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DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-205, December 31, 2002 edited by Glenn Hauser, ghauser@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 1163, low version is already available: [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1163.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1163.ram [High version from Wed or Thu:] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1163h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1163h.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1163.html [from Wed or Thu] WBCQ: Wed 2300 7415, 17495-CUSB, Mon 0545 7415 WWCR: Thu 2130 9475, Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400 -- maybe; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 7490 WRN: rest of world Sat 0900, Eu only Sun 0530, NAm Sun 1500 ONDEMAND: http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [from Fri] ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. AFEGANISTÃO VIA NORUEGA. 18940 *1327-1627* NOR 15-12 Norkring, Kvitsøy No voice! It should have been a satellite relay of R Afghanistan from Kabul, but the link did not work! 1327- 1330 Kvitsøy relayed the NRK programme, 1330 for 3 seconds the signature from R Denmark and then a pause for 45 seconds while searching for the link broadcast from Kabul. In lack of better the pre-recorded interval signal from R Afghanistan was played for three hours: 1331-1627. 34434 AP-DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via DXLD) This is the rule rather than exception ** ANGOLA. 4950, Radio Nacional 0407 Dec 30 with nice reception. Many IDs with what sounded like a news program till 0415, then music (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** ARGENTINA. Hola Glenn... Saludos desde Catia La Mar, VENEZUELA. En la frecuencia de 15820 kHz he escuchado ya dos emisoras argentinas. En una oportunidad pude oir a Radio Continental. En dos fechas, el 14/12, Radio Diez con el espacio ``Fiebre del Sábado``, con un reporte informativo a las 00 UT. Anunciaba la frecuencia de 710 kHz en Bs. As. También captada el 29/12, a las 0345, con noticias a las 0400. Identificaba como ``La emisora más potente de Argentina``. Las dos escuchas fueron en Upper Side Band. Saludos de Año Nuevo. 73´s y DX... (Adán González, Venezuela, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ARGENTINA. 6214.93, 26.12 2215, Radio Baluarte, very nice -- completely without any disturbances (Laser Hot Hits on 6219 was very weak) with a Portuguese program, full ID in Spanish at 2300. QSA 3. SHN (= Stig Hartvig Nielsen in Denmark, SW Bulletin, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) So still active ** AUSTRALIA. HCJB-OZ: Per DXPL interview on Dec 28, Kununurra is now scheduled to officially commence on Sun, Jan 5, 0700 to the S. Pacific, 1230 to Asia, and they expect to do test transmissions as needed during the preceding week with a test program that they have prepared. From Jan 5, they will broadcast to the S. Pacific at 0700- 1200 on 11755, and to Asia at 1230-1430 on 15130 and 1430-1730 on 15135. On Mons and Sats they will also test to Ethiopia at 1800-1830 at 15430. On the S. Pac beam, programming will include some elements of their current programming plus promoting Australia and the region, including regional music for first half-hour each week night, tourism show "The Right Destinations" at 0800 week nights, Sat "Country [music] Down Under," Sun "Sunday Night Alive" talk. DXPL will also be carried over the Kununurra site. [WHEN??] On the Asia beam, weeknights at 1445 they will present "Radio Classroom" (English as a second language). Studio-transmitter link in Australia is ISDN line now, later (when they install a second transmitter) it will be via satellite; Quito and Colorado Springs programming reach Australia via .mp3 files over the Internet. No QSL-card developed yet; will do so during the next couple of months. However, they are interested in rpts, which should be sent to: HCJB-Australia, GPO Box 691B, Melbourne, Australia 3000; please include an IRC or other return postage. They can also be reached by E-mail to office@hcjb.org.au (DXPL via Jerry Berg) For a bit more about Dennis Adams, see http://www.sb.org.au/church/inservice.htm (DX-plorer via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. R. Canção Nova, 4824.96, Dec 22 0010-, Portuguese religious music, sermon, weak. \\ 9674.97, 6105. All frequencies slightly unstable with a very slight wobble (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. A partir de 1º de janeiro de 2003, a rádio Gazeta, de São Paulo (SP), passará a transmitir a programação da rede Canção Nova de rádios. A Gazeta está, em ondas curtas, nas freqüências de 5955, 9685 e 15325 kHz. As informações foram publicadas pelo jornal Folha de São Paulo, pela jornalista Laura Mattos (Célio Romais, @tividade DX Dec 31 via DXLD) Wait a minute! This was supposed to be changing *from* evangelical *to* student/educational programming Jan. 1, per previous reports, mentioned in my SW Year in Review. No longer so? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) BRASIL - A Rádio Gaúcha de Porto Alegre disponibiliza seu sinal de seis formas diferentes e pode ser sintonizada em real time em todo o mundo. As ondas médias, em 600 kHz, funcionam 24 horas por dia; as ondas curtas em duas frequências - 11.915 e 6020 khz - estão no ar das 0800 às 0300; o áudio da Rádio Gaúcha pode ser captado também pelo Canal 300 da Sky e na internet no endereço http://www.clicrbs.com.br e também através do sinal codificado enviado via satélite para suas 111 afiliadas distribuídas em 9 estados brasileiros. A Rádio Gaúcha, no dia primeiro de janeiro do ano que vem, estará cobrindo, ao vivo, a partir das 1500, as posses dos governadores eleitos em outubro e também, direto de Brasília, a posse do presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. As informações são de Valter Gonçalves dos Santos, coordenador da Rede Gaúcha Sat. [as the accent should make clear, it`s pronounced ga-OO-shuh, but even gringos try to make it Spanish, even after `hearing` it... –gh] BRASIL - Conforme o boletim No Ar - RTM, segue o trabalho de instalação do novo transmissor da rádio Transmundial no município de Santa Maria (RS). As chuvas dos últimos dias têm dificultado as obras. O transmissor veio, de navio, de Atlanta, Estados Unidos. A expectativa é de que, com os novos equipamentos, a Transmundial passe a ser escutada, em ondas curtas, em dois terços do território brasileiro. Eis as freqüências da emissora: 5965, 9530 e 11735 kHz. Endereço para correspondência: Caixa Postal 18.300, CEP: 04626-970, São Paulo (SP). (Célio Romais, @tividade DX Dec 31 via DXLD) ** CAMBODIA. US PROTESTS CAMBODIAN RADIO BAN The United States has protested to the Cambodian government over its decision to ban Phom Penh FM station Beehive Radio from carrying programmes of the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA). Deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said the decision would deprive Cambodian listeners of balanced and fair news reporting. Beehive Radio started broadcasting VOA and RFA programming on September 23. The ban follows US condemnation of political violence in Cambodia ahead of next July's elections (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 31 December 2002 via DXLD) ** CANADA. VANISHING CANADIANS: While doing research on an upcoming MT column, I arrived at a rather shocking statistic... Over the last few years, at least *19%* of the AM stations in Canada have moved to FM. (the figure is certainly somewhat higher; since stations often change callsigns when they move to FM, it's sometimes difficult to tell whether there's an FM station associated with a deleted AM.) Nearly *ONE-QUARTER* of all Canadian AM stations have gone silent - either by moving to FM, or by going off the air completely - in the last five years or so. Six more recent grants in December: CJCI-620 BC => 97.3 CFVM-1220 QC => 99.9 CKTK-1230 BC => 97.7 CJLS-1340 NS => 95.5 CBZ-970 NB => 99.5 CKSA-1080 AB => 95.9 There has been one application to resurrect an AM frequency, in Abbotsford BC. Aboriginal Voices Radio, recently granted an FM station in Vancouver, has applied to use the old CFSR-850 transmitter as a relay facility. CRTC Notice indicates CFSR's owners (now on 107.1 FM...) have promised to allow them to use the AM transmitter *without charge* for several years (Doug Smith, TN, NRC-AM via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) ** CANARY ISLANDS. 6715-usb, Full Gospel Las Palmas Church, 2252-2309 Dec 27, male preacher with sermon followed by religious vocals. Amazing signal for only 100 watts (Rich D`Angelo, PA, NASWA Flashsheet via DXLD) ** CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. It`s New Year`s Eve and I have just heard Radio Centrafrique reactivated on 5035 at 2015 with the end of the news in french. Then I heard what sounded like the national anthem but they stayed on with African Music. Signal is fair and on its nominal frequency. Happy new year, (Stuart Austin, Blackpool, England, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CHINA. JIANGSU PROVINCIAL PEOPLE'S RADIO STATION CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY From http://www.yangtse.com/gb/content/2002-12/30/content_603764.htm (12/30 13:19) Yesterday afternoon, Jiangsu Provincial People's Radio Station held a grand celebration for its 50th anniversary. Hui Liangyu, member the Politic Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and secretary of Jiangsu Party Committee, gave written instructions on the work report of Jiangsu Radio Station and expressed his sincere congratulations for its 50th anniversary. Xu Guangchun, vice minister of the Ministry of Propaganda of the Communist Party of China and director general of China Broadcast Television Bureau, Liang Baohua, assistant secretary of Jiangsu Provincial Committee of CPC and acting governor of Jiangsu Province, both sent the congratulatory messages and letters. Also present at the celebration were Chen Huanyou, Ren Yanshen, Zhang Taolin as well as the staff of Jiangsu Provincial People's Radio Station. Since its foundation half of a century ago, Jiangsu Provincial People's Radio Station has been growing rapidly. Now it boasts not only of News Channel, Economics Channel, Art Channel, Music Channel, "Sound of Jinling" Station, Communication Broadcast Network, Health Times and Commerce 937, but also a daily broadcasting time reaching 140 hours. With the advancement of broadcasting technologies, Jiangsu Provincial People's Radio Station has become a public media with the most audience and influence in Jiangsu (By Guo Lili, Xue Yingdan) (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. 6959.98 (Harmonic?) UNID "Todelar", unknown QTH (Colombia). Dec 2002 - 1117 UT. With "Noticiero TODELAR de Bogotá". 1159.99 and 869.99 are two possible fundamentals but my guess is a harmonic on 1160 from "Ondas del Orteguaza" in Florencia (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 29, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) Exactly, as previously IDed by Rodríguez (gh) ** COLOMBIA. Esta interesante nota llegó enviada por el colega José Alba Z. REVOLCÓN EN LA RADIODIFUSORA NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA DEJA POR FUERA A UN IMPORTANTE GRUPO DE REALIZADORES Hace pocos días los directivos de la Radiodifusora Nacional de Colombia reunieron a un grupo de programadores de la cadena para informarles que sus contratos de trabajo no iban más. Fue un encuentro tenso en el que, además, hicieron saber que la intención era cambiar la cara de la estación y modernizarla, para lo cual pidieron consejo a los presentes. "No es posible que esto esté pasando -se dijeron dos programadores al oído-. No saben lo que van a hacer con las emisoras y quieren que nosotros les hagamos la tarea". Acto seguido algunos de los presentes emprendieron la retirada. La finalización de los contratos no pasaría de ser anecdótica si no fuera porque se trata apenas de la punta del iceberg. La disolución del dream team de programadores de la Radiodifusora Nacional (un grupo conformado por Daniel Casas, Moncho Viñas, Ángel Perea, César Pagano, Álvaro el profe González, Eduardo Arias, Juan Carlos Garay, Ana Karime Piñeres y Roberto Aroldi, entre otros), precipitó la salida de su directora, Silvia Motta, quien estaba adelantando una labor de rescate del archivo clásico colombiano que reposa en viejas cintas de carrete. "En general, lo que está pasando en la Radiodifusora Nacional y en Inravisión es lo mismo que ocurre en toda empresa deficitaria: si no hay plata para pagar la nómina, menos la hay para contratistas", asegura Juan Montoya, subdirector comercial de Inravisión y encargado de la Radiodifusora. La disolución del dream team precipitó la salida de su directora, Silvia Motta, quien adelantaba una labor de rescate del archivo clásico colombiano. Según el funcionario, lo que está ocurriendo es normal cuando empieza a desarrollarse un plan de contingencia. Dentro del nuevo modelo, finalizan las franjas pregrabadas y entra programación en vivo. Algunos de los antiguos contratistas fueron vinculados de tiempo completo y, según los directivos de la radio, aunque se perdió en especialización se ganará en interactividad. Dentro de los primeros problemas registrados están las constantes repeticiones en las llamadas frecuencia clásica de FM y frecuencia joven dedicada al rock. "Quienes quedaron de planta no estaban acostumbrados a trabajar en vivo los fines de semana -asegura Montoya- Por eso la necesidad de tomar pregrabados y repetirlos". Los directivos de la radiodifusora esperan recursos por 1.800 millones de pesos del Ministerio de Comunicaciones, con los que buscan encender la red en su totalidad, pues hoy por hoy de las 44 frecuencias asignadas cinco están fuera del aire y otras 14 han sido invadidas por radiofrecuencias piratas, incluida una de una empresa de taxis. Por lo pronto, los más afectados por la situación de la cadena son los oyentes. Creen que la salida del grupo de programadores, uno de los mejores que haya tenido cadena alguna en Colombia en los últimos tiempos, representa una baja sensible más allá de datos y planes estratégicos. Pero la crisis, como dicen, no respeta pinta y la Radiodifusora Nacional no ha sido la excepción (via Arnaldo Slaen, Dec 30, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. Faro del Caribe has been off for a few days on both 60 and 31 mb. This one just can't seem to stay on (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. CHIPRE. 6150, 0015-0215 20-12, Bayrak Int., Yeni Iskele, Northern Cyprus. English British pop songs, 0030 ID: "Bayrak International" by male and more pop songs, 0056 short announcement by female, QRM Deutsche Welle 6145 *0100-0145* & *0200-0230. My BC- country no. 234 heard according to the EDXC Radio Countries List ! Until 0100: 43433 AP- DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via DXLD) Congrats; at that level, the new ones are scarce (gh, DXLD) What's going on? I'm hearing the same Supremes song, 'Baby Love' at 2202 today on 6150. Do these folks keep playing the same stuff over and over again or what?! Had to pull out all the stops today to get reception with the R7 and the 200' wire, had the AGC off also which helps (Steve Lare, Holland, MI, Dec 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** DJIBOUTI. Dear Glenn, In one of the last bulletins, you asked if the broadcasting station of Djibouti intended to broadcast the programs of the Voice of America could emit on short waves. According to the Djiboutienne agency of press, it would be only about a broadcasting station medium waves of 600 kW. A broadcasting station short waves for the moment is not mentioned (Bernard Chenal, France, Dec 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) That [planned new transmitters] belong only to the local RTV Djibouti service, replacing old 20 kW units on 1539 and 1170 kHz. And US will give away a SW transmitter unit and antenna too. Former French Somaliland and Rep. of Djibouti used always 4780 kHz channel in the past. R Sawa should use 1431 kHz channel with 600 kW of power [Thales- Thomcast?]; BBG asked for bids already in May 2001! 73 de wb (Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yes, I was referring to the lack of SW planned here by IBB (gh) ** ECUADOR. R. Centro, 3289.89, Dec 25 1035-1110+ Spanish talk, ads, promos. Andean vocals. No sign of Guyana, q.v. R. Oriental, 4781.36, Dec 25 1025-1110+, Spanish announcements, many IDs, Andean vocals. Good; no sign of Coatán on 4780 this morning (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ECUADOR. I have now tested my MFJ-1025/Phaser and it seems very good at phasing away interference, especially on lower SW bands. It functions on the upper MW band but needs modification to cover also the lower MW band. It is amazing to almost completely remove Radio Cristal here in Quito on 1380 kHz, it is located only a short distance from my QTH, and instead be able to listen to the Colombians on that frequency (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 29, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) see COLOMBIA, PERU, VENEZUELA ** EL SALVADOR. R. Imperial, 17835.35, Dec 25 0010-0050+, Spanish ballads, camp music, Spanish announcements. Many IDs at 0019, 0020, 0024 with good, clean audio. Good signal at times but some fading in and out with occasional deep fades (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. Deutsche Welle cutbacks. EDXP has learned in an unconfirmed report that Deutsche Welle plans to abandon all English services to Australia, effective from March 31, 2003 (Bob Padula, EDXP Dec 29 via Joe Hanlon, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) In reply to Joe Hanlon's info about the possible closure of the English service of DW to Australia etc., I have not heard anything but I would not be surprised if it were to be true; services from shortwave broadcasters are being cut all over the world and I don't think it is from the lack of communication or feedback from listeners. I just think it has to do with rich greedy governments finding ways of cutting costs and not caring about anyone or anything. Just the same, shortwave listeners should not wait until a closure threat becomes obvious before they start writing to a broadcaster to let them know they are out there listening to and supporting the station and its programmes. The more letters (or emails) that are sent to broadcasters even if it is just to say hello and thanks for the great programmes or to say that you enjoyed this or that programme, please keep up the great work, this will be supporting the broadcaster to no end. If however, you hardly ever write to say I listen to your programmes or you only write to send a reception report and demand a QSL card (as well as half the station) then this station or its financial supporters will say that the feedback to this service or area is dwindling and so we will now cut this service down or out. Listening to Mailbag Asia on DW in English, it is very rare indeed that I hear ANY letters, cards or emails from anyone in Australia and this is just not good enough. DW has some great programmes and we should all be listening every now and then and then write to them and tell them so and how much you enjoyed this programme, even if you only do this once a month! It is the old saying, use it or lose it. DW probably thinks that no-one in good old Oz does not listen to them on shortwave anymore and they would probably be write! Best wishes to all! (Michael Stevenson, Port Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia., Dec 30, EDXP via DXLD) ** GERMANY. I start to become curious what will happen with 6085. Right now (1200 UT on Dec 30) the transmitter is still on. Of course I will keep an ear on it (Kai Ludwig, Germany, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Bayerischer Rundfunk supposed to close down Dec 31 (gh) Later: Bayerischer Rundfunk stated on Dec 23 that 6085 will not be taken off air "for the time being", but a reduction of power and/or airtime in order to reduce the transmission costs is possible. In future 6085 will carry B5 aktuell between 6 AM and midnight (0500-2300 UT in winter). This via the German ADDX listeners club, original item enclosed. I would say it remains unclear whether or not the transmitter will be switched off between 2300 and 0500 from New Years Day. During this time B5 aktuell produces no own programming but instead relays MDR info from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk at Halle, on FM and so far on shortwave, too. Until now 6085 carried a special arrangement of Bayern 1, Bayern2Radio and B5 aktuell programming, now they will reduce it to a mere B5 aktuell, making a special feed for the shortwave transmitter unnecessary but also the outlet less interesting. The original statement mentions a "preparation for DRM", so it appears to be an educated guess that they now hesitate from taking 6085 off air in order to prevent a permanent loss of this frequency. Keep in mind that BCE, the engineering branch of RTL, considers to use 6090 again. Trouble is, Ismaning 6085 and Junglinster 6090 cannot coexist when running DRM mode. (Kai Ludwig, Germany, DX LISTENING DIGEST) [A-DX] BR Muenchen Zum BR erreichte mich heute folgende Meldung via Klaus Hüsgen: Der BR teilte mit Datum 23.12.2002 mit, dass die zum 31.12. geplante Abschaltung der Kurzwelle 6085 kHz vorerst noch nicht erfolgt. Der BR behält sich allerdings vor, geeignete Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um die derzeitigen Kosten zu verringern (u.a. Leistungsreduzierung und Sendezeitverkürzung), um die Umstellung auf eine digitale Kurzwellenausstrahlung (DRM) vorzubereiten. Auf der Kurzwelle 6085 kHz wird zukünftig von 0600-2400 Uhr Ortszeit [0500- 2300 UT] das Programm B5 Aktuell ausgestrahlt. Weitere Informationen hierzu kann man bei der Technischen Redaktion des BR unter 089-5900- 2433 oder der in Deutschland kostenfreien Servicenummer 0800-8181081 erfragen. Soweit der BR via Klaus Hüsgen. Gruß Michael (ADDX Kurier via Kai Ludwig, DXLD) ** GERMANY. Perhaps of interest this news item about German TV [external service to USA]: A news magazine reported a ZDF threat to withdraw from the German TV project, stating that it had no future when the lack in success continues. ZDF denied this report. Acc. the news magazine German TV has a mere 3,000 subscribers at present while 70,000 are necessary to be cost-effective: (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ZDF DEMENTIERT BERICHT ÜBER AUSSTIEGSDROHUNG BEI GERMAN TV Mainz - Das ZDF hat einem Bericht widersprochen, wonach Intendant Markus Schächter mit einem Ausstieg aus dem öffentlich- rechtlichen Auslandsfernsehen German TV gedroht habe. Zwar laufe der Vertrieb in den USA noch nicht wie gewünscht, Schächter sei mit der inhaltlichen Entwicklung des Programms jedoch zufrieden, sagte eine ZDF-Sprecher am Sonntag (29.12.2002) auf Anfrage. Das Nachrichtenmagazin "Focus" hatte vorab berichtet, dass Schächter mit einem Ausstieg aus German TV gedroht habe und den Sender bei anhaltender Erfolglosigkeit für "nicht zukunftsfähig" halte. Der Auslandskanal German TV war im März gestartet. Über den Sender können Fernsehzuschauer in den USA rund um die Uhr eine Auswahl aus dem deutschen öffentlich-rechtlichen Programm empfangen. ZDF und ARD steuern je 40 Prozent zu dem Programm bei, die Deutsche Welle trägt 20 Prozent. Deutschsprachige Zuschauer können bei German TV unter anderem Sendungen wie "Tagesschau", "heute journal" oder Talk-Shows sehen. Damit das Programm schwarze Zahlen schreiben kann, müssten nach Angaben der Betreiber rund 70 000 Abonnenten gewonnen werden. Derzeit gibt es laut "Focus" nur 3000 zahlende Zuschauer. Zum Start von German TV war als Ziel ausgegeben worden, dass der Sender in spätestens sieben Jahren schwarze Zahlen schreibt. Das Programm wird per Satellit übertragen. Eine Einspeisung in das Kabelnetz würde die Reichweite deutlich erhöhen. (dpa 12:11) (Stand vom 29.12.2002) (via Kai Ludwig, Dec 30, DXLD) ** GUAM. Hi Marie... Thanks for the returned Christmas card. I hope you enjoyed it with your family. As for myself it was here on the island I sometimes call Gilligan's Island. It's still a good place and despite the island's lack of water and power, things are slowly starting to get back to normal. I spent my time traveling around this big rock seeing some of the sights but there is not a whole lot to see since the typhoon. Many are homeless, as I have been told about 3000 have no place but tents. The FEMA organization is some help but it's often better to just go with the flow of family, as they give only to those who have a real need (if you got bucks in the bank, forget the handout from FEMA). My friend KF6ILA was without power for almost 15 to 20 days, and he lives on the Naval station close to our ship. Power lines (concrete type) were down everywhere, and those beautiful palms were torn to threads. Only a few hams were able to get messages out, like NH7C and KH2JU, who must have had God on their side as many around had no power for almost 4 weeks. As you well know there are 3 big shortwave transmitters here, AWR, KTWR and from what I been told, Baragetta [Barrigada? -- gh]. The others were spared but the latter was very much destroyed. Many towers are now lying half up and down on the ground. It's a shame to see the ruins. Well, my ship is helping a lot as we have a big freezer on board and we were supplying blocks of ice to the Navy, Air Force and hospitals. Well, take care my friend an may you have a great new year. P.S.: If you have Yahoo or Hotmail Messenger you can reach me through chat mail at n6hpx_du1@yahoo.com or n6hpx_du1@hotmail.com Please forward if you want to the SWL group (Larry Fields, N6HPX/du1 via Marie Lamb, swl, via DXLD) Has anyone heard anything outta Guam since this last Super Typhoon? I listened for Danny, KH2JU, off and on to no joy. The ARRL report few days back said that several hams were operational? I thought most of us had moved off the island by now! Danny was the only one I knew on HF left over there. Anyone? And the HF site at Barrigada was Gov't. Haven't tried listening to AWR or the other one... Later, (Todd KH2TJ/6, Dec 31, swl via DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. 4779.98, Radio Coatán continues with strong signal 1200-1230. ID by om at 1228 as Radio Coatán, this over marimba music. 1200-1210 om recited long list of names over non Guatemalan music, time check at 1215. Enchanting trio at 1230 29 December (Bob Wilkner, FL, NRD 535D, Noise Reducing antenna, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Hi Dave- [re previous issue] I was listening at this precise time and heard a Radio Coatán ID at 0207. They remained on the air until sign off at about 0230. Their time check at 20 past sounded as if they said "23" to me. I was getting UTE QRM from 4778 and QRM from Oriental on 4781.3 so I used LSB to make it readable but couldn't shake a strong het. After sign off, the het remained for more than 5 minutes until tune out, so not sure if Satélite is under this or not. 73s- (John Sgrulletta, Mahopac, NY, USA, Cumbre DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) R. Coatán, 4780, Dec 15 1032-1045+ tune-in to NA. Spanish sign-on announcements with IDs at 1034 and into Spanish religious programming; poor-weak. R. K`ekchí, 4845, Dec 15 0245-0312* religious music, lite instrumental music, religious talk in local language. Sign-off with long NA; good (Brian Alexander, PA, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 4845, Radio K'ekchí has been off for a few days (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** GUYANA. No sign of Guyana on either 3290 or 5950 for the past several weeks (Brian Alexander, PA, Dec 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See ECUADOR instead ** HONDURAS. 3250 nf, R. Luz y Vida, 1115-1140 with "Mañanitas Cristianas," sermon in English/Spanish, ID 1129 (Newman, IN 11/29, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 28 via DXLD) What`s new about it? (gh) ** INDIA. Friends, Yesterday 29th December 2002, most stations of AIR signed on at around 4.00 am IST (2230 UT) on MW & SW i.e. two hours earlier than usual, to bring the cricket commentary India vs New Zealand. Several stations of AIR will have extended schedules on the night of 31st December 2002 to welcome the New Year. These will be heard past 1830 UT (i.e. Midnight Indian Standard Time). Look out for stations especially on 3 and 4 MHz and of course MW. Happy New Year to all dx_india members & readers! (Jose Jacob, India, dx_india Dec 30 via DXLD) Later: Here is the schedule of the One Day International Cricket matches between India and New Zealand being played at New Zealand. 1 Jan 2003 at Christchurch (Day & Night match) from 0050 UTC 4 Jan 2003 at Queenstown from 2300 UTC ? 8 Jan 2003 at Wellington (Day & Night match) from 0050 UTC 11 Jan 2003 at Auckland (Day & Night match) from 0050 UTC 14 Jan 2003 at Hamilton (Day & Night match) from 0050 UTC AIR Home Service stations on MW and SW (3 & 4 MHz frequencies) will bring the running commentary of these matches and is noted sign on even at 2230 UTC (4.00 am Indian Time) i.e. about 2 hours earlier than normal which gives some interesting catches. Happy New Year! (Jose Jacob, India, DX_INDIA via DXLD) ** INDIA. 1536 UT checking for the 1530 English news on 12/31, heard the following, all parallel: 4760 Leh (assumed) - good. I assume this is not likely Port Blair 4775 Imphal - fair to good 4850 Kohima - heavy QRM de China 4920 Chennai - heavy QRM de China 4970 Shillong - very weak 5040 Jeypore - fair to good No site IDs; all locations assumed. Alternating man and woman with English news items. 1540 woman ID "This is All India Radio", and also at 1545. After 1545 end of English news, //s included 4760, 4775, 4970, 5040. Heard woman "This is Delhi" at 1600, signals disappeared shortly after. Other above listed 60mb frequencies were mostly audible but not //. 10330 Delhi heard during this time, not //. The 60 mb again faded in shortly after California sunrise. I looked for English at 1430 on 3945, 4850, 5050, 6085 but heard nothing from India. Has anyone logged these? Jose Jacob: can you confirm if there is English at this time, and if so, what frequencie(s)? (David Norcross, California, Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INDONESIA. 6071.478, 24.12 1240, RRI Jayapura on extended time with Christmas music. Sometimes heard but usually closes earlier. Very lousy audio when the studio mike is used while taped music sounds OK. Drifting in frequency circa 6 Hz up and down. SA (= Stig Adolfsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INDONESIA. V. of Indonesia, 11784.86, Dec 22 2000-2100, English news, commentary, ID, 2030 Mailbag program. Sked, address, local music. 2057 brief news summary. Fair-good; no parallels heard (Brian Alexander, PA, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INTERNATIONAL. Happy New Year! For those looking to ring in the festivities hourly as they approach our area of the world, maybe this link will be of some interest... http://www.live-radio.net/info.shtml It's not shortwave....but it looks interesting! (John Figliozzi Halfmoon, NY (USA), Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INTERNATIONAL. Here's a "tradition" I try to follow each year. I spend part of my New Year's Eve day tracking the celebrations as they happen on my shortwave radio, and also the various webcams and radio audio feeds over the internet. Lou Josephs has put together a list of sites to follow should you like to travel the path of the World's New Year's celebrations over the web. Overall info and software to watch and listen (via RNW's media network site): http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/newyear021227.html From the International Dateline to Mauritius http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/newyear021227a.html From Iran to American Samoa: http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/newyear021227b.html Bookmark Lou's work and tune your radios and click your mice, party hats are optional, but not the fun! Happy New Year x 24 !!!! (Pete Costello, NJ, swltalk via DXLD) [Join the SWLTALK group for live DX talk in the #swl channel on the StarChat IRC network... http://www.starchat.net/servers.htm ] _______________________________________________ SWLtalk mailing list http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/swltalk Pete's reminder is very worthwhile for a fun time with the radio and computer. In my opinion it is certainly better than dealing with the drunks on the road and the rip-off prices charged at restaurants, clubs and hotels. While it is true that Lou Josephs mirrors his New Year's Eve pages on the RNW Web site (below), when push comes to shove and each hour is nigh, Lou may be able to only make instant updates only on his own site as the hours of December 31 tick away here in the USA. I'd recommend also bookmarking his own Web site of http://www.ibcworks.net/ to get the latest details. Last year, as I recall, Lou and I stuffed a dozen or so Asian and African adds into the pages as little as 30 minutes before the top of an hour. Regards, and Happy New Year Year to all (Tom Sundstrom, Contributing Editor, Radio Netherlands Media Network, swltalk Dec 30 via DXLD) [links to the above were posted on our MONITORING CALENDAR well before Dec 31] I haven`t had as much time as I would like to follow the New Year, but a few observations: NHK with its usual excited talk and music on 11705 via Canada, but after 1400 pretty bad co-channel with something in English, I guess VOA Philippines. At 2255 or so DW webcast in German had a speech by the Chancellor, and at 2300 a polite, restrained announcement about the time and the New Year. A glimpse of the festivities in Berlin on CNN added a lot. At the same time I was listening to Spain, with a lot more excitement on 15110, which they evidently kept on the air a few minutes late past 2300. BTW, what was the very strong but noisy open carrier, on 15120 until about 2323? * Scheduling in BBC On Air did not indicate anything special, but checked 12095 at 2350 and World Today was on talking about the imminent Jahrwechsel, and not to be missed were the full chimes of Big Ben after the Greenwich timesignal, when 2003 REALLY began. Tried R. Atlântida, Açores webcast, before 0100 but it kept stopping, and was out at the moment of the New Year there. The newscaster afterwards had a really heavy Portuguese accent (but what could you expect?). I guess WWV will be in order at 0600 UT, midnight here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {* 15120 probably Habana} ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Decision in next few days about Arutz 7 From Mike Brand 29 December 2002 From today's Haaretz newspaper ELECTION PANEL ASKS FOR TRANSCRIPTS OF ARUTZ SHEVA BROADCASTS The chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Mishael Cheshin, on Thursday asked pirate radio station Arutz Sheva to provide him with transcripts of its broadcasts and video recordings of the various opinion pieces aired on the station in the past month. Cheshin asked for the material after hearing a petition submitted Thursday by Keshev (The Center for the Protection of Democracy in Israel) and The Israel Religious Action Center, who want the station closed down until January 29 for broadcasting election propaganda in flagrant breech of the election law. The petition also claims that the station's election broadcasts violate the concept of media evenhandedness, since they give unfair preference to the Likud, National Religious Party, the National Union and Herut. Arutz Sheva's legal representative, attorney Dan Sela, presented Cheshin with a list of 15 political figures from left-wing parties, all of whom have been interviewed on the station recently. According to Sela, the list proves that Arutz Sheva gives equal airtime to all the political parties (via radioanoraksuk yahoogroup via Mike Terry, DXLD) Extract from http://www.haaretzdaily.com/ Monday, December 30, 2002 ...Earlier Monday, the commission prohibited right-wing radio station Arutz Sheva from broadcasting right-wing elections propaganda until after the January 28 national elections. Commission head High Court Justice Mishael Cheshin accepted the claim of the Center for Progressive Judaism that Arutz Sheva was illegally broadcasting election propaganda... (via Mike Terry, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) ** IRAN [non]. Vanmorgen gehoord, 28 December: 5650, Voice of the Mojahed (presumed), local music, male about Iraq, Iran but signal drowned by heavy jamming and hopping to 5640 (0431), 5630 (0433), 5650 (0434), 5630 (0435), 5640 (0437), 5630 (0440), 5650 (0441), 5620 (0443) etcetera. Groeten, (Piet Pijpers, Netherlands, Dec 28, Benelux DX Club via DXLD) N5290.4 1649-1832* CLA Voice of Mojahed 1, Iraq Farsi 5350 is now jumping down to 5290 to avoid strong Iranian bubble jamming. Political talks, folksongs. Heard // 5650v 25333 AP-DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX Dec 29 via DXLD) ** IRAN [non]. NEW RADIO STATION BEAMED TO SOUTH AZERBAIJAN The online newspaper Baku Today, quoting the press service of SANAM [Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement], says that the first independent radio of Southern Azerbaijanis, "Voice of South Azerbaijan Radio", will start broadcasting programmes directed towards South Azerbaijan in the first week of January. The programmes will be broadcast twice a week, says the report. SANAM is one of the largest opposition groups in Iran. An estimated 16 million Azeris live in Iran, about twice as many as in Azerbaijan itself. A station of the same name was active in 1996-1998, and was the subject of an investigative report by Clandestine Radio Watch: http://www.qsl.net/yb0rmi/vosa.htm [suggesting a possible link to Israel]. It's not yet clear if there's a link between the two (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 31 December 2002 via DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. ESTADOS UNIDOS (COMANDO SOLO). New 11292.0, 1454-1550 21-12. Command Solo flying near Iraq Arabic. New transmission short talks and Arab music. *1517 QRM Russian utility conversations and more noise. Heard again 20-12 1610-1700 in AM-mode Arabic songs and talks. // 9715 was completely covered by DW Wertachtal (2 x 500 kW) in Russian. 25333 AP- DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** ISRAEL. (Earlier today) A few days ago there was a violent storm and some of the antennas as Yavne fell down. This has severly affected transmissions and on Reshet Hei there has generally been only one or two frequencies operating only via the old antennas at the east side of station. I do not think that any of the curtains there are working. At 2000 UTC only 11605 has been working for the past few days but tonight they will operate instead on 7525 kHz. --- (Later today) There seems to have been a change of plan today and 2000 utc was on 11605 and 9435. They are trying to use old, dormant antennas (Daniel Rosenzweig, Dec 29, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) STORM DAMAGE IN ISRAEL Dear all, In Israel we had wind storm that damaged 4 of our curtains and for the time being we are not on the air with all of the transmissions and the rest are with log periodic. The Main problem is with the low frequency curtains combined with the deep winter and the low SSN we almost had no options so...... the 1730 utc is as usual the 2000 utc the 6280 is off the air so we have 11605 9435 that soon will be changed to 7525 and we changed the program of the 9345 instead of Hebrew between 2000-2100 we have English, French, Spanish. Two of the curtains are total loss and we have to buy new. The third will be fixed at mid February (the earth has to be dry). Wishing you all the best and a happy new year 2003, îùä àåøï-îî"ã ùéãåø àú"ï åàú"ã àâó øùúåú çèéáú äðãñä åúëðåï {Hebrew, natch; we don`t have Hebrew character support installed, and just wonder if the above displays properly for those who do?} (Moshe Oren, ISRAEL- Frequency manager, BEZEQ-engineering&planning division Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ITALY. Due to a recent transmitter upgrade at IRRS-Shortwave, we are selling a lot of two identical 5/10 kW communication transmitters model Siemens S42043-S305-A1, suitable for classes of emission A1, A2, F1, F4 and F6 (telegraphy) and for classes A3, A3A, A3J and A3B (AM Medium Wave, SSB, AM reduced carrier). These transmitters are modern, compact and rugged for operation even on a mobile truck (check weight and dimensions). Both transmitters are in good working order, and have been in operation so far at IRRS-Shortwave http://www.nexus.org/NEXUS-IBA/Schedules IRRS used both transmitters for continued operation, employing one transmitter full time, and the second as a spare in case maintenance was needed. A set of spare parts, including antenna dischargers, antenna cable, and various electronics and used tubes are also available. 20% discount if sold to a non commercial organization for non commercial use. Private sale, exempt from VAT. Proceedings from the sale of these transmitters will help, in part, sponsoring the continuation of NEXUS-IBA activities, and the continuation of our Shortwave transmissions. Please check: http://www.nexus.org/IPAR/txsale.htm for all details including price. Please inquire to sales@nexus.org. Thanks. - (Ron Norton, NEXUS-IBA support, PO Box 11028, 20110 Milano, Italy e-mail : ron@nexus.org Dec 30, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Be nice to know what the `upgrade` consists of --- no transmitters at all near Milano, and buying time elsewhere? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD) ** KASHMIR. 4830 INDIA. Apparently the new R. Kashmir, Jammu: I started listening at 0020 Dec 22, Táchira presumed the LA that was dominant, but there was a good size het as well, the two just slightly out of phase. I didn't hear it on the first listen, but in reviewing the tape there is definitely the AIR IS twice at 0024, and what I think was their usual startup sequence at 0025. This was followed by some subcontinental horn-type music, and at 0030 a woman started talking, but it was muffled so I couldn't make out much. Still mixing after a half-hour or so. Other Indians were just so-so; this should be better on another night, but was better than expected even this time (Jerry Berg, MA, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 28 via DXLD) INDIA. N4830 *0023-0215 IND 18 & 20-12 AIR Jammu Kashmiri/Hundi. New fq by 50 kW transmitter, AIR tune, 0025 ID: "Yeh Radio Kashmir", song, Vernacular news and talks, Indian songs and instrumental music. Still testing and not every day. Also heard 19-12 1625-1742*. Always disturbed by a tone from a strong utility carrier on 4831.67! 34444 AP-DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** KENYA. EMBATTLED STATE BROADCASTER BOWS TO CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT | Text of report by Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation web site on 31 December All major TV stations transmitted the inauguration [on 30 December] of Mr Mwai Kibaki as president live from Uhuru Park. Nation TV, KTN and Citizen [all Nairobi-based private TV stations] were allowed to use the public-funded Kenya Broadcasting Corporation [KBC] feed signals at 12.15 p.m. The live broadcast was authorized by the permanent secretary for tourism and information, Ms Esther Koimmet. The Nation TV and radio managed to give blow-by-blow account of the happenings from [the] location. However, the Nation FM radio had hired outside broadcast van from East FM station, which comes with a frequency. Nation Broadcasting Division Managing Director Cyrille Nabutola said he had been negotiating with Ms Koimmet and KBC chief Caxton Munywoki since Sunday [29 December], who had told him that it [the feed] would cost at least 1m shillings [about 8,000 pounds]. But Mr Nabutola said he was surprised when Ms Koimmet called to inform him that the transmission would be free. "It was a very good gesture and we are very pleased," he said. KBC has for decades been known for its slanted news coverage of national events and heavy leaning on KANU [former ruling Kenya Africa National Union]. It changed dramatically and praised Narc [National Rainbow Coalition] and Mr Kibaki as it used to praise Mr Daniel arap Moi and KANU. Yesterday it changed tune in its coverage of the enthronement. It was not lost on public broadcaster's audience that all of a sudden the new ruling party, which it had been referring to as "the so-called Narc" throughout the campaign period, had become a respected party. Rare clips of President-elect Kibaki's moments of glory on the road to the top were splashed by KBC, whose skewed policy has been criticized even by the Electoral Commission of Kenya. Source: Daily Nation web site, Nairobi, in English 31 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) Evidently KBC desires to remain a government mouthpiece, whatever that may be; perhaps the concept of `public` broadcasting is unknown to them (gh, DXLD) ** KOREA NORTH. I sent a reception report to the Voice of Korea (North, not South) in May, got a package from them in July and I guess they haven't forgotten about me, or are trying to establish relations. I received a postcard today from VOK with four male gymnasts on front and on the back was typed a "A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!" Wonder if I'm being watched by CSIS? (Canadian equivalent of CIA). Canada Customs has already opened and searched some of my mail from other SW stations, including Iran and a box I received from DW. They even charged me for "handling"! Anyone else get any mail recently from VOK? I mailed another reception report last week to Pyongyang; interesting to see what I'll get. The broadcast was very clear for a change (Monday 23 Dec 1503; 11710 kHz; SIO 444; started with a choir singing what I think was the "Internationale" followed by the usual Great Leader propaganda stuff) 73, (Sue Hickey, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada, Dec 30, GRDXC via DXLD) 9335 kHz, Voice of Korea. Received QSL card, postcard, P`yongyang Times newspaper, Korea Today magazine, report form, personal letter and a separate letter announcing one of those poetry and song writing competitions in two months for English report and tape recording (Richard Lam, Singapore, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** KYRGYZSTAN. QUIRGUISTÃO. 4050, 0250-0335, 11-12, Krasnaya Rechka, Biskek (tentative) Kyrgyz(?) nonstop pop music, ID "Hit Music Shortwave", fade out at the same time as Bishkek 4010. 34444 AP-DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via DXLD) ** MEXICO. LEGISLADORES CRITICAN A TV AZTECA --- Un grupo de parlamentarios mexicanos pidieron al gobierno de Vicente Fox que intervenga para frenar las acciones abusivas que habria cometido la cadena TV Azteca al apoderarse, el viernes 27, de las instalaciones de la emisora independiente, CNI Canal 40, recurriendo a guardias de seguridad armados (Ambas noticias, extraidas de El Mercurio, Chile, 30/12 via Gabriel Iván Barrera, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** MYANMAR. 4725, Myanmar Broadcasting System, 1120-1200 Dec 30. Initially noted music until 1129, then woman talks in Oriental Language for a few minutes. At 1142 signal improved from poor to fair and music followed until the hour. On the hour, believe the broadcast was switched to another language. The signal quickly faded away subsequently. Checked for the broadcast on December 31, at 1100, but it was nil heard (Chuck Bolland, Clewiston Florida, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Strong here in Auckland: R. Myanmar, 4725 // 5040.6 at 1222 with pipe music and vocals, windscreen wiper on 5040 frequency, by 1240, 4725 gone but 5040.6 still going strong. Happy new year to all (David Norrie, AOR7030, Auckland, NZ, Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NICARAGUA. Hello Glenn! Actually, the only Nicaraguan more or less regularly reported by DXers out there in north-eastern and east coast is YNN Radio Nicaragua on 620. However, semi-local WVMT in Vermont is just 100 kilometers or so from me, in the VT border and they beam NORTH to protect stations in RI et al on 620, so with the radio and its directional antenna beamed north-south, I can null WVMT easily, but I will completely null the much weaker Nicaraguan, so for me 600 is the best bet for logging Nicaragua, but other DXers that have a local or semi-local on 620 who beams east-west or that don't have anything at all on this frequency (aside from distant domestics) might try there. Yes, I logged Cuba on 620, but only during 2 minutes of open carrier on WVMT when no program was carried. I also heard a Spanish preacher way behind WVMT believed to be // 600 back in December 2000, but that's it. Another Nicaraguan that has been reported 2 or 3 times recently is Radio Sandino on 740, but CKAC [730] does away with that again. To be more clear, 620 is your best chance to log Nicaragua unless you have a strong station on it (Bogdan Chiochiu, QC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) And a previous report: ODXA's Mediumwave Notebook -- April 1999 edited by Werner Funkenhauser ...Also, prowling around 600 kHz one night, I heard a distinctive "Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya!" slogan which sounded like a break between two pop Spanish songs, badly chopped up among other Spanish and assorted jumble. This may have been YNLD R. Ya in Managua, Nicaragua. I remember Robert Ross first reporting a Spanish station using a slogan that sounded like "Yacht!" years ago. It wasn't long after the Sandinistas were kicked out of power in Nicaragua. What he actually heard was R. Ya (Radio Now) run by some Sandinistas who before the communists ouster, commandeered equipment destined for R. Nicaragua. With new equipment, they operated on 600.1 kHz where they were easy to hear. As the story goes, they were the top station in Managua. Eventually R. Ya settled down on 600 kHz, and it's been years since I heard it (via Bogdan Chiochiu, DXLD) ** PERU. 2090.32 harmonic // MW 1045.16 kHz, unID LA, unknown QTH (Perú). Dec 2002 - 1030 UT. Heard sometimes both on fundamental and on second harmonic, I don`t have any more details. Nothing special to report more than "Frecuencia B" on 2662 kHz --- where "B" probably stands for "bendición" which means "blessing". UNID "Frecuencia" from last SWB now located in Chiclayo! 2662.69v Radio Frecuencia B, Chiclayo, el departamento de Lambayeque (Perú). Dec 17 2002 - 1040 UT. Heard with very good strength and excellent audio quality both mornings and evenings. Every morning the program "Nuevo Amanaecer". Varies in frequwncy +/- 2 kHz. Always a religious touch, talks a lot about "Jehová", but also some profane popular music. Sometimes hard to separate B/D/V but at one time the station gave ID as "Frecuencia B Beta, una señal de bendición" so there is no doubt. I can`t find any listed neither on SW nor on MW, so maybe a new station --- but I leave that to our member Thord Knutsson/TK at the WRTH staff to check out. Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de Chiclayo, cuya capital es Chiclayo. Sus distritos son: Chiclayo, Chongoyape, Eten, Puerto de Eten, José Leonardo Ortiz, Lagunas, La Victoria, Monsefú, Nueva Arica, Oyotún, Picsi, Pimentel, Reque, Santa Rosa, Saña; con una población total de 625,183 hab. 5637.24, Radio Perú, San Ignacio, el departamento de Cajamarca. Dec 18 2002 - 1120 UT. A funny station, seems to activate once a year but only for some very a few days. "Esta es Perú la radio, la grande de San Ignacio" ID by the DJ on duty but also have their recorded fantastic ID: "Ésta es la señal de más alta calidad, Perú su radio..." etc. Announces both 97.7 and 5635. [via WORLD OF RADIO 1163] Info from "Ventanaperú": Provincia de San Ignacio, cuya capital es San Ignacio. Sus distritos son: Chirinos, Huarango, La Coipa, Namballe, San Ignacio, San José de Lourdes, Tabaconas; con una población total de 111,070 hab. (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 29, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** QATAR. AL-JAZEERA TO LAUNCH ENGLISH WEB SITE Qatar-based Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera has announced that it will start an English-language Web site In February 2003. Joanne Tucker, managing editor of the site, told journalists that the news coverage will be tailored to a Western audience. In addition to the Web site, Al-Jazeera is also planning to offer English voice-over translations of its Arabic news channel by mid-2003, as a precursor to launching a separate English news channel in late 2003 or early 2004. According to Tucker, these plans were already in place well before Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Jazeera is already carried on the Sky TV package in the UK, and can also be seen in the US via the Dish satellite network (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 30 December 2002 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. 11975, "Kamchatka Rybatskaya," fishermen's program produced by GTRK Kamchatka and (per RUS-DX) transmitted from Yelizovo site near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: Surprised to hear it at *0000- 0100* Dec 29 (sked Sun only). Signal strength low but decent, plus QSB, and improved very slightly after 0030, and no significant QRM. Several IDs noted, including a "Kamchatka Rybatskaya" at the opening, also several other mentions of Kamchatka during the hour. Program was mainly an interview of one woman by another, but also many RS vocals and what seemed to be occasional anmts or promos by a woman talking over light music. At the end there were four bells, ID mentioning Kamchatka, and off. First time for me, and surprised to hear it (Jerry Berg, MA, DX-plorer via DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. CLANDESTINE from NORWAY? to SAUDI ARABIA. Checking 9930 and 7590 from 1843 to 1902 Dec 30, untraced on both channels. Did hear a bubble jammer on 9930. Checked their website which mentions 9925, but nothing I could hear there either. Anyone hearing them? (Hans Johnson, Cumbre DX, Javaradio Sweden, via DXLD) Voice of Al Islah presumed the one on 9925 at 1955 check Dec 31, continuous talk apart from occasional audio breaks, good signal with bubble jamming way underneath (Mike Barraclough, UK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 9925 here at 2021 is blocked by bubble jammer, Al-Islah audible at 30% or so. Cheers, (Paul Ormandy, NZ, Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SOLOMONS BROADCASTER REFUSES TO CARRY CYCLONE WARNINGS UNTIL BILLS ARE PAID | Excerpt from report by Radio New Zealand International on 27 December The director of Solomon Islands Emergency and Disaster Management Office says the country's broadcasting service has prohibited him from issuing cyclone warnings because of outstanding bills. Lottie Yates says the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation or SIBC, will not allow his office to use its radio service because of outstanding bills for a public awareness campaign on disaster management conducted last year. While Vanuatu is the prime target, Cyclone Zoe is forecast to strike part of the Santa Cruz group, south of Solomon Islands at midnight Saturday [28 December] with gustily winds of up to 260 km per hour. Santa Cruz is home to some 1200 people. Mr Yates says the SIBC is not cooperating with the Disaster Management Office and that it is putting the lives of those affected at risk. [Yates] The government has not paid the SIBC 12,000 dollars. As a result of that, SIBC is not allowing us to give out any warning until we pay up to 12,000 dollars. We are trying to contact the eastern part of the Solomon Islands to get just what we can get on information on weather on that side. Conditions are very bad. [End of recording] Mr Yates says the Meteorological Office is struggling to get cyclone information and that it is close to shutting down because of a lack of funds. Meanwhile the manager for the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says everybody should pay for its services even in matters of national emergency. Johnson Honimae says that while it is the country's public broadcaster, the government must pay for SIBC services such as cyclone advisory warnings or approach them to make payment arrangements... Mr Honimae says the SIBC will broadcast weather updates for free but if the disaster office wants to issue cyclone warnings then it has to pay. [Honimae] We are having to survive on sponsored programmes and advertising. That is the only way that we have survived. We have been able to get this thing going because we are charging everybody for everything but there is no free lunch in this country. The [Disaster] Management Office knows about this bill even before the cyclone season. Now when they need it they come crawling or start to criticize us. We are not going to back down to carry warning messages. I wish I could do it for free but I can't get my fuel for free, I can't get my telephones for free. I think the commercial consideration overrides the public service consideration. Source: Radio New Zealand International, Wellington, in English 0800 gmt 27 Dec 02 (via BBCM via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) First things first 5019.9, SIBC: Per Wright in ARDXC, SI was hit by cyclone today, but station was heard as usual, carrying BBC at 1300 (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) I am not aware of any cyclone hitting Honiara; actually the Solomons are generally outside the cyclone belt and rarely sees a good blow. Last was Namu in 1986, I think. Zoe (06P) was headed towards northern Vanuatu a few days ago and was peaking cat 5 so I had my suitcase packed (there is quite a lot of commercial activity in Santo) but did a 90 degree turn in accordance with predictions and tracked down between Vanuatu and Fiji, now just a fresh breeze http://www.npmoc.navy.mil/jtwc/warnings/sh0603.gif 73s gd dx de (Sam Dellit VK4ZSS, Dec 30, ARDXC via DXLD) Radio Australia has been providing good coverage of the Solomon Islands cyclone aftermath: see the 'Pacific Beat' page at http://abc.net.au/ra/pacbeat/focus/PacBeatFocus_755950.htm The main concerns are for the far-flung islands of Tikopia and Anuta which are several hundred kilometres from Honiara. Australia has provided fuel for the Royal Solomon Islands Police patrol boat Auki which is due to leave Honiara shortly to visit the islands from which there has been no radio contact since Zoe hit. Some 1300 people live in the area. As for comments on the non-response to DX reports and requests for information from SIBC, a quick dose of reality: the country has been in a state of deep political and economic crisis for a few years now. It is a tribute to the determination and commitment of the SIBC staff that the radio station remains on the air at all. The interests of overseas radio hobbyists are probably at the bottom of the list of priorities, although I know from having met SIBC's general manager in Honiara last year that reception reports from afar are received with great interest. This is all sadly a great change from a couple of decades ago. SIBC was one of my first 'tropical band' reception reports, and I was delighted to get a full-detail QSL from them within a matter of just days. Cheers (Matt Francis, DC, Dec 30, ARDXC via DXLD) ** SOUTH AFRICA. RULING PARTY WELCOMES STATE BROADCASTER'S MOVE TO DROP CNN | Text of article by Eric Ntabazalila: "SABC has plan to dump CNN for Arab network" published by South African newspaper The Star on 30 December The ANC [Africa National Congress] has welcomed the SA Broadcasting Corporation's intention to drop CNN for Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based Persian Gulf news network. Al-Jazeera is well known for broadcasting videotaped messages from Usamah Bin-Ladin. The Democratic Alliance opposes the corporation's move. SABC spokesperson Ihron Rensburg said yesterday: "The key objective is to provide our audience with a range of perspectives and news events. No decision has been taken yet. It's not going to happen tomorrow." ANC spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama said: "The SABC has got a right to make its own choices. We can only interpret this planned action... [newspaper ellipsis] as diversity of news and exposing South Africans to events happening in other parts of world." The Democratic Alliance's Dene Smuts asked the public broadcaster to consult the public before taking the decision. "I don't think South Africans would have much interest in seeing their television licence fees spent on the Arab world's answer to CNN. "Al-Jazeera was the first attempt to give the Arab world a broader view, but that view is far from the free-speech-oriented-service that South Africans are entitled to." Source: The Star, Johannesburg, in English 30 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA/NORWAY. SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT CONCERNED AT NORWAY'S SUPPORT FOR LTTE The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka reports that the country's president, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, will write to Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik to convey her serious concerns at the role played by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo in helping Tamil Tiger guerrillas acquire new equipment for the Voice of Tigers radio station. The President is apparently concerned that the embassy's role in acting as a consignee for the LTTE cargo has cast serious doubt on Norway's impartiality as a peace facilitator. She is concerned at the security implications for Sri Lanka and her neighbours, especially India. India has already protested at the upgrading of the station. President Kumaratunga is also expected to demand a full explanation from Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Last week the government admitted that it had approved the shipment of the radio equipment, and has even issued an official licence to Voice of Tigers (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 30 December 2002 via DXLD) ** TURKEY. 6900.08, 27.12 1600, Tentatively Meteoroloji Sesi Radyosu from Ankara, broadcasting non-stop Turkish music. QSA 2. SHN (= Stig Hartvig Nielsen, in Denmark, SW Bulletin, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** UGANDA. R. Uganda, 4975.97, Dec 15 *0300-, sign-on with local drums, NA and English sign-on announcements with ID. Local religious music at 0302. Abruptly off at 0304. Technical problems? Came back on air at 0313; fair (Brian Alexander, PA, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 4975.97, Radio Uganda 0410 Dec 25, News in English, commercials, mentions of Uganda, "Jingle Bells" at 0415, ID at 0418 (Ralph Brandi, AOR AR-7030 Plus, 250-foot mini-Beverage, Tinton Falls, NJ, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** UKRAINE. Glenn, Following is from Alexander Yegorov of RUI. Here is a new schedule: Radio Ukraine International B02 tentative schedule (01 January - 30 March 2003) Frequency; Time UTC; Tx Site; Azimuth; Target Area 5905 2200-0100 Kharkiv 290 W. Europe 7240 1800-2200 Kharkiv 290 W. Europe 7375 0000-0500 Mykolaiv 314 N. America 7420 0400-0800 Kharkiv 290 W. Europe 9610 0100-0400 Kharkiv 055 Russia (Tyumen) 9610 1400-1800 Kharkiv 055 Russia (Tyumen) 17760 0800-1400 Kharkiv 277 W. Europe The output of all SW txs is 100 kW except on 7375 kHz where it is 1000 kW. Transmission schedules in various languages are as follows: GERMAN (one hour): at 1800 & 2100 on 7240 kHz; at 0000 on 5905 kHz. ENGLISH (one hour): at 2200 on 5905 kHz; at 0100 on 7375 & 9610 kHz; at 0400 on 7375 & 7420 kHz; at 1200 on 17760 kHz. UKRAINIAN programmes are transmitted on all frequencies and at all times except for the time reserved for German and English programmes, as shown above. ROMANIAN (half an hour long): at 1800, 2030, 2200 on 657 kHz MW Chernivtsi, 25 kW. 73, (-.. . Kraig Krist, VA, Dec 29, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Checked 7375 at 0427 Jan 1, and very, very poor; of course, propagation is poor at the moment (gh, OK, DXLD) ** U A E. RAS AL KHAIMAH RADIO RINGS THE CHANGES Ras Al Khaimah Radio is about to switch on a new transmitter. Crown Prince Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi has already officially opened the new station at Al Jazerah Al Hamrah, but it will not come into operation until 11 January. Ras Al Khaimah Radio will be off the air on 9 and 10 January. The move to a new transmitter location was necessary due to concerns for the health of girls at a school near the old site. The 200 kW transmitter operates on 1152 kHz. At the inauguration ceremony, the Crown Prince revealed that broadcasting hours will be increased to almost 22 per day, but the station will no longer broadcast non-Arabic programmes such as Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam. Sheikh Khalid said he will personally chair the weekly meetings of the board and implement new ideas. "I will dedicate one day a week to spend at Ras Al Khaimah Radio to monitor programmes," he said (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 31 December 2002 via DXLD) The rest of the story: Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday 30th December 2002, Dear DX friends, There is a radio station called Radio Asia in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates, that has been broadcasting in Malayalam language from 11 am to 4 pm local time (UTC +4) on 1152 kHz medium wave. The station has now announced that it will broadcast in Malayalam 24 hours a day beginning at 6 am on 1st January 2003 on 1575 medium wave. It claims that it will be the first radio station in the world to broadcast in this language round the clock (P. Sreevalsan Nair, dx_india via DXLD) ** U S A. New Year`s Day: In addition to Talk to America, I am preparing a program that will be broadcast on VOA News Now between 1400 and 1500 UT. This will include interviews with Juhani Niinistö of YLE Radio Finland, Jonathan Marks of Radio Netherlands, Jean Larin of Radio Canada International, Jean-Gabriel Manguy of Radio Australia, and Barry Langridge, head of the Middle East/Africa section of BBC World Service. Also: Glenn Hauser's look back at international broadcasting in 2002 (Kim Elliott, swprograms via DXLD) I understand that my review will also be on the 1700 Jan 1 Talk to America, perhaps in two parts and more of the total report, which will afterwards be available in text and audio at http://worldofradio.com (gh) {too many calls, too little time, so mine was not on the 1700} ** U S A. VOICE OF AMERICA SEEKS LOWER PROFILE Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 Editor`s note: See NewsMax.com`s previous articles on Voice of America: http://www.newsmax.com/cgi-bin/htsearch?words=Voice+of+America+VOA&x=109&y=16 WASHINGTON --- Voice of America is now distancing itself from its own broadcast operations in the Middle East and their teeny-bopper formats on Radio SAWA and Radio FARDA. The latter is a new service aimed specifically at Iran, and was scheduled to begin operations Wednesday. In a memo dated Dec. 18, a copy of which was obtained by NewsMax.com, the edict reads: ``Subject: No VOA sign-on before SAWA or FARDA programs. Stations please note that the VOA sign-on announcement should not — repeat should not - be played prior to programs of Radio SAWA or Radio FARDA.`` One can only speculate as to why the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has taken this step. It comes at a time of great controversy over VOA`s increasing emphasis on hit music of the likes of Britney Spears, Eminem, Whitney Houston and the Backstreet Boys. This Farda format has replaced the broadcasts of serious policy discussions that were encouraging dissidents living under the hated, iron-fisted Iranian dictatorship. In an op-ed piece Monday in the Wall Street Journal, retiring Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., chastised the BBG for shutting down Radio Azadi (Persian for freedom), which he said had delivered 11 hours (10 hours, according to BBG) of news and serious discussion in a country where freedom is suppressed at every turn. The BBG, in a response to a similar article by Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post that same day, argues that the new Radio Farda (Persian for tomorrow) will increase news and substantive content ``from 180 minutes on Radio Azadi to 315 minutes daily on [the new] Radio Farda.`` ``They`re not counting all the discussions, the round-tables and the call-in shows and all these policy discussions that they [Radio Azadi] did,`` Helms spokesman Lester Munson told NewsMax.com. ``They`d get people from Iran to call in and say, `I`m outraged at this,` or whatever. They`re not counting that as news. Radio Azadi was all talk. It was providing a forum for discussions ... It had much more of a basis in the policy issues of the day. Radio Farda is a completely different format. That`s the essential reality.`` Translation: From serious discussion in a country living under the jackboot, VOA transmits pop music interspersed during most of the time with nothing more than headline news. BBG`s response to Diehl is that the new service increases broadcast time from 10 to 21 hours a day. Three hundred fifteen minutes for news and substantive matters each day means five hours and 25 minutes out of 21 hours would be devoted to ``news and substantive content.`` All the other 15 hours and 35 minutes are for pop music. It appears that during many hours of the broadcast day, Radio Farda is mimicking the familiar ``Top 40`` format. Many veteran broadcasters do not regard this as serious public affairs programming, even with a few minutes of news each hour. In commercial radio in the U.S., that shortchanging of news led to the creation of all-news radio and later to cable television news, 24/7. It is ``niche broadcasting`` based partly on the premise that ``variety`` programming no longer attracts the loyal audience that it previously did. In an e-mail to NewsMax, BBG Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson explains that news on Radio Farda ``will be five to ten minutes on top of the hour — with thirty minutes news shows prime time in morning and evening.`` Pending the hiring of additional staff, he says, ``we will be doing two thirty minute affairs shows each week.`` There is more. In a future installment, NewsMax.com will discuss the case of a dissident, condemned to death, who rots in jail. His fate prompted Helms to weigh in on this issue during these last days before his retirement Jan. 3 http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/12/18/202012.shtml (via Jilly Dybka, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 28 via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) ** U S A. Hello from New Zealand. I have been hearing Radio Farda on 12015 and 15290 at 0400 and on 17675 at 0730, all via Kavala at good level. Radio Farda now has a website up and running at http://www:radiofarda.com By going to their home page and clicking on #10 you will then get their schedule. By going to http://www.monitor.ibb.gov and clicking on language you will then be able to determine which site each broadcast is from by checking times against Farsi broadcasts. Radio Farda have advised that they will e-mail verifications for reports sent to comments@radiofarda.com Hope this helps someone. Regards, (Ian Cattermole, New Zealand, Dec 29, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Just a quick list of the Radio Farda transmissions audible here in South Wales today:- Freq UT Transmitter Location SIO 9585 0030 Radio Farda, Briech, Morocco 343 9515 0040 Radio Farda, Biblis, Germany 131 9795 0050 Radio Farda, Lamperheim, Germany 141 17675 0720 Radio Farda, Kavala, Greece 151 17675 0730 Radio Farda, Briech, Morocco 253 15290 0745 Radio Farda, Kavala, Greece 243 9585 0748 Radio Farda, Lamperheim, Germany 333 21475 0800 Radio Farda, Irana Wila, Sri Lanka 333 13680 0805 Radio Farda, Kavala, Greece 242 13680 1450 Radio Farda, Lamperheim, Germany 243 15410 1455 Radio Farda, Woofferton, UK 232 9435 1515 Radio Farda, Kavala, Greece 131 11845 1700 Radio Farda, Irana Wila, Sri Lanka 343 11985 1903 Radio Farda, Lamperheim, Germany 343 11960 1906 Radio Farda, Kavala, Greece 142 9785 2010 Radio Farda, Udon Thani, Thailand 131 (Graham Powell, Wales, Dec 29, Editor of the Online DX Logbook http://www.shortwave.org.uk DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. VOA IN FARSI: A-OKAY Tuesday, December 31, 2002; Page A16 The Dec. 27 letter from the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the Voice of America suggesting that "plans are afoot" for Radio Farda to replace VOA's Farsi Service is false. As we have informed the members of VOA's Farsi Service, we are so proud of the work they have done on their short-wave radio (and television) broadcasts that we plan to improve and expand them, not replace them. The VOA demonstrates every day to the world its belief in the values of democracy and freedom of speech. We hold in equally high regard the value of accuracy (DAVID S. JACKSON, Director, Voice of America, Washington, © 2002 The Washington Post Company Dec 31 via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A. INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ``STOCK TALK LIVE'' RADIO SHOW TO SHORTWAVE RADIO Story Filed: Monday, December 30, 2002 8:01 AM EST SANTA MARIA, Calif., Dec 30, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- International Broadcasting Corporation (OTCBB:IBCS) is pleased to announce that its "Stock Talk LIVE" radio show will be broadcast on shortwave radio starting in January, 2003. "Stock Talk LIVE" will be broadcast each and every stock market day from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EST) on shortwave radio station WRMI, frequency 15.725 MHz. WRMI, based in Miami, Florida, broadcasts a powerful signal that reaches the United States as well as the Caribbean and Central and South America. A collateral effect of shortwave broadcasting is that the signals can actually reach all over the world as they bounce off of the ionosphere. Traditional AM and FM signals do not work like this. About Shortwave Radio Between 1920 and 1950, shortwave listening was very popular, with most of the home radio sets including shortwave bands. As television replaced radio as the prime information source and FM Stereo radio became popular, shortwave radio fell by the wayside. According to recent information, Shortwave radio is regaining popularity, especially in the United States. Grundig, a German Radio company that is the market leader in shortwave radio sales, said its U.S. business had increased by 500% in 2001 http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend6--20011106.htm Shortwave Radios can be purchased at Radio Shack as well as ordered online http://www.grundigradio.net/ According to Merlin Communications, which operates the BBC's worldwide transmitter sites, "latest research shows that shortwave radio listeners are growing globally, with shortwave penetration at its highest in the developing countries. That is not to say that shortwave is not having an impact in the Western world. Recent surveys revealed that in 1999, 97% of regular business travelers listened to international shortwave." The increase in the shortwave audience, says Merlin, is "spelt out dramatically by just one factory in China that is frantically producing 300,000 shortwave radio sets per month just to support demand. Grundig in America report growth each year on their sales of shortwave receivers. There are at least 600 million shortwave radio sets worldwide." Daryn P. Fleming, President of IBCS says, "We are excited about the continued ramp up of our IBC Radio http://www.ibcradio.com/ Network and the expansion of our `Stock Talk LIVE' radio show to the airwaves via shortwave radio. Religious broadcasters have built empires and worldwide audiences via shortwave radio. We feel we can do the same with our message of prosperity. Our message is clear and powerful – the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking and savvy investors make money trading stocks of tiny companies neglected by the major media." Darrell Nether, Vice President of IBCS says, "`Stock Talk LIVE' is a `grass roots' show where we take our message directly to the people rather than through media middlemen and the typical `red tape' involved in taking a show to the national level. Owning our own radio network and expanding to shortwave radio enables us to accomplish this mission without the time, expense and bureaucracy involved in traditional radio syndication." About Stock Talk LIVE Stock Talk LIVE is believed to be the very first LIVE radio talk show focused exclusively on continuous coverage of micro-cap stocks each and every stock market day from opening bell to the close. The show is exciting and stimulating and, most importantly, has featured many stocks that have moved up in excess of 100% in the short term. The show is fully interactive, taking emails and phone calls from the listeners. The LIVE show is "on the air" during stock market hours 9:30 AM to 4 PM EST [1430-2100 UT]. The show is also rebroadcast after market hours. About International Broadcasting Corporation International Broadcasting Corporation is a developmental stage company that endeavors to develop successful publishing, media, and broadcasting related businesses and ventures. The Company is focused on developing and providing online information and entertainment content through three units -- IBC News Network http://www.ibcnn.com/ IBC Radio http://www.ibcradio.com/ and IBC Entertainment Group http://www.cultmoviesonline.com/ The IBC Entertainment Group was launched in August of 2002, following the acquisition of an on-demand, streaming online movie website called Cult Movies Online. For more information about IBCS and all of the different services, visit the corporate website at http://www.ibcmedia.com/ [standard stock disclaimer] (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) That explains why WRMI has been filling with music at 1400-1600 weekdays, but a pity to lose a rare classical block on SW. Starting WHEN in January? If this be hugely successful for IBC, perhaps they are a prospect for even buying the whole station; WRMI still for sale, asking only $650K (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Checking WWCR`s new hardcopy program guide as of 01 January, for `specialist` programs, we find little change, but these of note: WORLD OF RADIO, no changes as frequently shown atop DXLD MUNDO RADIAL by gh, Wed 2200-2215, Fri 2215-2230 9475 ASK WWCR, Fri 1045 9475, Fri 2130 9475, Sat 0945 5070, Sun 0045 3210, Sun 0315 5070, Sun 1115 15825, Sun 1830 12160, Wed (1,4,5) 1815 15825 TECHNOLOGY HOUR, UT Sat 0300-0400 3210, Sun 0600-0700 5070 SPECTRUM, live, Sun 0400-0500 5070 CYBERLINE, live, Sun 0505-0600 5070 OLD RECORD SHOP, Mon 1030-1100 9475, Sun 1430-1500 15825 KEN`S COUNTRY CLASSICS, Sun 2030-2100 12160 ROCK THE UNIVERSE, Sat 1205-1300 5070, Sun 0905-1000 3210, Sun 1305- 1400 12160 MUSICAL MEMORIES, Tue 1330-1400 15825, Sat 1900-1930 12160 [gospel?] WORLD WIDE COUNTRY RADIO, M-F 1400-1500 15825, Sat 2000-2100 12160, Sun 0900-1000 5070, Sun 1000-1100 9475 MUSIC AND DANCING, Thu 2100-2130 9475 MUSICA Y DANZAS, Mon 2200-2230 9475, Wed 2215-2245 9475 GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO, UT Sat 0400-0500 3210 UNSHACKLED, M-F 1930-2000 12160 A VIEW FROM EUROPE, Sat 1210-1215 15825, Sun 1110-1115 5070, Sun 1810- 1815 12160 PRESIDENTIAL RADIO ADDRESS, DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE, Sat 2130-2145 9475 LATIN CATHOLIC MASS, Sun 1700-1730 15825 THIS WEEK IN AMERICANA, Sun 0705-0800 5070 AMERICA`S GREATEST HEROES, Sun 1605-1700 12160 (Glenn Hauser, Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [and non]. While World of Radio is definitely the best DX/radio-related radio program on the air, we also like listening to some of the others. Looking at the DX-programs list, we see that "Wavescan" is on 27 times on UT Sat & Sun only, and "DXing with Cumbre" is on 18 times on UT Sat, Sun, Mon and 1 on UT Friday. How about these programs' presenters spread these out better during the week? Let's take 5 or 6 of these airings and sprinkle them throughout the mid-week, preferably in the 0500 UT time range. That would help let a new audience be exposed to them. Regards, and good DX in 2003! 73, (Will Martin, MO, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Not a bad idea, since those two shows don`t deal much with breaking news. On the other hand, I encourage WOR outlets to run it mostly Wednesday-Saturday when it`s freshest, but won`t turn down later repeats if we can`t do better (gh) ** U S A [non]. I tuned into AFN on 873 kHz via Frankfurt at around 0100 UT this morning, expecting to find Oldies Radio. Instead, I found the feed of news and short snippets which was in exact parallel to 6458.5 kHz USB. I don't know how long ago this schedule change took place, or if it was only a one-off (PAUL DAVID, Wembley Park, UK, Dec 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. WMRO test CANCELLED. I talked to Scott this AM and he sends this on. ``SWMBO rules here! Powell, Anyway, please post this to AM/NRC list: The DX test I was planning to do tonite has been canceled. I might do it tomorrow nite, but I need to wait & see if my wife is coming home from visiting the grandkids on tomorrow. The 31st is our wedding anniversary and I've been told no playing radio on NYE! Will let ya know on tomorrow.`` He'll let me know. SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) rules over a DX test, you know! He said he might run it tomorrow and he IS on this list (Powell E. Way, Dec 29, NRC-AM via DXLD) So se moved it 24 hours later on MONITORING REMINDERS; not sure, but I don`t think it ran then either (gh) ** U S A. Speaking of small-town radio, Go to: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/4828977.htm for a look at small-market radio in Texas. (Bill Hale in Fort Worth, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. Thought you guys might want to see a couple posts to the radio-tech list...... Ray says "IBOC helps" but doesn't say when and to whom under what conditions. No mention of any IBOC hurt. Not very much of a post. It basically says "We're IBOC. We're here to help." (Chuck Hutton, Dec 29, NRC-AM via DXLD) From: "Tom Ray" tomray@wor710.com To: radio-tech@broadcast.net Subject: Re: [RT] IBOC Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 11:07:35 -0500 You obviously don't have an AM station that is struggling and losing listeners....and not getting new listeners because AM is perceived as a low fidelity medium good for only talk and sports. And young kids? Unless they listen to a sports team on the air, they don't know the AM band exists. AM needs help. IBOC helps. And to those opposed, consider this. We put up a class B FM, get 50 or so miles from the transmitter and can no longer hear the station. We think nothing of it. But if you can't hear an AM outside it's coverage area, well, the world is coming to an end. Why? Can you sell outside your coverage area? We in AM have been clamoring for equity with FM for a long time. It looks like this equity may come with a coverage area comparable to FM. While the system is not perfect, it is coming, and sitting on the sidelines stomping our feet and proclaiming "IBOC sucks" isn't going to help the situation. Thomas R. Ray, III, CSRE Corporate Director of Engineering Buckley Broadcasting/WOR Radio New York 212-642-4462 fax: 212-921-4751 Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 11:32:49 -0600 From: Mike McCarthy towers@mre.com Subject: Re: [RT] IBOC Reply-To: radio-tech@broadcast.net With all due respect Tom, the goals of some AM's are not the same as WOR's or Buckley's. Some actively do have marketable coverage beyond market peer FM's and WANT to keep that coverage for a variety of reasons...and reasons which should be irrelevant to this discussion. For a distant station to cause harmful erosion to existing real and present "local station" coverage is patently unfair and wrong...FM coverage comparisons not withstanding since only a handful of AM's will even come close to matching FM coverage when all is said and done. Yours being one of them. When you look at the coverage footprints of AM's, only the 10 KW and greater signals (depending on the pattern, conductivity and channel) will have a chance at meeting Class B-1/C-3 FM coverages. Only 50's will match Class B and C stations to the FM's 1mV. So where does that leave the remaining 70% of the AM stations? Where is the "parity" here? Have you done any in-building penetration tests to see if the digital signal fares any better than analog inside a building... office...warehouse...high-rise? As for sitting on the sidelines, not me. If a client comes to me and says he wants it--make it play, I'll put it in and leave them with a written statement that it is done against my educated judgement. But I'm right now advising them to wait and see what happens with the first round of adopters and the resultant slew of complaints to the FCC which no doubt will come when some stations come to find they've had their interference free 1mV daytime coverage shrunk by 50% (or more). MM (via NRC AM Dec 29 via DXLD) ** U S A. From RAIN: Dear Mike, The U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress on Tuesday published the terms of the Small Webcaster Settlement Act in the Federal Register, the final step in making the terms of the deal available to all eligible small webcasters. The new law makes all copyrighted music available to webcasters with revenues under $1.25 million. The eligible webcasters would pay a percentage of revenues or expenses. There's more in today's issue of "RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter," online now at http://www.kurthanson.com (Paul Maloney, RAIN editor, Dec 30, via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. List of 812 LW beacons heard in California: http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/swl/2002-December/004042.html (Phil Atchley, swl Dec 29 via DXLD) ** VANUATU. 7260, 1030-1100, 16-12 R. Vanuatu, Emten Lagoon (tentative), Bislama (tentative), animated interview, splashes from SWRf 7265 and from *1100 also QRM from 7255. 23333 AP-DNK (Anker Petersen, Denmark, @tividade DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) ** VENEZUELA. The oldie "Ecos del Torbes" on 4980 seems to be off the air which is a pity (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 29, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZANZIBAR. Tuning around this morning I came across the Voice of Tanzania, Zanzibar with the transmitter at Dole on 11734 at 2050 UT broadcasting African pop music, Swahili announcement by YL and OM with closing and National Anthem at 2059 with s/off right on 2100, slightly low level audio with slight distortion but readable (not that I can understand Swahili!) SIO 353. Dated December 30th UT time or 7:50 am local summer time on December 31st in eastern Australia. I was rather excited to hear this one considering the time of year (middle of summer with maximum daylight and early sunrise) as it is not the easiest country on shortwave to hear and the power is supposed to be only 50 kW (Michael Stevenson, Port Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia, Sangean ATS-909 with outdoor 15 metre longwire, EDXP via DXLD) ** ZIMBZBWE [non]. CLANDESTINE from MADAGASCAR to ZIMBABWE, 7120, Voice of the People, 0328 open carrier. Clear channel today and a better signal. Short tone at 0329, then return to dead air. 0330 man with ID's in English as well as postal and email addresses. Interview with a musician, it may have been Thomas Mapfumo, and playing of Zimbabwean music. This program was also in English, a bit of a blessing since when I have listened in the past they were broadcasting mostly in vernaculars. Interview continued through 0400, when I tuned out (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ In keeping with IL style, this item has every line centered, tho it may not display that way for you (gh) {originally, but quickly lost center formatting in DXLD; never mind} INTERNATIONAL LISTENER IS BACK! First appearing in magazine form in the 1970's, International Listener was published as a monthly 40-page program guide for English-language broadcasts. That magazine became a web site on January 22nd, 1999, helping listeners easily access audio from these stations through their computer. The site disappeared when Tropical Storm Allison flooded my home with five feet of water in June 2001 (the hit counter stopped at 49838). But now International Listener has been redesigned. The main page loads much more quickly. You can immediately click to live streaming or on-demand audio from international shortwave broadcasters by using a drop-down menu on this opening page. Click on the International Listener Shortwave Radio Stations page for links to the home pages of shortwave radio stations around the world. There are some more drop-down menus with on-demand shortwave programs. Since blind and partially-sighted viewers say they cannot use drop- down menus, there are regular links to shortwave webcasts. As with the original site, there's a new edition of the International Listener Shortwave News each month--a roundup of items gleaned from radio station web sites and shortwave news sources from around the world. The January 2003 edition of Shortwave News has Part One of International Listener's exclusive look inside the BBC World Service in Bush House (this page will be posted on New Year's Day). Find searchable shortwave schedules by clicking to International Listener Shortwave Links, as well as listening clubs, audio archives and receiver manufacturers. BBC World Service schedules from DigiGuide are available by clicking on the BBC logo. Also, you can be transported to a webcast of shows from the Golden Age of radio. International Listener News Organizations leads to news agencies and the news outlets of broadcasting networks from around the globe. A news ticker links to worldwide news, sports and shortwave news. There are U. S. and British newspapers, as well as a special section of UK comics and magazines. There's a searchable weather database from the Weather Channel. There are London and UK radio stations with webcast links at International Listener British Radio, and webcasts are a click away on a drop-down menu. You'll find DigiGuide schedules of the national UK networks. Other interesting sites from Great Britain are included. London's current weather conditions and forecast are available from the Weather Channel. Check International Listener Television for links to launch TV webcasts and playbacks of individual television programs, plus DigiGuide British TV schedules. Some favorite UK program links are featured. Shortwave club publications, magazines and books are described in the International Listener Library. Throughout this web site, there is a 24-hour clock that displays the time in GMT. The Google search engine is featured throughout the site, and links to other popular search engines are provided. There are still some sections of the site being tweaked, but I think it's ready for use. I'd appreciate it if you could help me spread the word. I've linked to you site, and I'd like you to link to mine (or update the link to me so it works again). The main URL is http://www.internationallistener.com. That's a re- direct of http://home.houston.rr.com/edmayberry. Thanks to all who have sent words of encouragement over the long months that my family and I have been rebuilding since the flood. (Ed Mayberry, TX, Dec 29, WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DX LISTENING DIGEST) MONDE REBELLES -GUERRES CIVILES ET VIOLENCES POLITIQUES -L'ECYCLOPÉDIE DES CONFLITS I want to indicate that there is in France a book which reçense for several years all the secret movements in the world. It is updated about every 3 years. For those that understand naturally French it is about a reference book. The title in French is: Monde Rebelles - guerres civiles et violences politiques -L'ecyclopédie des conflits ("Rebel Worlds" civil wars and political violence - The encyclopedia of conflicts (Publishing: Editions Michalon Paris). The book makes 1561 pages and costs 33,53 euros. The classification makes leave country. Publishing: Editions Michalon, 18 rue du Dragon, 75006 Paris (ISBN 2-94186-091) Codes bar: 0 7682841 860913 (Bernard Chenal, France, Dec 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST) RECEIVER NEWS +++++++++++++ NEW JAVARADIO IN BETA TEST Hi! New javaradio in beta test at: http://www.javaradiofrance.com Coverage: 100 kHz to 1300 MHz with all mode. Situation: based at Orly (just near Paris). Online: 24/24. Free access, just give a nickname and your location to connect on server. Troubleshooting? Send a message to jean-marc.cera@wanadoo.fr (via rec.radio.shortwave via SW Bulletin Dec 29 via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ DXers Unlimited's Year End edition for 31 December 2002 and 1 January 2003, By Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK Hi amigos FELICIDADES !!! Congratulations and Happy New Year to all DXers Unlimited's listeners and readers around the world. I am Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK your friend here in Havana, where the weather is simply gorgeous with temperature around 25 degrees Centigrade and relative humidity of 70 percent... Beautiful blue sky as I was writing the script of the program just a few minutes after local noon Tuesday... AND HERE IS ITEM ONE: Scientists are wondering what has happened 93 million miles away from Earth, as the Sun has just reached a standstill of sorts, with the sunspot count reaching a record low of just 44, the lowest in several years... As a matter of fact during the past few days we have seen the daily solar flux going down at a very fast rate; just 6 days ago we had a daily sunspot count of 77 and the latest optical observation done Tuesday morning here in Havana, showed a still lower than 40 sunspot count. So, expect the daytime maximum useable frequencies to go DOWN below 25 megaHertz even on the best North to South propagation paths (via Bob Chandler, ODXA via DXLD) FORECAST OF SOLAR AND GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY 01 - 27 JANUARY 2003 Solar activity is expected to persist at very low to low levels until about 07 January, when formerly productive active regions (including, among others, old regions 224 and 226 described above) are expected to return to the visible disk over the course of the following four days. Moderate flare activity may be possible for the subsequent two-week period (through 23 January), depending on the characteristics of the expected returning regions. Low to moderate activity is possible for the remainder of the forecast period. There is a slight chance of a greater than 10 MeV proton event during the latter half of the forecast period. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geo- synchronous orbit is expected to reach event threshold on 04 January, 16-17 January, and 23-25 January, in response to recurrent high speed stream effects. The geomagnetic field is expected to be in the range of quiet to active levels for most of the forecast period. Active conditions are possible on 04 January, due to expected effects from a compact, trans- equatorial coronal hole. Periods of enhanced geomagnetic activity are possible on 15-16 January and 22-24 January, due to the expected influence of recurrent coronal holes. :Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt :Issued: 2002 Dec 31 2211 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Environment Center # Product description and SEC contact on the Web # http://www.sec.noaa.gov/wwire.html # # 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table # Issued 2002 Dec 31 # # UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest # Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index 2003 Jan 01 115 10 3 2003 Jan 02 115 10 3 2003 Jan 03 120 10 3 2003 Jan 04 120 15 3 2003 Jan 05 120 12 3 2003 Jan 06 125 8 3 2003 Jan 07 135 8 3 2003 Jan 08 145 8 3 2003 Jan 09 155 8 3 2003 Jan 10 160 8 3 2003 Jan 11 165 8 3 2003 Jan 12 165 8 3 2003 Jan 13 170 8 3 2003 Jan 14 175 8 3 2003 Jan 15 170 15 3 2003 Jan 16 165 12 3 2003 Jan 17 165 10 3 2003 Jan 18 160 10 3 2003 Jan 19 155 15 3 2003 Jan 20 155 12 3 2003 Jan 21 145 12 3 2003 Jan 22 135 15 3 2003 Jan 23 125 30 5 2003 Jan 24 120 15 3 2003 Jan 25 115 10 3 2003 Jan 26 115 12 3 2003 Jan 27 115 12 3 (http://www.sec.noaa.gov/radio Dec 31 via DX LISTENING DIGEST) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-204, December 28, 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 1162: [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1162.html WBCQ: Mon 0545 7415 WWCR: Sun 0330 5070, Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400 -- maybe; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 7490 WRN: rest of world Sat 0900, Eu only Sun 0530, NAm Sun 1500 ONDEMAND: http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html OKLAHOMA BROADCASTING NEWS #8 has finally been updated Dec. 27 with material from DXLD since late September. http://www.worldofradio.com/oklahoma.html At the end of 2002 this file will be closed, renamed oklahoma8.html and a 2003 file started as oklahoma.html UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL I hope you like the Passport book I sent you. I thoroughly enjoy DXLD (Chris Hambly, Australia) Hi Glen[n], HCJB on their DX Partyline program this week gave you congratulations on completing DXLD #200. It was a very warm mention of your work (Wm. "Bill" Brady, Harwood MD, Dec 28) Well... thanks, but I usually put out about 200 editions per year (gh) ** ANTARCTICA. THE ULTIMATE SOUTHERN TRIP Northern hemisphere winter gets a lot of people thinking about heading south. Some, though will travel as far south as anyone can get on this planet. Yes, once again it`s summer at the South Pole. While several countries claim pie-shaped wedges of Antarctica, international treaties ensure that research stations remain the primary activities, regardless of whether or not military staff them. Short wave utility radio, also known as high frequency (HF), was once the lifeline back to the inhabited world, though now most routine traffic moves via satellite. Remaining HF capability is used by several countries and agencies to contact low-flying planes and field parties on the ground. Some 10- kilowatt bases are still in use, as maintained by technicians who make the trip south every year. In past seasons, many aircraft on Antarctic runs have used the appropriate callsign of ``ICE`` plus a number. United States stations are often reached by flights from New Zealand. Another ``cold`` radio is NNN0ICE, the Military Affiliate Radio System station at McMurdo. Look for them just above and below the 20-meter amateur band. This is also the season for the US Coast Guard`s Operation Deep Freeze. The icebreaker/cutter Polar Sea is making the six-month supply run this year, carrying two Coast Guard helicopters. These are for ice scouting and final deliveries to such isolated spots as Amundsen/ Scott Station, within sight of the South Pole. In the past, Deep Freeze has used Coast Guard net frequencies of 4426/4134, 6501/6200, 8764/8240, and 13089/12242 kilohertz (kHz), all upper-sideband voice (USB). The first frequency of each duplex pair is the coastal station, while cutters transmit on the second. The US National Science Foundation, which operates many of these research outposts, uses the primary Oceanic Data Facility (ODF) frequencies of 8998 and 11553 kHz USB. These also attract some other countries and agencies. In the past, Antarctic activity has also been logged on such frequencies as 4067, 4125, 4242, 7665, 8867, 11255, 11558, and 13385 kHz USB. Australia once operated a large HF network on 5400 kHz, linking Antarctic operations to Sydney. It`s now largely dismantled, but still used in a few places for specific ground-to-air contact. Interestingly, the Australian Bureau Of Meteorology (BOM) operates VLM, a 1000- watt radiofacsimile (FAX) transmitter at lonely Casey Station. Assigned frequency is 7470 kHz, or 7468.1 for USB reception. Polar weather charts are transmitted continuously. With its historic callsign (once used by Radio Australia), and general remoteness, VLM would be a very nice catch (Hugh Stegman, HF Communications, Jan MONITORING TIMES via DXLD) VLM was most recently ABC Queensland SW ** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Greetings to all on the EDXP E-NET. Thanks for everyone's contributions. I trust you have all had a good Christmas. HCJB World Radio's new transmitter site in Kununurra is nearing its start date, which has been rescheduled to January 5, 2003. On the DX Partyline this weekend, I will interview Dennis Adams of HCJB Australia to get a first-hand report on the final preparations. Dennis will also tell us the planned frequencies and broadcast times, as well as contact information for your Reception Reports. Current transmissions in English to the South Pacific from Quito (Pifo) will end once Kununurra goes on-line. Thankfully the DX Partyline will continue from the new site! Thank you, and I look forward to your company this weekend on the program. 73 and a Happy 2003! (Allen Graham, HCJB Quito, Dec 27, EDXP via DXLD) Target for first transmitter is Jan. 5. Reports with IRC may go to HCJB-Australia, GPO Box 691, Melbourne, Australia, 3000. Or to: office@hcjb.org.au (Dennis Adams, HCJB-Ecuador DX Partyline Dec 29 via gh, DXLD) ** BANGLADESH. 4880, Bangladesh Betar (presumed), 1231-1301 27 Dec, Nice subcontinental music, 1232-1240 M in local Asian lang. with presumed news with mentions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kabul, and Iraq. 1240 different M with brief announcements weakly, then into subcontinental music with M talk and vocals as part of the song. More very weak talk by M again. More music at 1250. Beautiful flutes and vocals towards Top of Hour. M announcer again weakly with possible ID but couldn't be 100% certain. Into presumed news by M (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) 7184.98, Bangladesh Betar, 1226 28 Dec., OC with slight buzz, getting the same thing on 9550. *1227 start of IS. Audio level dropped to almost nil at 1228 and frequency jumped down 10 Hz. 1229 lively instrumental music followed by M announcer almost inaudible. W announcer at 1231 a little stronger but still unreadable. 9550 is always blocked (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** BHUTAN. If one cannot sleep as a DXer it makes sense to get up from the bed and to tune in to the frequency 6035 kHz. Last night I could observe here the Bhutan BS with sensational signal strength of partly S=9+10. Unfortunately there was some interference caused by a power station on 6040. 6035, BBS Timphu, December 27th, 0110-0145, Dzongha, Bhutanese songs, international news 0130-0135, QRM 6040; SINPO partly 43423. The station is active on SW only Monday to Friday, signing on at 0100 UT. The signal decreases after 0130 due to the local sunrise in Bhutan. A Happy New Year to all (Michael Schnitzer, Hassfurt, Germany, hard- core-dx via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 11815, Radio Brasil Central, 0800 Dec 25, Identification: "Radio Brasil Central, programa especial do Natal, em onda média, onda curta, 11815 kHz e onda tropical, 4985 kHz." SINPO 34333. Also on 4985 kHz (24222). (Manuel Méndez, Spain, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Has this one been otherwise inactive on 25m? (gh, DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 4925.05, R. Educação Rural, *0952-1000, 28 Dec. While listening to presumed R. Internacional on 4929.93, got slopover QRM from this signing on, so immediately tuned down. Nice canned ID with QTH at sign-on, followed by ID, promo by M, canned announcement, then another with "Brasil" repeated echo-like at the end. 0954-0958 Choral ZY NA. Repeated "Brasil" again by M and ID/promo again, jingle, live M with TC, then what was probably a long canned ID news intro announcement with jingles, then presumed news by M and W. Very nice strong and clear signal. Easy (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** CAMBODIA: RADIO STATION IN NORTH "TO TEST BROADCAST IN JANUARY" The Phnom Penh newspaper Reaksmei Kampuchea, a pro-government publication, carries in its 20 December issue a report on progress in the construction of the road linking the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to the historic temple of Preah Vihear on the Cambodia-Thai border. Among other things, the report notes that: "An official at the Phnom Penh City office also disclosed that the 10-kW radio station being built in Preah Vihear Province by Phnom Penh City is almost completed and can test broadcast in January 2003. Once the road construction is completed, there are plans to build schools and health centres along the road, starting from Tbeng Meanchey to Preah Vihear temple." Source: Reaksmei Kampuchea, Phnom Penh, in Cambodian 27 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) WTFK? What even is the band? ** CANADA. On January 8, 2003, radio station CHWO AM 740 - Prime Time Radio will be celebrating its second anniversary. Originally on 1250 kHz from 1956, it moved to 740 kHz in 2001 when [after] the CBC left for the FM dial. To commemorate this birthday, the station and the Ontario DX Association will be issuing a special QSL for reports made on January 8, 2003 only. To received the special 2nd Anniversary CHWO AM 740 QSL card: *Station must be heard on January 8, 2003 from 0000 to 2359 (EST) *Time you heard the transmission (local or UTC); *Program Material (at least 10 minutes of specific program material heard: i.e., name of announcer, commercials heard, news items etc.); *Signal/Sound Report, (a general overview of how well you heard the signal at your location and the sound quality of the program). *Mention of the type of equipment and antenna you were using to hear the signal is helpful information as well. All reception reports and comments for the station may be sent to: Brian Smith QSL Manager for AM740 Box 161, Willowdale Stn A, Toronto, Ontario Canada M2N 5S8 or email to am740@rogers.com Thank you and good listening, Brian Smith am740@rogers.com Ontario DX Association http://www.odxa.on.ca Reception Report Manager for CHWO AM 740 http://www.odxa.on.ca/chwo.html YahooGroup Moderator for AM740 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AM740 PS - CHWO will be conducting a DX test in late January or early February. Details to follow (Brian Smith, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** CHINA. R. Fujian is reactive with one hour transmission. The schedule is followed: 4975 2256-2321, 0955-1032, 5040 2245-2324, 0945- 1035. The transmitter is turned on/off abruptly without any announcement; duration also varies. One notice to repeat is that CNR-5, CNR-6 Taiwan service shut down all shortwave service; MW service still works. CNR-5 0055-0615, 0955-0005 549, 765; CNR-6 2055-0105, 0355-1805 (stop tx on Wed 0605-0955) 684, 909, 927, 1089 (Miller Liu, Taiwan, Dec 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CROATIA. CROATIAN RADIO TO START BROADCASTING 24-HOUR PROGRAMME FOR DIASPORA | Text of report by Croatian TV on 22 December [Announcer] Croatian radio will start broadcasting a 24-hour programme called Voice of Croatia soon, which is intended for Croatians outside their homeland and national minorities in Croatia. So far this programme has been broadcast for two hours every day. Besides the introduction of the 24-hour programme, another novelty is digital technology. News and other programmes will also be broadcast in English, Spanish, German and French. [Unidentified report] Croatian radio broadcasts around 230 hours of programme on a daily basis. Programmes of interest to immigrants, minorities, tourists and all those in Europe and the world who wish to learn something about events in Croatia will be selected out of this rich production. According to the Law on the HRT [Croatian Radio and TV], Croatian radio is obliged to produce a programme for the diaspora and the minorities and the government will finance this project from the state budget. [Domagoj Versic, editor of Croatian radio's International Programme] We now spend 4m kunas on this programme annually and according to our calculations we will be spending 12.5m kunas on the 24-hour programme. Therefore, it is not too much money for such an ambitious, but very realistic programme. [Reporter] The programme will be broadcast on the satellite for Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand on short wave and certainly on the Internet for the entire world. The digitalization will help improve the quality of reception. Preparations have been going on for a sesquiyear and the experimental broadcasting will begin in April. The 24-hour programme of Voice of Croatia will be launched on the Day of Radio and TV, 15 May 2003. The government has already earmarked finances for this major media project in the budget. Source: HRT1 TV, Zagreb, in Croatian 1830 gmt 22 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** DENMARK. RADIO LUXEMBOURG PROGRAMME ON DANISH RADIO On New Year's Eve it will be 10 years since the English service of Radio Luxembourg very sadly was silenced. This anniversary will be celebrated by the national Danish pubcaster DR P4 on New Year's Eve from 2315-0400 UT. Usually the AM transmitters of DR are closed down at night - but not so on the night before New Year's Day. P4 will be carried on MW 1062 kHz from Kalundborg (250 kW) all night long - and so listeners in Northern Europe, most of Western Europe and parts of Central Europe should be able to pick up this programme, which will be hosted by Allan Krautwald and Florian Fastina. Most of the programme will obviously be in Danish but most of it will consist of music well known from Radio Luxembourg, jingles etc. Besides - there'll be a couple of interviews in English with a.o. Tony Prince and Benny Brown. Read more here: http://www.radionyt.com and http://www.radionyt.com/artikel/default.asp?id=5732 The long wave transmitter at Kalundborg will also be on the air through the night before New Year's Day. On 243 kHz (300 kW) the youth channel P3 will be audible from 0000 UT. It may also be of interest to someone that P3 will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary on New Year's Day. There's a story (in Danish) about P3 here: http://www.radionyt.com/artikel/default.asp?id=5747 and there'll be a couple of special programmes on this anniversary on New Year's Day. Probably only on FM - but you may try http://dr.dk/nav/netplayer/player.asp?station=2 where streaming of P3 is available. Best 73s, (Stig Hartvig Nielsen, Denmark, Dec 20, MW-DX yahoogroup via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** DJIBOUTI. According to an article on DeepikaGlobal.com, Djibouti has been promised by the US government "$2 million to renovate state- run Radio Djibouti, along with $100,000 in annual rent, in exchange for a strategic transmission station the United States is building for the Voice of America just outside the capital. The targeted audience: Yemen and the southern regions of Saudi Arabia --- rich recruiting grounds for al-Qaida and home to more than half the Sept. 11 hijackers." Ref article: http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=21353 Anyone heard if this will be a SW transmitter site? (Ulis Fleming, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Djibouti has been planned for a long time as a new MW relay site, more likely now for R. Sawa than plain old VOA. I`ve seen nothing about SW from there (Glenn, ibid.) Last June, BBG asked for bids for both AM and a 50 kW SW here for RTV Djibouti. See http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2002/06-June/26-Jun-2002/FBO-00098287.htm (Hans Johnson, ibid.) Viz.: FBO DAILY ISSUE OF JUNE 26, 2002 FBO #0206 SOLICITATION NOTICE 58 -- MW and HF Transmitters Notice Date 6/24/2002 Notice Type Solicitation Notice Contracting Office Broadcasting Board of Governors, Associate Director for Management, Office of Contracts (M/CON), 330 C Street, SW, Room 2500, Washington, DC, 20237 ZIP Code 20237 Solicitation Number Reference-Number-B004-280007 Response Due 8/15/2002 Archive Date 11/30/2002 Point of Contact Kristine Muschette Hicks, Contracting Officer, Phone 202-401-5827, Fax 202-260-0855, - Herman Shaw, Contracting Officer , Phone 202-205-- 8412, Fax 202-260-0855, E-Mail Address kmhicks@ibb.gov, hshaw@ibb.gov Description The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has an anticipated requirement for a Contractor to supply two (2) 40 kW medium wave (MW) amplitude modulated and one (1) 50 kW high frequency (HF) transmitters including facility renovations at the Dorale Transmitting Station that is owned and operated by Radio-Television de Djibouti in the Republic of Djibouti, East Africa. The station is not owned or controlled by the BBG or by the US Government. Please note that only limited information on existing conditions is available. Interested offerors are advised that this anticipated requirement shall include the fabrication, supply and installation of two 40 kW medium wave (MW) amplitude modulated transmitters (1170 kHz and 1539 kHz) and one 50 kW high frequency (HF) transmitter; integration of the new transmitters with the existing single tower MW antenna and HF log periodic antenna; and, the removal and disposal of existing transmitters and obsolete building equipment. This requirement shall also include a complete facilities renovation with new waterproof roofing, replacement of electrical and water supply systems, refurbishment of generators, painting, and replacement of plumbing fixtures, doors and air conditioning equipment. The Dorale station is located on the coast about 10 km west of Djibouti City. It is expected that potential bidders will be required to visit the station before submitting a proposal. An offeror will need demonstrated experience in successful supply and installation MW and HF transmitters systems including work in remote locations with difficult logistics and extreme weather conditions. It is expected that the Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation for this anticipated negotiated firm-fixed price (FFP) procurement will be issued on or about October 1, 2002, with a proposal due date of forty-five (45) calendar days after the RFP issue date. Interested offerors may make arrangements for a site visit at their expense by contacting Mr. Walter Borys in Washington, DC at 202-205-8052. This public notice is not a RFP, IFB, or RFQ. Place of Performance Address: Dorale Station, 10 km West of Djibouti City, Country: Djibouti (via DXLD) ** GEORGIA. After several presumed and tentative loggings, I am very pleased to positively ID this one. 11805, Georgian Radio, Tbilisi, 0631-0701 12/26. English service with IS, ID "This is Georgia" and announcer mentioning "Tbilisi". Complete schedule was read, then the news with items on NATO, Serbia and terrorism. "...in the studio from Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia" at end of news. Russian dance/folk music until 0701 when German service began. Poor, fluttery signal (Scott R. Barbour, Jr., NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUAM. How are things by now? Only 30 percent of the power is back, and no one is being given preferential treatment: http://www.guampdn.com/news/stories/20021228/topstories/657846.html (Guam Pacific Daily News Dec 28 via DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. 4779.98, R. Coatán, 28 Dec. 0203-0210, Lively LA Pop song, 0205 Rock song for a minute, then M announcer with talk and ID. First time the ute wasn't here and was hoping this was R. Satélite. So, is Satélite still here/on the air?? Coatán weak with 4781 HC QRM (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW AND AUCTIONS HAVE THROWN RADIO BROADCASTING UP FOR GRABS; STATUS OF CATHOLIC RADIO IN CAPITAL & NATIONAL NETWORK by Victor Hugo Aguilar Martínez, Director of Fundación para La Paz y Reconciliación, of the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala. CRU Editor`s Note - I asked Señor Victor Hugo Aguilar some information on a number of Guatemalan Catholic radio stations, including those operated by the Fundación para La Paz y Reconciliación, of which Señor Aguilar es the director. In answering those questions, he provided interesting background on the telecommunications situation in Guatemala. His report deserves publication. Guatemala City, Dec 15 (special)— First I have to ask pardon for the delay in answering your e-mail in regard to some doubts over the radio stations of Guatemala. I have delayed in virtue of the fact that there are some situations that are still not clear in regard to broadcasting in Guatemala because of the implementation of the General Telecommunications Act that appeared in 1996 and which we can say nullified the previous law although it seems that they wanted to leave or allow to continue to be applicable some aspects of that law. but their application is considered very controversial. All this creates an atmosphere of doubt whether there exists a true legislation over stations or frequencies for radio stations, especially in the FM band. Now that there is little or no interest in AM because applications for AM or almost zero, I hope to clear up for you some points. If they are not clear, please advise me and I will try to make them simpler. To get going. 1. Before 1996, the government conceded radio frequencies in its manner, specially if it were a mass medium that ought to be controlled given the situation of the civil war that existed between the army and the guerrillas. Thus on licensing a person the use of a frequency, they assigned some call letters that began with TG, which signified Telecomunicaciones Guatemala, and then other letters that indicated the name of the station which was registered from the moment of licensing. Today frequencies are obtained by means of auctions and the nature of radio broadcasting itself of no importance. That which is important is the money that one may have to buy a frequency on auction. In this way it is easy to change the name of a radio station from night to morning now that you can sell, lease, give or do what you want with your frequency, at least for the 15 years that the right of usufruct is valid. Thus, under my criteria, one cannot oblige some (the old ones) to identify themselves and the others no (the new ones obtained in auction now that the law is such there is no need of general observance, which is the basis of all law). In regard to your specific questions, I will now answer them: Radio 940 AM is property of the institution named ``Catholic Events`` whose director is Señor Orlando Coronado. This station has had various names but the latest that it uses is Radio Paz and its call letters use TGTL that means ``Telecomunicaciones Guatemala Traigo la Voz`` which was the first name used for this station. For a better understanding we can make the following division or separation. We will call Catholic radio stations those whose frequencies were assigned to a diocese, that is to say, these are diocesan radio stations and thus the property of the Church and, of course, their programming is Catholic. Other stations are private property but with Catholic programming (which supposedly ought to have the authorization of the bishop responsible for the region in which they broadcast). Well, then, Guatemala is divided geographically into departments, and in the Department of Guatemala City in which the Archdiocese of Guatemala is located, there is no station that is owned by the Church but all of these are of private property, whether the owners be individuals or groups of laymen or ecclesiastical organizations. For example, Radio Paz belongs to a Catholic group named Eventos Católicos. It is supposed that they broadcast with the approval of the Archbishop of Guatemala, but this I cannot guarantee that every one of them has this relationship (of approval). My relation is directly with the diocesan stations, that is to say, the Catholic Church, and that are found broadcasting in the rural areas of our Republic. Among the private stations with Catholic programming, such as Radio Paz, I can mention Radio María FM (which belongs to a group of Italian laymen named Asunción de María) and that have representation in Guatemala. There is Radio María AM which calls itself La Voz de la Familia, which belongs to the Ingeniero Arturo López and which operates on the frequency 1600 AM but now has a repeater on 1615 AM in the zone of the Departamento of Sololá, specifically from Santa Lucía Utaltlán. But I do not know if he has legal authorization to do it. His identification is TGML and he has no website. The frequency 107.9 FM belongs to a Church station which carries the name Stéreo Gerardi in honor of Bishop Juan Gerardi, assassinated a few years ago in Guatemala, a murder which involved a priest as possibly responsible for the same. This station does not have call letters because it was acquired in an auction. I have been made to understand that they have asked the regulating agency of frequencies in Guatemala, the Superintendencia of Telecomunicaciones that they be assigned call letters but, as of today, they have not been assigned them. I repeat, for me this is unnecessary in the system, form, or method of assigning frequencies, Thus it was that Radio Sololá, the same institution responsible for managing its operations took the decision to change the frequency from 96.9 to 88.7 MHz because on 96.9 FM they had a great deal of interference from other stations. Thus it is that they are now on 88.7 FM and identify still with the call letters TGIZ. Let me take this opportunity to tell you that in regard to satellite linking of our diocesan stations across Guatemala, things are going well. All that is lacking is that the donator of our funds approves our using these funds in a different area, that is to say, he gave it to us for one thing and we would like to spend them in another. If he approves the change we are ready to begin buying and installing the transmitting equipment and the 16 receivers (Dec 30 Catholic Radio Update, Dec 28 via DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. EL LARGO CAMINO PARA LAS VOCES LIBRES A fines del 2000, representantes de las radios Comunitarias entregaron al presidente del Congreso de la república la Ley de Medios de Comunicación Comunitaria A pesar del arduo trabajo para llegar a ella, la presentación al Congreso de la ley fue sólo un acto político ya que el organismo no le dio el curso debido. En Febrero de 2001 las distintas coordinadoras de Emisoras Comunitarias tomaron la decisión de conformar el Consejo Guatemalteco de Comunicación Comunitaria con el cual se da un importante paso. Unos meses después esta vez desde la Presidencia se promueve la articulación de una propuesta de reglamento para las radios comunitarias sin que se haya hacho consulta alguna a las propias radios interesadas. Con este acto se desconoce una vez más el esfuerzo realizado por las radios comunitarias, el Estado asume una actitud paternalista de las entidades que se agruparon para trabajar esta propuesta. Pero la lucha continua. Se vuelve a presentar una nueva propuesta de ley y frente a la indiferencia de las autoridades se inicia una campaña para recolectar firmas en apoyo a las radios comunitarias. Más de 40,000 voluntades manifiestan su apoyo a la aprobación de la ley que se encuentra en el congreso. La acción obligó al presidente de la comisión de comunicaciones a precipitar la convocatoria a una reunión con otros sectores relacionados con los medios de comunicación A pesar de todos estos esfuerzos las radios comunitarias de Guatemala no tienen otra opción que seguir trabajando desde la ilegalidad con los peligros que esto significa. No obstante a las amenazas en contra del proceso de democratizar el acceso a la comunicación las radios comunitarias siguen creciendo en las comunidades fortaleciendo la capacidad organizativa de los pueblos (Agencia Informativa Pulsar via Arnaldo Slaen, Dec 28, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** HAITI. RADIO STATION CHIEF SURVIVES APPARENT MURDER ATTEMPT Press Freedom 26 December 2002 HAITI Reporters Without Borders said today it was outraged at an apparent attempt on Christmas Day to kill the head of Radio Haiti Inter, Michèle Montas, in which one of her bodyguards was shot dead. "The attackers wanted to eliminate the person who is fighting for the arrest and punishment of the killers in 2000 of her journalist husband Jean Dominique, Haiti's best-known journalist," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. Ménard expressed his "great admiration" for the "courage and determination" of Montas in her nearly three-year battle and assured her of his "total support" in the wake of what he called a "despicable and cowardly action." He also expressed his condolences to the family of her bodyguard, Maxime Séide, who was shot and killed in the attack. Montas was one of five journalists from around the world shortlisted for this year's Reporters Without Borders / Fondation de France Prize in recognition of her fight against impunity in the murder of her husband, the head of Radio Haiti Inter, who was shot dead in the station's courtyard on 3 April 2000. Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to thoroughly investigate the latest attack and asked that key people in the enquiry into the Dominique murder be given special protection, especially Bernard Saint-Vil, the investigating judge, and the state prosecutor, Josué Pierre-Louis. Two armed men appeared at the gates of Montas' house in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, in the late afternoon of 25 December a few minutes after she had arrived home after a Christmas lunch with family members. They threatened her security guards who immediately shut the gates. One of the guards ran to the house to get a gun. The attackers then fired at the second guard, Séide, fatally wounding him before fleeing. Montas said the attackers had intended to kill her. The two men were on foot, she said, and had probably waited near her house for her to arrive. She said she had, unusually, asked her driver to take a different route back to the house that day. The attack came a few days before Judge Saint-Vil is expected to announce completion of his enquiry into Dominique's murder, which has been hampered by many obstacles. The outspoken Dominique, Haiti's best-known journalist and political commentator, criticised all sides, whether supporters of the former Duvalier family dictatorship, ex-military figures, member of the country's wealthy families or, not long before his death, those he suspected in the ruling Fanmi Lavalas party of President Jean- Bertrand Aristide of having turned the party away from its original principles. The murder investigation was assigned in September 2000 to Judge Claudy Gassant after his predecessor, Judge Jean-Sénat Fleury, had resigned after receiving threats. Gassant fled to the United States after his mandate expired on 3 January 2002 and was not immediately renewed by Aristide. He had been repeatedly harassed after naming an Aristide supporter and former army major, Sen. Dany Toussaint, as the man responsible for Dominique's death. Since July, the investigation has been in the hands of Judge Saint-Vil, who has resumed questioning people and said his enquiry may be formally completed by the end of the year. The case file will then go to prosecutor Pierre-Louis, who will have five days to ask for any further information from the judge. After that, the completion announcement, with names of people to be arrested or charged, will be made public. Régis Bourgeat -- Despacho Américas / Americas desk Reporters sans frontières, 5, rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009 Paris - France tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 83 84 68 fax : +33 (0) 1 45 23 11 51 e-mail : ameriques@rsf.org / americas@rsf.org (via Georges Lessard, CAJ-list via Ricky Leong, DXLD) This was trilingual, but I resisted the temptation to include French and Spanish versions (gh) ** HUNGARY. HUNGARIAN DUNA TV STARTS BROADCASTING TO NORTH AMERICA | Text of report by Hungarian Duna TV on 25 December Pope John Paul II blessed our television 10 years ago, when the satellite broadcasting of Duna TV started. After a decade, we can safely say that the television has become the television of Hungarians all over the world. At dawn today, Duna TV started to transmit its programmes overseas eight hours a day. For the time being, it covers the North American continent. Hopefully, our programmes will soon be available to Hungarians in the southern hemisphere as well. Source: Duna TV satellite service, Budapest, in Hungarian 1700 gmt 25 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) WTFK?? Not to mention any other details! One has the impression such presumably satellite services on obscure transponders have an unrealistic expectation of audience in North America, undoubtedly minuscule, but it must play well back home (gh, DXLD) ** INDIA. AIR Domestic Service. Recent morning logs from 1430 to 1600 include 4940 Guwahati fair (// with stronger freqs), 7140, 7255, 9910, 10330 Delhi going from fair to very good. The Delhi stations are strongest after sunrise on the California coast (David Norcross, CA, Dec 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INTERNATIONAL. NEW YEAR'S EVE ON THE WEB Several years ago Kim Elliott, former host of Communications World on the Voice of America spent his New Years Eve listening to how the world celebrated using shortwave radio. Lou Josephs adapted the idea for the Internet, and has assembled a list of Webcasters and Webcams that will usher in the New Year 2003. This is a great way see what Webcasting has to offer. More than 4,900 TV and radio stations worldwide are Webcasting. Lou has picked out some of the best ones. http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/newyear021227.html (Andy Sennitt, Media Network newsletter Dec 27 via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. XM SATELLITE RADIO GETS NEW FINANCING, STOCK JUMPS --- REUTERS December 23, 2002 WASHINGTON - XM Satellite Radio Inc., a satellite radio broadcaster, on Monday said it reached financing agreements totaling $450 million that should provide the cash needed until its operations reach break- even. XM stock jumped more than 10 percent following the news. The Washington-based company said the package includes $200 million from a sale of notes convertible into common stock at $3.18 a share, and a small concurrent stock sale. Also, General Motors Co., which is installing XM radios in 25 different 2003 vehicle lines, has agreed to $250 million in payment deferrals and related credit facilities through 2006, XM said. "With this financing package, we believe we have achieved full funding through cash flow break-even," XM President and Chief Executive Hugh Panero said in a statement. XM and rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI.O) have struggled to remain viable as the market for the capital-intensive satellite radio industry ramps up. Both XM and Sirius have lost money as they try to attract subscribers. Sirius said in November it was preparing for bankruptcy if debtholders did not approve a restructuring that included a debt-for-equity swap. XM shares were up 39 cents, or 13 percent, at $3.39 on Nasdaq in early trade. Sirius shares were up 1 cent at 55 cents, also on Nasdaq. In addition to the financing package, XM said it will start an offer on Tuesday to exchange its $325 million of outstanding 14 percent senior secured notes due 2010 for new 14 percent senior secured discount notes due 2009, warrants and cash. Based on sales to date and projections through the end of the year, XM said it expects to have more than 350,000 radios sold and ready for activation by Dec. 31, either through retailers or automakers. The actual year-end activated subscriber total is expected to be 340,000 to 350,000. XM also said it expects to add two new directors: Steven Hicks, the chairman of Click Radio, who has 33 years of experience in the radio and broadcasting media industry, and Thomas Elliott, executive vice president of automobile operations with Honda Motor Co. Ltd.'s (7267.T) U.S. operations (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS. ARUTZ-7 RAID UNCLEAR From http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=36141 26 December 2002 The circumstances surrounding yesterday's raid on Arutz-7's ship are still unclear. Arutz-7 officials have not been able to determine why the raid was conducted, nor why it happened specifically yesterday. Israel Police and Communications Ministry personnel raided the Eretz HaTzvi broadcasting ship of Arutz-7 Israel National Radio yesterday, halting the station's signal for over an hour and warning the captain not to resume broadcasting. Nothing was taken or damaged. Arutz-7 broadcasts from outside of Israel's territorial waters because privately-owned radio stations are prohibited from airing nationwide. A law duly passed by the Knesset granting Arutz-7 a broadcasting license was recently nullified by the Supreme Court. Communications Minister Ruby Rivlin of the Likud said he was "furious" at the timing of the raid, and other right-wing politicians railed against what some called "political persecution." A spokesman for Public Security Minister Uzi Landau, who oversees the Israel Police, told Arutz-7 that he did not know of the raid in advance, and that the Communications Ministry initiated it a while ago. The Communications Ministry says the raid was a result of Elections Committee head Hon. Michael Cheshin's call to ensure that unlicensed stations do not broadcast election propaganda. Cheshin himself said he was not involved. Arutz-7 announced in response that it is more careful not to allow its interviewers and interviewees to speak on behalf of specific parties than are Israel's public stations. ARUTZ-7 issued this announcement following the raid: "For 15 years, the State Prosecution and the police have waged a campaign to harm Arutz-7 by "hitting us in our pockets." On two previous occasions, police have smashed and confiscated our state-of- the-art broadcasting equipment, under the pretext that the station's broadcasts are against Israeli law. No court has ever ruled that this is the case, but Arutz-7 has had to pay top lawyers' fees in order to defend itself against these allegations. Police raids like the one today on our broadcasting ship are aimed solely at portraying the station as illegal, thus bringing about an immediate decrease in advertising income. "The Prime Minister, Communications Minister, and Public Security (Police) Minister all denied prior knowledge of and involvement in today's attempt to silence Israel's only radio voice opposing the establishment of Palestinian state. How, then, did it happen? Raids of this sort happen under right-wing governments because extremist left elements control key government institutions, including the police, the State Prosecution, the courts, and the Israel Broadcasting Authority. They are largely behind the systematic attempts to financially cripple and harm the lone nationalist voice on Israel's airwaves. We turn to our listeners and internet readers to fight this trend in whatever legitimate manner is available. Please speak out, write letters and faxes, and support the station in its continual struggle to survive these blows against our right to champion the Jewish Nation's right to the Land of Israel." (via Mike Terry, DXLD) From Mike Brand 26 December 2002: From today`s Haaretz Newspaper :: Election committee to hear petition against pirate radio station Arutz Sheva The chairman of the Central Election Committee (CEC), Justice Mishael Cheshin, will today hear a petition asking him to issue a restraining order against pirate radio stations Arutz Sheva, prohibiting it from broadcasting until after the January 28 elections. The petition, filed by Keshev (The Center for the Protection of Democracy in Israel) and The Israel Religious Action Center, who claimed that Arutz Sheva is broadcasting election propaganda in flagrant breech of the election law. They also claim that the station's election broadcasts violate the concept of media evenhandedness, since they give unfair preference to the Likud, National Religious Party, the National Union and Herut. (Gideon Alon) (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** IRELAND. We heard a number of Irish church services on 27 and 28 Dec. in the European afternoon, ca. 1300-1500 UT. Locations unknown. The reception was best in Finland. I copied a couple of them here in Holland as well. 27-12 ----- 27105 27185 26965 27305 (a wedding); 28- 12 ----- 27295 27025 27030 26805 27315 (a wedding) 27395 (3 different services at the same time, one was a wedding) (via Ary (from the Netherlands) in the WUN group via Hans Johnson, Dec 28, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** ISRAEL. More Arutz-7: see INTERNATIONAL WATERS above ** ITALY. In the fall of 1988, a new shortwave radio station took to the airwaves of Europe. It started as a vision only six months before, and was operational in record time, thanks to the enthusiasm of its founders and a measure of good luck. This was a private station, with an independent, eclectic, experimental message – something distinctly different from the classic international broadcasters of the Cold War era. It's a story of broadcasting success against all odds, and how what started out as a gamble has made European broadcasting history. Bob Zanotti, formerly of Swiss Radio International, was a co-founder of the station, and has now decided to tell the story. WELCOME TO NEXUS-IRRS --- By Bob Zanotti In 1988 a new shortwave radio station took to the airwaves in Europe after being conceived a mere 6 months before. Its two adventurous founders set out to create something quite different from traditional Cold War broadcasting.... Alfredo Cotroneo was the front man for the Italian Radio Relay Service, but few folks knew that his partner was Bob Zanotti of Swiss Radio International. This is the first time the full story has been told. Part 1 gets us on the air: Part 2 will tell about keeping an independent shortwave station going – an entirely different matter! (January MONITORING TIMES via DXLD) ** JAPAN. Kunitoshi Hishikawa, Japan, sent me the URL for Year End Hitparade 2002: http://cgi2.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/new/image/02kohaku.pdf The following schedule for the 53rd "Year End Hitparade", which will LIVE broadcast in Japanese on 31 Dec 2002 at 1030-1545 UT. To: Southeast Asia 1030-1600 11815 Yamata To: Asian Continent 1030-1600 9750 Yamata [Acc to the PDF file, seemingly the live coverage broadcast occurs only on the Asian Continent and SEAsia services. Broadcast time shifts to a recording at 1500-1930 UT to the following targets, except Sackville 11705 kHz relay still at 1300-1500 UT, see below, ed.] To: Southwest Asia 1500-1700 12045 Yamata (instead of Ekala?) 1700-1930 11700 Yamata To: North America 1300-1730 11705 Sackville, Canada (extended) 1500-1930 9835 Yamata (extended) To: Central America 1500-1930 9535 Yamata (extended) To: South America 1500-1930 9835 Yamata (extended) 1500-1930 21600 Montsinery, French Guiana To: Oceania 1500-1930 7140 Yamata (extended) To: East Europe 1500-1800 9750 Rampisham, UK (extended) 62 degr 1800-1930 9565 Woofferton, UK (extended) 75 degr To: South Europe 1500-1900 6175 Skelton, UK (extended) 150 degr 1900-1930 6010 Skelton, UK 150 degr To: Middle East and North Africa 1500-1930 11880 Ekala, Sri Lanka (extended) To: C Africa 1500-1700 21630 Ascension 1700-1930 15165 Ascension To: S Africa 1500-1930 15355 Montsinery, Gabon (Kunitoshi Hishikawa, Japan, via BC-DX, Christoph Ratzer-AUT OE2CRM did do the transform job, thanks (via Wolfgang Bueschel, DXLD) ** LATVIA. See UK ** LUXEMBOURG [non]. See DENMARK ** MEXICO. 9705, Radio Mexico Int`l, Christmas eve programming. Dead air between languages. English at 0445 rather, and continued for much longer than a half an hour. Call in or interview show was quite audible; by 05 this was coming in like a local! almost 55555. 11770 was good, but the modulation has a problem, sound is sloppy. This was markedly better here than as reported by Terry Krueger in TOCOBAGA DX #67 via DXLD. Perhaps their beam is towards the western US? (David Norcross, California, Dec 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I`ve noticed occasional much better signals than usual from XERMX, but tend to blame it on propagation (gh, DXLD) ** MEXICO. MEXICAN TV STATION ACCUSED OF ARMED RAID OF RIVAL TV AZTECA ACCUSED OF ARMED RAID OF RIVAL Federal prosecutors are investigating claims a rival television station took over another channel using private armed guards wearing ski masks. Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca took over the facilities of CNI Channel 40 in the early hours of the morning. CNI Channel 40 said the men in black uniforms stormed the station's transmission facilities before dawn, holding channel employees for several hours and taking over the channel's signal. The frequency is now carrying programs of Channel 13, TV Azteca's flagship station. Televisora del Valle de Mexico, or TVM, holds the license for CNI Channel 40, a UHF station broadcast in Mexico City and distributed on regional cable TV systems. CNI Channel 40 said its lawyers have already filed charges against TV Azteca, calling the takeover an "unprecedented abuse in the history of Mexican television." TV Azteca confirmed it took over the facilities, but it denied using violence and said it was "exercising its rights and in full compliance with the law." It adds it has evidence on video that it took over the facilities peacefully. Manuel Feregrino, news editor at CNI Channel 40, said: "They retained the IDs of our staff, their addresses were taken, and they were told that their families could be in danger." TV Azteca and CNI Channel 40 entered a strategic alliance in 1998, with the two evenly sharing earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for programming and advertising sales. The partnership fell into dispute in 2000, when TVM owner Javier Moreno Valle pulled out and alleged that the agreements weren't valid. He was expelled from TV Azteca's board soon afterward. TV Azteca said last week the International Court of Arbitration upheld the company's right to buy 51 percent of TVM. Story filed: 09:30 Saturday 28th December 2002 via http://www.ananova.com (via Pete Costello, DXLD) The wild, wild South ** MEXICO. MEXICAN DJ HOPES PLAYING 2,001 SONGS IN A ROW WILL LAND HIM IN RECORD BOOKS MONTERREY, México (AP) - A Monterrey disc jockey played 2,001 corridos - traditional, sometimes controversial, ranch songs - back-to-back last month, hoping to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records. Ricardo Escobedo, director of the AM station Radio Regiomontana, wants to set a record for broadcasting the longest radio show and the longest radio program in which no song was played twice. Guinness record book officials are investigating whether he qualifies, said Escobedo, who played 2,001 corridos in a row between Nov. 14-21 without leaving his microphone or playing any song twice. "I didn't feel tired during the broadcast, because I was very busy, but my throat hurt a lot afterward," the 34-year-old said Tuesday. He managed the feat, he said, by attacking the station's music collection alphabetically according to song title. Corridos are traditional northern Mexican ranch songs that often tell stories of betrayal, lost love, homesickness and the settling of scores over money or women. Los Tigres del Norte and other artists have given such songs commercial legitimacy in recent years. The Canadian Press, 2002 12/27/2002 12:30 EST (AOL Canada News via Fred Waterer, Dec 27, DXLD) I believe the word is Regiomontana, not Regiomontaña as some might think, correcto? (gh) ** MONGOLIA [and non]. Hello everyone and the best of the season to you all, I've been in Germany since March and as a result my international radio listening has been mainly focused on hearing the BBC! I'm back at home for Xmas and New Year and am re-exploring my clunky old computer and Worldspace receiver, both gathering dust for the last 10 months. While catching up on a few messages here I've also got BBC Radio 4's "A world in your ear" on (also available on the web I'm sure), which selects and plays choice features from broadcasters (and a number of international broadcasters) from around the world. [repeats Sun 2000] This week they talked to an Aussie journalist working at the Voice of Mongolia. Speaking about the station, he said that VoM's 'devoted listeners' consisted of Radio HAMs who struggle through the interference (in particular Radio Damascus) to hear the station, write to the station, receive their postcard and then go on to the next station. While the journalist's comment maybe a little tongue-in- cheek, I do wonder if this is really what many broadcasters think of their audience - that the only ones listening to the station don't actually listen for the programming and only listen the once for the QSL. Accurate or not it's energised me to write to the various international broadcasters I listen to regularly (for their programming of course) and to make sure they know that their hard work is appreciated. Peace and good listening to one and all, (Daniel Atkinson, England / Germany, Dec 27, swprograms via DXLD) - home of the internet's first SW FAQ (perhaps) http://www.eurobahn.co.uk ** NICARAGUA. 600, YNLD, Radio Ya, Managua DEC 27 0546 - caught a "Ya" mention during break in meringue music block by man; possible mention of "seis cientos" but too poor to be exactly sure. Anyway, country nr. 19 !! and obviously new catch. I hope to find some time to encode some of the tape made on 600 kHz last night into real-audio too! 73 and good DX, (Bogdan Alexandru Chiochiu, QC, hard-core-dx via DXLD) Bogdan has been going after LA MW DX quite successfully from Montreal, tnx to auroral condx. However, since ``ya`` is a common word in Spanish, meaning `already`, I would be hesitant to claim a definite ID based on the above. Merengue not exactly typical of Nicaragua, either. Good riddance, anyway, CFCF! 600 is thought to be the best chance for Nicaragua in North America (gh, DXLD) {See 3-307} ** NORWAY. Today I discovered that Radio Norway carries a program from BBC WS (European Branch) during the first half hour (0500-0530 on 7465 and 7490 kHz). Before, they used to carry their internal radio service (Alexander Egorov, Kiev, Ukraine via Active_DX, 12/27/02 via Sergei Sosedkin, DXLD) ** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3290, NBC Radio Central, Boroko was audible on Dec. 24th & 25th 2002 between 1155-1400* with a weak signal carrying Karai National Service. In addition to that, I have noted an unidentified station (Radio Milne Bay, Voice of Kula, Alotau) on 3365 kHz at around 1930 UT. No sign of other stations from PNG (Jari Korhonen, Kitee, Finland, Dec 27, dxing.info via DXLD) ** POLAND [and non]. The German Enigma Cipher Machine - History of Solving http://www.enigmahistory.org/enigma.html (via Frank Parisot, France, Dec 13, DXLD) ** QATAR. AL-JAZEERA BROADCASTS IN ENGLISH From http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,865365,00.html Ewen MacAskill, Friday December 27, 2002, The Guardian The Arabic satellite television station al-Jazeera, demonised in parts of Washington for its coverage of Osama bin Laden and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, has begun experimental broadcasts using English subtitles in the US to try to expand its influence and revenues. A spokesman for al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar and is popular throughout the Arab world, confirmed yesterday that the broadcasts using English subtitles have begun in the US. The move is aimed at finding new sources of revenue but staff believe that they have a mission to provide the context to Middle East stories they argue is often missing from Western media reports. The chief editor, Ibrahim Hilal, told the Christian Science Monitor that "the historical context is missing" in coverage of the Israel- Palestinian conflict and other stories. He cited, as an example, stories about the Iraq crisis that fail to carry a reminder that Saddam Hussein, was armed by the West in the 1980s. The channel is available in the US on subscription by satellite and cable but, until now, it has only been in Arabic. An hour-long phone-in programme, dealing with religion, is now being broadcast in Arabic, with English subtitles. If successful, the range of programmes with English subtitles will be increased (via Mike Terry, DXLD) Subtitles certainly help, but won`t cut it. From previous publicity I was expecting some programing audible in English. Perhaps later, after this first step. Since most of the staff started with BBC in Britain, there should be plenty of fluent English-speakers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ROMANIA. FIRST HUNGARIAN-LANGUAGE RELIGIOUS RADIO STATION LAUNCHED IN ROMANIA | Text of report by Hungarian radio on 24 December [Presenter] Hungarians living in Kolozsvar can now listen to another Hungarian-language radio. Janos Moszkovics reports on the first day of the religious radio: [Moszkovics] The first Hungarian-language, Transylvanian religious and community radio started its broadcasting at 1100 hours local time today, that is, it has been on air for more than one hour in Kolozsvar [Cluj-Napoca, in western Romania] and its region. Agnus Radio, owned by the Transylvanian Reformed Church diocese, started with a pre-Christmas programme, lasting till 1500 hours [local time] this afternoon on 88.3 MHz. Tomorrow, it will broadcast a magazine programme between 0300 hours at dawn and 0800 hours in the morning. It will include a religious service, in addition to interviews, news and music, Attila Sebesi Karen [phonetic], the secular editor-in-chief of Agnus Radio, has told the Hungarian Kossuth Radio [this station]. He added that one-third of the daily eight-hour programme will be about religious topics, while in two-thirds of its broadcasting time it will transmit secular public service programmes to all generations. The religious programmes will include Reformed Church, Catholic, Unitarian and Evangelical programmes and, for three hours a week, the Romanian Orthodox Church will also be involved, since this denomination has no radio station yet. The basic principle of Agnus Radio, which is operated by only 15 staff members, editors, reporters and technical staff, is to supplement regional public service radio programmes. Therefore, at the end of the daily programmes, listeners will be advised to switch over to the Hungarian programme of Kolozsvar Radio, which will also keep its usual religious programme, which was launched in 1990 by the same Kolozsvar- based pastor, Laszlo Adorjani, who dreamt, planned and now directs the first Transylvanian community radio station, Agnus Radio. Source: Hungarian Radio, Budapest, in Hungarian 1100 gmt 24 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. PRESIDENT ANSWERS PUBLIC'S QUESTIONS President Putin on 19 December answered questions from the public in a live appearance broadcast over national television, radio, and the Internet, Russian news agencies reported. In a two-hour session, Putin answered 51 questions covering many aspects of domestic and foreign policy, as well as questions about his personal preferences, Interfax reported. The event was announced about two weeks in advance and in the interim the presidential administration received 1.2 million questions, from which advisers chose the ones they deemed most topical. Asked about the possibility of restoring the Russian monarchy, Putin said this is not desirable because Russia has not yet firmly established a multiparty democracy. "It is true that monarchies complying with democratic norms exist in countries like Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain, but in Russia I cannot imagine how [democratic] executive authority could be formed," Putin said. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 19 December via RFE/RL Media Matters Dec 27 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. LOCAL RUSSIAN TV COMPANY SEIZED IN FAR EAST | Text of report by Russian Ekho Moskvy radio on 27 December [Presenter] The Novaya Volna [English: New Wave] TV company in Vladivostok was seized today. We learnt of this from the deputy general director of the TV company, Yevgeniya Golodova: [Golodova] People who are controlled by legal structures and the [Maritime] Territory's administration arrived at the building of the Novaya Volna TV company. They entered together with police and people unofficially representing a certain Vladimir Nikolayev who at the moment wants to run for mayor and in the State Duma election. They told us roughly the following - today former deputy governor [Yevgeniy] Krasnov was killed, and what happened to him will happen to you if you don't leave the building in five minutes. We have been surrounded by a group from Mr (?Arzhanov), the police and Nikolayev's people. We are staying in the building. We tried to contact the governor's assistant. He told us he would need a report on the situation, because the people who came did not act in his name. But we hope that Sergey Mikhaylovich will sort the situation out. They contacted us and said they would come in two hours time' and the situation would be sorted out somehow. [Presenter] Yevgeniya Golodova links the seizure with a property dispute to do with the TV company. We have just learnt that armed persons have burst into the TV company's building. The journalists fear that they may be arrested. We will be following events. Source: Ekho Moskvy radio, Moscow, in Russian 1000 gmt 27 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) TV AND RADIO COMPANY'S OFFICE IN FAR EASTERN CITY STORMED BY POLICE | Text of report by Russian news agency Ekho Moskvy on 27 December: [No dateline, as received] The building of the Novaya Volna [Russ: new wave] television and radio company has been seized in Vladivostok, the company's deputy managing director, Yevgeniya Golubeva, has told Ekho Moskvy radio. At 1630 local time [0630 gmt] on 27 December people "in charge of the legal departments of the Maritime Territory administration" as well as people "unofficially representing Vladimir Nikolayev who is trying to run for the mayor of Vladivostok and for the State Duma" and accompanied by policemen appeared at the Novaya Volna with threats, Golubeva said. "They told us approximately the following: you have heard what happened to Krasnov (former deputy governor of Maritime Territory, who was killed in Vladivostok today). A similar thing will happen to you if you do not vacate the building in the next five minutes, Golubeva went on to say, quoting the raiders. She added that threats had been issued against the founders of Novaya Volna, Konstantin Tolstosheyin and Sergey Gubich. The building was cordoned off. The company's staff have no intention of leaving their office, Golubeva said. She added that the people who had made their way inside the building "had been brandishing the name of the governor" of Maritime Territory, Sergey Darkin. The company's staff contacted the governor's aide and he promised to inform Darkin of the incident. "We hope that the governor does not know what is happening and will clear up the controversy," Golubeva said. She said the raid may be linked to a business dispute surrounding the Novaya Volna television and radio company. In the summer of 2002, the founder of the Novaya Volna media holding, Oleg Sedinko, was killed in Vladivostok. His share in the company was bought up by Tolstosheyin and Gubich. A dispute between them and the late director's deputy, Oksana Rybalko, broke out. Later there came reports that armed people had stormed the company's office. The journalists fear that they may be arrested. [In a further report at 1108 gmt, the same agency quoted Golubeva as saying that riot policemen had stormed the Novaya Volna offices and were preventing the company's staff from leaving the building. She added that journalists had been lined up facing a wall with guns pointed at them. A TV camera and tapes had been seized from them. In the meantime, the Vladivostok main interior directorate denied reports that the Novaya Volna building had been seized. They explained that there had been a dispute about who should be guarding the building and the police were currently looking into the matter.] Source: Ekho Moskvy news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1014 gmt 27 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) The wild, wild, East (gh, DXLD) ** RUSSIA [and non]. Regarding site of VOR on 7125: The 1600-1900 transmission to Central Europe is from Yekaterinburg as stated in the HFCC. I believe the transmission listed as 2300-0600 is from the Moldova site, although I have not confirmed this for the current period. Since this frequency must not be used for transmissions to the Americas, the Russians report a more distant site (that would interfere less across the Atlantic) and a target area (CIRAF zone 17 = Iceland) that would be legal (Olle Alm, Sweden, 26 Dec, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Marcelo sends a view of his QSL which does say Kishinyov, Moldova on 7125 at 0400-0417 Oct. 17 (thus A-02 season in case that make a difference) (gh, DXLD) ** RUSSIA [and non]. Hi Glenn, I hope you enjoyed the holidays. So here some words on the 7125 matter. Yes, HFCC contradicts Voice of Russia, but it is quite obvious that the planning of the actual transmitter operation takes place more or less independently, they just put some suitable parameters in the HFCC file, like, why bother? Just see the power levels noted down for the other 7125 operations: The Popovka site near Krasny Bor, usually listed as St. Petersburg, has 200 kW transmitters, hence actual power levels are 200, 400 and 800 kW, respectively, but never 250 kW. And a Popovka transmission on 7125 not exists at all, this registration is a mere placeholder. Contrary Yekaterinburg uses 7125 (VoR German), but 240 kW? No way, they have 100 kW transmitters and operate them mostly if not always in pairs, so 200 kW are true spot. Once there used to be Russian shortwave transmitters rated at 120 kW (this design is still in use in China, once they got the blueprints and built such rigs, too), but I am not aware of any such ancient transmitter still in use in Russia. And just as a reminder, Serpukhov which probably still appears in the HFCC file is a non-existing site, just one of the ghosts from the old days. The German service of Voice of Russia received enquiries about transmitter sites quite frequently. This forced them to put a site table on their website. When looking at http://www.vor.ru/German/Liste/liste.html you will find various contradictions with the HFCC data. To make it short: Monitoring observations strongly suggests that the VoR list indeed reflects the true situation. Why not, they should know what they pay for! Conclusion: It should be true that 7125 after 0000 originates together with 7180 from Grigoriopol`, just as it always used to be. Best regards, (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SOMALIA. QSL: Radio Hargeisa, 7530 kHz in 3 weeks. Letter, including 1 USD, sent to addres in Germany: Konsularishe Vertretung Somaliland, DJ6SI, Baldur Drobnica, Zedernweg 6, D-50127 Bergheim, Germany. Letter poststamped in Czech Republic (Claes Olsson, Norrköping, SWEDEN, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. COLOMBO ASKED TO EXPLAIN BROADCAST EQUIPMENT TO LTTE The Sri Lankan government is under pressure to explain how high powered radio equipment was dispatched to the Tamil guerrillas in northern Sri Lanka. Buddhist monks were the latest group to join opposition political parties to protest against the Sri Lankan government for handing over the radio equipment. The government has declared that it would give a full explanation about providing the guerrillas with radio equipment. Gulf News learns that the Norwegians want the Sri Lankan government to fully explain the position leading to the import of the equipment. According to diplomatic sources, Norway has taken the position that the equipment had been imported from Norway on the request of the government and Oslo had no interest in providing the broadcasting equipment. The equipment is expected to be used to boost the transmissions of the guerrilla's clandestine radio Voice of the Tigers. Buddhist monks on Monday called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to use her powers to expel the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo, Jon Westborg for providing the equipment to the guerrillas. The monks on Monday held a protest opposite the Norwegian embassy in Colombo, burnt down two flags of Norway and then proceeded to the President's office to hand over a petition calling for the expulsion of the Norwegian Ambassador. The Ambassador left for Oslo for urgent talks with his government, while the embassy has been avoiding answering questions regarding the equipment. A team of Security Forces communications experts, backed by representatives from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation had studied the technical specifications before they were dispatched. They were of the view that the equipment would enable the LTTE to only broadcast on the FM frequency to a limited area, but other technical sources said their transmissions could be heavily enhanced through boosters to reach areas outside Sri Lanka. The cleared equipment included an FM transmitter, backup transmitter, MPX Clipper Generator, FM antennas, headphone, patch panel, loudspeaker, microphone, microphone holder, MD recorder, CD player, cables, antenna cables and RDS audio. Meanwhile, the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) has called on President Chandrika Kumaratunge to hold an inquiry into the transportation of radio equipment to the LTTE with the assistance of the Norwegian ambassador on the grounds that a diplomatic mission has no right to interfere in the internal matters of the country. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that an Independent Commission should be appointed to look into the matter. "The diplomat has gone beyond his call of duty. He has all the right to get down any equipment for him or the embassy but he has no right to get it down for a 'terrorist' organisation. We call on the president to hold an inquiry and take action against the ambassador," he said. The JVP states that the transaction was done illegally despite the government claiming that it was done through the proper channels. "Why was the equipment ordered by the ambassador to be sent to the LTTE," Silva said. "We feel that this was done under cover but when it was highlighted, the government came out saying there was nothing illegal," Silva said. With thanks to GULF NEWS (via D. Prabakaran, lecturer, N. L. Polytechnic, Mettupalayam, India, bcdxnet via Cumbre DX via DXLD) SRI LANKA JUSTIFIES RADIO EQUIPMENT IMPORT By V.S. Sambandan COLOMBO. DEC. 27. The Sri Lankan Government today justified the import of radio broadcasting equipment for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as part of the "positive developments" towards "permanent peace'', and termed the Norwegian "assistance'' as an "important contribution'' to the "peace process''. In a seven-page statement, the Government today sought to answer the queries posed by the Opposition parties on issues relating to the legality of the import and the role played by Norway. The LTTE, the Government said, had applied for licence on October 18 and described it as "an important step in the LTTE's transformation into a political grouping within the mainstream of the Sri Lankan political system''. The statement also reproduced a "specific request by the LTTE'' for licence. Signed by the secretary general of the LTTE's peace secretariat, Puleedevan, the letter had said: "the need for broadcasting services has become all the more important today to strengthen the peace initiatives undertaken by both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.'' The Government has interpreted the Tigers' application for licence as "the willingness of the LTTE to submit themselves to the authority of the Government in this manner is a 180 degree change from that which prevailed in the earlier period when the LTTE ran an unauthorised and illegal radio operation termed the Voice of Tigers'' (VoT). There was a bitter controversy most of this month, with the Opposition attacking Norway's role. What essentially should have been a direct political issue between the Government and the Opposition took an external turn on two fronts. The Opposition's charge against Norway and apprehensions over whether the LTTE's transmissions would reach the Indian shores. According to the Government's statement, the Norwegian involvement was initiated by it to resolve an impasse over a request by the LTTE for duty-waiver. The Tigers, the Government said, had asked for duty exemption as the import was "for a purpose associated with the peace process''. However, the Government could not grant the exemption "since no exemptions on duty of VAT were being permitted''. There is no clear explanation as to whether the duty was subsequently paid, or who paid it, but the statement said the Norwegian Government had agreed to finance the setting up of "institutional mechanisms to take forward the peace process'' with an assistance of over "Rs. 12 million as an initial contribution'' for the Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), commonly referred to as the Peace Secretariat. The Government pointed out that the Norwegian contribution to the SCOPP could be "utilised for reimbursement to the Ministry of Finance for any loss of revenue, if required''. Moreover, Norway's role was that of a "consignee'' under the understanding that the "goods would be immediately taken over by the SCOPP'', the statement said. (via D. Prabakaran, lecturer, N. L. Polytechnic, Mettupalayam, India, bcdxnet via Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** TAIWAN. Glen[n]: I notice some message for you. New Star Broadcasting Station is going to equip with spare new antenna and transmitter, so all number message from Taiwan is ceased. 11430, 8300, 9725, 15388, 13750 remains silent for months (Miller Liu, Taiwan, Dec 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Last reported Nov 8 at 1410-1419* on 9725 in DXLD 2-197 ** THAILAND [and non]. World Scout Jamboree to include Amateur Radio activity: The 20th World Scout Jamboree http://www.worldscoutjamboree20.org in Thailand from December 28, 2002, to January 7, 2003, will include Amateur Radio operation from E20AJ at the Jamboree site. E20AJ will use World Scout frequencies http://www.home.zonnet.nl/worldscout/Jota/frequencies.htm The station will be operational for the duration of the Jamboree, 24 hours a day, on SSB, CW, SSTV and packet on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 2 meters. Three HF stations will be in operation. QSL E20AJ via HB9AOF or via the Thailand QSL bureau. GB2COS will be a special Scout station on the air from Chester, England, January 4-5. Activity will be on most HF bands, and GB2COS operators will attempt to contact E20AJ at the World Jamboree in Thailand. QSL GB2COS via G7BQY (some info from The Daily DX via ARRL Letter Dec 27 via DXLD) ** U K/LATVIA. It might be of interest read the statement below (via laserradio mailing list) by the producers of the Laser Radio transmissions via Latvia, regarding the legal status of their operations (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, DX LISTENING DIGEST) From: laser_radio no_reply@yahoogroups.com Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 23:09:03 -0000 Subject: [laserradio] Re: Digest Number 34 To answer the questions regarding Laser Radio: a) We are NOT connected to the pirate station which operates from Eire and calls itself 'Laser HotHits'. b) We are NOT a 'Pirate' - We hold a broadcasting licence issued by the Radio Authority and more importantly, we are fully authorised for our shortwave transmissions by the Broadcasting council in Latvia. We are a Free Radio station which has gone to the trouble and expense of ensuring we conform to the laws of both the UK and Latvia. We also hold the copyright for the term 'Laser Radio' in the UK (and Latvia) and have done so since the mid-80's. The ultimate corporate owner of 'Laser Radio' is Laser Radio Limited. Hope this helps clarify some of the mystery ! To learn more about the station and our plans for the future - keep listening! (Via Bernd Trutenau, DXLD) [Re 5935 logging as Dec 23:] Yes, it was the 22nd....now waiting for the next chance on the 29th. See what happens when you have too many events happening all at once (Xmas gatherings, concerts and family/ friends over, etc., etc.) (Edward Kusalik, AB, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. RADIO FARDA FLOODED WITH EMAILS SUPPORTING THE NEW PERSIAN- LANGUAGE STATION Washington, DC., December 27, 2002--Washington, D.C., Dec. 27, 2002 More than 1,000 people, most of them inside Iran, have emailed Radio Farda http://www.radiofarda.com in its first week of broadcasting, expressing thanks and support for the new Persian-language station. "You are famous among Iranians – every body is whispering of Farda," wrote one listener. "God Bless America," wrote another. "I have to say that Radio Farda is very professional and it is about time to show the world that we can produce a serious radio that is like their radios," said one email. "I think also that this is the more effective way to reach Iranian youth and people. I am very proud of you and wish you the best." Added a college professor inside Iran: "We love your radio. You have saved us from being bored. We listen to your radio whenever we can. I am a college professor. The most drivers who drive between two towns … they all listen to your radio. We all love you." ... (BBG Press Release Dec 27 via DXLD) More R. Farda fan-mail, strangely enough all in English and seemingly unedited: http://www.bbg.gov/_bbg_news.cfm?articleID=56&mode=general (BBG Press site Dec 27 via DXLD) ** U S A. VOA Language/Frequency Schedule: http://www.voa.gov/allsked.cfm (Chuck Bolland, FL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. COMMENTARY: TEN YEARS OLD AND NOBODY NOTICED Saturday, December 28th, WEWN Global Catholic Radio/Radio Católica Mundial marked its tenth birthday. It was on this day, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, in 1992 that Mother Angelica inaugurated her technically first-class shortwave operation to spread the Word of God Become Flesh and the Catholic Faith to the world. Financed by a wealthy Dutch couple, WEWN embarked on its mission using three 500,000-watt transmitters located in Irondale, Alabama, south of Birmingham, on a 24-hour schedule to North America and much of the world in English, Latin America in Spanish, and Europe in various languages. It was the developed world`s first full-service Catholic international shortwave station. It has continued to be so. HVJ Radio Vaticano broadcasts in dozens of languages around the world; it is the voice of the Holy Father and must be all things to all races and countries. Consequently, the longest program is barely an hour, because the antennas must be re- directed and the transmitter frequency changed to reach yet another part of the world. DZN Radio Veritas Asia is indeed a remarkable service, too; it broadcasts almost around the clock to the underdeveloped world of Asia in 17 languages; few of its programs are an hour length because it, too, with much less resources than HVJ Radio Vaticano, must be all things to all people. WEWN continues what it set out to do. At first, it merely rebroadcast the sound track of EWTN television programs, much like KTBN shortwave in Salt Lake City does with its network. The commercial American radio networks tried to do the same during the twilight years of network radio and the dawning of television. Such efforts didn`t work then and they do not work now. WEWN quickly realized that radio is not just sound, it is a different medium with its own demands and requirements. Mother Angelica hired a good group of professionals to make something of the radio station, and they have, and they have done it well. WEWN is an inestimable asset to the Church. The station is the only Catholic voice available in English and Spanish in many parts of the world, even where those languages are spoken. This is as true for the United States and Canada as elsewhere. Comparatively few U.S. cities have Catholic radio stations; those who do not have EWTN television or need portability will have some luck at certain times of the day and night in getting its powerful broadcasts. Not all will; I have never been able to get it during the daytime on my inexpensive shortwave radio, the kind most people have, and I assume they have the same reception problem. But we can get it sometimes, and it is a relief in a shortwave world of endless news, government spin, and half-educated ministers thundering out alleged Biblical prophecies about what is going to happen. Without WEWN, many of us in many places in the world would have no Catholic radio. Many places in Latin America are isolated; many Latin Americans live in rural areas, far more than in North America and Europe. For them, WEWN Radio Católica Mundial is the sole Catholic voice on the shortwave bands. In other countries, such as Argentina, almost all Catholic stations are comparatively low-powered FM stations that seldom get outside their cities of license. Again, WEWN is the sole available voice for many. Thank you, Mother Angelica. And thanks to the dozens of professional people at WEWN who give us that radio. Happy Birthday, WEWN! (Michael Dorner, editor, Dec 30 Catholic Radio Update, via DXLD) In Louisiana, Mike must be in the skip zone of the higher daytime frequencies. A bit further away here, WEWN is a blasting presence on all its frequencies, and for too many kHz either side of them. It`s still Dec 28 here and we have now noticed! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Hi Glenn. The DIA TIS (WPDI548) is indeed on 540. Although it uses a larger than normal ground mount antenna, it is still rated at 10 watts. I suspect that it might actually have a little higher ERP due to the antenna but the license data doesn't seem to reflect that. The CO Dept of Transportation station on 530 (WPLX284) is a 10 watt transmitter. But it has a licensed ERP of 40 watts due to the gain factor provided by the use of a 49 foot Valcom top-loaded antenna. That station covers the entire Denver metro area which is about 30 miles wide by 30 miles long. It replaced a number of smaller 10 watt stations, all on 530, that were located at every major roadway into the Denver metro area. Those have all been removed. So Denver has first adjacent channel TIS stations! They are located 16 miles apart. Happy holidays! (Patrick Griffith, CBT, Westminster, CO, USA, Dec 26, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. The first thing I do after logging a new station is to do a search on Google to see if the station has a web page. Many stations don't have one and 99% of those that do have ones as bland and faceless as the station formats; Newstalk, Sportstalk, etc. Once in a while a web page comes along that has had many hours dedicated to its creation. Today I hit a real winner and I wanted to share it with the list. This morning around local sunrise here in the NC mountains, I was listening to a bluegrass gospel style station with a real down home feel with its ads and announcer. When it IDed, it turned out to be WMIK 560 in Middlesboro, KY. Although they faded out in about 15 minutes, I've been visiting the web site off and on all day long when I get a break from family duties. http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/cumberlandgapbc/index-original-page.html The opening shot of "Big MIK", an old RCA ribbon mike with the WMIK call plate on top, told me that this was not going to be an ordinary web site. This is the main page for the history of the Cumberland Gap Broadcasting Company. There is no link back to it from the above WMIK page. http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/cumberlandgapbc/ Reading the history of CGBC and studying the pictures gave me a feeling for the pride Middlesboro must've had when WMIK signed on in 1948. Imagine the isolation of a community deep in the hills of the coal country of southeastern Kentucky in these post war years that finally has their very own radio station. You can get a strong sense of the pride Middlesboro had in this station from the beginning and which lasts till today. My major in college was history, besides being a photographer, and sites like this really suck me in. I hope some of you will find it as interesting as I do. The picture of "Big MIK" is well worth your time. (Rick kf4ar Robinson, NRC-AM via DXLD) Excellent! That web site was a real slice of post-war little town America. The picture of downtown Middlesboro in the 50's was so full of flavor I'd have paid money for a print of it. I think I clicked on all of the links and looked at the whole thing. It was like reading a book or seeing a movie. Sorry it had to end. How many stories like this will be told in the future with the corporatization of radio? (Chuck Hutton, ibid.) To view some really kewl pictures, go to http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/cumberlandgapbc/index9.html At the top of the page Vice-President Richard M. Nixon dedicates the new Cumberland Gap Historical Park in 1959. WMIK was there to cover the event. Not only is this site a nostalgia trip to the 1940s and 50s, but a throwback to web surfing in 1995. Back in the days when most web pages were homemade do-it-yourself affairs. These guys didn't even bother to spend a few bucks for a domain name such as wmik.com or cumberlandgapbroadcasting.org 73 (Mike Brooker, Toronto, ON, ibid.) I found a delightful website for a station where I worked when I came out of the Army in 1958, KPAN, Hereford, Texas. Chip Formby, current owner/operator, is the son of Clint Formby, a topnotch, local radio operator, who served a stint or two on the NAB Board. See: http://www.kpanradio.com/ Another Texas station that continues the dying tradition of local radio is KBEC-1390, Waxahachie. See: http://www.kbec.com/ (John Callarman, Krum TX, Dec 28, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. Anyone going to CES [Consumer Electronics Show] in Las Vegas next month (I believe it's from 1/9-12)? Aren't the first IBOC consumer sets supposed to debut then? (Harry Helms, NRC-AM via DXLD) Kenwood is supposed to be showing their IBOC car radio. It should be available at high-end auto sound retailers summer 2003. Like any other chip-set, once Texas Instruments ramps up production, IBOC should be no more expensive than any other type of receiver. The number of options will determine final cost, whether it's just a simple Walkman- type or one with full display, memory, etc. No different than the wide range of models and prices available today (Bruce Conti - Nashua NH, Dec 25, NRC-AM via DXLD) To be exact, TI's current solution is based on their TMS320C6000 family of DSP's, and is not a "chip set". They don't say exactly which of the many members of the family they are using, so the unit cost (in lots of 1000) could be anywhere from maybe $10 to $50. If people stay with the DSP approach to provide flexibility until real deployment of IBOC generates all the tweaks, you can expect to see (and this is just a guess) maybe $5 to $10 (based on very large volumes) of extra IBOC silicon cost per radio. When things finalize (unless the wheels come off of IBOC first!), expect a custom chip with cost of approximately half that of the DSP, and perhaps a little less. I don't expect to ever see IBOC in cheap portables, mainly for price reasons and somewhat because there will always be a bit of additional power draw. It will be an extra feature in the mid and upper end of receivers, as I see it in my crystal ball (Chuck Hutton, WA, ibid.) IMO, IBOC will be a debacle of incredible proportions and a stake through the heart of AM radio in many areas. I can just imagine the scan function on a car radio when IBOC gets going. . . . . those radios will be stopping on noise instead of stations. I can't fathom why so many otherwise intelligent broadcasting professionals have bought into this crap. 73, (Harry Helms, CA, Dec 27-28, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Anything that informs the public is probably a better route than writing to your representatives in Congress and the Senate. Write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper informing readers about IBOC and other issues that may end what remains of local radio. Write letters to the editors of the national radio and science magazines; Pop'Com, Monitoring Times, Pop'Science, etc. Call local and national radio talk shows. I'm sure the topic would be welcomed on Coast-to- Coast AM or during open forum on the WBZ Steve LeVeille Broadcast. It might even interest Rush Limbaugh in terms of government mishandling. Call or write to the local TV news consumer reporter. The real problem right now is what little is known by the public. Only radio-heads like us seem to know what's going on. Your representatives could care less about losing a vote or two to DXers, but if it receives coverage in the local media then the issue might become more of a concern. Carry on. Bruce Conti - Nashua NH, Dec 27, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. On January 6, the Steve LeVeille Broadcast on WBZ Newsradio 1030, 12 - 5 a.m. will be about old-time radio shows. The in-studio guest will be the announcer from The Lone Ranger radio show (Bruce Conti - Nashua NH Dec 25, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. Special MW DX Test: Monday, December 30, 2002 - WMRO-1560, Gallatin, TN - 1:00-1:30am EST [0600-0630 UT]. Arranged by DX- midAmerica (Lynn Hollerman, IRCA, via amfmtvdx via DXLD) ** U S A. Just heard from Bob Janney, CE of WBBR [1130 NYC]: His transmitter site is flooded and he can't get to three of his four towers! As a result, the downtime tonight and tomorrow night is CANCELLED. He expects to reschedule on the weekend of January 10-11, and will let us all know as soon as he knows for sure. Thanks to Bob for keeping us DXers in mind! -s (Scott Fybush, NY, NRC-AM Dec 27 via DXLD) ** U S A. NYC YULE LOG BROADCAST BURNS UP RATINGS .c The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - The Yule Log - a TV broadcast of logs burning in Gracie Mansion's fireplace to a Christmas carol soundtrack - burned up the ratings this year. The uninterrupted two-hour Christmas morning broadcast of the ``Yule Log Christmas Special,'' a holiday tradition for fireplace-less New Yorkers, returned to the air in 2001 after a 12-year hiatus. Wednesday's showing, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., boasted 284,012 viewing households, a 26 percent boost in viewership compared with last year, WPIX Channel 11 said. It smoked the 1 p.m. airing of the 1951 classic film version of Charles Dickens' ``A Christmas Carol,'' starring Alistair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, by 29,000 households. The rather bizarre Christmas tradition also burned up the airwaves every year from 1966 to 1989. During the Yule Log's absence, WPIX, the local affiliate of the WB, was bombarded with letters and calls from viewers asking for the broadcast to be brought back. For its triumphant return, the Yule Log tape was digitally remastered, but the soundtrack, including ``Joy to the World'' and ``Winter Wonderland,'' was left unchanged. On the Net: See the Yule Log at: http://www.wb11.com 12/27/02 15:31 EST (AOL Canada news Dec 27, via Fred Waterer, DXLD) ** ZANZIBAR. Hi Glenn, Just few moments ago I was happy to hear SAUTI YA TANZANIA = V. of Tanzania, Dole on 11734.1 kHz with very nice Tanzanian music till 20 UT. After that music format was suddenly changed to Zanzibarian. To my ears it very much sounded like Arabian. We all know the history of the Island of Zanzibar, I suppose. Nice reception of SAUTI YA TANZANIA, Dole on 11734.1 kHz around 1930 UT. It`s bitterly cold, -12 degrees below zero (about 10 F?) here in SW Finland. Up in Lappland even +30! To the all readers I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003! 73 (Jouko Huuskonen, Turku, FINLAND, Dec 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ INSIDE THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT Here's the web site for my latest book: http://www.the-shadow-government.com 73, (Harry Helms, CA, Dec 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) INTERNATIONAL LISTENER International listener is back and Ed Mayberry has resurrected his site at the following url:- http://home.houston.rr.com/edmayberry/International%20Listener%20Shortwave%20Radio%20Stations.htm or this one for ease: http://home.houston.rr.com/edmayberry/index.html and we welcome him back after that awful flood of last year!! There are also other links on the site as well for the Shortwave enthusiast! 73 (Tim Gaynor, DXers Calling Audiosend, Australia, Dec 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) DIGITAL TV What do I like about DTV? From a standard TV viewers point of view, I'm curious regarding the possibilities of a clearer sharper picture. I don't like the wide screen aspect ratio, or the high price tag. So, for normal TV viewing, I'm mildly interested, but would generally prefer to stay with my trusty Blaupunkt 70cm colour TV. From a DXer`s point of view, DTV is the worst thing to happen in over 50 years of VHF/UHF DX. It's worse than any nightmare about all low band analog TV switching to UHF. In short, if DTV completely takes over, I'm out of here. I know DXers such as Jeff Kadet are doing very well with DTV DX. However, Jeff already does very well with analog long-haul tropo TV DX. And look at what Jeff uses for these long-haul DTV catches. How many US TV DXers are prepared to use a 7ft parabolic dish, masthead low noise GaAsfet UHF preamp, mounted on a high tower? 400-600 mile tropo is relatively common for several US TV DXers. This is partly because of your relatively flat terrain. In Australia, due to our undulating terrain, being able to watch weak pictures via tropo, at 400 miles, is very rare. We do well when we can watch 250 mile pictures. So, do you think we (Australian TV DXers) are going to bother with 100-200 mile DTV DX, which will only happen a few times every summer? None of us will. For these reasons, most Australian DXers concentrate on ionospheric propagation modes, i.e. Es, F2, TEP, and MS, etc. DTV will make all these modes obsolete. Frequency measurements. How many of you appreciate the advantage of determining if a video carrier is on -10, 0, or +10 kHz offset? This is a big help in identifying Es or tropo TV DX. And taking it to further extremes, precision frequency measurement is very useful for identifying 'poor quality' F2, multi-Es, or TEP low TV DX. With DTV, all the above methods of freq measurement will be obsolete. Any high quality scanner will only give you digital hash. How boring! I was brought up in the old school of crystal sets and MW/SW radios. I started listening to MW DX when I was 5. No one encouraged me to do it. No one was really interested. But it was the appeal of a noisy signal, which faded up from nowhere, that got my attention. With DTV, it's either there or it's not. No fading pictures, no analog reception techniques such as freq measurement, bandwidth reduction, no 2,000 mile Es catches, no EME TV DX, no international TV DX, etc, etc. During the late 1970s, when I really started to get serious in TV DX, I was fully aware of the fantastic medium of international satellite TV reception. I was amazed that my local TV stations was able to relay strong pictures from the US. But did this make me want to start satellite TV? Of course not! Satellite TV is not DX, and never will be. It's like getting cable TV, and nothing more. If I ever bought a satellite TV receive system it would only be for entertainment purposes. Similar to my cable TV service. Apart from destroying all of what I love about TV DX, digital TV, like satellite TV, is something completely alien to my interests. Why is there an intense push for DTV from the regulating authorities, when there is obviously no real compelling interest worldwide for a systems changeover? Because they know that most viewers are quite happy to stay with the current analog TV sets. They know that most viewers are not interested in digital TV, hence the only way to make them interested, is if the authorities force viewers to buy digital TV sets and subsequently switch off all analog TV. I only know one person who is interested in digital TV. He can certainly afford $7,000 for a new DTV. Also, he has over $30,000 worth of audio-visual equipment. Everyone else I know is not the slightest bit interested in DTV. Many of them only buy secondhand 10- 15 year old TV sets. Many viewers are content with mediocre picture quality, indoor antennas, and secondhand TV sets. The other minority group is much more demanding: they are easily prepared to spend $15,000+ on home theatre and other audio-visual high-end gear. I think DTV and analog TV should both operate, thus giving viewers a choice without forcing them into any one system. This would cater for both the connoisseur and average TV viewer. If DTV is fully introduced, this will have a devastating effect on analog DX-TV. Hopefully the current negative worldwide attitude to DTV, will greatly extend analogue. I predict that when DTV, IBOC, etc. starts to take hold, DX club membership will gradually reduce. I'm pleased that we are not going to use the IBOC system. Also, most countries around us, including New Zealand, have no immediate plans for DTV. So far, we continue to enjoy analog TV DX. In over thousands of years of man's history, only a few thousand DXers have been privileged to experience analog TV DX from the late 1940s up until now. Assuming DTV completely takes over by 2020, that's only 70 years! I used to take every summer Es season for granted. It was all I knew since I was 14. Now that analog TV is threatened by DTV, my appreciation for analog has never been higher. Sometimes we take things for granted that they will always be there until it's too late. Regards, (Todd Emslie, Sydney, Australia, Dec 27, WTFDA via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ This is the weekend edition of DXers Unlimited amigos, and YES, the fact is that the year 2002 has proven to be a unique one regarding solar cycle 23... We still have to wait for a few more days, but doing some basic mathematics shows that the data won't change much when the daily solar flux figures for the last few days of 2002 are included... Now, standby for NEWS, here is what has happened, again results won't be final until next week, but the fact is that average daily sunspot number for the calendar year 2002 so far is 178.3. This contrasts with 170.3 for 2001, 173 for 2000 and 136.3 for 1999, which is surprising, since the peak of the cycle was expected to be a couple of years ago. A very interesting finding by all standards, something that Cuban scientists engaged in solar research had already warned me about, explaining that the September of 2002 record breaking month was a really important finding. Now, something also very interesting has happened, during the past few days solar activity has dropped significantly, so we may see rather low daytime maximum useable frequencies for the period between Monday and about the 6th of January. Holographic observations of the far side of the Sun show two rather large sunspot groups, that will surely increase the daily sunspot count when they rotate into view... Sí amigos, yes my friends, oui mes amis!! Solar cycle continues to puzzle scientists among other reasons because this particular cycle is the one best studied so far!!! (Arnie Coro, RHC DXUL Dec 28-29 via Bob Chandler, ODXA via DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-203, December 25, 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 1162: [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1162.html [from Thursday] WBCQ: Wed 2300 on 7415, 17495-CUSB, Mon 0545 7415 WWCR: Thu 2130 on 9475, Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400 -- maybe; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 7490 WRN: rest of world Sat 0900, Eu only Sun 0530, NAm Sun 1500 UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL Thanks Glenn for another year of unbelievably fine DX News and shortwave information. I have long appreciated you and what you can amazingly do. Merry Christmas and have a fine New Year (LeRoy Long, OK) ** ANGOLA. 4950 Radio Nacional, Angola 2311-2339 12/25. While scanning the 60m band I rechecked 4950 to find Angola with a nice signal. Music program, in Vernacular, with easy-listening ballads including Dire Straits, in English, "So far away from me". "Radio Nacional" ID at 2328 during talk. Hope you had an enjoyable Xmas, spent with loved ones.Here in NH we are in the grip of the snowstorm that is making the national news, snow piling up fast and furious (Scott R. Barbour, Jr., NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ARGENTINA. 15820-LSB, FM Hit, Buenos Aires, \\ 105.5 Mhz. 1933- 1940. Romantic music in Spanish. Program conduced by female. 44444.- At same time, in this frequency, on USB mode, communications between Argentine military staff in Antarctic region with their family in the continent! (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, Dec 25, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** BULGARIA. At 0030 UT I heard unID station playing some hits like Happy New Year by ABBA. Frequency was 5796. Any idea which station it was? Thanks for the reactions! 73! (Ruud Vos, Utrecht, Holland, Dec 25, hard-core-dx via DXLD) It's the 7th harmonic of fundamental 828, of national service "Horizont" from Bulgaria (Roberto Scaglione http://www.bclnews.it ibid.) ** CANADA. There are over a thousand news and current affairs radio and TV clips at the CBC Radio & Television Archives Web site at http://archives.cbc.ca/ The site is searchable by keyword or browsable by categories. Categories include sports, life & society, conflict & war, and people. Click on a category and you'll get several topics. Topics under life & society include Christmas, Marshall McLuhan, and a 1984 Papal visit. Pick a topic and you'll get several clips with thumbnail stills. Each item contains a brief note as to what it's about, as well as the media type (radio or television) and the running length. It looks like the clips play in Windows Media Player format. The breadth of clips offered here is pretty amazing. You can listen to Churchill's "Chicken" speech or see a story about the Cabbage Patch Kid mania. You can follow the devastation of Hurricane Hazel or check out the punk rock movement in Canada. Very interesting (Mike Terry, UK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COSTA RICA. 9724.9V, University Network; 1411-1420 Dec. 24, presumed the transmission source. The usual Dr. Gene Scott babble, Los Angeles phone number by the voice-over man and black gospel bumper music. Frequency varying all over the place between 9724.8-9725.05. Very good (Terry L. Krueger, TOCOBAGA DX #67 - 25 December, 2002 CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, via DXLD) {TIRWR, remember} ** CUBA. Just before my sunrise most Americans got weaker, and instead of that I got a fantastic signal from Radio Rebelde on 1180 kHz, peaking far above the S9 mark for several minutes around 0740 UT. Never heard them so strong before. I checked the parallel frequency of 5025, but that was inaudible (!). So, nice signals, totally against what I expected because of the active magnetic field. Mediumwave, an interesting band! (Dick van der Knaap, Holland, Dec 23, BDXC via DXLD) Radio Rebelde from Cuba came in again on 1180; today it started somewhere around sunrise. I first came across them at 0810, and the signal disappeared at 0823. There was a lot of echo on the signal; so maybe some kind of ducting/multipath signal. Heard this before on their signal, which is rather interesting (Dick van der Knaap, Holland, Dec 24, BDXC via DXLD) When I searched the band for Americans I came across an talkstation on 950 kHz. First I thought it was an Canadian, but --- then I heard them talking --- Spanish!!!!!!! They probably do not speak that on Canadian radio. Hmmmmmmmmmm interesting While listening at this station I found out that I was listening to Radio Reloj from Habana, Cuba!!!! Well, the station was there for only a few minutes, and then disappeared for good. I decided to check the 2 frequencies on which I recently heard other Cubans. On 890, Radio Progresso had a fine signal, but with some European interference. On 1180 I could hear Radio Rebelde in, but it was suffering heavy interference from the station on 1179. On 1470 I heard a station playing non-stop Carribean/Latin-music, with no news on the top of the hour. Maybe Venezuela?? I kept listening to Radio Progreso on 890, with slow fading on the signal it came in fine. Then around 0742 the signal rose up to well above the s9!!, and peaked at SINPO 34444 levels for a short time. Around 0745 the signal started to get weaker. After 0750 the signal was there all the time, but slowly fading up and down. At 0835 it disappeared into the noise. Meanwhile the transmitter on 1179 had switched off/or reduced power, and Radio Rebelde produced a fine signal. It got slowly weaker, and became more echoed and fluttery. At 0840 UT this one disappeared. Earlier this weak I discovered the sunrise peak on Radio Rebelde around the same time. The Cubans seem to peak for a few minutes somewhere around 10 minutes before my sunrise. (DX-tip???) Have a nice X-mas, and have fun on the magic-mediumwave band! (Dick van der Knaap, East Holland, Dec 25, Benelux DX Club via DXLD) ** CUBA [non]. Treasury bureaucrats forget which side of the Straits they live on SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/101289_cuba24.shtml U.S. THREATENS TO FINE MAN WHO POSTED CUBA NEWS --- Seattleite didn't have federal permission to promote meeting of 'sister cities' group Tuesday, December 24, 2002 By SAM SKOLNIK SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Retired Seattle plumber and World War II veteran Tom Warner says he's been a proponent of the Cuban revolution and the country's president, Fidel Castro, since "he came down from the mountains." Recently, as secretary of the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, Warner, 77, supported developing a "sister-city relationship" between King County and Cuba's Granma Province. Even though there are tight federal restrictions on traveling to and conducting business with Cuba, Warner never thought he would run afoul of the law by posting on a Web site information about a meeting of the U.S. Cuba Sister Cities Association in Havana. But that's what has happened. Treasury Department officials, saying that Warner lacked a "specific license" to promote the conference, are threatening to fine him up to $55,000 if he doesn't tell them everything he knows about the conference and the organizations involved. Treasury officials also contacted King County Councilman Dwight Pelz, D-South Seattle, and Alice Woldt, head of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, who unlike Warner actually attended the conference. Warner has hired a lawyer to argue that the demand for information violates his constitutional rights of free speech and due process. He and several supporters in the civil liberties community held a press conference yesterday to publicize his plight. "All he did was post information on the Internet and they threatened him with fines," said Neil Fox of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. "This is a serious escalation of the assault on civil liberties in this country. It's outrageous." On Oct. 16, an official with Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control wrote Warner about the Web posting that appeared in January regarding the Havana conference the following month. "OFAC did not issue a specific license to you to organize, arrange, promote, or otherwise facilitate the attendance of persons at the conference in Cuba," the letter said. It went on to require that Warner give a "full explanation" of his involvement with the conference, including providing all relevant records. Warner's attorney, Lynne Wilson, wrote in response that Treasury "has no authority under the U.S. Constitution (or federal regulations) to interfere with someone's rights to post information on the Internet about a conference in Cuba." Treasury Department spokesman Rob Nichols declined to comment specifically on the Warner case. But when department officials are presented with information of possible violations of the 40-year-old embargo, he said, "we have to follow up on it." The reason to enforce the embargo is plain, said Nichols: "The Cuban government violates internationally accepted, basic standards of human rights." The department has not yet decided to fine Warner, Nichols said; that decision will come after he has had a chance to present his case. Though individuals can be fined up to $55,000 per infraction, the average penalty is $7,500, he said. After an impassioned debate, the County Council voted 7-6 in late October to reject the plan for a sister relationship with the Cuban province. U.S. veterans spoke out on both sides of the issue. About a dozen U.S. cities, including Tacoma, already have sister relationships with cities in Cuba. © 1998-2002 Seattle Post- Intelligencer (via David Crawford, DXLD) ** CYPRUS. 8464 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1600 id 98426 USB 3 10426 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1600 id 98426 USB 3 11545 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1400 id 50699 USB 3 12603 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1500 id 69078 USB 3 13375 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1500 id 69078 USB 3 14487 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1300 id 29372 USB 3 15682 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1300 id 29372 USB 3 16084 Lincolnshire Poacher CYP 21-12-02 1300 id 29372 USB 3 (Ary Boender, Netherlands, BDXC via DXLD) ** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. 5009.78, Radio Cristal Internacional/Radio Pueblo 15-10, Santo Domingo; 2104-2323 Dec. 23. Per Gerry Bishop's request, I checked to see how this one is currently IDing. Turned it on at 2104 and had a weak carrier (probably just missed the s/on at about 2100), nonstop Spanish news by M&W coming up but threshold level till about 2130, then slowly improving. Recheck 2249, a clear canned "Radio Cristal Internacional" ID and into the usual bachata-type canned music format. Abruptly into this weird techo/synth loop from 2302 for a couple of minutes, then "Noticias... Radio Pueblo [no "15- 10" tag] en Santo Domingo, y Radio M(?)--- y onda corta" followed by newscast by M, telco-ish audio. Presume the techno music was filler while they patched Pueblo back in. News item on Fidel Castro's bum leg, end of newscast at 2316 and into a long ad block. They key has always been: music and brief announcements (rarely commercials) is Cristal canned prorgamming, but live news and commercials is usually Pueblo. But when you are going to hear either, I can't say (Terry L. Krueger, TOCOBAGA DX #67 - 25 December, CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, via DXLD) ** INDIA. Recently while TWR Sri Lanka on 882 kHz was off air for some days, I could hear AIR Imphal there which is usually blocked by TWR. A reply to my email report to AIR Imphal has just been received stating that on November 17, 2002 they have commissioned a 300 kw transmitter replacing the old 50 kw one on this frequency. The Station Engineer has asked me to inform other DXers about this and he appreciates Reception Reports which must be sent to: R. Narasimha Swamy Superintending Engineer, All India Radio, IMPHAL, 795001 Manipur State, India email: narasimhaswamy@yahoo.com [not truncated!!] As TWR Sri Lanka is using the same frequency, it is a difficult catch for those in South India. DX listeners please note that this station also operates on SW 4775 at 0030-0215 & 1030-1700/1730 and on 7150 at 0230-0430/0530 & 0630-1030 with 50 kw and the above address can be used. Info on any feedback received is welcome. 73 (Jose Jacob, India, Dec 21, dx_india via DXLD) Early this morning at 2.00 am IST (2030 UT) while checking the MW bands, I heard test tone with extremely strong signals on 648 kHz. This continued till 5.53 am (0023 UT) when the tuning signals and ID of AIR Indore was given. Enquiries with the station officials confirmed that it was tests by their new 200 kw French made transmitter which is being used from last week. This replaces their old 100 kw transmitter. 73 (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS/AT0J, Hyderabad, Dec 24, dx_india via DXLD) ** INDONESIA. 11784.83, Voice of Indonesia; 2046-2102* Dec. 23, tune- in to English W host, Indo vocals with flutes, ID at 2056 into news summary on (mostly) Indo-related international policy issues. Closing ID at 2059, filler music and abruptly silent just past 2100 and carrier off at 2102. Fair via LSB (Terry L. Krueger, TOCOBAGA DX #67 - 25 December, 2002 CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, via DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL. Here's a great site if you have a broadband connection: http://tv4all.com/portal.htm It lists about 570 TV stations from a bunch of countries and their streaming speeds. They make for some very interesting watching at times, and video @ 300k is pretty decent, IMO (Jacob Norland, Dec 23, WTFDA via DXLD) Hey, you found a great site! I'm at a music video site in Sydney Australia called the basement http://www.thebasement.com.au where right now they are playing music on the audio and for the video they have a camera (or webcam) on a bus as it makes it's route and the camera checks out the people going on/getting off, the stores, points of interest, etc. It drove past a Mobil station but too fast for me to check out the gas prices. What a cool concept! I do the same thing when we go to NYC on the bus. (The music is pretty good also.) Thanks Jacob! (Mike Bugaj - Enfield, CT USA, WTFDA Circulation, ibid.) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS [non?]. According to a story on the 2200 GMT Kol Yisrael English news, Israelnationanews.com/A7.org was off the air for an hour after complaints that the pirate was carrying election propaganda. The police did a search and took pictures but did not confiscate any equipment. According to the story on the INN/A7 website, the captain was warned not to resume transmissions. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=36073 Hmm - Kol Yisrael said the ship is inside Israeli territorial waters whereas the story on the INN/A7 website said it is outside. Apparently you can have private stations in Israel but NOT national ones. There was a law giving them a license but it was nullified by the Supreme Court. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1040703242951 http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=244681&contrassID=1&subContrassID=0&sbSubContrassID=0 (Joel Rubin, NY, Dec 24, swprograms via DXLD) ** IRAN [and non]. IRANIAN "PRO-REFORM" JOURNALISTS WRITE TO US COUNTERPARTS AS NEW YEAR The following "message" from Iranian "pro-reform journalists" is addressed to "American journalists" in Persian and English is published on the web site of the Iranian newspaper Aftab-e Yazd on 25 December [This is the text in English] The Christian New Year starts in a few more days. Reformist Iranian journalists wish a happy new year for their colleagues all around the world with an aching heart though. Various members of the benevolent, alert and cultured Iranian society were saddened when they found out about how the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has mistreated their compatriots. Iranians have no time in history supported the use of violent and illogical measures against unarmed people. They have indeed every way possible rejected cowardly acts. The latest case in point is the Iranian nation's condemnation of the 9/11 terrorist operations which claimed many innocent lives.... http://www.aftabnews.net/payam/en.pdf (via BBCM via DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. RE: 11292: There seems to be something wrong with the modulation on this frequency. I hear a strong carrier on exactly 11292.00 [1525 UTC ?], but only occasional snatches of very faint modulation, which does indeed sound like Arabic music. With the hash from 400 computers and God knows how many fluorescent light tubes, this place isn't electrically quiet enough to hear anything intelligible (A. Sennitt, RN, Holland, Dec 18, 2002 for Clandestine Radio Watch via DXLD) ** ISLE OF MAN. Hi, I am currently having one of my best Christmases ever as just yesterday we got some excellent news (its embargoed until January but you can probably guess what it is!) Hope you are also having a wonderful holiday and that 2003 is a wonderful year for you. Merry Everything (Paul Rusling FellowAnoraks@longwaveradio.com 25 December 2002 11:41 via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** KOREA SOUTH [non]. Voice of National Salvation: As I promised I have tried to make scanned copies of a letter and a "QSL-card" (so they say, but it is a program schedule) from Voice of National Salvation. I heard it on 4450 kHz. The address used was: National Democratic Front of South Korea, Grenier Osawa 107, 40 Nando-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (B. Fransson, Sweden, Dec 20, 2002 for CRW) It`s up on the CRW Clandestine radio gallery in a few days (Martin Schöch, Clandestine Radio Watch via DXLD) ** KUWAIT. R. Farda: On Medium Wave it is on 1593 kHz from Kuwait with a power of 150 kW. I would be interested in any reports on this particular frequency because I just spent three months in Kuwait installing that transmitter (smile). It is an old Continental 318.5D series working into a two tower 1/4 wavelength array. The transmitter in Kuwait is using an Orban Digital Optimod limiter/processor. There is another medium wave transmitter with only 60 kW on 1539 (I think) at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (Gaines Johnson, Dec 18, dxing.info via DXLD) Gaines, This transmitter on 1593 kHz has even been heard in North America. We heard this from the coast of Newfoundland on November 5th and 6th during a DXpedition. The signal was fairly strong but it was getting chewed up by interference from Romania, Ireland and Egypt. It was interesting that the MW signal was a couple of seconds ahead of the parallel programming on 9680 kHz. (Jean Burnell, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec 20, ibid.) Hi Glenn, American propaganda station R. FARDA, 1593 kHz, has been regularly heard with Farsi programming around 1730 UT. Reception is fair to good even with my indoor loop antenna. RX: AOR 7030+ ANT: Wellbrook ALA 1530P-active loop. PS. MERRY X-MAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!! 73´s (Jouko Huuskonen, Turku, FINLAND, Dec 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LAOS [non]. Hmong Lao Radio: Heute kam auch mein Brief an ULMD/Hmong Lao Radio (Box 2426, St. Paul, MN 55106) zurück. Auf dem Brief findet sich allerdings ein Hinweis "try St. Paul MN 55102-1139". Ich weiß allerdings nicht, ob das nur ein Hinweis für einen POstbeamten ist, und der Brief schon dort war. Ich werde es auf jeden Fall noch einmal mit diesem ZIP Code versuchen (P. Robich, Austria, Dec 16, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) see also USA non ** MALDIVE ISLANDS. The URL you were asking for - Voice of Maldives - is at http://www.vom.gov.mv/ Happy Holidays (Pentti Lintujärvi, Helsinki, Finland, Dec 25, 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/ Launches wmp automatically; nothing else is there (gh, DXLD) {Later: any English? Yes, at 1200. Does anyone remember what SW frequencies VOM once used?} ** MALI. 5995, RTV Malienne, 2252-2258 12/25. Music program, in French, featuring love songs. Cover of Elvis' "Cant stop falling in love with you". Announcer with several mentions, "love". Crushed at 2258 by CRI 5990 s/on (via Cuba). Switched to // 4835 fair // 4783 poor (Scott R. Barbour, Jr., NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MEXICO. 11770.17, Radio México Internacional; 1616-1644 Dec. 24, noted a big carrier here around 1310+, no audio making it through. Rechecking at 1616: Spanish M&W chatter, ID, classical music fills from 1636. Extremely low modulation, easy to pass up if not for the het. Their transmitters must be about ready to be curbside trashed. And on Dec. 25th: tune-in at 1735 to French programming. Very bad FMing audio on this channel, and weak modulation on 9704.97, took a few minutes to actually confirm it was French, with W continuously talking except for classical, opera and flute fillers. Indeed French is listed (albeit the timing has shifted) per their schedule, which is at http://www.imer.gob.mx/programacion/rmi.pdf in Acrobat format (Terry L. Krueger, TOCOBAGA DX #67 - 25 December, 2002 CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, via DXLD) ** NETHERLANDS. Re Piepzender website, 2-202: Beware: Music lanuches automatically obliterating whatever you are already listening to on real player!!! I hate websites that do this. Bezoeker, BEWARE (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PAKISTAN. PBC on new 5080 is no doubt the News and Current Affairs programme ex 7105. The morning transmission remains on 7105 (though currently close to 7106). This transmitter often has a problem with the frequency exciter and produces a loud howl with the audio barely audible. When this happens, the "carrier" consists of several subcarriers that interfere with each other. Both frequencies are equally affected (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 25) ** PARAGUAY. 7737.3, Radio América, Villeta, 1006-1015, Diciembre 25. Charla religiosa en español. Música cristiana. 24442/1. Inaudible en 2300 y 9983 kHz (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** PERU. 6956.65, 0745 Radio La Voz del Campesino, fair sig on Xmas day with chicha music. PWO (Paul Ormandy, Oamaru, Host of The South Pacific DX Report http://radiodx.com Dec 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) A time, I suppose, when they are not normally on the air. Check again NY Eve if not sooner (gh, DXLD) ** PERU. 9720.4 Radio Victoria, Lima, 0048+, Diciembre 25. Reporte de la hora: "7 y 48 de la tarde". Anuncio: "seguimos con el pastor internacional.....Morais". Charla religiosa en español. 24432. No pude escucharla en su frecuencia de 49 metros (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina) 13565.6, Radio Ondas del Pacífico, Ayabaca, 0106+, Diciembre 25. Música tropical andina. Muchas ID's: "Radio Ondas del Pacífico...... categóricamente superior...."; "Siempre contigo, Radio Ondas del Pacífico"; "Radio Ondas del Pacífico......su mejor compañía"; "Radio Ondas del Pacífico es la radio que nació para usted". 34443 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** PUERTO RICO. A Puerto Rican station has applied for a "unitary license" - a permit to operate four transmitters on the same channel under a single license. WSTE channel 7 Ponce is licensed for a site about 6 miles northeast of the city. In 1986 they licensed boosters at San Juan, Mayaguez, and Arecibo. (WSTE-1, WSTE-2, WSTE-3) At about the same time, they licensed an auxiliary ("backup") transmitter in Ponce proper. Puerto Rico is a mountainous place. The documents indicate the station decided no single site could provide a decent signal across all the island, even though island-wide coverage *is* predicted by the formulas. So, with FCC consent, WSTE shut down their main transmitter (which would interfere with the boosters) and began running their Ponce backup transmitter and the three boosters instead. However, boosters can only operate if there's a primary station to relay, and only if the boosters are located within the (predicted) Grade B contour of the primary station. So WSTE has been required to maintain an operational transmitter and antenna at the main site. This transmitter has not been used since 1992. Basically, WSTE's request is to make this arrangement permanent. All four transmitters (the Ponce auxiliary and the three boosters) would be covered by a single license. So would four DTV transmitters, all on channel 66, at the same sites. The main transmitter would be closed and removed. Correct ERPs and coordinates for the three boosters appear in my database. The HAATs are 332m at San Juan; 366m at Ponce; and 28m at Arecibo. The Ponce auxiliary is not in the FCC database. (this is not unusual) It's 100 kW at 81m, at 18-01-46N / 66-38-09W. -- (Doug Smith W9WI, Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66, http://www.w9wi.com Dec 19, WTFDA via DXLD) ** ROMANIA. RRI, the best heard in a long time, good modulation and no QRM tho a bit fluttery, on 9510 at 0646 Dec 25 with news in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. Radio Gardarika of St. Petersburg, is again on SW. It will be on the air since December 20 to 31, 2002 from 2000 to 2300 UT on 5920 kHz in Russian/English from 200 kW transmitter beamed to Western Europe. The station also identifies itself as Radio Studio and Radio Nevskaya Volna (i.e. Radio Neva Wave). It verifies reception reports with QSL cards. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all members of EDXP! (Alexander Beryozkin, St.Petersburg, Dec 24, EDXP via DXLD) ** RUSSIA [non]. MOLDAVIA: 7125 kHz Voice of Russia. Kishinyov. Tarjeta QSL (mencionando sitio transmisor en Kishinyov, Moldavia), tarjeta navideña, carta personal de agradecimento por el detallado reporte de recepción firmada por Tanya Stukova (Mrs.), boletín de horarios y frecuencias y folleto de participación del concurso de celebración de los 60 años de la resistencia del Ejército Rojo en Stalingrado frente a las tropas nazis. Demora de 22 dias. Es el radiopaís número 138 (Marcelo Toníolo, NY, Conexión Digital via DXLD) But is 7125 really Moldova? PWBR `2003` says it is in the 0100-0600 period, but B-02 HFCC registrations show 4 other sites, depending on the time, which you did not mention: 7125 1330 1600 44,45,64 TCH 250 120 1234567 271002 300303 RUS VOR GFC 7125 1600 1900 28NW EKB 240 281 1234567 271002 300303 RUS VOR GFC 7125 2030 2230 17,27N S.P 250 268 1234567 271002 300303 RUS VOR GFC 7125 2300 0600 17 ARM 500 310 1234567 271002 300303 RUS VOR GFC TCH = Chita, as if the way it`s transliterated into French were relevant; EKB = Yekaterinburg, as if the initial Y- in Russian were insignificant (and I have been informed there is no soft-sign in Yek... as I had been putting); S.P. must be St. Peterburg; and ARM the catch-all Armavir, also known by other names, none of which could be confused geographically with Moldova. Just because Moscow QSLs it as such does not make it so. VOR/R. Moscow/RMWS have an awful track record in specifying sites which are incorrect or downright lies held over from Soviet-era deceit and paranoia. But HFCC registrations are often falsified, too. So 7125 could really be Moldova; I believe the experts have discussed this before and hope they will refresh us briefly on this. Altho Marcelo was upset at a previous contradiction and may have given up reading DXLD. Nothing personal, I would assure him (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SRI LANKA. The Civil Administration in Thamil Eelam -An American Academic - A US Academic, who spent several months in Thamileelam during a three year period (1994 - 1996), on his return to the US in 1996 sent this special report to the Tamil Voice. In this report he outlines his observations on the LTTE administration of the north I spent a total of one sesquiyear in the northern province of Sri Lanka since early 1994, as a volunteer working with farmers and educators. During this period I came to know the LTTE administrators and their administration of the Northern Province areas under their control. My observations below are based on that experience.... Communications: The north has no telecommunications link with the rest of the island or world. In total about 100 computers were in use before the October 95 offensive. The Sri Lankan radio and television programs are received in certain parts of the north with a tall antenna. International radio stations are the main source of reliable news. The LTTE operates an FM station for a few hours each day. [excerpt of only brief graf of relevance in very long article about all aspects of LTTE governance of area under their control] (via D. Prabakaran, Tamilnadu, CRW via DXLD) The entire document is in CRW #123, to be issued Dec. 31 (gh, DXLD) ** TAJIKISTAN. Higher harmonics do propagate even if the fundamental is too low for the given time of the day! 21 Dec at 0936, heard Tajik Radio on 28980 kHz (343) - it's the 4th harmonic of 7245. Even the 3rd harmonic, 21735 kHz, was audible, but much weaker (O=1...2). As per WRTH, 2nd domestic program must use the frequency during the daytime (Alexei Kulinchenko, Kazan, Russia, Signal Dec 24 via DXLD) ** U K. UK FREQUENCY ALLOCATION TABLE PUBLISHED From http://www.radio.gov.uk/ 20 December 2002 The Radiocommunications Agency has today published the UK Frequency Allocation Table (UKFAT) on its website at http://www.radio.gov.uk/topics/spectrum-strat/uk-fat/uk-fat2002.htm The UK Frequency Allocation Table, until recently a classified document, now covers the whole radio spectrum from 9 kHz to 275 GHz. It also identifies the responsibility for management of those frequency bands or services where management has been agreed, showing whether they are managed by the Radiocommunications Agency, the Ministry of Defence, or another Government department. Its publication responds to a recommendation of the independent Review of Radio Spectrum Management. The publication of the UKFAT will contribute to greater transparency about the use of the radio spectrum and help to identify further opportunities for sharing between civil and military users. A printed version of the UKFAT will be available from the Radiocommunications Agency shortly. Those wishing to receive a copy should contact the RA library on tel: 0207 211 0502/05 (via Mike Terry, Dec 23, BDXC-UK via DXLD) ** U K. Glenn, You can watch the Queen's Xmas message at the BBC news website, but only after 1500 today (Ivan Grishin, Ont., Dec 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) And for how long afterwards, I wonder. Specifically via: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2604079.stm (gh) ** U K. MEMORIES OF A WORLD SERVICE CORRESPONDENT Friday, 20 December, 2002, 22:28 GMT As the BBC World Service celebrates its 70th birthday, former correspondent Mark Brayne reflects on what the station means to him. There were many times in my foreign journalistic postings through the 1970s and 1980s when I was aware of the impact around the world of the BBC World Service - and perhaps the most dramatic was in China during 1989. Students and workers were demonstrating in their hundreds of thousands on Tiananmen Square, but it was from the foreign radio stations that most were getting their information. At the height of the protests, so bloodily put down by the Chinese army a few days later, one group of students paraded through Beijing with a banner reading "Thank you BBC". In the middle of the following night I was reminded dramatically of the responsibility that goes with reporting for the World Service. A BBC colleague telephoned from the Square with rumours there that China's then supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, had resigned. Scarcely having slept for weeks, I allowed my professional judgement to slip, and broadcast a despatch without further corroboration. Literally within minutes, the word on the Square was not that Deng's resignation was just rumoured. It had now been confirmed, by the BBC no less, a source impeccable above all others. Unfortunately for me, it was not true, and was quickly corrected. But it was a healthy reminder how at so many critical junctures in the past 70 years, it has been the World Service to which the world has turned. Serious values We do not always get it right. We do, though, take accuracy and credibility very seriously, and our listeners' trust and admiration rubs off on the journalistic mortals who provide the reporting. Again and again, as I travelled Central Europe as BBC correspondent for the region in the early 1980s, I would be met with, "Are you THE Mark Brayne?" It was a comment flattering to the ego of a correspondent greenhorn, but of course it was not about me. Every BBC correspondent has a rich store of such anecdotes, although since the fall of Communism, the World Service has been playing a different role for many of its traditional audiences. Informative role Today we aim to bring explanation, understanding and the highest journalistic standards to countries now deluged and confused by information of their own. And of course we bring music, and art, and literature, and companionship. Whenever I wonder whether the World Service gets the right mix, I remember the words of one of the Western hostages held in Lebanon in the 1980s. During his six-and-a-half-year captivity, Thomas Sutherland had a small receiver in his cell. Listening to the BBC, he said, had kept him sane. And if someone were to begin with a blank sheet of paper and devise the world's best possible radio station, he observed, what would they would end up with? The BBC World Service. Mark Brayne spent nearly two decades reporting Cold War Europe and China for Reuters and the BBC, with postings in Moscow, Berlin, Vienna and Beijing (BBCWS website via Kim Elliott, Dec 24, DXLD) ** U K / U S A. The moaning and groaning about Byford and the BBC on this list is becoming tedious. Follow the money. BBC makes money from selling its programming to Sirius, XM Satellite Radio, and Public Radio International. Why do you expect them to compete with themselves by giving their product away free on shortwave to the North American audience? Get over it. The BBC will not be back on SW beamed to NA. I find that between 15.190, 12.095, 9.410, 6.195 and 5.975 I can hear BBC well enough at most any time of day or night. Granted, I live in a part of the USA that enjoys good SW reception from the UK direct or the relay facilities in Antigua. But then so does 80% of the US and Canadian population. If you can't hear them, I suggest you get a better antenna. I live over 100 miles from Washington DC and Philadelphia, PA yet I can hear an hour of BBC on FM at 5 AM, via WSCL, Salisbury, MD and a half hour of BBC World TV news via BBC America on Direct TV at three different times in the morning and at 6 PM in the evening. I also get an hour of BBC on the FM radio at 9 AM via the New Jersey public broadcasting network At 5 PM I get a program jointly produced by BBC and WGBH, Boston via WSCL. That totals up to 5 hours a day of BBC news without ever turning on my shortwave or satellite radio. And I live in the boondocks. Me thinks thou dost protest too much. "Aye, aye. Full power to the deflector shields. Brace for incoming photon torpedos." ~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-., Joe Buch, DE, Dec 20, swprograms via DXLD) -*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^ No torpedoes, but I've done a little research. Here's the skinny as I have it: 1. BBC gets nothing from Sirius or XM. It's a straight barter arrangement, if one can call it that. BBC gets an outlet; Sirius/XM get (differing, btw) programming. Agreement has a shelf life (no one will say how long) and will have to be renegotiated at some future date. 2. PRI affiliates do pay...a flat fee regardless of how much BBC content they use. PRI also gets a cut of each affiliate fee. 3. Shortwave was never a factor in either negotiation, say my sources. BBC is free to distribute any way it wishes --- including DRM if they want. 4. If one only measures BBCWS hourly news availability, then BBCWS presence is up via FM in the US. There has been near zero success in getting PRI affiliates to relay other programming and more longer form news programs. (There is some churn....stations cancel or reduce output; others sign on and add.) Rich Cuff could check this with his sources, but I am told that there is disappointment at Bush House on this score, though their concern is much more with brand recognition - - raw numbers that say they have heard a BBC ID in the last month. To be perfectly frank, I find the concept that public pressure (due to loss of shortwave availability) will push PRI affiliates to add more BBC content to be preposterous. Equally so for an argument that potential to hear BBCWS will drive sat radio subscriptions. It just ain't happenin'. Joe's attempt to inject some logic into this subject is most welcome. Quite honestly, I think the whole thing is getting tedious as well. Yes, some frequencies still work somewhat. But it was a boneheaded decision, as much for how and when it was done, as what was done--and it sticks in the craw. I also don't think the Beeb's management should be let off the hook -- even at this late date-- for laying this egg. Furthermore and curiously, it was they that chose to bring it up all over again on Byford's Talking Point appearance. Obviously and oddly, *they* still think it's an issue! Even Coke relented and went back to its old formula when it received enough complaints! The part of this that's even more tedious is the willingness of the BBC to beat this dead horse (if that is truly what it is) itself on its own dime! PS: Sorry, Joe; but there's always the delete key. :-) Odd, though, isn't it that more PRI stations don't use more BBC content given that they pay the same whether they run 5 minutes of news or the full 24 hour schedule? The economics would appear to compel a different approach. My PD at the local public radio outlet says there's a limit to the audience's tolerance for foreign content. Evidently that ceiling is quite low (John Figliozzi, ibid.) I hate to say I told you so (not that anybody at the BBC was listening when I said the same thing back in 2001!) but public radio stations that play a "news/talk" format have certain things that they play that are well-established and are not going anywhere. No US public radio station that carries All Things Considered for two hours (and many do) is going to change to playing 1 hour of ATC and one hour of Newshour from the BBC. Ditto for Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk, This American Life, Fresh Air, Marketplace, etc. Whoever convinced the folks at the BBC that stations would cut back programs like this to air BBC content did a fabulous sales job!! Interestingly enough, I have no idea if this is still the case, in the mid 1980s when I lived in Durham, NC, I heard the BBCWS for top of the hour updates on WCPE from Raleigh. This station played classical music and they got their BBCWS feed via shortwave. (At one point they were trying to put in a bigger antenna to get better reception.) I believe they felt that a membership in NPR wasn't cost effective since they were all music, and getting BBC on shortwave allowed them to have an hourly newsbreak without signing up for NPR. But that's just my hunch (Kyle Barger, Dec 21, swprograms via DXLD) WCPE recently had to drop BBC news (long since via satellite, not SW) as costs are going way up for rights, sewn up by PRI (gh, DXLD) If the BBC's intent is to drive more of the audience to alternative delivery modes including DRM, then cancellation of the North American and South Pacific targeting on analog SW will certainly work to that end. Once the audience is transitioned to these alternative modes, then the BBC will be in a better position to negotiate carriage renewal contracts or charge subscription fees. Think of the current arrangements as loss leaders with long term revenue possibilities. I think there is also a fear of British accents distorting the image of a station. To those of us who have been enjoying the BBC since we were kids, the British accents are no big deal but to most Americans, British accents sound haughty and aloof, just the image public radio is trying to move away from. That is why the two most carried programs on USA NPR/PRI outlets (The World and World Update) use an American hostess in one case and co-production by WGBH announcers in the other. I remember the first time I heard Estelle Winters' British accent on the Voice of Russia. She sounded really snooty. I was very surprised to find she was quite pleasant and friendly when I met her at the SWL WinterFest a few years ago. That just shows me how one might form an incorrect image of a person or a radio station based on accents. By the same token, many people from the southern part of the USA sound stupid to my yankee ears. You don't hear many southern accents on the radio north of the Mason-Dixon Line unless they are trying to cultivate a folksy radio image. (People in southern New Mexico told me I had a New York accent, but I don't think I did because I learned to talk in Indiana and had not lived in New York for 25 years.) I do know of one FM station in Carmel, California that was running the entire BBC stream 24 hours a day when I visited there a few years ago. That is a very upscale area with lots of rich, educated people. It is hardly representative of mainstream America. In this case the BBC programming certainly set the station apart from the rabble in a community where many of the people think of themselves as above average in affluence and lifestyle. Here the BBC seemed to fit right in. I would be interested to hear from other readers who know of other stations relaying BBC during prime time for extended periods. Maybe we can make some inferences based on where those stations are located. ~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-., (Joe Buch, Dec 21, swprograms via DXLD) -*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^ Remember, too, that not all public radio stations -- even those who take NPR programming -- are PRI members. For WDIY-FM here in Allentown, the PRI membership alone would be $17,000 per year. Money they don't have. Then there's the fees for the BBCWS programming on top of that (Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA USA, ibid.) [Listener support:] What's being suggested here is changing the funding model of an international broadcaster. And y'all thought that getting a station to reverse a mere policy was difficult! :-) Read my lips |g| --- The BBCWS feels that, via FM and the internet, it is already getting its broadcasts to the people they feel are important to its purposes. You heard Byford mention Boston, New York and Washington, as well as "opinion formers". You could add another handful of cities to that list, but not much more. That is the message from Bush House, I'm afraid. The fact of the matter is: they don't much care if they're heard in Sheboygan (sp?) or Ypsilanti (sp?) (or even Toronto, apparently). If they can be heard there (or by secondary shortwave frequencies), it's a "value-added" situation as far as the BBC is concerned --- and not something for which they are willing to pay extra --- such as that $700,000. We may not agree with the approach (and I don't, fwiw); but we really don't have a say. And if the dissidents are right and Byford is wrong, the WS will suffer some consequences from that approach. If you really want to hear them well and often and ON A RADIO, then FM is the main game and Joe's plan is the way to go. As Scott said, "Think local". I enjoy this discussion because it calls into play the purpose of international broadcasting, the viability of the public service broadcasting model and the future (or lack thereof perhaps) of them both --- not because of the declining importance of shortwave radio (what someone referred to as "nostalgia"). Shortwave is simply a means to an end for an international broadcaster and has not been the only such means for the better part of a decade now. It stands to reason that a broadcaster would want to deploy a range of distribution options to best effect. Where I disagree with the BBCWS most is in its attempt to target something called an "opinion former". Their model, in this regard, assumes a certain stasis in that definition. One need only to look at what it is happening in the world today to understand that today's "opinion-former" can be tomorrow's "nobody" (and vice- versa) in a heartbeat. With that in mind, one would think that a station would gladly want to serve anyone who finds something of value in what the station is doing --- especially those who have recognized that value over time. (Personally, I think the folks that run many of these stations and services lack an essential understanding of the nature of their enterprises and how they differ from other broadcasting ventures; and are surprisingly ill-equipped for their tasks. But that's only an opinion (one informed by some knowledge, I hope) and I fully understand that times do change. Nonetheless, I do feel we are experiencing a serious loss in some respects and I regret that.) As far as changing Byford's mind, that horse ran a long time ago. (Actually, it's dead and has been pulverized nearly into dust at this point.) But I still think it's fun to talk about (John Figliozzi, ibid.) I believe that for Byford, it's *not* about getting the greatest audience numbers. It's about getting to those "opinion formers", average people be damned. In this case, letting people to listen to things such as "Saturday Sportsworld", "Westway", or any of the classical music programs isn't necessary. As long as they get the news and information parts of the stream out, that seems to be all they're looking for. The impression Byford gives is that he believes shortwave in North America is only for a) people who believe in the black helicopter conspiracies, and b) people who care about tractor production in Albania (Ted Schuerzinger, ibid.) I was not an opinion former when I first heard the BBC. I must have been less than 8 years old because World War II was still in progress. In 1943 my family moved from Indiana to Long Island and the old man rented a house next to Mrs. Baxter. Mrs. Baxter had the habit of playing her radio pretty loudly with her windows open. Mrs. Baxter was a transplant from the UK who used the BBC to keep up with the war news. I asked her one day after hearing the chimes of Big Ben what that was she was listening to. She invited me in to listen to her big console radio with the green tuning eye. I was impressed. We had a Silvertone console in the living room as did most families of that era. I never knew it had any use except to listen to the Lone Ranger and Captain Midnight. I used that radio to tune in the BBC and other shortwave stations. I was hooked at an early age. As I grew in education and mental capacity I came to respect the BBC as a great source of news and, in those days, comedy. My sense of the world and my sense of humor were irreparably warped. I became an opinion former. But because the BBC was not only targeting opinion formers in those days, I was convinced as a very young person that the British had ideas I could learn from and funny stuff that could make my life richer. Today, I vote and like most people on this list, I am not shy about sharing my opinions. I do so often in print, in broadcast talk radio, or on the internet. I consider myself an opinion former whose opinion of the UK and its culture was formed long before I became an opinion former of others. The BBC can learn a lot from the Catholic Church or the Church of England. Get them young and brainwash them while they are impressionable. The BBC did that to me. (The Catholic Church tried but failed.) The BBC should not target only opinion formers but folks like me whose opinions can be molded over decades of intelligent radio listening. In my now-formed opinion they can best do that by targeting everyone via as many different media as possible and over time the opinion formers will evolve, understanding the UK's view of the world and respecting the UK's contribution to civilization. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more! The BBC on SW beamed to North America should not be a dead parrot, but it is as far as the BBC budget is concerned. So we do what we have to do. We listen on FM or the internet or on SW with a slightly better antenna than we needed before. Someplace out there is a pimple-faced kid surfing the internet who stumbles across the BBC web pages and the cycle begins again. Some day he or she may even may even stumble across the Universal Radio web site and jump to the next level of evolution. Or is it devolution? ~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-., (Joe Buch, ibid.) -*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^ Last words from me on this: As you know, I disagree vehemently with the point that the difference (between public and commercial) doesn't matter and that it's all "inside baseball". NBC TV (stateside) prides itself on excelling in attracting a particular demographic (age and income) even though its gross numbers may be lower than another network's. Understandable because what you're really trying to do is sell soap --- the programming is just an intro to the ads --- and you'll sell more soap if you target those who have the money and are more easily convinced to buy. Others want large raw numbers and program to the lowest common denominator as a result. (NBC just programs to the lowest common denominator of its prime target demographic.) Public service broadcasting --- in its "purest" sense --- has an entirely different orientation. The programming is the point and the audience for each offering is almost always a minority one. (Of course, these are gross generalizations to illustrate the contrast, but the contrast is clearly identifiable and not at all illusory or subtle.) It may be true that some (many?) wish to blur the distinctions because it serves their own agendas. And I'm not saying that numbers don't matter at all. But Star TV (and CNN) is one thing; the BBC (at least traditionally) is another. The standards and measurements applied to each should be different to recognize these distinctions. But if public has to measure up to commercial (and, therefore, presumptively compete with it), then the public will, indeed, begin to resemble the commercial more and more until the distinction becomes illusory. That is what is going on with public service media, in my view. Instead of a Byford standing ground and insisting on a recognition of the difference (as some former BBC DGs and MDs have done), he blurs the distinction while insisting that the BBC is superior (to Star or CNN). Oddly enough, that's only true as long as that public/commercial distinction can be maintained because it is that distinction that earned the BBCWS its stature. But what point will the "commercial popularization" of the WS erase that distinction entirely and its reputation with it? Put another way, two items may be fruit, but one is an apple and the other is an orange. Telling me you're handing me an apple because it's the same thing as an orange may serve a marketing purpose, but it doesn't change reality. ("It's all fruit! Most people don't care whether they eat an apple or an orange!") Maybe (as the consumer) I'll shake my head yes and accept your apple as an equivalent to the orange I originally asked for --- but that only acknowledges your marketing skill or your force of will, not your knowledge of fruit or my skill at getting you to give me what I wanted in the first place. If the only kind of programming that is deemed worthy of seeing the light of day is the one that will produce the most eyeballs for an ad campaign, then so be it. But don't tell me there is no important difference between programming produced primarily for commercial imperatives and that produced for primarily social benefit (in the eyes of the producer) or artistic imperatives. That's just not so and it's a tremendous disservice to the public service foundations of our broadcasting system in the US, as well as that of the BBC, to perpetuate that new myth. Peace (John A. Figliozzi, NY, ibid.) ** U K. BBCR3 WORLD MUSIC DAY 1/1/2003 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/wmdday2003.shtml Streaming available via web-embedded RA player. (You need to have RA installed in one form or the other.) Digging through my web cache I find: rtsp://rmlivev8.bbc.net.uk/farm/*/ev7/live24/radio3/live/fmg2.ra (Joel Rubin, NY, Dec 21, swprograms via DXLD) ** U K O G B A N I. NORTHERN IRELAND CLANDESTINE GETS TEMPORARY LICENCE Radio Failte /Triple FM, Teach Na Feile, 473 Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT12 6DD. Tel: +442890319150 E-mail: feile@iol.ie The Irish Nationalist station "Radio Failte" based in Belfast has got a temporary 28 day licence from the UK radio authority despite broadcasting illegally in Belfast for several months now. Most of R Failte's (Failte = "Welcome") programming is in the Irish Gaelic language it broadcasts on 107.0 MHz FM. The only other clandestine known to have broadcast in NI in recent years has been the nationalist "Radio Equality" in Portadown which broadcast during the Durmcree/ Garvaghy riots in July however during the 1970's there were a lot of broadcasts from various Nationalist and Loyalist (pro British) factions (M. Byron, Great Britain, Dec 20, 2002 for Clandestine Radio Watch via DXLD) ** UNITED NATIONS [non]. 15495, United Nations Radio (via BBC, Skelton); 1732-1745* Dec. 24, English M&W with UN news. A mere 15- minute transmission, listed as Monday-Friday 1730-1745 (Terry L. Krueger, TOCOBAGA DX #67 - 25 December, 2002 CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, via DXLD) ** U S A. 540, WPDI548, CO Denver - 12/24 0900 - Noted with a full length Christmas song inserted into the usual parking and telephone number info loop. This is at Denver International Airport 15 miles east of me. (PG-CO) (Patrick Griffith, Westminster, CO, Drake R-8 and Kiwa loop, NRC-AM via DXLD) Used to be on 530; I heard in Kansas on groundwave; or maybe that was another Denver TIS. 540 ought to get creamed at night by XEWA, CBK, etc. (gh, DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. Re Bruce Elving`s message to the American Family Network: It's a fine letter, perfect in spirit and content. And I don't agree with those who feel that you are tilting uselessly at windmills, Bruce. Your application and use of your citizen's right to free speech is something that I take very dearly to heart, and I can think of no better use of it than to better the DX'ing hobby, not to mention attempting to correct an illegal practice by a large religious organization whose bullying tactics are way out of place, especially at this time of the year. I see posted gripes from those who whine about the ineffectiveness of the FCC too often; I'd MUCH rather see a post detailing action helping the FCC to correct problems. You are to be congratulated for your efforts (Paul Swearingen, Topeka, KS, amfmtvdx via DXLD) Many thanks, Paul, for your heartfelt comments. I hope I can continue to uphold the right of DXers to expect the finest of the broadcast stations they DX (Bruce Elving, ibid.) Subject: [AMFMTVDX] Bruce Elving, AFR and deregulation Bruce Elving has touched on a broader issue affecting not only the broadcast industry but the public: The deregulation of the airwaves. The airwaves are public property -- like the sidewalks, streets, national parks, and town squares. Furthermore, they are a vital form of communication, by citizens, and a foundation of our democratic political and social system. Thus, the airwaves themselves more than just a business. Businesses do use the airwaves for broadcasting, but so do government and non-profit civil-society institutions. No one outside of the state, representing the public, owns the broadcast spectrum or space on that spectrum. We the people -- so to speak -- do. Government agencies like the FCC, the CRTC, and their counterparts around the world exist to regulate the airwaves. In democratic societies, these agencies are supposed to be accountable to the citizenry. Citizens include those whose primary interest is business and religion, but these groups are among many interest groups in society. However, broadcast deregulation has in effect turned these agencies into -- at best -- paper pushers. Traditional anti-interference regulations and other measures have, for the most part, gone out the window. The result is chaos. IBOC and the whole introduction of digital broadcasting is a classic example of what we can expect from a government when that government chooses to serve and represent particular interest groups, or specific parties within larger interest groups. If IBOC continues as we are currently experiencing it, broadcasters will be able to use IBOC to obliterate each other. Like a bad game of splatterball. Deregulation means stations will be able to identify however they choose, if and when they want. They will be able to sell their broadcast licences to other parties without public input. They will be able to freely air racist language. I'm currently fighting an Ontario station that used the term 'wop' to describe an Italian scientist -- actually it was the U.S.-based Phil Hendrie Show, which runs on CKTB in St. Catharines. The CRTC no longer handles these complaints; I've been handed off to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an industry-run voluntary compliance outfit. They passed me onto the broadcaster, whose spokesperson says we should just agree to disagree. I wouldn't personally put my energy into Bruce's cause, and my methodology might differ from his, but I do wish him every success. We all have the right to know very specifically who the tenants are on public property. This is not a DX issue, to me. DXers don't have any special privileges. If there is room to make the spectrum more crowded, and in return increase the variety of programming and people who have access to the airwaves, then that is ultimately more important than having channels that can be easily DXed. Not to say I don't experience some mild disappointment when new locals take to the air (Saul Chernos, Ont., amfmtvdx via DXLD) Well! Put!! (gh) ** U S A. SPECTRUM WANTS TO BE FREE -- NEVER PAY FOR PHONE, CABLE, OR NET ACCESS AGAIN --- Issue 11.01 - January 2003 VIEW By Kevin Werbach A revolution is brewing in wireless. In an industry speech in October, FCC chair Michael Powell expressed support for a radical idea called open spectrum that could transform the communications landscape as profoundly as the Internet ever did. If it works, you'll never pay for telephone, cable, or Net access again. Open spectrum treats the airwaves as a commons, shared by all. It's the brainchild of engineers, activists, and scholars such as wireless gadfly Dewayne Hendricks, former Lotus chief scientist David Reed, and NYU law professor Yochai Benkler. The idea is that smart devices cooperating with one another function more effectively than huge proprietary communications networks. The commons can be created through distinct, unlicensed "parks" or through "underlay" technologies, such as ultrawideband, that are invisible to licensed users in the same band.... http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.01/view.html (via ??, DXLD) ** U S A. TV DXING IN A DIGITAL WORLD It's a safe bet to say that most of us in the WTFDA have access to a computer now and that most of have visited eBay at least occasionally, if not daily. It's also a safe bet to say that if we do any TV DXing at all we would also like to DX the DTV channels. But our options are few since a good DTV set-top box will set us back around $400 and most of us either can't or won't pay that price. If we can't afford a Samsung DTV converter the next best option might be a Hauppauge Win TV-D Card for our computers. Prices on these cards have come down on eBay to the point where you can purchase a new card for $130 or less. In one instance a WTFDA member recently bought one for only $115! 2003 will be another huge year for digital television. At this time the CEA reports that there are over 600 DTV stations on the air with another large batch ready to hit the streets on or soon after January of 2003. What this means is that analog TV DXing will be harder to accomplish than it already is. With all this in mind, what do we do? Do we stay with our analog TVs and hope we can log something new or do we just take down our antennas and say adios to TV DX or do we try to adapt to the new technology, which means purchasing a converter or a computer card. I went with the computer card. I really didn't want to give up on something I enjoy. The price was right and others have done it successfully and were there for support if I needed it. Watching TV with the Hauppauge DTV card is an eye-opener. Channels I thought were empty are not. Sure I could guess about a couple of stations, but others came as a real surprise. The "snow" I saw on channels 10 and 11 is a perfect WTNH and WWLP DTV picture. The same goes for channels 33, 34, 36, 39, 45, 46, 55 and 58. That stretch of channels from ch 30-40 that looked so empty on my Sanyo analog TV is not empty at all. DXing the digital channels should be interesting. However when one is accustomed to looking for weak, snowy signals as tropo indicators, a little re-thinking of the methods used needs to take place and I'm still in the re-thinking phase. As you all know, with DTV DXing you won't see a weak snowy picture. You'll see a black screen or a perfect picture or you might see a broken up picture with part of it out of place or digitally garbled. How do you know when the tropo is up? Luckily at this point we still have analog channels on the air. My best bet, I think, is to keep using my analog set to look for signs of tropo on those channels I still have use of. Or better yet, use my FM equipment to look for signs of trop. Next I have gone to Antennaweb.org on the internet and downloaded channel listings for Boston, NYC and other places, to get an instant grasp of what DTVs are actually on the air, and on what channels. And I also keep my VUDs handy for Doug's TV News columns. Then, all that is left to do when tropo shows is to find out where it's coming from, point my dish into that area and then check the available DTV channels. It's a strange feeling to watch a black screen…not at all like watching snow and the familiar audio hiss that goes with it. Watching a black screen is unnatural, if you ask me. But that's what we'll have to do if we want to do any TV DXing in the future. Right now we still have our old familiar analog stations to help ease the transition and provide some comfort, but when those have gone and the digital stations are the only ones left, will we still get any satisfaction out of staring into the black nothingness, hoping for a picture to appear? Each of us will have to answer that. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Yes, you can. Can a veteran analog DXer learn new digital tricks? No doubt about it, but the question is will the veteran analog DXer want to learn them. Time will tell (Mike Bugaj, CT, Jan WTFDA VHF-UHF Digest via DXLD) ** U S A. A CANADIAN HEARD ON HIGH http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021224/FASS24/Features/features/features_temp/2/2/3/ PRINT EDITION SOCIAL STUDIES A DAILY MISCELLANY OF INFORMATION BY MICHAEL KESTERTON Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ont.) Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - Page A20 At 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 1906, a dozen or so wireless-radio operators in the Caribbean began to hear faint, ghostly music. One said to his shipmates, "Listen, I hear an angel's voice on the microphone, and music and singing, too." But it wasn't an angel. It was Canadian-born inventor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, called by some the Father of Radio. A few notes: Mr. Fessenden's target audience, crews sailing aboard the banana fleet of the United Fruit Co., were told only that there would be a special broadcast on their ship-to-shore telegraph systems. They expected it would be Morse Code dots and dashes from the equipment the company had purchased from Mr. Fessenden. Instead, they heard a short voice announcement, followed by the Edison-Bell recording of Handel's Largo. A woman sang some carols and Mr. Fessenden scraped out Oh Holy Night on his violin. He sang the last verse and remarked: "If anybody hears me, please write to Mr. Fessenden at Brant Rock" in Massachusetts. He had just become the world's first music deejay, by devising a successful AM transmitter. Mr. Fessenden disagreed with Marconi's theory that radio transmissions were brief electrical whiplashes. The inventor himself believed broadcasts were like water ripples that moved in continuous waves, in widening circles, and that voice and music might be carried on them. Thomas Edison, his one-time employer, had told Mr. Fessenden that wireless speech was about as likely as a man jumping over the moon. The Christmas Eve broadcast was Mr. Fessenden's first announced transmission over long distances. In 1900, he had sent the first voice-only message, a distance of one mile: "Is it snowing where you are, Mr. Thiessen?" The man once called "the greatest wireless inventor of his age" accumulated more than 500 patents in his career. (He might have done his inventing in Canada if McGill hadn't turned him down when he applied for a professorship.) Many of Mr. Fessenden's ideas were widely adopted -- without his consent -- during the First World War. In 1928, the U.S. Radio Trust paid him $2.5-million in recognition of his contributions to the medium. Source: Social Studies, 1996 (via Daniel Say, swprograms via DXLD) ** U S A [non]. BEWARE OF FORKED-TONGUE WARRIORS By Ian Urbina, San Antonio Current, December 12, 2002 Wedged between a rack of 99-cent cheese crisps and a display of pork rinds stood a life-sized cardboard cutout of a buxom blonde in a red miniskirt. Resting on her inner thigh was a frosty bottle of Miller Genuine Draft. "That's essentially what we do," an army major remarked, pointing to the stiletto-heeled eye-catcher. "But we don't sell beer." The scene was a recruitment barbecue conducted by the U.S. Army's 11th Psychological Operations Battalion ("Psy-ops," for short), held recently at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, D.C. Amid the Cheetos, cheesecake, and a sweaty game of softball, there was casual chit-chat about the workplace challenges faced by these fatigue-wearing PR execs. Part ad men and part ethnographers, these specialists, some of whom are just back from Afghanistan, are dispatched regularly to front lines in the Middle East for hearts-and-minds campaigns aimed at undercutting the enemy's military morale and winning over civilian support. Many are waiting eagerly for a call to Iraq. With the U.S. military deploying in every corner of the globe, demand is booming in the psychological warfare industry these days, and Psy-ops is especially eager to recruit outsiders who have experience or interest in the Middle East. Hence, the barbecues, accompanied by war stories - actually, psy-war stories. Although invited, I am a reporter, so recruiters and guests wouldn't speak to me for attribution. They did, however reluctantly, share some yarns. "Much of the time on the ground," one private recalled about a tour of duty in the Middle East, "is spent driving around the desert in Humvees mounted with nine speakers, each blasting a thousand watts of noise. Tank treads, helicopter propellers, huge guns - we broadcast anything that'll scare the shit out of 'em." When music is chosen, the playlist tends to be short: Beach Boys, AC/DC, and Jimi Hendrix's shrill "Star-Spangled Banner," repeat ad nauseam until the enemy submits out of sheer annoyance. Other psy-opers parachute in and then remain stationary, setting up the army's equivalent of a battlefield copy shop to churn out agitprop handbills in the millions. Some operatives are airborne aboard Commando Solo, an Air Force cargo plane converted into a $70 million flying radio and TV station, beaming news, tunes, and an occasional bit of disinformation to the enemy. "We just deliver the goods," quipped the major who played host to me. "The guys down South drawing the cartoons are the ones paid six figures to know that because bananas are a delicacy in Iraq, they should get drawn into the picture with an enticing feast scene." Headquartered at the 4th Psychological Operations Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the psy-op artists typically rely on cartoon animations to convey their messages. But it is psy-op history itself that belongs in a comic strip: Its collection of harebrained schemes is sometimes almost too colorful to believe, though all of the following tales have been covered in the press at one point or another. One such plan initially investigated by the Air Force before Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait entailed the projection of a holographic image of Allah floating over Baghdad and instructing Iraqi civilians to overthrow Saddam. The idea was promptly dropped after scientists informed the Pentagon that it would require a mirror a square mile in area, not to mention the added problem that no one knows what Allah looks like. Furthermore, since divine portrayals of any kind are strictly forbidden in Islam, the hologram would surely have elicited a reaction, but probably not the one intended. Framing an understandable message is always tough. When using comic strips, captions need to be as concise and simple as possible. Yet, even in small amounts, the use of text raises questions. One has to wonder, for example, whether it was really effective to drop millions of text-based leaflets on Afghanistan, where barely 30 percent of its 27 million people can read. In all cases, well-crafted animations are a must, and for the highest quality drawings, the 4th at Bragg sometimes opts to contract out. In 2000, it hired DC Comics to produce special versions of Superman and Wonder Woman comic books, in the languages of the Balkans, Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, to educate locals on the dangers of land mines. But even Superman can be confusing at times: Although widely understood in some contexts, thought bubbles appearing above a cartoon character's head left some readers, especially rural ones, completely baffled, according to press accounts. Often more confusing than convincing, psy-ops can suffer hugely from the smallest graphical errors. A T-shirt used in Cambodia to try to deter kids from entering certain unsafe zones featured a boy squatting over a mine that he was poking with a stick. The silk-screened shirt was yanked from production, according to one account, when angry villagers kept asking why American personnel were distributing images of kids defecating over land mines. The squatting boy was eventually redrawn. Bigger mistakes mean bigger consequences. Leaflets dropped in Somalia in 1992, prior to the U.N. troop arrival. were meant to assure the populace of the mission's humanitarian intentions. Unfortunately, of all the personnel the U.S. initially deployed in the country, only two were native speakers, and one turned out to be the son of the country's bloodiest warlord. Pamphlet proofreaders, needless to say, were in short supply, and the result was sometimes quite embarrassing. Instead of announcing help from the "United Nations," the pamphlets spoke of help from the "Slave Nations," and as anyone who has seen the movie Black Hawk Down can certainly attest, neither the blue helmets nor the boys with stars and stripes were welcomed with open arms when they eventually landed ashore. The backflow of misinformation can also be a serious problem. Although the Pentagon and the CIA are barred by U.S. law from propaganda activities in the United States, during the mid 1970s increased scrutiny of military intelligence operations revealed that programs planting fake leaks in the foreign press had resulted in false articles running back through the U.S. media. But sometimes the false articles are intentional. When the American public seemed to be developing weak knees about the Nicaraguan contras, the Office of Public Diplomacy, part of the Reagan-era State Department, quickly leaked fake intelligence to The Miami Herald that the Soviet Union had given chemical weapons to the Sandinistas. Distribution of misinformation overseas can be trickier. In 1999, during the NATO air war in Yugoslavia, more than 100 million leaflets were to be dropped on Kosovo. But at the designated time, there was too much ground-to-air fire for planes to fly lower than 20,000 feet. Swept by strong winds, many leaflets landed in the wrong country, according to military reports. Sometimes, the packages land in the right place, and the enemy is quite happy about it. During World War II, the Japanese utilized the standard tactic of telling American soldiers that their girlfriends were getting busy while they were away from home. But on the air- dropped handbills the Japanese illustrated their point a little too well, using graphic pornography that was otherwise tough to come by on the front lines. According to military historian Stanley Sandler, "Our guys loved it. They'd trade them like baseball cards ... five for a bottle of whiskey." But there are also some psy-ops success stories. In Vietnam, U.S. planes sprinkled enemy territory with playing cards, but prior to carpet bombing, they dropped only the ace of spades. Before long, the Pavlovian technique took hold, and just the dropping of aces was sufficient to clear an entire area. During the Persian Gulf War, many Iraqi soldiers surrendered with U.S. leaflets in hand. Throughout that war, American forces also cleverly floated 10,000 bottles with intimidating notes in the gulf toward Iraqi shores. According to subsequent interviews with captured Iraqi soldiers, the bottled messages effectively increased concerns in Baghdad over the possibility of a massive amphibious landing. No such landing took place. On occasion, enemy psy-opers have gotten it right, too. The North Vietnamese peppered American soldiers with leaflets using anti-war slogans from the States. "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" was a particular favorite appropriated by Vietcong leafleteers. When American soldiers finally came home, many commented that the printed reminders of stateside opposition to the war really wore down morale. Last decade, the Iraqis made occasionally smart use of disinformation, often disseminated through their old enemy, Iran (making it more believable). According to U.S. military sources, leaflets were circulated in Bangladesh citing a Tehran radio report that U.S. troops had opened fire on Bangladeshi troops who refused to join the military strike on Iraq. The incident, allegedly leaving hundreds dead, was a complete fabrication. Less than an exact science, psy-ops is a clumsy art that has seen few real innovations over the years. In the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great ordered his metalworkers to craft giant helmets to fit men the size of 20-foot monsters. His soldiers would then leave the helmets strewn about in conquered villages, hoping to inflame the wildest imaginations of enemy armies passing through the area. More recent psy-op folklore has it that along the same lines, though pitching at a slightly lower angle, American psy-op specialists in Vietnam left foot-long condoms along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, presumably to preoccupy the enemy soldiers with hiding their wives and daughters. The laundry list of actual psy-ops bloopers is certainly long and dirty, leaving some in the U.S. military skeptical of whether the American forked-tongued brigades are keeping up with the enemy. A May 2000 report by the Defense Science Board Task Force, an advisory panel to the Defense Department, concluded, "While the United States is years ahead of its competitors in terms of military technology, in terms of psy-ops there are already competitors on par with, or even arguably more sophisticated than, the U.S." But in other circles, confidence is unwavering. At a recent press conference, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, "If Saddam were to issue such an order to use a chemical or biological attack, that does not necessarily mean his orders would be carried out." Rumsfeld's oblique speculation rested on the dubious hope, gaining popularity on Capitol Hill, that psychological operations might just do the trick on Saddam's key weapons handlers. But as one unnamed senior defense official pointed out to USA Today, the men in charge of the supposed Iraqi chemical or biological weapons and missile forces are likely Saddam's most loyal soldiers. In fact, if our psy-ops people are left to their old devices, the Iraqi commanders might just hit those red buttons all the faster. http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6343127&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=484045&rfi=6 (via Nick Grace, USA Dec 17, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) ** U S A [non]. CIA SPY MASTER TED SHACKLEY DIES AT 75 By Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, December 13, 2002 http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/4733339.htm Theodore ''Ted'' Shackley, a legendary spy master and Cold War figure who ran the CIA's huge Miami operation during the height of U.S. tensions with Cuba during the 1960s, has died of cancer in Maryland. He was 75. Nicknamed ''The Blond Ghost'' because he hated to be photographed, Shackley was an exacting, intense, elusive covert operator. As Miami station chief during Operation Mongoose, an interagency U.S. effort to topple Fidel Castro, he ran about 400 agents and operatives during a period that included the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The Miami assignment was only one of the many powerful posts he held during a 28-year counterinsurgency career that spanned the globe. The places where he worked as a senior CIA officer -- Berlin, Saigon, Laos -- served as signposts in the global struggle between the United States and Soviet-backed communism. In Miami, he directed an ambitious anti-Castro propaganda and paramilitary campaign, and as a sign of its significance, Shackley would later say that he commanded the third-largest navy in the Caribbean -- only the United States and Cuba had more vessels than the CIA station chief's flotilla. Thirty-year friend Tom Spencer, a Miami attorney, described Shackley Thursday as "the master spy chief, a strategist, tactician, a brilliant man, a chess player -- a person who could read tea leaves and watch things which ordinary people could not see or pick up.'' Added fellow CIA retiree E. Peter Earnest, now director of Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum: "He had a keen sense of discipline, and was very goal-oriented. He found himself periodically in situations where there was chaos, and he could pull some order out of that.'' RETIRED IN '79 Shackley retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 1979 and set up a D.C.-area consulting firm that offered security strategy to corporate executives. But for nearly three decades before that, including 17 years overseas, he served as a CIA officer who recruited and handled agents, hatched plots and gathered intelligence in Cold War settings. From May 1976 to December 1977, he served as associate deputy director of operations, the No. 2 position in the clandestine operations branch. He held the job first under CIA Director George H.W. Bush, then under Adm. Stansfield Turner, who relieved him of his title in a late 1977 shake-up. At issue: a Carter administration decision to fire thousands of secret agents and informants, notably in the Middle East, and dismantle Cold War spy networks. Shackley, said Spencer, soon ''left in disgust,'' retiring from the agency he had joined straight from Army duty in 1945 in Europe. Besides consulting, he also wrote a primer on counterinsurgency in 1981 called The Third Option. Shackley was Miami station chief from 1962 to 1965, running his vast spy network out of the University of Miami South Campus, now the Metrozoo. It was the largest CIA hub outside of headquarters in Langley, Va. ''When I got there, the mission was to implement an intelligence collection program and clean up the residuals of the Bay of Pigs,'' he told retired Herald journalist Don Bohning in April 1998 in Washington. "As we got into the intelligence program and restructuring, we started detecting Soviet buildup in the context of all that, how to bring about change in Cuba.'' IN MIAMI Some of his Miami activities, he told Bohning, included ''psychological warfare pressure on Cuba,'' including infiltrations, radio propaganda and ties with a paramilitary, anti-Castro movement. The only full-fledged CIA station in the continental United States, its code name was JM-Wave. After Miami, he moved on to another Cold War hot zone, Southeast Asia, where he was a top CIA officer in Laos and Saigon in the late 1960s and early '70s. AUTHOR RECOLLECTS ''In Laos, Shackley helped run a secret war using local tribes people, and at the end of that campaign the tribe was decimated,'' said David Corn, author of the 1994 book, Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusade. ''Shackley was in some ways the archetype of the Cold War covert bureaucrat. He took orders from above . . . running secret wars, undermining democratically elected governments, compromising journalists and political opponents overseas . . . and made them a reality,'' Corn said. Shackley also ran Latin American operations out of CIA headquarters in 1973 when Gen. Augusto Pincohet led a coup in Chile that toppled the elected government of President Salvador Allende. ''He was not the mastermind of the clandestine operations of presidents and CIA directors. He was the implementer,'' Corn said. 'And in doing so, he avoided the moral questions that accompanied such actions and embodied the `ends justify the means' mentality of America's national security establishment.'' Fellow former CIA agent Mo Sovern, who said they were colleagues for 45 years, summed up Shackley's management philosophy this way: "Screw up and you'd hear about it. Screw up twice for the same problem, and you're gone." He could be a controversial figure, said Sovern, chairman of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association. "A lot of people absolutely hated him. A lot of people thought he was marvelous. But he got the work done." LAST DETAILS He cited this example of Shackley's micromanagement style: After receiving last rites on Sunday, he had his wife summoned a funeral director to their suburban Washington home and he picked out a casket, negotiated the fee and asked to be buried in West Palm Beach, where he was raised and educated before going to the University of Maryland. He died Monday. Burial will be next week in West Palm Beach. Visitation is scheduled for today in Washington. Mass will be said Saturday in Bethesda, Md. (via U. Fleming, USA Dec 14, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) Ted Shackley's involvement in CIA-run clandestine radio stations includes Radio Swan, Radio Américas and Union of Lao Races (which supported the Hmong tribes in Laos). (N. Grace, USA, Dec 14, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) ** URUGUAY. 6155.08, Banda Oriental, Sarandi del Yi. 0139+, Diciembre 25. Apertura de transmisiones. Himno Nacional del Uruguay. ID completa por locutora: "A partir de este momento, inicia su transmisión, CWA155 Banda Oriental, en la frecuencia de 6155 khz, con estudios ubicados en calle Sarandí 328, Sarandí del Yi, Durazno, Uruguay. Nuestro correo electrónico es: norasan@a..." [truncated]. Luego, continúa una selección de música popular uruguaya. 44444 con algo de interferencia de Radio Fides, Bolivia (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina, Conexión Digital via DXLD) ** ZANZIBAR. (TANZANIA) 11735, 08/12 1906 Voice of Tanzania, Zanzibar. OM en Swahili con programa noticioso y mencionando en reiteradas ocasiones: "Dar es Salaam". Fin del programa informativo a las 1916 cuando comenzo otro programa con el Cor`án y música de estilo africano. A 2000 "bips" (5 "bips" con el mismo tono y el sexto más agudo) seguido de la identificación(?) por OM. 34333 (a las 1906) pero con SINPO 23322 (a las 2000). (Marcelo Toníolo, NY, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Actually 11734+ ** ZANZIBAR. [TANZANIA] Radio Tanzania-Zanzibar, 11734.13, 2002-2059 Dec. 25. Possibly the one, after seeing the report of something here - - stating that it didn't quite seem to fit RT-Z -- program-wise. Tune- in to unID language (it did sound Swahili or similar), woman with possible news until 2006. She continued after 2006, but alternated with instrumental music (piano-type stuff, mostly). Nothing I could hear was particularly "Islamic" so-to-speak. At 2059, a man babbled a bit, but I had to depart briefly to answer the door (pesky neighbors). At 2108 recheck, they were gone (the station, but not the neighbors). Not even a carrier. Timing (closing just after 2100) and approximate frequency would fit my many past RT-Z logs. Despite a little line noise, signal at times peaked to a pretty fair level, just as RT-Z has sometimes done in the past here (Terry L. Krueger, Clearwater FL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZIMBABWE. ZIMBABWE JOURNALIST ACCUSED OF SPYING FOR BBC: REPORT (See 4th & 5th paragraphs! Andy.) HARARE, Dec 22 (AFP) - The Zimbabwe government has accused a local journalist of spying for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the state-controlled Sunday Mail reported. The paper, which reflects government views, said Lewis Machipisa, a Zimbabwean correspondent for BBC radio, was being hired by Britain's Foreign Office to also film and write stories for BBC television. The BBC has been officially banned from the country, but Machipisa, a Zimbabwean national, has been able to continue working here for the broadcaster. A senior BBC official quoted in the Sunday Mail denied the allegations against Machipisa and also said the BBC was not behind an exiled radio station broadcasting into Zimbabwe from London, as the government had suggested. The permanent secretary in Zimbabwe's Information Ministry, George Charamba told the BBC in a letter quoted in the Sunday Mail that the BBC's denials of these charges were not accepted or believed. The charges against Machipisa come ahead of the December 31 deadline set by the government for all journalists working here to be registered, turned down or de-registered under tough new press laws (AFP rt/ss Zimbabwe-media via A. Sennitt, Holland, Dec 22, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 4790, 0046-0102 12/23. After listening to a presumed AIR, Chennai with Hindi music and talks, s/off at 0045, I could hear Arabic? style singing and chanting, reminiscent of the Kor`an. Brief talk at 0055 and more chanting until 0100 when pips, presumed ID, and more talks where heard. Weak tho audible. I'd like to think this was Pakistan, Azad Kashmir Radio (Scott R. Barbour, Jr., NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) UNIDENTIFIED. 16 Dec, 2100 UT - 5025 kHz. A very weak talk in presumed English. Too severe conditions because of bothering utility pips. After YL talk music began. At 2105 Radio Tashkent started preparing its transmitter, cutting off the possibility to listen to anything else. After 2200 frequency was completely clear. 2100 was too early for Australia, it must switch to 5025 kHz at 2130 (per WRTH)... (Dmitry Puzanov, Kustanay, Kazakhstan, Signal via DXLD) As Chris Hambly has frequently informed us, the switchover times by the Northern Territory service are quite variable and unreliable. Sometimes they stay on the day frequency well into the night, or vice versa (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) UNIDENTIFIED. 23000, Over-the-horizon-radar 21-12-02 1349 very loud (Ary Boender, Holland, BDXC via DXLD) ### +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TRANSMITTER NEWS ++++++++++++++++ GEE-WHIZ WEAPONS COULD POSE RISKS - FOR U.S. BY SCOTT CANON, Knight Ridder Newspapers KANSAS CITY, Mo. - KRT NEWSFEATURES (KRT) - Imagine the effect of an electromagnetic burst over an Iraqi military hub - a radar station, an infantry command post or a Republican Guard bunker. That pulse of energy could wipe computer memories blank, fry telephone lines and radar circuits, zap tank ignitions. Defenses rendered instantly defenseless. The connected become the detached. High-tech turns obsolete. Best of all, the weapon aims to kill gear, not humans. Analysts say Iraq could end up the first testing ground for this next generation of GI gee-whiz weaponry. For now, though, much about high-powered microwave weapons remains classified. The very potential of these directed-energy weapons - the possibility that they could flip the "off" switch for a 21st century army - could keep them under wraps. That is because no military relies so heavily on electronics as the U.S. military does. U.S. troops depend increasingly on arms made ever more precise and lethal through electronic brains. "Network-centric warfare" - precisely choreographed battlefield movement and communication - sits at the core of the Pentagon's idea of a modern military. "The main reason why we keep this technology classified is not because it's so complicated, but because we want to conceal the degree to which we are vulnerable to what it could do," said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va., who has just completed a study on directed-energy weapons. Meantime, much remains to be seen about these untested weapons, which could range in form from an unconventional missile to a supercharged antenna. What is publicly known, for instance, suggests their performance in the laboratory can only roughly predict field tests. So what happens in the chaos of shifting battlefield conditions? Can microwaves effectively conk out enemy electronics? And would they indeed spare living things, or, if their power settings proved hard to control, would they cook a person from the inside out? Among the greatest risks comes if they perform perfectly, in which case using them holds at least a potential to backfire against America's high-tech military. Directed-energy gadgets are already a fixture on the modern battlefield. For years lasers have been key to aiming everything from rifles to tank cannons to bombs. There is evidence as well that they can be used not only to aim something, but also to inflict their own damage. In April 1997 a Canadian helicopter near Puget Sound hovered above the Russian trawler Kapitan Man, which was suspected of hunting for an American submarine. An American adviser on the chopper and a pilot reported severe eye pain. Photographs taken during the encounter suggested the Russian ship directed a handheld laser at the helicopter. Although lasers have yet to be fully developed as combat weapons, they represent one form of a technology widely believed to hold a range of warfare applications. Already microwaves temporarily jam enemy radar - a tactic now routine in American air assaults. It all starts with electromagnetic energy - from light to infrared to X-rays to the radio waves with lower frequencies and longer wavelengths at the far end of the spectrum. They batter you and all the electronics around you. High-powered microwaves shoot to concentrate, for just an instant, a burst of energy in the same part of the spectrum as the target. Lightning bolt-style, the energy overdose blows the circuits to transform a computer or radar into scrap metal. That power was seen from atomic bomb tests in the Pacific Ocean in the 1940s that sent out an electrical burst trashing phone lines in far-off Hawaii. The challenge now is to harness that effect without splitting atoms, and to point it in the right directions. Tests have begun on some weapons that look like modified radar dishes, like antennas or, to focus the transmission of energy, like horns. "These things are supposed to be directional," said Philip Coyle, a senior adviser at the Center for Defense Information. "The idea is to beam the energy at your target." He said the microwave weapons faced several hurdles on their way to perfection. They seem vulnerable to their surroundings, he said, penetrating physical barriers unpredictably and seemingly influenced by the weather or other radio signals. And they pose the problem of how to fry someone else's electronics without crashing your own motherboard. "We don't want to zap ourselves in the foot," Coyle said. In part because microwave weapons are believed to still be in need of fine-tuning, experts say their first use could come from a cruise missile or an unmanned vehicle. That way no U.S. troops would run the risk of their electronics melting down while delivering a blast. Instead, a remote-controlled blast might be rigged to convert the chemical energy of high explosives into an electromagnetic burst. In such a design, the effects would blanket an area rather than zoom in on a single target. What is unclear is the level of control over that burst of energy. Too little energy, and electronics escape unharmed. Too much, and not only do computers sizzle, but flesh burns, too. An article in Jane's Defence Weekly in August quoted an unnamed scientist who the publication said was familiar with the effects of the weapons and what the most powerful varieties could do to people. "All the fluid in their body cells would instantly vaporize into steam," the scientist told Jane's. "It would happen so fast, you wouldn't even be aware of it. "If, on the other hand, you were caught ... by a weak reflection of the main beam off a metal surface - which could easily happen in a city - you could probably suffer terrible burns as well as permanent brain damage." In fact, work is under way on microwave weapons for crowd control to, say, keep marauders from overrunning an American Embassy. They would make water molecules just beneath the skin vibrate violently, creating an intense burning sensation. Military officers who have experienced the effect said it creates instant panic. Thompson said he thought humans would not feel the effects of the weapons. The greater military risk rests in unleashing a genie that could bedevil American equipment in later conflicts, Thompson and other analysts said. Thompson noted that recent efforts to modernize the military led to the purchase of ever more sophisticated computers and other electronics from the civilian marketplace. While that makes for greater sophistication, he said, it also blends into the U.S. arsenal electronics that aren't hardened against attacks. And new forms of aircraft designed to avoid radar detection - the B-2 stealth bomber, the F-117 stealth fighter and the planned Joint Strike Fighter - have bodies of synthetic materials rather than metal. That makes them less visible to radar but lacking a built-in protection against microwave weapons. "We are probably doing too little to protect our equipment against electromagnetic attack," Thompson said. Some analysts, in fact, think the ever-widening technological edge the American military enjoys over its enemies has a potential to be an Achilles' heel. "We in the sophisticated and technological West are especially vulnerable to this," said Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons. "It would be great to blind the enemies' electronics with this. It could spare you collateral damage" - the military term for civilian casualties. "It could do a lot for you. "But we have the most to lose." © 2002, The Kansas City Star. (via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-202, December 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. 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 1161: WWCR: Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Wed 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400 -- maybe; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 7490 WORLD OF RADIO 1162: [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1162h.ram [Low] and (Summary) not yet available as of early UT Wednesday FIRST AIRINGS of WORLD OF RADIO 1162: WBCQ Wed 2300 on 7415, 17495-CUSB WWCR Thu 2130 on 9475 RFPI Fri 1930 on 15039 HOLIDAY MONITORING REMINDERS I have just completed compilation of a great number of holiday specials, mostly on webcasting US public radio stations, but also WGN, CBC, BBC and some others, for Dec. 24 and 25 into UT Dec. 26. Enjoy: http://www.worldofradio.com/calendar.html (Glenn Hauser, swprograms via DXLD) And further updates at least a day ahead at a time UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIALS Quite a compilation, Glenn! I don't know where you find the time, but I-- for one--are very glad you do. Thanks for another year of consistent and faithful service to the radio loving and listening community. Warmest best wishes for the Holidays, as well (John Figliozzi, NY) Glen[n], hope you can take some time out over the next couple of weeks to enjoy the season. Thank you for another wonderful year of DX news, and the help you have personally given me in identifying stations. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Mark Coady, Ontario) Glenn, you've put in countless hours of effort and thought into the column over 2002, and I just wish to say 'thank you' for giving so much back to our hobby. Radio as a hobby touches us in so many ways, from DX to QSL, from technical to enjoying music, news and sports, and from windows on other cultures and beliefs to education and inspiration. From antique radios to the latest gizmo, from learning languages to collecting station promotional material and airchecks, politics, art and even genealogy these days as people look back at radio history to find family links and so much more. Your regular 'warts and all' roundup reflects well on all contributors, and is a wonderful mystery grab bag each time from which we readers can pick and choose as we each enjoy our own world of radio. Well done, have a happy holiday season, and looking forward to more in 2003 (David Ricquish, NZ DX Times) ** AFGHANISTAN. PAPER CONDEMNS INSTALLATION OF FOREIGN RADIO TRANSMITTERS IN AFGHANISTAN | Text of report by Afghan newspaper Payam-e Mojahed on 19 December The Ministry of Information and Culture has violated the press law by permitting the installation of foreign radio transmitters in the country. After the establishment of the transitional government, BBC radio, Voice of America and Radio France received permission from either the minister or deputy minister of information and culture to install their transmitters inside the premises of [Afghanistan] radio- television and embark on broadcasting their programmes received via satellites. The first paragraph of the fourth article of the press law considers broadcast of radio-television programmes as the privilege of the citizens of Afghanistan. It is worth reminding that the 1343 [1964y] constitution that is now in force (except for chapters referring to the king and the national council) radio and television broadcasting is the monopoly of the government. It seems that the Ministry of Information and Culture, which had drafted the press law, has not taken the articles of 1343 constitution into account. Therefore, the installation of foreign radio transmitters on the soil of Afghanistan is contrary to the constitution and the press law. The Justice Ministry and the office of attorney general are duty bound to take necessary actions in case of violation of the law. It is worth mentioning that so far the foreign radio stations are broadcasting on FM which has a short range. However, according to another agreement that was signed recently by the minister of information and culture with the president of the Voice of America in Washington, the Voice of America will be permitted to install a mediumwave transmitter in Pol-e Charkhi for broadcasting its programmes. The main problem will arise when foreign countries embark on broadcasting their television programmes in the country which will inflict cultural and social harms on the society that could not be compensated. It is worth reminding that the Ministry of Information and Culture has undertaken these agreements unilaterally and without consulting with the cabinet or the head of state, otherwise, this explicit infringement of law would have been pointed out in the cabinet. It is to be added that the government of Afghanistan has no control over the content of programmes that are disseminated by foreign radio stations, and in many respects the contents of the programmes of these radios are contrary to the government policy, religious values, and the customs and traditions of our Muslim people. A point worth mentioning is that the minister of information and culture has signed a similar agreement for rebroadcasting Iranian radio programme, but fearing the reaction of the Western countries he is dragging his feet to implement it. Source: Payam-e Mojahed, Kabul, in Dari and Pashto 19 Dec 02 (via BBCM via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Direct from Roger Broadbent of Radio Australia, we have this program note and addition/correction to this week's e-mail newsletter: "On Christmas Day we will be joining forces with the ABC's Local Radio Network which brings together Metropolitan and Regional stations across the nation. We will join them after the news at 1905 UT on Tuesday [which of course is Christmas morning here in Australia] and stick with them until 1500 UT on Wednesday [Boxing Day morning here]. There will be RA news at the top of each hour." To all, Warmest Greetings of the Season! (via John Figliozzi, RA Previews via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. UNIDENTIFIED 15065.05, 0728 Dec 22 relaying Radio Australia's programme on Helen Duncan, then into "discussions on archaeology" with Patrick Green (some sort of harmonic of RA??) (David Norrie, NZ, hard-core-dx via DXLD) Find two RA frequencies on the air at that time on the 15 MHz band, at the proper separation producing mixing product here (gh, DXLD) ** BRAZIL. Em 1º de janeiro, o presidente eleito do Brasil, Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva, toma posse. As rádios Nacional AM, de Brasília (DF), e Nacional da Amazônia, em ondas curtas, estão anunciando cobertura completa do evento, a partir das 0800. A Nacional da Amazônia pode ser ouvida em 6180 e 11780 kHz [via WORLD OF RADIO 1162] BRASIL - A rádio Canção Nova, de Cachoeira Paulista (SP), está mudando de direção. Pedro Roberto, que também apresentava o programa Além Fronteiras, voltado para os radioescutas, vai comandar uma emissora da Rede Canção Nova localizada no Vale do Paraíba, no estado de São Paulo. O Além Fronteiras continuará a ser emitido, aos sábados, às 2100, com apresentação de Eduardo Moura e Antônio Kosta (Célio Romais, @tividade DX Dec 23, via DXLD) ** CANADA. The advert was published on Thursday. It does include the shortwave facilities in Sackville and you can rule the world via shortwave into kings' presidents' ears! Linkname: Coordinator's Communiqué # 30 URL: http://www.cbucc.org/cc2002/cns30.htm ______________________________________________________________________ December 19, 2002 Transmitters We were today advised that the RFP (request for proposals) may be going out to potential third party suppliers of transmitter servicing as of late tomorrow (Friday, Dec 20, 2002). Apparently CBC intends to give the union a copy of this RFP, and some information on the bid by Corporate Directors and Managers to take over this work. We were advised that although no decision has been taken, there are 122 CEP members potentially affected, and CBC would consider this as an outsourcing under article 41 of our agreement. This means that regardless of whether members take jobs with a new company, they would get a full 4 weeks per year severance. As well, should they not want or get jobs with the new company, they have full national bumping and redeployment rights, including the right to turn down redeployments in favour of bumps. These significantly enhanced rights were part of the negotiated settlement during our strike in 1999. And of course our practice has been that maintenance techs can redeploy to other maintenance positions and write the exams some months later, if they are not currently qualified. In addition the exams themselves have not been kept up to date, so we have been routinely waiving the writing of exams. If this outsourcing goes forward, we foresee significant impacts on the Radio and Television operations. Once we have a copy of the information we will be deciding whether it meets the test of the collective agreement. We will be consulting with legal counsel and with transmitter technicians about this information early in the New Year. In Solidarity, Mike Sullivan, National Representative, CEP (via Daniel Say, BC, DXLD) CEP is the techs` union ** CANADA. Hello, This week, [Sat Dec 28], we have a special feature on Quirks & Quarks: The Quirks Question Show. Yes - it's another edition of the award-winning Question Show, where we answer your scientific queries. Find out why snow is white, why bugs are attracted to light, whether dinosaurs had ears, and what would happen if the sun suddenly went out. All these and many more questions, Saturday right after the noon news on Radio One (Bob McDonald, Host, Q&Q mailing list via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. 760, HJAJ, RCN Barranquilla, Dec 23 0057 - With canned local ID "En el Atlántico, H-J-A-J, 760 kilohertz, RCN Barranquilla", then RCN promo with man saying that this network attracts 75% of the Caracol listenership; a modern version of the "RCN, La radio de Colombia" jingle; followed by "Tiempo de Noticías Banco Popular, Banco Popular --- lo último en suceso" with a report from a narcotraficant in Cartagena and the "Policía de Bogotá". Building signal strength from poor to quite good. + Dec 23 0200+ Very good to fair, in WJR null with Phillips radio pointed at south, with talk-show about Colombia (presumably a part of the "Navidad de (Tendicos?) program); some splash from next-door WABC on 770. Heard this while walking in my Edward Higgins street! + DEC 23 0246 - On the Wootside street noted this excellent with absolutely no interferences at all in a very solid WJR null with a nice X-mas song by a younger child, then man in Spanish mentioning the program "Navidad de (su hijos?)", "tendicos?" or whatever that word is and talking a bit about the competition between various children`s singing Christmas songs from all over Colombia and winning various prizes, then another child song that sounded more like a speech than like a song. About that time, I tuned down to 530 kHz to hear music of more quality! The passants were looking very briefly to us, while hearing Spanish gospel on that radio (from Radio Vision Cristiana, of course; I don't think they knew this either) + Dec 23 0301 good, but quickly lost with signal fading down in strength, with anti drug aid with a child"...jugar" then strong man with "Prevenir consuma, compromiso de Colombia contra la droga", then lost to clutter and WABC-770 het/slop and weaker remains of nulled WJR Detroit; at the time I was glimpsing a coline on the Cérez Park while seeing a Ms with 2 dogs, one of the dogs jumping to Tom (our German shepherd dog) was down near the balanseories (Bogdan Chiochiu, QC, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. [RFPI-Vista] Vista-Online Christmas 2002 December 24, 2002 Dearest RFPI Supporters and Listeners, 2002 has been a year full of challenges and difficulties for RFPI, perhaps the hardest year it has experienced in its existence. However, due to the commitment of our listeners and supporters, RFPI has made it through the year and is now able to enter 2003 in better shape than we would have thought possible. 13 years ago, RFPI was visited by Doctor Harry Bury (a long time peace activist) who helped us plan our vision for our young radio project. He asked us to map out our vision for the first year, the first five years and the first ten years. This we did; by the end of the 10 year plan we wanted to have our own offices and studios (we were based in an area little bigger than a closet at the time) and a high powered shortwave transmitter capable of providing a quality signal with 24 hour programming to our listeners. As we sit today in our offices up on the mountain, with the volcano in the far distance, listening to our 24 hour a day programming, we realize that we are living and operating the vision proposed a decade ago. 2003 promises to be a milestone year and the beginning of the next 10 year vision, some of which has already started and we will build on from 2003. The new Peace Journalism and Progressive Media Through Radio course will be starting on January 27th and running throughout the year. RFPI has trained over three hundred peace journalists in the last 15 years and is becoming a center of excellence for the training of independent international journalists in the areas of human rights, social justice and environmental reporting. Besides supporting the station through funds raised, it creates a trained network of independent journalists who contribute to the station and other independent outlets in the rest of the world on an ongoing basis after completing their training. RFPI has been asked in the past to train indigenous people here in Costa Rica to enable them to make use of the frequencies set aside for their use by the Costa Rican government and is hoping to gain funding to allow us to do this in 2003. RFPI will also run courses for Costa Ricans as part of the push towards facilitating the setting up of other community radio stations here and world-wide. We have long-term expertise in setting up radio stations and managing them on little money, as well as technical knowledge regarding production, transmitter-building, etc which we want to share with independent organizations who want to set up their own radio stations. We recognize that we are living through times where the battle of information, and access to it, information output and control is a critical tool of contemporary political struggle with independent media at its core and we want to play a very active part in dealing with that reality. Within the next two years, RFPI will bring back its Progressive News Network, which was a popular Monday-Friday RFPI-produced world news program, unhindered by corporate involvement. RFPI will work towards the establishment of a Latin America-based independent news agency, (as called for by the McBride report many years ago now, commissioned by UNESCO, identifying the coming "New World Information and Communication Order" as a cause for grave concern and advocating amongst other things, greater support for independent media and the establishment of such news agencies in continents other than North America and Europe.) Directly connected to this, in 2003 RFPI plans to launch a campaign directed at UNESCO which will assess and criticize its failure to fully implement the McBride Report .One World, Many Voices,. culminating in an open letter and report to be signed by independent media all over the world and submitted to UNESCO with proposals for their future role in supporting democratic communications for the new century. Stay tuned for more information on this. RFPI will be adding to our current line up of programming with more independent programs sourced from a wider variety of countries and independent producers from all over the world. We will also be increasing our in-house productions and beginning our Spanish language programming again. Amongst planned RFPI in-house productions will be a history and personal stories from indigenous people in Costa Rica and recordings of the indigenous language local to the area where the radio station is based which is currently dying out, to be shared in projects with local schools, a regular Migration report, as well as a regular report on events in Colombia and the activities of peace movements there. We also plan some innovative programming made by children for children all over the world. RFPI will be on the cutting edge of radio production by bringing you internet interactive radio, thus bringing listeners into the radio show en masse for the live exchange of ideas from one side of the world to the other. We hope to have our 24 hour web-casting service fixed again early in 2003 and are struggling through red tape and bureaucracy in order to make this happen once again. We ask all our members to help support this vision by contributing your own ideas as well as financial assistance. None of these great projects can be achieved without you, and we would not be here today if you had not given us such strong support over the years. This year we ask you to support us as much as ever in this new stage of RFPI`s history and to stay with us and watch the unfolding of our collective dream. Please contact us here at RFPI if they have any questions or comments about Vista Online, our programming, or the station in general. If any of you have comments or ideas on how we can improve our service to you, or you want to send us a donation, enquire about the Peace Journalism course or volunteering with us, please send us a note via e-mail or traditional mail. Email: info@rfpi.org or rfpiradio@yahoo.com Mail: Radio For Peace International PO Box 75 Cuidad Colon, San Jose, Costa Rica Central America Tel. +506 - 249 1821 Fax. +506 - 249 1095 For information on how to make a donation via Pay Pal, check out our website at www.rfpi.org and click on the Pay Pal icon. We wish you a peaceful holiday on behalf of all the RFPI staff. _______________________________________________ RFPI-Vista mailing list RFPI-Vista@boinklabs.com http://www.boinklabs.com/mailman/listinfo/rfpi-vista (via DXLD) ** CROATIA [non]. Hi Glenn, Happy holidays. I was delayed in sending this, but here it is: Radio Croatia International 12/22/02: 7285, 0300-0400 GMT, SINPO 24333. Rebroadcast started 0401 following for Western North America. Announced as "a special two hour broadcast." Broadcast in several languages (including Spanish), a long segment presumably in Croatian dialect of Serbo-Croatian. English ID and Croatian news in English 0345-0350 and 0410-0415. Schedule as announced: (times were announced in local time) [gh rechecked 0400 UT Dec 25 announcement, viz.:] 9925 9:00 PM-11:00 PM Argentine 0000-0200 UT to S. America 7285 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST 0200-0400 UT to E. NAm 7285 8:00 PM-10:00 PM PST 0400-0600 UT to W. NAm 9470 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM Wellington 0600-0800 UT to New Zealand 13820 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM E. Aust. 0800-1000 UT to Australia This was not a frequency I could find for them published for B 02, although I might just have missed it. None the less, it was coming in well (Mark Taylor, Madison, WI, Dec 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yes, 7285 booming in here at 0310 Dec 25 in Croatian, lots of mentions of Hrvatska anyway. English news around 0340, and 0358 recheck had them reciting schedule in Spanish. Cut off at 0359:30 or so for beam switch, back at 0400 with weaker and much flutterier signal, aimed toward west coast, and now adjacent SSB hams could be heard, no doubt pissed at this new affront. 7285 replaces 9925, where nothing remains after 0200, all presumably still relayed by DTK Germany, and outdating the schedule published recently in DXLD 2-199. The Europeans just won`t stop invading the North American hamband. You`d think DTK would know better, if not HRT. Intruder Watch Alert!! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA. "Radio Reloj desde Habana Cuba" heard Dec. 24 under the BBC 6195 until that closed at 0759:30 and then in the clear. A good signal until off (noted c0840 re-check). Rolling news read by two male voices - seconds ticks - TC's every minute accompanied by a short burst of CW - ID most minutes including various announcements. Detailed weather forecast noted 0811. Last heard briefly December 16th until off at 0804 (Noel R. Green, Blackpool, NW England, Dec 24, Cumbredx mailing list via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** CUBA. Hi Glenn: I've noted in DXLD the discussion about where RHC is for the 2030-2130 broadcast. I've just been listening to a good signal on 11670. They were announcing 13660 and 13750, but of course neither of those were heard. Season's Greetings! (Harold Sellers, Newmarket, Ontario, Dec 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yes, seem to have settled on 11670, also noted here, at 2030-2130, but STILL awaiting completely updated new schedule (gh, DXLD) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. An addendum to my report to you yesterday: After going back and reading George Maroti's report about Radio Bayrak from Dec. 7th (DXLD 2-193), he had heard the Supremes song 'Baby Love' at 2201 on 6150. That is exactly what I heard yesterday (12/22) at the same time, 2201, and at 2206 I heard the song 'Sounds of Silence'. I'm wondering if they have part of that program 'canned', or whether they just have a small supply of records? Best wishes, (Steve Lare, Holland, MI, Dec 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Glen[n], Gerry Bishop's logging on 5009.8 is definitely Radio Cristal. They do, however, relay Radio Pueblo (HIBL 1510) often during our late afternoons and evenings. From my January column, "Your Reports" in "Listening In" - the monthly magazine of the Ontario DX Association - I was fortunate to log them on November 25 at 2257 with lively Latin American dance music, canned Radio Pueblo ID at 2300 followed by a musical interlude, a mention of "Noticias e Informativo" then another ID at 2302 followed by what sounded like "por Radio Cristal, onda corta". (Mark Coady, Ont., Dec 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FINLAND. NA-test: As informed also earlier SWR's 25 mb beam is now directed towards North-America. This direction is on from 10 PM to 06 AM UT. Please listen and let us know if you can listen this test! Our number for calls and SMS's is +358 400 995 559. Our schedule (25 mb): 10PM to midnight UTC 11720 kHz, 00-02 AM UTC 11690 kHz, 02-09 AM UTC 11720 kHz. Frequencies might change without notice, so please try both ones! Best Regards, (Alpo, Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Dec 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. Every year, DW's German Service offers a special selection of Christmas programming that--due to a generous use of music and the station's unsurpassed reception quality--is easily accessible even to those who don't understand German. Tune around through the major shortwave bands and you will undoubtedly come upon the station broadcasting to your area during prime listening hours. Good Listening! DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMAN SERVICE SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR CHRISTMAS DW works to an 0600-0559 UT daily cycle. For our purposes, the new day starts at 0600. Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) 2205, 0205 - Der Bunte Teller (The Multicolored Palette): Geschichten und Gedichte (Stories and Poems to the Celebration). 2305, 0305 - Christmas Carols 0005, 0405 - Funkjournal (RadioJournal) 0035, 0435 - (A documentary featuring the voices of the homeless) 0105, 0505 - Weihnacht-Gottesdienst kath. (Christmas Service-Catholic) - aus dem Dom zu Munster, Bischof Reinhard Lettmann (from the Cathedral of Munster, Bishop Reinhard Lettman, Principal Celebrant) Weihnachtstag (Christmas Day) 0605, 1005, 1405, 2205, 0205 - Weihnachts-Pop (pop Christmas music) 0705, 1105, 1505, 1905, 2305, 0605 - DW-Weihnachtskonzert 2002 (DW Christmas Concert 2002): St. Gereon, Koln, Weihnachtsmusik des italienischen Barock mit Chor Accentus Concerto Koln (from St. Gereon Church in Cologne, Italian Baroque Christmas music with the Accentus Concert Choir of Cologne). 0905, 1305, 1705, 2105, 0105, 0505 - Was ihr Wollt (What You Want) - (Presumably a Christmas music request program). 26 December (Day After Christmas) 0605, 1005, 1405, 2205, 0205 - DW prasentiert Alfred Brendel: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven (Classical Concert). Seasons Greetings, (John Figliozzi, NY, ODXA via DXLD) Should be more specials for Sylvester and Jahrwechsel (gh) ** GERMANY. Holzkirchen moved to KUWAIT? q.v. ** HAITI. As reported in a recent Newfoundland DXpedition, Radio Ginen, 1030 (nom. 1050) Port-au-Prince, noted here 12/21 at 1745 EST [2245 UT] with OM in Creole giving a sermon(?) to an audience. As usual reception only good for about 10-15 min. with heavy QRM from the SS station in the Orlando area, nonetheless still there for those who hear something "strange" on 1030 (Greg Myers, Clearwater, FL, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** INDIA. INDIAN STUDENTS CLAIM THE AIRWAVES From The BBC: Friday, 20 December, 2002, 14:37 GMT By Ayanjit Sen, BBC reporter in Delhi The Indian Government is to allow colleges and universities across the country to set up their own radio stations. The decision has been welcomed by many universities as well as students - previously unable to get licences. The government will not charge any licence fees for the new radio stations which will be created at a time when India is opening up radio frequencies for the private sector. Radio broadcasting in India began in 1927 - but it is now seen to be time for the country's university students to tune into something closer to their hearts. Many people argue the time is right for new programmes, more listeners and new presenters - who would be starting their careers while they are young. The university stations will be amongst a number of FM radio stations which are soon going to be launched with educational and entertainment programmes. The Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said all universities, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology and residential schools would be granted permission. Apart from educational programmes... we will also be interested to air traditional and folk songs of the country. She said programmes in local language would help to tap into young talent, who would then get a chance to produce programmes. These FM stations would be set up with half a kilowatt of transmission power which would be able to broadcast in a range of five kilometres. These projects are expected to cost between $8,000 and $16,000. Professor SM Sajid, from the project in Delhi's Jamia Milia Islamia University told the BBC they have already sent a proposal to the government regarding the setting up of an FM station. "Apart from educational programmes like academic discussions, we will also be interested to air traditional and folk songs of the country," said Mr Sajid. He said the idea is to use the radio station as a supplement for academic inputs as well as provide entertainment. Although there will be no licence fee the government said rules for running such stations will be outlined soon. District authorities will keep a watch on programmes broadcast from these FM stations, which would be in accordance with the programming code of the state-run All India Radio. A senior Delhi University official, Shyam Menon, said the university is in the process of preparing a project to set up a station. He said, if implemented, the university will use it as a social medium where students can communicate with each other as well as an educational medium. A Delhi University student, Reshma Thakur, said students will now be able to get news about what is happening in the campus. One of the most famous Indian radio presenters, Ameen Sayani, told the BBC he expects these FM band stations to be very successful. "Since these programmes will be without commercials, it will attract more listeners who are already tired of too many advertisements broadcast on radio," he said. According to estimates, there are radio sets in about 105 million households in the country (via Mike Terry, DXLD) About time; how many people per household? ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. From http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/news.htm TEMPORARY TRANSMISSIONS. Our satellite signal is being currently carried on Hotbird 6. Listeners with motorised dishes can tune to : 13 Degrees East. Transponder 94. 12597 GHz. Vertical Polarity. Symbol Rate 27.5 FEC 3/4. We do not suggest that those with fixed dishes go to the trouble of attempting to get this signal. PERMANENT NEW CHANNEL In the early days of Jan 2003 we will be taking a full time long term channel on a 28 degree satellite. Those currently having dishes pointing at 19.2 should shift them to 28 and use the following information to hear out signal. 11661 GHz. Horizontal Polarity. Symbol Rate 27.5. FEC 2/3 Anyone possessing ' Sky ' equipment will simply have to select the ' other channels' menu and enter the above settings (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Hello Mr. Hauser, Firstly, let me send you and your family all the very best for Christmas and the new year 2003. I am writing to let you know that there are a number of interesting channels available on Worldspace digital satellite radio. I assume that you have already studied this, but I recently purchased one of these receivers and found it to be most interesting and entertaining. The unit itself is a Hitachi KH-WS 1 and is using an outdoor yagi antenna, manufactured by a company in Bombay, India, whose name escapes me. Worldspace makes all its channels available on it, and features Radio Prague, Polish Radio, etc. I am actually receiving the Afristar beam, that covers Europe, Mideast and Africa. Thought that you would be interested in knowing about this. Happy holidays (Christopher Lewis, UK, Dec 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. The future of radio is here. I've been listening to something called satellite radio for the past month and I'm convinced that everyone should give it a try. Satellite radio involves getting a special receiver for your auto or home that picks up signals beamed down from outer space. The reception is digitally enhanced and the quality of the programming is superb.... http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/122302/np4.htm?date=122302&story=np4.htm (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Two Newsflashes - POLICE RAID THEN LEAVE ARUTZ 7 SHIP AT SEA From http://www.arutzsheva.org/news.php3?id=36057 13:53 Dec-24-02, 19 Tevet 5763 Israel Police Raid Ship, Close Down Arutz-7 Radio At 1 PM today, Israel Police raided the Eretz HaTzvi ship at sea, and closed down Arutz-7 radio broadcasts. Internet broadcasts are not affected. Arutz-7 officials noted that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of the Likud is the only Prime Minister to ever have given an order to close Arutz-7. Left-wing Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and Barak did not see fit to give such orders. 14:20 Dec-24-02, 19 Tevet 5763 ISRAEL POLICE LEAVE ARUTZ-7 SHIP, BROADCASTS RESUME Arutz-7 broadcasts were stopped for over an hour this afternoon when Israel Police raided the Eretz HaTzvi ship at sea. The raid began at 1 PM, the hour of Arutz-7's daily newsmagazine. The police left the ship at around 2:15, and broadcasts resumed (via Mike Terry, DXLD) OFFSHORE : ARUTZ SHEVA EQUIPMENT NOT CONFISCATED DUE TO LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS By Efrat Shalom and Nadav Shragai, Ha'retz Correspondents and Ha'retz Service, Tuesday, December 24, 2002, http://www.haaretzdaily.com/ Police and Communication Ministry officials on Tuesday raided the "Eretz Hatzvi" ship from which the Arutz Sheva pirate radio station broadcasts, though no equipment was confiscated and no arrests were made due to logistical and technical difficulties. The officials, who had search warrants, documented the station's activities, questioned the ship's captain, and recorded his personal details. The captain was warned that he was taking part in a criminal offense. The station's broadcasts were renewed one hour after the raid, the police said. In a deliberation on election propaganda that took place several days ago, the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Judge Mishael Cheshin, instructed police to check whether elections propaganda was being broadcast on pirate radio stations. According to police claims, the raid was not linked to Cheshin's instructions, but was part of ongoing police handling of illegal Arutz Sheva broadcasts, following a Communications Ministry complaint filed in 1997. The "Eretz Hatzvi" ship is situated off of the Tel Aviv coast, outside Israel's territorial waters. However, the broadcasts originate in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, and the ship serves as a relay station. This is the first time police have raided the ship at sea. The ship had been raided while docked at the Ashdod port, and since then it has not anchored at ports in Israel. In the past, police raided the station in Beit El, and findings were transferred to the Attorney General. The police intends to continue the investigation, and at its conclusion, all findings will be presented to a court. The National Union - Yisrael Beiteinu party says Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is "shutting the mouths of the only broadcast station trying to avert a disaster in the state of Israel." During the raid, the Yesha Council called on Public Security Minister Uzi Landau to immediately renew Arutz Sheva broadcasts, which it claims serve as a "national and patriotic shofar." (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ARUTZ-7 SHIP RAIDED, WARNED NOT TO BROADCAST http://www.israelnationalnews.org/news.php3?id=36073 24 December 2002 Israel Police and Communications Ministry personnel raided the Eretz HaTzvi broadcasting ship of Arutz-7 Israel National Radio this afternoon, halting the station's signal for over an hour. The ship's captain was warned not to resume transmission of the broadcasts. The raid began at 1 PM, just as the news magazine hour was about to begin, and ended approximately 2:15. The police photographed equipment and workers, but confiscated nothing. Reports on Israel Radio that the police found only one person on board - the captain - are groundless, and in fact there were close to ten crewmembers on board at the time. Arutz-7 broadcasts from outside of Israel's territorial waters in order to circumvent legislation that prohibits privately-owned radio stations from airing nationwide. A law duly passed by the Knesset granted Arutz-7 a broadcasting license was recently nullified by the Supreme Court. Arutz-7 management noted that this was the first time in the history of Israeli off-shore broadcasting - including 22 years of Abie Natan's Voice of Peace ship, and 15 years for Arutz-7 - that police had ever made such a raid. "Not under the governments of Yitzchak Rabin, Shimon Peres, or Ehud Barak were police ever sent to raid a ship broadcasting from sea," the station said. "Only under Ariel Sharon did this happen. Could it have something to do with our opposition to a Palestinian state?" Condemnations of the apparent blow against freedom of speech came only from the right-wing. Communications Minister Ruby Rivlin of the Likud said today that he was "furious" at the raid, citing in particular its timing during an election campaign. While the raid was underway, the Council of Jewish Communities in Yesha called upon Public Security Minister Uzi Landau - ministerial supervisor of Israel Police - to renew at once the broadcasts on Arutz-7, "which, especially during this period, is a national and patriotic mouthpiece for the struggle on behalf of the Land of Israel." A spokesman for Minister Landau told Arutz-7 that he did not know of the raid in advance, and that it was initiated by the Communications Ministry a while ago. He preferred not to comment on the political aspects of the raid. National Union party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman said that the raid is "nothing more than political scheming, based on election-campaign considerations and as revenge for Arutz-7's clear policy against a Palestinian state." His party colleagues also commented: MK Tzvi Hendel said that this is a case of "political persecution on the eve of elections," and demanded that Communications Minister Rivlin open an immediate investigation into how this occurred. MK Uri Ariel said that the raid is an attempt to "shut mouths." MK Benny Elon said that the authorities of the Supreme Court - which put a freeze on a duly- passed Knesset law legalizing Arutz-7 - must be curtailed "in order to prevent it from making a mockery of Israel's democracy." Blame for the raid is already being freely apportioned. The police say that the Communications Ministry ordered the raid as part of its efforts against unlicensed stations. The Communications Ministry, however, says that the raid came in response to Elections Committee head Hon. Michael Cheshin's call to ensure that unlicensed stations do not broadcast election propaganda. Arutz-7 announced in response that it is more careful not to allow its interviewers and interviewees to speak on behalf of specific parties than are Israel's public stations. Arutz-7's management released the following statement: Announcement By Arutz-7 Management "For 15 years, the State Prosecution and the police have waged a campaign to harm Arutz-7 by "hitting us in our pockets." On two previous occasions, police have smashed and confiscated our state-of- the-art broadcasting equipment, under the pretext that the station's broadcasts are against Israeli law. No court has ever ruled that this is the case, but Arutz-7 has had to pay top lawyers' fees in order to defend itself against these allegations. Police raids like the one today are aimed solely at portraying the station as illegal, thus bringing about an immediate decrease in advertising income. "The Prime Minister, Communications Minister, and Public Security (Police) Minister all denied prior knowledge of and involvement in today's attempt to silence Israel's only radio *voice opposing the establishment of Palestinian state. How, then, did it happen? Raids of this sort happen under right-wing governments because extremist left elements control key government institutions, including the police, the State Prosecution, the courts, and the Israel Broadcasting Authority. They are largely behind the systematic attempts to financially cripple and harm the lone nationalist voice on Israel's airwaves. We turn to our listeners and internet readers to fight this trend in whatever legitimate manner is available. Please speak out, write letters and faxes, and support the station in its continual struggle to survive these blows against our right to champion the Jewish Nation's right to in the Land of Israel." (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** IRAN. IRAN BLASTS BUSH BROADCAST ON RADIO FARDA Iran has responded to last Friday's speech by US President George W Bush marking the inauguration of Radio Farda, the new US international radio service for Iran. Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi described the speech, in which Bush told Iranians of his support for their "quest for freedom", as "a fruitless and interfering act intended to create divisions between the Iranian people and officials." He added that "the Iranian people have not given Bush the authority to express his opinion as their spokesman." (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 24 December 2002 via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** IRAN [non]. USA/IRAN: US GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN IRAN NEWS AGENCY OFFICE IN WASHINGTON | Text of report by Iranian radio on 21 December On the instruction of the American government, the bank accounts of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Interests Section in Washington and the local office of the Islamic Republic News Agency [IRNA] in that city were closed down. According to a Central News Unit report from New York, a number of unofficial reports indicate that the closure of the bank accounts of the Iranian offices is related to a recent American court order against Iran. Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, in Persian 1030 gmt 21 Dec 02 (via BBCM via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. USA STARTS INVASION OF IRAQ Some purists might object to the headline atop this column, for a couple of reasons. At column deadline time for this month`s issue of The ACE there has still been no actual invasion of Iraq by United States military troops. Further, prior to now, aggressive military invasions of other countries had been lumped into a pejorative category formerly occupied by the former Soviet Union (who invaded a variety of countries over the years), the Nazi regime in Germany (who invaded several adjacent countries in the 1930`s and 1940`s), and similar governments. It has therefore baffled your editor about why it has suddenly become a good thing for the strongest country in the world to formulate and execute plans to militarily invade countries who have not attacked that country. In another comparison, about ten years ago it was considered a terrible thing when the military of Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait. Countries simply do not have a license to aggressively invade other countries. That is, all countries except for the United States are covered by this principle, since being the strongest country in the world entitles the United States to invade anybody they want to at any time that they see fit. I have been baffled by this obvious bit of illogic. I expressed this bafflement to some other ACE members, from whom I received an explanation. I will leave the name of the person who provided me with the explanation anonymous in the column this month. But, here is the explanation: ``When the big dog wants to eat, you get out of the way.`` I was not very reassured about this new principle of international organization, which in fact is not really new, since empires throughout history have been big dogs that decided to eat at various times. Other political entities had to get out of the way of military aggression when those dogs started to develop an appetite. That`s it for the political analysis of the current situation this month. From a clandestine radio perspective, the United States invasion of Iraq has already begun. On or about December 15 the Unites States government cranked up its clandestine broadcasting effort. Its usual mobile radio transmissions from Commando Solo, previously made famous from his widely heard Information Radio broadcasts to Afghanistan and other countries, is on the air once again. USA aircraft dropped leaflets on Iraqi soil announcing the new broadcasts. Both Artie Bigley and Clandestine Radio Watch picked up this story virtually immediately. The station, according to the leaflets and various press accounts, was operating in mid-December on 9715 and 11292 kHz shortwave between 1500 and 2000 UT. In addition, it is using two medium wave frequencies on 692 and 756 kHz. Further, a channel on 100.4 MHz FM is being used for the broadcasts. On DXplorer, Paul Ormandy in New Zealand quickly noted a logging of the station on 11292 kHz at 1846 UT on December 17, although he had a weak signal and did not copy much in the way of programming except for Middle Eastern Music. Obviously all DXers will want to stay up on the latest information about this new operation. The best place to do this is the http://www.clandestineradio.com web site. A copy of the USA leaflet announcing the broadcasts is posted up on this web site. Clearly, even during the winter, these times and frequencies are a little less than wonderful for North American DXers. But, on a good opening to the Middle East, it is conceivable that either of these frequencies might poke through across the Ocean, especially to listening locations in eastern North America. So, if you have not tried to hear this one yet, you ought to turn on your receiver and give it a try, perhaps around 1900 UT or a little later. I have tried for it here in Cleveland, but so far I have heard nothing. Of course, if Saddam Hussein sent airplanes to drop leaflets over Florida announcing his new clandestine transmitter on 11292 kHz, we could expect that J. Eager Heaver would not be the only FCC employee assigned to counter this aggressive act. A full force of the USA military would be quickly deployed and war would be immediately declared. So, as you see, the USA invaded Iraq over the airwaves in mid-December (George Zeller, Clandestine Profile, Jan The A*C*E via DXLD) ** ISRAEL. Arutz-7 raid: see INTERNATIONAL WATERS above ** KUWAIT. This is the snail mail address of VOA Kuwait as requested: Attn. Station Manager IBB, U.S. Embassy P.O. Box 77, Safat 13001, Kuwait Regards, Kuwait Master Control (via Ruud Vos, Netherlands, BC-DX Dec 23 via DXLD) ** KUWAIT. Olle drew my attention on a statement regarding the new 1593 kHz transmitter in Kuwait which can be also read at http://www.dxing.info/community/viewtopic.php?t=653 Well, on the Lampertheim sightseeing tour I also asked about the closed mediumwave transmitter at Holzkirchen and was told that this is a Continental, rated at 150 kW (i.e. not a higher rated unit running reduced power) and of the same age than the shortwave transmitters (they were installed in 1981). This perfectly matches what was stated about the just installed transmitter at Kuwait, also without considering the use of the very same frequency which is just coincidence of course. So I think there is a very good chance that Radio Farda now in fact uses the old Holzkirchen transmitter (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 23, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LEBANON [non]. Despite the shrill language in this column so far [IRAQ non], all of the clandestine activity on shortwave is not concentrated only in Iraq. On DXplorer, Ed Kusalik noted a logging of Voice of Freedom/Free Patriotic Movement of Lebanon on 11515 kHz for an hour at *1600 UT on December 21. Ed heard a patriotic anthem at sign-on, with multiple announcers talking about Middle Eastern politics. If Ed can hear this one in Alberta, it certainly is worth a check at your own QTH. Ed notes that this one has a web site, in case you would like more information about the station. CRW #121 noted the appearance of this one with a test broadcast, but we don`t know a great deal about it yet. CRW notes that http://www.radio@tayyar.org {sic} is an apparently valid e-mail address for contact with the station (George Zeller, Clandestine Profile, Jan The A*C*E via DXLD According to their web site, Clandestine Voice of Liberty (FPM) testing period has ended on Dec. 22. Programs are scheduled to restart on the 6th of January 2003. Off air today Dec. 23, I heard *1600-1700* on 11515 an hour of Chinese music! (Mahmud Fathi, Germany, Dec 23, Cumbre DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** LITHUANIA. On 19 December, the transmitting centre in Sitkunai conducted a second test transmission on 1557 kHz (150 kW, ND) in cooperation with Radio Baltic Waves International (Vilnius), in order to determine the coverage area. The programme aired was a Chinese language broadcast of China Radio International at 1800-2000 UT. (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, Dec 20, MW-DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** MYANMAR. 4725 went off abruptly in mid-sentence at 1230 yesterday (23 Dec), and programme continued on 5040.6. 5985.0 was heard with main sce before 1230 with English lang. lesson, so 3 SW frequencies carrying Myanmar Radio were on simultaneously. 6570 Defence Forces station was heard as usual from 1330 (Alan Davies, Sengigi, Indonesia, Cumbre DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) BURMA, 5040.58, Radio Myanmar, 1202 Dec 24m talk in presumed Burmese, music; // 4725; pretty much faded out by 1245 (Ralph Brandi, AOR AR- 7030 Plus, 250-foot mini-Beverage antenna, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** NETHERLANDS. 6307.37, Radio Piepzender, 0043 Dec 25, ID spelled out phonetically at 0043 tunein, crazy Dutch schlaeger-like music, address and another ID in English with phonetics @ 0055, e-mail address, web address http://www.piepzender.nl lots more music, lots more IDs (Ralph Brandi, AOR AR-7030 Plus, 250-foot mini-Beverage antenna, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** NIGERIA [non]. JAKADA RADIO INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HAUSA BROADCASTS | Text of report by Nigerian newspaper The Daily Trust web site on 23 December The Jakada FM which was denied licence in Nigeria by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is to commence broadcasting in Hausa language today from Spain. In a telephone conversation with chairman of Jakada Radio, Ambassador Yusuf Mamman, Daily Trust gathered that the radio will transmit on 125 kHz 25 metre band on shortwave and could also be accessed from the Internet at http://www.jakadaradio.com [as published - the Jakada Radio web site gives the frequency as 12125 kHz.] The Hausa service which commences today will run from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. [1900-1930 gmt] daily on weekdays. Ambassador Mamman stated that the radio station has signed a friendship agreement with the federation of Hausa radio listeners in Africa to enable the programme achieve its desired purpose and reach the target audience. The Jakada Radio which started transmission in Nigeria some time ago ran into trouble waters when the national regulator, the NBC, disowned it, saying it had not granted licence to any station by that name in the country. The commencement of broadcasting activities by the station from Spain has probably brought to a halt the face-off between the station and NBC. [Jakada Radio was first observed broadcasting on shortwave on 1 May 2002. Although programming is reportedly produced in Spain, it is believed that the radio hires airtime on a shortwave transmitter elsewhere in Europe. The Jakada radio web site states that: "Jakada Radio International (JRI) is owned by Oscar Mariano Benjy Inc., a legally registered media company in Europe with offices in London, Madrid and Frankfurt. It is made up of international broadcasters and broadcast investors led by a distinguished Nigerian international broadcaster and Diplomat, Ambassador Yaro Yusufu Mamman. Jakada Radio International is registered with all the relevant broadcasting bodies in the world and has fulfilled all the requirements for the issuance of shortwave broadcasting licence." Mission Statement The web site states that "Jakada Radio International is a non- religious, non-political, commercial radio station. It does not represent any political or ideological tendencies or manifestations. We are committed to fundamental human rights, democracy, rule of law and pluralism. Although African in perspective, we are global in our belief in our committed to the highest level of radio broadcast professionalism and ethics. We have a team of some of the best Africans, Africans in diaspora and other in radio journalism. "Our objective is to air views and opinions that will advance peaceful co-existence among people and NOT to preach hate or promote views and opinions that undermine peaceful co-existence and public peace. As professionals, our team will endeavour to accommodate and give balance, report and account at all times. Our listeners have right of reply, but the station reserves the right to reject comments or expressions inciting violence or that fall short of acceptable language. "We will provide you with news, sports and interviews across the African continent and beyond. Another area that JRI will also promote is the situation of woman and children in Africa. Additionally, we are committed to public awareness on the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the continent of Africa, and the environment. Finally, we would like to always have the comments and views of our listeners on all aspects of the programme aired. Please send us your letters by e-mail to: jakint2002@yahoo.com " Sources: The Daily Trust web site, Kaduna, in English 23 Dec 02; Jakada Radio International web site in English 23 Dec 02 (BBC Monitoring via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** NIGERIA [non]. JAKADA RADIO TO BEGIN HAUSA TRANSMISSIONS TODAY Jakada Radio International commences regular broadcasts in Hausa today (23 December). The broadcasts will be on 12125kHz shortwave and on the Internet at http://www.jakadaradio.com at 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm (1900- 1930 UT) Mon-Fri. Test transmissions were first heard in May 2002, and airtime is arranged through the Belgian company TDP. According to the TDP Web site, the station was last scheduled at 0600-0630 UTC Mon-Fri on 15695 kHz, but has been on a "temporary break." HFCC frequency registrations for the current broadcasting period indicate that the transmitter site used is Armavir in Russia. Jakada Radio International describes itself as a non-religious, non- political, commercial radio station. It says it does not represent any political or ideological tendencies or manifestations, and is committed to fundamental human rights, democracy, rule of law and pluralism. The station's chairman, Yaro Yusufu Mamman, is a former Nigerian ambassador to Spain. He is a former chairman of the Nigerian political party Alliance for Democracy. He has also worked as a journalist with the Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria and the Nigerian Television Authority (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 23 December 2002 via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** NORWAY. Hi Glen[n], I noticed the following today. BBCWS on Radio Norway's frequencies, presumably Merlin Communications testing, December 24, 2002. 1700 to 1730 UT on 18950 1800 to 1830 UT on 15705 and 13800 1900 to 1930 UT on 13800 All were relays of the Europe stream on 9410 and 6195 and followed by Radio Denmark for the following half hours. At 2200 UT Radio Norway was back as usual on 7530 and 7470. 73 (Bernie O'Shea, Ottawa, Canada, Dec 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** OKLAHOMA. Most nights, KOMA 1520 blows the doors off of 1510 and 1530, which brings me to this question: Is KOMA REALLY running 50 kW? This is a blowtorch that is stronger than anything that Kansas City or Des Moines can serve up. I thought I'd once heard that KOMA was fined for running more than their allotted power, perhaps as much as 59 kW. I suspect that they may be up to their old hijinks again (Rick (I need Buffalo!) Dau, Omaha, Nebraska, Dec 22, NRC-AM via DXLD) They`ve always had an outstanding skywave; 59 vs 50 kW would be hard to distinguish; what`s the tolerance allowed on this, anyway? (gh, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I don't think KOMA is supposed to throw much signal towards the NE at night. From what I've observed from here near Chicago, I am convinced that they often switch back to day pattern late at night like this and especially on weekends. 73 (Neil Kazaross, IL, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** OKLAHOMA. Enid`s only local TV station, KXOK, ch 32 (cable 18) is showing some signs of life again, besides constant Dr Gene Scott. On Monday old movies were back, not sure from America 1 or what, along with constant advertising crawlers, but after heavy snow it was back to DGS, even tho their dish was obviously full of ice, and the picture struggled to refresh. For hours on end, mostly it was virtually a freeze-frame, and fuzzy at that, tho his audio kept on going. This made his appearance even less vieworthy, to say the least. We are supposed to visit the KXOK website and register for Big Prizes, but the site (or forwarding to it from `Tuvalu`) is not working: http://www.kxok.tv which forwards to http://www.tv/en-def-f6ab2b906d73/cgi-bin/glob.cgi?domain=www.kxok.tv (Glenn Hauser, OK, Dec 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PAKISTAN. 5080v : see UNIDENTIFIED below and previously ** PARAGUAY. Dear Mr Glenn Hauser: Please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year! Radiodifusión América has Special Progamming, on 7737 KHZ, and a Special QSL to accompany it. Your reports will be most welcome. With Holiday Greetings, from Paraguay (Adán Mur, Radiodifusión América, Asunción, Paraguay ramerica@rieder.net.py Dec 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. As announced by Mikhail Timofeyev, Radio Gardarika at present broadcasts on 5920 again, noted tonight with excellent audio/modulation but a somewhat weak signal. A report about a station visit can be found on the website of a German school: http://igs- norderstedt.lernnetz.de/schule/projekte/medien/deutsch/gardarika.htm Best regards, (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. 4625 KHZ BUZZER STATION REVEALED Have you heard the buzzer station on 4625 kHz? Here is the full scoop on this military signal. Have a look and a listen at UVB-76. http://www.geocities.com/uvb76/ (DXing.com Newsroom via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) a long file, saying it is 40 km west of Moscow (gh, DXLD) ** RWANDA. 6055, DEC 22, 2100 - caught end of anthem for a brief time after Slovakia signed off. DEC 24, 2104 - Christmas carols "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night", man and woman speaking in French in between selections, more talk over the music as 2130 approaches. Weak but steady, with buzzing static. Thanks to the tip from George-MA the other day, that this stays on later on Christmas Eve (Jim Renfrew, Byron NY, Drake R8, 1000' beverage west, 1000' beverage nw, 100' longwire sw, Cumbredx mailing list, via DXLD) ** TAIWAN. CLANDESTINE - 8300, New Star Broadcasting Station, 1400- 1416 Dec 24. S/on routine with YL announcer and some traditional Chinese music, then to the numbers at 1404. Transmission ended at about 1416, but the carrier stayed on. Same sequence at 1500. Checked their former frequencies but no parallels found (John Wilkins, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Drake R-8, 100-foot random wire, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** TURKEY. Nothing on 9890, but brought up VOT`s webcast at 1942 UT Dec 24 for the live Xmas eve call-in, or call-out. First contact was David Crystal in Israel, who only wanted to comment about reception at 0400 on 7240, which had been blocked by Russia, but lately VOT has been on top. They kept trying to get him talking about Xmas, even after he pointed out that he is Jewish and doesn`t celebrate it! It seems Moslem Turks often go to church on Xmas to honor the Christian minority. Second caller was Greg Fisher, Lacrosse WI, who won a VOT trip to Turkey in 1988. There were supposed to be about 16? People lined up, but they only had time for about half of them, with repetitious comments about Xmas, desires for peace, etc. Some other names I recognized were Alokesh Gupta in India, who had to explain that he is a Hindu and doesn`t do anything special for Xmas; and Henry J. Michalenka --- a once active DXer in Rhode Island whose name has not come up in a long time. In an attempt at ecumenism, the host perhaps unwittingly shut out rationalist non-believers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** UKRAINE. Hello WWDXC topnews, From 1 January 2003 RUI will change its two frequencies: 6020 ---7420 (az. 290 deg.) 9810 ---7375 (az. 314 deg.) (Alexander Yegorov, Kiev, Ukraine, Dec 23, BC-DX via Wolfgang Bueschel, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) A lonely on SW Ukrainian commercial radio company "ALEX" in Zaporizhzhia has launched into the air its transmitter on 11980 kHz. On December 22 at 10.12, I heard it with transmission of the Ukrainian National Radio channel UR-1. Bad modulation, weak signal (the power presumably is only 250 W). The frequency was shifted around +300 Hz or so. SINPO was 24342. From 1200 CRI began to broadcast on 11980 completely jamming "R.ALEX" (Alexander Yegorov, Kiev, Ukraine, Dec 23, BC-DX via Wolfgang Bueschel, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** U K [non]. BBC via NORWAY: q.v. ** U K [non]. LATVIA, 5935, Laser Radio, 2253-2300* Dec. 23. Just managed to catch this one just before sign-off. heard musical selections, to anthem played at 2256. ID by male speaker at 2258 with closing words, then musical jingle and some more music played. Music to 2259 whereas I heard the distinctive sound of laser effects prior to sign-off. Signal was gradually building up in strength as I noted this one as early as 2152 with a carrier, but as usual didn't [get] to the receiver in time to get much more details (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Canada, Dec 23, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Dec 23 was Monday. Station is supposed to be on Sundays only. Did you mean to say Dec 22? (gh, DXLD) LATVIA, 5935, Laser Radio, 1915 Dec 22, The Romantics "What I Like About You", Jefferson Starship "We Built This City", ID with web address http://www.laserradio.net and phone number at 1939, Eddie & the Hot Rods, "Only Want To Be With You", another ID at 1956, Elvis Costello "Pump It Up" at 2000, Ian Dury "What a Waste"; // MP3 stream at (Ralph Brandi, AOR AR-7030 Plus, 250-foot mini-Beverage antenna, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** U S A. Hi Glenn, You may have caught this: Kim Elliot was not on Main Street (VOA) this week. He was on DX Partyline (HCJB) so I guess he traveled to Quito. He mentioned that he will be on VOA with some special programs News Years Day. He will be on 17-18 UT as guest host and 14-15 UT with interviews with radio station big wigs. This will be repeated at 22-23 UT (Wm. "Bill" Brady, Harwood MD, DX LISTENING DIGEST) The Talk to America, that I will guest-host on January 1 at 1700-1800 UT, will have two extra frequencies: 9775 (Greenville) and 17635 (Delano). 73 (Kim Elliott, DC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Dear friends, Hello from Washington. I miss doing Communications World and our e-mail correspondence. However, this is to let you know that I will back on VOA News Now on New Year's Day, January 1, as guest-host of Talk to America, 1700-1800 UT. In addition to taking calls, I will also *make* calls -- thus saving you some long-distance telephone charges. If you would like me to call you on January 1 between 17 and 18 UTC, please send me an e-mail with your telephone number. If you record any interesting New Year's Eve radio listening, please send excerpts via e-mail, and I'll try to include it in the program. Here's the transmission schedule for Talk to America: To Europe, Middle East and North Africa 1700-1800 UT 6040 9760 15205 To Africa 1700-1800 UT 909 13710 15240 15445 17895 To East and South Asia 1700-1800 UT 1143 1575 5990 6045 9525 9795 11955 12005 15255 To the Americas (special frequencies for January 1): 9775 (Greenville) and 17635 (Delano) RealAudio: http://www.voanews.com/real/live/newsnow.ram Also on Worldnet/VOA-TV, if you can receive it! In addition to Talk to America, I am preparing a program that will be broadcast on VOA News Now between 1400 and 1500 UT. This will consist mostly of interviews with directors and other managers of international radio stations. Here's the transmission schedule for 1400-1500: To Europe, Middle East and North Africa 1400-1500 UT 1197 15205 To East and South Asia 1400-1500 UT 1143 6110 7125 9645 9760 11705 15395 15425 This program will be repeated at 2200-2300 UT (which is actually the morning of January 2 in East Asia): To Africa 2200-2230 UT 909 1530 6035 7415 11655 11975 13710 To East Asia 2200-2300 UT 7215 9770 9890 11760 15185 15290 15305 17735 17820 (+1575 after 2230) RealAudio: http://www.voanews.com/real/live/newsnow.ram I hope you will be able to tune in on January 1. All the best, Kim Kim Andrew Elliott (ex-)Producer and Presenter Communications World Voice of America Washington, D.C. 20237 USA Telephone: +1-202-619-3047 E-mail: ke@voanews.com Website: http://www.trsc.com/cw (via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Again this year, Kim has talked me into doing a SW YEAR IN REVIEW, which used to appear on COMMUNICATIONS WORLD --- this time on his Jan. 1 specials (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** U S A. Radio Farda has attracted a bubble jammer - noted on 13680 [KAVALA] c0830. The 21475 [IRANAWILA] outlet seemed unaffected (Noel R. Green, Blackpool, NW England, Dec 24, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) Another note on Radio Farda: The RFE/RL tape loop after a Radio Farda transmission heard by Glenn as well as the use of a RFE/RL server for the audio stream http://www.rferl.org/realaudio/c21.ram seems to indicate that the console stands at Prague, so to speak, i.e. it appears that the output originates from the RFE/RL radiohouse, unlike Radio Sawa (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also KUWAIT ** U S A. WRMI has filled daytime Sunday on 15725 with this new show at 1500-2100, as well as earlier that UT Day, Sun 0500-1000 on 7385. From http://wrmi.net : (gh, DXLD) Solid Rock Radio - Welcome to the new home of Solid Rock Radio! We have a lot in store for you in the future, and look forward to hearing from you. WSRR Internet radio was established to accommodate aspiring music artists of the future with a marketing tool for self-promotion. Allowing only unsigned and Indie label musicians to participate, the station provides an Internet location where platinum albums of the future can be heard and visitors to the site can discover these artists. The station features a top-20 list of rising stars and other forms of programming. In 1992, Solid Rock Radio aired its first radio program over several international radio stations, The program was called America's Best Unsigned and ndie Label Artists. Because of the demand from listeners around the world to hear more, Solid Rock Radio increased its programs, then expanded to the Internet. On December 12, 1999, WSRR considered the possibility of giving back to the city of Buffalo, New York by entering into a joint venture with the Pratt Willert Community Center to establish a program for kids that would produce confident children in the community with entrepreneurial skills and the proper attitude and aptitude for business. Because of the increase of students wanting to enter the radio program, we now have moved to the Delavan Grider Community Center. Today we broadcast live over the Internet and FM 104.9 MHz. And don't forget our International Shortwave Broadcast on 7385 kHz from 12 midnight-5 a.m. Eastern time Saturday night (that's 0500-1000 UTC Sunday), and on 15725 kHz from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (that 1500-2100 UTC). We target our broadcast to supporting record companies and to all classes of people in in life. We are always looking for new demo from unsigned and Indie label music artists. Contact us for more information. Mailing Address: c/o WRMI, P.O. Box 526852, Miami, FL 33152. E-mail: beebop@solidrockradio.net A new schedule is dated Dec. 15. What else? We now have an explanation of a previous new addition, UT Sun 0130-0145 on 9955: La Hora de Chibás - ``Un programa semanal del Partido Ortodoxo Cubano en el exilio, presentado por Mario Jiménez. Dirección: La Hora de Chibás, c/o Mario Jiménez, P.O. Box 451132, Miami, Florida 33245-1132, USA.`` Until now, 7385 had only been used on the NW antenna, but now the first half hour of that, 0300-0330 is specified to Carib and Latin Ameica, i.e. the beam normally used on 9955. So it should be interesting to observe what change in signal and/or break in transmission there be at 0330 between R. Prague in Spanish and then in Czech. Excerpted are non-huckster, non-far right programs: (gh) WRMI Schedule/Horario Effective December/Diciembre 15, 2002 Days are local days in the Americas; times are UTC. Días son días locales en las Américas; horas son UTC. MONDAY-FRIDAY/LUNES-VIERNES To the Caribbean and Latin America on 9955 kHz/Hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica en 9955 kHz: 1100-1130 La Voz de la Junta Patriótica Cubana (español) 1130-1230 Entre Cubanos (español) 1230-1300 Viva Miami (English/español) Note: This transmission from 1000-1300 UTC is temporarily not aired on Tuesday and Thursday. To North America on 15725 kHz/Hacia Norteamérica en 15725 kHz: 1400-1600 Music [usually classical!, sometimes R. Prague at 1400] 7385 kHz to North America (except as noted)/7385 kHz hacia Norteamérica (excepto donde anotado): Note: The following are Tuesday-Saturday UTC. Los siguientes son martes-sábado UTC. 0300-0330 Radio Praga (español; hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica) 0330-0400 Radio Praha (Czech) 0400-0430 Radio Prague (English) SATURDAY/SABADO To the Caribbean and Latin America on 9955 kHz/Hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica en 9955 kHz: 1000-1030 Viva Miami (English) 1130-1200 Wavescan (English) 1200-1230 Viva Miami (English/español) To North America on 15725 kHz/Hacia Norteamérica en 15725 kHz: 1300-2300 Music [what kind? Keep forgetting to check on Sat – gh] 2330-0000 Wavescan (English) To the Caribbean and Latin America on 9955 kHz/Hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica en 9955 kHz: The following are Sunday UTC. Los siguientes son domingo UTC. 0000-0100 Foro Militar Cubano (español) 0100-0130 Conversando entre Cubanos (español) 0130-0145 La Hora de Chibás (español) 0200-0300 Radio Revista Lux (español) 7385 kHz to North America (except as noted)/7385 kHz para Norteamérica (excepto donde anotado): 0300-0330 Radio Praga (español; hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica) 0330-0400 Radio Praha (Czech) 0400-0430 Radio Prague (English) 0430-0500 Viva Miami (English/español) 0500-1000 Solid Rock Radio (English) SUNDAY/DOMINGO To the Caribbean and Latin America on 9955 kHz/Hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica en 9955 kHz: 1000-1100 Foro Militar Cubano (español) To North America on 15725 kHz/Hacia Norteamérica en 15725 kHz: 1300-1400 Viva Miami (English) 1400-1430 Wavescan (English) 1500-2100 Solid Rock Radio (English) 2200-2230 Wavescan (English) 2230-0000 Viva Miami (English) To the Caribbean and Latin America on 9955 kHz/Hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica en 9955 kHz: The following are UTC Monday. Los siguientes son UTC lunes. 0000-0100 Radio Revista Lux (español) 0100-0115 Radio Vaticano (español) 0130-0230 Radio Oriente Libre (español) 0230-0300 Conversando entre Cubanos (español) 7385 kHz to North America (except as noted)/7385 kHz para Norteamérica (excepto donde anotado): 0300-0330 Radio Praga (español; hacia el Caribe y Latinoamérica) 0330-0400 Radio Praha (Czech) 0400-0430 Radio Prague (English) 0445-0500 Radio Vaticano (español) (WRMI website Dec 24 via gh, DXLD) ** U S A [non]. ESTADOS UNIDOS VIA CHILE - O primeiro dia do ano de 2003 também será importante para a rádio Voz Cristã. A partir desta data, a emissora passará a emitir durante as 24 horas no idioma português. Significa que a emissão, em 11745 kHz, que antes terminava às 0400, vai se estender até às 1100. O programa Altas Ondas, que vai ao ar, nas sextas e sábados, às 1600, em 21500 kHz, lançou um desafio a todos os seus ouvintes: quem enviar 4 gravações interessantes de captações nas ondas curtas poderá ter o seu trabalho escolhido como a vinheta de início do programa. Ela será veiculada durante um ano e o ouvinte que mandou as gravações terá o crédito registrado sempre. As gravações devem ser enviadas, em CD, para o seguinte endereço: rádio Voz Cristã, programa Altas Ondas, Caixa Postal 2889, Miami, Flórida, 33144, Estados Unidos da América (Célio Romais, @tividade DX Dec 23 via DXLD) ** U S A. Couldn't sleep this morning and curiosity made me check 1710 and sure enough an early Christmas present with Lubavitch Radio [NYC] heard with English(!) initially 0433 EST [0933 UT], male announcer with religious talk, mentions of "Holocaust", "Gaza" and "exodus". 0459-0510 Male with talk in presumed Hebrew. Some fading but to good brief peaks on a relatively quiet frequency. No sign of the data QRM usually noted in the early evenings here. A very nice surprise (Greg Myers, Clearwater FL, Dec 23, NRC-AM via DXLD) Actually, I think this would be more properly classified as a late Chanuka present (:-)# (Brian Leyton, Valley Village, CA, ibid.) Congrats. I think you have the furthest US logging of them, now. I've had them here 35 miles NW of Chicago, but Clearwater is much further away. 73 KAZ (Neil Kazaross, IL, ibid.) Now that's a band opening, since they are using something like an LPB or radio systems carrier current type transmitter out of a house somewhere in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I can sometimes hear them here in NJ, about 45 miles away. They are not running a lot of power. Every time I`m in that area I try and find them. I know I'm very close. If I had a DF receiver with a loop, I would have found them already. I've got within several blocks of them (Neal Newman, ibid.) ** U S A. George, did WMQM 1600 *really* go on the air, fullpower 50 kW daytime as planned, Sat Dec 21? Haven`t been able to hear it here around sunrise or sunset, but there is a lot of QRM (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Went on the air Saturday. Sounds very good in Memphis (George McClintock, TN, Dec 22, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. AROUND THE DIAL THE RADIO AS RABBIT HOLE: ALICE COMES TO KCRW By Steve Carney, Special to The Times, December 21 2002 The premise sounds as nonsensical as anything from the pen of Lewis Carroll: a storybook's extraordinary illustrations prompting the creation of a play for radio. But the contemporary art by DeLoss McGraw in the 2001 edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" made the book so popular among listeners when KCRW-FM (89.9) gave it away as a premium last year that station management decided to stage a dramatic reading of the classic children's story. The two-hour trip down the rabbit hole will air from 2 to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and at the same time on New Year's Eve. "Given the kind of station we are, we thought it was a suitable Christmas offering. It's edgy. It's unconventional. It's arch and it's playful," said KCRW general manager Ruth Seymour. "There's no sentimentality about this. It's just very crisp. It's mad." Seymour said it was a daunting undertaking. "After all, you're taking on a classic," she said, and "many of us have not looked at it since we were children." She said director Louis Fantasia and his star-studded cast have created an "Alice" meant to appeal to both children and adults. "I think children will read it naively, in the best sense of that word," said Fantasia, who also reviews theater for KCRW. Meanwhile, adults may appreciate not only the fantastic situations but also the subtle, acerbic humor. Harry Shearer, who among many other pursuits has hosted "Le Show" on KCRW for 20 years, narrates the tale. "It's a perfect Harry Shearer story. He has that humor himself," Seymour said. "He's such a wonderful storyteller, and he's got that great radio voice." Alice is played by 26-year-old Vinessa Shaw, who has appeared in such movies as "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Corky Romano" and "Eyes Wide Shut." Seymour said the actress ensures that the title character comes across as youthful but not childish. "Alice is a very sophisticated little girl," Seymour said. "Alice is a skeptic, and she constantly gets into situations where she's appalled by the people around her." Fantasia said he wanted an independent Alice, on a trip of self- discovery. "In the more traditional reading of the story, she seems to be the good girl doing what she's told." He said he also took care not to make the production overly broad or surreal, instead letting the wordplay and curious situations speak for themselves. "We have alienated a lot of the Lewis Carroll fan club. It's not English enough," he said. "I didn't want to make the English garden variety again." "That's precisely why I was interested in being part of it," said actor Michael York, who plays the Red King. "The perfect BBC version - - we've seen all of those." To further set it apart, Fantasia said he consciously featured a cast heavy in Americans, which also set up a collision between York and the other Britons in the royal court and Alice, who, he said, doesn't "surrender to English propriety." The rest of the cast includes Joe Spano as the March Hare, Héctor Elizondo as the Mad Hatter, Rhea Perlman as the Dormouse, Julia Migenes as the Red Queen, Malcolm McDowell as the Gryphon, Orson Bean as the Mock Turtle and John Rubenstein as the White Rabbit. "I'd listen to the thing just to hear Elliott Gould play the Cheshire cat," York said. "Simpsons" actors Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Dan Castellaneta (Homer) play the Mouse and the Dodo, respectively. Even KCRW public affairs host Warren Olney gets a line. Seymour said the story was the biggest selling point in attracting performers. "Everybody saw it as an opportunity to play, but to play with a great deal of intelligence," she said. "There's not a facile word in all of this. That's why it's lasted all these years." Full of dichotomy, the story plays with relativity and upends notions of time and space. It's "complex and simple at the same time," York said "It's a children's story for children of all ages," he added. "It's a nice little gift to give at this time of year." (LA Times, Harry`s favorite rag, via Brock Whaley for WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) We have some additional times for this in MONITORING REMINDERS (gh, WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) ** U S A. Story from ZDNET. WHY UNCLE SAM MIGHT BUY YOU A TV David Coursey, Executive Editor, AnchorDesk, Friday, December 20, 2002 Talk back! How would you like Uncle Sam to help you buy a digital television? Would a $500 government rebate be enough to get you into the store? A TV industry analyst believes that, for many Americans, it would, and that tax credits may be the very best way to solve the chicken-and-egg problem that has stymied acceptance of next-generation digital TV. YOU MAY THINK it odd that the federal government would even consider paying for a hunk of your new TV set. After all, it's not like the government doesn't have other things to do with the money. But money is precisely what this is all about. When the feds authorized digital television, they assumed that existing television stations would abandon their old analog frequencies for the new digital channels. But that hasn't happened, and the 10-year timetable envisioned for the transition is now out the window. It's digital, it's got television... ...but it's not digital TV. HP's Media Center PC is the nicest PC I've used in a while. That's a problem, because the government has already spent the money it raised by auctioning off the frequencies that were to be vacated by the TV stations. They auctioned off those frequencies, in part, to telecom companies who were going to use the spectrum to offer new digital services. Now, we could talk about what a lunatic idea frequency auctions are, and how they haven't worked out nearly as well as proponents promised. But the fact remains that $16 billion in auction proceeds are already included in federal budget projections. IT'S UNLIKELY that money will be in the federal coffers as soon as Congress hoped. Until broadcasters give up their chunks of spectrum and switch to digital, the auction bidders aren't likely to pay up. If digital television adoption doesn't speed up soon, there's the possibility the transition from analog to digital won't be complete for another 20 years. It was supposed to be over and done with by the middle part of this decade. Phil Swann, editor of TVPredictions.com and a frequent guest on my radio program, is the force behind the $500 rebate idea. He thinks it's better to convince people to buy new televisions than to force digital TV tuners on them. That latter plan is just what the FCC has ordered consumer electronics manufacturers to do, beginning with big- screen TVs in 2004. Like many people, I sort of gag on the idea of tax dollars being used to help people buy television sets. I'd rather see the money do something useful, like feed hungry kids or provide decent mental health care. Of course, I'm not the idiot who linked the federal budget to getting people onto digital television, so I'm clearly out of step. OF COURSE, $16 billion isn't much --- especially spread out over several years --- when the federal budget deficit has been predicted by some analysts to top $200 billion (plus the cost of whatever happens in Iraq). But every little bit will help when we're talking about either raising taxes or cutting programs. Should any of that $16 billion be used as rebates to get people to switch to digital TV? Well, at $500 a set, a million digital televisions would cost a half-billion dollars. Twenty million sets --- which you'd think would be enough to jumpstart the transition --- would cost $10 billion. I can't imagine we'd actually spend that much, but the math illustrates just how expensive this program could be. In the digital age, the government could have important new roles to play beyond protecting our shores and delivering the mail. But should paying for television sets be one of them? In order to protect much- needed --- and already budgeted --- revenue, it may have to be. We'll see. Bob Ulm (via Fred Vobbe, NRC FMTV via DXLD) ** U S A. In today`s Tampa Tribune in the weekly Business and Technology, there is a full pager on eye-bock (can your kill-file parse THAT ??) It is THIRTY column-inches and a 5x7 photo. It is slugged back to the Associated Press with NO by-line. It is quite similar to a story that ran about a month ago, which I did not comment on. Today's piece ran the same photograph as the previous story. This is interesting. The pix caption says "In the sound room of his company, iBiquity Senior Vice President Jeffrey Jury holds up digital audio equipment that will replace the comparatively large box at his side". The new piece of equipment is a circuit board that appears to measure 5 x 7 cm, (perhaps a bit less than 2 x 3 inches) with what are apparently two ASIC chips and a bunch of typical surface-mount components. There appears to be some sort of edge connector on one edge of the board, similar to a PCI bus interconnect on a PC card. The photo res isn't good enough to tell more. The equipment that it "will replace" is a complete receiver shown with the top cover removed. I would estimate it to be about 18 x 15 x 4 inches. Inside the receiver are several circuit boards, at least two shielded assemblies, a number of interconnects with small coax and ribbon cable. On the rear panel of the device is what seems to be a 4 inch thin ferrite rod antenna. The whole thing looks like a 1980's vintage tuner, perhaps a Harmon-Kardon or similar. The whole story has to me, all the earmarks of a plant, with no independent verification of anything presented. There is no mention of any of the technical issues we discuss on this list, for one. I will leave it to others to discuss the ethics of saying a Circuit Board will replace a Receiver, along with a photograph of 'our Best-Case' vs. 'old technology Worst-Case'... Ahhh, Life Goes On (Bob Foxworth, FL, Dec 23, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. There is a program on the US History Channel on Dec 26 as outlined below. There is a webpage, with a number of links, that looks quite interesting. http://www.historychannel.com/saveourhistory/ Many times these shows end up on Canadian TV eventually. SAVE OUR HISTORY: SAVE OUR SOUNDS Thursday, December 26 at 8pm / 7CT Within the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress are tens of thousands of sound recordings that chronicle the history of America. There is music recorded by legendary artists of the past, speeches of Presidents and other historical figures, news reports that chronicle now historic moments as they were happening. There are slave narratives, cowboy songs, and man-on-the-street interviews recorded on thousands upon thousands of cylinders, disks, and tapes—national treasures, which are rapidly deteriorating. Save Our Sounds chronicles the enormous efforts being undertaken by these two national institutions to preserve these treasures before the sounds of history are lost forever (via Fred Waterer, ODXA via DXLD) ** U S A. ELVING DELIVERS POLITE BUT FIRM REPLY TO AFR Here's the text of the message I sent today to the American Family Network. It seems I have succeeded in getting the FCC to believe what they are doing is illegal. Bruce F. Elving, Ph.D. FM Atlas PO Box 336 Esko MN 55733-0336 (218) 879-7676 FAX (218) 879-8333 FmAtlas@aol.com Patrick J. Vaughn, General Counsel American Family Assn. PO Drawer 2440 Tupelo MS 38803-2440 December 24, 2002 Dear Mr. Vaughn: Thank you for writing and taking note of my e-mails to John Riley. It is not my intention to slander or discredit in any way the AFR ministry. I was rather surprised that my messages had such an impact on you and on certain pastors in Jamestown ND. I understand that one pastor was to have brought up the matter of K214BX *90.7 Jamestown not properly identifying at a ministerial meeting. I was not at any such meeting, nor did I call back and encourage him to discuss the matter. This can only be a partial answer to your letter, since the FCC is studying my charges. Specifically, Trang Nguyen of the audio division, media bureau, spoke to me at length Dec. 23, mentioning that "a lot of stations aren`t doing what they are supposed to do" with regard to identifications, and she said she knows you and tried contacting you, but got the message your office is closed to Dec. 26. She`s asked that I fax my complaint to the enforcement bureau regional office. A person from the Chicago field office may then call me. This could lead to a visit to your translator site to inspect the identification mechanism, the translator output power, and other parameters. Your identifying policies on that translator are clearly deficient. Trang Nguyen, in fact, on Dec. 24 called back and said "obviously this is a rule violation." I pray that you will voluntarily improve the operation, both locally and on your "network," by the expedient of rescheduling the break for local community announcements to immediately follow or precede the WAFR Tupelo MS station identification --- rather than covering that ID. Thus the audience would better know it is a rebroadcaster of a licensed FM station rather than a pure network feed they are receiving. It appears now that Pastor Scott, at First Baptist in Jamestown, is "hijacking" your signal with fill music hourly, even when there is no community announcement. And I`d appreciate your supplying some information about the equipment used to encode the local ID, like is it a Morse code ID done three times daily, or an AM injected signal done hourly? And how might one perceive this signal? Hey, I think we can still be friends. I enjoyed listening, and I believe with a few modifications in your method of identifying, everybody will be pleased. Do let me know if there are to be any corrections in how your translator(s) identify. I do not wish to conduct a vendetta against your fine organization, but do resent any threat to muzzle my freedom of speech. Save your money and don`t write back using certified mail! Sincerely, (Bruce Elving, MN, Dec 24, cc to DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VENEZUELA. For obvious reasons our main concern in Clandestine radio at the moment is related to Iraq and the United States. But, in my judgment, an even bigger political crisis is taking place right now in Venezuela. The continual political turmoil directed against President Chávez is having a direct impact on the world price of oil, as well as an enormously destabilizing impact in Venezuela itself. Currently there is no clandestine radio activity directed toward Venezuela. As I write this column at 0100 UT on December 23 I am trying in vain to hear the licensed Ecos del Torbes on 4980 kHz. The days when we could hear several Venezuelan domestic broadcasting stations on 60 meters every night are long since gone. So, at the moment, shortwave radio is a medium that appears to have almost no direct impact on the coverage of the political situation in Venezuela (George Zeller, Clandestine Profile, Jan The A*C*E via DXLD) ** ZIMBABWE. For about the last two weeks I did not notice Zimbabwe on any frequency. This week it reappeared on 5975 with excellent signal, and heard as late as past 0000, so probably a 24 hr. operation. In 0spite of frequent checks, I'm not sure which service it is, only "ZBC" heard mentioned. Mainly in a vernacular, mostly phone-ins and Afro pops. ToH is usually ignored by the presenters (Vaclav Korinek, RSA, DX-plorer via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. Re the item from Hans Johnson - frequency 5080 was recommended to the PBS [PBC?? -- gh] as a replacement for 7105, due to severe QRM on that frequency. I haven`t heard anything positive at my location, but if it is PAK, the service will be Current Affairs at 1300-1800, and possibly also at 0200-0400. Transmitter API-4 Islamabad 100 kW (Noel R. Green, Blackpool, NW England, Cumbre DX via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 11734 or 11735? Hello, Everybody! Great Christmas for all!! First of all - you the professionals in area DX, therefore probably also I ask to help me. Yesterday December 22 near Moscow with SINPO 34533 since 1938 UT I listened to radiostation, where till 2000 UT music non-stop, namely was transmitted Phil Collins, duet man and woman "Fall in love ...", others songs on English. After 2000 UT similar there was news, and at 2009 music, but already on a national language has begun to sound. Why I ask to help, business that I can not precisely determine frequency of broadcasting of radiostation at all, not that what even to identify it, as Passport 2003 gives on this time three stations, and I in this connection have got confused in its definition. Someone can all the same is capable me to help, and will call precise frequency of broadcasting and title of radiostation, to which one I listened. Thanks!! Yours faithfully, (Vlad ---, Russia, Dec 23, hard-core-dx via DXLD) I myself was listening to Zanzibar in the 2000+ hour the other day, on 11734, a dead giveaway if you can measure the frequency, but they were not playing Western music. Nothing was audible on 11735 at that time. Before 1900 the Methodists are on 11735 via Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PROPAGATION +++++++++++ GEOMAGNETIC INDICES phil bytheway - Seattle WA - phil_tekno@yahoo.com Geomagnetic Summary November 25 2002 through December 15 2002 Tabulated from email status daily Date Flux A K SA Forecast GM Forecast Etc. 11/25 137 14 3 no storms no storms 5 26 142 12 5 no storms minor 9 27 143 16 3 no storms minor 9 28 140 15 2 no storms minor 5 29 141 12 3 no storms minor 9 11/30 146 15 2 no storms no storms 7 12/ 1 150 14 2 no storms no storms 3 2 146 11 3 no storms minor 7 3 149 10 3 no storms no storms 7 4 149 11 3 minor minor 5 5 149 8 1 no storms minor 3 6 148 7 2 no storms no storms 8 7 151 15 3 no storms no storms 8 8 154 10 2 no storms no storms 5 9 156 5 2 no storms no storms 4 10 161 7 3 minor no storms 5 11 152 6 1 no storms no storms 6 12 153 6 2 no storms no storms 2 13 167 4 1 no storms no storms 5 14 186 10 3 no storms no storms 7 12/15 203 6 2 no storms no storms 5 ********************************************************************** (IRCA Soft DX Monitor Dec 28 via DXLD) FORECAST OF SOLAR AND GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY 25 DECEMBER 2002 - 20 JANUARY 2003 Activity is expected to be at low to moderate levels. Regions 224, 226, and 230 have the potential to produce M-class activity. Region 224, 226, and 230 are due to rotate beyond the west limb on 25, 25, and 30 December respectively. Low-level activity is then expected until these regions return to the visible disk around 08 January. There is a slight chance of a greater than 10 MeV proton event during the forecast period. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geo- synchronous orbit is expected to reach event threshold on 30-31 December due to recurring coronal holes. The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to active levels during the forecast period. A weaker recurring coronal hole is expected to return on 27-29 December resulting in unsettled to isolated active conditions. :Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt :Issued: 2002 Dec 24 2211 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Environment Center # Product description and SEC contact on the Web # http://www.sec.noaa.gov/wwire.html # # 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table # Issued 2002 Dec 24 # # UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest # Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index 2002 Dec 25 145 12 3 2002 Dec 26 140 10 3 2002 Dec 27 140 15 3 2002 Dec 28 145 25 5 2002 Dec 29 145 15 3 2002 Dec 30 145 12 3 2002 Dec 31 145 10 3 2003 Jan 01 150 8 3 2003 Jan 02 150 10 3 2003 Jan 03 150 15 3 2003 Jan 04 155 10 3 2003 Jan 05 155 8 3 2003 Jan 06 160 8 3 2003 Jan 07 155 8 3 2003 Jan 08 155 8 3 2003 Jan 09 165 8 3 2003 Jan 10 170 8 3 2003 Jan 11 180 10 3 2003 Jan 12 185 12 3 2003 Jan 13 185 12 3 2003 Jan 14 180 12 3 2003 Jan 15 175 25 5 2003 Jan 16 175 15 3 2003 Jan 17 170 10 3 2003 Jan 18 165 10 3 2003 Jan 19 160 10 3 2003 Jan 20 155 12 3 (from http://www.sec.noaa.gov/radio Dec 24 via WORLD OF RADIO 1162, DXLD) MORE TRANS-EQUATORIAL LONG-HAUL FM DX +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FREQÜENCIA MODULADA BARBADOS 95.30 16/12 0026 Hot FM, advs. Direct TV, MRP 98.10 17/12 2340 Liberty FM, mx "Talking to me", EE, MRP ILHAS VIRGENS AMERICANAS 97.90 0230 WGOD mx, EE MRP MONTSERRAT 95.50 10/12 0115 ZJB Radio Montserrat, comentários sobre economia, EE, MRP PORTO RICO 92.50 15/12 0132 WORO, mx instrumental, SS, MRP 93.70 24/11 0052 WZNT, advs do px "Lo mejor de jazz tropical", SS, MRP SANTA LUCIA 94.50 10/11 0043 The Wave FM, ID "This is The Wave. Ninety four point five and ninety three point seven FM", EE, MRP 97.30 17/09 0234 Radio Saint Lucia, mx reggae, EE Além dessas emissoras, também estou captando outras ainda não identificadas, em 100,10 MHZ e 105,60 (ambas transmitindo em inglês) e em 88,50 MHZ (transmitindo em língua semelhante ao francês ou talvez no próprio idioma francês). MRP (MRP - Márcio Roberto Polheim da Silva, Jaragua do Sul- SC, Brasil, receptor Sony ICF SW7600 G, @tividade DX Dec 23 via DXLD) DESPEDIDA +++++++++ I wish you all a safe, peaceful and joyous holiday and a sensational, DX-intensive New Year. May the white noise you hear next month be from falling snowflakes... 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO 1161: WWCR: Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Mon 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400 -- maybe; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 7490 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1161.html QUARTERLY ARCHIVE UPDATED: As of Dec 22, all issues through DXLD 2-198 are now at http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldtd02.html UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIALS Glenn, as they say downunder, thanks for an awesome effort, consolidating the international radio scene for us through your digests. As someone who currently gets limited time for DX, I particularly value the ability to stay current with what the active DX community are hearing. We are just about to acquire 5 acres in the country for a retirement project and antenna farm, so I will return to the active ranks eventually. Your efforts are very much appreciated! (Bryan Clark, Auckland, New Zealand, Dec 22) Logs, AOR 7030, 20m wire at Musick Point, Auckland, New Zealand: USA 3210, 0741 22ND December, WWCR, good with Glenn Hauser World of Radio 1161, and pointing listeners to "worldofradio.com" website (David Norrie, Cumbre DX) Thanks to you for another year of great information, more than any of us could possibly absorb. All the best for the holidays and 2003, (Kim Andrew Elliott, DC) Glenn, Thanks for your invitation to EDXP members. I read DXLD every now-and-again and find much useful material in it. Certainly, I would encourage others to investigate if they have not already done so. I have to say, however, that sometimes the sheer weight of material in DXLD is overwhelming. Much of the stuff on radio programs, historical radio station facts, and US MW/FM stations is of little use or interest to us here in OZ. So, wading through all that to get to the good stuff is tiresome at times. I wish there was some way you could present it so that we could go directly to the things that interest each reader, rather than scrolling through thousands of words to get the stuff you really want. If you could improve the layout, I'd visit more regularly. Also, I reckon a little more editorial discretion wouldn't go astray. Some of the guys waffle on too much - increasing the output of useless words even more. The "red pen" should go through some contributions so that the newsworthiness of the material is not lost in a wash of words. However, having said all that (in probably too many words!!) thanks again for drawing our attention to your column. Cheers! (Rob VK3BVW Wagner, Melbourne, Australia, EDXP) I could divide it up into different categories, but there would be inevitable overlap and even more cross-referencing required. The objective is to be comprehensive, in contrast to so many other `specialist` DX publications (gh) ** AUSTRALIA. I have just received information that states that HCJB Australia will commence 0700z January 5th on 11755 from Kununurra WA. Presumably there will be test broadcasts prior to that and the final HCJB broadcast from Pifo will be on the 4th commencing at 0700 and s/off at 1059z (Robin Harwood, VK7RH, Norwood, Tasmania, Australia, swl via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. 1620 2KM SOLD FROM RADIOINFO -- 19 Dec 2002 As predicted here on radioinfo last month, an Arabic broadcasting group has paid a record price for a Section 40 AM 'off-band' radio licence bought from the NSW Labor Council. The Labor Council sold its AM station 2KM 1620 to World Media for $2.1 million last week. World Media provides ethnic content to Pay TV, including a feed of the controversial Al Jazeera TV channel. The current music format, which plays "all time favourites" from the 1930s to the 1960s, will be dumped and replaced with Arabic programming. Three 2KM staff will be sacked. The station operates under a Section 40 commercial radio licence and, as such, is subject to regulation by both the ABA and the ACA. The Labor Council originally paid $30,000 for the licence five years ago when Barry Unsworth spotted the licence opportunity. The Labor Council sold racing AM station 2KY earlier this year to Sky Channel for $25.3 million. (via Tim Gaynor, Australia, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BRAZIL. 9630.16, R. Aparecida, 2255-0015+ 12.21. Catholic programming in Portuguese; many mentions of Sao Paulo, Palabra de Dios, etc. No IDs or ads the entire time, although there were possibly some announcements of upcoming religious & Christmas events. Good signal and // to 6135.05 which was fair and improving (John Wilkins, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Drake R-8, 100-foot random wire, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. 5054.4, Faro del Caribe, trouble again on this transmitter. Just a buzz when checking this morning Dec 22; 31 mb outlet was fine (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** CUBA. The RHC sked I gave in EDXP 278 was designed to stimulate some sort of feedback, to illustrate my point about broadcasters failing to publicise there actual schedules, either on-air, on the Web, or anywhere else! The RHC Website is heavy on self-agrandisement and tells us that it is one of the best! Sorry, but I beg to differ. The winter schedules for RHC published in WRTH and the Klingenfuss SW Frequency Guide differ, but both show 13660 and 13750 for French 2000, English 2030. I suspect that 13660 has been changed to 11670, due to SRI-Julich on 13660 at that time slot. For the Spanish service at 2100, WRTH shows 13605 11705 15230 and 15120, whilst Klingenfuss shows 13680 11705 11760 and 15230. I am greatly confused! (Bob Padula, Dec 21, EDXP via DXLD) See also FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT [non] at bottom. Would Arnie Coro deal with this issue? Of course not!::: (gh) ** CUBA. 41 years on the air and soon they will be 42, when on the 24th of February Cuba will celebrate the first day on the air of what was our first short wave broadcast from the Radio Havana Cuba transmitting center... From that date until May day of 1961, the station ID was Onda Corta Experimental Cubana, or Cuban Experimental Short Wave, then on May Day of 1961 the station became known by the name of Radio Havana Cuba .... yes I remember very well when our first just one kiloWatt Gates short wave transmitter running a single 4 dash one thousand in the final modulated by two 833's went on the air using just a dipole antenna that was supported by two power company wooden poles that we had obtained from the local utility!!!! What a difference from today's 4 by 4 and 8 by 4 curtain arrays amigos!!!! Now here is item five of today's weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited... Our ever popular you have questions and Arnie tries to answer them section of the show... QUESTION, sent by a listener in Jamaica.... Neville wants to know why he can sometimes hear our 9820 kiloHertz frequency and sometimes not, while he ALWAYS is able to pick up our 6000 kiloHertz frequency... Well dear amigo Neville near Kingston, this has to do with propagation... Short skip on the 31 meter band is only available under certain propagation conditions, while it seems to be ever present on the 49 meter band via what is known as NVIS or near vertical incidence skywave propagation. Our big 4 by 4 curtain array that I helped to design about ten years ago, does have a small high angle lobe, that is what makes possible for you to hear us every evening so well on 6000 kiloHertz!!!! Although the main beam of the antenna is pointing at 010 degrees azimuth, as registered with the International Telecommunications Union frequency registration .... So keep listening to 6000 kiloHertz amigo, and thank you very much for the nice comments about the program !!! (Arnie Coro, RHC DXers Unlimited Dec 22 via Bob Chandler, ODXA via DXLD ** CUBA [non]. DUDAS E IRRITACIÓN POR CAMBIOS EN RADIO MARTÍ RUI FERREIRA, El Nuevo Herald, Posted on Sat, Dec. 21, 2002 El director de noticias de Radio Martí, Lázaro Asencio, fue despedido hace dos días de sus funciones al cabo de un año en el puesto, una decisión del director de la Oficina de Transmisiones hacia Cuba (OCB), Salvador Lew, quien no quiso hacer ayer comentarios al respecto. El despido, reveló Asencio a El Nuevo Herald, surgió en forma sorpresiva por medio de una carta donde se le aduce su presunta incompetencia para separarlo del cargo, pese a sus 40 años de experiencia profesional. ''Mi despido se produjo el 18 de diciembre con una carta de Lew cesándome en el cargo de director [de noticias] y como empleado de Radio Martí'', dijo Asencio, de 75 años. En marzo de este año, en una entrevista con El Nuevo Herald, Lew, de 73 años, defendió el profesionalismo y la calidad de Asencio, en un momento en que la emisora era blanco de críticas en Washington por parte de congresistas y senadores. ''Puede ser, pero no tengo las pruebas'', dijo el periodista, interrogado sobre si su despido puede estar relacionado con esas críticas. Según Asencio, él ha tenido diferencias con Lew, pero no han sido relevantes. ''Hubo diferencias porque él estaba llevando a cargos importantes a personas que habían puesto demandas contra él. Incluso trajo a un nuevo jefe de personal, Fernando Rojas, que ha asumido distintas posiciones que no corresponden al cargo'', dijo Asencio, refiriéndose a uno de los directores del grupo de exiliados Consejo por la Libertad de Cuba. De todos modos, ''para mí, esto es algo irracional, que no tiene ninguna explicación. Yo tengo las pruebas de que en mi gestión aumentaron las audiencias en Cuba'', añadió Asencio, quien en la década pasada dirigió el departamento de noticias de la emisora por años. Contactado ayer por El Nuevo Herald, Lew se excusó para no comentar el despido, limitándose a confirmar el hecho. La decisión fue, a todas luces, sorprendente para Asencio, quien ayer estudiaba si podía o no cobrar algún subsidio por desempleo. ''Estoy estudiando a ver qué hago'', dijo. Asencio y Lew se conocen desde sus tiempos de estudiantes en la provincia de Las Villas. La amistad siguió cuando ambos vinieron al exilio, y se prolongó durante los años que trabajaron juntos en emisoras de radio de Miami. Lew fue nombrado director de la OCB el 26 de julio del año pasado, y en octubre trajo a Asencio de vuelta a Radio Martí como director provisional de noticias. En enero de este año, el veterano periodista ganó un concurso interno para ocupar el puesto permanentemente. Tras el despido de Asencio, Margarita Rojo, quien trabaja en la estación federal desde sus orígenes en 1984, lo ha sustituido interinamente. Según escribió Lew en un memorando anunciando el nombramiento, Rojo ``por años ha demostrado un firme compromiso en la implementación de la misión de Radio Martí''. Lew ha estado bajo fuego de críticas por el modo en que ha conducido la administración de la OCB. De hecho, el modo como se procedió al cambio en la dirección de noticias de Radio Martí es, en lo mínimo, ''profundamente irregular en el ámbito federal'', según fuentes del Capitolio. De hecho, Rojo fue nombrada al puesto provisionalmente el 5 de diciembre, pero fue el 18 cuando Lew despidió a Asencio. Mientras, el departamento de noticias de Radio Martí tuvo oficialmente un director de noticias fijo y una directora provisional. Lew no quiso comentar sobre el detalle, ni siquiera sobre insistentes rumores, dentro y fuera de la emisora, de que se prepara para abandonar el cargo en enero. ''Yo me voy de aquí cuando me boten, y aún así y todo lo voy a pensar'', dijo Lew a El Nuevo Herald. 73's (via Oscar, Miami, DXLD) ** CUBA [non]. CLANDESTINE from USA to CUBA. 9955, WRMI,1105 Dec 20, still enjoying above-jammer reception of the Cuban clandestines via WRMI. Long Spanish talk about Cuba by man, sounded like the Junta Patriótica Cubana program. Ended at 1124 with address, telephone, and fax numbers. Filler music till 1129, then start of Entre Cubanos program, but (Presumed) as jamming had gotten worse by this time and I heard no clear ID. Latest WRMI schedule, dated Dec 15, shows: 1100-1130 La Voz de la Junta Patriotica Cubana (español) 1130-1230 Entre Cubanos (español) Both are Mon/Wed/Fri (Hans Johnson, TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CYPRUS. 6959U, "Lincolnshire Poacher" spy station; 2106-2125 Dec. 22, fair with UK-accented female five-digit numbers, "Lincolnshire" calliope theme a couple of times between numbers group (Terry L. Krueger, Clearwater FL, Tocobaga DX via DXLD) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. Had a tentative log here this afternoon (12/22) at 2200 UT of Radio Bayrak on 6150. Playing English language pop music. Very poor signal, along with all the other QRM on the frequency (Steve Lare, Holland, MI, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Glenn, I've got a Dominican on 5009.8, have had for the last three days. Trouble is, I can't get an ID. No doubt it's DR, too much talk about the major league baseball players in Santo Domingo to be from anywhere else. I'd love to call this Radio Cristal and be done with it, but truth is that I can't get an ID. I've logged this at 2300 on Dec 19, 20, and 21, past 0030 each night. And I was searching for HRMI. 73s and Happy Holidays! (Gerry Bishop, Niceville FL, Dec 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ERITREA [non]. NEW SWEDEN-BASED OPPOSITION RADIO UNHEARD ON 22 DECEMBER | Text of report by Monitoring research on 22 December Please note that BBC Monitoring could not hear the Sweden-based new Eritrean opposition radio, Radio of the Voice of the Eritrean People, on Sunday, 22 December, on 15735 kHz. Source: BBC Monitoring research in English 22 Dec 02 (via DXLD) ** GUADELOUPE. 640, Radio Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre, DEC 22 0317 - Near-excellent signal level with apparently a live program of Christmas Zouk song (one had a repetitious refrain about "Père Noël" - Santa Claus in French). The announcer seemed to speak French Creole, as very little was understandable. At 0321, Venezuelan QRM became intense, and by 0335, WNNZ Massachusetts was strong too, but during the excellent peaks with no QRM, some reception could be had even on a very cheap and very poor Panasonic Dx-D14 (with much poorer and very weak signal, of course), not all the cheap portables are good DX machines, especially considering the very short length of its internal ferrite bar antenna! (Bogdan Chiochiu, DXing from Pierrefonds, Quebec, Sanyo MCD-S830 w/ internal ferrite bar antenna, also using a Panasonic Dx-D14 with a very short ferrite rod ant.! Hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** GUAM. HAM RADIO HAS ROLE IN GUAM RELIEF, RECOVERY After a supertyphoon struck the Pacific Territory of Guam earlier this month, an opportunity for hams to step in and provide emergency communications never materialized, mostly due to a lack of fuel on the stricken island. Nonetheless, ham radio is playing a role as Guam residents get back on their feet. "Most of the guys are trying to get themselves back together," said Dick Manns, KH2G, "but one of the main problems immediately after the typhoon was fuel for generators, as the tank farm was burning and no fuel could be brought out and what little was available was being reserved for emergency vehicles." The Marianas Amateur Radio Club has discussed setting up emergency communications systems, he said, but insufficient funding has hampered the effort. Supertyphoon Pongsona hammered Guam December 8. Manns says FEMA, the US military and the nongovernmental relief organizations have been helping a lot in the typhoon's aftermath. But, it would have been nice, he suggested, if local hams had been able to reciprocate with some communications help using portable repeaters and packet radio. Another problem: The storm pretty much devastated amateur antenna systems, he said. Duncan Campbell, KF6ILA/KH2, was one of the few hams able to get on the air in the first few days after the storm hit, felling the island's lone 2-meter repeater tower in the process. Island hams used 2-meter FM simplex as a major means of communication, Campbell said. The repeater reportedly is back up. He was able to make several stateside HF to relay needs, but fuel to run emergency generators for radio use became scarce, and he had to shut down after December 10. Manns said electrical power remains out for most residents and that only about a third of the electrically powered water wells on Guam were functional. Telephone service remains out "pretty much island- wide for varying amounts of time" due to the power outages, he said. It's expected to be several months until electrical power is fully restored on Guam. At one point, despite an active listening campaign, Amateur Radio operators on the air from Guam were simply not to be found. "We have six amateurs engaged in this, almost our entire complement of HF operators," said ARRL District Emergency Coordinator for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Tim Hayes, NH0H, December 15. Amateurs on Saipan monitored the agreed-upon emergency frequency of 7085 kHz almost continuously for a week without hearing a single Guam signal, he said. The Pacific Inter-Island Net on 14,320 kHz also made a special effort to listen for Guam stations. Meanwhile, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and 28 US Government agencies have combined to provide relief and recovery services. Reports say 1750 homes were destroyed or left uninhabitable by the typhoon. The Salvation Army is operating 12 temporary shelters and housing an estimated 3000 residents left homeless. Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) Coordinator Pat McPherson, WW9E, said SATERN this week established contact between Guam and the SATERN national office in Chicago via an EchoLink connection --- a marriage of Amateur Radio and the Internet. McPherson credited Al Paja, WH2Z, on Guam with helping to set up the EchoLink connection. Campbell, Manns and others have been able to maintain communication to the outside world via the Internet after December 11. The fiber optic line between Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands survived the storm, and local Internet Service Providers were able to reconnect to the backbone. With semi-reliable cellular telephone service available, Campbell was able to post updates on local conditions to several Internet bulletin boards. The Guam Pacific Daily News Web site http://www.guampdn.com/ also has remained active and current. It continues to provide a major conduit for those outside the island to leave messages for friends and relatives on Guam. Amateurs affiliated with the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Emergency Response flew to Guam. "We're very active here with disaster relief and have two sites operational on HF," said Steve "Sid" Caesar, NH7C, the team's communications officer. Others on that team include Satoshi Manabe, WH6CTO, and Jayson Kohama, WH6BXK. Caesar has been in regular contact with amateurs in Hawaii over the past week (ARRL Letter Dec 20 via John W. Smith, DXLD) ** GUATEMALA. 4799.77, R. Buenas Nuevas, 21 Dec 1100, Noted back down here with nice strong signal. So obviously they fixed the transmitter, whatever was wrong with it. Central Americans doing well this morning, but conditions very poor on the whole (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** ICELAND. 8 Dec, 1200 - 13865 kHz. Rikisutvarpid, 35443. Schedule gives the following data: 1200-1300, 13865 and 15775 kHz. But in reality 13865 kHz has been suddenly switched on only at 1211, and there was nothing at all on 15775 kHz. Transmission ended at 1300, as scheduled (Sergei Alekseichik, Hrodna, Belarus, SIgnal via DXLD) Sergei Alekseichik is presumably referring to the HFCC entries, but those are only coordination slots. The noon broadcast was always 1215- 1300, and during this season only one frequency (instead of two) is in use for the RÚV relays, at 1215-1300 it is 13865 kHz. This is a live relay of the RÚV main noon newscast which actually starts at 1220. The "odd" start time has a long tradition and goes back to the time when people went home from work for the noon break, and RÚV (which until 1985 was the only broadcaster in Iceland) was waiting 20 minutes with the news so that everybody would have time to reach home, sit at the eating table and switch on the radio. 73s, (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, Cumbre DX via DXLD) How quaint ** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. From Radiowaves SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2002 EUROPE: Radio Caroline available via satellite again Radio Caroline can once more be picked up via satellite, this time from one of Eutelsat's Hot Bird fleet at 13 East. Tune to 12597 GHz; vertical polarity; symbol rate 27.5; FEC 3/4. The station have also confirmed that from early in January they will broadcast on a full-time transponder from a 28.2 East satellite, but without a Sky EPG placing. The frequency, which can be added via the other channels menu on the Sky Digibox, is 11661 GHz; horizontal polarity; symbol rate 27.5; FEC 2/3 (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** IRAN. IRAN IN FERMENT II --- By Jackson Diehl Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002. Page 12 After an Iranian court sentenced the reformist academic Hashem Aghajari to death last month, the largest and most sustained student demonstrations in years erupted in Tehran. As they grew, day after day, U.S.-operated Radio Azadi, or Radio Freedom, was their favorite medium. Every day, student leaders would call by cellphone from the roiling campuses to the radio's headquarters in Prague and narrate the latest developments live. Each night the radio would broadcast a roundtable discussion, patching together students and journalists in Tehran with exiled opposition leaders to discuss where the reform movement was going. So instrumental to the rebellion-in-the-making did the radio become that pro-regime counter-demonstrators recently held up a placard reading "Who does Radio Azadi talk to?" -- a taunt taken by the station's staff as a badge of honor. more at http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/12/17/006.html (via Fred Waterer, DXLD) Most stories about R. Farda/Azadi are filed under USA ** IRAQ [non]. NPR's Weekend Edition had an interview on Dec 21 with BBC Monitoring about the new Information Radio broadcasts to Iraq. Asked if there was anything unusual about the broadcasts, BBC Monitoring replied: While the broadcasts are in Modern Standard Arabic, the announcers (man and woman) are native-Lebanese, not native Iraqis. Given that this is a PSYOPS station, BBC Monitoring didn't understand the selection of some of the music being played, particularly some of the Western tunes (Hans Johnson, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) Here`s the 7-minute item; has actualities off the air, and an ID at the very end: U.S. RAINS RADIO BROADCASTS, PAMPHLETS ON IRAQ Starting Dec. 16, the U.S. military has been broadcasting "information radio" to the people of Iraq, from a special-equipped transport plane outside Iraqi air space. Scott Simon discusses the messages -- similar to those transmitted to Afghanistan in Fall 2001 -- with Mike Linstead of BBC Monitoring, which intercepted the broadcasts.... http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/wesat/20021221.wesat.04.ram (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ISLE OF MAN. RADIO MAST FIGHT GOES TO HIGH COURT From http://www.iomonline.co.im/fullstory.asp?storyid=2 SUN DEC 22 2002 A BRIDE resident's petition against the decision by the Communication Commission to award a broadcast licence to the firm proposing a long- wave radio station in the north of the Island will be heard in the High Court. Nick Cussons, of Lambhill, filed a petition of doleance in May seeking an order to have the licence to Isle of Man International Broadcasting quashed and the decision by the commission declared null and void. In a 16-page judgment this week, Deemster Cain decided to allow the petition to proceed to a hearing. IMIB's original proposal to site a radio mast on land at Cranstal, Bride, was foiled by an independent inspector but in December last year the firm unveiled plans to site it five kilometres off the coast of Cranstal. Bride Commissioners and residents have objected to the new plan claiming it will have a detrimental impact on both the view and environment in the area, both of which IMIB contest. An earlier petition from the commissioners against the decision by the territorial sea committee to give IMIB approval to site the mast offshore was heard in November and the judgment is awaited. Mr Cussons says there will be a directions hearing for his petition on February 17 next year (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** ITALY [non]. Season's message from IRRS/NEXUS-IBA Dear friends of IRRS, For the first time this year we will not be running any special transmission via IRRS-Shortwave around Christmas and the new year. This is to save resources in order to be able to continue to serve our audience in the coming year. However, our regular operations continue Mon-Fri at 0630-0730, and Sat & Sun at 0900-1300 UT on 13,840 kHz. IRRS-Shortwave is run by NEXUS-IBA, http://www.nexus.org a non-profit association which has elected to do something different in the world of broadcasting. Our Shortwave station is built on the premise that profits are not the be-all and end-all of broadcasting. We are an all- volunteer cooperative with less than 15 people giving their spare time to keep us alive. They do this largely because we are a free radio station with no political or religious ties, and because of the free access policies of our operation. Since 1979, when all this began via FM in Milan, anyone with anything halfway sensible to say has been able to access our microphones, even if it meant having to run the risk of criticism. In fact, ours is one of the very few experiments in genuinely free media-accessing in Europe. In addition to Shortwave, we are now also on the Internet, with various services for our members, including live MP3 and ogg-vorbis streaming at http://mp3.nexus.org and http://www.nexus.org/IRN We also offer airtime at a small fee to non-profit, small program producers via IPAR (International Public Access Radio, http://www.nexus.org/IPAR Needless to say, all this is very expensive in time as well as money. We carry no advertising on our stations, and there is no commercial sponsorship except the active support of our volunteers, our Association members, and our listeners. We at IRRS-Shortwave want to continue to provide our services to the global community, and that's why for Christmas this year we're asking for your support by subscribing to NEXUS-IBA. Help and support can be sent online via our secure server at https://secure.nexus.org . Also if you would like to make yourself or a friend a BIG Christmas present, please visit http://www.nexus.org/txsale.htm [not found --- gh] Proceedings from this sale will help us keeping on the air. Stay tuned, and take care until the new year, With best season's greetings from all of us here, 73 de Ron / IRRS & NEXUS-IBA. -- (Ron Norton, NEXUS-IBA support, PO Box 11028, 20110 Milano, Italy e-mail : ron@nexus.org Dec 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Website includes propagation maps, but only for obsolete 3985 and 7120 kHz. Showing them for 13840 would give away where this current transmitter actually be located. Nothing shown in current program schedules (gh, DXLD) ** KURDISTAN [non]. VOICE OF THE STRUGGLE OF IRANIAN KURDISTAN reported recently by Rumen Pankov and Dave Kenny. This radio station broadcasts 0300-0400 and 1700-1800 in the frequency range 4260-4290 kHz; the station doesn`t have a constant frequency at present (noted on 4260, 4277, 4281, 4286 kHz). The latest frequency I heard was 4286 kHz for both transmissions on 16/12. Seems this is the same station which was active in 1988-1996: the format of the programmes is identical - 45 min. in Kurdish and 15 min. in Farsi. ID in Kurdish is also the same: "Aira dangi Khabati Kurdistani Irana". A shorter version of the ID is: "Dangi Khabati Kurdistan". (Robertas Petraitis, Lithuania) This station had been on and off throughout the 1990s, my files show it inactive since April 2000 (MK) (who`s MK? Via Cumbre DX via DXLD) {must be Mathias Kropf} ** LATVIA. Laser Radio: see U K [non] ** LIBYA. I just heard Libya (Radio Jamahiriya) IN ENGLISH on 11635 from 2100-2130 GMT 12/20/02. Much huffing and puffing about the revolution, etc. A positive ID just before sign off, then into Arabic at 2129, then abruptly off the air. Signal only pretty fair here in the NW, so I cleaned it up through my Sherwood gizmo which made it very intelligible (Bruce Lindner, Portland OR, Dec 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) a full half-hour in English? Usually it`s just 5 minutes or so of news (gh, DXLD) ** LITHUANIA. Re. Sitkunai testing 1557: ``That I have no clue, why they carry Chinese programming is another story.`` -- Well, in light of what goes out on 1440 [CRI via Luxembourg] I could offer a possible explanation why they used this signal, especially why they bothered to obtain it from whatever source. Actually an interesting question from where they got the audio, had they to use a telephone/ISDN codec (would be really interesting!) or is it available on any satellite which can be received in Europe? By the way, Harald Kuhl added that the recording I posted includes an ID not only for CRI but also for Hubei PBS (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MOROCCO. 15335, RTV Marocaine, 1402-1430+ 12/22. Nonstop Arabic music to 1428, then brief announcement by M and back to music at 1429. Fair and improving; was // to 15340, which was fair/poor with nasty splatter from VoTurkey on 15350. Both frequencies off by 1500, having switched to 15345, VG here. Don't know why they use 2 frequencies just 5 kHz apart at the same time (John Wilkins, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Drake R-8, 100-foot random wire, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Adjacent-channel operation is sometimes done, giving a station a seemingly `wider` signal and thus greater presence on the band, especially on cheap receivers. Current HFCC shows two different sites are used for these, Tangier and Nador, 27 and 110 degrees respectively. It probably wouldn`t work if they were at the same site, producing mixing products, etc. In that case it would be better to run two transmitters/antennas on the same frequency. Better not have a feed/satellite delay between them, either, lest echo. 15335 1100 1500 27SE,28N,28SW TAN 250 27 1234567 271002 300303 D MRC 15340 0900 1500 28S,37E,38 NAD 250 110 1234567 271002 300303 D MRC (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MYANMAR. 5985.00 even! R. Myanmar --- this week they have been off their usual v5986. Noted 1530-1600*, music, sign-off announcement, anthem, weak (Ron Howard, CA, DXplorer Dec 19 via BC-DX via DXLD) 4725, Radio Myanmar once again heard on this channel which was left last summer for 5040.6. What is interesting is that they are still on 5040.6. Weak to fair, but in // at 1243 Dec 20 with music. Not sure if this is a new or fixed transmitter or a readjusted frequency on 4725. Hummy transmitter still on 5040.6, cleaner audio on 4725. Not sure if the 'new' 4725 is ex-5985.8. I can't hear 5985.8 this morning, but I am too far away to hear it consistently and it carries a different program as well. Any additional observations would be welcome (Hans Johnson, TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) 5040.59, R. Myanmar, 1245 Dec 21, quite a good signal here, Asian talk by woman, music. Nothing on 4725. MP3 file through top of the hour if any one wants to hear it. Thanks Hans for the tip (Dan Ziolkowski, RX- 320, 100 foot wire Franklin, WI, Cumbre DX via DXLD) 4725, Radio Myanmar. Heard at 1110 UT Dec 22 with what sounded like local Christmas carols into talk by OM/YL. Parallel 5040 kHz. I agree with Hans' observation that the transmitter previously used for 4725 is now used to carry the program on 5040. The hum on that later can hardly be missed. 5985 is still there carrying the regular Myanmar program (not parallel 4725 and 5040) - at this time, it is heard underneath VOA in English (Richard Lam, Singapore, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Had heard 4725 during the 1200 hour Dec 22. By 1300 this one was off but 5040.6 was still on (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) Tuned in this morning Dec 22 at about 1225 UT. Had signal both 4725 and 5040.6. Both weak, but in clear and in parallel. Checked again at 1235 and 4725 was gone. So perhaps 4725 sign off at 1230? I did have a very weak signal on 5985 at 1243, but too weak for any details (Dan Ziolkowski WI, ibid.) I agree with your observation, but 4725 was on air earlier in the evening around 1005 on 21 Dec with the usual poor audio, parallel to 5040.6. 5985.0 kHz was audible in the late evening with the main service in Burmese/English, but not in the early evening. Possibly the same transmitter is used for 4725 and 5985 now but this needs further checking. It's possible that 5040.6 comes from the transmitter that is usually 600 Hz or so above channel on 9730 -- formerly it was also on 5985.6v throughout the evening. Regards from Sengigi, Lombok, Indonesia (Alan Davies, Dec 22, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** NEW ZEALAND. R. Farda on FM! see U S A [non] ** NICARAGUA. I received QSL letter from R. Miskut. 5770 kHz Radio Miskut 57 days for $2. f/d friendly letter, signed by Sr. Lic. Evaristo Mercado Pérez, Director de R. Miskut. The letter was written about [by?] Mr. T. Hirahara (Y. Uemura, Kanagawa, Japan, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NORWAY. From http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=460430 Officials of the popular radio station known as "P4" claimed over the weekend that they will stay on the air, even though they lost a lucrative government concession to operate Norway's only nationwide commercial station. Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norway's Minister of Culture, has been the target of public fury since yanking a popular radio station's government concession. The P4 executives are also threatening to sue the government for billions of kroner after Culture Minister Valgerd Svarstad Haugland handed their concession over to a rival bidder on Friday. Svarstad Haugland has been the target of public fury since announcing that she effectively was pulling the plug on P4. Its concession was up for renewal and she chose another operator, called "Canal 4," which is backed by several Norwegian newspaper including the Christian-leaning Vaart Land. Svarstad Haugland herself hails from the Christian Democrats and claims Canal 4's programming will be "better" than P4's. Seven out of 10 of P4's roughly 1 million listeners disagree, according to two separate public opinion polls. They're big fans of P4's fast-paced, contemporary format that largely mimics American commercial radio stations. Canal 4, by contrast, promises to feature more programming aimed at children, that a full 35 percent of the music it plays will be Norwegian and that it will emphasize news and documentary. P4's managing director, Rune Brynhildsen, who is furious over Svarstad Haugland's decision, says his station has a digital concession that runs until 2010. "No one can take that away from us," he told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). "We will give the Norwegian people their favorite channel for 10 more years, no matter what it costs." (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** PERU. 9504.9 kHz, Radio Tacna, at 1004. After logging this tentatively from Dec 16 thru 19, finally ID'd them on this date with exceptional signal that was still above threshold an hour later (doesn't seem possible power is either the 500w or 180w as listed in WRTH and PWBR respectively). Radio Record not noted at this time but something is very weak on frequency before Tacna signs on- possibly Record fading out being much further east? 1005 time check then two OA songs to 1011 when a barking dog was heard. Then long string of ads and/or personal messages (such as Centro Electrónico in Tacna and Balion Italiano) to a Radio Tacna ID at 1015. Many mentions of Buenos Dias Perú, so possibly the name of the program. Of the 5 days I listened, they were already on by 1005 on 3 of them and signed on 1020 and 1030 on the other 2 days (John Sgrulletta, Mahopac, NY, JRC NRD- 515/K9AY & A/D Sloper, Dec 20, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. What I presume is Radio Gaderica is putting in a pretty good signal here at 2110 UT on 5920, probably same site as 6235 VOR which also seems to be around. The Signal is choppy, probably due to disturbed conditions at present, but I suspect the High Solar Flux is bringing it through. Many Thanks to Glenn Hauser for the 'alert' WOR 1161; also to check propagation see http://www.trsc.com http://www.SpaceWeather.com With acknowledgements to NOAA, Tom Sundstrom Mr Alvestead (sorry can`t remember your first name) for the 'propagation'. Yes, Identifying now (2117 UT). The station is expected to continue nightly 2000-2300 UT until 31st December 2002 (Ken Fletcher, 2122 UT 21st December 2002, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 5920, Radio Gardarika, 2000 Dec 22 with IDs in English and Russian. Giving address in St. Petersburg, telephone number. Fair reception but I had enough of this loop by 2004 when I tuned out the Javaradio in Sweden (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** RWANDA. 6055, R. Rwanda 2057 12/21. Tail end of s/off and NA after Slovakia s/off. During the past several years Radio Rwanda has stayed on well past its usual 2100* on 12/24 to broadcast a Christmas eve party. Carols in English, French and (presumed) Kinyarwanda language, great local music. At local midnight (2200 UT) there's a countdown, sounds of a big celebration, and Xmas greetings in several languages including English. Good opportunity for NA listeners to hear this station, if the same broadcast is on this year (George, MA, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. CLANDESTINE from NORWAY? to SAUDI ARABIA. 7590, Radio Al-Islah (Presumed) *1859 Dec 18 with jamming already in progress. Started suddenly with audio difficult to understand and frequent breaks. All in Arabic, but nothing sounding like an ID or opening sequence; via Sweden Javaradio (Hans Johnson, TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) "In an effort to overcome the current jamming, the following frequency shift and extended transmission is applicable starting Sunday Dec. 22; 9930 *1830-2130* ex 7590 *1900-2100" end. The above is V of al-Islah translation of announcement ...Developing (Mahmud Fathi, Germany, Dec. 21, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Sawt al Islah noted on the new channel of 9930 (9929.96m) kHz at 1854 with a much stronger signal than on 7590, though the bubble jammer has followed them. Still has audio breaks. Cheers, (Paul Ormandy, New Zealand, UT Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I also heard the same station (Voice of Reform) Dec 21 on new 9930 at 1833-1857* and again at *2058:53-2127:00*. The same man continued talking in Arabic on the usual 7590 at *1858:50- 2058*, so it is rather obvious that the same transmitter is used, just switching between these two frequencies. Best 73 and season greetings to all of you, (Anker Petersen, Denmark, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. INDIA EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER BROADCASTING FACILITY FOR TIGERS India has expressed its serious ``concern`` to Sri Lanka over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam acquiring modern equipment for its clandestine Voice of Tigers broadcasting station via Norwegian diplomatic channels, the Sunday Times newspaper reported yesterday. Quoting diplomatic sources, the newspaper said that India`s Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal, who was on an official visit to Colombo last week, raised the matter during a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Despite Sri Lankan government claims that the radio station had only a limited range, India`s ``concern`` has been heightened by the distinct possibility of the equipment being upgraded to reach areas in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Exacerbating these ``concerns`` of the government of India, the newspaper said was the apparent cloak of high secrecy over the transfer of six tons of broadcasting equipment. Although one of the Sri Lankan government`s peace negotiators, Minister Milinda Moragoda, regularly visited the Indian capital before and after every round of peace talks with the rebels in recent months, no mention had been made of the transfer of the broadcasting equipment. India had learnt of the move for the first time only from the opposition party in Sri Lanka. This was after Parliamentarian Anura Bandaranaike, who was a member of a three-member People`s Alliance delegation, briefed Indian leaders late last month. The Sunday Times stated that the questions on how the broadcasting equipment, said to be worth millions of rupees, was procured and handed over to the LTTE without payment of any import duty have become a subject of concern not only for the government of India, but also the opposition. Several questions are being raised. Who raised the funds to procure the broadcasting equipment? Were diplomatic norms and procedures not violated when an embassy in Colombo imports such equipment, clears it without duty and hands it over to a private organisation? Since diplomatic cargo is not subject to Customs inspection, was the container with the broadcasting equipment examined? These were among the many questions that are being asked, the newspaper said in its front-page story (via D. Prabakaran, India, Cumbre DX via DXLD} LTTE`S FM RADIO STATION Sri Lanka has issued a license to LTTE to set up a broadcasting station in the northern town of Kilinochchi and assigned an FM frequency, a weekly newspaper said today. The license was issued to the rebel group`s `Peace Secretariat` ``to maintain and operate a private broadcasting station for which equipment worth more than $100,000 was imported by the LTTE last month, the Sunday Leader said. The newspaper said the Tigers were keen to legalise their clandestine `Voice of Tigers` and had sought a license to ``disseminate news to Tamil people on the ongoing peace process.`` In a communication to LTTE `peace secretariat`, which was reproduced in the weekly, the Mass Communications Ministry secretary has said the ``licensee shall provide broadcasting programmes in accordance with the norms, standards and code of ethics followed by the state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The import of the equipment had raised concerns in India as to whether the group, outlawed in India, would use it to broadcast propaganda in Tamil Nadu to gain support for itself. However, India has taken the view that it will not be unduly worried as long as the broadcasting facilities were only for FM transmission, which are only specified frequencies with limited range. An LTTE cultural wing functionary had recently said the rebel radio had expansion plans to cover South India and Singapore (PTI via D. Prabakaran, India, Cumbre DX via DXLD} ** TAJIKISTAN. 4940, Voice of Russia, 1257 Dec 22 with tones, 1300 sign on in language after short music piece. Sounded like woman gave VoR website address. A bit of talk and then music. Mixing throughout with co-channel presumed AIR Guwahati (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** THAILAND. Army refuses to relinquish media units The Bangkok Post Saturday, December 14, 2002 The army plans to maintain control over its most popular TV channels and radio stations despite an article in the constitution requiring the media be handed over to the National Broadcasting Commission for frequency changes. http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/Weekly2002/12.10.2002/Thailand5.htm ARMY REFUSES TO RELINQUISH MEDIA UNITS The Bangkok Post Saturday, December 14, 2002 The army plans to maintain control over its most popular TV channels and radio stations despite an article in the constitution requiring the media be handed over to the National Broadcasting Commission for frequency changes. For the sake of safety and security in military operations, the army would not allow civilians to work at broadcasting stations located within its compounds, army chief Gen Somdhat Attanant said yesterday. "The army must maintain control of media that is crucial to national security,'' he said. "To ensure the public is kept aware of military operations, the major stations must not be affected.'' The army runs a total of 126 radio stations, as well as TV channels 5 and 7. Stations that recently begun airing would be returned to the panel, as required by law, Gen Somdhat said (via NASWA Flashsheet Dec 21 via DXLD) ** THAILAND/VIETNAM. A further example of atrocious frequency coordination is the use of 7285 by Radio Thailand and the Voice of Vietnam, both operating on that frequency to the same target area from 1100-1130. Thailand carries Vietnamese and Khmer Vietnam carries English Thailand formerly used 7260 during A02, but moved to 7285 to clear the channel for Radio Netherlands (Petropavlovsk Kamchatka) 0930-1130. Vietnam has used 7285 for many years but does not appear to be represented at the HFCC. There is ample clear spectrum space available on 7 MHz to eliminate this clash. I believe that IBB in Washington manages the Thailand scheduling, with transmissions coming out of Udon Thani. Regards! (Bob Padula, Melbourne, Dec 21, EDXP via DXLD) ** TIBET. The Lhasa daytime frequencies are now audible at times. 11950 in Chinese is regular here from 0259. This one is beamed to the west. The eastern beam on 11860 is very weak but has been confirmed repeatedly. The Tibetan channel on 9580 suffers much interference but has been confirmed repeatedly - this transmitter is the one that is well heard on 7385 mornings/evening. 9490, also beamed to the east, is weak, but can be confirmed days-evenings (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 20, BC-DX via DXLD) ** U A E. As sometimes happens with BC-DX, a frequency I did not report was inserted when picking up my recent item on Dubai at 1330, ``21597.64`` -- I have not tried to measure it that closely lately, and just say 21598v, but thanks for the precision, however it got there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. SIR JIMMY'S RELUCTANT FAREWELL From BBC News Friday, 20 December, 2002, 14:17 GMT Sir Jimmy Young turned on his BBC bosses in his last lunchtime programme on Radio 2, telling listeners "it wasn't my idea" to leave the show. Young, who is 81, has left his show on Friday after half a century in broadcasting. But his anger at leaving Radio 2, his home since 1973, showed during his final programme, as listeners sent messages to the studio saying how sorry they were to see him go. It's the last programme - it's not what I want but that's what's been decreed so that's what we have to do. "Just so that we're all singing from the same hymn book, it was not my idea to go - I didn't want to leave you at all and I know from your messages that you don't want me to go either," he said. According to the BBC's media correspondent Nick Higham, Sir Jimmy feels humiliated at the way he has been sidelined by executives at Radio 2, who are looking for a younger image for the station. A Radio 2 spokeswoman said: "We were disappointed that Sir Jimmy Young had a change of heart about presenting a new show for the BBC. "We thank him for his great contribution to BBC radio over many years and send him warm wishes for every happiness and success in the future." The veteran broadcaster still manages to achieve ratings of around five million listeners. He had five months off recently after a hip operation, and only returned to his show two weeks ago. As his show finished, he told listeners he was writing his autobiography, and had received offers to appear in a one-man stage show. "There is life after the BBC, of course," he said, before playing his last track - his own 1955 version of Unchained Melody. He ended the show by saying: "The song's fading away and indeed so am I. "It's the last programme - it's not what I want but that's what's been decreed so that's what we have to do. "I'm looking forward to hearing you and seeing you at the theatre. Thank you very, very, much for the last 30 years - I've loved it all. "God bless, take care, and for the very last time I fear, bye for now." Sir Jimmy started working at the corporation in 1949, and was one of the first broadcasters on Radio 1 in 1969, moving to Radio 2 four years later. Sir Jimmy's retirement had been mooted for some time, but the DJ had always extended his contract. He had agreed to leave his 12 to 2pm show to do a weekend programme at the beginning of the year, but then changed his mind and decided to retire from the BBC altogether. On Friday, fellow Radio 2 DJ Terry Wogan said on his breakfast show: "Dear Jimmy Young is leaving us - or so he says. We don't have to believe it if we don't want to." He then read out a poem from a reader: "Goodbye to Sir Jimmy Young/ He's leaving us today/ Broadcasting to us the nation/ On Radio 2 each day/ We're really going to miss him/ But he'll be back somehow/ So all we say is BFN - byebye for now." When he announced his departure, Sir Jimmy said: "I know that my many listeners will understand. "This decision has nothing to do with my recent stay in hospital. My hip is fixed and I am not retiring, far from it - I will be pursuing a number of other interests." Sir Jimmy was replaced by Brian Hayes during his five month break, and the show will feature a new host, former Newsnight stand-in Jeremy Vine, from the new year (uk-radio-listeners yahoogroup VIA PAUL DAVID Chair, BVHG, DXLD) ** U K [and non]. FROM TELEGRAPH TO 3G TECHNOLOGY http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ December 21, 2002 By Dan Sabbagh AFTER a nerve-wracking week of checking and cross-checking, on December 21, 1902, Guglielmo Marconi was sure. Exactly 100 years ago, his Wireless Telegraph Company confirmed publicly that four telegrams had been successfully sent from Canada to Cornwall, across 2,000 miles of ocean. The first one was from Lord Minto, the Governor-General of Canada, "To his Majesty the King, London". It said: "May I be permitted by means of this wireless message to congratulate your Majesty on the success of Marconi's great invention connecting England and Canada." Buckingham Palace replied with a telegram the next day. On behalf of the Edward VII, Lord Knollys wrote: "The King has been much interested by your experiments, as he remembers that the initial ones were commenced by you from the Royal Yacht Osbourne in 1898." The applications of Marconi's inventions changed the face of the new century, heralding radio, television, radar and the mobile phone. But, ironically, radio never succeeded in displacing cables - the first of which was laid in 1866 - as the principal means of transmitting data across the Atlantic. Today 60 per cent of BT's transatlantic telecoms traffic is handled by fibre-optic cable, which offers virtually limitless capacity; the rest is handled by the successor to Marconi's technology, satellites. A report of Marconi's historic transmissions followed in The Times on Christmas Eve. Tucked away on page three, below news of Venezuela's "arbitration question", was an article headlined "Wireless transatlantic telegraph", which reproduced the telegraph messages that were sent and received. The Times played a central role in Marconi's famous experiments. With an eye for publicity, the Italian inventor invited the newspaper in October of that year to take part in his latest round of transatlantic experiments. "I shall be glad for the first Press message transmitted by wireless telegraphy from America to England to appear in your columns," Marconi wrote to the Editor. The previous year Marconi had proved it was possible to transmit radio signals across the Atlantic. On December 12, 1901, he received in Newfoundland a three-dot signal - Morse code for the letter "s" - 1,800 miles from where it was transmitted in Cornwall. It wasn't meaningful communication but it did show that it was possible to communicate without wires far beyond the horizon. The radio waves he used bounced off part of the Earth's atmosphere, the ionosphere, meaning that wireless communication could overcome the curvature of the planet to reach the New World from the Old. Marconi's offer was accepted by The Times, and the newspaper sent George Robert Parkin, its Canada Correspondent, to watch the inventor at work in Glace Bay. Indeed, it was Parkin who actually composed the first message sent across the Atlantic. Marconi, based in Glace Bay, started work in mid November 1902. But the signal strength was poor and it was not until December 14 that the inventor felt confident enough to start proper communications. He invited Parkin to write to his newspaper. "Have honour send through Times inventor's first transatlantic message of greeting to England and Italy," the message read. Over the next week Marconi, who after five years of radio demonstrations was a celebrity, sent three other messages to Edward VII and the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III. They were all released after they had been cross-checked on December 21. The transatlantic success increased the demand for Marconi's services. Its military and, in particular, naval applications were obvious. But The Times was interested, too, and in March 1903 persuaded the Marconi company to launch a news service for both itself and The New York Times. Unfortunately, that service lasted only a few days: the antenna at the Canadian station broke under the weight of ice in early April. A commercial service was not launched until 1907, and while it was a great success in terms of the amount of traffic carried, it ran at a loss amid heavy competition - a situation that today's telecoms companies, and in particular the successor to Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Cable & Wireless, would recognise as all too familiar. Even so, radio quickly became the technology of choice when mobile communications were essential. The Times's War Correspondent of the time, Lionel James, used a wireless telegraph to file reports from the front of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. In what was a mainly naval conflict, James was able to file from a steamer he had chartered, which was out in the Yellow Sea, speeding up the delivery of battle reports vastly. The story of the next hundred years of communications is largely one of increasing proliferation, falling cost and the occasional technological shock. Broadcast radio came in the 1920s, television in the 1930s, the mobile phone in the 1980s and the internet in the 1990s. Fortunes were made and lost as companies either under or overestimated how much money they could make from the changes in technology. Long-distance communications that were barely available to the elite 100 years ago are carried around in the pockets of virtually every adult in Western Europe. Next year, mobile phone operators hope to launch "third generation" services, which will allow two-way video calls on the move. (more on web site). (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U K [non]. Latvia 5935: World Bible Radio Network 5935 1700-1759. Nonstop choirs, carols and instrumentals, with ID and frequency given in between. Laser Radio started at 1800. Familiar 60-ies offshore pirate tune. "Well here we are at long last..." program introduced by Jeff Rogers... then Beatles-All You Need Is Love. Info about Latvia and Ulbroka transmitter. Unfortunately at 1800 also start of R. Prague on 5930 (Silvain Domen, Belgium, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) LATVIA 5935 World Bible Radio Network heard at 1745 tune-in, hymns and choral music with one identification given. 1800 Laser sounds and Man of Action theme tune, start of Laser Radio transmissions with DJ Geoff Rogers, into All You Need is Love by the Beatles. Strong signals but some adjacent channel splatter (Mike Barraclough, Letchworth, UK, December 22nd, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Already audible here in New York at 1835 UT tune-in. Talk by OM DJ, then music with OM vocals. Website audio stream is approximately delayed by one minute. SINPO only 23332 at the moment, should definitely improve as darkness approaches (George Maroti, NY, R8B/100 foot long T2FD, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** U K [AND NON]. IRISH REPUBLICAN BALLAD NAMED WORLD'S TOP SONG By Sinead O'Hanlon LONDON (Reuters) - The Irish republican rallying cry "A Nation Once Again" was named Friday as the world's all-time favorite song, after a global poll by the BBC. The ballad performed by the staunchly republican group The Wolfe Tones, was among a minority of Western songs in the list and only narrowly triumphed over Indian patriotic song "Vande Mataram," the BBC said in a statement. Group leader Brian Warfield told Reuters from Dublin, "It's marvelous news." "We're absolutely delighted that this song, which has become such an anthem for the Irish people, has got such recognition all over the world. "The song was written to give the Irish people back a bit of spirit and support the fight to overturn (British rule) so I am very happy to see it is still giving us spirit the world over," he said. The poll of BBC World Service listeners attracted 150,000 votes from 153 countries and revealed the diversity of the world's musical tastes. Among the rest of the top ten was a Bollywood movie song, a love song from Nepal, a Tamil Tiger film song and a pop song from Hollywood singer/actress Cher. "A Nation Once Again" was written by 19th century Anglo-Irish army surgeon Thomas Osbourne Davis to support the fight for an end to British rule. It includes the refrain "And Ireland, long a province, be a nation once again." Many famous names contributed to the voting with Bianca Jagger choosing Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" rather than anything from ex-husband Mick Jagger's band the Rolling Stones. Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos chose Handel's Hallelujah chorus, while Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey opted for Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife." The BBC said some artists suffered in the voting stakes because so many of their songs were nominated, splitting the vote. The Beatles had 55 songs nominated and Iranian artist Googoosh had 40. Reggae legend Bob Marley had 29 songs nominated, with "No Woman No Cry" topping the list. Europe's favorite song was "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions, a song many associate with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The United States went for "Girl from Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim while Latin Americans voted for "Solo le pido a Dios" from Argentine singer Leon Geico. Swahili classic "Malaika" was Africa's No. 1 while Australians and New Zealanders voted for both Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. The final top ten list is: 1. A Nation Once Again -- The Wolfe Tones. 2. Vande Mataram -- various artists. 3. Dil Dil Pakistan - Vital Signs. 4. Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu - Ilayaraja. 5. Poovum Nadakkuthu Pinchum Nadakkuthu - Thirumala Chandran 6. Ana wa Laila - Kazem El Saher. 7. Reetu Haruma Timi - Arun Thapa. 8. Believe - Cher. 9. Chaiyya Chaiyya - A R Rahman. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. Reuters/Variety 12/20/02 23:59 ET (via Fred Waterer, DXLD) I tuned in near the beginning of this show, only to hear some disgusting lyrics, so promptly tuned out (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. WWRB IS NOW TESTING TRANSMITTER GLOBAL FOUR Press Release 12/21/2002 For Immediate Release POC: Peter J. Taggart This morning (December 21, 2002) Radio Station WWRB began low power testing of its fourth transmitter, Global Four. This transmitter, built by Harris, is easily capable of running a full 150 Kilowatts power AM. So far, it has performed flawlessly in tests, far exceeding our specifications, and we are confidently optimistic of adding it to our official transmitter lineup within a few months. With the beginning of broadcasts utilizing this transmitter, we expect to significantly enhance our capabilities and coverage, offering services far exceeding our current capabilities. Radio Station WWRB's management has not yet determined the operational frequencies for this transmitter, however, the low three megahertz is considered an excellent candidate for nighttime operations. WWRB FACILITIES DESIGNATED AS AERONAUTICAL ENROUTE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY Press Release 12/21/2002 For Immediate Release POC: Rei Hino Recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration designated and licensed the parent company of Radio Station WWRB as an Aeronautical Enroute Communications Facility. Radio Station WWRB's transmitter site in Manchester, Tennessee and our receiver site McCayesville [sic], Georgia are equipped with extensive antenna systems perfectly suited for long and short range communications (point to point, ground to air, secure voice, data, and aircraft reservations.) This new venture is in the initial stages of development, we are beginning to receive frequency assignments, and rapid expansion is anticipated as time goes on (WWRB via Dave Frantz, DXLD) That explains the sign on the gate seen months ago claiming WWRB was an aero facility (gh, DXLD) Thought you would like to know the radio call is : "Nashville Radio" (Dave Frantz, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. 7354.5, WRNO: started checking to see how early they come on. 2348 on Dec 18 there was preaching in English here. Ended at 2351 and then dead air past 0000. On Dec 19 at the same time I heard nothing, not even the hint of a carrier (Hans Johnson, TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** U S A. The Charlotte Beers speech at the National Press Club is available on demand at ... http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/ndrive/ter121802_beers.rm (Kim Elliott, DC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [non]. NEW ZEALAND. 107.1 FM: Radio Farda's new Persian Service has made a surprise appearance on the FM band here in Auckland New Zealand. While driving around the eastern suburbs of Auckland doing some last minute Christmas shopping yesterday (21 December), I discovered an unidentified Middle Eastern broadcaster on 107.1 FM in stereo. The language wasn't Arabic and the identification sounded like "Radio Fardough". Not having heard Radio Farda before, but given the number of references to Iran, I tried http://www.radiofarda.com and compared the webcast identification with the local FM signal to confirm they were the same, though programming was not in parallel. Then today 22 December I have tracked down a couple of Radio Farda's shortwave frequencies (15290 and 17675 at 0800 UTC) and established that our local FM broadcast is running 1 to 2 seconds behind the shortwave audio. It`s interesting to speculate as to the source of the local signal. Here in NZ, the edges of the FM broadcast band (88.0 to 88.5 and 106.7 to 107.3) are known as 'guardbands' and can be used by enthusiastic microbroadcasters with a maximum transmitter output of 300 milliwatts, that is, less than a third of a watt. Is this just an initiative of a young Iranian living in Auckland, or is there a desire by the organisation behind Radio Farda to entertain the worldwide expatriate Iranian community ? I checked the NZ Immigration Service statistics online and these show 149 Iranians have been accepted for NZ residence in the 6 months ending December 2002, compared with 300 in 2000/01 and 350 in 2001/02. So not sure there's a big Persian-speaking audience around here, and the 300 milliwatts probably has a range of 10-15 miles. Anyone else hearing Radio Farda on local FM? (Bryan Clark, Auckland, NZ, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I listened to 1539 early this morning and was able to sort out R Farda from the Spanish station. R Farda was on 1539.08, so most likely they are using the Sharjah facility, at least for the time being (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Isn`t it odd that R. Farda is running 24 hours on the two MW frequencies 1539 and 1593 from UAE and Kuwait. These could not penetrate very far into Iran in the daytime, at the high end of the band (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Interesting to see they are using 1539 too - maybe the 2 x 50kW at Sharjah? (Noel R. Green-UK, BC-DX Dec 20 via DXLD) IBB frequency table shows DHA = Al Dhabbaya location anyway. I had a look into new WRTH '03, which arrived yesterday at Stuttgart. I guess maybe they-{Americans} made a deal with Sharjah/UAE authorities to use that channel straight northwards at 10 degrees, but with 500 kW of power. I don't believe that the US power would use a 50 kW unit from Sharjah towards Iran! (Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany, BC-DX via DXLD) The distance from Sharjah to the nearest major city in Iran is at least 200 km, so the 2 x 50 kW would be of little use. I have not seen a coördination for a higher power. We'll have to wait and see what it sounds like. Sharjah has usually been a little off channel, so if we get to hear a loud signal spot on channel, then it's not Sharjah but Dhabbaya (Olle Alm, Sweden, BC-DX, Dec 21, via DXLD) Radio Farda: I asked about the 7165 and 9835 frequencies, beaming the former Radio Azadi to Europe. Done; they were cancelled, confirmed on Dec 20 check. Re the frequency lists, I understand that VOA Farsi will continue. Otherwise it appears that the FRD outlets replace the RFE circuit 12 transmissions completely since they contain most of the former RFE Farsi (Radio Azadi) frequencies (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) "{(Dan Ferguson, IBB, Dec 18, SWBC via DXLD) Not quite identical to: ... " (gh, DXLD 2-199) But nevertheless correct (Dan Ferguson, IBB, SWBC via DXLD) Meaning the other {tentative} version is incorrect ** U S A. Just reviewed a phone message from one of the churches in Jamestown ND, which is a "heavy contributor" to the local WAFR *88.3 Tupelo MS translator. They plan to bring up my charges against the American Family Association (translator W214AX *90.7 there) at a meeting of the local ministerial association. I have no intention at this time to capitulate to the AFR's attorney's demands that I be silent, lest I be sued for slander. In fact, I may be willing to travel the 800 mile round trip to testify at the group's meeting. I might also mention to you that my son-in-law is a pastor in Jamestown, and probably a member of the ministerial association. (He may or may not agree with me; hence my feeling that I should travel to Jamestown to be personally present.) If I go, wish me luck! The problem of a neglected station ID is so sacred to me as a DXer I am willing to go to great expense to protect this right. I hope other DXers agree (Bruce Elving/FM Atlas, Dec 21, amfmtvdx via DXLD) ** U S A. I thought you might want to see this one. The American Free Press, the source of this story, has their own particular bias, which I don't much care for, but I assume the information here is valid. The old saying is coming true more and more that a free press is for he who owns one (John Wesley Smith, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Rense.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Media Giants After ABSOLUTE Control Exclusive To American Free Press By Michael Collins Piper 12-19-2 Some populist critics of the major media giants in America say that "The Media Is the Enemy," Well, if other people have their way, the wealth and power of the mass media and its concentration in increasingly fewer hands will be greater than ever before... If you think that the masters of the American media --- men such as Edgar Bronfman, Sumner Redstone, Rupert Murdoch, S.I. Newhouse, Mortimer Zuckerman, Lawrence Tisch and others --- are rich and powerful now, just wait till you see what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has in store for them. The FCC is considering loosening or doing away entirely with regulations that limit the number of newspapers and radio and television outlets that a single company can own. Americans have until Jan. 2 --- no later --- to register their opposition with the FCC. (See accompanying information on how to contact the FCC on page 20.) Although all of this is being proposed in the name of "the free market," this would be a major boon to the increasingly smaller number of global corporate media giants that are swallowing up once independent local newspapers and broadcast outlets across America and around the world. Such a move would also give expanded political clout to the already immensely powerful lords of the media allowing them-for example-to own a major television station and newspaper in the same town or city, thereby effectively having a monopoly on local news coverage. Advocates of "deregulation" say that because so many Americans now have access to the Internet and can thereby call up many news sources-literally, worldwide-that there is no longer any need for "out of date" regulations. In addition, advocates say that because of the expansion of satellite and cable television, previous concerns about the concentration of media ownership are no longer valid. While it is true that the Internet has provided a communications/ outreach explosion of unprecedented proportions --- just in the last several years alone --- most Americans get the bulk of their news and information from their local "mainstream" newspapers and television and radio which are themselves increasingly being grabbed up by major media monopolies. For example, in the small city of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, the New York-based Newhouse family controls the major daily newspaper, The Patriot. The Newhouse family's Advance Communications also controls a number of smaller weekly newspapers in both suburban and rural "bedroom" counties surrounding Harrisburg. Most of those people have no idea that their "local" newspaper is actually owned by a national media conglomerate held tightly in the hands of a super-powerful billionaire family. Americans who use the Internet for "other" information tend to frequent the web sites of "major" widely-publicized and "fashionable" newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. However, what many of those who fancy themselves to be "in the know" because they access multiple "big name" newspapers do not realize is that the owners of The Chicago Tribune, for example, are also the owners of The Los Angeles Times and New York's Long Island-based Newsday and The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, to mention several in the Tribune Co.'s stable. So many readers who think they are getting "alternative" information from other news sources are victims of the growing media monopoly that prefers to keep its concentration of elite ownership out of the realm of public understanding and discussion. As one would expect from an appointed bureaucrat with high-level political connections, the FCC's chairman Michael Powell --- son of Secretary of State Colin Powell --- is taking a non-committal position on the controversial issue. Unfortunately, the issue is only "controversial" to those who are aware of the issue, since the matter has been largely relegated to the business pages of the major metropolitan dailies. The concept of media ownership and control being increasingly taken into the hands of fewer and fewer families and financial groups is not widely debated or understood. There is something you can do about it: make your voice heard. You have until Jan. 2 to contact the FCC and tell the commissioners that you are opposed to all plans to loosen current ownership restrictions. Urge the commissioners to tighten current standards and restrict the growth of the media monopoly in America. http://americanfreepress.net/12_11_02/Media_Giants_Crave/media_giants_crave.html MainPage http://www.rense.com (via John W. Smith, DXLD) ALTERNATIVE MEDIA CENSORSHIP: SPONSORED BY CIA's FORD FOUNDATION? by bob feldman The multi-billion dollar Ford Foundation's historic relationship to the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] is rarely mentioned on Pacifica's DEMOCRACY NOW / Deep Dish TV show, on FAIR's COUNTERSPIN show, on the WORKING ASSETS RADIO show, on The Nation Institute's RADIO NATION show, on David Barsamian's ALTERNATIVE RADIO show or in the pages of PROGRESSIVE, MOTHER JONES and Z magazine. One reason may be because the Ford Foundation and other Establishment foundations subsidize the Establishment Left's alternative media gatekeepers / censors. PACIFICA / DEMOCRACY NOW / DEEP DISH TV Take Pacifica / DEMOCRACY NOW, an alternative radio network with annual revenues of $10 million in 2000, whose National Program Director was paid $63,000 in that year. In the early 1950s--when the CIA was using the Ford Foundation to help fund a non-communist "parallel left" as a liberal Establishment alternative to an independent, anti-Establishment revolutionary left--the Pacifica Foundation was given a $150,000 grant in 1951 by the Ford Foundation's Fund for Education. According to James Ledbetter's book MADE POSSIBLE BY..., "the Fund's first chief was Alexander Fraser, the president of the Shell Oil Company." Besides subsidizing the Pacifica Foundation in the early 1950s, the Ford Foundation also spent a lot of money subsidizing many other noncommercial radio or television stations in the United States. According to Ledbetter's MADE POSSIBLE BY..., between 1951 and 1976, the Ford Foundation "spent nearly $300 million on noncommercial radio and television." In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Pacifica relied primarily on listener-sponsor contributions to fund the operations of its radio stations. And in the early 1970s, Pacifica also began to accept funds from the U.S. Establishment's Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB], according to Rogue State author William Blum--who worked as a KPFA staffperson in the early 1970s. But in the early 1990s, some Pacifica administrators decided to again seek grants from the Ford Foundation and other Establishment foundations. As former Pacifica Development Director Dick Bunce wrote in the appendix to the "A Strategy for National Programming" document which was prepared for the Pacifica National Board in September 1992, entitled "Appendix Foundation Grantseeking National Programming Assumptions for Foundation Fundraising": The national foundation grantseeking arena has changed enough in recent years to make activity in this arena potentially worthwhile—for organizations prepared to be players and partners in the same field as NPR, APR, maybe some others...The foundation funding of interest is in gifts of $100,000 or more a year, for several years...Three of America's six largest foundations (Ford, MacArthur, Pew) have begun to fund public broadcasting, public radio in particular, and evidently intend to continue doing so. Pacifica requested meetings with each of these foundations earlier this year and was treated seriously enough in subsequent meetings to give us some hope of securing funding possibly from all three. A `Report Sheet' on this work is included in Appendix 3. "Beyond these three foundations there are no others among the country's 100 largest which have made substantial grants to public broadcasting. So the second tier of foundation prospects look substantially different from the first tier requiring more work on our part to open doors, establish `standing' and find a workable `fit.' "There are nonetheless a number of interesting prospects--in some cases only because of particular people who are currently involved, or because of formal criteria which we could try to fit. The second tier list includes several from the top 100 --- Rockefeller, Irvine, Surdna, George Gund -- Nathan Cummings -- and a number of smaller foundations, but still capable of 6 figure grants: Aaron Diamond, Revson, Rockefeller Family & Associates, New World, Winston Foundation for World Peace. "Once we drop to the $35,000 to $75,000 grant range, the list enlarges, but these take as long to cultivate as the bigger ones, so it makes sense to start from the top. "Foundation fundraising at this level has extraordinary payoffs--but it takes senior staff time, not `grantwriting' but in communicating. It is therefore expensive, and not successfully done as an afterthought to everything else in the day. It also requires `venture capital visits' to the foundations to open doors and conversations that lead to partnerships. "In initiating three top level contacts in April, May and June, and attempting to capitalize on the opportunities apparent to us, we have already been stretched beyond our capacity to really interface effectively with these funders --- although admittedly much of the problem to date has been due to the fact that we don't yet have a clear business plan for national programming. "Foundation grantmaking will most likely proceed as short-term funding. Funders will want to `fund projects, not operations.' We should presume that we can succeed in raising serious money to launch or establish new programs, etc. but not to sustain them beyond start- up. The standard of self-sufficiency will be required for many proposals we submit, and our own planning will be most successful if we relate to this funding source accordingly. "Short-Run Strategies for Developing a Foundation Grantseeking Program "Seek Development Committee leadership in planning for Foundation grantseeking. "Pursue 3 `anchor' grants to acquire funding beginning in FY'93 from the Big 3 foundations we've already begun to work with. "Long-Range Strategies for Developing a Foundation Grantseeking Program "Initiate an informal `feasibility inquiry' of foundation support for Pacifica's objectives by requesting visits with the dozen top prospects to shape proposals and establish relationships... "Foundation Grants Summary: Late this spring we began our first efforts in national foundation grantseeking on behalf of national programming. We have a good chance of securing six figure grants in the coming fiscal year from any or all of the 3 foundations we're working with, but our approach is still dependent upon our own organizational progress toward a business plan that we are committed to following through on. "The second tier of foundation prospects is more challenging, and will require increased staff resources, a modest feasibility inquiry and active planning with the Board Development Committee. By 1995, billionaire speculator George Soros' Open Society Institute had given the Pacifica Foundation a $40,000 grant. And in 1996, the Carnegie Corporation of New York gave Pacifica a $25,000 grant to launch its DEMOCRACY NOW show. In 1997 came a $13,000 grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund to Pacifica to provide support for DEMOCRACY NOW. And in 1998 came a $25,000 grant to Pacifica from the Public Welfare Foundation "to report on hate crimes and related issues as part of its `DEMOCRACY NOW!" public-affairs radio program and an additional $10,000 grant to support DEMOCRACY NOW from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. That same year the Ford Foundation gave a $75,000 grant to Pacifica "toward marketing consultancy, promotional campaign and program development activities for radio program, DEMOCRACY NOW." In 1998 and 1999, two grants, totalling $22,500, were also given to Pacifica by the Boehm Foundation, to support its DEMOCRACY NOW show. In early 2002, an additional Ford Foundation grant of $75,000 was given to Deep Dish TV "for the television news series, DEMOCRACY NOW, to continue incorporating the aftermath of the September 11th attack into future broadcasts." Besides being presently subsidized by the Ford Foundation to air Pacifica's DEMOCRACY NOW show, Deep Dish TV, with an annual income of $158,000 in 2000, was also subsidized by the MacArthur Foundation in the 1990s. Between 1993 and 1998, $190,000 in grants were given to Deep Dish TV by the MacArthur Foundation. And one of the members of Deep Dish TV's board of directors in recent years has apparently been a WBAI staffperson named Mario Murillo. Another Ford Foundation grant of $200,000 was given in April 2002 to the Astraea Foundation, whose former board finance committee chairperson, Leslie Cagan, is presently the chairperson of Pacifica's national board. Three other grants have been given to the Astraea Foundation by the Ford Foundation since 2000: two grants, totalling $75,000, in 2000; and a $200,000 grant in 2001 "for general support and subgrants to community-based organizations addressing social, political and economic justice, especially those focused on lesbians and other sexual minorities." The former finance committee chairperson of the Ford Foundation-sponsored Astraea Foundation recently signed a $2 million "golden handshake / sweetheart contract" with the Ford Foundation-sponsored, soon-to-be-privatized DEMOCRACY NOW producer (who has apparently been receiving a $90,000/year salary from Pacifica in recent years for her alternative journalism work). ---------------------------------------------------------------------- original URL for this article: http://www.questionsquestions.net/feldman/feldman01.html (via John W. Smith, DXLD) So? Fortunate that foundations hand out money to public broadcasting (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. I haven't seen anything about WWRC using IBOC, but with us heading out of the testing phase and into the real usage phase I assume there's no media splash for many stations. So who knows of a way to track IBOC stations? Are they still required to get a STA or whatever for IBOC? If so, will that be accessible over the web? iBiquity isn't giving names of individual stations (Chuck Hutton, WA, NRC-AM via DXLD) The FCC has added categories "AM Digital", "FM Digital", "FM Translator Digital", and "FM Booster Digital" to their CDBS application search page on http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_sear.htm They seem to be only testing though. Selecting *all* "AM Digital" stations returns only three STAs. (KXNT-840, WSB-750, WKDL-730). Selecting all "FM Digital" stations returns seven FM stations -- and the three AMs. Likewise if you select the FM translators - you get the ten full-power stations (Doug Smith, TN, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. 87.9 MHz FLORIDA (PIRATE) unidentified, Tampa (presumed); I continue to hear this one sporadically since first discovering in early November. The latest reception began on local Friday, Dec. 20th around 8 p.m. and all day/eve the 21st, and still noted Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 11:40 a.m.+. So -- when active (weekends, mostly)-- it is 24- hours. Format continues to be automated with mostly early 60's bubble gum pop, soul and Motown, with a little early 70's pop/rock. Still noting occasional reverbed "nonstop music" singing drops, no slogan "ID" heard yet though. Stereo. In Pinellas county, a better signal in the Countryside area than my central county location. Need to go on another DFing mission, though I'm pretty sure I know who it is (formerly another format and another channel). (Terry L. Krueger, Clearwater FL, Tocobaga DX via DXLD) ** U S A. Your digest #2-099 lamented the deterioration of WWLG (calling itself WLG) Baltimore, on 1360 kcs. At this instant I'm copying the station on 1370 via my well-calibrated TenTec RX-320 in Reston, Virginia. Moved 10 kHz? (Charles Gillen, Dec 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** VENEZUELA. 640, YVQO Unión Radio, Puerto-La-Cruz (Anzoátegui state) DEC 22 0323 - One segment of their continuous newscast ended; then man repeating over 20 times "unionradio.com" (their new web-site) and the slogans "Unión Radio, La radio de noticias", "24 horas de información" and simply "Unión Radio Noticias"; then back to news. At 0343 again this repetitive promos, mention of "mil-noventa AM" which is their Caracas frequency (I tried to get this one which would have been a new one for me, but without luck, as WBAL was huge and alone), as well as several FM frequencies - one of them was 90.3 in the (Falcón?) state - back to news again. At 0351 gave 2 items about the Hugo Chávez manifestation. Good to very good reception; often way atop Guadeloupe/WNNZ QRM. I could get trace of this even on a poor Panasonic Rx-D14 portable, just to get an idea of how strong this 10 kW Venezuelan was at my QTH (Bogdan Chiochiu, DXing from Pierrefonds, Quebec, Sanyo MCD-S830 w/ internal ferrite bar antenna, also using a Panasonic Dx-D14 with a very short ferrite rod ant.! Hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** VENEZUELA. Baseball games are suspended for the time being, due to the present political turmoil. As soon as things return to normal, nightly ballgame commentaries will be heard on the AM band. There are two interesting pages showing a list of the Circuito AM Center stations covering all Los Tiburones de la Guairá games http://www.tiburonesdelaguaira.com.ve/circuito.php and a list of the Circuito Radio Venezuela stations covering the Aguilas del Zulia games http://www.aguilas.com/circuito.html Not many of the CRV outlets can be monitored live on the Internet right now, but this morning I was pleased to have a go at "las grandes canciones de navidad" on Mara 900, which can be found at http://www.radiovenezuela.com.ve (Henrik Klemetz, Sweden, Dec 22, dxing.info via DXLD) ** YUGOSLAVIA [non]. Radio Yugoslavia: Weren't there already rumours about possible CRI relays via Bijeljina some time ago? (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) UNIDENTIFIED. 5079.8 kHz - 16 DEC 2002 - 1515 UT. Sounded like Radio Pakistan in Dari (Karel Honzik, Czechia, Dec 21, hard-core-dx via DXLD) Hi Karel, If it is Pakistan on 5079.8 I think it will be their Current Affairs programme which is on air at 1300-1800. They have another transmission at 0200-0400. This is via a 100kW transmitter at Islamabad and was using 7105 - or thereabouts. The Dari service at 1515-1545 should be using 5860 and 7375. It was still heard there a few days ago (Noel Green, England, hard-core-dx via DXLD) 5080.3: Reports of Radio Pakistan in this range. Talk here at 1310 Dec 22 in language, carrier heard before 1300, any help most appreciated (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. Dec 14 [Sat] 1325, 27735 kHz. Private church station (Ireland?). Songs by children, with piano accompaniment. Long breaks between songs, announcer was not there. S value varied from 1 to 3, and there was much QRM by CB operators. Dec 15 [Sun], 0900, 27335 [sic -- which is it?] kHz. Church sermon in English (Alexander Yegorov, Kyiv, Ukraine, Signal via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT [non] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bob Padula's hard-hitting, "take-no-prisoners" style of editorial on frequency management in the latest EDXP World Broadcast Monitor was right on the ball. Indeed, when international stations use non-technical bureaucrats to plan their schedules, you can be sure that we are in for chaos on the shortwave bands. Surely, with all the technical know-how at their hands, the three major bodies (ABU, ASBU and HFCC) could have sorted out their plans, even before their five day junket in Bangkok began!! Sophisticated propagation modeling software exists, and frequency management software is probably also available for use by the three organisations. For God's sake, even a simple Excel spreadsheet setup would suffice!! However, what Bob does not say in his editorial is that this mess is largely a result of political motivations within and between each organisation. Each group has to appease their own member countries broadcasting aspirations and demands. At the same time, each body is pushing their particular geographical region's broadcasting rights, obligations and desires. In particular, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has its own agenda and interests. On the surface, there is harmony and co-operation between the parties. Underneath, I believe, each group is trying to get "its pound of flesh". Add to this the DRM experiments, with their 20 kHz bandwidth signals, plus a few other countries who refuse to coordinate with anyone, and you have a recipe for disaster on the shortwave bands. I have felt for some time now that DRM testing should be allocated to a separate frequency range, well away from the existing analogue service, to minimise interference. This would also allow more realistic analysis of how DRM signals co-exist with each other when every station (......every???) switches over to DRM during the next 10-15 years. Once again, we have the wealthy broadcasters using their muscles to stomp all over the SWBC bands with wide bandwidth DRM signals, and to hell with everyone else. Unless broadcasters in general and frequency management bodies in particular begin to coordinate their activities better, the dwindling SW listener market will give up rather quickly bothering with this mode of broadcasting. Within a short time, the stations could end up talking to themselves! (Rob VK3BVW Wagner, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 20, EDXP via DXLD) 2002 CLANDESTINE ACTIVITY SURVEY ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ During the year 2002 the activity of political clandestine stations broadcasting on shortwave has increased by 21 % to 1732 Weekly Broadcasting Hours (WBHs). This is the highest level of activity since 1994 and the third year with increased activity in a row. The clandestine activity now has increased already by more than 50 % from its recent low in 1999. Clandestine activity to target areas on the Asian continent has increased by 20 % to 1312 WBHs and on the African continent by 15 % to 242 WBHs. On the American continent activity has dropped by 8 % to 162 WBHs. In Oceania, which was not active last year, activity is now at 16 WBHs. The number of active target areas (countries) worldwide has increased by one to 22. While Sri Lanka and Colombia are thought to be no longer active; Kazakhstan, Syria and Papua New Guinea are new or reactivated target areas. The three most active target areas worldwide are Iraq with 496 WBHs (+129 when compared with last year - the highest activity to a single target area ever since this survey was started back in 1986), North Korea with 217 WBHs (unchanged from last year) and Iran with 193 WBHs (+43). (unattributed via Hans Johnson, Cumbre DX Dec 22 via DXLD) I assume this be the work of Mathias Kropf, as he does every year (gh, DXLD) TIP FOR RATIONAL LIVING, SOLSTITIAL GREETINGS +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2002 WINTER SOLSTICE GREETINGS FROM AMERICAN ATHEISTS Today at 8:14 PM, Eastern Standard Time, the Sun reaches its southernmost point in its annual apparent journey across the sky. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere know this as the Winter Solstice, marking the official beginning of winter. There is nothing supernatural or mystical about this event. Our planet's axis is tilted slightly with respect to the orbital plane around the Sun, which accounts for our seasons and variations in the length of day and night. Solar rays strike the surface of our hemisphere at a pronounced angle, resulting in less heating. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is summer. The term Solstice derives from the Latin, "solstitium" which combines "sol" or Sun and "stitium," stoppage. This is the longest night and the shortest day of our year. As the months roll by and we head into spring and summer, the days begin to grow longer in their duration. It was no wonder, then, that the ancients perceived all of this as an event laden with profound significance. Solstice events became the nexus of religious and communal rituals throughout the world, and during this time of the year, many of our ancestors celebrated the slow rebirth of the Sun. As Sky & Telescope Editor Alan MacRoberts notes, the Winter Solstice could well be humanity's oldest holiday. It certainly predates the Christian era, as societies and tribal units found cause to celebrate this time of year. Neolithic people knew something of the Winter Solstice, and a number of monuments throughout the world reflect the profound ceremonial significance of this period. New Grange in Ireland, Maes Howe in the Orkneys and other monuments were oriented toward the rising sun on the Solstice Day. The theme of solar rebirth carried over to later Pagan holidays which commemorated the births of numerous god-men and saviors -- Dionysius, Helios, Apollo, Hercules, Horus, Mithra, Osiris, Perseus and others. Under the Roman Emperor Aurelian (270-275 BCE), these were combined into the "Feast of Sol Invicta," or birthday of the unconquered Sun on December 25. This cultural residue with roots in ancient human history survived even into the so-called "Christian era" and the alleged birth of Jesus Christ. Some early Christians celebrated the nativity feast in the spring. The Puritans later eschewed the holiday altogether, considering (rightly) that it was rooted in Pagan sensibilities and practices. Not all Atheists may choose to celebrate the Winter Solstice. For those who do, however, it is an event firmly entwined with the natural world and the motion of our cosmos rather than blind faith and superstition. It is a rational alternative to the often dreary and religion-saturated miasma of the Christmas time, redolent in its themes of blind submission and abandonment of the intellect. Besides, it is also a wonderful and fitting period to party with friends, exchange gifts and celebrate the human experience with all of its potential! And what a year it has been... So, on behalf of all of us at the American Atheists Center, the President, Board Members and Officers of our organization wish each and every one of you a happy Winter Solstice! The Winter Solstice Occurs on Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 8:14 PM EST -- Good Cheer and Good Wishes For the New Year! For more information: http://www.atheists.org/Atheism/seasons.html ("The Solstitial and Equinoctial Seasons," by Frank Zindler) http://www.americanatheist.org/supplement/wintersol-ej2000.html ("What I Want For Winter Solstice," by Ellen Johnson) http://www.americanatheist.org/supplement/wintersol-sun-moon.html ("Winter Solstice: Sun, Moon and Worship," by Conrad Goeringer) http://www.skyandtelescope.com (Web site for Sky & Telescope magazine -- click on December 16, 2002 Press Release link: "December Solstice Signals the Start of a New Season," by Alan MacRoberts) (AA Newsletter Dec 21 via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ A few M class flares have been noted since the 16th, and combined with a coronal hole has raised the earth's geomagnetic field to active/storm levels today. The week started quietly but flare activity and coronal holes led to some degradation over polar paths. The current disturbance was originally forecast to hit earlier in the week but appears to have been delayed. IPS Geomagnetic Warning 45 was issued on 20 December and is current for interval 21-22 December. Coronal hole induced geomagnetic activity observed over past 24 hours. Further actviity expected first half of today particular if southward interplanetary magnetic field persists. Minor storm (Major storm periods) expected 22 Dec due to recent mass ejection associated with M2.7 flare. Activity could be extended to 23rd due to M6.8 event, effects expected to be less due to relatively impulsive nature of flare. Prepared using data from www.ips.gov.au Merry Christmas to all (Richard Jary, Australia, Dec 21, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-200, December 20, 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 1161: WWCR: Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Sat 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 WBCQ: Mon 0545 on 7415 WRN: Rest of world Sat 0900, Eu Sun 0530, NAm Sun 1500 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1161.html UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL Thanks again for your fine efforts throughout this year and years past, and Happy Holidays, as Groucho Marx used to say, to you and whoever you are shacking up with! (Tom Roche) See Also FRANCE ** ABKHAZIA. 9489.4, R. Abkhazia, 1454 Dec 17 with Russian opera, talks by OM in Russian, ID at 1457 "...Abkhaz R" by YL followed by slow music "I will always love you'. Vacant carrier for about 1 min, then sign off. Signal ^-7 with carrier on 9490.0 (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AFGHANISTAN. RADIO TRANSMITTER INSTALLED IN AFGHAN GHOWR PROVINCE - IRAN RADIO | Text of report by Iranian radio from Mashhad on 20 December An FM radio transmitter has been installed in the [Afghan central] province of Ghowr. According to the [Iranian] Central News Unit from Kabul, Dr Sayd Makhdom Rahin, the Afghan minister of information and culture, said that one of the most important programmes of the Ministry of Information and Culture was to install radio transmitters in all provinces of Afghanistan. Among them, some deprived provinces like Ghowr, Nimroz, Farah, Khost, Bamian, Urozgan and Badakhshan were at the top of the ministry's priority list. It [Ghowr] is the first deprived province of Afghanistan where a radio transmitter has been installed. The Afghan minister of information and culture had promised Herat, Farah and Nimroz provinces this [that they would have a transmitter installed]. The slow pace of reconstruction and non-realization of international assistance have prevented most provinces from getting even one radio transmitter. Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mashhad, in Dari 0330 gmt 20 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. 12/19/02. As per message received from Mr Ian Williams, start up date for HCJB-Australia broadcasts to India has been delayed till January 7, 2003. Frequencies also currently being reviewed and not finalised yet (Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, India, EDXP via DXLD) ** CANADA. CBC/RADIO-CANADA MAKES ARCHIVAL COLLECTION AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE ON THE INTERNET http://cbc.ca/archives http://radio-canada.ca/archives MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - What images are conjured up when you hear the words "Henderson has scored for Canada" or "This afternoon in St. John's, Newfoundland, a young man named Terry Fox started running and he says that he won't stop until he reaches British Columbia."? Internet users now have access to the bilingual CBC Radio & Television Archives Web Site [as above], making these Canadian memories available online through audio and video clips, with support from Canadian Heritage's "Canadian Culture Online funding program." According to Lucie Lalumière, Executive Director, New Media, more than 1,000 news and current affairs radio and television clips and 1,000 original pages of information are available online, enhanced with texts exploring the historical context surrounding significant events. Says François Boulet, Archives Website Director: "The CBC/Radio-Canada Archives site will double the original content in the coming year, offering all Canadians, especially teachers and students, a unique journey through time to learn about events and rediscover outstanding figures throughout Canadian history." The Archives project has confirmed financial support from Heritage's "Canadian Culture Online" funding program in the amount of $4.6 million, accounting for 75 per cent of the resources required to digitize and operate the site. As a result of this support, the CBC Archives site are now the largest digitized collection in the country. "This is one of the best gifts we could give our fellow Canadians," said Sylvain Lafrance, Vice-President, CBC French Radio and New Media. "The archives of English and French Radio and Television are our collective memory. The project ensures that the historic programming CBC/Radio-Canada has produced over the last 50 years will endure and continue to be enjoyed by the public, who may now access it on the Internet." The "For Teachers" section includes numerous educational class projects that are linked to themes such as war and conflict, politics and economy and disasters and tragedies. These materials are intended to complement the most recent school curricula from all Canadian schools. Educational activities are provided for each topic, organized by grade level, all at no charge. This section was designed by and for late-elementary and secondary teachers, with the objective of providing them with a research and learning tool to help their students discover the people and events that have marked our society. CBC/Radio-Canada has partnered with the National Film Board to promote awareness of Canadian culture and history. Both are recipients of funding from the "Canadian Culture Online" program. They have combined their resources to offer surfers mutual links and complementary references to key events in Canadian history. "The Government of Canada is committed to encourage learning about our history and to provide Internet access to innovative Canadian content that is both interesting and pertinent, in both official languages," said Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps. "The Canadian Culture Online program and CBC/Radio-Canada help breathe life into archives that echo the voices of Canada's previous generations." The CBC/Radio-Canada Archives has been made possible by the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canadian Culture Online" funding programs. These programs exist to foster a deeper understanding of Canada and its rich diversity by stimulating the development of, and ensuring access to, quality digital Canadian cultural content in both official languages. For further information about the "Canadian Culture Online" funding programs, visit the Web site http://www.canadianheritage.ca/ccop-pcce -30- For further information: Barbara Nyke, CBC New Media Communications, (416) 205-8519, barbara_nyke@cbc.ca or Sonya-Kim St-Julien, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, (819) 997-7788 ==== (via Eleanor Brown, writer-editor- researcher, Montreal, Canada CAJ-list via Ricky Leong, DXLD) ** CANADA. Sorry for the late reply. We are all really busy as you can probably imagine. We are getting swamped with emails and telephone calls every day now. I'll do my best to answer most of questions. Our transmitter site is on the 75th floor at First Canadian Place in Downtown Toronto. We have been approved to use 250 watts. However, in a few more months, we will be increasing our power to 2500 watts and using flat panel antenna to increase our footprint in the South East area near Oakville. Our present signal footprint covers most of downtown Toronto with little interference. We have tested the signal as for North as King City. To the east, our signal is interfered with if you are close to the lake. WYRK out of Buffalo still has some Toronto air space. The same goes with in the west. Our official call sign is CFIE. As mentioned with our power increase, we also have applied in Kitchener, Edmonton, and Montreal. We have been given licenses in Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa. Our satellite channel is available 12 hours per day from 9-9. You will require a custom modified receiver and LNB from our Broadcast Partner. MediaNet Communications. We plan to have a channel on a Direct to Home satellite provider soon. (Star Choice or Bell ExpressVu). I hope this email serves you well and thanks for your interest. I knocked off to birds with one stone today as parts of this email our going to the website and an "auto-responder" email next. Once again, thanks. Chris Spence Technical Producer/Director Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. 366 Adelaide St. E., Suite 342 Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3X9, Canada Ph: 416-703-1287 Fx: 416-703-4328 http://www.aboriginalradio.com *** Broadcasting in Downtown Toronto on 106.5 FM CFIE *** (via John Grimley, ODXA via DXLD) ** CHINA. CRI in Russian was 9+10dB on 7255 at 1005, and I could hear additionally the frequency 7245, which I see is registered as only 50 kW. It was not as strong as the other 41m outlets --- including HUH 7110. I think it was TWN audible on top of all else on 7415 around 1020 very strong, but 7105 is a dreadful mess of noise and voice jamming (Noel Green, England, Dec 19, via Olle Alm, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Urumqi went off at 0800; before that 7230 was at fair level. Maintenance at Urumqi thus seems to be Tuesday and Thursday at 0800- 1100. 11975 used for Kyrgyz during the summer has been replaced by 7120. Despite that the Mongolian channel has a break when Kyrgyz is aired, these services use different shortwave transmitters. There is a 5 to 10 minutes overlap between the respective frequencies. The reason seems to be that Kyrgyz is directional, Mongolian nondirectional. NRG, note that 7245 CRI in Russian is listed as 120 kW, 50 deg, not 50 kW. At my location this channel is much weaker than 7255, etc. (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CHINA. Hi Glenn, I noted the following situation on 9530 today at 1100 to 1200 UT. This is a followup to my 6160 kHz observation of a few days ago. I heard VOA broadcasting in Chinese on 9530 kHz between 1100 to 1300 UT according to PWBR. I also heard a broadcast from China's Central People's BS which is parallel on 5880 kHz which is listed out of Shijiazhuang, China. This station isn't listed on 9530, however. The other day I ran into the same situation exactly on 6160 kHz. The only difference was the frequency, 6160 vice 9530. I wonder if this broadcast from China is intended to block VOA? (Chuck Bolland, Clewiston, Florida, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Sure, why not; they try to block VOA as much as possible; Shijiazhuang is just one of many transmitter sites carrying the same program ** CHINA. CHINA'S EXTENSIVE, SOPHISTICATED BLOCKING OF WEB SITES DOCUMENTED - REPORT China is successfully preventing the public from accessing a wide range of Internet sites, Harvard-based researchers have found. About 12 per cent of sampled sites were blocked in some form during the test period. The series of tests, carried out from May to November 2002, found that over 19,000 web sites were inaccessible through Chinese internet servers. The results are available in a report titled "Empirical analysis of internet filtering in China". Authors Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman of Harvard Law School, found at least four independently operable filtering systems in operation. They believe that the systems which block web sites are becoming more refined. Many news, dissident, health, educational, religious, Taiwanese and some other foreign government web sites were blocked, they found. The report added that the BBC web site was consistently unavailable and that CNN, Time and some American newspapers were often blocked too. Blocking was not always consistent the report said, but the blocking policy did appear to be updated regularly. It concluded that Chinese internet filtering appears to be an important instrument of state policy and one to which considerable human and technical resources are apportioned. The report is available at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/china Source: BBC Monitoring research 19 Dec 02 (via DXLD) ** CUBA. RSF PUBLISHES REPORT ON REPRESSION OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA | Text of press release by Paris-based organization Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) on 17 December As the European Parliament today awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights to Cuban dissident Osvaldo Paya, Reporters without Borders published a report condemning the complete absence of press freedom in Cuba. It called on the European Union (EU) to make Cuban membership in the Cotonou Agreement conditional on the Cuban government ending its media monopoly, legalising independent news agencies and releasing four journalists from prison. It also called on the EU "to give effective support" to independent Cuban journalists. The report - "Cuba, where news is the exclusive reserve of the state" - describes prison conditions for the four journalists: bad food, harassment, humiliating treatment and filthy conditions. The longest- held prisoner, Bernardo Arevalo Padron, was arrested in 1997 and has just been diagnosed with leptospirosis, which is spread by rats. He should have been freed on parole in October 2000, but the government refuses to release him "because he has not co-operated in his re- education programme." The Cuban constitution decrees that the government has a monopoly of the media. Like Arevalo Padron, about 100 independent journalists, grouped in 20 or so agencies that the authorities refuse to recognise, try to exercise their right to inform the public. Because they are censored in their own country, they publish their articles in the foreign press or on the Internet, which are not readily available in Cuba. The report details the constant harassment the journalists are subjected to, including arrests, police summonses, pressure on their families and visits to their homes. They are closely watched by the regime's police. One was even called in for questioning after a neighbour told the authorities she heard him shouting criticism of the government inside his house. About 50 journalists have gone into exile since 1995. "Despite this intimidation, independent journalists say their activities are fairly tolerated these days," the report says, but concludes that in reality this is not so. It says the government's repression has achieved its goal of keeping independent journalists this side of the "red line," which puts out unauthorised news to the general population. President Fidel Castro said on 8 December that Cuba will apply to join the Cotonou Agreement, which allows 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to receive economic aid and better trade terms from member-states of the European Union. Source: Reporters Sans Frontières press release, Paris, in English 17 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. 1098, Radio Bayrak 1st programme in Turkish was heard with distorted audio at 2110-2203 giving ID: "Burasi Lefkosa, Radio Bayrak". QRM Slovak Radio 1098 kHz and Radio Rossii. 6150.04, Bayrak International was heard at 1520-1730 giving "Bayrak International" identifications, playing international pop music. News in English around 1630 and a feature program in English on Northern Cyprus matters at 1700. QRM Radio Singapore International. A Chinese station started at 1730 UT and blocked the reception totally. Both stations were monitored in the beginning of December (Jari Korhonen FIN-82500 Kitee, Dec 18, dxing.info via DXLD) ** FINLAND. CHRISTMAS TRANSMISSION OF SWR - OFFICIAL STATION OF SANTA Howdy how dear listeners, Scandinavian Weekend Radio Christmas Day transmission on 25th December 2002 includes following programme items... Or, of course, if we are exact this transmission began already on Christmas Eve at 22 hours UT... UT Programme 22 Lahjattomat 23 Lasol Hot Hits 24 Lasol Hot Hits 01 SWR Crew 02 SWR Crew 03 SWR Crew 04 Radio Marabu - Dark Beat 05 Suomirokkia kantoaallolla höystettynä by Esa 06 Progressive rock and other strange things by Esa 07 Free Radio News by Esa 08 Letterbox 09 SWR Jouluparaati 10 Radiolehtikatsaus 11 Radiolehtikatsaus 12 Area 48. Paljastuksia Joulupukista.... 13 World Radio Roulette 14 SWR Crew 15 Lasol Hot Hits 16 Radio Marabu - Marabu Christmas 17 SWR Crew 18 Radio Marabu - Marabu Flashback Weihnachtstipps 19 Progressive rock and other strange things by Esa 20 SWR Crew 21 Joulusaunan lämmitys You can find us on 5980, 5990 or 6170 and 11690 or 11720 kHz on 48 and 25 mb SW-dial. More (updated?) details of programmes and frequency- table can be found from our web-pages: http://www.swradio.net NOTE: Because this is a little bit Special transmission day it might be possible that we had to change our frequencies without preforehand notice. IF YOU COULD NOT FIND US ON OUR TABLED FREQUENCY, PLEASE TRY OTHER ONES! We LIKE you to take LIVE-contacts to us during this Christmas transmission. So, do not hesitate to call or send SMS-messages. Our phonenumber is +358 400 995 559. Reminder: Send your reception reports now (November and December transmissions) There will be prizes for most distant listeners for example interesting FM AM-Roulette-CD including station identifications all over the World. Send your reporst with return postage of 2 IRC's/ 2 US-$/ 2 EURO to: SWR, P.O.Box 35, FIN-40321 JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND. Regards, Alpo, Scandinavian Weekend Radio (also via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** FRANCE. Hi, I am sorry that I misprinted a frequency in last week's Short Wave Bulletin. As Glenn pointed out I heard TDF-CCETT, France on 25775 kHz and no other frequency. It seems like I`m growing older, not only in the visible parts of me, but also in my brains. Well, it also gave me a good reason to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a big "Thank you" for all your efforts during 2002! 73 from (Björn Fransson, the island of Gotland, Sweden, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FRANCE. Re 1557 kHz: ``The TdF transmitter at Antibes Plateaux Fleuris (a.k.a. the Nice site), currently carrying France Info on 1557 kHz, is to be taken out of service within a few weeks. As soon as the new aerial is erected near Fontbonne (a site that TdF took over two years ago from the now defunct Radio Monte Carlo)... (ARC Info Desk)`` Quite interesting, because Fontbonne is in fact the site where the shortwave transmitters used by Trans World Radio are located. However, the headline of http://perso.wanadoo.fr/tvignaud/galerie/am/06fontbonne.htm suggests that TDF constructs an own mediumwave transmitter there while the existing facilities remained in RMC ownership. Otherwhise indeed TDF now transmits Trans World Radio, no longer RMC. Pictures of the doomed Antibes Plateaux Fleuris site: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/tvignaud/galerie/am/06nice.htm (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. Remarks on AFN Germany: Relays of US networks are a great part of the AFN programming. Any breaks for commercials within the network programming are filled by AFN with own stuff of the described kind, indeed also by the local AFN outlets, not only the Frankfurt headquarter. Hence these opt-outs are so numerous. Such automated insertions into network programming are also a common practice amongst commercial stations in Germany. With the exception of Aachen all commercial FM stations in Nordrhein-Westfalen have only a few hours of own programming a day. Otherwise they relay Radio NRW, produced at Oberhausen. But you will never hear any "Radio NRW" ID, it is an anonymous network, and local ID's as well as commercials are inserted into the programming by means of remote control. Radio NRW homepage: http://www.radionrw.de/main.php3?id=1000 ----- (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. Latest news from the DAB (Eureka-147) disaster in Germany: At Berlin four commercial broadcasters just returned their authorizations for DAB transmissions, stating that a continuation of the service would be justifiable only if the media authority MABB pays all transmission costs. MABB already declared itself as unable to do this, so seven programs will disappear from the DAB bouqets at Berlin. Word is that also the two major commercial networks in Thuringia cancelled their DAB transmissions after the media authority there ceased to sponsor them (I write "word is" because I have no confirmation for an actual removal of these networks from the DAB bouqet so far). A broadcast engineer just told me that he expects a complete DAB shut-down in Saxony and Thuringia for 2004 or 2005. Best regards, Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. The DW on 25740 was providing a "spectacular" signal around 1040 --- I could detect at least three echoes --- which didn`t do much for audibility, though. There was even an echo on RFI 25820 too (Noel Green, England, Dec 19, via Olle Alm, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Solar flux was predicted at 200 that day (SEC via gh, DXLD) ** GUAM. RESCUE RADIO: SUPER-TYPHOON HITS GUAM; HAMS SAFE AND OPERATING Reports over a popular ham radio website that the territory of Guam was hit by a "Super Typhoon" on Sunday December 8th. And while no stations from Guam have been heard here in the United States, reports over the Internet say that everyone is O-K. We have more in this report: -- Duncan Campbell, KF6ILA portable KH2 lives on Guam. He says over the QRZ website that the typhoon packed sustained winds of 160 miles per hour with gusts topping 190 miles per hour. News reports pick up from there. They say that the storm damaged much of the island's infrastructure including electrical power and knocked out wired and cellular telephone service. And Campbell's posting adds that along with the loss of electricity and water, the port of Guam was the scene of a major fire that destroyed the reserve tanks of fuel used across the island. The blaze started during the storm and the island is now low on gasoline. He says that the sale of the remaining fuel is restricted to emergency vehicles only. With the clean up now underway the good news is that all the Amateur radio operators on Guam are believed to be safe. Campbell says that several hams are known to have lost their antenna systems and the island`s only repeater was also blown off the air. This, the result of the collapse of a nearby cellular telephone tower striking it as it fell. KF6ILA says that some hams are already back on the air handling post storm related communications. All operation is on the high frequency bands centered near 14.310, 21.375 and 28.520 MHz. Another frequency - - 7.085 MHz is supposed to be used for emergencies but so far no stations have been heard. By Sunday December 15th, Andersen Air Force Base and part of hotel row in the town of Tumon had power restored. But news reports say that other parts of Guam could remain blacked out for a fairly long time. And even though it`s almost two weeks since the storm hit, if you hear ongoing emergency or storm related communications please give it priority over any other use you might have for the frequency. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of Q-News Australia. – A little more information comes from the Guam Pacific Daily News. It says that that the Red Cross and Salvation Army are on Guam providing post typhoon relief. Also, that the Red Cross service center has already processed over 200 requests for disaster assistance. Meantime, another poster to QRZed says that he arrived in port at Guam on December 14th. N6HPX says that the repeater is back up and operating on 146.91 MHz, but there is nobody on the air using it (QRZ, Q-News, others, all via Amateur Radio Newsline Dec 20 via DXLD) ** GUAM [non]. GUAM EMERGENCY BROADCAST SCHEDULE The following emergency broadcast schedule will be into effect until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Area Language UTC Time Frequency MB Station E. China Mandarin 1000-1100 15260 19 UAE E. China Mandarin 1100-1400 7180 41 Taiwan E. China Mandarin 2100-2200 11720 25 Taiwan E. China Mandarin 2200-2400 11655 25 Taiwan Indonesia Indonesian 2200-2300 11850 25 Taiwan Cambodia Khmer 1330-1400 11850 25 Taiwan Korea Korean 1200-1300 9780 31 Taiwan Korea Korean 2000-2100 11700 25 Taiwan Japan Japanese 1300-1330 11980 25 Taiwan Updated: 20 December 2002 (from http://www.awr.org/guamsched.html via Glenn Hauser, DXLD) Are they still IDing as ``KSDA`` ??? ** INDONESIA. Glenn, 11785, Voice of Indonesia 2000-2026 12/18. English service with ID and mention of frequencies 9525, 15150, 11785. Regional news; commentary on Singapore & Indonesian relations. Tourism program, "Getting to know Indonesia", local music. Checked // frequencies, 9525 a mess of QRM splatter (5 kHz both sides). 15150 was silent; off air? (Scott R Barbour Jr NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN [non]. 11575, Radio Sedaye Iran, 1635-1640 Dec 17, continuous slow talks in Farsi by OM about Mojahed, Azadi, Talebans, Hamenei, Rafgsanjani. At 1659 with ID 'Azadi Radio Sedaye Iran'. Program continues and after 1700 clear signal with S9+10 db (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also unID 7070 ** IRAN [non]. R. Barabari, [7470??], 1705 Dec 17, YL reading a statement in Farsi, 1717 a discussion /interview with topics on Iran and Islam. Jammer at 1720 completely wiping out Barabari. Not sure if Barabari used another transmitter on 7460 at 1730 as a low level signal (S3 or 24242) has been heard with a YL with talks in Farsi speaking on Balucchistan and a possible ID with Azadi has been heard. At 1740 this frequency has been jammed with the same jammer (7470 is now clear) (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN [non]. 7460, R. Payam E Doost [news from friend/of friendship] 1759 Dec 17 with music, and YL IDing "sedaye Payam E Dost' then talks by same YL 1803 with pop song interrupted by YL and nice slow music in between talks. At 1823 with a Rajasatani pop. Talks about and with doctor Inholi /Tirondol. Programming seemed of a religious type. Also web page (bahairadio.net) coincides with my opinion as a religious radio station. Poor signal 22432 suffered by 7490 (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAQ [non]. Information Radio, 9715, 1921 Man seems to ID the station with talks by ?? At 1929 the Titanic is heard. An ID at 1933 then with Arabic song, 1939 with ID? by OM and talks by YL then into Arabic song at 1942 with western pop. At 1951 with clear ID "Idaat al ma'lumat" and talks by YL then with Ghazali song, possibly Arabic. After this station is heavily QRMed by the dominant of this freq QRM: R Mayak with German songs, or DW in Russian. Signal levels: Maximum level found S9+10 (mostly the Russian station) SINPO 32432 till 1951 then 114-1. On 11292 there was a carrier from 1520 of maximum S2 but audio level is very low with just S1 with 10 db preamplification at best (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Dec 18 around 1930 the reception on 9715 was real good. Most of the time until their sign-off at 2002 overriding totally DW Russian program. Best on USB. The lower sideband was real weak, allowing DW to be heard there. A short tuning signal of 1kHz was audible when the audio went off at 2002. On Dec 19 at 1930 DW was dominant on 9715, Information Radio peaking up at times. This time both sidebands were equal. On 11292 I have managed to hear only a weak carrier (Jari Savolainen, Kuusankoski, Finland, Dec 20, dxing.info via DXLD) ** IRELAND. BROADCASTER FOUND GUILTY OF ABUSE 18/12/2002 - 01:02:57 The founder and owner of Radio Dublin, the longest-running pirate radio station in Ireland, has been found guilty in the Central Criminal Court of sexually assaulting four girls in his home. Eamonn "Captain" Cooke (66), with addresses at Heatherview Avenue, Tallaght and Wheatfields Court, Clondalkin, will be sentenced later by Mr Justice John Quirke who said he "hadn't the slightest doubt that the verdicts brought in are the correct verdicts".... http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=57402036&p=574xz74z&n=57402796 (via Ulis Fleming, DXLD) WARNING: Graphic content. As I recall, R. Dublin used to be on 6900. Little did we know what was going on there behind the scenes, like KTBN (gh) ** ITALY. RAI is on strike again. Today (Dec. 20), instead of its regular news bulletins, the External Service carries translated announcements about the strike in its usual languages and Italian songs. Live RialAudio channel: rtsp://live.media.rai.it/encoder/international.rm It's a national strike that includes all Italian journalists, not only those from RAI. They want better social conditions. According to a RIAN report in Russian, RAI journalists has also demanded from the parliament to appoint new leaders for the corporation (Sergei Sosedkin, IL, Dec 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KAZAKHSTAN [non]. 9925, R. Dat, 1615 Dec 17. OM with news in Russian. Mentions of a professor, problems of Kazakhstan, Nazerbayev. ID as ``Govorit Radio Dat, svobodna radio dlya svobodna Kazakhstana, shlyushate radio Dat`` giving frequencies at 1630 and web address http://www.datradio.com and later with reference to Yeltsin. Signal about S5. On 18.12 with S9+10 and 33433 (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KOREA NORTH. Pyongyang is having problems with the 6100/6070 transmitter. Most days the Japanese service (0900-1250) is on 6071.4v instead of 6070. When on 6100, the transmitter does not show this problem, but the audio level on both frequencies is often shallow to very shallow with absolutely no processing. I believe this transmitter is located near Pyongyang rather than at Kanggye. Last Sunday Kanggye was off for two hours (scheduled blackout?) on 3960, 6398 and 11680, while 6100 stayed on. The kind of problems 6100/6070 is having is also more typical for Pyongyang than for Kanggye or Kujang. Pyongyang 6250/6010 is also having a frequency stability problem of the jitterbug type, sometimes jumping around wildly. On Wednesday the 6015 noise jammer at Kujang was off for many hours. A bubble jammer on the low side was the only countermeasure left. I don't understand why they bother to jam services from abroad as the number of North Korean listeners having equipment to receive those transmissions must be extremely small (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KYRGYZSTAN. The believed Bishkek transmitter on 4050 often has the same 1 kHz pips before their 0230 s/on as 4010 has before the 0000 s/on. I have heard 4050 announcing for each two or three songs played "(something very short) shortwave" by a male voice followed by "(something a little longer) shortwave" by a female voice. The "something" could be two to four letters (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LEBANON [non]. 11515, Sawt Al Huriah, 1612 Dec 17 with ID ``Sawt Al Huriah'- Idaatu Lebanon Radio Tayyar``, then with songs. Full ID again at 1631 with email address radio@tayyar.org (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** LIBERIA. Our FM station is in operation, and the shortwave equipment has been delivered. Hope to have that on the air by Jan or Feb, as Voice of Hope, Africa. After that to be upgraded also to serve the Middle East. Working on getting programming on other African stations by mid-03. Some Nigerians are training in Louisville. Seeing all the homeless children in the wake of civil war when we visited a few months ago broke our hearts, so we are also building an orphanage in Monrovia (Doc Burkhart, Dec WJIE Update, monitored Dec 20 at 1330, notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MARSHALL ISLANDS. Agreement has been reached with our partner 25 kW MW station here to help in constructing their tower (the rest of the station is already built), in returning for allowing us to build a shortwave station, in one of the best areas we`ve seen (Doc Burkhart, Dec WJIE Update, monitored Dec 20 at 1330, notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) Station name, location, frequency??? ** OKLAHOMA. RESCUE RADIO: NEW SALVATION ARMY STATION The Salvation Army, and the Oklahoma City Autopatch Association hosted the grand opening of the Salvation Army Emergency Communication Center. It took place in Oklahoma on Saturday, December 14th. The new center is located at the Salvation Army Citadel on SE 44th Street in Oklahoma City. Frank McCollum, N5FM, the station trustee, held the first net from the new facility at 9 am. McCollum helped to establish the first station in 1986, at The Salvation Army's Arkansas Oklahoma and Divisional Headquarters where it remained until two years ago. The new station features very modern gear. It is designed to allow multiple High Frequency, VHF and UHF stations to provide ongoing communications services at the same time (WA6LBU, Amateur Radio Newsline Dec 20 via DXLD) ** RUSSIA. I think today was maintenance day at Yakutsk as I couldn`t trace any of their 41m transmissions around 0800. Instead, CNR-2 was coming in on 7200 at S5 // 17700. However, I think I could hear YAK later in the morning back on air. A new Rossii frequency was noted at 0750 on 7295 --- I haven`t heard this one before. It was either from northern European Russia or from somewhere in the Siberian region. Signal strength was about 3 to 5 with flutter --- and the flutter got worse as the morning progressed. Except for Yakutsk, the only other Russian frequency normally heard, but not accounted for, was Irkutsk 7440. I wonder if their engineers had forgotten to change frequency? I must remember to check again tomorrow (Noel Green, England, Dec 19, via Olle Alm, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yakutsk was off at 0830, apparently on all four frequencies. I also believe R Rossii 7295 was a problem at Irkutsk since the normally heard 7440 was missing around 0800 here too (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. Here's a follow-up to a report on Putin's call-in broadcast (see DXLD 2-196): Sociologists say that more than 70 percent of TV-viewers turned on their boxes Thursday to watch President Putin answer people's questions. The Komkon-media sociological service says, for example, that 72 percent of the audiences of the first and second channels of national television sat glued to TV sets. Three leading radio stations – Mayak, Radio Russia and Voice Of Russia - also broadcast Putin's live Q and A session (Voice of Russia News, 12/20/2002 via Sergei Sosedkin, IL, DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. 7590, Al Islah /MIRA, 1913 Dec 17; checked with Al islah satellite feed and program is totally in parallel. Man with continuous talks in Arabic. Many audio problems over the HF air as well in the satellite with HF gaining in 'fidelity' over satellite. Signal level S9+20 (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SYRIA [non]. 7470 //12015 R ... YL with talks on start of the program, OM with Qur`anic verses 1610 Dec 17. Arabic song 1620 talks with references to community (serikat). Signals on 7470 at S9; \\ 12085 delayed more than 15 secs with no signal... (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TATARSTAN. Glenn, FYI. A QSL and personal letter received via Voice of Tartarstan QSL manager Ildus Ibatullin, informs that as of January 1, 2003 the "Voice of Tartarstan" will be called "New Century". ID in Russian, "Nowyy Wek" and Tatar, "Yanay Gasyr". The frequencies will remain the same (Scott R Barbour Jr, NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TIBET [non]. 15645, Voice of Tibet *1215-1242 12/19. Intro music and ID. Several recorded speeches, brief musical bits between items with female announcer. Good reception with NO Chinese jammer for once(!), tho CBS, Taipei was audible underneath. Began to rapidly fade at 1238, gone by 1242 (Scott R Barbour Jr NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. PROMS 2002 REPEAT BROADCASTS BBC Radio 3 90-93FM and http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 will be broadcasting 13 Proms between 23 December and 7 January, ranging from swing music by Wynton Marsalis to Bernard Haitink's Bruckner 4. Full details can be found on the Proms website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/broadcasts/index.shtml A series of Proms repeats on BBC Four Television are also planned for some time in January - we'll send you details when the schedule is confirmed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2003 SEASON The Proms website will be announcing details of the 2003 season at the end of April. We'll send you an email as soon as the concert and booking information becomes available. The 2003 season will run from 18 July until 13 September. SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM ALL AT THE BBC PROMS http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms (BBC Proms mailing list via gh, DXLD) ** U K. They've been building this up all week... including a mention on "World Update" this morning. --- || THE WORLD'S TOP TEN 55 mins | Saturday 21st Steve Wright presents the results of a mega global music poll which will identify the world's favourite talent - local as well as international. BBC World Service has been asking its 150 million listeners from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe to vote for their all-time favourite songs, creating the ultimate World's Top Ten. || West Africa | Sun 0806 rpt 2106, Mon 0206; Europe | Sat 1306 rpt Mon 0206; East and South Africa | Sun 0706 rpt 1906, Mon 0206; Middle East | Sat 1206 rpt Mon 0206; South Asia | Fri 2206 rpt Sat 0506, Sun 1206; East Asia | Sat 0306; Americas | Sun 0506 rpt Mon 0206 || PICK OF THE WORLD SERVICE 30 mins | 21st Every week Daire Brehan and the team make their selection of some of the best BBC World Service programmes. On the 21st there will be a selection of the best of the anniversary week of special 70th Birthday programmes. || West Africa | Sat 2206 rpt Sun 1006; Europe | Sat 2306 rpt Sun 0506, 1306; East and South Africa | Sun 1506; Middle East | Sat 2306 rpt Sun 0806, 2006; South Asia | Sat 0806 rpt 2106; East Asia | Sat 1206 rpt 2306, Sun 0806; Americas | Sat 2006 rpt 2306, Sun 0806 -- (BBCWS Audience Relations via Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA USA, swprograms via DXLD) ** U K. BBC Radio Holiday Listening Glenn -- From the Zapsmart mailing list here is a rundown of the best of the music and comedy programming on BBC Radios 1, 2 and 3 during the coming holiday weeks, diligently compiled by our London friend Martin Wheatley. All times given are local London time. [fortunately = UT] Since I have all the info I am going to follow the Radio Times lead and do 2 weeks at one go (besides the chances of it getting done on Boxing Day weren't too high!) Normal scheduling doesn't happen much in this period so I'll try and give an outline where it is different from normal Saturday 12/21 1PM R3 World Routes has a session from North African duo DuOud 2AM R1 Essential Mix is by Carl Cox 4AM R1 Annie Nightingale has mixes from Fluke and Flatliners [=Sun; all the midnight+ listings here are wrong UT day --- gh] Monday 12/23 8PM R1 Lamacq Live is a live from Maida Vale show with Feeder, a mix from Audio Bullys and Noel Gallagher doing an acoustic set Midnight R1 Breezeblock. This is a 4 hour show and is basically a modified repeat of the One Live in Nottingham show with Lemon Jelly. The difference is that it includes the other halves of the mixes by Jacques Lecont and Layo & Bushwacka instead of the parts previously broadcast Tuesday -- Christmas Eve 8PM R1 No Lamacq or Peel tonight. At 8 PM there is a Pete Tong's Essential Selection and at 10PM Sanctified Dance Party 8.30PM R2 A tribute to Spike Milligan Midnight R1 Rock Show is a 4 hour show containing repeats of live performances by Korn from Manchester and 100 Reasons/Amen and Raging Speedhorn from the Reading Festival Wednesday -- Christmas Day 8PM R1 No Lamacq or Peel. At 8PM there is Dance Anthems followed by the Lock Up at 10PM. Gilles Peterson is in his normal position at midnight for those wanting an early night! 8PM R2 All Roads Lead To Lonnie. And how about this - a 1 hour tribute to Lonnie Donnegan on Christmas Day! He never knew he was so important! Thursday -- Boxing Day 8PM R1 John Peel, The Festive Fifty, 5 hour show Midnight R1 One World. This is a 3 hour show and has Nightmares On Wax live and the best of the year`s sessions Friday 12/27 10PM R3 Andy Kershaw has Dorothy Masuka in session. Note the earlier starting time Saturday 12/28 1PM R3 World Routes Documentary about Vietnam 8PM R2 How Ireland Went Pop. First of a 2 part documentary about pop music in Ireland. Thin Lizzy and Van Morrison are in this one (Westlife and Samantha Mumba have to wait till next week!) 2AM R1 Essential Mix is a repeat of the Sasha/John Digweed one from earlier this year (it`s won an award!) 4AM R1 Annie Nightingale has a 1 hour mix from Groove Armada Monday 12/30 8PM R1 Lamacq Live, Best of 2002 Midnight R1 No Breezeblock but a 4 hour Lock Up instead Tuesday -- New Year's Eve 8PM R1 No Lamacq or Peel. Instead standard daytime style progs until the dance progs start 8.30PM R2 First of a 2 part documentary about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Not much Derek and Clive I suspect! 10PM R2 And Radio 2 are getting on the New Year's Eve bandwagon too. Boy George plays disco tracks until 12.30 11PM R1 Essential Mix with Judge Jules and Agnelli And Nelson live from Belfast 12.30AM R2 Stuart Maconie plays Northern Soul 1AM R1 Col Hamilton/Gleave Dobbin/Scott Bond. Bunch of Irish djs live from Belfast 4AM R1 Annie Nightingale has a 1 hour mix from Armand Van Helden and there is also a repeat mix from Cosmos Wednesday -- 1/1/03 12 Midday R2 Part 2 of the Peter Cook And Dudley Moore documentary 12.30 AM R3 It`s World Music Day on Radio 3 and there`s a different artist about every 25 minutes until 5PM. Full details of the schedule can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/wmdhome2003.shtml 7PM R2 A Tribute to Hank Williams 7.20PM R3 World Music Day is back again 9PM R2 A tribute to Little Richard 9.30PM R3 Andy Kershaw presents a live concert from Dingwalls with the Dhol Foundation, Manecas Costa (from Guinea Bissau) and Ellis Hooks (whose band includes Glen Matlock!) 10PM R1 Peel has a repeat session from the Datsuns Thursday 1/2/03 8PM R1 No Lamacq - the new show starts next week. Instead we get "Tips for 2003" 10PM R1 Peel has a session from James Yorkston And The Athletes Midnight R1 One World is a V Recordings special Friday 1/3/03 10.15PM R3 Andy Kershaw has a repeat of his 1999 session from Gillian Welch Phew!!! martinw (Zapsmart list via Tom Roche, DXLD) ** U K. BBC FACES LEGAL THREAT OVER THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Julia Day Monday December 16 2002 The Guardian The BBC is facing legal action over its refusal to allow secular contributors to air their opinions on Radio 4's Thought for the Day. The threat follows a period of mounting pressure on the BBC to change its policy of banning non-religious voices on the two and a half minute slot. The former president of the National Secular Society has set a deadline of Wednesday for the BBC to change its position or face court action under the Human Rights Act. "Around 30% of the population of this country does not hold to any religion, yet this large minority is denied a voice on Thought for the Day," said Barbara Smoker, the author of books on humanism and free thought. Ms Smoker's lawyers believe the ban is a breach of her human rights as a potential contributor and listener. If the corporation refuses to alter its policy, Ms Smoker intends to apply for a judicial review at the high court for breaches of the Human Rights Act. The BBC has refused to comment, saying Ms Smoker's letter of intent is private correspondence. The NSS was one of the groups behind a letter, signed by 100 public figures, urging the BBC governors to open up the two and a half minute slot to secular and atheist thinkers. The letter was signed by former Labour leader Michael Foot, playwright Harold Pinter, broadcaster Sir Ludovic Kennedy and Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins, who became the first ever atheist to deliver an alternative Thought for the Day in August. Thought for the Day has been part of the Radio 4 schedules for decades and the BBC is looking at ways of "refreshing" the slot, broadcast from Monday to Saturday during the Today programme. The BBC's head of religion and ethics Alan Bookbinder, whose appointment 17 months ago caused controversy because he is agnostic, admitted the slot needed "sharpening up". But series producer Christine Morgan insisted the review would not open Thought for the Day up to non-religious voices, saying: "If we include secular voices, we undermine the slot's very distinctiveness." Thought for the Day, which airs at 7.50am each weekday morning, is overseen by the BBC's Manchester-based religious broadcasting department rather than the news division like the rest of the Today programme. Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited (via Bill Westenhaver, DXLD) ** U K. DTI OUTLAW PIRATE PARTY http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/2586961.stm UK nightclub owners are being warned they could face heavy fines or jail sentences if they host parties for pirate radio stations. A government Christmas crackdown is targeting clubs promoting pirate stations, telling them they face the same punishment as the pirate stations themselves. The campaign claimed its first victory after a club in Manchester cancelled a party for local pirate station Buzz FM, after receiving a warning from the Radiocommunications Agency (RA). One thousand operations were carried out against pirates in 2002 Between 80 and 100 illegal stations are on air in the UK at any one time, according to the RA, who said pirates put lives at risk by interfering with air traffic control and emergency service frequencies. "Pirate broadcasters can cause problems for everybody," Radio and Telecoms Minister Stephen Timms said. "Those who support them, by supplying premises or advertising with them, are just as bad. "We need to make sure that we protect the public from these risks, and cracking down on clubs that help the pirates is a vital part of this." Most pirate stations broadcast dance music to relatively small areas from illegal transmitters, often hidden in tower blocks in and around London. Pirate prosecutions The RA has carried out more than 1,000 "operations" against such broadcasters this year - mostly seizing transmitters - which have resulted in 39 successful prosecutions. Pirate broadcasters and nightclubs promoting them face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison if convicted. In 2001, prosecutions resulted in an average fine of £430. The RA is part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which said pirate stations interfere with vital frequencies - mostly air traffic control - on about 12 to 15 known instances per year (via Andy Cadier, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Another version: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/2586961.stm (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** U S A. I was chatting with WDIY-FM's program director earlier today, and he mentioned that NPR was eliminating the World Radio Network ("WRN") from NPR overnight news service as of January 31st 2003. We were discussing various options; the BBCWS is not an option for the station since it isn't a member of PRI and doesn't have the $$ in the budget to become one right now. One option is the WRN1 North American feed; it's free to relay, but they'll need a new dish to pick it up. Another option is Deutsche Welle's satellite-delivered service. Anybody have other ideas? The PD had an interesting take on the role of international broadcasters serving the US market: "It's great to hear about world affairs from a non-domestic perspective, but I don't necessarily want to hear stock market quotes for the Stockholm exchange." Thanks and regards, (Richard Cuff, Allentown, PA, USA, swprograms via DXLD) ** U S A. LUBAVITCHER RADIO [1710 kHz]: F/D unsolicited, but greatly appreciated, Chabad-Lubavitch info sheet for posting somewhere. Said from a National Radio Club DX News log; HA!. Address 770 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn NY 11212 (Harold Frodge, MI, Free Radio Weekly Dec 20 via DXLD) ** U S A. FREEDOM ON IRAN'S AIRWAVES washingtonpost.com Friday, December 20, 2002; Page A42 The U.S. decision to kill Radio Freedom broadcasts to Iran in favor of pop music programs might seem merely silly were it not a slap in the face to the youths demonstrating for reform in the streets of Tehran ["Casey Kasem or Freedom?" op-ed, Dec. 16]. The Broadcasting Board of Governors said it made the decision in the name of ratings. It cited its Radio Sawa, another pop music station that replaced the Voice of America's Arabic service, as being listened to by 41 percent of a youth sample in Amman, Jordan, as opposed to 10 percent who listened to the British Broadcasting Corp. The board should ask itself which group is more important to the Arab future -- those who tune in to hear Eminem and Britney Spears or the smaller number who seek out the news and thoughtful commentaries of the BBC. The board dismisses the broadcasts of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty during the Cold War as "propaganda." In fact, they were not propaganda, because they reflected reform ideas emanating from the audience, not U.S. government positions. Why not offer the same service to people in the Middle East? JAMES CRITCHLOW, Newburyport, Mass. The writer served with Radio Liberty, the U.S. Information Agency and the Board for International Broadcasting. Contrary to what Jackson Diehl says in his op-ed article, dissident Iranian students remain in close and useful contact with the broadcast efforts the United States is aiming at Iran's young people. As we complete the transition to greatly increased programming aimed at Iran's under-30 audience, the voices of student protesters who use their cell phones to reach us are being heard daily on our broadcasts beamed into Iran. We are giving these brave young people what their own government denies them: a way to speak to their fellow citizens. Our new service will also increase news and current affairs programming by 135 minutes, to 315 minutes each day. Mr. Diehl also did not tell The Post's readers that as of Dec. 18 our broadcasts aimed at Iran's young population -- based on Radio Sawa's success in using popular music to attract a huge audience in the Middle East -- will increase by more than three times and that our signal will become available on AM in addition to shortwave. At the same time, the Voice of America will continue its radio and television broadcasts aimed at Iran's older audiences. The new broadcasts and the programming already in place for the older generation will give the United States round-the-clock audiovisual coverage in a nation that is stirring in dissatisfaction over harsh clerical rule. KENNETH Y. TOMLINSON, Chairman, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Washington (© 2002 The Washington Post Company Dec 20 via Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A [non]. You may be wondering about the sites for the now 24h MW frequencies of R. Farda, to Iran: 1539 0000 2400 FRD FRD FA DHA B 010 [UAE] 1593 0000 2400 FRD FRD FA KWT C 005 [Kuwait] While we`re at it, let`s pull out all the Farda listings in the IBB SW schedule as of Dec 20: FA FRD FRD 0000 2400 KWT C 1593 005 FA FRD FRD 0000 2400 DHA B 1539 010 FA FRD FRD 0030 0600 LAM 01 9795 104 FA FRD FRD 0030 0600 BIB 04 9795 105 FA FRD FRD 0030 0400 MOR 01 9585 075 FA FRD FRD 0030 0400 BIB 03 9515 085 FA FRD FRD 0400 0830 KAV 04 15290 095 FA FRD FRD 0400 0600 KAV 02 12015 112 FA FRD FRD 0400 0830 LAM 06 9585 096 FA FRD FRD 0600 0730 KAV 02 17675 100 FA FRD FRD 0730 0830 MOR 01 17675 075 FA FRD FRD 0800 1400 IRA 06 21475 299 FA FRD FRD 0800 1400 KAV 01 13680 100 FA FRD FRD 1400 1700 WOF 04 15410 105 FA FRD FRD 1400 1700 LAM 03 13680 108 FA FRD FRD 1700 1800 IRA 01 11845 315 FA FRD FRD 1700 1900 LAM 02 11705 108 FA FRD FRD 1800 1900 IRA 01 11845 324 FA FRD FRD 1900 2130 LAM 09 11985 104 FA FRD FRD 1900 2130 BIB 06 11985 105 FA FRD FRD 1900 2000 KAV 08 11960 095 FA FRD FRD 1900 2000 DB 07 6140 264 FA FRD FRD 2000 2130 UDO 07 11960 300 FA FRD FRD 2000 2130 UDO 03 9785 300 FA RFE RL12 0000 0430 BIB 04 9795 105 FA RFE RL12 0000 0400 MOR 01 9585 075 FA RFE RL12 0000 0400 BIB 03 9515 085 FA RFE RL12 0400 0430 LAM 06 9585 096 FA RFE RL12 0430 0600 BIB 04 9795 105 FA RFE RL12 0600 1400 BIB 04 15130 105 FA RFE RL12 0800 1400 IRA 06 21475 299 FA RFE RL12 0800 1400 KAV 01 13680 100 FA RFE RL12 1700 1900 IRA 01 11845 324 FA RFE RL12 1700 1900 LAM 02 11705 108 FA RFE RL12 2100 2400 KAV 08 11970 100 FA RFE RL12 2100 2400 IRA 04 11765 324 FARS VOA M1 0300 0400 IRA 04 17855 315 FARS VOA M1 0300 0400 KAV 01 9435 095 FARS VOA M1 0300 0400 KAV 10 7200 105 FARS VOA M1 1700 1900 JUL 03 12110 100 FARS VOA M1 1700 1900 KAV 08 9680 095 FARS VOA M1 1700 1900 KAV 06 6160 105 FARS VOA M1 1800 1900 DB A 972 230 FARS VOA M1 1900 2000 JUL 03 12110 100 FARS VOA M1 1900 2000 IRA 05 9680 316 FARS VOA M1 1900 2000 BIB 02 6160 105 And be on the lookout for jamming, or `frequency conflicts`. Key: BIB = Biblis, Germany; IRA = Iranawila, Sri Lanka; JUL = Jülich, Germany; DB = Dushanbe, Tajikistan; KAV = Kavala, Greece; LAM = Lampertheim, Germany; MOR = Briech?, Morocco; UDO = Udorn, Thailand; WOF = Woofferton, England (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. WJIE update: as transition to digital radio proceeds in the US, WJIE hopes to acquire some discarded analog AM transmitters to put back into service overseas. Lots of new programs are being added to schedule; hope to have WJIE-2 13595 on the air in next few weeks from mid- to end of Dec. Our World Prayer Broadcasting Network includes FM stations in Louisville KY, New Washington IN; AM stations in Evansville IN, Norfolk VA, Jacksonville FL. Objective is to bathe every square inch of the world with prayer (Doc Burkhart, Dec WJIE Update, monitored Dec 20 at 1330, notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) More under LIBERIA; MARSHALL ISLANDS Merry Christmas and New Updates World Prayer Broadcasting Network Dec 20, 2002 We here at the World Prayer Broadcasting Network want to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! We wanted to let you know that we are now STREAMING our signal over the internet. Now you don't even need a shortwave radio to listen to your favorite programs! Just go our home page http://www.wjiesw.com and click Listen Now! We are still offering churches and ministries the opportunity to broadcast on shortwave radio (and now the INTERNET) with no up-front cost. You will never receive a bill or invoice...we just ask that you support us with a monthly love offering of any amount to help us cover the costs of this international outreach. For more information call 502-968-1220 and ask for Morgan or Doc. Our schedule is also online as well...please check it out! Coming up in January...21 DAYS OF FASTING AND PRAYER! Please continue to pray for our ministry.... God bless you, and thank you, Doc Burkhart World Prayer Broadcasting Network---- **WJIE International Shortwave 1 & 2 **KVOH International Shortwave 1 & 2 **Voice of Liberty 102.3FM Monrovia, Liberia **Voice of Hope Africa Shortwave 1 & 2 **Voice of Hope Nigeria (Christian FM Network) **Liberia Children's Project (orphanage and clinic-Liberia) ****and the future! (WJIE mailing list via DXLD) At 1754 UT Dec 20, I found the embedded wm player now runs, but nothing audible, much like 7490 most of the time. You have to click on a crawler to get to it. Schedule at http://www.wjiesw.com/schedule.htm is still a Page that Cannot Be Displayed (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Picking up some of NRC-AM thread on IBOC from a week ago: WOR'S IBOC EXPERIENCE --- I don't think this has been posted....... http://www.rwonline.com/reference-room/iboc/01_rw_wor_iboc_install_2.shtml gives Tom Ray of WOR's IBOC summary. Skipping past the installation section, you'll see their attitude is: "We have had a few complaints. One was from a gentleman who was restoring a 1930s vintage Atwater Kent radio, and wanted to let us know he heard hiss when he tuned across WOR on either side of us. Negative comments also have come from a group of AM stereo fanatics in New Jersey. These people live for the day AM stereo makes a comeback. They are not listening on typical AM radios. They have verbally and personally attacked both Kerry and me, as well as the radio station and Ibiquity. This group thinks that AM radio is a high-fidelity medium. They also started a rumor that WOR was operating illegally. The NRSC mask allows emissions to -25dBc from 10 kHz to 20 kHz. IBOC operation puts the IBOC carriers from 5kHz to 15kHz at -30dBc, perfectly legal. The other complaint was from a person who was trying to get WLW(AM). This person lives not all that far from our transmitter. Unfortunately, the IBOC carriers occupy space in the NRSC mask around 700 kHz, and the listener was not able to DX in the near field of the WOR antenna. But because WOR is operating legally, there is not much that can be done for this person. The spectrum on the WOR signal basically was textbook-perfect. The entire signal fits nicely under the NRSC mask and is completely legal. Even with all the detuning aspects of WOR's antenna, the IBOC carriers are symmetrical." So, summing it up, they say IBOC is no problem as it meets the FCC spectral requirements. It's your tough luck when it causes noise problems. It makes me mad when they try and paint this as a problem only for antique radio owners, fanatics and 1 other person. SPIN DOCTORS! Mark my words - since it is "legal" (spectrally) the FCC will approve nighttime IBOC without a thought for interference. It would have already been done except their concern was whether IBOC would function well via skywave (Chuck Hutton, Dec 13, NRC-AM via DXLD) Oh me..now the same rehash of garbage has made it to rwonline! ...Gee, can`t someone there come up with anything new and fresh? Seems like they have their lines written out on toliet paper and it`s kept safe to had out to anyone that wants to print this nonsense. I got the papers Friday as well, and I'm not happy or impressed. They clearly state and admit that there are interference issues in the first adjacent either side of a station running IBOC. To me and others, this is unacceptable. As proven with the latest night time test on 700 and 710, it was a fuzz/hash war. Is this what we want, folks? I don`t think it is. I urge each and every one here on this forum to post comments with the FCC when that time comes available. Don`t look at this from a DXing point --- which is the point of the club and the internet group --- as those type of comments will be dissed as nuts and out of touch with today`s technology. The comments need to be well thought out and consider what it would do to your ability to listen to a local station with a class "B" signal, which a great number of people rely on when it comes to AM reception. Not everyone lives close enough to an AM station to get clear blanketing reception. State examples of the recent night time test. Real world facts with real world everyday common radios is where it is at. How can you compare test results with, as I've seen it put, a piece of test equipment. There are no real digital receivers yet. Reception is with a piece of test equipment, which everyone does not use to listen to everyday radio. I've been in an electronics lab before as part of earning a degree in electronics. You can pretty much do *-almost-* anything and get the results you want in a lab. Mote: I said *-almost-* meaning not everything is possible. I find it hard to believe that the interference issues are as moot as they are. There are claims that test were done with every make and model radio ever made. I've asked for the results of this data in two different forums, question being directed to the individual that made this statement, getting no answers in either forum. My question was right out ignored. Like it wasn`t even posted in one forum --- and the individual unsubscribing a very short time after my posting of the question in another forum! Yes, it really gets me ready to go smash something --- it ticks me off that much. For someone to do something of this nature certainly is NOT a professional. Folks, I in general do not have any problem with digital radio. It is the interference I have the problem with --- even if it is legal to generate such noise on either side of your operating frequency. I think the issues need to be grabbed by the horns and those involved need to get straight with the general radio public and sensibly work on these issues if they want digital radio to have any sort of success (Bob Carter, Operations/Engineering--Max Media Radio Group, ibid.) And now I am doubly sad that I was out of the country when the initial comments were called for, because I love corporate lawyerese. I'll have to do this the old-fashioned, analog way, along with copies to my Senators (my congressman, sadly, is incapable of understanding anything about technology, but apparently thinks anything "new" is automatically "good." He also thinks the RIAA should be allowed to snoop around in anyone's computers for mp3s. He'll be gone in 2004, not a doubt.) IBOC at night? Good or bad for US broadcasters, I think the interference will be a serious cross-border problem. Not that anyone besides the US matters, of course. Just ask anyone in DC these days. (And a lot of Americans don't matter, either, apparently.) Hoping the Pentagon and NSA got this email clearly (Gerry Bishop, NicedayforJefferson'scalendarville, FL, ibid.) To all that will be commenting, just be sure you learn a lesson from the LPFM notices. A flaming letter, name calling, or otherwise disparaging remarks of character will only work negatively against you. The IBOC folks will just paint you as a discontented crank. Remain calm, and when a statement such as "No interference was noted in monitoring tests", you counter professionally such as .... GCA states, "No interference was noted in monitoring tests". I beg to differ on this statement. On 11/21/02 at 9:10PM I noted the tests from WOR-710, and studied the effects on WLW-700. As a listener to WLW, I found the amount of noise objectionable, and distracting. IBOC noise contributed to 50%, or more, of the total modulation heard with programming of WLW. When WOR did not transmit IBOC, the transmissions of WLW were perfect, with less than 2% of noise being attributed to skywave fade. As an LP-1 station for a large region of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, as well as a source of news and information that I use, I feel that ANY use of IBOC would be a disservice to the public. The old news director at our TV station, a charming Irish man named Dunster, always talked about being able to write with Irish Diplomacy. That is defined as being able to tell someone to go to hell, and make them look forward to the trip! Please, when commenting, state facts and be nice. Use key words such as "public service", "emergency information", etc. The slightest amount of negative mud-slinging will only render your comments moot. Remember, many that read this stuff are not DXers or serious radio listeners, so you need to make sure you keep it simple. Anything highly technical should be backed up with facts. Oh, and you guys in Canada also have a stake in commenting as well. However, a friend in Ottawa suggested that you also send a copy of your comments, with a copy of the notice, to the CRTC. If they get concerned, there could be one heck of a battle between radio authorities. And you guys in California and Texas should copy Mexico as well. The CRTC is responsible for content regulation - they don't really get involved with stuff like interference and cross-border coordination. Comments should go to the Spectrum Engineering Branch of Industry Canada (Barry McLarnon, Ont., ibid.) I'm sorry, but I cannot get out my head a terrible what-if? What if WOR had been on IBOC several weeks ago, hashing WLW's signal? Would an observant trucker on I-70 in Maryland have been trying to listen to WLW still, or would he have gone to another station (or tapes)? Would he have missed the description of the car that police were looking for, the car with the DC snipers? Would the snipers have struck again, maybe several more times, because the opportunity was missed? Assume that radio description of the car would have reached the snipers, too, and they'd have ditched the car within hours. I can't help but think that somebody's grandmother or kid might have taken a bullet thanks to conscientiously generated sideband interference. Lucky breaks happen because people are paying attention. No one's going to pay attention to digital hash (Gerry Bishop, Niceville, FL, ibid.) Those are excellent points to make. Intentional radio interference interferes with the public`s ability to react when stations send this information, as well as weather, Amber Alerts, or attacks on our homeland security (Fred Vobbe, OH, ibid.) This is an excellent point, and one getting lost in the IBOC discussion. My mother still lives in northern SC and lost her power in last week's ice storms, from about 4:00 am Thursday until shortly before noon last Sunday. Her only line of communication with the outside world was a GE Superradio I bought for her years ago --- and I'm glad I put in fresh batteries last month when I visited her! WBT-1110 did a fantastic job of serving both Carolinas (her locals WAVO-1150, WBZK-980, and WRHI-1340 were either off the air or continued their satellite-downloaded programming). Thanks to WBT, she knew about emergency shelters, which numbers to call if she needed emergency assistance, progress being made on restoring power, etc. I've seen some remarks in this IBOC discussion to the effect that broadcasters really don't care about listeners outside their primary service area. That might be true, but let's don't lose sight of the fact that broadcasters are using something that belongs to the people of the United States --- the radio spectrum --- for their profit- seeking activities. And if they're using "public property," then they have an obligation to take the public interest into account as well as their business goals. (I wonder how many in broadcasting today have ever heard of "PICON"?) While there are many different opinions as to what constitutes "serving the public interest," I think most of us would agree that providing communications to the public in an emergency qualifies. And in most natural disasters --- ice storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, etc. --- the electric power goes, taking TV sets, PCs (and the internet), many telephones, etc., out. In such cases, the battery-powered radio, AM or FM, is the only way most people in the affected area have to get the information they need. Perhaps someone could please explain how increasing the noise levels on both AM and FM (but especially AM), reducing the effective coverage areas of stations, and rendering all existing AM/FM receivers functionally obsolete will help broadcasters improve their ability to serve the public in an emergency (Harry Helms, AK6C, Ridgecrest, CA DM15, ibid.) The truth is out there on IBOC Remember Leonard Kahn? I can see lawsuits in the future. I can see lots of lawsuits. The interference issues will bring lots of lawsuits. It will be a fiasco infinitely worse than AM stereo ever was. The lawyers are gonna make out big time. Let me give some quotes from page 20 of the propaganda the lawyers sent... They want to fast track this.... "...to compress the timeframe for finalizing the rules and policies that will affect the ultimate success of this service." Then comes the disingenuousness... They think there`s not going to be many harmed. "Precluding the use of IBOC by all AM stations at night because of the circumstances of a few, easily identifiable stations is unnecessary." The disingenuity is repeated again.... "Many AM stations presently operate with facilities which would not cause significant interference to distant stations if permitted to operate with IBOC facilities during night time hours. " Listen to this on page 3 and compare it to the items quoted from page 20.... "Regrettably, both computer models and field tests have shown that night time use of the AM IBOC system can in certain instances, lead to intolerable levels of interference to the ongoing operation of legacy analog broadcasting for first-adjacent channel stations. So what is it? Is it interfering or not a problem. I know the secret, I am sure you can figure it out as well. Just tune in the sidebands and you will know for sure (Kevin Redding, AZ, ibid.) "Its going to get a lot worse before it gets worse" - Lily Tomlin [Kevin`s tagline] Kevin, right you are! How many ways can you spell lawsuit? Now if we were talking about a few stations that would be getting interference, it would not be an issue. How many AM stations do we have in the US, 4800? Something around there. Okey, let`s say 500 or 1000 stations go IBOC. What are the rest suppose to do with the QRM. Remember we are hurting a businessman from making a living. I can see a class action suit covering hundreds or thousands of radio stations. I really doubt the courts will ignore that. In this day, suits are everywhere and the lawyers are also there to pick up $$$$$$$. 73s, (Patrick Martin, Seaside, OR, KAVT Reception Manager, ibid.) This would be an excellent story to tell. After all, if your mother could not hear WBT due to WTAM IBOC, would that not be a threat to safety and security. Then again, KMOX would be a double whammie. I don't think that many broadcasters are concerned about PICON, but more for how much they can take out of the community no matter what the consequences. The ones that DO care are clearly in the minority. In my meetings with stations involved in EAS and emergency communication, there is clearly a majority of broadcasters that could really care less if anyone lives or dies as long as they can do a 50 minute commercial free music marathon, then 10 minutes of spots. I would REALLY like to see stations have to report their public service to the FCC and have license renewals based on what they do in the community. IMHO, if stations don't want to participate and go the whole way, let's give the license to someone else and let them run with it. As demonstrated in the tornados in Van Wert back on 11/10, the locally owned and operated stations were clearly in the lead with distribution of emergency information. The ones that were voice tracked and highly automated were sometimes as much as 8 minutes behind the leaders. In fact, one of our stellar chain stations, on a previous series of storms, unplugged their EAS because it "bothered" them (Fred Vobbe, OH, ibid.) ||What is "PICON"? "the public interest, convenience, and neccessity." I think it's from the Communications Act of 1934. It's what every U.S. station was expected to operate in, readers. * *didn't want to end a sentence with a preposition! (Steve Francis, Alcoa, Tennessee, ibid.) || This group thinks that AM radio is a high-fidelity medium. Well, I guess Mr. Ray never listened to AM on a good radio. I have a Zenith C845L that will change his mind. || So, summing it up, they say IBOC is no problem as it meets the FCC spectral requirements. It's your tough luck when it causes noise problems. That`s what it looks like to me. Sounds like BS though when I read it. || It makes me mad when they try and paint this as a problem only for antique radio owners, fanatics and 1 other person. SPIN DOCTORS! I wrote Tom Ray and Paul Jellison both about hearing the artifact and also wrote the FCC. || Mark my words - since it is "legal" (spectrally) the FCC will approve nighttime IBOC without a thought for inteference. It would have already been done except their concern was whether IBOC would function well via skywave. Well, the lawyers seem to think so but I can see LOTS of lawsuits before this is over (Kevin Redding, AZ, ibid.) In claiming IBOC is "legal", they are basically taking advantage of a loophole. Yes, the IBOC signal nominally fits under the FCC mask, but of course the people who originally defined the mask never conceived that it might be (ab)used in this way. The mask was designed to limit the levels of transient modulation peaks in the region beyond +/- 10 kHz from the carrier. Nobody thought about the possibility of dropping a relatively high power, constant level signal using a completely different modulation scheme in there. If the regs simply stated that only A3E emissions were allowed in the AM band, then IBOC would be illegal. But what they really should have done in addition is put some reasonable limits on the occupied bandwidth of the signal. Occupied bandwidth is usually defined as the bandwidth containing 99% of the long-term average power transmitted. I'm not sure what the occupied bandwidth of a typical AM broadcast signal is, but I'll bet that it's less than 10 kHz. It would depend quite a bit on the program format, audio processing, etc. When the IBOC digital carriers are added, however, the occupied bandwidth increases to about (back of the envelope calculation) 28 kHz. So, by my reckoning, going IBOC increases a station's occupied bandwidth by roughly a factor of three. Is it any wonder that it causes increased interference? There oughta be a law! I wouldn't be surprised if a careful reading of the FCC rules might turn up something that would challenge the legality of IBOC, but at this point, it probably wouldn't matter - they'd just change the rules to keep the loophole open (Barry McLarnon, Ont., ibid.) This is an excerpt from Tom Ray's comments on IBOC. I'm the person mentioned at the end of the document, trying to get WLW; I suspect this is from my email two-three weeks ago. His response is: "But because WOR is operating legally, there is not much that can be done for this person." If I won't be able to get WLW, it's game over. Anyone still optimistic? (Dave Hochfelder, New Brunswick, NJ, Sony-ICF2010 with Quantum Loop, ibid.) Subject: [NRC-am] The Glen Clark IBOC Petition I finally had some time to read and digest (urp) the Clark petition. Here's my take on it. The case he makes is pretty simple. It boils down to this: 1. By allowing daytime AM IBOC operation, the FCC is affirming that the current daytime protection rules afford adequate protection against interference from stations running IBOC. 2. On a case by case basis, the nighttime operation of stations can be studied to see if they comply with the daytime protection rules. If they do, then it should be okay for them to go ahead and run IBOC at night. Some background: Most AM allotments provide 0 dB D/U (desired-to-undesired ratio) protection in daytime operation to other stations on 1st adjacent channels (i.e., they can put no more than 0.5 mV/m on the 0.5 mV/m protected contour of the other station). For new allotments since 1991, the protection level has been increased to 6 dB (no more than 0.25 mV/m on protected contours of other stations), and this applies to nighttime operation as well as daytime. According to Clark, standard propagation prediction software can be used to determine whether a given station provides 6 dB D/U protection to all stations on the lower 1st adjacent at night. If it does, then that station can run IBOC at full power on its lower sideband. If it doesn't provide 6 dB protection to all lower 1st adjacent stations, but does provide 0 dB protection, then it can run IBOC on the lower sideband, but at reduced power (6 dB lower). If it can't provide 0 dB protection, then there should be no IBOC transmitted on that sideband. The same argument applies to the upper 1st adjacent. There are then five different possibilities for IBOC operation: 1. Full power on both sidebands 2. Full power on one sideband, reduced power on the other sideband 3. Reduced power on both sidebands 4. Full power on one sideband, no power on the other sideband 5. Reduced power on one sideband, no power on the other sideband Let's consider the last two possibilities first. There are no one-sided modes like this in the AM IBOC specifications, and iBiquity has not submitted any test data for such a mode. The FCC Report & Order on IBOC definitely does not permit one-sided IBOC operation. Moreover, it is highly unlikely that iBiquity would want to see any operation like this, since a one-sided IBOC would be very unrobust and would place IBOC in general in a bad light. As for the other possibilities, we have to go back to the initial premise: is the FCC saying that the current rules are adequate for protection against IBOC interference? I don't think so - the jury is still out. The Report & Order appears to anticipate that there will be interference problems in daytime IBOC operation, and it sets out some procedures to deal with them (power reductions, and possibly turning off IBOC if other solutions can't be found). Furthermore, the evidence provided by iBiquity and the NRSC that IBOC won't cause serious interference problems is less than compelling. Interference tests were done on only four different analog receivers (despite that nonsense from Tom Ray about iBiquity testing all available receivers), which is a ridiculously small sample base to draw any conclusions from. And while it is true that all four receivers performed poorly with 1st adjacent interference at 0 dB D/U with or without IBOC, we don't know how they behaved at 6 dB D/U, since there is no test data for that condition. There were tests at 15 dB D/U, though, that showed significant impact from IBOC on most of the receivers, so that's a good indication that IBOC will cause some major problems in the 0-15 dB range. Another thing that bothers me about the Clark petition is that it ignores 2nd adjacent interference completely, dismissing it with a footnote: "2nd adjacent channel stations are not considered, as 2nd adjacent channel IBOC transmission will not affect receivers with a bandwidth of less than 5 kHz". They claim that most AM receivers fit this description, which is probably true in a sense, but it's a red herring. The fact that a receiver's audio response rolls off below 5 kHz doesn't make it immune to 2nd adjacent channel interference! FCC rules for 2nd adjacents allow 0 dB D/U on a station's 5 mV/m contour. In the lab test results from iBiquity, three out of the four receivers had problems with 2nd adjacent IBOC at 0 dB D/U. So, the potential for 2nd adjacent interference from IBOC can't be ignored. To wind this up, I think the Clark petition is half-baked and should be put aside. The IBOC interference issue is still very much an open question, and much more experience is needed with daytime operation before they open up the nighttime floodgates (Barry McLarnon, Ont., NRC-AM via DXLD) Glen Clark says the existing rules for protecting an analog station from another analog station serve perfectly to evaluate the case of protecting an analog station from another hybrid IBOC station. I can't see how in the world they could say that with a straight face. The power level 10 KHz from the carrier transmitted by an analog interferer and the power level 10 KHz from the carrier transmitted by an IBOC interferer are totally different things in both the amplitude and time domains. Puzzled Chuck in Seattle (Chuck Hutton, ibid.) Does this petition exist on the internet? Can someone provide a link? Thanks (Gerry Bishop, ibid.) Sure.... Go to http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi (the search page for comments) and type "99-325" in box #1 (labelled Proceeding), then hit "Retrieve Document List". When you do that, you'll get all the documents related to 99-325 (the AM IBOC proceeding). They're in chronological order so go down a bit to the stuff from Dec. 12 and there it will be. Now go to bed...... (Chuck Hutton, ibid.) ** U S A. Presumed 1670 Frederick MD on today with only white noise, not an impressive signal given the distance. First noticed at 9:30am, on again at next check, 4 pm. No WTOP or WWZZ (Z104) audio as previously reported. No buzzing noted on 1660 or 1680. However, the buzz is back on 1250 and 1270, straddling WWRC. Does anyone know if WWRC-1260 is indeed an IBOC station? If so, I want a digital receiver asap, so I can get that Suze Orman's stock tips in the finest quality possible! ;) (Blake Lawrence, Washington DC, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. Just got a nice phone call from Bob Janney, CE of WBBR-1130, who wants to let DXers know that there is off-time scheduled for his station and for WEVD-1050-NY - and also, possibly, for WWDJ-970-NJ. The stations will be off: Saturday Dec. 28 1:00-4:00 AM [0600-0900 UT] Sunday Dec. 29 1:00-4:00 AM Again, this definitely affects WBBR 1130 and WEVD 1050, and may affect WWDJ 970 as well. New York-area DXers should note that WWDJ is diplexed with WWRV-1330, so there may be downtime on 1330 as well, as an extra added bonus. More details as I get them; in the meantime, many thanks to Bob Janney for thinking of the DX community and passing this along to us.[*] -s (Scott Fybush, NY, Dec 20, NRC-AM via DXLD) {* not explained} In addition to WEVD and WBBR, 970-WWDJ will be off for at least an hour sometime between 2 and 5 am on Saturday morning (Fri night). Bob says there are a lot of people lined up to be there for these tests, so this downtime has high probability of happening as scheduled (Rick Kenneally, CT, ibid.) ** U S A. WSAI, 50 kW on 1530 has a scheduled outage this Sunday morning 3 AM as needed or till 5 AM at the latest [0800-1000 UT]. They will be doing some measurements on their antenna system. So the outage will start a 3A and end when they are done measuring (Paul Jellison, Clear Channel, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. The National Radio Club is proud to announce that Ronald Musco will take the position of C.P.C. Chairman effective immediately. Ron is a member of the National Radio Club's Board of Directors. Ron has been an active member of the club since the early 1960s, and has chaired the position of Membership Chairman since 1976. The C.P.C., or "Courtesy Program Committee", arranges tests of AM radio stations for broadcast band DXers. These tests may be of rare stations that hardly anyone has heard, or stations with facilities that cause the signal to not propagate over a large area where DXers live. These tests are mostly conducted at night, between the hours of midnight and 6AM, when the FCC allows stations to operate in test modes. These test modes can allow a station with a day power of 5,000 watts non-directional and night power of 500 watts highly directional in a certain area, to operate non-directional with 5,000 watt. This allows the station to have a better chance of being heard. Additionally, CW IDs of the station's call letters, siren sound effects, and marching band music is used to stick out of the noise of other stations and static. Since the National Radio Club is a non-profit radio club, Ron is asking for donations of stamps, or funds to buy postage. National Radio Club members may also wish to suggest stations that they feel will be agreeable to conducting C.P.C. tests. Suggested stations could be stations in your own community that you feel might get out well, or stations that you would personally like to hear. Donations of stamps or funds, and suggested stations, can be sent to Ron Musco, P.O. Box 118, Poquonock CT 06064-0118. Ron can also be contacted at ronaldj.musco@hs.utc.com if you have any specific questions about the National Radio Club's C.P.C. program. For information about broadcast band DXing, and the National Radio Club, visit the club's web site at http://www.nrcdxas.org (NRC via DXLD) ** U S A. 1440, KPUR TX Amarillo -- 12/19/02, 2302 Eastern - I've noted this one a good 200 Hz low, putting a NASTY het on the frequency, for several days, maybe longer. Running Amarillo Gorillas hockey last night; no legal ID, just "Amarillo's 1440, The Score." Occasionally atop frequency; otherwise, best recovery of audio in LSB (Randy Stewart/Battlefield (Springfield) MO, using a bedside Sony 7600D & internal antenna, NRC-AM via DXLD) Thank you for the post, Randy. John Wilkins also mentioned this in DXN a few weeks back, measuring KPUR's signal at 1439.7 (v.70 No.7 p.4). Up here in Madison WI I have been hearing a het on 1440 most of the Fall (Bill Dvorak, Madison WI, ibid.) ** U S A. Driven to succeed THE HIGHWAY RADIO GROUP TARGETS A UNIQUE AUDIENCE: TRAVELERS ON THE ROADS INTO SIN CITY --- By Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer Aside from brush and billboards, there isn't a whole lot to see on the 270-mile drive from L.A. to Las Vegas. There's even less to listen to, at least on the FM dial. It's as much of a wasteland as the desert once you're out on the I-15 heading into Sin City. Listeners can press their scan button as often as they like, but it will only stop on a handful of stations. Chances are those stations are run by Highway Radio. Thanks to a complex system of transmitters, repeater signals and remote-uplink arrays, the tiny Las Vegas radio group broadcasts most of the consistent FM signals between Nevada's gambling paradise and the Cajon Pass -- the adult contemporary Highway Stations on 98.1, 98.9 and 99.7 FM, Highway Country on 100.1, 101.5 and 107.3 FM and, starting Friday, 94.9 and 96.9 FM the Drive, a rock station targeting the growing market of 25- to 34-year-olds now traveling to Vegas. That's a lot of frequencies, but Highway Radio has a lot of space to cover.... The complete article can be viewed at: http://www.calendarlive.com/cl-wk-alt19dec19,0,6319472.story (via Harry Helms, NV, DXLD) ** UZBEKISTAN. Uzbekistan radio - 40 Years of Foreign Broadcasting The Uzbekistan Radio is having department of foreign broadcast and everyday the station is broadcasting the program in twelve foreign languages including English, German, Persian, Turkish etc. Today the Hindi section of Radio Tashkent jointly with the Embassy of India is celebrating 40th year of regular broadcast which began in the year 1962. Radio Tashkent program listeners are not only in Asia but in Europe also which continues to receive several letters from its ardent listeners. etc. Pravda.ru 19 Dec 2002 (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** YUGOSLAVIA/CHINA. EXTERNAL BROADCASTERS DISCUSS COOPERATION | Text of report in English by Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug Belgrade, 19 December: A delegation of China's state International Radio [China Radio International] headed by Deputy General Director Chen Minji conferred Thursday in Belgrade with Radio Yugoslavia Director Milena Jokic and editorial staff on expanding cooperation. The Chinese radio is interested in having its Serbian language programme carried by Radio Yugoslavia. China's state radio broadcasts daily 270 hours of programmes in 43 languages. Radio Yugoslavia hopes that China will take part in reconstruction of its transmitters and in providing new equipment, and the Chinese delegation said they would convey this wish to the broadcasting authorities. A new memorandum on cooperation between the two media is expected to be signed at the end of the talks Thursday, and the Chinese delegation will be received Friday by Yugoslav Information Secretary Slobodan Orlich. Source: Tanjug news agency, Belgrade, in English 1806 gmt 19 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. Yesterday I've heard an UNID Chinese speaking station on 1557 kHz from tune-in 1850 till s/off at 2000 UT. Powerhouse signal, wiping out co-channel Nice in southern France. Audible even on a very cheap three-band tranny with built-in ferrite antenna! I doubt that this was Family Radio from Taiwan. According to their sked they have Chinese until 1800, then English for an hour and s/off at 1900. This station had a programming sounding like an info-magazine, not like a religious programme. Also the incredible signal-strength is very unlikely for a 300 kW outlet from Taiwan. Station had a rather strong audio-compression. But if it wasn't Family Radio, the question is, what was it then? No ID at s/off. Can anybody confirm the Family Radio schedule? Thanks for any help! Greetings, (Martin Elbe, Germany, Dec 20, dxing.info via DXLD) Tonight Martin Elbe alerted me on something booming in on 1557. The programming was in Chinese, at 2000 the audio was cut inmidst sentence and one minute and ten seconds later the carrier was switched off. Here is a record, if you can handle a file size of 428 kB: http://kailudwig.bei.t-online.de/1557_19.mp3 The file includes an excerpt recorded around 1954, the audio cut-off at 2000 and the carrier cut at 2001. Note how co-channel Nice is barely audible in the local noise here to get an impression how strong the signal was. And what you hear in the final two seconds is how I switched on the TFT monitor to stop the record... So, what's this? Something new from Europe (ethnic service somewhere) - or really Taiwan? (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Things are cleared up. It was a test of the Sitkunai station in Lithuania, using 150 kW ND and carrying Chinese programming by CRI from 18-20 UTC according to Bernd Trutenau in the Yahoogroup MWDX. That explains the strong signal. That I have no clue, why they carry Chinese programming is another story. 73 (Martin Elbe, later, ibid.) UNIDENTIFIED. I am daily hearing a very strong clandestine broadcast on 7070 at 2000. It is not a low-powered operation and generator hum is present on the carrier. Slogans and plenty of martial music are heard in this Farsi (Persian) programme which CRW says is the V of the Iranian Mujaheedin. I think it is more likely to be from the Middle East instead of Central Asia. A news broadcast heard one day at 2030 with music bridge between items. CRW says it is Iraq broadcasting to Iran but I am not sure. It is too strong (Robin L. HARWOOD, Norwood, Tasmania, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) [IRAN] 7070, V. of Mujahed, Dec 15? 1732, YL with talks in Farsi about Sharia, Bush and Islam etc. Signal level S9 though full of QRM //5650v -5670v (Zacharias Liangas, Thessaloniki, Greece, DX LISTENING DIGEST) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RADIO PHILATELY +++++++++++++++ RADIO REMEMBERS: STAMP COLLECTING OPERATORS The Radio Stamp Operators Group reminds us that a year ago, on November 15, 2001, the Japanese Postal Service released an 80-yen postage stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of commercial radio and TV in that country. The stamps depict the images of the microphone used when commercial radio broadcasting began, the first monochrome television camera used for commercial television broadcasting, and at television set up for street viewing. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO 1161: WWCR: Thu 2130 9475, Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 WBCQ: Mon 0545 on 7415 WRN: Rest of world Sat 0900, Eu Sun 0530, NAm Sun 1500 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [from Fri] [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1161.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1161.html [from late Thu] ** AUSTRALIA. FROM YOUR EDITOR. GET WELL SOON, CHRIS. I wish to advise that my long-time friend, EDXP member, and radio monitoring hobbyist of 38 years, Chris Hambly, of Mont Albert, the same suburb in which I live, is currently in the high-dependency ward of the Box Hill Regional Hospital, in Melbourne's east. Chris was admitted on Thursday December 12, and until his condition is stabilised, he is not permitted any visitors or contacts, including his immediate family. Relatives, neighbours, associates and friends of Chris have been asked to desist from contacting the Hospital for information about his condition, which will not be made available. We wish Chris a speedy and full recovery, and get-well messages may be sent care of his mother, Mrs. Barbara Hambly, 47 Chessell St, Mont Albert North, Victoria 3129. E-mail messages may be sent to me, and I will forward them to Mrs Hambly. Everyone who knows Chris, either directly or indirectly, whether in Australia or overseas, as well as past workmates from the Victorian Railways from which he retired three years ago, wish him a speedy and full recovery. We look forward to Chris's return to the monitoring community in the very near future (Bob Padula, EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. DIGITAL RADIO BROADCASTING IN AUSTRALIA The Australian Government had indicated in 1998 that digital radio services would commence in 2001, and that the Eureka 147 system would be used, to replace conventional FM broadcasting. It had been proposed that the digital radio services would operate in the L-band (UHF) in urban and suburban areas, and VHF used for rural locations. It was also announced that community radio broadcasters would be able to convert to digital, but being required to simulcast for a period in analogue. Digital Tests are currently being carried out in the Sydney area in the L-band. In reviewing these proposals, the Australian broadcasting Authority has advised that no firm decision has as yet been taken for the official commencement of digital radio. The Government has not yet decided if the migration to digital radio would be on the same basis at that being adopted for the introduction of digital television. It is believed that access to digital radio may be different, and may allow new entrants to community radio whilst maintaining existing analogue services. Access may also enable sharing of multiplex facilities, which may permit community broadcasters to concentrate on content or services, rather than the transmission infrastructure. Details about community broadcasting services and FM radio planning can be found at http://www.aba.gov.au An excellent technical paper titled "Community Radio FM Broadcast Planning in Australia", written by Russ Morris, ABA, was published in the Sep/Oct issue of the Technical Review of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union - ISSN 0126-6209. It's well worth studying if you can secure a copy. (Bob Padula, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRALIA. There has been some speculation that "Melbourne Radio 1629AM", using 1629, is now "Radio 2". The station's ownership is unchanged, and it is now carrying feeds from "Radio 2", Sydney's Western Suburban XB station - also known as 2WS, using 1611. That is why Sydney announcements have been heard recently! The Sydney relay is intended to be between 6am-6pm local time in Melbourne - 1900-0700 UT - and commercial spots are featured, with little music. At other times, 1629 carries its usual musical program with the occasional announcement. 1629 has advised that it proposes to relinquish ownership to a Chinese language broadcaster. This would complement the existing Chinese language station in Geelong, using 1341. Interestingly, 1341 is a HPON (High Power Open Narrowcast) broadcaster, 5 kW, serving primarily the Geelong/Bellarine Peninsula area, and giving good coverage into most of Melbourne. 1629 is limited to 400 Watts, with a service area not extending beyond 10 km, even though it is widely heard during daylight hours as far west as Ballarat, north to the Macedon Ranges, south-east into the Mornington Peninsula, and east to the Dandenong Ranges. Due to these changes, I will shortly be concluding technical and/or business support services to 1629 (Bob Padula, Mont Albert, VIC, mwaus via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. - 120 METRE BAND. Licences are currently active for these operations in the frequency range 2345-2410:: 2349.5 Brambles Australia, Whyalla, SA, 100 Watts, land mobile, 2349.5 Dept of Roads and Transport, Port Augusta, SA, 100 Watts, land mobile, 2349.5 Dept of Planning and Infrastructure, Rottnest Island, 100 Watts, land mobile 2376 Dept of Defence, ACT, Australia-wide, 2 kW, land mobile 2387.5 Dept of Defence, ACT, Australia-wide, 2 kW, land mobile 2387.5 Dept of Defence, RAAF, Berrimah, NT, 1 kW, point to multipoint 2400 La Trobe University, Bundroora, Victoria (Radio determination, 2 kW, Space Physics)... also registered for 1780 2816 3399 4455 5480 15000 15902 2400 Dept of Defence, Australia-wide, ACT, 100 Watts 2408 Dept of Defence, Australia-wide, 100 Watts Various modulation types and bandwidths are represented in the above. The frequencies indicated are nominal carrier frequencies. No approved registrations for 2368.5 kHz! (Bob Padula, EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA [non]. EDXP NEWSPLUS: AWR "Wavescan" updated schedule Here is the latest schedule for "Wavescan", broadcast on Sundays UTC dates, in English, from Adventist World Radio facilities worldwide. "Wavescan" includes the monthly EDXP reports: "The Australian Radio Scene" and "Global DX Report", alternating fortnightly. Special EDXP full-detail QSLs are offered for correct reception reports for the EDXP features, which should be sent to: EDXP QSL Service, 404 Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert, Victoria 3127, Australia. Return postage is necessary: in Australia - A$1.50, elsewhere - 1 IRC/US$1. 0030-0100 6035 Al Dhabbiya SAs 0100-0130 9835 Moosbrunn ME, 17630 KSDA SAs 0400-0430 9650 Meyerton EAf, 1630-1700 9850, Moosbrunn Eu 0430-0500 12080 Meyerton EAf 9890, Al Dhabbiya SAs, 15160 Al Dhabbiya CAs, 11980 KSDA SAs 0500-0530 6015 Meyerton EAf 1730-1800, 9385 KSDA ME 0600-0630 15345 Meyerton CAf 1000-1030 11705 KSDA SEA 1300-1330 17870 Al Dhabbiya CAs 1330-1400 11755 KSDA NEAs, 15295 Meyerton CAf, 15385 Al Dhabbiya SAs 1600-1630 11560 KSDA SAs, 6055 Al Dhabbiya SAs, 15495 KSDA SAs 1800-1830 5960 Meyerton CAf 0830-0900, 9660 Moosbrunn Eu, 6095 Meyerton EAf, 17820 Moosbrunn WAf 1830-1900 11985 Meyerton EAf 2000-2030 7160 KSDA NWAs 1030-1100, 11900 KSDA NEAs, 11700 KSDA NWAs 2030-2100 5955 Rimatska Sobota Eu 2100-2130 9660 Moosbrunn WAf, 15660 KSDA SEA 2130-2200 11960 KSDA NEAs, 11980 KSDA NEAs Transmitters: Al Dhabiyya (United Arab Emirates), Moosbrunn (Austria), KSDA (Guam), Meyerton (South Africa), Rimavska Sobota (Slovak Republic) Additional broadcasts are carried to a variable schedule over WRMI, Miami, Florida: on 9955 1100-1130, 15725 1400-1430 and 2200-2230. Please tune in to the EDXP segments; let us know how you are hearing us and request our QSL! Regards! (Bob Padula, 404 Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert, Victoria 3127 Australia, Dec 18, via DXLD) ** CUBA. RHC does not participate in the HFCC, and, thus, frequency coordination with other broadcasters is not of a high order. The latest available schedule, provided by the station, shows: SSB transmissions: 9830 0500-0700 English to Eu 11705 2100-2300 Spanish to Eu, 0100-0500 English to Eu 13660 2000-2200 French/English to Eu 13 MHz operations: 13660 2000-2200 French/English to Eu (SSB) 13680 2000-2300 Portuguese/Arabic/Spanish 13750 1930-2230 French/English/Spanish (Bob Padula, EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) As recently reported in DXLD, the above info totally out of date (gh, DXLD) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. R. Bayrak, 6150: Mustafa Tosun is Head of the Transmission Dept. and has this e-mail address: mustafa.tosun@brtk.net (Ed. Anker Petersen, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** EL SALVADOR. 17835.33, R Imperio [sic], Dec 10, best between 2230 and 2330, has made it all the way here recently, meaning probably some improvement in power or antenna as there was no trace of this station here until recently. Poor and very weak signal (Vaclav Korinek, RSA, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** ETHIOPIA. 9561.5, R. Ethiopia, Dec 11 *1600-1612, 34433, English, 1600 s/on with IS. ID. Music and talk. //Dec 12 9560.8 kHz. 9704.2, R. Ethiopia, Dec 11 *1459-1507, 34333, Amharic, 1459 s/on with IS. ID. Tree gong. News by man (Kouji Hashimoto, Yamanashi, Japan, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** ETHIOPIA. 6940, R Fana, full data QSL received from v/s: Woldu Yemessel, General Manager. R Fana was founded on Nov 20, 1994 and now transmits 73 hours a week in Amharic, Oromiffa, Afar and Somali. Schedule: 0330-0430 Amharic (Mon-Fri) 0430-0530 Oromiffa (Mon-Fri) 0900-1000 Amharic (Mon-Fri) 1000-1100 Oromiffa (Mon-Fri) 1500-1700 Amharic (Mon-Fri) 1800-2000 Oromiffa (Mon-Fri) 0330-0530 Oromiffa (Sat-Sun) 0530-0730 Amharic (Sat-Sun) 1200-1500 Oromiffa (Sat-Sun) 1500-1800 Amharic (Sat-Sun) Frequencies: 6210, 6940 and 1080 MW. Address: Radio Fana, P.O. Box 30702, Addis Abeba (Bruno Pecolatto, Italy, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) Afar and Somali may be on MW only (DSWCI Ed., ibid.) ** FRANCE. 25755, 6.12 1200 TDF-CCETT via Rennes is sort of test transmitter heard very well in the afternoons. Alternating French and English programs for tourists. Seems to have the same program every day. S 3-5. BEFF (=Björn Fransson, Sweden, SW Bulletin via Thomas Nilsson, DXLD) Means 25775 where previously reported? (gh, DXLD) {yes} ** GERMANY. Schedule of German Telekom transmitting station Juelich B02 period (27/10/2002 - 29/03/2003) B02web04.TXT Gesamtplan 05.12.2002 [from-to dates are 271002 - 300303; days of week are 1234567 u.o.s.] freq start stop ciraf ant azi type day from to 6120 0000 0100 7,8,9 105 295 216 LRT Backup 5975 0700 1500 28 406 60 106 23456 DRM 5975 0915 1500 28 406 60 106 17 DRM 15715 0900 1700 28,18 308 20 216 DRM 9435 2330 0030 49,41 208 80 218 DVB 6045 0958 1100 27,28 401 ND 926 1 EVR 6015 1830 1859 27 406 200 106 3 070103 300303 EVR* 6015 1830 1859 27,28 401 ND 926 4 271002 080103 EVR* 6015 1830 1859 27,28 401 ND 926 45 090103 300303 EVR* W-tal 125kW 15670 1700 1759 38,39,48 305 145 217 1346 SBO 5985 1000 1059 27,28 104 115 206 1 CHW 15275 1600 1629 48 305 145 217 47 TIS 13855 1830 2000 46,47 305 175 217 RSA 9710 0500 0530 38,39 105 115 217 IBR 9470 2000 2100 37,38 405 175 106 IBR 5840 1645 1715 39,40 111 75 217 IBR 13840 1900 1930 37,38,46 307 200 217 271002 311202 IBR* 13840 1900 2000 37,38,46 307 200 217 010103 300303 IBR* 15120 1730 1745 47,48 106 130 217 IBR 11840 1830 1859 52,53 211 155 216 5 RRP 15275 1600 1629 37,38 406 175 106 1 UNL 9435 0100 0129 41 110 90 217 1 UNL 6015 1730 1759 27,28 401 ND 926 345 UNL 11840 1800 1829 46,47,48 211 155 216 1 UNL 9470 1900 1929 39,40 102 115 217 1 UNL 13810 1300 1400 38,39 103 115 217 TOM 5975 1200 1300 27 406 290 106 TOM 6110 1500 1654 27 406 290 106 7 TOM 6110 1654 1759 27 401 ND 926 7 TOM 9490 0357 0559 47,48,52,53 306 160 216 23456 RTB 9490 0527 0559 47,48,52,53 306 160 216 17 RTB 17580 0600 0812 47,48,52,53 303 160 216 23456 RTB 17580 0600 1059 47,48,52,53 303 160 216 7 RTB 17580 0600 0906 47,48,52,53 303 160 216 1 RTB 21565 1057 1306 47,48,52,53 301 160 216 23456 RTB 21565 1100 1217 47,48,52,53 301 160 216 7 RTB 21565 1157 1217 47,48,52,53 301 160 216 1 RTB 17570 1557 1816 47,48,52,53 303 160 216 23456 RTB 17570 1657 1816 47,48,52,53 303 160 216 7 RTB 5975 0800 0915 27,28 406 290 106 17 071202 300303 BVB 13810 1630 1659 47,48 106 130 217 271002 231202 BVB* 13810 1630 1659 47,48 106 130 217 124567 241202 300303 BVB* 13810 1600 1659 47,48 106 130 217 3 241202 300303 BVB* 13810 1659 1729 47,48 106 130 217 4 080103 300303 BVB* 21590 0900 1000 38,39 305 130 217 6 131202 300303 BVB* 15715 1330 1430 49,50 202 70 218 VOH 15775 1330 1535 40,41 110 90 217 011102 300303 VOH 9860 1530 1729 38,39 105 115 216 011102 300303 VOH 13720 1700 1800 37,38 406 165 106 YFR 9595 2000 2100 39,40 105 115 216 YFR 9815 0400 0559 46,47,52,53 304 160 216 UMC 11690 0600 0800 37,46 305 190 217 UMC 13820 1700 1859 38,48,53 304 145 217 UMC 11735 1700 1859 46,47,52,53 306 160 216 UMC 9925 0000 0159 11-16 202 230 218 HRT 9925 0200 0359 6-10 112 300 216 HRT {changed to 7285} 9925 0400 0559 2-10 119 325 216 HRT {changed to 7285} 9470 0600 0759 59,60 202 230 218 HRT 13820 0800 0959 55,58,59 208 270 218 HRT 15680 1430 1530 41,43,49 218 75 217 GFA W-tal 250kW 15425 1530 1630 40,41 214 90 217 GFA W-tal 250kW 9490 0030 0130 40,41 221 90 217 111102 300303 GFA W-tal 250kW 9765 2300 0030 41,43,49 104 75 217 101102 300303 GFA W-tal 250kW 9470 1900 2000 39,40 119 120 216 7 071202 300303 BVB W-tal 250kW 9470 1900 1930 39,40 119 120 216 6 030103 300303 BVB* W-tal 250kW 7315 0030 0100 41 201 95 216 234567 021202 300303 BVB NAU 250kW FMO (Frequency Managing Organizations) 6140 0600 1900 27,28 405 175 141 DWL 6045 1127 1325 18S,27,28NW 401 ND 926 271002 300303 DWL(RNW2) 13685 0557 0756 27,28,37-40 103 115 217 271002 300303 DWL(VRT2) 5985 0757 0826 27,28 406 265 106 VRT 2 13650 1827 1956 27,28,37-39 111 120 216 VRT 2 5910 1857 2056 27,28 401 ND 926 7 VRT 1 9885 0500 0600 28E 102 115 217 AWR 9840 0600 0730 37,38W 308 200 216 AWR 15195 1000 1100 28W 106 145 216 17 091102 300303 WR 5840 1730 1759 28E 104 115 206 123456 AWR 5840 1730 1759 28E 211 110 216 7 AWR 12015 1800 1900 28E 104 115 206 AWR 11845 1900 2030 37,38W 406 200 106 AWR 13790 0555 0800 37S,38W,46 307 200 216 SRI 9885 0555 0800 37S,38 302 160 216 SRI 9755 1625 1815 28,38E,39 102 115 217 SRI 13790 1625 1815 38,39 103 115 217 SRI 9755 1825 2130 37S,38W,46 308 200 216 SRI 15485 1825 2130 38,48,53W 106 145 217 SRI 13660 1825 2130 47,52,53,57 302 160 216 SRI SOT 17665 0555 0800 47,52,53,57 301 160 216 SRI SOT 21770 0825 1030 47,52,53,57 301 160 216 SRI SOT 15555 1625 1815 38,48,53W 106 145 217 SRI SOT 9885 2155 2400 13-16 202 240 218 SRI SOT 7340 1127 1200 28 111 105 216 7 TWR 5945 1327 1345 28 104 130 206 TWR 5850 1657 1745 28 104 115 206 7 TWR 7180 1657 1745 28 101 125 11 7 TWR 11875 0400 0600 39,40 107 115 217 IBB 6180 1600 1659 39,40 205 70 211 IBB 6055 1500 1600 29,30 111 75 216 IBB 7105 1600 1659 29,30 204 70 212 IBB 17555 1230 1300 29,30 109 80 218 IBB 9785 1800 1900 39,40 110 100 217 IBB 12110 1600 2030 39,40 208 100 218 271002 301102 IBB* 12110 1700 2000 39,40 208 100 218 011202 300303 IBB* 6010 0230 0430 40 108 90 216 IBB W-tal 500kW 21690 0630 1030 40 123 90 217 IBB W-tal 500kW 21690 1230 1430 40 123 90 217 IBB W-tal 500kW 12140 1630 1830 40 111 90 217 IBB W-tal 500kW 5910 2230 0030 40 222 90 216 IBB W-tal 500kW NAU = DTK T-systems Nauen W-tal = DTK T-systems Wertachtal * changes + active on demand # momentary not active AWR Adventist World Radio BVB Bible Voice Broadcasting CHW Christliche Wissenschaft DTK Deutsche Telekom DVB Democratic Voice of Burma DWL Deutsche Welle DLF Deutschlandfunk DLR DeutschlandRadio EVR Evangeliums Radio Hamburg GFA Gospel For Asia HRT Hrvratska Radio Televizija IBB International Broadcast Bureau IBR IBRA Radio Sweden LRT Radio Vilnius Lithuania RNW Radio Netherlands World Service RRP Radio Reveil Paroles de Vie RSA Radio Salama RTB Radio Television Belge de la communaute Francaise SBO Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo SRI Swiss Radio International TIS Tigrean International Solidarity for Justice and Democracy TOM The Overcomer Broadcast TWR Trans World Radio UMC The United Methodist Church UNL Universelles Leben VOH High Adventure Ministries - The Voice of Hope (ex HAM) VRT Vlaamse Radio en Televisie (ex RVI) YFR WYFR Family Radio (05 Dec 2002) (via Wolfgang Bueschel, Dec 18, DXLD) ** INDIA. "FM radio cities to be doubled, SW to be phased out". This story by Nivedita Mookerji in New Delhi, in the "Financial Express", contributed by Alokesh Gupta: "As recommended by the Tenth Plan Working Group, shortwave radio would be phased out in the country. It is in keeping with the global trend of doing away with short wave radio in the analogue mode. To fill in the gap, FM service would be introduced in 125 more cities during the Tenth Plan, according to a senior All India Radio (AIR) official. This is subject to the government's approval of the Tenth Plan. With the FM radio present in 128 cities now, there are plans to double the number of FM cities during the Tenth Plan period, the official said. The medium wave service, which has been the most popular band till the time FM took off in India, would also be expanded, but only in the border areas. High-power medium wave stations would be launched in the border areas of the country during the Tenth Plan period, again subject to its approval. Such high-powered stations would be able to catch the medium wave frequency of other countries as well, thereby making it a very meaningful service for the border areas. Talking of short wave stations, the official said, these would not be shut down right away. Short wave stations would continue to operate as long as their transmitters last, but no new short wave station would be introduced now. Incidentally, the life of a transmitter for short wave and medium wave radio is 15 years, while the FM transmitter lasts for around 10 years. Interestingly, even the private FM radio players have a 10-year licence for operating their service in the country, after which both parties may mutually agree to extend the licence. Similarly, even AIR has signed an MoU [Memorandum of Understanding, I think --- gh] with the private FM operators for sharing of infrastructure for a period of 10 years. This, perhaps, is in keeping with the 10-year life of an FM transmitter. The Tenth Plan Working Group had earlier pointed out that short wave radio broadcasting services in analogue mode should be phased out. Expansion of medium wave, the report of the Working Group had said, should be taken up only for strategic border areas and difficult hilly terrains. Also, FM radio coverage should be achieved for 60 per cent of the population by the end of the Tenth Plan, it had stated." (via EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. 11292U: checking at 1505 on a javaradio in Europe, nothing, anyone hearing it? (Hans Johnson, Dec 18, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) Yes, a very faint DSB signal with Arab music at 1530, a bit better than yesterday. 73, (Mauno Ritola, Finland, ibid.) I'm monitoring 11292 USB from Milano but nothing, as yesterday afternoon. Only some usb civil air messages on 11291 kHz giving some splatter Ciao (Giampiero Bernardini, Avvenire, Milano, Italy, ibid.) No trace on it direct here, from checking before 1500 past 1630. At least two stations were on 9715, hard to tell what. HFCC shows (only those entries before or during this time period): 9715 1500 1800 19,20,29N,31,32 WER 500 045 1234567 271002 300303 D RUSSIAN D DWL DWL 3301 9715 1500 2100 29S,30 WER 500 075 1234567 271002 300303 D RUSSIAN D DWL DWL 3302 9715 1200 1500 41,49 TAC 240 130 1234567 271002 300303 D UZB UZB GFC 3307 9715 1600 2200 39,40 S.P 240 145 1234567 271002 300303 D RUS VOR GFC 3308 (via gh, DXLD) Hi, Hans. Information Radio in Arabic heard on 9715 at 1741 while a female voice reading a 3 minute commentary followed by ID 1752 "Antom tastameon eli masdar ma'lomatikum, Izaa't Radio al-Ma'lomat". SINPO/33232 co channel? Tashkent (Mahmud Fathi, Germany, Dec 18, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Hi all, wasn't Information Radio on 8700U via Commando Solo much easier to hear than this? Javaradio in Sweden can't match Mauno's setup; still no joy at 1715 on 11292 (Hans, ibid.) In this moment 1945 UT on 9715 I am hearing a program with Arabic music mixed with one in Russian (maybe Deutsche Welle). Till few minutes ago it was covered under the other broadcast; now it is growing up. Ciao (Giampiero Bernardini, Avvenire Milano, Italy, ibid.) Very strong here Dec 18 at 1930 on 9715U with music, IDs and infos. Nothing on 11292 (Jari Savolainen, Kuusankoski, Finland, ibid.) ** IRAQ [non]. SUMMARY OF INFORMATION RADIO BROADCAST Clandestine Radio Watch December 18, 2002 By Takuya Hirayama, CRW Japan [Dec 18] U.S. psyop station Information Radio was monitored today broadcasting on both 9715 and 11292 kHz to southern Iraq. Broadcasting with one female and two male native Iraqi announcers the station aired popular Arabic music, including songs by Iraqi and Lebanese artists, and also Western music, including the song "Titanic" by Celine Dione. The music did not immediately appear to carry subversive undertones. Psyop announcements followed the transcripts released by U.S. Central Command on Monday. There did not appear to be new or different announcements. The station identifies in Arabic as "Idha'at Radiyo Al-Ma'ulumat," and occasionally as "Masdar Ma'ulumatikum, Idha'at Radiyo al- Ma'ulumat" (Your Source of Information, Information Radio). Reception on 9715 kHz was better in Japan and various European locations as monitored on JavaRadio.net than 11292 kHz. Summary of transmission: 1502- Iraqi Pops 1505- Another Iraqi pops 1510- ID Announcement Message in Arabic read by a male: "With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1441, the International Atomic Energy Agency, better known as the IAEA, has been mandated to conduct inspections in Iraq. The goal of the inspection program is to determine the extent of Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program with the aim of completing the disarmament process established by UN Security Council Resolution 687.... [transcripts truncated for DXLD; complete at:] http://www.schoechi.de/crw/crw122e2.html 1513- ID Announcement / Iraqi Pops 1519- Western Pops (Female Vocal) 1522- ID Announcement by a female "Idha'at Radiyo Al-Ma'ulumat" / Iraqi Pops 1527- Announcement ready by a male "United States defense officials reported on the biennial military exercise 'Internal Look.' The exercise moves the command and control elements of United States Central Command to the Middle East Region in order to test its readiness for deployment. Its operational concept is focused on joint battle staff war fighting at the strategic and operational level. According to GEN Franks, Central Command Commander, Internal Look is simply an exercise that 'gives us the opportunity to deploy that command post. And the purpose of it is command, control, communications, to be sure that we have the right bandwidth lined up, to be sure that we can talk to our components-by that I mean air component, land component, maritime component and special-operations component.' He also stated that: over the last year 'Central Command has built a deployable command and control capability.' And, 'what that actually means is containers of communications gear, very large communications pipes that we're able put in the back of an airplane, fly it a long ways, land it on the ground and then set up a command-and-control complex.'... 1530- ID Announcement / Iraqi Pops 1538- ID Announcement / Iraqi Pops "Habbaitak" 1542- ID Announcement by a male / A message read by a female "Dear Listeners, the following program is a re-broadcast of remarks given by President George W. Bush and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the 8th of November 22, 2002, in the White House Oval office regarding the unanimous acceptance by the United Nations Security Council regarding U.N. Resolution 1441, and the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq. These remarks are being re-broadcast in their entirety.... 1547- Iraqi Pops with male vocal 1552- American Pops with male vocal 1554- ID Announcement by a male / Iraqi Pops with female vocal 1558- Transmission break 1600- A Message read by two announcers (male and female) Female announcer : "Dear listeners, the following program is a broadcast of the articles of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, which was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council on November 8th, 2002. The intent of UNSCR 1441 is to provide Saddam Hussein's regime a final opportunity to comply with the disarmament obligations established by UNSCR 687, in 1991. The following are the articles of UNSCR 1441 in their entirety."... 1614- Iraqi pops (female vocal) 1619- ID announcement by a female / Message read by a male (but not audible) 1620- Iraqi Pops (female vocal) 1626- Theme song of "Titanic" 1630- ID announcement by a female "Your source of Information, Information Radio" (Masdar Ma'ulumatikum, Idha'at Radiyo al-Ma'ulumat) 1631- Iraqi Pops (male vocal) 1637- ID announcement by a male Another message ready by a female "People of Iraq. Throughout the history of the world, mankind has shown a desire to progress and expand. Great leaders have built vast civilizations and empires that spanned continents. These leaders have sponsored education programs, paved vast roads, and built housing for the less fortunate. The leaders of the past have turned deserts into arable land, and created innovations which made life easier for their people. The great leaders of the past are known for their generosity and charity towards their own people, as well as their neighboring lands. In Afghanistan, once the Taliban was removed from power, the standard of living drastically improved. Relief aid is pouring into Afghanistan and is appropriately distributed. Schools are open and people all across Afghanistan are better off. "However, there have been leaders who were not moved by charity and good will. These leaders were motivated solely by greed and power. Josef Stalin was one such leader. Stalin was set on world domination, and it was his regime that began nearly a half-century of brutal domination through Eastern Europe. Stalin oppressed his people as he ruled over his country with an iron fist. During his reign as a dictator, Stalin killed and imprisoned millions of his own people. Millions of others were forcefully displaced and ended up living many miles away from their own homes. This dictator cared nothing for his own people, he merely sought to exploit them to perpetuate his regime and flawed ideology. "In the end, the world has paid a higher price for not stopping men like Stalin when they had the chance. Many millions of people have lost their lives needlessly under these oppressive regimes and in wars started by these leaders. The loss of life and the needless suffering could have been minimized had action been taken sooner. History has shown that appeasement of brutal domineering regimes only brings greater tragedy. Saddam too has a lust for power, and the world will stand up and put an end to the terror he imposes on others, before he destroys Iraq and crushes the hopes of its proud people." 1639- Iraqi Pops (female vocal) (Clandestine Radio Watch extra Dec 18 via DXLD) My take on this: One questions the need for a Commando Solo airborne operation to Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq is already served by numerous US-controlled transmitters nearby, notably in Kuwait, which could carry out this mission from the ground. But since it *can* be done, it *must* be done, even restricted to Kuwaiti airspace, which is rather limited? Tho of great interest to us DXers, these two little shortwave transmitters would seem to be even less needed, to reach Iraq. But then this gives the military an opportunity to say what it wants to say, rather than US government-sponsored civilian outlets (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1161, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Another copy of the story, this one illustrated with leaflet about fibre optic cables: http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/wed/dec18w31.htm (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) BBC news version: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/not_in_website/syndication/monitoring/media_reports/2583893.stm (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) PENTAGON PROPAGANDA BROADCASTS TO IRAQ MONITORED IN HILVERSUM Both shortwave frequencies advertised for the Pentagon's Information Radio service to Iraq were monitored in Hilversum on 18 December. The signal on 9715 kHz was clearly audible co-channel with Deutsche Welle in Russian. The signal on 11292 kHz was weak, and the modulation level was extremely low, although it improved briefly just before 1600. The station uses the Arabic ID "Idha'at Radyo al-Ma'ulumat." Transcripts in English of the messages broadcast by the station can be found here: http://www.centcom.mil/News/Misc/radioscripts.htm The programming also includes both Arabic and US pop music. Listen to Information Radio as monitored in Hilversum on 18 Dec at 1635 UTC, 9715 kHz (3'12") http://www.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/rnw/medianetwork/iraq021218.rm The Pentagon launched the much-anticipated broadcasts on 12 December from EC-130E Commando Solo aircraft of the US Air Force. However, news of their existence only became public on 16 December. Leaflets dropped over Iraq: http://www.centcom.mil/Galleries/Photos/leaflets/Iraq_Leaflets/20021216.htm on 16 December give the times of the broadcasts as 1800-2300 (1500- 2000 UT), and mention the additional frequencies of 693 and 756 kHz mediumwave (both are also used for Iraqi domestic services) and 100.4 MHz FM. US officials said that the Commando Solo aircraft are flying "outside the country." Thanks to Nick Grace and Alan Pennington for helping with research (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 18 December 2002 via DXLD) IRAK - NON. Information Radio, the American military propaganda radio that we heard on 8700 kHz in Afghanistan, is now broadcasting on 9715. I heard it from 1945 to 2000 yesterday 18 December 2002 in Arabic with poor to very good signal. Better in USB. At 2000 disappeared and I could hear DW in Russian. I heard Arabic songs, talks about America, UN, and the "Rais", an announcement at 1958, then song till the end 73, (Giampiero Bernardini, Avvenire, Milano, Italy, Dec 19, hard-core- dx via DXLD) ** KASHMIR. Radio Kashmir, Jammu heard from sign on at 0025 on 4830. The transmitter was noted going off air several times in between the transmissions. 73 (Jose Jacob, dx_india, WORLD OF RADIO 1161, DXLD) Previously reported schedule including 1030-2310: Anker Petersen, DSWCI DX Window, suggests the end time 2310 may be in IST instead of UT, which should read 1740 (gh, DXLD) e-mail is: airjammu@yahoo.co.in and airjammu2002@yahoo.co.uk (Jose Jacob, dx_india via DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) 4830: On Dec 15 & 16 1520-1702* a very weak signal was heard with talk in unidentified language and fading out in strong atmospheric and local noise. The carrier signed off at 1702 and a heterodyne disappeared. China Huayi Broadcasting Corp. is also scheduled here at that time (Anker Petersen, Denmark, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** KOREA SOUTH. 6015, Liberty-1 (presumed), Dec 15, 0749- peaking around 0830, Korean male and female voices and also sentimental style songs over jamming. Usually only the jamming is audible. Signal fair at best (Noel Green, England, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** KURDISTAN [non]. 3902.94, 5.12 1830 Voice of Komala in Kurdish and with several IDs, spoke a lot about "azadi" (which means freedom both in Persian and Kurdish), Iran and Irak. Komala is as well the name of a former Iranian ?Kurdish Communist Youth Movement, which helped set up an independent Kurdish republic in Mahabad in the northern Iran in 1946. The republic was set up with The Red Army as the godfather but existed only for a year before being slaughtered in a big political deal with Russia and Great Britain. S3 BV (=Bjarke Vestesen, Denmark, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** LIBYA [non]. FRANCE/LIBYA. According to the TDF, the Voice of Africa, LJB, Tripoli, Libya is broadcasting via Issoudun, France, in Arabic, but with some newscasts in English and French with this schedule since Dec 11: 1000-1100 - 21695 1100-1230 - 17695, 21485, 21675, 21695 1230-1400 - 21695 1400-1500 - 21675 1600-1700 - 15220, 15615 1700-1800 - 15220, 15615, 15660, 17880 1800-1900 - 9415, 11635, 11715, 15615, 15660 1900-2030 - 11635, 11715 2030-2130 - 11635 (Erik Køie, Denmark, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** MALDIVES. [internet] The President says the internet broadcasting service by the V. of Maldives provides to Maldivians living abroad a reliable link to the country. The President calls upon the media to become an edifying and socially responsible instrument. The President today said that the internet broadcasting service of the VOM would be a very prompt and reliable link to the country for Maldivians living abroad. The President made the statement while speaking at the function held this morning at the premises of the VOM to inaugurate its internet service. The President noted that the beginning of the service marked a new step forward being taken by the VOM with the aid of modern technology. He added that the service would be a valuable and reliable resource in enabling Maldivians living abroad to keep in touch with the news and developments in the country. Further, the President said that the service would help Maldivian families residing abroad and students living overseas to maintain and reinforce their links with the nation. Speaking about the central objectives of the media, the President referred to a parable in the Holy Qur`an in verses 24-25 of Sura Ibrahim, and said that the metaphor highlighted what would be the most appropriate motto for the VOM and other media in the country. The President explained that in the verses that he had referred to, a good word is compared to a shady tree whose root is firmly fixed and whose branches reach to the heavens, bringing forth its fruit at all times by the leave of the Almighty. He added that as the parable made it plain, statements that are good must have their roots firmly fixed in the ground, in that they must be based firmly and fairly on the truth. The President emphasised that the media in an Islamic country cannot be based solely on the profit motive, but that they must fulfill a more edifying and socially responsible role. He observed that such a role required that the media focused on national progress and reform, especially on setting the habits, the modes of thinking, and the actions of the people on the path of national progress and reform. The President noted that the media was based on reporting and pointed out that such reporting must be accurate based on the truth and be of abiding benefit to the society and the nation. The President expressed his appreciation to the Minister of Information, Arts and Culture, Mr Ibrahim Manik for his efforts to develop the services of the Voice of Maldives, and to disseminate as widely as possible, accurate news and information and other programs of the service. The President also thanked the management and staff of the VOM for their services. The welcome speech at the function was delivered by Senior Programme Organiser of the Voice of Maldives, Ms. Moomina Ibrahim. She noted that the guidance and the support extended by the President to the efforts to develop and improve the services of the VOM greatly motivated the development of the service. A vote of thanks was proposed by Senior Programme Organiser of the Voice Maldives, Ms. Najma Hussain. She said that the genesis of the internet relay service of the VOM lay within the framework of the strategies to implement the Maldives Vision 2020 formulated by the President. She also thanked the President, on behalf of the management and staff of the VOM for accepting the invitation to inaugurate the VOM internet broadcasting service (via Sarath Weerakoon, Sri Lanka, BC-DX Dec 6 via DXLD) What`s the URL, Sarath? ** MALI. If you live in Europe, get up at 0600 and tune into 4835, it's brilliant! But nothing heard this morning on //4783. At 0800 9635 is usually fair, but compared to earlier this year, modulation has definitely improved (Thorsten Hallmann, Muenster, Schroeder's dark empire, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** MAURITANIA. 7245, RTM, Nouakchott, has been heard regularly during the past week. Most days, it replaces 4845 at a variable time around 0800 - sometimes before - sometimes after - and is audible at very good strength until fading around 0930. However, on Friday, Dec 13, I did not note 4845 before 0800 (Noel Green, England, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) Heard as late as 1150-1410 on Dec 07 here in Portugal with Arabic recitations, tribal songs, 1200 Vernacular news and 1400 French news. 35443 (Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal, ibid.) ** MOLDOVA. R. Pridnestrovye, Tiraspol, 5960, noted on recent Wednesdays *1659-1730*, English program, "Here is Tiraspol, the capital of the Dniester Moldavian Republic", heavily disturbed by R. Netherlands on 5955. Moldova was an Autonomous Republic in the former USSR, but got its independence in 1991. The narrow region between the river Dnestr and the eastern border towards Ukraine is mainly populated with Russians. In 1990 they declared independence from the rest of Moldova which is closely related to Romania, but the "Trans-Dniester Moldavian Republic" (TMR), or "Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika" (PMR) as it is called in Russian, has never been recognized internationally. Heavy fighting in 1992 was followed by a peace agreement in 1997 with a Russian Peacekeeping Force placed between the parties. The official radiostation is Radio Moldova which broadcasts from the capital Kishinev (Chisinau) on MW and FM. Its external service Radio Moldova International uses [sic] SW transmitters in Galbeni, Romania for program in five languages. The former USSR built a powerful SW transmitter in Grigoriopol` which is located east of the river Dnestr and still controlled by Russian authorities. Airtime is rented out, such as to Deutsche Welle and TWR. Thus Radio Pridnestrovye is a separatist radiostation which some people regard as a Clandestine. It uses a 150 kW MW transmitter in Maiac on 1467 and a FM transmitter in Tiraspol. Since last month it has also had an external service in Russian from Maiac on 999 MW (500/1000 kW) and English on 5960. It is unclear whether the latter broadcast comes from Grigoripol` (Anker Petersen, Copenhagen, EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) ** NIGERIA. Where are they? I haven't heard 15120 for a while, when I checked at 1900 (19m quite dead) but also at 2200, 0600, 0800... (Thorsten Hallmann, Muenster, Schroeder's dark empire, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NIGERIA. 15120, V. of Nigeria, Dec. 14 [Sat] 0640-0710, 34343 in English. Talk and 'Letter Box'. (ISHIZAKI Kyoshiro, Mie, JAPAN, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** OKLAHOMA. CITADEL GETS WKY/OKLAHOMA CITY IN $7.7 MILLION DEAL http://www.radioandrecords.com/Subscribers/TodaysNews/homepage.htm WKY [930] had been owned by Gaylord Entertainment since its on-air debut in August 1928 until it was recently placed under the control of OPUBCO Communications, an entity in with Gaylord enjoys a majority vote. An asset sale agreement for WKY made its way through the FCC on Monday, and as a result Citadel gets a seventh property in Oklahoma City; the company already owns WWLS-AM & FM, KATT, KKWD, KQBL & KYIS in the market. WKY is presently being operated by Clear Channel via an LMA with OPUBCO. It is not known if the LMA will continue once Citadel closes on the station (via Brock Whaley, Dec 18 for DXLD) ** PHILLIPINES. FAR EAST BROADCASTING COMPANY'S HMONG BROADCASTER PASSES AWAY December 17, 2002, La Mirada, CA - On the evening of December 7, 2002, Far East Broadcasting Company's (FEBC) Hmong broadcaster, John Lee, passed away. The cause of death was apparently a massive heart attack. It was Lee's gospel programs that helped create a large Christian movement within Hmong villages across Southeast Asia, particularly in Vietnam and Laos. He brought thousands to the Lord and helped them escape the bondage of animism that reigns in their culture. "The Hmong community worldwide has lost a great spiritual leader," stated Jim Bowman, president of FEBC. "John loved the Hmong people dearly and his dedication to sharing the gospel with them is both commendable and monumental. I am saddened by the lost of such a dear friend who gave his life and embodied the very essence of what FEBC exists to do - share the hope of Jesus Christ by radio." Lee, along with his wife Pai, served the Hmong people by radio for the past 24 years. Since 1979, they have produced, broadcasted and personally responded --- either by letter or on the air --- to the Hmong listener letters that pour into their office every week. Many of these Hmong listeners, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, refer to him as their pastor. In recent times, Lee's role as programmer and pastor has escalated due to severe persecution that has increased among the Hmong people in Vietnam and Laos. The following is a letter dated November 2002 from a listener in Vietnam that represents the impact that John's gospel programs have had in Hmong villages: "Because of His loving kindness we have come to believe in Him through your radio broadcast. After becoming a Christian we are so happy to get out from the bondage of evil spirits. We don't have to live in fear, but do in peace, joy and contentment through the love of Christ each day. "Our government does not understand what we believe in. They have come to chase all of us out of our homes. They have even arrested many of us and put us in jail. "Pastor, we are human beings. We need freedom to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We need all of your prayers to strengthen our daily walk with Christ each day. We want to let you know that your radio broadcast is the only message that all of us can rely on. Keep on sending God's Word to us." Lee was born in Laos and grew up listening to FEBC's Hmong short wave programs, and was encouraged by his mother to aspire to be a broadcaster for FEBC and to share Christ with the Hmong people. Those aspirations came true, and John and his wife have seen many come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through their radio ministry. The first news of any response among the Hmong of Vietnam to the gospel programs came through a surprising source - an article in a Hanoi newspaper in 1992 written by a communist cadre lamenting the fact that many Hmong were becoming Christians. Christian broadcasts from Manila were blamed as attempts by the U.S. government to "undermine the revolution." The contents of the programs were described, and it was apparent FEBC programs were the target. In response to Lee's programs, the Hmong were selling their livestock, going out and buying radios, and tuning in to Christian broadcasts from Manila. More than that, they were turning to the "God of Heaven" and becoming Christians. Government officials estimated that 250,000 Hmong, out of 560,000 in North Vietnam, had become Christians. The Hmong people wrote to FEBC's broadcasters themselves and reported that 300,000 of them had come to faith in Christ in North Vietnam alone. John is survived by his wife, Pai, and four children. Far East Broadcasting has been producing programs for the Hmong people since the mid 1950s, broadcasting 11 hours per week in two dialects - White and Blue. The programs broadcast to Hmong villages throughout China, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. For more information, visit FEBC's website at http://www.febc.org Far East Broadcasting Company, with its United Kingdom-based sister organization, Feba, produces and broadcasts 600 hours of programming daily in 157 languages. Listener response averages more than 84,000 letters, calls and faxes per month (via Hans Johnson, Cumbre DX via WORLD OF RADIO 1161, DXLD) There are other choices besides animism, communism and christianity (gh) ** RUSSIA. R. Gardarika will be on SW again according to this schedule: December 20-December 31, 2002, 2000-2300 UT daily 5920 kHz (Mikhail Timofeyev, St. Petersburg, Dec 18, hard-core-dx via WORLD OF RADIO 1161, DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA. B-02 for Broadcasting Service of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/B S K S A MAIN PX in Arabic HOLY KOR`AN in Arabic 0600-0900 17760 21505 21705 0300-0600 11820 15170 15435 21495 0900-1200 21505 21705 0600-0800 15380 17620 17895 1200-1500 17585 21505 21705 0800-0900 15380 17620 1700-1800 15315 15435 0900-1200 11935 17615 21495 1800-2300 9555 9870 1200-1300 15380 17760 17895 21600 SECOND PX in Arabic (irr. on air) 1300-1400 15380 17745 17760 17895 21600 0300-0600 9578.9 1400-1500 17745 17760 17895 0600-1700 11854.9 1500-1600 11785 13710 17745 17760 1700-2200 9578.9 1600-1800 11785 13710 15205 17560 CALL OF ISLAM in Arabic 1800-2100 11820 11915 11950 15230 1500-1700 15315 15435 2100-2300 11820 11915 15230 FOREIGN SERVICES Bambara 1700-1800 17775 Persian 1400-1600 11745 Bengali 1600-1700 15345 Somali 0400-0500 17760 French 0800-1000 21600 Swahili 0500-0600 17760 1400-1600 21600 Turkish 0400-0600 15275 Indonesian 1000-1200 21670 Turkmen 1400-1600 9730 Pashto 1600-1700 9810 Urdu 1200-1400 15345 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 18 via DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. 7590, Voice of Reform, Dec 9, 10, 15, 16, *1900-2100*. On Dec 9, I heard only an open carrier (QSA 3) on 7590 except for a few seconds at 2021 when very weak voices were heard. But on Dec 10, 1940-2057* a strong signal was heard with test messages by a man continuously talking in Arabic with a few words and numbers in fluently English, at times distorted, but most times very clear. He had a few phone talks with other people. Sa`udi Arabia was mentioned. 44544. Already slightly jammed by Sa`udi Arabia from Dec 10. It ceases at 2102*. On Dec 15 the broadcast opened already at 1858 with Arabic talk, Arab songs, the Saudi Arabian jammer was on already at 1854. The program is all talking. No IDs heard (Anker Petersen, Denmark, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** SWEDEN. Radio Sweden International in Swedish eff. from Dec. 16: 0500-0600 Mon-Fri on additional NF 5840 (55555) \\ 6065 and 17505 (17504.2 on Dec.16) (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 18 via DXLD) ** SYRIA [non]. 9950, Sout al Watan, Voice of Homeland (Cf. DX-Window No. 207), QTH: Bashir Kyle, P. O. Box 7897, Oslo, Oslo 01673, Norway. E-mail: bkyle@post.com which I tried, but it was incorrect (Masato Ishii, Japan, DSWCI DX Window Dec 18 via DXLD) ** TAJIKISTAN. 7245, R Tajikistan, Dec 7, *1645-1700*, IS, ID, music, and news. Rather poor reception (Masato Ishii, Japan, DSWCI DX Window via DXLD) In English, I assume, when scheduled (gh) ** THAILAND. Greetings Messages - World Scout Jamboree Thailand From http://www.radio.gov.uk/ The 20th World Scout Jamboree will take place in Thailand from 28 December 2002 to 7 January 2003. An Amateur Radio Station will be set up on the Jamboree site, Call sign E20AJ. Normally greetings messages are not permitted to Thailand. For this special event, permission is granted for Full licensees (individual and club) to permit greetings messages in accordance with Clause 1(8) (a) and (b) to be sent to and received from the Jamboree Station E20AJ. Additional information on the frequencies used can be found from http://www.home.zonnet.nl/worldscout/Jota/frequencies.htm. This is similar to TDOA and JOTA arrangements. The Jamboree web page is http://www.worldscoutjamboree20.org It is understood that the Station will be operational for the duration of the Jamboree, 24 hours a day on phone, CW, SSTV and packet. The web site with latest information will be www.qsl.net/e20aj.htm although the site was not operational at the time of posting this notice (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** TIBET [non]. Voice of Tibet in Tibetan and Mandarin Chinese noted on Dec. 15: 1430-1517 on NF 12145+Chinese music jammer, ex 12025, re- ex 11550, re-re-ex 11975 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 18 via DXLD) Another day, another frequency, tnx to Chicom jamming (gh) ** TURKEY. 6900, Turkey Meteorological R., Dec 17 1600-1643 s/off 44444 Turkish lang. Non-stop local pops. Suddenly s/off without any announcement. Heard in its QTH, Ankara (Oguma Hironao, Cairo, Egypt, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** U K. Additional frequency for BBC in Uzbek: 1700-1800 on 11985 (55544) \\ 9915 jammed by China with Chinese music 9575 strong co-ch Radio Medi1 in Arabic 7385 jammed by China with Chinese music (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 18 via DXLD) ** U S A. Radio Farda, a new 24 hours Farsi service from the U.S. is scheduled as follows: 1539 & 1593 kHz MW 24 hours SHORTWAVE FREQUENCIES FOR RADIO FARDA EFFECTIVE FROM 0030 UTC DECEMBER 19, 2002 TIME (UTC) FREQUENCIES ----------------------- 0030-0400 9515 9585 9795 0400-0600 9585 9795 12015 15290 0600-0800 9585 15290 17675 0800-0830 9585 13680 15290 17675 21475 0830-1400 13680 21475 1400-1700 9435 13680 15410 1700-1900 11705 11845 1900-2000 6140 11960 11985 2000-2130 9785 11960 11985 (Dan Ferguson, IBB, Dec 18, SWBC via DXLD) Not quite identical to: New tentative 24h schedule for RFE/RL Radio Farda in Persian: 0000-0400 9515 9585 9795 0400-0430 9585 9795 0430-0600 9585 12015 15290 0600-0800 9585 15130 15290 17675 0800-0830 9585 13680 15130 15290 17675 21475 0830-1400 13680 15130 21475 1400-1700 9435 11730 15410 1700-1900 11705 11845 1900-2000 6140 11960 11985 2000-2100 7165 9785 9835 11960 11985 2100-2300 7165 9835 11765 11970 2300-2400 11765 11970 73 from (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 18 via DXLD) ** U S A. Hi Glenn: The Broadcasting Board of Governors responds to the Washington Post op-ed by Jackson Diehl at .... http://www.bbg.gov/_bbg_news.cfm?articleID=51&mode=general (No BBG response to the WSJ Jesse Helms op-ed, same day.) The BBG's stratgeic plan for U.S. international broadcasting, "Marrying the Mission to the Market," is available at ... http://www.bbg.gov/bbg_plan.htm 73 (Kim Elliott, DC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Happened across a live appearance on C-SPAN (1) by Charlotte Beers, Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, from the National Press Club ballroom (but not an NPR luncheon), in which she exhibited the how-great-it-is-to-be-a-Moslem- in-the-US commercials which ran in Indonesia and elsewhere, and defended present policy, including Radio Azadi changing into Radio Farda. She had been criticised for failing to appear as scheduled previously at the NPC. This started at 1830 UT and ended about 1945. It also repeated the following evening. Check C-SPAN website for possible repeats later in the following few days or weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Glenn, The FCC has posted a new "Final Winter '02 (Schedule) Version 0" this is available at http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/neg/hf_web/hfff0w02.txt This is as of 12-16-2002. There are many corrections and changes from the previous "Tentative Winter 02 Version 1". The ones I caught are: KFBS 9855 replaces 9485, 12065 new KIMF 5835 will now begin at 2200 KSDA (when they resume) about half the schedule changed, many new frequencies including 7160 and 13790 KTWR (when they are fully on) delete 9445, 9870, and 11900. Add 9500 and 15365 WBCQ 7415 extended to 1100, 9335 to 0600, 17495 to 2300. 9335 and 17495 now noted as SSB [and 11660 no longer mentioned -- gh] WBOH still not on Schedule WHRA new 17560 WHRI replace 6040 with 9840 WINB add 9320, schedule does not match website, which has incorrect UT WJIE was WJCR on old schedules WWBS now listed as SSB WWCR 15685 deleted, 7560 and 15825 now on schedule WWRB was WGTG on old schedules. now shown at 65 kW, no mention of SSB. new 5050 frequency. 9320 and 12170 now on at 1300 (Schedule still does not show actual 12172) WYFR delete 9705, add new 9725, 15115, and 15400 (Donald Wilson, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A [non]. Monday, December 16, 2002 MILITARY RADIO HAD ITS BEGINNINGS IN THE DAYS OF THE DOUGHBOYS By Rick Chernitzer, Stars and Stripes Stripes Sunday magazine, December 15, 2002 Although American Forces Network Radio has officially been on the air for 60 years, listeners began tuning in at the end of World War I. A Navy lieutenant in France broadcasted information and live entertainment to troops accompanying President Wilson to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Radio was a novelty then, and little equipment was given to overseas military broadcasting until the United States started gearing up for World War II. Bored soldiers in Panama and Alaska created makeshift transmitters and aired records, according to an Armed Forces Radio pamphlet. The U.S. military was unaware of the broadcasts until celebrities wrote asking how to send the stations recordings. During the first days of the U.S. entry into World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff members set up military radio stations in the Philippines. Their success paved the way for the Armed Forces Radio Service. In May 1942, the Army commissioned broadcasting executive Tom Lewis as a major and assigned him to create a viable military radio network. Its primary goal was to keep morale high, a daunting task when the enemy already was broadcasting to Allied troops, in the personas of the infamous 'Axis Sally' and 'Tokyo Rose.' Playing popular American music, they tried to demoralize troops with talk about missing home. On July 4, 1943, the Armed Forces Network went on the air, using the BBC's London studios. With British and Canadian radio stations, it formed the Allied Expeditionary Forces Program. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to ensure the stations worked together and all allies were getting the same message. To boost morale, AFRS headquarters in Los Angeles produced shows such as 'G.I. Jive,' shipping them to stations on special 'V-Discs.' By early 1945, about 300 Armed Forces Radio Stations worldwide were broadcasting. Then came peacetime. By 1949, just 60 stations were operating. But broadcasters who remained in Europe with the occupying forces took on a new role. Music and information were broadcast from Bremen to Berlin — giving many Europeans their first exposure to American culture and music. AFN brought jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll and country and western to audiences starved for music. The shows were so popular that when the leftist Greens Party urged Germany to quit NATO in the 1980s and called for U.S. troops to leave, it made one exception. 'The U.S. military should go home, but leave AFN behind,' a Greens leader demanded. When the Korean War started in 1950, AFRS leased several portable trailers and followed the troops as 'Radio Vagabond.' The American Forces Korea Network was established in Seoul later that year. While the organization changed its name to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in 1954, the focus remained on radio. The American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) was established in 1962, during the Vietnam War, mostly for numerous military advisers there. It served as the backdrop for the 1988 movie, 'Good Morning, Vietnam!' But broadcasting to the troops as the war heated up was no day on a Hollywood set. During the Tet Offensive, AFVN studios in Hue City were attacked. The staff fought off the Viet Cong for five days before the station manager and several others were captured. They spent five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. Recently, Armed Forces Radio quickly mobilized for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A mobile broadcasting van deployed to Saudi Arabia, where the American Forces Desert Network was established in 1991 and broadcast for the first time from Kuwait shortly after the Iraqi occupation ended. Since then, it has become a fixture throughout the region. Tech. Sgt. Mark Hatfield, 36, was 'out in the middle of nowhere -- at a secret base detached from civilization' as a structural maintainer on F-15s, with the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) during Desert Storm. About a month after he arrived, AFDN went into operation. 'I remember when they came on line -- I had my little transistor radio, and sure enough, there it was,' he said. Someone also bought a radio for the hangar. 'We cranked it because news was coming out left and right about the war,' Hatfield added. 'It was good because that was our only source of real information. You get out in the middle of nowhere, you don`t really hear it from the U.S side of things -- uncensored, coming in from the U.S.' Hatfield, now a broadcaster, said hearing news from The Associated Press at the top of every hour was important. `It`s not like you`re hearing the company line from some sergeant or specialist in the field,' he said. Today, American Forces Radio and Television Service operates about 300 radio and television outlets, serving an audience of 1.3 million listeners and viewers on every continent and U.S. Navy ship at sea. Setting up broadcasting operations in Afghanistan and other areas involved with Operation Enduring Freedom has been discussed, but no firm plans exist, said Air Force Master Sgt. Tracie Adams, operations superintendent at AFN Tokyo. 'That`s driven by the fact that operations are not expected to be long term,' she said. Broadcasters could move in once peacekeeping operations begin, as in Bosnia, she said, where U.S. radio and TV have existed since 1995. 'When we landed there, we used what we call `radio in a box,` our mobile radio system,' Adams said. 'Now, we have a permanent building, and people rotate through on four-month tours.' She said some staff members from Tokyo and Okinawa have been sent to Bosnia, where operations will continue until the last servicemember leaves. 'As long as there`s military there,' she said, 'we`re going to be there.' (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) Another AFN story under JAPAN, 2-198 ** U S A [and non]. Hi Glenn: This article compares certain Web sites to some shortwave clandestine stations of WWII. 73 (Kim Elliott) http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=26&ID=75454&r=0 (might not work) Canton (Ohio) Repository ROGUE WEB SITES SPREAD THREATS By JIM HILLIBISH, Repository new media editor Your computer has become a front line in the worldwide Islamic terrorism campaign. Al-Qaida now is using rogue Web sites to spread their terrorist threats to the media and anyone else who can find them on the Net. The sites enable propagandists to reach an audience directly, without filtering by governments or the news media. They are similar to World War II German and Japanese short-wave radio propaganda that directly reached audiences in Allied nations. The drill is to build a site on a host offering free or low-cost public service. Threats then are posted until the Internet provider realizes what's happening and deletes the site. Recently, two sites appeared, their warnings made news stories and then the sites went down. The sites are relatively easy to find with Web searchers and are monitored by news reporters and authorities. Some of the sites use sophisticated Web programming to stream audio of what is purported to be messages from Osama bin Laden. Web surfers should realize that anybody can post a site. Its authenticity cannot be guaranteed. The average surfer does not possess the background intelligence information that may confirm or deny the information. As happened in World War II, governments may offer disinformation to counter the propaganda using the same delivery system. The Net is just another way to reach an audience, although in this case, the audience potential is huge, interested and readily available. In the last six months, an apparent al-Qaida site has appeared on Internet provider servers in Malaysia, Texas and Michigan. The FBI investigated and viewed the site as authentic and a component of bin Laden's terrorism propaganda campaign. One of the messages warned Americans to convert to Islam or face death. Al-Qaida is taking advantage of a network technology that's the foundation of the Internet. The Net was devised by the U.S. military in the 1970s as a way to keep communications links open in the event of nuclear war. The ability to easily shift information between servers and keep it live despite servers' going down was the result. Al-Qaida sites sometimes last for days, sometimes for minutes or hours. When the providers or governments find them, they are shut down. Then al-Qaida simply sets up a new site and issues more threats. In one case, an Associated Press reporter found a site and reported it to the FBI. The same server-switching technique has been used by Web child pornographers and purveyors of other illegal schemes, such as financial scams and personal information gathering. Al-Qaida's Web sites may go beyond threats. Some include e-mail systems and could be used to contact cell members in the United States and elsewhere and send coded messages. The threat texts themselves may include secret wording that's being passed through the news media. The Web may be used to transfer encrypted data that is difficult or impossible for authorities to decode. A technique called steganography enables the embedding of secret messages inside common e-mail that is invisible to readers who do not know it is there. The software costs $22. Rogue sites are set up anonymously or through misuse of organization names, such as the ``Center for Islamic Studies and Research.`` It has appeared for the past six months on Web servers in Lansing, Mich., Bedford, Texas, and Malaysia. Each time, the Web provider, realizing what was happening, shut down the site and informed authorities. Within hours, it appeared again, elsewhere. There actually is a Center for Islamic Studies and Research. It is the title of a Saudi Arabian cultural site posted under the name of King Faisal. On Dec. 6, in an Associated Press story, our Repository Web site, cantonrep.com, posted an al-Qaida story with a terrorist threat from http://www.mojahedoon.net That site soon went down. Word wars on the Web are becoming more common. On April 1, 2001, a U.S. Navy spy plane was forced to land in China after a collision with a Chinese fighter. This sparked dueling Web sites in China and the United States. Palestinians in Israel also mount Web sites pressing their side in the conflict with the Israelis. In any case, Web surfers should view this information as they would any other information they receive. They must consider the source before drawing any conclusions. Still, it's compelling to find a Web site that may have an Islamic terrorist furiously typing away on the other end. http://www.cantonrep.com (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** U S A. VOICES OF WORLD WAR II: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FRONT AND AT HOME - KMBC RADIO The project (under development) will demonstrate best practices and standards for digitization of archival sound materials selected from the Marr Sound Archives and access to bibliographic information for 100 digital objects by creating metadata (Dublin Core, CORC) and MARC cataloging records in the MERLIN/MOBIUS Missouri online library consortia systems, and in the OCLC international online information system. The proposal was submitted by Marilyn Carbonell, Assistant Director for Collection Development, and Robert Ray, Special Collections Librarian. The $11,000 award covers an eight-month period, January-August 2002. The project content will be delivered in a Website created to focus on World War II and will be based on 100 rare and fragile transcription discs (16-inch glass & metal acetate discs) from the Arthur B. Church-KMBC Radio Collection. The nucleus of the project will be these unique archival sound recordings supplemented by manuscript materials, including still images and oral histories, to showcase how WWII was experienced in Kansas City through the popular media - KMBC radio - the local CBS affiliate station. Plans for the Website include seven sections: 1939-1941: Rumors of War - The War before Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy - December 7th, 1941. Europe & D-Day: D-day and the War in Europe. Home Front: How America Heard the War. Pacific Theater: War in the Pacific. Post War World: Looking Ahead: The Post-War World. The Project: Project Information and Sources for Further Study, including Links to Resources and Programs at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. The Truman Presidential Museum and Library will partner with UMKC by contributing public programming and archival research materials. The project, "Voices of World War II: : Experiences from the Front and at Home - KMBC Radio,`` is funded in part through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Missouri State Library, Secretary of State's Office. Five pilot projects in Missouri libraries were funded in 2002. These pilot projects are intended to improve the public's access to cultural heritage collections and to gather experience that can provide the State Library with models for future replication and support. The grant awards, funded under the federal LSTA will demonstrate best practices and standards for the selection, digital capture, storage, and Web-delivery of documents. The UMKC Libraries project planning team includes: Marilyn Carbonell, Brenda Dingley, Jennifer Eigsti, Mike Harrell, Chuck Haddix, David Lazarus, Moses Ong, Robert Ray, Wendy Sistrunk, and Kathleen Schweitzberger. Dr. Ted P. Sheldon is the Dean of the University Libraries, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Michael Devine is the Director of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. The Harry S. Truman Library, the first Presidential Library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act, was established to preserve the papers, books, and other historical materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman and to make them available to the people in a place suitable for exhibit and research. Another facet of the Library's activities is its museum exhibit program. The Library has about 35,000 objects in its museum collection. Though its public programs unit the Library attempts to reach a diversity of people and organizations by sponsoring conferences and research seminars, by conducting special tours of the Library's museum for school classes and educational groups, and through a wide range of other activities, including extensive web delivery of information. The Truman Library is one of ten presidential libraries operated by the Federal government. See also http://www.umkc.edu/lib/spec-col/ww2/index.htm (via Kim Elliott, and Mike Terry, DXLD) KMBC was on 980, but many years ago now, changed to KMBZ while the original calls stayed on TV channel 9 (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. AFR mad at FM Atlas Is American Family Radio trying to intimidate? I e-mailed Joh Riley in Tupelo saying that I did not believe K214AX *90.7 Jamestown ND did not properly ID, and that instead of carrying any ID of the primary station, WAFR *88.3 Tupelo MS, the Jamestown translator covers the ID period with local fill music. This I contended, in messages to several churches in Jamestown, might be illegal under FCC rules. Now Patrick J. Vaugh, general counsel, American Family Network e-mails from Tupelo: "I recognize that interests of your hobby and business you prefer that broadcast stations give audible station identification. However. . . AFR employs an encoded translator identification announcement, as allowed by FCC rules. Your e-mail. . . contains the admission that you contacted several churches in Jamestown ND and 'left the message that I believe not carrying the ID of the primary station, WAFR Tupelo MS, might be illegal under FCC rules'. As you are aware, AFR is a Christian ministry that depends on the trust and support of churches and the Christian audience for its existence. Your slander of AFR to churches by suggesting that AFR operates illegally is causing damage to this organization that we will not continue to tolerate. "Dr. Elvig (sic), you must cease and desist from slandering the American Family Association, Inc. and American Family Radio. Please respond in writing within 10 days providing assurances that you will no longer allege to churches that AFR is operating illegally by using encoded translator identification. Failure to provide such assurances will require AFR to seek the protections from slan der and deframation provided by law." Now, I turn to you, dear readers. How would you respond? I honestly feel that AFR is operating their translator in Jamestown, and possibly other locations, illegally as a network feed of AFR, not as a translator of WAFR Tupelo MS. And must I take their word that they have a legal (but not audible) ID? I have about 15 minutes of their translator programming (with lack of ID) recorded before and after 1 p.m. on a Friday, ready to send to the FCC, but told AFR I would wait for their response before doing so. I am not one to walk away from a good fight, and think that I could win on this point with the FCC. It is not my intention to harm the AFR ministry, but I should point out in fairness to DXers on this list, many of whom are gays, that AFR is very opposed to homosexuality, and you can read their publications or discover from their website how they are fighting "rights" the government otherwise tries to protect. (Brucey Elving, amfmtvdx et al. via DXLD) I say . . . "Give 'em Hell, Harry!!!" It sounds as if they are trying to intimidate you with 'lawyer speak'. Can they legally ID using this method? I must plead ignorance on the subject of "encoded translator identification" as have never heard of this. How does anyone know it's working if you can't hear it?? (Bill Hale in Fort Worth, ibid.) My reactions are as follows: 1) This is a hobby, and not a crusade, IMHO 2) Sexual orientation has nothing whatever to do with ID'ing of translators and raising it only weakens ( and cheapens ) whatever case you have 3) You had better have some solid evidence that what they claim is legal is not 4) There are far further right-wing Christian broadcast groups than AFR 5) I don't know what good the statements of other DX'ers would do your case, this seems to be single-threaded - either their ID practises comply with FCC rules or else they do not. 6) Given that legally, you instigated this fight, I agree with Mike that you probably need a lawyer (Russ Edmunds, PA, ibid.) Here are the FCC rules ******************************************************************** Sec. 74.1283 Station identification. (a) The call sign of an FM broadcast translator station will consist of the initial letter K or W followed by the channel number assigned to the translator and two letters. The use of the initial letter will generally conform to the pattern used in the broadcast service. The two letter combinations following the channel number will be assigned in order and requests for the assignment of particular combinations of letters will not be considered. (b) The call sign of an FM booster station will consist of the call sign of the primary station followed by the letters ``FM'' and the number of the booster station being authorized, e.g., WFCCFM-1. (c) A translator station authorized under this subpart shall be identified by one of the following methods. (1) By arranging for the primary station whose station is being rebroadcast to identify the translator station by call sign and location. Three such identifications shall be made during each day: once between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., once between 12:55 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. and once between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Stations which do not begin their broadcast before 9 a.m. shall make their first identification at the beginning of their broadcast days. The licensee of an FM translator whose station identification is made by the primary station must arrange for the primary station licensee to keep in its file, and to make available to FCC personnel, the translator's call letters and location, giving the name, address and telephone number of the licensee or his service representative to be contacted in the event of malfunction of the translator. It shall be the responsibility of the translator licensee to furnish current information to the primary station licensee for this purpose. (2) By transmitting the call sign in International Morse Code at least once each hour. Transmitters of FM broadcast translator stations of more than 1 watt transmitter output power must be equipped with an automatic keying device that will transmit the call sign at least once each hour, unless there is in effect a firm agreement with the translator's primary station as provided in Sec. 74.1283(c)(1) of this section. Transmission of the call sign can be accomplished by: (i) Frequency shifting key; the carrier shift shall not be less than 5 kHz nor greater than 25 kHz. (ii) Amplitude modulation of the FM carrier of at least 30 percent modulation. The audio frequency tone use shall not be within 200 hertz of the Emergency Broadcast System Attention signal alerting frequencies. (d) FM broadcast booster stations shall be identified by their primary stations, by the broadcasting of the primary station's call signs and location, in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 73.1201 of this chapter. (e) The Commission may, in its discretion, specify other methods of identification. [55 FR 50699, Dec. 10, 1990] ********************************************************************** You may not be able to identify the translator when IDed buy some of these methods, but the FCC can (Bill Frahm, ibid.) I used to ask stations questions or tell them that they left the power and antenna on day pattern for a week. For it I got ripped much the same way that Dr. Elving did. Now I just send off an email to some people I know at the FCC and let them handle it. It doesn't pay to be nice to some of these people. All the AFR guy had to say is that we do a subcarrier digital ID as allowed by FCC regulation and if he wanted to be nice, quote the Part 73 paragraph. Then he could have said, thank you for your question as it`s one we get all the time. Well, they didn't and now its all over the net and AFR lost a few more people who were at least neutral towards them. I can understand why Dr. Elving asked. Heck, I have asked because most satellators NEVER audibly ID. I would love to see the subaudible ID done away with unless it`s RDS (Kevin Redding, ibid.) ** U S A. From the Chief Engineer at WCCO Happy Holidays, and greetings from the frigid North I did a "Partial Proof" field study this fall, and it appears that although there is a slight decrease in the ground wave field from measurements made in 1987, the decrease is fairly insignificant about 5%. I am beginning to think the problem, may be more of a ground system deterioration problem resulting in higher vertical radiation angle, If the vertical angle has increased, the skywave will land at different location. From the comments, it appears that the problem is folks not receiving it in locations where it used to be fairly consistent. To support my theory, it would be interesting to see some comments from areas that are now receiving WCCO where it has never been useable in the past. We still get calls at night from all over the country (Doug Campbell, WCCO, via Mark Durenberger, Out West, NRCAM via DXLD) ** U S A. WMQM 1600 Memphis: Check site for more details. New target is Saturday Dec. 21, 2002. Testing is complete. Just the railroad crossing turning on when on 50 kW. Working with the railroad repair contractor (George McClintock, TN, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Re IBOC discussion: GCA does contract work for Ibiquity. They produced a report last January, commissioned by Ibiquity, that made the amazing claim that "conversion of 100% of the AM stations to the IBOC AM system would result in negligible impact on the ability of listeners to continue to receive conventional analog AM on existing receivers". You can download it from. I've read it, and in my opinion, it is flawed on many levels... or to sum it up in two words: totally bogus. The ball is currently in Ibiquity's court to present new data from night testing (which, at last word, would not be completed until sometime in 2003) to make the case for night operation. It would be astonishing for the FCC to suddenly turn around and short-circuit that process... but then again, nothing surprises me these days (Barry McLarnon, Ont., Dec 14, NRC-AM via DXLD) I also received the 21-page petition, tables, graph, and 7-page service list of commenters' names and addresses. Like the FCC Report and Order, it'll require a few re-reads to grasp, but here are the highlights: All expanded band stations should be given immediate authorization for nighttime IBOC operation, as they all conform to new nighttime operation standards and thus no expanded band station would cause interference. Details of various criteria (referred to as the five-rule test) for approving nighttime IBOC operation over the rest of the band follow. This includes detailed night studies of 610 WFNZ, 1320 WJAS, and 790 WMC. Applying the nighttime criteria, 610 WFNZ would operate full power IBOC, 1320 WJAS would reduce IBOC by 6 dB, and 790 WMC would only be able to operate IBOC on the lower side. (This suggests IBOC modes in which both sideband would not be necessary to receive the digital signal.) Stations that wouldn't meet the criteria would still be able to enter mutual-interference agreements (Bruce Conti, Nashua NH, ibid.) ** VENEZUELA. Listo sabotaje a señales de TV en Venezuela CONFLICTIVIDAD // La acción se asignó a Compañía de Comunicaciones del Ejército. Listo sabotaje a señales de TV. Las antenas de transmisión de CMT, Televen, RCTV, Venevisión, Globovisión, Meridiano Televisión y Supercable corren el riesgo de ser tomadas, asaltadas y desmontadas por la Compañía de Comunicaciones del Ejército. Este plan secreto de sabotaje da instrucciones para neutralizar la señal por tres horas. Lista para su ejecución se encuentra la toma, control y sabotaje de la estación El Volcán, donde funcionan las antenas de transmisión de los canales Televen, Globovisión, CMT, Meridiano Televisión y Supercable. Un documento secreto del Ejército obtenido por El Universal da cuenta de que la operación ha sido asignada a la 3431 Compañía de Comunicaciones de Combate, al mando del teniente (Ej) Hugo Pacheco Salazar, con la participación de 22 soldados y tres sargentos técnicos, cuya misión consiste en someter a los vigilantes y guardias nacionales encargados de la custodia, violentar el acceso, retirar la alimentación eléctrica, invertir los cables de audio y video y colapsar por completo las transmisiones.... http://buscador.eluniversal.com/eudcontent/viewArticle.do;jsessionid=buscador.eluniversal.com-28cf%3A3e020ce5%3A4ad4bd28d05c8ad7?articleId=1168140 (El Universal Dec 13 via Jorge Garcia, Venezuela, DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 4695, 13.12 2125, unID in English language with news and features. A mail address sounded the same as Radio Sawa`s. They also were called National Broadcasting.... and with an address for a P.O box. Music sounded as coming from Balkans. Closed at 2200 after a pause signal. The call sounded like 7125 and 9570 among others. An international station and probably a mixing product, heard on different antennas both on the NRD and ICOM. QSA 1-2 and lots of splatter. JE/RFK (=Jan Edh/Ronny Forslund, Sweden, SW Bulletin via Thomas Nilsson, DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. (Ethiopia/Niger): Observing 9705 +/- 1 at around 1800, there is often a het plus weak signal(s) from Africa. Seems that Ethiopia and Niger transmitter are heavily fighting out who's stronger. Maybe they don't really like to but in Niamey they are unable to move their only and unstable transmitter to a more suitable frequency? (Thorsten Hallmann, Muenster, Schroeder's dark empire, Dec 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FREQUENCY PLANNING [non] ++++++++++++++++++ ANALOGUE BROADCASTING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FREQUENCY MOVEMENTS. The B02 season is barely six weeks old, and there continue to be major changes to scheduled frequencies by many international broadcasters. This is due, in part, to flawed frequency coordination and planning processes, brought about by administrations attempting to set up schedules months in advance, by using dubious computer propagation modelling programs which are highly theoretical, and of little practical benefit! That software relies heavily on accurate projected solar activity forecasts, where that data is subject to constant fluctuation and churn. The frequency planning whole process is further affected by the obvious ignorance by some administrations of practical, real-life propagation situations. Many people, with no formal technical or engineering qualifications or background, declaring themselves to be "Frequency Planners" fail to understand that HF signals do mot travel in straight lines (like the Lines of Nazca Plains or laser beams!). For the current season, there are hundreds of avoidable frequency incompatibilities, mainly due to the incorrect use of a given frequency by two or more broadcasters, servicing the same general target area, at the same time. Furthermore, it is not readily understood that transmissions on the same frequency for DIFFERENT target areas often cause severe interference! In August 2002, frequency managers of the world's three coordination groups - the ABU-HFC, ASBU, and HFCC met in Bangkok to coordinate their B-02 schedules. There was an incredible array of managers attending, representing 57 broadcasters, which is about 85% of the world's SW broadcasters. This group endeavoured to coordinate frequency requirements of over 7600 daily transmissions, over a five-day working period. The results of that work were revealed in a reduction of up to 15% of frequency incompatibilities, and one mast surely ask what happened to the other 85%? Other outcomes of the meeting included: - the need for Heads of Engineering of ABU members to enhance their level of participation in coordination activities - a new group was set up to consider issues related to providing greater autonomy to the coordination process - development of a new frequency incompatibility system taking into account REAL interference effects, - development of enhanced technical tools Study of the HFCC Public and Internal operational files for B02 shows an enormous number of frequency assignments which are not in use! Thus, these various coordination meetings are trying to coordinate frequency assignments for imaginary operations, where some administrations are putting up requirements for a range of channels, which they will never use. That of course is one reason why some frequencies in the international bands are "vacant", yet others suffer from mammoth congestion! The situation is exacerbated when it is known that several large government broadcasters do not participate in the meetings, such as North Korea, Taiwan, and Cuba. As a communications engineer myself, I would have great trepidation in hiring or sub-contracting unqualified/non-engineering people to drive the technical planning process of any broadcasting enterprise. Neither would I prepare, or endorse frequency allocation requirements based only on a "general purpose" propagation software modelling program, without validation that key operational requirements had been satisfied. Until the entire process is improved, customers of international broadcasters (meaning listeners) will continue to be aggravated by trying to tune in to HF channels which are either not propagationally suitable, or are buried under transmissions for the same or other target areas. The continual variation of frequency usage, due, so we are told, to "poor propagation" is a weak excuse for failure of administrations to professionally and efficiently take into account all key parameters when setting up advance schedules; the simple expedient of typing in a few numbers into a software program is only the first stage of what ought to be a highly iterative process - not the final outcome! Should the customer's needs come first - perhaps not for international broadcasting...! (Bob Padula, EDXP Dec 19 via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ MUF/LUF CHART Henry and Glenn, I managed to find and repair a MUF/LUF Chart Java Applet I wrote a long time ago [1996]. I put it on the web at http://www.superlink.net/~pec/muflufjava.html (Pete Costello, NJ, Dec 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST) MUF, OWF AND FOT For those who have wondered what the abbreviations, "MUF," "OWF" and "FOT" mean, here's a bit of an explanation. You may find the current FOT (OWF) predictions between some common points on the Earth at my OWF table http://hfradio.org/latest_chart.html - and you may also see the predicted Smoothed Sunspot Numbers for 2003 at http://prop.hfradio.org/#FOT There are two definitions for the abbreviation, "MUF." The International Telecommunications Union ITU-R (Recommendation P.373-7 10/1995, in force) recommends two definitions for MUF: 1. Operational MUF (or just MUF) is the highest frequency that would permit acceptable operation of a radio service between given terminals at a given time under specific working conditions (antennas, power, emission type, required S/N ratio, and so forth), and, 2. Basic MUF, being the highest frequency by which a radio wave can propagate between given terminals by ionospheric propagation alone, independent of power. The difference in frequency between operational MUF and basic MUF is in practice from ten to thirty-five percent. In most prediction software and in amateur radio and shortwave listening references the MUF refers to the first definition. On each day of the month at a given hour, there is a maximum observed frequency (MOF) for a mode. The median of this distribution is called the MUF. In other words, the MUF is the frequency for which ionospheric support is predicted on 50% of the days of the month, i.e. 15 days out of 30 days. So on a given day communications may or may not succeed on the frequency marked as the MUF. To ensure a good communication link between two locations, the operating frequency is typically chosen below the predicted MUF. A commonly used formula for finding the optimal operating frequency for a given path is to calculate between 80 to 90% of the MUF. Depending on what model you use for determining MUF and OWF, this percentage of usable days may be 50% or 90%. VOACAP uses 50%, for example. Synonyms for the optimal operating frequency are FOT (frequency of optimum traffic), OTF (optimum traffic frequency or optimum transmission frequency), and OWF (optimum working frequency). So, as an example, if you find that the MUF is 23 MHz on a day with a Smoothed Sunspot Number of 130, over a path between you and some far off point, you would find the OWF as between 18.4 MHz and 20.7 MHz. You might be able to work 15 meters to that distant point. Most likely, you would find better conditions on 17 meters. There are more factors involved in finding the "right" frequency to use between two points. These include absorption by lower regions (like the D layer), the "take off angle" of the radio signal from the originating antenna, and so forth. The ionosphere is made up of several regions. The ionosphere is that part of the atmosphere, extending from about 70 to 500 kilometers, in which ions and free electrons exist in sufficient quantities to reflect and/or refract electromagnetic waves. These regions are the F2 region (250 to 400 km above the Earth), the F1 region (160 to 250 km), the E region (95 to 130 km), and the D region (50 to 95 km), under which is the Troposphere and so forth. When a radio signal (an electromagnetic wave) propagates into the ionosphere, it might be absorbed, attenuated, refracted, or it might shoot right through and out into space. If a signal makes it through the lower regions, a redirection will occur for those signals whose frequencies are at or below a "critical" frequency (that being the frequency just below those that punch through the F regions and out into space). The redirection is a bending by a complex processing involving reflection and refraction. Depending on the angle of the radio wave (or, "angle of incidence") as it enters the region where it is redirected, the signal will be "reflected" back to the Earth at some variably distant point. Think of a flashlight beam that you shine at a mirror. When you shine on the mirror straight on, you have the beam of light coming almost straight back at you, but if you angle the light beam, the reflected light will move further away from you. The amount of radio wave bending depends on the extent of penetration (which is a function of frequency), the angle of incidence, polarization of the wave, and ionospheric conditions, such as the ionization density. The Lowest Usable Frequency (LUF) is that frequency in the HF band at which the received field intensity is sufficient to provide the required signal-to-noise ratio for a specified time period, e.g., 0100 to 0200 UTC, on 90% of the undisturbed days of the month. The amount of energy absorbed by the lower regions (D region, primarily) directly impacts the LUF. If a signal at 5 MHz is totally absorbed by the D region, but a signal at 6 MHz makes it through without a lot of loss, and the E or F layer refracts the 6 MHz signal, the LUF will be near that 6 MHz part of the spectrum. The MUF might be 12 MHz. The OWF (optimum working frequency) will be somewhere between 6 and 12 MHz, probably around 10 MHz. Frequency of Optimum Transmission (FOT): In the transmission of radio waves via ionospheric reflection, the FOT is the highest effective frequency (or best working frequency) for a given path that is predicted to be usable for a specified time for a percentage of the days of the month. You may find more about propagation at my propagation page http://prop.hfradio.org and in my monthly columns in CQ Magazine and Popular Communications. For those who might be interested, I was interviewed by Hap of the RAIN REPORT. The interview is split into two parts. Part one is now available this week, and part two will be available Friday, this week. You can find the Rain Report at http://rainreport.com/ In the interview, I talk a bit about this current Solar Cycle. 73 de (Tomas, NW7US // AAR0JA, Hood, swl via DXLD) FORECAST OF SOLAR AND GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY 18 DECEMBER 2002 - 13 JANUARY 2003 Solar activity is expected to be low to moderate. M-class activity is possible during the first half of the period from Regions 224, 226, and 229. These regions are also due to return to the visible disk late in the period resulting in M-class potential after 08 January. There is a slight chance of a greater than 10 MeV proton event during the forecast period. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geo- synchronous orbit is expected to reach event threshold on 21-22 December and again on 28 - 29 December due to recurring coronal holes. The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to active levels during the forecast period. A positive polarity coronal hole is due to return to a geo-effective position on 18-19 December and is expected to result in active to isolated minor storm conditions. A weaker recurring coronal hole is expected to return on 25-28 December resulting in unsettled to isolated active conditions. :Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt :Issued: 2002 Dec 17 2211 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Environment Center # Product description and SEC contact on the Web # http://www.sec.noaa.gov/wwire.html # # 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table # Issued 2002 Dec 17 # # UTC Radio Flux Planetary Largest # Date 10.7 cm A Index Kp Index 2002 Dec 18 200 20 4 2002 Dec 19 200 20 4 2002 Dec 20 195 15 3 2002 Dec 21 195 15 3 2002 Dec 22 190 15 3 2002 Dec 23 190 12 3 2002 Dec 24 185 12 3 2002 Dec 25 175 12 3 2002 Dec 26 170 12 3 2002 Dec 27 160 12 3 2002 Dec 28 155 12 3 2002 Dec 29 150 10 3 2002 Dec 30 150 10 3 2002 Dec 31 150 12 3 2003 Jan 01 150 8 3 2003 Jan 02 150 10 3 2003 Jan 03 150 15 3 2003 Jan 04 155 10 3 2003 Jan 05 155 12 3 2003 Jan 06 160 12 3 2003 Jan 07 155 10 3 2003 Jan 08 155 10 3 2003 Jan 09 165 10 3 2003 Jan 10 170 10 3 2003 Jan 11 180 10 3 2003 Jan 12 185 10 3 2003 Jan 13 185 10 3 (from http://www.sec.noaa.gov/radio Dec 17 via WORLD OF RADIO 1161, DXLD) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-198, December 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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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO 1160: WWCR: Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Wed 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1160.html WORLD OF RADIO 1161 FIRST AIRINGS: Wed 2300 on WBCQ 7415, 17495 Thu 2130 on WWCR 9475 Fri 1930 on RFPI 15039 ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Per your comments in DXLD 2-196 on Merlin's dramatic music, "sure wish we had the real name for it...", in absence of the source for that loop, I call it "Fanfare for the Common Afghan". Apologies to Aaron Copland! (John Cobb, Roswell, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ALBANIA. RADIO TIRANA DUMPS MARXISM, GETS RELIGION UK Reuters Mon Dec 16,12:58 AM ET, By Linda Spahia TIRANA (Reuters) - Before the collapse of communism in 1990, about the only things travelling abroad from highly isolated Albania were propaganda messages. They reached far and wide thanks to Chinese-built transmitting stations, which made Radio Tirana on short wave one of the clearest signals in the region despite coming from a country which was one of the poorest and smallest in Europe. These days, ironically, the state that banned religion during its years of hardline communism relies on rebroadcasting Christian stations to keep the Radio Tirana service going. In its heyday, the station tried hard to convince the world to follow Albania's example -- in 22 languages from English to Indonesian and with more than 80 hours of programming a day. "Luckily the world did not hear," said New Zealander June Taylor, one of the many foreigners who worked at Radio Tirana as announcers and translators. Radio Tirana painted a rosy picture of how everybody was happy, healthy and working so hard for the good of the country that Albania had become self-sufficient, Taylor said. It portrayed big evil capitalist countries where most people were unemployed and could not afford to send children to school while youngsters lay in the streets drunk on Coca Cola and Pepsi, two beverages Albanians only tasted after 1990. "The Socialist economy does not know anarchy or crises in production. It does not throw workers onto the street because of bankruptcy or enterprises closing down," proclaims one transcript of a story broadcast in August 1979. What the stories did not mention was that Albania was a poor and repressive state which denied its citizens basic freedoms and shot dead many who tried to travel abroad. WESTERN FANS But to many people who knew Albania only from what they heard on Radio Tirana, the country was an island of hope. Taylor's father, a dentist from Auckland, was one of them. He volunteered to stay for two years in Albania, where his medical skills and help in translating the books of communist dictator Enver Hoxha were most welcome. They ended up staying longer after Taylor fell in love and married a local man. As a native English speaker, she was hired in 1974 to read and translate news and stayed at the radio station for 19 years. "News arrived at the very last minute. The quality of translation left much to be desired and they were packed with boring slogans," Taylor said. Phrases like "the army and the people are one and indivisible", or how the "working collective of the Enver Hoxha tractor combine fulfilled the plan three months ahead of schedule" were among those she read out for years. Still, the station received thousands of letters from all over the world. A Swede learnt Albanian just by listening to the radio. Others wrote to commend speech programmes and folk music. An English farmer in 1979, after hearing about an earthquake (news - web sites) that hit northern Albania, wrote a letter saying he wanted to come and help with his tractor and his family, Taylor said. "Many Marxists from Western European countries came to Albania convinced it was a state run by its people. But it was enough to walk out of the radio to realise that it was not true," Taylor said. DISTORTED NEWS As part of Radio Tirana's efforts to tell the world what was right and wrong, Janka Selimi, a Bulgarian national married to an Albanian, had the unenviable duty of criticising her home country for being servile to the Soviet Union. "We said that they were turning bourgeois for owning a car and their apartments. Any time I read that news, I felt like I was betraying my country," said Selimi, now 58. Not that she or any other journalist at Radio Tirana had much of a choice. Their job was just to read and translate reports that came from the official news agency ATA or straight from the Central Committee of the Communist party. "During the war in Vietnam, one of us added up all the numbers of the killed American soldiers we had been reading every day and it turned out we had wiped out the whole U.S. army at least twice," Taylor said. But no one dared to tell their bosses. MARX MAKES WAY FOR JESUS In the mid 1960s, Albania broke with the Soviet Union and allied itself with China. The Chinese then built radio stations in Albania in order to make their voice heard in Moscow and Washington, Irfan Mandia, the radio's technical director said. Two transmitting stations -- one for AM and for short wave -- were built in isolated locations, heavily guarded by the army and equipped with anti-aircraft defence. The powerful signal of Radio Tirana reached out to the world, challenging even the BBC. Engineers now admit it was not just because of the strength of their signal that Radio Tirana was heard so clearly. "Before 1990, we broadcast on the band of frequencies reserved only for radio amateurs, where there was not much interference," Mandia revealed. Although the technology of Radio Tirana looks very out of date in the digital era, the equipment is still up and running -- to the astonishment even of the Chinese engineers who built it -- thanks to dedicated local maintenance staff. After communism collapsed and "it became clear we were no shining lantern for the world", the foreign radio service was cut to seven languages and just three hours a day, Mandia said. "Now we had free space, the equipment and no programme. So we offered our services to international radios," Mandia said. Religious broadcaster Trans World Radio became the main client of Radio Tirana's foreign service and its saviour from bankruptcy. Mandia said the services Radio Tirana now offers to third parties, which also include Voice of America of the United States and Germany's Deutsche Welle, have made it profitable. But he knows that soon it may be harder to find spare parts for his Chinese transmitting station than new clients to serve. (via Artie Bigley and Mike Terry, DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. HCJB`s new facility at Kununurra WA will not begin broadcasting until 5th January 2003. Due to technical difficulties, the December 22nd launch has had to be delayed (HCJB mailbag Program 14/12 via ADXN via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. SYDNEY - HOBART YACHT RACE John Wright has passed on this information from Ian O`Toole concerning radio communications for this event. HF Frequencies expected to be used are: 6627 - Should be primary 6516 - New frequency 4483 - Used during previous events VHF channels 16, 72, 73 & 81 Between 15 & 21 December all entrants are to carry out radio checks on both 6 MHz frequencies with Penta Comstat between 0800-1800 local. The radio schedules for the race are yet to be finalized but will be available on the web closer to the race start under `Sailing Instructions` http://from www.cyca.com.au (Dec ADXN via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. VMC/VMW VMW is now transmitting on 12362 (formerly 12353 and originally 12536). This means it now uses an adjacent channel to VMC on 12365. A check from this QTH at 2040 on 29/11 with both sites on air showed VMW at S 7 and VMC at S 9 + 5db on the R5000 S meter. The first change was due to concerns expressed by ZLM Taupo Radio. VMW voice schedules are now broadcast over the FAX stations 0315-0300 UT each day; there is no indication of the VMC voice schedules being included although there are slots available. Frequency changes from day to night frequencies and vice versa are: VMC 1900/0900 UT. VMW 2100/1100 UT (Dec ADXN via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 4716.63t. Radio Yura reactivating? 2340 to 0000, very weak! (Robert Wilkner, FL, Dec 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** BOLIVIA. A rádio San Miguel é uma emissora da cidade de Riberalta, no estado de Beni. Emite em 4925 kHz. Ultimamente, tem sido sintonizada em 4929 kHz, o que facilita a recepção da rádio Educação Rural, de Tefé (AM), que está em 4925 kHz. A San Miguel, conforme estudo de Luis Ramiro Beltrán e Jaime Reyes, publicado em www.felafacs.org, é uma emissora educativa de destaque na Bolívia. Além disso, luta para organizar e fortalecer os agricultores de sua região (Célio Romais, @tividade DX Dec 14 via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 4929.98, Radio San Miguel, Riberalta, Dec 2002 - 0040 UT. Before my 4-month stay in Sweden Radio San Miguel had a long period with serious transmitter problems, very distorted audio and frequency drift. Now it seems that this is repaired and both audio and stability are without any remarks. Religious program and close down at 0112 UT. 5995.60 UNID LA Dec 2002 - 1045 UT. Maybe Radio Loyola, Sucre, Bolivia --- possibly a "Sucre" was heard but I am not at all sure. Radio Melodía was heard at the same time on 5996.69 kHz. UT -4 (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 3365.00, Radio Cultura, Aranguara, Dec 2002 - 0010 UT. Nonstop music with short IDs between the tunes up to the big ID at 0010. 4925.07, Radio Educação Rural, Tefé, Dec 2 2002 - 0002 UT. Decent signal but heavy splashed by Radio Quito. Listed on 3385 kHz so maybe a new frequency? [yes, move reported several times in DXLD gh] "Radio Educação Rural, Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil" is a clear ID where also MW 1270 and SW 4925 (not listed) kHz was mentioned (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** CAMBODIA. 11940.3: V. of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. In English 1159, signed on with opening music, ID, schedule information. 1201 Asian music and talk. Strong signal but bad audio, 8/12 (Takeno, Japan, Dec ADXN via DXLD) Very tentative, 1226-1245 9/12, exotic vocals and instrumentals, unID language talks. Haven't seen any other reports for this recently. Is Cambodia on the air? Very poor reception with extremely deep fades. (Rich D`Angelo, PA, ADXN via DXLD) ID and opening announcements in French 1213, though on since 1200 with muffled programming, mainly music. Haven't heard this for a while, 11/12 (Craig Seager, Australia, ADXN via DXLD) ** CANADA. Re RCI 5970 DRM QRM to BBC 5975? I would presume that there's a chance, but since BBC WS isn't targeting NAm, they may not have taken that into consideration. 73- (Bill Westenhaver, RCI, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA [non?]. 12025 HCJB via Ascension. Christian religious talk in Arabic giving Malaga address, good 2115 on 8/11 (Frank Agius, Vic., ADXN) 12025 R. Ibrahim, Cyprus via Ascension. Discussion in Arabic (or similar) at 2127 tune-in. Music played is cross between European and ME types. Mention of `Limassol` and `Stockholm` in TOH announcements with address in Stockholm. Still on air at 2205. Operating this day beyond the reported 2130–2200 time slot. Good strength and readable signal. 2127 8/12 (Charles Jones, NSW, ADXN) HFCC says HCJB via Skelton here 2100-2230, so some question on the correct site. I assume the ``Ibrahim`` thing is part of the HCJB transmitter time -cs (Craig Seager, ADXN editor) 12025 RCI-Wertachtal. Arabic to N. Africa *2100 ID, fair, 14/11 (Ted Carter, Tasmania, Dec ADXN via DXLD) These loggings from the latest Australian DX News do not take into account our more recent reports that 12025 at 2100-2230 is now HCJB via Sackville! But maybe the November log was before changes were made. I was processing this item at 2225 UT Dec 17, so punched up 12025, and yes, it`s still very strong, obviously North American origin, not European. Whether there be a connexion between Ibrahim and HCJB, I don`t know; but in the final 5 minutes of transmission in Arabic, much of which was innocuous secular-sounding vocal music, there was **no** mention of ``Ibrahim`` --- nor of HCJB! Just the Apartado in Málaga, Espagne. RCI bilingual ID squeezed in just before transmitter cut at 2129 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. 6030, CKMX (SW relay) Calgary, 0930, After Sudwestrundfunk started to fade with daylight in Germany, yet before R. Martí and the Cuban Jammer obliterated the frequency, I had very nice reception of this 100 watt SW relay of CKMX. I'm not sure of the SW call letters, perhaps CFVP? Excellent modulation. Respectable S7 signal peaks with a little flutter due to the effects of a some what elevated solar wind from a weak coronal hole. Program consisted of nice Christmas music. "Little Drummer Boy" was playing when I tuned. At 0932 I caught the following canned ID: "Our holiday music is almost as fun as tearing open Christmas presents. AM 1010 CKMX." Then into a remake of "Blue Christmas". By 0954 recheck, there was a 20 over 9 unmodulated carrier, presumably from Martí on top (David Hodgson, TN, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {This is possible UT Monday only when Martí rests} ** CANADA/CANARY ISLANDS. 6715 USB, "Halifax Military", Dec 13, Should read 2205 not 1605. I put it in Central Standard Time instead of GMT, sorry (David Hodgson, TN, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CHINA. Hi Glenn, Noted on 6160 kHz both VOA and China broadcasting in Chinese at 1200-1300. I am assuming that China is here to jam the VOA broadcast because I don't have any references of this freq being used by China at this time? Anyway VOA is broadcasting from the Philippines while I think that it is the Central Peoples Broadcasting System from Shijiazhuang broadcasting here too. I searched for a parallel broadcast of the China station and came up with Shijiazhuang on 5880 kHz. At the moment China is winning the battle of dominance here. Thanks (Chuck Bolland, Clewiston, Florida, Dec 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COLOMBIA. 3479.99H, Ondas del Orteguaza, Florencia. Nov 20 2002 - 1037 UT. Great signal and transmission intended for farmers up early in the mornings: "Amanecer campesino". I have earlier heard the station on its 2-nd harmonic 2319.72H. Harmonic from 1160 kHz (3 x 1159.96). (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** CUBA. Re: No sign of RHC on 6195... Glenn, I've found R Havana tonight at 0400- on 6275, badly FMing. Cuba, 6275, R Havana, 0400 Dec. 15, Badly FMing extremely distorted in AM, but nice and clean in FM mode. Also, there is a distorted spur 75 kHz up on 6350. Popular music px with Cuban rap groups during the time I listened. R Havana ID at 0425 by announcer (David Hodgson, TN, DX LISTENING DIGEST) David, I assume you mean in English? Will be interesting to see if they stay there. And if Arnie Coro starts promoting their FM service! Also the frequency for the 2230 broadcast is normally different from those used after 0100. 73, (Glenn to David via DXLD) No, it was in Spanish. There were a enough similar sounding words to figure out the basic meaning of the program content. Then of course, there was the actual ID (Hodgson, ibid.) See also VENEZUELA non ** CUBA. Estimado Glenn: Te informo que sigo en el espacio DX de Ventana Rebelde los domingos (lunes 0430 UT) por los 6120 kHz, y En Contacto de RHC donde en enero haré un concurso por los aniversarios de las emisoras Radio Rebelde, Radio Reloj y Radio Habana Cuba. Felices fiestas y buen año para tí (Manolo de la Rosa, Cuba, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I`ve lost track of current times and frequencies for En Contacto; used to be a quarter-hour Sundays around 1335 and 2200~ (gh, DXLD) ** ECUADOR. HCJB`s website http://www.hcjb.org has been redesigned. On my way to find latest DXPL audio, which, it turned out, was not yet there, I noticed they have a link to the day`s World Newscast, with the emphasis on Latin America, an 8.3 minute ram file. At 1552 UT Monday this was from 1200 UT, apparently the same date judging from references, tho date was not announced. But how can you live in South America and not know how to pronounce `Chávez`?? Real news lasted only 6.3 minutes, then ``Mission Network News`` for the remainder. At least they keep this separate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CANADA Glenn: For the past several days been listening to a station, strong, sometimes heavy QSB, on 9650 kHz from about 7 PM to 9 PM PST, or 0300 to 0500 UT. Language appears to be Spanish, music and talk, but during the last half hour 0430 to 0500 UT, they have an English program, news articles, etc., spoken very slowly and distinctly as if they were teaching a class or like the "Special English" the VOA uses (but with a British accent). Right after the English program, they sign off with a Spanish sentence or two. Nothing in my 2002 Passport. Any ideas? Thanks, Gordon I know HCJB`s Spanish service has moved to 9650 this season. Hadn`t noticed the English teaching show then, but I have heard it at other times on HCJB Spanish frequencies (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ECUADOR [and non]. First of all I want to congratulate SWB for having published 1500 issues! Fantastic, it is a great honour for me to contribute to this jubilee-issue! In August my wife returned to Quito and she felt it was good to get rid of the hottest summer ever and to enjoy the relative ?cold? in her native country Ecuador: 22 degrees the year round. I returned back in November and felt it was nice to change the Swedish winter cold to these 22 degrees! We stayed in Sweden for some weeks at my dad`s place on the small island "Smögen" on the Swedish west coast and happened to experience one of the worst thunderstorms ever; parts of the west Sweden were declared as catastrophic area. We are quite experienced in Quito with exploding volcanoes, heavy earthquakes, etc. but this almost took our breath away --- we stayed trembling in our small bed at ten in the evening. The Ecuadorian people really take their Catholic religion seriously and my wife begged a long prayer requesting help from `above`. We listened at the same time to the programme "Karlavagnen" where listeners phoned in to speak about the theme of the evening "thunderstorms"! Very good timing from the Swedish state radio. One of those phoning in to "Karlavagnen" that evening was our member JOE/John Ekwall, who works as a meteorologist at SMHI and at once we did not feel that bad. 2240.00H, Radio Positiva, Quito, Dec 2002 - at 0000. It started when my wife did not find her favourite program on 860 kHz/Radio Visión --- a medical program that every Sunday morning treated a special theme with experts invited and questions by phone in from their listeners. Some weeks later I was on the frequency 2240.00 where obviously a local Quito-station among others advertised for a company with the address "Avenida la Prensa y Vaca de Castro", that is where I live! I don`t know of any "Radio Positiva" in Quito but the explanation is simply that "Radio Visión"-860 kHz now is called "Radio Positiva". I can`t figure out why the station can be heard so well on 2240 kHz. I don?` think it is a real harmonic. Close down 0003 UT with ID: "Desde Quito capital del Ecuador transmite Radio Positiva 860 kHz en amplitud modulada, una voz ecuatoriana para el mundo" then followed the NA. Sometimes with closedown later in the evening. 2700.78H, La Voz de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Dec 2002 - 0205 UT. Located in the same province as Quito (Pichincha). Sometimes ads for local companies here in Quito. Close down 0215 UT. Santo Domingo de los Colorados or "Santo Domingo of the coloured" got its name from a nowadays very small Indian tribe where the woman are bare breasted and the men mainly use "achiote", a substance from a tree, to get their hair coloured red. I sometimes use to mix in some anchiote powder in soups and other food. Here in Quito they use to say "Santo Domingo de los Colombianos" due to the fact that a lot of people from Colombia live there! 6579.80H, Radio Centro, Ambato, Nov 27 2002 - 1100 UT. Of the few HC- stations still active on SW this is my favourite with good news reporting and nice music. Harmonic from 3289.90 kHz. Congratulations to Radio Centro who this year celebrates their 35-year jubilee. Nowadays they are covering the whole country not only by the SW transmitter but also from cooperation with "Bonita FM" and all their transmitters in Ecuador. Björn Malm, c/o Susana Garcès de Malm, Avenida la Prensa 4408 y Vaca de Castro, Quito, Ecuador. Tel: +593 2 598 470, email: bjornmalm@yahoo.es rx: NRD-535, Loewe HF-150 samt Sangean 808ATS. Ant: 12 m lw Ö/V, 24 m lw N/S + Lw Magnetic Balun + MFJ1025 phaser [More of his loggings in this issue under: BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, EL SALVADOR, PERU] (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** EL SALVADOR. 17835.36, Radio Imperial, Sonsonate, Nov 30 2002 - 2335 UT. When I logged YSDA in March this year it was on 17833.83 kHz with very weak modulation. Is now quite on frequency but with much better modulation. Now they also announce the frequency 17835 kHz which they did not previously. Nonstop Mexican music, ID and ads. (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** FRANCE. Hi, RFI's Persian service puzzled me up in past days. I couldn't hear any of the given registered channels of RFI Persian 1800-1900 7350*[exc Mar], 9430, 11650**[spring]. A look to the RFI Persian website showed the following entries only: 1600-1630 6015 [DUS] 6035 [SNG]; 1800-1900 6145 [DHA] 6185 [TAC] maybe brokered by Merlin MNO too. The 1600 UT portion was mentioned in DX press in past weeks as Pushtu/Dari service. 73 wb df5sx (Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany, Dec 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GERMANY. 7265, Sudwestrundfunk, 0650, Very nice copy of this domestic broadcaster, with signal peaks hitting 10 to 20 db over S9 in the southern USA. Pop music with male DJ. Commercial format. Ad for what sounded like "Media Mart" around 0659. News at 0700. Very nice audio quality. // 6030 which was running around S7 here. These two transmitters both put out 20 kW into flat top antennas but the one on 7265 is facing E/W and the one on 6030 has the lobes running N/S, so I'm right in the null of the 49 meter outlet (David Hodgson, TN, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUAM. KSDA is usually audible here at 2100 on 11980 and/or 11960, but no sign of it Dec 15 when the much-publicized JSWC anniversary special was to run; still typhooned off? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** GUAM. KTWR-Trans World Radio's SW station on Guam suffered extensive damage to their antenna field as a result of Super-Typhoon Pongsona. On Sunday Dec 8 the typhoon lashed the island with 150 mph winds and 180 mph gusts. The typhoon went up the entire east side of the island, keeping it in the eyewall of the typhoon. The KTWR staff has been able to get antennas 2 and 5 together to have two transmitters on the air by Thursday Dec 12th. Work is ongoing, and further assessment is yet to be made (George Ross - KTWR Guam, WWDXC Dec 14 via BC-DX via DXLD) ** IRAN. TEHRAN, Iran, Dec. 17 - Iran's reformist-dominated parliament approved a bill Tuesday to lift restrictions on the public's access to most satellite television channels. While the proposal reflects a majority of Iranians' wishes for a more open society, it still must be approved by the hard-line Guardian Council before becoming law. More on http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap12-17-081928.asp?reg=MIDEAST (AP via MSNBC via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** IRAQ [non]. AIRBORNE RADIO STATION BEAMS MESSAGES TO IRAQ U.S. MILITARY URGING SOLDIERS TO STOP SUPPORTING SADDAM WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. military is using aircraft to broadcast radio signals into southern Iraq, encouraging Iraqi military forces to stop supporting the regime of President Saddam Hussein. The signals are coming from a type of modified Air Force transport plane known as "Commando Solo," which saw similar action over Afghanistan when personnel aboard broadcast messages that urged the Taliban to surrender. These are the first such broadcasts to the Iraqi region by the U.S. military since the recent escalation of tension began between Washington and Baghdad, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. The radio programming is transmitted during flights of EC-130J aircraft operated by the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, based near Middletown, Pennsylvania. The flights began Thursday, and the signals are to be transmitted between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time in southern Iraq every day, depending on the weather. The planes remain in Kuwaiti airspace. Military officials said the broadcasts include songs in Arabic and English to encourage Iraqi soldiers to listen. U.S.-backed political messages are also played. Officials said the themes of the broadcasts include: • Saddam's diversion of money intended for food to weapons production, and previous Iraqi "intransigence" on U.N. Security Council resolutions • Saddam's use of chemical weapons on his own people • Saddam's previous military "misadventures," and his "squandering" of money on personal pursuits such as palaces The U.S. military has used "Commando Solo" aircraft before as tools of "psychological operations" or propaganda, defense sources have confirmed. Some of the signals sent to Afghanistan last year were monitored by short-wave radio hobbyists in the United States. [with illustrations, links:] http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/12/17/us.iraq.radio/ (CNN via Artie Bigley, DXLD) VOAnews version: PENTAGON BEGINS AIRING PROPAGANDA BROADCASTS TO IRAQ http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=9F1B4D59-367D-47AE-806D788DD1E57798 (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) PENTAGON BROADCASTS PROPAGANDA OVER IRAQ The Associated Press, Washington, Dec. 17 The Pentagon has launched a radio propaganda war in Iraq, broadcasting anti-Saddam Hussein messages officials say are aimed at weakening his support among his people and his military. "People of Iraq ... the amount of money Saddam spends on himself in one day would be more than enough to feed a family for a year," said an English translation of one radio broadcast released by the U.S. Central Command. "How much longer will this corrupt rule be allowed to exploit and oppress the Iraqi people?" "Soldiers of Iraq. Saddam does not care for the military of Iraq," said another of several radio messages. "Saddam uses his soldiers as puppets ... for his own personal glory. "Saddam also sacrificed thousands of soldiers during the Iran/Iraq war ... When the Iraqi soldiers that were taken prisoner were returned, Saddam ordered their ears to be cut off as punishment for being captured." Transmitted five hours a night from American planes flying outside the country, the broadcasts are the first of their kind since those used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War when Iraqi forces were ousted from Kuwait, defense officials said. The broadcasts of Arabic music and anti-Saddam messages began Thursday, said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Daniel D. Hetlage. But the program only became known Monday when the Central Command said it had dropped 480,000 leaflets over the southern no-fly zone in Iraq, including some alerting the Iraqis to radio frequencies and times to tune in to the American broadcasts. The radio programs aim to "dissuade the Iraqi military from supporting Saddam," said Hetlage. Other versions include ones on Saddam's past use of weapons of mass destruction and explaining the world's view of weapons inspections now under way in Iraq. They are being transmitted from an Air Force EC-130E Commando Solo aircraft, according to another official. Leaflets dropped Monday to advertise the broadcasts feature a map of Iraq and two radio transmitters, with a message saying "Information Radio" can be heard from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at five frequencies. The mass drop of nearly half a million leaflets was the seventh distribution of flyers over southern Iraq in three months and the largest. Leaflets were dropped over six locations and also included messages warning Iraqi military not to shoot at coalition aircraft monitoring the restricted zones, saying the zones are set up to protect the Iraqi people. Officials said other drops have had little effect in getting Iraqi forces to stop harassing British and American planes that have been monitoring no-fly zones set up a decade ago over the country. The northern zones protect the Kurdish minority and the southern zones protect the Shiites. Saddam considers the zones a violation of his sovereignty.... (via Mike Cooper, DXLD; also:) http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20021217_784.html (via ABCNews.com via Artie Bigley, DXLD) INFORMATION RADIO, DAILY 9715 11292 KHZ AT 1500-2000 UT "Information Radio" broadcasts to Iraq from US Central Command Psyops are now being broadcast daily on 5 frequencies according to this item from Associated Press in the Guardian: extracts below - full story at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2251241,00.html [same AP story as elsewhere] ``...the broadcasts are the first of their kind since those used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War when Iraqi forces were ousted from Kuwait, defense officials said.`` [but what about their operation in Afghanistan?? - Alan Pennington] According to the US Central Command public information website: http://www.centcom.mil/Default.htm which pictures the leaflets dropped at http://www.centcom.mil/Galleries/Photos/leaflets/Iraq_Leaflets/20021216.htm the 5 frequencies used "1800-2300 daily" (= 1500 to 2000 UTC) are: 693 and 756 kHz mediumwave 9715 and 11292 kHz shortwave and 100.4 MHz FM Transcripts of the messages broadcast are also on this site. So worth checking these shortwave frequencies 1500-2000 UTC!! (Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK, Caversham, UK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Of the frequencies mentioned, 11292 kHz looks like an interesting choice. A quick search on the Internet revealed that this frequency has in the past been used by Radio Iraq International - as well as by a so-called spy station broadcasting in Arabic, // 6645 or 6647 kHz. Anyone hearing the station on 11292 or other frequencies? (Mika Mäkeläinen, dxing.info via DXLD) I monitored 11292 for most of an hour around 1700 Dec 17, but nothing at all heard here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAQ [and non]. ANALYSIS: US RADIO PROPAGANDA BROADCASTS TARGET IRAQIS | Text of editorial analysis by Peter Feuilherade of BBC Monitoring's Foreign Media Unit on 17 December The US has stepped up psychological operations against President Saddam Husayn of Iraq with the start of radio broadcasts targeted at military commanders as well as civilians. The broadcasts, launched on 12 December, are transmitted by US planes flying over southern Iraq. They urge the Iraqi people not to support their president, and accuse him of diverting revenue from oil sales from food to weapons purchases. And in the seventh leaflet blitz over southern Iraq in three months, coalition aircraft dropped half a million leaflets warning Iraqi forces not to repair damaged communications facilities hit in air strikes on Saturday 14 December. Overthrow Saddam, US broadcasts urge The American radio broadcasts comment that "Saddam lives like a king, while his soldiers are underpaid and underequipped... Saddam does not wish the soldiers of Iraq to have the honour and dignity that their profession warrants." They urge the Iraqi armed forces: "Do not let Saddam tarnish the reputation of soldiers any longer." The broadcasts, which feature Arabic music as well as anti-Saddam messages, aim to "dissuade the Iraqi military from supporting Saddam," said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Daniel D. Hetlage. Other broadcasts, directed at Iraqi civilians, point to the many monuments and portraits of Saddam Husayn dotted around the country. Saying the cost of the leader's ego trip would be better spent on the welfare of his people, the US broadcasts ask: "How much longer will this corrupt rule be allowed to exploit and oppress the Iraqi people?" Specialist US psy-ops unit Leaflets printed in Arabic and English dropped over Iraq say the American "Information Radio" broadcasts are on the air from 1500-2000 gmt on five separate frequencies in the FM, mediumwave and shortwave bands. The frequencies listed are: 693 and 756 kHz mediumwave, 9715 and 11292 kHz shortwave, and 100.4 MHz FM. These are all frequencies that have been used at some stage by Republic of Iraq Radio. The broadcasts come from Commando Solo aircraft operated by a specialist US psy-ops unit. The EC-130E Commando Solo is a modified four-engine Hercules transport aircraft that can broadcast simultaneous high-power mediumwave, shortwave, FM and TV signals. The planes can also jam or override local transmissions, in an effort to persuade listeners to tune to the propaganda frequencies. Over the years, the unit has carried out missions in Vietnam, South Korea, Panama, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Persian Gulf and Serbia. Most recently, it was in action over Afghanistan, broadcasting propaganda messages to the local population and Taleban fighters. As well as the airborne broadcasts, the US has the use of ground transmitters in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Gulf to beam anti-Saddam programming to the Iraqi people. "Bombs will do the talking" The aim of the propaganda broadcasts is "to isolate the Iraqi leadership who are hiding in bunkers," John Pike of the US think tank Globalsecurity.org told the Washington Post newspaper earlier this year. But not all American military analysts are convinced that psychological warfare will succeed. William Arkin, a former army intelligence officer and now a military analyst, said in remarks published in the Baltimore Sun in November that if the United States invades Iraq, "bombs are going to do the talking," rather than any psychological operation that attempts to influence the entire country. Source: BBC Monitoring research 17 Dec 02 (via DXLD) [Dec 17] The psyop war has begun. Commando Solo, according to leaflets being dropped on southern Iraq and released to the media by U.S. Central Commando on Monday, is broadcasting Information Radio with the following schedule: *1500-2000* 756, 693, 9715, 11292 kHz, 100.4 MHz. http://www.ClandestineRadio.com/intel/iraq.htm A copy of the leaflet can be viewed at: http://www.ClandestineRadio.com/dossier/iraq2003/2002_1217_leaflets.htm Tip per Jay Novello on chat #swl on Starchat (via David Ross, DXLD) [Log:] 11292, 1846 Dec 17, CLANDESTINE, Commando Solo psyops to Iraq presumed the weak signal with ME music here, barely readable in USB mode. Thanks to Nick Grace, CRW for the tip (Paul Ormandy, NZ, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Iraq: U.S. Centcom Press Release, December 16, 2002 COALITION AIRCRAFT DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ MACDILL AFB, FL -- Coalition aircraft dropped 480,000 leaflets at about 4 a.m. EST today over southern Iraq. Leaflets containing six separate messages were dropped at six locations, including near communications facilities that were damaged or destroyed by Coalition aircraft flying Operation Southern Watch missions on December 14. Leaflets dropped at those locations warned Iraqi forces that the Coalition has targeted fiber optic cables for destruction and that repairing the facilities place Iraqi military lives at risk. Other leaflets: • referred Iraqis to radio frequencies where they could hear broadcasts by Coalition forces providing information • warned Iraqi air defenses that targeting Coalition aircraft or tracking them with radar could result in Coalition air strikes • stated that Coalition aircraft enforce the no-fly zones to protect the Iraqi people, and that threatening Coalition aircraft may result in air strikes This was the seventh leaflet drop over southern Iraq in the last three months. Broadcast transcripts: http://www.centcom.mil/News/Misc/radioscripts.htm (via Nick Grace, Clandestine Radio Watch Dec 17 via DXLD) ** ISLE OF MAN. IOMBC - "objections crumble in court" (Maybe 2003 will see the start of "MusicMann 279" (working title) following this encouraging news from http://www.longwaveradio.com/News.html posted on 1 December. I am pleased to note there will be a "draft judgement as quickly as possible, probably shortly before Christmas" - Mike). Half a dozen objections to the award of a Siting Licence for the LW transmission facility were withdrawn when the case came before the High Court in Douglas at the end of November John Wright, the advocate for Bride Parish Commissioners said he would not now be proceeding with allegations of bias, secrecy and other complaints against the Department of Transport. "I shall now pursue only that it was unfair of the Department not to consult with my clients before awarding the permission," he told Acting Deemster Jeremy Storey, a leading UK silk. He also said that he would not now be relying on the evidence of Mr Cussons. The Petitioners claimed that the Hon. Tony Brown, now Speaker of the House of Keys, but until last November the Minister responsible for the Department of Transport, had acted unfairly in not ensuring Bride Parish Commission members were consulted when considering awarding a Siting Licence to Isle of Man International Broadcasting plc for the facility to be located on a platform at sea, adjacent to the Bride coast. 'The applicants for the licence, Isle of Man International Broadcasting plc, engaged professional environmental scientists, Watermans, to consult a large number of potentially affected parties," explained the Government Advocate, Stephen Harding, on behalf of the Department. "This included not only the relevant Government Departments, who in turn consulted experts, but also non Governmental bodies too, who might be affected. They particularly included environmental organisations, shipping and fishermen's organisations and followed their advice when selecting a location." Bride's concerns were all addressed at the previous 'land based' planning inquiry and the only grounds for rejection were found to be Land Use and Visual Impact. By moving the facility onto a platform and locating it several miles out to sea, the visual impact of the antenna, less than 100 feet tall, is considerably reduced, becoming no more than a small feature on the horizon. The Minister had clearly considered this point carefully and spelt out his reasoning in his affidavit, which was read to the court. He had taken particular note and been consulted by the Director of Harbours on this point as he was not only a former Minister of DoLGE, thus responsible for planning, but had been a Member of the Council of Ministers which only recently had examined and considered the Report of the Planning Inspector. Bride's concerns of fuel spillage and the potential for pollution had been carefully addressed by the Director of Harbours, Captain Michael Brew and were the subject of a professionally produced Oil Spill Contingency Plan which showed there to be a negligible 1% chance of fuel coming ashore, due to the ease with which diesel evaporates and the location chosen for the platform. Further, it had been agreed that tender trips to resupply the facility would only take place under calm conditions, considerably reducing the prospect of any spillage. As a result of the withdrawal of so many of the objectors' arguments, the hearing was cut dramatically short before the end of the second day. Its start had been delayed from July as the Petitioners had suggested there was so much evidence it would take three days to hear and a suitably lengthy window was not available. The Petitioner's advocate requested a further delay of the judgement until the New Year, as was taking two weeks holiday in December, however Seth Caine objected saying his clients were "chomping at the bit and keen to get on." The Acting Deemster said he would circulate a draft judgement as quickly as possible, probably shortly before Christmas. 1 December 2002 (PS the website says "We believe the 279 Long Wave signal will reach as far as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, but plan to boost reception still further by broadcasting on satellite and short wave to other parts of the world.") (via Mike Terry, Dec 15, DXLD) ** ITALY. RECEPTION REPORT FROM FINLAND December 16th, 2002 Station: Studio X, Momigno Frequency: 1584 kHz medium wave Date : Friday-Saturday night, December 14th, 2002 Time: 00.51 – 01.28 Italian time What a lovely feeling to discover that Your station can be heard all the way over here in Finland. I was listening to the frequency of 1584 kHz when I heard a voice in American English, who was Glenn Hauser and World of Radio. After this I heard nice music, with inserts of Studio X announcements inbetween the music records. I hope that this report will be of use to use. I enjoyed hearing the music, very good, nowadays mostly talk programs on medium wave. There was not much interference either, just a little bit from a Spanish Station. You are doing just a perfect job. I hope I will reach you with this letter. From what I could hear Studio X in interesting also in long distance reception reports, you have a nice and informative program called World of Radio. Here are some details from what I heard: 0051 DX-program / World of Radio Edition 1158. "Sign off at 1958 or 1959. This is.. unusual for Ramadan ..Propagation to East Africa was excellent" ... ... 0126 Male announcer: "To be a great Music Station, It's not just what you play, it`s the way you play them, And we play them better than anyone else --- Oh Yeah! --- 1-5-8-4 Studio X" into disco music. This must be an incredible catch! I am glad to hear this station on 1584 kHz medium wave, where other stations actually also are broadcasting. I use a Japanese communications receiver, NRD 525 from Japan Radio company and I have a 500 meter long "beverage" antenna. This antenna consists simply of a copper wire 1000 meter in direction to the area and station I want to hear and it is very selective for other stations outside this direction. Thank You very much indeed for this fine moment in front of my radio set. I hope to hear the same station again sometimes, when reception conditions permit. ---I would like to send my greetings to the male announcer, whose voice traveled this distance. Perhaps you can recognize this person. I would very much like you to comment on this program, so I can learn more about your radio. Your verification answer would be very much appreciated as a memory of the contact. Best regards, Mr. Per-Ole Stenman, JAKOBSTAD, Finland (via Massimiliano Marchi, Radio Studio X, DXLD) ** JAPAN. NHK domestic relay Osaka 2, very weak 15 DEC at 1235 UT on 3373.5 USB, listed as 300 watts. Also Tokyo 1, not \\, slightly stronger on 3607.5U. Off 1300 (John Cobb, Roswell, GA, R75 and 80- foot Windom w/L-C tuner, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** JAPAN. Hi, JAPAN PREMIUM readers. We, KDXC, release frequency and address list of Japanese radio stations incl FM. Please visit, http://www10.plala.or.jp/azwave/ Thank you. -- _/_/ (IWATA Gaku. Chiba, JAPAN. editor of JAPAN PREMIUM via DXLD) ** JAPAN. AFN RADIO SERVES DIVERSE AUDIENCE WITH DIVERSE PROGRAMMING By Joseph Giordono and Hana Kusumoto, Stars and Stripes Stripes Sunday magazine, December 15, 2002 What do you get if you cross Metallica with Faith Hill, with running commentary by Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura? AFN Radio. AFN Eagle 810 AM radio broadcasts across the Kanto Plain to 50,000 listeners at Yokota Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, Camp Fuji, Camp Zama and Atsugi Naval Air Facility. Other stations bring the sound of home to U.S. bases from Okinawa to Iceland. And because they have to be all things to all people, regional military radio stations face programming challenges unlike any commercial station, industry figures say. Eagle 810, the American Forces Network station that serves bases around Tokyo, ended a three-week hiatus in mid-October, touting a revamped format focusing on news, popular music and individual DJs as radio personalities. Radio programmers in Japan and the United States say that, with such a diverse and large audience, Eagle 810 and other military stations have to make conscious choices about which audience they most want to reach. 'It has elements of a sports station, a news station and a music station. It covers many genres. It`s elusive,' said Shigeru Yamamoto, head of programming at Inter FM, one of just two Japanese commercial stations in the Kanto Plain area that broadcast predominantly in English. 'When there weren`t many FM stations in Japan, I think Japanese people tuned in to listen to music,' he said, referring to AFN. 'But recently, Western music isn`t hard to find,' noting that stations such as MTV Japan are the trendsetters. American radio programmers also said Eagle 810 faces unique choices. 'The trend in radio has always been to be a niche station, to be known as the place for country or adult contemporary or R&B,' said Christopher Parks, a programming executive in Los Angeles for one of the largest commercial radio ownership groups in the United States. Parks said programming one station to serve an entire community would be almost impossible. 'They're between the proverbial rock and a hard place,' Parks said, who hasn't listened to Eagle 810. 'You have to offer different formats to satisfy the different demographics of the audience, but if you break things up too much, you lose everyone.' But Parks said some advantages come with being a radio station playing to military audiences overseas. 'The bottom line is that they don't have to sell themselves to advertisers. When you've got a captive audience, like they have, there isn't bottom-line pressure to sell time,' he said. 'If they're the only station that gives American news, American sports and American music, then no matter how many listener complaints they might get, those listeners are going to keep listening.' David Allen contributed to this story (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** KASHMIR. Dear Noel, What you heard is the new transmitter of Radio Kashmir, Jammu on 4830! Congratulations! (Thanks to info from Alok Das Gupta in Kolkata) The old SW transmitter at Jammu was taken off the air some years back. This must be the new 50 kw one. Look out for other frequencies on 6 / 7 MHz. In the past they were using 3345, 5960 and 7160 (Jose Jacob, India, dx_india via DXLD) RADIO KASHMIR JAMMU RETURNS TO SHORTWAVE The All India Radio (AIR) station in Jammu, identifying as Radio Kashmir, has returned to shortwave. According to Jose Jacob in India, a new 50-kilowatt transmitter was inaugurated on December 11. The schedule is as follows: 0025-0445 4830, 0630-0930 5965, 1030-2310 4830 The schedule can be extended for special occasions. Radio Kashmir Jammu can also be heard on 990 kHz mediumwave. Reception reports can be sent to: Station Engineer, Radio Kashmir (All India Radio), Palace Road, Jammu 188001, Jammu & Kashmir, India. The station can also be reached by email (DXing.info, December 15, 2002 via Mike Terry, DXLD) The new 50 kw BEL SW Transmitter of Radio Kashmir, Jammu is having some teething problems and is now off the air. It is expected to be back on air with more tests in one or two days. The schedule is as given in my previous messages (Jose Jacob, Dec 16, dx_india via DXLD) Radio Kashmir, Jammu was heard while I checked just now at 1235 UT but it went off suddenly at 1246 UT. Signals were good (Jose Jacob, Dec 17, ibid.) ** MAURITANIA. 7245, R. Mauritanie, Nouakchott. Poor-fair though in the clear with Koran recitation 0815 (Paul Ormandy, NZ, ADXN) Heard nightly, though s/on varies - sometimes 0800, occasionally 0830. Mostly Arabic programming, lots of chanting. Hangs on late, often till past 1000, a characteristic of our summer long path reception from W. Africa/Europe. Gone by 0945 on 14/12 (Craig Seager, NSW, Dec ADXN via DXLD) ** MYANMAR. 5040.6 is heard regularly now, but with the transmitter hum. The AIR transmitter in Jepore has regular problems and some days Myanmar is in the clear. I suppose old timers will remember Burma using 5040 for its service now on 5985.6 (Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, 4S7VK, DXplorer Dec 9 via BCDX via DXLD) ** NAMIBIA. NBC seem to have left 90 mb altogether; whenever I checked they were on 49 mb only, so probably 24 hr. operation on 6060 and 6175 (Vaclav Korinek, RSA, DX-plorer via DXLD) ** PAKISTAN. 15070, R. Pakistan, 1345-1410 Dec 15, Local music with wailing vocals by M. Nice flutes and percussion. M announcer with muffled audio briefly around 1355, then more music. Same announcer again at 1359, instrumenal music bridge to ToH, very brief anouncement by differnet M, then news by W in mid-east language starting with ID. W audio was stronger and much clearer. Kind of weak with quick fades (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** PERU. 4834.85, Radio Marañón, 1112-1130 Dec 15, Noted mainly comments at beginning of listening, then at about 1115 canned ID from a woman. This followed by ad and then a radio drama. I don't know if the drama was religious (it's Sunday) or not? Signal was fair during the entire period. This surprised me because Peru has been in Daylight since about 45 minutes ago. My QTH however, is just at the gray line point. Gone at 1130 UT, but came back briefly at 1132 at a poor to threshold level. The ionosphere fascinates me. Yesterday prior to and during this time period, the entire 4 MHz band was covered by QRN. It was suggested that it might have been the Northern Lights causing the problem? There were others that reported experiencing the same problem (Bolland, Chuck, FL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** PERU. 2662.69, Frecuencia (Dos)*, unknown QTH (Peru) Dec 12 2002 - 1050 UT. Without being to sure I got the feeling that the station has been on air for 5 days. The only geographical clue I got was greetings to someone in "Amazonas" and "todos los caseríos en el norte" and a place with two words, the last was ".... Grande". The programming was live music from a studio and greetings. If it is a real 120-mb station and not a harmonic it is almost a small bomb. *I am uncertain if they say "Dos"; it might be "Dios" as well -- music was type of semi religious "Boleros". Also heard evenings. 6020.08, Radio Victoria, Lima, Dec 2002 - 0145 UT. As usual with their extremely unpleasant ``milagro``-program. Said 780 and 6020 kHz. Does it mean that 31 mb Frequency now has finished? (Björn Malm, Quito, Ecuador, SW Bulletin Dec 15, translated by editor Thomas Nilsson for DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. BACKGROUND ON MOVEMENT FOR ISLAMIC REFORM'S RADIO | Excerpt from report by London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia in Arabic on 10 December about the movement's Sawt al-Islah [Voice of Reform] Radio; sub-headings as published .. The movement has made many efforts to deliver its message through more effective means than faxes and the Internet. It has tried to implement a broadcast initiative to achieve this aim. But such a project is far from easy, especially since we oppose a state, with its great capabilities and international support. After many patient efforts, we have succeeded, thank God, in beginning broadcasting. We ask God to grant us success in delivering the word of truth, fulfilling the obligation of spreading the message, and allowing all members of the [Islamic] community to participate... . Broadcast content The most important content will be direct dialogue with the movement's official spokesman or with individuals selected by the movement to speak with listeners. Broadcasts will also include other cultural, social, historical, news and press materials, as well as contributions from listeners and letters to read on the air, God willing. The air will always be open for listener suggestions. How can listeners participate? By phone, fax, and e-mail - the station's address is radio@islah.org; through the movement's web site http://www.miraserve.com which has a special window for radio comments; through the radio section of the discussion forum; through the al-Islah room in PalTalk http://www.paltalk.com open every day between 2200 and 2400 hours Mecca time [1900 to 2100 gmt] for secure participation. The listener can participate electronically and ensure complete security by employing easy-to-use voice alteration programmes available on the Internet.... [Question] Why did the movement choose HotBird [European broadcast satellite at 13 degrees east] ? [Answer] The movement did not choose HotBird. It was compelled to choose it, as the other satellites that broadcast to the region are controlled by agencies that prevented the movement from using them. The movement is prepared to switch to another satellite if it is guaranteed secure service... FAQ [frequently asked questions] on broadcast content [Question] What programmes does the station offer? [Answer] The most important programme content offers direct dialogue with the movement's official spokesman, or with individuals selected by the movement to speak with listeners. There will be open dialogue on all subjects relating to our country, our [Islamic] community, and especially current problems and future dangers. [Question] Are there any limitations on broadcasts? [Answer] There are absolutely no limitations aside from a prohibition on insults, abuse, foul language, or attacks on religion and personal dignity. Additionally, European governments impose certain limitations. The movement will be careful to heed them. There are no limitations, other than those mentioned above, on discussions of politics, society, government, or rulers... [Question] How will the movement compete with other media in its programmes? [Answer] The movement does not aim to compete with other media. Broadcast content is intended to further the movement's aims. The movement feels that, in essence, this project has no competition. As far as we are aware, there is no organization capable of delivering the unvarnished truth and opening a free space for vital discussion beyond the bounds set by the ruling regime. Participation FAQ [Question] How can I call without the destination of the call becoming known? [Answer] You can do this by using an international calling card such as AT&T, MCI, or by using a "Call Back" system. In the latter, you dial a number in Europe or the United States, hang up the receiver, and then get a call that provides an international line. These methods, however, do not guarantee security if the individual's phone is tapped. What applies to the telephone applies to the fax as well. Perhaps the only means to avoid wiretapping, even if the phone is tapped, is by using internet telephony systems such as "Net-To-Phone." This is an affordable system that provides good voice quality and makes it impossible to trace the call. [Question] Is written communication with the movement safe? [Answer] Yes, written correspondence with the movement, whether by e- mail or the Web site forum, is completely secure, God willing. There is no way for anyone to trace the electronic path back to the person who sent the letter or message. [Question] Will the movement pay attention to what it receives? [Answer] Yes, the movement will read everything it receives. We cannot, however, guarantee that all questions and comments will be read on the air. A comment may be inappropriate, or we may receive too many comments, or there may be other reasons. We ask that anyone who wants his comment to be read as is kindly provide clear reasons why this should be done. [Question] How can I participate using PalTalk [an online chat system]? [Answer] The movement will open a PalTalk room each day from 2200 to 2400 hours. The room will be connected to the broadcast so that you can hear what is happening in the room on air. People will be able to enter the room to participate in the broadcast with a virtual microphone. According to the information we possess, it will be virtually impossible to perform an electronic trace on participants. [Question] Will participants be able to alter their voices? [Answer] Yes, there are many programmes available on the Internet for secure voice alteration. They make it virtually impossible for the state to restore the original voice.... Source: Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia web site, London, in Arabic 10 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. TWR Sri Lanka (882 kHz) is noted back on air this morning (16 Dec 2002) after being off air for 3 days (Jose Jacob, Hyderabad, India, dx_india via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. On 10th December, Mr. Tamilselvan, Jaffna news reporter working for the clandestine IBC-TAMIL, was severely assaulted by soldiers of the Sri Lanka army and members of EPDP. At the time he was attacked, the journalist was covering a mass demonstration in Nelliyadi town against EPDP and its unlawful activities. EPDP is a pro-government Tamil outfit, funded and armed by Srilankan military, now fights alongside government troops against the LTTE. During the incident, more than 50 civilians were also assaulted by the soldiers. Several human rights organisations and Tamil political parties condemned this brutal act of army. In the worst press freedom violation of the year 2000, on 19 October, Mariyadasan Nimalaranjan who worked for several local newspapers in Srilanka, radio and TV stations like IBC-TAMIL, and was also a regular contributor to the BBC's Sinhala and Tamil services, died after being shot by members EPDP, in his home, which was very near to a [garble]. Sri Lankan authorities prevented Colombo-based journalists from attending the funeral of Nimalaranjan. On the basis of reports within Sri Lanka, the defence ministry had given clearance for four journalists to travel to the town of Jaffna from the capital but later withdrew permission. The reports were later confirmed by the defence ministry who failed to provide a reason for the volte-face (via Prabakaran, Tamilnadu, India, DXLD) PA QUERIES VOICE OF TIGERS -- ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka The PA expressed its opposition to the government for allowing the Voice of Tigers to take the radio transmission equipment to Wanni. The customs has allowed some transmitters and other equipment gifted by Norway to take to Wanni. PA spokesman Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the action of the government was against customs procedures and telecommunications regulatory authority act. He said the action of Norway raises many doubts about the neutral role of Norway in the peace process. Dr. Amunugama said the equipment has been cleared by PM's secretary without any customs inspection and taken to Wanni without any checking. Tigers have said they wanted the equipment to expand their broadcast which earlier started as a clandestine radio (via D. Prabakaran, Tamilnadu, Dec 16, DXLD) What`s PA???? LTTE GIVEN LICENSE FOR FM RADIO STATION source- THE HINDU- Tamil daily from India The controversy over broadcasting equipment imported for the ' voice of tigers' has deepened with media reports that the LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM was granted a temporary license for a private FM radio station. The LTTE was given the license last month to broadcast at a frequency of 98 MHz subject to condition that the station would be at Kilinochi [a rebel held town at northern Srilanka], with a coverage of 20 km radius and an altitude of 75 mts. With Kilinochi around 120 km [??????- d.p] as crow files, from southern India, the relative ease with which repeaters can be installed, the existing VOT network and the fact that signals are stronger across seas, could still [make] it possible for the LTTE broadcasts to reach South India. The temporary license was to broadcast educational, sports, entertainment and foreign news along with local news. The equipment imported includes transmitters, antennas, amplifiers, a 20 channel audio mixer and speaker systems. The consignment, which was handled by Norwegian embassy, was then sent with government escort and handed over to the LTTE (via D. PRABAKARAN, METTUPALAYAM, TAMILNADU, INDIA, Dec 16, DXLD) ** UKRAINE. Hello Glenn - I remember reading your report in the December 4th edition of DXLD that Radio Ukraine International would begin improved broadcasts to North America next year. Last night (UT Dec 17, 0100 and 0400), I tuned into their broadcasts on 9810, and was very impressed with their signal, especially on a night which in general exhibited poor to average propagation. They must have run their Mykolaiv transmitter at full power from 0000 to 0500 UT, with English at 0100 and 0400. The signal approached that of local stations at times. It's good to hear RUI with such a nice signal on shortwave again (Fred Newlin, New York, DX LISTENING DIGEST) RUI TO USE 7375 IN JANUARY 2003. Glenn, Against my monitoring recommendation, RUI will change from 9810 kHz to 7375 kHz in January 2003. Reason for my negative impression of 7375 is mainly due to the jammer on and around 7375 as shown in the following monitoring log. 0000 UTC SSB talk around 7375 kHz. R. Marti on 7365 NOT causing QRM to 7375 kHz. 0030 UTC jammer causing severe QRM to 7375 kHz 0045 UTC same as 0030 UTC 0050 UTC tone begins on 7375 kHz. Still have jammer QRM. 0100 UTC BBC, positive ID, on 7375 kHz. Also severe jammer QRM. 0115 UTC same ast 0100 UTC 0130 UTC BBC transmission ends. Still have jammer QRM. 0145 UTC same as 0130 UTC. 0200 UTC same as 0130 UTC. 0215 UTC same as 0130 UTC. 0230 UTC same as 0130 UTC. 0245 UTC same as 0130 UTC. 0300 UTC jammer on and around 7375 kHz causing severe QRM. Radio Rossii, Moscow (positive ID) on 7380 kHz NOT causing QRM to 7375 kHz. 0315 UTC same as 0300 UTC 0330 UTC same as 0300 UTC 0345 UTC same as 0300 UTC 0400 UTC same as 0300 UTC 0415 UTC same as 0300 UTC 0428 UTC jammer on and around 7375 kHz causing severe QRM. Voice of America begins using 7370 kHz causing slight QRM to 7375 kHz. 0445 UTC same as 0428 UTC. In my opinion RUI can probably handle the BBC and VOA QRM on 7375 kHz. However, IMO, RUI will lose to the jammer on and around 7375 kHz. 73, (-.. . Kraig, KG4LAC Krist, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U A E. UAE Radio, Dubai, has finally moved on from ``Saladin, Hero of Islam`` to ``Welcome to Islamic Traditions thru the Ages``, Dec 17 at 1334-1346 on 21598v. This one was about the art of calligraphy, and how Arabic lends itself to near mirror-imagery. Closing credit for writer sounded like ``Michael Muslim Mills``! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** UK. BBC`s 70th anniversary bash, which seems deliberately devoid of any classical music, started off fine, after 1700 UT as I was listening to the European webstream, tho a few minutes late, until well after the first musical performance was underway, at 1710 it suddenly switched to this loop: ``Due to restrixions imposed by the rights-holders, BBC World Service is unable to offer the current programme on the internet``. !!!!! It did continue on the special SW frequency 15190, and on the American webstream. What is going on here? How embarrassing, that BBC doesn`t have the rights to its own celebration in Europe?? Spot checked during the next two sesquihours and the same situation continued. Since the Americas webstream can also be accessed in Europe, what is the point of all this? The special ran about 5 minutes past 2000, but 15190 stayed on. There was a rather abrupt transition to the newshour at 2005, and 15190 still stayed on. Just as BBCWS chief Mark Byford, who does not speak the Queen`s English, was asking what the future holds for the WS, he was chopped off at 2029:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) In response to Glen[n]'s original posting let me offer the following guess as to what happened with the Internet Feed. Usually BBCWS broadcasts Sunday Sports World at 1700 GMT which of course we cannot hear in the 'new world' because 15190 has gone off and because none of the BBC WS live sports material is webcast. SO someone likely forgot to change the system that turns the feed off during the regularly scheduled sports show. Just a guess (Sandy Finlayson, swprograms) No, as I said the birthday bash started off fine, and only after a few minutes did we get the blocking message on the Europe webstream (gh, DXLD) ** U K. Re: DXLD-2197 "When BBC7 arrives on Sunday, only 120,000 radio sets will be able to pick it up". That's true, but what the article doesn't mention is that so will more than 6 million TV sets, as the service will also be available - like the other BBC digital services - on the Sky digital platform via the Astra satellite. The BBC does a poor job of marketing its existing digital services. BBC 5 Live's jingles and ID's refer to its mediumwave frequencies of 909 and 693, never to its digital ones. UK listeners don't need a Sky subscription to access the BBC services. The same call centre that handles Sky viewing cards also issues free viewing cards to any UK household with a valid TV licence that asks for one. In addition to the BBC, this picks up other UK channels including ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky News (which is not encrypted), the ITV News Channel, CNN, EuroNews, a whole bunch of shopping channels and oddities such as Abu Dhabi TV which are free to air. It's therefore erroneous to say that 'BBC digital broadcasts are available in only 65 per cent of the country', since anyone from the north of Scotland to the Channel Islands can pick them up with a 60 or 80 cm dish and a digibox. Now, if the argument is that they can only be picked up by spending extra money, that's different. Everyone, regardless of income, has to pay the same amount for a TV licence, which funds these services. But not everyone can afford the extra for the equipment to receive them. But the article makes no mention of the fact that, if you have digital satellite TV, you don't need to go out straight away and buy a digital radio. Nor do you need your TV set on to listen to radio, as the digibox has an audio output that can be plugged into your hi fi. The only problem is that the digibox doesn't have a frequency or channel display, so you either need to know the channel number of the station, or select it first via the EPG on TV screen. The author of the piece, Ray Snoddy, is a very experienced media analyst, but I have often found his pieces to be lacking in research. 73, (Andy Sennitt, Netherlands, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Radio Farda (Tomorrow Radio) starts its broadcast in Persian (Farsi) 24 hours from studios in Washington, DC and Prague, CZ. to Iran on Thursday Dec 19.2002. Its website will be http://www.radiofarda.org and will be in operational sometimes in JAN 2003; at present time redirect you to the http://www.radioazadi.org web site. Also on Satellite, Internet and on AM 1593 kHz on 24 hours basis. Time UT: 0030-0400 9515 9585 9795 0400-0600 9585 9795 12015 15290 0600-0800 9585 15290 17675 0800-0830 9585 13680 15290 17675 21475 0830-1400 13680 21475 1400-1700 9435 13680 15410 1700-1900 11705 11845 1900-2000 6140 11960 11985 2000-2130 9785 11960 11985 2130-0030 1593, Satellite, and Internet Only Sincerely (Pete Mohazzabi, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) I noticed that R. Farda`s posted schedule has gaps in it, hardly 24h, so clicked on the webcast ending at 1700 UT Dec 16. After that, the webcast went to loop ``This is RFE/RL, Praha``... (gh, DXLD) ** U S A. Wall Street Journal, 16 Dec 2002: COMMENTARY WHAT'S 'POP' IN PERSIAN? By JESSE HELMS Iran seethes with protests over a death sentence given to a professor for disagreeing with the government about who is allowed to interpret the Koran. Iranians are now questioning the decisions of their religious, political and judicial leaders. The sentence has been appealed, making the coming weeks crucial to Iran's internal debate over freedom. There has never been a greater opportunity for U.S. public diplomacy to assure Iranians of our solidarity and to tell the story of liberty and limited government. Unfortunately, we won't be able to, because the most successful U.S. broadcasts into Iran have been shut down. And it wasn't the mullahs who shut down these broadcasts. We did. Until Dec. 1, Radio Azadi (Persian for freedom) delivered 11 daily hours of news and discussion of social and political issues. Beginning in 1998, it earned the trust of Iranian students and dissidents. During the 1999 student protests, Azadi broadcast a call from the wife of a dissident at the very moment the regime's goons where beating down the door of her apartment. In November, as students took to the streets to protest the professor's death sentence, Azadi broadcast roundtable discussions between student leaders, other dissidents and the exile community, providing one of the only means of communication between democratic forces inside and outside the country. Its death prompted this protest from a listener: "At a time when the need for democratic forces and two-way communication with the outside world has increased and become ever more critical for the very survival of those forces, the most effective means of achieving that end has been discarded." The role earned by Azadi -- as facilitator of conversations between exiled Iranians and democratic forces inside Iran -- was what Congress had in mind in 1996 and 1998 when funds were set aside for broadcasting into Iran. Congress based that legislation on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which broadcast messages of hope into Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It's a major understatement to say that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty played a crucial role in rolling back communism. Adding insult to injury, Azadi was replaced yesterday by a new format that specifically excludes any description of U.S. foreign policy and any discussions with dissidents, either inside or outside Iran. Instead, the U.S. taxpayer will finance the broadcasting of "Top 40" American and local pop tunes delivered with a spoonful of headline news content. This format, which hasn't been approved by Congress, is the creation of a bureaucracy called the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which, until recently, was controlled by Clinton appointees. This ill-advised format is based on the hope of boosting listenership through pop music. No doubt, some will listen to this network, but to what end? It's difficult to believe that the Bush administration has agreed to support this shift from a proven program of serious policy discussion to a teeny-bopper music-based format. Nevertheless, Radio Farda was unveiled yesterday. It likely will insult the cultural sensitivities of Iranians, as well as their intelligence. Meanwhile, the brave professor sits in jail cell awaiting execution, students plot protests, and the regime struggles to hold the line against the will of the people. And the U.S. will be spinning Britney Spears discs? Mr. Helms is a Republican senator for North Carolina (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** U S A. CASEY KASEM OR FREEDOM? By Jackson Diehl, Monday, December 16, 2002; Page A25 Washington Post After an Iranian court sentenced the reformist academic Hashem Aghajari to death last month, the largest and most sustained student demonstrations in years erupted in Tehran. As they grew, day after day, U.S.-operated Radio Azadi, or "Radio Freedom," was their favorite medium. Every day, student leaders would call by cell phone from the roiling campuses to the radio's headquarters in Prague and narrate the latest developments live. Each night the radio would broadcast a roundtable discussion, patching together students and journalists in Tehran with exiled opposition leaders to discuss where the reform movement was going. So instrumental to the rebellion-in-the-making did the radio become that pro-regime counter-demonstrators recently held up a placard reading "Who does Radio Azadi talk to?" -- a taunt taken by the station's staff as a badge of honor. The protest movement, now five weeks old, rolls on, spreading from students to workers and from Tehran to other cities. Some see parallels to the popular movements that overthrew the Communist regimes of Europe in 1989 -- with a big dose of help from U.S.- sponsored Radio Free Europe. In this case, however, the tottering dictatorship has gotten a big break: Two weeks ago, Radio Freedom abruptly disappeared from the air. Iranians were no longer able to hear firsthand reports of the protests or the nightly think tanks about their country's future. Instead, after two weeks of virtual silence, the broadcasts are being replaced this week with tunes from Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and other soft-rockers. How did the mullahs pull off this well-timed lobotomy? They didn't: The U.S. government, in the form of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, did it. In an act that mixes Hollywood arrogance with astounding ignorance of Iranian reality, the board has silenced the most effective opposition radio station in Iran at a time of unprecedented ferment. In its place, at three times the expense, the United States now will supply Iran's revolutionary students with a diet of pop music -- on the theory that this better advances U.S. interests. Even the name of the station has been sanitized. Instead of "Freedom" -- regarded as too political by the programmers -- the radio will be called "Farda," meaning "tomorrow." Never mind that "freedom" is what thousands of young Iranians have been risking their lives to shout every day on the streets. "The assumption of the people who did this back in Washington is that Iranian young people, like young people in most places, don't want to hear news," says Stephen Fairbanks, the ousted director of Radio Freedom. But this is not most places -- this is Iran, where young people are leading a rebellion against a dictatorship that has stifled opposition media. The student leaders who used to phone in, Fairbanks says, now tell him that "they are losing their voice." The "people back in Washington" Fairbanks referred to are led by Norman Pattiz, a Los Angeles-based commercial radio mogul and generous Democratic contributor who was rewarded by President Clinton with an appointment to the broadcasting board. As the chairman of the board's Middle East committee, Pattiz initially focused on the Voice of America's Arabic service, which he deemed out of touch in a region where there is growing popular hostility to the United States. His solution was to replace what he called the "old-style propaganda" of VOA with Radio Sawa, a pop-music station that debuted last March. Sawa broadcasts five minutes of news twice each hour, along with Whitney, Britney and a few Arabic balladeers. The jury on Sawa is still out. The good news is that the station seems to have captured a fairly large audience in countries such as like Jordan and Dubai, where American culture is popular even if American policy is not. But Pattiz and his Washington-based program consultant, Bert Kleinman -- a former producer of Casey Kasem's hit countdown -- have yet to prove that they can sustain the audience while "layering in" more news. In fact, they have yet to deliver on promises to Congress that the news programming will be significantly increased. Their argument that young Arabs in cities such as Amman and Beirut are more likely to be captured by American music than by canned documentaries is not unreasonable. What's inexplicable is the extension of that logic to mullah-ruled Iran. Yes, Jordan's young population, governed by a pro-American dynasty, is angry at the United States; but in Iran, where an anti-American dictatorship is clinging to power through sheer brutality, the United States and its policies are wildly popular, especially among young people. So was America's radio station, until recently. "This is not the Cold War era, where oppressed people were under the thumb of tyrants, and they would stand with one foot in a bathtub holding a wire hanger to hear what we would say," Pattiz smugly told the Boston Globe. Maybe not in Egypt, but that's exactly what was happening in Iran -- until Washington pulled the plug. "We made extraordinary inroads," says Fairbanks. "Everyone started to see us as a forum. Each day there were students who would report live to us from their mobile phones. It's a measure of how bold they have become that they would do that." "Or did." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59781-2002Dec15.html © 2002 The Washington Post Company (via Kim Elliott, Harry Helms, Mike Cooper, DXLD) ** U S A [non]. Airborne PsyOps against IRAQ begin: see IRAQ [non] ** U S A. New York Times (magazine, I think) December 15, 2002 POP-AGANDA By PAUL TOUGH Why do they hate us? According to a theory being tested this year by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an arm of the United States government, they hate us because we haven't been playing them enough J. Lo. In March, the B.B.G. addressed that shortfall by budgeting $35 million to start Radio Sawa, a 24-hour radio network broadcasting from studios in Washington to FM stations in Jordan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar; it's also piped into Iraq, past Saddam's scramblers, via Kuwait. Radio Sawa is the brainchild of Norman Pattiz, chairman of the Westwood One radio network. Soon after President Clinton appointed him to help oversee the government's foreign broadcasting efforts, Pattiz took a fact-finding trip to the Middle East, and he came back with two observations: there is a ''media war'' going on in the Arab world, and the United States is losing. The Arab-language all-talk Voice of America, also under the control of the B.B.G., wasn't up to the fight, Pattiz concluded. It was boring, especially to the younger generation Pattiz wanted to target. Radio Sawa, by contrast, is lots of fun: an upbeat mix of contemporary Western and Arabic pop (J. Lo segués quite nicely into the Egyptian heartthrob Hisham Abbas, it turns out), no ads and two brief news segments each hour, presenting the events of the day with a gently pro-American spin. Pattiz recruited Arab journalists from Al Hayat (a London-based newspaper) and ''Nightline'' to write the news briefs. Officially, the reports are balanced and objective, seeking the truth from all sides. But critics charge that Radio Sawa presents the American point of view more explicitly than Voice of America did. For example, the V.O.A. was criticized in Washington late in 2001 for broadcasting excerpts from an interview with the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammed Omar; the news director of Radio Sawa, by contrast, told reporters that he wouldn't have broadcast Omar's interview, nor would he broadcast the voice of Saddam Hussein. President Bush's June 24, 2002, speech calling on Palestinians to replace Yasir Arafat, however, was broadcast live in its entirety, translated instantly into Arabic. The message comes through in the music, too -- like Casey Kasem, the D.J.'s on Radio Sawa introduce each song with a story about the artist. ''When we play a song by Jennifer López, we talk about all the difficulties she has overcome,'' Pattiz explains. ''Those are great stories about the kind of things that can happen to you when you live in a democracy.'' Though reliable ratings figures are sometimes difficult to come by, so far indications are that Radio Sawa (sawa means ''together'' in Arabic) is getting through: Pattiz says that 80 percent of 18- to 30- year-olds in Amman are regular listeners. And the network is expanding; this month, the B.B.G. plans to start a Radio Sawa-like service that will broadcast in Farsi to Iran. The main problem, so far, is that the network's young Arab listeners seem to like the pop a lot more than they like the news: Avril Lavigne, yes; Condoleezza Rice, no. One Jordanian listener told the BBC that he listens to the music on Radio Sawa all the time but turns the dial whenever the news comes on. ''It's like listening to Israeli radio,'' he said. ''It's biased.'' (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** U S A. PENTAGON DEBATES PROPAGANDA PUSH IN ALLIED NATIONS By THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 — The Defense Department is considering issuing a secret directive to the American military to conduct covert operations aimed at influencing public opinion and policy makers in friendly and neutral countries, senior Pentagon and administration officials say. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has not yet decided on the proposal, which has ignited a fierce battle throughout the Bush administration over whether the military should carry out secret propaganda missions in friendly nations like Germany, where many of the Sept. 11 hijackers congregated, or Pakistan, still considered a haven for Al Qaeda's militants. Such a program, for example, could include efforts to discredit and undermine the influence of mosques and religious schools that have become breeding grounds for Islamic militancy and anti-Americanism across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. It might even include setting up schools with secret American financing to teach a moderate Islamic position laced with sympathetic depictions of how the religion is practiced in America, officials said. Many administration officials agree that the government's broad strategy to counter terrorism must include vigorous and creative propaganda to change the negative view of America held in many countries. The fight, one Pentagon official said, is over "the strategic communications for our nation, the message we want to send for long- term influence, and how we do it." As a military officer put it: "We have the assets and the capabilities and the training to go into friendly and neutral nations to influence public opinion. We could do it and get away with it. That doesn't mean we should."... http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/16/international/16MILI.html?ex=1040706000&en=3132532d70106b87&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE (via Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** U S A. December 15th - 2328 UT - tuned in to find (I *think* this time) W R N O on 7355 with a strong signal, still a bit low on modulation. Programming in English is a man talking about economic changes - almost sounds like the same individual I heard a number of days ago. Not waiting for Station ID before reporting - last time I waited 1 hour 19 minutes for one - only to have them sign-off shortly thereafter (almost 0300 UT on a Monday) If you need WRNO, here's a chance. SINPO in Ohio is 44434 (Bill Matthews, Columbus, Ohio, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Checked at 0020 UT Dec 16, and a pretty strong carrier, but modulation very low; not enough to avoid bubble jammer bleedover from 7365, or SSB 2-way on low side; stayed on 2.5 hours, but unlistenable (gh, OK, DXLD) ** U S A. Ran across ``Imagination Theatre`` as it was about to end at 0600 UT Mon Dec 16 on KFAB-1110 Omaha, caught website http://www.transmediasf.com which in turn leads to a station list for this weekly hour: http://www.transmediasf.com/itstat.html Unfortunately the listing for KFAB itself is wrong, just `Sat 6 pm and midnight`, zone not specified, presumably local UT-6. Some 150 stations are claimed including some other biggies, such as WCCO, KKOB, KPNW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Re WMQM running 50 kW on 1600: This is a very remarkable change of the FCC policy. 1600AM was used as a low power AM channel. This station might cause a lot of interference in the areas of low power stations during nighttime. Nevertheless WMQM has more or less a clear channel. Best regards (Eric PA2REH, BDXC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Eric, Not really. For many years now FCC has allowed more than 5 kW on regional channels, on a case by case basis. Same company already accomplished this several years ago with their 1300 in Nashville, WNQM, 50 kW. DAYTIME, if there are no stations close enough to be interfered (or if applicant can buy off/close down such stations, as was done with 1600 and 1300). You apparently haven`t seen my other reports about this. Night power is only 35 watts. Of course once they are on the air, they might be able to get this changed, or heaven forbid, ``forget`` to power down as so many stations do, without consequences. And then there`s the prospect of digital... 1600 is anything but `clear` with dozens of other stations in the USA, day and night. KATZ St Louis tends to dominate here. WMQM has apparently been delayed again. Not heard Dec 14 or 15. 73, (Glenn Hauser, DXLD) WMQM IS ON THE AIR! For Immediate Release 14 December 2002 POC: George McClintock (615) 255-1300 The "On-Air" date for WMQM, 1600-AM, Memphis, Tennessee's newest Christian Radio station has finally arrived. Several unforeseen delays have finally been overcome and the station officially began "on-air" testing on Saturday evening, 14 December 2002. The station will continue testing on Sunday and is expected to begin regular programming on Monday, 16 December 2002 (via WWCR website) Kept checking 1600, and Mon Dec 16 in the 2200+ period there was no particular station dominating the skywave mélange, but at 2238 caught an ID for KCRG in Iowa. Surely if WMQM were on yet at full power it would be making an appearance before LSS at 2245. Not till 2248 did KATZ fade up, with a traffic report for I-55 and I-70. Also checked Tue Dec 17 from 1303 to 1330, and nothing identifiable as WMQM; occasional dominants were something in Spanish, and KATZ again with St. Louis traffic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) For Immediate Release 16 December 2002 WMQM, 1600-AM, Memphis, Tennessee's newest Christian Radio station has arrived. Several unforeseen delays have finally been overcome, with only minor problems still existing. The station officially began "on- air" testing Saturday evening, 14 December 2002. The station will continue testing throughout this week and is expected to begin regular programming shortly. Currently the station is off the air, due to interference being caused to a local railroad crossing sign. The railroad officials are working on the situation and should have it solved shortly (via WWCR website Dec 17, via DXLD) ** U S A. Received a post card from Gary "Jax" Jackson in today's mail. It reads: "Talked to owner KHPY Moreno Valley, CA 1670 kHz. He stated they had not been testing only one hour so far. But would be on air on a regular basis after first of year." (Art Blair, Folsom, CA, Dec 17, IRCA via DXLD) {omit the `not` for this to make sense} ** U S A. There are 3 days left to comment to the mailing from the lawyers requesting night IBOC on AM. Sorry, I understand that this is an FM forum but I believe IBOC is important enough to post this. Thanks for your patience. (Kevin Redding, WTFDA) Commissioners, Gentlemen, I am writing in reply to the recent request on 99-325 by Mr. John Wells King of Garvey Schubert Barer to have IBOC allowed at night. Sirs, I am taking this opportunity to request as a end user that this NOT be allowed. I live in Arizona far from much of the testing that has been done with IBOC. I have had interference from the digital sidebands that cause me loss of service and difficulty in hearing regularly heard stations at my home. At present, although the interference, which sounds like rushing water on each side of the center frequency which is testing, it can be heard here. Not only is the interference with United States stations, it also interferes with international frequencies. In the early December testing with WLW running IBOC, I was unable to listen to sports programming from Southern California that I commonly listen to, without interference, from XETRA. The digital artifact was quite destructive to XETRA. During the later testing between WLW and WOR, considerable interference was noted between WOR`s IBOC upper sideband signal and KDWN from Las Vegas. This would cause secondary listeners, in a case of national emergency such as occurred on 9/11, would be rendered unable to retrieve information concerning the emergency. The same would be if there was an EAS message to be broadcast. The general public uses analog radio and the interference would possibly cause many listeners to be rendered unable to receive life saving notifications because of an increased noise floor due to the sideband digital transmission. In the petition on page 3 its noted "...computer models and field tests have shown that night time use of the AM IBOC system can in certain instances, lead to intolerable levels of interference..." If this interference is going to be intolerable in many cases, at least extrapolating what could be from what I have heard, then why cause the public to lose their service and notification of emergencies in any case? With the significant skywave that is observed on MW frequencies, I am of the opinion that digital will not work well, especially in the hybrid IBOC mode and will be destructive to the AM analog band in a way that will cause listeners to flee to other bands or entertainment venues. I disagree with the petition on page 4 that states, "...the number of stations which would cause interference is small." I believe that all stations not running IBOC would receive detrimental interference if I can hear the sidebands on the other side of the country from the testing. This interference has been noted also in California. It is for this reason that I believe that even the digital stations would interfere with one another in the IBOC hybrid mode. I would like to see further testing with several adjacent frequencies with stations such as 1060 KDUS, KNX 1070 kHz, KSCO 1080 kHz or some such clustered arrangement be tested. Furthermore until testing is done with 8 or so stations on a graveyard frequency such as 1230 and 1240 clustered in a fairly close proximity, then the true effect of IBOC will not be understood. It`s for the reason that I feel testing is not only complete, but I believe that real world testing has not even been accomplished, that I am against the night time use of IBOC on MW frequencies at this time. Thank You Commissioners for your time in this matter. (Kevin Redding, Mesa, Arizona, Dec 17, via WTFDA via DXLD) ** U S A. Dear Mike, RAIN has learned that the "Small Commercial Webcaster" license for the performance of sound recordings on Internet radio - an optional license that can be elected by qualified small webcasters in lieu of the statutory license if they so choose - has been signed by parties representing both sides and was submitted to the Copyright Office on Friday afternoon. Read all about it -- including a message from one of the smaller commercial webcasters who participated in the negotiations -- in today's issue of "RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter," which is available online now at http://www.kurthanson.com (via Mike Terry, Dec 16, DXLD) ** VATICAN. VATICAN RADIO EMISSIONS "WITHIN THE LAW" In an official statement, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that electromagnetic emissions from the transmitter site of Vatican Radio at Santa Maria di Galeria are "now within the safety limits set by the Italian law." This follows problems last year when readings taken on behalf of the government had confirmed that radiation exceeded the permitted maximum at 11 of the 14 locations subjected to checking. The inhabitants of the area around Santa Maria di Galeria, north of Rome, claim that local cases of leukaemia were caused by pollution from Vatican Radio´s transmitter site. Vatican Radio reduced the power on some frequencies and moved certain transmissions to other sites (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 17 December 2002 via DXLD) ** VENEZUELA [non]. Checking the weekly Aló Presidente via Cuba, Sun Dec 15 at 1440, surprised to find that 15570 was not parallel to 17750 and 15230, which were parallel to each other. Some had music, others talk. So two different transmitter sites and/or different feedlines? But at 1445 recheck they had merged. As usual, the other two reported frequencies, 11715 and 6140, were inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ZANZIBAR. TANZANIA. Zanzibar tuned 11734.1 at 1935 UT, fair signal with US/Euro soft rock music and female DJ who was making announcements in what sounded like English, last number ran past TOH; into Swahili talk at 2000:30 with mentions of Zanzibar and Pemba. Local Mid-East style music followed. 73, (John Cobb, Roswell, GA, R75 and 80-foot Windom w/L-C tuner, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 11734.1, 3.12 1648, Radio Tanzania Zanzibar med s/on kl. 1648 UT, arabisk lignende messende sang, fra 1700 UT meget stærk QRM fra Radio Africa Int'l på 11735 med 'Goodevening Africa' (amerikansk metodist radio via Jülich) 3 SHN (Stig Hartvig Nielsen, Denmark, SW Bulletin via DXLD) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ BROADCASTS IN ENGLISH WINTER 2002 EDITION The Winter 2002 edition of Broadcasts in English is now available from the British DX Club. It was compiled by Alan Pennington and includes details of all currently known international broadcasts in English on shortwave and mediumwave for the B-02 schedule period (Winter 2002 in northern hemisphere). As usual it is in time order throughout and covers all target areas. Transmitter sites are listed where known. This edition of Broadcasts in English is incorporated in the special January edition of BDXC's monthly bulletin "Communication" which has just been posted to all BDXC members. It also includes: - Guide to DX and Media programmes in English - Complete listing of all active UK Low Power AM stations - latest shortwave, mediumwave and UK radio news - WorldSpace Afristar / WRN EuroMax / IBB mediumwave schedules and other features.... Copes of this 60 page booklet are available while stocks last at the following prices (postage included): United Kingdom - 2 pounds sterling Europe - 5 Euros or 5 International Reply Coupons Rest of World - 5 US dollars or 6 International Reply Coupons. UK cheques/postal orders should be payable to "British DX Club". Payments in dollars or euros by cash only please. All order/enquiries to: British DX Club 126 Bargery Road Catford London SE6 2LR UK Full details also on the BDXC web site: http://www.bdxc.org.uk (via Mike Terry, hard-core-dx via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ AURORA This is most certainly a radio related subject. To obtain an explanation and up to date data. http://www.spaceweather.com Home page, this will often (but not always) mention auroras (aurorae?). At any rate then scroll up to link NOAA Space Environment Centre and double click this. Click Online Data on the next menu. When this comes up scroll to SEC User Groups and double click Aurora (Ken Fletcher, UK, 1326 UT 15th November 2002, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ### ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-197, December 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. 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO 1160: WWCR: Sun 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Sun 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WBCQ: Mon 0545 7415 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 WRN: Rest of world Sat 0900, Europe Sun 0530, North America Sun 1500 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1160.html MONITORING REMINDERS: Our calendar is filling up with holiday specials as well as regular programming, and for the season we have accumulated near the top, links to 38 special holiday programming pages so far, mostly US webcasting public radio stations http://worldofradio.com/calendar.html ** AFGHANISTAN. NEW RADIO TRANSMITTER STARTS FUNCTIONING IN CENTRAL AFGHAN PROVINCE - IRAN RADIO | Text of report by Iranian radio from Mashhad on 14 December A new radio transmitter started functioning in Jabal os Saraj city, Parwan Province, yesterday [13 December]. According to the [Iranian] Central News Unit from Kabul, a France-based international association for the defence of freedom donated the radio transmitter set to the Radio Voice of Peace in Jabal os Saraj, Parwan Province. The 500 MW transmitter's range capability is in excess of 100 km. The transmitter replaced the old one which had 200 MW power and 30 km range capacity. [sic --- see below] It`s worth mentioning that radio transmission started [there] two years ago, and its programmes are aimed at raising the level of knowledge among people, the rights of women, families, children and human rights. Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mashhad, in Dari 0330 gmt 14 Dec (via BBCM via DXLD) Certainly not 200 to 500 megawatts, nor even kilowatts. I suppose the ranges mentioned, if on mediumwave, would indicate mere watts, but, WTFK?? (gh, DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Re DXLD 2196: Glenn, Contrary to the item under Radio Australia, noted on an "unregistered" freq, please be advised that this channel is in fact registered with the ITU, and is in use 0900- 1100 to Pac, 1100-1330 Asia, 1700-2200 to Pacific. [11880] This usage was advised in the RA schedule I distributed some weeks ago, and was introduced on Oct 27. RA refuses to publish its current composite schedule on its Website, or anywhere else for that matter, exacerbating the growing alienation with hordes of SW listeners in its prime coverage areas, most of whom have no facilities to migrate to satellite or RealAudio reception. RA sees its main audience across Asia/Pacific being serviced through rebroadcasting or relays via local AM and/or FM stations, satellite, and the Internet, and to heck with direct HF delivery! The Domestic "Newsradio" network of the ABC, available on AM, FM, and RealAudio across the nation, continues to shroud itself in mystery, consistently refusing to state the locality of the program origination studio! This network has the lowest rating of any domestic broadcaster in Australia, with coverage of "news" being frequently pre-empted by interminable broadcasts of Federal Parliament (when in session). At those times, listeners are invited to retune to the Internet for the full 24-hr "Newsradio" coverage. Sorry, ABC, but I don't have a PC in my car! It offers continuously updated news, weather, sports, and business reports. At other times, it carries BBC, Radio Netherlands, RCI, NPR, and DW, but only when Parliament is in recess. It also runs BBC World Service overnight in parallel with several other non-ABC domestic broadcasters on AM and FM. Here in Melbourne, we are offered BBC overnight on several of these stations! This week, Parliament was running to a 24-hour schedule itself, sitting all night (!) which pre-empted the normal overnight BBC coverage over Newsradio. Australia - Station X. Contrary to misinformed comments I have seen, no Apparatus or Broadcast licences have been issued by the ACA for HF operations on 2368.5 kHz for this Queensland proposal. Off-band broadcasters: All Channels from 1611 to 1701 are primarily allocated for Low Power Narrowcast Narrowband stations, power limited to 400 Watts, and approved service area no greater than 10 km. Antenna mast heights are limited to 10 metres. These stations are intended for purely local audiences with very limited appeal, including ethnic, sporting and community services. Some operating on 1638-1701 kHz make available special receivers or converters for existing receivers, particularly the stations servicing the Indian and Arabic communities on 1701 and 1638. These stations are not regarded by ACA/ABA as "broadcasting stations". There is a concentration of such stations on 1611, 1620, and 1629, as that is the general limit of coverage of car radios available in Australia, regarded by the operators as the prime audience. The station in Melbourne, on 1629, is 24 hours, no announcements, playing music from the 1950's continuously. Licencing requirements do not require these stations to ID, except at the beginning and end of transmissions. Thus, if there is a carrier break during the 24-hr cycle, an ID must be given (mandatory) when transmission resumes. Regards! (Bob Padula, Victoria, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. RN Media Network this week reported: RCI, Sackville will broadcast DRM transmissions beamed to Scandinavia & Western Europe from Monday 16 Dec to Friday 20 Dec at 2300-2400 UT on 5970 kHz, beamed 47 degrees (DRM power 80 kW). Any chance that will spill over onto 5975 BBC Antigua? (Ricky Leong, QC, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. CFIE 106.5 the new native station in Toronto ... a.k.a. Aboriginal Voices Radio Network, is stronger at Burnt River than WYRK Buffalo and the Owen Sound ON station. It's even stronger than most full power Toronto FMs. What in tarnation is going on? This means they may be Dxable for people outside the city... (Saul Chernos, Dec 13, WTFDA via DXLD) The Industry Canada database does show CFIE 106.5 Toronto as directional, 304 m, and 350 watts h & v. It does not say which way the array is aimed (Bruce Elving/FM Atlas, ibid.) note corrected call ** CANADA/CANARY ISLANDS. 6715 USB, "Halifax Military", {2205} Dec 13, While listening to the Las Palmas Church I noted for the first time a strong signal from Halifax Military, which I assume is a military aviation channel. Male voice: "Tango two sierra, tango two sierra; this is Halifax Military, do you copy? This went on several times then he said radio check, all with no response. After that, there was a strong data burst from what I assume was the same transmitter. Also noted other SSB traffic in SS (I think), and distant a RTTY signal. Las Palmas church was in there with the usual gospel type music at low level. My guess is that this Las Palmas Church transmission is unauthorized and essentially a pirate operation. I have a hard time believing that the government of Spain would license such a broadcast on this frequency (David Hodgson, TN, Dec 13, DX LISTENING DIGEST) CANARY ISLANDS, 6715U, Full Gospel Las Palmas Church, 2255-2320 Fri Dec 13. Church service with talk by man and religious music. Very poor signal, just above the noise, in and out. Occasional utility interference. Faded out before the scheduled 2330 sign off. My first log of this station (Evans, TN, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. Take note of our new mailing addresses. To reach the Oregon business office with contributions, T-shirts orders, etc, write RFPI, PO Box 3165, Newberg, OR 97132-3165 or e-mail radioforpeace@yahoo.com Send information requests and reception reports to RFPI, PO Box 75 - 6100, Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica or e-mail info@rfpi.org (RFPI Weekly Update Dec 8-14 via DXLD) Around 1100 UT Dec 14, 15040 was inaudible, and 7445 was well atop Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) RFPI is experimenting for a week with running DEMOCRACY, NOW live into the 15040 transmitter as it comes in at 1400 UT M-F, besides the regular airings at 2200 and 0400. Listener response will determine whether this early airing continues (James Latham, RFPI Mailbag Dec 14, notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CUBA. No sign of RHC on 6195, checked at 2250 UT Dec 13, as reported for English to Caribbean --- nothing but BBC, and it would not be a good idea for RHC to be here, tho they may have tested it. A quick scan around the 49mb did not find RHC on any other frequency at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CYPRUS TURKISH. An e-mail from Mustafa Tosun confirmed that it was Bayrak International that I heard on December 7, and that Arabic is one of the languages used in the 2200-0400 UTC time period [6150] (George Maroti NY, EDXP via DXLD) ** EGYPT. Re Spur on 15035: Spurious 125 kHz apart matter at ABZ Abu Zaabal EGY 30N16 031E22 0300-0030 15285 19 VOICE OF THE ARABS ARAB GULF 1230-1330 15160 19 PERSIAN TADZHIKSTAN 15160 1230 1330 30S ABZ 100 60 0 146 EGY ERU ERU 15285 0300 0030 39 ABZ 100 120 0 805 EGY ERU ERU (Wolfgang Bueschel, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** FRANCE. FW: [mwc] French MW stations... I tried to make an educated guess at the frequencies that might be awarded to the various new MW stations here in France. Well, today the CSA released the actual frequency plan. Some of my guesswork was accurate, some was not. Here is the plan... --------- The country is divided into five areas --------- 1. The Paris area: Six channels with 5 kW each, with a possibility of 10 kW daytime if the CSA gets clearance from the ITU. The channels are : 981, 999, 1062, 1080, 1314, 1575 kHz. --------- 2. The Rennes area: Brest 1485 kHz (1 kW), Nantes 1584 kHz (1 kW), Brest or Saint-Brieuc, or Rennes or Lorient: 1071 kHz (160 kW) --------- 3. The Toulouse area: Montpéllier 1071 kHz (300 kW), 1584 kHz (1 kW) Nîmes 1602 kHz (1 kW) Perpignan 1584 kHz (1 kW) Toulouse 1161 kHz (160 kW), 1485 kHz (1kW) --------- 4. The Nancy area: Metz 1584 kHz (1 kW) Mulhouse 1584 kHz (1 kW) Nancy 1485 kHz (1 kW), 1350 kHz (160 kW) Reims 1485 kHz (1 kW) Strasbourg 1584 kHz (1 kW), 1161 kHz (1 MW, 63 kW at 90 -130 ) --------- 5. The Marseille area: Ajaccio 1161 kHz (20 kW) Bastia 1071 kHz (20 kW) Marseille 675 kHz (1000 kW), 1485 kHz (1 kW) Nice 1350 kHz (2.5 MW, 300 kW at 220-230 , 100 kW at 80-100 ) Toulon 1584 kHz (1 kW) All outlets on a given high power channel will carry the same programme. This plan reflects almost exactly the situation we had before France Inter left the MW band. Only the low-powered stations are new. Whether they will find applicants for the big boys is another story. For instance RMC Info would certainly like to use 160 kW on 1071 in Rennes or 1161 in Strasbourg or 1350 kHz in Nancy... But if they apply for 1071 they will also have to use it in Bastia and in Montpellier, which are already served by the LW transmitter, if they take 1161 they will also have to use it in Toulouse, also served on LW and FM, if they take 1350 in Nancy they will have to use the 2.6 MW station in Nice, which duplicates the LW transmitter exactly... Also, and strangely enough, two channel that might have been used, 963 in Paris and 585 in Marseille have not been awarded. The original plan mentioned 30 channels and not 28, so I guess these might be added... Anyway, don't expect anything on the air before next summer at the earliest... This leaves you hardcore DXers plenty of time to hunt for stations on the newly awarded frequencies, and me time to think about which of the 6 presets on my car radio to reassign to the new programmes... ;-) (Remy Friess, Medium Wave Circle email list via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) ** GUAM. See JAPAN [non] ** INDIA. I am currently hearing a new AIR station on 4830 at 1530 carrying the news at nine any ideas which outlet this is? (Stuart Austin, Blackpool, England, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) All India Radio heard with a music recital on 4830 in parallel with many other outlets on 60m including 4760 4775 4895 and 5040 etc. Music terminated at approx. 1801 and was followed by announcements - including frequencies - and close down on 4830 at 1804. Is the site of this transmitter known? Signal strength was very good. The same recital could also be heard mixing with the Urdu service on 4860 - maybe due to a faulty feeder. Regards... (Noel R. Green, Blackpool, NW England, dx_india Dec 14 via DXLD] see KASHMIR! ** IRAQ [non]. RADIO HURRIAH AXED BY STATE DEPARTMENT By Nick Grace, CRW Washington with additional reporting by Robert Petraitis, CRW Lithuania [Dec 14] While Washington diplomats ponder the future political landscape in Iraq, the U.S. government has quietly axed funding earmarked for the resumption of a pro-democratic radio station that could play a crucial role in reinforcing peace and stability in the country's post-Saddam era. Radio Hurriah, CRW has confirmed from sources within the Iraqi National Congress (INC), will not take to the airwaves. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a high-ranking INC official said that planning and support for the group's radio station under the guidelines of the Iraqi Liberation Act of 1998 reached the highest levels of the Bush administration. The Department of State, however, overruled the National Security Council, which was in favor of the station, and notified the INC during a meeting last May that Radio Hurriah would not be funded. "(They) informed us in a letter in May 2002 the things they are willing to fund," the source revealed. "Radio was not on the list. When we asked in a meeting, they responded by saying that there are already enough radio stations that reach Iraq." Indeed, Iraq is targeted by approximately 27 clandestine radio broadcasts in addition to the handful of Arabic-language international outlets aimed at the Middle East. The bulk of the clandestine stations, however, operate above-ground in Iraqi Kurdistan and represent the competing ethnic and political interests of their sponsors. At least three broadcast stations, al-Mustaqbal, Voice of the Brave Armed Forces, and Radio of the Two Rivers (Radio Mesopotamia), have been tied to a covert American-run transmitter in Kuwait. The loss of the INC's radio station, coupled with Washington's closure of Hurriah TV, the INC's satellite channel that ceased operation earlier this year, is considered a major impediment for the promotion of democracy in Iraq. Said the official, "Television and radio stations would be very significant in getting the message of democracy, human rights and a better future to the Iraqi people. Additionally we could be sending messages to military commanders that they will be held accountable for WMD (weapons of mass destruction) use or human rights violations." Unlike the programs and radio stations that are currently on the air, INC broadcasts planned to reflect a political platform and democratic ideals already agreed upon by a majority of the political parties vying to replace Saddam and his regime. Additionally, the INC's track record of getting its message out over the airwaves is a successful one. Its clandestine broadcasts during the mid-1990's over Radio Hurriah and the Iraqi Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) were widely listened to within Iraq and were even responsible for convincing the Iraqi flag bearer during the 1996 Olympics to defect to the United States. He appeared on international television to explain his defection and express solidarity with the INC - without having ever communicated with a member of the organization. Washington's track record of support for the Iraqi opposition, however, is less than perfect. The Clinton administration not only abandoned the INC after encouraging its forces to engage Baghdad's military in the 1990's but it lacked the foresight to prepare solid evacuation plans for its contacts in Iraq in the event of trouble. The entire local IBC staff was caught and executed in 1996 when the Iraqi military overran opposition forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, sending CIA case officers to literally flee for their lives. The policy being pursued by the Bush White House is, in fact, a continuation of the Clinton legacy. President Bush, himself, reaffirmed the government's position during the major policy speech he delivered in Cincinnati on October 8. "If Saddam Hussein orders ('cruel and desperate measures') his generals would be well advised to refuse those orders," he said. "If they do not refuse, they must understand that all war criminals will be pursued and punished." His message was carried into Iraq over the Voice of America's Arabic-language service Radio Sawa and also over the American surrogate outlet Radio Free Iraq. White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer went further a few days before Bush's speech, explaining, "The cost of one bullet, if the Iraqi people take it on themselves, is substantially less (than the cost of war)... There are many options that the President hopes the... people of Iraq will exercise themselves that gets rid of the threat." Two of the clandestine radio stations operating with covert U.S. funding, al-Mustaqbal and Voice of the Brave Armed Forces, articulate Washington's goals for a military coup d'etat on a daily basis. In the eight years since the stations hit the airwaves, however, Saddam Hussein has not yet been assassinated by someone from within his inner circle. The third station, Radio of the Two Rivers (Radio Mesopotamia), remains an enigma within the Iraqi opposition. Its programs are virtually unknown outside of short wave [sic] radio monitors. CRW's Robert Petraitis in Lithuania, who speaks Arabic and listens to the station regularly, notes that its programs are "moderate" in relation to al-Mustaqbal and Voice of the Brave Armed Forces and do not seem to target a military audience within Iraq. The pro-coup stations, meanwhile, continue to broadcast as United Nations weapons inspectors comb through Iraqi facilities and as the Pentagon proceeds with its build-up in the region - leading to suspicion that hope lingers within the Washington Beltway that America's show of force will act as a force multiplier to the broadcasts and lead to a so-called "zipless coup" that lies at the core of the Iraqi National Accord's platform. The Accord, headed by military defectors, is supported by the CIA and operates al-Mustaqbal. Few Iraqis are holding their breath. Rather, many wish that the Bush administration would reconsider its position on Radio Hurriah and by extension TV Hurriah (CRW Dec 14, also via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** JAPAN [non]. Fwd: The final JSWC 50th anniversary program Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2002 9:45 AM Dear Sirs, The final special broadcast in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Japan Short Wave Club (JSWC) in 2002, will be held as follows: Station: Trans World Radio - KTWR from Agaña, Guam Language: Japanese (Partly in English) Date, time (UT) and freqs: 28 December 2002 / 2100-2130 / 11690 kHz 29 December 2002 / 1200-1230 / 9465 kHz Program host: Mr. Nobuyoshi Nakagawa, Ms. Nahoko Keida Guest: Toshimichi Ohtake (JSWC member) According to Mr. Ohtake, the recording at KTWR studio was completed this week, and the program was produced so that a non-Japanese speaking listener would be able to enjoy. So please try to receive it as the very final broadcast from our club this year. The next information on AWR is a repeat of my previous e- mail letters to most of you. Station: Adventist World R from Agat, Guam Language: Japanese and English Date, time and freqs: 15 December 2002 / 2100 UT / 11960 11980 16 December 2002 / 1300 UT / 11755 11980 Program host: Mr. Masaru Kawagoe Guest: Mr.Toshimichi Ohtake (JSWC member) Program contents: Since our club`s special broadcasts have already taken place 3 times by the Japanese service of AWR so far, we have received many reception reports for the second broadcast on 19 August from all over the world. So this time, these reports will be introduced during the regular Monday progran by Mr. Kawagoe, with a guest Toshimichi Ohtake, a senior member of JSWC. It is a special bi-lingual, an approximately 20 mins-long program just after the opening ID at 2100/1300 UT. A special QSL card from JSWC will be issued for correct reception reports including practical description about the segment for JSWC. The address for reception reports is: Japan Short Wave Club (JSWC), 50th Anniversary Committee, P. O. Box 138, Yokohama Port, 231-8691 Japan. Please write your report in English and enclose 1 IRC or U.S. 1 dollar bill. Finally, we would like to express our deep gratitude to all of you who have heard our messages, as well as the broadcasters kindly cooperated to convey them in this anniversary year. And we hope your continuous support of our club activities even in the future (Source of all the above information: Toshimichi Ohtake, a member of JSWC) With kind regards, Nobuya Kato, A volunteer staff of JSWC 50th anniversary project e-mail: jswc50@par.odn.ne.jp Dec 14 (via Wolfgang Bueschel, DXLD) All assuming, that both stations will have recovered sufficiently from the typhoon Dec 8 to follow thru these plans, even be on the air (gh) ** KASHMIR. I am currently hearing a new AIR station on 4830 at 1530 carrying the news at nine any ideas which outlet this is? [see INDIA] [Later:] The station on 4830 noted in parallel with other AIR outlets broadcasting a concert. The station IDed as Radio Kashmir at 1801 and 1803, then off. Good signal; is this a punch up error for 4950 or an entirely new outlet, I wonder? (Stuart Austin, Blackpool, England, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** KOREA SOUTH. El Servicio Español de KBS Radio Corea Internacional brinda una nueva alternativa para los oyentes latinoamericanos que quieran ahorrar costo de franqueo aéreo en el envío de correspondencia postal. A partir de enero de 2003 quedará habilitada la Casilla de Correo 950, Código Postal 2000, Rosario, Argentina (Rubén Guillermo Margenet, Argentina, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {provided by RGM?} ** LATVIA. Excellent reception of this new Riga-based transmission here in the capital area of Finland, as of 0700 UT this morning. Non stop German music, jingle ID during the s/on (Hannu Tikkanen, Espoo, Finland, Dec 14, hard-core-dx via DXLD) A new pest is born. Very strong signal in southern Sweden at 0900 UT on 945 kHz with test in German with old old pops. Will be regular from March, 03 acc. to info (Bengt Ericson, MW-DX via DXLD) ** LEBANON [non]: Translation of Michel Aoun's Speech on Voice of Free Lebanon --- By Achraf Chaabane, CRW North Africa [Dec 3] The Voice of Free Lebanon, which began test broadcasts on November 22, carries a speech by the Free Patriotic Movement's head, Michel Aoun, of much significance: "Today is the memorial Lebanon's Independence Day. I say "memorial" because independence is dead. We lost this day ever since the Syrian army occupied Lebanon to impose its political choices, its economic choices, its desired presidents, and to delete our liberties. The Syrian army tries every day to replace our system with their system. "In mid-August, during the annual summit in Paris, we recognized that in Lebanon they censor economic news and news related with Syria. They force journalists and reporters to avoid subjects related to our economy and Syria. During the summit, we planned to develop radio programs to talk freely about the economic situation in Lebanon but then we decided instead to talk about the liberties in Lebanon. We knew that there will be a time when the free Lebanese TV and radio stations will be stopped. "So we sought to create a Lebanese voice targeted to the Lebanese people that would speak about our true situation. Since our people can only hear lies from the Syrian-controlled media our station will offer to be the Voice of Freedom - the Voice of Free Lebanon. "We start, therefore, with a limited budget and a test broadcast for one hour. It is an hour of objective news and programs. We ask every Lebanese - no matter where they are - to help stop Syria's lies by supporting our operations financially. "[Long] Live Lebanon." (Clandestine Radio Watch Dec 14 via DXLD) Al-Hayat was able to ask the French Foreign Ministry about the issue? [transmitter site] They should better ask a radio club next time they make a report about radio broadcasts (BDXC or WDXC ? both in the UK). Very strange that journalists sometimes 'forget' to ask those who should know more about the matter they are reporting about (M. Schöch, Dec 10, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) ** MEXICO. No sign of R. Educación on 6185 when checked before and after 1100 UT Dec 14. Supposed to be on until 1200* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** NEWFOUNDLAND. VO1MRC, the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland club station, has received experimental authorisation to transmit CW and upper sideband on seven spot frequencies around 5.3 MHz for three four-day periods. The next session is from the 20th to 23rd of December inclusive and the frequencies that VO1MRC can use are 5260, 5269, 5280, 5290, 5319, 5329 and 5400 kHz. The experiment is to look at the differences in ground wave and sky wave propagation on 3.5, 5.3 and 7 MHz (RSGB via Mike Terry, DXLD) Incorporated 7 November 2001: the centenary year of Marconi's first transatlantic wireless experiment. Objective: to promote science, engineering, technology and traditional amateur radio through the Marconi communications legacy. The Marconi Radio Club is enthusiastic about experimentation on 60 metres. Members have been monitoring the band for several months, listening for UK stations. An experiment was proposed by J. Craig, and with the assistance of Dr Ken Pulfer VE3PU and Jim Dean VE3IQ, and the endorsement of RAC, was approved by Industry Canada, the national regulatory body. Updates will be posted on the web page. Authorised Dates: 22-25 November 2002, 20-23 December 2002, and 20-23 June 2003. Authorised Frequencies: 5260, 5269, 5280, 5290, 5319, 5329, 5400 and 5405 kHz (From http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~jcraig/5megex.html via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** RUSSIA. 8000 kilometres east of Moscow is the Jewish Autonomous Region, an area near Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, created by Stalin in the 1930's as a national homeland for Soviet Jews. An audio clip of the local state radio, GTRK "Bira" (named after a local river), can be heard on the Interval Signals Archive at http://www.intervalsignals.net along with other new clips of radio stations in Siberia and the Russian Far East (Dave Kernick, UK, hard- core-dx via DXLD) ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. Re V. of Reform, 7590: ``probably within the WRN bouqet, or elsewhere?`` No bouquet, but an own, digital downlink: HOTBIRD 13 E - 11.096 GHz H, MPEG2, Symbol rate: 27500, FEC 3/4, Audio PID: 74. 73s, (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) On Dec 9, *1900-2100*, I heard only an open carrier (QSA 3) on 7590 except for a few seconds at 2021 when very weak voices were heard. But on Dec 10, 1940-2057* a strong signal was heard with test messages by a man continuously talking in Arabic with a few words and numbers in fluently English, at times distorted, but most times very clear. He had a few phone talks with other people. Saudi Arabia was mentioned. 44544. Already slightly jammed as from Dec 10. That ceased at 2102*. It is remarkable that Norkring/Kvitsøy had dropped 9980 on Dec 10 for its broadcasts in Norwegian and Danish during that specific period, probably to make this transmitter available for a Merlin broadcast! Both Kvitsøy transmitters were back for the Norwegian broadcast from R. Norway at 2105 on 7490 and 9510 (A. Petersen, Denmark, Dec 9, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) 7590 Voice of Reform 1900-2100 Program jammed by bubble jammer. The signal was very strong but the audio quality wasn't very good and had many breaks. The announcer apologized for the technical problems and said that they are completing the installation of the equipment (A. Chaabane, Tunisia, Nov 16, 2002 for CRW) VOICE OF REFORM JAMMED, By Achraf Chaabane, CRW North Africa [Dec 10] After four days of clear broadcasts, the Voice of Reform (Saw al- Islah) began being jammed with a bubble jammer on December 10. The jammer continued throughout the broadcast under the station's signal and then for four minutes after the broadcast ended. Audio of the jammer as monitored in Tunisia can be heard at: http://www.clandestineradio.com/audio/sarabia_reform021210jam.ram Jamming was also noted by CRW contributor Rajesh Nambiar with weak signals underneath the Voice of Reform's carrier on December 12 and also by Cumbre DX's Hans Johnson, who listened to the broadcast over the Internet via Javaradio.net on December 11. Also noted by Kouji Hashimoto from Japan on Dec. 10. Hi, From the United Arab Emirates !! Monitored Sout al eslah on 10.12.2002, 1900-1930 UT [on 7590 kHz]. At roughly 1900, strong carrier, then a distinct Arabic tape recording of a Sa`udi male went on with frequent breaks; I believe it was recorded. Was trying to figure out the commentator`s message with frequent words like "Naass" meaning People, "Al etehad"- union, etc., etc. Overall signal report for this station is 555 (SIO). The carrier was little rough. The audio was OK, little noise behind the tape recorded commentary (of political nature). The Sa`udi Arabs and citizens in the Gulf in general stay up late at night watching TV, etc., so I guess this might be the reason why they selected this time schedule; it`s 10:00 PM in Sa`udi Arabia and 11 here in Dubai. The democratic reforms in Bahrain and the events in Iraq may have something to do with these broadcasts. The Sa`udi Jammers will surely get hold of 7590 and we can expect a frequency change soon. Will keep you updated. P.S Bubble jammers were heard yesterday (11.12.2002) but faint (R. Nambiar, UAE, Dec 10-12, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) ** SPAIN. SPANISH MW STATIONS LIST Hi! A new update of Spanish MW Stations List was uploaded at: http://www.aer-dx.org/listas/eaenom.htm The list is compiled by Martín Estévez, ee@aer-dx.org, and edited by Pedro Sedano, editor@aer-dx.org; both are members of AER Asociación Española de Radioescucha (= Spanish Radiolistening Association) http://www.aer-dx.org The data of every station are: QRG, Name, Location, Network, Kw, Observations, Tx Location, QSL, Address, Tel. and Fax. Next: web & e- mail. There are 3 PDF files sorted by frequency, by location and by network. What's new inside this update? - New postal address of SER R Valencia. Till next one! (Pedro Sedano, Madrid, Spain, AER via hard- core-dx via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. Friends, TWR Puttlam, Sri Lanka on 882 kHz is not heard since the morning of yesterday december 13, 2002. Has it anything to do with the new political developments there (or any technical problems?) (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, India, Dec 14, dx_india via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. PERMITTING LTTE UPGRADE RADIO STATION RIDICULOUS RESTORE WANNI SEVAYA — OPPOSITION -- by Shamindra Ferdinando The opposition wants the government to restore the special radio service which was closed down following a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE, particularly as it recently allowed the LTTE to acquire state- of-the-art equipment to boost its clandestine Voice of Tigers (VOT) broadcasts. The government station — "Wanni Sevaya" — was set up for the benefit of the police and the security forces deployed in the Wanni theatre. The new equipment will allow the LTTE to greatly expand VOT coverage which was previously limited to the Wanni. The station — "Wanni Sevaya" — was closed down on March 31, subsequent to the ceasefire agreement between the government and the LTTE reached in February. "The government must restore the station," a JVP spokesman said, accusing the government of closing down the station to make the 'Tigers' happy. The station was set up on a directive of the then President Ranasinghe Premadesa as a part of the strategy to counter the VOT. The station also gave families of officers and men deployed in the region an opportunity to send messages to their men on the front. "There were a lot programmes for the listening pleasure of the troops," a security official said, adding that the station was also used to keep the Tamil civilian population informed of government stance on key issues including the peace process. The opposition on Wednesday (11) queried whether the equipment brought by the Norwegian embassy and handed over to the LTTE recently would be taxed. "Will the customs apply the law?" MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardene asked Finance Minister K. N. Choksy in parliament. SLFP frontliner Anura Bandaranaike told the Island that the government should not have permitted the LTTE to upgrade its clandestine radio broadcasts. "It was a ridiculous situation," he said, accusing the government of allowing the LTTE to take advantage of the so-called peace process. Bandaranaike blasted the government for permitting the Norwegians to bring down radio equipment sought by the LTTE. The station was situated within a key security forces base in Vavuniya. Wanni Security Force Headquarters made representations to the government through the Army Headquarters. The office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been informed of the situation. The opposition was convinced that the government should restore the Wanni Sevaya that was put to use by successive adminstrations to reach the Tamil speaking people living in the LTTE-held areas. A spokesman for the office of the president said that President Chandrika Kumaratunga was deeply concerned over the decision to close down the Wanni Sevaya and permit the LTTE to upgrade its clandestine radio network. He blamed the government for legalising a clandestine radio Service while terminating its own broadcasts (source not given, via D. Prabakaran, Tamilnadu, Dec 14, DXLD) ** SRI LANKA. Voice of the Tigers FM Frequency. LTTE's VOT is using 102.6 MHz FM in addition to SW (D. Prabakaran, Tamil Nadu, Dec 2, 2002 for CRW via DXLD) Sure it is really on SW now? WTFK? ** SYRIA [non]. 12120, The Arabic Radio, 1600-1630. The frequency 12115 has been changed to 12120 kHz. Also announces 9950 but instead broadcasts on 9955. No jamming noticed. The station broadcast a program call "Love of the Nation," which speaks about the human rights violations of Syria's domestic intelligence services (A. Chaabane, Tunisia, Nov 15, 2002 for CRW Dec 14 via DXLD) ** TAIWAN. New Star/Star Star is not often heard here but was definitely logged on Nov 8, 2002 from 1410 to 1419* on 9725.0 with a weak but fair signal. Haven't really tried since (V. Korinek, RSA, Dec 10, 2002 in DXplorer-ML via CRW via DXLD) ** TIBET [non]. Voice of Tibet via Uzbekistan, 1430 UT is still on 11975, not 12025 as Observer stated. Shortly after start of program, Chinese musicjammer (Silvain Domen, Belgium, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** TURKEY. On Christmas Eve, TRT is going to go live as is the case with all Tuesday nights. TRT will much appreciate you giving us a ring if possible to enrich the phone-in segment of their broadcast. TRT will also be delighted to call you provided that you e-mail your phone number to them in time. Hoping to meet on the air on Christmas Eve, (Swopan Chakroborty, Kolkata, India, DX LISTENING DIGEST) That Would be 1940-2020 UT Dec 24 on 9890 plus webcast ** U K. With more objectivity about the subject than most broadcasters can muster, I rerecommend BBCWS` REPORT ON RELIGION. I ran across most of it Dec 14, Sat 1030 UT on 6195; among the topics: Cambodians against mention of `God` in text books since that is contrary to the state religion Buddhism --- and how pushy ``rice-bowl`` Christians and Moslems are a menace; concern in Japan about renewed nervegas attacks by Aum Shinrikyo as its convicted leader and former SW broadcaster and verie-signer Shoko Asahara is about to be sentenced. Arab Christian and Moslem comedians in New York feel their religions are OK to make fun of... Thanks to BBC On Air for December, which finally has an alphabetical index of programmmmes in the back, we quickly find its listing on page 21 showing all the airtimes: WAf Sat 1030 Eu Sat 1030, Sun 0330, 1930 E&SAf Sat 1030 ME Sat 1030, Sun 0330, 1230 SAs Sat 0030, Sun 0330, 1930 EAs Sun 0330, 0930, 1930 Ams Sat 1030, Sun 0330, 1930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U K. Full list of 70th anniversary BBCWS programmes with links to frequencies at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/us/features/seventy/complete_guide.shtml (BDXC-UK via DXLD) STARS GO GLOBAL FOR RADIO PARTY --- From BBC News Friday, 13 December, 2002, 12:15 GMT A week of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the BBC World Service kicks off on Sunday with a live broadcast from five concerts in cities around the world. The BBC World Service Global Party will take in shows beamed from Dakar, Mumbai, Kabul, Mexico City and London, featuring stars including Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal and Ms Dynamite. "It's one of the most creatively and technically challenging events ever undertaken by the BBC World Service," said 70th anniversary project editor David Stead. The show, hosted by DJs John Peel and Emma B in London, will be heard from 1700 GMT. "It will show the World Service at its best and will set the tone for the rest of the week," Mr Stead said. Opening the party at Bush House in London, the home of BBC World Service, will be Senegalese sensation Youssou N'Dour. Globally famous for his 1994 duet with Neneh Cherry, Seven Seconds, he will perform in a huge marquee in front of an audience of 500 invited guests and selected World Service staff. The party will then move around the world. In the Senegalese capital Dakar, Baaba Maal will mix his acoustic sound with international dance music. Thousands of miles east, in Mumbai, Indian composer Trilok Gurtu will perform alongside classical pianist turned jazz and pop star Adnan Sami. In Mexico City, ten-strong band of former students and activists Los de Abajo (Those from Below), will perform what they term as "tropipunk". They will represent modern Mexico, playing a combination of Latin rhythms, reggae, funk and hip-hop. Ms Dynamite won this year's Mercury Music Prize Meanwhile in Kabul, where a little over a year ago music simply wasn't heard, artists previously silenced by the Taliban will perform live to the world. Performers including Sulam Logari, Gul Zaman, Ghulam Hussain, Safadar Tawakuli, Mashinai and Taj Mohammad will sing in local languages Uzbek, Pashto and Dari. The finale will take place back in London, where British singing star Ms Dynamite will perform tracks from her album, A Little Deeper. Having recently emerged from the vibrant UK garage scene, the singer - real name Niomi McLean-Daley - describes her sound as "trying to bring positivity to people... while encouraging people to think". (via Mike Terry, DXLD) don`t get caught dead with anything classical here (gh) ** U K. As soon as that`s over, retune on the internet as BBCR7 launches, Sun Dec 15 2000-2300, the first two hours also on BBCR4 (gh) YES, BUT IS ANYONE LISTENING? December 13, 2002, Times online, By Raymond Snoddy When BBC7 arrives on Sunday, only 120,000 radio sets will be able to pick it up JENNY ABRAMSKY, the director of BBC Radio, could not be more enthusiastic about her latest network, BBC 7, which will be launched this Sunday by Paul Merton. "It's going to be wonderful, a joy," she says of the digital station, which will plunder the BBC archive for the best comedy, drama and book readings, and will make a courageous attempt to revive original children's programming on radio. The small number of listeners with access to digital radio will be able to hear books such as The Shipping News, many of the 300 episodes of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Alan Partridge before he became famous, and classic series such as Little Dorrit. The new station, which is costing £4 million a year, is the first to exploit the extensive BBC archive in a systematic way. But "what we thought would be the easiest channel (to launch) has turned out to be the most difficult," says Abramsky. Every programme had to be listened to, re-timed and digitised. Then the BBC had to sort out the rights. The corporation hopes that BBC 7 will attract a new audience to digital radio, which is just beginning to make an impact after years of gloom. BBC 7 is the fifth new BBC digital station to be launched this year, at a total cost for the first year of £19 million. "Five new radio networks in one year. It took more than 70 years to do the first five," Abramsky says. The other new BBC networks are Radio 6 Music, for the more mature rock/indy generation; the Asian Network; Five Live Sports Extra; and 1Xtra, a black music station. It is too early to measure impact. A study is under way to see how many people are listening to the new stations on digital satellite. More than 165,000 people a month are accessing 1Xtra via online audio streams, with 6 Music attracting about 155,000. The radio industry hopes that by the end of the year there will be 120,000 digital radio sets in use. It is early days, but at least new content has been created, and not just by the BBC. The commercial sector has been even more courageous - with its own money - launching new stations such as Planet Rock, The Arrow, Smash Hits and Oneword, a station specialising in plays, books and comedy which will compete directly with BBC 7. Problems still abound. The Christmas market this year has been largely missed because the radio industry, despite its best efforts, failed to persuade sceptical manufacturers to make enough sets in time. The latest estimates suggest that there will be only 58,200 sets available for sale by Christmas, and all the signs are that demand is outstripping supply now that the price has come down to £99.99. The first on the market at that price, the Evoke, has now been joined by new sets from Goodmans and what is claimed as the first hand-held battery-operated digital radio, Perstel, selling at about £129. There are hopes that some of the biggest players in the market, such as Sony, may enter the fray and drive the price down further. BBC digital broadcasts, however, are available in only 65 per cent of the country, with commercial radio closer to 85 per cent coverage. At least there has been no fight over rival technologies. Radio has not repeated the battle of digital TV. The industry knew that without the fullest co-operation, digital radio was doomed. So the Digital Radio Development Bureau is chaired by Ralph Bernard, executive chairman of the GWR commercial radio group, and the vice-chairman is Abramsky. But will notoriously conservative listeners be prepared to turn their dials in search of the new networks? The experience of the past is not encouraging. Research carried out for the Radio Advertising Bureau found that a third of drivers with existing analogue radios never changed stations, and of the remainder, 50 per cent changed only once or twice. Only on long journeys did significant numbers change stations frequently. One of the pleasures of digital radio is the ease of finding stations: the listener simply turns a dial and the name of the station comes up on a display. The need to remember frequencies is a thing of the past (digital car radios rely on the traditional "pre-set" buttons that analogue listeners are used to). But will listeners become more promiscuous and tune in to the wider range of choice that digital offers? Nobody knows the answer for sure at the moment, although the first research results suggest that owners of digital radios listen for longer periods and quickly become enthusiasts. Everyone recognises that next year is make or break year for digital radio, with a target of 500,000 sets. (more on web site) (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U S A. VOA BURMESE BROADCASTER WINS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2002 -- Doris Hla Hla Than of the Voice of America's (VOA) Burmese Service received the Human Rights Community Service Award today from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). The Association presented the award to Ms. Than "in honor of her remarkable work on behalf of the women of Burma." Ms. Than has extensively covered human rights issues in Burma -- particularly illegal trafficking in women and girls -- since joining VOA in 1989. Today, she hosts the 10-minute weekly Burmese-language program "Women's Corner." The program focuses on women's rights, empowerment of women, participation of women in peacekeeping efforts, women as victims in armed conflicts, impact of AIDS on women, freedom of the press, and the plight of political prisoners in Burma. Ms. Than has received seven VOA East Asia and Pacific Division Excellence in Programming Awards in recognition of her outstanding reporting. Notable among the numerous interviews she has conducted are those with democracy leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, 2002 Ramón Magsaysay Award Winner Dr. Cynthia Maung, and Dr. Sima Samar, the current head of Afghanistan's Human Rights Commission and former Women's Affairs Minister. UNA-NCA and its members work with foreign policy makers, political decision makers, schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit and other organizations in the Washington, D.C. area to build knowledge, understanding, informed opinion, and new ideas, on the United Nations and its specialized agencies. VOA broadcasts one sesquihour daily in Burmese via shortwave and on http://www.voanews.com/burmese (VOA Press release via DXLD) ** U S A. WJIE website http://www.wjiesw.com has a new LISTEN LIVE button but its link to does not yet work. Also not yet up is their new program schedule (Glenn Hauser, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. Monitoring for the startup of the new WMQM, 1600, Memphis TN, Dec 14 at 2130, KUSH-1600, my nearest (but not too near) 1600 station in Cushing OK continued to dominate the frequency with mostly country music and occasional IDs, promos (NOT \\ WWLS-640 sportstalk as 100000watts.com claims), but by 2137 some co-channel developed, presumably incipient skywave, could be KATZ or anything, with SAH of about 280/minute = 4.67 Hz... Rolled a tape as skywave built up, but don`t think I`ll find WMQM on it yet; nothing from there in the 2235- 2245 period before nominal powerdown. Guess they didn`t make it today, but should be on soon. BTW, the WMQM Programming Links already lists several ministries, and surprise to me, WORLD OF RADIO, at a time to be determined. As of Nov 7, WNQM-1300 Nashville lists WOR Sat at 3:55 am CT (Glenn Hauser, Enid, OK, some 725 km from WMQM, Dec 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. December 9, 2002 BOB STEELE DIES AT 91, By SCOTT FYBUSH http://fybush.com/nerw.html The man who defined morning radio in CONNECTICUT for fifty years died last Friday (Dec. 6), ending a radio career that spanned seven decades at just one station. Bob Steele came to WTIC in Hartford in 1936, as a junior announcer fresh from the motorcycle-racing circuit, where he had announced the races at a local arena (and, earlier, on KGFJ in Los Angeles.) The Missouri native was hired on a probationary basis and urged to work on his accent. Within a few months, Steele was announcing sports broadcasts on WTIC - and in 1943, he took over the "Morning Watch" show. Before long, "Morning Watch" became the Bob Steele Show, and Steele became a WTIC institution, waking up generations of Nutmeggers with the "Word for the Day," birthday announcements, and general good humor until his retirement from daily broadcasting in 1991. And even then - at the age of 80 - Bob Steele was far from finished at WTIC, moving to a Saturday-morning slot that eventually became a monthly feature on the station. In recent years, Steele was on the air only from May until November, but still proudly claimed his title as the longest-running regular program host in New England, and probably the entire country. When he turned 90 last year, Steele was quoted as saying he might consider retiring "when I turn 100." Sadly, he won't get that chance; Steele died in his sleep sometime Friday morning, a month or so after what turned out to be his last WTIC broadcast. It was a run that's unlikely to ever be equalled, from a man who'll be widely remembered as one of the class acts in this business, and he'll be missed. (WTIC did a special four-hour broadcast Sunday morning to remember Steele; we hear the station even cut carrier for 15 seconds at the end of the show in Steele's memory.) (via Mike Terry, DXLD) ** U S A. Another major public radio station quits NPR:: WFPK Radio Louisville 91.9FM --- WFPK Programming Changes Effective this week, WFPK will undergo programming changes. WFPK Program Director Dan Reed explains in more detail: WFPK listeners: As many of you know, we at the Public Radio Partnership have been forced to really tighten our belts around here. The economic situation locally and nationwide has affected all of us, WFPK included. In order to make ends meet with our programming budget, we have decided to drop our affiliation to National Public Radio effective this week. This means that two long-standing weekend programs will no longer be heard on WFPK - Thistle & Shamrock and Marion McPartland's Piano Jazz. Also gone from the schedule is Jazz Profiles, a show that NPR will continue to distribute but will not be making any new programs for, and Jazzset, which was totally dropped from the NPR schedule. Jazz From Lincoln Center has been picked up by another distributor, and we're happy to announce that show will continue to be heard on WFPK at its usual time. Thistle And Shamrock will be replaced with a new Celtic music show, "Celtic Brew", hosted by New Albany, Indiana's Colin Cordy - a lifelong Celtic fan. Colin plans to include plenty of local concert info, local Celtic music, and even a weekly "brew of the week" feature. The show debuts Saturday December 14th at 7 AM [EST, = 1200 UT] The Sunday 1-3 PM hours [1800-2000 UT] will be filled with jazz music from the satellite network Jazzworks, and, on 5 PM Sundays [2200 UT] starting December 15th, WFPK presents "The Sinatra Songbook", a year- long feature on Frank Sinatra's music and legacy, with many, many wonderful performances and special guests. We hope you enjoy the new programming. I'm sincerely sorry to those of you who are inconvenienced by these changes, but we feel that this was the fiscally responsible thing to do. I'm always available to you via e-mail, and I look forward to hearing from you about the changes. Sincerely, Dan Reed, WFPK Program Director (WFPK Website Dec 13 via gh, DXLD) ** U S A. CLASSICAL IS BACK, AND IT`S AT 1360 A.M., By Jan Stucker Classical music is back on Miami radio 24 hours a day. Radio station WKAT, owned by Spanish Media Broadcasting, made the switch from Hispanic to classical music when partners Herb Levin, Christopher Korge and Adib Eden realized the need to nourish the arts in South Florida. ``We want to position ourselves to be the cultural heart of South Florida,`` said Harry Gottlieb, WKAT`s media consultant. ``There`s been a huge void here since WTMI went off the air.`` WKAT owners believe they can make money with the classical music format and re-capture the audience that once belonged to WTMI, which dropped the format in favor of a more contemporary sound. ``WTMI did very well financially,`` said Levin. ``But it had a single owner, which is very rare, and he was offered $110 million by Cox Communications for a piece of paper that says you can broadcast – not for any buildings or equipment. Who wouldn`t take that?`` Cox Communications promised the community that WTMI would retain a classical format, but instead jumped quickly into the trendy pop-party music scene, leaving what classical music lovers said was a tremendous void in the city. WKAT, at 1360 on the AM radio dial, expects to make those 300,000 weekly listeners happy since its signal will reach well into Collier, Broward and Monroe counties, in addition to Dade. ``We`ll have a very significant audience,`` said Levin. ``We have a big, fat, non-directional station reaching up into Palm Beach.`` General manager Andrew Korge adds that WTMI had about a 3.6 percent share of the market. ``It was the eighth highest ranked station in the nation,`` he said. ``Since Cox paid $110 million for it, it had to generate $12 to $14 million a year. We have totally different dynamics – we don`t need that.`` One of the issues of going classical is that WKAT 1360 is an AM station. ``We can`t pretend it`s going to sound like an FM. But we`ve done everything technically possible to enhance the sound by putting in all new equipment including a solid state digital ready transmitter,`` said Levin. ``And both AM and FM stations are about to go digital, with something called In Band On Channel (IBOC) on the horizon.`` IBOC will be introduced later this year and be in full swing in 2003. ``You`ll need a new radio receiver and all cars that are 2004 models will have it either standard or as an option,`` said Levin. ``The issue of `can I listen on AM` will be pretty much resolved by this.`` WKAT 1360 AM also will be streamed on computer just in case you don`t have good reception in your building. Just turn your computer on and listen. ``We`ve got Dee Silvers as WKAT`s new program director,`` said Levin. ``She`s the former morning voice on WTMI and hosted the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons. A few of the familiar program segments that listeners will immediately recognize include the Detroit Symphony broadcasts, arts interviews and show calendars.`` Originally licensed in 1934, WKAT is the second oldest AM station in South Florida and was the area`s original classical outlet. Many believe this is the ``last chance`` for classical music in Miami. ``The community has been very supportive, including the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and Judy Drucker, president of the Concert Association of Florida,`` said Gottlieb. For more information, please call 305-503-1340 or log on to http://www.classical1360.com (Miami Community Newspapers via Artie Bigley, Dec 11, DXLD) Whence: Due to popular demand we are currently developing a section where you can listen to WKAT over the internet. We anticipate launching this feature shortly, but in the meantime you can still find us at 1360 on your AM dial (WKAT website via DXLD) ** U S A. NEW COMPETITION FOR AN OLD FORMAT -- KLAC'S SWITCH FROM TALK BACK TO POP STANDARDS ANGERS A STATION WITH A SIMILAR PLAYLIST. http://www.calendarlive.com/tv/radio/cl-et-carney13dec13,0,7946969.story?coll=cl%2Dradio AROUND THE DIAL, By Steve Carney, Special to The Times, December 13 The new approach to adult standards that KLAC-AM (570) took to the airwaves Thursday may be fun and hip, but it's not cool, according to a cross-town competitor. KLAC flipped from all-talk to what management is calling a "martini format," a recipe that mixes the likes of Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald with newer artists such as Norah Jones and Harry Connick Jr., performing their own songs as well as classics by Cole Porter and the Gershwins. KLAC's new incarnation, "the Fabulous 570," launched at noon Thursday with Rod Stewart performing live at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills. The success of Stewart's multimillion-selling new album, "It Had to Be You ... The Great American Songbook," convinced executives at parent company Clear Channel Communications that the Southland was ripe for an updated standards format. "My God, the music on a station like this speaks for itself. It's great music," said Roy Laughlin, vice president of Clear Channel-Los Angeles. "We don't see ourselves as an oldies station, or a standards station, or a nostalgia station. We see ourselves as a completely new mix of music." But the mix is anything but new, nor the invention of Clear Channel, contends Saul Levine, who says it's the same format he's been broadcasting since March from "The Surf," at KSUR-AM (1260) and XSURF (540). KLAC had been airing standards until switching to talk last year, but had taken the more traditional approach to those songs -- with a "music of your life" format, for listeners closer to the end of theirs than young hipsters. "There's a substantial audience of people 50-plus who wanted to hear this and they dumped them. They decided to heck with it. There wasn't enough money in it," Levine said of KLAC's decision to drop that format last year. Their backpedaling angers him. "These people over there at Clear Channel, who are really beyond words, saw the possibility of the format and decided to come in and take it away from us," he said, calling the situation a case of an "800-pound gorilla attacking L.A.'s last mom-and-pop radio station. I don't like being threatened. I'm taking this personally. We're going to let the people decide." "We're going to do whatever it takes to let justice be done," Levine said, including making his station commercial-free for at least the next three months. "It isn't a matter of money for me. It's a matter of principle." Levine added that his independence and his corresponding freedom to make such moves give him an advantage over a corporate behemoth such as Clear Channel, which owns more than 1,200 stations nationwide and the FCC maximum of eight in Los Angeles, including KBIG-FM (104.3), KHHT-FM (92.3), KIIS-FM (102.7), KOST-FM (103.5), KYSR-FM (98.7), KFI- AM (640) and KXTA-AM (1150). Clear Channel has to make money and show a profit for stockholders, Levine said. "So they've got to run every last [commercial] spot that they can." But what Levine criticizes as size and muscle, Laughlin cites as an economy of scale that will help KLAC succeed. "We don't have to make the station survive exclusively on its own," he said, but can tout it on the company's other stations, and bring to bear an army of advertising sales people, promoters and artists. "I have resources that a stand-alone station like this could never tap into. It would never have the kind of glammed-out, gakked-out presentation we can bring to it." For this battle, both sides have pulled out the biggest gun in the genre's arsenal: Frank Sinatra. The new KLAC debuted on what would have been Sinatra's 87th birthday, and planned 24 hours straight of his music after Stewart's performance Thursday, while KSUR has been airing the top 100 Sinatra songs as voted by its listeners. "They think they're going to pick up a much younger audience, and they're not going to get it. Younger people are not going to listen to music on AM," Levine said, citing his own research: the tastes of his college-age son and daughter. But Laughlin said the new KLAC is banking on attracting younger listeners, and believes that the swank, Vegas-style lounge trappings that the company is draping on the station will lure them in and that the music will keep them. "It has to be so compelling that 35-to-44-year-olds say, 'This is cool. Now that's music,' " Laughlin said. Off the air The format change at KLAC had one effect before it even took place. Southland talk-radio fixture Michael Jackson was off the air, again. The talk pioneer, who was at KABC-AM (790) for 32 years until he left in 1999 after being relegated to weekends, had his second station change formats out from under him in two years. After leaving KABC, he landed at what was formerly talk station KRLA-AM (1110), but was forced off when ABC/Disney bought it in 2000 and changed it to all- sports KSPN. He moved to KLAC and praised his colleagues there as he left the air Wednesday. Talking to author Gore Vidal, his final guest, Jackson said he'd speak to him again on the air, "Lord willing." Although he has nothing new lined up yet, Jackson scotched any suggestion that he'll retire. "Yes, I need to work. Yes, I want to work. I've got so much more I want to do," Jackson said after his final show. "I am yearning to get back on the air. I've been off for several hours now." He noted that with most talk radio hosts speaking from conservative viewpoints, the airwaves could use a more liberal voice, such as his - - especially with the looming prospect of war with Iraq. "Shouldn't we -- even on just this one subject -- be hearing alternative views?" Jackson asked. The only local talents on KLAC station were Jackson, morning drive host Gil Gross and evening host Leslie Marshall; the station's other programs were syndicated. As yet, Clear Channel has no plans to move any of them to sister station KFI. "They have a good fan base," Laughlin said. "We're still trying to find ways of incorporating them into the cluster." Jackson said he'll keep fans apprised through his Web site http://www.michaeljacksontalkradio.com (via Brock Whaley for DXLD) ** U S A. EXPERIMENTAL GRANT MENTIONED IN CGC #551 APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO A PIRATE BROADCASTER I have done some research into the Experimental grant mentioned last week (WC2XZV). The license was granted by FCC's OET (instead of the Audio Services Division) and specified operation in a 50 km radius centered on Rosamond. The application claims that they want to run Eureka 147 digital, yet they give the specs for the Ibiquity IBOC FM- DAB system (yet they have only been authorized 20 kHz of bandwidth). I have discovered many more flaws with the application and choice of frequencies for the experiment. Information from the application and attempts to reach the licensee have confirmed that this Experimental operation is related to a specific pirate FM operator in the SE Palmdale area. The conditions of the grant require them to coordinate their experimental operations with the SCFCC. For more information, visit our LPFM page at: http://www.recnet.com/lpfminfo (Rich Eyre for REC Networks, via Fred Vobbe, NRC FMTV via DXLD) ** U S A. KC3XSH, *100.3 MHz experimental, Benicia CA, no paramaters given in an FCC grant; Comsearch. Won`t be in the FM Atlas (FMedia! Dec via DXLD) If it ever be published ** U S A. The New Mexico Department of Transportation has let its 530 kHz TIS stations all over the state atrophy, so that I doubt any of them are still operational, tho signs and masts, some with solar cells, may still be spotted along highways. All they ever did was run continuous loops of ``Welcome to New Mexico`` spiels by Ricardo Montalbán, interesting little historical/tourist info pieces lasting but a few minutes, but once you`ve heard one, hardly of any further use. Now it appears DOT is ready to restart this service on FM, let us hope with more ambitious `programming` as a larger number of LPFM outlets, 28, have been granted as follows, per FMedia! for December, first rearranged into frequency order: 92.7: Chama 94.7: Clayton 96.9: Taos 101.1: Moriarty, Tucumcari 101.7: Cuba, La Mesita Negra 102.5: Carlsbad 103.7: Aztec 104.1: Clovis 104--: Fort Sumner 105.5: Roswell 106.1: Santa Rosa 106.9: Alamogordo, Carrizozo, San Jon, Vaughn 107.1: Lordsburg, Ratón, Rowe 107.5: Deming, Grants 107.9: Artesia, Gallup, Silver City, Socorro, Springer, T or C Alphabetical order by town: 106.9, Alamogordo 107.9, Artesia 103.7, Aztec 102.5, Carlsbad 106.9, Carrizozo 92.7, Chama 94.7, Clayton 104.1, Clovis 101.7, Cuba 107.5, Deming 104--, Fort Sumner [lost the decimal place] 107.9, Gallup 107.5, Grants 101.7, La Mesita Negra 107.1, Lordsburg 101.1, Moriarty 107.1, Ratón 105.5, Roswell 107.1, Rowe 106.9, San Jon 106.1, Santa Rosa 107.9, Silver City 107.9, Socorro 107.9, Springer 96.9, Taos 107.9, Truth or Cónsequences 101.1, Túcumcari 106.9, Vaughn A few of the other LPFM grants in NM, which appear NOT to be religious fronts: Alamogordo, 95.1, Southwestern Trails Cultural Heritage Assn Dixon, 96.5, Embudo Valley Community Library Ratón, 95.7, Shuler Restoration Assn [who`s Shuler?] Ruidoso, 102.3, Fort Stanton Taos, 97.7, Taos Insitute of Arts (FMedia! Dec, excerpted by Glenn Hauser, for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. 920: WPDE847, Detroit Metro Airport with test broadcast. "You're listening to a test broadcast operating on 9-20 kilohertz AM from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. This is a test broadcast. WPDE847." Heard from Brighton the next day with usual info, just like before the test (Liz, Cameron 5 Dec from Belleville, 6 Dec from Brighton, MARE Tipsheet via DXLD) ** U S A. More catching up with NRC-AM`s IBOC Thread, as of Dec 7: I dunno, David... IBOC radios are fairly complex beasts. For the economies of scale to kick in to the extent you're hoping for, production quantities would have to be enormous. That won't happen unless there is a strong demand for the product, and it's hard to see that developing. Maybe, just maybe, there would be a demand if IBOC actually offered something new, instead of an old product in a new package. But it can't do that, since it's just a digitized simulcast of analog services, with some text labels added for window dressing. After all, wasn't it new programming that finally helped FM differentiate itself from AM and pull ahead? The Eureka DAB experience should be an object lesson for the IBOC folks. First demo'ed in 1988, standardized in the early 90s, officially launched by several countries in 1995, lots of investment by broadcasters in infrastructure... and it's still barely created a ripple. No big demand from consumers, no economies of scale... receivers are still expensive. The portable DAB receiver recently introduced in Canada is something of a price breakthrough, at about $200 USD. Still an order of magnitude or more above the cost of AM/FM portables. Ah, but the car manufacturers are onboard with IBOC, you say? Wait 'til the rubber hits the road... they aren't stupid, it's the bottom line that counts. Eureka has them all signed up, too. Last year, GM announced that DAB receivers would be available in many of their 2003 models in Canada. The receivers weren't vaporware either - they showed them off in demo cars. But this year, they quietly backed away from DAB, presumably because their market research showed that the demand wasn't strong enough, and the economics didn't look good. C'est la vie. On the other hand, a country that can successfully market a "product" like George Dubya can probably market just about anything, so IBOC might have a chance after all... (Barry McLarnon, Ont., Dec 7, NRC-AM via DXLD) IBAC guys, it`s your turn --- This is a question for all of those who are proponents of IBAC. This question is given in all sincerity. If you can answer it, you will at least cause me to pause and think about whether this is a good idea or not. All I know is that I have heard it in action on the band, at present, obviously I don't like what I hear. Here`s the question for the IBAC proponents... How will IBAC improve the plight of the DXer and those who don't live in a major city? What will be the killer app for the consumer outside a major metro area? (Kevin Redding, AZ) HD will not improve DXing. It will add sideband noise that is a constant, as opposed to variable excursions... the difference between a packed digital stream and AM modulation. As HD rolls out nationally, it is likely that smaller markets will be the last to adopt it on AM. FM is cheaper and almost a given. I can't think of many commercial stations that would not want to say "digital" in their promotions. Small AMs, whether they be bottom feeders in large cities or simply small market stations will have to make a decision at some point as to whether the investment is worthwhile. Since it appears that the HD chipset is analog/digital compatible, stations can stay analog forever. Keep in mind that the digital HD signal can drop out; if it does, the HD chipset defaults to analog. So a station must have an analog component. This is not a transition to all-digital, but, rather an additional add-on (pardon the redundancy) to the existing service for those who want to buy the receiver. I've heard both FM and AM HD as recently as August on prototype manufacturing-ready receivers. The FM sounded cleaner than regular FM, in part because there is less need for processing. The AM was not 100% satisfactory due to artifacts in speech; I'm told this is an algorithm thing and will be perfected by the January start of the 6-market roll out. Music on AM sounded superb when compared to AM analog... speech is not ready for prime time as of 8/02. What do I see? A chance for AMs to do niche music formats on facilities that are inherently less costly to buy. A nice AM in Phoenix could be had for under $5 million, while a nice FM would be $70 million today. At those prices, formats like adult standards, 50's and 60's oldies, real jazz, Black/Urban in markets with small Black populations, etc., could all be done in competitive quality and draw music listeners. Add in other music options like gospel, contemporary Christian, etc., and there will be a way for marginal AMs to make a nice niche play (David Gleason, CA) The bottom line is whether we buy the radios or not. Here`s the major issue. Joe Six-Pack has difficulty paying more than $25 for a radio. Yes lots of CCRadios and GE Superadio IIIs have been sold but they are not the common purchase. I personally believe that Joe and Joan Six- Pack are going to have a hard time swallowing the cost of a IBAC receiver if it`s going to be $200 or more. We have seen people have difficulty with consideration of purchasing a CCRadio at $160. The cost is what killed AM stereo. The cost may kill XM, Sirius and IBAC. AM stereo radios were rather pricey when they initially were sold. We can see where AM stereo is today. || But it can't do that, since it's just a digitized simulcast of analog services, with some text labels added for window dressing. FM has this NOW! NOW with RDS. We can see how people aren't clamoring for radios with RDS. If we have this NOW then what makes manufacturers think people will want to pay way more for a digital receiver that does what they won't buy today in an analog version. || After all, wasn't it new programming that finally helped FM differentiate itself from AM and pull ahead? We have beat this drum to death with no result. The only thing that has changed AM is Rush Limbaugh. He is not enough. || The portable DAB receiver recently introduced in Canada is something of a price breakthrough, at about $200 USD. This is above the price threshold for Joe Blow. $50 is pushing it for a portable. || Ah, but the car manufacturers are onboard with IBOC, you say? The car manufacturers went big with AM stereo. This didn't help AM stereo much. There`s a lot of truth in what you say, Barry (Kevin Redding, AZ) Not that I'm an advocate or proponent of IBOC (just being optimistic), I will enjoy hearing FM-quality audio from specialty AM formats unavailable on FM; Spanish tropical, big band, and Real Country. I'm sure that's what many of the AM stations around here are banking on. As a DXer, I can see renewed interest in QSLing by those stations that are the first on-board with IBOC. If the digital noise carries as far as some have indicated, then maybe I'll be able to receive IBOC signals from the west coast before too many go digital. If the display indicates the station call letters or nickname, then it becomes another method of identification instead of waiting for the top of the hour. I don't see any added benefits on FM though. I'm quite satisfied with FM technology as is, and have little interest in FM IBOC if the programming remains the same. Ultimately, it's the programming that will bring people away from their TVs and computers to listen to the radio. IBOC ain't gonna fix that (Bruce Conti - Nashua NH) IBOC car radios are supposed to cost about the same as regular ones... however, the idea as always in car dealers is to get people to trade up. The profit is not from the car, it is from the accessories. IBOC portables will have a chip that is in the $2 range now and will be in the pennies range soon. The idea of CE manufacturers is to obsolete existing $30 mini-boom boxes and get them to buy new ones. The gear will be competitively priced. Remember, the early adopters are driven by sound. Digital FM is a hot item among those who buy high-end car gear and large, obnoxious boom boxes. I talked with a national buyer at Best Buy recently and she said that by far the higher end boom boxes outsold the cheap, $39 dollar ones. RDS is a European system whose main goal was to allow synchronous network stations to be listened to across geographic areas, and the data is secondary and minimal. It was really set up so you could seamlessly listen to Europe 2 as you drove across France, never knowing you had listened to 5 different frequencies in 2 hours. (David Gleason, CA) || This is not a transition to all-digital, but, rather an additional add-on (pardon the redundancy) to the existing service for those who want to buy the receiver. || Not true. The goal is to eventually be all-digital, no analog. The bandwidth required for analog will be needed to provide all the proposed extra services. Radio stations would eventually drop analog entirely. The hybrid IBOC is meant to be temporary. The DRM group is doing the same thing in Europe, starting with a hybrid mediumwave service, eventually transitioning to all digital (Bruce Conti, Nashua NH) I have not seen mention of an all-digital system in the near future. All discussions and that includes the IBOC panel at NAB in Seattle, showed that the present goal is a digital piggyback with analog fallback. A future all-digital system would be a leapfrog development. Get all receivers to be IBOC compatible, then drop the analog and sell another round of digital receivers with additional features. That is 20 years away (David Gleason, CA) True, Bruce, that is the goal. But when? The FCC says that people are suppose to have digital TVs, and I'm suppose to turn off WLIO-NTSC Channel 35 in 2006. I don't think that's going to happen till 2012 to 2015. Based on the set sales, and the person buying the sets, it will be a long time before analog TV is gone. You can bet me a diet coke, and one of us can collect at a future NRC convention ... my guess will be that analog radio won't completely die till 2035 or more. There are just too many people with analog. Also, while addressing the receiver issue, I don't see any politician that wants to be put in the position of telling people on limited incomes that they have to buy digital or loose what they have. At some point that card will be played, and it could get ugly. DRM is different, as I've seen them open up to allowing the technology to be experimented around by a few people. The DRM folks seems to be taking the same tact that Dolby did in the early 70s where they will license the chipset/software to a manufacturer. In fact, you can, (if you pass their criteria) so some limited beta testing of DRM. There is an investment, but I see DRM as being marketed better than IBOC (Fred Vobbe, OH, NRC-AM Dec 7 via DXLD) [lots of NRC remarx still need to be edited and included; but now skipping ahead to a new development --- gh] RE: [NRC-am] IBOC night filing This came from another board, and I have not seen the actual filing. But it would certainly affect DX. Garvey, Schubert, Barer (D.C. law firm) filed a Petition for Reconsideration this week on the AM IBOC issue. They want the FCC to DROP the night-time ban on AM IBOC and consider interference complaints on a case-by-case basis. Those stations that are found to have interference problems can be individually restrained, but everyone else should be able to run IBOC 24-7. This Petition was filed Dec. 10, and there's 10 days on which to file Reply Comments, if anyone is so inclined (David Gleason, CA, NRC-AM via DXLD) It would more or less eliminate DX'ing. It would also render the AM band useless for only a few metro area or areas where you are actually close to an AM station to have more than 10 m/mv (Powell E. Way, ibid.) Does anyone know what interests this law firm represents? Are they Ibiquity's attorneys? I find it hard to believe, after hearing about the night tests, that this could be slipped in without evaluating the tests (Gleason, ibid.) Actually if you were one of those people who went to the FCC website early on and typed some comments on IBOC, you got a copy. I did and it sure surprised me. I got it yesterday. Just looked it over briefly, but it's in plain English and I could understand it. Well, FWIW, this petition was submitted on behalf of Glen Clark and Associates. Page two says GCA is a consulting engineering firm based in suburban Pittsburgh and that Gen Clark is a communications consulting engineer directly involved in the study and development if digital transmission in the AM broadcast band. Again, FWIW :) (Mike Bugaj, CT, Dec 14, all: NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. We seldom mention longwave beacons in DXLD, so here`s the exception, an exhaustive, but I suppose incomplete, listing of beacons monitored by MARE members over the past few months: WHAT MARE's ARE HEARING Following is a compilation of logs appearing in the MARE Tip Sheets during September-December 2002. Errors and typos in the Tip Sheets are corrected here where known. Logs listed here are all from listening posts within 250 miles of the Michigan border. All frequencies are in kHz and times/dates UT unless otherwise noted. Two-digit time indications for logs means the station was logged during that UT hour. 198 DIW Dixon NC; 23 Oct (KZ), 03 Nov (DT) 200 UAB Anahim BC; 12 Dec (DT) 200 YAQ Kasaboinka ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 201 GV Greenville TX; 05 Oct (DT) 201 MNE Minden LA; 04 Nov (DT) 201 MNN Marion OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 201 U London ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 205 CQA Celina OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 205 XZ Wawa ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 206 GLS Galveston TX; 02 Nov (DT) 206 LA Lansing MI; 11 Oct (KZ) 206 QI Yarmouth NS; 02 Nov (DT), 11 Oct (KZ) 206 VNC Venice FL; 04 Dec (DT) 207 YNE Norway House MB; 12 Dec (DT) 208 YSK Sanikiluaq NU; 03 Dec, 11 Nov (DT), 23 Oct (KZ) 209 CHU Caledonia MN; 18 Nov (DT) 209 DKB Dekalb IL; 11 Oct (KZ) 209 GDW Gladwin MI; 23 Oct (KZ) 209 MT Chibougamau QC; 23 Oct (KZ) 212 BY Beechy SK; 12 Dec (DT) 212 JX Jackson MI; 12 Nov (KR), 23 Oct (KZ) 212 MPZ Mt. Pleasant IA; 13 Dec (DT) 212 TS Timmons ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 212 VP Valpariso IN; 04 Dec (DT) 215 UIZ Detroit MI; 23 Oct (KZ) 216 CLB Wilmington NC; 03 Nov (DT), 23 Oct (KZ) 216 YFA Fort Albany ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 219 OQ Indianapolis IN; 23 Oct (KZ) 219 TO Toledo OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 223 CDI Cambridge OH; 04 Oct (DT) 223 DM Detroit MI; 22 Oct (KZ) 223 FS Fort Smith AR; 03 Nov (DT) 223 MW Middletown OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 223 YYW Armstrong ON; 22 Oct (KZ) 224 GVA Henderson KY; 02 Oct (DT) 227 TNZ Walnut Ridge AR; 03 Nov (DT) 230 BU Columbus OH; 22 Oct (KZ) 230 VQ Detroit City A/P; 22 Oct (KZ) 233 BWP Wahpeton ND; 03 Nov (DT) 233 GAK Sioux City IA; 03 Nov (DT) 233 PDR Ottawa OH; 22 Oct (KZ) 233 QN Nakina ON; 22 Oct (KZ) 234 RYD Green Cove Springs FL; 02 Nov (DT) 235 CN Cochrane ON; 22 Oct (KZ) 236 4L Chatham ON; 22 Oct (KZ) 236 J Toronto ON; 11 Oct (KZ) 237 EZF Fredericksburg VA; 11 Nov (DT) 239 HKF Middletown OH; 22 Oct (KZ) 239 LNC Lancaster TX; ? Nov (DT) 239 TCU Tecumseh MI; 04 Dec (DT), 12 Nov (KR), 22 Oct (KZ) 239 VO Val d'Or QC; 02 Nov (DT) 242 GM Milwaukee WI; 11 Oct (KZ) 242 MEZ Mana AR: 04 Dec (DT) 243 OZW Howell MI; 22 Oct (KZ) 244 DG Chute des Passes QC; 03 Oct (DT) 245 FS Sioux Falls SD; 03 Dec, 11 Nov (DT) 245 YZE Gor Bay ON; 11 Oct (KZ) 247 ILT Albuquerque NM; 12 Nov (DT) 248 HZP Zionsville IN; 11 Oct (KZ) 248 PQF Mesquite TX; 04 Dec (DT) 248 WG Winnipeg MB; 03 Nov (DT) 251 AM Amarillo TX; 04 Dec, 11 Nov (DT) 253 DD Columbus OH; 11 Oct (KZ) 253 OC Nacogdoches TX; 04 Dec (DT) 253 YTF Alma QC; 03 Oct (DT) 254 HLB Bateville IN; 23 Oct (KZ) 254 RA Rapid City SD; 03 Dec, 11 Nov (DT) 256 HBZ Heber Springs AR; 02 Nov (DT) 256 SW Stillwater OK; 04 Nov (DT) 257 DT Denton TX; 04 Dec (DT) 257 FWC Fairfield IL; 12 Dec (DT) 257 MB Freeland MI; 11 Oct (KZ) 257 PEA Pella IA; 12 Dec (DT) 257 PLD Portland IN; 11 Oct (KZ), 12 Dec (DT) 257 SQT Melbourne FL; 02 Dec (DT) 257 XE Saskatoon SK; 11 Nov (DT) 260 AP Denver CO; 04,11 Nov (DT) 260 BL Milwaukee WI; 03 Dec (DT) 260 BVQ Glasgow KY; 04 Dec (DT) 260 BYN Bryan OH; 11 Oct (KZ), 12 Nov (DT) 260 HAO Hamilton OH; 04 Dec (DT) 260 JH Jackson MS; 02 Nov (DT) 260 UFX St. Felix de Valois QC; 03 Oct (DT) 261 GD Goderich ON; 11 Oct (KZ) 263 JSO Jacksonville TX; 02 Dec (DT) 264 HN Shawnee OK; 04 Nov (DT) 266 ADU Audobon IA; 04 Nov (DT) 266 AGO Magnolia AR; 04 Nov (DT) 266 IN Indianapolis IN; 02 Dec (DT) 268 VKN Montpelier VT; 03 Nov (DT) 272 MLK Malta MT; 04 Nov (DT) 272 PIM Pine Mountain GA; 05 Oct (DT) 272 TYC Campbellsville KY; 05 Oct (DT) 275 IKV Ankeny IA; 01 Dec (DT) 275 PEZ Pleasanton TX; 05 Oct (DT) 275 RF Rockford IL; 01 Dec (DT) 276 TWT Sturgis KY; 03 Nov (DT) 277 OT Worthington MN; 03 Nov (DT) 278 ADG Adrian MI; 12 Nov (KR), 13 Oct (KZ), 18 Nov (DT) 278 GWR Gwinner ND; 11 Nov (DT) 280 MPG Progreso, Mexico; 03 Nov (DT) 281 DEQ DeQueen AR; 03 Nov (DT) 283 IML Imperial NE; 03 Nov (DT) 283 PT Pount Pelee ON; 02 Oct (JM), 13 Oct (KZ) 284 AUV Ardmore OK; 03 Nov (DT) 284 GPH Mosby MO; 04 Nov (DT) 284 OXV Knoxville IA; 02 Dec (DT) 284 PQN Pipestone MN; 03 Nov (DT) 284 RT Rankin Inlet NU; 03 Dec (DT) 284 VIV Vivian LA; 03 Dec (DT) 287 MKP McKeesport PA; 13 Oct (KZ) 290 YYH Taloyoak NU; 03 Dec (DT) 291 9Q Amos QC; 03 Oct (DT) 299 HW Wilmington OH; 13 Oct (KZ) 299 TV Turner Valley AB; 11 Nov (DT) 300 YIV Island Lake MB; 03 Nov (DT) 303 MRT Marysville OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 303 YPP Parent QC; 23 Oct (KZ) 305 RO Roswell NM; 11,12 Nov (DT) 311 DVK Danville KY; 12 Oct (KZ) 315 AT Dayton OH; 23 Oct (KZ) 317 VC La Ronfe SK; 03 Oct (DT) 319 UR Covington KY; 02 Oct (DT) 320 HTN Miles City MT; 04 Nov (DT) 323 UWP Argentia NL; 03 Oct (DT) 326 BHF Freeport, Bahamas; 01 Oct, 02 Nov (DT) 326 MA Midland TX; 11 Nov (DT) 326 PKZ Pensacola FL; 01 Oct, 02 Nov (DT) 326 VV Wierton ON; 03 Nov (DT), 23 Oct (KZ) 326 YQK Kenora ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 328 YTL Big Trout Lake ON; 23 Oct (KZ) 329 BEQ Bastrop LA; 02 Dec (DT) 329 CH Charleston SC; 04 Oct, 05 Nov (DT) 329 TAD Trinidad CO; 11 Nov (DT) 329 YEK Arviat NU; 03 Dec (DT) 330 CZM Cozumel, Mexico; 04 Dec (DT) 330 GLE Gainesville TX; 02 Nov (DT) 332 XH Medicine Hat AB; 12 Dec (DT) 335 CNC Chariton IA; 03 Sep, 04 Dec (DT) 335 COQ Cloquet MN; 04 Dec (DT) 335 FEP Freeport IL; 03 Dec (DT) 335 K Kitchener ON; 12 Sep (DT) 335 LUK Cincinnati OH; 03 Sep (DT) 335 MDZ Medford WI; 03 Sep (DT) 335 MEY Mapleton IA; 04 Dec (DT) 335 OPL Opalousa LA; 02 Dec (DT) 335 YLD Chapleau ON; 03 Sep (DT) 336 BV Quebec City QC; 00 Sep (DT) 336 LF La Salle MB; 03 Sep (DT) 337 FF Fergus Falls MN; 04 Sep (DT) 338 DE Detroit MI; 03 Sep (DT), 12 Oct (KZ), 18 Dec (DT) 338 GFZ Greenfield IA; 13 Nov (DT) 338 GY Greenville SC; 05 Dec (DT) 338 HE Sheboygan WI; 03 Sep, 18 Dec (DT) 338 LH Lancaster OH; 04 Sep (DT) 338 LM St. Louis MO; 03 Sep (DT) 338 MRK Rayville LA; 02 Dec (DT) 338 UMP Indianapolis IN; 03 Sep (DT), 12 Oct (KZ), 18 Dec (DT) 338 VTI Vinton IA; 01 Sep (DT) 338 ZEM Eastmain River QC; 03 Sep (DT) 339 MKR Glasgow MT; 04 Nov (DT) 340 BOG Bogota, Colombia; 04 Oct (DT) 340 YY Mont Joli QC; 03 Sep (DT), 23 Nov (HF) 341 CCJ Springfield OH; 04 Sep (DT) 341 CQN Chattanooga TN; 04 Nov (DT) 341 DB Dubuque IA; 21 Sep (DT) 341 EGV Eagle River WI; 05 Oct (DT) 341 LDM Ludington MI; 04 Sep (DT) 341 MYZ Marysville KS; 04 Dec (DT) 341 OIN Oberlin KS; 04 Dec (DT) 341 PRG Paris IL; 04 Sep (DT) 341 SB South Bend IN; 04 Sep (DT) 341 YYU Kapuskasing ON; 03 Sep (DT) 342 ST St. Cloud MN; 04 Sep (DT) 343 DMD Carrizo Springs TX; 03 Nov (DT) 344 BKU Baker MT; 03,05 Nov (DT) 344 CL Cleveland OH; 04 Sep (DT), 12 Nov (KR) 344 ES Escanaba MI; 04 Sep (DT) 344 TV Tallulah LA; 04 Dec (DT) 344 UNU Juneau WI; 04 Sep (DT) 344 YC Calgary AB; 11 Nov (DT) 344 YGV Havre St. Pierre QC; 04 Sep (DT) 344 ZIY Grand Cayman, Cayman Is.; 03 Nov, 04 Oct (DT) 345 BGI Adams, Barbados; 04 Oct (DT) 346 YXL Sioux Lookout ON; 03 Sep (DT) 347 AFK Nebraska City NE; 04 Oct (DT) 347 AIG Antigo WI; 00 Sep (DT) 347 ANQ Angola IN; 03 Sep (DT) 347 MKV Marksville LA; 02 Dec (DT) 347 TKB Kingsville TX; 04 Oct (DT) 347 YG Caherlottetown PEI; 03 Oct (DT) 347 YK Yankton SD; 03 Dec (DT) 348 M Montreal QC; 05 Sep (DT) 348 VLX Mountain View AR; 01 Nov (DT) 349 APG Aberdeen Proving Ground (US Army) MD; 02 Sep (DT) 349 FV Indianapolis IN; 03 Sep (DT) 350 CBG Cambridge MN; 04 Sep (DT) 350 CP Cahokia MO; 03 Sep (DT) 350 D7 Kincardine ON; 04 Dec (DT) 350 DF Deer Lake NL; 00 Sep (DT) 350 IUI Blytheville AR; 03 Nov (DT) 350 ME Chicago IL; 03 Sep (DT) 350 OKT Yoakum TX; 03 Nov (DT) 350 RB Resolute Bay NU; 03 Dec (DT) 350 RG Oklahoma City OK; 04 Nov (DT) 351 YKQ Waskaganish QC; 03 Sep (DT) 353 DI Dickinson ND; 04 Dec (DT) 353 DV Davenport IA; 03 Sep, 19 Dec (DT) 353 DWL Gothenburg NE; 03 Nov (DT) 353 FOA Flora IL; 03 Sep (DT), 04 Oct (KZ) 353 ICL Clarinda IA; ? Dec (DT) 353 JUK Brunswick GA; 03 Oct, 04 Dec (DT) 353 LI Little Rock AR; ? Dec, 12 Sep (DT) 353 LWT Lewiston MT; 04 Nov (DT) 353 PG Portage la Prairie MB; 04 Sep (DT) 353 QG Windsor ON; 03 Sep, 19 Dec (DT) 353 UHG Holguin, Cuba; 02 Dec (DT) 353 VV Greensboro GA; 04 Dec (DT) 354 MKS Moncks Corner SC; 03 Oct, 04 Dec (DT) 354 Z Sept Iles QC; 03 Sep (DT) 355 TGU Tegucigalpa, Honduras; 04 Dec, 05 Oct (DT) 356 AY St. Anthony NL; 00 Sep (DT) 356 ME Meridian MS; 05 Dec (DT) 356 ODX Ord NE; 03 Nov (DT) 356 RCX Ladysmith WI; 03 Oct (DT) 356 YBG Bagotville QC; 04 Oct (DT) 359 SDY Sidney MT; 04 Nov (DT) 360 KIN Kingston, Jamaica; 04 Oct (DT) 360 PI St. Petersburg FL; 03 Oct (DT) 362 AWN West Memphis AR; 04 Nov (DT) 362 CYW Clay Center IA; 04 Nov (DT) 362 EE Ames IA; 04 Nov (DT) 362 SC Sherbrooke QC; 02 Dec (DT) 362 SUR Fitzderald GA; 11 Nov (DT) 363 RNB Millville NJ; 00 Nov, 10 Oct (DT) 364 TZ Winchester VA; 11 Nov (DT) 365 AA Fargo ND; 03,11 Nov (DT) 365 DYB Summerville SC; 04 Oct (DT) 365 FKV Gainseville GA; 03 Nov, 04 Oct (DT) 365 HQG Hugoton KS; 03 Dec (DT) 365 JN Muncie IN; 04 Dec (DT) 365 PBC Columbia TN; 03 Nov (DT) 366 EIK Keokuk IA; 18 Nov (DT) 366 KIN Kingston, Jamaica; 03 Nov (DT) 367 FVX Farmville VA; 11 Nov (DT) 368 BEQ Bessemer AL; 05 Nov (DT) 368 EU Murray KY; 04 Nov (DT) 368 IFA Iowa Falls IA; 04 Nov (DT) 368 L Toronto ON; 03 Oct (DT) 368 ROQ Ruston LA; 03 Nov (DT) 368 RRJ French Lick IN; 04 Nov (DT) 368 SIR Sinclair WY; 11 Nov (DT) 368 SOY Sioux Center IA; 04 Nov (DT) 368 VX Dafoe SK; 11 Nov (DT) 369 CXU Camilla GA; 03 Nov (DT) 369 HDI Cleveland TN; 03 Nov (DT) 370 VOF Covington GA; 11 Nov (DT) 370 YBV Berens River MB; 04 Nov (DT) 371 FQW Murfreesboro TN; 04 Nov (DT) 371 ITU Great Falls MT; 11 Nov (DT) 371 TZT Belleplaine IA; 11 Nov (DT) 372 CQD Erie PA; 00 Nov (DT) 372 UQN Vidalia GA; 11 Nov (DT) 373 AEA South Hill VA; 00 Nov (DT) 374 EE Alexandria MN; 02 Dec (DT) 375 7B St. Thomas ON; 11 Nov (DT) 375 AT Savannah GA; 11 Nov (DT) 375 DW Tulsa OK; 12 Nov (DT) 375 RYB Raymond MS; 04 Nov (DT) 375 SPH Springhill LA; 04 Nov (DT) 376 ZIN Great Inagua, Bahamas; 04 Oct (KZ, DT) 377 AIZ Ozark Lake MO; 04 Nov (DT) 377 GUA Guatemala City, Guatemala; 02 Nov (DT) 378 LXV Leadvlle CO; 11 Nov (DT) 378 UX Hall Beach NU; 03 Dec (DT) 379 DL Duluth MN; 04 Nov (DT) 379 FSK Fort Scott KS; 04,05 Nov (DT) 379 OW Owatonna MN; 04 Nov (DT) 379 RUE Russellville AR; 04 Nov (DT) 379 TL Tallahassee FL; 02 Nov (DT), 04 Oct (KZ) 379 UNE Creston IA; 04 Nov (DT) 379 YPQ Peterborough ON; 03 Oct (KZ) 380 ALU Alliance NE; 03 Nov (DT) 380 BBD Brady TX; 02 Nov (DT) 380 GC Gillette WY; 03,11 Nov (DT) 380 LQ Boston MA; 03 Nov (DT) 380 OEL Oakley KS; 03 Dec (DT) 380 UCY Cayajabos, Cuba; 03 Oct (KZ), 04 Nov (DT) 382 AL Waterloo IA; 04 Nov (DT) 382 BM Bloomington IN; 03 Nov (DT) 382 CR Corpus Christi TX; 03,04 Nov (DT) 382 POS Port-o-Spain, Trinidad; 03 Nov, 04 Oct (DT) 382 SP Springfield IL; 03 Oct (KZ) 382 VCY Valley City ND; 03 Oct (KZ) 382 XU London ON; 03 Nov (DT) 382 YPL Pickle Lake ON; 03 Nov (DT) 385 EMR Augusta GA; 03 Oct (KZ), 04 Nov, 05 Oct (DT) 385 GYB Giddings TX; 02 Nov (DT) 385 HO Hot Springs AR; 02,03,04 Nov (DT) 385 HYX Saginaw MI; 03 Oct (KZ) 385 JD Belleville IL; 18 Nov (DT) 385 LN Lincoln NE; 03 Nov (DT) 385 TKL Santa Elena Tikal, Guatemala; 02 Nov, 04, 05 Oct (DT) 385 X Toronto ON; 00 Sep (DT) 386 BTN Britton SD; 03 Nov (DT) 386 SGR Hull TX; 04 Nov (DT) 386 SYF St. Francis KS; 04,05 Nov (DT) 387 CAV Clarion IA; 03 Nov (DT) 387 PV Providenciales, Turks & Caicos; 02,03 Nov (DT) 387 SPP San Andrés, Colombia; 02 Nov, 04 Oct (DT) 388 AM Tampa FL; 03 Oct (KZ) 388 DT Detroit MI; 03 Oct (KZ) 388 H7 Manitowaning ON; 03 Oct (KZ) 388 JUG Seagoville TX; 02 Nov (DT) 388 MAO Marion SC; 11 Nov (DT) 388 OFZ Fort Sill OK; 03 Nov (DT) 388 OYD Rome GA; ? Nov (DT) 389 CSB Cambridge NE; 03 Nov (DT) 389 IL Willmar MN; 11 Nov (DT) 389 LCG Wayne NE; 05 Nov (DT) 390 JT Stephenville NL; 03 Oct (DT) 391 CM Columbus OH; 03 Oct (KZ), 18 Nov (DT) 391 DDP San Juan PR; 02 Oct, 03 Nov (DT) 392 BAJ Sterling CO; 04 Nov (DT) 392 CVX Charlevoix MI; 03 Dec (DT) 392 JNM Monroe GA; 04 Nov (DT) 392 ML Charlevoix QC; 03 Oct (KZ) 392 VEP Vero Beach FL; 01 Nov, 02 Dec (DT), 03 Oct (KZ) 392 XVG Longville MN; 04 Nov (DT) 394 DTE Dayton TN; 03 Oct (DT) 394 MK Jackson TN; 03 Oct (DT) 394 YB North Bay ON; 03 Oct (KZ) 395 OS Oshkosh WI; 02 Nov (DT) 395 XEN Xenia OH; 03 Oct (KZ), 18 Nov (DT) 396 CQB Chandler NE; 02 Nov (DT) 396 CRS Corsicana TX; 01 Nov (DT) 396 GOI Fort Knox KY; 01 Oct (DT) 396 IEW Winters TX; 05 Nov (DT) 396 PH Inukjuak QC; 02 Nov (DT), 03 Oct (KZ) 396 UV Martinburg VA; 01 Oct, 10 Nov (DT) 400 CI Sault Ste. Marie MI; 01 Oct (DT) 400 EWP Newport AR; 03 Nov (DT) 400 HHF Canadian TX; 04 Nov (DT) 400 MDS Madison SD; 03 Dec (DT) 400 MS Madison WI; 18 Nov (DT) 400 PTD Potsdam NY; 02 Oct, 03 Nov (DT) 400 ROB Waco TX; 12 Nov (DT) 400 SLO Salem IL; 18 Nov (DT) 400 UWI Dalton GA; 00 Nov (DT) 400 XW Flemingsburg KY; 01 Dec, 03 Oct (DT) 401 AHQ Wahoo NE; 12 Dec (DT) 401 GGK Mayfield KY; 03 Oct (DT) 401 OLF Wolf Point MT; 10 Oct (DT) 401 TRX Trenton MO; 04 Nov (DT) 401 YPO Peawanuck ON; 03 Oct (KZ) 404 BAV Bolivar TN; 01 Oct, 02 Nov (DT) 404 BMW Winder GA; 03,11 Nov (DT) 404 CKI Kingstree SC; 04 Oct (DT) 404 OLF Wolf Point MT; 04,11 Nov (DT) 404 SG Springfield MO; 03 Nov (DT) 404 ST St. Louis MO; 02 Nov (DT) 404 YSL St. Leonard NB; 01 Nov (DT) 404 XCR Little Falls MN; 04 Dec (DT) 405 LR Laredo TX; 12 Nov (DT) 405 UTX Jupiter FL; 03 Oct (DT, KZ), 04 Dec (DT) 407 AD Dallas TX; 03 Dec (DT) 407 AQ Appleton WI; 01 Dec (DT) 407 BNW Boone IA; 01 Dec (DT) 407 CM Champaign IL; 01 Dec (DT) 407 CO Columbia MO; 03 Dec (DT) 407 HAI Three Rivers MI; 01 Dec (DT) 407 HRU Herington KS; 03 Dec (DT) 407 IBU Statesboro GA; 03 Dec (DT) 407 IE Natchidoches LA; 03,11 Dec (DT) 407 IL Wilmington OH; 01 Dec (DT) 407 RXW Watersmeet WI; 03 Dec (DT) 407 ZHU Montreal QC; 03 Dec (DT) 408 JDM Colby KS; 03 Dec (DT) 408 LQK Pickens SC; 01 Nov, 03,10 Oct (DT) 408 SN St. Catherine ON; 03 Oct (DT) 409 TM Tiffin GA; 03 Oct (DT) 410 BA Columbus IN; 03 Oct (KZ) 410 GDV Glendive MT; 04 Nov, 10 Oct, 11 Nov (DT) 410 JU Jefferson NC; 03 Oct (DT) 410 MK Milwaukee WI; 18 Nov (DT) 410 MSB Iola KS; 05 Oct (DT) 410 OIP Eastland TX; 10 Oct (DT) 410 TIQ Paris TN; 01 Oct (DT) 410 XBR Fort Rucker AL; 05 Oct (DT) 411 HDL Holdenville OK; 03,04 Nov (DT) 411 VFU Van Wert OH; 03 Oct (KZ) 412 JHH Griffin GA; 02 Nov (DT) 413 MC McComb MS; 04 Dec (DT) 413 YHD Druden ON; 03 Nov (DT) 414 3U Gatineau QC; 04 Dec (DT) 414 IEB Lebanon MO; 04 Dec (DT) 414 JUE Lebanon TN; 01 Oct (DT) 414 LK Louisville KY; 01 Oct, 04 Dec (DT) 414 MNA Mansfield LA; 02 Nov (DT) 414 ZRG Regina SK; 04 Dec (DT) 415 CBC Cayman Is.; 03 Nov, 04 Oct (DT) 415 HJM Bonham TX; 02 Nov (DT) 415 SLS Salinas, Ecuador; 03 Nov (DT) 415 VINI OH; 03 Oct (KZ) 416 BKL Cleveland OH; 02 Oct (KZ) 417 HHG Huntington IN; 02 Oct (KZ) 417 HQT Coats NC; 03 Nov (DT) 417 IY Charles City IA; 03 Nov (DT) 417 SLP Shelby NC; 02 Nov (DT) 418 CW Lake Charles LA; 02 Nov (DT) 419 RYS Grosse Ile MI; 02 Oct (KZ), 18 Nov (DT) 420 CEK Crete NE; 02 Nov (DT) 420 FQ Fairmont MN; 02 Nov (DT) 420 TU Tupelo MS; 02 Nov (DT) 421 EF McKinney TX; 03 Nov (DT) 423 AU Auburn AL; 04 Dec (DT) 424 RVJ Reidsville GA; 02 Oct (KZ) 426 FTP Fort Payne AL; 02 Nov (DT) 426 IZS Montezuma GA; 02 Nov (DT) 426 UV Oxford MS; 02 Nov (DT) 428 POH Pocohantas IA; 18 Nov (DT) 428 SYW Greenville TX; 02 Nov (DT) 429 IKY Springfield KY; 02 Oct (KZ), 03 Nov (DT) 430 AYB Auburn NE; 02 Nov (DT) 430 VA Varder, Cuba; 02 Nov (DT) 432 IZN Lincolnton NC; 02 Oct (KZ) 432 MHP Mettier GA; 02 Nov (DT) 435 IIY Washington GA; 02 Oct (KZ) 450 PPA Puerto Plata, Dominican Rep.; 02 Nov, 04 Oct, 05 Nov (DT) 516 YWA Petawawa ON; 02 Oct (KZ) 515 OS Columbus OH; 02 Oct (KZ) 515 PKV Port Lavaca TX; 02 Nov (DT) 524 HEH Newark OH; 02 Oct (KZ) 524 HRD Kuntze TX; 02 Nov (DT) 526 ZLS Stella Maris, Bahamas; 01,02 Oct (DT, KZ), 03 Nov (DT) REPORTERS: (HF) Harold Frodge, Midland MI (JM) Joe Miller, Troy MI (KR) Karl Racenis, Manchester MI (DT) Dave Tomasko, Downers Grove IL (KZ) Ken Zichi, Williamston MI Be sure to send your loggings and other contributions to *MARE* for the next issue! 73 \ If you are not a member of Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts, Inc., / | send for more information from: MARE, Inc, PO Box 200, Manchester, | | MI 48158. Enclose a Self Addressed Stamped envelope for | / information, US $2 for a sample of the bi-monthly newsbulletin. \ \ Any MARE member with an E-mail address may receive this / |Tip-Sheet Summary at no additional cost. You can contact MARE, Inc.| | at MARE_Inc@hotmail.com to start your subscription to the | | Tip-Sheet if you are a MARE member. (Non-MARE members may receive | | a few Tip-Sheets as a "tease" to entice membership, contact | | MARE, Inc. at either of the above addresses. For more information | / on the club. check <http://mare.radio.tripod.com> \ (MARE Dec 13 via DXLD) ** ZAMBIA. Here is the reply from Patrick Nkula, ZNBC. Dear Mr. Swopan, Thank you very much for the e-mail and the interest shown in our station. I will arrange for the program schedule to be sent to you as soon as possible. But I will tell you briefly about our station. We have one TV channel and three radio channels. The radio channels are named 1, 2 and 4. Radios 1 and 2 are on FM and shortwave. The frequencies are 6265 kHz for radio 1 and 6165 kHz for radio 2. The transmitters for our SW are 26 km east of the capital LUSAKA. They are both 100 kw each. You can learn more about ZNBC and ZAMBIA on http://www.znbc.co.zm Kind regards, PATRICK NKULA (via Swopan Chakroborty, Kolkata, India, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ DAVE`S AIRCHECKS Dave Freeman has a new website providing online listening to classic DJs and station promos, such as WPLJ 95.5 New York, WHVW 97.7 Hyde Park NY, WCFL (AM) Chicago: http://www.davesairchecks.com/ (Dec FMedia! via DXLD) SHEIGRA DX-PEDITION NOV 2002; DX & MEDIA PROGRAMMMES The full report on the recent Sheigra DXpedition to northern Scotland (2-15 November 2002) by Dave Kenny and Alan Pennington is now available on the British DX Club web site, including the full mediumwave logbook. Although conditions were very poor during the two weeks, we still managed to hear some interesting DX at times. BDXC's Guide to DX and Media programmes has also just been updated on the web site. Both of the above can be found on the Article Index Page of the BDXC-UK web site at http://www.bdxc.org.uk (Dave Kenny, BDXC-UK Dec 14 via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ AURORA SPECTACULAR? Reports and some smashing pictures on BBC News this weekend, suggest that this winter the Aurora Borealis, more popularly known as the Northern Lights, will give a more spectacular and widely visible display than for many years past. It is claimed they may even be visible as far south as the equator. I wonder whether any of our "amateur experts" might care to come on to the list to predict the possible effect of this on international listening conditions, if indeed there is any? Waiting to hear from you (MARK SAVAGE, Eastbourne, (just east of 0 degrees longitude, but no idea which latitude!) 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Thanks, Glenn WORLD OF RADIO 1160: WWCR: Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WBCQ: Mon 0545 7415 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 WRN: Rest of world Sat 0900, Europe Sun 0530, North America Sun 1500 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1160.html ** AFGHANISTAN. WOMEN STILL LACK ACCESS TO BROADCASTING A conference was held in Kabul on 9 December to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, Radio Free Afghanistan reported on 9 December. A female participant of the Kabul conference identified as Palika told Radio Free Afghanistan on 9 December that "women cannot even broadcast" on radio and television stations in Kabul, which she said "is a clear violation of their human rights." Palika added that women are absent from the decision-making levels of the Afghan government, "other than one or two who have more of a symbolic value," RFE/RL's Afghan Service quoted her as saying. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 10 December via RFE/RL Media Matters 13 December via DXLD) ** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Merlin`s 24-second loop of dramatic music --- sure wish we had the real name for it --- was back on 18940 via Norway when checked Dec 12 at 1428, and still going past 1440, which is about all my brain could take of it. You`d think by now they would have developed a more reliable feed routing. What a waste of resources (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {See 2-198} ** ALBANIA: B-02 schedule for Radio Tirana: English to NAm - Tue to Sun (cont.) Albanian to Eu - Daily 0330-0400 6115 CER 100 kW / 305 0900-1000 7110 CER 100 kW / ND 7160 CER 100 kW / 305 1500-1800 7270 CER 050 kW / ND German to Eu - Mon to Sat 2130-2300 7295 CER 100 kW / 305 1830-1900 7185 CER 100 kW / 350 Albanian to N Am - Daily Greek to Eu - Mon to Sat 0000-0430 7270 CER 100 kW / 305 1815-1830 6130 CER 100 kW / ND English to Eu - Mon to Sat French to Eu - Mon to Sat 1945-2000 7210 SHI 100 kW / 310 2000-2030 7210 SHI 100 kW / 310 9510 CER 100 kW / 305 Italian to Eu - Mon to Sat 2230-2300 7130 SHI 100 kW / 310 1900-1930 7240 CER 100 kW / ND 9540 CER 100 kW / 305 Serbian to Eu - Mon to Sat English to N Am - Tue to Sun 2215-2230 6135 SHI 100 kW / ND 0245-0300 6115 CER 100 kW / 305 Turkish to ME - Mon to Sat 7160 CER 100 kW / 305 1800-1815 6130 CER 100 kW / ND (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Radio Australia in English noted: 0800-1100 on additional unregistered 11880 (43443) (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. (Correction c.f. OBSERVER #229): Voice International in English effective from Dec. 12 11685 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg 1700-1900, ex 1630-1900 13690 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg 1300-1700, ex 1300-1630 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. In a recent mail received from Mr Ian Williams, Frequency Manager of HCJB-Australia (wil-@netcon.net.au): HCJB-Australia is planning to start test transmissions to India on December 22 as follows: 1230 to 1430 on 15,130 MHz, 1430 to 1730 on 15,135 MHz These frequencies are tentative at the moment and may change if better frequencies become available (Moses Vasanthan Thambu, Dec 11, EDXP via DXLD) ...The new 100 kW transmitter was designed and built at the HCJB Engineering Center near Elkhart in northern Indiana. Shipment of the unit from California was delayed by the recent dock strike though it is hoped that the transmitter can still be installed and activated in time for a Christmas launch. Station HCJB has an exellent reputation as a reliable verifier and they have already indicated that they plan to verify reception reports on the programming from their new station in Australia. It is anticipated that these QSL cards will be issued from their offices in Melbourne, Victoria. According to Swopan Chakroborty in India, the introductory schedule shows four different segments beamed in two different directions. They are planning on ten hours daily, with five hours to Asia and five hours to the Pacific. When the Australian station is activated, the parent station HCJB in Ecuador will drop its programming directed to the Pacific. Here is their tentative introductory schedule, and you may want to start checking these frequencies in order to catch them when they first begin test transmissions: 0700-1200 11755 25 kW 1230-1430 15130 100 1430-1730 15135 100 1730-1800 15430 100 (Adrian Michael Peterson, AWR Wavescan Dec 15 via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. Is anybody listening to X band anyway? The notable turnover in stations in the X band and the fade out for many after less than a year suggests there isn`t the support or resources to sustain a viable operation --- let alone how many domestic receivers cover the range. Sharing their views on the website of the Australian MW Group http://home.iprimus.co.au/onleyd/mwoz/ it is suggested that the reason most of the survivors cling to 1611, 1620 and 1629 is that most conventional receivers probably ``stretch to that range``. With FM well and truly established x-band stations will struggle. It is noted that Hot FM has moved to SW on 2368 after being `railroaded` off 1656 (David Onley/John Wright MWOZ via NZ DX Times via DXLD) Radiowise have put together an email list of Australian stations at: http://www.radiowise.com.au/radio_stations.htm Also DMG have a list of their stations at: http://www.dmgradio.com.au/map.html (David Onley MWOZ via Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD) ** AUSTRALIA. AUSTRALIAN RADIO SCENE - BOB PADULA O. A. M. In recent weeks there have been many significant developments in the domestic radio scene across Australia. You should also note that the websites of the Australian Broadcasting Authority at http://aba.gov.au and the Australian Communications Authority http://aca.gov.au contain extensive information with the latest frequency lists of most AM, FM and TV stations throughout the continent. However, these websites do not contain listings of the FM tourist stations nor the new limited power X-band stations. New X-band stations have been noted on 1674 kHz and reported in the eastern states at various times. It appears that there may be more than one station using this channel, with locations suggested as New South Wales and Queensland. The FM tourist stations operate with low power in the frequency range 87.5 - 88.0. Applications have been invited for five open narrowcasting radio services in outback areas, at Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Yulara in the Northern Territory, and at Woomera in South Australia. As reported recently, the guy wires supporting the main tower for the commercial radio station 4BH in Brisbane were deliberately cut by an unknown assailant. Manager Spurway states that automatic equipment shut down the main transmitter and switched the programming over to the standby transmitter and the second tower. Shortly afterwards the second tower was felled and the station went off the air. It was a deliberate and well orchestrated act of vandalism, states the station manager. The station received 3,652 calls in 8 hours to their main switchboard from people trying to find out what happened, and about the same number called in to their studio phone line. Soon after the untoward event, station 4BH returned to the air with 1 kW from another site, the location of which is kept secret to avoid a further act of vandalism. More recently, a new 2.5 kW transmitter was installed at the temporary emergency site. And that completes our feature on the Australian Radio Scene, sponsored by the Electronic DX Press for which QSL cards can be obtained from Bob Padula at his address in Melbourne (Bob Padula, AWR Wavescan Dec 15 via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 6134.80, Radio Santa Cruz, CP32. Full data PPC's, signed and stamped, plus verie/information letter, with decals and stickers in 14 months, 3 months after sending a postal follow-up, previous to that an e-mail inquiry in which no response came back. v/s Ma Yolanda Marco Excobar, Secretaria de Dirección (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Cumbredx mailing list Dec 12 via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 2380, R. Educadora, Limeira SP, 0130-0305 UT Dec 12. Weak signal with sport, religious, news and (after 0300) musical programming. Finally got an audible ID at 0300 UTC, when the station switched to the night program. SIO 133. The reception was done in Curitiba PR, Brasil, using an Icom R75 and a home-brew T2FD. The distance to Limeira is maybe 500 to 600 km and the weak signal strength is almost certainly due to the facts that R. Educadora transmits with only 250 watts and my T2FD being only 4 meters above the ground (Rik van Riel, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** BRAZIL. 4836.6, R. Dif. Roraima, 0945-1001 13 Dec, Live remote w/ talk by M in Portuguese with mentions of São Paulo, Brasil, companhia, and possibly Natal. 0958 lively ZY Pop song, 1000 program promo, then full canned ID by M with MW and SW frequenciess and whistling at beginning and end. Decent strength but way off frequency and very distorted. Couldn't really hone in on a carrier. Seemed variable too. (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CANADA. MINISTER COPPS CITES NATIONAL HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE OF MARCONI, EARLIEST "WIZARD OF WIRELESS" --- Anniversary radio signaling events at National Historic Sites of Canada OTTAWA, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - The Honourable Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today reminded Canadians of the national historic significance of the earliest "wizard of the wireless" in Canada, Guglielmo Marconi. December 15, 2002 will mark the 100th Anniversary of Marconi's first complete trans-Atlantic message from Table Head, Glace Bay to Poldhu, England. As well, December 12 marks the 101st Anniversary of Marconi's receipt of the first wireless signal from Poldhu to Signal Hill, St. John's. "National Historic Sites of Canada tell of our past - the events, the places, and the people, like Guglielmo Marconi, that helped shape Canada," said Minister Copps. "Marconi's experiments at Signal Hill and at Table Head, and beyond, were a new beginning for global telecommunications." "Marconi had a keen sense of scientific enquiry, enlightened by a spark of genius and, to top it off, a finely-tuned business sense," she added. "The Government of Canada is pleased to join Canadians in celebrating his achievements." The events taking place at both Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's Newfoundland on December 12 and Marconi National Historic Site of Canada in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on December 15 will recreate Marconi's first wireless signals and messages using Morse Code. Amateur radio operators at both sites will share signals with other amateur radio operators around the world. As well, on December 16 at Bridgeport School, Glace Bay, Parks Canada will launch a new Marconi interactive website offering an animated three dimensional model of Marconi's station at Table Head, circa 1902. The site features an historic image gallery of Marconi's experiences in Cape Breton at the turn of the century, and an explanation of the scientific principles which Marconi used to send his signals across the ocean. Parks Canada wishes to thank the community partners and heritage supporters who have made this week's Marconi celebrations possible including: the Sydney Amateur Radio Society, the Glace Bay Historical Society, the University College of Cape Breton- Information Technology Innovation Centre, the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs and local representatives of the Italian community. There are over 800 national historic sites across Canada, in every province and territory. Parks Canada administers 145 of these sites. This initiative connects the roots of our past to the promises of our future and Canadians to each other. For further information: Kerry Edmonds, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, (819) 997-7788; Dave Taylor, Parks Canada - Eastern Newfoundland, (709) 772-0285; Mark Sajatovitch, Parks Canada - Cape Breton, (902) 733-3545, (Available on the Internet at: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca under What's New.) (from Canada Newswire Dec 11 via Wade Smith, NB and Eric Flodén, BC, DXLD) Somewhere I remember reading someplace that the ham radio club in Glace Bay could not muster enough interest in this event to man up the demonstration ham station. Maybe things have changed. I visited the Glace Bay site while on vacation on Cape Breton Island a few years ago. The park service has a nice building with good displays and, at least on the day I was there, a knowledgeable docent to explain things. He told an interesting story about why Marconi moved his communications facilities from St. John's Newfoundland to Glace Bay. The ham radio station was pretty impressive with a nice tower, multiband rotary beam for HF and another beam that could be pointed to amateur satellites. They let you wander around the grounds. I found several concrete footings which once supported the towers. I recommend this place as a nice place to visit for anyone with an interest in radio. Since I was there, the big coal mine that provided employment to many in the Glace Bay/Sydney Nova Scotia area has closed. Last I heard unemployment was really high. Maybe the reason there are few hams around to operate the station is that they have all had to move to find work elsewhere. With that nice antenna farm located right on the north coast of Cape Breton, it could be an interesting SWL DX-pedition site for those who don't want to deal with the ferry to Newfoundland. Anybody interested? You can learn more at: http://www.gb4imd.co.uk/glacebay.htm ~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-., (Joe Buch, DE, swprograms via DXLD) -*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^ ** CANADA. CRTC okays CBC increase in power to LPRT station in B.C. Improvement in AM infrastructure. What a novel thought! (Ricky Leong, QC, DX LISTENING DIGEST) CRTC web page: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2002/db2002-432.htm The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBU Vancouver in order to change the frequency of its transmitter, CBRU Squamish, from 1260 kHz (Class LP) to 1270 kHz (Class C), and to increase its transmitter power from 40 watts day and night to 400 watts daytime and 200 watts night-time. The changes will significantly improve both daytime and night-time coverage in Squamish and the surrounding communities (via Ricky Leong, DXLD) ** CHILE. Adolfo Jankelevich Garfunkel, pioneer in Chilean radio and television died Wednesday November 13 at the age of 87 years. Though dentist as profession he started his career in broadcasting in 1932 at R. La Nación. Later he worked also with R. Universo, R La Americana and R. Agricultura. There, in 1941, he was the first announcer in the famous news program ``El Repórter Esso``. Later he was Director of R Cooperativa Vitalicia till 1956. Later on he had a career also in television. All according to an article in El Mercurio November 14. (Gabriel Iván Barrera via Lista ConDig via Thord Knutsson, ARC Info Desk via Tore Larsson via DXLD) ** CHILE. 6010, Radio Cooperativa, (via Parinacota), 0807-0820, December 12. Spanish transmission. Bulletin news. Ann. & ID: "...por Cooperativa". Weather report: "15 grados es la temperatura en la capital". After, romantic music in Spanish. A female present the songs. Interview to local singer. 32432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentine, hard-core-dx via DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. 5958.21, Caracol Colombia (assumed Villavicencio), 1016- Dec 13. Just caught end of ID by M "...Caracol, mas compañía", then into a jazzy LA version of "The Little Drummer Boy", W and M announcers at 1018 with world news. Ad at 1023, another news story ending with timecheck, another ad, more local HJ news with actualities by men IDing as Caracol (QTH). Very nice strong clear signal!! (Dave Valko, PA, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. I`ve heard WRMI 15725 several more times relaying R. Prague in English at 1400, but not Dec 13, when Xmas music was playing. Website schedule is still dated Oct 28 and has never admitted to carrying Prague at 1400. From one who may update his MONITORING REMINDERS calendar several times a day with no problem, it is hard to understand why SW stations don`t keep their own program schedule absolutely up to date (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ECUADOR. HCJB is having some problems reaching Europe in the evening, in English, Russian, Spanish and German. There is a very narrow window for such propagation. Sunspot numbers have been lower than expected and there have been flares causing more absorption than expected, necessitating higher frequencies than are in use. Reception reports are needed, along with suggestions about clear frequencies (Doug Weaver, HCJB frequency manager, on DX Partyline Dec 7, notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) No specifics of which frequencies need to be replaced. See also AUSTRALIA ** EGYPT. 15035, Radio Cairo, 5 Dec, 1255-1325*, SIO 232, in Farsi. Horrible modulation. By the way, this frequency is not in WRTH; probably it could be a combination from 15160 kHz, which went in parallel. SIO on 15160 kHz was low, too: 322 (Alexei Kulinchenko, Kazan, Russia, Signal Dec 10 via DXLD) ** ETHIOPIA. 6209.9, R. FANA, 0334 Dec 13. Heard several male voices in an Arabic like language (Amharic or Oromo?) with occasional utility interference to weak signal. Stronger parallel on 6940. However 6940 had a strong RTTY utility cochannel 6940.9, R. FANA 0340 Dec 13. Heard several male voices in an Arabic like language (Amharic or Oromo?) with strong RTTY interference. A much weaker parallel on 6209.9. However 6209.9 had just an occasional utility noise cochannel (Pete Costello NJ, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** FRANCE. 1557: The TdF transmitter at Antibes Plateaux Fleuris (a.k.a. the Nice site), currently carrying France Info on 1557 kHz, is to be taken out of service within a few weeks. As soon as the new aerial is erected near Fontbonne (a site that TdF took over two years ago from the now defunct Radio Monte Carlo), Antibes will cease transmissions and will be dismantled after 67 years of service. Antibes Plateaux Fleuris started broadcasting in 1935, carrying Radio Méditerranée. During WW2 it was leased to Radio Monte Carlo until that station had completed a transmitter of its own at Fontbonne, on the slopes of Mont Agel (Rémy Friess via MWC e-mail news 27.11.2002) This sounds interesting and would make 1560 a little bit easier hi! (Barry Davies via MWC e-mail news 28.11.2002) No, it won't. Fontbonne will take over from Antibes on 1557 kHz as soon as the new mast is operational. There won't be any disruption (Remy Friess via MWC e-mail news 28.11.2002) (all via Olle Alm, ARC Info Desk via DXLD) ** FRANCE. The CSA, the French radio regulatory body, has announced that it is soon to release information about the upcoming MW stations in this country. The stations concerned have already been informed that they will be awarded a license. This was not to be made public but some information has leaked already: - There will be 30 licenses issued, six of them for the Paris area, two in Marseille, two in Strasbourg, two in Montpellier and two in Toulouse. Other cities will receive a single license. There is no mention yet of stations getting access to the air in more than one area (Ciel AM and RMC Info, among others, have asked for several outlets). - Among the new licenses will be some high power stations (the powers mentioned are radiated power, not transmitter power): Nice will receive a 2.6 MWatt station. A station in Marseille and another in Strasbourg will be allowed 1 MWatt. The stations in Paris will get 5 kW, but the CSA is looking into the possibility of granting 10 kW. - Frequencies were not mentioned but my guess is that the Paris frequencies will be 585, 963, 1062, 1080, 1404 and 1494 kHz. The Marseille stations will be 585 and 675 kHz (with the high power outlet on the latter channel) and the stations in Strasbourg should be 1161 and 1350 kHz, with the high power station on 1161. The Nice outlet can only be 1467 kHz (Rémy Friess, France, Medium Wave Circle email list via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) ** GEORGIA. Radio Georgia notified me that their schedule will not change in the near future. In the summer season all broadcasts, except those directed to Armenia, will shift an hour earlier. Direction to Oslo: 11805 kHz 0600-0630 Russian 0630-0700 English 0700-0730 German 11760 kHz 1930-2000 English 2000-2030 German 2030-2100 Russian Direction to Munich: 11910 kHz 0800-0830 French 0830-0900 English 1800-1830 German 1830-1900 English Direction to Tel Aviv: 11910 kHz 0930-1000 English 1000-1030 Georgian 6180 kHz 1630-1700 English 1700-1730 Georgian Direction to Iran: 6080 kHz 0500-0600 Georgian (Tu,Th) 1600-1700 Georgian (Sa,Su) Direction to Turkey: 6080 kHz 0630-0800 Georgian (Tu,Th) 1730-1900 Georgian (Sa,Su) Direction to Armenia: 4540 kHz 1515-1545 Armenian 1600-1630 Azeri (Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia, Signal Dec 10 via DXLD) ** GERMANY [and non]. Some frequency changes for Deutsche Welle effective from December 15: 0100-0150 Bengali del 9720 WER 500 kW / 090 deg 0200-0245 English del 7285 WER 500 kW / 090 deg 0900-0945 English NF 11965 KIG 250 kW / non-dir, ex 11785 0900-0945 English del 17800 KIG 250 kW / 295 deg 1000-1050 Swahili NF 11965 KIG 250 kW / non-dir, ex 11785 1430-1515 Urdu NF 13810 NAU 500 kW / 090 deg, ex 13605 1500-1900 Russian del 5945 IRK 100 kW / 263 deg 1515-1600 Hindi NF 13810 NAU 500 kW / 090 deg, ex 13605 1600-1645 English del 13605 NAU 500 kW / 090 deg 2200-2400 German NF 15455 P.K 250 kW / 147 deg, ex 15250 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** GERMANY [and non]. AFN: In the recent past, AFN always made it a bit harder to contact them by not publishing phone numbers or having a decent presence on the internet. That seems to be changing as different AFN affiliates now have their own web sites and local e-mail addresses; clearly styled & updated by local webmasters.(see below) I also sense that the affiliates are making more use of local IDs & inserts probably because they now might have computerised studio facilities. With out too much difficulty I've heard local PSAs & IDs from AFN. 873 http://www.afneurope.army.mil/frankfurt/About%20Us.htm Web site has names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses for staff. FAX 329-4403. ID = AFN Hessen. Local shows: Monday to Friday 6-9 AM; 3- 6pm. 1107 http://www.afneurope.army.mil/Kaiserslautern/index.htm - afn.kaiserslautern@ramstein.af.mil 1107 Kaiserslautern (2340 UT) on 6 & 7th Nov and AFN Bavaria with IDs and local news at 2147 & 2151 (We rock, Big Gun AFN Bavaria") on 8/11. 1107 and 1485 AM 1107 (Graf, Vilseck, Amberg); 1143 and 1485 AM: http://www.afneurope.army.mil/wuerzburg/index.htm 1143 http://www.afneurope.army.mil/heidelberg/index.htm - afn@afn.heidelberg.army.mil 1485 Hohefels, Regensburg http://www.afneurope.army.mil/bavaria/index.htm Here's how you can contact us at AFN Bavaria: DSN: 476-3172. Comm: 09662-83-3172. Fax: 476-3171. E-mail: requests@afn.bavaria.army.mil Local shows: Mon-Fri 0600-0900; 1100-1300; 1500-1800 local time (Steve Whitt via MWC e-mail news 8.11.2002) Followup to Steve: You`re are right about the websites, but the details given on the sites vary, and I have tried to investigate this further, and many of the published e-mails are not active! (Mails are returned.) But what is clear, besides the announced broadcasts (most seem to have a few hours local at morning and afternoon) there are numerous options for the Networked shows to "fire" local jingles, IDs, PSAs etc. I believe there are options of up to a dozen or so within one hour, and at most hours, and as far as I have been able to find out there is really no definite times that are used all days. So it's just a matter of spending some "quality time" on a channel. This is also the case for many other stations, e.g. in Spain, and probably the same with networked British stations as well. The computer systems are so sophisticated that it's no longer a problem for the network studio to have full control of everything. I've had good results listening with two receivers on parallel frequencies, with a pair of headphones connected with one ear on each receiver. Then you will immediately notice when split programming occurs! (Bernt Erfjord via MWC e-mail news 8.11.2002) (all via Olle Alm, ARC Info Desk via DXLD) ** GUAM. Initially it was thought that KSDA suffered minor damage compared to KTWR (see USA - WJIE), but apparently not so (gh): Note: Due to a typhoon on Guam on Sunday, December 8, our Guam transmitters will be off the air until further notice. Our apologies for any inconvenience. For further details and progress reports please click here [see below]. We will resume normal service as soon as possible. In the meantime please try an alternative transmitter site or listen to Wavescan via the links below... (AWR Wavescan website Dec 14 via DXLD) LATEST NEWS FROM GUAM On Sunday, December 8, Guam suffered the forces of Super Typhoon Pongsona as 250 kph (155 mph) winds and torrential rains pounded the island. By late afternoon, wind gusts reached 300 kph (185 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center on the island. The island suffered extensive damage to its electrical distribution system, especially in the southern part of the island where the Adventist World Radio shortwave radio station is located. Many power poles carrying electricity snapped, leaving most island residents without power, including the radio station. During the initial storm front on Sunday, the station was able to broadcast most of its morning programs, but for safety reasons, transmissions were suspended by early afternoon. Repair work to the antennas began on Monday morning and by Tuesday evening the station was back on the air with one antenna and with the help of an emergency generator. Government officials predict it could take more than a month to restore power to the island. Another tragedy stuck on Thursday morning, December 12, when the emergency generator experienced non-repairable mechanical failure, knocking the station back off the air. Every effort is now being made to locate emergency power generators to get the station back on the air. Please remember the needs of the AWR station as the engineers work to restore regular scheduled broadcasts. AWR apologizes for any inconvenience that these interruptions in broadcast may cause. For up-to-date information on what is happening with restoration work on Guam, visit the Guam Pacific Daily News at http://www.guampdn.com (from http://www.awr.org/guamnews.html Dec 13 via DXLD) ** GUAM. TWR GUAM TYPHOON --- TRANS WORLD RADIO STAFF ON GUAM WORKING TO RESTORE MINISTRY TO ASIA AFTER TYPHOON HITS CARY, N.C., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- As local residents on the Pacific island of Guam begin piecing their homes and lives together after a devastating typhoon struck this past Sunday, Trans World Radio's recovery is also in full-swing. The international Christian broadcaster has been airing evangelistic and Bible teaching programs to Asia from Guam via powerful shortwave transmitters for 25 years. KTWR, Trans World Radio's shortwave operation, is currently off the air but staff are tirelessly working to resume limited broadcasts this week, possibly as early as Wednesday or Thursday. TWR has nine missionary families serving there -- eight were on the island when the typhoon came ashore, with the other family back in the United States on furlough. All are safe and report no appreciable damage to their staff homes. Typhoon Pongsona hit Guam -- an unincorporated U.S. territory approximately 1,800 miles southeast of Hong Kong -- with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and gusts to 184 mph, essentially flattening parts of the island. [what`s the point of relating it to Hong Kong??? --- gh] TWR operates five shortwave transmitters on Guam. The antenna array suffered severe damage; although, thankfully, all the towers remained erect and apparently undamaged. Three of the five antenna curtains were "shredded" according to TWR's staff there. The other two were damaged, but are hoped to be repaired and re-installed later this week. These two provide service for Northeast Asia (primarily for China), and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and southern China). Significant programming rearrangement will be made to maximize the use of the available transmitters to best serve the listeners. The long-term general outlook on Guam is not good at this point, according to news sources. Some government estimates indicate that the commercial power grid may be down for up to a month. While KTWR does have emergency diesel generators, the fuel supply for them is also a problem, as fuel storage facilities on Guam suffered severe fire damage. Much of the island's infrastructure (water, power, etc.) is totally inoperable, and emergency services severely hampered. President George W. Bush has declared Guam a federal disaster area. Further, the roads to the south end of the island, where KTWR is located, are still blocked by snapped concrete power poles, trees, and erosion damage. Two of TWR's staff members presently are isolated at the station. A similar situation took place in 1990 when Typhoon Russ, and its 145-mph winds, caused a five-day interruption of TWR's Asian broadcasts. A man in China wrote then on Christmas Day, "When we can't get these broadcasts, we're very upset because thousands of Christians depend on radio for God's Word." TWR requests continued prayers on behalf of its staff and ministry, and also for the listeners whose daily "ray of hope" will be temporarily extinguished in many places. SOURCE Trans World Radio Web Site: http://www.GuamPDN.com (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** GUINEA BISSAU. RSF PROTESTS BAN ON PORTUGUESE BROADCASTER Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has protested at the suspension of Radiotelevisão Portuguesa (RTP) in Guinea-Bissau. The Portuguese public broadcaster's operations in the country were suspended for an indefinite period on 1 December 2002. In a letter to Deputy Information Minister João Manuel Gomes, RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard said "This decision is unfair and unacceptable. RTP does nothing more than fulfill its mission of informing the people of Guinea-Bissau of events that have marked their country's history." According to an official press release, the authorities in Guinea- Bissau accuse RTP of broadcasting "information that is likely to tarnish the good image of Guinea-Bissau outside the country and may stir up anger inside the country." On 30 November RTP broadcast a programme marking the second anniversary of the death of General Ansumane Mané, who led an attempted coup d'état against the country's elected president, Kumba Yala. The RTP bureau chief in Guinea-Bissau. According to RSF, two journalists were arrested and detained in June following the airing of information about the president of Guinea-Bissau. On 5 August, a radio announcer was also fined for criticising on the air the concentration of power in the hands of members of the head of state's tribe (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 13 December 2002 via DXLD) ** HAWAII. 17510, KWHR Dec 4 2305, EE, 444, YL with a newscast on Iran/Iraq. Music then ID by OM 2308. YL with comments on Hawaii and why one should visit Hawaii! (Stewart WDX6AA MacKenzie, Japan Premium via DXLD) How about that! Was not aware they did any `local` programming (gh, DXLD) ** HONDURAS. Hans Johnson's log, DXLD 2-195, led me to recheck my logbook for this one. 4930v, Radio Internacional, 2334-0002 12/11. Hoping to hear Radio Barahona, instead heard Spanish ballads and pop music with brief announcement (ID?) by female between selections. At 0000 a jingle with ringing telephone mention of "Radio Internacional" noted. Poor, choppy signal at this time (Scott R Barbour Jr, NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** IRAN. Saludos, colegas diexistas. Esto me llegó de La Voz de La Rep. Islámica de Iran (José Elías Dáaz Gómez, Venezuela, Dec 12, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Apreciado hermano, Unas breves líneas para informarle los cambios de nuestra tabla de frecuencias así como solicitarle que nos comunique su opinión acerca de la calidad de recepción sobre las nuevas frecuencias. Sin otra en particular, nos despedimon fraternalmente. En espera de su pronta respuesta, Atentamente... LA TABLA DE LAS FRECUENCIAS E.Mail: spanishradio@irib.com Spanish@irib.com 20:30-21:30 ESPAÑA 7130 9570 00:30-01:30 AMERICA DE SUR 9570 6015 9555 01:30-02:30 AMERICA DE SUR, CENTRO AMERICA Y EL SUR DE AMERICA DEL NORTE, AMERICA DE SUR 9555 6175 9570 02:30-03:30 CENTRO DEL AMERICA DEL SUR (NORTE DE BRASIL, PERU Y BOLIVIA) 5960 05:30-06:30 SUR DE EUROPA, EUROPA 15320 17590 (VOIRI via Díaz, Cumbre via DXLD) 9555 highlighted in turquoise as the new one ** IRAN [non]. Clandestine from Lituania to Iran: 7470, Radio Barabari via Sitkunai *1700-1735* Dec. 8. Noted with melody signature tune at s/on, with clear IDs for Radio Barabari, followed with news bulletin, political interview and commentary. Iranian string music was featured towards the end of the broadcast, closing news headlines, gave web site http://www.barabari.net and the same signature tune repeated at sign-off. Initially the signal was fair but gradually improved to a point where it was good to very good at times, and a full s5 to s6 level (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Cumbredx mailing list Dec 12 via DXLD) ** IRAN [non]. Clandestine from ? to Iran: 7460, Radio Payam-e Doost 0242-0315* Dec. 12. Noted with Iranian string musicals, followed with interview commentary in Farsi. Rest of the broadcast featured music (violas/strings) gave an address (Virginia, USA) and schedule at the close with frequency mentioned (7460) and off with trumpet fanfare music. Signal was best in LSB ECSS detection to avoid the interference on 7465 [WWCR] with very good copy at times with signal peaking to s6+ at times (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Cumbredx mailing list Dec 12 via DXLD) ** IRAQ. FOREIGN JOURNALISTS GET THE GRAND TOUR The Iraqi government took reporters on a tour this week of what it said was an insecticide plant at Falluja that had been wrongly stamped a weapons factory, continuing a diplomatic and public relations campaign to combat allegations it is stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, AP reported on 13 December. The United Nations has said the plant is suspect, and wants trained inspectors to have full access to any site it deems suspicious. An expert on chemical and biological weapons at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Jean Pascal Zanders, told AP on 11 December that Falluja was "a name that has recurred time and time again in the context of chemical weapons in Iraq." Zanders said taking journalists to alleged weapons sites was "an exercise in trying to influence world opinion, possibly to avert U.S. military action." (AP, 13 December) PENTAGON TO DEPLOY ARMY OF JOURNALISTS In a departure from policy in past military actions, the Pentagon is planning to deploy hundreds of print reporters, photographers, and television journalists with front-line U.S. units if there is a war with Iraq, the "Los Angeles Times" reported on 4 December. Faced with the round-the-clock news cycle and the prospect that President Saddam Hussein will mount an effective media campaign of his own, Pentagon officials have concluded that reporters "embedded" within military units will be more credible witnesses to history than military briefers. Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke won't say yet how often, for how long, and with what units reporters might be deployed - - although she says the Pentagon is contemplating attaching them to air as well as ground troops, and in the "first wave" of any attack. "We are absolutely convinced the more news and information that comes out of Iraq -- if there's military action -- the better off we'll all be," the "Los Angeles Times" quoted Clarke as saying. Captain T. McCreary, public affairs advisor to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard B. Myers, said that Afghanistan changed many military minds about media coverage. "Afghanistan was the watershed event," he said. "We had an enemy with a strategy designed to put out false stories in the Arab media. We were always fighting to keep up. If we don't do this, we will always be losing the information game. Reacting from Washington to the enemy in theater is painful." ("Los Angeles Times," 4 December) REPORTERS' BOOT CAMP PREPARES FOR WAR COVERAGE Many U.S. news organizations are ordering staffers to attend either private, week-long boot camps or one offered by the Pentagon, "USA Today" reported on 11 December in an article titled "Boot Camp Prepares Journalists for Iraq." The courses are designed to teach people who sit at computer terminals, shoot photos, or anchor from TV studios everything from how to blend into a crowd and how to stop a wound from bleeding to recognizing different kinds of artillery and reacting to a chemical-weapons attack. CNN anchor Aaron Brown attended CNN's war camp near Atlanta this week, "USA Today" reported, among 400 staffers who have participated in a course that the cable outlet contracted through the AKE Group, a British company staffed by former commandos. Last month, the Pentagon sponsored a safety and combat- readiness course that drew 57 journalists from 31 news organizations to the Marine Corps training base in Quántico, Virginia, and then to Norfolk Naval Base. ("USA Today," 11 December; all via RFE/RL Media Matters Dec 13 via DXLD) ** IRELAND. A document just released by the ITU http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/publications/brific-ter/files/ge75/2002/ge75_109.pdf lists a few requests for coordination: 549 kHz Dundalk 70 kW, 140 m antenna height 846 kHz Galway 100 kW, 90 m antenna height The details of the longwave station on 252 kHz have been slightly modified: Location: Summerhill IN87. Coordinates: 006W40 53N27. Power: 500/100 kW. Antenna height: 295 m (ITU via Olle Alm, ARC Info Desk via DXLD) I meant to query the previous item about RTE using the 252 kHz LW mast for improving 4 domestic services. The story was pretty vague: are they talking about using its 295m height to mount FM antennas on it, or some kind of multiplexing on LW/MW, or what? (gh, DXLD) ** ITALY [non?]. EUROPEAN MUSIC RADIO -TO THE--DX CLUBS Dear sir, I am sending you some information about EMR which I hope you will find of interest. EMR transmits via the Italian Radio Relay Service, on 13840 kHz to Europe and the world. EMR will only transmit between October to March due to better propergation conditions in the winter months. The next EMR transmission is on the 14th and 15th of December from 0930 until 1030 UT. Please could you mention this information in your DX news. Thank you and good listening 73s (Tom Taylor via Rudolf W. Grimm, radioescutas via DXLD) ** KIRIBATI. KIRIBATI FINALLY GETS PRIVATE RADIO STATION Kiribati's founding president, Ieremia Tabai, is celebrating the award of a licence for his own private FM radio station. Mr Tabai has been trying to get a licence for four years, and the government has persistently refused to grant him one. What probably swung it was when Mr Tabai started legal proceedings against the government. The case was due to be heard within the next few weeks, but instead of being in court, Mr Tabai will be getting his station ready for its launch, which he says will probably be on 1 January 2003. The station will offer news bulletins, talkback shows and music. Mr Tabai told Radio New Zealand "what we are trying to do is offer the people, the public, the listening public, an option as to what they can listen to. And we will be a better service than what's been provided by the government and you know we have a competitor ....but in my view it is going to be an exciting period, because it is the first time in our history that a private radio station has been on the air." (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 11 December 2002 via DXLD) ** KUWAIT. 17885, R. Pinoy via R. Kuwait, Dec 7 *1000-1008 35333 English and Tagalog, 1000 s/on and ID. National anthem. Full ID and SJ [??]. Talk (Kouji Hashimoto, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** LATVIA. Due to a time conversion error in the original source, the schedule for tomorrow's test transmissions (published earlier on this mailing list [and in DXLD 2-193]) has to be amended one more time. Radio Gold 945AM will be on the air on Riga 945 kHz (20 kW) on Saturday 14 December from 0700 to 1900 UT. The amended test schedule will be as follows: 0700-1000 - German schlager 1000-1300 - Old Good World (songs from 60's) 1300-1500 - Prime Time Radio (Saga's national digital radio station) 1500-1600 - Tourist Radio Riga (Laser 558 memories from Steve Master) 1600-1900 - Henry Choice (classic rock) Radio Gold 945AM will start regular transmissions in 2003 (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, Dec 13, MW-DX via DXLD) ** LEBANON [non]. VOICE OF FREEDOM OFFICIAL BROADCAST NEXT WEEK The clandestine Voice of Freedom is to launch its official broadcast from France targeting Lebanon and the Middle East next week, said the station manager Mr. Simon Abby Rmya [sic] to some source recently in Paris. Voice of Liberty, as they prefer to call their station, has been test transmitting since Nov. 22 daily at 1600 on 11515 for one hour. The station was not heard last Sunday; I got instead voice of France international in Persian *1600-1630*. Lately I noticed a minor ID change "Sawat al-Horria, Izaa't Lobnan al-mowahed al-Mostaquel, wa Saout al-Moqawama al-Lobnanyh". Developing... (Mahmud Fathi, Germany, Dec. 12, Cumbre DX via DXLD) CLANDESTINE from SITE to LEBANON. 11515 Voice of Free Lebanon (tentative), 1631 Dec 12, Arabic music, but heavy jamming and a weak signal left no chance for an ID (Hans Johnson, Javaradio Sweden, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** LIBYA [non]. FRANCE/LIBYA: New frequency schedule for LJB via Issoudun effective from Dec. 11: 9415 1800-1900 17695 1100-1230 ||||| extended, ex 1100-1130 11635* 1800-1900 17695 1500-1600 ||||| deleted 11635 1900-2130 17880 1700-1800 11715 1800-2030 21485 1100-1230 ||||| new freq 15220 1600-1800 21640 1100-1130 ||||| deleted 15615 1600-1900 21640 1500-1600 ||||| deleted 15660 1700-1800 21675 1100-1500 15660** 1800-1900 21695 1000-1400 * till March 1, 2003; ** from March 2, 2003 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** MEXICO. LLEGARÁ A MÉXICO RADIODIFUSORA DE DISNEY miércoles 11 de diciembre, 10:03 PM (CNI en Línea) Walt Disney parece no tener límites en América Latina, primero lanzó su negocio a través de la televisión, luego en la Internet y ahora en la radio, con nuevos planes de expansión. La empresa de entretenimiento, que el año pasado lanzó Radio Disney en Argentina y este año en Paraguay, anunció que planea iniciar operaciones en México y Brasil, los dos mayores mercados de América Latina. "México y Brasil son prioritarios porque son mercados masivos y la radio es la mejor forma de llegar al público masivo", dijo a Notimex el vicepresidente de Walt Disney Company-Latin America (TWDC-LA), Luis Pérez. El ejecutivo señaló que en el caso de México, Disney está en el proceso de identificar un socio local, y sólo adelantó que es "un grupo ejecutivo muy involucrado en el negocio de la radio". "Tenemos la esperanza de iniciar transmisiones en México en un plazo de 12 a 18 meses", afirmó Pérez, cuya oficina se encuentra en Miami, en el estado de Florida, Estados Unidos. Para México y Brasil, Radio Disney operará en FM y su formato estará dirigido a captar un público mediano entre 16 y 18 años de edad, a diferencia de Estados Unidos, donde está dirigido a un público infantil. La programación de 24 horas incluirá talento local, música pop, bandas sonoras del cine y televisión, así como entrevistas con personalidades del momento, invitados especiales, concursos y nuevos formatos de entretenimiento interactivo. En la estación también se programará música producida por Walt Disney Records (el brazo discográfico de la firma) como el tema "Estrellas que me dan vida", creada por el grupo chileno La Ley. (MPG-Con información de Notimex via Héctor García Borjorge, DF, Conexión Digital via DXLD) Note that unlike in the US where R. Disney is predominantly on AM, for children, in Brasil and México it`s on FM (WTFK???), for an older demographic, 16-18 (gh, DXLD) ** NETHERLANDS. Una vez más les recordamos que el viernes 13 de diciembre es el último Radio Enlace del 2002. En nuestra programación especial de Fin de Año, Radio Enlace regresará con un reportaje especial desde el Fin del mundo, la Patagonia argentina que se transmitirá el martes 24 de diciembre con repetición el viernes 27 (RN Radio Enlace via DXLD) ** NEWFOUNDLAND. The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs will be operating for a 24 hour period December 12, 2002 marking the 101st anniversary of the reception of the first trans-Atlantic signal at Signal Hill in St. John's. A special QSL card has been available for contacts with VO1AA during the past year and including the December 12th operation. QSL via VO1HE with an SASE (from http://www.sonra.ca/ via Wade Smith, NB, VE9WGS, UT Dec 13 0100 via DXLD) see also CANADA ** NEW ZEALAND. The USAF is building a HF transmitter facility here in New Zealand, one which, according to the Minister of Defence, can be heard by SW enthusiasts using receivers costing as low as NZ$30. It`s part of a Combined Communications Electronic Board network designed, so it`s claimed, to fill in world-wide gaps in military radio coverage, in this case between Hawaii and Antarctica. The NZ Defence Forces are said to have complete access to the gear, which will be located in Auckland, central North Island or Christchurch. This CCEB includes NZ, USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Shades of ECHELON perhaps. I wonder if the transmitter will be digital and capable of sending other data streams which will need more than a NZ$30 receiver. It`s nice of the Minister to acknowledge that the utility bands are a happy hunting ground for DXers, but we doubt a $30 receiver would suffice. Whenuapai is considered most unlikely by Barry Hartley in view of proposals to close the base, and with the main Radio New Zealand medium wave transmitter site only 5 km away. Weedons is more likely with existing HF facilities there, but Barry`s pick is Waiouru in the centre of the North Island. The main NZ Army training base is there along with the associated main HF communications for the NZ Defence Forces. The transmitting facility is located right alongside State Highway 1, the main route throughout the country running from north to south. [Log Periodic, Rhombic and Log periodic and rhombic antennas just north of Waiouru. September 2001 Photo credit. Bryan Clark] Other antennas are clearly visible as you drive past. The Royal New Zealand Navy`s receiving station called ``HMNZS Irirangi`` is also clearly visible about 1 km off State Highway One. Barry suspects it is the primary receiving station for the other armed services as well. As these facilities already exist, he thinks Waiouru is the likely site, unless communications with the Antarctic are the main objective, which would make Christchurch a strong contender (Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD) ** PERU. 1415.5, OAU2R, R. Cajamarca, ex OAX2D ex 1346.4, heard by TIN when visiting Cajamarca in September 2001. The station was on November 28, 2000 newly licensed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to broadcast on 1420 kHz. The station broadcasts on medium wave Mon-Fri 0800-0200, Sat, Sun 0800-0300. New address: Jr. Revilla Pérez 194, Cajamarca. The station now also broadcasts on FM 105.1 MHz (Takayuki Inoue Nozaki, in Relámpago DX via RNM via ARC Info Desk via DXLD) A bit stale, but LA splits are always of interest, increasingly rare. Where are they now? (gh) ** PHILIPPINES. PHILIPPINES: FM RADIO INDUSTRY TO BE OPENED UP TO DRAW IN INVESTMENTS | Text of report by Mary Ann Ll. Reyes entitled "Government to allow more FM radio stations" published in English by Philippine newspaper The Philippine Star web site on 12 December The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to open the country's FM radio industry to more players in a bid to fully optimize the use of limited radio frequencies and draw in investments. A draft memorandum circular has already been prepared to amend the existing rule on FM technical standards. The FM radio sector is presently governed by a regulation that sets a frequency separation of 800 kHz between stations. The regulation was issued based on guidelines submitted by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas [Association of Philippine Broadcasters] (KBP) to prevent transmission interference between stations. Right now, there are at least 26 FM stations separated by 800 kHz. For instance, the station 88.3 is followed by 89.1, then by 89.9, 90.7, 91.5, 92.3, 93.1, to name a few. The commission's plan is to reduce the frequency separation to 400 kHz, which means that the current number of FM stations can easily double. The NTC noted that new technology now allows a closer frequency separation without interference. "Due to the advances in technology, digital or hybrid sound broadcasting systems of high quality have been made available permitting greater spectrum efficiency than conventional FM sound broadcasting," the NTC said. The NTC is amenable to allowing a frequency separation of 400 kHz on the FM spectrum for broadcasting stations using digital or hybrid technology. "FM broadcast stations using digital and/or hybrid technology shall be allowed to operate in the same city or nearby cities with a frequency separation of not less than 400 kHz," the NTC said in the draft circular. Should the new standard be approved and adopted, the NTC may start allocating FM frequencies again. This is expected to boost investments in the radio industry as more stations are expected to open. FM stations in the country currently transmit on analogue technology. Digital or hybrid technology allows a simultaneous transmission with analogue wherein the digital signal is placed within the analogue signal. This means stations transmitting through digital technology can still use the existing broadcast infrastructure that is based on analogue technology. The NTC's move comes on the heels of the adoption of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the use of hybrid technology last October. Countries like Singapore and Thailand have already adopted a shorter frequency separation standard between 400 and 500 kHz. Source: The Philippine Star web site, Manila, in English 12 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) !! They`ve got it backwards. Analog maybe could accommodate reduced separation [in a single market, they should point out] to 400 kHz, but IBOC, if that`s what they mean by digital, spreads out more than analog. Now is *not* the time to reduce spacing, if that be in the offing (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** POLAND. 1080, During the late evening hours on 4 December, test transmissions have been conducted via the Koszecin mediumwave transmitter in southern Poland, owned by Polish Telecom (Telekomunikacja Polska). According to observations by Ronny Forslund in Sweden, the programme that was aired identified as "Pan European Radio" with address P. O. Box 10386, Beverly Hills, CA 90213, USA and email address paneuropeanradio@hotmail.com The transmitter site has confirmed this test broadcast which it classified as coverage test, the power was 350 kW (Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania, ARC Info Desk via Olle Alm, DXLD) Previously an unID here ** POLAND. CONTROVERSIAL CATHOLIC RADIO STATION APPLIES FOR POLISH TV LICENSE. Ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja, headed by Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, has applied to the Polish National Radio and Television Broadcasting Council (KRRiTV) for a license to launch a satellite-television channel called Trwam ("I abide" in Polish), PAP reported on 9 December. The application specifies that Trwam is to be a commercial station and, in contrast to Radio Maryja, will air advertisements. KRRiTV spokeswoman Joanna Stepien said a decision on the application should be expected no sooner than in two to three months. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 10 December via RFE/RL Media Matters via DXLD) ** POLAND [non]. RUSSIA: Winter B-02 schedule for Radio Mariya via Samara 0600-0815 Mon-Sat; 0700-0900 Sun on 12060; 1600-2300 Daily on 7400 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) ** QATAR. BROADCASTING THE OTHER OPINION --- December 13 2002 To most Westerners who have heard of it, the Arabic news network al Jazeera is a mouthpiece for Islamic extremists, the station Osama bin Laden contacts when he wants to threaten the West. But as far as the Arab world is concerned, al Jazeera is nobody's tool. Since its launch six years ago, the Qatar-based satellite station has earned a formidable reputation among the world's 250 million Arabic speakers as the first Arab news outlet to report on the region objectively, critically and - perhaps most importantly - entertainingly. Instead of screening interminable news reports about what the emir/president did that day, al Jazeera has broken new ground by airing pieces that are openly critical of regional governments, by interviewing Israeli politicians and civilians and by dealing with taboo subjects such as sexuality, polygamy and corruption in the Arab world... http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/12/12/1039656168718.html (Melbourne The Age via John Figliozzi, swprograms via DXLD) ** ROMANIA. PRESIDENT RETURNS LAW ON ROMANIAN LANGUAGE TO PARLIAMENT President Ion Iliescu returned the recently adopted Law on the Defense of Romanian Language to parliament for further debate, Mediafax reported on 10 December. The controversial law, nicknamed the "Pruteanu law," after its main proponent, Senator George Pruteanu, stipulates that foreign words displayed in public places must be accompanied by translation into Romanian. Presidential Councilor Serban Nicolae on 10 December said Iliescu asked parliament to remove from the bill the levying of fines for the incorrect use of Romanian language in advertisements, and to add to the exceptions to the law the use of foreign words in sports-related texts, as many of these words cannot be translated. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 11 December via RFE/RL Media Matters via DXLD)) ** RUSSIA. PRESIDENT PUTIN TO APPEAR IN A LIVE CALL-IN ON DEC. 19 MOSCOW, December 11, 2002. /From RIA Novosti correspondent/ --- On Thursday, December 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin will appear live on Russia's First [TV] Channel and Rossia [TV] Channel, where he will answer questions from all over the country, reported the president's press service. The call-in will also be aired live on Mayak and Radio Rossii radio stations. According to the press service, the hot line will be set up with the help of mobile TV stations working in regional centers, towns and villages all across Russia. First Channel and Rossia Channel will be collecting the questions and selecting the most interesting ones, which will then be posed to the president during the live call-in, said the press service. Source: http://www.rian.ru (via Sosedkin) Note: according to RIAN report in Russian, Putin's call-in show will be on the air Dec. 19, starting from noon MSK (0900 UT). Most likely it will last for an hour. The usual SW frequencies for Radio Russia during that time are 4485, 6085, 5930, 6125, 6150, 6160, 7200, 7220, 7250,7440, 9720, 11990, 12005 (from 0930 UT), 13705, 15355, 17600 kHz. Possible Radio Mayak/Radio Russia relays from Belorussia: 4246, 4541, 4982, 5134, 5256 kHz (Sergei Sosedkin, IL, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** RUSSIA. 9972 and 10020, RWM (Russian time signal spurs), 1125 Dec 13. This morning I observed symmetrical spurs 24 kHz above and below the fundamental frequency of 9996. Fundamental strong, spurs were fair to weak (David Hodgson, TN, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Moscow ** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. RUSSIA/LITHUANIA: Excellent signal in Bulgaria for new clandestine V of Reform in Arabic: 1900-2100 on 7590 (55555) tentatively via ARM 100 kW / 285 deg or SIT 100 kW / 259 deg (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) oh yeah? See below 7590, V. of Reform, Dec 10 *1858-1936 24432 Arabic, Talk by man. ID at 1935. 1936 Jamming (Kouji Hashimoto, Japan Premium, via DXLD) The new 7590 station started today with sudden audio cut-in inmidst sentence at 1858. All I heard so far was a presenter receiving listener calls, no music bridges, no jingles, just talk over and over. The whole thing sounds quite amateurish, and this applies also to the audio quality. The reported breaks sounds very similar to transmitter breaks but are disruptions on the program audio; the transmitter itself works perfectly. Here in eastern Germany 7590, booms in with an enormous signal. Obviously this is a single-hop signal and I am within the main lobe of the antenna. So this is definitely no German site; it is also evident that this is no CIS site. Sitkunai and Issoudun are very unlikely either. It could be England, but my suspicion is that the name of the site includes an ø. Enclosed two characteristic cuts: One of the telephone audio disruptions, sounding like a carrier break but not being one, and the presenter taking over from a caller. So that's what the BBC report describes as ``by using an internet phone service - known as Paltalk - listeners can take part in the programme and say what they like``. And, by the way, there is something we have to ask Kenneth: ``The station started a 24-hour broadcast Saturday via satellite.`` On Eutelsat Hotbird, probably within the WRN bouquet, or elsewhere? Best regards, (Kai Ludwig, Germany, Dec 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 7590 had a weak and very fluttery signal here at 1900. 99% chance that this is Norway as other CIS and continental stations did not behave like this (Olle Alm, Sweden, Dec 12, DX LISTENING DIGEST) When will TDP --- and for that matter, legitimate broadcasters like NRK, go too far in handling clandestine broadcasts, which are really terrorist? Sounds like this one comes close, endorsing Bin-laden (gh, DXLD) I have been hearing the clandestine Radio Alisalah, (Sawt-al-Islah) around 1915-1945 on 7590khz. Reception has been quite good and programming in Arabic. I sent them an e-mail report and received a very prompt verification but with no transmitter site details as I had requested. E-mail address for this one is info@islah.org (Ian Cattermole, New Zealand, Dec 13, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** SOUTH CAROLINA. I know nothing more about Brother Stair and haven`t had the time or energy to check. He`s still on 5070 and other frequencies, but I don`t know if he`s cut back or not. There is no indication whatsoever on the show itself that anything is amiss. (He, by the way, gets ornery when anyone calls his show a show. he has no ``show,`` he says. He merely preaches the word of god on the radio. It`s not a show.) (Robert Arthur, Dec 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** SRI LANKA. OPPOSITION CRITICISES GOVERNMENT FOR SUPPORTING VOT The Sri Lankan opposition has strongly criticised the government for its decision to permit an upgrade of Voice of Tigers (VoT), operated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The opposition says that the government should re-start its own service to the region, Wanni Sevaya, which was closed down on 31 March 2002 following a ceasefire between the government and the LTTE. Wanni Sevaya carried personal messages from the families of police and security forces deployed in the region. It also informed the civilian population of government policies on key issues. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is said to be 'deeply concerned' at the government's decision permit the LTTE to upgrade its radio station while closing down Wanni Sevaya. (© Radio Netherlands Media Network 13 December 2002 via DXLD) ** SRI LANKA [non]. Tamil Radio & Television (TRT) The service will be known as Tamil Radio & Television (TRT). The licensee will provide information and music for the Tamil community in Europe. It will be transmitted for 24 hrs/7 days/week. --- ORIGINAL AIR DATE 11/07/01 /LICENCE EXPIRY DATE: 10/07/06. 5/7 Rue Emile Zola, 93120 La Courneuve, FRANCE. Tel: 0033 153 208 745. Fax: 0033 153 204 180. e-mail: hamedegnato@dtss.fr Director Sireetharan SELLATHURAI --- (Sakthi Vel, India, Japan Premium Dec 12 via DXLD) WTFK??? Satellite only? ** SYRIA [non]. 7470, Arab R., Dec 7 *1600-1610, 35433, Arabic, 1600 s/on and ID. Opening music and opening announce. Talk (Kouji Hashimoto, Japan Premium via DXLD) ** TAIWAN. 1359, Unofficial station Feng Lin Tientai off the air from September 13, reactivated from October 9. As of October 28, unofficial stations are heard on 1026, 1233, 1242, 1359, 1368, 1440 and 1503 (T. Gima, ABI October, November issues via Y. Kato, via ARC Info Desk via Olle Alm, DXLD) ** TIBET [non]. Frequency changes for Voice of Tibet in Tibetan and Mandarin Chinese: 1213-1300 NF 21635 TAC 100 or 200 kW / 131 or 132 deg, ex 21525 1430-1517 NF 12025 TAC 100 or 200 kW / 131 or 132 deg, ex 11550, re-ex 11975 (Ivo and Angel! Observer, Bulgaria, Dec 12 via DXLD) {Constantly changing due to Chicom jamming} ** TRINIDAD. GOVERNMENT TO RESTRUCTURE STATE-OWNED BROADCASTER | Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) news agency on 12 December Port of Spain, Trinidad: The Trinidad and Tobago government is seeking to divest the state-owned National Broadcasting Network (NBN), which is said to be in debt by 22m TT [Trinidad and Tobago] dollars (3.65m US dollars). Public Administration Minister Dr Lenny Saith told reporters the state enterprise is also operating at a loss of 1.5m TT dollars (250,000 US dollars) per month. He said bankers were not willing to provide the network with any credit, unless government provided a letter of comfort. As a result, the minister said government plans to restructure the company and is moving to construct a seven-storey building in Port of Spain to house a new Government Information Service. However, Dr Saith said that NBN's properties in the city would be retained by the state. The minister said government would know in three months time what the precise divestment process would be. The NBN operates a television station and at least three radio stations here. Source: Caribbean Media Corporation news agency, Bridgetown, in English 2348 gmt 12 Dec 02 (via BBCM via DXLD) ** U A E. UAE Radio, Dubai, 21598v, English at 1330 normally ends about 1348, but Dec 12 tuned in at 1354 to find yet another episode in the endless series, ``Saladin, Hero of Islam`` in progress. Someone must have missed stopping the tape/switching back to Arabic service, because at 1404 yet another episode started, but it was cut for Arabic by 1408. Next day Dec 13 back to normal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U A E. 11695, Gospel for Asia/Athmeya Yathra (Spiritual Journey) via Al Dhabayya. Full data PPC's, signed plus a information/response letter indicating that my report will be forwarded to the India address for their response and interest. Used my SASE via the Stoney Creek address in Ontario. v/s Wendell Leythem (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Cumbredx mailing list Dec 12 via DXLD) ** U K [non]. LaserRadio.net launches its regular Sunday broadcast on December 22nd from Ulbroka, Latvia at 1800-2300 UT on 5935. Programmes will feature items of interest for SWLs and Radio Hams blended with good music. Also to be heard on 5935 from 1700 UT each Sunday is Religious broadcaster World Bible Radio Network. Listen to Laser Radio at http://www.laserradio.net (Andrew Yeates, Laser Radio Dec 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. AP World Politics U.S. GOVERNMENT RADIO FACES STATIC OF MISTRUST IN APPEALING TO ARAB LISTENERS Tue Dec 10, 7:36 PM ET --- By ALAA SHAHINE, Associated Press Writer DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An editorial read out the other day to Arab listeners was laced with criticism of the latest American-backed Security Council resolution on Iraq -- hardly the expected fare for a U.S. government radio station. "It's enough to know that America has submitted the resolution and Britain has supported it to consider it a biased, bad and prejudiced resolution," said the commentary from Al-Thawra, the newspaper of Iraq's ruling Baath Party. Clearly that opinion doesn't jibe with U.S. policy. But it is in line with Radio Sawa's pledge to present more than just canned American views along with the hip music it broadcasts in hopes of luring a young Arab audience. Still, the new station will have to fight to be heard above the static of mistrust aired about the United States in the Arab media. The challenge is especially daunting as President George W. Bush (news - web sites) threatens Iraq with war. Arab media regularly point to the U.S.-led war on terrorism and American animosity toward Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) as evidence of an anti-Arab stance. This only adds to long- standing distrust of the United States for backing Israel. But Joan Mower, spokeswoman for the Broadcasting Board of Governors that oversees U.S. international broadcasts, says that eight months after its launch, Radio Sawa is gaining respect. A survey in Amman, Jordan, said that among 17- to 28-year-olds, 39 percent identify Radio Sawa as "their most accurate and trustworthy news source," compared with 21 percent who named state-run Amman FM, she said. "We pride ourselves on being balanced and accurate," Mower told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Washington. Radio Sawa sometimes provides news ignored by state-run Arab media. It reported the Iraqi Parliament's vote urging rejection of the tough new U.N. resolution on Iraqi weapons inspections. Iraq's official media omitted that news, and eventually the Iraqi government accepted the U.N. resolution. Radio Sawa -- Arabic for "Radio Together" -- was born out of a realization in Washington that following the Sept. 11 attacks and the America-hatred it exposed in the Arab world, the U.S. viewpoint wasn't being promoted aggressively enough. One of the station's guiding principles, says its Web site, "is that the long-range interests of the United States are served by communicating directly in Arabic with the peoples of the Middle East by radio. Radio Sawa seeks to win the attention and respect of listeners. In reporting the news, Radio Sawa is committed to being accurate, objective, and comprehensive." But Hazim Ghorab, an Arab media expert, said any success Sawa enjoys now will fizzle once "the United States takes its next aggressive step in the Middle East." "The U.S. government has a legacy of anti-Arab policies. ... Media won't change people's attitude toward an issue like this, but a change in policies would," he said. Radio Sawa began broadcasting from Washington via relay stations in Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in March and plans to expand operations. The station has entered a region where the airwaves were once ruled by official broadcasters delivering an official line. Things began changing when the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera, initially financed by the Qatari government but claiming editorial independence, went on the air six years ago with its mix of Western-style news and lively and popular public affairs programs. These often feature guests railing against the United States, but also air differing viewpoints -- in itself a big change that has won Al-Jazeera a large following. Satellite services remain out of reach for many Arabs, either because they are banned or are too expensive. When it comes to news on the radio, Sawa gets stiff competition from more established voices like the BBC and Radio Monte Carlo, to which many in the region have long turned for uncensored information. Ibrahim Helal, Al-Jazeera's editor in chief, said he has never listened to Radio Sawa, but formed a negative opinion of it after U.S. officials who recently visited Qatar described the station's mission to him. "I find it offensive to compare us and a station that has a political agenda," Helal told AP from Doha, Qatar. "If they (Sawa) imitate Al-Jazeera's style in covering Arab stories to achieve political goals rather than journalistic ones, then they are opportunistic people." Norman Pattiz, a member the U.S. broadcasting board and the chief inspiration behind Radio Sawa, believes the station is popular even among Iraqis. "We are unable to conduct surveys to measure our success in Iraq ... but we can tell we are popular because the Iraqi government sometimes jams our transmission," he said. E-mails from anonymous Arab listeners provided to AP by Sawa praise the stations' news coverage. "Some people are blinded by the lies other channels spread say that your station sides with the United States," wrote one listener in the United Arab Emirates. But Sawa also has its detractors. "I sometimes listen to Radio Sawa at night, although I don't trust what they say. They always give priority to anti-Iraq statements by Western officials," Ahmed Khalil, a 20-year-old student, told AP in Baghdad, Iraq's capital. Louay Sayyaf, a 24-year-old Syrian doctor in the United Arab Emirates, said Radio Sawa pays little attention to such issues as the hardships U.N. economic sanctions impose on Iraqis. "Radio Sawa broadcasts what the U.S. government wants us to know about Iraq and other issues, or else why would they launch a station that airs popular hits without even commercials?" Sayyaf said. Radio Sawa's formula does emphasize music, a mix of Western and Arab hits meant to draw listeners 30 and under -- 60 percent of the Arab world's 280 million people. The music ranges from Egypt's Amr Diab, Iraq's Kazim al-Sahir and Lebanon's Nawal al-Zoughby to Western singers Bryan Adams and Jennifer López. Each hour, the station broadcasts two newscasts totaling about 15 minutes. In its Iraq coverage, the station presents both countries' views, as well as a daily roundup of Iraq-related news, including editorials from the American and other foreign press. Radio Sawa even has correspondent Fadel Mashaal in Baghdad, an Iraqi accredited by Iraq's government, who has been reporting in recent days on the arrival of U.N. weapons inspectors. "We are not a platform for U.S. policy makers," said Mower, the U.S. spokeswoman. Khalil Fadel, an Egyptian psychiatrist, said Arab views of Radio Sawa may have more to do with listeners' "pre-assumed impression" of America -- and the station's choice of words -- than with what news stories it chooses to broadcast. "When, for example, Sawa or CNN describes Palestinian attackers as 'suicide bombers' and not as 'martyrs,' this triggers automatic rejection from people to all that the station airs," Fadel said. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: Associated Press writer Sameer N. Yacoub in Iraq contributed to this report. On the Net: Radio Sawa: http://www.radiosawa.com (via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** U S A [non]. 9535//11730//15410, Radio Farda 1540-1615 Dec.8. Noted with lively pop variety music ranging from gothic type to hip hop at times. Noted with IDs for Radiyo Far-da (echoed) and gave a web site information at 1606 as http://www.radiofarda.com Of the three frequencies heard, 15410 (Woofferton) was the best heard, with 9435 (Kavala) being the poorest, and 11730 (Lampertheim) being fair to good (Edward Kusalik, Alberta, Cumbredx mailing list Dec 12 via DXLD) ** U S A. VOA LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM FOR INDONESIAN YOUTH Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2002 -- The Voice of America's Indonesian Service will launch a new, fast-paced program for Indonesia tomorrow called VOA Direct Connection (VOA DC). Aimed at the 60 percent of Indonesia`s population under the age of 30, the new show will feature popular music as well as news and information on the latest developments in pop culture around the world. In announcing the new program, VOA Director David Jackson stressed that VOA DC is part of Voice of America`s broader effort to reach out to younger audiences around the world. In many places where the U.S. has strategic interests, he said, "young people form the majority of the population, and we need to do more to attract them." The new program builds on VOA's highly successful Indonesian broadcasts, which include 25 hours of radio broadcasting and 1.5 hours of television programming in that language every week. VOA DC will be launched on December 13 at 9:30 p.m. local time in Jakarta [1430 UT] and will be hosted by two young VOA disc jockeys with extensive experience in Indonesia. More than 80 satellite affiliates will receive the program for local rebroadcast, and audiences can also listen to VOA DC via shortwave (VOA press release Dec 12 via DXLD) ** U S A. Hello friends, I will be host of VOA's Talk To America on New Year's Day, January 1, 2003, 1700-1800 UT. The program will be repeated at 2200-2300. I'll be taking calls from friends in the shortwave listening/DXing community around the world. Another VOA News Now slot is available at 1400-1500 UT, if I can think of something to do with it. Suggestions welcome. I could feature New Year's Eve listening excerpts, but I doubt I'll do enough successful listening on my own to fill the hour. All the best, (Kim Andrew Elliott, Producer and Presenter of the former Communications World, Dec 12, swprograms via DXLD) It is a day to celebrate Auld Lang Syne. Assuming the VOA vault has still got some tapes from 50 years ago, an interesting show could be made from programs, signature tunes, and ID's of that era. As I remember, the VOA still used leased transmission facilities from places like Schenectady, NY; Bound Brook, NJ; and Bethany, OH. Or maybe you could involve the audience by running a VOA call-in trivia contest. See if anyone can remember the name of the signature tune whose acronym is CTGOTO. It later was switched to IAYDD if I remember correctly. See how many listeners can identify the companies that owned the leased transmitter facilities? Who was president of the USA on January 1, 1952? Even better, who was Vice President? What job did CBS's London war correspondent, Ed Murrow, have later at VOA? Who was amateur radio operator Bill Leonard, W2SKE, and what was his connection to VOA? What were the call letters assigned by the FCC for those leased transmitter facilities? I can hear it now, "We'll take the third caller on 1-202-VOA-NEWS." How about a finger-dexterity contest for listeners? You name a country and the first listener to call in from that country would win a prize. Prizes could be simple like autographed pictures of the host. Or, if that is too scary, how about fast-track student visa application forms from the State Department? You could instantly find out if anybody in important VOA target areas was listening. You could use the contests as a way to do some audience research. As folks call in, you could engage them in conversation and maybe learn something about who is listening out there. I would find that interesting but then I'm not supposed to listen to VOA. ~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-., (Joe Buch, DE, swprograms via DXLD) -*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^'~*-.,_,.-*~'^ ** U S A. WRNO New Orleans, LA, 7355, 0146-0208 12/12. Continuous religious talk by the "Good News World". Announcement, "End of this side, please flip tape to side 2" and GNW contact info with Texas, USA QTH, followed by ID at 0207; "WRNO World Wide, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA". Religious program continued. Fair with QRM chatter. First log on any listed frequency since last winter (Scott R Barbour Jr, NH, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 7354.6, WRNO, 0238 Dec 12 [UT Thu] fair with religious program in English. Gone at 0252 recheck. Same pattern as before, station signing off for night rather than switching to listed 7395 at 0300. Irregular operation, thanks Matthews' tip (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) Looked for it Dec 13 around 0250 but nothing; maybe too late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. 9465, WMLK had problems with the storm yesterday, but back on today. 1715 OK signal but quite muddy modulation. WINB is still without power (Hans Johnson, Ralabs Radio NY, Dec 12, Cumbredx mailing list via DXLD) ** U S A. WJIE finally has a new Update on the air, Dec 13 at 1330 on 7490; I know it is no longer the Oct 23 production since Doc Burkhart refers to the Guam typhoon, which was just last Sunday Dec 8, putting KTWR off the air. He says KSDA Guam and KHBN Palau suffered minor damage. Also mentioned WINB being down. And the Brother Stair situation still unresolved, but could have impact on a number of SW stations. Still expecting WJIE-2 to reactivate 13595 soon; keep monitoring for it. New programs have been added and a new schedule will soon be posted at http://www.wjiesw.com I tuned in a few minutes late, so if he said anything about Liberia or other projects, I missed it. No doubt this will be repeated indefinitely M-F at 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. On Dec 7 I talked to Lori Wallace after her show. During the phone call she mentioned that Preacher Otwell is no longer on right after her, and this happened because she ``prayed for`` it. Feigning ignorance, I asked why. And she said because he has been blasting me for months. But the Lord is with me, she said. So then I asked her if she would be expanding into the next half hour. And she said WWCR won`t let her! I asked if she`s willing and able to pay for the time, and she said yes, but WWCR won`t let her. Part of the next half hour on Dec. 7 included the show ``Ask WWCR``. [Lori Wallace: Keep Standing for the Truth, UT Sun 0230-0300 on 5070; Ask WWCR at 0315] [Richard Wiles: American Freedom News, M-F 1400-1500 on 12160; Tue-Sat 0200-0300 on 5070] --- WWCR posted schedule On Thanksgiving and the next day, Rick Wiles played pre-recorded broadcasts so that he could have 4 days off. In both of them he allowed falsehoods to be aired. On Thursday he read a proclamation from Governor Bradford, dated 1623, ordering the Pilgrims to attend Thanksgiving services on ``Thursday, November 29, 1623.`` This document has been known since the 1920s to be a fraud. For one thing, November 29 of 1623 was not a Thursday on either the Julian calendar (which the Pilgrims used at the time, being rather anti-Catholic) or the Gregorian. Also, it refers to the folks as ``Pilgrims,`` a term which was not used for them until the 1880s. There`s other internal evidence of fraud. Anyway, that`s not the part that angers me `cause everyone makes mistakes. What angers me is that when I sent Rick an e- mail telling of his error, he totally ignored it, and never corrected his mistake the following week. He normally responds to my e-mails, you should know. Then on Friday, he had a guest on. As is often the case, they were pushing conspiracy theories. And the guest suggested that Paul Wellstone`s plane going down during the election was too convenient to have been an accident or coincidence. Then the guest said that Wellstone was the only Member of Congress to vote no on the fascist and un-American ``USA Patriot Act``. So I sent Rick Wiles a message telling him that Paul Wellstone voted YES on that act, and that 39 members of Congress voted no, of whom 3 were Republicans. Again, the guy totally ignored my e-mail, though it can be researched in the Congressional Record (which is now on-line so one doesn`t need to go to the library like in the olden days). And he never bothered to correct his error. That guy`s credibility is quite low as far as I`m concerned. He`s really an arrogant don`t-bother-me-with-the-facts kind of guy. He has not lately mentioned the status of the lawsuit between himself and the radio people. Last I heard (about a month or more ago), is that his listeners have coughed up all the money needed for the legal bills, but that he still needs more money for the accountants he needs to concoct the proof he needs. Dunno more than that (Robert Arthur, Dec 9 0741 UT, J.D. 2,452,617.82066, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. FCC RAIDS BERKELEY LIBERATION RADIO by major minus • Wednesday December 11, 2002 at 04:14 PM Oakland, Calif.: A volunteer at Berkeley Liberation Radio reports that FCC agents came to the studio this morning and took away all their equipment. BLR is an unlicensed community radio station serving the East Bay at 104.1 FM. Needless to say the station is off the air. More information as it becomes available (via Mike Terry, UK, DXLD) More comments at: http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/1549744.php by facts on BLR by Joe Monday -- Wednesday December 11, 2002 at 10:21 PM There is no "frequent candidate for mayor bottom-lining the station." DJs pay $20 a month dues, which is over 90% of our income--the rest is listener donations, fundraisers. Missing equipment: transmitter, mixing board, 2 CD players, 2 cassette players, 2 turntables, fader for turntables, computer, monitor, 2 radio receivers, etc. We are having a community meeting Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Long Haul on Shattuck, 2 blocks south of Ashby, across st. from La Pena. We need to get the word out to the media. We would like to get the TV stations to take footage of the effects of the raid, cover the story. Our current run of troubles started 4 days after 9/11 at our last studio. Now this, as the government readies its (further) attack on Iraq. We cannot help but feel that at the very least a low-level gov. operative decided this move on us would jibe with the "war on terrorism." Proposals for action in response to the FCC raid on Berkeley Liberation Radio --- by Gerald Smith of Slave Revolt Radio • Thursday December 12, 2002 at 06:54 AM gersmith@jps.net The attack on BLR should be for what it is: A vicious assault on the Freedom of Speech. In this context we have the potential to win over allies and build unity in our struggle to EXIST as a community radio station. We having an emergency meeting 7PM Thursday, 12-12-02, at the Long Hall/InfoShop (across the street form La Peña) all who support BLR are welcome. The question for us at BLR is: TO BE OR NOT TO BE. If we offer no resistance to this tyranny it will make it easier for the FCC to attack hundreds of other Micro Radio Stations across the country. WHAT YOU DO MATTERS! I am offering the following motions for you consideration: 1. BLR supporters will reoccupy our studio in its present location and go back on the air as soon as humanly possible. 2. BLR supporters will organize a demonstration/rally at the Federal Building in downtown Oakland no later than next Wednesday (via sf.indymedia via DXLD) ** U S A. Sunday, December 15, 2002 - WILM-1450, Wilmington, DE will conduct a test from 1:00-2:30am EST [0600-0730 UT]. The test will include special music, Morse code, and special effects noises during WILM's regular programming. Reception reports may be sent to: Mr. Allan Loudell, Program Director WILM Radio 1215 French St. Wilmington, DE 19801 A few phone calls may be taken during the test: (prepaid only) 302-656- 9800. (Arranged by Allan Loudell for the NRC CPC-thanks Paul Swearingen, IRCA Soft DX Monitor via DXLD) Programming content will include identification in Morse Code, the sound of a siren, animal sounds, easily identifiable songs, and unusual sounds. Reception reports are invited and all that is necessary is to identify some strange sound. Return postage is requested. Station WILM is printing a special QSL card for the event which also honors their 80th anniversary. WILM 1450 kHz 1 kW Sunday morning (USA) December 15 1:00 am - 2:30 am Eastern Time, 0600-0730 UT. Mr Allan Loudell, Radio WILM, 1215 N French St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801-3213 USA. Phone 302 656 9800 (Dr Adrian M. Peterson, DX Editor - Wavescan, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** U S A. KSCO-1080 Santa Cruz silent periods Dale Park in the current DXN's DDXD-W mentioned this, so I checked KSCO's website. Sure enough, their daily program schedule has "off the air" for midnight to 6 on Sunday, as well as midnight to 5 on Monday. If any other 24-hour AM station still has a weekly (biweekly?, hi) silent period, I'm not aware of it. When KDWN-720 dropped their Monday SP last winter, I thought there were none left, so this is encouraging news. Sorta doubt it'll catch on elsewhere, but a man can dream ... (Steve Francis, Alcoa, Tennessee, Dec 7, NRC-AM via DXLD) ** U S A. WMQM "On-Air" Date Delayed For Immediate Release - 6 December 2002 POC: George McClintock (615) 255-1300 The "On-Air" date for WMQM, 1600-AM, Memphis, Tennessee's newest Christian Radio station has been delayed. Due to an unforeseen accident the tower man could not meet the original projected on-air date of October 1, 2002. The power is on and a new projected "On-Air" date is December 14th. WMQM expects to bring the 2.5 kW transmitter up by 12-Noon on the 14th and the 50 kW transmitter by 3:30PM the same day. A back-hoe operator crushed the transmission line that goes from the transmitter to the tower. This prevented us from turning on either transmitter on the 5th. New transmission line will be shipped from the factory on Mon, Dec 9th, to arrive at the transmitter site on Tuesday, Dec 10th. We expect the transmission line to be buried in the ground within several days, thus permitting us to turn on the transmitter on the 14th. WMQM, 1600-AM, 50,000 Watts in Memphis, is the sister station to WWCR. World Wide Christian Radio serves Europe, Middle East and Africa on Shortwave from Nashville, Tennessee (WWCR website Dec 13 via DXLD) ** U S A [and non]. X BAND AT A GLANCE - December 2002 1610 CJWI Montreal QUE FF Caribbean music. 1620 WPHG Atmore AL Rel/Gos. (but silent) possible resurrection as WPNS WDND South Bend IN ESPN Radio 1620 KOZN Bellevue NE ESPN Sport .``The Zone`` WTAW College Station TX `Newstalk 16-20 WTAW` CBS Nx KBLI Blackfoot ID SS ``Radio Fiesta`` KYIZ Renton WA Urban/Contemporary Soul KSMH West Sacramento, CA Rel. EWTN Global Catholic radio WDHP Frederikstad, VI Variety. ``The Reef`` //WRRA 1290 & WAXJ 1630 KCJJ Iowa City IA Hot AC /Classic Rock KKWY Fox Farm WY C&W AP nx KNAX Ft Worth/Dallas TX SS. Radio Vida/ Radio Dos Mil Dos. WTEL Augusta GA `Newstalk 1630 WTEL` x WRDW 1640 WKSH Sussex WI Disney KPBC Lake Oswego OR Black Gospel//KKSL. (soon to Disney) KDIA Vallejo CA Talk/ `Business Radio 1640` KBJA Sandy UT SS/Radio Unica EE ID on hour 1650 WHKT Portsmouth VA Disney KDNZ Cedar Falls IA Talk/ Sport ``The Talk Station``//KCNZ KWHN Fort Smith AR `Newstalk 1650 KWHN` KBJD Denver CO Contemp Christian. ``The Beat` KFOX Torrance CA Korean/ EE ID on hour 1660 KTIQ Merced CA Sports/Sp News `The Ticket`` WWRU Elizabeth NJ PP & SS Radio Unica/R. Portugal WCNZ Marco Is FL `Newsradio 1660` AP nx. WQSN Kalamazoo MI Sports/talk ESPN// WKLZ 1470. KRZX Waco TX ``Newstalk KRZX`` (off 6.p.m.-12 NZST) KQWB West Fargo ND Standards ``Star 1660 is KQWB AM` CNN KXOL Brigham City UT ``Oldies radio`` (60`s rock) KXTR Kansas City KS `Classical 1660` WGIT Canovanas PRico SS oldies ``El Gigante`` 1670 WRNC Warner Robins GA Urban Gospel ``1670 The Light`` WTDY Madison WI Sports/Talk. ``1670 WTDY`` ``The Team`` KHPY Moreno Valley, CA Rock/AC ``KHPY Moreno Valley 1670`` KNRO Redding CA ``Redding`s ESPN Radio 1670 KNRO` 1680 WTTM Princeton NJ Ethnic - Hindu WTIR Winter Garden FL ``Travel Information Radio`` WJNZ Ada MI Urban/AC KAVT Fresno CA Disney/SS KRJO Monroe LA Gospel. ``Gospel 1680`` 1690 KDDZ Arvada CO Disney KSXX Roseville CA SS rel. /Radio Tricolour/ & Asian. EE ID on hour. WPTX Lexington Park Sporting News Network. 1700 WJCC Miami Springs FL SS/Rel/``Radio Luz`` WEUV Huntsville AL Black Gospel. ``Music of your Life.//1600 WEUC 1kw KTBK Sherman TX Sporting News Radio KBGG Des Moines IA `The new AM 1700 KBGG``. CNN KQXX Brownsville TX Oldies (880 watts night) (Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD) ** U S A. I'm frustrated with stations that don't power down or s/off when they should. But there are two sides to this issue. On the one hand, nearby stations that do this block DX from emerging. On the other, distant stations that do this create great DX opportunities for those of us who live some distance away. So I'm trying to remain tolerant, thinking the good offsets the bad. But I made an exception with daytimer KKGR-680 in Helena, in my back yard. I phoned the CE of KNBR twice and he phoned KKGR to request they stop running at night. This cleared up the problem for several weeks. But in mid-November, KKGR again began to broadcast illegally. So I phoned the manager and told him if I hear it once more after dark interfering with KNBR, I'll notify the FCC, adding that I've made tape recordings to back up my complaint. I also called KMTX in Helena and advised the manager of KKGR's illegal operation, pointing out that businesses advertising on it after dark are taking away revenues from the legitimate operators. Hopefully this will solve the problem (Larry Godwin, Missoula, Montana, IRCA Soft DX Monitor via DXLD) ** ZIMBABWE [non]. CLANDESTINE from MADAGASCAR to ZIMBABWE. 7120, Voice of the People (Presumed) 0332 Dec 12 with talk in language and mentions of Zimbabwe. UNID co-channel making things tough; was much easier last summer on 7310 (Hans Johnson, TX, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PUBLICATIONS ++++++++++++ EUROPEAN MEDIUM WAVE GUIDE, online Dear all, I am happy and also proud to announce the activation of the full on-line version of the European Medium Wave Guide. Until today you could already consult the LW, Addresses, DRM and link section of the EMWG. Now the MW section can also be consulted. This on-line version will be kept up-to-date and should therefore reflect the current situation on this band in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The PDF version will not be neglected, and will be put up-to- date every few months. As usual I am counting on you, not only to spread the news about this on-line EMWG, but also to send me any corrections/additional information you may have. From now on, you will have a reliable source of information as far as long and medium wave is concerned. Make www.emwg.info you start page and don't miss anything of the current MW situation. 73 Herman. To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: emwg-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com (via Mike Terry, DXLD) RECEIVER NEWS +++++++++++++ BELL+HOWELL 9-BAND RADIO --- plays AM/FM, TV & 7-band SW Broadcasts #94654, Our price $9.99 [unID ad] Glenn, in case you see other ads for this little radio --- I bought one to give it a try. It is really ridiculous, Works OK on MW and FM but SW sucks. No vestige of accuracy in dial calibration, and it only picks up a few SW signals. I got a few RCI and some US religious junk signals, but at random spots on the various SW bands. The TV audio coverage is only a few channels at the low end of the FM band, and the dial calibration is just plan wrong, showing ``CH 5`` BETWEEN ``88`` and ``96`` MHz! Also shows ``CH4``, ``CH3`` and ``CH2`` between ``76`` and ``88`` MHz! I hear channel 5 audio when the needle is between ``CH4`` and ``CH 3``; that is clear. Channel 4 audio is barely detectable among images of other stations, and video-carrier hum. Channel 2 audio is also tune-in-able, but poor quality. FM signals actually sound OK, and it does have a stereo-headphone jack. (Mono audio only). MW only goes up to 1060 kHz on the dial --- not much range beyond that when tuning. All I get is the local 1600 kHz signal, no X-banders. I`m tuning SW as I write this around 0245 UT and I actually am hearing the BBC, probably 5975 kHz, and it is around the right place on the dial! First time that happened! Taiwan on 5960 via WYFR, and a few other SW signals amidst a sea of MW-station images and various noise. This might work OK (to a degree) outside an urban area, but most people will find it not even worth the $10 price. I`ve had other cheap analog SW radios that are *far* better performers (Will Martin, St. Louis MO, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Squinting at the illustration, it looks like the SW dial calibrations are really odd: you would want to read them horizontally, but actually each of the 7 bands reads vertically, with these nominal limits: 5.90- 6.90, 6.90-8.10, 9.30-10.30, 11.60-13.50, 13.00-15.00, 14.80-16.50, 17.10-19.10. I`m not at all sure of the first digit after the decimals (gh, DXLD) RADIO PHILATELY +++++++++++++++ Quite a number of readers also enjoy collecting radio related stamps and covers, and an interesting website is that of Bart Lee, San Francisco CA http://www.antiqueradios.com which includes an article on Radio Stamps. The United Fruit Company had one of the earliest radio networks to connect its Latin American operations and in 1910 they began issuing their own wireless franks, or kind of stamp. As radio became popular in the early 1920s, the EKKO Stamp Company started up business. They sold a postage like stamp featuring an eagle in the design, plus call letters to many hundreds of new US radio stations, and a similar stamp with a beaver for Canadian Some stations used their own designs, and WHAS Louisville KY wrote: It gives us great pleasure to send you our Verification Stamp No.1. Incidentally, we have five such stamps, respectively, for each successive report. There is, of course, no charge for these. We shall be most interested to see you collect the entire series, and wish you luck. [captions:] EKKO Stamp 1934 WCKY `The Voice of Cincinnati`, Eric Shackle Collection, NZRDXL Archives © WHAS Verification Stamp No.1, 1934. Eric Shackle Collection, NZRDXL Archives © The eagle design was also used in Cuba. EKKO also issued its own stamp albums and collectors kits, and today these stamps are regarded as `cinderella` items by stamp collectors and are highly sought after as collectibles. We`ve also come across a similar stamp used by the Tokyo Central Broadcasting Station in mid-1933 as part of a QSL card issued for JOAK. In fact, Japanese radio stations were prolific QSLers in the 1930`'s, issuing well designed cards (in English) which made attractive additions to any DX collection of the era. If you`re interested in art and design, you'll also know that `radio art` has closely followed the trends of the time, with many Art Deco logo designs (and studio buildings for that matter too) in the 1930s, moving into the `streamlined` look of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the psychedelic designs of the late 1960s and early 1970s for example. These are reflected in bumper stickers, posters, Top 40 charts, QSL cards, letterheads and station promotional materials. Some of these can be seen in `The Art of Radio` © in the Radio Heritage Collection © at http://www.radiodx.com where you`ll also find a growing number of other interesting radio articles (Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD) PROPAGATION +++++++++++ Solar activity was fairly low for most of the week; however, the geomagnetic field was quite disturbed due to coronal hole activity around December 7. MUFs were enhanced slightly until this period when they became depressed on Dec 8 when things returned positive again. MUFs should be near normal apart from depressed on Dec 17. A flare producing region was due to return Dec 12 which may cause elevated geomagnetic activity from Dec 14-15 with a coronal hole possibly becoming geoeffective at this time. Produced using data from http://www.ips.gov.au (Richard Jary, Dec 14, cumbredx via DXLD) ### |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DX LISTENING DIGEST 2-195, December 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 1160: WWCR: Thu 2130 9475, Sat 0700, Sun 0330 5070, 0730 3210, Wed 1030 9475 RFPI: Fri 1930, Sat 0130, 0730, 1330, 1800, Sun 0000, 0600, 1200, 1830, Mon 0030, 0630, 1230, Tue 1900, Wed 0100, 0700, 1300 on 7445 and/or 15039 WBCQ: Mon 0545 7415 WJIE: M-F 1300, daily 0400; Sun 0630, Mon 0700, Tue 0630 on 7490 ONDEMAND http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/worldofradio.html [from Fri] [High] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160h.ram [Low] (Download) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.rm (Stream) http://www.k4cc.net/wor1160.ram (Summary) http://www.worldofradio.com/wor1160.html [from Thu] MUNDO RADIAL, nueva emisión para diciembre/enero, a partir del 13 de diciembre en WWCR, 9475, los viernes a las 2215v, miércoles 2200. Y: (Corriente) http://www.worldofradio.com/mr0212.ram (Bajable) http://www.worldofradio.com/mr0212.rm (Guión) http://www.worldofradio.com/mr0212.html [desde jueves] ** ARGENTINA. SIDEBAND --- What! I can hear you saying! How come SSB is ``allowed`` for SWBC articles? These days you can hear the programmes of a number of domestic stations from this country, relayed over an SSB transmitter. This is presumed to be near the capital city of Buenos Aires and is probably a military station being utilised to carry the various domestic MW stations to farther points in the nation. One suggestion has been that this is the General Pacheco Radio, but I`m not sure. In any event, it is possible to log (and QSL) several stations on such frequencies as 29810, 20276, 15820, 9115, 4588 kHz and others. Broadcasts are erratic, but if you keep checking you are likely to pick up a sideband transmission (usually LSB, but I`ve heard both sidebands simultaneously on rare occasions, with a different station on each!) Here in Ontario, reception seems to be best in the evenings, after say 2300 UT. The most frequently heard station is R. Continental 590 AM which often carries sports commentaries. Others include R. Rivadavia 620, and Radio Diez 710, the latter styling itself as ``the most powerful Radio in the country``! (altho its listed power on the broadcast band is 10 kW!) [As consultant David Gleason frequently points out on the NRC list, it`s actually 100 kW, directional, necessary just to cover Gran B.A. on 710 versus all the manmade noise ---gh]. Programming on these stations is varied, with music, sports, news, and phone-in shows. All the above have QSLed to yours truly at various times with nice cards. They are located in B.A. and reports can be sent to the addresses given in WRTH. It has been suggested in the past that this type of relay is used to send programmes to the Argentine Antarctic community; however, they have their own broadcast facility, R. Nacional Arcángel. A good time to listen might be when there are political moves afoot, such as a speech by the President, which I heard this year. Be aware that from time to time an unidentified station may be aired (one such example was Radio Planeta in May 2001, possibly an FM music station). So you see, here is a pathway to new experiences, a change from tuning the external service RAE. Good listening! (Tom Williamson, Station Profile, Dec ODXA Listening In, retyped by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** ARGENTINA. RAE`s Actualidad DX ``un programa de Gabriel Iván Barrera``, confirmed around 2315-2325 UT Tue Dec 10: 15345 clear of QRM but very heavy flutter made copy difficult. The sound of the flutter overrode the modulation. I was able to tell the announcer was talking about SW stations, frequencies and schedules. \\ 11710 also seemed to be there, but under heavy QRM; 6060 not audible in splash of something. Switching 15345 to USB helped a little. Good thing it`s not any closer to R. Martí Delano blaster on 15330, which at times cross- modulated, overloading the receiver. Separate Suplemento is Fri at same time; both also in morns at 1220 on 15345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** AUSTRIA. 21590 0900-1130 BBC Arabic via Moosbrunn site (NWDXC Dec 8, BC-DX via DXLD) Let`s see, is this the first time BBC have used Moosbrunn site? Hard to keep track (gh, DXLD) ** BELARUS`. The bubble carrier on 7106v is modulated with Minsk FS \\ 7210. They have had frequency generator problems in the past, so now we are there again. As I reported already last evening, the wobbler on 7106 was the Minsk-Kalodzishchy transmitter with a technical problem (Olle Alm, Sweden, BC-DX Dec 8 via DXLD) Viz.: Heavy Bubble JAMMING from an unknown site observed Dec 8 at 2000 UT onwards on v7105 kHz (Wolfgang Bueschel, ibid.) ** BOLIVIA. 4716.91, Radio Yura seemingly back with much reduced strength noted *0958 to 1021 GMT Dec 11. Transmitter problems? Has been AWOL for ten days or more (Bob Wilkner, FL, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** BOLIVIA. 4930. RADIO SAN MIGUEL. Riberalta, Bolivia. 2320-2345 Dic. 6. EX - 4925v ??? Música salsa. Luego un mensaje de Navidad y varios anuncios con campañas en contra de la violencia familiar, Defensoria del Pueblo. ``...4925 khz onda corta, San Miguel; formar e informar es nuestra meta...Red ERBOL, revolución en la radio de Bolivia...`` Luego de las 2330 el programa La Voz de mi Comunidad. La señal era muy estable en los 4930, tanto así que me fue posible escuchar la señal de Rádio Difusora de Tabauté en 4925 (Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia, Conexión Digital via WORLD OF RADIO 1160, DXLD) See also HONDURAS, another 4930 ** CANADA. RCI in French at 1705 Dec 11 on 2nd harmonic 43130. This was quite weak and fading, while fundamental 21565 was very good (Ron Trotto, IL, WORLD OF RADIO 1160, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. Radio IDs in Canada Hi Glenn, I did some surfing and found a document pertaining to all radio stations EXCEPT broadcasting stations. A PDF is attached to this e-mail. I haven't yet found anything pertaining to broadcast IDs. Radio stations in Montreal rarely use their legal ID. Radio Ville-Marie is CIRA 91.3 Q92 is CFQR 92.5 Radio Énergie is CKMF 94.3 Mix 96 is CJFM 95.9 CHOM Ninety-seven-seven is CHOM 97.7 (they drop the decimal point in the ID) COOL-FM is CKOO 98.5 Radio Classique is CJPX 99.5 FM Rythme FM is CFGL 105.7 CITE Rock Détente is CITE 107.3 There are exceptions: - News-talk stations CJAD 800 and CKAC 730 use their call signs in their monickers - All-news stations CINW 940 and CINF 690 use their official call signs right before the top and bottom of the hour - CKOI 96.9 uses its official calls as its name - Most community stations use their official call signs as their name In Montreal, the CBC (Radio One) provides complete station IDs for Montreal and Quebec City (together) at about 4:57 a.m., after the national anthem. This info contains call letters, frequency, studio addresses, transmitting antenna location and transmitting power. That is followed by a list of all the AM and FM repeating stations in the province. I've only heard a full station ID for Radio Two only once before -- and I was half asleep at the time. During hours of national programming, CBC Montreal gets its own IDs (This is/You're listening to CBC Radio One, 88.5, Montreal; CBC Radio Two, 93.5, Montreal). Radio One outside Montreal is identified as the Quebec Community Network, almost never with a specific location and frequency. Radio Two Sherbrooke and Quebec City get a combined ID, which sometimes gets cut off by the computer because it's too long! (CBC Radio Two, 89.7 Sherbrooke and 96.1 Quebec City). CBC also uses what I like to call "super-regional" identification in the Eastern provinces: "This is CBC Radio One in the Maritimes." I've heard this on weekends and after the "super-regional" weather following the 10 p.m. news, weeknights on CBA Moncton. Cheers, (Ricky Leong, QC, Dec 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CANADA. Had an e-mail back from the CBC today confirming that I was hearing Regina's Z-99 over CBKF1 yesterday. Apparently CBKF1 picks up the program feed over the air from the Regina FM transmitter. The CBC was working on that transmitter and with no signal, the receiver at Gravelbourg locked onto the next strong signal up the dial, which turned out to be Z-99. It wouldn't surprise me if the CBC techs in Regina had totally forgotten about 690. This situation existed until sometime this morning, so if anyone was hearing some unexpected pop music on 690, that could be why. 73, (Nigel Pimblett, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Dec 9, IRCA via DXLD) Ha! When will stations learn not to use scanning/searching/seeking receivers for relay purposes??!! Same problem KXMS Joplin had several times with input to their webcast, now defunct (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** CHINA. 4000.08, 0957-, R. Nei Menggu, Dec 9. Female heard in Mandarin language with long talks. S2 signal level. Presumed ID at toh but not really sure as Male announcer heard at that time with lower modulation (Bob Montgomery, DX-pedition to French Creek State Park, PA, NRD535d, long wire, Cumbre DX via DXLD) toh = top of hour ** CHINA. CHINA'S JAMMING OF U.S. INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING From http://www.bbg.gov/_bbg_news.cfm?articleID=50&mode=general Washington, D.C., December 09, 2002-- The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. nonmilitary international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA). Our mission, quite simply, is to "promote and sustain freedom and democracy by broadcasting accurate and objective news and information about the United States and the world." In China, however, we face a serious problem in fulfilling that mandate because Beijing is working hard to prevent the news we report from getting through to the Chinese people. Even as China is actively trying to expand its role in the global marketplace, it is isolating its people, cutting off the free flow of information and denying citizens reliable and credible news from the United States, among other places. The BBG, which monitors jamming with the assistance of the Federal Communications Commission, knows that virtually all of VOA's and RFA's shortwave radio transmissions directed to China in that country's languages are jammed. VOA broadcasts in Cantonese, Mandarin and Tibetan. RFA broadcasts in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tibetan and Uyghur. Unfortunately, jamming seems to be on the rise, despite increased commercial and diplomatic contacts between the United States and China. In Lhasa, Tibet 's capital city, for example, it is impossible to receive a good signal for VOA Tibetan, even though the service is on three or five frequencies, depending on the time of day. As has been widely reported, the Chinese government also is determined to censor the fast-growing internet by blocking sites, including those of VOA http://www.voanews.com and RFA http://www.rfa.org Researchers at Harvard Law School recently concluded China has the world's most censored internet, with the government blocking up to 19,000 websites. Additionally, email subscription services are blocked. The BBG - along with, we hope, all Americans -- is concerned about the Chinese government's actions for a number of reasons. First, it's a human rights issue: Everyone is entitled to factual, uncensored information. Second, the Chinese people know woefully little about the United States - and that's not good. Surveys show a disturbing 68 percent of urban dwellers in China consider the United States their country's number one enemy. By controlling outside media, the Chinese government has manipulated the news and stopped the United States from telling its side of the story. As a result, some 1.2 billion people are ill- informed about our people, our culture, our democracy, our freedoms and our government policies. Not only are the Chinese government's actions wrong - they're unfair. While China jams VOA and RFA, the United States allows China's government television, CCTV, on many cable systems across the country. China Radio International, China's government radio, broadcasts unjammed on shortwave and on a number of affiliated AM and FM radio stations in the United States. Of course, as a country that support a free exchange of views and ideas, we wouldn't have it any other way. At the same time, the U.S. government has granted more than 40 journalists from China's state-run media permission to live and work in the United States without restriction. The same cannot be said about China where American journalists work under more stringent restrictions. Moreover, the Chinese have refused to increase from two the number of correspondents working for U.S. international broadcasting in China. So what can be done? At a minimum, the issue needs to be brought to the forefront of the public agenda. Top administration officials already have promised to raise the issue with the Chinese through diplomatic channels and other discussions so we're hopeful that there might be some movement on that front. The BBG also has filed complaints of "harmful interference" with the International Telecommunications Union monthly since August 2000, claiming Chinese jamming violates radio regulations. China first acknowledged receipt of the complaints in July 2002, and again in August 2002. Failure to acknowledge complaints is itself a violation of radio regulations. China insists, implausibly, that what we hear as jamming is merely an accidental overlap of broadcasts on the country's highly congested airwaves. The BBG believes these responses are duplicitous at best. Chinese officials have not responded positively to a U.S. request to discuss frequency management. To overcome jamming, the BBG generally broadcasts on different frequencies to reach a broad geographic region. U.S. international broadcasting spends about $9.5 million annually to transmit about 100,000 hours of RFA and VOA programming to China. Costs could be slashed about 25 percent if China ceased jamming. China spends a comparable amount to counter U.S. transmissions. Finally, both VOA and RFA continue to research and experiment with proxy servers and mirror internet sites to circumvent the bamboo curtain. But the bottom line is this: the United States, now engaged in a global war on terrorism, cannot afford to have 18 percent of the world's population misinformed about our country. We need a concerted strategy involving Congress and the Executive branch to grapple with this problem - and to stop the jamming. For more information, contact: Joan Mower (202.260.0167 or 202.401.3736), jmower@ibb.gov or go to http://www.bbg.gov (via Mike Terry, Artie Bigley, DXLD) ** CHINA [non]. Re jammer but no Falun Dafa on 5925, DXLD 2-194: FDWR via Sitkunai [LITHUANIA] has been on 6035 from 2100 since the beginning of B02. I do not know what the Chinese are jamming on 5925 at the same time. 6035 is also being jammed (Olle Alm, Sweden, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ** COLOMBIA. 1613.1, RADIO IDEAL. Umbita. 0020-0100 Dic. 7. Música popular, anuncios de Bicicletría Bernalli y Restaurante Los Paisas. ``Escuche todos los sábados a partir de las 7 de la noche por Radio Ideal el mano a mano musical, una cortesía de Bicicletría Bernalli de Umbita...`` Nueva emisora sin licencia operando desde Umbita en el departamento de Boyacá; no es transmitiendo en la banda ampliada sino deficiencias del transmisor ya que mencionan como frecuencia nominal los 1600 kHz; mencionan QTH en Calle 16A No. 3-58 Umbita, Boyacá. 6960, ONDAS DEL ORTEGUAZA. Florencia. 1125-1140 Dic. 7. Armónico (6 x 1160). Música popular ``...en la internacional Ondas del Orteguaza su compañera inseparable...`` Anuncios de Depósito de drogas HyB, bicicletería el Rey. ``...Ondas del Orteguaza de Todelar, la estación amiga de los caqueteños...`` (Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia, Conexión Digital via WORLD OF RADIO 1160, DXLD) ** COLOMBIA. Hi Glenn, You'll appreciate this. Washington Times story mentions Voz de tu Conciencia in Colombia, and actually gives the frequency: 6010. (OK, it doesn't mention that it's variable.) http://www.washtimes.com/world/20021210-85797464.htm (Kim Elliott, DC, Dec 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.: IN COLOMBIA, A MISSION FOR PEACE By Steve Salisbury, THE WASHINGTON TIMES VILLA DE LA PAZ, Colombia --- With prospects for peace in Colombia as remote as at any time during the nation's 38-year-old civil war, hope is being kept alive by a most unusual mediator — an American missionary who has known the Marxist rebels since they kidnapped him almost two decades ago. Russell Martin Stendal, 47, a Protestant missionary from Minneapolis, had been working in Colombia as a rancher and operating a two-Cessna flying service for about eight years when he was taken captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in August 1983. He was released five months later, making him more fortunate than some of the 120 Americans who have been kidnapped in Colombia, mostly by guerrillas. In 1999, FARC rebels kidnapped and killed three American activists who were building a school for an Indian tribe. The FARC later called the slayings a "misunderstanding." Instead of fleeing Colombia, Mr. Stendal, his Colombian wife, Marina, and their four children continue to live in the country. They spend much of their time at a countryside home on the edge of the grounds of the defunct Lomalinda Translation Center, near Puerto Lleras in Meta province. Despite a State Department warning that the FARC extorts from, kidnaps and kills U.S. citizens in Colombia, Mr. Stendal and his younger brother, "Chaddy," have acted as an informal "back channel" and sometimes as mediators in Meta among the FARC, the vigilante United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), local communities and the Colombian army. The brothers do this as part of their efforts to evangelize all the warring parties. "Divine providence put us in the situations where we have had trajectories for many years with both sides that has led to the trust that there is now," Mr. Stendal said. In 1964, the year the FARC was founded, the Stendal family moved from Minnesota to Colombia. Russell Stendal was 8. His father, Chad Stendal Sr., a civil engineer, was among the founders of the Lomalinda Translation Center of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Meta. SIL was set up by Wycliffe Bible Translators to translate the New Testament into Colombia's Indian languages. According to Russell Stendal, the Lomalinda center grew to have nearly 100 households and 300 volunteers — mostly Americans. But in the mid-1970s, SIL became the target of unsubstantiated rumors that it was a U.S. government entity, and in 1981, one of its members, Chester Bitterman, was kidnapped and killed by guerrillas of the now- disarmed and legalized April 19 Movement. Another American missionary was kidnapped by the FARC in the mid-1990s, and SIL's Lomalinda center closed about a year later, Russell Stendal said. "It is astonishing we are all still alive," his father said. "Of the 23 closest personal friends of Chaddy, 20 were killed and three fled the country." Russell Stendal and his brother bought five small houses at Lomalinda, and there Russell Stendal started his first radio station in Colombia, Marfil Stereo at 88.8 FM. That was nearly four years ago. Eighty percent of the station's broadcast content is secular, and 20 percent religious, Russell Stendal said. He later added Radio Alcaraván, 1530 AM , and a short-wave station, the Voice of Your Conscience at 6010 on the 49-meter band, which can be heard in the evening in North America and Europe. These two stations are primarily religious. "Our programming isn't typical Christian programming. It is not trying to get people into our church and not into somebody else's church," Russell Stendal said. "We are trying to bring people into a personal relationship with God, no matter to what group they belong," said his mother, Patricia Stendal. "We produce programs that have solid values, and that deal with attitude and a change of heart, of being tolerant of other people's views and ideas," Russell Stendal said. Mr. Stendal's broadcasting career grew out of his writing his first book, "Rescue the Captors," which he began while a captive of the FARC. The Stendal family said it paid $55,000 for Russell Stendal's freedom, down from the $500,000 ransom demand. The Stendals say they also "donated" a year later more than 80 percent of Chad Stendal Sr.'s 74,000-acre cattle ranch in Meta to landless Indians and peasants — an action that gained the family good will from the guerrillas. Russell Stendal's story reached President Reagan, and he was invited to the White House. Mr. Reagan's director for domestic drug abuse policy met with him and opened doors for Mr. Stendal to make an anti- drug documentary and a two-year speaking tour of American high schools and colleges. In the 1980s and early '90s, the late Rev. Rafael García Herreros, a Colombian priest and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, enlisted Russell Stendal in joint Protestant-Catholic outreach efforts toward outlawed groups. Mr. Stendal tells of driving Father García to secret meetings with the late Medellín cocaine cartel leader Pablo Escobar, where the priest persuaded Escobar to surrender. Except for rustling Stendal cattle in the past two decades, the FARC and the AUC have not bothered the family, Russell Stendal said. That's "because they see we are not political," said Chad Stendal Sr., who lives with his wife in Bogota. "And they also see that we physically help a lot of people, no matter who they are. We have helped a lot of wounded while they were dying." Last month, Villa de la Paz, a community of about 600 people nearly 50 miles south of Lomalinda in an area dominated by the FARC, held a "Forum for Peace." Villager Hilberto Sáenz says the Stendal brothers agreed to help organize it. Residents complained of a deteriorating situation. Some accused the AUC and soldiers of collaborating in a campaign of killings against FARC sympathizers in nearby towns, and they feared it would reach Villa de la Paz. "We cannot deny that there are guerrillas here," said the village treasurer, a 58-year-old man who asked not to be named. "But we are not guerrillas. So, we would like the government to allow the food, medicine and things necessary to live to enter town." Some observers question the need for such a lightly inhabited area, where coca is heavily cultivated, to receive frequent, large deliveries of gasoline, which can be used to extract unrefined cocaine. One villager said the gasoline tankers also smuggle out the coca alkaloid in liquid form. Villa de la Paz was founded in 1986 by peasants and coca growers, under the watch of the FARC --- Colombia's largest guerrilla group, with an estimated 14,000 to 17,000 troops --- and this has put its residents in the FARC-AUC-and-army cross fire. In May, say villagers, laundress Luz Dari Caiceido was killed by government helicopter gunfire on the edge of Puerto Toledo, 18 miles south of Villa de la Paz. Three guerrillas were said to be on the outskirts, but "bullets were hitting the town," said Edilma Marín, who was working at Puerto Toledo's communal pharmacy that day and says she saw Miss Caiceido's bullet-riddled body. Mrs. Marín said the victim was a destitute single mother who left five young children and a tar-paper shack. Perhaps 5,000 people came to Villa de la Paz during the Nov. 23 peace forum, including truckloads of unarmed FARC guerrillas in civilian clothes. It was a hot, sunny day just north of the equator. About 400 people packed a tin-roofed village hall, and hundreds more filled the nearby streets. The smell of veal roasting on spits filled the air. The hall's pink concrete walls were adorned with anti-government and anti-Plan Colombia banners. Speaker after speaker denounced abuses by the army and the vigilantes, but not by the guerrillas. After one old man criticized the United States as the greatest human rights violator in history, a village leader close to the FARC took the microphone to reply. "The United States has two classes," he said, "the exploiters and the exploited. We have Americans with us here, and we honor them." Russell Stendal, who was introduced as one of "the exploited," then took the mike. "Someone told me, 'If our enemies are fearsome, then we are going to be more evil,'" he said. "Instead of being a contest of who can be the worst, why not see who can do the most good?" His listeners applauded when Russell Stendal mentioned his belief that the FARC's 43rd Front, which controls the area, didn't have a policy of kidnapping during the past five years — unlike the FARC in general. After the forum, people crowded around the American's red Chevy Suburban, where assistants passed out some of the 7,000 religious books and Bibles given away that day. Marxism is atheist, but many of the FARC's rank and file were raised as Catholics or Protestants. Nacho, 27, an officer of the FARC's 43rd Front, received Russell Stendal and others just outside Villa de la Paz two hours after the peace forum. He sat with the visitors in plastic chairs under a thatched roof near a small wooden house. Trucks occasionally roared by, raising dust from an adjacent dirt road. Accompanied by about 10 armed guerrillas in camouflage fatigues, Nacho said the idea of a regional peace forum was something to be considered. Three years of virtually fruitless national peace talks between the FARC and the previous Colombian president, Andrés Pastrana, collapsed 10 months ago. But Nacho, who said he is a 10-year FARC veteran, dismissed Russell Stendal's idea that each warring group give up 150 rifles to be melted into a peace monument. "We need the rifles," he replied, laughing. His coppery face frowned in evident disagreement when Hámilton Castro, president of the private Pro-Colombia Foundation, said: "Sincerely, if the FARC commits terrorist acts, then it is terrorist. If the state commits terrorist acts, then it is terrorist." Nacho responded that it is a time of war, and that the FARC has a right to act against its enemies, through means such as bombings and executions. "We are not terrorists," he said. "We are fighting for the people." He said it would be hard to renew peace negotiations as long as the FARC was designated as "terrorist" and U.S. extradition orders were pending against its leaders. Getting into the driver's seat of a green sport utility vehicle, Nacho smiled and shook hands, saying he enjoyed the visit. Mr. Stendal handed him a camouflage-covered Bible. The next day, Russell Stendal's team left Villa de la Paz. At an army checkpoint en route to Puerto Lleras, a soldier snatched a small peace pennant affixed to Mr. Stendal's side mirror. When Mr. Stendal complained, a sergeant ordered the soldier to give it back. Later, among the riverside ruins of Puerto Lleras, a soldier named Alex searched Mr. Stendal in a routine security check and recognized his ID card. Alex pulled out a well-worn copy of Mr. Stendal's book — "The Beatitudes, God's Plan for Battle" — and asked him to autograph it (Washington Times (Moony), Dec 10 via Kim Elliott, DXLD) ** CONGO DR. 11690, 0155-0200, R. Okapi, Dec 9. Very weak audio heard but is that of African music at tune in. Fades above and below noise floor. ID is presumed. S1 signal level. Did not hear an ID at toh (Bob Montgomery, DX-pedition to French Creek State Park, PA, NRD535d, long wire, Cumbre DX via DXLD) ** COSTA RICA. RFPI`s new QSLs have finally arrived after a year or more, and priority is being given to verifying reports and/or follow- ups. 15040 is now 24 hours, and 7445 runs from 2100 to 1200 or 1300. [I am rarely awake before 1300, but I hear something else there, contrary to current HFCC which shows only: 7445 1500 2200 29,38,47,48,52 SRP 250 159 1234567 271002 300303 D RUS VOR GFC 2254 7445 0000 0800 1-4,6-11 CRI 60 30 1234567 271002 300303 D English CTR RPI RPI 20025 R. Peace The last comprehensive schedules we had from TAIWAN admitted they don`t participate in HFCC! So allowance must be made for that. Checking DXLD 2-186, we see TAIWAN on 7445 as follows: 1100-1200 English to SEAs 1200-1300 Indonesian 1300-1500 Variety Network 2 (Chinese) 1500-1600 Thai 2200-2400 Thai So from 1100, RFPI may as well not be on there, unfortunately. Tho aimed at SE Asia, Taiwan signals are quite strong here with a favorable nighttime propagation path. I left 7445 on this afternoon (not a time I usually listen to it), and RFPI faded in around 2200, no QRM. But a few minutes before 2300, pretty heavy co-channel developed, presumably Taiwan. Maybe RFPI has better luck further east (or maybe not) ---gh] Still working on resuming high-speed internet access, streaming; could take one to four weeks more, to work out details, but it *will* happen (James Latham, RFPI Mailbag heard Dec 10 at 1930 on 15039, with co- host Kevin Moore, musician; see his site http://www.chromakey.com --- notes by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) Whence: DEAD AIR FOR "RADIO FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL"? Added on 10-27-2002 Kevin is currently volunteering full time at a shortwave station called "Radio for Peace International", just outside of Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. RFPI is located on the campus of the United Nations University for Peace. Currently the University is trying to evict the station from its land. For more information, you can listen to this report by Freespeech Radio News, broadcast last Wednesday (October 22nd, 2002). Below is the text that introduces the FSRN report. "Last week, the University for Peace, a United Nations project located in Costa Rica, cut off Radio For Peace International's high speed internet con