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BC-DX 1367                                                   02 Jan 2019
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ALASKA   Frequency changes of World Christian Broadcast KNLS
The New Life Station

0800-0900 NF 9610 NLS 100 kW 285 deg to EaAS   Chinese tx#2, ex7355
0800-0900 NF 9710 NLS 100 kW 270 deg to SoEaAS English tx#1, ex7370
0900-1000    7370 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Russian tx#1  unchanged
0900-1000 NF 9610 NLS 100 kW 285 deg to EaAS   Chinese tx#2, ex7355
1000-1100 NF 9605 NLS 100 kW 285 deg to EaAS   Chinese tx#2, ex7355
1000-1100 NF 9710 NLS 100 kW 270 deg to SoEaAS English tx#1, ex7370
1100-1200    7320 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Russian tx#1  unchanged
1100-1200 NF11610 NLS 100 kW 285 deg to EaAS   Chinese tx#2, ex7355
1200-1300    7320 NLS 100 kW 270 deg to SoEaAS English tx#1  unchanged
1200-1300    7355 NLS 100 kW 270 deg to SoEaAS English tx#2  unchanged
1300-1400 NF11785 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#1, ex7320
1300-1400 NF11890 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#2, ex7560
1400-1500    7320 NLS 100 kW 270 deg to SoEaAS English tx#1  unchanged
1400-1500 NF11890 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#2, ex7560
1500-1600    7320 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Russian tx#1  unchanged
1500-1600 NF11890 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#2, ex7560
1600-1700    7370 NLS 100 kW 315 deg to NoEaAS Russian tx#1  unchanged
1600-1700 NF11965 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#2, ex7340
1700-1800    7370 NLS 100 kW 315 deg to NoEaAS Russian tx#1  unchanged
1700-1800 NF11965 NLS 100 kW 300 deg to NoEaAS Chinese tx#2, ex7340
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 12 via dxld Dec 17)

I believe originally in B-18 season, all were on 7 MHz band.
Now all the changes concern Chinese, raised to 9 or even 11 MHz band;
not Russian; and English only at 0800 & 1000 UT:
from 7370 to 9710 kHz. Hope the new frequencies have been chosen to avoid
colliding with China like some of the old ones did.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Dec 17)

ANGUILLA   11775 kHz, Caribbean Beacon at 1745 UT, with Pastor Melissa
Scott monologue. Went thru 1800 but gone on 2030 recheck. I still haven't
broken the C.B. scheduling code, but the pattern points to them being
definitely a weekend thing - Good Dec 15 [Saturday].
(Rick Barton-AZ-USA, dxld Dec 17)

ANTARCTICA   7995 kHz, Weihnachtssendung: Mc Murdo, Antarktis.

Wie die SWLing Post berichtet sendet heute gegen 23 Uhr UT wieder eine
sehr seltene Station - McMurdo aus der Antarktis:

"Each year, volunteers at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, celebrate the
holidays by serenading those at the remote, Antarctic field camps via
HF radio. This year, ham radio operators and SWLs around the world are
invited to listen in and email listener reports.

The broadcast will be on Sunday, December 23, 2300 UT
(December 24, 1200 New Zealand Time), on 7995 kHz USB mode."

<https://swling.com/blog/2018/12/tune-in-holiday-serenades-from-mcmurdo-
station-antarctica/>

Die Signale werden sicher schwach sein, aber ein Versuch lohnt
durchaus! 73 Christoph  <http://ratzer.at>
<http://remotedx.wordpress.com>
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT, A-DX ng Dec 23 via BC-DX Dec 24)

Not going to propagate very far into the 24h summer daytime on 8 MHz;
but I make a proforma check for it anyway (gh, dxld)

QSL contacts for the Antarctic transmission:
E-Mail  <w2naf -at- arrl.net> 
Nathaniel Frissel, 37 Meade Street Apt 1, West Orange, NJ 07052, USA.
(Harald Kuhl-D, BrDXC-UK ng via dxld Dec 24)

BELGIUM   Medium wave stations closing 31 December 2018.
From Ydun's Medium Wave Info 17 December 2018

RTBF 621 kHz - Since this morning 0459z, the following message is
broadcast at the end of each hour on 621 kHz:

"A compter du 31 decembre, La Premiere va cesser d'emettre en ondes
moyennes. Pour continuer a nous ecouter, basculez votre recepteur
radio en FM sur la frequence de votre ville. Vous pouvez egalement
nous ecouter en direct en DAB+, via l'application radio player, ou sur
auvio."

"From December the 31st, La Premiere will cease transmitting on the
medium wave. In order to continue listening to us, switch your radio
reciever to FM on your city's frequency. You can also listen to us
live on DAB+, through radio player app, or auvio."

The message seems to be only broadcast on MW, as it is followed by the
end of the advertisement. Curiously, the second sentence is (almost)
the same as in Allouis's equivalent announcement in December 2016.

I did not hear any such message on VivaCite (1125 kHz); neither did I
find any information about the time of the last transmission, so I can
only suppose that La Premiere will become silent at 1905z (20:5 local)
as usual.

RTBF's website mentions the possibility to listen to RTBF
international through Atlantic Bird 3 satellite:

<https://www.rtbf.be/entreprise/recevoir-la-rtbf>

but wikipedia says that this satellite should be replaced in 2019.

73 Vincent F4HPZ (17 Dec 2018) MediumWave.Info - News
(via Mike Terry-UK, dxld Dec 17)

RTBF International is indeed available on AB3, on C band, and the
Africa beam. Doubt if many people in Europe will use that. The
replacement satellite will just have all programmes transferred over,
but the footprints could change to narrower beams. Rgds,
(Gareth Foster-UK, BrDXC-UK ng via dxld Dec 17)

BELGIUM   Re: Mediumwave closures.
In the case of 1008 kHz:
December 31st only for UK/Ireland/Portugal {mean Western European Time},

<https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/115687/41482/vanaf-22-
30-oudejaarsuitzending-met-hans.html>

now says that they will wave goodbye to mediumwave at 01:00 CET of course,
or 0000 UT).

In Belgium things could get really interesting, considering that during
the last days the 621 kHz carrier again stayed on air all night long.
And once more: In no way this signal is still run with 300 kW.
A two-digit figure appears to be realistic.
(Kai Ludwig-D, direct Dec 31)

BELGIUM   Die belgischen Mittelwellen wurden heute Abend abgeschaltet.

621 kHz (La Premiere): Nach den 20-Uhr-Nachrichten wurde lustigerweise
der abendliche Hinweis der letzten Monate eingeblendet, dass man wieder
ab 6 Uhr auf der Mittelwelle auf Sendung sei. Anschliessend wie gewohnt
die Belgische Nationalhymne.

Der darauf folgende Leertraeger wurde schliesslich um
20.38 Uhr MEZ/CET abgeschaltet - diesmal wohl endgueltig.

1125 kHz (Vivacite): Abschaltung des Senders um 20.03 Uhr MEZ/CET
- so hoerte sich die letzte Sendeminute ueber ein belgisches KiwiSDR an:

<http://www.mwlist.org/sounds/2018-12-31T19_02_00Z_1125.00_am_hainaut-
picardie.ddns.net.mp3>

Frohes neues Jahr 2019!
(Alexander Busneag-D, A-DX Dec 31)

BELGIUM   Re:  RTBF Mediumwave close-down for ever 621 / 1125 kHz.
Jetzt um 21.40 UT habe ich die Spanier und Hintergund Musik 1125 kHz mit

<http://www.rtbfradioplayer.be/radio/liveradio/vivacite>
verglichen, -  aber komme zu keiner Aussage.

Dank an Alexander,
ist Vivacite 1125 kHz wohl um 20.03 CET 'verschieden'. see above.

Der Perseus im Grenzgebiet HOL/BEL zeigt 6 peaks um 21.40 UT

1124.945
1124.961
1124.984
1124.997 staerkst
1125.001
1125.002 1/2

RTBF Houdeng - La Louviere (Hainault) MW 1125 kHz
G.C.  50 29 04 N  04 08 28 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/6LUBj8o6JKP2>

<https://goo.gl/maps/r5FSbN2bAQt>

1124.991 kHz little odd fq of RTBF Vivacite program at 1250 UT on Dec 23,
French language sce. S=9+20dB in peak at remote Netherlands SDR unit.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 23 / 31)

BELGIUM   Jetzt ist es offiziell.
Die RTBF MW Sender auf 621 und 1125 kHz machen am 31. Dec. 2018 Schluss.

1125 sendet eben noch. 621 kHz ist weg. In der letzten Zeit liess man ja
den Traeger in der Nacht stehen, aber da der Sender morgen ja nicht mehr
gebraucht wird, hat man jetzt den Stecker gezogen. Es kommt RNE auf der
Frequenz.
(Martin Elbe-D, A-DX ng Dec 31)

Je ne truve plus rien sur le 1125 kHz. On va voir demain, pendant le jour.
Ca peut ameliorr 630 Three Counties radio, ici, a la cote Belge.
Pour le 1125, je ne sais pas ...
(Marc Coevoet-BEL, A-DX ng Dec 31)

BELGIUM   Re: Belgium Mediumwave closures

Yes, it seems that both RTBF mediumwave transmitters, 621 and 1125 kHz,
have been turned off between 1930 and 2000 UT on Dec 31, 2018, maybe a bit
later.

That final Wavre sign-off was a bad joke, because it was the same stuff
than always, with the announcement that transmissions will resume at 6 AM.
Not really a surprise, however; I was told that they made in 2010 quite a
mess of the closure of analogue TV. Or just look at the mess the "RTBF
International" brand became when they turned off shortwave and Hotbird.
(Kai Ludwig-D, direct Dec 31)

Re: Mediumwave closures in Belgium.
Last hour or so of 621 kHz programming has been archived here:

<https://shortwavearchive.com/archive/rtbf-international-621-khz-final-
sign-off-december-31-2018>

and here:

<https://archive.org/details/RTBFInternational0.621MHZ31Decmber20181800UTC
>

(Richard Langley-NB-CAN dxld Jan 1)

Corrected when Charles Aznavour died. Of course in was last year (2018).]

From the audio recording I made using the U. Twente SDR receiver, it
appears that the 621 kHz transmitter was switched off at about 19:38 UT.
There is a noticeable change in the audio level of the other stations on
that frequency at that time. And, although RTBF International continues to
exist in principle, they didn't bother to update their online program grid
for the past couple of years.

I'll archive the last hour of 621 kHz, which was a program in a series
about Charles Aznavour, a recipient of the Order of Canada amongst other
awards and who died last fall, soon. There was actually an international
flavour to this last program as it was co-produced by Radio Francophone
Publique, La RTBF, Radio Suisse Romande, Radio France, and Radio-Canada.
(Richard Langley-NB-CAN, dxld Jan 1)

BONAIRE   Caribbean Activity - TWR Pictures.  PJB - TWR - BONAIRE

Here's some follow up to my notes below with pictures which may be of
interest.

I had not been back to Bonaire since Chuck - PJ4CR was the station manager
and engineer (late 70's) at TWR. At that time, they had a single vertical
with a base insulator as big as a bathtub and a matching coil that both
WA9WAN and myself stood inside of. (Was not on the air - !!)

Dave Pedersen - PJ4VHF is the engineer now and was the one who managed the
project to replace the old transmitter with the solid state Nautel 440 kW
transmitter and upgrade the antenna system. Of the 4 towers, 2 are fed in
various phase angles for different coverage areas, Cuba, CA, Caribbean,
Brazil / SA, and 2 towers are parasitic.

Dave lives in the same house Chuck did and is more into VHF than HF. I
believe Dave still holds the Trans-Atlantic distance record on 2 Meters.

He asked me in early October to bring down several boxes of parts when we
came which I carried along on-board, as I was planning to visit him
anyway.

Some of the pictures are mine, and the night and storm shots are his. I
think I'm going to use the tower and stars picture as the desktop on a new
laptop.

Caribbean Activity - TWR Pictures

... and 9 TWR Bonaire pictures too

<https://groups.io/g/WOR/message/105501?p=,,,20,0,0,0::relevance,,PJB,20,2
,0,28875746>

<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/0?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/1?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/2?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/3?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/4?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/5?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/7?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/8?thumb=1>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/9?thumb=1>

<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/0/TWR%20Bonaire%20Towers.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/1/PB190020.JPG>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/2/TWR-Stormwide.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/3/TWR-NX400.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/4/TWR-Night.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/5/IMG_5040.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/7/PB190019.JPG>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/8/TWR-TXstorm.jpg>
<https://groups.io/g/WOR/attachment/105501/9/TWR-Operation.jpg>

(Brian Miller-FL-IL-MI  K9RA, via Glenn Hauser-OK dxld Dec 2 / 28)

CARIBBEAN   Re: Caribbean Activity.
To follow up on your other original requests, here are some additional
notes.

WDHP (WRRA) - St Croix:

Morning of 23 Nov while in St. Thomas, nothing heard on 1620 for them,
although Caribbean Radio Lighthouse - 1160 on much further away Antigua
was booming in.

Also, nothing heard of the Scott's on 1610 out of Anguilla in this area.
Our closest approach to Anguilla was in the middle of night when I was not
out on deck, but I did check early in the morning coming into the USVI.

Radio Vision Cristiana - DR

The next evening, 24 Nov - (25 Nov - UT), our closest approach to the
DR was en route from the USVI to San Juan.

There were weak stations in Spanish on 660 and 1230 [should be 1330 kHz,
gh] with bearings to the western part of the DR and eastern end, so
Santiago and Sto Domingo would be feasible.

Being on a large metal ship could distort ferrite rod antenna bearings,
but most everything I looked at all along the way was pretty much spot on
based on the ship's television system's chart channel and my own Garmin
478 chart-plotter.

No problems with having the Kenwood TH-F6A's on-board. I've taken one or
two of them on over a dozen cruises and never an issue.

I never take one ashore if not a US possession. Along with a US and some
foreign Ham licenses, I also have commercial and ship's radio officer
(RT-2) licenses that have been good to carry for meeting the ship's
officers and getting a tour of the bridge.

There are always people running around with UHF FRS radios.
Regards, Brian Miller

Sailing along the very NE coast of Cuba and less than 30 miles over land
and 10 more miles out to sea from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base:

Late night (local) 16 November, at 0430Z, there was no trace of AFRTS -
1340 at the Base, only multiple weak stations in Spanish from various
directions. Not on the air at this hour ??

In the morning (local) at 1130Z, in the south end of the channel between
Cuba and Haiti, they were on the air and quite strong on the exact GPS
derived bearing approx. 80 miles over water from our location with a
morning broadcast of NPR.

Kenwood TH-F6A with onboard ferrite rod antenna. Brian Miller
(Brian Miller-FL-IL-MI  K9RA, via Glenn Hauser-OK dxld Dec 2 / 28)

CHINA   Additional DRM mode frequencies of China National Radio CNR

0100-0900  13825 BEI 030 kW  175 deg to EaAs Chinese DRM mode
0100-0900  15250 KUN 030 kW  032 deg to EaAs Chinese DRM mode
0030-0630  17800 QIQ 030 kW  225 deg to EaAs Chinese DRM mode
0630-0900  15735 QIQ 030 kW  225 deg to EaAs Chinese DRM mode
0900-1200   9870 QIQ 030 kW  203 deg to EaAs Chinese DRM mode
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dxld Dec 17 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 16)

CHINA   7300  Hefty CNR1 jamming of broadband block 20 kHz against
RTI Taipei Tamsui district 100 kW outlet, noted on AIR Mumbai check action
at 0940 UT on Dec 25 & 26 on New Delhi remote SDR unit.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 26)

CHINA/NATO maritime digital ?   Was fuer ein Ditter-Geblubbere laeuft auf
UTE 6022.030 kHz, S=9+15dB, und auf jeder Seite 12 x Signal Strings
sichtbar, immerhin jeweils 50/100/150/200 Hertz Distanz usw.

stoert heftigst die CRI Albanisch Sendung aus Shijiazhuang China
auf 6020 kHz.

Probably Stoltenberg armada Kriegsspielzeuge auf dem Atlantik
gegen Putin Kaliningrad St.P. Murmansk ?

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

CONGO  D.R.   Reception of Radio Kahuzi. 6210.20 kHz. - Hi Glenn,
Thought I would send this to you - not sure how frequently this station
has been reported, but it shows what a bit of determination and skill when
tuning the Kiwi SDR network can bring.

I was checking for Europirates on new year day in the 1730-1745 UT range,
and noticed a station on 6210.20 kHz - it was clearly African in nature,
and I had a thought that it could be something from Africa rather than
some relay in Europe or some pirate with an African flavor.
The Kiwi site was the
<http://southwest.ddns.net:8073/>

It sounded like some sort of special new years broadcast - announcer
mentioning various locations in Africa, including "Rwanda and Tanzania..."
and "Senegal...". There was a music bed beneath him - I had to resort to
LSB reception to null out some maritime talkers on or nearby the
frequency.

Around 1745-1747 UT the announcer was clearly beginning to end the
program, and sure enough there was an instrumental piece, then what
sounded like an interval signal instrumental, then an abrupt shutdown at
1747 UT.

Give a listen to the attached mp3. I threw this out to a number of
experienced DX'ers and Ron Howard came back with the following item which
I assume was on DXLD, though I can't seem to locate it. Anyway, it does
appear that what I heard is the very rare Radio Kahuzi, a wonderful new
year's present, kind of a throwback to the good old days.
(Dan Robinson, dxld Jan 2)

CONGO   6210, R. Kahuzi, Bukavu. Not too far away across the border in DR
Congo so no surprise the signal was good. African music at 1735 UT but had
signed off by 1748 UTcheck on 20/7 [July 20]. Irregular as not noted on
other occasions while we were in East Africa.

From Uganda: We went to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the fabulous
mountain gorillas. A couple of African signals penetrated the impenetrable
-
(HOLIDAY DX WITH DAVID FOSTER, Oct [2018] ARDXC / "ADXN" magazine via
Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 2)

Re:  Reception of Radio Kahuzi. 6210.20 kHz.

Dan/Glenn
This is certainly Radio Kahuzi based on my previous loggings of this
station on 6210 kHz; however, the signal strength is quite noticeably
better than any of my loggings and now wondering if they have upgraded
xmtr or antenna.

I have a good relationship with Barbara and Harold "Smitty" Smith in
Florida who are the station's admin staff - Barbara is the sister of Radio
Kahuzi's manager, Richard MacDonald.

Richard and his wife Kathy have been in D.R. of Congo for many years with
Radio Kahuzi and as you can imagine have had many narrow escapes from the
unrest in that part of Central Africa.

Dan, if you want I can e-mail this recording to Barbara and she and Smitty
will quite quickly determine if this is indeed Radio Kahuzi.

The native choral singing later in the recording is very similar to what
I've heard in the past, most recently (2012) from 4S7VK (Victor's) Perseus
server site in Sri Lanka.

Great catch and Happy New Year! Nice to see that R. Kahuzi has not gone
the way of other low-powered religious broadcasters!
(Bruce W. Churchill-CA-USA, dxld Jan 2

CUBA   Dec 26 morning log on remote SDR's in Cape Canaveral Florida,
Rochester NY, Detroit MI state, and Edmonton Alberta Canada equipment.

ABERRATION !
MUCH SPECIAL broadcast center operation at RHC Quivican San Felipe TITAN
center site this morning Dec 26:

All Bauta transmissions cut-off / left at 07.00 UT sharp this Dec 26
morning.

But RHC outlet 6000 kHz QUI remained on air with full power another hour
with empty carrier

til UNBELIEVABLY LATE  cut-off at 08.01:20 UT sharp !   <<<<<

6000 kHz CUB  RHC English sce at 06.46 UT Dec 26, S=9+45dB -31dBm level
         in FL state.
         UNBELIEVABLY signal level S=9+55dB or -15dBm in Alberta Canada,
         S=9+25dB in Detroit MI state,
         S=9+15dB in Rochester NY state.
         AUDIO strings show 7 strings either sideband 14 strings in total

5040 kHz CUB  RHC Bauta English sce at 06.38 UT Dec 26.
         S=9+30dB in FL state.

5025 kHz CUB  R Rebelde from Bauta site, guitar mx played at 06.41 UT
         S=9+30dB, 20 kHz wideband - more modulation than 5040 kHz.

4839.995 USA  WWCR S=9+10dB in Cape Canaveral FL state, 06.44 UT.

5829.986 USA  WTWW English language sermon, S=9+30dB at 06.45 UT.

6030 kHz USA  IBB BBG Radio Marti, Greenville powerhouse S=9+50dB
         at 06.47 UT, 11 kHz wideband, in peaks upt to 15 kHz wide,
         no jamming observed so far underneath.

6060.002 CUB  RHC Bauta in English, S=9+15dB at 06.49 UT Dec 26.

6100 kHz CUB  RHC Bauta in En at 06.51 UT, S=9+30dB,
         report on Cuban film industry and cinema operation.

6165 kHz CUB  RHC Bauta in En, powerful S=9+40dB at 06.52 UT
         but lower modulation though.

6155.001 AUT  ORF1 program of ORS Moosbrunn bcast center at 06.53 UT
         10.4 kHz wideband audio signal into Florida SDR.
         S=9+15dB signal from Europe.
         Report on christmas singer / Catholic children in Philippines

6069.986 CAN  CFRX Toronto English night program, S=8-9 fluttery
         at 06.56 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 26)

CUBA   13780 kHz, on Dec 27 at 1503 UT, this RHC is off, nominal close at
1500 UT. 13700 kHz is on but spurless.

BTW, WB on Dec 18 measured 13780 kHz considerably off-frequency, one thing
which is unusual for RHC. "Much surprise odd fq on lower sideband
13779.967 kHz signal from Bauta site, S=9+40dB at 1300 UT".
I need to measure it too before 1500 UT.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Dec 27)

CUBA   13780.005 kHz, on Dec 28 at 1439 UT, RHC is close enough to on-
frequency, unlike 13779.967 kHz where Wolfgang Bueschel found them
on Dec 18.

13700 kHz, on Dec 28 at 1439 UT, no FM spurs today.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Dec 28)

Checked the RHC Bejucal outlet of 13780 kHz today again.

1200-1500 13780 BEJ  50kW  135deg  SoAM   Spanish
1400-1600 13700 BAU 100kW  315deg  WeNoAM Spanish and various spurs too

Nothing of RHC noted in 22 meterband in 12-14 UT slot, Dec 29.

But when checked 13780 kHz again around 14.08 UT,
and 13700 kHz around 14.34 UT,
both were on air in this 14-15 UT time segment.

13780.003 kHz from RHC Bejucal, former USSR R Moscow relay site,
noted S=8-9 in Rochester NY SDR K2ZN remote access installation,
S=9+10dB in Detroit MI state USA.

BUT was MUCH SURPRISED,
when checked again around 14.46 UT on Dec 29
the Bejucal unit frequency had been wandered downwards to
unbelievable odd frequency of measured 13779.240 kHz,
S=9+20dB in MI state and Edmonton Alberta Canada.

{at 14.40 UT on Jan 2nd, back on 13780.003 kHz, wb.}

// 14-15 UT RHC check also of Bauta site outlet on
13700even kHz, S=9+40dB or -35dBm in Edmonton Alberta Canada SDR
when used to select 'ATT 30dB antenna option' switch. 14.34 UT.

And CRI Quivican San Felipe TITAN relay noted on
15700even kHz frequency, CRI Beijing English service, at 14.33 UT
at S=9+25dB or -48dBm signal level.

Other services on 22 meterband 12-15 UT:
13630.003 BOT  VoA Botswana in Kirundi, Sat/Sun only at 14.43 UT
13680.003 ZMB  VoHope Africa from Lusaka Makeni Ranch location.
13685.007 TUR  TRT Emirler in Uyghur language, 14.18 UT.
13695.004 IND  AIR Bangalore scheduled, English service, 14.02 UT

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

DENMARK   5825 kHz  Radio OZ-Viola from Hillerod-Denmark.
We want to make the next evening test broadcast on Friday 28 Dec again
at 20:00 UT. Hope better conditions will be with us this time.
So remember to listen there. 5825 kHz im 50 meterband.
(Jan Soerensen in Radio OZ-Viola F_B Group)

DENMARK   5825 kHz  OZ-Viola, from Hillerod Denmark, at 2020 UT on Dec 28,
instrumental music. Very weak, barely audible, best on LSB mode. 15311.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, hcdx Dec 28)

DENMARK   5825 kHz, Radio OZ-Viola, Hillerod, received eQSL card in
10 hours for a reception report about a test transmission December 28,
at 2000 UT. Report sent to:  <jansteendk -at- hotmail.com>
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, hcdx Dec 30)

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

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

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

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

DENMARK   5839.992  DNK  WMR Latin AM mx S=9+5dB at 02.15 UT on Dec 29,
observed on Ireland SDR unit used.

Dann gibt es heute am Wochenende auch noch
5839.993 kHz aus Randers Daenemark, S=6 meist,
das Musikprogramm, was auch sonst um 19.17 UT Dec 29.

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

World Music Radio Denmark from Randers now on 15805 kHz.

WMR Denmark adds new 15805 kHz, WMR has now added another short wave fq:

Besides 5840 kHz WMR is now broadcasting on 15805 kHz.
Power is 200 W, the aerial is a very simple dipole and propagation on this
frequency is somewhat irregular.

Around midday good reception in parts of Southern Europe, and evenings
reception is possible in Ireland, parts of England, France, Scotland and
Iceland.

Enjoy
(WMR F_B page, 27 Dec; via Alan Pennington-UK, BrDXC-UK ng)

27 December: WMR has now added another short wave frequency:

Besides 5840 kHz WMR is now broadcasting on 15805 kHz. Power is 200 W,
the aerial is a very simple dipole and propagation on this frequency is
somewhat irregular. Around midday good reception in parts of Southern
Europe, and evenings reception is possible in Ireland, parts of England,
France, Scotland and Iceland. Enjoy

28 December: I had to make a change to the aerial this morning - so a bit
late s/on. But 15805 kHz is on now - and transmitter and aerial willing -
I will have 15805 kHz on the air daily around 0700-2000 UT. Power is very
low, propagation is poor and the aerial is not very efficient, so I think
it will be a very difficult catch outside Europe. But with a very good
receiving aerial and a lot of patience it might be possible :-)

(WMR - World Music Radio F_B page; via Mike Barraclough-UK, dxld Dec 28)

New 15805 kHz from Denmark, World Music Radio.

World Music Radio (WMR) commenced broadcasting on 15805 kHz on December
24th 2018 with a power of 200 W. Transmissions were irregular for the
first couple of days, but should hopefully now be regular. The old
transmitter and the simple aerial willing. Until January 6th 2019 the
approx. hours of daily operation will be 0700-2000 UT.  As from January
7th 15805 kHz will probably be on the air Saturday-Sunday only.

Power is only 200 W, which of course is a very low on the 19 meter band,
propagation is quite poor on this band now - and the aerial (a simple
dipole) is not very efficient so reception is quite difficult and
irregular. So far -  poor to fair reception in Southern Europe has been
observed in daytime till around 1300 UTC and fair to good reception in
Ireland, Scotland, western England and Iceland has been experienced during
evenings around 17-20 UT.

Transmissions on 5840 kHz continues 24/7 with a power of 100 W.

The transmitter site for 5840 as well as 15805 kHz is Randers, Denmark.

QSL-CARDS

Please note that the current QSL-design will be used for reception reports
covering reception in 2018 only. A new design will be used in 2019.

An eQSL is available for reports sent to
<wmr -at- wmr.dk>
- a reply can be expected within a month or so.

A printed QSL is available for reports sent to World Music Radio,
P.O.Box 112, DK-8960 Randers S+, Denmark, Europe.

Return postage is kindly required. For a fast reply enclose 5 EUR or 5 US$
(QSL will be mailed from Denmark, where postage rates are the highest in
the world - 29DKK for a post card). If less return postage is enclosed,
you will still get a QSL-card, but will have to wait some time till the
QSLs can be mailed out from outside of Denmark.

Please note that no QSLs are available for reports made by listening via
remote receivers.

MEDIUM WAVE  -  No news as for 927 kHz Copenhagen location.
Still struggling to find a transmitter site there.

Best 73s and Happy New Year,
(Stig Hartvig Nielsen-Randers-DNK, World Music Radio - WMR.
<www.wmr.radio>  hcdx via dxld Dec 28)

DENMARK   15805 kHz, eQSL World Music Radio Randers, received eQSL for a
reception report about transmission in it's new frequency, 15805 kHz,
at 1146-1405 UT, December 30 with 200 watts power.

The station reply with the eQSL in about 16 minutes, telling me:
"yours is the FIRST reception report regarding 15805 kHz ...
so I am pleased to send you an e-QSL"

Report send to:  <hartvig -at- wmr.dk>

The station will be on air again today, December 31, on 15805 kHz,
0700-2000 UT.
(Manuel Mendez-ESP, dxld Dec 31)

DENMARK   WMR auf 15805 kHz ?  World Music Radio on new 15805 kHz

World Music Radio (WMR) commenced broadcasting on 15805 kHz on Dec 24th
2018 with a power of 200 W. Transmissions were irregular for the first
couple of days, but should hopefully now be regular. The old transmitter
and the simple aerial willing. Until January 6th 2019 the approx. hours of
daily operation will be 0700-2000 UT. As from Jan 7th 15805 kHz will
probably be on the air Saturday-Sunday only.

Power is only 200 W, which of course is a very low on the 19 meter band,
propagation is quite poor on this band now - and the aerial
(a simple dipole) is not very efficient so reception is quite difficult
and irregular. So far - poor to fair reception in Southern Europe
has been observed in daytime till around 1300 UT and fair to good
reception in Ireland, Scotland, western England and Iceland has been
experienced during evenings around 17-20 UT.

Transmissions on 5840 kHz continues 24h/7d with a power of 100 W.

The transmitter site for 5840 kHz as well as 15805 kHz is Randers,
Denmark.

<https://www.bclnews.it/2018/12/28/world-music-radio-on-new-15805-khz/>

(WMR via Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX ng Dec 31)

DENMARK   15805 kHz, World Music Radio, from Randers Denmark, at 1146-1405
UT on Dec 30, Caribbean songs in Spanish, pop songs in English, id. "WMR,
World Music Radio", pop songs, at 1347 UT identification: "World Music
Radio, WMR", more pop songs, at 1400 UT new identification: "World Music
Radio, WMR". SINPO 25422. At moments good signal, but other moments the
signal disappears.
(Manuel Mendez-Lugo-ESP, hcdx Jan 2)

FRANCE   Following the recent cutback of English broadcasts from
Radio France International, The Sound Kitchen is no longer aired on
shortwave, although it does continue to be produced as a podcast.
Susan Owensby is asking listeners to write in to

<thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr>

in the hope that enough people write in so that RFI management can be
persuaded to change their minds. Oddly, it also appears that World
Music Matters which was previously broadcast as part of Paris Live on
Thursdays has been dropped from the one-hour stream, but still
continues to be produced as a podcast.
(Dec BrDXC-UK "Communication" magazine direct and via dxld Dec 17)

FRANCE   17545 kHz  Idaat Sawt Alsmood / Radio Voice of Stability
via RMI Frequency management, via TDF Issoudun France relay site,
on Sat Dec 22:

1500-1600 on 17545 ISS 150 kW 122 deg to EaAF in Tigrinya /
Arabic / Amharic Sat, poor/JBA.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dxld Dec 24 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

FRANCE   Radio Nigeria Kaduna via RMI Frequency management via
TDF Issoudun relay site on Dec 19 / Dec 22
0500-0700  7335 ISS 150 kW 170 deg to WeAF Hausa, fair
0700-0900 13840 ISS 150 kW 170 deg to WeAF Hausa, good
0900-1100 17690 ISS 150 kW 170 deg to WeAF Hausa, very good

Dandal Kura Radio International via MBR FMO via TDF Issoudun relay,
on Dec 18
1800-1900 9770 ISS 100 kW 167 deg to CeAF Kanuri, fair/good signal
1900-2000 7455 ISS 100 kW 167 deg to CeAF Kanuri, is inactive!
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dxld Dec 18 / 22 / 24 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

GERMANY   15285 kHz  Athmeeya Yatra Radio (via MBR Nauen relay site) at
1430 UT in a subcontinental language with opening music and a man with an
"Athmeeya Yatra" ID and into talk - Fair to Good Dec 12 -

This Christian broadcaster, whose name translates to "Spiritual Journey",
has mailing addresses in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India and Kathmandu, Nepal.

They generally broadcast in 15 minute segments in a wide range of
subcontinental languages. Dan Ferguson's SW Skeds spreadsheet used to list
them all but, at 101 different languages and dialects, it was a daunting
task to keep up with them all.
(Mark Coady-Ont-CAN, ODXA iog via dxld Dec 17)

GERMANY   STUDIO 52 program via MBR Nauen on 5970 kHz at 1200-1500 UT.

Unsere naechsten Live-Sendungen auf Kurzwelle fuer West-Europa laufen
wie folgt:
Dienstag, den 01. Jan 2019 / 13 - 16 Uhr MEZ/CET
Samstag,  den 19. Jan 2019 / 13 - 16 Uhr MEZ/CET
immer auf 5970 kHz mit 125 kW via Nauen.
Wir wuenschen allen Hoerern dazu guten Empfang :-) !

<https://studio52radiogroup.jimdo.com/>
Der Stream laeuft bereits.
(via Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Jan 1)

GERMANY   [and not,  AUSTRIA/ARMENIA/FRANCE]  Gruss an Bord progr audible
Today 19-23 UT NDR Hamburg on shortwave Relay.

NDR Christmas "Gruss an Bord" or "Greeting on board" on Dec 24

1900-2100  6030 ERV 100 kW 305 deg to We/Central Europe
1900-2100  6080 NAU 125 kW 250 deg to Northern Atlantic
1900-2100  9740 NAU 125 kW 130 deg to Indian Ocean West
1900-2100  9570 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to Indian Ocean East
1900-2100  9800 ISS 250 kW 148 deg to Indian Ocean/SoAF
1900-2100 11650 ISS 250 kW 195 deg to Southern Atlantic

2100-2300  6145 NAU 125 kW 250 deg to Northern Atlantic
2100-2300  6155 ERV 100 kW 305 deg to We/Central Europe
2100-2300  9590 ISS 250 kW 148 deg to Indian Ocean/SoAF
2100-2300  9650 MOS 100 kW 115 deg to Indian Ocean East
2100-2300  9720 NAU 125 kW 130 deg to Indian Ocean West
2100-2300  9830 ISS 250 kW 195 deg to Southern Atlantic

Listened in remote Nordwest Ireland Perseus SDR,
far away of the transmission broadcast centers in central Europe,
confirmed on other remote SDR installation in
Holland, Northwestern Germany, Bavaria and Austria.

6030 kHz at 19.15 UT  >> MUCH OVERMODULATED << , S=9+35dB strength,
total BUZZ "Money Back kind" transmission,
not_quality by FMO MBR Cologne,
ref CJSC Yerevan GAVAR Armenia relay outlet,
very bad ex-USSR TX and antenna performance.
Maybe bcast via the 8 dipole vertical rows of
former Sowjet Union antennna installation at Gavar ?
BUZZ strings 150, 300, 450, and 600 Hertz visible on screen both
sidebands.

6080 kHz  excellent Audio quality like hi-fi, 19.17 UT S=9+40dB strength

9570 kHz  backlobe of Near East target antenna too, S=9+20dB strength

9740 kHz  S=9+40dB also some NE/ME backlobe signal, at 19.58 UT little
adjacent channel QRM from CRI Urumqi-CHN in Esperanto language,
latter scheduled 1930-2027 UT.

9800 kHz, the only QRM suffering channel tonight.
S=9+25dB at 19.20 UT,
in background co-channel VOA Tinang in Korean language.
but VOA QRM decreased after 30 minutes.

11650 kHz  S=9+30dB signal strength,
wonders listened to a French Chanson music kind on a
German seamen broadcast at 19.16 UT.

There was a break of the ISS transmission on 9800 kHz from 19.58:10 UTC
onwards, TX down, but was back when checked again at 20.55 UT.

9740 kHz  S=9+40dB also some NE/ME backlobe, at 19.58 UT little
adjacent channel QRM from CRI Urumqi-CHN in Esperanto language,
latter scheduled 1930-2027 UT.
CRI Urumqi-CHN was on adjacent 9745 kHz.

6030 kHz covered powerful by co-channel
CNR Beijing DRM digital data block here in central Europe at 20.58 UT.

6145 kHz outlet start program with chimes til 21.00:08 UT,
S=9+40db powerful signal, excellent.
At 22.45:20 UT noted an annmt of German DXer Bernd Seiser's letter read
during that transmission, greetings to all RTI Radio Taiwan International
dx club members in Germany. S=9+35dB at 22.43 UT.

6155 kHz  CJSC Yerevan Gavar relay from Armenia, same BUZZ very
bad distorted audio quality like former 19-21 UT 6030 kHz transmission.
S=9+35dB at 21.03 UT on Dec 24.

9590 kHz  Holy Night chorus at 21.01:45 UT start, S=9+15dB on remote SDR
in North Western Ireland on Atlantic Ocean coast.
Adjacent channel little sideband splash of 9600 kHz CRI English from
Kashgar-CHN bcast center.

9650 kHz  S=9+30dB signal, very weak underneath Conakry-GUI signal
at 21.05 UT. Adjacent channel little sideband splash of 9640 kHz
CRI Spanish from Kashgar-CHN bcast center.

9720 kHz  S=9+20dB nice signal heard in Ireland.

9830 kHz  S=9+30dB, excellent audio quality transmission.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 24)

Re: Gruss an Bord, NDR Hamburg Germany via shortwave on single Dec 24.

Check in NE/ME target at Doha Qatar SDR unit / Indian Ocean / East Africa:

At 21.30 UT on Dec 24 S=9+10dB on both 6145 and 6155{distorted} kHz.

9590 S=9+10dB, slight QRM by 9600 kHz from CRI Kashgar En also S=9+10dB.

9650 kHz S=9+25dB excellent audio quality.

9720 kHz S=9+25dB excellent audio quality.

9830 kHz weak and tiny S=6-7 up to -87dBm signal strength,
195degr azimuth from TDF Issoudun France though.
Organ music theme at 21.34 UT played.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 24)

Re: Gruss an Bord, NDR Hamburg Germany via shortwave on single Dec 24.
Now via University Enschede Twente SDR remote access
at 1917 UT on Dec 24 check: "La Vie en Rose" French chanson
on German language.

6145 kHz VP; 6125 ACI splash only; 9740 fair; 9790 nothing; 9800 VG,
no CCI from PHT but somewhat distorted;
11650 kHz good and no QRM or distortion.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Dec 24)

At 21:00 UTC, with change of frequencies, only 6145 and 6155 kHz could be
heard reasonably well, with 6145 kHz quite good although a bit "buzzy."
9590 kHz not heard. 9650 kHz had QRM likely from Conakry Guinea.
9720 kHz, nothing heard and 9830 kHz had RTTY QRM.
(Richard Langley-NB-CAN, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 24)

Finally some audio on 9830 kHz into Victoria, BC-CAN at poor to fair
level. S4 signal only, but clearly // to SDRs in Europe.
9720 kHz is dominated by RHC in English, 9650 kHz is Voice of Korea,
9590 kHz seems to be // to 9830 kHz, but very weak. 49 meters not heard.
(Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC-CAN, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 24)

... use remote SDR's in Ireland or England Europe locations instead,

the GRAY line is at present east of Newfoundland, St. John's city
on Atlantic Ocean. All Canada is on daytime only ...

So, it's real not surprise, that British Colombia on Walter's place the
NDR Hamburg signals are so poor on 49 and 31 mb.

... use remote SDR's in Ireland or England Europe locations instead,
(vy73s  wolfie  df5sx, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 24)

gh / wb comment:
> re: Their frequency planning could have been better. (gh)

(wb)  I don't agree though, -

your statement only for the North America hemisphere target,
but was not the main target of this special transmission.
All monitoring on Perseus and KIWI_SDR net receivers
showed powerful signals in main target zones.

See the azimuth data and target specification in table below.
250 degrees - the most westerly azimuth,
when GRAY zone was out of NewFoundland St. Johns. on Atlantic Ocean,
mean daytime in Oklahoma US state.

Others 195, 148, 130, and 115 degr azimuth target is most of Atlantic
Ocean, SoAM, all Africa, Indian Ocean, NE and ME, South Asia
and Indian Ocean target.

But forget the AUDIO  AWFUL special Yerevan 305degrees azimuth towards
central Europe and Northern Atlantic.

Main monitoring post was located in North Western Ireland at Sligo
on Atlantic coast line. Distance towards
TDF Issoudun  1250 km,
MBR Nauen     1450 km
ORS Moosbrunn 1900 km
CJSC Yerevan GAVAR Armenia 4250 km

Sunspots / Propagation was much better this year on that Dec 26,
than in previous years. See below the outstanding signal reports.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 26)

Of course I did not expect perfect reception in deep North America,
far from any intended target.

But surely for covering much of the rest of the world, it would have been
inadvisable to choose frequencies which were co-channel to VOA, RHC,
Guinea, DRM, RTTY, Calgary(hi), not to mention all the adjacent-
interference wb noted.

Picking such frequencies could only be a last resort when there are
absolutely no better open frequencies available, not the case as SW usage
worldwide is declining.

For a once-a-year broadcast, there is one chance to get it right.
73, Glenn.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Dec 27)

Furthermore, altho the special broadcast may overcome QRM in its target
zones, it's not good-neighborly to do that to the stations already on
frequencies   what about the QRM they are suddenly getting from a station
which could have avoided them?

Example, GUINEA, whose only SW frequency is 9650 kHz, 18 hours a day, and
not about to change. Why can't the rest of the world's broadcasters give
them a break and let them have one frequency to themselves, huh MBR?
Saudi Arabia? North Korea? 73, Glenn Hauser
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Dec 28)

GERMANY   7440 kHz  Nachtrag zur RTI-HKO Info 2018-12 diese Angabe von
Radio Oberlausitz International - ROI sendet auf 7440 kHz
jeden Samstag von 1900-2000 UT.

Die 6070 kHz wird derzeit im Winter zu dieser ROI Sendezeit nicht
eingesetzt. Leider war am 22. Dec. 2018 weder bei mir, noch mit remote SDR
via University Enschede Twente ein Empfang von Radio Oberlausitz
International moeglich.
(Bernd Seiser-D, A-DX ng Dec 22)

Wenn man auf der 7440 kHz von einem Sender aus Bayern erst ab 1900z
eine Sendung plant/bucht, kann man damit bestenfalls die Elche am
Polarkreis in Nord Schweden begluecken.

Das hier ist das seit Wochen unveraenderte Verhalten der foF2,
voellig normal unter Winterverhaeltnissen:

<https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/stp/IONO/rt-iono/realtime/PQ052_foF2.png>

Was sieht man da?
Drastischer Abfall der F2-Grenzfrequenz ab 1500z.
Das korreliert mit meinen Beobachtungen von heute auf der 7440 kHz
waehrend der IBC-Sendung.

Die 7440 kHz/ch292 verabschiedete sich ab 15.10z auf einem daenischen
remote SDR. Empfang war dann nur noch ab Sued-Finnland-Entfernung
moeglich.
Selbst die 6070 kHz verschwand kurz vor 15.30z vom "Radar" eines
Kiwi-SDRs in Hamburg.

Und wie sah es tatsaechlich um 1900z aus ? - in Pruhonice, CSR:

<https://tinyurl.com/y7hz6944>

Frequenzen oberhalb 6 MHz bereits mehr als 1500 km Skipzone,
bei 7,4 MHz vielleicht 2000 oder 2500 km skip zone reception.

Sollte man dann tatsaechlich etwas hoeren wollen,
empfiehlt sich einen Kiwi-SDR im Bereich des Polarkreises zu nutzen.

Morgen senden ja auch die Schweden auf der 7440 kHz, aber um 10.00z

<http://www.channel292.de/s/cc_images/teaserbox_2478832408.jpg>

Die sind nicht so "blond" und buchen erst nach 1600z ...
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Dec 23)

Hallo Roger, -- koestlich Dein Kommentar,

> bestenfalls die Elche am Polarkreis begluecken.

sag' es denen nur, schreib' es denen nur ... ganz heftig, ...

wie kann man nur so bloed sein, ohne Kenntnisse der
Kurzwellenausbreitung und den Skipzonen im Winterhalbjahr
sich in diese Hobby Musiksparte / Ausstrahlung zu begeben.

Dem Vermieter kann's eigentlich auch nicht recht sein,
die Arktis hinter dem Polarkreis anzublasen.

Das Beste jetzt im Winterhalbjahr -
wenn ueberhaupt zur europaeischen Nahversorgung -
sind die 75 Meterband frequenzen im mini-power format
3975 kHz Winsen-Aller,
3985 kHz Kall Eifel und
3995 kHz Weenermoor Emsland  Frequenznutzungen aus Deutschland.

Alles Andere im Kleinsender 1 bis 5 kW Hobby-Bereich kannst'e vergessen.
Eine andere Hausnummer ist die Anmietung einer halben Stunde
in MBR Nauen oder bei ORS Moosbrunn in OE mit 100/125 kW und grosser
Steilstrahlantenne im 49 Meterband um die Vormittags- / Mittagszeit.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 23)

INDIA   AIR Mumbai now on 6957.5 kHz.

AIR Mumbai still wandering on 6957.5 kHz at 1545 UT on Dec 25 in Sindhi
(instead of on 7340 kHz) scheduled till 1600 UT.

Same 100 kW tx is used later on 11935 kHz at 1745-1945 UT in English
to Ea. Africa. It may be observed for any abnormalities.
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, DXindia Dec 25)

6970 kHz on 25 Dec at 0211-0325 UT. UNID. OM and YL talk. Indian,
(?) style music. Language UNID. Weak signal in the SDR of Pardinho,
Brazil. The frequency is changing.
(Jorge Freitas-BRA, hcdx Dec 25)

AIR Urdu service noted now 0320 UT on 6970 kHz !
Must be AIR Mumbai as 7340 kHz is missing.

AIR Mumbai 7340 kHz drifting near 6970  6922  6957.5... kHz.

AIR Mumbai noted on 6970 kHz (drifting down) today morning with Urdu
Service instead of 7340 kHz

Now 0830 UT they started on 6922 kHz, slowly drifting down ...

AIR Mumbai noted today on 6949.50 kHz etc.

AIR Mumbai is noted today also wandering on 26 Dec 2018 as follows:
0215 UT: 6949.50 Urdu.
0400 UT: 6942.20 Urdu.
Original frequency of 7340 (100 kW) is not heard.

Sked of 7340 kHz is
0025-0430 Urdu
0830-1130 Urdu
1130-1140 HS
1230-1500 Sindhi
1500-1600 Baluchi.
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, <www.qsl.net/vu2jos>  DXindia Dec 26;
Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, DXindia Dec 25 / 26)

INDIA   Vagabunding AIR transmitter Mumbai/Bombay nominal 7340 kHz
this Dec 26 morning, S=9+10dB in Delhi remote SDR,
checked on Perseus and KIWI-Net SDR's at 09.40 and 10.07 UT.

Started on 6872 to 6879 kHz range,
and now at 10.07 UT on Dec 26 on 6832.5 to 6837 kHz, not fq stable,
wandered downwards direction.

When checked AIR Mumbai at 0230-0240 UT on Dec 27.
Was on unstable fq 6829 to 6837 kHz around 0230 UT on Dec 27,
S=9+30dB signal in Delhi remote SDR.

I could only listen and understand in 20 kHz broadband FM option
selection.

7340 kHz channel used at same time instead by
RRI Tiganesti ROU in Romanian at S=8-9 signal level at 0237 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 26 / 27)

INDIA   When checked AIR Mumbai at 0940-0950 UT on Dec 27.
Was on unstable fq wandered downwards in high speed,
400 Hertz in 5 minutes,
from 6948.185, via 6947.885, 6947.675 kHz
and speedy down, down side.
S=9+20dB signal in Delhi remote SDR.

A N D
I could again listen and understand URDU program
in PURE  A_M  MODE modulation now.
Transmitter and audio transmission is okay now,
only fq wanders down again and again...

at 10.05 UT on 6946.840 kHz snap.

7340 kHz channel used at same time instead by
PBS Xiniang Urumqi in Kazakh at S=7-8 signal level at 10.03 UT
on Dec 27.

INDIA   When checked AIR Mumbai at 1315-1325 UT on Dec 27.
Was on unstable fq wandered U P wards in high speed,
400 Hertz in 4 minutes,
from 6930.190, via 6930.295, 6930.410, 6930.525 kHz
and speedy U P , U P side.
S=9+15dB signal in Delhi remote SDR.

A N D
I could again listen and understand Sindhi program
in PURE A_M MODE modulation now.
Transmitter and audio transmission is okay now,
only fq wanders U_P again and U P_wards again...

INDIA  re AIR Mumbai vagabunding transmission in Urdu at 00.25-04.30 UT.

Noted today a rather weak signal probably Urdu transmission on
6911.993 kHz at S=7 signal at 04.01 UT on Dec 29 on Delhi SDR remote unit.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 26 / 27 / 29)

MOLDOVA   Chisinau radio center.

"... Recently I had a chance to visit the Chisinau radio center. The once
guarded territory is now unattended. The gate to the antennas (sprengeli),
by means of which the tesla had previously broadcast (now conserved,
according to mastheads) on 1449 and 1593 kHz, is open. Mast grades - here
they are, do what you want with them. Nobody cares.
At 873 kHz, the broadcast is on its way.

Although the antenna was surrounded on all sides by residential buildings.
By the way, the 150-meter antenna at 873 kHz was previously used for
broadcasting at 998 kHz (prior to the commissioning of the Grigoriopol
radio center Radiotelecentr PRTC Mayak), the same one that was erected in
the late 40s of the last century. And a trophy transmitter worked on this
antenna, received by indemnity from under ... Berlin itself!

In the 90s, it was rebuilt again to 999 kHz, in order to jam Transnistrian
radio, but that's another story .... "
(Leo Barmaleo-MDA, "open_dx"; RUSdx Dec 30)

Radio Moldova Kichinev ID "Aici Chisinau, R Moldova Actualitati".

{from archive}
Details about Chisinau mediumwave facilities: 873 (nowadays in use with
75 kW) RV-953, DSV-150; 1449 (silent) RV-948, Tesla SRV 2x20 kW;
1593 (silent, too) RV-947, unid. 5 kW tx, meant to compensate for
RV-951 during the evenings (i.e. city sce. of Radio Mayak).

The only debated point about the use of these facilities to jam
Radio Pridnestrovye for a few years from 1992 concerns the question
if RV-953 and/or RV-948 were involved [maybe both since to my
knowledge during this time both 873 and 1449 were off, leading to
the lease of an Ukrainian transmitter for 1449 and relays via Iasi-1053
to compensate for 873 being sacrificied for the more important jamming].

Probably this station housed also the shortwave transmitters which were
mentioned in some book in conjunction with Radio Liberty frequencies,
clearly indicating nearfield jamming, as it was done in large cities of
the USSR to make the target stations entirely inaudible there [experience
told by VOR editors: some received a permission to listen to Radio Liberty
and had to go to their datchas to do so because reception was impossible
within Moscow].

And the unit numbers of the still operational 1494 kHz transmitters, of
which one is in severe disorder at present (about 10 kHz off and heavily
distorted), are RV-949 (Cahul) and -952, respectively. No further details
given, but it should be save to assume that both sites use Tesla gear.
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld Dec 10, 2007year)

In the years before World War One, radio broadcasts expanded throughout
the country Romania. In 1938, a local station was established in
Chisinau/Kishinev, which was part of Greater Romania at the time.

After the Soviet Union took over Besserabia on June 22nd 1940year, the
station was shut down. Another local radio station was established in the
city of Iasi in 1941, and functioned as part of the Romanian Radio Society
until 1956, when it became an independent institution.
(Steliu Lambru-ROU; RRI via dxld March 6, 2008year)

MOLDOVA / PRIDNESTROVIE   Google Earth imagery.
Chisinau-Kishinev suburb location name is Chisinau Costiujeni
MW 873, 1449 kHz, tall and small masts now in fair resolution:

MDA_Chisinau Costiujeni MW 1449 kHz,
reserve mast of 77 meters height
is located at Chisinau-Kishinev suburb soil 7 kms south, at
46 57 13.86 N  28 49 46.87 E  and
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/mast77.jpg>

but reserve mast of 55 meters height, across the street
{looks light former Sowjetunion era jamming estate area gainst
Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe Romanian and Hungarian language, at
46 57 10.72 N  28 49 34.70 E  and

MW 873 kHz main tall 150 meters mast
located 160 meters across away in Ialoveni Rajon outside Kishinev
46 57 08.88 N  28 49 45.02 E
<https://binged.it/2s2qUf0>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/mast_150m_1.jpg>

<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/masts.jpg>
acc MW antenne design, I guess picture shows left side the 55 m high
reserve antenna across the street,
center left in forground the 150 meters high mast,
and on right background location the 77 meters high reserve antenna
on Kishinev suburb soil.
Look also 8 Nov 2012 picture on Google Earth satellite image.

873  New 50 kW Transradio Berlin TRAM 50 tx at Kishinev-Chisinau
Codru station on 873 kHz was commissioned on July 2, 2013year.

Testing on the frequency of the transmitter PB 873 kHz (medium wave)
at standard DRM (Digital Radio Mondial)

GP "Radiocomunicatii" informs that according to the action on the
development of new technologies on the Radio Codru, installed a new
transmitter that will broadcast to the medium wave range (873 kHz).

This transmitter "TRAM 50 Transmiter" with a capacity of 50 kW was
commissioned July 2, 2013, for the broadcast of the program "Radio
Moldova" in the analog mode and test mode digital standard
DRM (Digital Radio Mondial).
Work on the digital test mode will last until November flowable year.

URL broken now.
(Moldova Radiocom website, Transradio Berlin TRAM flyer, July 2013year)

(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 22, 2012year / Dec 30 2018)

Olle Alm wrote:
Yes, it is correct that the Maiac-Grigoriopol Pridnestrovie site started
on SW from 1974 to 1976. MW-LW may have started a few years earlier.
The SW activity started gradually over some time. Each transmitter was
operated only for 12 h for the first 6 months.

No other broadcast SW transmitters are known to have operated from
Moldovan territory before that.

For a long time it was believed that the new site was the Mykolaiv (Luch)
site in the Ukraine and that the "Simferopol" site was located somehere in
the Crimea. It was not until in the early 90's that the actual situation
as we now it today was finally confirmed.

Today the Maiac transmitters are operating at reduced powers, but they
have been used with 1000 kW each. In the 80's there were plans to upgrade
them to 2000 kW, but this never materialised.
(Olle Alm-SWE, via Jari Savolainen-FIN Dec 2, 2007year)

To clarify things for the NASWA people as regards the MDA SW sites:

The Grigoriopol SW site opened with the first tests in late 1973. This has
been confirmed by "insiders". Before that there were no highpowered or FS
transmissions from the territory of Moldova (Moldavian SSR) on SW. There
are indications that there were some lowpowered SW transmitters before
that time in or near Chisinau, possibly for jamming purposes and using HS
programmes. The primary sites for transmissions to NoAM at that time were
Lviv and Mikolayiv
(appearing as Vinnitsa, Simferopol {fakes}, etc. in ITU schedules).

The high powered transmitters from 1973+ have always stayed at the same
location. There have been no reports or indications of any kind of move,
although the transmitters were modernised at a later stage.

So the division line is 1973: Home service relays heard up to 1973
and it's Chisinau, foreign service relays from late 1973 up to this date
and it's Grigoriopol (Maiac / Mayak to be exact).

The R Moscow FS transmissions from Moldova that existed before 1973 were
on MW 998 only. This frequency was used to link the North American service
to the Bulgarian relays.

Because of the systematic disinformation used by Moscow to hide away their
real SW sites, QSLs issued by R Moscow stating a certain site have little
or no value as a real confirmation of that site or the republic where this
site would be located.
(Olle Alm-SWE, dxld May 22, 2008year)

The older WRTH's like in 60ties and 70ties show Kishinev MW 998 kHz only,
later accompanied by 1313/1448 kHz. Kishinev was  n e v e r  even been an
USSR Regional station with 50 kW shortwave relay, except of some 5 kW
Radio Liberty and RFE Romanian jammer units. In all decades USSR kept
their dark secret under the vailed site call KCH.

19 years later in WRTH 1992, p137,
"Grigoriopol" location was print out for the first time.

KCH =  ITU SW Grigoriopol Maiac.
Imprecise ITU/HFCC locator since USSR era, was vailed location under
communist pressure.
KCH  =  Kichinev MDA 47N00 028E30

some 76 kilometers / 47 miles away of high power SW, MW/LW station
MDA  Grigoriopol Maiac (Pridnestrovye province), and 0.5 miles away of
Ukrainian border. PDM 250 kW units here:
47 16 57.01 N  29 24 56.18 E

Counting radio countries may so simple:
NASWA counts two areas separate, Moldova itself and also breakaway
entity Pridnestrovya. The rest of the world counts one united Moldova,
either Kishinev or two regional mediumwaves and plus SW+LW+MW from
Grigoriopol Maiac location.

Unspeakable example of Kosovo separation from Serbia will give Russia an
example to divide Pridnestrovya, Ossetia, Abkhazia, etc. from original
area. (wb, Oct 2009year)

RDS: RADIO MOLDOVA

Chisinau Costiujeni - Kishinev, 873 kHz reg100kW,
but filed 21.7 kW, 150meters tall mast.

And two guyed masts of 77 and 55 meter tall,
for R Moldova 2 Romanian progr on 1449 kHz.

<http://www.frocus.net/main.php?lng=en&rzd=E-TV&pag=area&g=6#emiter_table>
<http://g.co/maps/sypsq>
<http://g.co/maps/9u8vk>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/masts.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/mast_150m_1.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/mast_3.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Codru/mast_2.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/main.php?lng=en&rzd=E-TV&pag=e-
kanaly&v=1186#description>

Cahul 1494 kHz 13degr, 17.4 kW, 120m mast.
<http://www.frocus.net/main.php?lng=en&rzd=E-TV&pag=area&g=4#emiter_table>
<http://g.co/maps/3m45p>
<http://g.co/maps/6qdqp>
<http://g.co/maps/uf5pb>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Cahul/SRTV_Cahul_3.jpg>  MW right
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Cahul/SRTV_Cahul_4.jpg>  MW left
<http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=71&with_photo
_id=53420825&order=date_desc&user=1824640>

Edinet - Yedintsy 1494 kHz 38degr, 17.4 kW, 120m mast.
<http://www.frocus.net/main.php?lng=en&rzd=E-
TV&pag=area&g=11#emiter_table>
48 10 58.82 N  27 18 02.16 E  located 135 m east of TV/FM mast.
<http://g.co/maps/wjt23>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Edinet/mast_5.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Edinet/tower_2.jpg>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Edinet/mast_4.jpg>

[Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic - PMR, breakaway territory also known
as "Pridnestrovie"]  Grigoriopol Maiac
<http://www.frocus.net/main.php?lng=en&rzd=E-
TV&pag=area&g=62#emiter_table>
549 kHz Radio PMR - Golos Rossii, 150kW
621 / 999 / 1413 kHz Voice of Russia, 500/1000kW
47 17 19.29 N  29 26 47.56 E
<http://g.co/maps/eaade>
47 16 58.54 N  29 26 23.78 E
<http://g.co/maps/56wqg>
47 16 48.70 N  29 26 12.19 E
<http://g.co/maps/j4nty>

1548 kHz Voice of Russia, 200/500/1000kW
MDA Grigoriopol Maiac, Malaya Zarya 1548 kHz 1000kW 245degr
12 x 42m height masts, in 1.5 km length, built up in 1971.
see image of Malaya Zarya 1548 kHz
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Maiac/Malaya_zarya_SW-band.jpg>
47 16 41.39 N  29 26 34.16 E
<http://g.co/maps/q4gdz>

formerly
MDA  Grigoriopol Maiac MW SV2+2 4-mast antenna array, 1467 kHz 500/1000 kW
170degr directional MW ant towards TUR CYP EGY during Radio Moscow USSR
era.
47 16 59.73 N  29 25 44.72 E
<http://g.co/maps/gmzg9>
<http://www.frocus.net/images/antennas/Maiac/CB-kvadrat.jpg>

formerly LW 234kHz, 47 17 21.32 N  29 26 00.42 E
<http://g.co/maps/kb9vy>
( <http://www.frocus.net/index.php?lng=en>  April 26, 2012year)

NETHERLANDS   Over to 1008 kHz ... excitement raises after in pauses a
2 kHz het from a carrier on 1010 kHz is pretty obvious ... the final song,
for a final time the "ouch, level meter sticks" view from 2 dB of residual
dynamics on this horribly overprocessed modulation ... and ... blew,
just the program input switches to a "retune" loop. At least this time
it is not such a brainwashing stuff than 15 years ago when NOS left this
very frequency. So it remains to be seen when the transmitter will
be really turned off.
(Kai Ludwig-D, direct Dec 31)

NIGERIA   9689.919   Radio Nigeria ist z.Zt. auf 9690 kHz at 17.15 UT
on Dec 27, in AM English mit 55434 zu hoeren.
(Dieter Sommer-D, A-DX ng Dec 27)

jetzt um 19.00 UT deckt der Spanier aus REE Noblejas alles zu.
Abuja Nigeria aber noch darunter auf 9689.919 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 27)

PERU   4810  Radio Logos, heard with a good signal from 1053 tune-in to
1104 UT tune-out. At first, a long talk (sermon?) by a man, joined by a
woman at the end. At 1058 UT, Peruvian song with flute music. ID at 1103
UT, then back to music. Good signal level, but the USB was covered by the
usual enormous ute, and the LSB suffered from CODAR and periodic lightning
crashes.

Radio Tarma on 4774.91 kHz was also good at the same time. Both stations
seem to have been right on the SR line at the time. Re-check at 1135 UT
found Logos to be only a het.
(Art Delibert-MD-USA, hcdx Dec 27)

PERU   Peru book published A little shameless self-promotion
here. As some of you know, I've been writing a book, an historical
travelogue about northern Peru. Well, it is finally finished and for
sale (as both a Kindle eBook and a soft-cover). It isn't a DX book,
but radio does find a place in a few chapters. I think if you enjoy
Andean DX you will enjoy reading it.

And now that the hard part is out of the way, I'll be turning my
attentions to putting up web pages of photos to accompany the book and
a set of web pages about the radio stations I visited during my
travels there last year.

<http://www.donmooredxer.com/books/peru.html>

(Don Moore, SW Bulletin Dec 16 via dxld Dec 17)

SAO TOME   Only on center 22 mb: 13590.058 kHz much odd fq from US
IBB BBG relay site Sao Tome, English sce, S=8 signal noted in NY and
MI states remotedly.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 21)

SOLOMONS ISLS   Re:  5019.998 kHz Solomons wieder in der Luft ?

SIBC oder Radio Happy Isles war die letzten zwei Monate "immer da",
aber mit einem lausigen Signal.

Hallo Pazifik Hoerer,
SIBC ist eigentlich regelmaessig in der Luft, das Signal ist aber nicht
lausig, sondern nur die Modulation. Der Traeger steht schon mal mit S7
hier, aber man hoert fast nix, auch weil seit Monaten eine digital
sendende Station den Empfang zu 90% unbrauchbar macht. Ohne die Stoerung
konnte ich Honiara vielleicht 3,4 mal in den letzten Wochen hoeren.
73 Christoph
(Christoph Ratzer-AUT  OE2CRM,  <http://ratzer.at>  A-DX ng Dec 31)

Fuer die grossen Ohren Richtung Pazific Downunder Beobachter.
Bei Don in Alberta vorhin beobachtet, 73 wb

UNID   5019.998 kHz signal string visible on SDR remotes in
Edmonton Alberta Canada
(thanks Don Moman VE6JY ! ), and in MI, NY, NJ states also.
Could it be Solomons Isl radio again ?  At 0634 UT on Dec 31.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 31)

SPAIN   RNE Noblejas site at 21+ UT a program starts with the 'holy night'
song and two speakers refer about a live transmission Tenerife and the
symphonic orchestra via the RNE network that includes the REE RFE and R5.
The program included various Christmas songs and operas with a 2 hour
duration and short comments by the two commenters in between. On 2245 UT
there was a well known Christmas song sung by the children group.
(Zacharias Liangas-GRC, hcdx Dec 26)

SPAIN   9690 kHz, on Dec 31 at 2254 UT, REE from Noblejas inbooming in
rock music just before 2019y. This has proved to be our best/only SW live
NYE signal from WeEurope. Of course, pre-empts 2300 UT English as
simulcasting Radio Nacional de Espana coverage. By 2258 UT wild crowd and
announcers standing by for 12 campanadas at medianoche. Which are then
heard after 4 other bells signifying hourtop, "Feliz 2,019" and cheers.
2301 UT announcing a toll-free call-in number. 2305 UT a live(?) song with
guitars about trabajo, outroed as a mambo. 9690 kHz still audible Jan 1 at
0220 UT with Spanish orchestral music, but faded to S9-S5.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Jan 2)

"Feliz 2,019" celebration also one hour later in Spanish TV,
live coverage from Islas Canarias ... Canary Islands, (wb.)

TAJIKISTAN/UAE   TWR AFRICA EXTENSION ?  BAD FQ SELECTION though.

Noted an 15 minute extension or special Christmas broadcast(?) by
TWR Africa also in the 03.45 til 03.59:45 UT time range.
Heard many 'Jesus' preaching items in probably Oromo(?) language.

All TWR Africa schedules in A-18 and B-18 season,
in HFCC, Aoki Nagoya Japan list
show the TWR Africa towards Ethiopia/Eritrea outlet
on various languages like Amharic, Oromo and Sidamo,
only during 15 minutes duration in 03.30-03.45 UT slot.

Today morning the UAE Al Dhabbaya tx was slightly odd fq on 7244.991 kHz.
Heard the Babcock control room cello music over and over again
even from 03.20 UT onwards, S=9+25dB in Delhi.

Bad fq selection by TWR Africa FMO though.
Much terrible audio mixture co-channel
with Tajik Radio via  Yangi-Yul on even 7245 kHz, same audio signal level

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

TWR AFRICA FMO:

TWR Africa QSL Manager Mrs. Lorraine Stavropoulos.
TWR Swaziland: "Stephen and Lorraine Stavropoulos".

Steve joined TWR Swaziland in May 1977 as an electrical engineer.
In 1978 he met Lorraine. They returned together to Swaziland immediately
after being married in January 1979. Steve worked shifts for a number
of years, became operations manager and then became the chief engineer
for 18 years before moving to West Africa in May 2014 to serve
as TWR engineer for that region.

From April 2017, they relocated to the TWR Africa Regional Office, South
Africa, to be their base for future projects in Benin and other countries.

At the end of September 2018, they are moving back to Swaziland where
Steve will take up the position of Station Director from 1st November 2018

Lorraine will continue as the Dx secretary for Africa as well as audition
programs before they air.

TWR asked them to return for two years. After prayer, they believe this to
be God's plan for them at this time.

Besides raising their three children, Lorraine has been involved as a
mission hostess and auditioning of programs. At the ARO office she is
editing as well as auditioning programs. For many years she has been the
DX secretary for Swaziland and now for Africa.

<https://www.twr.org/global_staff/stavropoulos>

(via Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener-D, ADDX Kurier magazine;
via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

TAJIKISTAN   Reception of Voice of Tibet in 41mb, Dec 29
2300-2330 7496 DB 100 kW 131 deg to CeAS Tibetan
2330-2400 7484 DB 100 kW 131 deg to CeAS Tibetan

Yes, right also on Dec 30, S=7 in Tokyo Japan.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 30)

THAILAND/KUWAIT    US  Radio Mashaal via US IBB BBG Udon Thani relay site
at good level on 15760 kHz at 0525 UT with Pashto anncts for online and
social media accounts, IDs and discussion px. Also heard but much weaker
on // 12110 kHz via IBB BBG Kuwait al-Dschahra(*) suburb.

Being in between receivers, I used the Tecsun Radios Australia online SDR
which uses an rx based at Goulburn in southern NSW, about 200kms from my
home QTH.

According to guidance published on the USAGM website, these services along
with VOA, OCB, RFA and MBN are excepted from the government shutdown on
following grounds:

"The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum
establishing that there is a sufficient legal basis for the USAGM Board's
determination that United States international broadcasting activities of
the USAGM qualify as "foreign relations essential to the national
security" and are, therefore, excepted activities which may continue
during the appropriations lapse."

(Foreign relations essential to the national security being one of the
three excepted activities, along with those required to manage the
shutdown, and essential activities for protection of life and property.)
The full USAGM guidance is available at

<https://www.usagm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/BBG-Shutdown-Guidance-
FY-2019_12_17_v1.pdf>

(Matt Francis-NSW-AUS, dxld Dec 30)

(*)  Location at G.C.  29 30 45.59 N  47 40 17.84 E
<https://goo.gl/maps/mEfcyCVssEL2>
Report sent to:  <manager_kuwait [at] kuw.ibb.gov>

TURKEY   12035.73 approx., Dec 28 at 14.26 UT, VOT English is still on,
tailing with IS and IDs in unID next language. I hasten to measure it but
goes off at 1428 UT before I have pinned it to third decimal place. It's
been a few days since the last offness, unlogged when it is nominal.

11815.007 kHz, Dec 28 at 1430 UT, VOT Turkish talk is almost on-frequency
today.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Dec 28)

13685.007 TUR  TRT Emirler in Uyghur language, at 14.18 UT on Dec 29.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

TURKEY   5945.721 kHz  Die deutsche Sendung von TRT Emirler hatte heute
den 5. Sender im Einsatz, S=9+35dB stark, Jener TX der gleich 721 Hertz
abweicht, ein TX von fuenf schwingt heftigst odd fq.
Die anderen haben eher uebliche 3 bis 30 Hertz Abweichung aufzuweisen.

Das TRT Nationalprogram in Tuerkisch aus Emirler kommt heute auf
5980.004 kHz, aber staerker um die S=9+50dB Signal.

6050.003 kHz  TRT Emirler En um 19.42 UT, S=9+30dB, aber nicht sauber
audioweise, eine ganze Parade von 100 Hertz Tone-Strings zu sehen:
10 x 100 Hz Distanzstrings auf jedem Seitenband erzeugen das BUZZ signal.

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

USA   {to CUBA}  Winter B-18 shortwave schedule of IBB Radio TV Marti

0000-0100  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0000-0100  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
0000-0100  7435 GB 250 kW 225 deg to Cuba Spanish
0100-0200  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0100-0200  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
0100-0200  7365 GB 250 kW 225 deg to Cuba Spanish
0200-0300  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0200-0300  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
0200-0300  7435 GB 250 kW 225 deg to Cuba Spanish
0300-0600  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0300-0600  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
0300-0600  7435 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
0600-0700  5980 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
0600-0700  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0600-0700  7435 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
0700-1000  5980 GB 250 kW 172 deg to Cuba Spanish
0700-1000  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
0700-1000  x without 3rd frquency to Cuba Spanish
1000-1200  5980 GB 250 kW 172 deg to Cuba Spanish
1000-1200  6030 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
1000-1200  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
1200-1300  5980 GB 250 kW 190 deg to Cuba Spanish
1200-1300  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
1200-1300  7435 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
1300-1400  7355 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
1300-1400  7435 GB 250 kW 205 deg to Cuba Spanish
1300-1400 11930 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
1400-2000 11860 GB 250 kW 225 deg to Cuba Spanish [M-F only! gh]
1400-2000 11930 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
1400-2000 13820 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
2000-2200  9565 GB 250 kW 164 deg to Cuba Spanish
2000-2200 11860 GB 250 kW 225 deg to Cuba Spanish
2000-2200 11930 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
2200-2300  7375 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
2200-2300  9565 GB 250 kW 164 deg to Cuba Spanish
2200-2300  x without 3rd frquency to Cuba Spanish
2300-2400  7355 GB 250 kW 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
2300-2400  7435 GB 250 kW 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
2300-2400  9565 GB 250 kW 164 deg to Cuba Spanish
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, Dec 12 via dxld Dec 17)

USA   4980  WRMI new frequency announcement.

WRMI is now on a new tropical band frequency: 4980 kHz.
The transmission is from 2100-0000 UTC, and the programming is Supreme
Master TV <suprememastertv.com>

This is beamed to the Caribbean and Latin America; your reports to
<info -at- wrmi.net>
or to the reception report form on our website (wrmi.net) would be most
welcome.
(WRMI F_B page, via Jordan Heyburn-UK, BrDXC-UK ng Dec 26)

USA   WRMI is now on a new tropical band frequency: 4980 kHz. The
transmission is from 2100-0000 UT, and the programming is Supreme Master
TV <suprememastertv.com>

This is beamed to the Caribbean and Latin America; your reports to
<info -at- wrmi.net>
or to the reception report form on our website (wrmi,net) would be most
welcome.

L'articolo WRMI new frequency 4980 kHz proviene da Bclnews.
<https://www.bclnews.it/>

(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld / bclnews Dec 27)

USA   Re:  Station on 4980 kHz with Christmas music?

Currently hearing a station on 4980 kHz playing Christmas music. At 2109
UT, a woman announcer with news about an exchange of gifts between the
leaders of North and South Korea, followed by a man with a story about
women's programs in Bangladesh, and then the woman with news about
increasing vegan choices by UK shoppers. Strong signal. Switching the
SAL-12 antenna around the compass, it seems strongest from the SW.
Does anyone know what this is?
(Arthur Delibert, N. Bethesda MD-USA, hcdx Dec 24)

WRMI registered this frequency today 2100-0900 UT, at 160 degr. (gh)

Unlog: 4980 wating for listening the new WRMI transmission on 21+ UT as
noted in HCDX. The signal was just marginal n a quite clear local
environment that could be only traced as carrier with SSB.
(Zacharias Liangas-GRC, hcdx Dec 26)

USA   4980, Dec 27 at 2240 UT, WRMI with Supreme Master TV, now regular
at 21-24 UT and even acknowledged in disgraced FB. But of more
significance, // SMTV programming is *also* on stronger 5950 kHz and
strongest 9395 kHz, *instead* of DW English via WRN via WRMI. Programming
is a drama with music, slow syllables in uncertain language but not
English which appears later in the hour. SMTV is metastasizing into more
and more frequencies.

I had previously found SMTV 4980 kHz plus 5950 kHz and 9395 kHz during
the 23-24 UT hour on Dec 25. Today Dec 27 at 2321 UT check,
4980 kHz // 9395 kHz during slow Chinese? and music, while 5950 kHz is
dead air, with ACI from real Chinese on 5945 kHz.

Another case of WRMI schedules not matching what they are really doing.
The skedgrid at

<http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs>

as of early UT Dec 28 still claims 5950 kHz & 9395 kHz at 22-23 UT
are with WRN; at 23-24 UT,
5950 kHz with Radio France International (English), and
9395 kHz with RMI System G. Checking the System G program schedules below,
9395 kHz at 23-24 UT is supposed to be Oldies M-F, VORW Sat, YWS Sun.
9395 kHz at 22-23 is supposed to be RAE in Italian M-F, Oldies & Walking
in Power both Sat & Sun and both //
7780 kHz. There is no program sked for System E WRN (and never had been).

WRMI skedgrid as of early UT Dec 27 now shows 4980 kHz at 21-24 UT only
with Supreme Master TV, via XMTR 3, 160 degrees (what was on #3 before?).
4980 kHz is off again after 0000 UT on Dec 27.

And one additional entry for SMTV:
14-15 UT Sunday only, XMTR 1, 44 degrees on 7780 kHz, when it will be
// 15770 kHz, which starts at 1400 UT daily, XMTR 9 at 44 degrees

On azimuthalmap, XMTR 9 has changed from 87 to 44 degrees on 15770 kHz.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Dec 27)

USA   re  2200 UT on WBCQ 7490.16v kHz.

Noted 7490.137 kHz  S=9+30dB at 23.37 UT on Dec 27,
noted in Alberta CAN, MI, NY, FL state in USA.

7315.003 kHz WHRI S=9+60dB powerhouse noted at 23.43 UT pn Dec 27.

New 4980 kHz log-periodic antenna at 160degr towards Cuba, South America,
rather similar poor like 5010 WRMI 181degr too.

<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dxld/photos/photostream/lightbox/1845
941783?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1845941783>

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 27)

USA   7335 kHz, on Dec 22 at 2319 UT, sermon in American about Jesus, Xmas

Didn't realize WHRI is here, but HFCC registered daily 22-24 UT,
250 kW at 47 degrees to zones 4,5,9,27-28. Thisaway, it's only S9-S7.
In fact, WHR does not know about it either, missing from:

<https://familybroadcastingcorporation.com/whr/frequencies/>

nor is 7335 one of the frequencies in their drop-down search list, nor is
it on the program schedules for Angels 1, 2, 5 or 6!

Maybe what I heard was this supposedly on 7385 kHz: "2300-0000 6:00 PM-
7:00 PM Sat The Christian Worship Hour Dr. Harold E. Salem 7.385 MHz".

Family Broadcasting Corporation, what's that??
"Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation)
exists to reach out to the lost across the globe and to provide you and
your family with an alternative to viewing secular television programs".
So no more LeSEA; when did that change? Maybe they got tired of having to
explain/teach how to spell correctly that strange name.

For the historical record, it meant: LEster Sumrall Evangelistic
Association.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld Dec 22)

USA    RADIO FREE ASIA COMMEMORATES YEAR OF THE PIG JANUARY 2019.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its 2019 Year of the Pig QSL. Those
born in a Pig years are considered energetic, positive thinkers and
gentle. They are also focused and when they make up their minds to do
something, there is evidently little you can do to stop them. Pigs
lead very busy lives and must remember to take breaks in order to
rest. Pig years are celebrated every twelfth year. The other Chinese
zodiac animals and associated years are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,
Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster and Dog. This is RFA's
69th QSL design and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports
from January - April 2019

[boilerplate] Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996,
RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea,
Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke,
Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and
fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA
provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries,
acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in
local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news
of specific local interest.

More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current
broadcast frequency schedule, is available at

<http://www.rfa.org>

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports
are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and
quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports
by mailing a QSL card to the listener.

RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at
<http://techweb.rfa.org>

(follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its
general listening audience. Reception reports are also accepted by email
at
<qsl -at- rfa.org>
and by mail to:
Reception Reports Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036, USA
(via RUSdx Dec 23 via dxld Dec 24)

UZBEKISTAN   Special programmes in German on Dec 29.

Am kommenden Samstag, 29. Dezember gibt es 2 Sonderprogramme mit 100 kW.
1300-1400 UT auf 7460 kHz Richtung Asien double rhombic at 122 degrees
und von
1900-2000 UT auf 5830 kHz Richtung Europa. curtain HR4/4/1 at 301 degr
- Inhalt? - Ueberraschung!

Next Saturday, 29th December we will have 2 special programs with 100 kW.
1300-1400 UT on 7460 kHz towards Asia double rhombic at 122 degrees
and 1900-2000 UT on 5830 khz towards Europe. curtain HR4/4/1 at 301 degr
Contents? Surprise!
(Christian Milling-D  <christian -at- milling.international>  A-DX Dec 25)

Re: [A-DX] 'Bye Bye Sitkunai' program at 1300 UT on 7460 kHz.

Traegeraufschaltung gegen 1254 UT.
Signal an meinem QTH recht ordentlich mit S=9+25dB.

Da macht die DoubleRhombic auf 122 degr ja ein schoenes Signal auf etwas
neben dem Hauptbeam. Dass in Europa ueberhaupt was ankam ist schon
erstaunlich.

Mal sehen, wie gleich ab 19 UT die HR4/4/1 nach 301 degr auf 5830 kHz
spielt.
(Christian Milling-D  <christian -at- milling.international>  A-DX Dec 29)

Log: 5830 kHz O=3+ "Radio, Menschen und Geschichten",  19.00 UT.
Sendestandort Taschkent, Uzbekistan ?

TDoA-check location:
~ 41.50 N ~ 69.00 East
(Christian Nagel-D, A-DX ng Dec 29)

Hat sich Christian irgendwo darueber geaeussert,
von wo diese Aussendungen realisiert wurden ?

13 UT habe ich nicht gehoert,
7460 kHz koennte aber aus
RRTM RED Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan bcast center
ostwaerts Richtung Suedasien gewesen sein ?  {122degr azimuth, see above}

5830even  Jetzt um 19.10 UT ein recht sauberes audio Signal.
Meine Kaffeesatz-Lesung sagt gefuehlt:
auf keinen Fall der Schrottsender in Gavar Armenien im Einsatz
(siehe NDR Weihnachtssendung mit uebler Signalqualitaet
aus Gavar Armenien am 24.12.).

Eher via SPC-NURTS Spaceline Ltd. Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay site,

obwohl von dort auch noch
5900 RTI S=9+15dB 1900-1930 UT und
6000 Brother Stair Overcomer Ministry S=9+15dB laufen ... ?

Die Bulgaren haben aber bestimmt 3 x 49 mb Antennen zur Verfuegung
und einige 50 kW UdSSR Schaetzchen auch noch.
{see Christian Milling mail above 301degr azimuth towards Europe via UZB}

(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

Die KIWI-SDR-Peilung sieht eher nach:
"Noerdlich von Afghanistan" aus, also Tashkent. ;-)

<https://www.dropbox.com/s/x81j1vn6dfyj3sh/2018-12-
29_5830kHz_RMG.png?dl=0>

(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Dec 29)

RRTM  RED  Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan bcast center relay broadcasts

Trans World Radio India via Tashkent, Dec 22
1545-1600 6240 TAC 100 kW   66 deg to CeAS Kazakh.

Radio Free North Korea via Tashkent, Dec 23
1200-1300 7610 TAC 100 kW  76 deg to NoEaAS Korean

Voice of Wilderness via Tashkent on Dec 23
1330-1530 7625 TAC 100 kW  70 deg to NoEaAS Korean, good.

North Korea Reform Radio via Tashkent, Dec 23
1430-1530 7580 TAC 100 kW  76 deg to NoEaAS Korean, good.

North Korea Reform Radio via Tashkent, Dec 24
2030-2130 7495 TAC 100 kW  76 deg to NoEaAS Korean, fair/good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 2)

VATICAN STATE   15695 kHz Vatican Radio

15695 kHz on 25 Dec at 1053 UT. UNID location. Vatican Radio (?) in
English. Music and at 1057 UT, YL speaks, special transmission of
Christmas with the Christmas mass live by Pope Francisco and simultaneous
translation in English by YL. The signal is almost local here for me.
Local signal in the SDR of University Enschede Twente.

<http://en.radiovaticana.va/schedules>

(Jorge Freitas-BRA, hcdx Dec 25)

Vatican Radio Urbi & Orbi blessings, on Dec 25
1055-1130 15585 SMG 250 kW 210 deg to WeAF  French
1055-1130 15595 SMG 250 kW 084 deg to NE/ME Arabic
1055-1130 15695 SMG 250 kW 145 deg to CeAF  English
1055-1130 17590 SMG 250 kW 165 deg to SoAF  Portuguese
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX Topnews Dec 26)

VATICAN STATE     Vatican Radio, Santa Maria di Galeria CVA,
Santa Messa program on Jan 1st, 08.50-10.40 UT:

15585 French, from time to time highspeed CW QRM on exact 15586 kHz
15595 Arabic
15695 English
17590 Portuguese
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 1)

VATICAN STATE   24 Dec: 1600-1650 UT, studio mass in Chinese:
on 6055, 7400 kHz.

2025-2230 UT, live coverage from St. Peter's Basilica in various
versions: With English commentary on 6010 kHz, Chinese on 6185 and 7410
kHz, French on 7365 kHz, Arabic on 7435 kHz, Portuguese on 9700 kHz.
(The Arabic version is new on shortwave, consistent with the apparent
decision, made in last year, to redirect the last shortwave resources so
far used for Western/Central Europe to the Middle East.)

25 Dec: 1055-1130 UT, live coverage from St. Peter's square in various
versions: With French commentary on 15585 kHz, Arabic on 15595 kHz,
English on 15695 kHz, Portuguese on 17590 kHz.
(Again Arabic is new, and transmitting on frequencies just 10 kHz apart
from one and the same transmitter plant is also not seen every day.)
(Kai Ludwig-D, dxld Dec 24)

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

Others to mention from morning log 02.15 til 04.00 UT, on Dec 29

5839.992 DNK  WMR Latin AM mx S=9+5 at 02.15 UT, Ireland SDR unit used.
5829.986 USA  WTWW S=9+15 in Sligo Ireland remote SDR unit,
         but contain 60 Hertz deep BUZZ signal too !
4760.008 UNID peak signal poor, maybe AIR Port Blair ?  02.18 UT
4820even CHN  V E R Y  F A U L T Y  audio buzz signal from Lhasa Tibet
         seven x 100 Hertz apart distance string signals visible either
         sideband, by PBS Xizang Mandarin Chinese program.
4869.906 much  o d d  fq of AIR Kingsway? outlet as AIR Urdu sce,
         at 02.32 UT, I guess the HolyQuran presenting prayer
         read/sung by female voice ?
4949.741 AGL  Mulenvos weak and tiny these days, at 02.36 UT S=6-7
         two UTE signals co-channel too 4949.990 and 4950.006 kHz.
5009.935 MDG  Malagasy R poor S=6 heard in Sligo Ireland, at 02.40 UT

and now logs from Cape Canaveral Florida state, USA North America.
5025even CUB  R Rebelde, distorted overmodulated audio. S=9+20 in IRL.
5040even CUB  RHC Bauta, S=9+15db, talk in Spanish on Venezuela matter
5085even USA  WTWW still Christmas music played, S=9+15dB at 02.44 UT
5130.411 USA  WBCQ guitar mx/singer px, 02.45 UT
6050.001 EQA  HCJB QUITO, Sp, fluttery S=6 in IRL at 02.55 UT Dec 29.
6065.007 Probably MDG, from MGLOB Talata Volonondry, S=5-6 signal,
         poor AWR program start at 03.00 UT (need further check, wb.)
6105even F   NHK Radio Japan in Japanese, female presenter, powerful
         out of TDF Issoudun France relay, S=9+35dB or -35dBm strong.

all RHC okay on 6000, 6060, and 6165 kHz mostly S=9+30dB powerful.

6185.011 kHz upper side of the channel now, R Educacion Mexico D.F.
         fluttery S=8-9 signal at 03.11 UT on Dec 29.
7730even USA  WRMI, Brother Stair Overcomer Ministry sermon, 03.13 UT
         S=9+25dB, and also //
7570even USA  WRMI, Brother Stair Overcomer Ministry sermon, 03.14 UT
         S=9+30dB powerful, 11.2 kHz broadband audio signal here,
         talk on Christmas.
7504.997 USA  WRNO not in Chinese, but English sermon heard,
         at 03.16 UT, about future of Israel, Jewish people and brothers.
         Little distorted audio noted in the feed path,
         like transformed scratching digital audio on phone line ?
7485even MDA  Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac,
         very early on air around 03.17 UT,
         to warm-up their bcast center and staff during wintertime, hi.
         Scheduled from 03.30-04.30 UT, BBC Persian, instead heard an
         1025 Hertz tone in 03.19-03.29 UT slot, then BBC Persian started
7385.003 USA  WHRI En sermon, S=9+50dB powerhouse in Cape Canaveral, FL.
         03.21 UT, gifts for the children, St. Nikolaus theme.
7314.997 USA  WHRI pop mx px, (not Lester Sumrall) at 03.23 UT,
         also S=9+50dB powerhouse in FL state remote SDR.
         10 kHz wide audio broadband, excellent audio quality,
         seemingly the best sounded transmitter unit in Cypress Creek ?

and at Delhi and Qatar remoted SDR again:
7430.009 IND  AIR Mumbai, S=9+25dB signal at 03.37 UT.
7420.004 IND  AIR Hyderabad px, flute mx at 03.38 UT, S=9+20dB.
7289.994 IND  AIR Chennai, Hindi, S=6-7 only, maybe under skip zone ?
7270.003 IND  AIR ?, pop mx S=9+20dB power, 03.42 UT on Dec 29.
7140.020 ERI  Asmara S=6-7 poor signal into Qatar remote, SDR, 03.47 UT
         not 7180v on air this morning. Only Omdurman SDN on 7205 kHz.

Other services on 22 meterband 12-15 UT on Dec 29:
13630.003 BOT  VoA Botswana in Kirundi, Sat/Sun only at 14.43 UT
13680.003 ZMB  VoHope Africa from Lusaka Makeni Ranch(*) location.
13685.007 TUR  TRT Emirler in Uyghur language, 14.18 UT.
13695.004 IND  AIR Bangalore scheduled, English service, 14.02 UT

(*)  CVC Lusaka Makeni ranch
SW 4965 6065 9430 9505 13590 13650 kHz, of 2009 year,

at location  15 32 18.89 S  28 00 09.83 E

<https://binged.it/2LION4A>

13680 kHz 315 degrees azimuth. 1024 x 718 image.
<http://www.voiceofhope.com/images/projects/1.jpg>
<http://www.voiceofhope.com/images/projects/6.jpg>
<http://www.voiceofhope.com/images/projects/7.jpg>
<http://www.voiceofhope.com/images/projects/3.jpg>
<http://www.voiceofhope.com/images/projects/4.jpg>

QSL card and log-periodic antenna image

<https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rTGAsyluMGk/Vx9gZ8HY-
6I/AAAAAAAAMq8/srZ1MwQ58iAmQ7bApEyL1swWWSH7S-
lRACLcB/s1600/Voice%2Bof%2BHope_Zambia_2016.jpg>

<https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-
njB_FWUmvbg/WF3jdOK0fhI/AAAAAAAAAHg/YVtlo9qst6IWLYeP_vcLY1NNOh2NnqdzwCLcB/
s1600/VoHope%2BAfrica.jpg>

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

Others to mention from Seoul Rep of [South] Korea log
21.45 til 22.20 UT, on Dec 29

9655DRM mode CHN  CNR Urumqi  at 21.55 UT,    S=9+10dB
6030DRM mode CHN  CNR Beijing at 22.17 UT,    S=9+30dB
9610.024 TUR  TRT Emirler in En, at 21.58 UT, S=9+20dB
         scheduled 21.30-22.25 UT
7410even CVA  Vatican Radio, Santa Maria di Galeria, in Mandarin 22.05 UT
         scheduled 22.00-22.30 UT, S=9+25dB in KOR.  and //
6185even CVA  Vatican Radio, Santa Maria di Galeria, in Mandarin 22.13 UT
         scheduled 22.00-22.30 UT, S=9+30dB in KOR
7299.992 UAE  BBCWS En nx, scheduled 22.00-23.00 UT, S=9+15dB at 22.08 UT

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

Others to mention from Seoul Rep of [South] Korea log
01.30 til 02.30 UT, on Dec 30

4010.220 KGZ  Kyrgyz RADIO 1Birinchi Radio, Bishkek Krasnaya Rechka,
         S=9+30dB in Seoul KOR, 01.30 UT Dec 30.
4500even CHN  PBS Xinjiang Urumqi, Mongolian, S=9+20dB at 01.35 UT
         sweet song, female singer.
4764.962 TJK  Tajik Radio from Yangi Yul site, S=9+20dB at 01.39 UT,
         that's their 3rd TX which is always odd fq on lower sideband.
4810.008 IND  AIR Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Hindi nx, S=9+20dB at 01.42 UT
4910.003 IND  AIR Jaipur, Rajasthan, S=9+10dB 01.44 UT
4920 kHz bad mixture of
4919.962 CHN  CNR  Xizang PBS, Lhasa, Tibet, Tibetan, S=9+15dB 01.47 UT
4920.001 IND  AIR Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Southern sce, Tamil/Hindi/En,
         S=9+15dB at 01.48 UT.
         Checked both in Seoul, Delhi and Qatar remote sites.
4950even IND  R Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Northern sce in
         E/Hindi/Urdu/Kashmiri/Sanskrit languages, according TBS-20.
         Subcontinental mx, S=9+25dB at 01.50 UT.
4980even CHN  PBS Xinjiang Urumqi, in Uygur language, S=9+20dB 01.52 UT,
         adjacent fq BUZZ data signal 4979.721 / .724 kHz.
5009.996 IND  AIR Thiruvananthapuram Muttathura, Kerala, Southern Sce,
         Hindi, S=9 at 01.54 UT.
5040even IND  AIR Jeypore, Odisha Eastern Sce, in En/Hindi/Odia/Sanskrit,
         S=9+5dB at 01.57 UT.
5060even CHN  PBS Xinhiang Urumqi, Mandarin language, S=9+20dB at 01.58 UT
6039.974 CHN  PBS Nei Menggu, Huhuot, Nei Menggu, S=8 at 02.10 UT,
         ID "Ovor Mongolyn Ardyn Radio Khoroonoos yar'zh bayna" acc TBS-20
6079.992 CHN  CNR  PBS Hulun Buir, Hailar, Mongolian, S=6 at 02.14 UT
6099.999 KRE  KCBS Pyongyang, March mx what else, S=9+25dB at 02.18 UT
         To mention: audio only on UPPER sideband visible, carrier+USBmode
6145even CHN  CNR PBS Qinghai, Xining, S=7 in Seoul at 02.21 UT.
         ID according TBS-20: ID: "Qinghai Renmin Guangbo Dientai".
6170.094 UAE  FEBC Manila, Urdu sce, S=6 but S=9+20dB in Delhi IND remote
         at 02.26 UT.
6200even CHN  Xizang PBS, Lhasa, Tibet, "Holy Tibet" in Tibetian.
         Female singer, local pop like. S=7 at 02.28 UT on Dec 30.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 30)

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

DRM mode receiver
Gospell GR-216  /  Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061

Re:  Tecsun Radio Australia via SWRG#80 WRMI 7780 kHz
[Achtung, enthaelt Produktplatzierungen] ;-)

Australia Q-3061

The "Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061" DRM Shortwave Radio, standalone rx.

<https://swling.com/blog/2018/10/the-tecsun-radios-australia-q-3061-drm-
shortwave-radio/>
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Dec 28)

Moin,
nichts Neues, Geraet ist aus 2017:

Gospell GR-216 portable DRM multi-band radio

<https://swling.com/blog/2017/08/review-of-the-gospell-gr-216-portable-
drm-multi-band-radio/>
(Christof Proft-D, A-DX ng Dec 28)

Re: [A-DX] Tecsun Radio Australia via SWRG#80 WRMI 7780 kHz

Wunderbar,
endlich mal ein 'easy to switch on'  DRM Radiogeraet aus der Produktion,
auf welches die DX Welt seit 17 Jahren und Peter Sengers Zeiten bei der
DWL Cologne gewartet hat, und nach dem auch auf dieser A-DX ng Liste
immer wieder wie das Monster von Loch Ness fuer die Erscheinung auf dem
nexxxxten Weihnachts-Gabentisch ge_giert wurde.

Der gemeine Arbeiter im Pazifik wird sich ja das 350 EURo Schaetzchen
noch leisten koennen.

ps. was ist doch alles passiert, seit Michael's Kommentar im Oktober 2002
auf  <https://www.addx.de/drm/drm.php>

"Die wichtigste Lektuere sind wahrscheinlich zuerst einmal die
"50 Fragen und Antworten zu DRM"."

73 wb - war seit Fraunhofer Zeiten auf diesem Modus dabei.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 29)

Subject: [A-DX]  Tecsun Radio Australia via SWRG#80 WRMI 7780 kHz.

"... Finally, a stand-alone Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Shortwave Radio
has arrived and is available for DRM and shortwave radio enthusiasts to
add to their collection.

The Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061 DRM Shortwave Radio
is the culmination of several years work. Tecsun Radios Australia has
worked in close co-operation with the manufacturer providing testing
results from locations across the Pacific, including Samoa, Vanuatu,
Solomon Islands, Fiji, and New Zealand. Reception of DRM signals in
Australia requires many factors to be optimised, because we are outside
the traditional coverage area of most broadcasters. Nevertheless, with an
optimised antenna, correct selection of DRM broadcaster, schedule and good
propagation conditions DRM signals can be received.

The Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061 DRM Shortwave Radio is primarily
designed to receive and decode DRM Shortwave Radio signals but the radio
can also be used to receive traditional Shortwave (AM) broadcasts, FM, and
AM (MW) broadcasts. The Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061 DRM Shortwave Radio
receives DRM, FM, and Shortwave (AW) signals via the inbuilt telescopic
antenna, or for superior reception, the radio provides two dedicated
external antenna BNC connections for DRM, Shortwave (AM), FM, and AM (MW)
signals. On the FM band this receiver also decodes RDS where broadcast. In
slow tuning mode, the frequency step is reduced to 1 kHz. This is an
advantage when tuning the extended MW band (530-1710 kHz) to receive
specialised broadcasters in Australia.

New DRM broadcasters are appearing every month. Heard every day are: RNZI
(6115, 9760 or 11690 kHz), Radio Kuwait (11970 kHz) and the BBC Far
Eastern Relay station in Singapore Kranji (15620 kHz). In addition Radio
China has been heard on 17800, 15580, 11695, and 6030 kHz. As the summer
months roll on, expect propagation conditions to improve.

Find out more and order your Tecsun Radios Australia Q-3061 DRM Shortwave
Radio now at  <www.tecsunradios.com.au>

And remember, over the next 5 weeks Tecsun Radios Australia are running a
fantastic competition to win a Tecsun PL880 Radio prize pack worth
over $250 Australian Dollars.

Decode and share all 6 Tecsun Radios images on  <Twitter@TecsunRadios>
and send them an email at  <hello -at- tecsunradios.com.au>

The winner will be judged by Garry on 1 February 2019.
They'll even ship the prize pack anywhere in the world!..."
(Roger Thauer-D, A-DX ng Dec 28)

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX  -  


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