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BC-DX 1426                                                   23 May 2020
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ARMENIA   Trans World Radio India in 22mb via CJSC Yerevan Gavar, May 12
1315-1330 on 13745 ERV 300 kW 100 deg to SoAS Maithili Mon-Fri, weak/fair
Summer A-20: 13745 ERV 300 kW 100 deg to SoAS in nine various Indian
languages at 1315-1445 UT.

Trans World Radio TWR India in 25mb via CJSC Yerevan Gavar , May 12
1420-1424 on 11590 ERV 300 kW 100 deg to SoAS English Mon-Fri-good signal
(Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 12)

AUSTRALIA   Received an electronic QSL from Reach Beyond Australia for
Japanese reception Language - 09 May, 11.00-11.30 UT at a frequency
of 15565 kHz. On confirmation - Wedge-tailed eagle.
The report was sent by e-mail:  <a20 -at- reachbeyond.org.au>
(Dmitry Elagin, Saratov-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx"
via RUSdx #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

AUSTRALIA    VLR Radio History Part 1 - Wavescan NWS 547 - Aug 18, 2019

Australian Shortwave Callsign VLR - 10757

Throughout the entire one and a quarter centuries of wireless and radio
history, there have ever been only two stations that have been allotted
the callsign VLR. The first application of the call VLR was for the
communication transmitter aboard a small passenger/cargo ship in the
waters off New Zealand, and the second application of the callsign VLR was
for the the internationally well known low power shortwave service
operated by the ABC and Radio Australia at Lyndhurst in Victoria.

The SS Marama was built at Greenock in Scotland and it was launched in
1907. During its 30 years of international ocean going service, it was in
use for the TransTasman route between New Zealand and Australia, and in
the TransPacific service between New Zealand and North America.

The normal peacetime service of the SS Marama was interrupted for a period
of four years during World War 1 while it was in use as New Zealand 's
second Hospital Ship for soldiers wounded on service in Europe. On one
occasion, the Marama was accosted by a German submarine in the North
Atlantic, but as a hospital ship it was permitted to move on unmolested.

The Marama was laid up at Evans Bay, Wellington in 1936, and next year it
was sold to China, and then sold again, this time to Japan at a nice
profit. It was broken up at Osaka in Japan during the year 1938.

During the early 1920s, the callsign aboard the Marama was VLR, and this
callsign was modified to ZLR on January 1, 1929 due to new international
radio regulations. During the 1930s, there were times when a daily
newspaper was published aboard the Marama with news taken from various
radio sources. This daily newspaper was given the appropriate though
rather unimaginative title, Daily News.

The original VLR shortwave station in Australia was born in a galvanized
iron shed on top of a low rise near Lyndhurst some 25 miles southeast of
Melbourne in Victoria, in 1928. Back then, this locally made 600 watt
transmitter was operated experimentally without callsign on 5800 kHz.
However, due to the fact that the audio source for this little new
shortwave transmitter was taken from the two mediumwave stations in
Melbourne, 3LO & 3AR, then the shortwave unit was soon afterwards given a
sort of combined call 3LR.

Due to a change in international radio regulations, amateur stations in
Australia were required to add the prefix VK to their callsigns, by
December 31, 1928. In order to ensure the change of callsign throughout
Australia by the effective date, the Chief Radio Inspector Mr Jim Malone
authorized the usage of the new VK prefix from December 8 onwards.
That was for all amateur radio stations.

However, mediumwave broadcasting stations in Australia never did use a
prefix, just a single digit number identifying the state, followed by two
letters identifying an individual station. But, the radio relay station at
Lyndhurst was an anomaly, it was neither an amateur station nor a
mediumwave broadcasting station. According to the QSL cards that were
issued during that era, the accepted callsign for Lyndhurst shortwave was
simply 3LR. In this way, it was treated as a broadcasting station.

During the year 1934, a new building was constructed adjacent to the old
original shack at Lyndhurst, and on March 12, shortwave 3LR began a
regular relay of programming for the benefit of people living in Australia
's isolated outback areas. At this stage, the transmitter was still
operating at just 600 watts and the usual channel was 9580 kHz. The
regular b roadcast antenna was a horizontal half wave doublet
at 95+degrees from true north, with a radiation lobe towards the
great outback.

Back during this era, the Lyndhurst transmitter with its programming relay
from 3LO and 3AR was identified officially and unofficially as both 3LR
and VK3LR. In experimental usage though, the allotted callsign was VK3XX,
with the X following the American pattern identifying an experimental
station. In May 1935, the 600 watt transmitter was engineered to operate
then at 1 kW.

Around June 1936, transmitter (VK)3LR began to carry an experimental 10
minute bulletin of news twice weekly in French for the benefit of French
islands in the South Pacific. This genuine overseas foreign language
service, though quite short in duration, was a forerunner to the
inauguration of Australia Calling / Radio Australia three years later.
The French Consul-General in Sydney made request for the continuity of
this French language service.

In 1937, the Lyndhurst transmitter was completely reconditioned and the
power rating was increased to 2 kW, though still with the same original
transmitter. Soon afterwards, the power level was again increased, this
time to 5 kW.

At this stage, the lonely little shortwave transmitter at Lyndhurst now
radiated through two antenna systems as needed; for national coverage
through the same horizontal doublet, and for international coverage, a
rhombic beamed on Daventry in England. December 1 (1937) was the official
date for the regularization of the callsign from (VK)3LR to the now more
familiar VLR.
More about VLR next time.
(via Ian, via shortwavesites, May 15)

BANGLADESH   4750 kHz  Bangladesh Betar - Home Service, from 1240 to 1243
UT, on May 21, call-to-prayer for the Maghrib prayer, which was just after
their local sunset; unusual anomaly here, as there was no audio QRM from
either CNR1 nor VOI; did hear a significant open carrier from assume CNR1
(or VOI?), but no trace of audio, so was only hearing BB in the clear,
which is rare! Still running their Home Service during Ramadan. Will they
change back to External Service once that ends? Cyclone Amphan has mostly
hit the coastal areas of Bangladesh, so happy to find BB still on the air.

BTW - At 1233 UT, on May 21, was checking for the Monday only SAARC (The
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) news bulletin in
English, that was formerly noted on the HS from 1235 to 1243 UT, but
clearly not being carried; probably due to it being preempted during
Ramadan; but instead heard 1236-1239 UT with the Maghrib Islamic call-to-
prayer; doing well against CNR1 QRM.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 21)

CHINA   CNR's shortwave DRM test transmission effective from May 14

According to Chinese BCL site

<https://cahcn.github.io>

shortwave DRM test transmission of CNR's 1st program "Voice of China"
changed the frequencies and schedules on May 14.

9420 kHz and 7360 kHz from Qiqihar transmitter site (QIQ) were no longer
used, 11995 kHz was add instead. The transmitting schedule from
Qiqihar site was reduced 1 hour from 0000-1000 to 0100-1000 UT.

The new transmission hours from Qiqihar site are:
0100-1000 UT 11995 kHz. 1000-1200 UT 9870 kHz.

The whole DRM transmission schedule effective from May 14 is as follows:

 6030 kHz 2025-1805 BEI 30 kW   0deg (except Tue 0600-0900) to NoChina
 9655 kHz 2200-0100 URU 30 kW  98deg to Northern and Eastern China
 9655 kHz 0800-1200 URU 30 kW  98deg to Northern and Eastern China

 9870 kHz 1000-1200 QIQ 30 kW 203deg to Southern China

11695 kHz 0100-0900 DOF 30 kW  41deg to Eastern and Southern China
11995 kHz 0100-1000 QIQ 30 kW 225deg to Northern Chinaa
13810 kHz 0400-1100 KUN 30 kW  32deg to Northern China
13825 kHz 0100-0900 BEI 30 kW 175deg to Southern China

15180 kHz 0100-0400 KUN 30 kW 320deg to Northern China
17770 kHz 0100-0900 DOF 30 kW  16deg to Northern China
17830 kHz 0100-0800 URU 30 kW  98deg to Northern and Eastern China

See  <https://cahcn.github.io/drm/>

(Takahito Akabayashi-Tokyo-JAP, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 18)

Re:  CNR's shortwave DRM test transmission effective from May 14.

This is usually something I try to pick up in Masset, but with Haida
Gwaii quarantined, I have to listen from home.

At 04:19 UT, all I can see on my Perseus SDR is 17770 kHz, but far too
weak for any audio. Only visible with a N/S oriented ALA 100, decoding as
Chinese (Mandarin) at times; 11.64 kbps UEP (21.6%) aac Mono with Chinese
figures in the display of the DReaM software.
I wonder whether the Russian DRM tests are still on-going?
(Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC-CAN; wor May 19)

CHINA   Two eQSLs received for receiving Chinese MR broadcasts in English
(Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 9880 kHz) and China's 1st
Internal Program in Chinese (Beijing, 17605 kHz).

I wrote to  <yinglian -at- cri.com.cn>
with copy to  <crieng -at- cri.com.cn>
waiting for an answer 1 day. Accompanying signed by Ying Lian, as usual.

In the pictures - Nam Tso Lake in Tibet and the Great Wall of China.
<http://dxsignal.ru/qsl/new/CRI_200515_7.png>
<http://dxsignal.ru/qsl/new/CNR-1_200515_3.png>

(Dmitry Mezin, Kazan-RUS, via #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

CONGO - with exceptional reception !  6115 kHz, R. Congo, 0543-0553 UT on
May 17. A rare event here, with well above average reception; announcers
and nice African music/singing; somewhat early for any Japanese QRM here,
which started to be slightly noticed about 0550 UT; QRN (static).
An exceptional day!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 17)

CUBA/CHINA   re RHC monitored at 13-14 UT on May 13, in remote SDR rx
at Cape Canaveral, Florida state, USA.

5025even CUB  Spanish R Rebelde, small low modulation today at 13.00 UT

5999.999 CUB  RHC TITAN Quivican bcast center 250 kW, Spanish long
extended speech like by male. S=9+25dB signal at 13.05 UT.

7350.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal site, air cooled classic Ukraine SNIEG TX
S=9+15dB -61dBm, at 13.10 UT. Spanish speech live transmission ?

9535.001 CUB  RHC Bejucal site, Ukraine SNIEG TX, S=7 in remote Kiwi at
Massachusetts. 13.11 UT on May 13.

11760even CUB  RHC Bauta site, fountain like characteristic non-dir
towards Caribbean basin. Spanish speech program at 13.12 UT.
S=9+20dB strength; very reliable transmission in 25 meter band

13700even CUB  RHC probably Bejucal nice audio these days, S=9+20dB at
13.15 UT on May 13,
also // on
13740even CUB  RHC lower level audio, S=9+15dB, 13.18 UT on May 13.

15140even CUB  RHC Spanish, S=9+5dB in Maine Kiwi_set. DISTORTED audio
on final high power modulator tubes stage ? - as happened on
this channel in past 1-2 months. 13.25 UT. Also two BUZZ audio
strings visible, minus/plus 100 Hertz distance apart strings.
... and much better audio quality on

15230even CUB  RHC from Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center 250kW unit
backlobe of Brazil azimuth SoAmerica service into Maine state
remote access unit. S=9 at 13.28 UT on May 13.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

re Radio Cuba center transmissions May 15 / 16,
at 23.40 to 00.30 UT.
Checked the A-20 monitored schedule with irritations every day/night.
At Cape Canaveral, Maine, Detroit Michigan, Alberta Canada remotedly.

5025even CUB  R Rebelde Bauta at 23.40 UT May 15, discussion female/male
in Spanish, S=9+40dB.

5040even CUB  RHC Bauta, ONLY EMPTY CARRIER, no program audio heard,
at 23.45 UT S=9+30dB.

5010even USA  WRMI Okeechobee, what else ? GREEK FOLK MX program (!),
at 23.48 UT S=9+20dB, 10.4 kHz wideband audio block visible.

5990even CUB  CRI Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center relay of
CRI Beijing excellent (like former Australian ABC accent sounded) English
discussion S=9+20dB at 23.50 UT on May 15. ... and 11980 kHz S=8 signal
23 to 01 UT harmonic.

5999.994 CUB  RHC Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center, S=9+30dB,
23.57 UT  8 kHz wideband block visible, Spanish I guess "Mesa Redonda"
special, like // 11950even kHz S=9+10dB.
At 00.00 UT English 6000 and 6145 kHz too S=9+30dB.

7380even CUB  RHC English service for South Africa, S=9+35dB in Cape
Canaveral Florida remotedly and KiwiNet TWR Bonaire SDR location too.
"ROUNDUP" program of major headlines.
Excellent audio noted in Cape Canaveral Florida state Perseus SDR.

9535.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal, Spanish sce at S=9+15dB, love song in Spanish,
at 23.55 UT on May 15

9640.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal Sp, on May 15 at 23.56 UT S=9 signal strength,
towards CeAM / GTM / Panama / NoWeColombia.

11760even RHC via Bauta site, very reliable signal channel as usual.

11800even RHC via Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center, and two
BUZZ tone strings accompanied of 60 Hertz apart distance, and two spurs
seen/heard on 11790 and 11810 kHz S=7-8 strength.

11880 nothing in use at 23-00 UT tonight.

11950even CUB  RHC from Bauta site Spanish "Mesa Retonda" special
// 6000 kHz 23-00 UT, 23.58 UT.

 6060even CUB  RHC Bauta Spanish towards New York degr azimuth ?
start from 0000 UT (!), S=9+10dB noted in Detroit Michigan.

11670.002 CUB  RHC (likely?) via Bauta bcast center at Rio de Janeiro
azimuth scheduled? from 23 UT, when REE Noblejas Spain left. At 00.20 UT
on May 16, 2 x 60, 180, 240 Hertz apart BUZZ tones distorted audio,
strings seen either sideband. May 16.

11780.009 BRAZIL R Nacional da Amazonia Brasilia, S=9+25dB, Guitar mx,
canciones in BrasPort language, at 00.18 UT on May 16.

13740 kHz nothing heard here.

13840.011 NEW ZEALAND R NZi Rangitaiki, soul-pop mx, S=9+10dB strength
in Edmonton Alberta Canada Perseus SDR rx unit. 00.15 UT on May 16.

15230even CUB  via RHC Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center, excellent
audio, (after refurbished work according Arnaldo Coro mentioned recently)
S=9+15dB at 00.04 UT on May 16. Noted on backlobe signal into Edmonton
Alberta Canada.

15730.004 CUB  RHC Bejucal, one of the audio distorted 50 kW units of air
cooled type Made in USSR-Ukraine. S=9+5dB noted in Alberta Canada SDR.
French service at 00.00-00.30 UT May 16.
73 wb  df5sx  May 16

re RHC monitored at 14.00-15.30 UT on May 17, in remote SDR rx at
Cape Canaveral, Florida US state and Edmonton Alberta Canada,
KiwiNet at Bonaire Antilles and Brazil.

13740even CUB  RHC OFF at 14.00 UT today.

13575.046 MRA  US AGM Saipan in Mandarin Chinese, Agingan Point, S=7 at
14.24 UT in Alberta CAN.

13649.963 KRE  Voice of Korea KCBS Kujang Korean, S=7-8 at 14.28 UT.

13700even CUB  RHC Spanish nice audio these days, S=9+10dB at 14.31 UT
on May 17.

15230even CUB  RHC from Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center 250kW unit,
backlobe of Brazil azimuth SoAmerica service into Alberta CAN
remote access unit. S=9+5dB at 14.35 UT on May 17.

15140even CUB  RHC Spanish, S=9+15dB. 14.40 UT on May 17.

At 15.02:30 UT start of RHC Esperanto Sunday only special.
( // same program as 07.00 UT on 6060 / 6145 kHz this morning).

Esperanto transmission start on 3 channels, like
11760 kHz S=9+10dB, 15140 kHz S=9+20dB, and also Quivican 250 kW 15230 kHz
latter S=9 backlobe into Alberta Canada.

When checked again at 15.20 UT the Quivican 15230 kHz channel was off,
but
11760 still on Esperanto program, some single second behind still
15140 kHz.

At 15.30:35 UTC end of Esperanto program on both frequencies,
and followed then by RHC Spanish program til ? 18 UT ?

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

CUBA   9790, May 16 at 0308 UT, CRI relay S=9+30dB with music but very
distorted. Something's always wrong at RadioCuba.

11800, May 16 at 0312 UT, RHC S=9+20dB of dead air, or rather a trace of
music with volume turned way up. 11670 kHz has a bit more modulation but
badly distorted. 13740 kHz is still on and propagating at S=9+10dB,
undermodulated but not distorted. NZ 13840 kHz is stronger.
Something's always wrong at RHC.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor May 16)

CUBA   15140 kHz, Sunday May 17 at 1504 UT, RHC Esperanto is starting on
heavily distorted transmitter // clear but weaker 11760 kHz. Note the OM
announcer insists on mispronouncing "politiko" with stress like in
Spanish on second rather than penultimate syllable as absolutely required
in Esperanto unless a marked diphthong counts as one syllable.

Listeners would have even less chance of hearing the first Espo broadcast
if they tune in at announced time of 0800 Sunday on 6100 kHz !
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor May 17)

6100 kHz sign-off at 0700 UT. Both 6060 and 6145 kHz channels
carried Esperanto program only short time. Surprisingly
0702:45 UT  6060 kHz  outlet switched OFF.
0703:28 UT  6145 kHz  outlet switched OFF.
(wb  df5sx, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

DENMARK   5805 kHz  Radio 208, Hvidovre, 1930-1955 UT on May 13, after
days with only carrier, today audio again, pop songs. Very weak. 15221

5825 kHz  Radio OZ-Viola, *1950-2010 UT on May 13, tuning music,
id. "You are listening to Radio OZ-Viola from Denmark...", at 2000 UT
program "Midnight Jazz". 25322

5840 kHz  World Music Radio, Randers, 1932-2005 UT on May 13, pop songs,
id. in Spanish: "Transmitimos las 24 horas del dia, los 7 dias de la
semana, esta es WMR", Brazilian songs. 35423
(Manuel Mendez-Lugo-ESP, May 13)

E'SWATINI  (Swaziland)   Received an electronic QSL from TWR E'Swatini
Manzini Swaziland for receiving in Amharic - 07 May, 17.00-17.30 UT at a
frequency of 9500 kHz (transmitter in Swaziland).
On the card is a part of the transmitter.

The report was sent by e-mail:  <lstavrop -at- twr.org>
(Dmitry Elagin, Saratov-RUS, via #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

GERMANY   Aktueller Ausstellungstipp in Berlin Germany. 07 May rbb text.

Museum fuer Kommunikation plant Oeffnung.

Das Museum fuer Kommunikation in Berlin ist ab 12.Mai wieder geoeffnet.
Das hat das Museum angekuendigt. [...] Es ist eine neue Sonderausstellung
zu sehen. Sie zeigt Briefe von DDR-Buergern, die sie von 1949 bis 1974 an
die Redaktion einer BBC-Radiosendung London in Deutsch geschrieben haben.

Und Ende September 2020 soll im MKB auch die Ausstellung zu
100 Jahre Hoerfunk in Deutschland stattfinden.

Diese Ausstellung wird anschliessend (in 2021) auch im Museum fuer
Kommunikation Frankfurt gezeigt - fuer Nachhaltigkeit ist also gesorgt.
(Und Reisefreiheit wird bis dahin wohl auch wieder gelten ? )
Bleiben wir zuversichtlich!
(Paul Gager-AUT, A-DX newsgroup May 7)

GERMANY   Ziemlich allein auf dem Wendelstein.

<https://www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/allein-auf-dem-wendelstein-br-
mitarbeiter-in-der-corona-krise,RylwtLK>
(Hubert Kubiak-AUT via Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX newsgroup, May 12)

GERMANY   German PTT after WW II, Funkamt Frankfurt 1947-1972.
Sendestellen Heddersheim, Preungesheim, Frankfurter Berg;
Usingen/Taunus on former Reichsluftwaffe Flugplatz Merzhausen.
PTT Receiving-Empfangsstelle Eschborn am Taunus.

New URL; - Jetzt klappt das wieder aber ueber einen neuen Link:
<http://www.geoportal.hessen.de/portal/karten.html?WMC=2217>
(Bernhard Weiskopf-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 20)

DENA Sender Presseagentur Longwave 139 kHz, Frankfurt Heiligenstock.
3 longwave masts, 132 meters tall. Areal des ehemaligen Grosssenders
Heiligenstock (1926-1945) bzw. des DENA-Senders (ab 1947),
Stilllegung Mitte der 1980er Jahre.

593 kHz  Radio Frankfurt (in American Zone from 1947-1967),
Hessischer Rundfunk Heiligenstock, 4 masts, MW 100 kW,
SW 6160 kHz 10 kW in den 50ziger und 60ziger Jahren.

Den MW-Sender des HR in Frankfurt habe ich leider nie kennengelernt - erst
weit spaeter den Sender in Weisskirchen. Dazu fand ich gerade einen
Artikel auf Wikipedia
<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Heiligenstock>

Aber das Funkamt in Bonames mit seinen zahlreichen RTTY-Sendern habe ich
mal besucht. Damals liefen ja noch viele Telefon- und RTTY-Uebersee-
verbindungen ueber Kurzwelle. Da erinnere ich mich auch noch an meine Zeit
bei der Deutschen Nestle, wo ich am spaeten Nachmittag manchmal Telexe
nach Buenos Aires angemeldet und uebermittelt habe, die dann auch ueber
KW uebertragen wurden. Das war 1970/1971.

see 5 screenshot images of the 50ties and recent Google Earth screens
free access and download at free directory zip.file, unzip via

<https://app.box.com/s/it6510cwyn9bwbttuhrxblj0s6zquu9e>

Dazu fand ich bei Google auch den Bericht
<http://www.historische-
eschborn.de/berichte/eschborn/Uberseefunkstelle/uberseefunkstelle.html>

Ich glaube, das Funkamt Frankfurt wurde dann spaeter nach {nur
Empfangsstandort von dort} Eschborn verlagert und schliesslich nach
{Sendestelle} Usingen {sendete schon in den 50ziger und Mitte der 60ziger,
die ich im Oktober 1962 besuchte, wb.},
wo ich natuerlich auch mal spaeter die Erdefunkstelle besucht habe mit
ihren KW-Sendern und Satellitenanlagen. An den RTTY-Feeder in Usingen kann
ich mich auch noch erinnern, den ich hier ja als Bodenwelle oefters mal
auf meinem Telex-Apparat empfangen habe.

Die DENA Sender am Heiligenstock Frankfurter Berg
{1945-1963? der US Presseagentur Bad Nauheim nach 1945, later DPA}

- wie der suedlich gelegene fruehere HR-Sender auf dem Heiligenstock-
Gelaende zwischen Frankfurt und Bad Vilbel - war auch sehr interessant
mit ihren RTTY- und Fax-Sendern auf LW und KW.

Wenn ich mich recht erinnere, haben wir diese auch mal im Rahmen einer
Convention besucht. Auch da habe ich oefters mal die
RTTY-Sendungen auf meinem RTTY-Geraet empfangen.

Ist alles schon so lange her - um die 50 Jahre!
(Michael Bethge-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

Re Radio Frankfurt und DENA Sender Frankfurt.

Das letzte Mal war ich im Jahr 1958 real dort vor Ort am Bornheimer Hang,
etwas suedlicher auf dem Stadion des FSV Frankfurt gegen Kickers
Offenbach, Suedliga des DFB Fussballspiel, auf der Bierkiste stehend
um Sicht zu erlangen, damals Sonntags, oberste Spielklasse im Fussball
in Sueddeutschland, noch ohne einklassige Bundesliga.

Die 4 Masten von Radio Frankfurt,
D_former HR MW 593 kHz 1932 / August 23, 1947 - October 16, 1967.
Ab Oct 1967 dann am neuen Standort Weisskirchen bei Hanau.
4-Mastanlage, 4 Masten je 121 Meter hoch. 192 mASL.
Friedberger Landstr. 525, Frankfurt (Main)
{jetzt neuere Klaeranlage Becken neben dem Verwaltungshaus sichtbar}
50 09 17.0 N  08 42 39.6 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/uN7G4aA8GdNU8DxJ9>

Sowie die drei Langwellenmasten DENA Senders Frankfurt der spaeteren DPA
Presseagentur mit dem fahrbaren Reichpost Propagandakompanie 20 kW Sender.
Friedberger Landstrasse 645 / Heiligenstockweg.
50 09 32.4 N  08 43 10.0 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/8jFGcQpgktLf4TTs5>

Weiter westlich in Heddernheim-Preungesheim Frankfurter Berg,
das Funkamt Frankfurt Sendestelle fuer Telefon und Telegramme nach
Uebersee an der Homburger Landstrasse.

D_Funkamt_Frankfurt_Reichspost_Bundespost bis circa 1974 ?
Phone_RTTY_Fax_worldwide
50 09 38.0 N  08 41 09.3 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/c5BQjW8HmZtK3vbH9>

<https://goo.gl/maps/gnBurq7hHhytLLhP9>

Die Empfangsstelle des Funkamtes wurde in Eschborn errichtet
50 07 47.4 N  08 32 55.0 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/XfD1MXpaen8m2YrT7>

Oben im Taunus in Usingen (siehe ab 1968 das .tif Bild Rhode&Schwarz)
Diplomatenfunkantenne am Funkamt Usingen
50 19 59.10 N  08 28 34.79 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/eerJv1amEARShdETA>

spaeter die Sende-Zweigstelle oben in Usingen/Taunus, mit Auswaertigem
Amt, Gehlen Geheimdienst usw. Viele horizontale Rhombic Antennen im
Weitverkehr, auch vertikale Cache-Antennen fuer die europaeische
Nahversorgung.

In 1963 - 1964 habe ich mit einem im Renault eingebauten SEL TOURING T-40
Kurzwellen rx dort oft dem Datenverkehr und RTTY / FAX, sowie spaeter
Kigali RTTY Techniker feed ab 1968 gehoert.

Spaeter kam der DWL Technische Direktion, Ingenieur Technik Verkehr
per RTTY Betriebsplan nach dem Sendezentrum Juelich als Backup Sicherung;
sowie als Empfangsstation statt Eschborn/Usingen als Ersatz das neue
Funkamt Luechow (Kreis Luechow-Dannenberg) in Niedersachsen dazu.
(wb, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 21)

Die Ueberseefunkstelle auf dem ehemaligen Flugplatzgelaende in Eschborn.

Mit dem Kriegsende im Mai 1945 erlosch fuer die Deutschen auch jede Funk-
und Telegrafiemoeglichkeit mit dem Ausland. Diese Dienste hatten sich von
da an die alliierten Besatzungsmaechte selbst vorbehalten.

Erst 1947 erteilte die amerikanische Militaerregierung der Deutschen Post
den Auftrag, den Funkverkehr in der US-Zone zu eroeffnen. Frankfurt am
Main wurde zum Sitz des neuen Funkzentrums bestimmt. Bis zu diesem
Zeitpunkt wurde ausschliesslich der offizielle militaerische
Nachrichtenverkehr der Besatzungsmaechte sowie der zivile
Nachrichtenaustausch des Militaerpersonals abgewickelt.

Die Abwicklung dieser Dienste wurde von den grossen nordamerikanischen
Nachrichtengesellschaften, wie z. B. ATT (American Telephone and
Telegraphic Company) ueber fahrbare Funkanlagen von Berlin, Frankfurt am
Main und Nuernberg aus betrieben.

Der Deutschen Post wurden diese Funkanlagen zunaechst leihweise
ueberlassen, um unter deutscher Leitung und mit deutschem Personal den
Betrieb weiterzufuehren. Die monatliche Miete fuer zwei Funkanlagen betrug
125 US $, die von der Deutschen Post dafuer entrichtet werden musste.

Um baldmoeglichst technisch eigenstaendig zu sein, wurde der deutschen
Elektronikfirma Lorenz der Auftrag erteilt, vier Telefonie- und vier
Telegraphie-Sender zu entwickeln und die dazu notwendigen Empfangsanlagen
zu bauen. Die Ausfuehrung konnte erst Mitte 1948 erfolgen, bedingt durch
den Umfang und die Schwierigkeit des Auftrages.

In der Zwischenzeit behalf man sich mit zwei ehemaligen deutschen
Wehrmachtssendern mit 20 und 5 kW Leistungsstaerke,
die am 1. November 1947 einsatzbereit waren.

Vorerst behelfsmaessig, wurde eine Zentrale und eine Funkempfangsstelle
fuer Telegraphie in Frankfurt-Eschersheim in einem frueheren Lehrlingsheim
der Oberpostdirektion in der Kurhessenstrasse eingerichtet. Die von der
privaten amerikanischen Nachrichtengesellschaft ATT uebernommenen
fahrbaren Sende- und Empfangseinrichtungen fuer den Ueberseefunkverkehr
wurden auf einem Wiesengelaende hinter der Kaserne in Frankfurt-Bonames
sowie im Praunheimer Waeldchen aufgebaut.

Am 1. Maerz 1948 wurde von der Hauptverwaltung fuer das Post- und
Fernemeldewesen das Funkamt Frankfurt gegruendet. Zeitgleich gab die
US-Luftwaffe das 121 ha grosse Gelaende des von ihnen nun nicht mehr
benoetigten Militaerflugplatzes Eschborn zur Verwendung fuer eine
Ueberseefunkstelle frei.

Nach einer verhaeltnismaessig kurzen Einrichtungszeit begann
am 30. August 1948 von dort aus der Empfang der ersten Funksignale
aus den USA.

Aus funktechnischen Gruenden konnte in Eschborn nur empfangen werden

Die Sendeeinrichtungen zur Uebermittlung der Funksignale in Richtung
Uebersee standen auf dem ehemaligen Flugplatz Merzhausen bei Usingen und
in Frankfurt-Bonames in der Homburger Landstrasse.

Eine Zusammenlegung der Empfangs- und Sendestellen war wegen der damit
verbundenen Frequenzstoerungen nicht moeglich. Es musste ein moeglichst
grosser raeumlicher Abstand zwischen den beiden Stationen bestehen.

Die zum Empfang notwendigen hohen Antennen wurden auf dem frueheren
Flugfeld in Eschborn errichtet, etwa 30 Holzmaste mit Drahtantennen in
Rhombusform, die bis zu 30 Meter hoch waren, dazu vier sog. Richtwaende,
ebenfalls Antennen mit besonderer Leistungsstaerke.

Das erste von der Deutschen Post uebermittelte Ueberseegespraech wurde am
Montag, 2. Februar 1948 im Beisein von offiziellen Vertretern der
Militaerregierung und der Hessischen Landesregierung, die durch
Staatssekretaer Schubert vertreten war, gefuehrt.

Im Jahre 1948 wurden taeglich bis zu 700 Gespraechsminuten mit den USA
abgewickelt. Von Deutschland aus waren private Telefongespraeche nur
US-Buergern erlaubt, deutsche Staatsangehoerige durften nur geschaeftlich
mit Uebersee telefonieren. Etwa die Haelfte aller Gespraeche wurden von
US-Armeeangehoerigen gefuehrt, die mit ihren Familien zu Hause sprachen.

Sie mussten oft bis zu 24 Stunden auf ihr vorher angemeldetes Gespraech
warten, da die Kapazitaet der Sende- und Empfangsanlagen beschraenkt war.
Der in den USA gewuenschte Teilnehmer wurde vorher von hier aus angerufen,
wobei ihm mitgeteilt wurde, wann er mit dem Gespraech aus Deutschland zu
rechnen habe; er musste sich dann am Telefon bereithalten. Wenn alles
klappte, konnte dann das Dreiminutengespraech gefuehrt werden. Oft kam es
allerdings zu atmosphaerischen Stoerungen, die den gesamten Zeitplan
durcheinander brachten. Anfangs musste alles in US-Dollar bezahlt werden,
spaeter kostete ein drei Minuten dauerndes Telefonat DM 50,40.

Bereits im August 1948 wurde eine fuer damalige Verhaeltnisse moderne,
aber auch sehr teure Sprachverschluesselungsmaschine angeschafft, damit
man die Ueberseetelefonate nicht abhoeren konnte. Die Kosten der Anlage
beliefen sich auf die immense Summe von 1,3 Millonen DM!

Bei der Ueberseefunkstelle Eschborn, spaeter in Funkamt Eschborn
umbenannt, waren bis zu 175 Personen beschaeftigt. Zu Beginn wickelten sie
taeglich etwa 75 abgehende und 50 ankommende Gespraeche ab; die Zahlen
stiegen im Laufe der Jahre erheblich an, da die Leistungsstaerke der
Anlagen immer mehr den wachsenden Beduerfnissen angepasst wurde, so wurden
z. B. am Muttertag des Jahres 1950 ueber 340 Gespraeche vermittelt. Viele
GIs wollten an diesem Tag mit ihrer Mutter in den USA telefonieren.

Ab Mai 1950 war der Uebersee-Telefonverkehr auch fuer alle Deutsche
freigegeben und keinerlei Beschraenkungen mehr unterworfen.
Zum Jahreswechsel 1949/50 schrieb ein Kommentator in der FAZ (30.12.1949)
ganz enthusiastisch
"Frankfurt ist fernmeldetechnisch gesehen die am modernsten eingerichtete
Stadt der Bundesrepublik",
womit er vielleicht sogar heute noch Recht haben duerfte.

Die 50er Jahre brachten eine starke Ausweitung des hauptsaechlich auf
Nordamerika beschraenkten Telefonverkehrs von Eschborn aus. Bis 1958, als
das erste Telefon-Ueberseekabel nach USA verlegt wurde, und noch bis in
die erste Haelfte der 60er Jahre wurden fast alle Telefonate von und nach
Westdeutschland ueber die Funk-Empfangsanlage Eschborn gefuehrt.

Ausser Nordamerika gab es aber ebenso Moeglichkeiten via Eschborn in
andere Teile der Welt zu telefonieren, so bestanden z. B. Direkt-
verbindungen nach Accra, Addis-Abeba, Bagdad, Djakarta, Kairo,
Mexico-City { 120 DM fuer 3 Minuten zu Verwandten in LatinAM, wb. } ,
Monrovia, Pretoria, Tanger oder Tokio. Erst allmaehlich ging die Zahl
der ueber Funk abgewickelten Telefonate zurueck.

Aber noch 1966 dachte man an einen grosszuegigen Ausbau der Eschborner
Einrichtung. Die Deutsche Bundespost befuerwortete so im Dezember 1966
einen Ankauf des gesamten ehemaligen Flugplatzgelaendes Eschborn fuer
rund 1,51 Millionen DM, obwohl durch die steigenden elektronischen
Stoerungen des Funkbetriebes im dicht besiedelten Rhein-Main-Gebiet immer
haeufiger an eine Verlegung der Anlagen gedacht war. Allerdings fand man
kein dazu geeignetes Ersatzgelaende.

Als schliesslich im April 1970 die Uebersee-Funk-Empfangsstelle Eschborn
des Fernmeldeamtes Eschborn, das ab 1972 in Fernmeldeamt Taunus mit Sitz
in Eschborn umbenannt wurde, geschlossen wurde, waren davon nur noch
23 Beschaeftigte betroffen.

Die letzten Aufgaben der Eschborner Stelle wurden nach Luechow
(Kreis Luechow-Dannenberg) in Niedersachsen verlagert, wo ebenfalls
bereits Jahre vorher eine Funkstelle eingerichtet worden war.

Allerdings hatte man im Oktober 1970, noch mitten im Kalten Krieg, daran
gedacht, die Eschborner Anlage als sog. "dezentralen Letztweg" fuer den
Auslandstelefon- bzw. Funkverkehr auszubauen. Im Klartext: im Kriegsfalle,
bei Zerstoerung des herkoemmlichen Telefonsystems, haette man von Eschborn
aus bis zum Schluss versucht, die Telekommunikation innerhalb des Landes
und zwischen Deutschland und dem Ausland aufrechtzuerhalten. Aber auch
diese Plaene wurden nicht verwirklicht.

Heute sind die Antennen abgebaut, die Deutsche Telekom hat die Gebaeude
auf dem ehem. Flugplatz Eschborn, darunter auch den letzten grossen
Flugzeughangar aus der Zeit der deutschen Luftwaffe, verlassen. Sie stehen
leer und die Natur hat, in Form des neu geschaffenen Arboretums, die
grossen Freiflaechen des frueheren Flugfeldes zurueckerobert.
Dort wachsen heute Baeume.

Quellen:
Bundesarchiv Koblenz, Bestand  B 257 (Bundesministerium fuer Post und
Telekommunikation), Bestand B 243 (Posttechnisches Zentralamt)
FAZ-Archiv, Frankfurt/Main
Stadtarchiv Eschborn
Muendliche Informationen durch Herrn Bruno Lenhart, Eschborn,
dem dafuer herzlich zu danken ist.
Aus: Zwischen Main und Taunus / MTK-Jahrbuch 2002 -  25.6.2005

GERMANY   Radio Frankfurt 593 kHz MW ab 23. August 1947 war hier
d.h. vom Riederwald Eintracht-Station her gesehen,
lag zuerst der HR / Radio Ffm suedlicher genau bei
Friedberger Landstr. 525, 4 Masten 121 Meter hoch

dort wo sich heute die Klaeranlage befindet
<https://goo.gl/maps/4VWTpFzv6yuDRBgZA>

dahinter das Senderhaus
<https://goo.gl/maps/gk4kih3j9AEGNfZUA>  und die 4 Masten.

Die 4 Masten von Radio Frankfurt,
D_former HR MW 593 kHz 1932 / August 23, 1947 - October 16, 1967.
Ab Oct 1967 dann am neuen Standort Weisskirchen bei Hanau.
4-Mastanlage, 4 Masten je 121 Meter hoch. 192 mASL.
Friedberger Landstr. 525, Frankfurt (Main)
{jetzt neuere Klaeranlage Becken neben dem Verwaltungshaus sichtbar}
50 09 17.0 N  08 42 39.6 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/uN7G4aA8GdNU8DxJ9>

Sowie die drei Langwellenmasten DENA Senders Frankfurt der spaeteren DPA
Presseagentur mit dem fahrbaren Reichpost Propagandakompanie 20 kW Sender.
Friedberger Landstrasse 645 / Heiligenstockweg.
50 09 32.4 N  08 43 10.0 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/8jFGcQpgktLf4TTs5>

Hier ist alles wunderbar beschrieben, in allen Details.
<https://www.wikiwand.com/de/Sender_Heiligenstock>

<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Heiligenstock>

<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sender_Heiligenstock?uselang=
de>
u.a.

<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sender_Heiligenstock?uselang=
de#/media/File:Preungesheim_-_Heiligenstock_(0001).JPG>

<http://kwassl.net/2010/04/09/stadtrundgange-im-web-%E2%80%93-eine-
erkundung-auf-dem-lohrberg/>

<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategorie:Sendeanlage_in_Hessen>

dahinter/noerdlicher lag das Grundstueck des DENA Sender
am Heiligenstockweg / Friedberger Landstr. 645

der ehemalige Reichspost LW Sender
20 Kilowatt starken Langwellensender "Paula",
nach Ende von DENA kam Paula nach Mainflingen
noch als umgebauter LW 155 / 153 kHz DLF Sender zum Einsatz.

das Areal des ehemaligen Grosssenders Heiligenstock (1926-1945) bzw.
des DENA-Senders (ab 1947)

<https://www.fnp.de/frankfurt/ampel-bremst-pendler-10893395.html>

Vor dem Gelaende des frueheren DENA-Senders, bilden sich morgens kleine
Staus ...

<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DENA-Sender>

<https://www.wikiwand.com/de/Deutsche_Nachrichtenagentur>

50 09 32.31 N  08 43 10.33 E
3 Masten 132 Meter hoch.
<https://goo.gl/maps/xBiF1ZkCaeDdrW2q9>

<http://next.owlapps.net/owlapps_apps/article?id=8603707&lang=de>

Der DENA-Sender war eine Sendeeinrichtung der Deutschen Nachrichtenagentur
in Frankfurt-Seckbach, die zur Verbreitung von Pressemeldungen auf der
Langwellenfrequenz 139 kHz unter dem Rufzeichen DCF39 im
Funkfernschreibmodus diente. Der DENA-Sender verwendete mehrere 132 Meter
hohe Masten. Im September 1963 brannte die Anlage aus. Nach ihrer
Stilllegung Mitte der 1980er Jahre (1997?) wurde die Anlage abgerissen,
das Abstimmhaus mit dem Durchfuehrungsisolator ist noch vorhanden.

<https://web.archive.org/web/20150220084622/http://www.europeana.eu/portal
/record/2023708/300E486121CAF8D58BA278BF3678A4E1035F3174.html>

Brand 9. September 1963.

<https://web.archive.org/web/20150220084622im_/http://europeanastatic.eu/a
pi/image?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.europhoto.eu.com%2Fimages%2FDPA_34980891_thu
mb.jpg&size=FULL_DOC&type=IMAGE>

<https://www.routeyou.com/de-de/location/toppoi/48855404/erfolgreichste-
orte-rund-dena-sender>

Ehemaliger Langwellensender des "Reichssenders Frankfurt", spaeter der
Presseagentur DENA. Einstiger Standort mehrerer 132 Meter hoher
Sendemasten in den Seckbacher Streuobstwiesen "Am Heiligenstock".
Wikipedia-Artikel:

<http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Nachrichtenagentur>

Nearby cities: Koordinaten:   50 09 34 N  08 43 12 E

Bad Nauheim.
Bis 1949 schickt Dena von der Kurstadt aus die Nachrichten in die Welt.

Drei Jahre lang schlug in Bad Nauheim der Puls des Weltgeschehens.
Im Herbst 1945 gruendete die US-amerikanische Besatzungsmacht in der
Kurstadt die Dena (Deutsche Nachrichtenagentur), die alle damals
lizenzierten Zeitungen mit Informationen versorgte. Dort arbeiteten
knapp 500 Journalisten, Techniker und flinke Schreibkraefte, die auf
den Fernschreibern die Meldungen eintippten. Die Texte wurden vom
Sender am Heilsberg ausgestrahlt. Das war in dem zerstoerten Land der
schnellste Verbreitungsweg.

Vor 60 Jahren fusionierte die Dena mit der Agentur der britischen
(Deutscher Pressedienst) und der franzoesischen Besatzungszone
(Sueddeutsche Nachrichtenagentur) zur Deutschen Presseagentur (dpa).
Bei der Vertragslegung entschied man sich fuer Hamburg als Sitz,
nicht fuer den Bad Nauheim, wo 1949 der nachrichtliche Puls der Welt
wieder erstarb.

Fuer den mit der Gruendung der Dena beauftragten Johannes Haas-Heye
ist das nicht verwunderlich. Die Kurstadt war nur als Provisorium gut.
"Bad Nauheim blieb von Kriegszerstoerung weitgehend verschont."
Frankfurt lag bis auf das IG-Farbenhaus, wo die US-Kommandantur ihr
Hauptquartier eingerichtet hatte, in Schutt und Asche.

Haas-Heye wurde bereits im Herbst 1944, als er noch in britischer
Gefangenschaft war, auf seine kuenftige Aufgabe vorbereitet. Es stand der
Neubeginn einer neuen, unabhaengigen Presse bevor, die den amerikanischen
Journalismus einer freien und tatsachengetreuen Berichterstattung zum
Vorbild hatte. Damit war auch klar, dass die Beschaeftigten keine
nationalsozialistische Vergangenheit haben durften. Es ist jedoch kein
Geheimnis, dass trotz der freien Handhabe, die man den Redakteuren
einraeumte, auch schon mal Zensur veruebt wurde.

"Mit anfangs sechs Leuten bauten wir den Betrieb der Dena auf, die im
ersten Jahr noch Dana hiess, aber wegen des Protestes einer
gleichlautenden daenischen Firma in Dena umbenannt wurde", erinnert sich
der heute 95-Jaehrige. Das Buero war zunaechst in der Villa Tielemann
untergebracht. Als die Agentur stark wuchs, konfiszierte die US-Army das
Hotel Bristol, um dort Arbeitsplaetze fuer das Dena-Personal einzurichten.

"Wir arbeiteten mit diesen grossen Hell-Fernschreiber, die mit
Lochstreifen funktionierten", erzaehlt Haas-Heye, der noch 1945
die Dena verliess. "Ich habe in einem Lokal Leute von United Press wieder
getroffen; die haben mich gefragt, ob ich nicht zurueckkommen wolle",
erzaehlt Haas-Heye.

Zu den ersten Dena-Mitarbeitern gehoerte auch Susanne von Paczensky. In
Marburg hatte sie fuer die US-Streitkraefte als Dolmetscherin gearbeitet.
"Ein Offizier erkannte mein journalistisches Talent und gab mir den Tipp,
mich bei der Dena zu bewerben", erzaehlt Paczensky. Der Aufnahmetest
bestand aus Probetext und Fragebogen. Dann hiess es fuer die Redakteurin
in spe: "You are hired."

Der erste Sender, ein paar Watt stark auf Kurzwelle, wurde auf dem
Johannesberg installiert, dazu wurden Kabel durch den Kurpark verlegt.
Als der Sender 1946 abbrannte, waehlte man das Frankfurter Flurstueck
Heiligenstock am Heilsberg zum neuen Standort. Bis 1997 der
Nachrichtenfunk via Satellit eingerichtet wurde, sendete die dpa vom
Heiligenstock.

Nicht nur die Zeitungen nutzten, was auf 139 Kilohertz ausgestrahlt wurde.
Mancher Heilsberg-Bewohner soll frueher aus dem Dena-Sender seine
Beleuchtung gespeist haben. Dazu schloss man die Gluehbirne mit einem
Draht an die "Erde" der Steckdose, der anderen Draht bezog die seine
Energie direkt aus den Funkwellen.

<https://www.fr.de/rhein-main/wetterau/puls-zeit-11610045.html>

Morgans Mitarbeiter, Leiter der Abteilung "Press and News" Luther Conant
und Lieutenant Leon Edel, machten in Waltersleben, Thueringen, den
Chefingenieur des Deutschen Nachrichtenbueros, DNB, Edgar Scholz,
ausfindig. Er war Ende Januar 1945 von Goebbels mit der Auslagerung des
DNB von Berlin beauftragt worden. Conant und Edel beschlagnahmten am
1. Mai 1945 das gesamte Material kurz vor der Uebernahme Thueringens durch
die Russen und brachten es am 10. Mai 1945 mit Edgar Scholz und etwa
5 Tonnen technischem Geraet nach Bad Nauheim.

Nachdem der Techniker Kurt Neidlinger zusaetzlich einen Kurzwellensender
auf dem Johannisberg installiert hatte, konnte zunaechst ein
provisorischer Sendebetrieb mit geringer Reichweite aufgenommen werden.
Zur Stromversorgung fuer die Bueros wurden Kabel von einer Trafostation in
der Ludwigstrasse offen durch den Kurpark und die Strassen verlegt. Fuer
den Funkverkehr jedoch war ein starker Sender noetig und den konnten die
Amerikaner im Mai 1945 in der Naehe von Rosenheim erbeuten.

Scholz wurde damit beauftragt, den 20 Kilowatt starken Langwellensender
"Paula" nach Bad Nauheim zu bringen und instand setzen zu lassen.
Die drei 55 Meter hohen Sendemasten wurden von amerikanischen Pionieren
in Bad Vilbel Am Heiligenstock aufgebaut. Geschaeftsfuehrer und
technischer Leiter des Senders wurde Edgar Scholz. Am 4. September 1945
war der Sender fuer die German News Service (GNS) betriebsbereit.

<https://www.crowdfunding-bad-nauheim.de/online-museum/gr%C3%BCndung-von-
dana-dena-dpa/>

GUAM   KTWR Guam 11580 kHz 1245-1300 UT on May 13.

Dear Mr. Teles,
I've got info from KTWR that they are airing this transmission now only
from Thursday to Saturday.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, hcdx May 13)

I am checking 11580 kHz now at 1250 UT and you are right: there is no
transmission of FEBA India / KTWR Guam, only Sound of Hope in Chinese on
11580.13 kHz. When did you last hear it and have you reported this to
Trans World Radio?

{later}  Dear Zenon Teles,
Yes, BBC is from Al Seela Oman on 5970 kHz also 0100-0200 UT, not Armenia.
SLBC [Colombo? wb.] doesn't publish their shortwave schedule and that
0030-0200 UT segment is based on listener reports, maybe it is still there
irregularly.

[...]  Re:  KTWR 11580 kHz 1245-1300 UT.
Yes, today on the air giving the language as Malayalam. A het from Sound
of Hope, Taiwan on 11580.14 kHz, so I think it was that you heard in
Chinese, not TWR.

I've got info from KTWR that they are airing this transmission now
only from Thursday to Saturday.
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, wor May 13)

MADAGASCAR   Radio Madagasikara again heard on 6135 kHz.

6135 kHz, Radio Madagasikara, on April 20, with very decent reception!
Is simply amazing what can be heard when the North Korea jamming is off
the air here, as it was today; from 1240 to 1340 UT; started out poor, but
steadly improved up to fair reception; nice variety of music (African
music/singing and some pop French songs, etc.); 1300 UT, time pips.
My local sunrise was at 1326 UT, while their sunset was at 1435 UT.

May 20 - It was a month ago that the North Korea jamming on 6135 kHz was
silent for a long period of time and the same thing noticed again today;
nice reception of Radio Madagasikara, from 1316 to 1410 UT; mostly
pop music and a few commercial announcements. Would be wonderful if this
were to be a monthly event !

Their other frequency of 5010 kHz was not heard.
My local sunrise was at 1256 UT. Another fun reception!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct, hcdx & wor May 20)

MEXICO   6185 QSL  Radio Educacion, Ciudad de Mexico, received eQSL letter
in 68 days. Reception report sent to:
<ondacorta -at- cultura.gob.mx>
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, wor May 13)

MOLDOVA   Trans World Radio TWR Africa via Radiotelecentr (PRTC)
transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac, May 14
1800-1845  9940 KCH 300 kW  157 deg to EaAF Mon-Thu, fair signal
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews May 14)

MOLDOVA   {Pridnestrovie Transnistria}  11530 kHz  Radyo Denge Welat via
Kishinev-Grigoriopol in Kurdish language at 1059 hrs 1122 hrs UT log this
station on 10th May 2020 and f/d eQSL arrived on 11th May 2020 for my
email report to:

Mr Sergey Omelchenko, Technical Director of Priduestrovsky Radiotelecentr.
(Dmitry Elagin, Saratov-RUS, via #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

MYANMAR   5985 kHz  Received an electronic QSL from Myanma Radio for
receiving in Burmese - 08 May, 15.15-15.40 UT at a frequency of 5985 kHz.
The report was sent to the address of the technical department:
<nptradio.eng -at- gmail.com>

Mr. Dmitriy Kutuzov
Nice to meet you again from Myanmar.
We well received your mail and confirmed our station, Myanma Radio
Thank your for your details report and now we sent QSL and verification
card.
Sincerely
Myanma Radio, English program.
(Dmitry Mezin, Kazan-RUS, via #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA / [BOUGAINVILLE]   Vanuatu back and Wantok Radio Light on
air now, heard via SDR Kiwi remote receivers in Pacific zone.

Heard via SDR Kiwi remote receiver in Brisbane, Australia
7324.98 kHz, Wantok Radio Light, Port Moresby, 0605-0620 UT on May 18,
extremely weak, religious songs and comments, English. Matches with its
online program.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 18)

3325 kHz, NBC Bougainville, 1015-1130 UT and still on the air 1328+ UT, on
May 21. Preempted regular programs to provide mostly non-stop COVID-19
coverage in Pidgin (speeches, PSAs, etc.); one pop song (Nazareth - "Love
Hurts"); well above normal reception and fairly readable; no VOI QRM;
still continuing with extended COVID-19 coverage well past the normal
1200* UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 21)

F_B  -  "NBC Radio - Real PNG"
Thanks to a recent posting to Facebook (WRTH), have noted these items on
F_B  ("NBC Radio - Real PNG").
<https://www.facebook.com/NBCRadioPNG/posts/2986772901398687>

May 22 - Re: *NBC Madang*:
"After Short Wave Frequency [3260 kHz.] was restored, FM was upgraded,
Minister ICT, Governor and Dr Gawi went LIVE nation-wide from NBC Radio
Madang Studio."  [with pictures]

May 22 - Re: *NBC New Ireland* (Mas Bilong Solwara Antap -
Voice of the High Seas):

"The Commissioning of the *refurbished NBC New Ireland studio and office
building today* in Kavieng. The project is funded under 2019 PIP under the
leadership of Managing Director, Mr. Kora Nou. The project was completed
and is now commissioned by Minister for Information Communication and
Technology Hon. Timothy Masiu. Witnessing the occassion was the MP for
Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt, NBC Board Chairman Timothy Tikili, Executive
Director of Provincial Radio Networks, Michael Samuga, the Director NBC
New Ireland, Alwyn Anetul and the Managing Director of NBC."
[with pictures]

I have posted this question and also sent a F_B message:

"What about NBC New Ireland via SW (3905 kHz)? Is that reactivated?
Thank you!"
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 23)

PHILIPPINES   9960 kHz  Radyo Pilipinas {via AGM United States Agency for
Global Media (USAGM) Manila, wb.} from 1854 to 1930* UT from KiwiSDR site
in Iceland - the signal varies from day to day and on some days there is a
raucous ute signal on 9950 kHz and another station on 9970 kHz (this only
until 1900 UT).

On 11 May a nice S3+ signal with no ute present and heavy QSB from the
polar path - many informational announcements on COVID-19 and PSAs on
COVID-19 with frequent Philippine Broadcasting Service announcements.
Program is usually in Tagalog but on this day there was a woman
interviewing a laboratory facility director (sounded Australian) in
English from 1900-1911.5 UT.

This was followed by some more English announcements and then a woman
going back to Tagalog with statistics on healthcare workers, ICU beds
available and deaths. At 1928 UT a man announcer gave ID, times and
frequencies and a closing ID that included Philippine Broadcasting
Service, Radyo Pilipinas and "The Voice of the Philippines".

This is always followed at 1929 UT by the Philippine National Anthem
sung by a choir until the carrier goes off promptly at 1920 UT.
Programming recently has been solely on COVID-19 with many PSAs for
countermeasures to be taken by the public.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 14)

PHILIPPINES   15450 kHz  Received an electronic confirmation from FEBC
for a reception in minangkabau - 09 May, 09.30-10.00 UT at a frequency
of 15450 kHz. On the card - Bocaue Transmission Site.
The report was sent by e-mail:  <norie.estabillo -at- febc.ph>
(Dmitry Elagin, Saratov-RUS, via #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

ROMANIA   Romanian MW (FM) stations back to old program format.

Yes, exactly on May 15, the first day after the emergency act
in Romania ended:

The regional stations of Radio Romania as well the channel "Antena
satelor" is back with the old format on the first day after the
emergency act in Romania ended, as observed by my monitoring.

So I observed on May 15
Antena Satelor
(Statia de Transmisiuni Radio LW Brasov Bod on 153 kHz 200 kW),
<https://goo.gl/maps/4DiDXPErKbiurPDKA>

Radio Timisoara (Ortisoara 630 kHz 400 kW)
<https://goo.gl/maps/d3yCAgXkdARGGWmE9>

and Radio Oltenia Craiova (1314 kHz)
DJ Craiova, SRR Radio Oltenia-Craiova 1314 kHz 15 kW
<https://goo.gl/maps/CWZ2HWcPSJy7qfRz9>

even after 21:00 UT with own programs.
(73s Erich Bergmann-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

ROMANIA   Re: rumaenische Kleinsender Item.

Es gab vor Jahren tatsaechlich "Radio Vocea Sperantei" (RVS) in Craiova
auf 1584 kHz / 1 kW, allerdings mit Sicherheit NICHT vom lokalisierten
RADIOCOM-Standort Radio Oltenia-Craiova 1314 kHz / 15 kW.

RVS habe ich damals vor Ort tatsaechlich empfangen koennen. Den genauen
Sendestandort dieser ehemaligen 1584 kHz in Craiova kenne ich allerdings
nicht.

Die freie Frequenz Craiova 1584 kHz / 1 kW wurde danach mehrmals neu
ausgeschrieben; zuletzt erhielt 2017 "Radio Jurnal Spiritual" den
Zuschlag. Da kein Sendebetrieb aufgenommen wurde, ist diese Lizenz
inzwischen widerrufen worden.

Eine Gesamtliste aller rumaenischen LW- und MW-Sender habe ich unter der
folgenden Internetadresse zusammengestellt:

<http://ab27.bplaced.net/ul-um_romania.pdf>

Auf der letzten Seite finden sich alle derzeit aktiven bzw. lizenzierten
rumaenischen Kleinsender:

Radio Vocea Sperantei:
1485/Bototani
1485/Medias
1485/Oradea
1584/Iasi
1584/Sighetu Marmatiei
1584/Tecuci
1584/Vatra Dornei
1602/Piatra Neamt

ALT FM:
1584/Timisoara
1602/Arad
1575/Resita -> lizenziert seit 23. Nov. 2017, aber noch inaktiv!
1602/Deva   -> lizenziert seit 23. Nov. 2017, aber noch inaktiv!

Anmerkungen oder Korrekturen nehme ich gerne entgegen.

Radio Jurnal Spiritual ?!
Indeed they had some MW licences in different Romanian cities since
23. Nov. 2017, but these licences are no longer valid
since the broadcaster did not use them.

LW and MW in Romania (full list):
<http://ab27.bplaced.net/ul-um_romania.pdf>

(Alexander Busneag-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16 / 18)

ROMANIA   This came to my attention from various posts on Mediumwave Info.

The words used were "They had a licence a few years ago but they did not
use it, so the licence is not valid anymore."
This was stated by Alexander Busneag.

This implies that each of the Radio Vocea Sprentei stations listed
in WRTH (page 333) which applied to broadcast on 1485 kHz, 1584 kHz,
and 1602 kHz is silent.

Did the stations operate illegally? Were the transmitter ever switched on?
Comments welcomed.
View This Message:  <https://groups.io/g/mwmasts/message/1920>
(Dan Goldfarb-UK, mwmasts May 20)

Hi Dan, I know that at least one of the four transmitters on 1584 kHz was
switched on, because I heard the station from here in Canada at 0000 UT
on 9 November, 2019.
(Jean Burnell-CAN, via mwmasts May 20)

ROMANIA   rbb Berlin-Brandenburg  Radioeins-Artikel Rumaenien.
2 kleine Erklaerungen.

<https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_news/beit
raege/2017/rumaenien.html>

Im Radioeins-Artikel zu Rumaenien gibt es zwei kleine Unstimmigkeiten:

"16.30-19.56 Uhr: 5910 kHz; Ital., Romanes, Ukrain., Serb."
"20.30-21.56 Uhr: Romanes, Ukrainisch, Serbisch"

RRI sendet nicht in der Zigeunersprache Romanes, sondern im aromunischen
Dialekt. Ausserdem fehlt in der zweiten oben genannten Zeile die
Frequenzangabe 5910 kHz.

"Bei seinen Ausstrahlungen richtet sich Radio Rumaenien International nach
der Weltzeit. Aus mitteleuropaeischer Sicht ergeben sich somit ausserhalb
der Gueltigkeit der Sommerzeit jeweils eine Stunde fruehere Sendezeiten
als auf dieser Seite angegeben."

- RRI richtet sich nicht nach der Weltzeit, sondern nach rumaenischer
Lokalzeit. Somit gibt es fuer Hoerer in Deutschland im Sommer wie im
Winter die gleichen Empfangszeiten.
Es erfolgt lediglich eine Anpassung der Ausstrahlungszeit in UTC.

Vielen Dank an Kai fuer die stets interessanten Artikel auf der Radioeins-
Website, aus denen ich regelmaessig Neues dazulernen kann !
(Alexander Busneag-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 18)

RUSSIA   IT'S CURTAINS FOR RADIO COMINTERN

They did not make it to blowing out their 87 birthday candles.
The transmission towers (215 metres high), also known as Radio Comintern
located in the transmitting centre in Moscow, were packed with dynamite
and demolished.

Inaugurated on May 1st, 1933, it was the world's most powerful (500 kW)
radio station in a period when radio was the only means of propaganda.
After broadcasting for seventy years, it was closed in 2003 and became an
attraction because the dilapidated towers were being climbed, even by
free climbers.

An article on Mediaradio.info recounts its history with images of the
site.

Radio Comintern was named after the Third International, an organisation
that advocated World Communism.

Article on Mediaradio.info about Radio Cominterns history
<https://blog.radioreporter.org/its-curtains-for-radio-comintern>
(via Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1081 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

{ROMANIA}  The shortwave stn of Comintern organisation erected in 1956
at Saftica, Romania bcast center location, 20 kW of power shortwave and
some horizontal rhombic antennas erected towards Spain and Portugals
communist parties audience til 1978 approx.  (wb)

SOLOMON ISLANDS   9545 kHz  SIBC, on May 13. Unusually good audio level.
0418-0501* UT, above threshold level audio, very nice program in Pijin
with pop Pacific Islands songs, commercial announcements ("high speed
Internet," etc.), 0500 UT, ID in English, with the SIBC frequency
schedules. "Telekom" spot with "It's four o'clock".
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, wor May 13)

SOMALIA   7750 kHz  Warsan Radio, e-Letter QSL from Hilaal Sheikh Shueb,
Director. Reception made from KiwiSDR Northland Radio in Bay of Islands NZ
on 7 April from 1820 to 1926* UT. Letter from station (JPG file) and my
homebrew card showing a street scene in Baidoa (PDF file).
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 14)

TAIWAN/MALAYSIA   Re: Radio Nyawa Sarawak - transmitter site?

RED FMO, RRTM Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan bcast center.
Tashkent Shortwave Transmitting Station,
c/o RRTM,
Amir Timur str. 109 "A"
Tashkent, 100202
Uzbekistan, Central Asia

what mean DoD call 'KRT' in U.S. RMS monitoring file of Singapore ?
at 11.03 UT. now 11-12 UT

<https://ibbmonitor.appspot.com/status/RMS_LOG_SING_200515_131640.TXT>

sound, set KRT 11 - 12 UT
<https://ibbmonitor.appspot.com/sounds/query>

<https://ibbmonitor.appspot.com/sounds/2005151102@SING11890KRTVARI.MP4>

<https://ibbmonitor.appspot.com/sounds/2005151133@JAKA11890KRTVARI.MP4>

... but TDoA Kiwi direction finding shows Taiwan bcast center relay
transmission weekdays.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

re  Radio Nyawa Sarawak - transmitter site?

{SARAWAK non}  11890 kHz, Radio Nyawa Sarawak
(per Aoki, site is Tashkent-UZB), at 1103 UT, on May 15.
Something different has happened to this station!

Before this station went silent on SW for a month due to COVID-19, my
reception was usually very poor for their Mon-Wed-Fri broadcasts, with
either just a carrier or very weak audio (unusable); only extremely rare
reception with readable audio; but since their return to SW in May (Mon-
Fri), have daily had mostly fair reception and now is readable every day.

What has caused this significant improvement to their reception? Are they
now being transmitted via a different site? Taiwan? Any ideas? Thanks for
any comments!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct May 15)

Hi Ron, I did a couple direction-finding sessions via KiwiSDR network a
year ago and already then it looked to me as being from Taiwan, but maybe
a site or power change there now?
(Mauno Ritola-FIN, May 15)

TAIWAN   'Probably' is the term on KiwiNet TDoA direction finding option.

Radio Nyawa Sarawak
1100-1200 on 11890 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SEAs Iban/Bahasa Malay

Checked twice today May 19 at 11.30 and 11.45 UT- with Kiwi remotedly all
over Aisia at Jakarta Indonesia, northern Tokyo Japan, Hanoi Vietnam,
and South Korean locations.

I guess centered mostly at Taiwan bcast center origin,
- not than RRTM Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan location these days.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 19)

TAIWAN   re RTI Hakka programs.

Hakka is a Chinese dialect spoken by about 500 million people in
Southern China, mainly in Guangdong and Fujian provinces. It is also
used by the minorities in South East Asia, Taiwan, Reunion.

Radio Taiwan International broadcast Hakka programs 5 times a day.
A-20 schedule is as follows;

0430-0500 15320p         to South East Asia
0900-1000  6105k         to Taiwan, China, South East Asia
1030-1100  9735p  15270p to South East Asia
1230-1300  6105k   9735p to Southern China and South East Asia
1530-1600  9545p         to South East Asia, Reunion
(transmitting site p=Pauchung, k=Koufu)

Among them, 0900-1000 UT (6105 kHz) broadcast, called "Jianke program",
is all produced by Jianke Broadcasting Station (Hakka Radio), a Hakka
radio station located in Taoyuan.

Hakka Radio began broadcasting in June 2017 to preserve the Hakka culture
in Taiwan, and are transmitting on 6 FM frequencies throughout Taiwan
for Hakka speaking minorities.

Their URL is
<https://www.hakkaradio.org.tw/>

E-mail:
<hakkaradio105.9 -at- gmail.com>

Other programs (30 minutes per day, repeated 3 times), called
"Voice of Taiwan Chinese Network Hakka program",
are produced by RTI themselves, except on Mondays.
On Mondays all the Hakka programs are produced by Hakka Radio.

The reception reports on these Hakka shortwave broadcasts should be
addressed to RTI.

Detailed program schedule in Chinese.

Jianke program

<https://www.rti.org.tw/assets/schedule_file/2019/05/02/%E8%87%BA%E7%81%A3
%E4%B9%8B%E9%9F%B3%E8%8F%AF%E8%AA%9E%E7%B6%B2%E8%AC%9B%E5%AE%A2%E7%AF%80%E
7%9B%AE%E8%A1%A8-20190501.pdf>

Voice of Taiwan Chinese Network Hakka program

<https://www.rti.org.tw/assets/schedule_file/2020/04/01/%E8%87%BA%E7%81%A3
%E4%B9%8B%E9%9F%B3%E8%8F%AF%E8%AA%9E%E7%B6%B2%E5%AE%A2%E5%AE%B6%E8%AA%9E%E
7%AF%80%E7%9B%AE%E8%A1%A8-20200406.pdf>

(Takahito Akabayashi-Tokyo-JAP, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 19)

U.K.   7300 kHz  Tipp: Radio Akhbar Mufriha.  Dieses Programm in
Berbersprache kommt taeglich ueber ENC Encompass Digital Media Services,
replacing Babcock, U.K./Woofferton von 2100-2115 UTC.
Die hatten auch Arabisch Sendungen, diese sind nurmehr im Internet
abrufbar.

Frequenz: 7300 kHz
<http://akhbarmufriha.com/horaire-du-programme>

Bericht in Franzoesisch oder Englisch verfassen. Entweder ueber das
Webform von der Homepage, oder via folgender E-Mail Adresse:
<email -at- akhbarmufriha.com>
Es gibt eine E-QSL dazu.
(Harald Suess-AUT, A-DX newsgroup May 15)

USA   KVOH off the air.
Hi, Glenn. KVOH has been off the air for a few days due to a component
failure in the transmitter, for which repairs are ongoing. We hope to be
back on again by Monday or Tuesday.  Ray.
(Ray Robinson-USA, wor May 17)

17775, Sat May 16 at 1508 UT, NO signal not even a JBA carrier from KVOH,
which is supposed to start its weekly English broadcast at 1500 UT with
Wavescan. Not unusual to have no signal here less than 2 megameters from
Rancho Simi, too close for F2 skip? There is lots of HF sporadic E today
but mostly east of here rather than west. When there is some westward Es,
can give KVOH a good boost into OK. Now the only 16 mb signals are bits
from far Sa'udi Arabia on 17895 and 17615+ kHz; JBA carriers where nothing
is listed now on 17690, 17880 kHz.

KVOH target is Cuba and beyond at appropriate F2 skip distance.
No KiwiSDRs in Cuba of course, but also absolutely zero signal into Miami
and into TWR Dominican Republic. I keep checking these periodically
at 1530, 1605, 1657, 1920 UT. Supposed to run until 2000 UT. At 1612 UT I
also check the closest SDR I can find to KVOH, at Laguna, but opposite
side across the vast LA metro area, so maybe groundwave would not reach
there anyway.

So all the evidence is that KVOH is not on the air, and this is not
unusual per my occasional chex of 17775 kHz on various days. So Ray, is it
just off today, or more often, or continuously, and for what reason? Is
Covid-19 indirectly responsible as several SW stations say, or pervasive
transmitter problems? The website describes it as "(Shoffner-Harris)" that
variety is a new one on me, more about it? Searching on that combo of
names leads to some individuals but nothing about transmitters. Maybe SCG
named it for some benefactor? Claims 100,000 watts at 100 degrees central
beam with potential audience of 900,000,000 minus one.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor May 16)

UZBEKISTAN/BULGARIA   9390/9400 kHz ... co-channel FEBA India via RRTM
Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan bcast center; and co-channel weekend William
Tilford mx program from Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria,
- from what is the purpose of this e-mail ? strange, strange

Tashkent 9390 kHz at 126degr Bangladesh / Lhasa Himalaya / Myanmar border
target at SouthEast Asia behind also,

or 9400 kHz from SPC-NURTS Spaceline Ltd. Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay
site at Yemen, Oman, UAE, Near East, Persian Gulf

signals are 10 kHz apart distance ... at 7000 kilometers difference.

re: FEBA India is the regional SouthAsian part,

and IBRA Media since 1955 is a Swedish Pentecostal Movement well-payer
of radio transmissions in (formerly Europe in past century);
now mainly in FEB Africa, and now partly in SouthEastAsian languages,

see WRTH IBRA on page 490 under SWEDEN,     <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Bangla and Arabic is payed by the Swedish Media IBRA

and FEBA So&SoEaAS on page 473 under INDIA  <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

ps.
real Tashkent RRTM Telecom Uzbekistan bcast center is defective outlet ?
Usually the UZB have clean audio transmissions recently,

in contrast to the very poor BS / TOM outlets via Sofia SPC-NURTS
Spaceline of ancient Soviet Union transmitter in bad shape.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

UZBEKISTAN/INDIA    Subject:  IBRA/FEBA/Seychelles-U.K.

Sweden/UK  Nowadays,it is indeed difficult to attribute services to either
FEBA-Radio (protestant) or IBRA Radio (pentecostal).
This is the result of two major decisions.

(1) Some may remember the "World by the year 2000" alliance formed by
major international evangelical/fundamentalist broadcasters in 1985.
The core stations were TWR, FEBC/FEBA and HCJB. They planned to start
broadcasts in every language spoken by more than 1 Mio. people before the
year 2000. The divide between protestant fundamentalists and protestant
pentecostals was bridged when IBRA Radio joined the alliance. Nonetheless,
looking at https://ibra.se/, you will still see them proud of their
pentecostal DNA.

(2) In 2003, FEBA-Radio UK closed their short wave station on the
Seychelles. Some of their broadcasts/clients continued on short wave.
The frequency management for some "FEBA" broadcasts was finally taken over
by IBRA Radio. Others like Gaweylon Tibetan Radio decided to work
independently from the major religious broadcasters.

Looking at some of the time slots you will still remember the original
station. The broadcasts in Muslimi Bengali via Tashkent used to be
financed by IBRA Radio, although they were not produced in Sweden.

The Arabic broadcasts to Yemen are still in the portfolio of FEBA Radio
(see  <https://www.feba.org.uk/blog/radio-for-yemen-a-catalyst-for-change>

Yao via TWR Swaziland would also come to my mind as a FEBA sponsored
language.

There used to be an US-American DXer who started QSLing international
religious broadcasts by writing to the actual producers. If he is still
around, he might provide additional information.
(Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 18)

UZBEKISTAN   Reception of Pan American Broadcasting via MBR Frequency
Organisation Cologne, via Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan radio bcast center
on May 10
1630-1730 6155 TAC 100 kW 163 deg to SoAS English Sun Tony Alamo,
weak/fair
1630-1730 7425 TAC 100 kW  90 deg to CeAS English Sun Tony Alamo, very
weak

11510  Radio Free North Korea, via Tashkent, Korean language, April 18.
Female and male announcers, talk about North Korea. 25432 Tx w/78? to
North Korea D.P.R.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews May 10)

Radio Ranginkaman / Rainbow via RRTM Telecom Tashkent,May 12
1630-1700  7600 TAC 100 kW 236 deg to WeAS Farsi R. Rainbow, weak to fair
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews May 12)

Reception of FEBA/IBRA Radio via ENC-DMS RRTM Telecom Tashkent, May 22
1500-1530  9390 TAC 100 kW 131 deg to SoAs Bengali, good + wideband DRM.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews May 22)

VANUATU   Vanuatu - back in business on 11835 kHz this evening with S4+
signal with prompt sign/on at 0700 UT and into National News program -
heard from VE6JY site in Edmonton Alberta Canada.
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 18)

Heard via SDR Kiwi remote receiver in North New Zealand island
5040 kHz, Radio Vanuatu, Port Vila, on air again, 0603-0615 UT on May 18,
English, id. "Radio Vanuatu", comments. 35433
(Manuel Mendez-Lugo-ESP, hcdx & wor May 18)

VANUATU   11835 kHz (harmonic), R. Vanuatu, 0709 UT on May 19. Stronger
than China on frequency; news in vernacular (COVID-19 government subsidies
to private schools, etc.); 0714 UT, sports news (sound bites from the
Minister for Youth Sports Development, Willie Pakoa Satearoto, etc.);
0716 UT, end of news; RV ID; // 3945 kHz // 7890 kHz (harmonic), both with
poor reception.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 21)

ZAMBIA - with exceptional reception !  11680 kHz, Voice of Hope Africa,
0505-0530 UT on May 17. Pastor Brad Bailey preaching; later from 0600+ UT,
outstanding reception of Wavescan #586 ("Paraguay on SW, part 3, after the
war"); very readable with strong signal; // 9680 kHz, which was much
weaker.
Certainly one of their best ever receptions !
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, hcdx & wor May 17)

#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

UTC afternoon log of May 18, at 14.30 to 16.00 UT
at Athens Greece, Doha Qatar, and Delhi India Perseus SDR rx remotedly.

9275even PHL  FEBC Manila via Bocaue bcast center, Chinese Mandarin
         program, S=8 in Athens Greece remote SDR, CODAR signal swishing
         QRM only on the USB side 9272 to 9306 kHz. 14.35 UT on May 18.
         // 9344.975 FEBC via Iba bcast center site. S=8 at 14.38 UT.

9355.018 MRA  US AGM RFA Agingan Point Saipan island, in Cambodian,
         S=6-7 in Athens Europe, 14.45 UT on May 18.

9540.007 TUR  Voice of Turkey, Emirler site, Arabic sce, at 14.50 UT
         S=9+10dB in Athens Greece, remotedly.

9619.815 UNIDENTIFIED ODD fq signal observed in Athens Greece at 14.52 UT
         Narrowed that odd fq signal on remote SDR's in Doha Qatar and
         Delhi India.
         Something's always wrong at AIR Indian bureaucratic radio
         organization, except two centers technically well organized at
         Bhopal and Bangalore.

9619.815 IND  AIR Aligarh bcast center in Baluchi language 15-16 UT
         regular, S=9+10dB strength in remote Doha Qatar SDR rx.
         At 14.53 UT on May 18.

9650.040 ARS  R Saudi Arabic sce from Riyadh, scheduled 15-18 UT regular
         S=9+15dB signal in Athens Europe at 15.02 UT.

9390even UZB  IBRA Radio sponsored/payed SoEAsian Bangla (FEBA) service
         to Bangladesh target. S=8-9 signal strength noted in Doha Qatar.

This Monday 9395 to 9409 kHz fq slot IS EMPTY totally, no signal
at all from SPC-NURTS Spaceline Ltd. Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria
relay site weekdays ?  See 9390 / 9400 kHz item above under Uzbekistan.

9410even OMA  BBC English via Al Seela relay site, S=9+15dB at 15.10 UT.

9465.006 IRN  VoIRI via Ahwaz site scheduled, Bangla lang towards SoEAsia
         Bangladesh azimuth direction. S=9+45dB POWERHOUSE in Qatar site,
         excellent audio signal at 15.07 UT on May 18.
         // Sirjan 9810.009 kHz noted similar strength til s-OFF 15.19 UT

9584.971 SWZ  e-Swatini usual odd fqs from TWR Manzini bcast center site
         At 15.10 Malagasy scheduled weekdays, co-ch underneath S=8-9:

9585even CHN  CRI Xianyang #594 bcast center in regular Japanese sce.

9765.006 TUR  Voice of Turkey Emirler in Persian language sce, S=9+15dB
         noted at remote Doha Qatar SDR rx. At 15.15 UT on May 18.

9790.031 ARS  BSKSA Riyadh's 1st Arabic program, S=9+20dB at 15.17 UT
         on May 18 at Doha Qatar SDR.

9840.005 TUR  TRT Emirler in Turkish, scheduled 13.00-15.58 UT, poor S=7
         strength in Qatar site, heavy co-channel QRM of much odd fq

9839.774 VTN  Voice of Vietnam from Son Tay site, S=7-8 in English 15.20

9910.035 MRA  US AGM RFA Agingan Point Saipan island, in Korean lang,
         S=8-9 in Doha Qatar remote unit, 15.24 UT on May 18.

9919.981 PHL  FEBC Manila in Russian language sce via Bocaue transmission
         15-16 UT, 10 kHz wideband of S=9+15dB signal.

and some more AIR domestic transmissions log from 15.30 to 15.56 UT

 9865 nil, nothing on that channel.

 9380even IND  AIR Hindi sce at 15.32 UT, noted in Doha Qatar.

11560 nil, nothing on that channel.

15185 nil, nothing on that channel. AIR Panaji, Gujarati to AF.

 9950 nil, nothing on that channel. Off AIR Swahili sce.

 4810even IND  AIR Bhopal, scheduled 1130-1742 UT, S=9+30dB at 15.38 UT
          noted on remote Delhi India SDR rx unit.

 5050.001 IND  Tentat. ? - AIR Aizawl, poor S=5 strength at 15.38 UT.

 4759.997 IND  Proper S=9+15dB signal in Delhi SDR unit, likely
          AIR Leh, Ladakh, in Ladaki language, girl and male voices,
          1539 UT on May 18.

 5039.998 IND  AIR Jeypore, in Hindi, proper S=9+20dB at 15.41 UT  Delhi.

 4920even IND  AIR Chennai Madras, Hindi language sce at 15.43 UT,
          S=9+20dB usual underneath:

 4919.980 CHN  CNR Lhasa Baiding Tibet co-channel mixture.

 4949.996 IND  AIR Srinagar in Hindi, strong S=9+25dB powerful carrier,
          but as always low audio modulation on fountain like coverage
          of mountain Himalaya area. 15.45 UT on May 18.

 4800even bad mixture of even fq, CHN CNR1 Geermu and AIR Hyderabad
          Chennai - both mixed S=9+20dB strength. 15.47 UT on May 18.

 4870 nil, nothing on that channel at 15.30 UT AIR VoKashmir requested

 4910.003 IND  AIR Jaipur, carrier rather strong S=9+15dB,
          but at 15.55 UT much LOW MODULATION level.

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

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX -


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