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BC-DX 1355                                                  19 Sept 2018
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ALBANIA   Radio Tirana livestream back online - here is the new address:
<http://149.202.220.47:8888/>
(Alexander Busneag-D, Aug 30, dxld Sep 5) see also USA/ALBANIA WRMI relay

ARGENTINA   1680  Radio Bethel, the evangelical religious station
operating from Villa Centenary in the town of Banfield (West), Partido De
Zamora De Zamora, province of Buenos Aires, was reported on its new
frequency of 1680v kHz, abandoning its previous frequency 1670 kHz.
The announcer continues to announce the transmission as 1670 kHz. It is
not clear if the change of frequency is transient due to a flaw in the
transmitter crystal.
('Argentina en AM y FM' via F_B 11 Aug 2018 via Sep NZ DX Times via dxld)

AUSTRIA   11880 kHz  on Aug 29 at 2109 UT, very poor talk at S0-S1, maybe
French? No, AWR English via Moosbrunn is scheduled until 2130 UT; before
RHC takes over circa 2200 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Sept 5)

BELGIUM   621  RTBF is to shut down the transmitter on 621 kHz before the
end of this year. As soon as the DAB+ Network is complete the MW
transmissions will stop and the the site at Wavre will be dismantled.

Info from ON3MEE, via  <ondescourtes -at- yahoogroupes.fr>
(Remy Friess-F, Sept 9, MWCircle yg via dxld Sept 10)

RTBF macht im Jahr 2019 Schluss auf MW 621 kHz.
Neulich stand der Leertraeger von RTBF die ganze Nacht lang an!

Das Abendprogramm von "RTBF int" (Mischprogramm 1ere / Vivacite)
ist sowieso meist 1125 kHz mit Fussballuebertragungen und Musik.

[...] Erstens weil dann die viele Belgier die in Nord-Frankreich leben,
kein Radio von daheim mehr hoeren koennen.

Zweitens weil RTBF Radio nicht fuer DXer enstanden ist, sondern fuer
Hoerer.

Drittens weil des einen Lokalsender des anderen DX-Empfang ist. Wenn
alle MW Sender ueberall Schluss machen, und das wird gewiss eines Tages
geschehen, dann nuetzt dir die "freie Bahn" auch nicht viel.
(Remy Friess-F, and 'Sylt' discussion, A-DX ng Sept 10)

FRANCE   RFI personell strike. Strike disrupts RFI programming.

There was no English-language RFI broadcast at 1400 UT today and a check
of the French service found no newscast at 1400 UT. Both were replaced by
the same fill music. Agence France Presse reported that RFI programming
was being interrupted by a strike by foreign correspondents and
freelancers who want better benefits. RFI officials told AFP midday Monday
almost half of its programs had been interrupted.

A collective of more than 800 correspondents on five continents, calling
itself "Radio Spartacus," claims RFI stopped contributing to their
benefits at the beginning of August. They also say RFI hasn't paid into
the social-security system for new correspondents for the past two years.
There's additional uncertainty because of a new program to consolidate
Radio France that was announced last week.

"What concrete guarantees will there be for correspondents' social
security and the retirement?" the striking freelancers and correspondents
asked. "Must we cover events in conflict zones without being able to take
care of our health?"

The collective asked for RFI and other public officials to meet with them.
RFI officials said they planned to do so this week, according to the AFP
report, found here:

<https://www.afp.com/fr/infos/2260/lantenne-de-rfi-perturbee-par-une-
greve-des-correspondants-doc-1958dc3>

(Mike Cooper-GA-USA, dxld Sept 17)

FRANCE/MONACO   13146 kHz, 1005 UT, {maritime} Monaco Radio.
OM with English weather reports, ID & off at 1005 UT, 242, on Aug 11.
(Michael L Ford-UK, Sept BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine
direct and via dxld Sept 13)

GERMANY   The antenna masts of SR / DLF Heusweiler (ex 1422 kHz) to be
dismantled on Sept 21st, 2018. The masts are located near motorway A8
with heavy traffic and is a challenge.
(Saarbruecker Zeitung 5 Sept 2018 via wb via ARC Information Desk,
mv-eko 10 Sept via dxld)

Sendemast in Heusweiler Saar wird gesprengt.

<https://www.sr.de/sr/home/nachrichten/panorama/sprengung_mittelwellensender_sendemast_heusweiler100.html>

Am Abend des 21. Septembers wird der Mittelwellensender in Heusweiler
gesprengt. Fuer die Sprengung erfolgt eine grossraeumige Absperrung
des Areals rund um den Sender sowie Teilen der A8. Die Sprengung
uebertraegt der aktuelle bericht live.

Bereits am 31. Dezember 2015 ist die Mittelwellen-Senderanlage
abgeschaltet worden. Seither hat sich kein Interessent gefunden, der
die Senderanlage nutzen will. Daher wird der Sender durch Sprengung
seiner Halteseile zurueckgebaut. Da nicht der Mast selbst, sondern
nur die Seile gesprengt werden, ist keine groessere Druckwelle
zu erwarten. Fuer Zuschauer ist der Rueckbau aber trotzdem nicht
ungefaehrlich. Wer nah und live dabei sein will, kann die Sprengung
des Senders live im aktuellen bericht und der Facebookseite der
Nachrichtensendung verfolgen.

Autobahn von Freitag bis Sonntag gesperrt.

Um fuer die Sicherheit der Oeffentlichkeit zu sorgen, werden 250 Meter
rund um den Sendemast Sperrzonen eingerichtet. Zudem wird der am
Sendergelaende vorbeilaufende Autobahnabschnitt zwischen der
Anschlussstelle Heusweiler und Schwarzenholz gesperrt. Die Sperrung
beginnt am Freitagabend um 17.00 Uhr und dauert bis Sonntagabend. In
dieser Zeit wird das Abschirmnetz ueber die Autobahn entfernt.

Zuschauer, die die Sprengung direkt in Heusweiler sehen moechten, wird
geraten, den Ortskern zu meiden und sich einen Aussichtspunkt rund um
Heusweiler zu suchen. Durch die Sperrungen rechnen die
Verantwortlichen mit einer angespannten Verkehrssituation im Grossraum
Heusweiler.

Zeitweise staerkster Radiosender Deutschlands

Am 31.12.2015 wurde der Mittelwellensender in Heusweiler nach 80
Jahren abgeschaltet. Mit einer Leistung von zeitweise sagenhaften
1.200 Kilowatt war er der staerkste Radiosender Deutschlands, der
zeitweise in ganz Europa emfpangen werden konnte.

In den sechziger Jahren wurde die Europawelle Saar fuer viele
DDR-Buerger zu einer wichtigen Informationsquelle, da sie ueber den
eisernen Vorhang hinaus mit Neuigkeiten versorgt wurden. Fuer das
kleine Heusweiler wurden die grossen Antennenmasten so etwas wie ein
Wahrzeichen. Die starke Sendeleistung hatte fuer die Anwohner aber
auch kuriose Folgen: Teilweise erklang das Programm aus Dachrinnen,
Kuehlschraenken und Topfdeckeln.
(via Paul Reinersch-D, A-DX ng Sept 7; via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

GERMANY  [JAPAN non]  MBR Nauen's harmonics, regulary observed & confirmed
here with different receivers & antennas & places:
at 0430-0500 UT  NHK Radio Japan Tokyo in Russian language
on 12330 // 6165 kHz daily & on Sundays only at 0445-0515 UT Day of
Decision Ministry prgr in English on 19100 // 9550 kHz.
Maybe there are more hxs ?
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 13)

GERMANY   6190 kHz, Aug 18, at 0930 UT, Hamburger Lokalradio with older
popular music. This local Hamburg station has studios in Bergedorf, a
suburb of Hamburg, and uses a transmitter in Goehren by Schwerin. The
operation is run by Michael Kittner, a broadcasting enthusiast. I visited
the studios a few years ago. They are located in the LOLA Culture Centre.

This is where the shortwave broadcasts are assembled for the weekly
broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays. The station provides best reception
the USB-mode. [O of SIO:] 3-4. Enclosed a photo of Kittner in the studio
in Hamburg Bergedorf.
(Christer Brunstroem, Halmstad-SWE, SW Bulletin Sept 9 via dxld Sept 10)

GERMANY   Rainer, the owner/operator of Channel 292, just told me that
they plan to transmit both on 6070 kHz and 7440 kHz at the same time.
Details are not fixed yet.
(Harald Kuhl-D, BrDXC-UK ng Sept 4, via dxld Sept 5)

Commercial firm address of

Rainer Rainer Ebeling, Intermedicom GmbH, Rudolf-Diesel-Strasse 1,
85296 Rohrbach, Bavaria, Germany.  fon +49 [0] 8442 / 953901
6070_Radio_ch292_easy dipole at 48 36 39.47 N  11 34 36.72 E

has been changed to an older farm house some 4 kilometers distance away
at location  48 35 12.95 N  11 31 38.18 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/fNmfrYCJEkw>

in May 2018 to

Intermedicom GmbH, Eja 2, 85276 Pfaffenhofen, Germany
fon: +49 [0] 84 41 / 456 99 88  <info@intermedicom.de>

<http://www.intermedicom-shop.de/unternehmen/Impressum_custom_3.html>

btw. necessary electro magnetic distance need.
(?) More space here to erect another 41 mb antenna, also taking
into account the necessary electromagnetic compatibility against
the pedestrian population. (?)
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 19)

Here is what it would face per current Aoki/NDXC list:
7440 1200-1400 CHN CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL Chi Nanning 954 1-7
7440 2000-2057 CHN CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL Chi Beijing     1-7
7440 2330-0030 THA VOICE OF AMERICA          Bur Udon Thani  1-7
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Sept 5)

GREECE   Confirmed on MW on 1st & on 2nd Sept 2018 at 1700-2000 UT:

on 729 Athens Bogianti site
<https://goo.gl/maps/4KiXP4icuHQ2>

&  1305* kHz Proton Programa (1st prgr),

on 1404 kHz Komotini site ERA Sport prgr,
{less than nominal 50 kW these days, wb.}
G.C.  41 05 53.78 N  25 24 25.12 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/xfd9urAUSWN2>

but on 1008 kHz new own prgr without ID rather as weekend local prgr from
Corfu (?) and no on 3rd & 4th Sept was, when Proton prgr was
on Corfu Kerkyra site on 1008 kHz 146 degr azimuth.
G.C.  39 36 25.10 N  19 54 04.09 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/RdAiey6n3j52>

Radio Daffy Athens confirmed daily at dark time with retro hits in Greek &
English on MW 1044 kHz & sometimes is using the freq MW 828 kHz instead of
(?)Radio Studio 54.

{* probably former GRC_Tripolis (Peloponnese) 1314 kHz 10 kW,
G.C.  37 29 06.08 N  22 22 56.69 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/2RraFJjAWD22>    wb.}

(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 13)

INDONESIA   7290v kHz, at 0740 UT, RRI Nabire reactivated, first noted
Aug 2 with Indonesian talk on 7289.917 kHz, poor but improving till
s/off 1026 UT. On Aug 3 poor at 0740 UT but improving. Irregular since,
variable s/off between 0800 and 0930 UT. Carrier visible from 0600 UT.
(Bryan Clark-NZL, Sept NZ DX Times  direct and via dxld Sept 5)

ITALY   1305 kHz: A new licenced station started on September 5th, 2018
from Coltano in Tuscany. Its name is Radio Coltano Marconi. Coltano is the
historical site from where Marconi sent the first wireless message in 1910
year. Patrick Robic in Austria has heard the station on the starting date.
Website:
<https://www.radiocoltanomarconi.it>
(Patrick Robic-AUT, A-DX ng Sept 5 2018, via ARC Information Desk,
mv-eko 10 Sept via dxld)

INDONESIA   Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) was founded on 11 September
1945, so that makes 73 years of broadcasting!

3325  Voice of Indonesia, at 1300 UT, Sept 9 (Sunday). Intro to the
segment in English; news; message of congratulations to RRI for their 73rd
anniversary; sports; "Today in History"; "Highlights of the week";
recently with somewhat better reception than normally heard. On Sept 10,
noted VOI with stronger reception than NBC Bougainville, at 1143 UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 12)

KOREA Rep of  [SOUTH]   6045 kHz, Voice of Freedom, through Sept 10, this
frequency is still clear of North Korea-DPR jamming, which is still down
on ex VOF frequency of 5920 kHz. Will be very sorry to find that the North
Korea-DPR jamming has returned to 6045 kHz, as the last time they were
there, they produced a spur on 6035 kHz, which interfered with reception
of PBS Yunnan's relay of FM99, on that frequency!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 12)

KUWAIT   Recent transmission and programme schedule received from Radio
Kuwait gives English to Europe 0500-0800 UT on 15530 kHz and to South and
Southeast Asia on 11970 kHz and at 1800-2100 UT on 15540 kHz. Evening
transmission has not been heard here, possibly due to present propagation,
but the morning broadcast in English is fair to good here with programmes
on Islam, news and western non-stop music on 15530 kHz, the 11970 kHz
channel barely audible. Radio Kuwait rarely QSLs but sends it calendar and
schedules regularly. I got a QSL some years ago and will try again.
(Ullmar Qvick-SWE, SW Bulletin Sept 9 via dxld Sept 10)

MADAGASCAR   5010 kHz, R. TV Madagasikara, Ambohidrano, 1811-1849 UT,
31 Aug . Texto (em malgaxe?), cancoes; 25241, QRM esporadico
de sinal de ponto a ponto.
(Carlos L R de Assuncao Goncalves-POR, 30 Aug-08 Sept SW coast of
Portugal observation, dxld Sept 10)

MALDIVES   AM transmissions of the Voice of Maldives, 1449 kHz
[10 kW] is now off the air. The station is currently in the process
of relocating the antennas of its MW transmitter from the eastern
edge of Male to Thilafushi, about 7 km from the Maldivian capital.

1449 kHz is expected to resume broadcasts from 15 September, once the
antennas are installed at Thilafushi, an artificial island built on
reclaimed coral reefs used by Male Municipal to dump garbage. The MW
antennas of Voice of Maldives were operating at an open space in
Henveiru area, east of Male island, very close to the sea front.

The newly constructed 1.39 km long China - Maldives bridge across
the sea, connecting Male and Hulumale acquiring a part of land mass
near the antenna block in Henveiru for road access to connect to the
bridge may have compelled Voice of Maldives to seek a new location
in Thilafushi to fix the antennas.

The coverage of Voice of Maldives is about 90% of the Maldives via
MW (Medium Wave transmission) on 1449 kHz; the remaining 10% is
covered using small FM transmitters via a radio uplink/downlink
from satellites.

Following are the radio stations on MW and FM

Voice of Maldives   -  1449 AM Male
Raajje FM           -  91.0 FM Male
Radio 1 (Radio Eke) - 103.8 FM Male
Radio 2             -  89.0 FM Male
Radio Atoll         -  96.0 FM Male
Capital Radio       -  93.6 FM Male
Dhi FM              -  95.2 FM Male
Far Away FM         -  96.6 FM Male
HFM                 -  92.6 FM Male
Sun FM              -  94.6 FM Male

(Sarath Weerakoon, Ceylon, 4S5SL, Sept 7, Union of Asian Dxers,
Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

MYANMAR   5985 kHz, Myanmar Radio. The Monday (Sept 10) edition of "Say It
In English"; 1220-1227 UT. A repeat of the language lesson I heard back on
Feb 28 (Wednesday edition - as these lessons are only on Mon. & Wed.);
"Tom" checks into a hotel in Manchester to get a good night's sleep, but
"poor Tom has been trying to sleep for three hours," but a loud TV was
being played in the room next to his.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 12)

NEPAL   RADIO NEPAL IS BACK ON SHORTWAVE - UADX - BREAKING NEWS.

Radio Nepal is back on short-wave after six years by adding 5005 kHz
to augment its national transmission grid broadcasting on MW and FM.
According to a station official, Radio Nepal resumed short wave broadcasts
from 02.00 - 05.00 pm Nepali time using a 10 kW transmitter at Khumaltar,
Lalitpur in Kathmandu. The same source said the station is applying very
low power. By all accounts, 5005 kHz is a difficult DX catch for listeners
outside of Nepal. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of UTC.
(Sarath Weerakoon, Ceylon, 4S5SL, Sept 11 / 13, Union of Asian Dxers,
Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

Picking up on this both Sarath 4S5SL and I (GVG 4S7VK) started looking for
it and here in Sri Lanka on my Perseus SDR there is a faint line and
further checking with the IBB/VOA Run Perseus SDR in Delhi, there is even
a stronger line which left at 1120 UTC more or less confirming. Even
though the station is running its old 10 kW power cant be more than a 1 kW
or so.

But the greater news is that Nepal is now available on Short Wave for
DXers and it took UADX to tell the DX community. Sarath thanks again for
your Investigative DX Journalism. This is what UADX is all about.
No automatic alt text available.

(Victor G. Goonetilleke 4S7VK  and  Sarath Weerakoon, Ceylon, 4S5SL,
Sept 11 / 13, Union of Asian Dxers, Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka,
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews, Sept 11 / 13)

Ron Howard wrote: here in California USA [Sept 13], tuned in at 1050 UT,
to hear a positive carrier on 5005 kHz., went off about 1108 or 1109 UT.
Questionable if I will be able to get any audio, but at least have a
definite carrier. Maybe by December the reception will be better?

Mauno Ritola:  Yes, greyline almost reaches Kathmandu at that time in
December.

Mauno Ritola:  I asked them and they say, that they are now just testing
with 15-20 kW power between 0815-1115 UT, but later on they hope to raise
the power and expand the schedule.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA and Mauno Ritola-FIN, WRTH, direct Sept 13)

NIGERIA   The DRM service of Voice of Nigeria is back on air after being
missing for some months. The schedule is 1800-1930 UT on 15120 kHz,
although it is rather erratic, either missing completely on some days or
starting half-hour, or more, late. Never-the-less it is providing a
welcome opportunity to listen to some of their programmes and when on air,
the DRM transmission is providing a reliable signal with a good lock and
few drop-outs.

On 5 August at 1820 UT (15120 kHz) I enjoyed Weekend Magazine. This is a
relaxed, magazine programme presented by Glory Ohago (Glory, pronounced
Glo-o-ory) consisting of informal chat, reports and Nigerian music, and
this edition starts off with a Nigerian proverb, which goes along the
lines of "take things slow and steady no matter the challenges you face in
life" - which just about sums up the programme. Next was an enjoyable
modern Nigerian pop song (about the singer's expressing confidence for
getting the girl he loves) which leads to a reminder "to stay focused and
positive to your life's goals and dreams no matter what the lemons are
that life throws at you."

This was followed by a very short drama/sketch about keeping positive,
focused, optimistic and relaxed, which led into a feature report about a
form of relaxation at a fish spa, where fish remove the dead skin from
your feet. It's: "a form of relaxation where fishes nibble and tickle your
feet. Can I ask 'May you stand fish nibbling and tickling from fish?!'"

Not for me, although I have seen this on one of my holidays somewhere.
Next, another Nigerian pop song which led into a short, but interesting,
discussion on whether women should be brought up different to men. The
conclusion was that all should be brought up the same. Everyone should
remember:

"train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not
depart from it [&] everyone should be able up to keep a home irrespective
of gender and must have the ability to cook because hunger is gender
neutral, even though in Africa cooking is seen as a pride of a woman."

After a (very nice sounding!) fish recipe, the programme ended with a
final Nigerian pop song. A very entertaining and informative programme - I
was sorry that it was only 25 minutes long.

The V of Nigeria programming doesn't seem to have changed much, if at all,
since I last wrote about it in 2015, so here is a quick re-cap of the
1800-1930 UT transmission.

Monday-Friday
1800 Sixty Minutes

Monday
1900 Financial Monitor
1915 World of Arts

Tuesday
1900 Diplomatic Suite
1915 Beyond Poverty Line

Wednesday
1900 In the News

Thursday
1900 West Africa Today
1915 From the National Assembly

Friday
1900 Theatre on the Air

Saturday
1800 Africa Hour
1900 Impressions
1915 Politics Today

Sunday
1800 News
1815 Reflections
1820 Weekend Magazine
1845 The Villa
1900 Sports Round-up
1915 World of Arts
(Alan Roe-UK, Listening Post, Sept BrDXC-UK 'Communication'
magazine, direct and via dxld Sept 10)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA   3260 kHz, NBC Madang (Maus Blong Garamut), Aug 29,
noted cut off at 1209* UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld Sept 5)

Short Wave solution for PNG's NBC Western
Radioinfo-12 hours ago Friday 31 August, 2018

Read more at:
<https://radioinfo.com.au/news/short-wave-solution-pngs-nbc-western>
c <Radioinfo.com.au>
<https://youtu.be/jabZuJCS0Hw>
PNG's NBC Western is to reinstate short wave services on Daru Island.

The station has been facing neglect for two years, deteriorating staff
housing, to rundown studio facilities, to non-operation of FM services in
the Province.

As there is no standby generator the station is dependent on the town
power supply and recently NBC Western was off air as the town supply was
cut for a number of days.

The installation of a short-wave service is seen as a quick fix so that
the station can continue to keep the local population informed of local
and national news and issues.
(via Artie Bigley, dxld Sept 5)

with 3:01 YT audio-video labeled  <www.emtv.com.pg>
NBC Western Continue to Serve Despite Challenges

An NBC guy is talking, shots of station, The Voice of the Sunset does not
serve all of South Fly district and is currently off due to no standby
generator. He realizes SW provides much wider coverage than FM. Now ready
for installation of "two kilowatt transmitters", ambiguously. Daru is in
the SW corner at the point closest to Australia.

WTFK??? As we DXers well remember, it was on 3305 kHz, but off for how
long? In fact it is still in WRTH 2018, on 3305 kHz, and 6080 kHz, but
among numerous stations double-daggered meaning inactive but could resume
at any time without notice.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Sept 5)

3260 kHz, NBC Madang (Maus Blong Garamut). 1006+ UT, Sept 2. Another
Sunday with their usual format; long segment of preaching in Pidgin and
also religious songs.

In light of the item in WOR iog, about the possible reactivation of NBC
Western, I therefore checked on Sept 2, at 1006, all of the 90 meter band,
as well as 3905 kHz, with the result that NBC Madang today was the only
active PNG station. The often heard NBC Bougainville (3325 kHz) was silent
today.

My last reception of NBC Western, was on 3305 kHz, back in March, 2012 and
heard with a positive ID for "N B C Western." NBC Western is named for the
"Western Province" in southwestern PNG.

Have to wonder what ever happened to the Radio Fly SW transmitters (3915 &
5960 kHz), at Kiunga, in the North Fly district, that were owned and
operated by the Ok Tedi Mining Ltd.? It was in Aug 2012, that I last heard
Radio Fly on 3915 kHz. They have been silent for many years now. Would
think NBC would look into the possibility of buying the transmitters if
they were still operational?

Roseanne ("Rosie") Kulupi (former Radio Fly radio technician and
announcer) left the station many years ago and I have lost track of what
the current situation is with the Radio Fly transmitters. Nice picture of
Rosie up on Mt. Robinson, with some of the communications techs. In the
background are some of Ok Tedi's facilities to process the mine's gold and
copper -

<https://app.box.com/s/uhm382tbyzy84fhvss7q>

Radio Fly reception was often enjoyed here on the west coast, so
must have had very good reception throughout the Western Province.
My 2012 audio clip -

<https://app.box.com/s/9206adc824dac8c36043>
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld Sept 5)

PNG radio history archive notes

PAPUA NEW GUINEA   PNG regionals, some of the stns are inactive lately.
kHz  stn               1000-1200   2000-2100 UT    days in Oct 1997
2410 R Enga                a            a          21-29
3205 R Sandaun             a                       16
3220 R Morobe              a                       28
3235 R West New Britain    i            i
     total inactive since Oct 1st 1997, due to flood.

3245 R Gulf Karema         a            i          active again,
                                                   has got new tx?
3260 R Madang              a                       27-29
3275 R Southern Highlands  a                       27-29
     had problems with thieves and vandals.
3290 R Central             i            i          inactive at all
3305 R Western             a                       16
3315 R R Manus             a            a          17-29
3325 R Bougainville        a            i presumbl. 21-29
     irregularly due to lack of funds.
3335 R East Sepik          i            i          inactive
3345 R Northern            i            i          inactive
3355 R Simbu               i            i          inactive
3365 R Milne Bay           i            i          inactive
3375 R Western Highlands   a            a          17-29
     had problems with thieves and vandals.
3385 R Eastern New Britain a            a          20-29
3395 R Eastern Highlands   a            i          28-29
3905 R New Ireland         a            a          17-29
3245 R Gulf Karema is active again, E & Pidgin 1020-1114* UT low
modulation, poor to weak, native drums, 1104 UT nx in En, 1113 UT the main
points again, no closing annmt, no NatAnthem, suddenly switched off.
(Roland Schulze-PHL, Oct 30, 1997; Johnson via WDXC UK Nov 1997)

QSL of PNG station list by Roland Schulze Stuttgart-Germany in the past.
                             heard      QSL
2340  R West New Britain     16 Jan 82  19 Jul 82
2376  R Chimby (new Simbu)   01 Jan 82  13 Apr 82
2410  R Enga                 25 May 86  03 Jul 86
2450  R Western Highlands    01 Jan 82  05 Aug 82
2468  R Popendetta(Northern) 01 Jan 82  12 May 82
3205  R West Sepik           29 Dec 81  23 Jul 82
3245  R Gulf                 17 Feb 88  08 Mar 88
3260  R Madang               23 Jan 82  10 Apr 82
3275  R Southern Highlands   23 Dec 81  13 Mar 82
3290  R Central              16 Jan 77  09 Feb 77
3305  R Western              23 May 86  21 Jul 86
3322.5R North Solomon        29 Dec 81  06 Feb 82
3335  R East Sepik           26 Jan 77  01 Mar 77
3355  R Simbu (ex R Chimby)  13 Apr 88  30 Jul 88
3360  R Milne Bay            11 May 86  01 Mar 88!
3375  R Western Highlands    08 May 86  10 Jun 86
3385  R East New Britain     24 May 86  27 Jun 86
3395  R Eastern Highlands    26 May 86  03 Jul 86
3905  R New Ireland          18 Jan 82  30 Mar 82
3905  R Manus                26 Sep 77  24 Aug 78
3925  NBC Port Moresby       30 Jul 77  17 Aug 77
4890  NBC Port Moresby       3 QSL's (76, 76, 78)

3220  R Morobo, Lae - never tried.

3850  R Independent Mekamui, clandestine station, noted in July 17+18,
August 20+26+30, 2002, and QSL'ed via Sam Voron VK2BVS.
See reprint in dswci SWN #5, July 2009, page27.
(Roland Schulze-D, Sept 16, 2009, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 19)

PARAGUAY   Swedish DXer Jan Edh reported the following Paraguayan
station offsets in early May to Arctic Radio Club's MW-Eko magazine:

 919.927  ZP1,  Radio Nacional, Asuncion. (but see below)
 970.008  ZP9,  Radio 9-70, Asuncion.
1020.096  ZP14, Radio Nanduti, Asuncion.

Radio Nacional del Paraguay has inaugurated a new 100 kW transmitter
a month ago or so. This transmitter is often noted on 920.001 kHz.

During installation both the old 20 kW transmitter on 919.926 kHz
and the new one were heard simultaneously here in South of Sweden.
The old one is still in use during parts of the day.
Lately only 920.001 kHz has been heard here.
(Thomas Nilsson-SWE via RealDX Yahoo Group Aug 30 via
Sept NZ DX Times via dxld Sept 5)

ROMANIA   On 09-Sept-2018, RADIOCOM Galbeni transmitters inadvertently
remained on the frequencies of RRI French broadcast 1000-1100 UT during
RRI English broadcast 1100-1200 UT
(GALbeni_TX1: 15200 kHz, GALbeni_TX2: 11650 kHz).

Radio Romania International SW schedule:
<http://ab27.bplaced.net/rri.pdf>
(Alexander Busneag-D, Sept 9, dxld Sept 10)

RUSSIA   Russia proposes to use DRM on 65.9 - 74.0 MHz band range.

On the 11th of Sept 2018, it was reported that the Russian Federation
proposes to use the digital DRM+ standard for broadcasting on the the
radio frequency bands 65.9-74 MHz and 87.5-108 MHz.

This has the potential of being a major source of interference to radio
amateurs using the 4 metre band (70 MHz) in central and eastern Europe. As
'Secondary Users' of this part of the spectrum, radio amateurs will have
no choice but to live with any interference, especially during the Summer
Sporadic-E season.

More info...
<https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2018/09/russia-proposes-to-use-drm-on-659-
740.html>

<http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/september/russia-proposes-to-use-
drm-on-65-9-74-0-mhz.htm#.W5oY3ehKjIU>
(via Mike Terry-UK on BrDXC-UK ng, of Southgate, Sept 8)

SAUDI ARABIA   Army Radio in the Red Sea.

Army Radio in the Red Sea! That phrase almost reminds us of the
Exodus of the Jewish people in ancient times from Egypt to the
Sinai Peninsula; except of course for the fact that there was no
radio back some three and a half thousand years ago. Then too,
this story today takes place near the southern end of the Red Sea
and not towards the northern end where the Exodus took place.

In an article in the American radio journal, Radio World, for June
6, 2018, Hans Johnson informs us about a new radio program service
for Saudi Arabian military personnel on duty in the cross border
conflict with Yemen. This radio programming is heard on shortwave,
mediumwave and FM, and it was inaugurated last September.

The title of this relatively new program service when translated
from Arabic into English, would indicate Determination Radio, and it
is on the air from radio broadcasting stations that were already in
existence. The shortwave transmitters are located at both Riyadh and
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; the two mediumwave transmitters are located
close to the border with Yemen; and likewise, the FM transmitters
are also located near the same border region.

Interestingly, one of the FM transmitters, according to the Johnson
document, is located on Farasan Island. Apparently this FM station is
a slave relay carrying a program feed from the Saudi Arabian mainland,
and it is heard on 107 MHz FM.

The Farasan Islands are a cluster of islands towards the southern
end of the Red Sea, numbering anywhere up to around 180, depending
on whose statistics you recognize, and on exactly what constitutes
an island. This island cluster lies about 30 miles off the southwest
coast of Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen; and in fact, some
of the southern Farasan islands might even lie south of the border
with Yemen and they may actually belong to the country of Yemen.

The Farasan Islands were known to ancient travelers, and they were
occupied by the Sabeans, and then Roman garrisons, followed by
Egyptian soldiers. German personnel occupied them during World War 1
and World War 2, and the British also. Saudi Arabia took over these
islands in the 1920s.

Archaeological ruins their attest to these consecutive occupations,
including even inscriptions in ancient Sabean, Southern Arabic, and
Roman Latin. The ruins of Christian churches tell of the arrival of
Christianity in the early years. Also the Farasans are home to the
only wild population of Arabian Gazelles anywhere in the world.

The Farasan Islands are low, almost totally barren coral islands,
though there are several natural freshwater wells on the main
islands. Just three of these islands are inhabited, and the total
population these days stands at around 4,500.

The main island in the Farasan group of Islands is 35 mile long
Farasan with an area of 140 square miles, and the only town is also
known as Farasan. There is a twice daily ferry service each way
for the hour long journey with the mainland at the southern seaside
town of Jazan and ticketing is free. There is a road bridge between
Farasan Island and the neighboring island Segid.

The programming for Determination Radio was on the air originally
12 hours daily, though it is on the air now 24 hours daily. This
specialized programming includes such titles as Southern Pulse,
and Peaceful Kingdom. The Farasan Islands radio station is located
in Farasan town and it is heard on 107 MHz FM.

We extend our appreciation for the research and information
in this feature item to Hans Johnson, and also to the American
magazine Radio World. It will be remembered that Hans Johnson is
the Frequency Co-ordinator for shortwave station WINB at Red Lion
in Pennsylvania USA.
(Adrian Peterson-IN-USA, script for AWR Wavescan; 2 Sept via dxld)

SEYCHELLES   BBC WS - former Indian Ocean Relay Station.

Peter Jones writes: My wife and I just returned from a holiday in the
Seychelles and we came across the old BBC World Service Indian Ocean Relay
station on the main island of Mahe. It's located on the West coast near
Grand Anse. The relay station sadly closed in March 2014 as these news
items detail:

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/seychelles-relay.html>

<http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/1792>

Even though the site had been closed for over four years, the gates were
open and the communications towers looked as though they had not been
touched.

According to an article from the Seychelles news agency at the time (link
above), the Ministry of Natural Resources were due to take occupation of
the main station building for use as the new Veterinary and Livestock
Services centre. There was however no sign of any of the buildings being
used.
(Sept BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine p52; direct and via dxld Sept 10)

SOMALILAND   Radio Hargeisa verlaesst 40-m-Amateurfunkband.

Das IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) berichtet in seinem August-
Newsletter, dass neben Radio Aethiopien auf 7140/7182 kHz auch Radio
Hargeisa auf 7120 kHz das exklusiv dem Amateurfunkdienst zugewiesene 40-
Meter-Band verlassen hat.

Vielen Funkamateuren waren die regelmaessigen Aussendungen dort ein Dorn
im Auge. Radio Hargeisa sendete auf 7120 kHz erstmals am 11. Maerz 1982.
Anfang 1989 fiel der Sender dadurch auf, dass Harmonische auch den
Amateurfunkverkehr in den exklusiven Amateurfunkbaendern 20 und 15 Meter
stoerten (14240 und 21360 kHz). Nach mehreren Frequenzwechseln sendete
Radio Hargeisa ab Maerz 2008 wieder auf 7120 kHz, zunaechst mit 25 kW,
seit 2012 mit 100 kW.
{unter der taetigen Mithilfe vom deutschen Funkamateur
Baldur Drobnica DJ6SI }

Nach Radio Hargeisa wurde 1943 von den britischen Kolonialbehoerden
gegruendet und steht seit 1991 unter der Kontrolle der Regierung von
Somaliland, als das Land seine Unabhaengigkeit vom Rest Somalias
erklaerte. Die Station ist die einzige Radiostation in Somaliland.

Die Station sendet 10 Stunden pro Tag: 06.30-09.00, 13.00-16.00 und
18.00-22.30 Uhr Lokalzeit, hauptsaechlich in Somali, aber auch
Nachrichten in Englisch, Arabisch und Amharisch.

Mit Infos von: <http://www.radiohargaysa.net>  BDXC, IARU, Arndt Peltner
(Tom Kamp-D  DF5JL  <df5jl.darc.de> , A-DX ng Sept 19)

Re: Radio Hargeisa verlaesst 40-m-Amateurfunkband.

Sorry for using English here, but where do they say, that they have left
the ham band?

<http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1808.pdf>

> Illegal BC on the 40 m-band.

> Radio Hargeisa (Somaliland) was still on air on 7120 kHz over 3 weeks,
> same as Radio Ethiopia(*) on 7140 kHz. The last August-week no
> transmissons were audible. We did not miss them. (IARU bandwatch)

(*) Besides, 7140 kHz is Voice of the Broad Masses of Eritrea,
not Radio Ethiopia. {but from same Gedja ETH location too, wb df5sx}
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, A-DX ng Sept 19)

SWITZERLAND   4770drm  Schon seit Tagen beobachtet man auf 4770 kHz einen
"DRM Service A". Laut DRMRX-Forum eine Testsendung fuer die Schweiz von
Ampegon, meine Kiwi-SDR-Peilung rastet in Norditalien ein. Gegenwaertig
mit 10 kHz Bandbreite on air und somit dick in zwei Utility-Signalen,
sodass nicht mehr als 14 dB SNR drinnen sind.

Gutes Signal dieser mysterioesen Station aktuell mit bis zu 18 dB SNR.
Gesendet wird aktuell mit 5 kHz Bandbreite.
Label: DRM Service A.  Data: Unknown Service (5.00 kbps)
(Patrick Robic-AUT, re Daniel Kaehler-D, A-DX ng Sept 5)

U.K.   Skelton, Penrith and the World 1943-1993 now available as
free pdf

BBCeng.info update August 13

A personal account by the author Ken Davies.

Following my request I have been notified that Cumbria County Council, the
publishers of this book, would have no objection to it being on bbceng.

Unfortunately I have not been able to contact Ken Davies but, given the
nature of the publication, I think it is likely that he would approve. He
clearly wanted to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved with
Skelton transmitting station and his efforts in compiling this record are
gratefully acknowledged.

<https://www.bbceng.info/additions/2018/Skelton,%20Penrith%20And%20The%20W
orld%201943-1993%20-%20K.%20Davies.pdf>
(via Mike Barraclough-UK, dxld Sept 5)

UNIDENTIFIED:  Buble jamming heard on 29 Aug at 0120 UT on MW 648 &
828 kHz. Checking on next days - on 828 kHz the jamming is
at 1500-0400 UT, maybe is 24hrs.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 13)

U.K.   New BBC World Service theme tune.

BBC World Service overhauls sound of the network with new music

<https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/bbc-world-service-
sound-of-the-network>

BBC World Service is refreshing the sound of the network, introducing a
new signature tune and complementary music for key programmes across the
Service.

Beginning on 10 September a new specially composed signature tune will be
played at the top of the hour, every hour, and new theme tunes for
individual programmes will then be rolled out across the Service over the
coming weeks.

The music has been composed by Mcasso, one of the UK's leading music and
sound companies. It was recorded at Mcasso Studios in London's Carnaby St,
with the string section of the BBC Concert Orchestra added at Angel
Recording Studios in Islington, London.

Mary Hockaday, Controller, BBC World Service English, says: "We are
absolutely thrilled to introduce audiences across the globe to the brand
new sound of the BBC World Service. The dynamic music will set a fresh,
contemporary and distinctive tone for the network, providing the perfect
backdrop to support our news and other programmes.

"Even on a speech network, careful use of music can help create an
identity for the station and build a closer relationship with our
listeners. Our composers have done a wonderful job, with a spirit of
curiosity, quality and warmth which I hope our audiences will come to
love."

The main theme features synths and percussion, embellished by a live
orchestra, giving a rich, warm sound. It begins and ends with a sound
design audio motif, inspired by and echoing the sound of the 'pips' - the
series of six short tones broadcast at one-second intervals and
recognisable around the world for being synonymous with BBC Radio
[sic: as if no one else uses time pips gh].
The main musical theme also appears in the music for other individual
programmes, arranged in different styles.

Individual programmes debuting new music will be Newsday, World Update,
OS, Business Matters, Business Daily, Weekend Tech Tent and Sportsworld.

Mcasso's CEO Mike Connaris says: "Collaborating with the iconic BBC World
Service on such an extensive, exciting branding project has been a
pleasure and a privilege. We can't wait to hear the new sound on air."
(BBC WS 9 Sept 2018 via Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, gh-dxld)

Here's a short film of the new signature tune being recorded, see:

<https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kk1r2>

(thanks to Richard Langley-NB-CAN, BrDXC-UK ng Sept 11)

"to be played on the hour, every hour" from 10 September:

<https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/09/bbc-world-service-new-
theme-tune>
(via Chris Greenway-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Sept 9)

USA   Murrow Transmitting Station Plans to Broadcast Through Florence.

Personnel at the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station outside Greenville,
N.C., are battening down the hatches ahead of Hurricane Florence's
expected Thursday night impact.

Despite of the threat the storm poses to eastern North Carolina, in a
phone interview, Program Support Manager Rick Williford told Radio World
their "goal is to maintain 24/7 broadcasts."

During initial pleasantries, Williford admitted to feeling anxious about
the storm and followed up that statement with a colorful explanation.

"All this technology and all this information about the storm, it's kind
of like being stalked by a turtle," he said, referring to the ability to
track the storm's path but not predict it with 100% certainty.

Station Engineer Macon Dail joined the call and gave a report on his end
of the preparation process.

Williford and Dail explained they began initial prep last Friday with an
assessment of the storm's potential by the station's emergency committee.

On Monday, they began working on staff schedules ("Most places reduce
manning; in this case we do the opposite," Williford said.) and started to
"batten down."

Wednesday was spent surveying the 2700-acre property to check for
potential projectiles; most of the site consists of open fields.

Thursday's primary tasks involved readying the back-up transmitter - since
"power is the key to station operation" - and fine-tuning schedules.
Williford predicts that tonight's midnight shift workers who would
typically clock out around 8 a.m. may need to work 16+ hour shifts, which
is why extra staff will be called in to make sure every "stays fresh."

Technicians are also encouraged to "double their sandwich ration;" the
kitchen is usually well stocked, Williford says, since the site located at
"the end of the world and continue two miles past that," which means
employees can't go out to eat for their lunch break.

Williford reminds readers that the station's primary mission currently is
supporting the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which necessitates frequencies
changes throughout the day; the work at the Murrow facility is far from
set-it-and-forget-it, even under the best of meteorological conditions.

However, Dail says they aren't worried about the building itself. It was
built in the 1960s, and the plant was designed to withstand 120 mph winds,
including the antenna system. "We feel pretty confident," he said.

Nonetheless, Williford remains realistic. "Every hurricane has a different
signature," which means you may prepare based on what went wrong last time
but encounter entirely new challenges with the next storm.

For example, the last major storm event with rain coming at 90-degree
angle blew out the switchgear because of the rain. This time they're using
"lots of Gorilla tape" to prevent that this time around.

This time, Williford said, "It looks like Greenville will not be subjected
to a deluge from the sky, but there are concerns about storm surge."

The site is located closer to Grimesland, which is even closer to the
Pamlico river - a body of water that empties into the Pamlico Sound and
could be vulnerable to storm surge from Hurricane Florence. But, Dail
said, the site has pretty good drainage. Driving to and from home is
typically the larger challenge.

Despite the uncertainty and probable extra long shifts the station plans
to persevere. Williford said, "We kind of pride ourselves on pushing
through all storms.

Murrow Transmitting Station Plans to Broadcast Through Florence
By Emily M. Reigart "We kind of pride ourselves on pushing through all
storms," program support manager says.
(Radio_World, by Emily_M_Reigart, via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Sept 14)

USA   Adventist World Radio.

International Radio News  WINB Test Transmissions.
Mystery Broadcast of AWR DX Program "Wavescan".

At the present time, the American shortwave station WINB is conducting
a lengthy series of test transmissions in the digital DRM mode from
its new transmitter at Red Lion in Pennsylvania.

According to Hans Johnson {ex-Cumbre chief}, Frequency Manager for WINB,
these test transmissions are beamed to Europe and to North Africa.

The AWR international DX program "Wavescan" has been invited
to participate in the WINB test transmissions and these special
digital broadcasts are scheduled to be on the air during the month
of September. Reception reports on the reception of these DRM
broadcasts will be most welcome and they can be addressed to both
WINB in Pennsylvania and to the AWR DX program "Wavescan" in Indiana.

The schedule for the broadcasts of "Wavescan" over WINB indicates
that this half hour DX program will be on the air twice each week,
Monday and Friday, at 1630 UT on 15670 kHz. In addition, there will
be another broadcast of "Wavescan" during the week in between the
Monday and Friday, a Mystery Broadcast, on a day and at a time not
announced in advance.

All reception reports addressed to "Wavescan" will be verified with a
specially endorsed QSL card, and reception reports of the unannounced
in-between Mystery Broadcasts will be honored additionally with a
souvenir from AWR in Indiana. Reception reports indicating reception
in the digital DRM mode are preferred, though honest reception reports
in the analog mode will also be appreciated. The analog reports will
at least give an indication to WINB of the coverage area of these
test transmissions.

Multiple reception reports, each on a different day, will be verified
individually with the specially endorsed QSL card.

All of the "Wavescan" broadcasts are scheduled for transmission on
15670 kHz and genuine reception reports from anywhere in the world
will be most appreciated. These may be sent by email, or by postal
mail with an address label and return postage if possible. Remember
that IRC Coupons are now no longer valid in the United States.
Remember also that the postal address in Indiana has been "borrowed"
temporarily and it is valid only in September and October.

Shortwave radio station WINB is owned and operated by World
International Broadcasters and it was inaugurated in October 1962
with a 50 kW Continental transmitter Model No 417B. The original
transmitter was rebuilt and taken into service again in 1997.

The international DX program "Wavescan" is a co-operative venture
on the part of Adventist World Radio and KSDA Guam, Radio Miami
International WRMI in Florida, Voice of Hope KVOH in California and
Voice of Hope in Zambia Africa, and World Wide Christian Radio WWCR
in Tennessee.

Please note the following addresses for reception reports on the
WINB test broadcasts:-
* By email to WINB: <WINB40th -at- yahoo.com>
* By postal mail to WINB: Box 88, Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356, USA
* By email to "Wavescan": <adrian.m.peterson -at- gmail.com>

* By postal mail to
"Wavescan"
Adventist World Radio
WINB Test Broadcasts
Box 771
Bloomington
Indiana 47402-0771, USA
(Dr. Adrian M. Peterson, International Relations,
Adventist World Radio, Aug 31, dxld Sept 5)

USA  [ALBANIA non]  9395 kHz, WRMI airing Radio Tirana English service
with Albanian music then an interview with an English free lance writer
who is now living in Albania because she 'fell in love with' Tirana. Not
once did anyone mention how many hectares of wheat were grown last year or
how many pigs slaughtered! ;) At 0251 UT "Goodbye from Albania" into more
music. At 0258 UT into RT's distinctive IS.

Then SS WRMI ID into English R Prague with News & weather into features re
immigration in the EU & protests looking for the release of someone in
custody in Prague. I pulled the plug because the approaching thunder made
me think I didn't want to have an expensive radio attached to an antenna!
Banging in with a full 10 kHz bandwidth & nice audio, 4+554+4+ with just a
bare titch of selective fading which was eliminated by sync
(I'd call it 555 if I weren't so picky) at first, but fading quickly.
By ToH it was down to 3+4443+. 0235-0310 UT 29 Aug.
(Ken Zichi-MI, dxld Sept 5)

Ken used good old Drake SPR 4 unit, excellent gear 'Made in USA'
in pre-Trump era, hi,
Y.T. imported a SPR 4 set in January 1976, on a then money exchange rate
4.20 German Mark against one single US dollar.  wb.

VIETNAM   One of several programmes that I regularly enjoy on Voice of
Vietnam is their Monday programme Colourful Vietnam: Vietnam's 54 Ethnic
Groups. The episode on 13 August (1900 UT on 7280 kHz) featured the
marriage and wedding ceremony of the Cao Lan ethnic people in Bac Giang
province. Here's a short extract from the programme:

"To prepare for a wedding, the male's family hires a matchmaker, who takes
care of everything from making the wedding proposal to organize the
wedding ceremony and taking the bride to the groom's family home. [&] "The
groom's family then finds a man to lead the procession to the bride's
house. The bride's relatives use bamboo poles to block the way. The
bride's relatives ask riddles and the groom's relatives have to answer
correctly to get through the bamboo barriers. [&] The procession leader
represents the group in answering the questions. If he fails to answer
quickly and correctly, the groom's delegation must wait. [&] "At the
groom's house, a shaman performs a ritual to chase away evil spirits. He
ties red threads on the couple's wrists to wish them happiness forever."

An enjoyable talk about the traditions of this ethnic group. Colourful
Vietnam: Vietnam's 54 Ethnic Groups is broadcast in all Monday
transmissions.
(Alan Roe-UK, Listening Post, Sept BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine
direct and via dxld Sept 13)

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PROPAGATION   Prof. Arnie Coro  CO2KK of Radio Havana Cuba
wrote on 21 August:

Solar activity in the past few days brought another record low solar flux
figure of 65.6 units, not seen since the long tail end of solar cycle 23.
This present cycle 24 is the weakest one of the past 5 solar cycles. Now
you understand why short wave propagation conditions are so poor!

The Parker Solar Probe. On 11 August, the Parker Solar Probe was launched.
The project is to study how Solar winds occur and to achieve more accurate
prediction of their affect on the earth's Ionosphere and terrestrial
weather etc.

More information at:  <http://bit.ly/2Mv2RSH>

(Propagation Report With James Welsh,
Sept BrDXC-UK 'Communication' magazine
direct and via dxld Sept 13)

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EUROPEAN UNION   Future adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.

[comment by a radio operator Y.T.:
the EU public consultation was held of only four million inhabitans
of total 520 million EU population, hi.

Spain would join the WET - i.e. UTC/GMT +0 hrs, in future, as before
dictator Franco era in the 30ties. Pupils would join school house
at 09.40 am locally sunrise though instead ?

Such a trip between Finland and Portugal would possibly touch probably 4
time zones, if each country will decide separately for a future time zone
in summer and/or winter in future...

Another brain-torn and questionable measure by the EU Brussels
administration.  wb.  df5sx ]

BBC 31 August 2018  -  The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice
of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found
most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in
future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

The Commission's proposal requires support from the 28 national
governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving
[sic] time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified
EU time regime".

However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed
change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member
state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would
be "a sovereign decision of each member state", Commission spokesman
Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

He stressed that the proposal was "to no longer constrain member states
into changing clocks twice per year".

The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in
March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.

Mr Winterstein rejected a suggestion the proposal could cause particular
difficulties in Ireland: "I don't see the link between our quest which is
undiminished, to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and our
proposal, which will come in due course, to no longer constrain member
states into changing clocks twice per year.

"One pertains to the internal market once adopted, the other initiative is
to ensure the Good Friday Agreement and other safeguards remain in place."

The Commission warns that unco-ordinated time changes between member
states would cause economic harm.

In the public consultation, 84% of 4.6 million respondents called for
ending the spring and autumn clock change.

By far the biggest response was in Germany and Austria (3.79% and 2.94% of
the national population respectively). The UK's response was lowest -
0.02% - but few Italians took part, either (0.04%).
(via Gerald T Pollard-NC-USA, dxld; and via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Sept 5)

EU to recommend that member states abolish [sic] daylight saving [sic]
time

<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-
abolish-daylight-saving-time>

EU to recommend end to changing clocks twice a year.

Consultation finds more than 80% of EU citizens against biannual time
changes

Sam Jones in Madrid and Daniel Boffey in Brussels, Fri 31 Aug 2018.

A technician changes a clock on a church in Dresden in March.
Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/AFP/Getty Images [caption]

The European commission will recommend that EU member states abandon the
practice of changing the clocks in spring and autumn, with many people in
favour of staying on summer time throughout the year.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission's president, said a recent
consultation had shown that more than 80% of EU citizens were in favour of
the move.

"We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future,
summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen," he told
the German broadcaster ZDF.

"I will recommend to the commission that, if you ask the citizens, then
you have to do what the citizens say. We will decide on this today, and
then it will be the turn of the member states and the European
parliament."

Any change would need approval from national governments and the European
parliament to become law.

The proposed directive could fall foul of the Republic of Ireland's
government, however, as it would open up the potential for the Republic to
run on a different time to Northern Ireland for seven months of the year.
Another potential outcome would be that mainland Britain and Northern
Ireland would operate in different time zones after Brexit.

Under current EU legislation, citizens in all 28 EU countries have been
required to move their clocks an hour forward on the last Sunday in March
and switch back to winter time on the final Sunday in October.

The online poll suggested that more than 80% of Europeans were against the
biannual ritual of changing the clocks, a practice used across most of
Europe and North America.

Proponents of daylight saving have said the longer evening daylight hours
in the summer help save energy and bolster productivity.

But opponents have argued that some people cannot easily adapt to the
change and feel it has a short-term negative impact on their health.

Finland, which has the most northerly EU national capital, has called for
the bloc to drop the biannual switch, while Lithuania has urged a review
of the system to take into account regional and geographical differences.

"The commission regularly receives feedback from citizens on the
summertime issue, which often refer to what they perceive as negative
health impacts of the disruptive time change relating to sleep deprivation
and other kinds of negative consequences," the commission said.

"However, some also ask that the current system be maintained, as they
believe it has positive effects."

Adios, siesta? Spain considers ending Franco's change to working hours.

The commission said in the consultation it had two choices: to keep the
current EU summertime arrangements, or to drop the biannual changes and
allow individual member states to decide whether they wanted to adopt
permanent summer or winter time, or a different time.

Outside the EU, a handful of European countries have stopped switching
between summer and winter time, including Russia, Turkey, Belarus and
Iceland.

Issues of clocks, hours and working days are much discussed in Spain,
which has been stranded in the wrong time zone for decades. In 2013, a
parliamentary commission recommended that Spain shift its clocks back one
hour.

Although the country used to be on the same time as the UK and Portugal,
it has run an hour ahead since 1942, when General Francisco Franco moved
it forward in solidarity with Hitler's Germany. The commission also
suggested that the long Spanish working day - including a two - or three-
hour lunch break - be altered to resemble the 9am to 5pm model.

Spain's new socialist government signalled its support for the move on
Friday afternoon. "Maybe Spain should be in a different time zone," said
the foreign minister, Josep Borrell. "Frankly, I don't know. Let's give
the European parliament the chance to see whether it is capable of finding
a common denominator among countries that are in such different geographic
situations."

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