NASWA Journal Columns · Listeners Notebook, July 2006

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Listeners Notebook, July 2006

Algeria [non]

Some changes of VT Communications Relays from June 12/19–RTA Radio Algeria again on short waves, all in Arabic:

0400-0600 7260-RMP 9540-WOF
1900-2000 9765-RMP 11810-WOF
2000-2100 9765-RMP 12025-WOF
2100-2300 7150-RMP 9710-WOF

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria, June 21/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Angola

Radio Nacional de Angola, postal address: CP 1329, Luanda, Angola -Web:<http://www.rna.ao>, daily from transmitter site Luanda-Mulenvos (15/100 kW):

Canal A 0000-2400 Portuguese 4950
Radio N’Gola Yetu 0000-2400 Vernaculars 7216.8

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Ascension Island

Shortwave non BBC relays:

NHK World Radio Japan, daily:

0330-0400 Swahili 6135
0700-0730 Arabic 15220
0800-1000 Japanese 17650
1230-1300 French 15400 17870
1300-1330 Swahili 17870
1500-1700 Japanese 21630
2100-2200 English 11855
2200-2300 Japanese 15220

Radio France Internationale, daily:

0400-0500 French 7150
0600-0630 English 9570
0630-0700 French 9570
1200-1230 English 17815

RAI International, daily:

0130-0230 Italian 6110 11765
1700-1800 Italian 15320

Radio Prague, daily:

0000-0030 Spanish 11665

United Nations Radio, Mo-Fr:

1730-1745 English 17810

Family Radio (WYFR), daily:

1700-1800 English 21680
2000-2200 English 15195
2030-2130 French 11985
2115-2315 English 11875

FEBA

1830-1900 French 15130 Daily
2145-2215 Wolof 11985 Th/Fr

Star Radio, daily:

0700-0900 English 9525
2100-2200 English 11965

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Australia

HCJB has resumed transmission in Japanese since June 2, on every Friday and Saturday [UT] at 2230-2300 on 15525. The programs are produced in Sydney, Chicago, and Tokyo. Japanese transmission from Ecuador was once on the air from May 1, 1964 until December 31, 2000. This may be the first case that international broadcaster resumes Japanese transmission.

Reception reports should be addressed to HCJB Section, Yodobashi Church, Hyakunincho 1-17-8, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0073 Japan, requiring 160 yen stamp for reply (Takahito Akabayashi, Japan, June 3/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

The ABC advises that it is in the process of upgrading its Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek shortwave Local Radio services. This work is being undertaken to provide greater reliability of these services. Each service will be required to be switched off for an extended period while replacement transmitters are installed.

The work on the Tennant Creek transmitter has now been completed and the service has recommenced broadcasting. The Alice Springs (Roe Creek) service is now being upgraded and is currently off and the Katherine service will also be turned off for an extended period from Tuesday 30 May.

From this date those listeners who usually tune to the Alice Springs and Katherine shortwave services will need to retune to the Tennant Creek service to continue to receive ABC Local Radio. The ABC has also provided an additional service, which will broadcast into the Northern Territory from Shepparton, Victoria on 11880 during the day and 6080 in the evening. Those listeners who have problems tuning to the Tennant Creek service, particularly if you live in the Katherine region, should attempt to tune to these additional frequencies. (ABC via Padula, Jun 05/DSWCI DX-Window/Petersen-DK)

Belarus

7110, 1500, Radio Hrodna started May 22 with a local transmission with mainly cultural elements. Also heard on 6040 but weaker there. The other small local stations seem to be off. (Brunstrom, Sweden, SW Bulletin May 28, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Burkina Faso

Radio Burkina, postal address: Radio Burkina, BP 7029, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso At the Web: <http://www.rtb.bf/site_radio>. Transmitter site is Ouagadougou with 100 kW. Daily transmissions:

0530-0800 French/Vern 5030
0800-1700 French/Vern 7230
1700-0000 French/Vern 5030

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Chad

Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne, postal address: RNT, BP 892, Ndjamena, Chad. Transmitter site is N’djamena-Gredia with 100 kW.

0430-0730 Fr/Ar/Vern 6165 Daily
0730-1000 Fr/Ar/Vern 6165 Sat, Sun
1000-2230 Fr/Ar/Vern 6165 Daily

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Chile

I’ve noticed Voz Cristão on new 6110 kHz. as early as 0400 and as late as past 1000 in Portuguese. I’m not sure if this replacement for 11890, but this would sure be a better frequency, one would think, for overnight transmission from South America to South America. I’ve noticed that besides giving the Miami address, they also mention Angola and Mozambique, and gave a C.P. Box address in Maputo, so not sure if this is intended for Africa and is additional to 11890 or replacement for it. I’m assuming this is via the Chile site. Anyone know for sure (Alex Vranes, Jr., Harpers Ferry,WV)

Congo–republic

Radio Congo, postal address: R. Congo, Direction Generale de Radio TV du Congo, B. P. 2912, Brazzaville, Rep. of Congo. Transmitter site is Brazzaville with 100 kW. Daily transmissions:

0430-0600 Fr/Vern 5985
0600-0700 Fr/Vern 5985 6115
0700-0830 Fr/Vern 6115 9610
0830-1700 Fr/Vern 9610
1700-2030 Fr/Vern 5985 6115
2030-2300 Fr/Vern 5985

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Cyprus–northern

6150.03 Radio Bayrak, 0328, Jun 11, National Anthem which I recognized from 3 years ago when I last heard them, English female ID and frequencies, usual pop music. Audio weak and distorted but audible while Gene Scott (consistently on 6149.97) is off. (Groot-HOL/DSWCI DX-Window/Petersen-DK)

Djibouti

Radiodiffusion Television De Djibouti, postal address: RTD, Avenue Saint Laurent du Var, BP 97, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti. At the Web: <http://www.rtd.dj>. Transmitter site is Djibouti-Doraleh with 50 kW and daily transmission:

0300-2000 Afar/Fr/Vern 4780

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Equatorial Guinea

Radio Africa and Radio East Africa, postal address: Radio Africa, PO Box 851, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, or Pan American Broadcasting, 2021 The Alameda (Suite 240), San Jose, CA 95126-1145, USA. At the Web: <http://www.radiopanam.com>. Transmitter site is Bata with 50 kW transmitter, operated by US evangelical programming Pan American Broadcasting.

0700-1600 English 15190 Radio East Africa Sa/Su
0800-1300 English 15190 Radio Africa #2 Mo-Fr
1700-2300 English 15190 Radio Africa Daily

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Finland

At its meeting on Jun 06, YLE Administrative Council decided to adjust the company’s channel structure and profiles and new services. This move relates to the ongoing YLE strategy reform, founded on a customer- and content-based operating model. YLE’s strategic objectives were approved by the companys Administrative Council already earlier in the spring. YLE will focus in future on serving Finns abroad through satellite, mobile and internet distribution. The company will therefore be discontinuing MW and SW broadcasts from Pori in 2007. However, medium-wave broadcasts will still continue on the Santahamina (Helsinki) transmitters in the Baltic Sea area. Director General Mikael Jungner in a Press Release from the European Broadcasting Union Jun 09 at http://www.ebu.ch/en/union/news/2006/tcm_6-45036.php. (Padula-AUS/DSWCI DX-Window/Petersen-DK)

 

France

Deleted language services of Radio France International:

Albanian

0600-0627 9805

Polish

0445-0457 6045
1600-1657 9805
2100-2157 7135

Romanian

1500-1557 9805 11670
2000-2057 7135 9805

Serbian

0500-0527 7315 9805
1400-1457 9805 11670
1900-1957 7135 9805

(Radio Bulgaria DX Mix News, Ivo Ivanov May 30)

Gabon

Radiodiffusion Television Gabonaise – Radio Gabon, postal address: Radiodiffusion Television Gabonaise, BP 10150, Libreville, Gabon. Transmitter site is Libreville-Melen with 100 kW transmitter, operated daily.

0500-0800 French 4777
0800-1600 French 7270
1600-1700(1900) French 4777

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Africa No. 1, postal address: Africa No.1, BP 1, Libreville, Gabon. At the Web: <http://www.africa1.com>. Transmitter site is Moyabi-Moanda with 500 kW (HFCC registrations listed with 250 kW power). Daily transmissions:

0500-0700 French 9580
0700-1030 French 9580 17630
1030-1100 French 9580
1100-1600 French 9580 17630
1600-1900 French 9580 15475
1900-2300 French 9580

Transmissions via the Moyabi Relay:

Radio Japan, daily:

0430-0500 Russian 11970
0500-0530 Spanish 11970
0530-0545 Italian 11970
0545-0600 Swedish 11970
0600-0630 German 11970
0630-0700 French 11970
1030-1045 Italian 21820
1045-1100 Swedish 21820
1700-1800 English 15355
1800-1900 Japanese 15355

Franco-African Music, daily: The purpose of this non-stop Franco-African music service appears to be as a source of interference against the Libyan opposition station Sawt al-Amal in the range 17660-17695, from approximately 1300 until it sign’s off at 1400. The music then remains on air until 1530. Transmitter Site believed to be Moyabi, Gabon. 1300-1530 Franco-African music North Africa (presumed) in range 17670-17695. (Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Germany [and non]

The Deutsche Welle schedule has again a lot of changes due to the reorganization of the German program to the two-hour segments last autumn.

Here is a list of the new frequencies, some frequencies end a few minutes early:

0000-0100 English 9430-Kigali 9885-Trincomalee
0000-0100 Russian 11660-Vladivostok 13810-Trincomalee 15135-Petropavlovsk
0000-0159 German 9430-Sines 12095-Trincomalee
0100-0158 Russian 11790-Trincomalee
0100-0200 Bengali 9895-Trincomalee 11820-Singapur
0200-0359 German 9825-Sines 9830-Bonaire 15640-Trincomalee
0200-0400 Russian 15595-Trincomalee
0300-0400 Swahili 9495-Sines
0400-0500 English 12045-Wertachtal
0400-0530 Russian 5910-Wertachtal 11650-Wertachtal
0400-0600 German 9620-Kigali 17575-Trincomalee
0430-0500 Ukranian 5980-Wertachtal
0500-0530 Bulgarian 7170-Nauen
0530-0600 Turkish 15640-Wertachtal
0530-0630 Alb/Bos/Serb 5910-Wertachtal
0600-0800 German 9480-Nauen 15325-Wertachtal 15545-Nauen
0800-0900 Pashtu/Dari 15525-Armavir
0800-1000 German 9480-Nauen 9855-Bonaire 15325-Wertachtal 15680-Trincomalee
1000-1200 German 5905-Bonaire 15595-Sackville 17770-Wertachtal
1030-1055 Chinese 9460-Vladivostok 15360-Trincomalee
1200-1257 French 21780-Kigali
1200-1257 Indonesian 11770 15105 17800
1200-1400 German 9565-Trincomalee 11900-Sackville 15620-Wertachtal
1300-1350 Chinese 15425-Singapur
1400-1459 Russian 15620-Wertachtal
1400-1500 German 15445-Bonaire
1430-1500 Turkish 13590-Nauen 15595-Wertachtal
1500-1557 Russian 15620-Kigali
1500-1557 Swahili 11670-Kigali
1500-1600 German 15445-Sackville
1600-1657 French 11670-Kigali
1600-1658 English 9485-Trincomalee
1600-1800 German 6150-Kigali 15680-Trincomalee
1700-1730 Urdu 9645-Trincomalee 15190-Nauen
1700-1758 Russian 15620-Sines
1730-1800 Bulgarian 5905-Wertachtal
1800-1900 Hausa 15620-Wertachtal
1800-1955 German 6150-Kigali 15275-Kigali
1900-1957 English 15620-Wertachtal
2000-2155 German 7330-Trincomalee 9875-Kigali
2000-2200 Arabic 13650-Kigali
2200-2300 Indonesian 6000-Trincomalee 7430-Almaty 9855-Trincomalee
2200-2400 German 7420-Almaty 9775-Kigali 11935-Kigali 11965-Irkutsk 15640-Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka
2300-2400 Chinese 9865-Dhabbaya 11660-Novosibirsk 11830-Komsomolsk
2300-2400 English 17860-Irkutsk

New DRM transmissions:

0400-0600 9690-Moscow
0600-0800 6130-Wertachtal
0800-0859 13810-Sines
0800-1025 21820-Trincomalee
1200-1559 6130-Wertachtal
1600-1800 3995-Wertachtal
1900-2100 7515-Moscow
2200-2230 9800-Sackville to USA new program

(Udo Krueger-DE, May 21, WWDXC BC-DX May 31/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

New transmissions of CVC International in English via DTK T-Systems

1200-1400 17860 JUL till August 31
1400-1700 15795 JUL till August 31

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria)

Greece

Updated summer A-06 of ERA-5 Voice of Greece in Greek from May 11 [when Kavala/IBB cooperation ceased]:

0500-1000 12120
0600-1000 15630
1100-1000 9420
1100-1855 15630
1900-0555 7475

 

 

ERA-3 Radiofonikos Stathmos Makedonias in Greek:

1100-1655 9935
1700-2255 7450

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria)

Guam

Frequency changes for KTWR Guam from June 4:

0730-0900 NF 17665 TWR, ex 17570 in English
1400-1430 NF 9405 TWR, ex 12130 in Bengali/Manipuri

(Radio Bulgaria DX Mix News, Ivo Ivanov, via WWDXC BC-DX May 30)

Indonesia

2960, 1050-1110, RPDT2 Manggarai Jun 10 Presumed. Female announcer reading a list of some sort, with many mentions of Indonesian city names and individual names. Perhaps the Indo version of `communicados.’ No pause or ID at top of hour, but some mentions of Manggarai at 1108. (Atkins-WA/Cumbre DX/Johnson-WY)

3269, RRI Gorontalo, song of the coconut islands 1158 ID in Indonesian at 1200, News relay from Jakarta, sign-off 1206. (Cataract DX-pedition, NSW via John Wright, June 17/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

4870.95, RRI Sorong, 0945-1055 June 8. Noted a steady string of musical selections until 0959 when a woman talks for about five minutes in Indonesian. No theme music noted on the hour. At about 1013 the Kor`an is recited. This is followed with music again until about 1040 when the same woman speaks until 1054. At that time music presented again. (Bolland-FL/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

7289.87, RRI Nabire, Jun 09, 0750-0812*, 24442-34343, Indonesian, Music, ID at 0759, 0800 Jakarta news relay, 0812 sign off (Kouji Hashimoto, Japan, Japan Premium/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Israel

Summer A-06 schedule for Kol Israel:

0245-2115 Arabic 5915
0330-0345 English 11590 13720 17600 (9345 7530 17600 from Sep. 1)
0345-0400 French 11590 13720 (9345 7530 from Sep. 1)
0400-0455 Hebrew 11590 (9345 from Sep. 1)
0500-0930 Hebrew 15760
0930-0945 English 13680 15760
0945-1000 Ladino 13680 15760
1000-1015 French 13680 15760
1015-1355 Hebrew 15760
1400-1500 Farsi 11605 13850 15760 Fr/Sa (alt. 7420 9985 15640)
1400-1525 Farsi 11605 13850 15760 Su-Th (alt. 7420 9985 15640)
1500-1525 Ladino 11605 15640 15760 Sa
1500-1525 Russian 11605 15640 15760 Fr
1530-1545 Music 11605 15640 15760
1545-1555 Ladino 11605 15640 15760
1600-1625 Yiddish 9345 11590 15760
1630-1645 Romanian 9345 11590 15760
1645-1655 Hungarian 9345 11590 15760
1700-1715 French 9345 11590 13675
1715-1730 Spanish 9345 11590 13675
1730-1745 English 9345 11590 13675
1745-1800 Romanian 9345 11590 13675
1800-1830 Amharic 9345 11590
1800-1900 Hebrew 13675
1835-1845 Tigrina 9345 11590
1845-1855 Hungarian 9345 11590
1900-1925 English 9400 11590 15640
1930-1945 French 9345 9400 11590
1945-2000 Spanish 9345 9400 11590
2000-2100 Russian 9345
2000-2115 Hebrew 15615
2000-2255 Hebrew 11585 (9400 from Sep. 1)
2300-0330 Hebrew 11590 (9345 from Sep. 1)

Galei Tzahal / Israeli Forces Radio:

v0300-1630v Hebrew 15785v
v1630-0300v Hebrew 6973v

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria, June 21/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Italy

Updated A-06 of RAI International:

0055-0115 English 11800
0055-0115 Spanish 9840
0115-0130 French 11800
0115-0130 Portuguese 9840
0130-0230 Italian 6110 9840 11765 11800
0230-0315 Italian 9840 11800
0315-0335 Spanish 9840 11800
0345-0405 Russian 5970 9670 11830
0405-0425 Ukrainian 5970 9670 11830
0435-0445 Italian 6110 6145 7235
0435-0455 Amharic 11900
0445-0500 English 6110 6145 7235
0455-0530 Italian 11900
0505-0525 Lithuanian 9670 11795
0530-0550 Romanian 9670 11795
0530-0550 Somali 11900
0600-0620 Arabic 11900
0600-0620 Russian 9670 11795
0625-1300 Italian 6195
1000-1100 Italian 11920
1330-1355 Arabic 9670 11795 11915
1335-1355 Albanian 9610
1400-1415 Slovene 9570
1400-1425 Italian 15280 17780
1415-1435 German 9570
1435-1455 Croatian 9570
1500-1520 Turkish 9870 11775
1500-1525 Italian 9670 11655 11720
1520-1540 Greek 9870 11775
1530-1555 French 9670 11855
1540-1600 Bulgarian 9870 11775
1555-1625 Italian 9670 11855
1605-1625 Russian 9780 11700, some days on 9870 11775 instead
1630-1655 Arabic 11810
1630-1655 French 7275 9845 11855
1700-1800 Italian 5985 7175 9845 11970 15320 15385
1805-1825 German 6040 9845
1810-1825 Czech 6130
1825-1840 Slovak 6130
1830-1905 Italian 15380 17780
1840-1900 Polish 6130
1910-1930 Serbian 6130
1910-1930 Somali 11890
1935-1955 English 5960 9845
1935-1955 Hungarian 6130
2000-2020 Danish 6110 9780 Tu/Th/Su
2000-2020 Esperanto 6110 9780 Sa
2000-2020 Russian 6185 9565 11775
2000-2020 Swedish 6110 9780 Mo/We/Fr
2025-2045 Arabic 6110 7130
2025-2045 English 11875
2050-2110 Portuguese 6110 7130 11875 15240
2110-2130 Spanish 6110 7130
2115-2135 Romanian 5970
2135-2155 Arabic 6000 7260
2135-2155 Czech 5970
2155-2210 Slovak 5970
2205-2230 English 11895
2210-2225 Polish 5970
2240-0055 Italian 9840 11800

"Notturno dall’Italia"

2200-0400 Italian 6060

"Domenica sport"

1250-1630 Italian 9670 11885 17570 17780 21515 Su

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria)

Korea (North)

Open Radio for North Korea–ORNK transmitting to North Korea and East China on 5880 from 1500–1800 UTC, mentioned at their website <http://www.nkradio.com>. ORNK broadcasts radio programs to the listeners in North Korea, mostly transmit programs prepared by the producers to North Korea. Anyone can participate in the program. Anyone who wants to deliver his/her voice to the North Koreans is welcome. ORNK is based on pluralism. Messages belong to the participants. ORNK is not limited to any political, economic, social, cultural or religious sphere. Any message can be broadcasted unless it does not violate intellectual property rights and ethical regulations on international broadcasting. ORNK supports true reconciliation between the North and South Korea. Sincere conversation is necessary for true reconciliation between the people of North and South Korea. (ORNK website, 16 Jun, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Noted 1500-1600 on 7470 (Dushanbe), ex-5880 kHz (Irkutsk). (HCJB)

The Freedom North Korea Broadcast <http://www.freenk.net> transmitting from Taiwan (VT-Merlin):

1000-1100 11750
1700-1800 9760

(NDXC, Hasegawa via Shigenori Aoki, and WB from BC-DX in MA-DX ntt #0605-2; May 2006) The English Language link on their website <http://www.freenk.net> doesn’t work. The website listed frequency 5880 kHz, but was last modified at 6 Feb. 2006. (Kubiak-DE, 16 June 2006)

Madagascar

Radio Madagasikara – Radio Nationale Malgache, postal address: Radio Madagasikara, BP 4422, Antananarivo 101, Madagsacar. At the web <http://takelaka.dts.mg/radmad>. Transmitter site is Fenoarive with 10/20/30/100 kW.

0300-0500 Malagasy/Fr 3288 5010
0500-1500 Malagasy/Fr 6135 7105 9690
1500-1900 Malagasy/Fr 3288 5010
1900-2100 Malagasy/Fr 3288 5010 Sa/Su

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Relay transmissions not by RN via Radio Netherlands Relay Station, transmitter site is Talata-Volondry with 50/250 kW.

Deutsche Welle, daily:

0500-0600 English 15410

Radio Sweden, daily:

0200-0230 Swedish 9435
0230-0300 English 9435
2100-2130 Swedish 7420
2130-2200 English 7420

Adventist World Radio, daily:

0230-0300 French 3215
0300-0330 Malagasy 3215
1300-1400 Vietnamese 17670
1530-1600 French 3215
1600-1630 Malagasy 3215

Family Radio (WYFR), daily:

0500-0600 English 9525
1800-1900 English 7395
1800-1900 Swahili 5905
1900-2100 English 6020

 

Feon’ny Filazantsara <http://www.lutheranmedia.net/madagascar>, daily:

1630-1700 Malagasy 3215

Radio Voice Of The People (Zimbabwean opposition), daily:

1700-1800 English 7120v

Democratic Voice Of Burma, daily:

1430-1530 Burmese 17625

Voice Of Tibet, daily:

1400-1430 Tibetan 17505
1530-1600 Tibetan 17505

Radio Nile, Sa-Tu

0430-0500 English 9905 12060

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Malaysia

5965 Nasional FM via RTM, June 13, 1304-1311; news in vernacular,// 7270 (Wai FM via RTM), many IDs for "Radio RT" and "Radio RT Kuala Lumpur" during and after the news, 1310 // with music but Wai FM broke away briefly for their local ID and then continued // till 1311, when Wai FM started their own programming and 5965 continued with several more Radio RT and Radio RTM IDs and pop songs, 1318 finally noted Nasional FM ID. Had suspected that some of the news programs were parallel, but this is first time I was able to hear them for sure. Is also the first time I heard all these Radio RT and Radio RTM IDs. Both fair. (Howard-CA/NASWA Electronic Flashsheet/D’Angelo-PA)

6050 RTM Sibu, June 18, 1017-1032 music program, poor/splatter from Japan on 6055; 1141-1218, W. announcer talking in vernacular over piano music (theme from Love Story?), light pop songs, 1200 singing jingle "? ? FM," musical fanfare, newws in vern. (not // to 7270 nor 5965), 1205 singing jingle for "RTM? Kuala Lumppur," news continued, 1211 musical fanfare, singing jingle for RTM FM? (not positive), M with program of on-air phone calls. Fair, about the same level as 5965, 7270 and 7295. Needs more work to get a positive FM ID. This has been off the air for some time now. A big "Thank You" to John Wilkins for the alert on this one. He measured this at 6049.65 Good job John! (Howard-CA/NASWA Electronic Flashsheet/D’Angelo-PA)

Mali

Radiodiffusion Television Du Mali, postal address: Radiodiffusion-Television du Mali, BP 171, Bamako, Mali. At the web <http://www.ortm.net>. Transmitter site is Bamako with 100 kW. Transmissions daily, news in English Saturday at 1900-1920:

0555-0800 Fr/Vern 4784.4 4835v 5995
0800-1800 Fr/Vern 7285 9635v 11960
1800-0000 Fr/Vern 4784.4 4835v 5995

China Radio International via relay station Bamako with 50 kW power daily

1300-1400 French 13685 17880
1400-1500 English 13685 17630
1500-1600 English 13685 17630
1600-1700 Arabic 15125 17735
1700-1800 Swahili 13645 15125
1800-1830 Hausa 11640 13670
1830-1930 Arabic 11640 13685
1900-2000 Portuguese 11640 13630
2000-2130 English 11640 13630
2130-2230 French 11975 13630
2230-2300 Chinese 11975 15505
2300-0000 Chinese 7170 11975

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Morocco

Radiodiffusion-Television Marocaine, postal address: RTM, 1 Rue Brihi, PO Box 1042, Rabat, Morocco. At the web <http://www.rtm.ma>. Transmitter site is Nador with 250 kW (15340/15345) and IBB Briech with 500 kW (7135/11920/15335). Transmissions daily.

0000-0500 Arabic 5980
0900-1100 Arabic 15340
1100-1500 Arabic 15335 15340
1500-2200 Arabic 15345
2200-0000 Arabic 7135

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Netherlands

The Radio Netherlands relay station on Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles is almost 40 years old. The existing shortwave transmitters have been in service since the station opened, and are overdue for replacement. The Board of Governors of Radio Netherlands recently approved an investment of some four million euros in the station, which delivers shortwave broadcasts to the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

At the end of April, the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles, Burney El Hage, laid the first stone for the rebuilding project, which is scheduled to be completed in around 18 months. The refurbishment includes the replacement of the old Philips transmitters with two new AM/DRM senders. These new transmitters will not only be ready for the age of digital shortwave, but will also be much more energy-efficient when used in analogue mode. The identity of the company that will supply the new transmitters is not yet known. A detailed technical specification has been prepared, and tenders are being invited from three or four manufacturers. The winner will be announced in due course, and a period of 14 months is being allowed from the date of the order to the completion of testing on site.

Obviously, the transmitters have to be imported from elsewhere, but as much of the work as possible is being contracted to local companies on Bonaire, so that the local economy benefits from the reinvestment. A new office is being constructed at the transmitter site, and replaces the office that has been located in Kralendijk, 10 km from the transmitter site, since the station opened in 1969. The office was originally located away from the transmitters as in the early years it was used as a receiving station to pick up news bulletins that were broadcast from the Netherlands on a Single Side Band link. Nowadays, everything is fed by satellite, so there’s no reason to have the office in a separate location.

The modernization of the Bonaire facility means that less manpower will be needed to operate it in the future. Currently, there are well over 30 employees. When the refurbishment is completed, this will be reduced to 27. But there will be no compulsory redundancies. Some of the employees have been with the station since it opened, and are due to retire shortly anyway, so this will take care of the reduction in numbers. The dedication of the staff in Bonaire was tested to its limits six years ago. On Sunday, 23 April 2000, a major fire broke out in the generator room. The fire totally destroyed the generators, silencing the station. Initially, it was expected that the station would be off the air for several months, but an incredible effort by the staff saw the station get back on the air with a reduced service on 2 May. Some members of staff worked so hard that they had to be ordered home to rest. Local people who had no direct connection with Radio Netherlands helped by bringing food and drink to the workers.

I visited the station in the 1980s, and came away full of admiration for the staff, who would later become colleagues. They were eager to show off "their" station to visitors, and were proud that their little island was playing such an important role in delivering Radio Netherlands programs to listeners thousands of miles away.

In recent years, budget cuts have reduced the amount of shortwave airtime needed by Radio Netherlands itself, but this has made it possible for other international broadcasters to avail themselves of the opportunity to get strong signals into the Americas. Currently, Bonaire relays some programmes of China Radio International, Deutsche Welle, Adventist World Radio and NHK Japan. As some broadcasters reduce their commitment to shortwave, Radio Netherlands is keeping its options open, and Bonaire will once again become a state-of-the-art international shortwave broadcasting facility. As someone who grew up in the era when international broadcasting and shortwave were synonymous, that gives me a warm feeling. See also <http://www.radionetherlands.nl/features/media/bon060518> (Andy Sennitt via Alokesh Gupta via WWDXC-HQ; May 18, 2006)

New Zealand

Radio New Zealand International introduced the following schedule 11-25 JUN due to some aerial switching problem:

0650-1200 6095# 7145
1200-1650 6095# 7145
1650-1850 6095# 7145
1850-2235 13730# 15720
2235-0650 13730# 15720

# means DRM

(Goncalves, Portugal/Conexion Digital)

Nigeria

Several national and external services. At the web: <http://www.radionigeria.net>.

Radio Nigeria-Abuja (Kaduna–50 kW, daily):

0430-2305 English/Vern 7275

Radio Nigeria-Kaduna (Kaduna–50 kW, daily):

0400-2305 Ch 1-Hausa 6090v
0430-2305 Ch 2-En/Vern 4770v

Radio Nigeria-Ibadan (Ibadan–50 kW, daily)

0430-2305 En/Vern 6050 (irregular, inactive?)

Voice Of Nigeria (External Service, Ikorodu–350 kW, daily) Voice of Nigeria, PMB 40003, Falomo Post Office, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. Web: <http://www.voiceofnigeria.org>

0500-0700 English 15120
0700-0800 French 15120
0800-0900 Hausa 7255
0900-1000 Fulfulde 7255
1000-1600 English 7255
1600-1630 Swahili 7255
1630-1700 Arabic 15120
1700-2100 English 15120
2100-2200 French 7255
2200-2300 Hausa 7255

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

Pakistan

Summer A-06 of Radio Pakistan:

0045-0115 Assami 7445.0 9340.4
0045-0215 Urdu 11580.0 15480.0
0115-0200 Bangla 7445.0 9340.4
0215-0300 Hindi 7445.0 9340.4
0315-0345 Tamil 11565.0 15620.4
0400-0430 Gujarati 9345.4 11565.0
0500-0700 Urdu 11570.0 15100.0 15625.0
0730-0830 English 15100.0 17835.0
0830-1105 Urdu 15100.0 17835.0
0945-1015 Tamil 15625.4 17480.0
1015-1045 Sinhala 15625.4 17480.0
1100-1145 Hindi 9340.4 11550.0
1200-1230 Chinese 9385.0 11570.0
1200-1245 Bangla 11550.0 15625.4
1245-1315 Nepali 11550.0 15625.4
1330-1400 Turki 5840.4
1330-1530 Urdu 9375.0 11570.0
1415-1445 Russian 7550.4 9300.0
1500-1545 Pashto 5095.0
1515-1545 Dari 4835.4
1600-1615 English 9375.0 11570.0 12105.4 15725.0
1630-1700 Turkish 6215.4 9340.0
1700-1900 Urdu 7530.0 9365.0
1715-1800 Persian 5835.0 6235.4
1800-1900 Urdu 5835.0 Islamabad px
1815-1900 Arabic 6235.4 9340.0
1915-0045 Urdu 7530.4 Islamabad px

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria, June 21/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Papua New Guinea

Radio Central is back, heard at *2000 UT May 29 on 3290, sign-on in Pidgin. Had been checking for it every couple mornings and not heard until now (Chris Hambly-AUSTRALIA/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

4960, 0845-1005, Catholic Radio Network Jun 10 Mellow acoustic guitar music and Christian vocals at tune-in. Into Catholic mass at top of hour without break or ID. I reviewed the recording of this station later, and noted that the Vatican Radio interval signal was heard at 1002 UTC, followed by a weak `Catholic Radio Network’ ID by man in English. Poor to fair signal at best. (Atkins-WA/Cumbre DX/Johnson-WY)

Peru

4790 is the "moved" frequency of Radio Vision (Ex Imperial) from Chiclayo. Heard 29 May around 0300 relaying religious recordings from Iglesia Pentecostal la Cosecha, the new owners of the radio station. I talked with Mr Jorge Tesen and he said the all the DXers can write to http://www.iplacosecha.org/sugerenciasadd.php In the message you must indicate: Atencion Sr. Jorge Tesen. (Alfredo Caiote-PERU, May 29/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Philippines

15325, FEBC, May 25, 0954-1011, IS and English ID’s: "This is FEBC radio, broadcasting from Manila, Philippines," religious program in English and religious songs. Good (Ron Howard, Shanghai, China, Etn E5/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

What`s going on here? FEBC supposedly deleted all its English broadcasts from Philippines years ago.

But EiBi says: 15325 1000-1030 PHL FEBC Manila E SEA

WRTH 2006 did not show any English for FEBC Manila. Must have snuck an English segment back onto the schedule for A-06–yes, the A-06 WRTH supplement lists two English broadcasts, via Bocaue site:

1000-1030 15325 SE Asia
1430-1500 12130 S Asia

Nothing shown on 15325 in any language before 1000, however. I guess they were already warming up at 0954. I suppose this is something syndicated, with no Filipino culture or news whatsoever, unlike its long-lamented own English language produxions, but one might check both semihours to be sure (Glenn Hauser-OK/DX Listening Digest)

15325, FEBC, May 29, *0950-1029*, on with IS and English only ID loop: "This is FEBC radio, broadcasting from Manila, Philippines," 1000 program "Haven Today" with Charles Morris, religious program and songs, program seems to be produced in Southern Calif. (Ron Howard-CHINA/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Serbia

Following the formal recognition by the Serb government of the independence of Montenegro, the Belgrade-based international broadcaster has changed its name to International Radio Serbia. Both the radio broadcasts and website are now using this name, though some pages of the website havent yet been updated (June 16th, 2006, 09:44 UTC by Andy, Media Network blog/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Slovakia

At a Radio Council meeting May 24th a document was approved stating that Radio Slovakia International should cease its shortwave broadcasts June 30th. The transformation of the shortwave broadcast to a part of the Internet service of the public radio will follow shortly after. Apart from the Internet, the program of Radio Slovakia International will continue to be broadcast via satellite. According to RSI editor in chief Ladislav Kubis the proposal will not secure quality standard broadcast of the foreign service of public radio as defined by law. However this proposal was passed by a majority in the final vote (Station website via Edwin Southwell, June WDXC Contact/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Tunisia

Additional transmission for RTTunisia in Arabic:

1500-1600 12005

(Radio Bulgaria DX Mix News, Ivo Ivanov, via WWDXC BC-DX May 30)

Turkey

Navigating the Voice of Turkey’s website is one of life’s more unpleasant tasks. That the entire site is in Turkish, with no foreign language option to click on makes it an experience in illiteracy or just flying blind. For those who would like the A06 schedule, here it is from http://www.trt.net.tr/voiceofturkey/high.htm

0000-0100 Turkish 7300
0300-0400 English 5975 7270
0400-0700 Turkish 9460 11750 15225
0700-0800 Georgian 9760
0700-0800 Turkish 9460 11750 11955
0700-0830 Azerbaijani 11730 15140
0800-0900 Macedonian 11690
0800-0900 Turkish 9460 11750 11955 21715
0830-0930 Persian 11795 15220
0900-1100 Arabic 11690 15520
0900-1100 Turkish 9460 11955 21715
0930-1030 Rumanian 9560
1000-1100 Hungarian 13770
1000-1500 Turkish 17705 Fr
1030-1130 Greek 7295
1030-1130 Greek 9840
1100-1200 Chinese 17715
1100-1400 Turkish 9460 11955
1130-1230 Albanian 11875
1130-1230 German 13760
1200-1300 Urdu 13710
1230-1330 English 15450 15535
1230-1330 Uzbek 11795
1230-1400 Persian 11940
1300-1400 Russian 13720
1330-1430 Bulgarian 7210
1400-1500 Azerbaijani 9645
1400-1600 Arabic 11735 17790
1400-1600 Turkish 9460 11955
1430-1530 Greek 7180
1430-1530 Tatar 9855
1500-1600 Kazakh 11860
1530-1630 Turkmen 11905
1600-1630 Cro-Ser 9605
1600-1700 Kyrgyz 9575
1600-1700 Turkish 5960 9460
1630-1700 Italian 9610
1630-1730 Spanish 13720
1700-1800 Russian 9675
1700-2200 Turkish 5960 7215 9460
1730-1830 German 13640
1800-1900 Bosnian 5980
1830-1930 English 9785
1930-2030 French 9535 11850
2030-2130 English 7170
2200-2300 English 9830
2200-2400 Turkish 7300

(via Dan Malloy, Everett MA, June 12/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

Uganda

Radio Uganda, postal address: Radio Uganda, PO Box 7145, Kampala, Uganda. Transmitter site is Kampala with 10 kW.

Red Channel

0300-0600 En/Vern 4976 Mo-Fr
0345-0600 En/Vern 4976 Sa/Su
0600-1230 En/Vern 7195 Mo-Fr
0600-1430 En/Vern 7195 Sa/Su
1300-2100 En/Vern 4976 Mo-Fr
1430-2100 En/Vern 4976 Sa/Su

Blue Channel

0300-0600 En/Vern 5026 Mo-Fr
0345-0600 En/Vern 5026 Sa/Su
0600-1230 En/Vern 7110 Mo-Fr
0600-1430 En/Vern 7110 Sa/Su
1300-2100 En/Vern 5026 Mo-Fr
1430-2100 En/Vern 5026 Sa/Su

(Africa On Shortwave Summer 2006 Edition published by BDXC-UK, via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine)

United States

Updated summer A-06 for World Harvest Radio:

WHRI Angel # 1

0100-0300 9515 Mo-Fr
0100-0600 7315 Sa/Su
0300-0600 5860 Mo-Fr
0600-1000 7315
1000-1200 7555
1200-1300 9495
1300-1400 11785 Mo-Fr
1300-1400 NF 11940 Sa/Su >>> Hmong Lao Radio in Lao
1400-1600 11785
1600-2300 15285
2300-0100 7555

WHRI Angel # 2

0000-0100 9515 Mo-Fr
0100-0300 7490
0300-0500 7520
0500-0900 7465
0900-1200 7520
1200-1700 9840
1700-2200 15665
2200-0100 7490 Sa/Su

KWHR Angel # 3

0100-0500 17655
0500-0800 13650
0800-1200 9930
1200-1400 12130
1400-1800 9930

KWHR Angel # 4

0500-1300 11565

WHRA Angel # 5

0100-0500 5850
0500-0600 6145
0600-0700 7490
1200-1400 15665
1400-1600 17650
1600-1900 17640
1900-2100 13710
2100-2300 11765
2300-0100 7520

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria)

Frequency change for WYFR Family Radio in Spanish:

1900-2000 NF 7340 MSK, ex 7440

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria)

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty–RL A06 schedule update:

Additional frequency for Russian Service:

1100-1300 11700

Several changes for Uzbek Service, so complete Uzbek Service:

0200-0400 12110 15145 15460
1400-1500 13755 15145 15170
1600-1700 7555 9595 11875 12150

(RFE/RL website via Kubiak-DE/WWDXC DX Magazine, 17 Jun 2006)

Some IBB changes:

Voice of America

0500-0530 NF 9600 SAO, ex 6095 SAO in Hausa
0500-0530 NF 11680 SAO, ex 6035 SAO in Hausa
1800-1830 NF 11720 SAO, ex 11955 SAO in Hausa Sa/Su
2200-2400 NF 11725 PHT, ex 17740 PHT in English

Radio Liberty

0200-0400 NF 15470 UDO, ex 15250 UDO in Russian
0300-0400 NF 9855 LAM, ex 11990 KAV in Tatar
0300-0400 NF 17770 UDO, ex 15120 UDO in Turkmen
1600-1700 11875 KWT, ex BIB in Uzbek

(Radio Bulgaria DX Mix News, Ivo Ivanov, via WWDXC BC-DX May 30)

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