venerdì 31 luglio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs July 29-31, 2009

** CANADA. CFRX, which had been missing or on very low power for a few days, again audible on 6070, July 31 at 1233, with usual drivetime chat, but warbling het from North Korea which always bothers until after 1250 or so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 29: At 1348 poor on 9000, not heard on 8400. At 1350 good on 11300; 1352 poor on 13970; 1356 good on 15150. July 30: took a day off from monitoring!

July 31: 0445 on 17700 --- unusual time on unusual frequency: WRTH, Aoki and EiBi show not a single station on 17700 at any time. So we can only assume Sound of Hope was on there drawing the jammer.

At 1243, poor on 9000, none on 8400; 1302, fluttery open carrier on 11300, 1305 resuming Firedrake; 1304 on 12040, Firedrake mixing with CNR1 jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 13790, still audible as late as 0450 altho signal declined to poor level, in Spanish // 11760. Per RHC online schedule, 13790 is for Rio de Janeiro until 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI missing again from 9525 or vicinity, July 31 at 1340 during the English hour. No sign of it around 11785 either, just the China/US radio war (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho the University Network transmitter of WWCR was off the air July 27 and 28, it was back July 29 on 13845 at 1352 check; also at 1301 July 31 with black gospel music instead of Tony Alamo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Four days after convixion, Tony Alamo is still rambling on WINB, 9265, July 31 at 1244, replacing Brother Scare on the schedule; 1259 ID and joining another preacher in progress with no introduxion or identification of whom (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


DX MIX NEWS # 583                                              31 July 2009
GERMANY(non)  Summer A-09 of Media Broadcast(ex DTK T-Systems).Part 1 of 4:
Voice of Croatia:
0100-0500 on  9925 NAU 100 kW / 325 deg to NWAm Croatian/English/Spanish
2200-0300 on  9925 WER 100 kW / 240 deg to SoAm Croatian/English/Spanish
2300-0300 on  9925 WER 100 kW / 300 deg to NEAm Croatian/English/Spanish

Radio Japan NHK World
0330-0400 on  6130 WER 250 kW / 045 deg to RUS  Russian
0430-0500 on  6130 WER 250 kW / 060 deg to RUS  Russian
0530-0600 on  9850 WER 500 kW / 195 deg to WeAf French
0530-0600 on 11750 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WeAf French
0830-0900 on 15190 WER 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Persian
1200-1230 on  9790 WER 250 kW / 300 deg to WeEu English
Corrections, now via VT Communications:
1300-1345 on 15215 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs Bengali, ex 17595 WER
1345-1430 on  9585 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg to SoAs Hindi, ex 17595 WER
1430-1515 on  9680 TAC 100 kW / 170 deg to SoAs Urdu, ex 17595 WER

Polish Radio External Service
1030-1100 on 11915 WER 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu Polish
1030-1100 on 11995 NAU 100 kW / 100 deg to EaEu Polish
1100-1130 on 13745 WER 100 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Russian
1100-1130 on 13840 WER 100 kW / 090 deg to EaEu Russian
1130-1200 on  5965 WER 100 kW / non-dir to WeEu German
1130-1200 on  5975 WER 100 kW / 040 deg to WeEu German
1200-1300 on  7330 NAU 100 kW / 005 deg to WeEu English
1200-1300 on  9525 WER 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu English
1300-1330 on 11835 WER 100 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Russian
1300-1330 on 13690 WER 500 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Russian
1330-1430 on  9440 JUL 100 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Belorussian
1330-1430 on 11975 JUL 100 kW / 070 deg to EaEu Belorussian
1430-1500 on 11750 JUL 100 kW / 085 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1430-1500 on 11955 WER 100 kW / 045 deg to EaEu Russian
1500-1530 on  9440 JUL 100 kW / 070 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1500-1530 on 11750 WER 100 kW / 075 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1530-1600 on  5975 WER 100 kW / 045 deg to WeEu German
1530-1630 on  9670 JUL 100 kW / 085 deg to EaEu Polish
1630-1700 on  9670 WER 100 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Belorussian
1700-1800 on  7265 WER 040 kW / 300 deg to NoEu English DRM
1700-1800 on  9790 ISS 100 kW / 025 deg to NoEu English
1800-1830 on  6140 WER 100 kW / 075 deg to EaEu Russian
1800-1830 on  9695 WER 100 kW / 120 deg to EaEu Hebrew
1830-1900 on  6175 WER 100 kW / 075 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1830-1930 on  6140 WER 100 kW / 075 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1900-1930 on  6050 WER 100 kW / 045 deg to EaEu Russian
1930-2000 on  6030 WER 040 kW / non-dir to WeEu German DRM
1930-2000 on  6135 WER 100 kW / 040 deg to WeEu German
2100-2200 on  6155 WER 100 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Polish
2100-2200 on  7245 NAU 250 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Polish

WYFR (Family Radio):
1800-1900 on  3975 WER 100 kW / non-dir to CeEu Hungarian
1800-1900 on  9635 NAU 250 kW / 230 deg to SoEu Spanish
1800-1900 on  9895 WER 100 kW / 105 deg to SEEu Romanian
1900-2000 on  3975 WER 100 kW / non-dir to SEEu Serbian
1700-1900 on  9565 NAU 250 kW / 065 deg to EaEu Russian
1600-1700 on 11670 NAU 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Persian
1700-1800 on 11850 WER 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Persian
1600-1700 on 13645 WER 500 kW / 120 deg to N/ME Arabic
1700-1800 on 11885 WER 500 kW / 120 deg to N/ME Arabic
1800-1900 on 11600 WER 250 kW / 150 deg to NoAf Arabic
1900-2000 on  9590 WER 500 kW / 150 deg to NoAf Arabic
1900-2000 on 11840 WER 500 kW / 210 deg to WeAf French
2000-2200 on  6115 NAU 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf Arabic
2200-2300 on  7420 WER 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf Arabic
1700-1800 on 13840 WER 100 kW / 180 deg to NEAf Arabic
1800-1900 on 13790 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf Hausa
1900-2200 on  9610 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf English
2000-2100 on  9595 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf French
2100-2200 on  9720 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf French
1600-1700 on 15750 NAU 500 kW / 155 deg to EaAf Amharic
1700-1800 on 15750 NAU 500 kW / 155 deg to EaAf Swahili
1400-1500 on 13605 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to CeAs Uzbek
1300-1500 on 15255 NAU 500 kW / 084 deg to SoAs Bengali
1400-1500 on 13660 WER 500 kW / 090 deg to SoAs Sinhala
1400-1600 on 15670 WER 500 kW / 090 deg to SoAs Hindi
1400-1600 on 15715 WER 500 kW / 090 deg to SoAs Kannada
1500-1600 on 13830 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SoAs Gujarati
1500-1700 on 15370 NAU 500 kW / 095 deg to SoAs Tamil
1600-1700 on 11680 WER 500 kW / 090 deg to SoAs Hindi
1700-1800 on 11730 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SoAs Punjabi
1400-1500 on 15690 ISS 500 kW / 088 deg to SoAs Malayalam
2200-0100 on 11965 GUF 250 kW / 170 deg to SoAm Portuguese
0000-0100 on  9760 GUF 250 kW / 215 deg to SoAm Spanish
0200-0300 on  9760 GUF 250 kW / 215 deg to SoAm Spanish

giovedì 30 luglio 2009

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation to drop shortwave/mediumwave

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) is to stop using short and medium
wave frequencies so as to save on costs, writes Dennis Itumbi for Information Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo said the
frequencies were consuming too much power and were already overtaken by
technological advances. The national broadcaster has also committed to
reduce its power bills by at least Shs. 25 million ($330,000) as a way of
dealing with its debts. After a meeting with the Parliamentary committee on
Energy, Communication and Information, he said a review of spending at the
KBC would be conducted so as to make it more competitive. (Source: via Media Network)

Speciale tip Challenger Radio 1566 kHz

1566 30/7 1302 Challenger Radio, Villa Estense PD Px "Studio Dx" It 24433

Nino Marabello
Treviso / Italia

ANT: esterna azimuth 230°

mercoledì 29 luglio 2009

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

BONAIRE   Radio Netherlands Intl Relay-RNI   6190  0355  Dutch  433  July 25  OM with comments. Also an OM with ID at 0357.  Anthem music and off the air 0357.

CUBA   Radio Habana Cuba-RHC   6120  0400  Spanish  444  July 25  OM with ID 0358. IS and YL with an ID 0400. YL and OM with comments 0401.

ECUADOR   HCJB Global   9745  0418  Spanish  444  July 22  OM vocal hymn music. OM ancr and instrumental music 0420.

EGYPT   Egyptian Radio   6290  0352  Arabic  333  July 25  OM with comments..

FRENCH GUIANA   Voice of Russia Relay-VOR   9735  0335  Spanish  444  July 25  Two OMs with comments. YL with comments with an OM 0340 plus an ID as VOR.

SPAIN   Radio Exterior Espana-REE   9630  0426  Spanish  444  July 22  YL and OM in a conversation.

UNITED STATES   WRNO   7505  0349  English  333  July 25  YL vocal music hymns.

UNITED STATES   WTJC   9370  0346  English  333  July 25  Choir music vocals.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

martedì 28 luglio 2009

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

ALBANIA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   6020  0327  Chinese  333  July 19  YL and OM with comments. Then a YL with vocal music.

CANADA   Radio Japan Relay-NHK   5960  0325  Japanese  333  July 19  Two OMs with comments plus a YL with vocal music.

CUBA   China Radio Intl relay-CRI   9790  0415  Chinese  444  July 22  YL with comments.

GERMANY   Bible Voice Relay   13590  1740  English  333  July 21  Choir music plus an OM with comments.

PORTUGAL   Voice of Germany Relay-DW   17610  1717  French  444  July 21  YL with comments. OM with comments 1725. OM with DW ID 1726.  YL with comments 1728.

RUSSIA   Voice of Russia-Vladivostok-VOR   13775  0405  English  333  July 22  YL with comments.

RWANDA   Voice of Germany Relay-DW   17860  1712  Arabic  433  July 21  OM with comments.

SPAIN   Radio Exterior Espana-REE   17595  1730  Spanish  333  July 21  OM with an REE ID plus a YL too.  Spanish band music 1732.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

lunedì 27 luglio 2009

Aggiornamenti sul ricevitore DRM Uniwave

Qualche aggiornamento sul ricevitore DRM Uniwave, come potete leggere qui sotto sara' presentato all'IBC di Amsterdam, il lancio commerciale e' previsto per fine settembre, il prezzo e' di 200 dollari. Come si puo' leggere sotto sembra che ci sia qualche problema ad usarlo con le pile.. un set di quattro pile (C - MezzaTorcia) permette l'ascolto in DRM per un solo pomeriggio...

Saluti, Andrea

RNZI Frequency Manager Adrian Sainsbury informs in the 27th July edition of RNZI mailbox program that Uniwave Di-wave 100 DRM receiver is expected for Europen launch by 2nd week of Sept'09 and the early production run will cost approx USD 200.

- Di-wave 100 will go into production in early Sept'09.
- Official launch at IBC, Netherlands (11-15 Sept'09)
- Europen launch expected by 2nd week of Sept'09
- Early Prodn run will cost approx USD 200.

I recently tried out the Uniwave Di-Wave DRM receiver for two evenings. Each evening it used up a set of four C-cell batteries, but it did receive DRM as well as my RFSpace SDR-IQ software defined receiver, which must be used with a PC and, for DRM reception, a second sound card. On the third evening, with its third set of batteries, the Uniwave refused to turn on. And so ended my trial of the Uniwave Di-Wave DRM receiver. It was a prototype, and sometimes the bugs are not yet worked out. Posted: 21 Jul 2009 Permalink

Andrea Borgnino IW0HK - HB9EMK

Glenn Hauser logs July 27, 2009

** BULGARIA. 9600 with choral music July 27 at 0542. If it`s in –00, chances are it`s R. Bulgaria, and quickly confirmed as such by // 11600 with about same good reception. This is the German semi-hour at 306 degrees on both, exactly the same azimuth as used for NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. CFRX had been reported missing from 6070 lately, and July 27 at 1318 check no sign of it here, so off the air? No, Steve Lare in much closer Michigan was hearing it at 1230, but much weaker than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 27: at 1313 fair on 8400, and also at 1319 on 9000. At 1329 nothing audible on 13970; at 1334 very poor with flutter on 14430 and 15150, no other solo Firedrake heard. But Firedrake mixed with CNR1 jamming was again the case at 1324 on 12040 and at 1326 on 11805. CNR1-only jamming at 1327 on 11785 mixing with target also in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. UT July 27 at 0534 on 11760, RHC in Spanish with 26 de Julio speech including PA reverb on the Plaza, applause, at the moment recounting Cuba`s first revolution against Spanish colonialism. Concluded with ``¡Viva Fidel!`` --- ``¡Viva!,`` spurts the crowd; ``¡Viva Cuba Libre!`` --- ``¡Viva!``, spurts the crowd again.

Suspect it was Hermano Raúl, who seems to be sounding more vigorous as he gets to orate more. Why he would be calling for rum drinx or a clandestine radio station to live long, I don`t know. Yes, outro at 0535 said it was Raúl, on the 56th anniversary of Moncada. 0551 checked the 49m outlets and found Spanish also on 6120, 6000, English on 6140, 6060, 6010. 11760 was atop NHK in Russian // 11715 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 11690, poor with VTC fill music loop, July 27 at 0533, when SENTECH is supposed to be carrying R. Okapi to the Congo DR. This happens far too frequently. No RTTY QRM at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENERS)

** U K. 9915 at 0540 July 27 in Arabic, along with some noise and hum on frequency, unsure of source. Listed as BBCWS both via Skelton 300 kW, 180 degrees and Rampisham 250 kW, 140 degrees between 0500 and 0700, tho Skelton starts by itself at 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. July 27 at 1330, no signal on 13845, so figured there was zero sporadic E this morning --- but when I came to 15825, WWCR was inbooming, so 13845 was off the air and Es was in play; still could hear PMS on Anguilla 11775, whew, so all is not lost. BTW, her Costa Rica outlets kept being registered as if they were on the air, but not any more.

Since ``Tony Alámo`` was convicted Friday and removed from the WWCR schedule on Saturday, today`s the day, Monday July 27, to find what replaced him at 13-14 UT on 15825. At 1330, black gospel music; 1335 ad for American Family Insurance, more mx; 1351, ad for Shower to Shower body powder (did Tony ever use that to make himself more attractive to the girls he ``married``?), American Family Insurance again, which it seems is the sponsor of the show ``Inspirations Across America``.

1358 cut to a Creation Moment, in the relentless drive by the forces of ignorance to bury the scientific method. 1400 WWCR ID, serving the Statue of Liberty --- has anyone ever really heard WWCR inside the SOL? All that metal should be quite a barrier to SW signals, tho maybe audible with a clear shot from the crown outlook. Then another show ``The Liberating Secret, with Sylvia Pierce``. Make that Pearce, per the WWCR online sked, which does show that, but still just TBA for the previous hour.

The huge signal on 15825, if not 13845, called for another routine check of 18770 for the WWRB harmonic --- yes, at 1337 peaking S9+10 with Hallelujah Chorus // 9385, 1339 segué to a bit of another hymn, overcome by BS. After 1430 there was Es reaching channel 2 TV, such as bits of the Hoy morning show from Mexico`s Televisa around 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. These YFR tests (?) to SAm in English via Ascension have been canceled: 22-01 on 9835, 00-03 on 7335, 9420, the latter two clashing with Vatican and Greece respectively, and replaced with:
22-23 on 6035, 23-01 on 7235. None of this confirmed yet by monitoring (Glenn Hauser, July 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

MV Baltic Radio next Sunday

MV Baltic Radio is on next Sunday the 2nd of August 2009 at 09.00 to 10.00 UTC on our normal channel of 6140 KHz.


Woodstock celebrates its 40th anniversary

Next week in our transmission we will present a special programme all about the Woodstock festival of 1969.


M.V.Baltic. Information:

MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for summer 2009

1st    Sunday – MV Baltic Radio

3rd    Sunday – European Music Radio

4th    Sunday – Radio Gloria International


We wish you good listening and good reception!


73s Tom


domenica 26 luglio 2009

TIPS Roberto Pavanello

 1287   23/7 21.58 SER Castilla - Burgos SS ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 4775   25/7 03.50 TWR - Manzini Lomwe MX afro buono
 4845   25/7 23.20 R. Cultura - Manaus PP sport buono
 5835   26/7 08.30 R. Thunderbird - EE ID e MX buono
 5910   25/7 04.05 Marfil Estereo - Bogotà SS MX buono
 6019.6 25/7 23.25 R. Victoria - Lima SS NX suff.
 6220   26/7 09.00 R. Marabù - EE ID e MX ottimo
 6310   24/7 20.10 Delta R. - Dutch ID e MX buono
 7125   25/7 23.15 R. Guineè - Conakry FF MX afro suff.
 7550   26/7 08.50 R. Amica -
IT MX buono
 9565   24/7 21.15 R. Deus es Amor - Curitiba PP predica suff.
11780   24/7 21.25 R. Nac. Amazonas - Brasilia PP MX buono
11925   24/7 21.20 R. Bandeirantes - Sao Paulo PP NX suff.
Vercelli / Italia

Glenn Hauser logs July 25-26, 2009

** CHINA. ChiCom jamming check July 26: at 1235 on 15255, echoing CNR1 ID, no sign of victim, VOA Chinese via Philippines, except SAH which could as easily have been between two jamming transmitters; then xylophone music.

At 1237, Firedrake alone, poor on both 8400 and 9000. At 1308 also poor on 13970, 1310 just barely audible on 14430. 1354 good on 15150 and // the Firedrake portion of 12040.

Back at 1308, found CNR1 PLUS Firedrake on 12040, good signals also against VOA Chinese via Tinang. Usually we don`t hear both CNR1 and Firedrake jamming on same frequency, but Ron Howard first reported such mixtures July 25.

At 1350 on 11805 also CNR1 plus Firedrake. No echo from CNR1, however, so perhaps the echoer was switched to Firedrake audio feed. 11805 is yet another VOA Chinese outlet, this time via Thailand, as like a spoiled child, the ChiCom yell as loud as they can to keep from hearing what they desperately need to hear; meanwhile their own slanted side is pervasive and unimpeded on SW into the USA tnx to their Canadian comrades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 15120 and 15360 at 1236 July 26 with raucous crowd noise, vivas, probably warming up for mandatory celebrations in the Plaza; but at 1238 back to `normal` programming from studio, i.e. obsession with the ``cinco anti-terroristas``, while Rebelde, still audible on 5025, was in music.

Would there be any ``Aló, Presidente`` this week? It`s been missing since sometime in June before the Honduran (non)coup. Apparently not. At 1450, RHC still going on 11760, 13760 and 13780, altho missing from 13680 which normally runs to 1500; but nothing found on the listed A,P frequencies 11690, 12010, 13750, 17750.

1520 nothing found on those four either, but: RHC`s weekly Sunday Esperanto broadcast was back not only on 11760, but also on unscheduled 5965 and 11800! Does that make up for pre-empting it several weeks from one frequency? 6000 and 13760 also on the air but only open carrier.

Possibly the extended and never listed midday Spanish broadcasts past 1500 have now ended? But Mel Zelaya is still in exile! No, at 1547, RHC Spanish programming had resumed on 5965, 11690, 11760, 11800, 13760; so they just paused to squeeze in Esperanto (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI 1200 Spanish via GUIANA FRENCH, July 26 at 1227 interviewing singer, ID in passing as ``RFI en castellano`` tho I notithed no lithping, a bit of music and off without any despedida at 1230. VG signal as always (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9524.9, July 26 at 1305 check in English with elexion news reconfirming Megawati lost; good but with hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. A lot of Es openings lately have been too far north or too far east to affect OK much, or the patch is overhead, i.e. too close, but finally July 25 around 2200 UT I am getting Mexicans, especially on 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (what`s that in Spanish?! just ``Las Tortugas Ninya`` per narrator) with breaks 2209-2212 for Televisa promos, Puebla PSAs, audio ID as tres-TV. Constant bug upper right with a 3 in the left side of a square, not sure what`s in the rest of it. Answer from Oglethorpe --- tv, that makes sense; but off the screen by my overscanned TV set. Have seen XHP a number of times before.

Also in brief fadeup earlier at 2152 on channel 3 was an Azteca-13 promo. Per, the only fullpower fit, 20 kW, is XHCVT-TV in, where else, Ciudad Victoria, capital of Tamaulipas; but there are two low-power ones elsewhere. And well after the definite XHP log above, at 2253, some channel 3 appeared briefly with a ``wrestling`` match, or rather lucha libre, labeled TOLTECA.

BTW, with US analog TV stations gone, and no lowband DTV anywhere around here, the band is wide open for DX, but now I have to watch out for cable radiation, and furthermore one of my VCRs puts out enough signal on channel 3 to make wavy line QRM, any time it`s on, whether or not its RF modulator is in the `transmit` mode! And any time it`s `off`, same VCR puts noise peaks on SW. Cannot win --- except by unplugging it and losing all programming every time (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9715 via Bonaire, Sunday July 26 at 1224, Jaime Báguena and guest wrapping up 20-minute Cartas @ RN show, i.e. starting at 1205 among other times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 15560, RDPI with Abraço da Madeira program on Sunday, July 26 at 1233 giving several phone numbers, including an 800, back to music. VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 9735, July 26 at 1225 open carrier, no spurs. I conclude that RTI`s Japanese service, which modulates at 11-12 and 13-14, just leaves the carrier on during the intervening hour. Bright idea: why not add modulation then too and get more mileage out of it? Could be done for negligible cost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Sunday July 26 at 1225 found Chris, Lobdell Pirating with Cumbre on 9410, i.e. the end of DXing with Cumbre which must have started at 1200 on the WHRI frequency which weekdays relays BBC Mundo at 12-13. 1236 recheck: a wacky preacher urging us to get ready for the rapture.

Time to search the WHR online program schedule again for DXing with Cumbre times. If you put ``Lamb`` into search by program host, you get nothing, but the finicky engine finds a number of DWC times if you enter ``Marie Lamb``, including this one on Angel 2, and also Saturday at same time 1200. Many of the others we know are imaginary, such as the next broadcast on Sunday, 1430 on Angel 6, 11785, for it was off the air when I checked at 1449, tho it had been on earlier at 13-14 for Hmong Lao Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. NPR via AFRTS Guam, 5765-USB, quite listenable Sunday July 26 at 1240-1248 with Will Shortz` puzzle segment on Weekend Edition Sunday; static crashes still seem odd on a show normally heard on pristine FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Conferma sul programma bcl di radio amica

Ho appena ascoltato sui 7550 KHz di Radio Amica il programma dx per appassionati: "Amica radio news". La trasmissione della durata di 15 minuti circa, oggi un pò di meno per la verità, è pieno zeppo di notizie sul radioascolto in onde corte. Il programma è ben fatto e va dunque ascoltato. Per gli orari allora confermo quanto gia detto, va in onda il sabato alle ore 19.00 UTC e  in replica la domenica ore 08.00 UTC. La replica domenicale è stata anticipata di un ora per fare in modo che la trasmissione non si vada ad accavallare con Studio DX dell'AWR che va inonda alle ore 09.00 UTC. Sperando di aver reso un servizio a tutti utile vi saluto cordialmente con una buona domenica.
Gianni Urso

sabato 25 luglio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs July 24-25, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. Did not get around to reconfirming VOBI via WHRI Friday July 17, but I did July 24 --- yes, still on 15665 at 1900, usual stuff, protracted musical opening ceremonies, before getting down to anti-Nigerian business (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 25: at 1259 nothing on 8400, and poor on 9000, checked just in time before going to open carrier at 1300. At 1326 poor on 13970 with totally-percussion passage; 1328 JBA on 14430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC July 25 at 0635: Spanish on 11760, 6140, 6120, 6000; English on 6060, 6010. This is the usual pattern lately, but not always. Have any of these changes been made on its own schedule, ---? Of course not! Still shows all except 6120 in English until 0700, and no Spanish on any frequency in the 05-11 quarterday; 6120 listed only for Esperanto Sundays at 2330-2400, tho it`s been running long Spanish hours at night for weeks.

BTW, take a look at the flag icons for linx to language pages atop the imaginary frequency schedule: English = UK, Spanish = Spain, French = France, Portuguese = Portugal, and Esperanto = green with a star in the corner on a white field, as:

Thus are ignored the much larger areas speaking respective languages which are surely primary targets of RHC: USA, Latin America, Brasil. And Portuguese is still `EM CONSTRUÇÃO`. I say USA rather than NAm, since RHC aims its beams at various US cities, Canada never mentioned, maybe gets overlap, who cares? But displaying Old Glory on the RHC website is no doubt forbidden by the PTB as it might imply some recognition or respect for Enemy #1. So why don`t they speak English with a British accent? It`s hard enough for some of their announcers to speak understandable English at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11880 with lite clicking, July 25 at 1323, but unlike yesterday, this was before the DentroCuban jamming on 11930, and no match on 11980. So my theory that these were matching spurs from a jammer on 11930 is not borne out. However, it could still be a Cuban jamspur. 11845 was grinding away; 11880 clix still audible at 1359, BFO helps, as 11930 Greenville in open carrier atop jamming building up.

At 1400 modulation cut on in musical theme rather than fading it up (no finesse at IBB), and R. Martí`s lead story, week in review was a political prisoner in Holguín on a hunger strike since July 14. Funny, never heard about that on RHC. Cuba has plenty of political prisoners of its own yet only talks incessantly about those in the USA, implying that we have a monopoly on injustice. Big Lie; propaganda by omission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [non]. Most nights after 0500, WRMI is inaudible on 9955 and we wonder if it`s really on the air, but July 25 it was in well at 0630 with expanded R. Prague relays going from English to Spanish. Also VG after 1400 with more Prague in English, mini-features including one lamenting that smoking is being banned by neighboring countries even in bars and restaurants; and that Czechia is losing movie-produxion business from abroad due to lack of state-of-the-art technical facilities (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. Now that `Tony Alámo` has been convicted July 24, how long will it take for SW outlets to cancel his shows? Still awaiting sentencing and appeal, however.

The WINB schedule still lists, probably one hour each, in EDT = UT -4:

Tony Alamo
Mon-11:00A, Mon-03:00P, Mon-06:00P, Tue-11:00A, Tue-03:00P, Tue-06:00P, Wed-11:00A, Wed-03:00P, Wed-06:00P, Thu-11:00A, Thu-03:00P, Thu-06:00P, Fri-11:00A, Fri-03:00P, Fri-06:00P

Or put slightly more concisely: M-F 1500, 1900 and 2200 UT! The first two should be on 13570, the last on 9265. We have certainly heard him on WINB lately when tuning around.

What about WWCR? Aha, the program schedules tho still dated July 1, both in pdf and text, have removed him as of July 25, showing M-F at 8-9 am CT = 13-14 UT on 15825, as TBA! We have surely still been hearing him during that hour since July 1, I think even this past biweek during the Texarkana trial, but now he must really be gone.

As for Radio Africa, who knows the schedule, but he has often been heard around 2200 on 15190. Since programming runs months behind, cancellation there may also be delayed. Panamerican Broadcasting does have a webpage for this: but no schedule.

Watch out for the sound effects. If you click on a sample program, the only way to get rid of audio is to navigate away from the page; presumably hidden flash player. Also under construxion in the lower right corner are three levels of streaming. Getting that to work directly out of Equatorial Guinea is apparently still a challenge.

Alamo has his say, boy does he, on this site:
and also his radio schedule page shows several times on Equatorial Guinea, none of them matching the above, including imaginary 7190:

This info has long been outdated, but still shows WWCR, WINB, and also European Gospel Radio (IRRS/Slovakia) Monday at 0430 on 5990. That airing also appears on its own current schedule, 0630-0730 MESZ:

It should also be interesting to check out if and when the domestic USA stations are canceling him. It could well be that even with life in prison his broadcasts will go on; after all, you don`t even have to be alive to enjoy a thriving radio ministry (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 17530, July 25 at 1330 with news in Persian. I could swear I heard ``Farda`` mentioned, but jingle soon matched that used incessantly on television`s BBC World News (in English which we get via OKLA 13.2 M-F delayed at 2130). Yes, 17530 is BBCWS Farsi at 1230-1500, 500 kW, 95 degrees via Rampisham. Only fair signal and fading down by 1339. Unlisted in PWBR `2009`.

17640, July 25 at 1332 with B-B-C- chimes IS over and over at odd time of hour, still at 1337. Next check at 1349 was in talk and music, fading out before I could decide on language. Must have missed opening at 1345? After a quarter-hour of IS wasting watts? Both Hausa and Burmese start on BBCWS at 1345, but neither scheduled on 17640. However, Aoki shows English via Ascension at 13-17 on 17640, so maybe that was just a feed loss filler (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho on the air when I first tuned around before 1300, WINB missing from 9265, July 25 at 1404, which is normally prolonged on Saturdays with Brother Scare and the Sabbath instead of switching to 13570 as on other days. There was a JBA signal on 13570, but could be VOA São Tomé, which collides with WINB from this and later two other African sites until 1700. Did not sound like Scare, nor at 1605 recheck, and not // 9385 WWRB or 15420 WBCQ --- but these three are never in synch, anyway.

He`s still on the WINB schedule Saturdays all the way from 1200 until 2100, but strangely broken up into 5 segments: 12-13, 13-14, 14-17, 17-2030, 2030-21. Maybe these blox were sold separately as he kept adding time? Altho we had heard it many times, the WINB schedule does not admit to keeping 9265 on late Saturdays only for Stair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Altho VOA was loud and clear on unscheduled 11725 Friday July 24 before and after 1400 with Music Mix, just as I suspected, it was nowhere to be heard the next day, July 25 at 1305 and several more chex during the hour. Some VOA programming is on a M-F basis, so possibly it will be back on Monday, if not another of those unexplained one-off anomalies, tests or mistakes.

At 1318 I tuned up to 11740 for VOA Korean via Tinang, which was in an English lesson, Sinatra`s ``Fly Me to the Moon`` word by word, phrase by phrase, re-spoken, spelled out and idiomatic meanings explained in Korean. I can`t help but wonder at the VOA studios in Washington how much they think they are talking to North Korea and how much to the South. VOK announcers could use a few pointers about how to speak non-stilted English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As expected after a few days` maintenance, WEWN back on the air for the weekend, UT Saturday July 25 at 0544 on 11520, interesting discussion of Gregorian chant, and also the spur on 11530 bothering WYFR.

And at 1315, with WEWN on 11530, now the spur is on 11520, again bothering WYFR. Gets `em one way or `tother. Catholix vs Camping cultists! With BFO on one can also hear matching spurs on the opposite sides of WEWN fundamentals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

venerdì 24 luglio 2009

Radio Gloria International this Sunday

Date 26TH of July 2009,
Time 0900 to 1000 UTC

Channel 6140 KHz

The transmissions of Radio Gloria will be broadcast over the transmitting station Wertachtal in Germany.

The transmitter power will be 100 000 Watts, and we will be using a non-directional antenna system (Quadrant antenna).

Good listening
73s Tom

Glenn Hauser logs July 24, 2009

** ALASKA. 7355, KNLS, July 24 at 1232, ``Hit Me With Your Best Shot`` by Pat Benatar, 1233 talk feature Author`s Journal, but really a sermon about Paul, the religionist credited with pumping up the Jesus myth, quoting from I and II Timothy. 1238 back to music ``from the 80s, 90s and today`` by Pet Shop Boys. F-G signal with deep fades. At 1246 checked // 9780 and could detect English underneath the Chinese radio war. KNLS is certainly a curiosity as one has no interest in its music or its preaching, but WCBC must think it`s the best way to pull in unchurched suckers in the FE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 9660, July 24 at 0519, two stations in English mixing about equally. Normally I just hear R. Australia, which is listed as only 10 kW via Brandon at 00-08; but Vatican is also on there at 0300-0530, the final semihour in English, 175 degrees from SMG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 24: at 1240, audible on 8400 and 9000; at 1345 JBA on 14430, not on 13500, 13970; at 1346 better but only poor on 15150, none higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13840 good in unknown language, July 24 at 0513. That`s R. Dabanga via Madagascar at 0430-0527, 330 degrees. Should have heard jingle IDs as before if I had listened a little longer. Was also getting VOA Kurdish via same on 15380; see U S A  [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9410, BBC Mundo via WHRI, Friday July 24 listened to last few minutes 1253-1300* when playing music fill not classical, but jazzed up Gershwin, etc., medley on flute, clarinet with orchestra. At least it`s not the top-20 as on Tue and Thu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. VOA, 9760 via PHILIPPINES, July 24 at 1320 found Dan Robinson with report on a hearing about USG external broadcasting, including whether replacing SW with internet in Russian was a good idea. Here`s the full story:
`Lawmakers: US Government Broadcasters Crucial to Soft Power Outreach`
with audio linx running 5:35:

Surprised to find a new signal on 11725, July 24 at 1338 with pop music, VOA Music Mix promoting new time for country show Fridays at 1400. At 1343 identified this hour as ``World`s Best Variety on the [singing ID:] VOA Music Mix Network``, now featuring Brian Wilson. 1400 abruptly shifted to news on hour, now // 17585 Greenville and only a slight reverb apart from it. Loud and steady signal on 11725 probably Greenville too, tho 11740 VOA Korean via Tinang was also in well. At 1405, 17585 stayed with news hour, while 11725 split back to VOA Music Mix, ``Mary Morningstar with Country Hits, USA``. Is that her real name? She`s among the presenters on this page:

On 11725 at this time we usually hear, if anything, Harold Droning,
from the YFR relay via Pet/Kam, RUSSIA at 11-15, but no trace of him now. RFE/RL Russian had also been scheduled on 11725, 13-15, switching from Lampertheim to Biblis, GERMANY at 1400, but no trace of that either. Meanwhile, 11725 VOA does not show yet on online schedules, let alone

11725 was still going at 1430 so unseems a transmitter test, but who knows whether it will be there tomorrow?

15380 fair with uncertain language I first guessed was Persian, July 24 at 0509; sounds like VOA. Instead it`s Kurdish via Madagascar, 05-06, 359 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As I tuned across 7 MHz in AM, July 24 at 1220, encountered on 7210.0-LSB, speech in Spanish which even before switching to SSB could tell was not in conversational tones required by ham radio. It could have been a one-way clandestine broadcaster, but really just an exile ham obviously reading a political polemic, anti-Chávez, Zelaya, accusing Chávez of being a narcotraficante. Pause for ID as N1NR, in contact with weaker signals, WT4WT, and W4N--. Then said he had been reading from un periódico de Londres. 1227 moved on to recipes.

I previously logged him in January on same frequency, as in DXLD 9-002 under CUBA [non] and ARRL callsign lookup IDed N1NR as Roig, Nelson, in Bushkill, PA. Now I also look up his contact, WT4WT, and he`s Barreto, Sergio R, in Trenton, FL. The third one was probably W4NNN as before, Carter, Robert V, in Conyers GA. BTW, Roig, of Catalan provenance, I think is pronounced like `Roach` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. As I started to downscan the 16m SWBC band, July 24 at 1350, first came upon some weak intermittent 2-way SSB intruder, which I think was centered on 17896.5, and sounded like Chinese rather than Spanish. Needs much further checking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Glenn Hauser logs July 23, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake July 23: at 1309 audible on 8400, a bit better on 9000; not on 13970. 15285 CNR1 jamming was making it thru (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check July 23 at 0630 news by `Ed Newman`: English this time on 6010, 6060 and 6140, while Spanish was on 6000, 6120 and 11760. Other nights 6140 has been in Spanish, and sometimes 11760 is in English.

Quick check at 1629 found 11760 and 13760 still on the air in extended midday service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI check July 23 at 1314: still on 9524.9 with ID, URL, into Today In History (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN still missing from all frequencies for the second day in a row, July 23; at 0635 nothing on 7555, 11520 or 11870; at 1316, nothing on 11530, 11550 or 12050; at 1630 nothing on 11520, 11550 or 15610 as on the schedule

Last year they were off for two weeks of maintenance, as of July 28; see DXLD 8-086, altho I believe it turned out to be not quite that long. I asked Glen Tapley and he replies July 23, 2009:

``Glenn, We are having downtime until Friday afternoon. We are repairing some slew boxes and transmitters along with our regular maintenance. We project to be back on air this weekend if all goes well. Glen``

So now`s the time to try to DX something else on or near WEWN frequencies, especially the ones flanked by those noisy plus/minus 10 kHz spurs, unless the maintenance takes care of them. For example, V. of Mesopotamia at 12-15 on 11530 (which also collides with WYFR at 04-09) (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

giovedì 23 luglio 2009


Direttrice della Radio internazionale di Serbia: inaccettabile l'abolizione di 6 redazioni

La notizia che temevamo è arrivata, se il contratto è quello proposto dal Ministero competente perdiamo un altro country che trasmette in italiano...
La proposta di Contratto che il Ministero della cultura ha inviato alla Radio internazionale di Serbia (Radio Jugoslavia) e che prevede la chiusura di 6 programmi in lingue straniere non è accettabile, ha dichiarato la direttrice della nostra radio Milena Jokic. La Jokic che ha presentato un mese fa le dimissioni per l'inadeguato comportamento dello stato verso la radio, ha dichiarato che il contratto proposto contiene una serie di irregolarità e che la chiusura delle redazioni non porterà al risparmio, perché saranno aboliti soltanto 10 posti di lavoro, mentre rimane l'intera infrastruttura. Lei ha evidenziato che il programma in lingua araba è molto seguito nei paesi arabi, così che la sua abrogazione significherebbe praticamente l'interruzione di un'importante canale di comunicazione. Nel momento in cui è in atto la lotta strategica per il Kosovo e la nostra posizione nel mondo, l'abolizione della redazione in lingua araba causerebbe gravi danni politici, perché moltissimi paesi arabi non hanno riconosciuto l'indipendenza del Kosovo, valuta la Jokic. Lei ha ricordato che moltissimi giovani di origini serbe nati all'estero non parlano la lingua serba, perciò, come ha evidenziato, è molto importante permettere le trasmissioni in francese, tedesco, ungherese, italiano e greco. La Jokic ha confermato che nell'elaborazione di questo contratto non è stato consultato nessuno nella Radio internazionale di Serbia. Lei ha espresso la convinzione che invece di abolire le redazioni, il Ministero della cultura proporrà un contratto provvisorio sul finanziamento della radio entro la fine dell'anno, dopo di che verrebbe trovata un'altra soluzione di risparmio. Con la proposta del Ministero è prevista l'abolizione delle redazioni, cioè del programma in francese, tedesco, ungherese, italiano, greco ed arabo, e il proseguimento dei programmi in inglese, russo, cinese, albanese e spagnolo. Il Ministero della cultura, come è stato rilevato, ha elaborato la proposta in collaborazione con il Ministero degli esteti. La Radio Jugoslavia viene finanziata dal bilancio.

mercoledì 22 luglio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs July 22, 2009

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake July 22: at 1315, nothing on 8400, poor on 9000. At 1338 nothing audible on 13970 or 14430. Propagation from Asia quite poor today. In fact, nothing but North America (including Cuba, Costa Rica) on 19m, tho Spain, Chile and Ascension were audible on 16m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI still on 9524.9, July 22 at 1336 check in English. Het with CRI after 1400 axually sounded like less than 100 Hz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese, 9735, accompanied by buzzy spurs July 22 at 1338 around 9730, 9740; but not the day before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A deafening silence from WEWN, July 22 around 1330 check: no signals on 11530, 11550 or 12050, scheduled during this hour and usually inbooming here. Another closedown for local lightning? No, weather summary shows there was a cold front approaching Birmingham, but local conditions were only ``broken clouds and light rain``, nothing severe.

What`s the problem? Still absent at next check 1730 when supposed to be on 11550, 15610, 17510. Nominal schedule is at

** U S A [non]. 9760, VOA via PHILIPPINES, news item at 1403 July 22 from Brian Padden in Jakarta about ambushes in mining area concluded by saying ``Papua is at the eastern end of New Guinea`` --- Not Indonesia`s Papua --- the western end! A search at found only one `current` story by him, a different one from July 1. Instead I found the story by searching on Papua
``There has been an ongoing separatist insurgency in Papua, which is on the eastern end of New Guinea``

I hope he at least knows which way is up. Perhaps he meant ``the eastern end of Indonesia`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

martedì 21 luglio 2009

Coconut Wireless - Radio Heritage News #22

The Coconut Wireless
Radio Heritage News
Issue #22 - July 2009

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Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CANADA   CHU   3330  0257  English  333  July 19  OM with Time announcement 0258 followed by time-pips.

CUBA   Radio Rebelde  5025  0305  Spanish  433  July 19  Cuban music vocals.    Mackenzie-CA.

UNITED STATES   WWCR-1   3215  0255  English  444  July 19  OM on Watcy America program by John Kingston with news items from the Bible.

UNITED STATES   Tennessee   WWRB   5050  0307  English  333  July 19  Choir music then OM with religous comments.

UNITED STATES   WWCR   5070  0309  English  444  July 19  OM with stories from the Bible.

UNITED STATES   WWCR   5890  0315  English  444  July 19  OM about finding ancient temples in the Israel areas from the Bronze Aga.

UNITED STATES, NoCarolina   WBOH   5920  0318  English  333  July 19  Choir music.

UNITED STATES   Radio Taiwan Relay via WYFR in Florida.   5950  0322  English  444  July 19  Two YLs about bike riding in China plus an OM with comments.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

Glenn Hauser logs July 21, 2009

** CHINA. Altho E Asian reception was better than usual on 9 MHz --- see NETHERLANDS [non] --- zero Firedrake to be heard on 9000 or 8400 at 1323 July 21. At 1331, JBA on 13970 but none higher. At 1410, 13970 was BA, and now 14430 JBA, seems // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check July 21: at 0558, Spanish on 11760 but barely audible, also on 6140 and echoing 6120. English (or at least non // music) on 6010, 6060.

Rapid clicking on 11980, or maybe centred closer to 11981, July 21 at 1404, and QRMing NHK English on 11985. What could this be? Ajá, same clix on 11880, equally flanking huge jamming noise against Martí on 11930, ergo spurs from one of the multitude of jamming transmitters there. Fortuitously, nothing much on 11880 or 11980 at this hour to be collaterally damaged, no tnx to incompetent DentroCuban engineering. But could bother R. Australia, 50 degrees on 11880 at 17-21. However, around 1330 before Martí is on, 11930 is totally free of jamming, and 11880/11980 of the clix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15275, DW in German, July 21 at 1413, quite good contrary to usual, 1414 ``Fly Me to the Moon`` concluding feature on you know what, DW theme. If it`s DW it can`t be from Germany; this is RWANDA at 30 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. If it`s Tuesday, this must be Banjarmasin, the weekly Exotic Indonesia excursion on VOI`s English service. On 9524.9 at 1320 July 21, usual conversation between guy in Banj and studio in Jak, and into commentary segment. 1336 time for ``weekly talk`` from Banj, but try as I did, could not get anything out of it: reception not bad, but too much accent. Extreme concentration, headphones, might have helped, but am busy with breakfast. Perhaps Indonesians can understand better such English with an Indo accent. But this is for the World. Nice music fill after 1350, ruined at 1357 by CRI prélude on 9525.0, just as VOI went back to talk upwrapping the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, July 21 at 1325, orange-tinted national anthem concluding RNW Dutch semi-hour via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 250 kW at 220 degrees but outputting heap big signal backwards 40 degrees USward, such that today it was about equal level to the CRI English relay via Sackville with News & Reports! Pause for a few sex, then at 1327 switched to jazz music, unannounced until off at 1330*. This is the unlisted 2-sesquiminute English broadcast, the jazz matching one of the listed features for July 20 in RN`s weekly program previews, European Jazz Stage, altho no exact times are specified, and evidently also repeated at times on Tuesday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9430, July 21 at 0600, ``1Africa News`` starts at end of one-hour transmission, but cut off less than a semiminute later for QSY to 13590, which was not announced. How rude! They expect to keep listeners this way? At 0601:30 I tuned to 13590 and found them there with no news, instead promoing text number for contacts; more 1Africa IDs. Next check at 1332 found 13590 still on the air and audible with praise music in English. Lusaka is currently scheduled on 13590 all the way from 0600 to 1900, 315 degrees toward UP Michigan; despite China, Russia and Germany also scheduled at various times amid.

ZNBC should be extremely embarrassed that CVC puts out a much more effective external SW service than they do on 5915, 6165, and CVC is not about Zambia at all, your average listener not even knowing whence it emanates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Sorry about the long-lined report yesterday. My attempt to correct it did not always work. First I did a test to myself, and it wrapped properly, but then I see in some lists both were long-lined; others had the first one properly wrapped already. It all depends; if people would just use semicolons to their utmost, this could have been avoided ;-) (gh) ###

lunedì 20 luglio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs July 20 with shorter lines

** CHINA. Firedrake July 20: at 1305, just barely audible on 13970, 9000, 8400, nowhere else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 13790, July 20 at 0203 in Spanish news, echoing against // 13760 from the other site. 13790 is now on the official schedule as always beamed at Rio de Janeiro, from 21 to 05 in Spanish, English, French, and Creole --- but not Portuguese!

RHC check 0610 July 20: Spanish on 11760, 6140, 6000, no signal on 6120. English on 6060, 6010.

Are they still pretending to be on 12000 in the mornings? Yes, July 20 at 1401, Tony`s announcement monitored on 15120 still says ``15120, 15360, 13760, 13680, 13780, 11760, 12000, 6000`` in that out-of-order. But then I found 12000 missing, instead breaking-up on 11800 as usual for the last few weeks, also unannounced 5965, better than 6000. They haven`t a clue in the studio what is going on at the transmitters. How about turning on a radio and listening to your own output some time? Additionally audible on 13720, which is a leapfrog of RHC 13760 over CRI English relay on 13740. A mix with the CRI audio could also be detected on 13720 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Tuning across R. Martí, 13820 via Greenville, July 20 at 1421, they had a feature from the Academia Real Española on the proper use of the colon (: dos puntos), audible OK despite heavy DentroCuban jamming against grammar lessons courtesy of the US taxpayer. In my experience, the SS community are more in need of lessons about the semi-colon, which is used even less by them than by English speakers; instead comma-splices are even more rampant. It`s time for me to give away some more semi-colons for those in dire need of them in either language; if anyone will learn their proper usage:

** CZECHIA [non]. WRMI, 9955, audible July 20 at 1311 with a bit of Spanish vs DentroCuban jamming. This is during the bihour previously occupied by R. Cuba Libre, but per the July 11 WRMI grid, it`s part of a greatly expanded schedule of R. Prague relays in English or Spanish as time-fillers, most of which are bonuses subject to replacement by new programming, and thus pointless even for the DentroCubans to jam:
0300-0430 Tue-Sat
0430-0500 daily
0600-0700 Mon-Sat
0700-0900 M-F
0900-1000 daily
1000-1100 M-F
1200-1430 daily
That adds up to 56.5 hours per week, more than one third of WRMI`s total SW output if it were on the air 24/7 and even more than that since it is not! Those lucky Czechies.

Reczeched at 1405 July 20, 9955 loud and clear, the NW antenna now in use, and no jamming audible, proving what a good signal WRMI is capable of providing. Now it`s R. Prague`s Sunday show in English being repeated on Monday with the Mailbox until 1409, Letter from Prague, 1412 Czech Books. Finally a trace of residual jamming is audible underneath.

Meanwhile on 13580, R. Prague`s attempt to broadcast directly to NAm with the current day`s program, all I could hear at 1423 was the weak mixing product from RHC, leapfrogging 13780 over 13680, which is always stronger in the other direxion, 13880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 11590, R. Cairo, July 20 at 0200 with timesignal 18.5 seconds late (compared to WWV a minute later), Arabic news. Standard remark about useless and misleading timesignals. Fair modulation. Per Aoki, this is 250 kW, 330 degrees from Abu Zaabal, same as for English to NAm at 2300-2430 when I am rarely monitoring. For English at 0200-0330 I should be tuned to 7540 (Glenn Hauser, OK, LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI still on 9525-, July 20 at 1309 in English with news of Jakarta bombing investigation. At 1418 CRI Russian dominating on 9525.0 and VOI definitely still on this time with het of about 0.1 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOR English poorly audible with hum on 9850, July 20 at 1414 about British politix, // but not synchronized 15605, also poor; 9850 had ACI from Chinese music jamming on 9845. 9850 is listed as Samara site by HFCC; Chita by Aoki; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij [sic] (Yelizovo) by EiBi and WRTH! I guess the latter would be my pick too, only for propagational reasons, hearing it at this hour in CNAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Last week I heard ``Tony Alámo`` on WWCR 15825 ending at 1330 instead of scheduled 1400. Maybe it was computer misprogramming, since Monday July 20 at 1357 he was still going, Karaoke-singing some hymn, confirmed as him by WWCR announcer outro. I had also checked before 1300 to find if he was already on then, but not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI: see CZECHIA [non]

** U S A. Finally got a definite ID from the gospel huxter on 1570 in the null of XERF: July 20 at 0557 UT, EWTN promo, i.e. Catholic programming, 0559 ID as KBCV, mentioning the Ozarx. EWTN affiliates are usually Catholic-only, but did not take previous preaching heard as especially Catholic. ``Keep Blessing Catholic Virgin``? Should check if this SW Missouri station is // WEWN on the other term abbreviated SW.

Then checking listings, I am not 100% sure the EWTN promo came from the same station, as there was QRM. The EWTN website does not list KBCV as an affiliate, but only two others on 1570: KPIO Loveland CO, and WISP Doylestown PA. KPIO nightpower is supposed to be only 18 watts, and WISP 900 watts, so I still think KBCV is more likely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


DX MIX NEWS # 582                                              20 July 2009
 USA(non)    Summer A-09 schedule for Voice of America. Part 2 of 2:
 French        0530-0600 on  1530  4960  6035  6095  9885 13710
 to Africa     0600-0630 on  4960  6035  6095  9885 13710 Mon-Fri
               1830-2000 on  1530  6170  9815 17550
               2000-2030 on  6170  9815 12080 15730 17550
               2030-2100 on  4940  9815  9830 12080 15225 15730
               2100-2130 on  9815  9830 12035 12080 Mon-Fri
 Georgian      1530-1600 on 11945 15460
               1600-1630 on  9850 15460
               1700-1800 on  7480 15455
 Hausa         0500-0530 on  1530  4960  6045  9600
               0700-0730 on  4960 11785 17800
               1500-1530 on 11890 11905 13750
               2030-2100 on  4940  6170  7355  9815 15185 Mon-Fri
 Indonesian    0000-0030 on  9535 11805 13705
               1130-1230 on  9700  9890 12010
               1400-1500 on  7550  9945 Thu-Sat
               2200-2400 on  7225  9535 11805
 Khmer         1330-1430 on  1575  5955 11540
               2200-2230 on  1575  6060  9325 15340
 Kinyarwanda   0330-0430 on  6095  7340 11905
 and Kirundi   1600-1630 on 11640 12015 15730 Sat
 Korean        1200-1300 on  1350  5890  7225  9490
               1300-1330 on  1350  5890  7225 11740
               1330-1500 on  1188  5890  7225 11740
               1900-2100 on   648  6060  7365  9510
 Kurdish       0500-0600 on  7230  9770 15380
               1300-1400 on  9825 13680 15130 15530
               1400-1500 on  1593  9825 13680 15130
               1700-1800 on  9770 11950 15130
               2000-2100 on  1593
 Laotian       1230-1300 on  1575  9810 11930
 Ndebele       1800-1830 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Mon-Thu
               1820-1830 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Fri
               1740-1800 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Fri-Sun
 Pashto        0030-0130 on  1296  7555  9335
 (Radio Ashna) 1430-1530 on  1296  9335 15090 15380
               1630-1730 on  1296  9335 11565 11580
               1830-1930 on  1296  7555  7595
 Pashto(Deewa) 0000-0300 on  9380 11535 12015
               1200-1800 on  7495  9310  9380  9780
 Persian       0230-0330 on  9695 11870 17855
               1530-1600 on  1593  6040  9405 11780
               1600-1700 on  1593  6040  9840 11780
               1700-1730 on  1593  6040  9840  9855
               1730-1800 on  1593  6040  7455  9840
               1800-1830 on   648  1593  5860  6040  7455
               1830-1900 on   648  5860  6040  7455
               1900-1930 on  5860  6040  7455
               1930-2030 on  5860  7455  9310
 Portuguese    1000-1030 on 17740 21590 Sat/Sun
 to Africa     1700-1730 on  1530 11960 12080
               1730-1800 on  1530  9815 11960 12080 15730
               1800-1830 on  1530 11960 12080 15730 Mon-Fri
 Shona         1700-1730 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Mon-Thu
               1800-1810 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Fri
               1700-1720 on   909  4930 11605 15775 Fri-Sun
 Somali        0330-0400 on  5945 12110 15430
               1300-1400 on 12110 15170
               1600-1630 on  1431 12110 15430
               1630-1800 on 12110 15430
 Spanish       1130-1200 on  9885 13715 15590 Mon-Fri
               1200-1230 on  9885 13715 15590
               2300-2400 on  5890  6110  9825
 Swahili       0300-0330 on  7380  9440 Mon-Fri
               1630-1730 on  9815 15365 15730
 Tibetan       0000-0100 on  7250  9480  9855
               0300-0600 on 15265 15490 17735
               1400-1500 on  7465 11510 11975
               1600-1700 on  7330  7565  9565
 Tigrigna      1900-1930 on 11520 11905 11925 12140 13870 Mon-Fri
 Turkish       0330-0400 on  7265 Mon-Fri
               1045-1100 on 15240 17565 Mon-Fri
               1830-1900 on  9840 12025 Mon-Fri
 Urdu          0000-0100 on   972  1539  7460  9515
 (AapKiDunyaa) 1300-1400 on   972  1539 11835 15725
               1400-2400 on   972  1539
 Uzbek         1500-1530 on   801  9670 12110 13755 15450
 Vietnamese    1300-1330 on  1575  5955  9720
               1500-1600 on  1170  5955  7455  9355
               2230-2330 on  6060 15340

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

ALBANIA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   9570  0338  Chinese  444  July 16  YL with comments. Music 0339. YL and OM with comments 0340.

ARGENTINA   Radio Argentina Exterior-RAE   15345  2256  Spanish  333  July 17  OM with comments.

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   9560  0343  Spanish  433  July 16 YL ancr with vocal music.

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   11840  2306  English  433  July 17 OM with CRI News. YL with comments on her Joining the Chinese Army when she was 15 yrs old. She is now 65 yrs old.

CUBA   Radio Habana Cuba-RHC   13790  2258  English  333  July 17  YL with RHC ID. Another YL at 2300 with comments on Guantomino totures.

PHILIPPINES   VOA Relay   9545  0345  Chinese  333  July 16  Music vocals and a YL with comments plus an OM. This freq was being jammed by China?

SPAIN   Radio Exterior Espana-REE   9620  0335  Spanish  444  July 16  Two OMs in a conversation. //9630[444]via Costa Rica.  

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

domenica 19 luglio 2009

Tips Roberto Pavanello

 1550   18/7 22.10 R. Nac. Sahauri - Tindouf Arabo talk OM suff.
 3928   11/7 21.50 R. Noorderlicht - Dutch ID e MX buono
 5815   19/7 08.40 Orion R. -
EE ID e MX buono
 5910   18/7 22.45 Marfil Estereo - Bogotà SS MX buono
 5952.5 18/7 22.25 R. Pio XII - Siglo XX Aymata talk YL suff.
 6160   18/7 22.40 CKZN - St. John's EE ID " CBC " buono
 6220   12/7 09.05 Red Sands R. -
EE ID e MX ottimo
 6240   19/7 09.20 R. Altrex -
EE MX suff.
 6301   19/7 09.05 R. Magic - EE ID e MX buono
11735   17/7 19.30 R. Tanzania - Zanzibar Swahili talk OM buono
11815   14/7 21.10 R. Brasil Central - Goiania PP NX suff.

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia-Shepparton   11660  2145  English  333  July 12  OM with comments on China's relationship with Australia. Pop music vocals 2146.

BRAZIL   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI  9665  0320  Spanish  333  July 16  YL with comments and the station was interfering with Voice of Russia on the same freq.

CANADA   Radio Canada Intl-RCI   17735  2126  French  333  July 12  Two OMs with comments.

ECUADOR   HCJB Global   9745  0310  Spanish  444  July 16  YL with comments
plus some piano music with vocal singing 0312. YL with comments 0313.

GERMANY   Voice of Croatia   9925  0255  Unknown language  433  July 16  Pop music vocals 0255. Suddenly off the air  and back on the air 0257. Then some vocal music 0259. YL and OM with comments 0300. Then a sudden power drop.

PORTUGAL   DW Relay-VOG   9825  0304  German  333  July 16  OM with comments. OM with DW ID 0305. //9600[444]Rwanda.

SPAIN   Radio Exterior Espana-REE   17595  2132  Spanish  333  July 12  OM ancr with comments and some pop music.

SPAIN   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   9690  0317  English  444  July 16  Two OMs with comments on Carbon Emissions worldwide.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

Glenn Hauser logs July 17-18, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake July 18: at 1350 VP on 8400, not on 9000 or 13970, trace on 14430. But at 1352, good on 15150, nothing on any higher frequency. Things were rather different after 1435: now FD was fair with flutter on 17470, still at 1508, good at S9+10 and less flutter. At 1438, now VG S9+10 on 13970, but just barely audible on 14430. At 1443, JBA on 9000 and 8400. At 1536 still good on 17470, fair on 13970; at 1537 also good on 13500.

Did not take time to examine which frequencies were // and which not, but usually there are two different Firedrake music streams. Nor do I try much to track the other CNR1 echo jamming, but was hearing that at 1440 on 11510 and 11615, which are VOA Tibetan and Mandarin respectively during the 14-15 hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check July 18 at 0610: Spanish on 11760, 6120, 6060 and very poor 6000. English on 6010 only, while 6140 was open carrier, still the case at 0630. How many DentroCubans could have had a decent meal for the cost of 250+ kW of electricity wasted in those few minutes?

Wondering if RHC is still on extended schedule, not revealed on their website, almost two sesquiweeks after the Honduran coup/non-coup? Yes! July 18 at 1500 I tuned to 13780 which was playing music, but no sign-off or any other announcement before it went to open carrier at 1502, hetting Austria/Sackville on 13775. RHC 13680 was also still on with OC.

Then I tuned to 11760 and found RHC news underway // no echo on: 5965, and // but echoing on 13760, 11690 and 6000. I had already noticed open carrier on 11690 at 1450 making HCJB barely detectable under that and the RTTY, during Aventura Diexista, Allen Graham interviewing Jeff White about WRMI; which was Lima Charlie on 11960. At 1510, 11760 dumped off the air abruptly, but was back on at next check for it 1535. I had also neglected to look for 11800 earlier but it too was on at 1538, an echo apart from 11760. So that makes a total of six extra frequencies found after 1500: 5965, 6000, 11690, 11760, 11800, 13760.

Note: we have not had a word about this extended schedule from Arnie Coro; you need to get your RHC operational news from actual monitoring by yours truly instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. July 18 at 1506 found a collision on 15450 and slow SAH; one was in Russian and soon heard DW theme music; the other unID language, and both were gone by 1530. Currently scheduled at 1500-1530
is VOA Uzbek via Sri Lanka, but can`t find any listing for DW! A mistake or something new, site? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI, missing from 9526 or any other frequency during the 13-14 UT English broadcast the last two days, was back July 18 at 1303 check, but now just a shade below 9525 instead of just a shade below 9526. Scenario: the 9526v transmitter failed, and it took them two days to get the 9525v one up and running instead. Newscast in progress about the suicide bombings at Jak hotels; same YL announcer heard thruout the hour doing all the narration, including around 1330 a feature on batik.

Ron Howard also caught this July 18 after 1100 in Chinese and measured VOI at 9524.88. Normally, there is a big het during the 14-15 hour when CRI in Russian is in 9525.0, but today after 1400 I heard that without any het, which should have diminished from approx. 880 to 120 Hz, suggesting that VOI was off the air during the Malaysian hour today, unless it outfaded completely, unlikely.

When CRI finished abruptly at 1457* no trace of VOI then either when a bit of its next English broadcast used to follow after 1500. I wonder if they belatedly took my advice and started moving to 11785 at 1400 to avoid the CRI QRM --- that`s OK on weekdays, but not here on weekends when WHRI blots everything else out on 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, very weak signal occasionally fading up, July 18 at 1355, music and talk, sounds Swahili, and that matches V. of Africa schedule, to go into English after 1400; unfavorable azimuth for us of 230 degrees, per Aoki, which BTW is not toward Swahililand either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Since WWCR 13845 and 15825 were inbooming, July 18 at 1350, I knew sporadic E was again in axion, as without it these megameter-distant frequencies are poorly audible. So I checked 18770 for the WWRB 2 x 9385 harmonic at 1354, and there was Brother Scare`s organ music steady at S9; at 1431 he was screaming to a chorus of amens.

At 1437 was also hearing BS on WBCQ 15420, much stronger than and running about one second ahead of // 18770. WBCQ carries him on 15420 Sabbath mornings only.

As for the sporadic E, WWV was also well heard on 20000 at 1354, less than one megameter, so normally inaudible here without Es. But the MUF did not rise to channel 2 TV, and there were only a handful of 6-meter ham contacts on the map (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1469 must have started as early as 2028:30 on WWCR 15825, Friday July 17, since it was ending at 2057:15, leaving plenty of time for the frequency change to 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Tuning across WTJC, 9370v, July 18 at 1300, so-called `news` from IRN-USA network had a `correspondent` reporting the death of Walter Cronkite, incorrectly saying he was 90 instead of 92, and getting in a jab that he was a member of some one-world organization, godforbid. The clear implication from the tone of this item was ``good riddance``, as to anyone remotely liberal or fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Re previous report of a gospel huxter in English on 1570 instead of XERF: I checked again July 18 at 0635 UT, this time with the DX-398 portable which has good nulling capability. XERF was certainly on in Spanish as usual, but if I nulled it I could hear the preaching in English. But on the FRG-7 with E-W longwire, I was getting the English station and very little XERF. The LW must be more direxional than I had realized at this frequency. It was late and still didn`t get ID, but the two most likely possibilities, roughly at right angles to Del Río, are:

KZLI Catoosa/Tulsa OK, but is supposed to have a nostalgia format and NOT be on the air at night; however we did hear that after sunrise with Imus in the Morning, which is not a musical show, so they could have preachers too. Token website is extremely uninformative:

The other and very likely the answer is a relatively new station in Missouri, which *is* legally on 24 hours, COL Hollister, address in Springfield, and NRC AM Log says its format is religion: KBCV, 5000 W day, 3000 W night. The NRC Pattern Book of 2006, when it was just a CP, showed night pattern with major lobe NW, minor SE, which means not much of a signal toward Enid, but not in a total null either, which is directly toward XERF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

sabato 18 luglio 2009

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

ASCENSION     Radio Prague Relay   11665  0025  Spanish 333  July 12  Two OMs with comments and some music. YL at 0029 and suddenly off the air.

ANGUILLA   Caribbean Beaccon   6090  0039  English  333  July 12  OM preacher with comments.

CANADA   Radio Canada Intl-RCI   13725  0015  Spanish  333  July 12  Two OMs with comments.

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   11930  0018  Chinese  444  July 12  Two OMs with comments.

COSTA RICA   Radio Exterior Espana Relay-REE  17850  2123  Spanish  333  July 12  YL and OM with comments.

CUBA   Radio Habana Cuba-RHC   13790  0010  French  333  July 12  OM with comments plus some Cuban music 0013.

ECUADOR    HCJB Global   11920  0022  Portuguese  333  July 12  OM with comments and some vocal choir music.

ECUADOR    HCJB Global   11625  0032  Spanish  444  July 12  YL and OM with comments.  

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

Ascolti AM

Domenica 12 luglio 2009
*13.01 - 5945 kHz
Wertachtal (Germania)
GG, musica melodica e IDs OM.
Segnale molto buono
Solo domenica
*14.00 - 15690 kHz
WYFR - Issoudun (Francia)
Marathi, riflessioni bibliche OM.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
Il bubble jamming contro Radio Farda
è rimasto acceso (per sbaglio?) fino
alle 14.18.
*14.30 - 15205 kHz
PAN AMERICAN BC - Issoudun (Francia)
EE, programma religioso prodotto a NY.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
Solo domenica.
*16.30 - 11700 kHz
R. PRAGUE - Sines (Portogallo)
GG, VTC int/sig e nxs OM.
Segnale sufficiente-buono


Martedì 14 luglio 2009
*18:29:54 - 15675 kHz
FF, riflessioni YL.
Segnale buono
Solo martedì e giovedì.
*19.00 - 12050 kHz
R. BIAFRA - Skelton (UK)
EE/Igbo, tk OMs.
Segnale molto buono
*19.00 - 7530 kHz
FREE N. KOREA R. - Kamo (Armenia)
Coreano, nxs YL.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
*19.30 - 6225 kHz
RTE/WRN - Meyerton (Sud Africa)
EE, IDs OM e nxs YL.
Segnale buono
QRM Mystery/Playback 6220.
*20.00 - 6040 kHz
R. NEDERLAND - Rampisham (UK)
Olandese, nxs OMs.
Segnale molto buono
Qui da Rampisham solo fino all'1/9.

Luca Botto Fiora

G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova)

R7 Drake
Satellit 500 Grundig
ATS909 Sangean
DE1103 Degen
VR500 Yaesu

Loop ferrite ACA 75 cm modificata (@70 kHz-2 MHz)
Loop 1 spira da finestra 150x100 cm (@2-6 MHz)
Dipolo aperto 20 m (@6-30 MHz)

Ampli RF K0LR per loop ACA modificato (WA1ION)
Ampli RF LX1456 Nuova Elettronica per loop SW e dipolo
Balun a choke coassiale 1:1 di RG174 per dipolo (IZ7ATH)
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato (W8JI)

EMR relay + Internet stream returns

Date         19th of July 2009

Time         09.00 to 09.30 utc

Channel   6140 khz

Programme   Tom Taylor (Music programme)


The EMR Internet radio service returns this Saturday night 18th July 24/7

Programme repeats are at the following times:

0900 - 1200 - 1500 - 1800 and 2000 utc


Please visit and click on the "EMR internet radio" button which you will find throughout the website (see the menu on the left).

The URL to go directly to the internet service is which you can enter directly into RealPlayer, and I have verified this works just fine with Real Player version 10.


Please send all reception reports to:   

Good Listening

73s Tom



venerdì 17 luglio 2009


Il 9 luglio scorso, mentre ero in Spagna a farmi una gran padellata di affari miei, Dario Monferini ha pubblicato, sulla lista "PlayDX2003", ospitata da Yahoogroups, la notizia della mia morte che sarebbe avvenuta nel tragico disastro ferroviario della stazione di Viareggio. Mi trovavo, secondo lui, nel posto sbagliato e al momento sbagliato.

Naturalmente, nel pubblicare la notizia, non si è neanche preoccupato di verificarla. Gli è bastato che un Gianluca Paoletti qualsiasi gli scrivesse che io ero ormai diventato il caro estinto, lui se l'è bevuta e paff, eccomi lì, cadavere composto in decomposizione, o, si veda il caso, buttato dentro quattro assi di legno con la sola pietà di un lenzuolo perché l'esplosione avrebbe fatto di me un "cosa-resta-di-me".

Sono vivo, e visto che Monferini ha il brutto vizio di girare alla sua comunità di adepti (a cui non appartengo perché non vorrei mai far parte di un gruppo che avesse tra i suoi membri uno come me, come diceva Groucho Marx) le mail private che riceve, avrebbe fatto bene anche ad informarmi che ero morto, così, almeno, lo avrei saputo anch'io.

E invece no, si è tenuto la notizia solo per la sua Chiesa. Ingrato.

Però morire scoccia un pochino. Soprattutto perché a morire, e Monferini lo sa molto bene, non sono io, ma il radioascolto italiano.

I personaggi che hanno fatto il bello e il cattivo (soprattutto il cattivo!) tempo negli anni '70 e '80 in Italia, sono ormai ridotti a mummie, a corpi senza vita sbiancati con il tipico colorito avorio cinese, fantasmi di se stessi, ormai ostinatamente inchiodati a quello che non c'è più.

Questa gente è stata spazzata via in un minuto dalla rete. E' gente vecchia, decrepita nel modo di pensare e di agire, talmente chiusa nel proprio piccolo mondo antico da apparire come una comica di Buster Keaton (lui sì, buonanima...).

Il mondo cambia, si trasforma, e loro sono rimasti ai tempi del Dolce Forno Harbert, sembrano i vecchi giradischi della Lesa che qualcuno si ostina ancora a vendere nelle fiere e nelle mostre mercato del radioamatore e dell'elettronica.

Internet ha dato il colpo di grazia finale a questi monomaniaci della Olivetti Lettera 22 che si chiudevano il sabato sera a reedigere un bollettino che avrebbero spedito il lunedì riciclando i francobolli usati e passandoci sopra una mano di Coccoina trasparente.

Internet ha permesso, finalmente, di liberarci da questi accentratori inguaribili di megalomania (e ve lo dice uno che di egocentrismo se ne intende!) che continuano a stampare un assurdo bollettino trimestrale pensando che le notizie, dopo tre mesi, siano ancora di interesse, che pensa che sia importante che il mondo sappia che loro hanno vinto un piatto di ceramica dell'artigianato romeno partecipando al concorso "Scopri anche tu la bella Romania di Ceausescu!"

La Rete ha definitivamente messo sotto scacco i presidenti, i vice-presidenti, i collegi dei probiviri, le riunioni a base di tramezzini surgelati e acquetta minerale per decidere come organizzare la prossima assemblea generale dei soci, e deliberare di offrire una targa omaggio agli amici della Radio Vaticana a nome del Comitato di Difesa e dell'Osservatorio (osservano, osservano...) delle trasmissioni in lingua italiana, che sono sparite dalla faccia della terra anche quelle.

Internet ha fatto piazza pulita di questo e di molto altro.

Questa gente, se vuole sopravvivere, deve pagare la tangente alla Microsoft per poter usare Outlook Express, software ignobile solo a guardarlo, e lo sa anche un bambino, deve usare Windows per forza perché se no è tagliata fuori, e magari se se lo copia di frodo è anche contenta perché così può dire "Ma guarda che figata che ho fatto!"

Internet è software libero, è open source, è crittografia, è privacy, è protezione e tutela dell'anonimato come diritto, è Linux, è Skype e protocolli di voce istantanei, è blog, è possibilità di crearsi un dominio, metterci su delle pagine per diffondere le proprie idee e le proprie passioni, fossero anche le magnate pantagrueliche della "Vuelta de la pegatina del Chorizo de Pamplona".

Ma questa gente non sa neanche, quando va bene, cosa sia un software FTP, o cosa sia un formato proprietario è per questo che è alla canna del gas e si fa fare i siti dagli altri o mette in linea documenti che nella migliore delle ipotesi non leggerà nessuno. Da Milano a Camaro Inferiore il panorama non cambia.

Sono persone, queste, che si rendono perfettamente conto di non poter più essere in vetrina, e allora si contentano degli scaffali, come le rimanenze nei negozi di merceria.

E' come aver bisogno del respiratore artificiale. Se qualcuno stacca la spina questi sono belli che andati.

Questi sopravviventi e non sopravvissuti del radioascolto che fu sono persone paurose. Hanno bisogno di blindare le liste di discussione e di aprirle solo a chi dicono loro, perché se i contributi viaggiano incontrollati poi la gente può scrivere quello che vuole, magari criticarci, magari dare una notizia sbagliata e no, non va bene, le notizie sbagliate le diamo noi, ma non sulla radio, sull'esistenza in vita degli altri. Sono i morti viventi che dichiarano che io sono morto, ed è roba che mette i brividi.

La rete fa paura perché la rete è memoria. E' memoria del fatto che questi personaggi, vedendosi negata ogni visibilità, hanno collaborato con l'emittente di Stato Iraniana per l'estero e sappiamo benissimo quale sia il ruolo dell'informazione di Stato di Teheran nella diffusione delle notizie su ciò che avviene davvero all'interno di quel paese. C'è chi concede interviste a Radio Cina Internazionale, pur di poter rimanere a galla. Non c'è nulla di diverso da chi andava in Cecoslovacchia ospite del Gustav Husák di turno e della sua propaganda travestita da "Noi agli ascoltatori, gli ascoltatori a noi".

Solo che ora ce lo ricordiamo, e questa gente non potrà più nascondere la spazzatura sotto il tappeto.

L'ex segretario dell'EDXC è stato costretto a blindarsi in un sito in cui vige una normativa sul Copyright estremamente restrittiva. E Internet continua a viaggiare attraverso le licenze Creative Commons. Nell'epoca dei voli low-cost è come continuare a ostinarsi a voler andare a dorso di mulo. E' roba da Medioevo.

Italradio è un dominio in cui ci si chiede ancora se Real Radio potrà mai sostituire le onde corte. E si fanno anche dei sondaggi di opinione per questo! Mentre loro sono lì che si interrogano se Internet potrà mai sostituire i 49 metri in cui trasmetteva la Deutsche Welle, la Deutsche Welle è disponibile in internet in streaming e in podcast, la gente non solo può ascoltare la radio in diretta, ma portarsi a spasso i programmi che le piacciono di più, basta un lettore di MP3, e ascoltarseli all'ora che vuole. Questa è la realtà. E loro hanno un osservatorio, continuano ad osservare, osservare, osservare, e l'unica cosa che osservano è che chiude Radio Serbia in italiano. Gliene frega qualcosa a qualcuno di Radio Serbia in italiano?? No.

E' per questo, probabilmente, che il 9 luglio 2009 sono morto.

Valerio Di Stefano

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