NASWA Journal Columns

Kim’s Column, September 2006

Editor’s note: This column arrived too late for our print issue. We present it here on the site for the benefit of our members and others.

Internet radios in our future?

The FCC has pretty much signed on to Broadband Over Power Line (BPL). And there are all sorts of noises from new devices creeping into the shortwave frequencies. My Verizon FIOS fiber optic broadband access seems to be one of the culprits. It’s not the fiber lines, but the Cat-5 cables between the Verizon box outside my house and the various RJ-45 jacks in rooms throughout my house.

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Shortwave Center, September 2006

Howdy. Recently there was an interesting dialogue on the ODXA (that other prominent North American radio club) chat board concerning the decline of radio clubs and lack of member participation in pursuits—well, like this one! One result, though was an offer from an ODXA member to offer something he had written for publication here. Knowing a good offer when I see one, I immediately accepted. Our first article this month is the first fruit of that dialogue.

We follow that up this month with some pertinent items likely to be of interest to Journal readers from the Association for International Broadcasting’s various summer industry briefings that are sent periodically by e-mail to members. The AIB is the industry association for international, cross-border television and radio broadcasting.

But first, there’s an interesting piece about NASWA history from the archives of none other than Mr. Jerry Berg, who among other very worthy pursuits heads up the Committee for the Preservation of Radio Verifications (CPRV).

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Flashsheet 239, August 27, 2006

Editor: Ray Bauernhuber

Substitute Editor: Mark Taylor (markokpik@tds.net)

Next Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006 at 1700 UTC (1300 EST/1200 CST/1100 MST/1000 PST).

All loggings to be sent to Mark Taylor at: markokpik@tds.net and Rich D’Angelo at rdangelo3@aol.com .

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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)

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Pirate Radio Report, May 2006

Hello and welcome to the May 2006 edition of the Pirate Radio Report.

Conditions on the pirate bands continue to remain viable, even though static levels are increasing. Enjoy it while it lasts! We also have several first time reporters. Keep those logs a coming. Because of the later sunsets, pirates should propagate later into the evening during the summer. On to the logs.

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Country List Committee Report, May 2006

Country List Clarification

NASWA’s Country List Committee is aware of some concerns regarding the use of the club’s standard Country List for purposes of the Scoreboard column and the Awards program. Hopefully, this will clarify the situation.

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Equipment Reviews, April 2006

Sherwood Engineering SE-3 MK III Synchronous Detector

Have you ever noticed in the receiver reviews in Passport To Worldband Radio that the reviewer may think that a particular radio is very good, but that the addition of the Sherwood SE-3 synchronous detector makes it great? What does the SE-3 do that makes it such a useful addition to an already good receiver? I had used an earlier version of the SE-3 with a JRC NRD-515 many years ago, but I decided to see what was different with the new model and see how it worked with more modern receivers.

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Easy Listening, April 2006

Substantial changes in BBCWS programming…and more frequencies disappearing

The BBC World Service is making significant schedule changes with the launch of the A-06 broadcast season on 26th March. Many of these changes were announced last summer, when the BBC announced plans to emphasize news and factual programming on weekdays, with arts, music and feature programming on the weekends. Along with these schedule changes, unfortunately, come further reductions in shortwave service targeting the Western hemisphere.

Frequency changes

All frequencies targeting South America and Central America have been closed down; the only remaining shortwave frequencies targeting the Americas is the following service targeting the Caribbean:

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Flashsheet 217, March 26, 2006

Editor: Ray Bauernhuber

Substitute Editor: Rich D’Angelo

I am pinch hitting for Ray once again as his computer has decided to take another week off! I am not certain when Ray’s computer will return from this unannounced vacation, but when it does Ray will be back in action. Therefore, better send your logs to Ray at the usual address and myself for next week. Thanks! … Rich

Next Deadline: Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 1700 UTC (1200 EST).

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NASWA Notes, February 2006

Speaking of time marching on it is that time of the year when serious Winter SWL Festival plans need to be made. Yes, once again the gathering of the faithful will meet in Kulpsville, PA to celebrate the great hobby of radio in all its forms. This will be our 19th reunion of the best radio people in the world so you do not want to miss it. Watch Rich Cuff’s column for updates and progress reports on developments. Check the Journal for the registration form. You have had plenty of warning so we expect to see you there in March.

Speaking of the Winter SWL Festival, the legends of the FEST are the infamous “scanner scum.” As the name implies, these guys are into scanner listening and provide quite a lot of color to the festivities. Uncle Skip Arey informs us that “the Scum now has a web presence at http://www.scannerscum.com/ .” Warning, this website isn’t for children or the faint of heart. One picture is worth a thousand “oh my gosh” expressions.

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