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BC-DX 1411                                                   05 Jan 2020
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Have a very Happy New Year 2020.

All best wishes and THANKS for all your contributions in the past year.

Lots of Good DX and SWL, hope on stable constant sunspots in the year 2020.

vy73 de Wolfgang   wwdxc

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ALGERIA   Re: Log: 891, ALG, Chaine 1 (tent), Ar, 1850 UT, 31. Dec. 2019
S=9+10...30dB in Austria, O=4.

MWList: ALG Chaine 1 24h ar Ouled Fayet * 300/100 testing in Dec 2019
// 153 198 576 909 1071 kHz
(Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX newsgroup Dec 31)

Uebrigens ist Bechar 576 kHz exact auf 575.9998 kHz, gemessen mit einem
kalibrierten Perseus und Jaguar vom derzeitigen Urlaubs-QTH bei Midelt
(Marokko), 260 km entfernt von Bechar.

Am 31.12.2019 um 23:00 schrieb Udo Isaenko:

Also 576 kHz ist momentan absolut nicht // zu 891 kHz. Kommt hier auf
einem Campingplatz nahe der Stadt Midelt (zwischen Moyen Atlas und Haut
Atlas in Marokko) mit S=9+30dB an, 891 kHz stabil mit S=9+18dB.
Gerade kam eine lokale Ansage mit "Bechar" drin.

Jetzt (2157z) schwaechelt 576 kHz gerade etwas, so dass Spanien hoerbar
wird.
Die anderen Frequenzen kann ich hier nicht mit Signalen aus ALG aufnehmen.
Rx: Perseus. Ant: Aktivdipol (SIMWA)
(73 Udo, HB9ERD/DL3GN   <https://www.teilzeitnomaden.ch>   BC-DX TopNews)

Mir erschien das 891 kHz Signal am 30. und. 31. 12. nicht mehr so stark,
als bei den vorher gehenden 1000 Hertz Tests der Techniker. Ich habe
einige remote SDR rx rund ums Mittelmeer besucht, in Italien, Riviera,
und Spanien, und habe eher Signale - 'getippt' halber Sendeleistung
auf 891 kHz und auch auf LW 252 kHz wahrgenommen.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

LW & MW Signals not so strong from RTA on the Christmas and Year End days
- as observed on remote stations around the Mediterranean, Sicily,
Riviera, Rome and Milan Italy, and Athens Greece.

Compared to refurbishing work era some months ago of the technicians of
former TransRadio Berlin firm, now Thomcast, Thurgi Switzerland /exAmpegon
Ludwigshafen-Schifferstadt Germany.

- RTA Signals of LW 252 and Algiers 891 kHz are now on decreased power of
approx.  h a l f  the nominal power figurs ?  -  also MW 531 kHz signal
from Algeria isn't so strong compared to previous years. They keep to save
electricity in 2019 ? likely.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

ARMENIA   January NZ DX Times items for DXLD.

IRAN INTERNATIONAL TV Audio relay of this organisation is currently being
heard on 11560 kHz from 0730 UT and 6270 kHz from 1400 via 100 kW
transmitters in Armenia {or Tashkent Uzbekistan ?} as reported
by Ivo Observer in Bulgaria.

[Noted here in Tauranga at 1830 UT fair level on 6270 kHz]

The following was taken from WIKIPEDIA. Iran International is a
Persian language television channel broadcast by satellite to Iran.

Iran International is owned by Volant Media UK Ltd. It is licensed in
the United Kingdom to Global Media Circulating Ltd as an editorial
news service based in London.

It was launched on 18 May 2017 and is managed by DMA Media Ltd, which has
bureaus in Paris, Istanbul, Kabul and Washington.
Broadcast area: Iran and region, North Africa, Europe, North America.
Language: Persian. Country: broadcast from United Kingdom.

[It is believed that this broadcaster is funded from Saudi Arabia and
has strong links to the Saudi Royal family.  Editor]
(NZ DX Times Dec 29)

ARMENIA(non Frequency change of Iran International TV audio December 28
0400-1200 NF11570 ERV 100 kW 100 deg to WeAS Farsi, fair/good, ex 11560
1200-0400 on 6270 ERV 100 kW 100 deg to WeAS Farsi NO CHANGE at present
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 28)

ARMENIA   From December 27th or earlier, there have been changes in
Transmirive medium wave transmissions.

Observations during 27th-31st December 2019 for new MW schedule
of TWR via Gavar Yerevan Armenia bcast center:

 864 kHz *1610-1740* UT already, ex till 1755 UT, including the program
"The Way to Truth" in Russian from 16.40 h, running Monday through Friday

1350 kHz *1745-1830* UT, ex 1800-1916 UT, with programs in Soran Kurdish
and Turkish / earlier than 18.00-19.16 UT in Kurdish, Turkish, Hebrew and
Russian, or the program on Fridays in Russian does not go on air /,
from *19.30 to 21.30 the program in Arabic language; presumed from AWR360
in cooperation with progr "World by Radio" together with IBRA,
Sedaye Zindagi etc.

1377 kHz  *1800-2002* UT with programs in Kurdish and Persian.

1395 kHz  1500-1559* & *1746-0500* UT,
// SW 6270 kHz on Persian International Iranian TV relay,
1600 till 0400 UT. Armenian Radio at *1600-1745* UT, on Kurdish,
Turkish and Azeri languages.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

AUSTRIA   Log: Welle 370, at 0900 UT on 6140 kHz via ORS Moosbrunn Austria

Die Welle 370 vom Funkerberg in Koenigs Wusterhausen sendet zur Zeit auf
6140 kHz via ORS Moosbrunn. Den Zeiger des S-Meter verbiegt es gerade am
Endanschlag ;-)

Es ist die regulaere Welle 370 - Dezember-Sendung:
<http://museum.funkerberg.de/welle370/index.html>

welle370 Radiotag 15. Dezember 2019
Wir blicken virtuell zurueck auf ein ganz besonderes Rundfunkjahr 2020.
(aus Sicht des 15. Dezembers 2020). Dazu gibt es eine Prise
Funkgeschichte, Funkerbergnachrichten und CC lizensierte Musik.

Doppelmoderation Monique Ehmke (Hitradio SKW) und Rainer Suckow

<http://www.hitradio-skw.de/moderatoren>

Beide Protagonisten u.a. hier:

<https://www.maz-online.de/Lokales/Dahme-Spreewald/Koenigs-
Wusterhausen/Koenigs-Wusterhausen-Firma-Urtonmusic-setzt-einzigartiges-
Klangprojekt-in-Koenigs-Wusterhausen-um>

<https://kw-kurier.de/vertonte-ortsgeschichte/>

buchbarer Slot:
List source: userlistHFCC.txt, file date 2020/01/02 10:36 UT.

kHz: 6140 kHz UTC/PSN: 0900-1000 UT. Days/PI: 7 (Sunday). Language: German
FMO Frequency management organization: Media Broadcast GmbH Cologne (MBR)
Country station: AUT (Austria), Transmitter: ORS Moosbrunn
Latitude: 48.0000 (48N00'00") Longitude: 16.4667 (16E28'00")
Modulation: AM Power 100 kW.  Target: 270 degrees azimuth (CIRAF 27, 28E)

Distance: 511 km Bearing: 139 degr  Notes: 2710-2803
Details: 49 m from Austria to Western Europe/Central/Eastern Europe
QTH locator: JN88fa60aa
Remarks: Distance and bearing for Petersberg, noth of Halle Sachsen-
Anhalt, 11.96E/51.55N, JO51xn52ea

TDoA bestaetigt das QTH:
<https://www.dropbox.com/s/sjq8rxqkvztwwil/2020-01-
05_6140kHz_WELLE370_Moosbrunn.png?dl=0>
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX newsgroup Jan 5)

BHUTAN   6035 kHz, BBS Thimpu, at 1019-1048* UT on Jan 3. In English; many
sound bites; at 1043 UT, surprising reception, in which the news item was
semi-readable; seminar held for Bhutan sports athletes to learn about
nutrition; sound bite:

"It makes no sense to train hard without also taking nutrition very
seriously. They may not be able to train harder than athletes in other
countries. But if they know more about nutrition, they can gain an
advantage when they go to international competition. So what we try to do
in these three days is convince them that nutrition is important and try
to help them to find sources of information that will help them to improve
their performance,"

"Over 70 athletes attended the three days seminar." Extremely rare that
I'm able to make out what is actually being said here, even though I can
normally tell the segment is in English.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct and wor via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

CHINA/KOREA's/PACIFIC   January NZ DX Times items for DXLD
{also to WOR; and wwdxc-germany direct}

Life Member, Ken Baird in Wainuiomata, writes: I read the articles on
Dialog about problems in China. I consider the "West" has dropped the
ball as "we" consider HF radio to be an obsolete technology. China has
not. To 3rd/2nd level countries, it still is a very important, cheap
means of communication. The South Pacific Is need cheap comms for news,
weather (Cyclones !), etc.

They do not have reliable Internet, Cell phones, Satellite service.
After the close of Radio Australia, they now only RNZI, a 100 kW Txer
running at 50 kW (why?)  And China who, on checking, now occupy most
RA frequencies.

[I don't know why, and Adrian Sainsbury can confirm, but I suspect
50 kW is all you need to get a really good signal up in the islands.
I certainly was impressed by RNZI was I was in Niue during the
winter - Stu Forsyth, ed.]

Most "Western" TXers are old, 100/200 kW operating from Saipan,
Philippines, Thailand, USA, etc. When WBCQ  opened it's 500 kW Txer in
the US recently, it was a major event!

China has 50 active SW Txers, 25 x rated 500 kW including 7 recently
installed at Kunming, and 25 x 100/200 KW - elsewhere in China. I am
unable to get data on the Txers in Albania used by China.

{ 6 x 150 kW at Cerrik European CRI relay site, to be combined also
2 x 150 kW pairs = combined at 300 kW of power during night time
22-04 UT for example towards North America target, like in old days
from 1967 year onwards during Vietnam-US war time, once on 7120 kHz
in 41 meterband that days, R Peking English program fed from China
mainland ON AIR on Short Wave, via Shijiazhuang site of 500 kW
at 315 degrees direct towards Tirana Albania Europe via 8 row
horizontal dipols curtain antenna - in days before Satellite feeder
technique appeared.

China uses 25 'big point' powerful broadcast centers with excellent
SW antenna design arrays worldwide, in China mainland, Albania, Mali
and Cuba overseas relay stations. wb. comment }

China broadcasts 2700 hours per day, 7 days a week, including 24 hours
of English each day. If RFA, VOA try sending to Tibet in Tibetan, for
example, China turns on one or more of its 500 kW Txers located near{sic}
the Tibetan border and totally wipes them out. I have heard this many
times, both for Tibet and the Uighur region. I now ignore strong
signals on the SDR1 waterfall as they usually indicate China or Saudi
Arabia which I am no longer interested in (you can only take so much
of the Koran or Mandarin). Of interest, North Korea has 15 operational
200 kW Txers. V of Korea is heard everywhere.

South Korea (KBS World Radio) broadcasts 63.5 hours per day and makes
extensive use of relays, satellite, internet and streaming. The number
of Txers and their power are not known. Everyone assumes modern
technology is available to all people and this is not so(*). Hence my
comments. There is still a lot to hear on the Intl SW bands apart from
China. I find plenty to keep me very very interested.

(*) I guess, KBS Kimjae site have got some powerful 250 kW SW TXS from
Thomcast Ampegon antennas {Made in Switzerland / Germany} 
erected in past two years.

Ludo's Korea transmitter list
<https://www.swcountry.be/kor.html>
doesn't reflect the latest refurbishing an expansion work at Kimjae.
(wb)

COOK ISLANDS  The loss of the AM 630 kHz station, which had broadcast
since the 1970s, raised concerns about ways of alerting the Pa Enua
(outer islands -ed. BC Bryan Clark) during natural disasters such as
cyclones. It was reactivated in October from a smaller 36-metre mast
at the golf club premises in Nikao, covering some of the outer
islands. In Parliament last week, Titikaveka MP Selina Napa questioned
the government on when radio services will be returned to the Pa Enua,
noting that the country is now into the "cyclone season".

Napa said the outer islands were more vulnerable now that they are no
longer able to receive warnings from local radio station. Checking
weather updates online was not easily accessible in the Pa Enua.
[Finance Minister] Mark Brown said, government recognises the
importance of good communication with the Pa Enua, particularly during
the cyclone season."We recognise that with the dismantling of the mast
in Matavera for the AM signal, this signal is now restricted from the
Blackrock transmitter, but does not have the same reach as the
previous transmitter had," Brown said.

"Bluesky and Cook Islands Investment Corporation are working together
on this and every island can receive the FM signal. "But some of the
islands need an upgrade of their telecommunications infrastructure in
order to be able to receive the FM signal and also to be able to
transmit it throughout each of the individual islands."

Acknowledging it is a matter of urgency, Brown said the government was
closely working with Bluesky and a New Zealand company to acquire the
needed infrastructure for each of the Pa Enua. The long term aim of
government is to look for a suitable site in order to construct an AM
transmitter with a mast high enough to be able to transmit the signal.
(extracts from Cook Islands News Dec 16; via Barry Hartley-NZL,
NZ DX Times Dec 29)

CUBA   6000 kHz, Dec 28 at 0456 UT, RHC English suptorted; wiggle that
patchcord. Something's always wrong at RHC.

6060 kHz, Dec 28 at 0528 UT, RHC Spanish with a frequency announcement:
something on 25mb, 9535, 5040 kHz and FM, missing the very frequency I am
hearing! What do they know? Something's always wrong at RHC. Except for
Esperanto, I think the other languages, certainly English, do not even
attempt to announce times or frequencies, so they cannot be *wrong*!

Spanish should consider the same, or better yet, get everything
cooerdinated and accurately announced. That'll be the day.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx Dec 28; did insert by wb for TopNews website:
'kHz and UT' for the clarity and clarification of a larger audience
on wwdxc website)

CUBA   5025even  R Rebelde from Bauta center noted in NJ and Edmonton
Alberta at 07.45 UT, S=9+20dB, 11.2 kHz wideband audio block.

6100even  RHC Bauta powerhouse mx at 07.50 UT on Dec 29.
S=9+30dB to California / Vancouver target azimuth.

N o t  the only 49 mband outlet this Sunday morning English service,
also // 6145 kHz from Bauta in use, surprise, surprise.

6145even  RHC English also from Bauta site, S=9+20dB at Chicago
340degr azimuth outlet. 20.8 kHz wideband audio block.
Better broader modulation visible also on screen than 6100 kHz.

At 07.59:10 UT Esperanto Sunday special annmt on both channels.

At 08.09:20 UT the 6100 kHz Bauta  OFF AIR CUT - now.

Remains on
6145even kHz, noted in Edmonton Alberta S=9+20dB -58dBm.

At 08.17:30 UT the other 6145 kHz switched also OFF AIR.
Cut off midst on the Esperanto program procedure.

Surprise, surprise on RadioCuba facilities.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

5990 even kHz  CRI Beijing North American shortwave relay site, English
service via Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW tx via NVIS fountain like
non-directional steep angle service, noted S=9+25dB at 23.10 UT on Jan 1st
on remote Massachusetts SDR rx, English requested 23-24 UT slot,
"... discussion abouth Yankee younger generation under Pres Trump ..."

But surprisingly also on harmonic 11980 kHz transmission at same time
on S=9+5dB signal level on UT tonight.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

ECUADOR   HCJB 6050 kHz Quito, Ecuador.

HCJB operating on 6050 kHz, with reported 1 kW transmitter from the Mount
Pichincha transmitter site, was heard with Fair to Great signals from
2339 UTC to Loss of Signal at 0233 UTC. I noted that the radio signals
were SINPO 35333 when I first started listening. Then the signal peaked
to an SINPO 55445 at about 0100 UTC for 30 minutes. Then dropped to a
SINPO 35333 for the rest of the broadcast.

The programs appeared to be in mostly in Spanish, I think. There were
many Christmas music selections inserted during the broadcast.

Between many of the programs that I heard. I did note that their appeared
to be a NEWS and COMMENTARY show for about 30 minutes about 0100 UTC.

It appears that HCJB is relaying 'HCJB Kichwa' during the time that
I listened. Their is an internet feed for 'HCJB Kichwa', linked on
their web site.

<https://radiohcjb.org/>
(C Gessner-USA, wor Jan 1)

ECUADOR   Ecuador Station Lists.

I've located the official Excel station lists of the Ecuadorian Ministerio
de Telecomunicaciones. They have about three dozen such lists going back
to 2016. To see them all go to Google and search for the following line.
Then under tools select "past year" from the time option to see the most
recent ones. Note that the most recent lists do not have the year in the
file name although the date does appear in the body of the spreadsheet.

listado RTV site:
<https://www.arcotel.gob.ec>

Below are links for the most recent one (October 2019) and the oldest one
(August 2016) that I found. If the file opens in the "indice" tab, switch
to the "listado" tab. The lists include all licensed AM, FM, and TV
stations in Ecuador.

<https://www.arcotel.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/8.1.3-Listado_RTV-
Oct-2019.xlsx>

<https://www.arcotel.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/9.1.3-LIstado_RTV-
modificado-Ago2016.xlsx>

(Don Moore - visiting Cuenca-EQA, Dec 29  <http://www.donmooredxer.com> )

EGYPT   Radio Cairo English back on ??

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/German.html>

<https://livestreaming3.onlinehorizons.net/hls-
live/NSMawagehat8/German/liveevent/livestream.m3u8>

Stream is "noted" but not activated.

Now, after 1900 UT, indeed the Radio Cairo broadcast in German goes out
there.

At the same time again no trace of a carrier on both 9590 and 9810 kHz.
So apparently the mention of "technical problems that we have been facing
are over" referred to their new streaming solution while the shortwave
transmitters are finally dead (how long ago had they been heard the last
time?).
(Kai Ludwig-D, wor Dec 30)

EGYPT   Winter B-19 shortwave schedule of Radio Cairo

0400-0600  9740 ABS 100 kW 166 deg to CeEaAF Swahili
1500-1600  9610 ABS 125 kW 325 deg to WeEUR  Albanian << NOT ON AIR Dec 30
1700-1900  9900 ABS 125 kW 005 deg to NE/ME  Turkish  << NOT ON AIR Dec 30
1800-1900  9540 ABS 125 kW 325 deg to WeEUR  Italian  << NOT ON AIR Dec 30
1900-2000  9590 ABS 125 kW 005 deg to EaEUR  Russian
1900-2000  9810 ABS 125 kW 325 deg to WeEUR  German
2000-2115  9900 ABS 125 kW 325 deg to WeEUR  French
2115-2245  9900 ABS 125 kW 325 deg to WeEUR  English
2215-2330  9545 ABS 100 kW 252 deg to SoAM   Portuguese
2330-0045  9620 ABS 100 kW 252 deg to SoAM   Arabic
0045-0200  9875 ABS 100 kW 252 deg to SoAM   Spanish
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx / wor via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 30)

Re:  Radio Cairo English back on ??

Yes. English to Africa at 1745 UT was rather good quality streaming
<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/AS/EN_ECSAfrica.html>
(Jari Savolainen-FIN, wor Dec 30)

Re:  Radio Cairo English back on ??

Thanks Roger - great spot on En/EN.
I also tried

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/Italian.html>

where a streams runs briefly with part of an opening announcement
in English. - whilst

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/Turkish.html>

runs continuously, presumably up to 1900 UT
(ie the end of the scheduled Turkish 1700-1900 UT broadcast)
(Alan Roe, Teddington-UK, BrDXC-UK newsgroup / wor Dec 30)

On 30/12/2019 17:32 CET, Roger Thauer-D wrote:
Am 30.12.2019 um 14:50 UTC schrieb Alan Roe-UK:

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/En_EUR.html>

I assume that this would be at 2115 UT. I will check the frequency
9900 kHz tonight.

The livestream address looks faulty (page not found) with a space
between after "/livestreaming", however I tried without a space and
with "-" and "_" before the "3", but all came up with page not found.

I just had an idea, which is case sensitive / CASE SENSITIVE . . . ..
(Use a capital N instead of a small one)  > EN_EUR.html

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/EN_EUR.html>

<https://livestreaming3.onlinehorizons.net/hls-
live/NSMawagehat2/EN_EUR/liveevent/livestream.m3u8>

Stream is "noted" but not activated

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/EN_LatAmr.html>

<https://livestreaming3.onlinehorizons.net/hls-
live/NSMawagehat2/EN_LatAmr/liveevent/livestream.m3u8>

Stream is "noted" but not activated

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/EN_Israel.html>

<https://livestreaming3.onlinehorizons.net/hls-
live/NSMawagehat1/EN_Israel/liveevent/livestream.m3u8>

Stream runs briefly, with a sound of "rippling water":

<https://www.onlinehorizons.net/livestreaming3/Player/NS/German.html>

<https://livestreaming3.onlinehorizons.net/hls-
live/NSMawagehat8/German/liveevent/livestream.m3u8>

Stream is "noted" but not activated.
(Roger Thauer-D, / Alan Roe-UK, BrDXC-UK / wor Dec 30)

ESTONIA/MOLDOVA-Maiac-Grigoriopol-Transnistria-Ukraine border.

Monitoring January 2, 2020 from 18.30 UT I receive Radio Eli at a
frequency of 1035 kHz Estonia. At about 18.45 UTC in At the end of the
program, they announced that they would listen to the broadcast of TWR at
22.00 MSK at a frequency of 999 kHz in Moldova.
(Dmitry Kutuzov-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx" via RUSdx #1062 Jan 5)

January 3.  At 1035 kHz after 03.00 the program of TWR was transmitted
exactly. Today I got the impression that it started at 03:00 a.m., before
that there was no signal. I didn't detect a signal clearly, but until
03:00 hrs it was completely quiet, and now the transmission is not even at
the noise level, but stronger, everything can be well disassembled
(35442).

January 4.  The transmission at 1035 kHz was stable until 03.35, after
which the signal began to disappear. At 03.57 (10.57 local time !!!) the
identification of TWR was made with the mention of a certain "Chistayay
Volna" ("Clean Wave"). At 04.03 hrs, the passage is still there! This is a
very good result, I would even say amazing.

At 04.28 (half past eleven in Tomsk) the passage to 1035 kHz is still
there !!!

That's cool. The same announcement was made about the programs prepared by
the TWR studio, broadcast on Clean Wave.
Receiver: "Icom-8500" (Icom IC8500); Antenna: 180 meters long wire
(Vladimir Kovalenko, Tomsk-RUS, "open-dx" via RUSdx #1062 Jan 5)

January 4.
Through SDR in Estonia, he listened to 1035 kHz at about 0358-0400 UT.

Yes: Christian broadcast. However, instead of TWR identification in
progress: "Chistayay Volna". Never took Eli, since physically for me to
take the traditional way on MW them are simply impossible. So: I do not
know if this is their ID? Did they call themselves that? Or maybe: already
a new station on broadcasts their wave?
(Igor Ashikhmin, Primorsky Krai-RUS, "open_dx" via RUSdx #1062 Jan 5)

Internet radio "Chistayay Volna":  <http://purewave.ru/>

The announcement of TWR programs is something like this:

Listen to the programs prepared by TWR Radio Studios at 999 kHz every day
at 10 p.m. Moscow time.

This ad seems to be just affiliate advertising. The programs themselves
are designed in a youth style and are completely different from TWR.
The guys sculpt the programs themselves. By the way, not all of them are
Christian: in the Dictionary of Vinaigrette today they discussed the
origin of the words Zamok and Zamok, emigration and immigration.
(Dmitry Mezin, Kazan, Russia / "open-dx" via RUSdx #1062 Jan 5)

The St. Petersburg Trans World Radio studio has been closed since December
31, TSR programs on air at a frequency of 1035 kHz were only until January
1, 2020 of the year. The transmission "Silver" switched to a frequency of
999 kHz, and the recordings of the rest gears stop completely. TWR website
will continue to function, its will support the Krasnoyarsk TWR studio.
Letters and calls are accepted will not be at St. Petersburg addresses.
Part of the staff has already left St. Petersburg and departed to a new
place of service.

Everything else is not the products of St. Petersburg TWR studio, but the
recordings of others studios, probably they are paid by someone.
(Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan-RUS, "open_dx" via RUSdx #1062 Jan 5)

FRANCE   TDF shortwave schedule. English schedule

<https://www.tdf.fr/sites/default/files/TDF%20Short%20Waves%20B19%20transm
ission%20schedule%20-%20November%202019_0.pdf>

French schedule

<https://www.tdf.fr/sites/default/files/TDF%20Short%20Waves%20B19%20transm
ission%20schedule%20-%20November%202019.pdf>

(Gaetan Teyssonneau-F, wor Dec 29)

GERMANY   Reception of Voice of Oromo Liberation via MBR Nauen Dec 27
1700-1730 9610 NAU 100 kW 144 deg to EaAF Afan Oromo Fri/Sun, very good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 28)

GERMANY   Europe1 183 kHz macht Schluss.
Nun ist es offiziell: Europe1 macht Schluss mit dem LW-Sender im Saarland
heute Abend um Mitternacht.

Die Meldung kommt von Anne Fauconnier, die bei Europe1 fuer die Sender
verantworlich ist.

Wer franzoesich versteht kann folgender Artikel lesen:

<https://www.lalettre.pro/Europe-1-coupe-son-emetteur-Grandes-
Ondes_a21453.html>

Viele Proteste kommen uebrigens aus Belgien, wo E1 vielle Hoerer hatte.
(Remy Friess-F, A-DX newsgroup Dec 31)

Europe 1 (LW 183 kHz) abgeschaltet

<https://www.mwlist.org/sounds/2019-12-
31T22_28_00Z_183.0kHz_websdr_twente.mp3>

Europe 1 auf 183 kHz wurde am 31. Dec. 2019 wenige Sekunden vor 23.29 Uhr
MEZ/CET (= 2229 UTC) mitten im Wort abgeschaltet. Keine Hinweise im
Programm auf die bevorstehende Abschaltung dieser in grossen Teilen
Frankreichs empfangbaren Frequenz, die gewiss von den Hoerern ausserhalb
der UKW-Inseln wohl nicht nur stationaer, sondern auch unterwegs
(z. B. im Auto), genutzt wurde. Schliesslich verfuegen alle franzoesischen
Automodelle ueber Langwellenempfang.

Jetzt kann man auf RTL (234 kHz) umschalten - oder in den suedlicheren
Gebieten auch auf RMC Radio Monte Carlo (216 kHz).
(Alexander Busneag-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

Re:  Europe 1 has closed.

The final hour of broadcasting has been archived here:

<https://shortwavearchive.com/archive/europe-1-longwave-end-of-
broadcasting-december-31-2019>

and here:

<https://archive.org/details/europe10.183mhz31december20192130utc>
(Richard Langley-NB-CAN, wor Jan 2)

Re:  Europe1 183 kHz macht Schluss.

Und dann wundern die sich warum sie in ein paar Jahrzehnten 70% ihrer
Hoererschaft verloren haben, obwohl es nicht die einzige Erklaerung fuer
den Verlust ist. Das staendige Nachahmen der Programme der Konkurrenten
(RTL) hat ihnen auch viele Hoerer gekostet.
(Remy Friess-F, A-DX Jan 2)

Hier gibt es reichlich Kommentare von (ueberraschten) ex-Europe1-Hoerern,
auch aus Belgien:

<https://www.lalettre.pro/Europe-1-coupe-son-emetteur-Grandes-
Ondes_a21453.html>

Hier eine aeltere Collage zum "Luxemburg - Effekt":

<http://www.rhci-online.net/radiogram/VoA_Radiogram_2017-01-07.htm#LX>
(via Roger Thauer-D, A-DX newsgroup Jan 3)

GERMANY   WDR 5 seit Januar 2020 ueber DAB+ in Berlin.

<https://www1.wdr.de/unternehmen/der-wdr/empfang-technik/wdr5-via-dabplus-
in-berlin-100.html>

"WDR 5 loest somit WDR 2 auf dem rbb-Multiplex ab.

Grund fuer den Wechsel ist das besondere Programmprofil von WDR 5:
Mit seinen fachjournalistischen Sendungen, den langen Wortformaten, den
hintergruendigen Gespraechen sowie den inspirierenden Debatten ist WDR 5
einzigartig in der deutschlandweiten Radiolandschaft."

(Gerade kam auch ein entsprechender Trailer auf dem Stream, mit
regionalem Sprech: "Ick freu mir...." )

Auf WDR5 gibt es u.a. ein MEDIENMAGAZIN:
<https://www1.wdr.de/radio/wdr5/sendungen/toene-texte-
bilder/sendeterminseiten/toenetextebilder892.html>

Und z.B.: "Quarks"
<https://www.quarks.de/quarks-im-radio/>

WDR 5 Player - URL:

<http://www1.wdr.de/radio/player/radioplayer112~_layout-popupVersion.html>

WDR 5 (mp3, 128 kBit/s) - URL:

<https://wdr-wdr5-live.icecastssl.wdr.de/wdr/wdr5/live/mp3/128/stream.mp3>

WDR 5 (fuer iOS; adaptive Datenrate fuer iPhone und iPad) - URL:

<https://wdr5-lh.akamaihd.net/i/wdr_wdr5@384698/master.m3u8>

der 128er MP3 Stream funktioniert auch ohne (s):

<http://wdr-wdr5-live.icecastssl.wdr.de/wdr/wdr5/live/mp3/128/stream.mp3>
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX newsgroup Jan 3)

GUATEMALA   January NZ DX Times items for DXLD / wor.

A new station was heard on 6 December at my remote location
in Liguria, North Italy, The id is quite clear - Radio Fe y Esperanza.

"Para Guatemala y el mundo intero". Frequency approximately 1389.976 kHz.

They transmit from the capital city, and they have a FM frequency too,
103.1 MHz. I have sent them this clip via Whatsapp and they confirmed
me in minutes. Adding that they have started 24 hours operation just
last week.  Before it was 5am-10pm local time. They have advised that
transmitter power is 6 kW.
(Rocco Cotroneo via RealDX IO Group; January NZ DX Times Dec 26)

INDIA   AIR Aizawl reactivated on 5050 kHz.
Ron Howard hat mir soeben geschrieben: Die indische Tropenbandstation
in Aizawl aus dem Bundesstaat Mizoram hat ihren Sender auf 5050 kHz
reaktiviert.
(Christoph Ratzer-AUt  OE2CRM, A-DX newsgroup)

AIR Aizawl reactivated on 5050 kHz.

5050 kHz  AIR Aizawl, Jan 3.  Exciting news for the New Year!

Today had positive reception of this station that had been off the air for
several years; yesterday had a faint hint that another station might be
here besides the usual Beibu Bay Radio, so monitored this frequency again
today; 1120-1127 UT, prominent test tone; went off for a minute till start
of the distinctive AIR IS; 1130-1135 UT, possibly news in Hindi(?); then
at 1135 UT could make out, "This is All India Radio with the news read by
..."; items not very readable due to BBR QRM; 1140 UT, "and that was the
end of the news bulletin." Wonderful to have this station active again!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct and DXindia via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 3)

I checked that 5050 kHz thrice since, but negative, had only log of China
mainland bcast Beibu Bay Radio on that channel, wb. Jan 3 - 5.

Re:  AIR Aizawl reaktiviert 5050 kHz.

Sked: 5050 kHz 0025-0400 1130-1630 UT.
Zum Sendestart um 0025 UT und weiterhin nur ein schwaecher werdendes
Signal von Beibu Bay Radio aus Nanning, aus Aizawl ist nichts zu hoeren.
Der Sender {in Indien} duerfte nicht in Betrieb sein, auch im
hochaufloesenden Wasserfall ist kein Signal aus Ostindien zu sehen.
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT, OE2CRM, Jan 5)

INDONESIA   Voice of Indonesia Palangkaraya 3325 kHz on Jan 4-5.

Einziger Lichtblick im 90 Meterband:
3325 kHz Palangkaraya zwischen 18-19 UT mit dem fast unhoerbaren
Deutsch Programm von RRI Jakarta. Seit 19 UT Franzoesisch, aber ebenfalls
fast nicht zu hoeren.

Nach Auswertung der letzten Nacht
habe ich diesen (heutigen) Sendeplan extrahiert:

1000-1200 UT  -nicht beobachtet-
1200-1300 UT  Japanisch
1300-1400 UT  Englisch
1400-1500 UT  Bahasa Indonesia
1500-1600 UT  Chinesisch
1600-1700 UT  Arabisch
1700-1800 UT  Spanisch
1800-1900 UT  Deutsch
1900-2000 UT  Niederlaendisch
2000-2100 UT  Franzoesisch
2100-2200 UT  Englisch
2230-2230 UT  Japanisch
2230 UT  Sendeschluss (s/off, kein RRI Palangkaraya px)
(Uwe Volk, Tha Mai, Provinz Chanthaburi-THA, A-DX newsgroup Jan 5)

3325 INS  Palangkaraya 10 kW / Non-Dir Voice of Indonesia, Dec 28 at 1500
UT - Just music until the TOH, then into Mandarin programming with a few
mentions of Voice of Indonesia.  Strong signal, but with a bit of 3320 kHz
splatter from Korea.

3325 INS  Palangkaraya 10 kW Non-Dir  RRI, Dec 29 at 1647 UT - When I
checked at 15:00 UT, there was virtually no modulation, but rechecking now
shows good modulation in listed Arabic, but doesn't sound very Arabic to
me. Perhaps heavily accented?  Good reception despite splatter from Korea
5 kHz low. With an empty band, why not move???.
(Walt Salmaniw, Masset DXexped, BC-CAN, wor Jan 5)

INDONESIA/SOLOMON ISL/VANUATU   Tropenbandempfang aus dem Pazifik.

Gegen 18/19 Uhr UT sind drei seltene Sender mit spitzen Ohren auch bei uns
schwach zu hoeren:

Zuerst Radio Vanuatu aus Port Vila gegen 1830 UT auf 3945 kHz,
zur gleichen Zeit sendet die Stimme Indonesiens ihr deutsches Programm
ueber den Sender in Palangkaraya, schwach auf 3325 kHz zu hoeren.

Und um 19 Uhr UT startet SIBC Radio Hapi Isles von den Salomonen
seine Morgensendung auf 5020 kHz.
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT  OE2CRM, A-DX newsgroup Dec 28)

IRAN   Change of time Voice of Iran. Today I listen to Voice of Iran
in Italian at 18.00 to 18.20 UT on 6135 kHz with low signal.
(Dario Gabrielli-ITA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 27)

Dear Dario, - Yes, IRIB seems to have changed the time for its Italian
programme on shortwave. Now at 17.50 to 18.20 UT on 6135 kHz. See

<https://parstoday.com/it/radio/frequencies>

In HFCC schedule still mentioned at 1920-1950 UTC on 6135 kHz.
(Michael Bethge (WWDXC), via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 30)

IRAN   Some changes of VIRI IRIB PARS TODAY from Dec 22
1653-1750 9835 SIR 500 kW 336 deg to EaEUR Russian new time
1323-1420 9835 SIR 500 kW 336 deg to EaEUR Russian is deleted
1723-1820 7295 SIR 500 kW 313 deg to WeEUR German  single freq
1723-1820 6090 SIR 500 kW 320 deg to WeEUR German  is deleted
1753-1820 6135 SIR 500 kW 300 deg to SEEUR Italian new time
1923-1950 6135 SIR 500 kW 300 deg to SEEUR Italian is deleted
1923-1950 6190 SIR 500 kW 295 deg to SEEUR Italian is deleted
1923-2020 6130 SIR 500 kW 313 deg to WeEUR French  new time
1823-1920 6130 SIR 500 kW 313 deg to WeEUR French  is deleted
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 28)

IRAN   Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran / PARS Today.

Checking on Iran's response to the killing of Iranian General Qasem
Soleimani in Iraq, I tuned into VOIRI's English language broadcast
beginning at 19:20 UT today (3 Jan) on 6040 kHz (6039.999 kHz) using the
University Enschede Twente SDR receiver. Press conference (live or
recorded?) with simultaneous English translation in progress at sign-on.
News at 19:30 UT with extensive coverage of the killing and the response.
Carrier strong but modulation a bit weak. On the scheduled // frequency of
11880 kHz (11880.005 kHz), only the carrier could be seen in the
waterfall.
(Richard Langley-NB-CAN, wor Jan 3)

KAZAKHSTAN   Kazakh radio - Qazaq Radiosy. Broadcasting in Russian.
24 hours.
1341 kHz 25 kW Aktau (Kazakhstan). 1557 kHz Lepsy (Kazakhstan)
"Broadcasting in Russian. B19: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020"
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx",
RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

KYRGYZSTAN   Birinchi Radio - The first radio. Broadcasting in Russian.

612 kHz 100 kW Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan)

05/02/02/10 Sat
02.15-02.30 Sun
02.50-03.30 Sat
03.25-03.30 Mon-Fri
04.35-04.45 Tue, Wed
04.45-04.55 Mon, Wed, Thu
05.05-05.45 Sat
05.35-06.00 Mon-Wed
06.20-07.00 Mon-Wed
06.20-07.00 Sat
05/07/07/10 Sat, Sun
07.30-08.00 Mon-Fri
10.00-10.05 Mon-Fri
10.25-10.35 Sun
10.45-11.00 Sun
11.05-11.10 Sun
11.20-11.30 Sat
11.30-12.00 Mon-Fri
11.50-12.00 Sat

4010 kHz 50 kW Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan).
Relay of programs that are broadcast on CB 612 kHz

12.30-13.00 Mon-Fri
13.20-14.00 Sat
15.20-15.30 Sat
16.48-17.00 Thu
17.28-17.58 Mon-Fri

"Broadcasting in Russian. B19: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020".
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx",
RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

LATVIA   Ulbroka. Antennas. A photo.
<https://vk.com/club158109176?z=photo-158109176_457239370%2Falbum-
158109176_00%2Frev>

<https://vk.com/club158109176>
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx",
RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

MADAGASCAR   Radio Madagasikara on 5009.9 // 6135.0 kHz.

6135.0 kHz  R. Madagasikara, at 0258-0325 UT on Dec 31. Fortunately Brazil
(6135.1 kHz) was off the air; has been about eight years since I last
heard them on this frequency; suspect they are getting ready for a New
Year's Eve broadcast tomorrow; we can only hope that Brazil will again be
silent, or that might spoil RM reception; clearly // 5009.9 kHz; mostly
announcers (too weak to ID language), but also some nice African
music/singing; 6135 kHz was considerably better than 5009.9 kHz.
Needs some New Year's Eve monitoring!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct and wor via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 31)

PNG    NBC Radio Madang 3260 kHz ...

an meinem QTH konnte ich gegen 1145 UT Jan 4th NBC Radio Madang hoeren.
Zwar keine ID, aber die Endlos-Melodie vor der Nachrichtenuebernahme aus
Port Moresby um 1200 UT war eindeutig. Durchgaengig in Tok Pisin (Pidgin
English). Empfangsqualitaet O=1-2.

s/off (leider schon) um 1209 UT. Vielleicht klappt es bei Programmbeginn
auch in Europa, gelistet ist 1900 UT.

Die NBC Website stand vor einem halben Jahr zum Verkauf, jetzt ist selbst
diese Hinweisseite nicht mehr auffindbar. Fratzenbuch und Gezwitscher
scheint wohl die Zukunft zu sein.
(Uwe Volk-Tha Mai, Provinz Chanthaburi-THA, A-DX newsgroup Jan 4)

ROMANIA   7345 kHz, Dec 30 at 0718 UT, RRI mailbag in German reading
letters at some length; 307 degree beam from Ziganeschti also serves
North America beyond. Spelling it fonetikaly into German raises the
question whether the name be related to Gypsies, or rather Roma. Say,
could that name be linked to Romania? Altho hardly Latinate.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and wor Jan 2)

Hi Glenn,
It is difficult to say if Tiganesti is related to the Romanian term
"tigani" which means Gipsy. There are a few villages in Romania with this
name.

By the way the village Tiganesti with the transmitter site was included
in 1968 in the village Ciolpan and took also this name. Originally the
village Tiganesti took its name about the year 1800 from the nearby
monastery and lake with the same name.

The term "tigani" is generally substituted nowadays by Sinti and Roma,
they have their origins in some parts of India from where they migrated to
Europe a few hundreds years ago.
On the other hand Roma and Romania are not linked.
(Erich Bergmann-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

ROMANIA   IRRS Shortwave NEXUS-IBA Milano broadcaster via Romania relay -
e-QSL Saftica 9510 kHz at 12.00 UT on 29 Dec 2019); AWR Wavescan /
Special Christmas Program (report details are not indicated in the
confirmation). Blog:

<https://qsl-review.blogspot.com/2020/01/irrs-shortwave-nexus-iba.html>
(KB - Konstantin Barsenkov, Sankt-Petersburg-RUS,
"deneb-radio-dx" via RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

SOLOMON ISLS   Solomon Islands - SIBC extended broadcast (24 hrs.?).

Dec 31, noted SIBC (presumed), on 5020 kHz, running well past their normal
1200* UT sign off. First noted 1211 UT and still on the air at last check
of 1543 UT, so probably headed for a 24 hour schedule today?

OM & YL announcers chatting a lot between playing pop songs; audio not
strong enough to ID; best out here on the coast after 1400 UT and very
slowly improving towards my local sunrise (1519 UT), but still couldn't
confirm what the language was. This frequency always has very weak
modulation! Very poor overall conditions today.

Vanuatu on 5040 kHz was unusable today. The only bright spot was
BBS/Bhutan (6035 kHz), with Elvis singing "Can't Help Falling In Love,"
till cut off at 1151* UT.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, direct and wor via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 31)

SWAZILAND   TWR Manzini Swaziland - e-QSL 11660 kHz 17.00 UT 19 Dec 2019);
Test translation in English; Blog:

<https://qsl-review.blogspot.com/2019/03/twr-africa.html>
(KB - Konstantin Barsenkov, Sankt-Petersburg-RUS,
"deneb-radio-dx" via RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

4759.995 kHz  TWR Africa via Manzini SWZ registered 03.30-04.15 UT,
noted at 03.56 UT in remote SDR rx at Massachusetts US eastern state,
at 04.00 UT S=7-8 signal of TWR interval melody, into regular program.

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

TAJIKISTAN   Monitoring. Reception of "Voice of Tajik" (Ovozi Tochik)
03 Jan 2020 in Russian from 08.45 UT:

7245 kHz Dushanbe Yangiyul, Tajikistan 100 kW SINPO: 14321
Russian speech is heard (female voice), song and hindrance
Broadcast in Russian daily 08.00-10.00 UT
(Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan-RUS, "deneb-radio-dx";
RUSdx #1062 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 5)

U.K./AUSTRIA/OMAN/SINGAPORE/UZBEKISTAN/VATICAN STATE
Cancelled tranmissions of BBC from January 1

0100-0130  5845 TAC 100 kW 141 deg to SoAS Hindi
0100-0130  5875 WOF 250 kW 075 deg to SoAS Hindi
0100-0130  7430 WOF 300 kW 082 deg to SoAS Hindi
0100-0130 11995 SNG 250 kW 315 deg to SoAS Hindi
1500-1600  7410 DHA 250 kW 045 deg to SoAS Urdu
1500-1600  9410 SNG 250 kW 315 deg to SoAS Urdu
1500-1600 11995 SNG 250 kW 320 deg to SoAS Urdu

Only one transmission of BBC in Hindi is the air:
1400-1430  5875 TAC 100 kW 141 deg to SoAS Hindi
1400-1430  9510 SNG 250 kW 320 deg to SoAS Hindi
1400-1430  9540 SLA 250 kW 075 deg to SoAS Hindi
1400-1430 11995 SNG 250 kW 315 deg to SoAS Hindi
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

UZBEKISTAN   5875  BBC Hindi etc. via RRTM Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan
bcast center.

Hindi 1400-1430 UT is indeed still on air on all four SW frequencies
(with the slight reservation that I could at a glance not confirm the
program audio of the faint 5875 kHz signal here). A last minute reprive?
Or does the column about the supposed complete closure, published on
New Year's Eve, reflect some issue with internal communications
at the BBC?

By the way, HFCC shows that the BBC now has five frequency hours a day at
Santa Maria di Galeria. This time it would not be an airtime exchange but
indeed a lease for cash, something Radio Vatican refused to do until last
year.

In return the BBC withdrew all transmissions to Africa from Moosbrunn,
leaving only 90 minutes for Afghanistan there. I had no opportunity so far
to seek confirmations or denials for rumours that Moosbrunn could close
this year.
(Kai Ludwig-D, wor Jan 2)

USA   WRMI Okeechobee tx#9 was back to its normal schedule 12-14 UT,
December 25-28
1200-1400 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Supreme Master TV, DELETED
1200-1300 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Daily Brother Stair TOM
1300-1330 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR Fr Mon-Wed RAE Argentina
1330-1400 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Mon/Wed/Fri Alameda BF
1330-1400 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Tue AWR's Wavescan
1300-1330 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Fri Shortwave Radiogram
1300-1400 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Thu/Sun YourWeekend Show
1300-1330 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Sat GH's World of Radio
1330-1400 15770 RMI 100 kW 044 deg to WeEUR En Sat Shortwave Radiogram
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 28)

UZBEKISTAN   Special Shortwaveservice broadcast on December 26:
1900-2300 5850 TAC 100 kW 305 deg to WeEUR German, fair/good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 28)

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

Jan 3rd log in 14-15 UT time slot, noted on remote SDR rx location
in Massachusetts US eastern coast state:

5999.994 CUB  RHC Spanish via Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center site,
S=9+20dB of power noted at 14.10 UT on Jan 3.

7340.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal, 50 kW center, S=8-9 fluttery signal, not strong
modulated. At 14.20 UT on Jan 3rd, some BUZZ audio tone accompanied of
120, 240, 360, 480, and 600 Hertz apart distance audio string peak
visible, strings visible either sideband.

{ > 7330-7350 kHz, Jan 3 at 1336 UT, RHC cracklebuzzhum over this range
> out of 7340 kHz transmitter where it is also degrading the intended
> modulation; just like used to happen with former 9640 kHz frequency
> in the mornings.
> (Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx & wor Jan 3) }

9535.002 CUB  RHC Bejucal in Spanish, not strong at S=8-9 signal, 14.30 UT

11760even CUB  RHC Spanish via Bauta bcast center, S=9+20dB signal in
Massachusetts US state remote SDR rx. Non-dir signal around Cuba to
Caribbean target, NVIS antenna fountain like signal. 14.33 UT.

11780.007 BRA  ZYE365  RN da Amazonia, Brasilia, surprisingly poor
S=6 -92dBm signal, BrasPortuguese singer program at 14.35 UT on Jan 3.

11815.021 BRA  ZYE440  R Brasil Central from Goiana, signal strength made
me wonder, was much stronger than R Nac 11780. S=9+15dB at 14.38 UT
on Jan 3rd.

13700even CUB  RHC Bauta Spanish towards San Francisco Vancouver at west
coast NoAmerica, S=7 or -86dBm signal in Massachusetts US state remote
SDR rx, 14.41 UT on Jan 3rd, Spanish phone-in program.
NO  SPURIOUS signals in 22mb noted today.

13740even CUB  RHC Bejucal Spanish towards Buenos Aires South America
target, similar 22 mb strength like 13700 kHz at 14.43 UT.

15140even CUB  RHC Bauta Spanish S=9+20dB at 14.45 UT, and
15230even CUB  RHC Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW bcast center site,
similar signal strength today Jan 3rd at 14.47 UT.

15700even CUB  CRI English via CRI North American relay center,
at Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW bcast center site, S=9+20dB signal
noted at 14.49 UT on Jan 3 in Massachusetts US state remote SDR rx.

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

Jan 4th log in 07-08 UT time slot, noted on remote SDR rx location
in Cape Canaveral site in Florida US south-eastern coast state:

3215even USA  WWCR TN English likely TOM sermon at 07.15 UT, S=9+25dB
powerful in FL US remote rx unit, broadband 9 kHz wide audio transmission
noted on Jan 4.  Soul singer mx started at 07.20 UT.

4885.024 BRA  Likely ZYG362 R. Clube do Para, Belem PA program,
S=9 or -76dBm at 07.27 UT.

6145even CUB  The only RHC English 49 mb outlet on Jan 4. S=9+20dB at
07.30 UT.

5025even CUB  R Rebelde from Bauta at 07.33 UT on S=9+25dB level.

Also Jan 4th log in 12.45-13.15 UT time slot, noted on remote SDR rx
location in Cape Canaveral site in Florida US south-eastern coast state:

5999.995 CUB  RHC Spanish via Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center site,
S=9+35dB of power noted at 12.50 UT on Jan 4.

6145even CUB  The RHC Bauta Sp program on Jan 4. S=9+20dB at 12.54 UT.

7340.003 CUB  RHC Bejucal, 50 kW center, S=9+20dB signal at 13.01 UT.

9535.001 CUB  RHC Bejucal in Spanish, not strong at S=6 signal, 13.03 UT

13740even CUB  RHC Bejucal Spanish towards Buenos Aires South America
target, S=8 fair signal. 13700 kHz Bauta not on air at 13.08 UT.

15140even CUB  RHC Bauta Spanish S=9 at 13.12 UT, and
15230even CUB  RHC Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW bcast center site,
similar S=9 signal strength today Jan 4th at 13.13 UT.

 9570even CUB  CRI English via CRI North American relay center,
at Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW bcast center site, S=9+35dB much
over modulated audio signal noted at 13.17 UT on Jan 4 in Cape Canaveral
site in Florida US south-eastern coast state remote SDR rx.
Much broadband audio signal of 30 kHz wideband seen.

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

Jan 5th log in 03-04 UT time slot, noted on remote SDR rx location
at Delhi India:

4760.003 kHz slightly on upper side flank, IND  AIR Leh Ladakh northern
Indian mountain region radio, scheduled 02.10-04.30 UT regularly,
noted also on remote Delhi rx at S=5 just above the threshold signal level
at 03.40 UT on Jan 5.

4910.002 IND  AIR Jaypur as always much LOW MODULATED, but stronger
carrier of S=9+30dB power at 03.50 UT.

5040.002 IND  AIR Jaypur at S=7-8 fair level, at 03.55 UT.

5050 kHz NOTHING ON AIR  Aizawl signal in Indian federal state Mizoram.

Jan 5th log in 04-05 UT time slot, noted on remote SDR rx location
in Massachusetts US eastern coast state:

4759.995 SWZ  TWR Africa via Manzini registered 03.30-04.15 UT,
noted at 03.56 UT in remote SDR rx at Massachusetts US eastern state,
at 04.00 UT S=7-8 signal of TWR interval melody, into regular program.

4765even CUB  R Progreso music program from RadioCuba 50 kW Bejucal bcast
center site. Nice item of rich Latin American culture music program.
At 04.03 UT on Jan 5th S=9+15dB in MA US state remote rx.
But underneath suffered by broadband CODAR signal, covers 4755-4793 kHz
range.

3184.993 USA  Likely WWRB TN-US station, acc Aoki Nagoya fq database,
English sermon - what else - in progress, whatever, this large number of
preachers on so many shortwave channels amazes an EU citizen in all Europe
at all times. This way of life is so far away from the reality in Europe.
S=9+20dB, 8.8 kHz wideband audio signal, but muffled distorted audio
quality at 04.04 UT.

4774.868 kHz  UNID signal string seen at 04.06 UT on Jan 5.
{on Jan 3 noted 4774.869 kHz BRA  ZYG207 R. Congonhas, Congonhas MG
<www.radiocongonhas.com.br>
and co-channel 4775.043 kHz PRU R Tarma Sp, S=7 at 23.06 UT, wb.}

3215even USA  WWCR TN English likely TOM sermon, but not BC roarer, much
different quiet pastor talk at 04.12 UT, S=9+40dB powerhouse in MA US
remote rx unit, broadband 10 kHz wide audio transmission noted on Jan 5.

3330even CAN  CHU Ottawa time and standard signal stn transmission at
S=9+15dB strength, at 04.14 UT.

4885.024 BRA  Likely ZYG362 R. Clube do Para, Belem PA program, S=9+5dB
at 04.17 UT.

5025even CUB  R Rebelde from Bauta, this UT morning TOTALLY DISTORTED
audio signal, S=9+25dB strong at 04.18 UT. 20 kHz super wideband audio.

5040even CUB  RHC Spanish sce, bad heterodyning variable audio signal,
some audio strings visible on either sideband some 60, 120, 240,
and 360 Hertz apart strings distance. 04.20 UT.

5085even USA  WTWW seems like on radio hobby phone in program, at 04.23 UT
13 kHz wideband nice audio quality, S=9+25dB in MA US eastern state SDR.

5829.986 USA  WTWW English sermon pastor prayer, S=9+20dB at 04.24 UT.

5910even CUB  CRI Beijing via North American shortwave relay site,
Cantonese service 04-05 (also En 03-04 UT too) via Quivican San Felipe
TITAN 250 kW tx towards ITU zones 6,7SW in CA-western US and Vancouver isl
area in Canada. Noted S=9+25dB at 04.29 UT on Jan 5th on remote
Massachusetts SDR rx. 20 kHz broadband audio block in peaks, seen on
Perseus software screen.
And a very poor JBA hx string on 11820 kHz also visible, most probable
harmonic originate from Quivican site too ?

5959.882 kHz KWT  Radio Kuwait in Arabic, fair signal of S=8 level at
04.30 UT on Jan 5th.

5999.995 CUB  RHC Spanish via Quivican San Felipe TITAN bcast center
site, mx program in progress, S=9+35dB of power noted at 04.35 UT on
Jan 5. Unbelievable, up to 26 kHz wideband audio block visible on
music peaks.

6060even CUB  RHC Spanish service from Bauta site, music program of
typical Mexican Mariachi brass instrument music heard. Nothing of WRMI
Okeechobee on air.
RHC Spanish at same time // 5040 BAU, 9535 BEJ, 11670 BAU, 11700 QUI,
but not on Bauta 11760 kHz which latter end at 03.00 UT.

11856.380 BRA  ZYE954  R Aparecida SP, surprisingly variable wandered
some 10 -20 Hertz at S=5 -94dBm signal level, BrasPortuguese program
at 04.43 UT on Jan 5.

11825even MDG  WCB  English program, some Nigerian nationals talked about
their religious life, about Nurse profil and their children. 04-05 UT.
Signal strength S=9+15dB at 04.51 UT on Jan 3rd.

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

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Re:  Kiwi SDRs to support DRM now.

Rather better results now with Radio Romania International on 7235 kHz,
currently in German until 2000 UTC, but the signal is pushing S=9+25dB!
Listening via  <http://81.168.1.206:8073/>
(Ian Kelly-UK, BrDXC-UK newsgroup Dec 28)

I've tuned to a few of UK KiwiSDRs (the directory of 500 installations)
is at

<https://sdr.hu/>

Some already have the DRM mode button present, though the one I often use
which has a good low noise antenna set up (
<http://southwest.ddns.net:8073/>
hasn't updated yet. to include the DRM mode.

I've tried the DRM mode with some limited success on the M0AQY KiwiSDR
in Somerset
<http://stucapon.plus.com:8073/>

When you select the DRM mode, above the waterfall, you will be presented
with a panel. The centre of the panel shows a timeline and will show you
which broadcasters are listed as having DRM transmissions on air in real
time. You can scroll down the list, until you see a station listed with a
current DRM transmission, denoted by a blue bar. Click on the bar, and you
can see if you can receive it! If the waterfall shows a wide trace,
there's a chance you might hear something!

However, it is clear you need a strong signal to have any hope of the
WebSDR having any hope of decoding any audio. The S meter needs to read at
S=9+10dB to be in with a chance - AM transmissions are perfectly audible
at much lower levels.

At the present time, I have only managed to hear any audio from one
broadcaster, All India Radio on 7550 kHz. Although I got a few minutes of
audio with some interuptions and stutters a few moments ago, the signal
seems to have now dropped below the threshold required to resolve any
audio now, except for the odd fragment of audio being looped! If you do
succeed, on the left hand side of the panel, there is some technical data,
and below it, is a list of services which are being transmitted.

In the case of All India Radio, there are two streams currently on air,
"GOS - III" and "Vivadh Barati", both AAC streams at a rate of of
10.48 kbps - hardly hifi!

The audio sounded comparable to a typical shortwave AM station at that
data rate - not the crisp "FM quality" I have heard on recordings of DRM
stations before.

There's also a panel that appears on the bottom right of the screen, which
lets you tab through DAB frequencies, continent by contiment (presumably
based on the target area).

One thing to note when you are using the DRM mode, it locks the KiwiSDR to
you exlusively, due to the resources required to use the DRM mode!

Whereas, typically upto 4 or 8 users can simultaneously use a KiwiSDR when
using other modes! So, etiquette would dictate that you use DRM mode
sparingly and don't forget to tune out when you have finished, rather than
leaving it running in a browser tab, needlessly locking other users out!

No doubt there will be other times of day which are more productive for
DRM reception and general propagations conditions are going to be a factor
as well. Also, other WebSDRs may give better results - the Somerset one I
tried seemed to have a higher noise floor than the South West England SDR
I first mentioned.
(Ian Kelly-UK, BrDXC-UK newsgroup Dec 28)

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[INTRUDER ALERT]  Retirement of Wolfgang Hadel  DK2OM

Dear Wolf,
Thank you very much for the excellent work and commitment and
congratulations on the well deserved - IARU President's Diamond Award.

Wishing you all the best and a wonderful 2020,
73, Gaspar, EA6AMM

Dear colleagues
After many years' commitment in watching intruders on the amateur bands,
Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM retires at the end of 2019.

Wolf has worked for the IARU Monitoring System R1 (IARUMS) for more than
30 years. Since 2005 he was Coordinator of IARUMS R1.

Wolf, thank you so much for your extraordinary commitment and the
outstanding brilliant work done for our hobby over so many years.

We all hope that you will stay with us still for a long time as a great
monitoring expert.

On his retirement Wolf has been awarded the IARU President's Diamond Award
for his outstanding contribution to amateur radio spectrum defense through

leadership of the IARU Monitoring Service. Please read also the News from
the IARU R1 president Don Beattie here:

<https://iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1926-dk2om-receives-
iaru-diamond-award-on-retirement-from-his-role-as-iarums-coordinator>

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

Peter Jost, HB9CET
IARUMS R1 Coordinator a.I. (from January 1st, 2020)
Assisted by EA6AMM. Gaspar Miro.

[INTRUDER ALERT]  Personnel: DL3RTL takes over the tasks of the
DARC Bandwacht on 1.1.2020

Daniel was added to the IARUMS mailing list and overview of national
IARUMS coordinators
73, Hans PB2T

On 1 Jan 2020, at 11:38, Tom DF5JL wrote:

Dear friends,
With immediate effect Daniel Moeller, DL3RTL, born in 1973, will take over
the tasks from Wolf DK2OM regarding the German intruder watch
("Bandwacht").

Daniel is licensed since 2003 and has been a shortwave listener since his
earliest youth. Professionally he is a sales engineer in the field of
research and development at a Berlin institute. Until 2016 he was soldier
in radio reconnaissance on a fleet service boat. He is editor of various
publications on shortwave. In amateur radio he prefers QRP operation on
short wave and satellite radio. I'm happy as DARC HF Manager to fill the
position with Daniel, because of his professional experience in this
field.

73 es HNY Tom DF5JL / DARC HF Manager
(via Tom Kamp <df5jl@darc.de>  Jan 1)

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX  -  


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