on 9525 kHz. (Foster/OZDX/Jembatan DX/BCDX/Bueschel) This seems only logical since at least the regional (nusantara) RRI stns have had a 2nd prgr for some time already. Concerning the different IS method, RRI Programa Nasional uses the Rayuan Pulau Kelapa (Song of the Coconut Islands) as an IS just before the nx on the hour. The VO Indonesia uses an instr version of RPK at the end of each language section. RRI PN usually plays the NA (Indonesia Raya) at the end of the nx, as does VOI at the end of each txmn block. There is also a `Pancasila’ song hrd sometimes (Pancasila being the state ideology). There’s also a jingle `..Radio Republik Indonesia..’ hrd occasionally. (Werdin/OZDX/Jembatan DX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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IRAN

VOIRI observed with French 0630-0730 on 11790, 15260, 15325 (=ex 15320). (RVI 13/10 via Cees van Oudheusden/EDXP)

VoIRI Tehran in Arabic 0330-0730 replaced 15350 by 15355 kHz. [Mixture of 15084/15315] Armenian at 1630-1657 new 9610 & new 5995 kHz. Unid language [Pushtu] at 1230-1325 UTC on 15345 kHz. VoPIR in Arabic: new times 1200-1300 new 11745 kHz. 1930-2030 new 6035,//7190, 9665 kHz. (18-Sep/Paniview-BUL/BCDX/Bueschel)

Today I received some magazines, info and a “thank you for writing” letter from The Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I can’t remember when I sent them a reception report, but that must be years ago. For your information: The station would ike to call and talk directly.They’ll even broadcast your conversation ( only and only) upon request. They have decided to allocate a part of the program to phone conversations they have with their listeners. You can send your phone number to the postal adress PO Box 19395-6767, Tehran-Iran or fax to (9821) 205 16 35. Please note that they must receive 2 receptionreports before they send a QSL card. They advise to send two reports together to save time and postage expences. By the way, on a small card, included in the envelope they also give the adress PO Box 19395-3333 Tehran, Iran, and fax 291095. (9-Oct/van Arnhem-HOL/BCDX/Bueschel)

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IRAQ

Republic of Iraq Radio sked:

0255-0015

Arabic

9715 7157 4615

0315-2130

Kurdish

6560

(BBCM)

Republic of Iraq Radio’s Mother of Battles Radio service is currently observed from 1600 to 1900 on 9750, not announced 9745. In its opening announcements at 1600 on 19th September, the radio gave its target areas as follows:

“Brothers in Arabism, our transmission comes to you on the following channels: Mediumwave 432 metres corresponding to 693 kHz, beamed to our listeners in the Arabian Peninsula and the Arabian Gulf; mediumwave 217.8 metres corresponding to 1377 kHz, beamed to our listeners in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt; shortwave 31 metres corresponding to 9745 kHz, beamed to our listeners in the Arab Maghreb countries [see above].” (BBCM)

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ISRAEL

Tentative Kol Israel schedule for Winter 96-97:

0000-0655

Reshet Bet

7495

0400-0500

Reshet Bet

9435

0400-0610

Reshet Bet

9390

0400-0630

Arabic

9815

0400-2215

Arabic

5915

0500-0515

English

7465 9435 17545

0515-0530

French

7465 9435

0545-1000

Arabic

15480

0600-0630

Reshet Bet

9435

0700-1455

Reshet Bet

17545

0700-1655

Reshet Bet

15615

0800-1200

Reshet Bet

13750

1200-1300

Reshet Gimel

17575 17695 Thu

1300-2215

Arabic

15480 9815

1430-1455

Yemenite

15650 Tu

1500-1530

English

11605 9390

1500-1625

Persian

9435 7465 15640 (Fr & Sa 1500-1600)

1500-1700

Reshet Bet

11590

1530-1600

French

11605 9390

1600-1630

Russian

9435 7395/7465 Fr/Sa

1600-1700

Reshet Bet

11605

1600-2305

Reshet Bet

9390

1625-1635

Spanish

7465

1625-1655

Bukharian/Georgian

9435 7465 Su/Th

1630-1655

Reshet Gimel

9435 7395 Fr/Sa

1635-1645

Moghrabi

7465

1645-1700

Ladino

7465

1700-1730

Yiddish

7465 11605 9435 7395

1700-2400

Reshet Bet

7495

1725-1745

Romanian

11605 9435 7395

1745-1800

Hungarian

11606 9435 7395

1800-1830

Reshet Bet

7465

1800-1830

Yiddish

11605 9435 7395

1830-1955

Russian

7465 9435

2000-2025

English

5885 7465 9435 15640

2030-2050

French

5885 7465 9435 15640

2050-2100

Spanish

5885 7465 9435 15640

(12-Oct/Ogrizek/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

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ITALY

Adventist World Radio [AWR] received a long-awaited license from the Italian Ministry of Post and Telecommunications on 19th September 1996. The licence gives AWR opportunity to build a major shortwave radio station near Argenta, Italy. The broadcast facility will provide coverage of the nations from Morocco in the west to the nations of Pakistan and India in the east. The new station will compliment AWR’s short wave station on Guam, says Gordon Retzer, AWR president. More than 30 languages are scheduled to be broadcast from the Argenta station, including several languages new for AWR, such as Turkish, Kazakh and Uzbek. AWR already broadcasts in Arabic and Farsi. AWR has sought legal authorization for broadcasting from Italy since 1985 when it established a small shortwave facility near Forli, Italy. “This longanticipated licence permits AWR to own and operate its own facility in Europe,” said Retzer. “This has been an objective since AWR first started broadcasting from leased facilities in Portugal in 1971.” Construction of the new facility will begin in 1997 and should be ready for broadcast in 1999. (DSWCI “DX Window”/BBCM)

Italian Private stations. This list was compiled by Dario Monferini, Italy, as provided for the WRTH97, and is acknowledged to “Play DX”.

3925

0.5 kW

Radio Mariquita/Alpen Adria, Treviso 1800-2300v; (1)

6012v

5

Tele Radio Stereo, Roma, 24hrs;

6232v

0.5

Radio Speranza, Modena, 24 hrs irregular;

6252v

0.5

Radio Mistero, Torino, 0800-1000v;

6295v

0.5

Good Fun, Treviso, 1900-1000v;

7140

15

Radio Maria Network Europe, relay Spoleto, 24 hrs;

7303

0.5

Radio Europe, Pioltello (USB), 0800-1400v;

7475

0.5

Radio Strike, Palermo, 0800-1300v;

7500

1

Radio Internazionale Italia, Padova, 0800-1000v;

Addresses:

(1)

c/o G.A.M.T., PO Box 3, Succ. 10, I-31100 Treviso;

(2)

Via Bitossi 18, I-00136 Roma;

(3)

Largo San Giorgio 91, I-41100 Modena;

(4)

c/o Promoradio, C.P. 873, I-34100 Trieste;

(5)

c/o G.A.M.T., PO Box 3, Succ. 10, I-31100 Treviso;

(6)

Via Turati 7, I-22036 Erba (LC);

(7)

c/o Play-DX, Via Davanzati 8, I-20158 Milano;

(8)

c/o Radio Scaglione, PO Box 119, Succ. 34, I-90144 Palermo;

(9)

E-mail:word@cdc.it

(Play-DX #904/EDXP)

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JAPAN

NHK Radio Japan Gen Sce English schedule for W96 season:

0100-0200

11790 11840 11860K 13630 15475 15590 17685 17810

0300-0400

5960C 11790 11840 15230 17810

0500-0600

6110C 6150UK 11740 11910 11920K 17810

0700-0800

7230UK 11740K 11850 11910 11920K 15165G 15590 17810 17815A

0900-1000

7125 11815 11850

1100-1200

6120C 7125 11815

1400-1500

7125 7200 7225 9535 11705-C

1500-1600

7200 7225 9535 15355-G

1700-1800

6035 7200 7225 9535 11880-S 12005-UK

1900-2000

6035K 6035 7140 7200 9535

2100-2200

6035K 9560 9825 11850

2300-2400

6180-UK 9560 9825 11850

A=Ascension Isl C=Sackville Canada F=Montsinery, Fr Guiana G=Moyabi Gabon K=Kranji Singapore S=Ekala Sri Lanka UK=Skelton and Woofferton, United Kingdom (20-Oct/NHK R. Japan “MediaRoundUp”)

Sapporo 6005, DSB compatible mode, NHK ID 0908, //1815. Also heard on 3607.5 (Tokyo) in SSB-USB. 600-5 quite solid, standby transmitter. (6-Oct/Vitek/EDXP)

From 27 October, Radio Japan replaced 11725 and 21610 with 11910 and 15590 kHz for the 0700 program. At that same time, they also renamed the station Radio Japan NHK World Network, Tokyo.” (BBCM) [Somehow now quite as catchy as “Radio Japan.”-AQ]

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JORDAN

Radio Jordan sked:

0000-0300

Arabic

11935

0400-0600

Arabic

11810 9630

0600-0815

Arabic

15290 11835 11810 9630

0815-1100

Arabic

15455 15290 11835

1100-1300

Arabic

15355 11810-(fm 1030)

1200-1300

English

11970

1300-1600

Arabic

11810

1500-1730

English

11970

1600-1900

Arabic

6105

1900-2100

Arabic

11740 6105

2200-2400

Arabic

15435 6105

Internet website: http://iconnect.com/jordan/radio.html (BBCM)(10-Oct/SchaayHOL/BCDX/Bueschel)

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KIRIBATI

v9824.95 kHz, Radio Kiribati, 0826-0858 UTC, F & M anncrs talks in Kiribate-se, with very nice Pacific islands mx, hrd ID as “Kiribati” at 0830 UTC. (21-Sep/BarreraARG/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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LEBANON

According to a Lebanese newspaper account, there are moves afoot to license Voice of Lebanon. (BBCM)

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LIBERIA

Radio Liberia, which identifies as Radio Liberia shortwave service, or Radio Liberia world service, is believed to broadcast in support of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). Programs are in English. Address: c/o Kiss FM 89.9, PO Box 1103, Monrovia, Liberia. Tel +231-229663 Fax: +231-226003

0500-0800

5100

0800-1800

6100

1800-0200

5100

(BBCM)

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LIBYA

Hearing an Arab on 9700 kHz s/on at 1700 UTC; 1715 UTC pips and chimes and Qu’ran chants. Noted 24th, located //15435 kHz. I feel it’s Libya. (25-Sep/GoonetillekeCLN/BCDX/Bueschel)

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MADAGASCAR

RTV Malagasy noted this evening in vernaculars around 1550 UTC into French at 1600 UTC on new v4960.9 kHz. [also observed in Germany by Matthias Gatzke around 1730 UTC] (6Oct/Weerakoon & Goonetilleke-SRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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MALAYSIA

No signals for many days upon checking 3385 kHz from RM Miri. So instead RRI Kupang coming thru ok on v3384.9 kHz around 1300 UTC past 1500 UTC. (11-Oct/GoonetillekeSRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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MALI

CRI Beijing via Bamako relay 0000-0500 UTC: v9709.9 and v11694.9 kHZ, 0000 UTC English, 0100 Cant, 0200 Chinese, 0300 English, 0400-0457 Chinese. (11Oct/Bueschel/BCDX)

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MALTA

VOM (formerly Voice of the Mediterranean) is a non-commercial external radio broadcaster. VOM’s services to Europe are funded by the governments of Malta and Libya, but transmissions to other areas, which identify on the air as “Radio Melita”, are financed by the Maltese government.

Voice of the Mediterranean began broadcasting on 1st September 1988. It broadcast via the Deutsche Welle relay station on Malta until the closure of those facilities in January 1996. After a period of inactivity VOM resumed broadcasting in June 1996 using transmitters in Russia. Address: VOM, PO Box 143, Valletta CMR 01, Malta Tel: +356248080/240421/220950 Fax: +356-241501

0130-0230

English

17570 15550 Su

0230-0330

Maltese

17570 15550 Su

1900-2000

Arabic

7440 7390 Fr

1900-2000

English

7440 7390 Sa-Th

2000-2030

French

7440 7390 Su

2000-2100

Arabic

7440 7390 Mo-Sa

2030-2100

German

7440 7390 Su

(BBCM)[For consistency’s sake, this should be listed under CIS, but I forgot to do so and that page is done already!-AQ]

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NETHERLANDS

Radio Nederland English schedule from Oct 27th:

0030-0125

6020B 6165B 5905D 7305A

0130-0225

5905D 7305A 9860M 11655M

0230-0325

9860M 11655M

0430-0525

5995B 6165B

0730-0825

9830B 11895B

0830-0925

5965B 9830B 13770F

0930-1130

5965B 7260P 9810I 9830B

1130-1325

6045J 7190N

1330-1525

9895M 13700F 15585M

1530-1625

9895M 12090M

1730-2025

6020M 9605M 11655R

1830-2025

15315B 17605B (not announced:? 7300F)

2030-2126

4945K 7300F 9860M 11655B

2330-0025

6020B 6165B

A=Almaty-KAZ, B=Bonaire-ATN, D=Dushanbe-TJK, F=Flevoland-HOL, I=Irkutsk-RUS, J=Juelich-D, K=Krasnodar-RUS, L=Luxembourg-LUX, M=Madagascar-MDG, N=Nauen-D, P=Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy-RUS, R=Meyerton-RSA. (10-Oct/RNMN)

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NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS

KHBI Saipan sked:

0000-0100

13840 13840

0100-0200

13625

0800-0900

15665

0900-1000

9430 13840

1000-1100

13840 9430

1100-1200

9355 9430

1200-1300

9355 9430

1300-1400

9355 13840

1400-1500

9355 9355

1500-1600

9355 9455

1600-1700

11550 9385

1700-1800

11550 9385

1800-1900

11550 9385

1900-2000

11550 9385

2000-2100

13840

2100-2200

13840

2200-2300

13840 13825

2300-2400

13625 13825

(direct)

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NORWAY

The Fredrikstad transmitter will go off the air for good at the end of 1996. (29-Sep/Koie-R. Denmark/BCDX/Bueschel)

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PAKISTAN

Radio Pakistan is playing havoc with its morning Hindi sce at 0030-0130 UTC on 7352v, 7375, 7348v kHz, but mostly they are on 7352 Karachi//9516 Islamabad. (30-Sep/das Gupta/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

Radio Pakistan changes from Sept 1st: E 1600-1630 new v7349.8 9485 new9903 11570 new11955. (18-Sep/Paniview-BUL/BCDX/Bueschel) Tamil 1030-1130 now via Islamabad 15565, and Karachi 13665. (9-Oct/Green-UK/BCDX/Bueschel)

Home Service sked:

0045-0435

HS

4790

0100-0105

Urdu

7230

0200-0215

Urdu

7230

0230-0245

Slow EE Nx

9640

0300-0310

English nx

9640

0317-0324

Sindhi nx

9460

0330-0430

Balti

7350

0400-0404

Urdu nx

9645

0445-0545

Sheena

7350

0500-0504

English nx

9645

0600-0604

Urdu nx

9645

0600-0800

Rawalpindi

7110

0608-0612

Sindhi nx

9645

0612-0616

Pushto

9645

0700-0800

Burmese

9645

0800-1115

Islamabad

7110

0800-1215

Rawalpindi-III

7265 (Fri from *0930)

0900-1000

Indonesian

9645

1230-1300

Kashmiri

9645

1230-1330

HS

4790

1300-1304

Urdu nx

9645

1300-1600

HS

6070

1311-1318

Sindhi nx

9645

1345-1815

HS

4790

1400-1410

English nx

9645

1410-1420

Balti

7290

1420-1430

Sheena

7290

1500-1530

Urdu nx/cmty

9645

1600-1630

English nx

7230

1700-1800

Turkish

7230

(9-Oct/Green-UK/BCDX/Bueschel)

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PALAU

“High Adventist Ministry”, Voice Of Hope on 9965 kHz observed starting at 0700 UTC, till 1900 UTC. English Sat/Sun 0730-1030 UTC. Others a variety of Asian languages, Chinese, Vietn, Indon, Korean, Jap, Urdu, Pilipino. (22-Sep/NHK-R. Japan Media RoundUp/BCDX/Bueschel)

On at least two recent Media Roundups, Radio Japan has identified KHBN as an “Adventist” or “AWR” station, and several DX editors have published this info without question. It is totally wrong. KHBN has nothing to do with AWR and is not Adventist. The confusion arises from KHBN using the slogan “Voice of Hope,” also the name of an AWR program; and from confusing “High Adventure” with “Adventist”. The same goes for related stations in Lebanon, and KVOH Los Angeles (Hauser)

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

R. Rabaul on 3385 kHz good signals from tune in 1931 UTC. Someone said the morning sce was off, if so they have returned with the morning sce. Alerted by Christoph Ratzer Sept 28th at the same time Port Moresby blasting in 4890 kHz. (11-Oct/GoonetillekeSRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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PERU

4000.49

R. San Juan, *1006-1019, FINALLY canned R. San Juan s/on ID by excitedsounding M. 1007-1016 LA Pop mx. 1016 canned pgm intro by W, then into usual daily morning rel. pgm w/M host. Very happy to finally get an ID on this. Low modulation is always the problem. Is this morning rel. pgm called LV de Amistad?? (1-Oct/Valko/FT Updater)

4419

Radio Bambamarca 0259 SS, Andean mx, fair signal with lots of UTE QRM, many ID’s between songs, “Radio Bambamarca, frecuencia lider.” (2-Oct/Mohrmann/Cumbre DX)

5385.3nf

R. Huarmarca (Huarmaca, Huancabamba, Piura) 0230-0302* 44444, Huayno mx, ID as “Ya son las 9 y 50 de la noche en radio Huarmaca” y estamos de este modo llegando a la parte final de nuestra programacion.. ID as “De esta forma nos despedimos hasta el dia de manana siempre por radio Huarmaca”… NOTE: I reported this station on Aug. 8 in 5485.5. (25Sep/Arrunategui/Cumbre DX)

5619.2

R. Ilucan, Cajamarca 0137-0110 44444 mx W ID as “Versiones musicales a travs de su radio Ilucan..” Tks Krueger, FL (NU 1390); I checked 5616.4 and there wasn’t any other station. It’s R. Ilucan that can be heard well between 5620.5 to 5620.9 and very distored from 5616.2 to 5623.9, on Sep 22 they were on 5620.9 at 2116-2138. (21-Sep/Arrunategui/Cumbre DX)

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PHILIPPINES

Winter sked for Radio Veritas Asia Manila effective Oct 27th to March 1st, 1997:

0000-0025

Karen

9535

0000-0025

Sinhala

9670

0030-0055

Kachin

9535

0030-0055

Tamil

9670

0100-0125

Bengali

15335

0100-0125

Telugu

15530

0130-0155

Hindi

15335

0130-0225

Vietnamese

15530

0200-0225

Urdu

15335

1000-1025

Hmong

9555

1000-1055

Mandarin

9520

1030-1125

Russian

15130

1100-1125

Vietnamese

11850

1130-1155

Burmese

9670

1130-1155

Mandarin

9660

1200-1225

Indonesian

9505

1200-1225

Karen

9670

1230-1255

Kachin

9670

1230-1255

Pilipino

9505

1300-1325

Vietnamese

7265 11770

1330-1355

Sinhala

9660

1400-1425

Tamil

9520

1400-1435

Bengali

9555

1430-1455

Telugu

9520

1430-1525

Mandarin

6020

1500-1525

Pilipino

11715 (-1555* We/Fr/Su)

1530-1555

Urdu

9670

1530-1555

Zomi-Chin

9555 Mo/Sa

2100-2255

Mandarin

6190

2130-2225

Russian

9560

2230-2255

Mandarin

7105

2300-2325

Indonesian

11820 9505

2330-1355

Hindi

9555

2330-2355

Burmese

7210

2330-2355

Vietnamese

9615

(7-Oct/Padula-AUS/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

RVA-Radio Veritas Asia, Manila W96 schedule until 01 March 1997:

0000-0025

Karen

9535

0000-0025

Sinhala

9670

0030-0055

Kachin

9535

0030-0055

Tamil

9670

0100-0125

Bengali

15335

0100-0125

Telegu

15530

0130-0155

Hindi

15335

0130-0225

Vietnamese

15530

0200-0225

Urdu

15335

1000-1025

Hmong

9555

1000-1055

Mandarin

9520

1030-1125

Russian

15130

1100-1125

Vietnamese

11850

1130-1155

Burmese

9670

1130-1155

Mandarin

9660

1200-1225

Indonesian

9505

1200-1225

Karen

9670

1230-1255

Kachin

9670

1230-1255

Pilipino

9505

1300-1325

Vietnamese

11770

1300-1325

Vietnamese

7265

1330-1355

Hindi

9555

1330-1355

Sinhala

9660

1400-1425

Bengali

9555

1400-1425

Tamil

9520

1430-1455

Telegu

9520

1430-1525

Mandarin

6020

1500-1525

Pilipino

11715

1525-1555

Pilipino

11715

1530-1555

Urdu

9670

1530-1555

Zomi-Chin

9555

2100-2255

Mandarin

6190

2130-2225

Russian

9560

2230-2255

Mandarin

7105

2300-2325

Indonesian

11820

2300-2325

Indonesian

9505

2330-2355

Burmese

7210

2330-2355

Vietnamese

9615

(13-Oct/Das Gupta/DXW/BCDX/Bueschel)

Here is the background on the station carrying DZRM progr, observed recently on 9616.6v kHz in period 1150-1235+ UTC. Their nominal freq is 9615 kHz and they are using 10 kW of power from a transmitterin Metro-Manila near the border with Bulucan province. The schedule is 2200-1400 UTC and the sce is for people in outlying provinces that cannot pick up Manila on AM. This per Radyo Pilipinas station personnel. (17Oct/Johnson/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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POLAND

Polish Radio Warsaw sked:

1100-1129

Czech

5995 7285

1130-1159

Polish

5995 7285

1200-1225

Polish

7270 7285

1200-1225

Russian

6095 7145 9525

1230-1255

Belorussian

5995 7285

1230-1255

German

6095 7145 9525

1300-1355

English

6095 7145 7270 9525 11815

1400-1425

Lithuanian

6095 7145

1400-1425

Russian

7270 7285 9525

1430-1455

Belorussian

6095 7270

1430-1455

Esperanto

6000 7145 7285 9525

1500-1525

Belorussian

6095 7270

1500-1525

German

6000 7145 9525

1500-1525

German

9540 Mo-Sa

1500-1525

Ukrainian

6000 7205 Su

1530-1555

Russian

6095 7270 7145

1530-1555

Ukrainian

5995 6035 7285

1600-1625

German

6000 7145 7270 9525

1600-1625

Lithuanian

6035 7180

1630-1655

Belorussian

6095 7270

1630-1725

Polish

6000 9670 7145 7285

1700-1725

Czech

7215 6095

1730-1755

German

6000 6035 6095 7270 7285 9525

1800-1825

Ukrainian

5915 7180

1800-1855

English

6000 6095 7270 7285

1900-1925

Russian

6000 7270 7285

1900-1929

Esperanto

6035

1930-1955

Ukrainian

6000 6035 7270

2000-2029

Russian

6000 6095 7270

2030-2125

English

6035 6095 7285

2130-2155

Esperanto

6035 6095 7270

2200-2255

Polish

6035 6095

(11-Oct/Schaay-HOL/BCDX/Bueschel)

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PORTUGAL

Obviously, Radio Renascenca has already left SW. They haven’t been observed with it’s previously unmistakable outlet for Europe on 9680. (14-Oct/Gatzke/Ludwig/EDXP)

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SAUDI ARABIA

Tent BSKSA Riyadh Arabic HQ progr at 0300-0600 UTC on both odd 9553 and 9718 kHz. (22Sep/Bueschel/BCDX)

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SEYCHELLES

FEBA Radio Schedule of Languages, 1 Sept 1996 to 1 March 1997:

0111-0156

Tamil

6140

0158-0228

Telegu

7350

0215-0230

Sindhi

9785 We-Mo

0215-0230

Urdu

9805 Sa-Th

0215-0245

Urdu

9805 Fr

0230-0245

Baluchi

9785 Fr/Sa

0230-0245

Hindko

9785 Mo

0230-0245

Punjab

9805 Sa-We

0230-0245

Pushto

11695

0230-0245

Sir

9785 Tu-Th

0245-0300

Dari

11695

0300-0330

Farsi

11695

0315-0400

Swahili

9820 Su-Fr

0315-0415

Swahili

9820 Sa

0345-0415

Arabic

11695 We/Fr/Sa

0345-0430

Arabic

11695 Su/Mo/Tu/Th

0400-0415

Portuguese

9420 Th

0400-0430

Portuguese

9420 Fr-We

0430-0500

Dari

15555 Fr

0500-0531

Farsi

15555 Fr

0500-0558

Tagalog

15555 Su

0531-0603

Sinhala

15555 Fr

0915-0930

French

15430

0930-0945

Malagasy

15430 Sa/Su

1000-1058

Tagalog

15540 Fr

1100-1130

Arabic

15540

1130-1200

Afar

15540

1145-1200

Tibetan

15445 Mo-Fr

1145-1200

Tsangla

15445 Sa

1200-1205

Creole

11675

1200-1230

Tibetan

15445

1205-1220

French

11675

1230-1245

Nepali

15445

1245-1300

Mundari

15445 Fr-We

1245-1300

Nagpuria

15445 Th

1256-1326

Malayalam

11670

1300-1315

Bhili

15445 Fr-Sa

1300-1315

Kui

15445 Su/Tu

1300-1315

Oriya

15445 Mo/We/Th

1300-1330

Tamil

9810

1315-1330

Bhojpuri

15445

1328-1343

Gujarati

11670

1330-1345

Chattisgarhi

15445

1330-1400

Sinhala

9810

1343-1358

Punjabi

11670

1345-1400

Hindi

15445

1358-1413

Urdu

11670

1400-1443

Urdu

9810 Mo-Sa

1400-1458

Urdu

9810 Su

1415-1430

Bangla

7270 Fr

1415-1445

Bangla

7270 Sa-Th

1415-1458

Hindi

11670

1443-1458

Hindko

9810 Fr-Sa

1500-1515

Badaga

7270 Su/Mo

1500-1515

English

11870 We/Th

1500-1515

Konkani

7270 Tu-We

1500-1515

Tulu

7270 Th/Fr

1500-1530

English

11870 Mo/TuFrSa

1500-1530

Kannada

7270 Sa

1500-1545

English

11870 Su

1500-1600

English

9810 Mo-Sa

1515-1530

Kannada

7270 Su-Fr

1532-1547

Yao

9795

1600-1630

Amharic

9865 Fr/Sa/Su

1600-1630

Guraginya

9865 Mo

1605-1620

Dari

7345

1613-1658

Swahili

9810

1628-1658

Malagasy

6140

1630-1700

Amharic

9865

1700-1730

Somali

11745

1700-1730

Somali

9810

1702-1747

Arabic

9440

1802-1832

Farsi

9455

1832-1847

Azeri

9455 Fr-Mo

1833-1848

French

9500 We

1833-1903

French

9500 Th-Tu

(direct)

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SINGAPORE

NHK Radio Japan bc in Bengali at 1130 UTC, Hindi at 1200, and Urdu at 1230 is now coming from BBC Singapore relay station on 17790 kHZ. (29-Sep/das Gupta/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel) station on 17790 kHZ. (29-Sep/das Gupta/EDXP/BCDX/Bueschel)

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SLOVAKIA

Schedule of Radio Slovakia Int. W96, thru March 30, `97:

0100-0130

English

5930 7300 9440

0130-0200

Slovak

5930 7300 9440

0200-0230

French

5930 7300 9440

0800-0830

German

6055 7300

0830-0900

English

11990 17550 21705

0900-0930

Slovak

11990 17550 21705

1400-1430

Russian

9440 11990 13715

1430-1500

German

6055 7345 9505

1600-1700

Slovak

6055 7345 5940

1700-1730

French

5915 6055 7345

1730-1800

English

5915 6055 7345

1800-1830

Slovak

6055 7345 5915

1830-1900

Russian

5915 7150 9485

1900-1930

German

5915 6055 7345

1930-2000

English

5915 6055 7345

2000-2030

Slovak

5915 6055 7345

2030-2100

French

5915 6055 7345

(Kubiak-FRG/WWDXC/BCDX)

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SOMALIA

I can confirm Valko’s VO the People in Somalia on 6969 kHz. This is what I have observed. Its not a full AM signal. There is no audio on the LSB side but only on USB. On AM mode still the station is very readable. So its like a double SB transmitter but only modulating the USB! This must be a modified transmitter. USB audio and a carrier being transmitted, so that normal broadcast receivers can hear the signal. (19-Oct/Goonetilleke-SRI/UADX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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SOUTH AFRICA

Channel Africa has been saved from closing down. The government has given a firm commitment to pay the cost of running the station until March next year. (BBCM)

Channel Africa W96 schedule till March 30th, `97:

0300-0355

Swahili

6000

0300-0355

French

7185

0300-0355

English

3220 5955

0330-0425

Chinyanja

3955

0400-0455

English

5955 9585

0400-0455

French

9525

0400-0455

Portuguese

3345 7185

0500-0555

Portuguese

7185

0500-0555

English

5955 11900

0900-0955

Tsonga

5955

1500-1655

Swahili

11900

1500-1755

English

6100 11825

1600-1655

English

15240

1600-1655

Lozi

5955

1600-1755

Chinyanja

6120

1900-1955

Portuguese

3345

2000-2055

Portuguese

7225

Radio Sonder Grense (Afrikaans domestic service)

0300-0430

3320

0435-0655

6000

0700-1655

7185

1700-2300

3320

Radio Oranje (English & Afrikaans domestic service)

0000-0435

3230

0440-0650

5965

0655-1650

7270

1530-2400

3230

Radio 2000 (English & Afrikaans domestic service)

2300-0300

3320

(18-Oct/Paniview-BUL/BCDX/Bueschel)

Radio Oranje, 3230.1, with non-stop pop music t/in 0215, ID in English 0230, and continuing with non-stop music. Monster signal s9. Very clear, definitely not on 3230 though. (14-Oct/Sundstrom)

This season Radio Netherlands uses Meyerton for the 1727-2026 English segment on 11655 kHz. (2-Oct/Miller-CAN/BCDX/Bueschel)

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SRI LANKA

DW Trincomalee relay in English at 2100-2150 UTC on 9670 kHz well heard in Europe. (1Oct/Bueschel/BCDX)

On 6035 kHz SLBC the former TWR transmitter (12.5kW) is currently used by SLBC 1230-1330 UTC to bc the Tamil Sce beamed towards the strife-torn north & east of the island. 1230-1330 UTC can be considered as the peak hour for listening up in the north. 6035 kHz is used in addition to 5020 kHz from Ekala. SLBC largely depends on SW to reach the Tamil populace in the north & east after Tamil separatist guerrillas attacked the MW tx station in Jaffna in northern peninsula, a few years ago. 6035 is no longer used by the Sri Lankan govt as a black clandestine. (4-Oct/Weerakoon/UADX/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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SWEDEN

Radio Sweden in English:

0030-0100

6065

0130-0200

7265(or 7290)

0230-0300

6200

0330-0400

7115

1230-1300

11650(or 13740) 15240

1330-1400

15240(or 13740) 7155

1430-1500

9435(or 9485 or 11650) 15240

1930-2000

6065 7240 9655

2030-2100

6065

2130-2200

6065 7230 Sa/Su

2230-2300

6065 7325

(Bueschel/BCDX)

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SWITZERLAND

Swiss Radio International in English:

0100-0130

6135 9885 9905

0400-0430

6135 9885 9905

0615-0630

5840 6165

0715-0730

5840 6165

0900-0930

9885 12075 13685

1100-1130

6165 9535 9885 12075 13635

1300-1330

7230 7480 12075 13635

1300-1400

6165 9535

1500-1530

9885 12075 13635

1700-1730

5850 7410 9885 9905

2000-2030

6165 9885 9905 11640 13635

(Volk-FRG)

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SYRIA

Radio Damascus is heard in Russian at 1700-1800 UTC on a new frequency of v9950.2 kHz. (9-Oct/Pashkevich-RUS/BCDX/Bueschel). Damascus appears to have dropped 13610 kHz, and not returned to 15095 kHz. At 0800 UTC heard on 9950, //12085 kHz. No other // yet located in daytime. [Nick reported Damascus in Russian also on new 9950 kHz at 1700 UTC. Heard single 9950 today fr 0430-0550 in Arabic, fr 0600 back to 12085 kHz, no //]. (13-Oct/Green-UK/BCDX/Bueschel)

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TAJIKISTAN

The Foreign Service broadcasts from Radio Tajikistan now in several languages on 4975. Transmissions start at 0100, further slots are from 0200 and 0300. Current Afghanistan affairs are given extensive coverage, so these may have caused confusion with Radio Kabul.(14Oct/Gatzke/Ludwig-FRG). Furthermore, Radio Kabul programs in the past have been relayed over transmitters at the Yangi-Yul site in Tadzhikistan, also on 4975. Today the five 100 kW transmitters operate alongside Radio Tadzhikistan, as well as Voice of Russia and relays of Radio Netherlands programs. (18-Oct/Ludwig/EDXP)

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TONGA

The Tonga BC Commission wants to return to SW and is making plans to do so. This station, which left the air in 1993, hopes to return to the air early in 1997, according to station personnel. They hope to obtain a new transmitter from UNESCO, which was apparently the source of their last one. No word yet on their schedule, but Dave Valko informs me that they used to use 5030 kHz and were heard on the East Coast of the US from 1020 to 1100 UTC. Dave says their old transmitter had a rated power of 1 kW, but their actual power was probably less. So if they come back with 10 kW, they might be a lot easy to hear. (5Oct/Johnson/Cumbre/BCDX/Bueschel)

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TURKEY

Voice of Turkey, Ankara, W96 plans to use SSB as follows:

0800-1000

Turkish

13670

1400-1600

Turkish

13670

1830-1930

German

5935

1930-2030

English

5970

2030-2130

French

7150

2300-2400

English

6135

All on USB, excepting 5970 (LSB), and all from the Emirler trasmitting site. (Padula/BCDX/Klink-FRG/EDXP)

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UNITED KINGDOM

The BBC World Service replacement for 15070 kHz which is beamed via three transmitters in southly, south-eastly, and easterly directions will be 15485 kHz to the south, and 15575 kHz to the east and south-east. (ABC DX Report/Communication/BCDX/Bueschel)

The UK Foreign Office announced that the restructuring of BBC World Service, plans for which have been so widely criticized both inside and outside the BBC, is to go ahead subject to a list of 20 “safeguards”. Former World Service Head John Tusa, interviewed on BBC Radio 4, said these “safeguards” are meaningless and suggested that the best way forward is to “tear up” the proposals and leave World Service as it is. He suggested that the fight to stop the changes will continue. (Sennitt)

BBC World Service announced Sept 27 how it will respond to its cut in Grant in Aid from the British Foreign office. BBC’s Russian service will move more of its broadcast operations in Moscow to save money, the Japanese service will reduce its daily output by 30 minutes wile starting a new service on the Internet. For Africa, French will be reduced by an hour a day, Portuguese by half and hour. And English will be transmitted worldwide in three streams, rather than the present five. BBC Managing Director says he hopes the Government will look again at its planning figures for the World Service. If it doesn’t change its view, BBC’s only option would be to close down some languages entirely. (28-Sep/Elliott/VoA Communications World/Ogrizek/MOG-DX/BCDX/Bueschel)

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USA

Some cutbacks (73.5 hours worth) at VOA: gone now are 1100-1200 UTC to Caribbean, Sun+Mon 0000-0200 to Carib & Latin AM, weekday night 0200-0300 UTC on MW Belize 1530 & 1580 kHz. Further cuts include 1530-1600 Croatian, 2300-2400 Polish, 1700-1730 & 2200-2230 Serbian. 0300-0400 Arabic, 1200-1300 Spanish weekdays, and 2300-2400 Thurs night. 0200-0300 Mandarin Chinese. (19-Oct/VoA Communications World/Elliott/BCDX/Bueschel)

VOA’s use of SSB feeders officially ended on 26 October. The HF [high frequency] feeders had remained on the air even in this satellite age because of the VOA relay in Kavala, Greece. It did not have an agreement with the Greek government for its satellite interconnect system. Now Kavala does have the agreement so the HF feeds are no longer needed as a backup.

At the end of October, VOA was also experimenting with digital transmissions, from its Delano site. You might check to see if they’re still in progress. Sked was 0000-0230 on 5902.5 kHz and 1900-2000 on 15235. They tested various transmission modes including a digital mode binary phased shift keying at 8 kb per second (which sounds “like an electric razor”). Monitoring stations in Washington, Texas and Spain tested reception. (BBCM)

“For some weeks I have been trying to persuade WEWN frequency manager Stanley Leinwoll to abandon 9580 at 1300-1600 where it has been blocking R. Australia; and 7395 at 2200-0300, where it has been splattering RFPI on 7385. While he seemed to resist such changes, the WEWN final W-96 schedule shows the station not using either frequency at any time. Thank you!” (Hauser)

One change in WHRI sked [LN September]: “Angel 1” now using 9495 from 1800-2400. 9495 1800-0000. (4-Oct/Brashier-WHRI/BCDX/Bueschel)

WGTG just opened 5085 kHz from 2100-around 0500. (Perkins)

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VIETNAM

VO Vietnam now using 12020 (ex-15010) for English at 0000. (BBCM)

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YEMEN

Republic of Yemen Radio (English Service) sked:

0600-0700

English

9780

1800-1900

English

9780

(BBCM)

Observations since 12th September have revealed that Republic of Yemen Radio, San’a, appears to have dropped its “Voice of Palestine” service which was previously broadcast at 1800-1900. At this time the shortwave 9780 kHz and mediumwave 837 kHz channels separate from the main program to carry the English service; other San’a radio channels (including 760 kHz mediumwave) continue with their normal programs in Arabic without being interrupted to relay “Voice of Palestine.” (BBCM)

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ZAIRE

On v15244.5 kHz, La Voix du Zaire at 1742 UTC. Presumed this one with man declaiming in African-accented French past 1800 UTC, with occasional brief interludes of military drums; no break at top of hour. Weak, with deep fades and low audio (although it seemed reasonably clean, despite reports of severe distortion). (7-Oct/Hill/BCDX/Bueschel) sked 0500-1850 (7-Oct/Conradie/DXW/BCDX/Bueschel)

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RADIO FREE ASIA

Asia Pacific Network has been renamed to Radio Free Asia, and has taken to the air. Radio Free Asia is a US government service aimed at Burma, Cambodia, China, North Korea, Laos, Tibet and Vietnam. It is overseen by the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It began broadcasting at 2300 on 30th September 1996, using hired transmitters in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Saipan (Mariana Islands) and Tajikistan.

Address: 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036, USA. Tel +1-202-530-4900 Fax: +1-202-457-6996

Latest known sked:

0100-0200

Laotian*

13625S

1500-1600

Chinese

5865K 6240A 7355T 7530T 7550K 9455S

2100-2200

Chinese*

2200-2300

Korean*

13825S

2300-2400

Chinese

5855K 6240A 7495T 7530T 13800S

*Future planned broadcast

A=via Armenia
K=via Kazakhstan
S=via Saipan
T=via Tajikstan

THE OFFICIAL MISSION STATEMENT: “Radio Free Asia is a private corporation which is funded by grants authorized by Congress to broadcast to China, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet, Vietnam and North Korea. Its mission, as defined by Section 309 of the 1994 International Broadcasting Act, is “to provide accurate and timely information, news and commentary about events in the respective countries of Asia and elsewhere; and to be a forum for a variety of opinions and voices from within Asian nations whose people do not fully enjoy freedom of expression.”

The station tried, unsuccessfully, to keep its frequencies and transmission sites secret, hoping potential listeners would somehow just magically find them on the dial. The full schedule-sites and all-was revealed on Radio Nederland’s “Media Network program, and subsequently reproduced by BBCM, much to RFA’s consternation.

VOA’s Mandarin service will alter its schedule in deference to Radio Free Asia, while simultaneously professing not to promote the new propaganda venture. Says VOA, “It’s a good bet that VOA and Radio Free Asia will become arch rivals as they compete for audiences, for US government funding and for talent.” [Sure they will-AQ]

It should come as no surprise that China’s foreign ministry promptly demanded “the United States not to interfere further in other countries’ internal affairs by using the excuse of freedom of speech.” Shen Guofang continued, “The new Radio Free Asia’s main spearhead is pointed at China and other Asian countries, and its real nature is to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs through journalistic means. He said: China maintains that this move of the United States has seriously violated the norms guiding international relations and the principles enshrined in the three Sino-US joint communiques, and it is not favorable for the improvement and development of Sino-US relations.”

Hanoi hopped on the bandwagon, calling RFA “a tool of psychological war, a typical tool of the Cold War period, and at the same time a direct interference in the internal affairs of Asian nations.”

On Oct. 17 I took a look at the new R. Free Asia website, (http://www.rfa.org) You get a mission statement asserting that it is not a US government station that it is totally objective and will not criticize any government [then, why bother?]. And a map of China and neighboring countries with spots to click on each language service. It’s still under construction so for Mandarin, only got message in English explaining software necessary to access Mandarin text. Apparently there will be a lot of text and audio in all its languages, not relying on SW alone for penetration. Promised schedule of broadcasts but not yet included either, not even the times, let alone secret frequencies (Hauser)

(summarized by AQ from info provided by station press release, Bueschel, Shepard, R. Nederland, Hauser and BBCM)

[Just for the record, your editor considers RFA a very silly idea with the bonus of very poor timing.-AQ]

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