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BC-DX 1452                                                   12 Jan 2021
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ARMENIA   {Dutch radio}  The Mighty KBC, Eric van Willegen sent cards for
'The Mighty KBC' reports from December 25 and 27, 2020. Broadcasts through
Armenia and Germany. One of the cards with a new theme in the design.

<https://freerutube.info/2020/12/07/e-qsl-the-mighty-kbc-armeniya-dekabr-
2020-goda/>

(Dmitry Elagin-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx"; via RUSdx #1115
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 6)

ARMENIA/KYRGYZ REPUBLIC  Trans World Radio is resuming its transmission in
Russian (after end at 26th of Oct 2020), confirmed on Monday January 4th,
2021 at 1800-1815 UT on MW 1350 kHz from studio in Bishkek.

At the end of Russian progr a phone number was announced +77073858393 in
Kyrgyzstan. It is from a same studio where is compiled the progr
"The Way To Truth" in Russian Mondays through Fridays at 1725-1755 UT on
MW 864 (864 & 1350 txs are both from Gavar Armenia bcast center)
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

ARM_Kamo Gavar MW 864 kHz ARRT mast antenna, non-dir pattern.

40 25 32.71 N  45 12 15.73 E
<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=2dc6ae2c-d378-483d-92d4-
b461f8d4d6df&cp=40.426557~45.204363&lvl=18&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

<https://goo.gl/maps/YXqRdMkUcL6uFY6U9>

ARM_Kamo Gavar MW 1350 kHz 8mast directional sidefire MW SV4+4 antenna
at 232degr towards Palestine, ISR, SYR, LBN, JOR, EGY
of Radio Moscow USSR late 80ties

40 24 07.50 N  45 11 53.34 E
<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=e92260b9-1df5-46b4-a604-
13b73d8c3d93&cp=40.40221~45.197143&lvl=17&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

<https://goo.gl/maps/HXawpotdYhbRGdHA9>
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

AUSTRIA   11955even  AWR Punjabi transmission via ORS Moosbrunn center,
S=8 in Middle East azimuth target at 15.38 UT on Jan 2.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

AUSTRIA   [and non]  "No COVID at Wiener Philharmoniker concert".

From Alan Holder, G4ZBH, Isle of Wight, U.K. on the WOR iog:

"Hello Glenn, Regarding the "No COVID at Wiener Philharmoniker".
According to the BBC commentator for the programme screened in the U.K.,
apparently all members of the orchestra were tested for COVID on a daily
basis to ensure none was infected. It seems that  the programme went out
"live" on January 1.

I did notice some unfamiliar faces among the players this year. They could
be new members, or maybe replacements for those who had to drop out
because they caught the virus. Like you, I always greatly enjoy this
concert. I can also get it via Astra satellite with German (Austrian
accent) commentary, which I much prefer to the English announcer."
(via Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, wor Jan 3)

AUSTRIA/GERMANY    Kapsch Museum

<https://www.kapsch.net/kapsch/about-us/history/Television?lang=de-at>

Fernhoeren und Fernsehen.
Die Ausgangsituation im Jahre 1945 ist nicht allzu rosig: Durch Bomben-
treffer sind Werke des Unternehmens zum Teil schwer beschaedigt. Ein
Grossteil der Anlagen wird von sowjetischen Besatzern beschlagnahmt.
Und es fehlt an Rohstoffen. Trotzdem wird mit Optimismus an die Produk-
tion herangegangen. Die Radios werden kleiner und leistungsstaerker, Mitte
der 1950er-Jahre praesentiert Kapsch erste Fernsehgeraete ...
(Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX newsgroup Jan 2)

re Kapsch Museum.  Danke Herbert,
zum gleichen Historien-Thema fiel mir gestern mal wieder ein
320 Seitenbuch in die Haende:

Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
"Radiogeschichten"
Verlag Klaus-Juergen Kamprad
Altenburg 2000.

ISBN 3-930550-10-5

sehr, sehr empfehlenswertes Printprodukt mit einem Fuellhorn von
Informationen aus der Wiege auch der vielen Radiofabriken in Mittel-
Deutschland vor/im/nach dem Weltkrieg in AEG Telefunken Oberschoeneweide,
Stassfurt, Leipzig Stoetteritz, Rochlitz, Dresden, Stern-Radio Sonneberg,
Rema Stollberg-Sa., all die Imperial-Graetz, Sachsenwerk Mende Radeberg,
Lorenz, Koerting/Funkwerk Leipzig, usw. usw.

Aus dieser A-DX Newsgroup war auch OM  B.-A. Moeller aus Karl-Marx-Stadt
an diesem Historienbuch beteiligt.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

BOLIVIA   In Sender und Frequenzen hiess es frueher:
"Fuer einen sicheren Empfang sind ueberdurchschnittlich gute Ausbreitungs-
bedingungen sowie eine stoerungsarme Empfangsumgebung gute Voraus-
setzungen. Mit etwas Geduld gelingt der Empfang bolivianischer Stationen
dennoch regelmaessig in Mitteleuropa.

Ein bewaehrtes Zeitfenster liegt zwischen 2300 und 2400 Uhr.
Dann beginnt in Bolivien die Nacht und waehrend dieser Daemmerungsphase
sind die schwachen Signale fuer etwa 60 Minuten etwas staerker zu hoeren.
Bei sehr guten Ausbreitungsbedingungen bleiben die Stationen auch danach
weiter empfangbar; sonst sinken ihre Signale nach 0000 Uhr wieder zurueck
ins Rauschen."

Folgende Stationen waren im Jahr 2020 sicher auf Kurzwelle aktiv:
3310  Radio Mosoj Chaski, Cochabamba (Departamento Cochabamba), wurde in
jedem Monat international gemeldet, in Europa verschiedentlich rund um
Mitternacht. Das World Radio TV Handbook 2021 nennt als Sendezeiten 0900-
1300 und 2100-0100 Uhr UTC, die Website 0500-0830 und 1730-2130 Uhr
Ortszeit (+4=UTC).

Es gibt auf <https://www.mosojchaski.org>
auch einen Audiolink. Dieser funktionierte aber bei der Recherche nie.

5952.5 Radio Pio Doce de Siglo Veinte, Llallagua (Dep. Potosi), wurde 2020
immer wieder von Kurzwellenfreunden in Suedamerika international gemeldet,
aber so gut wie gar nicht in Nordamerika und Europa. Ungluecklicherweise
stoert die traditionelle Belegung von 5950 kHz aus Okeechobee Empfangs-
versuche schon auf dem amerikanischen Kontinent. Auf
<http://www.radiopio12.com.bo>   werden verschiedene Programmstroeme der
Senderkette angeboten:
Cochabamba, Oruro und Siglo Veinte.

Das WRTH nennt keine Sendezeit fuer Siglo Veinte die Website 0430-2230 Uhr
Ortszeit (0830-0230 Uhr Weltzeit) in Spanisch, Quechua, Aymara und anderen
indigenen Sprachen.

6135 In einer Gegenlese dieser Jahresbilanz merkt Anker Petersen an, dass
es in der zweiten Jahreshaelfte 2020 ein paar internationale Meldungen von
Radio Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Dep. Santa Cruz), gab.

Ein Problem fuer den ueberregionalen Empfang ist die Gleichkanalbelegung
durch Radio Aparecida (Brasilien). Das WRTH nennt fuer 6135 kHz 1100-0200
Uhr als Sendezeit. Auf

<http://www.irfabolivia.org/category/comunicacion/radio-santa-cruz>
findet man Links zu UKW- und AM-Stroemen:

<http://www.irfabolivia.org/radio-santa-cruz-fm-92-2/>
bzw. <*/radio-santa-cruz-960-am>

Radio Jatun Ayllu Yura. La Voz de los Ayllus, wurde Anfang Juli 2020 auf
5935 kHz gemeldet, doch blieben diese Meldungen umstritten.
(Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D; Anker Petersen-DEN, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

CHINA   Frequency change of China National Radio CNR-1 in DRM mode
0900-1200 NF 9870 QIQ  30 kW 203 deg to EaAS Chinese, ex 13710 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Jan 7)

CHINA   CNR13 Chinese window program 9420 / 9890 kHz (full report Jan 1-3)

Hi Wolfie,
Happy New Year!

It seems the Kazakh & Uighur minority language services of CNR have been
carrying a common program in Chinese the last few days at 0900-1000 UT,
repeated at 1500-1600 UT, called "Xin Shidai Xin Zhengcheng" or
"New Era, New Journey", where listeners are treated to a very long
discussion of the thoughts of Xi Jinping.

I don't know whether it's a permanent fixture or a temporary change over
the New Year holiday period. Let's see what happens.
Best regards
Alan

<http://www.radio.cn/pc-
portal/sanji/passProgram.html?channel_name=13&program_name=undefined&date_
checked=2021/01/02&title=cate#>

<http://www.radio.cn/pc-
portal/sanji/passProgram.html?channel_name=13&program_name=undefined&date_
checked=2021/01/02&title=cate#>

Alan, all the best TO YOU in Buddha year #2564.
Re CNR13; - now Chinese language program, do you know the CAUSE  ?
vy73 de wolfie  df5sx
<https://www.wwdxc.de/topnews.shtml>

CHINA   China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation resumed MW broadcasting
on mediumwave 873 kHz.

China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation, - the external broadcasting station
for Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macao / South East Asia, located in Fuzhou, has
stopped their MW broadcasting on 873 kHz (200 kW) to upgrade the
transmitter since October 13, 2020. The upgrade was completed, and resumed
broadcasting on December 26, 2020.

From December 26, 2020 to January 30, 2021, the broadcasting on 873 kHz
will be limited at 0800-1400 UT. After February 11, 2021 (the day before
Chinese New Year's Day) it will be at 2000-1400 UT.

They also broadcast on SW 6185 kHz (15 kW), FM 107.1 MHz, and internet
<http://www.chbcnet.com>
officially at 2000-1500 UT.

They say there has been no influence on their program contents.
The original item is found at

<https://cahcn.github.io/posts/2020-12-30-873kHz-CHBC.html>
(Takahito Akabayashi-Tokyo-JPN, direct and via wor Dec 31)

Die China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation nimmt die Uebertragung von der
873-kHz-Mittelwelle wieder auf. 2020/Dec/30

Die China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation gab eine Ankuendigung heraus:
Aufgrund von Ausruestungsverbesserungen wird die 873-kHz-Mittelwelle der
'China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation'
vom 13. Oktober 2020 aus nicht mehr ausgestrahlt
und vom 26. Dezember 2020 bis zum 30. Januar 2021 teilweise wieder
aufgenommen (18:00-24:00 hrs LT)
und wird jeden Tag vom 11. Februar 2021 von 06:00 bis 24:00 hrs Uhr LT
offiziell wieder aufgenommen.

Waehrend der Aufruestung und Renovierung der Geraete werden FM 107,1 MHz,
die Kurzwelle 6185 kHz und Online-Uebertragungen auf Netzwerkplattformen
wie
<www.chbcnet.com>   und Himalaya FM normal uebertragen, und der Programm-
inhalt wird nicht beeinflusst.

<https://weibo.com/1605622705/JAgO02KUV>

<http://chbcnet.com/web/deliver/content_117602.shtml>

873 kHz, 250 kW, MW-300 PSM unit, 4-masts at
24 38 03.66 N  118 01 38.98 E

<https://goo.gl/maps/2f4zzThWZJqtU6Mt8>

<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=9f37d9bc-babe-4d5a-afa4-
28c9126fbdfb&cp=24.634474~118.026632&lvl=18&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

Probably SW 6185 kHz built of 2017 year ?  Dimmed veiled satellite image.
24 37 58.18 N  118 01 37.09 E

Xiamen Branch of Voice of the Strait, Xixi Village, Houxi Town,
Jimei District, Xiamen Subprovincial City, in Amoy, Fujian Province, China

Off air Wednesdays 0400-0953 UT. (details by Alan Davies, Jan 2021)

COLOMBIA   4940 kHz  La Montana. So it has, page 166 - somehow I assumed
it would not be in WRTH 2021 yet. Station DC26) as if it were in Bogota.
Info apparently from Rafael Rodriguez, who really is in Bogota, as QSL
manager just as he was for the 5910 & 6010 kHz stations really in Puerto
Lleras; but did not bother to inform us. The WRTH 2021 entry also shows an
oficina address as Red 4-72 Unicentro, Bogota. Does anyone ever really
hear an ID as "La Montana Colombia" - or Montana?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor Jan 1)

Happy New Year, Glenn!
Believe the 2021 WRTH has 4940 kHz as La Montana Colombia, 1 kW. Ron
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, wor and via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 31)

COLOMBIA   4940 kHz  Dec 28 at 0145 UT, usual gospel huxtering in Spanish
from mystery missionary station, S7-S8 into Bonaire SDR. Here, it's a JBA
carrier vs S=9+10dB HLNL, while by 0505 UT at Bonaire during devotional
of pious platitudes and then citing Lucas XVII, it's S8/S9+ but quite
sufficient. Aoki/NagoyaDXCircle Japan now lists this as:

"4940 0000-2400 CLM La Montana Colombia Spa Maicao 1-7"
And this has now been copied by aggregators such as short-wave.info/

But how were this name and location determined? Perhaps Ron Howard can
find out from his Japanese DX contacts. Maicao is in NorthEastern
Colombia, right on the Venezuelan border and on the main highway across
the northern tier, thus a prime destination for Venezuelan refugees or at
least visitors. Further north than the previous DF/guesses.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor Jan 1)

CUBA   11530AM, Cuban spy station, 1715 UT, Jan 1. Briefly with Spanish
numbers and longer segments of digital text file transfer tones; a clear
frequency for them with very good reception.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

re Cuban Number services ...
Guess the Bejucal - former big USSR shortwave relay site bunker towards
North America continent of 1965 built-up and 70ties -

the Cuban numbers station installations have refurbished some 10 years ago
when Arnaldo also introduced the leisure music program 'Radio Progreso' on
4765 kHz in 60 meterband nightly, 50 kW TX of power via Bejucal.

HM01 antennas pattern may different, compared to Bauta NON-Directional
fountain like steep angle azimuth on 11760 kHz to all-Caribbean target.

HM01 CUB  Cuban spy Number stn did start female voice transmission in
Spanish language at 07.35 UT today Jan 4, S=9+20dB noted in Massachusetts,
Rochester and NJ states, covered totally WBCQ on short skip zone in north-
eastern states, S=9+25dB, '... Ocho ... Zero...'.

but the big Bejucal shortwave transmission site is close to
22 52 13.33 N  82 19 48.03 W
<https://goo.gl/maps/iq2WgN73hT5wgdit9>

<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=841e9d55-8e3e-4759-9648-
a2d442b5f4b2&cp=22.866511~-82.334812&lvl=18&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

CUB_Bejucal_electronic espionage base_18 antennas_10 dishes at
22 56 45.11 N  82 21 48.46 W
<https://goo.gl/maps/RsUqmkQsteSUVCdy7>

<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=98fbb34e-9025-4900-bf93-
85a32e9471f2&cp=22.945454~-82.364068&lvl=17&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 4)

CUBA   HM01 on 11530 kHz is a regular Numbers service. They have used data
(RDFT) and other burst-like signals for a while. Always a very high level
RF transmission on the East Coast in the US.
A total of 16 ! different frequencies are listed, according to Priyom.org
(Arthur Pozner-USA, hcdx Jan 1 / 3)

I also came across the Spanish numbers and data hiss/tones on 11530 kHz
around 1715 UT on January 1. Very strong signal into Houston-TX, even
better than RHC on 11760 kHz. Transmission was gone a short time later.
Guess the numbers stations have adopted higher tech.
(Stephen Luce-TX-USA, hcdx Jan 1 / 3)

Cuban Spy Numbers Hybride mode HM01 on wrong 14375 kHz
after 0700 UT, Jan 5.

0558-0648 UT 14375 kHz BEJ  50 kW unknown to EUR/AM Spanish Tue/Thu/Sat
as scheduled in B20 at 0658-0748 UT on 13435 kHz BEJ 50 kW / unknown
to EUR/AM Spanish Tue/Thu/Sat instead of 13435 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Jan 5)

CUBA    UNIDentified bcast on 11840 kHz, 05 Jan at 2305 UT.

Hi Wolfgang, I didn't find it on any list. I ask for help from colleagues
for ID. 73 Jorge Freitas-BRA  Feira de Santana Bahia,
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

My guess:
re symmetrical Spurious strings noted on both 11840 and 11860 kHz
of fundamental transmission:

11850even kHz Cuba RHC via 250 kW 170 degrees,
via Quivican San Felipe TITAN broadcast center,
requested at ITU / hfcc.org at 22-06 UTC in B-20 season.
73 wolfie  df5sx
<https://www.wwdxc.de/topnews.shtml>  Jan 5

EGYPT   9810v   Radio Cairo in German language service ?  Jan 4th.
Diese Infor hatten wir doch schon mal vor einigen Tagen in der Liste ?
Wojtek ein DX Urgestein aus Poland meldet heute seine Beobachtung:

B-20  season requests
9440 1500 1600 28       ABS  125 325 211 Aae  EGY ERU 13001
9510 1900 2000 29       ABS  125 5   146 Rus  EGY ERU 13002
9540 1800 1900 28       ABS  125 325 211 Ita  EGY ERU  1290
9545 2215 2330 13,15    ABS  100 252 216 Por  EGY ERU  1291
9650 2330 0045 13,15    ABS  125 252 216 Ara  EGY ERU  1292
9810 1900 2000 27,28    ABS  125 325 211 Deu  EGY ERU  1293 <<<<<
9885 2000 2115 27,28    ABS  125 325 211 Fra  EGY ERU 13003
9900 0045 0200 13,15    ABS  100 252 216 Spa  EGY ERU  1295
9900 2115 2245 27,28    ABS  125 325 211 Eng  EGY ERU  1298
9940 1700 1900 29S,39N  ABS  125 5   146 Tur  EGY ERU 13004
(B-20 conference, Sept 14, 2020)

A-21  season requests
9650 1500 1600 28       ABS  125 325 211  Aae EGY ERU
9885 2330 0045 13,15    ABS  125 252 216  Ara EGY ERU
9570 1900 2000 27,28    ABS  125 325 211  Deu EGY ERU <<<<<
9720 2115 2245 27,28    ABS  125 325 211  Eng EGY ERU
9560 2000 2115 27,28    ABS  125 325 211  Fra EGY ERU
9870 1800 1900 28       ABS  125 325 211  Ita EGY ERU
9490 2215 2330 13,15    ABS  100 252 216  Por EGY ERU
9870 1900 2000 29       ABS  125 5   146  Rus EGY ERU
9890 0045 0200 13,15    ABS  100 252 216  Spa EGY ERU
9910 1700 1900 29S,39N  ABS  125 5   146  Tur EGY ERU

Re:  Radio Cairo in German?  Off the air at 1935 UT. Maybe just tests.
W dniu 2021-01-04 o 20:18, Wojtek Zaremba pisze:
Hi, Don't know is it a news or not.

Presumed Radio Cairo in German language service is now (1915 UT) on
9809.59 kHz with modulation slightly better than usual.
Time pips on 1915 UTC follwed by news.
Strong signal at Legionowo, Central Poland.
Best Regards,  Wojtek  (Zaremba-POL, hcdx Jan 4)

ERITREA   7180v, Voice of Broad Masses on air now, 0515 UT, 03 Jan.

Yes, Asmara-ERI were on air also Jan 1st and 2nd,
now at 05.40 UT on Jan 3rd on both
7140.021 and 7180.021 kHz, tiny JBA -97dBm poor signal string,
HoA mx heard, - strength - compare 50 kW stn Omdurman Sudan on nearby
7205even kHz channel, S=9+15dB of -64dBm strength.

7295 kHz RTA Chaine_1 via TDF Issoudun Arabic HQ prayer,
S=9+55 dB tremendous signal, hit the needle at the end !

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

e'SWATINI  Another time powerhouse signal from downunder South Africa,

11779.972 kHz odd fq TWR Africa from Manzini Swaziland in Somali language
scheduled, heard in Doha Qatar Perseus unit remotedly, 15.15 UT on Jan 2.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

GERMANY   Received a 'Welle 370 - 100 Jahre Rundfunk' QSL card
and a booklet "100 years of German broadcasting history at the authentic
location". Internet Radio Museum - <http://museum.funkerberg.de/>
1. Oct 2020 / 1700-1800 UTC / 5980 kHz. Blog:

<https://rusdx.blogspot.com/2021/01/welle-370-100-jahre-rundfunk.html>

(Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1115 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 10)

GERMANY    Log: 6095 kHz, SETA 2 program, at 11.40 UT, on Jan 02, 2021.

Die 100 kW exJuelich / exFlevo-Reserve Units in MBR Nauen sind 1700 Meter
weiter westlich auf dem exRBI GDR Gelaende gelegen, bei der historischen
Koepenick Antenne, einer deutschen Ingenieursleistung der 60ziger Jahre.

genaue G.C.  52 38 42.58 N  12 53 13.62 E
oder         52.645160 N    12.887117 E
klicke links oben auf Satellit

<https://k7fry.com/grid/?qth=JO62KP64KU&t=n>

<https://k7fry.com/grid/?qth=JO62KP64KU>

der 100 kW ex Juelich TX, auf dem RBI Gelaende am Dechtower Damm

<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=2b5a4d6b-e0a1-4b15-b484-
3c5150501ec6&cp=52.646837~12.883372&lvl=16&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

GERMANY    The_Times: America's radio station KCRW Berlin signs off.

America's Cold War radio station signs off; by Oliver_Moody.
Weeks after the defeat of the Third Reich George Gershwin's Rhapsody in
Blue warbled through the radio sets of a vanquished Berlin, broadcast from
a US armed forces transmitter rigged up near the former home of
Hitler's foreign minister.

The clarinet trills were the beginning of 75 years of American chatter on
Germany's airwaves. Now that history has come to an abrupt end with the
closure of the last US station based in Berlin.

KCRW Berlin, which had broadcast a mixture of music, locally produced
English-language news and American public radio programmes, ceased
operating because of the pandemicinduced financial troubles of its
sponsors on the other side of the Atlantic.

Its demise marks the conclusion of a remarkable chapter of US soft power.

Like the BBC, the American public broadcaster Voice of America had
showered Germany with propaganda over shortwave frequencies since 1942,
three months after the US entered the Second World War.

Then in August 1945, radio began to break down the mistrust between
Berliners and the military occupation. AFN Berlin, part of the American
Forces Network, achieved popularity with its blend of jazz and rock and
roll.

During the Soviet blockade of the city in 1948 and 1949 it began
broadcasting round the clock so that the pilots flying in supplies
could navigate by its transmitter. In 1953 it was joined by RIAS 2,
whose music reached 300,000 West Berliners and a sizeable audience in
East Germany despite the communists' attempt to jam its signal.

Later in the Cold War the two stations evangelised US values and rock
music in Germany, wielding influence over youth on both sides of the
Berlin Wall, where one piece of graffiti read: "Americans out! Except
AFN." After the collapse of communism the baton was passed to NPR
Berlin in 2006 and in 2017 to KCRW Berlin.

KCRW told its listeners: "Like so many media and non-profit
organisations, we couldn't escape the long-term effects of the
pandemic. It has been an honour serving the English-speaking community
and being part of a decadeslong tradition of American public radio in
the German capital."

<https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/americas-cold-war-radio-station-
kcrw-berlin-signs-off-c8qwz6v3c>
(via Mike Cooper-UK via wor Jan 1)

GERMANY/USSR history    Soviet Army Radio station "Volga", Potsdam,
Soviet Occupied Zone in Germany, later from Oct 1949 then
GDR - German {non}_Democratic Republic.

In Russian.  Video: 4:14 m/s

<https://vk.com/radioreceiver?z=video-
163779953_456241186%2F0f789b3d3cf28cd2a4%2Fpl_wall_-163779953>

Volga radio station - radio for Soviet soldiers in the West.

Hello everyone ! Today I will tell you about Radio "Volga" - a radio for
Soviet soldiers serving in the GSVG, and this station could also be
received in Czechoslovakia, where Soviet troops were also stationed.
This radio station was located in Potsdam. A quiet corner of Potsdam
in the Menzelstrasse area.

There are almost no cars here, and it was even quieter and quieter between
1961 and 1989. The reason was that the Berlin Wall was very close here, at
a distance of about 100 meters. Soviet soldiers and officers who were far
from the Motherland should not feel cut off from it, be aware of cultural
and other events taking place at home.

... In addition, the Radio Volga was present in the media space in eastern
Germany, so that the military would listen to Western radio stations as
little as possible. Also "Volga" was focused on
brothers in arms, servicemen of the People's Army of the GDR and the
German population, many of them knew and were interested in the Russian
language and culture. I have met in Germany, I have lived here for more
than 20 years, former soldiers of the GDR army, especially officers who
spoke Russian very well. Volga's editorial office was located in Villa
Claassen (Menzelstrasse 5), Villa Enders, (Menzelstrasse 14) and
Villa Bredow, Menzelstrasse 15.

All these villas were requisitioned and occupied after the Potsdam
Conference by the Soviet military administration. The owners had to move
out and look for another place to live. Here the program guides were
prepared. The broadcasts came from Koenigs Wusterhausen and Burg
{Koe-Wu 191 kHz in 1945 onwards, Burg 263 kHz and Leipzig Wiederau 1322kHz
too, wb.}, which had transmitters, masts and all the necessary equipment.

Some programs were broadcast directly from Soviet radio. During the
Gorbachev era, radio expanded its broadcasting to German radio listeners,
and the number of programs in German increased. Thus, the German
population was informed about the imminent withdrawal of troops. The last
transmission of "Volga" took place on July 31, 1994. By that time, there
were very few Russian military personnel in Germany. Did you listen to
Radio "Volga" when you served in Germany?

A short excerpt and excursion from the broadcast of this radio, on video:
Source: Nomaden.
<https://vk.com/radioreceiver>
(via Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1115 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 10)

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Soviet_Forces_in_Germany>

My hometown Naumburg/S established of 1029 year - on the Oberlandesgericht
Palace / higher regional court building - was HQ of the subordinate Soviet
Army #8, of the Western Group of (Soviet) Troops (WGT) and on territory on
the former GDR like also additionally of 57th Guards Motor Rifle Division.

It was also a garrison town for the Soviet Air Force / Merseburg /
Allstedt / Nohra. Unofficial estimates are, that the number of Soviet
military personnel approxim. equalled that of the local GDR population
of 25.000 personell and family pupils included.
The fall of Stalinism-Communism in 1989 was accompanied by demonstrations
and gatherings in the churches of the city.

Radio related:
Approximate in 1949 year - when school pupils - Y. T. heard the first
'radio-telephone talk - in my life' of the 8th Army General commander on
the small Antonov(?) propeller aircraft, when flown-in from Potsdam
Wuensdorf headquarters gathering, landed on Naumburg/S air strip.

At NaumburgS - the 8th Soviet Army then
replaced the US Army 7th brigade as a world war victor in 
March 14th - June 30th, 1945 year, on the basis of the Potsdam Treaty.

<https://www.thueringen.de/mam/th1/staatsarchive/sk/folge_3.pdf>

I can still remember the entry of the Soviet Army with many horses Panje
wagons and 'Made in USA' Studebacker trucks from the direction of the
Reichsautobahn Leipzig, on July 1st / 2nd, 1945.

I guess in October 1992 the Soviet troops left NaumburgS / via Ea-Bahnhof,
transported their goods in 650 freightwagons towards Brest Litovsk border.

<https://www.mdr.de/zeitreise/stoebern/damals/rotearmee100.html>

<https://www.mdr.de/zeitreise/stoebern/damals/bnd-sowjetunion-abzug-
100.html>

<https://www.mdr.de/zeitreise/ddr/fremde-freunde102.html>

(comments by wb  df5sx Jan 10, 2021)

GREECE  [and non]   Am 2. Jan. habe ich mal das ueber das MW Band dreht,
in Athens Greece, meist griechische Musik zu hoeren:

 729.001 kHz ERA Athens Bogianti station, die haben dort die Fq neu exact
         justiert, frueher lagen sie immer 7 Hertz hoeher.
         S=9+65dB oder -20dBm biegt in Athen die Nadel zur Bandgrenze.

 799.998 2 x 13 kHz breites Signal, S=9+60dB,
         zwei Spurs 28 symmetrisch +/- kHz.

 845.996
 972even S=9+30dB saustark, 2 x 12 kHz breites Audio sichtbar.
1007.992 Korfu Kerkyra, Messe oder andere orthodoxe Kirche ?
1044.001 Carrier leeres Signal Powerhouse S=9+45dB
1205.992
1287.001

1305.093 UNID  West Afrikanische stn ?

1385.995 S=9+35, 2 x 8 kHz weites Audio.
1404.007 ERA Komotini an der tuerkischen Grenze.
1493.996 2 x 8 kHz weites Audio.
1511.990 Kreta ?

dazwischen 1521even kHz R Peking in Russisch seit dem Jahr 1966 on air
2000 kW, S=9+20dB Signal in Athen, um 01.21 UT 'Radio Kitei...'

1584.001 Armaliadas, lokal, 2 x 14 kHz weites Audio.
1592.984
1601.968
1620.029
1639.973
1690.003
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

GUAM      DXERS DIARY - WEEKLY DX SHOW IN KTWR RADIO from TWR Guam.

Dear Sir/Madam, - My Name is Arun Kumar Narasimhan from Chennai in India.
I have been producing and presenting "DXERS DIARY", a 5-minute weekly
DX programme in KTWR's DRM mode broadcast (13800 kHz at 10.26 UT) every
Sunday morning from January 3, 2021.

This programme is designed to make it easy for listeners to contribute to
the advancement of the DX hobby. In this programme we broadcast listeners
logs, band scans sent to us from listeners across the world, news and
frequency change by various radio stations around the world.

We also plan to broadcast information about competitions, contests and
club information in our programme. It would be nice if you can please
email me information about any competition, contest, club information or
any other information you think will be useful for Dxers across the world.

I request you to please circulate the information about the DXERS DIARY
programme to the members of your club. Email-id for sending information is
<dxersdiary -at- gmail.com>

Thanks, - N. Arun Kumar-IND, direct and via RUSdx #1115
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 10)

INDIA    More AIR shortwave radio stations leave the air.

Its Tata and Bye Bye to the following stations of All India Radio on SW:
Aligarh 250 kW, Goa Panaji 250 kW, Chennai 100 kW.
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, DXindia Jan 8)

INDONESIA   3325 kHz  Voice of Indonesia, via Palangkaraya, 1402-1512 UT,
Jan 1. Respectable audio level; news in Indonesian from 1402 to 1408 UT,
then ending with the national song "Bagimu Negeri" (For You Our Country);
1500 UT, into stilted Chinese; news, ending again with "Bagimu Negeri"
song; I'm happy to find this patriotic song is now regularly played
following all the VOI news broadcasts; unable to hear
// 4749.95 kHz, via Cimanggis/Jakarta. Am still very grateful to Alan
Davies, who years ago (2012) originally provided me with the names of
the various patriotic songs played over RRI/VOI.
Please note Alan's excellent website

<https://www.asiawaves.net/#Direct>

(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

KOREA REPUBLIC   [South]   New mediumwave transmitter site of FEBC Korea
(HLKX 1188 kHz) at Daebu Island-KOR.

FEBC Korea completed the new MW transmitter site for HLKX 1188 kHz at
Daebu Island in Yellow Sea off the coast of Ansan City, about 50 km south
west from Seoul, in October 2020, and began operation on October 12.

This is a better location for transmitting to China, Russia, and North
Korea. Mr. Harry Binkley Harris, Jr., the US ambassador to Korea, sent a
celebration message admiring FEBC-Korea's role in promoting the freedom of
speech and religion.

The new transmitter site has 48,075 square meters area, with 2 antenna
masts and new transmitter building. The transmitting power is now 100 kW.

Original item from FEBC

<http://seoul.febc.net/program_122/program_122_board_5/945866>

It has been said 250 kW new transmitter will be installed. It is not clear
whether they are using the old 100 kW transmitter removed from Bangsan ex-
transmitter site or new 250 kW transmitter with reduced power.

FEBC Korea is now issuing the new QSL card with the photograph of this new
site.
(Takahito Akabayashi-Tokyo-JPN, direct and via wor Dec 31)

Locator:
37 13 15.41 N  126 33 30.74 E

<https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=61f9d857-7192-4f6a-9b16-
b0f707383280&cp=37.221216~126.55588&lvl=17&style=h&v=2&sV=2&form=S00027>
{I guess satellite picture dimmed / veiled so far ? }

1188 kHz  FEBC moved to a new tower site in the Daebu-do coastal area of
suburban Ansan from Siheung, turning on the new facilities on October 12,
2020. They have a nice new building beside it as well. The towers are
located at  37 13 14.3 N  126 33 29.1 E
in an area just west of the old Universal Studios theme park site.

1332 MBC Chungju went off the air on May 1, 2020. The station is scheduled
to be off the air for one year and return on May 1, 2021.

1350 MBC Samcheok was taken off the air in 2018 due to a new development
taking over its tower site. It moved up the road and constructed a new
building and new mast at  37 27 43.7 N  129 08 26.8 E  and has been on the
air for some time (perhaps seamlessly).

1440 Pyeongtaek (Camp Humphreys) AFN is - as already known - broadcasting
at 5 kW, confirmed by the fact that it is using the old AFN Yongsan 5 kW
transmitter that previously operated on 1530 kHz. All previously-used
equipment from US Forces Area I (Seoul and north) was moved to the new
military HQ at Camp Humphreys, with Camp Casey (1197 kHz) shutting down
February 15, 2018 (already widely reported) while staying on the air in
Kunsan and Daegu, leaving no remaining AFN stations in the suburbs between
Seoul and the border.

[Check out Chris' excellent radio website at
<http://www.chriskadlec.com/radio/seoul>   ]
(via RealDX io Group; NZL DX Times, NZRDXL, Dec 29)

MADAGASCAR   11705even  Radio Tamazuj in Juba to Sudan central NorthEast
Africa, S=9 at 15.29 UT on Jan 2, station ID heard. Sponsored by NGO's in
Netherlands and foreign office fonds or security organizations budget ?

Organized via MGLOB Talata Volonondry Madagascar relay facility.
14.59-15.57 UT scheduled acc  hfcc.org  database 31_Dec_2020.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

MALAYSIA   Recent Malaysian reception.

9835 kHz  Sarawak FM, 1318-1334 UT on Jan 7. DJ in vernacular playing pop
songs; distinctive station slogan in English - *"Sarawak FM - This station
is now the ultimate power in the universe"; semi-fair, with adjacent QRM.
Noted off the air at 1401* UT.

11665 kHz  Wai FM, 1335-1401 UT on Jan 7 (Thursday). From 1335 to 1357 UT,
with non-stop Islamic chanting; "Wai FM" ID (no mention of "Limbang");
ToH 1+1 time pips; news in vernacular till cut off; still with the long
standing poor audio (crackling sound). In past years, the time period of
1315 to 1400 UT cl-d, would normally broadcast on Monday and Thursday the
"Wai FM Limbang" segment, but clearly not on today. Has it been completely
dropped or just rescheduled to another time/day?
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 9)

MALI   Log: CRI Africa Relay Bamako Mali on 17630 kHz at 1409 UTC;
das englische Programm von China Radio International ueber das relay in
Bamako, Mali. O=2

Nach 3 Tagen kam eine detailierte eQSL (inkl. Senderstandort Bamako Mali)
von  <yinglian -at- cri.com.cn>

Der Auslandsversand einer Papier-QSL ist aktuell, wie in vielen
ostasiatischen Laendern, aktuell nicht moeglich.
(Patrick Robic-AUT, A-DX newsgroup Jan 5)

MALI   5995even kHz  S=9+10dB heute frueh Jan 3 stark um 07.15 UT.
Typisches Wintersignal aus West Afrika. RTM Bamako Franzoesisch, hoert
sich wie Nachrichten an, mit Einheimischen Sprache / Worten durchsetzt.

5810even exact Manuel aus Spanien gibt einen Tip: Mike Radio lizensiert in
den Niederlanden ? schnelle rhythmische Musik wie Maschinengewehr,
S=9+20dB aeusserst stark fuer einen Hobby Kleinsender, 10 kW auf der
Pfanne ?  10 kHz breit.

5779.996 Harmony BEL Pirate? S=4 poor -93dBm at 07.30 UT

5789.981 UNID Pirate English lang, 10 kHz schoene Bandbreite, S=8-9, 07.33

5879.985 UNID Pirate pop mx 07.34 UT, 26 und 100 Hertz 2xBUZZ strings.

5894.976 Norway station S=3-4, -114dBm poor in Sueddeutschland. 07.37 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

MOLDOVA   [to KURDISTAN]   Frequency change of BRB Denge Welat from Dec 31

11540even today Jan 2nd at 15.10 UT S=9+20dB powerful,
'V.of Welat - Denge Welat' or ex'Radyoya Denge Kurdistane' via
Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac.

Poor, battered people, have been waiting since the Treaty of Lausanne of
1923 year, since 98 years for their own state integrity and peace treaty
now; and NATO messes with the Ottomans and also denies the People's
Liberation Army the status of a non-terrorist organization.

There is only terror - since 100 years now - towards eastern Turkish Kurd
nationals around from the Turkish state of Erdogan around Diyarbekir,
converted to Diyarbak?r (Copper Territory) in 1937.
Kurds use the Aramaic name Amed as an allusion to the ancient Medes folk.

Next door same powerful S=9+20dB signal of
INDIA  11560even  AIR Pashto sce via Bangalore decreased to 250 kW ?
at 15.12 UT on Jan 2nd.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

NETHERLANDS    Mike Radio, very good signal on 5810 kHz, 0713, 03 Jan.

Very good signal from Netherlands, Mike Radio, 5810 kHz, 0713-0717 UT,
03 Jan, pop songs, English, comments id. "Mike, Mike, Mike, Radio",
"Yes a very good morning, this is Mike Radio from Holland", Mike Radio
5810 kHz, "Hello Europe, this is Mike Radio, broadcasting from the central
part of Holland ...", "Broadcasting from central Holland this is Mike
Radio, "This is AM Shortwave Radio Mike Radio" 45444.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, hcdx Jan 3)

5810 kHz  Mike Radio heard on Jan 3 with fair signal and deep fading from
remote SDR in S. Dennis MA from 0840 UT tune to carrier off at 0900:35 UT.

Dutch pop songs with frequent announcements by man (EE) including
reception report info and IDs. Also heard at 0755 UT tune at Fair level
from SDR in Kongsfjord Norway but here the signal faded into noise after
0830 UT due to gray line passage. In the earlier time frame the pop songs
were more classic oldies, again with frequent announcements by a man
in English.

5810 kHz  Mike Radio at 0600-1500 UT  12345..  Dutch  1 kW  Non-Dir ant
Heerde HOL location at  52 40 N  006 03 E   MIK call, b20 Jan. 1
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, wor Jan 3)

Nach der Liste privater legaler Stationen von Stig Hartvig Nielsen-DEN
sendet Mike Radio nicht mehr auf 3940 kHz sondern auf 5810 kHz.
Download der Liste unter

<https://www.channel292.de/app/download/5814878724/European+private+SW+sta
tions+-+1+January+2021.pdf>
(Gerald Kallinger-AUT, A-DX newsgroup Jan 2)

NETHERLANDS  HOL  Mehrere Mittelwellensender stellen den Sendebetrieb ein

Wie das Mediamagazine.nl meldet, stellen zum Jahreswechsel mehrere
Mittelwellensender den Sendebetrieb ein. Darueber hinaus haben einige
neue Stationen den Sendebetrieb auf "AM" aufgenommen.

Nostalgie AM
Am 1. Januar wird Nostalgie AM aus Siddeburen in Groningen seine
Sendungen auf der Mittelwellenfrequenz 1395 kHz einstellen. Der Besitzer
des Radiosenders sagt, dass es nach 1,5 Jahren Zeit fuer etwas anderes ist

Radio Emmeloord
Mittwoch Nachmittag, den 30. Dezember, stellte Radio Emmeloord seine
Mittelwellensendungen auf 1224 kHz ein. Seit einigen Monaten sendet der
Radiosender auch in der Region Emmeloord ueber DAB+, so dass es nach
Aussage des Senders keinen Sinn mehr macht, ueber Mittelwelle zu senden.

Darueber hinaus kann der Radiosender weltweit ueber das Internet gehoert
werden. Es ist uebrigens nicht das erste Mal, dass der Radiosender seinen
Sendebetrieb auf Mittelwelle einstellt.

Weiterhin auf AM
Fuer die Sendungen von Extra AM aus Amsterdam auf 1332 kHz sah es eine
Zeit lang duester aus. Aufgrund des Ausfalls einiger Sponsoren war es
nicht sicher, ob die Sendungen nach dem 1. Januar fortgesetzt werden
koennen. Eine Crowdfunding-Aktion hat genug Geld gesammelt, um die
Sendungen vorerst fortzusetzen.

Neue Programme
Es verschwinden nicht nur Mittelwellen-Radiosender, sondern es kommen
auch neue hinzu: Vor kurzem haben Antenne Domstad und Radio Monique den
Sendebetrieb auf Mittelwelle aufgenommen.

Quelle:
<https://mediamagazine.nl/diverse-middengolfzenders-stoppen-uitzendingen/>
73 (Thomas Kamp DF5JL, A-DX newsgroup Jan 1)

NEW ZEALAND   New Year on 'Radio New Zealand Pacific' program.

Usually their prgr till 1100 hrs on SW is of RNZ_Pacific & in Internet is
RNZ_National, but in New Year Eve the progr was from RNZN with songs from
60-80s (for example at 1057 UT "I Got You" sung by James Brown. Pips at
1100 UT & nx from RNZN.

Listeners on on-line prgr have to know that there the progr is with around
40 seconds delay than the exact time (compared with SW 11825 kHz & here in
Bulgaria standard pips time).
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

NIGERIA   7254.939  Proper northern winter propagation path into North
America, noted Voice of Nigeria in Fulfulde WeAF sce via Abuja at 07.38 UT
on Jan 4, male presenter, S=9+10dB or -71dBm this morning.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 4)

PERU   review of 2020 year. Dear Hansjoerg, thanks again. Some comments:

4810 Logos is now back to operation and heard regularly since October in
Peru and Latin America, but elsewhere the very strong STANAG on 4812 kHz
(Martinique?) makes reception difficult. Old web site is at

<https://radiologoschazuta.com>

and F_B:

<https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Logos-4810-Mhz-Chazuta-501777529885017>

4940 kHz San Antonio is operating at least irregularly?

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYPXkA0hyfA>
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, direct Dec 31)

PERU   6174 kHz  6 Jan at 23.21 UT  R. Tawantinsuyo, Cuzco, Esp. Quechua,
YL talk suerte, S3.
(RFA  Rogildo Fontenelle Aragao  Quillacollo-Bolivia
17 23 00.65 S  66 15 49.60 W   <raragaodx -at- yahoo.com.br>
Sony ICF-2001D / Lowe HF-225E, LW 26m - RGP1. hcdx Jan 6)

Dear experts, please find attached my review of the Peruvian short wave
stations in 2020.  Kind regards,
(Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

PHILIPPINES   9925 kHz  R. Pilipinas, Tinang US AGM relay site, 1730-1735
UT on Jan 1. Surprised to find such a good signal here; in Filipino /
Tagalog; many IDs and giving frequencies for this and 12120 // 15190 kHz,
but only this frequency heard; started with their choral National Anthem
"Lupang Hinirang" (Chosen Land / Land of the Morning).
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

SAUDI ARABIA   11859.961 kHz odd fq  Yemen Excile Radio via Riyadh at
15.32 UT on Jan 2, S=7 fair signal in Doha Qatar skip zone, Holy Quran
prayer in progress.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

SOLOMON ISLANDS   New Years Eve in the Pacific.
5020 kHz  SIBC - Voice of the Nation. As usual, on Dec 31, running well
past their usual 1200* UT; New Years Eve programming; 1200-1400+ UT;
at 1257 UT with "SIBC - Voice of the Nation" ID and frequencies, as well
as mentioning "live streaming"; "one minute to 2021 UT," "29 seconds to
go"; 1300 UT, starting the New Year with pop song; National Anthem;
sounded like a long sermon, which ended with NatAnthem again;
song "Auld Lang Syne" (written by the Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert
Burns) and giving many wishes for a Happy New Year 2021; poor reception
with QRN (static).

<https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/newyear?p0=273>

<https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/newyear?p0=193>

(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 31)

TAJIKISTAN    Frequenecy changes of Voice of Tibet, January 6
1300-1306 on  9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan no change
1306-1310 on  9876 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan no change
1310-1335 NF  9886 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex9894
1330-1335 on  9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan no change
1335-1340 on  9876 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan no change
1335-1400 on  9894 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan no change
1340-1400 NF  9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex9814
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Jan 6)

TAJIKISTAN/CHINA   9876even VoTibet Dushanbe in Tibetan language, S=9+15dB
signal on Perseus net at Delhi India. At 13.50 UT on Jan 7, also
// 9864even kHz, transmitter OFF switch at 14.00 UT, and some seconds
later also OFF switched on 9876 kHz.

Medium jamming probably from China mainland on odd 9874.996 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 7)

U.K.    BBCWS New Year's Concert - in case you missed or could not
hear it at 1906 UT Sat and / nor 1206 UT Sun, here it is:
<https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1d06>
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor Jan 3)

U.K.   Year developments.  Members,
I had the best possible start to the New Year with 3 excellent Black and
White photos of the "innards" of MW Daventry 647 kHz.

Quite a thought that refined music came from such tough looking equipment!

Thanks go out to Dave Porter for this rare evidence of engineering from
the era pre 23 November 1978.

I will keep you posted. Enjoy the photos!

Photo Daventry T3 Control LH.JPG uploaded #photo-notice.
The following photos have been uploaded to the EUROPE

<https://groups.io/g/mwmasts/album?id=12456>
album of the  <mwmasts -at- groups.io group>

Daventry T3 Control LH.JPG
<https://groups.io/g/mwmasts/photofromactivity?id=3140922>

(By Dan Goldfarb-UK, mwmasts notification, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

U.K. [ARMENIA/ASCENSION ISL/BULGARIA/UAE]
Some changes of BBC and FEBA Radio.

BBC
1800-1830 NF9540 SOF  50 kW 195 deg to CeAf French,ex6180 eff.from Dec 25
1400-1430  15400 ASC 250 kW 055 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27
1400-1430  17780 ASC 250 kW 065 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27
1400-1430  21630 DHA 250 kW 260 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27
2000-2030   9545 WOF 250 kW 160 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27
2000-2030  11660 ASC 125 kW 055 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27
2000-2030  15490 ASC 250 kW 065 deg to WeAf Hausa Sunday, eff.from Dec 27

FEBA - till January 1 only.
1615-1630 9540 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAf Guragena Mo-We, will be deleted
1615-1630 9540 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAf Amharic  Th-Su, will be deleted
1630-1700 9540 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAf Amharic  Daily, will be deleted
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 31)

USA    FCC Takes A Break From Not Caring About Consumers To Hassle Some
Landlords Over Pirate Radio.

Sorry, I have to disagree. This trend has been consistent since 1996.
I have worked in the broadcast industry, for 50 years. The number of
companies operating media dropped from hundred to just 6 under two
Democrat presidents, and one quasi Republican. iHeartRadio already had
their 1000 radio stations long before 2016. As far as pirate radio
stations, it is LONG overdue. Lets be honest, for the past 25 years,
radio pirates have been operating Chinese built transmitters they get on
Amazon.  [...]

One of my listeners is an airline pilot, and he has mentioned hearing a
pirate radio station when landing his aircraft in a few cities.
(Bob Biermann-FL-USA, wor Jan 4)

Re: airline radio disturbtion ...

... the other side of the coin - something may happen.

Some Ham Radio operators at 20 kms around Stuttgart Echterdingen Germany
airport, reported nearly half a year to the German Bundesnetzagentur, that
some - if not all - of the propellerflugzeuge Dash 8 turboprop type of

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Canada_Dash_8>

Lufthansa Germanwings Eurowings {ex Dortmund} of Canadian Bombardier
Aerospace type, spread_out their radio speech communication with European
Radar authorities on flight from Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin etc. to
Stuttgart airport southern Germany, some vagabond 35 MHz higher in Amateur
Radio band boundery, over and over again. We even identified aircraft
registration numbers of the victims often via the FlightRadar24 software
database...    73 df5sx

VATICAN STATE  [non]    Radio Vaticana, Santa Maria di Galeria.

Sergio Salvatori sent confirmation of the reception of the Christmas
Liturgy in Chinese to Vatican Radio on December 24, 2020. From the Chapel
of the Annunciation of Palazzo Pio Holy Mass on the occasion of
Holy Christmas. The station employee wrote that he could not send a
QSL card, as their office was closed due to the Corona Virus.

<https://freerutube.info/2019/10/11/e-qsl-radio-vaticana-vatikan-dekabr-
2018-goda/>
(Dmitry Elagin-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx"; via RUSdx #1115
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 6)

VATICAN STATE   11935even  Vatican Radio via Santa Maria di Galeria site
in Amharic language to Horn of Africa, mx program, S=8-9 in Doha Qatar SDR
at 15.36 UT on Jan 2.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

VATICAN STATE   VATIKAN RADIO wird 90 Jahre alt.

Mit vielen Original-Toenen aus unserem Archiv lassen wir Sie an der
spannenden Geschichte des von PiusXI. gegruendeten Papstsenders teilhaben,
der am 12. Februar 1931 seinen Betrieb aufgenommen hat.
Eine Sendereihe von Christine Seuss.
(Vatican News; via Paul Gager-AUT, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

Die Radio-Akademie im Februar 2021. - 90 Jahre Radio Vatikan.  Dazu:

Hier finden Sie eine Uebersicht der Radioakademien und unserer Sendung
'Unser Sonntag', die uns in den kommenden Monaten begleiten werden.

Zur Erinnerung: Bei uns im Programm hoeren Sie die einzelnen Folgen der
Sonderserien jeweils am Samstag- und Sonntagabend. Die Radioakademien
koennen Sie nach Ausstrahlung der letzten Folge auch gesammelt auf CD
erhalten, eine E-Mail an

<cd -at- radiovatikan.de>  genuegt. (Kostet?)
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
(Vatican News; via Paul Gager-AUT, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

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Log:  CRI Beijing via CubanRadio relay Quivican 5990 kHz 2310 UT.

CUBA log on Jan 3rd,
noted at Cape Canaveral FL, Rochester NY, TWR Antilles Kiwi,
at EastBrazil and Sao Paulo Brazil Kiwi sets, access remotedly.

 5999.998 CUB  RHC La Habana in Spanish, S=9+35dB not overmodulated at
          13.25 UT, 2 x 60 Hertz BUZZ strings visible. Excellent audio
          today, maybe replaced Quivican 250 kW beast by 100 kW unit
          of BBEF Beijing type at Bauta transmission center site today ?

 6100even CUB  RHC Bauta in Spanish, some Rumba and Bossa-Nova music
          played at 13.35 UT on Jan 3rd, S=9+15dB in Cape Canaveral FL.
          Either sideband 2 x 30 Hertz apart distance BUZZ string noted.

 9264.986 USA  WINB Red Lion, English sermon, 13.40 UT, S=8-9 in Florida

 9650.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal site former USSR 50 kW units, S=4 poor at
          -102dBm JBA level. 13.47 UT on Jan 3rd.

12035.007 TUR  TRT Emirler in English at 13.30-14.26 UT, S=5-6 weak
          signal at 13.50 UT.

11859.962 ARS  Republic of Yemen EXCILE Radio via Riyadh, poor S=5-6 in
          NY and MI northeastern US states at 13.54 UT.

11815.017 TUR  Much early SWITCH-ON of TRT Emirler in Turkish on 13.57 UT
          scheduled 14.00-16.57 UT, ME/NE singer program, S=7 or -89dBm.

11760even CUB  RHC Bauta Spanish sce, S=7 much fluttery fountain antenna
          signal at 14.30 UT on Jan 3rd in Rochester NY remotedly.

13700even CUB  RHC Bauta towards California and South America antenna
          azimuth, S=9+10dB in NY, S=9+5dB in Eastern Brazil and
          Sao Paulo, in Brazil.

But accompanied by some program audio spurious on 13564, 13632, 13786,
but  n o t  on symmetrical 13854 kHz, next to WWCR channel.

Same program also on
13740even CUB  RHC Bejucal, probably at 160 degrees azimuth ?
          S=9+10dB in Brazil at 14.11 UT.
          "Gracia, La Vida ..." song heard on all channels ...

15140even CUB  RHC Bauta S=8 towards California / CAN ?, at 14.15 UT.

15230even CUB  RHC likely via Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site
          towards Brazil and eastern SoAM. S=6-7 in NY, S=9 in Brazil.

No CRI program relay on 15700 / nor 11880 kHz noted so far at this hour
via Quivican relay site.   73 wb  df5sx

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

Log Jan 4th at 15.00 - 15.30 UT in western Europe:

15190.065 BRA  5 kW  ZYE522  R. Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte MG
          <www.inconfidencia.com.br>

<http://inconfidencia.mg.gov.br/modules/programacao/players/pop_am.php>
          S=5 or -98dBm at 15.08 UT on Jan 4th.

15224.984 ARS  Saudi Radio 1st Arabic talk program from Riyadh site,
          fluttery S=6-7 in southern Germany, 15.12 UT on Jan 4th.

15400even MDG  Radio Tamazuj, Juba program to southern Sudan ?
          at 15.16 UT, scheduled 14.59-15.57 UT organized via MGLOB Talata
          Volonondry Madagascar relay facility. S=8-9 fluttery signal.

15460even BOT  VoA Hausa language service to WeAF, S=9+5dB,
          discussion at 15.20 UT.

15579.996 BOT  VoA English service at 15.23 UT, S=9+10dB, light
          pop mx program.

15700even CUB  CRI Latin AM relay site Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW
          noted at 15.26 UT in western Europe, poor JBA signal of S=5.

15770even USA  WRMI - steady strong lighthouse in the 19 meter band, noted
          at 15.27 UT, S=9 of English TV px relay program ?

15825.001 USA  WWCR Nashville organization. Religious program from
          Georgia?, about 'Honour ... Message of Truth... Father in
          Heaven...'. Much strong here in southern Germany at 15.30 UT,
          S=9+20dB signal.

11530even HM01  CUB  Cuban spy Number stn noted empty carrier at 17.24 UT.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 4)

Log Jan 5th remotedly in Doha Qatar and western European Perseus:

 9818.849 BRA  R 9 de Julho Brasil-Port, poor mx signal S=7 at 21.53 UT
          on Jan 5th.
 9650.035 ARS  R Saudi 1st Arabic progr from Riyadh site, S=8 at 15.10 UT
          14.00-17.55 request scheduled.
 9679.929 ???  probably ZMB  VoH Lusaka ? S=6 at 15.17 UT. Usual poor sig.
 9619.816 IND  AIR Delhi much odd fq installation, AIR Baluchi sce from
          Aligarh? site. 15-16 UT, S=6 -95dBm.
 6170.095 KRE  Voice of Korea in Russian from Kujang site, 15.25 UT,
          14.00-20.50 UT on that 49 mb channel. S=6-7 poor in NE/ME.
11760even CUB  RHC Bauta, talk on epedemia at 15.57 UT, RHC IS given
          at 15.58 UT, at 15.59 UT schedule announcement, female presenter
// 15230 kHz Quivican TX switch off at 16.02:25 UTC.
// 15140 kHz Bauta site sidelobe S=9+5dB of the 170degr azimuth.

 9790.028 ARS  BSKSA R Saudi 1st px, S=8 at 14.00-17.55 UT, 17.20 UT.
 9729.939 VTN  Vo Vietnam from Son Tay site, S=7 in NE/ME Qatar 17.27 UT
 9584.990 UAE  BBC London Arabic relay via ENC Encompass Digital Media
          Services, 17-19 UT, at 17.31 UT, S=9+10dB.
 9540even UAE  IBRA Media Radio in Ethiopian Tigre lang, HoA mx, S=9 in
          Doha Qatar at 17.33 UT on Jan 5th, scheduled 17.30-17.59 UT.
 9525even F   Kurdish Radio Denge Welat via TDF Issoudun, S=9+25dB
          co-channel equal jammer by Turkish Erdogan security radio,
          some 20 Hertz BUZZ tone difference apart from Emirler outlet.
          From 16.00 UT onwards move from 11540 kHz Grigoriopol Maiac.
 9495.007 TUR  TRT Emirler in Spanish language, powerhouse signal S=9+30dB
          17.38 UT nx on Jan 5.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

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Visualizing MWLIST, some examples.

Hi - with free Tableau Public software, I have visualized most data of the
unique MWLIST, medium wave part.

For me, most striking is visualizing the spatial data, i.e. to show the
transmitters at their proper place on a map. Another welcome feature is
filtering the data to answer specific questions like: How are traffic
broadcast stations above 1.6 MHz spread over Pennsylvania?

Or: What can I expect listening on 1521 kHz on a late winter afternoon in
Europe? Or: Where are Chinese stations located, carrying the
CNR1 programme of China National Radio? On my website you will find some
examples and more information:

<https://dk8ok.org/2021/01/02/seeing-is-believing-tableau-visualizing-
mwlist/>

Comments and other applications welcome!

Of course. something similar can be done with the HF part of MWLIST or
with any other list containing spatial data, i.e. geographical
coordinates, like Bernd Friedewald's International Listening Guide.

73 Nils  -  Nils Schiffhauer-D   dk8ok.org  direct and via wor Jan 2

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX -


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