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Individual issues are, however, still available at DXing.com, indexed here: http://www.dxing.com/dxrold.htm -- and 2001 archive is also there However, post-publication correxions and clarifications are normally only entered into these quarterly archives. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-105, June 30, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1137: (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1137.html (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html NEXT BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Mon 0000, Wed 0930 on 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Sun 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230; Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB NETS TO YOU: New July edition by John Norfolk available shortly: http://www.worldofradio.com/nets2you.html ** AUSTRALIA. HF radio weather services There are adverts in the weekend press advising of changes to HF radio weather services, "providing improved services for the high seas and Australian coastal areas through new transmitters". From 1 July, frequencies and voice schedules will change. Service users are urged to test their equipment and tune to the best frequency. More info at: http://www.bom.gov.au/marine Advert also says that VHF broadcasts are being introduced for some areas by state maritime agencies and volunteer coastguard groups (Matt Francis, Australia, June 28, ARDXC via DXLD) Namely, change to only two HF stations: VMC Australia Weather East/VMW Australia Weather West http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/marine_weather_radio.shtml (via Glenn Hauser, DXLD) ** BELARUS. Radio Stalitsa, 24 June, 0337, 11960, morning exercises in Russian. Info broadcast in Belarussian followed then. SINPO 35443. (Dmitry Puzanov, Kustanay, Kazakhstan) Radio Station Belarus`, in Russian, 17 June, starting at 2000. Fair but a bit hummy on 7210 kHz, 44333. Very bad on 7105 kHz (31331), subject to severe QRM by Radio Sawa in Arabic (Dmitry Mezin, Kazan, Russia, Signal June 29 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. O biólogo e radioescuta Paulo Roberto e Souza, de Tefé(AM), relata que a Rádio Educação Rural, da cidade de Coari(AM), emite na freqüência de 5035 kHz, entre 1000 e 1300. A emissora retransmite noticiários da Rede Católica de Rádio. Pertence à Fundação Santíssimo Redentor, de Manaus(AM), e seu lema é "uma rádio a serviço da evangelização". A programação local da Rádio Educação Rural é voltada para os ouvintes da cidade e zona rural vizinha de Coari, com música, informação e prestação de serviço (Célio Romais, @tividade DX June 29 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL [non]. By the way, I found ballgame coverage on ERT Thessaloniki (11595), Polskie Radio (225), Radio Rossii (17660), REE (15585), YLE (11755). The match was not covered by the BBC- Worldservice, Hrvatska Radio (9830) as well as Cesky Rozhlas (FM or 639/270). Regards, (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. New station on 1610: Looks like Canada's first full-time x-bander has hit the airwaves tonight. They're playing continuous Caribbean-style French music... no IDs heard yet, but judging from the strength here, this has to be the Montreal station that was approved last year by the CRTC. I haven't heard what the callsign is supposed to be, but they are 1 kW, so they should be widely heard. This pretty much puts the lid on TIS DXing for me... :-( [Later:] For the past half hour or so, they've just been running an open carrier. Power level appears to be fluctuating too. You may have to wait for another night to snag them (Barry McLarnon, somewhere in Canada, June 28, NRC-AM via DXLD) [non]. I'm really surprised that many people haven`t jumped at putting a station on 1610. This freq has the ability to be received by most of the older analog AM radios, thus making it receivable by almost all radios. I wouldn`t be concerned about any secondary users. Once I went on, they would have to move, and I wouldn`t have to pay for them to move. Maybe I'll apply for that position here in Florida. Then someone can buy me out for 50 grand or so... (Paul Smith W4KNX Sarasota, FL, ibid.) Why would Canada do that? With all their abandoning of AM frequencies, why interfere with hundreds of TIS stations? CIAO in Brampton is a fun DX catch, but why [not?] 530? 73 (-Kyle, ibid.) Good question, especially considering that there are abandoned allotments for the Montreal area (e.g., 1410) that could have been used. Perhaps the x-band frequency was preferred by the applicant to avoid the expense of putting up a directional array, which would no doubt be required for frequencies such as 1410. Why 1610 in particular was approved is not clear. I suspect that they did not have to do the sort of interference studies regarding their impact on TIS stations that would apply to regular broadcast stations. Given a choice of ex- band frequencies, it is pretty obvious why they would opt for 1610. > CIAO in Brampton is a fun DX catch, but why 530? No clue. Anybody? The 1610 station is again playing franco-caribbean type music tonight. (Barry McLarnon, QC, June 29, NRC-AM via DXLD) I received a phone call from a local broadcast engineer in Montreal who had worked with the owners of this station several months back. He helped them out with the preparation of their application to the CRTC and with their initial engineering specs. He is no longer working with the operation, and was quite surprised to hear that they were on the air. It appears that the station may actually be illegally transmitting. Although this station, owned by a prominent member of the Haitian community in Montreal, has received an approval from the CRTC, it is believed that they did not file an official request to begin testing. Also, they are not identifying themselves. According to CRTC regulations, they should be IDing regularly and making an announcement to the effect, plus asking people hearing them to report the quality of reception and to ask if there are any interference problems. I have been told that a complaint has already been filed with the CRTC and Industry Canada about the operation, but chances are nothing will happen to them until Tuesday, as government offices are closed until then for the weekend and the Canada Day holiday on July 1. I have also been told that the location of the antenna for the station is on the roof of a two-story building on Jarry Street East, just a few blocks west of Pie IX Blvd., directly across the street from a well-known electronics retailer, Addison Electronics, in the north- east sector of the island of Montreal. They are apparently using a one-tower vertical, presumably omni- directional; a new style of antenna tower apparently made of a material similar to fiberglass. I am trying to track down the information on the official application and approval from the CRTC which, if I remember correctly, included a name, address and phone number of the owners of the operation. I will post that information as soon as I have tracked it down. Until then, I would say log this one while you can. Things might get nasty on Tuesday! There are also a number of rival groups within the Haitian community in Montreal. There have already been some battles between the factions over programming currently being aired on various campus and community radio stations in the Montreal region. We could really see some things heating up on this one. I do remember in the application to the CRTC that this station was looking to serve various French speaking ethnic communities in Montreal, not only the Haitians, but some of the African and other French-speaking Caribbean communities in the city. The signal here in Montreal today has been good, but far from full- scale, at least in my location, off the island of Montreal to the south-east. More on this one as soon as it is available. [Later:] Here is the official text from the CRTC decision about the station which was approved for operation on 1610 kHz for Montreal. (Sheldon Harvey, QC, June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Decision CRTC 2001-678 Ottawa, 7 November 2001 CPAM Radio Union.com inc. Montréal, Quebec 2000-2071-9 Public hearing of 19 June 2001 National Capital Region New ethnic AM radio station 1. The Commission approves the operation of a new French-language ethnic AM radio station in Montréal. The new station will provide programming to serve the Francophone ethnocultural communities of Haitian, Latin-American and African descent in the greater Montréal area. The terms and conditions of the licence as well as the commitments made by the licensee are set out in the appendix to this decision. 2. CPAM Radio Union.com inc. is a private commercial company owned exclusively by Mr. Jean Ernest Pierre. The proposed service 3. The applicant proposed to operate a French-language ethnic radio station with programming targeting three cultural groups in the following proportions: Haitians (50%), Latin-Americans (15%), and Africans whose first language or whose second language is French (35%). The Ethnic Broadcasting Policy (the Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1999-117) provides for programs in any language, including English and French, so long as they serve culturally or racially distinct groups other than ones that are Aboriginal Canadian or from France or the British Isles. While the Policy states that ethnic stations must generally devote at least half of their schedules to programming in third languages, it makes provision for service in English and French, where appropriate. In this case, the station proposes to broadcast 100% of its spoken word programming in the French language in order to serve the Haitian, Latin-American and African groups. The applicant therefore requested an exemption from the requirement of section 7(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 to devote 50% of its programming to third-language programming. The Commission approves this request. A condition of licence to this effect is included in the appendix to this decision. 4. In support of its application, the applicant pointed out that a new French-language ethnic service would contribute to the harmonious integration of the targeted ethnocultural communities into the larger francophone society, which would be enriched as a result. The applicant also underlined that the proposed service would allow young people to become interested in their culture of origin by addressing "issues that directly affect them". Music programming Category 2 music 5. Since the proposed station will primarily broadcast music aimed at the Haitian, African and Latin-American communities that is not broadcast on other greater Montréal area radio stations, the Commission finds it appropriate to limit, as a condition of licence, the percentage of the broadcast week devoted to category 2 French- language and English-language music. At the hearing, the licensee stated that it would accept a condition of licence specifying that it could not devote more than 15% of a broadcast week to French-language category 2 music and 15% to English-language category 2 music. A condition of licence to that effect is set out in the appendix to this decision. Category 3 music 6. At the hearing, the applicant made a commitment to devote 70% of its music programming to world beat and international music (sub- category 33), aimed at the three above-mentioned ethnocultural groups. A condition of licence related to this commitment is set out in the appendix to this decision. In this regard, the applicant underlined the importance of broadcasting Creole, Spanish and African music to expose young people to their own traditional ancestral music and culture, and to bridge the generation gap. Canadian content 7. The licensee will ensure that a minimum of 35% of all music selections broadcast each week from category 2 are Canadian. Also, the applicant has committed to devote 20% of category 3 music selections that it broadcasts each broadcast week in the first year of its licence term to Canadian music selections, increasing to 35% effective the second year of operation. The Commission imposes this commitment as a condition of licence. The condition is set out in the appendix to this decision. Spoken word 8. The new radio service will be hosted by new Canadians and will present news from Montréal and around the world that would be of particular interest to the target ethnic groups. At the public hearing, the licensee committed to devote between 35 and 40% of the 126 hours of programming per week to spoken word. Spoken word programming will include newscasts, reports, editorials, and public affairs programs. Canadian talent development 9. In the first year of its licence term, the licensee will devote $3,000 to a direct contribution for Canadian talent development. Each subsequent year of its licence term, this amount will increase by $1,000 to reach $8,000 in the final year. These contributions will be given to third-party organizations involved in the production of music for the station's target audience, in accordance with the guidelines of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1995-196, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission. A condition of licence to that effect is included in the appendix to this decision. The creation of an advisory board 10. To best respond to the needs of the communities targeted by the new service, the licensee has committed to set up a nine-member advisory board, made up of three members of each target cultural community in its service area. The Commission requires the licensee to submit a list of board members within 90 days of this decision. The Commission`s determination 11. The Commission approves the application since it shares the applicant's views regarding the need to bridge the gap between the Haitian, African and Latin-American communities, their descendants, and the larger francophone society. The Commission also considered that the proposed station will contribute to the diversity of musical formats available in the market and will provide a new voice for news and public affairs by broadcasting French-language programming aimed primarily at the above-mentioned ethnocultural groups. Finally, the Commission believes that, given the nature of the new station, it will have a negligible impact on existing stations in the greater Montréal area market. Interventions 12. The Commission would like to thank all parties that filed interventions with regard to this application. The Commission is satisfied with the licensee's response to the interventions. Related CRTC documents • Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations • Public Notice 1999-117 – The Ethnic Broadcasting Policy Secretary General This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: http://www.crtc.gc.ca Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-678 Terms, conditions and commitments of the licence for the new ethnic AM radio station in Montréal Terms of licence The licence will only be issued and effective when the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to the deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period. The licence, when issued, will expire on 31 August 2008. The station will broadcast on the AM band, on the frequency 1610 kHz, with an effective radiated power of 1,000 watts. The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources (PN 1992-59). Conditions of licence The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137. The licence will also be subject to the following conditions: 1) The licensee is exempted from the requirement of section 7(2) of the Radio Regulations 1986 that it devote 50% of its programming to third-language programming. 2) The licensee must devote all of its programming to French- language ethnic programming, targeting the Haitian community, the Latin-American community and the African community with French as its first or second language. 3) In place of subsections 2.2(3) to 2.2(10) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, in each broadcast week a) the licensee may devote a maximum of 30% of the musical selections that it broadcasts to selections from category 2; i) the licensee must devote at least 35% of all category 2 selections that it broadcasts to Canadian musical selections; ii) the licensee may devote a maximum of 15% of all category 2 musical selections that it broadcasts to French-language vocal music selections, and a maximum of 15% to English-language vocal musical selections. b) the licensee must devote at least 70% of the musical selections that it broadcasts to musical selections from subcategory 33: World beat and international; i) during the first year of the licence term, the licensee must devote at least 20% of all musical selections from subcategory 33 that it broadcasts to Canadian selections, and increase its percentage to 35% beginning at the second year of the licence term. 4) In the first year of its licence term, the licensee must devote $3,000 to a direct contribution for Canadian talent development. Each subsequent year of its licence term, the amount must increase by $1,000 to reach $8,000 in the final year. These contributions will be given to third-party organizations involved in the production of music for the station's target audience, in accordance with the guidelines of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1995-196, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission. Commitments The licensee has committed to devote 35 to 40% of programming per broadcast week to spoken word that is of particular interest to the ethnocultural groups targeted. The licensee has committed to set up a nine-member advisory board composed of three members from each target group in its service area. The Commission requires the licensee to submit a list of board members within 90 days of this decision. Date Modified: 2001-11-07 ===== (via Sheldon Harvey, DXLD) This is the listing of the company which applied and received approval from the CRTC for the station on 1610 kHz: CPAM Radio Union.com inc. 10 St- Jacques Street Suite 807 Montréal QC H2Y 1L3 TELEPHONE: 514- 287-1288 also (presumed to be a fax number) 514-287-3299 I just called the telephone number listed and got an answering service at the office of Maitre Jean Ernest Pierre. It appears that he is a lawyer here in the city of Montreal. The number on the file seems to be his business office. I left a message just now (7 PM Eastern Saturday evening) (Sheldon Harvey, QC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. CANADIAN DTV POLICY Doug Smith W9WI - 16 June 2002 The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced its regulatory framework for transition to over-the-air DTV. Some main points: _ There are no fixed deadlines. No station will be required to start DTV operation at any given date, nor will they be required to shut down their analog transmissions any sooner than they voluntarily choose to do so. _ Stations are encouraged (but not required) to build DTV facilities that match their analog coverage. Stations are required to maintain their analog coverage throughout the transition period. _ Existing stations will have first opportunity to apply for DTV licenses. However, if they fail to do so in a ``reasonable`` amount of time, the CRTC will consider other applicants for their assigned DTV channels. _ DTV stations will be allowed to offer as much as 14 hours a week of programming not carried on the associated analog stations, provided that programming is high-definition, and at least half of it is of Canadian origin. _ Where a high-definition version of a program aired between 6pm and midnight exists, it must be aired. Stations ``...should also ensure that, by the end of December 2007, 2/3 of their schedules are available in the high definition format.`` _ It appears that the CBC will not be attempting to duplicate its analog coverage. They indicated they plan to operate digital transmitters only in the ten largest Canadian cities, covering 70% of the nation`s population. The remainder would receive CBC DTV signals via satellite. (It causes one to wonder whether private broadcasters will follow suit, whether there will ever be over-the-air DTV in smaller cities?) Canada has already adopted the U.S. ATSC format and 8VSB modulation scheme, and Industry Canada has already created a table of DTV allocations. To my knowledge the only DTV stations currently authorized in Canada are experimental demonstration stations on channel 66 in Ottawa and Toronto. One might now expect to see some applications for DTV operation in Canada. I do not expect them to appear rapidly. (July WTFDA VHF-UHF Digest via DXLD) See also USA ** CANADA. My suspicions expressed in my weekend schedule message for CBC were confirmed. CBC North Quebec carried the CBC Radio 1 broadcast of the Gold [sic] Cup final match. The audio was obtained from BBC- 5 Live. I was watching the match on ABC-TV (USA) and noted the narration on CBC was about 15 seconds ahead of what was happening on the screen. I found that amount of lead time to be annoying so I switched the TV over to the Spanish language Univision network. Univision was only a few seconds behind the radio play by play. That was interesting because now I could look away from the screen without fear of missing anything important. I presume the reason CBC did not have legal rights issues carrying this match on shortwave is because CBC North Quebec is a domestic service with a target area in the northern latitudes. Apparently the sidelobes reached the USA without the approval or knowledge of the legal folks. Did anyone else note any domestic shortwave services carrying the match? NOTE: MONDAY IS CANADA DAY. IN THE PAST CBC NORTH QUEBEC HAS CARRIED THE ENTIRE CBC NORTH QUEBEC SCHEDULE ON HOLIDAYS. CHECK 9625 (Joe Buch, swprograms via DXLD) You mean, the entire CBC Radio One schedule? (gh, DXLD) ** CHINA. An inside look at DXing and Broadcasting in China. In Danny Wu's article you can read about how the Internet has united Chinese DXers, and what the economic realities for DXers and radio stations are in today's China. Check it out at http://www.dxing.info/articles/chinese_dxing.dx 73 (Mika Mäkeläinen Visit http://www.dxing.info/ Join http://www.dxing.info/community/ June 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COLOMBIA. There is a picture of Varela on the Meridiano 70 website, but the legend does not carry any explanation. http://www.meridiano70.com ``LA FAMILIA MERIDIANO Y EL PERIODISMO DE ARAUCA ESTA DE LUTO, HOY SE FUE UN COMPAÑERO Y AMIGO...`` Same picture here; Varela founded Radio Capibaribe, 1240, was the co- founder of La Voz del Cinaruco 1050, ex-4865, and presently manager of Meridiano 70, 1170, ex-4865. This story will make big headlines on sites such as the one run by CPJ, RSF and similar sites. http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/coar/noticias/ARTICULO-WEB-NOTA_INTERIOR-69983.html (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Junio 28 de 2002 EL TIEMPO ASESINAN EN ARAUCA AL PERIODISTA EFRAÍN ALBERTO VARELA NORIEGA A un frente de las Autodefensas fue atribuido el crimen del abogado y comunicador, de 52 años, director de la emisora Meridiano 70. Su cuerpo abaleado fue abandonado en el kilómetro cinco de la vía que de Arauca conduce a Caño Limón. A las cinco de la tarde, cuando regresaba de una ceremonia de grado en la Universidad de Arauca, a donde había sido invitado en calidad de reportero, Varela Noriega habría sido interceptado por un grupo de al menos 10 paramilitares. El abogado viajaba con su cuñado Nicolás Valbuena, fiscal de la Cámara de Comercio de Arauca. Los 'paras' tras reconocer a Varela lo obligaron a bajar de la camioneta que conducía y, tras conducirlo a pie a un sitio ubicado a dos kilómetros, le dispararon en repetidas oportunidades. El periodista era reconocido en Arauca por el contenido polémico del programa que conducía en la emisora local, en donde fustigaba con sus comentarios a diferentes sectores de la vida política de la región, así como a los grupos armados. A lo largo de su carrera, enfrentó varias veces las amenazas de los armados. Varela Noriega había sido concejal de Arauca y consejero intendencial del Vichada. También se desempeñó como presidente del Consejo Departamental de Paz y catedrático de la Escuela Superior de Administración Pública y de la Universidad Cooperativa. El periodista acababa de regresar de España, en donde asistió a un posgrado en Derechos Humanos VIOLENTOS ASESINAN OTRO PERIODISTA EN COLOMBIA Arauca.---- El periodista y abogado Efraín Alberto Varela Noriega fue asesinado en Arauca por sicarios que previamente lo raptaron, informó la Policía. Varela Noriega, director y gerente de la emisora Meridiano 70 en Arauca, al parecer fue interceptado por supuestos paramilitares cuando regresaba a la capital departamental, tras participar en unos grados. Los asesinos lo bajaron de su auto en el sitio conocido como Mata Palito, a cinco kilómetros de Arauca, en la vía que comunica con los campos petroleros de Caño Limón y lo obligaron a abordar un vehículo todo terreno. Posteriormente apareció el cadáver en el kilómetro 8 de la misma carretera, frente al Colegio Municipal Agropecuario. Trascendió que el comunicador, oriundo de la costa atlántica y uno de los más veteranos en el periodismo araucano, figuraba en una lista de más de cien políticos, comerciantes y periodistas de Arauca, amenazados por los paramilitares. A esta hora las autoridades realizan el levantamiento del cadáver e inician las investigaciones, pero no se tienen datos concretos sobre el origen del asesinato. Varela Noriega hizo parte de un grupo de personalidades que fundaron la emisora La Voz del Sinaruco, filial de Caracol en Arauca y en el pasado ejerció la política en los departamentos de Arauca y Vichada Conéctese a la actualidad Colombiana en http://www.caracol.com.co Caracol ... Más Compañía. Station in last para is La Voz del Cinaruco, ex 4865 (via Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, DXLD) ** COLOMBIA [and non]. Embarrassing reports: Several years ago, when editing the South and Central American sections of the WRTH, I noticed that in some countries the L.P. (Leading Personalities) info had to be changed from one year to another. In countries with a reasonable amount of 'official' broadcasting, Argentina for instance, there was a new 'interventor' every now and then for the different local Radio Nacional outlets. In other Latin American countries, even in private enterprises, changes are rather frequent. Venezuela is one such case. Changes may also occur as the result of internal political strife. This is the case of Colombia, where I have recently read or heard of managers of at least three stations being assassinated. This is the case of Radio Sincelejo, Radio Galeón and Meridiano 70. I do not have any recent copy of the WRTH, but in the 1997 edition the Meridiano 70 manager was listed as the manager of La Voz del Cinaruco, which was probably true at the time. I would therefore ask reporters to update their info as best they can (DXLD is a recommended source), or else refrain from including non- related personal stuff to your reports unless you are perfectly sure that the report will reach the intended party. (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, June 30, DXing.info via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. COLOMBIAN ON 6064.5 SOON ON A NEW FREQUENCY AND IN ENGLISH. Here is the email letter I received from Russ Stendal rms05001@neutel.com.co Dear Henrik, We appreciate your interest and prayers. Our short wave transmissions will be shifting over to 6060 instead of 6065 to avoid conflict with Family Radio out of Oakland California (on the same frequency). The 5 kW transmitter (which used to belong to Colmundo) is now located at Lomalinda (where we have restored several houses). We are also planning English language broadcasts as soon as we finish our test phase and can establish what would be the best times for this. Our signal also goes out on 88.8 FM and on 1530 AM. A year ago Radio Nuevo Continente here in Bogotá gave us a 30 year old AM transmitter which we set up on 1530. Later we traded this for the short wave transmitter from Colmundo and have been on the air off and on over the past couple weeks in a test phase. We are planning to install the new 10 kW AM transmitter next week. My book is still available and may be ordered via internet (gstendal@aol.com). May the Lord continue to bless you richly, Russ Stendal (via Klemetz, dxing.info via DXLD) When saying that the 5 kW transmitter is now located at Lomalinda, Russ implies that this is a new location. The previous one was a ranch named Bonaire. More about these facilities can be read in the Stendal Newsletter Archives on the Colombia para Cristo web site at http://gloriastendal.tripod.com/colombiaparacristo/id3.html To the Farc guerillas, Christianity is seen as a dangerous enemy, and so many churches have been closed and many more people forced to leave their homes. More on the the dangers American missionaries are facing in Colombia can be found for instance at http://www.worthynews.com/news-features/compass-columbia-2.html (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden,June 25, dxing.info via DXLD) {columbia sic} ** COLOMBIA. 2399.85 harmonic, Radio Súper, Cali. June 2002 - 1010 UT. Harmonic from 1200 kHz (2x 1199.93). 3599.77, harmonic, Radio Súper, Cali. June 2002 - 1025 UT. Seems to be more common on its 4th harmonic 4799.70 kHz. Harmonic from 1200 kHz (3x 1199.92). (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 30, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ECUADOR. BM Bandscan SW 51. Björn Malm. From July 15 I and my wife "Susanita" will be on Swedish territory for a few months. It shall be nice to change temporarily from the messy Quito to well-organized Sweden. For me it is a dream to have a little ``cabin`` here in Ecuador to rest, for example on the peninsula Santa Elena not far from Guayaquil. My mother-in-law has some land there close to the holiday cottage of the president. [also, incidentally, near HCJB`s new transmitter site! --gh] Just imagine how nice it will be to leave this crazy capital for a DX- pedition to the Pacific Ocean for a week or so. There it is possible to erect a long beverage as it is an uninhabited area. After a night with tough DXing I will take a 15-minutes walk on the several mile long beach falling to sleep to the roaring waves ... You can`t understand how tough life is nowadays here in Quito --- when I was here for the first time 5-6 years ago it was a pure idyllic spot. Now it has dramatically changed for the worse due to poverty spreading down even to the middle class. Although I have lots of examples, I will not bore you with this sad facts. It is better to go for the positive instead. It is nice to walk around in central Quito with all the old houses and churches - one more beautiful than the other. Central Quito suffers from heavy traffic but is built like a small town with narrow streets and even more. Otherwise you get narrow pavements and I can`t figure out how people reach their work --- you have to have ice in your stomach and walk ultra rapid. Otherwise you get pushed away out below one of the big and quiet, electrically driven Trolley-busses coming like an express train. From the beginning I learned from different Quito-people "not to push anybody..." otherwise you usually can be beaten up. It is also quite depressing to walk around when poor people are sitting very quietly every 10 meters, begging for some coins to survive another day. I think of among others an old Indian woman sitting very still and quiet every day looking down and with her right hand stretched out as a cup. I have seen lots of tourists from Europe standing with big eyes and open mouth looking at this enormous crowd of people with Indians, Mestizos, beautiful "morenas" from the coast, the huge amount of salespeople on the streets walking around trying to sell everything you can think of, all those small boys cleaning shoes who never are satisfied with a "no, thank you" but continue and continue saying that "your shoes are dirty and need cleaning" --- once I gave without thinking some centavos to a shoe-cleaner without needing to clean my shoes --- I just wanted him to stop harassing me. I shouldn`t have done that! 5 minutes later all of the shoe-cleaners from Plaza Grande market standing in a ring around me --- a crazy "gringo" giving money without the need to do a thing. 4899.80, La Voz de Saquisilí y Libertador, Saquisilí. June 2002 - 1445 UT. I have had no contact with Saquisilí y Libertador diuring the last years. If that depends on the fact that the station has been off air or that I seldom listen after 1200, I don´t know. 5900 /5905 USB, Radio Cosmopolita, Quito can still be heard but at the moment more sporadic. Mails are beginning to drop in, among others from our members Tore B. Vik/TBV and Johan Berglund/JB, mentioning that their reports are returned. I called up the station and heard that they have a new address: "Radio Cosmopolita, Morales 1224 y Garcia Moreno, Quito". Telephone: (+593 2) 228 30 96. Address your report to Sr. Alejandro Yautibug, who is in charge for the technical transmissions for the Indian programs. Otherwise the letters will be lying without being taken care of in the Spanish department. The Indians only hire program time. I asked if there is an email address but the answer was negative (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 30, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also COLOMBIA; PERU in this issue ** EGYPT. Egypt definitely has more than its share of marginal transmitters but fortunately the 2300 UT English to N. America service on 9900.0 comes in very well here and usually with decent modulation. Their female announcer does tend to sound a bit mushy, but the music sounds much better. 73, (Brandon Jordan - Memphis TN - Icom R75 - Palstar R30C - Quantum QX Pro - Wellbrook ALA 330, hard-core-dx via DXLD) See also SYRIA ** EGYPT. 24 June, tuned in to Russian Service of Radio Cairo at 1800. The frequency was 7315 kHz. Carrier has been there already, then at 1802 music began, changed to an Arabic song. Audio stopped at 1806. Carrier cut at 1808. Then, in a couple of minutes, carrier has been re-established, but they probably forgot about its modulation at all... (Dmitry Puzanov, Kustanay, Kazakhstan, Signal June 29 via DXLD) ** GERMANY. (Bavaria): On 29 June 2002 several hundred citizens living in the neighbourhood of the IBB Holzkirchen short wave station staged another day of protest. The Holzkirchen station has been on the air for some 50 years and currently broadcasts mainly in Russian to the CIS via four 250 kW short wave transmitters. The protest movement caught momentum in the 90s already, leading to the close down of the medium wave transmitter (originally 719/720 kHz, later 1593 kHz). When the consolidation of VoA and RFE/RL facilities took place, it was announced that IBB would close the station, but this never took place. In mid-morning prominent electro-smog scientists told the public about their findings at the Holzkirchen, Moosbrunn and Schwarzenburg stations, while public comments of local citizens and politicians throughout the day were less "scientific" in tone. Summaries of the scientifists' contributions are available on the German website http://www.sender-freies-oberland.de/, while the English site http://www.sender-freies-oberland.de/e_index.htm is still very much under construction. [Caption:] "Sleepless thanks to US-station. Wake up now" The protest post card shows a huge sculpture which is at a road passing by the station (Dr Hansjoerg Biener, Nürnberg, Germany, 30 June 2002 via DXLD) ** GERMANY. From Monday (July 1) Südwestrundfunk will carry on all its mediumwave outlets a new program called SWR Cont.Ra. This network will primarily offer spoken word content (hence the name which is just a paraphrase of Contentradio) primarily produced for other programs, i.e. this will be a mere recycling network to say it in plain language. SWR Cont.Ra was originally created as an attempt to push the Eureka-147 system but later it was decided to put it also on mediumwave for a real-life audience. Between 10 PM and 6 AM (2000-0400 UT in summer, 2100-0500 in winter) SWR Cont.Ra will relay infoRADIO, the all-news program of Sender Freies Berlin. Strangely the Südwestrundfunk website so far contains not any word about SWR Cont.Ra but Sender Freies Berlin expresses delightment about the infoRADIO relays in this press release: http://www.sfb.de/unternehmen/sfb_presse_akt.php3 (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. Another story on the topic of broadcast delays: Deutsche Welle just carried the same report on a certain event than two networks of Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg simultaneously (Antenne Brandenburg and Radio Eins), but with a delay of full two seconds. I already asked somebody with some knowledge in signal distribution if he knows an explanation for this heavy delay (when switching between ORB and Deutsche Welle the first impression was that both carry different reports); as far as I know Wertachtal is now fed by an Eurobird SCPC link but certainly this caused only a small part of the two seconds delay. Also Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk had a small delay of about one third of a second against ORB and Bayerischer Rundfunk (I found 6085 more or less in sync with 95.1 and 98.6), referring to mediumwave where the STL is a linear 2 Mbit/s link without a noticeable delay (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY [and non]. Some schedule updates for Deutsche Telekom transmissions, as usual from Jülich unless otherwise stated: DRM: On July 16 and 17 only 0900-1200 on 5975 (290 deg.; trade fair or something else in the UK?) Deutsche Welle: Since June 24 6140 now throughout 0600-1900 from Jülich (130 deg.), no longer Wertachtal Additional transmissions of Adventist World Radio: Since June 1 0600- 0730 on 11610 (Wertachtal 200 deg.), since June 24 1600-1659 on 15360 and 1700-1759 on 15235 (both 115 deg.), all daily. Additional transmissions of Universelles Leben: From June 30 Sundays only 1600-1629 on 15670 (175 deg.); from July 7 on Sundays only 1900-1930 on 15565 (115 deg.). WYFR / Family Radio: All transmissions cancelled from June 23. [no doubt due to new Merlin deal --- gh] A few pictures of the Jülich facilities as well as the Braunschweig/Königslutter (mediumwave) and Torfhaus (FM) sites are available at http://www.do1oli.de (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUATEMALA. A Shortwave Success Story. While there has been a gradual migration towards FM in Guatemala, just as in other developing countries, there is still a place for shortwave. Radio K'ekchi is a case in point.... http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/guatemala020628.html (Media Network 28-06-02 via DXLD) ** IRAN. Allowing the DX-392 on the kitchen table to scan as I munched on a salad, June 29 at 2337 UT it landed on 15085, which I quickly adjusted to 15084, as a muezzin (or whatever the Iranians call him) was doing his thing, with long pauses between verses of 6 or 7 seconds. But the pauses were neatly filled by pre-echoes of the audio to follow a good 5 seconds ahead. They were softer, but clearly audible, despite a less than solid signal. There have been reports before about extraneous audio on this transmitter. Scenario: the VOIRI censor has his finger on the button in case the muezzin says something blasphemous, with a tape loop, or digital, delay, but the original audio is bleeding through... (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISENING DIGEST) ** ITALY [non??]. After 1240 I listened to the Radio Rasant programme via IRRS. The last quarter of this broadcast consisted on mainstream pop with just three ID announcements in between, one of them in English. After this programme IRRS ID and theme music until abrupt cut-off at 1302. The signal was rather weak here and spot on 13840, it appeared to be full-carrier AM rather than USB with reduced carrier. (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LATIN AMERICA. Commentary THE TRANSFORMATION OF LATIN AMERICAN NATIONAL RADIOS INTO BONA FIDE PUBLIC RADIO NETWORKS IMER, the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, which operates public radio stations and a public television station in México, in mid-June hosted an international conference of Latin American national radios. The theme was ``The Role of Public Radio in a Globalized Society.`` Attending were representatives of the national radio networks of Bolivia (Radio Illimani), Costa Rica (Radio Nacional), Cuba (Radio Rebelde), Guatemala (La Voz de Guatemala), Honduras (Radio Honduras), Paraguay (Radio Nacional del Paraguay), Argentina (Radio Nacional de Argentina), Chile (Radio Nacional), Colombia (Radiodifusora Nacional de Colombia), El Salvador (Radio El Salvador), Peru (Radio Nacional del Perú), Venezuela (Radio Nacional de Venezuela), and Mexico (IMER, Radio México). The purpose of the conference was to advance the transformation of the national radios of Latin America into true public radio networks and stations, to move them out of the role of voice pieces of the administrations in power into true services for the public. The directors recognize that, at the moment, these national networks play an inferior role in civic life. Señor Julio Cabello of Radio Nacional de Venezuela pointed out that there are 225 privately owned radio stations for every 1 public radio station in Latin America. In his country, there are 500 privately owned stations but only 1 public radio. Radio Nacional de Argentina has played an important role in the crisis in which his country is living, says Señor Mario Giorgi, its director. His network, he said ``will help and accompany the planning of the future of Argentina, adopting the role of an integrator between the community and its political directors.`` IMER director Señor Carlos Zarur said that ``the role of public radio in a globalized society reemphasizes the importance in having the public receiving educational information but, above all, news about the government, done with modern sophistication and utterly trustworthy.`` He said the public radio ought to prepare itself for these new times, by looking towards technical perfection and credibility of its information. But he warned that governments must not look towards employing the national public radio networks as propaganda machines, ``but that they fulfill one of the most important precepts of democracy, rooted in adequately informing the population of governmental acts.`` Señor Moíses Jérez Morales, director of La Voz de Guatemala, said that the national radios need to integrate the process of change, even if they have to do it in forced marches. He says that public radios must strengthen fundamental concepts such as nationality, the geographic- historical factors, culture and human destiny, traditions and customs, the popular arts, literature, and folklore. ``It must capture the values, the riches of the matrices of the national soul.`` There were some differences among the conference attendees, of course, but generally speaking there was great harmony and agreement about what is to be done and what the objectives should be. One notable outcome was a consensus on the necessity of promoting the Asociación de Radios Nacionales de Servicio Públicos de América Latina (ARNASAPAL), which IMER created two summers ago with the help of UNESCO and Radio France International. A similar movement is underway in Mexico, where the two dozen university radio stations are working towards establishing a network and association to promote the public radio service these offer in a modern Latin American democracy, with programming directed to all strata of Mexican society. Meanwhile, IMER denies that the government is about to sell its radio stations and Channel 22 in Mexico City. Clearly, while a few countries (Guatemala and Portugal) are thinking of selling their public radio networks, these are aberrations. In an age when more countries are permitting foreigners to own radio and television stations, the public stations and networks become even more valuable, for they retain a local and national control and moral ownership. The national interests are the primary public radio interests, and a well run, independent public radio network is the primary voice of the people. The big challenge is to keep the politicians out of public radio management and administration, particularly the news. A viable public radio system must be a priori an independent one. Easier said than done, because in many countries, not just Latin American, the politicians in power see the national radio systems as a major tool in advancing their own interests. In France, for years the public radio and television networks gave most of their political and news airtime during political campaigns to the candidates of the party in power. Latin America, with its notoriously corrupt governments, has a real challenge here on its hands: Can these governments set up really independent public radio systems and leave them independent? I hope to God they can and will (Michael Dorner, editor, Catholic Radio Update July 1 via DXLD) ** MONGOLIA. According to the Voice of Mongolia, a frequency change is planned for the Japanese service from July 1, 0830-0900. The new frequency is 12085, ex 12015. Currently, 12015 is used: 0830 Japanese, 0900 Mongolian, 0930 Chinese, 1000 English, sign off at 1030. The Mongolian, Chinese and English services may also move to 12085 from July 1 (Koji Yamada, Tokyo, EDXP June 30 via DXLD) ** PERU. 2413.39v, Radio Paraíso, unknown QTH (Peru). Clear "Radio Paraíso" IDs and lovely Peruvian folk music with super audio quality in the program "Amanecer campesino". "Comunicados" can be a good way to find out the "departamento" of the station location. In this case a "comunicado" to a person living in "Santa Rosa". "Cajamarca" has also been mentioned. Varies some kHz up/down. 5499.25, Radio San Miguel, la provincia de San Miguel, el departamento de Cajamarca. June 15 2002 - 2330 UT. On April 26 all of you in SWB in a special preview got an alarm about an unID LA on this frequency --- obviously a test transmission with nonstop, mostly Ecuadorian, music without talk. Came back on May 4 again with nonstop music without talk, but this time with Peruvian music. On May 15 came the solution for this "problem" when "Radio San Miguel" was reactivated on this new frequency. Seems to broadcast regularly --- yesterday evening, Monday, they were a little higher up in frequency: 5500.58 --- announcing 5500 kHz, 1450 and 101.1. This date a lot of talk about election of a new mayor/"alcalde" --- mentioning several "distritos" among others "Llapa" and "Calquis". I logged "Radio San Miguel" the last time in May last year on 6339.67 kHz (see SWB 1458). At that time they gave ID as "San Miguel Arcángel Radio". Now I only hear "Radio San Miguel" IDs and sometimes "San Miguel súper radio". When you get this little `preview` San Miguel has been on air for a few days so maybe someone has got an ID. The above log was sent out as a "preview" to all in SWB June 18. Can still be heard and seems to have two frequencies: 5499.25 and 5500.58 kHz. Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de San Miguel, cuya capital es San Miguel de Pallaques. Sus distritos son: Calquis, El Prado, La Florida, Llapa, Nanchoc, Niepos, San Gregorio, San Miguel, San Silvestre de Cochán, Unión Agua Blanca; con una población total de 59,641 hab. 5879.19, harmonic, Radio Imperio, Chiclayo, la provincia de Chiclayo, el departamento de Lambayeque. Has been a big mystery for a long time --- until now when I checked the MW frequency of the station and started to count - Radio Imperio on SW 4388.96 kHz plus Radio Imperio on MW 1490.23 kHz = 5879.19 kHz! A mixing product between SW/MW is probably a rare form of harmonic. They are not announcing co- transmission with Radio Uno, Chiclayo but instead with the FM- transmitter Radio Tropicana (Chiclayo?). Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de Chiclayo, cuya capital es Chiclayo. Sus distritos son: Chiclayo, Chongoyape, Eten, Puerto de Eten, José Leonardo Ortíz, Lagunas, La Victoria, Monsefú, Nueva Arica, Oyotún, Picsi, Pimentel, Reque, Santa Rosa, Saña; con una población total de 625,183 hab. (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 30, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. RUSSIA TV STARTS BROADCASTING TO EUROPE 1 JULY | Text of report in English by Russian news agency Interfax Moscow, 30 June: The VGTRK [All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting company] government-owned television and radio broadcasting company will begin broadcasts to Western Europe on 1 July. The new project is entitled "RTR-Planet". The broadcasts will be transmitted via the Express-3A satellite that became available after a new satellite was put into orbit, VGTRK and RTR [Russia TV] executives told journalists on Sunday [30 June]. The broadcasts will include programmes from the RTR and Kultura channels and Euronews in Russian. "This is a non-profit project aimed at our compatriots living abroad," VGTRK chairman Oleg Dobrodeyev said. All news programmes will be broadcast live, he said. Only part of Western Europe will be covered initially, but after the signal is joined to the global cable network all European countries will be included. In September or October, RTR- Planet will begin broadcasting in the United States. Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in English 1105 gmt 30 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** SYRIA [and non]. Re Poorest audio on SW [EGYPT, DXLD 2-104] R San Miguel 4926 is a bit distorted too, but one can actually understand what they are saying. The gold medal will be awarded to R Damascus on 12085. I needed four earpieces in order to really just *hear* what they are saying. The most undermodulated signal you have never heard. The signal itself is strong as you could suppose from "international broadcaster". (Jari Lehtinen, Lahti, Finland, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** U K [and non]. NEW TV DOCUMENTARY TO FEATURE AMATEUR RADIO Now news of a unique new television documentary series which will feature amateur radio in a big way. `The Human Race` is a project which pits two radio amateurs against one another in a race around the planet. One heads east and the other west. The racers are tracked on a website by fellow radio amateurs who participate in the race by transporting the racers from place to place. Both teams are followed by television production crews documenting the race. Throughout the production phase, amateurs will be interviewed on camera to tell the story of amateur radio to television viewers. The race will begin in the American midwest in June 2003 and will conclude when the two teams meet one another at a point half way around the world in December next year. The producer of the programme is William Desjardins, W1ZY (Radio Society of Great Britain GB2RS News 30 June 2002 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) QNEWS brought you the first word on this PROPOSED new TV program some months back, Now read further then visit their own site in cyberspace. http://home.earthlink.net/~bdesj/ `The Human Race` is a project which pits two radio amateurs against one another in a race around the planet. One heads east and the other west. The racers are tracked on a website by fellow radio amateurs who participate in the race by transporting the racers from place to place. Both teams are followed by television production crews documenting the race. Throughout the production phase, amateurs will be interviewed on camera to tell the story of amateur radio to television viewers. The first ham host encountered by viewers is the oldest and attributes the origins of Amateur Radio to early wireless experimenters. The next ham host continues by relating to viewers the impact of the vacuum tube on amateur communications. The subsequent host explains to viewers how the transistor made possible Amateur Radio`s first forays into space. The final ham host describes how Amateur Radio has been at the forefront of the Telecommunications Revolution. This is but one example of how the documentary proposes ordinary hams explain Amateur Radio within the context of a race around the planet. The race begins in the American midwest in June next year and will conclude when the teams meet one another at a point half way around the world in December 2003. Every international society has been offered to endorse the project, societies from Bangladesh to Australia. The Bangladesh Amateur Radio League considers that ``The Human Race`` project, a television documentary series, would result in a wonderful exposure of Amateur Radio to the world community. Amateur Radio, the unique scientific hobby has the ability to enhance the international fraternity and bridges any gap among people across boundaries. The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL) endorses the project and hopes that all concerned would extend their hands of cooperation at the time of implementation of the same. Nizam Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, S21B VP & IARU Liaison Officer, BARL Here in VK, our President, Ernest Hocking V1LK has said ``I have now had the OK from the majority of the WIA council for the endorsement. I just need to put some words together. Personally, I think it is a terrific idea.`` The producer of the program is William Desjardins, W1ZY. Keep up todate on proceedings, to visit their website go to http://home.earthlink.net/~bdesj/ (qnews/rsgb/earthlink, Wireless Institute of Australia Q-News June 30 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) Stunt? ** U S A [and non]. In many ways, religious and political broadcasting is like telemarketing and unsolicited commercial e-mail. On average, most people probably don't want to listen to you. On the other hand, the potential benefits to be reaped by landing one new convert or buyer justify the expenditure, in the mind of the person placing the call or funding the broadcast. In all these instances, the "cost to communicate" has fallen in recent years, so the originators can live with reduced response rates. We rail against UCE and telemarketing because all recipients "pay" for the message in bandwidth, diskspace, and the intrusion of an unwanted telephone call (Richard Cuff, swprograms via DXLD) ** U S A. SW UTAH (AND SURROUNDING AREA) TIS UPDATE Many DXers from all over the west have logged TIS stations from SW Utah and the surrounding areas over the past 10 years. This month, Karen and I took a few days before and after a business trip to drive through some of the areas where these TIS stations are located, to check on their current status. Here is what we found: 530 === Hoover Dam, NV (KOJ876) -- Signal is improved, but still not great. Seems stronger in Boulder City than at the actual dam site, possibly due to all of the electrical noise around the dam. Male announcer. Tape loop mostly talks about the new security checkpoint and regulations. Gets out fairly well to the west but not very well in the other directions. Las Vegas, NV (WNRM758) -- Silent, not noted on my last 2 trips here. ex-1610 and has not resurfaced there either. HAR station once listed on this frequency has moved to 1610. St. George, UT (WPBF898) -- Washington County "Color Country" TIS at the Utah Welcome Center south of St. George is currently silent. Signs are still up on I-15 North. This one used to make it to southern California. 1490/1520/1540 ============== Capitol Reef NP, UT (KOJ738) -- These 0.1-watt stations are gone for good. See main listing on 1610. 1590 ==== Bryce Canyon NP, UT (KOP798?) -- New station here with general park information. The 1610 station now carries information about the park's new shuttle service (signs around the park, and the messages themselves, make this distinction). Both the 1590 and 1610 stations appear to be fairly near the park entrance. The 1590 station is either slightly farther north, or slightly stronger than the 1610 station. Both are barely audible middays in Panguitch. 1610 ==== Glen Canyon NRA, AZ (KOJ778) -- Frequently mis-reported as Utah, this station is actually just north of Page, AZ at the Carl Hayden visitor center. This has got to be the single biggest TIS pest in the west these days, as it is routinely heard all over the Southwest. Tape loop with female announcer emphasizes the Wahweap Marina and the visitor center, and includes call letters. Blue Diamond, NV (HAR) -- No sign of the NV DoT station that was supposed to be here. Jean, NV (HAR) -- No sign of the NV DoT station that was supposed to be here. Lake Mead NRA, NV (KOJ751) -- This one seems strongest at the Administration offices in Boulder City, not at the Lake Mead NRA area. Gets out fairly well to the west but poorly in other directions. Female announcer. Las Vegas, NV (Airport) -- Carrier-current station with control tower audio has reportedly moved to 1200, but I haven't been close enough to the airport to confirm this. Las Vegas, NV (KOJ446) -- Delete this listing. Have never noted this station on numerous trips. North Las Vegas, NV (HAR) -- NV DoT covers road construction and Hoover Dam security information. Gets out pretty well. Mesquite, NV (TIS or Pirate?) -- There is a new station located in the Riverside Commercial Center, broadcasting oldies and calling itself "Mesquite's new solid gold oldies, the greatest hits of all time, AM 16-10, the Boss." It sounds like it's running 5 to 10 watts. Bryce Canyon NP, UT (KOP798) -- This station's message is now limited to information about the park's shuttle system. General park information is now found on the new station on 1590 kHz (see listing above). This station currently gets out pretty well at night, as it was recently logged in Alberta, but not particularly well during the day. A few years ago however, many DXers mistakenly assumed they had this station when it was actually the Panguitch station (WPBE828) that was getting out well at that time with its "Welcome to Bryce Canyon Country" message. Capitol Reef National Park, UT (KOJ738) -- This station is gone for good, due to apathy of the current ranger staff. A previous ranger had maintained this station and set up 0.1-watt stations on 1490, 1520, and 1540. Once he left, they took everything down. If you hear a tape loop about Capitol Reef, you are hearing KCP260, Salina Canyon. Cedar Breaks NM, UT (KOE719) -- This station does not appear to exist. There are no signs for it, and I did not log it while passing through this area in 1986 or 2002. Fish Lake NF - Ivie Creek/Salina Canyon, UT (KCP260) -- This is a very interesting station, located at a rest area near the junction of I-70 and Utah highway 72. It runs a very long tape loop (3 male voices, 2 female, each representing a different county or agency in central Utah). One of the taped messages is all about Capitol Reef National Park, which could cause a DXer to mistake this station for the defunct KOJ738. Other messages mention Fremont Indian State Park and Sevier County, which may explain the listings for stations at these locations that don't seem to exist. (Note that Salina Canyon is pronounced with a short "I" like Salinas, CA, not a long "I" like Salina, KS). [?? Short I is as in ``it``. You mean like a long E --- gh] Fish Lake NF - Mackinaw/Fish Lake Scenic Drive, UT (KOQ516) -- This station, which uses the slogan "Mackinaw Radio", provides visitor information for people driving along the west shore of Fish Lake. It is probably located around Fish Lake Lodge halfway down the lake. Female announcer, mentions the Fish Lake Discovery Association. Fremont Indian State Park, UT -- Delete this listing. Either this station is gone, or someone heard the Fish Lake NF station (KCP260) whose message includes a section on Fremont Indian SP. Panguitch-Red Canyon, UT (WPBE828) -- This station got out like gangbusters in the late 1990s with its "Welcome to Bryce Canyon Country" message; for a while, it was a nightly catch on car radios in San Diego. The Garfield County tourism office runs this station, which is actually located in the Red Canyon area just east of the junction of US 89 and Utah highway 12. The station is nowhere near as strong as it used to be. It is barely audible in Panguitch middays, and its tape loop currently consists of the sentence "This is the Garfield County radio station at Red Canyon, Utah" read by a male announcer, followed by a long pause. Sevier, UT -- Delete this listing. There does not appear to be a station in Sevier. The Fish Lake NF station (KCP260) includes a section about Sevier in their message. Zion National Park, UT (KOJ761) -- There are currently 4 stations active in the park along Utah highway 9. There is/was a fifth station at the Northwest end of the park near Kanarraville (I-15 exit 40); although the signs are still up for this station on I-15 north at exit 36, I did not log this station while passing through in 1986, 1987, or 2002. The 4 active stations in Zion NP are as follows, moving from east to west on highway 9 (all use a female announcer): 1. Mt. Carmel Junction: Short tape loop for drivers heading west on Utah highway 9: mentions the $20 entrance fee, tunnel, scenic drive shuttle, and tells listeners to tune in again about 13 miles to the west (station #2). No call sign mentioned in tape loop. Gets out relatively poorly. Not audible in Kanab 17 miles to the south. 2. East Entrance: This tape loop has more detailed information about the shuttle schedule, wildlife, camping, and fire danger. It ends with a MALE phone operator saying "If you want to make a call, please hang up" followed by telephone error signals. It gets out relatively poorly, and the KOJ786 call sign is not currently mentioned in the tape loop. 3. Springdale/Watchman Visitor Center (KOJ761): This one begins with "Welcome to the gateway town of Springdale", and emphasizes the shuttle, visitor center, backcountry hiking permits, Watchman campsite, the Zion Lodge, and a bit about the tunnel farther east. This is the only Zion station that mentions call letters in its tape loop ("KOJ.......761" mumbled at the end of the loop). It gets out fairly well, but nowhere near as well as station #4. This one ends with a FEMALE phone operator giving the same error as station #2. 4. Virgin: This is the one that really gets out. It appears to be located just west of Virgin, UT, atop a high bluff. It covers a long stretch of I-15 middays and has often been heard in California and Nevada at night. The tape loop is oriented to visitors traveling eastbound on Utah highway 9. The tape loop begins with "This station provides important information about the Zion National Park Tunnel and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive shuttle. It refers to the town of Springdale as being "17 miles north on Highway 9", and says to tune in again about 13 miles north on Highway 9 for more information (station #3). There is no gap at the end of the tape loop on this one. There you have it! I hope this helps DXers in the west figure out what stations you are hearing. 73, Tim (Tim & Karen Hall http://www.inetworld.net/halls June 28, AMFMTVDX mailing list via DXLD) AM DX from NV/UT trip TIS AND OTHER: [is this in UT, or???] ============= 1610 KNEC996 CA Yosemite NP (area) - 6/16 0737 - CalTrans HAR for Yosemite (SW entrance?) noted still running winter message about drivers having to carry chains. Tape loop includes call letters. Had been listening to this station from Lone Pine, CA a few nights earlier. (TRH-UT1) 1610 TIS/Pirate? NV Mesquite - 6/21 2205 - Noted a station here running oldies and pre-recorded IDs. "Mesquite's new solid gold oldies, AM 16-10, the Boss." 6/25 1500 noted again on return trip, said they were broadcasting from the Riverside Commercial Center in Mesquite. (TRH-NV) 1610 WQO681 WY Bosler - 6/22 2155 - CO DoT / WY DoT station noted on E wire with usual tape loop, mixing with semi-local KOQ516. (TRH-UT3) 1700 WNCM749 CA Burbank - 6/22 0310 - Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena airport TIS station is really getting out these days! Noted on top of channel at Lone Pine, CA, and putting a good signal into Cedar City tonight. (TRH-UT2) TRH-NV/TRH-UT Tim Hall, on the road. Toyota car radio. TRH-UT1 NV/UT border along US 6/50. ICF-2010, Kiwa Loop, 1250-ft unterminated beverage aimed E TRH-UT2 Cedar City, UT. ICF-2010, Kiwa Loop TRH-UT3 Teasdale, UT. ICF-2010, Kiwa Loop, 400 ft. longwire aimed W, 200 ft. S, 575 ft. SSE, 575 ft. E. I recently bought a new Toyota Prius (gas-electric hybrid), which we took on this trip. I love the gas mileage (48 MPG) but unfortunately Toyota still makes the weakest car radios around! 73, (Tim & Karen Hall, June 29, amfmtvdx via DXLD) http://www.inetworld.net/halls ** U S A. 1620, FLORIDA UNID Haitian pirate, Orlando, 2130+ [EDT?] on this evening 24 June w/kompa and zouk mx, M FR/Kr annr w/ occ unreadable cart IDs w/ "vous écoutez Radio ..." with a last word sounding something like "Cigar." Poor/fair sigs through heavy QRN here (40 mi distant or so) via groundwave; music audio pretty good, voice audio less so. Suspect this will make it into Tampa Bay area around sunset greyline with few problems. Some French chatter buried on the freq around 0130Z through TX and VI outlets, maybe them still (David Crawford, FL, Corazón DX via DXLD) ** U S A. 1700 WSJZ IA, Des Moines, rec. QSL letter (handwritten) in 11 days for taped report. Address: 4143 109th Street, Urbandale IA 50322. V/S: Jack O' S.., (?) Not sure of signers name and the handwriting is hard to read. Mentioned that they only had the calls for a week before switching back to KBGG. Was surprised of my report, as they barely get out of town! I don't know if they mean night, day or both. I am pleased with this, as I did not really expect a reply as they only had the calls a week. A nice letter on letterhead. MW QSL #2805. [Later:] WSJZ/KBGG has new address: 4143 109TH, Urbandale IA 50322. Phone (515) 331-9200. I checked and the Verie signer for WSJZ was Jack O'Brian, Operations manager (Patrick Martin, OR, IRCA et al. via DXLD) ** U S A. DTV EXTENSIONS DENIED Doug Smith W9WI - 16 June 2002 Maybe one of the bigger news items this month is the denial by the FCC of several applications for DTV permit extensions. Fifty stations are involved, apparently including all of TBN`s full-power stations. Stations requesting an extension had to provide the Commission with justification for their failure to meet the May 1st deadline. Quoting from the request TBN submitted for KAAH-26 Honolulu: ``Coordination of the transition to digital has been extremely difficult and final equipment orders are just now being evaluated for placement with delivery to follow. Moreover, in an effort to initiate DTV service as soon as possible, focus has been on completing STA facilities based on the Commission`s determination that full allocation protection for UHF facilities would be maintained beyond May 1, 2002.`` The Commission didn`t buy it. Identical statements were filed for the other TBN stations. The FCC offered the opportunity to file an amended Form 337 providing a specific plan for how the extra 90 days would be used to ``further the construction of KAAH-DT``, and a specific date upon which TBN would expect construction to be complete. Just as TBN`s applications for their other stations were identical to KAAH`s, the FCC`s responses for the other stations werealso identical. TBN`s second response didn`t fare any better. The Commission wrote ``...you have failed to explain why you need an additional six-month extension merely to order such equipment.`` They also felt TBN`s statement that initial construction could be completed ``within the next twelve months or so`` to be too vague, not providing a reasonable plan or expected date of completion. So, TBN`s extensions were denied, and they were ``...admonished for its failure to comply with its DTV construction obligations.`` Does that mean TBN`s DTV permits will be cancelled? That after the transition, there will be no full-power TBNs? No.. TBN is getting an extension anyway. The timetable: _ By July 3rd : a report must be submitted outlining planned construction steps and an approximate date for completion. _ By September 3rd : another report is required detailing progress and justifying any delays. _ By December 1st : if construction is not complete, another six-month extension may be granted - but monetary fines will also be levied. _ On May 1st , 2003: unless good reason can be shown, the DTV permits will be rescinded. At any point, additional sanctions (presumably fines) can be levied if the reports fail to justify delays or show bad faith. It sounds like I`m beating up on TBN here. That`s only because they`re the group owner TV DXers seem to love to hate (grin). Seriously, they are not by any means the only offenders. LibCo, Inc., a group owner of secular commercial stations, also had several extensions denied. Several other regular commercial owners had one or two permits denied. (It looked like one owner was playing ``shell games``, bouncing antennas around their various stations!) The same extension process being applied to TBN will also apply to the secular stations. There remain two wildcards in this first phase of the DTV transition. First, what happens in November as those stations whose extensions were granted reach the end of their six months of extra time? Many stations with extensions are already completing construction, in the early part of the extensions. I think it`s reasonable to assume a fair number of stations will not finish by November. How hard will the FCC be on those who ask for another extension? Second, how are non-commercial stations going to fare when their permits begin to expire in May of 2003? I would presume a similar 6- month extension process will be provided - how many will need it? We`re in the middle of a wild ride. Hold on tight... And on a related subject... 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1137: (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.ram (SUMMARY available later) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1137.html (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html NEXT BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Sat 0500, Sun 0230 5070; Sun 0630 3210 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Sat 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB BROADCASTS ON WRN1: 0800 Sat rest of world; 1400 Sun to North America NEW EDITION CONTINENT OF MEDIA, 02-03: FIRST BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Fri 1900, Sat 0100, 0700, 1300, 1730, 2330, Sun 0530, 1130, Tue 2000, Wed 0200, 0800, 1400 (DOWNLOAD) http://www.dxing.com/com/com0203.rm (STREAM) http://www.dxing.com/com/com0203.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/com0203.html ** ARGENTINA. No hay novedades con respecto a R. Rivadavia. A mí también me interesa lo que pase con ella, ya que es la primer emisora "grande" que se cae. Conociendo un poco desde adentro como se manejan los procesos de concurso preventivo y quiebras en la Argentina, te diré que va a demorar unos cuantos meses hasta que el particular o la empresa u organización que se haga cargo de la emisora pueda considerarse legalmente nueva titular de la misma. De todas formas, seguramente conoceremos a través de los medios quién será el beneficiado en poco tiempo. Saludos (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, June 27, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** ARMENIA. Glenn, A summary of my monitoring of Armenia 11685. The sign on is somewhat variable around 1555. They switch into an ongoing program before 1600. At 1600 there is a home service ID, followed by what appears to be news. At 1610 there is a foreign service ID, followed by what appears to be a cultural service. Sign off has been noted at 1642 in mid programme. The frequency is exactly on nominal, but the odd s/off-s/on times seem to indicate that a transmitter at the Arinj ("old" Yerevan) site is used rather than a Gavar transmitter. Arinj has a 300 deg antenna, which is likely to the one used now, as NRG in England reports very good reception, while the signal here in northern Scandinavia is only in level with co-channel CRI Turkish. 73 (Olle Alm, Sweden, June 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRALIA. Special to the SWPROGRAMS e-mail group: Just went to the ABC Radio National web site http://www.abc.net.au/rn and found a little surprise. It seems that Radio National is now available live in realaudio from that site. There are schedules there as well. Many of the programs are also available on-demand. Radio Australia carries many, but not all, programs from Radio National --- a few live, most delayed. This opens up further opportunities to hear some favorites you already hear on Radio Australia; and to hear other excellent programs produced by and for Radio National and not broadcast on Radio Australia's schedule. SPECIAL NOTE: At 8pm [Australian?] EST on 1st July, 1932 PM Joseph Lyons announced on-air the inauguration of the ABC. This weekend and on Monday, 1st July itself, Radio National celebrates 70 years of the ABC. As well as mining the archives, we look for the spirit of the ABC and debate the future of broadcasting. And you can hear it all --- LIVE --- via a special link to all of Radio National's program schedule. Click on http://www.abc.net.au/rn and follow the instructions there. As well, many of the programs from Radio National that are re-broadcast on Radio Australia also will carry this anniversary theme. BTW, if you want to know what time various programs are on "live" go to the Radio National site http://www.abc.net.au/rn and click on "schedule". AEST (Australian eastern standard time) is 14 hours ahead of EDT, 17 ahead of PDT. [and 10 ahead of UT! --gh] FEEDBACK - 2105 Fri.; 0005/0605 Sat.; 0305 Sun. on Radio Australia Join Roger Broadbent as he celebrates the ABC's 70th birthday. Although the old dear is know affectionately as Aunty she's determined to stay ahead of the pack and on Monday, her birthday, she'll be unveiling DIG, a birthday present to the nation. All will be revealed on the programme. And the conspiracy theory about the digitalisation of radio, raised by a listener last week, has elicited some interesting comments. Tune in and hear them (John Figliozzi, June 27, swprograms via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. 5025, VL8K, Katherine, 1950, noted still here the last couple of mornings. Alice Springs and Tennant Creek had both QSY'd to 120 mb (Paul Ormandy, June 27, New Zealand, ARDXC via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Received from Peter Hewitson On 30th June 2002 at 2359 UT C Australian Coast Stations Brisbaneradio/VIB, Darwinradio/VID, Melbourneradio/VIM, Perthradio/VIP, Sydneyradio/VIS and Townsvilleradio/VIT will officially close down. Our final broadcast will be made on frequencies 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290 and 16420 khz at approx 2350 UT. Australia's coast radio service started in February 1912 - two months before the Titanic disaster and has continued uninterrupted through two world wars but has not survived technology, business or government legislation. The guarding of the airwaves in the Australian Search and Rescue Region will now be handed over to a New Zealand company, TVNZ, who have constructed two new radio stations at Charleville in Queensland (Callsign VIC) and Wiluna in Western Australia (Callsign VIW) and will provide Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facilities with follow-on communications via R/T or FEC modes. At this time we remember and salute all the radio officers past and present who without their dedication and skill, many lives on the high seas would have been lost. Robert G4PYR http://www.coastal-radio.org.uk -- Robert Maskill G4PYR Peterborough Cambridgeshire Personal web site www.coastal-radio.org.uk Business web site www.clayton-internet.co.uk _______________________________________________ WUN mailing list WU-@mailman.qth.net http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/wun (via Robert Maskill, June 26, via Pim Ripken, BDXC via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. VNG CLOSEDOWN POSTPONED A letter dated 24 June from Dr Richard Brittain, Secretary of the National Time Committee of Australia's National Standards Commission (NSC) advises that the closure of Radio VNG will be postponed till 31 December 2002. This step recognises that some users have had insufficient notice of the closure and time to make the necessary alternative arrangements. A voice announcement regarding the end-of-year closure will be aired from mid-July. Further notification of the closure will be given in writing to VNG Consortium Users in July and September. In the event of any major equipment breakdown, the NSC will not be able to guarantee continuation of the VNG service for the full 6 months. So, for DXers wanting to get a QSL for VNG, there's now another 6 months left to log them on 2500, 5000, 8638, 12984 or 16000 kiloHertz. All frequencies are on 24 hours, except 16 MHz which operates from 2200 to 1000 UT. Voice announcements are carried on 2.5, 5 and 16 MHz only - the other frequencies carry Morse identifications. Reports with return postage (e.g. 1 IRC coupon) should be addressed to Radio VNG, National Standards Commission, P.O. Box 282, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia (Bryan Clark, New Zealand, June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BHUTAN. Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corp, 6035, full data QSL card via snail mail. with a personal letter for the delay in reply. V/S: Dorji Wangchuk, station engineer. The QSL describes "This card is printed on traditional Bhutanese handmade paper. The paper is made from daphne plant which is widely found in Bhutan". The QSL card, covering letter and envelope are made by the same paper (Swopan Chakroborty, India, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** BOUGAINVILLE. Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai`i FRANCIS ONA'S REBEL RADIO BACK ON AIRWAVES IN BOUGAINVILLE PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 27, 2002 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online) -- Bougainville rebel leader Francis Ona's clandestine radio station -- Radio Free Bougainville -- has resumed broadcasting during the Papua New Guinea's elections and amid renewed tensions between ex- combatants. The rebel station had not transmitted in four years following the ending of a decade-long secessionist war against Papua New Guinea. But Mr. Ona has largely stayed out of the peace process that is bringing Bougainville greater autonomy. His supporters control what they call their Me`ekamui nation area. The secessionist war had begun with the Ona-led rebellion against a huge Australian copper mine at Panguna, Bougainville. From its hidden jungle outpost, Radio Free Bougainville's pro- independence broadcasts became a powerful weapon against the Papua New Guinea government and its security forces. According to sources in Bougainville and the nearby Solomon Islands, Radio Free Bougainville returned to air June 17, just two days after the start of national voting. That same day Mr. Ona`s militants extended their "no-go zone" in central Bougainville by five kilometers (three miles). The aggressive move prompted ex-combatants from neighboring areas to re-arm some of their men. On June 19 they broke open containers of firearms surrendered under the weapons disposal program supervised by the United Nations and the regional Peace Monitoring Group. For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea). Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org (via E.Baxendale, UK, DXLD) WTFK??!! ** BOUGAINVILLE. Read this folks and I got a QSL about 4 years ago --- but gee the situation is pretty grim. From the Sydney morning Herald, Sydney Australia. 27 June, 2002. Radio Free Bougainville has reappeared after 4 years. (note in the same newspaper it is reported law and order on the mainland has again been forgotten). 10 women were raped in Chimbu province, 4 men beaten in the same area, also Pacific Helicopters who flew the recent ballot papers for the country's general elections are owed 1 megakina. They will not fly unless paid, according to Ken Blane. (So it appears that anything may happen with PNG and Bougainville solution.).... Try listening to 3850 or around this frequency till 1030 UT. I think Sam Voron of Roseville Sydney helped this group. And I think they run the station on coconut oil (Johno Wright, Australia, June 27, ARDXC via DXLD) Thanks for this info Johno; I'll have a look out for Radio Bougainville. You`re right about the coconut oil. I saw an ABC-TV or SBS "doco" on Radio Bougainville some 12 months back where they actually showed the generator used by Radio Bougainville and how they built it and fueled it. It was "inspiring stuff". Innovation at its best with the least amount of resource material. Disappointing hearing that the Bougainville situation might be flaring up again Political corruption in PNG is just mind boggling. BTW anyone know what ever happened to Gordon Darling a SWL from Port Moresby? I used to be in contact with him years ago regarding SW mods for the SONY 2001D. Anyone know? I think he came from the UK if my memory serves me correctly. Regards (Ian ---, ARDXC via DXLD) ** BOUGAINVILLE. Cumbre DX Special 404.1 June 27, 2002 CLANDESTINE from ? to PAPUA NEW GUINEA Source: Post Courier newspaper, Port Moresby, 27 June 2002 REBEL RADIO BACK ON AIRWAVES PORT MORESBY: Bougainville rebel leader Francis Ona's clandestine radio station Radio Free Bougainville has resumed broadcasting during the PNG election amid renewed tensions between ex-combatants. The rebel station had not transmitted in four years following a decade-long secessionist war with mainland Papua New Guinea. The war, which led to as many as 20,000 deaths, was sparked by the Ona-led rebellion against a huge Australian copper mine on the island of Bougainville. From its hidden jungle outpost, Radio Free Bougainville's pro-independence broadcasts became a powerful psychological weapon against the PNG government. When it ceased broadcasting in 1998, many assumed the rebel station was too run-down to transmit. But according to sources in Bougainville and the nearby Solomon Islands, Radio Free Bougainville returned to air on June 17, just two days after the start of national polling. That same day Ona's troops extended their "no-go zone" in central Bougainville by five kilometres. The aggressive move prompted neighbouring ex-combatants to re-arm themselves, and on June 19 they broke open containers of firearms destined for United Nations weapons inspectors. That night the usually reclusive Ona took to the airwaves to talk about independence, sources told AAP. [End of Press Item] The station was last heard on 3850 lower side band with a 1000 sign on time. Seemed to be heard pretty well in Australia, but also logged in the USA, particularly on the West Coast. I just checked today at 1050, nothing there but a het (Hans Johnson, WY, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** BULGARIA. Re DXLD 2-103: 9400 listed as due to resume on 1st July 2002. At least at 2100-2200 UT this has already resumed. I suspect the 2nd high power (500 kW) transmitter is already back in FULL service (Ken Fletcher, 2135 UT June 26, BDXC-UK via DXLD) ** BURMA [non]. See MADAGASCAR; So the Democratic Voice of Burma broadcast at 2330 moves to Tashkent on the same frequency previously from Madagascar, but the 1429 broadcast on 17495 remains from Mad., viz.: 2330-0030 Tashkent 11715 131 200 DVB SE Asia 1429-1527 Madagascar 17495 055 50 Dem. V. of Burma SE Asia (RNMN website via DXLD) ** CANADA. HOT SHEET FOR WEEKEND OF JUNE 29 & 30, 2002 -- SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2001 -- BASIC BLACK: This is a bittersweet occasion for CBC Radio One: Arthur Black, one of the funniest people in radio - and possibly the universe - is winding up Basic Black for good. But he's definitely going with a bang, in a special program recorded in Thunder Bay, where Arthur's career began. Don't miss the very last edition of Basic Black, Saturday morning at 10:05 (10:35 NT) on CBC Radio One. THE BEST OF QUIRKS & QUARKS: This week on The Best of Quirks and Quarks...an encore presentation of the Great Question Show. Bob and the gang track down the experts who can answer your questions. Find out why we don't feel queasy As the World Turns, how chameleons change colour, why men have nipples, and more. That's Quirks and Quarks, with host Bob McDonald, Saturday afternoon at 12:06 (12:36 NT) on CBC Radio One. SUMMER COMEDY SUMMARY: On the Summer Comedy Summary, Wes Borg of "Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie" explains why every computer invented is garbage, and describes his hobby of listening to movies on scratchy L.P records. Also, Harry Shearer...the talented mimic and "Simpsons" voiceover star does a one- man parody of showbiz during the Gulf War. That's the Summer Comedy Summary, with Al Rae, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 AT; 8:00 NT) on CBC Radio Two, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 (1:30 NT, 4:00 PT) on CBC Radio One. RADIOSONIC: This week on Radiosonic...host Grant Lawrence has The Canada Day Weekend Special: all Canadian music, all night long, including a special session with wayward Canadian Lisa Marr and her band The Experiment. That's Radiosonic, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. AT; 8:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two. --- WEEKEND HOT SHEET, SUNDAY JUNE 30, 2001 --- WORLD CUP SOCCER FINAL: Tune in to CBC Radio One this Sunday morning for the thrilling conclusion to this year's World Cup competition. Join Canadian hosts Kevin Sylvester and Bob Iarusci (former player with the New York Cosmos, and captain of the Canadian National Team from 1978 to 1984) will host a pre-game/half-time and post-game analysis, as Brazil and Germany square off for all the glory, starting at 6:30 a.m. (with an 8 a.m. kickoff in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One. THE SUNDAY EDITION: This week on The Sunday Edition, the G-8: what do summits like the one in Kananaskis accomplish? Guest host Elizabeth Gray poses the question to a panel of distinguished guests, including Stephen Lewis and Lloyd Axworthy. Also, teaching history. The Spicer Report famously stated "Canada is dying of ignorance". In one recent poll, young Canadians answered 30 questions on a basic Canadian history quiz. Their average score was 34 percent. A panel discusses what we can do about it. And, New York writer Andrew Solomon on his award-winning book, "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression". That's The Sunday Edition, right after the 9 a.m. news (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. CROSS-COUNTRY CHECKUP: Sunday on Cross Country Checkup ...the G-8. This week's summit generated a lot of expectation. World leaders offered the possibility of progress on African development, and Middle East peace. In the streets, thousands of protesters demanded much more. What do you think? Can the G8 live up to such expectations? Join host Rex Murphy for Cross Country Checkup: Sunday afternoon from 4 until 6 (EASTERN) on CBC Radio One. ON STAGE: This week, On Stage presents a concert from Glenn Gould Studio. The Jacques Loussier Trio gives an unusual twist to works by Bach, Vivaldi, Debussy and Ravel. That's On Stage, with host Eric Friesen, Sunday night at 8:05 (9:05 AT, 9:35 NT) on CBC Radio One, Sunday afternoon at 2:05 (2:35 NT) on CBC Radio Two. MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: Sunday night on CBC Radio One...a very special night: highlights from the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival! Join Katie Malloch and co-host Peter Downie for performances by John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Richard Galliano, the Jefferson-Grant Quintet and Susie Arioli's Swing Band. That's the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Sunday night at 11:05 (12:05 AT, 12:35 NT) on CBC Radio One. --- RADIO TWO --- CHORAL CONCERT: This week on Choral Concert...just in time for Canada Day, a special concert performance by the National Youth Choir of Canada, under the direction of Lydia Adams. From the Podium 2002, the biennial conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. That's Choral Concert, with host Howard Dyck, Sunday morning at 8:11 (8:41 NT) on CBC Radio Two. TIME TRAVELLER: Go ahead. Lose your head Sunday afternoon on The Time Traveller. This week on the show they're going to start the French Revolution. Join host Michael Bean and the rest of the mob heading for the Bastille, where the forecast is for a continued Reign of Terror with flashes of the most brilliant music of the time. That's a look at the 1790s on the Time Traveller, Sunday after the 1:00 o'clock news (1:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two. Come along. It'll be a slice. SAY IT WITH MUSIC: This week on Say It With Music...Richard Rodgers: The Final Years. A centenary tribute to Richard Rodgers concludes with the shows that filled the final 15 years of his life: No Strings, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Two By Two, Rex, and I Remember Mama, as well as a final look at some favorites from his incredible catalogue of songs. Say it With Music, Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two. PEARLS OF WISDOM: This week on Pearls of Wisdom, in keeping with Canada Day, David Wisdom presents words and music written and performed by Canadians - everyone from The Travellers to Tommy Hunter, Oscar Peterson to Guy Lombardo. That's Pearls of Wisdom, Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. AT, 8:00 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio Two. MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: Tune into CBC Radio Two Sunday for a very special night: a five-hour live broadcast from the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival! Join Katie Malloch and co-host Peter Downie for performances by John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Richard Galliano, the Jefferson-Grant Quintet and Susie Arioli's Swing Band. That's the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 AT, 9:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two. TWO NEW HOURS: ***pre-empted for extended live broadcast of Montreal International Jazz Festival*** CANADA DAY, MONDAY, JULY 1: EH CANADA 3 - THE PRIME MINISTERS: ***may not be heard in all locations*** Tune in to CBC Radio One on Canada Day for Eh Canada Part Three - the Prime Ministers - a comic look at our fearless leaders featuring Sean Cullen as Mackenzie King's dead mother! Also on the show: Greg Foster, Ron James, Brent Butt, Theresa Pavlinek, Derek Edwards and Three Dead Trolls give you their take on our floundering fathers. In the last half-hour, a celebrity panel debates "What makes Canadians so Funny?." Hear from Michael J. Fox, Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Lorne Michaels. That's Eh Canada Part Three, with host Al Rae, Canada Day at after the news at noon (12:36 NT) on CBC Radio One. (CBC Hotsheets excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** CANADA. June 27, 2002 CBC/RADIO-CANADA LAUNCHES ITS DIGITAL ARCHIVES WEB SITES We are pleased to announce the launch today of CBC/Radio-Canada's bilingual Archives Web sites http://cbc.ca/archives and http://radio-canada.ca/archives. Drawing upon 70 years of radio and television coverage from the archives of the CBC, the Web sites focus on significant moments in Canadian history. This bilingual project is funded by Canadian Heritage. There is no fee to access the Web sites. The CBC/Radio-Canada Archives Web sites are a chance to meet the newsmakers and experience the events of our history. Watch Terry Fox as he runs across Canada in his Marathon of Hope. Listen to a young Leonard Cohen talk of poetry. Relive the frenzy around Trudeaumania. The sites look at dozens of other topics, including The Gouzenko Affair, Africville, Hurricane Hazel, Thalidomide, Punk Rock, Maurice "Rocket" Richard and the Creation of Nunavut. New topics are being added on a regular basis. Topics found on the sites are organized by theme: Significant Historical Figures, War and Conflict, Arts and Entertainment, Politics and Economy, and Science and Technology, to name just a few. The Archives sites contain more than 1,000 original pages of documents with comments and analyses accompanied by hundreds of radio and TV clips. Teachers and students can now experience these events first-hand, through audio and video clips, in-depth background information and suggested educational activities. A comprehensive educational package has been designed by a team of educators to reflect the needs of secondary schools complete with suggested activities and exercises, curriculum correlations and enhanced teachers' materials. Travel through time and relive unforgettable moments from Canada's history. We're proud to launch the Archives Web sites and to be able to give the extensive CBC/Radio-Canada archives a new lease on a digital life! Francois Boulet Mark Mietkiewicz Project Director English Project Manager Digital Archives Web site Digital Archives Web site National New Media (via Daniel Say, DXLD) ** CHINA. This week`s edition of WAVELENGTH looks at a new ethnic TV station in Vancouver ===== Wave-Length China Radio International Beijing, China Attention: Lu Feng & Keith Perron e-mail: wavelengthcri@yahoo.com website: http://www.cri.com.cn/english Tel: 86-13661322248 (Keith Perron via DXLD) Ondemand till UT Mon? ** CHINA: INTERNET HAS "ENSNARED" MANY YOUTHS, NEWS AGENCY WARNS | Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) Nanning, 28 June: A recent fire in Beijing's Lanjisu cyber cafe that claimed 24 lives has focused attention nationwide on the country's burgeoning cyber cafes. China plugged itself into the Internet in 1994. With the number of users mushrooming from 8.9 million two years ago to 35 million now, the country's slightly sluggish pace of life is speeding up. Young people are getting used to receiving education online, dates online, shopping online and playing games online. The Internet makes it possible for ordinary people to take part in government decisions and law making. For example, when the tenth five-year plan for national economic and social development was being drafted, over 10,000 suggestions from ordinary people were sent to web sites opened by the central government, of which 300 were taken up by China's State Planning Commission. Both consumers and dealers have been trying E-commerce, trading items like computers, household commodities, books, videos and audio products. According to a latest survey, E-commerce volume will jump to 3.2bn US dollars by 2004. The Internet is also helping people find jobs in China. About 35 per cent of job seekers found employment online. Some Chinese farmers sell their products and learn about the world through the Internet, which helps them overcome such disadvantages as geographic isolation. In the country once famous for its special greeting "Have you had your meal?", nowadays more people may address each other with "Have you surfed on the net?" However, the net has ensnared many young people, especially students who are apt to get lost in the virtual community. Mishaps reported at cyber cafes include fires, the sudden death of middle-school students from fatigue and students addicted to the Internet getting poor marks or even dropping out of school. According to statistics from colleges in east China's Jiangsu Province, about 80 per cent of dropouts are Internet addicts. Some students just chat or play games online without using the net's other functions. The Internet is a kind of electronic encyclopedia, but only those with enough experience and ability can handle it, according to Xu Wenbo, head of the national internet popularization project. The Internet, with its combination of good and bad, may harm young people. Liu Xiaolin, a psychiatrist said, cyberspace could be a "trap" in children's development but most problems were attributed to poor management. Wang Yuesheng, manager of the biggest chain of cyber cafes in Beijing, says the side effects of cyber cafes are obvious. "However, we shouldn't ban them, just like people shouldn't stop eating because food can choke them." Since 16 June when the fire broke out in the Lanjisu cyber cafe, all cyber cafes have been suspended in Beijing and cafes nationwide are facing tough restrictions. Computer use has risen sharply in Chinese families in recent years. In Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 40 per cent of families own computers. However, some computer owners still prefer cyber cafes. A regular cyber cafe customer said it was cheaper to surf in cafes than at home. It also felt good surfing in a cyber cafe, just like in a cinema, bringing a feeling of merging into a crowd. Source: Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0230 gmt 28 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. RFPI noted June 27th 2325 on 7445, good reception on clear channel (Mike Barraclough, UK, World DX Club Contact via DXLD) A few days earlier I was surprised to find 7445-USB not only on the air as early as 2230, but audible. Does this mean 21815-USB is closing earlier? For a while they were avoiding having both USB transmitters on at the same time in order to avoid spur on 15m hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA. CASTRO FEARS SHORTWAVE RADIO http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/americas/06/26/castro.cuba/index.html (via Harry Helms, DXLD) ** CUBA. CASTRO WARNS HE MIGHT SEVER U.S. TIES June 26, 2002 Posted: 8:12 PM EDT (0012 GMT) From Lucia Newman, CNN Havana Bureau HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro warned he might sever his country's limited diplomatic relations with the United States in a speech Wednesday before the national assembly. He accused U.S. diplomats in Havana of violating Cuba's sovereignty and the norms governing diplomatic conduct. Specifically, he chided the United States for distributing hundreds of shortwave radios so Cubans can tune into the Florida-based anti-Castro radio station Radio Marti. "It is also inadmissible that contraband material can be brought into our country through the diplomatic pouch," Castro said, apparently referring to the radios. "It will be the responsibility of the government of the United States if it insists on continuing these practices, if this leads to the cancellation of our migration accords, and even the closure of the U.S. interests section in Havana." It was one of Castro's strongest statements to date regarding the American diplomatic mission in Cuba, which was established during the Carter administration along with a Cuban interests section in Washington. "This is not something that we wish, since it would signify a lamentable step backwards in the few advances we have managed to achieve in the relations between both countries," Castro added. Castro made the speech at a special session of the national assembly, which has been meeting this week to vote on a constitutional amendment declaring Cuba's socialist system "untouchable." Castro insists the assembly vote is a response to what he calls heightened aggression and threats from the Bush administration, which has vowed to tighten U.S. economic sanctions and travel restrictions on the island until Cuba implements democratic reforms, such as multi- party elections. The warning to close down the American interests section and sever the 1994-95 bilateral immigration accords are an effort to combat what Cuba sees as pro-opposition activism by U.S. diplomats here, U.S. Ambassador Vicky Huddleston in particular. Cuban officials have repeatedly criticized her for handing out the shortwave radios. In his speech, Castro also accused U.S. diplomats of trying "to organize networks and conspiracies" by traveling throughout the island and talking with Cubans who have made unsuccessful attempts to reach U.S. soil. The diplomats are granted rights to check on the welfare of these Cuban citizens, who in many cases were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard and returned to Cuba. In an interview last month with CNN, Huddleston defended her practice of handing out the radios, saying the technology is openly for sale in Cuba anyway. The Cuban government, she said, "says that they're just tuned to Radio Marti. This is not true. You can move the dial around and listen to Radio Havana Libre or you can listen to Radio Netherlands or you can listen to Radio Marti. "What the Cuban government doesn't like [is] the choice the people have to listen to anything this little radio can pick up. This is something we do all over the world. We distribute information to try to empower people. We would like to see the Cuban people empowered," Huddleston said. © 2002 Cable News Network LP, LLLP http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/americas/06/26/castro.cuba/index.html (via Dave White, DXLD) ** CUBA. China may take over the former Russian spy base near Lourdes, in Cuba, according to the Moscow newspaper Izvestia. In a report quoted in the latest issue of Eye Spy magazine, Izvestia says: "Last autumn, a Chinese military delegation visited Cuba. The possibility of operating an electronic espionage centre was discussed with Castro during the visit. "According to sources, China responded positively in principle to the offer and, in fact, the Chinese have been offered a set of buildings in the Lourdes complex upon the final departure of the Russians". Eye Spy reports that around two dozen Russians remain at the Lourdes base as caretakers. It adds that, because of unpaid debts, the Cubans seized part of the base's eavesdropping equipment as the Russians were preparing to ship it home. Around a thousand Russians were employed at the base when it was operational (Roger Tidy, UK, June 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA [and non]. The latest issue of Eye Spy magazine carries a long article on Cuban intelligence. Excerpts dealing with number stations follow: "A radio station situated in Cuba, probably using the Radio Habana transmitter at Bauta, sends a series of five character number groups via the shortwave. The clandestine agent copies down the numbers and decodes them to extract the message. ... "Miss Montes (the recently arrested Cuban spy in the US) received her messages from the number station (designated VO2 by the ENIGMA 2000 Group) on her Sony shortwave receiver. The particular message offered as evidence was received by Miss Montes at around 0200z on Saturday 6 February 1999. The frequency was 7887 kHz and that received was a usual VO2 message of 150 five figure groups; the total transmission lasting around 45 minutes. "The actual transmission commenced, "Atención!, Atención! tres cero uno cero siete, dos cuatro seis dos cuatro..." (30107 24624...). Continuing with other five figure groups until a total of 150 groups were delivered. No need for a one-time pad for Miss Montes. A second hand Toshiba laptop computer, model 405CS was used to do the decoding. "A programme received from Cuba decrypted the messages received via VO2 over the years. 160 floppy disks had been purchased by Montes from her local Radio Shack outlet between 1 May 1993 and 2 November 1997. "In days gone by, the return message would have been sent via a short wave transmission in a variety of ways, simple Morse or rapid transmission. The rapid transmission is referred to as a 'burst' transmission, the entire message being sent in a few seconds at high speed, either by a mechanical or electronic device. "The method used by Montes was nothing short of ingenious in its simplicity. She simply returned her message via the US pager network. She called a pager number from a public telephone booth and using the phone keypad (dialler) entered a pre-arranged number to convey a particular message, her last sending was on 16 September 2001 ..." "VO2, the number station used by Montes...can just as easily be intercepted and is easily heard with little problem in the USA. A particular trait of the signals of this station is that the audio quality is often particularly poor, sometimes with an annoying hum on the carrier. The 7887 kHz transmission was lately reported by an American monitor on 12 April 2002; however another monitor in London reported the sister station VO2a on 5417 kHz at 0200z 23 March 2002 as a very poor signal. "For those with an interest in hearing this station it can be heard in Great Britain, at the date of writing, on Wednesdays 0700z on 9063 kHz and Sundays at 0700z on 6837 kHz. The mode used is generally AM but USB is sometimes used.." (via Roger Tidy, UK, DXLD) ** EGYPT. What do you think about this poll about poorest reception quality of any radio station on SW. My choice will be R. CAIRO on 17675.07 kHz in Arabic. Very distorted audio! Could hardly detect them 1305 UT. They were broadcasting in Arabic. ILG verified that`s the case. R Cairo in Arabic on this frequency 1145-1700 UT. Any other suggestions?! (Jouko Huuskonen, Turku FINLAND, hard-core-dx via DXLD) A bit later in the afternoon they broadcast on 15375, allegedly in Bambara and Arabic, but I have only heard audio fragments twice in a period of several weeks. Most of the power seems to go into a (slightly distorted) 50 Hz hummmm...... I wonder if Radio Cairo has any listeners outside of the studio (Rik van Riel, Curitiba, Brasil, ibid.) ** ETHIOPIA. 6939.98, R. Fana, 0329 June 23, IS at 0326 with variable carrier, to 6938 at times. S7 level but weak audio. Male announcer with ID at 0330. Once again about 16 seconds later. One more ID at 51 seconds past 0330 (Bob Montgomery, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** GERMANY. Thanks, Glenn, I indeed found it, as well as a very informative site of theirs: http://www.kielradio.de Best, Robertas RE: A question on 8638 Hello Robertas, Glenn Hauser forwarded your email to me to answer since the HF utility bands are my regular beat here at Monitoring Times magazine. As Glenn noted below, you have probably monitored DAO Kiel Radio, Germany and their Pactor-II mode service on this frequency. The absolute best website on the internet to acquaint yourself with the various digital sounds heard in the HF spectrum belongs to veteran monitor Leif Dehio in Germany. While I can't be 100% certain what you heard based on the description below, you can go online to Leif Dehio's website at: http://rover.wiesbaden.netsurf.de/~signals/DIG_intro.htm to see if any of the digital sounds their match what you heard. I suggest clicking on the PSK link from the page above then once that page is loaded, scroll down page to the section labeled "Burst" and click on the PACTOR-II ARQ (PARALLEL) sound link. That probably is what you heard. As far as getting a verification is concerned, I have not seen anyone report getting one and I do not collect Ute QSLs, but you should be able to find out more on their website at http://www.kielradio.de/ 73 and good hunting, (Larry Van Horn, N5FPW Grove Enterprises Technical Support Department Monitoring Times Assist Editor, Fed File/Milcom Columnist Telephone: V-828-837-9200/F-828-837-2216/800-438-8155 via DXLD) ** GUAM [non]. Glenn, Stumbled onto a live feed of Jimbo last night from KFRU Columbia, MO. KFRU is a Surfer Network station requiring the installation of a 800k plugin called Surfer Player. You can reach the website at http://www.surfernetwork.com with KFRU available in the News/ talk /sports category (Mike Pietruk, June 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Bohannon often mentions in passing some of the stations he`s on, so must keep checking them out for webcasts. Recently: KNRC `Denver` but after midnight; and KWTO Springfield MO. No, nothing from the latter and the former`s website not found (gh, DXLD) ** INDIA. AIR has started a SW transmission for their NATIONAL program in parallel to the MW 1566, 1134 kHz. This service can be heard at 1325-0040 hours on 9425 kHz. 73s/alok (via BC-DX, June 27 via DXLD) ** IRAN: RADICAL DAILY RIDICULES RADIO FREE EUROPE'S SUPPORT FOR JOURNALIST | Text of report with no title from "For Your Information" column, published by Iranian newspaper Jomhuri-ye Eslami web site on 27 June The Radio Free Europe, which is directly controlled by the American espionage organization (CIA), has expressed support for the sensational remarks of a member of the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization [and pro-reform journalist], Hashem Aghajari. This radio station, while welcoming and endorsing Aghajari's remarks, said: His speech was a repeat of the points raised by Dr Ali Shari'ati during the 1350s [1970s] decade. Speaking at a ceremony in Hamedan last week to mark the anniversary of Dr Ali Shari'ati's demise, Hashem Aghajari said that in Islam there were no such words as "spiritual clergy" or "source of emulation" and that deforms should start by reforming the religion first. Source: Jomhuri-ye Eslami web site, Tehran, in Persian 27 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Controlled by the CIA? Where did they get that absurd idea? (gh, DXLD) ** ISRAEL. A recent letter from Sylvia Rapport, English news section of Kol Israel states that [reception?] reports are no longer required because the station engineers have stopped using them (Allen Dean, UK, July World DX Club Contact via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) ** ISRAEL. Here's the link to a new Jerusalem Post article (from today, the 27th) about the CNN controversy in Israel: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1023716560769 73- (Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) See also USA for a Turner interview ** MADAGASCAR. Radio Netherlands Madagascar update The situation in Madagascar means that power restrictions continue to be in force. A number of Radio Netherlands transmissions have been temporarily transferred to other transmitter sites. These arrangements will remain in force until further notice. Details of the changes are on our schedule page at http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/html/schedule.html While most of these may be of little interest to members of Hard Core DX, a couple of things jumped out at me when I was typing them: We're using Dhabiyya, UAE, in English at 1730-2025 on 7120 kHz beamed to South and East Africa. On 27 and 28 June only, the transmission opens one hour later, at 1830 UT. We've only used Dhabiyya once before, for a few hours in Dutch last month on election night. The changes also affect the Democratic Voice of Burma. The transmission at 2330-0030 UT on 11715 kHz has been switched to Tashkent (Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands, June 27, hard-core-dx via DXLD) See BURMA [non] ** NETHERLANDS [non]. See MADAGASCAR above ** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI has got rid of its extraneous North American audience by moving to 9515 after 1100 – that, of course, is occupied by Sackville, at 1256 check June 27, but something under it was presumably RNZI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI Previews for Sunday June 30 on 9885 include: 0806 - SOUNDS HISTORICAL with Jim Sullivan. This week: New Zealand's second TV channel went on air 27 years ago today. 1012 - MEDIAWATCH (via John Figliozzi, swprograms, via DXLD) ** PAKISTAN. RADIO TO INSTALL THREE NEW MW TRANSMITTERS | Excerpt from report by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency Islamabad, 28 June: Secretary Information and Media Development Syed Anwar Mahmood Friday said three new transmitters on different locations would soon be installed to enhance coverage of Radio Pakistan. Addressing the passing-out ceremony of sub-editors of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) at PBC Academy, he said the step would enhance the radio's coverage of news and current affairs channel in the wider parts of the country and abroad. The transmitters having capacity of 100 kW mediumwave would be installed out of special grant of 150m rupees, earlier approved by President General Pervez Musharraf to enhance the scope and coverage of Radio Pakistan. Syed Anwar Mahmood said new professional blood is being inducted in PBC after a period of 12 years through a transparent recruitment procedure. He said the government has also approved the hiring of 30 producers on contract basis and after judging their performance, they will be offered regular induction in PBC. He said the government has launched a new scheme of internship for young talent in various government organizations. Under this programme PBC and PTV would soon be offering internship to them. He regretted that 450 unnecessary staff was appointed in PBC in 1994 while it had been direly in need of news related workforce... Source: Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, Islamabad, in English 0944 gmt 28 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) WTFK??!! ** PERU. Además de las dos emisoras arequipeñas están llegando casi a diario en la banda de 49 metros, Radio Santa Rosa, de Lima, por los 6045,4 kHz y Radio Unión, también de Lima, entre los 6108 y los 6119 (sí, leyeron bien) variable, con audio distorsionado, aunque fuerte (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, June 27, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** PERU. Radio Tacna informa que el transmisor que utiliza para sus emisiones en 31 metros [9504.8] tiene tan solo 0.2 kW (200 vatios de potencia) (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, June 28, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. ORT TO START BROADCASTING TO USA, EUROPE | Text of report in English by Russian news agency Interfax Moscow, 28 June: The Russian Public Television (ORT) can repay debt on a 100m-dollar loan from Vnesheconombank within the next five years without harming the TV channel's development. ORT General Director Konstantin Ernst made this announcement in an interview with Interfax after speaking at a session of the Federation Council information policy committee on Friday [28 June]. The TV channel is solvent now, and it has paid 45m dollars on other debts over the past six months, Ernst said. "We have completely repaid almost all of the rest of our debts to the television's technical centre, the VGTRK company and TV programme producers," he said. Commenting on ORT's plans, Ernst noted that "as early as at the beginning of next month, ORT will start broadcasting to the US". "We also broadcast in Europe, but we will start really covering Europe in autumn this year," he said. Ernst spoke in favour of improving Russia's media laws so that they would present tougher regulations for the domestic market and thus protect Russian producers. "Our legislation in media is among the most liberal for foreign partners and investors. Compared to the US, what we have here can be called not only a bulwark of freedom, but in fact a bit anarchistic," Ernst said. Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in English 0921 gmt 28 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ``Broadcasting to the US?`` Just how? (gh, DXLD) ** SOLOMON ISLANDS. I have received a QSL from SIBC together with a programme schedule. In the programme schedule they say that the frequency of 9545 is to be operational by April 2002. Unfortunately no times are given but I would presume that it will operate while 5020 is off the air (Colin Richardson, Huntingdon, UK, July World DX Club Contact via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) Listed as irregular by WRTH 2002 and not listed in the last two DSWCI Domestic Broadcasters Surveys though I know they have used this channel in the past (Mike Barraclough, ibid.) ** U S A. Got my item about Angel 1 being down just in time, as on June 27 check at 1255, it was back on 9495, at least; and June 29 at 0315 check on 7315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. 1249.5 | USA | WKBR, Manchester, NH, Jun 20, 0036 UT - still on split freq., should be widely heard (Mark Connelly, Rowley MA, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** U S A. Re: Emergency operations for Arizona Wildfires I heard them all plus KZUA 92.1 and KRFM 96.5. Yes, there were times that the stations disappeared. I don't know if there were problems with electrical power or if the fire got so close to the transmitters that they had to leave for a while. I do remember them saying they would be on the air as long as the fire didn't cut off the power and the station didn't burn down. There was a major, major powerline going in the fire area over AZ 260 that was unpowered while firefighting was going on in the area. Perhaps this why the stations went off at times. The fire is now at 375,000 acres and 5% contained. The Mogollón Rim is the exact place where most of the trees are in the state and the prime fire area. The fire moved from the Rim to the White Mountains. It`s believed that the fire was started by some Apaches on the res but that awaits to be proven since there haven't been any arrests (Kevin Redding, Mesa, Arizona, AMFMTVDX mailing list, June 26 via DXLD) ** U S A. RESCUE RADIO: HAM RADIO AIDS AT ARIZONA WILDFIRE It`s hams to the rescue, again! This time it is the RODEO/CHEDESKI fire in Eastern Arizona. Over 350-thousand-acres -- more than half the size of Rhode Island and far from containment! The FCC reserved emergency frequencies for fire related communications only: during daylight hours, 7.265 MHz on 40 Meters and after dark, 3.990 MHz in the 75 Meter band. W7TSA, a club station operated by the Salvation Army set up at one of the evacuation centers. It operated as primary net control, with other Arizona stations picking up the duty in shifts, making sure the frequencies were monitored 24-hours a day. OFF AIR AUDIO HERE One of the priorities, was setting up a VHF repeater, to enable reliable, short-distance communications for mobiles and portables: OFF AIR AUDIO HERE The Forest Service has set up fire fighting headquarters in the town of Show Low, and one of the operators at W7TSA, located in the town`s high school, gave other monitoring stations a rundown of activity, Tuesday night, June 25th. OFF AIR AUDIO HERE Those two frequencies, 7.265 and 3.990, plus or minus 3 kHz, are reserved for fire only duties for up to 14-days. Watch for the FCC announcement when things return to normal. For some interesting short-wave listening, tune in -- but please don`t transmit on those frequencies unless you`re actively involved in the emergency response (Story written by Alan Kaul, W6RCL, Amateur Radio Newsline June 28 via John Norfolk, DXLD) ** U S A. Another example of ads on a public station WNYE (FM and TV), Brooklyn, are owned by the now soon-to-be defunct Board of Education of the City of New York. (The State just passed a bill giving the mayor his desire to take over control of the public schools. On the other hand, the mayor is trying to give the local bus lines in this section of Queens, now on strike, to the state agency which runs the subway and most of the bus lines in New York City. They are currently franchised to private companies but heavily subsidized by the City.) Anyway, WNYE and WNYE-TV broker much of their time to ethnic broadcasters. And at least on TV (it's harder to tell on radio) at least some of these ethnic broadcasters run commercials for local ethnic businesses. (Joel Rubin, Queens, June 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. TOWER PITS THE GARDEN CROWD AGAINST JONI MITCHELL FANS June 28, 2002 By ALAN FEUER Could there be a more profound existential crisis for New Yorkers of a certain breed - financially well off, intellectually curious and, for the most part, liberal-leaning - than having to pick sides between a world-class public garden and a commercial-free public radio station? Essentially, that was the choice hundreds struggled with yesterday at a public hearing in the Bronx to decide whether WFUV-FM, a station run by Fordham University, has the right to build a soaring broadcast tower above the conifers and glass conservatories of the New York Botanical Garden. This dispute has raged for eight years, but that did not stop the hearing, which was overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, from being a civilized affair. Caterers in bow ties welcomed the partisans to sample from a wide selection of Danishes served with coffee on a flagstone patio in the pleasant morning air. During the speeches, there were references to Robert Frost, John Dryden and aesthetic theory - with a few Latin phrases thrown in. Speaking of the issues, the crowd broke down between those who fear that without the tower, WFUV's irreplaceable, offbeat programs will go off the air and those who view the unfinished, 260-foot-tall structure as a hideous intrusion on the irreplaceable beauty of the garden. But speaking of the sociology beneath the issues, one could say the battle pitted the white-shoed against the tennis-shoed. Or even, Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who spoke on the garden's behalf, against college students with names like Phil. A brief history of the squabble may be useful. The tower was erected in 1994 on the northern edge of Fordham's Rose Hill campus, directly across Dr. Theodore Kazimiroff Boulevard from the garden's main entrance. Starting in 1947, WFUV had broadcast by way of an antenna atop Keating Hall at Fordham, but the station felt the antenna was old and weak. It considered more than 20 sites but dismissed them all before settling on the tower in its current spot. In 1996, the State Supreme Court affirmed the university's right to build, although the next year, the F.C.C. ruled that the tower had an adverse effect on the garden by "introducing an obtrusive visual element" to its landscape. Negotiations started. They lasted about three years. They failed so badly that when the notion of the hearing arose, the university and the garden could not agree on where to hold it. The morning session was at the garden, the afternoon session on Fordham's campus. The F.C.C. is considering whether to move the tower to a new location, allow it to continue broadcasting at its current height or permit Fordham to build it higher. The F.C.C. will not rule on the tower for several months, but the hearing was remarkable nonetheless for how it highlighted differences between people who might, in other circumstances, be politically and socially aligned. Among the first handful of speakers were two men who perfectly personified the rift. Anthony R. Smith, president of the Horticultural Society of New York, offered his support for the garden. In a cream-colored suit, Mr. Smith called the tower an "inappropriate, unsightly affront" and its proximity to such natural beauty comparable to housing the Met's collection in a Quonset hut. Then he started speaking Latin, saying, "Res ipsa loquitur," which means, "The thing speaks for itself." This became his refrain: The tower is ugly. The thing speaks for itself. A few speakers later came Bob Paterson, a chemical engineer, who said, "I'm, like, one of the world's biggest Joni Mitchell fans." In a T-shirt reading, "No Tower, No Tunes," Mr. Paterson said the loss of WFUV would be devastating, and he looked as if he, personally, might bear the brunt of this devastation. His next statement drew applause: "This garden is a visual oasis. But WFUV is an audio oasis." The difference between the two camps was even more glaring during lunch. The garden gave a private lunch where young women in cocktail dresses checked names at a table in front of a canopied dining hall with chandeliers and waiters in 19th-century-style vests. Jessye Norman, the opera singer, sat on the dais next to Mr. Montebello. (Brooke Astor sent along a statement of her own, saying of the tower, "In a whole century, I have never seen anything so sad.") Meanwhile, in Fordham's McGinley Student Center, young women in tank tops sat on folding chairs to listen to a concert of Celtic music and folk crooners. Sausage pizza and spaghetti Alfredo were being served in the cafeteria downstairs. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/28/nyregion/28WFUV.html?ex=1026288469&ei=1&en=a99765b12a81dfcc Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** U S A. Posted on Tue, Jun. 25, 2002 AROUND THE DIAL/Kevin Baxter WLRN CHANGES MEET RESISTANCE Shortly after John LaBonia took over as general manager at WLRN-FM (91.3), he reorganized the office seating chart so that his closest lieutenants would have the desks nearest his own. That led one long-term employee to throw such a fit, he was suspended and eventually had to be escorted from the building by a police officer. That's a lot of fuss over rearranging some furniture, so LaBonia wasn't surprised to meet resistance to his latest reorganization: a sweeping two-phase plan designed to make the station more profitable and competitive.... http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/entertainment/music/3537044.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) PROFITABLE??? (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Schedule changes at KCRW in July include, PDT = UT -7: THE POLITICS OF CULTURE, various hosts/topics, airs Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3 PM (previously aired Wednesdays at 2:30) THE TREATMENT, with host Elvis Mitchell, airs Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3 PM (previously aired Fridays at 2:30). REPEAT BROADCAST the FOLLOWING TUESDAY at 7:30 PM [but skips a week until July 10, per announcement June 28 –gh] LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER, with Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington, Bob Scheer, and David Frum, airs Fridays from 2:30 to 3 PM (previously aired Tuesdays at 2:30). REPEAT BROADCAST Fridays, 7 to 7:30 PM. [in order to `go national` as announced; already it is on KUOW UT Wed 0430, but suppose that will have to change to UT Sat?] ON THE AIR AT KCRW PDT = UT -7 ---------------------------------------------- JULY 4TH AND 5TH SPECIAL: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL ** - Thurs, July 4, 9 AM to 5 PM and Fri, July 5, Noon to 5 PM * The legendary Jerry "The Iceman" Butler hosts this 13 hour series that explores the Golden Age of R&B, from its roots in the 1940s swoon tunes of Nat King Cole and Louis Jordan to the politically charged sounds of the 1960s soul era. It's produced by one of the most inventive independent producers working in public radio, Lex Gillespie, through The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and is distributed by Public Radio International. Thursday, July 4, 9 AM to 5 PM 9 to 10 AM * JUMPING THE BLUES - Meet the Father of R&B, Louis Jordan, star of radio, jukeboxes, and the silver screen, whose small dance band "jumped the blues," giving it a big beat. Visit Los Angeles, an early R&B hotspot that drew black performers from the South during the Great Migration, including Nat King Cole, Charles Brown, and Joe "The Honeydripper" Liggins. Sadly, many of these R&B pioneers endured financial abuse by industry profiteers. 10 to 11 AM * SINGING ON THE CORNER - In the '40s and '50s, black street singers filled their neighborhoods with the sounds of "doo- wop," and a few early-bird groups took flight The Ravens, The Orioles, The Flamingos. Show two explores the evolution of doo-wop and shares stories of classics like "Earth Angel" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." It also follows Richard Berry, who wrote "Louie Louie." His song became the most-recorded rock song of all time, but he died without receiving full recognition or compensation for his influential tune. 11 to Noon * THE ATLANTIC SOUND - One of the premier R&B labels was co-founded by Ahmet Ertegun, son of Turkey's U.S. diplomat. Launched in a tiny hotel suite in New York, Atlantic Records grew and developed an urbane sound that defined Rhythm and Blues of the 1950s and '60s. Its all-star roster included Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, and The Coasters. The program also visits with arrangers like Jesse Stone, who gave the label its distinctive sound. Noon to 1 PM * WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans was one of Rhythm and Blues' earliest hotbeds. Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Little Richard recorded hit songs in the French Quarter studio run by Cosimo Matassa during the 1950s. Listeners hear from the Mardi Gras Indians, whose music, with its percussive rhythms, was a big influence on the city's R&B sound. They also hear stories behind New Orleans classics like "I'm Walking," "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy," and "Tutti Frutti." 1 to 2 PM * HONKERS, BAR WALKERS, AND SCREAMERS - Perhaps no instrument defines Rhythm and Blues better than a big, bold saxophone. Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams, "Big Jay" McNeely, and Jimmy "One Note" Wright electrified audiences, playing while on their backs or walking across bars, and making their horns honk and scream as they blended the notes. Listeners hear the story of "Shotgun," the classic Motown tune by sax man Junior Walker, and get a profile of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, whose vocal style was inspired by a honking, screaming sax. 2 to 3 PM * BOLD, BAWDY, AND BANNED - Risqué lyrics in the blues date back to the 1920s, and they continued well into the Rhythm and Blues Era. Artists and songwriters like Hank Ballard, the original writer of "The Twist," explain the coded language, double entendres, and street slang that spice the tunes. Ballard shocked the nation with his sexually coded "Work with Me, Annie." Censors stayed busy, although banning a song often had the opposite effect it boosted its popularity! 3 to 4 PM * THE JET PILOTS OF JIVE - Disc jockeys were the pied pipers of Rhythm and Blues. These black and white spin doctors helped popularize the genre often for a price. Payola was common in the early days, ultimately forcing many DJs off the air. Show seven features several original platter spinners black DJs from Chicago like Al "The Ole Swing Master" Benson; Georgie Woods, "The Guy with the Goods"; and "Hot Rod" Hulbert. Listeners also meet white DJs, including Nashville's William "Hoss" Allen and Cleveland's Alan "Moondog" Freed. 4 to 5 PM * ROADHOUSE BLUES - In the segregated '50s and early '60s, black artists toured the so-called Chitlin' Circuit, a collection of clubs in African American communities around the country. Life on the road was difficult since most hotels and restaurants were closed to blacks. The program shares stories of hard travel and experiences performing live in roadhouses, nightclubs, colleges, and legendary spots like Harlem's famed pollo Theater. Friday, July 5, Noon to 5 PM Noon to 1 PM * GOING TO CHICAGO - Program nine visits the hometown of host Jerry Butler to explore the blues and soulful sounds of the Windy City. Butler began his singing career with The Impressions, whose members included Curtis Mayfield and whose first hit, "For Your Precious Love," soared in 1958. Next up are Chicago music icon Sam Cooke, Mitty Collier, Gene Chandler, and Fontella Bass. Blues Queen Dinah Washington is featured, along with Chess Records stars Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters. 1 to 2 PM * SWEET SOUL MUSIC - Show 10's spotlight is on soul music heavyweights, starting with the Godfather and the Queen of Soul, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. It profiles The Drifters, the 1950s vocal group who pioneered "uptown soul," blending gospel-drenched lyrics with lush string arrangements in their influential songs, "There Goes My Baby," "Under the Boardwalk," and "On Broadway." It heads to the hit factories of Memphis' Stax Records and on to Muscle Shoals, AL, where black singers backed by white musicians produced many soulful sounds. 2 to 3 PM * DANCING IN THE STREET - Everyone loves the '60s sounds of Motown Records, perhaps the most influential Rhythm and Blues record company of all time. Show 11 overflows with stories and songs from Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, and others. It also looks at the folks behind the scenes who helped produce Motown Magic session musicians, Detroit Symphony Orchestra members, arrangers, and the head of the label's "charm school." 3 to 4 PM * SOUL SISTERS - It was a man's world. Men dominated the music business as owners, artists, musicians, band leaders, and singers. But some of the most soulful singers in Rhythm and Blues are women, from Irma Thomas to Beverly Lee of The Shirelles. Program 12 explores R&B from a female perspective, and talks with pioneers Faye Adams, who did "Shake a Hand"; Barbara Lewis and her "Hello Stranger"; plus Little Esther Phillips and Big Mama Thornton. 4 to 5 PM * OUR DAY WILL COME - Rhythm and Blues was born in segregated black America during the '40s and '50s. But by the '60s, black artists had a large white audience. Success brought hope for social change, as songs like "Our Day Will Come" soared on both Pop and R&B charts. Listeners hear such artists as Curtis Mayfield, whose uplifting, soulful songs were dubbed the soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement, and Marvin Gaye, whose landmark "What's Going On?" explored themes of racial justice, ecology, and the Vietnam War. The series ends affirming the impact of Rhythm and Blues on American culture and politics. THE CAPITOL STEPS: POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY ** - Thurs, July 4, 7 to 7:30 PM * THE CAPITOL STEPS POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY The bi-partisan masters of satire in song spin their musical mayhem around the Fools on the Hill. Politics, parody and puns...Happy 4th! (KCRW Newsletter via DXLD) Also on MANY other NPR stations at various times and dates around 4th (gh) ** U S A. GOODBYE BROADCAST.COM Internet media giant Yahoo! Inc. said on June 26 it was discontinuing some Web broadcast operations including its FinanceVision and Yahoo! Radio, abandoning a strategy it set when it paid USD 5.7 billion for Broadcast.com in 1999. The company said no more than 30 employees would be affected through layoffs or reassignments. Yahoo has had mixed results in incorporating broadcast services into its media offerings since it made Web broadcasting a major part of its strategy in 1999 when it purchased Broadcast.com Inc. Its FinanceVision service was set up like a financial television station, employing its own anchors and reporters to cover business news and financial markets in a fashion similar to that of financial cable television channels like CNBC. But the program never gained as much traction as its main Yahoo! Finance site, which provides basic text and graphics. The Yahoo! Radio service had rebroadcast terrestrial radio stations from around the country. The company will discontinue that and instead focus on its LAUNCHcast service, which makes original music broadcasts designed for the Web. Yahoo will continue to offer some other broadcast services, including a Webcasting business for corporations. (Reuters) This seems like a real blow to Webcasting, as broadcast.com was a pioneer in providing Internet broadcasting services to radio stations across the United States, even if the rights controversy of the past couple of years has been a setback (SCDX MediaScan June 27 via DXLD) The economics of webcasting simply don't work. The Library of Congress set royalty payments to musicians so high last week that most independent webcasters will be shutting down and going out of business. You're starting to see that already. Ironically, the royalty structure was the result of a deal between Yahoo! and the RIAA, the recording industry trade organization. Why ironically? Because this week, Yahoo announced it was shutting down much of its webcasting operation, including FinanceVision and Yahoo! Radio. More information on the Yahoo! closing at http://news.com.com/2100-1023-939405.html?tag=cd_mh I believe that Yahoo! Radio is the part of the company that the BBC was using, so I expect they'll lose all that extra capability they were buying from Yahoo! There's one simple fact about webcasting that makes it impossible to break even with the net currently structured as it is: every new listener costs the broadcaster money. And that simple fact is killing webcasting right now. So enjoy it while you can. It won't be around for much longer. And don't throw away your radios (Ralph Brandi, swprograms via DXLD) Kim Elliott spotted this. Unfortunately, the business model that led to this wonderful proliferation of webcasters isn't working out -- between the royalty fees and the decline of advertising revenue, times are tough http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1690 (Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA, ibid.) YAHOO CLOSING STREAMING RADIO, VIDEO SERVICES http://www.sfgate.com/cgi- bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/06/26/financial1632EDT0275.DTL (via Dave White, DXLD) ** U S A. NPR RETREATS, LINK STINK LINGERS By Farhad Manjoo, Wired News 2:00 a.m. June 28, 2002 PDT In response to furious criticism of its online linking policy, National Public Radio will no longer require webmasters to ask permission to link to NPR.org... http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,53543,00.html (via Dave White, DXLD) ** U S A. Glenn, According to FCC data, WBCQ has a Harris MW-50 converted to shortwave operation. WWRB is authorized two MW-50C transmitters "modified for shortwave same as WBCQ". Quote is from FCC International Bureau data file transmitter.dat (Donald Wilson, June 28, DXLD) ** U S A. I have belatedly found out that despite Allan Weiner`s offer to simulcast WOR on 17495 as well as 7415 at the new time of 2200 UT Wednesdays, the 17 MHz frequency is currently not authorised beyond 2200. So --- never mind (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Historic coast station KPH to mark fifth anniversary of its closing: Historic coast station KPH will return to the air June 30 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of its closing. The well-known former RCA coast station is located north of San Francisco. Operation will begin at 2100 UTC. Commercial operators, including former members of the KPH staff, will be at the keys. ``This on-the-air event is intended to honor the men and women who followed the radiotelegraph trade at KPH where the `key still clicks` in the best tradition of maritime radio,`` said Dick Dillman, W6AWO, of the Maritime Radio Historical Society. The original KPH transmitters, receivers and antennas will be used to activate frequencies in all the commercial maritime HF and MF bands. Operators will be located at the KPH receiving station in Point Reyes, California, while the transmitters and transmitter staff will be at the transmitting station 18 miles south in Bolinas. KPH will transmit on 4247.0, 6477.5, 8642.0, 12,808.5, 17,016.5 and 22,477.5 kHz on HF and on 500 and 426 kHz on MF. KPH operators will listen for calls from ships on 4184.0, 6276.0, 8368.0, 12,552.0, 16,736.0 and 22,280.5 kHz on HF and 500 kHz on MF. KPH will send weather and press broadcasts as well as commemorative messages, many of which will be sent by hand. At other times the KPH ``wheel`` will be sent to mark the transmitting frequencies. Reception reports may be sent to D.A. Stoops, PO Box 381, Bolinas CA 94924-0381. On July 12, KPH and KFS will also mark the third anniversary of the last commercial Morse transmission in North America. KPH is operated by the Maritime Radio Historical Society in cooperation with the Point Reyes National Seashore, part of the US National Park Service. Further information about the KPH restoration project may be found on the Maritime Radio Historical Society Web site http://www.radiomarine.org (ARRL June 27 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) ** U S A. In case you haven't seen it, this is the original interview which got Ted Turner in trouble with Israelis. 73- Bill Westenhaver ------- TED'S TEARS Ted Turner has just been through the worst two years of his life. Ousted, divorced, bereaved and vilified, the multibillionaire founder of CNN was left feeling suicidal. But he's been keeping busy - saving the UN, making public gaffes and fighting for the Chiricahua leopard frog Oliver Burkeman Monday June 17 2002 The Guardian The walls of Ted Turner's international headquarters, 14 floors above downtown Atlanta, are lined with Oscar statuettes. If you try to pick one up - to brandish aloft, for example, the actual best-production award for Casablanca - you will discover that they are all firmly bolted to their glass display shelves, and Turner's aides, who pace the floors crackling with nervous energy, will break their frowns for just long enough to laugh at you. Turner isn't frowning, though. "Great Britain, huh?" barks the 63- year-old multibillionaire founder of CNN, former champion sailor, Rhett Butler lookalike and record-breaking philanthropist, bolting out from behind his desk with such force that he almost dislodges the best-picture Oscar for Gone With the Wind, which he seems to use as a paperweight. His famous pencil moustache is silver now, impeccably kept, and it twitches and leaps every time he smiles, which he does a lot - in amusement, but also in exasperation at conflict in the Middle East, impending environmental catastrophe, everything. "We've met, haven't we? No? Huh. Great Britain. Let me tell you something. I've got some great paintings of the Battle of Trafalgar..." The smiles seem particularly out of place because Turner has just emerged from the worst two years of his life - years that he has said left him feeling "suicidal". In spring 2000, he was suddenly sidelined from the broadcasting company he had built from scratch, kicked from the driver's seat into a meaningless advisory position by means of a fax message. Then his wife of eight years, the actress Jane Fonda, came home one night - the way he tells it - and informed him that she was now a born-again Christian; they divorced last year. Two of his grandchildren developed a rare genetic disorder, and one died. Turner's friends said he was inconsolable. Then, just when he felt it could get no worse, he brought the wrath of America upon himself by telling students in a speech in Rhode Island that the September 11 hijackers had been "brave". He was stung into silence. "Where's the upside in opening your mouth?" he says now, scissoring himself into an armchair overlooking the city, the shelves behind him crammed with more than 140 plaques and trophies. "It's kinda nice to keep quiet at a time when everybody else is telling everybody what to do." Instead, he threw himself into his charity work, which is dizzying stuff in itself: he pledged $1bn to the UN in 1997 and helped pay off the $34m it was owed by the US in 2000. Turner's UN Foundation, the biggest of his three charities, recently spent $22.2m in one month combating intestinal parasites in Vietnamese children, reducing China's greenhouse-gas emissions and helping women from Burkina Faso start businesses selling nut butter. "But I'm trying to force myself to relax," he says. He has just got in from Argentina, he explains, where he owns "a couple of ranches" - rather an understatement, since he has 128,000 acres there and 1.8 million in the US, making him America's largest individual landowner. "When I was young and ocean- racing competitively, and working the rest of the time, I was going 24 hours. I was on the verge of collapsing. But you've got to slow down a bit. That's what I'm finding from my..." - and here he punctuates his sentence with the weirdly drawn-out "awwww" sound he uses instead of "um" or "er" - "from my personal experiment with life." Nigel Pritchard, CNN's head of international public relations, who is sitting beside me, has prepared a memo outlining some things his boss might like to consider not saying. Craning my neck, I see that it politely suggests that he might steer clear of talking about AOL Time Warner, the company resulting from the merger of the internet firm AOL with the company that Turner Broadcasting was already part of. And, specifically, he might like to avoid reference to that Rhode Island speech. Nigel is only doing his job, but I suspect that he knows this part of it was never going to be very effective: Turner is notorious for doing as he pleases. Early in his career, he made a pitch wearing no clothes to advertising executives; later, he caused controversy by travelling to Cuba to get Fidel Castro to tape a promotional slot for CNN. "I made an unfortunate choice of words!" he cries when the subject of the Rhode Island speech is raised. "I chose, accidentally, to say that they were brave. That was a mistake. Because brave - it's the home of the brave here. And the home of the Braves!" (Turner owns the Atlanta Braves baseball team.) "All right! I use that word so often, it just pops out. It's on the top of my mind because I've owned the team for 25 years. I sing the song every time." He leans forward as if sharing a secret, except that his voice, amplified by encroaching deafness, never quietens. "Look, I'm a very good thinker, but I sometimes grab the wrong word. I say something I didn't think through adequately. I mean, I don't type my speeches, then sit up there and read them off the teleprompter, you know. I wing it." Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, is reported to have thought that Turner was playing a prank when he offered to spend $1bn on the beleaguered organisation. Nothing could have been further from the truth: in his various world-saving projects - everything from preventing the extinction of the Chiricahua leopard frog in the wilds of New Mexico to founding an influential nuclear non-proliferation institute - Turner really does seem to see himself as locked in a personal, elemental battle against apocalypse. "I'm doing everything I can to try and avert disaster while we kind of give us a little time to get our act together, because in time we'll have to do it," he says. "Either that, or, you know... it's goodbye." He doesn't just give money: his staff are sometimes taken aback to see him skulking in the streets nearby, picking up litter. Turner has always lacked a statesman-like gravitas in his philanthropy, and in his universe, it turns out, environmental apocalypse is basically like sport. "It's like baseball," he says, but he is too polite not to cater to his audience. "Or we could use soccer. We're down by one goal, with 10 minutes left to play. Well, the game's not over. But we're gonna have to not let the opposition score any more, and we're gonna have to get at least one more goal, and preferably two, to win the game. That's where we are right now," he says, careening recklessly into a pool analogy. "We're right behind the eight ball." He is baffled, enraged, driven to louder and louder pronouncements and bigger smiles of confusion by the fact that nobody else seems to be thinking about these matters at the moment, embroiled as we are in the war on terrorism. "But right now, aren't the Israelis and the Palestinians both terrorising each other?" he says, as Pritchard starts scribbling furiously on his notepad. "It looks to me like they're both doing it. When the Brits retaliated for the Germans, for the, awwww, Krauts... for the Nazis bombing London by bombing Berlin, weren't you both terrorising each other? The rich and the powerful, they don't need to resort to terrorism... The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers; that's all they have. The Israelis... they've got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism." But Pritchard is writing at warp speed now, and there has always been a part of Turner that wants to please everyone, including his worried public-relations staff. "The United States, I think," he says, pulling himself together, "would probably not be considered a terrorist example at the current time." It must get depressing, I say, to dedicate so much time to issues that seem to have faded from the agenda. And so much money: when Turner gave his first billion to the UN, he dropped 67 places on the Forbes 500 rich list, out of the top 10 for ever. (His fortune now stands at $3.8 giga) Even with his resources, he must feel powerless now compared with when he sat astride the world's biggest media conglomerate. Does he ever feel hopeless? "I remember, many years ago, at the height of the cold war, I was down the Amazon with [the explorer] Jacques Cousteau, and I had a hopeless thought, and I said, 'Jacques, I don't think we're gonna make it.' And he said, 'What difference does it make? What else can we do?' " Then he is suddenly quiet. "It is depressing," he says softly. "The Middle East, the environment, all these things - it is depressing." He turns his head away and his lips start pursing and unpursing, mashing his moustache. The skin around his eyes turns red, and he blinks, and it becomes apparent that Ted Turner is crying. "It is depressing," he says again. But it lasts only moments, and he is soon arching forward again, outlining his solutions. One of these has always been a spirited internationalism that can seem a little goofy these days - the simple benefits of getting to know your enemies instead of raising the barricades against them. CNN gained a reputation in parts of Europe as a sinister force of American imperialism, but in fact it has always dripped with this let's-all-get-along ethic, and Turner says his greatest pleasure, back when he had full control of the channel, was in "ordering them to cover this or that UN conference from gavel to gavel". It is the same with his theory of diplomacy. "The worst thing you can do if you want to start a fight is to use derogatory terminology," he says. "You go into a bar in Britain and say, 'I don't like you blokes' - you're gonna get punched in the nose, right? Whammo! You know - 'Britain stinks. Does anybody wanna defend it?' Whammo! Right? I mean, it's easy to start a war if you want to." It isn't hard to see how Turner's childhood might have instilled this sense of permanent crisis, of desperate insecurity, behind the frenzied activity that is his trademark. His father, from whom he inherited an advertising business that he turned into CNN, was prone to fits of rage, and beat him with a coathanger; he committed suicide when Turner was 24. Even before that, his younger sister had died from an immune disease when she was 12, and Ted was sent to a boarding school he hated. His father, he has said, not without admiration, believed that instilling insecurity in his son would help him to achieve. All in all, Turner seems to have been a well-qualified candidate for total psychic collapse. "But when everything goes wrong," he says today, "you can either give up or you can try to fight. I tried to fight." Initially, he really did want to fight: "When I was a little kid there was this book called A Yank in the RAF. That's what I wanted to be. A Yank in the RAF. The Battle of Britain! Biggin Hill! A Spitfire - I was gonna take off and shoot the Krauts out of the sky... but I was born in 38. By the time I was seven, the war was already over. And I saw what happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima and London, I saw the little kids shaking and being put on the trains and sent to the countryside. I thought families ought to be able to live in their houses and not have to worry about bombs falling from the sky." He says his sense of responsibility comes from being taught in a Christian school; then again, he's prone to mocking "Jesus freaks", and didn't seem to think he could live with Fonda once she converted. "But I don't really want to talk about all that," he says. "It's personal." He's now seeing an old flame, a Frenchwoman called Frederique d'Arragon. "She's been, awwww, a part of my life for a long time," he says sheepishly. After a brief spell in the armed forces, he ploughed his energies into his father's billboard business, purchasing a radio station and using empty billboards to advertise it. His radio empire grew, and expanded to local television. By 1980, he was launching CNN, although it was not until the Gulf war that the often-derided channel came into its own. He bought Hanna-Barbera's entire back catalogue, creating the Cartoon Network, and hundreds of old MGM films, which he recycled on another lucrative channel, Turner Classic Movies. His firm eventually merged with Time Warner, also the publisher of Time magazine. But then came AOL, and Gerald Levin, the chief executive of the new giant, decided he didn't need Turner - or perhaps couldn't tolerate his unpredictability. Levin is gone now, and his replacement, Richard Parsons, has brought Turner back into the fold in a new vice-chairman position. The line from corporate communications is that Turner is back in the saddle. But this is not how Turner sees it. "It doesn't mean a whole lot, to be honest with you," he says. He often refers ruefully to himself as an "emperor of Japan" figurehead for AOL Time Warner, wheeled out for ceremonies. But his semi-detachment does let him indulge his penchant for needling his new bosses. He is full of enthusiasm, for example, about an eco-cartoon called Captain Planet. "But I can't get them to show it on Cartoon Network," he sighs. "They say they can't get the ratings." He gets his information on current affairs from the Economist these days, he says. "You better say that I read Time magazine, too. You better say that. But it's not really for me. It's too populist." "Oh, God," Pritchard moans softly. "Awwwww," says Turner, announcing a new thought. "I did not choose, awwww, to be phased out of the company. Out of active management. It was very painful for me. I was in the habit - I'd been working at this company for 40 years, only job I ever had other than being in the armed forces years ago. It was a very difficult transition for me. I love CNN. I love the Cartoon Network. I mean, I thought these things up. CNN is accepted all over the world, but I was like the British Expeditionary Force. I was one man, on an airplane all over the world, trying to convince people about a US-based network coming into their country... What I wanted to do, I figured, was to set an example for getting along. That's what Gandhi tried to do - bring the Hindus and the Muslims together. Nearly starved himself to death until they stopped fighting." When I ask why he didn't end up as more of a Rupert Murdoch figure, he just grimaces. "Whoaaa, God," is all he says. And then he remembers that he has got another appointment, and he is bouncing out of his chair, showing off his Oscar and his paintings, ushering me towards the door with a serenade of Rule Britannia. He stops only to offer, for inspection, a dollar bill, encased in plastic, which he keeps on his desk - a rare commemorative issue featuring a picture of a bison. The same bill is reproduced on his tie. Turner has a fondness for bisons: there are more than 25,000 of them on his ranches. His chain of restaurants, Ted's Montana Grill, serves bison burgers. "Pretty cool," he says to himself, turning the dollar bill over in his hands. He looks across to check that I am just as thrilled by it as he is. "Pretty cool, huh?" Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** U S A. A site disrespectful of Clear Channel: http://www.cheap-channel.com/ (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. FCC WRC-03 ADVISORY PANEL RECOMMENDS PHASED-IN WORLDWIDE 7-MHZ BAND NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 26, 2002--The FCC is requesting comments on the draft recommendations of its World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 Advisory Committee (WAC). Among the panel`s recommended draft proposals to next year`s international gathering is a plan--still subject to change--that would create a worldwide amateur allocation at 7.0 to 7.3 MHz by 2010. The deadline for comments on the proposals is July 12. The draft proposals ``may evolve as we approach WRC-03 and during the course of interagency discussions,`` the FCC noted in a Public Notice. ``Therefore, they do not constitute the final national position on these issues.`` While US amateurs already enjoy a 7.0 to 7.3 MHz allocation, only 7.0 to 7.1 MHz is available to amateurs in all three International Telecommunication Union regions, with 7.1 to 7.3 MHz available to broadcasting in much of the rest of the world. The draft proposal for WRC-03 agenda item 1.23 dealing with possible realignment of the 7- MHz amateur allocation calls for making 7.1 to 7.2 MHz available worldwide by April 1, 2007, and the 7.2 to 7.3 segment by April 1, 2010. Broadcasting allocations would shift upward by 100 kHz at the same time--to 7450 kHz by 2007 and to 7550 by 2010. The intervening periods would permit time for international broadcasters and other services to adjust their operations accordingly. The International Amateur Radio Union already is on record in favor of the approach. An earlier suggestion to shift the 40-meter allocation down by 100 kHz came off the table earlier this year to avoid affecting Fixed Service operations between 6765 and 7000 kHz. In other draft proposals affecting the Amateur Service, the FCC`s WRC-03 Advisory Committee has recommended no change to the table of allocations in the band 420 to 470 MHz. Agenda item 1.38 will consider providing up to 6 MHz of spectrum to the Earth exploration- satellite service (EESS) in the band. So-called synthetic aperture radars (SARs) are used to measure soil moisture, tropical biomass and Antarctic ice thickness, and to document geological history and climate change. At issue is whether the EESS allocation could be established without interfering with incumbent services, including radiolocation and amateur. The FCC cited studies that determined that SAR transmissions could periodically impact amateur reception and even ``the potential for significant interference.`` The FCC said the US recommendation was to maintain the status quo ``unless measures are in place to protect existing services`` and suggested that further study was needed to determine the degree of interference from EESS to other services. Agenda item 1.5 will consider spectrum requirements and regulations for new and additional allocations to the mobile, fixed, EESS and space research services at 5.15 to 5.725 GHz. The FCC expressed reservations about WAC proposals for this frequency range, citing concerns expressed by the ARRL and others. Amateur and Amateur- Satellite services allocations could be negatively affected by new mobile allocations. The FCC says it will consider the draft proposals and public comments in upcoming consultations with the US Department of State and the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) in the development of US proposals to WRC-03. Once those governmental agencies are on board, the recommendations will be used by US delegations at bilateral, regional and international meetings leading up to WRC-03. The full texts of the FCC WRC-03 Advisory Committee draft proposals are available on the panel`s Web site at http://www.fcc.gov/wrc-03. Commenters should submit an original and one copy to the Office of the Secretary, FCC, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554 and provide a courtesy copy to Alex Roytblat, FCC WRC-03 Director, Room 6-B505. Comments should refer to specific proposals by document number. World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 9 until July 4, 2003 (ARRL via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) ** U S A [non]. USA/MIDDLE EAST: ARAB DAILY REPORTS US "WAR" ON ISLAMIST WEB SITES, CLOSURE OF AL-QA'IDAH SITE Excerpt from report by Muhammad al-Shafi'i in London entitled "US Authorities Close Down Al-Qa'idah Internet Web site and Fundamentalist Web site Criticizes Abu-Ghayth's Statement", published by London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat on 27 June The US security organs have won another round in the war waged through the Internet on the fundamentalists' web sites that are close to Al- Qa'idah and Taleban and adopt their media message. These organs have succeeded in closing down Alneda web site, the Al-Qa'idah mouthpiece that had succeeded in evading the tight censorship by moving to another server less than one week ago under the name of "Dirasat.com". US sources believe that "Alneda" web site is Al-Qa'idah Organization's media voice because it was the only web site that carried Usamah Bin- Ladin's news these past months. The latest report it carried was the audio recording by Al-Qa'idah spokesman Sulayman Abu-Ghayth in which he claimed the organization's responsibility for the Djerba explosion [Tunisia] that killed 21 people, among them 14 German tourists. Al-Sharq al-Awsat received yesterday a statement from a Gulf fundamentalist who calls himself Abd-al-Rahman al-Rashid and runs the "JihadonLine" web site. He confirmed the closure of "Alneda" web site that belongs to the Islamic Studies and Research Centre. He said: "This is a relentless war. Even if the brothers return to the Internet, their web site will be closed down again." Al-Rashid added that he is expecting other fundamentalist web sites to be closed down very soon and urged the Islamists who have web sites to prepare themselves from now for their closure at any moment. He said: "It is not enough to fidget about this malicious situation but a search must start for other alternatives using the Internet. Mailing lists are the most important of these and the Islamists can set them up on the Internet and send news and other reports through them." He added: "We will track the reports of the brothers in the Islamic Studies and Research Centre and publish them on our web site, if it is not closed down too." Western sources had earlier referred to enquiries that US officials had made with communications companies in Malaysia and Singapore. Fundamentalists' sources in London are expecting the Islamists' web sites to publish the Islamic centre's reports and articles. The "JihadonLine" web site did exactly that yesterday when it put on the voice recording of Sulayman Abu-Ghayth's statement... Source: Al- Sharq al-Awsat, London, in Arabic 27 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** VIETNAM: GOVERNMENT BANS ACCESS TO FOREIGN SATELLITE TV BROADCASTS | Text of press release by Paris-based organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) on 27 June Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has protested the Communist Party's directive forbidding Vietnamese citizens from having access to foreign television programmes via satellite and called on the government to drop the measure. "Last week, the regime stressed it would keep the local media under tight control and now it forbids the Vietnamese people from hearing any criticism from abroad," said RSF Secretary-General Robert Menard in a letter to Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. Under the ban, issued the week of 17-21 June 2002, only members of the government and the party, provincial governors and mayors, can view foreign TV programmes. According to the Associated Press, foreign media and news agencies operating in Vietnam, as well as international hotels, are also allowed to have satellite receivers. Anyone wanting to import such equipment must first get permission from the Ministry of Trade. The ban came soon after articles appeared in the government- controlled press denouncing the "harmful" nature of some foreign TV programmes. Last week, the head of the Communist Party's Culture and Ideological Commission, Nguyen Khoa Diem, said the media must obey the party's leadership. For further information, contact Vincent Brossel at RSF, 5 rue Geoffroy Marie, Paris 75009, France, Tel: +33 1 44 83 84 84, Fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51, E-mail: asie@rsf.fr, Internet: http://www.rsf.fr Source: Reporters Sans Frontières press release, Paris, in English 27 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 4417.27, Latin fading out 1010-1030, poor signal 27 June (Bob Wilkner, Margate, Florida, R-75, unbalanced dipole, DX LISTENING DIGEST) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TIPS FOR RATIONAL LIVING FUROR BUILDS IN WAKE OF CIRCUIT COURT RULING AGAINST RELIGIONIZED PLEDGE http://www.atheists.org/flash.line/pledge2.htm ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-103, June 26, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1137 available early UT June 27: (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1137.ram (SUMMARY available later) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1137.html (ONDEMAND from Friday) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html FIRST BROADCASTS ON WBCQ: Wed 2200 17495, 7415; UT Thu 0415 7415 FIRST BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Thu 2030 15825, Sat 0500, Sun 0230 5070 FIRST BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB [however, RFPI often does not start new edition until Sat 1800] NEW EDITION CONTINENT OF MEDIA, 02-03 available from June 25: FIRST BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Fri 1900, Sat 0100, 0700, 1300, 1730, 2330, Sun 0530, 1130, Tue 2000, Wed 0200, 0800, 1400 (DOWNLOAD) http://www.dxing.com/com/com0203.rm (STREAM) http://www.com/com/com0203.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/com0203.html WORLD OF RADIO SCHEDULE UPDATED: http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html WOR MASTER TIME SCHEDULE UPDATED: http://www.worldofradio.com/wormast.html ** AFGHANISTAN. KABUL (Reuters) - Turkish troops have taken command of the international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital from the British and promptly launched their own pop music station to boost morale. Radyo Turkiyem (Radio My Turkey) is broadcast from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a local FM channel with a mix of music and messages from home. "The idea is to strengthen the morale and motivation of the troops," an official told Reuters. Music was banned under the destructionist rule of the Taliban who banned most forms of entertainment and made everyday life miserable in Afghanistan until their ouster under pressure of U.S. strikes last year. REUTERS (via Mike Cooper, June 24, DXLD) WTFK?? ** AFGHANISTAN. RADIO STATION RUN BY AFGHAN WOMEN By Lee Keath, Associated Press Writer, Tuesday, June 25, 2002; 2:09 AM JABAL SERAJ, Afghanistan -- The signal only reaches a little way down the valley --- and only for four hours a day --- but the women at a tiny radio station in this mountain town hope to spread their message of women's rights and democracy far and wide. Radio Voice of Peace, which broadcasts from Jabal Seraj, a northern town watered by a river flowing down from the Hindu Kush mountains, is Afghanistan's only independent radio station. It's also the only station run by women, according to the staff. "We get 25 or 30 letters a day from women, men, children. They are happy to have our programs," Zakiya Zaki, the station's director said Monday. The station started in October on the day the United States launched its bombing campaign against Afghanistan's Taliban rulers. As northern alliance troops --- based in and around Jabal Seraj --- pushed the Taliban back with U.S. help, the tiny station kept its small pocket of listeners informed on news from the battle. With the Taliban toppled, Voice of Peace broadcasts programs on children, women, religion and news --- mixed with popular Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani music. The goal is to promote stability and to tell women they must take part in rebuilding the war-torn country, Zaki said. Four female and two male announcers broadcast four hours a day --- two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon. The FM signal only reaches a radius of about nine miles. Many of the 16-member staff --- including engineers and administrators --- work without pay. "We're hoping to expand our signal. We're asking for help to expand out audience," said Ibrahim Kawish, an engineer. A French organization, Droit de Parole (Right to Speech) helped the station with equipment and funds, but that assistance has run out. The U.S. military is looking to bring some help and an American team has provided it with music to play --- as well as U.S.-written scripts promoting the new Afghan government and other messages. "We want to help these people because they're promoting a message we believe in," said Bob, a captain in the team who allowed only his first name to be used. He said they are seeking military approval to give the station a new antenna to increase its range. "Fortunately, the nation's heroic women have thrown open the doors of schools and offices. So any conscientious woman can step toward progress," one of the Voice of Peace programs pronounces. Zaki said "there have been great changes" for women's rights since the fall of the Taliban --- who tried to prevent women from working and going to school during their six-year rule. Still, she said it will be a long time before women win greater rights in Afghanistan. She said that when she visits Kabul ? the relatively cosmopolitan capital ? she goes without the burqa; but in her hometown of Jabal Seraj, she wears it in the streets. "I'd be the only one without it if I didn't. It would look very strange." But the veil is not the main issue Voice of Peace addresses. The violence that has torn Afghanistan for years is one of the main problems facing women, Zaki said. The post-Taliban government "has not tried to disarm the people," she said. "Until the people are disarmed, they won't return to work, they won't have education and there can't be progress." © 2002 The Associated Press http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39691-2002Jun25.html (via Dave White, DXLD) Same as: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020625/ap_on_re_as/afghan_voice_of_peace_2 {via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** AFGHANISTAN [non]: R. Afghanistan in Pashto/Dari again with normal schedule effective June 20 0130-0327 (ex 0100-0557) on 15240 via DHA, strong co-ch Radio Australia in En 1330-1627 (ex 1230-1727) on 18940 via unID transmitter, not via Kvitsøy, Norway! (Ivo and Angel!, Observer, Bulgaria, June 25 via DXLD) How can you tell? (gh, DXLD) ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Radio Free Afghanistan 0300 0500 IRA 02 17560 334 0300 0500 IRA 05 15705 340 0300 0500 WER 01 13790 090 0300 0500 HOL 01 11705 077 0700 0800 IRA 05 21815 334 0700 0800 IRA 03 19010 340 0700 0800 UDO 03 17775 300 0700 0800 WER 01 15345 090 0900 1100 IRA 05 21680 334 0900 1000 IRA 03 19010 340 0900 1100 UDO 03 17865 300 0900 1100 WER 01 15220 090 1000 1100 IRA 04 19010 340 1200 1300 WER 01 17740 090 1200 1300 UDO 03 17685 300 1200 1400 HOL 04 15370 057 1200 1400 IRA 01 15355 334 1200 1400 IRA 05 15265 340 1300 1400 UDO 02 17685 300 1300 1400 WER 01 15535 090 1700 1830 WER 01 15340 090 1700 1830 IRA 05 15210 340 1700 1830 UDO 02 12030 300 1700 1800 HOL 02 11835 077 1700 1830 UDO 01 9845 300 1930 2000 IRA 05 15340 340 1930 2000 WER 01 15190 090 1930 2000 UDO 01 9575 300 1930 2000 UDO 03 7285 304 2200 2300 IRA 05 13805 340 2200 2300 WER 01 11990 090 2200 2300 KAV 05 9690 095 2200 2300 IRA 01 7430 340 (June NDXC Newsletter via DXLD) Despite this hefty schedule, RFA gets a lot less press, DXer attention than the others (gh, DXLD) ** ALBANIA. Some deleted frequencies for Radio Tirana: Albanian to Eu 0300-0800 DEL 6100 CER 100 kW / non-dir 1400-1700 DEL 5985 CER 050 kW / non-dir now only 7270 CER 050 kW / non-dir 2030-2200 DEL 9575 CER 100 kW / 310 deg now only 7295 CER 100 kW / 305 deg Albanian to NAm 2300-0300 DEL 6090 SHI 100 kW / 300 deg now only 7270 CER 100 kW / 305 deg German to Eu 1730-1800 DEL 7185 CER 100 kW / 350 deg now only 9570 CER 100 kW / 350 deg Greek to Eu 1715-1730 DEL 7135 CER 050 kW / non-dir now only 6130 CER 100 kW / non-dir French to Eu 1900-1930 DEL 9520 CER 100 kW / 310 deg now only 7210 SHI 100 kW / 310 deg Italian to Eu 1800-1830 DEL 6100 SHI 100 kW / non-dir now only 7240 CER 100 kW / non-dir Serbian to Eu 2115-2130 DEL 7110 CER 100 kW / non-dir now only 6135 SHI 100 kW / non-dir Turkish to Eu 1700-1715 DEL 7140 CER 050 kW / non-dir now only 6130 CER 100 kW / non-dir (Ivo and Angel!, Observer, Bulgaria, June 25 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. REPRIEVE FOR STANDARD FREQUENCY & TIME STATION VNG Mike Bird reports: "I have just been talking to Marion Leiba who is Honorary Secretary of the VNG Users` Consortium. She tells me that Radio VNG has been given a reprieve until 31 December 2002. The Australian National Standards Commission had announced that Radio VNG would close on 1 July 2002. It appears the Consortium and the National Standards Commission have received many protests from interested users of the service. Currently Radio VNG is transmitted from the Air Services Australia transmitter site at Llandilo in NSW (just outside Sydney.) It appears the VNG Users Consortium is currently in discussions with more than one interested party about re-locating the service to another site so that it may remain on air." The VNG Users Consortium was formed following the previous closure of the station in October 1987, and succeeded in raising sufficient funds to re-start the service. Contact details are as follows: Dr Marion Leiba, Honorary Secretary, VNG Users Consortium GPO Box 1090, Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia Tel: +61 2 6231 9476 E-mail: marion_leiba@yahoo.com (© Radio Netherlands Media Network June 25 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Have just come across Station X (Formerly on 102.9 FM) which seems to have plans of broadcasting on 1692 Gold Coast North & 1665 Gold Coast South. According to their web site http://home.iprimus.com.au/stationx/ they stopped broadcasting in November 2001 when they lost the fight to be awarded a full-time community licence. Station address is: P. O. Box 1921 Southport, 4215, Queensland (David Onley, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, June 26, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BOLIVIA. 5953, every night from 2210- R. Pio Doce, Siglo Veinte. What in the world have they done with their transmitter? This is louder than Radiobrás, stronger than Ecos del Torbes (which seems to disappeared), and booms on S9+20dB signal level on daily basis (Jari Lehtinen, Lahti, Finland, June 25, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. El próximo 30 de junio se celebrarán en Bolivia las nuevas elecciones presidenciales. Yo vengo siguiendo la campaña política por diferentes emisoras que emiten por onda corta, fundamentalmente por los 49 metros. Evidentemente, en esa jornada se van a producir emisiones o coberturas especiales y seguramente se prolongará más de una transmisión. Con viento a favor, tal vez alguna emisora reactive algún transmisor de onda corta o alguna que lo hace en horarios inaccesibles para nosotros emita en otro horario. Les recomiendo estar atentos a las bandas de 60 y 49 metros. Saludos (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, June 26, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** BULGARIA. Additional freqs for Radio Bulgaria effective July 1: 15700 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 1000-1100 German to WeEu \\ 17500 WEu 1100-1200 English to WeEu \\ 17500 WEu 1200-1400 Bulgarian to WeEu \\ 12000 WEu 13600 PLD 500 kW / 185 deg 1500-1600 Bulgarian to ME \\ 17500 SAf 11800 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 1615-1700 German to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 1700-1800 French to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 1800-1845 German to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 11900 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 1900-2000 English to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 2000-2100 French to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 2100-2200 English to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 11700 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 2300-2400 English to NoAm \\ 9400 NAm 0000-0100 Bulgarian to NoAm \\ 9400 NAm 0100-0200 French to NoAm \\ 9400 NAm 0200-0300 English to NoAm \\ 9400 NAm 12000 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 0430-0500 Bulgarian to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu Mon-Fri 0400-0500 Bulgarian to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu Sat/Sun 0500-0545 German to WeEu \\ 9400 WEu 13600 PLD 500 kW / 306 deg 0600-0700 French to WeEu \\ 12000 WEu (Ivo and Angel!, Observer, Bulgaria, June 25 via DXLD) PLD = Plovdiv ** CANADA [and non]. Freq change for Radio Canada International via SAC 250 kW / 176 deg: 2200-2300 English/Spanish and 2300-2400 French NF 15170 (45544), ex 15305. New time for Radio Canada International in Arabic: 2115-2145 (ex 2100- 2130) on 11755 WER (55555), 17820 SAC (55444) (Ivo and Angel!, Observer, Bulgaria, June 25 via DXLD) ** CANADA. 740, CHWO, Canada, Ontario, Toronto: received a beautiful classy full color QSL card in 19d along with bookmarks, info on CHWO, etc. Really a nice package of stuff. V/S: Brian Smith-QSL Manager. Address: ODXA, PO Box 61, Willowdale, Ont. Canada M2N 5S8. I am really pleased with this! (Pat Martin, Seaside OR, KAVT Reception Manager, IRCA et al. via DXLD) ** CANADA. Next Saturday is Arthur Black's last show on CBC Radio One: Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to noon (International Radio Report June 23 via Ricky Leong, DXLD) Make that to 11:30 as lately (gh, DXLD) ** CANADA. CBC CHIEF GETS SERIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO COMEDY Sid Adilman, The Star, Jun. 15, 01:00 EDT THE PRESIDENT of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., of all people, was urging me to go after senior programmers at his TV and radio networks. "Where is the next generation of comedians coming from?" Robert Rabinovitch asked me during a nice lunch at one of his favourite downtown bistros. "That is a very, very important question."... http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=013bf2d6054aeb2a&pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=1022100086124 (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** CHILE. 6010, 22.6. 2308- R. Parinacota, Putre. I heard - I guess - 7 or 8 times during 4 nights the same "las 24 horas, lo mejor de la radio" until I finally heard a proper ID. Pauli, living on the other side of the same lake, got his ID after 1 minute of listening to the frequency (Jari Lehtinen, Lahti, Finland, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** CHINA. FALUNGONG HIJACKS CHINESE TV BROADCASTS Members of the banned outlawed Falungong religious movement have adopted a new tactic in their battle against the Chinese authorities: hijacking TV broadcasts. Messages have appeared in short bursts on the screens of viewers watching regional programmes on state-run TV. On Sunday, broadcasts of Chinese Central Television Channel 3 from Laiyang, Shandong province, were interrupted for about 15 minutes by a caption that said 'Falun Dafa is good'. On Tuesday, viewers in the area of Yantai, also in Shandong province, saw a similar message for about 10 seconds. There are unconfirmed reports of other such incidents around China in recent weeks. Falungong spokeswoman Sophie Xiao said the broadcasts were aimed at "making people think", and serve as an antidote to the government's "one-sided propaganda". It was a deliberate ploy to broadcast a simple message - "Falun Dafa is good" - rather than engage in more complex arguments, she said. Falungong has been banned in China since July 1999, and is classified as an "evil cult". At one time, prior to the ban, the movement hired airtime on Russian shortwave transmitters and its broadcasts were widely heard around the world (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 26 June via DXLD) ** CUBA. CUBAN TV: ALL CASTRO, ALL THE TIME On The Air With Marvin Kitman, By Marvin Kitman, Newsday.com La Nueva Cuba, Junio 23, 2002 The most popular program on Cuban TV is the Fidel Castro talk show. His talks and appearances at rallies get a 100 Nielsen rating and share (the percentage of sets in use). The secret of this astonishing achievement is having his appearances broadcast on two networks - Ch. 6 Cubavisión and Ch. 2 Telerebelde - simultaneously. His success is aided by the fact that there are no other channels. Strictly speaking, there is a third network, a new educational TV channel [4] as of last month. But it also carries the same program. In backward nations like ours, there are alternatives to State of the Union messages and other important political programming. A classic of American democracy-in- action is a rerun of "Casablanca." Counterprogramming is considered counterrevolutionary in Cuba, even if it was possible. Which it isn't. It's all Castro, all the time. There are no options. They don't care if the Olympics or the World Cup is on. The hype for the show is low-key. The news-at-noon lead story might be, "Tonight at 6, Fidel is speaking." Or, "There will be a march at 7 tomorrow morning." Often, Fidel will come on the air the night before and do a promo. The spot can last for what seems like four hours. Like a TV weatherman, he will predict it will be hot and muggy and will forecast scattered showers or high winds that come from the Batista "thugs" in Miami. "If you have a heart condition or other health problems," he will warn, "do not come out." In the United States, we call political rallies "demonstrations," in France "manifestations." In Cuba, they are called "concentrations." There is usually a concentration every Saturday morning. It can be called for a variety of reasons. On May 1, there was one in honor of the Chicago Eight, as it was explained to me, "the eight martyr workers who were shot for striking by the patrones in 1887." It also could be a march to say, "We like to be Communists" or "We like to be soldiers." I happened to be in Havana and caught a special midweek concentration on June 13. This was the famous 2 million man march, not only along the Malecón in La Habana Vieja, but in every major city in Cuba. All of which were shown live on TV on all three stations from 7 a.m. to about 1 p.m. As an added attraction, the highlights of the concentration were rerun in an edited version that may have run four or five hours in the evening. I got the point earlier and stopped watching. This one was a rally to protest the speech to the Batista thugs in Miami by Bush II - as they call our El Presidente in the only newspaper in Cuba (Granma). It also was in support of a constitutional amendment that makes it unconstitutional to amend the constitution ever again. A contradiction in terms, perhaps, but one that is popular with the Fidelistas. Fidel was not scheduled to speak on this very hot and muggy day, only to lead the march. But this did not keep many away. (Crowd estimation is an inexact science. I remember when Richard Nixon came to Manhattan's Garment Center one day during the 1968 campaign and, reportedly, 1 million turned out to see Mr. Republican, the great friend of labor. But some people knew it was lunch hour, and at that hour, 1 million garment workers would "turn out" to see Martin Bormann.) "What a spontaneous demonstration," my wife said of the Cuban crowd on the screen in our hotel room. Whether it was a 1 million or 2 million hombres march - I didn't want to press anybody for a more exact count, a sign of a running dog Yankee imperialist - it was a spectacular production. Thousands of Fidelistas in their red Che (Guevera) and Jose (Marti) T-shirts waved little Cuban flags as they approached the cameras, while a loudspeaker exhorted: "Viva el socialismo." "Libertad para los heroes" (the five Cuban spies who had been jailed in Florida for infiltrating exile organizations). "Viva Fidel." In case you missed the loudspeaker, every few minutes, the words were emblazoned in fat, red type on the screen. This was subliminal TV! Occasionally, news people interviewed marchers. Sound bites in Cuban TV journalism are more like a full meal, with brandy and cigars afterward. I didn't understand everything that was said. My Spanish is muy malo. But it was great political theater. The only thing missing was Fidel speaking. There is a tendency for him not to speak when it is too hot. Last fall, he passed out one morning. "Six-hour speeches are things of the past," one source said. "Intelligent people know he is not well. Lucky if one hour now, or half hour." The advantage of watching on TV is seeing what he looks like. He has bags under his eyes the size of the gladstone bags the mob used to deliver payoffs to Batista officials in the old days. He walks stiffly, as if on a forced march. After about four hours, I decided I had seen enough. It began to drag like the Emmy telecast. I also felt I was missing something not seeing it "live." So, I jumped into a 1955 Chevy Impala Deluxe cab to the Hotel Nacional on the Malecón, six or seven lines of police and soldiers away from the concentration route. The Nacional is that great American Meyer Lansky's contribution to Cuban culture, along with gambling, prostitution and dope. From the windows of the Lounge of History, underneath murals depicting celebrities who slept there (Tyrone Power, Humphrey Bogart, Carol II of Romania, Errol Flynn, Johnny Weismuller, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Gary Cooper, Aly Khan, Rita Hayworth), I saw the real thing. Could this be like the May Day parades in the early days of Stalin, I wondered, when the Red Army circled the block and came back to impress and frighten foreign dignitaries with their numbers? No. The crowd was authentico, I could certify as I spent the rest of the morning drinking Cuban coffee (four sugars) and a mojito or two, and smoking a Cohiba. "Viva el socialismo," I was able to say with more than usual enthusiasm. They also have other programs on the two major Cuban networks. The second most popular program is Hollywood movies. A Cuban TV producer goes to Blockbuster in the States, buys or rents a tape, brings it back to the commissar in charge of programs, who then throws it on the air. They don't worry about the FBI warnings. No copyright problemos here. American film copyright laws don't apply in Cuba. This probably pains Fox, Disney, Sony and other financially pressed movie corporations. But the Cuban people love it. Even this broad range of broadcasting does not satisfy Cuban media freaks. Man does not live by strawberry and chocolate alone; he needs his ESPN, Cartoon Network, HBO, Discovery and CNN on satellite TV. The second major indoor sport in Havana, next to watching satellite TV, is hiding the dish. "It is hidden in the house of the dog," one source explained, "in swimming pools, with the plants, in the shower, with the garbage outside. The imagination of Cuban people is very big in finding a way to hide illegal dish." So a strange alliance has evolved in Cuba. Fidelistas and DirecTV capitalist swine are in the same boat for different reasons. DirecTV is against watching its service for free on principle. It's a bad business plan. The Fidelistas are against satellite TV because they are against the dissemination of uncontrolled information. Castro is not the first dictator not to understand the way the media work. Given open access, people do not tend to watch news and public-affairs documentaries. They watch sex, violence and unreal reality shows: "The Bachelor" and "Fear Factor." They have nothing to fear but fear itself, which in a totalitarian state apparently is quite a lot. Copyright © 2002, Newsday, Inc. 73's (via Oscar, Miami, and Tom Roche, Atlanta, DXLD) ** CUBA. CLOSED CAPTIONING FINALLY COMES TO CUBA LOS SORDOS CUBANOS EN UN EXCLUSIVO GRUPO DE 'FANS' DE TELEVISION ANÁLISIS. Cuba acaba de ingresar en el exclusivo grupo de países en el que los sordos dejaron de depender del lenguaje de señas para acceder a los programas televisivos, al introducir un ultramoderno sistema generador de carácteres escritos. Viernes, 21 junio 2002 IBLNEWS La Nueva Cuba, Junio 23, 2002 La iniciativa impulsada por el Estado cubano ya beneficia de manera experimental a buena parte de las 120.000 personas que en la isla viven sin disfrutar de los sonidos. Entre julio y diciembre, el programa no sólo abarcará los telediarios nacionales, sino que permitirá el disfrute de telenovelas y espacios variados, según Carlos Moncada, uno de los activistas de la idea. Moncada encabeza la Asociación Nacional de Sordos de Cuba (ANSOC), organización no gubernamental que agrupa a este segmento de la población y que se ha propuesto llevar la iniciativa hasta los rincones más apartados del país. El "Close Caption", como se denomina el sistema, es un generador automático de caracteres escritos surgido en los años 1960 y explotado hasta ahora sólo por las grandes televisoras del planeta. El sistema combina programas computarizados y receptores de televisión con menú para subtitulaje, a fin de romper las barreras del silencio. "Es un auxiliar comunicativo para disfrutar disímiles programas de televisión", dijo a la prensa Alina, una de las "operadoras" del sistema. Alina se sienta cada mañana frente a la pantalla chica con audífonos puestos, en un estudio de tv, para en el primer telediario que sale al aire reproducir las palabras del locutor, de modo que una de las computadoras del sistema convierta el mensaje sonoro en letra escrita. La acción es instantánea, y mientras Alina reproduce las palabras desde el estudio, Aida González, jubilada de 65 años, disfruta del telediario matutino en su casa, con todos los parlamentos subtitulados. Atrás quedó el lenguaje de las señas para que Aida se informe de lo que pasa en su país y el resto del mundo, y dentro de algunos meses ella, como otros cubanos con la misma limitación, podrán acceder también a las telenovelas y a los programas de participación. Las autoridades no han informado del costo de este proyecto y no faltan quienes critican la inversión cuando el país vuelve a adentrarse en una etapa económica delicada. Desde los atentados terroristas del 11 de septiembre contra Estados Unidos, el turismo hacia Cuba ha caído (14 por ciento en el primer trimestre del 2002), y ese sector representa la principal fuente de ingresos de la país. Otras exportaciones como el níquel y el azúcar de caña padecen la baja de sus precios en el mercado mundial y todavía Cuba soporta el peso del embargo (bloqueo para los cubanos) que Estados Unidos le decretó hace 40 años. Sin embargo, las autoridades cubanas dicen que "el costo es lo menos importante", que lo que cuenta "es la voluntad política de hacerlo" y en consecuencia el segmento de la población privada de los sonidos en la isla aumenta así sus niveles de conocimiento y de disfrute de la vida. "Es algo extraordinario que contribuye a superar limitaciones impuestas por enseñanzas eminentemente oralistas y que sirve incluso hasta a los ancianos que han perdido la audición por la edad y las enfermedades", comentó Moncada. Cuba, que vive una cotidianidad signada por las limitaciones, entró en una especie de club de países selectos y son más los cubanos que aplauden que aquellos que critican el gesto. (Por Victorio M. Copa, IBLNEWS-Dpa) 73's (via Oscar, Miami, DXLD) ** CUBA [non]. CUBAN SPY - Various newspapers reported the arrest by the FBI of Ana Belen Montes, an employee at DIA since 1985. Using typical Spycraft, Montes received her instructions via short-wave radio. The messages were in numerical code which she converted into Spanish text through the use of a computer program she had been given by the Cuban Intelligence Service (DGI). Using public pay phones, Montes sent coded numeric messages to a DGI pager. The FBI analysis of her Toshiba computer hard drive revealed a coded message of 150 5F groups. The FBI matched this text with one broadcast on February 6, 1999 on a frequency of 7887 kHz in AM mode with a female Spanish announcer who began the broadcast with the words "Atención!, Atención!". The FBI "AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, ARREST WARRANT, AND SEARCH WARRANTS" contains very interesting details relating to the investigation and arrest of Ms. Montes. Go to http://www.fas.org/isp/ops/ci/Montes_092101.pdf (Don Schimmel`s Radio Intrigue, May 1, DXing.com via DXLD) ** CZECH REPUBLIC. SEARCH FOR NEW CZECH PREMISES TO HOUSE US RADIO UNDER WAY | Excerpt from report in English by Czech news agency CTK Prague, 25 June: Real estate agencies have started looking for alternative headquarters of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) because the government has not found any new building which would suit the radio station, Foreign Minister Jan Kavan told journalists today. Although he indicated that the costs of the removal would also be borne by the USA, the financial question was not yet quite settled, Kavan said after a meeting of the National Security Council (BRS). Kavan said that the new site would be found "very soon". "If there is not at disposal any government-owned place and since it is necessary to remove RFE from the centre of Prague on security grounds, we must also look at the opportunities which may be offered by real estate agencies," Kavan said. But the question of financing would be very complex and require more time, he added... Source: CTK news agency, Prague, in English 1652 gmt 25 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) See also LATVIA ** EGYPT. Radio Cairo, 17595, full data QSL card (site and power missing) after several email follow ups & then via snail mail. V/S: Nil. Encl. full sked & letter by Eng. Niveen W. Lawrence, Head of SW Dept. (Swopan Chakroborty, India, June 26, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** EUROPE. CONFERENCE APPROVES ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM FOR DIGITAL RADIO | Text of press release from London-based World DAB Forum on 25 June The WorldDAB Forum, which represents companies and organizations from all sectors of the radio broadcasting industry from 25 countries, welcomes the decision by the European Conference for Posts and Telecommunications (CEPT) to allocate a further seven blocks of L-Band spectrum across Europe to terrestrial DAB. The decision, reached at the planning meeting in Maastricht on 18 June, is the third such allocation of spectrum to DAB digital radio, and confirms continued high interest in terrestrial DAB across Europe. Says WorldDAB President, Annika Nyberg: "We're delighted with the results of the Maastricht planning conference. The allocation of seven extra blocks of L-Band confirms the findings of the Spectrum Demand Report drawn up by WorldDAB in April 2000 which showed that Europe is hungry for more spectrum. The extra L-Band now available will create more opportunities for digital broadcasting services and will pave the way for competition, particularly in densely populated areas." In 2005, it is hoped that a revision of the Stockholm Plan, drawn up in 1961 to organize and plan frequencies across Europe and northern Africa, will address the issue of extra spectrum for terrestrial DAB in Band III. [Eureka 147 DAB services are currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.] For more information contact Lisette Cooper at WorldDAB on 020 7288 4641 or email cooper@worlddab.org. Visit the WorldDAB website at http://www.worlddab.org Source: World DAB Forum press release, London, in English 25 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** GERMANY. UNIDENTIFIED. Dear Glenn, I am a DX-er currently based in Colchester, UK. I have a question for you. Yesterday at 2213 UT I tuned in to 8638 kHz in an attempt to catch VNG from Australia. What I caught, however, was something different. The format was the following: 10 pulsing tones with approx. 2.5 secs pause after each tone, then three such tones consecutively (with much shorter pauses). This sequence repeated 5 times, and then the following combination in Morse was transmitted: YQBDAO8. Then pulsing tones again, and the above sequence repeated continuously. What was it? And what is the address for reception reports? Many Thanks for your help. I would appreciate if you could share with me your opinion/guesses, without waiting for the next WOR issue. I am really eager to identify this! Thanks a lot (and also for your extremely informative WOR bulletins). (Robertas Pogorelis, June 26, DX LISTENING DIGEST) This is beyond my area of expertise, so readers` help is requested. Looking in the Klingenfuss frequency list, I see besides VNG on 8638, there is on 8638.5 DAO Kiel Radio, Germany, digital, Pactor-2; does it sound like that? And on 8636 HLW Soul R, Korea on CW (Glenn Hauser, DXLD) Dear Glenn, It was certainly DAO-8 from Kiel (pactor e-mail service), as this is the second half of the Morse combination I heard: YQBDAO8. Can you help me with their mailing address please? Many Thanks. (Robertas, ibid.) Sorry, I don`t have addresses of these. Should be findable on some internet sites, or lists devoted to utility DX, such as WUN. 73, (Glenn to Robertas via DXLD) ** GREECE [non]. A few days ago I noticed VOG via Delano 17705 missing after 1600 UT, when checked on the car radio, where it`s hard to tell if an open carrier be running. At home, June 26 at 1545 there was an OC. Guess they are having satellite feed problems. 1602 finally started fill music from VOA, In the Mood, etc. 1611 cut to VOG feed in Greek, breaking up somewhat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUAM [non]. We at WDWS are a Jimbo affiliate: we were told directly we were NOT to webcast the Bohannon show. This from Westwood One (Eric Loy, Champaign IL, WDWS Radio, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM [non]. U.S. Newswire 14 Jun 16:19 FOUR HIT BY CAR AS HUNDREDS PROTEST XM SATELLITE RADIO Direct Action Likely Against Companies That Install XM Products WASHINGTON, June 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- More than two hundred National Association of Black Organizations (NABO) and National Action Network (NAN) demonstrators watched in horror as four fellow demonstrators including a grandmother and two children, were run down by a car in front of XM Satellite Radio's Washington, D.C., headquarters. The extent of the injuries is not known. The injured were transported by ambulance to the hospital. A male adult hit by the car suffered head injuries and was moved by stretcher to an ambulance. A number of police cars, ambulances and fire trucks responded to the accident and the front of XM Satellite was cordoned off with yellow police crime scene tape. The purpose of the demonstration was to highlight NABO and NAN's national campaign to have the nation's satellite and cable broadcasting industry provide value positive programming for African Americans. NABO/NAN is disappointed with the results of prior discussions with XM executives. Those discussions focused on NABO/NAN concerns that XM Satellite Radio programming reflects a glaring lack of positive programming options to those XM channels that glorify the cultures of violence, drugs and female debasement that is pervasive in urban America. "We pray for the injured that were fighting for value positive programming. That is why we respect broadcast giants such as DirecTV, Comcast Cable, Charter Communications, Time Warner, The Armed Forces Network and AT&T who have set the tone for corporate broadcast responsibility by agreeing to carry value positive programming such as The Word Network," said Reverend Horace Sheffield III, CEO of NABO and the president the Michigan Chapter of NAN. Sheffield also commended Sirius Satellite Radio for being sensitive to value positive programming. NABO/NAN crisis management consultant Sam Riddle said that the demonstrators will return to XM and that civil disobedience may be the order of the day. "XM has made a racist effort to pit NABO/NAN against a business concern, Radio One, that is headed by a female African American entrepreneur. The mind-boggling nature of satellite radio plantation politics will not endure. No one individual or broadcast entity is endowed to be the broadcast gatekeeper for the African American community. We will stand strong for value positive programming that brings urban ministries to satellite radio even if it means going to jail-again," said Riddle. NABO and NAN demonstrations for value positive satellite broadcast programming in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, Warren and Novi, Michigan, Denver, Colorado, and New York have attracted hundreds that marched in protest with some demonstrators being jailed for civil disobedience. http://www.usnewswire.com Copyright 2002, U.S. Newswire (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** ISRAEL. I received a personally written letter from Kol Israel, saying there would be no cuts, and their transmissions will continue 'indefinitely'. (Jon Kempster, BBC, UK, June 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISRAEL. Here's an updated article -- but it doesn't say much that's new... http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1023716553320 IBA ENGLISH NEWS GOES INTERNATIONAL Gil Hoffman Jun. 26, 2002 The Israel Broadcasting Authority's first ever broadcast of a nightly English news broadcast to the Middle East and Europe went smoothly last night, beginning a new era in Israeli television. The half-hour program at 8 p.m. was the first time the IBA English News broadcast for more than 15 minutes and the first time it broadcast to an international audience on the IBA's new Arabic-English satellite network. The network is intended to reach viewers from Casablanca in the west to Kuwait in the east, from Cairo in the south to Copenhagen in the north, on the same satellite that broadcasts the powerful Arabic Al- Jazeera network. The channel premiered at 2 p.m. yesterday with an Arabic-language broadcast of the World Cup semifinal. IBA English staffers were nervous after reports all day of local cable companies delaying airing the new network due to a financial dispute with the IBA, but after Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin and Minister-without-Portfolio Ra'anan Cohen intervened, the network was fully operational by the time the English news began. IBA anchorman Yochanan Elrom ushered in the new program, which aired a retransmission of the 15-minute English news show that was broadcasted earlier on Channel 1, followed by a new in-depth segment. Elrom anchored the show from a studio in Jerusalem's JCS Studios. The IBA hopes to eventually broadcast the entire show live, but until then it will continue to rely on the retransmissions of the Channel 1 broadcasts and taped interviews. The program can be viewed locally on digital cable's Channel 100 on Golden Channels and Matav cable systems and Channel 810 on Tevel, and on YES's channel 169. IBA English news officials, who were skeptical about the project from the beginning, said they were proud that they had finally reached such a milestone, 12 years after the show premiered in October 1990. "Today we were given a birthday, so now the question is whether we will see a bar mitzva," IBA English news in-depth editor Steve Leibowitz said. "We were able to do it today, but we will need constant support to sustain it." The news team questioned whether anyone in Arab countries tuned in to the show, but expressed hope that as word spreads, the program will have an impact on Israel's relations with the Arab world. "Even if random viewers picked it up in an Arab country and stayed with us for a few minutes, then we will finally have a small but substantial moment of communication," said IBA diplomatic correspondent Leah Zinder, who is to conduct exclusive interviews today with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Minister-without- Portfolio Dan Meridor. "It's exciting and new and I hope it will be seen." Last night's in-depth segment was devoted to the issue of separation, featuring interviews with Bar-Ilan University Prof. Gerald Steinberg and Jerusalem Post reporter Matthew Guttman. When the show ended, the IBA news team celebrated and already began working on tonight's show. "We succeeded today, but we have to do the same thing tomorrow," IBA English news head Steve Edwards said. International viewers should point their satellite dishes to the "Hotbird-3" satellite at 13 degrees east. The channel is at 12220 megahertz. The polarity of the reception is horizontal, with a 6161 symbol rate from the symbol 3/4 FEC. The channel is called "Channel 3 Arabic IBA TV." -------- (via Daniel Rosenzweig, June 26, DXLD) ** LATVIA/CZECH REPUBLIC/USA. RFE/RL EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO PREMIER FOR INVITATION TO MOVE TO RIGA | Text of report in English by Latvian news agency LETA Riga, 25 June: Prime Minister Andris Berzins has received a letter from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), expressing gratitude for the invitation to relocate to Riga. As LETA was informed by the communications department at the State Chancellery, RFE/RL is continuing negotiations with the Czech government on the possibility of moving to another building in Prague, however, the Czech government has insufficient funding for the move. Representatives from RFE/RL's council will arrive in Prague in mid- July to tackle the issue. The RFE/RL council will evaluate the offer on moving from Prague to Riga, and as soon as the decision is made, they will inform the prime minister. RFE/RL provides daily news broadcast and analysis of international events for 26 countries in 34 languages. Source: LETA news agency, Riga, in English 1333 gmt 25 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) See also CZECH REPUBLIC ** LITHUANIA. RADIO NORD SPECIAL BROADCAST FROM LITHUANIA ON JUNE 30 Dear radio enthusiasts, On Sunday June 30, a two hour memorial program of Swedish offshore station Radio Nord will be broadcast on 9980 kHz (100 kW) at 1900-2100 UT from the station in Sitkunai, Lithuania. This day marks the 40th anniversary of the close-down of Radio Nord. The programme will contain interviews with former staff members, listeners, a potted history of the station, vintage recordings, music from this era (1961-62) and more. Reception reports are highly appreciated (please include an IRC or a $ for a QSL) and the address is: Radio Nord Special Programme Light Valley Media Box 90, SE-82723 Ljusdal, Sweden The programme will be in Swedish. Welcome to tune in for two hours of radio nostalgia. Visit Rock'n Records on http://www.rock.x.se today - the home of good ol' vinyl records! (Ronny Forslund, June 26, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** NIGERIA. LIVINUS TORTY WITH THE STORY OF RADIO NIGERIA Our African DX reporter is Livinus Torty and he lives in Nigeria. He sent us this Station Profile on the radio services in his country, compiled from several sources, including his own observations, which we have edited for broadcast. This is what he writes:- The original government radio service in Nigeria was organised as NBS, the Nigerian Broadcasting Service, in April 1951, at which time the three low powered shortwave stations already on the air were amalgamated into a single broadcasting body. This organisation was modified exactly six years later to NBC, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, at which time they moved into a new studio and office complex at Tugwell House in the capital city, Lagos. At that time, the NBC was organised into two major sections; the Home Service produced programs for broadcast to listeners living in Nigeria, and the External Service produced programs for broadcast to listeners living in other countries, mainly within the continent of Africa. The External Service was later re-designated as VON, the Voice of Nigeria. Radio Nigeria introduced a commercial service in 1960, though this was abolished some 18 years later. However, the commercial service on radio was re-introduced again in 1987. A television service was introduced to viewers in Lagos in 1962. At first, the TV service was fostered by Radio Nigeria, though nine years later the two services were separated and the TV service was designated as NTA, the Nigerian Television Authority. FM broadcasting came to Nigeria in April 1997 with the introduction of ``Radio Nigeria 2FM`` in Lagos, the ``Sunshine Station``. These days, Nigeria is literally covered by radio, with more than 100 mediumwave stations, a national network of FM stations, all supplemented by local and regional shortwave stations. Currently, FRCN, the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, is upgrading its entire network of radio stations. They are going digital, as well as modernizing their shortwave facilities. The national headquarters is located in Abuja, and they operate four regional production centres. So, why not give Radio Nigeria a listen. You can check the World Radio TV Handbook for scheduling, and you can check your favorite DX magazine to find out just which channels are heard in your area (Adrian Michael Peterson, AWR Wavescan June 23 via DXLD) ** OKLAHOMA. KOMA News Talk: http://komanews.com/ (via Artie Bigley, June 25, DXLD) Not much there, but would have us believe 1520 is News Talk, CBS News, rather than Oldies, format change coming?? Or is this an old, forgotten site? While the current site says Oldies, nothing about talk: http://www.komaradio.com/2000/ Then I checked 1520 at 0020 UT June 26, and sure enough it`s still oldies, not newstalk, but at 0030, like a ghost out of hell, a hoarse heterodyne started talking ``From Walterboro, South Carolina.....`` [q.v.] Must be an image from SW on the bathroom Panasonic RF-569D AM/FM radio. Subsequent spot checks show no change in oldies format (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PALESTINE. PALESTINIAN RADIO OFF AIR SINCE ISRAELI TROOPS ENTERED RAMALLAH ON 24 JUNE Palestinian radio Voice of Palestine (Ramallah, in Arabic - official radio station of the Palestinian National Authority) on 26 June 2002 continues to be off the air for the third consecutive day. It has been unheard since 24 June, when Israeli forces entered Ramallah and surrounded Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's compound. Voice of Palestine's second programme in Arabic, broadcasting from Gaza, can be heard with good reception on Nilesat at 7 degrees West on 11823 MHz vertical. The radio was observed to carry Koranic recitation at 0400 gmt on 26 June, followed by the Palestinian national anthem and then songs by the Lebanese singer Fayruz. The radio has been carrying news summaries and love and patriotic songs and a variety of social, political, health, and economic programmes. Palestinian TV (Gaza, in Arabic) continues to broadcast normal programmes, consisting of newscasts, documentaries and talk shows. The Palestinian news agency WAFA continues to transmit items on the latest Palestinian developments, as usual. Sources: As stated (BBC Monitoring June 26 via DXLD) ** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3290, Port Moresby. Seems to have set up a high- powered transmitter, and noted with morning service some days from *2000-2100, late fade-out; the 90 mb PNGs usually go by 2020 (Bob Padula, Victoria, EDXP June 26 via DXLD) Chris Hambly has been hearing open carrier well before 2000 (gh, DXLD) ** QATAR. ARABIC TV NETWORK A VITAL LINK http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1022100308338&call_page=TS_News_Columnists&call_pageid=970599109774&call_pagepath=Columnists (via Ivan Grishin, DXLD) ** QATAR. AL-JAZEERA TV TO DUB PROGRAMMES INTO ENGLISH WITHIN 10 WEEKS - SAUDI DAILY | Text of report by Faysal Balhaj Ali published by Saudi newspaper Al-Watan web site on 25 June Muhammad Jasim al-Ali, director-general of Qatari Al-Jazeera news channel, told Al-Watan that the channel will begin to dub its programmes into English within 10 weeks. He added that Al-Jazeera's internet site [al-jazeera.net] will also be published in English in three months. On the other hand, Al-Ali played down expectations that the popularity of the TV channel will decline after the signing of an agreement with the Arab Distribution Association, ADD, to join Al-Awa'il scrambled television channels run by the company as of 1 July. Jasim said Al- Jazeera will continue to be accessible for free on other satellites such as Arabsat and Hotbird. He said signing this agreement would cut costs and increase revenues for the channel, but declined to discuss the value of the contract. Asked about the motive behind this decision and whether the financial standing of Al-Jazeera has anything to do with it, Al-Ali denied rumours that the channel is going through financial difficulties. He added that the channel made some profit in its sixth year and attributed this to the increasing paid advertisements; cable subscriptions around the world, which includes the Americas; the sale of special pictures to other international stations; as well as coding, from which Al-Jazeera will make considerable profit. Source: Al-Watan web site, Abha, in Arabic 25 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. ALL TV, RADIO BROADCASTS TERMINATED TO VLADIVOSTOK | Text of report in English by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Vladivostok, 26 June: The cities of Vladivostok and Artyom in the Russian Far East with the overall population of more than 750,000 have absolutely been cut off from all television and radio broadcasts because power supply has been cut to the Primorye regional teleradio broadcasting centre. Initially, it had been planned to cut only federal television broadcasts, but local energy workers finally decided to tighten the sanctions, terminating broadcasts of local television and radio companies altogether. Spokesman for the Far Eastern Energy Company Mikhial Tsedrik told ITAR-TASS that one of the reasons for the blackout on radio and television was VGTRK central television, which failed to comply with the terms of the agreement on debt settlement reached six month ago. The Dalenergo energy company which supplies power to radio and televIsion broadcasting centres has been paid only nine per cent of the negotiated sum since the agreement was reached. Besides, the terms of current payments have not been observed either. The overall debt owed by the Primorye regional teleradio broadcasting centre has totalled 25m roubles. Soccer fans angered by the move have expressed strong indignation over the act, saying that the problem of debt settlement could wait until 1 July at least so that soccer fans could watch the exciting events in the finals of the world soccer championship. Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in English 0635 gmt 26 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) And what about broadcasts *from* Vladivostok, as on shortwave??? *Sigh* --- things were so much simpler when the government owned everything (gh, DXLD) TV BACK IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST, POWER SUPPLIER TAKES PITY ON WORLD CUP VIEWERS | Text of report by Radio Russia on 26 June Television broadcasting has resumed tonight, local time, in Maritime Territory, after the electricity was cut off for several hours because of unpaid bills. The press service of the joint-stock company Dalenergo [Far East energy] says that the company decided to resume supplies of electricity to the Maritime Territory television transmitters, including central channels, at the request of the Territory's administration. The Dalenergo management also took into account the interests of football fans, who would not have been able to see the final games in the World Cup if the blackout had continued. The Territory's radio and television broadcasting centre owes the power company more than R21m in all. Moreover, despite repeated warnings, the centre has still not reached an agreement with Dalenergo marketing on power supplies for 2002. Source: Radio Russia, Moscow, in Russian 0900 gmt 26 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. Brother Stair's radio programs appear to be unaffected, at least the ones I listen to. On 5070, 5975, etc., on all the normal frequencies on which I hear him he's still there, ranting just the same as always. This guy must have tapes of EVERYTHING he's ever said, a whole storage room full of them! They're mixing his sermons together, so that one hears a 1997 sermon on such-and-such topic followed by a 1983 revival meeting followed by Y2K predictions for 2000 recorded in 1999, all strung together just the same as normal. I'm convinced that 99% of his listening audience has no idea Brother Stair is gone. I've heard only 2 minor references to the situation on his own broadcasts, and those were weeks ago. The only other thing I can think of to add at this time is: this morning they played a tape of him predicting that some kind of celestial calamity will occur in the year 2000, asteroids colliding with something or another. Dunno what it was exactly. And, as recently as two days ago I heard them rebroadcasting a recent sermon which Brother Stair has been running on and off for at least 6 months now, predicting that "Planet X" will strike the earth in March or May of 2003 (I forget which, it's either March or May) and that this will cause the earth to topple over and shift in its orbit about the sun. My impression is that Brother Stair has no clue that if such a thing were to occur, all human life on earth would end from the ensuing consequences; the effects would be much more significant than merely having to re-write the charts showing sunrise, sunset, solstice and equinox, as he seems to imply. Anyway, for what it's worth, I thought you'd like to know that they're still re-running not only the Planet X sermon for 2003, but earlier sermons having to do with 1999 and 2000, including one in which he predicts that Bill Clinton will refuse to leave the White House on January 20, 2001, and another in which he predicts that Ronald Reagan will die in late October or early November 2000. If you have any psychologists out there listening to you or reading your newsletter, I wonder if they have any comments on what purpose is served by continuing to re-run old predictions that we know did not actually prove to become true, all the while continuing to make new predictions for the future nevertheless? My own amateur theory is as follows: Brother Stair is laughing at his audience, taunting them, in effect, saying, "I know you're so stupid that you will continue to listen to me and financially support me, notwithstanding the nonsense I'm broadcasting in your ears!" Perhaps it's a defense mechanism so that he can in the future argue, "Hey, I didn't hide anything from my audience. They knew that not all of my predictions were accurate." By the way, for accuracy's sake, I need to add one disclaimer (to make my conscience feel better): With reference to the prediction that Ronald Reagan would die a week or so before the 2000 elections, he did say that he was making that prediction in his own capacity as a human, not in his capacity as god's anointed last day prophet. And with reference to Clinton refusing to leave the White House at the end of his term, Brother Stair was reading from the newsletter of another right-wing nut, and said, "Isn't that interesting, Bill Clinton wants to stay on as leader of the free world." Stair certainly endorsed the prediction, but wimpily enough that he could later claim he was merely reading from someone else's article. That's it for now. Still awaiting a reply from Stair via the two sheets of paper and the self-addressed, stamped envelope I sent him directly at the county jail (Robert Arthur, June 26, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. SCANNER BUFF BREACHES ROYAL SECURITY The security of Britain's Royal Family has been put at risk by a scanner enthusiast, the BBC claimed on Tuesday. Scanner buff Paul Way admitted in an interview that he had monitored frequencies used by the Royal Protection Squad and Scotland Yard's Special Branch and listed them on the internet. His actions, which security chiefs consider a major breach of national security, have prompted calls for a ban on the sale of scanners in the UK. Speaking on Radio 4's "Today" programme, Way said the frequencies he monitored included a channel connected with the London branch of Mosad, the Israeli intelligence organisation. He said he had also monitored the Diplomatic Protection Squad while they were guarding the visiting Indonesian president, as well as security officers protecting Prime Minister Tony Blair. An anonymous intelligence officer told the BBC: "The frequencies and the information published on the site, particularly the files published on the site, contain what we would term highly restrictive information which in the wrong hands could be to the detriment of the Crown and government... It could be used by terrorists to perpetrate fairly serious atrocities." She stressed: "Way is a menace, a severe danger to the public and to national security. I mean our personal view is the site should be closed down. We would like to see scanners and the possession and ownership of them made illegal. They can only be used for illegal activity." Mr Way acknowledged that the information he published could be of use to terrorists but added that "they would be aware of these things whether I publish them or not." He admitted he could be a threat to security "to a limited degree". Liberal-Democrat home-affairs spokesman Simon Hughs told the BBC that the police, who have been pressing for a better communications system, should be provided with the latest equipment that could prevent illegal monitoring. Asked whether scanners should be banned, he said: "It's something that the security and intelligence committee and the home-affairs committee should look at, and we'll need to look internationally because if you ban things in this country ...it doesn't necessarily mean that they can be banned automatically abroad." The top penalty for illegal monitoring in the UK is a £5000 fine and confiscation of equipment (By Roger Tidy, June 25 for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. I think they may want to outlaw those nefarious shortwave radios too (Fred Osterman, Universal Radio, DXLD) CHEAP SCANNERS PUT ROYALS AT RISK By David Graves (Filed: 26/06/2002) from http://www.telegraph.co.uk Police and intelligence services called yesterday for a ban on radio scanners, saying that they could put the Queen and ministers in danger. At the centre of their concern is Paul Wey, 36, who runs an internet notice-board that publishes supposedly secure frequencies used by the Royal and Diplomatic Protection Groups, Special Branch and the armed services. Intelligence sources described the notice-board as a "severe danger to the public and to national security" and called for it to be closed down. The information on it would be "invaluable" to terrorists, they said. One intelligence officer described Mr Wey as "a menace". But Mr Wey, who carries a scanner wherever he goes, said the problem was not the availability of the £200 devices but the failure of British communications to be scrambled, as they were in many countries. "They are only blaming me because I am the messenger rather than spending more money on secure communications," he said at his home in Baldock, Herts, where he lives with his mother. "I am a royalist and the last thing I want to do is put a member of the Royal Family in any danger. The problem is the insecure communications equipment the security services are using. If they are that concerned, they could have closed the site years ago." Mr Wey has traced classified radio frequencies used in the protection of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and visiting heads of state, as well as other police and military frequencies. His internet notice-board has 1,481 members and says its purpose is to "exchange frequency information of emergency/military and private mobile radio users in the United Kingdom". Thousands of messages are published by Mr Wey and other scanner users every month. Intelligence officers say it will be "almost impossible" to close down the notice-board because it is registered in America. Mr Wey and fellow scanner users have formed a group called the Professional Radio Operators Monitoring Association. He said police officers were members and that everything was "above board". He and other monitors vetted new members, he said, although he accepted that people might give false names. Possessing a scanner is not illegal, but using it is. Offenders can face fines of up to £5,000 and confiscation of their equipment. But they must be caught red-handed. Critics say that the legislation, based on the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, should be updated urgently. Mr Wey, who started using a scanner as a schoolboy to listen to aircraft communications, said: "It amazes me that our close protection boys still mainly use this stuff. In every other country in the world, even the smallest countries, their channels are secure." He admitted that he was putting national security at risk "to a limited degree". But he insisted that terrorists or criminals "would be aware of this sort of thing whether I published it or not". A Home Office spokesman said the Government was working to agree new international protocols to help crack down on all forms of internet misuse. © Copyright Telegraph Group Limited 2002 (via Fred Osterman, DXLD) ** U S A. Arizona Wildfires: I followed some of this from Utah this weekend. KDJI [1270 Holbrook] was very much in evidence. KVSL-1450 (co-owned or co-managed with KVWM-970) was conspicuous by their absence as the fire got nearer. I never caught the 1400 station on Springerville-Eager, which is where most of those poor folks had to evacuate to (Tim Hall, amfmtvdx June 25 via DXLD) Tim, Both Kevin Redding and I heard the simulcast between KDJI-1270 and 1450, so KVSL was on. Mentioned as simulcasting the emergency coverage were 92.1, I think an FM in the 93 MHz range, and the 96.5 in Show Low, as well as KVWM-970 and the 1450. The 970 seemed to be absent periodically, but the 1450 was on. Kevin almost always receives the 96.5, but not on Saturday night (Rick Lewis, AZ, June 25, ibid.) ** U S A. DTV INTERFERENCE ISSUES LOOM http://www.tvinsite.com/broadcastingcable/index.asp?layout=print_page&doc_id=&articleID=CA224264 AS STATIONS MOVE TO FULL POWER, PROBLEMS AMONG STATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO INCEASE --- By Ken Kerschbaumer, Broadcasting & Cable 6/24/2002 Industry experts warn that, when broadcasters get on-air with full- power DTV signals, interference issues like that being experienced by WBOC-TV Salisbury, Md., may be the norm rather than the exception. "I think it's inevitable that there are going to be a lot of these problems, and a lot of it was predicted," says William Meintel, president of Chantilly, Va.-based TechWare, which was hired by the FCC to create the software used to make the DTV propagation tables. "We just haven't seen it because there aren't a lot of stations on the air and an even smaller number on-air at their full power. And I think that, once these stations start firing up with their full-power signals, we'll see a lot of interference to NTSC, and it may be worse than what was originally predicted." Two weeks ago, WBOC-TV filed an emergency request asking the FCC for relief from interference that its signal is getting from the 950-kW DTV signal of WHRO-DT Hampton Roads, Va., located nearly 120 miles away. In April, when WHRO-DT made the move to full power, WBOC-TV began receiving consumer complaints (even from cable subscribers) not only from the area of its viewing audience closest to Hampton Roads but also from Dover, Del., which is about 150 miles away from Hampton Roads. The cause of the interference in the case of WBOC-TV is "duct skipping," a phenomenon in which the signal skips across a body of water, causing interference where it usually wouldn't occur. It is not just a DTV phenomenon. Analog stations, typically in Florida or Louisiana, have been subject to duct-skipping interference for years. WBOC-TV General Manager Rick Jordan says the situation is unique because ducting was not taken into account in the FCC's DTV interference modeling. WHRO-DT's tests showed interference of only 0.9%, well within acceptable limits, but they do not take into account the ducting interference. "I wish that 0.9% was all that we were receiving, but I have cable systems as far north as Dover, Del., receiving an unbelievable amount of interference," he says, adding, "It's also unbelievable that propagation can have that much impact" from so far away. The concern is obvious, Jordan says: The analog signal is the station's livelihood, and there are only a handful of DTV viewers. "I'm hoping that this will be resolved with a gentlemen's agreement," he adds. "And I hope everyone sits down at the table and says this is a real-world issue and not that the computer model says this doesn't exist so we're done." WHRO-DT plans to file a reply to the FCC concerning WBOC-TV's complaint, according to spokeswoman Donna Hudgins. "Everything that we've built and constructed has complied with the FCC's regulations," she adds. "And our engineers don't see that the facts presented really demonstrate a reception problem that needs extraordinary action by the FCC." The situation is similar to one experienced in 2000 on Lake Michigan. WMVS-DT Milwaukee's signal was interfering with that of WOOD-TV Grand Rapids, Mich. The solution then was for WMVS-DT to voluntarily cut its transmission power by 75%. That was a temporary solution, because the FCC told WOOD-TV that the interference from WMVS-DT was acceptable within the Grade B contours. Today, WMVS-DT is back on at full power, and WOOD-TV has spent about $200,000 putting in an LPTV translator transmitting its signal on ch. 46 to serve cable headends and viewers within that Grade B contour. "The rules provide up to 10% interference within a Grade B signal," explains Mike Laemers, director of engineering for WOOD-TV, WOTV(TV) Battle Creek, Mich., and WXSB(TV) Grand Rapids. "That doesn't sound like a lot of people, but, if you have a cable headend that is considered one of those 10% being affected, that equals a lot of people. That headend is serving 40,000 households." The potential number of complaints about DTV interference seems destined to rise to flood levels when it comes to stations on or near large bodies of water. "Anytime there's a large body of water with an unobstructed path," says Laemers, "interference is going to happen a lot, not only when temperature inversions occur." Complaints may spread to land-locked stations as more stations increase DTV power levels, although just how large of a problem it will become remains to be seen. "The root problem is that some people think that the DTV spectrum was spectrum that wasn't being used," says one industry source. "For all practical purposes, there was no available spectrum on the East and West Coasts." MSTV Vice President, Technology, Tom Gurley points out that the spectrum of a digital station is noise-like: Any interference raises the noise level and creates snow and sparkles in the signal. Analog- station signal spectrum is very concentrated around the visual and aural carrier, causing interference that is much more distracting to viewers. Meintel concurs. "Digital is different than analog, and the interference characteristics are different. The FCC knew there was going to be interference, but it was the only way to assign the digital channels." So what is the solution? Meintel says lower power levels may be the only way to solve interference troubles because changing channel assignments is not easy and may just move the problem elsewhere. "You can play with the statistics all you want, but it's not going to solve the problem." The problem with lowering the power is that digital broadcasters then lose service in some areas. Meintel says that the extent of interference problems from DTV signals remains to be seen. But everyone seems to agree that it could become a fairly large number. The question is, what can the FCC do? "If the interference is a temporary thing, then the commission is not likely to do anything," says Meintel. "If the station causing the interference is complying with all of the commission's regulations, I don't know if there is anything the commission can do about it." Gurley says that, if the digital station is operating at a power it was licensed for and the allotment table says it can operate at, what the FCC can actually do remains to be seen. "If the FCC does something for a station that is getting interference from that signal, then they almost have to start looking at the whole table again." © 2002 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved (via Jeff Kadet, WTFDA via DXLD) ** U S A. Next Monday, Dave Letterman will be Ted Koppel's guest on the first "expanded for summer" Nightline. The new second segment that follows the first 11:35 pm EDT Nightline program. It's a "one on one". Last Politically Incorrect is this Friday at 12:05am EDT [early Sat]. (Brock Whaley, GA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Oh? That`s news to TV Guide, which still shows P.I. in its usual slot next week, 12:05 am EDT, presumably reruns for a while (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. June 25 was supposedly the "drop dead" date the state's Attorney General had said a state budget must be in place. However, it appears yet another deadline will come and go without a definitive state budget for FY '03. The bottom line is we STILL do not know if WUOT will be receiving ANY of its state appropriation for FY '03, which begins on Monday. As we edge ever closer to July 1st without a state budget in place, there is a possibility that all of state government, including WUOT, will "shut down" until such time the Legislature (or the courts) enact a state budget for FY '03. Hopefully, the state and WUOT will be operational on July 1st. However, some of WUOT's purchased programs run on a July through June fiscal year and those contracts are now due. Uncertainty over FY '03 funding makes it impossible to sign annual contracts for several programs and it may be necessary to drop some syndicated programs. Fortunately, major National Public Radio (NPR) programming is purchased on a federal fiscal year (October through September) and we have a little more time before having to sign those contracts. Thanks for your continuing support. Stay tuned to the website for updates as they become available. Information about how to contact your representatives is available at the links below. In addition, WUOT listeners may want to send a note to UT's new president, Dr. John W. Shumaker, welcoming him to the University of Tennessee and letting him know that UT Public Radio is important to you. You may write President Shumaker at 831 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (WUOT website June 25-26 via DXLD) ** U S A. Commercials on Public Broadcasting: Some years ago, KCSM-TV, owned by the College of San Mateo, the county junior college district just south of San Francisco, tried, for a short time, playing Safeway supermarket and other commercials in a little framed box. I have a lot of trouble distinguishing between a few of the enhanced underwriting announcements on public television and commercials. In particular at 8 P.M. when WNET tells me who has paid for that evening's prime time broadcasting if they run a Volvo non-commercial it sure as hell sounds like a Volvo commercial (Joel Rubin, NY, June 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. KERA CUTS 25 PERCENT OF STAFF 06/14/2002 By MANUEL MENDOZA / The Dallas Morning News KERA, Dallas' public broadcasting organization, has laid off a quarter of its staff because of a revenue shortfall of more than $1 million, station officials said Thursday. Like other nonprofits, North Texas Public Broadcasting - which operates KERA-TV (Channel 13), KDTN/KERA2-TV (Channel 2) and KERA-FM (90.1) - has experienced a drop in both individual and corporate donations since Sept. 11. "We're in the same downturn slump everybody else is in," said KERA chief executive officer Gary Ferrell. "We expect fund-raising will come back to some extent as the economy comes back." The stations laid off 27 employees, including two television producers, and canceled the nighttime radio show, Conversations with Krys Villaseñor. Ms. Villaseñor was among those laid off. The new lineup will have a repeat of Fresh Air at 7 p.m. and a new National Public Radio program, The Tavis Smiley Show, at 8 p.m. Nine other vacant positions were also eliminated, saving KERA a total of $1.3 million in salary and benefits. None of the 11 senior staff members, including officers, senior vice presidents and vice presidents, were among those laid off. http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/stories/061302dnmetkeralayoffs.ae2fe.html (via Dave White, DXLD) ** U S A. VOA NEWS CHIEF HONORED FOR DEFYING WHITE HOUSE The news director of the Voice of America, Andre de Nesnera, has discovered that it sometimes pays to resist pressure from the White House. Less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks of 11 September, de Nesnera took the decision to go ahead and broadcast a controversial interview with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on VOA, despite strong pressure from the White House not to air it. Originally, VOA management agreed to the request, but gave in after three days following massive opposition from VOA staff who felt that their journalistic integrity had been compromised. Now, de Nesnera is to receive a "constructive dissent" award from the American Foreign Service Association, the labour union representing US diplomats. The citation reads that "his efforts to defend VOA's charter and preserve the integrity of its news broadcasts demonstrate the qualities of intellectual courage and constructive dissent that exemplify the award". De Nesnera, will receive the award at a ceremony in the State Department to be attended by Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose deputy, Richard Armitage, was a main source of the pressure (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 26 June via DXLD) ** U S A. EDITORIAL: 'SAWA' WON'T DO IT Sawa is working. In a few months, the US government financed radio station has claimed a considerable percentage of radio listeners across the region. There is no scientific research to support this observation. But any one who rides taxis in Amman will agree it is a safe conclusion. The credit for this success goes to professionalism and good taste. This new FM radio station has succeeded in working out a just the right mix of Arabic and Western music and fast beat news that many find appealing. The audience is growing by the day. But radio Sawa is an organ of the United States government that seeks to promote American policies and counter attempts to spread anti-US feelings. To many, it is a propaganda arm that wants to alter Arab peoples' opinions of the US and its policies in the region. This is an enormous task. The initial performance of Sawa should not lead to the wrong conclusion. It is easy to win people's attention to hit songs and albums. But changing their political beliefs is a whole different story. Media can help. But it cannot do the job. Doing the job will require a deep assessment of American policy towards the Arab world. It also demands a complete reversal of the policies and actions of Israel, the US' main ally in the region and which is mainly responsible for the negative image of the United States in the Arab mind. That, unfortunately, is not happening. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is continuing with aggressive policies that are pushing the whole region towards the adoption of hardline policies. Millions of Arabs believe that only the United States can pressure Israel into ending its usurpation of the rights of the Palestinian people. Progress in the peace process will ultimately produce a change in the negative views people hold of America. And Washington certainly can exercise a more assertive role in reviving peace negotiations. There is no reason for further delaying the promised US blueprint for peace in order to stop the violence and move towards a political settlement of a conflict that threatens the stability of the whole Middle East. If Washington succeeds in doing that, it will have an easier job changing its image. Peace will provide the necessary environment for the strengthening of moderation. It will allow for the opening of channels of communications that could bring peoples together rather than drive them towards military, political, cultural and religious confrontations. Absent that environment of peace, Sawa will succeed in no more than getting people to tune in to the sounds it offers. But the daily news of the acts of an occupying power will have the biggest role in forming political views and attitudes. The Jordan Times, June 24, 2002 http://www.jordantimes.com/Mon/opinion/opinion1.htm (via Dave White, DXLD) ** U S A. Tho it`s hardly missed here, WHRI`s so-called Angel 1 appears still to be off the air, with nothing but a trace of jamming on 15105 at 1645 UT check June 26. Also vacant, 9495 after 1700. Checking the website http://www.whr.org you`d never know it`s been off for weeks --- nothing under What`s New, and the entire schedule of frequencies and programs still displays. The webcast was confirmed working as per schedule. Zimbabwe-clandestine hunters of 7310v at 0330-0430 are elated (mutedly so, out of respect for DXing with Cumbre) that WHRI is gone from 7315 for the time being, but its other frequencies are also open: 1000-1300 9495, 1300-1700 15105, 1700-2400 9495, 0000-1000 7315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [non]. UK/USA: MERLIN SIGNS CONTRACT WITH FAMILY RADIO | Excerpt from press release from UK transmission company Merlin Communications on 25 June Merlin Communications International, now part of the Vosper Thornycroft Group, has signed a contract with religious broadcaster, Family Radio to deliver current Family Radio programming on its global short wave network. In addition to the existing transmissions, Merlin will provide an additional seven hours programming a day. Merlin will transmit Family Radio programming from sites in the UK, Ascension Island, UAE and South Africa, providing Family Radio with extensive coverage of their key target regions, which include Central, South and West Africa, Russia, India and the Middle East. Family Radio programming is received by Merlin in its Central London Control Room via FTP and fixed circuits, and they are then distributed via satellite to its UK and overseas sites for distribution on short wave. The contract, which commences in June 2002 for one year, will see Merlin provide Family Radio with first hop coverage utilizing its extensive global short wave network and significantly improve audibility of their programming. David Hoff, Family Radio's International Manager said: "Family Radio is committed to broadcasting the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide, as faithfully and as extensively as possible. To this end, we are very grateful for our expanding relationship with Merlin Communications. This contract will allow us to broadcast a much clearer signal to Africa and other key locations." Merlin's Head of Transmission Sales, Richard Hurd said: "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to develop our relationship with Family Radio and that they have entrusted us to deliver their programmes to some of their key target markets. We look forward to being able to provide an enhanced and extended transmission service to our customer in the future." Family Radio Transmission Details Time (UT) Transmitter Site Coverage Area Programme Language 1400-1700 Abu Dhabi (UAE) India English & Hindi 1900-2000 W[o]offerton (UK) Middle East Arabic 1700-1900 Wo[o]fferton (UK) Western Russia Russian 1700-1800 Ascension Island Central Africa English 2000-2100 Ascension Island Central & West Africa English 1900-2100 Meyerton (South Africa) Southern Africa English [passage omitted-background] For further information about this press release, please contact: Laura Jelf, Marketing Manager Merlin Communications International Ltd, Tel: +44 (0)20 7969 0000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7396 6223, Email: laura.jelf@merlincommunications.com Web: http://www.merlincommunications.com Source: Merlin Communications press release, London, in English 25 Jun 02 (via BBCM; also via Richard Cuff, via DXLD) WTFK??!! ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-102, June 24, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1136: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1136.html NEXT BROADCAST ON WWCR: Wed 0930 on 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB WORLD OF RADIO SCHEDULE UPDATED: http://www.radioskd.html WOR MASTER TIME SCHEDULE UPDATED: http://www.wormast.html ** ANGOLA. Graças à excelente propagação dos últimos dias, tive o privilégio de acompanhar, novamente, o programa Hora Certa, levado ao ar pela Rádio Nacional de Angola, em 4950 kHz. Foi em 19 de junho, a partir das 0410. Resultado: após a morte de Jonas Savimbi, líder da UNITA, em janeiro passado, o formato do programa já não é o mesmo de um ano e meio. Naquela época, o apresentador Otávio Capapa dizia, a todo instante, frases do tipo: "Savimbi, a tua hora vai chegar! O indivíduo psicopata e assassino Jonas Cidônio Malheiro Savimbi mata crianças inocentes!". O programa que acompanhei deu grande guinada. As mensagens do apresentador, agora, são: "Está na antena uma mensagem de paz! Estamos vivendo um momento histórico! O país necessita do esforço de seus filhos: para a paz vamos todos trabalhar com afinco!". E até música tem no programa. Foi ao ar uma canção cujo refrão era: "Angola, meu país, a guerra ficou para traz!". Para completar a audição, foi apresentada entrevista com militar da UNITA que entregou suas armas e foi anistiado pelo governo. O jornalista usava, a todo momento, o verbo "aquartelar" ao se referir à deposição de armas do grupo guerrilheiro. Em tempo: um pouco antes, o Jornal da Hora apresentou notícia dando conta de que empresários da África do Sul visitaram a província de Benguela, onde pretendem, em breve, reativar uma fábrica de papel. As boas e emocionantes notícias dos nossos irmãos de Angola chegam sempre via ondas curtas! Após todos esses anos de guerra, a melhor notícia que um radioescuta poderia receber de Angola, além do fim dos combates, é que a Rádio Nacional está enviando, novamente, respostas aos ouvintes. O radioescuta espanhol Josê Hernández Madrid, de Cartagena, acaba de receber o cartão QSL da emissora, em 233 dias. Anote o endereço: Rádio Nacional, Caixa Postal 1329, Luanda, Angola (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** ARMENIA. Berkeley is publishing old Soviet military maps of Armenia and Georgia on the scale of 1:100,000 on the Internet. The map http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/maps/x-ussr/K-38-138.jpg shows a.o. the eastern part of the greater Yerevan area. In the northern outskirts of this area, a short distance NW of a town named Arinj (Arindzh), the map shows a group of three radio mast symbols. This is likely to be the "old" Yerevan site. The Tactical Pilotage Chart shows a multiple obstruction at this position with the maximum height given as 700 ft. (=213 m). The geographical coordinates of the center symbol are 40.14.14 N/44.33.30 E. Shortwave transmissions seem to have started very early from Yerevan. This is no wonder, considering the large number of Armenians living in neighbouring countries. 4810 still appears to use the old site. The presumed but not fully confirmed SW transmitter set-up at Yerevan consists of 2x100 kW and 1x50 kW. In addition, the site is also likely to house the old MW and LW transmitters (863 and 254 kHz), both in the 150 kW range. The TPC estimated mast height of 700 ft. clearly indicates the presence of a LW or MW transmitter (Olle Alm, Sweden, June 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ARMENIA. I hear 11685 every day (when I try!) and sign on appears to be approx. 1600, perhaps slightly earlier. I don't know the language, but it MIGHT be different during the first ten mins to what it is after 1610 - when ID is usually given (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 23 via DXLD) 11685 still on air, when switched on at 1552 UT, usual strong as regular 500 kW outlets from Gavar. But very distorted audio. Program started at 1600 UT with usual funeral songs by female, to remind of 1.2 million Armenian nationals who massacred in the Osmanian empire collapse in 1918-1922, of war of liberation like in Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Kurdistan, Syria, and Iraq at same time. I guess that Armenian service is meant to thousands of Armenian nationals who live in Western Europe. At 1557 UT RCI [! CRI transmit RCI relay 1500-1557 UT to India on other Xian channel!] ID signal occurred on air co-channel. It's coming from Xian, China, acc to HFCC entry: 11685 1600-1630 to zone 39 XIA 100 kW 306 degr CHN CRI RTC (ed, BC-DX Jun 23) I can hear the co-channel, which I thought sounded like China, but Armenia is usually a very strong and dominant signal. I guess it is meant for Armenian nationals in Europe as you say, but the first 10 minutes just sounds a little different. CRI Xian should be in Turkish at 1600-1630 on 11685 \\ 11740 U1 acc to the NDXC schedule (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 24 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. For past few days have only noted VNG on 5 and 12.984 MHz. 5 MHz by far the best received at my QTH (Ian Baxter, Australia, June 24, ARDXC via DXLD) VNG Closure: Opposition grows! Information from the APC Newsletter (20 June 2002 edition) by VK3YE Users of Australia's VNG HF time signal bcs are stepping up efforts to keep the service going. Earlier this month they were advised that VNG radio transmissions would cease on July 1. VNG users, which include seismologists, astronomers, surveyors, navigators and radio amateurs are upset that they were given less than a month's notice of the closure. They say that the closure would disadvantage them as there are no cheap and easily accessible timebase replacements. Internet and telephone time services suffer propagation delays and GPS systems are not yet affordable to many amateur users. VNG's users want the closure deferred by at least six months and consultation with affected parties. Users of the service have been urged to write to the National Standards Commission and the responsible Minister, the Honourable Ian MacFarlane MP, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources. The letters should state how they use the VNG service and why there are no convenient replacements at this time. It goes without saying that with the closure less than two weeks away, this should be done immediately. VNG provides accuracy to one millisecond and is readily available to anyone with a general coverage HF receiver. The service has operated almost continuously for the last 38 years and has been the only easily accessible time and frequency standard within Australia and New Zealand. Frequencies most commonly audible here in Melbourne include 2.5, 5, 8.638 and 12.984 MHz as well as 16 MHz (Info via VK1ENG, Stephen Newlyn, Australia, VK5VKA, Jun 20, BC-DX via DXLD) VNG EXTENSION. Below is a copy of an email letter sent to VNG users protesting about the VNG closure. Dear R VNG user, Re: R VNG Australia's Standards Frequency and Time Signal Service Following representations to the Commission from R VNG users regarding the closure of this service I am pleased to advise you that the Commission has decided to postpone the closure of this service. Despite the clear understanding that under the present contractual arrangements the service would cease on 30 June 2002, the Commission has been convinced that some users were not fully cognisant of this matter and have not yet made the necessary alternative arrangements. In order to ensure that all users be given every opportunity to make such arrangements, the Commission has agreed to extending its support of R VNG for a further six months until 31 December 2002. This offer has been agreed subject to the following conditions: The VNG Users Consortium provide a voice announcement for broadcast on R VNG from mid-July 2002, advising all users that the service will close on 31 December 2002. The VNG Users Consortium inform its members in writing, before the end of July 2002 and again before the end of September 2002 that they will need to make their own future arrangements to receive time services from other sources after 31 December 2002. It is clearly understood that the National Standards Commission is unable to provide any alternative to R VNG and the VNG Users Consortium needs to encourages users of R VNG to develop means of obtaining the time information that they need from the alternative sources available in Australia after 31 December 2002. In the event of a major breakdown in equipment, the Commission will not be able to guarantee the continuation of the service for the full six (6) month period. Yours faithfully, Dr Richard Brittain, Secretary, National Time Committee (via Dave Zanto, and John Norfolk, DXLD; also via Stephen Newlyn, Australia, VK5VKA, WWDXC via BC-DX Jun 24 via DXLD) Short notice? I thought this was talked about for a year or more (gh) ** AUSTRIA. Radio Austria International's "Intermedia" weekly communications magazine will broadcast an extensive interview with Ed P5/4L4FN in North Korea, his personal, ham, and professional background; how he succeeded to operate from P5; current situation and future plans ... in issue #275 Friday 5 July (UT) 1704, 1830 Sat 6 July 02:03*, 1903 Sun 7 July 1630 German Service to EUR on 6155, 13730 (-1800) and 5945 (1800-), *only via satellite and via ASTRA (ORF-DVB 12.692 H, SR 22000, FEC 5/6) RealAudio and MP3 for download German and English versions: via http://roi.orf.at/intermedia "#275" and http://www.qsl.at Wolf Harranth OE1WHC ORF-Radio Austria International Redaktion Computer und Medien A-1040 Wien, Argentinierstr. 30A, Austria Fon +43-1-501 01-160 71 Fax +43-1-501 01-160 56 Mailbox +43-1-501 01-160 70 mail wolf.harranth@orf.at http://roi.orf.at Intermedia Hotline (Wolf Harranth OE1WHC, ORF A-DX Jun 24 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** BELARUS`. Radio station Belarus` schedule: 0100-0130 1170, 5970, 7210 kHz (Belarussian) 0130-0200 1170, 5970, 7210 kHz (Mo-Sa Belarussian; Su Russian) 0200-0230 1170, 5970, 7210 kHz (Mo/We/Fr-Su English; Tu Belarussian; Th German) 0230-0300 1170, 5970, 7210 kHz (Mo English; Tu-Sa Belarussian; Su German) 1900-1930 1170, 7105, 7210 kHz (Belarussian) 1930-2000 1170, 7105, 7210 kHz (Mo Belarussian; Tu/Th English; We/Sa/Su German; Fr Russian) 2000-2030 1170, 7105, 7210 kHz (Mo-Th/Sa Russian; Fr/Su Belarussian) 2030-2100 1170, 7105, 7210 kHz (Mo Belarussian; Tu/Th English; We/Sa/Su German; Fr Russian) Address: ul. Krasnaya 4, 220807, Minsk, Belarus Fax: + (375-17) 284 85 74. Phone: +(375-17) 239 58 31, 239 58 32, 239 58 75 Web: http://www.tvr.by (Sergei Alekseichik, Hrodna, Belarus, via Kvadrat, via Signal June 22, via DXLD) ** BOUGAINVILLE. See PAPUA NEW GUINEA ** BRAZIL. Depois de muito tempo, a Rádio Brasil, de Campinas(SP), voltou a ser sintonizada em Porto Alegre(RS). Foi em 21 de junho, às 1007, na freqüência de 4785 kHz. Foi ouvida a identificação: "ZYG 857, emissora da Rádio Brasil, ondas tropicais de 4785 kHz". Em seguida, foi ao ar programa de variedades, apresentado por Carlos, que anunciou eventos sociais que ocorreriam em Campinas (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. Será que a Rádio Anhangüera, de Araguaína(TO), deixou de retransmitir a programação da Rede Somzoom Sat? A emissora foi captada, em Porto Alegre(RS), em 19 de junho, às 0138, em 4905 kHz. Apresentava programa religioso, com participação de ouvintes, por telefone e carta. A recepção era sofrível, mas deu para entender que o programa era patrocinado pela "Padaria Belém, do nosso irmão Paulo!" No sítio da Rede Somzoom, a Anhangüera permanece listada como afiliada (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. Aqui vai o horário de transmissão da Rádio Educação Rural, emissora de Campo Grande(MS), em 4755 kHz: das 0700 às 0300. Foi captada, em Porto Alegre(RS), em 20 de junho, encerrando a programação às 0300 (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. A Rádio Nacional da Amazônia está emitindo, novamente, na freqüência de 11780 kHz, em 25 metros, devido ao excelente trabalho da equipe de engenheiros da Radiobrás. Eles estudaram e colocaram em prática um sistema onde os velhos transmissores, que esquentavam muito, recebem boa refrigeração. O trabalho chamou a atenção dos professores da Universidade de Brasília. E o trabalho da Radiobrás não ficou só nisso. Além de economizar 8 milhões de dólares no conserto de 3 transmissores, a direção resolveu alugar um deles para a Rádio Senado. Resultado: recebeu um milhão de reais, de adiantamento. Com o dinheiro, restaurou seus 3 transmissores. As interessantes informações são do presidente da estatal, Carlos Zarur, em depoimento prestado em audiência pública, realizada na Comissão da Amazônia da Câmara Federal, no mês de maio (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. A Câmara dos Deputados poderá ter sua rádio de ondas curtas. A proposta foi apresentada pela direção da Radiobrás aos deputados. A freqüência seria em 25 metros. O acordo seria igual ao que foi estabelecido com o Senado, que já emite sua programação em 5990 kHz, em 49 metros. A Radiobrás pede adiantamento de valor, com o qual consertaria mais 2 transmissores. Entretanto, num primeiro momento, o Departamento Técnico da Câmara rejeitou a oferta (Célio Romais, Brasil, @tividade DX June 23 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. For some weeks, tried to listen to a new DX-related (?) broadcast Além Fronteiras, of Rádio Canção Nova. It must be on the air on Saturdays, 2130-2300, on 4825, 6105, and 9675 kHz. This year, 9675 does propagate, but is subject to much QRM. Radio Cairo (in Yoruba) dominates on 9675 kHz before 2159. After that moment, Portuguese talks are audible, covered by an Arabic voice for a minute, till 2200. The latter must be Saudi Arabia. DW in Indonesian comes with a splatter from 9670 kHz, starting at 2200. RAI interval signal appears at 2230, but it does not cause any inconvenience. Then, at 2250, DW signs off, and Rádio Canção Nova can be heard with fair quality for 10 minutes. At 2300 Chinese CNR1 joins the company on 9675 (Vladimir Kovalenko, Tomsk, Russia, Signal June 22 via DXLD) ** CANADA [and non]. U.S. has rung wrong number on phone history, MPs say. Follow up on U.S. HOUSE DECLARES BELL DID NOT INVENT TELEPHONE MOTION NAMING BELL AS TRUE INVENTOR PASSES By OLIVER MOORE, Globe and Mail Update Jun. 22 OTTAWA (CP) - Canada is fighting back in the long-distance war of words with the Americans over who invented the telephone. Just before rising for the summer break yesterday, the House of Commons passed a motion officially recognizing Alexander Graham Bell as the true inventor of the telephone. The move came after the U.S. Congress passed a resolution declaring Italian-American Antonio Meucci as the inventor. Heritage Minister Sheila Copps says Bell was a visionary, calling him "an inspiring example of a Canadian inventor who ... contributed to the advancement of knowledge and the progress of humanity." Bell, a Scot who came to Brantford, Ont., in 1870 with his parents, has long been recognized as the person who invented the telephone there. His revolutionary device was patented in the United States in 1876. Bell also carried out extensive experiments with kites, boats and hydrofoils at Baddeck, N.S., where he had a summer home. He died at Baddeck in 1922. The U.S. resolution was an expression of opinion by Congress and does not carry legal weight. But many saw the declaration as an American attempt to rewrite history. "In the past number of years, historical records and scholarly research have concluded that Meucci was the original inventor of the telephone, long before Bell," said Craig Donner, a spokesperson for Vito Fossella, the U.S. congressman who authored the resolution. The resolution says Meucci gave notice of an impending patent on his early phone in 1871, but couldn't afford the $10 to renew it in 1874. If he had, it goes on, Bell would not have been granted his patent two years later (via Brian Smith, ODXA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CHINA. I have contact the office of the director of Fujian PBS. They tell me their station will verify reception reports from foreign listener. You and your DX friends could send the report to me, and I will deliver it to them. My address: Mr. Wu Dong, Distribution Dept. Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, Fuzhou Branch 30/F., Ping An Building, No.88, Wuyi Zhong Road Fuzhou, Fujian Province, P. R. China, 350005 My email: dxfans@hotmail.com P.S. Fujian EBS belongs to Fujian PBS indeed. (Danny Wu, China, June 21, dxing.info via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. La Voz de su Conciencia: Siguiendo con la investigaciòn sobre los 6064.4 les cuento que durante las últimas noches he captado la identifiación de la emisora así: "... En emisiones de prueba, transmite 6065 La Voz de su Conciencia desde ??? para el mundo..." El lugar que menciona me parece un poco raro y no quiero mencionarlo hasta que no lo tenga confirmado. Así también ayer sábado presentaron un programa que era conducido por dos personas con acento extranjero sobre la tan anhelada paz en mi país; mencionaron que escribiendo al Apartado Aéreo 95300 de Bogotá, a vuleta de correo se recibiría el folleto "Rescate a su Familia". El apartado es de la librería Colombia para Cristo. El colega Jerry Berg a través del amigo Henrik Klemetz me hace llegar unos enlaces a la página de Colombia para Cristo donde aparecen algunas fotos de la misión y del operador de la radio; cabe anotar que esta región es de fuerte presencia guerrillera y paramilitar y es de mucho valor montar un proyecto como lo es una radio en un lugar como así. http://gloriastendal.tripod.com/colombiaparacristo/ http://hometown.aol.com/gstendal/StendalHome.html (Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia, June 23, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Hoy Lunes a las 0725 UT en la frecuencia 6064.7 logré captar en forma muy clara la señal que sale por esta frecuencia. Como ya lo informó el colega Rafael, se identifica como: La Voz de tu Conciencia. Por mi parte la identificación completa escuchada por mí dice lo siguiente: ``Transmite 6065 La Voz de tu Conciencia, en transmisiones de prueba, desde Bonaire para el Mundo.`` A esta hora estaban con programación religiosa. Si algún colega está interesado en este sonido con mucho gusto se lo podemos enviar por este medio. Atte: (José Elías, Venezuela, June 24, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Bonaire? = un lugar dentro de Colombia? See below (gh, DXLD) I have been checking this one, which looks to me like 6064.54. At my QTH they can be hrd early evenings and post-midnight. I found them at arnd 2330 Jun 18, all Colombian-style mx with very brief anmts--just a few wrds, seemingly bible references--after every few songs (roughly every 15-20 mins.). Strength just so-so at this hour, but improving until blocked at 0100 by WYFR on fqy. PWBR says WYFR leaves fqy at 0430, and I did find the "unid." in the clear at 0510 Jun 20 with the same format--local instrumentals and vocals with very brief anmts by man, tho more frequent at his hour, roughly every 6-10 mins. Signal strength was pretty good, and improved over time. At 0654 they switched format and began what appeared to be a religious prgm, mostly low-key studio talk, a little piano mx at the start, an echoey service briefly at another point, but not a big production item. This went on until 0724, when they gave what may have been a prgm ID: "A la verdad . . . la verdad, transmite . . . La Voz de . . . en . . . el mundo, para el mundo." Some more talking, then back to the mx-and-brief-anmts format arnd 0730. My tape recorder stopped at 0920 and they were still on, same format. I notice that there is a website for "Colombia Para Cristo" http://gloriastendal.tripod.com/colombiaparacristo/ and a linked URL of the Stendal family http://hometown.aol.com/gstendal/StendalHome.html which, under "Russell and Marina," makes reference to "Russell" running a 24 hr. Christian radio stn in the SE plains of Colombia "which reaches into an area that is mostly guerrilla controlled, but also reaches some drug traffickers and some paramilitary." Link to the pictures doesn't work. Don't know if this has any connection with this stn or not. -- Hrd again at 0645-1000 Jun 23, decent strength, again mostly mx-and- short-anmts, seemingly Bible references, but a brief "ID" at 0700: "A la verdad, todo la verdad. Transmite [seis mil-?] . . . La Voz de la . . . en . . . prueba, desde . . . para el mundo." Then religious talk, back to mx-and-anmts. Still going at 1000, tho going out quickly by then (Jerry Berg, MA, DX-plorer via DXLD) Thanks to two clips submitted by Jerry Berg, who is hearing station around 0700 with prerecorded programs, I have been able to work out a preliminary transcription of what sounds like their canned ID: ``La pregunta a través de los siglos, desde los tiempos de Poncio Pilato, ¿qué cosa es la verdad? (...) usted. (...) un nuevo concepto, y su precio. (......) A la verdad, sobre la verdad, transmite Seis mil sesenta y cinco [6065], La Voz de la Conciencia, en emisiones de prueba, desde el aire, para el mundo``. To Rafael Rodríguez, who has heard the ID at other times of the day, it sounds more like La Voz de su Conciencia, and considering this possibility, I believe he could be perfectly right on that one. The ending tag, ``desde el aire``, as well as the whole ID, is absolutely uncommon, so other interpretations would also be possible. Whatever the actual transmitter site, I would like to add that here was an SIL missionary station (Summer Institute of Linguistics) at Lomalinda, Puerto Llera, Meta department until 1995 when it was closed following harassments from the Farc guerilla. They have murdered one of the American missionaries, while others have been abducted and eventually liberated, with or without payment of ransom. If the transmission is from this area, it would be surprising to expect any further on-the-air clues to the actual location, as the Farc guerillas have shown that they are totally opposed to all churches, especially if evangelical. In areas under guerilla control, especially on the Llanos east of the Cordillera, practically all churches have been ordered to close down. In a perilous, warlike context like this, sending out veries to foreign listeners becomes a rather secondary issue. But who knows, perhaps the supporting organization, Colombia para Cristo, with offices in Bogotá, might care for some DXing extravaganza. [Later:] I have been pursuing further info related to the presumed Colombian on 6064.5. Here are my findings. I have had the chance to listen to Jose Elias Diaz' recording from yesterday morning at 0725, and on it there is no doubt they say ``La Voz de tu Conciencia`` and ``desde Bonaire``. However, Rafael Rodríguez, in Bogotá, says he has been hearing ``su``, ``mi`` and ``la`` on other occasions. If ``desde Bonaire`` means from Bonaire, in the Netherlands Antilles, Jose Elías, who lives in Barcelona, Venezuela, would most certainly be in a position to hear the station during the day from his home QTH. Well, I asked him if he could, but his answer was negative. As Rafael Rodríguez, on the other hand, says that he can hear the station all day long from his QTH in Bogotá, this would certainly be consistent with the previously suggested QTH of Puerto Lleras, in Meta, especially as he has been hearing a local ID for the Puerto Lleras AM station called Radio Alcaravan. (A similarly sounding ID – Sistema Radial Alcarabanga - had been reported previously by Björn Malm, in Quito, Ecuador). On the ``Colombia para Cristo`` webpage Rafael has found a mention of a family ranch called Bonaire, located on the outskirts of Puerto Lleras. He has also been in contact with a bookshop in Bogotá, whose phone number has been mentioned on the air. When the representative heard Rafael play Jose Elías` audio file on the phone, she said that Bonaire was the station location at the outset. Today they were at Lomalinda, which is the place where the Summer Institute of Linguistics were housed until withdrawing from Colombia in 1995 as a result of threats from the guerrilla. For reports, Rafael obtained the following email address Colombia-para-Cristo@neutel.co However, Rafael thinks the second part of the address should be @neutel.com.co instead. I hope this info will prove helpful. Thanks to Jerry Berg, Rafael Rodríguez, José Elías Díaz for their help, and Björn Malm for discovering the UNID station in the first place (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, June 24, dxing.info via DXLD) ** CONGO DR [non]. GABON/CONGO [tentative] 9770: What is the African station I heard yesterday and today opening at 1600 in vernacular on 9770.0? They are in the clear until co/channel VOA Phil carrier appears 1648 approx. Same station believed heard at 1843 re-check in French, quite strong, with lots of references to Congo and Congolais, to eventual 1900 s-off. I could hear a station on 9770 from about 1600 but the signal here is very very weak and unusable. I have now found a listing in the current DSWCI DBS May 2002: 9770 500 kW GAB RTV Nationale Congolaise, Kinshasa, via Moyabi 0400- 0600, 1600-1900. I guess this is the broadcast being heard. I believe I can recollect reading something about it but not any loggings. 9770 - this one signs on at 1600 and has now been heard to s-off with anthem??? at 1900. I hear it but splash from V of Russia 9775 is too strong here for a clear copy. The language is mostly French with some vernaculars - and typical African music. It matches the listing in the DSWCI DBS for a Moyabi broadcast of Kinshasa - maybe a satellite fed relay? It is also listed for an 0400-0600 broadcast. I can't hear Sri Lanka on 9770 currently - and CRI hasn`t been heard either. VOA PHL is active 1700-1800 Mon-Fri only and VOA KAV daily from 1800 - in English. Olle - do you know if CRI is still using 9770 at 1600 for their sce in Hakka 1600-1657? I couldn`t hear their IS when the above signal appeared (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 21/23 via DXLD) Also SLBC Ekala-SLK-CLN is registered there til 1630 UT. 9770 1230-1630 41 EKA 100 350 1234567 3103-271002 CLN SLB SLB (BC-DX) ** COSTA RICA. TIDGS seems to be off frequency, below nominal 11870 at 2352 UT June 23 (George S. Thurman, IL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yes, I put him very close to 11869 (gh, OK, DXLD) ** EL SALVADOR. 72.5 MHZ MUSIC CHANNEL For a long time I was looking for the exact frequency of the ambient music channel called "Tele Onda Musical" here in San Salvador, El Salvador, because I only have an analog receiver for this band (72-76 MHz) but yesterday I read an old newspaper with the notifications of some frequencies to be renewed by the government regulator organization (the publications is law mandatory) and this includes 72.5 MHz as "Servicio de música por suscripción" I think this could be a good frequency to listen to during the Es opening to Central America; listed with 3.5 kW. Regards (Humberto Molina, San Salvador, El Salvador, June 24, WTFDA topica list via DXLD) May still be imprecise; how about a couple more decimals? ** GUAM [and non]. The Jim Bohannon Show is about the only general- interest national talk show we can stomach, and have listened off and on for years. Altho he has strong opinions, he is glib, clever and tries to be fair and civil to callers. Fortunately, in Enid, Jimbo is on KGWA-960 (usually; except when the automation screws up, i.e. some human misprograms it). He`s allegedly on hundreds of stations, but no thorough listing is available, it seems, as Westwood One considers that info proprietary. Jimbo has never had a website of any quality, but it was improved somewhat in the last year: http://www.jimbotalk.com There is an admittedly incomplete list of affiliates. I looked thru them trying to find one, just one station that webcasts him live UT Tue-Sat at 0206-0459. Several stations on the list, once one finds their websites (not linked, and not always obvious), do not show him on their schedule, if any, currently. Worse, some that do show him, no longer carry him, in the few cases where we could also get a webcast. That is so with WNDB Daytona Beach, which we thought a good candidate, and entered into MONITORING REMINDERS. But someone else is now on in that timeslot. Finally, the very last station mentioned, K57, in of all places, Guam (whatever its real calls may be), has a working webcast, http://www.radiopacific.com/k57/24hrs.ram and he is on the posted schedule, but long delayed till local evening 11 pm-2 am in the UT plus 10 timezone. So we`re waiting to confirm whether Jimbo really can be heard UT Tue-Fri at 1306-1559 – and the Friday evening show is longer delayed until the following Sunday at 1405-1659. A few years ago, Bohannon was on a fair number of 50 kW clearchannel blowtorches, but one is hard pressed to find him now in the evening live slot, tuning across the AM band. Trouble is, he is an `extreme moderate`, and stations want the far right, the wacky, or the filthy dirty instead. Most of Jimbo`s affiliates are in small towns or cities, where a few stations are glad to have network access to some quality talk in the evening. A few bigger stations may still be carrying him in the middle of the night as on the schedule. The website has been promising guest previews for months, but none show up yet, tho if you want to know who guested on a certain night two years ago, that info is to be had. Yes, we`ve complained to the webmaster about all this, but suspect no one is there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN. TEHRAN BEGINS HEBREW BROADCASTS. The Islamic Republic News Agency announced on 10 June that Iran would begin a 30-minute daily Hebrew-language shortwave radio program called the "Voice of Davud" on 11 June. IRNA explained that the program is meant to "provide accurate information to peoples and oppose the one-sided news monopoly." Tehran also supports the Voice of the Palestinian Islamic Revolution and the Voice of the Al-Aqsa Intifada from Tehran. The two radio stations use Iranian radio's external-service transmitters and broadcast on frequencies that also carry Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting's Arabic programs. These stations carry pro-Intifada commentary, glorify violence against Israel, and encourage future acts of "resistance." The Voice of Davud appears to be different from these other services in some aspects. AP writer Brian Murphy reported from Tehran on 11 June that the new Iranian broadcasts mark an effort to "bypass politics and reach out to Israelis and others," and the first Voice of Davud broadcast lacked the usual anti-Israeli diatribes. Indeed, that program contained items about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Washington, about Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank, and an interview with a Jewish Iranian. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting website's (http://www.irib.com) outline of the Voice of Davud, on the other hand, accused Tel Aviv of "racial discrimination and cruelty to the real owners of occupied Palestine" and appealed to "freedom-loving" Israelis to open discussions about "justice, friendship, and security." "By this radio we try to show the real face of the liars -- those who play a lot of tricks on the Jews in order to bring and settle them in the bloody ruins which used to be Palestinian homes," the website message said, according to AP's Murphy. ("RFE/RL Iran Report," 17 June via RFE/RL Media Matters June 21 via DXLD) Consistently above spelt DAVUD, as in original BBCM item we figured was a typo. Is the name spelt with a U in Hebrew and/or Farsi? Of course, vowels are variable/optional in such languages. However, in English on the homepage http://www.irib.com it is DAVID, and they even offer audio, ``Latest Archive of Hebrew`` at http://www.irib.com/WorldService/Archive/ram/heb627.ram I suppose the number may change; if date-keyed, it`s futurely (Glenn Hauser, June 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISRAEL. From israelradio.org : OVERSEAS BROADCASTING CONTINUES The Israel Broadcasting Authority had announced on March 24 that overseas broadcasting would end on March 31, 2002 but following a large number of protests the deadline was at first extended and now it has been decided by newly appointed Director-General Yosef Bar-el to continue the service including by shortwave. Some schedule changes will take place on July 1 and details will be provided here in the coming days. [Later:] Regarding the July 1st 'schedule changes' - this is due to a domestic move of foreign language radio news broadcasts of off REKA. I would think that Russian and Amharic would remain on REKA – but I'm waiting for confirmation on that one. Those were the sole two languages broadcast when REKA was created over ten years ago. REKA stands for "The Network for Immigrant Absorption." Russians and Ethiopians are two major groups of immigrants. The network was started within days of the immigration of thousands of Ethiopians to Israel. (Later: BTW, I was told that Russian and Amharic would be the languages remaining on REKA.) The decision of the meeting on June 20 was (as you can see, they haven't finalized things yet): Reshet Alef to host: 0700-0730 Israel Time (0400 UT/Midnight Eastern) English and French (as it currently does) Up to 60 minutes at lunch time for French, English and Spanish but exact time is still being discussed and MAY be 1400-1500 Israel Time (1100 UT, 7 AM Eastern) Up to 60 minutes in evening (Israel Time) for French and English time not yet decided but will depend on final time of English TV news. Other languages from REQA to go to Reshet Moreshet (the 'Heritage Network') 88.5 FM (Ladino, Moghrabi, Romanian, Hungarian, Yiddish etc). [Later2:] I've now heard that the continuation of Shortwave is now official (a letter has been sent to Bezeq from the IBA). The network changes will now probably be on July 21 and not July 1 (Daniel Rosenzweig, June 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISRAEL. http://www.jpost.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1023716539704 NIGHTLY ENGLISH NEWS FROM ISRAEL PREMIERES TUESDAY By GIL HOFFMAN, Jun. 23, 2002 Israel's long awaited Arabic-English international satellite network is set to première on Tuesday, featuring a half-hour English news program broadcast nightly at 8 pm Israel time. [1700 UT] The network will be available via satellite throughout the Middle East and Europe on the same French satellite that broadcasts Al- Jazeera and other top Arabic networks. The broadcasts can be picked up throughout North Africa, the Gulf States, Iraq, and as far north in Europe as Scandinavia. The IBA hopes to eventually run the entire program live, but initially, the broadcasts will open with a news update followed by a retransmission of the 15-minute IBA English news that will be continued to be aired locally on Channel 1 at 6:15. For the remaining time in the broadcast, the program will air special interviews and in-depth features that will not be shown locally. IBA diplomatic correspondent Leah Zinder is set to anchor the maiden broadcast. Eight hours of daily Arabic broadcasts will begin at 2 pm Tuesday with a broadcast of the World Cup semifinal and will feature Arabic movies, dramas, and cultural programs. Some English language broadcasts will be interspersed into the programming, but not locally produced. Minister-Without-Portfolio Ra'anan Cohen, the minister responsible for enforcing the IBA Law, emphasized in Sunday's cabinet meeting that the news broadcasts would be high quality and not propaganda. The IBA has invested a NIS 97 million budget in the project at a time when cuts are being made in local news broadcasts and contracts are being restructured. International viewers should point their satellite dishes to the satellite "Hotbird 3" at 13 degrees east. The channel is at 12220 megahertz. The polarity of the reception is horizontal, with a 6161 symbol rate from the symbol 3/4 FEC. The channel is called "Channel 3 Arabic IBA TV." The network will be available locally on Arutzei Zahav and Matav's channel 100 and Tevel's channel 810 (via Daniel Rosenzweig, DXLD) The 8 PM TV news is mostly a recording of the Channel 1 news at 6:15 due to the current issue of staffing. The IBA doesn't want to hire new people, and the current staff doesn't want to produce the new shows also. So, at the moment at least, we're getting a recorded 8 PM broadcast (Daniel Rosenzweig, June 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KYRGYZSTAN. Ibrahim Rustamov in Tajikistan managed to (re-)discover the English program of Kyrgyz State Radio: 0200-0220 on 4010 kHz + MW/FM. This is part of the home service program 1 (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, BC-DX Jun 20 via DXLD) ** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI, 9515, 24th June, 1300. News in English by woman. Closing announcement at 1307 by man. Good signal. 9515 is QSY from 11675 kHz. Schedule via closing annt as follows. 1650-1750 6095 1750-1850 11725 1850-2215 15160 2215-0500 17675 0500-0700 11820 0700-1100 9885 1100-1300 9515 Beamed to Bougainville and Solomon Isl. (Masahiro Umemura, Japan, JH9RUI, BC-DX Jun 24 via DXLD) ** OKLAHOMA. Superseding application to move KGYN 1210 Guymon to Oklahoma City is this: application to move city of license to Tulsa, OK, for this 50000/10000 U4 facility (FCC via Buffalo K. Foonman and his imaginary friend Jerry Starr, AM Switch, NRC DX News June 24 via DXLD) So much for news-talk KTOK OKC getting on that transmitter. However, the further east the better, still nulling toward Philadelphia. This way they could cover both Tulsa and OKC -- and Enid without ``forgetting`` to go to night pattern (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [and non]. 3325: They're back on the Island of Bougainville. They were audible last night (June 23 from fadein around 0800 until Palangkaraya overwhelmed their signal). Also audible for the first time in several months (here) was 3385 RENB. Other PNG bandscan included (at 1000-1200) were 2410, 3204.92, 3235, 3245, 3275, possibly!-> 3290 R Central - playing PNG music but with poor audio and 2 utes cochannel - mark this one as only tentative, 3305 R Western, 3315, 3355 (Simbu, with an excellent signal), 3365 (only early around 0830-0900, not even a het after 0930), het only on 3375 (never resolved to audio), 3905, 4890. Not heard - 3220 (there was a nice HCJB program on, however until 1000.), 3260, 3335, 3345, 3395 Pacific Bandscan: (various times 0730-1000) Australia 4835, 4910, (5025 under Rebelde) until 0829 then sudden switch to 2310, 2325, 2485. Vanuatu 7260.84 under heavy ham QRM 0830 Solomon Islands 5019.9 fadein at 0730 and on until 1330+ New Zealand RRS 3935 0730-0840+ (Don Nelson, Oregon, SWBC via DXLD) 3220 Morobe is back on, so is 3290 R Central. Most stations into extended format with election results. Many of the stations of PNG are on late their evening times June 24 with election results (most usually sign off at 10:00 pm local time, 1200 UT). Likely this will continue for a few more days as the results are tabulated. Here's a few of the more interesting: 3220, R Morobe 1144-1218 Pop PNG music, then into parallel news feed with 4890 at 1200. At end of the news at 1210 into program with feed from // 4890 with F speaking on responsibilities of new government. At 1217 M with numbers of votes cast and election polling currently underway. Nice to see this one back on (not noted for past few days) 3290, R Central 1144-1210 Pop Western music, mixed with PNG String Band music. Off air with no announcements suddenly during mid-song at 1210 (transmitter carrier gone). 3305, R Western 1144-1225 Pop PNG music, into news feed // 4890 at ToH, then back into pop music program at conclusion of news at 1210. At 1220 suddenly left the music format, and into M with vote cast results // 4899 and 3220. This was results reported by Radio Western. 3355, R Simbu 1144-1202 Pop PNG Music, into sign off and usual anthem at 1202 Surprised that they did not cover the election results. 3275, R S Highlands 1202-1219 Surprised to see this one on after its normal signoff at 1200. Mixture of Pop W Music. Surprisingly, 3385 which was very strong on 23 June 0830-1200, was not heard this evening (Don Nelson, OR, June 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3290, R Central, 0943 June 21, MA with talk in Pidgin English at fair level, noted 21st only. Seems to be an irregular operation. Thanks to Chris Hambly who reported this one a week ago (Paul Ormandy, Oamaru, New Zealand, Host of The South Pacific DX Report, http://radiodx.com DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 4677.5, R Paz Perú Internacional, (tentative) 0433 June 21, poor signal with light non-descript music, announcements muffled and lower level than music. Gone by 0453 re-tune. Thanks to Björn Malm who noted them on a slightly higher freq; wonder if they moved to avoid Paitití? (Paul Ormandy, Oamaru, New Zealand, Host of The South Pacific DX Report, http://radiodx.com DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. AGREEMENT PAVES WAY FOR RELEASE OF CLASSICAL-MUSIC ARCHIVE After years of legal disputes, many thousands of hours of classical- music performances from Soviet archives have been cleared for commercial release in the West, AP reported on 13 June. Los Angeles- based Pipeline Music intends to release the first 20 compact discs in the series this year. The archives -- which include about 400,000 recordings including performances by pianist Van Cliburn, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, American singer Paul Robeson, and many others - - were discovered in Soviet vaults more than a decade ago, but their legal status has been in doubt ever since. A new agreement between Pipeline and the Russian government has broken the logjam and paved the way for the material to be released. The archives also include a smaller amount of video material, including rare footage of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 14 June via RFE/RL Media Matters June 21 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. Mass Media in Russia (including VoR) OUTLOOK FOR NEWS MEDIA MARKET IN RUSSIA According to Russia's Minister for Press and Information Mikhail Lessin, the trend toward less state interference in the news media will continue but all related decisions must be weighed and consistent. Mr Lessin was summing up a recent conference in Moscow devoted to the media industry and expected reforms. More details from reporter Lada Korotun. Russia now has some 3,000 television and broadcasting companies and about 33,000 print media. Internet publishing is also gaining momentum. In every large city there are ten or more TV and broadcasting stations, and scores of newspapers and magazines are published. As for the future, Minister Lessin promises the media market will be regulated by nothing but competition very soon, but he fixes no date. Asked about prospects for the Voice of Russia, which broadcasts in 32 languages to 160 countries and regions, Mr. Lessin said: Since the Voice of Russia is the mouthpiece of Russia and has a social task, it will develop under the eye of the state. To this Mr. Lessin's assistant, Mikhail Seslavinsky, adds: Broadcasting to foreign countries is probably the one news media area which in all countries is government-financed. It pursues important government objectives. On the one hand, it popularizes the cultural values and language of our country, and has political objectives too. On the other hand, it provides a link with the homeland for max [sic] compatriots of our who are scattered all over the world. So the Russian Federation believes the Voice of Russia broadcasting Co. must continue to develop. It sees this as a priority. 06/21/2002 Source: http://www.VoR.ru (via Sergei Sosedkin, DXLD) Name is normally spelt LESIN, e.g. in RFE/RL Media Matters (gh, DXLD) ** SERBIA: FORMER RTS BOSS JAILED FOR 10 YEARS OVER NATO BOMBING 21 June 2001 Former head of Radio Television Serbia (RTS), Dragoljub Milanovich, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for failing to order staff to be evacuated on the night of 23 April 1999 when NATO bombed the RTS building in Serbia. 16 members of staff were killed, and 16 others injured. A court in Belgrade found that Milanovich had failed to act despite being aware that the building could be targeted, and that loss of life would inevitably result. Milanovich said he was "not surprised" at the sentence (© Radio Netherlands Media Network June 21 via DXLD) ** SLOVAKIA. 5670, 0200 Radio Slovakia Int'l, Rimavska Sobota, IS and ID. French 243 18/06. Mixing 5930 kHz x 2 minus 6190 kHz = 5670 kHz (Graham Powell, Wales, Online Logbook, via Tim Bucknall, harmonics yahoogroup via DXLD) ** TAHITI. I understand there is no more SW from here, but how about DXing Tahiti on MW? (gist of inquiry by Duane W8DBF Fischer, MI, swl via DXLD) AFAIK, there is only one MW frequency there, 738, or at least the only one commonly DXed --- if you`re on the west coast, as far as possible from KCBS. But in Michigan it would be quite a challenge. This figures in the March Grayland WA DXpedition report in June 24 NRC DX News: R. Tahiti, Papeete, 1218 24 Mar. Fair audio; man in French briefly dominant over the splatter; also with fair signal 1300 24 Mar, news in French (Nick Hall-Patch) Papeete, 0554 3/24, loud with island music, woman in Tahitian (Bruce Portzer) RFO Mahina, Mar 22 0750, fair; discussion in French, het against 740 KCBS San Francisco, at 0910 an improving signal (Bruce Conti) RFO Tahiti Papeete, Mar 16 0930, noted here nightly throughout the DXpedition, sometimes at good levels (John Bryant) (via gh, DXLD) ** TAIWAN. CHINA : Not 'New Star BC Station' but 'Star Star Radio Station' The name of numbers station in Taiwan is not New Star Broadcasting Station but Star Star radio station. I sent an e-mail to this station and received a following reply from the station on Apr. 22. (T. Yamashita, Japan, Jun 20, 2001 for CRW) From: "win win" [ w2789@hotmail.com ] To: Toru Yamashita Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 6:52 PM Subject: Re: YOUR STATION'S NAME Dear Mr. Toru, Thanks for your e-mail dated on 15th April. It is great to know you are interested in our program. We are ``Star Star radio station`` and our current subject is issues of APEC between Taiwan & Mainland China. If you have any information of it, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, we would to know more details about you before we offer further proposal to you. We are very appreciated it we could send your resume to us. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Star Star (Toru Yamashita's webpage for the Asian Broadcasting Institute ABI can be found at http://www.246.ne.jp/~abi CRW) (Clandestine Radio Watch June 30 via DXLD) OK, but this needs a bit further explanation. Is the confusion a translation problem? What is the actual name in Chinese? And what is APEC? How does this fit in with numbers transmissions?? (gh, DXLD) ** U K. TORIES PROPOSE PAY-PER-VIEW BBC IN RADICAL SHAKE-UP PA 06/19 1442 By Andrew Woodcock, Political Correspondent, PA News Conservatives today laid out a radical plan for the future funding of the BBC which would see the licence fee cut dramatically and viewers asked to pay for some services. Under the scheme, the licence fee would be retained only to cover a narrowly-defined public service broadcasting element, excluding most sport, entertainment and drama. The BBC would be free to launch subscription or pay-per-view channels to carry programmes deemed not to fall under the public service remit. Outlining the scheme in an article for the Financial Times, shadow culture secretary Tim Yeo said that the licence fee was a relic of a bygone age, unsuited to the modern world of multiple channels and viewer choice. Mr Yeo, who was today addressing a Social Market Foundation conference on the future of public service broadcasting, told the FT: "To ensure the BBC eases rather than obstructs progress, three changes are needed. "Public service broadcasting must be redefined; the BBC must be given freedom to exploit its own powerful brand name and assets; and viewers and listeners must be empowered." Mr Yeo denounced the licence fee, which raises2.2 billion a year for the BBC, as "a compulsory and regressive television tax". It was "astonishing" that Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell - also due to address today's conference - appeared to have ruled out any changes to the licence fee when the BBC's charter came up for renewal in 2006, he said. The existence of multiple channels made it "doubtful" whether entertainment programmes could any longer be viewed as forming part of the BBC's public service remit, said Mr Yeo. "Most people would agree that the BBC could carry out its public service responsibilities for a significantly lower sum," he argued. "In return for accepting a cut in the licence fee, the BBC could be released from its present shackles and set free to offer subscription or pay-per-view services. "BBC channels devoted to sport, drama, entertainment, films and many other subjects could be offered to viewers. "Freedom to develop in this way would give the BBC and its customers more opportunities, not fewer, as a result of slimming down its public service role." :: BBC News 24 now attracts more viewers than Sky News in multi- channel homes, according to the latest TV viewing figures. Around 3.8 million viewers each week tuned in to the BBC's rolling news channel during April and May, according to the latest research from Barb, the broadcasting body which monitors viewing figures. Sky News attracted 100,000 less on 3.7 million viewers per week. Roger Mosey, head of BBC television news, said: "These figures represent a massive endorsement of News 24's distinctive programming. No other channel can match the quality, range and depth of our output and viewers are turning to News 24 in increasing numbers." Nick Pollard, head of Sky News said: "If you look back at last week, or last month or last year Sky News has consistently been ahead in terms of share of viewers. The reason the BBC has slightly higher raw figures is because they have a wider distribution on digital and terrestrial as opposed to cable and satellite. They simply have more homes able to view them. "Their viewers watch News 24 for a much shorter period of time. The quality of our output is shown by the fact that Sky News has won all the major TV awards over the past two years." BBC chairman Gavyn Davies dismissed the Tory proposals as unworkable and said they would create a "ghetto channel". Cutting the licence fee would leave the BBC so under-funded that it would be forced to pad out its schedules with cheap programming, while BBC2 would close altogether, he said. Mr Davies told the Social Market Foundation conference that separating public service broadcasting from the channel's sport, entertainment and drama output would not work. "We have always existed to make the good popular and to make the popular good. To try, artificially, to separate the two into two distinct channels would be difficult and damaging. "For example, would the rock concert at Buckingham Palace count as public service, or entertainment? And if the latter, how many would have watched on a subscription channel?" he said. Under the Conservative plan, the millions of viewers who claim they will not choose to have pay channels after analogue switch-off may have to pay to watch the World Cup or EastEnders, Mr Davies said. The lines between entertainment and public service broadcasting are often blurred, he added. Programmes such as EastEnders address serious social issues, while nature documentary The Blue Planet was classed as public service broadcasting but gained such big audiences because the series was trailed and scheduled around entertainment shows. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, who also addressed the conference at Bafta in London's Piccadilly, said she welcomed debate on funding of the BBC but said no-one had yet come up with a viable alternative to the current licence fee system. "Is public service broadcasting going to be scrapped in the next four years? No. Has anyone come up with a formula for replacing the licence fee that would actually work in the circumstances of the next four years? No. "I would be happy to hear genuine proposals for how the BBC could be funded, but this is a well-worn path and I'm not expecting to be surprised," she said. Jowell said the BBC had been a "great servant" to the nation but called for new debate about its future. "The last ten years have seen more change for the BBC than in any decade preceding. It must continue to change. "But that does not mean chasing every commercial opportunity, every development in the commercial TV world," she said. Regarding the issue of regulation of the BBC, she said: "The BBC has great privileges, so must carry the most responsibility. We want light-touch regulation, but the regulatory touch must bear the heaviest on the BBC." (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. The local public affairs program on KRWG-FM, Las Cruces NM, Images, Sats at 2330 UT, June 22 is about a magnet middle school there which has a TV `station` for some time, and just started a `radio station` for the Sierra Middle School students, officially on the air since June 6, `K-Star`, KSTR for Sierra TV and Radio, on 1540 AM. Person in charge is Cissy (sp?) Lujan Pinkham. Not clear about transmitter, power, or license class, but I suspect carrier current or Part 15. This summer is testing with music loops, and liners, adjusting the antenna and claims to be `on the air`, as well as wired around the campus, in preparation for fall term. Meanwhile, some students are getting experience DJ-ing (which means playing records at dances). More student AM stations are planned, such as for high school. She is glad to use AM, rather than face all the competition for LPFM. However, there is some `bleedover`, so close to the Mexican border – meaning interference to, or from? She started the process of applying for LPFM, but had to learn all the FCC regs; took hours to download the FCC application alone. Put in a year of work on this and in the community. The KRWG engineers suggested she try AM instead. Images shows are eventually archived at the KRWG website, and the interview is to be continued at a later date. This one in a couple weeks should be at http://www.krwgfm.org/realaudio/images178.ram (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. My housemate here in the Big O reports to me that he heard both KVWM-970 in Show Low and KDJI-1270 in Holbrook running day power late last night, probably operating with emergency authority because of the fires in eastern Arizona. A good opportunity for those in the western half of the U.S. who don't yet have these two bagged to go after them (Rick Dau, Omaha, NE, June 22, NRC-AM via DXLD) Thanks to Rick Dau's tip earlier today on the NRC list, I've been listening since 8:40 Pacific/11:40 Eastern to KDJI-1270 Holbrook and KVWM-970 in Show Low. They are part of a network of AM and FM stations in eastern Arizona with a single emergency broadcast; the announcer is female with road closure information, location of emergency shelters (one has been set up in Winslow for those with respiratory problems), evacuees are being urged to register with the Red Cross so their families can locate them, etc. KDJI-1270 is well atop the channel here (normally KJUG, KXPS, and XEAZ fight it out there) while KVWM-970 is way under KZTK; IDed via a parallel with KDJI. I'm using the R8B and Quantum Loop tonight. Just heard the emergency action "buzzer" over KDJI-1270; "Vicky Dempsey" believed to be the announcer, residents are being told to evacuate Pine Top and Lakeside and warned to wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants in case they have to go through flames. "Please try to remain as calm as possible. . . . . get in your car and leave immediately." Damn! (Harry Helms, AK6C, Ridgecrest, CA DM15, June 22, NRC-AM via DXLD) All kinds of Emergency comms are on AM here. EAS activated! Female announcer from the Show Low Sheriffs office is on the air. People are being told where to evacuate. Show Low AZ is being evacuated, see 970 AM, Holbrook 1270 is on high power with details. The fire is now at 235,000 acres and going out of control. The towns of Pinedale, Linden, Overgaard all cease to exist and Heber, AZ is about to go. Turn on your radios now! [Later:] These are the stations you can try to hear with this emergency.... 970 KVWM Show Low, AZ 1270 KDJI Holbrook, AZ 1450 KVSL Show Low, AZ These are all networked now with evacuation news. 550 KFYI Phoenix, AZ has coverage that blankets the state with its own news coverage of the fire disaster (Kevin Mesa, Arizona, June 22, amfmtvdx via DXLD) On 1270, KDJI in Holbrook, AZ, is carrying live, constant evacuation and emergency instructions regarding the major fires there. Kevin Redding tells me that KVWM-970 was signing off due to the evacuation of Show Low, AZ. There is some radio which performs a public service left ( --Rick Lewis, AZ, ibid.) 1270 KDJI AZ Holbrook - 6/23 0147 - Good signal with special coverage of the wildland fires in the area. Issued several warnings, lists of evacuation centers, and plea for donation of personal hygiene items. Mentioned that they were staying on full power 24 hours a day during the emergency (Patrick Griffith, Westminster, CO Drake R-8 and Kiwa loop, June 23, NRC-AM via DXLD) I truly am one that finds Clear Channel disgusting. Now that I said this, I will tell you that the best coverage in the Phoenix area has come from Clear Channel station, KFYI 550. They have had more coverage than any station in the state other than the stations in the immediate area. I can't complain about Clear Channel this time. They have done a great job. The most intense coverage is from KZUA 92.1 Holbrook, KRFM 96.5 Show Low, KDJI 1270 Holbrook, KVWM 970 Show Low, and KVSL 1450 Show Low. These stations are all owned by the same company and run the same programming. Bitch all you want about Clear Channel, there is much to complain about but there is nothing to complain about this time. They have done a magnificent job with their coverage on KFYI (Kevin Redding, Mesa, Arizona, June 24, WTFDA via DXLD) ** U S A. SB QST @ ARL $ARLB038 ZCZC AG38 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 38 ARLB038 From ARRL Headquarters, Newington CT June 24, 2002 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB038 ARLB038 General Communications Emergency Declaration On June 24, 2002, under the authority of Section 97.401 of the Federal Communications Commission's Rules and Regulations [47 C.F.R. Part 97] a General Communications Emergency is declared to exist in Arizona requiring the protection of amateur emergency communication frequencies. Amateurs are required to refrain from using 7265 kHz (daytime), and 3990 kHz (night time) plus or minus 3 kHz unless they are taking part in the handling of emergency traffic. This order is effective immediately until rescinded but may be as long as 14 days. Arlan K Van Doorn, Senior Advisor for Public Safety Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC. W1AW will discontinue its 3990 kHz phone bulletin, transmitted daily at 0145z, until the declaration is rescinded. NNNN /EX (via Bill Smith, W5USM, and John Norfolk, DXLD) ** U S A. SATERN TAKES THE LEAD AS ARIZONA AMATEURS SUPPORT WILDFIRE RESPONSE NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 24, 2002 --- As a massive wildfire continues to threaten several communities in Arizona, Amateur Radio operators are pitching in to assist responding agencies. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has taken on the job of coordinating communications during the emergency. ARRL Arizona Section Manager Cliff Hauser, KD6XH, says hams are supporting Red Cross facilities in Flagstaff, Holbrook and Phoenix. Effective immediately, the FCC has declared a communications emergency and ordered amateurs not involved in handling emergency traffic to stay clear of 7265 kHz during daylight hours and 3990 kHz after dark, plus or minus 3 kHz. The FCC said its order sequestering 7265 and 3990 kHz for emergency traffic could remain in effect for as long as two weeks. ARRL Maxim Memorial Station W1AW, which normally transmits its bulletins on 3990, has suspended operation on that frequency until the ban is lifted. Over the weekend, the so-called Rodeo and Chediski fires joined to form a single wildfire that`s now consumed more than 320,000 acres, some on Native American tribal lands and the rest on national forestland. The two fires have destroyed more than 225 structures. More than 2000 firefighters, assisted by aircraft, are battling the flames. Hauser said the Arizona State Emergency Net on 7265 and 3990 is being used extensively for emergency traffic, along with the Cactus Intertie System of VHF/UHF repeaters http://www.cactus-intertie.org/ Operators from the Arizona Amateur Radio Club`s W7IO are on the air at the State Emergency Operations Center in Phoenix, the capital. SATERN has set up stations at Mesa, Winslow and Eager. SATERN Western Territory Coordinator Warren Andreasen, K7CWA, says SATERN is using the call sign W7TSA at its Southwest Division headquarters in Phoenix. The organization has requested assistance from the ARRL, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and other Amateur Radio volunteer resources to help in the emergency. ``Stations coming in will need to be self contained,`` Andreasen said. The Salvation Army is sheltering evacuees at Salvation Army sites in Mesa and Glendale as well as in a sports dome and at high school in Edgar. The number of fire refugees has been estimated to be as high as 30,000. Additionally, The Salvation Army is has been coordinating in-kind goods for the state`s emergency wildfire response and is additionally providing mobile feeding support for the shelters and for fire responders. Nearly all of the 8000 residents of the town of Show Low were evacuated over the weekend. Hauser reports that Dave Eply, N9CZV, who lives in Show Low, has been handling health-and-welfare traffic for those town residents who, despite the warnings, have chosen not to leave. Eply, who works for the local utility company, is staying behind to deal with the emergency. Other communities evacuated were Pinedale, Clay Springs, Linden, Heber, Overgaard, Pinetop, Lakeside, Hon Dah, Forest Lake and Wagon Wheel. SATERN`s Web-based health and welfare information system is active. Those seeking information on Arizona residents possibly affected by the fire emergency may visit the SATERN Web site http://www.satern.org and click on ``Health and Welfare Information Request`` to start the process. (ARRL June 24 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) ** U S A. Anybody know who that C&W station is on 1090 tonight? Seems to be a daytimer running on autopilot with a satellite feed. At midnight EDT there was this non-ID: "Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Italy: we're playing the best variety of country music in world... we are Country Music Radio", then right back to music. Ring any bells for anyone? (Barry McLarnon, Canada, June 24, NRC-AM via DXLD) Barry, Has to be daytimer WJKM in Hartsville, TN. Pulling this trick at night is a way of life for them. Listen for "CMR" mentions. Call letters are very seldom given (Steve Francis, Alcoa, Tennessee, ibid.) I can confirm this is WJKM, Hartsville TN. Legal ID at 1 am CDT, followed a few minutes later by two local ads (and now I'm hearing yet another one as I type at 1:48 am). This is reported as a perennial offender, though this is the first time I personally have heard this semi-local after hours. Completely dominant on the channel here, about 50 miles west of the transmitter (Doug Smith, W9WI, Nashville TN, ibid.) ** U S A. NEW RADAR DETECTORS INTERFERING WITH SMALL SATELLITES © Copyright 2002 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY New model auto radar detectors are interfering with small satellite data systems across the USA, disrupting credit-card transactions at gas pumps, Muzak systems in fast-food outlets and even stock trades. "It's a very large problem for the industry," says Richard Dalbello, executive director of the Satellite Industry Association. Affected are the wide range of businesses that use small dishes to link ATM machines to central databases, supply weather information to private pilots and run paging networks. These services had coexisted peacefully with radar detectors, which operate in a different frequency band. But in the past three years, detector makers have customized their new units for the nearby satellite band to elude more sophisticated police radar guns, which can spot detectors in the old frequencies. Radar detectors are illegal for many commercial vehicles nationwide and for all motorists in Virginia and Washington. The detectors have not been subject to Federal Communications Commission interference limits because, as receivers, they emit a small amount of radio waves that, until recently, were innocuous. Interference problems are sporadic but have spread the past six months with the increasing sales of the latest units, satellite executive say. These models comprise about 20% of the 10 million to 20 million radar detectors on the road, industry officials say. Especially vulnerable are small businesses with low rooftop satellite antennas and heavy traffic from radar detector-toting motorists. Among the main victims: Gas stations. In a filing with the FCC, ChevronTexaco says interference at pay-at-the-pump credit card terminals "can result in lost or incorrect sales." Sometimes retailers do not get paid. Fast-food outlets, convenience stores. Muzak systems have been disrupted at many of its 200,000 retail locations, causing music and advertisements to skip or mute. Small airports. Several private pilots have been unable to get weather updates because of radar detectors in airport employees' cars parked nearby. "The satellite industry is seeing interference in all sectors," including financial service firms that handle stock trades, says Joslyn Read of Hughes Network Systems, a satellite service provider. Radar detector makers say they are switching back to the old frequency, and 73% of newly made units are compliant. They say they will be 100% compliant by January. "We have solved it," says Mitchell Lazarus, lawyer for the Radio Association Defending Airwaves, which represents the makers. But that won't address the millions of offending detectors on the road or on stores shelves. "You poisoned my pond, and now you just want to leave," SIA's Dalbello says. The FCC could order the makers to upgrade the new units more quickly. "We expect to take action very soon," says the FCC's Julius Knapp. But it's unlikely the agency would order a recall, officials say. http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/06/17/radar.htm (via Dave White, DXLD) WTFK?? ** U S A. UPDATE: The clock is ticking and STILL, we just don't know… Although the state legislature met in session again on June 19th, there was no definitive action taken regarding the state budget for FY '03, which begins on July 1st. As a result, WUOT is still in limbo. The WUOT staff appreciates all the calls, letters and emails of support we've received during the past few weeks. (Click here http://www.wuot.org/SaveWUOT.htm to see pictures and read about the rally held recently.) You've let your voices be heard that public radio is important to you and to this community. Now it's up to the legislature and the University. Information about how to contact your representatives is available at the links below. In addition, WUOT listeners may want to send a note to UT's new president, Dr. John W. Shumaker, welcoming him to the University of Tennessee and letting him know that UT Public Radio is important to you. You may write President Shumaker at 831 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (from http://www.wuot.org June 23 via DXLD) ** U S A. The Atlantic Monthly March 2002 Pursuits & Retreats RADIO MISSING PIECES THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING ARIAS AND ADAGIOS by Stephen Budiansky For several years something distinctly odd has been happening to the classical music played on WETA-FM, the National Public Radio station I listen to in Washington, D.C. From time to time I've read complaints that classical stations were "dumbing down" their programming, or playing only the most popular warhorses, or swearing off twentieth- century pieces, but none of those diagnoses ever seemed quite to match the symptoms... http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2002/03/budiansky.htm (via John Wesley Smith, KC0HSB, MO, March 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Gerd Horten, RADIO GOES TO WAR The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II Publication Date: February 2002 Subjects: History; United States History; Media Studies; American Studies; Television and Radio Rights: World 232 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 23 b/w photographs, 2 tables Clothbound: $45.00 0-520-20783-1 £29.95 Available Now "By focusing on the medium of radio during World War II, Horten has provided us with a window into an important change in radio broadcasting that has previously been ignored by historians. The depth of research, the book's contribution to our understanding of radio and the war make Radio Goes to War an outstanding work."-- Lary May, author of The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way "Radio broadcasting, and its impact on American life, still remains a neglected area of our national history. Radio Goes to War demonstrates conclusively how short-sighted that omission is. As we enter what is sure to be another era of contested claims of government control over freedom of speech, the controversies and compromises of wartime broadcasting sixty years ago provide an ominous example of difficult decisions to be made in the future. The alliance of big business, advertising, and wartime propaganda that Horten so convincingly illuminates takes on a heightened significance, especially as this relationship has tightened in the last several decades. When radio and television go to war again, will they follow the same course? This is cautionary reading for our new century."--Michele Hilmes, author of Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952 DESCRIPTION Radio Goes to War is the first comprehensive and in-depth look at the role of domestic radio in the United States during the Second World War. As this study convincingly demonstrates, radio broadcasting played a crucial role both in government propaganda and within the context of the broader cultural and political transformations of wartime America. Gerd Horten's absorbing narrative argues that no medium merged entertainment, propaganda, and advertising more effectively than radio. As a result, America's wartime radio propaganda emphasized an increasingly corporate and privatized vision of America's future, with important repercussions for the war years and the postwar era. Examining radio news programs, government propaganda shows, advertising, soap operas, and comedy programs, Horten situates radio wartime propaganda in the key shift from a Depression-era resentment of big business to the consumer and corporate culture of the postwar period. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction: Radio and the Privatization of War PART I. RADIO NEWS, PROPAGANDA, AND POLITICS DURING WORLD WAR II Chapter 1: Radio News, Propaganda, and Politics: From the New Deal to World War II Chapter 2: Uneasy Persuasion: Government Radio Propaganda, 1941-1943 Chapter 3: Closing Ranks: Propaganda, Politics, and Domestic Foreign- Language Radio PART II. SELLING THE WAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: RADIO ENTERTAINMENT AND ADVERTISING Chapter 4: The Rewards of Wartime Radio Advertising Chapter 5: "Radio Propaganda Must Be Painless": The Comedians Go to War Chapter 6: "Twenty Million Women Can't Be Wrong": Wartime Soap Operas Epilogue: The Privatization of America Notes Index ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gerd Horten is Associate Professor of American History at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon (University of California Press http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9102.html via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** U S A. On a visit to Provincetown in about 1988-89, I tried to stir up Ernie Cooper, but could not find him. Years later I wrote a story about that trip and put it on my website as part of my internet travel book site: Four Corners – A Literary Excursion Across America. It wasn`t long after that Ernie wrote me a nice letter thanking me for the story! He of course had read it by then. The story is still on the web. Type DANPHILLIPS.GO.TO in the URL place on your browser, then open THE DISTANT LISTENER story when the main page opens. It gives an overall view of Ernie and his accomplishment and a somewhat interesting coverage of the NRC during the early days... (Dan Phillips, TN, NRC DX News Musings of the Members, June 24 via DXLD) i.e. http://edge.net/%7Edphillip/DistantListener.html (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. ELAINE ELIAS'S BRAZILIAN SWING AT VOA Monday, June 24, 2002; Page C09 When it comes to playing and programming music, the finest jazz artists excel at improvisation. Witness Brazilian pianist Elaine Elias's performance at the Voice of America Auditorium on Saturday night. When bassist Marc Johnson busted a string during a vigorous and evocative trio salute to jazz legend Bud Powell, one of Elias's chief influences, the aborted tribute gave way to an impromptu solo piano recital in which Elias demonstrated winning resourcefulness and harmonic finesse. Capping the Smithsonian Associates' "Música de las Américas" series, Elias often found inspiration in the music of António Carlos Jobim. "Waters of March" was set in motion by splashing harmonies and cresting rhythms. "Desafinado" juxtaposed sparse thematic variations with the trio's brand of exhilarating swing. "Don't Ever Go Away" tenderly recalled Elias's early infatuation with the composer's music. Having clearly developed a close rapport with Johnson and drummer Joey Baron, Elias was free to exploit a wide range of piano dynamics as she moved from soulful musings to complex and sometimes racing harmonic schemes. Occasionally singing in Portuguese, her voice soft, wistful and sensual, Elias created a series of romantic interludes that were quietly enhanced by Johnson's warm tone and Baron's artful brushwork. The drummer also helped distinguish several of the trio arrangements with lighthearted touches, including sly rhythmic displacements, curious and sometimes clangorous accents, and abrupt suspensions of time. Johnson countered with lyrical bow work and several beautifully contoured improvisations that could easily have stood alone. -- Mike Joyce © 2002 The Washington Post Company (via Mike Cooper, June 24, DXLD) Repeated inquiries to VOA about *when* and *if* these occasional concerts on its premises are ever broadcast, have resulted in no information whatsoever (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. I don't know if this is the program broadcast by WWCR, but there is a long-running television channel (available on analog C-band satellite) called Shepherd's Chapel, which is based in Arkansas and consists largely of a guy sitting at a desk conducting Bible studies. I know very little about the outfit, but it's been on the air for at least 15 years. It seems to have a much greater ratio of Bible verse to pleading-for-money than most religious broadcasters (Mike Cooper, June 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZAMBIA. I got a pleasant surprise this morning at 8 am (2200z) [UT June 23] when I came across R. Zambia apparently signing off with their National Anthem. I presume that they share the same one as South Africa "God Bless Africa", as it was the same hymn that the ANC used and was incorporated along with an Afrikaner song. I am going on PWBR 2002 as it shows 6265 kHz s/off at 2200 which corresponds to midnight locally. After the hymn/anthem finished which incidentally was sung, a 1000 Hz tone came up for about 2 minutes and the carrier ran for a minute or so. SINPO 35433. RX Icom R70. I should point out in my former QTH I was down in a valley with a long hill to the west, which completely blocked signals from central and southern Africa on the short path. There are no western hills here as I am higher and therefore should be able to receive more SP African signals. Again this was on the 21 feet of wire strung along the curtain rail (Robin L. Harwood, Norwood, Tasmania, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ### |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-101, June 22, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1136: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1136.html NEXT BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Sun 0230 5070, 0630 3210, Mon 0000 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Sun 0000, 0600, 1200 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB BROADCASTS ON WRN: Sat 0800 rest of world; Sun 1400 to North America MUNDO RADIAL, INFORME DX DE GLENN HAUSER, JUNIO-JULIO 2002: Escuchar: Cada viernes 2115 (ó 2110) TU en WWCR 15825 Bajable: http://www.k4cc.net/mr0206.rm Corriente: http://www.k4cc.net/mr0206.ram Guión: http://www.worldofradio.com/mr0206.html ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. During the large and important Afghan Tribal Council (Loya Jirga) in Kabul, Jun 11-19 with more than 1600 participating tribal leaders who were electing a President (Mr. Hamid Karzai) and a temporary Parliament, R Afghanistan extended its morning broadcasts on 15240 via Al Dhabbaya, UAE (?) to sign off at 0600* instead of 0400*, and the evening broadcasts via Norway on 18940 to *1230–1727*. The early morning broadcasts were heard under R Australia, but the `` evening`` broadcasts were heard daily in Denmark on a clear channel with SINPO varying from 25333 to 55444. They opened with patriotic Afghan songs and then the usual programmes in Pashto and Dari, both with ID: ``Radio Afghanistan, Kabul.`` On the Hour there was in most cases a time signal, an announcement heard as ``Soat Hastu Sitakesha``, an orchestral fanfare and then the ID above, followed by a long newscast read by two persons. Other program items were political and other comments, Afghan folkmusic and some drama before an abrupt sign off. Most interesting, however, were the live reports from the Loya Jirga which I heard on June 14 at 1357-1454 and on Jun 17 at 1423-1445. It was possible to hear the engaged speeches in Dari mentioning Hamid Karzai and Loya Jirga, and in between low talk between the participants and the Chairman announcing the next speaker. These were historical broadcasts - nobody had thought this possible 8 months ago! The Norwegian company NORKRING which owns the four 500 kW transmitters at Kvitsoy(K) and Sveio(S), decided to cut off some of the scheduled transmissions from R Norway and R Denmark during the extended broadcasts from R Afghanistan: 1200-1230: 18920(K) was off. 15705(K), 15735(S) and 18950(S) were heard. 1230-1255: 15705(K) and 18920(K) were off. 15735(S) and 18950(S) were heard. 1300-1355: 17525(K) and 18920(K) were off. 9590(S) and 15735(S) were heard. 1400-1455: 15735(K) (or now (S) ? Ed) and 17525(S) were heard. 1500-1555: 15735(K) was off. 13800(now from (S)) and 17525(S) were heard. 1600-1655: 13800(K) and 15735(K) were off. 9595(S) and 17525(S) were heard. 1700-1730: 13800(K) and 15705(K) were off. 7490(S) and 17505(S) were heard. 1730-1755: 13800(K) was off. 7490(S), 17505(S) and from 1730:45 15705(K). Obviously the 15705 Kvitsoy transmitter had been in use for R Afghanistan on 18940 from 1230 until abrupt sign off 1727:00. The carrier came on 17505 at 1730:30 and there was modulation at 1730:45. ``Good Morning Afghanistan`` is still relayed on 15240 and can be heard here at 0200-0300 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, DSWCI DX Window via DXLD) So is it your assumption that the schedule would shrink back to previous hours after June 19?? Has it? (gh, DXLD) ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Could somebody help me with the e-mail address to Lt. Edward E. Shank, chief of 193rd Special Operations Wing, regarding the 8700 kHz broadcast. Since some of you have reveived QSL- s, I thought that I would try my luck (Goran Hardenmark, June 19, hard-core-dx via DXLD) "Shank, Edward" edward.shank@paharr.ang.af.mil (Reijo Alapiha, Joensuu, Finland, ibid.) ** ARGENTINA. 1610.06 MW, Maranatha AM, Jun 6, 0007-0014, 0058-0103 – Initially Portuguese religious, ID at 0009 with ``Radio Baluarte`` being the clearest bit, then religious songs without any announcements (that I heard) until 0056. I flipped over to // 6215.03 intermittently 0015-0056. At 0056 there was a detailed ID with the address and an E-mail address that I could not copy, and an appeal for letters; ``Atencion Paraguay...`` announcements at 0057 and 0103. The signal was fair to weak with deep fades, QRM was from Dr. Gene Scott on 1610 [Anguilla]. No other Argentinean X-bander was audible (Jean Burnell, Newfoundland, via Dxplorer via DSWCI DX Window via DXLD) ** ARGENTINA. Concerning live coverage of the World Cup we should also keep an ear on communications channels like 29810, 20276, 15780, 15770 SSB etc. I can remember that during past World Cups many SSB frequencies outside the broadcast and amateur bands were active relaying broadcast stations from several Latin American countries, not just Argentina. Several frequencies below 14000 and above 14350 were quite active, seemingly reaching for listeners in the Antarctic Peninsula. Good hunt (Harald Kuhl, Germany, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Aussie time station to QRT: Radio VNG, Australia`s time and frequency standard service, will cease transmitting July 1. The National Standards Commission has announced the closure, which follows many years of funding difficulties. VNG operates on 2.5, 5, 8.638, 12.984 and 16 MHz. It has been on air since the early 1960s. A ``talking clock`` announces each UTC minute on the 2.5, 5 and 16-MHz frequencies. The Commission will continue to respond to reception reports seeking QSLs until December 31, 2002. Listener reports should be sufficiently detailed for verification and include return postage. Send reports to Radio VNG, National Standards Commission, PO Box 282, North Ryde 1670, New South Wales, Australia (WIA/Victoria News Online via ARRL June 20 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRALIA [and non]. I dimly remember that when the hand-over to Christian Voice was due the Darwin transmitter were tested with the "Waltzing Matilda" IS theme of Radio Australia, described as only available source of modulation at the transmitter site then. In other words, the "Waltzing Matilda" was evidently inserted locally at Darwin. Provided that the IS machines (carts or whatever) were kept at Darwin this observation would be not too mysterious. Such a local insertion of interval signals seems to be not too uncommon. Nauen does it, and I guess Wertachtal, too. It also seems that Litomysl inserts the IS / announcement loop which precedes Radio Prague broadcasts locally, too: I found the German programme via Rimavská Sobota starting without IS, simply with audio kick-in after open carrier. And remember how Bijeljina played the Radio Yugoslavia from its own source prior to the programming from a very poor telephone feed when the microwave STL was destroyed during the Kosovo war (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BIAFRA [non]. CLANDESTINE from CIS to NIGERIA. 12125, V.O. Biafra International, 15 June, 1916-2000, Speech by M with mention of Nigeria. Into pleasant Afro music. What sounded like an ID at 1929 but couldn't be certain. Long live impassioned speech by M 1929-1945 with mentions of "people of Nigeria...", "We have free...", and military. 1945 M announcer briefly, into more easy Afro music. ID at 1952 and deep-voiced M with speech. 1957 ID and address by W, followed by final ID by M as "This has been the V.O. Biafra Int. coming to you from Washington D.C. transmitting on... Thank you for listening to our program... our next broadcast, goodnight". Then instrumental Afro music. At 2000 there was an ID for R. Canada Int. then ID/satellite info by M, and beam/frequenies/ID by W. This signal wasn't quite strong enough to copy program content (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 6883, R. Bartolina Sisa, La Paz (Cf. DX Window 196). Bartolina Sisa was a heroic woman who fought against oppressors of the Bolivian area in the XVIII century, and died tragically. For all women of the Aymara nation, she is the most important person and fighter for freedom and human rights of the Aymara women (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ** CANADA. Re DXLD 2-099, Canada: Interesting to see the notes of the German guy who was listening to local DAB stations in Montréal. The "Stations Privées" for which he mentioned parallel frequencies would be: TEAM 990 would of course be CKGM-990; RADIOENERGIE would be CKMF-94.3; MTL BEST MUSIC would be CHOM-97.7. For the two others, ROCKDETENTE would be CITE-107.3; I would presume that RADIOMEDIA would be CKAC-730, but it could be an unID FM owned by the same corporation. 73- (Bill Westenhaver, QC, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. Re CHNX QRT: The engineer's name was Mark Olson. Since Mark has now left and the station is without an engineer (something I confirmed with the station by telephone this morning) let me add a bit to this story. When Mark reported to Cumbre DX that they were gone in Sept last year, the official reason as "We have no [transmitter] replacement and no money in the budget for operating." No operating budget is the key phrase, because a replacement transmitter was available and offered last summer. Larry Baysinger [of Radio K'ekchi and Radio Amistad fame] offered to donate a 500 watt unit. The Cumbre DX radio project offered to pick up the costs of shipping the unit to CHNX. Mark seemed interested but would never give us the go ahead to ship the transmitter. But if his management wouldn't give him any operating funds, then a replacement transmitter would hardly have been needed. It is a shame that this couldn't have been worked out. We certainly tried to show that the SWL/DXer community was very interested in keeping the station on the air, including to the extent of paying to keep CHNX on the air (Hans Johnson, WY, Jun 20, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CANADA. CBC Previews: THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND: Saturday on The World This Weekend: the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is the stuff of legends....of Shangri La, Mount Everest, sherpas and spiritual quests. But cutting through the dreamy images are the realities of civil war and royal massacre. Daniel Lak takes us inside contemporary Nepal. Also, Andy Campbell reports on the threatened strike in major league baseball. That's Saturday on The World This Weekend at 6:00 pm (7 AT; 7:30 NT) on both CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two. WEEKEND HOT SHEET, SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2001 --- THE SUNDAY EDITION: This week on The Sunday Edition, Michael Enright hosts a public forum on "The Asper Effect: Power, Politics and The Wayward Press." Is the firing of Russell Mills, publisher of the Ottawa Citizen, the final nail in the coffin of a free press in Canada, or merely a tempest in a teapot? And, Arlo's new religion: a documentary look at the spiritual awakening of hippie-era folksinger Arlo Guthrie. That's The Sunday Edition, right after the 9 a.m. news (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. TAPESTRY: This week on Tapestry... Armenia: The Country That Was, The Country That Will Be. Alisa Siegel explores the culture and the often tragic history of a country that has embraced Christianity for seventeen centuries. Also, Don Hill talks with author Ruth Ellen Gruber about her book Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. It's a look at the revival of Judaism in Europe, sixty years after the Holocaust. That's on Tapestry, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (2:30 NT; 4:00 p.m. MT; 3:00 pm. PT) on CBC Radio One. CROSS-COUNTRY CHECKUP: This week on Cross-Country Checkup...The publisher of the Ottawa Citizen has been fired over an editorial critical of the prime minister. The incident is just one in a series of conflicts over who-can-write-what in Southam papers. Critics are calling it an attack on freedom of the press. Others argue that a media owner has the right to set rules. What do you think? How much say should owners have on what's written in their newspapers? Join host Rex Murphy Sunday on Cross Country Checkup, Sunday afternoon from 4 until 6 (EASTERN) on CBC Radio One. THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND: Sunday on The World This Weekend: the Japanese attacked North America during the second World War with a secret weapon called Fu Go. 10,000 balloons made of mulberry paper floated by jet stream over the Pacific Ocean, carrying lethal payloads. But recorded sightings of the balloons were relatively few. That's because of war-time censorship...and the failure of Fu Go. Dave Miller lifts the veil on Japan's secret weapon gone awry. Also, Anne Spencer brings us the story of Woody Guthrie and the songs he recorded before his death. That's Sunday on The World This Weekend at 6 pm (7 AT; 7:30 NT) on both CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two (CBC Hotsheet excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** CANADA. JAMMING OF RADIO SIGNALS AUTHORIZED --- Special permission for RCMP, military restricted to G8 summit, Pope's visit By PAUL WALDIE, Friday, June 21, 2002 TORONTO -- The Canadian military and the RCMP have been given special authorization to jam radio and cellphone signals during the G8 Summit next week and the Pope's visit to Canada in July. It's the first time police or the military have ever been allowed to block signals, an official said. The authorization allows the Department of National Defence and the RCMP to use jamming devices around Calgary and Kananaskis, Alta., from June 17 to June 29 for the summit of leaders from Group of Eight nations. They will have the same power to jam signals in Toronto from July 16 to July 31 -- the Pope is scheduled to arrive in Canada July 23 and depart July 29, with three Toronto appearances in between. RCMP spokesman Corporal Benoît Desjardins said jamming is an important part of the security measures for both events. "The RCMP must ensure the safety and security of those attending," he said yesterday. "It could be used, for example, if there was threat of a detonation of some type of a remote-controlled device. We could jam the frequencies to make sure nobody could send a signal to that bomb." He did not know, however, how the jamming would affect cell phones or commercial radio transmissions. The order, signed by the Minister of Industry on June 6, exempts the army and police from provisions of the Radiocommunication Act, which prohibits "the interference with or obstruction of radiocommunication without lawful excuse." The exemption "will provide a way to address the problematic application of the prohibitions," the order says. It specifies that "every reasonable effort shall be made to confine or restrict to the extent possible interference with or obstruction of a radiocommunication . . . to the smallest physical area, the fewest number of frequencies and the minimum duration required to accomplish the objectives of the interference or obstruction." David Warnes, a senior adviser in Industry Canada's telecommunications branch, said yesterday that it is the first time this kind of order has been granted. He added that cellphone jammers are illegal in Canada, but the department will soon release a policy on the devices. The department held public consultations on cellphone jammers last year and it is considering permitting them in theatres, hospitals and other public places. Jamming devices are also illegal in the United States, but there is a growing underground market for the devices, which can be bought for about $2,200. A survey of 2,000 people last year by Decima Research found about 50 per cent support for jammers in public places (Toronto Globe & Mail June 21 via Fred Waterer, DXLD) ** CANADA. From globeandmail.com, Thursday, June 20, 2002 BUILDERS OF THE TEAM'S ALL-SPORTS NETWORK MUST FACE THE MUSIC [by] WILLIAM HOUSTON The architects and builders of CHUM's all-sports radio network took the fall yesterday for 14 months of futility. Fired by CHUM Group Radio were vice-president of programming Ross Davies and vice-president of sales Tim Steele. Also dismissed were Paul Williams, the vice-president and general manager of The Team sports radio network, and his No. 2 executive Gerald McGroarty. Other dismissals included The Team's marketing director and sports director, according to sources. (Calls to Davies, Williams and Jim Waters, the president of CHUM Group Radio were not returned.) Bill Bodnarchuk, who is now vice-president and general manager of CHUM's Team 1050 in Toronto as well as CHUM-FM, said the sports radio network is alive and reasonably well, but will become more decentralized, with an increased emphasis on local content. "There will be some programming that will still run coast to coast," he said. "But we will be moving as quickly as we can to add local programming to our markets across the country, and that includes Toronto. "We're committed to sports, but we want to turn the focus to compelling local radio content." In Vancouver and Ottawa, the CHUM all-sports stations have enjoyed some success. CHUM will attempt to improve in its other main markets - - Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax -- with beefed up local content. Bodnarchuk described CHUM's Toronto station, Team 1050 as a "superstation" that will provide some national content to other stations. CHUM is also sticking with its all-sports concept because it is locked into long-term contracts with sports talent, such as afternoon drive host Jim Van Horne, who's earning more than $200,000 a year. Although CHUM airs an old-time rock 'n' roll format on the Internet, there are, apparently, no plans to reformat some sports stations with that programming. The departure of Williams, who sold CHUM on the idea of a national all-sports network more than a year ago and put together the operation, was not a surprise. His exit and that of McGroarty had been the subject of speculation for months because of the Team's meagre growth and weak content. It appears that Davies, who has been with CHUM for about 20 years, paid the price for accepting the Williams sports network strategy. "It's really too bad, but CHUM blew up Davies because he bought, lock, stock and barrel the Williams plan," a radio source said. "And the plan was a loser right from the start." Why network has failed Notes on why the CHUM sports radio network has not worked: Sports radio is a niche concept that excludes half the potential audience (women) and, therefore, succeeds only in large markets, such as Toronto. The problem was, Toronto already had a sports station (The Fan 590). CHUM's national programming concept was questionable from the start. Radio sports is mostly about local coverage and there is not enough national advertising to pay for a product that skews locally. Montreal listeners, for example, don't care a lot about the Toronto sports teams. Williams hired poorly. After more than a year, not one CHUM sports host has emerged as a high-profile personality. The Team was criticized for inadequate marketing and promotion, particularly in Toronto. Williams, who formerly worked at The Fan, attempted to copy The Fan programming strategy rather than developing something new. Copyright 2002 | Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** CANADA [and non]. Though it's not really radio, it could fit into the next edition of "World of Telephones."73-Bill Westenhaver U.S. HOUSE DECLARES BELL DID NOT INVENT THE TELEPHONE By OLIVER MOORE, Globe and Mail Update The mayor of Brantford, Ont., last night dismissed a move by the U.S. House of Representatives to give credit for inventing the telephone to a previously obscure Florentine immigrant named Antonio Meucci. Heritage Minister Sheila Copps was unavailable to comment on this blow to Canadian pride, but Brantford Mayor Chris Friel rose to the occasion, defending one of the Southwestern Ontario town's great claims to fame. "Absolutely, the credit remains with Graham Bell; he was the one who brought it to a successful conclusion," Mr. Friel said. "There was a whole bunch of people rushing for it; the question was who was going to get it done. And Alexander Graham Bell got it done." Brantford residents have long claimed that Bell came up with the telephone in their town. The Bell Memorial Homestead proudly proclaims that Melville House which the family moved into upon emigrating from Scotland "provided the stage for a budding young inventor to change the realm of communications forever." And Bell Canada's corporate legend confidently says that the inventor told his father about the idea for a telephone while in Brantford, in 1874, and summoned his assistant by placing the first telephone call two years later in Boston. "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you," he said using his Liquid Transmitter. But backed by several Italian-American groups, the resolution's sponsor, New York Congressman Vito Fossella, remains unconvinced, his press secretary, Craig Donner, said yesterday. He cited evidence that Meucci had in fact demonstrated his teletrofono years before Bell took out his patent. "This was probably the biggest idea he had," Mr. Donner said. "He continued to work on it through [to] his death in the 1880s. It was his life's work." According to Mr. Fossella, Meucci was too poor to buy a proper patent and was forced to purchase a series of renewable, one-year, notices of impending patent. After 1874 he was unable to renew even the notice. Two years later, Mr. Fossella says, Bell patented his own device. "Antonio Meucci was a man of vision whose enormous talents led to the invention of the telephone," Mr. Fossella says, "and while he did not receive the recognition he deserved during his incredible life, his time has finally come." Meucci did retain lawyers to pursue his competitor but died before the case could be heard. Mr. Fossella says that the U.S. government was, in fact, preparing to annul Bell's patent on grounds of misrepresentation and fraud when the case was discontinued. "The U.S. Supreme Court acted appropriately during Mr. Meucci's lifetime," the Congressman said in a statement the day his resolution was adopted, "and Congress has acted appropriately today." Mr. Friel says that Bell would certainly have been willing to give credit to other inventors, where credit was due, but that he is also on the record as saying in 1917. "The telephone was conceived in Brantford in 1874 and born in Boston in 1876," he said at the dedication of a memorial. Copyright 2002 | Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** CUBA. Cuban national organization to mount Field Day station: Now that ARRL Field Day is open to amateurs throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, the Cuban national Amateur Radio organization plans to participate. Near Havana, the Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will activate a contest station with the call sign T40AGR. FRC President Pedro Rodriguez, CO2RP, says the station will use noncommercial electric power and have two transmitters on HF. T40AGR also will be active on 6 and 2 meters. The FRC wants to stress the importance of Amateur Radio in emergency situations and has invited media and plans demonstrations of digital modes as well (Pedro Rodriguez, CO2RP via ARRL June 20 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Field day URL: http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2002/rules-fd-2002.html ** CUBA. Dear Mr. Hauser, I apologize for bugging you about something so trivial again, but I was just listening to "World of Radio" on RFPI and heard you mention a story about one Michael Finney, a broadcaster on Radio Havana, which left me flabbergasted. For years I've suspected that "Langston Wright" is a pseudonym combining Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, both noted African-American writers and members of the Communist Party, but I never imagined that whoever it was behind the mike had sought asylum in Cuba under such dramatic circumstances. I failed to get the source from which you quoted; could you please email me at your convenience with that information? Thank you for that little gem, it made my evening. Sincerely, (Brian McNeil, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Sent him WSJ story from DXLD 2-100 (gh) ** CUBA. LAS AUTORIDADES PROHIBEN EL PC Carta de Cuba, la escritura de la libertad 29 de marzo de 2002 Por: Régis Bourgeat, Despacho Américas / Americas desk Reporters sans frontières, París Francia Nota del editor de Internet: En lo que es obviamente una reacción al poder que conceden los avances informáticos a los individuos comunes en todas partes, el gobierno cubano ha prohibido el acceso a estos recursos a la mayor parte de los ciudadanos. Como toda sociedad represiva, emulando a Hitler, Stalin y otros, Castro y sus secuaces temen al libre fluir de la información. No obstante esta prohibición, sabemos que cada vez mas cubanos logran conocer la realidad a través de la Red, visitando páginas como esta. Debemos señalar que, tal como reportamos hoy 29 de marzo de 2002, esta prohibición no ha logrado impedir que se forme el primer centro educativo informático independiente, con la expresa misión de preparar y diseñar cursos y brindar servicios de búsqueda de materiales de Internet para los disidentes, opositores y periodistas independientes. En Cuba, un decreto aprobado por el Ministerio del Comercio Interior prohíbe, desde el 16 de enero de 2002, la venta de ordenadores personales (personal computers, PC) a los particulares. Según un artículo publicado el 25 de marzo en el periódico digital wired.com, el decreto n' 383/2001 prohíbe "la venta de ordenadores, impresoras, máquinas de policopiar, fotocopiadoras y cualquier otro instrumento de impresión masiva" a cualquier asociación, fundación, organización civil sin interés de lucro y a los particulares. En el caso de que se considere indispensable la compra del equipo, o de sus piezas sueltas o accesorios, deberá solicitarse una autorización al Ministerio del Comercio Interior. En efecto, según una fuente local consultada por RSF, en un centro comercial del barrio de La Playa, en La Habana, un cartel publicitario indica que "a partir del 16 de enero de 2002, se suspende la venta de piezas sueltas, o de accesorios informáticos, a personas privadas". Otros establecimientos, consultados por teléfono, han confirmado esta información. Sin embargo, un establecimiento de La Playa no ha aplicado todavía esta medida cuya adopción, según wired.com, provocó una polémica en el seno del gobierno. La medida se extendió a toda la provincia el 1 de febrero de 2002. Se ignoran las razones que han llevado a adoptar tal decisión. Aunque siempre ha estado estrictamente controlada la venta de cualquier material de reprografía, para impedir la aparición de publicaciones independientes, la de ordenadores personales y faxes se había liberalizado en los últimos meses, siempre que se pagaran en dólares. La prohibición se ha producido después del lanzamiento de una página web del Instituto Cubano de Economistas Independientes -ilegal- http://www.cubaicei.org dirigido por la célebre economista disidente Marta Beatriz Roque. El acceso a la página desde Cuba fue bloqueado el 7 de diciembre, cuando aun no se había cumplido una semana de su lanzamiento. Elaborada en Miami, se trata del primer sitio que ofrece informaciones sobre la disidencia, únicamente procedentes de la oposición interna. Luis Fernández, portavoz del gobierno cubano en Washington, respondió con evasivas a las preguntas de wired.com sobre la realidad de la prohibición de los PC: "Si no tuviéramos que hacer frente a un embargo, habría ordenadores para todos". "¿Cómo no se va a restringir el acceso a Internet en un país que se enfrenta a un embargo, y en el que faltan los medicamentos?", explicaba el 7 de febrero de 2001 Sergio Pérez, entonces director de la empresa pública Teledatos, en un artículo en el diario oficial Granma. Pero en Cuba, las dificultades para el acceso a Internet no tienen solamente causas económicas. El acceso a la red se encuentra estrictamente regulado. Su utilización está sometida al respeto "a los principios morales de la sociedad cubana y a las leyes del país". Solo pueden acceder las empresas extranjeras y las instituciones gubernamentales. Aunque existen dos cibercafés, el primero de ellos está reservado para los turistas, y al segundo solo pueden acceder los miembros de la asociación oficial de escritores y artistas cubanos, la UNEAC. Desde septiembre de 2001, cuatro oficinas postales de La Habana ofrecen a los cubanos la posibilidad de crearse una dirección electrónica y de acceder a la red. Sin embargo, la navegación está limitada a las páginas aprobadas por las autoridades, denominadas "la Intranet". En cuanto al precio, es disuasorio: 4,5 dólares norteamericanos (5 euros), cuando el salario medio mensual es de 12 dólares. Algunas organizaciones de la sociedad civil y de defensa de los derechos humanos publican frecuentemente artículos en sitios de Internet con base en Miami, enviándolos por fax o dictándolos por teléfono. En Cuba, donde la Constitución establece que "la libertad de palabra y de prensa está sometida a los objetivos de la sociedad socialista", solo está autorizada la prensa oficial. Un centenar de periodistas independientes, agrupados en una veintena de agencias de prensa y de asociaciones, no reconocidas por el Estado, son objeto de un constante hostigamiento. Medio centenar de periodistas han tenido que abandonar la isla, desde 1995. 73'S (via Oscar, Miami, June 21, DXLD) ** CUBA [non]. GRANMA -CUBA- 19 de junio de 2002 RADIO-TV MARTÍ: EL NIDO DE VÍBORAS CUESTA DEMASIADO Muchos norteamericanos no soportan más que en un momento de serias dificultades económicas, el dinero del contribuyente sea derrochado por causas perdidas POR JEAN-GUY ALLARD -especial para Granma Internacional- TEORICAMENTE, Radio-TV Martí tiene que derrochar sus millones para provocar "disidencia" en la Isla. Así lo decidieron sus creadores de la Casa Blanca y de la CIA. Pero desde hace algunos meses a esta dependencia de la Miami Connection, los tiros le han salido por la culata. Y la disidencia, Salvador Lew, el director, la tiene entre los propios miembros de su personal. Sin hablar de la otra controversia que se manifiesta en el Congreso, donde el número de críticos de la OCB -Oficina de Transmisiones hacia Cuba-, organismo responsable de las mal llamadas Radio y TV Martí, va creciendo al mismo ritmo que el de los oponentes a las prohibiciones de viajar a Cuba y al bloqueo. Según el Nuevo Herald, existe en la emisora nada menos que "un ambiente de suspicacia interna que ha provocado un virtual estado de sublevación en el personal". El diario explica que el "programa federal para transmitir información a Cuba", se ha convertido, según sus empleados, "en un acopio de amistades y conocidos de sus directivos, cuyos sueldos han comprometido ya los $25 millones del presupuesto de este año". Desde su llegada a la emisora, Salvador Lew, el septuagenario director de la OCB, nombrado personalmente por George W. Bush -con un salario anual de 132 000 dólares- ha transformado el lugar en una "embotelladora", también según el Nuevo Herald. Y una "botella", en el lenguaje popular cubano miamense, es un puesto de trabajo conseguido por influencias. LUCRATIVAS COLABORACIONES PARA CUARENTA "SOCIOS" Más de cuarenta "amistades" del veterano periodista han encontrado así un trabajo bien pagado desde su nombramiento el 26 de julio del 2001, es decir, en menos de un año. Casi todos obtuvieron prebendas de "colaboradores" con sueldos "que nunca se habían pagado". En su investigación del caso Lew, el Nuevo Herald nombra a unas de las más "jugosas" contrataciones del polémico director, protegido del Presidente, entre las cuales está la de Olga Connor, una amiga, quien "cobra" por dos programas culturales, de una hora cada uno, la "humilde" cantidad de 45 770 dólares... ¡440 dólares la hora, un record en la historia de Radio Martí! Comentario de Lew: "Yo no sabía que ella ganaba eso". El "presidencial" director ha "ubicado" también a sus socios Antonio Rivera, anteriormente apartado de la estación, y Lázaro Asencio, de 75 años, un amigo de la infancia en Las Villas -provincia al centro de Cuba-, quien cobra 80 000 dólares anuales, y dirige la "orientación" noticiosa de la emisora tras la partida de Roberto Rodríguez Tejera. Su brazo derecho es Agustín Alles, también de 75 años, quien fue director de noticias de la emisora desde 1991 hasta 1995... un puesto del cual fue catapultado tras demostrar varias veces su total incompetencia. Lew ha atribuido también una sinecura pagada con 275 dólares la hora a su amiga Sassy Alfaro, poeta clarividente, quien dirige un programa de fin de semana consagrado a la santería, la religión sincrética cubana. Otro amigo de Lew, Rolando Espinosa, famoso por ser un ex socio del negociante bandolero Demetrio Pérez Junior, "enseña" la historia de la Isla, a cambio de 125 dólares la media hora. TERRORISMO "PATRIOTICO" Para justificar estas nuevas contrataciones, Lew a menudo ataca el "patriotismo" (anticubano, por supuesto) de sus antiguos empleados. "No tienen amor por su patria", comentó públicamente. Se supone que este "amor" debe traducirse por una cobertura noticiosa manipulada en función de los sectores más extremistas de la retrógrada ciudad. Así, Lew seleccionó, entre sus amistades, a algunos de los elementos más fascistoides de la camarilla miamense. Un hecho poco sorprendente cuando uno sabe en qué círculos se mueve este amigo de George W. Bush..., quien, en La Habana batistiana, pertenecía al gabinete de abogados encargado de las causas del famoso padrino Santos Traficante. Personajes como Armando Pérez Roura, "destacado" batistiano miembro de los grupúsculos Alpha 66 y Unidad Cubana. Para hablar en claro, un terrorista. Y esto a pesar de que Pérez Roura, el "rey de la radio miamense" es gerente general de Radio Mambí. Lew le otorgó cuatro horas y cinco minutos de programación semanal, recalentando las grabaciones de las emisiones ya difundidas. Pérez Roura no le cobra para sus predicaciones (dice), pero su personal manda cada semana una factura de 175 dólares a Lew para el transporte de los preciosos casetes. Otro terrorista acogido por Lew: Rafael Díaz-Balart, el padre del congresista mafioso Lincoln Díaz-Balart. "Don Rafael" tuvo el privilegio de ser viceministro de Gobernación de la sanguinaria dictadura de Fulgencio Batista, aplastada por la Revolución. Una amiga de Lew, Nancy Pérez-Crespo, también empleada de Radio Mambí, recibe un salario anual de 45 000 dólares para dirigir una emisión diaria donde invita, sistemáticamente, nada menos que a la furibunda y vituperante Ninoska (Lucrecia) Pérez-Castellón, hija y esposa de terroristas batistianos. Además de ser la voz de la estación WQBA, Ninoska es ahora la líder (más o menos autoproclamada) de su Consejo para la Libertad de Cuba -Pérez-Castellón pertenece a esta misma tropa histérica que no niega su solidaridad con los Orlando Bosch, Luis Posada Carriles y los demás partidarios de la violencia extrema. Gracias a esta brocheta de fanáticos de la Cuba de "antes", Radio y TV Martí -el "programa federal para transmitir información a Cuba", según la terminología usada por el Herald-, oficialmente financiados (con 26 millones de dólares para el 2002) por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, difunde diariamente hacia la Isla el mensaje de individuos vinculados, a la vez, al terrorismo y a la dictadura batistiana. Tremendo resultado para un Presidente (no electo) que da a Cuba lecciones de democracia. Como si esto no fuera suficientemente escandaloso, Lew ha añadido a la larga historia de abusos de estas dos emisoras oficiales del gobierno norteamericano, unos casos de discriminación sexual en contra de cuatro mujeres. Dos de ellas, Christina Sansón y Martha Yedra, respectivamente directoras de noticias y de la programación, fueron reemplazadas por hombres menos calificados, y en sus declaraciones juradas indicaron que han estado sujetas a comentarios discriminatorios. Otras dos, Michelle Sagué y Carmen Steegers, no sólo no obtuvieron promociones, sino que fueron desplazadas hacia puestos inferiores. Las cuatro depositaron quejas oficiales al Broadcasting Board of Governors, la autoridad en materia de radio y teledifusión. Sin resultado alguno. Por otro lado, un colaborador negro de Radio Martí (uno de los muy pocos trabajadores de color en el personal de 200 empleados) ha visto su cheque de pago pasar de 100 dólares a 85, mientras veía los de sus nuevos colegas alcanzar niveles nunca vistos en la emisora. TELEVISION INVISIBLE Y RADIO SIN PUBLICO Los excesos de Salvador Lew y su tropa serían seguramente ignorados si no fuera por los mediocres resultados de Radio Martí y la invisibilidad de TV Martí. Dos sondeos difundidos por Lew en enero pasado "demostraban" un nivel fenomenal de audiencia de Radio Martí en Cuba. Realizados por "periodistas independientes" (de los que atiende económicamente la CIA), la encuesta revelaba que un 90% de la población escuchaba la estación ocasionalmente, mientras el 60% la oía "todos los días" y "todo el tiempo". Un nivel tan "fenomenal", que todo el mundo se burló de Lew y sus asesores de relaciones públicas. Otro sondeo, hecho a solicitud del propio Gobierno de EE.UU., revelaba, seis meses antes, que la audiencia de la emisora era de menos del 5%, la más baja de su historia. En cuanto a TV Martí, el propio Lew reconoce que está virtualmente "fuera del aire". La estación fantasma difunde (al desprecio de todas las leyes internacionales) a partir de un aeróstato, en Cudjoe Key. La operación extremadamente costosa fracasó desde el primer instante, al no poder penetrar el espacio radial cubano. Pero esta situación molesta siempre a más políticos: ''Es mi intención llevar este problema a la comisión de asignaciones de la Cámara. Nadie ve sus transmisiones'', declaró al Nuevo Herald el congresista republicano por Arizona, Jeff Flake. Mientras, su colega demócrata por Massachusetts, Bill Delahunt, se preguntaba "si es legítimo usar esos fondos en algo que no funciona". LA LOBA Y SUS CACHORROS Algo desmoralizada, la "Loba Feroz", Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, congresista mafiosa de Miami, quien preside el Subcomité de Relaciones Internacionales y Derechos Humanos de la Cámara de Representantes, convocó a unas audiencias sobre el futuro de Radio-TV Martí, "una iniciativa creada hace 17 años para difundir mensajes contra el Gobierno de Fidel Castro", según el texto del despacho de AP. Según esa agencia norteamericana de noticias, la oficina de Ros- Lehtinen precisó que las audiencias tendrán "el propósito de responder a la pregunta básica de qué efectividad han tenido los mensajes transmitidos por Radio y TV Martí desde su creación". Curiosamente, la AP señala que "las posibilidades de que el servicio fuera entregado a terceros por un menor costo de operaciones" sería también planteado. Seguro que la Loba ya tiene listo algún socio que se encargará de este negocio redondo. Entre los participantes anunciados para el debate, estará Dan Fisk, asesor del inefable Otto Reich. En los últimos años, cada intento para eliminar de los presupuestos la radio sin audiencia y la televisión invisible fue contrarrestado por los cachorros de la "Loba Feroz". Pero los tiempos cambian y son más numerosos los políticos como los representantes Flake y Delahunt, quienes no soportan más que, en un momento de serias dificultades económicas, el dinero del contribuyente sea derrochado por causas perdidas (via José Alba, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** CUBA [NON]. VOICE OF FOUNDATION IS BACK ON THE AIR Radio show builds a bridge between exiles and islanders By Madeline Baró Diaz, Miami Bureau, Posted June 17 2002 MIAMI The Cuban American National Foundation is back on the airwaves with a show that's reaching Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits. "The goal of this project is to bridge all distance," said Ramón Humberto Colás, one of the show's hosts. "We want to transmit a little hope and optimism." The new program, Entre Cubanos, began broadcasting on May 17 and airs from 10 to 11 a.m. [1400-1500 UT – got it right this time – gh] on WQBA 1140 AM on Fridays. The foundation pays for the air time but hopes it will catch on as a daily show, said CANF Executive Director Joe Garcia. The show debuted 10 months after the foundation announced the controversial decision to end its Voice of the Foundation short-wave broadcasts to the island. The end of the broadcasts was among the reasons cited for an exodus of foundation directors that included former spokeswoman Ninoska Pérez. At the time, foundation leaders said they were exploring other ways of broadcasting to Cuba. Pérez, who has her own show on WQBA, said the foundation's new program is far from replacing the Voice of the Foundation, which she directed. From 1990 to its demise, the Voice of the Foundation was broadcast several hours a day, six days a week, Pérez said. "I was disappointed that they closed the Voice of the Foundation, which had served the Cuban opposition for so long," she said. "To think a one-hour show locally will replace that is absurd. In any event, I'm glad that they're at least broadcasting once a week." Entre Cubanos, or "Between Cubans," features interviews with dissidents, independent journalists and others living in Cuba, Colás said. During each show a topic is discussed, such as labor rights in Cuba. The hosts are Colás, a Cuban dissident and co-founder with his wife of the independent library movement in Cuba who came to the United States late last year; Omar López Montenegro, executive director of CANF's Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba; and Brenda Moreira, who has been involved in several foundation and community projects and is the wife of CANF Director Domingo Moreira. WQBA can be heard in parts of Cuba, Colás said. When he lived on the island, he could pick up several Spanish-language stations from the United States on his radio, including Radio Martí and the Voice of the Foundation. On Entre Cubanos, there are no call-in segments like on many other Spanish-language radio shows. Garcia said the program is supposed to focus on issues Cubans have in common, rather than on differences. "The program is not about debating or disputing what we know," Garcia said. "It is about moving beyond and getting a clear vision." Max Castro, senior research associate at the University of Miami's North-South Center, said he had not yet heard the show, but it seemed the foundation was moving into a new phase. "There's no debate in Miami, in the sense that it's already a won debate," Castro said. "It makes more sense to reach out to Cuba from a strategic standpoint." Other radio hosts have been talking to dissidents on the island for years, long before the foundation's new show came along, Castro said. "It hasn't really changed the political equation in Cuba," Castro said of other programs that have incorporated dissidents. But Colás said hosting a radio show will give Cubans on the island hope. "It is like speaking to your brother, your friend and also the adversary you had in the neighborhood," Colás said. "It is speaking to a people that need to see the light and need to dream." Source: sun-sentinel.com (via Sergei Sosedkin, DXLD) ** FINLAND. As for your musing that the Yleisradio address might not be complete, I think that it is, as I remember. (I didn't tape the show.) It certainly sounded like the address given on the Radio Finland website, and the 00024 Yleisradio address is correct, according to the Finnish post office's postal code search page: http://www.posti.fi/postinumeroluettelo/ I guess that the FBC HQ gets enough mail that it has a separate postal code (Bill Westenhaver, QC, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FRANCE. French language course is aired on RFI Sats in the 1200, 1400 and 1600 UT broadcasts. The approach is different than the typical language course. The program I heard was tied to different items of French literature. In the course of learning phrases and words, you also get to learn a bit about some of the different French writers (or writers who wrote in French). The course book I received seems to be different. It is tied to French songs. The entire book is in French. The songs, which will be used in the course, are transcribed in the book. I don`t know the level of the course (beginner, intermediate, advanced). It may help to have some basic understanding o French (Kevin Cozens, Programming Matters, ODXA Listening In, June via DXLD) Indeed! Just like the French, expecting you to learn their language without the inconvenience of presentation in the language you already speak! (gh, DXLD) ** GERMANY [non]. DW not in English to NAm, UT 0300 on 15105 past 3+ days. It`s in Swahili! (Bob Thomas, CT, June 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY [non]. Subject: Information on RADIO RASANT Special Broadcast. From: scipark@erols.com (Myke Weiskopf) Newsgroups: rec.radio.shortwave Date: 19 Jun 2002 15:48:28 -0700 Dear Listeners and DXers, On 12th April 2002 we startet [sic] transmissions of RADIO RASANT, the students' radio from the Städtische Realschule Sundern, a modern type of secondary school in Sundern, Germany. It is a students' radio project, all speakers are aged 14 up to 16 years. As far as we know: It's a unique project: there's no other project like this, done on shortwave by students. The first broadcast about activities against hostility against foreigners here in Sundern was a great success. We got a lot of reports and criticism to this broadcast. That was great. Thanks so far. Now we managed our second broadcast via IRRS. It is about a local employment project where companies, schools and employment agencies work together to minimize unemployment situations here. We think that this project is unique and we would like to introduce this project to all our listeners. The broadcast will again be in German. This is the schedule: Saturday, 29th June 2002, 1200-1300 UT on 13840 kHz and Sunday, 30th June 2002, 1200-1300 UT on 13840 kHz (repetition) and as Internet- Radio at http://mp3.nexus.org at the same times. We want to ask you to spread this information among all listeners as far as possible. We would like to receive a lot of reports. Perhaps there will be a third transmission of RADIO RASANT. We will not be back before September 2002 because the students will celebrate their summer holidays in the near future for about 6 and a half weeks. Thanks again and good reception. vy 73s Reinhard Marx, RADIO RASANT project manager, at Städtische Realschule Sundern, Rotbuschweg 28, D- 59846 Sundern, Germany phone: ++49 (0)2933 77021/ -22 fax: ++49 (0)2933 77073 http://www.radiorasant.org (via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) ** GREENLAND. Re 3812: Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland with a population of around 1700 inhabitants. It was formerly called Ammassalik, or in Danish: Angmagssalik. It is located on 65.35 North, 38.00 West. The town is beautifully situated in a fjord surrounded by high mountains. You can read more about Tasiillaq and see beautiful photos on its website: http://www.greenland-guide.dk/ammassalik/tasiilaq.htm According to WRTH 2002 KNR broadcasts from Tasiilaq on 96.0 MHz FM with 50 watts. If any DX-er is lucky enough to hear this station, the address is: Tasiilaq Tusaalaa, Ittimiini B.883, DK-3913 Tasiilaq, Greenland. However, that will be very difficult both on FM and SW. During the present Polar summer with sunshine 24 hours a day north of the Arctic Circle the propagation on 3.8 MHz with 100 watts is hardly more than within the local area! During mid day the band is not open here in Denmark, but I tried Jun 10 at 2000-2200 and nothing was audible on 3812. At that time the Maximum Usable Frequency towards Denmark is still around 16 MHz. The town is located so close to the Polar circle that today, Jun 19, Sunset is at 0129 and Sunrise two hours later at 0337. So much daylight is not favourable for transmissions on the low SW frequencies. In the old days KNR used to broadcast on SW within the ITU authorized bands, but this is in the amateurband outside the 75 meterband. It is also strange that it comes from a small town on the East coast, when KNR has its basis in Nuuk (Godthaab in Danish) on the West coast (DSWCI DX Mirror Ed. Anker Petersen, Denmark, June 19 via DXLD) ** HUNGARY. Staff at Radio Budapest were not shouting that rallying cry last week, I`m sure, when they heard that their department was going to be trimmed down. It`s even worse than I thought, so a listener tells me. Tibor Gaal writes from Hungary to say that the transmissions in Hungarian on shortwave are now virtually relays of the first domestic programme, Kossuth Radio. In January the DX programme in Hungarian was scrapped. The only DX program they`ve got now in Hungary is a sporadic one on a station called Civil Radio, which is on 98.00 MHz in Budapest, a local FM station. It`s a non- profit operation and shares its frequency with two other operators, Fiksz Radio and Harmonia Radio, two other non-profit stations. For listeners who understand Hungarian, you can go and visit the DX program`s website: http://www.mediatortenet.hu and click on DX Magazin. You`ll find an archive of DX Programmes. This is the beginning of the May edition. Apparently they produce one half-hour programme per month: SOUND DX Magazin (FRANS VOSSEN, RVI Radio World via John Norfolk, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Long rave about satellite radio: http://salon.com/tech/feature/2002/06/19/satellite_radio/print.html Salon without the ads: http://test.angel.net/nic/salon-home.cgi (via Chet Copeland, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS [and non]. All the following is from the New York Times web site: '2182 KHZ': ARCTIC DISTRESS CALLS By DWIGHT GARNER 2182 KHZ By David Masiel. 294 pp. New York: Random House. $22.95. The title of David Masiel's first novel, ''2182 kHz,'' refers to the international distress channel -- the place luckless captains of ocean vessels go to report dire situations. It's a cold title but an apt one: Masiel's confidently anarchic book broadcasts distress on six or seven frequencies at once; it's its own little pirate radio station of weirdness and pain. ''2182 kHz'' takes place almost entirely at sea, along the lonely expanse of Alaska's North Slope, and it concerns itself with the kind of guys who sign on to work up there on oil rigs, ocean tugs and icebreakers. (Masiel, who's in his early 40's, spent 10 years doing this sort of work.) You've got to be a little nuts to be attracted to this life -- the hours are appalling, the food is subhuman, you can be away from land for months at a time, temperatures can hit 60 degrees below zero, waves can run 50 feet in storms -- and Masiel's characters are indeed a little out there. They're like zonked-out refugees from a Ken Kesey novel smuggled into Jack London's world -- miscreants who can make Paulie Walnuts of ''The Sopranos'' look like Walter Cronkite. Men Without Ritalin. Among the most appealing of these lunatics is a tug captain who's known as the Chemist. What's great about the Chemist isn't that he's a self-described anarcho-fascist who wears leather and rows of silver earrings, nor that he's just pierced his own nipples with a sail needle, nor that he likes to read ''Finnegans Wake'' in the control room and listen to brain-scrambling metal bands like Throbbing Gristle. (It's no great feat for a writer to create characters like this; just add eccentricities.) What's great about the Chemist is that he prowls the deck of his tug, like some punk-rock Ahab, never issuing direct orders but instead simply screaming these two words at his crew: ''Do Things!'' The good news about ''2182 kHz'' isn't that the Chemist's men follow his instructions -- they barely listen to him -- but that Masiel does. Anyone who reads much fiction by young American writers is used to hoping, often in vain, that a novelist will do things -- that is, that he or she will bother to hang his or her clever observations on an actual story. Masiel isn't the most ingenious, or artful, first novelist you're going to come across this year, but he may be the most natural storyteller. Even the mistakes he makes (and he makes his share) are the kind you secretly don't mind, the kind that keep his plot fully in gear. The protagonist of ''2182 kHz'' is a likable hard-luck case named Henry Seine. Henry's spent 10 years working the Arctic offshore, and the time has taken its toll: he's 32 but looks 40; his attractive wife back in Washington State, tired of living alone for months at a time, has just sent him five Dear John letters (she would have sent fewer, but she was worried they wouldn't get through) that he received in one brutal clump. The men Henry works with generally like him, even though he's a bit of an ''environmentalist whack-nut,'' a guy who cares too much about niceties like the proper disposal of human and bilge waste. They begin to like him a little less when men start dying all around him. Through Henry's eyes, we get an expert (and frequently hilarious) tour of a world that's ostensibly presided over by huge, bland corporations like Exxon but in reality is subcontracted out to a few hundred borderline psychopaths, the sort of guys who were ''beaten senseless every day of the seventh grade,'' men who are students of prison highs -- chewing nutmeg, drinking Listerine -- and who frequently operate heavy machinery while stoned out of their minds. One of the achievements of Masiel's book, however, is that with one or two exceptions he doesn't turn his manic characters into caricatures; he resembles the short-story writer Thom Jones in his ability to combine an eye for madness and absurdity with a deep feeling for the lives of people in extreme situations. At its heart, ''2182 kHz'' is a series of search-and-rescue missions that are as engrossing as anything this side of ''A Perfect Storm,'' with an offbeat love story thrown in for good measure. The first of these rescue missions is Henry's own. He's the only survivor of a capsizing brought on by the Chemist's unrequited love for a woman named Julia on another boat; the Chemist takes a risky (and deadly) shortcut through dangerous water while trying to beat Julia's boat back to port. Henry is thrown clear of the tug but lives, because he's managed to climb into a survival suit. The scenes of him bobbing in the frigid ocean, alone, in the dark, adrift on a raging sea, have an austere grandeur: ''He climbed and dropped and sensed a thousand feet of black ocean eating him from below. . . . The pit seemed 10 miles deep, 20 miles, stretching down and down, his body falling until he realized his falling was actually rising, a sensation of flying too fast as his inner ear struggled to keep up with the reality of his body's movement.'' O.K., so maybe this quotation doesn't sing out of context (Masiel isn't that kind of writer), but you'll have to trust me -- this scene, which goes on for pages, will leave you feeling as seasick and horrified as Henry is. The woman responsible for Henry's eventual rescue is Julia, the object of the Chemist's obsession and the only woman within what feels like a million miles. Henry becomes obsessed with her, too, and has better luck. (Their sex is so exuberant he begins to worry that in a fit of ecstasy she's going to rip out the series of fresh stitches in his cheek.) Henry and Julia hatch a plan to save a scientist stranded on a rapidly melting ice floe hundreds of miles away, an adventure that will ultimately cost a few more crew members' lives. Masiel is capable of pushing his plot over the top; there's a ridiculous bit where Henry and his men knock out a captain in order to steal the tug needed to reach the stranded scientist. But no matter. What keeps ''2182 kHz'' grounded is Masiel's intimate knowledge of this world. As the plot skims along, you're treated to gripping little disquisitions on things like ''free radicals'' (monster waves that can pop out of fairly calm seas) or how to properly lash down tug lines or how to sleep in rough weather without getting your nose broken. In Henry Seine, Masiel gives us a man who's haunted (almost literally) by ghosts -- those of his dead shipmates, his lost wife, his emotionally remote father. Henry's father was a crabber who died a few hours after fighting with Henry, who'd tried to warn him that his boat was overloaded; among his final words to his son were, ''Gonna whip some college on me, huh?'' The best thing about ''2182 kHz'' may be that David Masiel would never dream of whipping any college on us. His book is proof that good instincts, and a lack of pretension, can take you a surprisingly long way. Dwight Garner is an editor at the Book Review. (via Stefano Valianti, Italy, BDXC-UK via DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. CLANDESTINE from? to IRAQ. 9154.7, V of Ashur heard at tune in 1830 June 18 during an Assyrian* folk song followed shortly by an Arabic ID by male voice 'Izaat Ashur min al-Watan'. I heard some other vernacular IDs by a female voice apparently in Assyrian languages. They broadcast news in Arabic at 1840 with commentaries hostile to the current Iraqi regime, no trace of them after 1857. S7 with intense utility interference and frequent fading. *The name "Assyria is the chronicle of Arbela (modern Arbil); they are not by any means affiliated to the northern Iraq Kurdish community and in fact they are historical enemies (Mahmud Fathi, Germany, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** ISRAEL. ISRAELIS THREATEN TO DROP CNN AFTER TURNER COMMENT Ewen MacAskill and Oliver Burkeman in New York Thursday June 20 2002, The Guardian Israelis yesterday began to take punitive action against the US global television network CNN, whose founder, Ted Turner, accused the country of engaging in terrorism. One of Israel's biggest satellite companies, Yes, bowed to the furore Mr Turner's remarks created by allowing in CNN's biggest rival, Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Some Yes board members also threatened to pull the plug on CNN for 24 hours or even longer. But a spokewoman for CNN, Susanna Flood, said that at a meeting between CNN and Yes in London yesterday Yes "gave us an assurance that it has no intention of taking CNN off". In a further protest, the Yesha council, which represents Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza, banned CNN reporters from entering settlements. The council accused CNN of being "unfair and unbalanced". CNN has faced criticism from Israelis for its coverage of the Middle East crisis. Accusations of bias were fuelled by Mr Turner's interview in the Guardian on Tuesday in which he said Israel was engaged in terrorism against the Palestinians: "Aren't the Israelis and Palestinians both terrorising each other?" Mr Turner later put out a statement seeking to cool the row: "I regret any implication that I believe the actions taken by Israel to protect its people are equal to terrorism." But the Israeli communications minister, Reuven Rivlin, said that if Mr Turner had made his comments in Israel, he would have been declared persona non grata. Celebrating Fox's success in making inroads into Israel, Doug Murphy, vice-president for international distribution, said: "We've been in negotiations since about October 2001, and we're thrilled to be up and running now." He added: "It's a necessary channel there. Our mantra is 'fair and balanced', and that has sunk in with Israelis who have been spending time here in the United States. Then they've gone back to Israel and said that's the type of viewpoint that they want." But Fox has been the target of much criticism in the US from those who accuse it of a rightwing and pro-Israeli bias. A report last year from the pressure group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, said that "Fox's entire editorial policy revolves around the idea that the mainstream media have a liberal bias that Fox is obligated to rectify". The channel recently adopted a policy of referring to Palestinian suicide bombers as "homicide bombers". In Israel, a Yes broadcaster and a source close to the head of Israel's three cable providers, now engaged in a merger, told Reuters the companies will consider whether to take CNN off the air. At least two board members had demanded that Yes take CNN off the air for at least 24 hours. A source close to Ram Belinkov, who will be chief executive of a merged company of the three cable providers, Matav Cable Systems Media, Tevel and Golden Channels, said: "Turner's comments were the latest in a long line of biased coverage" against Israel. Yes, 45% of which is held by state-controlled phone company Bezeq Israel Telecom, competes with the cable companies in providing television services. It has about 300,000 subscribers in Israel. Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** ITALY. 3170 R Studio X , Momigno, Jun 01, 0450–0530, English announcements, and songs in English and Italian, 35434. (It broadcasts regularly on MW 1584) (Gian Luigi Naj, Asti, Italy, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD). Thus it is a harmonic (DSWCI Ed) And ought to be on 3168 – a WORLD OF RADIO affiliate (gh) ** ITALY. We have had to reduce our schedule as the fees for broadcasting from Italy have gotten out of hand. These high fees also forces out the AWR operation in Forlì (Alfredo Controneo, IRRS to Hans Johnson Jun 18, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Sked is now: M-F 0530-0630 13840 Sat-Sun 0800-1200 13840 (Norton IRRS via Cumbre DX via DXLD) However, when I looked at their website the other day, the morning broadcast was not listed (gh, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GERMANY [non?] Another point: ´´Information on the exact location and technical characteristics of this transmitter will not be available for public disclosure at this time.´´ also not really fits to Jülich. On Sunday I quickly tuned into 13840 and found a quite weak signal which seemed to match the tiny Milano outlet, so I did not monitor it more closely, at this time not suspecting that this could be in fact a transmitter abroad... (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KOREA NORTH. 2624, Frontline Soldiers R, Channel 1, reactivated June 1, 1940-2000*, Korean ann, revolutionary songs, not // 3025.6. Low audio and strong QRN, QSA 3. It is very seldom on the air. (Roland Schulze, Philippines, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) Not reported since May 2001 (DSWCI Ed). 3025.6, Frontline R, Channel 2, Jun 1, 1940-1956*, Korean program. QSA 4 (Schulze, ibid.) ** MOROCCO. The official government site http://www.rtm.gov.ma was not working when I checked it out; however, R. Mediterranée Internationale does work at http://www.medi1.com – very little about SW other than a mention of their solitary SW frequency but this site certainly has a very interesting collexion of recipes! (Dr John Barnard, AB, Signals Unlimited, June CIDX Messenger via DXLD) ** NETHERLANDS. I can confirm that the station on 15070 kHz was indeed Radio Alpha [Lima] International. Program details were correct. I was very surprised that they are allegedly using on 250 watts, judging by their website. It sounded louder but again the time of 0400z was probably at their grayline. It did rapidly fade-out. It was the first time I have logged and importantly had confirmed an authentic hobby pirate station (Robin Harwood, Tasmania, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEW ZEALAND. [Re AUSTRALIA]. From Ray Moore's details of 1503 AM reception on June 9, it sounds like he was listening to Radio Sport, New Zealand. They operate synchro transmitters from Wellington (5kW) and Christchurch (2.5kW) in New Zealand on 1503. On June 6, a charity boxing match 'Fight for Life' was held for youth suicide victims, and it may have been an excerpt from a rebroadcast of this match, or another boxing match. It's midwinter (in fact solstice is today) down here, and we hear Florida AMers with regularity so no reason why Radio Sport hasn't got to N. Ft Myers in return (David Ricquish, NZ DX Times, Wellington NZ, June 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI Revised Frequency Schedule 0000-0458 - 17675 0459-0658 - 11820 0659-1105 - 9885 1106-1305 - 9515 (ex 11675) (via John Figliozzi, June 21, GRDXC via DXLD) John habitually omits schedule before 0000 as basically inaudible in ENAm (gh, DXLD) ** OMAN. 15355, R Sultanate of Oman, Jun 14, 0208-0325, clearly audible with Arabic and English (Ray Merrall, UK, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ** OMAN. 13725 (ex 15140) June 16, 1520 R Sultanate of Oman talk in Arabic SINPO 35333 (Swopan Chakroborty, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** PERU. On Jun 16, the Peruvian Minister of Defence, Sr. Aurelio Loret de Mola, declared the southern city of Arequipa in Emergency after three days of severe uprisings against the Peruvian Government. Active SW stations in Arequipa are: 3375 R San Antonio 1000-1330 2200-0130 5940 R Bethel 1000-0300 5996 R Melodia 24 h 6141 CPN R. 0845-2300v (AFP in Danish Press, and updated DBS-4, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) Already reflected in R. Tacna on 9404.8 at 1100 as previously ** PERU. Lo que puedo decir es que para quien quiera escuchar noticias de tienen que sintonizar: Radio Tarma en 4775; el noticiero empieza a las 1200 UT Radio Cora 4914, noticias desde las 1000 una radio arequipeña Radio Melodía en 5995 - y Oriente en 6188 con senhal fuerte... [Yurimaguas] Recomendaría Unión, pero tiene una pésima modulación... aparte he llamado un millón de veces a la radio y nadie sabe dar razón el por qué transmiten tan mal... te responden: pero sí, estamos saliendo ...y uno le explica y no entienden... en fin, cero criterio. Saludos (Alfredo `spacemaster` Cañote, Perú, June 20, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** PERU. 5499.25 /5500.58 Radio San Miguel, la provincia de San Miguel, el departamento de Cajamarca. June 15 2002 - 2330 UT. From a BM preview of April 26 all in SWB got an alert re an unID LA on this frequency -- obviously a test transmission with nonstop, mostly Ecuadorian music without any talk. Back again May 4 with nonstop music without talk, but this time with Peruvian music. May 15 came the solution to this "problem" when "Radio San Miguel" was reactivated on this new frequency. Seems to broadcast regularly -- yesterday evening a little higher up in frequency: 5500.58 -- announcing 5500 kHz, 1450 and 101.1. This date a lot of talk about the election of a new mayor "alcalde" -- mentioned several "distritos" among others "Llapa" and "Calquis". I logged "Radio San Miguel" last time in May last year on 6339.67 kHz (see SWB 1458). At that time they have ID as "San Miguel Arcángel Radio". . Now I can only hear "Radio San Miguel"- IDs and sometimes "San Miguel súper radio". Now when you get this little "preview" San Miguel has been on air for some days so perhaps some of you already got an ID. Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de San Miguel, cuya capital es San Miguel de Pallaques. Sus distritos son: Calquis, El Prado, La Florida, Llapa, Nanchoc, Niepos, San Gregorio, San Miguel, San Silvestre de Cochán, Unión Agua Blanca; con una población total de 59,641 hab. 73 från (BM in Quito! bjornmalm@yahoo.es SW Bulletin via DXLD) ** PHILIPPINES. Dear Glenn: It appears that the VOA is planning a major overhaul of one of their transmitter sites in the Philippines at the former Wallace Air Station, Poro Point, La Union province. In an advertisement in the June 18, 2002 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the IBB called out to interested parties to qualify themselves with the agency to perform demolition and construction work on the site, as well as the erection of a five-tower antenna array for a 1 MW medium-wave transmitter and related facilities. The value of the contract is expected to be in the $1 million - $5 million range. Thanks and regards (Paul Santos, Philippines, June 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PHILIPPINES. Dear Glenn: I read your commentary in DX 2-097 on the death of Martin Burnham in the Philippines and was struck by what I thought was an uninformed remark about why he and his wife Gracia were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf more than a year ago. True, they were in my country on religious business but they were not seized because of it. They were merely on vacation when the Abu Sayyaf swooped down on them and took them hostage. It could have happened to anybody. God rest Martin Burnham's soul and that of fellow kidnap victim Ediborah Yap who died with him that fateful June day. Thanks and regards (Paul Santos, Philippines, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Leader of group that killed him was subsequently hunted down and killed by forces, per news reports (gh, DXLD) ** POLAND. During a recent program answering listeners` letters, the presenter mentioned that R. Polonia no longer carried Polish language lessons. The rather lengthy series was repeated many times over the years. However, it was decided to discontinue the series due to programming restraints and the fact that the texts were a relic of the old communist era. Some of the text material reflected that era, which the station didn`t want to emphasize. It was not economically feasible to write a new series or set of text books (Fred Waterer, Programming Matters, ODXA Listening In, June, via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. The Voice of Russia has celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Indian broadcasts. The director of the Indian cultural center in Moscow Satbir Singh underlined the extreme importance of the broadcasts that were first launched in the years of World War II. He pointed out that broadcasts in the languages of various ethnic communities of Indostan let people learn many things about new Russia. The first foreign minister of Russia Vyacheslav Trubnikov spoke about the Voice of Russia's contribution to the efforts to promote relations between Russia and South Asia (Voice of Russia News, 06/19/02 via Sergei Sosedkin, IL, DXLD) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. OK, wedged in between South Africa and Syria, with those two asterisks you use to denote a country, is a listing for the nation of. . . . . South Carolina. As someone who grew up there, I agree a strong case can be made that South Carolina isn't really part of the United States. . . . . or, hell, Western civilization when you get down to it. But has something happened back there my relatives aren't telling me? Or are you, as those wacky young people like to say, yanking our cranks? As Desi Arnez used to say, "Splain plez!" 73, (Harry Helms, CA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Hi Harry, Nothing personal, I assure you, but I felt it appropriate for us -- spelt U-S -- to distance ourselves from the Bro. Stair case, and it makes it easier to find instead of mixing in with all that USA stuff. I do, of course, also treat OKLAHOMA as a special heading, if not country, for quite different reasons. SC of course does have a history of separatism, and I have also come out in favor of autonomy/independence everywhere, producing as many radio countries as possible. 73, (Glenn to Harry via DXLD) Glenn, Thanks for the explanation! I knew you were goofing, but the genesis of the joke sailed over my somewhat bewildered head. 73, (Harry Helms, ibid.) ** SPAIN. 15290 kHz, Radio Exterior de España. June 18 at 2035-2055*. SINPO 35443. Interview about scientific research in English. Spanish by radio at 2045. The same program was also heard on 9570 with SINPO 24332 (NAGATANI Iwao, Kobe, JAPAN, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** SWEDEN. Swedish LF Transmitter On Air Next Sunday. LF enthusiasts will be interested to note that the annual transmission from the historic Alexanderson alternator at Grimeton Radio, SAQ, in Sweden will take place on 17.2 kHz next Sunday, the 30th of June, at 0830 UTC. The transmission will be repeated at 0845, 1230 and 1245 UTC. The amateur special event station SA6Q will be active from 0700 to 1400 on 7015, 7050, 14035 and 14215 kHz plus 136.8 kHz LF. Reception reports can be sent by e-mail to: info@alexander.n.se or by fax to 0046 340 674195. (RSBG Main News for June 23 via G4RGA, uk.radio.amateur via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TIBET [non]. The Voice of Tibet (via Yangi-Yul, Tajikistan ?) was heard as follows with SINPO-ratings mentioned: 1213-1300: 15170 (New) Jun 16 22332 15225 (New) Jun 15 25333 (at 12:43:30 shift to 15330) 15330 (New) Jun 15 24232 (from 12:43:30) 15635 Jun 15 34333 15660 (New) Jun 16 24333* (at 12:43:30 shift to 15670) 15670 Jun 16 25343* (from 12:43:30) 21560 Jun 15 22332 (Beijing voice jamming) 21570 Jun 16 21221 *Voice of Tibet changed frequency exactly at 12:43:30. The CNR2 voice jammer continued on 15660 until 1248 and was effective again on 15670 from 1249 ! Both the Voice of Tibet and the CNR2 jammer signed off at 1300. 1430-1515: 21570 Jun 16 23433 21650 Jun 14 25433 21650 Jun 15 44444 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ** TURKEY. Want to be a script writer? You have the opportunity at the Voice of Turkey. No pay, but our script will be read out in full without any editing and with your by-line. Osman Erkan is the head of the English department at VOT. He badly needs material for DX-Corner. He, himself, is not a SW listener. No doubt, you have something to say on some SW subjects. Write it out on paper. No need to be brief; expand all you want. Mail to: TRT-Voice of Turkey, Osman Erkan, DX Corner, P O Box 333, 06.443 Yenisehir, Ankara, Turkey. Also, the VOT English service has a call-in show ``Live from Turkey``, every Tuesday 1841-1920 on 9785, 500 kW. This call-in show has few, if any callers. To participate, phone Turkey near the start of the show at 90-312- 4912896. Give your own number and hang up. You will not be asked what you want to talk about. VOT will call you back, at their expense, and you can converse with Osman Erkan as long as you want about any subject matter. Erkan is even willing if you would like to read a poem over the air! The people at VOT are very nice, so I expect that you should at least alk about Turkey and shortwave. You can be heard, worldwide! (David Crystal, Israel, June CIDX Messenger via DXLD) Unless, of course, you wish to express your loyalty to ex-presenter of both shows Reshide Morali... BTW, Yenisehir is supposed to be spelt with a cedilla (comma) under the S, making it an sh sound, but I haven`t found any way to produce this character with MS Word or extended ASCII, altho I do have its equivalent š. C-cedilla is easily done with control-comma-c, but not its essy counterpart! Lacking that, it ought to be respelt Yenishehir. And what about the unique Turkish I`s, upper and lower case, with and without dots? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** UNITED KINGDOM See story in DXLD 2-092 Chris Bickerton, presenter of the BBC World Service`s Focus on Africa for more than 30 years, died of cancer two weeks ago. His demise was reported in the World Service`s main news bulletins, prompting hundreds of messages of condolences from listeners all over the continent. ``Chris was the rock around which Focus was built,`` an official obituary on the BBC website observes. ``Some listeners even named their children after him.`` What this devoted audience did not know was that early in 2001 Bickerton was told by BBC bosses his services would not be required beyond the end of the year - partly because he had reached the age of 60, and, partly because managers wanted to `Africanise` the presenters. He was offered a few hundred pounds as a `goodwill gesture`. There was dismay and anger among his colleagues, who pointed out that other BBC presenters are allowed to continue beyond the age of 60 - or even 90, in Alastair Cooke`s case. A petition, signed by every member of the department, urged the management to think again since ``Chris is the most professional, knowledgeable and experienced presenter we have in this department``. The signatories, most of whom were themselves African, also noted that ``listeners want presenters that have a feel for the story/items in the programme. Chris, with 30 years` experience, certainly has as much sensibility for the stories as most Africans on staff.`` The suits agreed to postpone his departure, whilst negotiating an improved settlement. Meanwhile, Bickerton was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, though he continued to to come to work when he was well enough. A month later he had surgery to remove the tumour, but in April he learned that the cancer had spread aggressively and was inoperable. No leaving party was ever organised for Chris Bickerton: not so much as the carton of orange juice and packet of crisps customarily produced at the departure of someone after a few weeks works experience. No speech was made, no gratitude expressed. Now, however, the fine words are flowing: the BBC website has dozens of tributes, and it seems that some corporate celebration of his life is to be organised. Many old colleagues think the suits should spare themselves the effort and hypocrisy, and hand over a large cheque to his widow and young son instead (Private Eye, June 14th, via Mike Barraclough, UK, June 21, DXLD) ** U K. Thought you might like to see this piece from the New Statesmen by a UK gentleman who has a DAB digital radio, and his impressions thereof: http://www.newstatesman.co.uk/site.php3?newTemplate=NSArticle_Life&newDisplayURN=200206170036 73- (Bill Westenhaver, QC, DXLD) ** U K. BBC FACES UNFAIR DISMISSAL CLAIMS AT RACE TRIBUNAL Ashley Davies Tuesday June 18 2002 The Guardian The BBC was today accused of running parts of the World Service like the "old empire" at an employment tribunal. John Barsby, the chairman of the National Union of Journalists, said the BBC was not making enough of an effort towards racial equality. He was speaking at the tribunal of Perry Grambas, a former BBC World Service contract producer who claims he was sacked because of his race. Mr Grambas, who is Greek, had worked for the BBC World Service for seven years before being moved to BBC news and current affairs. Barsby said: "In our experience, we fear people in the World Service language service have not had the same opportunities as those in other areas of the BBC. "It is incumbent on them to make more of an effort. Many people there do try but some people there believe we are still in the old empire." The tribunal also heard from Julian Siddle, who was programme output producer on the World Today programme when Mr Grambas worked there. Referring to BBC claims from earlier on in the tribunal that Mr Grambas learned new production skills too slowly, Mr Siddle said he felt Mr Grambas had been given "an unnecessarily hard time". "He was as good as, if not better than, other producers," he said. The tribunal continues. Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via Bill Westenhaver, June 19, DXLD) ** U S A. FLORIDA MAN CONVICTED IN DELIBERATE INTERFERENCE TRIAL NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 20, 2002 --- A Florida Citizens Band enthusiast accused of jamming Amateur Radio operations and transmitting without a license has been convicted in federal court on eight misdemeanor counts. The jury took about 30 minutes to decide that Willam Flippo of Jupiter was guilty of four counts of operating without a license and four counts of deliberate and malicious interference. Federal District Court Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley noted that, while the charges were misdemeanors, it was important that the amateur airwaves be free of interference in the event of an emergency. He ordered that Flippo remain in custody and undergo a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing. The prosecutor in the case, Neil Karabdil, credited members of the Amateur Radio community with bringing Flippo to justice. The list included ARRL 1999 ARRL International Humanitarian Award winner Ed Petzolt, K1LNC, who helped the FCC gather evidence in the case; Bert Morschi, AG4BV; Palm Beach County Emergency Coordinator Dave Messinger, N4QPM; and Chuck Mulligan, N4SDW. "This is a very good day for Amateur Radio, and a very good day for justice," Petzolt said following the trial. "Let the word go out that we will not tolerate this sort of thing on our frequencies, and you will be caught." Petzolt cited local amateurs and the efforts of the FCC, including Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth "and everyone else who kept the faith," for helping to bring the case to a successful conclusion. "Never give up and never surrender," Petzolt advised those facing similar malicious interference situations. "If you do, they win." According to Petzolt, who testified in the trial, Flippo primarily had targeted the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group for jamming and regularly interfered with amateur operations, especially on 10 and 2 meters, over an approximately three-year period. Following up on the amateurs` complaints, personnel from the FCC`s Tampa District Office visited the Jupiter area at least twice in 1999 and reported tracking the offending signals to Flippo`s residence. Anything But Routine The six-and-a-half-day trial that began June 10 was anything but routine. A day after attempting to fire his public defender attorney, Robert Adler--who countered that Flippo was trying to undermine his own trial--Flippo, then still free on $100,000 bond, drove himself to the hospital June 13 claiming he`d suffered a stroke. He was released the following day. Hurley recessed the trial but took the unusual step of revoking Flippo`s bond June 17 after a physician told the judge that medical tests determined that Flippo had not had a stroke. Known as "Rabbit Ears" within the CB community, Flippo reportedly begged Hurley not to return him to jail because he had high blood pressure. The federal trial was twice postponed last year after Flippo, now 60, argued successfully that serious health problems would prevent him from participating. He made similar claims earlier this month during another hearing to determine if he was capable of standing trial. A federal magistrate determined, however, that Flippo was competent to stand trial, and the trial date was set. Flippo conceded during testimony that he did not have a license to transmit, but he claimed to have a letter of authorization from the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Office to use his radio during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and that he considered it still valid. He did not admit to transmitting on amateur frequencies, however. The letter`s alleged author, Mulligan, testified that the letter had been altered. Flippo further testified that he`d been given a 10-kW amplifier by the FCC after he`d complained of suffering interference while handling emergency communications during the hurricane. He also claimed that amateurs had planted listening devices on his property and taped his voice to play back on ham frequencies to frame him. Some members of the Palm Beach County CB community also showed up for the trial, but only as spectators. None testified on Flippo`s behalf in the case. Tape-recorded evidence of a 911 call Flippo had made in 1999 while also alleged to be transmitting on 2 meters supported a jamming claim by Petzolt. At the time, Petzolt and then-FCC agent Larry Sowers were in Petzolt`s vehicle behind Flippo while Sowers was gathering evidence for the case. The jury apparently did not believe the argument, made by Adler, that Petzolt had "jammed himself" by retransmitting Flippo`s mobile public address system audio via his own 2-meter transmitter. Flippo was convicted last year in state court of criminal mischief-- also a misdemeanor--after ramming Petzolt`s vehicle the same evening the 911 call was made. Following his state conviction, Flippo was sentenced to a year`s probation. The judge also ordered him to dispose of any radio equipment in his possession. A ban on possessing radio gear also was a condition of his bond in the federal case. Taking the stand for the prosecution, Sowers detailed the allegations against Flippo. His testimony included the introduction of taped- recorded and other evidence gathered by the FCC. Anthony Burgos of the FCC`s Tampa office also testified for the prosecution. Federal authorities arrested Flippo in July 2000. The criminal charges of which he now stands convicted covered violations allegedly committed between June 1999 and April of 2000. The defendant already faces a $20,000 fine levied in 1999 for unlicensed operation, willful and malicious interference to Amateur Radio communications, and failure to let the FCC inspect his radio equipment. Further Charges Possible Following Flippo`s conviction and after the jury had left the courtroom, Hurley expressed concerns that Flippo had committed perjury during the trial. "It is clear to me you made an effort to sabotage this case," he told Flippo. Hurley also said he was concerned "regarding the violence in this case" and said he was convinced that Flippo was the aggressor in the car-ramming incident. Further worried that Flippo might not return to court for his sentencing hearing, Hurley remanded him to the custody of US marshals and ordered him returned to jail. Flippo`s wife, Jan, and his two daughters, one of them in a wheelchair, were in court on the trial`s final day. Flippo reportedly hung his head after the jury returned a guilty verdict on the second count. He had no comment for a reporter as he was led back to jail. Sentencing could take place in about a month. According to the FCC, Flippo faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison--one year on each count. He also faces up to $80,000 in fines (ARRL June 20 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. ARNL June 21: ENFORCEMENT: FLIPPO IS TRIED IN WEST PALM BEACH A non-ham who allegedly jammed ham radio communications has been convicted in West Palm Beach Florida on charges of operating a radio transmitter without a license. We have this report. A federal jury in Florida took less than two hours to convict a Jupiter Farms man of broadcasting without a license and maliciously jamming ham radio operations in northern Palm Beach County. According to the Palm Beach Post, 60 year old William Flippo sat with head bowed and eyes closed as court deputy James Caldwell read out eight counts of "guilty." But getting to this verdict took years of investigation by local hams and the FCC along with a trial that lasted 6 1/2 days. It was described by the newspaper as an often bizarre trial that included testimony about mysterious jamming devices found in trees, strange events going back to Hurricane Andrew and a forged letter that surfaced at the last minute. Flippo`s conviction caps years of conflict between him and the Jupiter-Tequesta Repeater Group. This is a 70-member Amateur Radio club whose members claimed that Flippo had jammed their transmissions and had made threats against them. So club members complained to the Federal Communications Commission. An FCC Engineer involved in the investigation testified that he had tracked the interference to Flippo`s home and two of his vehicles. Club members said that the interference stopped when Flippo was arrested in July 2000. By way of defense, Flippo maintained that most of the radio equipment found in his home, in three of his vehicles and filling a 24-by-24- foot building behind his house belonged to other people. He also asserted that some of it was given to him by Palm Beach County for emergency use after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and other gear was part of a vintage radio collection. Flippo also claimed to have a letter, written in 1994 by the emergency coordinator for amateur radio operators in Palm Beach County, authorizing him to test his emergency equipment daily. But the alleged author of the letter, Charles Mulligan, testified that it was a forgery. Mulligan believed it was created from a 1992 letter to Flippo dealing with events surrounding Hurricane Andrew. And this is where it got even stranger. Halfway through the trial, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley took the extraordinary step of revoking Flippo`s bail. This, even though the charges were all misdemeanors. Hurley ordered Flippo into custody, saying that the defendant was trying to sabotage the trial by feigning illness. Flippo had checked into a hospital, claiming symptoms of a stroke, which delayed the trial for two days. After the verdict, Judge Hurley ordered Flippo to remain in custody until sentencing and to undergo psychological testing. The judge said he was deeply concerned about the escalating cycle of violence in the case. He singled out an incident in which Flippo rammed into a vehicle owned by club member Ed Petzolt, K1LNC. The judge also questioned whether Flippo had perjured himself by repeatedly denying he ever used amateur radio frequencies. When he is sentenced, Flippo faces a maximum of 8 years in a Federal prison and an $80,000 fine. This is in addition to an earlier 20,000 fine levied against him back in 1999 for unlicensed operation and other violations of the FCC`s rules. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I`m Don Wilbanks, KC5MFA. Norm. More on the Flippo case in future amateur Radio Newsline reports (Palm Beach Post, Miami Sun, numerous others, Amateur Radio Newsline June 21 via John Norfolk, DXLD) ** U S A. It seems that the operation of KBGG-1700 as WSJZ-1700 was rather short lived, as per the FCC site at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=87105&Callsign=KBGG Current Call Sign: KBGG Facility ID Number: 87105 Call Sign Begin Date KBGG 06/18/2002 WSJZ 06/06/2002 KBGG 11/12/1997 It appears that they were WSJZ for only 12 days :). Was this an FCC error that was soon corrected? It seems that a WSJZ-1700 QSL will be a rarity:). 73,(Deane McIntyre, AB, NRC-AM via DXLD) 1700, KBGG IA, Des Moines, They have indeed changed back from WSJZ, after using those calls for a few days. Heard at 0259.50 EDT 6/20 ID ".......KBGG Des Moines." Into CNN Headline News. I wonder why the change back? FCC messed up? (Pat Martin, OR, ibid.) * U S A. I see an experimental digital AM station is slated for New Jersey, operating on 1700 kHz with 50 watts. There`s been a lot of controversy about how well the proposed IBOC digital system will work on AM, particularly at night, so it should be interesting to see how that experiment works out (Nigel Pimblett, Medicine Hat, The Broadcast Band Column, June CIDX Messenger via DXLD) ** U S A. AM IBOC OPPONENTS: MANY LISTENERS WILL SUFFER "Millions of listeners will lose their choice of radio if full or partial [IBOC] conversion is achieved," argues C. Crane Company, an equipment manufacturer that produces radios it says offers "AM reception with audio fine-tuned to reproduce the human voice." Crane says there are too many questions about interference that must be answered before IBOC can be deployed and suggests that more portable IBOC receivers be tested. It also wants iBiquity to compile a list of receivers that have "adjacent-channel interference problems or inadequate filtering." For its part, while acknowledging that further testing is necessary for nighttime AM IBOC, iBiquity says the tests for daytime service found "little or no noticeable impact" on third- adjacent analog channels and that the benefits of AM IBOC "greatly outweighed any impact" to first- and second-adjacent analog channels.`` Above From Radio and Records June 19. BTW, I like first and second adjacent AM stations. That's why I have a loop at home and selective radio in the car. Sorry to see them go! Regards, (Brock Whaley, Atlanta, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. John and Frank, hosts of The Right Perspective, UT Sat 0200- 0400 on WBCQ 7415, have started their own ``The Two Friends Radio Network`` lately. They`re live out of the Hal Turner studios. Both continue to dis their old digs citing broken promises, being strung along, lies, not having we site maintained, etc. All of this John & Frank are in the process of upgrading and remedying. So, they have left Omega Radio Network (Bob Thomas, CT, June 17, DX LISTNENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Allan Weiner was upset June 14 during his live show Friday evening [UT Sat 0000-0100 on 7415], due to reports that got back to him regarding his upcoming ship project. Someone spread rumors he was going to outfit it with transmitters and antennae and set sail. Not so! All he was going to do was take the Katy for a spin and conduct remotes via cell phone. He`d use one of the three 50 kW transmitters in Monticello, Maine. No pirating! Everything by the rules. Not going to put anything at risk. So, he scolded those who put out the rumors and suspended raising funds form listeners. The project will be privately funded. Ship is in Boston harbor (Bob Thomas, CT, June 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Hi Glenn! Managed to get home in time to catch the first run of WOR at 2200 Wednesday. (Usually I'm not home by 6 PM EDT, which is why I preferred the previous 7:30 PM EDT airtime.) Reception on 7415 was pretty good, though there was a bit of QSB about 10-12 minutes in. I wasn't getting 17495, but then, it was presumably skipping over me. I think that, while you called it WOR#1136 at the beginning of the show, you called it #1135 in the middle and at the end (Bill Westenhaver, QC, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Oops. Did it again! For some reason, WBCQ 17495 was *much* stronger when checked Sat June 16 at 1605 during Allan Weiner [non] Worldwide playback, than during WOR Wednesday at 2200 (gh, OK, DXLD) Reception on yesterday's WOR at 2200 on 17495 was poor. About an S1 or S2 sometimes fading out to nothing. Are we experiencing a solar flare or something? I'm in the Atlanta, GA area using a DX-390 (Lou Johnson, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. INTERNET RADIO AUTHOR BLASTS PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES "As if the government were going out of its way to discourage the Internet." FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2002 The decision today to impose performance royalties on Internet radio, royalties broadcast stations do not have to pay, was decried by the author of the first published guide to Internet radio. "It is as if the government were going out of its way to discourage the Internet," said L.A. Heberlein, author of the recently-released ROUGH GUIDE TO INTERNET RADIO. THE ROUGH GUIDE TO INTERNET RADIO says the changes radio is going through now are as large as the advent of the transistor which allowed radios to become portable personal devices in the 1960's. The book lists thousands of radio programs of all kinds now available over the Net. Heberlein, a Seattle novelist and software entrepreneur, says the year he spent listening to Internet radio researching the book was "a chance to experience the amazing diversity of human creativity, something I would love to see everyone share." The royalties imposed by Billington today were not as high as those proposed by the Copyright Arbitration Rights Panel (CARP) in May. "Billington's decision avoids the worst of CARP's excesses," Heberlein says. Heberlein's statement is reproduced in full below. Further information is available at: http://www.heberlein.net #### PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES ON INTERNET RADIO STATIONS Today, June 20, the Librarian of Congress, James Billington, delivered a final ruling on performance royalties that will be charged to Internet radio stations, bringing an end to a hot controversy that has raged for months. In February, the Copyright Arbitration Rights Panel (CARP) proposed a royalty schedule that small Internet radio stations said would put them out of business. Many small stations did, in fact, pull their streams off the Net out of fear of the onerous royalties. On May 20, Billington issued a stay which halted implementation of the CARP plan for 30 days, and set today's date for delivering a final decision. Today that much-anticipated decision was delivered. The biggest disappointment to most Internet radio stations is that Billington did not adopt a percentage-of-revenue model, such as that currently used by all radio stations to pay songwriters' royalties. Instead, Internet radio stations are required to pay a flat fee for musical performances, whether they have any revenue or not. Poor struggling radio stations pay the same as the richest. Billington did bring the fees down from the stratospheric charges proposed by CARP. Net-only stations will now pay half as much as CARP proposed. CARP would have billed them twice the royalty paid by stations that also own transmitters. Net-only stations will now pay the same rate as stations that own transmitters - .07 cents per song per listener. Noncommercial stations pay less - .02 cents per song per listener. Billington eliminated CARP's strange notion that royalties at noncommercial stations should be higher for archived shows than for live shows. (Under CARP's plan, if you listened to a program as it aired, say at 10 a.m., the royalty would be one rate. At 11 a.m., it would have cost twice as much. Now both incur the same royalties.) Billington's decision avoids the worst of CARP's excesses. The royalties will not put Internet radio out of business. They will be the death-knell for some individual stations, especially small web- only streams dependent on scarce web advertising dollars. And they will be present an impediment to the rapid spread of Internet streaming. But it will not be an insurmountable obstacle. Internet radio will continue to grow rapidly, and to thrive, until the Internet becomes so much a part of our radio experience that it changes the very definition of the word "radio." There is probably no way Billington could have avoided imposing the royalties, because of the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But this only illustrates how bad a law the DMCA is. Passed by a Congress heavily paid off by the music industry, which was terrified of being put out of business by Internet piracy, the DMCA is actively anti-Internet. Nothing more clearly illustrates the anti-Internet bias of the DMCA than this difference in royalty rates. There is no performance royalty for broadcast radio. There is now a performance royalty for Internet radio. The exact same program is treated completely inconsistently, depending on how you listen to it. When I am listening to the radio in the car on the way home from work, there is no performance royalty. When I get home and turn on the computer to continue listening to the same program, a performance royalty is now charged. Why? What possible difference is there between the listening I was doing five minutes ago and the listening I am doing now? This isn't Napster, where I get a copy of the music, and can trade it to my friends. I'm still just listening to the radio. Why does listening to the same radio station on a different piece of hardware invoke a royalty? It is as if the government were going out of its way to discourage the Internet. It is exactly the opposite of the way sales taxes are treated, with Net users avoiding sales taxes they would have to pay in stores. In its knee-jerk fear of all technology, the music industry has forgotten that radio is its best friend. Record companies break down the doors of little radio stations trying to get their music on the air. Occasionally they face charges for illegally paying radio stations to play their music. (This is called payola.) Now they have successfully demanded reverse payola. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and these royalties on Internet radio are only one act in a continuing drama. Owners of "intellectual property" are daily gaining further and deeper restrictions on what has traditionally been considered fair use. Future observers looking back may say that this struggle over ownership of ideas, concepts, songs, pictures, thoughts and even individual words was the major issue of this period we are now living through. Today anyone with an interest in wider access to diverse voices lost one more small battle. L.A. Heberlein, 6041 Palatine Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 +1 206 915 5727 la@heberlein.net http://www.heberlein.net L.A. Heberlein is the author of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO INTERNET RADIO (just released), which catalogues the wonderful diversity of radio programming available over the Internet. For further information, contact: David Wechsler, Rough Guides Publicity, 345 Hudson / 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014 Phone #212 414 3712 Fax # 212 414 3352 dwechsler@roughguides.com (From: L. A. Heberlein, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. CURTAIN CALL FOR WEBCASTS? SOME DECRY ORDER TO PAY ROYALTIES TO MUSICIANS By Christopher Stern, Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, June 21, 2002; Page E01 Thousands of Internet radio stations may find their transmissions financially jammed after the Librarian of Congress yesterday adjusted the royalty fees that the webcasters must pay musicians and record companies for broadcasting their songs online.... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20412-2002Jun20.html (via Tom McNiff, Burke, Virginia, USA, DXLD) ** U S A. WEB RADIO DECISION UPSETS INDUSTRY By REID KANALEY, Philadelphia Inquirer Webcasters and recording-industry officials alike expressed unhappiness with a system of music royalties dictated by the Librarian of Congress yesterday for the nascent Internet radio industry. Webcasters said they would fight the royalties because many small operators and basement disc jockeys could be crushed by the new charges they now must pay to the record companies, even though the top rate is half what an arbitration panel proposed in February. "We'll not be able to survive under this structure," said Kevin Shively, spokesman for the classical music site Beethoven.com, one of thousands of Web sites that offer radiolike programming accessible to anyone with an Internet connection and a computer equipped with a sound card and speakers. Representatives of musicians and record labels were also displeased. The decision "disregarded voluminous economic and business evidence supporting a significantly higher rate," said John L. Simon, executive director of SoundExchange, the entity set up to collect the royalties. The Librarian of Congress, who oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, set the rates after a two-year review of the matter. Shively and others said Webcasters had no choice but to lobby for legislation to ease the royalties - which range up to 7/100 of a cent per song per listener - or seek court action to stop their Sept. 1 implementation. Webcasters said they would prefer to be charged a percentage of their revenue, as is the case with royalties collected from traditional radio broadcasters for payment to music publishers. The recording industry had asked the librarian, James H. Billington, for 40/100 of a cent per song per online listener. The charges might sound minuscule, but with millions of people now listening to Internet radio, the per-play fees would add up to tens of thousands of dollars for some Internet radio operators making little or no money - and the fees are retroactive to 1998, when the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the legislation requiring the royalty, was signed into law. Because they operate primarily on advertising revenue, "the majority of Webcasters really are not making that much money," Susan Pickering, director of the International Association of Webcasters, said. Pickering said the industry needed a payment model based on a percentage of the Webcaster's revenue to benefit both the Webcasters and the music industry. "The more these companies grow, the higher the revenue, the more they pay," she said. But, Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, said the royalties set yesterday meant that "artists and record labels will subsidize the Webcasting businesses of multibillion-dollar companies." (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) What no one has yet mentioned in anything I've read is that this could negatively impact DRM via shortwave. This is because shortwave transmissions go far beyond the 150-mile exemption, and the transmissions will be, after all, digital. Thus, shortwave radio stations broadcasting digitally could be liable for fees owed for copyrightable programming. Interesting in that all this legalese had special "nonsubscription" wording -- it won't apply to XM or Sirius because they're subscription based. Apologies in advance if I have interpreted these issues incorrectly. While I'm good at translating legalese, I haven't been a student of copyright law nor the DMCA. The folks at http://www.saveinternetradio.org have a very thorough review of this -- better than I could have done. Two members of Congress have already come out in opposition to the process. Apparently Congress' original instructions focused on the "willing seller / buyer" model -- and Kurt Hanson believes that instruction may have forced the Library of Congress into today's decision without any clear options (Richard Cuff, PA, swprograms via DXLD) ** U S A. Yet another look at what's been happening to Pacifica. 73- Bill Westenhaver - - - - - - - - - - - - THE BATTLE FOR INDIE RADIO By Jesse Walker http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2002/06/20/pacifica/index.html Another long article, including i.a. news of KPFX, a separate web station from KPFK (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Every two or three years when there's a city of Dallas budget shortfall the WRR issue comes up. According to the most recent article in Dallas Morning News, the city council is debating whether or not to fund a study to appraise the value of the station in today's market (in 1996 it was appraised at 38 Million). There is lukewarm support on funding an appraisal and parting with the station. The station is self supporting and turns a small profit by design. Ad revenues are down 40% from last year though. I think there was an article about this in Monday's Dallas Morning News which still might be available on their website (Wally Wawro, WFAA-TV Dallas, TX, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.: ** U S A. CITY COUNCIL TO GET AN APPRAISAL OF WRR-FM DALLAS GETTING OFFERS; REGARDLESS, IT WON'T STOP CLASSICAL BROADCASTS 06/18/2002 By DAVE MICHAELS / The Dallas Morning News The Dallas City Council agreed Monday to seek an appraisal of its classical radio station, WRR-FM (101.1), in response to recent offers from companies that want to buy the station's frequency. The overtures have come from two stations that want to trade places on the dial with WRR and make up the difference in value with cash. "Every few years somebody shows up and asks the city if it would be willing to sell WRR," said Ramon Miguez, the assistant city manager who oversees the station. "There is sufficient interest for us to explore it." Council members, cautious about major changes to their prized radio station, gave the idea a lukewarm endorsement during a meeting of the arts, education and libraries committee. Whatever happens, council members and city staff stressed, they would not stop broadcasting. "The staff feels we should consider exploring our options," said Veletta Forsythe Lill, the committee's chairwoman. "My greater fear is that we are considering getting rid of our important cultural assets." Council members said seeking the appraisal has nothing to do with trying to find funds to pull the city out of a projected $81 million budget shortfall. WRR has been a classical station since the 1950s. It is the only city- owned commercial radio station in the country, and its broadcasting radius reaches 100 miles. Although advertising revenues have dipped this year by 40 percent, the station will still earn a profit, officials said. The station has been profitable since 1994, general manager Greg Davis said. Mr. Miguez declined to identify the companies interested in WRR's signal or their buyout offers. He said he hoped to have an appraiser selected by early August. The council would then have to vote to authorize funds for the appraisal. Some council members said Monday that they were less than enthusiastic about paying for it. "If there is somebody out there who is very serious about changing frequencies," council member Mary Poss said, "I would hope they would pay for these experts." WRR was last appraised in 1996, when consultants pegged its value at $38 million. That was the last time the city considered selling the station, which was coveted by an Ohio-based radio chain offering $25 million. Council members decided against selling it. At Monday's meeting, some members said that changing frequencies could result in fewer listeners. Mr. Davis said the station should not give up its position on the dial for a less-desirable frequency. "Classical music demands the best dial position and the best frequency," he said. (Dallas Morning News via DXLD) ** U S A. RADIO BEAT: PANEL TURNS UP VOLUME ON VOICES FROM THE PAST Thursday, June 20, 2002 By BILL VIRGIN, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Not many current radio listeners were around to hear Wally Nelskog when he was one of the top disc jockeys in the Seattle area, but they can still catch him on the air. Of course, they have to be able to tune in amateur radio or "ham" broadcasts to do it. A more practical way to hear Nelskog is to see him in person at a Museum of History and Industry presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The "Talk of the Town" panel includes representatives of more than 40 years of music radio in Seattle: Nelskog from the 1950s, Pat O'Day (whom Nelskog once hired at a Yakima station) from the 1960s, Bruce Murdock from the 1970s and Jim Keller from the 1980s. An Everett native, Nelskog was a big deal in Seattle radio, on such stations as KRSC and KJR, and had his own television show, "Wally's Hi-Jinks." But he was also a significant figure in the radio business for owning, operating and starting stations, from Anchorage to California. He got out of ownership in 1986 with the sale of three stations including KIXI AM and FM. Nelskog remembers a business that was "more fun" with more personality than today's radio. It was certainly good for stories likely to be told at the MOHAI forum. During one broadcast from the window of a Spokane record store, Nelskog interviewed an up-and-coming entertainer named Sammy Davis Jr., who danced on the store's counter -- and scratched it. The irate owner, not realizing Davis' future, made Nelskog pay to repair it. Now 82, Nelskog stays active on the amateur radio bands. "Once a ham, always a ham -- and I mean that both ways." In other radio notes: KSER-FM (90.7) has resumed online streaming of its broadcasts. While many stations have dropped such Webcasts because of the debate over music royalties, KSER manager Ed Bremer said he decided to go ahead. "I'm confident public radio stations will be able to stream without the same considerations online-only and commercial radio face," he said. ©1999-2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. 'FUV: FLAP OVER TOWER COULD SILENCE US By DAVID HINCKLEY, Daily News Staff Writer With another FCC hearing coming next week on the eight-year battle over a new antenna for WFUV (90.7 FM), frustrated Fordham University officials say the stakes for their campus station are simple. "If we can't construct a new tower, at some point WFUV will go out of business," says station manager Ralph Jennings. "It will be gone." The question is where the tower should go. Fordham started building a 480-foot structure in January 1994 near its border with the New York Botanical Garden. That July, when the tower was 260 feet high, the Garden got a stop-work order. The garden argued it was ruining the view and ambiance of the historic Haupt Conservatory. "A tower there is just not acceptable," says garden spokesman Karl Lauby. "It's a jarring intrusion." Today, with the tower in limbo, Jennings says WFUV is broadcasting with a temporary antenna that delivers about 56% of the station's authorized power. Since public radio stations depend on listeners/donors for operating cash, this reduced reach has had a financial impact beyond the $1.8 million Fordham says it has spent on the case. Lauby says the garden does not want to put WFUV out of business, but is firm in insisting it find a less intrusive site. Fordham spokeswoman Elizabeth Schmalz says the school has tried. "We've looked at more than 30 sites," Schmalz says. "But the only one so far that meets all of our criteria -- technologically, politically and financially feasible -- is the one on campus." She says Fordham has offered to drop the tower height to 380 feet, an offer Lauby says "is really no offer at all. "They're required to do that by the city Department of Buildings," he says. "But 380 feet is unacceptable, too. So is 260 feet. There's no way to mitigate something this size. You can't grow vines on it and pretend it isn't there." In the '70s, WFUV's antenna was on top of the university's Keating Hall. Fordham petitioned the FCC to move it in 1983, saying it damaged the historic building and did not meet radiation standards. Engineers hired by the garden argue that Fordham could put the antenna back atop Keating, using modern construction techniques to solve the old problems. "An antenna on Keating would have 93% of the reach of a signal from a 380-foot tower," says Lauby. Fordham disagrees. The FCC has scheduled two hearings on Thursday, June 27 -- one 10 a.m.-noon at the Conservatory and one 2-4 p.m. in the McGinley Student Center at Fordham. The subject is environmental impact, and no final decision is expected. The biggest question may be whether a mysterious new potential off-campus site is revealed, though Fordham was making no promises. "We're very encouraged the process is going forward," says Fordham vice president for government and urban affairs Joe Muriana. He says the university's current view is somewhere between cautious optimism and wait-and-see. But while the case seems to have gone on forever, Jennings says it will not. "We can't go on indefinitely with temporary transmitter permits," he says. "At some point, if we're not using our full range, other stations will petition to move into the places we can no longer be heard. "I think it's been demonstrated that people want WFUV [which averages more than a quarter million listeners a week]. To the garden, this tower would be a blip on the horizon -- one of many in an urban environment. To us, it's the difference between existing and not existing." Original Publication Date: 6/19/02 (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. Glenn, have you read this book? (Artie Bigley, DXLD) http://ishi.lib.berkeley.edu/history/grads/dissertations/1994/horten.html No, perhaps not published as book, just dissertation, viz.: RADIO GOES TO WAR: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF PROPAGANDA DURING WORLD WAR II Author: Horten, Gerhard Jakob Field: America since 1607 Year: 1994 Committee: Lawrence Levine, Chair James Gregory Todd Gitlin Pages: 350 UCB Call Number: 308t 1994 800 Abstract: In the 1940s, radio was the primary medium in the United States. Well over ninety percent of American families owned at least one radio set, and listened to it for an average of four hours daily. When the country converted to a "wartime culture" beginning in 1941, radio became the primary propaganda vehicle, because it provided a continuous daily link between the American people and the U.S. propaganda agencies. Surprisingly enough, while there are numerous studies on Hollywood's involvement in the war effort and on the importance of international U.S. broadcasting, no one has written a study about the role of domestic American radio during the war years. My dissertation fills this void: it provides a comprehensive analysis of the cultural politics of radio propaganda during the Second World War. Propaganda, as I show, permeated every aspect of radio broadcasting: government information series and radio addresses, to be sure, but also radio comedy and soap operas as well as radio advertising. My argument focuses on what I call the cultural politics of wartime radio propaganda. Radio was unique in that it combined entertainment, propaganda and commercial sponsorship. Because of its ability to smoothly fuse entertainment and advertising, it had always been the favored medium for goodwill advertising and corporate public relations campaigns. During the war, it quickly absorbed propaganda into this creative mixture. No straight-forward propaganda could compare with the entertainment value of shows like Jack Benny, Bob Hope or Fibber McGee and Molly, nor did government propaganda have the same manipulative potential. At the same time, however, no product advertisement even came close to the patriotic propaganda voiced by popular radio stars in the name of commercial sponsors. As advertisers and commercial sponsors became the semi-official spokesmen for the American propaganda effort, radio wartime culture reflected and facilitated this enhanced role of corporate political leadership. The cultural politics of wartime radio propaganda re-legitimatized the corporate order and solidified its position for the post-war period (University of California Berkeley via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** U S A. WWRB TESTING NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ANTENNA TO SOUTHEAST ASIA Press Release For Immediate Release 20 June 2002 POC: Peter J. Taggart Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved tests of Radio Station WWRB's newest antenna system, the 340 azimuth dual feed rhombic antenna. The frequencies that the FCC has authorized tests on range from 5 to 27 MHz; more specifically, 5.070, 5.085, 7.315, 9.495, 12.160, 12.172, 15.825, 17.495, and 26.800 MHz. The testing will occur at various times and frequencies with no defined schedule as of now. Radio Station WWRB is the only private for hire radio station offering widely varying antenna directions; for coverage maps, please visit our web site at http://www.wwrb.org or http://www.worldwidereligiousbroadcasting.org (Dave Frantz, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 26800??? Means 25800? Which is inside the 11m SWBC band. Why go out- of-band way up here? Note all the other frequencies have already been pioneered by other US stations, but presumably WWRB must avoid using them when they are on: WWCR, WHRI, WINB, WBCQ. Reaching SE Asia over the pole from Tennessee will hardly be reliable (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. WWRB heard testing new antenna on 5070, June 21 at 2245 (George S. Thurman, IL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. WWCR is now carrying a program called Shepherd's Chapel with Pastor Buddy Johnson. I only listened to a bit of the program, but a program with this same title and pastor's name was carried by Steve Anderson's United Patriot Radio last year (Hans Johnson, WY, Jun 16, Cumbre DX via DXLD) When? The closest I can find in the June 1 online schedule is: Sunday = UT Monday on 3210: 0300 10:00-11:00P Shepherd's Call (L) G. Haygood/B. Johnson Sunday on 12160 2200 5:00-6:00P Shepherd's Call (L) G. Haygood/B. Johnson (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Tnx to Ed Kusalik, a photo of WINB`s 40th Anniversary Pennant appears on page 4 of ODXA`s Listening In, June. This was a probably vain attempt to get enough mail to convince clients that people are actually listening to this dismal station, which has never reached anything near its potential, as America`s oldest extant private SW station. The pennant is really too much. The (presumably golden) fringe is larger than the body of the pennant, which consists of a US flag, with WINB 1962-2002 OVERLAYED on top of the flag. Is this not unpatriotic improper use of the flag??? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. All-news WTOP's 50,000-watt 1500 AM, Wheaton, MD transmitter will be off the air from 9 PM on Saturday to about 5 AM on Sunday for scheduled electrical work. 73, (Larry - N4VA -Springfield, VA amfmtvdx via DXLD) Larry Vogt? 50 kW powerhouse, all news WTOP 1500 kHz will go off the air 9 PM on Saturday (0100 UT Sunday) to about 5 AM on Sunday (0900 UT Sunday). This is according to http://www.dcrtv.com Good time especially for us in the Washington DC metro area to hear what else is out there (Ulis Fleming, MD, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** U S A. http://www.ariannaonline.com/columns/files/061702.html "R.I.P., P.I." by Arianna Huffington The last episode of "Politically Incorrect" will be broadcast on June 28. I'm going to be on it one last time, and I've promised myself I won't cry on the air. Once the cameras go off -- well, that's another story. You see, the show has been a touchstone for me over the last nine years -- both in the evolution of my political ideas and the changes in my personal life. My first appearance was in November 1993, when the show was on Comedy Central and taping in New York. I was on with Harry Shearer, Rep. Jim Traficant, and Dr. Peter Kramer, who had just published "Listening To Prozac." Since then, Shearer -- the brilliant satirist, and voice of half 'The Simpsons' characters -- has become a close friend and co- conspirator, Traficant has been convicted of racketeering, and I've gone on to launch a mini-crusade disagreeing with Dr. Kramer's rosy assessment of the miraculous effects of Prozac. Doing "PI" was always a stimulating two-way street. Sometimes it gave me the chance to mount my soapbox and sound off on subjects I care passionately about, and sometimes it opened my mind to new topics and ideas that I then went on to write about. For that initial appearance, I had flown up from Washington, where I was living with my Republican congressman husband and our two preschool daughters. When I do the last PI next week, it will be from Los Angeles, where, after a divorce from my husband and the Republican party, I now live as a registered independent, with my 5-foot-6-inch teen-age daughter and her tweener sister. In between, I made a few dozen appearances on PI, crossing swords -- sometimes playfully, sometimes earnestly -- with everyone from Michael Douglas to Jesse Jackson to Cindy Crawford to Chevy Chase to G. Gordon Liddy to Tom Arnold to Coolio. PI's appeal has always been the simple notion of bringing together eclectic groups of pundits, politicians, and performers and letting the fur fly. In the process, the show challenged the larger shibboleths of 'proper' comment and debate in America. People tend to talk mostly to like- minded people who communicate in the same way. We naturally tend to fall into cliché. PI was about breaking those clichés, and the best moments came from unexpected juxtapositions: when a comedian popped the balloon of a pontificating politico, when a rapper had the last word on campaign finance reform, or when Jerry Falwell revealed -- yes, it's true -- a playful sense of humor. In fact, the show was responsible for unleashing my own long- suppressed inner clown. In bed, no less. In 1996, during the Republican and Democratic national conventions, Bill Maher lured Al Franken and me between the sheets to do political commentary from a specially constructed bed for a segment called "Strange Bedfellows." It was the beginning of an oddball act of the same name that Al and I took on the road, trading barbs and double entendres at colleges, conventions, and trade shows. As an added bonus, I was probably the only woman in my profession to claim a tax deduction for lingerie. (I'm not sure whether Al deducted for his or not). Another thing I'll miss is traveling around the country -- to places like New Orleans, San Francisco, Aspen and San Diego -- to tape special on-location editions of PI. It was on one of these road shows that Chris Rock and I covered an Al Sharpton rally in Chicago, chanting "No justice, no peace" in our Greek accents (O.K., maybe that was just me.) For nine years, PI has been the best place on television to find edgy, political satire. But, because it's a comedy show, people often forget the fact that it also offered a rare forum for certain "orphan issues" -- important topics overlooked by the mainstream media. PI delved into such knotty matters as the ongoing madness of the war on drugs and the destructive role of money in politics not just once in a blue moon, but night in and night out. I regularly marveled at the ardor and wonkish knowledge Bill brought to these issues. In fact, he gave two rousing speeches on these topics at the 2000 Shadow Conventions that rivaled the experts in detail and far exceeded them in entertainment value. It is this blend of skills that makes him a first class satirist in the tradition of Jonathan Swift, wielding his savage wit in the service of passionate conviction. For some weird reason, I always ended up doing PI on emotionally charged days in my life, including the show we taped the day I moved in to my post-divorce home in LA. The movers were still carting in boxes when I hurried off to the studio. Then there was the now infamous show I did a few days after Sept. 11. It was the first post- attack PI, and showed Bill at his best: respectful of what truly mattered but courageously challenging everything else. As "Politically Incorrect" ends its remarkable 1,600-plus show run, the appropriate farewell is not a eulogy but a 21-pun salute to a man -- and a show -- that encapsulate what our culture needs now more than ever: independence, fearlessness, and an increasingly rare willingness to speak truth to power. On the personal side, it's also a time to celebrate a treasured friendship that, thankfully, isn't at the mercy of the whims of skittish sponsors and network executives. Bill has said that he considers his last show not so much an end as a new beginning -- "kind of like being transferred to another diocese." Well, my friend, you can count on me to sing in your choir, whatever parish you wind up in (via Tom Roche, June 20, DXLD) Maher belatedly has an active website, with a message board; he`s not getting universally positive reviews like Arianna`s – http://www.billmaher.com (gh, DXLD) ** UZBEKISTAN. 17775, R. Tashkent 1340-1400 June 17. Exotic middle easternish music, program on Special Olympics in Uzbekistan. Female sign-off announcement w/ "Goodbye-everyone at Radio Tashkent", and IS. I was getting ready for work, listening to SW on a "boom-box" with SW bands, a 2 foot long antenna, not good for serious DXing. But I noticed the 17 MHz band seemed to have unusually strong signals, so I turned on R-8 rx to find Radio Tashkent with full 555 signals (Rick Barton, AZ, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** YEMEN. Can anybody assist me identifying this station. 9780.6 kHz, 2230z 19/6. Man chanting similar to Qur`an but continuously. It didn't exactly sound like those I have frequently heard from Islamic stations. Yemen is listed but I am unsure if it was that. Today we had some early morning rain which damped down the powerlines and other electromagnetic radiation around this village. Probably need more information to positively ID. Once again I am only using 21 feet of wire strung along a curtain rail. Actually there might be more as the end of the wire is coiled up, possibly adding extra induction. My receiver is an Icom R70 thru a AT 230 tuner. I do wonder what reception will eventually be like when I graduate to an outside antenna (Robin VK7RH Harwood, Tasmania, June 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I would certainly suspect Yemen, which is perpetually off-frequency, tho it`s a bit late for them to be on (gh, DXLD) ** ZANZIBAR. 6015, R Zanzibar, Tanzania, Jun 17, 0259, IS, OM and YL ann, Qur'an, 23422 (Samuel Cássio, Brasil, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. CLANDESTINE from MADAGASCAR to ZIMBABWE. 7309.97, Radio V. of the People, June 15 *0330-0338, OC on at 0329, brief mic feedback-like noise, 0330 pleasant instrumental music w/M announcer giving ID "This is Radio V. of the People. Good morning World. In today`s talks...." and mention of rights, Zimbabwe, and Africa. Immediately into W host w/interview of M but it was difficult to get the topic due to heavy accent and horrible 7305 slop QRM. Signal was fairly strong though (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) WHRI appears to still be off 7315 as of Jun 21. It also seems that VoP has a lot more English in their transmissions now (Hans Johnson, ibid.) UNIDENTIFIED. 6076.2v, East Asian station, May 31, 1320-1400, very muffled audio, female and male talks, from *1400 covered by another station. Weak signal (Roland Schulze, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 6080, South East Asian, May 31, 1320-1400, Hill tribe music sounding as coming from Vietnam, talks about a radio theatre, 1350 Chinese music. Weak signal (Roland Schulze, DSWCI DX Window June 19 via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CLANDESTINE +++++++++++ OBSERVER #194 / 21-06-2002 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- OBSERVER is an edition of RADIO BULGARIA compiled by Ivo Ivanov & Angel Datzinov Items here may be reproduced if it is mentioned "OBSERVER-BUL". All times in UT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SOME INTERESTING CLANDESTINE STATIONS (in time order): IBC Tamil Oli Radio in Tamil: 0000-0100 Daily 11570 NVS 100 kW / 180 deg Radio Afghanistan in Pashto/Dari: 0100-0557 Daily 15240 DHA 500 kW / 045 deg [NOT cland -gh] Voice of Mezopotamya in Kurdish: 0400-1200 Daily 15675 TAC 100 kW / 256 deg Radio Ezra in English: 0500-0530 Sun 17735 P.K 100 kW / 068 deg [NOT cland –gh] Radio Avaye Ashena in Farsi: 1000-1100 Sun 9710 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg Voice of Mezopotamya in Kurdish: 1200-1600 Daily 11530 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg Voice of Tibet in Tibetan/Chinese: 1212-1300 Daily 15635 DB 100 kW / 117 deg (alt. 15645) 15655 A-A 100 kW / 135 deg (alt. 15670) 21585 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg (alt. 21520) IBC Tamil Oli Radio in Tamil: 1230-1330 Daily 17495 MDC 050 kW / 055 deg Radio Afghanistan in Pashto/Dari: 1230-1727 Daily 18940 KVI 500 kW / 095 deg [NOT cland --gh] Radio Afghan Voice in Pashto/Dari: 1330-1430 Daily 17870 MOS 500 kW / 090 deg Voice of Khmer-Krom in Khmer: 1400-1500 Tue 15660 VLD 250 kW / 230 deg Radio Free Vietnam in Vietnamese: 1400-1430 Mon-Fri 15235 TAC 200 kW / 130 deg Voice of Tibet in Tibetan/Chinese: 1432-1520 Daily 21650 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg Democratic Voice of Burma in Burmese: 1430-1530 Daily 5945 TAC 100 kW / 132 deg 9500 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg 17495 MDC 050 kW / 055 deg Voice of Iran in Farsi: 1530-1730 Daily 17510 ISS 500 kW / 090 deg Radio International in Farsi: 1630-1715 Daily 9940 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg IBRA Radio in Pashto/Dari: 1645-1715 Daily 13590 WER 125 kW / 075 deg [NOT cland – gh] Radio Barobari in Farsi: 1645-1730 Daily 7480 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg Netsanet Le Ethiopia in Amharic: 1700-1800 Wed,Sun 12110 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg <<<<< not active / cancelled??? Dejen Radio in Tigrina: 1700-1800 Sat 12110 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg <<<<< not active / cancelled??? Sagalee Oromiya in Oromo: 1730-1800 Mon,Thu 12110 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg <<<<< not active / cancelled??? Radio Sedoye Payem e Doost in Farsi: 1800-1830 Daily 7480 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg IBRA Radio in Hausa: 1900-1930 Daily 13710 NAU 125 kW / 205 deg [NOT cland – gh] Jakada Radio International in English: 1900-1930 Mon,Wed,Fri 12125 ARM 200 kW / 235 deg Voice of Biafra International in Igbo/English: 1900-2000 Sat 12125 ARM 200 kW / 235 deg Fang Guang Ming Radio in Mandarin: 2100-2200 Daily 5925 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg 9945 ARM 100 kW / 285 deg IBRA Radio in Arabic: 2230-2330 Daily 9405 JUL 100 kW / 190 deg [NOT cland - gh] Democratic Voice of Burma in Burmese: 2330-0030 Daily 9490 JUL 100 kW / 080 deg 11715 MDC 200 kW / 055 deg 73 from (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 21 via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DRM +++ The crucial point: Where is the market, the "target audience" for DRM in the so-called first world? There seems to be a common belief that hardly anybody listens to shortwave anymore due to the weaknesses of the "ancient modulation". Is it simply the lack of sense for the smoky charm of AM broadcasts that people keeps away? I doubt it. A friend of mine recently wrote me that his shortwave-capable radio is almost unemployed now. Not because he mislikes the AM sound so much. Not so, instead he states that shortwave would offer nothing of interest. I do not want to deepen this thought further for obvious reasons (YLE could be elsewhere soon); anyway such observations are the primary reason why I do not join the DRM hype, away from the already discussed point that 22 kbit/s are no "FM quality". (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MAP SITES +++++++++ Amigos de la Lista, Seguidamente, una serie de sitios interesantes con los MAPAS más diversos, desde rutas y calles de todo el mundo, hasta planisferios celestes, mapas antiguos y accidentes geográficos que pueden ser de interés para radioescuchas y diexistas: El Universo: http://e-universo-iespana.es/el-universo/Marte.htm Mapas de Asia: http://www.asiaondemand.com/asianmaps Mapas de Africa: http://www.newafrica.com/maps Maps On Us: http://www.mapsonus.com Ciudad Internet Mapas: http://www.ciudad.com.ar/ar/servicios/mapas/home.asp Climas en espaNol: http://espanol.weather.com Todo Mapas. Ciudades: http://www.todo-mapas.com.ar/ciudades.htm Espacial.com: http://www.rutasargentinas.tv Fotoargentina: http://www.fotoargentina.com.ar/mapimag1.htm Mapas de Yahoo: http://maps.yahoo.com Boletin de Meteored.com: http://www.meteored.com/isobaras.htm Planisferios y mapas celestes: http://www.astrored.org/efem/planisferios.html Guia del Mundo: http://www.eurosur.org/guiadelmundo/01_paises.htm Mapas físicos del mundo: http://chollolinks.tripod.com/mapas/mapas_fisicos_mundo.html Galería de Mapas: http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/spanish/modules/mapglry.htm Mapas y guías del mundo: http://www.internet-comunidad.net Netmapas: http://www.netpmapas.com/priFm.html UN Atlas de los Océanos: http://www.oceansatlas.org/index.jsp HRW Atlas Mundial: http://go.hrw.com/atlas/span_htm/world.htm Maps: http://www.maps.com Todo Mapas. Mundo: http://www.todo-mapas.com.ar/mundo.htm Netmaps: http://www.netmaps.net Mapas del Mundo: http://www.ofertaturistica.com.ar/Mapas_Mundo.htm Atlas Mundial: Mapas y Geografia del Mundo http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm?PM=ss11_geography Mapas del mundo antiguo: http://www.culturaclasica.com/mapas/central_mapas_del_mundo_antiguo.htm De viaje: http://www.deviaje.com/cartografia Planisferios celestiales: http://leo.worldonline.es/observat/efem/planisf.htm (Fuente: Clarín, via Gabriel Ivan Barrera, Argentina, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-100, June 19, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. Materials taken from Arctic or originating from Olle Alm and not having a commercial copyright are exempt from all restrictions of noncommercial, noncopyrighted reusage except for full credits HTML version of this issue will be posted afterwards at http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldtd02.html For restrixions and searchable 2002 contents archive see http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html NOTE: If you are a regular reader of DXLD, and a source of DX news but have not been sending it directly to us, please consider yourself obligated to do so. Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1136 [available late UT June 19]: (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1136.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1136.html [summaries may not be posted for a day or two] FIRST BROADCASTS ON WBCQ: Wed 2200 on 17495, 7415; UT Thu 0415 7415 FIRST BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Thu 2030 on 15825, Sat 0500, Sun 0230 5070 FIRST BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, 2400. on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB [however, RFPI has usually not been starting new WOR till Sat 1800] ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. New schedule for Radio Afghanistan in Pashto/Dari: 0100-0557 (ex 0130-0327, re-ex 0200-0357) 15240 DHA 500 kW / 045 deg co-ch RA English 1230-1727 (ex 1330-1627, re-ex 1400-1657) 18940 KVI 500 kW / 095 deg (55444) (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. RFE/RL/Radio Free Afghanistan in Pashto and Dari noted on June 15: 0300-0500 on NF 17670 (55444) <<<<< additional \\ 11705 13790 15705 17560 0700-0800 on NF 21815 (45444) <<<<< additional \\ 15345 17775 19010 73 from (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** ARMENIA. Re the Armenian schedule in BC-DX #577: I was tuning across the 11 MHz band c1600 June 12 and came across a strong transmission on 11685 at 1610 with music and then an ID for Yerevan. I assume the language was Armenian. Terminated abruptly at c1641. I note the HFCC shows an Armenian registration for 11685 towards W Eu at 1600-1700 so this is probably it - but not included in their schedule! 11685 1600-1700 zones 27&28 ERV 500 kW 305 degr ARM ARM MCB (Noel R. Green, UK, Jun 13, BC-DX Jun 19 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. 1503, unID Aussie produced audio for the third time this month June 9 1015-1024 with a good three minute peak 1019-1022 with two men discussing a sporting event, a brief burst of music and short comment by a woman, then a third man introduced as the "director of [liveright ?] boxing here" who spoke for a short time. All in Aussie accented English. A little further on, as the station was fading back into the noise, music could be heard in the background sounding like it was played in a stadium and then perhaps announcer starting to describe the action. Local sunrise 1034 this morning. This is by far the best "down under" signal this spring. 1512, 1629 and 1638 produced traces of audio back on April 29 but nothing intelligible. (Ray Moore, N Ft Myers FL - Receiver: Drake R8 and Homebrew - Antenna: 23" Spiral loop, Comdel pre-amp, IRCA Soft DX Monitor June 19 via DXLD) see also MALAYSIA ** AUSTRALIA. VNG AUSTRALIAN TIME STATION TO CLOSE Compiled by Bryan Clark The following letter has come in from Dr Richard Brittain, Secretary, National Time Committee, National Standards Commission, P. O. Box 282, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Re: Radio VNG Australia's Standards Frequency and Time Signal Service. ``It is my unfortunate duty to confirm that this service will finally cease to operate from 1 July 2002 after approximately 38 years of service as a unique part of Australia's technical infra-structure. Therefore, sadly this is likely to be my last general communication with the users of Radio VNG. I am very proud to have been associated with the service over the last eight years, and I will retain many fond memories of the people, challenges and successes associated with operating this service. Responses to all QSL requests that we have received are about to be dispatched. Further, the Commission will continue to respond to QSLs for receptions up to the 30 June 2002, This facility will continue until 31 December 2002. The Commission also continues actively seeking alternative means of disseminating traceable time and frequency in Australia through its National Time Committee. This has been recently reconstituted following the retirement of Dr John Luck its long serving Chairman, and will continue to promote the development of the national time system. Finally, the Commission is keen that the plant and equipment from Radio VNG be found a suitable home in retirement. Ideally this will reflect the contribution that Radio VNG made to Australia's national time system and technical infrastructure for so many years. Should you have any suggestions and/or wish to discuss this matter further, please contact me at the Commission, Ph 02-9856 0328 (direct), e-mail rbrittain@nsc.gov.au Thank you again for your support and interest in Radio VNG over the years; it has been a great honour and pleasure working with you.`` For DXers wanting to get a QSL for VNG, there's only a couple of weeks left to log them on 2500, 5000, 8638, 12984 or 16000 kiloHertz. All frequencies are on 24 hours, except 16 MHz which operates from 2200 to 1000 UTC. Voice announcements are carried on 2.5, 5 and 16 only - the other frequencies carry Morse identifications. Reports with return postage (e.g. 1 IRC) should be addressed to Radio VNG at the above North Ryde address (Bryan Clark, NEW ZEALAND DX TIMES JUNE 2002 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. A strange thing is happening on Voice International, Australia. After a tipoff, I tuned their Hindi service - this is now at 1300-1600 (NOT 1100-1700) on 13635. At 1255 the R. Australia IS Waltzing Matilda is played before VI opens at 1300. I have noticed that 13635 is not as strong as 13685 but both are supposed to be beaming 303deg. I wonder if 13635 is coming out of Shepparton for some reason? (Noel R. Green, UK, June 17, BC-DX via DXLD) Re Voice International - Australia. I tuned in to 15365 and 13685 just before 0900 this morning and heard very weak signals at s-on. Interestingly, both were playing Waltzing Matilda as an IS! I thought this was exclusive to R Australia, but obviously not! I could also hear 13775 but didn`t note Matilda on there, although it was almost buried in splash from DW 13780, so I could have missed it. So - 13635 at 1300 is probably Darwin (not Shepparton as I wondered), but why it should be weaker than 13685, and both listed via 303 deg, I don't understand (Noel R. Green-UK, BC-DX Jun 18 via DXLD) May you can explain something about "Waltzing Matilda" theme, is that rather a folk song freely used by everyone ?? (wb) I don't think that the Walzing Matilda song is particular to Radio Australia ... it used to be a "quasi National Anthem" ... instead of God Save the Queen or Advance Australia Fair ... however may some sort of problem with switching ... Radio Australia's gear is nearing the end... (John Wright, Australia, ARDXC Jun 18 via BC-DX via DXLD) I wondered if it might be a switching problem, but I doubt that now. The song "Waltzing Matilda" is well known to me - and all that it means in Australia - but they now tend to make a big thing of their new anthem "Arise [sic] Australia Fair" - I think that`s the correct title. At least we are aware now of what VI is doing so shouldn`t be confused if someone reports a mix up! Thanks for this (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 19 via DXLD) Well, there is a certain version of WM used by RA; was it the same? Maybe VI and RA are sharing a feedline to Darwin thru RA Melbourne, whence the Waltzing Matilda IS originate? (gh, DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. HCJB World Radio - Australia plans to commence operations on Dec 22, 2002, from its new facility at Kununurra, WA. Stage 1 is underway, involving construction of the transmitter building on the 200 acre site, which will be air-conditioned and capable of housing two 100 kW transmitters. The first transmitter has been donated to HCJB Australia by its American colleagues and is scheduled to arrive on-site in November. There will be three antennas, each mounted on 37 metre tower some 300 metres away from the transmitter hall. These are aligned to give broadcast signal coverage to those Asian countries which lie at 307 degrees to Kununurra, including India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand. Another antenna is directed to the East to cover the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Fiji. Two of the antennas will operate in the 19 mb and 16 mb, as it is believed that two frequencies are required to ensure high signal strength coverage. The studios are here in Melbourne, in the suburb of Kilsyth, and will allow for five hours daily to Asia, five hours daily to the South Pacific plus one hour weekly to Ethiopia in Oromo. The planned schedule is: 0700-1200 to South Pacific 1230-1730 to India Stage 2 requires release of land adjacent to the Kununurra property. Personnel are being recruited in Melbourne (program producers, presenters, technical officers,, business manager, publicity manager, personal assistant), and in Kununurra (transmitter technical operators) Program, feed to the transmitters is being studied, and may be via a satellite link, a wide-bandwidth telephone circuit or the Internet (HCJB News via Koji Yamada, Tokyo, EDXP June 18 via DXLD) ** BELARUS`. 19130, 1617 18/6, Belaruskoye R, 2 x 9565, bizarre patriotic program, OM: "belarus, belarus, belarus, belarus!!" then list of sporting achievements, then patriotic song (Tim Bucknall, N.W England, Icom R75, Welbrooke ALA 1530 loop, harmonics yahoogroup via DXLD) In English? ** BURMA [non]. I heard a station on 9500 playing music at 1525 today before close down at 1530. The signal was only poor and no ID was heard - DVB via NZL? (Noel R. Green, UK, June 17, BC-DX via DXLD) Not audible on either 9500 or 15620 at 1430 check June 19 (gh, OK, DXLD) 9500, According to IBB monitoring database, Democratic Voice of Burma via Rangitaiki, NZ is scheduled at 1430-1530 [15620 replaced by 9500], though opening occurred from about 1410 UT some days. 9500 doesn't propagate into Eu this season, ed. (Wolfgang Büschel, Germany, BC-DX June 19 via DXLD) See also PAKISTAN ** CAMBODIA. 11940, V. of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Jun 6, *0000-0105*, probably a test program, En, Fr, Thai and Cambodian, but from 0100 just a carrier tone. The transmitter still has the same modulation problems as before. Last time I could hear it was on Oct 2, 2001. QSA 5 with splatter QRM *0100-0200* from Chinese music jammer on 11945 which covered 11935- 11952 [against TWN 11945, I guess, BC-DX ed.]. Same day there was a test tone 1156-1203, then modulation until 1210 when the tx broke down for the rest of the day! On Jun 7 I heard an unmodulated carrier 0000-0005 when it broke down. At 0018-0020 it was back with Fr talk after which it broke down for the rest of the morning (Roland Schulze, Philippines, dswci DXW Jun 7 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** CANADA. This might be old news, if so bear with me. If not, well .....read on. I received a letter from Scott Snailham yesterday in reply to my letter addressed to him stating that he no longer works for CHNS/CHFX/CHNX having left in April 2000. Scott was the last prime veri-signer at the station until that time. He states: "Unfortunately, to my knowledge, CHNX is no more, as of at least this year, if not before. The transmitter was scrapped, and the whole thing was a victim of the bottom line mentality that exists in commercial radio today. If it doesn't generate revenue, then it's a waste, and thus not worth doing. A shame really, as it existed since 1930 in one form or another........" (his letter goes on). He also states that the station CHNS/FX is again without an engineer (overworked amd underpaid being the reason for the previous engineer leaving). An end of an era, folks with the demise of CHNX (an all too frequent occurrence for my liking in the radio operations world, I'm afraid, with radio staffing/economics amd with shortwave stations disappearing...hmm) RIP CHNX. I last heard it in May 2001. (Ian B.[axter?], ARDXC via DXLD) I think that`s about when they went off after one last gasp (gh, DXLD) ** CHILE. Voz Cristiana, Santiago, plans a reduction in on-air hours from Jun 16. As of that date, the schedule becomes: 6070 2200-1200, 9635 1200-2000, 11745 2100-1100, 11935 1100-1300, 15375 0000-1400, 17680 1400-0000, 21550 1300-1400. (11690 will be deleted completely) (EDXP June 18 via DXLD) Wonder what`s going on here; rather drastic Changes for Voz Cristiana in Spanish via Santiago 100 kW / 340 degrees effective June 16: 11690 0100-0800 <<<<< DELETED 11935 1100-1300 <<<<< RETIMED ex 0800-1300 21550 1300-1400 <<<<< RETIMED ex 1300-0100 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. 6064.4 continúa con emisiones de prueba muy irregulares con música llanera y en las noches boleros, en la hora en punto o media hay un pequeño mensaje de predicación. En la visita a Cristina, administradora de la Librería "Colombia para Cristo" fue muy poco la información que me pudo ampliar, no por falta de interés, sino por falta de la misma. Me comentó que la emisora es operada desde la zona rural de Puerto Lleras en una finca donada a la organización, es operada por voluntarios con muy poca preparación radial pero "con mucha voluntad del señor". Cada semana hay un envío a la misión por lo cual recomienda que las cartas para reportes se han canalizados a través de ella en : Calle 44 No. 13-69, Cristina Miranda (Rafael Rodríguez R., Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, June 18, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** CUBA. Tuesday, 18 June, the Wall Street Journal, Leisure & Arts, p. D-9, features a story about Radio Havana with a picture of Simon Wollers at the microphone. Some parts of the WSJ Website are free and others are paid, so non-subscribers might need to visit a local library if interested (Anton Kasemacher, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) The free part of the Wall Street Journal Linkname: Radio Havana Cuba newsman is a former San Francisco travel agent URL: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB1024357492496569200,00.html (via Daniel Say, swprograms via DXLD) No pix here, unfortunately OUR MAN IN HAVANA, By BRETT SOKOL Havana Like many newsmen across America, Simon Wollers often finds himself at odds with his radio station's management. Of course, since Mr. Wollers works in the newsroom of the Cuban government's Radio Havana Cuba -- whose CEO is el presidente, Fidel Castro -- he picks his battles carefully. "This isn't about million-dollar contract disputes; this is pure journalism," Mr. Wollers explains inside Radio Havana Cuba's aging downtown studio, a ramshackle mix of broadband Internet connections and 30-year-old reel-to-reel tape machines. Every weekday from 6 p.m. to midnight the station's English-language service goes live, beaming a powerful shortwave signal across the entire U.S., easily heard at 6000 khz on the Eastern seaboard and at 9820 khz in the Midwest and on the West Coast. A tropical communist take on NPR, Radio Havana Cuba leavens its sober pronouncements on world affairs with sports scores and Latin jazz. "We're not on the air just as an excuse to sell advertising," Mr. Wollers says, heaping scorn on his American news colleagues. "We're not driven by ratings." Which is a good thing, since it's hard to tell just who -- if anyone -- is listening. But then Mr. Wollers has more on his mind than market share. The station, founded on May Day 1961, is charged with bringing "the truth of the Cuban revolution" across the Florida Straits, a counter to the U.S.'s own Cuba-aimed Radio Marti and "the voice of all those who fight for their self-determination and against imperialism." That's a heavy responsibility to place on any comrade's shoulders, especially one who looks less like a steely-eyed guerrilla fighter and more like the 47-year-old former San Francisco travel agent that Mr. Wollers is. Still, the salt-and-pepper-haired, dual British and American citizen takes his mission seriously. Unlocking a door marked "90 Pesos Fine For Smoking," Mr. Wollers leads the way into a room whose shelves are lined from floor to ceiling with tape reels -- Fidel Castro's speeches dating back to 1959, more than 15,000 hours worth and counting. "It's a lot of words," Mr. Wollers agrees with a chuckle. But, he insists, this dusty archive is no ideological morgue. "I believe in the social project Cuba has embarked upon," he declares earnestly. "For all of its faults and contradictions, this is the best system in the world." Such a conviction may seem downright bizarre in the post-Soviet world, particularly to the masses of Cubans navigating their economy's black market, or relying on cash remittances from Miami relatives, just to get by. Still, Mr. Wollers (the name is an alias) isn't the only foreign true believer who has opted for a life in Havana and a monthly salary of about $150 (not including food rations and a state-assigned apartment). After being "vetted by security" four years ago (Salvadoran union activists he'd worked with in the '80s vouched that he was no CIA spy), he took a desk at Radio Havana Cuba alongside several other Americans -- including Langston Wright (aka Michael Finney). A member of the black militant Republic of New Afrika (RNA), Mr. Finney was involved in a 1971 New Mexico shootout that left a state trooper dead. With two fellow RNA members, he subsequently hijacked a passenger jet off the tarmac at Albuquerque's airport and landed in Havana. Although the FBI remains unable to apprehend Mr. Finney (he's one of 77 Americans granted asylum by Mr. Castro), they can at least hear his soothing tenor delivering the latest news bulletins on their radio every night. Asked how he feels working alongside a wanted fugitive, Mr. Wollers merely rolls his eyes and says the true criminals are in the White House. Mentioning Cuba's freedom-of-speech record elicits the party line as well. "There are restrictions on the press here," he concedes, "but we're at economic war with the most powerful nation on earth. There have to be elements of defense. Fidel himself has said if the embargo is lifted, there will be more freedom to criticize." In the meantime, American listeners shouldn't hold their breath waiting for coverage of the Varela Project, a dissident-organized petition drive demanding a public referendum on civil liberties and private enterprise. Radio Havana Cuba managed to find the time for detailed javelin-throw results from the Athens Athletic Grand Prix, sunspot-activity updates and the always earth-shattering "World of Stamps." But "we don't have the resources to do in-depth reporting on everything," Mr. Wollers offers, a bit sheepishly. Not even one brief story? He frowns and counters testily: "I don't think we need a plebiscite. Cuba has one of the most democratic systems ever. Fidel is up for election every five years, just like everybody else." Not that Mr. Wollers doesn't have his own frustrations. Sometimes a superior will appear just before airtime, bearing a new anti-George W. Bush diatribe from Communist Party leaders, or even a missive fresh from the pen of Mr. Castro himself. Mr. Wollers might agree with its sentiments, but the language is often painfully stilted, a mishmash of leftist jargon that grates against his station's otherwise cultured style. "Miami Mafia?" he says with a grimace, incredulously repeating the official term for Miami's virulently anti-Castro Cuban-exile community. It's a linguistic improvement on Fidel's previous sobriquet for exiles -- the worms -- but one just as apt to set American chins a-scratchin'. "People listening to us in New York don't know what Miami Mafia means. It would be better to say Cuban-American right- wingers." Mr. Castro's own recent alternative isn't much better: "Miami terrorist mob." "Sometimes you have to just throw up your hands," Mr. Wollers sighs. Mr. Sokol is a staff writer at the Miami New Times. Updated June 18, 2002 (via Daniel Say, swprograms via DXLD) This is one of the VERY FEW articles about an international broadcast station in a non specialist publication that INCLUDES the frequencies. A new trend? (I can not resist) OF COURSE NOT! (Larry Nebron, ibid.) ** CUBA [non]. Re TV Martí, DXLD 2-099: UHF channels -- at least at one time -- were allocated for use on Channels 18, 50 and 64. An old document I have archived still links to the FCC dB with this information at: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1995_Orders/fcc95160.txt If the Washington technocrat powers-that-be had any neurons still firing, they'd parallel TV Martí evening TV broadcasts with one or two shortwave frequencies and/or an AM channel. Every time I've been in the lower Keys, I've tried for the early morning TV Martí transmissions on UHF as well as Channel 13, but with no luck. In most cases, a tethered balloon at Cudjoe Key was noted in the sky the afternoon before. Go figure (Terry L. Krueger, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) [Note: tho I am not positive, the surname is most likely Montés, but never seems to be accented, at least not in English text like that following. I tire of fixing them one by one, as the Replace funxion in MS Word does not support accents. Not to mention Belén, László, Ávila. --- gh] ** CUBA [and non]. Posted on Sun, Jun. 16, 2002 SHE LED TWO LIVES -- DUTIFUL ANALYST, AND SPY FOR CUBA BY TIM JOHNSON PARKVILLE, Md. - In a brief e-mail message laden with emotion, the mother of Ana Belen Montes -- a top spy for Cuba -- lays bare the anguish she feels over her daughter's plight. ''We do not agree with what Ana did but I still love her very much,'' Emilia B. Montes wrote to a reporter. ``She was my first born, a very good daughter who never gave me any heartaches until now. She is still a good, smart and loving person. She had the best intentions, [but] just went about it the wrong way.'' Exactly how Ana Montes went the ''wrong way'' is not obvious at first glance, a worrisome phenomenon at a time when investigators are searching for telltale signs of alienation in order to spot potential terrorists. Indeed, Montes appears to have enjoyed an all-American upbringing. But a more probing look reveals the contours of an emotional makeup that may have led her to betray her country -- and even her family -- to become the most important known spy for Cuba to penetrate the U.S. intelligence apparatus. Meticulous and trim, the 45-year-old Montes seemed the antithesis of a rebel. She had climbed a career ladder at the super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency, becoming the most senior analyst on Cuba. She carefully saved her substantial salary, kept her apartment neat, went to the gym almost daily and kept to routine. She refrained from gossip, even with her most loyal friends. If anyone seemed safe and reliable, it was Ana Montes. But somewhere along the way, Montes entered a labyrinth of mirrors where deceit and reality intermingle. When she emerged, even her own family did not recognize her. ''I'm still flabbergasted,'' her mother said in a brief telephone conversation, talking with more than a little reticence. ``We waited and waited to find out it wasn't true.'' No such luck. In March, Montes confessed in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit espionage. She had become a crown jewel for the Cuban intelligence service, one of the most effective in the world. Experts say she spilled a flood of secrets to her Cuban handlers. ''They wanted everything. They just sucked everything out of her,'' said one security official knowledgeable about the case. ``[Fidel] Castro trades in this kind of information.'' A LIFE OF PERIL Clandestine activities belied no-risk demeanor Close friends were stricken. They discovered that Ana Montes, who seemed to shun risk, led a life of enormous peril. She rose at odd hours to listen to high-frequency coded messages from Havana. She trooped from one pay phone to another to send beeper messages. And she disappeared on exotic vacations -- often alone. ''Her family is devastated, her reputation is ruined, and her money and all that is gone,'' said an old friend, who insisted on anonymity. It is no ordinary family. Montes has a brother who works for the FBI in the Atlanta area and a sister who is a translator for the FBI in South Florida. The sister helped bring down a large Cuban spy ring, the so-called Wasp Network, last year. Montes is now held in a secret location, where debriefers are assessing the damage she caused. The Justice Department says Montes began working for Cuban intelligence by 1985. They now know whether she was a ''walk-in'' who offered her services, or whether she was recruited or blackmailed to work for Havana. But they are not sharing what they know. And they won't reveal it until Montes appears in September for sentencing. It is then that a judge will hand her a 25-year term, and five additional years of parole, if federal officials attest that she has cooperated fully. NO SIGN OF ENRICHMENT Motivation seemed to come from ideology and emotion By all indications, Montes did not receive a penny for her betrayal. She worked for Havana out of ideological conviction, dismay at U.S. policy, and perhaps an amalgam of emotions sown in adolescence along the leafy streets of this northern Baltimore suburb. It is here that Montes began to battle most strongly with her father, Alberto L. Montes, a Freudian psychoanalyst who dealt sternly with his four children and tried to inculcate his conservative values in them. ''He was a very strict disciplinarian,'' recalled Emilia Montes, who later divorced her husband. ``When I was young, people used to say that the children of psychiatrists have problems. They clashed. He was strong-willed, very much like her.'' Dr. Montes, who was born in Puerto Rico in 1928, went to medical school in upstate New York, then joined the Army in 1956, going first to West Germany, where Ana was born, then moving with his family to Topeka, Kan., for seven years. He specialized in adult psychiatry at the respected Menninger Clinic. By the time the Montes family moved to the Baltimore suburbs in 1967, the father had quit the Army and the family appeared to live the American Dream. Dr. Montes earned a large income in private practice, the family lived on a cul-de-sac in an upper middle-class neighborhood, and the children attended top-notch public schools. ''Dr. Montes was a good psychiatrist, very well regarded in the community,'' said a fellow psychiatrist, Jaime Lievano, who still lives in Baltimore. ``He had specific training in Freudian analysis.'' The family clung to its Puerto Rican roots, even as Ana Montes and her younger sister and two younger brothers stood out at the local Loch Raven High School for their Hispanic heritage. ''Look at the faces,'' Principal G. Keith Harmeyer said as he flipped through the school yearbook for 1975, when Ana Montes graduated. Only two other students had Hispanic surnames. Next to her senior photo, Ana Montes noted that her favorite things were ``summer, beaches, soccer, Stevie W., P.R., chocolate chip cookies, having a good time with fun people.'' While Dr. Montes kept his psychiatric practice at a local clinic, his wife developed her own career as an investigator for a federal employment anti-discrimination office, and grew active in Hispanic community affairs. It is there that Emilia Montes had a serious run-in with Cuban exiles. ''The Cubans and I had our encounters. They don't fight clean,'' she said, speaking with a candor that appears to be part of her feisty nature. A SPAT WITH EXILES Mother was involved in immigrant activism Even today, Hispanic community activists remember the spat in the mid- 1970s, when Emilia Montes led a federation of Hispanic immigrants from all over Latin America in a quest for a slot in a Showcase of Nations city festival. A rival group of well-connected Cuban exiles said that it should win the slot. ``Emilia Montes said, `This is not true. The Cubans don't represent everybody. We've got more than just Cubans around here, said Javier Bustamante, a fellow activist. ''They had a knock-down, drag-out fight,'' added Bustamante, who is from Spain. Backed by the umbrella Federation of Hispanic Organizations, and speaking on her local radio program, Emilia Montes succeeded in defeating the Cuban exile group. ''She was out for the little guy,'' recalled Jose Ruiz, who is a city liaison with the Hispanic community. Chuckling, he added: ``She was a character. She had her moments.'' By 1977, when Ana Montes had left the family home and was attending the University of Virginia, the parents fell into an acrimonious divorce and custody battle for the two youngest children, Alberto M. and Juan Carlos. The court awarded Mrs. Montes custody of the two sons, the family home and a 1974 Plymouth, and a small alimony. If Ana Montes ever mended her troubled relationship with her father, it wasn't readily apparent. ''At one point, she actually wrote him a letter trying to make peace with her past,'' recalled a friend of Ana's from her time at the University of Virginia. ``He wrote back. He was totally unapologetic.'' Dr. Montes eventually remarried, rejoined the Army and moved to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He retired from the Army in 1995 with the rank of colonel, divorced his second wife and moved to South Florida, where he died of a heart attack two years ago. Ana Montes graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in foreign affairs. She moved to Washington, D.C., where she enrolled in 1982 in a two-year master's degree program at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She focused on Latin America. Her degree was not awarded until 1988. While she was studying, Montes got a clerical job at the Department of Justice that required a security clearance. She moved to the Defense Intelligence Agency as a junior analyst, focusing on Nicaragua, in September 1985. By then, she already was a spy for Cuba. How the Cuban intelligence service enlisted Montes is the subject of endless speculation among Cuba watchers. Some say it was a romance. Others say it was blackmail. Still others, including her lawyer and her mother, say it was sympathy for a small nation in the shadow of a colossus. ''She felt sorry for the Cubans,'' Emilia Montes said of her daughter. ``It wasn't Castro. It was seeing them living in misery. She was very young and idealistic.'' Wherever the truth, Ana Montes rubbed elbows with scores of people inside and outside the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and at the State Department, taking part in and eventually leading briefings on Cuba. Colleagues and acquaintances describe her as no-nonsense. ''She was an unusual person,'' said an official who knew her casually and like many of her acquaintances declined to speak for attribution. ``She could be very warm and engaging on a personal level. She was kind of witty. She had a very sharp mind. But when you're discussing work or in a work environment, she could be very aloof and dogmatic.'' PRESSURE TO MARRY Boyfriend was employed by U.S. Southern Command Montes dated occasionally, and like many daughters of Hispanic mothers came under pressure to find a partner and head to the altar. 'Her mom was on her all the time: `Why aren't you married?' '' recalled the old friend. Montes did, in fact, have a boyfriend in recent times -- Roger Corneretto, a civilian employee in Miami of the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the hemisphere, including Cuba. ''She was going to get married,'' said Lilian Laszlo, a Baltimore resident and close friend of Emilia Montes. Corneretto was transferred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff office in the Pentagon after Montes' arrest last year, shocked and grieving at the discovery of his girlfriend's double life. Corneretto declined to talk with The Herald. Montes is known to have traveled to New York City regularly, as well as to have taken overseas vacations alone to places like the Dominican Republic, where she may have received Cuban training to master the coded radio messages and computer decoding software that her espionage demanded. How U.S. counterintelligence agents got onto Montes is not clear. A former Cuban Interior Ministry cryptographer, Jose Cohen, who now lives in exile in South Florida, said he believes U.S. counterintelligence engineered a huge feat by cracking an encrypted Cuban message, perhaps to Montes. ''It is easier to win the lottery three times over than to break these codes,'' Cohen said. APARTMENT SEARCHED FBI reportedly found evidence on computer Whatever the tip-off, FBI agents 13 months ago searched Montes' apartment and surreptitiously copied the hard drive of her Toshiba laptop computer, recovering 11 pages of text between her and Cuban intelligence agents, court documents say. Montes' failure to fully erase the material appeared to be an act of carelessness unusual for her. The Justice Department says Montes had turned over photos, documents and abundant classified material to Cuba. It says she revealed the identity of four undercover U.S. agents, handed over information about U.S. military games, and provided assessments to Cuba taken from the most top-secret internal files of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Montes, with a top-level clearance, had access to the Intelink computer network that connects about 60 federal intelligence, defense and civilian agencies involved in intelligence gathering and assessment. ''She had access to basically everything,'' the security official said. ``You're talking about programs that cost millions of dollars to develop. And she could get anything.'' As she funneled secrets, Montes also molded debate about Cuba on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon and the State Department. In 1998, she was a principal drafter of a Pentagon paper that concluded that Cuba no longer represented a military threat to the United States. In 1999, Montes was a principal briefer on an inter-agency war-game- like exercise about Cuba that may have required her to review U.S. military capabilities toward Cuba should turmoil erupt on the island, one U.S. official said. Montes became a ''vociferous'' advocate of a controversial proposal to allow active U.S. military personnel into Cuba to develop relations with officers of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, the official said. Critics feared that such a plan would expose U.S. military personnel to possible recruitment or compromise by Cuban intelligence. Normally, with a spy like Montes in their sights, FBI agents would shadow her for months, even years, with the intention of identifying her handlers and bringing down an entire network. But nine days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agents swooped in to arrest Montes, fearing that she represented an overriding security risk. To this day, the Montes arrest has not generated the publicity of other major spy cases, such as the 1994 arrest of Aldrich Ames, a CIA employee whose betrayal of his country may have cost the lives of nine U.S. moles in the Soviet Union, and the early 2001 arrest of Robert Hanssen, a veteran FBI counterintelligence officer who earned $1.4 million as an agent for Russia. Some think Montes ranks in the league of major turncoats. ''You could make the case that the potential for damage was more severe than with either Hanssen or Ames,'' an official said. ``She could have told them what, where and when [eventual U.S. military action would occur], and it would cost a hell of a lot of lives.'' As it is, some of the victims are alive and suffering silently. Montes' brothers and sisters declined to speak about her. ''I'll be happy to talk to you sometime down the road, but not right now,'' said Juan Carlos Montes, the youngest sibling at 40, who operates a restaurant in South Florida. ''I still have sleepless nights,'' Montes' mother said. ``Your precious child in handcuffs in a jail. I can't bear it.'' ---------- Herald staff writer Juan O. Tamayo and researcher Elisabeth Donovan contributed to this report. © 2001 miamiherald and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved. http://www.miami.com (via David E. Crawford, Titusville, Florida, DXLD) ** CUBA [and non]. Posted on Sun, Jun. 16, 2002 BY TIM JOHNSON INFILTRATION, SEDUCTION AMONG CUBAN SPY TACTICS IN U.S. WASHINGTON - Ana Belen Montes' confession in March brought the latest evidence of how Fidel Castro's regime seeks to spy on the United States, targeting the Cuban exile community, Capitol Hill, the military and CIA, and universities, experts say. Time after time, Cuba's Directorate of Intelligence has run double agents, letting them fall into U.S. hands, or wash up on U.S. shores, as presumed defectors. After insinuating themselves into exile groups, Radio Martí or federal agencies, they would sow discord, or bolt back to Havana to publicly discredit the U.S. government. Cuban spies based in the United States are ''very smooth, very acculturated and really very, very professional,'' one retired counterintelligence official said. They operate from the Cuban Interests Section in Washington and the huge Cuban mission to the United Nations in New York City, which has more than 70 accredited diplomats. ''I'll just flatly tell you that almost every one of them are intelligence officers,'' the retired official said. At Cuba's mission in New York City, intelligence gathering is such a principal task, another U.S. official said, that many of the Cuban personnel ``frankly don't even know where the U.N. is.'' By the mid-1970s, Cuban operatives were gathering information not only for Havana but also to pass on to the Soviet spy agency, the KGB. ''The Cubans were much more successful at bringing people aboard and gathering information,'' the official said. ``They were Latin and they were kind of glamorous. We're much more open to Latins than we are to people with steel teeth and a Slavic accent.'' Cuban intelligence agents practice literal and figurative seduction, spending months and even years looking for weak points in their targets, experts say. ''They investigate everything,'' said Francisco Avila, a former Cuban double agent who came clean in 1992 and now lives in South Florida. ``Do you like to smoke? Do you like to fish, hunt? Go to the movies? Or maybe a man is a real womanizer, and they send a woman to seduce him.'' Avila, who was tasked by Cuban intelligence with infiltrating Alpha 66, a Miami exile paramilitary group, voiced amazement at how many Cuban agents penetrated the group. ''One time, I was one of six people aboard a boat belonging to Alpha 66, and I looked around and realized that three of us were from [Cuban] state security,'' Avila said. Before his break with Havana, Avila said, he would receive instructions in Miami every three months or from a contact, who would give him a large hollowed-out bolt with a paper inside. The paper would instruct him on how to meet his Cuban intelligence handler in New York City. 'It would say something like, `We'll see each other in Queens at such and such an hour in front of a Kentucky Fried Chicken,' '' Avila said. When Avila would show up there, ''almost always it was the first secretary of the U.N. Interests Section'' waiting for him. The FBI counterintelligence unit has about 40 to 50 agents nationwide assigned to watch Cuban spies -- not nearly enough to keep tabs on every Cuban diplomat who wanders the streets of New York, Washington and Miami. ''It's not like the movies,'' the security official said. ``You put two people out on somebody and they'll lose him. It's very hard to surveil somebody.'' ---------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2001 miamiherald and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved. http://www.miami.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - Wm. Pitt, 1783 (via David E. Crawford, Titusville, Florida, DXLD) ** CZECH REPUBLIC. Freq change for Radio Prague in English/Czech to S Asia effective June 17: 1300-1357 NF 21735 LIT 100 kW / 107 deg, ex 21745 to avoid DW in Hausa \\ 13580 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** DJIBOUTI. AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR TRANSMISSION OF US ARABIC RADIO PROGRAMMES FROM DJIBOUTI | Text of report by Djibouti news agency ADI web site on 18 June Mr Rifki Abdoulkader Bamakhrama, the minister of communication and culture in charge of posts and telecommunications, who is also the government spokesman, and the US ambassador to Djibouti, Mr Donald Yamamoto, today signed an agreement on the setting up of radio relay stations financed by the USA. The agreement, which involves between seven and eight million dollars, allows for the installation of a mediumwave transmitter and a 5-kW FM transmitter at [state-owned] Radio-Television Djibouti's (RTD) relay station at Arta [southern Djibouti]. The transmitters will relay Arabic-language radio programmes to the east African region and the Arabian Peninsula. A 2-kW FM transmitter will also be installed at RTD's premises to relay Voice of America programmes in English, French and Arabic to listeners within Djibouti. Djibouti has granted the use of the 1431 kHz frequency for the mediumwave broadcasts, and the 100.8 and 100.2 MHz channels for the FM broadcasts. An official at the Ministry of Communication said: "Djibouti has become the centre for the transmission of radio and television broadcasts for the region." The official said the department consequently had "signed a protocol agreement for the setting up of a 5-kW FM transmitter for [Paris- based] Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) Middle East for the transmission of Arabic-language programmes". Source: ADI news agency web site, Djibouti, in French 18 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** EGYPT. 9754.4v tentative, at 0140. It surely sounded like Mokottam with awful audio and a totally unstable transmitter. Typical Holy Qur'an chant sequence at S4-5 and variable light QSB. The frequency was extremely erratic - at tune in it was 9754.8 and drifting slowly LF, but having reached circa 9754.6 at 0153, it then bounced about in 100-200Hz steps down to 9754.3 ; this situation persisted thro' until 0254, when it either left the channel or the LUF/MUF band limit was reached. At 0300, R Monte Carlo aired its Arabic (via Sackville) with a potent S9+ signal and off at 0320. Nothing further was heard from Egypt? After that and only CNR2 heard on 9755 at circa 1400 (Ray Merrall, UK, dswci DXW Jun 14, via BC-DX via DXLD) ** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Glenn, Ref. DXLD 2099: Radio Ethiopia on 9560 is seriously unstable, though always on the high side of the nominal frequency. I've heard it as high as 9562.2. Their other 9 MHz channel (nominal 9705) is also off-channel, though stable on 9704.2. One list I keep meaning to compile is "African stations that you can identify as they are off-channel but stable". One question I have never seen answered is why so many African nominal frequencies end in 6 (e.g. Sierra Leone 3316, Nigeria 3326, Ghana 3366, Uganda 4976/5026, Congo 5066, historically Zimbabwe/Rhodesia 3306/3396). Regards from (Chris Greenway in the Nairobi winter, June 19!, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FINLAND. Bad news came from Radio Finland this week. On Wednesday June 12 the Board of Governors of Yleis Radio met in Helsinki to work out plans for the entire broadcasting services between 2003 and 2005. The least we can say is that the future does not look bright for Radio Finland. Programmes in English, German and French will be scrapped. Radio Finland will continue to broadcast programmes in Finnish for Finnish people living abroad. Also broadcasts in foreign languages for foreigners living in Finland or tourists, might continue. This is another serious blow to international radio. Mind you, this is a proposal, and as always there might be interference from the government or politicians in general, so there`s still a bit of hope. Time once again to write off to a station. In this case you should put pressure on the director of the Yleis radio department. His name is Seppo Härkönen (with two dots over the a and the o), and the address is PL 100; 00024 Yleisradio, Finland. (RVi Radio World June 16 via John Norfolk, DXLD) It is very sad that Finland is going to only broadcast in its national languages and thus no longer try to broadcast to potentially larger audiences (particularly in the English services). The fact that shortwave audiences have been declining (as many stations see as their excuse to stop foreign language services) has been a scary reason, and as far as I can see not many people are making an effort to write the stations and tell them they want their programs retained. Instead, as it will be with Israel in two weeks, and yeah it will happen with YLE, the shortwave broadcasts in English are declining, and so shortwave continues to be the target, the one area of broadcasting that is easy to use (and you can take it with you unlike a PC, as had been addressed in the BBC debate from last year) and affordable. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of Finnish DXers such as former EDXC Secretary General Risto Vahakainu at previous Winter SWL Festivals, and given their appearances at the event, I feel we are as fortunate of having an opportunity to learn something about DXing in the north of Europe. We in North America, along with your part of the world, should take the time to let Radio Finland's people know that we want this valuable service of Finnish news and views to be retained, and that time to let your opinions be known is NOW! (Joe Hanlon in Philadelphia, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. DW: Sightseeing tour to Deutsche Welle Broadcasting House Cologne and Radio Telescope Effelsberg-Eifel, between Bonn and Trier. Besuch der DW und des Radioteleskops Effelsberg. Am Freitag, 12. Juli 2002 um 1400 Uhr (MESZ) wird der RMRC die Deutsche Welle in ihrem alten Gebaeude [in Koeln] besuchen. Waldemar Kraemer wird uns fuehren und mit allem versorgen, was die DW zu bieten hat. Alle DXer sind herzlich eingeladen. Nach einer Uebernachtung werden wir am darauf folgenden Tag, dem 13. Juli 2002 ebenfalls um 1400 Uhr (MESZ) das Radioteleskop in Effelsberg besichtigen. Dazu sind ebenfalls alle eingeladen. Wir bitten jedoch um Anmeldung. H.Gabler - RMRC Vorstand Clubtelefon 0179 442 9992 oder e-mail DrGabler@t-online.de (Dr. Harald Gabler, Germany, BC-DX Jun 18 via DXLD) ** GERMANY [non]. North American listeners to Radio Deutsche Welle on 15105 (Bonaire relay) at 0300 GMT on 17 June heard RDW Swahili instead of the usual English. Wanting to hear the English program I tuned away after 5 minutes, so perhaps this was corrected before 0345 program end (Anton Kasemacher, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GREECE. 10224, Radio Florina's 8th hrmonic heard here at 1200 UT in Greek (fundamental MW 1278 kHz), May 25 (Rumen Pankov, Bulgaria, BC-DX Jun 12 via DXLD) ** ICELAND. 13865U, Útvarp Reykyavík Ras 1 SW relay, 2318 June 18, Noted with good signal here, running about an S8. NX report from tune in till 2326 when WX was read. Rain in western Iceland with temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees C. Off at 2328 (David Hodgson, Nashville TN, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Re DXLD 2-097: If "peacekeeping" by the "international community" is indeed something other than Orwellian Newspeak for "postwar occupation" by the "imperialist powers", then perhaps public availability of live U.S. military aerial photography is not all bad. Suppose many villages in a "peacekeeping" zone had satellite telephones. Suppose they could call in TV coverage when a column of panzers rolled into town. Knowing a massacre would be on live Pentagon TV might discourage a politician from giving the order in the first place. In some circles, it is fashionable to accuse the Pentagon of being a fountain of self-serving propaganda. Imagine it becoming THE source of live see-for-yourself truth for the entire world. It could add a new dimension to "the pen is mightier than the sword." If this sounds crazy: who could imagine the Internet 40 years ago? (Anton Kasemacher, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN. Hi Glenn and DXLD-readers. I got this right now from TIME's World Watch Newsletter, June 17, 2002 (full credit to them of course). Perhaps it is nothing for the DX-er, but once again it shows how much the conquest of the minds mean. It would be interesting to know how much money is used in the war on the airwaves. I think that even a moderate estimate would show astronomical figures, hard to grasp. 73 (Johan Berglund, Trollhättan, Sweden, DX LISTENING DIGEST) VOICE OF DAVID Iranian state radio launched a daily broadcast in Hebrew aimed at countering what Iran sees as "the monopoly of one-sided news" coverage in the region. The bulletin called the Voice of David is aimed at Middle Eastern Jews, mostly in Israel, and will be broadcast nightly during the half hour before midnight. The broadcasts will not be heard by the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Israel --- the 25,000 Jews who live in Iran itself. The move is partly a response to Israel radio's broadcasts in Farsi. (via Johan Berglund, DXLD) That would be 1900-1930 UT on 9745 and 7175 as previously reported here (gh, DXLD) ** ISRAEL. In the email that I sent yesterday I mentioned that the English TV IBA News on IBA Channel 1 will stop, when it moves to the new network. In a Jerusalem Post article, it said that they aren't sure about whether the English news will remain on Channel 1. I emailed the source of my info to see if I can obtain more details (Daniel Rosenzweig, NY, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ITALY. RAI-International. Effective Jun 16, RAI will be deleting two of its three channels for the daily morning service in English to Australia and Asia. Only the single frequency of 11900 will remain, and 15265 and 9675 will be cancelled (EDXP June 18 via DXLD) ** ITALY. Some freq changes for RAI International effective June 16: 0435-0455 Amharic to EaAf NF 11900 ex 15250 0455-0530 Italian to EaAf NF 11900 ex 15250 0530-0550 Somali to EaAf NF 11900 ex 15250 0600-0620 Arabic to EaAf NF 11900 ex 15250 0600-0620 Russian to RUS DEL 15290 <<<<< now only on 11800 1500-1520 Turkish to EaEu NF 11700* ex 11895 \\ 9690 1520-1540 Greek to EaEu NF 11700* ex 11895 \\ 9690 1540-1600 Bulgarian to EaEu NF 11700 ex 11895 \\ 9690 1605-1625 Russian to RUS NF 11700 ex 11805 to avoid RFE in Arabic 1605-1625 Russian to RUS DEL 15290 1630-1655 Arabic to EaAf DEL 15240 <<<<< now only on 11910 1630-1655 French to NoAf NF 11700 ex 11730 to avoid RTTunisia in Arabic 1700-1800 Italian to EaAf NF 11795# ex 15115 to avoid RL in Ukrainian 1910-1930 Somali to EaAf DEL 15240 <<<<< now only on 11890 2025-2045 English to EaAf ADD 6185 \\ 9670 11880 2205-2230 English to EaAs DEL 15265 <<<<< now only on 11900 * co-ch China Radio International in Persian till 1527 # co-ch Radio Free Asia in Mandarin Ch plus Chinese jammer New schedule for IRRS in Italian/English/German: 0530-0630 Mon-Fri and 0800-1200 Sat/Sun on NF 13840.1 AM (55544) (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** KURDISTAN [non?]. Radio Kurdistan is re-activated. Heard on 4130 kHz at 1846 UT, on May 31. Voice of Iraqi Kurdistan 1600-1955* heard on new 4095 (x5850) and \\ 4085, on May 15th, but today June 11 heard only on 4085. Also noted on June 1st at 1200 UT on 91.5 MHz FM. With ID like "Eira Dendzi Shachmasati Kurdistan", the stn in Kurdish and Arabic was noted 1700-1734* on 4240, May 4th, at 1230 UT on 91.7 MHz, Jun 1 (Rumen Pankov, Bulgaria, BC-DX Jun 12 via DXLD) ** LITHUANIA [and non]. 1386 Kaunas tests. RFE/RL via Kaunas on MW 1386 kHz was heard as scheduled Monday evening at -2045-2130-. Bolshakovo had VOR until 2100 and then left the carrier on [air]. Generally Bolshakovo was much stronger than Kaunas. One of the transmitters, apparently Kaunas, had a low frequency (50 Hz?) carrier instability (Olle Alm, Sweden, BC-DX Jun 10) Today's "schedule" on 666/1386: 666 s/off 2000.30 2006.30 1386 s/on, short prgr 2010 off? 2013 on 2018 RFE Lit 2100 RL RR, nothing on 666 2132 program off 2136 off 2138 666 s/on, carrier, music, presumed to be LTU 2040.30 off 2772 2 x 1386 went off and on in synchro with 1386. The 1386 carriers were almost perfectly synchronized, but a slowly varying phasing effect caused distortion and periods of low audio (Olle Alm, Sweden, BC-DX Jun 12) In Russia the reception situation appears to be different, with Lithuania comfortably dominating over Bolshakovo: a report from Moscow yesterday talks about a very good signal after 2100, only slightly worse than the local RFE/RL relay on 1044 kHz (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, BC-DX Jun 12) There seemed no activity at all from Europe on 1386 last night (Wednesday) around 2145. But there was another signal fading in and out which was probably Labe, Guinea - the music was African style. I thought there was another carrier at one time but no other station appeared. Perhaps the reason for good reception of Lithuania in Russia is that the Bolshakovo directional aerials only produce weak signals in the east? I think we can safely say that CRR2 are "annoyed"!!! Does their station still have the capability of operating at 2.5 MW as once listed? (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 13) Meanwhile I also received a report that 666 indeed closed down at 2000 yesterday. The carrier on 1386 appeared at 2017, then cut-in into RFE Lithuanian audio at 2022. So it appears to be quite evident that they do the 1386 tests with the 666 transmitter. Interesting that Radio Vilnius transmissions were cancelled for the 1386 test (Kai Ludwig, Germany, BC-DX Jun 12) Actually, the s/off at 2000 is not new (see WRTH) and there was no cancellation of R Vilnius: the regular schedule of 666 since several years is 0300-2000. R Vilnius in En is carried on LR-1 (666+FM) at 1900-1930. At 2100-2130 LR-1 now carries the Lithuanian edition of the FS, but on FM only (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, BC-DX Jun 13) e-Mail-QSL von R. Baltic Waves International of yesterday tests (QSL Nr. 1! :-)) v/s Rimantas Pleikys riplei@takas.lt 1386 MW, R Baltic Waves International, via Sitkunai, 750 kW, Jun 10, *2030-2130*. The test announced was heard in Denmark with this result: 2030 SINPO 31431 totally covered by V of Russia in English via the 1200 kW transmitter at Bolshakovo (54554). After VOR signed off at 2100*, the test with "Radio Svoboda" could be heard with 55554 with some hum on the frequency (Anker Petersen, Denmark, dswci DXW, Jun 19) Rimantas Plelkys, head of R Baltic Waves told me that the Lithuanian Telecommunications Administration is in the process of talks with the Russian Administration to eliminate the harmful interference on 1386. The Russians will be forced to shut down their transmitter or go low power. The frequency is registered with the ITU as Lithuanian, and the transmitter in Skaisgiriai [Sovetsk] operates on this channel without a legal basis. Radio Baltic Waves International will broadcast from Sitkunai on 1386 with a non-directional antenna 0300-2000: 250 kW, 2000-0300: 750 kW; Future plans are 1000 kW (1600 kW ERP). (Herman Boel, Medium Wave Circle, DXW Jun 11) Ein volldetaillierter QSL-Brief hing als Word-Attachement dran. Demzufolge betraegt die Sendeleistung 750 kW, Antenne ist die beruehmte Rundstrahlantenne russischer Bauart ARRT-1, 257 m Hoehe. (Martin Elbe-D, A-DX Jun 12, ALL: via BC-DX June 19 via DXLD) ** MACEDONIA. I checked the 810 channel two weeks ago, while on holiday in Central Italy, but couldn't observe any spectacular signal strength. But today Jun 11 at 2200 UT a very powerful signal from Orchie Polje noted so far, here in Southern Germany (Wolfgang Büschel, Jun 11, WWDXC Top News via DXLD) 810 also heard well in Denmark Jun 17 at 1830-2200 with ID "Radio Skopje", but at times much QRM from R Scotland (Anker Petersen-DEN dswci DXW, Jun 19 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** MADAGASCAR. There is a possibility to listen to MBS "live" at web page http://www.tiako-i-madagasikara.org though this seems to be rather unreliable connection. After some days of trying I finally today, June 17 got connection thru. It cuts often for short periods. Listening at the same time on 7130 (1840 UT with poor reception) the program was not in synchro but seemingly same, with abt 3 minutes delay on webcast. No e-mail/mailing address found so far. -------- (Jari Savolainen, Kuusankoski, Finland, dxing.info via DXLD) ** MALAYSIA? 1475, unID. Suspect Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Recapping my experience with this station during the 2001-2002 season, their signal has been very consistent here, producing at least a trace of carrier on 54 different mornings from August 26 when it first appeared to its last appearance on April 19. Best signal was March 12, 1128-1130, with a good carrier on verge of audio. At first I thought this could be a deep South American but it can't be since all of South America was in sunlight during December and January when I often heard this carrier. The average of six direction finding bearings which I was able to make was 335 degrees, close to the true bearing of 330. The path may be skewed since it skirts the auroral zone on almost the same bearing as Japan (327 degrees). I believe the consistency of this signal is because the station is beamed towards the Philipines from 1030 to 1300 which is exactly the bearing for Florida from Sabah, meaning they are effectively pumping two or three megawatts in this direction. I'm confident that I will be able to pull audio from them next season as the sunspot cycle wanes and conditions improve. I hope others will try for this on a consistent basis around 1030 come September. I'm sure most of us need Sabah and at 10,000 miles it would make a nice addition to our logs (Ray Moore, N Ft Myers FL - Receiver: Drake R8 and Homebrew - Antenna: 23" Spiral loop, Comdel pre-amp, IRCA Soft DX Monitor June 19 via DXLD) See also AUSTRALIA ** MALI. Has changed its transmitters with strong one being on 4783 (Zacharias Liangas, Greece, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEW ZEALAND. Adrian Sainsbury, RNZI Wellington recently hosted local members on a tour of the National Radio, Concert FM and RNZI facilities. SW broadcasts are now so well planned that on 17675, RNZI can sometimes power down to 50 kW and still deliver a first rate signal into the target area. Most of the time though, they remain at 100 kW. As part of a global co-operation program, RNZI maintains a computer controlled SW receiver at RNZ House which monitors SW broadcasts to the South Pacific. A growing number of other SW broadcasters log on from their own location and listen to a sample of what their signal sounds like in Wellington. Adrian is able to do the same and demonstrated current reception of RNZI in Guam and Bangkok. The automatic DXer! This system covers technical details very well, but at the end of the day, real people are listening. Adrian's weekend in tray included DX reports from Ukraine, Japan, USA, Russia, Spain and New Zealand and all reports are welcomed. (Some photographs of the visit will hopefully be in next months DX Times. Chief-Ed) (NEW ZEALAND DX TIMES JUNE 2002 via DXLD) See also BURMA; PAKISTAN ** PAKISTAN. I received a reply from Pakistan about the logging on 7213, and here it is... The report you mentioned about a Ukrainian listener is confirmed. Yes the current affair frequencies has been replaced with 7205 in the morning from 0100 to 0300 and 7215 in the evening 1200-1700. So 7095 is dropped. There is another change - viz... You may have noticed that 9425 was replaced with 9500 on 18th May. This is for the Turki & Russian service at 1245-1400 in \\ 7355. PAK on new 9500 at 1245-1400 should NOT clash with NZL, which starts at 1430 - doesn`t it? There are now so many of these clandestine outfits that it`s difficult to keep them all in the mind! I cannot hear PAK on this new frequency - no propagation - and have not yet heard NZL either. The lower bands are not currently propagating - or if they are, signals are very poor - until later in the afternoon (Noel R. Green-UK, BC-DX Jun 13 via DXLD) See BURMA ** PERU. It appears there are civil disturbances in Tacna and Arequipa; R. Tacna continues to be heard for reasons other than fútbol (gh, DXLD) 9504.8, Radio Tacna, Tacna. 1100-1135 Junio 17. Transmisión en español. Programa informativo. Reporte de la hora: "6 de la mañana en todo el Perí". ID: "Radio Tacna...la radio de la sintonía mayoritaria". Contacto con Radio Libertad, de Arequipa con un reporte sobre la revuelta y rebelión popular en la Ciudad Blanca. El locutor de R. Tacna dice: "desde hace muchos años conozco la Ciudad Blanca y sabemos del coraje del pueblo arequipeño y de su alcalde". Anuncio: "en las próximas horas, en la ciudad de Tacna se tomarán medidas de apoyo a la lucha del pueblo arequipeño". Reporte de la hora & anuncio: "seis con 30, vamos con la pausa comercial". Comerciales: "En Tacna....con lo mejor de la cocina tacneña...". ID: "En todas partes Radio Tacna, la emisora más popular". 24432/3 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** PERU. 5384.2, RADIO HUARMACA, Huarmaca. 0040-0106* Junio 17 "Congratulaciones" musicales para oyentes con música de alabanza. Mencionan predicación del evangelista Élmer Rodríguez. A las 0100 vino el cierre de emisión así: ".. A todos...traea cumplida; efectivamente amigos de la ciudad y el campo, hasta aquí está llegando por hoy la programación de Radio Huarmaca. A la espera que nuestros espacios y mensajes ofrecidos hayan sido del verdadero agrado de la familia huarmaquina, piurana y nacional; Radio Huarmaca onda corta, onda media y frecuencia modulada, siempre primera, les desea a través de su señor gerente profesor Simón Zavaleta Pérez un feliz y reparador descanso, y desde ya esperando tenerlos en nuestras frecuencias y juntos hacer la comunicacion popular de Huarmaca..." Mencionan nuevo QTH en Jirón 9 de Octubre No. 110 (Rafael Rodríguez R., Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, June 18, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** PORTUGAL. RDPi / Rádio Portugal. (Carlos da Silva, Djaci, Wilson, Margaretha, G.Maroti: a info. contida neste correio e seu anexo tornam supérfluos os correios de 11 e 12/6, que não vos chegaram // the info. in this mail plus its attachment now make my 11th & 12th inst. messages redundant) Refª: A) m/ correio de 11 de Junho e subsequente correcção em 12. B) anexo c/ correio electrónico da RDP. Pelos pormenores só ontem dados por responsável do Grupo Redes de Emissores da RDP, constata-se, afinal, que as informações prestadas telefònicamente por determinado funcionário do CEOC pecaram por inexactidão e defeito. Tratou-se, sim, de um telefonema do signatário, não da RDP que, apesar de, pelo menos, dois pedidos recebidos, nunca chegou a informá-lo sobre a data exacta da entrada em funcionamento do novo equipamento, v.g. no sentido já anunciado de divulgar o acontecimento em boletins DX, tal como está a ser feito. Há uns dois dias, a página WWW da RDP ainda anunciava que o "novo equipamento para onda curta" entraria em funcionamento em Junho... Tal anúncio deixou de fazer sentido, mas talvez ainda não tenha sido retirado. Qualidade de modulação. Um emissor novo não significa automàticamente modulação, áudio de boa qualidade, se - na origem, por exemplo - o processamento apresentar falhas. Tal sucedeu em 1989 com o emissor de 300 kW da AEG, e ainda sucede. Como será no presente? De amiúde, noto áudio pouco claro, daqui, a pouco mais de 35 km a oeste de São Gabriel. Vamos aguardar e observar. ___________ Ref.: A) my mail dtd. 11th June e its subsequent correction on the 12th. B) attachment w/ RDP message (pse. see E transl. below) sent to the HFCC on 17/6. The details disclosed only yesterday by a responsible at the RDP's Transmitter Network Group clearly testify the info. given over the phone by a certain RDP employee at the stn HF site at São Gabriel was both inaccurate & insufficient. That happened during a phone call to the RDP HF site, not the reverse, as requested more than once. In fact, despite at least two requests sent by the undersigned, the RDP never really informed him about the exact date when the new equipment would be put into service, viz. so that it could be known via dedicated DX bulletins like it's being done now. Some two days ago, the RDP's webpage still carried the "new SW equipment" announcement whereby it explained it would be put into service in June... Such announcement became part of the past now, but it's probably still there. Modulation quality. A new transmitter doesn't mean modulation must be good, should the audio processed at control room present any trouble. That happened back in 1989 when the then new 300 kW AEG was put into service, but the same phenomenon can still be observed. In fact, being at roughly 35 km westwards from the HF site, São Gabriel, I can actually detect audio problems quite often. Let's seen how things develop now. Break "B") Broadcasts using the new THALES equipment: To Europe 45º (*), i.e. instead of 52º, M-F 0500-0755 on 9840 kHz, 0800-1200 on 11960 kHz & 1600-1900 on 15525 kHz; Again to Eur 45º, Sats & Suns 0700-1345 on 13640 kHz & 1400-2000 on 15555 kHz. *) Translates into a POR-F-D beam. To Brazil 226º, i.e. instead of 215º (**), M-F only 2300-0200 on 15295 kHz. **) Checking on an azimuthal map, one can see the former 215º beam was a compromise in order to include Cape Verde & Guiné. Coincidentally, 225º is my SW coast 300 m Beverage beam for SAm. 73, (Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) RDP Internacional - novos equipamentos. Caro Sr. Carlos Goncalves, Este e o texto que enviei hoje, para conhecimento, aos meus colegas da Conferencia de Coordenacao das Transmissoes em Onda Curta (HFCC): "As I informed before, the modernization of the SW stn at S. Gabriel, which meets the wishes of thousands of listeners for several years, included the installation of a new 300 kW SW tx, type TSW 2300, an antenna matrix 300 ohms (65 switches), a test load and two curtain antennas specially designed to Europe and Brazil target areas (HR2/2/.3, 45 degrees azimuth to Europe and HR4/4/1, azimuth 226degr to Brazil). Thales supplied the equipment. The installation's works are concluded and with this new equipment RDP Internacional hopes significantly improve its SW transmissions to Europe and Brazil from today". Mais quero informar que, neste momento, as transmissões que estão a ser refectuadas com este novo equipamento, são as seguintes: EUROPA 2+ a 6+ feira (Mon-Fri) Freq. (kHz) UTC 15525 1600-1900 9840 0500-0755 11960 0800-1200 Sábado e Domingo (Sat + Sun) Freq. (kHz) UTC 13640 0700-1345 15555 1400-2000 BRASIL 2+ a 6+ feira (2300 Mon-Fri, -0200 Tue-Sat, in UT !!) Freq. (kHz) UTC 15295 2300-0200 Quero chamar a sua atenção para o facto de o azimute da antena para a Europa ser de 45 degr e o de Brasil 226 degr. Gratos pela sua colaboração, apresentamos os nossos cumprimentos. P' Grupo Redes de Emissores (Teresa Beatriz Abreu, Portugal, RDP Lisbon, via Carlos Gonçalves, BC-DX Jun 17 via DXLD) ** PORTUGAL. New 300 kW transmitter heard in Denmark at sign on at 1600 on 15445 with SINPO 44554. 2300 on 15295 with SINPO 45444 (Anker Petersen, Denmark, dswci Jun 13 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** PORTUGAL. 13535 and 13865, RDP, 0037 June 18, I noted a couple of very distorted symmetrical spurs 165 kHz above and below the fundamental frequency of 13700. ID was given at 0045 (David Hodgson, Nashville, TN, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. TCHAIKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition, the first in the new millennium! - will be held in Moscow from June 6 through 23. In our upcoming programs we'll try to figure out the biggest musical stars of the new era. Competition Updates will be coming out on the Voice of Russia World Service at 1940 UTC on June 10, at 0640 UTC on June 11, at 1940 on June 14, at 0640 UTC on June 15, also at 1940 UTC on June 17, at 0640 UTC on June 18, at 1940 UTC on June 21, and at 0640 UTC on June 22. Our weekly program MUSIC AND MUSICIANS offers hard-to-find recordings made by international luminaries, winners of each and every previous Tchaikovsky competition! (first run at 1610 UTC on June 8). The winners of the 12th Tchaikovsky Competition will be playing for you in the upcoming edition of MUSIC AND MUSICIANS - on the air for the first time at 1610 UTC on June 22. We wish you all good listening (VOR via Maryanne Kehoe, swprograms via DXLD) Times changed from previous item. Try to find it on the two daily hours ondemand from WRN (gh, DXLD) ** RUSSIA [non]. KAZAKHSTAN relay, 9355, *1530-1600*, Voix de L'orthodoxie, France, 14 June. Bells at 1530 sign on and male announcer with Russian identification then religious talks and music/songs. Sounded like Russian Orthodox to me although I'm no expert in this area. Songs and talks continued to 1600 then another identification, more bells and off. Scheduled Tuesdays and Fridays only. Equipment used was... Receiver NRD515 with NCM515 Aerial 75' wire (Mike Ford, UK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SLOVAKIA. 9440, *0700-0730*, Insight Central Europe, June 9 and 16 [Sundays]. Female announcer with "Radio Slovakia" identification in English at 0658 sign on then review of local news. At 0703 male announcer with "Insight Central Europe" identification and news and talks about central European issues. Another "Insight Central Europe" identification at 0726, music to 0728, "Radio Slovakia" identification and abruptly off (Mike Ford, UK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SWAZILAND. I've been checking the TWR Swaziland schedule since hearing the station closing at 1802 with IS on Tues on 9930. I don't know what the language was, and it was spoiled by. But this does not appear on their SWZ list of frequencies or those from Meyerton. What 9930 may be is a replacement for 9535 from Meyerton which is in Ethiopian languages 1645-1800. I'll do some more checking later today (Noel R. Green, UK, BC-DX Jun 19 via DXLD) ** SWEDEN. RADIO SWEDEN -- Coming up on Radio Sweden: Thursday: "HeartBeat" Friday: Special Midsummer program Saturday: "Studio 49" Sunday: "Sounds Nordic" (SCDX/MediaScan June 19 via DXLD) ** SWITZERLAND. WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE 2003 RESCHEDULED FOR GENEVA NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 18, 2002--ARRL has learned that World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, next June and July. The conference was set to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, but the Venezuelan National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL) rescinded the invitation earlier this month, citing economic concerns. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is expected to issue a formal announcement regarding the new WRC-03 venue in the near future. ``The ITU staff has managed to arrange suitable meeting space in Geneva for the dates that were originally agreed,`` said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, who will serve as administrative officer for the International Amateur Radio Union delegation to the conference. ``It is quite an accomplishment for them to have achieved this on such short notice, and those of us who will be attending the conference appreciate the uncertainty being removed.`` Sumner said that while the new WRC-03 arrangements have not yet been formally ratified, planning for the global gathering will be able to go forward in the meantime. Several issues of importance to radio amateurs are on the conference agenda, including harmonization of the 7-MHz amateur and broadcasting allocations. Other Amateur Radio-related issues on the WRC-03 agenda include the revision of Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations--the basic rules for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services. Among other issues, this includes the issue of whether to retain the treaty requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency for access to amateur bands below 30 MHz. WRC-03 will take place in Geneva from June 9 until July 4, 2003 (ARRL June 18 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** THAILAND. The next HFCC/ABU/ASBU meeting will be held in Bangkok in the last week of August, to determine freq allocations for the B-02 period which starts on Oct-28 (EDXP Jun 14 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** U K. John Peel said this evening his domestic shows will now be archived for a week as Real Audio files at the Radio 1 Website. I haven't checked it out yet. It seems this is part of a larger plan, as outlined in this story in Monday`s Guardian. (Tom Roche, GA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) DOMESTIC BBC RADIO SHOWS NOW AVAILABLE AS ARCHIVE FILES Andy Kershaw anytime Web radio is finally getting its act together, says Owen Gibson Monday June 17, 2002 The Guardian Whether it be Andy Kershaw's eclectic mix of world music late on a Friday night, a Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 that is well past your bedtime, or Jon Carter mixing on Radio 1's Breezeblock after midnight, it's far easier to miss out on your favourite radio show than it is a TV programme. After all, radio shows don't have countless magazines and newspaper supplements devoted to telling you when they're on, and you're unlikely to tape them to listen to later in the same way as you would with a TV and video recorder. Add in the fact that people tend to be tuned into their station of choice rather than making "appointments to listen" to specific shows and an awful lot of enjoyable and relevant radio content passes most of us by. But for those prepared to listen to the radio on the web (and put up with the attendant loss of quality that this entails), that could all soon change, thanks to a new radio player developed by the BBC's interactive arm, BBCi. It allows web users to listen to any specialist show from across the BBC's national stations over the past seven days, picking and choosing from hundreds of hours of content.... http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,7558,738639,00.html (via Tom Roche, DXLD) ** U K [and non]. Some frequency changes for BBC: 0445-0700 ADD 13645 DHA 500 kW / 045 deg to ME in English WS 0445-0700 ADD 21735 RMP 500 kW / 085 deg to ME in English WS 0700-1000 ADD 21735 RMP 500 kW / 085 deg to ME in Pashto/Persian/English/Persian 1300-1400 ADD 17795 ??? in English WS 2230-2300 NF 11965 ATG 250 kW / 160 deg to SoAm, ex 11765 in Portuguese (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** U K [non]. R. Ezra: He has bought and paid for this block of time [thru June 30] from Petropavlovsk, and he's going to use them, despite little response from listeners. He had hoped for much more targeting such a large population base (US/Canada). I noted at his website, that there had only been some 280 hits, with the average being 1 to 1 1/2 mins per hit. The QSL he offers is nice, and it did arrive promptly, however. Perhaps more feedback might encourage him to try again. He does use some interesting sites from Russia (Walt Salmaniw, BC, DXplorer Jun 16 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** U S A. I can only assume WJIE is currently off the air, since I have heard no trace of it at the time I was formerly able to detect it on 7490, around 0500 UT both June 18 and 19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [non]. Some freq changes for High Adventure Ministry/Voice of Hope: 1230-1330 unID NF 15590 DHA 500 kW / 085 deg to SoAs, ex 17795 1600-1630 Hindi NF 11695 DHA 500 kW / 085 deg to IND , ex 11705 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** U S A. U.S. MESSAGES TO ARAB YOUTH, WRAPPED IN SONG June 17, 2002 By FELICITY BARRINGER From a ground-floor office in a nondescript building in Washington, the United States government's newest radio station is sending a message to the Arab world: "Oh kiss me, beneath the milky twilight, lead me on the moonlit floor, lift your open hand, strike up the band and make the fireflies dance . . ." Then, as the American pop sounds of "Kiss Me" by the band Sixpence None The Richer fade, Arabic pop music kicks in. Among the featured artists is the Egyptian singer Amr Diab, who croons: "Habibi, Habibi, Habibi ya nour el-ain, Ya sakin khayali . . ." ("My darling, my darling, my darling, the light of my eyes, you live in my dreams . . .") This is the sound of three-month old Radio Sawa: 85 percent pop music, 15 percent government-generated news, slickly packaged with market research in hand. To counteract the anti-American diatribes on the Middle East's airwaves, a senior American radio executive has persuaded Congress to use the simple syntax of the young and lovelorn to sell the United States to the youth of the Arab world. Anyone who tunes in gets, every half-hour, a dollop of news about President Bush or developments in the Middle East. Three to five minutes later, the station goes back to backbeats. Radio Sawa, whose name means "together" in Arabic, represents a sharp turn from the traditional, long-form news, analysis and cultural programming of the Voice of America, whose shortwave and AM broadcasts to the Arabic-speaking world have been eliminated to make way for the bubble-gum pop music of stars like Britney Spears and the Lebanese singer Rashid al-Majid. With the approval of local governments, the station broadcasts in FM from four points in the Arab world: Amman, Jordan, whose radio signals reach Palestinians in the West Bank; Kuwait City; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The station's AM signals, from the Greek island of Rhodes, can reach all the way to Egypt. Early, scattered reactions to the $35 million American broadcasting effort are mixed. People are listening - to the music, at least. If they do hear the news, it is not clear that they like it. Ayman Bardawil, a Palestinian broadcaster with Al Quds Educational TV in Ramallah, in the West Bank, said the station's signal was hard to hear where he was but its music format, alternating Western and Arabic pop, is appealing. "We have plenty of local stations for pop music - but it's only Arabic music," he said. "This one is unique. It's targeting young people who like to listen to both languages, the ones who are more educated and more cosmopolitan." But he found Radio Sawa's news irritatingly America-centric. "I am fed up with hearing everything through the American filters - how the president reacts to this and that and how the American government is reacting to whatever action is happening, rather than the action itself." Friends, he said, suggest that it is a mouthpiece of the C.I.A. However, Mr. Bardawil, who is past 30, is not part of the demographic Radio Sawa has set out to reach. Roxanne Contractor, 24, a Dubai resident looking for a marketing job, is closer to the target audience. She is of Indian descent and speaks English and Arabic. "I like it a lot," she said. "First of all, there's no one talking, it's just continuous music. The Arabic music is songs you'd hear at clubs. The English is whatever's popular at the moment." She added, "There are no ads, and maybe one news bulletin." The idea, according to Radio Sawa executives, is to layer in more news and public affairs programming over time - once the audience is built. Ms. Contractor is already part of that audience. But Radio Sawa's news will mean little to her. Like many of the middle-class professionals in Dubai - which is also a major media center - she speaks Arabic as a third or fourth language, and prefers to get her news in English from the BBC or CNN. Norman J. Pattiz, chief executive of Westwood One, the largest radio company in the United States, and chairman of the Mideast subcommittee of the United States government's Broadcasting Board of Governors, has been the moving force behind Radio Sawa. And he is not disturbed to hear that a Palestinian dislikes the news he hears there. "Of course they will at first," he said. "They don't like America." Mr. Pattiz had made plans for Radio Sawa long before the Sept. 11 attacks. He found his Congressional audience even more receptive afterward. His idea was to build an audience with commercial-type programming, then sell it a product - in this case, American news and American values. He joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all nonmilitary international broadcasting, including the Voice of America, 19 months ago and soon started pushing for the commercial radio format. He sees Radio Sawa as "the future of the Voice of America," the prototype for future government radio - and perhaps, eventually, television - broadcasts. The Voice of America's previous Arabic-language programming, which had been broadcast on shortwave, has been canceled; almost all the Arabic- language news staff has been dispatched to work at Radio Sawa. As Mr. Pattiz put it in a recent interview: "What we wanted to do is go out and attract an audience. We're doing that. We wanted to create some good feelings about Americans with that audience. One only has to look at a Gallup poll to see feelings about America among Arabs at a low ebb." Once that is accomplished, he said, "we'll start to present more and more programs, more and more dialogues, more and more discussions of policy, more interviews with people who are germane and important to that audience. We're in a building process, but ahead of schedule." The idea that the Voice of America, whose core work for the last six decades has been broadcasting news, sports, entertainment and official government opinions, could be bypassed - or even eliminated - in favor of a headline news service - rankles deeply among the editorial employees who work one flight up from Radio Sawa. But few are willing to comment on the record about their discontent. Myrna Whitworth, a longtime V.O.A. employee who was acting director from last June through November - a period when the service broadcast a report based on an interview with Mullah Muhammad Omar over the State Department's objections - applauded Mr. Pattiz's drive in getting friendly Arab governments to give the new service access to their FM frequencies. But, Ms. Whitworth said, "I am concerned about the message. I look forward to the day when some of the other elements that have been promised are included in the format and when we are heard in more than a very few friendly Arab countries." While it will take months, if not years, to determine if American news really can be marketed to an audience seeking pop music, Mr. Bardawil, the Palestinian, is skeptical. "The news might prevent some people from listening to the music instead of the opposite being true," he said. "Everybody that I talked to said that it's a good station in terms of music but they are suspicious about the station in general. They don't like to be trapped with the music and get the American point of view." http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/17/international/middleeast/17RADI.html?ex=1025489431&ei=1&en=545b206cc345bd80 (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. AFRTS Schedule: http://www.npr.org/worldwide/shortwave.html (Neil Greenidge, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) The SW frequency grid is as usual, questionable, but it does show 4278.0 as the evening Key West frequency. The huge program schedule is only one of several streams, the one carrying a lot of NPR programming, but it may not be the one heard on the SW frequencies. They really ought to make this clear (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. AMATEUR RADIO WARS LAND IN COURT From The Palm Beach Post By Mary McLachlin, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Monday, June 17, 2002 WEST PALM BEACH -- Airwaves have crackled with taunts, threats and insults for years across northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties, as a band of amateur radio operators battled a wily and elusive jammer. Unmarked cars carrying signal-tracking equipment prowled the unpaved roads of rural Jupiter Farms, searching for the source of the interference, which seemed to come from a fixed site at times and be on the move at others. By the time federal agents were ready to file charges, the radio war had escalated from accusations, complaints and civil suits to tense confrontations, death threats and a car-ramming incident. The furor finally landed in federal court last week for a showdown: The United States of America vs. William "Rabbit Ears" Flippo on charges of transmitting without a license and interfering with radio communications. Each of the eight counts is punishable by a year in prison and a $10,000 fine. Flippo was arrested in July 2000 and released on $50,000 bond. The trial had been delayed twice at his request because of various medical complaints -- a heart condition, kidney lesion, back pain, strong medication -- but a magistrate rejected another petition for delay on June 5 and ordered the trial to proceed. On Thursday, the third day of hearings, Flippo, 59, checked into Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, claiming symptoms of a stroke. "Hoax," said the prosecutor. "Mistrial," the defense attorney insisted. "Recess," the judge declared wearily. U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley halted Flippo's trial until today, but said: "Depending on the doctors' reports, I reserve the right, unilaterally, to take some other action toward guaranteeing Mr. Flippo's attendance at trial." That could include revoking his bond, as suggested by the government, and ordering him into custody for examination by prison doctors to determine whether he's really sick. Flippo, 59, was released from the hospital Friday. Flippo engaged in airwave combat with members of the Jupiter-Tequesta Repeater Group through much of the 1990s, according to court filings and testimony. The 70-member club operates two repeaters -- towers that pick up signals from amateur radio sets and rebroadcast them at higher power to increase their range. One tower, next to a fire station on Indiantown Road, is part of the American Radio Emergency Service network, which maintains communications during natural disasters and other emergency situations. Club members complained to the Federal Communications Commission, which licenses and regulates "ham" radio operators, that someone was interfering with signals relayed by the repeater and with set-to-set communications between operators. They described the interference as whistling, whispering, name-calling and continuous clicking or holding down the switch of a transmitter to break up or blank out any other communication. The FCC began surveillance in the area in November 1998. In court last week, former FCC agent Larry Sowers played tapes of transmissions he said were recorded on patrols between June 1999 and April 2000. Hurley cautioned the jurors to focus only on the interference and not the conversations, which at times degenerated into derogatory comments, puerile sexual references and silly name- calling: Bert, the squirt, somebody's calling you a crybaby! You're dead! Flippo's an A-hole! Sowers said he tracked the interference to Flippo's property on 98th Trail North in Jupiter Farms, west of Jupiter, and to a Ford truck that Flippo crashed into the car of Edwin Petzolt, a radio club member from Hobe Sound, as Sowers watched. Car-ramming incident Sowers and Petzolt, chairman of the repeater group's interference committee, testified that they were tracking a jamming signal and following Flippo's truck on the night of Aug. 31, 1999, when Flippo put the vehicle in reverse and rammed the front of Petzolt's Mercury Topaz. Sowers played tapes of radio transmissions and 911 calls, telling the court that Flippo continued to jam Petzolt's efforts to radio for help while calling the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on a cell phone to report "someone hit my truck." For that incident, Flippo was convicted of criminal mischief in Palm Beach County Court, put on probation for a year and ordered to dispose of all his radio equipment. The FCC had tried to impose a $20,000 civil fine on Flippo in early 1999 for operating without a license, malicious interference and refusing to allow inspection of his equipment. Flippo argued he had received authorization from Palm Beach County emergency management officials to use his radio equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and that authorization had never been rescinded. He also maintained he had no obligation to let anyone inspect his equipment without a search warrant, which the FCC agent didn't have. When he refused to pay the fine and the interference complaints continued, the FCC turned the case over to the U.S. attorney's office for prosecution. "All of us hoped it would go away," said Peter McGovern, vice president of the radio group. "None of us wanted to see him get into trouble this way. But he persisted until the law had to do something." Flippo has a contentious history with neighbors, law enforcement agencies and the courts. Sheriff's office files contain dozens of incident reports by him or about him during the past 20 years, alleging threats, harassment and interference with CB or ham radio communications. While Flippo was doing battle with the FCC in 1999, he also was fighting accusations by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club that he was preying on two elderly women to get their money. Flippo had set up a joint trust account containing more than $650,000 belonging to Frances Doucet, the club's former executive director, and her sister, Florence VanLandingham, both in their 80s, with himself as trustee. The club went to court to have Doucet declared incompetent and put under a guardianship. At the same time, Flippo was in court with another woman who claimed he took over more than $300,000 of her assets through a similar trust. Suzanne Beck regained control of the money after two years of litigation and more than $67,000 in expenses, which she tried to collect from Flippo and which he claimed weren't legally collectible after he declared bankruptcy. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled in November 2000 that Flippo had committed fraud and embezzlement and was responsible for the debt. Conspiracy theory In April, Flippo filed a complaint in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against more than 30 people and businesses -- including Petzolt, the radio club, several neighbors and even members of his own family in Virginia -- alleging they had conspired since 1992 to commit a long list of offenses against him, his wife and two daughters. The list included vandalism, stalking, advertising their house as a brothel in public restrooms, electronically hacking into their bank and credit card accounts and denying him the use of radio frequency bands. Flippo says the people who have been after him for years are behind the federal prosecution. "It's just the same bunch that's always been out to get me," he said during a break in court proceedings. "This is just their latest thing." His defense attorney told Hurley that he was concerned about Flippo's mental condition. Assistant U.S. Public Defender Robert Adler said Flippo claimed never to have seen a tape transcript on which he had written detailed notes. "He was totally shocked," Adler said. "It concerns me about his ability to testify." Prosecutor Neil Karadbil said Flippo's medical problems always seem to coincide with court appearances. "I consider what he's doing an attempt to sabotage these proceedings to set up an issue of competency," Karadbil said. Life-threatening illness should always take priority over legal matters, Hurley said, then added: "There's no question there should be a healthy skepticism in this case." (via Mike Cooper and Mike Terry, DXLD) Nice guy ** U S A. FCC INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NEW AMATEUR BAND PROPOSALS NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 18, 2002--Public comments on FCC proposals to create two new amateur bands and to make the Amateur Service primary at 2400 to 2402 MHz are due July 29, and reply comments are due by August 12. In response to an ARRL petition, the FCC last month released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ET Docket 02-98) that proposed to create a new 5-MHz HF allocation and a new low-frequency band in the vicinity of 136 kHz in addition to elevating amateurs from secondary to primary at 2400 to 2402 MHz. The FCC adopted the NPRM May 2 on a unanimous vote. The NPRM was published June 14 in The Federal Register. A copy of the petition</a> is available on the ARRL Web site http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/et02-98/ Interested parties may file comments via the FCC`s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html ``Click on Search for Filed Comments`` and enter ``02-98`` in the ``Proceeding`` field. Although the formal comment period did not begin until June 17, some 90 parties--most of them individual amateurs--already had filed comments in the proceeding. All comments and other correspondence-- plus a copy of the NPRM--are available for viewing via the ECFS. If the proposals eventually are approved, amateurs would gain a new, secondary, domestic (US-only) HF allocation at 5.25 to 5.40 MHz and a new LF ``sliver band`` at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz. The 5 MHz band would be the first new HF allocation since the early 1980s, when amateurs got 30, 17 and 12 meters. The LF allocation would be the first ever for US hams. The FCC said it agreed with ARRL`s assertion, made in its Petition for Rule Making, that the vagaries of propagation and interference in the 80 and 40-meter bands occasionally hinder effective HF communication and that a 5-MHz allocation would be a viable complement to those bands. The Commission has recommended permitting amateurs to operate at full legal limit on a new 5-MHz allocation, but it left open for further discussion whether to restrict band access to certain license classes. The FCC also has invited further comment on whether the band should be broken down into mode-specific subbands. In its Petition, the ARRL proposed opening the entire band to RTTY, data (including CW), phone and image emission types. The band 5.250 to 5.450 MHz now is allocated worldwide to Fixed and Mobile services on a co-primary basis. On 136 kHz, the FCC has proposed limiting output to 1 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and with a transmission bandwidth of only 100 Hz. The ARRL has asked for than 2 W EIRP and a maximum transmitter power of 200 W PEP. The FCC proposed no restrictions on antenna size or design, saying it did not want to inhibit experimentation by hams. It proposed to limit access to the band to General and higher-class licensees, as ARRL had proposed. The FCC did not go along with an ARRL request to establish an amateur allocation in the 160 to 190-kHz band, which for many years has been home to hobby-type experimentation under FCC Part 15 rules (ARRL June 18 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, and Mike Terry, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [and non]. FCC COMMITTEE APPROVES WARC 2003 DRAFT PROPOSALS Glenn, The FCC Daily Digest for June 17, 2002 includes, THE FCC's ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE 2003 WORLD RADIOCOMMUINCATION CONFERENCE APPROVES DRAFT PROPOSALS. (DA No. 02-1415). IB. Contact: Don Weiland DA-02-1415A1.doc http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1415A1.pdf This is a 56 page document mostly covering Satellite and other items at microwave frequencies. Pages 37 to 41 deal with changes to the Amateur and SW Broadcast bands at 7 MHz. WRC-03 Agenda Item 1.23: to consider realignment of the allocations to the amateur, amateur-satellite and broadcasting services around 7 MHz on a worldwide basis, taking into account Recommendation 718 (ARC-92). The proposal would expand amateur frequencies to 300 kHz, 7000 - 7300 kHz world wide. Broadcast frequencies would be 7300 to 7550 kHz world wide. Change to be in two stages first April 1, 2007, second April 1, 2010. The deadline for comments on the draft proposals and NTIA letters is July 12, 2002 (Donald Wilson, June 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) More broadcasters moving out of 7100-7300 would obviously clog up the present `out of band` range 7300-7550 plus. So may we expect that to extend further up in consequence, to, say, 7800? (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. FCC TO COMBINE REWRITE OF TV, RADIO OWNERSHIP CURBS From http://story.news.yahoo.com/news Mon Jun 17, 12:40 PM ET By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission, stung by several court decisions undercutting media ownership limits and under pressure from Congress, said on Monday it would embark on a lengthier, over-arching effort to rewrite rules for television and radio ownership. In a blow to some media giants, like Tribune Co. that is anxious to go on a buying spree of television stations and newspapers, the FCC will combine several efforts into one with the goal of adopting new rules by spring of 2003. "All of these rules are really distant cousin in some sense, and you can't think about one of them without also at least contemplating what is happening in another," Kenneth Ferree, head of the FCC's media bureau, told reporters. "If you free up one industry segment first, they have an arbitrage advantage over other potential buyers in a market," he said, adding it was "quite an undertaking" but "to do this by spring of '03 is actually quite aggressive." The endeavor also follows pressure from Congress where some lawmakers are warning that the FCC will relax ownership limits, which could hobble diversity and competition in the media industry, while others are pushing for faster easing. As part of the big review, the agency is undertaking several studies on the television and radio marketplace, advertising, programming and the impact of common ownership of properties, among other issues. New rules, which analysts expect to be less stringent than the old ones, could touch off a wave of consolidation and the creation of new, massive conglomerates, which consumer groups fear would crowd out local mom-and-pop operations that provide diverse voices. REACTING TO HARSH CRITICISM The move comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in recent months harshly criticized the FCC for not adequately justifying its rules and struck down several limiting television stations and cable companies. The court ordered the FCC to reconsider rules that bar a company from owning television stations that reach more than 35 percent of the U.S. audience and a limit on the number of television stations that can be owned in a market by a single entity. The agency will wrap together a review of the national television audience rule, limits on local radio station concentration, and a ban on some common ownership of a television and radio station or a television station and a newspaper in a market, Ferree said. It will also consider whether to modify the ban on two television networks being owned by the same company, and limits on the same ownership of more than one station in a market, he said. Separately, Ferree said the commission will try to complete its work by the end of the year for rewriting rules that had limited how much of the cable market one company can serve, previously set at 30 percent but was struck down by the court. The FCC's rules came under fire after challenges by media giants like the No. 2 U.S. cable operator AOL Time Warner Inc., CBS network owner Viacom Inc., and television station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U S A. Was wondering if anyone close to the Midwest (other than me) can monitor 1700 over the next few evenings and see if KBGG in Des Moines (which simulcasts CNN Headline News) has changed its callsign. My housemate thinks the FCC has messed up and given a W call to this station. At least, he SWEARS he heard something like "WSJZ" or "WJSZ". I highly doubt that's the case, but I just want to see if someone can check into this. 1700 in Des Moines is inaudible here during the daytime, BTW, thanks to a mixing product from KOMJ-590 and KFAB-1110. (Rick (yes, I have College World Series fever!) Dau Omaha, Nebraska, NRC-AM via DXLD) Although it's not appeared in the FCC Call Letter change notices, their database now lists 1700 in Des Moines as being WSJZ (Bill Hale in Fort Worth, June 15, ibid.) Radio Locator shows WSJZ as well (Art Blair, Folsom, CA, ibid.) 1700, WSJZ IA, Des Moines, fair on top with CNN news at 0255 EDT 6/18. Then ID at 0300 "CNN Headline News.....This is AM 1700 WSJZ Des Moines. All News all the time.", ex KBGG. An easy way to log another "W" call. Drake R8 1500' Eastern beverage antenna term (Patrick Martin, Seaside OR, NRC-AM via DXLD) This just in from the AM Stereo E-mail list: KBGG 1700 Des Moines, IA has apparently been sold. It has been reported that the new owners plan to flip the format from CNN Headline News to Smooth Jazz as WSJZ. That's right: WSJZ! Anyone care to shed light on this? 73 and good DX from (Eric Bueneman, June 18, IRCA via DXLD) ** U S A. The X-band list is ready, and can be found on: http://www.dxing.info/lists/x_na.dx I hope everyone with access to updates on the X-band station can be helpful with information on these stations. Either slogans, postal and email addresses...whatsoever. I appreciate all your help. 73's and good dx! (Alf Aardal, DXing.info June 16 via DXLD) ** U S A. WRR-FM, the classical music station in Dallas, is endangered. It may have to sell the frequency and move to a lesser facility in the educational band (Mark Sills, TX, via George Thurman, June 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Couldn`t find anything about this on their website http://www.wrr101.com or in a quick look at http://www.dallasnews.com I suppose it`s the same old story; the facility is just too valuable a property to allow it to continue with such minority programming. But there is no room for a new station in the Metroplex educational band. A similar situation occurred in Omaha last year, and many other commercial classical stations have suffered downgrades if not abolition (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. KRLD-1080 Dallas has an interesting site. It's in Garland, TX (rhymes with "Arlen" for you Hank Hill fans) and today is surrounded by homes, apartments and some park area. It's your standard two tower DA with the original thick faced towers. To the west of the site along Garland Rd. is a railroad track and modern style poles for high voltage electrical lines. For about a mile in each direction you can plainly see a detuning skirt running the length of each tower (looks a bit like a folded unipole). The story I've heard was that the power company installed the poles 10-12 years ago and never took KRLD's site into consideration. To solve the re-radiation problems, the power company had to detune each of the new "mini towers" they mistakenly added to KRLD's array. I've been told it was an expensive fix! I'll try to get a picture of what it looks like and send it to Fred for posting on the NRC site. On the other hand, WBAP is "out in the country" but in an area poised for growth and 1190's 50 KW day site sits next to the Irving, TX city dump (Wally Wawro, WFAA-TV, NRC- AM via DXLD) ** U S A. On Thursday June 20th, The Librarian of Congress will announce the royalty structure for Internet Webcasters. There's already a consensus that Live365 will begin to charge ALL netcasters. How much, is yet to be determined. I recently began to purchase Live365 stats to help keep Live 365 (and CyberShortwave) "on the air". I hope you wrote to all the appropriate parties during the past few months. When Live365 announces the cost to netcast, I will at that time decide if I can afford to continue CyberShortwave. In the meantime, you can help by LISTENING and telling your friends about Cybershortwave and having them listen. Details are on my web site http://www.n1dk.com CyberShortwave, The Voice of the Radio Monitoring Enthusiast! Currently running is our netcast from June 9th. KG8KO and KD0AR stopped by the shack during the live netcast. Mike KD0AR, talked quite a bit about antique radio and restoration, among other radio related topics. The following message is taken from the Live365 site and is from one of the administrators: I wanted to give you an update re: the performance royalty rate so you're all aware of what we're thinking. As you probably know, the Librarian of Congress will announce the royalty structure this coming Thursday. Over the past month, we've modeled a variety of different scenarios, and are taking steps to ensure we'll be around for the long haul and with as few changes as possible. This takes into account the lull in the ad market - which might have covered the costs associated with the royalties in a better market - with a variety of possible outcomes with the Digital Sound Recording Performance royalty. To these ends, we will most likely attach a monthly, recurring royalty administration fee to all broadcasts. It will be applied to all personal broadcasts equally. There will be a grace period during which those who aren't paying will have the chance to input credit card info or send in a money order to cover the costs of these fees. At the end of the grace period, those who are not paying the royalty administration fee will probably go off the air. The amount will be determined based on the outcome of the rate itself. I will certainly keep you apprised of the fee amount, as soon as we process the info from Thursday's decision. This is something we take very, very seriously. Indeed, if we're going to continue providing you guys tools to revolutionize radio - founders and non-founders alike - we have to be around to do so!! (Betty, Live365.com via Dave Kirby, N1DK June 18 via DXLD) ** VENEZUELA [non]. From ARRL Jun 18, 2002. ARRL has learned that World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, next June and July. The conference was set to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, but the Venezuelan National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL) rescinded the invitation earlier this month, citing economic concerns. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is expected to issue a formal announcement regarding the new WRC-03 venue in the near future (via Mike Terry, UK, DXLD) See also SWITZERLAND ** VIETNAM [non]. RUSSIA. New schedule for V of Khmer Krom R. in Vietnamese via VLD 250 kW / 230 deg: 1400-1500 Tue NF 15660 (34543), ex 1400-1500 Fri on 15690 to avoid VOA in Pashto (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 18 via DXLD) ** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. Soeben von RNS erhalten, new e-mail address: Dear listeners and friends: We have pleasure to communicate the new e-mail address for RNS (Radio Nacional Saharaui) for sending your messages right to RNS: rasdradio@yahoo.es Thank you very much for your support (from tlpgahij@vc.ehu.es via Rudolf Sonntag, Germany, A-DX Jun 18 via BC-DX via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ EDITOR LEAVES WORLD RADIO TV HANDBOOK Many of you will have heard about the departure of David Bobbett as Editor of WRTH, who has left to pursue a different career. As a result there has been some talk about the future of WRTH, and I would like to reassure you that WRTH will continue to be produced and updated and that the 2003 edition will be published in December 2002. As many of you know, I took over responsibility for the National section of WRTH last year and, through the hard work of a much larger world wide contributor network, we produced the most up to date National Radio listings for many years. We are working to improve on this for the 2003 edition. More contributors have joined us this year, most notably Dave Kenny and Alan Pennington of BDXC with their extensive knowledge of the situation in Africa, and Mauno Ritola and Bernd Trutenau have agreed to join our panel of Contributing Editors - dedicated DXers who help shape WRTH as well as providing country- specific information. Sean Gilbert, who worked as Assistant Editor to David Bobbett, will now be the Editor in charge of the International section, and our Technical Editor, John Nelson, will continue to review new equipment and provide technical articles. As Publisher I will be in overall charge of this activity. While this is going on I will be reviewing the position of Editor of WRTH, but I am sure that with the help of all these great people and other members of the team we will produce a great edition for 2003. The point of WRTH is to provide you with good information and that is what I am determined to do (Nicholas Hardyman, Publisher, WORLD RADIO TV HANDBOOK - 17 JUNE 2002, hard-core-dx via DXLD) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DIGITAL RADIO MONDIALE ++++++++++++++++++++++ Concerning DRM it might be useful to know that it is planned to introduce this system for listeners in industrialized countries first. Other regions of the world will follow some years later. Here in Germany DRM receivers are available now (f.e. a modified Grundig Yacht Boy 400). These radios still need an external PC for decoding DRM signals. But it is still quite a cheap possibility for listening to digital AM compared to the high end AR7030 solution. The next step will be the release of a cheap software solution, which as I am informed will happen soon. So, hopefully we soon can discuss a system we not only have heard and read about, but can also try out in our homes. DRM also has quite an interesting aspect for DXers: around 26 MHz they plan to use DRM for domestic broadcasting, not only here in Germany. There have been tests in the U.K. (Harald Kuhl, Germany, DL1ABJ, DXplorer debate Jun 18) I honestly wonder why they bother with this DRM an unwanted, unneeded technology which, like DAB, will not receive enough interest to warrant mass production of receivers on any real scale. The term 'flogging a dead horse' comes to mind, only this one's carcass is starting to smell! Instead of wasting resources on DRM and other 'big boys toys' they should concentrate on Short Wave AM and normal SSB and Satellite which between them provide a good quality, reasonable cost and efficiency, in my humble opinion hard to beat (Roger Parsons-UK, BDXC 782) I agree 100% with what is said about DRM and all that. I have yet to listen to any radio program via the Internet as an alternative to SW radio, and DRM and such will be just the same. I have a computer, internet account, but I see no logic of listening to radio on a computer when I can get it on my radio. Without all the fuss if Computer Manufacturers will make computers cost the price of a small portable radio and make telephone calls free, then I see some challenge to SW radio. The Web and all that is a means of getting out of radio broadcasting and transferring to the listener the cost of broadcasting. People talk about providing telephone services to Africa, bypassing the stage of land lines. That is the way to go, but if people think that Africans who can hardly afford basic things in life are going to use mobile phones for radio ... something is lop sided in the whole thinking process. It is crazy really the way some people say such things. (Victor Goonetilleke-SLK 4S7VK, DXplorer Jun 13) I'm not sure I agree that DRM is a bad idea. We're not the target audience here for the most part. We're used to listening to fading and static. But the majority of radio listeners in the (developed) world prefer their programming without all that romantic crackling. In the developing world it's likely much the same, except that outside the main cities the opportunities for listening to a variety of stations on FM, for example, are far more limited, so people will put up with the crackling of SW. The idea of DRM is to make inroads into *that* potential audience, the one that would listen to radio from around the world if only they didn't have to strain to listen to it. (This of course assumes that stations are producing programs that people want to listen to, something that's pretty wide of the mark in most cases.) Of course, whether DRM is a good idea and whether it will succeed are two different things. I think it's a good idea. I also think that the organization responsible for it is a bureaucratic mess who have done absolutely nothing to get the word out to the masses that this is coming. I suspect that as a result, when the radios finally do become available, they'll be met with indifference and incomprehension. If I'm wrong and DRM is taken up by the market, then it likely won't be too many years before economies of scale make the radios affordable even in the developing world. In some ways, it should be cheaper to make a decent quality DRM radio than a decent quality analog SW radio. Listening on the computer and listening via DRM are two different things, though. Using mobile phones for phones, on the other hand, is a pretty good idea, particularly in areas like Africa where the monopoly land-line providers are so hide-bound that the mobile companies really don't have to provide a terribly high level of sce to blow the incumbents out of the water. In an area where it takes years to get a land line, the ability to get a mobile phone in minutes has got to look attractive. Interesting program on NPR several weeks ago ... one of the people speaking was from Tanzania. (Program wasn't on DRM). The first purchase a family makes is often a radio. It often costs a months wages for just a small radio. Wonder if the masses are willing to turn in all their existing SW radios and pay for a new radio just to hear a static free sound. I doubt it. But by the time that radio dies, DRM radios may have come down in price enough to make it possible for their next radio to be one. I don't think the broadcasters are under any illusion that they can make a flash change from analog to digital broadcasting; that's why DRM supports both. I fully expect analog broadcasts to survive long after the introduction of DRM for exactly this reason. They may survive even longer for the other reason I mentioned, that the DRM group is doing a lousy job getting the word out. (Ralph Brandi, NJ, DXplorer Jun 13/14; ALL: via BC-DX via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PROPAGATION +++++++++++ GEOMAGNETIC INDICES phil bytheway - Seattle WA - phil_tekno@yahoo.com Geomagnetic Summary May 21 2002 through June 16 2002 Tabulated from email status daily Date Flux A K SA Forecast GM Forecast Etc. 5/21 186 10 4 minor minor 5 22 181 9 1 minor minor 5 23 180 43 3 strong minor 5 geo storms 24 189 3 0 minor minor 2 25 183 3 2 none minor 4 26 183 9 4 none minor 6 27 187 17 3 minor minor 6 28 186 12 3 none minor 5 29 185 8 2 none minor 3 30 180 8 2 minor minor 3 5/31 182 3 0 none minor 3 6/ 1 179 5 4 minor minor 6 2 175 17 3 minor minor 6 3 170 11 2 none minor 4 4 170 16 4 none minor 6 5 159 8 2 none minor 5 6 155 6 3 none none 4 7 158 6 1 none none 4 8 155 13 3 none none 7 9 157 16 4 none none 7 10 152 16 3 none none 8 11 148 11 2 none none 7 12 142 8 2 none none 5 13 133 8 2 none none 5 14 131 5 2 none none 6 15 135 5 3 none none 7 6/16 137 9 1 none none 4 ********************************************************************** (IRCA Soft DX Monitor June 19 via DXLD) ### |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-099, June 17, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. 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SE FIRMÓ LA QUIEBRA DE RADIO RIVADAVIA Luego de la convocatoria, se confirmó la quiebra de Radio Rivadavia, a pedido de Nefin SRL. La Iglesia del Reino Universal de Dios de Brasil, a cargo de su FM 103.1 MHZ Alfa, realizaron una interesante oferta para la compra de ambas señales pero todavía no ha prosperado. Otros interesados pero con una menor propuesta de dinero, fue ESPN a cargo de la programación deportiva de la emisora. La verificación de créditos se hará hasta el 2 de agosto. http://www.deradios.com (via Nicolás Eramo, June 17, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Entonces no se repitirá en onda corta, con formato religioso en vez de deportes, etc.? Quiebra = bankruptcy, asumo (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRALIA [and non]. AN ERA HAS ENDED Yesterday I closed the monitoring station at 5 Helen Street, after 45 years of pleasurable listening and DXing. I started off early in 1957 with a Kreisler D/W mantel radio, which had 540 to 1650 kc\s and 6 to 18 mc\s. In those days there was no digital readout so one had to rely on the announced frequencies. The set on short-wave also had a 910 kc image which made if difficult knowing what was the frequency. I can remember the first station I heard and logged in 1957, which unsurprisingly was the ABC Domestic Short-wave service from either Melbourne or Sydney. Both operated on the 49 meter band at night and it was hard to differentiate as they had networked programming but it was probably Melbourne. Sadly they are no longer with us, being closed for almost 30 years. My first antenna was just a string of wire slung up on to a curtain rail. It worked until I managed to get a proper outside antenna up a few weeks later. It was approximately 54 feet in length and was a single strand wire. Ironically I have come full circle as my antenna here in this unit is 21 feet of wire slung along a curtain rail at 9 feet. I am in a retirement village and I received permission to put up an outside antenna, provided it was not for transmitting and was confined to the structure of the unit. I can remember then it was easy hearing the BBC Pacific Service on 7150 kc\s with the 4 pm News, followed by "Radio Newsreel". Ironically it used to relayed by one of the domestic networks on weekdays and I used to compare reception quality. Another regular was Noumea on 7170 kc\s and later on when I attended Scotch College, used this station for my French comprehension. ORTF was about from Paris yet not regular or as strong as Noumea. Sadly they have also gone from short-wave. Even their MW signal on 666 kHz has now been completely wiped out by domestic Australian stations. It used to be a clear channel station. The highlight of my early listening was hearing a scoop that Russia had launched the first man in space [April 12, 1961]. I remember hearing a very excited announcer from Radio Peking, probably "Peking Pearl" read the announcement from TASS. It was not announced over our radio stations for several hours and I well remember excitedly blurting out that Man was orbiting in space. My family was incredulous and naturally assumed I was making it up and did not believe me until several hours later when there was a headline on the local ABC station on 710 kc\s. Another major highlight was the Kennedy assassination on November 23rd [1963]. I was woken early at around 6:30 am by my parents who had heard an item on the early morning news from Sydney that the President had been shot. I immediately turned on the AFRTS which was on 11715 kc\s I think. They were relaying news from the various American networks that he had been assassinated. This feed was later rebroadcast over a country station on 540 kc\s. I can also remember hearing the Apollo Space Missions being relayed via Ground stations back to Houston. They had audio in the midst of a multimode channel and it was difficult to get the speech out of the hash. It was very close to the 20 metre amateur band and the audio from the HF link was between 8 to 30 seconds ahead of the audio as from the domestic media. There were other highlights from my monitoring at 5 Helen Street, including the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and hearing Radio Prague's appeals for help. Also hearing activity from American activities in the Vietnam War. The channels around 9000 kc\s were very active with air traffic from the Pacific as well as the "Sky King " messages for the B52 endlessly circling the earth. Also I followed the Falklands War in 1982 from the BBC and hearing mysterious numerically encoded messages in English and Spanish. Now I have finally closed the receivers and had the antennas pulled down from the Newstead site after 45 years of activity. The final station I logged was on 15070 kHz and it is a mystery one at that. At around 0359 UT on the 17th of June. There was a weak station broadcasting "Please Release Me" with Englebert Humperdick. After the song ended, this signal dramatically faded out, thus preventing any identification. I have cited that a Dutch pirate station known as "Radio Alpha Lima" has been previously monitored here yet I am uncertain that this was it. Did anybody else hear this signal? It was on AM with rapid fading, indicative of low power or even a harmonic. [Later:] I want to clarify my earlier posts about being the end of an era. From early 1957, the actual date escapes me until June 16 2002, I did the majority of my monitoring from my family home in Newstead. As I said in my earlier post, all the receiving equipment and antennas have been dismantled and packed away. I have NOT given away short-wave listening or monitoring within the confines of this independent living unit at this retirement village. It is not on the scale of my previous set-up and perhaps one day I will be able to get away from here and once again do some serious listening and/or monitoring. It is the end of an era because short-wave today is not as exciting or as romantic as it was in the sixties and seventies or earlier. Stations are disappearing replaced by digital signals. There are sections of the spectrum now completely free of any signals whatsoever, which is so different from the days when the same spectrum was jam packed with all sorts of modes. In reality this should make it easier to hear signal without interference. Wolf asked the question about my QSL collection? Well the truth is that it was never a large one but I have kept them. It is only my amateur radio ones which are a problem :) I should have added that in my final days at 5 Helen Street on 12th October of last year, I got an unexpected scoop on approximately 8700 kHz when I heard a station on USB, playing Indian style music. I was puzzled why it was apparently operating within the maritime telephony allocation. Later it was identified by the BBC Monitoring Service , after reading my query in Glenn Hauser's "DX Listening Diary" as being a Psychological warfare station. This was perhaps the high point of my monitoring. To me it is the end of a era in my monitoring activities as I very much doubt that this location will ever be as good as Newstead. Norwood is only 1.5 kilometres from it but is higher and I am surrounded by more people and RF sources. I just live in hope that when an outside antenna is erected, that the reception will improve sufficiently to keep me motivated. Robin L. Harwood, 20/177 Penquite Road, Norwood TASMANIA 7250 61-3 63 44 9794(International) (03) 63 449794 (domestic) e-mail : rharwood@iprimus.com.au rharwood@7250.net robroy@elaunceston.com (Robin L. Harwood, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Best of luck to you, Robin, in your new abode. There should still be lots to hear on SW (gh, DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 6054.4, Radio Juan XXIII, San Ignacio de Velazco. 1039- 1055 June 17. Spanish transmission. Greetings: "llegamos hasta toda la zona del Alto Paraguay con nuestros saludos....y un gran saludo para la gente bonita...; y muchos saludos para todos los que están en las zonas de las colonias". Very nice Andean music. ID as: "juntos por Radio Juan XXIII". The program`s name is "Voces de nuestra Tierra". Commentary about the educative reform law. Ann.: "estaremos próximamente con Voces de nuestra tierra... muchísimas gracias, hasta mañana y a levantarse señores oyentes...". At 1055+ I heard a Catholic commentary in Spanish by male. 34322. In WRTH 2002 and PWBR 2002 the station is listed on 6054.4 and the ILGradio A02 on 6055 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, DX LISTENING DIGEST) So Bolivia is a.k.a. ``Alto Paraguay``? Or referring to upper reaches of a river? (Glenn Hauser, Alto Tejas, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BOLIVIA. Har fått følgende fra Rogildo Fontenelle Aragão i Bolivia. (Kopi er sendt LES). Hoy de visita a R. LV del Campesino, Sipe Sipe, Cochabamba, para obtener dos confirmaciones de colegas de Finlandia y Australia, el dueño habló que había recebido dos cartas y entregome una fotocopia; una era de su informe de 26/abril, y otro del Lars E-Svensson de Suecia. Tengo conocimiento que una tarjeta preparada no tiene valor en una parte de Europa, pero hay un problema: es la única manera más segura y rápida que puedo conseguir, porque la radio no tiene papel propio, y esperar que hagan es difícil. Pienso hacer una tarjeta como tengo de estas 2 confirmaciones ya com sello y firma de la emisora y tentar preparar una carta en una hoja preparada por mí, y sólo faltaría que el director firme y selle la carta. Esta semana tengo ya su confirmación para despachar de LV del Campesino. El Director es el Sr. Enrique Carvajal y el teléfono de la radio es: 591 4 4361929. Um grande abraço, Rogildo Fontenelle Aragão, Cochabamba - Bolivia, raragao@supernet.com.bo (från TBV, Tore B Vik, SW Bulletin Jun 16 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 11724.97, 9.6 2155, Rádio Marumby Novas de Paz with "Informativo Marumby Novas de Paz". I thought Marumby was the station on 9665 but instead it is Radio Marumby in Curitiba on 730 kHz. 3-4 CB (Christer Brunström, Sweden, SW Bulletin June 16, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. 11815, 0255-0300*, R. Brasil Central, Jun 16. Lively programming with full ID and frequency announcements in Portuguese at 0258. Off promptly at 0300 without any fanfare (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. 11829.955, 0113-, R. Anhanguera, Jun 15. Portuguese news and variety program. Many interviews, mentions of São Paulo. Suffers from splatter from BBC via WYFR on upper side, and to a lesser extent on the lower side from Voice of Russia via Vatican. Otherwise a very strong signal. Can't be 1 kw as listed in some sources. Seems more likely 10 kW, as I see in other sources. Can anyone confirm the correct power? Nice ID at 0123, after mentions of noticias. Signed off sometime before recheck at 0158, as nothing then was heard (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. 6030, 0031-, CFVP Calgary, Jun 11. Nice clear signal at S5 from CKMX, with 1-800 number and mentions of the broad coverage area of CKMX. Financial planning news. Don't know if the partial eclipse of the sun allowed some enhancement (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. Hi Glenn, in case you wanted to present some detailed information on the DAB situation in Montreal, Canada, in one of your DXLD, feel free to use my observations given below. These were made locally (and differ slightly from what is on Internet, and are technically more correct and complete), during a recent trip - I usually reside in Munich, Germany. DAB, DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING IN MONTREAL Observations on 18-May-2002 show that the current digital audio broadcast offering in Montreal is two DAB ensembles. The one DAB ensemble identifies as "CBC Radio-Canada", it is broadcast in the LD band (center frequency is 1458.096 MHz) and includes 4 program services, all at 224 k bit rate, DAB mode is TM3. The 4 program services are CBC Radio One (PID = C020), CBC Radio Two (C021), R-C Premiere (C022), R-C Culturelle (C023). The other DAB ensemble identifies as "Stations Privées"; it is broadcast in the LA band (center frequency is 1452.960 MHz), DAB mode is TM3, and there are 5 program services: TEAM 990 (PID = 000C, bit rate is 128k), RADIO ENERGIE (000D, 192k), ROCKDETENTE (000E, 224k), MTL BEST MUSIC (000F, 224k), RADIOMEDIA (000B, 224k). TEAM 990 is in parallel on 990 kHz AM, RADIO ENERGIE parallel on 94.3 FM, and MTL BEST MUSIC paralle 97.7 FM. These observations were made with the DAB receiver TerraTec DR Box 1. (Dr. Anton J. Kuchelmeister, Munich, Germany, June 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. "Rogers keeps CBC a.m. slot" http://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?id=421CBCBF-11DB-49BC-9742-FAF25C47F5C0 (via Ricky Leong, QC, DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. 4799.70 (Harmonic), Radio Súper, Cali. June 2002 - 1000 UT. A surprise when I almost never manage to log harmonics in the 60 mb. Of course the reason is that the band is mostly covered with strong transmitters. Just remember one occasion, Radio Panamericana (Ecuador) on 4767.88H kHz --- a station our member Roland Åkesson/RÅ also logged back home in Sweden. Religious program until 1000 UT when a local "Súper Cali" ID came. Then music. Nice signal. Harmonic from 1200 kHz (4 x 1199.92). (Björn Malm, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 16, translated from Swedish by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COLOMBIA. 6064.55, "Sistema Radial de Alcarabanga" (Venezuela?). June 7 2002 - 0120 UT. The station was heard for the first time Thursday evening June 6 2020 local time here in Quito and closed down at 0245 UT with out ceremony. Checked the frequency this morning and the started around 1100 UT. The programme seems to have two variants. One is purchased (?) religious program. I have heard "Voz Cristiana"-programs and religious programs produced in SF de Bogotá --- at least they gave Bogotá- addresses: "A.A. 95300, Bogotá" and "...calle 44 #3-79, Bogotá" and telephone numbers: "3 31 38 07 and 3 4? 14 19, Bogotá". The other variant is nonstop Venezuelan "llanero" music, which can last for more than a full hour, only interrupted by some short, religious phrases from the male DJ. I have been listening for almost 5 hours and only heard an ID at two occasions, when interrupting the "llanero"-music giving ID as : "Están en sintonía de Sistema Radial de Alcarabanga 1530 AM". There is nothing matching on 1530 kHz. The second time I only heard sole words sounding like: "...estudios en "Banaminda"(?) transmite ... de "...- tumbe"(?) La Voz de ...". The above info was sent to SWB as a "BM preview" June 7. Thanks go to our members Kenneth Olofsson/KO and Björn Fransson/BEFF who both sent e-mail regarding this station. Kenneth has it as an unID with, as he believes, Colombian music and suggests "Colmundo Radio", which is listed on the frequency. BEFF has it as an uncertain "carrier" next to Family Radio and also mentions "Colmundo Radio". Our member Henrik Klemetz/HK sent my info about 6064.55 kHz directly to his Colombian friend Rafael Rodríguez in Bogotá. In DXLD from June 11 there is a long and exciting "story" about what Rodríguez knows regarding this unID. Take part of this in Glenn Hauser`s "DXLD" at the address http://www.worldofradio.com Written in Spanish so I will make a fast and short translation: Rafael has, after taking part of our "BM preview" in SWB from June 7, listened on the frequency for several hours without getting an ID but managed to catch a telephone number to the book store "Colombia para Cristo" mentioned in the broadcast. There a lady told him that Colmundo Radio sold their transmitting equipment to the Colombian radio station "HJV82" (in WRTH the name is given as "Alcaldía de Puerto Lleras") -1530 kHz in Puerto Lleras situated in "departamento del Meta" pretty near the town Villavicencio --- but the lady in the book store says that the transmitter is called "Alcaravan Radio". This matches pretty close with the ID I also heard: "Sistema Radial de Alcarabanga". So HJV82-1530 kHz is now performing test transmissions on SW 6064.55 kHz and will later have separate programmes on MW and SW. Exciting, isn´t it! 73 from BM i Quito! bjornmalm@yahoo.es (Björn Malm, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 16, translated from Swedish by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COSTA RICA. Adventist World Radio in Latin America Time Lines ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Unit Location Year Date Event ---------------------------------------------------------------------- TI4NRH Tri-Cities 1924 Dec 1st MW broadcasts 1938 May 4 1st SW broadcasts 1957 Sold to Columbia 1963 New station launched 1983 Sold to Adventist church Impacto 3 sites 1952 Radio Atenea MW begins 1984 Radio Impacto launched 1990 Radio Impacto closed 1991 Sold to Adventist church Lira Hatillo 1983 Nov 30 MW inaugurated Lira Alajuela 1986 Oct 22 1 kW SW inaugurated 1989 Jul 5 kW SW inaugurated 1989 Aug 27 50 kW inaugurated 1994 Apr 15 Final broadcasts Alajuela Lira Cahuita 1991 Nov 1st test broadcasts 1992 Jul 7 & 8 Dedication services 1998 Nov 6 Final broadcast 1998 Nov 7 Sold to Wescott (Adrian Michael Peterson, appendix to AWR Wavescan June 16 via DXLD) ** CUBA [non]. USA/CUBA: TV MARTI STARTS EVENING BROADCAST ON UHF | Text of report by press release by Voice of America on 14 June Washington, DC, 14 June: In a recent departure from its 12-year-old early morning schedule, TV Martí is now available in Cuba in primetime (6 p.m.-10 p.m. [2200-0200 gmt]) via a UHF signal. Anecdotal reports and phone calls from the island suggest that more viewers in Cuba are able to see the telecasts, including some living outside of Havana. Callers from Matanzas province, areas of Colón and elsewhere have provided descriptions of TV Martí programmes. Surveys of actual viewership will be conducted later this summer. Since its inauguration, TV Martí had followed a 3:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. [0730-1230 gmt] schedule via a VHF signal in order to prevent interference with Cuban television. At the time, few if any Cubans on the island could receive UHF. Today, although Cuba does not have a UHF TV network, many more Cubans own television sets that can receive both UHF and VHF. Along with Radio Martí, TV Martí provides balanced, uncensored news and information programming for the people of Cuba. For more information, contact Joe O'Connell at (202) 619-2538 or jdoconne@ibb.gov Source: Voice of America press release, Washington, in English 14 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Well, what are the UHF channels??? As I recall, there used to be three of them alternating or at once. Cf. Recent reports that new Panda TV sets imported from China are having their UHF tuners removed or disabled. Has Arnie talked about UHF TVDX lately? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ECUADOR. 50-SCAN-JUBILEE! October 24 1999 SWB was hit by a "stroke below the belt"! "Bandscan SW-1" was sent to SWB and editor Thomas Nilsson. 50 bandscans from BM in Ecuador almost without any break. I must say thank you TN for your untiring and stubborn work with my bandscans. Today even more "work" as Thomas also translates everything to English for the benefit of our exchange partners: DXLD, Cumbre, HCJB and DXing.info Forum. /BM (Björn Malm, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 16, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) See COLOMBIA, PERU in this issue ** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6249.35, R Nacional, Malabo, 2145 UTC, 14th June: African hi-life music, announcements in Spanish. Still audible after 2240. Best on LSB to avoid utility QRM but generally poor (Tony Rogers, Birmingham - UK, AOR AR7030+/LW, BDXC-UK June 16 via DXLD) ** ETHIOPIA. Bandscanning 31m, June 17 at 1330, found a het on the Chinese language station on 9560, pinpointed to 9561.4 or so, nondescript continuous talk, could not make out language, but unseemed Arabic, and soon losing out. I then started searching the by-frequency logs in major DX club bulletins for past few months, and the Online Logbook, but nothing at all reported between 9560 and 9565. Then searched all 98 DXLD issues so far in 2002, and found two reports, both by Hashimoto in Japan Premium: R. Ethiopia, 9561.7 3/10 at 1606, in DXLD 2-043; and R. Ethiopia, 9561.5, 3/30 at 1611 in English, so this logging gets to be a tentative rather than an unID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GREECE. I don`t get ``It`s All Greek to Me``, Sunday June 16 after 1800, on the publicradiofan.com link; it`s not the same service as heard on 17705 via Delano; same when I click on the I Foni tis Helladas link at the ntua website (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I see that the ERA5 Real Audio stream (ntua's live3.ram) is no longer linked on ERA's web site, and as you noted, it has some audio in Greek, not the expected program in English at this hour. However, they have replaced it with a Windows Media stream of ERA5: http://195.170.27.247/era5.asx which I was able to launch just in time to hear the closing message of IAGTM about 1856 UT. So I'll change my link to that. Thanks, (Kevin Kelly, http://www.publicradiofan.com DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** HUNGARY. An alarming message from R. Budapest was received this Thursday: told their staff that from July, programmes in Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian and Ukrainian would be discontinued. This would represent a spending cut of 90 kiloeuros per year. Most of these program makers at RB only earn something like 250 Euro per month. Nothing said about other languages, so expect them to continue (Frans Vossen, RVi Radio World June 16, notes by gh for DX LISENING DIGEST) ** INDONESIA. QSL INFORMATION I've really been feeling sorry for myself since sending our a flurry of MW reception reports after our late-March 2002 Grayland DXpedition. I had only a 50% reply rate, with NONE of my three new Alaskans coming through (KENI-650, KFQD-750, KRSA-580.) I was also missing CNR 1 on 1377 (though a separate report for 639 came through promptly) and RRI Sorong. Well, today the PO box had this lovely letter in it from RRI Sorong. The letter is so interesting that I thought that you might enjoy it.... Here is the text: Dear Sir, We say thank you very much for your letter, Mr. Professor John H. Bryant. We are very happy and glad to receive your letter in Sorong. You wrote in your letter that "none of these experiences was as thrilling as listening to RRI Sorong on 909 kHz medium wave from the Pacific Coast of the state of Washington." I also reply your letter on the air. I called your name and read your letter. About your reception report, that was right (correct), because you are pleased to hear RRI Station Sorong and to catch my wave, I am going to tell you [about] the station of Radio Republic Indonesia Stasiun Sorong (RRI Station Sorong.) Transmitter: SW Harris BC 10 HT Wave: 61,53 metres Power: 10 kilowatt Frequency: 4785 kHz Antenna: Broadband Dipole - 18 metres Transmitter: NEC.MET, 4080E, MW Wave: 330 metres Power: 10 kilowatt Frequency: 909 kHz Antenna: 80 metres Transmitter: NEC FM 100 WIT Power: 100 watt Frequency: 96.7 MHz Antenna: 40 metres Well, that's all for now, Greetings from Station Manager and Staffs of RRI Station Sorong to all of you and I hope you send me some other reports in the future. Yours Sincerely, STATION MANAGER (signed) Umar Solle (station stamp) END OF LETTER Very interesting letter. First, it appears to have been typed by Mr. Solle himself on a typewriter (not a printer) that needed cleaning. Secondly, Mr. Solle's English might be a bit rusty, but it is very good, under the circumstances. So, as long as he is station manager, there appears to be no need to send reports in Bahasa Indonesian. The postage on the letter was 9,500 rupiyah... A huge amount (more than double the cost from a few years ago. The correct station address is Radio Republic Indonesia Stasiun Sorong Jl. Jend. A. Yani No. 44, Sorong 98414 Indonesia. I sent the report with $2.00 USD, an English-language report, an Indonesian language report, an audio CD and several postcards of the Washington Coast. I also included copies of my QSL card and letter from RRI Sorong on shortwave which I received in the mid-1980s. I'm really overjoyed with this QSL, to put it mildly. I specialized in Indonesian shortwave broadcasting for many years and even wrote two small books about it. This Spring 2002 reception of Sorong on 909 kHz from Grayland, WA was a real team effort between three or four of us on that DXpedition and was my first-ever reception of Indonesia on medium wave... after trying for a goodly number of years. I'll be sending Mr. Solle a very nice "thank you" letter and a small gift..... Its things like this that keep me sending out reception reports, despite the declining response rates and escalating costs. Inna word, "Goodie, Goodie, GOODIE!!!) (John Bryant via DXplorer, via Jembatan DX via DXLD) RRI Sorong on 4874.6 kHz seemed to be inactive (Jun 14, 2002, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 9741.7, RRI Sorong. Heard often here until 0758* About the last issue of list of Indonesian stations, please add RRI Sorong on 9741.7v (Jun 14, 2002, Craig Tyson, Western AUSTRALIA, Jembatan DX June 15 via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Glenn Hauser had a mention of this article in DXLD 2-097. There's an interesting discussion board with 72 comments posted (as of 6/15/02 10:30 PM). A few of the comments mention shortwave. Most don't give satellite radio much of a future SATELLITE RADIO ON THE ROAD TO OBLIVION http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s=1500&a=27904,00.asp Copyright (c) 2002 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Richard Cuff, swprograms via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS [non]. 6th ANNUAL WORLDWIDE MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND is being sponsored by the "USS Salem Radio Club" during July 20-21st, 2002. It begins at 0000z and runs for a full 48 hour period. They are expecting participation by more than 70 Museum Ships from throughout the World. Each participating ship will issue their own QSL cards. A certificate will be available from the "USS Salem Radio Club" for working 10 or more ships during the weekend event. The certificate is available by sending a 9 X 12 SASE along with log information of ships worked to KC1XI: George Clisham, 126 Billings Rd, North Quincy, MA 02171 gclisham@attbi.com Suggested operating frequencies are: SSB - 3860, 7260, 14260, 18160, 21360, 24960, 28360 and 50160 CW - 3539, 7039, 10109, 14039, 18099, 21039, 24899 and 28039 kHz QSL for K1USN contacts: Send Business Size SASE to K1RV - Harold Pugh, 78 Temple St. Abington, MA 02351 k1rv@arrl.net DX stations via bureau. For additional information and complete list of paarticipating ships check their web page at: http://www.qsl.net/k1usn Also, many ships plan to activate some of their original equipment during this event! Check their web site for particulars. The "USS Salem Radio Club" is continually looking to get more Museum Ships on the air. If any Clubs or individuals wish to activate additional vessels please contact W1QWT, Bob Callahan, 56 Acorn St. Scituate, MA 02066 or via E-mail at: w1qwt@arrl.net (KB8NW/OPDX June 17/BARF-80 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISRAEL. ISRAEL-MIDDLE EAST TV STARTING JUNE 25TH. Note: as a result of the below, IBA TV news will no longer be seen on IBA TV Channel 1. It will only be available via this new Cable/Satellite TV channel. ---- The Israel Broadcasting Authority is launching a TV service in Arabic and English to Europe and the Middle East with nine hours per day of news and current affairs programming. Israel – Middle East will take over the present IBA Channel 3 that is also widely known locally as Cable Channel 33. Programming will commence daily in Arabic at 1600 Israel Time (1300 UT) and at 1900 and 2400 (1600 and 2100 UT) there will be 30 minute newscasts in English from the same team that had for many years produced 'IBA News' on Channel 1. Outside of its own broadcast hours the TV channel will relay the sound of Kol Israel`s Arabic radio service. Transmission of the service will be via the existing IBA Channel 3 on cable and satellite within Israel, and with the addition of direct-to- home satellite to Europe and the Middle East via Hotbird 3 at 13 degrees east on 12.220 MHz. [make that GHz --- gh] Newly appointed IBA Director-General Yosef Bar-el was previously Controller of Channel 3 and personally took charge of the development of the service (via Daniel Rosenzweig, June 17, DXLD) ** ISRAEL. "LONG-AWAITED DEBUT" OF ARABIC, ENGLISH SATELLITE CHANNEL ON 25 JUNE | Text of report in English by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post web site on 17 June The often-delayed English and Arabic-language satellite network will make its long awaited debut on 25 June, Minister Without Portfolio Ra`anan Cohen, the minister responsible for the Israel Broadcasting Authority [IBA], told the cabinet yesterday. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Cohen said the network would be Israel`s answer to the propaganda coming from the Arab world. Cohen said he would give more details about the network in next week's cabinet meeting. Until then, details remain sketchy about the content of the network's programming, which will mostly be in Arabic, but will at least initially include one English newscast. IBA management and English news department officials are expected to meet throughout the week to finalize decisions about the English broadcasts. IBA spokeswoman Shlomit Golan said that the English news would initially be shown at 8 p.m. [local time] and then would be moved to its permanent time of 7 p.m. The length of the broadcast could remain at its present 15 minutes, or it may still be expanded to half an hour. The most sensitive subject under discussion is the question of whether the present IBA English news will remain on Channel 1. The new satellite network will only be available locally on digital cable systems and the Yes satellite network. IBA Arabic news officials have been told for certain that their current hour on Channel 1 will remain until the infrastructure is prepared for the new network to be available to viewers who have neither cable nor satellite. The Council for Cable and Satellite Broadcasting said the more than 20 per cent of Israelis who do not subscribe to cable or YES includes a disproportionate number of Israeli Arabs. Sources in IBA English news said it will become clearer in upcoming days whether they will broadcast only on the satellite, or continue to be seen on Channel 1. Although there has been talk of making the network available to viewers in North and South America, at first it will only reach viewers with satellites throughout the Middle East and in parts of Europe. Many logistical, budget and content issues remain unresolved at the IBA, which has recently fired high-profile journalists and restructured contracts in order to cut costs. Source: The Jerusalem Post web site, in English 17 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Making SW even more expendable, no doubt, in their thinking (gh, DXLD) ** ITALY [non?]. Subject : IRRS / NEXUS I am just going through the reports about the new NEXUS schedule which is limited to a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays on 13840 instead of usual 3985/7120 now. On the NEXUS website I stumbled over this: >>>13 MHz band tests on Dec 16, 2001 IRRS-Shortwave will be testing next Sunday Dec. 16, 2001, between 0800-1200 UTC on a new frequency of 13.840/13.835 from a transmitter located outside Italy. Information on the exact location and technical characteristics of this transmitter will not be available for public disclosure at this time. The planned target area will be Central and Northern Europe, as well as N Africa and the Middle East. <<< See http://www.nexus.org/NEXUS-IBA/Schedules/IRRS-SW_tests.html And what's this: 13840 1630 1715 39,40 JUL 100 80 1234567 310302 271002 D D IBR DTK 13840 1400 1559 19,29N WER 500 045 1234567 310302 271002 D RUSSIAN D DWL DWL Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Hmmm, indeed. But surely DTK would not be several hundred Hz off frequency, unless they were *really* trying to deceive us. Sounds like another TDP client. Bulgaria, anyone? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** JAMAICA. From: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com For Your Listening Pleasure: (Some fifty years after its inception radio is still the most powerful, far-reaching form of media in Jamaica. More than 2 million of the island's 2.5 million people are said to be radio listeners.) Almost everywhere one goes in Jamaica one hears the sounds of music and voices of people expressing their opinions on numerous talk shows. Offices, street corners, restaurants and bars ­ anywhere you find a group of Jamaicans gathered, you will more than likely find a radio playing. Radio's relationship with the national psyche began as early as 1939 when the first broadcast was transmitted via a shortwave "ham" operated unit from the Seaview Ave. home of the unit's owner, John Grinan. The call sign was VP5PZ and it offered wartime news and information for a half-hour once a week. By 1940, Grinan had negotiated with the colonial government to set up a station that became known as ZQI and the frequency and variety of broadcasts increased. But listenership never totalled more than 100,000 given the relatively high cost of radio sets. Then on July 9, 1950, (fifty-one years ago) commercial radio broadcasting began when the government, like those in many other Caribbean territories during that decade, granted a license to the Jamaica Broadcasting Company a subsidiary of the British Rediffusion Group. This signalled the birth of the Radio Jamaica and Rediffusion Network or, as we know it today, RJR. Four transmission sites were established across the island to carry the medium wave signals. This early RJR was quite British in character, producing a very BBC-like format. Slowly but surely, however, more and more Jamaicans moved in and some of the flavour of Jamaica began to be heard. Popular shows included Talent Parade, opened by Karl Magnus' regular "Well, look, here's something that just came to me!" line, and originally produced by Archie Lindo and Hugh Wilson. Talent Parade showcased local talent broadcast from the Carib Theatre and helped to launch the careers of well-loved entertainers including Ranny Williams and Louise Bennett. Other popular shows included Alma Mock-Yen's Tea Time and Marie Garth's Busy Bee Club for children. Favourite announcers and programme hosts emerged including: Merrick Needham, possibly best known for his ceremonial outside broadcasts, Dorothy Hosang (Lannaman's Lollipop Land for children) Adrian Robinson, Tony Verrity, Roy Reid (Reid at Random), Radcliffe Butler (The Butler Did It, Midnight Mood), and Dorothy La Croix, better known as Dottie Dean. In an effort to broaden listenership in the early 1950s RJR distributed some 200 "little brown radio boxes" (rediffusion boxes) to communal locations like police stations, schools and shops so that more Jamaicans would have access to radio information and programming. By 1954 over 57,000 Rediffusion sets were in use and over 285,000 Jamaicans were confirmed radio listeners (a major increase from the 75,000 in 1947). Radio programmes also began to be sponsored by companies that increasingly used the radio as a medium of advertisement - these proceeds were the station's only sources of income. These commercials were either pre-recorded or voiced live from the studio. Between 1950 and the mid-1960s RJR became a household word and improvements in radio transmission occurred. 1951 ushered in wire radio service - meaning that transmissions were sent from a central station, better able to withstand atmospheric conditions and reach a wider listenership. But to receive them you had to be a rediffusion subscriber, paying three-pence a day. As Merrick Needham describes, this early form of radio transmission was "a bit like cable TV but with sound." Radio TimeLine: 1939: First broadcast transmitted via shortwave 'ham' radio. 1950: Gov't granted licence to the Jamaica Broadcasting Company for commercial radio broadcasting. 1951: RJR moved to a new studio on Lyndhurst Rd. 1953: FM Band transmission was introduced ­ Jamaica was the first British colony to boast of such a service. 1956: RJR began a schools broadcasting service and placed radios in schools across the island. 1959: Government started its own station, JBC radio through The Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. The name of the company under which RJR operated was formally changed to that of Radio Jamaica Limited, the name by which it is known today. 1959: Government started its own station, JBC radio through The Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. The name of the company under which RJR operated was formally changed to that of Radio Jamaica Limited, the name by which it is known today. 1962: RJR began a service known as 'Reditune' which allowed for non- stop music. This was replaced later in the 1960s by 'Musipage' which allowed for live broadcasts of musical performances from radio stations. Dates when stations began broadcasting: RJR radio 1 1950 JBC radio 1959 RJR radio 2 1972 FAME FM 1984 KLAS 1989 Hot 102 1989 Irie 1990 Power 106 1992 LOVE FM 1993 (via Mike Terry, June 16, DXLD) ** JAMAICA. CARIBBEAN LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE TO VETERAN BROADCASTER | Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) news agency on 15 June Kingston, Jamaica: Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Edwin Carrington, has expressed deep regret at the passing of veteran broadcaster Hugh Crosskill, who is scheduled to be laid to rest here [on] Thursday [20 June] at the University Chapel, Mona. "It is with deep regret that I have learnt of the unfortunate and tragic death of Hugh Crosskill," Carrington said in a statement of condolence, dispatched [on] Thursday [13 June] from his office in Georgetown. He said Crosskill's contribution to the development of the media in the region was an outstanding one. "From his early beginnings as a broadcaster in his native Jamaica, then on to the fledgling Caribbean News Agency (Cana) before going on to head the Caribbean Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), he displayed a real talent," Carrington said. He added that Crosskill, who returned to the region in 1996 as general manager of Radio Jamaica, would be remembered for his commitment to his profession and for the quality of his work "in furthering the development of his profession and indeed the entire region". In a separate interview, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas and his St Vincent and the Grenadines counterpart, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, also offered condolences to the family of Crosskill, who was shot and killed by a security guard a week ago at a medical complex in Kingston. In an interview on OAS Radio in Washington on Thursday, carried live on ZIZ Radio in St Kitts and NBC Radio in St Vincent, both Caribbean leaders said the region had lost a fighter for press freedom in Crosskill. Douglas reaffirmed the region's strong commitment to the advancement of the propagation of different shades of opinion to ensure that the media is as free as ever in order to continue to make a contribution in the development not only of the Caribbean society, but human society as a whole. "He was a young man, just 47, just started to live. I want to take this opportunity to extend to his family, his children, his father, his brothers, his ex-wife and his many, many friends throughout the region, our profoundest condolences," said Dr Gonsalves. "He was an extraordinary able man, a fighter for press freedom and democracy. We will miss him greatly," he added. The two were in the United States capital for the annual meeting of the Caribbean Group for Cooperation in Economic Development (CGCED.) Crosskill is survived by his ex-wife, three children, father and two brothers. Source: Caribbean Media Corporation news agency, Bridgetown, in English 1808 gmt 15 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** KASHMIR. To monitor the current conflict, from the Pakistani side, Azad Kashmir Radio is at 1430-1700 on 4790, only in Urdu and Kashmiri; V. of Jammu & Kashmir Freedom, 1300-1430, on 5101 including very interesting political commentary in English at 1400. India`s official station, R. Kashmir, Srinagar, 4950, 1300-1740* (Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, RKI Murtiwave Feedback June 2, notes by gh for DXLD) ** KOREA SOUTH. Han Hee Joo`s new co-host on Murtiwave Feedback is Jennifer Downey (sp?), from Québec but with a multinational background. Expect her to vanish about a year from now as the others have (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LIBYA [and non]. 15205/15660/17635/17695, Libyan R via Issoudun relay, 1845 UT, 15th June: Phone-in in Arabic. Presume domestic service at this time as not // 15435/17750 direct from Libya, which were presumably relaying Voice of Africa external service. Best on 15660 (Tony Rogers, Birmingham - UK, AOR AR7030+/LW, BDXC-UK June 16 via DXLD) ** MEXICO. Looking thru Fred Cantú`s website to see if R. Mil has a webcast yet, to hear Encuentro DX --- it does not ---, I noticed that altho it no longer exist on 830, XELA, the classical music station, still has a webcast, and it works, prefaced with this: AMABLE AUDITORIO: Estamos trabajando para darle un mejor servicio, rogamos a ustedes su paciencia y comprensión en tanto nos acabamos de organizar. Es probable que la programación que aparece en nuestra página no coincida con lo que está escuchando, por ahora usted podrá contar con el audio de la buena música, posteriormente daremos la información completa sobre el autor, obra, intérpretes, movimientos, etc., como XELA lo ha venido haciendo. Agradecemos muy sinceramente a todos ustedes el invaluable apoyo que nos están demostrando y les rogamos permanecer en contacto con nosotros enviándonos todos sus datos como son: nombre, dirección, teléfono y correo electrónico. Todos los que laboramos en XELA deseamos a todo nuestro QUERIDO AUDITORIO que el año que inicia esté colmado de salud, amor y buen trabajo. ¡ F E L I C I D A D E S ! Presione aquí para escuchar nuestra señal en formato Real Audio http://www.xela.com.mx/xela.ram (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NETHERLANDS. 15069.67, 0204-, Alfa Lima International, Jun 16. Tentative logging with slow female vocal in AM mode. Poor to fair reception, with a ute on USB. Wonder whether this is a relay of a south American pirate? Weaker audio when rechecked at 0241. Confirmed at 0245 with ALI ID and www site as http://www.alfalima.net in English. Fading up again. S-I-O later was 2-4-3 around 0400, with usual ALI programming (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 4678.86, Radio Paz Perú Internacional, Chiclayo, la provincia de Chiclayo, el departamento de Lambayeque. June 12, 0155 UT. Ought to be a new station, at least on SW --- but as usual you have to be careful with "new station" as it is absolutely impossible for me to know everything. Probably been on air for only a few days. Got ID pretty fast but QTH took some more days. Says a SW frequency but I can`t get it. ID often as: "Radio Paz Perú Internacional para todo el Perú y el mundo". Sometimes various IDs: "Radio Paz Perú", "Radio Paz Internacional" or only "Radio Paz". Says email-address as radiopaz@terra.com.pe The street address given a few times together with education on distance by radio and ads for clothes, include the number "47" and "Chiclayo". The audio quality is not the best. The programme consists of Peruvian music, both secular and Christian. Transmitting schedule seems to be 2300-0300 UT. The above logging was sent out as a `BM preview` to SWB June 13. The station continues to be heard with good signal but the quality of the audio from the DJ´s mike is not the best --- the music anyhow sounds good. Except for the Bolivian on 4681.48 kHz there is in the neigbourhood another station with good signal but almost no audio --- sounds more or less like the afterburner from a jumbo jet and drifting some kHz up/down. Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de Chiclayo, cuya capital es Chiclayo. Sus distritos son: Chiclayo, Chongoyape, Eten, Puerto de Eten, José Leonardo Ortíz, Lagunas, La Victoria, Monsefú, Nueva Arica, Oyotún, Picsi, Pimentel, Reque, Santa Rosa, Saña; con una población total de 625,183 hab. 5384.30, Radio Huarmaca, Huarmaca, la provincia de Huancabamba, el departamento de Piura. June 6 2002 - 0240 UT. "....estamos en la transmisión de prueba en onda corta de Radio Huarmaca" means that they are testing on SW. The programme consisted of this "phrase", repeated all the time, TCs and Peruvian folk music. The female DJ also greeted the technician of the station (Sr. Alberto Luzano?) and director. Close down 0321 UT without cd-ceremony. Good signal and very frequency stable --- kept its 100-part perfectly. Checked the frequency this morning but unfortunately too late, 0830 local time, but heard that the station was on air on exactly the same frequency: 5384.30 kHz. There is a small possibility that this "Radio Huarmaca" has nothing to do with the "Huarmaca" logged earlier on SW but that is perhaps only wishful thinking! In June last year I logged Radio Huarmaca on 2828 kHz which is a harmonic from the listed fundamental 1414 kHz --- in WRTH the only listed MW-station in the town of Huarmaca. The station has probably not been on air on SW for several years. The last log I can find is from 1999 in Mark Mohrman`s list. In "Dateline Bogotá" 1996 our member Henrik Klemetz/HK writes: "5485.4 PERU. New Peruvian spotted Aug 4, 2300, thanks to alert and query from Havukunnas via Österholm. Female DJ read quite a lot of local ads but did not ID properly, only said in the passing that this was R Huarmaca, su emisora amiga. An ad for Inversiones La Loretana, a local firm, gave a clue to the whereabouts of the station, Av. Grau 454, a espaldas de (behind) Radio Huarmaca. This is the third SW station to appear in the little town of Huarmaca, in the Huancabamba province of Región Grau in northern Peru. R Altura, 7143.2 continues active as before, whereas R Los Andes, 6479.8, seems to be silent for the time being". The above Huarmaca-info was sent out to SWB as a "BM preview" June 6. Regularly heard with good signal and superb audio quality. Also extremely frequency stable. Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de Huancabamba, cuya capital es Chanchaque. Sus distritos son: El Carmen de la Frontera, Huancabamba, Huarmaca, Lalaquiz, San miguel de El Faique, Sóndor, Sondorillo; con una población total de 125,458 hab. (Björn Malm, Ecuador, SW Bulletin June 16, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 9504.8, Radio Tacna, Tacna. 1100-1135. June 17. Spanish transmission. News program. Check time: "6 de la mañana en todo el Perú". ID as: "Radio Tacna...la radio de la sintonía mayoritaria". Contact with Radio Libertad, Arequipa with a report about the revolt and popular rebellion in that city: "desde hace muchos años conozco la Ciudad Blanca y sabemos del coraje del pueblo arequipeño y de su alcalde". Announcement: "en las próximas horas, en la ciudad de Tacna se tomarán medidas de apoyo a la lucha del pueblo arequipeño". Check time and announcement: "seis con 30, vamos con la pausa comercial". Local ads.: "En Tacna....con lo mejor de la cocina tacneña..." ID as: "En todas partes Radio Tacna, la emisora más popular". 24432/3 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** QATAR. 17755.25, R Qatar, 1045 UT, 16th June: Generally weak, off- channel, sounded like news headlines in Arabic at 1045, talk, announcements, Arabic music, ID. Also monitored this the previous day and seemed to peak around 1045-1115 on each day, otherwise extremely weak (Tony Rogers, Birmingham - UK, AOR AR7030+/LW, BDXC-UK June 16 via DXLD) Had been believed inactive on SW ** ROMANIA. 17735, 0454-, R. ROMANIA INTERNATIONAL, Jun 16. RRI in English, totally blown away by Petropavlovsk's 900 Hz test tone. Radio Ezra should boom in tonight! (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SIERRA LEONE. 6137.8, 0155 [no date], UNAMSIL, Freetown finally also here. Played music more or less nonstop interrupted for an occasional ID. At 0300 some sort of program started. Difficult to report! S 2. BEFF (Björn Fransson, Sweden, SW Bulletin June 16, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) 6137.85, 12.6 2115 Radio UNAMSIL. Good speed of talk and music, but difficult to hear despite QSA 2. Also "good" later at night. JE/RFK (Jan Edh/Ronny Forslund, Sweden, SW Bulletin June 16, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) Had wondered if UNAMSIL is still on as not reported lately (gh, DXLD) ** SOUTH CARLINA. Latest rant from Sister Stair, dated Friday, Flag Day, June 14, 2002, with hilarious P.S. Do also note that internal dissension is noted between the lines. Not all is solid in Stair- ville. As for his broadcasts, he remains on 5070 in the exact same time slots as previously, and 99% of the time the listeners have no clue Stair is out of commission. Only twice have I heard references on his own show to his own absence. She has not yet responded personally to me by e-mail (these are all bulk) and Brother Stair has yet to respond to me using my self-addressed, stamped envelope which I sent directly to him at the jail (Robert Arthur, June 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Following all sic: I greet you all in the name of the Lord, Yahshua. Dear Saints, please forgive me for not writing earlier. I HAD INTENDED TO WRITE EACH DAY THIS WEEK. SATAN HAS HINDERED... Thank you all for all your letters - even those that oppose me as I only obey my husband in keeping you informed. Pray that I can and will continue to stay in my place. Even here on the farm, the enemy is more than angry. Truly, he knows that his time is short, and he uses those I have loved and known for years to accuse the chosen of God. I love the Lord, I love my husband, and for the work's sake, I want to stay in my place. Also I know that I can only be saved by totally submitting to my husband and, as I have stated, after 25 years of being saved, I have learned that submission is really a beautiful thing! Such an easy thing... just to obey in everything. However, this veil of flesh is still upon me, housing the hidden TREASURE (Christ in me), and, at times, does not want to submt in all things. Please pray for me. I want to make it into the Kingdom with the saints. I want to see YAHSHUA, my Lord and Saviour who saved me - only by His great GRACE.. I will end this with this, the very urgent purpose of this letter.... BROTHER STAIR HAS CALLED AND WRITTEN; NOT ONLY TO ME (A LOVE LETTER), BUT ALSO TO THE WHOLE CHURCH - AN EPISTLE. THANK GOD. HE HAS BEEN FASTING AND SEEKING GOD. TODAY IS A CRUCIAL DAY. IT MAY MEAN HE GETS OUT OF JAIL OR STAYS IN FOR MANY MORE DAYS, OR EVEN WEEKS. Dear friends, my faith is STRONG, and I hope he can come home to me; however, something very deep within assures me that the will of God will be done. I pray to this end. THY WILL BE DONE! Pray ernestly for Brother Stair. That he will be willing to instruct the church in righteousness, even in his bonds. Last Sunday, during our visit, he was literally in shackles..what an awesome thing! He is truly making the mark of the high calling. We will all soon follow - the sufferings of Christ. God, help us all and prepare our hearts to receive the judgment that is upon His whole body! I ASK YOU TO PRAY, IN THE NAME OF YAHSHUA. PLEASE SAINTS. I FEEL I"M EVEN A LITTLE LATE WRITING. I HOPE NOT. THE LORD JUST REMINDED ME OF THE VERSE...HE HEARS US EVEN BEFORE WE ASK. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS WHAT WE NEED. THANK YOU...I'LL SEND THE LETTER FROM BROTHER STAIR SOON. BROTHER CHIP WILL READ IT TOMORROW TO THE WHOLE LISTENING AUDIENCE DURING THE SERVICE. AGAIN, YOUR LETTERS, WORDS AND SCRIPTURES ARE A BLESSING AND ALWAYS RIGHT ON TIME. DON'T STOP NOW!!! WE NEED EACH OTHER, SAINTS. THIS IS THE END...! ONLY IN THAT CAN I REJOICE AND HAVE PERFECT PEACE AT SUCH A TIME AS THIS. REMEMBER THOSE THAT ARE IN BONDS AS BEING BOUND WITH THEM...WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF HIS BODY. Also pray for all in authority. And remember to pray for the lawyers, chosen and proven of God - TRULY - Satan would like to discourage even them! They are Brother Stair's Simons of Cyrene. Precious in God's sight. Lift them up before our God now... They are hated in that they believe in the man of God and long to see righteousness done in this. Satan's time is SHORT!. We will be with the Lord in the end. AMEN. GOD BLESS YOU. HAVE A GOOD SABBATH. REST IN HIS LOVE. Write soon. Please pray. I love you with the pure love of God. Sis. Teresa Grace Stair P.S. If you would like to be removed from this e-mailing please reply with REMOVE in the subject line. (via Robert Arthur, DXLD) ** TIBET. 9490, 1549-, Tibet Peoples BS, Jun 15. Hoping to hear their English segment at 1630, but reception has gone from fair to good, to just a carrier when rechecking at 1623. All other // are too low for this time of the year (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. <2 days left to comment on IBOC Boys and Girls, There are two days left to comment on IBOC. I know that if IBOC gets implemented all of you here will be singing the blues about having to buy new radios and tuners because of all the interference to analog reception. There are only 252 comments and each one carries a lot of weight. Here`s the URL and the docket number is 99-325. http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi I hope to see you take the 5 minutes it takes to make a comment. (Kevin Redding, Mesa, Arizona, June 16, IRCA via DXLD) I have done so, and bookmarked it for future commenting (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. RADIO TRACKS CRICKETS 14 June 2002 VIRGINIA GEWIN © D. T. Gwynne A few unlucky crickets will become unwitting informants this summer. Agricultural researchers in the United States have fitted them with radio tags equal to half of their body weight to track their movements across the Utah desert, in an effort to understand the cues directing their devastating march. The signals will enable the scientists to record the kinds of topography, plant communities and weather patterns that favor the insects, hopefully helping them to predict future outbreaks. The southwestern United States is set to experience the worst invasion of mormon crickets (Anabrus simplex) since the 1930s. One of the researchers, Greg Sword of the US Department of Agriculture's Northern Plains Laboratory, says that "10,000 to 50,000 insects, weighing a few grams a piece, moving up to a mile a day, can be a formidable threat". In 2001 the crickets cost the state of Utah $25 million. But apart from the insects` propensity to wander little is understood about when they invade, where or why. "The cues that determine what direction they march to might be set early on," says Sword. "We're trying to track these bands to predict what direction they will go." "Part of the problem is that there has been a 10-year period where nothing much was happening," explains Pat Lorch, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The crickets reach usually reach substantial numbers every seven or so years. Some speculate the current outbreak is tied to recent dry conditions, which may facilitate successful egg hatching from the soil. Major outbreaks happen only every 50-70 years What the scientists do know is that the crickets swarm over the land, stopping at any food source in their path - crops, carrion, even fallen brethren - and become a traffic hazard along the way. As the crickets pause to cannibalize roadkill, the ensuing mass suicide causes notoriously difficult driving conditions. Mormon crickets plague much of the western United States. But the impact they've had on Utah is cultural as well as economic. The seagull was designated Utah's state bird specifically for its cricket- devouring ability - legend has it that seagulls miraculously saved the state from crop devastation years ago. © Nature News Service / Macmillan Magazines Ltd 2002 (via Mike Terry, DXLD) WTFK??? ** U S A. RADIO STATION TAKES HUMAN ELEMENT OFF THE AIR Originally published Jun 16, 2002 by Michael Olesker THERE ARE roughly three dozen radio stations around Baltimore, but only one Ken Jackson. And now he's gone. Forty years after he arrived in town, he becomes another headstone marker along radio's drumbeat march to homogenization. Two weeks ago, the bosses at WLG, 1360 on the AM dial, delivered an ultimatum: Either get with the new style, or get another life. They've brought in the trend of the moment, called voice-tracking. All it does is remove spontaneity, and timeliness and energy. Instead of live broadcasts, the station's broadcasters now tape much of their programming in advance. Management says it tightens the format. Jackson says the very idea feels fraudulent. "I could go in on a Monday," he was saying the other day, "and do voice-tracking for the whole week. You insert 20 or 30 seconds at a time into a computer, and they stick the tracks between songs and commercials for later on. Nobody's in the studio any more; everybody's gone home. "They told me it's an industry trend. But it's not live radio. I like the challenge of the moment, live, spontaneous. You hear the news that Sinatra's just died, so you play his music. Or Rosemary Clooney's playing the Lyric, so you do a live interview with her. "With the new system, it sounds robotic and stilted and unnatural. It's hard to be enthusiastic on Monday for something that's to be played on Thursday. Or maybe there's a tornado in the news. But you don't know it, because it hasn't happened yet, so you can't talk about it." Jackson, 70, arrived here in June 1962 and delivered news at WCBM for 25 years, then worked four years at WBAL before spending the last decade playing music at WLG. For a couple of reasons, the station plays a small song on local airwaves: Its signal doesn't stretch very far beyond the metro area; and, in a time when FM radio is mostly rock and AM is mostly talk, WLG is the last station in the area playing pop music that predates rock 'n' roll. In other words: Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett and Streisand and Mathis. Jackson played it and always brought to it something rare in modern radio: a sense of civility, musical authority and history. And a sense of the community. In a time when most radio stations are part of national conglomerates, WLG and its sister station - the talk-show format WCBM - are locally owned and staffed on-air by locals. WLG's morning man, Alan Field, has been around since the glory days of rock 'n' roll at the old WCAO. Where Ken Jackson drew on a big-band sensibility, Field specializes in a Broadway background and charm. But these, too, are fading from the air. Slowly, the station's introducing more and more music from the rock era. (And not the best of it. Are there really people who still want to hear Pat Boone's pale cover versions of Little Richard songs?) "The station is constantly evolving," WLG General Manager Bob Pettit said last week. "We have the oldest audience. We've got people in their 70s, plus what we call the newly disenfranchised, the baby boomers who don't want to hear the latest rock 'n' roll. We're straddling two generations. But, as those listeners get older, they die off. We have to update the music to keep an audience." So it's the changing of a culture. But it devalues the benefits of performers whose music became, for a lot of listeners, the classic American pop sound. Also, in a market with three dozen stations, it questions whether there isn't a slice of audience space for something different, something out of our national attic. And then there's the computerized voice-tracking, which has now led to Ken Jackson's departure. "By recording in advance," Pettit said, "it gives more control. It makes sure they have a tighter time period for talking, and there's less stumbling." Less stumbling? "They tend to ramble, they're looking for words, they're going two or three minutes before they get to the point," Pettit said. "We need them to be more concise." With all due respect, he is talking about professionals who have been in the business for generations. Does Pettit understand how breathtaking his remarks are? "Mm-hmm," he says. Well, we live in a fast-paced world. The music reflects it, and so does the radio patter. Our trigger fingers are quick to hit the car-radio buttons. The question is: Is there no room left for the change of pace? None for Alan Field handing us Rodgers and Hart in the middle of a workday, or Ken Jackson taking a moment to remember when Ellington cut "Take the 'A' Train?" Jackson could have stuck it out. He could have laid down the voice tracks in advance. He chose not to. Try it, Jackson says he was told. So he walked into the little taping room to pre-record, and found himself getting sick. He turned around, walked out, and went home. And ended a career, and set up one more headstone marking the closing of a radio era. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun (via Mike Terry, DXLD) Great story. But WLG??? No such station. We have all the remaining 3- letter broadcast calls stashed away in the memory bank, and this one doesn`t figure. It`s really WWLG. Could it be the station conveniently drops the first W to garner unmerited prestige; and/or the writer doesn`t know the difference? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. ALTERNATIVE RADIO STILL HAS A PLACE ON THE DIAL Associated Press June 16, 2002 MERIDEN [CT] — Choral music played through the studio speakers monitoring the WMNR-FM broadcast as Carol Babina described the station's three-decade metamorphosis. "It's all been done through listener support. Our broadcasters are all volunteers. They know their music and they share that with the listeners," she said. Using the slogan "fine arts radio," WMNR has grown from a low-power high-school station inaugurated in 1973 to serve the Fairfield County suburb of Monroe, 25 miles southwest of Meriden. Now a $600,000-per-year operation, it is a major listener-supported music station covering most of western Connecticut and parts of the state's central section. Gradually extending its reach by setting up a group of secondary transmitters to relay its broadcast, WMNR now relays its broadcasts over 10 low-power transmitters and a total of four regular FM stations. At the studios in Monroe's high school, the sound of Verdi's "Requiem" told an important part of the WMNR story. Even in the small radio programming niche, vocal music has been put aside. Many listener-supported noncommercial stations, such as the Hartford- based Connecticut Public Radio system and the Fairfield-based WSHU-FM station group in southwestern Connecticut, have cut back on classical music programming. Following trends reflected in the offerings from Washington, D.C.-based National Public Radio, they have moved toward other entertainment programs and increased news coverage. With its all-music format, which includes weekly smatterings of jazz, folk and big-band recordings, WMNR sees those changes as its opportunity for continued growth. "We still will play long-form classical," said Babina, one of the founders of the station 29 years ago. "We don't have to deal with fitting our programming in between news on the hour. We have the luxury of being able to work without those constraints." WMNR also broadcasts its programming over WGRS-FM (91.5) in Guilford, a 3,000-watt station that can be heard in some parts of Wallingford. If the FCC approves its recent application, WMNR plans to double the power of the Guilford transmitter, improving the signal significantly in Wallingford and providing some coverage of Meriden, Anderson said. Whether it's WMNR, or Connecticut Public Radio, or college stations such as WWUH at the University of Hartford, noncommercial, listener- supported stations provide an antidote to complaints from media critics about lack of variety and originality in programming on commercial stations. The public radio research consortium contends that listener-supported radio is growing in popularity. Nationwide, a few stations, including those in Tallahassee, Fla., and Asheville, N.C., command more than 10 percent of the audience in their areas. In medium and large radio markets, the highest-rated stations often capture only 10 to 15 percent of the audience, sometimes less. In the Hartford-New Britain-Middletown radio audience measurement area, an average of 11.9 percent of the audience listens to top-rated WRCH-FM, according to the most recent Arbitron survey. WPKT (90.5) — the public radio station of central Connecticut — has a 3.9 percent share of the radio audience. WFCR-FM (88.1) — the National Public Radio affiliate in Amherst, Mass. — has a 1.5 percent share, according to the winter 2002 Arbitron ratings. Their combined 5.4 percent ties for sixth place among the 28 stations listed in the rankings. In its primary coverage areas, WMNR attracts 2 to 3 percent of the radio audience. The fall 2001 Arbitron report credited it with a 2.7 percent share in the Danbury area, ranking it 11th among three dozen competing stations. In the New Haven area, WMNR scored a 2.5 percent share. Listener-supported stations don't just provide programming aimed only at a tiny potential audience, said Babina, of WMNR. Her station relies on its 6,500 members, each paying at least $35 per year, for 75 percent of its budget. "Each station does what they think their audience is most interested in. I look at it as a soft competition with other listener-supported stations," she said. "Basically, you're serving your listening audience." ©New Haven Register 2002 (via Mike Terry, DXLD) WMNR also webcasts and has a few distinctive programs in our MONITORING REMINDERS (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. WHY INTERNET RADIO MAY FADE Byline: James Turner Special to The Christian Science Monitor Date: 06/17/2002 The Librarian of Congress is usually not considered a magnet for controversy. But on June 20th, the eyes of Internet broadcasters and music industry insiders will focus on James H. Billington as he decides what royalties Internet radio stations will pay to record labels. Depending on how the rates are set, some insiders believe the announcement could put some Web broadcasters out of business. The issue of Internet-radio royalties was first raised when Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998. This law, intended to strengthen the copyright protections of digital media such as software and CDs, also required the recording industry to negotiate with Internet broadcasters to determine how much artists should be paid when their music is played on an Internet radio station. The sides failed to reach an agreement, so Congress directed Mr. Billington to form a panel to set the rates. Traditional radio stations pay royalties to songs' copyright holders - not necessarily the artists performing the music. The operating philosophy: The promotional value of songs played on the radio outweighs the artists' loss in revenue from royalties. But the music industry has never been happy about this exemption, and saw the DMCA as an opportunity to prevent the same thing from happening to music broadcast over the Internet. "Our performance rights in this country are more limited than they are in most other modern countries around the world," says John Simson, executive director of Sound Exchange, which manages the distribution of digital performance royalties for artists and record labels. "We only have digital cable and satellite rights, we don't have terrestrial radio or television rights, unlike most of the other countries. It's an inequity in US law and it's finally been corrected, at least in some small part." At least on the surface, Internet broadcasters agree. "We've known that there was going to be some kind of performance royalties," says Kevin Shively of Beethoven.com, an Internet-only classical station. "We had always assumed that, and had budgeted for it to be somewhere in the range of what the songwriting royalties were - about 3 percent [of gross revenues]," he says. But in February, the panel chose a pricing model based on a per-song rate - roughly $1.40 per song for every 1,000 listeners, or 70 cents for terrestrial broadcasters simulcasting online. Web-only broadcasters claimed that the rates would force them to shut down. Hundreds of Internet broadcasters went silent for one day last month in protest. Many listeners, who feared the loss of their stations, flooded Congress with complaints. Perhaps as a result of the outcry, Billington rejected the proposal, leading up to the final resolution of the issue next week. Had the royalty structure been approved, it would have spelled disaster for Internet broadcasters, according to Kurt Hanson, publisher of RAIN: The Radio and Internet Newsletter. "What was surprising about the [panel's] decision is that in the current advertising environment, that's about 200 percent of revenue," says Mr. Hanson. "When you have to pay 200 percent of your revenue to somebody, it kills your business." But those representing the recording industry argue that this is beside the point. "It's not really our job to figure out their business model, that's their job," says Mr. Simson. "We've just asked that we be paid fair market value for our service." Simson adds that if the smaller broadcasters believe that the proposed royalties would drive them out of business, it may be because they were poorly represented on the panel. Larger players like MTV and Yahoo! had greater influence on the panel. They favor per-play royalty rates. "[Small] stations like us couldn't afford to be in it," rebuts Jim Atkinson of Internet broadcaster W3K. "In the end, since it was the participating stations and record companies that had to pay for the judges that presided over that [panel], the number we kept hearing was that every business that participated ended up owing something like $300,000" - a figure that small Internet stations could not afford. Internet radio stations let computer users connect to a website and listen to music using special software. According to Sven Haarhoff, spokesman for MeasureCast in Portland, Ore., company that tracks Web broadcasters, as many as 10,000 broadcasters operate on the Web. "In the US, some 77 million people have tuned in at some point to an Internet radio station," he says. "It's largely a workplace phenomenon - 76 percent of listening takes place during the traditional workday." High-speed connections at work makes it easier for workers to tune in to webcasts. But as Internet access becomes more ubiquitous through technologies like wireless devices, Internet radio is likely to become more popular in the home. Internet radio broadcasters say they fill an important role by playing and promoting music that would never be played on traditional stations. "Today, the Internet is almost a savior for the small artist," says Doug Balogh of alternative station and Internet simulcaster, XOXY. But Simson says such exposure may not translate into sales for artists. "If someone can turn on a Chicago blues channel on the Internet and listen to great Chicago blues all day long, will they feel a need to go out and buy a great Chicago blues record?" Classical broadcaster Mr. Shively disagrees. "Last year alone, just from people clicking through our website, we sold over $20,000 worth of CDs, and that doesn't count any CD sales that might have gone directly to the retailer." Mr. Atkinson of W3K, who says his station would have had to pay 342 percent of its revenue in royalties under the panel's proposal, is hopeful that Billington will either choose a system based on a small percentage of gross revenues, or send the problem back to a new arbitration panel with greater representation of smaller broadcasters. "Things will work out properly now; artists will finally get paid," he says. Click here to email this story to a friend: http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/send-story?2002/06/17/text/p16s02.txt Click here to read this story online: http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0617/p16s02-wmgn.html (c) Copyright 2002 The Christian Science Monitor. All rights reserved. (via Jim Moats and Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT GIVING WSM WEB SITE NEW LOOK By CRAIG HAVIGHURST Staff Writer The online presence of WSM-AM 650, which already may be one of the nation's leading streaming radio stations, will expand beginning July 11 with new content, country music news, song information and CD retail, station officials said yesterday. John Padgett, Gaylord Entertainment Co.'s radio group general manager, said the 76-year-old radio station already has a global audience for its real-time Webcast, attracting about 100,000 listeners per month. The new Web site will feature a new look, including dedicated, branded audio-video players that will display a picture of the host who's on the air at the time, as well as the name of the song and artist being played. The player will feature a new button allowing surfers to purchase the music they hear, through a partnership with the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, said Padgett, speaking at a Ryman Auditorium press conference. The site also will add round-the-clock country music news, as well as an artist search with information about country performers. ''We want the site to be very up-to-the-minute,'' Padgett said. WSM operations manager Kyle Cantrell compared the changes to other technological advances WSM has made through its history, such as offering the nation's first FM commercial broadcast station and building what was then the nation's tallest radio tower. Padgett and Cantrell said the Webcasting plans will go forward despite the lack of a settlement over the rates stations must pay record companies and artists for the rights to stream music online. Padgett said the Webcast of the Grand Ole Opry would continue, because the controversial rates don't cover live programming. Nick Green, WSM's director of new media, said WSM does not subscribe to Webcasting ratings services. He added, however, that, based on the amount of data the station transfers to Internet listeners, it is in the top 10 nationwide. © Copyright 2002 The Tennessean A Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. Glenn, Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you that the local weather radio is using Perfect Paul for the station IDs, the new male voice for most of the reports and the female voice for special events such as thunderstorms. I haven't read anything about this yet, hence the report. Thanks for the great work you do with DXLD (John H. Carver Jr., Mid-North Indiana, June 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. I just discovered an interesting radio show devoted to English news reports from different international broadcasters recorded right off the short wave. It's run out of California. The Shortwave Report can be downloaded from: http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml The statement from the site: The Shortwave Report is a 30 minute review of news stories recorded from a shortwave radio. Times and frequencies for English-language programs are included to encourage you to listen on your own. It's easy. There is a new show posted every Friday morning, record it in mono! FREE TO REBROADCAST! Please notify. It's also can be heard on IRRS' streaming channel at http://mp3.nexus.org:8000/irn.mp3 on Sun. from 0025 UT (Sergei Sosedkin, IL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Actually, we`ve mentioned this in DXLD several times previously, and have it on the MONITORING REMINDERS calendar (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. 17494.87, 15.6 1620, WBCQ - Allan Weiner talked about the "enemies" who in different ways will harm WBCQ. The station is off frequency. 3-4 CB (Christer Brunström, Sweden, SW Bulletin, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** U S A/MIDDLE EAST: RADIO SAWA LAUNCHES STREAMING AUDIO ON INTERNET SITE | Text of press release by Voice of America on 14 June Washington, DC, 14 June 2002: Radio Sawa, the new Arabic-language broadcasting service that reaches across the Middle East, on Friday [14 June] began streaming audio on its internet site http://www.radiosawa.com Radio Sawa, run by the US government-funded Middle East Radio Network (MERN), features news, information, music and other programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "We always envisioned Radio Sawa as being a station where we have a lot of interaction with our listeners," said Norman J. Pattiz, a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees all US non-military international broadcasting. "Our Internet site will help us do that. It will help us stay in touch and communicate with our audiences." Pattiz, who helped develop the new radio service, said streaming audio will also allow listeners around the world, not just in the Middle East, to tune into the radio. In the coming months, the Internet site will add content, including news, information and archives in Arabic. Launched on 23 March 2002, Radio Sawa is a pilot project of the Voice of America (VOA). It is available to millions of listeners across the Middle East on mediumwave (AM), FM and shortwave frequencies as well as on the Internet and through the digital radio satellite channels of Nilesat, Arabsat and Eutelsat Hotbird. When fully operational in the fall of 2002, the service will broadcast news, analysis, interviews, opinion pieces, roundtables, sports, weather, music and features on a variety of political and social issues in five regional Arabic dialects. For more information, contact: Joan Mower (202.260.0167 or 202.401.3736) jmower@ibb.gov, or http://www.bbg.gov Source: Voice of America press release, Washington, in English 14 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** VENEZUELA [non]. Checked 17750 Sunday June 16 at 1550 to see whether Aló Presidente via Habana still be there: it is, an annoying subaudible heterodyne of a few Hz beneath WYFR parallelable to poor 15230. Will they ever catch on? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. MADAGASCAR. 7309.99, 0330-, VOICE OF PEOPLE, Jun 16. Good solid S7 signal without any QRM, and a minor amount of QRN. Unfortunately, transmitter did not start until just after 0330, and audio did not kick in for another 15 seconds, missing the sign-on announcement. A very different program. Usually a lot of politics, but today is a music program, highlighting particular African artists. Looking back to 1948, and the Congo. When rechecked at 0400, signal was about S5, and from there gradually deteriorated to poor/fair by sign-off. Best ever reception of Radio VOP. DXing the world using AOR 7030+/ERGO, Rockwell-Collins HF-2050, Racal 1792, JRC NRD 535D, Kenwood R5000, Collins R390A, Sony 2010, and Sony 1000T with the following antennae: T2FD, K9AY, 60 meter horizontal loop, Eavesdropper, 25 meter dipole, 25 MHz vertical, and random wire. (Walter (Volodya) Salmaniw, MD, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) UNIDENTIFIED. I've run into a Spanish language unID on 9285.1, I've heard a few sound bites like: "... nacional de ..." (de Chile??) "Nacional, responsabilidad para informar ..." Does anybody know which station this could be? I'm listening in Curitiba, Brazil with an R75 and a 15 meter T2FD. regards, (Rik van Riel, 0012 UT June 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Time? Maybe it`s XERMX, reported previously in DXLD with spur around here (gist of Roberto Scaglione, Sicily, hard-core-dx via DXLD) Doubt it ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ STANDARD DISCLAIMER What IS a standard disclaimer?? thanks! Charlie (Charles S. Robbins, DXLD) ``The opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this station, its advertisers, or contract engineer, and vice versa.`` (gh to Charlie) OK cool. You rock!! Charlie (Charles S. Robbins, DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-098, June 15, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1135: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1135.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1135.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1135.html [available from 2215 UT Sat; apologies for delay] NEXT BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Sun 0230 5070; 0730 3210; Mon 0000, Wed 0930 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830? 2430? on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB ON WORLD RADIO NETWORK: Sat 0800 rest of world; Sun 1400 NAm DXERS CALLING Hi Gang, All new Glenn Hauser's World of radio is up and running http://www.worldofradio.com as well as Marie Lamb's Dxing with Cumbre http://www.cumbredx.org Fred Conk's Random Transmissions, dxers calling media report from Tim Gaynor and not forgetting Paul Ormandy's South Pacific DX Report http://www.radiodx.com all available via dxers calling: http://www.geocities.com/nri3 or http://www.angelfire.com/myband/tjg dxers calling audio:- http://www.live365.com/stations/280578 or for Winamp :- http://www.live365.com/play/280578 Cybershortwave:- http://www.n1dk.com A netcast of Mountainview radio is available, hosted by Jen the DX YL with fantastic, swinging alternative music from Colorado 'The Rockies' and the 'DX Quiz'! http://www.live365.com/stations/280591 All sorts of Shortwave and streaming links available at http://www.geocities.com/nri3 http://www.angelfire.com/myband/tjg http://nrin.hypermart.net enjoy it people 73 (Tim Gaynor, 'Dxers calling', DX Audio from Australia and the World! June 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ANTARCTICA. É excelente o sinal da LRA-36 Rádio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, que emite desde a Baze Esperanza, na Antártica, em 15476 kHz. Foi captada, em Porto Alegre, em 14 de junho, às 1830, iniciando a programação. O apresentador informou que a emissora está no ar de segunda a sexta-feira, a partir de 1830. O programa apresentado era De Esperanza al Mundo (Célio Romais, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** ARGENTINA. R. Rivadavia, 20276-LSB, June 8 0140-0320+, Spanish phone talk. Many IDs, ads, jingles, Spanish ballads. Very good, strong signal. No parallels heard. R. Rivadavia, 29810-LSB, June 8 1227-1300+, IDs at 1227, 1228. Spanish talk and into soccer game at 1230. Fair. No parallels heard (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ARGENTINA. ¿Alguien escuchó en las últimas semanas a Radio Bosques? Yo vengo intentando su escucha por los 11420; 11423; 6460; 5301, frecuencias en las que la escuché en los últimos meses y nada!! Espero sus opiniones (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, June 12, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Amigo Arnaldo, Debido a la mala situación económica del país, lamentablemente también se vió afectado el ánimo de su operador y por ende, la salida al aire de Radio Bosques. No tener trabajo hoy en dia a cualquiera le tira el ánimo por el suelo, más aún cuando se tiene que alimentar a toda una familia. 73's GIB (Gabriel Iván Barrera, ibid.) ** AUSTRALIA. Did anyone share my enjoyment of the Background Briefing on the Australian Outback. It's very sad about conditions in the Outback and the Background Briefing really opened my eyes on a area I enjoyed visiting. Last week`s Australia Talks Back on Telestra in the Outback was also interesting. It's interesting to compare Australia's telephone problems with ours: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/mod/bbing_26052002_2856.ram (Larry Nebron, CA, June 10, swprograms via DXLD) ** AUSTRIA. Tomorrow's highlights from Radio Austria are on their website, http://roi.orf.at/english/en_report.asp (Richard Cuff, swprograms, June 10 via DXLD) ** BELARUS`. 6 Jun, 0315 - 5134 kHz DSB, Mayak (55555). Judging from the strength, transmitter is somewhere near my location. Parallel heard on 4982 kHz, DSB as well (45554). (Sergei Alekseichik, Hrodna, Belarus`, Signal via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. A Rádio Educação Rural, de Tefé (Amazonas), está lutando para sobreviver, devido às dificuldades enfrentadas para fazer e manter uma emissora no interior da Amazônia. As informações são do biólogo Paulo Roberto e Souza, que também é radioescuta e trabalha no Instituto Mamirauá http://www.mamiraua.org.br -- um projeto que trabalha em prol da biodiversidade e proteção das florestas tropicais. A emissora faz parte da Rede Católica de Rádio. Mesmo assim, quando está no ar, entre 1000 e 1500 e entre 2000 e 0200, a maior parte da programação é local. A freqüência da Educação Rural, de Tefé, é 3385 kHz, em 90 metros (Célio Romais, @tividade DX June 15 via DXLD) ** BULGARIA. Obviously Kostinbrod transmitter does not operate correctly, because it produces a harmonic on 15000 kHz (2nd of 7500 kHz). Heard it on 6 May on 0432 in Bulgarian, on 13 May at 1450 in Russian. (Sergey Rogov, Lithuania, via Kvadrat) 15000, Radio Bulgaria, 25433, 1400 and later, 23 May, in Russian. It's the 2nd harmonic of 7500 kHz (Alexander Beryozkin, St. Petersburg, Russia, both Signal via DXLD) ** CANADA. I have received word from CINW 940 News and CINF Info 690 that BOTH 690 and 940 will be off the air here in Montreal for maintenance from Midnight Eastern Tuesday night to 4:30 am into Wednesday June 18th (that's Wednesday 0400 to 0830 UT) and from Midnight Eastern Wednesday night to 4:30 am into Thursday June 19th (that's Thursday 0430 to 0830 UT). (Sheldon Harvey, QU, June 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA [and non]. In case you're interested, there's a local Toronto radio forum online at: http://members2.boardhost.com/scrapbook It`s very Toronto-centric, but I know that you have a passing interest in things Canadian. Lots of rumour, innuendo and speculation but little in terms of hard news and links (which I know you like) - we also get a couple PDs from the local stations posting from time to time. Just in case you've never seen it (Brent Taylor in Aurora, just north of Toronto, June 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. "COPPS MAY STEP IN TO SAVE HOCKEY NIGHT IN FRENCH" : http://www.nationalpost.com/national/story.html?id=726028E8-ABC9-4096-88C6-2CDE6FFAE4E2 Of course, having the public broadcaster unable to provide this service in one of the official languages could be considered contrary to the Official Languages Act. 73- (Bill Westenhaver, QB, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. CRTC SETS OUT RULES FOR TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TV OTTAWA (CP) — Federal regulators are assuring both broadcasters and consumers that the transition from analogue to digital TV will be market driven, without imposed deadlines. The Canadian Radio- television and Telecommunications Commission released a framework Wednesday it says is designed to ensure the transition to DTV, or HDTV, will happen "smoothly and efficiently."... http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1022100060950&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News (via Ivan Grishin, DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. Having replaced a tube last week, the 10 kW RFPI transmitter on 15038 no longer has a backup; if this new one blows, that frequency will be off the air. Replacements cost $650. Had a piece of equipment taken out by lightning strikes, a compressor- limiter, need a replacement, so sometimes program audio is overdriven, or underdriven on 7445 SSB. Operators have to watch the levels closely. Someone in Europe wanted this frequency on air earlier than 0200, so have been experimentally opening it as early as 0100 or even 0000. Is it really propagating? Reports wanted. Far Right Radio Review has a new edition this week discussing clandestine radio in Central America (James Latham, RFPI Mailbag June 14 first airing at 2000, notes by gh for DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. History of R. Reloj, which claims on website still to be on 6006: http://escazu.infoweb.co.cr/radioreloj/Default.asp?s=pri&ss=gr&t=cto&d=2002/03/2\2&fl=cteprigr220320021.txt (via Nicolás Eramo, Argentina, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** ECUADOR. HCJB Bloopers: I enjoy many of HCJB's programs: some Christian, but my favorites are HRT and DXPL. Listening to HCJB is fun - waiting for bloopers. May 7th at 0230 UT on 21470 I heard somebody say that 21470 is for North America (The signal was very strong, but it was the service to India). A week or two later they announced on a North America frequency that they were using 11890 (A winter frequency for Europe). (KA2HPU, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** EUROPE. Pirate, R. Nova International, 9290.54, June 8 0200-0320+, pop music, full IDs. Also heard ``RNI`` IDs and ``Radio Nova`` jingles. Weak. Still there at 0620 but very weak. Last heard these guys back in late January (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FALKLAND ISLANDS. THE FALKLANDS GET WIRED A Scottish printer played a crucial part in the fight for the Falklands - without leaving his cottage. Twenty years on, he has travelled to the islands and is discovering how the information revolution has changed things... http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/hi/english/uk/newsid_2042000/2042375.stm (BBC News Online via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** FINLAND. SHARP CUTS AT RADIO FINLAND Radio Finland will end foreign service broadcasts on shortwave in English, German and French. Some foreign language programming will however continue to be broadcast locally for the domestic audience, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) announced on Wednesday. While trying to cut costs, YLE will maintain a shortwave service in Finnish and Swedish to serve license fee payers traveling abroad. Company sources say that Russian broadcasts will continue to be heard at least on the AM band, which reaches Northern Europe. Foreign service in English, German and French is bound to end when the current schedule expires on October 27th 2002. The cutbacks are part of a Development plan, which was approved by the YLE Administrative Council on June 12th to guide YLE operations in 2003-2005. Official decisions to confirm the proposed measures are expected in late August (DXing.info June 12th, 2002 via DXLD) ** GERMANY. The media authority at Magdeburg allocated the Burg 261 frequency to Europe 1 and sells this license as one "for digital use". Further down in the text the qualification "as soon as possible" is given, so 261 is to go digital when (if ever) DRM car radios are common on the market. The planned program is described as a full service program, aiming especially at car and truck drivers. Anyway this will be a new program, in German of course and to be produced within Sachsen-Anhalt, no relay of the French program from Paris (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUATEMALA. GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GIVE TV STATION TO CHURCH Guatemala City, June 12 (CRU) --- The President of Guatemala wants to give the government`s TGCE-TV channel 5 to the Catholic Church in Guatemala, but the Church is wary of the gift, according to an informed source. International news organizations reported the proposal this week, the president saying that the government does not have the funds to operate the station, one of the nation`s five most important stations, and that it wants to give the station to a national nonprofit organization. Guatemala`s four other major stations, all commercial, are owned by a Mexican living in Miami, and the government wants to keep TGCE-TV in Guatemalan ownership. The Catholic Church, which does not have a station at all, is the likely benefited of the educational and cultural station, which reportedly belongs to the military. The matter is not as straightforward as it looks, according to the informed source. ``Some days ago, Señor Presidente made it official that channel 5 broadcast television would be given to the Catholic Church as a civic [nonprofit] organization but with the condition that it would have to be open to other such institutions among which logically would be evangelical churches, political groups, labor unions, and so on. As you can see then, the Catholic Church would only have a part in the programming but the government wants the Catholic Church to administer the channel, and that would be a tremendous expense for the Church because in any bad situation could happen, the channel would be the direct and total responsibility of the Catholic Church.`` According to this source, the Church would then be exposed to the criticism of politicians who would take advantage of the situation in one or another manner solely for their benefit and not that of the Church. The present government, said to be extraordinarily corrupt, is in large part composed of evangelicals who have assumed much of the power in this central American nation. The evangelicals now make up 40% of the population, according to some estimates. During the 36 year-long civil war that saw 140,000 killed and disappeared, and constant human rights atrocities, the evangelical churches grew at a great rate, reportedly financed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency as a counterweight to the Catholic Church, which was deeply involved in social justice for the Indians and mestizos that make up 90% of Guatemala`s 11 million people. Next year is election year in Guatemala, and the gift of Channel 5 may have that event in mind also as a way to win Catholic votes for the FRG party. If TGCE-TV were given to the Church, it would have total responsibility but only part of the broadcast time, the source told CRU. ``This is a decision more political than collaborative,`` said the source; ``then they can say, `We gave it to them but they did not want it` or `We gave it to them but they did not know how to run it.``` Guatemala, along with Nicaragua, is the only Central American country in which the Catholic Church has no broadcast television station. In Costa Rica, the Archdiocese operates Telefides, Channel 40; in El Salvador channel 57 and the new Television Agapé, channel 8; in Honduras, Televisión Solidaridad channel 48; and in Panamá, Telecinco, channel 5. In the Caribbean, the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic operates Televida, channel 41, which is now on satellite and is being transformed by Catholic bishops, priests, and laymen into a continental television network (Catholic Radio Update June 17 via DXLD June 15) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. SOLAR ECLIPSE DATA DOCUMENT DROP IN SUN`S MICROWAVE INTENSITY: On June 11, a partial eclipse (technically, an annular eclipse) began just after 0000 UTC, covering roughly half of the sun at maximum, which occurred at around 0120 UTC. For continental US viewers, the event was visible primarily on the West Coast. The Solar Radio Burst Locator at Caltech`s Owens Valley Radio Observatory near Bishop, California, continuously monitors the sun`s microwave output over the entire solar disk. Caltech`s Brian L. Dougherty has provided graphs of the solar microwave eclipse. A data plot shows a relative dip in intensity observed within three frequency ranges. To prepare this plot, averages were calculated on the day of the eclipse and the day before the eclipse within the 2-4, 4-8, and 8-16 GHz bands. Then the ratio of fluxes on June 11 versus those measured on June 10 was formed. To view the graph, visit the microwave eclipse Web page http://srbl.caltech.edu/020610.html -- thanks to (Bob Gonsett, W6V, ARRL Letter June 14 via John Norfolk, DXLD) If it`s an annular eclipse, which it was, far more than 50% of the sun is covered. Do they really think the Moon`s orbit is so eccentric that it could apparently cover as little as 50% of the sun??? The 50 percent figure applies to parts of CONUS. Not to the maximum eclipse. Nor did it begin just after 0000 UT. Maybe for Americans. We realize everything revolves around the USA, but must we also include celestial bodies? (gh, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Media Network has published their review of the Sirius direct broadcast satellite radio service. You can read it at: http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/sirius020614.html When they reviewed the XMSR competitive system last week, they pointed out that the XMSR folks had chosen to use geosync satellite orbits which cause low elevation angles for receivers in northern latitudes. The elliptical orbits used by Sirius provide a higher angle and thus reduce the need for terrestrial repeaters to fill in the canyons of the big cities. I commented here that I was anxious to see if Media network pointed out any of the disadvantages of the elliptical orbit in their coverage of the Sirius system. In my opinion they pointed out a fact about a disadvantage of the elliptical orbit but failed to explain why that fact could be a problem. MN ignored another significant disadvantage altogether. MN did point out that the Sirius receivers are more complex as a result of their choice of elliptical orbits. MN shrugged this off as unimportant because the sale price of the Sirius and XMSR receivers are about the same. MN ignored the fact that reliability is normally inversely proportional to complexity and parts count. Time will tell if the Sirius receivers are as reliable as the XMSR receivers. MN pointed out that the system uses command and telemetry relay stations in Panama and Ecuador. The reason for that added complexity is that in order to adjust the height of the top of the orbit (apogee) it is necessary to fire thruster engines at the bottom of the orbit (perigee). At perigee the elliptical orbit satellites are below the horizon as seen from the United States. NASA learned many years ago, that locating important command and telemetry facilities in foreign countries, made these facilities vulnerable to political changes and extortion by the governments. Facilities essential to the operation of the Sirius system are now vulnerable to the often chaotic political conditions in Latin America. The article was totally silent on another aspect of the elliptical orbit which could be detrimental to spacecraft life. The elliptical orbit requires the satellites to dip down into the area known as the "Van Allen Radiation Belt." This is a region of intense radiation resulting from interaction of the earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. The high radiation levels require special techniques and radiation-hardened components to be used in the manufacture of the satellites. The radiation can cause premature component failures and cause solar arrays, that generate the electricity used by the satellite, to degrade faster than they would at geosync altitude. In my opinion the article did a good job of pointing out that XMSR chose to locate its headquarters in the slums of Northeast DC while Sirius elected to locate in the McGraw-Hill Building in high-rent Midtown Manhattan. But so what? I personally think a radio service can be located anywhere in these days of excess fibre-optic cable capacity. The studio location is essentially transparent to the customer except for the quality of the sound and program material that comes out of the radio. A high-rent headquarters location does nothing for the customer except possibly raise the subscription fee. It seems to me that Sirius has gone out of their way to choose orbital complexity over simplicity, and a fancy address over more frugal options. Neither decision benefits the customer. It seems like, given a choice, the Sirius management elects the more expensive option. (Joe Buch, DE, June 14, swprograms OT via DXLD) Looks to me --- the non-technical person here --- that the articles parse the technical plusses and minusses vis-à-vis the two services pretty much down the middle. OK --- but what of the programming? This discussion, to me, underlines the lost dimension in almost every shortwave, satellite or internet discussion these days. Everyone waxes poetic, philosophizes and deeply inspects the technical features of the delivery mechanisms. Few, if any, give the same degree of attention to the product being sent over those mechanisms. The mantra I keep hearing is "100 channels...100 channels", as if the sheer number should convince one that there is something of value there. To me, music is fine; and the fact that I can get some styles that I can't get over terrestrial "free" radio is a draw, to some extent. (Of course, I can get that from CDs as well.) What would be of more interest is HOW that music is presented. What is the mix? Are the presenters knowledgeable about the music and free to share that knowledge with the listeners? Is that knowledge infused into the way the product is presented (such as the way classical music is presented over CBC Radio Two, for example)? Or is it just a fancier, but still pedestrian random sampling of tunes related only by the fact that they fit the definition of "80s rock" or "new country" and the like. Of greater interest to me, a shortwave listener and international broadcasting fan, is the "spoken word" programming. There seem to be far fewer of these than the music channels and less effort seems to have been expended in this area. Several of them seem to be just the audio portions of TV channels. An interesting dilemma for me is to which of the two to subscribe for international coverage. XM has the BBC Info and Entertainment feed; Sirius, on the other hand, has WRN but only the BBC News feed. Was this BBC arrangement (and juxtaposition with WRN) an accident or by design? Both services have C-SPAN; why can't or don't they both carry WRN? Why aren't both BBC feeds available on each service? Why not approach other international public networks like the CBC, ABC (Australia), RNZ, RTE to place their channels on these services? (I actually personally asked Lee Abrams of XM this question and he seemed interested in the suggestion. But he also explained that he was "channel-locked" at this time.) One weakness, again to me, is the fact that both services ape exclusively the singular approach taken today by commercial terrestrial radio that divides channels along the lines of narrowly defined interests. This is understandable to a point on a number of levels (targeting ads, establishing brand loyalty, etc.); but it would seem to me that the advent of services like these should have within them the capacity to encourage a greater degree of exploration and experimentation in this regard. Right now, it seems that XM and Sirius is largely more of the same -- much more of the same, to be sure; but, more of the same nonetheless (John Figliozzi, NY, swprograms via DXLD) Andy asked me to pass along to everyone the following comments back regarding the satellite radio series: "Andy Sennitt has read with interest the points made by Joe Buch and John Figliozzi. Johan de Koster is RN's Head of News Production, and Rene Corjanus is RN's Head of Automation. They went to visit XM and Sirius specifically to study the technical production facilities, and that was the subject of the presentation which was adapted for the Web. The issues of programming and the satellite transmission systems raised by Joe and John are important, but were outside the remit of the presentation. MN intends to continue its coverage of XM and Sirius in future articles, when these and other matters can be addressed." (Rich Cuff / Allentown, PA, swprograms via DXLD) ** IRAN. MASHHAD RADIO REPORTING ON U.S. SHOWS CHANGES... Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting's Mashhad station broadcasts the news in Dari twice a day. Each show is 30 minutes long. In all, Mashhad radio transmits for 11 hours a day. A survey of the 44 news broadcasts from 14 May-5 June shows some changes in the pattern of anti-American and anti-Israeli items and reports on Iranian activities in Afghanistan. There were 69 reports or commentaries that were hostile to the U.S. Some of these were fairly straightforward. In the 5 June evening broadcast, a report that the U.S. had referred to Iran as part of an "axis of evil" was followed immediately by a commentary criticizing allegations that Tehran supports terrorism. In the morning of 3 June, Mashhad radio reported that more than 5,000 Afghans have been killed by U.S. bombing. And on 29 May, there was an item about Amnesty International's report regarding losses sustained by Afghan civilians as a result of U.S. bombing. There were reports about civilian casualties in Khost Province during the 18 May and 17 May broadcasts, and on 15 May, it was reported that a cleric was killed by the bombings. A 14 May commentary said that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is responsible for explosions in Karachi. Sometimes, the U.S. was portrayed as the enemy of Islam, which is the predominant faith in Afghanistan. A 30 May report that the Afghan people oppose the U.S. military presence in their country was immediately followed by a report that the U.S. is using the Afghan issue as a pretext for maintaining a presence in Central Asia and the Caucasus. A 23 May report about American bombing raids was followed by a report that the U.S. soon would establish a special military headquarters in Afghanistan. In the 14 May evening broadcast, a coalition of Pakistani clerics asked their government not to allow the establishment of U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation offices; then there was a report that American forces would be deployed in the border regions, and this was followed by a report that U.S. forces disguised as Afghans had launched operations in Pakistan's tribal areas. ...AS DOES ITS PRAISE OF IRAN'S CONTRIBUTIONS. There were at least 50 reports about Iran's contributions to Afghanistan during the 14 May-5 June period. Iranian contributions in the educational sector were emphasized by Mashhad radio. On 4 June, the rector of Kabul University described the presence of Afghan students in Iranian institutions of higher learning. Iran is also portrayed as a defender of the Islamic faith. On 4 June, a Lebanese official was quoted as saying that Muslims should emulate Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini if they want to live proudly, and in the morning of 3 June, the first five stories were about religious issues. On 30 May, a Pakistani official was interviewed about the Islamic unity celebrations in Iran. The extent of anti-Israel reporting was relatively limited during the 14 May-5 June period. During the 17 April-10 May period, Mashhad radio's reports about domestic Afghan themes covered: (1) refugee repatriation; (2) news about Herat Province and promotion of its governor, Ismail Khan; (3) counternarcotics news; and (4) Loya Jirga news. In the 14 May-5 June period, news about the Loya Jirga greatly increased in frequency. There were 82 reports about the Loya Jirga during the 14 May-5 June period. Mashhad radio carried at least 36 reports about refugee issues. There were seven reports about problems encountered by Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Refugees in Iran, on the other hand, were portrayed as receiving better treatment from official institutions. There was only a handful of narcotics-related reports by Mashhad radio during the 14 May-5 June period. ("RFE/RL Iran Report," 10 June, via RFE/RL Media Matters June 14 via DXLD) ** IRELAND. This is, of course, the former Atlantic 252 from Ireland. 73- (Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) TEAMTALK STAFF VOTE ON STRIKE ACTION OVER JOB CUTS Dan Milmo, Wednesday June 12 2002, The Guardian Staff at Teamtalk, the sports news website and radio station, are threatening to black out the company's World Cup coverage in a dispute over job cuts. Journalists have held a strike ballot and have earmarked June 21 as the first date for industrial action. The World Cup quarter finals kick off on that date and England face a possible clash with Brazil on June 22 if they overcome Denmark this weekend. The National Union of Journalists stepped in after Teamtalk executives announced plans to axe 75 staff from the 280-strong workforce. John Hogan, the father of the chapel at Teamtalk, said many staff on flexible contracts had been handed their P45s and given short notice periods. "It has not been generous at all and it has not given people time to sort out their futures elsewhere," said Hogan. "There have been stacks of redundancies in internet sports journalism, so it will take them longer to get new jobs. "We have to be realistic - and we know the company is in trouble - but the packages on the table are disgraceful." Hogan said he expected the strike to go ahead and the ballot results are expected over the next 24 hours. Teamtalk has 80 NUJ members out of an editorial staff of about 120. All are based at the company's head office in Leeds. The job losses are part of a strategic review of the business, which is being taken over by online bookmaker UKBetting. Last year Teamtalk posted pre-tax losses of £15.3m on a turnover of £9.7m. Doubts are also surfacing over the future of radio station Teamtalk 252, which launched only three months ago on the frequency used previously by pop station Atlantic 252. Despite gaining about 400,000 listeners, Teamtalk 252 suffers from a weak long-wave signal and a lack of sports rights. Analysts doubt the station will be able to lure listeners away from the BBC's Radio 5 Live or Kelvin MacKenzie's TalkSport. Teamtalk executives were not available for comment. Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** ITALY. [SW-pirates] Schedule and frequency change at IRRS-Shortwave Hi There, IRRS-Shortwave has changed their main frequencies, and reduced their operating schedule on Shortwave. For the current period we are now broadcasting (only) in the 22 m.b. as follows : Monday through Friday: 0530-0630 UT (0730-0830 Central European Time) on 13,840 kHz Saturday and Sunday 0800-1200 UT (1000-1400 CET) on 13,840 kHz All transmissions on Shortwave may be heard in Europe, N Africa and the Middle East. We expect DX reception in USA, Australia and NZ. Transmissions are in parallel to our Internet audio streaming service at http://mp3.nexus.org (24 hrs). We will appreciate receiving reports, please send reception reports to: e-mail: reports@nexus.org or to: IRRS-Shortwave, PO Box 10980, I-20110 Milano, Italy, We will gladly confirm reception on the new frequency by QSL. QSL and verifications requests my also be sent directly to the addresses that you hear on the air. More information will be available at http://www.nexus.org/NEXUS-IBA/Schedules. Please feel free to pass on this information to other listeners and DXers. Thanks. 73, Ron / reports@nexus.org (swpirates egroup June 15 via Mike Terry, DXLD) [SW-pirates] Radio 510 International Frequency Change Howdy! IRRS has changed their frequency to the 22 Metre Band on 13840 kHz. This means that 3985 and 7120 are not in use for the time being. Radio 510 International will now be reduced to a two hour show every week on Saturday and Sunday (repeats only!) 13840 is coming in very strong at my QTH in Switzerland. I'd be very very grateful if any listener out there could check the signal at these times: Saturday and Sunday 0800-1200 UT on 13840. Radio 510 International programmes are not being relayed at the moment BUT will resume in the next coming weeks. More information will follow soon. Many thanks for your ears! 73's DJ Stevie Station Manager "Visit us before the whole world does!" We update every day - do you? http://www.radio510.org (swpirates egroup Jun 15 via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** LITHUANIA/RUSSIA. Please find below a response of Mr. Mikhail Timofeyev (GPR-2, St. Petersburg) and our comments at http://www.zilionis.lt/history/1386-e.htm (R. Pleikys, Lithuania, Jun 3, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) [It follows a comment of Mikhail Timofeyev, frequency manager (?) for the Bolshakovo transmitting site and thus 'responsible' for the frequency 1386 kHz against the Lithuanian usage of this QRG. CRW] ** MACEDONIA. I've been trying to hear Macedonia on mediumwave for several years and finally successed yesterday evening - thanks no doubt to this new 1,200 kW transmitter, which the report failed to mention, is operating on 810 kHz. Radio Skopje was clearly audible here at 1930 UT tune-in on 810 kHz, with news in Macedonian. It was in the clear for several minutes before being lost under the co-channel Spanish station and BBC Radio Scotland, both of which were just starting to fade in. Looking at the sunset/sunrise charts for June, the best window for reception of Macedonia in southern England at the moment is likely to be early evening from approx 1800 until around 1930 UT when the Spanish co-channel interference starts to increase. North of the Midlands, reception is not going to be so easy unless you can null out R Scotland! (Dave Kenny, Caversham, AOR7030+Welbrook K9AY amplified loops June 12, BDXC-UK via DXLD) ** MEXICO. INICIO DE LA RADIODIFUSIÓN EN MÉXICO Y LATINOAMÉRICA [history of XEH Monterrey] Ingeniero de profesión, Constantino de Tárnava fue pionero de la radiodifusión en México y Latinoamerica. Nacido en la ciudad de Monterrey, México, su infancia no fue muy diferente a la de los chiquillos de su época, pero en la adolescencia empezó a mostrar un gran interés por la electrónica... http://www.geocities.com/familiatarnava/ CIRT: Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Radio y Televisión ANTECEDENTES HISTÓRICOS DE LA RADIO El ingeniero Constantino de Tárnava, es reconocido como el iniciador de la radio en México, ya que en 1919 instala en la ciudad de Monterrey, Nuevo León, la primera estación experimental en nuestro país. En octubre de 1921 su proyecto radiofónico se consolida al inaugurar la emisora CYO, posteriormente identificada como XEH... http://www.cirt.com.mx/historiadelaradio.htm (Via Arnaldo Slaen, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** NICARAGUA. Radio Estrella del Mar of Managua, Nicaragua, has completely redone its website and has added much more information and links, including a page with the latest Radio Católica al Día, the Spanish edition of this newsletter. You can visit them at http://www.radioestrelladelmar.com (Catholic Radio Update June 17 via DXLD June 15) ** PERU. NOVA PERUANA. Rádio Paz Perú Internacional transmitindo desde Chiclayo, na província homônima no departamente Lambeyeque é uma nova emissora puvida em 12 de Junho à 0155 nos 4678.86 kHz. Identificações como Radio Paz, Radio Paz Internacional ou Radio Paz Perú. Divulgado o seguinte endereço eletronico : radiopaz@t... [truncated by yahoogroups] ([reporter not given], Short Wave Bulletin, Suécia via Play DX via @tividade DX June 15 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA [and non]. From http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/metropolis/stories/2002/06/07/102.html TCHAIKOVSKY CONTEST SET TO BEGIN, By Raymond Stults Beginning Friday morning at the Moscow Conservatory, the first of 125 young piano and violin contestants from 29 countries opens the initial round of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition. Cello contestants, 65 in number, begin their part of the competition Saturday at the Concert Hall on the Arbat, while some 92 vocal contestants start their first round on Wednesday at the Dom Soyuzov. Founded in 1958 and held every four years since, the competition remains an important event in the musical life of Moscow and of Russia. But it no longer seems to hold the same prestige it once did internationally, in particular among young musicians from the West. Some of the Tchaikovsky Competition's decline in standing can no doubt be traced to the enormous growth in the number of musical competitions worldwide over the past four decades, many of them offering larger prizes and greater professional opportunities. But at least as important in contributing to the competition's loss of prestige have been the controversies it has engendered in recent times and what is perceived as its strong bias, both in choice of contestants and in prize-giving, toward musicians from the former Soviet Union. The last three competitions have all been marked by scandal. In 1990, as the Soviet Union entered its final stages of disintegration, the air was filled with complaints, by foreign contestants at least, about shabby accommodation and poor food. In 1994, none of the juries in any of the instrumental contests could find a contestant worthy of first prize, an outcome which until then had occurred in only three of the nine earlier competitions. And four years ago, the clear favorite for first prize, England's Freddy Kempf, found himself relegated to third place, behind two pupils of jury member and Moscow Conservatory professor Sergei Dorensky. Just as in 1998, this year relatively few Western musicians appear on the competition's overall list of 267 contestants from 35 countries. In the vocal contest, more than half are Russians. In each of the three instrumental categories, musicians from the former Soviet Union and three Asian countries -- China, Japan and South Korea -- together form a substantial majority. Once again, as in 1998, the now 89-year-old dean of Russian composers, Tikhon Khrennikov, has been chosen as the competition's chairman. He remains a curious choice to lead such an event in the new Russia given his well-known efforts, as long-time head of the Soviet Union of Composers, to suppress all that was new and innovative among his colleagues. Some hope for a break with the past, however, lies in this year's selection of jury members, which has a distinctly more international flavor than in any previous competition. Although all four juries are chaired by Russians -- in each case a previous competition first- or second-prize winner -- only the vocal jury has a majority made up of current or former citizens of what was once the Soviet Union. Vladimir Kraynev (first prize as pianist, 1970) heads the piano jury, which includes, among its better-known members, local favorite Eliso Virsaladze, France's Brigitte Angerer and Brazil's Nelson Freire. Chairing the violin jury is violinist and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra Vladimir Spivakov (second prize, 1970). His colleagues notably include the near legendary Zakhar Bron, who, as one-time professor at the Novosibirsk Conservatory, taught both of today's top young Russian violinists, Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin. The superb cellist-conductor Alexander Rudin (second prize, 1982) leads the cello jury, whose membership amounts in part to a Who's Who of Moscow cellists. Vocal jury chairman, the distinguished and now nearly retired Bolshoi Theater bass, Yevgeny Nesterenko (first prize, 1970), leads a group which includes such renowned singers as Peruvian tenor Luigi Alva, American soprano Martina Arroyo and Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus. The first round of the competition serves to separate the chaff from the wheat and is largely attended by hardcore competition addicts. Much more interesting is the second round, when contestants give virtually concert-length recitals. As in the first round, the pianists play solo, while the violinists, cellists and singers perform with piano accompaniment. The real excitement of the competition arrives with its third round, when eight finalists in each category perform with orchestra, playing or singing a work by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and another chosen from a designated group of works by other composers. As usual, all eight pianists will no doubt pick Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and at least half will feel compelled to play that lengthy virtuoso show-off piece, the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov. Third-round performances take place June 18-21 for the pianists, violinists and cellists. The third round of the vocal contest occupies but a single evening, that of June 21. Leading prizewinners of the various contests then display their talents once again at concerts on June 24 and 25. Whatever its defects and no matter what scandal it produces this time around, the 12th Tchaikovsky Competition should, like its predecessors, provide a great treat for local music lovers. And, along the way, it is bound, as always in the past, to uncover some superb young musical talent. (via Ivan Grishin, June 10, DXLD) ** RUSSIA. BANDITRY AS USUAL? By Robert Coalson "It's only business" was the mantra of the Russian government and its apologists throughout the dismembering of oligarch Vladimir Gusinskii's media empire in 2000-01. That process ended with the closing in April 2001 of the daily "Sevodnya" and the weekly news magazine "Itogi" -- although a publication under that name continues to appear on newsstands -- and the death of the popular television channel NTV, although a channel continues to broadcast under that name. Even those who believed the whole thing was "only business" -- if there were any such people -- would have to admit that the public was poorly served by the loss of these three media outlets, which, for all their faults, demonstrated as much potential for competent, independent, and popular journalism as any in post-Soviet Russia. By attributing these losses to "market forces," the Russian government may be undermining public support for reform and bolstering antimarket sentiment over the long term: The public knows very well who won and who lost from this particular business deal. Far more quietly, but also under the rubric of "business," the weekly newspaper "Obshchaya gazeta" suspended publication at the end of May. The newspaper, and its creator and editor in chief, Yegor Yakovlev, were among the few who passed through the entire post-Soviet era with their reputations unsullied. Yakovlev, it should be noted, dismissed the NTV business dispute as "plain banditry." "Obshchaya gazeta" was created in August 1991, bringing together the editorial teams of several newspapers that were banned during the abortive coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Throughout the Boris Yeltsin era, it maintained a reputation for principled liberal criticism, reporting aggressively on the controversial issues of Chechnya, state corruption, and privatization. During the 1996 presidential election campaign, when virtually all the country's media -- including NTV and the rest of Gusinskii's empire -- thoroughly disgraced themselves in their eagerness to support Yeltsin's re- election, Yakovlev's "Obshchaya gazeta" quixotically endorsed Yabloko leader Grigorii Yavlinskii. True to its origins as a sort of communal response to crisis, "Obshchaya gazeta" also served over the years as a rallying point whenever journalists felt the state was encroaching on the public's right to know. Seven special editions of the newspaper were published at critical moments, most recently on 7 April 2001 in reaction to the NTV crisis. That issue bore the logos of nearly 160 national and regional media outlets and public organizations. A special edition of "Obshchaya gazeta" was also issued in February 2000 in connection with the Russian government's detention of RFE/RL's Chechnya correspondent, Andrei Babitskii. However, good journalism and a clean reputation are, it seems, hardly the ingredients for market success in Russia. Yakovlev is over 70 years old and can be excused for wanting to bow out. However, in his carefully worded final editorial comment for "Obshchaya gazeta," he cited economic factors for the paper's change of fortune: "The money ran out." So the respected journalist sold his newspaper to a 33-year-old businessman from St. Petersburg named Vyacheslav Leibman, a man without any publishing experience who is best-known for parlaying his romantic association with the daughter of former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatolii Sobchak into success in the oil-export business. By all accounts, Leibman is someone who knows exactly what the phrase "it's only business" means in Russia. "Kommersant-Daily" reported the selling price of the money-losing paper as $3 million. Leibman's first step as owner -- a tactic that he apparently borrowed from the takeover scenarios played out at "Segodnya" and "Itogi" -- was to fire the newspaper's entire staff. Firing the talented editorial staff wholesale at the beginning avoids the potential embarrassment of them walking out if they find that their idea of journalism and his are not compatible. Then he suspended publication of the paper until at least the fall. Whatever, if anything, emerges from this reconstruction process will certainly bear no resemblance to Yakovlev's "Obshchaya gazeta." Why would Leibman buy the paper and then immediately discard its only real asset, its staff? On the one hand, the point could be just to quietly close down an independent paper and remove it from the hands of a journalist who is widely respected and supported throughout Russia and around the world. Three million dollars might not seem like a lot to pay to avoid an NTV-style scandal. On the other hand, although "Obshchaya gazeta" itself had an insignificant Moscow circulation of just over 18,000 copies, it also had a well-developed network of inserts in leading regional papers in cities around the country. That network's circulation was reportedly 127,000. Getting a tailored message from the center out to the regions has been a daunting task in Russia, at least until the Kremlin's steady process of reining in the media over the last two years made it easier. So, an aging lion of Russian journalism gets a well-earned rest, a newspaper's fate is decided according to the rules of the Russian "market," and a cantankerous voice that kept a sharp eye on the Kremlin for the last decade falls silent. Yakovlev is, of course, far from an ideal model of an independent journalist. He is very much a product of the Soviet system in which he was formed, and throughout his long career he subscribed unabashedly to the idea that the media's job was to educate the public and to form public opinion. Despite the 1996 presidential election fiasco, Yakovlev still maintained in early 1997 that the main task of journalists is "to prepare the people for the next presidential election" and to help them choose "correctly." Responding to these comments, analyst Laura Belin wrote in "The New Presence" that "the quality and professionalism of news coverage will suffer as long as most journalists conspire to protect the public from 'dangerous' information at crucial political junctures." Yakovlev was one of the greatest figures of the greatest phase of Soviet and Russian journalism -- the heyday of glasnost when, for a moment, all the forces of nature and politics seemed favorably aligned. The government paid all the bills, but censorship was increasingly relaxed. The public seemed to live for each new issue of the leading papers, some of which had circulations in the millions. And at that time there were no business interests -- or, more accurately, political interests posing as business interests. However, Yakovlev was always mindful of the looming danger inherent whenever the media are financially dependent on the state. He welcomed as progress the shift toward a market-oriented media sector, even if "Obshchaya gazeta" never made the leap. "After all, in order for a monkey to become a human being," Yakovlev quipped, "it had to fall out of the tree and break its tail." While the image of falling out of a tree and getting hurt seems apt, it is hard to imagine that what is going on in the Russian media now - - exemplified most recently by the fate of "Obshchaya gazeta" -- is anything like evolution. Robert Coalson is an RFE/RL editor and analyst. (RFE/RL Media Matters June 14 via DXLD) ** SOMALIA. Radio Hargeisa (non). Ich höre auf 7530 kHz immer noch kein Somalia, sondern nur chinesische Nonstop-Musik mit Signalstärke bis 9. Das ist natürlich nicht Radio Hargeisa, eine Stationsansage war nicht zu hören. Sendeschluss ist immer kurz nach 1900 UT (H. Kuhl, Germany, Jun 10, 2002 in A-DX via CRW via DXLD) ** SOMALILAND. June 14 2002 http://www.rsf.fr/article.php3?id_article=2605 Reporters Without Borders called today on the government of Somaliland (an autonomous region of Somalia) to reverse its 5 June ban on all privately-owned radio stations. The information ministry had announced that "no other voice" could be heard on the air except the government-run Radio Hargeysa and that privately-owned stations would not be allowed because of "potential dangers." It warned anyone with transmitting equipment to hand it over to the authorities and said those who did not do so would be punished. "This move is a serious obstacle to press freedom and the growth of independent and diverse expression in the region," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Somaliland's president, Dahir Riyale Kahin. "The government has taken this step because it knows most of the region's inhabitants get their news from the radio." The country's only radio station is the official Radio Hargeysa, but several people and opposition parties have applied for broadcasting frequencies. Several privately-owned newspapers are published and sold in Somaliland's main towns. Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but yet to be recognised by the outside world. Reporters Without Borders notes that in Puntland, another autonomous Somali region, the authorities last month shut down the main privately-owned radio and TV station. (Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders has nine national sections (in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), representatives in Abidjan, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Tokyo and Washington and more than a hundred correspondents worldwide). (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** SOUTH AFRICA. ÁFRICA DO SUL/ QSL UTILITÁRIA: 16816 - ZSC, Cape Town Radio - 40 dias. Recebido cartão QSL e carta contando história dos serviços prestados pela ZSC. QTH: Private Bag X01, Milnerton 7435, South Africa (Ânderson Oliveira, Itaúna, MG, Brasil, @tividade DX June 15 via DXLD) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. I just tune around to catch what`s still running, active, formats, themes, hosts, etc. on SW talk genre. Anti-Stair shows still run local Wed and Thu nights over 7415 WBCQ. Guests on phone are former followers. They ``testify`` vs. R. G. Stair on the shows (Bob Thomas, CT, June 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SYRIA. 13610, Radio Damascus, 31 May, 2011, in English criticising Israel, SINPO 54442, interfered by heterodyne whistles. As usual, carrier level was good, but due to low audio rate program content was hardly readable. (MIDXB No. 270 - Konstantin Gusev, Moscow, Russia, Signal via DXLD) ** THAILAND. R. Thailand, 9885, June 8 1230-1258* English news, ID, program about smoking; and on Thai culture. Local music. Fair (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. In past years BBC did air the championship match of the World Cup in its entirety; that is probably the only oppurtunity to hear a live Cup game on BBCWS. So, shortly before 1100 UT on June 30, you should expect to hear live coverage of the championship game, which will be played in Yokohama, Japan, on the "Beeb". How shameful FIFA (like the IOC) has become, preventing live BBCWS streams... another reason as to why shortwave coverage in North America really needs to be reconsidered! If you can't get live streaming, then with no SW you are out of luck. It's time that international organizations realize that the future of electronic media coverage, whether the World Cup or Olympics are going on or not, is now, and that it's time to take advantage of the opportunity that the Web offers to its users (Joe Hanlon in Philadelphia, June 14, swprograms via DXLD) Stupid ballgames. I rarely have occasion to refer to BBC On Air any more, but the June issue ought to say something about this, no? Page 26 has a FIFA schedule showing the 2002 World Cup Final is on June 29, not 30, but ``all dates subject to alteration``. The stream schedule folder makes no mention of this on Saturday or Sunday, except for a strange entry only in the Europe And North Africa stream (also one of those webcast) for Saturday at 1405-1600 (a bit late in Jakorea), ``FA Cup Final`` but the date shown is 4th, which is not a Sat or Sun in June tho it was in May! (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Joe, I wish you could have sat in on some of the discussions at the IOC meeting last summer. It didn't matter where one was from, US, UK or the Pacific, I didn't run into one person who supported the IOC foot-dragging on the webcasting issue. Other sports were also brought up in private conversations (one person also mentioned the World Cup to me) ---- the consensus was that such organisations are cutting their nose to spite their face and saying "no" to a possible source of lucrative revenue income. The issue of possible piracy of signals was raised by François Carrad of the IOC to us and I got the impression from him that if the IOC ignores the issue, it will eventually go away. We in the press pool were not impressed and not amused, to say the least. I mentioned if someone was visually impaired and didn't have access to a TV (i.e. if they lived in developing countries for example)... I could see webcasting of such events helpful to those individuals to be able to enjoy what us sighted folks are able to. It would also lead to creation of jobs, which is important to any country's economy. It is a win-win situation on both sides and FIFA and the IOC better "get it's game on"---before someone else beats them to the punch---and the $$$$$. The refusal of such organisations to embrace webcasting and bring their events to many more people, is, in my opinion, a total disgrace. 73 (Maryanne Kehoe, swprograms via DXLD) I am not sure that 'developing country' users without TV access would have webcast access, though I could envision where an Internet- delivered feed could be feasible for a local rebroadcaster. With the IOC and FIFA, the piracy / redistribution angle is an interesting one. I could envision a radio pirate paying the subscription fee, patching the audio to his/her transmitter, and then putting the audio out on the air. How could one control that? In the days since the speculative Internet bubble burst in early 2000, business-to-consumer based websites have been struggling to come up with a model for doing business that makes money. Early on, banner advertising paid the bills. It doesn't anymore. Further, the bandwidth required to provide event-sized webcasting isn't cheap, either. Remember the Victoria's Secret webcast debacle of early 2000? Remember how you couldn't reach many news websites on 9/11/2001? There was an Interactive Week (I think it was) article just yesterday that cited that most Internet users for consumer purposes won't pay for content -- this came out in some sort of consumer behavior survey. I also suspect no one made the IOC or FIFA a good-enough offer to make them reconsider their stance. On the TV side, broadcasters are in a quandry regarding hard disk TV recorders (TiVO and Replay TV). It's quite easy for people to skip over commercials, which means advertisers feel they're being overcharged for advertising fees. Sports have become spectacle. Spectacle creates demand, but spectacle also costs money. How much would it be worth to you to be able to listen to World Cup live audio? No, I don't want to debate those answers here, but it's a question that needs to be answered. I know people who have cheerfully paid for the NBA and baseball season webcast packages. This suggests that, if any audio webcast content could survive in a for-fee business model, sports are the ticket. On TV in the US, soccer matches carry an "ad box" in one corner of the screen while the action is proceeding. Not sure how you could do that with audio/radio content. Subliminal messaging perhaps? Just kidding, of course. In general, I'm anti-big league sports nowadays. It's all about celebrity and greed, it seems; I can do without both of those. Curmudgeonly yours, (Rich Cuff, ibid.) ** U S A. RADAR BLIMPS PROPOSED TO GET DEFENSE SYSTEM UP, RUNNING Jun 12, 2002 By TED JACKOVICS TAMPA - Blimps larger than a football field - carrying radar to detect aircraft, missiles and ships - would soar 13 miles above the Earth under one proposal for improving homeland defense. In another, the Air Force would reopen sites in North Florida and two other states where it operated a different radar-balloon system intended to detect drug smuggling aircraft and other low-level intruders.... http://www.tampatrib.com/MGALX479B2D.html (via Terry Krueger, FL, June 11, DXLD) ** U S A. Have you heard ``The Right Perspective`` hosted by onetime listeners and radio talkshow callers Frank and John? It airs UT Sats 0200-0400 over WBCQ 7415. A few weeks ago, they left the Omega Radio Network and have used John Lightning`s IILR [?] studio and Hal Turner`s own studios. The R.P. hosts have been vocal about Omega *not* following through on promises made (they`ve used the word *LIES* too), updating TRP website, etc. Omega produces Spectrum and a couple of other SW shows. Spectrum is UT Sun 0300 on WWCR 5070 (Bob Thomas, CT, June 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. UNIVISIÓN BUYS BIG HOLDER OF HISPANIC RADIO STATIONS June 13, 2002 By JIM RUTENBERG In another sign of the huge growth expected in Spanish-language media, Univision Communications announced yesterday that it would buy the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation - the largest holder of Spanish- language radio stations - for roughly $3 billion in stock. If approved, it would be the largest acquisition among Spanish- language media in the United States - larger than NBC's purchase of the Telemundo television network for $1.98 billion earlier this year. Taken together, the deals underscore the mounting belief among media companies that Madison Avenue realizes the growing importance of the Spanish-speaking audience and will surely funnel more and more money into the media outlets that focus on it in the coming years. But if there is any doubt that Univision will remain the most dominant player in Hispanic media for the foreseeable future - and likely beyond - yesterday's announcement should dispel it. The deal will considerably increase Univision's reach and power. Univision humbles the market share of its rival, Telemundo, drawing nearly 80 percent of the Spanish-language television audience of about five million people nightly. The Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation - 26 percent of which is owned by Clear Channel Communications - has 55 Spanish-language radio stations, including the No. 1 stations in 7 of the top 15 Spanish- language markets, Miami and Los Angeles among them. Upon the deal's completion, Univision would have at least 2 television stations and up to 8 radio stations in 10 of the top 15 Hispanic markets. Univision executives said they would use the new radio stations to promote the Univision television stations and networks - and vice versa - while using the combined reach of the radio and television outlets to draw more sponsors into Spanish-language advertising over all. Univision officials said they would be able to do that by offering one-stop shopping that sponsors had never seen before in Spanish-language media. "There are still many, many advertisers that are not buying Spanish media," said Ray Rodríguez, president and chief operating officer of Univision Networks. With the radio stations, he said, "we can give advertisers a chance to really see the big advertising picture in one shot." "You can buy drive time in radio and in the afternoon be on TV," Mr. Rodríguez said. Despite years of pressure on the companies to come to a deal, Wall Street pummeled Univision's stock yesterday. By the end of trading, the stock price was down $5.84, to $31.86. Hispanic Broadcasting closed up $1.55, to $26. Analysts, however, ascribed much of the drop to typical investor jitters about acquisitions, uneasiness among media investors in general and perhaps even a belief that Univision's purchase meant it was not interested in being bought - a point of serious speculation recently. Analysts interviewed yesterday said they were by and large in favor of the deal, despite recent doubts about media mergers in general, and said they agreed that new promotional opportunities would help drive ratings for both sides. While cross-promotional synergies have failed to live up to expectations in English-language media, there are fewer challenges to them in Spanish-language media, they said. There are so few Spanish- language outlets that the ones that do exist - especially the market leaders - tend to hold tremendous sway with their audiences, they said. "The notion of taking the No. 1 Spanish-language radio presence and combining it with the No. 1 Spanish-language television presence should help accelerate a very good growth story into a great growth story," said Niraj Gupta, managing director and senior broadcasting and cable analyst for Salomon Smith Barney, which upgraded its recommendation on the Univision stock to buy yesterday. Officials at Univision and Hispanic Broadcasting said they did not expect any significant regulatory hurdles to the merger. The purchase of Hispanic Broadcasting is one in a string of moves Univision has made to raise its profile. Within the last couple of years it started a new network, Telefutura, after buying more than a dozen stations from USA Networks for $1.1 billion; began a music division by taking a stake in Disa Records of Mexico and acquiring the Fonovisa label for $210 million; and began a Univision Web site. The company - like NBC - is betting that advertisers will come to Spanish-language in a big way soon. Hispanics account for about 13 percent of the population, yet advertisers spend only 1 percent to 3 percent of their budgets on Spanish-language media by analysts' estimates. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/13/business/media/13SPAN.html?ex=1025064412&ei=1&en=6c186882cecdd33f Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) UNIVISION BECOMES MAJOR MEDIA PLAYER WITH RADIO ACQUISITION Thu Jun 13, 6:14 AM ET By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer LOS ANGELES - With its acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., leading Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc. has gained the mass necessary to attract cross-media advertising deals offered to media conglomerates such as Viacom and AOL Time Warner, analysts said.... http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020613/ap_wo_en_po/us_hispanic_media_deal_3 (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) Business SPANISH TV GIANT MOVING INTO RADIO By Sanford Nowlin, Express-News Business Writer Web Posted : 06/13/2002 12:00 AM Univision Communications Inc., the largest U.S. Spanish-language television broadcaster, is buying Spanish-language radio-station group Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. in a $3.5 billion stock deal that will broaden advertisers' access to the nation's fast-growing Hispanic population.... http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=110&xlc=730365&xld=110 (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) UNIVISION MAKING RADIO WAVES Thu Jun 13, 2:26 AM ET Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Depending on who you are, buying into the fast-growing U.S. Spanish-language media market got either easier or more difficult Wednesday with Univision's $3.5 billion acquisition of radio group Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. For advertisers, it means ready access and potential discounts for buying across Univision's already market-leading platforms, which include broadcast and cable networks, Latin record labels, an online portal and now -- filling a gap in its portfolio -- radio outlets... http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/bpihw/20020613/en_bpihw/univision_making_radio_waves (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) EXECS DEFEND TV DEAL UNIVISIÓN STOCK DROPS 15.5% ON PLAN TO BUY HISPANIC BROADCASTING 06/13/2002 By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News The merger of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. of Dallas with Univisión Communications Inc. of Los Angeles will give the combined company the multimedia girth to provide corporate America with one-stop shopping as it targets Latino America. On Wednesday, advertising and marketing executives were optimistic. But Univisión stockholders weren't. The official announcement that Hispanic Broadcasting agreed to be bought by Univisión sent Univisión's stock tumbling 15.5 percent to $31.86. Hispanic Broadcasting's stock rose 6 percent to $26, after soaring even higher during the day. The overall effect discounted the value of the deal from $3.5 billion at the time of the announcement to $2.97 billion by the trading day's close. Also Online --- For Univisión, success is spelled fútbol The trouncing of Univisión's stock had many analysts defending the acquisition. Some investors may have been shorting Univisión shares, selling them and buying Hispanic Broadcasting shares, said David Joyce, a media analyst at Miami-based Guzman & Co. "And some investors considered it a pretty high price, but it is an all-stock deal, so there is no debt," Mr. Joyce said. "The buy will fortify Univisión's balance sheet as it adds about $3 billion in equity." Univisión operates 50 television stations, and Hispanic Broadcasting owns 55 radio stations. Each is No. 1 in its medium. The synergies of radio and television were touted Wednesday as perfect. "This transaction is really about 1 plus 1 equals 3," said Andrew Hobson, Univisión's vice president of communication. "There is no question that our shareholders will be better off." The combination will result in a shift of general-market advertising dollars to the Spanish- language market, Mr. Hobson predicted. In Dallas, Victor Ornelas, the head of advertising agency Ornelas & Associates, said the merger should create efficiencies that will drive prices down as corporations make bulkier purchases of commercial time on radio, television and the Internet. "Believe me, that is what our clients are looking for," Mr. Ornelas said. "When you have that dollar to spend, they want to know what the most effective way is to spend that dollar." Hispanic Broadcasting chief McHenry Tichenor was effusive about the deal. "This is a tremendous day for Hispanic Broadcasting and for me personally," said the 47-year-old chairman, chief executive and president, who inherited a company started by his grandfather in Harlingen. "My family has been in the radio business for over 50 years, and we could not have found a better partner than Univisión." Opportunities He told Wall Street analysts in a conference call that the merger presented a fine opportunity to "catch the money." In the last five years, Mr. Tichenor spent $600 million to build the company into a 55- station chain, covering 60 percent of the Hispanic market. During that period, the Latino populace and its buying power swelled. Today, one out of eight people in the United States – and one in six under age 35 years – is Hispanic. Asked whether the company had been on the market, Mr. Tichenor said that the Hispanic Broadcasting board "considered a number of alternatives and concluded that this was the best for our shareholders in immediate and long-term value." Hispanic Broadcasting had earlier indicated it was interested in a merger with rival Telemundo. Under the deal, Hispanic Broadcasting would become Univisión's radio division and remain headquartered in Dallas with existing management. Mr. Tichenor would head the division. The deal, approved by both boards, still must pass federal scrutiny. There could be problems in Dallas-Fort Worth, due to overlapping signals, an Univisión executive said in a conference call with analysts. Univisión owns two television stations and Hispanic Broadcasting owns five radio stations in the market. A Univisión spokeswoman later clarified that the company doesn't expect to sell any stations. San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications Inc., the biggest U.S. radio company, owns a 26 percent stake in Hispanic Broadcasting. And its involvement as an industry consolidated is bound to catch the eyes of some regulators. On Wednesday, Hispanic Broadcasting rival Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. sued the company and Clear Channel, accusing them of earlier violating antitrust law. Clear Channel tried to get underwriters to withdraw Spanish Broadcasting's initial share sale in 1999 and has pressured securities analysts not to publish research on the company, Spanish Broadcasting alleged. Spanish Broadcasting, which is based in Coconut Grove, Fla., also accused Clear Channel and Hispanic Broadcasting of bidding for stations that Spanish Broadcasting wanted to buy, solely to increase the cost. The company hired attorney David Boies, who represented the U.S. Justice Department in its antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp. Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays said in a prepared statement that the charges are false. Shares of the San Antonio-based company fell $3.91, or 7.9 percent, to $45.89. Univisión dominance Before the merger, Univisión already operated the dominant Spanish- language television network. It regularly scored far higher ratings than Telemundo, which was recently purchased by General Electric Co., operator of the NBC network. In January, Univisión launched another network, TeleFutura. It also operates a cable network, Galavision. Last year, Univisión developed a music unit by purchasing Fonavisa Records and taking a 50 percent stake in Monterrey, Mexico-based Disa. Disa is a leader in the norteña, banda and ranchera genres popular in northern and central Mexico, sources of great migration to the United States. Hispanic Broadcasting does particularly well in those genres. In Los Angeles, for example, its KSCA-FM station has regularly been No. 1 in the market – for any language. Though based in Dallas, Hispanic Broadcasting gets about 40 percent of its revenue from the Los Angeles area, the nation's top Latino market. Marketing executives at Plano-based J.C. Penney Co., a longtime advertiser on Univisión and a retailer with a large Hispanic consumer base, welcomed the merger and the expanded reach it will give a potential advertiser. "It is going to be very good for the Hispanic market because you are now seeing more of a national presence for the Hispanic media," said Manny Fernández, the retailer's manager of multicultural marketing. But there was also caution among the Hispanic marketers. "I think that, in concept, it is very exciting, but we need to wait to see how it is all going to fall out," said Victoria Varela, chief executive officer of the San Antonio-based Cartel Group. As an orchestra, Univisión's diverse sales force is full of many soloists, Ms. Varela said. "The national guy is just out for national sales, and the local guy is just out for local sales, and online is just out for online sales." The Associated Press contributed to this report. (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) UNIVISION TO BUY RADIO FIRM HISPANIC BROADCASTING Reuters Wednesday, June 12, 2002; 8:05 AM LOS ANGELES, June 12 -- Univision Communications Inc., the No. 1 U.S. Spanish-language television group, on Wednesday said it would buy leading U.S. Spanish-language radio broadcaster Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. for $3.5 billion in stock, as it solidifies as a media powerhouse targeting the 35 million U.S. Latinos... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36873-2002Jun12.html (via Dave White, DXLD) Reuters Business Report June 12 SBS SUES RIVALS ON ANTITRUST ALLEGATIONS By Derek Caney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., a Spanish- language radio company, on Wednesday sued rivals Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. (NYSE:HSP) and Clear Channel Communications Inc. (NYSE: CCU), accusing them of antitrust violations and moves to depress its share price. ... http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/020612/media_spanishbroadcasting_2.html (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) Another version: http://www.smartmoney.com/bn/ON/index.cfm?story=ON-20020612-000745-2028 (via Dave White, DXLD) ** U S A. CLEAR CHANNEL SAYS STRATEGY MISUNDERSTOOD AS "EVIL" By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Despite accusations it has used its market clout to muscle out competitors, the chief of Clear Channel Communications Inc's market-leading radio unit Friday stood by the company's bigger-is-better strategy, which he said had been misunderstood as "evil." Randy Michaels, chief executive officer of Clear Channel's radio unit, told an industry conference that the company's strategy of merger-driven growth had just begun to pay off and had not impinged on the diversity of offerings for listeners. "The evil intentions attributed to Clear Channel are not true at all," said Michaels, chief executive officer of the San Antonio, Texas-based company's radio unit said during a panel discussion at the Radio and Records convention. When asked what concerned him most, Michaels said: "I think the perception that we do everything to drive cash flow and that we are evil. Because we are leading change, we are perceived as evil," he said. Clear Channel, the nation's largest radio operator with 1,200 stations as well as the largest concert promoter, was sued this week by competitor Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., alleging antitrust violations, and by a Chicago-area woman who says the company gouges concert-goers with high ticket prices. Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold also said this week he was preparing a bill that would impose new restrictions on the recently deregulated radio and concert industries. Feingold and other lawmakers have raised concerns about the wave of consolidation that since 1996 has allowed a handful of companies, led by Clear Channel, to scoop up a large portion of the nation's radio stations. Feingold plans to introduce a bill in the next few weeks seeking to rein in the alleged anti-competitive practices of industry behemoths like Clear Channel. Recording artists, smaller radio companies and local promoters allege that Clear Channel and other large players use their dominant position to shut out competitors, punish artists who do not use their promotion services, and exceed ownership limits by using shell corporations. Additionally, many listeners bemoan the lack of variety or local flavor on radio that they say now features bland, market-research- driven formats. Michaels on Friday defended both his company and the medium. "In the larger scheme of things, radio is holding up better than other mediums like TV and newspapers," he said. "There's more variety than ever. There's never been as much variety or as much money spent on finding out what audiences want," he said. FINGER POINTING Another point of controversy in the industry has been radio firms' ties with independent middlemen paid by record labels to pitch songs to the broadcasters. Record companies have complained as those promotional fees have risen. Several radio executives at the conference accused the recording industry of trying to blame radio for its problems as music companies grapple with its worst downturn in years. "The record companies are having their second sucky year, and that's what's driving all this noise right now," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio, a unit of Emmis Communications Corp. Michaels of Clear Channel agreed. "The labels invented the system to support their music and going to Congress and asking them to review it ... is desperate," he said. Cummings, however, said he was deeply concerned about the effects of consolidation on his and other smaller radio companies. "The whole business is in a redefinition mode," he said during the panel. "I worry about Clear Channel and Infinity. Smaller companies like Emmis can't play the game," he said. Clear Channel's Michaels said the company's aggressive acquisition pace was just beginning to bear fruit: "We make decisions that are driven by long-term issues. We're just beginning to unlock the potential of our strategy." In the House of Representatives, California Democratic Rep. Howard Berman has called for hearings and asked the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department to investigate anti- competitive claims. Reuters/Variety 06/14/02 18:14 ET (via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DXLD) ** U S A. SENATOR PREPARING TO TAKE ON BIG RADIO From: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/3471463.htm Posted on Fri, Jun. 14, 2002 BY ANDY SULLIVAN AND SUE ZEIDLER WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - Prompted by growing complaints from recording artists and music fans, a Wisconsin senator is preparing a bill that would impose new restrictions on the recently deregulated radio and concert industries. Sen. Russell Feingold, a Democrat, said on the Senate floor Thursday that he was alarmed by a wave of consolidation that since 1996 has allowed a handful of companies to buy up a large portion of the nation's radio stations. Feingold said he would introduce a bill in the next few weeks that would seek to rein in the alleged anti-competitive practices of industry behemoths like Clear Channel Communications Inc., which owns more than 1,200 radio stations as well as the nation's largest concert-promotion company. "The concentration of ownership, both in radio and other facets of the concert industry, has caused great harm to people and businesses that have been involved and concerned about the radio and concert industry for generations," Feingold said. Recording artists, independent radio stations and local promoters allege that Clear Channel and other large players use their dominant position to shut out competitors, punish artists who do not use their promotion services, and exceed ownership limits behind shell corporations. Music fans say the nation's radio stations have sacrificed musical diversity in favor of bland, market-research-driven formats. In the past two days, Clear Channel has been sued by a competitor alleging antitrust violations, and by a Chicago-area woman who says the company gouges concert-goers with high ticket prices as it builds a monopolistic empire. Feingold also said he would look into radio companies' relationships with independent middlemen who record labels pay to pitch songs to radio stations. The recording industry has called for an investigation into the practice as these promotional fees have spiraled. SLOW SALES AT FAULT, EXECS SAY At a convention in Los Angeles, several radio executives said the recording industry, suffering with the worst downturn in years, is trying to blame its woes on radio. "The record companies are having their second sucky year, and that's what's driving all this noise right now," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio, a unit of Emmis Communications Corp. A Clear Channel executive said recording companies should not call on Washington to resolve internal music industry disputes. "The labels invented the system to support their music, and going to Congress and asking them to review it ... is desperate," said Randy Michaels, CEO of Clear Channel's radio division. While competitors have long complained about Clear Channel's hardball tactics, several gave the company a grudging nod of approval. "They've angered a lot of people, but they're really innovative," said Fred Jacobs, president of radio-consulting firm Jacobs Media. A radio-industry spokesman said an independent study found that there were more diverse radio formats now than before 1996, but declined to comment on anti-competitive concerns or any pending legislation. "I'm not sure that people who make the claim that the radio has fewer formats today are actually listening to the radio," said Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters. In the House of Representatives, California Democratic Rep. Howard Berman has called for hearings and asked the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department to investigate anti-competitive claims. An artists' representative said that even though Congress was running out of time to consider new legislation this year, Feingold's statement brought needed attention to the issue. "We're very heartened to see that Sen. Feingold and others see and share our concern, because this has harmed the public and artists," said Ann Chaitovitz, national director of sound recordings for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U S A. Reviews of a couple of new books about Philo Farnsworth: 'The Last Lone Inventor': The Crime Behind Every TV June 9, 2002 By JOEL BRINKLEY IN the summer of 1921, a 14-year-old Idaho farm boy was plowing his father's potato field when he glanced back at the long, straight furrows he had just dug and was struck with an inspiration. The boy, Philo T. Farnsworth, had been ruminating about how to transmit and display ''telegraph pictures,'' as the concept of television was known then, when radio was still a novelty. And the furrows suggested a solution: why can't pictures be transmitted line by line, one line followed by another, and displayed so quickly that a viewer would see a full picture? Today every television in the world works in just that way, but hardly anyone knows the genesis of the idea, or that Farnsworth was the true inventor of television. He is little known largely because the Radio Corporation of America drove right over him, even though he held the patents that left no doubt about the legitimacy of his accomplishment. The story of Farnsworth, one of the last major inventors working on his own, not as part of a corporate research office, is both inspirational and discouraging. His history is paired, in real life and in these two books, with the story of David Sarnoff, the ruthless and cunning executive who rose to head RCA when it was a hugely powerful monopoly holding all the significant patents for radio. Sarnoff was driven to ensure that RCA captured the market for television as well, and he was willing to do whatever it took... http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/09/books/review/09BRINKLT.html?ex=1024912896&ei=1&en=34009e57187c743a (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** U S A. `Rewind` has gobbled up another casualty. From July 1, South Dakota Public Radio takes the one-hour version at the expense of its long-running `Riders Radio Theatre`, at 1700 UT Sats, which had been followed by the half-hour `Rewind` at 1730. See program grid at http://www.sdpb.org/radio/radio_progra_grid.html In fact, on June 15 at local noon, they mistakenly played the opening commercial --- oops, underwriting announcement for Rewind, but RRT still ran. I`ve tried the hour-long version of `Rewind` and found it drags. I much prefer the half-hour version (and another half an hour of my life to listen to something else). RRT is a really clever, funny show, and I urge everyone to try to find it on some other station if not SDPB, e.g. from PublicRadioFan.com at http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgi-bin/program.pl?programid=1040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. For those who have had problems getting this information from VOA's website, here are some suggested times and frequencies for hearing "Jazz America" on shortwave. For those in North America who have asked, you may do best with some of the transmissions for Europe and North Africa. Some on the West Coast of North America might also want to try the ones for Asia and Oceania. [Sat and Sun following news on the hour] 0900-1000 on 11930, 13610, 15150 (to Far East Asia, South Asia, Oceania) 1300-1400 on 6160, 9645, 9760, 15160, 15425 (to Far East Asia, South Asia, Oceania) 2100-2200 on 6040, 6095, 9530, 9760 (to Europe/N. Africa) 2100-2200 on 6035, 7375, 7415, 11975, 15410, 15445, 15580, 17895 (to Africa) 2100-2200 on 9705, 11870, 15185, 17740, 17820 (to Far East Asia, South Asia, Oceania) (Marie Lamb, swprograms via DXLD) Marie also posts advance playlists of this on swprograms et al. (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Wednesday night-Thursday is, on the Jewish calendar, the death anniversary of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, believed by some followers of the Lubavitch Chassidic movement http://chabad.org to be the Messiah. Accordingly it might be a good time to look for Lubavitcher pirates particularly in Brooklyn (Joel Rubin, Queens, swprograms via DXLD) Other than 1710? (gh, DXLD) ** URUGUAY. Re: So how was reception [of 6140] during the 0630 June 11 silly ballgame? (gh, DXLD) Glenn, In the Uruguayan local radio scene, the rights for play-by-play radio transmission of the World Cup are being owned exclusively by CX44, AM Libre on MW 1410, Montevideo, which, BTW, has no SW. There are no Uruguayan SW channels carrying play-by-play soccer transmissions for the World Cup. For the first time, classic narrators from several radios in Uruguay have lost rights of transmission since negotiations only benefited CX44! Desperate last minute favorable negotiations among cable TV consortium in Montevideo and the owner of "Multimedio Plural" (AM Libre, Señal 1 -cable channel-, Diario "La República"), Señor Fasano, finally allowed TV viewers -cable and open TV- to watch the matches with full coverage. This was only a few hours prior to the beginning of the Cup! In radio, things were different, only one station. And no SW... Regards, (Horacio A. Nigro, Montevideo - Uruguay, June 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** UZBEKISTAN. R. Tashkent, 17775, [Sat] June 8 1200-1227* English news, IDs. Radio quiz. Acknowledged listeners` letters. Local pop music. Strong. Good on \\ 15295. Also heard in English at *1330-1358* on 17775, 15295 (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VATICAN/RUSSIA. On 1 May I wrote a report to Vatican Radio Russian Service, and noted that audio on 6210 kHz (44444, broadcast in Russian at 1610) is 17 seconds behind compared with parallels 9585, 11715, and 15185 kHz. Surprisingly, on 8 May 6210 kHz was 37 seconds ahead (Sergey Rogov, Lithuania, via Kvadrat via Signal via DXLD) ** YEMEN. Radio Sana'a heard 5 May at 1802 on 9780 kHz. Broadcast in English (33543), with QRM caused by Voice of Russia (English, 9775 kHz). Reception became even worse at 1825, when Voice of Turkey signed on with test carrier on 9785 kHz, preparing to start its English transmission scheduled for 1830. O=2 after that moment (Sergey Rogov, Lithuania, via Kvadrat via Signal June 14 via DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-097, June 14, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. Materials taken from Arctic or originating from Olle Alm and not having a commercial copyright are exempt from all restrictions of noncommercial, noncopyrighted reusage except for full credits HTML version of this issue will be posted afterwards at http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldtd02.html For restrixions and searchable 2002 contents archive see http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html NOTE: If you are a regular reader of DXLD, and a source of DX news but have not been sending it directly to us, please consider yourself obligated to do so. Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1135: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1135.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1135.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1135.html NEXT BROADCASTS ON WWCR: Sat 0500, Sun 0230 5070; 0730 3210; Mon 0000, Wed 0930 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Sat 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830? 2420? on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB BROADCASTS ON WORLD RADIO NETWORK: Sat 0800 rest of world; Sun 1400 NAm ** AFGHANISTAN/FRANCE. PARIS-BASED ORGANIZATION TO HELP AFGHAN TV RECONSTRUCTION | Text of press release from the Paris-based DISCOP organization on 14 June Paris, 14 June: Within hours of the Taleban's retreat from Kabul on 12 November last year, Afghan TV was back on air - with a female announcer. Now on air for only a few hours a day and offering a blend of news, music, sport and movies, Afghan TV has returned as the main source of entertainment in Kabul and in parts of the country where the signal can be received. The station can get up to 500,000 viewers a night. In pre-Taleban times Afghan TV broadcast six hours a day, but it now suffers dramatically from a lack of funding. In order to help the Afghan television industry to get back on its feet five years after it was shut down by the Taleban, the DISCOP organization has decided to launch the TV for Afghanistan initiative - an international pledge to provide up to 10m dollars in expertise, equipment and programming to Afghan TV within the next year. The existing Afghan TV technical infrastructure, which dates from 1976, must be replaced, while journalists, production and programming executives need to be provided with modern tools and immediate training. Most importantly, with less than 200,000 TV sets in place across the devastated country, the Afghan television industry desperately needs more TV sets as quickly as possible to allow it to reach more viewers. The TV for Afghanistan initiative will debut during the inaugural party of the 10th DISCOP programme showcase - the most important film, thematic channel and TV programme distribution market aimed at emerging television marketplaces. In the presence of more than 450 television professionals from over 50 countries, the 10th edition of this major industry event will be held in Budapest from 27-29 June 2002, and will be moderated by the CEO of Vandusseldorp and Partners, Monique Van Dusseldorp. An overview of Afghan TV's development strategy, and a detailed explanation of its immediate technical and programming needs will be presented by Mr Abdol Hamid Mobarez, vice-minister of culture in charge of media and radio-television, and Mr Ghani Safid, general engineer in charge of the reconstruction of Afghan TV. This will take place during the inaugural DISCOP Budapest 2002 party to be held in the evening of 27 June in Budapest, in the presence of 250 major emerging broadcasters from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South-East Asia who will be attending the 10th DISCOP programme showcase. As guests of honour of DISCOP Budapest 2002, Mr Abdol Hamid Mobarez and Mr Ghani Safid will be presented with their first pledge from Geolink, a leading provider of mobile satellite telecom and broadcast and the first company to spontaneously join the TV for Afghanistan initiative. Geolink will offer Afghan TV their DVonSAT kit, the same complete satellite TV solution they provided to major broadcasters such as TFI, France 2 and Rai to ensure their coverage of the recent Afghan conflict. Thanks to the DVonSAT kit, and despite the devastated state of their telecom infrastructure, Afghan TV will be able to cost-effectively feed international broadcasters with local news reports. Mr Abdol Hamid Mobarez and Mr Ghani Safid will be guests of honour of the 10th DISCOP programme showcase and will be officially welcomed by Mr Patrick Jucaud, general manager of the DISCOP organization. The DISCOP organization is a leading provider of market intelligence and organizer of industry events facilitating business in emerging television marketplaces. The Paris-based DISCOP organization is managed by Key3Media East - a division of the New-York Stock Exchange- listed Key3Media Group, a major organizer of international trade shows and conferences. Press contact for the DISCOP organization: Coco Coppola; Tel + 33 1 4639 5577; coco@discop.com Press contact for Geolink: Françoise Lazard; Tel + 33 1 4561 6191; flazard@geolink.fr Source: DISCOP press release, Paris, in English 14 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** ANGOLA. 4950, R. Nacional, 0044-0106 June 10, End of discussion by man and woman, soft MOR songs, 4 time ticks at ToH, ID by W, news intro by M w/fanfare, nx brief by M w/short instrumental music piece between items. 0104 canned R. Nacional Angola ID by M at end of news, another canned announcement, and into lively instrumental music. Fairly strong but modulation a little low (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** ARGENTINA. Re: ARGENTINA Websites in DXLD 2-095: There's a good and regularly updated website on Argentinian radio at: http://www.geocities.com/luciano139/index.html 73 de (Pentti Lintujärvi, Helsinki, Finland, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Webmaster of 1000 Lakes DX Page http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/3232/dx.htm and dxlinks.info http://www.dxlinks.info/ and Finnish DX Association http://www.sdxl.org/ ** AUSTRALIA. From The RSGB updated Friday, 14 June 2002. Test transmissions are being carried out by two new Australian Bureau of Meteorology stations. The test co-ordinator, Brendan McMahon, has asked for feedback on the tests by e-mail. His address is b.mcmahon@bom.gov.au Station VMC at Charleville, Queensland, is on the air on even days of the month and station VMW in Wiluna, Western Australia, on odd days. The schedule is the same for both stations: 0800 to 2100 UT on 2056, 6230, 8113 and 12356 kHz upper sideband; and from 2100 to 0800 UT on 4149, 8113, 12356 and 16546 kHz upper sideband. A fax test service is transmitted 24 hours a day on 5755, 10355 and 18060 kHz (RSGB via Mike Terry, DXLD) So what is content of the USB transmissions?? (gh, DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. See TURKEY ** BELIZE. Belize refuses to allow Radio Martí relay: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/3440735.htm Posted on Tue, Jun. 11, 2002 BELIZE REJECTS U.S. PROPOSAL TO BEAM RADIO MARTÍ SIGNAL By TIM JOHNSON, Miami Herald WASHINGTON - Belize may be tiny, but it knows how to say ''no'' to Washington. Belize has flatly rejected a U.S. proposal to convert a Voice of America relay station to beam U.S.-operated Radio Martí signals toward Cuba. The denial has dismayed Cuban-American supporters of the radio station, who say the Belize facility might have helped Radio Martí sidestep efforts by Cuba to jam its signal. But Belize, a former British colony in Central America, sought to avoid getting ensnared in U.S.-Cuba frictions. It did not want to risk that Havana would retaliate by withdrawing more than 100 doctors and nurses it has sent to Belize. ''We do not want to get involved,'' said Vaughan Gill, a spokesperson for the Belize government. ``Belize has good relations with both Cuba and the United States.'' The United States operates two AM radio transmitters near the town of Punta Gorda in the southernmost part of Belize. The transmitters send both English and Spanish Voice of Americas broadcasts throughout Central America each evening. As a sister facility to the Voice of America, Radio Martí was established in 1985 to offer an independent source of news and entertainment to Cubans. Radio Martí is beamed toward Cuba on AM from Marathon in the Keys, and on short wave from Greenville, N.C. and Delano, Calif. In late 2000, U.S. officials began scouring the Caribbean looking for alternative broadcast sites to send the signals of Radio Martí toward Cuba from a different latitude, making it more difficult for Cuba to block its signals. ''They went to the Turks and Caicos. They went to the Bahamas. They went to the Caymans,'' said one official, insisting on anonymity. Then they noticed the Belize facility, and quickly allotted $750,000 in the 2002 fiscal year budget to enhance the site. An appeal went out to Prime Minister Said Musa of Belize for permission to change the use of the facility. No one seriously expected Belize -- an unspoiled nation popular with U.S. scuba divers and Maya archaeology buffs -- to refuse. But two months ago, it did just that, setting tongues wagging around Capitol Hill about how the Bush administration took it on the chin from Belize. Belize felt it had too much to lose. Since 1999, Belize has hosted an increasing number of Cuban physicians and nurses working in remote villages. Gill, the government spokesman, also noted that more than 100 Belizean students are in Cuba on full scholarships, some of them studying medicine. As word arrived in Washington this spring that Belize might turn down the U.S. request, the State Department sent two diplomatic notes to Belmopan, Belize's capital. ''The second one was apparently sternly worded,'' the congressional staffer said (via Kim Elliott, DC, and Artie Bigley, OH, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Then again, Belize may not be tiny (gh, DXLD) ** CANADA. CBC Previews: Friday, June 14: IDEAS: Tonight on Ideas...Ice Cream. It has its own mythology, dating back to Nero. It boasts its own statistics. The biggest sundae ever made was twelve feet high. A celebration of the lore and lure of ice cream by Marilyn Powell, tonight on Ideas at 9:05 (9:35 NT) on CBC Radio One. Saturday, June 15: QUIRKS AND QUARKS: This week on Quirks and Quarks...Fine Tuning the Mind: Are Human Brains Hard-Wired for Music? Of all the mammals on earth, humans are the only ones that create music. And from drumbeats to symphony orchestras, virtually every human society and culture - no matter how sophisticated or primitive - have a form of music. That's prompted scientists to explore the human brain, to try to understand how and why we possess that unique ability. Is it genetic? Is physiological? Also, Moby Dick, the walloping whale. That's Quirks and Quarks, with host Bob McDonald, Saturday afternoon at 12:06 (12:36 NT) on CBC Radio One. DEFINITELY NOT THE OPERA: This week on DNTO...What makes Winnipeg so funny? Is the cold? The mosquitoes? Or is there something in the water? David Steinberg gets to the bottom of why Winnipeg has produced so many great comedy minds when he talks with some of them in a panel recorded at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Also, an auditory exploration of British accents. They say so much more than just where you're from. And in the final hour, a great concert by Ron Sexsmith, caught live at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Definitely Not the Opera, with guest host Robert Veri, Saturday at 1 pm (1:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND: Saturday on The World This Weekend...The overwhelming majority of Turks are Muslim, but not all of Turkey's Muslims are of the every-day garden variety. Millions follow a little known sect of Islam called Alevism. Alevis embrace a more inclusive faith that recognizes and draws on other religions and treats men and women equally. Dorian Jones reports that the new assertiveness of this branch of Islam threatens to re-ignite old tensions within Turkish society. Also, Teddy Katz reports on the blossoming of soccer in Canada. That's on the World This Weekend, with Lorna Jackson, Saturday at 6:00 pm (7 AT; 7:30 NT) on both CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two. --- WEEKEND HOT SHEET, SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2001 THE SUNDAY EDITION: This week on The Sunday Edition, guest host Christopher Thomas talks with - Jasper Becker, outspoken reporter with the South China Morning Post, who was recently fired for his criticism of the Beijing government. Also, the quest for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. It hasn't been sighted in 50 years, but birders around the world keep the dream alive. That's The Sunday Edition, right after the 9 a.m. news (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND: Sunday on The World This Weekend...The waves of fear that followed September 11th are still affecting tourism, even in Canada's Yukon. Last fall, many people preferred to stay close to home, and cancelled the kind of expensive wilderness adventure tours that are a Yukon specialty. And bookings for this summer are way down, too. Dave White reports this is bad news for a northern economy that's struggling. That's on the World This Weekend, with Lorna Jackson, Sunday at 6:00 pm (7 AT; 7:30 NT) on both CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two. TIME TRAVELLER: Sunday on the Time Traveller, travel back to the 1920s - the age of the flapper. This was the time of the Winnipeg General Strike, Prohibition and the rise of popular music, notably jazz. Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed; the Group of Seven began to exhibit their works; and George Gershwin composed his Rhapsody in Blue. Time Traveller, Sunday afternoon at 1 (1:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two. SAY IT WITH MUSIC: This week on Say It With Music...Part Two of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Richard's centenary tribute to Richard Rodgers continues with musicals from the early years of the partnership: Oklahoma!, Carousel, State Fair and South Pacific, with singers from Ezio Pinza and Gordon MacRae through Nancy LaMott and Cynthia Dale. Say it With Music, Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two (CBC Hotsheets excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** CANADA. 6030, CFVP; I always like to check this one when I arrive back in Wyoming. Still on; heard at 2222 June 11 with a time check for 4:22 and "1060" ID (Hans Johnson, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CANADA. CKCK Returns From The Dead Legendary radio station CKCK, which left its home of 620 last October, has risen again. The new owners fired up the transmitter sometime on June 11th on 94.5 on the FM side of the radio. So far, just a continuous loop of three songs, one country, one heavy metal, and one "lite" song, ending (or beginning) with the announcement "94.5 CKCK Regina." No word what the final format of the station will be or when the official start-up date is, but there is not a country music station on the FM dial in this market, so my betting money would go there (Terry Keyowski, Regina, Saskatchewan, June 13, amfmtvdx via DXLD) ** CANADA. TORONTO GETS TEMP FM STATIONS Special event radio programming undertakings The Commission received an application from Gary Hooper for broadcasting licences to operate 18 limited duration low power FM radio programming undertakings in Toronto during the World Youth Day celebrations to be held from 22 July to 28 July 2002. The applicant indicated that the proposed undertakings would be used to inform persons participating in World Youth Day about events and facilities on the site, and that most of the target audience would access the programming with portable receivers. The undertakings would broadcast programming in Arabic, Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian as well as in Aboriginal and Chinese languages. The applicant initially requested broadcasting licences to operate 18 undertakings and proposed 18 potential frequencies for use. In its technical comments, the Department of Industry (the Department) advised the Commission that the applicant had withdrawn eight of those frequencies from further consideration. The Department stated that the remaining 10 frequencies were conditionally technically acceptable and that it would issue broadcasting certificates for these frequencies when it had determined that the proposed technical parameters would not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services. Based on the foregoing, the Commission approves in part the application by authorizing the applicant to operate ten FM radio programming undertakings on the following frequencies, each with an effective radiated power of 10 watts: 89.9 MHz (channel 210LP) 90.7 MHz (channel 214LP) 91.9 MHz (channel 220LP) 96.9 MHz (channel 245LP) 98.7 MHz (channel 254LP) 99.5 MHz (channel 258LP) 101.7 MHz (channel 269LP) 102.7 MHz (channel 274LP) 103.9 MHz (channel 280LP) 104.9 MHz (channel 285LP) The licences will be effective from 22 July to 28 July 2002. The applicant must cease all radio broadcasting activities when the limited duration licences expire via Shawn Axelrod, Manitoba, June 13, amfmtvdx via DXLD) Toronto gains 10 special events LPFM stations for World Youth Day in July. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2002/db2002-154.htm (via Ricky Leong, June 14, DXLD) ** CONGO. 9610, Rdiff. TV Congolaise, Jun 5 1611-1622, French, Talk. ID at 1615 and 1619 and 1621; and Jun 6 1645-1656* French, Africa pops and local music. ID at 1648. 1656 s/off (Kouji Hashimoto, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** CUBA. Posted on Wed, Jun. 12 ¿BASE DE LOURDES O BASE DE BEJUCAL? [por] MANUEL CEREIJO La Unión Soviética construyó en Lourdes, en La Habana, una base militar de espionaje electrónico con equipos, antenas parabólicas, satélites, computadoras, etc., de 28 millas cuadradas, donde en su época más activa llegaron a trabajar 1,500 ingenieros y técnicos soviéticos. En 1996 Rusia hizo mejoras a esta base por un valor de $110 millones. Desde su construcción hasta su clausura, la URSS y luego Rusia, invirtieron $3,000 millones de dólares. La URSS, y luego Rusia, pagaba a Cuba $250 millones al año por usar la base. Sin embargo, el uso de esta base de Lourdes le estaba vedado al gobierno cubano, y sólo se le daba información editada de acuerdo con el interés y objectivos de las actividades soviéticas en cada época. Esto fue creando fricción entre Rusia y Cuba, y en 1995 llegaron a un acuerdo por el cual Rusia construiría una base similar a Lourdes para el uso del gobierno cubano. El acuerdo principal fue que mientras durase su construcción, los rusos no le pagarían los $250 millones anuales a Cuba. La construcción duró tres años, de 1995 a enero de 1998, o sea, una inversión de $750 millones de dólares. La base empezó a funcionar parcialmente a mitad de 1997, y con plena actividad en enero de 1998. Los equipos para la base salieron del puerto de Riga, en Latvia. No es coincidencia que el Departamento de Defensa de EU denunció un aumento enorme en las actividades de penetración de sus computadoras a partir de 1998. La base fue construida en Bejucal, relativamente cerca de Lourdes. Tiene una extensión de 20 millas cuadradas; más pequeña que Lourdes, pero más moderna. Para la función de espiar telecomunicaciones, utiliza equipos tanto de computadoras de alta velocidad y funcionamiento conocidas como HPC, adquiridas de China, quien a su vez las adquirió en los Estados Unidos, así como equipos de reconocimiento de voz, sintetizadores, etc. Hay tres sistemas de redes computacionales: las de uso general, las dedicadas a funciones fijas, así como las de reconocimiento del patrón de voz. La base de Bejucal tiene 10 antenas conectadas a satélites. Lourdes tenía 12. En 1999, después de extensas negociaciones entre Raúl Castro y el ministro de Defensa de China, Chi Haotian, así como el general Dong Liang Ju, se llegó a un acuerdo entre China y Cuba donde personal militar chino utilizaría la base de Bejucal junto al personal cubano. Pero más importante aún, la base utilizaría los satélites de comunicación de China y no los de Rusia. Esto independizó completamente a Bejucal de la base de Lourdes. China es el país que más satélites de comunicación ha lanzado al espacio en el periodo de 1999 a mayo de 2002: más de 25 desde su base de Taiyuan, cerca de Pekín. El personal chino, en colaboración con los cubanos en el Proyecto Titán, han también construido dos bases de antenas, una en Wajay, La Habana, y la otra en Santiago de Cuba, conocida como la finca de las antenas. Desde estas dos bases se realizan innumerables investigaciones en las áreas de interferencia de telecomunicaciones, alteraciones meteorológicas, emisión de radiaciones de radiofrecuencia, etc. La base de Bejucal puede realizar actividades aún más importantes y peligrosas para la seguridad nacional de EU: introducirse en las redes computacionales de este país para obtener información de los files; alterar dicha información sin conocimiento del usuario, y lo más peligroso, cambiar las órdenes de mando de los sistemas computacionales, lo que puede paralizar o alterar la infraestructura básica de un país. Sorpresivamente, el presidente ruso Putin anunció la clausura y desmantelamiento de la base de Lourdes, después de los atentados terroristas del 11 de septiembre. Esto provocó la ira del gobierno cubano. Y se consideró como un gesto político y militar de acercamiento de Rusia a EU, y un alejamiento de su antiguo aliado, Cuba. En estos momentos el periódico Izvestia ha denunciado unas negociaciones entre China, Cuba y Rusia para que China alquile o compre lo que queda de la base de Lourdes. Esto tiene unas implicaciones políticas, económicas y militares muy serias. Desde el punto de vista técnico, es innecesario: ya los chinos están trabajando en Bejucal, y los ingenieros y técnicos cubanos están capacitados no sólo para operar Bejucal, sino Lourdes, si quisieran. Los chinos, en los últimos años, han aumentado notablemente su presencia en este continente, en especial en Panamá, Brasil, Bahamas y Cuba. De ser ciertas estas actividades de negociación para que Lourdes vuelva a operar, ahora mediante personal, equipos y satélites chinos, en colaboración con Cuba, esto representaría una amenaza muy seria para la seguridad de EU. Es una forma muy grave de ataque asimétrico cibernético. (© El Nuevo Herald via Oscar...) NOTA: Los oyentes interesados en lo referente a la guerra asimétrica pueden sintonizar a través de Radio Martí el programa "Cuba hoy, Cuba mañana" que conduce el Ingeniero Manuel Cereijo los dias Sábado y Domingo a las 1730 UT (considerar horario de verano) en las frecuencias de 11845, 11930, 13630 y 13820 kHz. Les resultará de interés. 73's (Oscar, Miami, DX LISENING DIGEST)) CUBANET.INDEPENDIENTE 12 de junio, 2002 EL CANAL 4 [por] Ramón Díaz-Marzo HABANA VIEJA, junio (http://www.cubanet.org) - Desde varios meses a la fecha el gobierno cubano ha reinaugurado en la banda de VHF (canal 4) el "Canal Educativo" con una programación que a mi juicio llena un vacío intelectual que estaba padeciendo la televisión cubana con su vulgar y casi siempre mediocre programación dirigida a mentes donde durante los últimos 43 años no se vislumbran cambios hacia una percepción más digna de la realidad. Desde las 8 de la mañana hasta bien entrada la noche el material que este canal ofrece se apoya en documentales de probada calidad internacional: culturales, científicos, educativos, desprovistos de cualquier propaganda política y de cualquier pretensión de poseer la verdad. Por ejemplo, los sábados en la noche, después del noticiero, los que no deseamos sufrir el "sabadazo" del canal 6, podemos optar por un espacio de cine serio y responsable, y no sufrir más esas películas de estúpida violencia cuyo guión siempre es el mismo. Los domingos en la noche ofrecen óperas y conciertos de famosos directores e intérpretes internacionales, un verdadero regalo para las personas que necesitamos algo que eleve nuestro espíritu. Sin embargo, la parte técnica de la emisión de la señal de este canal tiene problemas con el sonido y la imagen. Aquí en la Habana Vieja, en diferentes casas, he podido comprobar que la imagen y el sonido del canal educativo tiene un margen muy delgado de convergencia. Algunas personas (en tono de reproche) me han comentado que finalmente contamos con un tercer canal después de 43 anos de totalitarismo televisivo. A estas personas les he respondido con el viejo refrán que reza: "Más vale tarde, que nunca" Este canal también ofrece cursos valiosos conducidos por excelentes profesionales sobre idiomas, geografía, historia, música, literatura, teatro, cine, medio ambiente, y otros temas específicos del conocimiento universal. El diario "Juventud Rebelde" publica en sus páginas cada domingo la programación semanal de este canal educativo. Sin embargo, considero que esta programación debiera ser divulgada por los demás periódicos, pues a veces este diario tiene una tirada muy pobre. Finalmente, y por primera vez, felicitamos a las autoridades totalitarias del gobierno cubano por hacer algo con sentido común que le brinda una alternativa espiritual a las pobres gentes que conformamos esta Isla enloquecida y caliente. Esperamos para el futuro que la carga política y de mal gusto no suba de tono en este canal educativo para que no se convierta en algo que la mayoría del pueblo cubano detesta: la repetición por la repetición misma. Ramón Díaz-Marzo es el autor de la novela "Cartas a Leandro", publicada por CubaNet. (via Oscar, Miami, DXLD) ** CYPRUS. I have information that indeed the new Radio Sawa broadcasts will start broadcasting sometime in August 2002 from Cape Greco, Cyprus on frequency 981 kHz MW. This is a joint pilot project of Voice of America, Radio Sawa Arabic service for Arabic speaking adults under 30. Broadcasting 24 hours a day 7 days a week. An agreement was signed this month with the Cypriot Communication Dept. Unquote. I am in the process of sending an e mail to the VOA to find out when the other languages will come on line. Thank you in advance, Regards, (Costa Constantinides, May 17 [sic, presumably wrongly dated E-mail, received June 14], DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CYPRUS. Last night in the other hotel I also work at I met an engineer from Russia who did some antenna work at the new Russian based station in Limassol. Andrei was telling me the name of the station is called After Radio and the signal is relayed by satellite from Moscow where the programming is done. The station`s Limassol studio is in downtown Limassol I presume by the seafront. He will be giving me all their address and other details when he gets back to Russia. He is a Radio amateur with the callsign RX 3 AFV. His e mail is cbplus@online.ru The Frequency 102.2 FM antenna system is not operating properly as the signal is directional and Andrei has recommended to the owners to solve the problem by broadcasting onmi directional. Andrei is also a shortwave listener and listens to all modes of broadcast but does not collect QSL cards on SW stations. Listening to him at 1 am over a glass of beer for a hour was great until he parted at 3 am to go off to sleep eased my night duty at the Hotel. Tonight I am back at the other Hotel Apartment. Here we have no decent TV signal nor beers. Plus we are heart broken as Paraguay took our place in group B in world cup in Korea. But we did well so far in the tournament. That`s all for now; I posted away for the new 2002 World Radio TV Handbook so later this month I should enjoy the copy after a break of 5 years. 73,s. (Costa Constantinides, Cyprus, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ERITREA [and non]. Radio UNMEE has resumed broadcasts via the Voice of the Broad Masses of Eritrea. Per UNMEE, these can be heard every Wednesday at 0700 on 7100. The transmissions via VOBME had been suspended for a number of months. Broadcasts for Eritrea are on Tuesdays from 0430-0530 on 15215 and are in Eritrean Tigrinya, Arabic, Tigre, and English. Transmissions for Ethiopia are at 1900-2000 on 13735 and are in Amharic, Afan Oromo, Tigrinya, Ethiopian Tigrinya, and English. These latter broadcasts are via the United Arab Emirates (Hans Johnson, Jun 10, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** FINLAND. Radio Finland Cutbacks. Radio Finland is making drastic cuts to its foreign language services. Shortwave broadcasts in English, French and German are set to end once the current season is over, on 27 October 2002. The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) approved the cost cutting measures on Wednesday 12 June but added that shortwave services in Finnish and Swedish will continue. It is also likely that Russian broadcasts will still be heard on AM throughout Northern Europe. Official confirmation of the cutbacks is likely to come in August 2002 (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 13 June 2002 via DXLD) ** GERMANY. [dx_india] June quiz from DW radio. If you listen to our Europe in Transition series on Newslink every Monday you will have no trouble in finding the right answer to our June Quiz June quiz The European Union is set to expand in the next few years. A whole series of Eastern and Southeastern European countries are vying for membership as the EU prepares to take in up to 12 or even 13 new members in the next decade. In this month's quiz we want to know the name of the politician at the heart of this process, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement. Is it: Romano Prodi Helmut Kohl Joschka Fischer Guenter Verheugen or Martin Bangemann? Please write your answer on a postcard – stamped no later than 30 June 2002 - and send it to: Deutsche Welle – English Service – Post Code 50588 Cologne – Germany or e-mail it to: Newslink@dw-world.de no later than 30 June. Of course, we can only accept one answer per person and multiple entries will be disqualified. We'll be awarding a short-wave radio to the winner and consolation prizes to the first five runners up. You can check out the quiz on our website at http://www.dw-world.de on the Newslink page. Good luck! March quiz winners The question: Which country in Western Europe will elect a new president in April? Answer: b) France Runners-up (Consolation prizes): Nana Offi Alex, Ghana M.D. Sunam, Bangladesh A. Balendra, Sri Lanka Vicky Moi Lang, Malaysia Ab Rouf, Keen Listeners' Club, India Winner: (shortwave radio): Wynard Haynes, St. John's Canada (via Ardic DX Club via dx_india via DXLD) ** HONDURAS: I received some info from Radio América- Honduras about a "network" apparently carried on several Honduran outlets. "Cadena Sonora" or "Radio Sonora" listed as being on Choluteca 1110; Tegucigalpa 1270; Danlí 800; Siguatepeque 1070; La Ceiba 780 and San Pedro Sula 1010. Uses slogan "Energía Positiva". (Greg Myers-FL, NRC IDXD June 13 via DXLD) ** INDIA. 11620, All India Radio 1430 June 9. Stumbled on to this while bandscanning. Solid 555 SIO signal, strongest copy on India I have heard here my QTH. Program on women's rights struggle in India. Music, news at 1455. Although signal very strong, their programming still hard to copy with audio hum, muddy audio, and accented English (Rick Barton, AZ, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** INDIA. Friends, I was away to my native place in Kerala, South India for some weeks and am just back. Here are some details on AIR. 1. AIR is to be relayed on FM in Mauritius. 2. A new AIR FM station is getting ready in Manjery, Kerala State. It is technically ready. Only the staff has to be appointed. One friend informed me that he even heard the tests. 3. AIR Panaji was recently noted recently one day on 7205 instead of 7250 at 0130-0230 in Nepali. (Somebody punched the wrong kHz!) 4. AIR Thiruvanathapuram in Kerala is using a brand new 20 kw transmitter on 1161 kHz. (I visited this station as well as AIR Thrissur during my latest trip to my native place, more details later.) 5. Doordarshan TV's National Channel DD1 has an interesting program around 1500 UT inbetween the English and Hindi News. In the short program some "controvorsial" clippings from Pakistan TV news are shown followed immediately by the Indian version of that news item! Sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad 500082, India Important Dates for Broadcasting by AIR : 1927 - July 23 - 2002 : Platinum Jubilee of AIR ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (dx_india June 14 via DXLD) ** INDIA. FIVE RADIO STATIONS ON AIR IN MUMBAI | Text of report by Hong Kong based E-Broadcastnewsasia on 13 June Commercial FM radio in Mumbai (Bombay) is all the buzz in the city. Five stations are all going on air within the space of two months since the government opened up the airwaves. Radio City has been the latest (22 May). While it is early days yet, it appears that Radio Mirchi and Radio City would focus on more mass programming, dominated by Hindi film music, while GO 92.5 and Radio Win will orient to urbane, English-speaking audiences. The response to Radio Mirchi has been overwhelming. Initial research conducted by the IMRB company shows that even after the launch of Win and GO 92.5, two out of three car listeners tuned into Radio Mirchi. Another recent survey conducted by Madison Media shows overall FM listenership has gone up significantly, with 56 per cent of people surveyed tuned in to FM, of which a surprisingly high 70 per cent tune in from home, and not just during drivetime. Radio Mirchi is the most listened to station. Source: E-Broadcastnewsasia, Hong Kong, in English 13 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Satellite Radio on the Road to Oblivion by John C. Dvorak. Copyright (c) 2002 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved: http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s=1500&a=27904,00.asp (via Tom McNiff, Burke, VA, who concurs, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. NOW SHOWING ON SATELLITE TV: SECRET AMERICAN SPY PHOTOS --- SECURITY LAPSE ALLOWS VIEWERS TO SEE SENSITIVE OPERATIONS Duncan Campbell, Wednesday June 12 2002, The Guardian European satellite TV viewers can watch live broadcasts of peacekeeping and anti-terrorist operations being conducted by US spyplanes over the Balkans. Normally secret video links from the American spies-in-the-sky have a serious security problem - a problem that make it easier for terrorists to tune in to live video of US intelligence activity than to get Disney cartoons or new-release movies. For more than six months live pictures from manned spy aircraft and drones have been broadcast through a satellite over Brazil. The satellite, Telstar 11, is a commercial TV relay. The US spyplane broadcasts are not encrypted, meaning that anyone in the region with a normal satellite TV receiver can watch surveillance operations as they happen. The satellite feeds have also been connected to the internet, potentially allowing the missions to be watched from around the globe. Viewers who tuned in to the unintended attraction on Tuesday could watch a sudden security alert around the US army's Kosovan headquarters, Camp Bondsteel in Urosevac. The camp was visited last summer by President Bush and his defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. A week earlier the spyplane had provided airborne cover for a heavily protected patrol of the Macedonian-Kosovan border, near Skopje. A group of apparently high-ranking visitors were accompanied by six armoured personnel carriers and a helicopter gunship. NATO officials, whose forces in former Yugoslavia depend on the US missions for intelligence, at first expressed disbelief at the reports. After inquiring, a NATO spokesman confirmed: "We're aware that this imagery is put on a communications satellite. The distribution of this material is handled by the United States and we're content that they're following appropriate levels of security." This lapse in US security was discovered last year by a British engineer and satellite enthusiast, John Locker, who specialises in tracking commercial satellite services. Early in November 2001 he routinely logged the new channels. "I thought that the US had made a deadly error," he said. "My first thought was that they were sending their spyplane pictures through the wrong satellite by mistake, and broadcasting secret information across Europe." He tried repeatedly to warn British, NATO and US officials about the leak. But his warnings were set aside. One officer wrote back to tell him that the problem was a "known hardware limitation". The flights, conducted by US army and navy units and AirScan Inc, a Florida-based private military company, are used to monitor terrorists and smugglers trying to cross borders, to track down arms caches, and to keep watch on suspect premises. The aircraft are equipped to watch at night, using infrared. "We seem to be transmitting this information potentially straight to our enemies," said one US military intelligence official who was alerted to the leak, adding: "I would be worried that using this information, the people we are tracking will see what we are looking at and, much more worryingly, what we are not looking at. "This could let people see where our forces are and what they're doing. That's putting our boys at risk." Former SAS officer Adrian Weale, who served in Northern Ireland, told BBC Newsnight last night: "I think I'd be extremely irritated to find that the planning and hard work that had gone into mounting an operation against, for instance, a war crime suspect or gun runner was being compromised by the release of this information in the form that it's going out in." Duncan Campbell is a freelance investigative journalist and a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and not the Guardian correspondent of the same name. Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via John Cobb, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS [non]. The Complex Variables Studio web site hosts the latest Al Weiner radio ship project, complete with photos. http://www.complexvariablesstudio.com/0_wbcqmarine_update1_002.htm (Pete Costello, NJ, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN. Glenn, Ran across this at the MSNBC site, although skimpy on the details as usual. "The Voice of David" sounds like a spoof of the old "Voice of Bob" pirate: http://www.msnbc.com/news/765750.asp (Harry Helms, CA, Co-founder, LLH Technology Publishing Now Part of the Elsevier Science & Technical Book Group, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISRAEL [non]. Hi Glenn! Here's the link to a piece from the Jerusalem Post about a group called "America's Voices in Israel," which encourages US radio talk show hosts to go to Israel to broadcast their shows back home. http://www.jpost.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1023716466797 73- (Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** ITALY. 13865, Gap Radio. Not sure if I heard them or not. Tried on a javaradio for this one where it is always hard to tell the exact time. Listened just after 1900 June 11 when there was talk that sounded like it was Italian. Weak and either faded or left the air suddenly at 1903. A bit distorted when listening to them on 13865U. Perhaps them as there were reports that they were off frequency a tad. Wanted to use the javaradio in Italy, but the network is now charging a onetime fee of $9.95 for access to some of the rigs. A bargain, but one that I hardly had time to carry out on the fly while trying for this (Hans Johnson, WY, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** JAMAICA. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,60-324970,00.html Hugh Crosskill BBC Radio's voice in the Caribbean, whose honest journalism made him a trusted commentator (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** LIBYA [and non]. Hi Glenn, Re your item concerning Libya in DXLD 2- 095 - as you correctly state, 15435 is a long time active Libyan (direct) frequency and the current // is 17750. This would surely be the station Chuck Bolland heard and in parallel with the listed relay via France on 17695. The last time I checked the list you refer, in part, to the station was active on those frequencies. However, today (June 11) I find 15435 and 17750 are doing a different programme to the two listed French relay frequencies of 17695 and 21810 at 1515. English and French news was heard on 15435 and 17750 c1520, while the other two are doing a phone in show with popular Arabic music. The "Ovma" ID is heard via both services. What I had forgotten is that today is the 42nd Anniversary of the closing of the last American air base in Libya, and that celebrations are in progress! Maybe this accounts for the differing scheds noted today. I should also add that 15435 is dominated by Saudi Arabia at 1515 - Libya below. I don't have an up to date sched for BSKSA but the HFCC registration for 15435 is 1500-1800. Best 73's (Noel Green, UK, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LITHUANIA / RUSSIA. find below a message Martin Elbe just posted into the German A-DX mailing list. Certainly it will be comprehensible also without knowing German; the decisive sentence is in English anyway. I can add to Olle's report that the Bolshakovo carrier was off when I tuned into 1386 at or shortly after 2130. At about 2135 the audio was cut but the hum continued. A couple of minutes later the audio was connected again, but then I finally turned the radio off since apparently no any other audio than the RL feed (i.e. announcements of any kind) was to expect (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ---Ursprüngliche Nachricht--- From: "Martin Elbe" <elbe@wolfsburg.de> To: "A-DX" <a-dx@elitas.com> Subject: Re: [A-DX] Geniale Frequenzwahl Moin Moin, Gerade eben trudelte die e-Mail-QSL von R. Baltic Waves International für die gestrigen Tests ein. (übrigens QSL Nr. 1! :-)) v/s Rimantas Pleikys riplei@takas.lt Ein volldetaillierter QSL-Brief hing als Word-Attachement dran. Demzufolge beträgt die Sendeleistung 750 kW, Antenne ist die berühmte Rundstrahlantenne russischer Bauart ARRT-1, 257m Höhe. Zur Interferenzsituation schreibt OM Rimantas: Concerning the RBWI tests on 1386 kHz, I can add that the problematic channel could be used on a regular basis in case if Russia would cancel licenses of RFE/RL Affiliate Stations in Russia for political reasons. Näheres zur Benutzung der Frequenz 1386 kHz durch Russland unter http://www.zilionis.lt/history/1386-d.htm -- Tschüß, Martin ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Diese Mail wurde ueber die A-DX Mailing-Liste gesendet. Sponsored by ELITAS Enterprises. http://www.elitas.com und Christoph Ratzer - OE2CRM. http://www.ratzer.at ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Private Verwendung der A-DX Meldungen fuer Hobbyzwecke ist gestattet, jede kommerzielle Verwendung bedarf der Zustimmung des A-DX Listenbetreibers (via Kai Ludwig, June 11, DXLD) ** LITHUANIA. Sitkunai is again active on 1386 tonight. Until 2100 the Lithuanian service of Radio Liberty was transmitted, now after 2100 again Russian. A well-placed source reports that Sitkunai was on 1386 yesterday already at 2022 and signed off at 2144, also with RL Lithuanian rather than Russian until 2100. It is believed that they use the transmitter otherwise active on 666. I understand that this would affect scheduled Radio Vilnius broadcasts, i.e. they would be canceled or transmit with lower power. Perhaps Olle can keep an ear on 666, since I am still too close to Rohrdorf? After 2100 Bolshakovo again switched off its carrier, leaving Sitkunai in the clear. I enclose a recording I made at 2037 (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) When checking at 2025 Sitkunai was again on 1386, apparently one more time with the Lithuanian service of Radio Liberty. Same proportion of signal strength Bolshakovo ./. Sitkunai than yesterday. (Ludwig, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MACEDONIA. Right now at 2055, Makedonska Radio booms in on 810. It was hardly audible here during the last years anymore, so the new Thales transmitter indeed brings a big improvement (Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** OKLAHOMA. Travelling US 60 to and from Bartlesville for the OK Mozart Festival, we made a point of tuning to 90.7 as we approached Tonkawa, home of Northern Oklahoma College and KAYE, a low power student station we normally can`t get in Enid, home of NOC`s broadcast-less branch campus. Tuesday June 11 at 1506 UT, we were startled to hear *commercials* -- these were blatant, same as one might hear on a real commercial station, no pretense at `underwriting`. Two of them in a row, for two Ponca City restaurants, Cafe Grind, and Simple Simon`s Pizza. Just to be positive, we kept listening as long as the signal would hold up, and heard a definite ID at 1515, mentioning 90.7 and a jingle including `RR` in code --- who do they think they are, Reloj Nacional??? At 1535 there were some PSAs during another break in the music, but no ads. As we progressed some miles east of Ponca City, the co-channel Wichita began to take over the frequency. On the way back two days later, Thursday June 13, we made a point of tuning in at the same time during another hour, 2306 UT, and after an Army National Guard PSA, there came the commercials, this time the Daily Grind Coffee Shop again, at 202 E. Grant in Ponca, then at 2307 for the Tonkawa News, which supports NOC sports, etc., but still the wording made it a commercial; immediately followed by a KAYE ID. We made a brief sidetrip off US 60 thru Tonkawa for a closer look at this illegal operation. Altho there were no exterior signs, the station is obviously in what was probably the original NOC campus building, an old red brick structure at the center of the circle drive at the main campus entrance. A 3-bay FM antenna could be seen atop it matching coordinates, listed by 100000watts.com as 66 feet, 1.2 kW. At least DXers may be interested to know that this one remains on the air in the summer, so far. The campus has a number of more modern buildings surrounding it, a nice variety of blooming flowers, and an interesting `peace symbol` sculpture, topped by an Egyptian ankh, which the enstoned legend claims is an early version of the Christian cross! Nearby, we got a whiff of pot although hardly any humans were to be seen on the campus during summer doldrums. You could listen to this commercial non-commercial station for yourself, since the NOC website has links all over it to ``listen free – now playing – Z91 FM`` to KAYE with Windows Media Player at http://www.north-ok.edu/temp/Z91.asx ---- but strangely enough, it was not working June 14, altho the title came up on the player: ``Z-91 Means Today`s Best Music``. I`ll bet KAYE even has a sales staff --- how else would time get sold on the station? Being far below 92 MHz is no obstacle for them. Do Ponca City`s *real* commercial stations care? Evidently not; they also face competition from the quasi-commercial full power gospel huxter KLVV-88.7, and perhaps have come to expect it. Should the KAYE webcast revive, be sure to listen at 6 past any hour for the commercials, and marvel at NOC and KAYE`s audacity --- ignorance --- or recklessness. The real question is: why doesn`t the FCC know, why haven`t they fined the station or revoked the license? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, OKLAHOMA BROADCASTING NEWS, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PHILIPPINES. MISSIONARY KILLED IN PHILIPPINES WAS AMATEUR LICENSEE From ARRL NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 10, 2002 Martin R. "Ray" Burnham, the US missionary pilot held captive with his wife for more than a year in the Philippines and killed during a military rescue attempt June 7, was an Amateur Radio licensee, KC0DNB. Burnham, 42, from Rose Hill, Kansas, near Wichita, held a Technician license issued in 1998. The circumstances of Burnham's death still are not clear. Burnham's wife, Gracia, was wounded by gunfire but was expected to recover. A Philippine nurse, Ediborah Yap, also died. The Burnhams had been held hostage since May 2001 by Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist group. Several Philippine soldiers and rebels also were said to have died in the rescue attempt. A native of Wichita, Burnham was a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Wichita Aviation Education Center. He also completed missionary training with New Tribes Mission, with which he'd served for the past 17 years. He was the son of missionary parents who have served in the Philippines since 1969. The Burnhams have three children, Jeff, 15; Mindy 12, and Zach, 11. (ARRL via Mike Terry, June 12, DXLD) [more at New Tribes Mission website]: http://www.ntm.org/connect/burnham/update.shtml (via Terry, DXLD) At risk of pointing out the obvious, if the Burnhams had not been messing around with trying to get members of other cultures to reject their traditional religions, they would not have been in such a position to get kidnapped and/or killed (gh, DXLD) ** PHILIPPINES. THE WORLD: MISSIONARY KILLED IN THE PHILIPPINES WAS A HAM Some sad news to report. A ham radio operator and missionary taken captive by Muslim extremists in the Philippines died during a rescue attempt on Friday June 7th. Martin Burnham, KC0DNB, and his wife Gracia were among three Americans abducted by the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in May of 2001 from a resort off Palawan island in the southwest Philippines. Martin Burnham was killed during the fire-fight to rescue them. Gracia Burnham suffered a would to her leg but was otherwise unharmed. A Filipino nurse held hostage by the same rebels was also killed during the rescue attempt. The Abu Sayyaf rebels have been linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network by United States intelligence sources. Four rebels were killed while Philippine troops suffered seven wounded. U.S. military advisors training Filipino troops in jungle warfare were not involved in the rescue attempt. The Burnhams, from Rose Hills Kansas, were married for 19 years and had lived in the Philippines since 1986. Martin Burnham, KC0DNB, was a pilot for New Tribes Missions, flying other missionaries and supplies throughout the region. (CQ, ARNewsline(tm) via John Norfolk, DXLD) ** PORTUGAL. RDP'S NEW EQUIPMENT ON DUTY Em informação colhida esta noite junto do CEOC-São Gabriel, apurei que o novo equipamento da THALES já está em funcionamento, v.g.: Para a Europa, 52º, 2ª-fª a 6ª-fª 0500-0755 em 9840 e 1600-1900 (possibilidade de prolong. até às 2300) em 15445 kHz; Para o Brasil, 215º, idem, 2300-0200 em 15295, tudo pelo novo tx de 300 kW e pelas novas antenas de cortina de alto ganho. Não há alterações ao horário A-02. Decorre ainda a instalação de uma nova matriz computorizada para comando das antenas. __________________________ RDP's HF site at São Gabriel has informed me this very evening the announced new equipment is already being used, viz.: Eur, 52º, M-F 0500-0755, 9840 kHz; Eur, 52º, M-F 1600-1900 (may extend till 2300), 15445 kHz and Brazil, 215º, M-F 2300-0200, 15295 kHz, all via new 300 kW transmitter and high gain curtain antennae also from THALES, meaning the Sat and Sun broadcasts are still via the existing old 100 kW units. There are no other changes to the A-02 schedule, effective 31/3 to 27/10, '02. Furthermore, a new computer-controlled antenna matrix is being installed too. 73, (Carlos Gonçalves, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. VOR Previews: SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (on the air from June 17, 2002) In Science and Engineering, our Science Correspondent Boris Belitzky will be reviewing the activities of the Russian Academy of Sciences last year. He will then be answering listeners' questions about the world's deepest borehole and about the recently declassified history of radar in Russia. The program will go on the air on Monday, June 17, at 0610, 0810, and 2010 UTC and will be repeated throughout the week. Frequency and schedule information for the Voice of Russia World Service may be found at http://www.vor.ru Copyright 2002 The Voice of Russia (via Marie Lamb, swl via DXLD) ** SINGAPORE. Newsradio 938 (FM relay) on 6150, 1030 9/5/02. However, frustrated at having tried to QSL this before, I used the mediacorp email feedback for a QSL. That email address was gerrytan@mediacorpradio.com --- got a reply back saying thanks for tuning into News radio from Po-Yu email address lpoyu@mediacorp.com (Johno Wright, Australia, Cumbre DX June 13 via DXLD) ** SOUTH AFRICA. IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Dear listeners, over the past few weeks we have been engaging in a new format of programming on a trial basis. We now offer you more in depth features on a variety of topics. If you have any comment on our new format, we would like to hear from you. Write to Channel Africa P.O. Box 91313, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa, or E-mail us at: Web@channelafrica.org --- from http://www.channelafrica.org New Geography? On Channel Africa's web-site I found a rather amusing statement attributed to Mongameli Jabavu, Partnerships Development Co- ordinator: ``Channel Africa is in a unique position in that we already broadcast to Africa and Europe and some parts of the United States of America including Latin America`` (Sergei Sosedkin, IL, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. Brother Stair on 7465 [WWCR] at 0326 13 June, preaching about the prodigal son. This particular son was much like Jimmy Swaggert --- he admitted that he had sinned. BS also yelled about sexual immorality. Considering what has happened to Stair lately, I find this sermon most amusing (Liz Cameron, MI, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SWEDEN. RADIO SWEDEN-- Coming up on Radio Sweden: Thursday: "GreenScan" looks at eco-tourism and improved air quality Friday: Our weekly review Saturday: monthly Our cultural magazine "Spectrum" Sunday: "Sounds Nordic" with Gaby Katz We're pleased to report that Radio Sweden is about to add two new languages to our shortwave line-up. Beginning at the end of this month, we'll be broadcasting 15 minutes a week each in Arabic and Kurdish. Both languages are already part of Radio Sweden's Immigrant Languages service, with broadcasts on FM here for immigrants living in this country. Because of our RealAudio webcasts, both have also proved popular outside the country. Starting June 29, Arabic can be heard every Saturday at 16:00-16:15 hrs on 13850 kHz. The next day following Sundays, Kurdish will be broadcast at the same time and on the same frequency (SCDX/MediaScan June 12 via DXLD) ** SYRIA. 13610, Radio Damacus; 2206-2217+ June 9, W reading poem; ID 2208. M w/nx to 2209:30 close and anthem. All in English. Started Arabic music after anthem then pulled the plug at 2210:45. Back on again at 2212:30 with Arabic music. Sung anthem at 2215:15 and woman in Arabic at 2216:10. SIO=443 (Harold Frodge, MI, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** THAILAND [and non]. 7260, R. Thailand, June 9 *1059-1105, Signal on with open carrier at 1057. Start of instrumental music at 1059 then stopped. Piano IS, nice English ID by M "This is R. Thailand World Service broadcasting from Dipot and relayed over transmitters in Bandong(?) Udorn Thani, northeastern Thailand for listeners in Asia and Pacific, for mid-east and Africa, Europe and America. It is now time for our broadcast in Vietnamese", then said VT programming. Very nice signal. Have been noticing a signal that has been causing slight QRM to this on 7260.1. Turns out to be Vanuatu (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** TIBET. China Tibet Broadcast Company in English CPBS, Lhasa, Tibet is being observed with an English program at my QTH with a good signal on 5240 kHz at around 1630 ~ 1650 UT Monday to Saturday. The station is describing itself as "China Tibet Broadcast Company " and the address mentions Lhasa 850000. The English program is called "Holy Tibet" which is of about 10 minutes duration and latter half consists of Tibetan music. Other parallel frequencies observed are : 4905 4920 6110 6150 9490. 73s, (Harjot Singh Brar, Punjab, for GRDXC, June 11, via DXLD) This station is Tibet PBS, not CPBS (Richard Lam, Cumbre DX June 14 via DXLD) ** TURKEY. OBSERVER #192 / 14-06-2002 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Updated A-02 schedule for Voice of Turkey effective June 3: ALBANIAN 1130-1225 11875 ARABIC 0900-1055 11690 15520 1400-1555 11735 17790 AZERI 0700-0825 11730 15140 1400-1455 11865 BOSNIAN 1800-1855 9755 BULGARIAN 1330-1425 7140 CHINESE 1100-1155 17715 CROATIAN 1600-1625 11970 ENGLISH 0300-0355 7270 11655 till Sep.1 0300-0355 7270 9650 from Sep.2 1230-1325 17615 17830 1830-1925 11960 (ex 9785) 2030-2125 9525 2200-2255 11960 12000 FRENCH 1930-2025 9535 9635 GERMAN 1130-1225 15470 1730-1825 13640 GEORGIAN 0700-0755 11690 GREEK 1030-1125 9630 11930 1430-1525 9655 HUNGARIAN 0930-1025 13770 KAZAKH 1500-1555 11860 KYRGYZ 1600-1655 11865 MACEDONIAN 0800-0855 11690 PERSIAN 0830-0925 11795 17705 1230-1355 15180 ROMANIAN 0930-1025 9560 RUSSIAN 1300-1355 15450 1700-1755 9675 SERBIAN 1330-1355 11860 SPANISH 1630-1655 15150 TATAR 1800-1855 6175 TURKISH 0400-0655 17690 0400-0855 11750 0400-0855 15545 0400-1555 11955 0700-1555 15350 0700-2055 9460 0900-1155 21715 1000-1455 17630 Friday only 1200-1555 15405 1600-2155 5980 1600-2155 9560 1600-0355 5960 1700-2155 7215 2100-0655 9460 2200-0355 11885 TURKMEN 1530-1655 11905 URDU 1200-1255 17715 UZBEK 0100-0155 9555 1700-1755 6115 73 from (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 14 via DXLD) ** TURKEY/AUSTRALIA. Hi Glenn, Today Fri June 14 1230 UT I was listening to a station with pretty decent Australian way of pronunciation without ID on 17830 kHz. Suddenly 1232 UT, dominator of the frequency was the VOICE OF TURKEY (they were late) with programme in English beamed to Europe with 500 kW, thanks to PASSPORT. Sri to see WRTH is in big trouble. Suddenly under heavy co-channel QRM of VOT 1237 UT, I managed to hear the ID of VOICE INTERNATIONAL broadcasting from DARWIN, Australia. 73´s (Jouko Huuskonen, Turku FINLAND, Rx: AOR 7030 Plus. No proper outdoor SW-antenna, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. FAMILY OF FORMER BBCWS DIRECTOR AUSTEN KARK FAMILY ASKS INQUIRY INTO RAIL DISASTER: http://www.guardian.co.uk/pottersbar/story/0,11994,735528,00.html (via Kim Elliott, DC, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. VOA women who won sex discrimination case now want tax relief on the money they received: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/937 (via Kim Elliott, DC, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) viz.: WOMEN VICTORS IN BIAS SUIT SEEK TAX LAW REFORM Run Date: 06/11/02 By Suzanne Batchelor, WEnews correspondent Winners of an historic gender discrimination suit against Voice of America want Congress to change federal tax law to allow recipients of such awards to average the income from their settlements over the number of years covered by the case. WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS) -- Hundreds of women are celebrating their victory today in an historic gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. government by lobbying Congress. They are seeking approval of a bill that would average the income from their settlements over the number of years covered by back-pay awards in discrimination cases, rather than imposing taxes on the total award in the year it was received. The lawsuit against the television and radio news service Voice of America was brought by 1,100 women who applied to work at the service from 1974 to 1984. During that era, Voice of America was part of the U.S. Information Agency. The women experienced gender discrimination in job application, testing, hiring and promotion. Without admitting fault, the government agreed to settle the case, Hartman v. Albright, in 2000, but it wasn't until last month that the women received payments totaling $508 million in back pay and interest--the largest known award ever in an employment discrimination case. While personal injury awards are exempt from federal taxation, discrimination awards are not, and this policy pushes recipients of discrimination awards into the highest income-tax bracket for the year they recover those damages, according to the National Employment Lawyers Association. The plaintiffs in the Voice of America case were forced to return about a third of their settlement awards to the government because of this year's payments and now are urging legislators to approve the federal Civil Rights Tax Relief Act. The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, both Republicans, would update the law by permitting individuals receiving back-wage awards to be taxed over the number of years for which the award was designed to compensate, the lawyers' association says. "It's like the government's fine is reduced by one-third," says Fran Jacobowitz, who is coordinating the women's lobbying. "For some of these women, it's the first and last time they'll have any money in their lives. "All we're asking is to be allowed to average the income over the years it would have been paid out had we been hired," Jacobowitz adds. "Had each of the women in this class received that pay on an annual basis for the last 20 years, they would have been taxed on about $30,000 a year, which wouldn't put us into the highest tax bracket." The women hope to make the new law apply retroactively to January 2002, including themselves in its tax benefits. While there is no organized opposition to the proposed legislation, and the bill has support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Small Business Alliance, it still could fall victim to partisan fights over fiscal responsibility. The prospect of losing even a small amount of revenue may leave Congress wary of authorizing further tax relief following passage of President Bush's 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax package last year. Other affects on tax revenues are not readily known, since most employment discrimination settlements are confidential. But even if they fail to gain relief for themselves, Jacobowitz says, they'll be pleased that their lobbying might bring tax relief for all future settlement winners who experience discrimination and emotional distress due not only to gender, but to race, religious affiliation, age and sexual orientation. Jacobowitz says so far she's counted more than 100 lobbying appointments made by the women this week. Complex, Wide-Spread and Long-Standing Discrimination Dilara Hashem, a Voice of America language broadcaster for Bangladesh, was among those who took part in the suit. "I was vindicated," she says of the outcome. Hashem first applied to Voice of America from London, where she worked briefly for the British Broadcasting Company while hoping to enter the United States. Told she was eligible for the next opening, Hashem came to Washington, but found only part-time work at the station, though she saw three less experienced men given full-time positions. "They sidetracked me," she says of station officials. In 1976, Hashem was laid off from her part-time job. She became an American citizen, applied again to Voice of America in 1980 and was told she failed the test. In 1982, Hashem again approached the agency, this time presenting her case to an official with authority over the department she sought to join. He urged her to take the test once again. After this try, she was hired full-time in Voice of America's Bangla section, where she has worked since 1982. The court awarded Hashem back pay from 1976 to 1982. Jacobowitz, now executive vice president of a firm raising funds for nonprofits such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, recalls scoring in the top 1 percent on her U.S. Information Agency foreign service examination. Borrowing train fare to get from Washington state to her entry-level interview in Washington, D.C., the then-27-year-old college radio broadcaster and public speaker received a cold welcome. "Three people interviewed me in a circle, firing questions in an intimidating manner, until I got to the point I was so confused I couldn't speak. And anyone who knows me knows that's almost impossible to do," she laughs. Other women remember similar humiliation and disappointment. "No benefits, insurance or job security, but they said that was how they usually hired their full-time people," recalls Dona De Sanctis. With five years of broadcast experience at Vatican Radio, she found only free-lance work at Voice of America. For a year, she filled out applications for permanent work. De Sanctis says she applied for every job available--"producer, newscaster, down to intern making $3,000 a year." "I was desperate to get any of these," she says. "I was a widow with a 10-year-old son. I would take these [free-lance] jobs, 'make soup from stones.' I never got any kind of response." Meanwhile, Voice of America published 12 of her radio scripts. The attorneys "found four solid examples of jobs I applied for where I would have been the logical candidate but I was rejected," De Sanctis said. In one instance, a young man experienced only as a waiter and mail clerk was hired instead of De Sanctis; his father headed the agency. The judge reviewing her case in 1998 told De Sanctis the prejudice against her had been blatant. Today De Sanctis is deputy executive director of the Italian American coalition, Order of Sons of Italy, overseeing its communications and anti-stereotyping campaign. Hearing Revealed Inside Story The case was first filed in 1979 by Bruce Fredrickson. Another attorney, Susan Brackshaw, joined the suit in 1980. As partners in the Washington firm of Webster, Fredrickson and Brackshaw, the two worked on the women's behalf for 20 years without pay. "Some of the discrimination was overt, some was more subtle," Brackshaw says. One female television technician experienced in signal compression was rejected in favor of a man who had worked only as a disc jockey at a beach radio station. Women who believed they had failed Voice's tests learned during the lawsuit they had passed with high scores. Women named in the lawsuit found the process -- though long -- enlightening. "The hearing -- that was some experience," recalls Hashem. "To know the inside story, parts I never knew, everything came to light then." De Sanctis agrees. "That was the real importance of the lawsuit. Everybody has a story but not everybody gets the satisfaction" of winning such a case, De Sanctis says. "This goes on and it's so insidious. Most of the time you can't prove it. But the sheer numbers of this case, the 1,100? We are just the tip of the iceberg." Suzanne Batchelor has written also for the national science series "Earth and Sky," WebMD, Medscape Health and the Texas Medical Association's "Healthline Texas." (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** U S A. Work on shopping center at former VOA Bethany site: http://enquirer.com/editions/2002/06/09/loc_work_begins_on.html (via Kim Elliott, DC, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Senate committee hearing on US international broadcasting | Text of report from US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations web site dated 11 June; ellipses as published The United States should do more to clarify its goals and values to Muslim-majority countries, via television programming and outreach to journalists and opinion leaders, witnesses told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a hearing on public diplomacy today. "We're one of the most advanced centers of communications in the world," Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr pointed out. "We should be more successful when we reach out. If we do a better job, those who question our motives or misrepresent the facts will have a much tougher time getting traction with public opinion." Biden asked witnesses to discuss a range of options, including support by the US government and non-governmental agencies for the work of independent media overseas. "We must reach out to people in their own language and on their own terms," Biden said. "And we must foster the free flow of ideas, even if it's critical of the United States. We don't expect everyone to like us, but there's no good reason for us to be so misrepresented and misunderstood." Charlotte Beers, Under-Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, voiced support for producing more programmes for existing television channels in the Middle East, then added, "but I am hesitant to endorse the concept of a greatly expanded direct broadcasting capability until a great deal more research on how best to approach this market has been done". Media entrepreneur Norman Pattiz, a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, discussed developments in US international broadcasting, including the recently-launched Middle East Radio Network (MERN). Playing a recorded sample of MERN programmes, Pattiz said, "what you have just heard is an example of combining proven commercial know-how and modern broadcasting techniques, heavily researched so we know ... who our audience is, what they like to hear; what type of news presentations, features and production values appeal to them." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the country faces "one of the great turning points" in its history in the wake of 11 September. "Either we're going to learn to lead the world toward safety, prosperity, health and freedom, or the world will tear us down," he said. "There has to be a cultural, educational and communications strategy (along) with a military component." Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former US envoy to Morocco and now head of Northstar Equity Group, observed that "even in the face of the propaganda onslaught against the US throughout the Middle East, we can turn the tide in the war of ideas, however challenging that may seem to us right now. ... We can begin by opening up lines of communication that have until now been off limits and out of bounds by our diplomats." Veton Surroi, chairman of the Koha Media Group of independent news organizations in Kosovo; and David Hoffman, the president of the non- profit media organization Internews, advocated non-governmental US involvement in the development of independent media. They noted that independent radio stations were established and had a significant impact on political developments in the former Yugoslavia, East Timor and the states of the former Soviet Union in the wake of the withdrawal of centralized power there. Surroi said "an independent media is crucial to building democratic institutions where there were none. ... I do think that some lessons we learned in Kosova [as published] can be applied in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. ... We know how to operate within a repressive system and what kind of support is needed." Source: US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations web site, Washington, in English 11 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** U S A. WUOT SUPPORTERS PLAN DEMONSTRATION TODAY FROM THE NEWS SENTINEL, JUNE 12th Listeners of local National Public Radio affiliate WUOT-91.9 FM and members of a pro-tax reform group will hold a demonstration today on the University of Tennessee campus to protest state budget cuts. John Stewart, a board member of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, said if the state passes a no new taxes budget, "this action will cut off all state support for WUOT and the station cannot survive the loss of one- third of its operating revenue." The UT system has been bracing for a $50.6 million budget cut. The Knoxville campus would have to absorb approximately $17 million of that amount, and radio station WUOT and the Frank H. McClung Museum are among programs to be axed. "It's time we let our representatives know that this behavior is not acceptable," he said. "We know that WUOT loyalists share this view. We will not let our legislators kill this community treasure." The protest will run from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and 16th Street, Stewart said. _____________________________ (via C. Zane Hagy, Development and Marketing Director, WUOT Public Radio, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, DXLD) ** U S A. ALL QUIET ON RADIO FRONT Dayton Daily News; Dayton, Ohio; May 20, 2002; Bob Batz Dayton Daily News; Full Text: Copyright Dayton Newspapers Inc. May 20, 2002 Eaton station's extended hiatus may signal its end EATON - For 22 years, Stanley Coning entertained Miami Valley radio listeners with the music of Glenn Miller, Ted Weems and other Big Band-era greats. Now WCTM-AM (1130), Coning's 250-watt radio station, is silent and nobody - including the Federal Communications Commission - knows when it will return to the airwaves. Coning, WCTM's owner, president, general manager, music director, chief of engineering and only employee, temporarily shut down the station on Dec. 28 after receiving FCC permission to do so. Coning told the FCC that he is the sole operator of the station and that his health prevented him from keeping it on the air. Then, on Feb. 26, Coning contacted the federal agency again to ask for an extension of the shutdown, noting that he was undergoing treatment for several medical conditions. On Feb. 27, the FCC granted Coning the extension, with a reminder that it is not to exceed 180 days. The FCC also told Coning the broadcast licenses for WCTM will automatically expire if broadcast operations do not resume by 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 29. The small, boxy WCTM building, which sits in a field off U.S. 35 just east of this Preble County community, is dark and quiet. A narrow lane linking the radio station property with Woodside Drive, a dead-end street, is overgrown with weeds. A rusty van, with the letters WCTM on its license plate, is parked beside the lane. Attempts to reach Coning have been unsuccessful. The radio station's telephone apparently has been disconnected. Coning's home telephone number is unpublished. A resident of the neighborhood adjacent to WCTM said he doesn't pay much attention to what goes on at the radio station, which has three transmitting towers and a trio of satellite dishes. Several other Eaton-area residents said they weren't even aware there is a radio station in the area. The whole thing has longtime WCTM listeners like Dick Heeter puzzled. "I liked WCTM because it played music instead of giving us all that talk the way so many other radio stations do," said the 81- year-old Heeter, who lives in Dayton and has been listening to the station since the mid-1980s. Coning, doing business as Western Ohio Broadcasting Service, Inc., was granted an FCC license to operate WCTM in 1979. The station owner apparently last spoke with the media in 1995, when he was interviewed by a Dayton Daily News reporter for a story about farm-oriented Ohio radio stations. At that time, Coning described WCTN [sic] as a "one-man operation" and said the station's broadcast day was from sunup to sundown. He said his programming included news and sports reports, weather updates provided by Dayton's WDTN-TV, Channel 2, and farm-related shows from the Columbus-based Agricultural Broadcasting Network. "Our target audience," Coning said then, "is ages 45 to 100." Although WCTM didn't show up in the quarterly Arbitron Radio Ratings Surveys that measure listenership, it probably had a rather small number of dedicated fans. Dick Heeter said he sure misses it. "Every time I get into the car, I punch the 1130 button on the radio dial in hopes the station is back on the air," he said. (via Artie Bigley, OH, DXLD) But wait, there`s more... EATON BIG-BAND STATION PLANS RETURN TO AIRWAVES IN JULY Dayton Daily News; Dayton, Ohio; May 27, 2002; Bob Batz Dayton Daily News; Full Text: Copyright Dayton Newspapers Inc. May 27, 2002 One-man operation silenced by health problems EATON - If Stanley Coning gets his way, WCTM-AM (1130) will soon be filling the local airwaves with big band-era music again. On May 20 - the same day the Dayton Daily News published an article that said Coning hasn't talked to the media since his little 250-watt Preble County radio station went silent in December - Coning telephoned the newspaper. "Stanley Coning here with an update on WCTM," he said, cheerfully. "If all goes well, WCTM will be back on the air in July." The 79-year-old Coning, WCTM's owner, president, general manager, music director, chief of engineering and only employee, temporarily shut down the station on Dec. 28 after getting Federal Communications Commission permission to do so. Coning told the FCC that he is the sole operator of the station and that his health prevented him from keeping his one- man operation on the air. Then, on Feb. 26, Coning asked for and received an FCC extension of the shutdown, noting that he was undergoing treatment for several medical conditions. When granting Coning the extension, the FCC reminded him that it is not to exceed 180 days. The federal agency also said the broadcast licenses for WCTM will automatically expire if broadcast operations do not resume by 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 29. Coning has been battling heart problems and prostate cancer. "I've had 10 heart attacks and one time they even had to use the paddles to re-start the old ticker," he said. "I had heart surgery last week at Miami Valley Hospital, and now I'm getting my strength back. I've received radiation treatments for the cancer. I will be having surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in a couple of weeks. I'm living on borrowed time, but I'm doing OK now." Although WCTM didn't show up in the quarterly Arbitron Radio Ratings Surveys - which measure listenership - the station, mostly because of its format and broadcast hours, probably had a rather small number of dedicated fans. Several of those listeners reported the station was off the air. "I'm flattered by the attention, and I can assure you I want to resume broadcasting as soon as possible because I miss the music as much as the listeners do," the soft-spoken Coning said. Coning purposely waited until late December to take WCTM of the air. "I didn't shut down earlier because I wanted to be broadcasting over the holidays because people really enjoy Christmas music," he said. Before WCTM was silenced, its playlist included Glenn Miller, Ted Weems, Griff Williams, Guy Lombardo, Billy Vaughn and others. The station, which was on the air from sunup to sundown, also broadcast news and sports reports, weather updates and farm news. WCTM will return with the same hours, the same format. "I play that music because it's the only music I like," Coning said. "When I was in the hospital for my heart surgery, they were playing some other kind of music in the operating room. I told 'em to turn if off." (via Artie Bigley, OH, DXLD) ** U S A. ARRL PART 15 STANCE DRAWS INDUSTRY FIRE June 14, 2002 An ARRL challenge to the FCC's authority to permit Part 15 unlicensed operation of radio devices that may interfere with licensed services has drawn heavy fire from industry. The list of those filing opposition comments includes several unlicensed device makers and other industry giants, including Apple Computer and Microsoft. Some industry opponents are claiming that the ARRL wants to undo Part 15 altogether and would require individual licensing of such unlicensed devices as garage door openers and cordless telephones. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, says the industry commenters have it all wrong. Full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2002/06/14/100/?nc=1 (via Mike Terry, June 14, DXLD) ** U S A. We were able to hear the first airing of WOR 1135 as now rescheduled, 2200 UT Wednesday June 12, both on 7415 and 17495, audible but weak on a portable in Tulsa; as would be expected, WBCQ`s other frequency with other programming, 9335, was much better (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. WBCQ SCHEDULE CHANGE - EVM The Jewish Radio Network MOVES FROM 17.495 - LAST DATE, SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2002 TO: 7.415 STARTING SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2002. (9.335 STAYS THE SAME) Sunday 1300 9:00 am-10:00 am 17495 EVM: Torah Portion of the Week 1400 10:00 am-11:00 am 17495 EVM: Jewish Music for the Morning 1500 11:00 am-12:00 pm 17495 EVM: Talmud For Today 1600 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm 17495 EVM: Israel and the World (People & Politics) 1700 1:00 pm -2:00 pm 17495 EVM: Talkline with Zev Brenner 1800 2:00 pm -2:30 pm 17495 EVM: The D'Var Program - Rabbi Chaim Friedman 1830 2:30 pm -3:00 pm 17495 EVM: Music of a People 1900 3:00 pm -4:00 pm 17495 EVM: Mining the Midrash: Insights from the Rabbis (WBCQ June 11 via DXLD) ** U S A. 34.99 MHz (2 x 17495 kHz), 1530 UT, "The Intelligence Report" ultra-Right Wing militia programming AM call-in talk on WBCQ 17495 kHz. S5+ > 6+ with QSB. First time heard. The Intelligence Report: http://www.pbn.4mg.com/intelreport.htm WBCQ: http://theplanet.wbcq.net/ (Jack Sullivan, Central New Jersey, harmonics yahoogroups June 11 via DXLD) See also INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Don`t recall WBCQ ever reported on an harmonic before; that`s mighty close for 35 MHz; must have been a sporadic-E opening (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. The May 2002 issue of the Atlantic magazine has an article by Douglas and Anne Brinkley about James Earl Ray, who went to prison for the assassination of Martin Luther {King}. The article features letters written from prison by Ray including: "Ray had Jerry [his brother] send him a shortwave radio so that he could listen to an all-night white-power radio station." Surely an American station, but not sure which one just yet (Hans Johnson, WY, Jun 13, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** U S A. WHRI Angel 1 and 2. WHRI Angel 2 to Europe went off the air Friday June 7 at 1401 UT and returned to the air about 2030 UT Monday June 10. A problem with the transformer was discovered. Then shortly after 2030 that same Monday Angel 1 went off the air. Engineers could not get it to tune to its frequencies due to a bad bushing in the inductor. Parts are on order. It is hoped that WHRI Angel 1 to South America would return on Friday June 14 (Joe Brashier, WHRI Jun 12, Cumbre DX Special via DXLD) Sked per WHRI website is: 7315 0000-1000, 1000-1300 9495, 1300-1700 15105, 1700-0000 9495 (Cumbre Ed.) ** U S A. WJIE has taken out an advertisement in Radio Guide. The ad seeks a new or used 50 kW shortwave transmitter (Larry Baysinger, KY, Jun 13, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** U S A. NMG, 8510 at 0155+ 13 June with forecast for the Caribbean. USCG New Orleans. After forecast, apparently an infrared image of eastern NA. Nominal freq 8504, listed as 8502 (Liz Cameron, MI, DX LISTENING DIGEST)) ** U S A. TOCOBAGA DX - #64 June 10, 2002 © 2002, Terry L Krueger. Retransmit or quote only with full credit given to TOCOBAGA DX and all attributed sources. Florida Low Power Radio Stations is at http://home.earthlink.net/~tocobagadx/flortis.html tocobagadx@earthlink.net The following logs and observations were made between May 30 and June 7, 2002 in a circuit beginning at Clearwater, Florida and up I-75 through Atlanta, then US-441 to Cherokee, NC. From there, along the Blue Ridge Parkway (exiting a few miles north of Mount Mitchell), eventually down to I-40 and Route 64 to the Outer Banks of NC. From there, via ferry boats to Ocracoke Island and (another ferry) to Cedar Island, south on CR-172 through Camp LeJune, to Route 17, to Route 76, and eventually to I-95. Then, I-10 to I-75, and home to Clearwater. All times/dates (where used) are Eastern Time [currently UT -4]. Frequencies in kHz, except where indicated. All logs were made on an exceptionally crappy Hyundai Elantra factory radio (the radio and car convinced me that North Koreans really aren`t too far behind their decadent bro`s to the south). Oddly, some FM stations (despite being geographically local) did not register as ``ST`` (stereo), while others did. i.e., none of WUNC`s FM channels registered as stereo. Apparently, the type of FM processing used either triggered (or didn`t) the radio display. This list is proudly in anti-imperialist, by-frequency order, thus not necessarily chronological. 530 Camp LeJune Marine Corps Base, NC – 0950 June 6. At the open (but guarded) gate at CR-172 -- which tracks along the southern end of the base to near Jacksonville, NC -- is a large blue sign advising to tune to 530 when yellow lights are flashing, for status updates (it wasn`t flashing). The transmitter is located near this gate, with a message (this day) by a man, advising of ``ThreatCom Bravo`` (that is, no specific targets/sources). Signal dropped out rather quickly. 530 Florida Sports Hall of Fame WNMY250, Lake City, FL – June 7. A non-log, confirmed inactive. Somewhere a while back, I read that their lease expires (or expired) by this summer. They were hoping to relocate, possibly to the Tampa Bay area. 830 William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, GA – 1800 May 30. Still going strong, usual long looped airport info. 1510 ``Hyde County`s Talking Historical Places,`` Ocracoke Island (lighthouse), NC – 1100 June 5. Noted this station entry on ``The Master List Of Part 15 Radio Stations Of North America`` at http://home.att.net/~weatheradio/part15.htm prior to my trip departure. Indeed, active. Man (over New Age piano music bed) opening with, ``Welcome to Ocracoke Island and the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse…`` with fairly long loop regarding the Lighthouse, and the Scottish ``Ocracoke brogue.`` The signal is audible around the Silver Lake Harbor rim, but not much beyond that on the island. There`s an ornamental historic sign in the small lighthouse parking lot, advising to tune to 1510. Other channels are listed for Hyde County Historic sites on the aforementioned ``Master List,`` but the only other one audible was 1600 (see entry). The ``Master List`` entry states that this may get out well due to salt water proximity and a lighthouse antenna location, however in truth it is very weak. And, while I did not search for the antenna (suspect it is within the fenced-off USCG/NPS home annex next door), I doubt the stick is attached to the lighthouse-proper. By the way, the ``Master List`` site is awesome, but how does one contact whoever the proprietor is? Last time I checked, there was no name or e-mail link. 1600+/- ``Hyde County`s Talking Historical Places,`` Ocracoke Island (British Cemetery), NC – 1400 June 5. Noted this one in the ferry parking lot, very weak and with a het. I could pick out ``Welcome to Ocracoke Island and the British Cemetery`` opening, so I drove to the nearby cemetery and indeed, located it at this site. There`s a sign similar to the one at the lighthouse (see 1510 entry), however, it indicates (incorrectly) a frequency of 1590 AM. 1610 Emergency Weather Radio, (near) Southern Shores, Dare County, NC – small blue sign on US-158 (Bypass Road), north of Kitty Hawk, just before the road branches to the mainland (west), advising to tune to for weather info. Strong signal at the intersection, dropping upon approach to Southern Shores, with relay of local NOAA Weather Radio. Did not locate an obvious entry for this on the FCC`s Traveller`s Information Search at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/tis.html There is a tourist center nearby (did not stop in), possibly the site of the transmitter, which I guess is licensed to a municipality. 1610 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, NC – 1800 June 1. Usual male looped Park info, still with about three miles range. 1610 DoT KNNH263, (near) Greensboro, NC – June 3. Noted on I-40 as a result of a sign around mile marker 179. Male construction loop, including generic mobile calls. 1620 DoT KPD416, (west of) Statesville, NC – June 2. On eastbound I-40 before the I-77 exit, a bulb sign alerting motorists to tune in. Construction loop by man, referencing I-77 construction at exit 81-82. ``This is the North Carolina Department of Transportation Travel Advisory Radio, broadcasting from the Metrolana Regional Transportation Management Center on 1620 AM at 3:30 p.m. on March 22nd, 2002… This is KPD416…`` Also stated that the message would be periodically updated (but obviously it isn`t). FCC TIS dB lists as WPQE580, but calls heard are clearly not that. A big signal, covering several miles along I-40. I was stuck in about a 10-mile backup on I- 40 here due to construction; oddly, this HAR traffic info is for I-77, even though the alert sign is on I-40. (Maybe there is a separate HAR operating as WPQE580 that was inactive, and I was hearing this one instead.) 1620 DoT KNNH263, Greensboro, NC – June 3. Noted on I-40 as a result of a sign around the Guilford County line. Male looped ``I-40 eastbound`` construction info, including generic mobile calls. 1620 Town of Manteo WPRV887, NC – June 3. Brown with white lettering sign on the approach to the bridge to Roanoke Island. Fairly big signal, looped messages touting Manteo by the police chief. Long gaps between recorded topics. Calls (per FCC TIS dB) not used in the loop. 1620 DoT Swansboro, NC – 0930 June 6. Orange with black lettering sign on eastbound NC-24 bridge across the White Oak River. Male loop regarding construction in the ``Cedar Point`` and ``Swansboro`` area, as well as bridge re-construction. Short range, and horrid line noise in this area (had to pull over to copy this). 1630 Entertainment & Sports Arena, Raleigh, NC – June 3. Noted a sign on the Raleigh I-440 bypass, male loop. Presume the same as the ``Centennial Authority WPRS255`` entry in the FCC TIS dB. Think I heard calls mentioned, but was barely in control of car due to traffic and unable to document details very well. 1680 DoT WPNY994, (west of) Durham, NC – June 3. Construction info looped by man, including generic mobile calls. 88.5 MHz WHYC, Swan Quarter, NC – 1425-1604 closing, June 5. Stumbled upon this unusual one while waiting for the auto ferry- boarding gate to open at Ocracoke Island, NC. Continued listening while on the 2-1/4 hour ferry ride to Cedar Island. Sounded like a pirate, with Urban, rap, hip-hop and gangsta rap tracks nonstop, long gaps at times, some songs abruptly cut, no ID past 1500. Finally, at 1553, young AfroAm male, ``Yo, this is Jack, ``Welcome Back To Atlanta`` [apparent reference to artist/song title].`` Into said song about Atlanta car cruising gangsta thugs. Then dead air, followed at 1602 by the same announcer with, ``We now conclude our broadcast day. This is WHYC, licensed to the Hyde County Board of Education... 2,000 watts... station and transmitter located at Mattamuskeet High School... [then named the Chief Engineer]...`` and transmitter off at 1604. FCC dB lists as 1 kW, http://www.100000watts.com lists as 2.8 kW. The station claims 2kW --- whatever. 90.3 MHz WHCJ, Savannah, GA – 1650 June 6. Great Puerto Rican and Cuban salsa and jazz. English girl, ``You`re listening to WHCJ, Savannah State University, your Latin Music and Education station.`` Listed at 5.3 kW in the FCC dB. See http://www.savstate.edu/whjc/whjc.htm 91.5 MHz (LOW POWER) ``Ocracoke Ferry Operation`` Ocracoke Island, NC – June 5. Noted a blue sign, advising drivers to tune to this channel (see 96.5 entry) at the Silver Lake Harbor ferry dock. However, it appears to be inactive. Checked nearby frequencies, but untraced. There`s also a green-with-white letterings sign mounted above one ferry sign, advising to tune to 105.7 or 93.3 FM for hurricane info. However, both channels are licensed broadcasters. I took the ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island, and there are no signs for any frequency at the Cedar Island ferry docks. 93.9 MHz WMTM-FM, Moultrie, GA – 1100 May 31. I can`t recall hearing a station worse than this; it was so appalling that it kept me entertained for miles (from Lake City, Florida to north of Moultrie). Slogan is ``Cruisin` 94`` (occasional recorded singing drops), music consisting of mostly 60`s bubblegum and surfer pop hits. The (ahem) jock was an old, slurring mega-redneck fart that read all the commercial spot cards live (tractor and transmission repair shops, a peanut hybrid seed for sale, etc.). Some songs played at variable speed (cassette?), and never any ID`s across the hours (why bother). MegaRed liked to cough, too. Yes, a true classic from the cesspool of the south. Listed 17.5 kW in the FCC dB. 96.5 MHz (LOW POWER) ``Hatteras Inlet Ferry Operation,`` Hatteras, NC – 0845 June 5. Looped man with info on ferry history, stats, rules, etc. Large blue signs upon ferry auto lot entry, alerting drivers to tune to 96.5 for info. Signal lost shortly after boat departure from dock. FLORIDA FREE RADIO UPDATES 1610 ``KQV,`` Coral Springs – Much to my surprise and delight, received a nice QSL card from KQV, 1610 today [June 3]. Professional- looking verie, which I guess matches their professional sound as well!... I had posted my logging on the Free Radio Network website and on the NRC e-mail list. (G. Myers, FL) 89.3 MHz ``Rare Sixties Radio,`` Lakeland -- appears to have reactivated. Heard yesterday [June 6] with strong signal. No ID, but their usual format [60`s bubblegum and pop/rock, with nostalgia drops]. (J. Santosuosso, FL) 91.7 MHz ``Crump,`` Orlando – is still on as well, broadcasting in stereo and still taking live phone calls. Was not on Monday [June 3], but returned the rest of the week. Their schedule seems a little more sporadic, but still a strong signal throughout Orlando (R. Nervous, FL) 93.9 MHz ``RAW,`` Orlando – is still on in the Altamonte Springs area. Station is still mono and they have no audio limiters, but are running live DJ`s now. The DJ`s voice levels were overmodulated and the music (uncensored hip-hop) was muffled-sounding and much lower than the announcers. They were taking live phone calls and giving out an Orlando number (R. Nervous, FL) 96.9 MHz ``Foundation Radio,`` Orlando – [An apparent new one.] Stereo, picked it up north of downtown Orlando and heard it all the way to International Drive, when it started to crackle near Sand Lake Road and I-4. Clean signal with limiters, no overmodulation (almost sounded commercial, except for the ads that were running). Very tight production, DJ announced they were doing ``Old School Music`` (featured dance songs from the mid-80`s, Top 40 and rap 12`` singles) from 5-8 p.m., and then after that, another DJ was going to be coming on (R. Nervous, FL) 97.1 MHz unidentified, Orlando – didn`t hear an ID, but I picked it up as I was driving south on I-4 near Kirkman Road. Very overmodulated and hard to listen to. Distorted mono sound and it almost sounded like an Internet rebroadcast. I don`t know f it was related to the Longwood entry [on Florida Low Power Radio Stations], but it may have been. Harsh listening (R. Nervous, FL) 99.1 MHz ``Radio Sonique,`` Tampa – on my way to the beach at 11 a.m. today, June 9, this one was coming in well, stereo, with Haitian Kreyol gospel vocals and preaching. (T. Krueger, FL) 101.9 MHz ``Galaxy FM,`` Pompano Beach – is the name of [this] station (D. Slam, FL) 102.1 MHz ``Essence FM,`` Tampa – 11 a.m. June 9, also heard on my way to the beach, with Haitian Kreyol preaching, still mono mode. But heard only briefly, overtaken by the St. Petersburg unlicensed ``102.1 FM`` Caribbean format station (T. Krueger, FL) 102.1 MHz ``102.1 FM,`` St. Petersburg – 11 a.m. June 9, on the way to la playa, this one running mono mode (switches back-and-forth from stereo to mono), Jamaican gospel, live promo for club on Central Avenue by male DJ (T. Krueger, FL) 103.3 MHz ``Radio Mananatha,`` Belleview – still unheard here or on nearby channels while driving home along I-75 through Ocala and south on June 7. Presume inactive, after a few previous FCC visits (T. Krueger, FL) 104.7 MHz ``Blaze FM,`` Miami – has reappeared again. Location not confirmed yet, but caught one of their jingles as stating ``We have bigger balls, and we drag `em.`` (L. Vencl, FL) I just purchased one of those digital (LCD) ``atomic`` wall clocks that keep accurate time to WWVB. Unlike an earlier one I had (and promptly returned), this one actually works. Living with often-horrid power line noise, and on the fringe of a decent WWVB footprint, I wondered if it would work. This one is a Sharp, SKU 4935342389, bought at Office Depot for $29.99. After a few scans of WWVB at :10 past the hours, it locks in and then ``corrects`` daily at a pre-programmed early morning time going forward (Terry L. Krueger, all: Tocobaga DX via DXLD) ** URUGUAY. Amigos, Visiten http://www.angelfire.com/retro/cx8cc/galsonid.htm y en "Fabini y la Radio" podrás escuchar mi disertación sobre nuestro máximo compositor clásico y su conexión con la Radio, dada en el Ateneo de Montevideo, en ocasión de la 7a. Entrega del Premio CX que otorga anualmente "Museo Viviente de la Radio y las Comunicaciones" a cargo de Antonio Tormo, CX8CC. El audio requiere Real Audio Player y es "streaming", dura 19'20" (Horacio A. Nigro, Montevideo - Uruguay, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** URUGUAY. Re DXLD 1-096, R. Monte Carlo on 6140: Tell Walt, if he can monitor them earlier, since station signs on 0900 here. Best DX! (Horacio Nigro, Montevideo Uruguay, June 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) So how was reception during the 0630 June 11 silly ballgame? (gh, DXLD) ** VANUATU. 7260.1, R. Vanuatu, 0913-0920 June 13, Reggae music, M announcer in Pidgin w/[l?]ong talk, possible ID, mention of "program", Papua New Guinea, etc. Canned full ID at 0918 by W, then continuous talk by same man. Weak. Obviously this is what is causing the QRM to Thailand [q.v., as well as UNIDENTIFIED] (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** VENEZUELA. Re previous issues: Before I can assume any validity to this schedule, I will need to see proof that this station is actually on the air. It's been several years since I've seen on-air reports, and it's also been that long since I've monitored anything on 9540 (Walter Salmaniw, Victoria, Canada, June 11, hard-core-dx via DXLD) Hola Glenn. En relación a RNV te tengo mas información. Hace tan sólo 30 minutos estuve conversando con el señor Alí Méndez de RNV en relación a los 9540 kHz, y me comenta que sí, que RNV está activa en esa frecuencia, pero que en estos días el transmisor se encuentra en mantenimiento. El próximo lunes a las 08:30 AM hora local, yo tengo una cita con el para grabar un programa de 15 minutos para hablar sobre la onda corta y el DX, y en esa oportunidad el señor Méndez me va a indicar para qué día esperan terminar las labores de mantenimiento y regresar al aire. En cualquier caso RNV sí tiene en sus planes regresar a la banda de 31 metros. Yo esperaría hasta la semana que viene en que yo vaya a RNV para publicar más información al respecto. Un Abrazo (José Valdés, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VIETNAM [non]. CLANDESTINE from CIS to VIETNAM. Voice of Kampuchea Krom. Here is a possible direct QSL address and point of contact: Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation, P. O. Box 28674, Columbus, OH 43228, U.S.A. Thach N. Thach, KKF Vice President. They also list a phone number of 1-614-272-8452. Of course, sending reports to their broker, TDP, is another QSL route. Schedule is publicized as Fridays 1400-1500 on 15690. In practice, other channels are used to escape Vietnamese jamming. On Jun 7, I did not hear them on 15690 so I started tuning around. I believe I found them at 1403 on 15705 with a man talking in presumed Khmer. World news with mentions of Pakistan, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Decent signal, no jamming or other QRM noted here. Production quality seems fine. Fanfare at 1406 then talk by woman. Mentions of Vietnam and North Carolina. Short actuality in English on resettling of refugees in three areas of North Carolina that was quickly translated. Xylophone- sounding interlude music at 1417 and then talk by man. Another short actuality in English with mentions of China and Vietnam. Following segment started at 1420, more mentions of Vietnam. Actuality in English about "mistake of having another domestic intelligence agency." Next interlude was at 1423, a short segment of Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." Mentions of Abu Sayyef. Same pattern of short segments continued until I tuned out at 1447. No ID heard so presumed. Nothing heard when checking at 1405 on Jun 9 (Hans Johnson, WY?, Jun 7, 9, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** VIETNAM [non]. 15235, Radio Free Vietnam Presumed. 1400 June 11 heard signing on with what I am told is a patriotic Vietnamese song. I believe I have heard this theme on other exile programs. Then talk in Vietnamese. Decent signal, no sign of any jamming (Hans Johnson, WY, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** VIRGIN ISLANDS US. 1000 kHz, WVWI, Charlotte Amalie, APR 25 0001 - US baseball game (Atlanta versus Arizona). WVWI is the only 1000 kHz station on the Atlanta Braves network. I had the phased loop/whip cardioid pattern set to null west (taking out weak WCMX/WMVP), so only a rumble of Latins was noted mixing with this. CKBW presumed off-air as its groundwave would normally dominate at the Rockport site even if its skip was aurorally eliminated (Mark Connelly, WA1ION, Billerica MA DX'ing from Rockport MA, Drake R8A, broadband loop, active whip, sloper, Superphaser-2 phasing unit) A very rare reception (Jim Renfrew, outgoing NRC IDXD Ed., via DXLD) 1620, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, WDHP Fredericksted, MAY 11 0023-0035 - decent signal atop channel with Soca music and very enthusiastic male DJ with Caribbean accent. Heard most of the ID at 0031 "You are listening to WRRA-1290 The Reef, simulcasting on WDHP-1620 AM Stereo" Atop a weak domestic, not sure if WDND or WTAW (Marc DeLorenzo, Marstons Mills MA. JRC NRD-525 & Quantum Loop, ibid.) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. CLANDESTINE from MADAGASCAR to ZIMBABWE. 7310, Voice of the People, *0330 With WHRI 1 off for the moment, now is the time to get this one (Hans Johnson, WY, Cumbre DX via DXLD) See USA - WHRI ** ZIMBABWE [non]. CLANDESTINE (Madagascar to Zimbabwe): 7309.94, Radio Voice of the People heard at sign on [0330?] with an interval signal/anthem, followed by a nice ID in English, followed by muddy news or comment by a man and woman, music began at 0342 June 14, and got weaker as the static got worse. Thanks to others for the tip that the frequency is clear this week (Jim Renfrew, Byron NY, Drake R8, summer-shortened longwires, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. CLANDESTINE from MADAGASCAR to ZIMBABWE. 7310, Voice of the People Thanks Salmaniw tip. I used to have to go to Hawaii or Africa to hear this one, not any more :) 0330 June 12 with short IS and ID in English. Then long talk by man in vernaculars. Lots of QRN this night but no QRM. Some music after about 20 minutes. (Hans Johnson, WY, Cumbre DX via DXLD) *0330-0419 June 13. Good reception with lots of static crashes on WCNA with open ID at 0330 followed by a program of African Music. Faded a bit after 0400, but back by 0410 with M and W talking in EE at relatively poor levels compared to the music. Ute parked just above with data transmission mode of some sort meant that LSB or SAM with SE-3 on the WJ8712P was better that USB. With WHRI off until perhaps June 14, it makes it somewhat easier to hear this out on the West Coast of the USA at 16,771 km (ERGO3/4 makes this easy to determine) (Thanks to tip from CumbreDX that WHRI was off air) (Don Nelson, OR, Cumbre DX via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. Glenn, I have Questionable, Radio San Antonio on 3375.14 kHz between 0930 and 1017 UT mixing with a Brazilian Station. The program on Questionable, Radio San Antonio is steady comments by a man in either the Quechua, Aymara or Vernacular language, definitely not Spanish; thus my tag of "Questionable", since I have trouble picking out key words from those languages. Signal faded to nothing at 1017 UT (see below), but was very good the first half hour of listening. I am wondering if this could have been a Central American station instead of Radio San Antonio, Peru? This station went off the air at 1017 rather than fading. I can still hear the Brazilian and possibly a Spanish station now - not Questionable station however. Any thoughts? (Chuck Bolland chuckb@us-it.net FL, June 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Chuck, I don`t know, but these are the current listings at Mark Mohrmann`s website, which you might find useful to check out your questionables. No Central Americans on 3375. Notice one of them is on exactly the frequency you report, but since the others vary too that isn`t conclusive. 73, (Glenn to Chuck via DXLD) From http://www.sover.net/~hackmohr/sw.htm On 3375.1 PERU R San Antonio, S Antonio d Padua [1030-1121/2310-0140*] Jun 02 J 0110* On 3375.11 BRAZIL * R Educadora, Guaruja M. [0910-1014/2330- 0105](74.9-75.04)Sep 01 C On 3375.14 BRAZIL * R Nacional, SGd Cachoeira [0904-0937/2000- 0021](74.8-75.2)Jan 02 B On 3375.3 BRAZIL * R Clube, Dourados [0926-1058/2140-0516](74.92-77) Apr 02 B (r) AM720 On 3380.00 GUATEMALA * R Chortís, Jocotán [*1055-1204/0127-0333](79.9- 80.02) Mar 02 X (i)*1115/0312* UNIDENTIFIED. Re 6715-USB. Following up on Hodgson's report, I found a website for this church, http://english.fgtv.com/default.asp (Hans Johnson, Jun 9, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Here in Singapore, churches spell his name as Cho Yong Gi (Richard Lam, Cumbre ed via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 7260.09, 1002-1025 June 7. At tune in techno music at S7 signal level. Female announcer at 1003. Modulation a bit low during her short talks, then a male announcer at 1004. Language was in French and no listing for this one at this time slot. Back to more techno. The mix of music however in various languages. Program had a number of comments between each of the tunes. No ideas on this one. Unable to catch an ID (Bob Montgomery, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) See note under THAILAND and VANUATU above from same issue of Cumbre! (gh, DXLD) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DRM This page last updated Wednesday, 12 June, 2002 5. Test Transmissions & Latest News Tests are just that. New software becomes available and equipment is tweaked. So sometimes, the transmissions listed below may not be there. Remember too, that consumer grade DRM receivers are not yet on the market. So the broadcasts are for "circuit adjustment purposes only". Special DRM Transmission In connection with the IST Mobile & Wireless Telecommunications Summit 2002 in Thessaloniki, Greece (http://www.iti.gr/summit2002/index.html) there will be special DRM transmission between 16-19 June 2002. Start UTC End UTC kHz Target Language Transmissionsite 0700 1400 15690 Thessaloniki Multimedia Juelich 0800 1200 17880 Thessaloniki EnglishDW Sines 1100 1400 13650 Thessaloniki EnglishBBC Rampisham DRM Long Term Test Transmissions -- 12 June 2002 Long-term DRM tests from Deutsche Welle and Radio Netherlands Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles are continuing. The latest phase of the tests involves transmissions in simulcast (analog/digital) mode. Start UTC End UTC kHz Azimuth (degrees) Target AMCarrier Power(kW) AverageDRMPower(kW) Language Transmissionsite 0530 0700 11655 50 Europe 25 10 Dutch RNW Bonaire 0700 0800 15425 50 Europe 25 10 Dutch RNW Bonaire 0800 1200 17880 40 Europe English DW Sines 2030 2125 15565 50 Europe 25 10 English RNW Bonaire 2130 2230 15520 50 Europe 25 10 English S RNW Bonaire 2230 2325 15520 50 Europe 25 10 Spanish S RNW Bonaire NB: Deutsche Welle broadcasts will begin on 21 June 2002. S = Simulcast Mode 4 10kHz DRM + 5 kHz Analog The Simulcast frequency as specified is the center frequency of the DRM signal. This means the digital part ranges from 15515 to 15525 kHz, and the analog part from 15525 to 15530 kHz. The analog carrier is located at 15530 kHz, hence an analog tuner should be tuned to 15530 kHz in order to receive the signal. The synthesizer frequency for this Simulcast should be set to 15525 kHz (Media Network June 12 via DXLD) DRM AM SYSTEM GETS IEC APPROVAL For Immediate Release: June 12, 2002 Contact: Siriol Jane Evans, pressoffice@drm.org or +33 (0)2 99 19 55 07 DRM'S UNIVERSAL STANDARDIZATION ADVANCES WITH IEC APPROVAL Geneva - Moving fast toward universal standardization, the on-air system Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) has been endorsed by the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), which published its DRM Publicly Available Specification (PAS 62272-1). DRM is the world's only non-proprietary, digital AM system for short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave with the ability to use existing frequencies and bandwidth across the globe. The IEC approval, together with DRM's existing certifications by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), puts DRM a step closer to its 2003 launch. The ITU approved its DRM system recommendation (BS 1514) in April 2001. DRM had submitted its system to the ITU's Radiocommunications sector (ITU-R) in 2000, and the ITU-R subsequently recommended the system for approval by its 189 member countries. ETSI published a Technical Specification of the DRM system in September 2001. The document is called ETSI TS 101 980 V1.1.1 (2001- 09), Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM); System Specification. Free downloadable copies are available at the ETSI Web site at http://www.etsi.org. Use the search parameter DRM. With near-FM quality sound that offers a dramatic improvement over analogue AM, DRM will revitalize the AM broadcasting bands below 30 MHz in markets worldwide. DRM will be on display at IBC 2002 in Amsterdam, and at the ITU's next World Radio Congress. About DRM The DRM Consortium is made up of 73 broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers and researchers who joined forces in 1998 to create a digital system (also called DRM) for the broadcasting bands below 30 MHz. DRM has reached several milestones toward its launch. It unveiled mobile reception tours at IFA 2001, Germany's largest consumer electronics show, in Berlin last August. DRM introduced new equipment specially built for its system, at IBC 2001 in Amsterdam last September. DRM audio samples are available online at http://www.drm.org DRM Members DRM members are FARB (Australia); Nautel Ltd., Radio Canada International (Canada); Academy of Broadcasting Science of China (China); Riz Transmitters (Croatia); HFCC (Czech Republic); ESPOL, HCJB World Radio (Ecuador); Egyptian Radio and TV Union (Egypt); Digita Oy, Kymenlaakso Polytechnic (Finland); Atmel ES 2, CCETT, Radio France, Radio France Internationale, TéléDiffusion de France, Thales Broadcast & Multimedia (formerly known as Thomcast SA) (France); APR, Coding Technologies GmbH, Deutsche Welle, DeutschlandRadio, DLM, Sender Europa 1, Fraunhofer IIS-A, Innovationszentrum Telekommunikationstechnik GmbH IZT, IRT, Medienanstalt Sachsen- Anhalt/Digitaler Rundfunk Sachsen-Anhalt, Micronas GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Sony International Europe, SWR Südwestrundfunk, TELEFUNKEN SenderSysteme Berlin AG, T-Systems MediaBroadcast, University of Applied Sciences - FH Merseburg, University of Hannover, University of Ulm, VPRT (Germany); Antenna Hungaria, Communications Authority Hungary (Hungary); All India Radio (India); RAI (Italy); Hitachi Kokusai Electric Ltd., JVC Victor Company of Japan, Ltd., NHK (Japan); Broadcasting Centre Europe (Luxembourg); Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (Malaysia); Nozema, Radio Netherlands (Netherlands); Radio New Zealand International (New Zealand); Voice of Nigeria (Nigeria); Telenor/Norkring (Norway); Main Centre for Control of Broadcasting Networks/Voice of Russia (Russia); Universidad del Pais Vasco, (Spain); Factum Electronics AB, Radio Sweden International, Teracom SE (Sweden); EBU, International Committee of the Red Cross, ITU (Switzerland); Arab States Broadcasting Union (Tunisia); BBC, Christian Vision, Merlin Communications International Ltd., QinetiQ, RadioScape Ltd., Roke Manor Research Ltd. (U.K.); IDT Continental Electronics, Harris Corporation, IBB/VOA, National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters, Sangean America, Inc.,TCI, a Dielectric Company (U.S.A.); and Radio Vaticana (Vatican City). # # # Siriol Jane Evans, Director, Press & Communications, Digital Radio Mondiale, phone +33 2 99 19 55 07 cellphone +33 6 62 99 42 62 fax +33 2 99 82 80 92, pressoffice@drm.org (via DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-096, June 11, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1134: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1134.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1134.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1134.html NEXT BROADCAST ON WWCR: Wed 0930 on 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB NEW TIME ON WBCQ FROM JUNE 12: Wed 2200 on 7415 AND 17495, ex-2330; still UT Thu 0415 on 7415 ** AFRICA [and non]. RADIO RURALES EN AFRIQUE: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6721e/x6721e42.htm (via Bernard Chenal, France, June 10, DXLD) ** ARGENTINA. 15344.97, 2355- June 7, R. ARGENTINA EXTERIOR. Long- winded sign-off announcements in Spanish with lots of mentions of RAE, Argentina. Into several minutes of their IS, then multilingual IDs. Good signal, with parallel 11710.02 fair to good. Time pips at top of hour only on 11710.02 as 15344.97 signs off, and into multilingual announcements, before settling into Spanish again (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRALIA. RA Previews for 2305 UT Fri June 14: LINGUA FRANCA - about language. "Why Do Mothers Talk Baby-Talk?" Denis Burnham and Ute Vollmer-Conna on their research into the way mothers speak to their baby--and to the family dog or cat. Mothers all over the world talk baby-talk. Is it because they're teaching their babies to talk? If so, why do they also talk baby-talk to animals? Denis Burnham of the MARCS Auditory Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney and psycho-immunologist Ute Vollmer-Conna of the University of New South Wales are co-authors with Christine Kitamura of a paper ('What's New Pussycat?') in Science Magazine in which they present the results of their research into the ways a number of Australian mothers talked to their baby and to the family dog or cat. They discuss what the results might be telling us about language acquisition. [Transcript available] (John Figliozzi`s previews, swprograms via DXLD) Repeated at 0530 Sat (gh) ** BELIZE/CUBA/USA. BUSCAN VÍAS PARA LAS SEÑALES DE RADIO MARTÍ Posted on Sat, Jun. 08, 2002 WASHINGTON D.C., RUI FERREIRA / El Nuevo Herald Estados Unidos parece estar tan desesperado para asegurar la audiencia de Radio Martí en Cuba que no sólo ha distribuido miles de pequeños radios de onda corta entre la oposición, sino que también ha llegado a pedir a un gobierno extranjero que le deje montar una repetidora en su territorio. Esto ha llevado a la creación de un nuevo programa subvencionado dentro de la Agencia Estadounidense de Ayuda al Desarrollo (USAID), y al incremento de un fondo especial, administrado por el jefe de la Sección de Intereses de EU en La Habana, cuyo monto total se desconoce. ''Pedimos al gobierno de Belice que nos dejara mejorar nuestras instalaciones de transmisión allí, para las emisiones a Cuba, pero el gobierno de Belice declinó el uso de la estación'', dijo ayer Brian T. Conniff, director de la Oficina Internacional de Transmisiones de la federal Junta de Gobernadores de Transmisiones (BBG). Conniff relató a un panel congresional sobre Radio y TV Martí que la administración ha desarrollado esfuerzos para mejorar las transmisiones, pero no ha tenido grandes resultados. ''Mejorar las transmisiones de onda media a Cuba es más que problemático'', dijo. Por eso andan estudiando posibilidades. Una de ellas es alquilar espacios de antena a estaciones comerciales en el sur de la Florida. No obstante, no es fácil. ''Compartir nuestras transisiones con transmisores comerciales levanta ciertas preocupaciones políticas que tienen de ser sopesadas cuidadosamente. Hemos intentado alquilar espacios en lugares como las islas Gran Caimán, Turcos y Caicos y Bonaire, pero ningún local ha demostrado ser técnicamente posible o estar disponible para ser alquilado'', añadió Conniff. Esos planes representan una erogación adicional de fondos además de los $25 millones anuales de Radio Martí. Así, alquilar espacio radial en onda corta cuesta unos $50,000 anuales por transmisor, y la emisora necesita al menos unos siete. Tampoco es posible montar las antenas en un avión o un barco, porque Estados Unidos ha firmado tratados internacionales que prohíben hacer eso. Pero eso no ha impedido que USAID haya distribuido pequeños radios en la isla y esté subvencionando organismos no gubernamentales para recopilar información de periodistas independientes, enviarla a Radio y Televisión Martí, que despues la retransmiten a la isla. ''USAID está haciendo un esfuerzo especial para entregar radio portátiles, baterías recargables y cargadores a los cubanos. Más de mil cubanos han recibido estos productos y queremos proveerlos a unos mil más'', dijo el director asistente de la entidad, Adolfo A. Franco. La agencia tiene un Programa Cuba cuyo objetivo es recabar solidaridad entre activistas de derechos humanos, dar voz a periodistas independientes y desarrollar organizaciones no gubernamentales, entre otros puntos. Franco no dio datos sobre el presupuesto del Programa Cuba, pero observadores estimaron que la administración pudiera estarse gastando unos $250,000 anuales en el proyecto. Por otro lado, Daniel W. Fisk, subsecretario adjunto de Estado, confirmó que la Sección de Intereses de Estados Unidos en La Habana pidió, y le aprobaron, un fondo de $335,000 para ampliar el programa de distribución de libros, crear un centro ''multimedios'' con acceso a internet en la sección consular, comprar revistas y periódicos, así como distribuir los llamados kits para periodistas independientes, que incluyen radios de onda corta y grabadoras. Adicionalmente, se decidió dotar con $100,000 el programa para Cuba del Departamento de Estado. Parte de ese dinero reforzará un fondo de emergencia del jefe de la misión diplomática estadounidense en la isla. ''La iniciativa del presidente Bush hacia Cuba nos impulsa a hacer esto'', dijo Fisk. 73'S (via Oscar, Miami, DXLD) VOA has had for a long time two 50 kW MW transmitters at Punta Gorda, Belize, with different direxional patterns to cover parts of Central America. With the right patterns, and perhaps more power, they could certainly cover much of Cuba. But Belize won`t allow this. Neither will other countries which have been approached for airtime or facilities: Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, the article says (gh, DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 6155.07, 0308- June 8, R. Fides. Local phone-in program, mostly young women and male DJ. Latin music. Getting stronger as darkness gets closer (after 2200 local this time of year). This time the HF-2050 gets a much better useable signal than does the 7030+. A fair bit of adjacent splatter, which I think the 2050 handles better. Very few interruptions to music after 0330, with just the odd word or two. Faded, rather than coming up towards 0400. Obliterated by BBC French to Africa via Ascension at 0430 (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. 11815, 0245- June 8, R. Brasil Central. Nice Brazilian music, with local ID at 0245. Let it Be at 0249. Good reception. Too early for 60 meters to propagate this time of year. Full ID at 0258 with 25 and 60 meter tropical band frequencies, then canned jingle for Radio Brasil Central. Into news at 0259 (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. 11924.95, 0241- June 8, R. Bandeirantes. Nice variety program in Portuguese, with many local ads, mentions of São Paulo. Good reception. Slightly better than parallel 9645.15 (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. Dear Glenn: I would like to report that it is possible to receive Radio Canada International broadcasts to the USA and the Caribbean here in Quezon City, Philippines. I am referring to their broadcasts on 17820 kHz AT 1200-1459 UT (Mon-Fri) and on 17800 kHz AT 1300-1559 UT (Sat-Sun). SIO is usually 2-5-2, sometimes 3-5-2 or 3-5-3 (very rarely though). On the other frequencies that RCI broadcasts on during these time slots, RCI cannot be heard. Reception of RCI at the above-mentioned frequencies was made possible using a Sony ICF SW7600G radio and a 10 m wire antenna oriented east-west. Thanks and regards (Paul Santos, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COLOMBIA. Luego de un largo fin de semana paso a informar sobre los 6064.5; definitivamente si trata del transmisor empleado por Colmundo Bogotá en el pasado; aunque tras largas horas de escucha no he logrado una identificación positiva de la emisora ya que son lotes de música llanera y a veces boleros, además de predicación cristiana. Sufre de cortes intempestivos para retornar luego de 30 a 35 minutos, no informan la hora y el único programa escuchado fue: Dios en Familia que repiten a varias horas. A través de éste logré captar una dirrección y teléfono de una librería en Bogotá llamada Colombia para Cristo, me comuniqué y una amable señora llamada Cristina me atendió y me confirmó que la emisora en onda corta es un nuevo proyecto de una organización evangélica pero que no es la Cruzada Estudiantil y profesional de Colombia que opera la cadena Colmundo, que ellos les vendieron los equipos y los trasladaron a Puerto Lleras en el departamento del Meta, distante 2 horas de Villavicencio; además me informó que ellos operan una frecuencia en la onda media que fuera autorizada a la Alcaldia de este municipio en los 1530 kHz (en el WRTH 2002 ME00 HJV82). Esta señal llega con regularidad hasta mi receptor en las horas de la madrugada cuando se despeja este sector del dial. La emisora en onda media se llama Alcaravan Radio que hace referencia a un ave que habita en los llanos orientales. El amigo Henrik Klemetz me hizo llegar una información que reporta el colega Malm desde Ecuador que informa haber escuchado como identificacion "Sistema Radial de Alcarabanga" que confirmaría este nombre también para la onda corta. Realmente yo no he escuchado esta identificación y Cristina me dijo que tampoco sabía el nombre de la emisora en onda corta por que se encontraban en emisones de prueba y que al parecer van a operar con programación separada. Quede con ella de visitar la librería durante esta semana y me prometió obtener más informacion; la cual oportunamente les estaré enviando. Un abrazo (Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia, June 10, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. 6149.95, 0322- June 8, WORLD UNIVERSITY NETWORK. Dr. Gene Scott with his usual boring monologue. Fair reception. Better reception on 5029.07, and best on Anguilla 6090. Nothing in 31 or 25 meters at this time (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA. Oops! RHC USB report should have been 9665, not 9965 (Paul Ormandy, New Zealand, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA. DISSIDENT SEES RADIO MARTÍ AS IMPORTANT TOOL FOR CHANGE Published June 10, 2002, Vanessa Bauzá, Orlando Sentinel There was a time when Oscar Espinosa Chepe considered Radio Martí a "meddling" foreign station injecting itself into Cuba's internal affairs. Espinosa Chepe had been an idealistic teenager when youthful revolutionaries marched into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959. During the 1960s and '70s he was a committed revolutionary himself, eventually becoming a government economist. He believed in his island's social experiment, even as he saw it begin to unravel around him. "I gave my life for this," he says now, his voice heavy with hindsight. Today, as one of Cuba's true believers-turned-dissidents, Espinosa Chepe, 61, has embraced another cause -- "confronting totalitarianism" -- and sees Radio Martí as a tool to make his views known. As the host of the weekly news segment Charlando con Chepe (Chatting with Chepe), taped from his tiny living room in the middle-class neighborhood of Playa, Espinosa Chepe offers commentaries and economic analyses that often contrast with the government's optimistic outlook. But he is one of the more temperate voices on the U.S.-funded, exile- run station known for its harsh criticism of Fidel Castro's government. He supported Elián González's return to Cuba when hundreds of Cuban-Americans flocked to the boy's temporary Miami home and locked arms to try to prevent him from being removed. Espinosa Chepe has been a steadfast critic of the 40-year embargo and travel ban, which he thinks do little more than isolate Cuba and rouse anti- American sentiment. Like former President Carter, Espinosa Chepe prefers a policy of engagement, one he says helped derail Eastern European communism and could do the same for Cuba. "They call me a moderate. I suppose that's for others to judge," he said. "I just try to be objective. My message is not black and white. . . . I spent many years believing in ideologies. Now I reject that." Espinosa Chepe's family was connected to Cuba's Socialist Party even before Castro made his communist beliefs public. He applauded the revolution's first agrarian reform, which gave land to the peasants and supported new laws defending workers' rights. He so wanted the revolution to succeed that in the 1960s he spoke out against radical new policies he thought would threaten the economy. The criticism cost him two years of forced labor and made him suspect in the eyes of some officials. But Espinosa Chepe continued to believe. As an economist, he rose through the ranks of the Ministry of Foreign Investment, where he worked closely with Eastern European countries. During the 1980s, Espinosa Chepe grew increasingly disillusioned with hard-line government policies and looked toward reforms in the Soviet Union as a last hope. But when he shared his views with his colleagues, Espinosa Chepe was once again blacklisted. He was demoted from his job in 1992 and fired four years later. Today he says he hopes for "a great reconciliation" between the exile community and Cubans on the island. Though Radio Martí is often lambasted by critics on both sides of the Florida Strait for being too one-sided, Espinosa Chepe says his "moderate" views have never been censored. "I'm thankful they've given me the chance to address the people and criticize the embargo and also the [Cuban] government," he said. Espinosa Chepe's work on Radio Martí and his frequent articles for foreign journals could easily earn him political asylum, but he says he'll never leave the island of his birth. "It's my duty to stay here and contribute modestly to the changes which I believe are coming," he said. "I'm not one of those people who believe if things ever change the communists should be persecuted. I think within the Communist Party there are many people with ideals who are disillusioned." Vanessa Bauzá is a correspondent in Cuba for the South Florida Sun- Sentinel, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. Copyright © 2002, Orlando Sentinel (via Mike Terry, DXLD) [See also BELIZE above!] ** CUBA. LOS CIBERCAFES SIN ACCESO A LA INTERNET SE PONEN DE MODA. Posted on Sun, Jun. 09, 2002 EDUARDO YERO / EFE, LA HABANA Los ''cibercafés'', donde los usuarios reciben correo electrónico internacional , cualquier información de carácter nacional y participan en ''charlas interactivas'', mientras degustan bebidas o bocadillos, se han puesto de moda en La Habana, aunque todavía con restricciones. Pero los cubanos, ''por el momento'', no pueden acceder a la red mundial, según indicaron funcionarios de alguno de estos locales. En uno de los ''cibercafés'' abiertos recientemente, en el barrio de Miramar, los usuarios foráneos y cubanos, usan las computadoras tras comprar una tarjeta. ''Los visitantes pagan $15 por tres horas de servicio en la internet o el correo electrónico, que consumen en la medida de sus intereses y necesidades, y que se descuenta automáticamente de su tarjeta'', afirmó Sonia Salazar, administradora del ``Cibercafé Infotur''. Añadió que en su centro, que funciona las 24 horas, los nacionales pagan $5 por tres horas por utilizar un servicio denominado ''intranet'', que les brinda ''todo tipo de información nacional, cultural, deportiva, o de otro tipo'', dijo. También pueden enviar o recibir correos electrónicos ''hacia y desde cualquier parte del mundo'', participar en charlas interactivas, y recibir también servicios gastronómicos. Este servicio ''es muy solicitado por los cubanos, sobre todo los más jóvenes, que expresan su satisfacción por el mismo'', explicó Salazar. Sobre la actual restricción para que los cubanos naveguen por la internet, Salazar se limitó a decir que ``nosotros no hemos contratado ese servicio para los cubanos aquí''. Pero especialistas cubanos en la materia consultados, consideran que la posibilidad de los cubanos de acceder a internet en estos u otros sitios ''llegará en cualquier momento, pues no se puede vivir de espaldas al desarrollo de la tecnología''. Según ellos, ''no está en el espíritu del Estado'' limitar a sus ciudadanos este servicio, sino que se debe, según estimaron, ''al incipiente desarrollo de Cuba'' en el área''. Osvaldo García, gerente del ''cibercafé'' de la Academia de Ciencias, situado en el Capitolio, en el centro histórico de la ciudad y uno de los ''pioneros'' en La Habana, aseguró que muchos de los profesionales de esa entidad pueden conectarse con internet en esa unidad, que dispone de 10 computadoras. Pero ``no está establecido que los cubanos accedan aún a internet en este `cibercafé, aunque sí hay otros nacionales que lo hacen por razones de su trabajo''. 73's (via Oscar, Miami, DXLD) ** CYPRUS/USA. AGREEMENT ON NEW 600-KW MEDIUMWAVE TRANSMITTER FOR RADIO SAWA | Text of press release by Voice of America on 6 June Washington, D.C., 6 June: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) signed an agreement Thursday with the Government of Cyprus for a new, mediumwave (AM) transmitter that will give the Middle East Radio Network (MERN) broad reach in the region. "The transmitter will be a major component of MERN," Governor Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the BBG's Mideast Committee, said after the agreement was signed in Nicosia, Cyprus by Averof Neophytu, Minister of Communications and Works, and Donald K. Bandler, the U.S. Ambassador. MERN, known as Radio Sawa http://www.radiosawa.com in the region, will reach Egypt and areas of the Levant once the 600 kW transmitter is operational. The transmitter, located in southeastern Cyprus near Cape Greco, is expected to start carrying MERN in August 2002 on a frequency of 981 kHz. "The transmitter will help millions of people across the Middle East enjoy our network," said Governor Tom Korologos, who was involved in negotiations for the transmitter. Medium wave transmitters in Kuwait (1540) [as published - 1548 kHz] and Rhodes, Greece (1260), already carry MERN, which went on the air 23 March 2002. An additional AM transmitter in Djibouti is expected to come on line within the next year. MERN is also carried on FM transmitters in Amman, Jordan (98.1), Kuwait City, Kuwait (95.7) and Dubai (90.5) and Abu Dhabi (98.7), both in the United Arab Emirates, as well as on Nilesat, Arabsat and Eutelsat HotBird and short wave. Streaming audio will be available on the Internet shortly. The U.S. Government has signed agreements for FM frequencies in Doha, Qatar and Manama, Bahrain, and is negotiating with other countries for frequencies. MERN, a pilot project of the Voice of America, is a 24-hour, seven- day-a-week, Arabic-language service aimed at listeners under 30. Currently, the service broadcasts news, information, music and public service announcements. When it becomes fully operational later in 2002, MERN will add analysis, interviews, opinion pieces, sports, weather and features on a variety of political and social issues. For more information, contact Joan Mower at 202.260.0167, jmower@ibb.gov Source: Voice of America press release, Washington, in English 6 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** CZECH REPUBLIC. I've just discovered that R. Prague now publishes some advance programming details on its web page at http://www.radio.cz/en So here are programmes for the next three days. Hope that you find this useful - I'll attempt to post this every few days as and when the information is updated on the website (Alan Roe, Teddington, UK, swprograms via DXLD) ============================================ Monday - June 10th One on One Rob Cameron's guest on One on One this week is Kumar Vishwanathan - an Indian community worker living in north Moravia. Kumar has spent much of the last decade looking for ways to bring the local Roma community closer to majority society, and advocates a number of controversial measures - including dialogue with far-right skinheads and a "Coexistence Village", where Roma and white families will live side by side. Tune in to this week's One on One to find out more. Tuesday - June 11th Talking Point In the last pre-election edition of Talking Point we ask whether the Communist Party has come to terms with its past. We also look at ex-communists featured on the ballots of other parties and ask Czech voters whether they mind. Tune in to Talking Point on Tuesday, June 11 with Pavla Horakova. Wednesday - June 12th ABC of Czech It's time for the letter H in the ABC of Czech and this week Pavla Horakova will explain all the vocabulary concerning home, sweet home. Find out all you need to know on Wednesday, June 12. Broadcast times/frequencies are: 0700-0727 Europe 9880 11600 0900-0929 S. Asia / W. Asia 21745 1030-1057 Europe 9880 11615 1300-1329 Europe / S. Asia 13580 21745 1600-1627 Europe / Africa 5930 21745 1700-1727 Europe / Africa 5930 21745 2000-2027 Europe / SE Asia / Australia 5930 11600 2130-2157 SE Asia / Australia / W Africa 11600 15545 2230-2257 N America 11600 15545 0000-0027* N America 7345 11615 0100-0127* N America 6200 7345 0300-0327* N America 7345 **7385 9870 0330-0357* M East / SW Asia 11600 15620 * Programme is UT next day ** via WRMI (via Alan Roe, Teddington, UK, swprograms via DXLD) ** ECUADOR. Here`s an online source for notes of items broadcast on DX Partyline, and other things (gh, DXLD) See the June 8th HCJB DX Partyline tidbits now posted in the Static Pops And Propagation Plops column on the HCI web site. Courtesy of Marie Lamb. Static Pops And Propagation Plops: (assorted items of SW, MW and other worldwide radio related news) http://www.w9wze.org/SWL/Static.php?PathNom=Static/static.txt (Duane W8DBF Fischer, swl via DXLD) ** GREECE. ATHENS. BEAUTIFUL ONE HOUR OF GREEK MUSIC Just couldn't resist sharing my joy of listening to one hour of beautiful Greek Music 1800-1900 UT Sundays on 15630 kHz. I don't know where they are beaming it to but signals are just 555 on my Log Periodic beamed to the Mediterranean and I am dreaming of the Greek islands and the waterfront, as I armchair travel. What more do you want. DXing at its best! This is a request show and the announcer dedicated a song in appreciation of Glenn Hauser for listing his show in 1999 which he had stumbled upon and he hoped Glen[n] would be listening...any one has Glenn's e-mail address?? (Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, DXplorer via Salminiw via DXLD) Victor, you can reach Glenn at: Glenn Hauser ghauser@hotmail.com (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, Canada, via DXLD) Unfortunately I was not listening today, but sometimes do, especially when I happen to be on the road at the time, when 17705 barrels in here during It`s All Greek to Me (gh, OK, DXLD) ** GREECE. New schedule for Radiofonikos Stathmos Makedonias in Greek: 1100-1300 (ex 1100-1500) on 11595 1300-2300 (ex 1500-2300) on 9935 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 11 via DXLD) ** GREECE [non]. I also note that Voice of Greece has stopped using 17520 after 0700 for its morning service to Australia. Confirmed by the latest IBB schedule. The relay via Delano 15190 was well audible at 0720 carrying this service in // 21530 17900 and 15630. There was a severe clash between VoG Kavalla and Pakistan on 17520 when the latter adopted summer time and moved their World Service one hour forward to 0700-1004. This is now clear throughout. Best 73's (Noel Green, England, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUATEMALA. Re gh`s query about TGWC-1600 in DXLD 2-095: Glenn, here is the update to show how TGWC became TGWL. An unID Guatemalan identifying itself as Radio Maria was logged one sesquiyear ago by Swedish DXers Odd Påg and Hasse Mattisson. Per ARC Central American New Desk 15/1 2001, reprinted by RNM (Radio Nuevo Mundo, Japan) 273/2001, this station was "TGWC Radio María, Guatemala. Address: 10 Calle 6-80, Z-2, 01002 Guatemala. Phones (...) E-mail: asocrmaria@guate.net". I believe one of these DXers received a reply saying that the report was not OK, and so I emailed them a brief question. In their reply they said they were on FM only. The official Guatemalan datebase, found on Mark Mohrmann`s site http://www.sover.net/~hackmohr showed permit holder`s name only, an individual, not a Government agency, and so via the ConDigList I asked Humberto Molina in San Salvador for help. His timely answer was published in ConDigList Feb 9, 2001, where he added an audio clip which is still available on the net. On this clip I found a phone number and so I was able to advance in my little private investigation. A full account was published in RNM 274/2001. "Two Radio Marias in Guatemala --- by Henrik Klemetz There are two Radio Marías in Guatemala City, one on FM 103.3, called R Asunción de María, and another one on AM 1600, calle "la Radio de María, la emisora de la familia". There is no relationship between the two, and the FM station, e-mail ascormaria@guate.net or drprogra@amigo.net.gt is the only one affiliated to the international R Maria organization with HQ in Italy. "La Radio de María" has not received any reports from abroad so far, said Sister Virginia whom I talked to today on the phone, +502 597 9578. "We are barely reaching out to the capital city", she said. No wonder, Guatemala City is a big place, and so a fairly exact address is a must is you wish to send them a report. Here`s where to, courtesy Sister Doris: Kilómetro 15, Carretera Roosevelt, Zona 2 Vía a Mixco, Ciudad de Guatemala. There is a 412 mp3 clip on the net ("DX quality") which set me on the right rack. It was kindly supplied by Humberto Molina, of San Salvador, El Salvador http://www.geocities.com/jhmolinam/rdemar.html " Soon after, QSLs started to arrive - one of the recipients was apparently also Sig. Bellabarba, in Italy. Instead of using the info on hand (the Hard-core-DX site, Distance etc) the ARC Central American News Desk waited several months, without any reference to their previous report, to produce the following, "Guatemala 1600 TGWL Radio María - La Voz de la Familia, Guatemala. DG: Ing. Arturo López López. Schedule: 1130-0500, power 5 kW. Stn". (ARC Central American News Desk, 9/7 2001 edition, reprinted by RNM 278/2001). (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, to DXLD, July 10, 2002) ** GUYANA. 3291.20, 0900-0922 music and dedication programme run by OM, "dedication to short man" a call name, 10 June. (Bob Wilkner, Pompano, Florida, R75 NRD 535D modified R7 ICF 5900w, Noise reducing antenna, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** HAWAII. I just found the following at the Osprey Essential Pearl Harbor Encyclopedia at http://www.essentialpearlharbor.com ----- The radio station on Oahu, KGMB, usually shut down at night, but when aircraft were making an overnight flight from the mainland the Army Air Force paid for the station to stay on the air. By this means the incoming pilots were given a radio beacon to aid navigation. The arrangement was common knowledge, and when, on the morning of 7 December, Lieutenant Kermit Tyler (Tyler, Kermit) was required to deal with a telephone call from Private Joseph Lockard (Lockard, Joseph) about a blip on his radar, he remembered that the station had been playing all night and that some B-17s were due. He therefore told Lockard not to worry, missing one of the warnings of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The broadcast was also heard by the Japanese. Lieutenant Heijiro Abe, 1st Division, 3rd Attack Unit from Soryu was reassured to hear ordinary music over the air, confirming that the Americans had no thought of attack. At about 0715 KGMB gave the weather forecast, gratefully overheard by the leader of the First Attack Wave, Commander Mitsuo Fuchida (Fuchida, Mitsuo) who had been worrying about conditions over his target. Shortly after 0804 the station sent out a message recalling all military personnel to duty, interrupting a concert to do so, and the call was repeated at 0805 and 0830. Police and firemen were called at 0832 and at 0840 the radio reported an attack by planes with the Rising Sun symbol on their wings. At 1145 Army G-2 (Intelligence) ordered KGMB and the other station KGU off the air as their transmissions were a guide to the enemy (Patrick Griffith, Westminster, CO, USA, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. SETI LEAGUE LAUNCHES FREE WEB-BASED JOURNAL Contact In Context Covers the Latest in Astrobiology and SETI For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director (201) 641-1770, or email info@setileague.org For Immediate Release, Please Little Ferry, NJ, June 2002 -- The SETI League, Inc., grassroots leader in the privatized search for life in space, is pleased to announce Contact In Context, a new peer-reviewed, web-based academic journal intended as a scientific forum for research in astrobiology and in the search for intelligent life in the universe. Contact In Context will cover these disciplines, in the areas of microwave spectrometry, optical spectrometry, electrical engineering, technology development and assessment studies, chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics. Papers on SETI-related hardware, software, search strategies, and philosophy are also welcome... http://www.setileague.org/press/pres0206.htm (via gh, DXLD) ** IRAN. HEBREW SERVICE TO START ON 11 JUNE TO OPPOSE "ONE-SIDED NEWS MONOPOLY" | Text of report by Iranian news agency IRNA Tehran, 10 June: On the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet, Joseph, peace be upon him, the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Hebrew service will start its activities on Tuesday, 23 Khordad [11 June]. The purpose of setting up the radio station, which is called the Voice of Davud, is to provide accurate information to peoples and oppose the one-sided news monopoly [sentence as received]. The Hebrew service will broadcast for 30 minutes every day and its programmes can be received on the short-wave in the Middle East. Source: IRNA news agency, Tehran, in Persian 0622 gmt 10 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Presumably this be connected with the IRAN unID item in DXLD 2-091, 1900 on 9745. Is that supposed to be `David`? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN. TIME, FREQUENCIES OF IRANIAN RADIO'S NEW HEBREW SERVICE The following time and frequencies are given on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting's web site http://www.irib.com for Iranian radio's new Hebrew service "Kol-David". Time - UTC: 1900-1930; Tehran Time: 2330-2400. Frequencies: 7175 KHz (41 metre band) and 9745 kHz (31 metre band) The service will also be available via the Internet. Source: BBC Monitoring research 11 Jun 02 (via DXLD) ** ITALY. Re: RADIO GAP ON SHORT WAVE Dear Glenn, the station has been heard in the Milano area by DXer Toberto Rizzardi around 2130 UT in SPANISH on 13684.8 kHz; the fact the transmitter is not exactly on 13865 kHz is supporting the idea they are really over IRRS (which is NOT a PIRATE station as said by Jerry Berg who as usual doesn't understand the Italian situation, hi) IRRS is a legal station in ITALY authorized to operate on shortwave. However please inform the reports must be sent only to RADIO GAP, cause IRRS do not reply reports. Concerning the correct schedule... as usual in Italy we do like Italians ...so schedule is not FIXED ...may be more large... add 30 till 45 minutes...OK ?? It is also possible the other frequencies may be utilized ONLY for Italy reception. Have you tried to contact ALFREDO COTRONEO the Chief Engineer who is operating IRRS. I guess he DOESN'T WANT the people know who is relaying the RADIO GAP... you may recall the STUDIOS of Radio Gap in Genova resulted destroyed by POLICE last year during the World Meeting... here in Italy we are under a government very much conservative... If I have more news I will inform you (and only you) sooner. 73's (Dario Monferini, Italy, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KASHMIR [non]. CLANDESTINE from PAKISTAN to INDIA. 5101, Voice of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom on 10 Jun. The program was already in progress when check in at 1330. Various mentions of Gen Musharraf and Pakistan. At 1400 UTC, English was right on schedule. Today, there is a commentary alleging that India has sabotaged the peace initiative by sending in spy planes and that sort of thing. According to them, Pakistan was party doing the right thing. The commentary also says that the Kashmir problem can only be solved through negotiations between Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri parties. Only heard the word Kashmir 2x in the whole commentary. Vernacular follows at 1408 after a brief song. On the whole, the broadcast was much better heard on this occasion than half a year or 18 months ago. I can hear clearly almost all the content of the English broadcast although the hum is still there. Rather than shut this down, I believe they have increased their power output significantly (Richard Lam, Singapore, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** LIBYA. This morning (Tuesday) Libya was heard on air via 17750 and 15435 at 0615 UT tune in with usual "Saut ul Afrikiya" IDs. I last tuned 17750 at this time on June 8th and they were not operating that day, so maybe its one of their intermittent early transmissions. What is different is that their signal is now of excellent strength and quality - 17750 was way over Australia and this frequency has the best modulation. 15435 is also good, but audio still seems slightly low. Both stations are still on at 1000, and now with English news at 1020 followed by French then Arabic again at 1025. Maybe strange - maybe not - there were clock chimes for the hour at 1015 and three time pips. Why not! (Noel Green, England, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LITHUANIA. RFE/RL via Kaunas on MW 1386 kHz was heard as scheduled Monday evening at -2045-2130-. Bolshakovo had VOR until 2100 and then left the carrier on, obviously as "jamming". Generally Bolshakovo was much stronger than Kaunas. One of the transmitters, apparently Kaunas, had a low frequency (50 Hz?) carrier instability (Olle Alm, Sweden, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I didn`t try the test last night as I thought the Russian signal would obliterate it anyway. Obviously they are not going to give up this frequency easily! (Noel Green, England, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Good morning from Dresden; when sinking into my bed last night at about 2130 I just tuned into 1386 for a moment to check for the announced Sitkunai test: Yes, they did it with Radio Liberty in Russian (// 7220). The signal was only mediocre, sounding like 70 or even less kW rather than the announced 700. Also the modulation was a bit low with a noticeable hum in the audio. I wonder which transmitter was actually used; this hardly sounded like a new high power unit. Kind regards, Kai Ludwig, Germany, June 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MACEDONIA. HIGH-POWER AM TRANSMITTER INAUGURATED | Text of report in English by Macedonian state news agency MIA Skopje, 10 June: Macedonian Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski formally put a new 1,200 kW medium-wave transmitter "Ovce Pole" into operation on Monday [10 June]. In his address at the ceremony, Georgievski extended gratitude to the German and French embassies for putting this project among their priorities, as it would enable for the Macedonian Radio-Radio Skopje to improve its broadcasting quality throughout the country and the region. French Ambassador Francois Terrell said that this project presented a new opportunity for the voice from Macedonia to be spread throughout Europe, while German Ambassador Werner Burkhardt said it was a new approach to democratisation of the relations in Macedonia. The transmitter is produced by the French company "Tales-Broadcast End Multimedia", presenting a top-product in this sphere. The German and French governments donated funds for procuring of the transmitter, while the public company "Macedonian Broadcast" provided financially support for its assembly. The project is worth about 2.5m euros. Source: MIA news agency, Skopje, in English 1355 gmt 10 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) WTFK??! As I recall, 810 kHz (gh, DXLD) ** NICARAGUA. Re R. Universidad, HTA listed on 9905: I do not know where that information came from; but I thought it suspicious. I thought well, maybe they were given an old transmitter and put it on the air. Nicaragua is now supposed to be the poorest country in Latin America, passing up Honduras, if passing up is the word. Thanks for all the information. I too have been updating a shortwave list I ran about a year or so ago. Most of these stations are of low power and limited range. We need better stations because I think large areas have no service. Thanks for all the info (Mike Dorner, Catholic Radio Update, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PHILIPPINES. Additional changes for Radio Veritas Asia effective June 16: 0000-0025 Zomi-Chin NF 11705 <<<<< new txion 0100-0125 Urdu NF 17845 <<<<< addit freq \\ 15335 1430-1455 Urdu on 9670 <<<<< retimed ex 1530-1555 on 9670 1500-1555 Russian NF 11795 <<<<< retimed ex 1430-1525 on 9660 Full schedule for Radio Veritas Asia effective June 16: Bengali 0030-0055 11995 250 kW / 300œ 1400-1425 9540 250 kW / 300œ Burmese 2330-2355 11725 250 kW / 280œ 1130-1155 9615 250 kW / 280œ Cantonese 2300-2325 11705 250 kW / 331œ Filipino 2230-2255 15240 250 kW / 030œ Filipino 1500-1525 15360 250 kW / 300œ <<<<< Wed,Fri,Sun Filipino 1525-1555 15360 250 kW / 300œ <<<<< Mon,Tue,Thu,Sat Hindi 0030-0055 11705 250 kW / 300œ 1330-1355 9590 250 kW / 300œ Hmong 1000-1025 9555 250 kW / 280œ Indonesian 2300-2325 11820 250 kW / 222œ 2300-2325 9505 250 kW / 222œ 1200-1225 9505 250 kW / 222œ Kachin 2330-2355 11705 250 kW / 280œ 1230-1255 9615 250 kW / 280œ Karen 0000-0025 11725 250 kW / 280œ 1200-1225 9615 250 kW / 280œ Mandarin 2100-2255 6190 250 kW / 350œ 1000-1155 9520 250 kW / 355œ Russian 0100-0155 17830 250 kW / 015œ 1500-1555 11795 250 kW / 330œ Sinhala 0000-0025 11820 250 kW / 280œ 1330-1355 9520 250 kW / 280œ Tamil 0030-0055 11935 250 kW / 280œ 1400-1425 9520 250 kW / 270œ Telugu 0100-0125 15530 250 kW / 280œ 1430-1455 9535 250 kW / 280œ Urdu 0100-0125 15335 250 kW / 300œ 0100-0125 17845 250 kW / 300œ 1430-1455 9670 250 kW / 300œ Vietnamese 2330-2355 9670 250 kW / 280œ 0130-0225 15530 250 kW / 280œ 1030-1125 11850 250 kW / 280œ 1300-1325 7265 250 kW / 280œ Zomi-Chin 0000-0025 11705 250 kW / 280œ (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 11 via DXLD) ** QATAR. A-02 schedule for Radio Qatar QRC in Arabic: 0245-2130 only on single NF 17755.2, ex 9570.2 co-channels on nominal 17755.0: 1000-1100 China Radio International in Cantonese 1400-1500 Radio Japan NHK World in English 1500-2100 Radio Exterior de España in Spanish 2100-2130 Voice of America in French (Mon-Fri) (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 11 via DXLD) ** ROMANIA. Freq change for Radio Romania Inter in Romanian (for Seaman): 0800-0856 Sun only NF 17745, ex 17790 \\ 15270 15370 17805 17860 21530 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, June 11 via DXLD) ** SINGAPORE. 9600, 1322- June 7, R. SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL. Good to very good reception with news. ID at 1333. Local time check for 9:35 at 1335. Then program about underwater world at Singapore wetlands, by Linda Sunshine (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. My latest message to Sister Stair, which I hope will elicit a reply from her: "Robert Arthur to the House of God, Greeting: How fairs beloved Brother Stair? I am praying for the phophet, and lay may hand on the radio. But I have no revleation how he is. Content in the lord? Defending the faith. Preaching the gospel. I pray for news from Sister Stair and the brothers and sisters in South Carolina. Yours in Jesus the Christ Maranatha." That's it. Short and sweet. We shall see what happens. Other news that might interest your listeners (readers?): I contacted the court in South Carolina. Brother Stair is charged with, among other things, criminal breach of trust, which is a rarely used charge (usually breach of trust is a civil matter). It is also very difficult to prove (except, perhaps, when religious bigotry is in the equation). The law clerk who drafted the complaint used the word "brainwash" in connection with that charge. The women Stair allegedly had sex with were (allegedly) under the impression that Stair (and they) were commanded by god to engage in such activity. Now the women have changed their mind after-the-fact. This is the old non-forcible rape argument, i.e., pretending you're a millionaire, have sex with chick, she finds out you're not a millionaire, and after-the-fact rescinds consent to sex. Then you're on the block for "rape." Those kind of cases (so I thought) went out the window in the late 19th century/early 20th century. By the way, "rape" (they tell me at the courthouse) is the common law term for what modern statutes call "criminal sexual conduct." More specifically, "rape" as we think of it, is "criminal sexual conduct" in the first and third degrees. (Both of those crimes involve force.) CSC in the second and fourth degrees are not as bad a charge as they don't necessarily involve force, and, in some cases, don't even need to involve penetration. (This is a summary of what I got on the phone from the courthouse.) I think this is preposterous and worry about the larger overall implications of disgruntled former members of anything (religion or otherwise) subsequently revoking consent to this devastating effect: denial of bail, etc. The principle of the matter scares me. Now the courts have to decide whether god did or did not so command. Or, perhaps, whether Stair had a subjective knowledge that he was hoodwinking these people. In other words, if B.S. believed his own B.S., then he's "innocent." The whole concept is stupid and unfair, and the only reason most of us don't "see" it is 'cause we hate Brother Stair. But if you step back and look at the big picture in light of the principles upon which this nation was founded, this is a major violation of the rights of an accused who is supposed to be presumed innocent. I have yet been unable to confirm whether it is alleged that any of the women were minors at the time (in which case "consent" is no defense, Sister Stair's pleadings to the contrary notwithstanding), and I have not yet been able to confirm whether the judge used the term "brainwashing" in reference to Stair's radio broadcasts during the bail reduction hearing. Again, that sounds like religious bigotry in violation of the First Amendment. I also don't know why a 69 year old is in maximum security, nor do I know how his ability to communicate with his lawyer and other supporters is or is not hampered. Sister Stair's messages suggest that she is doing everything she is doing (including using his e-mail address) with his permission and possibly direction. I have a call into Brother Stair's lawyer, who, it seems (but not yet 100% confirmed) is not court-appointed but paid for. Dunno if he'll call back. If he is court-appointed, he's not someone fresh out of law school, but a reputable lawyer in the community there. Also awaiting a fax of the actual complaint in this case. Also I want to know how both TV and still news cameras managed to be present at the arrest. Obviously hanky-panky is taking place under the table. This is a community effort to get Brother Stair, and whether we like him or not, we should all worry about this kind of violation of rights. Next time it could be you or a truly innocent person. That's all I can think of to report at this time. Oh, one other thing (how could I forget?): M A R A N A T H A ! ! ! (Couldn't resist.) (Robert Arthur, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SUDAN [non]. MADAGASCAR 15320, 0437- June 8, VOICE OF HOPE. Very nice music with report about Uganda. Much music both local and western sounding music. More English than the last time I listened (all in fact). Very good reception. Parallel good, but only on my 25 meter dipole, otherwise only fair (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SWEDEN. SAQ ON THE AIR JUNE 30 From: http://www.lwca.org/ Alexanderson Day Celebration at Grimeton, Sweden The one surviving Alexanderson alternator transmitter will operate for "Alexanderson Days" at historic station SAQ at 17.2 kHz on Sunday, June 30. As announced in the June edition of The LOWDOWN, the commemorative message will be sent at 0830 UT, and will be repeated at 0845, 1230 and 1245. The first two transmissions occur when an appreciable amount of the North Atlantic path is in darkness, and when much of the summer QRN in North America should be relatively low. The public will be able to tour the station on that date. And, special event station SA6Q will also operate on 136.8 kHz at 0900-1200 UT, and on frequencies in the 40 and 20 meter amateur bands. Please refer to the Alexander Association web site for HF ham operating schedules; times shown there are Swedish summer time, two hours ahead of UT. SAQ is maintained as an historic industrial site by Telia (via Mike Terry, June 10, DXLD) ALL STATIONS, THIS IS GRIMETON RADIO, SIERRA ALPHA QUEBEC" The annual transmission from Grimeton Radio/SAQ in Sweden with the Alexander alternator on 17.2 kHz will take place on Sunday the 30th of June at 0830 UT and will be repeated at 0845, 1230 and 1245. The station building is open to public during transmission. QSL-reports are kindly received: via e-mail in-@alexander.n.se or via fax +46-340-674195 or via ham call "SM6NM" via Swedish Amateur Bureau (SSA) or direct via CBA or via mail to Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner, Radiostationen, Grimeton 72, SE-430 16 ROLFSTORP, SWEDEN or via amateur radio QSO with the call "SA6Q" on the following frequencies: 0900-1200 UT 136,8 kHz CW 0700-0800 UT 14035 kHz CW 14215 kHz SSB 0800-0815 UT 7015 kHz CW 7050 kHz SSB 0900-1000 UT 14035 kHz CW 14215 kHz SSB 1000-1100 UT 7015 kHz CW 7050 kHz SSB 1100-1200 UT 14035 kHz CW 14215 kHz SSB 1200-1215 UT 7015 kHz CW 7050 kHz SSB 1300-1400 UT 14035 kHz CW 14215 kHz SSB Also read web http://www.alexander.n.se Note: QSL-cards to "SAQ" are not possible via Swedish Amateur Bureau (SSA) because SAQ is a commercial call sign and not a member of SSA. When giving QSL to "SAQ" also please add your snail-mail address, because, of the same reason, we can not send QSL-cards via bureau, but only direct via mail. QSL-cards to "SA6Q" are OK via bureau. Regards SM6NM/Lars (WUN mailing list via Benelux DX Club list via DXLD) ** TUNISIA. 17735, 1553- June 9, R. TUNIS. Good reception in the clear with two people talking in Arabic about the Middle East. Heard mentions of Mubarak and Afghanistan. Then brief Kor`an recital (?) at 1555. A shame they don't broadcast in English, or even French (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K [non]. RUSSIA 17735, 0500- June 9, Radio Ezra. Initial very poor reception with S3 to S5, but about 0506 a sudden big improvement to S7 to S9 or better. Something, I suspect happened at the transmitter site. After contact information, into his religious beliefs, and fascination with the Jewish religion. Towards the end of the program, reception again deteriorated to fair only. A strange half hour! Closing announcements at 0528, mentioning that this was the best program so far. He also reports a lack of response to this series of programs, compared to the last series in 11/01. Off at 0529:30, with transmitter off at 0530 (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Re: IBOC comments: I checked out the FCC site to find that there were 241 contributions. Not being in the industry, is that a small number for an issue of this magnitude? I had hoped to get a snapshot of AM IBOC feelings but it would be too time consuming to plow through all 241 of them. Barry (or Fred or anyone else) - could you point us to the most important contributions re AM IBOC? My feeling is that the issue of interference from first and second adjacents hasn't been analyzed or investigated well. But even more amazing is that it hasn't been summarized well in the comments to the FCC that I did read; maybe I missed them? Granted, it's not the forum for detailed technical contributions, but it's someone's job to take the technical input and paint the resulting interference to the FCC in terms that they can connect to. I didn't find that type of summary at all. What I found was a lot of simple several-paragraph contributions that can be summarized as "ain't good for nobody" and of course the various comments from large companies (equipment suppliers and radio station owners) saying "we support it and want you to push forward". There seems to be a hole there regarding its real effect on existing analog AM stations. If any of you guys are aware of comments that touch on that area, I'd love to read them. If I still think there's a hole, I'm going to think hard about filing a comment (Chuck Hutton, NRC-AM via DXLD) As I pointed out, and others have indicated in the list, the biggest problem with IBOC is the interference issue. From a personal side, I'm also offended that with all the evidence of interference, there are so many in the IBOC/iBiquity camp that stand there with serious faces saying "what interference?" (Kind of reminds me of Alfred E. Newman). IBOC's biggest problems are 1) interference to adjacent channel stations, and 2) inability to be used for nighttime service. Barring those two items, it would be a step ahead in broadcasting. Now, why there is no support for DRM/Eureka in the U.S., well, that's politics. I've heard the digital AM stuff that the Europeans are doing in MW and HF, and it really is impressive. Perhaps we need to learn rather than trying to set an example (can you say AM Stereo?) If IBOC is to advance, it will have to cure both of the two ills that I mentioned above. If they can't fix it, then they would be better off to put IBOC in its own channel, such as down in LF or in 2.1 to 2.9 MHz. Take a lesson from analog v digital TV, and you'll see that even with a band that FCC people say does not propagate, hi; there are issues to consider. IBOC is just a bad idea for what they are trying to do with the technology and spectrum they have available. They need to fix the two issues, or move the transmissions to another band. Period (Frederick R. Vobbe, OH, June 9, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** URUGUAY. 6140, 1058- June 6, R. Monte Carlo. Started to monitor this frequency at this time. What a mess. There is a pile up of two stronger stations, one of which is a Chinese speaker, possibly a Chinese domestic, though I'm not sure from where. There is another possibly Chinese station beneath this. Despite this, I could hear some Spanish at about 1103 or so, not parallel to Radio Rebelde on 9600. This could very tentatively be Uruguay. I was hoping for something at 1130, but as I listen, I hear the same 2 Chinese stations (?), one with a male speaker, the other with a woman, and no Spanish soccer play by play (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) The game is supposed to start at 0630 UT Tuesday June 11; China should not be a problem at that hour, but something else (gh, DXLD) ** VENEZUELA. VENEZUELA WITHDRAWS INVITATION FOR WRC-03; CONFERENCE LOCATION UNCERTAIN NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 10, 2002--World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 is looking for a new location. Citing economic concerns, the Venezuelan National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL) has advised International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi that it will be unable to host WRC-03. The conference had been scheduled to be held in Caracas next June and July. Whether it can be held on the scheduled dates in some other location is not yet known. "It is our understanding that the ITU had an option on conference space in Geneva, but that the option has expired," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. Sumner serves as administrative officer for the delegation that will represent the International Amateur Radio Union at the conference. "Planning for a conference of this size and scope generally takes two or three years," Sumner said. "It is a formidable challenge for the ITU staff to work with potential host administrations to find a suitable facility for a conference that is supposed to open less than one year from now." Several issues of importance to radio amateurs are on the conference agenda, including harmonization of the 7-MHz amateur and broadcasting allocations. Other Amateur Radio-related issues on the WRC-03 agenda include the revision of Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations --- the basic rules for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services. Among other issues, this includes the issue of whether to retain the treaty requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency for access to amateur bands below 30 MHz. "Amateurs may rest assured that wherever and whenever the conference is held, the IARU team will be there for them," Sumner said (ARRL via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** VENEZUELA. En la mañana de hoy estuve escuchando en los 4830 kHz con una señal de 54454 Radio Táchira, la escuche desde las 13:20 a las 14:07, ha esa hora la señal salio del aire abruptamente al comienzo de un nuevo programa, yo hacia bastante tiempo que no escuchaba esta estación en esa frecuencia. Buena suerte en los próximos días. [Luego:] Apreciados amigos. Radio Táchira está nuevamente en el aire en 4830 con señal de 55455, en estos momentos 2145 UT. Buena suerte en los próximos días. 73/DX (José M. Valdés R. (Joe) YV5LIX, June 10, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Radio Táchira sí está activa, y esta tarde la he estado escuchando por más de 3 horas con excelente señal, que como es lógico ha ido mejorando al aproximarse la noche; de esta hice una grabación que te envío acá. 73/DX (José Valdés, Caracas, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VENEZUELA. Apreciados amigos. A continuación les envío el horario actualizado de transmisiones de RNV en 9540 kHz. 0300, 1100, 1400, 1800, 2100, 0000. Esta información me fue dada por el señor Alí Méndez, director de programación. 73/DX (José M. Valdés R. (Joe) YV5LIX, June 10, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Supposedly, but they are hardly ever audible; maybe a carrier (gh, DXLD) Estimado José, Has chequeado que realmente esté activa esta emisora?? 73's GIB (Gabriel Iván Barrera, Argentina, Conexión Digital via DXLD) En cuanto a RNV No, como le dije a Gabriel en otro mensaje no he confirmado la actividad, pero la información me la dió el director de programación, Alí Méndez, quien me habló de la posibilidad de hacerme una entrevista para la radio en relación al mundo del DX, pero voy a tratar de confirmar que realmente estén activos, y te lo haré saber (José Valdés, Caracas, June 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VIETNAM. HO CHI MINH TV TO AIR FIVE VOICE OF AMERICA PROGRAMMES FROM JULY | Excerpt from report by press release by Voice of America on 3 June Washington, D.C., 3 June: The Voice of America has signed a first-ever agreement with Ho Chi Minh City TV to carry five VOA television news and information programmes. The shows will go on the air in early July. Vietnam's national television network based in Hanoi in the past has occasionally selected VOA programming from regional satellites for broadcast nationwide. But the addition of Ho Chi Minh TV as an affiliate will mark the first formal agreement between VOA TV and a Vietnamese television broadcaster. VOA TV will provide a satellite dish and promotional materials. HTV will voice-over in Vietnamese and air the programmes during prime after-dinner hours. VOA began radio broadcasts in Vietnamese programming in 1943, and the Voice of Vietnam, the country's national radio station, also airs VOA programming... Source: Voice of America press release, Washington, in English 3 Jun 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Does this mean Vietnam is not jamming VOA on shortwave? (gh, DXLD) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. MADAGASCAR 7310, 0330- June 9, VOICE OF PEOPLE. Fair to good reception tonight, except for a lot of atmospheric static crashes. 7315 [WHRI] appears off the air. I'm quite sure the announcer mentioned a change in schedule. Could someone closer to south Africa confirm (Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC, Canada, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ### |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-095, June 9, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, wghauser@hotmail.com Items from DXLD may be reproduced and re-reproduced only if full credit be maintained at all stages and we be provided exchange copies. DXLD may not be reposted in its entirety without permission. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO #1134: (ONDEMAND) http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html (DOWNLOAD) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1134.rm (STREAM) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1134.ram (SUMMARY) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1134.html NEXT BROADCAST ON WWCR: Wed 0930 on 9475 NEXT BROADCASTS ON RFPI: Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on some of: 7445-USB, 15038.6, 21815-USB NEW TIME ON WBCQ FROM JUNE 12: Wed 2200 on 7415 AND 17495, ex-2330; still UT Thu 0415 on 7415 ** ARGENTINA. Websites: There are excellent sites on Argentina stations, sites maintained by DXers and members of the Rio Platense Group of Radio Listeners of Argentina; these are http://www.geocities.com/lu7frb/capital.htm and http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/2040/redesfm.htm But there are no master lists of Argentine radio. Los Sitios del Internet: Hay sitios excelentes para las radios de Argentina, sitios mantenidos por radioaficionadaos y miembros de Grupo Platense de Radioescuchadores de Argentina; estes son http://www.geocities.com/lu7frb/capital.htm y http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/2040/redesfm.htm Pero no hay sitios generales definitivos de las radios argentinas (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Posted by MT Editor on June 07, 19102 at 12:41:36: A message courtesy of Larry Van Horn: Station VNG is leaving the airwaves (again). Radio VNG is Australia's standard frequency and time signal service. This service provides a signal of moderate accuracy (1 millisecond) that can be readily accessed with inexpensive equipment. As of this writing Radio VNG will not continue beyond 30 June 2002, due to obsolescent technology and replacement options are currently being considered, including the use of the radio-pager network. So here is your last chance at a VNG QSL : The transmitter frequencies, powers and transmission modes are: 2.5 MHz 1 kW, emission mode to be advised 5 MHz 10 kW, emission mode 6K00B9W 8.638 MHz 10 kW, emission mode 3K00A1A 12.984 MHz 10 kW, emission mode 3K00A1A 16 MHz: 5 kW, emission mode 6K00B9W Note: 8.638 MHz and 12.984 MHz are frequencies on loan from the Royal Australian Navy. Reception Reports All correspondence, including reception report and requests for reception reports (QSLs), should be addressed to: Radio VNG National Standards Commission PO Box 282 North Ryde, NSW 1670 The reports should be sufficiently detailed to permit verification. Return postage, preferably in the form of an International Reply Coupon (or US$1) would be appreciated from other than VNG Users Consortium members (MT Chatboard June 7 via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. Websites: Official telecommunications agency list of stations at http://www.sittel.gov.bo/ Sitios del Internet: No hay sitios generales que destacan las radios bolivianas (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7 via DXLD) Beni: CP--- Radio La Palabra 4731 kHz (1,000 wats). Vicariato Apostólico de Beni, Parroquia de Santa Ana. Tel.: (591 46) 20 246, fax (591 411) 9020. P. Yosu Arketa, director. La Paz: CP63, Radio San Gabriel 620 AM (20,000 vatios) y 6085 khz onda corta (5,000 vatios). Arquidiócesis de La Paz. Avda. Gral. Lanza 2001, Apartado 4792, La Paz. (tel. (591 2) 370 421, fax 391 244. Hermano José Canut Saura, FSC, director. 0450-2200 horas [LOCAL TIME presumed] La Paz: CP29, Radio Fides 760 (50,000 vatios), y CP72 en 4845 khz (5,000 vatios), CP12 en 6155 khz (10,000 watts), y CP-- 9625 khz (15,000 vatios) onda corta; y Fides FM 101.5 FM. Fides 2001. Calle Janaro Sanjinés No. 799, La Paz. Apartado 9143, La Paz. Padre Eduardo Pérez Inhane SJ, director. Teléfonos: (591-2) 379030, fax 314332. Founded February 2, 1939. Website: http://www.fides2001.com/nosotros-fides2001.html Riberalta: CP114, Radio San Miguel, 6055 khz onda corta y FM Centenario 92.5 FM. El Vicariato de Pando. Apartado 102, Riberalta. El Vicariato: Apartado 9, Riberalta. Teléfono: (591) 852-843, fax 852- 8146. Beni [sic]: CP114, Radio San Miguel, 4925 kHz (1,000 wats). Vicariato Apostólico de Pando. Calle Bernardino Ochoa N. 58 Riveralta, Beni, Bolivia. CP 102, Riberalta, Beni. Tel.: (591 852) 8363, o 2747; fax 8268. Gerin Pardo Molina, director. Riberalta: Radio San Miguel 3310 kHz (1,000 wats). Vicariato Apostólico de Bení. Calle Rafael Peña No. 58, Riberalta, Beni. Casilla 102. Tel: (591 46) 20 246, fax (591 411) 9020. Félix Rada, director. [It would appear that all three above are same station, tho the last two were reddened as new entries --gh] San Borja: Radio Eco San Borja, 4702 khz. El Vicariato de Beni. Av. Selim Majuli (Correo Central). Gonzalo Espinosa Cortez, director. 7 am - 11 pm. San Ignacio de Velasco: CP126, Radio Juan XXIII 840 (3,000 vatios) y CP90 6055 khz onda corta (3,000 vatios), y 100.0 FM. Dióocesis de San Ignacio de Velasco, Apartado 82, San Ignacio de Velasco. Tel.: (591 962) 2188. Padre Elías Cortezón R., dtr. Santa Ana del Yacuma: CP-- Radio La Palabra, 4730 khz (700 watts). Plaza Fr. Martín Baltasar de Espinosa, Parroquia de Santa Ana, Santa Ana del Yacuma, Beni. Yosú Arketa, director. Santa Cruz: CP 30, Radio Santa Cruz 970 AM (10,000 vatios), y Stéreo 92 92.1 FM, y CP32, 6135 khz onda corta. Los Padres Jesuitas, Calle Mario Flores, esq. Guenda 20, Apartado 672, Santa Cruz. Padre Francisco Flores, SJ, dtr. Teléfono: +591(3) 531817, fax 532257. Siglo Veinte: CP50, Radio Pio XII 710 AM (10,000 vatios), 97.9 FM, y 5948 khz y 5955 khz onda corta. Apartado 434, Oruro. Padre Roberto Durette OMI, dtr. Teléfono: +591-52-53163. Fundada 1967, FM May 14, 2000. Sucre: CP54, Radio Loyola 1300 AM (2,500 vatios), y CP41 en 5995 khz onda corta (1,000 vatios). Fides 2001. Apartado 40, o Calle Ayacucho 161, Sucre. Teléfono: +591(64)53677, 54570; fax 42555. Señor Gonzalo Ibáñez Ferrufino, director. 0600-2200 horas. Se puede oír en el Internet. Fundada el 31 de julio 1950. Tarija: CP204, Radio Tarija 640 AM ``La Voz del Campesino`` (10,000 vatios) y CP229 6080 khz onda corta (silent) y 98.7 FM. El Obispado de Tarija, Apartado 1003, Calle Bolivar esq. España, Tarija. 0500-0945 y 1200-2140 horas. El Obispado: Calle Gen. Bernardo Trigo 0761, o Apartado 1192. Teléfono: (591) 66-3425 o 5042. Marcos Van Der Valk, director. (Catholic Radio in the Americas, June 7, SW listings only excerpted by gh for DXLD; in these and subsequent entries there may be some inactive stations included; reproduced here more or less as given) *** BULGARIA. OPDX was informed that Boyan, LZ1BJ, is stating that mail theft in Bulgaria is very bad. He currently recommends that there is no sense to send direct QSLs to LZ, because of the situation in the Bulgarian Postal system. If you send direct, avoid using green stamps, use IRC only and pack letters very secure, using scotch tape. Boyan has received over the past 2 years about 200 opened letters. He has sent several complaints to Bulgarian Postal Authorities (KB8NW/OPDX June 10/BARF-80 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. Websites: The Paulist DX Club has a site that lists loggings of Brazilian AM and FM stations at http://www.dxcp.com.br and there is a complete list of AM and shortwave stations at http://www.dxcp.com.br/download/projetoradiobrasil.pdf complete with addresses at the club`s website. The national government telecommunications regulatory agency, ANATEL, once had a detailed list of AM and FM stations, but the last time I checked it was not working. Sitios del Internet: El Clube DX Paulista tiene un sitio que destaca las radios que sus miembros han escuchado desde todas partes de Brasil; además, hay un elenco completo de todas las radios AM y onda corta brasileña en http://www.dxcp.com.br/download/projetoradiobrasil.pdf e indica las direcciones postales también. La agencia gunbernamental nacional que regula las telecomunicaciones brasileñas, ANATEL, en el antepasado tuvo un mecanismo en su sitio para identificar las emisoras de cualquieras ciudades, pero no funciona ya. Amazonas Coari: ZYH289 Rádio Educacão Rural, 1250 AM (1,000 watts por los días, 250 watts noches), y ZYF272, 5035 khz onda corta (5,000 watts). Praça Sao Sebastiao 137, Coari AM 69460-000. 0900-0400 horas [suspect UT in this case – gh]. José C. Martins Cabra I., dtr. (en la diócese de Coari) Manaus: ZYH286, Rádio Rio Mar 1290 AM (10,000 watts por los días, 250 watts por las noches) y onda corta ZYE246, 6160 khz (10,000 watts) y ZYE245, 9695 khz (7,500 watts) Arzobispado de Manáus, Rua José Clemente 500, Manaus 69010-070. 0900-0100 hrs. Martin J. Laumann, dtr. Fundada 1954, purchased by Archdiocese in 1962. (en la arzodiócese de Manaus) Bahía Fiera de Santana: ZYH451 Rádio Sociedade de Fiera de Santana 970 AM (10,000 watts días, 5,000 watts noches), ZYF390 on 4865 khz shortwave, & Rádio Princesa 96.9 FM. Obispado de Feira de Sanana. Frei Hermenegildo 300, Capuchinhos, CP 1525, 44052-240 Feira de Santana, BA. Teléfonos: (55 075) 625-5119, fax 625-1210. Frei Rutivalder Alves de Brito, director. Ceará Crato: ZYH600 Rádio Educadora 1020 AM (5,000 watts días, 1,000 watts noches) y ZYF533 3255 khz onda corta (1,000 watts). Rua Coronel Antônio Luíz 1068, Bairro do Pimenta, 63100-000 Crato. 0900-1400 & 1900-0200 hrs. Padre Gonçalo Farias Filho, dtr. (en Diócese de Crato) Minas Gerais Governador Valadares: ZYL254 Radio Por um Mundo Melhor 850 AM (10,000 watts day, 500 watts night), 97.7 FM, y ZYG202 on 4855 kHz (1,000 watts) shortwave. Avenida Brasil 2770, 35020-070 Governardor Valadares, MG. Odilon Lagares de Aguilar, director. (in the Diocese of Governador Valdares). Pará Belém: ZYI532 Rádio Clube Paranaense 690 AM (20,000 watts días, 5,000 watts noches), y ZYG362 on 4885 khz (5,000 watts). C.P. 533, 66017-970 Belem PA. Snhr. Edyr Paiua Preença, dtr. (En la arzodiócese de Belem.) Santarém: ZYI354 Radio Rural 710 AM (10,000 watts day, 5,000 watts night) & ZYG363 on 4765 kHz (10,000 watts). Av. São Sebastião 622-A, 68005-090 Santarém, Pará. Tel.: +55 (83) 522-2439. Silvana Maria Santos, director. (in the Diocese of Santarém). Paraná Londrina: ZYJ260 Radio Alvorada de Londrina 970 AM (5,000 watts por los días, 1,000 watts por las noches), y ZYD649 en 4865 khz (5,000 watts). Edificio Júlio Fuganti, Rua Senador Souza Naves 9, 9er pisa, Salas 903-911, 86010-170 Londrina PR. Teléfonos: (43) 336-0606, fax 321-4745. Senhor Paulo Lauro C. de Oliveira, director. 0400-1200 horas. Pernambuco Petrolina: ZYI780 Emisora Rural a Voz do São Francisco 730 AM (10,000 watts) y ZYG525 4945 khz onda corta (1,000 watts). Fundação Emissora Rural a Voz do São Francisco, Praça Maria Auxiliadora 205, 5630-000 Petrolina PE. Teléfonos: (081) 862-1522. Dom Frei Paulo Cardoso, director. 0800-0100 horas [UT or local?]. (en la diócese de Petrolina) Piaui Teresina: ZYI891 Rádio Pioneira de Teresina 1150 AM (10,000 wats días, 5,000 wats noches) y ZYG595 onda corta 5015 kHz (1,000 wats). Fundação Dom Avelar Brandão Vilela, Rua 24 de Janeiro, 150 – Centro, Teresina. Tel.: 0 xx 86 221-8121, fax 221-8122. Luís Soares de Melo, director. Director de rádio: Padre Tony Batista. Rondônia Guajará Mirim: ZYJ670 Rádio Educadora 1260 AM (1,000 watts días, 250 watts noches) & ZYG792 on 3375 kHz (5,000 watts). Fundação Dom Rey, Praça Mário Corrêa 90, o C.P. 51, Guajará-Mirim, RO. Teléfono (069) 541-6333. Padre Izidoro José Moro, director. (en la diócese de Guajará Mirim) Porto Velho: ZYG671 Radio Caiari 1430 AM (1,000 watts) & ZYG790 on 4785 khz (10,000 watts). Av. Carlos Gomes 932, 78900-030 Porto Velho. Carlos A. Diniz Martins, director. (in the Arzobispado de Porto Velho). São Paulo Aparecida: ZYK542 Radio Aparecida 820 AM (10,000 watts por los días, 500 watts noches) y FM 90.9; y onda corta ZYG853 en 5035 khz (10,000 watts), ZYE954 6135 (25,000 watts) y 9630 khz (10,000 watts), y ZYE954, 11855 khz (1,000 watts); Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Aparecida. Av. Getúlio Vargas 185, Aparecida 12570-000. 0700-0300. Teléfonos: +55(12)565-1133 fax 565-1138. Padre Antônio César Moreira Miguel, dtr. E-mail: radioaparecida@redemptor.com.br; website http://www.radioaparecida.com.br (En la arzodiócese de Aparecida) Cachoeira Paulista: ZYK513 Rádio Cançao Nova 1020 AM (10,000 watts por los días, 250 watts por las noches), ZYG868 on 4825 khz (10,000 watts), ZYE971 on 6105 khz (10,000 watts), y ZYE971 on 9675 khz (10,000 watts). Difunde sobre el Internet. C.P. 57, 12630-070 Cachoeira Paulista, SP. Wellington Silva, Jardim, director. 24 hras. Website: http://www.cancaonova.org.br E-mail: radio@cancaonova.org.br (En la diócese de Cachoeira do Sur) Fundada el 25 de mayo 1980 (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7, SW only excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** BRAZIL. Durante a Copa da Mundo muitas emissoras brasileiras devem deixar suas antenas, em ondas curtas, ligadas até mais tarde. Acontece que os jogos são na madrugada brasileira, ou seja, após às 0500. Em 2 de junho, por exemplo, a Rádio Gaúcha, de Porto Alegre, transmitiu os jogos da Argentina contra a Nigéria e Paraguai versus África do Sul, nas freqüências de 6020 e 11915 kHz. Às 0745, a emissora foi captada, em Porto Alegre, nas duas freqüências. O mesmo aconteceu com a Guaíba, em 6000 e 11785 kHz. Foi captada, em Porto Alegre, às 0805, com a cobertura do jogo da África do Sul e Paraguai. Vale lembrar que a maioria dos jogos são narrados em estúdios, tanto em Porto Alegre como em Seul. Os jogos do Brasil, com certeza, são diretos dos estádios em que são realizados (Célio Romais, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** CANADA. National Post Online June 7, 2002 THEY'LL HAVE YOU IN STITCHES Jonathan Kay Keeping a comedy troupe intact for a sesquidecade without a change in personnel is an amazing achievement. In the case of the Vestibules, the survival streak is all the more impressive given the dwindling Anglo presence in Montreal, where the trio is based. So many of the Vestibules' fans have migrated west that the troupe wrote a song about the exodus, fittingly titled I Don't Want to Go to Toronto... http://www.nationalpost.com/scripts/printer/printer.asp?f=/stories/20020607/481394.html (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** CANADA. I have been able to tune in CFRX on 6070 kHz between about 6 and 8 UT. I cannot tune in at any other time, and a while back the opposite was true. I have also not been able to tune in to WHRI at 9495 kHz between 18 and 20 UT (Kenneth S. Armstrong, Chicago IL, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) By ``cannot tune in`` do you mean there is no signal audible on clear channel; blocked by interference, or what? (gh, DXLD) ** CHILE. 8377, ARMONICO, 1321, Sintonizada la señal de Scamusica, sistema de transmicion de musica en el modo sub-portadora, con musica ambiental para empresas, 33233, (Héctor Frías, Chile, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Usually reported in 47-49 MHz band, as recently here by F2 to Japan. How could 8377 kHz be a harmonic of that??? (gh, DXLD) ** CHILE. Diocesan Catholic Stations, Members of ARCA: The following stations are members of the Asociación de Radios Católicas de Chile (ARCA), which maintains a website at http://www.galeon.com/redarca An up-to-date database of Chilean stations plus other very useful information can be found there. Coyhaique: CD84 Santa María AM 840 AM (10,000 watts), y CE603 on 6030 khz onda corta (10,000 watts). Calle Bilbao 681, Casilla 1, Coyhaique, Chile. Tel.: (67) 232398, 232025, 231817; fax (67) 231306. E-mail: santamaria@entelchile.net. Señor Victor Soto Guzmán, director. 0500- 2300 horas, onda corta 1045-0230 y domingos 1130 a 0300. Websites: There is a good website for all Chilean radio and television stations, operated by the Chile DX Club, http://www.lanzadera.com/chiledxclub/ with separate AM and FM listings, among other pages. Sitios del Internet: Hay buen sitio para todas las radios y las televisoras chilenas, mantenido por el Clube DX de Chile, por http://www.lanzadera.com/chiledxclub/ Los elencos de radios AM y FM son distintos, y hay otras páginas, como de las televisoras, que son de interés (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7 via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. Bogotá: HJKU Emisora Kennedy 1430 AM (12,000 watts) y HJKW 4775 khz (1,000 watts). Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé, Parroquia La Macarena. Calle 385 #75-31, Ciudad Kennedy 72875, Santa Fe de Bogotá. Tel: (91) 2-730703. Señor José Vicente Echeverri, director. La onda corta es inactiva. Buenaventura: HJJA Radio Buenaventura 1240 AM (3,000 w) y HJAM 4835 khz onda corta (1,000 w). Apartado Aereo 383, Buenaventura. 0530-2400 horas [local time UT-5 presumably]. Padre Antonio Bayter Abud, dtr. Florencia: HJVK Armonías del Caquetá 970 (30,000 w) y HJRI 4915 khz onda corta (3,000 w). El Obispado de Florencia, Carretera 14 #12-129, Piso 2á, o Apartado 285, Florencia. 0500-2200 horas. Padre Álvaro Serna A., dtr. Tumaco: HJKG Radio Mira 1190 AM (10,000 watts) y HJOW 6015 khz (1,000 watts). A.A. 165, Tumaco. Gabriel Osornio, director. 0600-2300 [local time] (Catholic Radio in the Americas, June 7, SW items only excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. Hola Rafael!! Hace un rato, Hans Johnson me decía que desde los Estados Unidos habia captado una emisora en los 6064.5 a 1100 UT de ayer sábado, pero no era audible hoy domingo. Desde Buenos Aires no pude escuchar nada. Vamos a ver de qué se trata. Te mando un abrazo (Arnaldo Slaen, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** CUBA. 9965-USB, R Habana, 0630 June 9, fair-good in English with item on research into destroying the bo weevil, // 9550 which was suffering co-channel QRM (Paul Ormandy, NZ, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {Corrected to 9665-USB!} ** CUBA [NON]. DISSIDENTS TUNE IN TO, CONTRIBUTE TO MARTÍ BY Vanessa Bauzá, HAVANA BUREAU, June 7, 2002 HAVANA Late at night when the signal is clearest, Giraldo Leon Corvea plugs the earphones into his short-wave radio, ignores the unrelenting static and tunes in to Radio Martí for news and opinions considered counterrevolutionary on state-run radio. Critics have charged the federally funded, anti-Castro station's programming as unbalanced and inflammatory. But faithful listeners such as Leon Corvea say they appreciate the station's viewpoints as an alternative to the reports on Cuban government-run stations, even if Radio Martí's credibility and news judgment are flawed at times. "There have been low points in credibility, false news that was broadcast, but its not [Radio Martí's] editorial line," said Raul Rivero, the island's best-known independent journalist and who is a contributor to the exile-run station. Rivero said he would prefer to speak on regular AM/FM radio stations and address his compatriots on Cuba's radio stations, without the interference that blocks Radio Martí's signal. But as a dissident with views critical of the government he said he faces a no win situation. " ... it is always suspicious to use a [U.S.] government-funded radio station to distribute news, but here the government closes all the doors," Rivero said. "Then they accuse you of being a mercenary for using a borrowed station." Rivero and others insist they are not paid a dime for their contributions. "The pay we get is that our country listens to us," Rivero said. Since its inception in 1985, Radio Martí has faced persistent policy investigations and audits. Critics say the station's $15 million annual budget and especially the $10 million a year it costs to run its broadcast partner, TV Martí, are a waste of taxpayers' money because their audience is small or non-existent. On Thursday those criticisms were renewed in a hearing on Capitol Hill where members of the Cuba Working Group, a new organization that aims to ease the embargo, said TV Martí should be scrapped to improve Radio Martí. Dissidents in Cuba agree. "The money they are investing in TV Martí should be put into a better signal [for Radio Martí] and they should send more radios," said Victor Rolando Arroyo, a dissident, referring to the U.S. Interests Section's distribution of hundreds of short-wave radios over the past year. Radio Martí frequently comes under fire from the Cuban government. In February, Cuban officials blamed the station for inciting 21 young Cuban men to crash the gates of the Mexican Embassy after it repeatedly broadcast statements by Mexican Foreign minister Jorge Castañeda that the doors of the embassy were open to all Cubans. Rather than inciting sedition, supporters of Radio Martí here said the station provides a measure of "protection" for dissidents who are arrested by ensuring that their plight is publicized. Though Cuban listeners had no statistical information to back their claims that the station is heard in Cuba, they offered anecdotal evidence. "My voice is recognized by strangers," said Ricardo González an independent Havana journalist who for three years has contributed to a Radio Martí segment for Cubans interested in leaving legally. He said his phone rings non-stop with people interested in information about family reunification, the visa lottery, or filing for political asylum. He passes their questions to a Miami immigration attorney who discusses them on the program, Las Noticias Como Son --"The News as It Is". Copyright © 2002, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) CUBAN MIGRANTS SAY THEY WERE MISLED By JIM DAY, Associated Press CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands --- Eight Cubans who made it to the U.S. Virgin Islands by boat said Thursday that broadcasters from a U.S.-funded radio station led them to believe they could legally immigrate if they landed at the shore. The eight were among 13 Cubans who arrived Monday at this U.S. territory after a two-day journey from the communist island. The eight pleaded innocent to charges of illegal entry Thursday; two others pleaded guilty and a family of three had not yet been charged because officials were still evaluating how to deal with them. The group told the Immigration and Naturalization Service upon their arrival that they thought they had permission based on broadcasts from Radio Martí, a U.S. government-run station run by Cuban exiles who oppose Fidel Castro. "The United States has been encouraging Cubans to enter without inspection since Radio Marti was established in 1990," said Douglas Beevers, a federal public defender who is representing the eight. They didn't immediately present specific evidence about what immigration information they got from Radio Martí, but Beevers said he would ask the station for transcripts. Radio Martí officials said Thursday that they do not encourage Cubans to immigrate to the United States, but broadcast news about issues of interest to the Cuban people, such as immigration topics. "Radio Martí tells people not to go in the water and risk their lives," said Tish King, a spokeswoman for the International Broadcasting Bureau, the government agency that oversees foreign broadcasts such as Radio Martí and Voice of America. "That is the opposite of what these people are saying in the court case." Most Cuban migrants who safely reach American territory without being detected are usually allowed to stay. However, they technically can be charged with illegal entry and sent home if they don't land somewhere designated for international arrivals --- like a port. Migrants intercepted at sea are typically sent home. The U.S. policy is based on the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, which Castro for years has criticized as encouraging Cubans to make the dangerous journey by boat to the United States. Since April, more than 50 Cuban immigrants have been arrested and charged with illegal entry into this U.S. territory that lies about 800 miles east of Cuba. The eight defendants remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. They are to appear again in court on July 17. Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder (via Dave White, DXLD) ** ECUADOR. Government Telecommunications agency website (Supertel): http://www.supertel.gov.ec/concesionarios.htm Loja: HCAV3 Radio Luz y Vida 1150 AM (10,000 w) y 4850 onda corta (3,000 w) and FM 88.3. Misioneras Sociales de la Iglesia. Originating station. Calles Rocafuerte 1143 y Olivedo. Casilla 11-01-222. Hermana Ana Maza Reyes, dtr. 0500-2230 horas. Macas: HCVB7 La Voz del Upano 1540 AM, and 90.5 FM, & HCSK7 en 3360 kHz, (potencia desconocida), 4870 & HCVB7 on 5040 kHz (10,000 w), y 6000 kHz. Nationwide service on 5965 kHz. Repetidoras: Gral. Leonidas Plaza, Limón 90.5 FM; Santiago de Méndez 90.5 FM; Gualaquiza 90.5 FM. El Vicariato de Méndez. Misión Salesiana. Calle 10 de Agosto s/n/ Padre Domingo Barrueco. Casilla 692, Quito. Teléfonos: (593 7) 70- 0356, 70-0259, fax (593 7) 70-0574. 0545-2200 horas. Habían dos servicios distintos, pero se parece que uno, quizás el comercial, está cerrado. Programas en Shuar. Quito: HCFF1, Radio Jesús del Gran Poder 670 AM (12,000 w). La onda corta en 5050 kHz (5,000 w) está cerrada. La Catedral de San Francisco. Casilla 17-01-133. 0445-2000 horas. Padre Jorge Enríquez Silva, dtr. 24 hras [sic]. Quito: HCRP1, Radio Católica Nacional 880 AM (50,000 w por los días, 40,000 w por las noches) y 94.1 FM. La onda corta en 5030 kHz (10,000 w) está cerrada. La Conferencia Episcopal del Ecuador. Fundación Juan Pablo II. Calles América 1830 y Mercadilo. Flagship. Casilla 17-03- 540. 0500-2100 horas. E-mail: buenanoticia@radiocatolica.org.ec René Torres, dtr., Padre Antonio Arreguí Y., el gerente. Quito: Radio María Ecuador 100.1 FM. Fundación Radio María. Calles Baquerizo Moreno 281 y Leonidas Plaza. Tels.: (593-2) 564714, 564719, and 558702. Fax (593-2) 237630. Control room: 239800. Fr. Francisco Palacios, director. E-mail: radiomaria@andina.net. Website: http://www.radiomariaecuador.org Repetidoras: Olon 105.3 FM, Ibarra 101.5 FM, Macas 98.9 FM, Nueva Loja 104.1 FM. Reported March 2002 on HCVN7 La Voz del Napo in Tena on 3280 kHz. Santo Domingo: HCOT1, Radio Católica Nacional 965 AM (10,000 w) y 101.7 FM. La onda corta en 3395 kHz está cerrada (10,000 watts). Fundación Juan Pablo II. Calles Ibarra y Babahoyo. Casilla 17-24-567. Padre Gualberto Pérez Paredes, dtr. Cierra a la 0100. Tena: HCVN7 La Voz del Napo, 3280 kHz (2,500 watts). Misión Josefina, Tena. Señor Ramiro Cabrera, director. Relays Radio María Ecuador, sometimes Radio María Colombia, overnight (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7, SW references only excerpted by gh for DXLD) see also GALAPAGOS ** FINLAND. SCANDINAVIAN WEEKEND RADIO 11690 / 11720 Full Data #280 QSL Card depicting a bumblebee on one side, reverse photo of the staff. Also sent a whole bunch of goodies, stickers, decals, wall poster, postcard of Virrat, Finland and an information letter. All this in 50 days for a tape report. 50 watts into 3-element beam to North America. v/s Frank D.J. (Ed Kusalik, Alberta, Free Radio Weekly via DXLD) ** FRANCE. Receber um cartão QSL da Rádio França Internacional não depende mais da própria emissora. De acordo com Amparo Cots, do Serviço Latino Americano, todos os informes de recepção são enviados ao Departamento de Ondas Decamétricas da Teledifusão da França. Segundo ela, "este organismo responde, com muita demora, desde que foram suprimidas as transmissões em ondas curtas para a América Latina". As informações foram enviadas, por carta, ao radioescuta brasileiro Paulo Jorge Ferreira, de Bagé(RS). (Célio Romais, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Galápagos, Puerto Baquerizo: HC--- La Voz de Galápagos 530 AM (unk. watts) y Galápagos Stéreo 97.1 FM. Prefetura Apostólica de Galápagos. Galápagos Isla San Cristóbal: HCVG8 La Voz de San Cristóbal 1320 AM (5,000 w). Misión Franciscana, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Padre Manuel Valarezo, dtr. 0700-2000 horas. [local time = UT -6] Galápagos Isla Santa Cruz: HCSC8 Radio Santa Cruz 88.7 FM (1,000 w). Prefetura Apostólica de Galápagos. Puerto Ayora, Isla de Santa Cruz. Padre Jesús Guerrera, dtr. 0700-1900 horas (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7 via DXLD) ** GREENLAND. Re DXLD 2-093: In the audio section of DXing.info you can listen to a vintage recording (provided by Michael Schnitzer) from the previous era of shortwave broadcasting from Greenland: http://www.dxing.info/audio/index_greenland.dx The KNR website is located at http://www.knr.gl/ but doesn't contain any information about the new SW broadcasts. Has someone already picked up these new SW transmissions? (Mika Mäkeläinen, Finland, June 7, dxing.info via DXLD) ** GUATEMALA [and non]. LATIN AMERICAN MEDIA GIANT IN THE MAKING Miami-based businessman controls big chunk of Latin American airwaves, looks to extend reach... By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - He calls himself a ``Robin Hood who pays taxes.'' Newspapers call him ``the Ghost.'' Lawmakers and media experts call him one of the biggest threats to free speech in Latin America. But everybody agrees on one thing: Ángel González, a Mexican- born, Miami-based, ever-mysterious broadcast mogul, is fast becoming the king of Latin America's airwaves. And almost nobody outside Guatemala has heard of him. In this Central American nation, González owns seven television stations - including the only four with nationwide coverage - as well as 20 radio stations. Elsewhere in Latin America, he controls 34 TV stations and more than 70 radio stations in five other countries. His list of major TV stations includes three in Costa Rica, two in southern Mexico, two in Nicaragua, a pair in the Dominican Republic and one in Chile. He says that's only the beginning for his holding company, Televideo Services Inc. ``Over the next 10 years we will come to control three more stations per year,'' González, who speaks only Spanish, said in a telephone interview. With a net worth estimated at dlrs 350 million, he is often described by admirers as a shrewd entrepreneur who is quietly gobbling up a broadcast market overlooked by most high rollers. But critics say he is out to build broadcast monopolies all over Latin America - from south Florida to Tierra del Fuego. ``You hear reports of just how much power and influence people like him have in Latin America - except with González it's all true,'' said Santiago Cantón, a freedom of expression envoy for the Organization of American States. ``He is looking to do what he did to Guatemala to other countries, and there doesn't seem to be any way to stop him.'' In an OAS report, Cantón said González's holdings are ``dangerous to all levels of Guatemalan freedom of expression'' because they let him create and cancel TV and radio shows and use one-sided programming to help political allies. González was born near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey and got his start in television peddling syndicated shows to stations in the region. On one of his trips to Guatemala he met his wife, and decided to stay. Using loans, he started his broadcast operation by buying Guatemala's channels 3 and 7 in 1981. A 58-year-old with a winning smile and a high-pitched voice, González said he seeks out small stations that have become unprofitable and enjoys putting them back in the black. He rarely goes after the biggest properties in a region, saying he prefers to buy smaller stations so that one day he will ``have control of more channels than anyone else.'' González said he has sidestepped laws prohibiting monopolies by using phantom companies run by local relatives, friends and stand-ins to acquire his Latin American broadcast interests. ``Why lie? In Guatemala I use my wife's name. In Chile I have Chileans. In Perú, I have Peruvians,'' he said. ``I run a holding company and I let my friends and relatives control everything else. I violate no laws.'' González's business dealings are so secretive that newspapers call him ``el Fantasma'' - ``the Ghost'' - a man whose money and influence are everywhere even if records bearing his name are not. According to the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre, González was allowed to take over Perú's Channel 13 after paying dlrs 15 million (50 million soles) to the since ousted spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos to settle a payment dispute between a González stand-in and station owner Género Delgado. Shortly after the payment, a Montesinos-controlled court ruled in favor of González, who took control of the station and canceled an investigative-reporting program critical of then President Alberto Fujimori. After Fujimori's government collapsed, Delgado regained 75 percent of the station. A González company still owns the rest. Delgado said González used similar tactics to take over Lima's Channel 9. ``There is a junta of fraudulent associates, and behind this junta (González) controls Channel Nine,'' Delgado said. ``They wanted to do the same thing to Channel 13, but we stopped them.'' González called the accusations ridiculous. ``I live in the United States. I would have serious legal problems if these reports were true,'' said González, who said he owns homes in Miami, New Orleans, Mexico City and Guatemala City. ``I don't have anyone after me.'' Still, González doesn't deny his control of the Guatemalan airwaves is airtight. Guatemalan leaders say chatting with González in Miami - or meeting him for drinks at restaurants he owns in Key Biscayne and Key West - is a must for those who want to succeed in politics. ``There is no one in power in Guatemala left to criticize Ángel González,'' said Sen. Pablo Ceto, head of a small opposition party. ``He has supported all the major parties and all the major candidates, and no one will ever forget that.'' A self-described conservative, González said he backs any candidate he thinks can win, regardless of ideology. ``I award free publicity to everyone who deserves it, and that makes some people who are used to running things in Guatemala mad,'' he said. ``I have an interest in all things political, because if I didn't, the upper classes would continue happily controlling who wins every election.'' During the 1999 presidential race, González donated more than 20 million quetzales (dlrs 2.6 million) and provided plum airtime free of charge to the campaign of populist Alfonso Portillo. There is no law in Guatemala against giving free ad time, and political analysts say the free commercials helped Portillo win the election. ``Without González there may well have been another president in Guatemala,'' said the government's human rights ombudsman, Julio Arango Escobar. He said González has influenced every Guatemalan presidential race since 1986. After becoming president, Portillo named González's brother-in-law, Luis Rabbe, as his minister of communications, infrastructure and housing, a powerful Cabinet position whose jurisdiction includes the oversight of broadcast media. Politicians aren't the only Guatemalans who see benefits in befriending González. José Eduardo Zaraco, a former TV journalist and newspaper columnist, said he sought out González in Miami to win support for a twice-weekly television news magazine on González's Channel 13. But after two years of shows that offered stinging criticism of Portillo, first as a candidate and later as president, González canceled the show in February 2000. ``He told me that he was tired of having the president's office call and complain about the program,'' Zaraco said. ``I tried, with the show, to fight the monopoly, but really I was part of it.'' Cantón said González first censored his Guatemalan stations in 1988, when he canceled a pair of soap operas that were critical of some of his political allies. He has since forced his Guatemalan outlets to cancel more than 10 news and entertainment programs, Cantón said. González denied that. He said the OAS official ``listened to too many biased sources without conducting his own investigation.'' Last February, a mob stormed the offices of the newspaper El Periódico, protesting a series of articles that charged Rabbe with misusing public funds. The newspaper accused the Communications Ministry of orchestrating the protest. It said a camera crew for González's Channel 7 showed up to film the supposedly spontaneous rally 20 minutes before it began. The paper published photographs of the license plates of several ministry vehicles that it said dropped protesters off. Rabbe denied having anything to do with the demonstration. ``President Portillo is a good man. Mr. Rabbe is a good man,'' González said. ``The same forces after me are after them, but that's the way politics goes in Guatemala.'' (via Scott Gurian, June 9, DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. Cobán: TGTZ Radio Tezulutlán, shortwave 3370 (1,000) & 4835 (5,000) & TGDV 103.5 FM. Box 19, Cobán 16901 o 1a Av. 1-31, Zona 3, Cobán Alta Verapaz. Tel.: 952-1928, fax 951-2848. Obispado de Alta Verapaz. Padre Sergio Godoy, dtr. The FM is affiliated with Fundación para la Paz y Reconciliación; see TGTO-FM Guatemala City. 6 am-10 am & 4 pm-10 pm. Jocotán: TGCH Radio Chortís 3380 (1,000). Centro Social, Jocotán. Padre Juan María Boxus, dtr. Affiliate of Fundación para la Paz y Reconciliación; see TGTO-FM Guatemala City. 6 am-8 am & 4 pm-11:30 pm. Guatemala City: TGWC La Radio de María 1600 AM (10,000 wats). Km 15 - Carretera Roosevelt, Zone 2, via a Mixco, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Teléfonos: 597-9578, 701-0302. ``La última del cuadrante pero la primera en el corazón de la familia.`` Not affiliated with Radio María Guatemala 100.3 FM (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7, SW only excerpted by gh for DXLD) ??? This last one is questionable; stranger things have happened, as preceding article may indicate, but I distinctly remember that 1600 used to be a government Voz de Guatemala outlet, as the calls imply, along with TGW, TGWA and TGWB (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** HAWAII. HONOLULU RADIO ROLLCALL Fred, please cue the Harp efx... I remember it like it was almost yesterday (rubbing my chin, looking off into the distance at my desk). Indeed, the highest freq FM was 97.5 KPOI 98 Rock in Honolulu (// 1040 AM). Then in Maui something like 100.1 or 101.1 in Lahina opened up around 1986. The rest was history. 590 KSSK seemed to do pretty well with Michael W. Perry [on the left side of your speaker] and Larry Price [on the right side of your speaker] in the AM (MOR Formatted music). Please refresh my memory. What AM freq was KGMB on? I know it was TV-9 in Honolulu (and other channel relays in the other islands). The very first AM stereo station I heard was 830 KIKI (CHR) (10 kw) in 1985, with a Sony SRF-A1, which I still have. Kamasami Kong, Noe Tanigawa, Frank B. Shaner, Shawn Till Dawn (who used to lend me American Top 40 LPs to listen to at the Base Library). Personality Oriented AM... gotta love it, and again, in stereo! I heard on Jerry Star's June DXAS segment that there are COMPETING applications for 1600khz in Wahiawa and Makaha. I lived in Makaha at one time and I don't feel there is any commercial activity out there aside from the 7-11 Convienience Store/Gas Station. Mmm, I can taste those Piña Colada Slurpees now! They sustained my wife's cravings pretty well when we were expecting our first child. Wahiawa can probably support a station, except for Dave Gleason's point of the market just being overloaded with stations. Speaking of the "Heritage Calls", when I was in Hawaii '83 - '86, 760 was KGU (forget if Aku was still there then, I remember it as News/Talk) KHVH 990 also was a News Station, KIKI - I don't know if that's a 'heritage' call, but it was 830, KISA was Filipino-oriented on 1540, KZOO was Japanese on 1210 I think, KDEO (sole country outlet) pumped out 10 kw on 940 from Waipahu, KPOI was AOR on 1040 (partly // of FM 97.5 "98 Rock K-Poi"). As I mentioned before 690 KKUA. It seemed to be the calls for a while judging from the old stickers I'd see here and there. 1080 KWAI seemed to be a A/C Revolving cart machine... 1320 (was it then?) KCCN All native Hawaiian. FM - KULA Waipahi 92.3 Adult Stereo Rock, Michael W. Perry voicelining everything - later live jocks. KSHO 96.5 Did an all Beatles format. Maybe an All Elvis deal too... memory's fading. Later went to CHR/A/C KRTR The Crater. 93 (.1 or .3?) KQMQ CHR King... Willie Moku in PM, Michael Q. Seng in the AM drive (Ron Gitschier, Jax, FL, NRC-AM via DXLD) Here is an old memory buster.... does anyone remember the frequency that the Japanese used to home in on Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked? It was a commercial AM station. And so was the beginning of turning on and off transmitters for the old Conelrad System (Fred Vobbe, ibid.) KGMB was on 590. I never heard them, either from Oregon in the '50s or Texas in the '60s. I remember when 690 was KULA, "Kula of Honolulu"; I verified KTOH-Lihue on 1490 from Oregon in 1958 ... Katoshe Nose (world famous ham DX'er KH6IJ was the verie signer; he was a contemporary to Alan Roycraft as a broadcast engineer) ... KTOH later moved to 1350 and changed calls, if memory serves ... 1380 for a long time was KPOI, but before that it was KHON and that is the one I heard and confirmed. I think I verified it from Oregon and then heard it from Texas, too. KORL-650 used to be the easiest Hawaiian frequency from the Texas Panhandle, during WSM's Monday morning silent period. I vaguely recall they were originally on 630. KZOO-1210 in Japanese, KIKI-830, KAIM-870, KGU-760, all are in my verie collection. When Waipahu on 940 first went on the air, it was KAHU. W. Russell Withers, Jr., owner of WMIX-940 where I worked for 11 years, bought KAHU and found the Hawaiian market overly saturated in the '70s and got out as soon as he could. I never did vacation in Russ's Honolulu apartment. KHVH started out on 1040 and NRC'er Pete Taylor worked there. I logged that one in Texas, but I can't remember offhand if I confirmed it, and I'm too lazy to look it up in my verie collection. KMVI-550 Wailuku also QSL'd for me in the Texas Panhandle. KNDI-1270, one of the few calls that has remained the same, had a candy cane logo on its letterhead. I can't remember if I confirmed this one from Oregon or Texas. I seem to recall confirming the 1170 Hawaiian also from Texas, but I don't remember its calls right now. I also heard KIKI-830 from the Panhandle ... low-powered in the '60s ... but it never verified. Unless I move back to Oregon (no, no, no, says Janice) or vacation in the islands, I'll probably never hear another Hawaiian (John Callarman, Krum TX, ibid.) Yep, those were the days. Your memory hit most of it on the head. KGMB, now KSSK is on 590. A few years ago they got a boost from 5 KW to 7.5 KW to cover the area better. KCCN 1420 has changed call which is a real shame, at the KCCN calls had been there for many years. The old KHVH calls were on 1040 when I first heard them. Later they switched to 990. 990 [sic] lost their site and was operating with a longwire antenna for a while with a terrible signal. The KHVH moved to 830, where it is now and 990 became KIKI. The calls have changed again now to KHBZ and they are on a regular tower once again. The frequency and call changes go on and on in Hawaii. The origional owners would roll over in their graves if they knew what has happened in radio. But as David said, there are way too many stations in the Honolulu market to support them all. A CE I know from back in the 80s, got tired of all the changes and he got a good deal in Hong Kong and moved over there. Robert Palitz was the CE of KKUA and KQMQ. I remember 940 when I first heard them in the 60s under KAHU, now the calls are on 1060. KAHU-940 was mainly C&W even back in the mid 60s, but ran Filipino programming too as other Hawaiians did. Some still run some like KNUI- 900-Maui. Then 940 became C&W and KDEO in the mid 80s. Now KJPN, Japanese programming. Heard they are being sold again, so who knows what they will become. Hawaiian QSLs 550 - KMVI - Wailuku, Maui - 1969 & 1970 570 - KIPO - Lihue, Kauai (Now KQNG) - 1984 570 - KQNG - Lihue, Kauai - 1987 590 - KGMB - Honolulu (Now KSSK) - 1979 590 - KSSK - Honolulu - 1980 620 - KIPA - Hilo - 1979 650 - KORL - Honolulu - 1965 & 1979 650 - KHNR - Honolulu - 1992 670 - KPUA - Hilo - 1985 690 - KULA - Honolulu - 1965 690 - KKUA - Honolulu - 1979 690 - KQMQ - Honolulu - 1988 720 - KUAI - Eleele, Kauai - 1966 & 1984 760 - KGU - Honolulu - 1969 790 - KKON - Kealakekua - 1985 830 - KIKI - Honolulu - 1969 & 1982 (first AM Stereo) 830 - KHVH - Honolulu - 1994 850 - KHLO - Hilo - 1979 870 - KAIM - Honolulu - 1967 900 - KNUI - Kahului, Maui - 1980 940 - KAHU - Waipahu - 1965 & 1979 940 - KDEO - Waipahu - 1985 940 - KJPN - Waipahu - 1995 970 - KPUA - Hilo - 1970 (now 670) 990 - KHVH - Honolulu - 1984 990 - KIKI - Honolulu - 1994 1040 - KHVH - Honolulu - 1967 1040 - KPOI - Honolulu - 1979 1040 - KIFH - Honolulu - 1984 1040 - KLHT - Honolulu - 1986 1060 - KAHU - Hilo - 1988 1080 - KIOE - Honolulu - 1979 1080 - KZHI - Honolulu - 1983 1080 - KWAI - Honolulu - 1984 1110 - KIPA - Hilo - 1967 (now 620) 1110 - KHEI - Kihei, Maui - 1979 1110 - KAOI - Kihei, Maui - 1990 1130 - KLEI - Kailua - 1967 & 1979 1170 - KOHO - Honolulu - 1980 & 1988 1210 - KZOO - Honolulu - 1966 & 1979 1270 - KNDI - Honolulu - 1965 & 1979 1350 - KTOH - Lihue, Kauai - 1968 1350 - KIVM - Lihue, Kauai - 1979 1350 - KIPO - Lihue, Kauai - 1982 1380 - KLNI - Pearl City - 1984 1380 - KIPO - Pearl City - 1990 1380 - KIFO - Pearl City - 2000 1420 - KCCN - Honolulu 1979 & 1986 1460 - KULA - Honolulu - 1991 1500 - KUMU - Honolulu - 1980 & 1986 1540 - KISA - Honolulu - 1980 & 1986 1570 - KUAU - Kuau, Maui - 1995 I think I have included all of them. One thing neat about Hawaiian stations, many sound out Hawaiian names, KULA, KIKI, KNUI, KUMU, KOHO, KLEI, KPOI, etc. 73s, (Patrick Martin, Seaside OR, ibid.) I don't know if it is historically accurate but in the recent Pearl Harbor movie the Japanese spies were listening to KGMB (Patrick Griffith, Westminster, CO, USA, ibid.) Quite accurate! I was there and as I recall KGU was not on the air that early Sunday Morning but KGMB was (Chuck Boehnke, Keaau, Hawaii, June 8, ibid.) ** ISRAEL. Regarding the Kol Israel shortwave cuts: The deadline is still June 30 with an important Government meeting scheduled for June 20. I'll send any details which I get (Daniel Rosenzweig, NY, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ITALY [non?]. Dear Glenn, don't know if you get yet this information from Roberto Scaglione. Radio GAP during the NGO Forum for food sovereignty / Forum Roma from 9 till 13 june 2002 will transmit two programs with alternative news to permit to the signals to arrive also in the countries where exist totalitarian governments (not said which ones) for a freedom of informations. Transmissions are scheduled at 1900-2000 UT on 13865 kHz and at 0430-0530 on 13840 (not explained from what station they will have them relayed... BBC... DW... VOA ?????) For more details or stream audio please visit : http://www.radiogap.net/it/ongforum1/index.html Reception reports may be sent only with e-mail message to : info@radiogap.net Thanks for your good work, please continue in this way, it is PERFECT !!!! (Dario Monferini, Italy, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Strangely, if you switch to the English, French or Spanish page, you get an additional audio link at the top, and different times and SW frequencies (still in Italian) which are obviously IRRS, 2100-2200 UT 3985, 0600-0700 7120. That station has also used and tested the 13 MHz band recently. Perhaps the 3 and 7 MHz scheduling is outdated, replaced by 13 MHz? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Amisnet Da Radio Onda Rossa Da Radio K Centrale Da Radio Onda d'urto Durante i giorni del vertice Radio Gap realizzera' due dirette giornaliere in onde corte per permettere al segnale in etere di arrivare li' dove regimi totalitari impediscono la libera espressione e la liberta' di informazione. Le tras;issioni avranno luogo dalle 23.00 alle 24.00 cet sui 3985 Mhz e dalle 08.00 alle 09.00 cet sui 7120 Mhz [sic] (via gh, DXLD) And slightly different times here: During the ONG Forum for food sovereignty in Rome, will be two daily special shortwave trasmission from RadioGap, the network of independent and comunity Italian radio. Every day from 9 to 13 june, RadioGap will broadcast two show on shortwave in English, French and Spanish. Schedule: 9-13 June 2002: 0430-0615 UT 13840; 1900-2045 13865. Website: http://www.radiogap.net (Roberto Scaglione, hard-core- dx June 9 via DXLD) Have just heard it sign-on on 13864.85 in Spanish at 1904 UT (Dave Kenny, BDXC-UK June 9 via DXLD) Heard here too on 13864.85 from receiving this email. Then at 1923 it jumped frequency to 13865.06 (Mark Hattam, ibid.) See http://www.dxing.info/community/viewtopic.php?t=220 They also aired the IRRS ID. - (Mika) viz.: I'm currently listening to Radio Gap - more info on http://www.radiogap.net/it/ - which is transmitting via IRRS on 13865v kHz. After 1900 UT it was heard on 13864.91 kHz and around 2000 UT on 13865.12 kHz. Broadcasts from today until June 13th. Schedule on the website. Unfortunately this turned out not be a new station in terms of the transmitter location, just a new program over IRRS. Weak signal here in Finland (Mika Mäkeläinen, June 9 2006 UT, dxing.info via DXLD) ** KOREA NORTH. Bruce, KK6DO, informs OPDX that Ed, P5/4L4FN, will be off the air for about 3-4 days, possibly longer. The apartment he lives in is having the roof refinished, new drains installed and painted. He had to remove his antennas on June 8th after operating and will reinstall them as soon as the workers are finished (KB8NW/OPDX June 10/BARF-80 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LATIN AMERICA. An excellent, well maintained (not all are) website for Latin American radio stations with websites is at http://www.zonalatina.com and click on `Radio` (Mike Dorner, Catholic Radio Stations in Latin America June 7 via DXLD) ** LIBYA [and non]. Glenn, I have on 17695 kHz at 1100 UT a broadcast of the Arabic Langauge. That frequency is not listed in any of the pubs I have for this year for Saudi Arabia or any other Arabic language broadcast. On 15435 at the same time, I have a parallel broadcast of Arabic but with a slight delay from 17695. The WRTH 2002 lists that as one of Saudi Arabia's frequencies but for an earlier time. The Passport doesn't show either frequency for Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, it lists 15435 as a freq for Kuwait at that time. The thought crossed my mind that maybe Kuwait might be relaying a broadcast from Saudi Arabia on their station or vice versa? Would that be possible? Remember there is a delay between the broadcasts with 15435 being the one ahead of 17695. Your opinion please (Chuck Bolland, Still in Lake Worth, FL, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) It`s possible Saudi and Kuwait could relay each other, thanks to the Gulf Cooperation Council interchange. But why guess Saudi Arabia or Kuwait? One must really refer to something more uptodate than PWBR or WRTH. From DXLD 2-054 on April 4: LIBYA [non]. FRANCE(non): Updated A-02 schedule for LJB in Arabic: 1000-1100 21695 1100-1130 17695 21675 21695 21810 1130-1400 21675 21695 ... (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, April 2, via DXLD 2-054 via DXLD 2-095) No, 15435 not mentioned here, but that is a long active Libyan frequency direct. The delay would be due to the satellite feed to France for the 17695 relay (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MALI. I've been missing Radio Mali on 9635 for a few weeks. Anybody heard it? (Thorsten Hallmann, Muenster, Germany, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MOLDOVA. Radio Moldova International with the English language programmes can now be heard as "Audio on demand". Here is the address: http://www.trm.md/radio/default_en.asp vy73 from your listener in the northern part of Germany (Dietrich Hommel, June 8, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEWFOUNDLAND. Hi Glenn, There was if I recall correctly some confusion about the transmitter site of CKZN -Canada St. John`s in a recent WOR edition. To add a few comments from what I have documented and what I can recall. The SW transmitter WAS (at least when I verified it in August 1991) located at Mt. Pearl near St. John`s. It was later moved to another location in St. John`s. This information came from a long time employee at St. John`s (although not the engineer). I wish I had the original e-mail but is has long since dropped into the bit-bucket, although I widely made this information known on the worldwide SW Usenet group that existed at the time (early 90's) and some of your readers may recall this (Ian Baxter, AUSTRALIA, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NICARAGUA. Managua: HTA Radio Universidad 9905 khz shortwave (1,000 wats) y 102.3 FM (3,500 watts). Jesuit Fathers. Universidad de Centro América. 19 horas cada día (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7, 2002 via DXLD) ?? something very new, or very, very old? Or imaginary? (gh, DXLD) ** NIGERIA. Broadcasting schedule of VON has changed but is not yet updated on homepage: In fact 0800-0900 and 2100-2200 are in Haussa. 0900-1200 is in English, then closedown of 15120 (Thorsten Hallmann, Muenster, Germany, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 9504.8, Radio Tacna, Tacna. 1120-1135 June 8. Spanish transmission. Long commentary read by male about the educative system in Perú: "no va a haber plata para los maestros... qué lamentable... y eso que los funcionarios ganarán mas de 32000 soles..."; Check time: "las seis de la mañana con 27 minutos... vamos a ir a la pausa..."; local ads; ann.: "invitación a misa por el eterno descanso... en la Parroquia Santa Rosa". Ann. of "Asociación de Viviendas del Barrio Las Magnolias de Tacna". Other ann.: "primer encuentro binacional infantil de folklore Peru-Chile ...uniendo a nuestros pueblos... este domingo... con el Ballet Provincial de Tacna". Check time: "son las seis de la mañana con 31 minutos". Then, transmision of football match China-Brazil, in the FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan. 34422. I can`t hear this station today, sunday 08, at same hour (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, June 9; guess he means 9 just above, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 4855.6, Radio La Hora, Cusco. 1013+ June 8. Selection of local folk music. Check time: "amigos campesinos... las 5 de la mañana con 15 minutos, con la mejor música para ustedes". 33422 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine) 6045.4, Radio Santa Rosa, Lima. 1012-1025 June 9. Spanish. Very nice folk music. The program is conducted by male. Programme ann. and ID as: "...con la mejor música del Peru... en los controles técnicos... el programa radial vive en el corazón de nuestro pueblo y que se transmite todos los domingos a partir de las 5 de la mañana, por los 1500 kilociclos de amplitud modulada de Radio Santa Rosa". Then, very interesting commentary about the first Tawantinsuyo`s emperor. 24432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine) 6173.5, Radio Tawantinsuyo, Cusco. 1055-1100 June 8. Huaynos. ID by female at 1059 as: "Radio Tawantinsuyo". Check time: "las 6 de la mañana en todo el Perú". 25442. Today, June 9, I heard this station on 6173.8v with folk music and greetings in Quechua (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine) 6188 UNID, 1106+ June 08. Romantic music in Spanish. Ann. by male as: "la mejor música de siempre". Very low signal 15421. A while ago, in 2000y, I heard the FM station of Radio Oriente, Yurimaguas, on this frequency (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. Arequipa (Callalli-Cayoma): OAW6A Radio San Antonio 3375 khz (1,000 watts) y OAW6B on 3375 khz. Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua, Asociación Promotodra San Francisco Solano, Apartado Postal 1817, Arequipa. Hermano Rolando del Carpio Montalvo, director. Plaza Principal s/n, Callalli, Depto. Arequipa, Perú. ID "Es Radio San Antonio... que transmite desde la ciudad de Callalli para todos los oyentes, es una emisora Católica a servicio de la comunidad" 5a.m.-9 a.m. and 5 p.m.-9p.m., Monday through Saturday. E-mail: rsan_antonio14@hotmail.com Chachapoyas: OBX9K Radio Horizonte 5020 khz onda corta (1,500 w) y 99.9 FM. El Obispado de Chachapoyas. Jr. Ayacucho 1008 o Apartado 69, Chachapoyas. Teléfonos: 51 (74) 75793, fax 757004. Soledad Sánchez C., dtra.; María Dolores Gutierrez Atienxa, ing. Huamachuco: OAX2U Radio Los Andes 1030 AM (3,000 w) y OAZ2A 5030 khz (5,000 w) onda corta. El Prelato de Huamachuco. Casa Prelaticio, Paisaje Mons. Damián Nicolau 101, Humachuco. Mons. Sebastián Ramis Torrens, dtr. Huancavelica: OAX5M Radio Virgen de Carmen 1580 AM (500 w) & OAX5M-FM 105.3 FM & OAX5X 4886 (800 w). El Obispado de Huancavelica. Virrey Toledo 468 o Apartado 92. Padre Samuel Moran Cardenas, dtr. Tel.: (51- 64) 75-2989 Huánuco: OBX3I Radio Luz y Sonido 1500 AM (1,000 watts), y OAW3A on 3235 khz (1,000 watts) y 105.7 FM. la diócese de Huánuco. Jr. Dos de Mayo 1286, Of. 205, Galerías de la Catedral. Teléfonos: (064) 51-8500, fax 51-1985. E-mail: luz.sonido@hys.com.pe Señor Carlos Ortega Obregón, director. 0500-2100; Quechua 0500-0700 y 1800-2100. Website. Jaén: OAX2E Radio Marañon 580 AM (10,000 watts) y 96.1 FM (250 wats) y OCX2E on 4835 khz (1,000 wats). Ap. 50, Jaén, via Chiclayo. Francisco de Orellana 343, Jaén, Cajamarca. Señor Francisco Muguiro Ibarra, director. Teléfonos: fax +51 44 731147 or 732168. Fax +51 44 732580. E-mail: correo@radiomaranon.org.pe 0500-2200, los sábados 0500-2100, los domingos 0600-1300 [probably local]. (en la diócese de Cajamarca). Lima: OBX4I Radio Santa Rosa 1500 AM (10,000 w por los días, 5,000 w por las noches) y OCY4H 6045 khz onda corta (5,000 w). Apartado 4451, Lima 1, Peru. Padre Sokolich A., dtr. 24 hras. Hay programas también en inglés y quechua. Puerto Maldonado: OBX7J Radio Madre de Dios 1230 AM (1,000 watts) y 92.5 FM, y OAX7I on 4950 khz (5,000 watts). Calle Daniel Alcides Carrión, o Apartado 37, Puerto Maldonado. Teléfonos: +51 (84) 511050. Señor Rufino Lobos Alonso, director. 0530-2100. En Quechua y otros lenguajes de los índios. Puno: OBX7B Radio Onda Azul 640 AM (10,000 watts) & OBX7C 4800 khz (1,000 watts) onda corta, & 95.7 FM. Cas. 210. Padre José Loits M., dtr. In Quechua and Aymara languages. 0400-2300. Tel.: +51 (54) 351562, fax 352233. Quillabamba: OAX7M Radio Quillabamba 1210 AM (1,000 watts) y OAX7Q on 5025 khz (5,000 watts). Ap. 76, Quillabamba. Padre Francisco Panera, director; Señor Luís Verde I., ingeniero. 0500-2200; Quechua 0800-0930 y 1600-2000. (in la diócese de Cusco) Rodriguez de Mendoza: OBX1M Radio San Nicolás 5470 khz onda corta (500 w) y 1390 AM (500 w--cerrada) y OBX1M-FM 98.5 FM. Jr. Amazonas 114. Juan J. Grandez, dtr. Santa Cruz: Radio La Inmaculada 5305 khz onda corta (1,000 w); Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, Frente al Parque Central. Padre Jorge Carrasco, dtr. 1500-2130 horas. Sicuani: OAX7R Radio Sicuani 1365 AM (1,000 watts), 91.1 FM (8 watts), y OAX7T on 4835 khz (1,000 watts). La Prelatura de Sicuani. Jr 2 de Mayo 206, Sicuanio, Canchis, Departamento de Cusco; o Casilla 45, Sicuani. Señor Mario Ochoa Vargas, director. 0430-2200; Quechua 0430- 0600 y 1800-2200. Sóndor: Radio San Francisco Solano 4750 khz onda corta (1,000 w) y 89.1 FM. "La Voz de la Parroquia de San Miguel de Sóndor y Sondorillo." Calle San Miguel 207, Sóndor. Fundada en 1995. Tarapoto: OAX9R Radio San Martín 4810 khz onda corta (3,000 w cerrada) y FM 97.5. Jr. Progresso 225. Fernando Tofu Arevalo, dtr. Villa Atalaya: OAW8A Radio San Antonio. [no further info here] (Catholic Radio in the Americas June 7, SW only excerpted by gh for DXLD) ** RHODES [was: SWAN ISLAND]. Yes, the ashtray I mentioned was from the USCGC Courier. Thanks for reviving my memory (Steve Lare, Holland, MI, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. Glenn, Maybe a reason not to hold the Tchaikovsky Festival at the same time as the World Soccer Cup: A report on CBC news that a Japanese music student participating in the music festival was injured during the riot after the SBG. Maybe some of these thugs should follow some of your "TIPS FOR RATIONAL LIVING". 73, (Ivan Grishin, Ont., June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. Estimados amigos: Quiero comunicarles que el programa diexista "Frecuencia RM", de La Voz de Rusia, tiene una nueva dirección de correo electrónico: frecrm@vor.ru La anterior dirección, ubicada en Hotmail ya no es actual. Saludos cordiales, (Francisco Rodíguez, "FRECUENCIA RM", La Voz de Rusia, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) O Departamento de Língua Espanhola da Voz da Rússia apresenta, nas terças-feiras, o programa Frecuencia RM. É um espaço para informações dexistas, com 15 minutos de duração, apresentado por Pancho Rodríguez. O Frecuencia DX possui um Clube DX. Para participar, basta enviar 20 informes de recepção para a Voz da Rússia, sendo que dois deles devem mencionar escuta do programa. Vale, também, enviar informações sobre os meios de comunicação em geral. Confira entre 0100 e 0200, em 12010, 11510, 9965, 9945, 9890, 9860, 9830, 9470, 9450 e 7330 kHz (Célio Romais, @tividade DX June 8 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. DUMA SAYS CYRILLIC ALPHABET SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR ALL RUSSIA'S PEOPLES... The State Duma adopted on 5 June in its first reading a bill making the Cyrillic alphabet obligatory for all ethnic groups in the Russian Federation, RIA-Novosti reported. Deputy Anatolii Nikitin (Communist) of the Nationalities Committee introduced the bill as an amendment to the law on the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation. The amendment stipulates that all state languages of the federation and its constituent republics should use Cyrillic and that the use of any other graphical basis for alphabets must be affirmed by federal law. The government's representative in the Duma, Andrei Loginov, said he supports the amendment because "if everyone invents their own alphabet, it would bring the state to chaos." ("RFE/RL Newsline," 6 June) ...AND MOVES TO STOP FOREIGN SLANG INVASION. Concerned that an invasion of foreign slang, including an estimated 10,000 English words, is corrupting the Russian language, the State Duma is considering a legislative crackdown, reported "The Christian Science Monitor" on 4 June. A bill drafted by the majority United Russia party aims to corral the roaming Russian language and purge it of sloppy, obscene, and alien elements that have been picked up during the loose years since the Soviet Union's collapse. It would set terms for punishing offenders who work in the media, in schools, and in government offices. Fines and administrative penalties are proposed for the most part, but serious offenders could have their broadcast or publishing licenses revoked. Nationalists, backed by some linguists and language specialists, have been warning for years that the Russian language -- which was carefully supervised and pruned in Soviet times -- is evolving out of control and could be inundated by the wave of foreign borrowings. Experts have even given the phenomenon an appropriately English label: "nyu spik" (newspeak). The English invasion includes "stop" instead of "ostanovityes" and "supermarket" instead of "universam" as well as "ofis" instead of "kabinet" and "Pi- aR" instead of "svyazi s obshchestvenostyu." ("The Christian Science Monitor," 4 June via RFE/RL Media Matters June 7 via DXLD) ** SOUTH AFRICA. BACKWARDS GLANCE AT HOW IT ALL BEGAN Business Day (Johannesburg), June 7, 2002 Johannesburg BROADCASTING in SA began on December 18 1923 when the prime minister, Jan Smuts, spoke over a 500W medium wave AM (amplitude modulated) transmitter in Johannesburg. The first wireless broadcast service was started in Johannesburg by the then South African Railways. After these first experimental broadcasts, other centres joined in as Cape Town and Durban went on air in September and December 1924 respectively. To make radio profitable and help these fledgling wireless broadcasters, the African Broadcasting Corporation (now the SABC) was formed in April 1927 to run regular schedules using all the installed transmitters. In August 1936 the SA Broadcasting Corporation was launched and financed by 160000 licences. Radio transmission became accessible to the public from the late '50s, when FM (frequency modulated) receivers were introduced, powered by long-lasting dry-cell batteries. SA became the last country of its economic stature in the world to introduce television broadcasting when it finally launched a colour television signal in January 1976 as TV1. The next major technological evolutions were pay TV and digital TV. SA's first subscription television service was introduced by M-Net in October 1986 using prepayment decoders. M-Net's growth into Africa via terrestrial rebroadcast began in Namibia in 1992, and spread to Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt. Subsequently, satellite broadcast enabled M-Net to carry its signal to 50 African and Indian Ocean countries. M-Net's television channels are delivered to subscribers in two ways: the 15-year-old analogue terrestrial distribution and, since October 1995, digital satellite distribution. In 1995 the SABC entered the satellite and digital era. From 1996 the era of independent radio and free-to-air television broadcast began, with the privatisation of six SABC radio stations and the issuing of two new licences. In March 1998 SA's first private free-to-air television service, e.tv, was awarded a broadcasting licence. Copyright © 2002 Business Day (via Dave White, DXLD) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. Two days ago, Thursday, June 6, in the morning CDT, I heard a reference to his imprisonment on his own show for the first time! Various people, including children, took turns at the microphone to say how much they missed Brother Stair and are praying for him, and reminding him that God has a reason for these things. One of the speakers implied that they know that Brother Stair can hear the broadcast. Perhaps he's got a radio with him. Anyway, other than this little bit, which lasted about 10 minutes (unless it had been going for longer than that when I tuned in), there seems to be no indication whatsoever on his own show that he's been gone almost a month. They keep running old tapes, and he keeps preaching about sin and damnation; there'd be no clue to a normal listener that Brother Stair is anything but THERE in full control! The show is still perfectly timed. At the top of the hour, he is (as usual) interrupted in mid- sentence with the trumpet sound and the intro music. When 5070 splits off from 7560, again, the timing of the separate I.D.s and sign-off on the one while the other is giving his address for the umpteenth time, the time is perfect; at the top of the hour David J. Smith comes on 5070 and the next hour of Brother Stair begins on 7560, simultaneously. Either this is all computerized or someone with some degree of sophistication is punching the buttons. Sister Stair's e-mails routinely contain language that she is writing under Brother Stair's e-ddress only with his permission. This seems to be an important point. She has not yet been granted a license to preach, which may explain why I haven't heard her talk on the radio about this. She has written in the newsletter and via bulk e-mail, but all that with permission, she boldly emphasizes. Preaching is being handled by males who've driven from other states to be with Sister Stair in this time of need. Sabbath services have apparently gone forward uninterrupted. The above is all I know from listening to the show and from reading Sister Stair's e-mails. Meanwhile, I am still trying to get the actual charges. I also want to see a transcript of the bond hearing. Why would bond be denied to a 69 year old guy? I don't get it. Why is a 69 year old in maximum security? I don't get it. If you have any info on these things it would be appreciated. I also suspect at least SOME religious bigotry. I notice that the local paper carried a big photo of him being arrested and hauled away. How, pray tell, did the local paper know to have a photographer there? It seems that under the table the various officials of the community are coordinating efforts with each other, and THAT bothers me very much. If this guy really did commit a crime, okay, deal with it, but don't treat him differently just because he's a religious preacher than would otherwise be the case (Robert Arthur, June 8, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Based on what snippets of info seem to come (slowly) to my ears, I am most amazed at how Brother Stair's radio show continues pretty much unaffected. Most listerners of his show would have no idea that anything's wrong over there. Does he rely on current donations from listeners? Or is he set like the Roman Catholic Church which doesn't need a dime from its members? Having heard your broadcast from the begining for the first time I am now quite motivated. I want to get a transcript of the bond hearing to find out why a 69-year-old would be denied bond; and further why a 69-year-old would be put in maximum security. The above should be public info. What else I'd like to know (but which is not public record, unfortunately), is who is running the "radio room" (so called) and what is the method whereby hours and hours and hours worth of tapes of Brother Stair can be kept and organized and worked into the broadcast cycle so effectively. It must be computerized in some way, and I suspect much of it is digital for I hear jumps from one recording to another with no breaks or signs of manual button-pushing. If this is all on tape, they must have rooms full of storage on that. I assume it must be on hard disks, each of which can hold days if not weeks of material. I also suspect but do not know that when I heard the ditzy broadcast where members of the community (including children) took turns at the mike in support of Brother Stair (the only time I've heard reference on his show to his being in jail) that this was aired at a time when they know few people are tuned in. I think they are deliberately hiding the jail fact from their listeners, most of whom do not visit his website and most of whom do not listen to you or other sources of information. That's just my theory. I may be wrong (Robert Arthur, June 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SWAN ISLAND [and non]. THE FANG STORY: Dear Glenn, I have seen the comments about eBay super offer of Radio America Swan Island QSL-card; I follow eBay from 8 months and I have seen many bids of the people called THE FANG, he or she is called "Sean" but this may be a pseudonym. The town where lives is PHOENIX in Arizona, being a ham operator; often he or she is doing ham activity, like to activate some little isle in the Pacific with transmissions, you may suppose this means he or she has lot of money. In fact he has put in eBay more than 10000 dollars in past years. But unfortunatly he is doing this NOT FOR COLLECTION purposes, he or she loves to get the items... Just to pick up them few seconds before the end. This looks like ADRENALIN power. Naturally he doesn't take all, but items at irregular times, This the story in details....... eBay Bid History for 1962 Swan Island Caribbean QSL Card #ADC (Item # 2107511331)... [tnx Dario, interesting, but I am not going to reprint all this stuff from E-Bay. I assume those who want it can bring it up easily --- gh] I have been able to get some rare pennant from radio station at reasonable price cause THE FANG was "outside". This means he or she knows ABSOLUTELY nothing about the broadcasting items bidded, and for this reason I doubt he or she will take care of the items he or she has got. His or her satisfaction is JUST TO GET THE ITEM... More recently THE FANG put more 345 $ for 4 HAM QSLs cards from SWAN ISLANDS. So you see he is not only interested to Broadcasting items. eBay Bid History for 4 RARE SWAN I., SERRANA BANK QSL CARDS. (Item # 2108884991)... Can you imagine the ADRENALITIC satisfaction to have surpassed so many offers??? and especially HANK1942 offers??????? Concluding this matter, I may say THE FANG is a "PSYCHIATRIC" problem so I guess fortunately only a relatively limited problem (Dario Monferini, Italy, June 8, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TROMELIN ISLAND. Just before going to print, reports came out that Jacques, FR5ZU, was signing FR5ZU/T. This is great news since it was reported earlier that he was going to cancel all his ham activities. See OPDX.563. His original plans were to stay from June to July on the island. He was spotted Sunday, June 9th at 1445z on 21230 kHz. Remember, this is not a DXpedition. Jacques is there because of his work, and he will be active during his spare time (KB8NW/OPDX June 10/BARF-80 via John Norfolk, OKCOK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TURKEY. ESTIMADO Y RESPETADO Glenn Hauser, RECIBA MIS MAS CORDIALES SALUDOS DESDE VENEZUELA. LA PRESENTE ES PARA INFORMARLE EL CONCURSO QUE TIENE AL AIRE RADIO LA VOZ DE TURQUIA, EL CUAL LE DETALLO A CONTINUACION: CERTAMEN 2002 ``UN FAMOSO DESDE TURQUIA`` Queridos oyentes, habrá un actor, cineasta, músico o deportista desde Turquía que ustedes conozcan bien o poco. Puede ser que ustedes conozcan al menos a uno de los personajes famosos por sus obras. Este es el tema de nuestro certamen para 2002. Les pedimos que nos redacten en tres paginas com