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compiled by Wolfgang Büschel, Germany


BC-DX 1354                                                   7 Sept 2018
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ANTARCTICA   15475.97 kHz, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel,
1402-1420 UT on Aug 24, nothing here in Reinante, no audio, no carrier,
but via remote SDR Kiwi Pardinho, Sao Paulo, fair to weak signal, songs
and comments by females in Spanish, "Base Esperanza". Friday 24th
the only day in the week detected LRA 36.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, dxld Aug 28)

ARMENIA   FEBA Radio via BaBcoCk FMO via CJSC Yerevan Gavar Armenia
on August 31
1630-1700 12125 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAF Amharic
1730-1800  7510 ERV 300 kW 192 deg to EaAF Silte
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 1)

BANGLADESH   9455 kHz Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka. Interval signal at 1312 UT.
Time pips at 1315 UT - yes, on the UTC quarter-hour! After the time pips,
then s/on anncts in Nepali, followed by a short burst of music and the
news. Fair signal. The transmission is beamed to Nepal which has the odd
local time zone of UTC +5:45 hours. So on this occasion, the local time in
Nepal was 7:00pm. Bangladesh is UTC +6:00 hours, so it's nice of them to
give their Nepali listeners their local time.

A quick check of all transmissions beamed to Nepal shows only a few
occasions when broadcasts begin either 15 min past or 45 min past the UTC
hour. Most broadcasters still stick to UTC on-the-hour or 30-min past UTC
hour, resulting in Nepalese listeners needing to get into the habit of
tuning in to their favourite broadcasts at 15 or 45 min past their local
hour.
(Rob Wagner-Mount Evelyn-Vic-AUS  VK3BVW Aug 24,
Sept "ADXNews" magazine of ARDXC; direct Sept 4)

BHUTAN   Reception of Bhutan Broadcasting Service, August 31
1850 & 2012 UT on 6035 THI 100 kW non-dir to SoAS Music, good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 1)

BHUTAN   6035 kHz, BBS Thimphu on Aug 26, with greatly extended broadcast;
1207-1340+ UT. Usual Yunnan QRM. Normal BBS format; 1215-1230 UT,
indigenous singing/chanting; 1230-1300 and 1315-1340+ UT, with usual
Sunday program of young children calling in and singing over the phone,
but today with one difference - a few men called in and also sang.
My local sunrise was at 1334 UT, with Thimphu sunset at 1228 UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via hcdx and dxld Aug 28)

BONAIRE   800 kHz  Trans World Radio. While on Grassy Key
(near Marathon, FL, USA),
I recorded TWR Bonaire on 800 kHz (using my PL-880 with its built-in
ferrite-bar-loop antenna oriented appropriately). This was on 22-23 August
UT starting before the scheduled 2130 UT sign-on, for over five hours.

No audio was detected until about 2314 UT when some barely audible English
could be detected. I think I heard mention of QSL cards. Reception
gradually improved to a listenable level during the English hour, which
runs from 2300 UT until 0000 UT with a listed power of 225 kW and the
"Caribbean" beam (azimuth?). There was a significant increase in signal
level when Spanish programming started at 0000 UT. For this service, a
listed power of 440 kW is used with a "North" beam (azimuth?). The
transition seemed to take only a couple of seconds. Very good signal
through to 0230 UT when I stopped recording.

Published schedule:
<http://www.twrbonaire.com/files/394/2018-05-07_800AM%20schedule.pdf>
(Richard Langley-NB-CAN, dxld Aug 28)

BONAIRE [and non]   The Highest Powered MW Station in the
Western Hemisphere  -  TWR Bonaire Projected Locations.

On previous occasions here in Wavescan, we have presented the story of
three mediumwave stations that have been at some stage, the highest
powered mediumwave station in the Southern Hemisphere. These three
stations were 2CO Corowa and 5CK Crystal Brook both in Australia, and 2YA
in Wellington New Zealand.

In our program today, we take a look at Part 1 in the story of another
high powered mediumwave station, not this time in the Southern Hemisphere,
but rather in the Western Hemisphere. This interesting station is located
on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean, and it is operated by TWR,
Trans World Radio.

It is true that there were several attempts at implementing super power on
mediumwave in North America back during the 1930s. The most famous cases
in the United States were KDKA in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with 400 kW, WGY
Schenectady New York with 500 kW, and the big daddy of them all WLW
Cincinnati Ohio with even up to 1,000 kW, one megawatt. Several mediumwave
stations in Mexico also shared in the superpower race on mediumwave back
during that same era.

However these days, the highest power on mediumwave in Canada and the
United States is 50 kW, though in Mexico and South America there is a
handful of mediumwave stations on the the air with a power of 100 kW and
250 kW. Above that power level, TWR Bonaire stands out with prominence.
This is their story.

Let's go back to the beginning! It was back in the year 1954 that the
Freed family embarked on a new venture installing and operating a
Christian shortwave station in Tangier, North Africa. Six years later
(1960) the project was transferred to a larger facility in Monte Carlo on
the Mediterranean coast of continental Europe. Soon afterwards, their
attention was drawn to establishing a similar station for coverage in
Latin America.

In fact at that stage, TWR purchased at a very good price an old shortwave
transmitter that had previously been on the air with the Voice of America
near Cincinnati in Ohio. This transmitter had been obtained by TWR
apparently for installation somewhere in the Middle Americas.

A comparison with known dates for VOA in the Cincinnati area reveals that
this transmitter that TWR procured was either WLWK, a 50 kW composite unit
installed in 1940, or WLWO a 75 kW Crosley unit installed in 1941, and
probably the latter. These two transmitters were installed at what became
the VOA relay station at Mason (not Bethany) Ohio in the Crosley
transmitter building on the north side of Tylersville Road. These two
transmitters radiated through two re-entrant rhombic antennas located on
Everybody's Farm on the south side of Tylersville Road, almost opposite
the Crosley mediumwave station WLW.

However, the WLW shortwave transmitter that TWR procured was never taken
into service, and instead it was sold off and the funding was then used
for the purchase of more modern equipment. It is not known who the new
buyer was for this historic shortwave transmitter, nor if it was ever
placed on the air again at another location.

In 1962, TWR filed an application with the FCC for a 250 kW shortwave
station near Vega Baja in the middle of the north coast of the American
island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Nothing else is known about this
projected TWR radio station, though it is referred to in at least two
historic references; one of Jerome Berg's shortwave history books and also
in the Australian monthly magazine, Radio and Hobbies.

In Book 2 of his quadrilogy on shortwave radio history, the noted radio
historian Jerome Berg of suburban Boston refers to the projected TWR
shortwave station in Puerto Rico. Then also in the same paragraph, he also
states that TWR gave consideration to establishing an international radio
broadcasting station on Curacao, a Dutch island in the Caribbean.

A promotional brochure from Trans World Radio states that work had already
begun on the construction of a radio building on Curacao and that the
delivery of all of the electronic equipment from Continental in Dallas
Texas was expected in October (1963). A similar statement is made by
Arthur Cushen in New Zealand in his monthly radio column in the June
(1963) issue of the Australian magazine Radio & Hobbies.

However, this reported information may have been more aspirational than
practical, because an analysis of subsequent historic information reveals
the fact that very little work on the TWR station on Curacao Island had
actually been implemented. Due to the proximity of the international
airport to the projected location for the new shortwave and mediumwave
station, the TWR project on Curacao was cancelled and transferred instead
onto another of the islands in the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire Island.

That's our story next week: TWR Superpower on Bonaire.
(Adrian Peterson-IN-USA, script for AWR Wavescan Aug 19 via dxld)

BONAIRE   TWR with Superpower on Bonaire

The government administration on Curacao Island had been very gracious and
very generous to TWR, and the same courteous attitude was again
demonstrated towards TWR by the government administration on the nearby
island of Bonaire. In fact, a total of one square mile of island territory
was made available for TWR usage.

The studio and office building were erected near the west coast, a little
north of the main town of Kralendijk, directly opposite the tourist hotel,
Hotel Bonaire. The transmitter building was erected likewise near the west
coast of the island, half way between Kralendijk and the southern tip of
the island, right against the tidal salt flats with their Pink Flamingos.

The first transmitter on the air at TWR Bonaire was the Continental 500 kW
on 800 kHz. This massive transmitter was inaugurated at 1:00 am on
Thursday August 13, 1964, as the highest powered mediumwave transmitter in
the Western Hemisphere.

Electrical power came from their own generators, two 16 cylinder diesels
with Westinghouse generators each one weighing 45 tons, providing at a
total power output of 3.2 megawatts. The programming came from the studio
site via an FM program link, and over a period of time, programming in
generally five languages was broadcast; English, Spanish, Portuguese,
French and German.

One important daily program on mediumwave was a local marine weather
forecast, at 20 minutes past each hour. Then too, Radio Netherlands from
Hilversum in Holland took out a regular program relay over TWR superpower
mediumwave during the years 1965 to 1977, a total of twelve and a half
years.

Six months after the TWR mediumwave and shortwave complex was taken into
regular service, an official opening ceremony was conducted at the Studio
& Office Building complex on February 25, 1965. Her Royal Highness, Crown
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands was the official guest, and she
honored TWR during the occasion of this, her official visit to the
Netherlands Antilles.

In June 1972, a new antenna system was installed on the 24 acre
transmitter site, with a main tower surrounded by four smaller towers in a
parasitic arrangement. The well known Arthur Cushen in Invercargill New
Zealand reported a nicely enhanced signal from the superpower mediumwave
station on 800 kHz in the Caribbean.

In 1987, after a total of nearly twenty three years of on air service, the
original 500 kW Continental transmitter was removed and replaced by
another unit of similar power. However this newly installed unit was a
used transmitter, manufactured by BBC in Switzerland and previously on air
with Capital Radio in the Transkei republic in southern Africa for just a
few years. Still superpower at 500 kW though and still on 800 kHz.

Shortwave transmissions on TWR Bonaire ended six years later on June 30,
1993, though the super power mediumwave unit continued in regular service.
Then four years later again (1997), a 50 kW Omnitronix from North Wales in
Pennsylvania was installed. As an economy move, the new 50 kW was in use
during the day and the 500 kW was on the air at night.

Then a further two years later (1999), a 100 kW Nautel from Nova Scotia in
Canada was installed as an economy replacement for the 500 kW BBC unit
that had previously been on the air in southern Africa. We are informed
that the BBC unit was shipped overseas, but where to? That's an
interesting question. However, that was the end of superpower on Bonaire,
at least temporarily.

According to James O'Neal, writing in the May 9 (2018) issue of Radio
World in the United States, TWR on Bonaire procured a new 440 kW
mediumwave transmitter, again from Nautel in Nova Scotia, Canada; and
Kintronic in New York modified the existing antenna system. The electronic
equipment was shipped to Bonaire in eight crates at a total weight of two
tons.

This brand new highly efficient superpower mediumwave transmitter at a
total cost of $4 million was dedicated in a special ceremony on January 30
earlier this year (2018). Yes, TWR is back again, as the superpower
mediumwave giant in the Western Hemisphere, with 440 kW on 800 kHz.

TWR website sound English TWR 800 kHz 800 AM Dutch Spanish.
(Adrian Peterson-IN-USA, script for AWR Wavescan Aug 19 via dxld)

CHINA/MOLDOVA/ROMANIA   Received QSL card from Japanese service
"China Radio International" 9585 kHz, via Xian. report was sent to:
<nihao2180 -at- cri.com.cn>

Xian China location, SW 150-500 kW, 42x curtain masts, 8x low-power masts,
3x non-directional quadrant ITU-#925 type antennas.

G.C.  34 22 32.74 N  108 36 37.70 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/G6ohDmcZ5qz>
<https://binged.it/2wQANOV>

11780  QSL - Received e-QSL for reception of
"TWR Africa" ? via Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac in
Somali language. report was sent to:
<somtwr -at- twr.co.ke>
<prtc   -at- idknet.com>

Received QSL card from Romanian service "Radio Romania International"
9500 kHz, via RadioCom Galbeni site.
Report was sent to:  <rri [at] rri.ro>
(Ivan Zelenyi, Nizhnevartovsk-RUS, hcdx Sept 5)

BULGARIA/TAIWAN   Radio Taiwan International considers changing the relay
site for the German service. In preparation for this cost cutting measure
RTI has test broadcasts on the new station (probably Kostinbrod * ):
Fri/Sat 7/8 and 14/15 Sept, 1900-1930 UT on 5900 kHz.
Reception reports are welcome at  <deutsch -at- rti.org.tw>
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, Sept 4)

* via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay site,
QSL via ? Spaceline Ltd., Sofia Bulgaria.
CEO Dimitar Todorov <lz1ax -at- mail.bg>
Ventislav Georgiev, Technical Manager, SpaceLine Ltd, BULGARIA

CUBA/SOUTH AFRICA/THAILAND   Received QSL card from "Radio Habana Cuba".
Report was sent to:  <radiohc -at- enet.cu>

Received QSL card for receiving "AWR Africa" (9600 kHz, via SenTec
Meyerton-AFS relay site) in Masai language. report was sent to:
<qsl -at- awr.org>
<africa -at- awr.org>

QSL VOA Udon Thani relay site.
Received QSL card for reception "VOA Radio Ashna"
(7495 kHz, via Udon Thani, Thailand. Report was sent to:
<manager_thailand -at- bbg.gov>
<manager_thailand -at- tha.ibb.gov>
(Ivan Zelenyi, Nizhnevartovsk-RUS, hcdx Aug 31)

FRANCE   Upcoming frequency changes of Radio France International
from Sept 2

0400-0500 11700 ISS 500 kW 137 deg EaCeAF French till Sept 1
0400-0500  9620 ISS 500 kW 137 deg EaCeAF French from Sept 2

1200-1230 13730 ISS 500 kW 198 deg WeAF   Mandingo Mon-Fri till Sept 1
1200-1230 17815 ISS 500 kW 198 deg WeAF   Mandingo Mon-Fri from Sept 2

1200-1300 13740 ISS 500 kW 200 deg NoWeAF French till Sept 1
1200-1300 15300 ISS 500 kW 200 deg NoWeAF French from Sept 2

1200-1300 13855 ISS 500 kW 180 deg NoWeAF French till Sept 1
1200-1300 15390 ISS 500 kW 180 deg WeCeAF French from Sept 2

1600-1700 13690 ISS 500 kW 170 deg WeCeAF Hausa  till Sept 1
1600-1700 15670 ISS 500 kW 170 deg WeCeAF Hausa  from Sept 2
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, direct and via dxld Aug 28)

GERMANY   Studio 52 via MBR Nauen relay site today.
Mauno Ritola wrote today on the WRTH F_B group:
Check for Studio 52 via MBR Nauen today between 1300-1500 UT on 7225 kHz!
(Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK news Aug 31)

Beim Goggeln war ich erst bei diversen Yoga Studios 52 gelandet, aber hier
gibt es eine gute Erklaerung der 'small-hobby-radio-station'

<https://studio52radiogroup.jimdo.com/>

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 31)

GERMANY   Reception of Studio 52 via MBR Nauen, August 31
1300-1302  7225 NAU 100 kW 240 deg to WeEUR - open carrier,
1302-1500  7225 NAU 100 kW 240 deg to WeEUR Eng/Dutch, good
from 1500  7225 URU 500 kW 212 deg to SoAS  -1600 UT Hindi CRI
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 1)

GERMANY   7440 kHz. New Channel 292 Frequency coming?

<http://www.channel292.de/schedule-7440-khz/>

Hi All, - Well Brother Scare seems to have finally finished his sessions
on Channel 292, but an interesting note has appeared on their schedule
today saying that the station might be off air some times during the next
few weeks due to work on their new antenna for 7440 kHz.

Looks like this might be coming into use when the new schedules start,
though whether it will replace 6070 kHz or run in//with it I'm not sure.

Two new programmes are listed for this evening, 'Radio Collado'
at 1900 UT and 'Chris is Vrij' at 2200 UT.
(Alan Gale-UK, BrDXC-UK Sept 1)

GERMANY   1422 / 1179 kHz Die Heusweiler Wahrzeichen fallen.

Die Saarbruecker Zeitung vom 3. September meldet, dass der Abbruchtermin
fuer die 3 MW-Masten der ehemaligen Europawelle Saar nun feststeht.

Alles weitere siehe untenstehender Link

<https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/saarland/saarland/heusweiler-
sendemasten-an-der-a8-werden-abgebaut_aid-32512813>

<https://www.saarbruecker-
zeitung.de/imgs/03/3/7/3/3/9/5/2/3/tok_e3cb7b6bea6799a5dc825cdf5a784a34/w5
40_h303_x744_y1200_SZ_37210647_790815111_RGB_190_1_1_ffc2f248aeadaecf64b0b
6fc97e3a07d_1535978786_790815111_6b7d37befa-18f9032960409528.jpg>

<https://www.instagram.com/p/BZV7If7nel9/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign
=embed_loading_state_control>
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 4)

Sendemast in Heusweiler wird gesprengt.

<https://www.sr.de/sr/home/nachrichten/panorama/sprengung_mittelwellensend
er_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 Sept 7)

GREECE/RHODES ISLAND  [and non]
USCGC Courier/VOA alumni install new exhibit at VOA Museum [OHIO] -
Southgate August 24, 2018 [illustrated]

<http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/august/uscgc-courier-voa-alumni-
install-new-exhibit-at-voa-museum.htm#.W3_Y7-hKjIV>

While many Americans were driving big-finned cars and enjoying the
prosperity of the 50s, the citizens of Rhodes, Greece were still digging
themselves out of rubble remaining from their location as a Nazi
stronghold during World War II.

Then, in 1952, the Voice of America and USCGC Courier came to town as part
of President Harry Truman's Operation Vagabond. The deep Greek-American
friendships formed there and dollars Americans brought helped rebuild
Rhodes with an "unofficial" Marshall Plan.

The USCGC Courier/VOA Alumni group shared stories of growing up in Greece
during the Cold War at an Aug. 11 reception at the National Voice of
America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester.

The group gathered with museum board members and docents to officially
install a new exhibit outlining the story of the USCGC Courier, a U.S.
Coast Guard cutter that acted as a floating Voice of America radio station
from 1952 through 1964. The Courier was stationed in the port of Rhodes,
Greece and broadcast VOA news into Russian territory to defeat Soviet
jamming near VOA listener areas. It used a barrage balloon to hold up its
medium-wave antenna aloft and contained the most powerful communications
radio transmitter ever installed on board a ship.

Maria Lowther of Southport, North Carolina, is treasurer of the alumni
group. She was a teenage Rhodian in 1952. The Rhodians are a multilingual
community made up from every country in Europe and a mixture of cultures
and religions: Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Turkish, Christian and
Muslim. Both of Lowther's maternal and paternal grandparents became radio
and Morse code operators. They spied on their Nazi occupiers, transmitting
from their shortwave radios in their kaikis (Greek sea sponge diving
boats) or on the mountainous island of Symi, telling British and French
intelligence on the mainland what the Germans were doing.

One of Lowther's grandfathers, George Fangiullo, was caught in 1944 by the
Germans, turned in by a local mother who thought her son's life would be
saved by the Nazis if she reported a spy. Her son was shot anyway. On the
day Fangiullo was sentenced to a German concentration camp, Lowther and
the rest of her family fled to Turkey. Her grandfather survived the war
and eventually returned home, but his health was broken and he died soon
afterward.

When the Germans invaded the island, they mined the fields and shorelines,
so local Greeks couldn't farm. The British, who liberated the island,
cleaned up the minefields and shores. Lowther's family returned after the
war to a Rhodes devastated by war and occupation, with much of Rhodes in
rubble after being repeatedly bombed by the Allies.

"When we returned to Rhodes, it was not the same island it used to be,"
she said. "I would walk in the neighborhood I grew up in, and there were
houses standing, but they had no roofs. Or there were just walls standing.
It wasn't livable." She said the situation was very similar to what was
depicted on film in the 1961 movie, The Guns of Navarone.

There was not much food to eat; cabbage soup was the special of the week,
with a small loaf of bread to share with the entire family and sometimes a
friend's children.

In 1952, when the Americans arrived, Rhodian families had few complete
homes and even fewer jobs. Courier and VOA personnel and their families
moved onto Rhodes and rented Greek houses. The Greek families who owned
them doubled up with other Greek families and split the rent revenue.
Americans used Greek maids and bought Greek clothing and food. Lowther's
brother, Yannis Kalafata, ended up working for the VOA for 28 years.

"When the Courier came, it was like a miracle," said Lowther. "The skies
opened, because Courier families needed housing. Everything was so
different after that."

Lowther said the Courier and VOA acted as a kind of mini-Marshall Plan for
Rhodes, creating jobs and helping stimulate reconstruction. "Except the
Marshall Plan didn't work like the Courier did," she said. "My grandmother
applied for the Marshall Plan because the Germans destroyed my
grandfather's sponge boats. But you had to be local and a citizen of the
island, and my grandmother held a British passport. But with the Courier,
it didn't matter what nationality you were or which passport you held. You
were Rhodian."

The bonds between Courier/VOA alumni and Rhodes are deeper than mere
economics. Lowther said the Americans who came to Rhodes were young, and
many had three or four children, so employed Rhodian maids. The women were
educated and polylingual because of the history of the nation, so
relationships were equal. The Americans got involved with the community,
the local orphanage, and people were suddenly working  babysitting,
providing household help, and making clothes for the new residents.

New families were formed as well. Antonia Tsopanoglou Richardson worked as
a cook at the Elli Club where most of the Courier people ate because it
was right on the beach. That's where she met her husband, Bill Richardson.
The couple was one of the many American/Rhodian marriages.

Courier/VOA alumni group president Bob Hickman of New Syracuse, New York,
said many of the USCGC Courier/VOA alumni are now in their 70s, 80s and
90s and unable to travel, so their children attend reunions and take trips
back to Rhodes for them. Attending the VOA museum's reception were: Robert
Haldi, a U.S Coast Guard junior officer from 1958 to 1961 of Vonore,
Tenn.; Frank Evans of Tacoma, Wash., son of Paul Evans, an engineman
aboard the Courier for two tours, from 1957-59 and 1962-64. (Evans' wife,
Georgia, is a native Rhodian); Clint McAuliffe of Bend Ore., son of the
late Earl McAuliffe. McAuliffe was a U.S. Coast Guard Commander and served
as the Courier's executive officer from 1956 through 1958; Robert Hickman
of North Syracuse, New York, son of the late Russell R. Hickman, who
served as the Courier's electronics officer from 1956 through 1959 ; and
Lowther, who grew up in Rhodes and was married to John Lowther, one of the
Courier's electronic technicians. Alumni group secretary, Richard McDrew
of Reno, Nev. did not attend the exhibit reception.

The USCGC Courier exhibit will be viewed at the VOA museum's new main
exhibit hall at its third annual fundraiser, "Rock the Radio" dinner-and-
dance party on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the VOA museum in
West Chester. Jim Scott, 700 WLW-AM's radio host for 47 years, will emcee.
BlueStone Ivory, Cincinnati's premier horn-driven classic rock band, will
provide music from the Cold War era to help celebrate the 74 th
anniversary of the VOA-Bethany Station. Sponsors include: Emery Federal
Credit Union; Mr. Mechanic; Oak Tree Communications; Sebably, Shillito &
Dyer; West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance.; and the West Chester/Liberty
Community Foundation

"We want to recognize our nation's commitment to tell the truth in media
and educate people in countries where media is censored about what's going
on in the world," said Ken Rieser, president of the VOA museum board.
"Here in the U.S., we remember radio as entertainment, but it was a
crucial way the Voice of America communicated throughout World War II and
the Cold War to our troops and allies overseas and to people who lived in
countries without a free press."

For 50 years, the VOA-Bethany Station in West Chester transmitted Voice of
America broadcasts to countries worldwide that lacked a free press. It was
decommissioned by the federal government in 1994.
(via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK and dxld Aug 28)

HFCC    IRDR  B18 conference.

Following IRDR channels could be extended on the last HFCC conference in
Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The new times will be effective October 28th,
2018, which is the start of the upcoming B18 winter season.

The new coordinated times are:

7400 kHz from 2100-2200 UT and 2300-2400 UT
will change to 2100-2400 UT.

9430 kHz from 0100-1200 UT and 1300-1400 UT
will change to 0100-1400 UT.

11840 kHz from 0600-2400 UT will change to 0500-2400 UT.

Thanks to everyone who supports this project!
(Michael Puetz via IRDR List;
via Alokesh Gupta-IND, DX South Asia yg Sept 3)

INDIA   4970 / 7315 kHz.

I am currently doing a listening project on the North Eastern Service of
All India Radio Shillong (Meghalaya), listening to as many hours of the
station as possible.

(The Californian DX expert Ron Howard might not like it, but there is an
easier way to listen to the station than short wave:)

The NE service has been available as a web stream at

<http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Default.aspx>

since 2017. The character of the service differs very much from other web
streams available there, including the FM services Gold and Rainbow.

The relay is exactly in // with the official short wave schedule.
0025-0400 UT: 4970 kHz ("morning transmission" "6"-"9:30" a. m. IST)
0656-0931 UT: 7315 kHz ("afternoon transmission" "12:30"-"3" p. m. IST)
1056-1741 UT: 4970 kHz ("evening transmission" "4:30"-"11:10" p. m. IST)

In between there is only a test tone.

A typical frequency announcement would be "This is the North Eastern
Service of All India Radio broadcasting from Shillong on short wave - 41
mb corresponding to 7315 (I think I also heard 7135) kHz - 60.36 mb
corresponding to 4990 kHz and on additional FM 100.1 MHz".

This makes me wonder about the actual number of NE services. The website

<http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Station/SHILLONG/Pages/default.aspx>

mentions only the medium wave frequency 864 kHz and a FM frequency
103.6 MHz.

Does this suggest that the shortwave/web service is a separate service not
carried on the other frequencies mentioned? (WRTH 2018, pg. lists Shillong
864 kHz with "00" kW, which will probably be more a misprint, than a
reference to the station being of the air.)

Being unable to listen on weekends, when the service might have more
specialist/indigenous programmes, I find it surprising that the service is
dominated by English and Hindi/Hinglish music programmes and central news
from Delhi. There is less reference to Meghalaya and the North Eastern
states than I expected. The website <www.airshillong.org> is not available
any more. So any information from more informed listeners will be
appreciated.
(Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 7)

Probably Shillong Mawjrong, registered 864 kHz 100 kW, 1197 kHz 1 kW,
SW  4970 7315 (ex7130) kHz, 50 kW.

G.C. 25 32 49.97 N  91 54 01.90 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/42rCFSkXLUo>
<https://binged.it/2oN7s4v>

Defense radar station
G.C. 25 32 40.66 N  91 52 00.63 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/f1Qz32TeULs>
<https://binged.it/2oNrc7X>

INDONESIA   3325 kHz VO Indonesia, Palangkaraya. July 22, Mandarin service
at 1130 UT with songs, anncts and information segments. I returned to the
frequency at 1220 UT for the Japanese service. No sign of NBC Bougainville
on this evening, fair signal. But on July 24, NBC was back there at equal
strength with RRI, and noted at 2045 UT - NBC with Tok Pisin community
anncts and Vo Indonesia with the French service.

And then ... on July 25, an absolutely beautiful signal from NBC with
regional news in English at 1012 UT, a canned ID and frequency annct in
English at 1017 UT, then Tok Pisin anncts at 1018 UT before pop songs.
BUT, nothing from Palangkaraya at this time. You just never know what you
are going to expect to hear when tuning this frequency!
(Rob Wagner-Mount Evelyn-Vic-AUS  VK3BVW  July 25,
Aug "ADXNews" magazine of ARDXC; direct Aug 15)

ITALY   1305  Today a new licensed station has started broadcasting on MW
from Coltano (Tuscany) in the central part of Italy. Its name is Radio
Coltano Marconi and the frequency is 1305 kHz.

Re:  A new licensed station active on 1305 kHz from Italy.

Hier mal eine Uebersetzung, quick & dirty. 73 Tom DF5JL

Am spaeten Nachmittag wurde die Sendeanlage von Radio Coltano Marconi in
Coltano (PI) auf 1305 kHz aktiviert. Dessen Programm kann auch online
ueber die Websitehttps://www.radiocoltanomarconi.it/#homegehoert werden.
Der Sender ist gehoert einem Verein, der eine regulaere ministerielle
Genehmigung fuer die Ausstrahlung auf dieser Frequenz erhalten hat.

Die Website erklaert den Zweck dieser neuen Station.

"1910 gingen von Coltano aus die ersten elektrischen Impulse der von
Guglielmo Marconi errichteten Radiotelegrafie-Station in die Luft, es war
die erste in Italien und eine der ersten in der Welt. Coltano war daher
eines der wichtigsten Zentren fuer die Entwicklung der drahtlosen
Kommunikation.

In den Jahren nach dem Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs 1918 wurde hier der
maechtigste Seefunksender Europas entwickelt: Von hier aus liefen die
gesamten transatlantischen Telefonverbindungen Richtung Ozeane bis hin zum
Chinesischen Meer, von hier aus kontrollierte Marconi per Knopfdruck aus
Rom die Beleuchtung der Christusstatue in Rio de Janeiro. Die Antennen und
Ausruestungen wurden am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs durch den Rueckzug
deutscher Truppen unter dem Druck der alliierten Streitkraefte vernichtet.

Hundert Jahre nach diesen historischen Momenten ist Coltanos Stimme dank
des Internets wieder in der Welt zu hoeren. Jedoch nur durch die Ehre des
Namens desjenigen, der das Radio erfunden hat, deshalb Radio Coltano
Marconi. Von Coltano aus wird jedoch nicht nur die Musik des Autors
gesendet, sondern der Sender bietet auch Raum fuer neue Talente,
vertiefende Auseinandersetzung mit verschiedenen musikalischen Genres und
zahlreichen Kolumnen; Experten verschiedener Disziplinen erzaehlen uns von
Naturwissenschaft, Technik, Umwelt, Natur, Tierwelt, Geschichte, Kultur".
(Antonello Napolitano-ITA, A-DX ng Sept 5)

Ist aktuell hier in Suedost-AUT mit O=3 zu hoeren.
Mille grazie, Antonello !
(Patrick Robic-AUT, A-DX ng Sept 5)

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-CLN  4S5SL, Union of Asian Dxers.
Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 7)

MEXICO   Radio Educacion in Mexico has a new ID for their SW service,
hitherto known as Radio Educacion onda corta. Senal Cultura Mexico,
and/or Cultura Mexico Senal Internacional is on the air on 6185 kHz,
at 2300-0555 UT. There are several web pages giving further info
on this service, one of them being

<http://www.radioeducacion.gob.mx/culturamexico/index.php>

The new slogan has been in use for about one year. They are interested in
reports, which will be answered by online QSL, said Ms Pilar Cruz in the
24th Encuentro Diexista, held 27-28 July in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
"Sintonia libre" is a letterbox programme aired Tues, Thurs, and Sun; at
times given at

<http://www.radioeducacion.edu.mx/carta-programatica-del-mes>

The international service can be heard online Henrik Klemetz reports
in SW Bulletin Aug 12.
(via Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Aug; via NZLDXT NZRDXL Sept 3)

MYANMAR   5915 kHz Myanmar Radio, Naypyidaw.
Heard with a pleasant song before Burmese anns at 1122 UT, Aug 23 (Allen).

A good signal this evening at 1120 UT, with Burmese chat and easy
listening pops. Heavy splatter from CRI's Filipino service at 1130 UT on
the adjacent 5910 kHz until s/off 1157 UT, leaving Myanmar in the clear
for a few minutes. Then co-channel QRM from CRI s/on 1200 UT in Mongolian.
However, Myanmar was a slightly better signal.
(Rob Wagner-Mount Evelyn-Vic-AUS  VK3BVW Aug 24,
Sept "ADXNews" magazine of ARDXC; direct Sept 4)

NETHERLANDS/SUDAN   Al Jazeera English's "The Listening Post" (media news
and comment) had a piece this week end on Radio Dabanga, which broadcasts
to the Darfur region on shortwave from studios in Amsterdam:

<https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2018/09/radio-dabanga-
darfur-losing-media-lifeline-180901084935506.html>

It is apparently facing loss of funding from the EU and some NGOs.

NGO
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-governmental_organization>
<http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_non_gouvernementale
(Chuck Albertson, Seattle-WA USA, dxld Sept 2)

Radio Dabanga: Is Darfur losing its media lifeline?

The Amsterdam-based station sheds light on a region that the Sudanese
government prefers to keep in the dark.

02 Sep 2018  Media, Sudan, Journalism, Politics, Middle East

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dabanga-darfur-losing-media-lifeline-180901084935506.html>

It's been more than 15 years since the conflict in Sudan's western region
of Darfur began, but there is no end in sight to the violence. The
Sudanese government continues its attacks on local rebel groups, who
accuse President Omar Al-Bashir's administration of oppressing non-Arab
communities and Darfur's civilian population.

But Khartoum's ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing, mass killings and
sexual violence is no longer in the international spotlight - there is a
media blackout, by design. As Sudanese journalist Shammal Al-Nur explains,
"Today, the government claims categorically that there's no longer a
crisis in Darfur and they want to control what news sees the light from
this conflict zone. Journalists are not allowed to go there and Sudanese
reporters are prohibited from discussing the security situation. For the
media in Sudan, the crisis in Darfur is the pivotal issue that our news
outlets refrain from tackling."

But for Darfuri, accurate, unbiased information on what's happening around
them can mean the difference between life and death. Which is why one news
outlet has become of critical importance - Radio Dabanga.

Beaming into Sudan from 1000's of miles away in Amsterdam, Dabanga says
that more than 3 million listeners tune into their programming on a daily
basis. They rely on a significant network of citizen journalists and
civilians on the ground in Darfur to produce their reports.

[Radio] Dabanga has become the lungs with which Sudanese people breathe,
reporting on issues that are fundamental to the survival of the
population.

Kamal Elsadig, Editor-in-Chief, Radio Dabanga.

In Dabanga's studio in Holland, he explains that "Dabanga has become the
lungs with which Sudanese people breathe, reporting on issues that are
fundamental to the survival of the population. For example, when the war
was raging in Darfur, we were informing people where the fighting was
taking place, so they had the information on how to get to safety".

Eric Reeves is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. He has been studying
Sudan for more than 20 years and says that Dabanga is the most important
news source when it comes to establishing what's happening on the ground
in Darfur. "There is no human rights reporting presence so the
extraordinary network of civilians on the ground speaking directly to
Radio Dabanga in Amsterdam is the base on which we know a wide range of
topics in Darfur".

Hassan Berkia of the Sudanese Journalist Network ads that "while other
media outlets in Sudan are censored, Dabanga's location in Amsterdam
allows its journalists to report freely. The government, and its state
media outlets, claim the Darfur crisis is over but Dabanga tells a
different story. They report on the absence of security, the poor
conditions in the camps, the number of victims. The government doesn't
want that side of the crisis to come out".

Despite the critically important role that Radio Dabanga has come to play
for Sudanese audiences, the station now finds its future under threat. The
station relies on funding from a consortium of EU states and NGOs {and of
US/British spy organization budgets too?}. But European governments and
the Sudanese authorities are now working together to fight terrorism and
migration, which is having an effect on the station's funding - it's
drying up. This could mean that Dabanga's days are numbered.

The Listening Post's Johanna Hoes reports from Dabanga's studio in
Amsterdam, on the radio station that sheds light on a region that the
Sudanese government prefers to keep in the dark.

Contributors
Kamal Elsadig   - editor-in-chief, Radio Dabanga
Hassan Berkia   - Sudanese Journalists Network
Abdul Azim Awad - secretary general, National Council for Press and
                  Publications
Eric Reeves     - senior fellow, Harvard University & Author:
                  'Compromising with Evil'
Shammal Al-Nur  - journalist, Al-Tayaar Newspaper.

Source: Al Jazeera (with 9:43 stereo audio-video, via dxld)
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Sept 4)

NEW ZEALAND   Radio New Zealand's transmission site at Titahi Bay north of
Wellington has been in the news recently:

"With panoramic views of Mana Island and nearby golfing greens, the future
use of Radio NZ's surplus land at a popular public park in Porirua is up
in the airwaves. The state broadcaster, which owns a portion of Whitireia
Park by its transmission site above Titahi Bay, has told Porirua City
Council it is interested in having the greenfield land re-zoned for
residential development.

RNZ has seen its need for land in the area fall along with the number of
its transmission masts so it has been in discussion with the council,
which is currently reviewing the city's district plan, over the land's
future use. RNZ spokesman John Barr emphasised the organisation was "not a
property developer and have no intention of developing this land
ourselves". "Nothing has been confirmed or committed to as yet and any
potential changes to land use are likely to be many years away. "Radio NZ
is taking the opportunity to think ahead to the time when it will have
more land than it needs at Titahi Bay and there may be better uses for
it."

One of Radio NZ's landmark radio masts at Titahi Bay was felled for safety
reasons in 2015. The area has long been a home for the state broadcaster.
Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage spoke when it opened a building and
tower there in 1937. But times have changed, and the number of
transmission masts will have dropped from three to one new one being built
to replace another later this year." (Stuff 1 Aug 2018)

[Interesting that a mast apparently built only 10 years ago already needs
replacement? BC]

In a response to this press article, Alma Hong, RNZ's Chief Technology and
Operations Officer wrote that the new 137 metre mast will be positioned
where the 220m mast removed in 2016 was located to the west of the
transmitter building. The existing 137m mast in the north east corner of
the property will be removed in 2019. The 53m mast that has since been
removed, was at the southern end of the Titahi Bay Golf Club.

RNZ has been in discussion with the Porirua City Council as the council
reviews its district plan and framework for land use in partnership with
Ngati Toa. Given the likelihood that RNZ will not need the full site in
the near future it made sense to look to other potential uses. Nothing has
been confirmed or committed to as yet and any potential changes to land
use are likely to be many years away.

RNZ is taking the opportunity to think ahead to the time when it will have
more land than it needs at Titahi Bay, and that there may be better uses
for this land" said Ms Hong.
[This seems to indicate that RNZ is anticipating an end to its AM
operations from the Titahi Bay site. BC]
(Bryan Clark-Mangawhai-NZL, NZ DX Times magazine NZRDXL  Sept 3)

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 yg Aug 30;
NZ DX Times magazine NZRDXL  Sept 3)

PERU   4920.79 kHz  Radio La Voz del Pueblo, Santiago de Chuco, La
Libertad. Reportedly a new station, at 0735 UT with non-stop Latin pops
and a weak signal. However, over a period of four days of listening I
never once heard any station identification. The frequency does appear to
wander at times. A check later that evening at 0930 UT revealed it had
shifted up to 4920.81 kHz.
(Rob Wagner-Mount Evelyn-Vic-AUS  VK3BVW  July 7,
Aug "ADXNews" magazine of ARDXC; direct Aug 15)

ROMANIA   Radio Romania International:
Tiganesti TX1 on air / Galbeni TX2 off-air, maintenance.

Since 29-Aug-2018, 1810 UT, RADIOCOM Galbeni TX2 is again on air
with Radio Romania International's programmes.
(Alexander Busneag-D, dxld / A-DX ng Aug 29)

SOUTH AFRICA    BBC via BaBcoCk FMO, via SenTec Meyerton-AFS relay site,
before start of Somali Sce, August 31
1350-1400 15420 MEY 250 kW 032 deg to EaAF BBC announcement, very good
1400-1500 15420 MEY 250 kW 032 deg to EaAF Somali as scheduled in A-18
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 1)

ROMANIA    The Russian service of Interradio Romania (Radio Romania
International) temporarily stopped broadcasting in digital DRM format at
frequencies of 7390 and 9580 kHz due to malfunctions on one of the
transmitters. At these frequencies, ether is broadcast in the classical
standard. This is reported in the announcement of the Russian service
announcer in the air blocks at 0430, 1300 and 1500 UT on the world time.
Reception in the morning hours at a frequency of 7390 kHz in analog format
in Moscow is more or less stable, there are no interfering stations,
atmospheric noises of medium strength.

"For technical reasons, one of the transmitters does not work in
Tsiganeshti, which belongs to Radiocom, as a result of which the
transmissions of the IRP in Russian will be broadcast only in analog
format.

The first transmission of the day at 7390 kHz will be output at the same
frequency only in analog format, also the third day transmission at 9580
kHz will not be transmitted in the digital standard, but only in the
analog standard at the same frequency. We will inform in our programs, as
soon as this provision is corrected, "the announcement of the station
says.

<https://kolkeradio.blogspot.com/2018/08/drm.html#more>

Interradio Romania has been working in analog mode for several days in the
morning and evening programs. August 19 took them from 1500 to 1526 UT at
the frequencies 7360 and 9580 kHz with a good signal at both frequencies.
Today, on August 23, 2013, I received the morning transfer at 9770 and
7390 kHz in analog mode. At a frequency of 9770 kHz, the reception is more
powerful than at 7390 kHz. The station itself declares that this is
temporary, due to technical problems at the transmitting center.
(Dmitry Kutuzov-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx" via RUSdx Aug 26)

SPAIN   NEW  RNE Regional/Location program schedule from Sept 3rd 2018

NEW RNE REG/LOC SCHEDULE AS OF SEPT 3rd 2018

UTC +2 hrs
R1-R5  05'45-06'00 R
R5     07'15-07'30 L/R (*)
R5     10'25-10'30 R
R1-R5  11'10-12'00 R
R1-R5  17'45-18'00 R

SAT / SUN
R5     07'05-07'15 R
R1-R5  11'30-12'00 R
(*) each region decides.

RNE is working in a big change of the R5-TN programing starting
in October, so this schedule maybe valid only for September.
(Mauricio Molano-ESP, mwdx ng Aug 31;  <http://moladx.blogspot.com/> )

TAJIKISTAN   Adventist World Radio via Yangiyul, Dushanbe, August 31
1330-1400 11825 DB  100 kW 118 deg to SoEaAS Thai, very good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 1)

U.K.   Annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF on 3 - 12 September 2018

The annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF service to allow safe
maintenance of the masts and antennas, including greasing of the stays,
will take place between 3 - 12 September 2018. The service will be off-air
from:

08:00 to 18:00 BST-summer {07 - 17 UT} each day, including weekends.

If the weather is unsuitable for work to be carried out, then the service
will not be turned off. If the work is completed sooner than 18:00 BST on
any day, the service will be restored as soon as possible.

The MSF radio signal is a dedicated time broadcast that provides an
accurate and reliable source of UK civil time, based on the NPL time scale
UTC (NPL).
(Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Aug 31)

U.K.  BBC WORLD SERVICE English via the internet in 2018.

MIKE TERRY has passed on this news item: "Figures published by the BBC
show more people are listen directly to World Service English via the
internet than by any other method. The Global Audience Measure (GAM)
figures indicate how many adults the BBC reached weekly with its news and
entertainment content in the year 2017/18. The BBC World Service, which
has just undertaken its biggest expansion since the 1940s, has seen its
audience increase by 10m, to 279m. The total global news audience has
risen by a million, to 347m.

The shortwave radio audience has virtually disappeared in Pakistan,
and is down substantially in Nigeria."

STEFANO VALIANTI responded and says "This looks as an instance of reversal
of cause / effect. Of course I, for one, listen to the BBCWS more on the
internet than by other methods, being the internet the only way left to
listen!

(I sometimes listen to the sw frequencies listed by the BDXC Broadcasts in
English for areas other than Europe, but this is only a DXer's enjoyable
exercise, not a real listening opportunity)."
(BRDXC-UK Sept monthly magazine "Communication" Sept 7)

U.K.   Sale of shortwave stations used by BBC; Babcock International
Group's Media Services business is to be sold to Encompass.

Chris Greenway-UK tweeted:

Engineering/defence contractor Babcock, which owns UK's last remaining
shortwave transmitting station (Woofferton) and operates BBC shortwave and
medium wave relay stations in Ascension Island, Cyprus, Oman and
Singapore, is selling its media operations

<https://twitter.com/ChrisGreenwayUK>

Encompass says:
This deal expands Encompass' scale in EMEA and extends the company's
combined channel playout, transmission and digital products portfolio
while adding international radio distribution to its suite of services.

<https://www.encompass.tv/encompass-to-acquire-babcocks-media-services/>

Babcock Media Services Radio Distribution

<http://babcock.media/services/radio-distribution/>

<http://www.southgatearc.org>
(Harald Kuhl-D  DL1ABJ, DXplorer Sept 5)

U.K.   Babcock's Media Services to be sold  (Kai Ludwig-D, Sept 2)

Message 1 - Babcock's Media Services to be sold

<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/shortwavesites/conversations/topics/3
790;_ylc=X3oDMTJybGFyMW5zBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzE1MDExNjI4BGdycHNwSWQDM
TcwNjA1ODAzNwRtc2dJZAMzNzkwBHNlYwNkbXNnBHNsawN2bXNnBHN0aW1lAzE1MzU5Mzg3NzA
->

There is a new name to get familiar with:

https://www.encompass.tv/encompass-to-acquire-babcocks-media-services/

Note the statement from Encompass about their reasons for purchasing
Babcock's Media Services. It does not mention the word "radio" at all.

Seems to me that radio distribution will in future be just a legacy
service, kept in the same way Babcock already keeps the traditional stuff
of World Radio Network after they likewise took over this company three
years ago. Just consistent with the observation quoted at

<https://twitter.com/ChrisGreenwayUK/status/1022963699374596099>

The sports stuff mentioned in the statement is this:

<http://babcock.media/latest/001017/>

And a picture is worth thousand worths, so just compare the photos from
2004
<http://travelseries.de/trav2004/trav04_4.htm>

<https://www.addx.org/textarchiv/04-23-18-20.pdf>

with the current ones of what has in the meantime developed into a
TV/video NOC:
<http://babcock.media/virtual-tour/>

I would be surprised if Encompass keeps the former WRN HQ, because they
already have a facility in London:

<https://www.encompass.tv/encompass-london/>

(Kai Ludwig-D, Sept 2; via Colin Miller-CAN  VE3CMT, SWsites Sept 2)

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

BBCeng.info update August 13
Skelton, Penrith and the World 1943-1993
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>

(Mike Barraclough-UK, dxld Sept 3)

USA  [to CUBA]  Radio Marti via WRMI tests on 5950 kHz.

According to Jeff White of WRMI speaking at the EDXC conference in
Bratislava (Sept 1), WRMI will carry Radio Marti for a month starting
tomorrow on 5950 kHz:

Sun         2000-0000 UT
Tue and Wed 2300-0200 UT

This test runs until the end of the baseball season with many Cuban
players involved in matches.
(Alan Pennington-UK, BrDXC-UK Sept 1, via dxld)

Hmmm, I just suggested that RM should relay via WRMI if they were really
serious about better coverage into Cuba. This of course could well lead to
jamming on 5950 kHz carelessly expanding beyond the RM times.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Sept 1)

USA   Alan Pennington came across a US news report on construction of the
new 500 kW SW station in Monticello, Maine by WBCQ's Allan Weiner:

Tuning in to Monticello.

"The town of Monticello will soon be home to one of the largest short wave
radio stations in the world, according to those involved. In this week's
Aroostook 2020, Newssource 8's Ashley Blackford finds out what this major
project could mean for the area".

<http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Tuning490955221.html>

The photo is from Allan Weiner on Twitter,
"Building the superstation antenna"
More photos on his Twitter page @AllanWBCQ
(BRDXC-UK Sept monthly magazine "Communication" Sept 7)

USA   "The world needs news"

My take on the future of US international broadcasting. Independent news
is necessary and sufficient [...]

The United States government has broadcast to foreign audiences since the
1940s. The stations now under the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors,
renamed U.S. Agency for Global Media on August 22, are Voice of America,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Alhurra TV and Radio
Sawa, and Radio and TV Marti. Together they broadcast by radio and TV and
publish on the web in 56 languages.

read full item by Kim Elliott  KD9XB

<http://thehill.com/opinion/international/404378-the-world-needs-news>

[...] In the meantime, the audience will turn to the BBC World Service,
which will shoulder the daunting responsibility of being the only
organization capable of delivering objective news reportage for global
audiences. The BBC meets the key criteria including: 1) the ability to
gather global news and news specific to its target countries, 2) output in
multiple languages (BBC now has 40), and 3) journalistic independence.

The BBC is not perfect, but over the decades it has shown that a publicly
funded organization can maintain journalistic independence. It should be
the model for the revival of U.S. international broadcasting in the next
administration.

(Kim Elliott-Arlington-USA  KD9XB, dxld Aug 31)

USA   WINB Test Transmissions.
tnx info; do we know for how long these tests will last?

This is what I found on their website amongst others concerning the DRM
tests:

Technical and Coverage Data
WINB International Shortwave
Red Lion, PA

WINB transmits from the town of Red Lion in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Our main transmitter is a Continental 417B designed and built in Dallas,
Texas. It has a rated maximum output power of 50 kW.

A new DRM transmitter, an ASI CE-50000WS, was installed in April 2018 and
is in program test at random times. The transmitter is rated at 15 kW and
is using the Rhombic antenna at 062 degrees.

The authorized schedule for this transmitter is:
Monday-Friday 0700-0900 UT on 7325 kHz,
0900-1100 UT on 9265 kHz, 1100-1700 UT on 15670 kHz.

At times when the ASI transmitter is not being tested, WINB will
occasionally test in DRM using its existing Continental 417B transmitter
on 9265 kHz beamed 242 degrees. Programming on the DRM is from WINB's
Internet audio stream and is in English and Spanish.

The WINB transmitters feed a Rhombic antenna via an open wire feed lines.
The antenna is 640 feet long and 110 feet above the average terrain. The
principal radiation direction is 242 degrees true, or almost due
southwest. Minor lobes exist to each side of the main lobe and to the rear
on a bearing of 062 degrees true. The pattern when the antenna is fed in
the 062 direction is the same as 242 rotated 180 degrees.

vy73 Harald
(via Harald Kuhl-D  DL1ABJ, DXplorer / BrDXC-UK ng Sept 1)

> do we know for how long these tests will last?

Archive show these WINB  DRM data item on May 19 and June 20 like these:
"via Hans Johnson-FL-USA, WINB Sales Manager,
<winb.com>  <winb40th@yahoo.com>
via Alokesh Gupta-IND, May 18, cumbredx yg via dxld "

re 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,
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 UTC 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
(via Harald Kuhl-D  DL1ABJ, DXplorer / BrDXC-UK ng Sept 1)

USA   15670  According to Hans Johnson at WINB, the DRM is back on air,
but at only 15 kW, I'm not sure it's being heard on 15670 kHz, as I've had
no reports. I had a monitor in Northern Ireland check and nothing was
heard and the receiver received no digital ID from WINB either. I hope
they increase the ERP and my guess is they may well do that once the
testing phase is over. Not much hope of many listening on DRM in any case
due to limited receivers being available other than the SDR receivers
being available, remotely in Europe. Best regards, Glenn
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Aug 28 / Tim Gaynor, ibid.)

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NRC AM Radio Log 39th Edition is now available.

The National Radio Club, the world's oldest and largest broadcast band DX
club, is proud to announce the publication of the 39th edition of the AM
Radio Log. The AM Radio Log is a source for information on AM radio
stations in the United States and Canada. It contains 302 pages of data
and cross references and 12 pages of instructions in 8 1/2? x 11? size, 3-
hole punched, U.S. loose leaf format. It fits nicely into a 1? three-ring
binder. 10,000+ updates since last year?s 38th edition of the Log! New for
this year is a cross reference by State/Province in frequency order -
ideal for targeting needed areas. Additional reference lists include call
letters of FM simulcasts, listings of regional groups of stations, a cross
reference of those stations that are licensed to use IBOC digital audio,
and a comprehensive list of FM translators that are simulcasting with AM
broadcasters.

To the United States (Priority Mail):
NRC members $26.95, non-members $32.95

To Canada (Global Priority Mail):
members/non-members US$40.25

Outside US/Canada (Global Priority Mail):
members/non-members US$51.25

Order by snail mail by check or money order in US
funds to
National Radio Club
P.O.Box 473251, Aurora, CO
80047-3251, USA

or order by using your PayPal account at
<http://www.nationalradioclub.org/>

(BRDXC-UK Sept monthly magazine "Communication" Sept 7)

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European Heritage Days.

"Radio-Einblicke" am Tag des offenen Denkmals im
Deutschlandradio-Funkhaus

Christopher Deppe, 29 August 2018

Zwei Tage lang oeffnet das denkmalgeschuetzte Deutschlandradio-Funkhaus
in Berlin-Schoeneberg seine Pforten fuer die Oeffentlichkeit.

Am 8. und 9. September werden von 10.00 bis 17.00 Uhr CEST zur vollen
Stunde kostenfreie Fuehrungen durch das von Walter Borchard fuer die
Bayerischen Stickstoffwerke entworfene und bis 1941 errichtete Gebaeude
angeboten.

Um 11.30 und 13.30 Uhr CEST gibt es an beiden Tagen Fuehrungen mit dem
Schwerpunkt Architektur.

Das Haus steht nicht nur wegen seiner raumpraegenden Architektur unter
Denkmalschutz, sondern vor allem wegen seiner herausragenden
geschichtlichen Bedeutung. Von 1948 bis 1993 sendete hier der RIAS Berlin
als "freie Stimme der freien Welt". Heute wird in dem Gebaeude das
Programm von Deutschlandfunk Kultur und die Abendstrecke von
Deutschlandfunk Nova produziert.

Die "Radio-Einblicke" beleuchten daher nicht nur die Geschichte des
Hauses, sondern auch, wie taeglich modernes Kulturradio entsteht und
bundesweit verbreitet wird. Wo einst Hans Rosenthal moderierte, entstehen
heute Nachrichten, Themensendungen und -reihen, Hintergrundberichte,
Features, Musikmagazine und zahlreiche, oft preisgekroente Hoerspiele.

8. und 9. September 2018
10.00 bis 17.00 Uhr CEST
Hans-Rosenthal-Platz,
10825 Berlin, Germany.

Anmeldungen unter
<www.deutschlandradio.de/anmeldung>

<https://www.radioszene.de/125261/radio-einblicke-deutschlandradio-
funkhaus.html>

<www.rhci-online.net/radiogram/SW_Radiogram_2018-09-
01.htm#Tag_des_offenen_Denkmals>

<https://www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/>

<http://www.funkstadt-nauen.de/indexfotolinks.pdf>

<http://www.rhci-online.net/radiogram/SW_Radiogram_2018-09-01.htm>

(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Sept 7)

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX  -  


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