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BC-DX 1369                                                   19 Jan 2019

ALBANIA   6020 kHz China Radio International
{via CRI Cerrik Albania European relay site}

w/"Language Cafe" - talking about the phrases "Drop the ball" and
"facepalm", and "low key" which they seemed to think the opposite was
"high key" rather than "high strung/twitchy" ... and what the various
phrases mean. I think the 'lesson' here is 'don't take English lessons
from the Chinese'? :) 1500 Hz het on the USB from something (Vietnam
seems unlikely) but it was notchable quite easily so it didn't impact the
signal. 4+44+44 but starting to fade by the BoH, with my local noise
peeking through even when the signal was strong.
0010-0030 UT on Jan 3.
(Zichi-MI-USA, dxld Jan 17)

ANGOLA   4949.741 kHz, Mulenvos, 25 kW/ND, Radio Nacional Angola, Jan 1,
at 0019 UT - It's rare to hear any audio, but tonight I can, weakly, but
there in Portuguese. No Indian (yet). I see they're scheduled for 0030 UT
sign on.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Jan 8 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

ANGUILLA   6090 kHz  University Network/Caribbean Beacon w/Rev. Barbi
ponti- ficating about pilgrimages, reconciling yourself with God and
reminiscing about her first years with Dr Scott, and talking about how she
didn't feel any DIFFERENT as a result of learning about God, but there was
a new 'new creature' in her that manifested her new peace with God, but
yet, not mentioning her previous profession.

A rather husky-voiced woman singing "Wasted Years" (was that her singing?
It wasn't half bad actually!) at the BoH, and a 'voice over' with the
phone number to call. 4+554+4+ w/the hum in the modulation that has become
a feature of this transmitter discernible but not really causing issues.
Almost like 'old times' with this here after being missing more often than
there for so long.
0420-0435 UT on Jan 16.
(Zichi-MI-USA, dxld Jan 17)

AUSTRIA   12025even AWR religious program via ORS Moosbrunn Austria relay
site. S=7 at 14.23 UT, Urdu language to South Asia target. 1400-1430 UT
scheduled, singer heard at 14.24 UT on Jan 17.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 17)

BHUTAN   6035 kHz, BBS Thimpu, at 0946-1046* UT on Jan 13. Well above the
norm; level of reception made for entertaining listening; all in English;
0946-1020 UT with mostly non-stop Western pop songs (Bruno Mars with
"Marry You," etc.); 1020-1030 UT interview about women's issues
("and with that I would like to wrap up this interview. Is there anything
at all you would like to say?"), but not very readable; 1033+ UT back to
Western pop songs in English; cut off in mid-song; early cut off;
no PBS Yunnan QRM.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

BRAZIL   Re: Glenn Hauser logs January 9-10, 2019

11780.008 kHz  S=9+20dB in NJ-US state, at 00.37 UT on Jan 11.
Music program.
250 kW  ZYE365  R. Nacional da Amazonia, Brasilia DF

11815.021 kHz  S=4  -96dBm fluttery at 00.42 UT on Jan 11.
7.5 kW  ZYE440  R. Brasil Central, Goiania GO

11855.823 kHz S=6  -91dBm just fair, at 01.15 UT on Jan 11
hopping 5 Hertz up and down, not stable fq
1 kW  ZYE954 R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP


11915 R.Gaucha, Pt.o Alegre RS, nothing.

9564.913 kHz, Super Radio Deus e Amor, 00.50 Jan 11. Threshold weak.
(20 kW)  ZYE727  SRDA Super Deus e Amor, Curitiba PR

9630.496 kHz,  S=4 Threshold weak and tiny, 00.52 UT Jan 11.
(10 kW) ZYE954 R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, probably to control on


9664.683 kHz 00.55 Ut Jan 11, S=4-5
(10 kW)  ZYE890  "a melhor estacao, Radio Voz Missionaria", Camboriu SC

Probably ? :
9674.932  ZYE971  R. Cancao Nova Cachoeira Paulista SP ?? or CNR1 ?
at 00.58 UT on Jan 11.

9818.729 kHz S=4-5 weak and tiny, 01.04 UT Jan 11
(10 kW)  ZYR96  R. Nove de Julho, Sao Paulo SP
R. 9 de Julho, Sao Paulo SP

15190.099 kHz (5 kW)  ZYE522  R. Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte MG
only weak threshold signal or -106dBm tiny, at 14.18 UT on Jan 17.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 11 / 17)

BRAZIL    6090.00 kHz, Jan 8 at 0047-0051 UT, one signal S7-S9 very
poor but enthusiastic talk seems Spanish. IRAN is scheduled here, and
the same is inbooming via UTwente SDR. It's an anti-American Cuban

I am checking this again, because another monitor has repeatedly said
he hears "Bandeirantes" and "Sao Paulo" mentioned on this
frequency, such as at this time on a previous date, despite info
from Brazilian DXers that Bands. Is long gone from SW and has even
dismantled its equipment. I also brought up Bands. webcasts which were
nice to hear in Portuguese of course, but not the same programming as
on 6090 kHz:



6090 (10 kW) ZYE956  Radio. Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo SP

BTW, Anguilla was absent, but next check at 0355 PMS was on, next2
check at 0635 UT was off.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 8)

BRAZIL   I am surveying the ZYs on 9 and 11 MHz in the nightmiddle:

11815.014, Jan 9 at 0613 UT, VP assumed R. Brasil Central.
This one is the winner for closeness to nominal frequency.

11855.915 and audibly wobbling, Jan 9 at 0614, some Portuguese talk
from R. Aparecida, S3-S6. This one varies a lot, sometimes above
11856 kHz.

Only other signals on 25 mb are JBACs from North Korea 11680, 11710,
11735; Cuban jamming or RHC on 11860, 11930, 12000 kHz.

9664.686, Jan 9 at 0618 UT, R. Voz Missionaria is S5-S7.
But many other 31m stations are inaudible, presumed off, approx.:

9819-, 9725+, 9675-, 9630+ kHz. Maybe SRDA 9565 kHz - is still there
under the stupid Cuban jamming. 9725 and 9675 kHz have been gone for
some weeks, but 9819 kHz was heard not long ago, and 9630.5 kHz
is usually there.

The other ZYs listed in WRTH 2019 without daggers or double-daggers,
I never hear; perhaps some still active at more limited dayparts, not
overnight: 11935, 11915, 11895, 11780, 11765, 9550, 9515 kHz;
most likely off-frequency if ever running.

11780 kHz, Jan 11 at 1938 UT, RNA is reactivated here, Brazuguese at S9-S6
(and no 11775 Anguilla to bother). First reported by Jorge Freitas, Bahia,
"11780 kHz RNA volta a transmitir. 11 Jan as 0013 UT, o sinal e bom com
leve QRM desde a CRI na mesma frequencia".
Then Wolfgang Bueschel measured it at 0037 UT on 11780.008 kHz.


I hear 11780 kHz again at 0002 UT on Jan 12, S=9+10/20dB with TC for 10:03
UT, ID only for EBC, 300 kW on 980 kHz. Nothing on 6180 kHz as RNA
continues to employ only one transmitter. This alleviates the collision
with China-via- Cuba.

11780 kHz sked is probably about 10-02 UT, like 6180 kHz had been,
i.e. 8 am to midnight in EBDST. 0159 UT recheck, 11780 kHz still on good,
but signing off a program, 0200 UT "meia-noite" TC and into news
of Bolsinaro.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 14)

BRAZIL   Checked the daytimer in Brazil on the remote KiwiSDR unit
in nearby Paraguay at 17.00 UT on Jan 14,

and also on remote Perseus SDR in MA-US state installation
at 08.40 UT on Jan 14.

4915.123 kHz, probably (10 kW) ZYF691 R. Daqui, Goiania GO,
S=6 poor at 08.40 UT on Jan 14.

 5025even CUB  Bauta OVERMODULATED S=9+30dB, 20 kHz wideband signal,
          female/singer/guitar mx. 08.43 UT on Jan 14.

5085even  USA  WTWW, beat pop mx, S=9+30dB in MA US state.
          "Get Up ..." song at 08.45 UT.

11815.031 kHz BRA  weak S=5 in MA, at 08.54 UT, underneath also co-channel
          NHK Yamata Japanese on even 11815 kHz.

 9564.910 kHz BRA  S=7 at 09.02 UT.

 9630.496 kHz BRA  S=5-6 poor at 09.04 UT.

 9664.671 kHz BRA  Heavy QRM co-channel of 9665even fq from D.P.R. Korea
          KCBS Pyongyang, S=9+10dB via Arctic-Siberia path at 09.08 UT.

 9818.706 kHz BRA  but heavy strong CNR2 Xian site co-channel on 9820 kHz,
          at S=9+20dB level.

Checked the  d a y timer in Brazil on the remote KiwiSDR unit
in nearby Paraguay at 17.00 UT on Jan 14,

 9515 kHz sermon in Portuguese on KiwiSDR Paraguay proxy at 17.00 UT,
          S=9 -73dBm

 9555 kHz canciones, corazon, Port, S=8 -79dBm

 9565 kHz Port., S=9 -70dBm.

 9630 kHz Port., padre sermon at 17.12 UT, "Parecida" heard often.

 9664.6   BRA Port, S=9+10dB -65dBm.

 5939v    BRA Port, sermon, S=8 or -80dBm

 6080v    BRA Port, sermon, S=8-9 or -69dBm.

 6105.3   UNID. signal threshold -89dBm.

11815.019 BRA S=9 or -74dBm.

re GH report
"11855.915 kHz and audibly wobbling",
yes 2 ... 3 audio distortion strings visible at 17.30 UT in Paraguay.
ZYE954 Radio Aparecida, Aparecida SP. Audio NOT CLEAN.

11895v    BRA S=9+5dB or -71dBm.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 14)

BRAZIL   6135  QSL Radio Aparecida. Received (for 2,5 months) QSL card
from Cassiano Macedo for receiving "Radio Aparecida" (6135 kHz). Report in
Portuguese sent to:

<contato -at- a12.com>
<producao -at- radioaparecida.com.br>
<cassianomac -at- yahoo.com.br>
(Ivan Zelenyi-RUS, hcdx Jan 19)

CANADA   6070 kHz  CFRX with lots of NewsTalk 1010 UT non-IDs and ads for
'don't drive high' sponsored by Uber (makes sense) and other local ads
amidst talk about whether or not the Bachelor is quick the opposite of
misogynistic is ... because the current 'contestant' admits he is a virgin
and the women are OK asking him WHY ...

The 'opposing' view is 'this is reality TV and you are overthinking it,
but really, I ask, if you don't know the word 'misandristic' or you have
to struggle to come up with it and it doesn't leap to mind when women
behave badly, you've answered the question about what is wrong with
society. There IS a double standard!

Then into a bit about 'elder abuse' and banks trying to protect older
customers by refusing trans- actions. 44544 with my local noise making
itself heard despite the rather strong signal. At 2015-2030 UT on Jan 2.
(Zichi-MI-USA, dxld Jan 17)

CONGO  [Brazzaville]   On Jan 5th at 1854 UT on 6115 kHz the ID in French
was "Radio Diffusion Congo Nacional".
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

CONGO D.R.  Radio Kahuzi on air, 6210.19 via SDR Kiwi Switzerland.

Here in Lugo only weak carrier detected, but via SDR Kiwi remote receiver
in Switzerland perfectly audible.

Via SDR Kiwi remote receiver in South Africa audible but more weak than in

6210.19 kHz, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, 1718- UT on Jan 16, French and Swahili,
comments, religious Catholic songs.

Switzerland receiver access remotedly:

South Africa receiver:
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, dxld Jan 16)

Heard via SDR Kiwi remote receiver in Switzerland. Here in Lugo Spain only
weak carrier. Tomorrow if on air, I will try to hear it in Friol, where
conditions are much better than here in Lugo.

6210.19 kHz, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, at 1640-1710 UT, on Jan 18, French,
comments, mentioned "Congo", "Les Congolais", at 1700 UT English,
religious comments. At first fair signal but now deteriorated and became
almost inaudible.

(Manuel Mendez, Lugo-ESP, hcdx Jan 18)

6210.189  1/2 kHz  measured at 17.32 UT on Jan 18, signal strength
here in southern Germany, Stuttgart or also noted in Bavaria SDR
remotedly, at S=6 or -93dBm level, little fluttery signal, but not

Sounded like SPEECH to crowd discussion broadcast transmission.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 18)

CUBA   Terry Krueger, FL, MW logs, Jan 12:

1210 kHz CUBA Radio Reloj, unknown site. At 1131 UT on January 8, 2019.
Still here, briefly surfaced, pipped and RRed under strong Radio Sancti

Terry Krueger replies:

Very dated information regarding Caribe on 530. They long ago vacated and
returned to 1220 kc/s. And 1020/1210 Reloj have consistently operated on
these channels throughout. From the archived logs of mine:

1210 CUBA Radio Reloj, unknown site. 0109 March 10, 2016. A new one, if I
recall correctly, and not listed in EcuRed, or my stale list until now.
Very poor under Radio Rebelde and Radio Sancti Spiritus.

530 CUBA Radio Caribe, Island de la Juventud. 0942 November 23, 2017.
Buenas tardes bantering between callers and male announcer, with fake
phone ringing. Lots of Caribe mentions, canned "CMBY Radio Caribe" ID by
female at 1005. Presumably via the Isla de la Juventud Rebelde
transmitter, as signal strength and DFing matches. No trace of the normal
1220 kc/s Radio Caribe transmitter. Did it blow up and Arnie lost his
soldering gun?

1220 CUBA Radio Caribe, La Fe, Isla de la Juventud. 2327 March 18, 2018.
Thanks D. Crawford alert, back on 1220 kc/s a couple days prior, after the
transmitter blew up a few months ago and the audio was relocated to one of
the Reblede audio feeds on 530 kc/s. Spanish vocals, ID at 0003. Also at
1059 on March 19 with station theme, ID. Maybe my imagination, but the
signal appears to be way weaker than pre-explosion transmitter days.

1020 CUBA Radio Reloj, Jorobo, Las Tunas. 1135 December 12, 2010.
Mostly poor under Radio Guama, sounders never can catch up with reality:
4 seconds off, 7 for the "RR" sounder. This one is not in your WRTVH-2010,
though it was listed a couple of years back I believe.

1020 CUBA Radio Reloj, Jorobo, Las Tunas. 1010 May 27, 2015. This one
which has been here for a long time   is certainly dedicated solely to
Reloj audio feed and not an overnight feed, as audible well
after 6:00 a.m. local time, and certainly from the eastern half of Cuba,
as not audible after 1030 GMT from this location. This site was listed in
the 2008 WRTVH.

Hi, published here on message #100608, Jan 24, 2018:

I have received from RadioCuba info about this tx. movements:

530 kHz Radio Caribe. CMBY is temporarily on 530 kHz (via one of the tx
used for Rebelde at the CTOM "Caribe", Isla de la Juventud)


21 51 41.67 N  82 48 21.33 W

because the 1220 kHz tx (CTOM "La Fe-Progreso") burned.
21 42 49.00 N  82 45 39.00 W

*1210 kHz Radio Reloj. CTOM "LAS TUNAS-PROGRESO". Reloj has been
temporarily moved from 1020 kHz to Rebelde's freq of 1210 kHz due a tx
(Mauricio Molano, Salamanca-ESP, dxld / hcdx Jan 12)

CUB_CMMF Baracoa Mabujabo 580 kHz / CMMC 1180 kHz 2.5 / 5 kW
sowie auch 720 kHz alle 2.5 kW.
G.C.  20 21 38 N  74 31 18 W

on route  "The route to Baracoa from Santiago de Cuba"
filling station nearby,
CUB_CMMW_Imias (Guantanamo) 1250 kHz 10 kW

G.C.  20 04 24.01 N  74 38 46.46 W

See enclosed picture of a 10 kW MW tx mast near US_occupied Guantanamo

When European tourist group bus stopped on filling station nearby, before
went to the mountain street to beach resort near Holguin on northeastern

also at CUB_CMKS 1070 kHz Guantanamo - Burene (Guantanamo) 10 kW
20 10 01.55 N  75 10 11.35 W
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 16)

CUBA   15139.781 kHz, on Jan 11 at 1457 UT, RHC is S=9+30dB, off-frequency
but modulation Okay today; traces of the usual spurpairs,
14997 & 15283 kHz, 14968 & 15311 kHz. Something's always wrong at RHC.
24 hours ago I measured it on 15139.831 kHz, 50 Hz higher.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 11)

Bauta was 15139.818 kHz on Jan 9,
15139.808 kHz on Jan 10, 13-14 UT,
same time 15239 kHz from Russian made Quivican TITAN site
is more or less even 15230 kHz towards Brazil, Argentina, PRG, URG.

RHC Bauta Cuba TX wandered down 50 - 100 Hertz
during scheduled 2 hours 12-14 UT ... or so ...

Is always same, either Bauta CUB, Emirler TUR, Bishkek KGZ,
Yangi Yul TJK, or Al Dhabbaya-UAE relays:

one SINGLE tx out of four or five available
at the broadcast center installation are

odd frequency -/+ 10 up to 800 Hertz minus/plus ...

The remaining TX units at the bc centers
are more or less even or only 2, 3, 5 or 8 Hertz ODDLY on air.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 11)

CUBA   6100even  Noted RHC Bauta single frequency transmission on Jan 13,
at 07.00-07.30 UT. Noted with Sunday only Esperanto language program.
At 07.15 UT in MA-US remote site S=9+20dB, given Cuban contact annmt / ID,
S=9+30dB signal on remote New Jersey installation at 07.21 UT.
Well modulated this morning.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

DENMARK   re: World Music Radio.
I had some problems with the 15 MHz tx this morning, but now (1210 UT)
15805 kHz is (finally) on the air. Till 2000 UT today. And hopefully again
tomorrow Sunday 07-17 UT. Possibly the transmitter may be switched off
briefly if / when needed for adjusting 5840 kHz transmitter.

5840 kHz remains off air (since Sunday), but will hopefully return to the
air sometime this weekend.

Best 73's
Stig Hartvig Nielsen,
(via hcdx Jan 12)

DENMARK   15805 kHz  World Music Radio, is transmitting on 15805 kHz this
weekend - continuously from now (Saturday morning 07 UTC) until Sunday
January 20th at 20 UTC. The power is 200 W and reception reports are
welcome to:

<wmr -at- wmr.dk>
website <www.wmr.radio>

and World Music Radio, PO Box 112, DK-8920 Randers S+, Denmark, Europe.

In particular it should be interesting to notice if someone can pick up
the signal at night. 15805 kHz will be off air next weekend, so next
transmission is February 2nd and 3rd.

5840 kHz (100 Watt) continuous 24hrs/7d. Transmitter site is Randers,
Denmark, Europe.

Best 73's
(Stig Hartvig Nielsen-DEN, hcdx Jan 19)

2004y History:
5815 kHz, WMR QSL  World Music Radio. Prompted by recent email anmt from
Stig Hartvig Nielsen about renewed WMR activity from Denmark, I sent an
email followup with MP3 file for 2004year rcpn, and that brought an email
reply from SHN followed by a very nice QSL-card and WMR mousepad by postal
mail; gives date, fqy, power (7 kW), xmtr location (Karup);
in 2-1/2 weeks. Copy of QSL is attached. Not many QSLs in my mailbox
these days, either postal or electronic.
(Jerry Berg-MA-USA, DXplorer Jan 14)

DENMARK   5839.993 kHz  WMR Randers heard on Jan 19 at 19.30 UT as
S=7 or -86dBm signal in western Ireland on Atlantic coast,
S=5 in Warsaw Poland remote SDR installation.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 11)

DENMARK   5824.996 kHz  Radio OZ-Viola from Hillerod-Denmark observed
on Dec 28 at Sligo Ireland remote SDR unit. S=9+5dB or -68dBm signal
strength on Atlantic Ocean coast line rx.

Noted at 21.35 UT on Dec 28 on remote units in Northwestern Ireland
on Atlantic coast line close to Sligo, and in England remote SDR's.

Mx program heard, but on lower sideband the UTE digital bcast band starts,
like in 5817.7 to 5824.4 kHz range totally utility Stanag etc. data sound
transmission covered.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 28 / Jan 19)

Radio Oz - Viola next broadcast ...

Received this advance notice after sending a e-mail on when their next
broadcast would be scheduled for broadcasting from Jan Steen.
It sounds both as an adventure and very exciting to broadcast.
I think of advertising or anything else that might indicate it was us,
because maybe we are not 100% alone on the frequency.

We have a new broadcast in the weekend 19 - 20 Jan 2019, o'clock 13 UT.
You can read more about us here:  <http://ozviola.dk/>

So that's this weekend January the 19th and 20th at 1300 UT.
The frequency is 5825 kHz. Power is suppose to be 150 watts AM
(600 watts PEP).
(via Edward Kusalik-CAN, DXplorer / ODXA Jan 16)

ERITREA   Both Asmara Eritrea 40 meterband broadcasts noted on air today
Saturday Jan 19 at 17.15 UT, both S=9+10dB signals heard at remote Doha
Qatar unit,
7140.020 and 7180.020 kHz,
different programs, 7140 kHz more spoken parts, but on both local HoA
music and guitar sound heard.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

GERMANY    STUDIO 52, 5970 kHz 1200-1500z on Jan 1st again.

Unsere naechsten Live-Sendungen auf Kurzwelle fuer West-Europa laufen
wie folgt:
Samstag, den 19. Jan. 2019m/ 12 - 15 Uhr UTC
immer auf 5970 kHz mit 125 kW via Nauen.
Wir wuenschen allen Hoerern dazu guten Empfang :-) !

(via Roger Thauer-D, dxld Jan 8)

INDIA   Copy of B 18 Printed Schedule of All India Radio Home Services
is available in the following link:
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS   <www.qsl.net/vu2jos>   DXindia Jan 19)

Devarajan S reports on the Union of Asian DXers F_B group:
19 January 2019. "Shocking news for all dxers. AIR is winding up all m.w.
stations from April 2019". (source not quoted).
(Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Jan 19)

Re:  All India Radio to close on MW.

After having ordered 33 new transmitters in the last few years, as proudly
presented by the supplier at

<https://www.nautel.com/products/digital-radio/drm/>  ?

This definitely needs a more serious source than a single sentence that
appears under an unfamiliar name in a fake news slingshot (the spread of
fake news via so-called social media has become a really big problem in

This must be said although some reports indeed could be read in such a way
that the closure of the overnight service was only the first in a row of
cost-saving measures. Consider also the possibility that not mediumwave
but instead shortwave could be slated for complete closure.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld Jan 19)

INDIA   Re: [DXindia] National Channel went off air on 10 Jan 2019 morning

Log at 08.45 to 09.15 UT on Jan 11,

taken on remote SDRs in Delhi and Doha Qatar:

9380.002 1/2 kHz, AIR Aligarh site, S=8-9 in Qatar at 08.45 UT on Jan 11.
9865.001 kHz, AIR Bangalore, S=9+10dB,
         subcontinental music / singer, 08.58 UT Jan 11.
         Aoki Nagoya Japan list show 'AIR New Delhi (Vividh Bharati)'
7289.994 AIR Chennai from Thiruvananthapuram tentatively,
         weak & tiny S=6-7 at 09.00 UT on Jan 11.
7325.005 AIR Jaipur, proper S=9+30dB, Hindi female anncer, 09.05 UT.
7340.001 AIR Mumbai, distorted audio bad quality, Urdu sce to
         Kashmir and Pakistan audience. S=9+25dB heard in Doha Qatar.
7380.002 AIR Chennai, Tamil sce, singer program, S=9+15dB, 09.08 UT
7420.002 AIR Chennai, Hindi sce, S=9+15dB, 09.09 UT on Jan 11.
7430.009 AIR Mumbai from Bhopal bcast center, S=9+30dB at 09.15 UT,
         Bhopal tx unit has the best audio quality amongst AIR gear.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 11)

INDIA   9380 kHz, on Jan 4 at 2231 UT, no signal from AIR National
Channel, but some JBA RTTY.

15 hours earlier, Jose Jacob informed the <dx_india yg> that AIR had
suddenly cancelled the overnight National Channel, also deleting megawatt
MW 1566 (which North American MW DXers had previously pointed out was no
longer being heard; off or QRP?), and 20 kW 1215 kHz.

Mauno Ritola was still hearing all three at 1855 UT today via Delhi
Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, still had 9380 kHz at 2050 UT on Jan 4.

9380 sked had been 1320-0040 UT. One more 9380 kHz check here at 0022 UT
Jan 5: Nothing.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 10)

INDIA   AIR National Channel to close down with immediate effect, Jan 10.

Thanks to Mr. K. Raja Raja for the flash news, Jose Jacob - VU2JOS

But good signal from AIR National Channel SW 9380 kHz on Jan 4
2029 & 2136 UT  9380 ALG 250 kW 188 deg to SoAS Mx/Hindi/English.

No information about AIR Vividh Bharati Sce 9865, 9380 & 6100 kHz so far
0025-0435  9865 BGL 500 kW 038 deg to SoAS Hindi
0100-0435  9380 ALG 250 kW 188 deg to SoAS Hindi
0630-1200  9380 ALG 250 kW 188 deg to SoAS Hindi
0900-1200  6100 DEL 250 kW 312 deg to SoAS Hindi
0900-1200  9865 BGL 500 kW 038 deg to SoAS Hindi
1245-1740  9865 BGL 500 kW 038 deg to SoAS Hindi
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Jan 4)

Log on nearby noted in 31 mb in Doha Qatar and Delhi remote units:

9989.997 kHz seldom odd fq operation of R Farda,
via IBB BBG Kuwait al-Dschahra relay site, 3 Hz down at 0918 UT.

9865even AIR Bangalore, S=7 only in Qatar, 0914 UT on Jan 5.

9729.998 probably Myanmar R Rangoon, 09.08 UT, S=7-8 only.

9650.039 ARS  BSKSA Riyadh's new daylight fq Arabic sce,
S=9+10dB at 0910 UT on Jan 5.

9620.009 AIR Urdu at 09.05 UT on Jan 5, S=8 in Qatar. warm-up unstable.

At 0945-0950 UT on Jan 5:
9380.001 kHz AIR Aligarh very weak signal, low power?

6100 kHz AIR  OFF, nothing on air.
but noted 7340.002 kHz AIR Urdu sce on air at 0945 UT on Jan 5.

Also noted 11619.977 kHz odd fq AIR Nepali 13.31 UT on Jan 5,
as usual odd fq via Goa Panaji site S=9+15dB in Delhi remote SDR.

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

INDIA   AIR National Channel went off air this morning Jan 10, 2019.

This is to inform that the National Channel of All India Radio operating
on 1215 kHz New Delhi, 1566 kHz Nagpur & 9380 kHz Aligarh has closed down
from this morning 12{sic} Jan 2019, at 0613 IST (0043 UT).
They used to operate at 1320 to 0043 UT daily since 1987year or so.

An open carrier is till heard on 9380 kHz now while checking at 1445 UT
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, <www.qsl.net/vu2jos>  DXindia Jan 10)

Re:  AIR Kurseong on 4895 kHz. reactivated.

I contacted AIR Kurseong just now and the info is that they are back on SW
from January 1, 2019 after being off air (on SW) for some months.

Currently they are on air for the morning transmission only on 4895 kHz
at 0055-0400 (Sat Sun 0430) UT.

After about 10 days they will be on in the evening hours also on 4895 kHz
at 1130-1700 (Sat, Sun 1741) UT.

After about 20 days they will be on the daytime frequency of 7230 kHz
at 0620-1030 UT.

The transmitter is of 50 kW but it is being operated now at 30 kW


(Jose Jacob IND  VU2JOS, direct Jan 16)

AIR KURSEONG  4895 kHz back on air. SIO 444 at 0400 UT. Song from Hindi
film "Rajanigandha" by Lata Mangeshkar. Rx Kenwood R5000, Antenna - 64
feet random wire. Tip courtesy - Pranab Kumar Ray, Youth International
Radio Listener's Club, Shyamnagar, West Bengal.

(per Victor Goonetilleke's excellent F_B page UNION OF ASIAN DXERS Jan 16)

In one sense this reactivation is good news, but this will now cause a
problem for reception of Mongolia on 4895 kHz ?
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 16)

IRAN/{ITALY_non}/ROMANIA/CHINA   On Jan 6 the progr of IRRS on 9510 kHz
was heard with strong QRM from CNR in Mongolian language till 1050 UT
followed by QRM with test tone & whistle and from 1120 UT began
Iran in Ve[IRIB Ahwaz is scheduled from (later the day) 1220 UT in
Dari/Pashto Afghanistan sce onwards]. Signal ahead/over co-channel IRRS
Milano via Radiocom Saftica-ROU relay.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

KYRGYZSTAN   Re: BUZZ of 100 Hertz distance apart each 23 x 100 Hz
strings, either sideband on 4820 kHz, Lhasa Tibet Chinese px on top
S=9+30dB signal at 0050 UT on Jan 10.

Of course the side carriers can be visible even if Lhasa is on top.
Check now, that Lhasa hasn't yet faded in in Kazkhstan:

Or at 0000 or 1230 UT.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 10)

Re: BUZZy audio sound of 100 Hertz distance apart each 23 x 100 Hz strings
either sideband on 4820 kHz, originate of SW Relay Sce, Krasnaya Rechka,
Bishkek  {acc to Mauno Ritola-FIN},
but co-channel Lhasa Tibet Chinese px on top S=9+30dB, at 0050 UT  Jan 10.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 10)

Yes Wolfie, seems, that the normal link

doesn't work, but I found this:

<https://topradio.me/radio/kyirgyiz-radiosu>  // SW 4820 kHz 0000-1230UT

The link you gave:
<http://www.ktrk.kg/online/online-1radio.php>  is // for Birinch1st prgr,
which is carried on SW 4010v kHz.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13

<https://topradio.me/radio/kyirgyiz-radiosu>   =>

Many streams:

(thanks Roger Thauer-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

Yes Mauno, heard an hour this morning 09-10 UT on Kazakh KiwiSDR,
Kalkash KAZ, operator ZL/KF6VO

Seen always 23 x 100 Hertz BUZZ strings,
as well as many further 50 Hertz strings distance apart BUZZ in between.

in 4817.2 to 4822.8 kHz fq range

But looked out <http://www.ktrk.kg>

to fetch the online streams, no success,
even with Google translator Kirgizh language website into English.


On SW I guess heard MUSICA program, even a Hungarian Czardas music type
title for example  heard.

4820 kHz 60 meterband, when checked on Tue Jan 15 at 11.50 UT
only CNR Mandarin Tibet was on air.

check against
Kyrgyz Radiosu livestreams on internet


Genre:    Folk music.
Bitrate:  24 kHz, 80 kbps, Stereo
Country:  Kyrgyzstan
City:     Bishkek
Address:  Blvd. Young Guard 59
Website:  <http://ktrk.kg/kyrgyzradio>
Email:    <public -at- ktrk.kg>
Phone:    + 996 312 39-20-59

But Birinchi Radio was // SW 4010.221 kHz 74 meterband
was on Mauno's SDR in eastern Finland location at 12.07 UT

Genre:    Folk music, Colloquial.
Bitrate:  44 kHz, 80 kbps, Stereo
Country:  Kyrgyzstan
City:     Bishkek
Language: Kyrgyz
Address:  Young Guard Boulevard 59
Website:  <http://www.ktrk.kg/birinchi>
Email:    <public -at- ktrk.kg>
Phone:    + 996 312 39 20 59,
          + 996 312 39 24 04
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

KYRGYZSTAN   At same place today on Maunos remote SDR in Finland heard
Kyrgyz R from Bishkek on 4010.221 kHz S=9+20dB proper in Finland remote,
14.20 UT on Jan 14. At Seoul remote SDR noted on 4010.221 kHz
S=8 at 16.43 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 14)

MADAGASCAR   On Jan 7 no signal of KNLS Madagascar World Voice MWV. From
the staff of Madagascar World Voice wrote: "We have a problem with
Madagascar here. Yesterday there was a storm and lightning struck the
station started a fire and the transformer burned out. So while
broadcasting of Madagascar will not. The exact date of repair is unknown
because the new the transformer must be brought from the mainland". Winter
B18 of MWV:

(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dxld Jan 8 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

MADAGASCAR   11965 kHz, on Jan 10 at 2104 UT, no signal from MWV in
Portuguese. Have not checked specifically for the APR English hours, 18 UT
on 13670 kHz and 20 UT on 11965 kHz, but caradio memory scans have failed
to land on anything there for a day or two. That's because, as Ivo Ivanov
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

Station has been heard on a single fq again recently. They have already
three TX at their disposal locally. So, not the main power transformer of
their diesel genarator is blown up / burnt out by lightning recently.
(wb, Jan 17)

1900-2000 UT  9690 MWV 100kW 355deg to EaEUR Russian #3 KNLS, New Life Stn
signal well ahead of REE co-channel.
1900-2000 UT 11965 MWV 100kW 355deg to NE/ME Arabic  #2 Radio Feda

2000-2100 UT 11965 MWV 100kW 295deg to CeAF  English #3 African Pathways R
2000-2100 UT 13710 MWV 100kW 355deg to NE/ME Arabic  #2 Radio Feda
noted both on Jan 19 evening.
11965 S=9+25dB
13710 S=9+15dB here in Europe.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

MALAYSIA  [non-log]  9835 kHz (Sarawak FM) & 11665 kHz (Wai FM), on both
Jan 12 & 13, noted clearly off the air (1300+ UT). When did this happen?
So there are no Malaysia SW stations now?
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

MALDIVES   My Sarath Weerakoon (UADX) posted some interesting news
about Voice of Maldives: Dhivehiraajjeyge Adu, (Voice of Maldives) The
Director of Public Service Media, Maldives has advised us in writing
that the AM transmission of Dhivehiraajjeyge Adu, (Voice of Maldives)
on 1449 kHz is expecting to resume transmission from the new site in
Thilafushi island by early February 2019.
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT  OE2CRM, ARC mv-eko 2 Jan via dxld)

MALTA   999   Radio Malta on Dec 27 & on 3rd of Jan with ID "Radio Malta"
(on Dec 27 at 1640 UT with the song Feliz Navidad sung by R. Power & Al
Bano) on MW 999 kHz.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

999 kHz 5 kW, location PBS Radio Malta, Mosta site
35 54 47.36 N  14 24 41.14 E

MARIANAS_SAIPAN/CHINA   13685 kHz  IBB BBG Saipan in Lao not on air Jan 15
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 15)

RE: CHINA/KUWAIT/MARIANAS_SAIPAN Log: 13685 kHz, China Radio ??, 09.00 UT,
O=0-2 / Date: 09 Jan 2019 Hoert sich nach chinesischer mx an. no ID.
(Horst Mehrlich-HNG, A-DX ng Jan 9)

re 13685 kHz. Um 10.00 UT wurde der Chinese ausgeschaltet.

? War wohl ein Sender Funktionstest(*) fuer die kommende Jamming-duty
als Jamming CNR1 bzw. Musik-Programm gegen
RFA/RL/RFE  Laotian um 11-12 UT. see Nagoya Aoki list.

Trotz dortigen Sturmschaeden ist immer noch eine Frequenz aus
Marianas Saipan Agignan Point KYOI-Rock-ex in der Luft

2019-01-08 11:04:56 capture: AM 13685 (SAI) RFA LAO

und auch um 00-01 UT via IBB BBG Kuwait al-Dschahra relay site

2019-01-09 00:03:16 capture: AM 9910 (KWT) RFA LAO

* Grund der Testsendung? - auch in Nord- und West-China herrscht jetzt
asiatischer Winter mit Antennen- und Feeder-Vereisung.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 9)

?? I was not aware any Lao language broadcasts were subject to jamming;
especially by third parties, altho fellow Commies. Aoki does NOT show this
as *jammed, but it is x-ed as reminding us Saipan is destroyed. Or I
suppose some Lao-like language is understood across in China. (gh)

...totally agree.
That's exactly what my thoughts were.

But, checked this channel on Seoul, Delhi and Qatar SDR's remotedly
on Tue 15 Jan at 11.15 to 11.28 UT,
the IBB RMS Monitoring log entry of SAIPAN seemingly is a FAKE entry,
nothing heard at 13685 kHz kHz at all today.

Something's always wrong at IBB BBG Trump's Washington DC
administration these days, blink ??

Ask Bill Whitacre about their service on Mariana Isls. this 2019 year ?
73 wolfie
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 15)

MOLDOVA / FRANCE   Just to remind once again that 'Denge Welat' has prgrs
in different dialects (languages like Kurmanji, Sorani etc) of Kurdish but
also in Turkish. Confirmed by listening to 8, 9, 10 & 11th January 
on 9525 kHz at *0400-0445* & *0500-0545* UT, the prgrs were in
only Turkish language (and not in Kurdish).
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

Bcast centers in use are different during daytime, via
TDF Issoudun  or  Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac MDA.

MOLDOVA   Log: 11479.5 kHz, Sender??, UT 08:05, Jan 18. SINPO 25232.
Tuerkische und hindu mx, zur Zeit maennliche Stimme mit Bericht?
ID nicht gehoert, nicht erkannt. Die Station hoerte ich seit Jan 14
Gruss Horst, QTH Bardudvarnok / HNG, RX AOR 7030/FCD2, 30 m LW
(via A-DX ng Jan 18)

Das hatten wir hier schon mal genannt im letzten Monat:

Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac MDA Moldova.

Ganz einfach zwei Spurs symmetrisch von 50.283 kHz Abstand beidseitig.

Fundamental 11530 kHz, und etwas huepfend unstabil wobbelnde
5 x 100 Hertz Abstand Signal-Strings sichtbar, bei
11479.713 ... 722 kHz,
sowie oben auf circa
11580.280 kHz 5 strings visible, gleichermassen.

Dreh' kurz mal auf die 11530 kHz und Du bekommst das gleiche Programm

73 wb
ps. Hintergrund der Aussendung auf der Kurzwelle:
die 38 Millionen Kurden sind jene Volksgruppe,
die vor 95 Jahren bei den Friedenskonferenzen der Briten und Franzosen
Kolonial-Aufteilungen in Nahost
nach dem Osmanicreich-Empire Kollaps nicht bedient wurden.
Und seitdem auf einen eigenen Staat hoffen.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

MONGOLIA   4895 kHz, Mongolian Radio 1, Murun, at 0730-0934 UT on Jan 11,
nothing here in my QTH, no audio, no carrier, but heard via SDR Kiwi
remote receiver in Irkutsk, Russia, with Mongolian comments, male and
female, Mongolian songs, and with SINPO 25332.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, hcdx Jan 11)

Yes, this seems to have reactivated since new year after a long
inactivity, excluding some one-day appearances. Heard with weak signal
here in Finland due to geomagnetic storm. Carries now 1st programme
instead of 3rd.

[later]  Re: Mongolian Radio, Murun on air now, heard via remote SDR Kiwi
Irkutsk, Russia.

But just as I hit 'send', it went off the air at 0955 UT, confirmed via
Irkutsk rx, so seems they have big troubles in keeping the transmitters
on the air.

4830 kHz has been completely off, monitored daily by Japanese DXers.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, hcdx Jan 11)

Re: Mongolian Radio, Murun 4895.02 kHz now on air, heard via SDR Kiwi
Irkutsk remote unit.

Yes, very erratic even since the latest reactivation since New Year,
also modulation is extremely low at times.

Ron Howard 15 Jan 2019 at 15:02 UT:
Jan 15, had definite carrier on 4895 kHz at 1006 UT, but checking later
(1117+ UT) found they had gone off the air. Erratic schedule?
(Mauno Ritola-FIN / Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct and dxld Jan 18)

4895.02 kHz, Mongolian National Radio, Murun, heard via SDR Kiwi remote
receiver in Irkutsk, Russia remotedly, open program at about 0800 UT,
Mongolian comments by female and male. Past two days out of air. 253232.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, hcdx Jan 14)

Audio of Mongolian Radio, Murun, 4895.2 via remote SDR Kiwi Irkutsk at
0859 with time signals at 0900, 14 Jan:


Now on air again at 1120 UT. Yes, via SDR Kiwi Irkutsk on 7260 kHz two
stations, China on 7260.2 kHz and presumed Mongolia on 7260.3 kHz,
Mongolia at first with pop songs in English, and now with comments in
China stable on this frequency and Mongolia comes and goes.

Via SDR KIwi in Switzerland, no signal from 4895 kHz and weak carrier on
7259.8 kHz, China, and 7259.9 kHz Mongolia
(Marcos Cox, Vicuna-CHL, dxld Jan 14)

MONGOLIA   YES, MNG heard tentatively
[or is this Kurseong-India reactivated ? ]  today on Maunos remote SDR
in Finland at 14.28 UT on Jan 14, male voice talk on
4894.999 1/2 kHz on the lower side, S=7-8 strength in Finland.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 14)

NETHERLANDS   1008 kHz Closedown.   Hi All, An interesting video of
the closedown was posted on Boobtube by Max Berger, who runs the SM
Radio Dessau station, this video also contains a number of stills of
the transmitter site and antenna and so is well worth a watch:

(Alan Gale-UK, Jan 2, via dxld Jan 8)

NIGERIA   Radio Nigeria Kaduna via TDF Issoudun France bcast center.
Not to us, perhaps, but to the general radio industry public?
Probably yes.

Remember who Radio World is directed to. And the switch to Issoudun?
That wasn't months ago.

And the switch from WRMI to Issoudun? Probably because the signal from
WRMI Okeechobee Florida wasn't that good in Nigeria compared to what
Issoudun could deliver, but probably at higher cost.
(Richard Langley-NB-CA, dxld Jan 12)

Re: Radio Nigeria Kaduna: switch from WRMI to TDF Issoudun France.

Still also same RMI Frequency Management Organisation outlet by Jeff White
Miami Florida;  also for these RN Kaduna / TDF requests,
like done of Radio Republica towards Cuban Revolution state
at daily 4-5 UT via TDF Issoudun 9490 kHz, sent back to the Americas.

African behavior:
Typical error rate by the Nigerian technicians at Abuja SW site in 2011.
Only 9 months after establishment the whole xpensive new SW center
installation, they had destroyed the antennas feeder and revolving driver
option switch control unit by incompetence. The Ampegon antenna is now
'parked' at single-fixed degrees azimuth towards west Africa constantly.

No directional outlets anymore towards central Africa,
NoWeAfrica/Europe, nor to North American countries.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

Re: Radio Nigeria Kaduna etc.

Based on the content of that article and the comments regarding resources
to keep transmitters, one can only observe that there doesn't seem to be
much time left for VON direct SW services.

Quite possible. The old Ikorodu transmitter site near Lagos appears to be
a complete write-off now. And the situation at the new Lugbe site near
Abuja is described as such that of the three transmitters one gets already
cannibalized for spare parts, the control system has collapsed, the
rotatable antenna can no longer be turned.

So the rotatable antenna has been fixed for transmissions within West
Africa on 7255 kHz, with the new idea being to use at times 9690 kHz
instead (apparently without checking at all if this frequency is clear,
like: it has to be because Nigeria has used it many years ago). The other
transmitter is designated to serve Europe and North America on 15120 kHz,
using a curtain antenna. To serve these first world countries in a state-
of-the-art manner they put out a DRM signal here... or used to do so, last
report of a reception at

was four months ago.

While in 2017 being in Nigeria to look after the Lugbe facilities
engineers from Europe also went to the Radio Kaduna transmitter site and
repaired one of the shortwave transmitters there, putting it back on air
on 6090 kHz, but only with a fraction of the rated 100 kW. The transmitter
is in poor shape, suffering from frequent arcing, and in early 2018 it
broke down again. Thus now the relay via Issoudun, with certain
authorities in Abuja being made pay for it with a rustic approach: By
telling them a fairytale that they can this way "seize Radio Biafra
frequencies". That this approach works at all (and also that it has been
used) tells a lot, much beyond aspects of broadcasting work.

For domestic services new shortwave equipment has, beyond the new foreign
service facility, been installed at the Gwagwalada site. After the
mentioned 2017 visit the current shape of these two 100 kW transmitters
has been described with one word: Scrap.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld Jan 12)

OMAN   15140  On 3rd Jan Radio Sultanate of Oman was heard with prgr of
rock-pop-rap mx prgr and DJ lady voice in English on 15140 kHz during
*1400-1759* UT time (no prgr in Arabic was).
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

ROMANIA   5930 kHz Tsiganeshti(*), 100 kW/30 deg, Radio Romania
International, Dec 31, 1959 UT- IS, then into Ukrainian program,
announcing daily program to Ukraine at 18, 20, and 22 hours Ukrainian
time. Almost good reception with over the Pole Beverage. Some ute
interference 1 kHz low.

5955 kHz Tsiganeshti(*), 100 kW/210 deg, Radio Romania International,
Dec 31, 1932 UT- Fair level in listed Macedonian. Not in DRM which some
sources claim. Heard only on the over the Pole Beverage antenna.
Program ended at 2026 UT when back into RRI IS.

5955 kHz Tsiganeshti(*), 75 kW/30 deg, Radio Romania International, Jan 1
1803 UT - 2 for 2 with RRI's Ukrainian broadcast. Heard yesterday at
2000, and today audible at fair level with New Year's broadcast. A bit
of splatter initially from 5950 kHz (?WRMI), but gone within a minute or
two. Ukrainian might be as rare on SW these days as Hebrew. Compared
to the cold war and the 90s, there are precious few broadcasters using
the language anymore.

5955, Tsiganeshti(*), 100 kW/30 deg, Radio Romania International, Jan 2,
1612 UT - A triple crown. I've now heard all 3 Ukrainian language
programs from Romania. This is the earliest one. Heard at good level,
besides some ?local noise. Likely the strongest of all I've heard, but
not unusual, as it's still dark here. A program about ?orphaned
children. ID at 1616 UT. Then into classical music at 1617 UT.
Continued on until RRI IS at 1626 UT.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Jan 8)

(*)  limited 100 kW power [of usual 300 kW sites Tiganeshti-1 and
Bacau Galbeni sites], of Tsiganeshti-2,
is rather Saftica site location built up already in 1956 year
(as Tsiganeshti South 2). Distance between Tiganeshti-1
and Tiganeshti-2 / Saftica site is 13 kilometers.

Saftica bcast site is also known as home broadcast center of former
Clandestine 'Radio Espana Indepedente' and 'Radio Portugal Libre',
of their Communist Parties KOMINTERN broadcasts 1958 til 1977 year. (wb.)

SAUDI ARABIA   11860 kHz, Republic of Yemen Radio, via Jeddah-ARS bcast
center, Arabic transmission, 08 Jan at 1820 UT. Commentary by female
voice. Instrumental music. OM: talk. 35553. Tx to Yemen. According WRTH:

'Broadcasts in support of Yemeni president Hadi and the Aden-based
provisional government. Appears to be a relocated service, formerly
produced by the Yemen General Corp. for Radio & TV in Sana'a (after
that the Sana'a broadcasting house came under rebel control). Possibly
in state radio studios in Aden, or in Saudi Arabia. Assumed to be
aired via a transmitter in Saudi Arabia'.

NOTE: The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015
between two factions:
the internationally recognized Yemeni government, led by Abdrabbuh Mansur
Hadi, and the Houthi armed movement, along with their supporters and
(Rudolf Grimm-SP-BRAm hcdx via dxld Jan 8)

SIKKIM  [occupied by India]  4835 kHz, AIR Gangtok (tentative), 1110 UT on
Jan 13. Not completely sure what is happening here? Heard music and
announcer (too weak for any meaningful details) till about 1119 UT, when
the modulation started to break up and after that was only able to hear a
strong hum; later at 1204 UT check, again with modulation breaking up and
quickly back to only the strong hum again. This would seem to fit the
Gangtok transmitter problem they have had for a long time now, but today's
signal strength was much stronger that normal for AIR. I believe there is
no chance that this is Ozy Radio with the strong hum, as I think Craig is
still off the air.

Thanks to Hiroyuki Komatsubara (Japan), who reported Jan 12,
via his "Now On The Radio DX" website: "1053 UT - 4835 kHz

Fair signal, who ? , - 1059 UT- OM talk but weak modulation and heavy QRN,
Music by whistle at - 1100 UT -".
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

SOMALIA   7750 kHz USB-mode, UNID - 18 Jan 2019.

As of 1536 UT I am hearing African music? on 7750 kHz in USB modulation.
Online suggests Warsan Radio but I'm not sure. I'll put it as UNID.
Perseus SDR (Personal Perseus) - Beverage ant - Remote QTH Finland
(Jordan Heyburn-???, dxld Jan 18)

Further to my last - Warsan R 7750 appears to be using USB or Carrier+USB
mode as I could hear nothing in LSB and audio quality is much better in
USB than in AM Narrow mode. Originally tuned here at 1739 UT and currently
(1808 UT) on Jan 18, man announcer in what sounds like Somali with other
people talking and bits of HOA music.
Per WRTH sched, should be on until 1930 UT...

Re:  7750 kHz USB-mode, UNID - 18 Jan 2019.
Also hearing this from KiwiSDR near Auckland NZ at S4 lvl - best in USB
mode. Definite Somali music with man announcer talking interspersed with
Horn of Africa style music - just hrd the announcer say "I Love You,
I Love You Too" as the name of a song that was playing.

I would say Warsan R is high probability.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, dxld Jan 18)

SOMALIA   Nothing heard on Hargeisa 7120 kHz channel, Jan 19.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

SOUTH AFRICA   4894.979 kHz  exact measured and English program heard from
Meyerton SenTec South Africa at 16.44 UT on Jan 14, in remote Seoul Korea
SDR unit.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 14)

SPAIN   9690 kHz  REE Noblejas a 'mostly music' show, but with the nice
feature that rather than just playing the songs, they talked about them,
and the Spanish artist who was featured. It caught my ear w/"Lumpy Gravy",
which you don't hear that often any more (or is that ever?).

Hey, I'm a bit of a Zappa-head so what can I say. Then into "Willy the
Pimp" and other Frank Zappa tunes performed/produced by Caballero Reynaldo
and other 'tributes' to him and mentioning http://www.halloffame.es, which
I had to check out ... interesting.

4+554+4+ and staying at S9+15-20 even at the BoH, and it has been fading
early of late. NONE of the 25 metre freqs were there.
At 2301-2331 UT on Jan 16.
(Zichi-MI-USA, dxld Jan 17)

SUDAN   9505 kHz, Al-Aitahab, 100 kW / 210 deg, Voice of Africa, on Jan 1
at 1747 UT- Weak, but in the clear, and I think they're in English at this
time, though might also be in French. Just too weak to be perfectly clear.
Lots of musical bridges. As I listen more, sounding more French than
English to me. Been a lot of years since I've heard them, so nice to hear
them again. When Africa is in, I check for 11735 kHz Zanzibar, but no luck
with them, so perhaps they're on one of their extended outages.

Checked also Sudan's other frequency of 7205 kHz. Very strong in Esperanto
[7205 kHz 17-18 UT CRI Beijing - gh], but there's clearly an African
sounding station cochannel. I had thought Sudan only had a single
transmitter which alternates frequencies, but perhaps they have two.
(Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, dxld Jan 8)

Omdurman is regular on air on both, on exact frequency:
Reception of Voice of Africa Sudan Radio and Radio Omdurman Jan 2

1715-1800 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF English VoAfrica,  weak/fair
from 1900 7205 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF Arabic R Omdurman, good signal

Fair signal of Voice of Africa Sudan Radio, Jan 5
1630-1715 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF French
1715-1800 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF English

Reception of Voice of Africa Sudan Radio on Jan 6
1630-1715 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF French, good
1715-1800 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF English-fair
1800-1830 9505 ALF 100 kW 210 deg to CeAF Hausa, weak:
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dxld Jan 8 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

SUDAN   Omdurman likely only on single transmitter on air these days.
At 17.27 UT on Jan 19 noted only on
9505.002 kHz, S=8 in Doha Qatar remote SDR unit.

7205 kHz at same time only two China mainland services heard:
7204.982  PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi in Uyghur language, S=9+10dB in Qatar,
          1227-1800 UT, and
7204.998  CHN  CRI Beijing in Esperanto language at 17-18 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19)

SYRIA   On December 28, 2018, after 0500 UT, the CB (frequency MW 936 kHz)
received a very weak signal in Russian, possibly from Damascus.

Unfortunately, for comparison, the transmitter on CB 783 kHz does not
work for 1-2 weeks.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, RUSdx Jan 6 via dxld Jan 8)

783 is the external service frequency, CB is Bulgaro-Russian for MW.
i.e. Srednyaya Volna, Cyrillic abbr.: CB! (gh, dxld Jan 8)

TAIWAN   9410 kHz, Fu Hsing BS (tentative), unlike yesterdays (Jan 12)
reception heard in H3E (USB+carrier), today at 1219 UT, had a definite
signal in LSB and only slightly weaker than the USB output; in Chinese;
H3E of course is the normal format here.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)

TAJIKISTAN   4765.067 kHz odd fq reserve unit of Tajik Radio 1 progr
at Dushanbe Yangi Yul now in regular use.
S=9+15dB at 14.24 UT on Jan 14. Central Asian Tajik mx
singer/string instrument played, 10.4 kHz wideband signal.

At Seoul remote SDR noted on 4765.066 kHz S=7 at 16.40 UT.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 14)

THAILAND   13745 kHz  Radio Thailand Bangkok {via IBB BBG US relay site
Udornthani, north-eastern Thailand site} in English at 0000 UT on Jan 12
sign on of the Radio Thailand World service, National Anthem then into
morning newshour. Some station IDs as "FM88 and relayed around the
country" noted. (I guess they do not know they are relayed on shortwave).

For some reason they want to make an antenna direction change at around
0030 UT so miss a minute or so when they do this. Very Good but only
lasting 3/4 of an hour as the sun sets here in Central Alberta.
Should get better as the local days get longer.
(Mickey Delmage-AB-CAn DXplorer Jan 13)

TUNISIA   963 kHz  Confirmed in January 2019 on MW 963 kHz a mx prgr
between 1500-0700 UT with IDs in French like "eR Te I" featuring prgr in
German usually at 1930-2000 UT with QRM from Cyprus, on Jan 6th
at 1730-1800 UT playing hits of ABBA.

Based on WRTH2018 p. 392 there is some mis-match info about MW 963 kHz:
in MW list is given as prgr " I " 24 hrs,
& below but Cultural Channel 1100-2400 UT in Arabic,
& RTCI 0500-0100 UT in French except ... etc.
Whether it is a same in WRTH 2019?
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

Compare on Eutelsat 13deg satellite, 12149 vertical, transponder 72 wide.
Radio Nationale Tunis            SID 7250  Arabic
Radio Tunis Chaine International SID 7251  mix

TURKEY   The Voice of Turkey "Letterbox Programme" is now being aired
weekly on the Saturday programme (rather than Friday), seemingly since
beginning of January. Confirmed in yesterday's broadcast (12 January at
1330 UT on 12035 kHz)
(Alan Roe, Teddington-UK, BrDXC ng Jan 13)

The V of Turkey "Letterbox Programme" now seems to be starting at
approx 15 minutes into the broadcast. On 12 January, the programme
lasted 15 minutes, whilst on 4 January, it lasted just under 10 minutes
- so it seems no fixed length.

Incidenatlly, it seems that the V of Turkey has a new variant on their
Interval Signal - the same tune, but a different orchestration.
(Alan Roe, Teddington-UK, BrDXC ng Jan 16)

TURKMENISTAN   279 kHz longwave, TR1 Watan Asghabat TKM at 1730 UTC.

Moin, Moin!
Fuer die Freunde Turkmenistans, sei die Langwelle 279 kHz aus der
Hauptstadt Asgabat jetzt aktuell nahe gelegt. Zur Zeit (17:30 UT) mit
weiblicher Sprecherin und schwach-mittlerem Signal und lauer Modulation
hier oben im Nordwesten mit absolut zugaenglicher und schneefreier
(Olaf Haenssler-D, A-DX ng Jan 11)

Im Winter 2016 wurde ueber 279 kHz berichtet:

in French language is a Luxembourg effect mixture signal of
- stronger - RTL 234 kHz,
- and lower EUR1 183 kHz signal strength.

ein Luxembourg Effekt berichtet.
Auch Nils hatte das damals bemerkt in der Mongolei LW Diskussion.
Aber auf der Achse LUX-Saarlouis Turkmenistan,

dafuer liegt Oldenburg bisserl zu weit nordwaerts?
Was sagt die Diskussionsrunde ?

Da wird Olaf wohl heute real die WATAN Langwelle Asgabat gehoert haben,
auf dem web-Stream kamen die time pips 15 Sekunden soeben zu spaet,
aber diese Diskussion hatten wir ja diese Woche schon.

clicke auf media / radio / WATAN

73 wb  df5sx

ps. laut Google Earth images,
das alte Sende-Zentrum Asgabat aus UdSSR Zeiten
wurde im Jahr 2013 geschliffen,
und durch neue Baum Plantagen Anpflanzungen ersetzt,
das neue/alte R Moskau Sendezentrum vom 2014 images Ausbau
liegt weiter im Norden bei
37 57 54.96 N  58 44 02.00 E



dort sieht es eher nach trockener Sandwueste aus,
mit ganz schlechter Bodenleitfaehigkeit ?

Vielleicht liegt dort jetzt im Januar auch Schnee mit besserer
Boden-Leitfaehigkeit, wer weiss?

Rumen Pankov in Sofia Bulgarien hat die LW Asgabat 279 kHz regelmaessig
im Januar / Februar berichtet,
mit dem Sony ICF 2010 aus 1995, ohne weiteren Magnet Antennen-Rahmen.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 11)

UAE   Here are confirmed the following MW stations on January the 6th with
rod antenna & Sony ICF2001D rx:

 810 kHz  1900 UT Pravasi Bharati making QRM on co-channel Macedonia in
          Bulgarian but from 1910 UT switching to white noise (DRM?).

 846 kHz  0130 UT ID in Arabic "Holy Quran" and sermon -
          presumed UmmAl Quwain.

1152 kHz  0115 UT, S/on of Voice of Kerala in ?Malayam, native songs.

1170 kHz  0100 UT Military Anthem, emotional ID in Arabic
          "Sowto Jumhuriya" \& songs.

1269 kHz  1600 UT Regulary received station in Ve with Hindustani mx
          mainly presumed Radio Asia.

1539 kHz  0105 UT Hindustani songs presumed Asianet Radio.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 12)

USA   5130 kHz  WBCQ w/"Uncle Bill's Rockless New Year's Eve" in only
marginally better than from Bulgaria earlier in the day. The promised mix
of 'unusual' music (including bagpipes! An underused instrument!) from
MARE's own "Uncle Bill" Tilford.

Suffering from a rather high noise floor (wind driven static maybe since
the gusts were over 20 MPH and sustained winds were in excess of 15 MPH
throughout...) but getting better as the hour progressed.

Carrier continued, but fading after the ToH to the point of being able to
tell it was still there, but s/n of less than 3 dB made it useless.
Started out 35342 but up to 45443 by :45; at 0005-0105 UT on Jan 1.
(Zichi-MI-USA, dxld Jan 17)

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX -

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